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Sep 15, 2014

Three Short Stories About Portable Chargers (and a GIVEAWAY so you can have one, too!)

So you have a home charger for all your devices. And a car charger for your phone. And you think that's enough.


Here's a story: When I went to Blog U this past June, I bought a portable charger to bring with me. I wasn't sure how much access I'd have to outlets during the day, and I knew I'd be using my phone a lot. I did end up using the charger, and loaning it to others.

Okay, that was a boring story; sorry. Here's another: A couple of weeks after Blog U, I woke up one morning to discover that the power was out. Not only that, but it had apparently gone out a long time ago, and my phone was almost dead. So was my husband's. So how was I to call National Grid and find out what the problem was? Aha! I had that portable charger in my purse. Zap, I charged my phone, and my husband's. Problem solved. I even got to mess around on Facebook while I waited for the power to come back on.

Story number three: About a month after the power outage, I decided to take my son to Legoland Discovery Center in Boston. My phone was almost dead when we left the house, so I plugged it into the car charger. Then, I pulled up the navigating app to get us to Legoland. We arrived, and I discovered that the navigating app takes up so much juice, it had basically cancelled out the charger. I was in the red. We got inside, I took maybe two pictures of mini Boston, and my phone died.

My portable charger was still sitting on my nightstand, where I'd left it the morning we lost power.

I guess what I'm saying is, maybe you need two portable chargers. At least, if you're as scatter-brained as me, you do.

Good news! I have a chance for you to score a free one.

myCharge Giveaway

myCharge is giving 3 lucky winners each an iPad mini with a myCharge HUB 6000 portable charger! The amazingly compact Hub 6000 features built-in cables and connectors for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more. Get up to 27 hours of additional talk time for your devices, as well as integrated, quick-charge wall prongs. The Hub series is commonly known as the “Swiss Army Knife of portable power devices.

  myCharge HUB6000

Additionally, 40 winners will each receive an Energy Shot compact portable charger for their smartphones that delivers an additional boost when you need it most. They come in a variety of styles and can give you up to 10 hours of talk time! (Please note, smart phone not included in giveaway).

  myCharge Energy Shot 

So Moms, stay out of the red this school year! myCharge is here to keep you charged and connected! For more information on products visit the myCharge website or follow them on Facebook. You can find myCharge products available at retailers such as Target and Kohl's. Fill out the entry form below September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014 for your chance to be one of 40 winners to receive an Energy Shot Charger (10 winners randomly selected each week) and one of 3 grand prize winners randomly selected on October 15, 2014 to receive one iPad Mini with a myCharge HUB 6000 portable charger. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older, must live in the United States and have a valid shipping address. See giveaway form for complete list of rules and details. a Rafflecopter giveaway This is a sponsored post from myCharge. I'm getting a free second charger from them, because motherhood has turned my brain to mush.

Sep 11, 2014

How To Pack Your Kid’s Lunch In 30 Seconds Or Less

Today is the tenth day of kindergarten, and I'm finally getting used to the new routine. Well, as much as I can, when we haven't had one normal week yet-- the first week was two days, the second was four, and today is a half day. But get this: I still had to pack a lunch. Isn't that weird? Lunch on a half day?

I'm proud to report that I'm still packing fancy lunches with sandwiches cut into fun shapes (today is a stegosaurus and a heart) and way too many snacks. Even that day when I fell back to sleep on the couch, and my husband woke me up 15 minutes before we had to leave. Luckily, I do most of my lunch packing the night before!

But for those of you who are not nailing the lunch thing, or who maybe have an off day, I'm here to help! Check out this handy guide I wrote for you on Nickmom:

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Sep 5, 2014

I Almost Got Stranded on a Desert Isle Last Weekend

Yes, yes, I'm telling you about last weekend on Friday. Give me a break. I'm a brand-new kindergarten mom, and I'm a maid of honor in a month, and I've been very, very busy watching TV lately. The point is, I'm here now.

Aug 29, 2014

Thoughts on My Son's First Day of Kindergarten

Well, I made it. I sent my baby into the world on his own for six hours, which is a completely normal thing that every (non-homeschooling) parent does, but to me, it seemed insane.

How is this kid, who still needs to be reminded to use the bathroom and drink water and not fling himself into the furniture, old enough to be in a classroom with 22 other kids, with only two adults to look after them? This kid who only just graduated from a convertible seat to a booster? Who started the year still sitting in the shopping cart? How is he big enough for school??

But he is. The calendar says it, the state says it, and honestly, I don't think I could handle another year of All Mom All the Time.

I love him, but most days I am very happy to see the clock turn to 8pm. You know what I mean.

But still.

Aug 21, 2014

Top 9 Thoughts I Have While Grocery Shopping With Kids

My son is starting kindergarten next week. You know what that means: I finally get to go shopping alone! I'm not sure I remember what it was like to go to Target without either visiting the toy aisle, or coming up with an elaborate scheme to avoid it. To go to BJ's without stopping at every single sample stand. To go to the grocery store without stopping at the deli for free cheese, the seafood section to pat the lobsters, and hissing "slow down!" "hurry up!" or "get out of her personal space!" ten times each.

So, yeah, I'm nervous about sending him to school. Very, very nervous. But I'm trying to focus on the positives, like these nine things I won't have to deal with anymore:

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