Digital Reflection Panel Review–Update 4/27/17

I posted in my initial review of the Digital Reflection Panel about the who, what, when, where, why and how’s.

In this post, I just want to do a quick update.

I installed the DRP box on March 9, 2017 and I was credited $25 to my account on for installation and speed bonus.

On April 3, 2017 I was credited $5 to my account for monthly meter activity (leaving it plugged in for more than 90% of the time)

On April 14, 2017, I was asked to update and install security certificates on my devices and was credited $25 to my account.

Since you can only redeem your rewards in increments of $50 and I had $55 in my account, I redeemed an award for $50 on April 16, 2017.

I redeemed a PayPal card which reached my PayPal account on April 21, 2017.

I am almost to the end of another 30 day cycle and will be credited an additional $5 and then when they ask me to update, I will get another $5 (the first few months give you more as you get bonuses).

In the nearly two months since I have had the box, I haven’t noticed it at all. However, over the last three days, my internet has been randomly getting disrupted. My ISP is sending a technician tomorrow, as they think I have a damaged cable outside, but if it does not fix the issue, I will unhook the DRP box and see if it is causing interference. I will update on that as soon as I have made a conclusion.

As long as the box is not causing the disruptions, I would recommend using it unless you do work from your home that prohibits such things. (I work from home, but I do not have this issue). You will get paid about $200 a year to do nothing but what you are already doing aside from an occasional update that takes like two minutes.

At first I was skeptical about someone gathering my information, but in reality, it is already being gathered every time I log on. At least this company rewards me for allowing it.

You can check it here. This is not a referral or affiliate link.

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Crack Leave in Hair Treatment

I started coloring my hair in the 5th grade, but got serious with color in the 6th grade. Some people think that is crazy, but my mom and dad believed that hair color was a safe way to express my unique quirkiness. I was very unhappy with my light red hair, and the most drastic color I did was jet black (I would not recommend anyone with light hair going black–just saying, you will look like you are going bald with the grow out).

I ended up loving variations of deep red colors and would either adjust my color or touch it up every four to six weeks for the last 3-4 years. As you can imagine, hair damage is very real struggle for serial hair color-er.

Luckily I found Crack Leave in Hair Treatment. I absolutely love this stuff. It helps repair damage, keeps damage from occurring, keeps hair manageable and smells great!

Crack Hair Care Cream Healthy Hair
I have to color my undercut.!
Crack hair in the moring
Just ran a brush through my hair after waking up. Photo-Sharlene
Over colored hair healthy with crack hair cream
My ends are in pretty good shape, though I am due for a trim (It has been 4 months). You can see a little of the pink/red dye that has not pulled from my hair yet (just on the ends). As many times I’ve done color on top of color though, it is to be expected. Photo-Sharlene
crack hair don't care because it looks great
This was a picture with no flash, and my hair looks way darker than it is (that is why I used the one with flash for the featured image. It still looks cool though. I always keep the travel size in my bag/purse and big one in the bathroom. Love this stuff! Photo-Sharlene

I have been slowing bleaching back to my natural color, and as you can see in the photos above, my hair has minimal breakage and it is shiny and healthy. I also do coconut oil treatments from time to time, but that’s for another post. My mom uses Crack too and loves it, so it works well for both teenage and aging hair. (See mom’s response to my review here).

Ask your hairdresser if they have Crack products, or can get Crack on Amazon. They have shampoo and conditioner as well and I like them, but I have a different favorite shampoo/conditioner (Verb) and I will post about it later.

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Many colors over the years. Photos-Sharlene (obvious selfies-Aleesha)

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*Amazon links are associate links. Any commissions earned from this post will be put into Aleesha’s college fund.

Handmade quilt rose garden

My Mothers Talent

Growing up, my mother was always working. She managed the local animal shelter, and work kept her busy, but her love of the animals in her care made her work more than the average person in her position probably would have. Even though she was busy, mom still loved to create things.

