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Sprint Sound Session with Jermaine Paul and the new HTC One Device! #sponsored #MC #SprintMusic #SprintMom

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Session. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

You guys!  I just had a blast in NYC last weekend!  I was totally jazzed to hear about the latest new devices when it comes to music and audio with Sprint.  A few of us bloggers were wined and dined at the ritzy Lamb’s Club right off Times Square.  We had a private room where we were completely enveloped with crystal clear music and some hands-on demos with the latest and greatest from Sprint!

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A few weeks ago, my toddler jammed some coins into our car’s cd player and totally fried the system.  Since then, we’ve been driving around in silence and it was absolutely killing me!!  I tried to pump up the volume on my phone to get some Pandora flowing through the car, but it just wasn’t cutting it.  I never realized how music plays a HUGE role in my life, and not only that, but excellent quality music.

With these frustrations on my mind, I was even more enthralled, sold, smitten and wooed by the new Harman Kardon speaker!  What you see below is the Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio, which is a companion to all Bluetooth devices.  It is portable, lightweight, powerful, and offers the most crystal clear music I’ve ever heard from a speaker this size.  The same technology that went into this speaker has been incorporated into the HTC One Hardman Kardon edition, which I’ve had a chance to play with over the last week!  I received this phone at no cost to facilitate this review, along with the opportunity to try out Spotify, which is just a part of the portfolio of music services that Sprint offers, including Sprint Sound Sessions, Sprint Music Plus, and NextRadio.  Visit the Sprint Music Page to learn more!

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Since I’ve had this hot little phone in my hands, I’ve been taking it anywhere I can to enjoy music on the go.  Its been playing in our car replacing the lame radio stations we used to listen to, and since we live just a block from the beach, you can bet we’ve taking it to the sandy beaches a couple times already.  The sound!!  10x better than any phone I’ve used or seen.  The key is in the duo speakers (on both sides) and on the front of the phone.  The audio sound is unreal!  It can fill. the. room.  You’d never believe this kind of sound was coming from a phone.  I play this in the car and it sounds like its coming from the car speakers.  Spotify is new favorite way to get my music.  I can listen to it on any device, I can download music and still listen when I’m offline, there are no ads like Pandora, and the sound quality is supreme.  You’ve got 20 MILLION songs at your disposal.  You can visit Sprint.com/Spotify to learn more about that and how you can a few months for free!

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More about the phone: This phone is valued at $679.99.  My husband can’t keep his hands off it.  He keeps saying “this is such a sexy phone”.  The gold plating and the dual speakers really get me too.  We love the premium headphones (which are priced at around $80 on their own), but have found that you really have to jam them into your ears to enjoy the sound at its fullest potential with the rich base and crisp high frequencies.  The screen is clear, bright, and rich in color with full-HD resolution.

This is my kind of phone and I will be 100% recommending this phone to my friends, specifically those who take their music seriously.

Now surely you’ve seen those odd and memorable Sprint commercials about the Framily Plan.  The hamster?  The animated birds?  Gordon?  Of course you’ve seen them.  I think the Framily Plan is a genius idea.  We’ve already played that “family plan shuffle” where we hunt for family members or friends with that 5th wheel slot open.  Currently, my husband and I are on two different family plans with other in-laws.  The Framily Plan doesn’t limit your family size to 5 for the best deal, and lets you customize your plan.  Bills are separate; everyone’s happy.  I’D be happy to be on that plan.

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Ok, the cherry on top of the already fantastic day was getting to hear Jermaine Paul live!  Jermaine was Season 2 winner of The Voice, and oh does he have a voice.  Like butter.  He was literally less than 5 feet away from me, serenading us all with his original songs and charm!  What a voice!  I came home and downloaded one of his songs he sang, “Next to You”.  Current ringtone?  Maybe so.

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I appreciated getting to spend time chatting with HTC and Sprint representatives at the Sound Session Event.  I loved how family-friendly the team was, how excited they were about the products, and that they all had extensive experience with them in their homes.  Sprint, you have wooed me, and I can’t get enough of this HTC One!  Thanks Sprint and Mom Central for such a great event!

