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Our Technology Diet using Shaw BlueCurve

apps, GEAR By June 12, 2019 No Comments

While tax time makes you do a hard look at your spending habits and swimsuit season can help us realize we’ve been light on kale servings, there has been little impetus in my family to check our technology usage. A bank balance or a scale can provide some hard data to allow us to analyze and then change habits, and now, the Shaw BlueCurve Gateway modem and Home app allow us to do this with device usage. It just can’t make you eat more veggies!


Parental Control Apps

apps, FAM, GEAR, kids By September 30, 2016 5 Comments

I have two boys and very real concerns (read: I’m petrified) about their entry into the digital space. While I haven’t been one of the parents who refrained from submitting the kids’ photos or names into cyberspace, I am one of the last hold-outs for allowing them an instagram account. There’s also been a significant amount of avoidance about when they can get cell phones. After a lavish essay about why instagram is a good thing, our older child was awarded his own profile, with very strict rules and unlimited access by me. As I now venture into parenting kids who will eventually own a mobile phone, a roundup of parental control apps is in order.

Netatmo Welcome Camera

Safety Begins At Home— Netatmo Welcome Camera Review

apps, GEAR, home, Shopping Reviews, tech By September 1, 2016 No Comments

My kids are going back to school next week and I know, as always, there will be a period of adjustment while we get used to the new routine. And with my oldest off to Grade 6 and the increased independence that entails—it’s not just the kids who will take a while to adjust to the new world order. With a home that’s on a busy street in a big city and a new routine and, safety is a big concern for me, so when I was offered an opportunity to review the Netatmo Welcome Camera, I jumped at the chance.

City Parking is easy and awesome with the Honkmobile App

Honk for Stress-Free City Parking, with the HonkMobile App

apps, GEAR By May 18, 2016 No Comments

Living near a large city has its perks; there is always something fun happening, indoors and out, and going into the city is a great way to spend the day together as a family. I know that’s how I should feel, but for years I didn’t. I work in that same big city, and couldn’t wait to get home to my suburban life at the end of the day. It’s not because I don’t love the city; I do. It’s not because I don’t know about all of the amazing sights, events, and activities the city has to offer either, and it’s not because we don’t have a pretty reliable transportation system to get us there.

Flip4Gold App

The Math Flip4Gold App

apps, FAM, GEAR, kids By April 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I love it when I’m testing out a highly educational app and my sons both stand watching behind me in awe, before grabbing the phone so that they can play it themselves. Flip4Gold is a free dice app (actually reminiscent of a bar game that I played for hours at a beach bar in Belize!) that reinforces math skills for kids… and adults. There are two levels of the game – a Jr. version for 5-7 year olds (which is also available for android), and the original, which my 8 year old loves and I found myself playing for hours.


The Bell that Rang in Easter

apps, GEAR By March 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , 82 Comments

I am a tradition-a-holic. From a very young age, I have been addicted to the traditions that surround each holiday.  Meticulously sorting Halloween candy with my brother, reading holiday-themed books with family, piling into a vehicle with friends to go on a Christmas light tour, and hand-decorating Valentine’s Day cards for classmates. Traditions are an integral part of each holiday and they are what evoke feelings of nostalgia, comfort, and most of all connection with each other.


Kids and Photography: An Interview with Annie Griffiths

apps, GEAR, LIVE, play, tech By March 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

There are few treats in life as precious as a photograph that communicates instantly with a viewer, and Annie Griffiths does this with every shot. One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.


Net Nanny Family Protection Pass

apps, GEAR By February 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments


Keep your family safe online. Get great savings on Net Nanny products! The Family Protection Pass is a software bundle for families with Android devices and Mac and Windows computers.  In essence, you get the award-winning security of Net Nanny on all devices in your home—for one low price.

Customers may choose Net Nanny 7 for Windows, Net Nanny 3 for Mac, and/or Net Nanny for Android.

The Family Protection Pass is available in two options:

*    10-licenses for USD $79.99 *

*    15-licenses for USD $99.99 *

* This is an exclusive offer and can’t be combined with other offers.

And, with each Family Protection Pass, you’ll also get a free, one-year license of Net Nanny Social ($19.99 value).  With Net Nanny Social, parents can monitor a teen’s friends, pictures, and comments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.

In addition, users of Net Nanny Windows, Mac, and Android can use one web-based Net Nanny Admin console to control user settings and to view reports for all protected devices.  Management of three versions of Net Nanny is now integrated to make things simple for busy parents.

Existing customers that paid more than $79.99 for all existing licenses combined will get a free upgrade to the 10-license Pass (prorated for the time remaining on those current licenses).  Such Customers should call 1-800-485-4008 (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain) for assistance with the free upgrade.

Existing customers that paid less than $79.99 for all existing licenses combined will get the value of the remainder of the license subscriptions as credit toward the purchase of the 10- or 15-license Pass subscription.  Such Customers may login to their Net Nanny account (My Account) to initiate the upgrade process.