Category Archives: Technology

CozyPhones – Soft and Cute Headphones for the Kids

The Kids Rocking out with their CozyPhones

We received a couple of CozyPhones for free to use and review. Opinions are 100% our own.

In the past few years we have taken many car trips with the kids and this past February we went on a flight with them. Each time we go on our trips now the kids take along their activity packs with all sorts of things to keep themselves entertained. One of the things that they each have is an iPad. Eva has an iPad Mini and Andrew an iPad Air in a large protective case. We’ve gone through a number of headphones over the years, too. It is always fun to be driving down the road to hear that the headphones are hurting my head or to discover at the last minute that the headphones have been broken beyond repair. And when I say fun… I mean frustrating for both me and the kids.

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Voice Originals: When in Rome – FIRST EVER Alexa Connected Board Game

The Kids With When in RomeDisclosure: We received a copy of this game for free to play with and review. Opinions are our own and links to Amazon.com for products are affiliate links.

Amazon’s Alexa can do so many things. You can have her turn on your lights, reorder things from Amazon and no she can help you play a board game. Voice Originals: When in Rome is the first ever Alexa connected board game. We received a copy of this game to review. When I was asked if I wanted to review it I said that I did not have an Amazon Echo but learned that you can download the Amazon Alexa app and use that to play the game. So I said, “Sure!” because we like board games so much in our house.

We played this game as a family with the kids on one team and the parents on another team. It may sound like the decks were stacked but the kids beat us by more than half the points.

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HP Envy x360 Laptops Convert from Laptop to Tablet in Seconds

HP Envy x360 Laptops at Best Buy - Convert to Tablet Mode

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card.

Best Buy has these newest HP – ENVY x360 laptops on sale until July 28th. The HP x360 is a 2 in 1 laptop/tablet. It comes in HP Envy 13in and the HP Envy 15in model. can switch from Laptop to Tablet in seconds. This is a great tool for busy students on the go. Both of the laptops are loaded with the Windows 10 operating system. Continue reading HP Envy x360 Laptops Convert from Laptop to Tablet in Seconds

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Review: mPie is a Fun STEM Kit from Microduino

Andrew and the Mpie Ambulance

We received a copy of the mPie set from Microduino to play with and review. We did not keep this toy when we were finished with our review. Opinions are 100% our own.

I’m always looking for fun STEM projects to do with the kids. When I find those that can also incorporate LEGO and other building bricks then I am even more excited. I was offered the opportunity to review the mPie kit from Microduino. Here is the official description of the product.

mPie: A good transition kit that moves from the basics of circuitry and hardware components of its predecessor mPuzzle, to initial concepts of coding. Using mPie’s components, children will discover ‘hardware coding’ which helps visualize the logical order of things in a physical way. The mPie lessons link concepts between physical and virtual. The projects in mPie increase in their complexity to form the basis that the sequence of things is vital and when not successfully ordered leads to the start of problem identification and solving. 7+, $99 Continue reading Review: mPie is a Fun STEM Kit from Microduino

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Review: Samsung SmartThings + ADT Home Safety Expansion Kit at Best Buy

Smartthings Tools

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

We’ve had the ADT Home Security Starter Kit, from Samsung SmartThings & ADT in our house for a few months now. It like the service and the devices. I had written about the Starter Kit previously, but we also received the Samsung SmartThings Expansion Pack which included additional SmartThings. The expansion pack has an ADT Smoke Alarm, an ADT Carbon Monoxide Alarm, and an ADT Water Leak Detector. Each of these devices was easy to install and certainly provided me with the peace of mind to know that if something wasn’t right in the house, I’d know about it immediately.

I think that most of America has seen a little show about the Pearson family and how their lives were devastated by a fire. Knowing that the ADT Smoke Alarm was in the house keeping watch over the family brings with it peace of mind. Having help only seconds away through the ADT Security Hub and the connected devices also helps to alleviate the fears in my mind.

About a year back I was in the cellar over near the furnace. I noticed that there was a huge hole in the pipe that let the exhaust from the furnace into the chimney. I called my plumber right away and he dropped everything he was working on to come right over. When he told me that we were only alive because our house is so poorly insulated and drafty I felt sick. I didn’t know that such a danger from Carbon Monoxide poisoning was lurking there in my cellar. We’ve had everything fixed since then but to be able to have a Carbon Monoxide detector that could send me alerts directly to my phone would make me immediately aware of anything were ever to happen again.

Water Detector

We have an old house and as such, things like the water heater are old as well. With the ADT Water Leak Detector I would know immediately if that Hot Water heater failed. The older it gets the more of a real possibility it becomes.

Connecting these three devices to my existing ADT Security Hub was very easy. Each new thing has a QR code that you scan with your phone and then you tell the app where in your house you are placing it. That means that you don’t have to go searching the house trying to figure out which smoke detector is beeping for no reason. A game that Allison and I have played many times. I could have sworn it was the one in the basement, only to discover that it was really in the first floor hallway. With the devices set up in the app I would know immediately which device to inspect.

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