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How clean if the air you are breathing in RIGHT NOW? You might be shocked to SEE what you are breathing in

Clean Air

 

We all breath. Well, if you are a healthy individual you do.

Breathing is something natural that our bodies do. We don’t even realize we are doing it. It just happens.

I’m pretty sure most of us don’t give much thought to what we are breathing in either. Yes, we do breath air, but what else is in the air?

You can usually tell if something bad is in the air when you smell something (like paint fumes, burnt toast or wet dog). But what about when the air you breath seems clean and fresh? How clean is it REALLY?

I have reviewed many air purifiers in hopes of relieving our asthmatic cats allergen triggers, and to make the air my family breaths a bit cleaner. The only problem is I can’t actually SEE if they are doing what they are supposed to do. I am not a scientist and I don’t have any high tech equipment to but the units to the test.

Air Angel

A few months ago I was sent to review a product called Air Angel. Air Angel is a compact, mobile air “cleaner” that helps to destroy up to 99% of allergens, odors and germs in the room. Air Angel is by the brand Air Oasis.

I am all for cleaning the air we breath. I am also desperate to find out what triggers our cats asthma attacks so that I can help relieve them.

When I received the Air Angel to review I also received two test kits. Each kit was to test the air that we breath before and after using the Air Angel.

The tests were easy to do. Simply pour a special solution in a petri dish, leave it out for the recommended time, then close it up, date it and put it away some place where it can be undisturbed for a few days.

I wasn’t expecting much, that is until I saw the results. I was HORRIFIED! I don’t know what I was looking at in the petri dish. It resemble and alien forest with fuzzy white things and dark blobs.

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Ewww!!!! What are we breathing?

I did this test in my kitchen. My kitchen and bathroom are usually the cleanest rooms in our home because I am constantly cleaning them. How is it that this mold and whatever it is showed up in the air? I am MORTIFIED!

I used the Air Angel as directed in the kitchen for the recommended amount of time and did the test again. To my surprise the second air quality test (done after using the Air Angel) produced stunning results. While there were a few specs here and there in the petri dish it looked nothing like the pre-Air Angel test.

AMAZING! Even my husband said we need to get an Air Angel for every room in our home because of what he saw when we compared the results of both tests.

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How is this stuff in the air we breath? We don’t see it. We can’t taste it. Not to mention how long have we been breathing this stuff in? My kids and our pets too.

If I didn’t see the results for myself I would have never believed it. I appreciate that Air Oasis sent along the two tests kits for me to see for myself. Seeing truly is believing.

The Air Angel is a portable unit that you can take with you when you travel (imagine what you are breathing in at hotels?). The device can clean the air up to 250 square feet which would be about the size of a common nursery, bedroom, playroom and hotel room. There is even an adapter (included) that allows you to use the Air Angel in the car.

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Air Angel’s cutting-edge technology helps protect against germs, viruses, allergens, and harmful pollutants in the air and on surfaces around them.

According to the brand’s website;

The Air Angel works by utilizing the AHPCO (advanced hydrated photocatalytic oxidation) technology developed by NASA and enhanced by our Air Oasis research and development team, including Dr. Jeff Bennert, Jon Bennert, and Dr. Nabarun Ghosh.

The AHPCO technology works by destroying germs as they pass through UV light. The light rays then react with the AHPCO catalyst to produce catalytic molecules, which seek out and destroy odor-causing carbon-based molecules. These molecules are then converted into carbon dioxide and water-replacing harmful allergens in the atmosphere with fresh, clean air.

You can’t see this happening. All you see are the unit and a few lights to let you know it’s working and doing it’s job.

For the most part Air Angel is silent. You can hear a bit of whooshing air when it’s on high, but it’s more of a “white noise.” I barely ever notice it.

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The Air Angel has three settings – Low, Medium and High. I keep ours on medium usually.

There was no set up to speak of. Just remove the unit from it’s packaging and plug it in. That’s it! You can easily move it from room to room too. It’s also small enough to put on your desk at work.

Honestly, the only downside would be the price. Air Angel sells for $249.99 on the Air Oasis website. Although I’m convinced it’s worth ever penny, it might not be as “budget friendly” for others (myself included).

Air Oasis does sell larger units (one that covers up to 3,000 square feet). I’m going to save up to try and buy a bigger unit so that I know our entire home is full with clean air and not just the kitchen.

