Mogix Makes Portable Cell Phone Power that Fits in Your Pocket

In this era of cell phone dependability, we never want to get caught with a drained battery. Mogix makes it easy to avoid the dreaded dead phone experience with their ultra thin 5000mAh portable cell phone chargers that easily fit in your purse, baby bag, glove compartment or even your pocket.

Mogix sent me their Portable Power Bank in both black and white to try out for the blog, and I was immediately impressed by how slim and lightweight they were. The sleek design and 3.8 oz. weight make it easy to stash these in my “mom bag” without adding to its ever-growing bulk. Smaller than an iPhone, but powerful enough to charge any cell phone or small USB-friendly device in a matter of hours, this is definitely a handy little gadget.

The first thing I did was plug it in to make sure it had a full charge. It comes with a charging cable for the power bank, but you use your own regular phone charging cable to connect your phone. They recommend charging it about four hours or just leaving it plugged in overnight. Once the four little lights on the front are all lit, you are fully charged. You can check the amount of charge by pressing the little button on the front. For this particular charger, you can get one to three phone charges out of one battery charge and about 500 charges overall.

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All 4 lights lit, showing full battery

Once it was fully charged, I let my phone get down to around 8% left on my battery before I tested it. I used my usual phone cord and plugged it into the USB port on the Mogix charger. I checked it after about 30 minutes and I was already up to 45%.  After that, it took about two hours to get a full charge. The good thing is you can use the phone while it’s charging, so no need to wait around for it to finish. After it charged, the battery lights on the Mogix only went down to three, so it appears I could probably get a few charges out of it before needing to recharge.

The battery will shut off on its own and not keep charging, so your device is protected by an auto shut-off and temperature control system. The Mogix also comes with a 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee and 18 Month Warranty.

It was easy to use, fast to charge and didn’t take up much space. I’ll definitely be keeping one of these stashed in our “go bag” that we take on our bike and park adventures!

Click here to shop for the Mogix portable charger on Amazon and use code GEEKMAMA and save 25% off your purchase! Offer expires 2/28/19

Book Review: P is for Poop by Ben Luster

My son has not been the most receptive little reader. In fact, he’s been downright combative at times, like when I tried to read him What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? and he threw a giant tantrum, and then there was the time he kept shoving poor Sgt. Stubby in the trash. It got to where I was hesitant to even suggest we try looking at a book together. Then Ben Luster sent us a book that involved poop and other gross things and I thought, maybe this book has a chance…

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P is for Poop is a funny, rhyming alphabet book that was inspired by the many diaper changes of a sleep-deprived parent. It started as a birthday gift for Ben’s daughter and was made public with the encouragement of his wife. Each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and features a bright colorful illustration drawn by Sarah Walsh.

The story follows typical family shenanigans from A for awake to ZZZ for goodnight. And during that time, plenty of funny, silly and yes, sometimes stinky things happen. My son was captivated from pages 3 and 4, as soon as the cat pooped in the shoe. And guess what? The dog pooped there too!

No crying, no tearing the book out of my hands and throwing it in the trash. So there’s the secret- I just have to get him books about poop! Of course there’s more than just poop in there- the pages that speak to me the most are “M is for Memory, Mine is no more” and “N is for Nope, can’t remember what I came in here for.” Ben is talking to us parents too!

You can find P is for Poop on Amazon in paperback for $9.99  — (*links to amazon are affiliate links)

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How to Use a Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser

A lot of moms these days seem to be getting into oils. I’ve been into essential oils since I was a teenager working in a hippie shop that sold oils and part of my job was to educate myself on all the different oils and their purposes. So I’ve always had a bottle of tea tree stashed away for disinfecting and a bit of lavender for soothing. I’m not new to this.

What I am new to is the nebulizing diffuser. At the shop we had a stone you put drops on, some little sticks soaked in oil, a heated lamp type thing and one that used water. I was recently sent an Ionic Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser from Utama Spice and I really like the concept! No water, no heat – just pure pressurized air is used to disperse the oil into the air so it’s not diluted or changed in structure.

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The Danau Satu has a light color wooden base and custom-blown lead-free glass top and looks great sitting next to my desk. It has a low-energy cycle with a 120 minute pump auto shut-off and fully adjustable dial to instantly fine-tune the mist intensity. It also has a pretty mood light inside the glass.

It’s very easy to use- just remove the little spout at the top and add drops in the hole. I started with 6 drops to test it out, then added more when I was sure I liked the scent. You can fill it all the way to 1/4 inch below the inner glass tubes, but you don’t want to overfill it.

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When you switch it on, you will see the glass fill up with a mist and the mist will start to come out of the directional spout. You can then adjust the amount with the dial.

The Utama Spice website has a helpful video on cleaning your diffuser, which you should do every so often to prevent build up, and when you want to switch to a new oil.

