Enjoyed grilled food year round with T-Fal OptiGrill (giveaway ends 9/6/14)


TFal OptiGrill Giveaway

Summer is coming to a close. It’s time to squeeze out as much summer fun as you possibly can.

My family and I never had a chance to get to the beach. We’d go this coming weekend but it’s Labor Day weekend and the beach is the last place you want to go – especially if you don’t like crowds and traffic.

Although I am not a fan of the heat and humidity there are a few things I am going to miss about the summer – sitting on our balcony and watching the Fireflies/Lightening Bugs fly by, doing fun things with my family, enjoying the beautiful flowers that are so plentiful this time of year, and barbecues. Oh how we’re going to miss all the yummy summer foods like barbecued burgers, steak and chicken.

We are  not allowed a barbecue where we live (as per the Fire Marshall), unless we keep our grills 200 feet from the building (we live in a condo). That is not possible. We had to give up having a grill many years ago. I missed my grill too- that is until now.

I received to review the T-Fal OptiGrill. I’ve had similar grills before but they failed to impress me. Don’t get me wrong, they did what they were supposed to do but I found things about them I didn’t like such as hard to clean and having to “guesstimate” when the meat was cooked just the way we like it.

The T-Fal OptiGrill blows all other indoor grills away!

Sensor Cooking

The T-Fal OptiGrill has “precision grilling technology” which helps to grill your favorite foods just the way you like it ever time.

My husband likes everything well done. If he so much sees any pink he won’t eat it. He’s afraid of eating food that was not cooked well enough and getting sick from it. Prior to getting married I used to enjoy my meats medium-rare. Now I eat my meats well done too for safety reasons.

With the other grills we had we had to try and guess when the meat was fully cooked, often removing it from the grill and cutting into it just to make sure. That is not necessary with the T-Fal OptiGrill. Simply place your meat on the grill and wait for the sensor light to tell you when your meat it cooked just the way you like it.


The T-Fal OptiGrill is super easy to use. There are dedicated buttons you can select to let the grill know what kind of food you are cooking (Burgers, Chicken, Sandwiches, Sausage, Chops, Fish).

You can even grill meats that are straight from your freezer (not defrosted) which is great for people like me who often forget to take something out for dinner.

Veggie Burger (Left) and Pork Burger (Right) frozen straight from the freezer.

Veggie Burger (Left) and Pork Burger (Right) frozen straight from the freezer.

I made a pork burger and a veggie burger for my kids for lunch one day that were frozen. In no time my kids were enjoying their burgers for lunch.

The T-Fal OptiGrill has sensors that let you know the cooked state the meat is in – rare, medium, well done. You can tell by looking at the color of the lighted button on the grill. There is a guide that explains the different colors too. It’s literally “fool proof” grilling.

The big center area lights up and changes colors to indicate how the meat is cooked.

The big center area lights up and changes colors to indicate how the meat is cooked.

The sensors in the T-Fal OptiGrill can sense the thickness of the meat which helps to regular the temperature and know what to cook the meat at to reach your optimum grilled results.

Here is the T-Fal OptiGrill with the light a bright yellow which indicates that the meat was still rare. When it’s well done the light is a deep, bright red.


The grill also has a drip pan so fat can drip away from the meat helping to make the meal healthier for you. After all, no one wants to eat something that has been sitting in it’s own fat and grease.

In the above photo you can see some of the fat and grease dripping down from the grill into the pan.

So far everything we have made has turned out great including pork burgers, veggie burgers and regular hamburgers. The grill also makes grilled cheese sandwiches in mere minutes. I was shocked at how quickly the sandwich was cooked. The cheese was melted all the way through and the bread even had some neat grill marks on it.

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Pork Burger (Left) and Veggie Burger (Right)

Pork Burger (Left) and Veggie Burger (Right)

One of the things I disliked about similar grills is the clean up. I hated to clean them! Cleaning the T-Fal OptiGrill is so easy. Simply remove the drip pan and both heating plates (when cooled) and hand wash or toss in the dishwasher. Because the grill plates are coated in T-Fal non-stick coating nothing sticks to it.

I also like how easy it is to remove the plates with just a press of a button. They pop back in easy too.

Clean Up

We love this grill and have used it several times. I have yet to try grilled veggies on it but that is something I am planning on doing.

Now my family and I can enjoy grilled foods year round thanks to the T-Fal OptiGrill.

