Giveaway: Charge Your Devices On-The-Go: PowerTrip Portable Power Bank Review!

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What Is It
We live an on-the-go lifestyle – and with us comes all of our devices. Whether you’re a student, a business person, a professor, a stay-at-home parent, or more, you’re going to find that you have devices that regularly come along with you that need to be charged. It’s just how we’ve set up our lives to work around portable technology; most things have a portable battery that requires charging on regular occasions to keep it alive. Luckily for us, most of these devices can be charged via USB – which is how PowerStick power devices help you keep your devices alive on-the-go.

Don’t think you own a toy like that? Smartwatches, GPS units, smartphones, video gaming consoles, MP3 players, Bluetooth headphones, tablets, gaming controllers, and more. There’s definitely a lot of things in most people’s daily lives that require recharging on a regular basis to be functional.

PowerStick isn’t just your average charger company either. Especially in the charger design world, safety isn’t a huge priority. Most people buy what’s cheapest without taking a second thought to think about safety. Luckily for us, PowerStick items are made up to code for safety certification, so they have all of their certifications. They’re North American made, and they offer a full lifetime warranty on all of their items.

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Love to customize? Some of their products can include memory, so you can let your item double as a USB drive with the optional installation of some memory. Plus, they can include a photo, graphic, or image of your choice on your charger, so you can have a personal charger that looks exactly as unique as you are!

I had the chance to try out their PowerTrip device. With a battery capacity of 5,700 mAh, it can charge quite a few devices before needing to be recharged. When it does need to be recharged, it can charge to over 90% capacity in about four hours. To charge it, you have quite a few options. It comes with a built-in wall outlet charger, so you can just plug it into the wall. Not near electricity? It has a solar panel on the back that charges the device with the power of sunlight. It features a USB port that allows you to plug in any USB-chargeable devices to charge them. It even comes with its own Micro USB cord – which is the standard charging cable type for most portable devices.

If you’re concerned about how charged your PowerTrip device is, you don’t have to be. There’s a battery life indicator on the side of the device that tells you exactly how much battery your PowerTrip has left. How useful is that?

The PowerTrip can also be customized with optional built-in memory of 8 or 16 GB. You can always have back-ups of important files when you need them!

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My Opinion
I’m out and about quite a bit, and like most people, I enjoy using my tablet or my cell phone while I’m out. In particular, I really love to use my cell phone to captures photos and really “immortalize” a particular memory, so it’s important to me that my cell phone always have power. Along with that, I (honestly) get antsy if my phone is dead because it always worries me in case of an emergency, so knowing I have a back-up plan really puts my concerns to rest.

That’s exactly why I fell in love with the PowerTrip. It’s been pretty much perfect for me. I know exactly when I need to charge it because it has the display bar right on the side. In fact, if I don’t have a passenger, I can just flip it solar-panel-up, and it will charge itself via the sun’s rays hitting my passenger’s seat. If it needs more than that, I can just take it inside, and it has the wall outlet plug-in built right in. It’s honestly a pretty hassle-free portable power bank. Previous power banks I’ve had usually require keeping a specific charging cable around. Other ones have even been a giant pain because you can’t tell how much battery is left, so it’s a guessing game. Luckily, the PowerTrip is outfitted with these features that make it much better than the competition.

At the same time, the PowerTrip holds quite a bit of power. I haven’t had to use it a lot, but it’s already charged my cell phone four times on a single charge. I’ve used it to charge my tablets before as well. You’ll need the cable for the item you want to charge (like the cell phone cable, etc.), but aside from that, you just turn on the PowerTrip and plug in the device, and it will start charging it! It’s extremely simple, and since it holds so much power, I don’t have to worry about constantly babysitting it either.

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Power Stick allows you to customize a photo or graphic on the front of your PowerTrip. As I plan on using this charger in my flight bag for any moments during a flight, I chose to put a picture of an airplane cockpit on my PowerTrip that I’d taken. It’s amazing how high-quality the photo print turned out. It’s high-quality enough that I think it’s better printed than some actual prints I’ve received from photo companies. The colors are extremely true-to-design, and it looks absolutely stunning. Just look at my photos of my PowerTrip! It looks stunning.

Really, I have no complaints, at all, about the PowerTrip. It’s done a fantastic job of charging my devices, and I keep getting lots of compliments on the design of the photo. It looks high-quality and durable, and I expect to have it for awhile.

Pros
The PowerTrip is extremely simple to use, and it’s slim and small enough that you’ll be happy to carry it around to always have the extra power you need. It can be personalized exactly how you want it, and the power level display helps you understand exactly how much power your PowerTrip has left. It’s perfect!

Cons
Absolutely none! It takes it a bit to charge via solar power, but it definitely charges, so if you’re out and about, you can just use the power of the sun to ensure your PowerTrip is ready to go!

