Amazon Prime Day(s) Picks for Tech, Travel and Back to School (July 2018 Promo)

 

Let me start with this “disclaimer”…  I shop local when I can because I love to support “Mom and Pop” stores in my own backyard. From  CRAFTED  in San Pedro with their original wares by local artisans to flea markets and local box stores.  But, when I need something fast, not readily available or in bulk, I go to my computer and click on Amazon.  In this blog,  I am going to have a little fun and tell you about my favorite items for tech, travel and back to school as TOMORROW, July 16th,  starts their widely popular AMAZON PRIME DAYS.  This is when they will suggest and make offers on thousands of GREAT DEALS! But, I am throwing my faves in to this “mix”, too!

And, in turn I want to know your favorites – so use the comment section below.  Note, as am Amazon Influencer, I get my “own favorites page” that you will find right below. There are many more items listed on this page than blog space allows and that any proceeds from this page to me go directly to back to the community as I support a wide variety of charities.

Click here for my full Amazon Influencer Page list

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 The KINDLE FIRE

CORD CRUNCHER EAR BUDS      

 

 


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Convenience Kits Women’s Deluxe Travel Set  

Therm- A – Rest Back Pillow

 

I love having all my essential travel products for hygiene in one zipper kit that doubles as a nice bag, too.  There are many different configurations of the Convenience Kits line, so check them all out for one of your faves!

I NEVER leave home for a long trip without this inflatable pillow by Therm-A-Rest!  This product is the envy of everyone who spots it on flights and train rides and wishes they had one, too!



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Teachers this section is for YOU!

 

                                           I LOVE this  ASL set of alphabet stamps by Iconoglyph!

It doesn’t matter if you teach ASL or not, this is a clever way for spelling, literacy and math lessons. Also, students can be creative with artwork and more!

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Tote around all you technology, files and lesson plans with this amazingly comfortable and versatile  Baggalini computer bag!

 

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Now your turn to comment on  your favorite “Must Haves” … Also, thanks to Bitmoji for their clever charicatures.  IMG_7251

 

 

 

 

 

 

psst…links go through my influencer page, however, any proceeds I acquire are donated to charity or through the SMILE charity program. Thank you.

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STOP! I got Freedome and 241 hackers didn’t get my private info via my iPhone! (Plus a #Giveaway)

This winner to this Giveaway has been announced and awarded. Thank you for your interest.

~Louise Sattler March 5, 2015

Earlier this week I wrote a blog that introduced  FREEDOME – a new technology by F-SECURE that uses VPN to stop hackers and phishing on your mobile devices.  I installed it earlier this week and five days later I am shocked to learn that 241 tracking attempts on my iPhone have been blocked. (See the slideshow below for snapshots of what a tracking “window” looks like on this app) I am duly impressed with this app and that is why I agreed to hold a sponsored giveaway contest to encourage my readers to at least look in to FREEDOME and see if you too would like some extra layers of online security.

 F-Secure is offering an opportunity for me to hold a giveaway of a iPAD MINI 3 and one year of a FREEDOME subscription

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY THAT MAKES YOU ELIGIBLE! STEP 1: Simply go to my SIGNING FAMILIES FACEBOOK page and comment about FREEDOME and/or online security concerns you may have. STEP 2: Then go to TWITTER and FOLLOW @FreedomeVPN WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW? If you wish watch the video in #ASL for further instructions You must live in the United States to enter this giveaway. One person will be selected after the contest ends on March 5, 2015 at 9pm PACIFIC time. The iPad Mini 3 and Freedome subscription will arrive via F-Secure. No family members may apply (sorry Mom!) AND… You can get started now by getting your FREE TRIAL by simply clicking here and using this PROMO CODE:  qsf257  Read more about my experience with FREEDOME, how to access the F-Secure videos that explain the technology and much more here

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PHONES… remember them?

Screen-Shot-2012-12-06-at-14.31.08-300x222   I just watched a video that  has gone viral about the “good old days”, titled – I CAN’T BELIEVE WE MADE IT.    It really highlighted how “baby boomers” were raised as “outside” children who used motor skills far and beyond their opposing thumbs on a gaming controller. It also discussed how we were a culture that took more “risks”, found networking in our school yards not our computers, and gave respect where and when it was due.

