“Cool”est Kickstarter: The IceTee

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I see a lot of cool Kickstarter campaigns, but this one is my favorite!

I love to run, but the summer months can be really hard because of the heat.  I either need to go before the sun comes up or way after it goes down.

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Two moms from Austin developed the latest in active/sports apparel for the summer… The IceTee.

The IceTee is the ultimate cooling apparel and a one stop solution to keep you cool!  Avoid the dangers of heat stroke/illness from overheating, increase performance and feel confident in the lightweight, moisture wicking shirt that delivers cold to the points your body needs it the most! 

Simply put the cooling gel packs for a minimum of 2-hours in the freezer before using then insert into the shirt gel pockets to start cooling your body down.  

The moms only have about 40 hours left  to get their awesome invention backed:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1151303994/the-icetee-the-solution-to-keep-you-cool-and-looki

Retail: Men: Shirt-$65.00 With Koolkase $75.00 and Women $60.00 With Koolkase $80.00.  The Koolkase is a portable case to keep the packs cold in your car, etc.

Nokia Lumia 1020 REVIEW

 

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 I have been fortunate enough to be working  with AT&T. Recently, they provided me with a Nokia Lumia 1020 to test out. Knowing that I am not the biggest fan of a Windows operating system, they still suggested I try it out, because of my obsession with taking pictures!

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 allows you to get the best of both worlds

The Nokia Lumia 1020 combines the image quality of a 41-megapixel image sensor with the simplicity and convenience of a smartphone that’s always with you. The Nokia Lumia 1020 lets you:

  • Zoom in to discover hidden details you didn’t even realize you captured.
  • Capture great pictures even in low-light conditions.
  • Record high-definition video with high-quality stereo sound.
  • Store and share full-resolution images and video in the cloud with AT&T Locker™.
  • View more of everything on the 4.5″ display.

I will admit, I was able to get some fantastic pictures and videos with this phone. Many people I showed the pictures to, were also very impressed. They agreed it was one of the highest quality cameras they had ever seen on a cell phone. The service AT&T provides is flawless. I experienced no dropped calls, had strong reception, and an overall positive experience. However, I am still not a fan of Windows! The phone is a bit more difficult for me to learn as quickly, because I am not used to that operating system. Once I figured it out, though, I was fine. MY daughter was happy to play on it too, and found it easy to figure it out. However, when it comes to technology – she is way smarter then me at only 7 yrs old!!!

IN THE BOX:

  • Nokia Lumia 1020,
  • Nokia AC-60 MicroUSB Charger,
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable (CA-190CD),
  • Nokia Wrist Strap Black,
  • SIM Door Key

I know there are numerous sales and special offers occurring currently over at AT&T, you should check the out for yourself!!!

 

Samsung Galaxy S® 5 Available for Preorder

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New Samsung smartphone offering enhances mobile lifestyle.

tnt-galaxy-s5-overlayThe Samsung Galaxy S 5 is now available for preorder. Customers can purchase the device for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year activation, and for a limited time, get a second one free after $50 mail-in rebate, also with a new two-year activation. Customers will have two color model options, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

edge-logoThe Verizon Edge program is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade. For a limited time, customers who choose Edge and a MORE Everything plan with 10 GB data allowance or more can add four smartphones to the plan for $160 per month.

The Galaxy S 5 has a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display that provides rich colors and dark blacks for videos, games, browsing, social media and more. The display has adaptive features that automatically optimize the color range, saturation and sharpness of the display – meaning users have the best seat in the house when viewing their favorite content.

The 16-megapixel camera comes with a variety of modes that allow anyone to capture a great photo. The Selective Focus Setting lets users change the subject of focus – blurring subjects in the photo near or far, even after the shot is captured, for a creative picture. Photography fun doesn’t stop once the picture is taken. The Studio feature has a complete suite of editing tools. Shutterbugs can create collages, apply effects and add music to video. MORE Everything customers get 25 GB of cloud storage so they can upload and save their creations to the cloud.

