United States of Motherhood: May 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Drive it Home: A Guide for Parents of Teen Drivers and Some Thought to Chew Over

My son took a driver's training course, drove well over double the hours required by law, and was able to take his driver's course by last August...but he didn't.

Nope. I knew he was not ready.  He was still taking intersections too fast and we were almost T-boned twice in one day. He drove in a distracted manner, rarely checking mirrors.  He drove slowly too.  

Way too slowly.  

Sometimes 10 to 15 mph under.  Hello disgruntled drivers behind us!!

So we waited.  And waited. And practiced. And by February, I still did not think he was ready. By April, he had started to tune me out.  He thought he was ready, so I decided to let the WA State Department of Licensing decide-- thinking he would fail and then he would listen.

He passed  ...   by one point.  The instructor said at one point she had to almost stop the test because he stopped at intersections when he had right of way and failed to check both ways at blind intersections.

Sigh...so even Washington state said he was ready.  Still we did not set him loose until a month later.  He still has to check in.  I still often ride as a passenger in his car.  Why?  Just because the state says he is ready, we parents must decide and our standards need to be higher.

Don't get me wrong.  At this point, I know he is a good driver, but in August he was not.  I know even though he had hit all the MINIMUM requirements, he needed more practice.  That is what we often forget as parents.  Just because our state says he has fulfilled all the requirements does not mean we cannot set our own more stringent ones.  

As parents we can take control.

So I was excited when I was invited to cover Drive It Home Event in Seattle last week hosted by the National Safety Council in conjunction with the Allstate Foundation. I was happy to recruit some parents and local bloggers/social media mavens to come with me.

It was a hilarious evening  of skits put on on by Chicago's Second City how to talk to your kids and your demeanor in the car while they practice. 

Yep, I had been one of THOSE parents.  My poor teen.

Yep, constantly stressing, barking instructions, and yes, sadly, even grabbing the wheel. Yes, I texted while he drove.  I told him to FOCUS  when I was not. There it was all laid out.  Me, the basket case parent, schooling the generally calm kid...until I stressed him out!  Not I wanted this to be AT ALL.

It was followed by a sobering speech by the National Safety Council (NSC) and heartbreaking first-story account of a still mourning mother who lost her child. She lost her child when another father, unbeknowst to her, took a bunch of kids on a camping trip with not enough seats and put her son in his teen son's care.  The sad tale continued when the provisional teen driver with a car full of teens wending their way at high speeds, on windy mountain roads late a night, with cheering passengers encouraging him to drift, ended with their car slamming into a tree...her child lost forever.  

The rest of teens walked away without a scratch.

I wished I had seen this event last August because I would have been more assured last August that our decision was right.  You see I was a get-your-license-on-your-birthday girl from California with a legally blind mother who could not drive. Turn 16? It was  pretty much a done deal!  I always assumed my kiddos would be too.  However, with so much traffic, so many more cars on the road, and the busy, over-scheduled lifestyles of teens today, I now advocate waiting. When it doubt, WAIT!

 Again, the law is the minimum,  but you as parents can decide when.

I learned at this event that 117 teens died in teen-driver related crashes in Washington last year.  You should note I said crashes.  The NSC refers to them as crashes rather than accidents because they believe they are fully preventable. They believe the number of hours required simply are not enough.  I agree!

Did you know that it takes 1500 hours to be a cosmetologist, but only 50 to drive tons of metal down I-5 going 60+ miles per hour for an inexperienced teen driver?  Does that even make sense?

Now guess what the NSC thinks the major cause of teen crashes are?  Texting?  On the phone?  Fiddling with the radio?  Nope!  Passengers!  Here in Washington, my son is a provisional driver which includes no non-adult passengers except family member for the first 6 months. Then they are limited to three passengers until they are 18 years old. 

The NSC believes that it should be ZERO passengers for a year.

