Category: Product Reviews

Philips Norelco Qg3270/41 Multigroom Pro in Silver {Review}

**Guest review written by: Justin N. Lowmaster**

Previous to the Norelco, I had a plug-in ConAir clippers. They cut my hair fine, but the cord was a bit of a bother. I’d normally have to use an extension cord to be able to use it where I would make the least amount of mess. The case it all came in wasn’t all that huge, but it contained a myriad of attachments and finding the right one was a bother. Cleaning the inside of the clippers was a real chore and took  far longer than it should. You had to remove the blades to do it. Enter the Norelco.

First thing I noticed was the size. It’s much more compact than my previous clippers. It plugs in to charge, so when I used it, I didn’t have to worry about the cable limiting me or getting in my way.

There are also only a total of 6 attachments, and all are small. There are two sized (width) of clippers, and one adjustable sizing attachment for each. No more digging around for that #2. The clippers and guides work together in harmony, with a pair of designators on the clippers that align with the guides so it’s very easy to see what setting it is on.

The clippers are also super easy to clean. You just take them off and can blow them out and use the included brush to remove the hair waste material. The brush has two different sides that reach and clean all the various bits you might want to clean.

There’s also a nose hair clipper attachment, and a mini shaver. I suggest keeping the latter on when you store the Norelco and attachments in the handy bag. If somehow the clipper gets turned on, it’s least likely to cause any damage. You should keep at least one attachment on to keep the Norelco clean and to keep the moving part grease on the moving parts from getting all over stuff.

The Norelco is a dream. There’s less bits to mess around with, and the bits there are all work fantastically. I cut my hair and beard in no time with none of the fuss of my previous clippers. I adore it.

If you are thinking about purchasing, The Philips Norelco Qg3270/41 Multigroom Pro, Silver can be bought for $39.99  & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping on Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I was sent the mentioned products for review through the Amazon Vine program. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Smart Mom Jewelry {review + promo code}


I sort of have a healthy obsession with Smart Mom Jewelry. And am beyond thrilled my latest Zebra printed pendant and Mother of Pearl bangle which are the latest additions to purchase!

I was introduced to this mom and baby friendly jewelry three years ago when my first child was born and to this day my collection has  grown drastically which isn’t a bad thing since I plan on having more children that’ll get good use out of it!

Now if you know nothing about this line of jewelry you should know it was specifically created to keep mom fashionable without having to worry about baby choking or chewing on potentially unsafe accessories and to keep your baby during the whole teething phase. I think these necklaces & bangles are genius because we all know once your little one can get a hold of things that it’s going directly into their mouth.

The Smart Mom Jewelry line is great! They have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. I like how  the styles mimic  those ever popular stone circle pendants. I had lots of people appalled at me at first because that thought I was letting my daughter chew on stone. They were relieved after I explained to them what my child was chewing on and thought the idea of it was ingenious! I like these so much that I  wear them even when I don’t have my daughter with me and was even complimented on them. I was quite amused and pleased that people  couldn’t tell the difference!

Smart Mom Jewelry also has pretty cute heart pendants, bangle bracelets, and even key chains! These pieces are safe for your baby or toddler to teeth and tug on. All pieces are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, lead free, and even dishwasher friendly. All the pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature. Though you should never leave your child alone with a pendant due to safety reasons.

This jewelry has made me happy were I can accessorize and not worry about the safety of my child. I’m a baby wearing mom so my children are usually always pretty close to me. These accessories have made both my children pretty happy too because neither of my children are given a pacifier so  they had nothing to chew on while I was carrying them around before.

I would have to say that the hardest part about purchasing this jewelry is picking it out due to the gorgeous variety! I can purchase happily knowing also that a percentage of all retail sales goes to CureSearch and Dress for Success, two  great charitable organizations.

Special Promotional Code! Enter “S-SMJ” at checkout for 20% off!

Buy it: Teething Bling Pendants are $19 and bangles are $12.75 a piece. Though right now in celebration of Spring, pastel bangles are 50% off.  Purple, blue, pink, green, yellow – mix and match. Get them before they are out of stock because they are only $6.30 each and I’m sure they’ll go quick!

Smart Mom Jewelry makes a great shower or new baby gift – and don’t forget: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th!

Disclaimer: I was sent the mentioned products for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

D-Link Systems DCS-932L mydlink-Enabled Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera {review}

Guest review by: Justin Lowmaster

I opened the DCS-932L camera and was greeted by the camera, two cables, and a packet with the CD, a quick install guide, a big orange paper on how to contact support, and some GPL, GNU licence papers. There’s a minimum amount of paper here, so not a lot to sort through to find what you need.