The mobile lifestyle goes beyond just messaging and apps, it’s about the everyday life of a mobile user, and that includes their wellbeing and finances. S Health on the Galaxy S 5 lets users track their heart rates, steps, set workout goals, earn badges and log meals. And the smartphone is ISIS-ready, so it supports mobile payments with ISIS Mobile Wallet, which reduces the need to carry credit cards. Instead, users can pay for items at participating merchants with a single tap of their smartphone.

While physical protection of devices is important, personal data can be just as precious. The Find My Mobile solution on the Galaxy S 5 gives users a variety of tools to help protect their information and aid them in finding the phone if it goes missing. Users can track their devices using GPS, lock/unlock it, remote wipe their data and more. The software also includes a Reactivation Lock option to stop other people from reactivating the device and doing a factory reset.

 This device, S Health, and related software is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. 

 

Kohl’s Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout Information!

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“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”

Today, I decided to stop at Kohl’s to see if they had anything for my daughter’s 7th birthday! I have to be honest, it never fails. I always find what I need, what I thought I needed, with a few – I really don’t need this BUT it is so cute – I have to buy it!!!! I just LOVE everything about Kohl’s! It is always my go-to store whether I need an adorable outfit for my daughter, a fancy outfit for me, an outfit for my hubby, or some cute holiday decorations (to name a few). 

Today, I am excited to announce their partnership with renowned American Fashion designer Peter Som! Inspired by beautiful St. Barths, the exclusive Peter Som for DesigNation collection features bold patterns and bright colors in feminine skirts, dresses, and separates. We are planning a trip to Florida in June, and after all this snow we’ve had in Michigan I appreciate the beachy style his collection has! 

If you would like to be one of the FIRST to shop the Peter Som for DesigNation line, PLEASE be sure to RSVP to Kohl’s Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout by April 4th at 12:00pm ET. This event will start promptly with Peter Som talking with fashion bloggers and giving us a look at pieces from his collection! I can’t wait to join, who else will I see at the Hangout?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Gear – REVIEW

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Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a Samsung Galaxy Gear in gray . I was very anxious to test one of these new gadgets out that Verizon Wireless currently offers. I found both pros and cons about this device! I’ll explain…

Let me describe what exactly this innovative device is all about. Samsung Galaxy Gear is elegant tech that you wear like a watch. I thought it would look odd on my wrist, but it didn’t. It communicates with your Galaxy Note 3, providing a stylish and powerful way for you to see important notifications, as well as take phone calls, shoot photos and video and even count your steps. The watch had a built in pedometer on it. This function I LOVED! I am all about getting my 10,000 plus steps in a day and this helped keep track of them! It also passes information to your smartphone, creating a seamless experience between the two. Galaxy Gear frees you from constantly reaching for your Galaxy Note 3 while still keeping you connected. 

How Samsung Galaxy Gear Works
It runs on Android™—just like your phone—and uses low-power Bluetooth® to connect wirelessly to a compatible smartphone. With intuitive swipes, gestures and apps built specifically for Galaxy Gear, you’ll be wearing it every day. Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch touchscreen with colors that are vivid and bright, and 320 x 320 resolution.

You glance at an email on your Galaxy Gear but want to read it on a bigger screen. When you grab your Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear communicates to it with Smart Relay, triggering your phone to instantly open the email. When you wear Galaxy Gear, Smart Lock automatically unlocks your smartphone. And when you move more than 5 feet from the phone, Galaxy Gear alerts it that you’re not nearby, triggering the phone to lock. Galaxy Gear can also remotely activate sounds or vibrate alerts to help you find a misplaced phone. All of this new technology was fascinating to me and I did like it. However, personally I didn’t need it.  

