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Who knew staying healthy could be fun

 

The cold season is in full swing. Have you been successfully able to remain “cold free” thus far? What about flu free? Knock on wood, no one in my family has been sick, with the exception of a few sniffles.

As a parent, I always drove it into my kid’s heads to wash their hands regularly, sneeze and cough into the bend of their elbow (or a tissue if handy), and try to stay away from people who are sick.

I work with children, and I try to get them to do that same thing. Sadly, kids still cough without covering their mouths, and use their sleeves when they have a running nose. Gross!

I LOVE working with children, but their questionable hygiene grosses me out. This is why I always clean and disinfect things, and I use my own crayons and markers when doing crafts or coloring.

Children, most especially young ones, don’t rely on using tissues as much as they should. I think it’s because tissues are not fun and not something that they think of. But what if tissues COULD be seen as something “fun?” It’s possible, thanks go CUBE Tissues from Smart Care.

CUBE Tissues completely revitalizes the category by taking the classic tissue box and turning it into fun figures featuring some of today’s hottest licensed characters including Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol™, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World. Additional licensed characters will be added to their product line in the coming months. 

CUBE Tissues are not an ordinary looking tissue box with licensed characters on them – they are 3-D tissues boxes!

I was sent some CUBE Tissue boxes to review. I was sent one from each of the mentioned product lines – Minions, Thomas and Friends, PAW Patrol, Trolls, Shopkins and Jurassic World.

Minions are favorite characters of my family, so that was the first box that I opened and placed in the bathroom. Check out how totally cute he is!

Please disregard the two air fresheners. We are not a “stinky” family. I was trying to use them up since they are holiday scented.

The Minion CUBE Tissue box has “boxy” feet and “boxy” arms. They really make the box come to life. How cute!

I also have the Jurassic Park dinosaur CUBE Tissue box on my desk.

With this box you have a tail, arms, feet and a long nose and mouth.

What little boy or girl (or us not-so-little-kids) wouldn’t enjoy seeing one of amusing tissues boxes? I personally think that these boxes would encourage children to use tissues more frequently, and not their hands or clothing. Don’t you agree?

Here are the other boxes I was sent. I haven’t opened them up from their outer boxes (yet). I am waiting until the Minion and dinosaur are empty before using them.

There are 85 2-ply tissues per box.

The tissues are nice and soft. I have used them several times. They are strong tissues too.

If you are interested in learning more about these adorable, 3-D tissues boxes, visit CubeTissues.com or SmartCareUS.com.

You can purchase the tissues on their sites, or on Amazon.com.

What do you think of these tissues boxes? Do you think your child would be more likely to use tissues in your home (school, daycare…) if they were in one of these boxes? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

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

Start off 2020 right with a Higher Dose Sauna Blanket

 

The holidays are just about over. We just have New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day to contend with.

The holidays can be very stressful for a lot of people. Between cooking, baking, entertaining, shopping, wrapping… it can be overwhelming at times. With all the craziness that goes on, many of us (myself included) would love to take some time to ourselves to rest and unwind. A trip to a spa would sure be nice. Sadly, not many people are able to afford such a luxury as a day at the spa.

When I feel the need to unwind and relax, I am fortunate to have a sauna available to me at our condo complex’s club house. I have used it here and there over the years. I’d use it more often, but I don’t like sitting in the sauna with total strangers (especially people of the opposite sex). I find it uncomfortable.

What if you could bring a luxurious sauna and spa treatment to your own home? I’m not talking about building a sauna room in your home (that would be too expensive), but I do have a viable option. It’s called the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket. Yes, you read that correctly – a sauna blanket.

Perfect for traveling or at-home use, the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket detoxify the body, delivers fresh nutrients to muscles and boosts metabolic rate—so you burn calories like you’re working out, without working out. As you relax into the soothing, yet stimulating heat, infrared also triggers your brain’s happiness chemicals. The result? A healthy, rejuvenating experience that leaves you feeling euphoric.

