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Sweeping just got a little bit easier with EyeVac

 

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I love a clean house. A clean house makes me feel happy and relaxed. Sadly, getting the clean house that I enjoy so much means that I have to clean. Blah!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like cleaning. I know some people find it fun and relaxing – not me. I just like that after effect of cleaning – a squeaky clean home.

I have an almost 18 year old and a 20 year old. Cleaning is not there thing either, as the piles of laundry all over the place proves. I have to nag them often to tidy up their rooms. Most times I just do it myself. Their idea of cleaning and my idea of cleaning are apparently two different things. Ha Ha.

One room in the house that I seem to constantly be cleaning is where we keep the litter box. We have five cats and a HUGE litter box. We clean the litter box out easily a dozen times per day. We have to. We don’t want our home to smell like cats. It’s not a pleasant smell at all.

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I pride myself on a non-cat smelling home. When we had our home on the market years ago we had real estate agents and neighbors come into our home to let us know if they smelled that we had cats. They all said “no.” Even one of the agents said if it wasn’t for the cat tree they no one would know we had cats (our cats run and hide from strangers in the home).

Kitty litter is the worst – and I do mean the WORST! It gets everywhere. The cats track is all around our home. Thankfully most of it stays where the litter box is. When they jump out of the box most of the litter falls on the floor near the litter box.

I sweep all the time. We sweep every time we clean out the litter box (so at least a good 10-12 times per day). We sweep everything into a pile, sweep it into a pan, then dump it in the garbage can. If we’re lucky all the litter stays in the pan when we toss it into the garbage. Sometimes some falls out and we have to sweep all over again. It seems like a never ending process.

I was recently sent to review a cool product that takes the chore of sweeping and makes it a whole lot easier. It’s called the Eye Vac. It’s an interesting name for a very useful product.

The Eye Vac is a sensor activated stationary vacuum. It’s not very big in size and it has a modern shape and design to it so it’s much more appealing to look at then a broom and dust pan. Best of all, you can keep Eye Vac out all the time. There is no need to tuck it away in the closet (unless you really wanted to).

Eye Vac has been featured on multiple national televised programs like Rachael Ray, Tony Danza, and The 9 Salon. In addition, Eye Vac has been featured on reputable social media platforms like Business Insider, Odditymall, and Drool’d gathering over 20 million views combined and hundreds of thousands of interactions.

I was excited to try the Eye Vac. ANYTHING that could make the task of sweeping up the litter, pet hair and crumbs quicker and easier I’m all for.

To use Eye Vac simply sweep the debris in it’s direction and Eye Vac will suck it all up. There is no need for a dust pan. No need to bend over to sweep things up, and no risk of spilling things when you try and empty the dust pan in the garbage.

The Eye Vac is small and not an “eye sore” to look at.

Eye Vac has a powerful 1000 watt motor that helps to remove 100% of pet hair, dust, litter and other debris quickly and easily.

In addition to keeping your floors clean, this awesome cyclonic vacuum has a HEPA filtration system that helps to not only clean your floors, but also to help clean the air you breathe. It doesn’t spit dust and debris back into the air after it sucks it up. It’s all confined inside the unit.

There was nothing to do to set Eye Vac up. You literally just plug it in, turn on your desired setting and you are good to go.

Easily accessible controls at the top of the unit.

We originally had ours set to “automatic” which means the moment you get near it with the broom and debris it will suck it all up. When you have cats you have pets you might want to rethink that mode. Our cats would set it off constantly – even in the middle of the night. They were all terrified of it so as soon as it would go off they would scatter. To fix this problem we don’t use the automatic mode. Instead we use the mode where it turns on only when we want it to. It still works just as great for us and our cats don’t have to get freaked out. They have since got used to the noise, but we don’t use the automatic mode so it doesn’t turn on during the night when they walk past it.

We love our Eye Vac. It makes cleaning up after the cats much easier and a lot quicker. I wouldn’t mind having a second unit for our kitchen to help keep the room free from crumbs and “tumbleweeds” (little puffs of pet hair that roll across the floor).

This brief video (below) shows Eye Vac in action. I wanted to take my own video but I couldn’t get a decent shot of it sucking up the litter and other what nots when we swept.

 

If you have pets, Eye Vac is a must. It’s also great for crumbs, dust, and all those other little things that make your floors dirty.

