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ADURO U-Stream Home Streaming Studio for Better Marketing Photos

When I started my blog and accepting social media marketing jobs, I never gave much thought to my level of photo taking. So, I bought courses and watched hours of videos to learn to use my camera and create better product shots. Over and over again it was stressed that lighting is everything.

3 different cameras, an upgraded cell phone with more lenses and many courses later, lighting is what makes or breaks a good product shot. I have bulbs, but many produce glares. I have great windows, but time of day is a factor of when I can take photos. Then I found the Aduro U-Stream Home Streaming Studio and I can take photos any time of day with no glare.

The light is a 10” Ring light that offers 3 distinct lighting options: White, Warm Yellow, and Warm White. It comes with a remote that controls for 10 different levels of brightness. This is what tremendously helps the glare factor.

The adjustable Tripod stand extends from 18” to 52” high. I can use it on a desktop or directly on the floor. Also, the ring light and phone holder are both adjustable so I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect angle. It will grip my phone well when streaming with no slipping. This makes taking photos and video so much easier and more efficient! I only have 1 light, but 2 would be twice as better for many reasons! I will be getting a second one for the complete studio set up.

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2019 Holidays, Reviews

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer and the Instax Hybrid Mini Liplay Camera

Comment: I was sent product for feature. Opinions are 100% my own. May contain some affiliate links within post

What could be better than a day of creating memories? Ending the day with physical memory from the Instax Mini Link. This little printer comes in modern colors – Dusky Pink, Ash White and Dark Denim. This printer connects with your phone via bluetooth and the free app allows you to add filters and frames along with other fun features.

  • INSTAX Camera Mode – control your Smartphone with the printer. Simply tilt the printer forwards and backwards to control the zoom on your Smartphone and take photos by pressing the INSTAX button!
  • It creates 800 x 600 pixels and 318 dpi into every mini print
  • LED strip around the INSTAX button, tells you the app’s mode and status
  • Print Mode – Zoom, crop and rotate any photo then swipe up to print
  • Prints video from your smartphone (any still frame from video)
  • Make collages, add frames, add filters to any photo and print
  • Want a duplicate copy? Turn printer upside down and press the INSTAX button
  • Match Test – Take a photo of you and a friend, both answer questions and print your match results on the photo.
  • Party Print – add your friends names, select layout, add photos together or in secret, print your creation

Of course, I used my good dog, Maya, to try out my new INSTAX Mini Link. No flashing lights or loud clicks, just aim my phone and take the photo, edit, add any filters and print. It takes just a moment to develop and see the image. Uses Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film.

Available on AmazonTargetBest Buy

Below is the INSTAX Hybrid Mini LiPlay camera. It prints and takes the same film as the Mini Link above, but also is a camera that works with a free app and your phone. Print from your phone or your LiPlay. Use the LiPlay to grab photos from your phone to edit and print. You control how to shoot and print your memories.

  • Angles – combo of digital LCD screen and selfie mirror 
  • Once you’ve finished snapping, select the best one, two or even three shots to print before sharing
  • Use LiPlay as your Smartphone’s personal printer
  • 30 creative and fun frames and filters to pick from, plus a flash you can turn on or off
  • When the new ‘record and covert to QR’ mode is selected, a short sound clip is recorded with every shot
  • Working with your Smartphone, you can control this clever little instax camera remotely via Bluetooth
  • 3 shortcut buttons located handily on the side of the camera. Pick your favorite design frames, program them in and they’re ready when you are
  • Image sensor -1/5-in., CMOS with primary color filter
  • Approximately 45 images in internal memory, approximately 850 images per 1GB in micro SD/micro SDHC memory card

When you find the filters or settings you love most, it is easy to save 3 of them to quickly select for the shot you want. I love this with the Instax Hybrid Mini Liplay Camera because I tend to choose hearts and ‘love’ filters for my dogs and now I have it all set and ready to choose for their photos so I am not finding them each time.

It only takes 90 seconds for the picture to develop. The LCD screen gives you added view or use your phones view mode or live mode.

