Afrobella’s Sony Vaio Y Giveaway!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and if you’re a mom (or someone motherly) I hope you were feted to the max with all of your favorite things and I hope the day was spent in love and celebration of you! Even though Mother’s Day is now over, I still have one more giveaway in store – and this one is for the moms who read Afrobella.com! And it’s one of the biggest ticket giveaways I’ve had!

Bellas, let me tell you all about the Sony VAIO laptop.

I’m part of the Windows Champions program, which means the good folks of Windows give me an all-access pass to some of the hottest Windows PCs, Microsoft gear and news! Right now, I’m writing this blog post on a bright pink Sony VAIO Y. I LOVE IT. And I’m not even a pink lover! I’ll tell you why I love it. But first let’s get the specs out of the way, shall we?

SONY VAIO Y: Put a true pro to work for you with a laptop that offers superior portability, performance, and power. Enjoy HD graphics on the 11.6″ LED display, ample storage for your favorite multimedia, and the muscle of a new AMD Fusion APU—all in a slim, lightweight package. Price: $599.99

Specifications: AMD Fusion E-350; 4GB RAM; 320GB hard drive; Fusion Integrated Graphics; Standards lithium-ion battery; AC adapter

OK! Here’s what I love about my Sony VAIO Y, and this may be a factor for some of you…. I’m a self admitted Windows person. Remember those commercials, I’m a MAC, I’m a PC? I’ve always been a PC. I just feel more comfortable with the platform. The family had an Apple computer as our first machine when I was VERY little, but every computer I’ve owned myself has been a PC. Everywhere I’ve worked, the office computers are PCs. I associate PCs with putting in good work and that’s what I use my Vaio for on a daily basis.

Have any of you noticed how my blog posts look more professional lately? Photos embedded in a neat row and such? That isn’t because I did some special blogger HTML course (although that might be a great idea for the future…) It can be entirely attributed to Windows Live Writer, an incredible program that came with the Vaio. You can post directly from Live Writer and it allows you to embed, resize and edit photos in your post, include a watermark, embed video and hyperlinks with extreme ease, and even set your categories and tags before posting. I was resistant at first – it takes me a while to learn anything new and techy. But once I got the hang of Live Writer, I fell in LOVE. If you’re a blogger who lacks tech skills and haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.

The whole Windows Skydrive thing is awesome. Because I also have a Windows Phone, the photos I take with my phone are instantly accessible on the Sony VAIO laptop as well, which is SUCH an awesome tool for a blogger like me who uses her camera as phone almost always.

If you’re a traveler, this laptop is sweet. It’s so light and small and easy to travel with! It fits in a big purse. Although this is a petite laptop, the keyboard doesn’t feel all scrunched together. And if you’re using it on an airport tray table, it’s small enough that you won’t be terrified some jerk will crack it if you wind up sitting behind someone completely lacking in airplane etiquette, like this guy.

I think the Vaio was designed mainly with size, weight and portability in mind. The fact that it comes in this very girly pink color makes me think the intent was to create a machine for young women, like myself, who need a machine to work on while they’re on the go, and who are into the color and appearance of the machine they’re working on.

My only issue with the Vaio is the battery life, but hey – can someone show me a laptop that has consistently incredible battery life that doesn’t diminish over time? No, seriously – can someone? I’d love to know if one exists! The Vaio website says 5 hours 45 minutes of battery life but right now I’m experiencing substantially less than that – closer to two hours. Maybe it’s the way I’ve been using it and the  number of programs I’m running? I don’t know. All I DO know is, one lucky bella will win a pink Sony VAIO Y of their very own right here!

How do you enter, how do you win?

Leave a comment and tell me – What would YOU do with an awesome new laptop?

A lucky winner will be chosen at random and this contest will officially be open until MONDAY May 28 and a winner will be announced that week!

This contest is open to entries in the U.S.A, from readers over age 18.

If you have won a giveaway on Afrobella.com within the last calendar year, I respectfully ask that you skip this one and wish your fellow bellas well!

Winners will be notified via e-mail, and they’ll have 48 hours to respond with their name, address and phone number — if a winner fails to respond in time, an alternative winner may be selected.

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Comments

  1. If I had my very own laptop (again) I’d be able to go anywhere with my freelance writing! I did have one, but I spilled coffee on it and now it’s an 8 lb paperweight. And yes, 8 lbs is *heavy* for a laptop these days. So if I had a pretty, lightweight, pink laptop, I’d be able to get out into the sunshine or in the coffee shop to do work, because I hate being chained to the desk.

  2. Kai Jackson says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. A new laptop would allow me to work on developing a business plan. I have so many ideas yet my current computer is nearly 7 years old and does not work very well.

  3. Paula E says:

    What would YOU do with an awesome new laptop?
    Well, I’m getting ready to have my second baby and I need a small laptop that I can take with me easily. I’d like to blog the new mom experience (during naps) and functionality and portability will be key! Also Sony is a great brand so I wouldn’t have to worry about sacrificing quality due to size.

  4. Lashana Smith says:

    I soooo need this laptop and Im claiming thats it MINE! I would definitely use this laptop to complete tasks for the mentoring program that I’ve implemented for homeless women here in the City of Philadelphia. This will allow me to stay connected with mentors/mentees, sponsors, respond to emails, update our social networks when I am away from the office. Due to limited funding it is not yet feasible for me to purchase a new laptop from our budget.

  5. Angela Akinniyi says:

    If I had my own laptop, esp. one like the Sony Vaio, I’d stay on social media a lot longer b/c I can only do so much with my cell phone. I would also let my kids use it too for homework and games. :)

  6. Trudy Louis says:

    If I won this laptop it would be a nice upgrade to the one I have and experience glitches with, the Sony is faster, lighter and has more memory, so that would be awesome. Perfect size and color.

  7. Thanks for the opportunity! I would use it as my “production” computer to create my internet radio show.

  8. Gail Hawthorne says:

    What I would do if I won this amazing new laptop is scream & jump for joy!!! However after that, I’d put it to such good use and never put it down. I’m a 65 year old nurse who’s employment has gone the data & wireless route. Many years there was the talk of it happening but they’ve finally transitioned to it. I’m an old school paper chart kind of nurse having 47 years of that way under my belt. I’ve adapted well to using the systems and have found enjoyment in doing so. But at home I have an old desk top which prevents me from bringing assignments home and being able to work on the fly. I’m raising my 3 young grandchildren and making that kind of purchase now just isn’t doable! If I had this laptop I’d be able to bring work home, work while at events with the children and just bring an ease of form and function into our lives! Thanks so much for the opportunity & good luck to all of the Bella’s!!!! This is awesome….

  9. If I had a new laptop, I’d go back to school. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. If I had a new laptop I’d use it for college. Times have been really hard on my family and we have trouble with buying are basic needs. I had a computer but now it does not work and my mom can not afford to buy me a new one. I live in NY so there are lots of libraries but little children and rowdy teens tend to always be there so it would be hard to concentrate. I would be so honored and happy to own an awesome new laptop because it would lessen the burden on my family.

  11. Nikki N. says:

    Im going to Gambia and Ghana this summer and I’m taking 5 at risk youths with me. The laptop would be a great way for me to document our travels.

  12. Marci Toliver says:

    The past 3 years, I have had 3 laptops. Each time, I got an upgrade, I gave away my old one. The first time I got an upgrade, I gave my old one to my aunt who was going through (breast cancer)chemo (SHE IS SURVIVOR). The next time, I got an upgrade, I gave it to my mom. Now mind you, giving laptops to 2 women over 60, means that I spend a lot of time doing over the phone tech support. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have one aunt left that I would like to bless with giving her my latest upgrade.

    I would then use the new one to be a blogger to women that are over 40 wanting to improve all aspects of their life; singlehood, fitness and fashion!

  13. This is such an awesome opportunity. I would be over the moon if I won this. It would replace my old VAIO that my daughters “killed” when they went on a 1am rampage and flooded my house. Our laptop is essential as we home school and I attend online college out of state. I was fortunate enough to me given a desktop model which we lovingly named “Dino (short for dinosaur).” It’s old (do they even still make computers with floppy drives?) and slow, but all we have right now. A new VAIO is just what the doctor ordered!

  14. What would I do? A better question would be what wouldn’t I do? lol. I’m currently taking some classes so a new laptop would mean I wouldn’t always have to wait till I get home to do work n my old desktop. I could hide in the bathroom when the kids are up, I could lie in bed and complete assignments. heck I could even sit under a shady tree to do my homework. The possibilities are endless…

  15. JackieC says:

    If I had my very own laptop, I would use in my soon-to-be new career as an elementary school teacher. Every teacher needs the latest technology to help their students achieve their highest potential. With the Vaio, I could do my lesson planning as well as use it in the classroom to enrich my students research skills.

  16. Tiffany M says:

    Hello Afrobella,

    With this awesome new laptop with WindowsLiveWriter, I would create a book of poetry and develop an informational website. Since, it’s so lightweight, I’d definitely take it on the road to the lakefront or my fav coffee shop.

    Thanks,
    Tiffany

  17. I would love to win this Sony laptop! My primary use would be working on my blogging and my natural hair business. Annnnd (like Shelby) pink is my signature color!

