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Encouraging Kids’ Kitchen Creativity

This post about creativity with kids in the kitchen is sponsored by Mom it Forward and Toca Boca, and I am part of the Mom it Forward Blogger Network. All opinions, overuse of the word awesome, and silliness are our own :)

I love to cook. And bake. And create fun stuff.. I love dinnertime dance parties as we get our evening meals ready. But – my skills don’t always match my enthusiasm, if you know what I mean. But in our home, having fun is more important than having perfection. Which is why I’m a big fan of Abby helping me in the kitchen. Sure, I end up with even more imperfect recipes, but we have a great time, and she learns a ton. This is also why I am a HUGE new fan of Toca Boca’s new app, Toca Kitchen 2. Check it out:

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Everyone Loves a Good Handyman, Right?

The holidays can be stressful enough—the last thing you need is for your refrigerator to shut down or the TV to crash while you miss the big game. And not all of us are lucky enough to have a handyman around the house to fix things in a hurry. And even if you are lucky like me, and have a Mister who is a carpenter, there are still times you need some quick expert advice. Luckily, The Family Handyman—The #1 in DIY Home Improvement—has delivered the ultimate tip app, filled with clever ideas and pro secrets that will save you time, money and anxiety.

Handyman app

This app rocks any time of year, but especially right now at the holidays!

It’s a time where life moves faster, the house if filled to the brim with friends and family and out of town guests. You’re appliances are working longer hours than the clerks in retail, and there’s no time for anything to go wrong. So, thanks to The Family Handyman, I’ve got some awesome tips to help solve some basic issues that might come up – be sure to pin this post to reference later if needed! Then download the app for yourself, to have your own personal handyman any time of day or night. [Read more…]


Magically make family videos on your smartphone in minutes

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting, to share how Magisto makes it easy as magic to create family videos on your smartphone. I received a promotional code for premium features to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

New app for smartphones makes editing and creating family videos super simple: Meet Magisto!!… One challenge that most of us  as busy moms have is figuring out what to do with all of the million photos and videos we take of the family on our smartphones. {I have HUNDREDS of family photos on my iPhone!} And so many of my videos are just random clips, short moments, long videos where there are only a couple of fun parts – you know what I mean, right? Well – I have a super smart solution that you’re going to love, I just know it. {I’m crazy in love, and I’ve only been using it for a couple of days! It’s called Magisto – it’s available for Android and iPhone, it’s free, and it magically takes any videos and photos you give it, and edits it all together to make super fun videos. You can check out an example below…

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Do You Know How to Spot a Dangerous App on Your Smartphone?

Have you ever heard of madware?… Doesn’t sound real nice, does it? Well, it isn’t nice. Not at all – Madware is an aggressive mobile adware that infects your phone, and starts placing unwanted advertising on your Android phone, in places like your photo albums, calendars, and even push notifications. And if it’s really bad, it’ll even go so far as to switch your ringtone to an ad too! Yikes. This is a growing problem, and can be a super serious pain to get rid of.

How to stop Madware on your Android phone [Read more…]


Creative Facebook Photo App Creates Personalized Photo Books & More!

New PhotoPad App for Facebook: I am a collector of photos and memorabilia. I love photos, I have books filled with ticket stubs, letters and cards, menus and postcards, announcements for babies and graduations… You get the idea. Holding on to those moments in life are very important to me, and I really treasure all of my scrapbooks and albums. But now that life has changed, technology has updated, and most of my photos are digital – I love finding creative new ways to share them with friends. Which led me to this fun new app – It’s called PhotoPad, and you access it right from Facebook.

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“She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.” – Frank Deford

This creative photo app for Facebook is super easy to use, and can make some really fun stuff – Use it to instantly convert the photos in your Facebook albums into photo books,  eCards, Postcards, and more. I used it for the first time this morning, and made a whole photo book, filled with pics of Abby. Very cool, right? Here’s how it works:

