The iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms

The iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast and The iMums have come up with some cool gift ideas that are bound to be popular with the women in your life. They are definitely gifts we’d love to receive this Mother’s Day! From a stylish bag through fitness, mobile storage, iPhoneography and home accessories we have gifts to suit all tastes.

Poppy Cross-Body Satchel from Mia Tui
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Every woman needs a good bag and Mia Tui make great bags! These are the most organized, practical bags on the market. The Poppy is a great bag for the woman who wants the signature Mia Tui organization, but in a more compact package than bags like the Grace, Sofia and Olivia Mia Tui bags we have previously reviewed. You will still find the unique pink Mia Tui interior, with an interior pocket for the included clutch bag, key clip, pen and smartphone holders, and a zip pocket on the back of the bag. A full-sized iPad will fit in the main part of the bag or an iPad mini will fit in the interior pocket.
 Available from Mia Tui USA, in Pink, Pewter, Brown or Black for US$53. Get a 20% Mother’s Day discount on any bag from Mia Tui USA with code imum

iBridge Mobile Memory from LEEF
leef2Many moms struggle with having enough memory in their iPhone or iPad and the iBridge from LEEF is a tiny solution to a big problem. It is small and light enough to keep in her purse at all times, weighs only 10 grams (less than 1/2oz) and measures 63 x 19 x 18mm- that’s about 2.5″ x 0.7″ x 0.7″. Many portable memory solutions rely on Bluetooth or wireless connections to connect to your iOS device but the iBridge simply plugs in to the lightning connector.  It will store music, photos and videos and you can even take photos directly onto the iBridge by-passing the iPhone’s storage completely. – this is a lifesaver when you need to take a photo but your iPhone is full.  Read our full review. Available from Amazon or LEEFco.com from US$59.99


Screenguardz Pure® with the Crown™ Premium Glass Screen Protector  iPhone case from BodyGuardz
 ScreenGuardz Pure® with The Crown™ Premium Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6
The Crown™ is a solution designed to protect the curved edges of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+ with an aluminum rim combined with a Screen Guardz Pure protector which offers edge to edge protection for your device in case of drops, collection of dust and debris (which can get in under the protector).  The Pure and Crown provide coverage for the entire screen and all four corners of the device adding very little “bulk” to your iPhone 6.  This ensures that your phone is protected, even when your kids use it or if you have greasy or sticky fingers touching your device.
Available from Amazon, BodyGuardz  for US$25.00 – $39.99

iPro Trio iPhone Lens Kit from Schneider Optics

iprolens41HYz-XeIZLThe iPro Trio Lens Kit from Schneider Optics, is a great gift for the iPhoneographer mum. It provides a good selection of high quality add-on lenses including a macro, wide angle and 2x zoom, plus an iPhone Case, lens cap and handle. The handle is both a really useful accessory and a great way to store and carry the lenses. This kit is currently available for the iPhone4/4S, iPhone5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone6+ and Galaxy S4. Read our full review. Available from  Schneider optics, Amazon and other suppliers  RRP $229


[EXPOSE] Smart Video Light for iPhone from KNOG
[expose]The [expose] from KNOG is a great gift for the mom who loves to take photos and videos with her iPhone, but is unhappy with the results when she takes pictures at night. The [expose] a tiny iPhone Flash that packs a lot of light. It has 9 LEDs and a total output of up to 130 lumens which is 6x as powerful as the iPhone’s built-in flash. The [expose] has a built-in rechargeable battery, so it won’t run down her iPhone battery and can be used for both video and still photography. Available in Black or White RRP $59.99 from Knog.com and other retailers.