If you would like more information visit www.optigrill.t-falusa.com. The T-Fal OptiGrill can be purchased at many retail stores across the country including Walmart, Target, Macys and JCPenney to name a few.

Be sure to check out T-Fal OptiGrill on Facebook too.

T-Fall OptiGrill Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to win their very own T-Fal OptiGrill! How awesome is that?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 what types of foods would you like to cook in the T-Fal OptiGrill if you were the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and no influenced in any way. 

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Watch your personal videos quickly and easily on your TV with RealPlayer Cloud and Roku 2


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Last week I shared a post about a really cool application called RealPlayer Cloud. RealPlayer Cloud allows you to take videos (oruse videos from your phone), save them on your own personal “cloud”, share them with loved one and have the ability to watch them on many different devices.

If you would like to read my review you an find it here – Share Summer Videos (and Beyond!) with RealPlayer Cloud.

I am also hosting a giveaway on that post for a $200 gift card, Roku 2 player and 1-year of premium Gold RealPlayer Cloud service ($99 value). The giveaway ends on August 28, 2014 so you still have time to enter.

RealPlayer Cloud is a great way to view and share videos on your computer, smartphone and tablet. You can also watch your personal videos on your television with the Roku 2 player.

I prefer to watch my personal videos on our television via the Roku 2 that we have. It’s nice because you can see the video much larger then you can on your smartphone or tablet. Plus your entire family can enjoy it watching the videos at the same time instead of having to pass around your smartphone or tablet.


Setting up your RealPlayer Cloud account with your Roku 2 is easy to do. But first you need to sign up for a FREE (or premium) RealPlayer Cloud account.

Download the app for your iOSAndroidKindle Fire and/or Windows device(s).

You can also sign up at www.real.com from any computer, smartphone, or tablet’s web browser.

Once you have an account set up you can add your RealPlayer account to your Roku device. You can get the RealPlayer Cloud channel from the Channel Store (look for it under Photos & Videos) or visit http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/30800/realplayer-cloud.

When everything is set up you’ll be able to watch videos that you take on your smartphone and view them on your television.

Now you can watch vacation videos or videos from special events or occasions (birthday party, school play, baby’s first steps…) instantly on your television thanks to RealPlayer Cloud.

I wish I had a way of uploading previously made videos (those from the video camera) to the RealPlayer Cloud so we can watch those off the Roku 2 as well.

The video and sound quality is great off the Roku 2.

Roku Store

The videos are organized similar to how they are on the RealPlayer Cloud app on my iPhone. You can easily pinpoint the exact video you’d like to watch because you know how they are organized.

Now my kids can watch videos of themselves and our family any time they want. Watching videos on the TV is as easy as watching YouTube or Netflix on the Roku 2.

My son LOVES New York City (he plans on moving there when he graduates high school) has been enjoying watching the videos I made from Roosevelt Island (NYC) when we were there are couple of weeks ago. He actually told me I should have taken MORE videos. Since we plan on returning in the fall I plan on taking more videos then.

RealPlayer Cloud + Roku 2 = A winning combination! To learn more about RealPlayer Cloud visit www.Real.com. You an also find the app on Facebook and Twitter (@RealPlayer).

For more information about Roku players visit www.Roku.com. Roku is also on Facebook and Twitter (@RokuPlayer).

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $200 gift card, 1 year of premium Gold RealPlayer Cloud service ($99 value) and a Roku 2. The giveaway ends on August 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).

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*I received a similar prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Wearable Device Gives Family Members More Freedom & Independence


Photo Credit: V.ALRT

Photo Credit: V.ALRT

I have always been an overly protective (some might say paranoid) parent, much to the dismay of my children. I think most parents are to some degree – I might just go a bit overboard.

When my kids were younger and wanted to get the mail which is downstairs (down three flights of steps) I would stand at the top of the stairs and have them talk to me the entire time so I knew they were OK.

When they used to walk the dog I’d have them stay directly in front of our building and I would watch them from the window or balcony.

I have mellowed out a bit, but I am still very concerned about my children’s safety and whereabouts. In this day and age you can never be too sure.

Our daughter is 17 years old and will be off to college this time next year. The idea of our daughter on her own, away at college, far from my protection, scares the heebie jeebies out of me. I am going to be a nervous wreck!

I think one of my biggest fears is our daughter being attacked late at night when she’s returning to her car from her job or after class, or being followed by someone back to her dorm.

