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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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Best Emergency Mobile Phone for Kids

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Tech | 0 comments

  My younger son has been begging me for a mobile phone. All of his friends have them, and yet they are only eight-years-old. It has been our personal parenting decision not to allow our children to have a cell phone at such a young age, but after the entire LAUSD was closed for a whole day due to a terrorist threat, I now want to ensure that my kids can get ahold of me when they are at school. Since I still don’t want my eight-year-old son to have access to all the capabilities of a traditional mobile phone, I did some research and found the perfect emergency mobile phone for kids. I got all of my kids the new SpareOne Emergency AT&T GoPhone. Why? They don’t need electricity; it doesn’t need to be charged, and will be...

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Preserving Family Memories with the Shutterfly App

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

  Shutterfly Promo Offers Families Free Prints for a Limited Time I love to take pictures of my kids, and the one tool that I use to capture my favorite memories with my children is with my cellphone. Cellphone photography is my favorite hobby, and I find myself maximizing my cellphone space every month with photos. Sometimes too much, and I end up deleted apps just so that I can take more pictures of my children. Sound familiar? I’ve been committed to finding a simple solution to back-up my cellphone images (other than my home computer) and a place where I could purchase prints to send to the Grandparents or give as gifts on special occasions. I downloaded a couple of different apps, and the one app that I found to work perfectly for me as a busy mom...

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AT&T GoPhone Makes the Perfect Holiday Stocking Stuffer (Giveaway)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Family, Giveaways, Tech | 19 comments

 “This blog post was sponsored by AT&T, but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.” Looking for the perfect gift to slip into your kids holiday stocking? The AT&T GoPhone not only makes a perfect holiday gift for your children but also makes for a great “first phone.” AT&T GoPhone helps parents to see if their children are ready for the responsibility of owning their own cell phone without making the long-term commitment of a contract. To make giving a GoPhone affordable, AT&T GoPhone is hosting a special holiday discount from December 7th through December 31st. The holiday special allows customers to get a free ZTE Maven device or $40 off any other GoPhone smartphone with new activation plus $45 or greater airtime purchase at AT&T stores or online. (Must buy phone and airtime at the...

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Verizon FiOS Helps Families Give Back During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored Verizon FiOS rewards their customers every day with the My Rewards+ loyalty program. Every month that customers use their Verizon FiOS service, they earn points through the loyalty program that can be redeemed for gift cards. Points are earned by doing the simplest things like paying your bill online to connecting with Verizon FiOS on social media. During the holidays, families can redeem their points for gift cards to use as a stocking stuffer or to give back to the community with the Charity Choice gift card. What is a Charity Choice gift card? It is a gift card that goes directly to a pre-selected charity of your choice. There are more than 1000 charities that Verizon FiOS customers can choose from to use their My Rewards+ points to send a donation to their favorite charity with the...

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Gamers Paradise at the Xbox Lounge at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Tech, Travel, Turks and Caicos | 0 comments

 My mom attended the Beaches Social Media on the Sand Conference The Xbox Lounge at Beaches Turks and Caicos is really cool! I liked it a lot! The reason I like it so much is because of all of all the Xboxes lined up in one cool room. Each Xbox has a different game on it (Except for Madden NFL! There are 2 of them). The one thing that sold me on the Xbox Lounge being one of the coolest places at the resort is that they have a Bobby Dee’s Restaurant RIGHT NEXT DOOR!!!!! Whenever I was in the lounge, I would not play alone. I had made some friends while I was there and every day at eight o’clock we would meet up at the Xbox lounge and play. We made good memories there. We really did!...

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5 Animal Apps that Help with Elementary Math Skills

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  Math can be fun or entirely boring depending on how it’s presented. The old fashioned pencil and paper with a series of times table sheets didn’t do much back in the day but there are so many exciting ways for young learners to learn necessary and important math skills while actually having fun at the same time. One thing that has stayed the same through the years is that kids love animals. These five apps offer learning and fun with cute (and some not so cute) animals. Some of the apps are aligned with Common Core State Standards and some are even free. With the intense competition and rigorous standardized testing these days it’s important for young kids to take on a practice makes perfect mentality but that doesn’t mean their whole life needs to be spent on...

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Comic Con Takes Over Long Beach

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Twice a year in Long Beach, Ocean Blvd turns into a scene out of a comic book.  Strolling down the sidewalk you can see Batman walking alongside the Joker, as a group on Teenage Ninja Turtles cross the street to enter the Long Beach Convention Center.  As you rub your eyes in disbelief you realize that it’s that magical time again the Long Beach Comic Convention (LBCC). This was our family’s second pilgrimage to the LBCC and though we thought that we had seen it all at that the last one, we were very wrong!   The LBCC is an amazing experience for anyone who loves comic book and appreciates the animation world. Not only can you find fantastic deals from reputable comic vendors, but you can also find memorabilia, clothing,...

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