Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MCO's Birthday Bash: Dropcam Review & Giveaway

We're celebrating MCO's first blog-birthday with MCO's Birthday Bash are so glad that you could join us for this event! If you've missed the giveaways up until now, be sure to click on the photo below to enter to win some amazing prizes from Strollers to Cookware!

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MCO's Birthday Bash is continuing our celebration with an amazing giveaway for a Dropcam HD! 



*I received a complimentary Dropcam for review in exchange of my honest thoughts and opinions*

Photo Credits: Dropcam



Dropcam was developed by co-founders Greg Duffy and Aamir Virani after Greg's father desperately wanted to figure out which local dog was making a mess of his yard. He began hooking up IP camera's but was having trouble getting the system to work just right and that storing video on his hard drive wasn't an easy or secure solution. Greg was immediately interested in solving his dads dilemma and called his friend Aamir to talk through the problem. They began throwing around the idea around soon connected with tech pioneer Mitch Kapor who decided to fun the initial development which resulted in the launch of Dropcam in 2009. Now Dropcam is widely used around the country to "drop in" on their babies, pets, and even to catch unsuspecting thieves. 

Dropcam generously sent me one of their Dropcam HD video monitors for review and I have to admit I was pretty excited to receive it. I know a handful of people who own Dropcams and they always rant and rave about them and how easy to use they are, so needless to say I was jumping with joy when the box arrived on my doorstep! When I opened the box I was pleased to see that the set up didn't appear to be to complicated, so I took everything out of the box, laid it in front of me, and picked up the instructions. The monitor comes with everything you need to get your Dropcam up and running including the USB cord, wall charger, and even a wall mount! I was pretty excited to plug it in and get my new Dropcam set up.


I was doing a happy dance when I saw that the instructions were the easiest I have ever seen for an electronic device, let alone a video monitor. Simply attach the USB cord to your Dropcam and your computer and let Dropcam's software do the rest. You'll need to push a few buttons such as "next" and "accept", but I kid you not, you'll be finished setting up your monitor within a minute. The Dropcam is a high definition Wi-Fi camera so it runs directly off of your home Wi-Fi, right to your phone or computer. I have an iPhone so I downloaded Dropcam's app and through the app I am able to do everything such as turn the camera on and off, listen to what is going on in my home, and even talk through the Dropcam! 



Some of the fantastic features that Dropcam offers are:
As from the Dropcam Website
  • Quick Setup
  • HD Video Quality
  • Secure SSL Encryption
  • Easy Turn On and Turn Off Based on Your Location 
  • Digital Zoom
  • Activity Alerts
  • Exclusive Mobile App
  • Two Way Audio
  • Night Vision
  • DVR
  • & More!

I chose to set up our Dropcam as a home security camera that is in our front room. Majority of the time I have it facing the front door so I can keep an eye on things from another room or while I am away from my home. What I absolutely love about the monitor is if I leave my house, I don't have to do any configuration changes to use the monitor, instead it automatically allows me to see what is going on while I'm away, and there is even audio! Mr. Hunky and I utilize the Dropcam quite frequently while we are out running errands or in the city. I love that I can check in on my dogs to make sure that Mrs. Bow Jangles isn't on the chair, and Little L isn't getting into trouble. Below are two screenshots that I took through the Dropcam software, the image on the left is through my computer, using the night vision of the Dropcam to spy on Little L (she's the blob by the door), and the image on the right is with the lights on through my iPhone's app. I am extremely happy with the visual quality of the Dropcam, even through the night vision I can clearly see what objects are and any movement that happens in the room. My only request is for Dropcam to add a feature that would allow me to move the camera from the app so that I could scan the room that it is in!


The Dropcam is a fantastic video monitor that will allow you to have peace of mind while you are away from your home, and "allow you to drop in on what you love". My Dropcam gets used daily whether it's to keep an eye on my home while I'm away, keep an eye on Baby A as he's playing, or to spy on the dogs! I've even seen a Dropcam "out in the wild" at the mall! 



To Purchase: Visit Dropcam's website and pick yours up for $149! This is a baby gear must have!

To Win: Mommys Craft Obsession and Dropcam are giving away a Dropcam HD! Enter the Rafflecopter below, all entries are optional with exception of your address, which is necessary for product shipment if you are the winner.



