2014 Teen Gift Ideas

2014 Teen Gift Ideas

As the boys get older, their wish lists seem to get smaller and more expensive. No more asking for Matchbox cars–we’re on to iPads, iPhones, and Bluetooth headphones. I’m sharing what’s on Michael’s wish list this year, and adding in a few products of my own. I’d love to know what you’re getting for your teens! Please leave your comments below. iPhone and iPad Cases Amzer CRUSTA Rugged Case ($45.00) Michael isn’t easy on his phone, so we require that…

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PowerSkin Battery Charger: Lightweight, no cords, and charges 1.5 times. Sold!

PowerSkin Portable Charger for Smartphones

It’s no surprise that I love portable battery chargers–I’ve been raving about them for years. Now that smartphones are like our right hands, I think it’s safe to say that portable chargers are like our left hands. When I find one that I like, I love being able to tell you about it. Lately people have been noticing that my phone looks a little different–it’s got an attachment. That small black box is a PowerSkin portable charger–the PoP’n 2 Battery…

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How to sync your Disney Movies Anywhere account with your mobile device

How To Sync Disney Movies Anywhere With Your Device

If you’ve been hanging onto digital movie codes and would like to sync them to your Android or Apple mobile device, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m sharing how to sync Disney Movies Anywhere with your device. Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a place to store your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collection. Syncing all of your devices (yes, Android and Apple) with DMA is easy to do, and for a limited time you can get a…

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Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

I love sharing my favorite apps with you. Here are my current favorites to help me stay on top of work!  As bloggers, we sometimes work (and live) in chunks. 70 minutes to write a post. Add products to gift guide spreadsheet. Write note to remind me to answer that email. 20 minutes to respond to comments. Document payment received for ads that ran three months ago. 15 minutes to send invoices. 25 minute drive to Target to purchase supplies. Log payment in…

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Custom iPhone 6 Case Giveaway

Casetify Custom iPhone 6 Case Giveaway

Casetify is the company who brought Instagram to life with fun custom iPhone cases and templates. They have an app that you can order your case from, or you can go old school with their website.  I’m waiting on my Casetify custom iPhone 6 case to arrive and since the phone is hitting your doorsteps right now, I wanted to do a giveaway first! I’ll share a picture of my case as soon as it gets here. To enter, follow the entry…

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Your quick guide to Apple's major announcements - including iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus among the huge announcements made by Apple

iOS8 is set to be released September 17, 2014. Visit this post for #iOS8 tips and tricks!   I was over at iPhone Life yesterday live blogging the Apple Event, and I wanted to share some news with you about the new iPhone. I can’t express how excited I am about it all!   The event began with the iPhone 6 launch. The new offerings are a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus. Here are some details: iPhone 6…

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iOS8 Tips and Tricks #iOS8

Apple iOS8 Tips and Tricks #iOS8

Want more tips? Sign up for my email newsletter or visit my other iPhone posts. I’ve been a part of the Apple Developer program for about a year now and I have to say that the biggest perk is being able to download new operating systems before the public. Apple recently released a version of iOS8 to their developer program, and they’re claiming it’s the “biggest iOS release ever.”  I was able to download iOS8 onto my iPhone about two months early, and I wanted…

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Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

Pantech Vybe and Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

This post is sponsored by Pantech. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own!  Michael received his first cell phone when he was 10 years old. It wasn’t a necessity, like it is for most kids that age. He wasn’t walking home or staying by himself at home after school. He wanted one more than we had ever seen him want something, and we decided that it was good for our family for different reasons: he could text and…

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My 5 favorite apps to save money

My 5 Favorite Apps To Save Money #my360independence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One 360. I’m not a coupon user. There, I’ve said it. I’ve clipped coupons in the past and they were always forgotten on my kitchen counter. I meant well, but in the end I’d just wasted the time it took me to cut them out. One of my very favorite things about smartphones is how easy it is to download coupons and deals–literally the click of a button. I can…

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PowerSound II Personalized Bluetooth Speaker

PowerSound II Personalized Bluetooth Speaker Review and #Giveaway

I received a PowerSound II personalized Bluetooth speaker to help me write this post. Powerstick.com is also providing a personalized PowerSound II to one of my readers! I recently was approached by the folks at PowerStick to check out one of their Bluetooth speakers. Honestly my first thought was, “another Bluetooth speaker?” I review a lot of them for iPhoneLife and didn’t need another one. But then I clicked on the video they sent me–it’s catchy, and it showed that the PowerSound II…

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Apple's iOS 8 Features (in terms that make sense to non-developers)

Apple iOS 8 Features In Terms That Make Sense #iOS8

iOS8 is set to be released September 17, 2014. Visit this post for #iOS8 tips and tricks!   Apple’s iPhone Operating System iOS7 was a big update. Even so, there were pretty large improvements to be made. I watched the live stream Worldwide Developers Conference this morning and sifted through the jargon to bring you what you want to know about the newest Operation System, iOS8.   Consumer iPhone iOS 8 Features   Refined Notification Center The Notification Center is pretty cool, but it did have a…

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How do I use #AmazonCart?

How to use #AmazonCart to Shop on Twitter #cbias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias. We live fairly far out of the city of Tucson, so “running to the store” isn’t a phrase we often use. We save our trips and run several errands at once, and if we forget something then we go without. Amazon Prime has changed a lot of this for us in the last few…

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Rise&Smile app spreads human kindness

Wake Up With the Rise and Smile App! #hellohumankindness

One thing I feel strongly about is kindness. Treat everyone with kindness and truly, how can that go wrong? Dignity Health is taking this human kindness thing one step further. They created an app so you can start your day with some kindness–from a stranger. I think that an intentional act of kindness is the perfect way to start your day.

In defense of Snapchat: Why I allow my teen to use the controversial app

In Defense of Snapchat

I’ve written about the Snapchat app before. I’ve told you about why you should monitor Snapchat and other apps, and I’ve written about how it could be a dangerous app for kids. In this time of new technology, technology that we didn’t have as kids, it’s important to be flexible. I have no previous experience with teenagers, kids who use iPhones, or even kids who use Snapchat. I’m literally making it up as I go along, as I bet you…

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Sell your old phone on eBay

Sell Your Old Phone On eBay!

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. I’m especially excited about this partnership because it’s a service we use often in our home.  We have a great love of technology in our home. We actually have an additional line on our cell phone account that we pay for (just $10/month) so we can upgrade our iPhones more often. Upgrading often means that we would always have an “old” phone lying around, but about 2 years ago…

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Dangerous Apps For Teens

Do you see these icons on your child’s phone?

    Thanks to Kirk Yuhnke in Denver for sharing my story and graphic about dangerous apps for kids. You can find my list of dangerous apps for tweens and teens right here.  Looking for more posts about teens and social media?   Kirk’s story is here in case you missed it:  WhatsApp and other mobile messaging apps parents should know about