  18. Molly Sternin says:

    If I had this laptop, I’d be able to write lesson plans with so much ease! I’ll be student teaching in the spring for the first time, and am expected to write my own lessons for each day of class, which means a lot of time researching and developing activities on the computer. With this laptop I can definitely find better ways to incorporate technology in my classroom! Also, I’d love this laptop because this summer I have been given the amazing opportunity to re-make the New Jersey Women’s History Website for the Alice Paul Institute — a laptop is just the thing I need to come and go as I please, so that I can work from home or take my work to the Alice Paul site and better communicate with the women I will be working with!

    Thankyou for this chance!

  19. Pauline Gacanja says:

    I just got accepted to grad school and I am really excited. If I won the pink Sony laptop, I would document my way through master’s program. My blog would be informative and useful to anyone considering furthering their education. I can’t wait!!!

  20. What would I do with a new laptop?

    First let me say thanks for having such a wonderful contest, and giving someone the opportunity to receive a new laptop. I’m a mom that home schools so with a new laptop I would be able to continue my son’s school work from home and plus learn more about the subjects that interest me, like natural hair, twitter, and blogging. I just started a small business from home where I help people apply for jobs, and I’ve begun a blog and I still have so much more to learn. I do almost everything from home because I use a wheelchair since 1990 after a life-changing car accident. Just like any other thing that happens in life, one must keep going and keep striving to do their best. I went back to college, got married, and had a child even though I can’t walk. So I don’t allow what appears to be challenges to keep me from setting new goals; and get there the best way I know how. The whole world is not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs, but laptops are my access to the world. See what I did there? I took some of life’s biggest lemons and have turned them into some sweet, juicy, cool lemonade; so with a new laptop I can widen and deepen my journey into my successful internet career as a mom, wife, home schooler, entrepreneur, and blogger. I am so grateful for this opportunity Thank you Afrobella.

  21. LaKesha Williams says:

    I’m in graduate school and my dell fuschia laptop is slowing down. This laptop will help me finish grad school and work on some freelance websites.

  22. TanyaJA says:

    I would love this Sony Vaio because it would help me launch a new nature body care spa in NC. this would enable to me to do work, in style, while away from home or on the road.

  23. I would immediately donate my Net book (which has been my computer now for two years, and has helped me launch my career, to my friend Brad Schwarzhoff, who works with inner-city kids, teaching them how to rebuild computers, and various trades. I would also use this computer to write numerous, numerous recipes for the MS cookbook (100% of the profits go to MS). And I would be able to write without saving it on numerous disk drives. Thanks for the chance, Afrobella. And good luck to everyone!

  24. A new laptop would help me tremendously!! It would help me with my school, as well as to help me keep records for my business!! Lord knows my desktop is ready to croak any day now. Plus I LOVE pink!!!!! Pick me, pick me!

  25. Tanisha says:

    If I were to win this laptop, I would pass my current laptop down to my son and momma would have a nice pink laptop. Thank you!

  26. Kandiee says:

    If I won this laptop, I would have a invaluable tool for research to help me stay up to date on the latest trends in fashion, make-up and especially hair since I’m a cosmetology student at Paul Mitchell The School Houston. Woohoo! I currently use my library and roommates computer. Would LOVE my very own Sony Viao!!!

  27. Regina M Hall says:

    What would I do with a new laptop?

    First of all, I would like to thank everyone involved with the getaway for making this possible. I just recently found out I was getting laid off from my employer of 5+ years. It has been devasting! I am in the technical field. And my old laptop has died! With a new laptop I will be able to go back to school online. And still be able look for another job within the comfort of home. I would be very thankful and grateful of the opportunity to win this laptop!

  28. LaKesha says:

    I would use the new laptop to make my event planning business even more mobile.

  29. Nicole Powers says:

    I would be able to start getting my licenses for insurance and start my blog for expectant/new mothers and load up pictures when my new bundle of joy arrives.

  30. With this awesome pink laptop, I can stop using my laptop from work for my blogging and social media updates (shhh…don’t tell them! lol). It sounds like the Windows Live Writer program would really help me step up my game for my blog, This and That With Calandra (insert shameless plug…)! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

  31. A new laptop would definitely get me through my upcoming doctorate program, especially since my last laptop just died. Great contest! :-)

  32. I’m a Mac and my partner is a PC. Her beloved little Sony laptop got destroyed during our time as foster parents last fall and the littler replacement computer we bought turns out not to have a cd drive and is driving her crazy. I’d give her the VAIO as a belated Mothers’ Day gift to make teaching online classes and being available to all her students easier for her.

  33. If I won I would use the laptop to keep in contact with my daughter who lives in Sweden. I currently have an old timer that will not even let me install facebook chat.

  34. Czarina says:

    Wow! This is adorable and the color reminds me of MAC lipstick. A laptop would enable me to take online classes in addition to campus classes so that I can still spend time with my children. My desktop isnt portable or very efficient. I am a newly single mom who wants to be an example to my children by returning to college and not only obtaining my degree but moving on to study law. Women’s and childrens rights in under privileged areas will be my main focus. It’s never too late!

  35. I would use my brand new Sony laptop to keep up with my social media clients, while blogging on the go!

  36. How do you enter? How do you win? If I had this laptop I would be ever so happy because my pink Dell (not a fan of pink either but my kids were)has died finally. I would be rated the best amongst my kids cause I wouldnt have to drag them to my office to type homework assignments. I also would begin writing this book on a computer not my blackberry which is where tons of info is currently stored.

  37. Stephanie says:

    I would use it to help me finish my MBA!!! I would also allow my children to use it for their studies, my oldest is in preschool and LOVES to learn and play different preschool games online. My family of four would benefit greatly from this laptop as it would help my husband who was laid off 2 years ago, with his online courses for school and also it would help him apply for different positions so that he can begin to work again!!!

  38. Nancy S. says:

    If I had this awesome new laptop, I would definitely use it for online course work offered through my company. My current laptop is slow, and I find trying to do online courses on my tablet device to be tedious.

  39. 1. Use it for school.
    2. I would restart my blog and start my new youtube channel :)

  40. Felicity Rhode says:

    How awesome is this?! I’d use this laptop to finish my bachelor’s degree… Both my husband and I are working on finishing up our degrees, he blogs and does spoken word, and I write as well so this would be a big help. I hear these Sony Vaio laptops are awesome, my cousin has had his since 2008 and its still running well.

  41. If I won, I would have a laptop to give my beautiful daughter when she graduates High School next year and gets ready to head off to college! She would be able to use this for all of her schoolwork (and a little entertainment, too!!)

  42. Just wanted to drop a line and say that Windows SkyDrive is pretty awesome and it may just give Dropbox a run for it’s money, especially when more 3rd-Party programs start add integration with SkyDrive.

    Now if my comment does in fact win me the laptop, I will make sure to pass it along to a wonderful woman in my family who needs it.

    WIN/WIN

  43. D Donnell says:

    I would use it to do my tons of homework. I would also let my 5 year old daughter use it to play games to help with spelling

  44. Christine says:

    A new laptop would allow me to get more work done faster! My current one is so slow!

  45. Catiana says:

    If I won this laptop it would be just what I need when I head back to school. Buying a laptop right now is not affordable for me.Right now what I have is desk top which my children use for homework. And since I work it would be nice to be able to carry it around so that I would get some work done.

  46. I would beyond LOVE this laptop to give to my mom. We came to this country with nothing but she came in order to give me a better life. Now, I had the opportunity to finish my master’s and have a great job, yet she still works 3 jobs. Night and day shifts. I work 50-60/week yet she puts me to shame on how hard she works.

    Recently, her laptop broke and she is trying to get it fixed, this would be an AMAZING present for her and she would greatly appreciate it, so she can talk to our family back in Poland and she can keep in touch.

    Thank you so much!

    Kornelia

  47. Wow… With a new laptop, I would replace the Compaq that just crashed on me. Or I could give it to my 5yr old daughter so she can continue her online reading games. I could even begin seriously working on my blog.

  48. Shameka Mattress says:

    I would use the laptop to work from home. I’m looking for a job doing data entry and one the requiremens is computer access,of course. My desktop recently died and this laptop would be greatly appreciated!

  49. What would I do with this new laptop? Blog my heart out!! This laptop is the epitome of being of technologically savvy chic, and I’d love to tote it around the city of Chicago with me this Spring/Summer to blog about all of my favorite things.

  50. A new laptop would allow me to run my business without having to share the family laptop (which used to belong to me at one point in time). Not having to worry about scheduling my work time around my son’s homework, or my husbands needs, or my mom’s needs, would make managing my work time so much easier! And in reading about Windows Live Writer, I think I’d finally find a way to break out of my shy shell and do some YouTube videos.

  51. Clarisse says:

    Winning a laptop would help me gain my mobility back in so many ways. My house was broken into last december, and my laptop that I kept on the kitchen bar, was one of the items the robber(s) took. All we have left is a desktop sitting in my husband’s office upstairs, and not only we have to share it, but it’s a burden for me to go up and down the stairs, I am currently pregnant and just about ready to pop. And when the baby comes, having a laptop will be even more useful since I probably won’t have time to make it to the home office.

  52. Sasha Bynoe says:

    It would be a great asset to be the recipient of the Vaio as my current laptop is lack luster and in desperate need for an upgrade. Especially since I work from home, the need for an efficient system is vital! This would make me one happy work-from-home mom….:)

  53. A new laptop would help me with my career search, school, and also with finding a new place to live. I will be moving in a couple of months and having a new laptop would help me search for places better. As far as school, the majority of my work is done online as I am pursuing a teaching career and have to prepare a lot of presentations. I’ve never had a really nice laptop or computer, so receiving a Vaio would be a dream come true for me.