Recommended
If you regularly find yourself out-and-about without any way to charge your electronics, the PowerTrip could be perfect for you. Not only does it display its own battery level, but unlike most portable power devices, it can charge itself via the built-in wall outlet plug or the solar panel. You don’t have to worry about bringing along a separate cable purely to charge your portable power bank!

Buy It
You can purchase the PowerTrip portable power source directly from the PowerStick website. Plus, it can be customized with your favorite photo, graphic, or text – and you can even add 8 or 16 GB of memory if you want!

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WIN IT:

PowerStick has generously offered to send a Personalized PowerTrip 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 December 8th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Rafflecopter 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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Giveaway: Print Your Instagram Photos Effortlessly with BooksTo.Me! (Review)

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What Is It
Instagram has become a huge and popular thing among lots of users – not only did it take off among teenagers and young adults but mothers and other middle-aged adults have found it a great way to document and share their day-to-day excitement. Take a photo, and you can instantly share it with the world! However, while Instagram is amazing, you may be concerned with only having a digital copy of your life. After all, flipping through photos with your kids in ten years may not have the same effect if you’re pressing the arrow key on your keyboard instead of flipping through a book.

That’s where BooksTo.Me was designed to help you! An automated service, BooksTo.Me sends you a physical copy of your Instagram prints without you needing to organize or lift a finger. Their system organizes and prints the entire book for you, so all you have to do is wait in the mail to receive a physical copy of your life!

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You can choose between a 1-month book or a 3-month book. The subscription renews itself unless you cancel, so you easily can continue to have a book sent to you every month without worrying about paying a bill every time. You can cancel your subscription at any time without any fees, though. No matter which timeframe you choose, the book will include every photo from that timespan unless you tag it with a specific hashtag. This ensures that every moment of yours is included in your books. Prices are fixed as well. Whether you have 20 images or 200 images during that timeframe, the price for your book is the exact same.

The books are 8″ by 8″, and they’re a hardcover book with a black cover. They include a slipcover on the outside of the front cover that displays your most-liked photos from the covered time period as well as prints the dates that the book covers. The books are made using Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Digital 100# Text Paper. It’s Green-E certified and Carbon Neutral Plus.

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My Opinion
I really love the idea of Books to Me. Not only do I love posting photos on Instagram, but now I have a simple way to ensure that I have physical copies of those photos. It’s entirely effortless, and I just get to enjoy my book without having to worry about formatting and designing a book every month.

I love that Books To Me offers a monthly option as well as a quaterly option. I take quite a few photos on Instagram, but I don’t take nearly enough to warrant having a book shipped to me every month. It’d be a pretty short book, and I’d honestly be a bit sad. Instead, the Quarterly version works so much better for me. The book is larger, it ends up being slightly more affordable, and I still get my photos entirely memorialized in print.

I was a bit worried about the quality of the book, but it turns out that I had no reason to be concerned. This is definitely a good-quality book. The pages are matte-style photo pages, and they feel pretty smooth to the touch. The book is hardcover with a plain black cover. The pages are firmly fastened into the binding. The front of the book includes a white slipcover that slides off of the book if you want. If you don’t want it to slide off, though, it stays pretty firmly on the book without needing to fuss with it.

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As for the photo quality, it’s pretty good. The photos are pretty true-to-color, and none of the photos look pixelated or bad. They aren’t the sharpest photos I’ve ever seen printed, but that’s mostly because they were photos that came from a cell phone camera to begin with.

The photo layouts are pretty neat. I’m not sure if there’s an algorithm behind it or if it just randomly decides how to arrange the photos. Sometimes, a photo takes up a full page while sometimes it puts 3 or 4 photos on a page. The book ends up having quite a lot of white space that feels a bit wasteful, but it ends up kinda feeling like it adds to the overall “feel” of the design at the same time.

My only slight complaint is that the spine of the book doesn’t show dates. If the spine of the book had the printed date of the included pictures, you could easily put these on a bookshelf and view any particular album at a glance. Instead, you have to pull out each book and glance at the front slipcover in order to figure out what dates that the book covers. It still works without it, and I’m sure it helps keep the price down, but I hope it’s something they consider for the future.

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Pros
The BooksTo.Me Instagram books are high-quality and well-bound. They have good color that’s true to your photos, and the hardback books feel very classy. They come to you each month without having to do any work, and they allow you to have a physical copy of your day-to-day life as seen through your Instagram accounts.

Cons
I wish the dates of the book were printed on the spine of the book as well, but they are printed on the full-color slipcover on the front of the book.

Recommended
If you regularly use your Instagram account and want a way to physically indulge in your memories (believe me, you do!), BooksTo.Me makes it extremely simple. While you may not have as much control over how the book ends up looking in the end, it’s entirely effortless and looks very sleek.

