Sunday, July 31, 2016

AcuRite Announces "My AcuRite" Smart Home Environmental Monitoring System

AcuRite, the leader in personal weather station technology, is pleased to announce the My AcuRite smart home environmental monitoring system. This versatile, customizable, and expandable solution serves as a personal home assistant, allowing users to know their environment, arming them with vital information to help protect their family, valuables, residence, and business. My AcuRite is built upon a powerful cloud-based platform that delivers AcuRite’s proven environmental measurement technologies to a consumer’s laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The intuitive, easy-to-navigate app and website connect people with actionable information about the locations that matter most. My AcuRite provides, families, hobbyists, business owners, property managers, weather enthusiasts, and others peace of mind by providing a crystal-clear picture of indoor and outdoor conditions. Users will also receive notifications to stay one step ahead of changes that could affect loved ones and pets, the structure of homes and buildings, as well as belongings.
My AcuRite Benefits
Minimize potential for water damage with water leak detection
Monitor air quality to prevent mold and allergens with high indoor temperature and humidity alerts
Protect musical instruments and collectables with low indoor humidity alerts
Prevent frozen pipes with low temperature alerts
Prevent flood damage with excessive rainfall alerts
Prevent wind-related damage with high wind alerts
Properly water lawn, flowers, and garden with rainfall tracking
Know the best time to plant with soil temperature monitoring
Prevent frost damage to plants with low outdoor temperature alerts
Remotely monitor pool, hot tub, pond, fountain, and aquarium temperature
Ensure ideal sleeping conditions for bedrooms and nurseries
Save on energy costs by making sure heating and cooling systems are operating efficiently, and checking for drafts and leaks
Plan outdoor activities with reliable weather forecasts and conditions measured right in a user’s back yard
All New My AcuRite Features
Customizable alerts include email and phone notifications about conditions you want to track
Ability to connect up to 10 indoor and outdoor monitoring sensors
Compatible with a full range of environmental sensors, including water leak detectors and liquid and soil temperature sensors
Expandable to track additional locations or properties
Current conditions dashboard with 12-hour trend charts
Charting and graphing of historical data for analysis and download My AcuRite mobile apps for Android and iPhone Integrated 5 day and 36-hour weather forecast
Share home conditions to keep family, friends and even neighbors informed
Rapid Fire updates to Weather Underground

“My AcuRite goes beyond a weather app or the Internet of Things, it’s about connecting consumers with useful data from AcuRite products and services,” said Larry Meadows, director of platform solutions at AcuRite. “With My AcuRite, information is presented to users in a meaningful way, through their chosen channel, and ultimately gives them the power to make educated decisions and take action in and around their homes.”

Check it all out at AcuRite on Facebook, as well as AcuRite on Twitter.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

ToGoSpa For The Summer Wedding Season

ToGoSpa is a company that believes that beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive. Their products are perfect for anyone with a face because they use only top quality ingredients, safe ingredients. With a team of people who care about skin, ToGoSpa is a wholesome company with the desire to help everyone be their most beautiful self.
Are you a bride on a budget, but want a spa treatment to help you look your best on the big day? ToGoSpa is the answer! With a variety of products that won’t break the bank, you and your entire wedding party can indulge in top quality spa treatments that are offered in some of the most exclusive spas in the world. Their “Perfect for Anyone with a Face” slogan rings true because all their products are Paraben and Dye Free, moisture packed collagen gel pads. They contain Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins C & E, Aloe Vera and Amino Acids that work to replenish, re-hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin. This is the perfect skin prep to help you glow in all your wedding photos! Don’t break the bank with spas that cost hundreds of dollars when you can get a luxury spa treatment in your home, by your pool, or while you’re watching your favorite movie with friends!
ToGoSpa products available are:
Refreshing Ice Water Face Mask
Rejuvenating Green Tea Face Mask
Green Tea Under Eye Treatment
Coconut Under Eye Treatment
Pomegranate Under Eye Treatment
Ice Water Under Eye Treatment
White Tea Neck Mask

Check it all out at ToGoSpa on Facebook, as well as ToGoSpa on Twitter.

Real Shades #Summertime2016 #Giveaway

Protecting your eyes is important and Real Shades understands that. They offer high quality and style sunglasses all at an affordable price. The line includes sunglasses for kids, young adults, and adults. Their goal is to protect eyes from UV radiation all while staying stylish. They invest in product development and design to make sure that they are the leaders in protecting eyes from sun damage. Real Shades currently work closely with Prevent Blindness America to educate the public on the importance of protecting children’s eyes. As parents, we are very careful to cover our children head to toe with sunscreen, but forget how important it is to protect their eyes.
We got some cool shades for Callan! Bolt - The Bolt is an alternative to banded sunglasses. These sunglasses have classic temples and fashion-forward, two-tone coloring. The frames are super flexible so they can survive all the twists and turns of kid life without breaking. P2 technology lenses provide both polarized and polycarbonate lenses. Storm - Rubber-tipped temple pieces and wrap-around metallic frames make these the kids shades that Mom and Dad will try on when no one is looking (and Jason did steal them from Callan, ha!). Storm is also available with P2 lens technology, providing both polarized and polycarbonate lenses.

