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Best Tech for Back-to-School

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  The kids have headed back-to-school and needing to stock-up with the newest technology to be successful in the new school year. Verizon is one of the best places to get all the tech your kids need and these are our top five picks. Want a speaker, academic assistant and a schedule keeper all in one? Look no further than the JBL Link 20 with built-in Google Assistant. Use Google Assistant for translation help, searching or fact-checking. Need help balancing a busy back to school schedule? Ask Google to access calendars to receive rundowns on demand, and set reminders at specific times and locations. And the JBL Link 20 is waterproof so it keeps going despite spilled drinks, rogue splashes or even a dunk in the pool (on a study break, of course). Charge family phones quickly on contact...

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Best Back-to-School Laptop

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored When you have a house full of high schoolers, one of the most essential items on their back-to-school shopping list is a new laptop. Technology is always changing, and students find themselves needing a new laptop every school year. This year, my teenagers were requesting a laptop that is more versatile, and that can keep up with the multitasking they need during the grueling school year. We went to Best Buy is past week, and started to research the different laptops that are currently on the market. The one that stood out to my teenagers was the HP Envy x360. The one feature that they first loved was that the screen has a 360° flip-and-fold design. Meaning they can turn it around which is great when working on a group project with other students. The second feature that...

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Cox Communications Commitment to Connected Independence

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As my parents have begun to age, I have seen it become harder and harder for them to stay connected and as active as they once were. I recently had the opportunity of visiting a Cox Communications “Smart Home” that was set-up with everything that aging parents need to enjoy connected independence. Did you know that according to the AARP, research indicates almost 90% of adults over the age of 65 want to stay in their current home and community as they age? That makes it more critical than ever for them to take advantage of the advanced technology available that can be powered by Cox Communications high-speed internet. One feature that I learned about when visiting the Cox “Smart Home” was the ability for aging adults to have access to telemedicine. They can use devices to monitor...

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Give the Gift of Magic this Holiday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite places to spend time together as a family is at the Disneyland Resort. Since my children love creating memories at this magical place, I decided to bring the magic home this year by getting them the new Xbox game Disneyland Adventures. Earlier this month, I went to the Disneyland Hotel to learn more about the games Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure from the creators themselves. I arrived at the Disneyland Hotel and went to the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion where I would embark on a magical journey while playing these two new innovative games. We were lucky to have Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Microsoft Studios and John Dongelmans, Marketing Director, 1st Party Games walk us through everything we needed to know about the two new games. We started with Rush: A...

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10 Great Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored Looking for the perfect gift for a teenager or the person who has everything? Verizon has some great holiday gift ideas this year and these are our top picks to buy for less than $50! Google Home Mini: add smarts to your home (even multiple rooms). Get hands-free help in any room with this voice-activated speaker. It’s powered by the Google Assistant. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Square Credit Card Reader: the perfect gift for the someone on your list running a small biz. Griffin Stylus – have a tablet or looking to be a bit more precise with your touchscreen, the Griffin Stylus will give you precision without pricing you out. Cases – from Kate Spade, to Tech 21, protect your devices without breaking the bank. The UA Protect Grip Case...

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having a tech-oriented career, I make an extreme effort to limit my kids time online. I make my kids wait until I feel that they are mature enough to have their own cellphones (my son was 16, and my daughter was 13), and they don’t have their own computers – we have a family computer. Since my son and daughter just got their first cell phones this year, I have been looking for devices to help me with monitoring their time and keeping them safe online. I did a lot of research at our local Best Buy, and one product stood out among the rest, CUJO. What is CUJO? It is a firewall for your home that secures all of your family devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi router. It helps to block malicious sites, viruses, hacks...

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OPERATE NOW: HOSPITAL Season 2 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Giveaways, Tech | 4 comments

 Sponsored The story continues… Chief of Surgery Noah Stone is becoming irritable and aloof. He’s being threatened with blackmail, but will he succumb? Nurse Amy has spiraled into depression after her accident and has started stealing hospital drugs. Is there anyone who can help her? Paramedic James finds himself fighting with surgeon Sirona. Will the passion in those fights turn into something else altogether? Sirona has her own issues. One struggle dies with her alcoholic dad but then she discovers she has a brother. Will he be as messed up as her father? PLUS — even the surgery is getting more dramatic. Are you ready to grab the paddles for a sudden cardiac arrest? Do you remember the procedure for an emergency tracheotomy? SEASON 2: It’s just like your favorite TV hospital drama, but it’s you who’s calling the...

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Best Back-to-School Tech for Teens

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Tech | 0 comments

 Samples received Most teenagers have a new tech gadget at the top of their back-to-school shopping or wish list. Whether it being a new cellphone to stay in touch with mom and dad or a new speaker for their bedroom, Verizon has the hottest tech to help your teen be successful during the school year. These are our five top picks to get your teen from Verizon… Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8 has the cutting-edge features you need to do the things you love faster, easier and better. An eye catching, 5.8″ inch curved display goes all the way to the edge, so you can see more. The 12MP camera and advanced processor takes sharp, clear photos faster. Introducing Bixby – Samsung’s new intelligent interface that is able to navigate easily through services and apps so that users...

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Making Kitchen Remodeling Easy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Family, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored As the summer nights come to an end and the kids go back-to-school, parents will be getting back into their weekly routines of cooking healthy dinners every night for the family. Going from barbecuing every night to cooking in the kitchen is more fun when you’re in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Worried that kitchen remodeling will be stressful and complicated? It can be made easy with the help of Best Buy. Best Buy is the best place to start when beginning your kitchen remodel. They always have the newest cutting edge appliances with competitive pricing. The product that you’ll want to have in your newly remodeled kitchen is the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. The high tech appliance features a tinted glass panel with a “knock twice” feature that illuminates its contents without opening the doors, fingerprint resistant, and...

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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 — 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 | 3 comments

 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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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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Tips for Monitoring Your Kids Television Time

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech, Television Shows | 1 comment

 Sponsored Let’s be honest that monitoring kids television time is a challenge for many parents. With all the great series, movies, and documentaries, it can be tempting for children to try and spend most of their free time watching television. Now that the kids are back in school, and spending less time being active outdoors, it is more important than ever to monitor their screen time so that they can live a well-balanced lifestyle. Charting I am the queen of charts. With our family being so busy with school, sports, and work, charts are the easiest way that my family has found to balance our kids screen time. I keep a small chart by the television where we monitor our children’s screen time. I also use the same chart to add extra television time as a reward for good...

