Most of you will remember the fun my kids, grandkids and I had with VTech’s Innotab 2, last year. I love it when a company wants to know what you really thought of their product and then takes that to heart as they design updates and new technology. VTech has done exactly that! The Innotab [...]
Most of you will remember the fun my kids, grandkids and I had with VTech’s Innotab 2, last year. I love it when a company wants to know what you really thought of their product and then takes that to heart as they design updates and new technology. VTech has done exactly that! The Innotab 2 was a tremendous hit in our home with only one minor snag. IT ATE batteries like crazy! OR, you could purchase a separate AC adapter, but need to remain tethered to the wall outlet. The kids loved all the games and we loved how much they learned while they were playing them, so naturally they logged many hours of rigorous “testing” with the fun technology. The problem was we couldn’t keep up with the batteries required and we asked that Innotab include an AC Adaptor/charger and rechargeable batteries that would allow longer battery life and more cost effective use. That’s exactly what they did. The new Innotab 3S uses rechargeable batteries and comes with the charger included in the package! Score!
Another, item we put onthe Innotab 2 “wish list” was to be able to have multiple user accounts, so each child could have their own and save their individual progress data. The Innotab 3S accommodates 4 separate user accounts, PLUS a guest account. No more, “He played over my saved game!” Love this feature, too! Thanks, VTech for caring what consumers have to say!
This latest version of the Innotab from VTech can also utilize wireless Internet services wherever you and your children happen to be. You wouldn’t think this would be such a hot feature, but here’s the thing. The kid-safe web browser only has access to carefully vetted children’s websites. There are password protected parental controls onboard that would allow parents to add a trusted website, but prevents kids from doing so, without the password. Kids can safely go online, utilize sites you have preapproved and do it on their OWN device, instead of asking for yours. Yay!
Plus, now the kids can send and receive texts between their Innotab and a smartphone or their Innotab and another Innotab. If you, like us, don’t feel that young children need a cell phone, you are going to enjoy this feature, more than you realize. My daughter can text me, tablet-to-mobile or vice versa. We don’t let her have a cell phone, but she does occasionally get to use MY cell phone to send texts to a friend or two. With the Innotab 3S, her friends with smartphones are now on her Innotab “contacts” list and she can communicate with them from there. Little kids feel like part of the “big crowd” and you can feel confident that they are safe.
The Innotab 3S is designed for ages 3-9, however, I feel like the new wifi capabilities are a real game changer. Our 11-almost-12-year-old daughter is not allowed to have a cell phone and she latched onto this device immediately, setting up texting with her older sister in California and her best friend from school.
The only disappointment with the device is the 2 MP camera/video recorder. It is way beyond cool that it is included and available, but with no built-in flash, most pictures and video leave the kids staring at a black screen. The only time the camera takes a visible picture is if the kids are outside in the bright sun or standing in direct sunlight near a window. It does a good job in those instances and the ability to rotate the camera a full 180 degrees to take shots on both sides of the camera is a cool feature. Sadly, it can’t be utilized to its full potential unless the child is standing in perfect lighting conditions. I hope as VTech makes updates and changes, they will consider adding an onboard flash, so kids can make the most effective use of this awesome little tablet!
Games range from just for fun, to learning without realizing it, to full-on educational. Kids need to use memory, strategy and thinking skills, not to mention fine-tuning their small motor skills as well. The Innotab 3S comes with 4 GB of onboard memory and it’s expandable up to 32 GB by adding a micro SD card. That will help your kids make use of great features like the built-in MP3 player, photo album or 20 free apps included with the tablet. It has a 5-inch color touch-screen and comes with a stylus. The 3-D Art Studio is still one of the favorite apps with our family, but they all have favorite games, as well. When registering the 3S, I received a free download, too, so I added another game to the menu. The Read, Play and Create cartridge was also included and expands our activity and game library. The possibilities are pretty much limitless when the Learning Lodge (online tablet managing controls for parents) contains 350 titles that will soon be expanding to over 600! It’s easy to download new apps through Learning Lodge and to keep track of how your kids are using the device. You’ll find titles that teach reading, math, social studies, handwriting, science, problem solving, geography and more. Parents can even track their child’s learning progress online. Featured throughout the downloads and software cartridges are popular characters such as Team Umizoomi™, Dora the Explorer™, Thomas & Friends®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Jake & the Never Land Pirates™ and Sesame Street®. New titles for 2013 on the Learning Lodge include Monsters University®, Turbo®, Planes®, Doc McStuffins®, Sofia the First® and more.