Mpow iSnap X One-piece U-Shape Selfie Stick
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Do you love taking photos but find as a mom that you are often not in any of them because you are taking them of your kids?  The iSnap allows you to attach your smartphone or tablet to a “selfie stick” which then allows you to take photos of your family and include you as mom!  It connects to your device via Bluetooth with a switch on the tripod which allows you to actuate your photos without having to touch your device.  Available from Amazon for US$20

Mio Link Heart Rate Monitor from Mio Global
MiolinkFor moms who like to work out the Mio Link is a great gift idea. To get the most benefit from exercising it is recommended that you monitor your heart rate so that you can stay “in the zone”. The Mio Link is a really comfortable, easy to use heart rate monitor that you wear on your wrist, eliminating the need for uncomfortable chest straps. The Mio Link uses a series of color coded lights to let you know what “zone” you are in, and you can also view your exact heart rate on your iPhone. Read our full review. Available from  the Mio Global website, RRP $99 

Fitbug Orb Activity and Sleep Tracker

fitbug orbFor the mom who wants to improve her fitness using a fitness tracker can be a first step on in providing an incentive to exercise more. The Fitbug Orb from Fitbug is a small, versatile tracker that tracks both activity and sleep and can be worn in a number of ways. It comes with both a wrist strap and a clip, so you can choose different ways to wear it. It comes with a watch-style battery that lasts approximately 6 months so you don’t need to recharge it. You can track your fitness data both via an iOS app and online and can also enter your food intake to track calories and join the Fitbug online community for support. Available from Amazon and other retailers RRP US$49.99

Pulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, Powered by JBLsengled
Pulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers (Pair), Powered by JBL from Sengled The Sengled Pulse is a smart lightbulb which includes an LED light with an embedded JBL Bluetooth speaker which allows you to control both the speaker and the light from your Smartphone. I loved how easy it was to stream music and turn up or down my kitchen lights while cooking dinner. You can install the Pulse into any standard light socket, and adjust light and sound from a Bluetooth enabled device without needing wires, cords or a remote.  Available from Amazon  for US$156

Withings Aura Smart Sleep System
AuraWhat better gift is there for a busy mom than a good nights sleep? With Aura Smart Sleep from Withings is a system that not only tracks her sleep in detail but also provides tool to help her fall asleep and wake up better both from a night’s sleep and from a nap. It includes an under the mattress sensor that measures movement, heart rate and breathing to analyze her sleep. This connects to the bedside unit and includes a smart light, speaker, clock and USB charging port. The system works to lull her to sleep with soothing sounds and red light, and gradually bring mom to her light sleep phase in the morning before waking her with blue lights and gentle wake up sounds. Available from Amazon and other retailers RRP US$299

 

For additional gift ideas check out Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women.

We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend. Products may have been received from companies for review purposes, no other compensation was received.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
Interview with Francesca Helina of Live the Look

Interview with Francesca Helina of Live the Look

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Today’s interview is with Francesca Helina of Live the Look .  Please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Hi Francesca thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

You are very welcome and glad to be interviewing with you!

I am an entrepreneur, style addict and social media connoisseur. I enjoy the busy lifestyle of many women out there, balancing work and home while taking time for myself when I can with yoga, a glass of wine with a friend or a manicure.

After a number of years working with entities across the fashion vertical while at Twitter, I found myself extraordinarily passionate about changing the way women shop for clothes and accessories online. I felt like they deserved more and the technology was there to give them a truly time saving experience.

 

How did the idea for Live the Look  come about?

I wanted to create Live the Look because I felt that women deserved more from an e-commerce experience. Every day we all get up, head to our closet and wonder what outfit to put together on our bodies. We may feel adventurous or safe or cold or sassy or spontaneous, but we all have to still get dressed. There was no option out there that actually tried to help women make that choice and took into account that we already have clothes – most likely quite a lot of them – sitting around.

There are a ton of pages and sites out there meant to inspire us through photos and media into copying what they wear, but I find them to be overall very aspirational instead of realistic in price or in wearability. I wanted to take what I did at Twitter with democratizing fashion experiences or content and try to democratize fashion commerce by making it reflective of real women and real choices.

 

And how long was the process from the original idea to the launch of the site?

We took about 4 months from idea to live prototype in December 2013. From there we just iterated into a beta after another 5 months of diligent work and feedback from customers.

 

How is Live the Look  different from other online fashion shopping sites?