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Motorola Moto E GoPhone Tween Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored I just got my first cell phone, and I was surprised to see it was a Motorola GoPhone. At first I had some doubts, but when I got to know it, I loved it more than any phone I have ever tried out or seen! It is possibly the best first phone any kid could ever want. I have always wanted a phone that I could text and call my friends, but when I was looking at other phones I noticed that they all had limited calling and texting, but Motorola Moto E has unlimited calling and texting with one fixed monthly price. My parents got me the $45 plan. I love it because it gives you 2.5 gigabytes of data, unlimited calling and texting, and wifi hotspots. The $30 plan gives you unlimited calling and texting and...

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Family Fun at the International Surf Festival

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored by AT&T Last weekend, hundreds of families across Southern California came together to the Manhattan Beach pier for the International Surf Festival. There was entertainment all weekend long as families got to watch surfing, swimming, and volleyball competitions. One of the highlights of the festival was all the fun happening at the AT&T booth. It was not your average event booth, but a place where festival goers could charge their cell phones, make souvenir bags and get funky in the interactive photo booth. The music was pumping as kids were dancing around the booth while charging their cellphones at the complimentary charging station. Our kids had the time of their life at the festival and watched the volleyball matches for hours. My daughter was happy that she was able to keep her brand-new GoPhone charged to snap pictures...

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BattleKasters Takes Over Comic-Con

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored BattleKasters was the highlight of Comic-Con San Diego this year as the new “it” game being introduced to guests visiting the Gaslamp area. While at Comic-Con this year, we had a unique opportunity to get an in-depth look at the game, and the book that inspired the creation of the game. The game is based on the popular teen book, The Red Sun, by Alane Adams. The Red Sun is the first of six books in the Legends of Orkney series. Alane Adams created the series when her 12-year-old son challenged her to write something he would enjoy reading. While in San Diego during Comic-Con we played with the new game, met Alane Adams, and talked with the creators of the game. The game is unlike any other in that it inspires young gamers to find a love...

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Literacy Meets Gaming with BattleKasters at Comic-Con San Diego

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Education, Events, Featured, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Comic-Con is an event that your family is not going to want to miss, and BattleKasters is taking Comic-Con by storm. During the event,  the all-new mobile game is going to transform the Gaslamp Quarter into a Game Board from July 9th-12th. Players will have a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize that will be split between the winner and the winner’s library of choice.. What is BattleKasters? Based on the award-winning, young adult book series, Legends of Orkney, by author Alane Adams, BattleKasters is a whole new experience for gamers and readers. This app-based game allows players to collect digital trading cards, cast spells, and close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic – all while giving gamers the chance to explore the historic district near the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is...

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Expand Your Children’s Imagination with Disney Infinity 3.0

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Tech | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney There is only one video game that my children play in our house. It is Disney Infinity. The reason that I enjoy having my children play Disney Infinity is that it encourages imaginary play. It is much more than a video game, and my children can use the characters to expand on their play outside of the “video game” setting. In fact, my younger son has played with his Disney Infinity characters so much over the years that many of them are glue gunned back together and missing limbs. Even though the characters have been put to the test by my younger son, they still work great in the game. Disney Infinity is getting even better this Fall with the introduction of Disney Infinity 3.0. The all-new platform comes...

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Disney Infinity Introduces ‘Inside Out’ Play Set

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Film, Tech | 0 comments

 Our kids cannot wait for the upcoming film “Inside Out” to come out in theaters on June 19th, and they were even more excited when hearing the news that Disney Infinity is coming out with an all-new “Inside Out” inspired play set. Not only can kids enjoy the movie in theaters this Summer but also expand on the fun at home with Disney Infinity 3.0. The play set will be available this Fall featuring all the emotions inside of the mind of a young girl named Riley. Her emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) rally together to calm the turmoil that has overtaken Imagination Land. As single-player or two-player co-op, players must help Riley’s Emotions journey through Imagination Land, work together using each character’s unique skills to defeat enemies, gather Riley’s displaced memories, and return them to the...

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An App That Brings Families Together

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Talking to family that lives hundreds of miles away from you is relatively easy in this age of technology. Connecting with them as if they were in the same room is a different story. While a phone call or a social media message will carry a nice sentiment, they oftentimes feel as if you’re “checking in” rather than growing a bond. This is especially true with grandparents and grandkids, where the generation gap oftentimes produces shallow conversations. The need to make and cultivate these connections is why Panasonic’s HomeTeam™ app is such a vital download. This special online service reaches across distance and generations to connect grandparents, parents, and grandkids by letting them enjoy shared experiences in real-time. With the HomeTeam™ app, family members of all ages can engage in the kinds of activities that may otherwise only...

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Tips for Organizing and Preserving Online Family Photos

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored If you’re anything like me, then your online family photos are completely unorganized. I take hundreds of photos every week, and then upload them to various computers throughout our house. I have photos backed up on multiple flash drives, hard drives, and external drives. The one problem is that there is no organization, and I often find myself spending hours searching through different drives when looking for a specific photo. As part of my Spring cleaning this year, I am committed to organizing and backing up all my family photos safely online. While preparing for the organization, I found these great resources to help make organizing simple. With the help of Verizon FiOS, families can upload all of their family photos to different online photo storage sites at lightening fast speed. Photos can take the longest time to...

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23 Ways to Get Rewarded for Using Verizon FiOS

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Tech, Television Shows | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are all members of rewards programs with many of them having their customers jump through hoops to earn points and lots of “hidden” disclosures. Customers who use the Verizon FiOS service are eligible to earn rewards through the My Rewards+ easily and without any strings attached. Customers can easily earn points by purchasing movies, being a loyal customer or connecting with Verizon FiOS’ social networks. Once signing up for the program, customers can go about their daily life, and points will keep adding up while using the service. The points can be redeemed for gift cards or donated to your favorite local non-profit organization with Charity Choice. With as little as 1,000 points, customers can redeem for a $10 gift card, and earn $50 for every referral customer who signs up for Verizon FiOS service. This program...

