Moana Fashion Kit | Amazon Review

Making Moana-themed wooden-bangle bracelets with my young daughters is an hour of my life that I will never get back. I’m an older dad–nearly 50, while my girls are 6.5 and 5 years old–and not particularly crafty. But, while my wife was out of town over the weekend, my girls begged me to do this with them. So, I did.

They had a blast! They painted the bangles. It took about an hour for the paint to dry. Then they each picked a sticker. My biggest complaint about this kit is that the sticker edges don’t lay flat on the founded edges of the bangle. Then we strung beads on the hemp cords, which sounds easy, but I finally had to use a pin to push the easily unthreaded hemp through the bead hole. I tied those threaded beads around the bangle. Then we used glue to fasten flowers, jewels, and shells. All these items are included in the kit.

Like I said, it’s an hour that I won’t get back. Then again, the joy in my girls’ eyes and the creativity they displayed as they created their individual bracelets made it more than worthwhile.

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Review of Timex Metropolitan+

I’ve been on a watch kick lately. So, when given some birthday money, I decided to buy this Timex Metropolitan+. I like the look and heft of the watch. Plus, it connects via Bluetooth with the Timex Connect app (iOS, Android) and tracks steps, distance, and amount of time slept. The  health data tracking is nowhere near as detailed (or accurate, perhaps) as an Apple Watch, but it’s good enough for what I need it to do.

So, when I got the watch this morning, I was very excited. Then I hit a wall trying to connect the watch and app via Bluetooth. Evidently, this is a common problem. (Dear Timex, if it’s that common, you need to address is better.) Frustrated, I called Timex Customer Service and a very nice woman named Janice sent me these instructions for rebooting the watch. If you get this watch and have a problem connecting via Bluetooth, try this. it worked for me:

  • Please reboot the watch by pressing and holding the Crown and PB2 (Pusher Button A) at the same time until the center hand does a full revolution.
  • Then uninstall the app, turn off the Wi-Fi on the phone, turn off the Bluetooth on the phone, then turn off the phone.
  • Turn the phone on, use your carrier (T-Mobile, ATT, Verizon etc..) data and download the app.
  • Turn on the Bluetooth on the phone, open the Timex Connected app and choose the Metropolitan+
  • Hold down the Pusher A button on the watch and place the watch on Bluetooth.
  • On the app follow the pairing steps from the wizard and synchronize the phone and the watch.

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Review of Anker PowerPort 6 (60W 6-Port USB Charging Hub) Multi-Port USB Charger

Anker-PowerPort-6My family of three has at least nine devices that need to be charged via USB cables: two iPhones, two iPads, a Kindle Fire, two Bluetooth headphones, portable Bluetooth speaker, Mophie battery pack… You get the picture. That adds up to a lot of cords and a lot of chargers needing a lot of outlets. So, you can understand why I purchased this six-port charging USB charging hub: one device connected to one outlet charging six devices at the same time. The packaging was easy to open, the hub was easy to assemble (plug power cord into the back of the unit), and my devices charged up just fine. It’s small, so I’ll be taking this on family vacation too.

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Review of Vansky Car Mount for Smartphones

  I have a iPhone 6 Plus. When I drive, I use my phone to make phone calls and to get directions from Google Maps. On long drives especially, I like to mount my iPhone on the dashboard so I can see where Google Maps is taking us. The problem is that a dashboard mount exposes the phones to the sun and excessive heat. The Vansky car mount solves the heating problem by mounting the phone to the air conditioning vents. One arm hooks onto the vent and a second arm balances on the bottom of the vent. When I first opened the packaging and felt how light the car mount was, I worried that it wouldn’t be sturdy enough. When I saw how it mounted to the air vents, however, I realized that it was quite sturdy. The top arm can be rotated to fit either vertical or horizontal vents. The phone holder can also be rotated vertically or horizontally, depending on which screen view you want to see. This is an inexpensive and ingenious device that solves a crucial problem for me, namely, using my iPhone safely while I drive.

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