Intel Core i5 processor Review and Win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy!

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.

Let’s face it, life is busy. We, or maybe I should say “I” feel like I am always running around with my family just hoping to get everything I need to get done every single day. As a mom of 2 busy little boys, a wife, a recipe developer, website author and new cookbook writer, it is so very important for me to multi-task and use wise time management otherwise I am in big trouble.

I find it helpful to write down my responsibilities each week on paper so I can see them along with having family meetings so we are all on the same page then try to multi-task every chance I get.

When I come across things that make my life easier….and faster I am all ears.

I was selected by BlogHer and Intel to review a new computer powered by the Intel® Corei5 processor with Turbo Boost Technology that allows me to get more done in less time. Talk about excitement when I heard those words! The laptop is beautiful. I quickly opened the box and set it up all by myself. For someone who knows the bare minimum about running computers, I must say I was relieved how easy it was to get started.

An Intel® wireless display (akaWiDi) adaptor was also sent that allows me to use my HDTV a monitor. How cool is that? I can work on my blog or type recipes on the big screen in my living room. I can NOT wait to get playing on this new computer. Stay tuned to hear more about my experience!

Now, get ready to enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Best Buy…Here’s How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment here and tell us, what do spend most of your time doing on your computer? Work, play, surf the internet? Let’s hear it!

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link (links to and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

e) Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here. (links to

Be sure to check out the other bloggers posts HERE and enter in their sweepstakes too!

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665 Responses
  1. Meagan

    The majority of my time is looking at blogs, catching up on email, and looking at baby stuff since I’m pregnant!

  2. Patricia Hammermueller

    I love reading blogs about re-using or re-purposing furniture, and anything to do with decorating on a budget.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Sandra Gray

    It varies according to my mood. For about the past two months my mood has been mostly to play: Frontierville on Facebook (never did understand the value of facebook until I played this game ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also spent much time working on it and much time surfing the web, emailing, shopping, reading blogs and getting caught up on current events.

  4. Mary M.

    I spend about 30 percent of my Internet time on business related activities, and about 70 percent of my Internet time on fun things like surfing, ebaying, emailing, etc.

  5. Melissa Roberge

    on my computer i spend most of my time surfing the internet,entering sweepstaes, & posting things on craigslist

  6. ewhatley

    I do so much on my computer. Search for bargains, read blogs, read product newsletters, research just about everything, listen to music, enter giveaways.

  7. daniel thornton

    I spend most of the time on my computer entering sweepstakes, I also spend time trying to learn how to be a computer programmer. I also like to make 3d models.

  8. Shae

    Really, I probably do more surfing, but I actually do a lot of research for my job, too…so let’s just call it 50/50. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Leah Graves

    I spend my time working… I buy storage units at auctions and sell my finds on eBay and craigslist. As a stay-at-home mom it’s the way I make extra money for my family. When I’m not doing that, I like to visit blogs and chit-chat on Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Tammy Kennedy

    entering contest is my way to relax and be able to hopefully win products I would never be able to own or purchase other wise, I’m unemployed and having vision and health issues so have no money to buy anything

    Thank you so very much for giving me a chance to be a winner
    Thank you for all your time, effort and hard work

  11. Rick Gibson

    I do sweepstakes while simultaneously bending pretzels and playing Flight of the Bumblebee on the slide trombone over 40 times in under one minute.

  12. Benny Williams

    I definitely do all of this: Work, play, surf the internet. It’s my lifeline and work machine! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Alissa

    I spend half my time checking in with friends and family and the other half following blogs that I hope will help me in my own quest as a stay at home momma:D

  14. Sandra Brower

    Mostly homework and homeschooling my daughter. My guilty pleasure is my blog reading. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. stephanie edwards

    I use the computer to Digital scrapbooking, card making, and reading blogs to get inspiration. My children use it from 230pm on to get homework done. Would love to win this to get a computer of my own. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Stephanie

  16. karen

    considering my job is spent in front of a computer, i’d have to say work! second would be reading blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Jennie R.

    I spend the majority of my time onlne playing video games. I’m an avid World of Warcraft player. For the Alliance!

  18. Robyn Dones

    I’m usually on the computer reading blogs and keeping up with my Facebook friends. Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Kevin

    Most of my time I spend doing work (writing articles/reports), but then there is quite a bit of emailing, some news reading, and occasional surfing…

  20. jennifer kimberly

    Currently I use my computer mostly for sweepstakes and giveaways ! I am hooked! I also use it for facebook!


