Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas: Santa Caught! and NORAD Santa Tracker

Are you tracking Santa today? He has already delivered presents to children in Japan and Indonesia. Find out where he is now by checking NORAD's Official Santa Tracker.


I won a free iCaughtSanta giveaway from Erin at Mom Buzz and we are prepared for tomorrow. You have to check it out - tomorrow morning my 5 year old will wake up and find this picture of Santa at our house giving him presents. (Don't let all the presents fool you - they are my sister's families presents - we hold them for her until Christmas Eve.) The picture turned out awesome and he is going to be thrilled to have proof that Santa was at his house. Thanks Erin!

One last thing - Christmas is a time to think about others. I want to share a post with you from Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting called Good Will in a Box. Here is a portion of her plea:

"As I navigated the narrowed aisles in the PX, shopping for a leftover this or that to buy for the holiday, I felt broken. I felt off. This holiday, much like last years, felt all kinds-of wrong to me. Last year, though, it was trying to fit our circular family into this square post, quite unsuccessfully. Being new to town, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It was a mess. Christmas was labored, as was our new life, as we struggled to find peace and normalcy in a foreign place.

This year, I'm no longer struggling to fit in here, I know we won't and we're doing a lot better with that knowledge. But the woes I'm experiencing this year are from my feeling inadequate, angry and resentful for being somewhat blind. I feel very, very ashamed by it.

The economy has really taken it's toll, and many more families in the blogosphere are suffering than I had thought. I had the chance to listen to some of the stories some of these ladies have to tell, what's really going on behind the scenes, and I felt downright heavy, with my heart full and weighted.

Lately, I had been griping about my children misbehaving and crumbs being left on the floor. What the hell is the matter with me? I was busy being bewildered by their childishness and lack-of-cleanliness, busy being angry and wondering, why were we buying new things for them to disrespect and not put away? Meanwhile, there are families going without, utilities being shut off, borrowing to purchase groceries, and what was I doing? Bickering over kids being kids and my possibly buying too much.

Ick.

Guilt tastes pretty bitter, if you ask me. The acid in my stomach began eating me alive. Who had I become? I most certainly didn't see myself in a favorable light."

Please stop over to her blog and do whatever you can do to help. There are so many bloggers who are going through a tough time right now and could use some help. I know there is always someone worse off than I am and although I can not donate financially, I will donate my time to do whatever I can.


Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 will be closed until January 1, 2010. From our family to yours, have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dear Lisa

(This post is by Lisa's husband. I wanted to post a comment to her post below to me, but it was too long.)

Lisa,

I love you and I wish I could do something more for you too. I am just happy that I have you and your willingness to sacrifice so that I can finish school. Even more so I am thankful for your support through the hard times I have been going through lately. Thank you for pushing me to be a better person and not giving up on me. I would be completely lost without you. You are a better wife than I could ever have hoped for and I just want you to know that I love you and appreciate everything you do for me. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful family. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and as long as I have you I will have everything I need. Happy anniversary baby!

~Your husband

Dear James

Dear James,

I just wanted to take a minute to say, "I love you". Today is our 7th Anniversary - wow! I wish we had tons of money. I would have loved to buy you a gift - maybe a wedding band that fit? I would have loved to go out to dinner tonight and eat lobster or sushi with you. I would have loved to do anything special for you to show you how much I love you, but instead I dedicate this post, my love, friendship, faithfulness, and life to you.

Forever,
Lisa

Holiday Gift Guide for All: Cheryl and Company Brownies

Looking for the perfect gift? Look no further than Cheryl & Co. they make the most delicious cookies and brownies. I recently got to try their Buttercream Frosted Brownie Trio featuring buttercream, peanut butter, and chocolate frostings and they were really yummy. My youngest son particularly loved the chocolate that is baked into the brownie. I also tried their buttercream frosted cookies and they were out of this world.

