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Product Review :: Home Security Camera

Product Review :: Home Security Camera

Smarson HD WIFI Home Security Camera, Baby Monitor, App Controlled, Up to 5 Viewers

Easy set up, fantastic child monitor, loads of functionality

I ordered this WIFI camera to use in our kitchen and dining room area. We have had it about a month now and I am so happy with how it is working out. I have it paired with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Bluetooth 4.0, Android 5.0.

We have other security cameras set up in the house and have tried to work with a few inexpensive cameras that were better off returned. My husband and I are both amazed at how easy this was to set up and with the functionality of this.

Advantages:
Easy to set up
No wiring needed, everything is through WIFI
Camera is easy to operate through app and camera
I can have 5 preset views
I can pan and zoom, left and right, up and down
Two-way communication
You can set up motion alerts

Disadvantages:
The directions could use some refinement when it comes to details. With a little common sense though it is easy to figure out.

If you are looking for a baby monitor I would highly recommend this. We have a camera in our youngest son’s room just so I can easily keep an eye on him. He is old enough now he doesn’t really need it but since my health makes it difficult to get around, it really helps. Since it is a fixed mount camera I can only see certain areas of the room. When he is anywhere on the floor playing or in his reading nook, I can’t see him. A camera like this would be much more helpful in a young child’s room as a monitor. With the two-way audio, you could soothe a young child back to sleep with a few comforting words without always having to get up.

The reason we wanted a camera in the kitchen once again has to do with my health. Since the stairs are almost impossible for me at times, my youngest does a lot of the leg work around the house for me. Now that he is in middle school, his chores have increased, especially in the kitchen. With the great features on this camera that make it possible for me to follow his every move, I can ‘virtually’ help him out with his chores by lending advice on the best ways to clean certain messes or where certain things need to be put away. He can hear me great without any added speaker on the camera. If you are handicapped, a camera like this can be extremely helpful with your older children as well as your younger ones.

We also like to be able to send our son to the kitchen for a snack and not have to worry about him getting into something he shouldn’t have. He loves sugary snacks but is borderline diabetic. If there is sugar in the house, I swear that child can smell it! Now I can watch and make sure he isn’t searching through the baking supplies or sneaking a treat his dad has saved for a special treat.

I haven’t been able to use it with any Kindle tablets but those are compatibility issues that many apps and hardware combinations are finding. A Kindle, or should I now say Fire tablet, runs on a hybrid Android system so not everything works as it is supposed to.

As far as rating this security system goes I would normally deduct a star for poor instructions but the actual ease of set up and use more than makes up for it. If we were able to rate with partial stars, this would probably rate at around 4.80 all things considered.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Smarson HD WIFI Home Security Camera, Baby Monitor, App Controlled, Up to 5 Viewers on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Product Review :: Circuit Maze Board Game

Product Review :: Circuit Maze Board Game


STEM Learning with electric currents, what budding scientist wouldn’t love this?

CircuMaze-1008-LoResSpillThere could not have been a game more perfect than Circuit Maze Board Game ever invented for my son! He loves science but has challenges due to his Autism. This game will actually keep him occupied, entertained, and learning for a long time. STEM activities have always been great with him so this really is his niche. The object of the game is to arrange the token pieces to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons.


PROS:

* STEM activity
* Teaches about electric currents
* Builds logic skills, sequential thinking, and problem-solving
* Challenges range Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert
* Easy to add your own spin to it by adding a timer or varying the rules as in making it a multiplayer game or play in teams
* All of the pieces seem to be very sturdy
* The cards have the answers on them in case you get stumped 🙂
* Includes: 21 Game Tokens (1 Two-Part Power Source, 3 LED Beacons, 2 Straights, 2 Bridges, 2 Double Corners, 2 T-Shapes, 5 Corners, 1 Switch and 3 Blockers)

DSC00668CONS:
* None at this time. I would think it was great though if they could come up with some additional sets of challenge cards and/or circuit pieces to expand the game even more. You really have the possibility of having this become a real challenge to collect and beat all different kinds of sets that perhaps accomplish different things when it comes to electrical engineering and science.

DSC00669My son is loving this game, and we are both learning a lot. I love that it gives him the opportunity that to do something he likes and I have the chance to reinforce needed social skills. Right now we are really doing it together but I can see him taking off on his own anytime soon. He is very bright but I want him to become aware of the rules of games in general and not just jump in there and do things the way that he thinks they should be done, which is his tendency.

 

 

DSC00670 In the spirit of full disclosure, I received this Circuit Maze Board Game directly from ThinkFun for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Product Review :: Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops

Product Review :: Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops


Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops 3M Self Adhesive Stick On Organizer for Car, Ethernet, PC, USB, iPhone, HDMI, or Desk (Large Triple) Assorted Multicolor (Office Product)

What a simple but effective way to help you get your cords organized! There seem to be more cords around than ever before. Everything has a cord, plus a back-up, and maybe even an alternative power supply. It is hard enough remembering which is which much less looking neat and orderly. I really hate the jumble of cords under my husband’s computer desk and the tangle under our nightstands.

DSC00656These make organizing everything so much easier. The best way I have used them so far is to clean up underneath my vanity. I like it now that all of the cords are able to be tucked away and out of sight. These are especially nice because you can place three different cords in one clip. The wall plug is high enough up the wall that the vanity back covers most of it. All that I had to do was take some additional 3M tape and mount my surge protector to the underside of the vanity and then use these on the back of the vanity to hold up the cords from my lamp, diffuser, CPap, and clock. I then also was able to straighten up the surge protector cord by looping it through one of the extra places in the 2 clips I had already mounted.

I can’t believe 2 little clips cleaned up that much mess! At less than $1.00 a clip at the time this set was ordered, they are well worth it. These come 10 in a pack so I should read the other reviews to see how everyone else is using them too! 🙂 I can see them coming in handy not only in the bedroom and office but in the bathroom and kitchen also. Anywhere you have a cord mess, you need some of these. They are so easy to put up and all of them have stayed in place so far.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Vorfreude® 10 Pack Cable Clips & Cord Management Drops 3M Self Adhesive Stick On Organizer for Car, Ethernet, PC, USB, iPhone, HDMI, or Desk (Large Triple) Assorted Multicolor on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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