Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How Can a Cow Save a Penguin??

Hey neighbors!!

What does a cow have to do with a penguin?  No, it is not the newest kids joke.  Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring a program AZA SAFE.  SAFE stands for Saving Animals from Extinction.  So as part of this year long project Stonyfield is specifically committing funds to help reverse the decline of the African Penguin.  So, a cow can save a penguin!! The amount of African Penguins has decreased by 97% in the last 100 years.

What a great day to share this news, because today is World Penguin Day!!  In honor of today, Stonyfield and AZA will be hosting a Facebook Live for kids and their parents!!  The broadcast will be held at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic CT at noon today, April 25th.  You and your child/children will have the opportunity to see these penguins and to learn about the conservation being done to help  save them.  Be sure to join the Facebook Live here: https://www.facebook.com/stonyfield/ at noon today.

Now, there are some other ways your child can learn more about the African Penguin and other AZA SAFE animals.  Stonyfield will be featuring them on their YoKids packaging.  Your child can collect them all, while eating and snacking, healthy!

Along with all this, Stonyfield YoKids is offering a free kids pass to the 131 participating zoos with the purchase of 2 specially marked YoKids multipacks and of course an adult admission.  You can see the participating zoos HERE.  This is available now through the end of September.

Neighbors, there is a special AZA page where your children can watch special videos that answer the humorous questions, like "Can a cow save a penguin?"  Just click here and allow your child/children enjoy these videos, while educating them about endangered species.

Last of all, but not the very least, Stonyfield has announced that they are reducing the sugar content in all their yogurts, including YoKids.  Always made with USDA organic, non-GMO ingredients, they now have 40% less sugar then the leading low-fat kids yogurt.  You can purchase Stonyfield YoKids in cups, squeezers and smoothies.

Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to visit the Facebook Live today at noon.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New, At the Fence Writer

Hey neighbors!

We have a new writer coming on board here.  She is from Georgia and although her children are grown, she has several grandchildren, one of which lives with her.  That means you will be seeing some younger children's products soon.  Here name is Joyce, and here is a short bio she sent us.

I am retired mother of 4 and grandmother of 12. I have been a hairdresser in the past as well as working as a foster mom of 65 foster kids in a 20 year period. I worked in the medical field after my children were grown and enjoyed the experience of being an office manager. I have been an Insurance Agent in the past and worked up to the top 5 Agents in North Ga. I am a true people person.



Be sure to take a moment to welcome Joyce to the neighborhood.  I am sure you will enjoy getting to know her as she starts posting here, At the Fence.

See you soon!

Friday, April 21, 2017

SpeedyPrep for Homeschoolers


SpeedyPrep

Hey neighbors!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Here is a really helpful course for homeschoolers that we recently reviewed.  It is called SpeedyPrep, and is an online program to prepare your student to take the CLEP exam.  You can learn a little more about SpeedyPrep courses by visiting their actual website.  The CLEP college credits are accepted by nearly 2,900 colleges and universities.

SpeedyPrep was more for us about learning where my daughter is at in different courses.  We personally will not be taking the CLEP exams.  What we did was, I allowed my daughter to go through and work on different courses and see what she knew and what she would need improvement on.  She still has more to do, but unfortunately this turned into one of those months where she had to grab 15-20 minutes here and there to work on SpeedyPrep.  For the record though, I went in and started one just to see how it worked.  I was amazed at what I remembered.

SpeedyPrep

Here is a partial list of the different courses available, that are all included.
American Government
American Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
Biology
College Algebra
College Composition
College Mathematics
English Literature
Human Growth and Development
Humanities
And many more.

Basically there is a written Intro to each subject.  There are also videos to help you along, but the main learning is done on the flash card questions.  When you start a session, there are questions to answer.  You can pause or stop a course at any time and then come back to it.  It will record the amount of time spent, so if you have to leave for several minutes, you may want to exit the course and then re-start when you return.  Finish the question and then you may choose to submit them, or go look them over again.  When you submit them, you are told how many you correctly answered, and how many were wrong.  You may then choose to take it again, or study a little before re-taking the session.  You may only attempt answering each session 3 times.  There is a bar, for each course that tracks your progression through the course by percentage finished or completed.  Watching the videos does not count toward your progress.  Be aware, that it is answering the questions that will prepare your student for the CLEP exams.