Buy It
You can sign up for BooksTo.Me directly on their website. Remember that they offer monthly and quarterly subscriptions to ensure you find what’s best for you.

WIN IT:

BooksTo.Me has generously offered to send a free BooksTo.Me book 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 December 2nd at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Rafflecopter 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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Giveaway: e-cloth Pet Grooming Set!

e-cloth Pet Grooming Set Giveaway

Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Tammie’s Reviews Giveaways & More & Michigan Savings & More

Sponsor: e-cloth

  • Dual sided Cleaning Mitt quickly removes dirt, bacteria and moisture while providing a gently massaging action, leaving fur clean and shiny
    • Remove dirt with the short pile side
    • Dry off with the fronded side
    • Fronded side will give a massaging feel to the pet, making cleaning a more pleasing experience
    • May be used wet or dry; use wet for all over use at bath time
    • Quickly and easily removes dirt and mud from all sizes of pets and all types of fur
    • Makes hard to clean areas such as legs, tail and underside easier to do
    • High capacity and rapid absorption makes it perfect for drying soggy moggy or a dripping doggy
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 11″ x 5.9″
  • Dual sided Grooming Mitt removes dirt, bacteria and loose hair while providing a gently massaging action that leaves fur with a glossy natural sheen
    • Includes specially created grooming fibers to remove loose hair
    • Two-tone side (grayish cleaning and polishes – grooms away loose hair and debris from pet’s coat
    • Cream side great for gently grooming around facial area
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 11″ x 5.9″
  • Large Cleaning And Drying Towel does an excellent job of removing moisture, excess oils and pet dander from the coat
    • Quickly removes and locks away dirt, mud and bacteria
    • Absorbs twice as much moisture as a conventional towel and dries four times more quickly
    • Soft to touch and encourages pets to cuddle into
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 59″ x 31.5″

Prize: e-cloth Pet Grooming Set in Winner’s Choice of Small or Large RV $59.99

Dates: 11/22-12/6

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Holiday Gift Guide: What To Buy Women

No matter who you know or who you are, you probably know someone who identifies as a woman, and you might be struggling with good gift ideas for them. Women make up half of the population – why not make sure you have good gift ideas for women before this holiday season? Keeping your woman’s personality in mind, you can find something they’ll really love.

Whether you’re looking for a way to treat yourself or just buy a gift for the woman in your life, it doesn’t have to be hard to find good gifts for women. Here are some of the best holiday gifts for women that I’d recommend:

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Brr! The winter season is here, and with that means colder temperatures. Even if you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer area, the temperatures are still going to cool down. As a perfect gift, why not get your loved one a gift from Heat Holders? Available in men’s, women’s, and children’s varieties as well as a multitude of colors, the Heat Holders line is especially designed to help keep the body warmer than lots of other winter wear. Their signature product are their thermal socks, and believe me – they definitely keep the feet warm! Their hat and gloves are lined on the inside with warm and soft fur that’s way more comfortable than most hat and gloves. You can purchase the Heat Holders items directly from the website or read my Heat Holders review.

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Love to do-it-yourself? You could even make a party of it with your family or a girl’s night out! Handcrafted Honey Bee offers personal-use and party kits to make your own personal care products. Including everything you need to make the DIY project as well as full-color and full-photo instructions, they offer kits such as DIY Lip Balm, DIY Natural Deodorant, DIY Lava Lamp Lip Gloss, DIY New Mama Kit, DIY Clay Mask Kit, DIY Nightly Facial Kit, DIY Herbal Salve Kit, and more! The Party Size includes enough to make 15 to 20 items in each kit. The Family Size kits includes enough to make 5 to 6 items in each kit. You can read my review over the DIY Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Kit, or go straight to to the Handcrafted Honey Bee website to find the perfect kit for you.

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The winter season brings the cooler temperatures, and who doesn’t want to curl up with a comfortable blanket during the chilly months? Perfect as a gift or for yourself, NorthEast Fleece offers a wide variety of super comfortable blankets and even Mink Touch robes! Very affordable as a gift, you can find your perfect gift here. You can read my Cloud Queen Blanket review or go straight to the NorthEast Fleece website to purchase your own blanket.

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It doesn’t matter how old or young you are – being able to see in the dark is extremely important. However, you may not want a decorative night light or you’re tired of paying the bill for extra electricity to run your night light. Lime Lite Night Lites solve that problem. Designed to run on virtually no electricity (less than 3 cents a year!), they use a new type of technology to produce a good, visible light without bulk or using a ton of electricity. With their extremely affordable design, you can easily pick up three of four of these great night lights as a gift to help someone be able to navigate their homes at night. Read my Lime Lite Night Lites review or go straight to the Lime Lite website to purchase one of your own.

