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Keep your Photos & Videos Safe with IDrive Online Backup- Special Offer for She Scribes Readers! FREE 32GB USB Stick!

 

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These days more than ever, so much of our sensitive information is stored digitally. This means that family photos/videos, critical documents and other important files are more vulnerable to viruses, threats, simple accidents, hard drive failure, or natural disasters. It’s important to have a plan in place in case of a computer crash, with online backup being a simple and affordable solution. Between natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and deliberate threats like theft and viruses, if your data is lost you can simply restore your files and pick up where you left off.

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This month IDrive Online Backup is offering She Scribes readers a special discount on their award-winning backup solution. For a limited time you can get 80% off of your first year of IDrive. That’s 1TB of space for $11.90 (reg. $59.50 per year). Sign up now and they’ll throw in a free 32GB IDrive USB Stick for fast local backups!

Why IDrive?

So what does IDrive have to offer today’s families? Two necessities in these modern times: Security and accessibility for all of your data. The average household owns at least 5 devices that have some type of important data on them. If this sounds like you, you have a lot of data to protect which can be pricey and can get rather complicated. With IDrive you can backup all of your devices into a single account. Better yet, you can schedule your devices to backup, making it so simple that your data is literally being protected while you sleep. More great features of IDrive include:

  • Multi-device Backup: Backup an unlimited amount of phones (iOS/Android), tablets, desktops, and laptops all into a single account.
  • Accessibility: Access your files from anywhere with an internet connection using the IDrive Application for iOS and Android or your web browser.
  • Security: IDrive encrypts all data with 256-bit AES Encryption to protect your files from online theft and data breaches. They also give you the option to choose your own private key, so not even IDrive employees can access your data.
  • Real Time Backup: The IDrive software recognizes when a file has been created or modified and will back it up right away.
  • IDrive Express: IDrive’s solution for that initial time consuming data backup. Request the service, receive a hard drive, load your data onto it then ship it back to IDrive, saving you time and bandwidth.
  • Social Media Backup: Backup all photos shared to your Facebook and Instagram. Even Facebook tagged photos!
  • IDrive is back to back (2015, 2016) winner of PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice for Online Backup.

Anybody with a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer should definitely take a moment to consider an online backup service. Spill a drink on your smartphone causing you to lose hundreds of family photos? Laptop got knocked off the counter and destroyed? Tablet stolen? You’ll wish you had backed it up. Sign up for IDrive here for 80% off the first year and a free 32GB IDrive USB Stick!

** Offer is available to readers only in the US**

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*I have partnered with iDrive to bring you this offer. Although compensated the opinions expressed is that of the author/brand and does not necessarily reflect my own. I am not personally connected with this offer in any way. Any questions/concerns please reach out to iDrive directly. 

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Vivitar’s New Light Up Collection Bring You Tech with Personality for the Whole Family!

 

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There are so many high tech product on the market, including accessories for those items such as bluetooth speakers, earbuds, charging cables and even portable charging units. Most of these items are pretty standard in looks and design. You have to be pretty special to stand out from the rest.

Vivitar has gone ahead and done something to ensure that their products stand out by introducing their new Light Up Collection. The new collection features an assortment of products to help consumers enjoy music and stay connected with eye-catching LED light elements. From color changing headphones to bluetooth speakers that alternate and pulsate different colors in response to sound, this collection allows consumers to personalize their experience.

Check out the new products available in this collection.

Vivitar Light Up Collection

·         The Vivitar Light Up Stereo Earphones, an eye catching set of earphones that light up and alternate colors with the push of a button. They feature bright LED lights, stereo sound, a rechargeable battery and flexible earbud tips that provide added comfort. Choose from Red, Pink, Blue or Black.

·         The Vivitar Light Up Get Loud Bluetooth Speaker, a compact, portable and rechargeable bluetooth speaker that features a multi-colored LED display that will keep the room vibrant and full of music. Stream and listen to music wirelessly and watch the LED lights change color in sync with music and sound levels, which can be controlled via built-in controls or through a connected device. The speaker is compatible with any Android® or iPhone®/iPad®/iPod® device and has a built-in microphone to manage phone calls. Choose from Red, Pink, Blue or Black.

·         The Vivitar Light Up Lightning Cable, a bright and fun way to charge up all your Apple® gear. It features bright LED lights that illuminate while charging, 3ft length, compatibility with any USB wall or car charger. Choose from Red, Pink, Blue or Black.