SpeedyPrep

The cost of the course does not include the CLEP exam price.  Your student must complete the course before taking the exam, for the guarantee to be valid.  The course is designed for one student, as the total on the progress bar is only for one, so their results would actually be combined if more than one student studied a particular subject.

Please follow SpeedyPrep on their social media:
Social Media Links:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/speedyprep   @speedyprep
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/speedyprep

SpeedyPrep allows your student to take the CLEP exam for a course right from home.  They state that there are presently 33 courses that can be "clepped".

Be sure to take a moment to see what the other TOS Crew members have to say about their experiences with SpeedyPrep.

College Level Examination Program Preparation {SpeedyPrep Reviews}

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Five Ways To Save Money On Dental Costs Without Insurance


Can’t afford to visit the dentist? You’re not alone. According to the data, the price of dental care has been increasing at about twice the rate of inflation in the present decade meaning that, relative to income, costs have been going up and up. Studies show that access to dental work has fallen significantly since 2010, with around 5 percent fewer people with cover.


With prices going through the roof and with some patients unable to pay for dental work out-of-pocket, what can be done to make going to the dentist cheaper? Take a look at some of these money-saving ideas.


Take Part In A Medical Study

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Universities and research laboratories are constantly looking for people to trial new experimental treatments and methods. As such, there might be a trial being held near you which requires people with your particular dental problem. Even though the treatments are experimental, they can often be very effective. What’s more, participation in most studies is usually free. You could be involved in a study trialing new dental implants or pioneering a new method to extract wisdom teeth. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research maintains a database on its website of all ongoing clinical trials.


Engage In Dental Tourism


Thanks to the rising costs of dental care in some countries, people are starting to turn their attention abroad. Traveling abroad for treatment usually isn’t worth it for small procedures, but it can make a lot of sense if you need to have extensive work done. Just be wary that treatment abroad, though cheaper, might not be performed to the same high standards you're used to at home so you could be at risk.


Find A Part-Time Job With Dental Benefits


Although most jobs will require you to work full time to get dental benefits, there are still some part time jobs that offer this perk. So long as you meet the minimum number of hours required to get the benefit, you should qualify for free dental care through your employer.


Offer To Barter


Dentists, like everybody else, need certain services. If you’re cash-poor but have a marketable skill, like accountancy, web design or marketing, you could offer your services in exchange for procedures at the dentist. This would lower your costs and leave you no worse off.

Bartering isn’t the most efficient way of trading. But there are now bartering websites out there that can make the process a lot easier.


Find Out If There Are Discounts


Most dentists understand that some people aren’t covered by dental insurance. Although the price that insurance companies pay for treatment is high, many dentists will accept lower payments if you are paying out-of-pocket. Sometimes this is out of genuine sympathy, but in other instances, they have formal discount programs set up. Talk to your dentist about your financial situation and ask whether they’d be willing to reduce their prices temporarily if you pay out-of-pocket. Offer to book an appointment with them during a slow period of business, like during the Christmas break or late on a Friday afternoon.

If you have another method, please share here with our neighbors!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

How To Spot Silent Building Killers

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Thanks to TDHCA

Your home is probably the single biggest investment that you will ever make and it’s only natural to want to keep that investment safe. With regular maintenance and good insurance policies you probably think you have everything covered.  But things can and do go horribly wrong and often you won’t know a thing about it until it’s too late.  Good news is, if you know enough about the tell-tale warning signs you can protect your home from unexpected disasters.  Here are three silent home invaders that if left untreated could shatter your investment dreams.

