Archives for February 2010

VTech DS6321-3 Cordless Phone : Review and Giveaway

hypothesis The VTech DS6321-3 Cordless Phone system will be a great way to ensure that my husband and I never miss valuable phone calls on both our home phone and cell phones which will bring us a peace of mind.

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One VTech DS6321-3 Cordless phone which includes an answering machine and three additional handsets, our busy family and one husband eager to try out the latest technology!  About VTech Phones:

vtechlogo “At VTech, we live by the words “innovation beyond technology.” Our mission is to be the most cost-effective designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-quality consumer electronics products and to distribute them to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner possible.

Within the realm of telecommunication products, our North American operation is one of the top 3 players in the US cordless phone market. VTech’s spirit of innovation has allowed us to assume the roles of pioneers and prime movers in the industry. In 1992 we developed the first fully digital 900 MHz cordless phone, in 2002 VTech introduced the first 5.8 GHz cordless phone and in 2005 we introduced the first integrated VoIP cordless phone.”

results As a family that consists of two parents who both work full time outside the home, you can imagine that our schedule is tight.  With my oldest daughter is on the move with school, dance and cheerleading classes, my husband and I struggle to stay connected with family, friends and even each other. vtechphone Our cell phones are like another appendage to us!  I feel like we rarely use our home telephone and had even considered disconnecting service. However, I was recently introduced to VTECH phones.  As a Mom, I am very familiar with VTech Kids because my daughters love their innovative products (such as the Tag Reader).  But did you know that VTech’s innovation expands well beyond toys and games?

I was sent a VTech DS6231-3 Cordless phone for review.  Because I was considering disconnecting home telephone service, I was curious about the features on this phone and was anxious to see if this phone could change my mind.  A few specs from the website:

  • DECT 6.0 Digital technology provides the best sound quality, security and range in cordless phones
  • Three handset system—includes 3 handsets and requires only one phone jack (expandable up to 12 handsets!)
  • Caller ID/call waiting*—stores 50 calls
  • Handset speakerphone—enjoy hands-free conversations
  • Protect yourself from identity theft with digital security
  • BLUETOOTH® enabled for connection to cell phones and headsets
  • Download your cellular phonebook directory to this cordless phone system—dial a landline or cellular call from the directory for easy access
  • Landline service not required—works great for cellular only households
  • Two cell phones can be actively connected to the base—cellular calls can be made or received from either of these two active cell phones

After receiving the phone, I followed the instructions for set up which was a snap!  I connected the main base to my home phone line and scattered the remaining two handsets throughout my home.  I like the additional headsets because while the system is cordless, you don’t even have to remember to take a handset with you because they are scattered throughout our high traffic areas.  Lose a handset?  No problem!  There is a locator alarm to help you find them!  Making and receiving calls on our home line was easy and quality of the sound is excellent.  My husband loves the fact that you can check voicemail right from any handset and you do not have to go to the main base to play your messages!

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The feature we love the most is the fact that you can connect your Bluetooth enabled cell phone to the handsets.  My husband teaches and always has his phone off or on vibrate throughout the day.  Many times, he forget to turn it on when at home and as a result, misses many phone calls.  Now, when he comes home, he can sync his cell phone to the handsets.  When his cell phone rings, the handsets ring with a different tone from our land line.  Simply answer the handset to connect the call!  Your cell phone can remain on its charger all night long!  Brilliant!  He also loved being able to download his entire address book to our handsets as well.  This eliminates having to find the cell phone to fetch important numbers stored.

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Both my husband and I love the VTech DS6231-3 Cordless phone!  In addition to it’s easy setup, we love the convenience of several handsets and the technology of answering cell calls through the handsets.  The price of this phone is $99 and can be purchased directly from VTech Phones.

Do you have a need for a new cordless phone in your home?  VTech has generously offered one lucky reader the same phone reviewed in this post!

How to enter:

1. Visit VTech Phones and browse the products.  Come back and tell me where you would place the three handsets in your home!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and VTech Phones (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @VTECH411 on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 21st. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. VTech Phones supplied me with a unit for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

SIGG Water Bottles: Review

hypothesis A SIGG Water Bottle will be a great way to stay hydrated as a busy Mom on the go without sacrificing style, function or the environment!