They also point out that our state is lax.  Some states have  a total prohibition of night driving while we allow our sleepy, over-scheduled teens to drive up until midnight and then again at 5 AM.  This is one NSC guideline we as a family have not followed.  I figured the law was a good standard.  Now I know this is not the case and I needed to wake up. My guy drives to morning practice at 5 AM with six hours of less of sleep and now I second guess that decision.

Finally the NSC told us our biggest job was to be role-models.  

We need to drive the way we want them to drive.  Don't text if you don't want them to text.  Don't drive distracted if you don't want them to be the same.  YEP, super guilty here!  I came away with a lot to chew over. However, that is the biggest lesson:

We as parents have control.  

We should not let someone else's or even our government's bare minimums dictate our decisions.  We need to chew over our behavior, our child's unique abilities, and only then decide what is right for them since in the end, as the NSC says, "GOOD kids with INVOLVED parents still get into crashes."  As parents we are in charge to prevent them. Not for a minute would I ever hope either of you are that bereaving mother, guilt-ridden father, or teen left forever with the legacy that he cut short a friend's life.  Would you?

So when did you get your driver's license and when do you think your kiddos will get theirs?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Giveaway for Goddess Garden: Organic Sunscreen? This Pasty White Mom Says YES!

Which one of these kids in not like the other?

Yep I am the baby!

Yep, I grew up in sunny California as practically an albino.  My siblings convinced me I was adopted.  They were "peppers" and I was a "salt." They baked to a nice mahogany and I burned and burned.  One of my clearest memories were the yearly extreme sunburns and my mom applying cloths, vinegar, and fans as I tried to sleep on cool sheets with agonizing blisters on my shoulders...followed by peeking!

As a true native California, I tried to bake in the sun growing up. By my teen years, I would get 2nd degree burns and yes, to my horror, I damaged my skin so bad that it peeled for over a year. I never wore sunscreen.  My goodness, my sisters were the Crisco tan on  the roof types. I only did the aloe after care.

Fast forward to when I hit thirty, and the wrinkles were hitting, I immediately started a skin care regiment that included daily sunscreen.  Especially with skin cancer in my family, I didn't care if I ever had pigment on my skin again.  So not worth it.

Now that I live in gloomy Seattle, I wish for the sun...but don't miss it's damaging rays.  My goodness, my pup died od skin cancer living up here.  Sniffle!!

So I continue the sunscreen--despite my Vitamin D deficiency -because I don't want to be that wrinkled leathery old baseball mitt of a mom and I especially want to be around to see my future grandkids. Back to purely healthy looking skin,  I think my efforts paid off the other day when a Facebook friend was shocked at the picture of my teen son with facial hair.  She apparently thought I was...wait for it...in my mid-twenties!!


Holy crap!  How could I be 40 and take pics with no make up! 
In full disclosure, I turned FORTY last August.  I love it.  Now do I think I look like I am in my mid-twenties.  No!

But hey, this mom will take any compliment she can get!!

So I was excited with the prospects of reviewing an organic sunscreen through Leah Segedie and Mamavation.  It dawned on me that I don't use chemicals on my garden.  I glory in the ladybugs, bumble bees, and dragonflies that abound in my flowers.

A few crows feet?  I earned them, but cancer and liver spots?  No thanks!!

So why was I putting chemicals on my skin?  Daily on my skin??


And why on earth was I putting them on my babies?  Yes, you see...I now have two salts and a pepper.

It's hard to believe they were ever this small!!

This is where Goddess Garden comes in.  They have a broad spectrum adult, baby, and children's sunscreen, both at SPF 30, that is 94% organic.  Created by a mom for her daughter, the sunscreens are free of chemical sunscreens, biodegradable, and even with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, totally sheer!!

We tried these two out.  Sprayed out white, but faded to sheer!
Currently, it has the highest organic ingredient content available on the market!

Some interesting information that as parents we should know that Mamavation provided me:

  • Goddess Garden has a full selection of organic sunscreens without Vitamin A or other toxic ingredients. A couple of things you may want to note: Conventional brands are full of chemicals that are linked to cancer and can be toxic.Check out the worst brands here. 

