Traveling Mamas

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  • Today is the first official day of exhibits for CES 2012. This event is so large that it fills up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center Hall and the conference space at The Venetian Sands Expo Center.So far I’ve only managed to see the South Halls of LVCC.

    This morning I opted for the monorail since last year I learned just how long one has to wait for a taxi or official shuttle to LVCC. The line to get into the monorail station was already extremely long and was a good indication of how my day would be. Fortunately, Nokia had a promotional dance crew providing entertainment.

    CES 2012 South Halls

    Getting into CES wasn’t as crazy as last year for me and I made my way to the South Halls before heading towards the rest of LVCC. My first stop was the Nokia booth so that I could see the legendary Lumia 900 in real life. It was gorgeous!

    CES 2012 Opening Day

    Then I set off exploring the rest of the South Halls and these are a few of the travel related finds that caught my eye:

    CES 2011 South Halls

    M-edge – Last year I was introduced to m-edge and man have they grown since then. Their previous lineup was ebook reader covers that could be customized. They’ve expanded their line with phone cases, custom ebook cases, and these funky military inspired canvas ebook bags.

    CES 2012 Opening Day

    Golla – Last year I discovered this brand which introduces a new lineup each year. The new products include iPad cases and bags for all your gadgets.

    CES 2012 Opening Day

    Zagg – This company offers accessories and protective covers for touchscreen devices. They also offer a line of products to keep those devices powered up when your juice is low.

    CES 2012 South Halls

    Samsonite – Most everyone is familiar with this brand, but they’ve introduced a number of new product and showcased some of their classic best selling items. The three-in-one travel pillow is one of their top sellers due to affordability and variety of functions. I was glad to see their new backpack, the Viz Air which provides a number of compartments for electronics, and even provides a layer of cushion at the bottom for safety in transporting a laptop.

    CES 2011 South Halls

    Verso – I was drawn to this booth due to the tablet covers in various designs. My favorite is the Vera Bradley collection. I can’t wait until this comes to the market because I’ve been hoping Vera Bradley would release a proper tablet cover. Plus, they also have a line of ebook reader lights in a select few of Vera Bradley patterns.

    CES 2011 South Halls

    Jaymo – Jaymo is a mom owned company providing custom phone and iPad cases that allow you to insert a favorite photo to display on the back of your device. It’s a cute way to personalize your phone or iPad and showcase your kids.

    CES 2011 South Halls

    iBrag – This mom owned company offers fashionable cases for tablets and phones and also provides compact storage options. The phone case is a practical item to take to the theme parks if you no longer have to worry about a diaper bag. It holds the phone, has a photo and wallet area, and wristband.

    CES 2012 South Halls

    These are just a smidgen of the many consumer electronics being showcased at CES 2012 this year. Of course there are home and lifestyle products, a plethora of phone cases, and so much more. I’m heading out again in search of interesting travel gadgets during my CES adventure.

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  • I’m currently on my flight to Vegas headed to the International Consumer Electronic’s Show. Thanks to Gogo Inflight and Ford, from January 7 through January 13, all Gogo Inflight WiFi enabled flights to and from Las Vegas will be offering 30 minutes of FREE WiFi once your flight reaches 10,000 feet.

    CES Gogo inflight free wifi by Ford

    How do you get this FREE WiFi offer?

    Turn on your device (laptop, tablet or other mobile device), make sure Airplane mode is turned on and connect to WiFi.

    Once the Gogo start screen appears, you’ll be prompted to watch a promotional video about CES sponsored by Ford. You’ll enter your email address and then you’ll be connected for 30 minutes of FREE inflight WiFi.

    Have fun on your flight and be sure to say hello if you see me at CES. Follow Gogo on Facebook:

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  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is just around the corner. We’ve got a sneak peek reveal of some of the balloons featured in the 2011 Macy’s Day Parade.

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade flickr image (c) mjpeacecorps

    Beginning at 9 a.m. EST on NBC, the parade will take will take over New York City showcasing loads of holiday fun, including some VERY exciting new balloons. Want a sneak peek at “Frozen Fall Fun” and “ZHU-NIVERSE?” Let VP/creative director of Macy’s Parade Studio John Piper give you the grand tour:

    If you are planning on viewing the parade in person, be sure to check out our tips for viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011.

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  • I was invited to New York City to meet and interview Queen Latifah, star of Zyrtec Parks Unleashed video game on YouTube. Unfortunately, an unplanned surgery kept me in Louisiana, but Queen Latifah agreed to chat via Skype.

    We chatted about good food in Louisiana, allergies when we travel, Queen Latifah’s favorite trips, and her upcoming movie with Dolly Parton — Joyful Noise.

    This interview opportunity was arranged by Zyrtec. No compensation was given and I enjoyed the conversation with Queen Latifah. You can find out more about dealing with allergies when you travel by visiting You follow Queen Latifah on Twitter @IAMQueenLatifah.

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