I Should Power #Energizer at BlogHer

By Kate |

I should represent Energizer as a Smart ChargHER  at the BlogHer Conference in August, and I’m going to tell you why. But, first, let me introduce myself.

My name is Kate and I am the blog at home mom to a 3.5 year old boy and a 20 month old girl. As a military family we move every couple of years and are nearing the end of our time in Florida. I started The Shopping Mama in January of 2009 to share my favorite finds for families – everything from the latest and greatest toys and clothes to products to make moms lives easier. (Like, for example, an awesome and convenient product that will save you money.)

Now that we have the introduction out of the way, let’s get on to why I should represent Energizer at BlogHer.

I AM a Smart ChargHER.

As the mom of two (incredibly energetic) young kids and the wife to an Air Force pilot I am used to charging and recharging my whole family. I literally provide energy in the form of three meals (and countless snacks) a day. I ensure my kiddos don’t drop for lack of energy by enforcing nap and bedtimes. But, more importantly, I’m the spirit, the heart, the emotional boost and energy that a family needs. All moms are, really. I know I can’t take all the credit for charging and energizing my family, but my husband travels a lot for his job so I do have to parent on my own quite a bit. In fact, I’ll be charging my kids solo for an entire year shortly when my husband deploys this fall.

Energizer Recharge Smart Charger Features & Me

The Energizer Smart Charger slow charge rate prevents damage to battery during charging and extends number of life cycles.

As a busy mom, I work to protect and nurture my little ones while balancing the demands of The Shopping Mama and tackling life’s challenges.

The Energizer Smart Charger charges 2 (or 4) AA or AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries.

My 2 little batteries

The Energizer Smart Charger large LCD Screen displays charging progress via a countdown clock and fuel gauge.

When my husband is out of town, I keep him up to date on the progress and growth of our little ones via the large screen that is my laptop. We Skype as often as we can and will certainly rely on this next year when he’s gone.

The Energizer Smart Charger is Energy Star Certified.

You’ll have to take my word on this one. But, trust me, I am totally Energy Star certified.

The Energizer Smart Charger has a disposable and bad battery detector.

Ya, I’m not really sure what metaphor I can make here. I clean out the fridge and get rid of bad food? ‘Cause I do.

The Energizer Recharge Smart Charger is Great for Today’s Families

Think about all the times you’ve had the toy ready to play… and thud. It doesn’t work because the batteries are dead. If your house is anything like mine, this doesn’t take much imagination or a particularly long-term memory. Sadly, it happens all too often around here because we NEED a Smart Charger. So, when you’re in that position the last thing you want to do is to run out to the store and buy new batteries to make the toy dinosaur roar. That’s not smart. Not only does the Energizer Smart Charger give you the capability to charge batteries, it uses new technology to allow batteries to last longer and work harder, saving you money. That’s smart. The Smart Charger is $19.99 and a pack of 4 Energizer Rechargeable batteries costs around $12 – 15. A pretty small investment for a long-term return, I’d say.

BlogHer ’10!

The hard work, countless hours and tireless energy I put into The Shopping Mama is limited only by my love for and the priority I place on my family. But, the experiences I’ve had and people I’ve met through the blog have been amazing. I have no doubt BlogHer will be one of those amazing experiences that make all the energy seem worth it.

If awarded the sponsorship, I will happily spread the word about the Smart Charger, hand out USB drives in accordance with BlogHer rules, encourage friends to blog about the product, sport some Energizer clothing and blog, Twitter and Facebook about the product and experience. I know I will make an outstanding Smart ChargHER at Blogher ’10 if given the opportunity!

Thanks to Energizer for such a great sponsorship opportunity and to Barefoot Mommies and An Island Life for hosting the sponsorship giveaways.

UPDATE July 22 – I was selected to represent Energizer at BlogHer! Thank you so much for your kind words, ReTweets, posts to Energizer, and for all your support. I am so excited and am certain I wouldn’t have won without your help.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Kate would do an awesome job representing Energizer.

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      Awwww, thanks Shopping Dada!

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    Kate, I think you are a fabulous blogger but even more so an amazing woman. Energizer would be lucky to have you representing them! If you are chosen, I would be happy to help spread the word about the Smart Charger. Good luck!

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      Thank you, Emilie! I really appreciate it.

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    I think you would be an AWESOME representative for the Energizer brand! I hope you get the sponsorship… 🙂 Good luck, honey!!!

    BTW: Those photos are ADORABLE 🙂 haha What a creative expression! (with the kids looking like they’re running on batteries!)

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      Aren’t those pictures funny? I giggle every time I look at them.

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    Go Kate Go!!

    Take lots of pictures and pretend I am there 🙂

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      I so wish you were going to BlogHer, Felicia. I’d love to see you again.

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    The Shopping Mama would be the best rep that Energizer could wish for!!! Good luck, Kate!! The smart charger sounds so cool… thanks for the awesome info!

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    Good Luck Kate! I think Energizer would be crazy not to pick you to represent them.

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    Kate you already know you’re on my favorite list of bloggers and online friends but this post really showed me just how incredibly awesome you are! I really wish I could be at Blogher to meet you in person. Best of luck to you!!!

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      You made my day, Cat! I wish I could meet you in person, too. Some day…

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    I’ve been struggling on a great post to enter this contest myself and this one just blows it away. Energizer would be lucky to have you! Can’t wait to meet you! NYC & Vegas!

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    Kate, you’d do a great job representing Energizer. Good luck!

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    You rock & are a total inspiration! 🙂
    Fingers crossed!

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    Shannon Kelly

    The Shopping Mama should DEFINITELY represent Energizer at BlogHer 2010! Kate has the most energy and enthusiasm for products she believes in…and she (and most mamas, including me!) believe in Energizer. There are too many toys that depend upon “juice,” as my daughter puts it. And there are too many tears at stake when there is no “juice.” Energizer = “juice” and Kate knows that.

    Choose Kate and she will do you proud! Choose Kate and I’ll help!

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    Kate seems like a good rep for Energizer-reading her blogs give me ensergy to get up and do things!

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    Ohhhhh I hope you get it!!! I think you are amazing!!!!

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    I think Kate would do an awesome job of representing too! She is very hard working and creative and fun! Good luck Kate!!!

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    Mom’s are absoulutely a families recharger. Good luck I think you would do a great job.

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    You would be great representing them.

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    They would be lucky to have you as a representative, Kate!!

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    Thank you, everyone, for all the kind comments. It is so nice to have your support!

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    You would be the perfect choice for this sponsorship!

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    Your story is inspriing – good luck with the contest!

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    What a creative post and I think you would do a great job if given the opportunity.

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    Memere and Papa Lou

    Kate, Energizer would definitely profit by having the Shopping Mama as one of their sponsor, especially with those two little energizer batteries. Perfect.

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    Melanie Swan

    I love this!!! As a military wife myself, I can attest to the need to be able to re-charge your family over and over again!!! Good luck, and blessings!

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