 

bumGenius Cloth Diaper {Review}

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Disclosure: This product was given to me for free by Cotton Babies (BumGenius) to test and review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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We have been cloth diapering since last August,and I have to say that it has truly been a learning curve. Initially, we started as a way to save money, but it quickly became a way of life for us. I mean, there’s something to be said about living a life of self sustainability, am I right? Also, those late night “Oh no we’re out of diaper” charade was getting a bit old, so we decided to pull the ole plug and go cloth. And we haven’t looked back ever since.

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Our stash has a mixture of all different diapers, but our favorites are the bumGenius 4.o, so naturally I wanted to shout from the rooftops how much I adore them. Because, that’s what my life has come to. Diaper excitement. Oh the life of a mom. 

I’m not going to lie. Building a cloth diaper stash was not cheap. But I learned some super valuable lessons in the process. For instance, that age old lesson “you get what you pay for” really makes sense. I started out buying a ton of diapers that were cheaply made and they really did work for a bit, but I quickly learned that their inner PUL layer (the layer that makes them waterproof) on the inexpensive brands began to wear out and cause leaks and I’m all like ” Houston, We have a problem” because well , wet boys are unhappy boys. And that is  not cool.

So I bucked up and tried the bumGenius 4.0 and immediately I was a changed woman. From the amazing craftsmanship to the  extra wide organic  inserts( that you can stuff to be thinner with just one or thicker with both inserts) and their snap down exteriors that can be sized to fit babies 7-35+ pounds. You can choose to buy the Aplix (Velcro) style or the Snap style. Since my guy is master Houdini when it comes to diaper escape magic, I chose to go with the snap style, as they are harder for little hands to open.  Bottom line: these diapers are meant for heavy duty. Or maybe I should say “Heavy Dooty“.

 

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bumGenius 4.0 Snapped at the smallest fit.

 

Now I don’t have any experience using cloth diapers on a smaller baby (that review experience is due to arrive in May),  but these diapers did a great job with my one and a half year old, who is a heavy wetter. bumGenius could even handle the over nights! And since they are so well made, they hold up for multiple babies. That means that although the initial price is a bit higher at $17.95 per diaper, they are able to last through multiple children. You really get your moneys worth with the bumGenius 4.0. 

 

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Inside view of inserts.

Oh, and the colors! I mean, is there anything cuter than a tiny hine-y in a rainbow assortment of colors? This diaper I reviewed is shown in the color Mirror. It’s the perfect blue-green to brighten up even the stinkiest of days (yes folks I’ll be here all night, rocking these puns). What’s even more amazing is knowing that your baby isn’t sitting around in unnecessary chemicals that can be found in disposable diapers, and that you are saving serious dough. Truly it’s a win-win. Plus it can handle the jumpy excitement of a two year old. I can honestly say that these diapers are legit. 

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The two year old jump jump test. bumGenius passed with flying colors.

 

bumGenius also makes an array of diapering accessories, such as laundry detergant (which I highly recommend) and neat things like diaper sprayers that attach easily (I did it myself) to the side of your toilet for easy clean up!

If you’re interested in learning more about cloth diapering I urge you to visit their Official Store. Also follow any new updates and check out diaper facts but “liking” the bumGenius Facebook page and “following” bumGenius on Twitter. 

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*Although I was given the bumGenius 4.0 in the color Mirror to test and review at no cost, my opinions stated in this review are honest and my own. 

Let Cardstore Take Over

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Taking care of Christmas  cards is rarely just a one-night event.  It used to take weeks to design them, wait for shipping, address by hand, and then mail them out.  All of this CAN be done in a single sitting if you let Cardstore.com take over!  We used Cardstore last year for our Christmas cards, and I was 100% pleased and amazed with how easy and how fast I was able to create our personalized cards with a cute message and signature, and then hand them over to Cardstore to stamp and ship.   If you order cards before Nov. 20th, you can get $20 off your $50 order!  Time to cross this one off your holiday to-do list: http://po.st/PersonalizeYourCard

 

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