  • Sunscreens without zinc or titanium contain an average of 4 times as many high hazard ingredients known or strongly suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, disrupt human reproduction, damage the growing brain of a child

  • Goddess Garden sunscreens are made from 82% organic materials and have no vitamin A or other cancer causing substances

  • Goddess Garden is also the only organic toxic free sunscreen that also comes with a spray nozzle for convenience.

40 and at Prom...Mom Prom That is! I want to keep this skin fair!
So are you ready to go chemical free on your skin, and not just in your food and environment?  I have a giveaway for one lucky American or Canadian!  A bottle shipped just for you!

Just tell me your own experience with sunscreen growing up!

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Full Disclosure: Except for product to review, I was not compensated for this post and as always my reviews are 100% my own opinions!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Giveaway: Win and Get Fit With a Fitbit Zip #ATTSEATTLE

So you all know that crossfit has been a pretty major part of my life for the last six months.  Add in the Paleo and Gluten Free Diet, and I am pretty proud of a 31 lb. loss and many inches lost.

Sometimes I don't see the change, but then someone close points out even my face looks different!!

Top Before/Bottom After 30 lbs Weight Loss

However, I keep hitting these plateaus.   I've read that a pound of fat is the size of the grapefruit while a pound of muscle is the size of a tangerine. I am patient and know when I continue to workout, even if the scale does not budge, my looser clothing tell the real story.  So I keep on keeping on.

 Add muscle, lose fat.

Good news?  I finally have managed to fit in clothes that didn't fit seven years ago!!

Yes this dress has been hanging in my closet--tags on--for 7 yrs!!

So I still have 50-60 lbs to go, but one gadget that is helping is the super cool Fitbit Zip / Wireless Smart Fitness Technology that AT&T Seattle gave me the opportunity to try out recently.

Free shipping & Store Pick Up Right Now

So exciting...and illuminating.

While I work out intensely, I was not even close to getting in the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Talk about overestimating my daily activity. Eek!  I started to fix that...

Want one now?

What's cool is with the Fitbit app,  you can use your AT&T smart phone or tablet to track your activity stats, log calories, and even monitor other health measures like weight and BMI.  It even lets you set goals and tracks  how close you are to reaching them!!

Then I saw that I could hook up with friends with their own Fitbits on the Fitbit App and...

Beginning of a New HEALTHY addiction

Oh my, did my competitive side arise!!

It. WAS. on.

In a rolling seven day period, I could compete and stroll past friends across the county.  Fifty thousand steps...pashaw!  Make it sixty thousand!

So cool!!

So there is a downside? If you can call it a downside...

The Fitbit Zip is so lightweight and streamlined that I'd forget I was wearing.  It would get lost in the laundry.  Lost in the coat closet.  Yep, lost on my nightgown because dang if I wasn't going to get credit for those steps from the bed to the toilet!  Ha!

So I am still looking for it ...EVERYWHERE...cannot let my friends get so far ahead!!  Arrgh!!

In the meantime, why not get your own??

Want to win one??

 The details on the Fitbit Zero at AT&T:

Get Fit. Have Fun. Meet Zip!

Turn your everyday life into a fun path to fitness. Much more than a pedometer, Zip tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned -- then automatically syncs the data to your Fitbit account.
Whether online or through the Fitbit App, you can set goals and stay motivated to keep on your path to fitness with graphs, badges, and friendly competitions. Check to see how you compare with friends and family, even provide a message to egg them on. Your stats wirelessly uploads via computer or select mobile devices (like the iPhone 4S), so you will know in real time when you are close to a goal and when you've reached one.
  • Tracks steps, distance and calories burned
  • Syncs automatically to your computer or select Bluetooth 4.0 smartphones or tablets
  • Set goals, view progress, and earn badges
  • Share and compete with friends throughout the day
  • Free iPhone and Android App
  • Small and discreet - wear in pocket, on belt or bra
  • Log food, weight and more on Fitbit's website or apps
  • Sweat, rain, and splash proof
  • Replaceable battery with a 4-6-month life

The Fitbit Zip is available at AT&T stores as well as online for $59.
You can also see the entire range of fitness products from AT&T by visiting their Health and Fitness accessories online today or stop into a store near you. There's even a scale to go with the Fitbit Zip!! 

