The Kazoo iPad Mini Case from Griffin Technology – Review

 

Kazoo Case for iPad Mini

Kazoo Case for iPad Mini

 

Pros…

Adorable! Very stable in both movie viewing and playing/typing modes well for both

Cons…

No screen protector,  not spill proof, only works in landscape not portrait mode.

Summary

A fun and practical iPad mini case available in Giraffe, Panda and Fox versions

Our Rating

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The Kazoo iPad Mini Case from Griffin Technology is the cutest iPad case I have come across but it is both adorable and practical. The Kazoo line from Griffin Technology are a series of animal themed iOS accessories aimed at children. We have previously reviewed the Kazoo MyPhones and Auxillary Cable and the MyPhones are still a firm favorite with my son and still work perfectly even after over 18 months of regular use.

The Kazoo iPad Mini Case is available in Giraffe, Panda and Fox versions, I tested the Panda version. It is an animal-shaped, silicon case and is quite easy to install. There is no screen protector and the silicone stretches easily so you can slip the iPad mini in through the large front opening. The Panda’s feet provide a very stable base for upright movie viewing and I was impressed by how stable it is in this mode. If you want to type or play on the iPad if you place the iPad on its back with the feet at the top and ears at the bottom it creates a nice stable play surface at a slight angle (better for typing than a truly flat surface.) It is really designed to be used in landscape mode, so it does feel a little odd on the occasion when an app is designed to be played in portrait mode only.

There is a silicone button cover over the volume control and power buttons which work well but does have a slight time lag, so I sometimes had problems taking screenshots using the “press the home and power buttons simultaneously” method. The camera, microphone, mute switch and speakers have cutouts over them for easy access.

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The case doesn’t come with a screen protector so if you have a child who is likely to scratch the iPad screen you may wish to use the separate screen protector with it. It  does feel like it would give some protection in an accidental fall but is not waterproof or spill proof and I wouldn’t recommend it for kids who are really rough with an iPad, but if you have kids who are reasonably careful it is a great choice. My kids have used a lot of different iPad cases over the last few years but I must say this one really made an impact with them – all 3 of them love the case and request the mini to be kept in it.

Overall, if you are looking for a really tough case I would recommend checking out the Survivor instead but if you are looking for a fun, practical case for the iPad Mini for reasonably careful children this is a great choice and a favorite in my household !

The case is available from GriffinTechnology.com and other retailers, RRP $39.99

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).


Baking: An art or a science? Introducing the Perfect Bake App-Controlled Smart Baking – Review & Giveaway



What we love…

Simple and easy to use, scales recipes in case of a mistake and makes baking with the kids fun and easy

What we’d love to see…

easier ability to add recipes via the app, able to make a second recipe while the first is cooking

Summary

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make cookies and desserts with my son.  He loved that he was able to help Mommy out and make recipes while learning at the same time.  Our family enjoyed the baked goods and there we no “oops” moments due to too much of one ingredient.  I am really looking forward to making Christmas cookies soon with my son for the holidays.

Our Rating

 

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Perfect BakeI recently had a chance to test out the Perfect Bake from Brookstone and my son and I loved it!  When I was in college I worked in a bakery part time so I used to bake using recipes and mixtures quite a bit.  Now that I have a family I love spending time in the kitchen and baking.  Some would say that baking is more of a science than an art to ensure that the ingredients are added with the proper amounts  and sifted, measured and added in a scientific manner.  The good news is that with the Perfect Bake you don’t have to worry about it as much!

This scale combined with your device (iOS or Android) allows you to bake with no measuring, no trying to make sure you got that “pinch of a recipe” right.  Simply launch the app, pour the ingredient into the bowl and then when it’s done an alert tells you so.   The package includes a scale, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls which are color coded for small, medium and large, thermometer for the oven and a 3.5 mm cable.  You simply launch the app, plug the Perfect Bake into your device using the cable, and the scale listens via your device to ensure the proper amount is poured.  Each of the recipes in the app excluding the ones you enter yourself has a rating ranging from easy to hard.

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies with my son.  Normally it’s a stressful process that involves me pre-measuring everything out to ensure we get the right amounts into the bowl.  Instead, with the Perfect Bake I was able to put the ingredients out in smaller sized containers and he simply poured them into the bowl.  We even made it into a math lesson saying – you need 2 cups of flour and ½  a cup of chocolate chips for this portion of the recipe.  The best part, if you over pour an ingredient the scale automatically adjust allowing you to fix the recipe without having to start over.  I also loved that the app would generate a list of recipes based on what you said was in the pantry allowing you to bake based on what you had on hand rather than having to run out to pick up ingredients to make a recipe.  After adding all the ingredients (which are marked with a check mark when you get the perfect amount) and mixing, then you can measure out the perfect portion sizes using the scale to ensure that you have made the item the correct size.
In terms of improvements, I wish there was an easier way for you to enter recipes into the app.  Currently, it’s a time consuming process to enter a recipe due to having to pick bowl size and entering in the amounts of each item manually.  It would be great if there was an import feature so you could write the recipes on the computer and easily import them into the app.  I also wished there was an easier way to do mixing – currently if you need to use the mixer you have to scrape everything into a bigger bowl to mix it and if you need to add ingredients to that bowl after mixing – transfer it back to the original color coded bowl.  I found this made for a LOT of dishes especially with more complicated recipes and I tended not to use my stand mixer for that reason.  I also wish that you could prepare a second recipe while the timer is still running for the oven for the first recipe.  When I bake I tend to make quite a bit and prefer to bake in batches, but unfortunately the scale doesn’t currently allow it.

