Product Review: CAIUL 2nd Gen Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Case + Giveaway

Black Friday I splurged and bought myself an Instax camera. I just thought that the instant photos would add a cute touch to my scrapbook.  Since then, I’ve brought it on 2 trips – once I never even took it out of my suitcase because I was so nervous to be traveling with it without a case and I was having a lot of trouble finding one I really liked.

That is – until I found the Instax CAIUL case! It is available on Amazon in a variety of colors – blue, purple, red and pink – I of course went with blue to match my camera. This case is great because it has an “Ever-Ready” design, so that you do not have to fully take the camera out of the case in order to take photos. You can still see the film count and the lens is free as is the view finder once you flip the case open to take pictures while still keeping the camera protected.

I hope that now that I have a way to keep my camera protected I will be taking a lot more photos with it! (Once I get the hang of all the settings, of course)
I received a free product in exchange for this honest review.


One lucky ConcertKatie reader will win their own CAIIL Instax camera case. What you get: CAIUL Instax Mini 8 Camera Case, Removable Strap, 12 month warranty and friendly customer service. [Does Not Include a Camera]

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Product Review: CanvasChamp Photo Canvas + Giveaway

I am always looking for new ways to display my photography from my concerts and travels.  Lately I’ve been doing a lot of photo canvases because they just look awesome. Recently I had the chance to work with Canvas Champ to get a canvas made up of one of my favorite Zac Hanson photos that I took in August in Toronto.

I love the quality of this canvas. The back of the canvas has some reinforcement so it is very sturdy and it comes with the hardware already attached so that you can open the package and hang it up right away if you’d like!

BumbleJax offers various services like acrylic prints and other sorts of art. Check them out today.

The process for ordering a photo is easy – upload a photo (or grab one from instagram or facebook!), choose your layout & size, choose your style and check out! The prices are really good as well and totally worth it for the handcrafted quality that you will receive!

I cannot say enough great things about this canvas and I will certainly be using them again in the future!

One lucky ConcertKatie reader will win a 10 x 8 canvas made from the photo of their choice! Check out the rafflecopter below to enter. Contest ends 12:00am June 13.

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I received a free canvas print in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Product Review: Andromo

Since December I’ve been trying to make my own app. I took a class and everything – but when the class was finished I had nothing to show for it because I couldn’t get everything to work on my computer like it was supposed to.  I was defeated, thinking I’d never have a chance to make my own app!

Enter Andromo – it gives you the power to create apps without needing to know anything about coding.

How it works…

Anyone can create an Android app using Andromo! You don’t need any programming knowledge at all. You can create an Android app in three easy steps:

1. Create an Andromo project.

2. Fill out a few simple forms to add features, graphics, content and whatever makes your app unique.

3. Click a button to build your app.

That’s it. The Andromo servers will generate your app and email it directly to you.

For my first app, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to make – but I figured I’d make it simple.  I poked around on the Adromo website for maybe 15 minutes and ended up with an app that when opened, had an icon for a link to my website. When clicked, it opened my website.

TaDa! In less than 15 minutes, I had created my very first app!

The app is emailed to you so you can install it on to your Android Device and try it out.  Should you want to share your app (which I am not at the moment but hopefully in the future I will have something share-worthy!) you can add it to the Google Play store so it can be downloaded by friends, family and everyone else with an Android device.

Andromo is free to sign up and create 1 app and then there are other plans if you’d like to create more apps.


I received a free membership to Andromo in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.



One ConcertKatie reader will receive their own membership to Andromo.  Just leave a comment with your name, email address and why you’d like to be able to make your own app!

Pearl Mountain Valentine Giveaway

Pearl Mountain is holding a Valentine’s Day giveaway for their flagship product – Picture Collage Maker.  The giveaway includes Picture Collage Maker (both Windows & Mac) which allows you to create stunning collages for your valentine!

Picture Collage Maker for Windows

Simply visit the website –

Choose your platform (Mac or Windows) and get it FREE! A $29.90 value for PC and a $39.90 value for Mac.  I have personally used this product myself and think that you will not be disappointed!

