Swimming Goggles – GogglX Review

gogglesMy kids both love swimming! This year I decided to put them in a more serious swim program than the summer one they did every year. At five and six, I really need them to be able to swim! It’s a life skill and I want to feel safe knowing if my kids ever fell in water, they would be able to swim out!

Doing a more serious swim team meant getting all the gear and swim goggles were at the top of the list. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake of getting the cheapest ones I could find because, well, they were cheap! I got a three pack for $7! What a deal! Not so much. They might as well call them disposable because they literally lasted one time.

Live and learn. I decided swim goggles were something worth spending money on. But how much? After doing a little shopping around I realized I’d have to spend at least $15 to get a decent set.swmmig-goggles

I liked this pair from Gogglx because first, it was in my price range and second, it’s got UV protection with tinted lenses. When swim is in season, the kids are in the pool three times a week, four if there’s a meet. I don’t want their eyes getting burned. So often we remember the sunscreen but forget about eye protection. I’ve burned my eyes before after hours in the pool and there isn’t much more painful than that!

I also liked that these are good for adults AND kids. That way if their dad or I need a pair, we can just borrow theirs with a quick adjustment. I also liked the color options. These blue ones are for my son Reed but of course my daughter wanted pink.

3 in 1 Non-contact Infrared Thermometer for Baby Adult and Child

I have three children so I have gone through a LOT of thermometers! My favorite has always been the forehead thermometer since it’s best for babies and easiest for older kids. It’s done pretty well for us unit I had my third baby last year. He does NOT like it on his forehead and moves around so much to fight it that it’s really hard for me to get an accurate reading.

When I saw the Eathermometer[email protected] 3 in 1 Non-contact Infrared Thermometer could be used without contact, I had to try it!

There are times I have called the Doctor and they will ask me to what his temperature is when he’s asleep. I never want to wake them but now I don’t have to! It was super easy to use so I didn’t even need directions the first time.

There are different modes depending upon if you are checking body, object or room temperature. You can click between the three with the simple click of a button and on screen info. No more guessing games about what mode you are in!

There are also no more guessing games about whether or not your baby has a fever. It’s color coded for you to show if your baby’s temp is normal, they have a mild fever or a high fever. I know there is often confusion about what is considered an actual fever or even what makes it a high fever. This takes out all the guess work.

Another thing I really appreciate about this is that it comes in a hard storage case. I know a couple of mine have been broken because they weren’t protected so this prevents it from happening.

The Easy @ Home 3 in 1 Non Contact Thermometer is my favorite to date! It is so easy to use and allows my baby to be comfortable without anything touching his already burning head!

ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

Shower Tote - ShowerMade Premium Quality Shower Caddy The Strongest Quick Dry Bag for your Washroom Accessories - Perfect Hanging Caddy for College, Dorm or Gym - Portable for Camping and Travelling

I have grown nieces and nephews (past 18) that I never know what to get for Christmas. This year my twenty two year old nephew is going into the Navy. I saw this ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag and thought it would be perfect for him. Sure it’s not a fancy gadget but it’s something he’ll need and will be put to good use!

The really nice thing about this is how many pockets it has! It actually has room to take everything single thing you’ll need in the shower AND bathroom, and more!Shower Tote - 2 Premium Quality Shower Caddy The Strongest Quick Dry Bag for your Washroom Accessories - Perfect Hanging Caddy for College, Dorm or Gym - Portable for Camping and Travelling

The mesh material will allow water to go through it if it’s hanging in the shower and dry quickly thereafter without getting moldy or mildew. It also has a really long strap so if the shower head is really high, you can still reach it.

When I opened it, I was impressed with how thick it is. It can really hold a lot of weight without collapsing or breaking apart on you. I stuffed it with some goodies for my nephew to take with him when he ships off and it made the perfect Christmas gift! Of course I still added a gift card to make it even more appealing but it was fun to actually have something to give him to open instead of just an envelope!