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make cookies and desserts with my son.  He loved that he was able to help Mommy out and make recipes while learning at the same time.  Our family enjoyed the baked goods and there we no “oops” moments due to too much of one ingredient.  I am really looking forward to making Christmas cookies soon with my son for the holidays.  Of note, I also used a sleeve to protect my iPad while baking to ensure that we didn’t accidentally have a splatter onto the iPad while cooking.

Perfect Bake: Interactive Recipe App
Perfect Bake: Interactive Recipe App
by Perfect Company

Category: Food & Drink
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 75.27 MB

$FREE

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RRP $69.99 from Brookstone

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.

 

Giveaway

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Minnie Amelie by Mia Tui – Giveaway

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The Minnie Amelie by Mia Tui is the perfect bag for busy Mums.  This bag can serve a a work bag by day holding your laptop, tablet, lunch and other essentials; diaper bag holding diapers, bottles and the like or even a fashionable bag to bring to the gym.  By night, just by slipping out the plastic bags holding diaper wipes or your lunch you have the perfect fashionable handbag.

The interior pockets have plastic accessory bags with clips for keys, insulated water bottle holders, place for your phone and even pockets for your pens.  I have found that the bag will easily hold my iPhone, iPad Mini, wallet, a few diapers, a bottle of water and more.  Bright interior and it’s easy to find things inside making everything much more organized!

The Minnie Amelie is available in a range of colours from The Mia Tui USA website RRP $92

For fans of The iMums you can receive 15% of the total cost of your Mia Tui order using the code imums

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The Minnie Amelie is featured in The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2014

 Giveaway

If you would like to win a Minnie Amelie bag in your choice of color, please enter via the widget below. Winner will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to USA, UK and Canada Only, and a valid mailing address is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Giveaway for the ReadyNAS RN102 by NETGEAR – Secure Personal Storage Solution

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Summary

The ReadyNAS RN102 is a 2 bay NAS that can be used to create your own personal home cloud. It is a great Media server as well as a back up solution for your personal computers and allows you to automatically back up your pictures from your smartphones and tablets . The ReadyNAS allows you to access your files, photos, videos and music from your Smart TV, Smartphone, Tablets and computers on your home wifi network, as well as remotely via your ReadyCloud account. It is very user friendly and easy to set up and use, highly recommended.

Our Rating

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NETGEAR have just announced a major update to the ReadyNAS® operating system (OS 6.2) for its ReadyNAS family of desktop and rack-mount Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. To celebrate they are giving one lucky reader of The iMums a chance to win an ReadyNAS RN102 of their own valued at $229 !

Designed for both home and small- and medium-sized business users, ReadyNAS customers already enjoy an advanced, easy-to-use storage solution for centralizing and accessing digital files such as photos, music, videos and documents. The ReadyNAS now has an industry-leading 5 layers of  data protection for your precious files and pictures. The new ReadyNAS OS offers improvements in data protection, backup, sync, and cloud-based usability. Current users can upgrade ReadyNAS OS 6.2 at no charge.

 

I recently reviewed the ReadyNAS RN102, you can read my full review here. I have found it a great home Media Server and back up solution.

I am very happy with the ReadyNAS  RN102 and use it daily. It is a great media server for my home – I can back up movies, photos and music and then play them on my Smart TV, computers, Tablets and Smartphones, I love having access to my media library on all these devices without filling up their storage. With the ReadyCloud I can also access my media files when I’m away from home. I like that I am the one storing my files, rather than another company such as Apple for iCloud, plus after the initial outlay they are no monthly storage fees. It also means I can remove some of my media library from my laptop entirely to free up space – very important as my Macbook hard drive was pretty much completely full! It is also a great back up solution for my computer as it is set up with RAID1 so when it is used  for back up it puts a copy of every file on both hard drives, so if one fails my data is still protected. I have found it very user friendly and simple to set up and use, and there is a online forum which is a great source of additional information on how to use it.

READYNAS RN102 is diskless so you do need to add your own internal hard drives to use it, it is available from Amazon and many retailers, RRP $229.99

READYNAS RN102 Review

Giveaway

If you would like to win your own ReadyNAS RN102 by NETGEAR please enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please note the RN102 is diskless so you do need to add your own internal hard drives to use it (more information is in my review), the giveaway is open to the USA only and a valid US shipping address is required. Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.

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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).

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