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Being Prepared to Protect Your Family During Fire Season

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored There is nothing scarier than not being able to get in contact with a loved one during an emergency. Earlier this week, my younger son and husband were at an evening event at my son’s elementary school, when a fire broke out in the brush just a few short yards away from the school. Everyone stayed calm, the firefighters raced to the scene and were successfully able to put the fire out within just a few minutes – saving the surrounding homes and my son’s school. Thankfully, my husband had Verizon service and was able to immediately contact me on his cellphone to let me know that everyone was alright before I was to see it unfold on social media. Thank you #OCFA for the quick response and great teamwork! #AlisoViejo #OCSD @OCFA_PIO @alisoviejocity @LtMacPherson pic.twitter.com/w1x90f79be — AV...

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Fun Game for Dad – Operate Now: Hospital

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 11 comments

 Sponsored Sometimes it is the simple things that make Dad happy on Father’s Day. If your husband enjoys playing games on his digital device during his free time, then we have found the perfect game to gift him on Father’s Day. Operate Now: Hospital is an interactive game that is perfect for the Dad who likes real-life video games. Gamers get a graphic insight into what it feels like to be a surgeon in this simulation game. But the hospital itself is at risk… they also need to build a team and enhance its reputation, if it is to survive. And as if that wasn’t already dramatic enough, emotions are running high…is paramedic James strong enough to handle things when his tragic history seems certain to repeat itself? How will surgeon Sirona cope with her family crisis? Chief-of-Surgery Noah...

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Time to Unplug

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

  The infiltration of technology into our daily lives offers both opportunities and challenges for today’s parents. We raise children who have access to vast amounts of information and interface with others around the world without giving it a second thought. Questions can be answered in an instant, commercials can be bypassed so we don’t have to delay the gratification of knowing how shows end, and long gone are the days of waiting for snail mail to receive information from those we love. We have the ability to share our lives in live time and to create carefully calculated virtual identities. These advances are amazing, and yet there are moments when the disadvantages seem glaring. For example, I was recently out to dinner with my family. A father and his daughter walked into the restaurant and were seated adjacent...

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Five DIY Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Crafts, Deals, Family, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored by Best Buy When we bought our second home in 2003, the kitchen was a mess. We had to remodel the kitchen, but as a young couple on a tight budget, we had to find a way to remodel the kitchen at the lowest cost possible. The only solution was to do a complete DIY kitchen remodel. Now, it has been over 13 years, and our kitchen is once again in badly need of another kitchen remodel. The appliances are starting to get old, the counter tops are outdated, and our cabinets are falling apart. As we gear-up to do another DIY kitchen remodel, here are five tips for helping you to remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank doing it all yourself. Tile Granite Counter Tops The biggest savings we had when remodeling our kitchen years ago...

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Streaming Music to Spark Creativity in Children

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy If you have teenagers living in your home, then tech and music is a big part of your household. Having two of my children attend art schools, music is a big part of our lives. While getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, one important thing that I learned was how music could create a creative environment for children, so I have music playing in my home as much as possible. Since my children all have different tastes in music, they will often be wearing their headphones during homework time or while relaxing in our home. Since they all have better playlists than me on their cell phones and tablets, I recently got a Google Chromecast Audio from Best Buy for the home so that they can share their favorite music with the family. I...

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Moto Racer 4 Video Game Review

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Tech | 1 comment

 Sample received Growing up with two brothers has made me play a lot of video games in the past. It is rare that I find a video game that I like and then one day my younger brother asked me if I wanted to play Moto Racer 4. Of course, I said yes, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. My brother turned on the X-box One and set up the game for us. We started playing the game, and it was so much fun! We challenged each other on different levels and raced to see who could make it to the top first! Out of all the video games, I played (there is a lot) this one definitely makes my list of the top ten. We played for a really long time, even though it only felt like...

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Memories

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love to give my children handmade gifts on Valentine’s Day. I love them so much and want them to know how much they mean to me. Every year, I try to think of something special that I can make for them that they will cherish in their hearts forever. This year, instead of making a craft or recipe, I am going to give them the gift of our memories together by making a photo slideshow. I recently started using the Moto Z Droid from Verizon and have the Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, so I thought it would be perfect to surprise them on Valentine’s Day by sharing my photo slideshow on their bedroom wall before going to bed with my Moto Z Droid Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod. When I told my husband and what I was going...

