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Are you traveling for the holidays? Check out this must- have product to protect your safety (makes a great gift too!).

 

Are you traveling this holiday season? If you are, are you staying with family and friends, or are you staying at a hotel or Airbnb?

My family and I don’t travel much, but from time to time my husband and I like to go away for the weekend and stay at a hotel. We sleep on a sofa bed every night. We haven’t had a REAL bed in 18+ years. Part of the reason why we like to go to a hotel for the weekend is to sleep in a real bed (that is no exaggeration either).

When we visit hotels, I always worry about certain things. First and foremost – bed bugs. Just the thought of bringing one of those home in our luggage creeps me out. Gross!

I also worry about someone getting into our room when we are out and taking our things. Not that we pack any valuables, but sometimes we do bring our iPad or laptop.

Another thing I worry about (as does my husband) is being secretly video taped. It’s not an unnatural concern either. Many times we’ve read stories, or have seen new stories, about such a thing.

I’m sure major hotels have things in place to prevent such things from happening, but what about Airbnb places?

Did you know that Airbnb has a big hidden camera problem , yet many people are still totally unaware that some hosts are spying on guests in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Wall outlet hidden cameras from SpyGuy.com.

A new survey shows that over 50% of Airbnb guests have been worried about hidden cameras in their rental. I’m surprised that number is not higher? My #1 worry about staying at someone else’s home is the use of video cameras. I understand why homeowners would put some security cameras in place, to protect their property. But to what extent would people go? How many are trying to capture you in compromising positions or in a state of undress for their own sick benefit?

People spying on their guests at Airbnb locations has been covered in the media a lot this year. Keep in mind those are only the cameras that were found. Think about all those other cameras that have yet to be discovered that are spying on their guests?

To make matter worse, video cameras can be very tiny and hidden in objects such as clocks, fire alarms and pictures. There are even cameras hidden in what looks like a regular USB charger.

Sadly, most people don’t even thinks twice about this sort of thing spying on them in their private moments.

There is a new product available on the market that can help provide you with peace of mind when staying at Airbnbs, hotels and other places where people could be secretly videotaping you. It’s called Scout.

Scout is a high-tech product that everyone who travels needs to have.

Scout uses the best of counter-surveillance tech in a simple design. Scout is sleek, affordable and compact. It’s prefect for taking with you when ever, and where ever, you travel.

Scout employs six special, high-powered LED lights to help users easily “scout” for hidden cameras in sensitive places. Plus, it comes with a pinhole camera to practice on so you know what you’re looking for. Scout requires users to take just a few simple steps:

  • Stand in the middle of the room.
  • Hold Scout up to your eye, and turn the power on.
  • Scout flashes high-end LED lights that bounce off all camera lenses.
  • Alert local police to any hidden cameras found.

Scout draws on a decade of experience. The found of SpyGuy, Scout’s creator, has served more than 75,000 people, including new parents and law enforcement officials with surveillance and counter-surveillance solutions. Numerous high-profile hidden camera incidents and calls from concerned individuals inspired him to design this new, intuitive solution that helps everyone safeguard their privacy.

Below is how tiny camera lenses can be. This is the one that comes with Scout for you to practice on. To give you an idea of it’s size, I placed it next to one of my rings.

I was sent a Scout to review.

I have not yet had the opportunity to try Scout out in a real world situation, but I have been able to give it a “test drive” using the included mini-camera lens that comes with Scout to practice on. It’s just a camera lens. You do not get an actual camera.

Initially I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to be looking for when I turned Scout on. When I came across the mini camera lens I could see it shining back at me in red (the same color as the lights that Scout uses). The red lights from Scout bounce back to you when it comes upon a camera lens.

I played around with it and had my husband hide the camera in different locations to see if I could find it. Most of the time I did. The times I didn’t I think it’s because the camera lens was not pointing straight. It was little too high or a little too low. The lights from Scout need to hit it head on to see it. That is why it’s a good idea to maybe move your angle a little bit to make sure you can capture the lens. It would be a good idea to do that anyway in case someone has a camera pointing at you from overhead or down low.