 

So that’s it! Pretty easy! Just put drops in, turn it on and go. Make sure you don’t lose the dropper things that come with the diffuser because otherwise getting liquid (after cleaning) out of the glass ball is tough. If you watch the video, you’ll see how they turn it on its side and use the dropper to suck it out.

I’m really enjoying my new aromatherapy enhanced workspace!

For the Love of Noodles

My son loves noodles. Just plain spaghetti noodles with a little butter or olive oil. He doesn’t like to spoil it with any sauce. I keep trying to encourage him to try them differently- marinara, cream sauce, maybe some meatballs, but no. Just noodles. It makes me think of a photo of me as a little girl, where I’m eating spaghetti and it’s smeared everywhere. I expected this to be some sort of normal baby ritual- the spaghetti mess. But when my kid is done he just looks like he’s oiled up and ready to wrestle.

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He loves them so much that when we went on a two week cruise where he could order absolutely anything he wanted for dinner, every single night he ordered plain noodles. One night he tried nuggets and sent them back in exchange for noodles.

So I’ve embraced this and now make a big batch of noodles all at once, put them in a gallon freezer bag and keep them in the fridge, ready to heat on-demand. That way, I can make noodles in 15 seconds instead of cooking them from scratch every time. I’ve also started getting those “Hidden Veggie” noodles and other healthier varieties rather than regular old pasta. So far, he likes them all the same.

To be honest, I’m just happy anytime he shows excitement about eating something besides chocolate and gummy bears. We have a lot of arguments over what consists of “real food” and why he needs to eat it. So if he loves noodles, I’ll make noodles!

He also went through a serious Puffs phase and a hot dog phase. As a first-time mom, I’m guessing this food fixation is a universal toddler (and child) trait. So what food is your kid obsessed with right now?

Spread a Little Happiness with Kindness Rocks

When we first moved to our new neighborhood at the beach, I kept running across these pretty painted rocks stuck in random places. At first I was afraid to take them. I’d pick it up and admire it and then put it back, afraid maybe it was meant for someone else. I eventually realized it was meant for me to take it! It was left there for anyone who is lucky enough to find it. If you’ve stumbled across these little painted rocks, than know they are meant to be taken and hopefully bring a little happiness to your day.

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We found a rock!

They are often called “kindness rocks” and are painted with whatever people want to put on them. Some just have nice messages on them like “smile” or “be kind,” and others may just be swirls of color. We’ve found some that look like intricate art pieces! Sometimes people use different materials like shells or rocks that appear to be shaped like something already, but the most popular rocks are medium size with a good smooth surface for painting.

Once we started collecting painted rocks, we also got into painting new ones to hide. You can use lighter colored rocks and paint or draw right on them, or paint darker ones white first. I’ve also seen light ones painted black. Acrylic paint, paint markers and Sharpies are great for doodling on rocks. You can also spray them when done with a coat of clear paint sealer.

Dark river rock painted white and ready to be transformed in a Kindness Rock

When you find a rock, be sure to look on the back for a hashtag or instructions on sharing. Most will tell you where to post on Facebook and a hashtag to include so the person who hid it can see it was found. Most people re-hide the rocks they find so they travel around. It’s OK to keep them too! We save our favorites for our garden. But if you are keeping them, make sure you are making new ones to put out so other people can enjoy them too.

If you are interested in getting started painting and hiding rocks, just search your area and add “rocks” on facebook. For example – I live in Atlantic Beach so our rock group is called Atlantic Beach Rocks and the hashtag is #rockinthebeaches. And if you don’t have any rocks handy, you can order buckets of rocks for around $20 on Amazon or even get an entire kit with ready-to-paint rocks:

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So have you found any rocks in your area or gotten into rock painting? If not, you can always start something in your area! Also, a funny thing happens once you start looking for the rocks- you’ll start seeing them a lot more. You get a little more conscious of your surroundings and notice little spots that look like a rock might be stuck there. And sometimes you’ll find spots that becomes “regulars” and you can usually find a rock there, or leave one there yourself. Rock painting, finding and hiding is a great creative activity for kids and adults and a nice way to brighten someone’s day when they run across a surprise hidden gem.

My Momologue

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Mom Life gets a Momologue

That’s right Google, this is not a typo. I meant to put in “Momologue” even though it keeps insisting on trying to sway me into searching “monologue.”

It was one of those things where you wake up early and lie there in bed thinking about what you have to do and then come up with some idea that you have to write down before you forget it.

The idea this morning was my “Momologue.”

So that’s my new category for basically just talking about mom stuff. Not pushing a product or advice…just momologueing. Just talking it all out without worrying about links, SEO, keywords or whatever.

I actually think it would make a great blog name, but I already bought the domain name here and run GeekMamas so it’s going to stay as a category for now, lol.