They have the most beautiful gift baskets available at a variety of prices and if you order today by 3 pm you can still have some yummy baked goods delivered in time for Christmas for as little as $5. Find out how by visiting Cheryl & Co. today! Hurry!!!! (I can email you my address for shipping - just let me know.)
THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive their own brownies from Cheryl and Company. Mandatory Entry: Visit the Cheryl & Co. and tell me what your favorite item is.
***YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR FIRST COMMENT.***

Additional entries can be earned by (please leave separate comments):
2. VOTE for Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 as the best giveaway blog at Giveaways 4 Mommy and tell me how many votes I currently have. (1 entry) - One Vote Per IP Address -
3. Follow my blog or if you are already following - tell me who you are. (1 entry)
4. Follow me on twitter @lisasamples tweet this contest leaving me a link. (1 entry per tweet/2 tweets per day) Please leave time between tweets - must have at least 50 followers.
5. Subscribe to my new email feed. (2 entries)
6. Sign up with Sponsored Tweets & make money tweeting using this link: http://bit.ly/3aYsis. (5 entries)


This giveaway will end January 2nd at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment. US entries only. This listing is compliments of Cheryl & Co. and I received brownies for the purpose of review, but my opinion is 100% mine and honest! US ONLY

Wordless Wednesday: My Secret Santa, Marshalls, and T.J. Maxx

This is not totally wordless, but I wanted to share pictures of my gifts I received from T.J. Maxx and Tanya from Mommy Goggles. I love it!
This year was the first year I have ever asked for jewelry. I particularly wanted necklaces and Tanya must have read my mind because she found the cutest necklace holder from T.J. Maxx and it is perfect. She also did a great job at picking out a gorgeous photo album for my special keepsake pictures. It's very elegant.

Did I mention I LOVE Jelly Belly Jelly Beans? Yummy.

I shopped at Marshalls for my secret santa recipient and had a blast. It is amazing how much you can find at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for just $25. Thank you Victoria, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for hosting this fun Secret Santa project. It was a blast.

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are hosting a "Carol-oke" program at youtube.com/jointhecarolers. There you can view videos of people signing their favorite holiday carol to help raise money for Toys for Tots - there are a bunch of great videos there, check it out.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Sheer Cover Minerals Make Up

Mineral based make-up is all the rave right now. I think the reason is because it is more natural looking and the ingredients are so much less harmful to your skin. Recently I had the chance to compare Sheer Cover Minerals to Bare Minerals and I was pleasantly surprised.

Although the Bare Mineral make-up looked natural and hid a multitude of skin sin I felt like I had a layer cream on my face all day. I didn't think anything of it until I tried Sheer Cover Minerals. I received the Medium Kit which came with two mineral foundation tones, pocket duo kit, duo concealer, studio brush, moisturizer, cleanser, concealer brush, contour brush, mascara, sheer color compact (eyes, lips, cheek), tips/tricks DVD, and make-up case. All of this for only $29.95, with FREE SHIPPING! I priced a kit from Sephora that did not contain half as much product from Bare Minerals that cost $60.

From their site:
The secret to Sheer Cover® is an exclusive formula of light reflecting minerals that blend magically with your skin's natural oils for perfect coverage that's amazingly light. Sheer Cover® minerals are 100% natural, infused with skin soothing botanicals, natural sun protection, and anti-oxidant green tea to help protect your skin from the visible signs of premature aging.

  • Contains 100% pure minerals with NO oils, perfumes, dyes or talcs, so it's gentle and non-irritating - even for sensitive skin.
  • True Shade Technology™ ensures that the powders blend in with your skin tone for a perfect color match.
  • Feels light, allows the skin to breathe and goes beyond just covering up - it actually deflects light away from flaws.
  • Contains anti-oxidants designed to protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
  • Helps filter the sun's harmful rays and protect against the visible signs of premature aging with SPF 15.
I personally found Sheer Cover Minerals to be a lot lighter feeling on my skin then Bare Minerals and definitely more affordable. The only downside is that you cannot purchase it in the stores. You have to purchase Sheer Cover from their website at www.sheercover.com. The advantage to that is you don't have to leave the house...

Want to try Sheer Cover Minerals for free? They are offering one of my readers a chance to win a starter kit - enter now!

THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a starter kit from Sheer Cover Minerals. Mandatory Entry: Visit the Sheer Cover Minerals and tell me what shade you are. ***YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR FIRST COMMENT.***

Additional entries can be earned by (please leave separate comments):
2. Follow my blog or if you are already following - tell me who you are. (1 entry)
3. Blog about this and link back to my blog and SheerCover.com or email 5 friends about this giveaway copying me on the email. (5 entries)
4. Follow me on twitter @lisasamples tweet this contest leaving me a link. (1 entry per tweet/2 tweets per day) Please leave time between tweets - must have at least 50 followers.
5. Subscribe to my new email feed. (2 entries)
6. Sign up with Sponsored Tweets & make money tweeting using this link: http://bit.ly/3aYsis. (5 entries)
7. VOTE for Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 as the best giveaway blog at Giveaways 4 Mommy and tell me how many votes I currently have. (1 entry) - One Vote Per IP Address -
8. Tell me something you learned about Sheer Cover Minerals that you found on their website.

This giveaway will end December 31st at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment. US entries only. This listing is compliments of Sheer Cover and I received a starter kit for the purpose of review, but my opinion is 100% mine and honest! US ONLY

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide for All: GlassesUSA w/Coupon Codes

UPDATED:
When most online companies stop giving great discounts because it's Christmas, we're going over the top and offering three deals never before offered!

December 23: Take $25 off any order totaling over $80! Use code: almostxmas

December 24: Take $18 off any order totaling over $65! Use code: silentnight

December 25
: Take 25% off any order of eyeglasses! Use code: merryxmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

All my life I have had the standard pair of eye glasses with a wire frame, but I got the chance to try something fun from GlassesUSA.com and couldn't believe the selection there was to choose from. I went with something fun, but functional and chose the Deb frames. (Note: they have changed from the pictures on the site, they are now all black). They sell for only $39! You just can't beat that. Do you like them?

All I had to do was pick out a pair and email or fax my prescription. That's it. In as little as a week I was wearing them! I still wear my old wire frames when I'm feeling frumpy, but for the most part these are the ones I prefer. I especially like the rectangular look and thick black arm stems. Also, they have a hinge on the arms that is a must-have for me with my kids always playing around.GlassesUSA.com also carries men's frames and at the low price point their frames are at this would make for a great gift. I'd like to own a couple more pair (hint, hint). You can find a lot of different categories as well, such as:
  1. Full Frames
  2. Semi-Rimless Eyeglasses
  3. Rimless Eyeglasses
  4. Classic Frames
  5. Progressive Lenses
  6. Retro Frames
  7. Flexible Eyeglasses
  8. Fashion
You can even become a fan of GlassesUSA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GlassesUSAcom/49239092526

Or follow them on twitter: @GlassesUSA

Disclosure: I received a pair of glasses for the purpose of writing this post from GlassesUSA. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hitting the Road This Winter? Survive the Winter Travel Season with the Help of Disney Family.com

CONGRATULATIONS: GINA Do you tend to get lost in the shuffle between family, work and other holiday-related obligations and festivities? Disney Family.com is offering a “Survive the Winter Travel Season with Family.com” kit to one lucky reader!
The kit includes a BUILT bottle tote, Godiva Holiday Truffle box, adult GAP mittens, a scented candle from Restoration Hardware, and a set of 4 holiday Mini Merry nail polishes from OPI (total value of $82).
Disney Family.com recognizes the importance of taking time for oneself during the busy holiday season. That’s why they’re offering some luxurious treats to help moms get through the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Year-round, parents and caregivers can visit DisneyFamily.com/Travel for expert reviews, other parent travel recommendations, and age-appropriate points of interest for family-friendly destinations on any budget.
GIVEAWAY: To enter, please leave a comment telling me about any holiday travel plans, or let me know if you are one of the lucky ones that get to stay home this holiday season. You must include your email address in the comment or I have not way to contact you. Winner will be drawn at 3 pm EST on Dec. 20th out of all entries by random.org.
If you’re on Twitter, please also feel free to tweet about the contest for an additional chance to win with the hash tag #DisneyFamily.comTravel.
Additional entries can be earned for leaving comments (sentences, please) on any of my other posts.
Visit DisneyFamily.com/Travel for expert reviews, parent recommendations, and age-appropriate points of interest for family-friendly destinations on any budget.  For other articles relating to budget travel visit this lifestyle blogger for great information.
This post was sponsored by Disney Family.com Travel

(CLOSED)Live Giveaway: My Son is the Old El Paso El Tacodor

UPDATED WITH WINNER: Courtenay
(I just had to double check and make sure it really was unlimited entries for toppings)
Got to have guac!
mysbc27-web @ yahoo dot com

If I do not hear back by 4 pm a new winner will be drawn, thanks!