Eye Vac is available in different styles and colors, and range in price from $109 – $129. It might seem a little pricey, but for the convenience it’s well worth every penny if you ask me. It’s been a Godsend and we are grateful for the opportunity to review it.

For more information about Eye Vac visit EyeVac.com. You can save 20% on your purchase using the discount code evblog.

You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (their links are found on the top right of their website).

What do YOU think about Eye Vac? Does it look like something you want/need in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

 

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

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This Family Business Is Seeing Red!

 

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Why is it that the older we get the more we feel like we’re “falling apart?” I know it’s not the case for everyone, but for my husband and I it seems like the older we get the more “issues” we have – from aches and pains to hip problems and skin issues. It’s all a part of aging. It’s just sad that it happens to people.

When it comes to my health, I try and stick with the most natural remedies as possible. I dislike taking medications unless it’s totally unavailable. I will go the more natural, holistic route possible to fix what ever needs fixing.

Have you seen all these commercials on television lately – the ones pushing medications? The next time you see one LISTEN CAREFULLY to the side effects and/or possible side effects. Scary!!! I think I rather deal with the issue at hand than the side effects. I’m sorry, but if cancer, bleeding, neurological problems and DEATH are a possible side effect, I want no part of it. I’ll deal with the aches and pains instead.

About a month ago I went to my doctor in regards to horrible insomnia. I have done everything humanly possible to fix the problem but nothing worked. My doctor put me on medication. He knows how I am and came right out and said to me, and I quote, “Don’t worry. You won’t grow an extra head.” LOL!

If I can avoid medications (and doctor’s visits), I’m all for it.

Have you heard of red light therapy?

Red light therapy (sometimes called LLLT or low level laser therapy) involves emitting red, low-light wavelengths through the skin to stimulate cellular rejuvenation, increase blood flow, stimulate collagen and more.

I have seen light therapy products advertised on television, online and in publications. I have seen light therapy products to help with acne and wrinkles. I honestly thought it was a bunch of hype and not really something that could work. After all, how can a red LED light help your skin, reduce inflammation and stimulate cellular rejuvenation?

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What I see on television are also small units. Who has the time to sit there with a little red light hitting a tiny surface of your skin for several minutes, then move it to another spot for a few minutes. They don’t seem very practical if you have a larger area to cover.

Several weeks ago I was introduced to a product called the Joovv Light. A Joovv Light is a portable red light therapy unit that can be used all over your body. It’s large enough to that you can an entire area in just one sitting.

Here is the backstory about how Joovv Light came to be, as per Scott Nelson from Joovv.com.

Joovv Mini

A few years ago, my sister-in-law, Melissa, was struggling with some health issues when she decided to buy a red light therapy package at a local salon. Within a matter of weeks, she saw huge improvements in her stretch marks and her eczema completely disappeared.

But as a mother of six, traveling to the salon 4-5 times per week was both inconvenient and expensive. When she searched for an in-home solution, the only red light devices she could find were small, overpriced units that were not powerful enough to do the job.

Melissa asked her husband, an engineer, to build a product specifically designed to maximize the results of red light therapy in a convenient, efficient design. He created a prototype and The Joovv Light   was born.

Used by well-known celebrities like Emily Skye (Forbes #3 fitness influencer) and Carolyn Radziwill (Real Housewives of NYC), the Joovv Light is the first professional grade, full body red light therapy device designed to treat your entire face and body in the comfort of your own home. The Joovv Light uses powerful red and near infrared light to boost collagen, smooth wrinkles, reduce skin damage and promote internal healing.

I have to admit, it piqued my interest. I have health issues that red light therapy is suppose to help with. I figured it was worth a try (even though I was completely skeptical).

The Joovv light is a rectangular box (for lack of a better description) that features the lights on one side.

Joovv is available in three sizes – mini, the original and max. I have the mini unit. It’s good for what I need it for. The original and max sizes are great for doing your whole body (the mini is better for more localized light therapy).

The unit is literally “plug and play.” Simply plug it in and turn it on to start using it.

You don’t need to wear any special eyewear. Red light is actually beneficial for vision. FYI… the light is BRIGHT. Our entire bathroom gets illuminated when it’s turned on.

For proactive health, it is recommend that you sit/stand about 8-12″ in front of the light for about 5-7 minutes per treatment area (at least 5 times per week).

For troublesome areas, it is recommend that you sit/stand about 3-6″ from the light for about 8-12 minutes per treatment area (ideally every day until you experience results).