  54. Winning the Sony Vaio would be the greatest blessing in my life. My laptop is running on its last keys, literally. Some of the keys no longer work such as the ‘C’ and the underscore key that I have to copy and paste those characters if needed. I rarely use it anymore and have been lugging my work laptop home to work on personal projects. I have been toying around with a personal blog but shelved the idea due to a lack of my own personal computer, so to win this baby would mean the world to me.

  55. Winning the Sony Vaio would make blogging on my new site, trianythingfitness.wordpress.com a whole lot easier. It also help me pursue my graduate degree.

  56. jen gersch says:

    give it to my dad for fathers day

  57. My old laptop is getting older and slower. I’ve always wanted a Sony Vaio computer, but I’ve never been able to afford it. I’d use the awesome laptop primarily to edit photos as I am a photographer. I believe it would help my endevours! ;)

  58. Hi Afrobella,

    Winning this Sony Vaio laptop would help me to fulfill my desire to start a blog to empower women of all ages. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    Brandy
    smithbrandy73@yahoo.com

  59. I would love a beautiful Vaio laptop — I would write poems and short stories, keep my finances in order, and always be up-to-date on Afrobella postings!

    A Sony Vaio
    would generate fast haiku
    perhaps even love

    (for my new years resolution, i do at least one haiku a day, that one’s just for this contest!)

  60. Brighteyez30 says:

    My husband has been dropping hints that he would love to have a laptop accessible to record his ideas for his business he is trying to jump start. Money has been tight and I would love to give him this one thing he has asked for. Even though it is pink (nothing a cover can’t handle,) it would be perfect for his birthday which is a few days after you pick the winner….Thank you for the opportunity

  61. Hi Afrobella:

    Winning a Vaio laptop would mean so much to me. My mother has been wanting a laptop for sometime now and due to my finances I am not able to bless her with one. While the pink is my favorite color when I win the laptop I will be giving it to my mom. She wants something light weight to carry with her to and from work and whene she goes out of town. I would be so ever grateful to be selected as the winner. My mom means the world to me in years past our relationship was sorta rocky, but we’ve gotten past that and she’s been a great support system for me during these past few years.

  62. OOOOOhhhhh! I am in need of a new laptop computer. I am a graphic & web designer currently working on a children’s book. Only problem is that my computer is broken. :( For now just for internet access, I use my Kindle. But I can’t do any of the illustrations or designs for the book. The new laptop would be right up my alley…. and would be a great Belated Mother’s Day Gift. And by the way… I just love the pink color.

  63. I’d give it to my grandmother and hope I could teach her how to use at minimum email and Skype!

  64. A. Marie says:

    For almost a year, I have been out of work. I worked within the local school system and was laid off due to cuts. It seems that since I have been unemployed, everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. I’ve been trying to stay positive, all while looking for ways to use my gifts to generate income. I’m a young single woman who has been trying to use this time to start my own business. Recently, I started doing freelance writing, and without a computer doing this is extremely complicated. I would use this computer to continue my writing career as a full time writer and hopefully soon a published author. In addition, I would finally begin to move forward with launching my own personal shopping and image consulting business.

  65. In August of this year I will be moving to Washington, D.C. to further my education and get my Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy. My current computer has stuck with me through 4 years of undergrad despite not being able to hold a charge and moving slow as molasses! If I won this computer I would pass my current computer on to my mom, whose computer is even slower and older than mine! I’m upgrading my life and I would like to upgrade my computer too!
    Thanks!

  66. Winning the Sony Vaio Y Laptop would mean the world to me! I’ve heard so any great things about this laptop and I absolutely adore the color pink. I am founder of Chocolashea Natural Cosmetics and a quality laptop like the Sony Vaio Y would boost my business in a number of ways. ; )

  67. Oh my gosh, I have never owned a laptop,this would be my first and it’s a pretty awesome pink, I would skype with my family back home in the Caribbean (instead of instant message)edit,save and upload the tons of pictures Ive taken of my kids over the years and it would bring me loads of excitement and entertainment in my stay at home mom days!!! And when im not gawking at this luxurious gift I would probably apply to some masters program…I hope I’ve convinced you Iwould love this, thanks for the opportunity.

  68. Shoshoni H. says:

    I’m in the process of starting my own business and I currently only own a desktop…which is a MAC so this new Sony laptop would help me out in more ways than one! I would use this new laptop as my mobile office because we all know it’s no fun having to be stuck inside working on your desktop on a nice day if you can take a laptop outside to the beach, the coffee shop, or even in your own backyard!!!

  69. Jessica S. says:

    I would to win this laptop for my mother. I love her so much she is so down to earth person and so out going. She is the strongest woman that I look to all he time. She takes care of my dad and I and puts herself last. My mother always wanted her own laptop so that she can start her own online business selling all natural caribbean products around the world. Few years ago my mother was a special education teacher helping many students learn new things each day. Years later she was diagnosed with kidney failure and was labeled as a disable patient. Now she is on dialysis mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. It breaks my heart to see her go through this but it will make her stronger. It is now very hard for my mom to find a job because of her age and what she is going through. It would be such a blessing to win this giveaway. Good Luck to anyone else to wins the giveaway!

  70. Twana W says:

    I would put a new laptop to use by starting a blog.  I know …starting a blog is so very Cliché these days.  Just a few years ago I had my very own beauty, fashion, and hair blog but quickly noticed I loved those things but I wasn’t passionate about them. So I left it behind to the individuals who carried that passion, and vowed to read and enjoy blogs such as Afrobella.  Soon after I set out to find my true purpose, and recently discovered it has everything to do with my fight to win in spite of {insert anything struggle here…LOL}.  So a new laptop, would aid my VOICE and be something not only to help me follow my passion and purpose but also help me assist, inspire, and encourage  other women on the journey of finding the VOICE they’ve been searching for.

  71. Shannon Ware says:

    If you chose me as the winner of the Sony VAIO Y, I would be so grateful and it would make my life a lot easier. After 19 years of a career I liked, but not loved I decided to go back to nursing school to obtain my BS in RN nursing.. This would be a great start for my schooling as well as new career. I’m a divorced mom of two children ages 21 and 15. I have made sure they have christian values, the best education, and a lovable home to live in. By the grace of God they haven’t wanted for anything. Now that they are almost out the way, I can finally pursue the career I’ve always wanted. I did all of this without the help of my ex-husband and living with Sickle Cell Disease. God has brought me through many things and I know He’ll see me through school. Thank you Afrobella for giving someone a chance to won this great laptop.

    God bless
    Shannon Ware

  72. I would do everything with that smart looking Sony VAIO Y!! My life and family’s life is organized and managed electronically. Right now, I’m using my smartphone to do a lot of that, since my practically brand new laptop was stolen last year. I’ve been trying to save up for a new one, but that isn’t always feasible when you’re a mom as something always comes up more pressing. I love my family and sacrificing for them is not a problem at at all!!

  73. Ohh my God…I started blogging a year ago and things are going a little crazy around the house with only one old computer and 4 people in line to to use it, plus is too slow which make it a little more complicated..I don’t want this computer I NEED IT, lol.. I would be available to write more post and with a better quality and I will be the happiest curly girl on earth…Porfavor, lol La quiero y la necesito..Good luck to everyone.. Besos..

  74. Winning the new Sony VAIO Y would definitely improve my overall quality of life as well as my family. I am currently engaged and starting a new phase in my life with an out of date laptop that is on its last legs and giving me the blues. This would definitely help us with wedding planning, relocating, job hunting, school and more!

  75. Christina (Tina) says:

    If I win this laptop it would help me read more helpful tips & tricks for raising my 2 beautiful bi-racial daughters and help with their haircare regimen. Oh and my 10yr old would def. be able to benefit by using it for schoolwork =)

  76. If I won, I would gift my previous laptop to my sister, a cancer-survivor and home-schooler!

  77. Tina R. says:

    Thank you for offering this unique opportunity to win this beautiful laptop. I am an older single parent who will be returning to college to obtain my master’s degree in July 2012. Winning this prize would take a great burden off other financial family obligations.

  78. Oh boy, first I think I would jump up and down if I were to win. I would use it to keep in touch with family via facebook and twitter. I will also do all my Notary work on it. Love drooling over crafts blogs and pinterest. I also like to keep up with deal sites!!

    This would be a great help since I left my husband in charge of our twin for the first time and he fell asleep and they poured a bottle of windex over my laptop =( Now I need to borrow my brothers to get my things done!!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity =]

  79. Oh wow! I would use the Sony Vaio to do my daily computer activities after work. Presently my laptop is dying and I do most of my browsing via my android cell phone. I would love to be able to sit on the sofa and check Afrobella and the various other blogs I enjoy reading, but I am limited to standing at the kitchen counter (where my laptop is presently plugged) because the power connection is loose. I would also continue to explore the many details of what I can expect to experience during my pregnancy :) (I am a newly expectant mom!)

  80. I would like to give it to my mother. She really needs a new computer.

  81. With a new lap top, I’ll be a blogging junkie. I’m looking to take http://www.beyondblackbeauty.com to the next level and the jolt of color on this laptop would inspire me beyond.

