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iHome App Enhanced Alarm Clock Giveaway + Sam’s Club Affordable Offerings

[ 353 ] August 31, 2012 |

BULK UP for College Affordably with Sam’s Club!



iHome app enhanced alarm clock available at Sam’s Club ($50)

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  Sam’s Club is a lifesaver for a mother who has college students. You can get everything at Sam’s Club that your college student will need at affordable prices.  Just look at some of the many items that you can get a Sam’s Club that your college student can’t live without:
Sam's  Club Bulk

Sam’s Club affordable bulk offerings are capable of preparing your teens for an entire college semester.

I have four children in college this year…yes.. four!  Pray for me and my pocketbook!  Thank goodness I have a Sam’s Club Membership.  I like how I can go there and buy almost everything they need and by buying it in bulk, the pricing in so much more affordable.  All of my childre really need quite a bit of the same items, so it’s easy to shop for them and then split it among them.  Seeing how I spending  a zillion dollars on tuition, books, etc., the last place I need to spend more money is school and dorm supplies.  I find that Sam’s Club has the selection that my four kids need (cleaning supplies,  snacks, electronics, bedding) at prices that are competitive or lower than most other stores.

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My Daughter heads off to School stocked up for the semester with Goodies from Sam’s Club


When I buy in bulk from Sam’s Club, I don’t have to rush from store to store wasting time and expensive GAS!  I like the way everything is grouped logically in the store so that I don’t forget things that my four college kids need.  Even though I make a list, sometimes Sam’s has things that I forgot I needed …and with the warehouse layout of the store, it’s easy to see the items that I may have missed.  Plus, I can often get many of the items delivered right to my front door!  With the high price of gas these days, that’s awesome.  Head over to  Sam’s Club website  so you can get those last minute items that your college student needs.  “LIKE” Sam’s Club facebook page to keep up with all the latest Club news.


The Giveaway Runs from Sept. 1-Sept 9, 2012 11:59 PM  EST,  US ONLY


iHome app Enhanced Alarm Clock  from Sam’s Club Worth $50

Details:  Wake or sleep to your iPhone or iPod; just plug your device into the flexible dock to charge and play while docked.  You can even customize your alarm and nap settings  using the iHome + Sleep app to tailor your settings for any time or frequency to suit your lifestyle.

UPDATE:  This Ihome app Enhanced Alarm Clock Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 3680 entries.  See Giveaway Winners

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Sam’s Club and received product samples to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

still Blonde after all these YEARS

Blogher 13 Sample Blogger Schedule, Blogher 12 Chicago

[ 37 ] August 28, 2012 |

Wonder what a Blogger Does at Blogher for 4 Nights and 5 days?

Blogher 13 Sample Schedule will be very much like my Blogher12 Schedule below!  What is Blogher?  Blogher is the largest convention of bloggers each year.  For 2012,  Blogher 12 was held in NYC, with 5000+ bloggers in attendance, Blogher’13 will be held in Chicago, July 25-27, 2013.

Wednesday Aug. 1–DRIVE TO BLOGHER12

1st Day Collage

Pictured: Top (left to right).  On the Road–flat tire; Mom Central Party Set-up; the Chief Blonde wonders “Are we EVER going to get there?”; The Police Help us Out; Mom Central Team members Jessica Hogan, Kasey Hallion, Matt Schuiererand Camilla Retecki; A Mom Central Welcome; the Lovely (and Blonde) Stacy DeBroff (Mom Central Founder and CEO); it’s a party; Mom Central Party Sponsors

2:00 am Finish Packing
2:01 am Fall Asleep
4:30 am Get up, Get Ready. Wake son and girlfriend up
5:00am Leave to drive to Blogher12 (estimate arrival in NYC 4:00PM)
2:00PM Get a flat tire on I-80
2:30PM After trying to change flat tire ourselves, call AAA
2:35PM Policeman arrives to set-up flares, run our registration, and hollers at us for calling AAA instead of 911
3:00PM AAA towing shows up,  guy beats spare tire endlessly with rock..He can’t fix it either
3:30PM Get towed to Shop in the middle of Milton, PA..Shop personnel very nice but Chief Blonde is FREAKING OUT!
4:30PM Finally back on road (hmmm, I don’t think we are in NYC yet)
6:30PM  Mom Central Party Starts …Chief Blonde still at Lincoln Tunnel
7:00PM Chief Blonde and travel crew clear Lincoln tunnel
7:15PM  Trying to turn on 42nd street
7:30PM Still trying to turn on 42nd street
7:35PM We have now went approximately NOWhere…Chief Blonde so late for Mom Central Party
8:30PM  Finally checked into Hilton NYC Ave of the Americas, daughter met us at entrance (big Hugs and smiles), then to  room (Fantastic corner room!) , clothes changed and walking to subway.  Thank goodness my daughter who stayed in the city this summer walked me to my subway station!
9:00PM Finally make Mom Central Party at the Thomson Hotel Thom Bar, meet entire Mom Central team.  Meet some Fashionistas.  Meet some Company Reps (3M and Scotch Tape).  RELAX!
9:30PM Mom Central kicks us out (nicely).  Go join daughter, son and his girlfriend for Sushi!
11:30PM Unpack and Hit the HAY!