The larger units can conveniently hang on the back of a door so that you don’t need to worry about finding a place to store it. The mini one that I have is small enough to tuck inside the bathroom closet when not in use. It’s only a few inches thick and roughly a foot and a half high. It’s also lightweight (I was surprised by that).

I can hang it up but I choose to prop it up where I want to use it the most. I have issues with my left leg (Bursitis in my hip, buttock, Iliotibial band and knee). I have had several cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain and discomfort from the inflammation. When I am putting on my make-up I’ll plug in the Joovv and put in on the floor (propped up) so that it’s facing my left leg. While I’m putting on “my face,” the Joovv is delivering the red light to my leg.

My husband does something similar with his right hip, where he also suffers from inflammation. He was told he had a torn quadricep, but the doctor was seriously wrong. His leg pain stems from a hip issue.

Joovv red light is very bright.

Because it’s portable I can set it up on the coffee table so that I can use it while I am reading, checking Facebook or watching television.

Because of it’s size and portability you can use Joovv in a variety of ways.

So how does Joovv really work? I’m sure you must be thinking that question. Let me share with you my personal experience so far. Every body is different and will have different results.

As far as the inflammation in my left leg – I think Joovv is helping. I haven’t been to the doctor for any issues with it (pain, discomfort) in about 7 weeks. There are days I think its starting to act up again, but usually it dissipates quickly. So far, so good. Is Joovv helping with the Bursitis/inflammation in my left leg? Maybe. Who am I to question it. I haven’t had to go back for cortisone shots, saving me time, money and the discomfort from the shots. If Joovv is helping with this then I’ll stick with it.

I have been using it on other parts of my body as well.

I don’t notice as many aches and pains that come with getting older. I don’t seem as stiff as I normally feel (until I get going that is).

I suffer from both Eczema and Psoriasis. The Eczema is usually on my eye lids, scalp and neck. The Psoriasis is on my arms and legs.

Lately I have been getting Psoiasis on my right wrist. I wear a brace at night for my Carpal Tunnel. The constant rubbing on my wrist triggers the Psoriasis from time to time. I use cream and lotions but they usually take a while to work.

I’ve been using the Joovv on my Eczema and Psoriasis spots for the past few weeks – only a few minutes a day. The light actually seems to speed up the healing time. I wish had thought to take a before/after picture of my wrist and how it looked with the Psoriasis and how it looks now. It’s like “night and day.” The only sign of the Psoriasis is a dry patch of skin (it’s not noticeable, but I can feel it’s dry).

I haven’t noticed any improvement in my skin as far as wrinkles are concerned. Everything seems pretty much status quo.

I wonder if the Joovv light therapy box has a “sun lamp” effect to it? When I use the light in the AM (when I am getting ready in the bathroom) I feel like it wakes me up a bit and gives me a boost of energy. I don’t feel so lethargic and like I am dragging myself around.

So far I am enjoying the Joovv red light therapy product. I haven’t noticed huge changes, but I am noticing some positive changes. Since using the light is easy to do and it’s not an inconvenience, I am going to continue to use it to see if I can notice more changes happening. It’s become a part of my daily routine. I take it out every morning when I go into the bathroom to get ready. I also use it at other times during the day while seated on the couch in the living room with the light propped up on the coffee table.

My husband continues to use it on his hip and he hasn’t complained about his hip in a while. My husband is someone who is very skeptical of everything, so if he continues to use it I’d say that is proof positive that he feels like the Joovv light is making a difference.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of red light therapy, or the Joovv light, visit Joovv.com. In addition you can read reviews and press that the device has received – all of which is very favorable.

Have you tried red light therapy? What was your experience with it?

Do you have an health issue you think Joovv could help with?

Feel free to share your thoughts and stories. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

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Increase your energy and focus with the PureGuardian Energy Light

 

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It’s summer time. It’s the time of year that most people look forward to year after year. Most people love to spend every possible moment they can outside doing fun activities with family and friends – swimming, hiking, biking, camping and so forth.

Not me. I am NOT a fan of the summer months. Not only do I hate the heat and humidity, I am also not a fan of being out in the sun. I am of Irish, Welsh, Norwegian and Scottish decent. Those nationalities are not known for their golden tans. I burn. I burn A LOT. I think I even burn just thinking about the sun (ha ha).

