Down Time at Trade Show Exhibits can be Boring

My husband works away from home a lot. He spends many days at a time on the road at conferences. Much of these days are spent at trade show exhibits. He really enjoys his job but there are slow times during the day and that makes being away from home harder for him than it already is because he feels unproductive during those times and misses his family even more. I came up with some ways to help him feel more productive on the road. He is able to get more done because he makes better use of his time so when he is home he does not have to spend as much time at the office. It has been wonderful to have him home and present when he is not traveling instead of at the office. Here are a few of the items which help to make this possible.

  • Laser Keyboard- this is so cool, it projects an image on a surface of a keyboard allowing him to type up notes and documents. This has been his biggest time saver. laser keyboard
  •  Portable Scanner- Because he receives a lot of business cards and informational brochures this portable scanner allows him to slip the documents through saving the information in files that he can transfer to his lap top. It helps reduce the paper clutter he used to have to sort back at the office.
  • Powermat Charging Pad- this charging pad not only charges his phone, lap top and tablet, it also cuts clutter at his trade show exhibit.

Rocksmith- A Fun Way to Learn to Play the Guitar

The Rocksmith system boasts that you can learn to play the guitar in 60 days. 95% of people who tried improved their guitar skills after using Rocksmith. What I think it looks like is an awesome video game. This is on my list to buy my kids. Rocksmith can be used for the Xbox 360, Play Station 3 and any Mac or PC.


There are exercises in Rocksmith disguised as games to improve skills so you learn while having fun, which really is the best way especially for children. Rocksmith is not yet available for the Wii system but hopefully it will be soon. The main difference between Rocksmith and other guitar games like Rockband or Guitar Hero is that Rocksmith requires a real electric guitar. So if you already have one that part is easy. If you don’t it is a significant expense but with Rocksmith you don’t need guitar lessons so you save that money and you also save money on driving to the lessons.

From the Rocksmith site:


Rocksmith teaches you how to play fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass* directly into your Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows® PC or Mac.

Rocksmith becomes your personal guitar teacher as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts the difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you’re playing your favorite songs note-for-note.

Now that I have the children taken care of it is time for Mommy, she would like, coach signature bags, what do you say Santa? I have been a very good girl.

The Xbox One

xbox one

My children have been talking to me about the Xbox One. I was not sure what exactly it was then I saw a commercial and this game system is $500. Whoa! What the heck can it do that makes it so expensive, “everything” was my husbands answer. So I needed to find out more specifically. This is the brief description on the site.

Be amazed.

Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One.

I am sure this will a hot gift item this Christmas. It sounds amazing and I would even love one. I am betting they will sell out before Christmas. One thing I always complained about with out Wii is that is cannot play a DVD, I know it has the capability and it should just be made to do that. I want a simple looking set up for out entertainment center with as few boxes around as possible. I would be game to get an Xbox One if my husband is on board.



Fun Gift Ideas

I always like to find fun gift ideas. I usually like to find things that are unusual and quirky. I wanted to share some fun things that I found that are not your usual gifts.  The first funny gift I found is a Wiener Dog Oil and Vinegar Set. Bring a little fun to the table when you are adding your dressing to your salad.


The next gift is a set of Tipsy Wine Glasses. I love to sit around my good family and enjoy a nice glass of wine.  Sitting around having fun and enjoying each others is what our family does best. This tipsy set of wine glasses would be a big hit in my family.


Head to the beach this summer with these Beach Sounds Portable Speakers, this one is my favorite. The Beach Sounds portable sound system means that you can now rock out at the beach without fear of getting water or sandy grit into your electronics. With its bright colors and retro look, this amplified speaker set has a water resistant body, that will conceal your MP3 player, smartphones or Walkman.  The inside is made of foam rubber and a velcro strap protect your electronics from being jostled around. I love going to the beach but I hate taking my phone out from under my beach towel in fear the sun and sand will get to it.


Electric Massagers

If you are looking for electric massagers for your neck and shoulders then you have to check out this Tapping Massager. You can get it for $149 and that includes shipping too. This is a snug fit innovation that has drum-massage technology. If you are looking for deep tissue massages then this massager has the versatility you may be looking for.

What a great way to pound away the stress and the tensions of the day whether it is because of your job or just the stress of the kids going crazy all day. This massager will help to rejuvenate and invigorate as well as energize your muscles. And with 20 automatic massage programs you cannot go wrong. This is also great because the heating function help will also help to promote healthy blood circulation. This would make a great gift for that loved one that is always looking very tired and stressed out.