Our daughter knows to dial 911 in the event of an emergency, but what if there was no time for that? What if you don’t have your cellphone available?

This article verifies my concerns about young women on college campuses.

Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t: How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint

There is a personal security device that can help give me, and other parents, peace of mind. It’s called V.ALRT. V.ALRT is a small, wearable personal safety device that can send out urgent calls or texts simply with the touch of a single button. If there is no time to dial 911 all you need to do is press the button of the V.ALRT and it will summon help.


Here is some additional information about V.ALRT.

The V.ALRT is an ergonomically designed device that can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist with the included band or around the neck as a pendant. Using a multi-axis accelerometer and Bluetooth® SMART (Bluetooth 4.0 LE) technology in association with a software application from VSN Mobil, the V.ALRT initiates calls and text messages from a smartphone. With the push of a button, the V.ALRT connects with the smartphone to send personalized text messages and makes phone calls to three pre-selected contacts. The customizable text message will indicate that help is needed and also provide location information using the GPS feature on the smartphone (when available). The V.ALRT application can also be set to Fall Detect Mode to automatically notify your preselected contacts should a fall be detected.

The V.ALRT provides up to a year of use before needing to replace the battery. The V.ALRT’s companion app is available for both iOS and AndroidTM phones and is fully customizable, yet simple to set up.

The V.ALRT is the first product introduced by VSN Mobil, a company founded by accomplished executives from Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, Foxconn, General Dynamics and Pininfarina, among others. VSN Mobil designs and manufactures consumer electronics that meet the needs of everyday life and are unique in their durability, affordability and design.

V.ALRT was also mentioned in an press release about college campus safety - School and Campus Violence Response Goes Wearable — Alert Device From VSN Mobil Can Summon Help Anywhere.

I was sent the V.ALRT to review.

V.ALRT works with a FREE application you can download for your smartphone. Once you download the app simply create an account and list your emergency contacts and you are ready to go.

One of the great things about this device is that there is NO MONTHLY SERVICE FEE! That’s right – no extra expenses. For budget conscious families this is wonderful news.

Photo Credit: V.ALRT

Photo Credit: V.ALRT

The device also works for a year on it’s battery, so there is no need to worry about regular battery changes. It also does not need to be charged. It’s fully operational 24/7.

It’s also waterproof.

I like that it’s small in size. If it was too noticeable my daughter might not want to take it with her. Because it’s so small she can put it on a key chain or around her neck, tucked under her shirt.

V.ALRT is great for everyone – not just college students. Children, the elderly and just about anyone can benefit from this personal safety device.

V.ALRT senses falls. If the wearer falls and does not press the button the V.ALRT will send out an alert to the emergency contacts in about a minute.

I’m sure everyone has seen those commercials where an elderly person falls down and can’t get up to call for help. With the V.ALRT the person who falls can press the button to notify others that there is an emergency or if they are unable to do so the device will do that for them.

My mother in law had one of those personal safety devices you see advertised on TV and she had to pay a monthly service fee. V.ALRT does something similar with no monthly fee.

This is good for people who like to hike or do sports in the event of a fall.

Photo Credit: V.ALRT

Photo Credit: V.ALRT

The V.ALRT also emits an alarm sound to scare off would be attackers while notifying your emergency contacts of your GPS location. I think this feature is going to give me peace of mind with our daughter. I like that the V.ALRT works as both a personal safety alert system and a personal alarm system emitting an alarm sound to scare off attackers.

If you have young children the V.ALRT works to notify you if your child wonders off. It has a 300 foot range. If your child (or an elderly person) goes outside of that 300 foot range it will notify those on the emergency contact list AND send an alarm to the person wearing it so that they know they are out of range and need to turn back.

V.ALRT is small and compact. It can be worn different ways – on the wrist with a wrist strap, around the neck or attach to a key chain (especially with your car and/our house keys).

Whenever our daughter goes out with her friends we make sure she takes the V.ALRT with her. When she goes off to college we are going to make sure she has it with her as well. We plan on getting other V.ALRT devices – one for each family member.

The only downside with this device is that it uses Bluetooth technology. Your phone needs to be within range of the V.ALRT or it won’t work. Also, if your cellphone battery dies the V.ALRT will not work either. So you need me make sure your fully charged phone is always with you (or close by) your V.ALRT button.