Join The Fight to End Child Hunger With IHOP August 23rd

IHOP restaurants and its franchisees proudly announced that the Family Dining leader has again joined forces with No Kid Hungry in an effort to end childhood hunger in the U.S. The IHOP + No Kid Hungry campaign, which runs August 1st through September 25th, invites IHOP guests and fans to join in the fight by donating to the leading non-profit on their check or through To amplify efforts, on Tuesday, August 23rd from 7am to 7pm, IHOP restaurants will offer guests a short stack of their world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes for just $1 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry. The brand and its franchisees have set an ambitious goal: serve one million pancakes in just one day to help every child in America get access to the healthy breakfasts they need to start the day.

For close to six decades, IHOP has been the leader in bringing guests a freshly made breakfast served any time of day, every day - but at least one in every five children across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive. No Kid Hungry works to connect our future leaders with a healthy breakfast by delivering food to where kids live, learn and play. “IHOP and our franchisees are passionate about helping build the overall well-being of the children and families in communities everywhere, including addressing the critical issue of hunger in the United States,” said Kirk Thompson, senior vice president, marketing for IHOP and Marketing Advisory Board Member for the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry platform. “Together with No Kid Hungry, we can enable the more than 16 million children across America who struggle with hunger to start each and every day with the strength that comes from eating a good breakfast.”

IHOP restaurants’ efforts will help kick off the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign, which fully launches nationwide in September and unites the restaurant industry around a shared mission of helping end child hunger. “We’re thrilled to have IHOP back for a second year supporting No Kid Hungry and extending to their guests the mission to end childhood hunger in America,” says Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. “IHOP’s tremendous goal to serve one million pancakes in one day means that three million more breakfasts will be possible for kids in need. That translates into more kids doing better in class, missing less school, and becoming more likely to graduate high school. That’s a lot of potential in one pancake.”

More about the IHOP + No Kid Hungry campaign and the fight against childhood hunger, including how to donate to the cause, can be found in restaurant and online at starting August 1st. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Little Black Dress Wines

Little Black Dress Wines (LBD) is excited to debut its new modern, sophisticated packaging. Still synonymous with understate elegance, LBD can easily go from casual to black tie. The brand is more than looks – it’s about confidence. It’s about knowing you’ve chosen something fantastic, and not having to shout it from the rooftop. With lifestyle wine brands steadily increasing their share of category dollars over the last two years, connoting premium and “dressing your best” is ever more paramount. During a Consumer Label Test conducted by Wine Opinions, 74% of respondents and 40% Millennials respondents, stated that they tried new wines based on the appeal of the label.
Millennial audiences and current Gen X/Baby Boomer consumers will find LBD’s new packaging:
Initials - Maintains the “handwriting”-style script in the logo for consistency. The new label abbreviates the brand name to its initials appealing to a more Millennial-focused audience.
Dress Icon - Fashion-forward. Unique dress icons bring the brand name to life and strengthen recall. Embossing on the label connotes a premium feel.
White/Black Labels - Maintains a fresh, crisp look for white wines & rosé. Move to a bold, sophisticated look for reds.
Less Gendered - Less kitschy, while maintaining an elegant femininity. Appeals to a larger range of women.
Diva Red - Divalicious Red has been simplified to Diva. To differentiate the LBD red blend from the other LBD reds in Bordeaux bottles, as well as a myriad of other “red blends” predominately in Bordeaux bottles, this variety will be offered in Burgundy bottles. The bottle also conveys a subtle femininity to a “masculine” category. Consumers will also find a new Red Logo, adding a dramatic flair hat was missing from the previous rendition of “Diva” to bring the moniker to life. The fire-engine red used in the logo & capsule personify the bold character of wine.

Miracles From Heaven

Jennifer Garner and Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah star in the inspirational box office hit Miracles From Heaven, the incredible true story of a young girl’s medical miracle on digital and on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Affirm Films. Based on the story of the Beam family, Garner plays Christy Beam, whose daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) suffers from a rare digestive disorder, but finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. The family film also stars Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, and Eugenio Derbez.
Bonus content on the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital releases include two featurettes, as well as commentary. Join Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, their costars and crew for a behind the scenes look at the making of this very special film, in “Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven.” Viewers will also meet the real-life Beam family and Dr. Nurko, learn about the casting of the film and the challenge of “the tree.” Shot at the Beam family ranch in Burleson, TX, “Bearing Witness,” features the Beam Family, their pastor, friends, first-responders and community as they gather around the tree and celebrate their faith and the miracles that brought them together. In the “Your Words” montage, experience some of the film's most touching and memorable moments set against Third Day's powerful rendition of the inspirational song. The Blu-ray and digital releases exclusively contain deleted scenes and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel,” where Christy and Anna reflect together on their past, present, future, faith, and bonding over the past four years since the incident.
When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored, and their community inspired. Based on the memoir by Christy Beam with a screenplay by Randy Brown, Miracles From Heaven is directed by Patricia Riggen. The film is produced by Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes, and DeVon Franklin.

