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Father’s Day gift ideas: My final list for you last-minute shoppers!

Father’s Day gift ideas: My final list for you last-minute shoppers!

Truth be told, my father gets (and wants) the same gift every Father’s Day — an Outback or Longhorn gift card, followed by chocolates from his favorite chocolate spot — Callie’s Chocolate Kitchen in the Pocoonos, PA. Sometimes tried and true does work best, and if there’s something your dad craves, get it for him! But if you are looking for some fun, new ideas, here’s some gifts I came across for you last-minute Father’s Day planners: Adorable! Sincerely’s Ink Cards are adorable — they let you mail super personalized greeting cards that make drugstore cards look dreary and dull…all from your mobile phone or tablet! Plus they include a wallet-sized photo card that fits perfectly into dad’s wallet....

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Giveaway: Office 365 Home Premium

Giveaway: Office 365 Home Premium

You may recall that last month, I went to Seattle to hang out with Microsoft for a few days. (Life is hard, I know.) For someone who spends their whole life online, it’d probably surprise many how much of a digital mess I actually am. I often don’t sort things — including very important things I should, like files related to research, photos, and voice notes — and that makes my work loads harder than it actually has to be. And so, with spring cleaning time here — at least, people tell me that — my apartment still resembles a Hazmat fiasco gone wrong — and I wonder if, in the absence of cleaning out my cabinets, I should be organizing my digital life? Office 365 is letting me give away to one of you a 1-year subscription to...

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Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T

Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T

I’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy S II for a while before it arrived at my doorstep –  and it totally lived up to its much-fabled rep. The Galaxy S II has a a rich screen and tons of features that I appreciate – most importantly, a great battery life. The nitty gritty: It’s  Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It also has a 8 megapixel camera  LED flash and a 2 MP front camera for video chatting and yet is still super thin. As we get closer to mom/grad/dad season, I’m doing fun gift-giving giveaway ideas throughout my various sites – this particular one is a great idea for your mom for mother’s day, don’t you think? One reader will win one for...

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Giveaway: AT&T HTC Status

Giveaway: AT&T HTC Status

I’ve not often been tempted by the android world for the same reason I have no desire to own an iPhone -I have an irrational fear of the touch screen. I’m not alone – for many of us of the BlackBerry generation (of which I still belong), a quality keyboard is the only feature that truly matters. I write hundreds of emails a day from my phone – I need to be able to use it as a mini computer. I plan to live forever, with my thumbs blazing, and finally, Android is giving me that option. The HTC Status is a new breath-through: And, indeed, I like it! That’s not the only thing that makes this phone innovative – it’s also the first device with a Facebook share button. The HTC Status, available exclusively to AT&T customers,...

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Giveaway: Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Router

Giveaway: Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Router

You know those days when you are working over a wireless network with others and you suddenly start experiencing random disconnects? It sucks. And it can be a major productivity zapper. Cisco has just launched the new new Linksys E-Series and the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual Band Router ended up on my doorstep. There’s been Linksys in my home for years — this new model is a virtual new generation though, it’s super small and sleek, and lightweight (all things I aspire to, myself!). It also has Simultaneous Dual-Band N (2.4 & 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming. Maximum wireless speed up to 300 + 450 Mbps, at which your...

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Giveaway and Review: AT&T HP Veer 4G Smart Phone

Giveaway and Review: AT&T HP Veer 4G Smart Phone

With my never-ending affection for giveaways, it felt wrong to let the first days of Alytude’s new home go by without a fun product to share. And one of my favorite giveaways to do — despite my beauty obsession – are gadgets. I was at an event a few years ago, and was gifted the original Palm Pixi — at the time, it was on Sprint, and despite being an avowed BlackBerry girl, I was loving the form and style of it. However, at the time, there were things I *didn’t like — I didn’t like webOS and I didn’t like the lack of Wi-Fi (stone age, I know). Well, fast forward to the here and now, and welcome to the  HP Veer — now it’s on AT&T, and I believe it may be the first brand-spanking-new phone out of the...

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Great Love: Jillian Dempsey for AVON eye smokifier

Great Love: Jillian Dempsey for AVON eye smokifier

A few weeks ago, I got to interview Jillian Dempsey (you may know her as Dr. McDreamy’s other half) – and try out her new Professional Eye Smokifier for Avon. Let me tell you, this product is a seminar in smokey eyes in one swipe. It has a soft tip applicator that does double duty — both a high pigmented shadow and liner. It also builds color and blends, so it can quick and easy give you the smokey eye effect you want… and as much of it as you want. There are four super sexy shades to choose from: Bronze, Very Black, Blue Grey, and Khaki — all $8. I personally love the blue...

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Top 5 Things I learned at the International Beauty Show

5 – No need to wear a push-up or continue saving for surgery. Apparently, use bust-enhancing cream, and it’s as good as a boob job. I took a sample. I’m going to get back to you on that one. 4 – People are using minerals for all sorts of weird stuff these days. Have a really hot mineral eye shadow? Well, stick some clear polish in it, and use it as nail color. (But, I ask, how do you feel safe using it on your eyes after that?) 3 – The eyebrow king, Damon Roberts, has just released “Brow Gain” on the market. It stimulates hair follicles and creates fuller brows. This is the last thing I need. I’d be getting threading every two weeks. However, I’m tempted to try rubbing it on my scalp… 2 –...

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