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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Would you love to host a Generation Good Health Baby Home Party?!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? 

Seventh Generation's home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!
Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, American Meadows and Zarbee's Naturals.
What is the Application Process?
  • Sign up atgenerationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the "Healthy Baby Home Party Application" offer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kolibri Discovery Delta-Recon Drone

This post contains sponsored links.

My family is huge with electronics and remote toys.  Over the last year we have tried out several different types of drones.  We have big ones, and tiny ones for the kids.  I am always amazed at the differences in them, and how each one tends to do something different.

I was able to try out the Kolibri Discovery Delta-Recon Drone over the last month.  I have had a few experiences with it that has shaped my view of the drone drastically.  I'll get into that in a minute.  First off, we shall start with an overview of the drone's specifications.

The military inspired Delta-Recon Quadcopter with HD Camera in tactical matte green from Kolibri, includes an FPV 720p resolution camera enabling you to stream and record your aerial missions in HD quality, directly to your smart device. It features a quad-rotor design with integrated prop guards. To pilot the Delta-Recon, a 4-channel, 2.4GHz handheld transmitter comes in the box and is pre-bound to the aircraft, or simply download the; "UDIRC-FPV" app to your smart device and take control.
  • FPV Stream directly to your iPhone or Android Smart Device (All new FPV WiFi feature)
  • Download the App UDIRC-FPV and take control of your quadcopter without the
  • transmitter
  • On-board 720p HD / 30 fps camera with recording.
  • 4-Channel, 2.4GHz Transmitter with Smart Device Attachment.
  • Headless Orientation control mode.
  • Automatic Return Home Failsafe.
  • Takes JPEG still photos.
  • Up to 8 minutes flight time.
  • Low voltage warning.
  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity.
  • Transmitter supports mode 1 and mode 2.
  • Flying indoor and outdoor.
  • Perform flips in the air.
  • Permits super stable flight.

1 x Kolibri U818A Delta- Recon WiFi FPV Quadcopter
1 x 4-channel, 2.4GHz Transmitter with Smart Device Attachment
2 x 3.7V 700mAh Li-Po Batteries (Batteries are made up of 2 cells, each cell has a capacity of 3.7V 350mAh)
1 x USB Charging Cable
4 x Spare Replacement Blades
1 x 4GB MicroSD Card
1 x SD Card Reader
1 x Instruction Manual

Basically, it's a really nice drone.  When I opened the box, I was happy to see that it has many replacement parts (which I haven't needed yet), 2 batteries, and everything you need to fly this amazing toy for a while.  

One thing we immediately encountered was the Altitude Trim button on the remote didn't work.  It wasn't able to be pushed, so I contacted the Amazon seller.  They immediately got back to me and let me know, "The trim altitude button is a false button, there is no reason to have an adjustment in trim due the that fact the altitude joystick remains where you leave it rather than return to the middle. If there is something you see wrong with the joy stick or controls please let us and we will correct it immediately."  They had a very fast response and that has really been the only issue with the drone.

I downloaded the app for the video to work on my phone, and it was very simple to install and use.  I love this, as I can do the video from the drone to my phone.  I also have an iPhone 4 (the only iOS) and the app worked!  This was an amazing point for me.

Now, the drone itself is very touchy.  As with all drones, it takes some getting used to.  Once we got it trimmed and set up, the flying began.  Even my 9 year old son was able to fly it, albeit a bit jerky (as you can see on the video).  Here is where my opinion shaping experience comes in.  As we were flying the drone, at the very end of my video you will see that he "landed" it about 20+ feet up in the branches of a tree.  There was no way to safely climb the tree, nor put up a ladder to get it down.  I decided to wait for my husband to help, but that was 3 days later.  The drone had been in the tree for days.  It had been rained on.  The only solution my husband had was to make me super worried by tossing a basketball into the tree as gently as possible and knock it down.  With all that happened to it, it came down in one piece and it STILL WORKS!!!  

Overall, this drone is amazing.  It can withstand so much more than I expected and can obviously handle to abuse that I'm sure most drones don't go through.  

If you want to check out the Kolibri Discovery Delta-Recon Drone, you can find

 it HERE on Amazon.

I received this free in exchange for my review.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

iRULU Children's Tablet

If there is anything my children love, it's a new tablet to help me to try out and review.  We use tablets daily in our family.  Some are used for fun, but usually we use them with out homeschooling.  This tablet was one that I was really hoping that I could have specifically set up for my smaller kids, as the case looked more small child friendly.

When the iRULU tablet arrived, the first thing I noticed was the rubbery case.  It's a thinner rubber case, but it seems to be pretty good at protecting the tablet from bumps and very minor drops.  However, I wouldn't trust it to protect the tablet from a hard drop.  You will still want to keep an eye on your kids if they use it.

So, what exactly is the iRULU?

What makes iRULU BabyPad Different:
Pre-installed Kids APK provides hundreds of educational apps. Six modules, fit for the child age and ability well, can be switched to assist their study and to rich spare time life. Kids can enjoy the tablet with parental controls in place, which gives free access to know more about your kids.

Quad core processor brings best experience for reading and watching. 1024*600 HD resolution delivers bright colors and crisp pictures. Tiny fingers can easily operate this tablet for the full-touch screen. Google Android 4.4 KitKat operating system offers high speed and responsiveness to run educational apps and to play popular puzzle games. Dual cameras are convenient for video chatting and photo taking. Built-in Wi-Fi, fast and smooth internet connection is also available for cartoons and fun videos.

There is no need to worry about sliding the tablet in accident for each corner of the tablet is around with non-toxic bumpers. Most importantly, it is the biggest surprise for your children to get such a cute tablet as a Christmas gift, well packed with colorful design.

Screen Size: 7 Inch 
CPU Processor: Quad Core 
Resolution: 1024*600 
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat 
Storage: 1GB RAM and 8GB Nand Flash 
Dual cameras: Front 0.3MP and Rear 0.3MP 
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n 
Support 3G(3G Dongle Not Included in Package)

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Package Contents: 
1 x iRULU BabyPad 
1 x USB Cable for Charging 
1 x User's Manual 
Includes a 1 year limited warranty

As I have played around with this, the one thing I LOVE is that I can set up a restricted profile for my kids.  What does that mean?  It means that I can use the tablet just like any other tablet.  I can use YouTube, Chrome, shop on Amazon, get online, listen to music, get into the app store, etc...

With my kids, they can ONLY access what I have authorized.  They are allowed the educational games, etc...  However, I have them locked out of the YouTube and Crome (internet) areas.  I don't need my small children getting into those.

The picture quality is great.  It is clear, and has no issues with lines, pixels, or any discoloration.  The audio is clear and has no issues.  The only thing I would change with the audio is that it sounds like it comes from the back of the tablet.  Due to that the audio is muffled when it is laying flat.

One big issue I had was in the Children's World area.  I set up my pin code, but when I went into the settings in Children's World, it would say my password is incorrect.  After a few minutes on Google, I discovered this is a different pin code!  The default is 1234.  I had instant access.  I went into the Parent section and changed to my pin code.  I was also able to set up how long they can play, and then how long the tablet will be locked until they can play on it again!  How wonderful!