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.

Giveaway: One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a Panasonic HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera.

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Precious Moments 40th Anniversary and Review

Disclosure: I received a Precious Moments figurine to facilitate this post. The opinions are my own.

I’m sure you all know of the brand Precious Moments.  They are famous for their iconic figurines and collectibles, and this year the brand celebrates its 40 year anniversary!  Check out the infographic below for more infomation on this anniversary.

When I was growing up I had a few Precious Moments figurines, and I remember being in awe of a friend’s Christmas tree that was completely decorated in Precious Moments ornaments!  Today I still have a couple of Precious Moments figurines, and my mom collects the figurines for her niece, so I’m always interested to see all the new figurines in store.

What I love about the brand, other than the cute figurines themselves, is that there seems to be a figurine for everyone!  Whether your child enjoys art, dancing, or sports, you can find a Precious Moments figurine for them, and it’s also easy to find a nice figurine for any occasion, milestone, or holiday.

For more information and facts on the iconic Precious Moments Brand and their 40th anniversary, check out this video:

Last year I was received the most special gift ever, my sweet baby boy!  Here’s a picture of the two of at Mother’s Day!


I have always been a very emotional and sentimental person, so I love keepsakes and momentos.  When I found out I was pregnant I immediately bought a pregnancy journal, baby book, and baby box for all memories and keepsakes.  And after Thaxton was born, I was given so many keepsakes in honor of his birth from baby’s first Christmas ornaments to mom jewelry.

I was very excited when I had the chance to pick out a Precious Moments figurine, and I knew immediately that I would choose a mom themed figurine.  Here’s the one I chose:

This figurine is called “Love Ties Us Together.”  As you can see, it features a mother kneeling down to tie her son’s shoelace.  I love everything about this figurine from the plain, everyday clothes the figures are wearing, to the actual string that makes up the laces, and, of course, the loving eyes of the mother and child as they look upon one another.

I also love the simplicity and broader meaning of the subject matter.  The figurine is a snapshot of a parent tying her son’s shoe.  It is a very mundane event that happens every day;  in fact, it is one of many seemingly mundane tasks and moments that parents go through every day, but these simple tasks all add up to so much more!  And I love how they’ve used this very simple act, this moment, to symbolize the love and the bond between a mom and her child.

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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Relief from Baby Eczema with AVEENO

Disclosure: This post contains product recommendations based on my own experience as a mom.  Please consult your doctor if you suspect your child has eczema or other skin conditions. This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

I love that face!  Skin conditions can be a pain and annoyance for adults, but it is even worse when your child suffers from them. As a new mom I was very diligent about keeping our son’s face clean. I was constantly wiping away spit up and applying lotion as needed to avoid skin irritations. However, when Thaxton was around 3 months old I noticed some redness in his cheeks. [Read more…]

Baby Updates and Simmons Kids Slumber Time Bassinet Review

Hi. It has been so long since I’ve done my “regular blogging.”  Needless to say, I have been very busy getting to know my new best friend and future office assistant.  Thaxton is growing, growing, growing.  He is now 5 months old and weighs 16 pounds!  He also recently started eating baby cereal and is now on his way to eating his fruits and vegetables.

He is a happy baby…he only cries when he is sleepy or not feeling well, and is just a pure joy to be around.  (I often call him “Mr. Happy” or “Mr. Smiley” among other fun nicknames.)  I honestly don’t think we could ask for anything better in a baby!  And of course, he is super cute and beautiful. (Although his dad and I may be a little biased there.)

The only road bump we’ve hit along the way is that Thaxton is one of many babies to be diagnosed with torticollis and plagiocephaly, and so he has to wear a helmet for a few months.  (I will try to post more on that later.)  But other than that, the past 5 or 6 months have been just amazing!  I get a lot less sleep, and I feel I am always on my feet….but it’s all truly amazing!

As I get back in to blogging, one of the things I want to start adding to my site is reviews of some of my favorite baby products and some baby tips and tricks that I’m using.  This is extremely hard, because I have SO MANY IDEAS and SO LITTLE TIME! [Read more…]

Holiday Prep with BIZ

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for BIZ and have received compensation for today’s post. The opinions are my own.