More Features

      • See alerts on a 1.63-inch touchscreen that features sharp, bright colors
      • Take a call using Galaxy Gear’s built-in speaker when your phone is out of reach
      • Shoot photos and videos with a 1.9-megapixel auto-focus camera in the strap
      • Remotely activate sounds or vibrate alerts to help find a misplaced phone
      • Personalize your look with several watch-face options and watch colors

Compatibility

  • Galaxy S® 4 mini
  • Galaxy S® III
  • Galaxy S® 4
  • Galaxy Note® 3

I think something like this would be perfect for the working parent who needs to constantly stay in touch with their child. Recently, instead of phone calls, I have noticed my daughter’s teacher only e-mails. This device is great for instances like that. Furthermore more, a person with a job that demands an easy way to connect – this device is ideal. However, for a stay at home Mommy, I would much rather have the Fitbit Flex. That device meets my every day needs much better! Don’t get me wrong, it’s GREAT and I did enjoy having it – I am simply saying not a device I actually need.

 

 

The New HTC One® (M8) Available Starting 3/25/14

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Earlier today (03/25) the new HTC One (M8) became available starting at 1pm EDT online and in stores for $199.99 with a new two year activation. Customers looking to get their hands on the device in a store, and purchase one to take home, can do so starting today as in-store availability is exclusive to Verizon Wireless stores through April 9. Select Verizon resellers will have the device in stores starting March 26. For a limited time, customers who purchase the new HTC One (M8) for $199.99 can get a second one free, each with new two year activation.

The advantage of getting hands-on time with the smartphone is being able to feel the all-metal unibody design and experience features such as the dual front facing speakers with BoomSound™ in person.

High quality cameras on smartphones have become essential for social media mavens looking to capture their life digitally. The HTC One (M8) has a Duo Camera with an advanced sensor to capture more light and detailed depth from a scene. Users can create professional-looking images by altering the focus of the image after the photo has been taken and choosing what to focus on.

And a great way of sharing photos is through text messages. Verizon Messages gives users a personalized way of picture messaging with collages, sketching and caption features. And with a MORE EVERYTHING plan, customers get unlimited international messaging to say hola, bonjour, kon’nichiwa through words and images to friends and family across the globe.

Forgetting one’s wallet used to mean chaos and panic. Today, smartphones can replace a wallet with the option for mobile payments so its now ok to forget the wallet at home. The all new HTC One M8 is ISIS-ready and comes with an NFC SIM card pre-installed. Isis Mobile Wallet turns the smartphone into a wallet and eliminates the need to carry credit cards, loyalty cards and special coupons. With a single tap, a customer can make a payment or redeem an offer at participating merchants.

Customers can add the new HTC One (M8) to their MORE Everything plans and get services such as 25 GB of cloud storage. The Verizon Edge program is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade.

 

So, if you are interested – HURRY and get yours today!!!

The Shrine Circus is coming to Town

What a great way to bust the winter blues ……. The Shrine Circus!

 The great tradition of the Detroit Shrine Circus continues!  It’s unlike any show on earth. European circus meets a great American tradition that began in Detroit: The Moslem Shrine Circus. And it wouldn’t be a great circus without the Wallendas. The Shrine Circus comes to the Hazel Park Raceway from Thursday, March 27-Sunday, March 30, with three shows most days.

 

This year’s performance welcomes the Return of the Great Wallendas, Award Winning Nerger Tigers and Zerbini sword-balancing, juggling… and the Famous Shrine Clowns

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Rick Wallenda, eldest grandson of Karl Wallenda, returns with “The World Famous Wallendas.” Wallenda will present a contemporary group of high wire walkers. As the patriarch of the Wallenda family, Wallenda leads this troupe, while introducing young talent into the family tradition.

New at this year’s Shrine circus is Jeurgen and Judit Nerger’s tigers. They have over 30 years of experience working with tigers and bears in Europe, honing their craft under the great animal trainers of Germany, Austria, Poland, and Face. They’ve appeared for many years in the German State Circus.

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Robert and Gabriella Zerbini return to the Shrine Circus this year with a new act showcasing sword balancing and juggling. Gabriella, a native of Mexico, won the gold medal at the International Circus Competition in Mexico City for her trapeze artistry.

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Also new this year is the Dragomir troupe, established in Bucharest, Romania. This high-flying teeterboard group of eight acrobats feature two gymnasts who are catapulted over five feet in the air. Their show also includes a perch pole act. 