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Belts don’t just have to be boring necessities that help hold up pants. If you want to help your friends express their individuality, the C4 Belts are perfect. Quality belts with a lifetime guarentee, these belts are entirely waterproof, easy to clean, animal and Earth friendly, and of course, the buckles and belts are entirely interchangeable. Available in a huge selection of colors, each Belt purchased allows you to choose 10% of your purchase to your favorite charity. Depending on how they love to wear their belts, C4 Belts offer Classic and Skinny styles. You can read my C4 Belts review or go straight to the C4 Belts website to pick their perfect belt.

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When you know someone that spends a lot of time on their feet, you want to make sure they have the proper foot support. Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to knee and back problems – plus, it’s just honestly really uncomfortable. Give that female in your life some added help with Therafit Shoes. Especially designed to allow them to add and remove some of the support for their feet, they can perfectly customize exactly how much impact resistance they need at that point in their day. Their shoes are available in multiple varieties including work shoes, walking shoes, sandals, and more! Plus they’re available in Wide Widths and also can be found in some adorably bright colors. You can read my Therafit Shoes review or go straight to the Therafit Shoes website to purchase one of these amazing pairs of shoes.

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Technology is prevelant in all of our lives, and with that comes the need to charge all of our devices. Help your loved ones stay organized with the HUB It Sync & Charge Station. Able to charge up to 7 devices at once, this hub comes equipped with USB 3.0 Super Charging ports as well as four “cartidge” plug-ins. These are popular plug-ins like a Micro USB, Mini USB, Apple connecting chargers, and more. These pull away from the device and allow someone to plug in their device to charge. When it’s done charging, the cable has a design that pulls the cord back into the HUB IT to keep everything organized. You can read my HUB IT charging station review or go straight to the EggTronic website to purchase your own HUB IT device.

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No matter what gender you are, staying safe during the winter months – and all year round – is important while driving. In fact, did you know that driving can be one of the most dangerous things that we do on a daily basis? Give the gift of safety and peace of mind with the Booster PAC Car Charger. Available at most car supply retailers, this allows your recipient to jump start their car if the battery is dead. If they forgot to turn off their lights while shopping or accidentally found themselves with a dead battery, you won’t have to worry about them sitting in the cold. No only that, but the Booster PAC holds a pretty good charge, so it’s a nearly maintanence-free gift that your recipient can keep in their car year-round to ensure their safety. Read my Booster PAC review or go straight to the Clove Automotive website to figure out where to purchase one this holiday season.

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We all have things that tempt us. Whether it be video games, the latest batch of cookies, a gripping book, our cell phones, a tablet, or more, it can be hard to put down our favorite devices – even if we know that it’d be good for us. If you know someone who’s struggling, The Kitchen Safe is perfect. A container with a timed lid, your recipient can place their temptation into the container then set the timer on the lid. Once it’s locked, they won’t be able to get at their temptation until the timer is up – there’s no emergency way to get out of the timer. You can choose from a see-through or an opaque container depending on what you think will work better for your loved one. Help them control their temptations and do what they really want to do with The Kitchen Safe. Read my The Kitchen Safe review or go straight The Kitchen Safe website to purchase one (or more!) as gifts.

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If your recipient loves music, give them the gift of freedom with the Sol Republic Tracks Air! Wireless headphones that connect to your music-playing device by Bluetooth, these headphones offer 15 hours of battery to allow for full-day listening with no problem. It can connect to two devices at once (an MP3 player plus a cell phone or any other combination). These headphones offer up to 150 feet of wireless freedom, so your recipient doesn’t always have to worry about carrying around their device. They’re designed to be indestructible, and they come in four different colors, so you can be sure that your recipient will get their favorite color. You can read the Sol Republic Tracks Air review or go straight to the Sol Republic website to purchase a couple pairs.

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Staying organized is hard, and many women have to manage multiple schedules alongside their own. After all, in many households, the woman is the one who needs to manage appointments or deal with children’s schedules. Help your loved one stay organized, and happy while doing it!, with the Erin Condren items. Including notebooks or their famous life planner, all of the Erin Condren items are personalizeable and colorful. You can choose the words and the colors of your items. Not only that, but they offer other items such as home decor items or invitations. You can read my Erin Condren On-The-Go Notebook review (hint! I love it!), or go straight to the Erin Condren website to purchase one for your loved one! (They also offer gift cards!)

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Do you know someone who’s always fumbling around in their purse – trying the find the item they’re looking for? Purses can be amazing, but at the same time, unless they stay organized, they can also just be a giant mess of items all thrown together. Very few purses have built-in organizational designs, though, so if you really want to help out your friend, check out one of the Portagio Bags. Available in multiple colors, these bags have built-in pockets and dividers that help organize everything to keep from fumbling around and having difficulty finding those favorite items. You can read my Portagio Bags Carefree Crossbody Bag review, or go straight to Portagio Bags to purchase one of their amazing bags.