2/6/15

10 Reasons to Love the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Tablet

#Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
With all the electronic gadgets on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which ones will work best in your busy life. For the past week, I've spent the majority of my "screen time" on the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 and easily came up with 10 reasons you're going to love this tablet!
1. PRICE - The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is under $200. Yes, really. Talk about affordable! That puts it in the range of a great gift idea for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and graduations.

2. SIZE - From edge to edge, the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 measures about 7.5" x 4.5" and features a 7" display screen. It is plenty big enough for a great user experience. It's lightweight and comfortable to hold. It easily fits into my handbag too, making it an excellent choice for travelers, parents, and students.

3. BATTERY LIFE - With up to 11 hours of battery life, the MeMO Pad 7 has outlasted my online time every day this week. It also comes with its own power plug and charger cord.

4. PERFORMANCE - The ASUS MeMO Pad 7 features an Adroid 4.4 operating system, and the ASUS ZenUI user interface with over 1000 upgrades and enhancements, plus an Intel quad-core processor. In other words, this touchscreen tablet works fabulously!

5. DESIGN - It's available in several different colors, including Black, Red, Blue, and White. One thing I really liked about the design is the slightly rubbery texture of the back of the tablet, making it easy to hold, and (hopefully) I'll be less likely to let it slip out of my hand.
6. CAMERA - The MeMO Pad 7 features a 2MP front cam and a 10MP back cam with autofocus, plus 720p HD and 1080p FHD video recording. It produces high quality photos and offers a very clear image for video-chatting.

7. ACCESS - This sleek tablet also allows for wireless connection and Bluetooth connection. Browsing the web on the MeMO Pad 7 is fun and I can download all my usual social media apps, as well as my favorite games and music.

8. SERVICE - ASUS provides customer support both online and offline. Their customer service website offers easy access to drivers and manual downloads, as well as frequently asked questions. You can also call or email them for help.

9. OTHER GOODIES - The MeMO Pad 7 features two high quality speakers, a micro USB, a headset jack, a digital microphone, and a micro SD card reader. Even the screen has an anti-fingerprint coating!

10. COVERS - The beautiful Carry Me Cover looks much like a ladies' stylish wristlet purse and the smart Folio Cover folds to provide the ideal tablet stand. Both are made to fit the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 perfectly.
Overall, I think the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is an excellent tablet choice. Find out more about ASUS tablets, computers, laptops, smartphones, and other exciting technology products on their website at www.asus.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Giveaway! $175 Walmart Gift Card from Dropprice

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If you have children, you know that it costs tons of money to feed them, clothe them, entertain them, transport them, teach them, and care for them. The cost of products for children can quickly add up, leaving a family's budget is disarray. Did you know there is a way to actually drop the price of products for babies and kids?
Dropprice.com lets moms collaborate to get the best price on some of the hottest kids' stuff. Their ingenious program offers moms the chance to drop the price and share the deal with friends. As more and more moms share, the price of the product drops lower and lower! You can buy it whenever it reaches the price you're willing to pay, but don't wait too long or the products you want might sell out.
This week, Moms can visit the link and click to “drop the price” of the Lassig Tender Diaper Bag. For example, in today’s promotion for the Lassig Tender Diaper Bag, it started out at $135 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $75 (44% off). This promotion also includes free shipping anywhere in the US! Participants have the option to share on social media to get more moms to participate, or they can “buy now” for whatever price the item has been dropped to at that time. This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other!
Enter to win a $175 Walmart Gift Card!
Just for dropping by today to learn more about Dropprice, you can enter below to win a $175 Walmart Gift Card! All you have to do is help drop the price on this Lassig Diaper Bag and you will be entered to WIN a $175 Walmart Gift Card. Just click “drop the price” on the widget below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the widget — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! Giveaway ends on 2/19/2015. Must be a US Resident to win. Promotion is administered by Dropprice and winner will be selected randomly by this sponsor. Good luck!