Live the Look is unique in that it creates a personalized shopping page for each customer that reflects the styles she likes and the key basics she owns in her closet. There is no guess work around the products since everything is visually associated with your preferences. You are not left on a product page wondering what you would wear with a new top with because we show you that it would look great with your black pants you told us about when you took our quick quiz to sign up.

We can do this via our unique product categorization schema into an adaptive learning engine that utilizes algorithmic AI to create the custom experiences. We spent many months prior to launch testing and running the engine with over 1,000 different items to ensure we could generate quality results every time. From our current beta site, we intend to increase the specificity of the engine and the breadth of items offered.

 

Tell us a little about the designers and clothing manufacturers you feature on  Live the Look .

I am a big believer in the courage and scrappiness of new brands and designers. I want to be able support and discover them via a growing platform like Live the Look.

We currently carry a set of fantastic brands made in the US but another important factor is that they also create high quality, unique, on trend , wearable items that you are not going to see your friends in or find on a stranger walking towards you down the street.  If that roster starts to include international brands that meet our quality and style bar, I am happy to include them in the future and increase our selection

 

What are your plans for the future? How do you see Live the Look developing?

I would say that we are working very hard to broaden out our roster of items and make the styling engine even more useful. We also intend to go beyond only driving commerce on the site. Coming from a social background I always look to create a product that people want to visit every day.  We are going to launch features that create a destination where people want to visit us more frequently.  We will create styling resources, fun and community on the site as well as unique items to purchase.

 

I know it is early days as Live the Look has just launched, but what sort of feedback have you been receiving so far?

Thus far, we are receiving very positive feedback from customers and users. We also are getting great suggestions for additional features and things they want to see. We are always watching our support@livethelook.com mail as well as our Facebook page  and Twitter 

 

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Kitchen Thermometer by iDevices -a Bluetooth Smart Thermometer – Review

Kitchen Thermometer by iDevices -a Bluetooth Smart Thermometer – Review




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What we love…

Multiple timer function, dual probes, ability to monitor the cooking temperature without being stuck in the kitchen!

What we’d love to see…

ability to predict cooking time

Summary

I really love the iDevices  Kitchen Thermometer and iDevices connected app, it really has made my life easier in the kitchen.

Our Rating

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Do you enjoy cooking and entertaining but hate being stuck in the kitchen?  It can be frustrating getting the timing right so that your meat is cooked perfectly and not under or overdone. The Kitchen Thermometer by iDevices is a new solution to make your life easier. It uses Bluetooth technology to work with your iPhone or iPad so that you can have your meat cooked perfectly yet be with your guests instead of tied to the kitchen.

I first saw the Kitchen Thermometer at CES in January this year and have been testing it out at home ever since. I love this Kitchen Thermometer ! At first I was just using it when I was roasting big joints of meat, but I keep finding more and more times when it is useful.

 

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To use the Kitchen Thermometer you first need to download the free iDevices connected app iDevices Connected – iDevices, LLC. This app also works with other iDevices products such as the iGrill. Install the 2 AA batteries (included) into the thermometer and attach a probe. Insert the end of the probe into your food and place in the oven, the probe’s woven stainless steel cable is flexible enough to allow the oven door to close fully around it. The temperature of the meat will show on the thermometer and also in the app on your iPhone.

With the iPhone app you can select which kind of meat or fish you are cooking and pick a target temperature based on the degree of doneness you like, or you can set your own target temperature. You can also set multiple timers to remind you to start or check different elements of your meal.  You can watch your meats progress on a graph that shows the current probe temperature and the temperature over time.

The app also includes recipe collections from Jennie-O Turkey and Omaha Steaks if you are looking for inspiration. There is also a social sharing option where you are encouraged to share pictures of what you are cooking and see what others have shared (it looks like Mark Zuckerberg enjoys his steak chargrilled!)

The thermometer includes a  magnet so will stick to any magnetic surface. iDevices also include a stick-on metal disc, so you can magnetically attach it to non-magnetic surfaces such as true stainless steel appliances. The probes have a woven stainless steel cable that stores neatly on the included holder when not in use. The Kitchen thermometer comes with 2 color-codes probes that can be used individually or at the same time. The probe holders stack and will attach magnetically to the timer so they stay together in your drawer or kitchen cabinet.