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If you would like to learn more about Air Angel or other products from Air Oasis please visit www.AirOasis.com. You can also check out the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+). The links are found on the top right of their website.

Air Oasis products are also made right here in the United States. It’s always great to support American made products.

What do you think about the Air Angel? Does it sound like a product you would want for your home?

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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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Clean you phone with Phone Soap (trust me, it’s not what you think it is)

 

Germs

Germs – they are all around us. Every single thing you touch has germs on it, even bacteria and other things you would rather not think about.

I’m not a “germophobe,” but I do take care to rid my home of as many nasty germs and other things that can make you sick. For example, I wipe down or spray door handles, remote controls, light switches, car keys and other household items with Lysol spray or wipes. I don’t consider my home truly clean if I haven’t wiped or sprayed for germs. I’d like to think that I’m helping to protect my family.

Even when we go out publically I do my best to make sure what we handle is free and clear from germs. I know it’s not always possible, but I do the best I can.

These days most people have their cell phone practically glued to their hands. Are you one of those people?

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Do you ever stop to think about the surfaces you put your phone down on – the public restroom sink, your own bathroom sink, restaurant tables, bus seats, your desk at work… You have to put your phone down eventually. Do you know exactly what is on those surfaces you are resting your phone on? I bet a lot of them are covered in germs, bacteria and who knows what else.

People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom. – – Dr. Cain, Wall Street Journal.

When people in New York City were asked which they thought was dirtier — the sole of your shoe, a toilet seat or a cell phone — the answer was overwhelmingly the toilet seats. But they were wrong — your cell phone is more filthy. – ABC News

1 in 6 mobile phones is contaminated with fecal matter. – CNN

I bet after reading the above not-so-fun facts you put your cell phone down. LOL!

Due to the nature of the cell phone it’s not easy to give it a good cleaning. You can wipe them down, but that doesn’t mean you are getting rid of the germs or bacteria.

So how are we to sanitize our cell phones?

Introducing Phone Soap, a new way to clean and sanitize your cell phone.

Phone Soap

Phone Soap is NOT actually a soap. It’s just a fun name they gave to the product.

Phone Soap is a small “box” that you rest your cell phone in. When the lid is closed a UV light comes on. The UV light helps to kill germs and bacteria. The light does not heat up so there is no worries about it harming your phone.

I know UV lights are effective for killing germs and bacteria. I have read about it and seen it on TV. Since I am not a scientist I’ll share with you the information about how Phone Soap works from their website.

The two UV-C lamps in PhoneSoap Charger produce a very specific wavelength of light which encompass your phone and pass through the cell walls of bacteria and virus to impair their DNA. Once the DNA is compromised, the cells die and can no longer cause infections or disease. The best part, PhoneSoap Charger kills “SuperBugs” that have developed resistance to the chemicals and antibiotics that used to be effective.

Phone Soap is not as “high tech” as it would seem. It’s a small box that you plug in. There is no coding you need to set up, no connecting to your Wi-Fi – Nothing! Just plug it in to any outlet and you are ready to start destroying all those icky things living on your phone.

Check out just how easy Phone Soap is to use;

Phone Soap Instructions

Step 1: Lift the lid.

Step 2: Place your phone inside.

Step 3: Plug in your phone if you want it to charge. (Optional)

Step 4: Close the lid. Sanitizing begins and ends automatically. A blue indicator will let you know when the sanitizing is complete.

Step 5: Feel happy because you won’t get sick from your phone.

Step 6: Tell everyone how happy you are that your phone is clean.

It’s so easy – anyone can use Phone Soap.

Phone Soap was built to accommodate most smartphones, even the larger ones. It also has good acoustics so you can hear your phone’s alarm because most likely you’ll want to clean your phone overnight and you wouldn’t want to miss your morning wake up alarm.

I don’t have a way to test the effectiveness of Phone Soap, but I have to believe that it works based on the scientific experiment video found on their website.

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My whole family has been using Phone Soap. We take turns. Since the kids are home from school for the summer they use it during the day and my husband and I use it at night.

Knowing what can be found on my phone I will do whatever I can to reduce my risks of getting ill.

There are more gross statistics and information found on the Phone Soap website too. Trust me, when you read it you’ll never look at your phone the same way again.

Phone Soap can be used to sanitize other household items too. As long as it fits in the case it will work.

