Panasonic HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera Review and Giveaway

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Today I have a very special review and giveaway for you!  If you love technology and the idea of a smarter home, and if you have a family or property you wish to protect, please read on.

 

For the last few years our dog Shadow has served as our home monitoring system.  At the smallest sound, Shadow will spring in to action, run to the nearest window or door, and bark very loudly to let us know she sees something. The problem is that she cannot tell us at what or at whom she is barking.  Enter the HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera.

Just as it sounds, this product is used to monitor the front of your home.  (Additional units may also be used to monitor the rear other areas of your property.)  You simply mount your camera over your front door, set the product up on your wi-fi network, and download the HomeHawk app on to your smart phone or other mobile device.  And you are ready to go!  You can view a live feed of the front of your home any time, and if you install an SD card into your unit, the camera will actually record and save the feed for future viewing.

What I Love

When I hear something outside (or hear a dog bark) I’m in a habit of running to a window to look out, and with the HomeHawk I don’t have to do that anymore.  No matter what room I am in, I just pull the app up on my phone, and I can see if there’s someone outside.  As a new mom, I find this so convenient.  When you’re feeding a baby or rocking a baby, the last thing you want to do is run to a window or door only to find it was a false alarm, or else a stranger, whom you have no time or desire to deal with.

Favorite Features

The product has several notable features that I enjoy and find helpful.

  • Panoramic View – I was amazed at the viewing area you get with this small camera.  As you can see in the photo above, I am able to view my entire porch, yard, and driveway, as well as the street in front of our house. (This is great because I can see someone pull up well before they actually reach our front door.)
  • Two-Way Audio Communication -Using the app, I can hear what’s going on outside our front door, and I can hit the microphone on my device to talk to the person.  (This is great because I’m often tied up and in a hurry to answer the door, and now I can tell people, “Be right there.”  Or I can use this to say something to my husband while he is outside.)
  • View from Anywhere – I love that we can view the app even when we are not home.  When my husband is at work, he can check the app anytime to see that we are at home and that everything appears to be in order.  If something seems amiss, he can just give me a call.
  • Alerts – You can also set it up so that you can get alerted anytime someone is near the camera.  The alerts come to you whether you are at home or away, and each person who has the app will get an alert.  At this same time, a light comes on the unit and a speaker lets anyone outside know that the premises is being monitored.  I love the extra-added security this feature provides!

  • Night Viewing – The camera also gets a great view of the outside even at night.
  • Time Stamps – Obviously if an incident or suspicious activity is going on around your home, it is good to have a time stamp.  But on a less serious note, the timestamp could help you to know when family members come and go.  This is a real plus if you are trying to track someone down or you are away from home and want to make sure the teenager is at home.
  • Snapshot – As you can view the live feed you can also hit the camera and take a still snapshot with timestamp.

All in all, I think this is a great product.  I love the extra-added security and peace of mind that it gives us, and I feel like it’s helping us to move forward into the in to the 21st century.


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Salonpas Review and Giveaway

For some the summer months are about relaxing and taking it easy, but for others they are all about hard work!  Apart from your usual jobs, there is extra yard work, home improvement projects, not to mention extra activities with the kids and family.  Salonpas is a great brand to reach for when it is time to relieve your aches and pains.

The Salonpas Pain Relief Patch is the first and only topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory approved through the FDA. By putting medicine right at the site of pain, bypassing the stomach and liver Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose.  One thing I love about this product is the varieties available.  The pain patches come in different sizes so that you can place them anywhere, from your arms and legs to upper and lower back.

The products also come in other forms like a cream, jet spray, deep reliever gel, and a liquid roll on.  My husband likes the spray a lot, and I am a huge fan of the liquid roll on.  We like both of these products, because they can be applied without having to touch the product with your hands.  We also love the patches, as they can be easily applied and use for hours of relief.

Free Sample: Salonpas is now offering free samples of their products. Available while supplies last.

Giveaway: One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a collection of Salonpas products valued at $100.

This includes: Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream, Salonpas® Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid, Salonpas® Lidocaine Pain Relieving Gel-Patch, Salonpas® Pain Relieving Patch, Salonpas® DEEP Relieving Gel, Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch, Salonpas® Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot, and Salonpas® Pain Relieving Jet Spray.

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SmartBones Review + SmartBones & $25 Visa Giveaway

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with SmartBones. The opinions are my own.

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My furbaby and bloggy assistant Shadow is happy to be here today to share a treat (or two) with all of you.  Shadow recently received an assortment of SmartBones dog treats.  SmartBones offers a great variety of products for dogs of all sizes and breads.  Their products are natural and are a healthier alternative to rawhide, making them a great choice for you four legged friends. [Read more…]

5 Tips to Survive Cold Season + $25 Visa Giveaway

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare . The opinions are my own.

