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Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy – Review

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Noblo Beach Umbrella Buddy - Review

Living in the Pacific Northwest we love heading to Ocean Shores or Seaside, Oregon for weekend getaways. If you have ever visited the West Coast you know how windy it could get here. You want the shade but the wind is such a hassle with a beach umbrella. The makers of the Noblo (get it? ‘No-Blow’) understand this and so they have a solution and I tried it out. Only, I have not driven to the beach quite yet so I decided I need this for a different reason. I use it to hold my patio umbrella on our windy days so I don’t have to keep taking it up and down depending on weather.

We bought a new home last summer and this spring we finally got the concrete poured to elongate our patio. That means I finally got to shop for patio furniture and utilize our backyard to entertain. I chose a table that is a glass top because in my experience they last and clean well. However, living at the Cascade foothills we get those downhill winds. If we have them in the forecast I have to take my umbrella out. If it were to tip the table would go with it and the glass will shatter.

I decided that because I like the way Noblo looks and attaches it could work to save me having to not lug that patio umbrella on and off. I was able to attach it just like on a beach umbrella and then it sits under the table. I attached mine through the umbrella table hole as pictured and it holds. No one could trip over it. Set up is so easy so why not use it on the patio? *Note it is not labeled anywhere to be a patio umbrella anchor so guarantee on your table safety, but I decided to use it as a hack this way and so far so good on my table.

  1. Fill the Noblo bag with sand up to the labeled fill line and cinch closed
  2. Attach velcro strap  above umbrella spokes
  3. Set Noblo aside and keep your shade

The Noblo is available on Amazon. It is available in blue or red. You can also visit the Noblo website to learn more.

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BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp – Review

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BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp - Review

If you spend any amount of time on a computer you will want to keep reading this! This BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading lamp is a champ and so beneficial when you have to both read paper and screen. These tasks take a toll on your eyes and this lamp is not only very slick in its features but made to help those busy eyes of yours. Let me explain how!

The bar hangs easily atop your monitor so there is no screen glare and you save desktop space. It simply powers with a USB cord you can insert into your computer back or USB bar.

It also has a built-in ambient light sensor which means it automatically adjusts the dimmer to your area lighting. However, if you need you can manually adjust with a tap of a button. Then on top of dimming you get a cool and warm light option depending on your focus needs.

The BenQ ScreenBar has an asymmetrical optical design that only illuminates the desk and ensures zero reflective glare off the screen rather than bouncing from the screen to eyes. I love it and never really knew how beneficial such a lamp can be until I owned one. All of my work around my desk has just the right amount of light at any time a day without me giving much thought to it. Having no glare and proper lighting does something fantastic for my focus.

Connect with BenQ Visit the BenQ website and find them on Facebook and Twitter

Buy It: You can get your BenQ ScreenBar e-Reading LED Task Lamp on Amazon!

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Celebrating National Clean Up Your Room Day with Febreze Tower Air Purifier

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Celebrating National Clean Up Your Room Day with Febreze Tower Air Purifier

Did you know that May 10 is National Clean Your Room Day? Every Friday is my National Clean the House Day. I love to start the weekend dust free, floors all clean and the house in shape. Both my husband and I hate clutter so we we work together to maintain a house I can feel comfortable showing if anyone were to stop by any day of the week. I can mop, dust, sanitize and scrub but I cannot control the air and certain odors. For that I need a machine like the Febreze Tower Air Purifier.

The Febreze Tower Air Purifier does 3 things for your home (and health). First of all it has 3 cleaning levels to clean the air in the room. The HEPA-Type filter removes up to 99% of air pollutants & allergens such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet hair & dander that passes through the filter so you breathe fresher air. This tower is designed for large rooms and you can find a desktop and mini versions for smaller spaces.


Second, the Febreze Air Purifiers emits fresh air scents by simply inserting a Febreze cartridge (your first one is included). This is just a nice added bonus that not only does it clean the air but leaves a pleasant scent in the room.

The third feature of the Febreze Air Purifiers is that in the way the purifiers circulate & filter’s the room air up to 5 times an hour it literally eliminates odors. All controls from scent intensity to circulation levels are controlled at the top of the unit for easy access.

You can find Febreze Air Purifier units Nationwide in stores like Walmart and Best Buy.

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Gifts Ideas for Graduation and Father’s Day with 5amily

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Gifts Ideas for Graduation and Father’s Day with 5amily

Gifts Ideas for Graduation and Father's Day with 5amily

Let me start by saying that when I was contacted by 5amily to browse mugs and choose one to feature I think it took me just over a day! It was so fun to browse the mugs and ultimately I chose the one above. With 3 boys I could not resist this mug!