I often joke around that I should be a vampire because I only like to come out at night when the sun goes down. That and I am severely anemic and lack iron in my blood (drinking iron rich blood would help with my anemia – but that is gross and I’m not a vampire).

Do we REALLY need to be out in the sun? Can we live a “sun-free” life? Not really. You DO need the sunlight.

Sunlight helps to boost the Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is needed for strong, healthy bones. Because I don’t get enough sunlight I need to take Vitamin D supplements, as per my doctor.

Sunlight can also help with other health issues.

A little known fact about sunlight is that it triggers an increase in a hormone called serotonin in your body. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.

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Many people experience something called SAD, most especially during the winter months when most people stay indoors for weeks on end. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

I suffer from SAD. For me it’s almost year round.

My desk is located on the opposite side of the room from the windows and sliding glass door. Sunlight does not reach me where I am most of the day.

Things aren’t as bad as they used to be. Since I started at my new position at work a year ago I get at least 15 minute of sun exposure almost daily (outdoor recess).

I know first hand what it’s like to have zero energy and unable to focus. There have been more times than I care to admit where I sat at my computer to compose a blog post, or even reply to an email, and not be able to write a thing. It’s as if my brain is in a fog.

I have even fallen asleep at my desk in the middle of typing something. How sad and pathetic is that?

I have heard of sun lamps. They are lamps that have a special light in them to mimic the light from the sun, providing you with what you need to regain your focus and clarity, as well as boost your energy levels.

A sun lamp is not a typical lamp. It does provide light, but it also provides some of the benefits of the sun (with the exception of Vitamin D).

One such product, the PureGuardian® Energy Light, helps to increase energy levels and focus by providing a bright light that simulates daylight.  The unit provides daylight therapy indoors using LED Technology with up to 10,000 LUX.

I was sent a unit to review.

The PureGuardian® Energy Light can be used day or night, depending on what you need it for and your schedule. Morning people may find it more useful in the evening hours when their energy is lagging, while evening people who have a hard time getting out of bed may find it more useful first thing upon waking.

I have a hard time sleeping at night (I have really bad insomnia), so I definitely need this first thing in the morning.

I use this light in the morning at my desk while I’m enjoying my morning “cup of Joe” and reading through emails. You can use it up to a half hour, which is the time I use it for every morning.

The white light offers 3 intensity levels, with an option that allows you to switch to a blue light based on preference. I honestly just keep it at one setting – the one I am most comfortable with. It also has an adjustable stand so that you an set it at the preferred angle. I have it set to the side of me so I am not looking directly at the light when I am on the computer.

You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to use this device. Simply plug it in, set your preferred lighting and angle, then carry on like you normally would (read, watch television, check emails). You need to be seated where the light is in order to gain any benefits from it.

I keep mine on my desk. I appreciate that is comes with a USB port so I can charge my smartphone at the same time. I also like that the unit is small and doesn’t take up much room on my already overcrowded desk. Because it’s small and portable you can take it with you where ever you go (work, college, travel…).

So… does it work? Yes and no. I honestly do think that it helps me, especially when it comes to focusing. I’m not entirely convinced that it helps with my energy, but I do know that I wake up a bit faster in the morning than I would just enjoying a cup of coffee without the PureGuardian® Energy Light. I do believe it helps me.

The fact that I don’t necessarily feel more energy might have something to do with my severe insomnia. I have to take medication for it and when I wake up in the morning I feel like a zombie. The medication doesn’t necessarily make me go to sleep faster, but when I do fall asleep I am out cold. I think bombs could go off and I wouldn’t wake up, that is how much of a deep sleep I am in. But when I do wake up I feel “hung over” and like a zombie. I think it’s my personal situation that might effect how well the PureGuardian® Energy Light provides me with a boost of energy.

There is a blue light setting. I don’t ever use this setting, but I guess it has it’s purpose.

I don’t know if it’s associated with the Energy Light or not but I have been in the mood the past couple of weeks to clean and purge our home of things. Perhaps that might be considered energy? All I know is that for the past few weeks I’ve had the “oomph” to move around furniture, hang up photos that have been buried in the closet, and purge our home of stuff we haven’t used in about 15+ years.

If you are interested in learning more about the PureGuardian® Energy Light, you can visit the official product page on the Guardian Technologies website. The unit retails for $79.99.