So tell me what feature you think will help you with your fitness goals in comments as well as try the other methods to be entered to win! One lucky reader will win a Fitbit Zip of their very own...and then I can add you to my competition circle!  

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Let's get motivated, courtesy of AT&T, together. 

Join me as we walk to get healthy!

We got this!

* Many thanks to  AT&T for providing the Fitbit Zip for me and for one of my readers.  As always, my reviews are 100% honest and my own opinion. Except for product for review, I was not compensated for this post.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

It's Not Complicated. Moms Are the Best! #ATTSEATTLE

Psst!  It's Mother's Day.  Yep, it's that time again.

Did you send yo' mama a card?

 No worries if you didn't.  AT&T has come up with a quick and easy was to send a cute video with all the sentiment you need:

Dontcha just love these commercials??

Yep, a “Mother’s Day” themed e-card video which users can personalize and send to their moms via Facebook, Twitter or email, and Mother’s Day e-card site that will be available through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12....which is like TODAY!!!

Now?  To really get in her good graces?  Check out my post for information on how you can win FOUR LG  Optimus G Pro  $549 phones courtesy of #ATTSEATTLE.

Yo' mama wants a new phone?  Hurry up and enter to win.  Three of the giveaways end today and the odds are in your favor!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Giveaway & Recipe: Goodness Knows You Should Trust Yourself: Spicy Curried Carrot Soup (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Mmmm don't you just love it when dinner is ready at noon??  Yep, no scrambling to figure it out with a hungry family at night?? Done!  

What's on the menu today you ask? Spicy Curry Carrot Soup!! 

Yes totally Paleo, gluten-free, pretty economical too, but most importantly...Delicious. Add a salad and maybe some crusty homemade bread for the kids and done! 

Recipe to follow below...

As many of you know -- some with frustration when I post yummy pictures and no recipes-- I don't measure, so it is a challenge to recreate recipes for you all. 

That is just the kind of cook that I am.  I don't follow recipes either.  

I might occasionally glance at one, but rare is the time in the last decade that I have not tweaked it beyond recognition. Heh!

So when I do post recipes? 

They are approximations. They hope to recreate splashes of this and handfuls of that. I've found your best bet is to taste as you go--plus its yummier that way! 

I've always used this method, but it was confirmed at a recent cooking class I went to for Goodness Knows Snack Squares at Hip Cooks in Seattle.

There we made a gorgeous red and yellow pepper soup...

Yep, I put my twitter handle on my soup?  Follow me?

MMMM Sesame Crusted Ahi with mango salsa anyone?

Yes, I made this gorgeousness too!!  

We had wonderful conversations about how we bloggers and social media enthusiasts could nurture each other.  All in all a nurturing afternoon for the belly and soul.  We cooked and chatted.  Tossed and tasted.

My friends, we did not measure one thing!

Say Hi, Honey!!

My goodness was I in my element. My husband who came with me?  Yeah as an engineer and all around geek, he is more of about precision. Our styles often clash in our kitchen.  But here?  Here I was being told that my cooking style was beyond okay.  Freedom is amazing in the kitchen. Just trust yourself!!

Chef BonnyJenny Hogan, Kerri (the Maven), Beau (my love), Kat Kim, Kristin, & Goodness Knows Team

I did want to take the time to thank Goodness Knows and media super star Jenni Hogan for hosting such a wonderful event at Hip Cooks. 

I have to admit I accepted before I even realized it was a cooking class because I knew Goodness Knows was a wonderful Northwest brand. I had had the opportunity to eat their chocolate granola yum last summer.  The bars came in the mail and were gobbled up by the kids and I before CG got any!

I love that they come in squares, so when you need just a little treat...you can split it amongst your friends and family.  My kids especially love them because they are one of the few non-paleo snacks for before/after swim practice that I stock.  

