The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Giveaway: Kodak Easyshare Z1015 Digital Camera

kodak-cameraWe would like to congratulate Laura (Commenter #1,231) on winning this fantastic giveaway. Thank you all for your entries and enthusiasm for this contest. I hope we can offer many more great giveaways for our wonderful readers!

As you know Kodak is all about strengthening the relationships that matter the most through the power of photography. During this information-age, family and friends can find themselves scattered all over the place. With constant connectivity on Facebook or Twitter, we often find ourselves assuming that we are keeping in touch well enough to keep loneliness at bay but in fact 67% of those say there is more loneliness in today’s society than there used to be.

Kodak believes that enhancing your relationships with family and friends through photography not only allows you to remember moments you want to cherish, but helps you connect further than a “poke” or a “tweet.”

There are many ways people can interact with photos everyday to strengthen their relationships with others. Judy Weiser, a world authority in PhotoTherapy technique offers these tips to help  Americans combat loneliness and reach out to the people they miss. PhotoTherapy tips include:

1. Create A Picture-Perfect Environment: Decorate your space with photos of friends, family, loved ones and places you enjoy. Be sure to select photos that contain strong positive memories. Every photo has feelings and memories just underneath its surface; choosing the right one lets you to revisit those moments all over again.

2. Share Your World: The people you miss, miss you too. Let the important people in your life know how you’re doing by sharing not just the special moments but the ordinary moments too. Sharing the “small stuff” can have a BIG impact on your relationships.

3. Interview Your Photo: Unlock the magic of your photo. Find the happiest picture in your collection and imagine a conversation with it. What positive message would it want you to know? How would it like you to feel? What would it want you to remember?

4. Try a Photo Pick Me Up: Beat your blues! Find your most positive photo and carry it with you. Looking at a photo of happier times puts you right back there again, feeling that same way, right now!

5. Breaking the Ice: Turn your photos into conversation starters. Behind every picture is a great story that wants to be told; it’s just waiting for you to ask! Sharing your photos is like sharing your life; when others hear your anecdotes, connections are made that can last a lifetime.

For more PhotoTherapy tips, as well as the comprehensive “Relationship State of the Nation” research findings, please visit this site or connect with Kodak on Facebook.

To help stay connected through the power of photography, Kodak would like to offer one lucky reader a Kodak Easyshare Z1015 Digital Camera as a giveaway to one of our readers.

Please leave a comment by Tuesday (07/21) at 8PM EST to enter to win this great giveaway. Only one entry per person please!

Giveaway Results: Crystal Light Water Way Challenge Final Week

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Congratulations to Lori (Commenter #12) on winning this $50 giveaway!

I take for granted the abundance of clean water that I am able to drink each and every day. When I think of all of those out there that have no access to clean water, it makes me ashamed that I admitted to you that I rarely drink it.

A quick look at the statistics on Water Partners International, I am able to see the sobering truth about what a beautiful thing it is to have clean water for my family.

  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease
  • 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0- 14.
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
  • 884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.

Yes, the facts are grim and it saddens me deeply to know that so few people have the great privilege of drinking crystal clear water that comes straight from their sink each day. I don’t have to haul water in pails for my family, I can wash my clothes in clean water, and I don’t have to worry about my family’s health when we drink our water. How blessed am I?

Despite these sad facts there are small ways that you can make a big difference for others. Crystal Light would like you to sign up for the Water Way Challenge so that they can offer assistance to those who do not have access to clean water. Through this campaign, Crystal Light has a goal of assisting 900 million people through this campaign initiative.

To help encourage discussion about hydration, I will be offering a fun giveaway of $50 to one lucky reader each day that I post about this challenge (four opportunities in all). To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by 06/23 (Tuesday) at 8PM EST and tell me one thing you have learned through this campaign?

If you didn’t already, I encourage you to enter to win $50 from each of our posts:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Would you like additional entries? For each item completed, you can post one additional entry below:

1.       Enter the $250 Divine Caroline Giveaway and come back here to let me know you have entered.

2.      Subscribe to my blogs, (pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have with. If you are already subscribed, just let me know with your additional entry.

3.      Follow me on Twitter (@momadvice)  and let me know you are my latest and greatest friend!

Photo Credit: Samaritans Purse

(Please note that this post has been sponsored by Crystal Light. We are happy to be working with the company and sharing the message about hydration and giving others access to clean water through this sponsorship)

Giveaway: Aurora Photo Editing Software

aurora-beforeaurora-afterPictured here is just one of many examples of what winning this fantastic giveaway could do for you and your family memories. How many times do you wish you had the software or skills to fix those photos that did not turn out as you hoped? If you have these moments, then this giveaway is just for you!