It’s such a simple idea. This is one of those “why didn’t anyone think of this sooner” products.

Scout is also a very simple design. It comes with 2 AAA batteries, which I would assume would last a very long time. All that is required to use it is a push of a button. That’s it.

Scout is lightweight and portable. You could easily tuck it into your pocket, purse, backpack or luggage.

Scout is not only good to have when staying at hotels or Airbnbs. Scout can also help you find hidden cameras in apartments, bathrooms, dorms and changing rooms.

Learn more about the Scout hidden camera-finder, visit www.SpyGuy.com/Scout.

You can purchase the Scout hidden camera finder on the Scout website here: www.SpyGuy.com/Products/Scout-Hidden-Camera-Finder.

The brand can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The links are found on the bottom of their website.

Scout would make a get gift for someone who travels, a college student or just about anyone else who needs that peace of mind. Scout is also a great gift you can give yourself.

What do you think of Scout? Does it sound like a product you need in your life?

Do you have any experiences being secretly videotaped? Feel free to share your stories.

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. 

Give the gift of safety and peace of mind

 

Oh no! The power is out and your smartphone just died. What do you do?

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I think we’re done. I’m just waiting on two things to arrive (hopefully by the end of the week). So far everything else we have is wrapped and under the tree (my kids are young adults, they know that mom and dad are really Santa).

Even if you done shopping, like I am, there is always room for a few extra gifts, as well as stocking stuffers.

Growing up, what was inside my stocking was often just as wonderful as the gifts under the tree. Inside my stocking was always candy (yum!), an apple and orange, small toys and my personal favorite – a new box of crayons.

If you are looking for a stocking stuffer idea, small gift, or even a gift for a “Secret Santa” exchange or a gift for someone else (hairdresser, neighbor, co-workers), why not give them the gift of peace of mind and security?

Some parts of the country experience crazy weather conditions – hurricanes, tornado, blizzards. There are plenty of opportunities for power outages – some lasting for days or even weeks.

I don’t know about you, but whenever we know a storm is coming, we make sure that all of our important devices, such as our cellphones and tables, are fully charged. We need our phone in case we need to call for help. And we like to have our tablets charged so we can watch movies that we downloaded or play games that don’t require the internet (in case that is down as well).

I personally feel that you can’t have enough charging devices. Most especially if you have a few people in your family. Trust me, if my kids’ phones die, they will go CRAZY. Their phones are their world and they are lost without them (sad to say).

My kids never remember to charge up their phones before a big storm, even if we constantly remind them . For that reason, we keep multiple devices to charge our phones just in case.

A great charging option to have on hand is the UnPlugged 10K charger. It’s from the brand MyCharge. We own a couple of MyCharge products, and we have always been pleased with the brand’s products. The UnPlugged 10K charger is no exception.

The UnPlugged 10K charger is a wireless charger for your phone and other devices. By wireless I mean that once fully charged, you can take it with you where ever you go – traveling, camping, hiking, work or just to have on hand in case your power goes out.

It has a very nice finish to it (I think I should mention that).

I keep this device fully charged (it holds a full charge for a very long time when not in use) just in case of emergencies (power outage). We have also taken it with us when we went to visit family in another state, as well as to the city. There is no charging port in the backseat (the cord won’t reach back there either) so we can use this device to charge their phones from the back of the car.

nd Samsung Fast Charge standard. It delivers up to 10 Watts of power. The 10 Watts of powers ensures the absolute quickest wireless charge on the market. It features a whopping 10,000mAh of charging power. 

What this means is that your device will charge quicker than other charging devices on the market.

To charge the MyCharge initially takes a while, but as a charging device, it does charge things pretty quickly. Not super sonic speed like my kids would like (ha ha), but certainly a lot quicker than other charging devices that we own.

There are lights on the device that let you know how much charge is left on the UnPlugged 10K charger. The blue light means it’s charging, and each of the other lights represent 25% of a charge (so two lit lights would equal a 50% charge).

A great feature about this portable charger is that you don’t need extra cords or cables. You can charge up your Apple or Samsung phone simply by placing it on top of the charger, providing that your device supports wireless charging.