Some of their other products are also discounted – including Collage It for Mac, Publisher for Mac and Watermark Plus for Mac!

Product Review: Dream Essentials Nite Note + Giveaway

Dream Essentials Nite Note Bedtime Note Pad
An easy way to capture bedtime thoughts!

Nite Note is the perfect way to record important night time thoughts without disturbing your partner’s rest. The contoured hand-held memo pad conveniently holds a pen and a writing pad. Record your thoughts while comfortably lying down.  Pad “lights up” when the pen is removed and “lights off” when the pen is replaced.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here before but when I was in college I’d sleep with a pad and paper under my pillow because a lot of times my Math homework would bug me so much, I’d dream how to solve it. Sometimes I’d figure it out, other times it was the most ridiculous attempt at math ever – but either way I needed something handy to write down what I remembered when I woke up. (And once I couldn’t remember who an actor in a TV show was and ended up dreaming about it and figuring it out!)

Now I don’t have Math problems haunting me, but I do sometimes read books on my Nook with the lights out or come up with million dollar ideas in my sleep (I wish!) so Nite Note is a nice addition to my nightstand.  The light turns on when the pen is removed and turns off when you put the pen back in the holder. That way, the light is only on when you need it. I can take notes on the books I’m reading for review without having to be sitting in a well lit room, which is perfect for me!

The pad is easy to hold and with a large enough writing surface that I can write down all the notes I need to. It needs 2 AA batteries to run which is not included.

I received a free product in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine, I was not asked to write a positive review just a truthful one.

One lucky ConcertKatie reader will win a NiteNote of their own! US only please. Ends 1/31/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to winning notification or prize will be forfeited.

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Win $200 in Concert Tickets!


Rukkus is giving away $200 in concert tickets!  And while I’d love to keep this information all to myself so that *I* can win, I figured it might be best to share it with all my readers. (You know, good karma and all.)  You can use the $200 to see whoever you want – so if those One Direction tickets are priced a little bit more than you can afford – here’s your chance!

It could not be easier to win.  There are 2 ways:

Email with a four sentence poem describing your favorite live music experience for an entry!

Tweet “I just entered to win $200 in concert tickets from #jointherukkus” for another entry!

The contest begins today! November 17th at 1pm and will end December 1st at 3pm.

Good luck! And if you win – maybe you’ll consider buying me a ticket too?

Product Review: Power Bank + Giveaway

On my recent road trip I had a brand new Power Bank to try out! Unfortunately, I didn’t time how long it actually kept my phone going after it said it was going to die on me – but it was enough time that I was out and didn’t end up with a dead phone by the time I got home!

The charger did get a bit hot to the touch, but I had it in my pocket and it didn’t feel like it was so hot that it was going to injure me – but if you have it in your purse you may want to to keep it away from lip gloss or lipstick or anything else that could melt. (I’m not sure it gets THAT hot, but better to be safe than sorry!)

The power bank comes with a 3 in 1 USB adapter which can be used to charge the power bank by plugging it into a USB port and flip it around and it can charge your iPod, iPhone or Android device (and probably many others with the same connectors!)

The power bank is light and fits in your pocket and won’t weigh your pants or purse down like a brick like some other devices. (And then you won’t be asked when getting your bag checked at concerts why the heck it is so heavy! I don’t want my phone to die, sir, so I have this brick of a battery pack with me!)

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Product Review: Triple USB Car Charger & Giveaway

On my recent road trip to Canada I had 2 great items to review for the trip. (See another post today for the other!) One was the Triple USB Car Charger. For a while I had a single USB charger for my phone, but then I realized that having 2 wasn’t a bad idea. Then I could charge my camera on the way up to shows OR my friend could charge their phone too. Recently though I had the dilemma where I wanted to charge my phone, my camera AND my friend wanted to charge their phone. We somehow made it work on that trip, but for next time – I’m prepared! Now I can charge up to 3 devices at once and the charger is compatible with pretty much all USB devices – Android, iPhone, etc!

