Do You Want My Blackberry Playbook?

Last week on Twitter there was a contest held by Blackberry and 50 lucky people got to attend the Launch Party here in Toronto along with 3 of their friends and each of the 50 guests of honor went home with a 32GB Blackberry Playbook.

I was lucky enough to be one of  the 50 winners. I am a huge Blackberry fan and my Blackberry has always helped me stay productive and communicating just as I should be.

Tonight it was all about free food, free drinks, great music, mingling with friends and learning  all about the playbook.

Let me just say if you are looking for a productive tablet the Blackberry Playbook is the one you want!

The head of the Enterprise for Blackberry(Shaun) walked me through the playbook and all of its security features. By tethering through the Blackberry Bridge your Blackberry phone becomes  your web server thus no need to new internet protocols, I can see some IT departments loving that. One of the things I noticed was the amount of work you can actually get done on the tablet, definitely will make productivity a breeze.

As most of you are aware the Blackberry Playbooks has outstanding graphics and well when watching a video the quality was the best I have seen. I also played a game of Tetris (d0n’t get addicted, it will take away from your productivity) and it was easy to manipulate and have some fun.

Overall I do give the playbook a 4/5 as they still have a few things that are needed like more APPS, but we have to remember when the Ipad launched they didn’t have a huge selection out of the gate either. My wish though is for the Skype App, BBM, and one other chat app. Yes I am a big chatter!

Now you might be saying hey Hollie the title says Do you Want My Blackberry Playbook? Well I will be sending this Blackberry Playbook that I won to one of you. You might be saying huh? Why? Well I am a huge blackberry fan, and well really I would love to keep this playbook but as a Mom there is something I want even more.

I am hoping  you will help me get what I want..

My daughter Rachel has never gone to a real summer camp besides 1 when she was 6. She is now 13. She would love to attend the Circus Camp down on the waterfront. Cost $465 for a two week summer camp experience. She would also like to go to Wonderland. Being a mom on a very strict budget I can not afford to either of these for her. To do both this summer I need $600. That is the magic figure. So I am giving up something I love for my daughter to have the summer she deserves.

Iam giving  my playbook to somone who helps me get her to camp.

Rachel will thank you and so will I.

I am hoping I have the $600 by May 1st so we can plan her summer and get her registered.  So can you help a Mom send her daughter to camp? and perhaps go home with my Blackberry Playbook? So do you want this?

ALL funds needed have been raised $500 and 2 season passes from @UnMarketing.Thanks to all those who gave I can send Rachel to the more expensive even of the two week slots which costs $495 so my daredevil will be going to Circus Canp on the Toronto Waterfront. Thank you all for your support. Watch for the video of who wins in just a bit..

An Additional Note:

They say there is something called karma, sometimes I think blessings just come when you put things out in the universe. After posting this in the wee hours of Thursday as the day progressed two things happened that I want to share. I got a DM from someone who will remain nameless for now, lets just say I helped her get something she wanted last year. She has offered me and Rachel a day at Wonderland this summer on her.

Then the second thing that happened Sara from Urban Moms read my post and well she has friends in the Marketing Dept of Blackberry who I just happened to meet last night. Infact the one who emailed me tonight I had given her advice on how to save money as a young techie. It seems the team came and read my post today and were impressed by how I wanted to provide camp for Rachel. Well, I think they also noted last night how HUGE of a Blackberry fan I am. They stated in the email that they wanted me to use the one I won to give my daughter the camp experience but they also wanted me to have one to keep, so they are sending me a second Blackberry Playbook. How awesome is that!

Then this evening a third thing happened @unmarketing (Scott)  sent a DM( a personal message on Twitter) asking for our full names and for me to humor him. Well 10 minutes later –2 seasons passes to Wonderland appeared in the my inbox. 🙂 For those of you who don’t know Scott was one of the very first people I followed 2 years ago on Twitter, and I have been a huge fan of his since watching one of his many viral videos. So THANK YOU SCOTT!

and finally THE WINNER IS—

Jackie Yo won it!

My Day At the CBC

A couple of weeks ago I got an email in my inbox, it was the CBC inviting me to be part of a very special day at the CBC. They were bringing Social Media Moms in from across Canada to discuss children programming and the CBC. I was excited to be included in this group of women as we have watched the CBC and are huge supporters in our house.

Well my day at the CBC actually began the day before when I got to meet up with Jody from Mommy Moment who had flown in from Manitoba ( my old stomping grounds in my youth). I was able to show her a few sites like the CN Tower and St. Lawerence Market, and we grabbed a bite to eat and got to know each other.

Then Thursday began bright and early as I headed down to Union Station to meet Shannon from who as she says is GPS challenged. then it was off to the Intercontinental to gather up Jody and Tammy from My Organized Chaos and Lynnette from My Wee View. From there it was off to the CBC. We grabbed a quick coffee and breakfast in the building where we met up with several other bloggers.