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2/5/15

Giveaway! February Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit "Filled With Love"

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
February is all about love and romance, so this month's Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit features delightful little cellophane bags to decorate and fill with candy for your favorite valentines! This month's project, Filled With Love, is a super easy and super quick craft.
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly craft kit subscription box that costs under $20 and is filled with high quality supplies from Stampin' Up, the parent company of Paper Pumpkin. I've now created about six different months of their projects and I continue to be impressed and pleased with everything that comes in the package. 
Thankfully, each one comes with an instructional pamphlet that shows me step by step how to complete the project. There are even online videos if you prefer to watch someone create the monthly craft. For highly creative people, you can toss instructions to the wind and just have fun!
February's craft kit comes with a stamp set, red stamping ink, 24 cellophane bags, pink/gold baker's twine, adhesive buttons, 24 gold clips, and lots of punch-out die-cuts of hearts, banners and tags. You'll also need a bag of candies on hand to fill the gift bags before you clip them closed.
Since I don't have candy on hand right now, I made my bags without the candy but I can easily add it after I grocery shop because the bags close at the top with the gold clips, making it simple to fill them later.
I first stamped the heart die-cuts with the red ink and included stamps, which feature different valentine-themed sayings, as well as heart shape stamps. It's easier to do all the stamping first so the ink can dry and I can wash the stray ink off my hands before I touch the other papers.
After stamping, it's simply punching out the banners to adhere them to the hearts, then assembling the little treat bags with the heart and tag clipped at the top, with a little pink bow around the clip. It looks like I spent a long time, but seriously it took me less than a minute to create each one. Another fabulous craft project that makes me smile!
Visit Paper Pumpkin HERE and sign up for monthly craft kit delivery! Be sure to enter below to win this month's kit too!

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Giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 2/14/2015. Good luck!

2/4/15

Single on Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is filled with love and romance, but what about when you're single? There are many ways to celebrate a day of love even if you're without a significant other to spoil. Try some of these fun activities that will fill other people's hearts with your love and appreciation!
  1. Volunteer at your local food pantry! This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday. Many local food pantries are open on Saturdays. Show up a few minutes before they open and see how you can bless others for a few hours.
  2. Call your mother and father (or your grown children) to tell them you love them. Valentine's Day is not restricted to lovers. It's a great day to touch base with those who have loved you since the day you were born.
  3. Make a valentine for everyone in your family and mail them this coming Monday. Getting real mail from the postman is a rare thing these days!
  4. Bake some delicious cookies or cupcakes, then drop them off at your local firehouse. Who doesn't love a handsome fireman???
  5. Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure on Valentine's Day, then over-tip the workers who doted on you for an entire hour (and on a holiday, no less).
  6. Adopt a pet! There is no better love than unconditional love, and your local animal shelter is full of furry dogs and cats who are ready to smother you with kisses!
  7. Try something new. Schedule yourself for a class to learn how to dance, how to sew, how to cook, how to tile floors, or how to decorate cakes. It's a wonderful way to meet new people and learn a new skill.
  8. Is it snowing where you live? Draw hearts in the snow on the windshields of all the cars in your parking lot at work or surprise your neighbors.
  9. Love the ones around you! Offer a cheerful "Happy Valentine's Day" to all the people you work with, to your neighbors, and even the cashiers wherever you stop to shop. A smile goes a long way! And you may just meet the one who will be your next year's valentine!


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2/3/15

Free Printable Writing Practice Sheets

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14 Reasons “The One” For You May Have 4 Legs

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Ready for some real unconditional love? Read on!

Flowers. Candy. Declarations of love. For those happily coupled, Valentine’s Day can be one of the best times of the year. For some of the 102 million singles in America, according to Census.gov, the holiday can be awful. With millions of people looking for love online, Best Friends Animal Society asks the question: Why limit the search to the two-legged?

“Ask just about any pet owner and they’ll tell you, dogs and cats provide them with a lot of joy, comfort and companionship,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “And with so many dogs and cats in shelters or rescues waiting to be your one and only, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to adopt a pet.”

To further promote prospective people and pet matches, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $10 adoptions during “The One” promotion taking place February 13-16 at its adoption centers in Utah, New York, or Los Angeles, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. More information about the promotion can be found by visiting http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.
Still not sure about a four-legged Valentine? Best Friends Animal Society offers 14 compelling reasons why a pet might just be “The One” for you:

1. Pets won’t play hard to get.
2. Pets won’t break up with you on Twitter.
3. Pets won’t mock you for eating ice cream out of the carton.
4. Pets will never take the last beer.
5. Pets don’t care what kind of car you drive.
6. Pets love binge watching “Orange is the New Black” as much as you do.
7. Pets have no desire to trade you in for a newer model.
8. Pets couldn’t care less about your hair or what you wear.
9. Pets love it when you leave your clothes on the floor (instant nap spot!).
10. Pets won’t look at their smartphone when you are trying to have a conversation.
11. Pets are cheap dates – no fancy dinners or expensive jewelry required.
12. Pets drooling and snoring are pretty cute. Humans, not so much.
13. Pets will snuggle whenever you want.
14. Pets think every day is Valentine’s Day – just one more chance to show you unconditional love!

