We got our son this fairly inexpensive digital camera for Christmas from Toys R Us. I think it was about $40, but it was on sale, closer to $30. He loves to take pictures, and I do not want to have to pay to develop a bunch of pictures of strange things like someone's blurry foot; nor do I want him running around with my only digital camera. We're all big Star Wars fans around here, so this seemed like the perfect solution/idea/gift. We installed the software easily and he began taking pictures. So far, so good. He gets to see his pics after we download them (USB connector included), and if there happens to be a print-worthy shot, we can print it.
Disappointments - no flash, no preview screen, no zoom. You couldn't see the back of the camera through the packaging, so I never even thought about whether there was a preview screen. Sad, but ok, we can live with that. Not having a flash, though? That eliminates a lot of picture possibilities. It never occurred to me to check and see if there was a flash. I really thought all cameras have flashes these days...I mean, even the disposables can be bought with flashes. How much can it really cost to add one?
He's happy with it, which I guess is the important thing. On the other hand, he also received a Star Wars MP3 player by the same company, and we've yet to get the software to work right. I'm awaiting ANOTHER email from the company to try and resolve that issue!
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Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
http://www.swapadvd.com/ We've been using it for awhile and it's great to get rid of the ones you don't want. You get credits that you can then use to get DVDs you DO want. You pay to ship out(usually less han $2.00), when they receive, you get a credit. Then, when you find one you want, enter it into the system and they ship to you - no charge whatsoever. So you get new DVDs for the cost of shipping one out (actual media mail or 1st class cost,whichever is cheaper). I even save the packaging that it comes in and use to ship out the next one that's requested. The caveat? Many of the DVDs you no longer want, no one else does either! But sometimes they do :) Oh, and many of the ones you DO want, everyone else does, too. But it works out for the most part. Bonus: Declutter and recycle at the same time.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
If you have (or are planning to have) a baby, cloth diapers are something you should seriously consider. I've been using them for about 7 months now. I wished I had started using them several children back...boy could I have saved some major money! Not to mention that I could have saved, according to statistics I've read, around 2 TONS of trash going into the landfill per child. MY personal (and yes, it is personal, much like buying underwear, etc.) favorite is BumGenius 3.0. It is an easy to use, quality diaper, that I have purchased several more times after my original investment. These are "one-size", meaning they have snaps on them that help them fit from the time they are itty-bitty, till they are toddlers. Now, in all fairness, we didn't start using cloth diapers (CD's) until Gi was about 4 months old, and he's only just turned 1 last month, so, I haven't used them on a newborn, nor on a big toddler. But from where I'm at, these things are WELL worth it. I keep one package of disposables on hand in case of emergency (like not getting the laundry done in time or a severe case of diarrhea!) - but let me tell you, it's sooooo nice not forking out $18 or so each week for 'sposies. If you are interested in learning more about the "ins and outs" of CD'ing, a good place to start is www.diaperswappers.com. It can help you make your decision, then help you if you run into problems along the way (which you probably will...I did).