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One 0.6L aluminum SIGG Lifestyle Water Bottle in Mystic Noir, my favorite sweet tea (I’m a Southern girl after all!), and a busy day at the park with my two beautiful girls.  About SIGG Water Bottles:

sigglogo “SIGG is the ultimate eco-friendly reusable beverage bottle is perfect for anyone who is “green” but still wants to make a fashion statement. Made from pure aluminum and 100% recyclable, SIGG is the ideal alternative to plastic bottles and does not leach any harmful chemicals such as BPA’s, while alleviating the plastic waste dilemma that plagues our landfills and oceans. The durable bottles have a baked on, non-porous interior lining that is taste neutral so you can have lemonade one day and water the next and there won’t be any lingering taste or odor.”

results Wake up, get dressed, cook breakfast, wake up the girls, feed them, dress girls for school, drop off at school, drive to work….on most days, it can be almost lunchtime before I realize that I have yet to drink anything!  As a working Mom, my schedule is jam packed every single day, but to be a good Mom, I have to remember to take care of myself, too.  When I was first introduced to SIGG, I immediately thought, “That would be GREAT to throw in my bag and take with me!”

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I was sent the SIGG Lifestyle Water Bottle in Mystic Noir to try out while I ran around town.  When it arrived, my first impression was that it was so cute!  Perfect for dance class!  The water bottle is 100% aluminum, lightweight and completely recyclable!  I filled my bottle with iced tea and headed to the park (armed with snacks) with my daughters.  It was great to have a drink with me that would not spill as I chased and played with my active girls.

sigg Another thing I like about the bottle is that the interior is lined which protects against leaching or residue build up.  This allows you to drink a beverage without leaving an odor behind when you fill it with a different type of drink (and makes it very easy to clean! BONUS!).  The size was perfect for me, but if you have a bigger thirst, one liter or wide mouth bottles are also available.  Or for the little ones, bottles are available for the kids, too!

If you would like to personalize your bottle, check out SIGG Skins!  Here, you can upload a favorite photo, family picture or company logo and have a skin printed that will easily slip onto your SIGG bottle!  Make sure your graphic or photo is a high resolution image to ensure that your skin comes out perfect!

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I absolutely love my SIGG Water Bottle!  Of course, if it makes my life easier, I am THRILLED!  The water bottle is cute, functional and easy to clean.  I also like all of the options that SIGG provides.  Choose a bottle to fit your thirst, function and personality for a very reasonable price!  Make sure you check out the lunch boxes, too!

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. SIGG supplied me with a unit for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Blue Turtle Kids – Review and Coupon Code!

I am so stinkin’ excited that spring is on it’s way.  For one, I am so tired of cold weather.  Two, I am soooo tired of looking at my kids’ school uniforms.  I mean, they wear them 180 days a year….so I like to make the other 185 COUNT.  I can’t think of a better place to look than Blue Turtle Kids! Blue Turtle Kids carries a ton of cuteness to spread around in your childrens’ closets – Brands like Wes and Willy (perfect for your sons that need to dress “cool” now but you still want them to look little-boy cute), Mis-Tee-V-Us, Mulberribush, and tons more.  Blue Turtle also has some of the cutest pajamas you ever laid eyes on.   A huge thanks to Blue Turtle for sending Em some outfits for a Spring preview.

Spring is coming!  Hooray!

Spring is coming! Hooray!

As always, they arrived lightning fast and Em was most excited to try on her Mis-Tee-V-Us capri set and Baby Lulu dress.  (Summer Baby Lulu is on sale now!) Every brand Blue Turtle carries offers top-notch quality and over the top cuteness and these two outfits were no different.  They are PERFECT!  I also like that Blue Turtle Kids carries a lot of things  you don’t see everywhere…..so your little ones will look adorable without looking like everyone else in town.

Love the detail on this sweet dress!

Love the detail on this sweet dress!

Like every other mom, I am always on the lookout for a good deal, and thankfully Blue Turtle runs some fantastic sales!  Become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to always stay up-to-date on how you can get some great deals!   Can’t wait?  Blue Turtle Kids is very kindly running a sale for Not So Blog readers right now!

COUPON CODE

Using the coupon code  ILE will get you $10 off of an order of $50 or more!  The code is good for one week only so don’t be a turtle about shopping with Blue Turtle! Check it out fast!

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Meeting the Verizon Palm Pre Plus (Part 1)

When I was in college, my Mom and Dad bought me what I now affectionately call “The Bag-o-Phone.”  This thing was enormous, plugged into my car and was to be used ONLY in case of emergencies.  It was a few years later that I actually bought a cell phone that didn’t have to be plugged in!  Man, what a long way technology has come!

Sometime last year, I decided to take another leap and join the trend of receiving emails on my phone and being able to surf the Net on the go.  I currently own a Verizon Blackberry Curve which, I will admit, is addictive.  However, after seeing my friends easily surf the Web with their touch phones, I started to wonder if that type of phone would better suit my lifestyle.  Reluctant to take the leap and abandon my Blackberry, I resisted….until now!

verizonbutton I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Verizon Palm Pre Plus Mommy Blogger and have been given the opportunity to test out the touch phone and put it through the paces of a working Mom on the go!  Through March 31st, I will but the Verizon Palm Pre Plus through the obstacle course that is my life and report to you the results in a series of eight posts.

