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Wireless Phone Chargers – Yes or No?

Eliminate cords with wireless chargers!  I love my Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charger!

 

My answer is YES!  I have never liked cords. The sight behind our television used to give me major anxiety until my husband found a way to make it nice and organized…well, as much as cords can be anyways.  Now though, certain devices are becoming compatible with wireless charging, and my Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of them!  

Like most cell phone users, I’ve gone through a lot of cords.  They wear out or they get lost.  Then there are users whose charging ports stop functioning.  This is where a wireless charger comes in especially helpful.  But be sure to grab a “fast” wireless charger if your phone supports it because it will make a difference in charging speed!  

As I mentioned before, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7.  This phone supports “fast charge” through Qualcomm 2.0 technology.  What does this mean?  There is a technology that has been developed, tested, and approved for fast charging, and my phone works with it.  While searching around for wireless chargers, I found many that were cheap, but they didn’t support fast charging.  I ended up deciding to stick with the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad. This product is $30-60 depending where it is purchased.   

 

Fast Wireless Charging - I love it!

 

So how does it work?  Well a cord is still involved in order to get electricity to the charger, but you can hide it out of sight and never have to see it again.  After making sure the charger is plugged in, it will flash a couple colors of light, then it will be ready to charge your phone.  Simply rest your phone on it and it will begin charging within a second or two.  You should be able to use it with or without a case.  I use a LifeProof case on my phone, which is thick, but it does not interfere with the charging.  

The obvious pros to using a wireless charger are that you can just set the phone down to charge, then pick it up at your leisure without wearing out the charging port.  It is convenient on a desk, on an end table, or even on your nightstand. 

The cons are that it is a bit slower than charging by cable.  By fast charge cable, that is.  My phone still charges faster via the fast wireless charger than a 1.0 cable, but it is still noticeably slower than the 2.0 cable.     My husband explained that some of the charge is lost through the process, making it a little slower.  With that being said, I am definitely glad I opted for the fast wireless charger than the regular one.  With high use, I was able to still lower my battery faster than it charged on the wireless charger.  I have not succeeded in doing that with the fast cable.  

Any questions?  I am pretty excited to be able to just set my phone down and not worry about plugging a cable in the right way every time I want to boost its charge.  I still keep my Nomad key chain cable with me so I can always recharge on the go when necessary, but at home, I love being “cable-free!” 

Please ensure that your wireless charger is certified to support the phone you are charging!  

Got Spring fever? Check out these 10 products!

 

 10 Products for your Spring fever - Hammock Swing... I totally need one of these!

1. Hammock Swing

Doesn’t this look so comfortable?  I can feel the Spring breeze on my face already!  

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - Instant Screenhouse (no more bugs!)

2. Instant Screenhouse 

Spring sounds amazing, but remember all the bugs?  Stop swatting at them constantly while relaxing in the back yard with this instant screen house! 

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - Trunk Organizer

3. Trunk Organizer

Keep sports accessories, spare snacks, and car supplies organized with this handy trunk organizer.

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - LED Motion Sensor Lights

4. LED Motion Sensor Outdoor Lights

Since you will be spending a lot more time outdoors, make sure to set up some LED motion sensor lights!  

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - adorable sleeveless Spring dress (I just love this!)

 5. Sleeveless Spring Dress 

One of my favorite parts of Spring is being able to pull out my Spring outfits.  This adorable 50s style dress is absolutely perfect…and affordable!  Plus there are several designs to choose from.  

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - Polar fitness tracker

6. Fitness Tracker

This Polar A360 Fitness Tracker features a Wrist Heart Rate Monitor.  This is a great way to keep yourself accountable and focus on your health this Spring!

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Brewer (gotta have my Sweet Tea!)

7. Iced Tea Brewing System

Ahh…a glass of iced sweet tea!  I can’t wait!  This tea brewing system comes with a glass pitcher to serve your guests and yourself. 

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10 Products for your Spring fever - Erin Condren 2017 12-month life planner

 8. Get Organized with a 12 Month Planner

Erin Condren Life Planners are quality made and customizable.  With the kids’ summer sports, date nights, spring/summer parties, and more, you will want to keep everything organized in one place!

