OK boys and girls - we're getting down to the wire here. Here's what I'm thinking about as we approach the end of the year.
Everybody Dance is the ultimate PlayStation Move party game for
PlayStation 3. This game gets everyone in the family up and moving,
using the PlayStation Move motion controller and PlayStation Eye
camera to dance alongside 40 hit tracks from top-selling artists
including Rihanna, LMFAO, Duck Sauce and more. There is even
a Party Play mode that lets up to 20 players create profiles and go
head to head in an epic dance off. With the PlayStation Eye camera,
players can record and playback their performances and then share
them with their friends on Facebook and Twitter.
This next gift is great for anyone on your list and is REALLY cool.
Check out The Echo smartpen from Livescribe. Starting at $99, this
pen records everything you hear and write, so you never miss a
word. You simply tap on your handwritten notes with the smartpen to
playback what was said at the exact moment in time. What makes this
gift even cooler is that you can transfer your notes and audio to your
computer and review an interactive digital version of your notes and
audio in what’s called a Pencast! The pencast is easy to share with
friends, colleagues and peers via email, Facebook, Evernote, Google
Docs and more. Perfect for students and business professionals who
need to access their important information quickly.
How about giving the gift of language!
Living Language Platinum is a comprehensive language learning
course that makes learning a language fun, interactive and flexible.
It’s fully integrated among multiple digital platforms (any browsers,
tablet, smartphone) making it easy for users to access the online
course, e- tutoring and social community on the go. At $179 this is the
best combo of features and value on the market and is just as
effective as ones you have seen in the past.
Perfect for the
students, travelers, international business people or anyone looking to
learn a language in 2012!
If you are looking to give a Windows 7 PC for the student on your list
this season, but not sure which PC is the right one. Check out PC
There you will find high -end entertainment machines to small portable
notebooks in so many styles, colors and features and prices. Like this
The HP Pavilion DM1 is an affordable yet highly functional Windows 7
PC and it weighs less than 3 lbs making it a great gift for your student
or anyone who needs a super portable PC on your list. Go check out
We all know toys are often the Center piece of holiday gift giving and
The Duracell Holiday Program helps parents prepare with what they
need to create a magical Christmas morning for their kids and kids
in need. If your toy doesn’t work due to a Duracell battery defect,
Duracell will repair or replace it. For those who are less fortunate, they
will donate up to 30,000 batteries to the Toy Industry Foundation. Also
to celebrate the holiday season with its fans, Duracell is hosting a
special concert on Facebook with Chris Daughtry and holding hourly
toy giveaways with the season’s most wanted toys.
OK, let's get to it!
For pretty much anyone on your list that has floors that need to be cleaned this will make them jump for joy! I'm talking moms, grandparents, pet owners... Mint and the Mint Plus are for you to give. These automatic floor cleaners have gone way hi-tech with the use of something called North Star Navigation Technology. The cleaner comes with a cube that you place in the center of the room and it draws an invisible map of the room that directs the gadget meticulously clean every exposed inch of floor without touching your furniture! Amazing. It actually mops and sweeps the floors! Although the Mint is incredible they actually made improvements and now the Mint Plus includes the ProClean System with self-dispensing fluid reservoir, faster recharge and a battery life of up to 4 hours. SO COOL!
Ohhhh how the family will love this one! It's the HP TouchSmart 320 with AMD technology all-in-one computer. I have one in my kitchen and it has become a fantastic learning tool as well as an entertainment system that we all use. You can watch movies on the large 20" display and they look great thanks to optional AMD steady video, which smooths out shaky home movies. All Jack wants to do though is create holiday themed photos and videos or connect with his grandparents and friends on the web cam. It's really cute and I'm loving this HP especially with a less than $600 price tag!
OK guys, Black Friday is coming and that means it's time to get online and find the right gifts- but before you buy anything do as the mommy blogger do and get yourself some online coupons and promo codes! They save you time and money and it's truly amazing what you find if you know where to look. CheapSally.com is THE best place to score these codes because she scours the web collecting and posting the best of the best. Even exclusive offers appear on CheapSally like this one for $15 off $100 at Mattel! To stay up to date on all her great finds make sure to check her blog regularly and sign up for her newsletter!
Listen up video game fans, the new Ben 10 Galactic Racing game is out and it's a fantastic gift choice for the young gamer in your life. Based on the popular self titled Cartoon Network cartoon, this first of its kind kart racing game is filled with the same fun and intensity as the show. You can play with up to 3 friends, choose from 25 exciting tracks to race on and play as one of 13 different alien characters and heroes! We play ours on the Wii but it's available on all of the consoles.
Last but not least giving the gift of communication has never been easier thanks to Virgin Mobile and their amazingly easy-to-give, no contract Android phones! It's great, you can actually give someone a phone that rocks and they can choose a plan that requires no contract which start at just $35 a month! With that you get the reliability of the Sprint Network and unlimited messaging, data and web usage.