This child-safe tablet gets very little down-time in our home and I’m guessing it would be a hit at your house, too. I would definitely be watching the VTech Facebook page and website, plus your local ads to get the latest news on sales and specials for the holidays, because this would be an awesome way to cross one item off your Christmas shopping list! (I happen to know that Amazon has it on sale for only $89.95, right now, so that would be a good way to save $10!)
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How many times did your mom tell you, “It’s the thought that counts.” We really don’t fully grasp the truth of that statement in childhood. The smallest gifts and gestures can bring uncalculated happiness. Take for instance, a tiny handmade booklet with a Bible story, carefully made and delivered with love, by our five-year-old granddaughter. [...]
How many times did your mom tell you, “It’s the thought that counts.” We really don’t fully grasp the truth of that statement in childhood. The smallest gifts and gestures can bring uncalculated happiness. Take for instance, a tiny handmade booklet with a Bible story, carefully made and delivered with love, by our five-year-old granddaughter. The joy she expressed in giving was only surpassed by the happiness that welled up in me when she presented it. The gift was not monetarily costly, even the elements to make it would not have seemed to be valuable, and yet, to me this is a great treasure.
At other times, a phone call from someone dear, at just the moment when I need it, shares love, and evidences God’s goodness and provision for what may seem a small need to others, while offering a huge gesture of love and support that means the world to me. We never know the unspoken need or circumstance that the smallest of gestures or gifts, on our part, may be able to solve or satisfy. Teaching our children to be attentive and aware of “the small things” is important and the Christmas season certainly affords ample opportunities to practice loving and serving. Let your kids see firsthand, that the smallest gifts and acts of kindness can let someone know they are thought of, and cared about.
That’s the reason I have so enjoyed this “sharing” campaign from Kleenex. Throughout the course of Kleenex’s Softness Worth Sharing campaign, our family has been able to share several care packs with people we care about. It seems like a small gesture, but you and I both know there are definitely days when going to the mailbox and finding, even something simple, with a message about how we are loved and cared for can brighten the entire day and change our outlook on the world. It feels good to be remembered and I think it’s awesome that Kleenex has provided a cost-free, simple way for us to all reach out and brighten someone’s day.
There’s still time to participate, so you can add a little “merry” to someone’s Christmas mail. Pick up specially-marked Kleenex multi-packs at your favorite store. Use the code attached to ship Kleenex Softness Worth Sharing Care Packs to the people you want to bless with a small gesture of love and caring. You can personalize the message, fill out the shipping address and then let Kleenex do the work to send it off to someone special. I can’t wait to hear who you share some Christmas “smiles” with!
I wrote this review while participating in an ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Kleenex brand and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.
When I first won my iPad in an online giveaway, I kept it under lock and key. No one was allowed to use it, except me, on pains of … well … pain. I couldn’t imagine turning my teenagers, or even my husband, loose to recklessly download apps willy-nilly and carelessly leave this awesome [...]
When I first won my iPad in an online giveaway, I kept it under lock and key. No one was allowed to use it, except me, on pains of … well … pain. I couldn’t imagine turning my teenagers, or even my husband, loose to recklessly download apps willy-nilly and carelessly leave this awesome piece of technology lying around, uncared for. I could never have dreamed that, today, the most common users of this handy device would be my teenagers and preschool- and primary school-age grandchildren! I very rarely get my hands on the iPad, but it gets plenty of use! This phenomenon is not uncommon, in our society, today; and even the youngest members of families are so technologically savvy that companies are beginning to design apps that are age-appropriate for their learning and playing needs. Toy companies are beginning to see this need, as well, and I’m so enthusiastic about the way Pressman Toy has tackled the challenge.