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Frontier Communications Twelve Days of Giving

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Giving Back, Holiday, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you love about the holidays? We love to spend the holidays giving back. Tis’ the season for giving. Frontier Communications is giving back to the community this holiday season with their Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes. They are giving back to local charities and customers from now until December 21st on their Instagram page. Every day during the sweepstakes, Frontier Communications will announce a different prize and charitable contribution, on their website, and on their Instagram page. Then consumers are encouraged to enter the sweepstakes by sharing a picture on Instagram of ‘what you love about the holidays.’ In the Instagram post, make sure to include the hashtags #Frontier #12daysofgiving and #Sweeps – don’t forget to tag @FrontierSoCal. Once you’ve shared your picture on Instagram, then complete the Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes entry form. Then...

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Tech and Teen Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once your child turns into a teenager their holiday wish list transforms from toys to tech. When shopping for your teenager this holiday season we have a list of all the coolest teen and tech (and non-tech) gift ideas in this holiday gift guide. One company that has really stood out to me this year, more than any other is HP. They have two great products that are perfect for teens and parents won’t break their family budget when purchasing them – The HP Sprocket and HP 15 Notebook. Score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend! The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has...

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Five Tips for Managing Your Teens Cellular Data

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Ever since we gave our teenage son a cell phone, we seem to get a message from Verizon to notify us that he has reached his cellular data limit within the first couple of days of his billing cycle. It has been a challenging battle until recently doing some research on how to help him with managing his cellular data. The most important thing that I recommend for parents of teenagers is to have the free Verizon cellular data notifications set-up. You can select the level of notification that you want and have the notification sent to a Verizon cellular number or email. What we have found very helpful with our teenager is to have the notifications set-up to let him know when he is 1/2 out of data, and once again before he completely runs out. We...

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Five Ways to use the CVS Mobile App

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Family, Health, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Every since I learned that CVS Pharmacy is now in our local Target, I have been taking advantage of filling my prescriptions while doing my weekly Target shopping. While I was filling one of my prescriptions at Target, the pharmacist introduced me to the CVS mobile app. The mobile app has become one of my favorite apps that I use on a regular basis, and these are five ways that you can use the app too. Save Money We all like to save money, and with the CVS mobile app, you can utilize it to save your family a lot of money. Customers can link their ExtraCare card to the app and then you’ll have access to coupons and deals. Plus, the app will notify you when your rewards are about to expire. Save Time As a busy...

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Being More Rested for School Days with Sleepace

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sample product received As a middle school student, school days are strenuous to me. From the piles of homework to last-minute projects school cannot get any more stressful. When the Sleepace Nox light arrived at our house, I thought it was going to go to my older brother or my parents, but when they gave it to me I was not only surprised, but I was really excited. The first thing I did was run up to my bedroom to set it up.I have never had a real alarm clock before. It was always my mom or dad coming into my room and turning on the light shouting “Wake up, it’s morning!” When I opened the box, I was jumping everywhere with excitement. The first thing I did was turn it on and set up my Sleepace account. The...

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Orange County’s First “Smart” Neighborhood

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Families looking for a new home in South Orange County have the option of purchasing a home in Orange County’s first fiber ready community with Gigablast in the Warmington Residential neighborhood. With Gigablast from Cox, families will have endless options to make their home a ‘smart home.’ Gigablast from Cox provides one gig of power with speeds that are up to 100x faster than any other broadband. Yesterday, we went to Rancho Mission Viejo to visit a ‘smart home’ wired with Gigablast and loaded with electronics that are reliant on the internet. It was like stepping into the future as I got to see so many great high-tech products in action that can make lives easier for busy families like mine. I got to witness renowned violinist Jason Yang streaming a music lesson for children around the world,...