Starting in about 2001 I was part of the cast of a TV show on TechTV called The Screen Savers with the likes of @KevinRose and @MorganWebb. I had been on the show for a while and learned to love technology as well as the culture that was associated with it. As I moved over to the show Call For Help, along with @LeoLaporte, I began to love working in television altogether and was approached by a producer to switch to celebrity reporting. I was excited by the offer and went to Palo Alto to discuss it with a good friend that worked at Apple. The campus was mind blowing and the place was a buzz because it was right around the time that dumb ass left a prototype of the iPhone in some bar because he was wasted. My friend and I sat in his office and he handed me a MacBook Pro. He told me I should stick with the tech and learn to love computing even more. That's when I fell in love with Apple as a company and the mind power of of Steve Jobs.
During a recent wellness checkup for Jack, the doctor asked Jack, "What is your favorite food?" Grinning, Jack said, "Avocado." The doctor went on and asked, can he ride a bike, does he sleep well, does it hurt to poop and do you like bath time? But then the question came..."How often do you brush your teeth?" To which Jack earnestly replied, "I brush my teeth every night at my Daddy's but I never have to brush them at my Mommy's." 5 seconds of horrifying silence was broken only by the doctor chuckling saying Jack should brush his teeth every night no matter where he is. Where was a hole I could crawl into? I looked to the web for help.
Check-In for Checkups directly benefits the Children’s Health Fund, an organization founded by Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD. Children’s Health Fund provides comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care to homeless and low-income children.
Click into Check-In for Checkups everyday with your own healthy habit and each time Clorox will donate 10¢, up to $100,000, toward vital doctor visits for these underserved children. Involve your own children in healthy habit discussions, log into Check-In for Checkups every day, enter their healthy habit and watch the tally board go up!
You can guess what our first Check-In for Checkups healthy habit was! Mmmm, benefits children who might not otherwise receive medical attention, easy to use and gets Jack to brush his teeth. Win Win Win!
Tell me your first Check-In for Checkups healthy habit. Did it stem from an embarrassing moment?
I received a very touching email this morning from a dad. Take a look and ask the kid to draw something!
Thanks for getting in touch. What can I say. Hopefully you have had alook at Jack's website - http://jackdrawsanything.com/. In his words -"Welcome to my website. I am drawing *anything* to raise funds for the Sick Kids, just ask me. My brother goes in a lot. My name is JACK and I am 6 years old."
Jack (6) is my oldest kid and we have a sick brother Noah (1),
breathing problems, oxygen, you name it, always in and out of hospital (11th time last week). Jack gets an idea to raise money for the hospital by drawing *anything* in exchange for donations.
We also have a middle brother Toby (3). Daddy builds website, target of £100(family & friends) is smashed in hours as the site goes viral and we are currently sitting at £12,800 with 500 drawings to do (122 done). Requests from all round the world in only 5 weeks. Website had over
We are keen to spread the word and keep those donations coming in, as Jack is still drawing. Anything you could do to help would be awesome,share, spread the word, donate, request a picture, anything!
Update: Here's a picture of Jack!
Here's a look at what's going on in the tech world via my home girl, @alannacmccarthy.
I'm so excited to finally be here! The show begins tomorrow but I already have my eye on a few cool gadgets that I hope to see in my home this year.
I'm a lady who likes her laundry machines and this Kenmore Elite washer with Kenmore Connect is awesome! Not only is it a fantastic high efficiency washer, but it has the ability to communicate directly with the service technicians to diagnose any problems or answer my questions via a technology called Kenmore Connect. This technology is breakthrough for home appliances and won a CES Innovation Award. Moreover, it’s available now for FREE with your Kenmore or Kenmore Elite laundry washer or dryer. Simply call and let your machine do the talking! How cool is that?
Smartphones are all over the showroom floor this year and this one stands out. The Motorola CLIQ 2 with MOTOBLUR helps me make the most of my day by managing both my work and home life. With three sets of home screens for home, work and weekend, I can access the apps, shortcuts and widgets I need, whenever I need them. Powered by a 1 GHz processor and enhanced speeds on T-Mobile's 4G network, CLIQ 2 can keep up, no matter where my busy life takes me. Love it!
And as a mom with a smart phone and a 4 year old- I know kids LOVE to play with them as much as they can and they often get them dirty! I ran into these new 3M Natural View Screen Protectors and fell in love! They’re easy to apply because work like a sticker and are easy to put on and if needed, take off. They protect your smartphone against scratches and smudges from dirty little fingers! They come for a variety of smartphones and they even have one for the iPad! They start at $14.95.
As a mom I know all too well how important it is to capture those precious memories and I've found an awesome way to do it! This is the new Samsung HMX-Q10 and it's the featured camcorder at CES! It makes it so easy for me to capture moments with its “one button” operation. And here's something unusual, is has this awesome “switch grip” I can switch from left to right and the LCD screen auto-adjusts itself. Plus it’s completely full-HD.
This is going to be a very cool year in technology!