The Logitech Circle 2 Video Camera was provided to Digital Mom Blog for review.
Last year, our friends sent us over the Logi Circle home security camera for review. It has been a total game changer in our house in enabling us to watch our kids from a distance when they stay at home alone and give us peace of mind when we are away. Logitech’s Circle cameras allow you to keep an eye on your kids and home from anywhere with the Circle app.
(Psst… we are hosting a Logitech Circle 2 home security camera GIVEAWAY. Keep reading to see how you can enter for your chance to WIN!)
This year, Logitech introduced two new Logitech Circle 2 home security cameras. Both a wired and wire-free versions of the camera. In addition to the new edition, Logitech has made several updates to the camera.
Logitech Circle 2 Review
We received the new wired version of the Circle 2 video camera for review. Here’s what you need to know about the wired Logitech Circle 2. The camera can be used inside or outside. We use our’s in our living room.
The Logitech Circle 2 wired offers the same Logitech Circle app that the original Circle camera used, but the actual camera has received a complete makeover.
Logi Circle vs Logitech Circle 2
The Circle 2 offers a complete cosmetic change. No longer is there a charging ring design. The body is now a new sleeker shape and offers an IP65 weatherization rating. (And IP65 weatherization rating means it can withstand waters and temperatures from -4 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition to cosmetic upgrades, Logitech has built in significant upgrades to the core technology. The camera now offers a 180-degree field of view, versus a 135-degree angle. The original Circle camera offered a 720p resolution, where the new Logitech Circle 2 offers up to full HD 1080p resolution. Another feature is the new integrations with Google, Apple and Alexa – read more below.
Both the original Circle camera and new Circle 2 camera offer motion detection, up to 15 feet of night vision and two-way audio.
Here you can view a photo taken with the original Circle in December 2016:
This photo was taken with the new Logitech Circle 2:
As you can see, the new camera is in a different location. The house is a mess, but you get the idea. (I like to keep it real, actually – I just don’t have the energy to tell the kids to clean.) You can see the clarity that the new Circle 2 surveillance camera provides. Also, check out the view – you can definitely see the 180-degree wide view and the clarity of the photo. Again, both of these were taken with the camera via the Circle app.
Setting Up the Camera
Setting up the camera required minimal effort. Here are the steps to set up the wired Logitech Circle 2 camera:
Unbox your Circle 2 Camera.
Line up the indicators on your camera and mount.
Attach your camera to the mount.
Rotate the camera on the mount to the preferred orientation.
Plug the USB cable into the USB adapter
Plug the USB adapter into an outlet
Install the Logitech Circle app
Add a camera
From unboxing to using the camera was maybe 10 minutes total.
Logitech Circle App
The Logitech circle app is your link to the camera. Within the app, you can view live what is happening, click day brief to view a time-lapse compilation of the day’s videos, and more.
Out of the box, Circle comes with 24 hours of free storage for your surveillance video clips. You can upgrade to a Circle Safe or Circle Safe Premium subscription for more storage and advanced features.
Circle 2 Integrations
Circle 2 integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.
Tell Alexa to turn on Circle 2 before you leave home, use Apple HomeKit™ to control your place while you’re away, or ask Google Assistant to pull up your camera’s live stream on your phone or Chromecast™ device. No matter how you manage your smart home, Circle 2’s integrations have you covered.
We haven’t yet set up on integrations, but looking forward to all of the possibilities that this offers!
Keeping an Eye on the House and Kids
As a parent, I can’t stress the usefulness and peace of mind that this home surveillance camera provides. As mentioned, the above photo was snapped with the camera while I was out shopping. My husband has been sick and was asleep in the room. Our third kid wakes up early every morning. I was able to log in from the Logitech Circle app, see what he was up to. Since the camera has a mic, I was able to hear what he was watching. With the two-way audio, I was able to tell him good morning and check-in to make sure he was okay and knew that dad was asleep.
There is SYRUP on the coffee table! Mom is obviously not home.
