Build, Play, Code: Check out This Cool Robotic Learning Toy for Kids

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Thank you UBTECH for sponsoring this post. JIMU Robots are a fun way to bring robotics into kid’s day to day and make the perfect gift you can feel good about gifting to the children in your lives this holiday season!

On weekend mornings, immediately after school, and every time in-between – my kids, ages 8, and almost 11(I can’t believe it!) gravitate towards their play-table to build something, zoom it across the hardwood floors, or figure out how it works.

I’m certain that every age (and stage of play) continues to be my favorite.

We first spotted JIMU Robots in an iconic NYC store. My kids fell for the Cosmos Kit hard – and I found JIMU’s three-step system of building, coding, and playing (in alignment with STEM learning) really intriguing.

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We decided to unbox the kids’ new Astrobot during a special family night-in, deciding on first creating Astron – an alien friend with cool LED eyes and speaker capabilities.

The free JIMU App provides easy-to-follow, piece-by-piece instructions – in a super cool 3D, 360°, animated format. So you can actually zoom in and rotate if needed to ensure that you’re following the directions exactly. Designed for ages 8+, my kids had no problem building their interactive robot on their own – but their parents clearly wanted in on the fun!

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As soon as Astron came to life, my kids lit up. Their feeling of accomplishment was palpable as they played with their hand-built robotic friend – packed with totally cool moves and endless amounts of coding and play alongside the free app.

Astron’s hip-hop moves continue to be a big hit – as well as coding unique movement patterns. The kids plan on building their own robotic creation this weekend as well as Rover and AstroBot. They’re currently plotting ways to code a robot to transport their clothes to the hamper!

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JIMU is hands down the coolest learning toy we’ve had in our home, enhancing and reinforcing both of my kids’ interest in coding. If you’re looking for an incredible learning toy this holiday, JIMU Robots is the perfect gift for all kids in the 8+ age range. Check ‘em out at Target!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Sony’s New WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Will Let You Block Out ALL The Outside Sound

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. 

September brought a needed and welcomed return to a routine. Although I love the summer months, it feels great to have much more designated work time now that the kids back in school. I’ve also been carving out ways to give back to myself – while diving head first into all the projects on the horizon.

Music has always been an escape for me. It helps to carry me through deadlines, along with workouts, while elevating my mood. That’s why I’m so excited about Sony’s WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones, packed with a proprietary noise cancellation processor. They are perfect for my busy work-from-home routine. The design is super comfy featuring 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms that are Hi-Res Audio compatible. These super cool headphones are capable of reproducing a full range of frequencies – making your music the ONLY thing you hear, whether in a house full of boisterous kids, in mid-flight, or on the bustling streets of NYC.

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When fully charged, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones will give you up to 30 hours of battery life. With the option of a quick charge (in just 10 minutes charge time), you’ll get an additional five hours of playback time. Bluetooth connectivity allows for your favorite music on the go with connection to any of your Bluetooth enabled devices.

The superior noise canceling aspect is truly an incredible feature. There are so many scenarios in my life when I want to block out ALL the outside sound. With built-in Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control, activity is detected automatically, and noise canceling levels are intuitively balanced. All of the controls (volume, voice assistant, forward & backtrack) are all accessible on the headphones too! If you’re serious about your music, you won’t be disappointed with this feature-packed pair.

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Tech Feature: A Great Deal On The HP Envy x360 at Best Buy

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. 

Back to school is on the horizon and while that may be hard to believe – we’re always happy to share great deals on solid laptops.  Our latest find is the HP Envy x360 at Best Buy – a 2-in-1 device that can transfer from a laptop to a tablet in seconds. Best Buy is offering a really great deal on this device for the next few days and we’re sharing a few stand-out features!

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Complete with the Windows 10 operating system – the HP Envy x360 includes the start menu from Windows 7 with the introduction of cool new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup web pages on your screen.

The HP Envy x360 also boasts a full HD touchscreen with crisp and clear color and clarity (1920 x 1080 resolution ) alongside an energy-efficient WLED backlight.

The 8GB system memory is perfect for students and professionals who work remotely like I do. There’s nothing worse than short battery life and the HP Envy x360 is designed to last – even with multiple programs and browsers open!

This device is also built for Windows Ink – perfect for quickly jotting down notes and ideas with ease – another great feature for students and those who work on the go.

I’m a huge fan of the HP Envy x360 360° flip-and-fold design. This versatile design accommodates so many different modes including laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes.

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If you are looking to upgrade or purchase a laptop for your student – don’t miss this amazing deal! Save $100 on the HP Envy x360 only at Best Buy until this Saturday. This device is available in both 13in and 15 in options.

 

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Why I’m Excited About Google’s New Pixelbook

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. 

Have you heard the buzz about the Google Pixelbook? The new high-performance Chromebook and Pixelbook Pen (the smart, responsive stylus, sold separately) are designed to elevate the way you work and play. This is the very first laptop with the Google Assistant built in, allowing users to get things done quickly and efficiently!

