12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Winners!!!

The Winner’s Are…

Diaper’s.com $40 gift codes:

Angie
pricousins@…
and
Monica S
mosam11@…

Skin & Bones Moisturizer from Organic Beauty Now
Megan
megabomba1@…

Kiwi Shoe Care Package
Jessica S
dadsgirhi@…

V-Tech V-Reader
Stacy W.
stacra1@…

These winner’s have been emailed and have 48 hours (1:00p.m., CST, Dec. 2, 2010) to respond!!! If they don’t respond, I will pick new winners.

Kindle Review and Staples Tech Guide – 1st Day of Christmas

And on the 1st day …

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Something to help expand your mind….

Name of Product:

Staples Tech Guide and Featured Kindle Wireless Reading Device!

Why It Was Chosen:

Well, we definitely saved one of the best for last! The Staples Tech Guide and Kindle review concludes the 2010 Coupon Dad 12 Days of Christmas. I thought the last item had to be something really cool. The Kindle it just that!! The Kindle is the PERFECT gift for the reader in your life.

StaplesI’m featuring the Staples Tech Guide as well with the Kindle review.

First reason is the very cool announcement that Staples will be the only Office Supply Super stores to be selling the Kindle this year! This is cool because it gives you the ability to go into a Staples store and actually feel and handle the product with their in-store displays.

Second reason is Staples has done a great job of putting together a guide with all the hottest technology gifts for this year. If you have someone of your list who goes nuts (like me) for all the latest gadgets than you are sure to find a great gift idea in the Tech Guide. You can even build a wish list and send it to the people who are going to be loading you up with goodies!

Staples Tech Guide online – check it out! Once you have that perfect gift picked out than make sure to head to your local Staples store or shop Staples.com from the convenience of your couch!

Once again Staples is making it easy this holiday season!

Kindle Review:

Short Description:

The Kindle Wireless Reading Device allows you to have 3,500 books in the palm of your hand. (That should keep any reader busy for a little while). Thanks goes to Staples for supplying the Kindle for this review!

The Features:

  • 6″ diagonal display
  • E ink pearl display (this is awesome…..crisp, clear and easy on the eyes)
  • 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335 inches in size
  • stores 3500 books
  • battery life = 1 month off wireless, 1 week on wireless
  • books in60 seconds
  • WiFi or they have the 3G edition as wel
  • native PDF support
  • text-to-speech
  • portrait or landscape view

My Opinions:

We are BIG book readers in our home. To give you an idea of how many books we read, last year our daughter Amber was in the 4th grade. We got a call from the school librarian asking us for permission to allow Amber to check out books from the middle school because Amber had read ALL of the books in the library at the elementary school and there was nothing new for her to read! She wants her room to look like a library!!

The problem with having a family full of book lovers is you run out of space to store all the books. Books are heavy and take up a lot of space. the Kindle solves this problem because it can store 3500 books all at your fingertips.

The Kindle is very lightweight and very easy to read.

My Favorite Features:

  • Kindle includes 2 dictionaries, the Oxford American and the Oxford Dictionary of English (no more, “Dad what does this word mean!!)
  • you can access personal documents, newspapers, blogs, and magazines as well as books
  • you can add your own notes
  • books can be downloaded without a computer
  • can share your notes and highlights with friends via social media networks
  • long battery life
  • unlike a laptop or tablet, Kindle never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.
  • Kindle’s electronic ink display is ideal for reading because it does not create the same eyestrain as reading on traditional back-lit LCD tablets or laptops.

The Kindle is definitely a hit in our house. I love it for travel. I no longer have to fill my briefcase with heavy books. Just the little 8.5 ounce Kindle is all I need for hours of reading pleasure. I will tell you it is very easy on the eyes. It is not like staring at a computer. It really is just like reading a book.

I also like the Worry Free Archive. Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon. Re-download books via wireless for free, anytime. So you don’t have to worry about losing your books.

The only negative thing I can say about the Kindle is you can’t pass a book from one person to another like you would if you were to just purchase a hard copy of the book. When I buy a book, my wife reads it and then we usually pass it around the family. You can’t do that with the Kindle or any other reading device. Kindle however is coming out with a solution soon introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature, called Book Lending that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once, for a period of 14 days. At least with Book Loan, more than one person can read the book.

Where You Can Purchase:

Your local Staples store of course. Head in and give it a try, hold it in your hand, read a few pages….you will be hooked!

Also don’t forget to shop all their Tech gifts in-store or online at Staples.com!

Price of Product:

$139.00

* A free sample of this product was given to me for review purposes. This had no bearing on the review and all comments are my opinion and not that of the manufacturer’s.

Harmony Scott Jewelry Designs – The 2nd Day of Christmas

And on the 2nd day …

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Something elegant and sophisticated….

Name of Product:

Symphony Pearl Necklace and Earrings by Harmony Scott Review

Short Description:

The Symphony Pearl Necklace is a simple, elegant design that features a multitude of pearl colors, with a drop front style, perfect for every occasion. Hues of pink, purple, silver, green, brown and white make this one of our most versatile, easy to wear necklaces.