If you are interested in learning more about Guardian Technologies products, visit GuardianTechnologies.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

Do you suffer from SAD? Do you feel like you need a boost in energy and/or focus? Would you want to try the PureGuardian® Energy Light? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Kimberly

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

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Are You Spending Too Much on Tech Gadgets

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.

 

Tech gadgets are cool, and sometimes it feels like we don’t have enough. These days you can buy a tech gadget for just about everything, from timing sleep to keeping your pets occupied. It’s common for most people to own several gadgets that they have spent hundreds of dollars for. However, are you sure you are spending your hard earned money well when buying gadgets? Could you be overspending, or under spending? Read below to find out whether you could be wasting your money on a tech item you have in mind:

You Pay Hundreds of Dollars Just for the Brand name

Believe it or not, the brand name is not the most important aspect of a gadget. Sure, there will be tech brands that anyone can recognize, like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and so on. But that doesn’t mean just about any gadget produced by these brands are good. Apple iPods are great, but AirPods, not so much. Sony produces some great tech gadgets like gaming consoles and TVs. But some Sony products are total duds (TouchPad, anyone?). So, don’t judge a gadget by its brand name. More often than not, companies charge hundreds of dollars just for the brand name, while the product itself is worth only a fraction of that. So, base your buying decisions on what the specs offer for the price.

You are Paying for Features You Don’t Need

Say, you want to buy a digital camera. You can buy a digital camera these days for as little as $50, or a much as $1,500. Now you can spend a ton of money on a hip gadget, but are you sure you need every spec? If you need a digital camera to take on vacation once a year, you can ask yourself if it’s worth the money you spend. Some gadgets are expensive because they include features that are suited for professional level use. Regular, at home users may never need these features. Therefore, budget for the gadget you have in mind and write down the features you desire before buying. The price should match the features, which should be based on your personal requirements.

Do You Even Need the Item You’ve Bought?

There are loads of junk gadgets available in the market that people buy without thinking. Take the NoPhone, which costs $12. It’s a “gadget” that promises to help people addicted to phone use to disconnect. So what exactly is it? Just a slab of plastic shaped like a phone. The idea is that if people had this plastic slab in their pocket, it would feel like a phone and cure the addiction. You know what else you could get for that $12? A pair of headphones that work, a protective phone case, a keyboard cover, a USB hub, a laptop case, and many more. When you buy gadgets, make sure you actually need the product. Otherwise you can spend your money on better products.

You Don’t Double Check the Price

 

Don’t buy the gadget based on the first price you see. Amazon does not always offer the cheapest prices for products. Compare prices across sites on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, as well as specialty websites and coupon sites. You can easily overspend when you don’t reserve time to do price research.

Just because a gadget is expensive, it doesn’t make it all the more better. Be careful of the above when you buy tech gadgets. Spend your money wisely and buy the products you need.

About the Author

Eduardo Bridges is a tech writer who blogs about the latest affordable tech gadgets on bestcheaptech.com. He’s a former software engineer who now blogs full-time.

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Bast off to fun with Zap Zap Kindergarten Math

 

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What was your favorite subject in school? Mine was Social Studies and English (only the creative writing stuff).

What was your least favorite subject? Mine was – and always will be – Math! I am not a fan of it at all. I know to add, subtract, multiply, divide and do fractions and decimals. That’s it! Oh yeah, and figure out the tip on a restaurant bill (LOL).

My kids had to learn Common Core Math when they were in school. I am not sure if this type of math is utilize across the county, but it’s hard. Instead of doing a straight math problem you have to take several more steps to get the answer. When I worked with the upper elementary school/middle school kids a couple of years ago I had a hard time helping them with their math homework. I had to rely on a very smart fourth grader to help ME to help THEM.

Here is a not-so-funny situation that happened to me a couple of months ago. My co-worker was helping a kindergartner do her homework and got stuck on a math question. She asked me if I knew what to do. I have NO CLUE! I had to hunt down another co-worker (at the ripe “old” age of 18) and instantly he knew how to do the math problem.

Seriously? The grown ups couldn’t help a kindergartner with a math question? That is so pathetic!

I really feel strongly that little ones should learn to do math early in life and fully grasp it. I think it will help make understanding math as they get older (in school and beyond) a lot easier.

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Kids these days seem to learn a lot more than we used to at their age. In kindergarten I remember coloring, taking naps and snacks. These days kindergartners are learning to weight thing, measure things and do adding and subtracting with two numbers. I should know, I work with kindergartners during the school year.