Congrats to Sandy VanHoey!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 12th. The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter which uses Random.org. The winner will be announced both on Rafflecopter as well as MCO’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Dropcam, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.

*This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions, what works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by Dropcam however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review.








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124 comments:

  1. I would put it in the babies nursery!

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  2. Oh it would for sure go in the nursery. We have one child already and expecting another in June. We need a cam in the nursery!

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  3. I would put it in my daughter's room

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  4. Danielle KowalskiMay 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I would definitely put it in my son's nursery. We don't have a camera, so he has never slept in his room. It's too far away from our room!

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  5. Would love to have this in my little man's room!

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  6. You will think I am a crazy person but I would love to have this to spy on my cats!

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  7. I would but it in our first little one's nursery! :)

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  8. I homeschool my grandchildren, so I'd love to have it on during school so my daughter can see how her kids are doing throughout the day. She has to work full time now and she really misses teaching them herself!

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  9. I would put the dropcam in my nursery.

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  10. Hello! I found your site through Top Mommy Blogs. Cute Site! http://www.babydashco.com. I need a "spy Camera" HA!

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  11. I would put it my daughter's nursery.

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  12. I'd put the dropcam in the front of the house.

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  13. I'd also spy on my cats :)

    I hope to see more giveaways that do not involve data mining spies known as pinterest and facebook.

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  14. I'd put it in the nursery for baby due next month!

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  15. I would put it in my babys room

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  16. I would put it in my daughter's room.

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  17. I would use in my grandsons room

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  18. I would put it in my bedroom to keep an eye on my sneaky puppy! :)

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  19. I would put mine in my back hall to see how my cat opens the guest room door, cause we close it and every so oftern we wake up and the door is open and the cat is asleep ont he guest bed, would be fun to find out.. THank you.

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  20. I would put it in my daughters room.

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  21. it would be for my son & daughter in law & i'm sure they will put it in the babies room who is due in june

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  22. I would put this is the baby's room

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  23. I would put the dropcam in my sons room. The oldest will be 4 in July and the other is due in September, so this will be great for keeping an eye on both!

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  24. I would put the dropcam in my sons bedroom!

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  25. It'd go in our living room

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  26. I would put it in my daughter's room.

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  27. I would love to put this in the baby's nursery room. We have a two story townhouse so this would definetly be very helpful since I'm in the kitchen for hours a day.

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  28. I would put it in my daughters room

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  29. i'd put it in the kids room, I think. :)

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  30. This would be for the babies room.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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  31. I would put it in our girls room! :)

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  32. In the nursery! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. could really use this for my boys room

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  34. Would keep in the room when my grandson is taking a nap.

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  35. In our bedroom where our baby girl sleeps!

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  36. I would put this in our youngest room

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  37. I would use this in my living and dining areas.

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  38. I would use it in the nursery.

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  39. I would give this to my friend who is pregnant to use as a baby monitor.

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  40. I would use this in my sons' room.

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  41. I would put this in the baby's room.

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  42. Mine would most definitely go in the babies room!

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  43. Claire RheinheimerMay 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I would put this in my son's bedroom, he'll have to start sleeping in there soon since his baby sister will be here any second now.

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  44. My daughters room it would be great to have

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  45. I would put it in my daughter's room. She seems to not be sleeping too well and it would be nice to see why!

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  46. I would place this in dd's playroom!

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  47. I would put the dropcam in the kids' room to keep any eye on them.

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  48. i would put in our baby room to monitor her!

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  49. I would put this in my sons room

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  50. I would put it in our living room so I could watch the coming and goings of visitors.

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  51. I would absolutely love to have the dropcam! I would put the dropcam in the corner near my front door so that I can see what's going on in the main hallway of my home. We have 2 cats & the youngest has actually had some severe medical issues. I'm the type that feels my cats are my kids (we haven't been able to have children yet) & the dropcam would allow me to be able to keep an eye on him when we're not home!

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  52. I would use it in my daughter's room as a video monitor.

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  53. I would definitely have to put it in the nursery, where else?:)

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  54. I would put it in the nursery, so when baby bentz is asleep I can go outside and clean stalls and be aware of what's going on inside!

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  55. above my daughters crib so I can see her at night & when she naps.

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  56. We are having a baby in September so it would be prefect in the baby's room.

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  57. I would put this in the baby's room.

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  58. just had a baby, would put it in his room!

