When we were first moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn, I was skeptical. Nate used every trick he had to try and convince me why it would be more awesome to leave the corner of Mardi and Gras in the West Village, and settle in a neighborhood one river over, with more toy shops than uh…adult toy shops.
One of the things that sold me: “There’s a Target there.”
Indeed, only a few blocks away was that big red bullseye that so many Americans take for granted, but we New Yorkers devour like kettle corn on an empty stomach. (Malls are foreign things ’round these parts. Especially good ones.) It wasn’t long before I learned why so many friends warned me, “careful…you’ll walk in for a bunch of socks, and walk out with a cart full of everything you didn’t realize you needed.”
And they are big carts.
So how lucky do I feel that I am officially (drumroll) Target’s tech and gaming spokesperson for the holiday season?
Look! Me up there! You can tell by the glasses on my head.
It’s like a dream job: shopping, only for other people. And playing games. (You know…for “research.”) And helping moms. And advocating for brands I love and trust, including some of the cool, smaller brands that Target has always sought out and supported.
Anyway, you can catch me on their blog today sharing my top picks for Educational Tech Gifts for Kids, because as we all know, man (and child) cannot live on Angry Birds Star Wars alone. Although I have definitely tried this week. And I’ll be doing some media appearances to help moms with tips on saving money this holiday and buying great gifts.
Also on Cool Mom Tech, I recently picked out my 10 favorite tech gifts at Target which–hint to the gift-givers in my life. I didn’t even know Target had all these things to be honest, and maybe now you’ll remember it too, when you’re in the kids’ clothing aisle, scoring the Harajuku Mini clothes for your kids that my girls refuse to take off.
I suppose the thing that makes me especially happy about this is that I feel part of some bigger, awesome thing that’s been happening lately; these increasing opportunities for bloggers that help remind other bloggers that they can do more with brands (if they want) than writing reviews for gift cards.
I think about Sarah from Whoorl in ads for Pantene, Gabrielle Blair’s Olive Us video series sponsored by Pottery Barn Kids, Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte designing a children’s line for Anthropologie, Rebecca Woolf’s Childstyle series on HGTV–or the myriad book deals for the writers, memorists, and novelists among us who might previously have had a more challenging path to a publisher or agent.
It’s doable. You could be next. Or hey–you can just keep writing for love and passion and the compulsion to snark about reality TV in a public forum. I love those blogs so much too. As my dad always said when I was a kid, “it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you love it and do your best.”
And that’s when I’d say, “what if I want to be a robber?”
And he’d say, “do your best. And don’t get caught.”
So yes, I’m kind of squeeing on the inside, just a little bit right now. But don’t tell anyone. It sounds really unprofessional.
67 thoughts on “Exciting news and moderate squeeing from someone who is not prone to squeeing and kind of hates that word.”
I’m so excited for you!
Tons of congrats – can’t wait to check it out.
You should be squeeing! Congratulations!
Congrats to you! How awesome. Squee away.
Kicking ass and taking names. Congrats!
Super excited for you! Can’t wait to check it all out.
This could easily be the best news I hear all day. Not that there’s a lack of good news, but THIS IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD NEWS! Up top!
OMGTARGET. Target!!!! Mazel, woman! I love you both so much. Get it, girl!
That’s fantastic! I’ll squee for us all. Well done, Liz!
Congratulations! One more reason to love Target!
Liz, congrats on hitting the bullseye. Your aim is true.
You’re so clever Michael. You should be a writer of some sort.
HOW COOL IS THIS? Um, WAY! Yes, I’m shouting. BECAUSE IT’S SO FREAKIN’ COOL!
So awesome, and so well deserved. Target is lucky to have you!
That’s wonderful! So happy for you!
Squeeeeeee! I am happy to know that the next time I go to Target for a box of Kleenex or a bag of socks—and walk out with a cart filled to brim with things I NEED—I will think of you. Congrats Liz! It just keeps getting better:)
That’s great news!!! Congratulations and what FUN! Now, should I be buying wii U for my 7, 4 and 2 year olds? Thanks!
That. Is. Cool. Seriously. Congratulations!!!
Love this. Plus you’re going to be so good. I can’t wait to read your recommendations!
Thanks so much Alice. Let me know if you need personal recos. I am now WILDLY familiar with everything there.
Hint: For the person who has everything, Lytro camera.
That’s really amazingly cool, Liz. Giant congratulations to you!
Wonderful news, Liz! Congratulations.
You. Go. Girl. Congratulations. Well deserved, momma! So excited for you.
Squeeeeee! Yay, mama!
YAYYYYYY! How fantastic! Congrats to you! Target knows how to pick ’em.
