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32G #CustomUSBDepot Turbo Charger Review

 

CustomUSBDepot Turbo Charger Review I don’t know about you, but waiting for my phone to charge when I want to do something is the absolute worst for me!  I have very little patience, and while I recognize fully that patience is a very good trait I don’t seem to have gotten it down yet.  I’m a work in progress, my patience has improved but is not yet perfected.  That being said, any product that lessens my need for patience is a friend to me.  Speed chargers are the bomb, I love them.  I love that in half (or sometimes less) of the time I can have my phone or device back up and running.  Doesn’t matter if I don’t need it, it matters if I can’t have it.  LOL.  I know, another problem I have is being a spoiled brat.  Keep your judgements to yourself please.  haha.

I recently got to try out the Custom USB Depot Turbo Charger.  It has a switch on the side so that it will work with either Android or Apple devices so that is fabulous.  At the Zoo, we prefer multi-tasking tools!  I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and due probably to both the age and the amount of things I had downloaded, it goes dead a lot and takes what I feel like is an eternity to charge.  The Turbo Charger plugs into my existing wall charger as a USB portal and sped up the charging process by about half the time.  This is awesome!  Since I’ve had the charger, I gave in and updated my phone.  I purchased a Samsung Note 5 which comes with a turbo charger.  However, I use my USB Depot Turbo Charger with an old USB cable on my computer so I have been using the Turbo Charger on it and it works great here too!

The charger comes in a silicone case that you can attach to your key chain.  Now let’s all take a moment an acknowledge my awesome keychains, I just got the stone sea turtle and I am always a supporter of speaking out against domestic violence.  I also have a charm keeper on it, but I couldn’t figure out how to get that in there too.  LOL.  I’m a little in love with my keychains.  Anyway, having the USB Turbo Charger on my keychain is awesome for many reasons, but my favorite is that it makes it easy to keep up with.  No matter where I go, I have it and since it is super light it doesn’t make much difference in weight on my key chain.  Even if I don’t have the USB device in the case, it’s not a pain to have on my key chain.  Overall, I really enjoy the speed and convenience that the Custom USB Charger has brought.  Easy, lightweight, convenient.  All a busy woman’s friend!

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Custom Depot 32g Turbo USB Drive Giveaway US/CAN Ends 9/1

The awesome folks over at Custom USB Depot is gonna gave one lucky reader a Lightning fast 32 G USB Drive!

Congratulations to Jessica N!

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Originally posted 2016-08-18 06:11:35.

#Watchitude: 10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success

10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success & a Review by My Crafty Zoo

Time management is a very important skill to have.  Being successful in life is quite difficult for those who are always late or miss appointments.  I’m pleased to introduce you to Watchitude so we can get those Monkeys on the road to success!

Watchitude is a company that sells slap watches with a twist.  They are designed by, well, anyone!  Since the designs can be submitted by anyone, there are some really special one of a kind bands!  They have a huge variety of different designs that I honestly haven’t seen anywhere else.  You can get watches with some really cool designs such as animals, sports, foods (I have a love hate feeling for the pepperoni pizza watch), nature, and so much more.  I had the privilege of getting the #145 Lightening watch, which was designed by Chris S from Texas!   The slap watch band is plastic and, of course, slaps right in place.  For those of us (especially the kiddos) who hate getting ready in the morning, that certainly helps with the getting ready time!  The watch face is printed rather large, making it easy for kids to learn to tell time and for everyone to tell the time with a quick glance!  They are the perfect gift for any kid!