Dry Rot
Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) eats away at wood compromising its strength and stiffness. What makes it a deadly and silent building killer is that it can spread through your home’s timbers without any obvious signs unless you know what you’re looking for.  
Typical signs that you might have a dry rot problem include:
  • Wood begins to darken in color, shrinks and cracks
  • If your home is relatively dry you might see a silky grey, lilac and even yellow ‘skin’ developing. This ‘skin’ can be peeled like a mushroom.
  • If you live in a humid climate you might see white, fluffy mycelium developing that can have strands that are brittle
  • You might also notice a musty, damp or mildew-like odour

If you suspect dry rot it’s best to get it looked at by a professional.  You can find your local specialist here.

Termites

Did you know that termite infestation affects approximately 6000,000 homes a year in the U.S., costing homeowners more than $1 billion!

Termites are known to destroy wall and roofing timbers of a home within three months so these bugs literally eat your house down around you.

  • Muddy termite tubes about the size of a pencil on the outside of your home
  • An increase in winged insects in your home, these could be flying termites returning to their colony
  • Damp-like patches springing up on the inside of your home that have a mouldy appearance and odour
  • Wood that is bulging or buckling
  • Unexplained sawdust like material on the floor (this is faeces!)

If you notice any of these tell-tale signs of termite infestation in your house, professional pest control treatments such as those offered by Terminix should be started immediately.

Subsidence
Subsidence is the movement of part of your house caused by the sinking or collapsing of the ground underneath its foundations. This puts strain on the structural integrity of your home leading to cracks in the walls and ceiling.
Natural cracks can appear in your home, particularly newly plastered homes without it being subsidence. The difference with subsidence is that cracks will be thicker, can be seen internally and externally and are usually found by doors and windows.  
Other signs of subsidence to look out for are:
  • Changes to the wallpaper, particularly where the wall and ceiling join
  • Door and window frames sticking as the frames are stretched or bowed
  • Diagonal cracks, particularly by windows and where an extension might join
If you have subsidence it is very costly to fix and will involve contacting your insurance company.  You can prevent it by keeping the soil around your house well drained and ensuring that any leaks from gutters and pipes are kept to a minimum.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Meet you again soon, At the Fence!

International Veterinary Sciences Quick Bath Pet Wipes and Supplements


Hey neighbors!!

You may know, we had a litter of 5 Shelties puppies, 4 of which have already gone to their new homes, and one who is flying out Saturday.  We have also added to our menagerie recently, so we have had loads of little fur babies to keep clean.



Now, sometimes bathing is just not an option.  Step in IVS Quick Bath Pet Wipes.  I have cleaned more puppies the last 2 months, then I have in a long time.  Since little ones play in their food, I have used these wipes to clean paws, feet and heads.


The IVS Quick Bath Pet Wipes are in a handy package just like baby wipes.  You can keep them by the crate, throw them in a bag to take to the park, or leave a package in the vehicle to have handy. Keep them anywhere you might need to give your dog a "quick bath".  They are nice and thick, and do not shred or fall to pieces are you use them.  They are PH neutral and do not contain alcohol.  They are not harsh on your pets coat.  They contain vitamin A and E and Aloe Vera.  Smell good too!!

As far as a supplement goes, we received Lipiderm a Fish Oil Supplement for large dogs.  Fish Oil is great for your dog's skin and coat.  These ones from IVS are fortified with vitamins A and E.  You give them to your dog once a day based on their weight.  These are made in the USA.  This is a supplement, not a treat or food.  Read and follow directions for your dogs health.

Be sure to follow the IVS social pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook .com/ivspet/
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Soif you own a dog, of any size, be sure to check out the Quick Bath Pet Wipes.  This is a product that is worth keeping on hand.

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you again soon, At the Fence!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Look, New Focus

Hey neighbors!!

Over the next few weeks I am looking at making a few changes.  I want to focus more on certain topics as well as possibly update the look.  I am posting some pictures here, that we might use as a button, or as a background.  Take a look, and leave a comment.  I am going to choose one comment randomly and giveaway a gift card.

So take a look at the pictures.  You can tell me which one you like best, and if you like the color/style of a different photo, let me know that too.

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This is not a Rafflecopter giveaway, I will just use a random number app and choose that comment.  Please leave an email to contact you if necessary.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CompuScholar, Inc and Homeschooling


CompuScholar, Inc.

