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Amazon Prime Photos Has New Features and a $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I take more pictures with my phone than my dslr camera. It is easy to carry and always with me so I never miss an opportunity to capture moments. I used to worry about storing my pictures because my phone would get pretty full.  I think about a year ago I started using Amazon Photos. It is a nice benefit to Prime members. I set it up so that every picture I took would automatically get uploaded to Amazon Photos. I had unlimited storage and never had to worry about losing a picture.

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Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. Now, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos is free for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos. Additional new features include: Image Search, People view and Places view. And Prime members can now order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars directly from their Prime Photos account. Download the new Prime Photos app here: www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos


I love that I can help my family members free up space on their phone by sharing Prime Photos with them.  You are not locked in to just using it on your phone, Amazon Prime Photos works with your computer too. It does not matter what type of mobile device you have because it is compatible with iOS and Android phones, and tablets.

I use Amazon Prime Photos all the time to edit pictures that I have taken with my phone or Note 5. I just download the pictures from the app and I am good to go! Looking for certain photos is so much easier with the people and place search. It saves a lot of time!

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Homido GRAB Makes Virtual Reality Easy For Kids

Product provided for review purposes. Opinions 100% my own. 

Virtual reality is fun. It used to be something you could only experience after spending some big bucks. And letting kids use it was out of the question. There is an affordable option out there that the entire family use, Homido GRAB.

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Homido GRAB is an affordable virtual reality headset to use with smartphones. It is available in Red, Yellow, Blue or Black.

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This headset is perfect to introduce kids into the immersive world of VR for the first time. Just clip any phone into the front to play over 1,000+ VR games and apps for iOS or Android, or even watch movies.

Many of these apps are just for fun: Lamper VR, for example, turns you into a firefly that has to dodge tree stalks and gather lights, while Cedar Point VR puts you on its legendary roller coaster Valravn, riding an exact replica of the real coaster in Ohio.

But many are also educational, like Chemistry VR, where players have to mix chemicals into new solutions to escape a room. Meanwhile, Discovery VR, made by the Discovery Channel, brings you all over the world to walk with elephants, swim with manta rays, float alongside the International Space Station and watch myths busted in-person on the virtual set of MythBusters.

We have checked out Youtube’s Virtual Reality Channel and You Visit to use with the Homido GRAB. There are so many apps that your possibilities are endless when it comes to exploring. I am glad there are so many options out there.

Homido even helps you pick out the best apps with the Homido Center app, free for both iPhone and Android. Choose from categories like Flying, Simulation, Horror or Relaxation and it’ll take you straight to the App Store or Google Play to download them.

Besides the expansive educational and recreational apps to play with, Homido GRAB also lets you watch 360° movies—videos that let you turn your head and see in every direction, just like real life. It makes you feel truly inside the scene, whether you’re skiing down the Alps, tiptoeing through a haunted house or even celebrating your nephew’s birthday party recorded with the upcoming Homido 360° Camera.

And because it earned the prestigious Works with Google Cardboard certification from Google, there’s no question about its quality.

My family had a great time using Homido GRAB. The House of Terror VR app had my son jumping out of his skin! He said it felt like he was really there.  It is easy to use and durable.

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The case of the Homido GRAB has these little bumps on it to making gripping and holding it easy.

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The phone is held by an adjustable, spring-based holder mechanism that makes it compatible with any phone, from a tiny Android to the massive iPhone 6plus.  We tried it with a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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There’s even a button that lets you interact with the virtual worlds that await you.

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The Homido GRAB Virtual Reality Headset does not have a strap to hold it in place but this a good thing. You are able to remove the headset from in front of your eyes quickly which is great for safety reasons.

Like all other Homido products, the Homido GRAB is made with quality, custom-made lenses. It’s also made with durable plastic, so even the most accident-prone children or adults can toss it in their backpack or knock of off a table, and the headset will survive the wear and tear while protecting the phone inside it.

Homido GRAB is the fourth headset available from Homido, for $39.99 at Homido.com and Target.com

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Honeycomb Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review and Giveaway

Everyone in my family listens to a lot of music. We listen to music so much we have a subscription to a music streaming service. I love it because it means lot of music at a reasonable price. Most of the time we listen using our headphones but there are times we like to share music. This is where a good speaker comes in handy.

Honeycomb Sound LLC recently announced the launch of their new wireless Bluetooth® portable speaker, the model HC-1. I was sent one to try out.

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When I pulled it out the box I was loving the shape and design. It is unique and stands out. This cell shaped structure provides a material with low density and high compression.  In terms of audio speaker design, this produces sound that is tight and clean. Measuring 14″(l) x 6.5″(h) x 4.5″(d) the bluetooth speaker does not take up a lot of space and is portable.

The Honeycomb speaker enclosure includes a 40 watt Class D high efficiency stereo amplifier with DSP; Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology; four 2″ full-range speakers; dual dynamic ports; 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery; and tactile control panel.

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The Honeycomb Bluetooth Speaker has the ability to play music from a micro SD card, USB flash drive or 35 mm. I love all the options!  The speaker also has a power bank function allowing for charging of mobile phones. It even comes with all the cords you need.

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The Honeycomb Bluetooth Speaker is easy to operate and powerful. I took a quick video to show you how nice the sound is.

The sound is clear and crisp. It was very easy to pair it with my phone too. I am really loving this speaker. It is so stylish. I like that I can charge it and move it around with no problem. It holds a charge for hours. The speaker can be charged through a wall out or with the USB cord. It takes longer to charge it through USB though. I also love that you can charge your phone with this speaker too.