My concern with this would be what happens when you are out of cellphone range or in a “dead zone” where there is no service? We live near several state parks and on one major roadway we drive on frequently there is no cell service. I would be concerned that the device wouldn’t work in those situations.

I also don’t like keeping the Bluetooth on because from what I heard it eats up your battery.

Overall I think it’s a great idea. It has it’s quirks, but most products do. If it can provide me with some sense of peace of mind then it’s worth it.

For more information about V.ALRT visit www.vsnmobil.com. Look under “Wearables”. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.



*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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Share summer videos (and beyond!) with RealPlayer Cloud (giveaway ends 8/28/14)


Remember when video cameras looked like this?

Remember when video cameras looked like this?

I have always been fanatical about taking A LOT of pictures of my family. I want to document each and every precious memory together, most especially now that my kids are teenagers and will be off on their own in a few years. Whose to say if or when we’ll ever be able to get together often to do fun things together. Our daughter already has plans on moving our West. If she does it might be years before we’re together again. Sigh… that makes me so sad.

I’ll admit that I haven’t taken as much videos over the years as I should have. My husband used to take videos all the time of our kids when they were little. As year went by and technology improved it made it very expensive to shoot a lot of videos so we stopped doing it. I couldn’t even tell yo where are video camera is.

Thankfully our iPhones take video. Ever since we started using iPhones my entire family has taken a lot of videos.

It’s great to have the technology to take videos on your phone. But then what? Does it sit there on  your phone for only your eyes to see or do you share it with friends and family.

You can upload the videos to YouTube but not all videos are something you want the world to see. It’s not easy to email or message videos if they are too long. So what else can you do?

Introducing a smartphone application that allows you to store  your videos on your own private cloud and then watch them on other devices such as your home computer, tablet or even your television. You can even share the videos with others via text or e-mail.

Can you believe such an app is FREE?

The app is called RealPlayer Cloud.

I admit that I can be “technologically challenged” at times however RealCloud Player was quick to set up and super easy to use.

RealPlayer Cloud

To get started with RealPlayer Cloud, follow these easy steps:

Download the app for your iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and/or Windows device(s)

Sign up for your free account

You can also sign in to your account at www.real.com from any computer, smartphone, or tablet’s web browser.

To add the RealPlayer Cloud account to the Roku device visit http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/30800/realplayer-cloud or add it from the Channel store once your Roku is hooked up to your TV.

It’s that easy!

Each free account comes with 2 GB of space. You can earn extra space when you set up other devices to your account and other tasks. You can also sign up for a premium account (Silver, Gold or Platinum) down the road if you find that you need more space.

You can shoot videos directly from the app or shoot videos as you would regularly on your device and they will automatically be picked up by RealPlayer Cloud. I am grateful that it does that because a few times I forgot to shoot the video from the app. It was OK since the app picks up videos from your device and brings them over the to app.

I like that you can organize videos too which make it easier to find a specific video you are looking for. You can set them up in categories such as vacation, parties, family member’s names, months or any other way you see fit. Right now mine are filed under Summer 2014. I plan on having a Holidays 2014 folder soon. I also have a folder for Random videos.

Now that you have a great place to store and organize you videos – how do you share them with loved ones? It’s easy!

You can watch your videos from most devices such as other phones, tablets, computers and even your television. All you need to do it log into your account and you can watch the video/videos instantly.

RealPlayer Cloud Devices

RealPlayer Cloud has SurePlay technology which converts the videos so they are easy to watch no matter what device you are watching them on. That means you can watch them full screen on your television and not an itty bitty version of it.

If you have a Roku device you can also set that up with RealPlayer Cloud and watch them form the Roku device.

You can also move videos to different devices too.

Most videos you’d love to share with others. RealPlayer Cloud makes it easy to PRIVATELY share videos with anyone. You don’t have to upload them on social media sites (such as Facebook), especially if it’s a video you want to keep private.

You can easily e-mail or text message videos to loved ones. There is no length limit either which is a nice thing since I tend to take long videos.

Your video recipient doesn’t need to have a RealPlayer Cloud account to watch the video. They simply hit the play button and the video starts playing for them. It’s so easy even those who are “technologically challenged” like me can watch videos sent to them via RealPlayer Cloud.

Of course you can still share videos on Facebook and Twitter from RealPlayer Cloud too.

I’m loving the app so far.