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Yes, you read that right!  You can get your design made by going to Watchitude and uploading your photos.  You can upload one for the watch band and another for the watch face.  Then you share your design and get votes via your special link.  Designs with the most votes will be put into production and if yours is one of them, you’ll get your design for free with your name on the back for design credit!  How cool is that!?!10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success Featuring Watchitude

  1. It prepares them for the future. When school starts, they’ll need to be up on time and in class on time.  When they get older, they’ll need to be on time for work and meetings for the rest of their lives.  Good habits start early.
  2. It can help with patience, which cuts down on whining and other bad behaviors. We’ve all experienced the ‘is it time for *insert whatever here* yet?’ times and those moments where we tell them that we’ll be doing something in ten minutes.  Problem is, until we teach them they have no concept of ten minutes so they keep asking.  So, as a great solution, we can get a clock and show them that when the minute hand hits here then it will be time.  Just make sure that when that time hits, you are on it so they’ll get it quickly!
  3. It helps them learn their numbers faster as they become familiar with the numbers in a functional way while learning to tell time.
  4. They are able to more easily able to learn skip counting when the time comes as they’ve already been doing it!
  5. According to parents.com, children start being taught problems with elapsed time by third grade. Why not help them have a strong grasp on the concept long before the challenge starts!
  6. Many of the self-help books and articles on how to be successful emphasize the importance of time, being on time, time management, etc. Perhaps learning to tell time and be good about being on time early will help our babies succeed!
  7. They’ll learn that everything has a place and a time. It ensures they know what is expected of them and they learn how to manage their time properly. A dear friend, who contributed this benefit, pointed out that her children have a schedule and they are able to make decisions regarding activities, responsibilities, etc that are reasonable to their schedule.  Having watched her children and their interactions, I have to give her props because even her 7 year old was reasonable with these types of things!
  8. Studies show that routine and schedules gives children a sense of security and structure. This leads to confidence which will reflect in all areas of their life.
  9. Children on set schedules tend to be less grumpy as they know what is expected of them and what they need to do so there is no attitude (most of the time, haha)
  10. Having a schedule helps make it known that no one person’s life is more important so they learn to be more selflessness by thinking and considering other’s schedules and commitments when they want to do something.

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Originally posted 2016-08-16 00:27:04.

ViewTV 65 Mile Indoor Digital #TVAntenna

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With my constant desire to not spend money and the love for the savings account growing, paying a monthly fee for cable is out of the question.  If you do the math, it comes out to $2.50 a month for one year.  The signal and channels will last for much longer than that!  The cable it comes with is 12 feet, so wherever your television sits, you can easily find a great place to put it!  I love that the amplifier is detachable and that there is a stand!  If you are trying to save money or just wanna get rid of that cable or satellite bill, check it out!  Get yours on Amazon here.

Here are the details:

  • 65 Miles Range | Receive free digital broadcast High Definition TV signals
  • Detachable Signal Amplifier & Antenna Stand Included
  • Super Thin design allows you to place it almost anywhere ( Table, Window, Wall )
  • Full HDTV Support: 720p, 1080i, 1080p | ATSC Compatible
  • Frequency Range: 47-230MHz / 470-862MHz

Update:

After a few weeks, I can’t seem to get it to pick up channels even though there is a tower less than 5 miles from my home. I don’t know if I’m too close or it just doesn’t work, but I do not suggest purchasing this antenna.  I apologize for having given it a good review in the first place.

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Originally posted 2016-06-08 16:41:30.

Kassa Liquid Chalk

chalkKassa Liquid Chalk Markers

I have to confess, walking around and writing on random things is kind of fun to me. I’ve been playing with my Kassa markers for a while now to see what exactly I could do with them. I’ve discovered aside from my chalkboard, I can write on my appliances, counter tops and windows. It wipes off easily so I don’t have anything to worry about. Basically, you can write on anything that isn’t porous. Good times! It’s neat getting to draw on and decorate wine glasses for company. Takes the worry out of mixing up glasses at gatherings and it washes off easily! I’m definitely a fan!

While I wouldn’t suggest using these on the concrete outdoors, these are definitely the chalk for Mommy and Daddy to decorate with.  Car windows, sliding doors, etc can be  easily beautified with the markers.  I love the bright colors and hope that Kassa decides to come out with some more basic colors to expand the possibilities for fall chalk board decorations.  The markers have dual tips, so you can draw more precisely if you are doing more detailed work.  I seem to be using them most with making notes on the fridge so the point tips are working great for that.  If you are able to do calligraphy, the other point could be used for that.  Though I will confess for all my craftiness, calligraphy always eluded me.  Even after taking a class on it in middle school.  Bleh.
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Originally posted 2016-04-07 00:01:43.