·         The Vivitar Light Up Universal USB Car Charger, a car charger that will bring some personality to your car as it illuminates while charging. It features bright LED lights, 1 AMP charging capacity and is compatible with any smart phone (cable not included). Choose from Red, Pink, Blue or White.

·         The Vivitar Light Up Power Boost, a bright-shining LED-lit, rechargeable phone power booster that helps your devices stay charged and connected all day long. It provides 40 hours of talk time, 25 hours music time and 15 hours of video time. Choose from Red, Pink, Blue or Black.

I was sent a couple of product to review from the collection – the Get Loud Bluetooth Speaker and the Light Up Power Boost portable charger.

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The Get Loud Bluetooth Speaker actually came in very handy. Our daughter recently got her first car. It only has a radio and she prefers to listen to music on her Spotify account. She was looking for a way to stream her music in the car. The Get Loud speaker is perfect for her.

The speaker is not terribly big, which is good. It actually fits perfectly in the cup holder in her car. All she needs to do is turn the speaker on, make sure it’s connected via Bluetooth, and then turn on her music.

The speaker has a volume control (she knows she’s not allowed to blast music in her car).

The speaker changes colors and sort of goes along with the music. It’s fun to have when her and her friends are hanging out on the beach (near the Hudson River, not the ocean) or hanging out with her friends in their backyard. The colorful light show really adds to the fun.

Thankfully there is an option to turn the lights off too so that they don’t distract her when she’s driving.

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The Power Boost portable charger is handy when you need to recharge your smartphone.

The charger comes in a variety of colors. I have the black one.

It does light up in different colors but rather than change colors like the speaker, the charger just has a colorful insert inside of it and when it’s turned on a light behind the insert turns on and makes the colors light up. I would have liked for it to change colors like the speaker does, but I suppose it’s not really necessary since it’s only a charger (not a speaker).

The charger is a nice size and can easily fit in a purse, briefcase or backpack. It also has suction cups on the back of it. I’m not really sure what they are needed for, but I suppose they serve a purpose for someone.

All of these Vivitar products are available nationwide at Walmart and Staples, and with prices ranging from $4.88 – $15, anyone in the family can enjoy the Light Up Collection. All of these products would make great gifts too.

For more information about these and other Vivitar products visit Vivitar.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do you think about these light up products from Vivitar? Has any of them caught your eye?

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Kimberly

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

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Power on the Go with Chic Buds

 

 

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Isn’t technology wonderful? Never in a million years when I was little would I have believed that one day you could make phone calls in the middle of no where, or watch a movie from the backseat of your car. Back in the day the coolest technology was the Walkman and cable TV.

These days technology is not only every where – it’s also a huge part of our lives. Most people have either a smartphone, tablet or some kind of device that they take on the go to not only keep them connected, but also entertained.

All this technology does require something – power.

Have you ever been somewhere and realize your phone or tablet has very little power left and there is no where to charge it? I’ve had that happen more times than I care to remember.

One time I came home from a “red eye” flight from Los Angeles, CA (I live in NY). It was late at night and I was having car service pick me up and take me home. When I arrived at the airport I realized my cellphone was dead. Like a fool I didn’t bring the charger with me so I had no way of charging it. I also had no money on me (except my debit card) to make a phone call. I ended up calling my husband collect and he had to act as a “middle man” between me and the car service driver so we could finally connect.

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After that horrible experience I make sure to bring a charger with me all the time. Unfortunately even that doesn’t guarantee being able to charge my phone. If you have ever been to a busy airport you know that most charging station and outlets are usually taken over by other passengers. That is why a portable charging source is a must.

I do have a few portable chargers, but I sometimes forget to bring them with me. They can also be big and bulky and take up a lot of room in my purse. I also don’t take them with me unless I am traveling, so if I’m out to dinner or running errands and find that my phone is running low on power I have no way of charging it.

I was recently introduced to a creative idea that allows you to bring a power source with you no matter where you are. It’ called Chic Buds.

Chic Buds is a line of pure, totes and clutches that come with a built in charger that is hidden inside the bag.

Chic Buds were designed with the avid traveler in mind. Being out and about can leave little time to charge your phone. Chic Buds knows how important it is to have a full battery to take pictures, videos, and stay in touch with loved ones when on vacation. Their bags allow you to charge your phone anywhere you go.

I know that many women are obsessed with cute and beautiful bags. Chic Buds are no exception. You will love their designs. Take a look at some examples.

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I was sent their cross over bag (pictured above) to review. I opted for the color gray since it matches with a lot of the clothing I wear.

I prefer smaller bags. I usually only carry around my wallet, cellphone and car keys. I don’t need to tote around half our home including the kitchen sink (LOL).

