Posts made in November, 2008

Free Dr. Pepper and Guns N’ Roses

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Since Guns N’ Roses took their sweet time getting their most recent album to drop…Dr. Pepper made a sweet sarcastic remark.

Dr. Pepper said that they would offer a free Dr. Pepper to everyone in America if the album came out in 2008. That day has come.

Get your coupon for a free 20 oz. Dr. Pepper from their website starting Sunday at midnight…the coupons will be available for 24 hours…and redeemable until February 28th.

Funny thing…great marketing ploy.
Guns N’ Roses launches their album on the 24th of November.
Dr.Pepper has 24 flavors in their “mix”.
The coupon will be available for 24 hours.

Whatever…we get free Dr. Pepper!!

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Congratulations to the Coupon Geek!!

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Its no secret that I’m an avid follower of the Coupon Geek. Jaycie does a great job with her blog and not only has great deals posted more quickly than almost anyone else…but she has great recipes and fun family ideas as well.

I just wanted to take a minute and put this out in the blogosphere: Congratulations on your new baby girl, Jaycie!! I wish only the best for you and your family!!

Jaycie will be on “maternity leave” from blogging for a while to focus on her newly expanded family.

If you are one of her readers and you are joining us here for the first (or 18th) time…Welcome!! I will do my best to entertain you in her absence.

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A Little Something For Me

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I have had a hard time being on the computer for the past few days. I’m tired, Eric has been working for nearly the past 72 hours (that is no exaggeration) and the kids and I have been cooped up for over a week with one or another of us sick. Lilli has figured out how to walk and, therefore, refuses to sleep…she only wants to hone her new skill. I’m averaging 4-5 VERY interrupted hours of sleep a night.

In short: I’m tired, I’m crabby and I’ve been throwing a small pity party for myself.

So I decided to focus on ME for a couple of days. I’ve managed to get my house in order (I use that phrase loosely) before bedtime, I’ve spent some time knitting on a sweater for Lilli the past two nights and I’ve been listening to music.

I have forgotten how much I love music.
I’ve been bugging Eric for a while that I want an iPod. Why an iPod, precisely? Because I want to dock it in my kitchen, where I spend most of my time. I’ve been asking around and learning about them (yes, that makes me OLD)…and discovered at Target Friday night that the 3rd generation iPod Nanos (which are by all accounts, obsolete…they ARE after all..like a year old) sell for only $99. This is a good price in the world of iPod…and it does everything I want it to do. I don’t need it to “shuffle” when I shake it…I don’t need the screen to automatically rotate when I turn it on its side. I also found a Memorex docking station on clearance at Target for 50% off. I talked to Eric on the phone who said “Go for it”…and I did. I got both toys for $130 including tax. And did I mention how my new ChicBuds that I won from Jessica Knows and ChicBlvd complete this fabulous new system??

I have had such a wonderful time listening to music. Things that I had forgotten: Annie Lennox, Dixie Chicks, Seal….the list goes on and on. AND…I get to break out the Christmas music (confession: I already broke out my Sarah McLaughlin Wintersong cd)…I cannot WAIT to do my holiday baking to Mannheim Steamroller!! The kids have been hanging out in the kitchen more…and dancing and enjoying themselves.
I was able to download some MobiStories onto the Nano and Brendan thoroughly enjoyed “reading” them.

The purpose of this post is NOT to whine to you (ok…a little bit of the purpose is to whine my way into an excuse for not blogging much this week), but to remind you of the importance of taking some time to feed your own soul.

That sounds so cheesy. But its true.

We get wrapped up in the day to day and we just don’t remember what to do to make ourselves happy. It is the little things.

So while $130 is an incredibly large amount of money for me to spend…especially on myself…I’m thrilled with the purchase.

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Motrin, Revisited

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I couldn’t help it. I wanted to let it go, I did! :) But the truth is…I’m a little proud that my voice was HEARD. Mine, and many others.

