Sometimes there’s simply way too much to get done in a single day when you’re a parent. There’s the laundry, home maintenance, car maintenance, work, kids, your partner, yourself . . . everything needs attention and there’s never enough time. Usually, something gives and you excel in one area and a few others really suffer. I’m no pro at the balancing act myself, but I have picked up a few tips that help tremendously. Read more
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Kids and tech can be a touchy subject for a lot of parents. I didn’t allow my daughter, S, to watch shows/have screen time until she was about 2-years-old. But let me tell you, it’s been a huge part of our lives since then. So much so, that now that she’s a big first grader, she has a special new tablet of her own and I wish I’d gotten it for her sooner. You’re not going to believe the reasons why. Read more
It’s one of those things that you don’t know you need so badly until you have it — a smart home. A fridge that texts you a grocery list or house that talks to you might be a bit extreme for the everyday family, but there are ways to have a smart, helpful home that isn’t only practical but more affordable. Keep reading for 3 ways to make your home smarter! Read more
How many apps do you have on your phone right now? I have over 100 apps on my iPhone, all asking me to do something ASAP with notifications going off constantly. But being so available on demand can be draining when everyone at home wants mommy to do something ASAP too, so I’ve been looking into wellness apps that help remind me to take a break, unplug, de-stress and be mindful of my own feelings. After all, it’s important to be aware of how you’re feeling with everything going on, and how it can be managed. Keep reading for the 411 on my new favorite app for just that.
When there’s little time in the day to get the laundry list of to-do’s done, saving time and money is important. So why not load up your phone with apps that can help with that? I mean we’re not talking time warp stuff, or that you’ll be heaping up massive riches using these, but hey . . . every little bit helps, right? So go grab a cup of coffee and read on for 5 free time-saving apps that just might make your days run a bit smoother. Read more
Gathering for special occasions is one of the reasons the holidays feels so magical. Well, that and there are presents involved. But with these big events comes the stress of putting it all together. Sometimes ensuring dinner is set and ready on time while also taking the time to decorate just right and be sure you have enough food (or people coming) can be a real bear! Fortunately, there are some very cool apps that make all this more of a breeze and less of a sandstorm. Keep reading for 10 apps that will make hosting holidays a little bit easier. Read more
Schools have been showing the balloon on the hair trick to teach students about static electricity for some time now. My daughter just learned it in her preschool’s science class last year. But why stop with that and how different conductors can work? Why not show our kids how it can be applied in a creative sense to better the world? Keep reading for a few ways to teach your kids about power with the help of electric vehicles. Read more
My daughter isn’t filling up diapers anymore, but she still gets gas, so between her, the cat’s litter box across the way in the master bathroom, the dog and the husband I have been in desperate need of some fresh, clean air. And guess what? I found the solution! Read more
When my daughter was 1 I didn’t let her sit and watch TV. I was extremely active in taking her outside to explore the world, and playing with her age-appropriate toys with her. But when she turned 2 I slowly allowed educational programming until by the time she was 3 and 4 she was hooked on watching shows on my phone. A lot of it had to do with the shift in her age, but also my having to work on the computer more and so allowing her to continue watching longer. It’s bothered me for some time, but I wasn’t sure how to balance my workload and also not be the bad guy who tells her she’s done with electronic devices for the night (sometimes I have to be sensitive in how I give her information). I was sent the KoalaSafe Box ($99, Amazon) for this review— A wireless router that allows you to set time limits and other parental controls on specific devices while in-home — and I knew this is exactly what I was looking for. Read more
When you’re breastfeeding there’s a natural system in place to help you lose the baby weight, but remembering to stay active during your day gets harder each day. Remembering when it’s time to feed the baby (bottle or breastmilk), take a pill or get up and play outside with the kiddo can get lost in the shuffle of a hectic day, too. Sometimes when the kiddo finally falls asleep it’s on your arm and you know you can’t move an inch or nap time is all done so you get in the habit of vegging out. After getting through the toddler and baby years it wasn’t until my kiddo was 4 that I realized I had waited too long to make active, healthy living a party of my day, too. I found the LEAF by Bellabeat online and reached out to them about testing it out. I’m so glad I did. I’ve watched as friends and family bought other activity trackers and none of them really felt like a fit for me until this one. Read more