  21. I moved around a lot while growing up and have found several old friends on Facebook, so I do spend way too much time there. I also read food blogs, Tweet, and play Scrabble on Pogo.

  22. Natalie J. Vandenberghe

    For the past eight months, I’ve been spending most of my computer time entering contests! Reading blogs, following/fanning/liking/subscribing. Before, I just used the computer to check email, find trivia answers, look for recipes, etc. I’m having lots of fun. oh, I play Scrabble online also. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Lindsay

    I spend most of my time split between Facebook and my Google Reader (catching up on all my fave recipe and craft blogs).

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  24. I spend my computer time split pretty evenly between running our household, working from home and hanging out online participating in blogs/message boards.

  25. Kara

    I spend 25% of the time working (part-time position), and the rest surfing the internet and reading blogs. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s easy to get lost in a good blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Georgia

    I am on the computer all day at work then I come home and blog a little so I am on the computer all day long. Love blogging more than anything.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  27. I guess you’d call most of my computer time play, but much of it involves doing the business of running a home and family. I don’t know how I would function without mine.

  28. Alyssa

    I would say I spend about 70% working (I’m a designer & developer) and 30% surfing/ watching tv & movies/ chatting/ social networks/ etc. ^_^

  29. Lynn

    I spend most of my time on the computer working. But I do take some time to relax by reading blogs and catching up on my favorite TV shows. =)

  30. I spend so much time on the computer each day reading e-mails, writing e-mails, checking in on my friends on facebook, and working on my books and blogs.

  31. Melissa S

    the computer i use most is my work laptop, so i do more work – but a lot of pages are blocked, like email – so that has to be done from my home desktop – or phone!

  32. Ginger

    I work in front of a computer all day so try to avoid it at home (not working tonight). My favorite thing to do is read great blogs and check out what my friends have been up to on Facebook. I also keep my budget in a spreadsheet so on paydays (like today), I go in, see what I have to pay for the next two weeks and send out my bills through my Bank of America online bill pay service.

  33. KS Dallas

    Mine is pretty much 50/50. I work on the computer all day and then I usually have it on at the house most of the evening. I’ll check email, update my social sites, play games, etc. while watching tv or cooking.

  34. When I’m on the computer, I spend 60% researching different topics and reading interesting blogs. Then I spend 30% finding resources for and marketing my graphic design business. The last 10% is spent catching up with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.

  35. Jennie A

    I work for eBay so I’m on the computer for 8 hours and then when i’m not at work I do enjoy some surfing ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Heather Spooner

    I spend most of my computer time searching blogs and collecting recipes. I enjoy reading the posts of people that share my interests.

  37. Lisa

    I spend most of my time on the computer just surfing the internet or watching episodes of my favorite TV shows or movies. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. My computer is a busy little bee and sometimes has a very hard time keeping up with me with all the work (and I am not gunna lie a little play) that I have to do on it.

  39. alice

    I spend way too much time looking up answers to the weird questions that crop up during my day. Why do cats purr? When is Chinese New Year? How to make soft pretzels? Etc.

  40. Margaret Smith

    I spend most of my time doing personal work, like paying bills, shopping and emails for my kids schools.
    Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.

  41. I spend 50/50 work/play. I’m still in college so I have a lot of assignments and labs and write ups. But I also spend a fair amount of time looking at food blogs and working on mine.

  42. Holly

    I like to just surf! I’m a connoisseur of cute cat videos ๐Ÿ˜› That and I have a 2nd monitor so I multitask and watch movies on it, efficiency, hooray!

  43. I spend half 1/3 of my time doing school work. 1/3 on reading blogs. and 1/3 on watching all the tv shows i missed while doing my school work

  44. Vanessa

    I spend a lot of my time on trying to find creative ideas. I’m a first grade teacher who tries to make learning fun. What time I have left is spent on facebook, reading blogs, and keeping up with recipes and sports. I really could use the gift card to Best Buy! I mean teachers love, love, love giftcards!!!

  45. Jessie

    I spend most of my home computer time surfing the net. Most is for fun, some is for personal business, research, etc.

  46. I spend 80% of my time blogging/blog stalking/and saving “future dream” items onto my computer… the rest of the 20% is for minimal schoolwork- shows where MY priorities are!

  47. What an awesome giveaway!! I spend WAY too much time on my computer. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. I’m working and blogging and then sometimes I spend 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. playing and blogging. I need to get out more ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Without a doubt I spent most of my time receiving and sending emails, but all other time is spent searching for and researching new recipes to make for my family and friends…just like the Cheesy Bacon Green Bean Casserole! Yum!