Awesome news, Liz! Congrats 🙂
love the rundown of all the great stuff launched by blogging. what a way to change the entrance requirements! <3
Hear us roar?
Congratulations. I did say that. Be the best that you can be. And you are the best. Target (or, as we like to say, tar-jay) is awesome. Everyone should click on the link and see your picks. Awesome.
If you want to know which my kids want, say the word…heh.
WOW. You never cease to amaze me. Congratulations!
Thank you Donna!
Congrats. And squee!
I love how you bring it back to the bigger picture of blogging and what it can mean at its best, for love and money. And congratulations, Liz!!! I’ll pony up a “squee!” for that!
So happy for you! And you know, if you ever need me for, uh, research, I’m less than a mile from a happy bullseye store of my own.
I order you to try out many Xbox games. (Tell John it’s work related.)
Now this IS great news…. well worth your enthusiasm! Huge congratulations. Well deserved.
Thanks Danielle – I count you among the amazing bloggers doing so many great things.
Liz, you never cease to amaze me. That’s pretty freakin’ awesome. Here’s hoping you get tons of great swag, and if as “gaming spokesman” you need a male perspective to add to your analysis by all means let me know. 😉
If you want to find the swag, check Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech…because it’s going to the readers. (I love giving. Really.)
Maybe I need a cool dad guest post from you again on gaming?
Hooray – congratulations!
(I do most of my shopping at Target)
Just heard the news! So fantastic. We all have special place in our hearts for Target! And for Liz!! A perfect pair.
Thank you so much Gabby…and everyone. Sniff. You guyyyys…
Yay for you!! I would like to request that suggestions include ideas for older children as well. So many of the children’s gift guides I’m seeing are for the preschool age. Thanks!!
Did you check out the list Caroline? I tried to pick a few in each age range.
Also, Cool Mom Tech has a post on the best tech toys/games for tweens and teens. I get it…my kids are out of preschool too!
Congratulations! What a great match~
Fantastic news!! They picked the right gal for the job! Looking forward to following along …
That’s very exciting news! We live two blocks from Target and essentially use it as our corner store. We’re there a couple of times a week and know it like the backs of our hands. You are going to have so much fun!
Congrats on the Target gig, Liz! Amazing. Us here up in Canada are excited that we’re getting the big red store soon!
And yes, there are many amazing opportunities lately for bloggers, more than reviews and giveaways, though I’m still game with that. Ice has an ongoing online relationship with Volkswagen (they were my sponsor for Mom 2.0 last year) and they recently asked me to be their official blogger for the 24h Tremblant event taking place this weekend. So off I go to represent VW, blog for them, and ski throughout the night for an amazing cause, helping sick kids. I’m super excited about this. And it’s another eat bloggers are getting more… “out there”! 🙂
Congrats Loukia! That’s fabulous…can’t wait to hear more.
(Damn you, auto-correct, and my horrific typos!) Sorry!
Congrats, Liz….way to go …..love you!
Woot! (and I’m not one prone to woot.)
Squee away! Great news! (Are you having an off-the-charts year or WHAT?)
And girl, I could use some help with kids’ tech stuff in the worst way. Believe me, that’s a worthy position you’re taking on!
Email us at email@example.com, Trish – we will help with any question at all!
OOh, how timely! I need to get stuff for my kids this weekend! Squee away!
WOW! Target Rocks! It is absolutely one of my favorite stores, and I so agree that you go in for socks or laundry detergent and come out with a load of GREAT buys. Congratulations to an assignment that should be right up your alley!
Let’s just say I know waaaaay too much already about the tech selection at Target. Because someone, okay, TWO SOMEONES, drag me through there every week when I’m just trying to get super cheap brand name cereal and my Burt’s Bees face lotion and okay maybe also some socks and, ooh, that’s a nice purse there . . . and then of course while being forced, forced, I tell you, to gaze upon the myriad wonders of the tech aisles I wind up wanting a new case for the iPad or a backup stylus for the DS and WHY TARGET, WHY DO YOU MAKE ME BUY ALL THE THINGS?
See? You get it.
Well personally I think TARGET should be squeeing. You being the best of the breed and all. Congratulations Liz!
That’s so nice, Cynthia – you’re always so supportive, thank you.
Congrats, Liz! Super awesome. And Target rocks!
oh liz, just seeing this! this is so great and I love target and your recs so it is a great combo.
as a side note – your encouragement to do what we love and do it well is just what I need – R
I’m a little behind on my blog reading and just getting caught up now…. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You absolutely deserve to e squeeing!!!!
Thanks so much Jillian!
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