What To Do In An Emergency

If you’ve ever been the one who has to handle an emergency, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. Do you know what to do when you’re the person responsible? Keep the following tips in mind.

  1. lways know where you are in case an emergency arises. Take note of the street address and nearest cross street so that you can tell emergency responders. If you’re with people who have chronic health issues, make sure you know what their medical conditions are and if they’re on any medication.
  2. When you call 911, don’t offer up every piece of information at once. Listen to the 911 operator and answer the questions they ask you without getting ahead of yourself. Answer thoroughly and clearly so the operator doesn’t have to repeat their questions.
  3. If you’ve been trained in CPR and if the person isn’t breathing, perform CPR until medical help arrives.
  4. Gather any medications the injured or sick person is taking so that you can give it to the emergency responders when they arrive.
  5. Move furniture out of the way so the emergency team can get in and out without any obstructions.
  6. Jot down the facts so that you don’t forget them as the day goes on. Take note of when the person was injured or fell sick, how the accident happened, when they slipped in and out of consciousness, etc. No detail is too small.
  7. Stay near the door or ask someone else to stay close to the door so that the emergency team can be let in as soon as they arrive.
  8. If there’s a bleeding wound, apply deep pressure with a clean cloth. Keep pressure on the wound until it stops bleeding or until the medical team gets there.
  9. When the medical team arrives and is working on the patient, fill out as much of the medical forms as you can. Any information will be helpful, even if the person who’s injured can’t help with specific information at the moment.

From the time when you call 911 because there’s been an emergency to when the mobile medical units arrive, it’s important to stay calm and think clearly. Review these tips every now and then so that you’re prepared if you ever have to use them.

ActionFly LED Night Light Review | Smart Night Light With Sensor

My family does  a lot of camping in the desert with no hookups so that means at night when the generator is off, it’s pitch dark. One problem I’ve continually encountered on these trips is literally tripping over things in the middle of the night when I get up to use the bathroom or help one of my kids with something.

The light switches are tricky in the trailer and I hate fumbling around in the dark waking others up. A night light with sensor was exactly what I needed.

ActionFly-LED-Night-Light-Review-Smart-Night-Light-With-SensorThis night light can be switched off and on OR put on auto mode so that it turns on when it senses motion. It seems to have a good level of sensitivity and doesn’t just randomly go on by itself like some do. It’s only gone on when I’ve actually moved by it.

It comes with a little two sided mounting tape that is sufficient to stick it where ever you need it. I’m keeping mine in my trailer on the door outside of the bathroom so as soon as I get near it, the way will be lit for me! It can be placed anywhere you need it though and since it’s battery operated the options are endless as you aren’t limited to outlet location.

Since it only stays lit when you are in the range of ten feet of it, you don’t have to worry about the battery being wasted since it shuts itself off after fifteen seconds. This is especially helpful at night when I just need it for a minute and don’t want to have to fumble around to switch it off and on.

While I prefer a plug in night light for my house to save batteries, the ActionFly LED Night Light is ideal for our trailer!

Sleepace RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor Review | A Good Night’s Sleep

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This will be my eight year celebrating Mothers Day as a mom. That means it’s been eight years since I had regular sleep! My youngest is two and still doesn’t sleep through the night every night but I’m hoping these nights are soon coming to an end.

Sleep is so important for renewal of the body and the mind! I literally start to feel insane from lack of sleep!

I don’t know all the details about the levels of sleep and what you need to achieve a feeling of rest every day but I can definitely feel it when I don’t get enough.

I just tried a smart sleep monitor that actually tracks all of those details for you. I found it really useful and interesting to investigate and learn about my sleep patterns.

It’s actually really simple to use even if the information provided can be somewhat complex.

First I downloaded the app which is available for both iPhones and android. I filled in some basic information about my age and weight.