  82. Sarah J. says:

    I would use the Sony Vaio to finish writing the novel I’ve been working on. The battery in my current laptop is fried, so I can’t just up and go without having to shut it down or needing an outlet. Plus, I use my laptop to help with my churches media ministry and it would be so much easier if I could donate my old laptop permanently since it doesn’t have to be mobile at the church.

  83. Ariel D. says:

    Hi A.Bella, I would use this laptop to further my education.i always wanted one but could’nt afford it,I spend two day aweek at my city library where im writing you from now lol,and u hav a limited time to stay on their computer, but they do have wifi lol,this is a really great giveaway your doing,and congrats to who ever wins!!!!!

  84. I would definitely use it to do more blogging. It’s quite difficult not having your personal space when it comes to blogging. Thank you and Good Luck to all!!!

  85. I would give it to my mother, because she’s doesn’t own a computer at all. She’s needs one especially to help type her recipes for her cookbook. That is her dream to put out a cookbook and this will help her tremendously.

  86. Hi Afrobella!

    I love your blog and have been reading for a long time. This summer I am beginning work on my dissertation about working class black women and feminism. I am currently working on a very old hp mini and a new laptop would be amazing. As a part of a research position I had this year I also had the chance to work with some amazing domestic worker advocacy organizations as a part of a conference I organized. As a way of keeping the conversation going and being of service to the community that I have become a part of through my research I have started a blog (www.maidintheusa.wordpress.com) that I am going to maintain as an informational site about domestic workers rights and my own journey to learning about the history of domestic work in my family. Having a Sony Vaio would be a great edition to my life and allow me to continue doing the work I am trying to do to share the history of Bellas everywhere!

    Even if I don’t win thanks for everything that you do with the blog. It’s truly a gift.

  87. MrsChocolateStar says:

    I have always been a fan of the Sony Vaio products but never owned one! i’d love the cute pink laptop! Perfect for travelling and Skyping with grandparents but i probably would mostly let the hubby use it to work on his music blog and edit his music, website, blog, etc. He would just have to get over the pink!! :-)

  88. tashika mcfarland says:

    if i won this computer i would use it to connect with all my family and friends across the united states when we couldnt see each other in person.

  89. A new laptop for me would be a wonderful step for me to really get my blog and my book pumped up to the next level. I’ll be having my first child later this year and the realization of becoming a mother is really kicking my butt into gear to get my writing career off the ground. There will be a little one depending on me to do so now! Plus my old one is getting really slow and my husband and I have been sharing it so it would be awesome to have my own! :)

  90. LaTrese Williams says:

    I just enrolled in school this summer & a laptop would be right on time! My son is going to his 1st year of college & will be taking the laptop that we have with him so this giveaway will allow me to be able to have one for school as well. I love the fact that both my son & I will be pursuing our higher education at the same time. He will be able to see that its never too late to follow your dreams & I will be able to watch him accomplish his own.

  91. Austin Baroudi says:

    I would give it to my girlfriend. She recently just started going to college and having a laptop wpould make school so much easier on her. Also I think it would just be really awesome to win a laptop!!!

  92. Latish Gore says:

    A new laptop will allow me to complete my studies to become an RN. I am a single parent with three kids and it will allow me to have more time to study so that I can complete my goals sooner. Thank You so much for this opportunity . . .
    Sincerely,
    Future RN!!!!!!!!!

  93. Allison says:

    I would use the Sony Vaio to keep in touch with family and friends.

  94. Winning a laptop would help me in my goal to spread my thoughts, feelings and knowledge to the masses; I have a pretty new blog I keep and since I dont have a laptop or the means (right now) to get one; my posts are only posted on a convenience basis at work. Also, I am writing a book; but its been on hiatus because I dont have the necessary tools to help me keep up with my writing. I would love to spread my words all over the world; and the convenience of a laptop would make that so much easier.

  95. Ollie Moss says:

    Wow!!!!!!!! this would be a God send in my house. I can have my own personal computer to use anytime I get ready. My son is going to the sixth grade and has a lot of homework. So, if I am so Lucky to win. This will be a gift that my entire family will enjoy, because mommy can stay off of the family computer…………Lol

    Thank you,

    Ollie Moss
    ollimo91@aol.com

  96. Queen Eye Cee says:

    I’d start an awesome educational Natural Health/Hair/Herb Blog, dispensing pertinent and useful information as well as document my natural hair and health journey to serve and better educate women of color towards health and wellness all in all overall.

  97. I’d use the Sony Vaio Y for surfing the web, checking email and social media sites and watching videos. Maybe with something portable like that I’d also use it to read magazines and e-books.

  98. Jay Cee says:

    Winning the Sony Vaio Y would allow me to chronicle my healthy hair journey (just big chop’d) and be able to visualize it better and get great ideas on what to do because I’m clueless. Right now I basically use my cell phone. Thanks AfroBella :)

  99. What would I do with an awesome new laptop?!! I would LOVE the Sony Vaio Y to be able to Skype with my grandmother in Germany among other new entrepreneurial things I’m interested in. Love your blog! And your giveaways are always awesome!!!

  100. Shakena says:

    If that is front facing camera, I never had one and I would keep in touch with my Aunt Lisa who just moved away to St. Louis. Everyone skypes with her but me and I miss her so much. I would also use it to store all my photos so I can share them more readily with friends and family.

  101. Vanessa P. says:

    WOW – this contest really makes me think…besides the fact that I need a laptop I have been doing a lot of thinking – My daughter is 21 and I am encouraging her to follow her passions/dreams and not get stuck in “working on a job” as I have. Things may be a little tight for a little longer but are you happy, do you enjoy what you do daily, are you making a difference….While encouraging her I am convicted to rethink what I want to do and how I can do what I am passionate about. This Sony will help me start the blog/blogs I have considered. One about my passion for baking and a couple more I have in my head. Need to get them started. Thanks for having this contest!

  102. Winning an awesome new Sony VAIO would be a BLESSING! I did research on this model and it is on my wish list.

    Everyone who has written in has great responses so I pray the person who needs it the most wins.

  103. Nicole J says:

    I would use it for when I would go back to school. I’ve been putting it off for a long time and lately I’ve been wanting a new challenge.

  104. onegreatsmile says:

    I would use the Vaio to help me network my way into a new job. I got laid off in Jan of 08 and I cannot believe how incredibly difficult it has been getting my career back! My own laptop (Dell…never again!!) died long ago and I’m working on a borrowed 9 year old XP noname laptop so slow that I can’t even send a web based email without my whole system freezing. I really need some good tools to help me win this ‘battle’ of unemployment!

  105. I would use the Vaio laptop for school. I went back to school a few years ago, and the laptop would help me be more efficient in doing my classwork and homework. Not to mention, it would also be an asset in writing blog posts.

  106. Casandra says:

    I hope I am the lucky bella to win a pink Sony VAIO Y of my very own! With a new laptop I could launch my blog at my favorite coffee shop in my hometown of Belleville, Illinois like they do in the big city.

  107. With a new laptop, I’d be able to take the computer science courses I need to get into my (dream) computer science graduate program!

  108. Jonesha says:

    I would use the laptop for my own personal use…I’m in nursing school and most of my assignments are on the computer. However, it’s hard to use the computer on my time when there is only one computer at home and my family uses it. Plus, I’m trying to work online now so having my computer would be the best thing for me now.

  109. I would do a couple of things with a new computer. I would
    send out more pictures and updates of the kids to family and friends. I would also look into online schooling and just enjoy not having to always share the computer with the family.

  110. If I were to win a new computer, I would do multiple things. First, it would be an immense help as I am in the final stages of completing my masters program (graduate in December) and second, it would assist in my wedding planning (recently engaged). I am working full time while managing these tasks so that equates to a lot of late nights at the office because my personal laptop is quite old and slow. I am trying to plan a destination wedding for next year on a tight budget, so I have lots of DIY Projects that I would like to complete, but it has to be done at the office due to an old computer.

  111. I would give it to my husband. Since I lost my job this year, he has been so super supportive. I’ve basically taken over our shared laptop for my job search/going back to school/everything. I would love to get him something to show him how much I appreciate everything he has done for us, but I can’t afford it. This would be so nice!

    Thanks for the giveaway Afrobella!!

  112. Melanie C. says:

    If I were to win this computer, I would gift it to my sister in Christ who has been having a rough time financially, but it seriously one of the most talented people I know. She has not only great ideas for business, but the talent to back them up! A laptop would be highly beneficial for her as it would enable her to get some of these businesses off the ground and running. She gives of herself so much everyday to others through ministry and I would love to be able to give something to her that she really needs and is also super cute! Thanks Bella for the giveaway! :-)

  113. Denice C. says:

    With a new laptop I would work on my hobby/passion for photography. It would be dedicated to all the photographs that I’ve taken. I would turn it into a digital photo album. Possibly even create a blog or something of the sorts displaying my novice eye in hopes of gaining more experience. Then when I get really great at my photography, hopefully I can use that same laptop to create my own website with a gallery of my work and create a side business to release my creative juices!

  114. I would personally give this laptop as a gift for my daughter’s 18th birthday. She is a beauty and fashion blogger and her laptop is currently almost out of breathe. I think she said something about the built in cooling thing isn’t working and her computer keeps shutting off from over heating. She is graduating from high school in the end of June and her birthday is June 5th. I would like to give her a wonderful gift because we have been struggling lately because I lost my job, and she has been my rock. I would love to give back to her anyway I could and this laptop would be perfect for her. Plus her favorite color is pink. I hope I’m selected, I would be honored.

