Personalize a Swag Bag with Liquid Chalk Markers

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I am that mom… the crafty one! I’m the mom that rummages through the dollar spot at Target for bits and bobs to make pretty things. Ya know… the one that spends $20 on crafting a handmade card as opposed to buying a $5 Hallmark card. So, I’ve seen the trendy chalkboard crafts and have been a little hesitant to attempt creating any chalk projects. Confession time! Chalk is my kryptonite. Chalk is like… well it’s like nails on a chalkboard! It just makes my skin crawl.

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Relaxing with Spiced Tea

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Tea is one of my favorite drinks! I am a southern gal so sweet tea is a staple in our house. We practically drink a gallon of tea every single day! It’s a necessity during the warm summer months for sure! In the last year I have ventured out and tried new varieties of teas. I have tried flavored teas. Who knew there were so many flavored teas available? I have tried therapeutic teas; some that calm, some that relieve stress, and even some that help with sleep. I am particularly a fan of cold teas, but have more recently been enjoying hot teas. I find that spiced teas are a great way to relax after a stressful day.

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Fun with Metallic Tattoos

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Both of my kids love temporary tattoos. We have had tattoos of all kinds over the years. Read on to find out more about these fun metallic tattoos!

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Personalized Water Bottles

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Water bottles are an essential item for both of my kids. From sports to recess, staying hydrated is a must! It seems to be a struggle for my two “littles” to keep up with their water bottles. They have already lost or broken a few bottles each this year. I decided to try and solve at least one of those problems by personalizing their water bottles. This will not only help identify each bottle, but I hope that if the bottles are lost, there is a better chance of them being returned.

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iPhone 5 Case Review

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I am probably one of the last people in “techie world” that still owns a generation 5 iPhone. hanging my head in shame It’s sad, but it’s true. I was holding off on upgrading until my contract expired, and then kept putting off upgrading because of the rumors of an even newer iPhone. *sigh* It’s a vicious cycle. The struggle is real!

While I was on one of my Amazon shopping sprees, imagine my surprise when I came across a phone case that still exists that will fit my old phone. It’s a sturdy belt clip and case, plus it’s pink! What’s not to love?? You know what comes next. That’s right… I quickly ordered it.

The iPhone 5S Belt Clip and Case by Stalion arrived quickly thanks to FREE two day shipping via Amazon Prime. I had the pink beauty in my hot little hands in record time.

What I like: Both the belt clip and case have kickstands allowing the phone to be propped up for easy hands free viewing. The kickstand on the phone case is a little difficult to open, but it does lock into and stay in place, and it seems sturdy. The kick stand on the belt clip can be turned 180 degrees, allowing you several options for propping to view. Inside the belt clip is a nice piece of black velvet material that keeps your screen safely tucked inside. The camera and volume control buttons are easy to access with several cutouts in the case.

What I don’t like: I will admit that I was a little surprised to find that the case was made of a hard plastic, since the description suggests that the case has a “rubberized texture” which provides a non slip grip. The case does have a bumpy texture, but it is most certainly not a non slip case. Instead the plastic is very slick and slippery. While the texture of the case was not a deal breaker for me, I am not 100% satisfied with the case. The top and bottom ends of the phone case are exposed, which makes it easy to reach the features on the top and bottom of the phone, but leaves me a little worried about full protection when the phone is not in the case. I have also found that when the phone is in the clip with the screen facing out, the phone is very vulnerable to damage and the charger port is impossible to access unless placed in the clip upside down, making it awkward to handle.

Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest feedback. The opinions expressed here are my own and based on my own personal experience. In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links. Simply stated, this means that I may receive a nominal commission if you decide to make a purchase. You will not pay more when buying a product through my affiliate link. These commissions help support my family and I. We are forever grateful for your support!

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Universal Car Mount Review

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I recently purchased the Alpatronix MX100 Universal Car Mount to use in my own personal vehicle as a hands free option while driving. The device allows for hands free mobile use through the FM transmitter and is really easy to install.

The installation process I used:
1. Place phone within the adjustable width arms.
2. Plug the audio jack into the phone.
3. Plug the mount into the charger port.
4. Turn the switch on.
5. Adjust the neck and base.
6. Tune to an FM frequency.

How is that for easy installation? I don't consider myself a very tech savvy person, and there are times that I feel as if I live under a rock when it comes to tech gear, but this universal mount has redeemed me and I feel as if my inner geek has been set free.

The car mount comes with some great features. I was particularly impressed with the extra wide adjustable arm width on the device clamp. The extra width will fit many different models of smartphones, but most importantly, it fits my device without having to remove the protective case. The neck of the mount rotates 360 degrees for a completely customized fit. One of my favorite features is the ability to charge my device with the USB plug that is on the mount.

I am not one that texts and drives, because I know that it is unsafe, and I usually have kids in tow. That being said, I do use my phone's navigation application to find my way to various places that we visit. This car mount works great to put my phone within my vision and free up my hands for safer driving.

Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest feedback. The opinions expressed here are my own and based on my own personal experience. In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links. Simply stated, this means that I may receive a nominal commission if you decide to make a purchase. You will not pay more when buying a product through my affiliate link. These commissions help support my family and I. We are forever grateful for your support!

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Keeping My Kids In Mind

I am a big fan of Kim Komando. She is the genius behind all things tech related: websites, e-mail, software, gadgets, you name it – she has covered it. In a newsletter I read a few years ago, Kim wrote about a free site that peaked my interest. Our family of movie fans enjoy streaming things on Netflix. Yes, I turned into THAT mom. The one that swore I would never let a TV babysit my kids.
 

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