8 Products to Make Your Spring Even Better
By Merilee Kern
With Spring comes warm weather and flowers, but it also brings with it unpredictable showers, bathing suit season and more. Check out these 8 Spring-ready products that will help make your Spring as smooth as possible.
Starting at $59.00
When one of the nation’s most trusted meteorologists, Rick Reichmuth, was unable to find an umbrella that met his standards, he set out to design his own—and so the Weatherman was born. It’s an umbrella that matches top-quality materials and craftsmanship with smart technology through an original, meteorologist-led design. The durable umbrella is made from hand-sewn panels with fiberglass ribs, allowing it to stand up to extreme weather—even 55-mph winds. There is also a Weatherman app that pairs with a Pebblebee Bluetooth Tracker to detect the forecast, which then provides alerts for when you should take your Weatherman with you while you’re out and about. An embedded tracker also ensures you always know where to find your umbrella when you need it, guaranteeing that you’ll never lose your Weatherman.
Scotts Gro 7-Zone Controller
The smart home has made its way outdoors! Now you can monitor your sprinkler system and easily control water flow to seven different zones right from your phone or other portable devices, reducing the problem of over–or under-watering your lawn. The new Gro 7-Zone Controller from Scotts simplifies your life by using real-time local weather data to automatically tailor irrigation schedules to your specific lawn and plant watering needs. Just replace your old controller with this device to monitor, schedule changes and manage your sprinklers through the company’s Gro Connect app. With the Gro 7-Zone Controller, which is easy to self-install with no contractor needed, you can stay on top of things whenever, from wherever and keep your lawn alive and well all year through.
Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Kit
With the Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Kit, you can control lights and shades from anywhere, whether you forgot to shut them before leaving for work or on vacation, or turn them on for a pet at home while you're still out and about...or just to turn them on to make it “look” like someone’s home for security reasons. You can control the entire system with a smartphone, tablet or even voice control systems like Siri and Alexa. It also works seamlessly with other smart home products like Sonos speakers and Nest thermostats to create a whole-connected-home experience. Use the Lutron app to create custom “scenes” for your lighting, shades and other smart home products, like for dinner parties, family game night, romance...whatever you want. The system works with the newest energy-saving bulbs, including dimmable LEDs and CFLs, halogens and incandescents. Lutron’s patented radio frequency also ensures any smart dimmers won’t be affected. The system can also be controlled from around corners or through walls, making it very reliable. Easily mount the provided Pico remote control anywhere, like on car visors and table pedestals and enjoy smart lighting like never before.
This Bluetooth-enabled CD+G (Compact Disc + Graphics) karaoke system with LED projector is not only designed to provide sound and lighting effects, but also projection of vibrant lyrics that can be displayed onto any white wall for a dramatic, big screen effect allowing others to sing along. So it’s great for singers, karaoke artists and at home indoor or backyard parties. It’s also great for kids’ playrooms and hangout spaces. Its built-in projector has a rotating head, adjustable focus and has compatibility with 20 to 120-inch screen sizes. It can project lyrics from your CD+G discs or MP3+G files at 320 x 240 resolution, and projects 600 lumens of brightness. With it, you can play music from a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, USB flash drive, or CD, and it has two handheld microphone connections for duets–one mic is actually included with the system. It also has onboard controls for playback, projector functions, lights and an integrated sound mixer that allows quick tailoring of audio balance, which is fed through four three-inch speakers, each with a sound-reactive LED light ring, which adds to the cool aesthetic. I also like this unit since it’s self-contained–it doesn’t require additional A/V cables or those bulky television monitors.
The Cellairis Bundle
Starting at $49.00
With the weather warming up, people are getting out and about more which is definitely fun but can put the devices they carry at risk. That’s why Cellairis, a leading nationwide device repair and accessories company, offers complete screen protection and peace of mind in the form of The Cellairis Bundle, which can help to avoid the hassle of expensive smartphone and tablet repairs. The device-protecting Cellairis “Rapture” case includes a range of stylish options, a Shell Shock tempered glass screen protector and, after a quick registration, unlimited free screen repairs for three years. Should you need it, Cellairis will repair your screen in just about one hour at any participating store location, and if they are unable to repair your screen, they will pay you up to $150.
Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
Starting at $500
This is a premium memory foam mattress that gives firm support with the comfort of a soft pillow top. It’s the result of three years of development for premier hypoallergenic materials that, according to the company, are “certified healthier through 10,000 customer tests.” The mattress features a Tencel Cooling Cover which makes it more breathable, softer and better at absorbing moisture than any premium cotton. It also contains two layers of Gel Memory Foam to help the mattress circulate air, distribute weight and contour to your specific body type. The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is also Certipur-U.S. certified, so you’re guaranteed that it has no ozone depleters, PBDE’s, TDCPP, mercury or lead. It will arrive directly to your home completely free of charge, and comes with a full 365-night home trial. Nectar also guarantees the mattress for as long as you own it—for the “forever” life of the product.
If you’re tired of wearing the same black leggings for exercise, but don’t want to spend money on a variety of cute workout pants, then easily change up your fitness attire with Cuffits. They’ll let you customize the look of your ordinary leggings by adding bright and colorful interchangeable cuffs to the bottom. Cuffits come in many different colors and fashionable designs and patterns, so the styling options are seemingly endless. You can match your attire with your Cuffits and have the perfect outfit in just seconds. Just slide each cuff onto your calf and a silicone elastic band holds them in place, even during exercise. So no need to sport that boring workout gear, or overspend to have a bunch of different legwear options. Cuffits can help your fitness fashion budget go further.
Hartz Home Protection Quilted Plus
Starting at $4.99
When it comes to spring cleaning, pet owners often do double duty. And those bathroom accidents don’t make the effort any easier. So, pet-lovers would do well to check out the Quilted Plus solution from Hartz Home Protection, America’s leading dog pad brand. These Quilted Plus dog pads use highly absorbent quilted pockets with unique printed dot embossing, which traps and locks in wetness to prevent spreading and leaking. A water-proof plastic backing and borders also ensure pads won’t leak. And, only Hartz dog pads are made with “Flash-Dry” technology that instantly turns liquid into a gel, preventing harmful leaks that can damage floors or carpets. This also creates smaller wet spots, allowing for multiple uses per pad. They also feature a special odor eliminating capability that neutralizes odors left behind rather than masking them, while releasing a fresh clean powder scent. Quilted Plus dog pads are also ideal for lining crates and carriers, drying wet paws or fur, elderly or sick dogs, or for use while traveling.
Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.
Photos courtesy of Weatherman, Scotts, Lutron Electronics, Vocopro, Cellairis, Nectar Sleep, Cuffits, and Hartz Mountain Corp.