EZVIZ Mini O.

Recently, I was asked to participate in the EZVIZinsider Review program.

EZVIZ is a company creating ways that connect you visually to your life. No matter where you are, EZVIZ cloud services and smart home video technology can help you feel like you’re home—right from the palm of your hand.

I love my OscarCams. We have the original OscarCam, the V380 from Zeng Qingyao on a shelf in our living room. I got it through a very inexpensive email deal. When we first got it, you had to switch the language settings from Chinese to English, and set-up was a real headache. But after the nightmarish set-up, it works fine. And I like it because you can rotate the camera from the app to search around the room to look for Oscar. We also use Alfred, a free mobile app that can turn any old Android or iOS devices you have laying around into home security cameras. They work pretty well with much easier set-up than the V380. I don’t really have any complaints. We have two of them fixed on our first floor doors. Sometimes you can see Oscar with them. But not a lot of the time. When EZVIZ got in touch with me, I jumped at the chance to add another OscarCam to our living room… for free! The first EZVIZ product they asked me to review was the EZVIZ Mini O. And it arrived on our doorstep yesterday…

It’s a pretty small little camera and very pink…

We decided just to stand it in one of the little cubbies in our tv console…

It has a very strong magnet in its base and comes with a variety of different attachment options that would allow for it to be installed almost anywhere in any position in your home, and it has an extra long cord to stretch to a nearby outlet. It’s a stationary camera but it has a very wide-angled 111º fish-eyed lens that captures our entire living room in crisp 720p HD Video…

You can also activate instant motion alerts, night vision, and it has real-time, two-way audio. It also works with IFTTT, the free applet and services platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices. There are all sorts of applets for the ENVIZ  cameras. Everything from turning on sleep mode to arming the motion detection.

And set-up for the Mini O was a breeze. We just plugged in the camera, downloaded the app, scanned the QR code on the bottom of our Mini O and we were all set to go.
It was literally, plug and play.

We checked in our Oscar throughout the day while we were out and about just to see what he was doing. And it worked great. The Mini O is a really great addition to our OscarCams. At $59.99, it’s price point is a little bit more than I would be willing to spend to add too many more of them to our home. But if another Mini O or two were to show at our door, I wouldn’t be mad at all. It’s a great little camera! 😀📷❤️

Star Wars and The Power of Costume.

We got an email from our friends over at CincinnatiUSA.com asking us if we’d like a couple of complimentary passes to the final days of Star Wars and The Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center

The answer was a resounding, “Heck yes!” And our tickets arrived last week…

Today was the last day of the exhibit, so we headed over Cincinnati Museum Center…

There was a lot of scaffolding along the sides of Cincinnati Museum Center with all the renovations that are currently taking place…

See? The very last day…

George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world in “a galaxy far, far away” filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala. The iconic costumes were presented as part of a Smithsonian traveling exhibition called
Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Presenting more than 60 of the finest hand-crafted costumes featured in all seven films in the Star Wars saga, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers. The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Visitors will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings to the final costume designs.

One of the things that really struck us was that Natalie Portman must very tiny and petite in real life. And the number of costumes her character had in comparison to Princess Leia is kind of staggering. There were so many Padmé Amidala costumes…

Great exhibit it was. It was pretty amazing to get to see all the classic, iconic Star Wars costumes up close and personal with all of their intricacy and attention to detail. There was also a small exhibit about the Star Wars merchandising by a Cincinnati-based toy company named… Kenner

Growing up we had so many of these Star Wars action figures. I think they’re all still in my parent’s basement up in Michigan…

I had no idea that Kenner was a Cincinnati-based company.

It’ll be amazing to see Museum Center once all the renovations have been completed…

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon at all. 😀✨❤️

Livin’ in the Cin Insiders.

Recently, I was asked to write two articles for CincinnatiUSA.com’s Insider program. Their insider program is called Livin’ in the Cin, and it’s the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network’s collection of local online influencers who create and share content about their passion for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The first article I wrote was about the Cincinnati Arts Association and in particular, it’s spectacular venues: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Weston Art Gallery and Cincinnati Music Hall… 

And the second article was about the Taft Museum of Art

It’s quite the honor to be part of CincinnatiUSA.com’s Insider program. 😀❤️

Summer in Cincy.

CincinnatiUSA.com reminds you that Summer in Cincy is a wonderful time of year…

Sing along to live music on the river or enjoy free performances of everything from rock to reggae throughout the region. Taste the summer season with delectable and award-winning dishes at the area’s newest and most unique restaurants. Whether it’s catching a major league baseball game and riding roller coasters with the family, watching the world’s best tennis athletes compete or reconnecting with a romantic weekend of museums and riverboat cruises – there’s always more to explore, new adventures to be had and memories to be made in Cincinnati USA.

Looking for fun Cincinnati summer activities? Visit CincinnatiUSA.com to find things to do all season long!

Share what summer in Cincy means to you and win prizes! Just snap some photos of your summer adventures in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, post your photos to Twitter and Instagram using #SUMMERinCINCY and you’ll automatically be entered to win a prize valued at $100! And enjoy your Summer in Cincy! 😀

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