Giveaway: Palm Pre or Palm Pixi (+22 Ways a Busy Mom Uses Her Smartphone!)

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I'm a busy WAHM who can't live without her smartphone.

I maintain a busy work schedule, a household, a family calendar, and a handful of kid and personal extracurriculars, and I stay organized with the help of my smartphone, which goes with me everywhere.

Today, you can enter to win a Palm Pre or Palm Pixi of your own! Keep reading...


You won't believe how many times, in our typical daily routine, my smartphone comes in handy and even saves the day!

Here's a typical day in my life:

7:00 am: Get youngest son dressed, fed, and off to preschool with husband. Take shower; ready myself for day.

8:00 am: Make oldest son's breakfast and supervise as he makes his lunch. 1) Add cereal and jelly to grocery list on smartphone. 2) Check daily calendar and task list — work and personal, to make sure I don't forget anything. Walk son to bus stop.

8:45 am: Log on for work on home computer. While I work, smartphone serves mostly as 3) work phone and 4) catch-all notepad for ideas and reminders that arise.

10:00 am: My dad arrives to install three shelves in kitchen while I work. Once first two are hung, 5) take photo with smartphone and send it to husband at work so he can confirm spacing. He texts right back that they're perfect!

11:00 am: Dad leaves. Continue working.

12:00 pm: Break for lunch. Take a short walk around block — smartphone in back pocket. 6) Take photo of a pretty plant in neighbor's yard to identify later. 7) Jot down (type in) idea that comes to mind for work.

1:00 pm: While making tea in kitchen, 8) add items to ongoing Target shopping list, also kept on phone. 9) Smile when I read husband's text offering to pick up Thai food for dinner. Busy evening ahead...

3:00 pm: Head to bus stop; wait for son's school bus, which is always late. 10) Transfer money to checking account. 11) Send email or two. 12) Catch up on online reading. Greet my son as he gets off bus. At home, supervise son's homework. Finish day's work.

4:30 pm: Drive oldest to first baseball practice of season. Forget where baseball practice is held. 13) Check coach's email on smartphone and 14) map it. Drop son off for practice. Head to youngest son's preschool.

5:00 pm: Attend Board meeting at preschool. Before meeting, 15) text husband our order for Thai dinner he's picking up,16) rearrange Netflix picks so we have Up in time for family movie night, 17) send myself an email about next day's Picture Day (I always forget), and 18) take photo of wooden block set at preschool, which I want my Dad to make my youngest.

During meeting, 19) I add all agenda items to calendar (also realize it's favorite east coast cousin's birthday and it'll be too late to call by the time I get home. Shoot!). 20) I look up hours for local restaurant where we want to hold fund-raising event.

6:00 pm: Youngest in tow, head back to ball field to pick up oldest. Drive home to join husband for yummy takeout. After dinner, talk about our weekend daytrip out of town and 21) map a few of our itinerary items.

8:00 pm: Once boys are in pajamas, teeth brushed, and reading with their dad, 22) text favorite cousin with photo of boys and quick "Happy Birthday." She's still up! She texts right back: "You made my birthday!"

9:00 pm: Put smartphone on its charger. Phew! Me time!

Does this kind of day sound familiar? Isn't it amazing how much we can get done?

Enter to win your very own smartphone to help keep your life in order. Leave a comment for a chance to win a Palm Pre or Palm Pixi, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.

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One (1) CafeMom who replies to this post with a comment by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, February 28, 2010, will be chosen at random to receive a Palm Pre or Palm Pixi, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.*

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