Blogher12 2nd Day Collage

Pictured: Top. Left to Right.  The Chief Blonde chats with Chrysa from Thrifty Jinxy at the CAbi Style Suite; She Heard Breakfast with Jen and Jeana; She Heard Breakfast Food; Clowning with my daughter at Beacon’s Closet; Blogher Registration; The Chief Blonde and Nicole from MomTrends; Makeup application by Make-up Forever; CAbi StyleSuite; Make-up Forever Application


6:30AM Get up, get ready! We Blondes like to start things EARLY!
8:00AM SheHeard Brands We Love Affair Breakfast at the London Hotel (Near Hilton).  Met Jen (Makobi Scribe) for first time after a year+ of digital interaction!
8:30AM Head back to Hilton and answer emails
10:00 am–2:00PM Head to Beacon’s Closet (Resale Store) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC with daughter, son and his girlfriend
2:00PM Pick up Blogher Badges at the Hilton
2:00-3:00PM get ready for Evening Parties and check emails
3:00-5:00PM My daughter and I go to Iconix Brands event at the Sheraton
5:15 PM Head over to the London Hotel (near Hilton)  to attend Cabi StyleSuite in the Penthouse Suite.  Hotel staff accidently sent me to the wrong suite–Hallmark Suite!  End up meeting my good blogger friend Simply Stacie in the Suite and having a lovely conversation with Hallmark!
5:30-7:30PM Arrive Penthouse Suite CAbi StyleSuite, sponsored by CAbi   hosted by Savvy Sassy Moms and Mom Trends at the London Hotel. Get makeup done by Makeup Forever.
7:30-8:15PM Evening at the Expo (Blogher12 event where brands have booths set up in the Expo hall)
8-11PM  The People Party (Blogher Party)
11:30–12:30PM  Emails and BED!



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Top: Left to Right  The Chief Blonde enjoys the Poise Party and the Team of 5 comediennes; Unicorns and Sparklecorn, an official Blogher Party; food from the Dessert after Dark Party; Sparklecorn Cake; Martha Stewart speaking at Blogher; The Chief Blonde with James and Mark –owners and designers at Badgley Mischka; fashion bloggers pose at the Naughty Monkey Shoe Party!

9-9:45AM Iconix Brands at Sheraton–Meet, get autograph and Photo w/ James +Mark of Badgley Mischka Fame!  Squeee!
9:45-11:15AM Visit Sponsors at Ballroom and Suites (J&J, Hot Pockets, Martha Stewart Home, Milk Board, etc)
11:15AM-1:15PM Arrive Early for Martha Stewart Talk in Hilton Grand Ballroom. Eat Lunch and Listen to Martha!
3:30-4:30PM Meeting with Marla Wynne HSN personality and entrepreneur Upper Westside NYC
6:00-7:00PM Naughty Monkey Shoe Party and Brand Event (near Hilton)
7:00–8:30 PM  Poise Party Hilton
9:00-10:00 PM Sparkle Corn– Blogher Party
10:00-11:30 PM Desserts after Dark (near Hilton)
11:30 PM (stop back into Sparklecorn) at Hilton, back to room, emails then BED!



blogher Day 4 collage

Top: Left to Right.  The Chief Blonde’s Professional Photo compliments of Land’s End; Sally Hansen Nails from CVS Getting Gorgeous Event; My son and his beautiful girlfriend–both accompanied me to NYC; The Chief Blonde with her Makeup artist at the Land’s End Event; Katie Couric Speaks at Blogher12; The Chief Blonde enjoying SomeMores at the Hershey’s  Camp BONDfire  event; the Lovely Audrey V. from Succulent Wife (blog) and Principle at BoomBoxNetwork poses at the B(l)oomer Party;  Stumble Upon Tour Director for the very EARLY and super fun Stumble Upon Walking Tour; Saint Peter’s (?) in NYC.

6:30AM Get up and Get GOING!
7:30 AM–9:00AM  Stumble Upon Walking Tour Of NYC
9:00-11:30 AM Tour the Blogher Sponsor Suites including Roscea Facts, Hershey’s, and Reader’s Digest
11:30AM meet with Sponsor 6:00PM
12:00–1:45PM Get in Line for Katie Couric Speech, eat a lovely buffet Non-Gluten Lunch (line was shorter, food was better), listen to Katie Couric
2:00PM  Rush to room and change clothes and refresh for evening activities
3:00–5:00PM Getting Gorgeous Event–Warwick Hotel (near Hilton)
5:15–7:30PM Grab Bus to Land’s End Event (Get Hair, Makeup and Professional Photo Done)
7:30–9:30 Grab Cab to Bloomers Event (Hosted by Boom Box Network) Had a riot meeting Bloggers my own Age!
10:00PM–1:00AM  Cheeseburher Blogher Official Party (Hang out with my blogging buddies Simply Stacie, Mama NYC, Sassy Mama in LA and so many more!  Great time to relax and drink a little!)


Sunday, August 5, 2012– Leaving Blogher12 in a MINIVAN!

Blogher Day 5 collage

9:00 AM–11:30AM Get up, PACK, eat Starbucks, head to Lobby and pick up Rivet and Sway Glasses (see my Rivet and Sway Review) , Head up to 66th Street, pickup my Daughter, head home!


Blogher Note:  You will note my schedule is sadly lacking in Blogher Sessions.  I do regret not going to the one panel on Midlife blogging.  Other than that, I had decided ahead of time to catch what sessions I could..but my main goal was to meet other bloggers, network with brands, have fun with my kids, and enjoy myself.  I most certainly did accomplish all my goals and then some.  What a fantastic time!  Blogher 13 here I come!

 What was the Favorite Party of your Blogher 12 Experience?  What do you hope to do when you attend Blogher 13?

Check out all our other Blogher 13  and Blogher 12 articles!