If you would like to learn more about Phone Soap, or make a purchase, please visit PhoneSoap.com. You can also check out Phone Soap on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

When you visit the site be sure to check out all the videos and additional information about the risks of the germs found on your phone.

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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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Keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer with BerryBreeze (Giveaway ends 8/16/15)

 

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One of my favorite thing about this time of year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetable from local farmers. I love visiting the local farm or farmers markets and stocking up on our favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I eat more fruits and vegetables this time of year then I do the rest of the seasons.

The downside to stocking up on your favorite fresh produce is that you have to eat them right away or risk having them spoil in the fridge.

I’m sure it happens to most everyone – you stock your fridge full of fresh produce only to have to toss half of it away because it goes bad. Not only is that a waste of perfectly good food, it’s also a waste of money.

A few weeks ago I was sent a product that is suppose to help keep fruits and vegetables fresher for a longer amount of time in your fridge. It’s called BerryBreeze.

BerryBreeze is a small device (no taller than a can of soup) that helps to keep foods fresher for 2-3 times longer than normal.

BerryBreeze works through the use of activated oxygen. BerryBreeze helps to eliminate the pollutants in your fridge’s air, as well as neutralize bacteria and mold. As a result it helps to prevent premature aging of fruits, vegetables and even meats in your fridge. It even works on foods that you keep in the drawers inside your refrigerator.

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BerryBreeze also improves the smell inside of your fridge. It helps your fridge to smell clean and fresh.

BerryBreeze extends the life and enhances the nutritional benefits of the food stored in your fridge so you end up wasting less food (and money!) on fruits and veggies this summer.

BerryBreeze is super easy to set up. Simply pop in four “D” size batteries, set it on the top shelf in your fridge, and that’s it. The batteries will last for about 4-6 months. There is nothing to clean, no filters to purchase – nothing extra.

I received a BerryBreeze to review. I’m rather surprised that it was so easy to set up and that there is nothing extra to purchase (filters…).

In hindsight I should have recorded how long foods normally stay fresh in the fridge before using BerryBreeze and after using BerryBreeze. I wish I had done that to see just how much longer foods last.

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I did notice that the fridge was free of any smells within a day of using BerryBreeze. I always keep my fridge clean but sometimes things in the fridge can cause odors (like leftovers). I honestly didn’t pick up any smells from the fridge after placing BerryBreeze into it.

As far as whether or not foods lasted longer I think it was “hit or miss.” Some foods did seem to stay fresh (edible) a it longer than usual, but others didn’t seem to last any longer. I don’t know if it has to do with the food or if there is some other reason behind it. For example, peaches seemed to stay fresher longer but our asparagus didn’t last long at all. Is it because peaches are a hearty fruit? I don’t know. The grapes we had lasted a bit longer, but I didn’t notice much difference with the carrots.

I’m going to have to test this out a little longer, maybe removing it from the fridge and recording how long things stay fresh in the fridge then replace the BerryBreeze with a new batch of food and see if there is a difference.

If you would like to learn more about BerryBreeze please visit www.BerryBreeze.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

BerryBreeze Giveaway

BerryBreeze would like to give a lucky reader their own BerryBreeze to try out. Thank you BerryBreeze!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Augusts 16, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a BerryBreeze?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample product 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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Manage, organize and protect your mobile device cables with NEET Cable Keeper

 

Phone Chargers

There are a lot of things that my family goes through on a regular basis… toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, pens, batteries and power cords to charge cellphones. You have no idea how many times I have had to buy replacement power cables/cords for the cellphones. My kids either lose them, they get damaged or worse yet – the cats chew them in half. After all, to a cat the power cord/cable is nothing but a fun string to play with.

I buy replacements so much that I have them bookmarked on my site so I can quickly reorder when needed. Thankfully my kids each have an iPhone 5 so they can share a power cord if need be. My husband has a 5 also (work phone) and both of us have an iPhone 4s, so we can share that cord if need be. My husband and I take better care of them then our kids do.

What if there was a solution to this problem that will not only help protect your cables/cords from cats, but also organize them, protect them and even help to identify them (so you know which one belongs to which person). There IS a solution – it’s called the NEET Cable Keeper.