Another reason we love the camera is being able to know what is going on when the family isn’t home. We go out of town as a family several times a year. We have 2 dogs that require a dog sitter while we are out-of-town. The camera lets us know when the dog sitter arrives, also helps keep an eye on the house to make sure that we know what is going on.
All-in-all we love the ease-of-use, convenience, and peace of mind that the Logitech Circle 2 home security camera provides our home and family. If you are in the market for a home security camera, the Logitech Circle 2 offers both wired and wire-free options for whatever your DIY home security needs are.
So you have read how cool this home security camera is. We are super excited to be hosting a giveaway with Logitech to give a Circle 2 camera away to a Digital Mom Blog reader! Here is how you can enter for your chance to win:
I love to cook, but here’s the deal. I only cook what I know how to cook. Cooking things outside of my cooking zone is a no-go.
Many years ago, as a new wife in our first home – I thought I’m going to make my husband a hearty meal. Growing up we had a nanny who made these amazing steak fingers. I set out to make my husband steak fingers in our new kitchen. It was our first home, we had just built-in and moved in so steak fingers for dinner is what I was determined to accomplish.
I knew the recipe after watching our nanny cook it for us every summer – but I had never tried to make them myself. I followed her recipe, double dipping the steak fingers in the batter – and turned around to find a massive grease fire. Young and dumb (hello 20-year-old Molly) – I called 9-1-1, and while on the phone threw the pan in the sink with water, which of course 9-1-1 then told me “NO! Don’t do that!” Too late. And at the same time, I had egg battered hands and somehow the battery on my cordless phone fell out dropping the call to 9-1-1.
When you hang up on 9-1-1 in an emergency, you have a fire truck, police and ambulance at your house in minutes. Smoke everywhere, but we survived and ever since I have shied away from new recipes.
Lesson learned. You don’t add water to a grease fire.
Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System Review
Hestan Cue reached out and offered to send us their Hestan Cue smart cooking system to review. Their smart cooking system includes an induction burner, smart pan and recipe app with video guided techniques. We get a lot of offers to review things, but this – I wanted to see exactly if it would help cook. Kitchen technology fascinates me and this could just be a game changer in the kitchen – so decided to try it out.
My husband loves him some crepes. Anytime we are on vacation, eating whatever – I feel like we always end up at a crepe place to get some type of dessert crepe. I once bought him store-bought crepes and quickly realized they were crap. So for our first adventure with the Hestan Cue, I was determined to make crepes. Their app has a ton of recipes to choose from, crepes included.
I unpacked the Hestan Cue smart cooking system and the first thing I noticed was the pan is extremely heavy. It’s a solid piece of cookware. I unpacked, washed the pan, plugged in and had the app downloaded in 5 minutes. Easy peasy, I was optimistic.
Following the recipe on the Hestan Cue app, I mixed the ingredients in the blender, moved them to a bowl, got a spatula, started the induction burner and app and was off to the races. The app provided video with step-by-step information on how to make the crepes. It even showed placing things in the blender, spraying the pan and so on.
The app actually connects to the smart cooking system. It ensures that it is heated properly. It tells you when to pour the crepes in (even showing me how to move the pan side-to-side to make the crepe.) After the crepe batter was in the pan, the app counted down and told me and showed me how to flip the crepe. Then the app counted down again, until the crepe was complete.
Perfect crepes. Like for real.
The husband and kids approved. So much so that I had to repeat the crepe making process 11 more times. 12 crepes made, the whole family devoured them. Each kid made their crepes a little different. I cooked bananas and honey for filling, others used Nutella and then with the few leftovers we had, we made Reuben crepes. Success.
Our next adventure with the Hestan Cue will be Crisp Skin Atlantic Salmon. Again, another thing the husband absolutely loves but never felt comfortable cooking.
Overall, the Hestan Cut smart cooking system is a really cool cooking device. I can see this being an awesome wedding gift, especially for the bride or groom who doesn’t know how to cook. This system is really like cooking classes (but more!) with a connected burner.
Do I see us using this every day? No. That said, I don’t see this as something that is filling the kitchen cabinet. This is definitely something we will be using for years to come, especially when entertaining and wanting to try out something new.
