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Make sure your devices are protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass by Corning®

 

Devices

 

We live in a high tech world. Just about everyone I know has some kind of a device to help keep them “connected” to the rest of the world whether it’s a cellphone, tablets, notebooks or other devices. Most people can’t leave home without one of these devices.

I am not as attached to these devices as other people I know, but I do rely on them on a daily basis so I can blog, reply to emails and keep in touch with my family.

I have been fortunate that I have not dropped and broken any of my devices, but our daughter has not been as lucky. She has accidentally dropped her cellphone several times, some of which resulted in a broken screen.  If you have ever broken a screen on a cellphone, tablet or notebook you know how expensive a repair or replacement can be.

Dropping any of my devices is a huge concern of mine. I think I am more fearful of dropping and breaking my devices more so than I am losing them.

Corning Incorporated has developed a special glass that can help reduce damage to your device’s screen. It’s called Gorilla® Glass 4.

Corning started to create Gorilla Glass once they learned that users biggest gripe about their devices is that they can be easily be broken when dropped and they can scratch easily. Their scientists worked hard to figure out why breaks happen, then they worked on a way to reduce breaks. And thus Gorilla® Glass 4 was created.

Gorilla Glass is not your typical glass. It’s actually a highly developed specialized glass product.

Gorilla Glass begins with raw materials that are blended to create a glass composition. This composition is then melted and conditioned. The material is then fed through something called an “isopipe” which turns the material into a continuous flat sheet of glass. This glass is untouched by human hands or anything that could introduce any flaws to the surface.

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After the glass is cut down into smaller pieces it goes through an ion-exchange process. The glass is then placed in a hot bath of molten salt at a temperature of approximately 400 degrees C. This process allows for smaller sodium ions to leave the glass and allows for the larger potassium ions from the salt bath replace them. These large ions take up more room and are pressed together when the glass cools, producing a layer of compressive stress on the surface of the glass.

It’s really high tech stuff.

This process allows for the glass to not only be stronger, but it also produces great clarity and allows for the glass to be made thinner which is great because many consumers are looking for thinner, lightweight devices that they can take with them on the go.

Corning put Gorilla Glass 4 through rigorous tests including dropping devices with Gorilla® Glass on everyday surfaces like concrete and asphalt. It was found that Gorilla Glass 4 performs up to 2x better than competitor’s glass when dropped from a height of three feet. Products with Gorilla Glass 4 survived this drop 80% of the time. It is also more scratch resistance.

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Many devices are already available with Gorilla Glass. If you would like to check and see if your devices are made with Gorilla Glass please visit the Products with Gorilla Glass page.

I really like Gorilla Glass. I take my cellphone with me where ever I go whether it’s around the corner or across the country. The last thing I want is for my phone to slip out of my hands and come crashing down on the sidewalk and break. That is my worse fear. I’ve seen it happen to our daughter’s phone. I still remember seeing it drop on the concrete steps outside of our home. It was as if I was watching it in slow motion and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

The second time her screen broke when the phone slipped out of her pocket and landed on the road. If her phone was made with Gorilla Glass she would have had more protection and possibly survive both drops. If you are interested in learning more about Gorilla Glass you can visit CorningGorillaGlass.com. You can also check it out on Facebook (CorningGorillaGlass) and Twitter (@CorningGorilla). You can also see what others have to say about Gorilla Glass by checking out the hashtags #GorillaGlass and #IsItOnYours.

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Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been used on more than 3 billion devices from 40 major brands. Is it on yours? Click here to find out.

Kimberly

Corning Incorporated sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sterilizing baby bottles (and more!) just got easier with UviCube

 

Baby Bottles

I would not consider myself a “germophobe”, but I am concerned about germs and bacteria and the harm it can cause my family. I’ve always been that way – ever since my kids were babies.

Most first time parents are overly cautious when it comes to germs. They even go so far as to make sure everyone washes their hands before touching the child. And heaven forbid a pacifier or teething toy falls on to the ground. I think most parents would rather toss it away instead of having to boil water to sterilize it again.

Our son was a preemie and we had to be extra careful to ensure he didn’t get sick. I still remember boiling huge pots of water to drop all his bottles, nibbles, pacifiers and other items that went into his mouth (teething rings, favorite teething toy…). It was time consuming to say the least. Every night (sometimes even during the day) I had to boil everything to make sure it was sanitized. I always dreamed of an easier way to make sure our children’s items were sanitized for their protection.

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There is a new product on the market that makes sanitizing your baby’s bottles and pacifiers quicker and easier. It’s called UviCube.

UviCube Dries, Disinfects and Stores. Unlike traditional sterilizing baby bottle methods, UviCube has a drying function for baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers and other similar containers before disinfecting them with the power of UV light. This ability allows you to save time, including precious counter top space instead of having to lay out all of your baby’s items out to dry.

The UviCube looks like a small “microwave.”

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UviCube uses a low-heat infrared light to dry and UV light to disinfect. You don’t have to worry about burning your fingers like you would with boiling water.

It’s important that your baby’s bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups and other things they put in their mouths be sanitized. Their immune and digestive systems are not as strong as adults. They are still underdeveloped and weak.

I have actually seen mom’s pick up their child’s pacifier from the floor (after the baby dropped it), put it in THEIR mouth to suck it clean and then put it back in their baby’s mouth.

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That is gross on so many levels, not to mention completely unhealthy.

UviCube can house several bottles (depending on the size) so you can dry and sanitize several bottles at one time. Talk about a time saver. I wish we had something like this when my kids were little. It would have saved me from having to fill a pot with water, wait for it to boil, drop in the things I wanted to disinfect, watch them in the water for a few minutes, then take the out and let them air dry on the counter. With UviCube you simply pop the bottles (after you clean them) into the UviCube and in no time they are dry and disinfected. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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You can even store your baby’s things (bottles, cups…) inside the UviCube to free up space on your counter top.

UviCube is not only for baby things. The UviCube can be used to disinfect and sanitize other things like remote controls, toys, cellphones and more. I like that it does more than just sanitize baby items.

Did you know that your cellphone has more germs and bacteria on it than a public restroom toilet? It’s true! Google it. Tests have proven that cellphones carry a lot of harmful germs and bacteria on them including E-coli and Staphylococcus (which causes Staph infections).

The UviCube is great for the whole family to use. It’s not just for baby items.

If you would like more information about UviCube visit www.UviCube.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

UviCube is not available for purchase – yet. You can sign up on their website to be notified when the units are available. However they have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now and they have surpassed their goal amount.

I’ve seen plenty of Kickstarter campaigns over the past couple of years and I can tell that UviCube is a very popular because they have surpassed their goal amount and they still have about a month and a half to go on their campaign. That is amazing! You can tell that people can truly see the value in UviCube.

You can see what others are saying about this campaign using the hashtag #KickstartUviCube.

There are different donation options for UviCube from $1.00 and up. There are special rewards for the various amounts donated.

For more information about the UviCube Kickstarter campaign, or the make a donation, visit UviCube on Kickstarter.

What do you think about UviCube? Does it look like something you and your family could use?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with UviCube to bring you this information.

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Get peace of mind while your kids are at school with Safety Blanket

 

School

My kids are teenagers now; however I still remember how I felt the first day they went to school. My kids were always with me – 24/7. I knew what they were doing and if they were safe. As a mom I wanted to know my kids were always protected.

We had a bit of a scare when our son was not even two years old. He attended a special nursery school twice a week based on suggestions from his physical and occupational therapists. I hated the idea of leaving my baby with strangers, but I knew it was the best for him.

One Tuesday morning I dropped our son off like I normally do. Our daughter also attended a nursery school but she went to a different school on different days.

When I returned home from dropping our son off from school I was greeted by our neighbor who was freaking out. She was running up and down the stairs in our condo building in her pajamas shouting “They are dropping planes everywhere! They just dropped a plane on a mall in New Jersey! Oh my God! What is going on?”

I had no idea what she was talking about. She was in a total panic. So I ran inside and turned on the news. She was somewhat right. Planes were “dropping” – into the World Trade Center.

You guessed it. It was September 11, 2001. I was home with our daughter but our son was at his nursery school. Needless to say I dashed back to the school and grabbed him to get him home with me. I wasn’t the only parent to do that. Many others were at the school too.

I was relieved to have both kids home with me safe and sound. I felt even better when my husband got home.

I hope and pray nothing like that ever happens again.