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Managing Kid’s Online Access with the Verizon FiOS Router

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Tech | 1 comment

 Sponsored When I first became a parent, we didn’t even have a computer. Almost thirteen years later, we have more devices that I can count on one hand, and find it difficult to keep track of where are the devices are located throughout the house. While I thought that I was the only parent who would have kids wait until their parents go to sleep, and then sneak online to play video games..I am not. It is a growing problem that many parents face of being able to manage their kids time online. Now, parents can gain control over online access with the new Verizon FiOS router. A router that puts the online controls back into the hands of parents no matter where the kids may have stashed a digital device for later use in the night. With the...

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New SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water Game

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Tech | 0 comments

 Game download provided SpongeBob is back with an all-new movie, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” on February 6th. In anticipation of the release of the new film there is a fun new online game available for your kids to play. SpongeBob is a “little” famous in our household so the kids could not wait to download and start playing the game. Here is our tween review of the game: I just finished the new Sponge out of water game! The new game Sponge out of Water is super fun for your little ones! In this game, you jump over things, slide under things, and move to the side of things. This game is super fun! The game has many different roads for your kids to explore. There is the beach, the desert, and Bikini Bottom (SpongeBob’s home.)...

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Magical Music with Fantasia: Music Evolved

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

 Review copy received Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved is a Rhythm game from the same people who made RockBand. We surprised my son with a brand-new xbox one for his birthday along with the game Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. What I first noticed about the game was the amazing selection of music. Not only do you get to play with classical music, you also get to play with some modern contemporary music too. I love that they used both. It is wonderful to introduce children to a wide variety of music and Disney did this well with Fantasia: Music Evolved. Once we opened the case and placed the disk in, we were met with a short update for the game. It only took two and a half minutes (yes I timed it). After the update we were free to begin....

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Microsoft 12 Days of Deals

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Shopping, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Tis’ the season of giving! Put something extraordinary under the tree this year. The Microsoft store is making it easy to find a gift that’s truly special and with prices that can’t be beat. From December 8th through the 19th, purchase some of the hottest tech gifts at your local Microsoft store during their 12 Days of Deals. Get your kids the hottest Xbox games, a Jawbone MINI JAMBOX, or the coolest Windows Phone at unbeatable low prices during this special holiday sales event. These amazing deals will be available for one day only, so hurry over to your local Microsoft store and look for the candy cane numeral sign that will designate the featured daily deal. Shop early and shop often – the first shoppers to arrive each day will receive special doorbuster deals. Quantities limited. Trust me,...

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Keeping Kids Learning While Traveling with the LeapPad3

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Education, Family, Tech, Toys, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored With our family always traveling, I am often asked how I keep my kids learning while they are not in school. We are lucky to be a part of a charter school that offers Independent Study for families who travel, and I also use vital learning tools including LeapFrog products. Why LeapFrog? They make learning fun while encouraging my kids to continue learning outside of their educational lessons. When traveling earlier this month to the Turks and Caicos, we brought along the new LeapPad3 for my younger son Tyler. It ended up being his #1 favorite LeapFrog product, and he didn’t want to put it down. With a 14-hour flight that had multiple long airport layovers, Tyler got acquainted with the product. Within moments, he was on his way to learning new things through fun and interactive games....

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Job Quotes: Helping to Make Your Old Home Seem New Again

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Sponsored I remember when we first moved to Orange County from Los Angeles about eight years ago. Everything was new. New neighborhood, grocery store, parks, dry cleaners, doctors… Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled we purchased our first home after living in apartments and condo rentals, but the pressure of moving and new home buying was stressful. And even though we are now established in our community, a new phase is now upon us: our new house, well, is not so new. The aging, weathering and wear and tear of two kids is taking its toll on our now “old house.” So where do you turn when things in your home start to fall apart? How can you find someone reputable and local? That’s when I learned about Job Quotes. Job Quotes provides consumers an online database of...

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Tween App Review: GGG – It’s a Girls World

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Parenting, Tech | 0 comments

 Complimentary download provided Do you like to do D.I.Ys, or catch up on cool, funny stuff? If so, GGG – It’s a Girls World is the app for you. GGG – It’s a Girls World is a fun tween app that will help you get fun ideas, vote (for TV shows, nothing serious), laugh, and catch up on the latest trends. GGG – It’s a Girls World is like Pinterest for tween girls except you are browsing — not posting photos and ideas as a user. It’s simple, but before you go and download the app, there are a few things you should know: MY LIKES The app has some creative, great ideas and cool D.I.Ys. It’s also addicting, and kid safe, and there’s a lot of categories to choose from when browsing including: ♥Celebs ♥Jokes ♥ Fashion ♥...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Comes to Disney Club Penguin

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Tech | 1 comment

  Do you want to build a snowman? Disney Club Penguin is bringing the magic of “Disney’s Frozen” to Club Penguin Island from August 21 – September 3. During the Frozen Party, members will be able to dress up like their favorite characters from the film, including Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. Players will start the party by searching for Elsa’s magic snowflakes that are hidden around the island. Once members complete the snowflake quest, they will earn the ability to transform into Olaf or Marshmallow and freeze objects around the island. While players are searching for the snowflakes, Elsa will be constructing her Ice Palace on Club Penguin Island for players to explore. Once the Ice Palace is complete, players will be able to hear a special performance of “Let It Go” when they visit. During the...

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Disney Infinity Introduces Marvel Super Heros

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

 We attended a press conference We were thrilled to share the big announcement that Marvel joined forces with Disney Infinity with all of you on Twitter and Facebook yesterday. We drove into LA for the big press conference excited to see what would be next for Disney Infinity, and we were blown away with the new additions coming to the popular gaming platform. Just announced – in the Fall @DisneyInfinity will launch @Marvel characters #DisneyInfinity — OCMomBlog (@OCMomBlog) April 30, 2014 Disney Infinity is more than just a game in our home, but an opportunity for our family to share our love for play and imagination together. We can spend time connecting and creating unforgettable memories in a world with endless possibilities. Endless possibilities, memories and fun w/ @DisneyInfinity #Disneyinfinity — OCMomBlog (@OCMomBlog) April 30, 2014 My husband grew-up...

