Monday, March 19, 2018

How to Make a DIY Travel Phone Projector with 4 Tools

One thing that many people enjoy using to create a new and exciting movie experience is a projector. However, many people just simply can’t afford a huge projector system for their home, and what if they want to travel with their projector? What are they to do? You could purchase a travel move project for your phone, or you could make a DIY projector that is easy to travel with and great for watching movies on the go. In this article, we will discuss an exciting way to make your own smartphone projector for your movie viewing pleasure.

Gather Those Materials

Before you make a DIY smartphone projector, you need to first gather your materials. This projector is easy to make with simple supplies that many people just have laying around. If you don’t they are still relatively inexpensive to purchase. To make this project, you will need four major tools:
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Xacto Knife
  • Hacksaw
  • Hot Glue Gun
Preparing the Items

Now that you have all your materials, you need to prepare your items for the rest of the project. This will include doing things like reinforcing your box and cutting the handle off your magnifying glass.
The first step is to grab your hacksaw and your magnifying glass. By propping the glass on a sturdy table, hold the lens part of the object with the handle sticking off the end. Gently use the hacksaw to cut off the handle and discard it. Next, you will need to reinforce the box by gluing the corner and the flaps of the box to prevent any wiggling as you finish the project and use it. Let it dry for several minutes before continuing. Now, you will take your magnifying lens and place it on the side of the end of the box where you will be placing it. Use the lens to draw off a line to cut the box. Using an Xacto Knife from your favorite hobby or craft store, cut out the circle line for the lens and pop the excess box from the hole.

Adding the Lens

Before you pop out the glue, you need to position the lens you are using. Once you get the lens in place, grab your hot glue gun to glue the lens in place on the box. Before you can finish off the rest of the project, you will need to put the lid back on the box to prevent any extra light from getting in the box and blocking the phone. Start by adding the lid and cutting off the excess box that sits over the lens. You can use your Xacto knife to cut it off.

Phone Stand

Using your phone in the projector means you will need a stand to keep the device from shaking or falling. By taking your foam board, you can make a simple phone stand. Start by cutting out two pieces. One piece needs to be the height of your phone, and the other should be wide enough for a base. Now that you have your pieces, position the foam piece onto the base, ensuring that it is perpendicular to the base. Taking your hot glue gun, attach the foam piece to the base to create a stand.

To add your phone to the stand, grab some double-sided tape that is padded. Add a piece or two to the back of your phone and stick it directly to the stand.

Setting your Phone

Before you turn on the movie, you need to set the phone to a few settings just to ensure that you are getting the right brightness. First, set your phone to the highest brightness setting that it will go. The more light you have the better the projection will be. After you set the phone, lock the screen since the lens will invert the light source. You will need to turn off the auto-rotate to prevent the screen from turning while you are watching the movie. Some people even download an image flip app to flip the orientation of the image for projection.

Adjust the Projector

Before you use your projector, you need to first position your phone to adjust it. Try moving to the phone closer or further away to get a better image on the wall. You might notice the image getting sharper or softer. When making a DIY projector, you need to ensure that it is just as calibrated as a typical projector to make your moving watching experience the best it can be. Once you have adjusted the projector, you can turn off the lights and enjoy your movie.


While you could just buy a projector, many people enjoy making their DIY projector. This project is a fun and easy project that can be done with the family or just for fun. Not only can you use it at home, but you can travel with the projector as well, making it a great option for vacation movie watching.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Customized Acne Treatment with MDacne

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of MDacne through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to our skin and our complexions, many of us, of various ages, find that we might have a issue with acne. Having acne is not only a issue that we deal with when it comes to our skin care routines, but one that can cause us to be self conscious of what we look like and how we feel others might perceive us. This can be even more so of a issue when it comes to teens, and like many teens, my daughter has found that when it comes to acne, that she would like to find a solution that is catered to her skincare needs. So when we were introduced to the MDacne App, I was curious to learn more about the app, the products they offer and how they help to create a personalized skin care routine to help combat the issue of acne with my teen with their acne treatment solution.

To get started with utilizing the MDacne app and the benefits that are offered through their personalized treatment plan, we were able to first download the app itself. When the app was done downloading, my daughter then added in her age, sex, skin type, severity level when it comes to acne, and finally, take a selfie. This selfie that is uploaded to the app, allows the app to pinpoint the acne found on her face, make an analysis using the information she provided, and provide her with an analysis of her skin. And from there, we were right away directed to the plan that is best suited for her, which includes the MDacne skin care products that she needs to help combat that acne that she, like many teens her age, have.