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  59. I would put it in my living room facing the door as a security camera.

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  60. If I won the Dropcam, I would give it to my daughter to put in her new baby's bedroom.

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  61. I'd put it in the basement playroom.

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  62. If I won the amazing Dropcam HD, I would put it in my living room to see what crazy shenanigans my cats and dog are making. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway and I've got my fingers crossed! Good luck everyone!! :)

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  63. I would put this in my daughter's bedroom. She currently sleeps with us but I would feel so much better about putting her in her room if we got this! She is 9 months btw

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  64. We're expecting a little boy within the next 3 weeks. Our first. We are very nervous. From my perspective, finding a monitor has proven to be one of the most difficult decisions so far. It's a lot of money to plunk down on something we aren't sure of. Dropcam has me sold, though. We wanted an easy cam with Android access at a good price. Winning the giveaway would be a dream.. but even if we don't, this is now on our must-have list.

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  65. Would love to have this for my baby's nursery!! Would carry it with me through out the house!

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  66. It would go in our nursery :) Thanks for this opportunity!

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  67. It would bounce between the nursery and the family room!

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  68. I would use this in my little guy's room.

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  69. I'd love to put one of these up in the kitchen. It would be interesting to see what Our Friend Phoebe does while we are gone.

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  70. I would put it in our front room near the front entrance to watch over when we are not there

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  71. I would actually give this to my daughter who is going to be giving birth to my second granddaughter in 2 1/2 months for her to put in the nursery.

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  72. I would put it in front of my house.

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  73. I'd put this in the living room where the sliding door to the porch is :)

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  74. I would use this in my baby's room. We don't have a monitor yet and this would be great to check in on my four year old too!

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  75. I would put it in the babies room.

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  76. In the babies room or living room thats where she spends a lot of her time!

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  77. I would definitely put it in the front room because once there I'd have a view of multiple hallways and different parts of the house :)

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  78. I would set it up in my son's room. I love knowing it's simple to install.

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  79. My son's and Daughter's room :)

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  80. I would use it overlooking my front porch.

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  81. I would use it in this coming baby's nursery.

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  82. The first place I'd put it would be in the kitchen to figure out which of my 9 kids is the one sneaking into the fridge EVERY night... then, once that mystery is solved.. .the nursery :)

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  83. i'd put it in my daughters room for sure

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  84. I would put it in my daughter's room.

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  85. This would be great to have in my daughter's room.

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  86. I would put it in my little guys bedroom.

    Thank you : )

    Robin R

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  87. I would use this in the kiddos bedroom.

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  88. When we finally move into our house (we're renovating it on our own!) we'll put this in my son's room since it'll be his first time on his own!

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  89. I love that this can hook up to your phone or computer! My husband is shipping out, so it would be awesome if he could check in on the baby! This would def go in the nursery.

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  90. i would use it in my youngest sons room if i won :)

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  91. The garage.

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  92. I wold use this camera in my 4 year old's room so I could give him some independence and privacy while still keeping an eye on him. Great little gadget! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  93. I'd use this in my nephew's nursery, because he has been going through chemo, and will have a bone marrow transplant in July. He will need constant monitoring, so this will make a tremendous difference for his parents who need to get things from downstairs and do other things when he is sleeping. This monitor would relieve a lot of the stress of having to be constantly there. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  94. I am a widow and live with my 89 year old mother and I would put it outside of the house to monitor that we are safe.

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  95. I would use this in my daughters room
    Jessica Cox

    momma62404@yahoo.com

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  96. i would put it in my sons room

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  97. I would put this in the baby's nursery!

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  98. It would go in our future nursery!

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  99. This is awesome! I would put it in the office!

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  100. Misty Tedesco- I would use this in my Girls room, So I can keep a better eye on them at night.

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  101. I would put it in my busy little guys room. (21 mos old).

    Thank you : )

    Robin R

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  102. I would put in my grandsons room, he is a special needs child.

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  103. In my living room
    Momtobushbabies@aol.com

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  104. I would put in the backyard of my house!!!

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  105. This will definitely go in my daughter's room and replace the old monitor!

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  106. I have been curious about the dropcams since I started seeing them in giveaways. I'm glad I read this review because I now know a lot more about them now. Thanks for the review.

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  107. I really like this camera more after reading this. i may have to get one.

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  108. My favorite features are that it is HD and it comes with a wall mount.

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