RealPlayer Cloud Screen Shot

The image I used (above) was taken when I first downloaded the app. Now when I open the app you can see my videos (screen shot) right from the app’s home screen. The only reason why I didn’t use a screen shot now is because my 16 year old cousin appears in the large video viewing area and I don’t like to share images of family or friends without their consent.

I’ve been able to get some great videos from our cousin’s Sweet 16 party, Roosevelt Island (NYC), the local state park and so much more. I’m looking forward to taking plenty of videos on the first day of school and the holidays. As my daughter puts it in a few weeks it will be her LAST “first day” of school because she graduates next June. Needless to say I MUST get that on video not only for us but also to share with the grandparents.

I am loving watching the videos on the television. It’s so much nicer to see them “larger” as well as allow everyone to watch all at once instead of passing the phone around.

We were using an older version of Roku but we are now using Roku 2 and the RealPlayer Cloud works perfectly with it. More on that in another post.

To learn more please visit www.Real.com. You can also find the app on Facebook and Twitter (@RealPlayer).

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RealCloud Player would love to give a lucky reader a special prize package which includes a Roku 2, a $200 gift card so that you can take your family out some place special and capture the moments on video AND 1 year of RealCloud Player’s Premium Gold ($99 value!). Thank you RealPlayer Cloud!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 what types of events/situations do you like to video tape and share with loved ones?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway. 



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Take your music to the next level with Sound Blaster Roar


Sound Blaster Roar

I enjoy listening to music. I listen to it often throughout the day.

I have a radio and a cassette player in my car. Yes, you read that correctly – a cassette player! I drive a 96′ Mazda.

I actually have dozens of cassettes I can use in my car’s cassette player. The only problem is that the music is from the 80′s. I don’t mind listening to 80′s music, but there are times I would like to listen to something a bit more modern. Not only that the quality of my tapes is getting worse by each passing year. They were not made to last forever.

Some day I’ll have a car with a CD player or a way to connect to my music via Bluetooth. Until then I have to use portable speakers in order to listen to my music off my cellphone.

I had a small portable speaker that clips on to my visor. It’s OK but the sound quality is not so good. It’s no better then listening to my music directly from my phone. It’s also hard to hear when I’m driving.

I also enjoy listening to music at home, especially when I’m cleaning (it takes my mind off the dreaded task). Having the ability to take my music with me from room to room is a must.

Several weeks ago I was sent to review a portable speaker system called Sound Blaster Roar. If I had to describe the product in one word it would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!


Here is a little more information about Sound Blaster Roar.

The Sound Blaster Roar, a new concept booklet-size, 5-driver portable wireless speaker that delivers amazingly powerful, precision-tuned, high fidelity sound, was first showcased at CES 2014 in Las Vegas with fantastic early reviews and comments from both media and the general public.

Dubbed the ‘Audiophile Sound Booklet’ by audio aficionados, the sleek, metallic Sound Blaster Roar is designed to deliver the audio power of a living-room hi-fi system with BIG non-sweet spot-dependent sound from the compact form-factor of a portable wireless speaker.  It is a looker too – bagging the prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award for Product Design with its amalgamation of precise audio engineering and minimalist design.

A product of over two years of research in speaker design and technology, we believe that the Sound Blaster Roar represents the pinnacle of portable wireless audio, and marks the redefinition of the home stereo and wireless speaker market – by combining wireless connectivity, portability, high fidelity and audio power all into one compact unit that can rest on the palm.

Right from the get-go, at launch during the Singapore IT Show 2014, the Sound Blaster Roar began attracting fans with its amazing audio prowess.  It was ‘love at first sound’ for many at the Creative Booth.  The speaker chalked up an impressive sales record of more than one-unit-sold- per-minute over the 4-day cash-and-carry show.

This portable speaker is truly amazing. It has best sound quality that I have heard in a very long time. The sound is crystal clear and everything is perfectly portioned (bass and tremble). There is no “tweaking” necessary. Your music will stream from the device in “true to life”. You’ll think you were live at a concert, not listening to a small, portable speaker.

I’m a bass person. I love to hear the thump, thump, thump when listening to music. Sound Blaster Roar has a kick-butt bass. Plus the device has speakers all around it so the music is coming at you from all angles.

Even my hard to impress teenagers were impressed by the sound that comes from Sound Blaster Roar.

I’ve taken Sound Blaster Roar to work with me on a few occasions to listen to music in my car. Even in the car the sound quality is excellent.