Hey neighbors!!

Here is our latest homeschool review product from CompuScholar, Inc.  We had the opportunity to try out their Web Design program.  This is an online program, that homeschoolers can really benefit from.  In this digital age, our children need to be able to use a computer, and the more they know the better.  If your child can learn web design now, just imagine what he/she will be able to do in the future.
CompuScholar, Inc. Web Design

My daughters do a lot of work on their computers.  Both of my oldest daughters make money this way, so I realize how important a knowledge of technology is.  This Web Design program is so easy to use and learn from.  I actually went through a few of the first couple of lessons myself.  It begins with the basics, explaining HTML or Hyper Text Mark-up Language and what it is used for.  Should your child already have this knowledge, they can easily breeze through and move on to the more technical lessons.

Topics Covered:
  • Basic web site layout
  • HTML5 symbols and elements
  • Text styles
  • Hyperlinks and navigation bars
  • CSS effects, spacing and positioning
  • Graphics and image editing
  • Tables
  • Page design principles
  • Dynamic menus
  • Embedded audio and video
  • JavaScript and jQuery

I love that it starts out describing HTML and the systems it will be used on and how it will appear on each system.  The lessons are taught at a child's level, but the information is what is needed to build an actual website, and your child will have the opportunity to do that as they continue through the course.  They make learning fun.  For example at the end of Chapter One, your child has the opportunity to find a hidden message in the HTML from a site.


CompuScholar, Inc.

Each segment of a lesson begins with a online video class, that shows, as well as describes what they are learning.  Then there is a Text Lesson, where your student will read through the lesson, which covers and reinforces the lesson they just watched.  Next you have the Quiz.  It is a multiple choice system, that can be taken up to 3 times.  During the lessons, there are also activities.  As I mentioned above, one was finding a hidden message in HTML code.

The course is set up for a year, but you can basically move along at your own pace.  As the parent you can pay for the year in advance, or they are now offering monthly payments.  This is a GREAT investment in your child's education.

CompuScholar, Inc, originally called Homeschool Programing offers other courses too.  They have a Digital Savvy course, that basically explains some of today's technology and how it is used.  Another course is Java Programming, which of course as the title says, will cover Java skills.  Any one of these courses should benefit your child and help prepare them for their future, as many jobs require some form of computer skills.

You can find them on their social media here:
Homeschool Programming
Facebook – www.facebook.com/HomeschoolProgramming
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HSProgramming   @hsprogramming

CompuScholar, Inc
https://www.facebook.com/CompuScholar
https://twitter.com/CompuScholar   @compuscholar

Several other Crew Members were able to review some of the other courses as well, so please take a moment to click on the banner below to see what they have to say.

Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Keep It Local

As a new homeowner it’s important to get to know the area that you’ve moved to and the people in it. It’s important to  learn your surroundings and make friends with your neighbours.  However, getting in touch with the locals and the area in order to feel comfortable in your surroundings isn’t the only reason why you should give precedence to “keeping it local”, there are whole host of practical reasons why you should too.


First of all, you should seek to hire tradespeople in your local area when you need work done on your home that is best left to professionals.   Even if you have a ‘trusted’ worker already in place in your old area consider hiring local. Sourcing your tradesman locally offers them a shorter commute which then means that your needs are tended to quicker. If you need an emergency electrician, for instance, you aren’t going to want to wait hours for them to arrive, you’re going to want them in your home as soon as possible in order to reduce the risk of your electrical problem getting worse.  Hiring locally, in comparison to hiring at a distance, allows for this. Regardless of the problem, or the size of it, having it dealt with punctually means that the prospect of paying more for repairs is diminished; and in regards to the costs of hiring locally: doing so means that the tradesmen will charge you less money due to the fact that they haven’t got far to go. You need not cut ties with your trusted tradesman if the relationship means that much to you, but you need to cut ties in a professional sense if you are going to give living in your new home a real shot. For more reasons as to why you should hire an electrician, and any other tradesperson, in the area that you are currently living in click here.