PHOTO SOURCE: Higher Dose

The Higher Dose Sauna Blanket is a special “blanket” that you lie inside (kind of like a human burrito, or similar to a sleeping bag) that uses infrared technology to heat your skin/body. Just like with a traditional sauna, the Higher Dose blanket helps to detoxify harmful toxins from your skin/body, all while making you feel relaxed and refreshed when you are done.

The Sauna Blanket has several unique features. It is low EMF and made with high quality non-toxic materials, such as a medical grade magnetic strip for improved blood circulation. It is constructed with a layer of healing amethyst to deepen the benefits of infrared, a layer of tourmaline to generate negative ions, and a layer of charcoal and clay to amplify the detoxification process.

I was sent a Higher Dose Sauna Blanket to try out for myself.

The box the blanket came in is pretty heavy, but the blanket it’s self is not that bad.

The blanket resembles a body bag (as per my kids). That is not exactly what I was thinking when I first saw the blanket, but after they said that to me I cannot help but think of it as a body bag. I’ve even referred to it as that from time to time (jokingly of course).

There are precautions and steps you need to take before you can use the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket.  The most important thing is to CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR first and foremost, especially if you have a skin disease, heart disease or other medical conditions.

You need to rest the blanket on something that is non-flammable, because the blanket heats up. They recommend using yoga mats or towels. Do not use it on your bed or furniture. If you happen to have a massage table, that would be a great choice, but not many of us have that. I put ours on our living room floor with two yoga mats (going horizontally, with the blanket vertically) and a beach towel on top of the yoga mats. You can put a towel inside of it as well for extra padding.

When you are going to use the Sauna Blanket you need to be dressed from head to toe in breathable, cotton clothing (including socks), that includes long sleeves and long pants. Trust me, you’ll still reap the benefits from the blanket even fully clothed.

I have read that others go “in the buff,” but I wouldn’t dare try that at home. I’d also be afraid of burning myself.

When your blanket is set up, all you need to do is lie down in it and wrap yourself up in it. Then turn on the heat setting that works best for you (1-9, 9 being the highest setting). Then lie there, relax, unwind and let the blanket do all the work.

Otherwise have recommended having water on hand and make sure to drink it. Trust me, do it! I didn’t drink any water at first and I was so thirsty. I think it’s because you SWEAT LIKE CRAZY using this blanket. But you sweat in a good way. The sweat removes the toxins and bad things from your body.

You can use the blanket up to an hour. I recommend starting off at 15 minutes and working your way up to an hour. I mean, you can start off at an hour, but I would suggested working your way up to it.

After you are done using your blanket, be sure to wipe it down and clean it off (all that sweat!) and let it cool down and dry out before folding it up and putting it away.

The brand says that this could be used when traveling. I suppose it can, but I think it’s too bulky to stuff in a suitcase.

I have been using this blanket a few times per week for the past 6+ weeks. This is my take on my experience.

It’s very relaxing. After a long, stressful day I look forward to spending time in the blanket, even if it’s just for a half hour.

I feel like my skin looks better. It’s probably from sweating out all the impurities in my pores.

I have read that this can help with weight loss. I have not seen any significant weigh loss to date, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work for others. There are probably a lot of contributing factors to if you lose weight (and how much).

I find that my body feels better (muscles). My body feels rejuvenated (for lack of a better word).

Even though you feel relaxed when using the blanket (and afterwards), I also feel happier and I have a little more “spring to my step,” so to speak.

The Higher Dose Sauna Blanket folds up so you can tuck it in a closet, under the bed or where ever you can fit it.

I honestly don’t really see much of a “downside” to this product, with the exception of the price (it’s nearly $400). However, if you use a sauna at the gym, or you pay for spa treatments, this would probably pay for it’s self in a few months.

For the record, no one in my family was willing to be photographed as a “human burrito” (LOL). I don’t like my picture taken either, which is why I had to rely on stock photos. Sorry.