Quan Jewelry Earrings Review

Earrings4I received these earrings to review from Quan Jewelry and was very excited when they arrived.  They looked adorable on the site. Here are the product details from the company:

  • Open heart earrings with high-quality crystals.
    925 sterling silver.
    Butterfly clasps.
    Available in Pink and Silver.
    Perfect gift any time of the year.
    Packaged with loving care from the USA.

When they arrived, they were packaged in a cute little fold up paper gift bag, then in a small cinch bag containing the actual earrings.  Unfortunately, one of the earrings in the bag was broken.  The silver heart with the crystals on it had broken away from the earring base.  I contacted the company and they were completely gracious and quickly sent out a replacement pair.  Needless to say, I was very pleased with the amazing customer service.

I am the type of girl who leaves earrings in for a while, I don’t take them off every night or change them out frequently.  After about two months wear, the same thing happened to the new pair that was wrong with the original.  The part of the heart with the crystals came unglued and fell off.  While I did get a lot of wear out of them, I expect my earrings to last a good bit longer than two months of wear.  Perhaps if I hadn’t wore them constantly, they might have lasted longer, or I would have at least lost one before they had a chance to fall apart on me.

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Originally posted 2015-12-14 11:06:56.

Gadget Grab #Giveaway Ends 10/19

gadgetgrabWith all of the awesome apps, it seems our portable devices have become more of a norm than a rarity.  Even our toddlers can be seen holding a tablet or phone, playing games or watching movies.  Seems life is more about virtual ‘reality’ than actually living life.  At any rate, that’s another post so for right now we’ll go with it.  LOL.

Stands for phones and tablets have become very popular, as we want to be able to put them on the nightstand or desk or wherever without having to hold them up and use for various reasons.  Personally, I’m a Netflix addict and I use my phone as my alarm, like so many others do these days.

While many cases have stands, there are many super cute cases that I loved that I’ve turned down because they didn’t have stands.  The Gadget Grab makes it easy to have a stand anywhere.  One of the great things is that it not only will stick to and hold your gadget the way you angle it (within limitations of course), it will also hold stable to the surface you stick it to.  That means if you are a mom on the go, you can stick it wherever you need it to stay while you jog behind the stroller, cruise through on errands or even on to the shopping cart while shopping.  Keep the little ones entertained or hold your tunes where you want them all without you having to worry about your gadget falling or your toddler tossing it to the ground.

The only thing I have found thus far is that the green part that holds the gadget is super strong, which means if you do like I did and skip over the directions, you’ll regret it.  It stuck so well to my tablet, even after carrying it around by the gadget, that I had a hard time getting it off.  When they say it holds, they mean it.  The directions, of course, tell you to press the green part to a nonporous surface before use.  Doing that will help your Gadget Grab hold but not stick too much.  This is important, if you don’t remember anything else before using this project, remember this!

After sticking the Gadget Grab to a nonporous surface, I couldn’t get it to stick to my phone.  Unfortunately, that renders this product unusable.  Perhaps you’ll have better luck, perhaps you won’t.  One way or the other, I can’t in good conscience suggest this product as I feel it is a waste of money.  I’m hugely disappointed as I had very high hopes for this product.
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Originally posted 2015-09-24 00:09:46.

Ezpress Yourself With GelaSkins

baby-green-sea-turtleExpressing oneself can be about anything one wants.  Sometimes the things that tend to scream ‘me’ to us isn’t the same as people would think.  While I was looking at the many designs on GelaSkins, it struck me how some of the pictures reminded me of certain people and I wondered what exactly made others think of me? While I still don’t know the answer to that question, I found a skin that makes me smile everytime I see it.  I chose a skin with a sea turtle.  I could go on and on as to why I just love the little guys, but then this post isn’t about them.  🙁

fyd_home_iPodHeadphonesGelaSkins has skins for you to put on pretty much any electronic device: phones, tablets, computers, gaming devices, pcs, headphones, you name it they probably have it!  The designs range so far I can’t even begin to tell you!  I love that their products aren’t just stuck in one genre or another, rather they have designs for tastes across the board!  Fabulous!  Something else I love is that they have free wallpapers that match the skins!  If you do it right, you can make it look like the skin keeps going over your screen.  The skin was easy to apply to my tablet even though the first time I ended up with air bubbles.  I was able to easily peel it off and reapply with no issues at all.