My family loves tacos. What family doesn't? It gives my kids a chance to make their own food - they get to pick what goes into the shell and they love that responsibility. We try to have tacos once a week. I had a lot of pictures to accompany this post that were so darn cute, but unfortunately my husband erased them accidentally.

Old El Paso has come up with the funnest game to play with the family while eating tacos. The winner is the El Tacodor. You are presented with different challenges and if you complete the challenge you get to add an ingredient to your taco. My youngest son was really good at the game (with our help) and he won.

(imagine this is the picture of him looking proudly into the camera while holding his certificate of achievement declaring himself the El Tacodor)

Some examples of the challenges include:

  • Crunch Time: Name at least 10 animated movies within 1 minute
  • Meat-N-Greet: Name 5 things that you’d bring home from your favorite vacation place and let the table guess where you traveled

  • Lettuce Play: Act out different animals – no noises! Your partner must guess 3

  • Lime Light: Cheer, “We love tacos, yes we do! We love tacos, how ‘bout you?”

  • Say Cheese: Pronounce the name of everyone at the table backwards!
We are going to do a LIVE GIVEAWAY for you to win a $10 GC to buy some meat and two (2) coupons for FREE Old El Paso products so that you can play El Tacodor at home!

To enter check out the El Tacodor site and enter to win $5,000. Leave a comment here that you entered. For additional UNLIMITED entries tell me what your favorite taco toppings are....be creative.

PLEASE leave your email address in your comment. I do not have any other way to contact the winner. I will draw a winner randomly from all comments at 3 pm today. Winner must answer the email with their shipping information by 4 pm today.


This opportunity was made possible by My Blog Spark and Old El Paso. We received a prize pack as a thank you for this post.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids: My Baby First Steps Wii and DS

If you have a young daughter or son they will enjoy playing My Baby First Steps for hours!

From their site:

Your baby has grown so fast! Can you believe that a year has already gone by? Take care of your baby from their 1st birthday until they're 3 years old. Your baby will discover its entire environment and learn from it, they'll walk, babble and speak, try to catch every object they can, and put everything in their mouth... Your baby will be the apple of your eye!

Features

  • Your baby looks more lifelike than ever with brand new 3D animations and reactions
  • Make sure that your baby has the latest trends with even more items; customize your furniture, clothes, and hair just to name a few...
  • With a new and improved AI your baby will react as if they were in the room with you
  • Innovative gameplay that is based on stylus, touch pad, voice recognition, and the microphone - not a compilation of mini-games
  • Interact with your baby whenever you want and experience real baby-like reactions
  • Watch your baby grow from both a physical and psychological point of view
I think the thing I liked best is watching my son nurture his baby. I think this is a good tool to help him groom those skills. My husband was hesitant at first about letting him play, but he has come around and has actually played it with him a couple times. I'm not sure if it is me but I had a difficult time understanding my toddler. However, the baby talk in the game was easy for my son to understand. Have a girl? She'll be a natural at this game.

If you get a chance you can look at My Baby Village - it is an interactive web site that compliments the game and it is full of valuable tools for children and parents. There is even a mini-game for you to try. You can find My Baby First Steps at Amazon.com, Walmart, and Toys R Us to name a few places for around $29.99.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bring in the New Year with Green Works

Congratulations: Night Owl Mama, Steph, Andrea, and Mary
Bring in the New Year with Green Works
Is your New Year resolution to become more eco-friendly? Search no more.

From their site:

renewable resources

A natural resource qualifies as a renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a rate that's equal to the rate of consumption by humans. The plant and mineral-based ingredients in Green Works® cleaners use materials that come from a resource that is renewable.

biodegradable

A biodegradable material is something that has the ability to safely and relatively quickly break down biological into the raw materials of nature and disappear into the environment. Much of the ingredients used in Green Works® natural cleaners are biodegradable helping to minimize the impact on the environment.

petrochemicals

Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum. Green Works® natural cleaners minimize the use of petrochemicals and are 99% petrochemical free.

not tested on animals

Animals were not used to test the safety and efficacy of Green Works® natural cleaning products.