 

 

5 Tips To Make Your Child’s Bedtime Easier

Today’s post is from Mary Held, mom and maker of custom pillowcases! She shares her tips on getting kids to bed a little easier:

As a mom of 3, I know the ‘throes’ of bedtime. Whether it’s a complete meltdown because “it’s bedtime” or twenty reasons to do “one more thing” trust me, I understand. Sleep is important for both mamas and kids

Let’s face it: being a parent can be hard. By the end of the night, sometimes, we’re exhausted. And kids sometimes  want to “stay up later”. This is just a kid thing. I did it when I was a kid. Some nights are easy nights, when kids just fall asleep from playing hard that day, but there are many nights of arguing back, asking to stay up later, or excuses and rebuttals on all the reasons why they need to go “do one more thing.”

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So here are some things I found make it just a little easier for kids to go to bed:

1) Security. We’re going for peaceful, relaxing mood meets happy. How you and your kids feel when you go to bed is usually the same feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Bedtime is a time of relaxing, chilling out, and feeling good. The challenge is to help your kid WANT to go to bed. Does your child have a personalized pillow, favorite stuffed animal, favorite story, favorite bedtime song or cd they listen to? Whatever brings your child comfort, and helps them to feel happy, safe and peaceful is incredibly valuable at  bedtime. You can find personalized pillow cases at www.marymonica.com,  enter code: MOM at checkout for 10% off. 🙂

2) Repetition. Whatever is the bedtime routine, is the same routine every night. Kids need structure. If a child listens to the same bedtime cd every night, they will naturally relax when that song plays. Their biological responses match the overall feeling they usually feel when that song plays, or when that story is read, or when they get to hold their favorite teddy bear. My kids take a warm bath after dinner every night, then we do a “family movie” then they brush their teeth and go to bed with their night light and stuffed animals. If I try to switch this routine for any reason, it’s “but what about family movie!?” So the kids need that routine and repetition. It helps them feel secure, and relax.

3) Temperature. Whatever your child does with their blankets when they sleep, that is how you determine the temperature of the house. For me, sleep is a big priority. One of my children will not sleep with a blanket. For that reason, the house stays at a temperature that is not too cold for her, but also not too warm for my other two kids (and myself) who all use blankets. (I choose 75-76 degrees, which works for my family, and we are Floridians, if I was a northerner, I might choose 72-73, or whatever feels comfortable and not too cold/too hot.)

4) Pajamas and Sheets. As common sense as it sounds, it’s important for kids to wear something loose and comfortable for bed that doesn’t let them get too cold if they kick blankets off, or too hot with the blankets. Certain outfits/nightgowns and flat sheets can all get bunched up and make things uncomfortable in sleep. I personally do not use a flat sheet anymore with my kids or myself. We all use blankets. The sheets get wrapped and bunched up or kicked to the bottom, never to be used, so now I save 30 minutes per week by not dealing with washing, folding, and/or using flat sheets. So you’re welcome for that extra time saving tip on saying adios to flat sheets. Lol. No offense, flat sheets. 🙂

5) Interest Questions. When I am putting my kids to bed, sometimes I will go through a range of questions about their interests. What’s your favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite animal? Favorite place? Favorite dessert? Who is your best friend at school? Who is your favorite teacher and why? All of these questions help your child to feel special and helps you to get to know your child and their ever changing interests. When my kids are feeling important and answering questions about their interests, I’m not only building their self-esteem, and bonding with them, but I’m also causing a positive mental distraction from the idea of a monster under their bed, a toy they need to get, one last thing they need to get/do, some shadow on the wall that looks scary, and all the other fears or distractions kids use to extend bedtime. I give my children things to think about instead of letting their minds wander. Letting minds wander is a positive and healthy thing to do (usually in the right time, like daytime when they’re free to play, etc.), but at bedtime, if there are issues of being scared of the dark, etc. I come up with a steady stream of questions to keep them mentally occupied with something positive that will actually help the relaxation process. What do you want for your birthday this year (even if it’s 6 months out). This also helps to mentally train them to think forward, which is sometimes necessary in life. Any questions that will help them be distracted in a good way, from fear or other negative feelings at bedtime, will work.

When kids don’t get enough sleep,  it affects their ability to control emotions, concentrate, and make good decisions, among other things. A kid is just learning about the world, their emotions, and social interactions. Making sleep a priority is important. Sticking to a routine, using security items (favorite stuffed animal, personalized pillow, same bedtime stories/songs, dim night light) can help create the positive and relaxing feelings for kids at bedtime. Know that if your children test you to get up “one more time” you are not alone! Stay calm and remind them it’s bedtime, everything else can wait until tomorrow. Think happy thoughts. Sweet dreams to you and yours!

~Mary Held

www.marymonica.com

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