Archive for November, 2012

Kelsey Grammer and the Missing Child’s Car Seat

This just hit the news — Kelsey Grammer and family arrived at the airport, jumped into a SUV and drove off without placing their baby Faith in a car seat.

The blogs report that this is against California law.

Ah, it’s tough to be a celebrity when the media is always watching and reporting your every move.

You’re in even a tougher situation when you fly into an airport and the car seat didn’t make it with you, and is out in Timbuktu.

What to do?

What would you do?

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Dress Up for the Holidays

We have some great dress in stock for the Holidays — Olian, Lilac and Japanese Weekend to name a few. Dress up that baby bump and go out to party — make sure you kiss under the mistletoe too.

Lori Dress and White Trim Dress. Both by Olian

Suzie and Monique Dresses by Olian | Bloom Maternity

Suzie and Monique Dresses by Olian

Reese and Lauren Dresses by Lilac

Reese and Lauren Dresses by Lilac

Kora and Mila Dress by Olian | Bloom Maternity

Kora and Mila Dress by Olian

Gisella Dress and Lila Tunic by Olian | Bloom Maternity

Gisella Dress and Lila Tunic by Olian

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10 Ways to Help Baby Sleep

Need some ideas on how to help baby go to sleep? Check out Lynda Albertson has written 10 tips on how to help your child to go to sleep over at Nanny Babysitters. I thought it was worth sharing.

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I’ve Succumbed to Plastic Dining Chair Seats

You know that thought you had when you walk into your grandmother’s house and swore that you would never, ever cover your furniture in plastic?

I bet you said that before you had kids.

The Bloom Maternity household recently recovered our dining room chairs because of this equation:

4 year-old + 2 year old = disaster

That’s when I realized that my grandmother calculated the same equation about 70 years ago. After covering her furniture in vinyl, I bet she never had to recover her chairs and sofa again.

Plastic Chair Seats for toddlers | @BloomMaternity

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Need Stocking Stuffer Ideas? Best Buy Has Them {Giveaway Closed}

Walking through Best Buy, I saw some excellent stocking stuffer ideas in most aisles.  Below is my visual list for to share. Then be sure to enter my 4th Best Buy $25 Gift Card give away at the bottom of this post. I’ll be choosing two winners through this post. Giveaway #3 ends tonight and can be found here.  Also, congrats to Sara D. and Ashley T. for winning our first two giveaways!

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Sweet iTouch cover from Kazoo.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

If you’re like me, you could save money on all they kids birthday parties by printing out your own cards. I need this!

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

GM George Cunningham told me this was going to be a hot item this Christmas. In fact Best Buy has set up a “healthy living” area in the store which sells fitness items.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Won’t some one be surprised when they lift up their stocking and think Santa has left them rocks — only to find weights! That would be a great joke.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

More fitness gadgets that are easy to fit into the toe of the stocking sock. Sometimes, the smallest gifts are the best.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Loved their Crayola selection.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Hello Kitty! My niece would have gone bananas over this, if she’d had been with me.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

My six year old nephew would LOVE one of these in his stocking.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

There is a large selection of Skylanders action figures in stock at Best Buy.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

More Skylander action figures. They are located in a couple of areas, and I’m sure will be popular this holiday season.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Great selection of kids DVDs. I need to buy a few for our 12 hour road trip this Christmas.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Classic Christmas movies in stock now.

#NewBestBuy Holiday List from @BloomMaternity

Does Santa need to ship a stocking? Best Buy has got you covered in that area too. One can never have enough packaging tape.

To learn more about the new Best Buy experience, click here.

Be sure to check back for one more post about my New Best Buy experience, plus more Gift Card Giveaway opportunities. All just in time for the holidays.

Congrats to Amy T. and Dave C. for each winning a Best Buy Gift Card!

This giveaway ends entries on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced in this post, and notified by email. The winner will have 24 hours to get back in touch with The Bloom Blog before we move on to the winner.  Happy Thanksgiving!

The Bloom Blog was provided products to give away in this contest, and also to keep for her own use or for review.  All views shared about this review are my own.

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Favorite Friday + Giveaway (3 of 5 Closed)

This week I’m sharing my new Best Buy experience with gift card giveaways here and here. Be sure to enter both. Then scroll down and enter for a third chance to win another Best Buy $25 card.

My selection for Friday Friday this week, is the sweet Nikon – 1 J2 10.1-Megapixel Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens in PINK!

Though this camera is on display in-store, I was told that it can only be purchased on-line. At $549.00 this camera comes with free shipping, or you can pick it up in the store.