  115. The things i could do seriously! Looking for a career change,start a blog, work from home, the possibilities are endless. And even tho all colors are great i am definitely feeling PINK!

  116. This is such a great giveaway! I use to have two computers in my household but one no longer works. The one that was left my husband uses for his business and any free tme on it is spent by my young daughter on Nick Jr. so I get no computer time at all. I use to blog but because I have such very limited access to a computer I had to stop. I would love a new computer so I can actually stop trying to read all blogs on my cell and so that I can get back to my passion of blogging!

  117. Sonya B. says:

    I would love to win the SONY Vaio. It would have many uses; such as online school, work and play. I love the color of the laptop;it makes it so unique. Good luck Bella’s! But I’m claiming this one!

  118. Thandiwe says:

    I WANT THIS NOW!!! okay so i am moving out of state in a matter of weeks leaving my lovely computer at home with my parents (reason number one). OK, so this lovely pink laptop will open a world of opportunities for me, for starters i could finally start a blog which i had been putting off for a while. with this laptop i could further my career path using as a means to network and connect with others in my field (fashion and beauty). I could Skype with my family, since i will be across the country from them. OHHEMMGEE there are so many things i could do. I plan to someday have my own business, and this would be an awesome tool to help get me started. Well there are some of the reasons i would love to be the recipient of this cute little pink Sony VAIO Y.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    - Thandiwe

  119. I have a family of 7 and we have one computer that is always in use by someone. I would like to win this computer for my own personal use. For me, myself, and I. The rest of the family can use the other. Sounds selfish but it’s really not.

  120. Wow! I saw this today and before I go to bed I MUST comment! I am a blogger without a laptop. I would most definitely use this laptop that coincidentally matches my color scheme to write posts on the go.

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

  121. carol clark says:

    i would use it to do two things with it id hug and then kiss it ok ok i would use it with my daughter so she can do her homework with and id use it to sell victoria secret’s bath and body wash and lotion and perfume with eyeshadow and lipatick that i get each year from the semi annual sale then id use it to stay connected to my father when i find him again that is and the money id be making cause i havnt yet would be to buy my daughter her first vechile

  122. Charisse H says:

    Sitting here thinking about what I could do with a new awesome laptop.
    For instance taking online classes for a Graduate Program or taking numerous pictures of my newborn baby girl to show my family out of town. Also I can look for jobs and start networking, but then it click in my head. I could give this new awesome laptop to my mother. She has been the only person there for me this past couple months. She is always helping someone out and never takes time out for herself.She has a laptop but it barely works so she is always on her Iphone. She is very deserving of something nice.

  123. Tammy boyers says:

    I would let my nephew use it for SOL practice tests and other school work. My computer is so out dated it’s almost easier to go to the library. I’m sure he could get over the pinkness which I love!

  124. Dorciah Sloane says:

    If I were the lucky Bella, I would be overjoyed to finally get off my andriod. I’m a PC kinda girl as well but after my laptop became infected there was nothing I could do to recover. My beautiful BFf let me borrow her Mac from time to time, but I yearn for Window’s.. So now I do all that I can on my phone (no comparison). This would be an AWESOME GIFT!

  125. I’d study on campus longer because I would have a lighter, smaller laptop making it easier to pack up!

  126. The new Vaio would definitely help put an end to my procrastinating ways! I would finish the multiple pending projects that are lingering on my current laptop, which is old and on life support. I’m required to take online continuing education courses and would be able to easily do so with this new laptop. My current “yesteryear” machine spontaneously shuts down, making most tasks difficult. The Viao will provide me with the ability to Skype with family and friends – which would most certainly make me a better person.

  127. To win this laptop would be awesomeness. I would begin writing a blog I have been putting off, and also would take some online courses to pursue a degree in history and/or spanish. Thanks for this opportunity!

  128. Miguelina Ventura says:

    Much Luck to all fellow Bellas!! The Sony VAIO Y would be a blessing. Our family would put it to great use. Besides using for Bills, Homework & of course reading my favorite Blog AFROBELLA! My 16 yr. old daughter is an aspiring writer, my 17yr.old son is a graphic artist whiz and I enjoy my hobby of photography. Our family would love to share this laptop together. Thank you <3

  129. I would use it to edit videos for my Youtube channel that teaches aspiring makeup artist how to find their own brand of success both artistically and financially. This laptop would further help me assist others in following their dreams :)

  130. Afrobella is the best blog ever thats my reason afrobella afrobella!!!…….

  131. If I was gifted a new laptop… I would give it to my 16 year old daughter egypt. She is a really good kid and I want to do something super special for her but don’t really have the funds. So the laptop would be hers.

  132. What I would do with m an awesome new laptop, well I would be able to get rid of the tiny little netbook I’m trying to run a business ( shoplacquery.com) and a blog (Bay Area Style File) off. That tiny screen can be a hassle!

  133. I would really kick my blogging into high gear and probably start writing a book about teaching that I have brewing in my head. :)

  134. Wow, this sounds like a great tool. Especially the Windows Live Writer. I would use this pretty in pink Sony laptop to work on my blog and complete my book for beauty professionals I’ve been working on the past few months. It sounds like it worked great for you. I would love to win this computer.

  135. I’m a Mac. Have been for a long time. But unfortunately the platform does not support some of the scientific programs I need for my work. I’d like to cross over to PC land and what better time than now! This laptop is little but packs a punch in the specs compared to my current laptop, which is 6 years old!
    I would use it to finish writing my doctoral dissertation.I’m also looking into writing science based articles geared toward the lay-man. I take a ton of pictures too and recently decided to take this hobby more seriously.So, that 320 GB hard-drive would definitely expand my storage options! I would use the web-cam to chat with my family who live far-away.
    The size is perfect for traveling to conferences and on field-trips. Finally,that color is sure to turn heads, it says “I’m smart and strong but I’m not afraid to show my softer side”!

  136. I just lost my job and committed to NO MATTER WHAT go back to school full time. I’ve been an admin assistant the past 13 years but really want to become a teacher. A laptop would help tremendously with my school work…ESPECIALLY a FREE one. Lol. Love your site btw.

  137. Im a new minority female small business owner of a retail trade Ive named Rude Awakening Creations. Im a graduate thats been hunting for a new career and been out of work for three months. A new latop computer would be a good portal networking tool for me. Im putting all of my little savings from my last job into my new company and with a new laptop I would be able to respond to my emails much faster, browse the internet and keep up with Afrobella! Ive been thinking of buying a laptop for over a year now but never had enough to save for it. Im currently considering selling my clothes to pay for my credit bills that gotten higher with the business costs. This gift would be a god send.

  138. 2bnatural says:

    I will get my Master’s degree in Library Sciences. Having a personal laptop will make the online classes much more convenient and accessible. Great giveaway.

  139. HarrietLaJade says:

    What would I do with a new Sony Vaio laptop? Wow….the opportunities are endless!

  140. If I had an awesome new laptop I would definitely use for blogging, I am a fellow blogger, and the pc I have now is a complete relic, it’s so old I can’t even add additional memory to it, and that limits what I can actually do to make my blog and my blog post more professional looking, and forget about trying to load new software on my current PC it’s a no go but if I had that new Sony Vaio Y and all the power of that 4GB RAM and 320 GB Hard drive, I could create some amazing post, and the tons of images I have stored in my pictures could finally get organized, client meetings, I would so be the standout with a sleek new magenta colored laptop in a sea of dull black laptops.. I would also use this laptop for the basics such as word processing, photo editing, streaming video from the latest of fashion week, and music, I must have my music, all in all I would use this powerful laptop for everything and I would take it anywhere, I also travel, and the size of this PC is functional and portable and not to mention stylish, and for someone constantly on the go like myself that is extremely important to me.

    All the best,
    Stephanie B. in Oakland, CA

  141. J. Lynne says:

    I would use it to become a natural blogger!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  142. crystal g. says:

    GOOD LUCK BELLAS!

  143. I would use it in my job search, as well as to write my papers for school. Thank you for offering this opportunity!

  144. What would I do with a new laptop? So many things. I too am a blogger and have now exceeded my limit to backup on my netbook. Which by the way is a much used laptop. I write for my own two blogs, as well as do book reviews for other blogs. I also read and review other blogs and check my email. I also have started to want to do podcasts or you tube videos from my laptop as well. So wtih a new laptop I would be able to do all of those things, plus chat with my family. And put to use some of the things I have learned. And also I could let my other laptop rest, and then maybe let someone else use it. I know I won’t win your laptop but I wanted to let you know what I would do with it. There are some around where I live that have been asking for a new laptop for a while though. I did not see their post. Maybe they will too and win a new laptop.

  145. If I were to win this laptop, I would use it to help keep my children entertained and occupied, while making the 1 hr and 15 min trip to spend time with my awesome boyfriend, in a new city my children and I will move to shortly….I’ve already obtained a nice paying job in this city, found the bf there, and on the waiting list for a fab apartment there!