You can stream music from my smartphone or other device via Bluetooth on to Sound Blaster Roar. Set up was quick and easy and you do not have to be a “techie” to figure it out.



As if the sound quality wasn’t enough, Sound Blaster Roar offers consumers more great features.

  • Creative Bluetooth Multipoint Connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.
  • Speakerphone Teleconferencing: Takes smartphone calls for a hands-free experience.
  • Integrated MP3 Player: Enjoy your music from a microSD card, without committing your phone. Supports MP3, WMA and WAV formats.
  • Dual Purpose Battery: Built-in 6000mAH Lithium-Ion battery charges your smartphones and tablets, and gives you up to 8 hours of audio playback.
  • Bedtime Mode : Gradually reduces playback volume before automatically shutting down.
  • Integrated Voice Recorder: Records audio and calls directly to a microSD card.

It even has a one-touch siren in case you need to grab people’s attention.

These are just some of the great features that come with Sound Blaster Roar.

Sound Blaster Roar is great for traveling and listening to music in the car. You an also take it camping, boating, hiking, in your backyard and enjoy it in your home. It’s portable and meant to go with you anywhere. It’s compact size means you can tuck it inside a backpack, tote bag or even the optional carrying bag you can get to go with it.

Sound Blaster Roar sells for $149.99.

To learn more about Sound Blaster Roar, or to make a purchase, visit www.Creative.com/Roar.

With the holidays around the corner you should keep Sound Blaster Roar in mind for a gift. Teens and college students will flip for something like this. It would also make a great gift for someone who loves music and being outdoors.

Sound Blaster Roar product shot


*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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myCharge Transit 2600 for quick and easy portable charging (giveaway ends 8/15/14)


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Has this ever happened to you – you are stranded at the airport or on the side of the road when you car breaks down only to find that your cellphone is out of power? It happens. It’s happened to me before.

Once I was taking a “red eye” flight home from the West coast and I needed to find the car service driver that I hired to take me home. I didn’t see him where he was supposed to meet me. I was going to call the service to find out where he was but my phone was dead! Even worse I didn’t have the charging plug with me. I had no way to charge my phone.

It was the middle of the night and I didn’t have change. There was no place to get change either since I already existed the airport. I was stuck.

I had to call my husband collect from a payphone. He in turn had to call the car service to find out where he was. Then I had to call my husband collect again to find out what was going on with my pick up. It was a mess!

From that day on I made sure to carry my charging plug with me whenever I traveled.

I’ve noticed that finding a place to charge a phone at the airport is easier said than done. Ever time I go to the airport all the charging stations and wall outlets are being occupied by other people who are charging and using their smartphones or other devices. It’s for this very reason that having a portable charging device is a must have.

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One great portable charging option is the myCharge Transit 2600. This tiny power house gives you two different ways to charge the device – built in wall prongs and a car adapter. This allows you to charge up the myCharge Transit XT where ever you are – in the car, at the airport, at a hotel or at home. I really like that feature. Sometimes it’s not easy to find an empty wall socket or when you are driving you need to be able to recharge from your car.

Here is some more information about the myCharge Transit 2600.

  • Extra 11 hours of talk time
  • USB port delivers 1.0A output
  • Four-light LED battery indicator
  • High Efficiency Technology, maximizes power to your device
  • High Density Battery, more power in a smaller footprint
  • Smartsense Technology, identifies and charges any device
  • Fast Charging Technology, shortens charge time by 25% or more
  • Built-in wall prongs and car adapter for recharging anywhere
  • Pre-charged and ready to use

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The myCharge Transit 2600 is small in size making it very portable and easy to take with you. You can toss it in your purse, backpack, glove compartment in your car or even tuck it in your pocket.

Never, ever get caught without a backup charger. You never know when you’ll need your smart phone, especially when it come to emergencies. After all, you wouldn’t want to be stranded at the airport or stuck on the side of the road in the middle of the night without no way of calling for help.

For more information about myCharge Transit 2600 please visit www.myCharge.com. You can purchase the device at various retail locations like Home Depot and Meijer.

You can also find the myCharge brand on the various social media sites.

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myCharge would like to give a lucky reader a myCharge Transit 2600. Thank you myCharge!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 the myCharge Transit 2600 or share a story with me on a situation where you found yourself in dire need of a charge.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*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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