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10 Products for your Spring fever - Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer 

 9. SPF Tinted Moisturizer

Protect your face as you start spending more time in the sun with a moisturizer that contains SPF protection!

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 10 Products for your Spring fever - Organizers

10. Drawer/Closet Organizers

I saved this for last because as much as I love to be organized…cleaning house is not necessarily the most “fun” part of Spring :)  But I LOVE some good organizers!  These are so versatile too. 

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10 favorite products for the new year [2017]

Winter is here and I am doing everything I can to embrace it!  I am taking care of my skin, dressing warm, and keeping the kids entertained.  Here are 10 of my favorite products at the moment!

 

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Facial Cleanser

Brand: Pacifica
Product: Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

I love how smooth and gentle this face wash is.  My face feels clean and hydrated.  It’s really great year round, but especially during these harsh dry winter months!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Cuddle Duds Reversible Infinity Scarf - it's so warm and comfy!

Brand: Cuddl Duds
Products: Reversible Fleece & Jersey Infinity Scarf

This scarf is absolutely amazing – it is very soft and comfortable as well as versatile.  Most scarves make me feel itchy.  This one does not!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - LifeProof FRE series case

Brand: LifeProof
Product:  FRE Series Case

I have been a fan of LifeProof for years.  Their products are always great quality and have protected my devices from the weather, whether it is raining or I drop my phone in the snow….they’ve even protected against baby drool and my 5 year old dropping my phone.  I highly recommend checking these cases out for your iPhones, Galaxy phones, or even tablets!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Nomad Key Micro USB (or Lightning) Charging Cable

Brand: Nomad
Product: Portable key-shaped USB cable

I can’t count many times my Nomad Key has come in handy and I won’t go anywhere without it!  I have it attached to my key chain so it is always with me.  It always seems my phone is low on battery when I need it most.  Keeping a charging cable with me makes it a lot more convenient to charge up my phone!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Brand: Babyganics
Product: Foaming hand sanitizer

I carry a bottle of this in my purse all winter long because with two little boys, germs find their way into our home quickly!  Not only is this product fragrance free, but it is also easy for the kids to use.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Muck Boots Mid-Height Snow Boots

Brand: Muck Boots
Product: Mid Snow Boots

For the past few years, my favorite winter boots have been Muck Boots.  There are several styles, and now with this comfortable snow boot, you will be comfy and cozy all winter long!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile (caffeine-free!)

Brand: Celestial Seasonings
Product: Honey Vanilla Chamomile (caffeine free)

This has been my favorite flavor of tea this winter!  Served warm or hot, it is soothing and great for any time of day.  And it is by far my favorite way to warm up on a cold wintery day.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Nintendo Wii Mario Kart - fun for the whole family!

Brand: Nintendo Wii
Product: Mario Kart

Mario Kart is a great way to spend time together as a family when you are snowed in!  My 4 and 5 year old love playing, and so do my husband and I.  Even grandma joins in when she visits!

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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Vera Bradley Lanyard

Brand: Vera Bradley
Product: Lanyard Necklace Strap

Ok, so this may seem random in my list but seriously, my Vera Bradley lanyard has been the savior of my car keys this winter.  A few weeks ago, I dropped my husband’s keys in the snow without realizing until later.  It took a week of looking through the deep snow and shoveling it around to finally find them.  If I drop my keys, they may still sink through the snow but the lanyard will still be visible.  Plus having the lanyard attached makes it so much easier to find in my purse, or simply wear as a necklace as I’m busy getting my boys in and out of the car.


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Our Top 10 Favorite Products on Amazon for the New Year (2017) - Bella Beat "Leaf" Health Tracker (smart jewelry)

Brand: Bellabeat
Product: Leaf Health Tracker (Smart Jewelry)

In winter, it can be hard to get motivated to move.  It is cold, you want to stay cuddled up on the couch with a good movie and a blanket, and exercising may not be your first thought.  A fitness tracker can help keep you accountable.  You will see how many steps you are really taking and can set daily goals to reach.  This tracker is discreet and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or simply clipped on your clothing.

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