NEET Cable Keeper

The NEET Cable Keeper is a fabric shell designed to protect your cables from frays and ripping (and ideally from cats chewing on them too). The Cable Keeper allows you to form your cables into compact shapes and supports your cables by bearing some of the strain when winding and bending your cables, which can lengthen the life of your cable.

There is a zipper zipper pull that helps making insertion of the cable/cord easier. It also allows for you add multiple cables together to help organize all the cords you need in one sleeve.

The NEET Cable Keeper is available in 10 vibrant colors – black, light blue, gold, green, royal blue, pink, red, silver, white and yellow. You can assign a specific color to each person in your household or organize a group of cords/cables by color.

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They are available in 3ft/100 cm lengths and range in price – Universal ($12), Micro-USB to USB ($17) and MFi Apple Lightening ($30).

The cords/cables are NOT included with the NEET Cable Keeper. You need to supply your own cable/cord.

I have two of the NEET Cable Keepers. One I keep on my iPhone charging cord and the other I keep on the cord for my camera (the one I use to transfer photos from the camera to the computer). We have A LOT of cords/cables for a variety of products. It seems like everything has a power cord these days. It’s hard to keep track of what belongs to what. That is why I like to be able to easily identify which cable I need by knowing the NEET Cable Keeper cover I’ve assigned to it. It makes finding the right cord so much easier. I can even do it without looking (just by the feel of the NEET Cable Keeper).

I found putting the NEET Cable Keeper on the cord/cable very easy to do.

I think this is the ideal solution for all your cable/cord needs. Not only does it protect them but it helps to organize them too.

This is one of those “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner” products. I wish we had NEET Cable Keepers years ago. It would have saved me a lot of money on lost, broken and cat chewed on cords for the cellphones.

If you would like to learn more about NEET Cable Keepers please visit www.NEETProducts.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on their website).

What do you think about NEET Cable Keepers? Is this a much needed product in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples 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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CHI Touch 2 Dryer

 

Not my hair (I wish!). This is just a stock photo.I don't have pictures of me in my teen years to show off my hair.

Not my hair (I wish!). This is just a stock photo.I don’t have pictures of me in my teen years to show off my hair.

My hair used to by my crowning glory. I had really long, super thick, wavy hair when I was younger. My hair dresser referred to it as a lion’s mane.

Sadly, years of hair coloring, perms (back in the 80’s), hair products, hair dryers, stress, age and other things have taken it’s toll on my once beautiful hair. It’s not as thick and lush as it used to be. It’s still think and wavy, but no where close to the way it used to be.

I am careful about the products I use in my hair. I don’t use hair products that often (mousse, gel…) – maybe the occasional squirt of hair spray if I’m having a bad hair day. I also don’t use damaging products like flat irons and curlers. I do use a hair dryer.

Normally when I wash my hair I let it sit in a towel for a bit, then I let it air dry for a little longer. I can’t let it completely air dry because it gets really frizzy and looks dry. To combat that I usually scrunch my hair using a hair dryer. It helps to make my waves look a bit better and less frizzy.

CHI Touch 2

A while ago I was sent to review a new hair dryer called the CHI Touch 2. This an update version of the CHI Touch with new features. The CHI Touch 2 is lighter with a new sleek compact design and slip-resistant finish and can even be transformed into a hands free device.

This is not your ordinary hair dryer. This dryer is high tech and allows you to customize the perfect setting for you or the look you are going for.

For the first time, you can tailor your blowout according to the hair’s texture; something no other dryer provides. As a result, you will achieve optimal shine, increased volume and bounce plus eliminate frizz. Its NEW 2.24 inch touch screen control and unique speedometer design provides this customization with intelligent settings that control the temperature, ions, and speed. The built-in 3D ion generation system emits over 3x times more ionic output that you can adjust with just a touch of the finger. This allows you to increase the ionic output for thick coarse hair while normal to fine hair needs less ions. Of course, The CHI Touch 2 would not be complete without CHI ceramic technology to produce moist heat and a consistent temperature.

This is by far the most high tech dryer I have ever had the pleasure to use.

The CHI Touch 2 has a touch screen that allows you to play with the different settings to find what is best for your hair. You can control how fast the air blows, the temperature and the ions. You can even set it to blow cold air.

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I wasn’t sure what settings worked best for me so each time I used it I would play around with the settings until I found the perfect temperature, speed and ion setting for my hair.