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Best Tech for Working From Home
Our friends at Logitech sent us over several products for the work from home worker to celebrate National Work From Home Week. We’re reviewing these tech products that are perfect for the work at home worker, BONUS – Logitech is also giving these away to a Digital Mom Blog reader, so keep reading!
Logitech 4K Pro Webcam
When working from home, video conferencing nowadays is a must. You want to make sure that you have a camera that is clear, shoots a good picture in low light. The Logitech 4k Pro Webcam does just that.
The Logitech 4K Pro Webcam works with Mac, Windows 10, WIndows 8, WIndows Hello and is certified for Skype for Business.
Rightlight 3 with HDR
Make sure to watch our video review to get a glimpse of the Logitech 4K Pro Webcam in action. This webcam is amazing clear offering 1080p, full HD and visually crisp 720p (HD). From low light to direct sunlight, this webcam makes your shot look amazing.
Camera Setting Application
With the camera setting application, you can adjust your field of view, zoom your video up to 5x, preview your video stream, change your background and much more.
Ultra Secure Login
Infrared sensor technology supports facial recognition for advanced security with Windows Hello or other facial recognition software applications.
As a working mom, I have been blessed to work from home for the last several years – both for corporate and self-employed. Having the right technology is key to being productive!
One thing I have learned about the Logitech company as that they are pro work at home. I am all about support businesses that understand the value of flexibility.Logitech has teamed up with several companies to promote Work from Home week. Read about their stance on working from home:
Logitech believes in flexibility in the workplace and views this week as an opportunity to demonstrate that employees can be successful and productive regardless of location. In addition, Logitech is teaming with companies such as ASPCA, Zoom, BlueJeans, Fuze, Samaschool and Upwork to spread awareness of the benefits of working from home. Logitech finds that working from home offers a win-win-win proposition for employees, companies and the environment.
According to Darrell, “Logitech is a global company, and we’ve collaborated with each other in offices around the world for decades. Our employees use video conferencing every single day in all of our meetings. So it’s built into our culture that it doesn’t matter where you work; it matters how you work. And I think many, certainly not all, companies are catching onto this.”
Scott Wharton, vice president of general manager for Logitech Video Collaboration, added, “Workplace collaboration is no longer bound by four walls thanks to today’s mobile and cloud-based technologies. Logitech provides tools that facilitate creativity and productivity for workers whether they’re in the office, at home or on the go. This week, we have a unique opportunity to showcase how collaboration can thrive even when we’re working remotely.”
It’s National Coffee Day! Some may laugh, but for those of us who use coffee as gas, today is to be celebrated. I’m celebrating today by unboxing and reviewing the Ninja Coffee Maker and sharing a few favorite coffee recipes.
First, let me say this. For year’s we used a Keurig. I loved our Keurig, but with as many people drinking coffee as we have in our house – it isn’t an affordable option. This past year, I bought a cheap, old-school coffee maker and dumped our Keurig. While I loved the idea of making a single cup of coffee whenever it just wasn’t practical for our family of 6 to purchase 2-3 boxes of K-cups each week.
Ninja Coffee Maker Review
Our friends at Shark sent over their new Ninja Coffee Maker for us to review. The main thing that I was so excited about when learning about this coffee maker, is that it allows us to do ONE CUP OF COFFEE at a time, and we don’t have to buy k-cups! Before getting my hopes up too high, I gave this device a thorough review – which you can see in the video.
Here are the highlights of things you should know about the Ninja Coffee Maker:
No K-Cups Needed
I love that the Ninja makes a single cup of coffee for either my mug or Yeti! The best part, I can just buy a regular bag of coffee, on K-cups needed!
The glass coffee carafe is awesome (as long as my kids don’t drop it!) It pours easy, it’s heavy and catches the coffee perfectly as it drips.
Perfect Size Water Container
Okay, this may sound silly but the container that holds the water is a perfect size! With a twist, you unsnap the water container to fill-up before making your coffee. It slides perfectly into our refrigerator for easy filling.