If you use a phone case or have anything else on your phone, you’ll need to remove it first before you can charge it, otherwise it won’t work.

I have a case on my phone that is a pain in the neck to take off and put back on, so for that reason I use the “old fashioned” method of plugging my phone into the charger. My kids don’t use cases, so they just need to place their phones on top of it to charge their phones.

In addition to the wireless charging option, there are also two USB-A ports that can allow you to charge up to three devices at a time.

The charger comes with a plug that you can use to charge the charer, or you can use it to charge another device on the UnPlugged 10K charger. I like that it’s a short cord, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up much room in your bag, luggage or backpack.

The UnPlugged 10K charger is lightweight and very portable. It’s not much bigger than my iPhone 8.

This would not only make a great gift or stocking stuffer, but it’s also great to have on hand in case of emergencies, or if you like to have a backup power source “just in case.”

To learn more about this wireless charger and other MyCharge devices, visit MyCharge.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are on their website.

What do you think of MyCharge’s UnPlugged 10K charger? Is it something you would love to gift to someone else, or purchase for yourself? What is your favorite feature about this device? 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. 

How Safe Is Your Neighborhood? Use These 5 Tools to Find Out

 

Love thy neighbor! Ah, you must have heard this quite often. And this seems to be quite true. If you love your neighbor and you live in a safe neighborhood, then it has a direct positive effect on you and your family. Neighborhood safety keeps your stress levels significantly lower and most important; your family feels and stays happier. Another blessing in disguise is that the resale value of your home is really high. What else could you ask for?

But nowadays, the saying ‘Love thy neighbor’ must be preceded by ‘Know thy neighbor’. Yes, this is true irrespective of the fact whether you want to decide where to live or are already a homeowner. The safety of your neighborhood is of great significance. No doubt, it is the result of a collaborative effort, but still, as the well-known saying goes-‘Charity begins at home’, neighborhood safety should begin with you.

So, now let us see what steps you can take to ensure your neighborhood safety. Here we go

Know thy neighbors

Want to know whether a neighborhood is appropriate for you and your family? Well, your search ends at Nuwber.com, Yes, you can easily compare different neighborhoods before making a decision to move to any particular place.

The site is free to use and gives you a clear report about the area or region you want to move to. You simply need to write the name of the area to see whether it promises a safe neighborhood for your family. Once you start living in any locality, you can still use this platform to stay updated about the happenings in your neighborhood.

Now that’s something wonderful and a great tool to know your neighborhood safety and make a well-informed decision. After all, the safety of your neighborhood ought to be your top priority to safeguard the wellbeing and happiness of your family.

Invest in a home security system

Yes, having a home security system can be a great tool to ensure your neighborhood safety. Hence, you must invest in a quality home security system to maximize the safety of your neighborhood.

You will be glad to know that homes having security systems are often avoided by thieves and burglars. This has been revealed by several studies. After all, the safety of your family and neighbors is a team effort. And if all the people living in your area install a home security system in their homes, it can make your neighborhood a safe and peaceful place to live in.

Better lighting means safe neighborhood

Do you know that having adequate lighting in your neighborhood can prove to be a great tool to promote the safety of your neighborhood? Yes, that is, undoubtedly, true.

So, what are you waiting for? Take the initiative to involve each and every single household in your neighborhood for making the place area well-lit in the evenings and at night. For this, ask everyone to get motion-sensor lights installed in the backyards and sides of their homes.

Of course, streetlamps are a must for making the streets safe during the night. Moreover, porch lights are a viable tool to keep you and your dear ones safe. These lights are a clear deterrent for burglars and tend to keep them at bay.

Whenever you or your family member is coming home late, you can easily unlock the door. You can easily see who is coming by peeping through your window. Now you know how porch lights keep your home and neighborhood safe. So, you must ask all households to install and always keep the porch and deck lights on in the evening to ensure neighborhood safety.

Going out of town? Become extra alert

You must make sure to inform your neighbors if you plan to go out of town. This will make them alert and keep a vigil over your house when you are away. After all, your aim is to ensure the safety of your neighborhood and your home too.