Overall, I am pleased with the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket.

If you are interested in learning more, visit HigherDose.com. Click on “Infrared Sauna Blanket” on the top task bar to go to the blanket’s page.

The brand can also be found on Instagram.

What do you think about the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket? Does it sound like something you’d want for your home?

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. 

Heading for the beach this winter? Don’t forget to bring along a Tesalate Towel – Sand doesn’t stick to it!

 

Winter official starts this weekend. Brrr… I’m not looking forward to the next few months of freezing cold weather. I’m NOT a fan of summer (I hate heat), but at least it’s not freezing cold.

This time of year, a lot of people travel. They travel for fun. They travel to visit family and friends for the holiday. They travel for business.

If you are planning a trip that involves spending time on the beach, or if you live where you can go to the beach any time of the year, you’ll want to check out this post.

My family and I enjoy going to the beach. We try and visit the New Jersey shore at least once a year (in the summer) to spend the day on the beach. We get there exactly when the beach opens and the life guards are on duty (10:00 AM). We stay there for a few hours, then head home. Doing it this way we get a prime spot on the beach, and we avoid the crowds. We also avoid the traffic on the way home (leaving before rush hour). It helps to go during the week too, when many people are at work and dreaming of being on the beach.

There are a few things about the beach we don’t like;

  • Garbage on the beach
  • A lot of seaweed
  • Rough waves
  • Inconsiderate beach goers

And our #1 dislike about the beach – Sand! Sand gets on EVERYTHING. Even days, weeks or months after coming back from the beach we still find sand around our home and in our car.

Here is a great tip for keeping sand off your skin – apply baby powder to your skin. There is something about the baby powder that makes sand less likely to stick to you. Try it. It works. It’s magic!

I wish there was a way to have the stand stop sticking to your beach towel and/or beach blanket. You can shake it off, but sand often sticks to it. That is the reason why most of the sand gets dragged back into your home.

There is an Australian company called Tesalate, that sells an innovative beach towel. It’s also great for to use for other activities, such as yoga and enjoying a picnic (their Towel for Two is large enough to use as a picnic or beach blanket, as well as a towel). Their towels

Tesalate towels are made from a cutting edge fabric technology. They are made with AbsorbLite™  fabric, which helps the towels to dry rapidly compared to standard beach towels. Tesalate towels can also absorb a whopping 1 (33 oz.) liter of water. I doubt anyone is THAT wet, but it good to know they can absorb that much. 

The best part about these towels is that sand does not stick to it.

PHOTO SOURCE: Tesalate’s Instagram Page

Here is some more information about the brand, Tesalate.

Tesalate has dominated the U.S. and European markets as well. In fact, their Facebook page has exploded to close to a million organic members. As far as customer feedback is concerned, the average rating of their reviews is 4.9 stars. They’ve got over 21,000 organic reviews to date, which you can read on their website. They are, by far, the most reviewed beach towel in the world. 

Tesalate has been featured in media platforms like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, USA Today, Business Insider, The Sun, Daily Mail, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, Travel + Leisure, Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s, Australian Geographic and many others. They have also appeared on Jetstar, Qantas and Air Canada airline in-flight magazines as well as top-ranking blogs. 

 

They were also featured on U.S. TV last year – Today,  Fox 8 News and Doctors TV.  

I was sent one of the towels to review. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to put the towel to the “sand test.” I’m in New York. The closest form of sand for me right now is the stuff the local Department of Transportation spreads on the roads when it snows. That is not really something I can test with. 

I received the Bohemian Towel for Two. I like the “towel for two” towels because they can also serve as a beach blanket, and because I’m a “plus size” woman and I like the idea of having an ample sized towel.

What I can tell you is that this towel has very vibrant colors. Sadly, you can’t really notice that in the photo I took. The photo does not do this colorful towel/blanket justice. It’s a lot nicer in person.