Pretty Coffee Maker
I know some people don’t care how pretty their coffee maker is, but others do. This is a pretty coffee maker. The lines are clean and this device isn’t an eyesore (like our last coffee maker) on the counter.
Multiple Ways to Make Coffee
You can make coffee a plethora of ways with a click of a button. If you want a carafe, full or half – just click a button. If you want to make coffee in your Yeti over ice, just click a button. The Ninja Coffee Maker is super simple to use with a plethora of coffee making options.
Things To Know
Ninja The Ninja Coffee Maker takes 8 minutes to brew a full carafe of coffee, 4 minutes for a half carafe and 1-2 minutes to fill a Yeti or a mug.
There is a feature that allows you to easily make your coffee over ice. The coffee maker knows how much water to add and gives you a great cup of coffee.
Do you like your coffee strong? No problem! With a click of a button, your coffee will be brewed strong.
Here is a quick overview of what this device offers:
Choose a Size—Cup, Travel Mug, Half Carafe, or Full Carafe—and brew directly into your favorite cup or travel mug or use the carafe.
Choose a Brew—Classic, Rich, Over Ice, and Specialty—to make a variety of hot, iced, and frozen blended coffeehouse-style drinks.
Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence knows how to deliver the perfect amount of water at the right time for the size and brew type you select. No need to measure the water or refill the reservoir after every single serve brew.
43 oz. Glass Carafe and Intelligent Warming Plate keep your coffee at the ideal drinking temperature with 2-hour auto shutoff.
What I Didn’t Like
There are 2 downsides that I found with the device but are totally not deal breakers.
I wish the carafe held more coffee. The good news is, it’s easy to make one-off cups of coffee so this isn’t a huge downfall.
The coffee maker makes a lot of steam. You have to be careful to not burn your hand by touching the top of the coffee maker while it’s making coffee.
Portable RCA ice maker – make ice anywhere there is a plug!
RCA recently sent us their compact ice maker to review. We tried it out, and here are our thoughts.
RCA Ice Maker Review
We like to entertain often. While we absolutely love our Samsung Hub refrigerator – the ONE complaint is the amount of ice the ice maker makes. Before any party, it’s always requires a trek out to pick up an additional bag of ice. So when the RCA compact ice maker arrived, we were excited to see what this thing could do.
Using the ice maker is super easy. You just dump in water, plug-in the machine at the RCA ice maker does it’s thing.
The ice maker makes 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours. The typical regular size bag of ice at the store is 7-8 pounds. So, if planned right, you can plug in the device a few hours before a party and shazam, your ice needs are met for the party.
If you are camping, this device would come in handy for camping trips. Just plug into an outlet, pour water in – and you will have enough ice for a cup in around 6 minutes.
The RCA compact ice maker gives you 2 sizes of ice to choose from. I do wish it offered a pebble ice size, but the smaller ice is sufficient for chewing. (Yes, I know, chewing ice is bad.)
The other thing downsize is that the device holds about 1.5 pounds of ice at a time – it would be great if it held more (but then it wouldn’t be compact! Guess you can’t have it all.)
Here are some quick facts about the ice maker:
Enjoy a batch of ice in as little as 6 minutes
Produces 26lbs of ice per day in choice of 2 ice sizes
Stores up to 1.5 lbs of ice at a time
2.3 Quart Reservoir with Electronic LED Controls
No water hook-up needed, you pour water in to make the ice
Uses a standard 110 outlet
The RCA compact ice maker is available at Amazon and retails for $129.
We have a Arlo baby monitor review for you! First, let me say – sad panda here, my babies are all grown. Netgear sent over an Arlo smart baby monitor for us to test out and now I am faced with the fact that I once stared mindlessly into a screen watching my babies every move. Now, I can’t keep track of all of my kids (okay, I totally can – hello FIND MY IPHONE.)
All that to say, THIS – the ARLO smart baby monitor – is the baby monitor that I WISH I had when my littles were littles.
ARLO BABY MONITOR REVIEW
If you have a chance, read my Baby Registry Must Haves post. The ARLO Baby is featured in it and well, it’s a great overview for all new parents on what you need to have for baby. Enough, I know – you just want to know about this awesome baby monitor. I get it.
