Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hello Mr. Intel.

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.

Well if you have read my blog for any length of time you will know that multitasking is a vital part of my life. Between homeschooling, writing, traveling, and all the other things we do in addition to parenting, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by our schedules. I can’t tell you how many times I have stood in front of our little  calendar and broken down because I realized I had double-booked us (again!) or that I had missed something important because it was only on one calendar and never made it on to the “main hub” schedule.

I bet many of you can relate.

We all want to do the important things well but we want to keep our heads on straight as we complete the rest, and it is NOT easy. One thing that we have been focusing on in our house is taking personal responsibility for our chores and for doing our part around the house. I told the girls that I was going to randomly bring a basket around the house and pick up toys that weren’t put away. After one week, they would be allowed to purchase 2 toys back for $1. 

It is working pretty well, with the exception of the fact that Ellie walked past our master bedroom the other day and suggested I go ahead and put in a $10 bill.

Since I have been home from Relevant, I have also been much more aware of how I am spending my time. It is so easy to get distracted and waste time, and it ends up taking away from the things that are important to us as a family. My girls have picked up this bad habit from me and Todd, and a simple task ends up taking 5 times as long as it should because they are so distracted. We have realized recently how much our schedules are affecting the kids, and how much better they feel when there is a semblance of routine regardless of what we are doing.

One problem with our schedule right now is that many of our “tools” aren’t mobile. We teach so we have a ton of textbooks (kind of a nightmare for one night on the road, airports, hotels, etc), and other items we use every day to keep things running smoothly. We each have older model laptops that have helped, but I recently got an email  from Blogher asking me if I would be interested in reviewing the new Intel®Core™i5 processor with Turbo BoosTechnology (translation-it goes REALLY fast J).

We don’t have a PC and there are several things I have wanted to get for the girls that are strictly for PC, as well as the software I use for all of my embroidery projects. You might remember that about a year ago I was debating buying a little PC laptop to run my software but I never ended up getting one. When I got this email from Blogher I jumped for joy at the chance to have such an amazing opportunity. So, shortly after that I got several packages from Best Buy (Merry Christmas to us!!!), including an incredible laptop and an Intel® Wireless Display (aka WiDi) adapter that allows us to hook our computer up to the TV. 

I never even knew such a thing existed, but I am in LOVE. This little friend has been an amazing thing for our family and you won’t believe all the things we have been able to use it for.
I can’t wait to tell you all more about it, and we are all feeling spoiled beyond belief to have the chance! Go ahead and leave a comment on this post (there will be another one next week as well!) and you might win a giftcard for $250 to Best Buy from (official rules follow post). Also, click here for a chance to win a laptop from BlogHer!





No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a)      Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b)      Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c)       Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d)      Follow this link (links to http://goo.gl/xO09Fand provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt
e)      Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here. (links to http://goo.gl/BWcAw)http://goo.gl/4Keyj

257 comments:

  1. Oh, I'd love to win!!! Thank you for the great opportunity!!

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  2. that's so cool- i can't wait to hear more about it!

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  3. I wanna win, we could really use something fun for a change

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  4. I would love to win and know how to hook up my computer so stuff shows up on my tv.

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  5. How cool is this!!? I would LOVE to win!

    Thank you Angie. :o)

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
    Abi Byrd!!!

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  7. Particularly as a homeschooling mom, hooking the computer up the TV sounds awesome. Three words for you: Documentaries on Netflix. Would love to win the gift card from Best Buy. Thanks, Angie!

    Kristy
    chudleyhome(at)comcast(dot)net

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  8. Wow - what an awesome "early Christmas" gift! Thanks for the chance!!

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  9. Count me in! I'd love to win this. :)

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  10. Wow I would love to have this. Best buy is one of my favorite ways to waste money lol :)

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  11. Yep, I would love to win!! So awesome!!

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  12. Like you, I need an awesome tool like this to help me stay organized!Thanks for the chance!

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  13. Count me in. I am all about technology!

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  14. This would be SUPER fun to win!!!!! :) Thanks, Ang!

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  15. I would love to win!
    lesliegbarton@hotmail.com

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  16. Oh wow! What a great giveaway just in time for Christmas. I know my hubby would love to see this gift card under our Christmas tree this year!
    andreapaetkau at gmail dot com

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  17. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/ampaetka/status/5326724019519488
    andreapaetkau at gmail dot com

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  18. awesome giveaway in time for Christmas!
    kevindormer at hotmail dot com

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  19. I love having my pc on tv, it eliminated cable with the right applications.