The towel arrived inside a branded drawstring bag (pictured below), which is great to use to store the towel in when not in use. It also makes is easier to take with you to the beach because you can hang the bag from your tote bag or beach chair when you take it onto the beach.

I like that it’s compact when folded and very light weight.

Like I said, I really didn’t have the chance to try out the towel (yet). I can only tell you what I think of it thus far. In the summer, when we have the chance to go to the beach I will be taking this towel with me and I will update this post at that time.

This photo shows the same “towel for two” that I received in the same colorful Bohemian print.

With 21,000+ reviews and receiving an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars, there is a lot to be said about this towel as far as it’s look, feel and effectiveness.

Not only is the Tesalate towel great for you, but it would also make a great gift for beach goers, travelers and others.

For more information, visit Tesalate.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the Tesalate towel? Does it sound like something you would like to take with you to the beach, pool or on a picnic? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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.

Find funny and unique gift idea at BigMouth Inc.

 

If you are like me (and most people), chances are you come across someone on your holiday shopping list that are not easy to buy for. Perhaps it’s your crazy uncle, or the “life of the party” co-worker. Maybe there is someone on your holiday shopping list that no ordinary gift will work for. They need something a bit more unique than a mug or a shirt. They need something a little bit more.

I personally enjoy unusual things. I’m a fun person, and in turn, I enjoy fun things. I also like to collect unique things.

I collect a few different things, such as horror memorabilia. I also collect zombie gnomes. Yes, believe it or not, there are dozens (or more) zombie gnomes out there. I have about a dozen in my collection. There are plenty of more I would love to have.

My collection started with one tiny gnome. He’s just a regular gnome. There is nothing creepy about him. One day I found out that there were zombie gnomes, and my collection snowballed from there.

It’s not just zombie gnomes that I collect. I also like to collect unusual gnomes, but with a horror-vibe or look to them. For example, I have a cat eating gnomes, and a Godzilla like creature eating and stomping on gnomes.

About a year or so ago, while searching the internet for new gnomes to add to my collection, I stumbled across a site called BigMouth Inc. BigMouth Inc. has a lot of really fun and silly gnomes that I would love to add to my collection.

As it so happens, BigMouth Inc. is the company that I purchased my Godzilla-like gnome from. It’s actually referred to as The Great Garden Gnome Massacre on Amazon. I purchased it from them back in October of 2014.

Two other creepy gnomes I purchased on Amazon that are also from BigMouth Inc. are Billy Bones and Sarah Skeleton (sold separately).

Clearly, I needed to see if the brand had a website. Sure enough, they do!

I soon discovered that BigMouth Inc not only has a variety of funny and unique gnomes, but they also have a plethora of unique and hysterical gifts. I had to bookmark the site because there are just too many cool items that I want to purchase.

Here is just a very small sampling of the crazy items you can find on the BigMouth Inc website.

Exercise Block (a great gag gift for New Year’s resolutions)

Wiener Dog Butter Dish

Potty Piano

Countdown to My Retirement Clock

Spaghettio’s Can Safe

Taco Truck Lunch Tote

As I mentioned, this is just a small sampling of the wild and crazy gifts available at BigMouth Inc’s website (they also sell their products on Amazon and other retail locations).

One of the things that BigMouth Inc is well known for are their pool floats and other summer fun items.

We have a pool in our condo complex that the residents can use. Sadly, there is a rule that you cannot have pool floats of any kind (not even for the little kids). My cousin lives on a lake, and they can use any kind of floating devices they want.

When I was a young girl, the only inflatable thing we had to float around in were those boring rings. Not only more. Now you can float around in style on a giant balloon animal, margarita or man eating shark.

If you think the pool floats are crazy, check out their version of the “pool noodle.”

As I mentioned before, the examples featured in this post are just a small sampling of the great things you can find on the BigMouth Inc website, as well as their products that are also available at other retail locations.