At the BlogHer conference in New York, this summer, I had a chance to play a couple of new games from the Pressman Toy iPieces line and I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to show them to my family. We recently reviewed two of the five available iPieces games, here, at our home; and we have definitely put some miles on them! We tested Air Hockey and The Game of Goose. They’ve both been big hits. Let me explain why. They are perfectly geared to younger children, and yet, easy for Mom and Dad to love, too. How is that possible? Let me show you!
Love #2: Playing board games with our kids and grandkids allows us to have conversations and really connect, as we enjoy the fun of the game. It’s sometimes difficult, however, to carve out the amount of time necessary to play traditional board games that require hours and hours, or even days, to complete. We either have to leave them set up somewhere in the house, and come back to them, quit before the game is finished, or force ourselves to stick with it for the duration (which reinforces that desire to avoid board games in the future – not a good plan). The beauty of Pressman Toys’ iPieces games is that they are interactive and fun, but required game time is brief. Not only does that fit a small child’s attention span, so they can easily be included, but it makes it so much easier for Mom and Dad to have the time to play a game, or even two or three!
Love #4: iPieces games are inexpensive and there are already five different games available! At Amazon.com the games range in price from $5.98 for Snakes and Ladders, to 12.99 for Pool. There are three others, the Fishing Game, and the two we tested, Air Hockey and the Game of Goose. Love! Love! Love! If you have an iPad in your home, your whole family, right down to the youngest members, will have a blast with any or all of these titles! Once you own the game, download the app for your iPad for free and enjoy some fabulous family fun and laughter.
Love #5: In my opinion, even though the main feature is fun, all these games have some educational value for the littlest ones in your household. I know that the Game of Goose we reviewed certainly did! Our grandkids not only had to practice patience, sharing and waiting for their turn, but they learned to recognize number sets on die, practiced counting as they moved their game pieces along the path and learned what it means to follow instructions. This particular game is also good for fine-tuning small motor skills and eye-hand coordination, as the kids move their game piece around the virtual board.
Be sure to follow Pressman Toys on Facebook and Twitter, so you stay up-to-date on any specials, new products or promotions that might help you whittle down your Christmas list! And definitely be sure to enter this giveaway, to win an iPieces game, of your choice.
One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will win the Pressman Toy iPieces game of their choice, for their family! You can choose any one of the five available. Entering is super simple.
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I received the Game of Goose and Air Hockey, in order to test them in my own home and collect information and photos for this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
You all remember that my family had the great pleasure, recently, of being some of the first people in the country to taste the new International Delights Iced Coffees. They were a beverage sensation that even my kids couldn’t get enough of! The great news is that in only 3 more days, you’ll be able [...]
You all remember that my family had the great pleasure, recently, of being some of the first people in the country to taste the new International Delights Iced Coffees. They were a beverage sensation that even my kids couldn’t get enough of! The great news is that in only 3 more days, you’ll be able to share some with your own family! Beginning January 15, they will be available in the dairy cases at WalMart and Sam’s Club!
It’s always fun to receive a gift, but for me it’s so incredibly fun to give one — especially if it can be totally unexpected! Collective Bias and International Delights provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that. As my family and I were enjoying our sneak preview of International Delights #Iced Coffee, I was given the opportunity to send the same package I reviewed to another blogging friend as a surprise gift. What a kick! I waited with great anticipation and then it happened! My blogging friend, Melissa Rheinlander, posted a message on a forum board I subscribe to, saying how excited she was to have received the package and wondering who had sent it. I love surprises!
Melissa’s blog is Keeping Up With the Rheinlander’s and it’s an excellent place to read book reviews, enter giveaways and be introduced to some excellent blogs through the blog hops she hosts there. She’s a stay-at-home mom with a passion for family and taking pictures, besides being a busy blogger; and my guess is that International Delights Iced Coffees will be as welcome a treat in her home as they were in ours. I “met” Melissa through one of the blogging networks that we are members of and have been so grateful for her encouragement and support as I have built my blog and learned about writing. She is a colleague and a friend. I hope you’ll stop by Keeping Up With the Rheinlander’s blog or Facebook page and say, “Hi!” Let her know that Busy-at-Home sent you.
