2011 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – 3M Natural View Screen Protectors

Getting (or giving) a new tablet or cell phone this holiday season? You’ll want to be sure to protect the screen. 3M makes a line of screen protectors, the 3M Natural View Screen Protectors.

3m Natural View Screen Protector Ipad


All cell phone screen protectors are not created equal. 3M™ Natural View Screen Protectors apply easily and remove cleanly. Plus, they feature innovative stay-clean edge technology to prevent the edges of you screen protector from collecting dust, dirt and grime. Better viewing, sharper looking—it’s your mobile brain made brawny and beautiful.


I received samples of 3M Natural View Screen Protectors for the ipad, as well as universal sizes for smartphones (iPhone 4s in this case) and tablets (Motorola Xoom in this case). The screen protectors aren’t difficult to put on. Clean your screen and then place the end of the screen protector on the device and slowly pull the rest of it off. Just be careful to line them up carefully and you won’t have to move one like I did. Once on, just use the included cardboard tool to remove any bubbles. That’s it. Once on I noticed that the screen was a tiny bit darker then it had been before but not enough to alter vision or color. I thought for sure there would be more residue from oils on the finger on the screen then there had been without the screen protector but there seemed to be the same to possibly a little less. My son will be getting an iPad for Christmas and this will be on it for sure, the scratch resistant surface will help protect it.

3M Natural View Screen Protectors are available for purchase online and in stores. Prices vary depending on what device you’re buying the screen protectors for.


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The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This post has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Help Command help Rebuilding Together this Halloween!

BOO! Halloween is a time to eat too much candy, throw on a crazy costume and transform your halls into a haunted house!

However, for some people, decorating for Halloween may seem as scary as the decorations themselves. Luckily, with Command products from 3M, you can avoid the aggravation of spooking your walls with holes, marks or sticky residue after the cobwebs, spiders and goblins are packed away.

This year, Command Brand is donating $20,000 along with damage-free decorating products to the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, to help more Americans transform their houses into homes this Halloween. What’s more, lifestyle expert Kelley Moore provided some great tips on how you and your readers can transform your space from everyday living to a Halloween extravaganza!

To support Command Brand’s donation, check out this web video, including some of Kelley’s best Halloween decorating tips and tricks: http://youtu.be/RfcNOQxKhOg

Happy Halloween!

Music Lovers Can Play for a Cause and a Chance to Win

Here’s news about a breast cancer initiative from a national retailer  – music is such an important part of the education process in children’s lives, and helping others is an important lesson as well. Music & Arts, a musical instrument retailer, is getting tuned up for the cause, and to raise awareness of this worthy cause, from October 3 – November 4 music fans looking to hone their guitar skills and give back can enter in-store to win a Fender Squier Bullet Stratocaster (MSRP $199.99), signed by Grammy Nominated singer Michelle Branch. These products can be purchased easily online at www.musicarts.com/thinkpink

Music & Arts has also teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to donate a percentage of proceeds from all specially-branded pink musical equipment.

Specially branded pink items from Music & Arts include:

· A unique Squier Electric Guitar in Shell Pink, sold at a discounted rate exclusively online (SRP: $200; web sale price: $119.99)

· Guitar stings and shoulder straps

· Violin bows, and clarinet and flute cases

· A pink G Clef water bottle and a pink “Got Music” baseball cap

Music & Arts will also offer $1 Breast Cancer Pink ribbons, of which 100% of the proceeds will go back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The specially marked Pink products can be purchased online at www.musicarts.com and in-store through November 4, 2011.

Sketch-A-Space for Autism and National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Easter Seals’ Sketch-A-Space competition, supported by Google SketchUp is an incredible opportunity for people with autism, those interested in learning more about autism, or those who have someone in their lives with autism to celebrate the unique and critical contributions people with autism make to our nation’s workforce and to show off their creative abilities.

“Easter Seals’ Sketch-A-Space contest aims to raise autism awareness and increase community understanding that individuals with autism can be successful in the working world when they have access to the supports they need and find the right job match,” says Tom Wyman, manager of business development, Google. “We hope it will encourage employers to consider individuals with autism and other disabilities and provide an avenue for creative expression.”

Entrants use the free Google SketchUp software to design their dreams for employment—for a chance to $3,000 and improve their resume and employment portfolio. The competition also allows participants to:

Raise autism awareness
Show off art, architecture and design skills
Educate others about employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities
Expand resume and employment portfolios
Display visual and spatial strengths as a person with autism

Learn more at www.easterseals.com/sketchaspace. Enter between October 12, 2011 and December 15, 2011. Winners will be announced in January 2012.

REVIEW – ACE Brand Products

I’ve had back pain for a few years now. When offered the opportunity to try some ACE products made for back pain, I gladly accepted.

Ace Ice Heat Reusable Compress Box


Discover comfortable therapy during recovery with ACE Brand I.C.E./HEAT Back Wrap. Apply hot or cold treatment to your back with a reusable gel pack that slides conveniently into its own adjustable wrap. It’s portable comfort, custom fit for your back.

Features and Benefits:

  • Includes reusable hot or cold gel pack
  • Insulating wrap material is ideal for hot or cold treatments
  • Adjustable wrap conveniently holds gel pack in place
  • Neoprene-blend wrap combined with hot or cold gel pack provides a therapeutic temperature during treatment
  • Freeze reusable gel pack for cold therapy or microwave for heat therapy

Ace Lumbar Support Box


Your back delivers all day long. Lifting, twisting and supporting. The ACE Lumbar Back Support combines optimal lumbar and abdominal support with proper fit and comfort. Keep up with life on your terms with ACE back supports.

Features and Benefits:

  • Contoured fit for maximum support and comfort
  • Dual adjustment straps for custom fit and abdominal support
  • Can be comfortably worn under clothing
  • Lightweight, breathable for wear all day comfort


As mentioned, I’ve had back pain for some time now, it started long before I lost the weight. A couple of years ago the orthopedist told me that I had problems and put me into physical therapy. One of the things they did in physical therapy were ice and heat treatments. They can really help relieve pain a lot. I still use heat often, so I was especially interested in trying the I.C.E./Heat Back Wrap. What I really liked about it was the way the gel conformed to my body. This is very convenient for times when you can’t be plugged in to a heating pad, such as in the car or on the go out and about. I wore mine to run a couple of errands and loved it. It’s easy enough to reheat if it cools, just put it in the microwave. It really helped relax the muscles. I haven’t used the Lumbar Back Support yet but did unwrap it and try it on. I liked that it didn’t feel too heavy, and that it fit nicely because it has adjustable velcro straps on each side. Both of these ACE products would be terrific to keep on hand in your home medicine kit, especially if you’ve ever suffered from back pain.

There are lots of different ACE products, made for treating conditions such as muscle sprains/strains, backaches and other sore muscles, tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel and even Arthritis. Be sure to visit the ACE Special Offers page, where you’ll currently find coupons for up to $2.00 off ACE products, as well as current sweepstakes. ACE brand from 3M products are available online, in drugstores and in mass retailers nationwide. Pricing ranges from $4.99 – $7.99 for Bandages, $11.99 for Hot/Cold Therapy and $8.99 – $29.99 for Braces and Supports. Visit www.acebrand.com for more information.

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This post has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.