The INSTAX Mini LiPlay is available at Macy’sStaplesWalmart

Best Buy, College Bound, Deals, Reviews

Back to School with the Jetson Quest Electric Scooter at Best Buy

This reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.

In the middle of the 21 mile trail that runs along the gorgeous view in the foothills of Mt. Rainier sits my small town. Most of the newer neighborhoods enter along this trail line. Because our schools also line the trail through our town the majority of kids from kindergarten to high school ride, walk or scooter to school. You will find bike racks overflowing with bikes on nice days, so many there is not enough room along the bike bars so they lay around the grass.

Below is my son’s view when he walks or rides to school. How do you not get out on the trail and do the mile walk with a view like that?! Being in a small town where everyone walks and bikes around I have noticed that scooters are becoming more and more frequent. The older kids and teens seem to love using electric scooters.

A great scooter in that mid-price range is the Jestson Quest Electric Scooter and you can find it at Best Buy. Best Buy has many quality scooters and this one I am featuring really has all you want for riding day or night at a great value.

For a lot of the school year it is dark early. By the time after school sports practice or clubs end it is already getting dark in the late fall and winter. The Jetson Quest Electric Scooter‘s headlight and taillight have LED lighting that is ultra bright which is great for visibility and safety of riding after sundown or before sunrise. Our trail crosses over neighborhood entrances and with kids trying to get to and from school activities and adults leaving to work at the same hours, having bright LED lighting is an important safety feature.

When it comes to scooters and bikes, quality parts are important as well so the rider is not left stranded. This electric scooter has solid tires that absorb shock when you’re riding on roads and sidewalks. The Jetson Quest also has disc brakes so you get the stopping power you need.

For the mechanical riders, you’ll love this electric scooter engine. The 250W hub motor will help you get up to 15mph. Operating it is as easy as pushing off with your foot and pressing down on the thumb throttle. That’s it and it gets you where you need to go – school, work, across campus – in no time.

The battery is rated to last you 18 hours between charge on average use. It will also hold anyone up to 220.5 pounds and is safe for ages 13 and older.

How about storage you may be thinking? Manual scooters just lay flat with the activation of a fold button so how do you store or carry the Jetson Quest Electric Scooter? Not much differently is the answer. As you can see below it folds up easily for storage in the trunk or even under your school or work desk.

If you compare the specs, style and safety features with other electric scooters you will love what this scooter has to offer for the price. Living near Seattle, electric bikes and scooters are gaining a ton of popularity among students and workers. We live near a lot of hills so having a motor on your rideable is so popular now and Best Buy has a lot to offer if you are looking for a no-gas, easy way to school or the office.

Ride Responsibly:The purchaser and rider of this product are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. It is highly encouraged that you read and follow the product instructions including all safety precautions and use protective gear. Protective gear can be found at http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear.

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myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh Portable Charger Review

I was sent a charger for feature. This post contains affiliate links. Opinions are my own.

myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh Portable Charger Review

While we like to travel several times a year, having a portable charger along for the trip is a must. Taking lots of photos and video drains a phone battery fast so I got used to lugging around chargers and cords. Then I was gifted a myCharge Hub and I did not need bulky cords in my purse anymore. The first myCharge I owned was a HubXtra and I would get so many comments on it while using it, especially from other travelers.

Now I have upgraded to the myCharge HubPlus. This charger has 3.5 times extra battery and also comes with the built-in lightning and micro-usb cords as well as built-in wall prongs to charge the unit.

We just got back from a few days in Las Vegas for Spring Break and I had my myCharge HubPlus in my purse everyday. I used it halfway through the day when my phone battery got to 19% and by the time we finished lunch it was charged back up and only 1 of the 4 charge indicators was off. I could have charged mine and my husbands phone many more times if needed.

I cannot stress enough how convenient it is to have an all-in-one portable charger like the options from myCharge. Bulky cords are so hard to travel with and get left behind. No more cords and that is my favorite feature in this portable charger review! It makes a great gift for Newlyweds on their honeymoon, Grads, Moms and Dads!

Visit myCharge to see all of their built-in cable portable chargers.