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Five Fun Things to do with Moto Z Force Mods

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As a busy mom, my cell phone is imperative. I need it to stay in touch with my teenager, to stay connected with my work while on the go, and to help keep my younger child entertained at times. Since I am not a fan of my kids playing video games on my phone, I am always interested in finding new ways to utilize my cell phone to entertain my kids. When news broke about the all-new Moto Z Force Smartphone with “Mod” attachments exclusive to Verizon, I couldn’t wait to get one. What are Mod attachments? They are the most brilliant thing ever to be invented for busy moms. The Mods transform your cell phone into a movie projector, radio, and more. I got the Moto Z Force Smartphone along with the JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod, Insta-share...

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Preserving Your Kid’s Photos with Google Photos

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Ever since switching from an iPhone to a Droid, I have been struggling with how to preserve my cell phone images. Since I am a busy mom, I am always using my cellphone to capture all my favorite memories with my children, and I don’t want to risk losing them in the event of something happening to my cell phone. Like many busy moms, I, of course, put off figuring how to backup my photos until I received a notification on my Samsung Galaxy S7 that there was not any more room to take more photos. I started doing my research and learned that all of my photos were already backed-up to the Verizon Cloud along with my contacts, videos, and music. I was so grateful in knowing that Verizon thinks of everything, including backing up my photos...

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Summer Learning Made Fun with Osmo

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Education, Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Best Buy Keeping your kid’s educational skills sharp during the summertime is crucial. In the past, I have always purchased my kid’s summer learning workbooks but wanted to try something fresh and new this year. I got my younger son with the Osmo education system, and ever since I introduced it to him, he hasn’t been able to put it down. I have tried many electronic educational systems in the past, and nothing has made such an impact on my child’s education like Osmo. My younger son has struggled with reading for most of his life, and along with having trouble reading comes spelling. Since he struggles with spelling so much, he has always been reluctant to do any spelling exercises until using the Osmo spelling game. The game has made learning fun for him again, and...

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Give Dad the Gift of Virtual Reality

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Family, Father's Day, Holiday, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored dad /dad/: noun Superhero, Dedicated, Devoted, Role Model Father’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year. It is the day that my children and I can come together to shower their dad with love, and show him how grateful we are for everything he does for our family, but I almost always have trouble finding him the perfect gift until now. Have you also had trouble finding the perfect Father’s Day gift? Having trouble finding the ultimate gift for the dad who seems to have everything? I am so excited to have found the ideal gift for dads of all ages that they’ll enjoy using for years to come. Give them the gift of a Samsung Smartphone that he can use to capture crisp, clear, beautiful pictures of his favorite family memories throughout the year. He can...

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10 Ways to Get Your Teen to Unplug

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team Do you have a teenager? Are they always connected to a device? What teen isn’t? Teens of today are always texting, snapping, and live streaming every moment of their life using their mobile devices. The biggest downside is that they are more disconnected from physical relationships, and miss opportunities to learn essential social skills. How do you get your teen to disconnect and join your family at the moment? These are our ten top tips: 1. Hide the chargers. While this is not my #1 recommendation, and there will be tears, your teen will be forced to unplug, and spend quality time with your family. 2. Cut off their wifi. There are multiple devices that parents can utilize that will help with managing their children’s online access. There is the...

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How to Set-up the Canary Home Security System

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Verizon Home security is important for every family. We have had multiple attempted break-ins over the past year and have found it more important than ever to increase security at our house. We recently received the Canary home security system that provides in-home security that can be managed from your smartphone device. It is motion sensor so that if an intruder breaks into your home, you’ll get a notification on your smartphone device where you can sound an alarm and contact the local law enforcement. We have purchased many home security devices in the past that are challenging to set-up, but I found that the Canary home security system is so simple to set-up. In fact, it was so simple to set-up that my children helped with most of the installation process, and I had the added...

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Child Internet Safety Made Easy

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Product Received for Review Do your children have access to the internet? Then it is vital to have the ability to protect their online usage with a product like KoalaSafe. Once my kid’s school switched from textbooks and paper to Chromebooks, I quickly watched my control of their online safety disappear. No longer could I sit with my kids while they were online to ensure they were not going onto inappropriate websites or being contacted by strangers on social media because of the amount of time they were now required to be online. I began to research different products available on the market to help me with managing my kids online time and discovered KoalaSafe. The tool offered everything that I was looking for and even featured an app to make it easy for me to stay on top...

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