Erika Zerbini, a favorite of the Shrine Circus, returns with her Liberty Horse and Elephant act. Zerbini is known for her compassion for her animals, and her grace in leading them in performance.

Keeping it all together and on time is Richard Curtis, a favorite of Detroit audiences. A decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in the Persian Gulf War, Curtis is one of the most sought-after ringmasters in North America. Not only is he host for the performance, he is also the performance director and prop boss.

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In addition to the main attraction, the circus will feature rides on circus animals and a petting zoo.

 Tickets start at $6. For show times and ticket information, visit  https://www.detroitshrinecircustickets.com/Attractions.ashx

The Moslem Shrine Circus was the first circus sponsored by the Shrine organization, beginning in 1903 in Detroit. It has been a tradition since then, including some of the greatest circus performers in history, including the Great Wallendas, who performed the seven-member high wire pyramid, which collapsed during the 1962 Detroit circus.

A New Snack to add to your Snacking Line-Up. ** Review and Giveaway $50 Costco Gift Card!

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This is the time of year that people start coming out of hibernation and planning get-together’s.  With March Madness now underway and Easter just around the corner, this new product from Fisher Nuts may come in handy when feeding your guests.

 Fisher Nut Exactly is a perfectly sweet and salty snack made from whole grain popcorn and roasted almonds that’s rolled into a just right size bite and then dipped in dark chocolate!

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Plus there are NO artificial ingredients.

 We loved them! When we first tried them we thought they were pretty good and then we couldn’t stop eating them – they are addicting.

 You could dress them for an Easter Brunch to keep the hungry guests at bay.

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You could also serve them straight up at your basketball party.  Go MichiganState and Michigan!

 Fisher Nut Exactly March Madness

Fisher Nut Exactly is being offered exclusively at Costco Stores in the Midwest beginning March 21, 2014.  There will be sampling’s of Fisher Nut Exactly inside the Midwest Costco Stores on the following dates:

Sunday, March 23

Saturday, March 29

Wednesday, April 2

Thursday, April 10

 One lucky Detroit Mommies Reader will win a Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack!  The package contains a large package of Fisher Nut Exactly for you to try and a $50 Costco Gift Card!  Use the rafflecopter form below to enter the random drawing.

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Camp Bow Wow St. Clair Shores Sponsors Adoption and Puppy Social Event Inbox

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We recently got a new puppy and he is the most lovable dog I have ever owned.  We got him at a local animal shelter and you can tell he is most grateful for being saved. 

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I guess you could say that he is a little spoiled because he gets to go to work with us every day, is allowed on the couch and the bed and practically goes everywhere with us.

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Camp Bow Wow  St. Clair Shores will also be hosting a Puppy Social on Saturday, March 29th  from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. It will take place at Maloof Statler Dog Park in St. Clair Shores. The event is open the public, but you must apply on http://www.maloofdogpark.com to participate. Please call Camp Bow Wow at (586) 445-9663 for any questions.

A Delicious Baked Fish Recipe

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This is the perfect time to try some new fish recipes because fish is always on sale during lent.  I have made this several times and it always turns out well.  It’s easy ( only four 4 ingredients) and has a wonderful rich flavor.

Ingredients:

1 to 2 pounds of either Orange Rough or Cod –  (1 lb is good for 3-4 people).

4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

3/4 cup crushed Ritz Crackers

3/4 grated Parmesan Cheese

Steps

Melt butter in a small sauce pan

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Combine the crushed crackers and cheese and mix well

Baked Fish Ingredients Cheese, Ritz Crackers Butter and Orange Roughy or Cod

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Dip the fish in the melted butter

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Dredge in the cracker/cheese mixture – make sure to cover on all sides

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Place in a lightly greased GLASS baking dish

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

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 That’s all there is to it.  It always turns out best when I use a glass baking dish for some reason.  I also prefer the Orange Roughy over the Cod, but the Cod is a great alternative.  

 Yummy Puttin' on the Ritz Fish Dish - 4 Ingredients!