The system comes with a small device attached to a strap. The strap goes under your sheet and you lay on top of it at night. Unlike many sleep systems it’s non wearable so the device itself doesn’t disrupt your sleep at all.  It’s easy to charge with an included USB cable.

After you have placed the strap under your sheet, you remove the magnetic cover to get it ready and then replace it.

To start you go to your app and start it and go to sleep. You can test your sleep system with your phone to make sure it’s getting a signal. That’s it! In the morning when you stop the app it gives you lots of interesting information.

It gives you an overall sleep score that includes how long you sleep, how long it took to fall asleep and how long the sleep was deep, light, movement present and awake. It gleans this information from your heart and respiratory rates detectable from the strap you are sleeping on.

It was correct that I did spend some time awake and then in a lighter sleep. That was when my two year old came in and woke me up. I did some tossing and turning after that so there was definite body movement. That seems to be a pattern every night!

Another interesting feature is that you can have music play until you fall asleep and then it will automatically turn off. Apparently it takes me about ten minutes to fall asleep. I would have guessed longer. You can also use an alarm feature but with three kids, I don’t ever need an alarm! The alarm detects when you are in a light sleep and it’s the best time to get up so it will wake you thirty minutes before your alarm goes off. That way you don’t wake up in that awful groggy moment where you feel like you can’t wake up!

This RestOn sleep system is really easy to use and I know mothers everywhere long for more sleep. It doesn’t stop you from getting kicked in the face by your toddler or woken up by a child having a nightmare but it does help you analyze your sleep to see what you need to improve on, in the areas you have control over!

I have a special Mother’s Day code below with a generous discount as well as one to give away so check out all the specs below for more detailed info and then enter!

Ozeri Scale Review | Meet my New Favorite Scale!

I have tried many different scales and the Ozeri Touch is by far my favorite! It has several unique features that I’ve never seen in one scale before that really set it apart from the rest that is a very useful tool in your weight loss journey.

First of all, I love that it has options to measure pets, infants and luggage! They do weigh differently and require a different setting. I’ve seen scales for all of these things but never in one scale by the press of a button!

While I’ve seen scales that measure your BMI, I’ve never seen hydration, muscle and bone mass measured in a scale before. It’s really interesting to see all this data in one place.

I was a bit worried that with all of these options, plus the ability to remember 8 Ozeri Touch 440 lbs Total Body Bath Scale – Measures Weight, Fat, Muscle, Bone & Hydration with Auto Recognition and Infant Tare Technologyprofiles; it would be hard to use. A scale is something I basically want to step on and be done with, not have to spend lots of time programming or figuring out. Luckily this one really just as simple as touching the buttons after your initial setup.

I love the StepOn technology that gives you readings right away instead of having to tap the scale to wake it up, then wait til it resets before finally stepping onto it. Who has time for that?

Lastly and as I’ve come to expect from Ozeri, it’s beautifully made and is an attractive addition to the bathroom. It’s smaller than many in size but gets the job done without being an eyesore. It’s super thin which adds to its appeal. The non slip pads on the bottom kept it firmly in place so it doesn’t get pushed around the bathroom or move when you step on it.

This is by far the most features I’ve seen in a scale all packaged into one attractive bathroom scale!

Ozeri BP4M CardioTech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

It’s hard to get in to see my regular Doctor whenever I want and more often then not I end up in Urgent Care. While there are some things that you have to see a Doctor for, it’s nice to have the option to monitor certain things at home. I can call a nurse for advice and it helps when I can provide her with things like temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The Ozeri Ozeri BP4M Cardiotech Premium Series Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Color Alert Technology, White:BlueDigital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor gives me the ability to do so right from home.

I’m not that technical of a person so I really like my electronic gadgets to be easy to use without having to dive too deep into the instruction manual!

It’s really easy to use as you just put on your arm using the velcro , power on and press start. The cuff has both written and picture directions so you know exactly where to place it.

The power and start buttons are huge so you can’t miss them! I like that they are bigger than the Time, Scan and Memo so it’s obvious which is which.

