5/14/15

Create Your Perfect Media Kit With Hip Media Kits.

*Post contains affiliate links. Media Kit bundle received in exchange for my honest feedback.*



Media Kits are something I have always struggled with when it comes to blogging. I am not a graphic designer, and I am not very creative. I never know what to include when talking about myself, this goes for "about me" sections, resumes, media kits and so much more. I think the part I struggle with the most is determining what is and isn't appropriate to add. All of the Media Kits I have made for myself in Photoshop all looked childish and unprofessional. As a blogger we are supposed to impress the companies we want to work with, and I found it hard to feel confident as a blogger with a media kit that looked like something a middle schooler made in MS paint.

For those of you who don't know, a Media Kit is sort of a "snapshot" of your blogs statistics that companies use to determine if your audience is a match for their sponsorship. Basically, they want to know how your blog will be beneficial to them, and knowing your audience is key. It gives businesses a glimpse into your online presence, without sending them on a scavenger hunt. Having a more polished media kit will put you at an advantage over other bloggers. It shows dedication to how you appear online. Providing a Media Kit gives businesses something of yours that they can keep on file, and potentially pull out in the future. It will have all of your information readily available for them and you could be the first they contact for future partnerships.

Recently, I came across Hip Media Kits. Hip Media Kits offers dummy-proof (my words, not theirs) media kits that almost any blogger can benefit from. They offer 6 media kit packages. 5 contain a specific type of media kit, and the 6th is a bundle package that includes all media kits. Each individual media kit package is $24.99, the bundle package is $87.46. These media kits can only be edited using Microsoft Word. They accept Paypal, credit card , and debit card payments.

Each media kit offered is highly customizable and effortlessly easy to edit. I love how easy it is to add/remove sections, change colors, edit fonts, and rename headings. I chose to use the 1 page "Cute" media kit.  Using Microsoft word, it only took me about half an hour to complete my media kit. If you're not very tech savvy, Hip Media Kits will modify your Media Kit for you, for an additional $50.

I kept the basic template the same, but I did change a few things in my media kit. I added a small "interests" section below my social media numbers. The social media area in the original had a combined number of all social media accounts, but I chose to break it down and show the numbers for each individual account. In my personal experience, many companies I have worked with have asked for specific Facebook/Twitter numbers, and showing the numbers individually saves me time later on.

Below is an image of my finished media kit. It may appear a little blurry, but clicking on the image should show a clear version of it.


I really like that these media kits have a lot of structure to them. They have sections that I would not have thought to include on my own. I really like the section for "Past Partners". For some reason I never thought to include that in Media Kits I have made for myself.  

Overall, I am very pleased with the Media Kit's I received. They are very easy to edit and customize. The guide included with each kit makes it easy to figure out what I needed to do. If you would like to learn more, or purchase your own Media Kit from Hip Media Kits, you can check out their website.

I received the bundle package of media kits in exchange for my honest feedback. This post does contain affiliate links.

5/12/15

JTMH Accessories iPhone Case.

Keep your iPhone 6 safe, and look good while doing it with a phone case from  JTMH Accessories.  I recently received a white phone case, with a high fashion cat lady design.This scratch resistant glossy case is not only stylish, but also durable. It will keep your iPhone blemish free. It leaves easy access to all the ports, switches, and buttons. The phone case fits snugly, is easy to "install" and remove.




The phone case is made from damage-resistant polycarbonate. It will protect your phone adjacent scratches, falls, and harsh impacts. The stylish design is created through "in-mold printing",  because of this it wont fade.

I like that the case is not bulky, but added the perfect thickness to the phone. I have found that the iPhone 6 is a little difficult to hold, because while it is big, it is also thin. I think that makes it a little awkward hold. I believe that cases make it less awkward and a little easier to hold. This case is no exception.

I gave this case to a friend of mine, who ended up loving it. I knew it was just her style. They also offer a design with a male wolf in a tuxedo. It is pretty dapper looking if I do say so myself.




To learn more about the cat lady case, or to purchase it for yourself ($10.99) you can visit their Amazon page.

* I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Hoo Rag

Hoo Rag? What the heck is a Hoo Rag? Well, a hoo rag is a pretty innovative bandana. The Hoo Rag is a UV protective, light weight, breathable, bandana made from 100% microfiber. It is made in a loop, sort of like an infinity scarf, making this extremely versatile. There are 10+ ways to wear it. To see some of the ways, check out the video below!



When I first got it, I was in shocked that there were so many ways to wear it. I had to look up the video and find out for myself just how many ways I could make it work for me. I plan to upload a video in the future showing how I wear mine. 

I think they are so neat. I received a leopard print one. The print is beautiful and vibrant. The image is crystal clear. 


