Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review + Reader Giveaway

Baby monitors have certainly come a long way since I had my son nine years ago! Back then I used an audio monitor that frankly didn’t work all that well. I didn’t find much use for it, so I didn’t use a monitor at all for kids #2, #3, and #4. But when kid #5 made her appearance late last year I knew I wanted to give a video monitor a try this time around so I could keep tabs on her while I was occupied with her siblings.

So I was thrilled to try out the new easy to use and secure Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. I’m telling you, if you want a video monitor with all the bells and whistles, this is the one! This product is the first video baby monitor to use DECT technology, providing an independent closed network for up to 1500 feet of secure, interference-free range.

Aside from the extra-long range, other features include long battery life, clear night mode, pan/tilt/zoom, 2-way talk, noise reduction, lullaby and white noise and sensors + alerts for motion and room temperature.

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Features

This baby monitor is definitely an upgrade from baby monitors used in the “olden days” and even recent models! Key features include:

Experience Extra-Long Range
Powered by Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology, the video baby monitor extends up to 2x farther than comparable monitors, with interference free up to 1500 feet (more than 4 football fields!).

Enjoy a Longer Battery Life
With a long-lasting battery, you’ll have the confidence to get on with household activities while your baby naps. You can use either A/C power or rechargeable batteries to power the monitor without worrying about the battery going dead. Not to mention, battery life is 13 hours in standby mode (audio on) or 5 hours of continuous operation.

See Clearly at Night
Clear night vision allows you to easily see details, even in a pitch black environment.

Get Peace of Mind with Wide Eye View
Any movements of your baby can be captured remotely from the monitor unit with the pan, tilt and zoom functions – giving you peace of mind.

Talk to Your Baby Anytime
Equipped with a microphone and speaker for 2-way communication, you can talk to your baby by pressing and holding the “TALK” button. Keep your baby happy by talking to him or her while you’re doing chores to feel more confidence because you’re always in touch.

Clear Sound Makes it Easy to Hear What’s Going On
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor camera minimizes background noise for clear sound. Babbling, gurgling, crying or just breathing softly – whatever sounds your baby makes, you can always hear them clearly.

Customizable Smart Sensors + Alerts Function
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor includes smart sensors and alerts that let you choose what’s right for you and your baby, detecting any changes of conditions in your baby’s room. Motion, temperature and sound sensors are incorporated, with automatic notifications whenever action is required. A chime will sound to notify you, an LED will light and a notification will appear on the monitor screen.

Lullaby and White Noise
Gentle, soothing sound helps calm your baby for deeper, more restful sleep. The built-in sound generator creates a natural listening experience that relaxes babies, lulling them into a deeper and more restful sleep. Panasonic’s Baby Monitor has five types of white noise sound, in addition to lullabies.

My Thoughts

All of the features listed above are really impressive. I found the picture to be very clear and I like that the pan/tilt/zoom function allows you to scan around the room. This could be useful if you wanted to keep tabs on multiple children in the same room.

I also really liked the smart sensors for motion, temperature and sound. Sure, you might not want to know every time your baby moves or makes a noise, but if you do want to you have that option. You can either choose to receive a sound notification as well as have it appear on the screen or just have the screen light up with the notification.

Probably my favorite feature, as silly as it sounds, is the lullaby / white noise option! Setting up this monitor in my baby’s room meant that we could move the sound machine we’ve been using for her somewhere else and turn it on and off without having to enter the room while she’s sleeping and possibly wake her up. I also really liked the 2-way communication where we can talk to her to help her settle back to sleep if need be, or reassure her that we’re on our way.

I tested the range outside while my daughter was napping and found it to be tip-top. We even took a quick stroll around our cul-de-sac and the monitor never lost communication with the receiver.

All in all, I really recommend this unit. If I had one “wish” that could be fulfilled it would be that the receiver unit wouldn’t have to be plugged in to work; a backup battery option would be great. Otherwise it’s a little tricky to place the receiver as it needs to be near an outlet, which could be problematic for overnight stays outside of your home (hotels, other people’s homes, etc.). Still, that’s a small complaint in comparison with all of this monitor’s awesome features.

Where to Buy

The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor retails for $149.95 and is available to order on Panasonic.com as well as Amazon.com. Please note that it has an estimated ship date of June – July. Now through 5/31/18, use the coupon code P9P3KQZGPQ46 to save $10 when you order directly from Panasonic.com!

Reader Giveaway

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win a Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 6/4/18. Good luck!

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Giveaway

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review

Save $15 on the Black Stainless Steel Suite Kitchen Appliance Collection

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Looking for that perfect gift to surprise Mom with this Mother’s Day? Look no further than the Black Stainless Steel Suite kitchen appliance collection from the Oster®, Crock-Pot® and Mr. Coffee® brands!

The Black Stainless Steel Suite is an assortment of small kitchen appliances with a premium Black Stainless Steel finish. Warmer and softer than traditional stainless, Black Stainless Steel provides a modern style that matches a variety of other finishes. The innovative finish reduces the appearance of smudges for low-maintenance care – simply wipe with a dry cloth to bring back its original luster.