Turns out we are not just a bunch of women tweeting by the glow of our computers…unaware of what we are really talking about. Turns out we are media savvy and we know what we want and how we want to be treated. Turns out that more of the world listened and perhaps a few more doors were opened.

So while greater things happened in the world yesterday than Motrin airing a condescending and patronizing ad (earthquakes, fires, layoffs)… it was a great thing none the less.

Jessica Smith of Jessica Knows is Chief Mom Officer at Wishpot.com. She is launching a new site this week called MomForce.com that will help to link other companies with other Chief Mom Officers. Convenient for her and for moms like me that the importance of the opinion of a mother was so blatantly plastered across the media.

86 stories and counting from the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Associated Press, Forbes..the list goes on. Attention from Peter Shankman, Sarah Evans, and Mashable.

So thank you to Katja Presnal for taking our words and making them voices…and to Jessica Gottlieb for helping to bring this to our attention, and organizing our intentions.

Thank you for listening to my soapbox…and for realizing the power behind a mommy with a headache :)

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Love It, or Leave It?

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I was not paid to do this review, but I received free downloads for our family in return for the review. I was also given the opportunity to offer my readers $10 of free downloads for reading the review. Visit MobiStories and enter the code 212A at checkout to receive the credit. This is enough for one or two books, but you must use the entire $10 (or as much of it as you plan on using) during one visit….it may not be carried over.

I’m going to be honest, when I got the opportunity to review MobiStories with my almost 3yo son I was excited at the opportunity to do a review, but not thrilled at the concept of sticking my son in front of a screen to “read” books. This is the sam way I felt about Baby Einstein movies before I actually tried them and I’m a HUGE fan now…so I went in willing to give these virtual books the benefit of the doubt.

LOVE IT!

It turns out both my son and I think that the MobiStories are great! I watched them first to make sure I even wanted him in front of the screen…then I passed them on to him. I was so intrigued watching him, watching the books. He was enthralled. He interacted with the story.

MobiStories are downloadable stories that you can play on your mp3player, PC or iPod. They are the next generation of “Books on Tape”…for the kids. They have books for ages 1- 10 that can be downloaded for a very reasonable fee. Books range in price from $3.99 -8.99 each.
I choose the age range of 4-8 years even though Brendan is only turning 3 in January. He is very interested in books and learning, knows his ABC’s already and often goes off to “read” to himself…so I figured I would up the level of interaction a little bit.
The four books that I chose were:

All the Way to the Ocean: This book is a little more advanced…more of a story. It teaches kids about water pollution and how their actions affect the world as a whole.

Miles the Crocodile: This was MY favorite. This is a book about jazz and color. Miles the Crocodile plays jazz music and “When jazz is Yellow, the sound is mellow”. Wonderful music and illustrations.

Plane: This book was in the younger age range…I was contemplating putting it on for my almost 1yo. Showed it to Brendan first and he was enthralled by this one as well. The sentences are simple, it is narrated by a child, and it uses bright, primary illustrations. Brendan has asked to see this one again already.
Salsa for Kittens and Puppies: This book is a FREE download. It incorporates english/spanish and is narrated in a hispanic accent. It is all about Ottis getting ready for his birthday party (a big topic around our house these days).

The only thing I would suggest is that if you are ordering these stories for an older child and you would like them to be able to “read along”, you should purchase the books for PC download. The screen on my iPod Nano was uch too small to see the words and the picture did not completely fit on the screen, cutting off some of the written words.
MobiStories toutes that reading to your child is still the most important thing you can do….but when you can’t, there are MobiStories. I was skeptical at first, but I must say I’m sold on the idea. Just like any other source of media entertaiment…it is up to us to use it in addition to, not to replace, our actual parenting.
If you are interested in trying MobiStories for your child visit them and receive $10 in downloads with the coupon code 212A just for reading about them here! This is enough for one or two of their stories for FREE!
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