  146. Tasha M. says:

    Wow. I would finally be able to write without my laptop crashing in the middle of a good scene. I’d help my husband with his web design business, and journal to my heart’s content. I’d also allow my five year old to watch Good Luck, Charlie on Netflix so that my husband and I can finally watch “adult” movies on the big screen :-)

  147. Stephanie D. says:

    I’m a PC gal, too! This LapTop would SOOOOO come RIGHT.ON.TIME. if I were to win it. After a couple of naturalista events that I am planning/hosting, I will definitely be in need of a laptop for a busy Late Summer/Eary Fall. I am working on launching my personal blog/brand, as well as going back to school this August! I am super excited about both things and a gifted laptop would most definitely be an added bonus to kick off the latest experiences in the story that is My Life. :)

  148. There’s only 1 computer in my household, which I’m always on. I use it for everything so i’m always hogging it and at times I bring it to school with my, just because it’s easier to have your own laptop than to sit and wait for someone to hop off of one in the library. I know there’s times when my mom want to use the computer and i’m hogging it, and I promised myself that when I get a job I would save to buy her one for herself but I haven’t gotten around to it, and that is why if I was to win this giveaway, I would give the laptop my mom. It’s the least I can do.

  149. I have been a Mac user for the last 5 years and have thoroughly loved it. However, my Mac is getting old and I need a newer model laptop because I now work as an Editor for a couple of online publications on top of being a blogger which requires that I edit photos, video and written articles for the publications I work for. Since I also do not have a TV I mainly catch my shows on Hulu as well as watch any DVD’s I buy as well as a music center since I do not own a CD player. A good solid laptop is all I need and I hope to enjoy the Sony Vaio Y and put it to work!

  150. Kezia Phillip says:

    If I won this laptop, I would use it to store pictures of my natural hair progress of course! The pink color would go perfectly with my pink toolkit, sunglasses, shoes, etc…I just love pink!

  151. Abrielle Thomas says:

    If I won a SONY VAIO laptop I would give it to my mom, not only because she needs her own computer, but due to work, she’s also a dedicated PC-er, unlike me with my Mac.

  152. Wow…what a great giveaway! I would take the laptop with me while I am volunteering this summer in Uganda. I recently got an internship with a local organization, and I will be volunteering with them to help expand a lending program to other villages. I am super excited for the opportunity to not only travel to Africa, but to give back! I so anxious and ready for June 15th to arrive. Winning the laptop will help me work in their office and most importantly keep in contact with family. My laptop is on the verge of death (going on 7 years) and I’m surprised it’s been able to hold on for so long. Crossing my fingers x!

  153. If I won this awesome laptop, I would use it to write my dissertation. Two years to go baby! Chemistry PhD 2014!!

  154. Daniel T says:

    I would carry it with me in every holiday in the hottest places, everywhere and share my sweet vacation experience with all my friends and family.

  155. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Well with the battery life issues it would pretty be a stay at home laptop. I would use this model for simple photoshop projects and general websurfing, oh and of course stopping in for some great blog reading. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  156. If I won this laptop, I would do my homework on it weekly. The convenience of a laptop is great due to its portability. I am attaining a degree in health care management and will graduate this year!!! YaY ME!!!!

  157. If I won this laptop I would use it to start a lifestyle blog! I have been thinking of starting one but thought that I needed to have a Mac to have cool blogger features. Thanks for the heads up Afrobella because I didnt want to learn a whole new system just for a hobby.

  158. I majored in Film/Video in college, but I’ve been working in Education. If I won this Sony Vaio laptop, I would use it to work on my digital conversion and video editing projects(which take FOREVER to do on my dinosaur of a computer)and beef up my skills to pursue my career. I refuse to have a useless degree! I’m a techie at heart! :) (And sorry hubs, it’s kinda hard sharing a computer with you)

  159. Alok Gupta says:

    I would like to nominate Shelbie Huff. Shelbie is a mom at only 19. She is incredibly dedicated to her 2 year old daughter, Nora, and works tirelessly to provide for her. Although Shelbie comes from a rough background, she has truly come a long way and has grown tremendously in a very short period. Nora is the reason for this. She has been Shelbie’s saving grace and guiding light since the day she was born.
    I first met Shelbie in Nov 2010, when she began training as a dental assistant at my practice. It was her first job. Although she lives an hour away from my office, she was always one of the first employees to arrive to work and one of the last to leave. She consistently maintained a cheerful attitude and never once complained when she was asked to do something. These personal qualities allowed her to grow incredibly quickly as an employee and as a person, in the short time she was with us. Now, at her current office of employment, Shelbie is acting as both a dental assistant and front office representative. One look at the numerous duties she performs is a testament to how hard working and dedicated she is.
    Now, to be honest, the previous paragraph describes many moms, not just Shelbie. So what sets her apart? Considering her background, Shelbie, by all accounts, should be a failure. But she isn’t. Life has given her reason after reason to give up. But she hasn’t. Growing up, Shelbie had a very unstable childhood, as troubles between her parents affected her in many ways. As a young teenager, Shelbie got into a lot of destructive habits (drinking, drugs, partying, etc), which got her into a lot of trouble. She cared very little about school. Her life was rapidly going in a very scary direction. Becoming a mom at 17, however, changed all of that.
    When Nora was born, I believe Shelbie was, herself, reborn. Since her parents were either unwilling or unable to help her much financially, and Nora’s father was denying her as his own, Shelbie knew she would be almost solely responsible for caring for her daughter. So, while many at her age were busy being kids, Shelbie took summer classes so she could graduate high school early and begin working. She took out a loan to attend dental assisting school. Once finished with school, she began training at my office, as I described previously. Shelbie’s story doesn’t end there, however.
    Since meeting Shelbie, I have come to know her extremely well. Throughout our friendship, I have seen her constantly pushing to make herself a better person, for the sole reason of providing a good life for Nora. As an employee, she is always looking to enhance her skills and knowledge in order to put herself in a better position financially. She is also planning on taking online college courses when she’s not at work, so she can get better educated and open up more opportunities for herself.. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the money for a computer, so that’s where I hope you are able to help her! Just as important, she is working so hard to improve herself personally. She has completely cut drugs from her life, doesn’t party anymore, and rarely drinks any alcohol. Every day she simply goes to work, then comes home and takes care of Nora, that’s it. She has become completely dedicated to her daughter. And she has also had some success in getting Nora’s dad to make his own changes, and to be a consistent part of Nora’s life. Shelbie has truly had to fight tooth and nail to achieve this, and I admire her greatly for what she put herself through in order to get to this point with Nora’s father. It truly proves just how devoted Shelbie is to her daughter.
    In the end, Shelbie’s life is still very difficult. She still has many struggles financially and personally. Amazingly, even when times are tough, she still always puts Nora ahead of herself. When money or food is low, Nora eats first. Nora is clothed first. Nora is cared for first. Shelbie is certainly not a perfect mother (and who is?). But she works so hard every day to be as good a mom to Nora as she can be, and she does great! Unfortunately, she is virtually never recognized for it. And this is ultimately why I feel she should win this nomination. Not just because she’s deserves to be recognized, because many moms out there deserve recognition. But because Shelbie needs to be recognized. She needs to know that she is a good mother, an amazing mother, and an awesome person. Nora is what changed Shelbie for the better, and Nora is what keeps Shelbie going. Though she doesn’t talk about it much, I know Shelbie sometimes fears that she isn’t good enough for Nora or isn’t doing enough for her. This is obviously not the case. And for Shelbie to know this would mean so much to her! As I said before, Shelbie doesn’t have the money for a computer. She’s found financial aid to help cover the cost of the courses, but it won’t cover a computer, which is such a shame! So, if she were to get this laptop, it would make a huge impact for her as it would remove the biggest obstacle for her beginning online courses.
    Shelbie has inspired me, probably more than she realizes. Because of her, I appreciate my own parents, my own life, so much more. I see how lucky I am to have the life I have. And I have a great deal more respect for young moms, like herself, who struggle everyday and work so hard at life. I am so inspired by her and I hope her story inspires you too! If anyone could & would be helped by getting this laptop, it would be Shelbie. Thanks & sorry for the long post!

  160. Rhonda Grisham says:

    I would be a status reading, twittering, pinning fool!

  161. Alan Tong says:

    I would use it to play games, surf the internet, chat, Skype, do schoolwork and work work, watch movies, videos, listen to music…. so many possibilities! Thanks!

  162. Margot C says:

    I would be free from sharing a desktop with two men! I could talk about things that I don’t want their prying eyes to get into; not that they pry really, but I feel constrained anyway.

  163. This is a great giveaway. If I won the laptop, I would use it to enhance my work on my lifestyle blog. It would be great to have a laptop that is truly portable. I would love to be able to get some work done on the Metra. This would be great.

  164. tantiana burns says:

    Hi, if I won this laptop I would give it to my mother. Her laptop was damaged in a house fire about 8 months ago. She would use it to help my brother do his homework and her online shopping.

  165. Felicia H. says:

    Hey Afrobella! What a great opportunity you are offering! If I won, I would use this awesome Sony
    Vaio to do all the wonderful teacher work I try to do at home for my beautiful babies of Ruffner Academy
    where I teach Reading to 7th graders. I am a dedicated and proud teacher!

  166. carol clark says:

    id like to win it this would be great for my daughter and me k would use it to further her education so she can be the first to go to college and graduate id use it to start a career through blogging on it and cleaning houses through a nother blog not much that i couldnt think that we wouldnt use it for thank you for the chance id like to do the work ur doing blessing people thanks

  167. Schmidty says:

    If I won I would give it to my daughter, she has no laptop at all and would be thrilled to own this one.