I’m not totally sure what ions are but I believe it has something to do with how quickly your hair dries. I also think it has something to do with removing static from your hair. My hair has had a lot of static in it lately. It has improved greatly since using the CHI Touch 2.

To adjust the hair dryer to suit your needs simply press on which setting you want to adjust (speed, temp, ions). Next, using your finger, move the “arm” on the dial to the desired location. The the left is less, to the right is more.

The hair dryer does come with attachments but I have yet to use them.

This dryer is lighter than my previous one. I also find it to be not as noisy as my previous one, even on a high speed setting.

For me, since using this dryer, my hair has less frizzies than normal. I don’t know if it’s because of the ions or something else. I also use it a lot less than my previous dryer, so it appears to be drying my hair a lot quicker. I also find that it cools off after use a lot quicker than other dryers too.

So far I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this dryer. The only thing that might be considered a “negative” for some is the price. The CHI Touch 2 retails for around $199.99. I think that is because this is a salon quality hair dryer – something you would find in high end salons. For me it’s not something I could budget for (sadly) but if I had the money I would certainly buy it. I am very pleased with my experience with this dryer. It’s by far the best hair dryer I have ever used.

If you would like to learn more please visit the manufacturer’s site, www.Farouk.com.

The CHI Touch 2 can be purchased at fine salons and online retailers like ulta.com and loxabeauty.com.

What do you think about this hair dryer? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample product 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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Entertainment on the go with TV Everywhere (giveaway ends 8/10/15)

 

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Summer can be either a very busy time for people – or a time to sit back, relax and unwind. For some people it’s a combination of both.

Lately we have been trying to do things with our kids (day trips) to local museums and attractions. I’m also looking forward to having a day off or two just to get some R&R.

Years ago my husband was lounging on our balcony, trying to keep up with a baseball game on his cellphone (reading the scores). My husband talked about how he had a tiny black and white television he used to drag out to the balcony of his old place to watch TV. He wished he could do it again, but not on a black and white TV.

Now you can enjoy your favorite television programming whether you are sitting outside your home, stuck at an airport or lounging poolside with TV Everywhere. It’s the best way to watch TV on the go.

I haven’t heard of TV Everywhere until now. Where has this technology been all these years?

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With TV Everywhere technology, you can watch on your mobile devices, wherever you are. Now it’s easy to keep up with the newest TV series, sports, news and events — live and on demand — through your cable TV provider, all at no additional cost.

At home, you can watch your favorite TV show on a tablet, laptop or game console in one room while others watch on the big screen in another room. Away from home, all you need is WiFi access and you could be watching TV — at the kids’ soccer practice, in an airport or coffee shop, waiting for an appointment — wherever your day takes you.

This is awesome! This sure beats the little back and white television my husband used to drag out to the balcony to watch a ballgame. Now he can watch it in full color as it happens on his smartphone or one of our tablets.

I especially like the idea of being able to catch up on my favorite shows while waiting in a doctor’s office (you know how long those waits can be). You can even watch television on your lunch break at work.

I always have my phone on me, so most of the time I would probably use my smartphone to access TV Everywhere. We also have several tablets, so I could easily tote one of them along with me too.

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This is such an easy and convenient solution for keeping yourself entertained on the go as well as never missing out on your favorite shows.

I would use TV Everywhere a lot during football season. My husband monopolizes the television watching all the games. He literally watches from first thing in the morning until the last game ends at 11 or 12 at night. I usually find things to do (clean, blog, watch a DVD) but there are times I also like to watch television. Now with TV Everywhere I can watch TV when I want to.

Best of all – TV Everywhere is FREE! It’s an extension of your current cable provider. You will need WIFI in order to access the content.

Currently these are the cable providers that work with TV Everywhere.

Cable Providers

Some of the channels available with TV Everywhere include A+E, Fox, HBO, NBCU, TWC, Univision and more.

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If you would like to learn more about TV Everywhere please visit TVEverywhereNow.com. You can also see what others have to say with the hashtag #TVEverywhere.

What do you think about TV Everywhere? Does it sound like a service you would like to have?

TV Everywhere would love to give a lucky reader the following prize package;

(1) $50.00 Visa Gift Card

(1) TV Everywhere Tablet Cover

Thanks TV Everywhere!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Auguts 10, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me when you would use TV Everywhere?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. TV Everywhere will provide the prize package. 

 

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