I remember beautiful gardens, photos taken of simple things, and afghans and quilts made just for me. When she retired a few years ago, she stated a business called “Collies Sewing Room“. (Her name is Colleen by the way, you can link to her Facebook using the previous link, or find her on Pinterest here). In that time, she has made all of us kids, grand-kids and great-grand-kids different things, from bags and wall hangings to quilts. She loves to fit in projects for her family in between the stuff she sells, but I often think her talent goes unnoticed.

My mom has a booth at a place called “American Mercantile” (Click to link to their Facebook page) located in my hometown of Medford, Oregon. Living in Minnesota, I don’t get to see a lot of her hard work, nor do I get to help her promote her talent the way I’d like. She really is quite talented! I love how she will reuse materials when ever possible too!

I wanted to show the squares of the quilt she is currently making for me, and also share some of the other things she has handmade, so enjoy them! Captions are added to explain a little about them. Show her some love and like and comment on my post! Please share it or repress it with others, because I just want the world to know, my mom is pretty amazing!

Handmade Geometric Maze Quilt Collie's Sewing Room Purple
These are the blocks for quilt she is currently making for me. You can clearly see the differences in personality between my sister and I based on quilts! (Hers is below) I can’t wait to curl up with it! Remember, she takes special orders, so you could have a quilt made perfect for you too! Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade Rose Garden Quilt
My mom made this for my sister. It is actually the perfect style and colors for her. This just screams “Shawna”! Isn’t it beautiful? Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade quilt backing design simply beautiful
This is the backing for one of her quilts, I actually love the design she did so much, that I think the simple beauty of this alone would be a perfect couch quilt. (Though I would pick bright colors because I’m like that) Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade Elk Heard Quilt
This is one of moms favorites. Being form Oregon, you can’t help but love the great outdoors! This is the Calling of the Heard quilt and there are more photos on her Pinterest and Facebook pages. Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade Upcycled Grocery Bags Recycled Pet Food Bags
We all like to reuse when possible. My mom gets sturdy pet food bags given to her and turns them into grocery bags. They are unique, sturdy, cheap and best of all–Upcycled Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade handbags purses unique
She even makes cute bags and purses! Photo-Colleen Macuk
Handmade School Bag Flamingo Mustache
Mom made this bag for Alee when she was in 6th grade. At the time, Alee was in love with zebra print, flamingos and mustaches. So, even though this picture sort for makes it look like the flamingo has a sombrero on his beak, he is in fact wearing a mustache! Four and half years later and the bag is still in perfect condition too! Photo-Sharlene

Review: Digital Reflection Panel (ongoing)

I wanted to do a running review of the Digital Reflection Panel. (I will update as I go on this post). You may have seen this on other blogs or on social media. I actually came across this from a Facebook post by The Penny Hoarder ( is the link to their FB page if you are interested).

The idea is, you sign up on their website and they send you this little box. You hook it up to your wireless router and allow the company to track your internet usage. In exchange for allowing them to gather information on your internet habits, they will pay you via rewards like gift cards. They reward you $20 for installing the box, with a $5 bonus for doing it within 4 days. You then get $10 a month to keep plugged in and to update once a month.

It isn’t a big payday, but I thought it would be worth trying. The sign up process was straight forward. A few questions and my box was on it’s way. I got an email on Wednesday that it would be delivered, but it didn’t come until Thursday. I think that it was one of those packages that UPS drops off at the post office then the mail man brings it the next day, but I’m not sure since I didn’t see who left it at my door.

Installation was simple. They provided all the necessary cords and even color code where to plug each in. It took about 30 seconds after the unboxing to hook it up. They emailed a link on Wednesday to set it up them. That was as simple as clicking the link, there was nothing to download or anything.

I did have to reboot the router right after plugging it in because WiFi was not working on our phones, but since then I have not noticed any difference in my service. I will update in a month to let you know if I noticed any slowing speeds and how the first update went.