Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Results of Giveaway #2:

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So, the winner is post #36:

Kelly F , who said "I work at a library and I would use this poster to promote the youth reading groups and activities that we have!"

Congrats to Kelly!
And thank you to everyone who entered my second giveaway! Stay tuned for even bigger, even better giveaways soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The kind folks over at Kajeet ( www.Kajeet.com) recently sent me a cellphone preloaded with minutes to try out and see what I thought of it.

This is what I received:

My Review Of The kajeet cellphone.

It is a Samsung m300. This information about the phone itself is taken directly from their website ( www.kajeet.com)

Samsung m300 (with rebate) Features:
* 4x digital zoom camera (0.3 megapixel) features self-portrait capability. VGA CMOS camera shoots at multiple resolutions (including a maximum of 640x480 pixels)
* Large internal color display of 128x160 pixels and external color display of 96x96 pixels display photos and images in up to 65K colors
* Picture messaging lets you send your photos to your friends anywhere, anytime
* Speakerphone lets you talk hands-free anytime, anywhere
* Download games, ringtones, wallpapers and apps to your phone
* Voice dialing lets you call a friend without even having to punch in a number (take that, Alexander Graham Bell)
* Voice memos up to one minute for up to 10 notes for yourself so you don't lose that great idea (or important bit of gossip)
* Phone book holds up to 299 contacts (for each contact you can assign up to five numbers plus an e-mail address)
* Personal organizer tools including a calendar, a scheduler, a calculator, an alarm clock and notepad
* Headset jack (it's a standard 2.5-mm) lets you plug in any hands-free headset you like
* 800 mAh lithium-ion battery provides up to 3.2 hours of talk time.

kajeet is the only cell phone service designed specifically for kids
No Contracts. No Activation Fees. No Early Termination Fee.

We understand what it's like to have kids. One minute they want one thing, the next they want the opposite. That's why we don't require a contract. Buy it, use it, and if you want to cancel it, do so at any time, without any penalties.

Easy Parental Controls

We understand kids which is why our parental controls are totally flexible. Good grades one week? Add to the allowance. Late for curfew? Restrict the times she can use the phone. Our parental controls allow you to set up allowances, decide who she can call and text, and when.

GPS Phone Locator

We understand parents too. One of the reasons you get your kid a phone is for security. With this added feature, you can find your kid's phone any time. You can also set up scheduled locates to check in on a regular basis.

All this and plans starting as low as $4.99/month.
Finally, a cell phone truly made for kids and their families.


1. We're a pay-as-you-go service with no strings and no worries.
Some of our best features happen to be what we don't have. No contracts, no activation fees, no surprise bills.
2. Our full suite of intuitive online controls help parents set limits.
Every kajeet phone gets these controls for FREE. Manage who your kid can talk to and text, what time of day the phone can be used (but make exceptions for calls to Mom), how much money can be spent, and what features can be used.
3. We offer budget-friendly rates for talk and text. Easily customized to fit your family's needs.
See our "Rates and Plans" page for details. We have plans for kids who don't talk much or for kids who talk a lot or text a lot. You want it, we have it, and at great prices that don't bust your budget.
4. Our feel-good security features let you decide who can and can't call their phone.
Bullying can be a big problem, so we let you block calls/text from any phone number you want. Or, maybe you just want the phone to be used when it's needed - in that case, you can block ALL numbers except for specific ones. Did we mention these features are FREE?
5. Now you can get help finding your kid's phone anytime with GPS Phone Locator.
In fact, you get the first 3 months FREE, and then it's $9.99/month after that. We also let you set up automated locates to help you find out where the phone is at specific times of the day.
6. Talk, text, pix and play. Everything your kid wants in a cell phone.
We don't offer kiddie phones. Our phones have all the features your kid wants, but you get to control what features they use, and how much they spend.
7. We offer full-blown phones for any budget. Look for slim styling and big features.
We offer slim phones, flip phones, and a phone with full keypads. Check out our phones pages for details.
8. Nationwide coverage on Sprint PCS Network.
That's right - all our phones use the Sprint PCS Network to give you the great coverage you'd expect.
9. Refilling your account is simple. kajeet offers three simple ways to add money to your wallet.
Add a credit/debit card to your account to make refilling easy! You can also set up automatic refills, like giving a $20 allowance per month for your kid to use. We also offer PayPal if you want to use your checking account to add money.
10. kajeet is the only cell phone service that puts kids first.