The bag is made very well. It’s crafted out of vegan leather so it has a leather-like look and feel, but without harming any animals.

According to Chic Buds;

The purse that charges your phone! With Crossbody Power, phone charging no longer has to be a fumbling multi-step process. Inside each Stylish Crossbody is a lightweight, ultra-thin battery to recharge smart phones and USB devices on-the-go. So light it’s practically undetectable! Featuring built-in USB cords for easy charging of both phone and the Crossbody, this trendy companion is always ready for a charging emergency and provides most smart phones with a full charge for double the battery life while resting comfortably at your side and across your shoulder. Plus, with chic design and room for keys, lip gloss, and other essentials Crossbody Power is the secret weapon every modern Wonder Woman needs to charge through the day on full power!

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The bag features an outside zippered pocket. Inside the pocket you’ll find a plug with the word “Out” printed on it. There is the cord that you plug your cellphone or other device into when you need a charge. The outside pocket is large enough to tuck your most phone inside of it. I have an iPhone 6s with a case on it and it fits just fine inside the outer pocket.

The phone charging cable not included.

Inside the zippered inner pocket you'll find the charger and charging plug (I pulled the plug out so you can see it - it's normally tucked inside)

Inside the zippered inner pocket you’ll find the charger and charging plug (I pulled the plug out so you can see it – it’s normally tucked inside)

Inside you’ll find a single, large pocket for your wallet, make up, phone and keys. There are also two deep pockets (non-zipper) to one side and a zippered pocket to the other side. Inside the zippered pocket you’ll find a rechargable power source. It slips inside an elastic band to keep it in place.

To use the charge you need to plug it into a power source (computer, wall outlet with an adapter) to fully charge it. Then tuck it all back inside the purse when you are done. The next time you need a charge simply attach your device to the plug in the outer pocket and you are ready to go.

Check out this brief video that shows you just how Chic Buds works.

 

Now you are not confined to sitting near an outlet to charge your phone, or having to wait until your phone is charged. With Chic Buds you can literally charge on the go.

I love this little bag. It’s perfect for my needs. Their larger tote bag is great for ladies you prefer to take more things with them when they are on the go (it could also double as a diaper bag).

Even without the ability to charge, I love this bag. It’s cute both inside and out (I love the polka dot lining and gold chains).

If you would like more information, or to see all the available bags and products, visit ChicBuds.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their website.

What do you think about Chic Buds? Does it seem like a product you would like 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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Never lose your belongings again with Tile

 

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Our son’s best friend “Bear” when he was little (the orange arrow is also pointing at Bear).

How many times have you misplaced, or worse yet – lost – something of great value to you such as your car keys, purse or your child’s favorite plush toy?

That was one of my biggest fears when our son was little. He had a plush toy – a cat he named “Bear” – that he took everywhere with him. Bear was his best friend. Had I known he was going to get so attached to this particular plush animal I would have stocked up and purchased a spare or two just in case he lost it.

Thankfully Bear was never lost. Our son is 16+ now and we still have Bear. He’s safely tucked away inside the closet. Every now and then I bring him out to show our son. I think he’s a little embarrassed by it. Maybe one day Bear will have a new best friend – our future grandchild?

Our daughter recently got her first car, compliments of her boyfriend’s parents. It’s a great car and we appreciate the kind gesture. The only problem is that there is only one key. They can’t find the spare. Until we have the money to buy a spare from the car dealership (about $40), we have to stress over her misplacing her car keys. If she loses them we have no way to get into her car, or driver her car.

Imagine if there was an easy way to find things that can possibly get lost? There is! It’ called Tile.

Tile is a tiny, sleek Bluetooth tracker with an accompanying app that helps people to keep tabs on their important belongings.

PHOTO SOURCE: TheTileApp.com

PHOTO SOURCE: TheTileApp.com

Tile is about the size of a book of matches. It’s a small, lightweight, square piece of plastic. You can attach it to the valuable item you want to keep track of via a key chain ring (you’ll need to attach you own) or you can place a piece of adhesive on the back of it and tack it to the item you want to keep track of.

If this was for our son’s plush I would have put it on the toy’s neck like it was a necklace.

After you have attached the Tile to the item you want to keep track of you need to download the FREE accompanying app. Then you need to pair the Tile with your device (smartphone, tablet…) via Bluetooth. Once that is done you are ready to go.

Tile does not have GPS built into it (something I thought it did). Instead it communicates with the app to show it’s location. It has a range of up to 100 feet, meaning you can be 100 feet from the item that is lost and the app will be able to pick up it’s location.