A few days ago, I purchased the phone with gift cards sent to me by Verizon.  The employees at Verizon were helpful in giving me a basic tutorial on the phone as well as setting up my email accounts and importing my contacts.  In just under 30 minutes, I was set loose with my new toy.

It’s all about first impressions, isn’t it?  When I got home, I sat down with both the Verizon Palm Pre Plus and my old Blackberry and made a few comparisons:

palmpre I like the look of the Palm Pre Plus.  It has a very modern, sleek and compact design.  The dimensions are smaller than the Blackberry but has a larger display screen making web pages easier to navigate.  I find that the graphics and crispness of the images are also better on the Palm.  The weight feels nearly the same, or at least I cannot tell much of a difference.  However, I am finding it a bit harder to type on the keyboard of the Palm Pre Plus, but it may just be a learning curve.

I’m going to take a few more days to learn the workings of the Palm and all of the “gestures” necessary to navigate through it’s features.  Stay tuned for my next post!

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. Verizon Wireless supplied me with the Palm Pre Plus and one month of service for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

The Baby Bunch: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis The Baby Bunch will create the perfect gift for a new Mom, both practical and beautiful!  The bouquet will include baby essentials presented in a unique way.

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One Medium Pink Baby Bunch including one pink bib, hat, T-shirt, two onesies, and two pair of socks,all neatly arranged in a beautiful bouquet.  About The Baby Bunch:

babybunchsmall “The best gifts are beautiful and practical. The Baby Bunch is both, making it the perfect present for every new parent. The Baby Bunch is a blossoming selection of infant clothing presented as a bouquet of flowers that makes a unique gift for moms and dads in need of the essentials for baby.

“The Baby Bunch combines practicality with presentation,” says Bryony Boxer, founder of The Baby Bunch along with her husband Simon Martin. “We wanted to create a gift that was attractive yet useful and offers everything a baby needs to get the best possible start in life.””

results Around here, there has been a huge baby boom among my friends and family members (I’m going to have another niece or nephew in September!).  I usually buy from a baby registry because I like to give a practical gift, but most of the time I feel like that lacks creativity on my part.  So, it was refreshing to be introduced to The Baby Bunch, an online boutique which combines the practical gifts with a unique twist!

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I received a Medium Baby Bunch in Pink for review and was just shocked when it arrived!  I never thought bibs and onesies could be so darn cute!  The practical baby gifts are rolled into rosebuds and arranged into a beautiful bouquet complete with artificial pink roses and tissue paper.  This would definitely make a great baby shower gift or even centerpiece for the shower!

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The Baby Bunch provides a unique baby gift that is both practical and beautiful.  The medium bouquets sell for less than $60, but if you are looking for something less expensive, check out the adorable cupcakes!

Do you know an expecting Mom?  The Baby Bunch has generously donated one medium size bouquet to one lucky Not-So-Blog reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit The Baby Bunch and tell me one product you would love to give as a gift!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Baby Bunch(10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @babybunch on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 13th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. Baby Bunch supplied me with a unit for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Orient Watch USA: Automatic Watch Giveaway

As a busy Mom, I know that routines and schedules are very important to a succesful day with my kids.  I am always reaching in my purse for my phone to check the time in order to keep the day moving.  Wouldn’t it be easier to just wear a watch?  Orient Watch USA has come to the rescue for my busy readers and offered one automatic watch for a giveaway!

About Orient Watch USA:

orientwatch Widely cherished in Asia, Europe, and South America, Japan’s largest producer of automatic watches is finally available in the United States. With more than 50 years of history and an annual production of over 2 million timepieces, Orient could quite possibly be the largest watch company you never knew existed.

Unlike battery-powered watches, Orient’s mechanical timepieces are powered solely by the movement of the wearer’s wrist. A staple among watch aficionados, Orient is known for its ability to deliver luxury features at 1/3 the price of comparable brands.”

Orient white face giveaway Looking around their website, I found many styles I would love to own!  I am particularly fond of the look of this ladies watch and the cem65001m watch for men.  Start your Father’s Day shopping early!  Win the men’s automatic watch pictured at the right which is water resistant up to 50m, too (value $150)!

How to enter:

1. Visit Orient Watch USA and tell me another watch you would love to own!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Orient Watch USA.

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5.  Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 11th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product.  I was not provided any compensation for this post.

Banquet says “Thanks a Million!”

Because both my husband and I work full time outside the home, we tend to eat out more than I care to admit. Once we arrive home, we value the time we have together and try to spend quality time with our two daughters before the bedtime routine must begin. Neither one of us wants to stop playing “princess” or “tea party” to make a lavish dinner.