I am not a fan of kids playing too many video games UNLESS there is an educational element to them. Take for example a new app called Zap Zap Math.

When I was asked to review the app I cringed. I had to review a MATH app? But math is my least favorite subject. None the less I downloaded the app and played around with it. In fact, I couldn’t put down my phone. I was so into playing the game that I was late making dinner one night.

Zap Zap Math allows kids to blast off on fun adventures that help teach them about math.

You start by flying a rocket ship around the universe and stopping on the planets you come across. There is a small “picture in picture” to help you navigate to the planets. There are also borders you can’t pass, which keeps you from aimlessly flying around.

If you look to the bottom right corner you can see where the rocket ship is located in the universe and where the nearest planet it (the plants are seen as yellow balls).

Once you land on a planet it will open to MANY games based on the plant’s subject matter. For example one planet is for Adding and Subtracting, another is for Shapes and Measurements and yet another for Numbers).

Once you “land” on the planet you’ll see your character (which each player makes when you open the app for the first time). The character walks up a path. On both sides of the path you’ll see buildings. Each building is a new game. You need to complete each game in order to unlock the next game on the path. That is the part that I found to be the most fun. I was on a quest to finish an entire planet. I have played the game many times and have yet to complete a whole planet. There are A LOT of games to be played in this app.

Here are screen shots from just a FEW of the games on the Zap Zap Math app.

In this game players are asked to choose which item the customer wants (3 corners, 5 corners, 3D, flat shape…). I thought this was a bit too much for a kindergartner, but, they actually do this kind of math in school (at least in our school they do).

This game is fun. You “high five” the correct alien person (shorter, taller). It’s a great way to help kid quickly identify tall/short things. The “slap” sound from the high five is cute too.

This game is similar to the one above, only this time children are asked to answer questions about less or more using the same “high five” slap.

As an adult I found this game fun. Players need to collect all the required shapes into the blue container. This game starts out easy but as you keep playing (different levels) the shape you need to collect is found among several other shapes.

This is another fun game. Different shaped items come down the chute and players need to sort them into the appropriate bin. This is a great way to help kids to quickly identify common shapes.

This game asks players to add or subject (sometimes doing both) to get the correct number of apples needed to make an apple pie. The game also has players count the apples in the container to ensure that they have the correct amount needed for the recipe.

This was another favorite game of mind. Players need to fill in the missing “track” pieces to help the train cross the bridge. If you make a mistake the train actually falls into the water below (oh no!). This game also starts out really easy and gets harder as you advance each level.

The kids I work with do A LOT with number bond. There are a few games that I have come across thus far on Zap Zap Math that help kids learn the concept of number bonds.

This is another number bond game. Players have to choose which numbers add up to the target number in order to help the race car get power.

This game is two games in one. It’s part memory, part math. Players need to pick out which two cards are needed to make the target number. It starts out with just a couple of cards but as you advance levels more cards are added to the table. If your child loves memory games, this one is sure to be a hit with them.

This is cute adding/subtracting game using cute little micro organisms.

Yet another game I really enjoyed. This game asks players to count how many of the target character is in each scene. It starts out with just a few but more characters are mixed into the scene as you advance to another level. As you can see the characters are adorable too.

I was shocked to see a game that asks players (children) to decide is there is “less than, more than or equal amounts” of spaceships. Notice the colors of the space ships are different. The game is ONLY asking about the two different colors. As you play you’ll notice more colored ships are added. Only concern yourself with with colored ships in the circles. I found that out the hard way (if you don’t answer correctly they crash into each other causing a huge traffic jam).

The snake game was the only one (so far) that gave me any trouble. You need to help the snake each the fruits in the correct order (in the case above it would be going from 6, 7, 8, 9). I had a hard time getting my fingers to steer him in the right direction. It’s probably because I have chubby little fingers.

As you complete each game you not only unlock the next game, but you also receive a puzzle piece to finish off various puzzles.

When you complete each game you also earn points and get a score card. I have yet to figure out what this all means, but it’s always fun to see huge number piling up.

As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of math, but I must say these games made math FUN.

Did I just say mat was fun? WOW!

The games in the Zap Zap Math app are fun and very engaging. They also feature adorable characters and colorful scenes.

The background music was good too. It wasn’t annoying or tedious like other games. I was glad about that.

There is so much MORE to this game. I just barely scratched the surface.