Our Symphony necklace is available in two lengths, each with 2″ of adjustment at the back for the perfect fit. Short is 16.5″- 18.5″, and medium is 18″- 20″ long.

The Symphony Cluster Earrings are gleaming pearls in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors blend so harmoniously. With shades of silver, pale pink, green, bronze, and peacock…this is truly the perfect wear-with-anything style!

Our Symphony Cluster Earring hangs 1.5″ long as shown on leverbacks, and is available in sterling silver or 22kt gold vermeil.

Choose either sterling silver or gold vermeil.

Review / Opinions:

Harmony Scott Design is not new to the Coupon Dad Gift Guides. We have featured them in the past but we didn’t think a Holiday Season could pass without reminding our readers of the stunning designs offered by Harmony.

The Symphony Pearl Necklace and Cluster Earrings will make a wonderful addition to your jewelry collection. The necklace hues will compliment any wardrobe whether formal, business, or casual. Since Sandy has received the earrings I don’t think she has worn any others. She really loves them.

Also, check our Harmony’s bridal collection. There are many stunning pieces to compliment you on your special day!

These pieces are very feminine and classy. The thing I love most about Harmony Scott is she offers very beautiful jewelry that will fit any budget.

The other thing I appreciate about all the Harmony Scott jewelry I have reviewed is the quality of the workmanship. All of her pieces are made really well with high quality materials so they will stay beautiful and last you a lifetime.

Harmony offers free shipping on orders over $75.

Link to Product Site:

Symphony Cluster Earrings
Symphony Pearl Necklace

Where You Can Purchase:

Harmony Scott Jewelry Design

Price of Product:

Symphony Pearl Necklace $130

Symphony Cluster Earrings $42

* A free sample of this product was given to me for review purposes. This had no bearing on the review and all comments are my opinion and not that of the manufacturer’s.

Ornaments with Love- The 3rd Day of Christmas

And on the 3rd day …

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Something to treasure…

Why it Was Chosen:

The holidays are all about traditions and family.  Ornaments with Love helps families continue old traditions and start new ones too. Whether it’s your first Christmas as a couple, baby’s first Christmas, or your 50th Christmas together, you can help remember each special year with Ornament with Love.

Name of Product:

Ornaments with Love- Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Short Description:

Did you know that personalized Christmas ornaments are a wonderful way to record memories of life’s events and activities and a thoughtful way to show how much you care?

They’re not only beautiful Christmas tree decorations, but unique keepsake gifts that capture a snapshot in time of precious memories and the events of ones life.

The ornaments come in many styles and sizes to fit your family and special occasion.

Review / Opinions:

Since our first Christmas together, my wife and I have always purchased a personalized ornament for our Christmas tree. Each year we take a stroll down memory lane as we look at our ornaments from previous years.

Ornaments with Love have so many ornaments to choose from at very reasonable prices plus each ornament includes a gift bag.

Now that we have found this site, I am sure we will be back year after year ordering our annual personalized ornament.

Ornaments with Love is a wonderful, keepsake to treasure for many years at very affordable prices.

Link to Product Site:

Ornaments With Love

Where You Can Purchase:
Ornaments With Love

Price of Product:

Starting at $8.85

* A free sample of this product was given to me for review purposes. This had no bearing on the review and all comments are my opinion and not that of the manufacturer’s.

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks- The 4th Day of Christmas

And on the 4th day …

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Something yummy for your tummy…

Why It Was Chosen:

My wife is an amazing cook and after spending Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law, I can see clearly where she inherited her abilities. I also noticed that just like my house, the center of my MIL’s house revolves around the kitchen. Food, Family, Fun… The Fix-It and Forget-It Kids Cookbook is a great tool to introduce the next top chefs in your family the wonderful world of food.

Name of Product:

Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook: 50 Favorite Recipes to Make in a Slow Cooker by Phyllis Pellman Good

Short Description:

The Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook:50 Favorite Recipes to Make in a Slow Cooker offers kids the direction they need to prepare main courses, snacks, and desserts.

Each recipe includes a full-color photo of the finished dish. The recipes also give clear step-by-step instructions. Each supplies a list of ingredients and a list of equipment needed to complete the prep.

Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook includes Fruity Waffle Topping, Cheesy Egg and Broccoli Breakfast Casserole, Big Juicy Burgers, Super Spaghetti Sauce, and Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Plus 44 more “may-I-have-another-helping” favorites.

Review / Opinions:
This is a great gift for any kid that loves to cook! Not only kids, but it is great for those cooks that need simple instructions and only a few ingredients (I must say, I am a great cook when using this cookbook)!

My favorite recipe is the Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake on page 104 or the Chunky Chili on page 34. It is a very close toss up.

Men, buy this cookbook for yourselves and you can impress your wife/girlfriend with your genius culinary abilities!

Link to Product Site:

Fix-It and Forget It Cookbooks

Where You Can Purchase:

Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook

Barnes and Noble

Price of Product:

$19.99

* A free sample of this product was given to me for review purposes. This had no bearing on the review and all comments are my opinion and not that of the manufacturer’s.