Too many bars these days are so stuffed with junk.  

 "These new, wholesome snacks are made from slow-roasted whole almonds, tangy fruits, toasted oats and our extraordinary deep chocolate, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives."

So Paleo?  No.  However, it's a perfect little snack with just enough yum to head off a major Paleo cheat when I feel it coming.  Better to eat a square or two of these babies at less than 40 calories a square and full of almonds then give in to a whole bag of "melt in your mouth, not in your hand" artificial, preservative packed yuck, right?  

Want some of your own?  Giveaway at the end for one lucky  reader!!

Back to that soup today?  I was inspired to make another hand-crafted, nurturing soup with a little zing.

Spicy Curry Carrot Soup 
(Paleo &Gluten Free Recipe)

Makes about 7-8 hearty servings

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped
4-5 sliced large mushrooms, sliced
2-3 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2-3 stalks celery and leaves, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2-4 tbsp curry powder
2-4 tbsp cumin
2-4 tbsp smoked paprika
1-2 tbsp garlic powder
2-4 tbsp chili powder
1-3 tbsp siracha or tabasco

3-4 tbsp cider vinegar
1-2 tsp sea salt to desired taste
**Fresh Fast chicken stock (see below)or 3-4 cups of chicken stock

Warm olive oil over medium in heavy pot.  Add next six ingredient from onions to ground pepper.  Saute for 3-4 minutes until onions start to soften and oil is evenly distributed.  Cover, put on low and cook for 20 minutes or until carrots are very tender. Meanwhile warm up store purchased chicken broth or make ** Fresh, Fast chicken stock below.

Put all contents into a blender and blend for 4-5 minutes.  You may have to do this in batches.  Vegetables should be very smooth and the consistency of a puree.

Place puree back into pot over low heat. Add 2 cups of broth. Mix thoroughly   Begin to add spices 1 tbsp at a time then taste.  For instance add one tbsp curry powder through siracha. Then add 1/2 tsp salt. Add 1 tbsp vinegar. Stir.  Taste.  Start again from the top.  Go until you've reached the desired spiciness and balance your tongue likes. Seriously trust yourselves. The measurements of spices above were based on my palate.  You might like less or more (go wild) spicy. Remember start slowly.  You can always add more, but it's hard to take away too much salt or chili powder.

Once you have the right spice, add more chicken stock to desired soup consistency.  Some people like thick others like thin.  Your choice.

Simmer 30 more minutes to let flavors meld together. Add a splash more cider vinegar and a sprinkle more salt if needed.

Bonus? This recipe works double duty as a vitamin-packed Indian style sauce to put over rice.  Add cooked chicken and some steamed veggies and you've got curry!

**Fresh, FAST Chicken Stock (Carcass, skin, bones everything from a leftover rotisserie chicken in a large pot, cover with water, bring to boil and then turn down to simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Strain.)

So my friends?  I am all about making nurturing, natural foods and trusting myself.  And these bars?  I trust them.

So back to that awesome giveaway Goodness Knows has offered my readers?  Goodness Knows will ship one lucky person a tote bag, water bottle & THREE BOXES of Goodness Knows Snack Squares ($65 Value)!!

Tell me what your cooking style is in comments below to enter to win!  There are additional entry options as well!

Want to hear my husband's side of the story?  You can read his review Hip Cooks at Hip Cooks.

 Psst as for recipes for that awesome seared ahi tuna with mango salsa and red/yellow pepper soup?  Stay tuned on my blog for next week!!




Disclosure: I was provided a cooking class and product to review but was not otherwise compensated.  As always, my opinions, good or bad, are always my own and never can be bought. :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chili-Rubbed Steak Salad With Creamy Cilantro Citrus Dressing #Paleo #Glutenfree

We made massive zesty steak salads for the family tonight.  Demolished by two adults and three child athletes.  I am sure this would also be perfect for a dinner party of six to eight restrained adults.  Heh!  Yes, Michael Phelps appetite was no myth!!

So let's get cooking...


