Giveaway: $100 Netflix Giftcard!

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Prize: $100 Netflix Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Giveaway: Orkin Summer Scientist Kid’s Bug Catching Kit!

Summer has officially hit! Well, maybe not “officially”, but it certainly has hit – you should tell that to the 80 degree temperatures I had last week! It’s been warm and summer-like, and I’m certainly ready to celebrate like it’s summer. Have you been heading outdoors more often? The sound of lawn mowers cutting grass and the rain showers bringing out the gorgeous flowers – I definitely enjoy the warmer summer months.

There’s one thing almost no one likes about the outdoors, though: the bugs. While you can have a ton of fun playing and enjoying the outdoors, the bugs can definitely put a damper on that fun. Not only are they a nuisance, but with some of the viruses out there, mosquitos and other bugs can definitely pose a health threat as well. Help keep them out of your yard and away from your fun with some of these information and tips from Orkin:

The app makes it easy to learn a bit more about mosquitos and bug safety. Learn if you’re ready for mosquito season, learn how to deal with those little pesks, and find out what cities have some of the highest mosquito rates! Once you do that, start planning how to get your kids outside to enjoy nature!

Getting your kids out and into nature for fun cna be hard to organize – or you just may not know quite where to start. The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit makes that simple! Excited to win a kit of your own? Your kit will include 2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits, 2 Bug Nets, 2 See-Through Bug Jars for viewing the bugs, 2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters, and Glow-In-The-Dark Creepy Crawlers for evening and bedtime fun.

Enjoy to win your own kit for your family!

WIN IT:

Orkin Pest Control has generously offered to send an Orkin Summer Scientist Kid’s Bug Catching Kit to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on May 10th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools, and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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AMBI Cold Therapy Device Review

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What Is It
Ready for you anytime soreness or pain strikes, the Ambi by Blu Tec is an electronic version of the ice cube. Get chilled relief anytime you need it – without the mess or hassle of worrying about ice melting! Designed to be applied anywhere you’d like to experience a pleasant chill on the skin, the Ambi uses its simple battery or AC power to provide a chilling sensation.

Designed over in New Jersey, the Ambi uses Pelletier Thermo Electric Current (TEC) technology to provide cold therapy at the flick of a switch.

To power your Ambi by Blu Tec cold therapy machine, you can use either 1.5V Alkaline batteries or by plugging the adapter into an electrical outlet. Within 25 seconds of pressing the start button, the cooling plate of the Ambi will hit about 10 degrees Celcius (which is about 50F). After it reaches its maximum chilled temperature, it’s free for use on any part of your skin.

Relief for common ailments can come in the form of cold therapy. Itchy skin, migraines, hot flashes, injuries, muscle soreness, and more can all be reduced by some cold therapy. Especially for hot flashes, having a portable chilling solution right at your fingertips anytime you need it can provide a really helpful hand.

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My Opinion
About perfect in temperature, the Ambi cold therapy device provides a nice chill to the skin. Since you can’t really warm it or cool it, you’ll have to hope that the chill it provides is the one that works best for you. It isn’t cold enough to produce that “numb” sensation on the skin, but it’s definitely cold enough that you will feel it. It isn’t blistering cold, though, so if your attempt was to numb the entire area, it probably isn’t going to work how you’d like it to. To chill and calm an area (especially in terms of inflammation), though, the Ambi has everything under control.

The device fits pretty easily in the hands, and while it’s not perfect, it seems ergonomic enough. Since you’ll probably just lay it flat against the area that’s bothering you, it didn’t need to have perfection built into it. That having been said, if you do try to hold it pinpoint on one area, the oblong size of the device can make it hard sometimes. It’ll work, but you might find yourself readjusting your hand multiple times.

The Ambi by Blu Tec isn’t going to be important for everyone. After all, a cooling pack in the freezer could possibly be just as useful. However, some people are going to really find this helpful. If you regularly have long headaches or migraines, using the Ambi reduces the need to get up to replace the bag. While out camping or doing strenuous exercise, you can keep the Ambi along in case of soreness, bug bites, or injury. For those with regular hot flashes, the Ambi can be placed into a purse or traveling bag for relief on-the-go.

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Pros
The Ambi offers a couple different ways to power its chilling ability. It’s pretty easy to hold in the hand, and once you read the instructions once, you’ll never need to reference them again – it’s that easy to use.

Cons
The Ambi may not be the best solution for everyone. It also can get a bit awkward to handle for longer periods of time.

Recommended
If you want a way to regularly provide cooling relief without having to fuss with ice cubes or other annoying solutions, the Ambi is going to be perfect for you. It can be used while traveling or while at home, and it allows you to chill any area that’s giving you problems.

Buy It
The Ambi cold therapy device by Blu Tec is purchasable directly off their website.

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Amazing Photographer’s Helper: 1byone Infinity Glow Eye-Friendly LED Desk Lamp Review!

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Getting the perfect lighting for any photo is important – even if that photo is just going to your mother or on Instagram. Getting good lighting can actually “make or break” any photo. After all, imagine how most real estate photos would look if they were taken in the dead of night only with a couple lamps to light each room. Not good, right? They’d be grainy, hard to see the details, and wouldn’t really show off the house’s good features.

The same can be said of anything – good lighting can make things look even better! That’s part of the reason that I’m enjoying the 1byone Infinity Glow Eye-Friendly LED Desk Lamp. Available on Amazon, this elegant lamp is made from metal and silicone rubber with touch-sensitive controls that allow you to adjust brightness and light temperature. The light’s position can also be adjusted to ensure that the light is pointing exactly where you need it.

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Since the light is rechargeable, I never have to worry about cables. It can go anywhere in the house that I need it to go. Since it’s so light-weight, this makes it simple to just grab and relocate to the bedroom for a jewelry shot – or to the kitchen to add some light to the dish you want to take a photo of.

While you’re at it, this desk lamp actually offers more color adjustment than most professional lights do. It allows you to switch between multiple temperature modes – you can have a very cool light (like fluorescent), a standard, neutral light (like sunlight), or a warm light (like most lightbulbs). While I would always recommend the neutral light, these options will allow you to “match” the external lighting. You don’t want to use bright, natural light if the entire rest of the area is using a warmer light; it will make things look a bit odd.

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The light also offers brightness adjustment. Add a lot of extra light or only a little bit. The light tends to stay concentrated without much “drop off”, so you’ll need to position the light pretty close to your subject. Once it’s there, though, you can determine exactly how much light you think the situation requires – and it’s easy to adjust the lamp to provide that light.

The buttons are also so fun to play with – and they work well! As with any touch-sensitive control system, I get worried that the buttons won’t work well. That’s not the case with this lamp. The buttons have never turned the light on by itself (such as when in direct, bright sunlight like our Playstation 4 will do), but each time I lightly tap on the button, the lamp pops to life. The same can be said of the light temperature adjustment and the light brightness adjustment. Very perfectly calibrated.

Before and After Using the Light to Fill-In Shadows

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That being said, the light was definitely designed as a short-range desk lamp. It does a good job with that as well. It won’t light up the entire desk, but if you put it next to your reading or writing surface, it provides clear, natural-type lighting that helps illuminate the surface. It’s not perfect, but it does work really well as a regular desk lamp as well. My love for it will always be for photography purposes, though.

If you want an affordable, very-portable light that can help you add that extra bit of light no matter what the external lighting conditions are, the 1byone Infinity Glow Eye-Friendly LED Desk Lamp does an amazing job with it. Adjust the color temperatures, adjust the brightness – and do it all at the touch of touch-sensitive buttons. Check this out straight from Amazon (and eligible for free Prime shipping!)

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