Thursday, August 13, 2009

Melissa and Doug Puzzles

A few weeks ago I was asked to test toys for a company called ebeanstalk. They sent out a number of baby toys and toys for 1 year olds to everyday moms for their review. Through reviews such as mine, this helps ebeanstalk select great learning toys . The toy they sent was the Geometric Shapes Puzzle from Melissa and Doug, who makes lots of wooden toys.

I was so excited when we were sent the Melissa and Doug Geometric Shapes puzzle to review with JR. I just love puzzles, but since JR is only a year old, we were not able to play with any of the other ones we had because they all had some pieces that were still small enough for JR to put in his mouth.

So, whenever Little Dude wanted to play with his puzzles, we would have to make sure JR was either napping or in another room, otherwise he would find a way to chew on a puzzle piece!

When the large Melissa and Doug Geometric Shapes came,from, my worries about JR eating the pieces was put to rest. The pieces are LARGE and they have great nobs that are perfect for JR's little hands to grasp and move. The puzzle is also great because the shapes are color coded, as well, making it a great tool for teaching shapes AND colors. Jr is just in love with it, and that makes me love it, too. You can watch JR loving his new Melissa and Doug puzzle below:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Marketing In The New Media

When I first became a mom, I stayed at home while carefully watching the budget. Luckly, I stumbled into a work from home job doing website copy writing and marketing, letting us relax just a little on the budget.

So, when the Self-Counsel Press offered to have me review Marketing In The New Media, I was pretty excited. Since marketing for the internet is what I learn about and do everyday, I was interested to see how informative the author, Holly Berkley, was while presenting cutting edge internet marketing tips.

Rest assured, if you are looking for a book that covers tips on how to increas online exposure and sales, boost website traffic, and use consumer-generated social media to build page rank and readership, then Marketing In The New Media is your resource!

Holly Berkly has more than 10 years as a website producer and Internet marketing consultant, and helped create Vantage Internet Services. In Marketing In The New Media, she will teach you how to:
*Get the most out of Social Network Sites
*Reach high rankings in today's top search engines
*Learn how to form personal relationships with your customers with e-newletters
*Understand how to sponsor podcasts, video files, and video games
*Explore the world of mobile marketing, ie texting, Twitter, Facebook, and generate the most traffic from it
*Discover the secrets of successful website design and why it is key

No matter what company you have, you can no longer deny the power of Internet marketing and in order to survive a slow economy, you must take advantage of new, technology based advertising and customer analyzing.

Would you like to see if the tips in Marketing In The New Media can help you with marketing your website or business? Then leave a comment here or tweet me, I'm @michez, to win your own copy!