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Kyrocera Smartphone from Boost Mobile
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Hydro by Kyrocera Smartphone to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. For most of us, our phone is more than just a device used for calls and texts. Between the storage of contacts that have accumulated over the years, notes and lists on notepads, and countless memories in photo albums, phones today are like treasure boxes of information that can be devastating to lose. Unfortunately, everyone has seen someone fall victim to the deadly phone-in-water fiasco. After watching the screen go blank, realizing how useless the power button is, and praying that a bowl of rice will bring your phone back to life, hope is often lost. Is there anything that could prevent this phoneless fate? Behold, the new waterproof phone, Hydro by Kyrocera.
Logitech PowerShell – The iPhone Game Controller
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Logitech PowerShell to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. Great for long road trips or air travel, the Logitech PowerShell provides easy and convenient access to a variety of video games, both educational and action-based, without the hassle of having to purchase and transport the latest gaming console or individual hardcopies of video games. Available for download in the App Store, games include LEGO The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Sonic, and more. Compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPod touch, its console-style controls — including a directional pad, shoulder bumpers, and face buttons — create an authentic gaming experience, whether it be for yourself or the kids.
Handleband Smartphone Mount
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Nite Ize HandleBand Smartphone Mount to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. The average grocery-shopping excursion with kids in tow can be quite the undertaking. Imagine walking through the store, keeping an eye on the little ones, pushing the shopping cart with one hand and reading the list of groceries in the other. The phone rings. With hands full, you miss the call. For Moms busy and on the go, the Nite Ize HandleBand proves a handy accessory. This Smartphone bar mount allows you to securely attach most mobile phones, with or without a case, to almost any sized handle bar — whether it be your bike, jogging stroller, or shopping cart — providing you with easy and convenient access to answer calls and use your favorite mobile apps. For instance, using the mount, you can read your list of groceries off of your Smartphone hands free or easily access your favorite playlist during a weekend bike trip.
Magnetyze Protective Case for the iPhone 5
Mom Central received a sample of the Magnetzye Protective Case for iPhone 5, the Colorant Link Pro, and the Nuevue Case to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. Protective technology designed with active lifestyles in mind, the Magnetyze Protective Case for the iPhone 5 combines reliable protection with next-generation charging. Available online for $59.99, the durable yet sleek and lightweight case comes with a charging cable that charges your phone from an USB power source. This unique charging cable connects magnetically to the back of the case, effectively doing away with the wear and tear on your phone’s charge port—a common mechanical frustration among iPhone owners. Its zero-loss charging technology meets or exceeds the performance of original iPhone cables, allowing for quick charging on the go.
Digital Innovations Device Dryer
Mom Central received a sample of the Digital Innovations Device Dryer and ScreenDr Cleaning Kit to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. We do our best to take care of our digital and smartphone devices, but accidents do happen. More often than not, these accidents involve water. A more effective technique than the old bag of rice trick, the Digital Innovations Device Dryer dries out soaked electronics within 24 to 48 hours using active dehumidifying bead ingredients. Simply use a towel to dry off your smartphone, MP3, digital camera, watch, or other digital device as best as possible, remove any batteries or SIM card, pry open the seal of the provided bag, place the device into the bag, and reseal. The beads turn yellow to green as they absorb the moisture. For those panicked moments, the Device Dryer comes with easy-to-follow directions and advice. For instance, electronic devices prove surprisingly resistant to water damage when powered down immediately.
This is a sponsored blog post written by Nicky Jackson Colaco, who joined Facebook in 2009 and is Head of Public Policy at Instagram.
fitbit logo
Mom Central received a sample of the Fitbit One and the Fitbit Force to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. First a confession. I’ve become a true Fitbit addict. I got my first FitBit from my good friend and awesome national fitness and health mom expert, Andrea Metcalf. She said, “Stacy, you’ve GOT to try this out! Go do it.” And I said, “You got it. I’ll report back!"
There are so many milestones that we capture as children grow. With the ease of social media and technology at our fingertips, it doesn't have to only be the “big moments” like first steps, losing that first tooth, or the first day of kindergarten that we are able to easily capture and record. We recently discovered Blinkbuggy, the easiest and most efficient way to capture and catalog milestones, including the precious every day moments. With Blinkbuggy, parents can take a photo and make notes about the corresponding memory or activity in real time, so as to not forget the funny responses that kids often can have (and surprise us all!) or endearing questions that they ask.
Luci Aura
Mom Central received a sample of the Luci Aura Light by MPOWERD to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. Adopting eco-friendly practices and educating our children about clean, renewable energy proves increasingly important as our planet continues to heat up and our oil dependence becomes a greater issue for future generations. A color-changing, micro solar lantern created for the purpose of providing accessible, affordable renewable energy to households around the world, Luci Aura by MPOWERD proves a fun and unique way to teach our kids about sustainable energy alternatives. The cool, distinctive design and the four brilliant colored light settings at once mystify and entertain. You can cycle through multiple hues or settle on a single color according to personal preference. The vividness of each color truly makes for a beautiful sight.
Sonos Play 1
Mom Central was loaned a set of SONOS speakers to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. In today’s society, we certainly listen to music on more devices than ever before. Growing up, I’d discover new music on the radio or browse through titles at the local music store. Now we’re downloading and streaming on our mobile devices, computers, tablets and more! Despite the numerous ways I listen to music, I’ve found that I haven’t spent too much time listening to music at home – probably because I don’t have the right speakers. I recently discovered the SONOS PLAY:1 speakers, which easily allowed me to incorporate my favorite music into moments at home. Though the speakers are compact, they produce a big quality sound. I was able to easily download the SONOS app (which is available to download for your phones, tablets, and computers) and could then peruse through playlists of music on my phone, scan through local radio stations, and even sync up my Pandora and Spotify accounts.
Soundfreaq Sound Spot
Mom Central received a Sound Spot to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. For as long as I can remember music has been a monumental part of my life. Starting with Saturday morning jazz with the family, playing scales on the trumpet to being in countless choirs throughout the years, not a day goes by that I don’t wake up with a jingle in my head. And as it is the season for jingles, and jingle bells, I love to listen to holiday songs throughout the day. Luckily I don’t have to break out my trumpet in order to hear my favorite Christmas songs anymore, because Soundfreaq sent me their Sound Spot Bluetooth wireless speaker and it’s (oh night) divine.
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