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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sprint No Cell Phone Experiment Week Starts this Week!

What would you do if you worked for a wireless phone service company and they told you that you had been selected to participate in a unique experiment where you wouldn't have access to your cell phone, Blackberry or Treo for an entire week? Well that's exactly what Sprint is doing this week with several employees who are sharing brutally honest stories of how they're barely coping without access to their trusty mobile phones or PDA's.

Sprint's Speed Blogger experiment features hilarious and harrowing stories of employees who seem to be suffering from withdrawal because they couldn't check the weather, visit their favorite websites from the palm of their hand or access their voicemail instantly. While I felt bad for one dad who couldn't alert his daughter he was going to be late to pick her up from camp, I began to realize that this experiment is actually a really great way to show how much we all rely on technology and how Sprint's line of wireless products can make our lives a whole lot easier. According to Roni Singleton, a spokesperson for Sprint, she says the company thought it would be a "fun experiment" for their employees that would give them "a whole new appreciation for their cell phone. As much as we love it, we take it for granted," she adds.

On the flip side, just like a summer vacation, this self imposed one week detox from cell phone use may keep this distracted generation of Sprint bloggers more in tune with their families and perhaps make them appreciate life B.C. (before cellphones). It also gives them the chance to take a break from their 24 hour work-day for a change - note to self - stop checking to see if the BlackBerry light is flashing at 3am.

The blogger experiment also kicks off a brand new online contest where everyday consumers can share their personal stories about how they're using their Sprint phone in an innovative way. To register, you'll need to subscribe to Sprint or own a Sprint product - which pretty much stinks for me because my classic BlackBerry Meltdown tale totally could have taken the grand prize.

In this interactive online contest, 53 million Sprint customers will get the opportunity to answer this question for a chance to win the latest phones, cash prizes and more. Whether it’s teaching your grandfather how to text message so he can keep in touch while you’re away at school, navigating with a mobile GPS application in an unfamiliar city on your way to a last-minute client meeting, or diverting a business catastrophe while away from the office using Sprint Mobile Broadband service. Each one of these scenarios underscores the importance of wireless technology for Americans.

Dubbed “SprintSpeed Stories™,” the competition seeks customers to submit their own interesting and unique stories on how Sprint’s wireless technology has enhanced their lives for a chance to win one of several prize packages and the $5,000 grand prize. SprintSpeed Stories follows on the heels of the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey which found that 84 percent of the American wireless subscribers polled say technology is vital to their productivity and helps them get the most of their lives in and out of work. Most notably, the survey revealed that mobile phones are being used to text message, send and receive e-mail, get the news, access the Wireless Web, listen to music, watch live TV and on-demand video and other crucial applications for the wireless lifestyle. Life goes by fast, and SprintSpeed puts business and consumers in control so they can live life at their speed.

Customers can visit to enter the contest and post their stories between now and Oct. 26. Once on the site, they simply choose a category, enter their stories and then enhance the stories with photos or video if they choose. SprintSpeed Stories submissions will be posted online for the public to view and vote. The Top 10 favorites in each category as determined by the public will be turned over to a panel of expert judges, to be announced at a later date. The judges will then determine the winners for each of eight categories as well as a grand prize winner based on the submission’s rating, the uniqueness/originality of use of a Sprint product or service, the depth/quality of the story being told and the creative use of video or images to support the story.

The SprintSpeed Stories competition categories are:

· MOBILE U - How students are using wireless in school
· MOMS 2.0 - Moms communicating on-the-go
· FAMILY UNITS - How the wireless family stays in touch
· 1st RESPONSE - How wireless helps you help others
· WIRED-LESS BIZ - Getting the job done better with wireless tools
· SO GLOBAL - How you keep your roots planted without wires
· PIX & FLIX - Unique camera phone stories
· WALKIE–TALKIE - Share your chirp story

To read the stories of the Sprint bloggers who are about to enter day two of their cell phone deprived week, then Click Here. And to enter into the Sprint Speed Story contest, then click here now and share your tale or vote on your favorite.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Princess Katie & Racer Steve Hit the NYC Concert Circuit!

