Top 10 Web Hosting Sites

February 28, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under advertisements, blogging, product reviews

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Lately, I’ve been approached by bloggers asking if they should switch from their free blog platform to paid hosting.

I’ve always believed that if you’re just starting out in the blogging world and not sure if it’s something you’d like to do long term, then you’d probably be better off with a free blog platform like Blogger or WordPress.com. This way you can get a feel for blogging without the financial commitment.

However, as your blog progresses you’ll find yourself wondering if paid hosting is the way to go. Some people believe that Google is more likely to index your blog if you have your own web host because it sees it as a “real” site. In turn, the more your site is indexed, the more readers it will attract. In addition, having a paid host from the beginning will prevent you from later having to transfer all your posts over to a new blog and informing everyone of your new url. Most of your loyal readers will make the necessary bookmark changes but some won’t bother or they’ll forget. End result? Lost readers.

So what are your paid hosting options? Web Hosting Choice has come out with their Top 10 Web Hosting Sites to help make your decisions a little easier. Their handy comparison chart lets you view the various sites side-by-side so you can immediately see which option works best for you.

This site also provides you with a Learning Center that can help explain all the various hosting topics and terminology. I don’t know about you but I’ve never completely understood what a dedicated server was and Web Hosting Choice does a really good job explaining it.

I found it very interesting that the #1 Web Hosting Site was also one of the most affordable. This is something that I would have never known had I not seen this comparison chart.

Hmmm . . . maybe it’s time to think about changing my web host provider. Who do you use?

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Born 2 Impress (Giveaway)

February 28, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under babies, giveaways, kids, product reviews

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is comment #42: Autie
Congratulations!

I”m so glad I have daughters. I love all the pinkness, frills, and bows. And luckily, my girls feel the same way. That’s why they love it when I have the opportunity to review hair accessories. Born 2 Impress was no exception.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Born 2 Impress is committed to hand-crafting unique designs with the highest quality materials and the utmost care, for any occasion, in a timely manner so that anyone can make their little one feel and look like a princess.

MY REVIEW

When I first opened the box, my girls were immediately in there checking out the merchandise. They were so excited when they saw the hair accessories. We received two items to review: an orange flower headband & a pink and white toddler bow.

These hair accessories were so pretty and very well made. You can tell that Born 2 Impress puts a lot of pride and quality into their products. I loved that it looked sturdy yet fashionable. And most importantly, safety is always #1 in their minds. They make sure that every tiny piece is securely in place.

The colors were bright and really added to my daughters’ outfits. And in Baby Bug’s case, even if it didn’t match what she was wearing that day, she still insisted on wearing her pink & white bow everywhere. I know people must have thought I was colorblind to let her out of the house like that but she just wouldn’t give it up. She loved her Born 2 Impress hair bow!

Born 2 Impress would like to offer all of you a 10% discount on your next order. Just use the code Island10 when checking out. Expires 6/01/09.

WIN IT!

Born 2 Impress has generously donated a $20 gift certificate to their online store. To enter:

  • Stop by Born 2 Impress before midnight, March 8th and view their hair accessory line.
  • Then come back and mention in comments what you’d buy if you won. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on March 9th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to Born 2 Impress.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

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kajeet Cellular Phones for Kids (Giveaway)

February 27, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under contests, electronics, giveaways, kids, product reviews

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is comment #187: Richard
Congratulations!

Girlie Girl is already asking for a cellular phone and although I still think she’s too young to have one 24/7, I can see some of the benefits especially if it’s a kajeet.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

We believe kids are smart. At kajeet our entire philosophy springs from this simple core idea. We want kids to be agile with technology. We want kids to have fun. We want them to be empowered and safe, and we want to help them respond with confidence to what’s happening in their world. Not incidentally, we want their parents and guardians to be involved too. Because having a cell phone is not just fun, it’s a responsibility – a shared responsibility. So we’ve designed kajeet to incorporate a full suite of tools to help families customize and manage every aspect of their kajeet experience.

MY REVIEW

Thanks to kajeet, we received a pink Sanyo Katana II already hooked up to the kajeet system. Everything was already set-up for us and all I had to do was charge the phone. I have to say I was amazed at the Katana II! It looks just like an adult’s flip phone with all the same bells and whistles – text messaging, digital zoom camera, speaker phone, & bluetooth. The pink was such a pretty feminine shade that I was tempted to use it myself!

Because this phone is designed for kids, there’s no contract, activation fees, or early termination fees.  I can control how much this phone can be used depending on how well she’s doing in school or around the house. However, the best thing about kajeet is the GPS phone locator capabilities. This way I can go online and find out where the phone and/or my child is at all times. Talk about piece of mind!

I did let Girlie Girl take the phone with her when she went outside to play or at a friend’s house. This way I could call her when it was time for her to come home or she could call me whenever she wanted to. The TimeManager was also very useful because it allowed me to restrict calls to just a few hours a day. This way I could make sure she wouldn’t receive calls after bedtime or during school hours.

I found the quality of the phone to be excellent and so easy to use. The little animated welcome screen was adorable and Girlie Girl loved the little characters that danced around the screen. Surprisingly, the wireless phone service was great, too! There weren’t any dropped calls or lost signals. I can’t say the same for my iPhone. ;-)

The only downside is that the phone doesn’t have a local phone number which meant that Girlie Girl had to memorize 10 numbers instead of 7. Not a big deal since you’re not charged roaming fees but it was a little confusing for her in the beginning. However, since she REALLY wanted to use this phone she made it a point to memorize her phone number really quickly.

Monthly plans start at only $4.99/month or you can choose pay-as-you-go. Either way it’s a great deal. And depending on how responsible your children are, you can always add or subtract minutes to their plans. It’s all up to you. You’re in control.

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a kajeet Sanyo Katana II (black) cellular phone + temporary included air time for your child? To enter:

  • Just stop by the kajeet site before midnight, March 8th and check out their rate plans.
  • Then come back and mention in comments which plan you would subscribe to if you won. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on March 9th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to kajeet.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

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Aloha Friday #71

February 26, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under Uncategorized

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

If you could start your blog all over again, what would you do differently?

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