And the local trend doesn’t stop there, you should also shop locally too. Even with the technological online advances of the digital age, there is still a great benefit in seeking and purchasing your produce in the local area. One of these benefits includes the fact that your spending will only help to boost the local economy; according to studies: thriving businesses help boost the prices of houses in the nearby area. so every time you have the choice between spending money online or spending it at a store on your local main street just think about how nice it would be if the price of your home rocketed. Also, ditching ecommerce, or even big chain supermarket or eateries and instead taking your business to locally run business is a great way to find quirky gifts that you’d have no chance finding anywhere else. However, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t use the Internet to find said local businesses if you have no idea where they are!


So, wherever ‘local’ is for you, make sure you keep it there!

Give Your Home's Exterior A Facelift

We all want our homes to look as good as possible. They are where we come back to after a long day at work, where guests come to visit, and the exterior is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. The thought of sprucing up our home’s exterior can fill most of us with dread. Too little time, or money, are usually the things holding us back. There is a way, however, to give our home exteriors a facelift without spending a fortune…


The Yard




Start with the very front of your house. Before you even reach the door you most likely come across a driveway, patio, or front garden of some kind. Pay attention to this area as it is what will form a visitor's first impression. You don’t want the bins to have rubbish spilling out and patchy grass!


First of all, have a tidy up. If there are any pieces of rubbish or debris that need moving tackle this first. If you can, store garbage bins somewhere other than directly in front of your house. At the very least ensure all rubbish is inside and the lid is properly sealed. Next, you’ll need to clean the outside of your front windows, a job that is sometimes neglected! This is a really cheap way to instantly make your exteriors look more appealing.


Finally, if you do have a front garden, give it some TLC. Start by pulling up any weeds which may be growing and trim back bushes and hedges. Next cut the grass and use a strimmer to get rid of any overgrown pieces at the edges. This is enough to make your front yard look presentable. If you want to take it to the next level buy some potted plant and flowers for your front steps.


The Front Door




You want your door to appear warm and inviting and reflect the atmosphere you want your home to create. This may sound like a lot to ask of a door, but it's easy to achieve! Start by painting your door. This is a quick and easy way to make it instantly fresher and more appealing. Professional house painters may be the better should you not want to undertake the task yourself. Alternatively, you can get creative by adding or replacing your current knocker. Get one that appeals to your sense of style and personality. 


The Roof




This is the most costly part of improving your curb appeal but is still relatively inexpensive. You’ll need to hire a professional for this job but it will make all the difference. The roof of a home is constantly under pressure from the elements. Whether it’s rain or snow, our roof is the first line of defense. Not only that, but it literally covers our homes and can be unsightly if not looked after. A professional will be able to fix any holes or loose tiles, deal with rust, and give your roof a lick of paint too.

Be sure to share any ideas you have in the comments!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cabeau Went Cruising



Hi Neighbors!!

Here is one of the most comfortable travel pillows I have ever used.  I received a travel set from Cabeau of their Evolution Pillow and a Midnight Magic Sleep Mask.  I want to say up front, this is one of the most comfortable travel/neck pillows I have ever experienced.  We have traveled a lot over the years and I have tried several different pillows.  I personally don't use sleep masks, but my daughters and husband like to use them.  I am one of those who prefer a small light at night, like from a diffuser.




Anyway, these were used on the trip down, and the Midnight Magic Sleep Mask was actually used on the cruise.  Not really a need for the Evolution Pillow on the cruise, because if you weren't busy doing something, you were in bed.

So, let's discuss the the Evolution Pillow first.  The removable/washable cover is extremely soft.  Inside is a memory foam cushion.  The pillow provides 360 degree support for your neck and head.  The back is flat for resting against the seat.  There is a small plastic clip at the front, that will keep the front of the pillow in position.  Another nice feature is a small pocket on the side, that can hold a cell phone or MP3 player.  Also included is a small bag to store your pillow in.



The Midnight Magic Sleep Mask has small cups built in, that prevent the mask from pushing against your eyes.  The bridge area that goes around your nose has a firm, yet flexible piece built in that you can bend and adjust to the shape needed.  This makes it comfortable for different people as they can bend it as needed.  A tiny built in pocket carries a pair of ear plugs for convenience.The straps of the mask secure in place with velcro.  I did put these on and stared at a light, and you do not see anything.