Any mom would loved to be surprised with this gift for Christmas. Don’t you think? Now only if it came in baby blue…

Nikon - 1 Favorite Friday Pick via @BloomMaternity

Nikon – 1 J2 10.1-Megapixel Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

To learn more about the new Best Buy experience, click here.

Be sure to check back for two more posts about my New Best Buy experience, plus more Gift Card Giveaway opportunities. All just in time for the holidays.

Congratulations to Beatrice for winning this  Rafflecopter giveaway.

This giveaway ends entries on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced in this post, and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch with The Bloom Blog before we move on to the winner.  Happy Thanksgiving!

The Bloom Blog was provided products to give away in this contest, and also to keep for her own use or for review.

 

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The Best Buy Geek Squad, Zones and Solution Central (Giveaway 2 of 5 CLOSED)

The Geek Squad off to save someone’s day.

One of the things Moms and Dads should place on their nesting list while preparing for baby is to make sure your computer, cameras and/or video cameras are running correctly and ready to go. It would be a shame to get into the labor room only to discover that the batteries or dead, or something within the device is broken.

If you need some technical help, be sure to look up the Geek Squad at Best Buy. From my observation they seem superior than the Nerd Herd we all watched on NBC’s Chuck. I think they take their job just a little bit more seriously. A little humor, of course.

When I was touring the New Best Buy store layout this week, their new zoning system was explained to me. Now I’m not sure I have this all correct, but I’m going to give it a whirl:

The Geek Squad has been combined with the “Inbound Counter” that you and I would call Customer Service. Just beyond the Customer Service counter is a series of orange Geek Squad booths where you can sit down with a consultant agent WITH your device (computer, DVD Player, TV, etc) so you can show your Geek Squad agent exactly what problem you are experiencing.

If your device is broken it goes immediately goes to an advanced repair agent behind the Geek Squad booths.  (I just love that they call all their employees agents — reminds me of Chuck again).

I snuck around the corner to spy on the Advanced Repair Agents.

So in this area of the store you have Zones 1-4:

Zone 1: Customer Service Agent
Zone 2: Operations Agent (handles administrative paperwork)
Zone 3: Consultation Agent
Zone 4: Advanced Repair Agent
Zone 5 is Auto Tech where they install car stereos, and this zone reports to the Geek Squad

During the holidays, the Customer Service area will be able to flex their counter between service and holiday questions, depending on the demand inside the store — meaning agents in each of these zones will move back and forth between zones as needed.

General Manager George Cunningham ringing out some customers with a blue shirt agent.

There are up to 12 Geek Squad agents in the store I visited. A few of them hang out in Zone 6 — Solution Central. General Manager George Cunningham considers this one of the coolest changes in their strategy.

As explained in Wedensday’s post about the store being a Connected Digital Store 2.0 (CDS 2.0), the Solution Central is the central core of CDS 2.0. The large square counter is smack-dab in the middle of the store. Here you’ll find white shirt agents and blue shirt agents.

The white shirt agents are Techology Education Agents. The blue shirt agents are basically the sales side, however the store would like to have more ring-outs done by the blue shirts at Solution Central. Why, you ask?  It’s so the Blue Shirt Agents can connect you immediately to the Technology Education Agent (TEA). The TEA will then sit down and run through your new device with you, so you’ll know how to operate it once you walk out of Best Buy’s door. It’s all about education.  It makes us a smarter consumer in the long run.

The TEA’s have gone through advanced training. Best Buy has committed to spend 40 percent more on training their agents through hands-on training, computer based training and classroom style training.

However here is the best part about Solution Central: if you buy a device from a competitor (Wal-mart, Amazon, etc.) — a TEA will sit down with you for 15 minutes (FOR FREE) to educate you about your new device.  All you need to do is schedule an appointment. To me, this really shows how much Best Buy cares about their customers.

A Technical Education Agent giving a client a tutorial.

However Best Buy doesn’t only care about their in store clients. They also kind of dig The Bloom Blog readers by giving me five gift cards to give away this week.  This post is for Gift Card #2. If you missed the first one, click here to see if that giveaway is still open for you to enter.

To learn more about the new Best Buy experience, click here.

Be sure to check back for more posts about my New Best Buy experience that will include must haves for Christmas, Pacific Kitchen, and expectant Dad and Best Buy Sales Agent Jared — who plans on purchase a unique little item for when his baby arrives.

Congrats to Ashley T. for being
our Rafflecopter giveaway winner.

This giveaway ends entries on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced in this post, and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch with The Bloom Blog before we move on to the winner.  Happy Thanksgiving!

The Bloom Blog was provided products to give away in this contest, and also to keep for her own use or for review.

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