Setup is fairly simple. My wireless router does not have WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) so I just plugged the camera into the router with a CAT-5 cable (included) and into the wall socket power cable (included.) I inserted the CD, and clicked Start. From there I entered in a device password, which is sadly limited to 6-8 characters. This is likely due to the fact it’s probably stored on the device itself and there are hardware limitations to encryption. After answering a few simple questions, you are able to make a mydlink.com account. Here, there was also a limitation on the password. I’m not sure what it allows, other than it must be at least 6 characters. I tried to make a 12 character password with all manner of characters. It said it was invalid, with no explanation. I made the password 12 characters of upper and lower case letters, and numbers. This worked. Not as good as I’d like, as it is allowing access to my home, but it’s not terrible. It could probably be longer than 12 if I wanted. I can only hope is stored properly in the website (not that I have much hope in that.) Be sure to complete the process after clicking the activate link in your email before trying to access the camera via website. I’m fairly certain you could even skip the mydlink.com account creation and set up the camera to work on your own domain and gain access via the web without needing to trust the mydlink.com site.

If your router supports it, the camera also supports WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK  wifi encryption (and if your router doesn’t, get a new one.)

Another issue I had was my Firefox browser with NoScript and my Chrome browser blocked access to the camera page from the website for security reasons I wont get into here. It’s easily bypassed by going to the direct IP address while on your local network.

The site dashboard allows you access to several cameras if you have more than one.

The camera itself, and the features, are very nice. It comes mounted on a stand with a wide range of motion and can be mounted on a wall if you wish. We found a suitable location in a room that allows us to see almost the entire room. You can flip and/or mirror the image in the software settings if you need to as well.

The microphone is also of good quality, and you can hear what’s going on in the room. The night vision auto activates if the light is low enough (or you’ve pointed the camera down enough that the ceiling light wont reach it.)

The software features accessible through the camera page are fantastic. There is motion detection which allows you to select certain regions of the view to watch for motion, while avoiding where (for example) the cat normally walks. You could have it look for an opening door, but not worry about the floor.

There’s a zoom feature, but it’s only a digital zoom, so the quality isn’t great when zooming.

You can raise or lower the image quality and resolution so if you need the live stream to take up less bandwidth, you can do so, or raise it for high quality images.

There are many more options, such as email and FTP access to store images, scheduling to turn the camera on and off automatically, and the ability to link the camera to a web domain name you control.

Overall, aside from a few concerns on the passwords, which I am sensitive to because I am a security enthusiast, I think it’s a fantastic device. The myriad of options and settings are very nice, and the price is about right for what we got.

If you are interested in purchasing the D-Link Systems DCS-932L mydlink-Enabled Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera you can find that it’s $119.99 &  ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping at Amazon.

Disclaimer: My husbands review through the Amazon vine program of  the D-Link Systems DCS-932L mydlink-Enabled Wireless N Day/Night Home Network Camera is available at Amazon.com.

Scholastic Treasures: Tikki Tikki Tembo & more Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage {review}

Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
Run Time:
66 minutes
Price: $14.95
Great for Kids Ages: 3-6 years old

Press Release:

Timed to release for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2011, TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO…AND MORE STORIES TO CELEBRATE ASIAN HERITAGE brings together a unique collection of six best-selling, award-winning stories highlighted by the title tale, a classic childhood gem which has been beloved for over 20 years and has sold millions of copies. Along with celebrity narration from B.D. Wong (“Law and Order: SVU” and “Oz”) and Ming-Na Wen (“E.R.”, “Two and a Half Men”), the DVD features a read-long function that highlights the words as they are read, allowing a child to follow the narrator, promoting early literacy skills.

The Stories…

The title tale, Tikki Tikki Tembo, is based on the classic picture book by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent. What’s in a name? A great deal according to the Chinese of long ago who honored their first son with the grand, long name Tikki Tikki Tembo. But such names can cause a lot of trouble, as the younger brother and his mother discover when the eldest falls down a well!

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, narrated by B. D. Wong) A compassionate couple risks their lives to reunite a pair of Mandarin ducks.

Grandfather’s Journey (Written and illustrated by Allen Say, narrated by B. D. Wong) A touching story about Grandfather’s travels from Japan to the United States and back again.

The Stonecutter (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott) Tasaku is a lowly stonecutter who longs for more power in this Japanese folk tale.

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B. D. Wong) This Asian version of the classic fairytale brings lessons about strangers, trust, and courage.

Sam and the Lucky Money (Written by Karen Chinn, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, narrated by Ming-Na Wen) On Chinese New Year Sam meets a stranger who helps him make the perfect decision on how to spend his lucky money.

Our Thoughts…

Being that on my Dad’s side of the family that my Grandma is full blooded Japanese, I was very interested in this latest treasury from Scholastics. I had never heard of any of the stories before but enjoyed them very much, I love learning and hearing  stories from all sorts of cultures! My daughter wasn’t really huge into this collection but I’m sure with time that she’ll learn to love it.

This DVD supports reading skills, problem solving, and friendship. You’ll find many great features which include discussion questions and interviews with authors and illustrators of each of the stories found in this collection.

I highly recommend this collection to add your own personal DVD library today!

Visit www.newkideo.com to learn more about Scholastic Storybook Treasures!

Disclaimer: I received the mentioned DVD’s to review from Weston Woods, Studio (Scholastic: www.newkideo.com) and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).