Light Crafts just launched a very unique photo editing and management software called Aurora. They were very excited to share their product with our MomAdvice readers so I am looking forward to sharing this great giveaway with you.

Displaying photos in your home is one of the most affordable and personal ways to decorate your home, but sometimes your favorite photos are a little blurry or the lighting was a little off.  Aurora is a powerfully simple photo management software for consumers who want to reduce the complexity, and increase the results, of editing, organizing, sharing and storing digital images.

Aurora is intuitive to use, enabling anyone to go from download to expert in a matter of minutes.

Aurora’s key features include:

o     Visual photo editing: The strength of Aurora lies in its intuitive, powerful, visual editor which presents suggested improvements in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get fashion. The unique relight tool essentially “turns on” the light inside the image, creating better, more realistic photos. Users can also straighten, adjust color strength and warmth, crop, zoom and adjust red-eye in a simple, intuitive and visual way.

o     Organizing and viewing of photos: Aurora allows consumers to easily import photos from their camera or computer, re-arrange and re-name them, then tag and rate favorites for easy viewing and retrieval.

o     Sharing and publishing: Aurora enables consumers to email, print, and connect directly to their photo sharing, social networking and accounts from within Aurora making it easy to share select photos online on sites like Flickr and Facebook.

o     Online back-up: Photos are one of those truly irreplaceable items. Aurora’s optional online back-up service is powered by Amazon.com and stores photos to keep them out of harm’s way. Online back-up plans are available for $4.95 per month. Users can simply hit “online back up” from within Aurora to sync directly with their Amazon storage account.

Even if you don’t win this great giveaway, the website is currently offering this software for half price (at just $19.95) and they are offering a 7 day trial to see if it can make a difference in your photos. Visit their site for more details about these offers.

We will be giving away five copies of this software to five lucky readers. Please leave a comment and tell me your best photo tip (either to edit or capturing great photography). You can enter to win this giveaway through Tuesday (06/02) at 8PM EST and all of our winners will be drawn at random.  Please only enter once and only entries that follow the rules will qualify. Thank you and good luck!

Giveaway Results: 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

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Sorry, this giveaway is closed! We would like to congratulate Tracy (Commenter # 106) on winning this giveaway.

Tracy said, “First, I hang on to all my coupons pretty much, even the ones I don’t normally use. Second, I match items on sale with my coupons for things I want to pick up…I get help with this by reading blog posts at CouponAllies.com or Refundcents.com. Sometimes I get things for free.
I rebate at Rite Aid and buy things I get Register Rewards with at Walgreens (if they are of value to me). Lately I’ve been able to save lots of money…only spending like $3-$11 per shopping trip and stocking ahead a little bit.”

Way to save, Tracy! Thank you all for entering & check back each Tuesday for another great giveaway!

If you love visiting Wisebread for great money-saving tips & savvy advice, you are going to be thrilled to know that this team has come out with a great new book called, “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.” This book is chock full of tips from tips on green living, to family entertainment on a budget, eating for less, and even ways to score free food. This guide has something in it for everyone, whether you are an experienced tightwad or just starting  your adventure in saving money.

I love this book because it is approachable and gives you great options for saving money without a lot of sacrifices. It not only shows you how to save money, but how to manage the money that you have.

I know that this book is going to make a fantastic graduation gift and one that I will be buying often to give to a new college student just learning the ropes of frugality.

Lucky for you, I have two copies of this fantastic book to give away to two lucky readers. Please leave a comment and tell me your top tip for saving money (the more creative the better). Leave your comment by  Tuesday (05/26) at 8PM EST. Our winners will be chosen at random and only one entry per person please.

Giveaway Results: Kodak Easyshare Wireless Digital Picture Frame

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Sorry this contest is closed! Thank you all for entering this giveaway. We would like to congratulate Reba (Commenter #54) on winning this great giveaway. Happy Mom’s Day, everyone! Please check back each Tuesday for a chance to win!

Today we are offering a wonderful giveaway that would make any Mom’s Day special and retails for $229.95. We are offering one lucky reader a Kodak Easyshare Wireless Digital Picture Frame.

These wireless frames come with a home decor kit that allows it to easily fit into any home aesthetic! With capabilities that include wireless access to stream photos from kodakgallery and flickr, to getting updates on news, weather and sports, this frame has it all with the ease of the KODAK QuickTouch Border. The best part is, because of Kodak technology you can automatically send and receive pictures from KODAK Gallery members right on your frame with the Picture Mail feature so that you are constantly connected. To learn more visit Kodak or you can go directly to the Kodak Wireless Digital Frame.