Not the Baby Monitor of 2011
SO my last baby was born in 2011. Sure we had video baby monitors, but compared to this monitor? This is the Baby Monitor of 2017 – this is NOT a 2011 monitor. The picture is clear, the audio is awesome, the features are legit. Here, let me just tell you everything you want to know in our Arlo Baby Smart Monitor review:
1080p HD Quality
1080p HD for all you non-geeks means this has AMAZING quality video. No longer will your baby look like an alien thru the video monitor – this quality is legit! You can view live or recorded videos in awesome detail and color. I actually downsized this screen shot as for web, best practice is not to have massive images. For real y’all – check out this quality. My kid looks like my kid and not some blurry monster like in the old school video monitors!
Air Sensor – Air Quality Checker
Air quality checker? Well, didn’t know what better way to say – this device checks your air quality! The built-in air sensor will show you the temperature wherever your camera is located, as well as humidity and condition of the air.
HELLO CHILD, CAN YOU PLEASE GO BACK TO SLEEP. Yes, those are the words that my kids constantly heard but you know, you do you. You can talk to your baby from anywhere and hear them, too – all thru the Arlo app.
Advanced Night Vision
Because newborns require 24 hour surveillance, the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor gives you near-invisible infrared LEDs, that let you see your baby clearly, even in the dark. That’s right, night vision!
Set alerts when ever there is motion or sound – even set air quality notifications! The smart alert notifications are sent to your smartphone. Smart, eh? I love this feature, again – things that I didn’t have back in the day (5 whole years ago, what a difference 5 years make!)
Play White Noise and Music Thru the Baby Monitor
This feature is something that I adore, why? I had 2 colic kids that had to have white noise to sleep! The Arlo monitor comes with a playlist of options for your baby to listen to, including white noise! You can also record your voice and play it back to them.
Free 7-Day Cloud Storage
You can be review, download and share recorded moments for an entire week
The multi-colored night light, music player, temperature, humidity & VOCs air sensors are all controlled from the Arlo app. Again, all thru your app. Nope, didn’t have that 5 years ago.
Go wireless with your baby monitor for up to 6 hours (or up to 3 hours with night vision.) This allows you to monitor your baby, wherever you go! This also allows your camera still work, in the event of a power outage.
The Arlo baby monitor works thru your Arlo app! If you have an Arlo video surveillance system, it’s the same app as you will use to monitor your child.
Arlo Baby Accessories
The Arlo baby camera comes dressed in an adorable bunny outfit. If green bunny isn’t your thing, no worries – the camera has costumes! You can dress your camera up as a cat or dog.
Other Arlo accessories include a display monitor – which would be super helpful if you had a sitter and didn’t want to give them phone access. Also there is a monitor stand available which comes in handy when positioning the camera.
Useful After Your Baby is Grown
After your babies are all grown, this baby monitor still has a purpose! We use our’s as an indoor camera. It’s great as we can talk to the kids and hear what they are doing when we aren’t around. I can be outside in the pasture, pull up the app – see what my kid is doing! I can move the camera around to wherever my kids and know that they are okay. This is an advantage of the kids growing up, I don’t have to be TOTALLY eagle eye on them.
Setting Up The Baby Monitor
Setting up the Arlo baby monitor took 15 minutes. 5 of that is retrieving, setting up a new password and telling my husband the new password. Setup is super easy. If you are a non-techy – no worries, Netgear made the setup process super simple.
Stay tuned for our Arlo Baby Monitor Review video!
Peace of Mind
As a working mom who traveled when her babies were little, I so would value all of these features. Moms and dads just want peace of mind, knowing that their child is okay. This baby product offers just that.
Thanks for reading our Arlo Baby Monitor Review – now it’s your chance to win one of your very own! We have no need for a baby monitor in our house, babies grown, mom sad. My loss is YOUR win! I’m giving away my review unit to a lucky reader. I hope that this helps out one of your new mamas or papas in your quest to raise baby!
Where to Buy
The Arlo Baby monitor retails for $249.99 and is available on Amazon and Best Buy.