VTech DM222 Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Review

VTech DM222 Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Review

When you’re expecting a baby, whether it’s your first or fourteenth, you want to have all of the essentials before their arrival. This is where the fun starts because everyone will list a ton of things you absolutely need. Right now I’m only going to tell you about one – the VTech DM222 Safe & Sound Digital Baby Monitor.

I received the VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor for review purposes and want to tell you more about it and what I think. Let’s jump in!

VTech DM222 Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Review

At first sight, this is your standard baby monitor. You have your receiver and transmitter, both with AC adapters. The transmitter/baby unit needs to remain plugged in while the receiver/parent unit has a rechargeable battery. The parent unit has an operational range of up to 1,000 feet outdoors or indoors.

VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Parent Unit

The parent unit has a belt clip that lets you carry on with your daily tasks and still have your baby within earshot. There is a 2-way talk-back intercom feature on the parent unit that lets you vocally soothe your baby without interrupting any sleep training.

VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Parent Unit

If for any reason you need to mute the parent unit, there is a 5-level sound indicator that shows the sound level in your baby’s room. For added measure, the unit will vibrate when sound is picked up in the baby’s room.

The parent unit allows you to set several features, including sound sensitivity, from the menu.

VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Baby Unit

The baby unit uses DECT 6.0 technology, meaning you can go further and not encounter the annoying white noise that analog monitors put out. This also keeps transmissions secure and interference-free  – so no eavesdropping neighbors.

Going above your standard baby monitor, the baby unit has a built in night light that projects a colorful solar system on the ceiling. The scene changes to show more and less so there is a steady flow of vibrant planets, stars, and moon.
VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Baby Unit

The scenery change is subtle which I really like; I think rapid changes would be too distracting.

The baby unit plays a soothing lullaby, with the ability to increase and decrease the sound. You can choose between just playing the lullaby, just projecting the astronomy scene, or having them both in unison.

The baby unit sits on a magnetic base, allowing you to swivel and adjust the projection to best suit baby. There is also a page feature on the unit in case you lose/misplace the parent unit.

VTech DM222 Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Bottom Line

VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor Ceiling ProjectionPriced under $50 (on most sites), this feature packed baby monitor will suit most needs. The fact that it is made by VTech adds a lot of value to the unit. You can buy the VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor from any of the following retailers:


A Prettier World with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

A Prettier World with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

When I first started this blogging gig I wasn’t aware of how important pictures were. For the first couple of months I didn’t include any images in my posts. Then I started using images that were, well, crappy. The quality was horrible but I was going by the “at least it’s something” motto. I’m embarrassed to be admitting any of this but I am because I have learned so much over the past five years. The key thing being high quality photos are very important for any blog.

Once I realized how important pictures were I started using web-based applications to edit my pictures. These were either free or super cheap and the saying “You get what you pay for” rung true. While these applications did help make my images look better they weren’t the best they could be. Recently I started using the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and I’m blown away by the difference.

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography PlanI was intimidated at first because I thought you had to have a degree to be able to use these programs. With a little searching and trial and error I now understand how to take my photos from drab to fab with a few mouse clicks and some playing around. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan encompassing Photoshop Creative Cloud and Lightroom Creative Cloud. That means wherever I am I can add, improve, and share my best photos.

Photoshop Lightroom Dragon

The Creative Cloud Photography plan is all about enhanced photo editing and convenience with the multi-screen capabilities provided by the Cloud. It retails for $119.99 reg for a 1-year subscription. With the Creative Cloud plan you can totally transform your photos or just make a few everyday edits. The possibilities are near endless and you can manipulate images in any way imaginable!

One of my favorite features is the ability to organize, edit, and share my images from anywhere. PC, web, iPad/iPhone and Android devices – whatever I’m using I can be sure the Creative Cloud will be there. I can also organize images in web galleries and share them on sites like Facebook and Titter with ease. The Adobe Slate mobile app helps me craft visual stories and animated video while the Adobe Voice app lets me add narration in my own voice!

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer, or photography enthusiast I highly recommend checking out Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. It’s what my pictures have been needing and I can’t imagine editing and enhancing photos with any other program!

Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event

Did you know BEST BUY is hosting their Shopping Event on Saturday, November 7th  from 1pm to 5pm? I know I’m super excited and will definitely be attending. Me and Best Buy are besties, they have me covered on all of my tech and household needs. If you’re not sure where the closest Best Buy to you is then click here. You’ll be able to find a store near you under Store Locator.

