Saturday, November 13, 2010

Toshiba Helios Black 17.3" Satellite Laptop Review & Giveaway from One Savvy Mom!

As part of her Holiday Gift Guide 2010, One Savvy Mom! reviewed the Toshiba Helios Black 17.3" Satellite Laptop, and is offering a giveaway to one VERY VERY lucky reader. This is one sweet laptop! Here are the specs: •AMD Athlon II dual-core P320 processor 2.10GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
•4GB DDR3 system memory gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
•320GB SATA hard drive. Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs or 168 hours of HD video and more
•DVD SuperMulti drive with Labelflash technology Watch DVD movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
•10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Connect to a broadband modem or a wired broadband router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your PC
•17.3" diagonal HD+ TruBrite LED-backlit TFT LCD widescreen display. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics with 256MB-1405MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory

Additional Features:
•Built-in Webcam and microphone
•Digital media card reader
•3 x USB 2.0 ports (1 x eSATA combo port), 1 x RGB output, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
•6-cell lithium-ion battery pack
•Built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio

•Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
•Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial)
•Microsoft Works 9
•Norton Internet Security 2010 (30-day trial)
•Microsoft Windows Live Essentials including Photo Gallery & Movie Maker
•Toshiba PC Health Monitor; Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial)

This would be great for my mom! The large screen size, full-size keyboard would be easy for her to use, and I love the built-in webcam so we could Skype and I could actually SEE how she's doing rather than rely on what she tells me (lies, all lies I'm sure. She's not as well as she claims to be). The processor is powerful enough to handle anything she'd do with it (church bulletins, spreadsheets, watch video) as well as work well when the kids are there, working on their homework or surfing the internet.

As always, One Savvy Mom! offers a TON of entry options, so do them all to maximize your chances of winning (or don't - better odds for me. HA!) Giveway ends 12-08

Friday, November 12, 2010

Preserve your Halloween Memories with Kodak Gallery -$50 AMEX Giveaway

KODAK Gallery is offering TWO The-Not-So Blog readers each a $50 AMEX gift card, so they can create their own photo books and help preserve those precious Halloween memories.

My son had so many great Halloween moments over the years, I really wish I'd gotten more pictures than I did - you can't get those days back. Trust me.

Giveaway ends today

Home Renovation Event-ATGStores Review & Giveaway!

One lucky Kiddies Corner reader will win a $75 ATG Stores gift certificate.

ATG Stores has 500 websites throughout multiple home furnishings categories, offering close to 3 Million products from over 1000 name brand manufacturers. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it here!

This giveaway is part of their Home Reno Event that I posted about here.

Giveaway ends today

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't forget today is Daylight Savings Time!

Just a reminder that today you were supposed to set your clocks back an hour (so, 3am became 2am).... which means daybreak occurs earlier in the day (YAY!) and by 6:30pm it's dark out *grumble*

Most newer phones, computers, etc. will do this automatically, but my cellphone needed to be manually updated (it's still on the old DST schedule), as well as the microwave, stove, clock radio, etc.

I can't believe how dark it is outside already. It REALLY makes me wish I win the Fireplace being given away from that ends tonight. Instead of putting it in my bedroom, I could put it in the office, so while I'm on the computer at night I could enjoy the warm glow of a crackling fire. Plus, with 2 variable settings (750 & 1500 watt) and a flame dimmer, I could control the amount of heat and light provided. Heck, I might NEVER leave my office! LOL

Seriously though... I've got the wall of bookcases, I could add the fireplace, and turn it into a study/library. I spend more time in here than my bedroom, so I'd enjoy the fireplace more.... plus, since it's wall-mounted, it wouldn't take up any floor space. I can see it now... snow falling outside, me curled up in my fav chair with a book and my comforter, with the fireplace going, a cup of hot tea on the sidetable (next to the remote for the fireplace, so I can adjust the light and heat). What a lovely way to spend an afternoon :)

Here's a thought - I might win it and love it so much that I buy a second one, then I could have one in both my office AND my bedroom! SCORE!!

$350 Value Nostalgia Electric Fireplace With Remote Giveaway is celebrating having 100 followers by giving away a Nostalga electric fireplace with a remote.

Features (as listed on's blog post):
•Wall mounted mahogany effect wooden style electric wall fireplace (SAVE SPACE)
•Flame effect with under-bed glow
•750 and 1500 watt heat settings for maximum comfort
•Safety thermal cut-off built-in to prevent overheating
•Adjustable flame brightness
•Remote control with ON/OFF, 750 watt & 1500 watt selection, flame dimmer
•Mounting hardware included allows you to mount this incredible fireplace right to your wall
•Pebbles included
•Dimensions: 6.25 x 35.375 x 22 inches

I have ALWAYS wanted a fireplace in my bedroom, and I have the perfect spot for this! I think it would be amazing to just lay in bed and have the fireplace going :) It might even tempt me to start going to bed sooner. HA!

Giveaway ends today, and there are many ways to enter.