2.5 lbs Hanger Steaks (approx 2)
4-6 tbsp Chili Powder
3 tbsp Cumin
2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Kosher Salt
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 head Red Leaf Lettuce
3-4 cups Mixed Spring Greens
1 bunch Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
1 bunch Radishes, sliced

1 bunch Cilantro
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Chili Powder
1/4 Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Siracha
2 tbsp Olive Oil Mayo (if you are strict paleo, you can make your own)
1/2 tsp salt (kosher or Himalayan Sea Salt)

Heat grill pan to medium high. Brush with 1 tbsp olive oil.

In large bowl, add steaks, 4 tbsp chili powder, 3 tbsp cumin, 2 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp salt, 3 tbsp olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper.

Rub thoroughly onto all surfaces of meat.  Massage those suckers!!  Then?

Smack them around with a mallet if you want or it's been a long day with the kids.

Very satisfying.

Next put steaks on grill.  

Grill 4 minutes each side.  Then rotate sideways to create grill marks. 1 minute each side.  This is about medium rare.  Cook longer if desired.

 Let rest minimum 10 minutes.  Slice thinly.

Taste a few pieces to make sure properly seasoned. Heh! Add some more sea salt and cracked pepper if needed. Test some more.

In food processor add:

1 bunch rinsed cilantro
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chili powder
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp siracha (or more if you like spicy)
1/2 tp salt
2 tbsp olive oil mayo.

Pulse until blended and slightly thickened as the oil emulsifies.

This will make a fair amount of dressing, but believe me, it was ALL gone by the end of dinner.

 It will taste citrus-y.   Maybe too citrus-y, but trust me, when you add those greens and that rubbed steak??  MAGIC!  Just wait for it to be combined with the chili-rubbed meat.


Rinse, dry and rip up lettuce.

Slice tomatoes.

Slice radishes.

Toss in individual dinner bowls.

Add lettuce to large dinner bowls.

Add sliced steak.

Drizzle generously with dressing.

Dig in!!

IMPORTANT: Try to prevent your husband from claiming all the leftovers for lunch the next day before we are finished eating.  Nope, no leftovers!!  All gone!!

Like steak ever lasts long in this paleo household.  Mmmm protein!

Seattle, Teen Drivers and Frazzled Moms: Drive It Home Show!!

Teen driver?  I haz one!

How can you tell?  I lose hair by the moment.  The first time he drove the 45 minutes to swim practice?  I tracked him incessantly on Google Latitude.  He had to text me before he left from school.  Once he got there.  Once he left...

That was a month ago and I STILL am like this.  

So I was excited to learn about a local event for parents of teen drivers or soon to be parents of teen drivers.  

Join me at the Drive it Home Show, presented by the National Safety Council and Allstate Foundation, Tuesday, May 21, If you have tween, teen, or are concerned about teen driving safety,. It will be an informative (and entertaining!) event. Please feel free to share this post with anyone who might like to attend. Details are as follows:

What: Drive it Home Show, presented by the National Safety Council and Allstate Foundation

When: Tuesday, May 21 from 7pm - 8:15pm

Where: EMP Museum - Level 3 (325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)
Price: FREE!; no tickets required
Parking: Pay lots are available near the museum and metered parking is available on the side streets across 5th Avenue N.

BONUS: You can enter in the sweepstakes at the event for a chance to win gas cards and a brand new car!

If you'd like to attend, click here to register and when checking in, let them know that you are with Heather Murphy-Raines and the Clever Girls Collective. 

Hope to see you there!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Four Giveaways: Win a $549 4G LTE LG Optimus G Pro Phone & Review for Mother's Day #ATTSeattle

My friends??  Y'all?  Mother's Day came early for me this year. When AT&T Seattle Fed-Exed this exclusive AT&T 4G LG Optimus G Pro phone/phablet out to me this morning? Words cannot describe. Can we say squee times a bajillion? 

You see for me, it's all about screens and speed and this phone has it...and then some.  It doesn't hurt the battery is crazy long lasting.  So many gadgets and gizmos.  So purty.  So sleek. Wanna see me unbox it and check out my very first Android phone?