I was sent a couple of products from BigMouth Inc to review. I received the following goodies.

Here’s Gnomie Garden Gnome

As I mentioned earlier, I collect horror memorabilia. I love horror movies. One of my favorites is The Shining. One of the most iconic scenes from that movie is when Jack Nicholson’s character, Jack Torrance, breaks through the bedroom door with an ax and proclaims “Here’s Johnny” (the intro to the Johnny Carson Show).

BigMouth Inc has a funny “Here’s Gnomie” gnome that pay homage to the film. I think it’s the perfect addition to my horror collection, especially my Shining goodies including the autograph of the sisters and my Overlook Hotel keychain.

The Here’s Gnomie gnome have a mean looking gnome peering through a hole in a fence on one side, and there is the word “redrum” written on it. If you have seen the film, you know that “redrum” is “murder” spelled backwards. The words “Heeeeere’s Gnomie” also appear in the grass in the front of the piece.

On the backside of the gnome is the back of the gnome, as well as his hand clutching the handle of the ax.

This is a substantial sized garden gnome, and it’s a hefty weight too. It’s about 9″ tall.

On the BigMouth Inc site they link to Amazon where you can purchase this piece. I see it’s currently available for $18.99 plus shipping. If you Google the piece you might be able to find it at other retail locations.

Unicorn Attack Garden Gnome

This is another fun piece to add to my growing collection.

Even though this is not a garden gnome, per say, it does include little gnomes.

It appears that they little gnomes might have been trying to capture the unicorn, but the unicorn is not too happy about it. It looks like she/he has stomped on one of her would-be captures, and speared one of them with it’s horn.

Just like the Here’s Gnomie piece, this one is also very well made and hefty. After all, they are made for being decorative pieces around your home and in your garden. They are heavy weight to keep them from tipping over in the wind and rain.

Of course, you don’t need to use these in your yard. You can display them around your home like I do.

Here is mine next to my to The Great Garden Gnome Massacre piece that I purchased many years ago.

You should check out the fun garden gnome characters and scenes available at BigMouth Inc.

To see more about these and other crazy, weird and unique products, visit BigMouthInc.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about BigMouth Inc products? Do you have a favorite that was highlighted in this post? Would you love to give, or receive, one as a gift?

Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. I have also purchased the brands products on my own. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

5 Undeniable Secrets of People Who Always Have a Clean House

 

We’ve all entered into homes that don’t resemble our own at all- not because of a different layout or furniture, but because that home is always clean. Actually, it’s not always clean. All homes get dirty and messy, but their owners just have a different way of tackling the problem. There’s no evidence to prove that some people have a ‘clean’ gene. But there is a lot to show that people who keep their homes clean have different cleaning habits. 

To help you develop better habits to keep your house clean, it’s time to reveal some secrets of a clean home. By the end, you’ll see it isn’t that difficult to have.

Out With the Old

You might think that neater homeowners just don’t have as many things as other people, and with fewer items, it’s easier to keep a cleaner home. In a way, there is some truth in that. When neat people buy anything new, they will also get rid of something else old, creating a balance. Either they sell or donate or just throw out something they no longer use or need. Nothing is kept for safekeeping. For instance, it’s said that if you haven’t worn something within the last year, you’ll most likely not wear it again, so why keep it? 

Schedule

We’d all like a self-cleaning home, but it hasn’t been invented yet. Till that happens, set a schedule for cleaning. Neat people don’t leave the cleaning for haphazard times, or just before a guest shows up. They have a schedule and stick to it. So, if vacuum day is Tuesday, you can bet that the vacuum cleaner will be out of its hiding place every Tuesday. With a schedule, things don’t pile up and by the time something starts getting dirty, it’s already time to clean it. 

People with a clean house also sort of clean as they go. They make their bed before leaving home; they straighten out living room cushions after they’ve been sat on, or they hang up their clothes after changing. It’s really not rocket science. The idea is just not to wait till every room looks like an earthquake hit it. It’s the same principle of prevention is easier than cure. When you incorporate a little bit of cleaning and tidying into your everyday life, the house will automatically stay cleaner.