    I keep in touch with my family and being a senior citizen I love go on blogs for food,crafts and needlework It keeps me alert and up to date. hugs Sally

  50. Jackie

    A lot of time writing papers, researching, and doing school work. And of course an equal amount of time procrastinating surfing the web!

  51. Jennifer Van Wagoner

    Love this. I mostly surf, shop, blog and email. Of course, I also pay bills, make photo books, and facebook. I need a portable computer so bad because my only one is in the basement and it’s not always convenient with four little ones to attend to!

  52. Rachel Stadler

    I spend most of my time on the computer looking up fun new recipes (Picky Palate of course!) to make for my finace and I. I’ve just started my journey in cooking and love to find recipes worth making again. When I’m not recipe hunting, you will find me on Skype chatting with my nieces and nephews!

  53. Brandy

    I spend most of my computer time at work. I’m a software developer, though, so that’s not horribly surprising.

  54. Checking my emails takes the most of my time. I get so many newsletters, recipes, store/coupon emails, etc. Just takes time to delete them after they pile up! Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

  55. Danielle

    I’m a student, so I spend most of my time doing work (writing papers, typing up assignments, etc.) But, I also spend a huge (TOO huge) amount of time playing as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Julie

    I spend the majority of my time on the computer working, but as time permits, I am on FB and researching great bargins.

  57. Karen

    Definitely looking up recipes to keep my boys interested at the dinner table! Well and desserts for me too of course…

  58. Cornelia Lotito

    Well, normally, I spend most of my time online reading food and design blogs and going on Facebook, but for the past month or so I’ve mostly been online applying to colleges and working on my auditions (Hopefully, I’ll be majoring in voice). ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Brittany

    I use the internet for reading blogs and emails, finding yummy recipes, and paying bills. I prefer the first too infinitely more than that last, but don’t we all?

  60. margaret

    i spend most of my time reading the news and checking email on line. My computer is personal! Oh, and the kids play games!!!

  61. I work on the computer all day so that is mostly what I do. For fun I am editing pictures, reading blogs, writing my own blog posts and shopping!

  62. Whitney

    I spend all my time reading blogs, learning new things like recipes and crafts, and catching up on my friends lives. Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I love to surf the net, watch movies and connect with family and friends. I also always look for great deals and savings to save my family money. I help my kids research also for school.
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  64. 99% Work!!!! Though I can’t complain; I get to work at home so I can take care of my sweet little baby girl. The rest of the time, I get to catch up on my blog stalking!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your food blog!

  65. katiek

    Lets see the majority of my day on the computer is spent:
    catching up on blogs
    working , while still being distracted by my reader
    finding new recipes
    surfing random sites
    and surfing all of that, keeping in touch with friends near and far:)

  66. I love your new laptop! I spend A LOT of time on my laptop and I spend most of my time surfing. I love looking through blogs, online shopping, and social networking… I just can’t help myself ,-)

  67. Melanie

    I don’t have nearly enough time for the computer most days, but when I do it’s spent checking e-mail, facebook, and reading my favorite blogs!

  68. I am ashamed to admit but I use it to surf the net! Every chance I get. I think I’m addicted to it. I am probably on a subconcious quest to find the end of the information superhighway

    I am in grad school about to graduate but I barely use it for school

  69. Amber

    I use my computer for work and personal, so I’m usually filling out a spreadsheet, looking up a recipe, and responding to email all at the same time ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  70. Lauren

    I use my work computer at home all of the time, and it’s just for working and surfing the net. As a teacher, I take work home a lot, and my laptop is perfect for me.

  71. Kim

    Wow!! What a giveaway!! I spend so much time on the computer it’s crazy. I spend most of my time in LR3 and CS5 editing my pictures and digital scrapbooking! Hooding for a new computer for Christmas too!!

  72. Carrie

    The majority of my computer time is spent reading food blogs like yours! I love this new world of access to recipes with photos and and reviews.

  73. Melanie

    I spend my time going through my email and then looking at blogs & websites about cooking and crafting, and digital scrapbooking when I have time.

  74. I use my computer first for school and work, and second to surf the internet for recipes, wedding planning, blogs, etc. Unfortunately school and work suck up most of my time!

