Tuesday, January 3, 2017

California Water H2O Challenge

Join the competition! California classrooms, grades 4-6, in a Cal Water service area can participate in the California Water H2O Challenge!

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There is still time left to register for Cal Water H2O Challenge. Registration ends Jan 31st though so read along get the details on how to register and share with your school.  

As we have been experiencing a long drought water conservation has become a topic that affects everyone. Using a filtered 18 cup water dispenser soon became necessary so we didn't have to use or buy water bottles. Everyone in the house also has a re-usable water bottle. We stopped watering the lawn and have forgone the side garden this year as well. I even wound up losing a tree in my backyard which broke my heart. But unfortunately I couldn't keep watering all my plants and stay within the guidelines from the water company and do my part to help conserve water. If each person contributed locally it would make a huge impact for everyone; animals included.

Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.  Also developed with the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards. 

The project runs 4-8 weeks long. Participating classrooms will discuss, learn about, develop and initiate a project focused on caring for water. Throughout the project it focuses on water as a global resource and a local resource while also tackling a local community-based water issue. 

The coolest part is there are prizes for 1-4th place and everyone who completes it will get an official certificate of participation for every student. You can read more about the prizes down below. 

Interested in what some of the lesson plans are? You can check out and download (PDF) a competition handbook and samples of lesson plans aligned to common core and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards. You can check that out here https://challenge.calwater.com/resources.html

You can find out if your school qualifies by going here https://challenge.calwater.com/register.html and step 1 is to check eligibility. 

Want other ways to participate? Check out https://challenge.calwater.com/pledge.html and pledge how you can make a difference in your community.

Find out about what the prizes are below or click  https://challenge.calwater.com/prizing.html for more info. 

Last Years Winners!

Grand Prize Winners Trip 
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs

2nd Place 
Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student
All Participant Prizes:  Cal Water prize packs 

3rd Place 
Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs 

4th Place 
Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs

All participating classes
Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card 

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Purex Coupon giveaway

*This giveaway was originally sponsored by Purex Easy giveaway for one coupon of Purex Liquid or Powder detergent.

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This coupon expires 12/31/2016. Ends Sunday. US only. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clock Safe Review

I received the clock safe from Mitaki as a sample to review.

I thought the Mitaki Clock Safe was a really neat product and wanted to check it out. I had not seen one like this before so I was intrigued.This Clock takes one AA battery. Which is not included. The clock measures 9.75" dia. x 2.5" so it is one of those standard looking clocks that you see just about everywhere. In offices and classrooms. It has a 2" compartment on the backside so some people say to cut a hole in your wall but I don't think that is necessary. I think you could mount this and not have to worry that someone thinks its a safe. 

So you are probably wondering what all can you put in here. You can keep your money, meds or other valuables. Even jewelry. To me this makes perfect sense for someone who has roommates or a lot of people over and you need to just keep something safe just in case. You don't even necessarily have to mount this somewhere that is easily seen. Mount it in the garage or in your storage room where someone might not even see it. There is all kinds of weird possibilities that you could put this clock. Or keep an extra key in it for whatever. I think its nice to have an option to stash something. Plus its just a regular silver and white faced clock. It is so undercover it just blends in to the room in a very boring way. This is a plus of course.

Onto quality. While the design is really a cool idea the clock is made of a thinner plastic. The hinge is the only thing that keeps the two parts together and I do wish this was reinforced with a thicker plastic. But as long as it isn't handled repeatedly or roughly it should be ok.  This would be a good gift for someone who is into spies and covert things. 

Onto Cost. The cost for a gift thats under $20 Bucks is pretty good. Right now its listed under $15. Not a bad cost for something that could be fun or useful depending on how you choose to use it. 

You can find the clock Here

I received a sample of the Clock Safe from Mitaki in order to provide an honest review.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mirrorvana Rectangular Makeup Mirror – 9.8″ x 7″

So excited to receive this Mirrorvana Vanity Makeup Mirror to sample and post an  honest review about it.

When I was a little girl my mom used to use this vanity mirror in her bedroom. I used to watch her do her makeup and her hair. I always wanted one. This vanity mirror from Mirrorvana is gorgeous. It reminds me of an older time when hair was done differently. So in one way it seems retro but in another it looks modern. It really depends on what decor you have and because its all mirror or chrome finish it will fit in anywhere. 

Mirrorvana Mirror

This vanity makeup mirror is divine to look at. It is a rectangle at 9.8" x 7" and comes with a chrome base. The look is super sleak and goes with any decor modern or retro. It comes in two parts and you just screw the base into the mirror and you are done.

It is shipped really well and it does come in a box with the Mirrorvana logo on it so you can wrap it for gift giving or use it to store if you are moving. Keep the box if you think you might because it fits right in there.

 There is a little stick at the bottom. You use this to angle and adjust the mirror without having to touch the mirror itself. That way you don't leave fingerprints all over it that you have to wipe off later. Really nice touch. If you don't have a vanity put it in your bathroom or bedside table. The base is weighted so the mirror isn't top heavy. So you don't have to worry about it tipping over.

Here you can see the mirror can completely flip the other way upside down. It also moves left and right. So you can angle this however you wish. You can also see the little stick that you move it with so you don't get your mirror dirty. 

You can view you entire face and neck in the mirror so you don't have to hold a little compact and try to do your makeup anymore or lean into the bathroom sink to get close to the mirror. If you sit back from the mirror you can easily use this to style your hair if you are in a space that doesn't have a mirror.
Honestly I love it and it looks amazing. I think any lady young or old would love to have this mirror in their room. The edges of the mirror are angled and this adds a nice touch to the mirror.