Four lucky readers are going to get a chance to win 5 coupons for the Green Works products of your choice (up to a $3.99 value).

GIVEAWAY: Visit GreenWorks and tell me what your favorite cleaning product is to be entered to win. You must leave your email address to be eligible. Four winners will be picked Thursday morning (they will receive 5 coupons for FREE Green Works products) and you must forward me your mailing address by 7 pm Thursday evening or a new winner will be drawn. Extra entries can be earned if you leave a cleaning tip. There is no limit to the amount of entries.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Green Works. I received coupons in exchange for offering this giveaway.

Holiday Gift Guide for All: Subway Gift Cards

Congratulations Lisa P!

My 16 year old LOVES Subway. He would eat it every single day if I would buy it, so this year I am giving him a gift card to Subway as a stocking stuffer. Right now for every $10 gift card purchased you get a free Snickerdoodle cookie to boot. His favorite sub is the BMT, but now that they have the new melts (Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Marinara) he may change his mind.

Subway also has great trays for your party needs including the Classic Combo for $24.99. Call your local Subway and check out their catering menu for your holiday needs.
THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to Subway. Leave a comment below with your contact information. This is a semi-live giveaway and ends in 24-hours (9pm 12/16). Mandatory entry: What is your favorite sub from Subway?

Additional entries can be earned if you follow @SubwayFreshBuzz on twitter and tweet out your favorite sub. Once those two things are done you can enter unlimited amount of times by leaving comments on this post.

This giveaway will end December 16th at 8:59 pm EST. Winner will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment. US entries only. This listing is compliments of Subway and I received a gift card, but my opinion is 100% mine and honest!

Holiday Gift Guide Winners - Batch #2




Pearl Paradise winner: Vickie (comment 45)
V-tech winner: Andrea (comment 15)
Wholesale Keychain winners: Marj (comment 1), Brie (comment 20), and Linda (comment 28)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Craftvogue Handicrafts

Every woman loves accessories. I especially like jewelry - especially if it is something that is a bit different. Craftvogue Handicrafts is a great source for scarves, jewelry, and other home decor and green items for your holiday needs.

I recently received the most unique Lac Jewelry set from them that came in the most beautiful gift pouch. The necklace and earrings features black beads, pearls and diamond-like accents. This exclusive product has been hand crafted by the rural artisan of Rajasthan which are famous for the traditional Lac jewelry.

From the site:
• 100% hand-made
• CraftVogue exclusive Fair Trade product

And if that isn't enough, check out the beautiful silk scarves just in time for your holiday party.
I received the Dark Red Party Wrap similar to the one above. The scarves are hand-woven cotton-silk with a crumpled look. There is an interwoven stretchy string that gives this scarf the flexibility to lengthen.

From the site:
The product is a reflection of the craftsmanship and creativity of the Indian rural artisan.
• 100% handmade
• Size in inches (extendible): 46x8 (LxB)
• CraftVogue exclusive Fair Trade product
• Dry clean only

If you are looking for scarves to go with your outfit this holiday season take a look at all they have to order. You will definitely not have to worry about someone else wearing the same accessories as you.

Some additional information from Craftvogue Handicrafts:

• CraftVogue is offering 30% flat discount for bulk orders for resale or otherwise. To know more, contact info@craftvogue.com
• CraftVogue is looking for strategic partners for their overseas sales. To discuss the details, contact priyanka@craftvogue.com
• CraftVogue also provides gift packing and messaging services with their products.

For a limited time they are offering a 15% discount for you! The coupon code to use at check out is mtb15 - the first 15 to order can use this code. For more discounts be sure to check out their website. You can even follow Craftvogue on twitter at @Craftvogue.