Now, I know you’re excited about the creamy, delicious iced coffees that International Delights will make available through your local WalMarts and Sam’s Clubs on Sunday and I can’t wait for you to try them. They’ll be a perfect refreshing treat when you just feel like relaxing and unwinding at the end of a long day or for surprising guests when you’re entertaining. I think they would be awesome additions to gift baskets of homemade cookies and pretty glassware. Who do you know that’s having a birthday or that would enjoy a delicious pick-me-up surprise? Now, you have an idea for a wonderful, frugal gift!
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias I received product samples in order to test them and write this review. A positive review was not required. The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
Guess what? You can create some inexpensive, and yet very personalized gifts, for Christmas. Yes, you can! It’s super simple. Think positive! I just made three adorable pillowcases for our grandkids, in a little over an hour, and THAT included stopping to take pictures and to start some rye bread rising! Here’s all you’ll [...]
Guess what? You can create some inexpensive, and yet very personalized gifts, for Christmas. Yes, you can! It’s super simple. Think positive! I just made three adorable pillowcases for our grandkids, in a little over an hour, and THAT included stopping to take pictures and to start some rye bread rising! Here’s all you’ll need to get started on your DIY pillowcase project:
- a sewing machine, of course
- 1 yard of 44/45″ wide fabric, choose a print or pattern that fits the personality of the person who will receive it
- thread, choose whether you want it to match your fabric or to be a contrasting color
- straight pins
- ironing board and iron
Fold the yard of fabric in half, right-sides-together, so that it will measure about 22″ x 36″. Pin the long edge and the short edge that will be the bottom of your pillowcase, to hold them in place while you are stitching.
Start sewing the 5/8″ seam at the folded corner on the bottom edge of your pillowcase. Be sure to back-stitch to lock your stitches in place.
When you are 5/8″ from the long edge of your fabric, leave the needle of your machine down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric, so that the unstitched edge is now ready to be stitched on your machine at the 5/8″ guide mark. This will create a perfectly sharp corner.
Now stitch the long edge of your pillowcase and back stitch to lock the seam when you reach the end.
If you have a serger or a newer machine than mine, finish your edges in the way that works best for you, but I zigzag my seams to help keep them from raveling when the pillowcase is laundered. Run the presser foot along the stitching in the seam you just made, to zigzag the edge of the seam.
Trim the seam, as close as possible to the zig-zag stitches, without cutting the stitches. Trimming the seam removes extra bulk and gives a nice finished edge. If you have a pair of pinking shears, even better. Mine are so dull they wouldn’t cut hot butter. Definitely time for a new pair!
Using a steam iron, press under 1/2″ on the unfinished top edge of the pillowcase. Turn the fabric toward the inside of the pillowcase. Press the 1/2″ hem around the full-circumference of the pillowcase top.
The 1/2″ inch you already pressed under has created a nice clean edge at the top of your case. Now, you need to fold it over one more time to create the final finished 3″ hem. Press the hem in all the way around the top of the case using a steam iron.
Now, line the edge of your presser foot up with the folded under edge of the hem you created and stitch around the circumference. Be sure to overstitch the seam when you get to the end or back-stitch to lock the seam.
Turn your finished pillowcase, right-side-out and press out any wrinkles. You’re finished! It’s that simple!
So, are you done with your Christmas projects? What’s left to do? I still need to sew a couple skirts, plus some aprons and hotpads. I already have published a simple DIY Christmas stocking tutorial, so I hope you’ll keep stopping back at Busy-at-Home, now and again, for a visit and to check out my new projects and recipes or to enter a giveaway or two. Have a blessing-filled Christmas!
I’m the guest blogger at Seamingly Smitten, today. Laurie and Jenny invited me to participate in their fun Sew Crafty Christmas event and I published a tutorial for some adorable DIY pillowcases, that even the most novice seamstress can make. Mine are going to be Christmas gifts for my sweet grandkids, but you could use [...]
