Dragon NaturallySpeaking Review & Giveaway

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I will be dictating this entire review via Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I will not be making corrections, so if there are grammatical errors or words appear to be misused it is certainly not intentional, but is an accurate representation of how Dragon NaturallySpeaking works for me.

(Begin using Dragon)

I am on the computer well over 8 hours a day. The majority of that time is spent typing, and I have to admit…it can get a bit annoying and tiresome. So when I first heard about Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance, I was absolutely sold. A software program that enabled me to be hands free while I worked? Yes please, sign me up!

When I was offered the chance to review the software for my blog, I jumped at the chance.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is speech recognition software, which was created by Nuance. There are two versions available for PC’s:

  1. Dragon Home –this is for the home computer user, and will run you about $99. 99 although you can typically get a pretty good deal on it through Amazon. although this version is pretty basic it definitely has enough interesting features to keep most computer users intrigued.
  2. Dragon Premium –this is for professional use mainly. The premium version of Dragon definitely has a lot more bells and whistles to it. Consider it a personal assistant, except this personal assistant will do basically anything you tell it to. From basic speech to text to more complex computer commands, Dragon premium can revolutionize your home office. Dragon premium generally retails for around $199.99, however once again you can generally find it for a bit less on Amazon.

Do you have a Mac? No problem, Nuance has a Dragon for you to. You can check out all the specs of Nuance’s Dragon products by visiting their website.

Initial Impressions of Dragon

**The version of Dragon that I am reviewing is the premium version. This review will only focus on the premium version because I have not used the home version personally.**
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Photoweavers Photo Blanket Review & Giveaway

**** December 2012 UPDATE: Just wanted to give an update to this review! Nearly 2 years later and our blanket STILL looks brand new! It knocks the socks off of everyone who sees it! It’s still the blanket we fight over when it’s TV time as well 😉 . The colors are still vibrant and the pictures still look amazing! 
Monday, March 7th, was my 5 year wedding anniversary. I knew I wanted to give my husband a really amazing, knock his socks off, kind of anniversary gift. I knew that I wanted it to be personalized, but I also knew that I wanted the gift to be useful. One of the things I love most about our marriage, besides our dedication to each other, is our dedication to our children. So I knew I wanted them to be included somewhere in this gift as well.

A pretty tall order for an anniversary gift.

  1. Must knock his socks off
  2. Must be personalized
  3. Must be useful
  4. Include our children

When I first came upon the Photoweavers website, I was intrigued. Photo blankets were not new to me, but quality ones…well I’m not sure if I had ever come across one of high quality. Upon first glance, I knew Photoweavers photo blankets were different.

***My Experience***

First I checked out their Inspiration Gallery, because I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of layout I wanted (or if what I wanted was even possible!). Once I saw the layout I was interested in, I decided to jump head first into creating my blanket.

The hardest part of this process was choosing what pictures I wanted to include. I decided to use a wedding picture and a picture of the children that my husband had really liked from Christmas.

After that, the process was incredibly easy. I chose the format, uploaded the pictures, placed them where I wanted and added the text I desired. It was that simple!

The blanket was shipped to me incredibly quickly and I remember being shocked to see it at my door in such a timely manner! I took the blanket out to look it over and initially was shocked at the size. A 70″x53″ blanket is much larger than I expected it to be! The kids were so excited about seeing the blanket, that they actually let the cat out of the bag and we had to give my husband his anniversary present a few days early.

Our photoblanket from Photoweavers is now the most sought after blanket in our blanket loving household! The children love it, my husband loves it and I do too. I don’t worry about the kids playing with it or getting it dirty because you can tell it is tough and made with top quality materials.

The best part is that it’s a blanket that we can all cuddle under together during family movie night!

***About The Company***

Photoweavers has more than just blankets. You can order totes, purses, pillows and even wall hangings! Their products are jacquard woven, 100% cotton and never printed. They will never fade and their blankets are machine washable.

They are a family owned company who has been weaving at their present facility in North Carolina for over 30 years. However, their ancestors were weavers all way back to the time of the American Revolution!

My experience with this company was remarkable. Correspondence was always timely and friendly, shipping was expedient and the product went beyond expectation.

In my opinion, Photoweavers photo blankets are in a league of their own. I specifically reviewed the 70″x53″ blanket and I chose a 3 Photo Layout. I kept one of those photo spots blank so I could write my own text. The result was this:

I tried hard to think of a negative for this product, I even asked my husband if there was anything he disliked. The entire process from start to finish was incredibly simple and the blanket itself is incredible. There simply are no negatives to point out. Don’t just take my word for it though, just check out their reviews on their site.

***Where To Order***

Interested in ordering a photo blanket from Photoweavers? Or any of their other incredible products? Head on over to the Photoweavers website for pricing and helpful tips and tricks to get the most of out of your ordering experience. Photoweavers even gave me a coupon code just for my readers! Use the coupon code familyfriendlyfrugality for the next 90 days and you will get 35% off your order from Photoweavers!

***The Giveaway***

You all know that Photoweavers is a great company that produces great products. You know where to buy them and you know how to get the FFF hookup 😉

Now, you have the chance to win one!

You will win a beautiful 70″x53″ large photo blanket that you get to create and design yourself!

How to enter:

This giveaway will be done via a Google Doc form. There is no need to leave a comment (unless you just want to say Hi!).

****I will not count comments towards entries.****

Complete any or all of these steps before filling out the entry form. The mandatory entry IS mandatory. Without that entry, no other entries will count.

Mandatory Entry (DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER-use the form only. Comments will NOT be counted as entries):

  • Head on over to Photoweavers website and look around. Tell me why you want a photo blanket and what you would use it for!

Bonus Entries:

  1. “Like” Photoweavers on Facebook (you don’t have to leave a comment unless you just really want to talk about how much you love them! Facebook rules state giveaways cannot be held there, so let’s be careful to abide by the rules!)
  2. “Like” Family Friendly Frugality on facebook
  3. “Follow” Photoweavers on Twitter
  4. “Follow” Family Friendly Frugality on Twitter
  5. Subscribe to Family Friendly Frugality by email (subscription must stay active to win)
  6. Blog about the giveaway!
  7. Tweet and/or post on facebook about the giveaway.
    Sample Tweet: Enter to #win the @Photoweavers Photo Blanket #Giveaway! $119 Value! @familyfrugal  http://tinyurl.com/4bv3gxb
    Sample Facebook post: Enter to win a Photoweavers Photo Blanket ($119 Value!) from @Family Friendly Frugality. Enter the giveaway here http://tinyurl.com/4bv3gxb

This giveaway is open to US residents 18+. The giveaway is also open to Canadian readers, however if you are in Canada you will have to pay postage. It is open until March 21st, 2011 at 8pm CST.

Photoweavers provided me with a blanket at no cost to myself for review. They did not pay me for this review, and I wouldn’t have accepted payment if they tried. Their products stand tall all on their own! Thanks Photoweavers!


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