The Honeycomb Portable Bluetooth Speaker is available for $129 with shipping and handling of only $7.50 There are two colors available: Silver and White or Red and Black.

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One reader will win a Honeycomb Portable Bluetooth Speaker in their choice of color

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Product was provided for review purposes. Giveaway sponsored by Honeycomb LLC. Giveaway open to US residents only.

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Must Have Tech Accessories from JellyFish

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The Jellyfish mobile line of accessories symbolizes the fashion sense of today’s female where everything, even a phone, can be an extension of one’s unique personality and style. The full line of cases, power, and audio can be personalized with sassy colors, cool textures, and fun designs.

In my household we have a variety of mobile of devices that range from tablets to smart phones to laptops. We also have a lot of accessories laying around. Now my husband and son are okay with the basic black or white headphones and chargers. The girls and I like color, sometimes the brighter the better. It is a great way to express ourselves while keeping track our our accessories. We were recently sent a few products from Jellyfish to review.

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The Tune Buds from Jellyfish come inside the cutest jelly clutch. My daughters Kayla and Jazz loved it when they saw it. The Tune Buds also have an attached microphone so you can answer calls with no problem. It also came with three additional earbuds. The clutch goes on your wrist and keeps them in reach. When the Tune Buds are inside the clutch, you don’t have to worry about the cords getting tangled. They are easy to find quickly in your bag or purse too. I can not even tell you how many earbuds I have found all tangled up in the bottom of my purse! Even though the Tune Buds are no longer available to purchase separately, they are a part of the Starter Set Bundle.  The set includes a phone case and clutch for $29.99. You can choose from four colors when purchasing products from Jellyfish:

  • Precious Purple
  • Bodacious Blue
  • Luscious Lime
  • Precocious Pink

Jellyfish go-go juice portable charger

No matter where I am going I always try to make sure our cell phones are charged before I leave the house. I do not like the idea of getting lost (which happens a lot) and my phone battery is dead. Unfortunately stuff happens and for one reason or another my phone is not charged. This is exactly what the Go-Go Juice Portable Charger is for! It is small enough to keep in your purse but not so small you will lose it. My favorite feature is the power button. I was able to charge my Go-Go Juice and keep it in my bag. The battery did not drain because I had to turn it on to use it. I can’t forget to mention it is a flashlight too. That is a nice little perk! The Go-Go Juice comes with a cord and has a rechargeable battery. It has come in handy quite a few times on day trips. You can purchase one for $34.99.

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The Jellyfish Music Compact Speaker is a favorite among my girls. It has everything they are looking for: a mirror to make sure they are always looking their best and a speaker to share their favorite music with friends. This speaker sounds pretty good. Kayla hooked it up to her Kindle to watch ShowBox and my husband thought it was her television! It has a rechargable battery that holds a decent charge, about four hours. The Music Compact Speaker has some bling on the outside too. 

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You would never guess it is actually a speaker! You can grab this Compact speaker for $24.99.

These accessories from Jellyfish are definitely a must have in our house. We have really put them to the use the last few weeks and we were not dissappointed!

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Loving The Incipio Case For My Galaxy Note 3!

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

A few days ago I mentioned that I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to review. The nice people at Verizon sent me a gift card to get a case to protect my new device. While I was looking for a case, I have been very, very careful. It would a shame to drop the Galaxy Note 3, I just I know I would cry because I am really loving my Note. It is always within arms reach.

So I went to a local Verizon store and found a case made by Incipio. I really liked the case and could not remember where I saw that brand before. Turns out I have a iPad case by them which I have not managed to destroy!

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Part of the inside of the case is hard to protect the back and sides of the case. The left side has space to hold a few credit cards.

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The way the case is made, you can turn the Galaxy Note 3 on its side for hands free movie watching.

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All of the different ports are very easy to access. I did not have any problem pulling out the stylus except I need to let my fingernails grow a little. My nubs can’t grip it well to pull the stylus out but I can work on that! The Incipio case was available in black or why. I always pick black or some other type of color. I am not a big fan of white.

The case doesn’t add a lot of weight to the Note. In my opinion the Note is a little too light without a case. This makes me a little more “aware” of the Note 3.

The case is $39.99 and I grabbed a three pack of screen protectors for only $12.99

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Our 2nd Verizon Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWVoices #MOM

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

When I first became a Verizon Moms Voices Ambassador, I was given a Galaxy Tab 2 to review. I was not sure if I would like it because my other tablets included an iPad and Kindle Fire HD. I was not very familiar with the Android operating system and was a little anxious.

It took me a while, but I finally got used to the buttons, different settings and Google Play. I was using my Galaxy Tab 2 like a pro and learned a lot of new things. I am even making calls and sending texts for free!

Now three months have passed and it is time to receive a new device. The group of Ambassadors I am in had no idea what we be getting. We were given clues a few days before our delivery.

 

I was going crazy trying to figure out what the device might be!

Then the FedEx truck pulled up and I have not been the same since!

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I am able to review the Galaxy Note 3! I set it up right away and it is always in my hand. I am taking plenty of Instagram pictures and they come out nice and clear.

The 4G LTE is so fast I have been able to attend 3 twitter parties on the Galaxy Note 3 with no freezing or other problems.

 

This may seem sudden, but I am in love with it already. I am so excited to share all the new things I am learning about it. I am truly putting it to the test because I use all the time!

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