On the app it will show you where the item is. If you should happen to be outside the 100 foot range, the app will show you the last known location to aid you in tracking it down.

If you should happen to be too far out of range you can reply on the Tile community to help locate the missing items. You don’t need to send out a message, or even interact with other people. If someone with the app happen to come within 100 feet of your missing item, the app will sense it and send you an alert to show it’s location.

I think that is a cool feature. I especially like that you don’t have to make others aware of your lost item. After all, you don’t want a stranger to go looking for your cellphone or laptop. No one will realize that the app on their phone is alerting YOU to where you lost item is.

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PHOTO SOURCE: TheTileApp.com

The downside to this is that if you live in a rural or low populated area, there might not be any Tile users nearby. For that reason I think that feature is best suited for people who live in big cities where many Tile members will be found.

Another thing that I think is a “negative” with Tile is that you can’t replace or recharge the batteries. After about a year the batteries will die out and you’ll have to replace the entire unit.

If you find that your item is lost, you can trigger Tile from your phone and the Tile will emit a loud noise to help you hear where it’s located. I played with this and found the sound easy enough to hear and not loud enough to be obnoxious sounding, especially in a public place.

You can also do a reverse tracking with Tile. If you happen to misplace you phone, but you have your Tile, simply press the Tile and it will trigger a sound on your phone to help you locate it.

I should also recommend that you can use multiple Ties and track them all from the same app. You could put one on each family’s members keys.

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I think Tile is best suited for items you misplace on a regular basis (car keys, purse, wallet) and maybe your luggage if you travel a lot. This is perfect for our daughter since she only has one set of keys. She currently has it on her key chain which she currently has at work with her.

For someone who misplaces things often I would recommend Tile. If you rarely misplace things, you could probably pass on Tile.

For more information visit www.TheTileApp.com. You can also find the Tile brand on social media. The links are found at the bottom of their website.

You can purchase Tile on the Tile website (you can save $$$ on purchasing multiple Tiles at the same time). You can also find Tile on Amazon, should you want to purchase it as a Mother’s Day gift and want expedited shipping (Amazon Prime members get free two say shipping).

What do you think about Tile? Does it sound like a device you need?

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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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This is NOT your average scale

 

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Do you have a bathroom scale? Do you use it often? Or are you like me and shove it into the back of the closet to forget it even exists?

I have a love/hate relationship with our bathroom scale. Mostly I hate it but occasionally I’ll find a reason to love it. Like recently when I realized I lost about 15+ pounds without really trying (just eating less junk and moving more). For that moment in time I loved my scale. Now I don’t like it again because it looks like I gained back 2 pounds. Sigh…

A scale is just a scale – or is it?

With most scales you step on it and pray for the final resting spot (number) is something you hoping it will be. Once you get your weight you step off and that is that. But what if your scale could tell you much more than just your weight?

The 1byone Digital Smart Wireless Body Fat Scale with advanced Bluetooth technology  can help you monitor your weight and diet unlike any other scale I have seen before. It doesn’t just tell you your current weight, it also tells you about Body Water, Body Fat, BMI, BMR, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass and Visceral Fat using and advance algorithm.

In addition to telling you this vital information, the accompanying app also tells you what is considered to be in a healthy range so you can see where you are and where you should be.

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You’ll need to download the FREE app to truly take advantage of all the important information the scale can tell you.

There is nothing really to set up. Once you download the FREE app simply create an account and you are ready to go.

You sync the app with your scale via Bluetooth.

Whenever you step on the scale you’ll need to open the app FIRST so that it can receive the data from the scale. Once the app is open simply step on the scale and wait for the countdown before stepping off. Once the countdown is reached the information will be instantly sent to the app on your phone where you can analyze the data.

The data is saved on the app too so that you can track your progress and share with your doctor.

Here is a screen shot of a random weigh in using the scale and app. I covered up the results because I rather not share with the world how much I weigh and my body fat amount.

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I did lose 2.4 pounds in between the time I weighed myself (above) the the time prior to that. I like that the scale and app tell you how much you lost/gained since your last weigh in.

I like seeing the Target Weight displayed too. It’s a good motivation tool.

My immediate goal is to get from “obese” to “overweight” on the BMI scale. I don’t know how much weight I need to lose to accomplish that, but I am going to do my best to reach that target range.

Anyone can use the scale. All family members could download the app and use it whenever they step on the scale. Or you can use it as a regular scale without knowing the additional information.

The scale it’s self is really nice. It’s thin and lightweight. It’s made out of some kind of tempered glass making have a sleek, modern look to it.