  168. Great giveaway. I would use the laptop to go to the ruby on rails meet ups to work on learning to code the startup idea I have that would benefit my son as well as other middle school and high school aged kids that do not have the same access or knowledge of how social media can enhance their lives or lead them in a career direction.

  169. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    I would use this new laptop for my home business! Plus, using it to surf the web, do research, and occasionally let my husband use it for his business to ;)

  170. Cynthia Sanders Hood says:

    I would use it when I travel.

  171. i could seriously use some international giveaways bella! lol i have a vaio now thats a few years old and sadly, dying. i could so use an upgrade.

  172. Donna Marie says:

    I would love to win this. My laptop is dying so it would replace my current one that I use to connect with old friends and family that live in other areas. I also use it for social media and blogging as well as writing a book. This would be an incredible blessing to win.

  173. Livivua Chandler says:

    My old computer is so outdated that I would like a new one to upload some of the new scrapbooking software to start memories for my little one who will be here in july. I am on the computer all day anywayz and it is so much more convenient.

  174. Kimberly R. says:

    I’m a returning college student and would use the laptop research and to type papers.

  175. I would love to will the Sony Vaio laptop! I’m getting ready for grad school to earn my masters in Public Health. I could really use this computer to help further my career and education in Public Health. I am currently in a position that I am unhappy in so this new computer will totally help me get closer to the career that I have a passion in.

  176. Andrea U. says:

    I will enhance my journey through medical school. I currently have a Toshiba – that’s on it’s last leg. As a medical student, my laptop is an extension of me and I am working on my laptop about eight plus hours per day. I research, download lectures, update patient information, complete assignments, stay connected with fellow students and faculty members and do practically everything on my laptop.

  177. If I ad this laptop I would continue to do my college work. I just got a laptop this january. It is used and the guy said it was like new. That was not true. Its just in bad shape now. I am kicked off the internet all of the time. I know its my laptop because my mom’s will stay on when she is here. I have a few buttons left. I type on the tiny little rubber things underneath. It just needs some help. So anyways. I would do my work because I am a stay at home mom in an accelerated online program to get my bachelor’s degree! I’m still really excited about it! I want to finish so my kids only remember me as a college graduate.

  178. I just landed a gig as a freelance writer for a marketing company, and winning this laptop would give me the flexibility and freedom I need to do my job from anywhere. Any laptop is out of my budget right now, and the Sony Vaio even more so, so this would be a huge win. Thanks for having such great giveaways!

  179. If I won this laptop I would use it to continue blogging! During this past semester of college my phone was stolen and my laptop broke in the same week. I write a lot on paper but paper drafts make the editing process so tedious! I started a blog for class that I was aiming to start sharing with the masses in June, but having no computer makes it a struggle instead of the joy it once was. There’s no telling when I’ll be able to afford a new one, so this laptop would truly be a blessing.

  180. If I won the laptop, I would use it to continue to make my internet radio show better! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theripenessradio
    I started about a year and a half ago, and have been scared to really “do” it, promote it, share it as much as I should because my current computer crashes, and in general, sucks.
    So this gift would keep on giving. Not only would my son and I use it, but it would enable to me to search, share and learn with my listeners. My platform is about living a RIPE life – being daring, trying new things, and always giving back.
    Winning this laptop wold be an amazing way to push my new love of blogging/internet radio show hosting/vlogging in a totally new direction!

  181. carol roberts clark says:

    well i think that if i wo i would definatly start a blog selling and giving away products from victorias secret and k would further her education and to make money i would start a cleaning website locally i clean good in all the noks and cranny so i have a good rep to begin it i hope i hope fingers crossed here

  182. If I were to win this awesome new laptop, I would finally be able to do my school-work and study at home. No more spending countless hours in the library AFTER spending hours in class trying to get this Pharm D. School loans and this economy are no joke, a new laptop would save me from going to the poor house by having to buy one! I just want to win something that will help me out so much!

    Please pick me!!

  183. This would replace my laptop that I’m using now that is on life support! I’ve had it 7 for years (thats like 100 in tech years) and it crashes randomly, the touchpad only works when it feels like it, the screen is cracked, and the speakers suck. With all that said, I love it so and will never get rid of it… it’s like that first car that you got that you named an even tho it’s a clunker it has a special place in my heart. I really hope that I win so that I can put this computer out of it’s misery.

  184. My children all have laptops but unfortunately with our budget now, I haven’t been able to get one for myself. I’d love to be able to have a computer that I can call my own filled with my personal notes and financing equipment.

  185. Prasert says:

    I would use it to store all my personal and unique recipes. My two daughters have so much information stored on our home computer and they randomly deleter certain documents when they feel like the computer is running slow. I would love to be able to have this laptop and not have to worry about files being deleted.

  186. I’m an undergraduate student and my laptop is basically on the brink of death. I would use it to write my term papers, study for my finals (because I like to save paper and use electronic flash cards), and just surf the internet!

  187. My big sister always get the newest things and I usually end up with her hand-me-downs like with this laptop. I’d love to be able to get something new that isn’t half-broken!

  188. This is the prettiest laptop I’ve ever seen. I’ve really tried to cut back on my spending but I have been itching to get a pretty pink laptop. I would love to win this and use it for my own personal use!

  189. I’m a member of so many different organizations and it’s so hard to keep everything straight because of my hectic schedule. I love using online organizers and documents to plan my events and that is exactly what I would do if I owned this laptop.

  190. There are so many different things that I could do with this laptop! I would use it to stream my favorite videos on Hulu, chat my friends, and use it check out Afrobella!

  191. I would use it store all my family pictures!

  192. I would use it for my traveling. My son does tons of tennis tournaments and I don’t have a laptop so this would be perfect!

  193. I would carry this cute pink laptop around with me everywhere! I love being “connected” whether it’s for work or for school, I use my laptop for everything!

  194. I am a gamer! I would use it for online tetris, checking my mail and basically for everything!

  195. I would use it to replace my current laptop!

  196. oasis789 says:

    I would use it for school

  197. JanT.W. says:

    My old Dell is in need of replacing, so I can really do with this new laptop.

  198. Emmanuel says:

    It would be great to have a laptop for school work

  199. I would continue my reign of terror on the interwebs. *evillaugh* That and I would use it to blog and video blog since my laptop is on the fritz and we are now a 1 income family expecting a baby in a month. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  200. I would use it for school. The laptop I have now is super janky, like I have to hold it at a 445 degree angle and type one handed in order to get a clear picture janky. Since my mom passed a few months ago and I am trying to catch up on the bills and things left in her absence, replacing my old laptop is something gets postponed every month. Also, the kids (my lil brothers and sisters) always need something; so I feel guilty about spending the money on a new computer (her passing has really made me understand what a warrior she was. Kids are expensive and it takes a genius to budget for them properly, lol). That’s it. I would just use it to get my papers and schoolwork done.

  201. Well, if I won that pretty pink Sony Vaio I’d finally lay to rest my ancient Macbook, granted she hasn’t blown-up by then, and forge ahead with renewed feelings of richness and confidence, and complete my book on “living a life filled with gratitude and bliss”, 2012 black girl style! And I’d scream 1000 thanks to you Afrobella.

  202. I hope I am not too late. If I won the Sony Vaio, I would be thrilled, delighted and elated. The computer would complement my Beautifully Aging Bella lifestyle that empasses family, career and service.

    Thank you in advance.

  203. Brittney Givens says:

    If I won the Sony Vaio, I would be give it to my mother Crystal Givens because she has never own a computer before. And with her living in St.Louis and me in Washington, D.C. it would be nice to be able to connect with her more and see her more through webcam since she cannot travel out of state much due to health issues. And I know it would go to go use, especially since she would have to travel to the library all the time to look things up and what not. It would be something me and my mother would be so grateful for.

    Brittney Givens

  204. If I was lucky enough to win a laptop I would use it to write more blog posts on my new blog, I would do my college classwork on it, and I would keep in touch with all my friends with emails & facebook!

  205. rashida zarif says:

    This is the first thought that came to my mind should I WIN a Sony Vaio Y Laptop -I would kick this one to the Curb! Well you know what I mean. It has been through so much…stolen, broken, fixed, screen replaced, you just name it! I can hardly reply without some sort of malfunction.. I need a new laptop. Period! Thank You.

  206. Winning a new laptop would allow me to give my current one away. Which I believe is just as exciting as winning a new laptop. I hope I win :)

  207. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been struggling to make a decision about whether or not to take advantage of an opportunity to move to Korea for a year. On advice from a friend, I flipped a coin and committed to the outcome; to go to Korea. Winning this laptop would not only give me a way to keep in touch with friends and family back home, it would forever remind me to push past my fear and take chances.

    Thank you!

  208. I already have a laptop, but if I won this laptop I would give it to my mother. She doesn’t have a computer, needs one, but isn’t in the best situation to purchase one. Recently I have tried to put a little money to the side here and there to surprise her with one. When she was working she was in business and now she feels out of touch with the world and not as tech savvy as everyone else. So, if I win this laptop, I would give it to my mother so that she can keep up to speed with the technology age, taking care of business and other matters online instead of having to mail things in and go directly to companies to pay bills.

