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Nerd Family Things: May 2009

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A homeschooling, conservative nerdy mom of 4!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

LemonHead Kidz Review

I have a lot of hair. I also have 2 daughters: 1 has thin baby hair and 1 has thick hair. That is a lot of hair to try to wrangle in 1 household and a lot of different types of hair. So I am always searching for the perfect hair clips that will hold all of our hair and (hope against hope) will stay in the baby's hair. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received products from LemonHead Kidz!

They sent me a great clipeez with a beautiful yellow flower on it. This I really liked! The clip had a rubber block in it that made sure it didn't slip out of anyone's hair. I was able to use this in all 3 of our hair and it looked adorable! They have all different types of flowers, bows and butterflies to choose from for really great clips.

I also received a bandeez hairband. This was a beautiful piece of ribbon that gathered in the back to help secure it in your hair. One of the key parts of the bandeez is a strip that grips on your hair to prevent it from falling out. I can say it stayed in the 5 year olds but didn't work that well in mine. The strip grabbed little pices of hair so it wouldn't fall out but it didn't hold very much of my hair back at all.

So I have to say that while the bandeez didn't work great for me, the clipeez were great. So go over to LemonHead Kidz and check them out!

(An FRN Review)

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Friday, May 22, 2009


I recently got a chance to review a neat website called GearZap. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone but, I love gadgets. This means that I love looking at websites with lots of fun toys on them. GearZap’s site is really easy to navigate. They have very clear tabs at the top that help you navigate through the site to find specific items. GearZap has brand name lists so you can see everything that is compatible with your specific Netbook. If all of that were to possibly fail you, they have a great search bar up at the top that finds things based on your keyword entry.

I love the idea of Netbooks and, while I haven’t bought one yet, I like looking at all the accessories and toys that are made for them. That will probably be the thing to convince me to buy one. GearZap has all kinds of cool Netbook accessories and Netbook cases. I really like the fact that they have so many choices of sleeves and skins for the Netbooks at such low prices. That way you can totally change the look based on your season, or really your kid’s season or mood.

But it doesn’t just have stuff for Netbooks. It also has loads of laptop accessories. They have the cool flexible keyboards (which I love!), travel mice and a ton of other tools. You can check out Bluetooth toys also like speakers. Unfortunately, they don’t carry any laptops covers or anything along those lines.

Now, here is the big caveat. This is a United Kingdom company and they only will ship out to the United Kingdom or European Union countries. So as great as I think their site might be, I can not order from them.

So go over to GearZap and let me know what you think. Or if you have ever ordered from them let me know what your experience is!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Side-Yard Superhero Review

I recently received a copy of The Side-Yard Superhero (Life in Degraff: An Automythography) by Rick Niece and it was delightful. The author calls this an Automythography. It is the first time I heard that term but I think it is sweet. This is the tale of his childhood exploits as a paper boy in a small town. It was a book of innocent anecdotes about the various personalities on his route and in his life. I really enjoyed this book. This is the first of a series and I can't wait to read more. I think that my 8 year old will also be enoying this book. So if you are looking for a sweet, innocent book that leaves you feeling good this is the book for you. So go order it and give it to others!

(This is an FRN review)

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dirty Bow Wow Review and Giveaway

Have you seen a little kid dragging about their sweet, ratty stuffed animal? I have say that the only thing that can even compare on the cuteness level is watching dogs and their toys. That is why I was so excited to receive a copy of Dirty Bow Wow: a Tribute to Dogs and the Objects of Their Affection to review. This is an adorable book that pairs great pictures with sweet anecdotes about these sweet dogs and their things they love. There is also a great academic angle to this book. It tell you the breed of dog in every picture so if you are trying to learn them it is a great tool!

The authors of this sweet book (Chery and Jeffrey Katz) have a heart for all dogs and especially those that are in shelters. Because of that there is a Dirty Bow Wow Toy Drive! You just get a dog toy and take it to a participating location to drop it off!

Win it!
How would you like to win your own copy of the Dirty Bow Wow?
To enter:

* Go visit the Dirty Bow Wow's Google Map and tell me where your closest drop location is for the Toy Drive.
* A random winner will be selected and notified on May 20th.
* The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

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This giveaway is open to addresses within the US. Please leave a way to contact you in case you win.

If you want to see more giveaways pop over to Making Money Keeping Money to see more giveaways on Contesting Monday!

(This is a FRN review)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One Time Review

I have been afraid of having wood outside. There I have admitted it. I am afraid of the upkeep. I have seen to many decks, siding and deck furniture that is just bleached out and sad looking. The issue is that it is nice enough to be outside in Fresno pretty much all year long. That plastic furniture has to replaced just about every year and natural wood siding looks so much better painted.

Well, there maybe a solution to my fear. I got a chance to try One TIME Wood Protector (in order to review it) and I was very pleased. To start with, you couldn't see any brush strokes. This is a relief because stressing about brush strokes has always been a huge deterrent to these type of projects. I loved the fact that this was actually soaked into the wood. I did a side by side with a competitor's sealer and theirs just sat on top. It also spread across my line. The material says that it covers twice as much square footage as the competitor and after watching spread I tend to agree. I also am happy about the fact it is for all kinds of wood (old, new, natural, treated) and that it works for at least 7 years.

If you want to try this great product One TIME Wood Protector is offering my readers 10% off! Just use the code One TIME on their website.

(This is an FRN Review)

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