The ports are 2.1A, 2.0A and 1.0A and rapidly charge whatever is plugged into it, or keep it charged while you are using it on a road trip (or not using it because you are driving!) The charger also doesn’t stick out a lot like some others that I have used. My port is right by the cup holder and we had no problem on this trip with the charger, a couple of USB cords and a water bottle in the cup holder.

Sick of buying car chargers that don’t work or even starts to overheat and melt? Our Adfilic 5.1 Triple USB Port 25.5W / 5.1A USB Universal Car Charger allows you to charge Android smartphones, tablets, music players, and electronic devices on the trip, MFI (Made for iPhone iPad iPod) Approved, optimal performance on all Apple products, cable is not included. built-in circuit design which protects against over-heating, over-currents, over charging of all smartphones and tablets. The smart charging stops automatically when the battery is full!

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Book Review: Dear Luke, We Need to talk, Darth + Giveaway

dearlikeDear Luke, We need to talk, Darth and other Pop Culture Correspondences is a book by John Moe.  The book will appeal to a wide variety of audiences as it takes pop culture references from several decades – including but not limited to Star Wars, Friends, The Twilight Zone, Popeye, Gilligan’s Island and The Walking Dead.  I have to admit there were several correspondences I just didn’t “get”, when they were about movies/shows that I wasn’t familiar with.  However, the references that I did “get”, more than made up for the rest. (If you’re a true Pop Culture junkie and get all the references, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.)

I especially enjoyed the letter from present-day Kevin McAllister to his parents about all the issues he has now from being left Home Alone.  There are several sections on popular songs which were pretty fantastic as well.  And I have to say I also enjoyed the “Welp” restaurant reviews as well.

I have an extra copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader! Simply leave a comment with your favorite song, TV show or movie (or all 3, if you’d like – but it won’t get you extra entries!) to be entered! Winner will be chosen on August 9th.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email to claim their prize. USA entrants only, please.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is proof that a funny book on pop culture doesn’t have to be snide and nasty. I loved everything about it.” —Jim Gaffigan
We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.
From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.
Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

Product review: WP Auto Affiliate Links Review + Giveaway


I’m always interested in trying to find new ways to monetize my blog.  I have decided to become an Amazon Affiliate because I love Amazon and who doesn’t? But I have been having problems generating sales through the blog.  I have tried to add the widget for some book reviews and I also have the search widget on the sidebar.  But it still hasn’t been generating anything.

So for the past couple of weeks I have been using the plugin Wp Auto Affiliate Links.  Wp Auto Affiliate Links is a wordpress plugin that will automatically add affiliate links into your content. It can work with links that you add manually or you upload trough a data feed, but it can also extract and display links from Amazon and Clickbank.

Successful bloggers are getting most of their income by promoting affiliate products. However, this is not easy because you have to post and maintain all your affiliate links. What if you had to insert affiliate links in 500 posts, or 1000? That will take an enormous amount of time. What if one of the products you placed links for changed affiliate network and you have to change all the links ? Dealing with affiliate links on a high content blog may take all your free time so you are going nowhere.

While I like that it does all the work for me – it does post some random links that have no relevance what so ever to my post. I also don’t like that in my product reviews it posts links to completely different product within the posts.  I have not found a way for it to only post affiliate links into certain blog posts.

If you have more broad topics on your blog, this may be the way to go for you. But for me, it just doesn’t seem to be working out.  You can make the links automatically no follow and choose the amount of links you wish to have in each post (ranging from Very Low to Very High) and if you’d like the links to open in new windows or not.

If you’d like to try out WP Auto Affiliate Links for yourself – ONE lucky reader will win a code for PRO.  Just visit and leave a comment with something you’ve learned as a comment.  Make sure your email address is included so you can be contacted if you win.  Contest closes 7/21/14 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning prize or an alternate winner will be chosen.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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