On the set of Steven and Chris

First on the agenda. We got to spend some time watching a taping of Steven and Chris. Guess who the guest of honor was? Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser. She has written a new book and is currently on a book tour promoting it.  Her new book is called Unlimited How to Build an Exceptional Life. She even answered some questions and one was about a 13 year old girl who was being bullied, sound familiar? What she recommends for girls just like my Rachel: take a stand and use your body language to say NO.  One of the other segment I really enjoyed was about creating a salad bowl ( a mini garden for small spaces-I think my mom would love this for her new small balcony). We came home with Jillian’s book and skincare from Amway.

After that we were whisked to the kids area of the CBC, where they had a wonderful lunch of sweet sandwiches, veggies and fruit, and the cutest cake. We got to mix and mingle with the staff behind Kids CBC. I had a great conversation with Kim Wilson Creative Head for Children and Youth Programming. We talked about the cuts and the lack of after school programming for school age kids.  She shared with me a project they are hoping to get funding for: a 24 hour CBC kids channel! Could it be? At that time school age, age appropriate programming would be available for our older school age kids as well. I really do hope they get the funding.

As well as talking the brains behind Kids CBC we got to mix with other great mom bloggers and some CBC celebs as well. I had a great conversation with Dwight Drummond about bullying.

Me and Dwight Drummond
Me and Dwight Drummond

After lunch we got to see the set of Kids CBC and learn some very interesting facts about the CBC:

Did you know the have a developmental psychologist on staff? As some one who taught daycare for 15 years I was so glad to hear this as you can guarantee age appropriate content.

They have a new series coming up soon called Napkin Man.

The other thing this frugal mom loves the Kids CBC hosts several free events across Canada every year, and you know I love free, right.

As we were in the Kids CBC, Patty Sullivan came in from maternity leave to meet and greet us, as well as Mamma Yamma and her puppeteer Ali Eisner.

Asking Mamma Yamma for her Frugal Tip

As the Tweet Up was coming to an end I got to interview Mamma Yamma and Patty Sullivan, asking then for their frugal tips. Come back tomorrow because I am going to share their tips and I have a give away.

After the Tweet Up, I stopped by Mr. Dress Up’s Treehouse to check and see if Casey or Finnegan were home. They weren’t. Then it was off to watch George Stroumboulopoulos. We got to meet him before the show and we had a brief conversation about the World Food Program, and got to have a picture taken with him.

Me and @Strombo

It truly was a great day at the CBC. I had so much fun, learned alot and even  came home with a giveaway and some frugal tips so please do stop by tomorrow to learn what Mamma Yamma and Patty Sullivan do to stay frugal.

Aint Misbehavin: A Guide for Parents

Have you ever had a kid or a teen that misbehaved? I have! I can remember well the tantrums, the little princess laying on the floor a kicking and a wailing because she wanted want she wanted in the moment. I remember well having to deal with a daughter who loved to strip because her clothes just were not comfy. Now days I just have a teen with attitude. But no matter what you are dealing with, guess what, you are not alone!

Every parent deals with misbehaving kids. Sometimes we want to pull our hair out, some days it is frustrating and for me some days seemed like a power struggle.  Recently I had the chance to attend Alyson Schafer’s  book launch for Aint Misbehavin, her 3rd book on the subject of parenting.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask Alyson a question about those dang power struggles. Well her answer to me has helped me redefine my relationship with my tween. We are having more and more genuine conversations and working as a team.  Instead of I am your mom, so just do it. There is conversation. There is more peace here now and well alot more fun for both me and her. So I am thankful to Alyson for her suggestion.

In her book Aint Misbehavin she lists 100 of our common parenting struggles from boggers to tv time she covers the gambit with practical solutions that have an impact. The layout makes the book an easy read and a great guide, because you can get to the solution for your exact issue in a matter of seconds. Trust me this book will be dogmarked by the time you are done raising your kids.

I am fortunate enough thanks to Mom Central Canada to have a copy to give away here on my blog. Actually I am giving away a second copy as well at the Twitter party I am having on April 9th(details soon).

If you would like to win a copy of Alyson’s Aint Misbehavin just leave me a comment here letting me know why you would want to read her book. What issues are you dealing with with your kids?Contest closes April 21 st.

*I did receive a copy of her book to review free, but as always the opinions here are my own.  Giveaway is from Mom Central Canada who I am blessed to work with.

A Review of HOP

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a great preview of the new movie out April 1st HOP.

First I want to thank Klout Perks for the chance to attend with my daughter. Both of us had a good time and laughed at many of the antics of EB ( voiced by Russel Brand) and Fred (James Mardsen).

HOP is a cute kids movie that blends animation and action. HOP tell the story of EB ( the son of the Easter bunny) and Fred ( an out of work slacker).

EB has a dream. He runs away from Easter Island the night before he is to take the reigns of Easter. He wants to be a drummer.