You’re going to want to get to the store early because …. DRUMROLL …. Best Buy is giving a Free Tech Gift to the first 100 customers at each store. While you’re there you’ll have a chance to preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony. You can look forward to exclusive offers from these brands and more!

Not to mention, experts will be available to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gifts. That’s a biggie for anyone who has someone hard to shop for on their list. I know I have a few of those so I’m excited to see what suggestions the experts will have for them.

Don’t Forget to Play!

While you’re there you can try out some of this seasons hottest gifts first hand! Who doesn’t love to play while they shop?! These gifts include:

  • Parrot Jumping Solo Mini Drone
  • Samsung Gear VR virtual Reality Headset
  • Sphero SPRK Edition
  • BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ by Sphero

And Then…

Before you leave the store you must check out the Win the Holidays $1,000 Gift Card Sweepstakes. This is an in-store only event so you have yet another awesome reason to head to Best Buy! You can find all of the details by clicking here.

Visit Best Buy’s website for more great offers, details, vendor demonstrations and to find participating stores in your area. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there!

Save Your Memories Before You Forget #SanDisk

Save Your Memories Before You Forget #SanDisk

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Going back to school is bittersweet for parents and students alike. Between shopping, new curriculum, and the change to everyone’s daily schedules it is easy to feel overwhelmed between the fear and excitement. Best Buy is there to help students and parents by offering up a wide array of tech savvy products essential for a successful school year.

SanDisk at Best Buy

One of the most vital tools you could have for the school year is a memory card. Term papers, homework, class notes, and study guides are just a few things to expect during the year. Having the ability to safely store them for later use is imperative. If there’s one thing I have learned in life it is to always have a backup. I prefer SanDisk for making, keeping ,and sharing my backups.

SanDisk provides an array of powerful memory card solutions to ensure the data you save is there when you need it.

Memory cards have come a long way over the years. SanDisk has kept up stride with the demands of everyday storage needs. They meet security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices for parents, students, and teachers.

SanDisk at Best Buy

Best Buy is the place you can get a memory card to support safe storage for all of your devices.

SanDisk for Digital Imaging:

  • Capture more fast action, record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, AND Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s FOR SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND ACTION CAMERAS
  • Over 10X faster than ordinary cards AND transfer speeds up to 80MB/s FOR DSLR CAMERAS AND CAMCORDERS

SanDisk microSD™ card: 

Add a SanDisk microSD™ card to your smartphone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.

Mobile devices help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high-resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.

SanDisk at Best Buy

  • USB FOR iPhone AND iPad  allows for easy transfer between iPhone, iPad, and computers AND frees up iPhone and iPad memory with both lightning and USB connectors
  • Dual USB for ANDROID devices allows for easy transfer between Android™ device and computers AND frees up space for photos, videos, music and more

Head to Best Buy or BestBuy.com to find the SanDisk memory card that is suited to your needs before the struggle of lost data.

Tech Crush: Solo™ by 3DR at Best Buy

Tech Crush: Solo™ by 3DR at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 Have you ever walked into a store, saw an amazing gadget and squealed “ooh! I gotta have that!”? That’s exactly what happened when I saw the new Solo™ by 3DR at Best Buy.

3D Robotics Solo Drone

The Solo™ by 3DR is a Smart Drone that showed up on more than 400 Best Buy shelves on June 8th. It is powered by two integrated (1 GHz) Linux computers which allows Solo to define its own flight path. It is the first of its kind to support full control of GoPro® cameras allowing you to stay focused on capturing the perfect shot.

Solo™ by 3DR at Best Buy

two female hiker above the sea of fog on top of a mountain at sunset

The Solo™ is Feature Rich

3DR Solo: Revolutionary, intuitive video game-style controller.

Smart Shot technology: Easily and automatically capture stunning cinematic footage using Smart Shots, including Orbit, Cable Cam, Follow and Selfie.

3DR Solo gimbal (not included): Ensures smooth footage, delivers GoPro™ power and control and offers HDMI video and intelligent camera work to suit your needs.

Dual 1GHz computers: Help capture smooth aerial video and photos.

Wireless video streaming: Lets you watch the footage in vivid high-definition from your attached GoPro on your mobile device up to half a mile away.

Solo™ by 3DR at Best Buy

Don’t Miss This Deal!

Get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you buy the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy.

Disclaimer: Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035  

I can just imagine standing at the Grand Canyon and letting the Solo™ capture images of things I could only dream of otherwise. It sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?! The Solo™ retails for $999 and can be found at a Best Buy near you or online at the Best Buy website.