Most Hoo Rags are $15.95 or $17.95. Hoo Rags with only the Hoo Rag logo displayed all over the bandana are only $9.95, and mystery hoo rags are $9.00.

Hoo Rag also offers custom designs. Whether you need them for promotional products, for your group or club, or for your retail store, Hoo Rag will work with you to create the perfect design for your needs. 

To learn more, or to process a hoo rag for yourself, be sure to check out the Hoo Rag website

* I received the product mentioned above for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.*

*Check back soon for new photos and a possible video! 






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Leopard Print Hoo Rag

Amara Beverage Company

Amara Beverage Company offers healthy water beverages that nourish athletes and promotes healthy and balanced lives. They work with top beverage scientists and medical doctors to create drinks to improve their beverages ability to hydrate, energize, and nourish Amara drinkers.



The Amara team worked hard to create beverages with Paleo ingredients. Their beverage contain no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors, and only contain 30 calories. Instead of loading their beverages with a ton of sugar, they sweeten Amara with low Calorie Organic Agave Nectar and Monk Fruit.

Whether you are an athlete, a person on the go, traveling, or working long hours, Amara will keep you hydrated.




I was sent a couple bottles of the Maqui Berry flavor. I found that it had a pleasant fruity taste. It wasn't too sweet, there was a slight bitterness, but overall I enjoyed it. I was a little surprised to find it was carbonated.

To learn more, or to purchase some Amara beverages for yourself (29.99/12pk), please visit their website.

5/9/15

Pink iPhone 5 Armband by i2 Gear

I enjoy running outside when the weather is nice. My running gear doesn't have any pockets so I rely on armbands for holding my iPhone while I run. I bring my phone with me so I can listen to music. Running without my phone just isn't an option for me. I need something to get me pumped up and keep me motivated. I have dedicated playlists just for running! I recently got to test out the Pink IPhone 5 Armband by i2 Gear.

I like this particular armband for a few different reasons. The number one reason being that it is large enough to fit over my large arms, comfortably. There are two slots on this, the "A" slot is for people with smaller arms, the "B" slot for people with larger. I find that this fits comfortable, with still some more room for larger arms. The strap is wide enough so it doesn't pinch my arm, like some smaller armbands have done. I also really like that there is a slot to put my key in. I don't like to leave my door unlocked, even if I am just running down the street. I like being able to carry my key with me, without the fear of losing it.

I have an iPhone 4, but I prefer using armbands made for the iPhone 5 because the tend to have more room side. I can store a credit/debit card and some cash along with my phone without it making it too tight. The slots for the headphone jack is exactly where it needs to be. The material is very comfortable. It seems to be made from a nice squishy foam material. This armband is not bulky or heavy. The reflective strip around the front is nice. It makes me feel a little safer when running at dusk.

I received the product mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

5/8/15

Simple Health Self Heating Knee Brace

I recently received a Self Heating Knee Brace from Simple Health, and I couldn't be any happier with it! I work long hours in a retail environment where I am standing up and walking around for my whole shift. Both of my knees ache terribly after every shift. At some points it becomes unbearable. I would like to rely less on pain medications and find other ways to manage the pain, and this knee brace is the answer! I have found that heat seems to dull the pain quite a bit so I usually lay down with an electric blanket, but with the summer months coming up, that is just too hot. I like that this is a self heating device that concentrates the heat in only the location it touches. I was quite surprised to notice how quickly it started to feel warm, it only took about 15 minutes. I was totally not expecting it to feel as warm as it got. I expected it to be a little warmer than body temperature, bit it actually heated up quite a bit.

 


I have found that this does stay in place, without any slippage. It stays put, which is great since I don't have the time to be constantly re-adjusting. It is also very comfortable to kneel on. I am constantly up-and-down at work, and this was much more comfortable to kneel on than nothing at all, like I was used to.

Both of my knees ache, so I tend to switch it up throughout the day. It is flexible enough to move with my body comfortably, while giving me the support I need. It is easy to put on and take off. It only takes a couple of seconds. It is large enough for bigger people. Being a plus size woman, I was a little worried about it not fitting but there is still plenty of room left for even larger legs.

The knee wrap fits comfortably under jeans or pajama pants. I tend to wear black leggings to work, so I wear this over my leggings, and it blends right in. I might even run it through some black dye to color the white logo black so it blends in better with my leggings. I like that it is made from a thin material. It is not bulky, and there are no parts that hang off. I do not feel self conscious at all while wearing this.

I would love to see one of these made for backs, as I do have back problems as well.

 In the photo below you can see how thin the product is by comparing how big one leg is to the other.



I did receive this product in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own. I can honestly and do recommend this product to anyone with knee problems. With their lifetime guarantee, you can't go wrong. It can be purchased for $19.95 on Amazon.