I’m the guest blogger at Seamingly Smitten, today. Laurie and Jenny invited me to participate in their fun Sew Crafty Christmas event and I published a tutorial for some adorable DIY pillowcases, that even the most novice seamstress can make. Mine are going to be Christmas gifts for my sweet grandkids, but you could use them for any occasion where you need a gift or you just want a fresh new look for your bed linens. Click on over to the Sew Crafty Christmas event and get the full step-by-step, picture tutorial, (and don’t worry, beginning tomorrow, the full tutorial will also be archived, here at Busy-at-Home, so you can always come back and find it).
It takes something pretty unique to get my attention in the world of phone technology. With phones that can take pictures, record video, wake me with an alarm in the morning, search the Internet, send me an alert to remind me of an event on my calendar, send text messages in a blink and believe [...]
It takes something pretty unique to get my attention in the world of phone technology. With phones that can take pictures, record video, wake me with an alarm in the morning, search the Internet, send me an alert to remind me of an event on my calendar, send text messages in a blink and believe it or not, even make a phone call now and then, there isn’t much left to wow! me. We haven’t had a house phone for over six years, now, since our cell phones are (technically) always with us and there is no sense in paying two phone bills, when the house phone was rarely used. What I HAVE missed about having a house phone, however, is the multiple handsets, scattered through the house, so I could answer wherever I happened to be working or playing in our home. This becomes especially obvious to me, when I can hear my cell phone ringing, but can’t remember where I left my purse, where it normally resides. Or sometimes, I don’t hear it ringing at all because it’s in my purse in a completely different part of my house. Our home has a finished basement, main level and an upstairs, so if my purse is in the living room by my chair and I am in the basement doing laundry or upstairs in the bedroom, it’s very possible I won’t always hear it.
Enter VTech’s DS6421-3 Expandable Cordless Phones with “Connect to Cell“. I have been reviewing and testing this excellent system for about two weeks, now, and I’m absolutely hooked. Everything I loved and missed about having a house phone, plus so much more than I dreamed of, is connected directly to two of our family’s four cell phones – mine and my husband’s. We still don’t have house phone service, through a phone company, but now, those two cell phones can make and receive calls through the handsets in our new VTech house phones. This is not just convenient based on where I am in our home. It’s a great help with our nearly 10-year-old who doesn’t have a cell phone, has no need for one, but still needs to make a call now and then. If I’m gone and she wants to call my cell phone to reach me, she can just use the house phones to dial me up through her dad’s cell line. This is an important feature for her, since it is very common for my husband to not remember where his cell phone is. As long as it’s in the house, it doesn’t matter if he can find it, because she can use the house phone handsets to call me and they will just access his cell phone signal (wherever it is) to do it. It all works through Bluetooth and it’s the coolest new gadget we’ve had in awhile!
It was so easy to set up. I plugged in the base, made my cell phone’s blue tooth discoverable and just followed the menu prompts on the VTech handset. In seconds my phone was connected. I plugged in the other two bases in other parts of the house and from that moment on, I have been picking up calls coming to my cell, no matter where I am in our home. Love, love, love this phone system, but picking up our cell signal is only scratching the surface of its features.
- Intercom calling between handsets. (One of my favorites! A child on a video game in a different part of the house, can no longer say, “I didn’t hear you call me.” I use the intercom to call the handset which happens to be sitting on the desk in the room where the video games are. They “hear” me every time, now. I can use it to actually make the handset ring, so they have to stop and pick it up OR I can use PTT [press-to-talk] and simply allow my voice to burst into the room with them and speak through the handset, like a regular intercom.)
- Access your cellular phonebook directory – Download your cellular phonebook directory to this cordless phone system! (I did this, too. The Bluetooth connection transferred my cell phone directory to the VTech system in less than 60 seconds.) Dial a landline or cellular call from the directory for easy access. Stores over 6000 directories from up to four different cell phones?no need to input names and numbers into your cordless phone.
- DECT 6.0 digital technology provides the best sound quality, security and range in cordless phones.