One great feature of this monitor is that it’s color coded! Green means your pressure is good. Orange is borderline and Red is bad. This gives you a once glance answer to what you need.

While there are more advanced options I found I could use it without having to press any of the other buttons but it’s nice to have those options if you want to store your results.

It comes with batteries which is always a plus and it’s own zipped storage bag so that you can keep it together in a safe place.

This Ozeri Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is easy to use and has everything you need included to use right away!

Evenflo Sibby Travel System Review | Now the Middle Can Ride with the Little!

This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review.

Evenflo Sibby travel system

With three kids I have actually gone through three different travel systems. Practically, I should have used the same for all three but the first time I made the mistake of getting the cheapest I could find. Let’s just say I got what I paid for. The next one was better but still lacking in many regards. I was high hopes for the Evenflo Sibby travel system from Target and it did not disappoint! Third time is the charm right

This thing that really sets this one apart is the Ride Along Board on back so you can transport two kids without the bulk or expense of a double stroller. This one is perfect for a growing family, especially when another child can’t quite walk all the time but doesn’t need to be in the stroller the whole time either.

I’ve never seen this board before. I used to have a sit and stand and there was not enough room for the child to stand. They basically had to lean backwards. I was always kicking and walking into it because of the position it sat in. When they are passed the point of needing to sit in a stroller full time but still too tired to always walk, this Ride Along Board provides the perfect solution.

The Ride Along Board provides much more room and works surprisingly well. The wheels turn easily and in every direction.

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I also like that it’s easily detachable so you can just remove and store it when not in use!

The handles are extra tall so that child and parent can hold on at the same time.

It’s also nice if you are tall like me and don’t have to bend down to handles. That’s a back killer!

The larger tires on back make for a much smoother and more stable ride. It almost feels like a jogger when pushing it but without the pop-pable tires. I’ve been through a few of those as well!

I also like the way this collapses. You just have to pull on a handle in the middle of the seat and it folds in half. I much prefer this to the other kind where you have to push one part while you simultaneously pull another! Simplicity works!

When folded in half it collapses pretty flat but it is pretty long. It can squeeze nicely into a trunk.

The bar that goes across the front of the stroller is really easy to remove if you aren’t using the infant car seat clicked into it. My toddler actually likes it there to hold onto but it’s nice to have the option to remove.

The canopies on both car seat and stroller are extra long and provide complete coverage of the baby when used together.

I struggled a bit with clicking the car seat into the stroller. It’s not as easy as it was to the base so there’s a bit of a learning curve to it. Like anything though you get used to and become an old pro in no time.

The basket underneath is a nice size. It’s much larger than any I have seen. Part of it seems to be that the seat of the stroller is higher than most and the height of the back tires probably helps. You can actually fit a full diaper bag in there and still have room for more.

The one feature I don’t particularly care for is the cup holder. It’s nice that the size is adjustable for different sized drinks but I don’t like it on the side. It tends to stick out and get caught on things and I think it’s just a matter of time until it’s broken off.

Evenflo Sibby Travel System

The car seat could have used a bit more cushion but it’s better than many out there. I liked that it had a 35lb weight limit so even my toddler can still use it. He looks like a giant in it but thanks to all the levels of adjustment, it’s not a problem!

It has the nice pillow which is comfy for newborns who still can’t support their head.

It clicks easily into the base and most importantly, is easy to take out! I have really struggled with some!

The handle you hold onto is much wider than most making it easier to carry.

While I love the car seat, the stroller is my favorite of the set. I’ve gone through even more strollers than I have car seats so I know what works and what doesn’t for my family.

This new travel system is available now at Amazon! They recently re-designed their baby section and it looks amazing! You can find this travel system among the others and I think you’ll find it’s the best bargain for all it’s amenities!