“We encourage anybody looking for love to go to one of our adoption centers or your local shelter or rescue to find that perfect match,” Castle said. “Big and small, young and old, there’s a wonderful adoptable pet waiting to meet you and make this your most special Valentine’s Day ever.”
About Best Friends Animal Society® Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

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Bloggers Wanted for March Giveaway Hop! March 1-17

St Patricks Day Hop Event

Welcome once again to another 

LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht Giveaway Event!

The event will run March 1 - 17, 2015.


Before you sign up please be advised the rules from this date foreword have changed. You must abide by each and every rule for each and every event (not pick and choose), or your link will be subject to removal without notice.

You must include the event button within you post.
You must include nofollow links to the hosts. Please double check the spelling. http://leahsaysviews.com & www.weidknecht.com
You must include a picture of the actual item you are giving away unless (and this is the only exception) you are giving away a gift card, Amazon gift card or PayPal.
You must include a NEW from your sponsor item for giveaway or a gift card or PayPal (no exceptions).
Your NEW giveaway item must be valued at $25.00 or more.
We will not have a theme for every event AND if we do, we will let you know. Also all items must be family friendly (if in doubt ask).
You must embed provided the linky code which included links for the other participating bloggers. If you have trouble with the link please notify the blogger who's name is listed first on the event button. Example for this event you would need to contact LeahSay's Views with any questions you may have.
You must have a post live at 12:01 AM on March 1st. All links without a live post will be removed at 1:30 AM on March 1st.
March St Patricks Day Event
Post your dedicated NEW giveaway for this event beginning March 1st at 12.01 am, running through March 17th at 11:59 pm. Please set your giveaway forms accordingly.
You must include your giveaway form in your post.
HTML will be provided at least one day before the hop begins, by email so be sure you sign up with the email you check most often. For those of you joining us for the first time, please place the name of your BLOG where is asks for NAME in the form. Place a link to your blogs home page, and double check for errors in your email address. YOU will be responsible for mailing me your direct link to your post before the event begins.

2/2/15

Digital Media Academy - Save $125 Off Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

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It may be cold outside today, but summer is coming. The time for registering your children for the summer camp they really want is NOW!
Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world. 
Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals.
Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning.
25 locations at top universities throughout the U.S. and Canada will be hosting this summer camp program. Camps are filling fast, so register early to save money and stay off the wait list.
Save $125 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code DMAUSFG15 at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org when you register by Feb 18.
Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email at info@digitalmediaacademy.org
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Cruise Packing List #travel


This is my Cruise Packing List that I used for my past Caribbean cruises. I hope it helps you plan your wonderful cruise vacation!
NOTE; If you're cruising in colder climates, then pack warmer clothes than those on this list. 
TIP: (roll clothes instead of folding them to keep them from wrinkling as much)

  • electronics (ex ipod, phone, laptop) and chargers (can pay for onboard wifi) (set phone to airplane mode for entire cruise to avoid outrageous charges)
  • camera and charger
  • sunscreen and aloe in case of burn
  • dramamine
  • advil
  • bandaids
  • q-tips
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • deodorant
  • roll on perfume or creme perfume
  • soap or shower gel
  • lotion
  • Rx meds in original containers
  • sunglasses
  • hair ties and clips (can be very windy)
  • hat or cap or visor
  • big purse or tote bag for excursions (label with name and address on and in)
  • small wristlet purse
  • cash and credit cards (call your credit card companies before you leave and tell them you're traveling internationally)
  • ziploc bags (for wet swimsuits on the way home)
  • lip balm
  • id holder and lanyard (for your cruise pass/key)
  • waterproof phone holder (for excursions)
  • travel docs and passport
  • phone numbers (on paper) to the US embassies in the countries you'll be visiting, just in case (take on excursions)
  • razor
  • toothpaste, toothbrush, floss
  • glasses/reading glasses
  • shorts (one per day)
  • capris
  • jeans
  • skirt
  • tops (all sleeve lengths)
  • sundress
  • one dressy outfit for formal night (including nice shoes)
  • 2 swimsuits
  • underpants
  • bras
  • socks
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • jewelry
  • watch (phone may or may not work and time zones are screwy on smartphones)
  • COMFY shoes: (sandals or flip flops, water shoes, and closed toe shoes for walking) - Cruise ships are HUGE. You will do TONS of walking. Also, check the cruise itinerary for special events like "White Night Party" where everyone wears all white.