He ends up in Hollywood where Fred hits him with his car. Fred ends up taking in EB.

As both try and follow their dreams all sorts of trouble happens. Both EB and Fred had lessons to learn.

Meanwhile back on Easter Island, EB ‘s dad, the Easter bunny is facing off against a number 2 ( a chick with a major attitude) who thinks he should have the job of running Easter.

By the end EB and Fred have both learned lessons and Easter gets saved.

Rachel and I both laughed at many of the antics after all what bunny poops jelly beans. I will never look at a jelly bean the same way again. If you have a free afternoon and little ones this spring you might want to spend an afternoon watching this cute flick.

Thanks again Klout Perks for the preview and thanks Universal for the silly bands- my daughter loves them.

*I was given a free product or sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Win $10,000 RESP with Aquafresh Advanced

I am a little posting this but Aquafresh Advanced has a wonderful contest that is closing next week. You can share your wish with rel=”nofollow” for a chance to WIN a $10,000 RESP, courtesy of Aquafresh Advanced.

When I think what $10,000 could do for Rachel and her education, I can’t help but think of the dreams I have for her future. Even a child with Asperger’s can go and excel in a university environment. I want her to have the exact same dreams that every child should have. Right now Rachel is fascinated with science and biogenetics. She says she wants to be a scientist. So this mom wants that for her daughter. I want her to have a great education. A $10,000 infusion into her RESP account would definitely help.

Now here in conjunction with Aquafresh Advanced Futures I am hosting a giveaway!

What am I giving away? One Phillips Sonicare Kids toothbrush (value $70) and a sample of Aquafreh Advanced toothpaste.

You until Sunday November 28th at 6 pm EST to enter.

How do you Enter? Leave me a comment telling me your best tip for getting your child to brush their teeth. What is your best toothbrushing tip or trick? If you want an extra entry on my blog tweet about the contest and leave me a link to your tweet . Use the hashtag #AquafreshFutures.

Dont forget you have till November 30th to get in on the main contest  to win a $10,000 RESP from Aquafresh Advanced.

*Disclosure- I am participating in the Aquafresh Advanced Futures program by Mom Central on behalf of GSK. I received a sample of Aquafresh Advanced and a gift card as a thankyou for my participation. The opinion though here on my blog are my own.

Majesta is Green and a Great Giveaway

Well before life threw me a curve ball I was asked to be part of a team of women here in Canada who tried out Majesta’s new green product line called Treesposible. I have been learning alot and well I will be honest I had used Majesta before and thought they will a middle of the pack brand when it came to paper products. Well besides me there were many other Canadian moms trying out the brand and discussing in a forum many of the ways we can do ” green a bit better”.

Here are some great ways to go “green” and be eco-friendly. My daughter and I do several of these:

  • use reusable grocery bags on a regular basis. Do you realize how just doing that one thing helps?
  • Watch how much packaging you are bringing home when you buy something new.
  • Have you thought of buying second hand.
  • If you own your own home. How efficent are those appliances?
  • Do your laundry in the off hours.
  • Donate old clothes and household items to charity.
  • Use an eco friendly water bottle. My daughter and I both have one.
  • Recycle.
  • Water lawns as little as you can.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Use low watt bulbs.
  • Turn off the power when not in use.

These were just some on the list that the moms shared. What are you doing at your house?

Now as a product tester I did receive for free: paper towels, toilet paper and tissue. I had the notion before I began that well it would do a middle of the road job. Glad my notions were put to rest. I gave my daughter’s teacher a box of the tissue. It held up well in her classroom. Another box help up well when used by my sister in her car and well my daughter got a cold and lets just say there is an empty box and no red nose. So the tissue was strong enough and soft enough to do the job. For the paper towel I used it on 2 big jobs: Widows and the oven. Well lets just say I was impressed with the strength and the ability to get the job done. Now I got several rolls of toilet paper and well we even did a test to see how bio degradable the product was. Lets just say this paper product beat out the competition. The toilet paper was soft enough and cleaned well. Some important things to know about the line of products:

  • No dyes or fragrances
  • Made in Canada
  • Whitened without chlorine
  • Biodegradable and plumbing-friendly
Majesta Bathroom Tissue has been awarded the 2010 Product of the Year in Canada in the category of household products. Isn’t that a good review in itself. I  love that, for every tree used in the making of Majesta products, they will plant three more trees.Each mom was given a seedling card to plant. We planted ours near my daughter’s school.
Majesta is offering a prize of $15,000 towards a Green Makeover! The contest ends on June 27, 2010 and you can enter daily. What could you do with$15,000? Would you do some landscaping? Get new appliances? Make over the kitchen?

You can visit Majesta’s web site and tell them what you’ve done to be more Treesponsible. Have you planted a tree lately? How are you going green? You will definitely want to enter the contest too!

* I have been compensated for this post with a Chapter’s Gift Card and product to test.