Archive for August, 2012

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.

Sam's Collage 2

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!



bloher collage 3

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!



Blogher Conference Tips for Blogher12 Blogher13 Chicago Newbies

[ 49 ] August 26, 2012 |

 Tips and Pointers on Blogher for Newbies Blogher13

Blogher Tips

Blogher13 Newbies need help!

I was a Blogher Newbie at Blogher,  Were you?

For all of you who not bloggers or not attending Blogher12–Blogher12 was the largest blogging conference all year and this year it was in NYC with 5000+Attendees! Blogher13 will be in Chicago, July 25-27, 2013.

I went to Blogher12 this year in NYC!!  I was very excited to attend,  but there was a great deal I don’t know…but I am fantastic at gathering information.
Blog NOTE:  These are tips, not Facts!  Verify ALL information yourself.  Not responsible for incorrect or untimely information.    


  • You can save a great deal of money at Blogher by eating in the Expo Hall or at Blogher Parties or Private Parties.
  • If you really MUST purchase food, then hit a local deli or Starbucks for inexpensive items.
  • Want the whole city experience?  Have one or two 4 or 5 star restaurants scoped out and go eat LUNCH at those (lunch is usually 1/2 of a dinner in any big City)


  • Parking at the host hotel is often expensive but convenient.  (For example, at Blogher2012 parking at the Hilton was $51/night + taxes + upcharge for longer vehicles)
  • Discount Parking can be found around most large  cities with coupons and Group ons.  For example, at Blogher2012 you could check out these sites for discounts: or Depending on where you park, it can be as cheap as $20/day. Just grab a cab back to the hotel or walk! Groupons could be had for $16 all-inclusive within the same block as the hotel.
  • If you are lucky you can find parking in the street. In many cities, you can find apps that will help you out with this information.  For example, at Blogher12 there was an app that will told you whether or not you can park in a specific spot

CHILDREN and Families

IMO, Blogher is no place for your family and especially CHILDREN.  You will be so tired just trying to juggle your Blogher schedule, you will find NO TIME for them and always feel guilty!  My advice is …if you can’t bear to leave them at home, don’t come.  That’s just me.  Remember, Blogher is a WORK related activity.

That being said I brought my adult son, his girlfriend and my adult daughter.  They were all extremely helpful.  I bought them expo passes and they ate and partied for free.  My son parked and got the car, got us all ice every morning, and planned their agenda for the day.  My son’s girlfriend did my hair everyday and consulted on my outfits.  My daughter (who had spent the summer in the city) helped with subway directions and general city knowledge.  This worked out perfectly!


  • Determine check out Times, plan flights accordingly.  Ask for late checkout?
  • Hotel internet–Has been free from Blogher the last few conferences.  However, it is horrendously BAD.  Would suggest a mifi or cell connection for Ipad.
  • You do not need to stay at the Host hotel.  The room dropoffs are not worth it..they are usually one small item.  It is however extremely convenient for dropping off items in your room.

Your Devices

  • Quite a few people seemed like they were just bringing their Ipads/Smartphones.  I brought my laptop too, as I drove.  If I flew, I would not have.
  • There was quite n a bit of discussion on which Ipad keyboard/case combination was the best–ClamShell seems to be a favorite but rings in at a high price tag.
  • Extra Power?  Zaagsparq for 4 extra charges to your phone, and can charge Ipads as well,  Also, Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger


stuff to bring to blogher

  • Business Cards–200 to 400
  • Many suggested small Labels with your information on it for the cards in booths so you don’t have to keep filling out.  Name, address, email, twitter handle, and website.  I did not do this or find it necessary.
  • Bandaids–For blisters from walking
  • Umbrella–for walking to private parties
  • Wine/Alcohol/Beverages for your Room.  I brought a case of Diet Coke (Big money Saver)
  • Extra suitcase for swag (you might want to consider getting a credit card that lets you check an extra bag for free)
  • Camera, video camera, smart phone, CHARGERS


Many many many people talk about shoes and say “Go Comfortable”.  I brought 10 pairs of shoes (yes I drove) and just kept mixing them up.  I had both low and high shoes.

You will see every single style of dress! Wear what you want.  I always prefer to be dressed up.

BLOGHER PARTY TIPS (With an expo pass or an official pass you may attend all parties)

This was the 2012 official Party Plan:


  • Veterans suggest a Wednesday arrival to get settled in, make some appointments for Thursday, and sightsee
  • Bring an Extra Bag for SWAG.  Or leave it for the Hotel Staff.  Or place it in the Swag Exchange Room. Or Bring it to the Chief Blonde’s Room!
  • Most large cities have car services and shuttles from the Airports For example, at Blogher12–  from LGA $29, From JFK $40,  Carmel Car.  Groupons are available!
  • Shuttle —  For example, at Blogher12 Smart shuttle is $15 each way from LGA, Super Shuttle, Air Link,  (shuttles are cheaper but take longer)
  • Cabs are everywhere to save your aching feet, but pair up as they are expensive
  • Don’t be afraid of the subway.  In most cities,  it’s safe, cheap and easy.  Apps are readily available to give you detailed instructions on lines and transfers.