Kodak would love to share with you a great new campaign they are running called the Mom-A-Thon. This Mothers Day, KODAK Gallery is pulling out all the stops, by offering one million free cards to Gallery members across the US! Sign up on www.kodakgallery.com and create a gorgeous, personalized card for those you love in just minutes for free – all you need to do is pay for shipment and your personalized card will be delivered right to your loved ones doorstep. You can help them reach their goal of sending out a million cards by getting yours today.

To enter this giveaway, please share with me why this would make your Mother’s Day a little brighter. Please leave a comment by Tuesday (05/05) at 8PM EST. Only one entry per person and only entries that follow the rules will qualify for a submission to the contest. Good luck and Happy Mom’s Day!

Giveaway Results: Earth Day Celebration Prize Pack (Valued at over $130)

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Thank you all for entering our Earth Day contest.  We chose our winner randomly and would like to congratulate Commenter #9 (Mana) on winning this prize pack.

Mana said, “Every year in March, we put up green decorations around the house, put green food coloring in our meals and one year i even wore a goofy leprechaun hat :) Our Sunday afternoon tradition is to drive down to the local airfield where they have a large recycling station. We recycle all our recyclables, and then drive around so our kids can look at all the planes. Ideally I would like to build our own solar array to complement our household electricity usage.”

Thanks for entering and please check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

In conjunction with my role in the Walmart Eleven Moms, I was able to sample just a handful of the great products Walmart is carrying to green up our household routines. I am truly trying to do my part to be green and teach my children to love & protect our Earth so it is wonderful to get to sample of the great green products on the market today.

In addition to sampling them, in honor of Earth Day, we were offered the opportunity to giveaway the items we received  and to share the green love with our wonderful readers.

Here is just a little information about the products that are included in this fabulous prize pack that one lucky reader will win!

Brita Water Pitcher- The last time I bought one of these was in college and maybe that is why I am so impressed with some of the great design changes that have happened since my last purchase. This handy filtration system comes with a flip top so that it is easy to fill with tap water and a a little covered pour spout that keeps your water nice and fresh. Replacing your water bottles with these filtration systems are a great green alternative and are a lot friendlier on your wallet to boot.

greenworks1Clorox GreenWorks Cleaning Products- Longtime readers will know that I am a HUGE fan of the new line from GreenWorks and have yet to have met a product from this line that I do not like. These cleaners are more affordable than many of the green cleaners on the market and they offer the same great green benefits. In our house, we love the GreenWorks wipes and dish soap. I am sure you will find that these perform just as good as the harsh stuff, and they are easy on your wallet too! I encourage you to give these product a try!

Tide Coldwater- With two crazy kids, we have a lot of dirty clothes in our house and laundry detergent gets put to the test. I am a huge fan of Tide and feel it is worth that little extra bit of money to keep my clothes looking nice to splurge on a good detergent. The new Tide Coldwater can keep your clothes looking great without even turning on the hot water. This is better for the environment and will keep your clothes lasting longer.

White Cloud “Green Earth” Paper Towels- I won’t lie, one thing we do not purchase a lot of is paper products. I have learned I can whittle this expense down to just toilet paper by disposing of the disposable items. That being said, there are those occasions where a roll of paper towels comes in handy. I won’t illustrate those occasions, as I am sure you can imagine a few on your own. White Cloud makes a line of “Green Earth” paper towels made from 100% recycled fibers. If you are a family that has a paper towel addiction, this line would be a great option to explore or to keep on hand for life’s little emergencies.

bissell-grean-machineBissell Little Green Deep Cleaner- Of all of the products in the line-up, my enthusiasm for this one can’t be surpassed. My obsession with Bissell knows no bounds and their Little Green Floor Cleaner is great for any mom with messy kids or animals. You can not only spot clean your floors, but you can also tidy up the upholstery with ease. Anybody have a minivan stuck with years of  McDonald Happy Meals? This might be the ticket for getting order restored in the car or your children’s carseats. It takes up very little room and is a great gadget to keep those carpets looking beautiful in your house. What makes it earth-friendly? The parts are made from post-consumer recycled plastic and it has PVC-free tanks and hose. They also greatly reduced the packaging to help keep this green machine as green as possible!

For one of my lucky and amazing readers, I am offering this ENTIRE prize pack from Walmart, Bissell, White Cloud, Tide, Clorox Greenworks, and Brita (valued at approximately $130) to you, in honor of Earth Day! To enter, please leave a comment by Tuesday (04/28) at 8PM EST and tell me one habit you will change to green one of your household routines. The more creative, the better! Good luck to each of you and Happy Earth Day!

Giveaway Results: Disneynature’s EARTH Gift Pack

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Congratulations to our winner Baba (Commenter #42) on winning this prize pack. I hope you all can run out and see this movie and please check back next week for another great giveaway!

Trying to find a family-friendly activity to celebrate Earth Day this year?  Disneynature’s first film, Earth, premieres in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 22nd! To get you and your family excited about this breathtaking documentary,

Earth, the first film in the Disneynature series, is narrated by James Earl Jones and tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journey across the planet we all call home.  Earth combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet’s wildest and most elusive creatures. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award-winning “Planet Earth” series combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen, beginning Earth Day 2009.

Disneynature is giving away a variety of Earth-branded products including a canvas tote, a biodegradable tumbler, and a tree seedling to one lucky reader! To enter this contest, leave a comment on this post describing how you will be spending Earth Day this year! Please leave your entries by 04/21 at 8PM EST to be entered to win this contest. Thank you and good luck!

Giveaway Results: Quantum of Solace DVD from PowerPlay

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Thank you to everyone who entered this great giveaway. We selected our ten winners and they are Commenter #355, 324, 159, 55, 137, 17, 253, 15, 106, & 189. All of our winners have been contacted via email. Congrats to all of you and check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

We have a great new giveaway to share with all of our Twilight fans. We are giving away TEN copies of the new Quantum of Solace to ten lucky readers from Hollywood Video.

They wanted to share with our readers about their new PowerPlay subscription service. PowerPlay is a new comprehensive and convenient subscription service that offers the best rental value on a large selection of movies and video games from Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores with no due dates or late fees. Families can get what they want to watch, when they want it, and get more for their entertainment dollar. You can sign up for PowerPlay at any local Hollywood Video or Movie Gallery store.

How it works: Movie and game enthusiasts can take advantage of PowerPlay by signing up at their local Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video stores. Customers receive a monthly allotment of points for movie and game rentals based on the plan they purchase.

They offer four plans

Silver  $7.99   8 points per month

Gold   $14.99  15 points per month

Platinum $24.99  25 points per month

Diamond $39.99  Unlimited Rentals

Every month, members acquire points according to their plan. Points roll over from month to month and can be redeemed at the register the same as cash for any rentals at the following rates

Library Movies  $2 2 points

New Release Movies  $3  3 points

Blu-ray Movies  $4  4 points

Video Games*  $5  5 points

*Each level has a designated limit on how many rentals can be out at a time

**Video games are 5-day rentals, subject to a per day late fee of 1 point, or 99¢

To enter to win, please just leave me a comment! You can leave a comment until Tuesday (03/31) at 8PM EST. You can only enter one time! If you do not follow the rules, your entry will be considered invalid. Ten winners will be chosen at random. Thank you and good luck!

Giveaway Results: Huge Prize Package from LeapFrog!

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Thank you to all who entered our contest with LeapFrog. We would like to congratulate Commenter #433, Ginger Stark, on winning this for herself AND her local library! We couldn’t be happier to see everyone making the pledge to read. Thank you and happy reading!

LeapFrog has launched 1 Million Reading Hours in conjunction with the NEA’s National Reading Month, to bring attention to literacy and to encourage families to make time to read together. By pledging to set aside at least 10 minutes a day, parents can contribute to the national goal of 1 million reading hours committed. More important, they can reinforce the importance of shared reading time in their own family.  All participants will receive special rewards and offers.

In conjunction with this campaign, LeapFrog is doing a wonderful giveaway with us to inspire your commitment to family reading.

One lucky winner will receive:

1 Green LeapFrog Tag Reader + 5 books (chosen by LeapFrog) for personal use,

An expanded-memory LeapFrog School Tag reader + 10 books (chosen by LeapFrog) to donate to your local library.

To enter, please tell us how much time you have pledged in the LeapFrog 1 Million Reading Hours Campaign. Please leave your comment by Tuesday (03/17) at 8PM EST to be entered to win. Good luck to each of you and happy reading!

If you are thinking about purchasing a LeapFrog Tag Reader, please be sure to read our review with the product!

Giveaway Results: V8 V-Fusion Gift Pack

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Thank you all for entering and sharing your spring break plans with me! I would like to congratulate Commenter #62, Lizzie (from A Dusty Frame) for winning this great juice prize pack. I have sampled them all myself and I know her family is in for a real treat! Check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

I am excited to share with you another fun giveaway that will definitely help your grocery budgets! Today we are doing a V8 V-Fusion Gift Pack for one lucky reader. I do want to let you know though that if you don’t win this contest, you can still print out a coupon for $1 off, to try the V8 V-Fusion drinks for yourself.

Get ready for spring activities with a free case of the new V8 V-Fusion® 100% juice varieties and an embroidered V8 V-Fusion® L.L. Bean tote and boat bag.

Since I am so sick of this cold weather and am looking forward to spring, tell me what you have planned for Spring Break this year. Please leave a comment by Tuesday (02/10) at 8PM EST. Thanks and good luck, everyone!