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  20. Sounds like a great giveaway! Would love to win!

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  21. My husband would go crazy for a Best Buy gift card!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  22. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/5414706709790720

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  23. The laptop has great features like the turbo boost and the color coded calendar but a trip to Best Buy would be the greatest at this time of year.
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  24. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/5420810311307264

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  26. What a great giveaway!! Just in time for Christmas!

    stiets4@hotmail.com

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  27. I'd love to wink! Thanks, Ang!
    raechel(dot)myers(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. That is awesome to hear about the opportunites coming your way!

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  29. Doubt I'll win, but it'd really help out! Love your blog btw :)

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  30. I tweeted about this, too!
    http://twitter.com/kristaonpurpose/status/5449762119618560

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  31. What a great giveaway, and a great idea about the toys in your house! I think we might try that as well.

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  32. my laptop display died last night and I'm currently connected to my husband's second monitor, what a GREAT prize this would be!!

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  33. I tweeted about it here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/malloryajones/statuses/5450205122002944

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  34. Oh what a dream come true!!! This would be great ~ I would love to win this.

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  35. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/chelsealeming

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  36. This would be wonderful for us! My laptop keeps showing a gray screen at random --- and my thesis is in the works on it! I need to learn to back up more frequently.

    Also, your comments about your and your husband's schedules sound like conversations we have had this week. It's good to know we aren't the only ones. :)

    Belle

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  37. Cool! I'm sure I could figure out a way to spend $250 at Best Buy! ;)

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  38. How awesome!!! I would love this!!!

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  39. I tweeted but I can't figure out how to leave my tweet url here! My twitter name is @jodybelle

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  40. I would love to win a gift card from Best Buy. I have been unemployed for 6 1/2 months (rapidly approaching 7 months). It would help me to be able to perhaps buy a new computer monitor so I don't have to keep squinting at the one I have as I apply for jobs.

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  41. Love Best Buy and we could use another computer now that the middleschooler & highschooler are using mine more for school work!

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  42. I tweeted too! http://twitter.com/SkipsMKGirl/favorites

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  43. Thanks for this opportunity :):)

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  44. Ooh! I am wanting a laptop so bad so that I can blog and work on my business site, and visit husband or family in the living room, rather than having to sit in the office!! Would love to win!

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  45. yay!! Loved the idea about the toys!!

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  46. I tweeted too! http://twitter.com/sheshesweetie

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  48. i would love to win this gift card!!
    willi3jl[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. I would love to win! Especially so I could get the stuff to hook my computer up to my TV.

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  50. yes, PLEASE. and thank you ;)

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  51. i would love a best buy gift card! :)

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  52. This would make life so much simpler - not to mention my 17yr senior would be happier.

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  53. Oh, how I'd love to win! Looks like so much fun! Thanks!

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  54. I would love to win this. I need a new lap tap BADLY and this would def help with that purchase! Thanks!

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  55. This would be amazing!! Sooo exciting!!
    angiemstanley@hotmail.com

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  56. This would be INCREDIBLE! Have been looking ahead at the Black Friday ads for a laptop, and winning it here would sure beat waking up at 4 a.m. next Friday! Love BRING THE RAIN, Angie!

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  57. Sounds great! Miss you guys. The WiDi sounds pretty cool!

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  58. This would be great to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Andrea R.

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  59. I was actually shopping for a new laptop when I found this on my tweetdeck!!! :)

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  60. And I tweeted... www.twitter.com/rikkihester

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  61. Tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/TalysaM

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  62. I've been drooling over the i5 processors ever since my main computer fried. I would LOVE to have a new computer running an i5!

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  63. Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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  64. I would love to win. It would be a huge blessing during the holidays. I will hope for the best. Thanks for the opportunity. God Bless!

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  65. I would LOVE to win this!! It would be a great surprise for my husband since he works so hard for our family which allows me to stay at home with our daughter. It would help keep our lives in order!!!
    God Bless you and your family!!

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  66. I'm happy for you...that you got the new present.

    Thanks for hosting this contest.

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  67. I'M CROSSING MY FINGERS! THANKS! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  68. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/5484441975660544

    won2xx at gmail dot com

    Thanks again.

