What’s on your Mother’s Day wishlist?

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Sunday is Mother’s Day. It always shocks me when it takes me by surprise. You’d think that years of working in the greeting card industry would attune you to holidays even long after you’ve left the business, but apparently the heightened awareness of Important Days That Must Be Marked With Stationery doesn’t last as long as one might think.

So here I am, a mere 5 days away from the annual day to celebrate moms and I’ve barely given it a thought. Until this morning I hadn’t even really even asked myself what I might want for Mother’s Day.

Note, I say asked myself, because, to be honest, no one around here has asked me what I want. I’m taking this to mean that they have the biggest and bestest surprise planned. I can’t wait.

But if they did ask, here’s what I’d say.

This year, for Mother’s Day, I really, really, really, want 24 whole hours where I do not have to make a single decision, where everyone anticipates my every need and desire without me having to ask or hint.

I can’t tell you how loved it would make me feel to have them all say “we know you love this, so that’s what we’re doing today!”

Simple enough, right? But for a mom who juggles two to three needs other than hers on a daily basis, constantly having to make decisions while keeping in mind how it’ll impact everyone else’s moods and feelings, it would be a heaven of a holiday.

If that’s just too much to ask, then I’d happily settle for a Nikon 55-200VR lens. The next best thing to not having to make any decisions is getting to snap pictures of my family doing the things they needed me to tell them we were going to do.

Nikon 55-200 VR

Oh… baby…

What’s on your Mother’s Day wishlist? 

Join me and the Splash Creative Media team Wednesday, May 7th 12-1PST as we chat with eBay about their latest app release and Mother’s Day! Odds are high that if you want it, eBay has it for sale!

RSVP to the party here to be eligible to win some of the $400 in gift cards that we’ll be giving away!

Please note: I am a Splash Creative Media principal and as such was compensated for this post.

Virtual Piggy Twitter Party!

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So imagine you have children.

Wait, some of us don’t have to imagine, we do have them.

Ok, so there are these children, and they are growing up in a digital world. A digital world where people bank online, shop online, connect online.

As parents, it’s our job to teach them how to navigate this digital world smartly, not just in regards to the personal interactions, but also in regards to the financial transactions they’ll be making.

Join the Splash Creative Media team, Thursday, December 13th, 6pm PST/9pmEST as we join with the creators of Virtual Piggy for a Twitter party (#VirtualPiggy) that will demonstrate how they’ve devised a site that will not only teach your kids to manage their money, but will also teach them to effect online transactions smartly.

We’re not just giving away awesome information, we’ve also got some super fun prizes:

If you want to be extra prepared for the party, check out these two videos and be sure to check out the Virtual Piggy site! To be entered to win prizes please RSVP below the videos.

Using the Virtual Piggy Child Dashboard

Using the Virtual Piggy Parent Account

(Please note, Virtual Piggy is a Splash Creative Media client.)

Want to learn to sell on eBay?

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(To RSVP for the #SellOnEBAY Twitter party scroll to the bottom of the post!)

When we moved back in February I packed up the whole house myself. I put myself in charge of the packing because I fully intended to be utterly ruthless in my sorting. (M is… not always a fan of throwing things out.)

Damned if I was going to pay movers to move things we absolutely no longer needed.

I was pretty successful in my mission. We probably donated or threw away a quarter of our things. Good things, pretty things, useful things, just things we no longer needed and that someone else could make use of.

Then we got to our new house, unpacked all of the things I had deemed worth moving, and I found a whole new host of things we really didn’t need any more. To be fair, since I let the movers pack up the kitchen I wasn’t able to sort in there the way I had sorted through the rest of the house.

But that’s a GOOD thing.

See, I’ve always wanted to be an eBay seller. I’ve always envied the women who were savvy enough to shop at TJ Max to score incredible finds that they could then sell on eBay. Smart women those.

But now I had a towering pile of amazing things to sell! A cook book holder! A brand new set of knives! Pottery Barn chargers! Napkin rings! A virtually new Cuisinart blender/mixer combo.

The list just goes on and on and on.

Lucky me, the eBay app makes listing an item for sale ridiculously easy. Just load up the app and let it guide you through 4 simple steps, and presto! your item is listed for sale and soon will no longer be taking up valuable space in your hallway. (What? That’s not where you keep your tower-of-things-I-no-longer-need?)

Don’t believe me that it’s that easy? Don’t think you have anything worth selling? Well, you’re just going to have to trust me on both counts.

Join the Splash Creative Media team tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th from 12-1pmPST for the #SellOnEBAY party and we’ll show you just how easy it is to both find things to sell and list them on eBay.

Aside from tips, tricks, and advice, we’ll also be giving away no fewer than 20 $25 eBay gift cards during the party. Trust me, you’ll want to be there, if only to hear first hand about my first time listing something for sale!

RSVP below and join us on http://www.ebay.com/sellonmobile to participate tomorrow! (Please note, in order to be eligible to win prizes you MUST tweet from that URL.) See you there!

Come Tweet About Essential Luxuries with Acura

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This morning I went for a walk. A lovely walk in the warm California winter sun. A lovely walk all by myself, just me, my podcast, and the hills.

These days between buying a home and selling the other, between caring for the husband and packing up the house, between driving the kids to one school and the other, and between work calls and meetings, taking a walk feels like a luxury.

But like my morning coffee, my post-lunch bite of chocolate, and my never-ending book habit, walking is an essential luxury. I need those things to get through the week with my smile firmly in place.

I’m not the only one who thinks essential luxuries matter. The newly redesigned Acura RDX was designed with essential luxuries in mind. It has everything you want without going overboard. A spacious cabin provides uncompromised comfort, and the most intelligent features were chosen to reward you with a robust, yet efficient, performance. The necessities have never been so smartly appointed. And even better, the RDX crossover SUV is expected to get best-in-class fuel economy. (You know, so you have left over cash for that massage you so badly need.)

So, what are your essential luxuries? And how would you like to use them to win a luxurious weekend away?

Create a video to tell Acura about all of your essential luxuries. Then enter for a chance to win the RDX Essential Luxury Challenge, where you could win a luxury weekend in Arizona to experience the Acura RDX before it goes on sale! Winners will also receive a MacBook Pro.* For more details and to submit your video, head to the RDX Challenge tab on the Acura Facebook Page.

Acura RDX Facebook Contest

Join us Wednesday, February 1st from 9-10 pm ET (6-7 pm PT) for a fun Twitter party, where we’ll discuss the contest, the new car, and of course, life’s essential luxuries.
It’s easy to join the party. Simply follow the hashtag #RDXContest.
Please also follow:
@Splash_Creative and @Acura_Insider
We’ll also be giving away prizes that will help you experience luxury in your everyday life!
Prizes include:
  • $25 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • $25 Starbucks gift card
  • $50 SpaFinder gift card
  • $50 Restaurant.com gift card
  • Grand Prize: Nook Simple Touch (valued at $99)

How to Enter:
RSVP below for a chance to win! Enter your name and Twitter handle. To be eligible to win you must RSVP and participate in the party using #RDXContest. All winners will be chosen by random drawing and must have a mailing address within the United States. Official rules can be found on the Splash Creative Media site.

*MacBook Pro is a trademark of Apple Inc. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.