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Christmas is over, and it is time to get back to the grind stone and gear up for our new year.  One thing that can definitely put a stop to our productivity this winter is the cold and flu season. But never fear! We can survive!  Today I’ve got 5 simple tips to help you survive this year’s cold season, and we’ve got a $25 Visa gift card giveaway from our friends at Pfizer, the makers of Advil Cold & Sinus. [Read more…]

Cooking with Chef’d + a Giveaway

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Do you or someone in your family LOVE cooking gourmet meals from scratch?  Do you love to cook but don’t always have the time to do it?  Or do you love cooking but hate braving the stores to buy all those must-have ingredients for a fresh, gourmet meal?  Then today’s post is definitely for you!  This month my family and I had the opportunity to cook fresh gourmet style meals at home with Chef’d!  Chef’d is a service that delivers fresh ingredients right to your door, helping you to make delicious meals that your family loves.

When you visit their website, you will have access to over 300 recipes!  Then just select the recipes you wish to purchase, along with the date when you’d like for your meal plans to be delivered, and voila, you will receive an awesome box filled with everything you need to make those delicious meals.  One thing I loved about Chef’d is that they had great variety of meals; they have recipes for a variety of dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, etc.)  And they have a lot of fancy, gourmet foods to fit anyone’s tastes.  But they also had a number of simple, family friendly meals, which is what I love to cook! Let me tell you a little bit about my experience with the company. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 350 – w/ Christmas Ornament Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of Friday Favorites.  This week we are celebrating linky party #350.  That is a lot of link ups!  I want to thank everyone who stops by and links up with us each week (and anyone who just stops by to check out the features and shared posts).  I know that many of you have been linking up here for a long time, and I definitely appreciate it!

To celebrate 350 weeks and as a special Christmas treat, I am offering a giveaway from my Etsy shop.  I’m also offering 10% off this weekend with coupon code: MERRYCHRISTMAS.

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Friday Favorites – Week 348 – with Giveaway from Leroy Lime

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! And welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  I hope you’re having a lovely holiday week, and I appreciate you taking the time away from your holiday festivities to spend a moment with us.  While you’re here I invite you to check out our giveaway from Leroy Lime.  The giveaway is for a sweet piece of Christmas tree garland, and we have a lot of easy entry options for you!

I’d also like to take a second and invite you by my Etsy shop this weekend.  I sell hand stamped Christmas ornaments and jewelry, and for the holiday weekend, I’m offering customers 10% off with coupon code GIVETHANKS.

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Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 347 + a Christmas Giveaway from LeroyLime

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party!  This week we have a very special edition.  Not only have our hostesses picked some fantastic holiday ideas for you to take a look at, but we also have a giveaway for you this week! Yay!

The giveaway is for something that’s handmade…it follows under the category of holiday decor…and it comes to you from our friend and Friday Favorites hostess Dawn of LeroyLime.  Dawn has been hosting Friday Favorites with me for nearly a year, and she was a regular visitor to the party long before then.  She is also an avid crafter with her own Etsy shop, and I’m very excited to feature her shop here today!

Please check out the giveaway below; you can get 5 entries just for linking up a post this week!  But if you don’t have a blog, that’s okay too!  There are a lot of other entries that don’t require you to participate in the party (although we’d love to have you!).

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Maisy at Becoming AliceFB | G+ | Pin

Sheree at Stage PresentsTwitter | FB | Pin | Inst | Inst

Lisa at Condo BluesTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

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Protect Your Pet with Healthy Paws Pet Insurance + a Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a PetSmart gift card as compensation for this post.  The opinions are my own.

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As you know, I have quite the collection of fur babies, and I love them all!  If you love your fur babies as much as I love mine, I’m sure you give them everything they need: good food, a nice place to sleep, toys, proper vaccines and medicications, and of course, a lot of love!  But what about insurance?  If something happened to your furry friend, would you be able to take care of the expenses?  Healthy Paws Pet Insurance® may be the solution you are looking for to give you the peace of mind you need and the ability to take care of your pet in times of an accident or poor health. [Read more…]

Sun, Moon, & Star Light Review and Giveaway

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I love decorating my home inside and out.  Earlier in the year, I showed some gardening projects my husband and I were work on.  Apart from building our flower beds and planting some lovely flowers and bulbs, I love adding nice ornaments and decorations to yard, especially some that ight up! Oxyled is Amazon’s #1 best seller in LED lights for indoors and out!  I recently received their Sun, Moon, & Star Light set, and it has made a great addition to my azalea bed. [Read more…]