  209. Winning this laptop would be awesome and finally get me past the 20th century. My laptop is tragic. It weighs about 20 pounds, gets so hot that it needs to sit on a fan and has missing keys so I have to plug in a portable keyboard. My budget won’t allow for such luxury as a new laptop for me. I’d use it for blogging and my daily homeschooling mom duties.

  210. If I won this Sony Vaio laptop I would use it for school. It might be smaller than my Toshiba. I would give my brother my Toshiba. He could take it to the babysitter so that he can play until he gets picked up.

  211. carol roberts says:

    i hope to win it for my daughter and to start selling products through ebay and start a cleaning service to my local community it would be fun to have it this compter is so old it needs to be replaced so fingers crossed good luck yall

  212. I’m a huge traveler and would finally be able to take a trustworthy laptop with me.

  213. Letruesy says:

    I would finally be able to get rid of my dying laptop which randomly shuts off and deletes documents (which is terrifying during the school year!)

  214. I would use it for school. I’m in desperate need for a new laptop but my budget just can’t cover it right now.

  215. sammybear says:

    This laptop is gorgeous! I would love to be able to give it to my baby sister who is about to attend college.

  216. strongholder says:

    Would love to win this to keep up to date on my favorite sport: TENNIS!

  217. Nadalfan says:

    I’d love to finally be able to watch Hulu and the shows that I want on my computer instead of constantly fighting for the remote control for the t.v

  218. As a recent college graduate, May 10th to be exact, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a new laptop! I have not had a laptop for two years. This means that my final two years of college were spent trucking it to the computer lab and spending all night in there completing assignments. Thankfully, I overcame this challenge and did what I had to do in order to graduate–with a BA in Advertising: Art Direction might I add. Now that I am venturing into the real world, I need a laptop in order to stay relevant in my industry. As an Art Director, ALL of my projects are completed using a computer. As you can see, not having one presents its own set of challenges.

  219. I would use it to mostly run my blog I just created last month to inspire and support black accounting professionals. My mom would be happy if I won as well because she’d get her laptop back lol! I love that it’s pink and compact…just up my alley! Thanks for this great giveaway :)

  220. I would give it to my daughter because she graduates this year and right now, I don’t have the money to get her one for furthering her education.

  221. carol roberts says:

    if i win im going to jump up and down and go out to eat since’s it will be a special ocassion and then go out the day i receive it and surprise my daughter k she wont have to go to ur friends house no more to get on a computer id start selling and do giveaways through a blog and then have a cleaning service i can run on the new computer since its new it wont take me an hour to do anything take me 10 minutes that would be nice alot of releif if i happen to win well best of luck to u all

  222. Deelite1224 says:

    With that pretty pink laptop I would get a matching hair accessory to go in my curls,on my way to graduate school.

  223. I want to be able to use this laptop to apply for more internships and summer jobs.

  224. I want to be able to use more online study tools. I’m an tech learner so online flash cards and great stuff like that work best for me.

  225. This pink laptop is so beyond pretty. My children all have laptops but I don’t want to dig into our budget to get one of my own. This would be perfect to travel planning and other great summer plans.

  226. soonji55 says:

    I’m coaching tennis this summer and this would be awesome to have for looking up fun activities on the go.

  227. seleagirl says:

    I hate sharing a t.v. with all of my roommates and I’d love to be able to watch the shows that I want. Netflix and Hulu!

  228. JOANN WHITE says:

    I think I became a little too excited when I stopped into the blog and saw that I almost missed out on the chance to win a new laptop! For years my daughter has been telling me that I need to get rid of the dinosaur on my desk that I know as my laptop. To her it is old, outdated and slow. Unfortunately, she is right and I am way overdue for an upgrade. I would love a newer laptop that is more versatile. It will allow me to better manage my home based business. It will also give me more space for media so that I can keep up with all the pictures that my nieces and nephews are constantly sending me of their growing children. (Hopefully my emails will soon be full of pictures of grandchildren too). And now that my daughter has relocated to another state maybe I can finally download and learn how to use Skype and video chat with her. We tried on my current laptop but it moves entirely too slow. Hopefully if I win I can show her that I DO know how to keep up. Thanks for the opportunity and for the wonderful blog!

  229. LaTasha says:

    Dear Bella:

    I do not have a computer. Imine died on me and I have no job right now so I am afraid to invest in one right now because I may not find a job as soon as I like. I have to go to the library daily to conduct my job search. I would really appreciate the win!

  230. Shawn D. says:

    If I won this laptop it would be so great. I am in need of a new laptop as my Mac is starting to crack around the sides. I am a full time student and I work full time as well so I rely heavily on my computer. It would be greatly appreciated if I was chosen as the winner. Many thanks!

  231. dragondreams says:

    Would love to try out blogging and Youtube videos if I had a laptop.

  232. There are so many different things that i would want to try out if I had a laptop. I’d love to be able to store all my favorite pictures and make cool videos.

  233. Fideliafiel212 says:

    Would love to own this just so that I can organize my hectic schedule!

  234. Annbannan22 says:

    My favorite color is pink and my mom says that if I want my own laptop I have to wait til I save up enough for it. I really want a laptop so that i can take notes online during class. I type way faster than I write.

  235. pointedancing25 says:

    I’m a ballet dancer and I love to record videos of my self and edit them so that I know what I need to focus on the next time that I go into the studio

  236. I literally have tape on my laptop because I can’t afford to buy a new one so I’ve patched up the one that I have. It is super slow and very unreliable but my budget can’t afford a new one :(

  237. I’d use this pretty laptop for traveling and on roadtrips.

  238. Chrissy_Mil2 says:

    I’d use this laptop to blog my deepest feelings, to write a book and also launch my business.

  239. nzingaw says:

    I’m back in school for web design and I’m hoping to be able to freelance and work for myself so if I won that cute pink vaio I’d use it to meet all my future clients during our consults as I’m winning their business. :D (I can totally picture the whole scene keeping my fingers crossed.)

  240. If I had this laptop, I would use it to keep up with my family and friends while traveling on business.

  241. Sirajah says:

    I thought about saying “save the world”, but I don’t want to save it. I’m not Superman. I’m just a fuzzy-headed, 20-something in Atlanta. And saving the world is a short term, solitary endeavor for superheroes. I’m investing in this world for the long haul and I’m not doing it alone. And being just a regular sort of person, not a Man-of-Steel, I don’t really have a bunch of superpowers in my arsenal. So, instead I’ve got to acquire the best tools that I can.

    This summer my working group and I are doing a really cool project to give neighborhoods an opportunity for collective action and to promote the work of local activists doing anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction work in the metro-Atlanta area. A large bit of this project will be a social media campaign (youtube videos, tumblr, facebook) focusing on images of homes in the process of foreclosure and a guerilla advertising campaign. We’ve got the people power, but honestly, our tools are sorely lacking (because having a bunch of part-time jobs, doesn’t quite equal a full-time job). We’re hoping the campaign will spread across the country, since this year the US is looking at over 12 million foreclosures. That Sony Vaio could make the difference between our campaign being just an Atlanta-thing or a nation-wide thing.

    Of course, I’d love a pink laptop just to have. I mean, it’s pink, that’s enough right? After the campaign I’d use it for my public health classes, to write books for teens, and to constantly check facebook. This summer though, it would make me faster than a locomotive.

  242. cestlavenga says:

    Main reason I want this laptop is for it’s gorgeous pink color.

  243. I would love to use this computer for school!

  244. bear2211 says:

    So I can studying while traveling and do it all in style.

  245. Samerina says:

    I would love to be able to keep a track of my favorite athletes using a laptop!

  246. I’ve been working on a new blogging site but I’ve been using a public computer to get it all started. It would be so much easier and fun if I had a laptop to do it all on.

  247. kimchee says:

    I’m at a university and having a laptop makes studying and taking notes a ton easier than if you were to not have one. My laptop died a couple of months ago and I haven’t been able to get a new one and I would love to be able to use this hot pink one!

  248. dragondreams says:

    That laptop is so sleeek! I would use it for eerything!

  249. britnewyorker says:

    My sister is going to study abroad soon and I’d love to be able to give this to her so that we can communicate constantly!

  250. rhythmicdanceer5 says:

    I’m the head of a new community service event and I’ve been working on my excel and microsoft skills! This laptop would be perfect for that event!

  251. bjean645 says:

    Music! I’ve been involved with music all of my life and I get my inspiration from other artists.

    I would love to have this laptop to experiment with some of the new music programs that are out.

  252. lovelasting32 says:

    This would be cool to use for my last year of college.

  253. chinesedancer5 says:

    I’m a gymnast and it’s awesome being able to replay your favorite gymnasts competition routines!

  254. Chabaybay45 says:

    PINK LAPTOP! This would be super amazing to use for my graphic design class.

  255. medranolano says:

    I think that this would be great to use for school projects.

  256. betseyrocks says:

    Pink has always been my favorite color and this would be really great to use for leisure time and schoolwork.

  257. lovetolive says:

    This would be great for my sister. She’s a computer fanatic and this would be a wonderful surprise.

  258. swiftdream767 says:

    I’ve been using the same laptop for about 9 years and would love one that actually is fast and won’t freeze up randomly.

  259. iceprincesa12 says:

    OMG a pink laptop. I would love to share this with my friends. They are always over and this would be so cool to share with them.

  260. linjumimo says:

    My daughters are constantly fighting over the one laptop that they share. My eldest would really love this.