 How do you express yourself???

Originally posted 2014-05-26 00:01:33.

King Beany: Great For Anyone!!!

King Beany

At the Zoo, I’m not sure which is better: super comfort or that our guests are loving this chair!  I can’t say enough good things about them!   Whether we are laying down vegged out or have the chair sitting up to read, it is always comfortable!

Here’s Why You Have to Have One

10 Year Warranty

Versatile Seating Options

Over 100 Design Choices

Super Comfortable!

Kids & Adults Love them!

Way Better Than a Couch

Can Double as a Bed

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Smart enough to know that even if you win, one isn’t enough, that’s my kind of thinking!  Use this discount code and save 10%.

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Since adding the bean bag to our family room, we have gotten tons of compliments and it is a daily ‘call the chair’ race.  We really love it!  We’ve slept on it (Thanksgiving our house was packed), we’ve watched movies on it and it has been broke in by all three of our dogs, who participate in the fighting for the chairs event!  It is now the most beloved piece of furniture in our house, and I assure you it is furniture!  The cover is washable so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty and with the amazing warranty, you don’t have to worry about it falling apart (not anytime this decade anyway!)  So, enter below to win and you might as well get your order in now, because you will want another!

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Originally posted 2013-12-03 00:01:30.

May Book Review

May Book
First of all, if you don’t know by now let me inform you:  I am a handmade stuff fanatic!!!!  Maybe it’s the frugality, maybe it’s the fact that I was taught that making something by hand, even if it’s not perfect is worth more than anything one could ever buy someone!  Whatever it is, now you have it: my personal bias!
That being out there, I oddly feel no different!  LOL.  So much for feeling better after a confession!  I was recently able to get my very own May Book!  Not aware of them???  WHERE have you been!!!  May books are notebooks, planners, journals etc that are sewn together using a sewing machine.  They also make May Notes, which you can also choose from their awesome selection.  This is awesome because it ensures that the notebook/planner, whatever stays together!  You don’t have to worry about them falling apart, so you have a solid investment!  In my opinion, they are perfect for church notes (which I go through a book every few months of!) and what better feature than durability!  The covers are made of a canvas that will stretch, are water resistant, and become more and more durable with use!  Another  awesome thing?  They are made in Tennessee by a group of women doing them by hand!
  You can design your own so that it’s all you and you will love them!  I know I do!  You can also have them monogrammed to get the most personalized book possible!  I opted out of the monogram, as I’m not quite in love with my initials being everywhere, but most people are!  LOL.

Originally posted 2013-02-12 06:00:00.

Sleep Better with Cozy Phones Bluetooth Headphones

So many people need some sort of noise to sleep well, oftentimes their need for noise can disturb other’s need for silence. Solution: Bluetooth Headphones comfortably allow the noise one needs without disturbing others!
Cozy Phones Bluetooth Contour Sleep Headphones

I have been crazy about my Cozy Phones Kids Headphones and the kids are crazy about them also!  However, their awesomeness is definitely not as awesome as my having these amazing headphones from the Contour Series Sleep Headphones!  They are very comfortable, pick up well, and I can adjust them however I please to that they don’t disturb my sleep!  Not gonna lie, they are fabulously warm for wintertime as well!  I’ve been wearing them everywhere!  My ears are warm and I can listen to my music as well as answer calls all without the bother of a cord getting in the way!  The only thing I don’t love is that the hole for the charger, it seems as if it were just cut into the cloth and it is difficult to get it to plug in as well as see the lights inside to set up the bluetooth headphones to your device.  On the bright side, you only have to do that once.  I prefer to wear mine with the buttons on the back which hasn’t been a problem.  The headphones can be turned to wherever you like them and, when using them to make phone calls, once can easily hear and be heard.

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Check them out on their website, you’ll get a discount if you’d like to purchase multiple pairs!  I absolutely love that!

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