If you would like to learn more about Zap Zap Math visit the official website – www.zapzapmath.com/zap-zap-kindergarten-math. You can also visit the main site at www.zapzapmath.com.

Zap Zap Math can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Check out this brief promotional video to see the game in action.

 

What do you think of Zap Zap Math? Do you think your child or grandchild would have fun with a game like this? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

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Introducing Xfinity xFi – a new way to make the home Wi-Fi experience customized to suit your family

 

*This post was sponsored by Comcast. All opinions are my own.  

My husband and I often reminisce about how life was when we were younger. We didn’t have cellphones, Internet, cars that can stop before you hit something or e-readers. We used phones attached to the wall that you had to dial. We went to the library when we needed to do research as well as to take out books to read, and we certainly didn’t have cars that did some of the work for you.

I think the Internet is by far one of the greatest “inventions” (for lack of a better word) in our lifetime. To this day I am still amazed at all you can do on the Internet – research, shopping, find a recipe for dinner tonight, find old friends from school, get directions, buy movie tickets… the list goes on and on.

I try to explain to our kids (17 1/2 and 20) how life was BEFORE the Internet. They have a hard time grasping the concept of having to look at a map for directions or looking up a phone number in a giant book of phone numbers.

As amazing and indispensable as the Internet is… there are also negatives that many family find themselves having to address.

One of the biggest issues we used to have when our kids were younger was having them disconnect from the Internet during times they were supposed to be doing homework, dinner time and “Family Movie Night.” You can tell them to stay off their computers, but that was easier said than done. They would find ways to sneak back online. There was even a time we had to remove the computers from our kid’s rooms at night because we found them online in the middle of the night. We even went so far as to change their passwords so that they could only go online when we logged them in.

As parents we NEED to have control over our children’s Internet usage. The Internet is great for research, and for the occasional game, but school work, family time and play time are more important than “surfing the ‘net.”

There is a new feature now available for Comcast Internet customers called xFi. It puts YOU in charge of how your family engages with the Internet. Best of all, there is no additional cost for Comcast Internet customers.

Comcast Launches xFi home devices photo shoot on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Villanova, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast)

With xFi YOU control your family’s Internet usage, giving YOU the ability to set parental controls as well as see which devices are connected to your WiFi.

We have A LOT of devices on our WiF. We have several iPads, five laptops, two e-readers, security cameras and more. We would appreciate a better way to keep on top of these devices as well as to easily add or remove them as needed.

It also shows which devices are most active, and which are least active. That is a great way to know which devices to deactivate from your WiFi. Why keep something connected that you barely use?

You can also set up profiles for each family member and include the devices they use. With this feature you can easily see which child is using what device, and what parental settings are set up for each one they use. With this feature, if your child is supposed to be doing homework, you can log on to their profile and see if they are currently using their gaming console. Kids won’t like that feature – but as a mom I think that is awesome!

With the profiles, you can clearly see how much Internet time each family member is using.

My favorite xFi feature is being able to pause the Internet. That means you can prevent devices, such as laptops or video controllers, from accessing the Internet. This feature is especially handy during dinner or homework time. You can even turn off the Internet at night time, preventing your children from sneaking on to their laptops at night when they are supposed to be asleep.

Check out this brief video that tells you more about xFi and some other great features that will be coming in the future.

 

You can even check out this blog post from Comcast to learn more about Xfinity xFi.

We don’t have Comcast, but after learning more about xFi I wish we did. I checked the availability, but it’s not currently available in my area.

You can check the availability of xFi by visiting the Internet Coverage Area page on the Comcast website.

I love how Comcast is putting control back into the hands of parents. It’s important that we continually monitor our children’s Internet usage. Children can easily have their time consumed by video games and social media, as well as other things they can access online.

I truly wish that other Internet providers would take a lesson or two from Comcast and provide their customers with similar controls – at no additional charge.

Once this is available in our area my husband and I are going to consider switching to Comcast as our Internet provider. Right now we’re stuck with the provider that we have.

If you would like to learn more about Comcast’s Internet service, xFi, you can visit them online at Xfinity.com. You can also check them out on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Those links, as well as their YouTube channel link, are found at the bottom of their website.

Are you a Comcast customer?

What feature (or features) do you like most about xFi? Is there another feature you would like as far as parental controls is concerned?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Comcast Launches xFi home devices photo shoot on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Villanova, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast)

Kimberly

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