In addition, you can use timers on your lamps or lights to make them on and off as per the requirements. You can even get a smart security system at your home to keep it safe if you plan to go out of town for some time. Investing in a good security system is a viable step to ensure your home and neighborhood safety.

Nowadays, there are several good quality home security systems available in the market. Choose the one offering reliability by reading its reviews. The function of a security system is to turn lights and lamps on and off while you are away.

Seek help from your local police department

You can always seek the help and support of your local police department to ensure your neighborhood safety. Yes, the local police officials are there to help you in case of any emergency. Hence, you must approach them and tell your need of safety of your neighborhood.

Whether it is patrolling the streets at night or anything else, you have to request them of different ways by which they can help or assist you in keeping a safe neighborhood.

You can even seek their help to initiate a neighborhood watch program for protecting and safeguarding your home and neighborhood. Neighborhood programs are a wonderful way to help communities curb crime by increasing awareness among people.

Who does not love to live in a safe and friendly neighborhood? Whether it is basking in the glory of the rising sun or enjoying an evening stroll with our family or friends, we all love to dwell in a safe environment. But remember, a safe neighborhood just does not happen. Rather, it is the result of the collective and team efforts of those living in any area or neighborhood.

After all, it only takes a small effort to ensure the safety, peace, health, and happiness of our near and dear ones. Because a safe neighborhood means a happy community.

Five Tips to Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays

The holiday season is filled with decorations, parties, travel, and food. And unfortunately, an increase in accidents. During this time of year, emergency room visits surge – although many of them could be avoided. To help prevent unnecessary doctor and ER visits, the health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, have put together five holiday safety tips for the children in your life. 

Seatbelt Safety.

Properly restraining your child in an age and weight appropriate car seat is important no matter the time of year. But with winter comes extra layers of clothing to deal with. Winter coats should be removed while riding in the car. In a five point harness, the material of the coat can cause the restraint to be less effective. Additionally, a larger coat may not allow you to tighten the belt enough to prevent injury in case of an accident. For children using the car seat belt, it is still important that it be tight and properly placed across the chest.  

Determine Décor.

Depending on the age of your children, it may be time to update or ditch some potentially hazardous holiday decorations. Anything with small pieces can be a choking hazard, and small or breakable tree ornaments should be placed up higher out of reach. Free standing items should be weighed down or secured to the wall to prevent them from falling over if tugged on. Also, be sure to keep electrical cords along the wall or tacked down to prevent tripping. 

Fight Fires.

Adding candlelight to a room can increase the ambiance. , but an open flame within reach of a child could end badly – from burns to fires. Try using battery operated options to get that “glow” and ensure safety. If you do use candles or have a fireplace, never leave flames unattended and be sure to leave a safe distance between other decorative items. It’s also important if you have a live tree to make sure it is well watered. A dried out tree can easily become a fire hazard. Check all of your lights for broken bulbs and frayed wires, and don’t overload your outlets! 

Check Toys.

Gift giving brings joy and amusement during the holidays and is a big component to many family gatherings. Most toys are age-rated on the packaging, which is a good guide for safety of use. For younger children, certain toys can pose a choking hazard so make sure you know if the batteries are secured, if the toy has magnets, or pieces that could break off easily and be swallowed. By being aware of how the toy works you can gauge if it is a good fit for your child. If there is a significant gap in age for the kids in your household, try placing the toys with smaller parts in containers with lids so that your older children are able to access them, but younger ones are not. 

Cook with Care.

Many gatherings end up with a flurry of activity in the kitchen. It inevitably ends up being a popular spot for guests – including children who are often running around. Hot liquids, plates, and surfaces are sometimes left unguarded during the hustle to get dinner on the table. Be aware of where you are placing hot items, and keep the serving spoons on the side of the dish instead of in them to prevent spills that could burn. When possible use the rear burners, turning pot and pan handles toward the back to make them harder to reach. Keeping knives out of reach and blades covered also can help prevent accidental cuts from grabbing or falling cutlery.