Once the checkout process was completed where we were also able to sign up for all of the amazing products and services that MDacne offers. We were pleased to find that our MDacne kit would arrive in just 5-7 days, allowing my daughter to begin her treatment plan sooner than later!

Then, when it comes to utilizing not only the treatment products, which contain ingredients that are dermatologist formulated, but also the plan that MDacne has personalized to my daughters acne issues, we found that they offer more than other treatment plans we have come across. This includes the Daily Routine reminders, where she can follow both morning and evening routines and get into the habit of following the various steps to using the products properly for the best results. Along with the routines, she also gets the Selfie Tracker which tracks her progress when it comes to her skin, allowing her to see the differences and also stay on track. I also found that with the MDacne, we can consult with a dermatologist, where we can ask questions, and get the answers we seek when it comes to my daughter's skin and treatment with the MDacne products. Making the choice to add the MDacne app and customized treatment plan when it comes to acne, a choice that you will be glad you made. And right now, you can get 30% off your acne treatment plan for the first month when you use code 30OFF-BLOG at checkout.


#Giveaway Save Mombies with The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow

When it comes to being a new mom and sleep, the two do not typically go well together. We find that when baby sleeps, that many might advise we sleep as well, but more times than not, we take that time to get other things done that we can not get done when baby is awake. This issue at hand then creates the "mombies"; moms who are running on little to no sleep but keep on going. Where this exhausted segment of the female population can usually be identified by dark circles under her eyes, a staggering walk, and a cup of coffee in her hand. Women turn into Mombies after giving birth and only one thing can stop them: sleep. Yet, scary statistics reveal that mothers of children under 18-months-old are barely clocking in five hours a night. So this past holiday season when I was given the chance to review the Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, I was pleased to find that it allowed sleep to come a lot easier for me.

I also found that with the Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, that it can help with resolving the issue of Mombies, by offering the comfort moms need to get that good night sleep. So when the people from Mediflow offered to give one of my readers their own Floating Comfort Pillow, which can be found on Amazon, I was excited to set it up! You can enter below to win your own Floating Comfort Pillow now.

Product received, thank you to Mediflow as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Adventure & Thriller Locations To Make Most Of Your Savannah Trip

For any adventure enthusiast, exploring diverse natural formations is a matter of pride and satisfaction. While many of us are not able to explore the world, some people make sure that they travel around the globe and find new tracks and trails to explore. Australia is one destination that attracts as many adventure lovers as urban and business tourists. Such is the popularity of the continent among hikers and explorers that many guides, like best desert & savannah tracks atlas and guide, have become international bestsellers. Here are the geological and geographical formations in the Savannah region of Australia that any nature lover would be thrilled to explore.

  • The plateau region on the west
This region lying in the tropical savannahs is more or less flat, with distinct zones of rugged formations along the coastal side. Destinations like Hamersley Range and Kimberley attract many hikers and explorers who carry out expeditions to know about the unique geological timeline of these formations.

  • The Lowlands in the centre
Stretching from the Northern edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, all the way to the Murray-Darling plains, via the Great Artesian Basin, this region is classified as flat lowlands. The geography of this region is marked by sedimentary rocks that serve a water-retaining function before the water flows to the eastern side of the continent.

  • The Highlands on the east
Almost the entire belt on the eastern edge of Australian Savannah consists of a series of tall and very steep plateaus running adjacent to the coastline. The slope of these plateaus gently merges with the inland. The Northern regions of these plateaus have the Savannah belt.

These three distinct regions are well-explained in stalwart illustrated books like best desert & savannah tracks atlas and guide. In addition, geologists are particularly interested in some land formations that are only found in Savannah region, along with the tropical belt surrounding it. These regions are described as follows:

  • The Peneplains
Erosion and weathering of mountains over thousands of years gave rise to very flat and low lying formations known as peneplains. These plains then accumulated limestone deposits, and stromatolites grew here. Currently, it is a treasure chest for the mining industry.

  • The Greywackes
Another distinguished formation in Savannah region is the sequence of rocks formed as a result of avalanches that happened underwater. These also comprise volcanoes.