Overall it’s a really nice travel system, somewhere in the middle price range with a lot of really nice features. The Ride Along Board makes it the perfect on the go stroller for those that don’t want to deal with the hassle of a double stroller or sit and stand. Motherhood is hard and all the gear that comes with a baby can be overwhelming. Anything that makes my life easier makes me a happy mom! Most importantly, my kids are happy and safe in the car seat and stroller. You can’t put a price on that!

The Precision RBS Proteus – Rubber Band Launcher

It’s been said that the family that plays together stays together. That being said I would have to say my family is stuck together for life! We have lots of “family battles” as my kids call them. There are light saber battles while wearing the masks of the good and the bad and superhero battles where everyone picks their favorite hero and their special weapon. Sometimes it’s just nerf guns that come in all different sizes for the littlest to the biggest. That’s why I knew my kids would love the rubber band launchers from Precision RBS!

These launchers are rated for 8+ so I knew they would be great for my 7 and 8 year olds. We let my almost three year old play with them as well, with adult supervision of course. He’s passed the point of putting things in his mouth and is able to operate the smaller launcher. The big obstacle with him is making sure he doesn’t shoot it AT people. That’s one of the benefits of the whole family playing together though. We all keep an eye on him and help teach him the right way!

My husband was not initially thrilled because he said the rubber bands would end up all over the house, and they did. However, he was the only one still playing long after the rest of us finished. He said they are the best rubber band launchers he’s ever seen. They are good quality and highly accurate. As a girl I don’t have as much experience as him in this department but I enjoyed playing with them as well!

We tried out three different launchers, all with interchangeable attachments. Since they generally could be categorized as small, medium and large I divided them up between my kids that way from youngest to oldest. Of course everyone wanted the big one so we took turns swapping out all the attachments.

Since the attachments are swappable, they actually all look the same with attachments removed!

The Precision RBS Proteus Rubber Band Launcher

The launchers are really well made and easy to use. I like that the distance is labeled on each so you know how far it will go.

The launchers all have fun life like accents like the little clear part you can pop up to line up your shot.

The rubber bands are color coded with each one able to go a different distance. I like the options! We were just playing inside I totally to test them out so didn’t need them launching the maximum distance.

The shortest launcher with no attachments is called the Talos. It is a simple basic launcher that still comes with two different kinds of bands, 100 each. I like how basic and easy it is to use. That’s my personal preference. I don’t need all the fancy attachments and ability to do different things. I think this is more of a guy thing!

There’s a hook on the bottom where you can store the extra bands for a quick reload.

The medium size is called the Chiron and has an attachment that is interchangeable with the others. it has the same storage capability for extra bands as the Talos but with the attachment you can store even more on the bottom.

The attachment also can be a stand alone hand shooter which I kind of like. It also comes with 200 bands.

The largest Hyperion I don’t think we have even begun to touch what it can do. This one I actually needed to read the directions for to figure out all the different components. This one comes with 250 because it has even further distance capabilities so another band is needed which is color coded purple for distinction.

This one has all the capabilities of the others with it’s own additional features. The coolest feature of this one is it’s burst feature which can shoot up to 14 bands at once. Plus, it’s just the coolest looking one! This was my daughter’s favorite!

They can of course dangerous and safety precautions should be taken. My kids are used to shooting at each other with Nerf guns so of course they wanted to do that with these. We had to explain their dangers and that we could only use them for target practice unless everyone was wearing full protection including face and head coverage.

We don’t have this laying around so we decided these would be perfect to take with us camping. We can do target practice without worrying about hitting anyone. They even come with targets and since they aren’t destroyed like with real guns they can be used over and over again. Then we also have the option of shooting at each other with our full dirt bike gear protection on if the kids really want to shoot at each other – which they do!

For the house though they are only allowed to use the targets. They like practicing with the different bands and launchers and exploring all the things they are capable of. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!

These rubber band launchers are great quality and can be a lot of safe fun when used correctly. We can’t wait to really put the distance to the test next time we are camping in the great wide open!