Walking the grocery aisles, I tend to reach for frozen dinners to serve on hectic nights. But which one to choose? I don’t want to waste money on a convenient meal that is inedible! Thanks to Mom Central, I was able to try out Banquet’s Frozen meals.   A little about the brand:

The Banquet brand began in 1953 with the introduction of frozen meat pies. Banquet frozen dinners first hit store shelves in 1955. The ’70s brought several different fried chicken offerings. Most recently, Banquet launched Homestyle Bakes and Dessert Bakes, and the brand revolutionized convenient, family-style cooking with the introduction of Banquet Crock-Pot Classics in 2004.

My husband and I chose to try Banquet’s Frozen Lasagna.  It was very easy (just pop it in the microwave…no thaw necessary…for about 15 minutes) to make and fed my family of four with no problem.  Next time, I think I will try to Banquet Popcorn Chicken or maybe the Chicken Enchiladas!

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Right now, Banquet is giving back with their “Thanks a Million” campaign!  They will be giving away 16,000 cash prizes totaling over $1 million to their loyal customers.  From February-April, look for specially marked single-serve Banquet  dinner meals to see if you are an Instant Winner!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Banquet and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Wordless Wednesday

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I can't believe she's almost 2!

Coffee For Less: Senseo Pod Giveaway

For a few months now, I have been running some great K-Cup giveaways sponsored by Coffee for Less. By now, I am sure you are familiar with the brand, but did you know that they offer much more than K-Cups? If you have fallen in love with the Senseo, you’re in luck!  You can purchase many different Senseo Pods at Coffee For Less inlcuding Capaccino and Espresso.

This month, I am catering to the Senseo lover and offering a pack (18ct) of the Senseo Dark Roast Coffee Pods for one lucky reader! From the website:

senseo Senseo Dark Roast pods are robust yet smooth! Dark yet not too strong to be enjoyed by someone who is used to a lighter roast, this delicious roast has a full body and inviting aroma.”

How to enter:

1. Visit Coffee For Less and tell me which Senseo coffee pod you would love to try in the future!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Coffee for Less (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and Coffee For Less on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Coffee For Less on Facebook.

5. Sign up for the Coffee For Less email newsletter.

6.  Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 9th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product.

Just Jen Customized Big Sister Shirts: Review

hypothesis The personalized Big Sister/Little Sister shirts from Just Jen will be a cute way to celebrate the sisterhood of my two daughters.

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One Big Sister shirt and one Little Sister shirt personalized with my daughters names in rose colored crystal, and two VERY excited little girls anxious to show off their new clothes.  About Just Jen:

justjenlogo “In the past five years, Just Jen has grown from an idea to a successful start-up company that is the #1 online store for rhinestone clothing and custom rhinestone transfers. Just Jen.com currently carries more than 200 designs, available in hundreds of shirt and rhinestone color combinations. The site allows customers to place custom orders online and is fully e:commerce enabled to offer secure credit card processing.

Just Jen shirts are manufactured in the U.S.A, using genuine Swarovski rhinestone crystals and 100% cotton t-shirts made by American Apparel. Swarovski rhinestone crystals are the highest-quality rhinestones available; they are the only stones cut with 14 facets, and you can really see the difference in the sparkle that they deliver. The American Apparel shirts are also a superior quality t-shirt and come in body-hugging cuts that accentuate and flatter the female shape.”

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Now that Aubrie is almost two years old, she is truly becoming a playmate for Lily.  I think they are just starting to understand what it means to be sisters and I just love watching them bond on a daily basis.  Lily, who just turned five years old, is ALL ABOUT sparkle.  If it shines or glitters, it’s on her wish list.  So, a shirt that lets her show off her big sister status AND sparkles??  FABULOUS!

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I chose a brown short sleeve shirt with rose colored crystals.  I ordered a size larger for both girls and I am glad I did.  When the shirts arrived (very quickly, I might add), they were just gorgeous!  The shirt is soft, good quality and fits perfectly.  The girls went NUTS for them and insisted that they wear them to dinner that very night.  After washing them three times now, the stones are still in place and not one of them have fallen off.

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I was very impressed with our Big Sister/Little Sister shirts from Just Jen.  The flexibility the company provides allows the customer to design their shirt to be exactly what they had in mind.  The shipping was extremely fast and the overall product was of good quality.  I think these shirts would make a very cute gift for a newborn with a big sister!  Just Jen also carries a huge selection of products including bridal shirts, maternity shirts, and holiday shirts.  I would definitely purchase from Just Jen in the future!

Just Jen provided me with two shirts for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.  I was not compensated other than the two shirts.