I found this phone easy to set up and use. The website itself walks you through the process step by step and allows you to decide what controls to put on the phone and/or it's usage by your child, with these controls being able to be modified quite easily through your account. The phone itself is as good/better then any cell phone you would buy from a traditional cell phone company, and kajeet offers a wide range of reasonably priced plans with the way children use cell phones most in mind.

This is a cell phone that can also grow as your child grows and his/her cell phone needs change. Something also to consider: these phones/plans are so good that I would consider this for an adult who is not "tech savvy" and has a need for a cell phone where they can just use it and someone else can set it up and determine the parameters. Just something to think about and a testament to the versatility of this company and it's products.

I urge you to go to the website and see for yourself the things that kajeet has to offer you and take a look at what sets them apart from other cell phone services for kids. You won't be disappointed.

I sure wasn't!

My final grade: A+

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Free Download from iTunes!!!

At the bottom of my blog you will see a tag for a free download of a new single by Diane Birch, the hottest singer I have heard in a very long time. Check her out and tell me what you think!

Don't Miss Diane's Media Blitz

Diane will be tickling the keys of her beloved Rhodes and singing her critically-acclaimed tunes for audiences across the US during the week of her CD release. Check out her TV, radio and print features below, and be sure to tune in to hear her talk about Bible Belt and perform songs from the album.

Upcoming Media:
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

Acoustic Cafe concert airing on 83 stations

The New York Times Popcast

Billboard Magazine "2009 One's To Watch"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Read My Woodstock '99 story and vote for me!



Welcome to my second giveaway!

This giveaway is being sponsored by Uprinting.com, a great company that can handle all your printing needs from the comfort of your own home! These guys have been at it for over 25 years, so you know they are reliable and know what they are doing.

online poster printing - check them out here!

This giveaway is for a 16 x 20 Poster Print of your choosing! Shipping is absolutely free in both the US and Canada; anywhere else pays shipping charges but still gets the product for free.

So, by now you must be thinking, " What do I have to do to get this wonderful prize?"

Very simple: everyone is entitled to one entry and all you have to do is leave me a comment with how you would creatively use this poster print if you should win it.

poster printing
should give you all the information that you need to answer this question creatively.

That's all...easy.

Oh, and if you would please....become a follower of my blog while you are here! And please make sure that you leave your email address somewhere in your post so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

This giveaway will end on May 22, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org from all eligible entries received.

Good Luck! And thanks again to UPrinting.com for sponsoring this giveaway!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thank You, Ragu!

On May 8th, I celebrated the 2009 Mom's Night Out with the help of Ragu and my friends on Twitter.

Ragu generously provided the items for me to cook a simple dinner so that I could spend my time on Twitter tweeting for prizes with @momsniteout ( their twitter "handle" so to speak)

This is what they so generously provided:

I made dinner for my daughter Sarah and I, and then proceeded to Twitter. I tweeted my little heart out for hours, all the while enjoying my ability to be "out" even though I was really still "in". I want to tell you some things about Ragu Pasta Sauces that you might find interesting:

* Ragú® Old World Style® pasta sauces are now available in two new varieties, Sweet Tomato Basil and Margherita,
* Ragú pasta sauces offer nutritious, convenient and affordable meal ideas for busy families
* Ragú red sauces contain more than a full serving of vegetables in every half-cup of pasta sauce
* Visit www.Ragu.com for tasty recipes and nutrition, parenting and time-management tips from the Ragú Expert Panel

@Momsniteout was giving away a ton of prizes and I was sure I was going to win one, just one...

Alas, even though I tweeted my little heart out, I won nothing..zero..sigh

At least, thanks to Ragu, I still had leftovers...

If you are on Twitter, please consider following me there...my Twitter handle is @madamerkf