Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer

I was amazed when Smartypants (or was it DH, Pikachu or I) was in the hospital this summer and they took his (my?) temperature with this high-tech doodad that simply scanned his (my?) forehead. The thermometer didn't require an open mouth, poking around ears or other orifices. It was like something out of StarTrek (well, maybe the 1960's version).

Simple, painless and efficient. What more does a mom want?

So when Exergen offered to send me the same type of artery scanning thermometer for free, I jumped at it.

It arrived the other day. Yes, just in time for my boys' coughs, runny noses and flushed cheeks. My boys can't line up fast enough for me to take their temperatures with this. We all love it.
You simply run it over the person's forehead and bam! In about two seconds (or less) you've got an accurate reading.

Seriously, this is bringing out our inner hypochondriacs because every time I turn around, some little person is asking me to take his temp. It's that easy and fun.

I'm sure the novelty will wear off at some point, but the convenience is here to stay.
At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I didn't know what this cost. In my mind I was thinking it would be $50-$70, but it's available many places for under $30. Such a deal!

And you can win one here for $0!
To enter, leave a comment below letting me know how you comfort your little ones when they are sick. Entries from US residents will be accepted through noon on 12/28. Blog or Tweet this post for an extra entry each (come back and comment to let me know you did so). You can also gain an extra entry by subscribing to my main blog, but come back and let me know in the comments.

Sick Much? I'm also giving away a handy medical info organizer over at Momformation.

Divine fair trade chocolate giveaway

This one's over a Momformation, where I also share tips on other holidays gifts with a conscience. Give a click.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

MBT, the Anti-shoe

I received a pair of MBT shoes early in the fall after having a surgery for a herniated disc. I was intrigued by the shoes because I noticed that they work to build the same muscles I was trying to shore up in physical therapy. As it turns out, I developed new disc problems and the shoes didn't work well because of that. I stopped rehab and had another spinal surgery, but I hope to make these part of my rehab routine soon.

I picked a fun pair of sneaker-type shoes that match my blog, the Walk Pink US. This turned out to be an unfortunate choice because Smartypants, my ten-year-old loves the shoes. But ten-year-old boy + funky pink shoes is not the best combo. He did wear them to Hebrew school one day, but that's a pretty tolerant crowd.

Here's what my boy said about the MBT "hump shoes."

I like the shoes because when you walk with your heel first, they sort of lift you up into the air because of the backwards hump on the bottom. I also like to feel the squishy shape that forms the hump on the bottom of the shoe. When I run in them, I run faster than normal. When I run in them, I feel (I’m not sure exactly how to describe it) a little bit of weight on me and I can just run on the hump of it. I really, really, really want these shoes, but they are way too expensive for me because they would take up five eighths of my bank account. I would really like it if I could have my own boy-colored pair. I especially want to run faster because I am probably the shortest kid in my grade, and the shoes also make me taller because of standing on the hump, which is also good.

There you have it. I'll be back with my adult take when I'm ready for rehab.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

About Hormone-colored Reviews

Edited 8/20/13

I didn't even remember that this page existed until I noticed it had a recent visitor. As the social space has evolved and my children have grown (they're young teens now), so has my blogging. Click over to my newest blog, The Maker Mom, to learn more about me.

Edited 1/10/11 to add: Thanks for clicking! You are a true PR Pro, unlike the other 98% that (based on my stats and inbox) never bother clicking through and send me pitches for diapers and tutus. I am not interested in unsolicited items at this time as I do very few reviews these days.

However, I do spend quite a bit of time developing MomImpact, where I connect bloggers and brand for conversations, events, and product reviews. If you would like to receive our free monthly e-newsletter touching on trending issues and hot topics in the online mom-space, please sign up here or drop me a note at kim (at) momimpact (dot) com.



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Books. We love books.

I rarely run ads, nor do I do pay-for-post work, but I'd like a sample of your product before I blog it. If my family likes it, I'll probably write about it and ask you to give the same fabulous product away to one of my readers. I love to share a great new find with my peeps.

I present real-life, balanced product reviews. However, if your product is a total flop, I likely won't waste my time writing about it. After all, I've got meals to cook, carpools to drive and clients to advise.

Please contact me before you send product my way. I'm pro-choice. I like to have a say in what you send to ensure we have the best possible match.

Take a peek at past product reviews. And while you're at it, maybe you'd like my thoughts about marketing to mommybloggers.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Pat the Husband: A giveaway!

This book was one of my funniest 2008 finds. I first reviewed it on my main blog, Hormone-colored Days and now I'm giving away my very gently-used copy.

Pat the Husband: A Parody is a hilarious 16-page riff on the lovable children's book, Pat the Bunny. Only it's funnier. And for adults. Or young children who won't get the adult subtext.

Readers help Husband find the remote, discover where the ketchup bottle is hidden, and meet other daunting challenges. It's a hoot! It's a fun girlfriend gift and will make you the hit of any Check Spellingmoms group.

There is one glaring omission in the book- there's no little activity to help Husband change the toilet paper, a task my DH is unable to master!

RULES To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what little task your husband falls short on. Entries from US residents will be accepted through noon on 12/16. Blog or Tweet this post for an extra entry each (come back and comment to let me know you did so). You can also gain an extra entry by subscribing to my main blog.

Good luck!
(Disclaimer: My husband is totally helpful other than the toilet paper thing.)

I'm giving away sex at Momformation this week!

Well, sort of. I'm sharing my bounty to help my blogfriends get some booty this holiday season. I'm giving away a set of KY Yours+Mine at Momformation.

Let me clarify it's a factory-sealed boxed set of product. You can read my sort-of-review of Yours+Mine here. I posted about it back in May and Google is still bringing me hits. People are curious about this his-and-hers lubricant product, or should I call it an experience?

Don't miss out of your chance to win a free set.