It got me thinking that the newer generations may share many of the same values, yet some things are lost on our millenials. Case in point- the use of a PHONE!   Now please note that I am a lover of the text message, afterall it was one of the first really contemporary technologies that helped the Deaf community have equal access. However, there is a time when I wish people would simply CALL ME. (Am I the only one?)

I also wish that when a company says “If you have a question please CALL us at 123-45-6789” that they would ANSWER the phone.  Especially if the question is time sensitive, such as wanting medical reports, information from a billing office or about my LA taxes!  (Yes, tried to EMAIL all of the aforementioned, too… same result.. nada!)

So I write this article with the hope that those who are of my generation will share on what I am missing (when is the best time to call a company and get a HUMAN to answer) and also millenials will convince me that I am simply wasting my time and give me more viable options. Oh.. and here is the video that got my brain thinking about all this “phone stuff”…

Great Women Bloggers, Part 2- Sharon Silver, Margaret McSweeney, Debi Taylor, Jenna Riggs and Beth Engleman

I wrote a blog earlier this month that highlighted some of my favorite women bloggers.  That blog was just the beginning.  Please meet some more of my favorite women bloggers and know that there WILL be a Part 3 forthcoming!

SHARON SILVER is the force behind PROACTIVE PARENTING-

http://www.proactiveparenting.net/

It is not easy being a parent and juggling all there is to do in a course of a day!  Sometimes raising a family and trying to be a good employee can conflict.  Sharon is there to be the voice of reason.  Known to many by her popular website: http://www.proactiveparenting.net/ .  Sharon also can be found on MOMTV.com and soon in a bookstore near you with her soon to be released parenting book.  You will love getting to know Sharon Silver through the many media outlets simply at your fingertips.  I am proud to call her a friend for life!

Connect with Sharon on Twitter as @Sharon_Silver

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MARGARET MCSWEENEY

http://www.MargaretMcSweeney.com

Margaret McSweeney is one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have EVER met!  She mixes southern charm with good old city “know how” in all she does.  Her passion is to help and support girls/women in crisis.  She is deeply rooted in her Christian faith, however is open to discussing on her blog all kinds of topics.  I truly am a fan.  Margaret, like me, is also an addict of the FLIP Camera! Connect with Margaret on Twitter as @McSweeney

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BETH ENGLEMAN and JENNA RIGGS!

http://www.mommyonashoestring.com


Beth Engelman

I first met Beth a few months ago in sunny, albeit windy, Chicago.  She is a stitch!  I must say that I love a woman who brings her laptop to a meet and greet lunch!  She is non-stop, highly caffeinated and ultra groovy.  She also is a terrific talent, writer and a single mom.  Her agenda is to help families, especially mom’s post-divorce.  You will LOVE Beth and her Mommy On a Shoe String partner- JENNA RIGGS. I have never met, Jenna in person, but we both have an interest in children’s literacy and the arts.  She also is a media personality and quite the traveler.  She and Beth have been best friends since college.  You have to admire a duo that can sustain such a long and deep friendship through “thick and thin”.

You can check out all of Jenna’s talents on www.jennariggs.com

Click here for  a peek at Beth’s iVillage video: http://video.ivillage.com/player/?fid=31499

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Debi Taylor is the Spirit of Autism

Sometimes you meet people virtually and just know that you could be the best of friends because you both strive for a common cause- that is how I felt when I “met” Debi Taylor from the Sprit of Autism.  This mom of a child with Autism also dedicates her energies to being an EMT.  She has written some of the soundest informational packets to help Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) learn more about helping children with Autism.  I admire her stamina and love her blog. Connect with Debi on TWITTER – @SpiritofAutism

Check it out here:  http://www.82nd-atl.com/Spirit/ Look for the tabs regarding CERT info, too!

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Who comprises the next set of GREAT WOMEN BLOGGERS?


In no certain order as they are all GROOVY GALS!


Shara Lawrence-Weiss of MommyPerks.com


Wendy Young of Kidlutions.com


Lisa Callsen of CodaDiva.com


and Momentrepreneur and life coach- Britt Michaelian

 

http://brittmichaelian.com/