I just quit my job. Today. The one I have had for three years. I must be nuts, but I resigned to start my consulting business.  Doing so enables me to be home with my 12 week old son. Admirable from a Mommy point of view, but it comes with another set of life challenges.

The first challenge is that my employer wasn’t exactly thrilled to see me go. (Definitely flattering though.)  So I said I would consult for a couple of months to help in their transition. This is added to my second challenge, which is the client I agreed to help prepare for a conference.  The third challenge is balancing the first two with my blogging/twittering venture. Oh yeah, I did mention I have a 12 week old, right?  That would be the fourth challenge, along with the challenge of handling two toy poodles, who are currently protesting these changes by peeing on the carpet, and losing the 15 pounds of post-baby weight currently on my thighs. <Sigh>

So when I came across the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes asking Mom bloggers to blog how an HP Mini with Windows® 7 Starter could (1) simplify your everyday tasks, (2) work the way you want, and (3) make new things possible, it hit home.  I need all three.

It comes down to one word – Portability.  Portability is going to be key in my ability to workout, nurture a baby, manage a home and juggle three ‘jobs’ out of my house.

I need to be able to be in the nursery, kitchen, bedroom, basement or garage.

I need to be able to pull up that dinner recipe, while Skyping my father in Afghanistan, wearing my baby in his sling, as I get dog food out of the fridge.

I need to be able to write my blog while walking my dogs on the treadmill. (Yes, that is correct. The treadmill.  Hey, I live in New England in the winter!)

I need to nurse my son at 3 a.m. in the dark while typing up a report and responding to email.

All of this is not a nice to juggle, it is a must juggle.  Winning the HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PC with Windows 7 software, a 10.1″ LED backlit display, 1.17kg weight, 26.15 cm (L) x 17.2 cm (W) x 2.63 (min H) / 3.27 cm (max H) dimensions and powerful 3-Cell Lithium-ion battery, will enable me to meet those challenges.

The contest has ended.  To see the winners, visit www.mombloggersclub.com. Since one lucky commenter could also win a HP Mini, I would love to hear from other Moms. Leave a comment here on what challenges you face in simplifying your life and how would this innovative notebook help you? Contest ends at midnight Eastern Time on January 20, 2010, so post your comment before then.  The winner is selected randomly (Random.org) via the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes coordinators.

May luck, and eventual simplification, be with us.

(Note: Photos taken from the mombloggers club and notebook specifications taken from hp.com. To see a video of this outstanding product, or more in depth product reviews, visit mombloggersclub.com)

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  1. The Tord HP Mini would really make my life simpler by being able to move freely around my home and still be connected to the internet to complete the daily task… emailing, blogging, search for information, etc. It would also be great to take to my many doctor appointments where there are times I have to sit and wait to see my doctor for an hour or more…. I could stay busy and pass the time more quickly by playing games, responding to email, etc. Good luck to you and I!!!!

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

  2. It would be perfect for on-the-go computing. I would also be able to easily take it around the house and out to the back yard.

  3. Good luck with your new business!
    I have to do a lot of traveling and I use a friend’s extra laptop while I’m on the road. It would be great if I didn’t have to use his and didn’t have to carry such a big thing through airport security!

  4. This would make my life a lot simpler, I could work even when I am waiting for my kids to finish piano or dance lessons.

  5. I would like it because it would be the perfect size to take with me wherever I go

  6. Something this small would be really convenient for me since I need a computer for work and it is light enough to take on the bus which I use to commute every day. I could check e-mails & bills on my commute. My old laptop was actually stolen recently so I would love a new one! Good luck!

  7. I would like this because we currently only have a desktop…and my hubby and son like to use the computer just as much as I do. It would be nice to have something of my own to keep up with my favorite sites, couponing, and contests.

  8. OH the possibilities! I would really LOVE to win the HP Mini 110. My life needs to be organized and I would love a gadget like this to help me in my quest to become more organized and connected in the New Year. Please, count me in for a chance to win. Thank you.

  9. I blogged about this too. Good luck!

  10. I would love to win this mini. It would definitley help organize and simplify my life.

  11. I would love to have an HP Mini! I need this mobility and it would free up the computer more for the rest of the family so I can work!

  12. Great post! I hope we both win! 🙂
    juliesweeps at hotmail.com

  13. Good luck with your new adventure and congrats on your new baby and following your dreams!

  14. Good luck in your endeavors! Good luck on winning one of these pretties as well!

  15. Man my life could use some simplifying! I would love to be able to write my blog posts on the go or during lunch breaks. Now if the HP Mini 110 could help me get my daughter to sleep through the night, I would be in LOVE (even more!)

  16. Kelly Long says:

    I would love to win one of these to simplify my life. Best of luck to us both!

  17. Good luck in your endeavors & in this contest. I know how much easier it would make all of our lives so much more simple 🙂

  18. I would love an HP mini! It would definitely simplify my life!

  19. knittingprose says:

    My kids could soooo use this for their school lessons… like piano, guitar, french, math drills… not to mention those pesky webkinz!

  20. I’m in the sweepstakes as well. Good luck!

  21. I entered also. It would simplify my life by helping me get organized! Wishing you luck… and hoping for some luck myself!

  22. I would love to win this. It simplify my life so much! Good luck!

  23. I would really enjoy the freedom of movement that owning a laptop brings.

  24. I am in the process of trying to start my own business and I currently work from home…but I rarely stay in one place with my laptop. As I suffer from degenerative disc disease in my cervical spine – coupled with a heavy laptop – changing my “workspace” throughout the day is NOT an easy task.

    The HP Mini would simplify my life by allowing me to move my computer from place to place on my own…no more bothering the rest of the family! This netbook would be a true lifesaver!

    Thanks so much!

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