Many of us dedicate November and December to holiday preparations. This includes decorating, shopping for groceries and gifts, and holiday baking.  Of all the things on our holiday to-do lists, I believe that cleaning is probably the least exciting, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad!  As I work to clean my home for company coming over, I try to remind myself that it’s all for a good cause.  I remember just how much I enjoy hosting holiday events and how much everyone seems to enjoy themselves, and that makes things seem a little easier.  Another thing that makes the work easier, is having the proper cleaning products and supplies on hand. For our laundry needs, I am happy to have BIZ® as my little helper!

All year I’ve been partnering with BIZ and telling you, my readers, how much I like having this product as part of my laundry routine, and when it comes to holiday prep, there is no exception.  Today I’m going to give you a few examples and tips on how BIZ can assist you with your holiday cleaning and preparations.

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Feminine Relief with MONISTAT® + a $25 Giveaway

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by MONISTAT®. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Our bodies are always going through changes.  Since being pregnant, I’ve learned more and more about this.  Nearly every day (and especially in the beginning of my pregnancy) I’ve looked up something related the topic of pregnancy:  What symptoms should I expected this week?  Is this symptom normal?  What medicines can I take?

When it comes to feminine itching, odor, and yeast infections, MONISTAT® is on my list of OBGYN recommended products to use.   It offers prescription strength medicine in an over the counter form, which is very convenient for women on the go.  MONISTAT® is the #1 doctor recommended OTC brand with a long-term record of success — it has been in use for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections for over 40 years. [Read more…]

Why You Need Biz and Why Biz Works

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Biz and have been compensated for this post. The opinions are my own.


As a wife and mom, I like to send my family out in to the world, not only feeling but also looking great.  For me, looking great starts with clothing.  I know that people often get initial impressions of us based on what we are wearing.  Even people we’ve known for a while will take notice when we get dressed up or wear something new.  Whether you’re wearing a dress shirt or an old tshirt, the key is to have on clothing that is bright and clean.  In our house, I achieve this objective with Biz.

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Our Forest Friends Nursery Reveal

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In the past few years, we have done several home makeover and DIY projects.  We’ve done a little painting outside, put up new light fixtures, painted furniture, gotten new appliances, and bought all new furniture in our living room, but I don’t think anything has been quite as exciting or as fun as putting together our new baby nursery!  After deliberating over a few themes and color schemes, I finally decided on the Forest Friends theme from Sweet Jojo Designs.

I LOVE this brand.  I first attracted to the overall look and colors of this set, and when I saw all the different types of accessories that were available, I was SOLD!  I’ve seen plenty of bedding sets with just your basic sheet, comforter, mobile, and diaper stacker.  If I wanted any other pieces, I’d just have to look around for something that sort of matches, but all of the Sweet Jojo Designs collections have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to decorate your nursery, including matching wall art and wall decals.

Apart from the great designs, the collection is also very high quality, and each nursery collection has a matching toddler and child bedding set, so when baby Thaxon gets big enough for his toddler bed, I’ll just have to get a new bedding set, and we can continue using the rest of his decor! [Read more…]

Hill’s Youthful Vitality for Kitty #AwesomeAsEver

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality pet food for cats and dogs over the age of 7, but Simply Sweet Home only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

If you are a regular visit to my blog, then you know that the Simply Sweet Home dog and cats play a huge role in my life.  I love them like children, and I try to do everything I can to make sure they are healthy and happy.  One way I do that is by feeding them good food like Hill’s® Science Diet®.

Rebel Cat

Rebel is my oldest cat.  He just celebrated his ninth birthday! (Happy Birthday Rebel!)  According to the age calculator I found on the Hill’s® Science Diet® website, this makes Rebel 52 years old in human years.

As an older cat, Rebel spends a lot more time lounging and napping than he did in his younger days, and he certainly isn’t the ball of energy our kitten Mina is.  But he still gets around well and has a very happy disposition.  Recently I started feeding Rebel Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality.  The food is formulated to give complete nutrition to cats ages 7 and up.  The company also has a similar product for 7+ dogs and 7+ small/toy dogs. [Read more…]