- Protect yourself from identity theft with digital security. Your call is digitized and encrypted, making it nearly impossible for someone to eavesdrop.
- Excellent range, up to 500 feet.
- Audio equalizer allows you to choose from 4 different profiles to best match your hearing.
- Easy to use, standard wall mount capability.
- VTech supports RoHS initiatives by reducing the use of hazardous substances including lead, mercury and cadmium.
- Page/handset locator.
- Expandable up to 12 handsets using only one phone jack.
- Energy Star Compliant.
- Press any key to answer calls.
- Hearing Aid Compatible.
- Retrieve messages on the digital answering system from the handset.
- Remotely retrieve messages on the digital answering system.
- Selectable ring tones.
- Audible time and date stamp on recorded messages.
- Last 10 number redial.
- Conference an outside call between handsets and lines.
- 50 name and number phonebook directory.
- Caller ID/Call waiting stores 50 calls.
- Trilingual prompts allow you to choose between English, Spanish or French.
- Connect to CELL – Pair four different cell phones (or headsets) and have two devices actively connected. Cellular calls can be made or received from either of the two active cell phones. Landline service not required, works great for cellular only households.
- Transfer calls between handsets.
- Make and Receive Landline and cellular calls – Connects to BLUETOOTH enabled cellular phones to make and receive cellular calls with the ease and comfort of a home phone system. Two cell phones can be actively connected to the base and cellular calls can be made or received from either of these two active cell phones. Pair four different cell phones to the base unit and select and change which two are active.
- HD Audio provides an extended frequency band allowing for the signal to be reproduced and tuned for a fuller and clearer sound.
- Voice Announce Caller ID audibly announces the name and number of the caller on all of the handsets and base unit. No need to find the handset to see who is calling. Makes screening calls that much easier.
- Push-To-Talk acts as a multiple handset walkie talkie system to instantly communicate with any or all of the handsets within the system.
- Digital answering system with 14 minutes of recording time. No tapes or moving parts.
- Interference free for crystal clear conversations. Won?t interfere with wireless networks and other wireless devices.
- With the touch of a button, the handset speakerphones makes hands-free conversations easy.
- Adjust ringer volume from low to high, or turn the ringer off.
- Handset volume control.
- Backlit keypad and display allowing for easier viewing in dim light.
- Voicemail waiting indicator provides a text message on the handset to alert you when you have messages waiting on the voicemail service provided by your phone company.
The one minor complaint I have about the system is that the process for dialing a number directly from the directory is a little complicated. If I type a phone number into the handset, then I can just press “dial” and my call is placed. However, if I select a name from the directory, there is no “dial” option. When I choose a name from the contact list in my directory, I have to press the # key until the number is displayed in the correct format (area code +number) and then select the “cell” button to actually dial the call. Not a huge deal, but in the best of all perfect worlds, I would just be able to land on a contact and hit dial.
There are so many features to this phone, that I am still getting excited about new ones that I accidentally discover! I was so excited to be able to have the VTech DS6421-3 connected to our cells, I was content to just use that option for the first several days. Now, I use them as intercoms and have imported my cell phone’s contact list into them! The next big achievement will be a conference call and transferring a call from one handset to another or placing one call on hold to take another! The added bonus is that at this time of year, we can make all our holiday calls and connections and be able to have several people involved in the conversations, at once. You can add satellite units to this system, up to a total of 12! I’m feeling very technologically savvy and super frugal to be able to do all of these things without actually paying to have a home line installed. Needless to say, this phone system gets a big thumb up from me, for busy families on a strictly cell phone budget!
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of VTech and received a product sample to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
Every other member of our family can be found wandering about with fuzzy little black earbuds hanging from their ears, connected to an MP3 device of some sort. Even my nine-year-old! These devices are from a variety of brands and price-points. I personally have never had an MP3 player of my own, and until now, [...]