So I am guessing you would like one too?  Yep, I thought so.  Heh!

Lucky for you, I am linking up to four of my favorite local Seattle bloggers who just happen to be having FOUR separate Phablet Giveaways for Mother's Day also compliments of AT&T Seattle.

Yes, this phone comes out Friday and by Sunday, four of you deserving readers might have phones in the mail straight to your hot little hands. FYI, no you do not need to be local either, so get in there!!May the odds be in your favor!!

AT&T Seattle's LG Optimus G Pro Giveaway Round UP:

Kerri's got a a phone to giveaway and all you need to do is 1.) Tweet about what your mom (or yourself – as a mom) would like about the phone. 2.) You must include the #ATTSeattle hashtag for your entry to count. Make sure you link back to her post!! 3.) Comment on this blog post with the link to your Tweet!

Leanne's wants to give a phone away by Mother's DayTo Enter: comment on her post with why you {or your mom} would love this phone. Extra Entries are available by posting on your Facebook wall and by Subscribing by RSS feedSubscribing by emailfollowing on Pinterest, become a fan of R&R on Facebook or add R&R to your blogroll or sidebar.1 Extra Entry {daily} - Twitter.  Retweet this tweet using the #ATTseattle hashtag letting me know why you love the LG Optimus G Pro for yourself - or your mom. 1 Extra Entry - Like @RaveAndReview and @ATT on Twitter. 1 Extra Entry - Comment love on any of her posts, just leave a comment on the phone posts as well. So lots of ways to win!!

Connie, Connie, Connie wants you to have this phone!! Check out her rules on her post.

Louise was excited to snag this phone for one of her community.  Go check her out. Leave her a comment telling me what your mom would like about the LG Optimus G Pro. There are other entry option through rafflecopter as well.

Need more incentive?  Let's geeky!

- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 2 GB RAM
- Expansive 5.5" 1080p Full HD IPS Screen (400 ppi resolution)
- Long-Lasting 3,140 mAh Battery
- Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Advanced 13 MP Full HD Camera with Dual Recording
- 2.1 MP Full HD Front-Facing Camera for Dual Recording and Video Conferencing
- Visually and Audibly Collaborate in Real Time with VuTalk
- QSlide 2.0 for Advanced and Convenient Multitasking
- Audio Zoom for amplifying sound while using Live Zooming
- QuickRemote for Universal Remote Control
- Pocketable Ergonomic Design with Narrow Bezel
- Internal Storage: 32 GB total, support for up to 64 GB of expandable memory
- Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability: LG Optimus G Pro will be available for preorder online May 3 at www.att.com/optimusgpro and in AT&T retail stores May 10 for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.

Even more geeky you say??
 The LG Optimus G Pro comes packed with a host of high-performance features that refine mobile communication and help users better organize their lives. Backed by the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, users can access content and complete tasks faster than ever. 
The brilliant 5.5-inch, 1920 X 1080 Full HD IPS display (400ppi) gives users more pixels and screen real estate to view and show off content.
The 13 MP Full HD rear-facing camera and 2.1 MP Full HD front-facing camera let

users zoom in on even the most intricate of details and its unique Dual Recording
feature allows simultaneous recording with both cameras for an amazing dimensional perspective. Users can capture special and productive moments from both sides of life, all simultaneously on a single screen. The combination of a powerful quad-core processor and 13 MP video camera lets you zoom in tight on the finest of details when viewing your recordings and helps maintain video playback quality and image resolution.
LG Optimus G Pro features a stylish ergonomic design with a narrow screen bezel delivering a more comfortable in-hand experience and great “pocketability.” Hardware features enhance productivity while providing fun, entertaining moments. 
QuickRemote is a universal remote application that utilizes the built-in Infrared (IR) sensor, turns the device into a Universal Remote Control for use with compatible TVs, Blu-Ray players, cable provider set-top boxes and more.

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While I was given product to review, I was not paid to write this post.  All opinions, typos, etc. are ALLLL mine!  

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