Disclosure: I received a necklace w/earrings and a party wrap for the purpose of writing this post from Craftvogue. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyTM for Wii

2K Games has released Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for Wii and it is a blast! This is one Wii game you will want to add to your gift list. With more than 40 action-packed games that test the circus skills of even the most highly trained professionals. You can perform with the Bengal tigers, dance with an exotic Asian elephant, or try your skills on the high wire. Players who excel get certified to perform in front of thousands in the exciting ZING ZANG ZOOM™ and Barnum’s FUNundrumSM show venues! Also recently released is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Friends Asian Elephants for Nintendo DS. Another great game for hours of fun!

For more information check out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's game site. While you are at it check out the dates of Ringling Bros. tour - coming soon to an area near you!
Disclosure: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's sent us the Wii game as part of the Holiday Gift Guide.

Small Talk Six: Spending Time with my Relatives

It's Saturday and I thought I would try out the Small Talk Six idea that Trisha from MomDot came up with. The topic today is "6 things you love or hate about spending time with your or your significant other’s relatives." Now, I had originally chose my in-laws to write about because I thought it would make for a more interesting post, but I was afraid someone in his family might find my blog and I just didn't want the drama.

Here are the 6 things I love about spending time with my relatives:

1. Laughing (beware: Milk sometimes comes out of our noses.)
2. Teasing (okay, yes, I did try to choke to death on my own hair when I was little to get attention)
3. Reminiscing (the hair pulling fight between my sister and my mom is always brought up because I had to play parent and I sent my mom to her room while I chilled my sister out)
4. Shopping (my mom is a shopaholic)
5. Love

My mom and sister both live far away so our time together doesn't happen that often (maybe once every 4 years or so). I miss them and I miss our time together.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Staples and TwitterMoms: Holiday Tips for Saving Money & Time

TwitterMoms and Staples are working on a great campaign together featuring holiday tips for saving time and money. Check out the widget on my left sidebar. As part of that campaign I wanted to offer this little advice:

1. Never throw away your smaller pieces of wrapping paper. You never know when you need a piece for "patching" or when you will need to wrap a smaller gift.

2. If you run out of wrapping paper and need a last minute idea try foil or a newspaper.

3. Stock up on gift wrap and tape after Christmas by taking advantage of the great sales and clearance items.

For all your wrapping needs and great gift ideas, please check out Staples Holiday Center. While you are there enter their Daily Tech Giveaway!

Follow Staples on Twitter at @StaplesTweets

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ME? PLEASE SHARE!

Post compliments of TwitterMoms and Staples.

Holiday Gift Guide for Him: VTech BLUETOOTH Cordless Phones


I hate talking on the phone at home. I've gotten so spoiled with the cellphone's bluetooth capabilities. I can wash dishes with both hands and not have to hold a phone while I talk to my mom or friends. I can drive home from work and talk to my husband about my day without having to hold a phone. The down side to always using my cell phone in the house is that there are only a couple rooms where I have reception. We have had our home phone for 3 years now and I have probably only used it a handful of times.

Well, that has all changed now. V-Tech was kind enough to send me their new Bluetooth capable phones to review. VTech’s BLUETOOTH-enabled LS6245 and DS6321-3 cordless phone systems enable users to make and receive cellular calls using a cordless handset or use a BLUETOOTH headset to answer landline calls. I tested the phone similar to the Vtech Ds6322-3 and love it. I sync my cellphone with it when I get home - another bonus. Now, when my cellphone rings I can hear it anywhere in the house and since there are 3 phones (requiring only one phone jack) I can pick it up in almost any room. Did I mention I set the phone up to have a different ring for each line? You can do that with this phone. We have 4 different ring tones: my cell, my son's cell, my husband's cell, and the landline.


Check out this video, it probably explains how the phones work better than I'm able to:
You can follow V-tech on twitter: @Vtech411 -- Let them know you saw their review here and tell them what you think about their new phones! They would love to hear from you....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Hoover, Shoeline, Pulse Scooter, and Carson zOrb Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS:

Shoeline.com winner:


PULSE Scooter winner:


Carson zOrb Microscope winner:


Hoover Cordless Stick Vacuum winner:


Email's will be sent this evening to all winners. In the meantime - feel free to enter any of the other great giveaways going on at Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 including: The Popcorn Factory and V-Tech V.Smile giveaways listed today!