About the author: 

Envolve, Inc.® is a family of health solutions, working together to make healthcare simpler, more effective and more accessible for everyone. Envolve unifies specialty pharmacy, PBM, vision, dental, 24/7 nurse advice services, diabetes management, MSO solutions, and more. For more information, please visit our website www.envolvehealth.com.

How prepared are YOU in the event of a natural disaster?

 

As I write this I have my television on in the background. I am listening to information about Hurricane Dorian. It’s suppose to hit south or central Florida as a deadly category four storm. A category five is the absolute worst.

With a category four hurricane you can expect sustained winds from 130-156 mph. Many homes will sustain severe damage including loss of the roof and even some exterior walls. Many trees will be uprooted and toppled over. You can expect flooding in low lying areas and of course, wide spread

130-156 mph: Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. You can expect wide spread power outages too, which could last days or even weeks depending on the area.

Scary stuff!

My father and step-mother live in central Florida. They are currently in Indiana visiting my step-siblings. At least I know they are safe, however, no one is home to keep an eye out for their home and property. My father did have the foresight to bring in all their outdoor furniture before they left. That was smart on his part.

I also have friends that live in south Florida. I am hoping and praying for their safety.

How prepared are YOU in case of a natural disaster? I know in a lot of cases people have some kind of an advanced warning, such as with a hurricane. However tornadoes can strike at any time, any where. If faced with a natural disaster, are you and your family prepared for the worse?

My family and I do have the basics – flashlight, non-perishable foods, emergency radio, water, first aid kit – but I know we don’t have enough. There are still more things we could use, and I am not sure if we have enough to last more than a few days (food, water). You should have at least a gallon of per person per day (for a minimum of three days). For my family of four we’d need 12 gallons of water for three days. That is a lot of water to find storage for. We live in a tiny condo. We have no room for anything.

You should keep all your supplies in a container (storage box, backpack, duffle bag…) so you can grab it quickly in the event that you need to flee your home in a moment’s notice. We have ours in a backpack. It’s very heavy, but it’s worth it to have all the stuff we need.

I know I do need to make sure our things are charged and we have working extra batteries. I need to add that to my “to do” list to check on them.

If you have pets, make sure you have emergency things for them too including water, food and toys/treats to keep them happy and comfortable (I’m sure they will be scared). If they have medication, make sure you have that in your emergency bag too. That would apply to anyone in your household who also needs medication. Make sure you have extra on hand in your emergency bag too.

In my family, ample lighting and a way to charge devices such as a phone or a tablet is very important. You need your phone to reach out to others, as well as to call someone in case of an emergency. You might also want to be able to do things online (if you have service) or watch downloaded movies to keep kids entertained. I know that has been a Godsend in my home – the ability to watch movies and read e-books to pass the time when we lose power.

You need light to see too, that is why it’s important to make sure you have plenty of working flashlights and lanterns. After all, it’s hard to negotiate the bathroom in the pitch black dark.

I received to review a handy device that ideal in emergency situations. It’s also great for camping, traveling and other situations. It’s called the myCharge Power Lumens. It’s a portable charger that not only provides up to 5x extra battery life for smartphones, but it also doubles as a high-powered, LED flashlight in case of power outages.

MyCharge Power Lumens has two USB-A ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time (with two kids, this is handy for us). This is a must have so that you can ensure your phone is charged to make emergency phone calls, and listed to any updates on changing weather conditions and emergency evacuations/information.

This device also have a 500 lumens LED lamp with four different brightness levels as well as a SOS function.

I should note that this device comes pre-charged, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. I did not know that at first (I didn’t read the box when I first opened it). I pressed on the light button, which turned it on. The lamp side happened to be facing me so when the light turned on it blasted me in my face. WOW! That light is BRIGHT! The device it’s self is not that big (it can fit in your pocket) but when it comes to brightness, this is a little powerhouse.

I appreciate that there are different brightness to the light. One of the settings is a bit softer, so it’s not as bright (less jarring on the eyes in my opinion).