If you're ready to check out a brand new band for kids and parents that's taking the kiddy market by storm, then hurry now to purchase tickets for "Princess Katie & Racer Steve.” They've just been chosen as Parenting Magazine's Pick For Best Music CD (Songs For The Coolest Kids) and billed as Disney's FamilyFun Magazine's "Our Favorite Things."

Princess Katie tells us, "We do a lot of concerts around the city and they're so much fun - not only for the kids, but the parents as well. It's real music with kid-friendly lyrics, high-energy performance and lots of laughs."

This month Princess Katie & Racer Steve entertained families in Central Park and Union Square and coming up on September 29, they'll be appearing at the Helen Mills Theater (139 W. 26th) at 11am for Princess Katie's Surprise Birthday Party! To order tickets, visit Have a great time...and tell them that Role Mommy sent you!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Rolemommy & Supernanny Team Up to Find Neighborhood Families in Need of Parenting Support! is partnering with to search America for families to be featured in their own episode of ABC’s SUPERNANNY, premiering its fourth season later this year. The show is looking for neighborhoods of families who all can use Supernanny’s help; families who are preparing for a big event like a wedding or family reunion; sports-obsessed parents; parents with mean girls or bullying boys, teens and pre-teens. Casting producers are searching the country to find families from a variety of backgrounds to offer Jo Frost, America’s number one nanny, the challenge of her career. Interested families who are in need of help with their out of control kids may apply from anywhere via, or moms and dads can call 877/NANNY-TIME (1-877-626-6984).

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Doodlebops to Hit NYC in October!

Get ready to rock along with the Doodlebops as they get on the bus to tour North America with their exciting live concert. Due to their wildly successful first live tour with sold out performances across the United States, the Doodlebops are hitting the road once again later this year through the spring of 2008 to bring their music back to their fans, and will kick it off in New York City. Straight from their hit TV show on Playhouse Disney, Deedee, Rooney, and Moe Doodle are getting back on the bus, ready to sing and dance in an interactive concert experience that will have kids and their parents rockin’ and boppin’ together! This candy-colored trio is sure to deliver an unforgettable performance that will be a treat for the whole family.

Tickets are on sale right now for two performances only at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 6.
The New York City performance dates will kick off the 2007-2008 North American tour of Doodlebops Live!, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc. Show locations, dates and times for the entire national tour are available by visiting

“The Doodlebops” was developed to engage kids through real music inspired by legendary artists, while imparting positive social values and messages. With zany antics and overwhelming enthusiasm, this colorful and creative group entertains young fans with their unique mixture of music, dance and comedy while focusing on pro-social themes in a way that their preschooler audiences can relate to.

The live action series produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment and airs on Disney Channel, features the three fun-loving band mates-- Deedee, Rooney, and Moe Doodle who live out their daily lives as the biggest phenomena in kids’ pop music. As this sensational music group takes to the stage, pint-sized fans across the country will be hoppin’ out of their seats boppin’ to their favorite rockin’ band!

TICKET PRICES: $15.00, $27.00, $40.00, $54.00, $69.00. *All tickets subject to Madison Square Garden Service Charge fee.
Show Date & Times: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Tickets for Doodlebops are on sale NOW. Call Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 212-307-7171 or visit for more information.

Saturday, August 04, 2007


Here's the 411 on an opportunity with ABC News for parents of teens!

ABC News in New York would like to extend an opportunity for you and other parents you know to participate in this unique programming opportunity. We want you to "Talk Back!"

Are your kids heading off to college or leaving home for the first time?

How do you think they will they react to their newfound independence?

How will you? Share with us your experiences of this life-stage

If you're a parent with these questions, ask "Good Morning America" Parenting Contributor Ann Pleshette Murphy and she may offer you on-air solutions on how to get some "Parenting Perspectives" on her new show on ABC NewsNow.

Deadline: Tuesday, August 7th.

ABC News is specifically requesting 15-45 second VIDEO comments or

1) Via your cell phone:
2) Via the web:

Start sending in your videos today - who knows, you may wind up on TV!