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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giveaway sponsered by Energizer®

From Amateur to Accomplished, Photographers Get a “Shot” at Greatness

National Geographic and Energizer Team Up for Third Annual Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest

ST. LOUIS (April 15, 2010) – Many photographers dream of seeing their images in the pages of National Geographic magazine. Now, through the third annual Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, photo enthusiasts of all skills levels will have a chance to realize that dream. The winner will have their photo featured in the December issue of National Geographic magazine in an ad for Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries, and they’ll also be awarded the trip of a lifetime – a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Greek Isles.

Through Wednesday, June 30, aspiring photographers can visit to enter one photo in each of six thematic categories: animals/wildlife, nature, travel, people/cultures, weather and action/energy. Whether you are a digital photography novice, a proud picture-taking mom or a long-time photo enthusiast, all skill levels are encouraged to enter.

“You don’t have to be an expert or have professional equipment to capture a magnificent shot,” said 20-year National Geographic photographer and contest judge Jim Richardson. “One of last year’s Category Winning photos was shot by a zoo employee on a regular point-and-shoot camera. Great photography is often about being in the right place at the right time and making sure you’re prepared to capture the moment when it happens.”

After the entry period closes, Richardson will review all of the entries and select two finalists in each category. Then, from Aug. 17 through Sept. 15, Americans will be asked to go online and review each of the Category Finalists and vote for their favorite in each category. Once the Category Winners are determined, Richardson will help choose a Grand Prize Winner, to be announced on or about Nov. 4.

The Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest Web site also serves as a valuable resource for photo enthusiasts. Visitors can check out photos and tips from Richardson, enjoy a gallery of past winners as well as view a weekly gallery that will be updated with new submissions. Photo buffs can even participate in a Q&A with Richardson, asking about anything from his 20 years with National Geographic to questions on gear and equipment.

“I love fielding questions related to the gear we use,” said Richardson. “One of photographers’ biggest complaints is coming across a great image and realizing your equipment has run out of juice. When you’re out in the field, it’s the last thing you want to worry about. Keeping Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries on hand gives me peace of mind, so I can concentrate on getting the perfect shot.”

Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries are the world’s longest-lasting AA and AAA batteries in high-tech devices. They last up to 8x longer* in digital cameras and up to 2x longer* in flash units than Energizer® MAX®, the company’s flagship alkaline brand. The batteries also last longer in portable GPS units, LED flashlights and handheld games.

Along with a storage life of 15 years, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries are 33 percent lighter than ordinary alkaline batteries and perform well in extreme temperatures from -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to 60 degrees Celsius), making them ideal for photographers who are on-the-go.

“Energizer sets a world standard for reliability and long-lasting power, so it made perfect sense for us to partner with the world’s premier publication honoring photojournalism,” said Jim Olsen, Vice President of Marketing for Energizer North America. “Both Energizer and National Geographic share the goal of celebrating the work of photographers from all skill levels. We can’t wait to see the incredible submissions the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest receives this year.”

Entry into the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest begins April 15, 2010, at 12 a.m. and ends June 30, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Photos must be submitted online. No print or film submissions will be accepted.

Richardson will select the 12 Category Finalists based on the following criteria: extent to which photo captures the essence of the theme selected (25 percent); impact and creativity (50 percent); and composition, clarity and technical quality (25 percent). The 12 photos designated a Category Finalist will be posted online at on Aug. 17, and voting for the winning photo in each category will extend through Sept. 15. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected by Richardson and announced on or about Nov. 4.

Each of the Category Winners will receive a prize pack comprised of an EPIC Action Video Cam, a Nikon COOLPIX L110 digital camera, a Litepanels Micro® camera light, an Energizer® Ultimate® Lithium 1AA Handheld flashlight, an Energizer® Ultimate® Lithium Headlight, an assortment of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries and two books from the National Geographic Collection: “Journeys of a Lifetime” and “National Geographic: The Image Collection.”

The Grand Prize Winner will receive all of the items listed above as well as a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Greek Isles, accompanied by a National Geographic expert.

*Versus Energizer® MAX®. Results vary by device.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My thougts take .. I don't even know.

Spin it how you want, life is full of lemons. I"m tired of making lemonade and I'm ready to chuck the lemons at all the sour faced troublemakers. You know the ones, the people who have "the best of intentions" but stir the pot? Making a fuss for everyone else but just to cause controversy?

The above song is prefect. It's for me is what I'm talking about in a nutshell.

You're either in our out.

For me it's about the journey and the destination you can have both.

Either part of the problem or the solution.

My favorite is the "I want's" but "I don't want to do it's."

I'll judge you from afar and tell you what you did wrong.

How I'd do it better even, but I won't do it. I have way to much going on.

Let's just pick all these battles and not make any progress okay? So much easier then working together.

Can you tell I had a PTA meeting tonight?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Time gets away from us, let's enjoy it while we can.

I can't help it, time gets away from me. I mean to post at the very least twice a week but time just falls through my fingers like grains of sand. Where does the time go you ask? I don't know anymore. Probably to the faces above, but why not take the time to spoil them while they'll have me.

We're getting to the age where I'm getting to be "embarrassing" and they want to walk ahead of me with their friends. I find myself asking when I became a stigma. I realized it's not just me, it's all moms and dads. It's kids. We can't avoid this. It's inevitable. In one corner I have then cuddling and asking for attention, then moments later I "don't understand them".

Is this what it's like raising 'tweens?

The thing is I get they don't understand their feelings any more then I do. As much as I'm frustrated, I want to hug them and tell them it's all going to be okay.
We'll get through this, right?

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

How I spend my time ... sometimes

Tonight as Kendra premieres season 2 on E! I must say ... wow ... she's not holding back!

Guess what? Kendra has that mom belly that haunts most of us and it's not gone in a few weeks like so many celebrities seem to. She's worried about getting her body back, her relationshop being the same and her life returning to normal.


You don't see the hint of a nanny, maid or a cook.

It also makes you think she's just like on of us, she just happens to be married to a NFL player and an Ex-playboy bunny. This is the thing, she's pretty grounded, with the same worries we have.

As we are introduced to Kendra and Hank adjusting to baby, we realize that they haven't had a night out alone yet since Hank IV was born, and why? Well, one no sitter and two Kendra is pretty worried about leaving him. Hank wants to give her a special night, but is in in the cards?

Kendra also has the normal I-just-had-a-baby worries. She hasn't lost a pound, she has a baby belly, she's adjusting to life with baby and feeling alone. They are in a new city and she doesn't know a lot of people. It's a lot to take on all at once.

It looks like a promising season, and it's always quite a ride with Kendra!

The super new season of Kendra premieres on E! March 14th at 10pm!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Here I am again, trying to figure all this out. First off how do I change all of this over? My blog that is? Any advice is appreciated. Yes, I want to move that I have existing!
Anyway, I'm feeling so much better and getting the health issues under control, finding out it's type 1 not type 2. Taking it day by day.
So this is turning into a bit of everything, but it's all me.
My health as we figure it out. My daily issues and triumphs with my daughters. Normal day to day stuff as a mom, life in general. Reality TV recaps, whatever crosses my mind at the time.
I'll still be testing products, as I get them in. I'm not going to make it all about that anymore. Lesson learned I will not be asking for testers anymore. I will only be taking stuff on that my family we be testing.
I want this to be more about us, me and real life. It's been a heck of a year and getting all the little things in order has been crazy.
Having two daughters that are 8 & 10 I can use all the mom advice possible!

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Location: Golden, CO, USA
Who am I?

Well, aside from a mom and a wife, I'm a person who wants the best for all of us. I have two daughters, two dogs, and a husband – all of whom I wanted to be at home for – so I put my talents to use, looking out for my family. Shopping (well, kinda you send me the products!). Surfing the Internet. Meeting new people. Recommending products to friends, after I fall in love with them. And figuring out how to make products better.


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