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  69. 2ND ENTRY TWEET http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/5484552180994049 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  70. I would love this! Then I could be on the computer upstairs instead of in the dungy basement.

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  71. This is great!! Maybe my first blog give-away win :) ??

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  72. Can't wait to hear more.....Thanks!

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  73. Would love to win either for my husband! He so deserves it!

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  74. I tweeted, but I'm not sure where to get the URL. :(

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  75. Oh, my husband would definitely know what to do with this!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  76. This sounds perfect for our family. I'm happy for you--and, hopeful for me. Thanks for the giveaway.
    aleq13@gmail.com

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  77. Would love a shiny new laptop!

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  78. Love gift cards, and I know my mom would LOVE a new laptop! Her's is running like a snail...

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  79. Posted on Twitter!
    https://twitter.com/jekuthiel

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  80. Thanks for this giveaway! Good luck to all!!!

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  81. Would be awesome to win. Thank you!

    twojps12@yahoo.com

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  82. Thanks so much for the opportunity! I'm glad you are enjoying yours!

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  83. That Ellie makes me smile every time! :)

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  84. Tweet! http://twitter.com/danddgiveaways/status/5618804847550464

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  85. We would love to win! We are in need of some new technology in our house with 9yr old twins.
    Thanks, K~

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  86. what a blessing to win this PC. Plz enter me in the contest

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  87. We definitely need a new computer. Ours is ancient and my four-year-old has pretty much NEVER used a compuer!

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  88. I retweeted it!!! Thanks again for the opportunity.

    http://twitter.com/Lisa0130

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  89. My laptop is on its last leg, so I would love to win !!!

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  90. What a great computer! The Best Buy card would be great too

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  91. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/5641386208534528

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  92. I would love to win this for my husband's birthday! I had been trying to save money for him a laptop, but then had to dip in to the savings for other needs. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  93. I tweeted about this giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/BBazmore

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  94. I would love to win this! I had a baby earlier this year, I am a single mother, and my own parents have been beyond supportive and amazing! My younger sister wants a computer for Christmas so if I won this I would love the chance to help them out and give this to her! I know the content of our comment doesn't increase our chances of winning but this is just fyi ha!
    Liz
    lizz5990@hotmail.com

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  95. hoped i'm picked - thanks so much for doing this. love amanda

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  96. a fantastic giveaway :) Thanks for hosting!

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  97. I truly don't understand how you do all you do! You must be the ultimate multitasker!

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  98. Great post aside from the fact that it'd be cool to win!

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  99. I could do a LOT with a Best Buy gift card and even more with a new laptop!

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  100. Thank your for the opportunity. Our family would love to win! =)

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  101. This would be such an awesome timesaver!

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  102. I would love a Best Buy giftcard!

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  103. Alright, always a sucker for trying a giveaway!

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  104. This would be perfect for Christmas!

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  105. This would be great for some extra Christmas surprises!

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  106. What a great time of year for this! Thanks for the chance!

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  107. My daughter would go crazy with a new laptop.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  108. Ooh, that would be an awesome win!

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  109. Wow, the chance to win this would just be incredible...I have no words to explain how excited I would be. Thank you for the chance to win! The gift card would be put towards the savings we are trying to accumulate to buy a new refrigerator...mine is barely working... :O( The laptop...wow...so many uses to even list! Thanks again!

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  110. So glad it is helping you out! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. Would love to have something that I could take to my favorite writing spot(s)! Thanks for sharing.

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  112. I could have written your post. Except for the traveling part. We homeschool our first grader, I have an almost 4 year old, and a 4 month old. Being trapped to a computer to try and run my at home business/email/work on school related things in the laundry room at the back of the house is VERY limiting. Husband is a pastor, and would like to be able to research/write from a more mobile machine. We just don't have it in the budget for a new computer. This would be an amazing gift to my family.

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  113. Would LOVE to win! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  114. I tweeted, too!
    http://twitter.com/BrandiTruitt/status/5756612413231104

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  115. I'd love to win - so many things I could get at Best Buy!

    melduke26 at gmail dot com

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  116. i could always use a speedy computer.

