How many apps do you have on your phone right now? I have over 100 apps on my iPhone, all asking me to do something ASAP with notifications going off constantly. But being so available on demand can be draining when everyone at home wants mommy to do something ASAP too, so I’ve been looking into wellness apps that help remind me to take a break, unplug, de-stress and be mindful of my own feelings. After all, it’s important to be aware of how you’re feeling with everything going on, and how it can be managed. Keep reading for the 411 on my new favorite app for just that.
When there’s little time in the day to get the laundry list of to-do’s done, saving time and money is important. So why not load up your phone with apps that can help with that? I mean we’re not talking time warp stuff, or that you’ll be heaping up massive riches using these, but hey . . . every little bit helps, right? So go grab a cup of coffee and read on for 5 free time-saving apps that just might make your days run a bit smoother. Read more
Gathering for special occasions is one of the reasons the holidays feels so magical. Well, that and there are presents involved. But with these big events comes the stress of putting it all together. Sometimes ensuring dinner is set and ready on time while also taking the time to decorate just right and be sure you have enough food (or people coming) can be a real bear! Fortunately, there are some very cool apps that make all this more of a breeze and less of a sandstorm. Keep reading for 10 apps that will make hosting holidays a little bit easier. Read more
Schools have been showing the balloon on the hair trick to teach students about static electricity for some time now. My daughter just learned it in her preschool’s science class last year. But why stop with that and how different conductors can work? Why not show our kids how it can be applied in a creative sense to better the world? Keep reading for a few ways to teach your kids about power with the help of electric vehicles. Read more
My daughter isn’t filling up diapers anymore, but she still gets gas, so between her, the cat’s litter box across the way in the master bathroom, the dog and the husband I have been in desperate need of some fresh, clean air. And guess what? I found the solution! Read more
When my daughter was 1 I didn’t let her sit and watch TV. I was extremely active in taking her outside to explore the world, and playing with her age-appropriate toys with her. But when she turned 2 I slowly allowed educational programming until by the time she was 3 and 4 she was hooked on watching shows on my phone. A lot of it had to do with the shift in her age, but also my having to work on the computer more and so allowing her to continue watching longer. It’s bothered me for some time, but I wasn’t sure how to balance my workload and also not be the bad guy who tells her she’s done with electronic devices for the night (sometimes I have to be sensitive in how I give her information). I was sent the KoalaSafe Box ($99, Amazon) for this review— A wireless router that allows you to set time limits and other parental controls on specific devices while in-home — and I knew this is exactly what I was looking for. Read more
When you’re breastfeeding there’s a natural system in place to help you lose the baby weight, but remembering to stay active during your day gets harder each day. Remembering when it’s time to feed the baby (bottle or breastmilk), take a pill or get up and play outside with the kiddo can get lost in the shuffle of a hectic day, too. Sometimes when the kiddo finally falls asleep it’s on your arm and you know you can’t move an inch or nap time is all done so you get in the habit of vegging out. After getting through the toddler and baby years it wasn’t until my kiddo was 4 that I realized I had waited too long to make active, healthy living a party of my day, too. I found the LEAF by Bellabeat online and reached out to them about testing it out. I’m so glad I did. I’ve watched as friends and family bought other activity trackers and none of them really felt like a fit for me until this one. Read more
I’m not an extreme couponer, but I am an extreme discounter. I don’t clip coupons from the paper because I don’t get a newspaper and I don’t typically purchase a lot of the brands that offer those coupons. Instead, I use discount apps, discount codes and look for all available deals I can find. One of the newest savings apps I’ve learned about allows you to pass savings from one user to another using a ripple effect, instantly. Keep reading to learn how, and enter to win a $50 Visa gift card. Read more
Trying to remember the last info from baby’s doctor’s visit isn’t always simple, and tracking down that slip of paper or getting a moment to call into the medical office isn’t easily done when you’re a new mom, either. Finding ways to keep track of milestones, get valuable advice and stay organized with a baby in tow is tough, so I’m excited to share a bit of info about a helpful website called Kinsights, and their $50 Amazon gift card giveaway. Read more
Just before all the December-February holiday craziness I had the opportunity to learn about Curious.com, a website full of educational video courses, and tour Sunset Magazine. I did my hair and makeup for the first time in a while, and showed up not knowing what to expect.
Once there, Sunset Magazine gave a tour, then gave us a mini wine tasting class (Um, yum) before the O’Neil Sisters showed everyone how to make a floating necklace, just as they show Curious.com users online. The food was delicious and paired well with the wine and fantastic company.
At the end of the event, everyone was given $100 to use on Curios.com to learn something new — Everything from reading Russian to monetizing YouTube is available in their learning library— and a special link for readers to get $25 to use on the site as well! Use this link to try out Curious (and be sure to let me know what you decide to use your $25 for)! I still haven’t used my credit on the site, but I’ll likely use it in the business learning section.