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Here are a few things we love:

Ultra Sleek Compact Design + Chrome OS Power

With a huge step away from a bulky, cumbersome, laptop design – the ultra-thin Pixelbook (at 10.3mm thin!) is incredibly versatile while seamlessly fitting into an on-the-go lifestyle. And with Chrome OS power, you’ll always have the latest security and software features that automatically update in the background.

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Google Assitant Capabilities

Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. Acess is via the Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or simply saying the “Ok Google” prompt. You can even utilize Google Assitant with Pixelbook Pen by just pressing and holding the button, and then taping the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant.

Sleek and Versatile Design 

Along with being Google’s thinnest laptop ever, the 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design allow for endless possibilities. You can sketch or edit photos and work with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies, YouTube Red and more. Also, this device starts up in under ten seconds, performs quickly, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery with up to ten hours of power from a single charge.

Today is the last day to save $100! Take advantage of this offer here!

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On Wellness Goals with the Help of Smart Scale Technology

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Thank you, Nokia for sponsoring this post. Visit the Nokia Body+ site for more info and start the new year off right!

Sometimes, I’m team get-on-that-scale-every-single-day, and sometimes I’m more inclined to opt for a weekly weigh-in. You know what I’m never gung-ho for? That session with a gym trainer gripping those fat pincers (and my bare flesh. Gasp!) – just to have a closer look at my body composition analysis. Luckily for me, (and others who prefer to forgo fat pincers in public places) – there’s a way to keep tabs on your health and have detailed insight into accurate body composition readings in the comfort of your own home.

Hello, Nokia Body+.  

My husband and I have been committed to wellness, together, in this new year.  And testing out the Nokia Body+ is already helping us to achieve our own personal wellness goals.  It’s pretty cool that this new-to-us technology gives us a daily picture of our health, and a reminder to make solid decisions. Intrigued by the scales family-friendly design and overall intuitive technology – we’ve both felt empowered and motivated by the ability to have intimate looks into exactly what that number on the scale, at each weigh-in, is comprised of.

 

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With a quick sync to iOS (or Android), we’re able to individually customize how we’d like to see our weight broken down. This works for large families too – by recording and tracking up to eight different users. The family-friendly design also offers a baby mode and pregnancy mode with obstetrician-reviewed advice, tips and personalized weight tracking. The Nokia Body+ measures weight trends, fat mass, water, bone muscle and body mass index (BMI). It can even tell you the local weather and track your steps if you’d like.  And the Body+ syncs automatically with the Health Mate smartphone app which displays complete and comprehensive health data, including weight, activity, and more – while offering encouragement and tips to help achieve your set goals. Already using Runkeeper, MyFitness Pal or Nike + to track your goals? Body+ syncs with those too, merging fitness tracking into one spot.

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After being a regular-scale user for my entire life, I definitely prefer stepping on the Body+ every day. It shows me that my gym efforts aren’t in vain – and reminds me that water-weight really is a part of the picture. Armed with new insight, I’m more committed than ever to prioritize my health and wellness, and show my two incredible kids just how strong their mom can be.

Get 10% off at the Nokia Health store through December 1, 2018 here with this code: NEWYOU-1MG-WFE

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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A Holiday Tech Gift Mom Will Love

This post is sponsored by Intel. Product and compensation were provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 

Most mothers know what it’s like to have their belongings acquired by their children. Favorite pens disappear, heirlooms break, and one day your computer keyboard is found to be coated with an unknown sticky substance.  This holiday season, we’re all for gifting mom something that she really wants and something that she can rightfully claim as her own.  In my home, it’s due time to retire the antiquated desktop that takes forever to start up in the morning.  I continue to be amazed at the level of innovation in the popular 2-in-1 devices; specifically, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 13.3″ 2-in-1 powered by Intel® Core i5™.

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At first glance, the modern, slim and sleek gun-metal gray design packs serious wow-factor right out of the packaging. I love the perfectly square corners and wide-angle screen – and after thoroughly testing it out, there are so many features to be excited about.

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For starters, it’s incredibly convenient to have a touch-screen tablet that doubles as a notebook – all in one device.  And the 360-degree hinge is perfect for mothers who wear many different hats.  With four different modes, I’m able to go from working at my desk in laptop mode, cooking with the family in tent mode, reading before bed in tablet mode, and enjoying movies in stand mode. And for the mom who frequently travels or is always on-the-go, the 13.3″ portable size fits nicely and comfortably into a bag, without the dreadful feeling of being weighed down.

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Mulitmedia on this 2-in-1 is super fun.  From watching 4K video on multiple screens – to editing photos and creating family videos – the intuitive system even provides automatic bursts of speed when you need it, with Intel® Turbo Boost (yes turbo boost!) Technology.  My whole family was super impressed with the speakers ability to blast enough rich audio to fill our living room – and I continue to note how fast the device functions – even with many different tabs open all at once.

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I surprisingly discovered one of my favorite features in a backlit keyboard.  As a work from home mother, I often plow through deadlines late at night or enjoy catching up on social media.  The functional design helps with accuracy in typing, especially during those particularly tired moments.

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Learn more about the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 13.3″ 2-in-1 powered by Intel® Core i5™  – and the great ways it will fit into any moms lifestyle.  She’ll be thrilled to receive one this holiday season – just please don’t ask her to share!

Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday.

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