Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vicks Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier Review and Giveaway

Rating: 5 stars out of 5
99.9% GermFree, 100% Cool Mist
The V3900 Vicks® Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and mold in the water prior to producing a cool mist. In addition, you also can add in the soothing relief of Vicks vapors. In other words, if better breathing is your objective, you just might have found a cooler, GermFree answer. 
   Package Information:

  • Three-year warranty
  • Uses VSP-19 Vicks Scent Pads or new Sleepy Time VapoPads; one sample Scent Pad is included.
  • Kaz Protec WF2 Filter (included) removes impurities from water.
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I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to try out this Honeywell Vicks Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier!  I deal with so many allergies year-round that this was the best humidifier for me.  The last time I had one was when I was a child for many years and then I didn't use one as the allergies seemed to clear up with the use of medication.  After being married I wanted to use more natural ways to ease my allergies and that is when I was able to receive (for free with the intended purpose of writing a review) this machine!  It did wonders for me all winter long.  I will need it again in the summer-fall when the Santa Ana winds come to the beach.  The air is filled with dirt and sand that just blows around all day and night.

I love how big the tank is. It will last all night and through the next day (running it periodically, not constantly) and it is really easy to fill with a large handle to help you carry it.

I also love that it plugs into the wall and then has an off setting, low, med, and high settings as well. The high really gets things going and the low one doesn’t seem like it does much. The medium one is what I run most of the time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A humidifier is a household appliance that increases humidity (moisture) in a single room or in the entire house. There are point-of-use humidifiers, which are commonly used to humidify a single room, and whole-house or furnace humidifiers, which connect to a home's HVAC system to provide humidity to the entire house.

The most common humidifier, an "evaporative", "cool mist", or "wick humidifier", consists of just a few basic parts: a reservoir, wick and fan.

The wick is a filter that absorbs water from the reservoir and provides a larger surface area for it to evaporate from. The fan is adjacent to the wick and blows air onto the wick to aid in the evaporation of the water. Evaporation from the wick is dependent on relative humidity. A room with low humidity will have a higher evaporation rate compared to a room with high humidity. Therefore, this type of humidifier is self-regulating: As the humidity of the room increases, the water vapor output naturally decreases. These wicks become moldy if they are not dried out completely between fillings, and become filled with mineral deposits over time. They regularly need rinsing or replacement—if this does not happen, air cannot pass through them, and the humidifier stops humidifying the area it is in and the water in the tank remains at the same level.

When winter hits, people go inside for warmth and turn on their furnaces. The artificial heat does more than warm a room. It dries out the room. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, making the room more comfortable.
Everyone, young, old, male and female, will at some point in their lives, have problems breathing through their nose. These breathing problems could be related to a medical condition that requires medication or even surgery. The breathing problems could be related to something simple, such as dry air. Either way, for most people, it seems that the nose stuffiness worsens at night.

How Humidifiers Work:

  1. Moistens Dry Skin

    • Your skin loses moisture when the air is dry. You already know this if you have eczema, as your flareups are probably worse in the winter, when the furnace is on. Place a humidifier in the room or rooms you use most frequently to keep your skin supple and any eczema symptoms minimal.

    Unplugs the Nose

    • Running a humidifier at night can alleviate your stuffy nose during the winter and even eliminate the nosebleeds caused by dry air. Artificial heat dries out the nasal passages. A humidifier puts moisture back in the air, giving your nose the conditioning it needs.

    Saves Money

    • A humid home feels warmer than a home with dry air. On average, a home that is running its furnace has an interior humidity of 20 percent. If you move up the humidity to 40 percent, you will feel warmer. This means that you can turn your heater down and see a smaller utility bill next month.

    Eases Cold Symptoms

    • Winter means cold and flu season, and one of the worst parts of a cold is the stuffy nose and tickling cough that keeps you up at night. Eucalyptus, or menthol, is a natural decongestant. Placing three to nine drops of eucalyptus essential oil in your humidifier tank will diffuse this healing plant's scent into the room and relieve your cold symptoms, giving you a better night's sleep without the use of drugs.

       I plan to add to this review at the end of fall to share how I survived through the Santa Ana winds and allergies. 

      The giveaway is just below here.   All questions need to be answered, they are all mandatory.  Anyone who omits an answer will not be entered into the giveaway.  Thank you!

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The importance of blogging and tips for blogging (SHARED)

Blogs have become the poor man’s website and for good reason. The best thing about a blog is that it is free. Sites like Blogger and WordPress have provided excellent services for people to create websites with ease. But with all of the blogs out on the net, how do you make yours stand out? There are a few methods that work extremely well, and then there are a few methods that don’t work at all.

Creating an online blog is a great way for anybody to get the word out about his or her opinions or online services they can provide.
I'm a make up artist and so I talk a lot about make up from various places and how to do certain looks and match them with clothes!  I'm a clothes-horse!

I'm an eclectic blogger but there are topics that I write about more than others.  

The first thing you are going to want to do when creating a blog is picking your niche. A niche is the most important aspect of how successful you are going to be. If you’re going to be writing a blog about web hosting, then good luck. Unless you have a great point of view or thousands of reviews on the best web hosting sites on the Internet, you’re going to find it hard to rank high in the search engines. When you pick your niche, pick a general topic. Now narrow your general topic to something smaller. Now do it again. Now do it again. Now you are ready for your blog. Having a blog that focuses on one aspect of a topic is the best way to get traffic.

The next thing that you want to do is write everyday. Updating your blog everyday is the best way to get it picked up by the search engines. Search engines like Google and Yahoo index blogs and websites based on their content. If you are updating your blog everyday and are putting more and more original content up, your blog is going to rank high in the search engines.

So you have a blog that has a ton of content and a great niche, but you’re still not seeing any traffic? This is where people get stuck. It’s the all too common tale of somebody with a great product, but no knowledge of how to sell it. This is where one-way linking comes in. As you researched your niche, you probably went though a bunch of discussion forums.

Discussion forums are great because they always rank high in the Google and Yahoo rankings. Join two discussion forums a day and post comments on your topic. They should allow you to link to your blog through your profile. This way when somebody researches your niche, they will see your post and click on your blog.

Article marketing is another way of getting the word out about your blog. Take a couple of the posts that you have published on your blog and re-write them. Now you can submit them to various article directories on the Internet like E zine and Article base. These websites also rank very high in the Google rankings. Just like in the discussion forums, you should be able to post links to your blog from your profile page.

Viral marketing is another way to get an extreme amount of traffic to your website. Sites like Metacafe and Youtube have brought thousands of people’s blogs onto the map. If you enjoy talking about your niche or doing short how-to videos, film a couple of videos and include a link to your blog in the information bracket.

Another great way to build readership to your blog is by giving away free items. You don’t have to have a raffle for a new TV or anything, but you can post downloadable articles, ebooks or software to your blog. This is great because people are always looking to get something for free. When one person gets a free ebook, they are extremely likely to send the link to other people, thus giving you more traffic.
Starting a blog is not an easy task. If you’re looking for something that you can update a couple of times a month and share with friends, then you don’t really need to worry about traffic. But if you’re looking to make some extra money or even a full time income, you are going to need a very high volume of traffic and a decent ranking in Google and other search engines. Blogging is a great way to make additional money online.

The use of viral and article marketing is a proven way to bring you the traffic you need. Posting on discussion forums related to your niche is also a great way to get the word out about your blog. Stay away from e books and online sites that will try to sell you blogging tips. Most of the materials you need can be found through You tube videos, online articles or just a little digging.

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