PRIVATE PARTIES (Most require an invite)

These are SOME of the Parties that were available at Blogher 12, just to give you an idea.

  • StyleSuite
  • BoomBoxNetwork @BOOMBoxNetwork
  • PoiseSuite
  • Social Soiree @SocialSoiree
  • Getting Gorgeous  @GetGorgEvents
  • Sweet Suite (Babies may attend)
  • Pants Party
  • Drinks with MomCentral Wednesday night
  • #TweetSuite  Follow tag
  • Highlights Party
  • McDonald’s Breakfast
  • Iconix Brands at the Sheraton
  • SocialLuxe
  • National Geographic
  • Lands End Event
  • SheHeard Breakfast
  • Disney Movie Premiere and after Party
  • StumbleUpon Walking Tour


Blogger over 45

Some bloggers over 45 experienced frustration because they felt “Left Out”.  I did not/would not experience this.  I approached the conference like that I belonged and I was an even better sponsor choice because my target audience is Women with all the $$!  IMO, Life is about attitude.  Blogher IS NOT a mommy conference unless you make it into one in your mind.  The following parties/sessions/informaton was available specifically for Bloggers over 45:

  • Poise Party
  • Boom Box Network Party
  • Blogher Panel on Blogging into MidLife: The Tension Between the Online Spotlight and Offline Invisibility
HOT TIP:  Join our Bloggers 45 and over Facebook group!  



  • Sometimes you can get in by being someone’s +1
  • Put yourself on the waiting list, I got into many parties that way
  • The Blogher Parties are great fun!
  • Go stand outside if you didn’t get invited.  They will often let you in!


  • Get phone numbers of all the people you want to meet and friends ahead of time.
  • The Mom Spark Forum is useful for a bunch of different information on Blogher.
  • I joined this Facebook group (it had 660+ members before Blogher):
  • Many people are recommending COZI as the app to keep track of all the Blogher and private parties.   Blogher has their own app which is available closer to the event but you cannot schedule non-blogher events.
  • Have a Ticket that you need to sell?  Find someone to buy it (Facebook groups, #blogher12, Blogher forum–blogher12 group)  and then follow the directions here:
  • Expo tickets get  ticket holders into expo and all parties.  (Ticket includes admission to the Sponsor Expo Hall, official BlogHer Lounges and cocktail receptions. Meals, keynotes and break-out sessions are excluded with this pass.)– Cost for Blogher2012 $99


Check out the tourist attractions that are close to the hotel.  You may never pass this way again.  Some of the private parties consist of walking tours.  Great way to combine work with pleasure!


  • Comment below I will attempt to answer your questions!
  • Join a Blogher Facebook Group
  • can find out almost anything!

Watch for our entire series of Blogher Articles this upcoming Week!


Current Movies Featuring Women over 45 (and Men too!) August 2012 Edition!

[ 80 ] August 24, 2012 |

Women over 45 featured in Movies

Movies featuring Women over 45

Movies Featuring Women over 45?

Is that Possible? Want to watch a Movie that Features a few people that are your age? We are starting a new feature which highlights Movies where Women over 45 star, co-star or have a large cameo role (and sometimes Men) .  Unless noted, we have not reviewed these Movies and may/may not support the content or Rating of the movie.  We are simply reporting on Movies featuring Women over 45.  We try not to feature Movies that are particularly vulgar. You will have to determine their suitability for your tastes!

Movies featuring Women over 45 August 2012


INESCAPABLE is both a tense mystery and a character drama held together by the universal theme of undying and uncompromising love between a father and a daughter.  The film will premiere at next month’s 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Writer/director Ruba Nadda‘s new film INESCAPABLE starring Alexander Siddig (CAIRO TIME), Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson. (No Rating Yet)
Woman over 45 Featured:   Marissa Tomei (47)

Watch the Video Clip:



 Phunny Business chronicles the rise and fall of ALL JOKES ASIDE (the premiere Black Comedy Club in the country–now Closed, takes an in-depth look at the man behind it all and salutes the legendary showcase for its contribution to comedy history. Scheduled Release Date: October 2 , 2012 (No Rating Yet) Official Website:

Woman over 45 Featured:  Sheryl Underwood (48)

Watch the Trailer Below:



THE WORDS: Starring Bradley Cooper, Oscar®-winner Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoë Saldana, the layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. Scheduled to Open: in Theaters Sept. 7, 2012 (No Rating Yet) Official Website:

Men Over 45 Featured: Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid

Watch the Trailer Below: