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12 posts from December 2010

December 25, 2010

More Moments, Less Cancer

Holidays can be a special time to connect with loved ones. I have seen another side with 3 family members and friends that are bravely fighting Cancer. My family decided to live for the today, cherish the time together, let things go that don't really matter and make each moment count.

This is a big cyber hug to families dealing with Cancer. You are not alone.

The American Cancer Society's "More Birthday" campaign is an inspiring movement (their motto is "less Cancer - more birthdays"). Cool Mom Picks posted about the artists that are joining the movement.  I hope everyone will check out the "More Birthdays" site and see the many ways to get involved.

One of my favorites listed in the post was a birthday song by Jack Black (especially after I just interviewed Jack Black about his new movie coming out today - Gullivers Travels). 

So I will take the American Cancer Society's "More Birthday" motto and add my spin as my holiday wish "More Moments - Less Cancer".

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! 

The picture of a Motherboard ornament at Cool Mom Tech says it all!

Hope you are having special time with family. Or if not, I hope that everyone has good video chat karma for relatives not near. I will be starting my video chats very soon.

December 23, 2010

Gullivers Travels Movie Out December 25, More On Our Interview with Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Jason Segel

I had the fun of attending the Gullivers Travels (the movie) press screening on December 16 with a group of mom bloggers. First I posted with some behind the scene tidbits about the movie. But I also wanted to share more information from the press interviews with Jack Black (Lemuel Guliver), Jason Segel (Horatio) and Emily Blunt (Princess Mary). Each brought a special part of themselves to their roles. The movie Gullivers Travels opens December 25, so I will be heading to the theatres to share the movie with my family.

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Picture top left to right: Sunny Chanel, Sara McGinnis, Jill Kloster, Michelle Fiordaliso, Beth Blecherman. Middle Left to right: Kim Grundy, Erica Fehrman, Jack Black, Colleen Padilla. Front: Kristen Flannery.

While the character Lemuel Guliver reinvented himself in the movie, Jack Black also had words of wisdom about his personal re-invention experiences. It was wonderful to see the philisophical side of an actor that always makes me laugh.

We asked Jack Black "since every kid can't be transported to a fantasyland, is there a way that people can reinvent themselves in their own lives?"

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December 20, 2010

Windows Holiday Offerings

Holiday time is family time and I am getting lots of questions about ways to capture family memories. One nice thing about my new Windows7 PC is that I can download Windows Live Essentials for free. Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker are great tools to capture, edit and share family memories.

Here's another fun hint: For those that have the new Microsoft Xbox Kinect, another feature is the ability to video chat with other Kinect users using Messenger Video Chat (and maybe other family members with the Kinect).

Microsoft shared some of their holiday ideas with me so I decided to share that with my readers.

Press release:

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December 18, 2010

Gullivers Travels The Movie, An Adventure For The Whole Family

Gullivers-travels-poster Last Thursday I traveled to LA for a press event I had been looking forward to for quite some time: a screening of the movie Gullivers Travels with the opportunity to interview three of the movie's fabulous stars: Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Jason Segel.

While I was waiting to board the plane I received a phone call from my tween, middle school son. He told me a few kids from school, friends since kindergarten, were acting mean toward him and he was disappointed. I tried to make him feel better about the situation, but I could not shake the thought of my son feeling "small" while other kids proclaimed themselves "the big kids on campus".

Update: Here is a link to my second post on Gulliver's Travels with more interview details.

Of course, the parallel between real life and art was striking that night when I attended the movie screening. The Gullivers Travels movie, based on the popular book by Jonathan Swift, showcases main character Lemuel Guliver feeling like a "small man in a big pond" before he goes on a journey that forces him to overcome his fears and have the courage to reach his goals.

GIVEAWAY: At the bottom of this post I will provide details on my giveaway: One Gullivers Travels movie poster signed by Jack Black, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. I even saw them sign the poster so this is for real! Comment on this post to enter.

Here is the movie trailer for a glimpse of the special effects that brought the story to life. The movie is in 3D, so for the moment just imagine that added dimension of things coming out of the screen:

Movie Trailer:

Gullivers Travels The Movie will debut in theatres on December 25, 2010 and stars Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate and Billy Connolly. The screenplay is by Joe Stillman and Nicholas Stoller, based on the book by Jonathan Swift. The movie is directed by Rob Letterman with Jack Black as one of the Executive Producers. The MPAA Rating is PG and the genre is adventure comedy.

Plot Outline (provided to the press group):

"In a modern, 3D family comedy take on the classic tale, Jack Black (star of “Kung Fu Panda” and “ School of Rock ”) is Lemuel Gulliver, a lowly mailroom clerk at a New York newspaper. After Gulliver bluffs his way into an assignment writing about the Bermuda Triangle, he goes there only to be transported to an undiscovered land, Lilliput. In this fantastical new world, Gulliver is, at last, a bigger-than-life figure -- in size and ego – especially after he starts telling tall tales, taking credit for his world’s greatest inventions, and placing himself at the center of its most historic events. Gulliver’s position is enhanced even further when he leads his new friends in a daring battle against their longtime enemies. But when Gulliver loses it all and puts the Lilliputians in peril, he must find a way to undo the damage. Ultimately, Gulliver becomes a true giant among men only when he learns that it’s how big you are on the inside that counts."

TechMamas Take:

Those who read the book Gullivers Travels, as I did many years ago, will see that the author created an adventure reflecting on the many sides of humor nature; from miopic, petty, and irrational to brave, creative and compasionate. The book also had an anti-war undertone.

Now take that story and put a "Jack Black" spin on it for the movie. With the added bonus that he is a dad himself (he has 2 small sons aged 2 and 4).

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December 16, 2010

Holiday Gift idea - Giving the Gift of "Goat" And Be Fashionable

So what part of the Oxfam collection is the most stylish? A goat, a tribe of goats, a dozen chickens, an Alpaca, a dozen Chickens, going green, helping Women and Children, Education with rebuilding a primary school?

Seriously, anytime you give to charity it is always in fashion. And what better time then the holidays then to teach your kids social responsibility by giving the gift of charity?

Here is information about Oxfam, the charity behind the video:

"Oxfam is.... an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. We are part of Oxfam International, a confederation of 14 Oxfams working in more than 90 countries. Together with individuals and local groups in these countries, we save lives, help people overcome poverty, and fight for social justice."

Click here to see how Oxfam works.

Cool Mom Tech - Check It Out

I announced in an earlier post that I joined on as Managing Editor of Cool Mom Tech. I am so excited to join such an amazing team. Cool Mom Tech is the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality and fabulosity, brought to you by the same moms behind the influential shopping and design site, Cool Mom Picks. CLICK HERE to visit Cool Mom Tech.

December 07, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Will Be Missed

I was very sad to hear the news today that Elizabeth Edwards passed away after her very brave fight with Breast Cancer. As a member of the Momocrats team I had the honor of meeting Elizabeth Edwards.

Click Here is see the post on Momocrats about Elizabeth Edwards. She has a whole category on the Momocrats blog. Arianna Huffington also posted on the Huffington Post about Elizabeth Edwards strength and legacy.

I agree with the Momocrats post, we should all go out and do something to inspire change just as Elizabeth Edwards inspired us all by her strength and vision for change.

December 06, 2010

Media Event: Windows 7 Holiday 2010 PC's

MC900434865 About 6 months ago I purchased a new Windows 7 laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor, big hard drive and powerful graphics. My computer was 3 years old - which is 100 years old in PC age.

This new computer has really helped me turbo charge my computing experience and sneak work in between my crazy mom schedule managing 3 boys.

Last week I attended a Windows7 Holiday event that showcased some of the newly available Window 7 PC's. My slogan this holiday season is upgrading family technology is the best holiday gift, so I was interested to see some of recent advancements and fun features.

Listed below are some interesting PC's I saw and some of the specs. When choosing a PC it is important to first decide what that PC will be used for, then decide what features are important to support that use. Laptops, with their increasing more powerful specs, are crossing the line between being good for mobile as well as home.

Mobile Computing Power that can also used for work/homework:

Acer TimelineX 1830- starting at $600: Ultraportable, light, 8 hours + of battery life. Specs: Intel Core i3 Processor 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Intel HD Graphics

Dell Studio 15 - starting at $599: 15.4", 1080p display, Intel Core i7, 6GB RAM and 256GB solid state drive.

Dell Inspiron Duo - starting at $499: 10 inch multi-touch tablet that transitions to a laptop (Dell's first convertablie tablet).

HP Envy 14 - starting at $999.99: Laser-etched aluminum design with Beats Audio. Up to Intel Core i7, 4GB RAM, 320GB

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge - starting at $700: Curved keyboard, Core i3, 3GB RAM, 320GB.

Lenovo U160 - starting at $749: A thin and light computer with a beautiful red design on the outer lid. Core i5 (or Core i7), 4GB RAM, 320GB.'

Samsung SF510 "Shark" - starting at $979: Curved modern design. Core i3, 4GB RAM, 640 GB HD.

Toshiba Kid's PC Satellite L635 - starting at $499: Water-resistant keyboard, pre-loaded web browser KidZui and NetNanny. Celeron, 2GB RAM and 250GB HD.

Toshiba R705 - starting at $800: Thin and light 13" Magnesium honeycomb chassis. Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD.

Family Touch PC's:

HP TouchSmart 600 -  starting at $999: HD Multi-touch screen and Blu-Ray. Core i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD.

Sony Vaio J - starting at $1049.99: 21.5" full HD touchscreen. Core i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD.

I also had a brief opportunity to view some of the new Windows 7 phones. I will be doing more detailed posts in the near future, but for now I thought the Samsung Focus and the Dell Venue Pro were defintely peaking my interest.

This week I will also be posting on Windows Live Essentials 2011, which I just starting using, then a discussion about some of the available free software and services. If only I could find some way to turbo charge my workouts similar to how my new PC turbocharged my work day!

Disclosure: This post is documenting a media event I was invited to. These specifications are from a press release distributed at the event.

This is not a sponsored post.

December 05, 2010

Media Trip: Disneyland Holiday and Whats New For 2011

Castle at Night
My family moved to California when I was 11 years old and one of our first vacations was a trip to Disneyland. I can still see my brother having the time of his life at age 6 on "It's a Small World". Fast forward (more than) a few years and my own fond childhood memories are now complimented by new memories together with my three boys and husband together at our recent visit to today's Disneyland.

As a parent, I found some creative strategies (included in the middle of this post) to make sure we all had the chance to enjoy our favorite rides on our recent visit. As a blogger, I enjoyed attending the Disneyland media events and learning the "behind the scenes" tricks, meeting Imagineers, previewing what Disneyland has planned for the holidays and learning about whats coming up for 2011.

First I had a chance to connect with Kimberley Clayton Blaine, the producer of MommytoMommyTV (an online show I am thrilled to have hosted). We met a Daisy Duck, discussed some our favorite Disneyland rides and admired her beautiful red bow and red shoes:

Disney w/TechMama and Kimberley!

One of the beautiful backgrounds for our video was the “It’s a Small World” Holiday. Just after the video ended, we enjoyed watching digital imaging in action as images were displayed on the facade of the attraction. There are additional holiday decorations in place in Disneyland through Jan. 2. Here are some of the highlights:

Press release:

“It’s a Small World” Holiday:

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