  75. Andrea T.

    I spend most of the time on my computer working on school work. After being our of college for 10 years, I started back this semester to finish my degree! But I also find time to check my favorite blogs and facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. I use the computer mostly to blog. I love writing and taking pictures for my own blog, but also love reading about others. I am loving life out in the computer world!

  77. Meghanne

    I spead most of time working (I am a full time programmer). But my “downtime” is spent catching up on my favorite blogs and gossip sites!

  78. Erica Williams

    Most of my computer time is spent reading blogs or seeing what people have posted on Facebook. What would we do without the internet?!

  79. I just got engaged 2 weeks ago, so now most of my time on my computer is spent researching all things wedding-related, orgnazing our thoughts, and trying to create our own invitations!! <3

  80. Meagan W

    Recipe blogging and the dreaded Facebook… it sucks you in and before you know it.. an hour has gotten away from you!

  81. Heidi

    Blogging, bills, shopping, social networking, looking for recipes, reading blogs… these are a few things I do with my computer time!

  82. Amber

    Most all of my time is quickly reading blogs, facebook, and posting updates then spending all the remaining available time to homework, studying, and doing homework. IT sure is a change going back to school after 15 years away from college.

  83. Kati

    how cool is that little laptop! $250 would be fun for Christmas, does the contest really end in Dec? or should that say Nov?? I use most of my time on the computer surfing…wish I could have said something more productive sounding though!

  84. Anah

    i’m all about the Facebook! i run my husband’s Facebook work page and the rest of the time, i’m bragging/complaining about my kids!

  85. Catherine

    Sometimes it seems I spend my whole day on my computer. I work from home so am on my computer at least 8 hours a day working. Then, in my off-time, I surf the web, manage household accounts/duties and read blogs (including yours of course). We also use our laptop to stream movies and TV shows.

  86. Vanessa

    it’s a little bit of everything, but i’m mostly using the computer for work and to surf my favorite sites (not necessarily in that order!)

  87. Sylvia

    I definitely spend my time online reading blogs and entering contests. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also taking a couple of classes through the internet.

  88. I spend 70% of my time uploading pictures-organizing them in my folders and editing them. I love photography and I enjoy taking pictures of my cute nieces and nephews, and of course my lovely Cocker Spaniel, Sadie! The other 30% icludes surfing the web, playing games, and chatting with friends/family!

  89. Lindsey R

    I mainly use my computer for work (I do my husband’s business books). But also love to look for recipes and surf the web!

  90. Stacie Aho

    I probably spend 60% goofing around (blog stocking, facebook, etc), and the other 40% doing emails, updating pictures, and the like. I will admit I waste too much time!

  91. Lindsay

    I typical use my time on the computer doing just this…checking out my favorite food blogs and getting great recipe ideas! Picky Palate is my all time favorite. I drool everytime!

  92. Sometimes I feel like 80% of my day is spent on the computer! I use it mostly for work, reading blogs, schoolwork and checking email & facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Tricia

    I spend most of my time online checking out blogs!! Looking for great ideas of what to make for dinner, or gifts that I can give and things to make my house cute!!! Tricia

  94. Michele

    I spend all of my time at work entering payroll so that I can ensure everyone gets a paycheck ๐Ÿ™‚ I do spend time surfing the net whether it’s emailing or promotions for my children. While at home, I’m on my computer to upload new photos, emailing, etc prob 20% of the time til my kiddos are in bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. Brenda M.

    I mostly check Facebook and search for different recipes and other stuff I need info on. I also upload photos and my computer is very outdated and slow. I would love to have a new one. Thanks for the opportunity to get one.

  96. Nicole Bethea

    I use the internet for work. I also surf the web alot and do most of my Christmas shopping online. I have 3 boys that would LOVE to get a couple new games at best buy!!!

  97. I would love to say I spend most of it working…but that would be a big FAT lie! Editing and for formatting pictures and then blogging about them definitely takes up most of my computer time.

  98. Kelly

    I work from home, so I mostly work on my computer. Of course, a good portion of my time on the computer also goes to reading blogs!

  99. Julie

    Sadly the majority of my computer time is work. 8 hours during the day at my main job and then another 1-2 hours at night after my son goes to sleep for my 2nd job. Tough times call for desperate measures.

  100. Di

    I tend to play – reading facebook and blogs. But I also do some volunteer work by being the administrator of a non-profit’s bulletin board.

  101. Jamie

    I mostly keep in touch with family and friends. I do enjoy some free time every now and then to surf the net when my five little guys are busy.

