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About.me

I just found this website through BzzAgent – and it’s such a cool idea that I just wanted to share it with you!

If you are anything like me, you have profiles all over the internet – MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn and maybe even a website or two.  It can get pretty crowded handing out a business card with all that information.  Imagine handing a business card with a link to one website that links to everything else about you and/or your business!  About.me does just that by letting you put all those links together into one spot, along with your profile, a description of your business, a picture of yourself and a customized background.  I used a picture of daffodils in my yard.  Then, you can completely customize your fonts and colors.  I just got started, so my mine is pretty basic.  I plan on spiffing it up some later (because it’s so easy to change things up later), but you can see it here for now.

The dashboard is actually my favorite part, though, because of it’s many helpful, behind-the-scenes features. Here, you can gather statistics on how many people have visited your profile.  You can also  see how many of them clicked on your links when they visited your profile.  You can see how much time they spent viewing your profile, the time of their visit and whether they are new or returning visitors.  You can also see your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn stats.  The Promotion tab helps you promote your new profile and even has links to make submitting it to Google, Bing and Yahoo easy.

Right now, if you sign up, you can get 50 free business cards that match your profile.  Each business card is double sided and full color.  The front of mine is my daffodil background and the back has my name, a link to my about.me page, my phone number and  they generate and add a QR code to your business card that links to your about.me profile. People can scan the code on your business card, and check out your about.me page on their phone!  You do have to pay shipping for them, but they are otherwise free.  I am looking forward to giving this a try!  You can sign up for your own About.me profile here!

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Product Review: Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles

Ok – Time for a confession.  I am very short.  I am only 4ft 10in.  As such, I love to wear heels to bring me up to the respectable 5 ft tall.  If I am going out dancing and really want to glam it up, I wear 4-5 in heels so I can put my head easily on my husband’s shoulder as he holds me close.  By the end of the night, my feet are KILLING me.

When BzzAgent asked me to try these new Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles and told me that they would help ease foot discomfort while wearing heels, I was a bit skeptical – but I agreed to let them send me a pair to try out. I had tried other insoles and most of them made my shoes too tight.  I also have very small feet (I wear a 6 in ladies heels) and they were visible under my feet.  That definitely is unsightly in a pair of nice heels!  I even tried trimming a pair of a different brand, but then they offered no cushioning in the places I need it.

So, I try the Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles.  The first thing I notice is that they are labeled “Left” and “Right”.  They also have labels for “Toe” and “Heel”.  At the toes (which are what kills me by the end of most evenings in heels) is a soft gel wave padding.  The arch also has small gel arch supports.  This is intriguing as my usual brand didn’t have this little feature.

They fit perfectly into my size 6 heels and the adhesive kept them in place all night long.  Even with the arch supports, they didn’t make my shoes too tight on my feet and they were invisible!  No one could tell that I was wearing them.  I am not going to tell you that my feet weren’t hurting by the end of the night, but I was able to more comfortably wear my heels for significantly longer than I usually do.  The balls of my feet (the trouble area) didn’t hurt me the next day like they usually do after an evening of heel wearing.

They are about $12.99 a pair and you can find them at Walmart and Target in the foot care aisle.  You can also get them through Amazon.com if you prefer to do your shopping online, so they are easy to find.  If you get them and don’t like them, Dr. Scholl’s stands behind their product with a money-back guarantee.  They will feet most women as they are made for size 6-10.

While BzzAgent sent me a free sample to try, all these opinions are mine in their entirety.

 

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Product Review: Cross Pens


cross edge pen

I and my husband are both business professionals.  We are always writing things down.  It seems like I am either writing notes about design changes to a website I am working on in my professional sphere or updating the grocery list stuck to fridge reminding me of the ever-growing list of items we need.

My husband writes so much that he keeps a pen attached to the front of shirt at all times.  Whether he is wearing a T-shirt or work polo, he always has a pen.  In fact, we have a running joke in the family that, if he isn’t wearing a pen, he is naked.  If he is wearing two, he is overdressed.  Don’t laugh!  It’s happened!

When BzzAgent.com offered me the chance to review a Cross pen, I jumped at the opportunity.  Writing is such an integral part of our lives and we both value good writing instruments.  I was ecstatic to receive the Cross Edge to review. In short, it is an executive level rollerball pen that opens with a slide action.

The Pros:

  • The Gel ink is so fluid, one could almost get the sense that the pen is intelligent enough to intuit the writer’s thoughts and write on its own.  The tip effortlessly floats across the page.
  • No cap to lose!  It opens with a slide action rather than a twist or with a cap the way most pens do.  You simply give it a small tug.  It’s so easy to open that it can even be done one-handed.  I even find myself clicking it open and shut when I am lost in creative thought.  It just begs to be played with.
  • It’s stylish.  The pen’s design is attractive and eye catching.  Whether it’s the punched out metal detailing on the clip or the high quality resin finish,  I almost want to make sure my shoes are matching it when I carry it.  It’s attractive enough that it could easily be an executive accessory.
  • I love the balance and weight.  It doesn’t feel too heavy when I write with it.  The tip doesn’t feel lighter than the end, so it also feels balanced.
  • It’s versatile!  Prefer a ballpoint?  Just change out the ink refill with the Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill.  Prefer a different ink color?  They have that as well.
  • Beautifully elegant gift box included!

The Cons:

  • It’s a little chunky for smaller hands at almost .5 inches in diameter.  I will be looking to see if Cross designs a slide action roller-ball pen that is a little bit smaller.  However, if I find they don’t make one, this is a small quibble and it’s still easier to hold than cheap dime-store pens.

 

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