Convert VHS to DVD Easily and Quickly

Roxio Easy VHS to DVDThis is cool: Do you have a boxful of home VHS videos? How about a boxful of music cassettes that you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of? We do. Whether you want to digitally preserve weddings and baby’s first steps – or you simply have collections of old TV episodes, movies, and concerts -  you can now easily convert those VHS tapes to a DVD format.

Roxio has just released Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, which is a combination of software and hardware, enabling you to easily digitize your VHS tapes. All you do is attach the hardware to a high-speed USB 2.0 port, then capture from your analog video or audio source.

This package also includes a full-featured video editor so you can apply filters to correct video quality, remove or rearrange video segments, and even include titles and effects. The included express labeler allows you to create personalized disc and case artwork.

You can also convert the video to play back on a variety of mobile devices (including the iPod and iPhone) or you can prepare it for sharing via your favorite social networking sites.

Plus, you can take your old LPs and tapes and make them into CDs or transfer them to portable players. This product will automatically split the LP into individual tracks and includes features for labeling them with the artist, song, and album.

It’s available now directly from for $59.99 ( and will be available in retail stores starting in January.)

See how it works here,

Online Health Insurance Quotes

If you and your family need affordable health insurance, you can now harness the power of the Internet to make sure you get the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

We have found a site that provides quotes and offers more insurance products than anyone else online. In fact, at the time of this writing, it’s the ONLY site that allows you to view quotes, compare plans side-by-side and apply for health insurance – all online with eSign technology – greatly reducing the time to wait for a response from a carrier.

eHealthInsurance The site is, and it offers:

Free Quotes and Comparisons. All of the services offered by eHealthInsurance are provided to consumers at no additional cost. The website’s Help and Guidance section provides answers to some more frequently asked questions. They also offer free Online Help & Live Assistance services.

Choice and selection. On the website, you can learn about, compare, and apply for health insurance from many of the nation’s leading health insurance carriers. EHealthInsurance is licensed to market and sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They have partnered with more than 175 health insurance companies and offer more insurance products than anyone online.

Best prices available. Health insurance premiums are regulated by each state’s Department of Insurance. Whether you buy from eHealthInsurance or your local agent, you can be assured that you’re getting the same rate for the same plan. You can enjoy the all the great services they offer and take advantage of the convenience of shopping online and never worry you’ll pay more than you need to.

Faster process.’s eSign technology processes consumers’ health insurance applications electronically, resulting in a faster response from the insurance carriers. This technology reduces the time required for the underwriting process by as much as percent.

Trust and privacy. eHealthInsurance is the leading online source of health insurance for individuals and families nationwide. Their online application process is safe, easy and secure and they do not sell, trade, or give away a customer’s information to anyone.

Get your free instant quotes here >

Good Conversation Starters: Table Topics Conversation Cards

It’s such a great skill to be able to start a conversation with anyone. (And it’s especially helpful if you’re shy because – if you are asking questions, it takes some of the focus off of you.)

Uncommon Goods has these great “Table Topics” to help you break the ice in all different settings. Each acrylic cube has 135 conversation starters, each designed to spur compelling conversations.

Table Topics are available in Original, Family, Teen, Girls Night Out, Couples, Spirit, Right or Wrong, Gourmet, and Book Club editions. Click the links below and a new window will open with more information.

Here are some sample questions:

Original: “What is the best and worst thing about being a man or woman?”

Family: “How did your grandparents meet and fall in love?” and “”Which famous athlete would you love to meet?”

Teen: “What will be the best thing about leaving home and what will be the scariest?”

Couples: “Which of you is the worst backseat driver?” “How much do you need in the bank to feel secure?”

Book Club: “What alternative title would you choose for this book?”

Girls Night Out: “If you had to gain 10 pounds, what would you eat to gain weight?” and “What would the perfect man be?”

Spirit: “What tradition from another religion do you admire?”

These make great hostess gifts, too!

table topics book club
Price: $24.00

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Price: $24.00

table topics family
Price: $24.00

table topics teen
Price: $24.00

table topics original
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table topics girls night out
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New Dad Gift Ideas

I just published a new Momscape guide to New Dad GiftsGive dad something that’s useful and meaningful.
Here are our favorite new gift ideas for new dads.

Where Can I Get American Express Gift Cards?

Here’s a nice, customizable option for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list.

The American Express gift card
is a prepaid card that can be used at more than a million businesses in the United States (where American Express Cards are accepted.)

American Express Gift Card for Teens They come in 8 different styles, so you can customize them for different gift-giving occasions. The styles/themes are: general gift, birthdays, teens, kids, wedding, movie lovers, dining, and thank you. (The “teen” card is shown on the right.) These are also great for thanking clients and rewarding colleagues.

Your gift recipient can use the card for goods, meals, entertainment, most anything (though some restrictions do apply. You can’t use the card on cruise lines, or at casinos, ATMs or for recurring billing purchases, for example.)

The cards don’t expire. There will be a “valid thru” date on the front of the card, but the funds on the card will still be available, though they will be reduced by a small service fee, starting a year past the date that the gift card was purchased.

And you can order the cards right online. All you need to do is click here and choose a prepaid amount: $25, $50, $100, $200, $500. Then follow the instructions.

Click here to see all of the different styles available today and to read about the restrictions that may apply. (For example, American Express does not shop Gift Cards to the states of CT, HI, NH, and VT.)