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National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Crafts, Education, Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  The launch of the National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge had my sons creative gears spinning. He loves to explore and learn new things. This engineering challenge is perfect for him and he is so excited to participate in it. Engineering has recently become one of his main focuses. He has been learning about electronics in school and he has been learning a lot of stuff on his own with an electronics set he received for Christmas. The love of learning started very young for him. He has always been enamored with the way things worked or how things were put together. This exploration challenge is a great way for him and his brother to explore new and exciting challenges together, all while learning in the process. I think this is a win-win situation all around. From now until...

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Club Penguin Muppets World Tour

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

  The Muppets are  taking over Disney’s Club Penguin on March 20, and the movie “Muppets Most Wanted” comes out in theaters on march 21, 2014. Muppets fans should head over to Club Penguin right away so you can enjoy the entertaining muppet shows happening on Club Penguin. This program starts on March 20 and ends with a grand finale with you and the muppets on March 28th. It will be a total blast for all of you guys who love the muppets (like I do.) During this program friends will be able to meet up and show off their skills during the muppet shows happening every day in the afternoon. They will be able to sing, dance, and make speeches about how we can change Club Penguin to make it a better place. They will all be hosted...

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Real Life Treasure Hunting with Geotagging

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Family, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parenting, Parks, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

 Geotagging. What is that? Geotagging = Real life treasure hunting! I have heard of Geotagging, but never truly understood what is was. A friend of mine who knows how much I love exploring nature with my children told me that my kids were just the right age to start, and I should give it a try. I didn’t know where to start, so I started asking about it on Facebook. I quickly learned that all I needed was my phone, GPS device, pencil and some small swag. I ordered a Geomate Geotagging GPS device, and it just happened to be delivered right before the one weekend that we got rain here in Orange County. I didn’t let a little rain stop us from going on our first real life treasure hunt. Once there was a break in the storm,...

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Let’s Change the World with Club Penguin Coins for Change

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Featured, Giving Back, Tech | 0 comments

 The holidays are a time for giving. A time for encouraging children to make a difference, and give back to others. Club Penguin is helping to empower children to make a difference in the world this year with their annual Coins for Change campaign. Happening right now on Club Penguin through January 1st, children can donate virtual coins the they earn while playing games on Club Penguin to give back. Club Penguin will donate $1 million USD from Club Penguin on behalf of the children who donate their virtual coins to ten real-world projects. Club Penguin has already donated $10 million USD to charities all over the world! Players will be able to donate their coins in order to fund projects that matter to them, such as: Toys and warm coats for kids in the United States A Clean...

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Coffee Comfort with Krups

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Family, Tech | 1 comment

  Nothing says “comfort and joy” during the holiday season better than a warm cup of coffee. I had the chance to practice my latte skills with the Krups Pump Espresso XP5600 machine. It has been a while since I made my own latte. In fact, it has been since my college days working as a Barista. I was not sure what to expect with a home machine, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is actually very user friendly. The directions are very clear with pictures and instructions, so you don’t have to be a Barista to use it. One of the best features to this machine is the Krups Tamping System. Using the provided premeasured coffee spoon you add your coffee choice, and gently moving the handle to the right automatically tamps the coffee grounds. So simple! The...

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Zact Partners with Disney to Provide Families with Safe Customizable Cellphone Service

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Tech | 1 comment

  Are your kids asking for a smartphone this holiday season? Nervous about the safety issues? Zact Mobile has just introduced a kid-friendly smartphone service that comes pre-loaded with Disney apps for children. It is a revolutionary service that can help parents to control a mobile service for their kids while providing family-friendly apps. Zact Mobile service provides families with: · A highly customizable no contract mobile service with nationwide coverage · Huge savings on voice, text, and data plans that start as low as $3.49 · Ability to adjust plans anytime right on the device · Free family sharing and ability to set allowances on talk, text and data · Built-in parental controls Zact is the only smartphone for kids that give parents the control to manage their kid’s smartphone use. It promises to help parents remotely control...

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How to Have a Date Night That Doesn’t Break the Bank

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having regular date nights is a struggle for all parents. It is costly, and often challenging to find a sitter on a regular basis. After having our third son, my doctor stressed the importance of having a date night every week. Every week? I thought it was impossible until I discovered how to get a little creative. We have never been a couple that watched television (we don’t even want or need cable) until our friends introduced us to some crazy awesome shows this summer. First it started with Breaking Bad, and then we went onto Revenge, Weeds and now Scandal. We started creating “at home date nights” around our new favorite shows without ever having to worry about the high cost of a sitter and fancy restaurant. How do we do it? It is simple! We put the...

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Nintendo’s Mario is Bringing Joy to Travelers This Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Travel | 0 comments

  Nintendo’s Mario will be bringing joy to travelers this holiday season with the addition of the Nintendo Wii u Gaming Lounges in six popular U.S. airports. Nintendo is teaming up with Southwest Airlines to help making traveling easier for younger guests with the addition of these new multimedia Nintendo Gaming lounges. Dallas Love Field will be the first to open their Nintendo Gaming Lounge today, November 25th. Mario will be at the airport this morning to surprise one Southwest Airlines flight with a special surprise this morning. If you are traveling with your children on Southwest Airlines into Dallas Love Field this morning, keep an eye out for Mario! Guests will enjoy playing the most popular Nintendo games including Super Mario 3D World. The Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be in six different airports throughout the holiday season including...

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Discover the New Sonic Lost World

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored Sonic is returning this holiday season as part of an exclusive partnership between SEGA and Nintendo with the new Sonic Lost World video game. The game is exclusive for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms and comes with new movies, new color powers and more! Sonic will need your help to use his new power-ups to defeat the deadly Six who have threatened to destroy Sonic’s world. In the game, Sonic will unite with his arch nemesis Eggman and explore the mystical Lost Hex. The most thrilling part of the new game is that Sonic can now fly through the air, making him more powerful than ever! The game has exclusive features for the both the Wii U and 3DS. With the Wii U, players get exclusive Color Powers, can play the game using only the Wii...

