Prep your kids and your homes for emergencies with the new Sparky app

fire safety app -- makes learning fire safety fun

Last week, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) debuted their new app: Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms. Joined by fire prevention's famous pup, Sparky, three kids are on a mission to solve a dangerous problem, and you and your kids can help save the day.   Upon opening the app (for the purpose of this sponsored posts, and because my kids are always thrilled to play with new apps and I love it when they can learn from them), I was surprised to hear a … [Read more...]

How we #ShareAwesome

Stealing a happy smile #Selfie #ShareAwesome

What will you share today? Will you #ShareAwesome? When you look back at your Facebook timeline or your twitter tweets, will you look at smiles and happy memories? Will you see love, friendship, support and motivation? I want my online legacy to be positive, so that those who learn about me online, will see the good that I had in my life, and will feel I am a good person to know. We tell kids, again and again, that it's important to share awesome. To focus on the positive. To be role … [Read more...]

Today: give yourself a breast exam

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It's a simple job, really. Put a reminder in your phone, tie a ribbon on your finger, whatever you need to do, to make sure you remember to give yourself a breast exam today. Today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today, before you go to bed tonight.   A close friend was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, a form of Breast Cancer. She's only 32. Truly, this is the kick in the butt I need to make an appointment for my first mammogram (I'm 40). I called a few local … [Read more...]

How to watch Frozen at home right now plus how to stream TV and Movies

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Yes. Frozen is *quietly* (unless you live in Social Media) available for digital download right now. Which means this glorious snow day you can watch it via Amazon Instant Video or iTunes  for $19.99. It's also available on OnDemand for $21.99. Watch Frozen using Amazon Instant Video Before purchasing, make sure you can view Amazon Instant Video using your device, TV, tablet or whatever you choose. There are lots of  options including internet-ready TV, newer PCs (my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro … [Read more...]

Introducing My Favorite Bloggers

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Meet Emily. Emily has a zest for everything that sparkles. In fact, if you ask friends for words to describe her, 95% will instantly use the word "sparkle." It's just what she does. Blog Conference Chic by coloradomom featuring a marc by marc jacobs iphone case Emily blogs at Colorado Moms, a lifestyle and hyper-local to Colorado blog, as well as A Year in Autism, where she's journaling life as a mother of a child with the condition. Emily also has a fabulous talent for … [Read more...]

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro laptop: looking at it from a non-techy point of view… mine

the many modes of the Yoga 2 Pro by Lenovo

Earlier today, I posted a tech update of how my life has changed going from a laptop to a desktop, with tablets, and how my new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is fitting into my life. Towards the end of the post was this Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review. Both posts are sponsored by Lenovo and Techilicious as a part of the LenovoMoms program. Price: The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro starts at $1199 for the baseline model. The laptop I'm reviewing is listed at $1399. There is a coupon listed on the Lenovo website that … [Read more...]

The White Balance Difference: how to take pictures at night that aren’t yellow

basic photography skills, white balance, yellow pictures, flash, dslr

I can't tell you the number of times I shouted in glee this holiday season "squee! another great shot! Check out the bokeh!" or "Look at the crisp, vivid color of this shot!" or "Wow! I can't believe how focused I can be on exactly what I want now!" You get my point, right? Photography lessons with the DSLR brought me a long way this fall. And love all I've learned and am learning. Over vacation, I learned something new: how to get the yellow, sierra tone out of pictures taken at night, by … [Read more...]

Next Monday is Thank a Teacher Day

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Last December, as our country mourned the devastation at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I brainstormed ways that we, as a nation, could recognize the teachers that gave (and those that continue to give) so much every day. This year, we're celebrating the memories of the fallen and the dedication of our teachers on Monday, December 16, 2013, with the second annual Thank a Teacher Day. How to Participate in Thank a Teacher Day Thank your teacher The easiest, and most effective way, is to … [Read more...]

Caregiving and the importance of registering for the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry

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A little over a year ago, I attended a webinar about Alzheimer's, as the disease has been prevalent in my husband's family history, and I was searching for an opportunity to learn more.  That week, I shared information regarding Alzheimer's and family history. Sadly, there is so much we still don't know... and there is still no cure. Which is why I'm asking everyone, every single one of you reading this post, to please consider registering for the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry. It's only … [Read more...]

40% off at Shutterfly plus free shipping over $30

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If you haven't heard yet, this weekend is a great weekend to complete any of those super big projects you've been putting off. I mean 2014 calendars, summer highlights photobooks, holiday cards... You name it. 40% Off Everything at Shutterfly PLUS (I'm not kidding) Free shipping on orders over $30. Over Labor Day weekend, I created a massive photobook on Shutterfly, highlighting our summer. I mean, this thing is humongous. I haven't had it printed because I've been waiting and waiting … [Read more...]