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When I am cooking a big meal for guests I often find that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen to make sure everything is timed just right and cooked perfectly. Using the Kitchen Thermometer and the iDevices app really helps my organization and allows me to at least escape from the kitchen some of the time. I love having the multi-timer function, for a big meal I always plan in advance at what time I need to do each step such as putting on different side dishes, making the gravy, and taking out the meat. With this app I can set timers to remind me when I need to start cooking each dish and timers for when to check if they are cooked. With large joints of meat small differences in your oven temperature can really affect the cooking time, so it can be hard to get the timing just right so the meat is perfectly cooked. The Kitchen Thermometer takes the guesswork away- you can watch how the cooking is going at any time by viewing a graph of the food’s current and past temperature, and when it reaches the target temperature an alarm will sound on your iPhone to let you know it is ready.

It is really useful for those big meals, but I’m also finding it useful for everyday cooking as well. I love having two probes, for example when I’m cooking two chicken breasts that are slightly different thickness I can tell when each one is done to perfection, instead of having one done perfectly and the other over or underdone. If I’m cooking more than two at once I use the probes in the smallest 2 pieces of meat first, and then move them to the larger ones once the small ones are finished cooking. I also found the thermometer a lifesaver (or at least a dinner saver)  recently when I was cooking a pot roast in the slow cooker, and a fuse blew in my kitchen circuit. I had no idea how long the meat had been cooking before the power went out, so no idea how much longer to cook it for. I just put the probe into the meat, set it for well done beef ( as I like my pot roast well done) turned the crockpot to high and let the app tell me when to switch to “keep warm”.

I really love the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and iDevices connected app, it really has made my life easier in the kitchen. One thing I’d love to see added in a future update of the app is the ability to predict when the food will be ready based on the current temperature and cooking profile – that would really be the icing on the cake!

The Kitchen Thermometer is really well designed, and made with high quality materials, so it feels like it will last well. I love the multiple timer function, dual probes, and the ability to monitor the cooking temperature without being stuck in the kitchen. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer is definitely a permanent fixture in my kitchen!

The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer is available  online from Apple.com, and  iDevices.com  RRP $79.99

iDevices Connected – iDevices, LLC

iDevices Connected
iDevices Connected
by iDevices, LLC

Category: Utilities, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 117.33 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
Fiverr- a Great Site for Last Minute Stocking Stuffers and Win Great Prizes in Their Holiday Giveaway too!

Fiverr- a Great Site for Last Minute Stocking Stuffers and Win Great Prizes in Their Holiday Giveaway too!

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Have you heard of Fiverr.com ? 3 million people have already discovered it. An online virtual marketplace, bringing together buyers and entrepreneurs, they offer a huge range of services and personally created products starting at $5.

It is a great place to shop for unique gifts, cards and services all year, and during the holidays it offers a number of catered services to help buyers with party planning, designing and other needs.

Are you looking for a last minute virtual stocking stuffer? Then check out some of these ideas:

  • Record a personalized Christmas song video for you- accompanied by a ukelele and sung on a Polynesian Island beach.
  • Write a Christmas Story for you starring your child
  • Have Santa record a personalized video message to your child
  • Make your Christmas greetings as a video slideshow
  • Put a Christmas Santa hat on your website logo
  • Weave you a reindeer ornament
  • Write your text using cookie cutters for Christmas

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All of these and more are available in the special Christmas section of Fiverr. Whilst you are there have a look around and explore all the other services they offer year around. Some of my favorites are the hand-crocheted Minions and hand-knitted animals, head over to their website and use the search button to see what you can find!

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Giveaway

Who wants to win great prizes ?

Fiverr is giving away great prizes on their Facebook page every day until Christmas. Simply login to Facebook, like Fiverr’s Facebook page, and enter to win daily prizes such as iPad minis, Beats by Dre, and wireless speakers, new prizes awarded everyday. Will you be one of the lucky winners ?

 

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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