Zmodo and #2017CES What’s New?!

In case you’ve missed my tweets, Instagram photos and blog post let me catch you up! On January 5th 2017, I was invited by Zmodo to speak at CES (Computer Electronic Show) the show that was held from January 5th thru the 8th.   What an honor that was. What an experience!! Not only being able to represent a company that I admire but to learn about products that are on the horizon for Zmodo.

Zmodo introduces a new lineup of robust and stylish smart home products and a redesigned and improved platform to become your one stop shop for smart home solutions.

The show started out with the energetic Zmodo Cheer Squad.

Next up was a formal welcome and introduction from the president of Zmodo.

Next up was the panel discussion about the current Zmodo products. What a great panel this was. A little intimidating too! (I’m lying, it was a LOT intimidating!) These were some big names around the ‘net!

It was unanimous across the panel Zmodo products truly create a wonderful Smart Home. We also agreed that being able to have all your Zmodo electronics on one app is extremely helpful. Like I said during the discussion I’m not giving up photographs of my 3 Grandkids for extra apps. An y’all know I have a TON of pictures of those cuties. The discussion continued around what are favorite product is to date. My would have to be the Pivot; you can see my full review here. The reason that I love the Pivot as much as I do is for The Husband Spying. Nooooo not for what you are thinking but (okay, maybe just a little..) The Husband has Multiple Sclerosis falling and getting seriously hurt is a constant concern. Turn on my phone and I can find him happily playing video games with the dog sitting next to him. I can even talk to him thru the app. Another major perk is the face that the Pivot acts as a speaker!! I love that feature.

Next the discussion turned to what we are most excited in the new Zmodo releases. I could have held on to the mic the rest of the discussion. There are so many different items that I am excited about!! From Smart Curtains. Smart Curtains you ask? The curtains are equipped with sensors that know when the outside is too hot and closes the curtains for you. You can set a timer so that your curtains open and close at the same time each and everyday. This was the first hint the folks at our Neighborhood Watch gave. Open and close curtains at the same time each day. Same with a lamp coming on and going off at the exact same time. Then the bad guys can’t get a set schedule for when you are home and when you are not. Again you can operate the curtains from the single app on your phone or iPad. How brilliant is that? Curtains that learn from my habits!
Since we’re on security, the next item up is The Greet. You can answer your door from anywhere! At home or at CES in Las Vegas! Doesn’t matter where you are! Not only can you see who is at the door but you can TALK to them from your phone!!  The HD video, smart motion detection, and real-time alerts, it’s like you’re at home, even when you’re not.

So many more things on the horizons for Zmodo. How about a smart vent? A standard size vent that replaces the ones in your home now. The Smart Vent will detect movement and adjust the airflow accordingly. This little guy will even out the heating and cooling in your house. Finally! The back bedroom will be the same temperature as the family room!!  Added bonus?  The Smart Vents don’t require any wiring!! AND again can be controlled from your phone and the Zmodo app!
So much more to tell you about so check back later this week! There will be a GIVEAWAY included of a brand new Zmodo Product!! A new product you’re gonna WANT!! I promise!  Course if you want to check out the Zmodo site you can try to guess what I’ll be giving away!

iGarden Sapphire Blue Bedding Set

Does anything feel better than a new set of sheets?  Except maybe a new set of thick 100% cotton sheets in a beautiful Sapphire Blue!

This bedding set is different from the normal set; or at least for me it’s different. There is a flat sheet, 2 nice large pillow cases and a comforter cover.  There is no fitted sheet with this set.

Starting with the color. This is a beautiful sapphire blue, such a vibrant rich color of blue. The color doesn’t fade when washed. I washed the sheets in cold water and air-dried. I also threw in a white wash cloth so see if the color bled; I’m pleased to report that the sheets didn’t bleed.


The sheets are a nice thick 100% cotton.  The kind of cotton sheets my Grandma use to have they aren’t silky soft like silk sheets but they feel good and nice and cool to the touch. I love that this set is perfect for all seasons from summer to winter.

Workmanship is next; for the flat sheet the corners are not actually corners but rather the European style rounded rectangle sheet. The flat sheet is very large and actually is larger than the comforter cover at 94.48″ long and 106.29″ wide. The cover is 86.6″ long and 92.48″ wide. The pillowcases are a great size and easily fit our larger foam pillows. The cases are 18.89″ by 29.13″. The pillowcases are simple slip ins. No buttons or zippers to tangle my hair around. YEAH!!! The hems are all well done with no slipped stitches or loose threads anywhere in the set.

The set is preshrunk and even after washing and drying it still fits perfectly.

The comforter cover closes with a nice heavy hidden zipper at the bottom of the cover. The zipper glides open and closed easily. Even after washing.

WHINES

Nope, this is a wonderful set in a beautiful rich blue color in 100% cotton sheet set.

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com

The Growing Sweater by Jason J. Marchi

I want to start right off with a disclaimer. This review does contain spoilers.  Apparently I can’t trust five-year-old Alice to “tell everyone about the book but DON’T tell them about the ending.” She just went right ahead and blabbed the whole book!!

The Growing Sweater is written by Jason J. Marchi and Illustrated by Ben Ouesnel. A super cute story that came at a time that allowed Alice to really ‘GET IT’ mostly because The Daddy just washed her favorite red sweater and it shrunk. Like doll size shrunk. So trust me when I say this adorable book came at the perfect time and made Alice LAUGH out loud!!

Granny Quigley knits her granddaughter Ashley (Also Alice’s best friend’s name…. is this book perfect for us or WHAT?!) a beautiful purple sweater with a white lace collar. A sweater that Ashley wears everywhere! She loves this sweater!! Then comes the time when the sweater needs washing. Instead of cleaning the sweater or shrinking the sweater it actually GROWS!! As much as she loves the sweater, it no longer fits and she hands the sweater UP (I’m a funny girl. Not hand me down… but hand me up?) to her older sister Morgan. Ashley hopes that one day when she is older the sweater will come back to her.

Morgan loves the sweater almost as much as her sister did. The day comes when the sweater needs to be cleaned. Then the sweater again grows. As a matter of fact each and every time the sweater is washed it grows larger and larger. Granny, Ashley and Morgan are constantly finding someone or something large enough to be able to wear or use the beautiful purple sweater with the white lace collar.

This book is a fun read from cover to cover.  The Growing Sweater, has won TEN awards!!  Three of them GOLD medals!! Including the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Tassy Walden Award, National Federation of Press Women Children’s Fiction just to name a few. All those awards you know this book is a keeper! The Growing Sweater also received two enthusiastic thumbs WAY up by 5-year-old children’s books snob (and ending giveawayer) Alice Price.

The Growing Sweater is perfect for ages 4 to 8.

You can find The Growing Sweater on OmicronWorld, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine bookstores.

Publisher: OmicronWorld
Author: Jason J. Marchi
Illustrator: Ben Quesnel
Publication Date: 11-10-2014
ISBN-0983094527
Number of Pages: 32 Pages
Book Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.2″ by 10.2″

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com