Monday, July 23, 2012


Here's the deal: I get pitches from companies all.the.time. wanting me to promote their product.
And my set answer is a simple No, thank you.
Being a business owner myself, it seems to make more sense to use this here blog to promote my own business, and stay true to my own voice, than promote someone else's business.

You're with me on this, right?

But recently I started wondering if I'm being a big stubborn dummy.
So I asked some very knowledgeable people "Am I being a big stubborn dummy??" and they gave me a resounding YES!

So when Verizon contacted me recently inviting me to be a "Savvy Mom", I thought long and hard about it.

Clearly I'm not savvy.
But... when we moved to the boondocks a while back, we tried several different service providers, even the ones that say they reach homes in the boondocks.
We couldn't get service with ANY of them.
We tried Verizon on our search and whatd'yaknow? It worked!

I'm very choosy, but I feel like this is a company I can honestly promote while staying true to my own voice.

So... they sent me to Chicago over the weekend.
We attended some meetings, they took us out to an amazing dinner, and we attended the BBSummit12. (It's a brands & bloggers convention.)

They put me in the Hard Rock Chicago, which was really lovely.
Except Sting stared at me like this all night long.
Creepy, right?? I seriously considered hanging a towel over his face so I could rest.

And they provided us with a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3.
It is a beauty!!
The first thing I noticed about it was the huge screen.
Instagram, Facebook, twitter, and pinterest are all much larger and clearer than I'm
used to.
And it has an 8 megapixel camera!
So the photos turn out to be great quality, nice and colorful.

Being the very non-savvy mom that I really am, (don't tell Verizon!), I had to ask for directions on Facebook today to learn how to get the photos from the phone to my computer. (I'm sure there's an instruction book, but that's asking a whole lot of me.)
All the photos in this post came from the phone.

This is a parking garage. Crazy!

Flying into Kansas certainly looks different than flying into a big city.
Hello farmland.

I met some great new friends, had a good time in a new city, and forced myself out of my own comfort zone.
How was your weekend?

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”


.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

Beki, don't go getting all fancy on us!:) It sounds like an exciting trip! You are smart to be true to yourself and only promote things you love! I have used Verizon for years. I get great service on the little island in SC that part of my family lives on, so I'm a big fan!
I am so impressed with your phone photos!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Ha! Elizabeth, I assure you that won't happen. ;-)

Chanel Babe said...

It sounds like you are staying true to yourself and your values! Hope you enjoy the phone

Lori said...

Beki, we live in a small town in rural Arkansas and Verizon is the only service that really works here. We have been with Altel/Verizon for 10 years now. Several of our our kids have other services and when they come to see us they have a really hard time using their phones for anything. I just upgraded my husband from an OLD Razor phone to a new smart iphone and he LOVES it!!!! They have Great customer services and we are extremely happy with them. I am also very impressed that they are hosting conferences like the one you attended. Blessings

kendal said...

mmmmm. makes me want to advertise for someone. sounds awesome!

Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

Okay, that creepy photo of Sting would have kept me awake all night.

My husband has the Samsung Galaxy II and even though I love my iPhone, I admit to being a little jealous of the larger screen.

And, yay for you for getting yourself out of your comfort zone and giving something new a try. Loved your Chicago photos!

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kate said...

I've just got to say that not ALL of that is a parking garage. The top part is actually apartment homes.

Jennifer said...

what a fun weekend - it is always good to get out of the "comfort" zone every now and then. Russ said that would be a great phone to have. I can't believe how good the pictures are!

Unknown said...

LOVED getting to know you in Chicago, Beki! I was so relieved to have a fellow non-techy nearby for moral support. ;o) Great pics!