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I do worry about other threats that could happen when my kids are at school. We live in the 10 mile “danger zone” of a nuclear plant (trust me, if I could move away we’d do it in a heartbeat). What if something happens at the plant?

I also worry about psycho people coming into the school with a gun shooting teachers and students. Sadly that happens far too often than it should. Unfortunately this has become a real threat to worry about.

Not too long ago the high school had a fire alarm go off too. It wasn’t a drill. Something caught on fire – I believe in the custodian’s closet if I recall correctly.

Needless to say things can happen when your kids are at school. I am NOT trying to frighten anyone. I am simply suggesting that parents, and schools, need to have something in place in the event of an emergency.

There is an application that can help. It’s called Safety Blanket.

Even if a school has plenty of safety measures in place (ID check, scanners…) things can happen.

Safety Blanket is a user friendly app. It’s for parents, teachers and schools. It’s a way for everyone to communicate with one another in an effective way so that everyone is on the “same page.” It helps to make sure that safety practices are being accounted for and that all communication is effective.

Anyone can use this app. There is no need for extensive training. The app is very easy to use and is easily seen through graphics so teachers don’t need to read through a manual to send an alarm. They can simply select an icon on the home screen that coincides with what is happening.

With Safety Blanket teachers and school can maintain live rosters. With the built in rosters, teachers are able to report what child is in their classroom and who is missing. This helps to keep a head count to ensure that every child present at school that day is accounted for. Many teachers still use paper attendance sheets which can get misplaced during an emergency. With Safety Blanket, the student attendance is right there at the teacher’s fingertips.

Safety Blanket lets everyone know if there is an issue involving fire, weather, hazardous materials, medical emergency or something else. It has five different alarms available with the touch of button. It also helps to connect schools with first responders in the event of an emergency (Police, Fire, etc.). The app streamlines communication across the board. It can even be set up so that administrators of the school district can be updated as well as parents.  In other words everyone knows what is going on in real time.

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In addition to the live rosters and alarm system, Safety Blanket features secure texting where important messages can be exchanged. The app even keeps track of all drills to help better prepare year end reports and more importantly to ensure that all drills are effective.

I think that the Fire Marshall, Police Department and other first responders will appreciate this application. It should cut down on response time and get help sooner.

As a parent it would be great to be informed about what is going on at school at all times, rather than hearing about it when your child gets home from school or on the local news.

Check out this brief video for more information about this important application that all schools should have in place.

 

To sum it all up, Safety Blanket is an app that provides up to the minute tracking to ensure that kids are safe at school. The app includes live rosters and also has a series of alarms to alert teachers and even parents of what is going on at school. For school administrators, it streamlines communication with easy access through mobile and desktop portals. The app also evaluates drills to ensure that current safety procedures are actually effective, and it logs everything for future reference and review. The goal with Safety Blanket is to make schools safer.

If you would like to learn more about Safety Blanket visit Safety-Blanket.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

If this sounds like something you would like to have at your child’s school, or in your school district, please contact your school’s administrators and tell them about Safety Blanket (be sure to give them the URL so they can check it out themselves).

As a parent it’s important for us to know what is going on with our children at all times – even when they are at school. Give yourself peace of mind, and stay informed, with Safety Blanket.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Safety Blanket to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Power Up with Powerslayer

 

Phone charger

In this day and age it’s uncommon to find people who don’t have a smartphone, tablet or other device that connects them to the world wide web, music and social media. I have to chuckle when I see elderly people with tablets. It must be an amazing thing for people who lived before the time of television to now have movies in the palm of their hands.

If you have smartphones or tablets there is no doubt that at one point or another you have been without power and needed a way to recharge your device. Hopefully it wasn’t when you needed it the most.

Once my phone lost power at the airport and I NEEDED my phone to get in touch with the car service that was picking me up to take me home. It was around midnight too. Thank goodness I was able to get in touch with my husband on a payphone. From that day forward I never travel without back up power for my phone.

There are many portable and non-portable chargers on the market. They are pretty much all the same except every now and then one stands out from the rest. Such is the case of a charging device called Powerslayer.

Powerslayer is a USB charger that can charge your smartphone, tablets and other devices. It’s small, portable and best of all made here in the United States.

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Powerslayer is made by a company called Velvetwire.