Every other member of our family can be found wandering about with fuzzy little black earbuds hanging from their ears, connected to an MP3 device of some sort. Even my nine-year-old! These devices are from a variety of brands and price-points. I personally have never had an MP3 player of my own, and until now, didn’t even consider that it was something I needed. I listen to a LOT of Christian radio, both music and talk radio and until, now was content to blast it through the house, so I could hear from whatever corner I happened to be working in. What I didn’t realize is how incredibly versatile and useful the right MP3 player could be. Enter my new (beautiful blue) SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip.
Easy to charge, easy to sync and easy to use, the Clip Zip is so much more than just a music player, although it can hold hours and hours of it. It has 4GB of on-board memory (The black and gray models can have 4GB or 8GB.) and is expandable by plugging a teeny tiny micro SDHC card into the slot on the side of the player. These little bitty cards are available separately and can provide up to an additional whopping 32GB of storage! That’s a ton of music, but the Clip Zip is formatted for so much more. I can store podcasts and entire audiobooks! It is also a fully-functioning FM radio with better reception that I get on any other device in my home! This tiny, feature-packed MP3 player also has a voice recorder. I can record my grocery list and play it back in the grocery store, which is a huge benefit for a forgetful, perimenopausal woman who often loses the paper she wrote her grocery list on or completely forgets to bring the paper to the store. The Sansa Clip Zip can also hold all your album art and includes a handy stop-watch. It plays AAC Compatible (DRM-free iTunes), MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC, so your options are plentiful! I also like that the screen is large enough to be easy to read and navigation and control buttons are easy to understand, even for a technology amateur like me.
I’ll be the first to admit that my “exercise routine” consists mainly of jogging up and down the stairs with baskets of laundry, running from the kitchen sink or stove top to the table where homeschool lessons are underway, so I can answer a question or playing kickball with the Jr. High Youth Group on Wednesday nights. The Clip Zip is great in all those instances, however, I love walking when I get the extra time in my schedule, even though it’s not a frequent occurrence. So, when I do get an opportunity to just take off for a mind-clearing, energy-renewing walk, my Sansa Zip Clip is a welcome companion, whether I’m listening to a devotional message, a radio program, an audiobook, my favorite music or feeding my soul with life-renewing messages from God’s Word. (Did you know you could get the entire Bible in MP3 format?) So cool!
I love the options I have when I clip on this versatile little MP3 player. It goes where I go, without being cumbersome or even noticed, and I can enjoy all kinds of audio media choices with my hands free to do other things. The sound is crisp and clear. I don’t know a lot about the technical aspects of that, but I do know from listening to the conversations of my family members that quality ear buds are critically important to good sound with an MP3 player. The pair that comes with the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is excellent, in my opinion. I know they are better than the speakers in my laptop or even on our home stereo. I am also impressed with the radio reception on the Clip Zip. My favorite stations are crystal clear — no small feat, when considering I have to move our home stereo to different locations throughout the house, looking for a spot with good enough reception to tune in what I want to listen to.
Whether I am relaxing in my comfy chair with my laptop, doing chores around the house, or on the go, the Sansa Clip Zip Mp3 Player opens up a whole new world of audio entertainment at an incredibly affordable price. Coming in just under $50, this little device is much more affordable and gives you a lot of bang for your feature-purchasing buck when compared to other brands. It’s an excellent Christmas gift option for the music-lovers and radio-buffs on your gift list!
One lucky Grand Prize winning reader is going to win a coupon code for a FREE Clip Zip of their choice with FREE shipping at the SanDisk store and 4 more readers will receive a coupon code for 20% off the regular Clip Zip price, again, at the SanDisk Store. That’s 5 winners! I so appreciate SanDisk’s generosity in sponsoring this giveaway!
You must be 18 or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter. Mandatory Entry must be completed before any optional entries will count. Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org. (The coupon codes are good through November 25 and must be used by that date, so this is going to be a LIGHTNING FAST GIVEAWAY!) Deadline to enter is midnight, (CST), Saturday, November 12, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond with shipping information. After 24 hours, a new winner will be selected.
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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of SanDisk and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and coupons to giveaway. No monetary compensation was received for this post and a positive review was not required. As always, at Busy-at-Home, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
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