With several celebrations coming up from Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduations 5amily has excellent gift ideas that are so much fun. If you have a Dad or Grandpa to shop for you can find mugs, tees, bags and even cell phone cases and plenty of quotes to choose from or personalize and add their name!

For Graduates, shop their many profession categories and find them gifts with fun quotes like I have featured. With many majors to choose from you can find the perfect gift. I chose a “mom’ mug and it arrived with flawless features. It has washed well in the dishwasher and it feels like a quality mug.

Head on over now and have as much fun as I did shopping gifts at 5amily.com!


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Health Benefits Associated With Having Flowers In Your Home

People often talk about aesthetic reasons when they add flowers to their homes but that is not the only reason why you want to seriously consider adding some flowers. What many still do not know is that flowers have a huge proven impact on the way in which we feel. If you know what flowers will do for you, there is a big possibility you will want to buy some right now. While most just think about some special events, like don’t forget Mothers Day for some flowers, others always have them in their homes. Here are the health benefits that are gained by those individuals.

Health Benefits Associated With Having Flowers In Your Home
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Get Extra Energy

There were different studies that showed the fact people looking at home flowers in the morning tend to experience a higher energy level all throughout the day. Simply gazing at beautiful flowers helps as it will soothe you. You get to be revitalized, having a brighter spirit that is going to be carried around all day long. In order to maximize such a benefit, you want to place the flowers in areas where you will definitely see them as you grab your morning coffee.

Aromatherapy Properties

Fresh-cut flowers are almost always recommended in a home because they can change your mood and make you feel better. There are obvious different scents with different blossoms. You will want to choose scents that influence mood in that particular way that helps you maximize floral fragrance benefits.

The most classic choice is getting roses. The fragrance of a rose is renowned for the calming properties it has. So many of us are affected by stress and live really busy lives. Having roses in the home does offer benefits through the scent of the flowers. You will feel more relaxed and your day will simply be better.

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You Can Eat Some Home Flowers

There are numerous flowers that are beautiful and edible at the same time. You may want to know that you can add some flowers to your salads, which is a really big trend at the moment in cooking. Roses, marigolds and dandelions have petals that are edible. Dandelions greens are quite nutritious and can purify your blood. Try to experiment with different flower greens and edible flowers. This is really good for health and can also be quite fun in the process. However, in the event that you want to order edible flowers, be sure that you work with a really good and experienced florist so the source is great.

Improving Relationships

Last but not least, in order to have a truly healthy life you need to have consistent positive contact with other people. Flowers added to your home will encourage interaction between those present. That makes people get closer, which is one thing that can only be seen as wonderful and inspiring.

On the whole, it is always a really good idea to add flowers to your home. It is practically impossible not to find something that is going to be great, matching the décor and giving you the health benefits you read above.

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The NEW Floating Comfort Fiberfill Pillow Review

The NEW Floating Comfort™ Fiberfill Pillow

This is a ‘floating pillow’. That means that there is water within this pillow. Why? Because we do what it takes to get the best sleep possible and like many therapy techniques water heals and supports and within a pillow the support for your neck is fantastic with this new Floating Comfort Fiberfill pillow.

I have to admit that when I opened my pillow and the instructions I was a bit nervous about adding water to my pillow then sleeping on it with our expensive mattress that has a remote and air hoses. What if it leaked? It has been about 2 weeks and I am in love with my pillow-no leaking at all!

To prepare your pillow it takes about 2 minutes. I added the amount of water per the guide for the firmness I wanted. I then squeezed the access air from the water bladder and replaced the twist cap. They provide a funnel for you so you will get the water right where it needs to be inside the pillow.

Then you place the pillow spout side down and get that water float comfort and neck support all night. The shaping of my pillow does not change. It feels the exact same firmness night after night. It is also flexible so I can still grab and wad it up in spots which I like to do. The technology?

“Every Mediflow® pillow has 2 layers – on the bottom our proprietary adjustable waterbase that provides responsive support for the neck – on top a soft, plump layer of our exclusive CombedLoft™ cloud-like Dacron® polyester providing exceptional comfort for the head. Traditional single-layer pillows can only provide comfort or support depending on the filling but never both. What’s more, you can even customize the waterbase when you add water to achieve the ultimate amount of support as you desire! Create the most comfortable pillow available for your specific sleeping needs!”

By visiting Mediflow there are a few pillow options besides the Floating Comfort pillow. So, go ahead and see them all and get the proper comfort that will last! No buyers remorse! Also available on Amazon.