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  117. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/5776538951753728

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  118. What an awesome thing for you to try out!! I would really love to win a new laptop! Thank you for the opportunity!
    ~Sarah~~

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  119. Lucky duck! I would love to connect my TV to my computer. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  120. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/5865687998275584 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  121. I would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity! Amy

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  122. Thank you for this opportunity! We have really been struggling with our business and we need a new computer, but we keep dealing with our old slooow one because of finances. I feel like you also, that it takes me so long to get easy tasks done around here because I get so distracted. It think it is harder when you don't have a set schedule. We are self employed, so my schedule is flexible, I am involved with church, school, and several other organizations and it is difficult to juggle it all. I have been praying about this lately, because I want to teach my kids how to be better stewards of their time because I have not been doing a very good job of this.

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  123. Thank you for the opportunity to win this. I am crossing my fingers!

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  124. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  125. This would be perfect timing, I want a tiny laptop so bad, but can't justify it.

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  126. I would love a laptop! I would use it for recipes! I could stick on my island in the kitchen and not have to print them all out!;)

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  127. What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.
    Michelle

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  128. Tweet! Tweet! http://twitter.com/Vintagesquirrel/status/6084364853051392

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  129. What a great giveaway.. I would LOVE this!!!

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  130. I keep hoping I'll win one of these amazing giveaways one of these days!

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  131. This would be awesome for the road, would love one of these!

    bradley.g.murray(at)gmail.com

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  132. awesome!! I did not know such a thing existed. How neat!!

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  133. Wow, just a bit jealous...my laptop is a dinosaur and goes so slow, but I'm very happy you got to try this out to review for us!!

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  134. This would be such a blessing to our family. We have small business to run and our computer is a dinosaur, this would truly make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity, we appreciate it! Blessings!

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  135. My laptop died, and I really need a new one! I cannot afford one on my own, so this would be the best Christmas present ever!

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  136. Wonderful giveaway! Love to get a new computer too!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  137. Tweeted here too.

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/6161007902728192

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  138. Winning this would make for a Merry Christmas! :)

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  139. i would love a new computer, thanks for the chance
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  140. I would jump for joy if our family wins! :-)

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  141. Sounds wonderful! Would be helpful for many things as I am sure you have found out! Thanks!

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  142. It would be a wonderful win My PC laptop is not dependable. It's really frustrating. I can't think of a better gift to put under the tree.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  143. Wow! What an opportunity! This would make life a lot easier as a mom of 5, especially for school! We have an iffy PC, so it would make projects a lot easier. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  144. Awesome giveaway! My best tip is to keep a smile on your face no matter how busy you get!

    thanks!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  145. Sounds fun. Thanks for the oppertunity
    mdy0608@hotmail.com

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  146. Wow, we could really use this. Thank you! !
    kristaleebest@hotmail.com

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  147. Love Best Buy and all the neat things they have!

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  148. I would really love to win. Thanks for the opportunity. las_729@yahoo.com

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  149. wow, sounds cool and would love to win!!!

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  150. life would be better with one of these!

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  151. Love the 'hyperthreading' feature and hopefully I will get to try it out! Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

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  152. this sounds like an amazing opportunity and one to not miss out on.

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  153. I badly need a laptop! :) I so need it!

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  154. What a fun treat! Please count me in for the fab give away!

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  155. Heard these are wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity, Angie!

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  156. Pictures, pictures, pictures!! We really need the brain and brawn of this computer! Like you, I do everything on the computer on a daily basis.
    But I'd really like to get this for my husband. His computer is very old and will no longer take the recovery disks to reformat it. (It's OLD!) It has recently begun shutting down every few minutes and I fear its days are numbered. I'd really love to give him this computer. $250 dollars toward it would greatly help!

    Lynn Campbell

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  157. This sounds like such an incredible processor and way to help streamline my multitasked life, I spend so much time on my computer just waiting - for programs to load, run or save, photos to upload, etc. Having a faster processor would make a huge difference in my life! :)

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  158. I dont even know how I landed on this page! Well actually I do. =) I saw your husband perform in Visalia, Ca and was absolutely touched by the music and the testimonies shared. Thank you (and your husband) for sharing such a power story of how amazing the Lord is and how He never ever leaves anyones side. As we speak I am hittin replay on Selah's "Precious Lord/Just a Closer Walk with Thee". =D

    Many blessings to you, your family and Selah.

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  159. What a blessing for someone!

    thank you for the chance.

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  160. Hooking up the PC to the TV would be such a great thing. I'd love this. Thank you.
    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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