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Reinvent Your Workout with the Wii Fit U

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Family, Featured, Tech | 10 comments

 Sponsored With the holidays quickly approaching, and all the delicious food that goes along with it, now is the best time to reinvent your workout with the Wii Fit U. The Wii Fit U is revolutionizing your workout routine that syncs with your Wii U. Getting started is easy. Begin by purchasing a Wii Fit U Meter, clip it to your belt, and get moving! The Wii Fit U Meter will start tracking your number of steps, calories burned and the altitude and intensity of the steps. Upon arriving home every evening, sync the information from your meter into the game to track your progress and participate in over 70 different activities. The best way to use the new Wii Fit U is with friends and family. With the retail price of just $19.99 for each Fit Meter, it...

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Family, Fantasy & Football with Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Plans

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Tech | 1 comment

  My son and husband love a good game of football. During Fantasy Football season, the two of them have stayed connected with their friends and family throughout all of games with the Walmart Family Mobile best wireless plans. Since my husband cannot be with all of his football buddies during all of the games this season, he has stayed connected with all of his friends throughout the season with the Walmart Family Mobile unlimited plans, after getting his new Samsung Galaxy 4s. All of the touchdowns, passes, and kicks have been shared between my husband and his friends through their Samsung Galaxy S4 phones with the Walmart Family Mobile plans. This is the second phone that we have connected with the Walmart Family Mobile service, and we have not only loved the great service, but how much it...

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Keeping Connected with Friends and Family with Best Wireless

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Tech | 2 comments

  When the giant cowbell comes out, and my husband starts bringing home bags of his favorite potato chips from the grocery store is when I know that football season has begun. Our family room slowly becomes converted into a “man cave” as Steve and his friends cheer for their favorite football teams. As the years have passed, not all of my husbands close friends can all come together to watch their games. Some have moved away or just gotten busy with their families. They have all found that no matter what – they can all stay connected with the best wireless plans for their cellphones. Since my husband leaves his phone on speaker throughout all of the football games, he easily uses up most of our wireless data for the month. As Fantasy Football season is quickly approaching,...

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The Magical World of Disney Junior Goes Mobile

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

  Our kids have grown-up playing with all their favorite Disney Junior friends online, and now their favorite online magical world opened a new portal of fun with their new mobile friendly website. The new Disney Junior website just launched its new mobile compatible website early this week, allowing families to bring the magic of Disney Junior with their children anywhere. The platform is designed with the kids in mind, making it easy for them to navigate. Disney values the importance of children’s safety online just as much as parents and have created the website with safety in mind. While online, children can explore their favorite shows, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and more. There is a wide variety of games, activities and fun! The website can be access from your mobile device...

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Tech | 0 comments

  Yesterday, we introduced you to the food-animals in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” and now your kids can play with the all the cute food-animals on the Foodimal Frenzy app. This fun game will bring the movie to life for your kids with yummy food that they will just want to eat right up. The game is a mix between Candy Crush and Bejeweled, but with all the foodimals from the film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The new app is free for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and on Google Play. During the game, children can take the inventor Flint Lockwood and his lab partner on a quest through the island of Swallow Falls. Throughout the game, players rescue food-animals and must match as many of them as possible in sixty seconds. As they...

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Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff Video Game Review

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored. My kids are very limited with the amount of video game time they are allowed to play. Since they are so limited with their video game time, they only want to spend it playing the best games available. The kids were recently given a copy of the Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff video game to review from Disney, and it quickly became one of their favorite games. It not only became their favorite video game, but also the kids on the street who tested it out at our house. What is so special about this game? Not only does it have their favorite Phineas and Ferb characters in it, but they get to explore ancient temples, save the tri-state area as a crime fighter, collect cool stuff and more! In the game, it is the last...

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Musical Motion Video Game New Realm Revealed

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  We cannot wait for “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” inspired by the animated film “Fantasia,” to come to life in our home entertainment gaming system. Never-before-seen realm of the game, “The Haven,” was just released to the public giving a unique glimpse into this highly-anticiapted game release. In “The Haven,” players will explore a cold, isolated forest and interact with a musical, magical environment that has come to life. The new realm will feature musical tracks from Kimbra, Fun. and Vivaldi, with each son featuring two unique remixes. In “The Haven,” players will enter a dark forested world that they can explore with their motion controlled “Muse.” As they begin to interact with the environment around them, players will bring light to the world and discover fun musical interactions, transforming it in dramatic and exciting ways! From a mysterious...

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5 Ways to Protect Yourself on Twitter

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Tech | 0 comments

  I landed my current job with a tweet. Yes, you got that right. You see social media has the power to give and to takeaway. There are always two edges to the sword of social. Currently I have the pleasure of being a manager of Social Media at major international company, so I can speak with a little bit of authority on the subject, and the reality is, you need to be careful what you Tweet. Not only as a business, but as a regular old twitter. There are a whole lot of ways that you can get yourself and your kids in trouble online. So here are 5 ways to protect yourself on twitter: 1. Be careful who you follow, my personal preference is to only follow back people who have an actual profile picture, and a...

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Teaching Children Responsibility with Their First Cellphone with Unlimited Plans

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  Almost a month ago, we got our pre-teen his first cellphone. What I did not realize would happen after giving him his first cellular device, was that it would help teach him responsibility. Before we gave him the cellphone, my husband and I talked with him about the rules that go along with him having his first cellphone with unlimited plans. What Andrew didn’t realize after getting his first phone, was that he would lose it more than he would have it. As his parents, we closely monitored the activity on his phone by reviewing the cellphone history after he went to bed, and by using the online account management and information. Every time that he broke one of the rules with his phone, he would lose it for 4 days. Before we would give him back the...

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Kids Can Become Their Own Pilot with the Disney Video Game – Planes! (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Giveaways, Tech | 10 comments

 This is a sponsored post on behalf of Disney. Disney Planes has become our favorite summer movie. The kids cannot get enough of the high-flying action, and fantastic music in this new Disney film. Now our kids can become their own pilot with the Disney Planes video game. We got a chance to test out the Disney video game while at Disney D23 last week, and it is a fun action-packed video game for children of all ages to enjoy. In the game, children can travel in the skies above Cars Land as one of the 10 characters from the Disney Planes film. There are four different modes of play including; Air Rallies Story, Free Flight and Balloon Popping Fun. 1-2 two players can explore the 10 different environments in different types of play including; single player, co-op player...