Now, you can save $15 on two or more items in the Black Stainless Steel Suite, all from your favorite brands – Oster®, Crock-Pot® and Mr. Coffee®! Treat Mom to a kitchen upgrade this Mother’s Day – get this limited time offer, here!

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Softer Than Brittle Review and Reader Giveaway

I’ll be honest. I have never been a big fan of old-fashioned peanut brittle. When I was a kid, peanut brittle was a BIG tradition in our family, particularly around the holidays, but not something that I ever cared for. (Which I never would have wanted to admit to my Grandma – who usually made the brittle.) Do you know what I AM a big fan of? Softer Than Brittle!

Softer Than Brittle is a unique, soft and flaky gourmet nut brittle hand-crafted from a 60-year-old family recipe. It is a “better-for-you-brittle” in that it contains no preservatives, cholesterol, dairy, or hydrogenated oil. It’s even vegan!  Not only is Softer Than Brittle super delicious, soft and flakey, it also features a clean label with just 6 or 7 basic ingredients. Easy to understand – easy to know what you’re eating.

This gourmet, nut snack is made in small batches in a copper kettle. I’m not quite sure what that kettle being made of copper adds to the process, but I have a feeling it is something good because the end result is so delicious.

Softer Than Brittle is available in four varieties: Peanut, Almond, Cashew and Pecan. While I have tried and like them all, I really love the Almond flavor. It is SO yummy!

I have been enjoying Softer Than Brittle as an afternoon snack to tide me offer between lunch and dinner, but it could be used for so many other occasions including as an office treat, taking on road trips (the resealable pouches make it perfect for that), after school snacks and more. When will YOU eat Softer Than Brittle?

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win a prize pack of all 4 varieties of Softer Than Brittle: Peanut, Almond, Cashew and Pecan. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/16/18. Good luck!

Softer Than Brittle Giveaway

The Story Egg Review – Teach Kids About the Easter Story!

My family and I are Christian, so holidays like Easter take on special meaning for us as we consider the role Jesus played on Resurrection Sunday. So I was very excited to get the chance to try out The Story Egg, a book and activity that helps teach kids about Easter!

The Story Egg takes kids through each day of Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday and leading up to Easter Sunday. The activity uses seven stacked, hand-crafted wooden nesting Eggs, each with its own corresponding story in an illustrated hardcover book. You can open an egg each day with your children or read the whole thing at once!

The Eggs cover the following days of Holy Week:

  • Palm Sunday
  • House of Prayer Monday
  • Teacher of Love Tuesday
  • Give and Take Wednesday
  • Last Supper Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday

Note that there is no corresponding egg for Easter Sunday – that’s because when you open the seventh egg (representing the stone that was rolled in front of the tomb), it’s empty!

We started with our daily readings last night at dinner and my kids (ages 8, 6, 4, and 3) were really interested. I can tell this is going to be a family tradition for years to come!

 

 

Interested? Check out The Story Egg’s website for more information and to order!

Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat – The Only Car Seat You Will Ever Need!

Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat Review

If you are looking for a car seat that provides exceptional safety features and can be the only car seat you will ever need, meet the Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat! The Diono is a convertible car seat so it allows you to use it rear facing as well as forward facing. The weight limit is 5-40 lbs for rear facing and then up to 65 lbs for forward facing toddlers.

But it doesn’t stop there, it then can be transformed into a booster seat that can hold up to 120 lbs. It is a 3-in-1-design that all parents can appreciate. You invest in one seat and it works the entire time your child neats extra safety when they travel!

Diono radian rXT car seat plum

For my husband and I, we are always on the hunt for a car seat that provides top-notch safety features. We want to make sure that our little boy is protected everywhere we go, as much as he can be. What I love about the Diono brand is this seat is made from steel for extra safety, and the integrated steel frame is wrapped in a thick engineered plastic that can withstand a severe crash force. It also has reinforced sidewalls, which adds even more protection, and is surrounded by EPS foam to really add that extra layer of protection. If you are on the hunt for a car seat that will really provide that safety you desire, you should really consider the Diono brand!

Diono Radian rXT Car Seat

My husband installed it in our 4Runner and it fits really well. I love the height of the car seat, as it allows Clay to be able to look out and see as we travel and it keeps him safe. The sidewall on the head area is a nice layer of protection to protect his head if we were to get into an accident. It will help him getting knocked around as much.

As for comfort, this is one of the nicest car seats I have personally felt and tried out. The fabric is a nice velour with mesh so it allows it to breathe well and has a lot of cushions to give your child a nice comfy ride. You can hand or machine wash which is really nice. In case of a spill or your child gets sick you can wash it. They do recommend to line dry to help protect the shelf life of the fabric.

I highly recommend the Diono Radian rXT Car Seat! We have been using it for awhile and couldn’t be happier!