What makes Powerslayer different from other charging devices is that its a cleverly designed intelligent smartphone charger that integrates device-aware software for a more energy efficient charging process as well as a surge protector for keeping you and your gadgets safe.

In a nutshell it knows when your device is charged and won’t continue to charge it once it’s at full capacity.

That has always been a concern of mine with my phone charger on my desk. On my desk I have a device that I can insert my phone in to charge it. I tend to charge my phone at night when I go to bed. I know it doesn’t take all night to charge my phone but if it’s in the charger it stays on all night and it keeps trying to pump charging power into my phone. I always worry that it will overcharge my phone and essentially cause problems.

With Powerslayer it knows when you device is fully charged and then stops extra power from going into your device. Not only does it protect your device but it also stops “vampire power”. I’ve also seen it referred to as “ghost power” too.

What it means is that even if your device is fully charged the charger continues to draw power (electricity) and wastes it. As a result your electric bill gets higher and higher for no reason.

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Powerslayer is available in different colors

 

Other devices can draw extra power (electricity) too even when not in use such as your microwave, coffee maker, television and alarm clock. That is why it’s a smart idea to unplug non-essential things when not in use and when you go away on vacation. Keep your fridge plugged in! That you do need to have on 24/7.

Powerslayer knows when your device is charged and turns off charging power so as not to waste electricity. The device knows when to power on/power off when needed (or not needed).

Powerslayer has indicator lights on it to let you know what it’s doing. One light glows when it’s charging, one light glows when it’s fully charged and if you don’t see any lights that means you device is fully charged.

This is not a portable charger in the sense that you can power up when you are out and about. It’s portable in the sense that it’s small in size and can go anywhere with you, even when you travel or go to work.

I have a Powerslayer. I use it now instead of the charging device I had on my desk. I like knowing that when my phone is fully charged there is no extra power going to it. I also like knowing that with Powerslayer it protects your device again power surges too. I don’t know of any other charger for smartphones or tablets that have a surge protector.

If you would like to learn more about Powerslayer you can visit the Velvetwire website, www.Velvetwire.com. They have additional products you might be interested in. My favorite (aside from Powerslayer) is their Premium USB cable, that is because our cats tend to chew on phone cords and I like that this one looks “cat-friendly” – LOL.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Get a “shot” of “energy” whenever you need it from myCharge’s Energy Shot

 

Cellphone addict

Let’s face it, for most people their smartphone is their “lifeline”. Some people cannot function if they don’t have their smartphone with them 24/7.

I am grateful that I am not “addicted” to my cellphone. Sadly I know my kids are as well as my husband. My husband will wake up from a sound sleep, use the restroom or get a drink, then return to bed only to check for update on Facebook and Twitter.

Seriously? I’m pretty sure nothing “life or death” has occurred on either social media outlet since you last checked two hours ago. Sigh…

I will admit that I need my phone. There have been several instances where I needed a phone and either didn’t have one handy or it was out of a charge. Case in point, the time my car wouldn’t start in the mall parking lot and the time my car died on the side of the road on my way home from the store.

Once my phone charge died when I arrived home from a press trip at 12:00 AM and I had no way of contacting the car service to find out where my driver was. I had to call my husband collect and have him call the car service for me to find out where the driver was and to find out where to meet him. It was such a headache!

There are places you can charge your phone at the airport. Good luck with them. Every time I go to the airport all of the charging stations are taken.

I have a few different portable charges that I make sure to pack with me when I go on press trips. I also keep one in my work pocketbook. My work pocketbook is big because I carry my laptop, mouse and power cord in it as well as my iPad mini and snacks for work in case I get hungry. My real purse (the one I use every day) is very tiny. It’s been jokingly referred to as a wallet with a wrist strap. Essentially it is. It’s not that big and I can only fit my wallet and my car keys in it – that’s it. I certainly don’t have room for a big, bulky portable phone charger. That is until I received the Energy Shot portable charger from a company called myCharge.

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First and foremost the packaging for the Energy Shot is ingenious. I love it! I loved it so much so I didn’t want to take it out of it’s packaging.

Energy Shot looks EXACTLY like the energy shots that that you drink – the kind you find on the check out counter. I love it!

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Energy Shot comes fully charged so you can use it right out of the package. You can also recharge it when the charge runs low so you can always have a backup power source with you at all times.