On a full charge, the myCharge Power Lumens can provide you with up to 40 hours of run time before it needs to be recharged. I’m sure if you use the device to charge other things that will take away from the light’s run time, so please keep that in mind.

There is also a SOS flashing option which is great in the event of an emergency situation.

The myCharge Power Lumens also has a built in metal kickstand to help prop it up when using the light option.

I think this is a great item to keep on hand in case of emergencies, both at home and in your car. It’s also great for camping, tailgating and other situations.

I don’t see this device on the myCharge website. Perhaps because it’s new it’s not listed on their site yet. In the meantime you can find other handy products at myCharge.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the top right of their website.

Are YOU prepared in case of an emergency?

What do you think about the myCharge Power Lumens? Does it sound like a device you would want for your home?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway. 

SlitIt – Where have you been all my life?

 

Have you ever purchased a toy for a child and found that it is being held to the package by a million twisty ties? Can you believe that is someone’s job to place those horrible things on the toy, making it next to impossible to get it opened and out of the package quickly enough? Ugh!

My husband and I used to remove all those twisty ties and zip ties from packages BEFORE we wrapped Christmas presents for our kids. We even put the batteries in. That way, when our kids opened their presents Christmas morning they could simply open the boxes and enjoy their toys. As it should be.

I want to know whose not-so-great idea it was to create the new kind of packaging we see now on batteries, flashlights, tools and other products. You know the kind of packaging I am referring to – the kind where the product you purchased is encased in a piece of plastic that is practically indestructible and impossible to open. Scissors, pliers, box cutters, BOMBS… (just kidding on the last one), are no match for these plastic cases that seem to be made out of some kind of alien properties.

No mere mortal is expected to break into these types of packages easily.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve cut my hand or fingers trying to open these packages. The plastic is as sharp as glass sometimes. It’s really dangerous.

I get that this type of packaging might help against theft, but is it worth the loss of a finger trying to open the case to begin with?

Believe it or not, there is a solution to this matter. FINALLY! Someone created a product to help make opening these packages from hell simply, easily and safety. It’s called SlitIt.

The blade is a normal metal look. The poor quality of photo makes it look blue in this picture.

SlitIt is an unassuming piece of plastic with a groove and metal blade on one side. That’s it. It doesn’t seem like much – but it is!

SlitIt was created to help open up those dreadful packages. It’s as easy as sliding the SlitIt along the side of the package to slit it (get it) open.

There are no working parts with SlitIt. You are it’s only working part.

To use SlitIt, simply place the open end of the SlitIt on the corner of the package you want to open. Hold the package with one hand, and the SlitIt with the other. Pushing the SlitIt, slide it up the one side of the packaging. As you do that, the blade cuts through the plastic, keeping your hand safe.

It took me a minute or two to figure it out, but once I got past the corner, the SlitIt slide up the side of the package with ease. Only the corner (initial cut into the package) took a little “elbow grease.” Nothing too bad (I’m a weakling!).

Ta da!!!!!

Using the SlitIt I was able to free the screwdriver from it’s plastic tomb!

With SlitIt I can laugh in the face of manufacturers who think they can keep me from using their products they THOUGHT were to be forever encapsulated in plastic. Now I can open all of those package with ease, and without the loss of blood.

SlitIt retails for $9.95 (free shipping on their website). This is well worth every single penny. A hospital co-pay alone is a lot more than that (ha ha).

You can learn more about SlitIt at SlitIt.com. It’s also available at TheGrommet.

This would also make a GREAT gift this holiday season for everyone you know – grandma, a co-worker, a friend. Let’s put the end of unintentional package opening injuries! Get a SlitIt into everyone’s home TODAY!

Did you know that over 750,000 laceration injuries happened during the 2018 holiday season (as per Consumer Affairs). Avoid Wrap Rage by purchasing your own SlitIt, as well as a SlitIt for everyone you know. 

Keep one at home, one in your car, one at the office… where ever you might have a need to slit open plastic packaging.

Even our kitten Emma approves (please note – this is NOT a safe cat toy due to the sharp blade. Emma thinks EVERYTHING is a toy).

Kimberly

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