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How Office 365 Home Premium Helps Families Stay Organized

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  Family life is jam packed with activities, school, sports and fun!  Sometimes it can be hard to stay organized between all of the schedules. As Cal and Ava get older, I find myself trying new strategies for keeping our family organized and in a digital home like ours, Office 365 Home Premium looks to be the answer.  Office 365 Home Premium keeps everyone organized in a tech savvy way while making it easy for everyone to do it from wherever they are. Microsoft SkyDrive allows us to organize every component of our life through their free cloud storage solution, SkyDrive.  We each have our own laptops and we love that wee can keep files and images safely stored in the SkyDrive.  Convenience is key in life and to access these files from any computer or Windows Phone device...

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DreamWorks Dragons Riders of Berk DVD Release (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Featured, Film, Giveaways, Tech | 9 comments

 We were provided with review copies of the film. Are your kids ready for some action-packed entertainment this summer? Then DreamWorks Dragon Riders of Berk is perfect for a family summer movie night. After a long day at the beach, the kids and I built a giant fort in our living room to watch the entertaining series. The kids imagination was inspired after watching the series during our summer family movie night. Based on the Academy Award nominated hit movie How To Train Your Dragon comes a two DVD set of the Dragons Riders of Berk series. The part one series DVD comes with 11 episodes, dragon tracker part one, “heavy metal” dragon mash-up, and the world of DreamWorks Animation. The DVD series is a two-disc set with a total viewing time of 242 minutes of dragon action. The...

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Epic Star Wars Takeover Hits Club Penguin

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  May the force be with your penguin as an epic Star Wars takeover hits the world of Club Penguin. Club Penguin is the #1 virtual world for children across the nation. The fun officially began on July 25th when the millennium Falcon landed on an island in Club Penguin. Players begin their mission by flying to Tatooine where they will begin their training. Once they have mastered their Jedi skills in training, they will begin their mission to defeat Darth Herbert’s plans and destroy the death star. There is so much for your children to explore in the world of Club Penguin during the Star Wars takeover. Children can dress-up their penguin in Star Wars inspired costumes, collect Jedi robes and cloaks, and even collect an exclusive costume item on the My Penguin app. “The Force is strong...

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Smashing Summer Hit with Disney’s Teen Beach Movie (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Giveaways, Tech | 17 comments

 We were provided with a complimentary copy on behalf of Disney. The countdown began last week on the Disney Channel as my kids anticipated the first showing of Disney’s Teen Beach Movie. We first started getting prepared for the summer excitement with a fun beach themed pre-party. Then the ticker on the screen counted down the minutes until the kids screamed with excitement when the opening song played. Disney’s Teen Beach Movie was a smashing hit in my home even before the kids saw it for the first time. All of my kids, even my six year old boy, loved every moment of the film. It was full of upbeat music, kids laughing, and great acting. The movie had an upbeat feel that was the pure essence of summer for kids across the nation. The fun did not stop...

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Smurftastic Party!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Featured, Film, Tech | 0 comments

 We attended a Smurftastic Party as a guest of Sony. Gather your smurf berries, and get ready, because The Smurf’s are coming back to the big screen this summer with Smurf’s 2 on July 31st. We celebrated the upcoming film in Los Angeles last with a fun Smurftastic Party at the Sony Studios film lot. Everything was blue as the kids celebrated together with their friends everything they love about the Smurf’s. Before the party started, the kids got a chance to see some exclusive parts of the Sony Studio lot. They saw the big sound stages, and actors at work while walking over to the Smurf party. Amy and I even got a little surprise when The “Breaking Bad” motor home went cruising by us! Then it was time for the party to begin!   The Smurf’s arrived...

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Three Tips for Getting Your Kid Their First Cellphone with Best Wireless

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  I can’t believe it that my oldest son is going to Junior High next month. When I was in grade school, Junior High was not until seventh grade, but I guess times have changed. My kids first started asking to get a cellphone when their peers were getting them as early as second grade. I always promised them they would get their first cellphone when starting Junior High. When I first started looking into getting my son his first cellphone it was overwhelming, and these are the three tips for getting your kid their first cellphone with the best wireless that I learned when shopping my son. Most of the kids in my kids school are carrying the newest version of iPhones. Although I would love to give my kids a $500 phone for their first phone, it...

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Differences between the HTC One Mini and HTC One

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  HTC just announced the HTC One Mini and this smartphone beauty is sure to receive all the love it’s big brother, HTC One, has received.  When looking at these two devices, here are three differences between them to help you determine which is right for you. Weight The HTC One Mini weighs 17% less than the HTC One; size alone helps achieve this notable difference but I imagine a smaller battery will also account for some difference as well.  But those who want a smaller size phone will also appreciate this weight difference as it allows for them to carry it in pockets with more comfort.  The HTC One Mini features an 1800 mAH embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery as opposed to the 2300 mAh counterpart of its bigger sibling.  Weighing in at 122 grams, the Mini is 21 grams...

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Making ‘Turbo’ with Director David Soren

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  Turbo has flown into theaters on July 17th with its action-packed animation, and rhythmic music. The story is filled with heart and a great message of encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. We talked about this heart-warming film with Director David Soren on making this film that will be a future treasure in families video collections across the Nation. “My son is obsessed with all things fast” There is so much high-flying speed in the move “Turbo,” that we were curious about the background of the film. Soren talked about how he had a snail problem, and that he has a son with a love for all things fast. “It was twofold,” said Soren. “It was really combining these two very opposite and contrasting ideas of super slow creatures in the yard with race cars...

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How to Create The Ultimate Pillow Fort – Ever!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Crafts, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

 Kit was provided by Disney. My favorite childhood summer activity was building pillow forts. Last night, the kids were cranky, and summer boredom was starting to set in, so I thought it was the perfect night to start building. We opened up a super cool fort building kit that was gifted to our family from Disney, and we were able to create the ultimate pillow fort – ever! You don’t need a fancy kit like we had – just lots of pillows, a big imagination, and the ability to dream big! When I told that kids what we were doing, they were gone in less than 60 seconds collecting as many pillows as they could find. They took them from all the beds, the couches and the closets. The kids spent hours creating their ultimate pillow fort just the...

