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!

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Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review

Pamper Your Cats and Save on Purina at PetSmart

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love my cats. With three cats in the household that I love to spoil, costs for caring for them can add up in a hurry. There’s no way I’m going to cut back on pampering them and giving them the best, so the best alternative is finding great sales and deals to let me continue to give them a fantastic life without costing me a fortune! By saving money on their food and litter I’m able to splurge a bit more on the cat toys.

Lucky for us, there are some pretty amazing things going on right now at PetSmart to help us get some great Purina® supplies for our cats, save a bundle – oh, and there’s even a chance to win some awesome prizes!

I headed to PetSmart to stock up on food for the cats. They have been eating Purina cat food for years. I have experimented here and there with other foods, but they can be pretty picky and I want them to eat, so we always land back at one variety of Purina or another. On this trip I decided to pick up Purina® Pro Plan Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice for them to try. My cats already like the variety of textures in their usual Purina ONE food and they love it in this new food as well. I like that it has Guaranteed Live probiotics to support digestive health AND the fact that the #1 ingredient is chicken. You can click the image below to shop for it straight from the photo!

What I also like is the amazing rebate offer at PetSmart for Purina Products. When you purchase $20 of Purina products in a single transaction at PetSmart you can submit a rebate to receive a $5 PetSmart gift card. All you have to do is upload your receipt HERE. And if you make multiple purchases of $20 or more, you can redeem for multiple gift cards!

But that’s not all, when you visit the Madame Fortuna and the Paws of Fate site to redeem for your gift card, you can also play the Paws of Fate instant win game for a chance to instantly win prizes such as PetSmart gift cards, as well as Save a Fortune tarot cards. No purchase is necessary to play or win.

Prizes:

  • 2 Grand Prizes:
    • 1 Dreams of Fortune Cat Bed – AVR: $2,145
    • 1 Dreams of Fortune Dog Bed – AVR: $2,145
  • Instant Win Game Prizes
    • Purina Branded Tarot Cards (50 total) – ARV: $25/ea
    • $50 PetSmart Gift Card (15 total) – ARV: $50.00/ea
    • $25 PetSmart Gift Card (15 total) – ARV: $25.00/ea
    • $10 PetSmart Gift Card (25 total) – ARV: $10.00/ea

Head on over to visit the Social hub now to learn more, submit a rebate and play the instant win game! What Purina products will you stock up on for YOUR cat??

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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How do you plan to celebrate the special women in your life this Mother’s Day?

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Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches – Perfect for Busy Nights!

Quick and Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches 

easy philly cheese steak sandwich recipe

If you are looking for an easy Philly cheese steak sandwich recipe, you have come to the right place! Now I have never been to Philly, and I know my sandwich will never compare to the famous sandwiches they serve up! These are my own take on a Philly sandwich, and I think you will enjoy it. I love the rich pepper and onion paired with the steak and cheese. Now we dip ours in mayo or I make au jus for it, but you can eat it plain if you prefer.

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Okay since I have made these, I found something I wanted to share with you all! They are these silicone cutting mats! They are an anti-slip and Anti-microbial- 99% Germ-resistant! How they are made means they offer a built-in defense properties that inhibit the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, thus always at work to keep the mats bacteria-free between cleanings. They have a little picture on the side so you can use the color for certain foods. Like green is veggies, red is beef, and so on! 

easy philly cheesesteak sandwiches

I picked up these hoagie rolls at our local store and they were perfect! They almost had a croissant taste to them, that was a really nice flavor pairing! You can make your own rolls or if you feel adventurous! For the ease of it, I bought mine!

You can make this recipe as large or small as you would like! It is perfect for just one or two people, or serve up a huge family, it is a very versatile recipe! You just make according to how many people are coming, and the flavors still come out perfect each time!

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches Made At Home! 

philly cheesesteaks at home

If you are curious about my pan, it is from the Rachael Ray line, you can buy it by clicking here. I have had these for quite a few years now and really love them! I love all the different colors you can choose from. I have a ton of her kitchen line products, and can’t really complain!

So as you can see, not much to whipping up these beautiful sandwiches! They are easy and delicious, and that is how I love cooking! I want delicious wholesome meals that my family will enjoy, without spending hours in the kitchen!

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You can make this even more of a time-saver by turning it into a freezer meal! Prepare a larger batch of the meat and veggies and freeze in meal-size portions. Then when you want a quick dinner, just defrost the mixture and pick up at step #5 of the recipe for a super quick dinner. I just bought this set of meal-prep containers last week and am loving them so far. The lids attach very securely and they are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe! I did read a tip in a review that it is a good idea to make sure the lid is well vented (as in turned to the side or even taken off) to make sure it doesn’t warp during microwaving and that is what I have been doing. They are such a convenient size!

philly cheesesteaks at home

Clay is at such a fun age, I want to be able to spend time playing with him, instead of in the kitchen! But I also love cooking, so I have found a happy medium in my life right now!

Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium-Large Steak (You can use any flat iron, Kc Strip, Ribeye)
  • 1 Yellow onion
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Provolone Cheese (I bought a pack of slices)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3-4 hoagie rolls

Instructions

  1. First off Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Next you want to season your meat well with salt and pepper. A 1 lb steak can make around 3-4 sandwiches if you are curious on what this will serve. Dice up your steak into thin strips and set aside.
  2. Grab your onion and pepper and thinly slice these as well into strips.
  3. In a non-stick pan add your 1 tablespoon butter to the pan on medium heat. Add your meat and let it start to brown. After about 5 minutes add in your onions and peppers. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook until the meat is cooked through and the peppers and onions are a little tender.
  5. Once cooked take your hoagie buns and cut in half and fill with the meat mixture. Top with 2 slices of provolone cheese. Do this until all your meat mixture is gone.
  6. Wrap each sandwich tightly in aluminum foil, and place in a baking dish. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy
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Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches Recipe to Whip Up on Busy Nights!