BullFrog Sunscreen & Repellent #Summertime2016

Zika Virus worries escalated late this spring when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted the mosquito-borne disease was "scarier than we initially thought." The CDC says knowledge is lacking about the neurological effects of the virus, as well as which drugs or vaccines may be effective. Then there is the northward expansion of the mosquitoes which transmit the virus. Suddenly, consumers who had been shopping for sunscreens are stopping to consider the added value of brands that combine sun protection with effective mosquito protection. BullFrog Mosquito Coast is just such a combination product.
Available in continuous or pump sprays, BullFrog Mosquito Coast was the world's first mass-marketed fusion of sunscreen with insect repellent. Proudly made in the USA, it is America's #1 selling combination sunscreen and insect repellent.

Mosquito Coast Sunscreen SPF 30 with Insect Repellent Continuous Spray. DEET-free combo insect repellent and sunscreen safely repels insects up to 8 hours. Uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended IR3535. No need to wash off when returning from the outdoors. Contains aloe leaf extract and Vitamin E. Pleasant fragrance. PABA- and Paraben-free. Water-resistant (80 minutes).

Check it all out at BullFrog on Facebook, as well as BullFrog on Twitter.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Curious Chef #Summertime2016

Summer’s here! And the best way to cool kids off this season is with frozen treats! For the days when the beach or pool just isn’t an option, spend the afternoon serving up something delicious with Curious Chef cooking tools for kids. Designed with fun and safety in mind, Curious Chef tools have all been specifically designed for little fingers, making them easier for kids to use than traditional cooking tools. And with the Ice Cream Set Gift Bundle kids can keep cool while getting creative in the kitchen.
Throw a kid-hosted ice cream party with the fun and colorful Curious Chef Ice Cream Set Gift Bundle featuring four large ice cream bowls, four small silicone pinch bowls, and a kid-sized ice cream scoop. The ice cream scoop's ergonomically designed handle with grip buttons make this kitchen gadget easy for small hands to firmly grasp and use.

Check it all out at Curious Chef on Facebook, as well as Curious Chef on Twitter.

Let's Color Together

There is no longer an age limit when it comes to coloring books. Artist Margaret Peot decided to combine the popularity of adult coloring books and the enduring pastime of kids coloring books into Let’s Color Together: A Shareable Coloring Book for Parents and Kids. Each spread in Let’s Color Together features two versions of the same design – one is typically more detailed and intricate than the other – that are laid out so parents and kids can color face-to-face across a table. Let’s Color Together also features perforated pages so families can color side-by-side or display their handiwork! Let’s Color Together brings a new level of engagement to the coloring book craze by featuring beautiful spreads specifically designed for two people to color and enjoy at once, and is the perfect opportunity to sit down, connect, and share some fun with your kids!

Margaret Peot is an artist, writer, and costume painter. Her books include Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity, which was awarded the Eureka Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books, Alternative Art Journals, and Make Your Mark.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Japan Funbox

The Japanese candy that you’ve seen on the web can now arrive straight to your doorsteps.
Melty Strawberry candies
Whistle Candy: Grape Flavor
Pizza Potato Chips 
Slim Ganko Fried Potato
Ume-Pachi candy
Shuwabo candy
Check it all out at Japan Funbox on Facebook, as well as Japan Funbox on Twitter.

Play Safe This Summer #Infographic

As summertime kicks into full swing, outdoor play becomes a full time job for young children. Summertime is about being active, burning up excess energy and having fun, but it is also a time when we see a 15-27% increase in ER visits for children. Here are seven simple safety tips from to ensure that your child's summer is as safe as it is fun:

1. Make adult supervision a crucial part of outdoor play.

2. Watch near water. Kids should never be left alone near "kiddie" pools, swimming pools, beaches, lakes and other bodies of water, no matter what their ages or swim capabilities are. Children under 5 should always be at an arms-length from an adult near water sources.

3. Always keep toys away from unsupervised and high-traffic areas, like driveways and sidewalks, so they don’t lure a child into a dangerous situation.

4. Ride safe. Make sure your kids wear helmets, knee pads and other protective gear when playing with bikes, trikes, scooters and other ride-on toys. Accidental falls are the number one cause of childhood injury, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

5. Organize and store toys to prevent slips, trips and falls. If you have access to a garage or outdoor shed, you can designate “parking” spaces for bikes and other ride-on toys, and store smaller items, like skateboards, on shelves.

6. Un-inflated balloons and broken balloon pieces can pose a choking hazard. At parties and other festive events, be sure to supervise children around latex balloons and throw away any broken pieces you find.

7. Be sure to check and follow age guidance on toy packaging. The age-grading doesn’t have anything to do with how smart your child is—it’s safety guidance that’s based on the developmental skills and abilities of children at a given age and the specific features of a toy.

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