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DreamWorks Animation Turbo Movie Review #TurboMovie

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a screening of Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo, which opens in theaters today. Turbo tells the story of Theo, a snail with a passion and dream of racing.  Clearly a bit of a challenge for a snail, Theo’s brother Chet has some issues with what he thinks are overly ambitious daydreams.  A freak accident helps Theo’s dreams come true when he is sucked inside a turbo charged engine where his DNA is fused with nitrous oxide.  As Turbo discovers his new found talent, he and his brother get taken by Tito who is trying hard to make the taco business he has with his brother a success.  Together Turbo and Tito use their creative thinking to make both of their dreams come true. First and foremost, the theme of Turbo is so...

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An App for 4 & Up: Where’s My Mickey?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

  The kids love playing “Where’s My Perry” so it was kind of a no brainer when “Where’s My Mickey?” came out. “Where’s My Mickey?” introduces a whole new world of water fun to fans of the popular Disney game.  I personally love the Mickey humor that is embedded in the game; little ones will enjoy seeing one of their favorite Disney characters in this physics-based app. “Where’s My Mickey?” also features five unique mini episodes that play and slowly tell a story as the game progresses as well. We recommend “Where’s My Mickey?” for children four and older; while the game can be challenging for younger ones, they will love Mickey and enjoy it all the same!  They can tap, swipe, and swirl as they work to help Mickey collect water and complete each story.  The videos are...

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Explore the Disney App for Xbox 360

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

  Disney Interactive recently launched the new Disney app for Xbox 360, offering yet one more method for delivering new and original digital video to homes in the United States.  This new app lets users access some of the best Disney content through their game system featuring original web series, clips from Disney shows, and of course some classic animated shorts.  Users can also see the latest Disney movie trailers from across the web. Disney Interactive’s goal of bringing quality Disney videos and experiences across all platforms and devices is closer to realization with the announcement of this new Disney app for the Xbox 360. Here are some things that fans can look forward to with Disney on Xbox 360: Episodes of the popular web series, Disney Where’s My Water? Presents Swampy’s Underground Adventures Classic shorts starring Mickey Mouse and friends...

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Join the Monsters University Scare Games at Club Penguin

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Disney, Tech | 1 comment

  Club Penguin is my kids favorite summer online game. When the sun gets too hot, and we need to take a break from the summer heat, we come inside and play Club Penguin together. Something special is happening in the world of Club Penguin today – Monsters University is taking over! There will be thrills, screams and excitement as this special event takes place until July 9th. What can your kids expect while playing? Players can dress-up their penguin as their favorite Monsters University monster They can enroll in Monsters University on Club Penguin Island Compete in exciting scare games Earn points by demonstrating their most frightening scare tactics Fill up their scare canister in an all-new mini game New igloo items are available for members to buy in the Furniture Catalog. Some featured items include the Scoreboard,...

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Scanimalz Plush Toys and Game

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Tech, Toys | 1 comment

  Look what we got in the mail…Scanimalz!! What are they, you ask?? Scanimalz are cuddly, collectible plush toys that bring the physical and virtual worlds together. They’re from SCANdinavia, frequently have SCANic attacks, like to do SCANnon balls and makeSCANtastic pets! Sure to be the “it” toy of 2013, these cute, cuddly plush characters come with QR codes on their adorable soft bellies. Scanimalz, from Wicked Cool Toys, capture what kids love—cuddly toys, technology and playing games on smart phones and tablets! With more than 30 adorable plush characters to choose from, girls and boys will love to collect them all and play for hours on end. It’s easy to get into the Scanimalz world! ü    Download the free iOS or Android Scanimalz App ü    Scan the QR code on the Scanimalz belly to play games ü    Track collections ü    Earn Scantz points ü    Work your way up the Daily Leader Board! What makes Scanimalz...

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Tour of the Club Penguin Headquarters

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

 We were a guest of Disney while visiting the Club Penguin Headquarters. Recently we flew up to Canada for the Club Penguin Summit. While, in Canada, we got an exclusive chance to tour the Club Penguin Headquarters. This is where all the magic happens to create one of the most popular online games for children across the world. Located in Kelowna Canada, the staff at Club Penguin works daily to create a safe, interactive and fun online experience for children. This was the first time that Club Penguin has opened their doors to members of the media for a tour of the Club Penguin Headquarters. The moment that we walked into the building, we were greeted with Penguins everywhere. There was a huge waterfall wall with penguins behind it. And the Club Penguin logo. As the elevator doors closed...

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Let the Thumbs Up Wine Finder App Choose the Wine for You

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Tech | 1 comment

  How many times have you walked to the wine aisles at your grocery store just hoping… this one time… the right bottle will jump off the shelf? Whether entertaining at your home or choosing a bottle to take to a party, the abundant selection can be intimidating and overwhelming. We are wine – umm… – lovers, and it is still challenging. That’s where the Thumbs Up WineFinder app comes to the rescue. The Thumbs Up Wine app helps you select wine based on where you are shopping, what you are eating, and how you are enjoying it.  For example, my husband and I rarely drink white wine, but we take it to our friend’s house when entertaining…now I can purchase with confidence knowing that what I purchased pairs well with the occasion. When you start the app, Thumbs...

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Anticipation and Preorder of the XBox One

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Tech | 0 comments

 We have been XBox devotees since it first came out, adding the Kinect when it was released as well. Being the tech family we are, we then added another upstairs… and another in our game room. 🙂 We play of our family photos on them as a slideshow, listen to music from our server, and they serve as a DVD player for movies. and yes, we play games.  We have some amazing family times playing Kinect games… Needless to say, we are pretty excited about the XBox One, that will be released in November. is one of the retailers accepting pre-orders for this system.  Xbox One pre-order packages are limited though to one unit per transaction.  For $499.96 you receive one console, one limited edition controller and one Kinect, as well as free shipping. Being powered by The Cloud,...