Did you have any fun memories of your mom or anyone else with vanity mirrors? I'd love to hear it feel free to share with me below. 

Check out the Mirrorvana Rectangle Vanity Mirror here.

*I received a sample in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 9, 2016

NeilMed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator Giveaway

 * This post is sponsored by NeilMed. All opinions are my own.

My daughter was crying because she couldn't drink her cup and breathe out of her nose at the same time like she normally could. She's also not old enough to know how to cough out phlegm or blow her nose. When I first received the NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator from NeilMed I thought it was going to be so easy to use. When all three of us got sick with stuffy noses and coughing I realized then it was perfect timing to try out my box from NeilMed that I had just received prior. I have never used anything other than a regular bulb like the ones you use on newborns.

Comes with a mesh bag for storage.

Surprisingly she wasn't that upset about it being used on her. She was more curious than anything. She thought it was a toy. I was pleased with her reception of it. 

I took the nasal aspirator and placed it as shown and tried to suck out the mucus. I couldn't figure it out. Why wasn't it working? I must have been doing something wrong. I attended a webinar on this product that neilmed put on. I learned that I just simply wasn't sucking long enough. If you aren't getting mucus then suck for around ten seconds. What is neat about this aspirator is that it comes with the hose that you suck through but you can remove it and just use the bulb. This way you can use it traditionally as a bulb or with the extra suction hose. The bulb is also transparent and clear so you can see exactly what you are doing as you are sucking. You can see immediately if it is working or not. At the end is a filter that you can change after each illness or as needed.
 If you are still having trouble because there is thick mucus that doesn't want to come out than you can use NeilMed Pedia Mist Saline Spray. This will help break up the mucus so that you can suck it out. It is for ages 1 and up. Just insert the tip into your little ones nostriland press until it sprays. Once it is moist then repeat with the other nostril. 

All parts are disconnected in this photo.
After use you need to clean the bulb.  It is really easy to just take it apart and clean it because you can see anywhere its dirty. You can also sterilize it by boiling or by via microwave.  It came with 7 disposable filters which you use to make sure mucus doesn't enter the users mouth.
Use Code MOMSBLOG to take $3 off of the purchase of a NeilMed Naspira  Nasal-Oral Aspirator from NeilMed.com.

NeilMed makes a variety of products for both adults and babies. I currently use them on myself. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

1byone 5GHz Wireless HDMI Streaming Media Player

* This post is sponsored by 1byone for the purposes of this review.

If you haven't already noticed I am really into streaming media. I'm always interested in new things that hit the market and if they are better than their competitor. This is the 1byone 5GHZ Wireless HDMI Streaming Media Player. It is similar to a Chromecast or Firestick but a tad different. It uses EZ Cast to stream from your phone , tablet or PC to your TV. A few years ago a kit to do this from PC to TV cost over $100. Now it is so much more affordable in the under $40 range for streaming sticks and other devices. I was interested to see how this compared to my other devices.

This mainly uses EZ Cast to mirror or stream the content. I tested this using my PC, Android phone and iPad2 tablet. Installation is rather easy. Plug in the HDMI stick into your TV. Plug the cord into the end of the stick and attached is the wifi dongle. Plug the other end into a power source.

This was tested with Android 4.4 and it streamed files already on my phone just fine. They streamed flawlessly just the sound was a bit low. But I also found out that the sound is also controlled by your phone so if it is not loud try turning up your phone volume. I couldn't get it to mirror apps which is what I wanted it is only compatible with some particular apps listed and if your phone has that capability. Or at least I couldn't figure it out.  I also had a few issues with my phone dropping the WIFI from EZ cast to my home WIFI connection. So make sure you have  your phone not on the "auto switch to optimized WIFI" option on your phone to avoid this. I did have a signal that wasn't as strong as my home WIFI which prompted this to be an issue. So if you are dropping the WIFI this could be the setting on your phone.

Tested with the iPad2 I had much better luck. I can use the airplay to stream with compatible apps and I can also mirror using airplay as well. Streaming Youtube or Twitch to TV was working fine. I didn't have any issues with movies already downloaded either. Mirroring I could watch myself play poker on the TV.  Or even my favorite farming app. I can see how this can be useful for training or demonstration videos or art classes using digital art apps.  My kids enjoy watching cartoons on  YouTube and it even lets you pre buffer ahead so it can stream better if you have a slow connection.

Tested with PC. I have a pretty slow PC and it wasn't fast enough to be able to buffer my videos from PC to TV. I recently ordered parts to upgrade soon so I am hoping after that I will be able to stream from TV to PC. If you are using this to share documents or images on the TV then this will work just fine. This does have available other apps to cast such as Miracast.

 I can see how this can be useful situations where you don't have access to the WIFI such as a hotel. You can just use this and stream as long as you have access to the HDMI port. Setting up Chromecast requires access to the home network first. I currently use this in the room when  the ROKU isn't working or when we want to watch home movies on the TV. It does what it says it does but the interface isn't the most user friendly of them all but after taking a while to read the manual I have figured it out. I do suggest reading the full manual and not the quick get started manual. I did have some errors where the EZ cast app crashed but that could have been the app or my phone/iPad. It also has an option to use in the car but I did not test that out.

You can find it here http://www.amazon.com/1byone-Wireless-Streaming-Display-Projector/dp/B00ZWOU5R2 

I received a sample in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Buzzer Beater app by Orkin plus Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit Giveaway

Orkin Buzzer Beater App:
*Sponsored by Orkin Rollins Inc.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

With all the buzz about mosquitos this year I took this quiz to see if I was ready to earn my badge. I earned mine did you earn yours?
• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.
• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.
• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits

The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:
2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

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