 

They Hire Professionals

What happens is that too many people don’t have time to clean, and that’s understandable in this day and age. It’s almost a given that people with a clean home have a secret weapon of hiring a cleaning service. 

It’s much more common now to have help since life is so fast-paced and since services are affordable. When you visit this homepage, you too can find professional help in the Brisbane area of Australia, and schedule times for a cleaning service to help you. A reputable and trustworthy company will make it easy for you to book online and get a quote for the type of cleaning you want, the day you want and the time you want. For people who think hiring help is too expensive, you’re actually paying a lot to clean on your own. You’re sacrificing your time, your energy, and above all, you probably can’t get your home as clean as professional cleaners can.

A Place for Everything

You know how some people have an answer for everything? Well, clean people have a place for everything. They keep their surfaces clean, and actually use drawers and cupboards, while other people tend to keep things outside and always in view. When you have too much stuff all out of place, it becomes difficult to clean; cleaning and decluttering are two different things. Not only do they have a place for everything, they are the same people who buy organizers, whether for makeup, or digital gadgets to keep things tidy.

Establish Rules

That might sound like boot camp, but people with clean homes do have various rules. For instance, they don’t walk around in their outdoor shoes inside the house; their kids get no leisure time till they help clean up and enforce rules of a redline of where toys can and can’t be.

As they say, your home is your castle and we all want a clean castle to enjoy. It’s just a matter of forming some cleaning habits and setting some rules for yourself and others in the house. If you weren’t born with the clean gene, you can acquire some good cleaning habits. It also never hurts to get a little bit of extra help.  

Capture precious holiday moments with Fujifilm’s Instax LiPlay

 

I don’t want to give away my age, but I grew up when MTV actually aired music videos, VHS tapes and it was a big deal to have a Walkman for your cassette tapes. Sigh… I feel old.

Back then, you had to purchase film for your camera. After you were done taking pictures, you had to take them to the store to be developed and wait a week or more to get them back.

It was always exciting to open up the envelope to see the pictures you took. Sadly, many of them turned out pretty bad. People had “red eye,” weren’t looking at the camera, or they turned out blurry.

When instant cameras came out it was the best thing ever (at that time). The idea of being able to snap a photo and see it instantly and not have to wait a week or more was awesome.

I am SO GRATEFUL for digital cameras and smartphones. I love that I can instantly see the photos I take, and have the ability to make edits to ensure the pictures I took look the best that they can. I also enjoy the ability to share the photos instantly with family and friends. It’s also fun to be able to add graphics and frames to photos.

It seems like instant cameras disappeared for a bit because everyone was using digital cameras. As much as I love digital cameras, it’s always nice to have a tangible photo you can hold in your hands and display on your fridge, in a frame or a cork board.

I know that you can always print out photos on your printer. However, when you are out and about, and your printer is not nearby, it’s not possible.

Thankfully instant cameras are back (well… they have been for years). The new and improved instant cameras also come with a lot of “bells and whistles” making them a lot of fun to use.

I was sent to review a Fujifilm Mini LiPlay camera. It’s a instant camera “hybrid.”

I received the black one to review. The camera is also available in silver/gray and rose gold.

Inside the box you’ll receive the camera, a USB charging cord, wrist strap and a brief start up guide and warranty information. The start up guide is just a basic guide to get you started. If you look online you can learn more about all the fabulous things you can do with this camera.

At first glance, the Mini LiPlay looks like a regular camera. Trust me, this is no ordinary camera. This is part camera, part instant camera, and part photo printer – all rolled up into one.

The camera is lightweight. I was actually surprised at how lightweight it is. But don’t let the weight fool you. This is a well made, sturdy camera. It’s made out of a hard plastic casing. It’s a very durable camera.