The scale runs on 4 AA batteries which are included.

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This scale can hold up to 400 pounds. You can also get your weight in pounds of KG.

The display is big and bright, making it easy to read. It’s a digital display so you don’t have to guess what weight the arrow is pointing at like you would with older types of scales.

Currently this scale has a 4.2 rating out of a possible 5 on Amazon. I gave it a 5 star rating on Amazon because I really like this scale. I wish I had it sooner when I was on a weight loss program. I think it would have given me the extra boost and motivation that I needed.

You can find the 1byone Digital Smart Wireless Body Fat Scale on Amazon. You can also learn more about this and other products from 1ByOne by visiting the brand online at 1ByOne.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their website.

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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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Never lose your keys or cellphone again with iHere

Bear

Our son’s best friend “Bear” when he was little (the orange arrow is also pointing at Bear).

How many times have you misplaced, or worse yet – lost – something of great value to you such as your car keys, purse or your child’s favorite plush toy?

That was one of my biggest fears when our son was little. He had a plush toy – a cat he named “Bear” – that he took everywhere with him. Bear was his best friend. Had I known he was going to get so attached to this particular plush animal I would have stocked up and purchased a spare or two just in case he lost it.

Thankfully Bear was never lost.

Our daughter recently got her first car, compliments of her boyfriend’s parents. It’s a great car and we appreciate the kind gesture. The only problem is that there is only one key. They can’t find the spare. Until we have the money to buy a spare from the car dealership (about $40), we have to stress over her misplacing her car keys. If she loses them we have no way to get into her car, or driver her car.

Imagine if there was an easy way to find things that can possibly get lost? There is! It’ called iHere.

iHere

iHere is a tiny, sleek Bluetooth tracker with an accompanying app that helps people to keep tabs on their keys and smartphone.

iHere small and lightweight. You can easily attach it to your car and/or house keys.

There is a FREE app that you’ll need to download to use in conjunction with iHere. The app helps you to locate your lost keys (up to 75′ away). It works via Bluetooth technology.

If you lose your keys simply open the app, press the appropriate button and iHere will sent out a loud beeping noise to help you locate your keys. On the flip side, if you lose your phone the iHere can help you locate that as well, even if the volume is off on your phone. That is great for me because I tend to keep the volume off.

Unlike similar products, this one is rechargeable. Other similar key finders are not chargeable, so you have to purchase new ones every time the battery dies. That is not only inconvenient, its expensive too.

I’m not sure how long the iHere will go on a single charge. I make it a habit to recharge mine every Sunday, just to be on the safe side. I would think a single charge would last a couple of weeks, depending on how often you use it. Thankfully you can see how much battery life is left from the app.

Another thing that makes this key finder stand out from the competition is that you can use it to help you find your car via GPS.

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When you arrive at your location simply press the button on the iHere and it will make note of your location when the button was pressed. That is the location iHere will help you find should you forget where your car is parked. Another words, when you go to the mall as soon as you park press the iHere and that is the location it will help you find. Trust me, this comes in VERY handy.

Another fun feature is that you can use the iHere device as a remote for your phone’s camera. That means you can take epic selfies without having to find a way to push the button on your phone.

Lastly, the iHere is also a voice recorder. If you press the button on the device you can indiscreetly record conversations. You can also use it to record notes for yourself (for example, stuff you need from the store). I wouldn’t recommend recording someone without their knowledge, but I guess if the situation arises, it could be handy to have that feature.

There is a “separation” feature as well. You can set the device to notify you if your keys and phone get too far from one another. The only reason I can see why you would want to use this is if you drop your keys or of someone pick pockets you and takes your phone or keys. I keep this feature off in the app. I don’t think I really need this option, but others might put it to good use.

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To be honest, the only thing I don’t like about iHere is that you need to switch between modes via the app. I wish there was a way to do that from the device it’s self. Another words, if you want to use iHere as a recorder, you have to go into the app and click on the recorder option. The same applies if you want to use it to find your car. You first need to open the app, click that option, and then press the button on the iHere.

Overall I really like this product. I have another product from Nonda, which I really enjoy and use often. You can read that review here – Never “misplace” your car again with ZUS – the smart car charger.

To find out more about iHere 3.0 Key Finder, visit the Nonda website. It retails for $19.99.

If you would like to learn more about other Nonda products visit www.Nonda.co (notice it’s .co, NOT .com). You can find the tab for iHere at the top of their website. You can also check out the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about iHere? Does it sound like something you would like to have? What is your favorite feature? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

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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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