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Some days (okay….most days) I feel like my iPhone is an extension of my hand. So, finding different ways to protect this extra appendage is definitely important. I came across the Ampjacket (Kubxlab AmpJacket Acoustic Amplifier Case – iPhone5 (Black) recently, which is a great new way to both protect your phone and amplify the sound that comes out of it. Pop this case on, and the sound that comes out is clearer and almost twice as loud.
Don’t believe me? Check out my video review below, and then leave a comment on this post – tell me your favorite Christmas carol – to enter to win your very own white Ampjacket for an iPhone 5. It would look especially delicious on the new colored iPhone 5c, in my opinion. We will pick the winner next Wednesday, December 18th!
Disclosure: I was provided my own Ampjacket to pump my tunes throughout my house, but my opinions are my own!
Thank you Miele for sponsoring this post.
It has been almost three months since I started using my Miele Marin, and I’m still loving it…for many different reasons. It’s convenient, efficient, and all-around awesome. But one of the key points of my Miele training back in September was that their vacuums “create a cleaner experience for your family”, and I had not thought much about that part of it.
So I started investigating. First, I did the “dust in the air” test. A bright winter day with sunlight streaming in the windows usually means a lot of visible dust particles in the air around these parts. I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a ton of dust floating around, but that could have been a coincidence, right?
But then again, maybe not. The Miele vacuum is designed to be a sealed system, which means that it pulls the dirt through the vacuum tube into the bag using a spigot which extends into the bag. The dirt stays in, and clean air flows out through the upper HEPA filter. Even with a few months of use under its belt, there was no sign of dirt or dust anywhere except inside the vacuum bag, especially compared to our previous bagless vacuum which was always spewing dust into the air every time I would open it up. This was pristine in comparison.
And then there’s the HEPA filter. I actually popped it out today to check out how it is doing, and based on the amount of dirt it has collected already, I would say it is doing a pretty good job. That’s all dirt particles that would be shooting back into the air if it wasn’t for the HEPA filter. Yuck!
It reminded me of the particulate counter that we saw in action during our training, which we used to test the air coming out of the vacuum cleaner. There were almost zero particulates…and looking at this picture, I see where they are all going!
I was also reminded of the significance of how Miele designs their filters. For example, the filter casing for this HEPA filter is sturdy, preventing any dirty air to escape around the edges. This concept holds true for every component that snaps into the canister. Everything is sealed tightly, and if you look at my picture above, the inside of the canister is pretty clean. All the dirt is right where it is supposed to be….in the bag or in one of the filters.
During the winter months, we spend the majority of our time indoors, and I’m thankful to have a way to make that air healthier for my family to breathe this year. Filtration….is my friend.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Teacher gifts. It’s not an easy choice.
How much to spend? What to get? How generic to make it? Do I have to get a gift for all of my kids teachers? Should I include a gift receipt?
And on and on it goes.
As an educator myself my knee-jerk reaction when people ask me what they should get teachers is two words: GIFT CARD. I promise you can’t go wrong with that. Promise. And I’m talking gift cards for $5 to Panera. But, I understand that sometimes slapping a gift card into an envelope doesn’t satisfy the gift-giving desire.
So if you want to get a small token of appreciation for your favorite teacher I have some ideas below for you.
Scarves: These are easy–you can buy a cute scarf almost anywhere anymore and it’s always fun to have a number of them–so you can’t have too many. (It goes without saying that scarves with apples, scissors, one room school-houses, addition problems, and children holding hands are out of the question, right? Right.)
Gift Cards: I had to throw it on there. I just had to. Because really….don’t under-estimate them.
Cute Mittens: Even if you don’t know what color the winter coat is that they’ll be worn with, most teachers need to have a few extra sets around for recess duty or bus duty or anything else that takes them outside during the day (if you live in a cold climate).
Succulents: As trendy as these are right now I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone that wouldn’t appreciate a cute little cactus in a planter. Additionally–these will do well in a classroom as they’re virtually maintenance free.
Candles: These can be risky as not everyone loves strong scents and not all schools allow teachers to burn candles in their classrooms. But, if you know that the teacher in your life would like a candle, stick with clean fresh scents.
Pretty Notepads: Whether they’re monogrammed or just plain beautiful to look at, most teachers can always put to good use some nice paper.
Monogrammed Mug: I can’t name for you a teacher who isn’t regularly drinking coffee, tea, or hot chocolate during the work day (with a chaser of Diet Coke) so a nice mug with their monogram on it would absolutely be appropriate. Throw in a gift card to their favorite hot-beverage shop and you’ve got a winner.
Fancy Store-Bought Food Items: We’ve all got parties to attend, and something pretty that a teacher could put on a cookie tray or appetizer plate would be a hit. The key here is store-bought and something unique (like the macaroons I have pictured above). TJ Maxx and Marshalls are great for finds like this because they often carry little delicacies from the big department stores.
As far as how much to spend on teachers…..that’s really your call. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It’s what you’re comfortable with. Do you have to get a gift for all of the teachers in your child’s life; the music teacher, the art teacher, the homeroom teacher, etc.? I’d say not necessarily. However, if there is a teacher besides the homeroom teacher that makes your student really excited about coming to school it’s nice to show your appreciation for them too since they’re frequently over-looked.
And in the end, if buying gifts for teachers just isn’t in your budget, a heartfelt card goes further than you know.
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