One of the photos on my fridge (the faces were blurred out). The picture is small, about 1/2 the size of the original instant camera pictures.

The camera has a nice texture to it. It feels comfortable in your hand. I think the texture helps you to keep a good grip on it. A smooth finish might make it a bit “slippery.”

One the front side of the camera you’ll find the lens, flash, and the button you press if you want to record sound (more on that later), as well as a tiny selfie mirror.

On the backside of the camera you have a nice size LCD screen and the release to the “door” that you need to open to insert (or remove) the picture paper. In addition, there are three buttons – go back, playback and print. You will also see the function “wheel” that allows you to navigate the different settings and “bells and whistles” that come with this camera.

One the one side of the camera you’ll find three buttons labeled 1, 2 and 3. These are shortcut buttons that you can assign your favorite effects and frames to. This is a nice feature because you don’t have to scroll around between all the effects/frames every time you take a photo. If there are certain ones that you use frequently, you can assign them to a number.

I like the Fujifilm thought of that. It makes things a lot more efficient and it’s a time saver, especially if you are shooting multiple pictures.

Ignore the cat hair on the camera.

Of course, there is also the power button.

This camera allows you to save some pictures on it (40). You can add a memory card if you’d like (sold separately) which would allow to save hundreds of photos on the camera.

As I mentioned, you can record sounds on this camera. Obviously you can’t print out a sound. With this camera, if you want to include sound with a photo, it puts a QR code on the printed picture. Using your smartphone,  you can have it “read” the QR code, which will in turn play the sound. That is a nice idea. I haven’t tried this feature as of yet. So far the pictures I have printed out really didn’t require sounds or the spoken word. It proves you with 10 seconds of audio.

Unlike other instant cameras on the market, the Fujifilm Mini LiPlay allows you to decide which pictures you want to print out. Other cameras print out the picture every time you snap a photo. Not being able to see what you’ve captured on the camera before it prints out can waste valuable print paper. With this camera, you can decide which photos you want to print out. This gives you time to edit them and add frames and other elements.

Below are some screen shots from the app to give you an idea of what it looks like. The photo is of our newly adopted cat, Callie. She is blind (and has neurological issues), which is why her eyes look a bit “off.”

I blurred out the faces of my “work kids.” This is the start up page on the app. It shows the last picture you printed.

This is our adopted blind cat Callie with one of the frames. You can see how you can scroll around the various frames on the bottom.

The “Love” frame is one of my favorites.

The photo it’s self is a poor quality, which is why it looks a bit blurry. The Fujifilm camera did NOT take this photo. This is one someone sent me that was on my phone (the animal shelter took the photo which is why it’s grainy). You can see some of the editing functions that you can slide with your finger until you get the look you are after.

I played around with the brightness on this photo, just to give you an example. Please read the comment above about why the photo is “grainy” looking.

I love the frames you can add to the photos. You can even do collages AND split photos, which is cool to do.

My absolute favorite feature with this camera is the free app you can download. The app allows you to edit photos on your smartphone before printing. You can also pick and choose with photos to print.

You can also take group photos using your smartphone as the shutter button.

The BEST part of this app is that you can print out photos already on your smartphone.

Printing out a photo.

Sometimes “life” happens, and you might not have the Fujifilm Mini LiPlay on hand to capture the moments. If you snap some great photos on your phone, you can easily print them out off the camera using the free app.

I am sure there is A LOT more that this camera can do too. I’m sure I’ve just explored the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to this camera.

You can purchase film paper for this camera just about anywhere cameras and film is sold. I see a bunch of different sellers of the film paper on Amazon. The price varies. The film paper comes 10 sheets to a roll.

If you would like more information about this fun camera, please visit the FujiFilmUSA website, or the Instax website.

This camera is sold at many retail locations including Amazon, Best Buy and Khols, to name a few.

What do you think about this camera? Does it sound like something you and your family would enjoy?

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.