  102. Janene

    I wish I could say that I do something productive but I usually use the computer in brief spurts to check email and catch up with friends.

  103. Desire' H.

    I spend my computer time reading emails mostly and Facebook is a close second. I would love to be entered to win the gift card! Thanks!

  104. kanien

    I love checking blogs and getting good ideas for dinner, my home and fun craft projects. My time on the computer is 100% play time.

  105. Natalie Call

    I spend most of my time on the computer reading blogs and catching up on my friends on fb. This is how I unwind at the end of a long day.

  106. I run a Wedding Announcement Design business, and so I spend a lot of time working on the computer. However, I get my fair share of blogging in! (I also love to watch movies on Netflix Instant Play while I am doing either of those things.)

    Thank you!

  107. Since I’m retired, most of my time on the computer is what I guess you’d consider surfing the web … reading blogs, shopping online, e-mailing friends & family, etc.


  108. I spend the majority of my time designing products for the digital scrapbooking community so I’m always on my computer. I also enjoy interacting on Twitter, Facebook, my blog and various forums.

  109. I spend a ton of the time on the internet, blogging, reading food blogs, looking things up on google (mostly food things), checking my email, etc. Also listening to music, editing photos, etc. I spend a lot of time on my computer!

  110. rebekah

    most of my time is spent chatting with my husband (who is currently in Iraq), reading blogs and facebooking with friends.

  111. Lisa in SC

    I spend most of my time surfing the net, catching up on Facebook, or reading food blogs and making myself hungry.

  112. Nice new computer! I keep in touch with family and friends on Facebook and email, work(my home business & my Husbands), look up recipes and information, and organize pictures.

  113. SewLindaAnn

    I spend about 75% playing and 25% working on my computer. I really am at a point where I need to have a more efficient/faster system and look forward to more on your review.

  114. Christi J

    What do spend most of your time doing on your computer? Work, play, surf the internet?

    I would say 70% work, and 30% play!


  115. Hey PP!

    Thanks so much for sponsoring such a fantastic giveaway!

    I spend most of my online time reading blogs. I’m a blog-o-holic!

    Second biggest time usage: online window shopping. I have a huuuge wish list!

  116. I spend most of my time working!!! I run an online boutique so I’m always checking emails, responding to customers and keeping my store fresh and current ๐Ÿ™‚
    But I do love to shop online as well….soooo many good deals out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. I spend most of my time either doing my school work ( I am going to school online) or checking on my kids school grades, homework etc. But of course, while doing those things I am also on Facebook checking out what everyone is up too

  118. Most of my time is spent designing digital cards, candy wrappers, etc. that I sell at craft fairs. I follow a few blogs but not that many. I limit my time with the blogs because they can become an obsession and rob you with time from family and other important tings. I do follow Picky Palate every day tho.

  119. Tricia

    I spend most of my time keeping up with family and friends who live across the country (blogs, facebook, email, etc.).

  120. Terri Roush

    I use my laptop for email, the weather, all my recipes and recipe sites, I use it for my crafty blogs and facebook, and I use it to keep up with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Hall County Humane Society.

  121. What don’t I spend time doing on my computer ๐Ÿ™‚ Non-stop photo editing, recipe searching, deal searching, and looking up all those home repairs that keep me and the hubby busy, busy, busy! Oh, and a little play too, entering contests and reading blogs. Thanks Picky Palate!

  122. Linsey Brockman

    Generally I use my computer for basic internet use, but this holiday season, I am making logos and labels for all of the food gifts I’ll be giving!

  123. Kim

    I work in IT so I spend all day using my computer for work. When I get home it’s mostly for internet/Netflix. ๐Ÿ™‚


  124. Amber W.

    I spend most of my time reading blogs, looking up recipes, and keeping in contact with family via Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Victoria

    Unfortunately, I use my computer primarily for work. 9 hours a day of staring at the computer…definitely not the best for my eyes!

  126. Jody Sullivan

    I am the treasurer for our school PTA so I spend a lot of time on my computer balancing the books…and reading blogs and occasionally working.
    Best of luck with the new computer, hope it’s everything you hoped for!

  127. Michelle Gamradt

    I work in social media, so not only do I use my computer at home, but all day at work as well! This computer looks perfect for my needs!

  128. Christy

    I spend most of my time on the computer working. But every once in a while, I use it to catch up on my favorite cooking blogs, like yours!!

  129. Kate B

    I use my home laptop for e-mail, Facebook, paying bills, general surfing and reading cooking-related blogs or community posts.