Energy Shot provides users with 9 hours of talk time. That is A LOT of talk time, especially considering that most people text these days.

The Energy Shot has high efficiency technology to help maximize the power to your device. It also features fast charging technology too which shortens charge time by 25% or more. If you have ever used a portable charge before you know that charging your device can take forever. I like that Energy Shot makes charging your device faster.

Best of all, myCharge Energy Shot is about the size of a tube of lipstick which means you can tuck it in your pocket, purse, backpack or anywhere else.

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A micro USB cable is also included inside the package.

Simply by gently shaking the Energy Shot you can test to see how much of a charge it has left on it. Even the slightest bump will make it light up.

Energy Shot works with Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Nokia and other smartphones.

The Energy Shot can be re-used up to 500 times, so you can get A LOT of use out of this tiny device.

MyCharge Energy Shot is available at many retail locations for around $9.99. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. You never want to be stuck without a working cellphone, especially in emergency situations.

For more information about this and other myCharge products visit www.myCharge.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All the links are found on their website.

What do you think about this little “powerhouse” charger? Does it look like something you need to have?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

 

 

 

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New Year, New You, New Phone

New Year

I can’t believe the New Year is here. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the start of 2014. In just a few hours it will be a whole New Year. It’s amazing (and scary!) how quickly time flies.

As we reflect upon this past year – all the “good” and “bad” times – we also look forward to a brand new year full of hope and possibilities.

This time of the year people look for ways to improve their lives. Many people make resolutions, other people (like myself) prefer to make yearly or monthly goals as we head into the new year.

I’m still narrowing down my goals for 2015. So far I plan on walking more and getting in more exercise. I am really bad about exercising. I NEED to start moving.

I also plan on making regular check ups for all my doctors. I hate going to doctors but I know they are essential for good health.

In addition I want to stay on top of things better and be more organized. I also want to make an effort to squeeze in at least 15 minutes of cleaning/organizing on a daily basis so that I don’t have to waste my entire weekend cleaning.

To add to a “new me” I am planning on coloring my hair before I go back to work on January 5th. I haven’t colored it in a long time and the gray hair is out of control. I want to get rid of the gray so that I don’t appear to look so “old” and “washed out”.

If you are looking forward to “new” things in the New Year, such as a new you and maybe a new job or a new home… why not add a new smartphone to your list.

Have you seen the cool new Motorola Moto X phone yet? It’s completely customizable and you can design it to reflect your personality and style.

I know you can customize your smartphone with a phone case/cover, but Motorola takes it one step further. You can customize the entire phone! You can do it online too and see what the final product will look like before making a purchase.

Motorola Moto X allows you to customize the front, back and accents on the phone. You can even add the amount of memory you want and your own wallpapers. Some options include leather, wood, engraving and your favorite color. You can even engrave your name or special message on the back.

You don’t have to be a “techie” to design your own phone. Simply select your favorite from the available options and watch as your own personalized phone is developed on screen in front of you.

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Start with a basic design.

 

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Select the front, back, trim and more.

 

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Some of the options you can choose from to personalize your phone.

 

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Customize your wallpaper and greeting too!

 

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You can see how your phone will look on the computer screen as you are designing it. 

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See the final design before committing to making a purchase.

 

The Moto X is 5.2″ in size and is curved to fit perfectly in your hand.

The phone features an HD display and has a voice feature that allows you to use your favorite apps by speaking to the phone.

This phone is really “smart” too. It knows where you are (car, meeting, going to sleep) and can adjust your preferences according to where you are and what you are doing. That is pretty cool. You can even name your voice (you are not stuck with the name the manufacturer names it).

A decent camera is important to me. Moto X has a handy “Best Shot” feature that takes several photos before and after you snap the picture and identifies the best shot for you. It can even organize your photos into a “highlight reel”  with options for special effects and music. I don’t know of any other smartphone that can do that.

You can purchase the Motorola Moto X for $99 with a 2-year contract or $499 without a contract. Some special features, like leather, wood or more gigs cost more.

I love that you can customize this phone and make it YOUR phone. No more hunting down cellphone cases which reflect your personality. Now your entire phone can be totally “YOU”.

For more information about the Motorola Moto X, or to customize your own phone, visit the Motorola website. You can also check out Motorola on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think of the idea of customizing your own smartphone? Do you love the idea? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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