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Sifteo Cubes as a Tech Toy Parents Can Appreciate

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured, Tech, Toys, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Summer is here and for many parents that means our children are home for the summer.  We all work to keep our kids engaged in academics and sports over the summer to help make the transition back to school in fall that much easier.   It can be easy to give in to more screen time over the summer, but with the ever increasing amount of tech gadgets, it can be hard to do.  Sifteo Cubes are a tech toy that children… and parents can enjoy and appreciate. Sifteo Cubes are classic play made interactive and we love that the games challenge the mind is simple ways. This award-winning game is tactile and truly different than any other tech game system we have played with. Sifteo Cubes come preloaded with the above games and by simply connecting the...

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Netflix, Disney, and You (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Giveaways, Tech | 28 comments

  …Or rather your kids. Recently I was given the opportunity to hang out with Netflix, well not literally, I mean you can’t hang out with an inanimate object. But you can hang out with the animated objects that you can watch through the inanimate object. See what I did there? Anyways I digress. So, a while back we decided to “cut the cord” so to speak and get rid of the cable box. Now, I’m not a big sports fan, well I am, but not enough to watch it on TV, and we never watched a whole lot of cable, but we did have one concern, our boys. As a parent we all know, that in a perfect world our kids would never watch TV, but as we also know, we don’t live in anything close to a...

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“Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters” Sneak Peek

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Family, Tech | 0 comments

  I spent the day at Fox Studios yesterday getting a sneak peek at “Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters”! We cannot disclose any details about what we saw…yet… but can tell you this.  For the thirty minutes of the movie I saw, my eyes were glued to the screen!   This movie, based on the best selling book, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” continues the young demigod’s epic journey.  With our son at the age of nine, I think he may be ready for Percy Jackson books and would enjoy them tremendously.  He loves fantasy books, including Kingdom Keepers and Harry Potter; I am so excited to introduce him to Percy Jackson! Today a few of us were lucky enough to have a panel interview with Logan Lerman, who plays Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, who plays Annabeth Chase, and Leven Rambin,...

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An Inside Peek at Disney Infinity Toy Box Mode

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Disney, Tech, Toys | 0 comments

  Disney Infinity is almost here!  This all-new video game initiative brings our favorite Walt Disney and Pixar Studios’ characters to life by placing real-world toy versions of these characters onto the Infinity Base.  Players are then transported into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box. We had a chance to check it out in LA earlier this year but today offer an in-depth look at the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode…a gameplay mode that allows players to intertwine characters from their favorite movies and have them compete against each other. From what we have seen, Toy Box mode enables dreams the opportunity to come true.  Our kids are Disney fans…and Disney fans seem to dream in Disney…characters jump from movie to movie, Jack Jack...

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HTC Announces HTC One Special Edition with Nexus User Experience

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Featured, Tech | 1 comment

  I am a huge HTC fan and have been for a decade.  My current smartphone is the HTC Droid DNA, which I adore.  That doesn’t stop me from drooling over the HTC One though.  I want Zoe and Blinkfeed in my life and truly think they would be game changers for work and personal life.  This is a (nother) big week for the HTC One as HTC announced a Special Edition HTC One featuring the “Nexus User Experience”. While you do not get HTC Sense, Zoe, BlinkFeed, HTC Share, and some other features, there are plenty of features to celebrate in this special model.  One of the things I love about HTC is that they think outside the box, listen to customers, and do their best to deliver.  They offer variety and choice that consumers crave in today’s...

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What Camera Should you Use?

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Tech | 0 comments

  I got a little present for myself the other day, a brand new (to me) Nikon D7000 DSLR, and it got me thinking, one, I’m really excited, and two, I bet people might have some question about what camera might be best for them. I mean there’s about a million choices… well, 1,061,160, when you type “Digital Camera”  in on Amazon. So what do you pick? Point and shoot, DSLR, mirror-less, Canon, Nikon, Sony, what’s the best? Well that short answer? Whatever your comfortable with. The longer answer, it depends what you want shoot, and where you would like to take your pictures. Personally, I have three camera’s in rotation, I a have a little Canon point and shoot, a Nikon built to be waterproof and rugged, and my DSLR.  They each come out at different times. The little...

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4 Rules for Protecting Your Kids on Instagram

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

 I had an interesting conversation with a co-worker the other day regarding Instagram and my co-worker’s teenage daughter. This is something that happens a lot, seeing as I manage the online social communities for a major brand. She had a bit of an interesting situation as single Mom at odds with he Ex-Husband regarding online safety. In other words, she said no, her husband said yes, and she lost out to the more preferential answer. Instagram more and more has become the platform that many parents use as the first step into the social world with their kids. Which makes a certain amount of sense, the security setting are pretty straightforward, either you’re account is private or not. There is definitely a conversation that needs to happen though between you and your kids. Personally when my kids are old...

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Verizon FiOS Iron Man 3 Premiere Event

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Events, Featured, Tech, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 This is a sponsored post with Verizon FioOs. On the eve of Iron Man 3 opening day, Verizon FiOS Southern California hosted an exclusive premiere event in Huntington Beach. The community was invited to come out and win tickets to see the movie before anyone else at the beautiful Century Theaters in Bella Terra. There were multiple screenings of the film happening throughout the evening. Parked right in front of the theaters were the fleet of Verizon FiOS powered vehicles. The kids were getting excited about the seeing the movie while playing Iron Man video games inside of the Verizon FiOS 1965 VW Bus. Verizon transformed this bus into a car that is just as powerful as Iron Man himself while all being powered by FiOS technology. The Bus is loaded with a 42″ Hi-def TV on the back...

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Long Beach Grand Prix Verizon FiOS So Cal Event

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Events, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

 This is a sponsored post, and the OC Mom Blog received compensation for their coverage. A guys weekend with fast cars…doesn’t get much better than that. We had a great weekend at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this past weekend.  Stopping by the Verizon FiOS setup was great; we both got to hang out with Mike, the SoCal FiOS fleet lead, who walked us through the special characteristics of both of their vehicles.  It was cool to get an up close look at the both vehicles but our favorite by far was the VW bus.   Mike and the team drive the Verizon FiOS vehicles to various events in the region and the VW bus is the embodiment of the SoCal lifestyle.  The 1965 VW Bus has been been retrofitted to include a 42 inch Hi-def TV on...

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