American Express

Click here for all the details.

Special Offer > Free standard shipping on American Express Gift Cards through December 12, 2008
And here are some gift cards from some of our other favorite merchants:
Omaha Steaks
Sierra Trading Post

How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet

Just as when you are starting any kind of business, building a business on the Internet takes a great deal of persistence, hard work, and know-how, and the “business opportunity” genre online is so clogged with scams and get-rich-quick schemes that it can be really hard for anyone to know where to start and whom to trust.

Here I want to share some resources that I would recommend to anyone getting started with an online business, depending on your experience level going in:

1. How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet by Kathy Wilson

If you have always wanted to run your own online business, but you don’t know your PPCs from your PDFs, this book can provide the basics for you.

Toward the beginning of the book, you’ll find a rundown of common Internet terminology so you can get an overview of what you’ll be learning about, and you’ll have a good glossary to refer to as you progress through the book.

The book covers how to choose the topic of your online business (with a number of sample ideas.) The book also covers the business details (such as licensing, accounting, taxes and taxes) as well as how to build your online business and how to promote it on a shoestring.

At 105 pages, How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet is a good basic guide that can get you started on the right path, and the price is just right for people just starting out.

Price: We’ve arranged so Momscape visitors get 25% off, bringing the price of the book to $24.95. Click here for details.

Format: PDF – available for instant download

2. The Super Affiliate Handbook: How I made $436,797 in one year selling other People’s Stuff, by Rosalind Gardner

If you have a basic understanding of your computer and the Internet, as well as the different revenue streams that are possible with an Internet business, you would be well served by going for something a bit more comprehensive. You might want to start with Wilson’s book, above, and consider adding this to your library as your experience grows. (Wilson also recommends Gardner’s book in her ebook.)

For anyone who is serious about increasing revenue online through affiliate marketing, Gardner’s guide is an absolute must-have. I bought the PDF years ago at full price (twice what it is today) and even that proved to be a bargain. I refer to it often and it has paid for itself many, many times over.

Gardner knows of what she speaks. She has been one of the Internet’s most successful affiliate marketers for years.

Price: $47 (at the time of this writing). Click here for details.

Format: PDF – available for instant download

3. Home Based Working Moms

Home-Based Working Moms (HBWM) is an online community and professional organization that provides support, networking, advertising options, information, as well as a monthly newsletter and other member benefits.

HBWM does not provide jobs, but is a reputable group for those of us who are working from home. It’s nice to network with others who share your goals and vision.
You may have heard about them through the eDirectory of Home Based Careers (which is similar to a national yellow pages of home based careers, and it’s free. You can download it here.

Learn more about Home Based Working Moms here.

I’ll keep adding resources here as I come across those that I think you can benefit from.

20% off lipstick at Peacekeeper Cause-Metics

Peacekeeper Cause-Metics is a cosmetic line that donates its after-tax distributable profits to women’s health advocacy and human rights issues. (Read more about these advocacy issues here and view the programs PeaceKeeper has funded here.) For a limited time, Peacekeeper Cause-metics is taking 20% off all lipsticks. Just click this link and use coupon code KissMe at checkout. (Hurry! The coupon code expires on November 3, 2008.)

50% of select apparel purchases benefits the Global Fund for Children

Tea Collection Children's Clothing for Kids ages 0-8 yearsThe Tea Collection is an online children’s boutique featuring apparel that “celebrates the beauty found in cultures around the world.”

My favorite thing on this site: 50% of each “Little Citizens” purchase goes toward the Global Fund for Children.
Click here to see the selection and to get more details.

For a limited time, Tea Collection is offering a coupon code for new customers, as well:
10% off orders of $75 or more
First time customers only.
Click link above and use code: AF10
Ends November 30, 2008

Back to Basics Coupons: 12% off all purchases, 50% off shipping

BtbtSqLogo_125x125The Back to Basics toy catalog has been a favorite in my household for years. Founded in 1988, Back to Basics specializes in vintage and educational toys. These are games, puzzles, and toys that you are bound to remember with fondness from your own childhood. The collection includes the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Wagon, Collector’s Edition Candy Land, Old Century Baseball, Krazy Kar, Slinky, Wood Garage, Flexible Flyer Sled, Mrs. Beasley Doll, Erector and more.

Just in time for some early holiday shopping, Back to Basics Toys has just released two new coupon codes, which you can use when shopping online

Get 12% Off All Purchases
Click link above and use Promo Code: EDISC82
Ends November 15, 2008

Save 50% Off Ground Shipping
Click lin kabove and use Promo Code: EDISC81
Ends November 15, 2008All Back to Basics Coupons and Special Offers are here > 

Cupcakes in Bloom

I love cupcakes. They always bring back memories of grade school birthday parties when life was simple and sweet.

You may be familiar with the 1800Flowers Floral Birthday Cake, which has been a big hit for a long time. Now, the same floral company has just released a Cupcake in Bloom variety, which is available for same day delivery and is just $24.99 (at the time of this writing.)

You can couple that gift with this edible variety, or order the cupcakes by themselves:

Everything Cupcake Birthday Cupcakes is one of our favorite online merchants, so we feature coupons, special offers, etc. as they become available here: coupons at Momscape.
Currently, You can save 15% on Birthday flowers & gifts! code BIRTHDAY15, exp 11.30.08