  • Volcanic lava and basalt
The massive deposits of basalt and volcanic lava in the region around of Victoria River are reminiscent of the Cambrian age that happened hundreds of millions of years ago. Consequently, this region present marvels to geologists and earth scientists. These deposits eventually gave rise to fertile soil on which flora thrived.

  • Sandstone deposits
Intriguing sandstone deposits, that are highly resistant to erosion and weathering are also present in the Savannah. Their horizontal deposition and their composition (mainly quartz) are responsible for their amazing resistance to weathering.

The Savannah is a treasure trove for geological scientists and earth science researchers. Books and guides such as best desert & savannah tracks atlas and guide describe the fine details of the geographical and geological features of the region.


Friday, March 16, 2018

#Giveaway Ovation Brands Family Night Prize Pack Featuring The Sandlot

Family nights in my home vary from our family movie nights we enjoy once a week, to the family night outs that we enjoy as well. And when it comes to those night outs with the family, we like to seek out the restaurants that offer the family friendly environments along with menu selections that everyone can enjoy. With that in mind, one place that we like to head to that offers those aspects along with family fun nights on Thursday evenings is our local Old Country Buffet, which is part of the Ovation Brands family of restaurants. So when we were told about the all new line up of family night fun from the Ovation Brands' restaurants starting on March 29th, featuring the movie, The Sandlot, we were excited mark our calendars and also share about the events!

Each Thursday, from March 29th through May 3rd between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Ovation Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations. PLUS kids eat for $1.99 from 4 p.m. to close with the purchase of a regular-priced adult or senior meal.

The featured activities are as follows:
  • March 29 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • April 5 - Hall-of-Fame Day
  • April 12 - Jersey Day
  • April 19 - Scavenger Hunt
  • April 26 - Home Run!
  • May 3 - Safe!
Giving us plenty to look forward to on Thursday evenings when we make it a family night out, and making the choice to add the Ovation Brands' restaurants and Furr's Fresh Buffet to your next family night out, a choice that everyone is sure to appreciate! And to help with making your next family night out a fun one for everyone to enjoy, the wonderful people from Ovation Brands would like to give one of my amazing readers a prize pack with 4 meal passes and one copy of the movie, The Sandlot on Blu-Ray + Digital DVD!

Product received, thank you to Ovation Brands as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Meadow Days™ Super Mat from Tiny Love

When it comes to baby and playtime, we find that exploration on the floor is something that little ones enjoy. From playing on the floor in the family room, to the park, playtime is the time that little ones enjoy as they explore the world around them. And like many parents, when it comes to play times with little Zoey, Heather not only likes to have the toys that engage little Zoey, but also the play mats that she can both play on with her toys, relax on during naps, and even use as a mat when they head to the park as the weather warms up. So when we were sent the Meadow Days™ Super Mat from Tiny Love, Heather was excited to begin using it with Zoey and also share her thoughts on this mat with our readers. You can read Heather's review below. 

If you are looking for a brightly colored, 3-D play mat, this is the one for you! These little animals like the fox appear to be jumping off the mat. I like that the bright colors draw Zoey’s attention to come and play and that there are several little activities built into the mat. The fox’s tail crinkles when you touch it, the bunnie's carrot can hide in the garden, and the mirror can be taken off for extra play. Which is a favorite for Zoey, because she loves kissing herself in the mirror! For me, from a parent's perspective, I love how big this mat is and how thick it is. We have hard wood floors and I feel better when Zoey plays on the mat knowing that if she topples over, her head doesn’t hit the hard floor. Some additional features are:

* Engaging peek-a-boo tree
* Playful soft textures
* Mirror for extended tummy time
* Tint ring for attaching extra toy
* Large button and soft handle for easy folding & carrying
* Crinkly fox tail
* Machine washable mat
* Easy grasp carrot teether
* Corduroy peek-a-boo pocket
* Shiny satin ribbons
Which in all, we found this to be an excellent mat to grow with baby from birth and up, and I like that we can take it with us on the go. Making the Meadow Days™ Super Mat from Tiny Love a mat that we will be taking with us to the parks this spring and summer for picnics and that is perfect for Zoey to sit and play on. So if you have or are expecting a little one, be sure to pick up the Meadow Days™ Super Mat from Tiny Love today!

Product received, thank you to Tiny Love as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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