Cabeau has a couple other pillow styles, as well as other travel accessories.  They have umbrellas, blankets, socks, bags and backpacks as well as other items.  They have free shipping on orders over $55.  Be sure to follow Cabeau on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you soon!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Unique Gift Ideas For Resurrection Sunday

Our minds are now turning to Resurrection Sunday. After all, the kids are getting super excited about a holiday on the horizon. And it’s one of our favorite holidays during the spring season. However, with Resurrection Day on it’s way, it’s time to start thinking about giving out some gifts. And you might not want to resort to candy and fluff. Therefore, here are some unique gift ideas which will make them smile during the holiday.

Get your other half a hamper

Your other half might not be big on candy, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t enjoy some other snacks as a great gift. In fact, you might want to consider getting your beau a hamper which is full of delicious treats. After all, biscuits, cakes, and a favorite beverage will put a smile on his face. You could get one which is ready made from the store. After all, it will save you time and effort and will be decorated nicely, so will be perfect for a gift. Or you could go the extra mile by making one yourself. Just get an empty basket and then fill it with all your loved one’s favorite treats. It will make it more personal and ensure everything is something they love to consume. You then just need some ribbon to make sure it’s fitting for a surprise!

Get your mother a bouquet

It’s likely that you will end up having to visit relatives over the holiday weekend. After all, your mom will love to put on a big lunch for your family. And you need to take a present over which also thanks her for the meal. One thing you might consider getting is a bouquet. After all, your mom will adore a big bunch of flowers. And she will put them straight away in a vase which she can put in her living room. Just make sure you choose a flower she likes, so you know she will be happy with them. If your mother has a sweet tooth, you might want to go for a chocolate bouquet instead. After all, this is such a unique idea that your mom will love. And chocolate bouquets which include your mom’s favorite chocolates will definitely go down a treat! Just make sure you tell the kids it belongs to grandma so that she gets to enjoy it on her own!

Get your kids a cuddly toy

It’s so easy to opt for chocolate when it comes to getting your kids a gift.  And as you know, too much chocolate could end up putting them at risk of becoming overweight. Therefore, rather than a candy, you should consider getting your kid a cuddly toy instead. After all, a toy is fitting, and they will love the little toy that they can keep forever. And you could even get one which delivers a special message when they touch its paw or belly to make it extra cute.

And if you do opt to give everyone edible treats, at least make your own. After all, it will save you some money and will be a lot more meaningful.

Cruising with CozyPhones



Hey neighbors!!

We have been delayed on a few Cruise reviews due to life.  Somehow at certain periods of time in your life it seems everything gets just a little out of whack.  Anyway, now that we are starting to be able to breath again, I want to share a really neat product with you.  CozyPhones are now my daughters go to headphones.




Not only were they perfect on the trip traveling and on the cruise ship, but she nows wears them when she exercises.  The CozyPhones sort of look like a regular, cloth headband, but they have small foam covered speakers on each side.  They are VERY comfortable to wear.  You can easily adjust the position of the speakers, so they are set up just right for the person wearing them. The name CozyPhones describes them perfectly, because they are so comfortable to wear.  You can sleep with them on.



We received an adult size CozyPhones, but you really need to check out the children's versions.  They have cute animal faces on them.   For example they have a green frog, black and white panda and a yellow smiley face, just to name a few.  The cord is flexible, and is braided for extra strength.  I am pretty sure that most any child would LOVE to own a pair of the CozyPhones.  As I said above, my daughter loves wearing hers to walk, jog, bike and other exercise.



On the trip they were used so someone could listen to music without disturbing anyone else.  Once aboard the ship the CozyPhones were used at night, and if anyone wanted to lay down and relax during the day.  They helped block out other sounds in the room and allowed you to relax.



So, CozyPhones worked great on our cruise, and we are sure they will work for you.  Be sure to follow them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Please take a moment to visit the CozyPhones website and see what they have to offer.