  • Get started: Log onto Facebook, then go to the PhotoPad Facebook page to learn more, or just click through directly to their Facebook photo app if you’re already logged in.
  • Loading: The first time I used this app, it loaded SUPER slow. I’m not sure if my internet was running slow, or if it always takes a little longer your very first time using it – but each time I’ve logged in after that initial trial, it’s been much quicker.
  • Choose a product: Ok, this part confused me a little. The first screen that comes up says, “Choose a heart,” and has a bunch of images to choose from. But, I couldn’t figure out what to do with that heart? So I just skipped it, and went up to the toolbar at the top. You can make an Instant Photo Book, which will autofill pages with a selection of your Facebook photos. Or, make a traditional style book where you add photos individually, a postcard, ecard, or other choices.
  • Pick a theme: This also confused me for just a minute… When I started the photo book, there were 4 choices of theme to pick from. BUT, don’t let that fool ya! When you get started, there are a ton more cool layouts, themes, backgrounds and more to customize your designs. These are all under the “Change Styles” tab in the toolbar.
  • Load your photos: This one is simple as can be, just click “Add Photos” in the toolbar, then choose which album you want to draw your pics from. Choose the photos you want to use, check the boxes, then they’ll load into your layouts.
  • Customize it: You can add stickers, text, shapes, borders, and all kinds of other fun stuff to make your cards or books your own. I added a few little flower stickers to my simple layout, along with some text to describe what the photos are all about. Took me only about 2-3 minutes to create my first couple of pages, and less than 15 minutes for the whole book.

And that’s it – easy peasy! When you’re all done, click the “Publish” button in the toolbar, and decide whether to publish it publicly, send to friends, or keep it private in your own collection. The app will store all of your creations right there in Facebook, so you can access them again whenever you want them. What a fun way to share photos from events like birthdays or weddings with friends and family, right? Love it.

Check out the PhotoPad app for yourself on Facebook today too!

If you try it too, let me know what you think of it! And feel free to stop by my Facebook wall and share some of your new cool creations – I’d love to see how you use this with your fave photos.

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years

{Disclosure: I received compensation as part of a campaign with Living Your Moment in order to write my review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255 concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.}


The Secret Trick to Using your Smartphone to Stop Junk Mail

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“Buy, buy, says the sign in the shop window; Why, why, says the junk in the yard.” – Paul McCartney

Catalogs, phone books, postcards, coupons… when fighting the war on junk mail, one can feel a little outnumbered. Before your mailman gets all bent out of shape, let me introduce you to a deceptively pacifist app that fights the war on junk mail with a powerful punch. Paperkarma puts the power to reduce your paper junk mail in your smartphone— just download the app and in a few steps, you’ll be getting rid of the unwanted paper that inundates your mailbox.

Snap, Send, and Simplify!

How stinkin’ cool is this, right? If you’re like me, and have a bit of freebie addiction, you probably end up with tons of extra junk that you just don’t want! I mean, I love getting one of those great beauty bags from Target, stuff with make-up samples. But I DON’T like getting a million ads for sales at stores I don’t even shop at. I have never seen an easier way to stop my junk mail than this sweet app!

Tell me – Are you excited to grab this app today too?

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There’s a {Facebook} App for that

So….. I want to know what you guys think of this? First, we went from shopping for birthday cards at a local shop, handwriting a heartfelt message – {or at least our signature!} – buying and attaching stamps, and usually remembering to do this all a week BEFORE the recipients big day, so that it would reach them in time. Then we started using ecards, which can still be really cute and personalized, right? Next, it turned into simply sending out an email that included a few birthday wishes. Now – we don’t know it’s someone’s birthday until we log-in to Facebook in the morning so that it can remind us of our supposed loved ones special days. You write a quick, “Hope your day is as awesome as you are!” birthday post, and call it good.

But now, there’s an app for that.

This free Facebook app will automate your birthday messages, so you don’t even have to be bothered with paying attention to those notifications on your homepage, or taking even 30 seconds of effort to tell someone that you care that they’re celebrating an important day. Does that seem super impersonal?

Or, is this the new normal?

Is it because at over 30, I’m clearly too old to know how things work these days? Or is this something helpful, to make sure you never miss any important days in your favorite people’s lives – by writing out personal messages to all of them, all at once, just once a month – and then letting them automatically post out to Facebook at the right time?

Yes. I signed up for the app.

Lol – I had to! I’m a social media junkie here, remember? So I wanted to check it out and see how it worked. Looks cool, and I do see how it could be helpful – but it seems so lazy. I want to hear YOUR thoughts? Share some comments – awesome, or awful? Will you use this? DO you use it already – if so, is it awesome? Chat with me here ladies….