OurPact FREE Parental Guidance App Tutorial

OurPact: The FREE Parental Guidance App {And OurPact Tutorial}

While in Phoenix at the Mom2.0 blogging conference I learned about a new free parental guidance app available called OurPact (free download for Apple). OurPact allows you to teach your children how to responsibly use their mobile devices by managing the parental controls on multiple devices with one app–on your device. I’ve tried using parental control apps before and honestly, haven’t been thrilled. The ones I’ve used don’t work well because I have to go into their device to set…

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AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop

Great Laptop for Teens: HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card in exchange for this post.    Michael attends a high school that doesn’t have books. No, really. The school has online subscriptions for textbooks and they turn in most of their homework via a cloud account. It’s been very interesting to see the evolution of the computers the school has used over the last few years. Some computers they’ve worked with were solid and sturdy, some had hinges that break all…

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PLAYMessenger App: Digital training wheels for your child.

PLAYMessenger, A Child’s First Safe Messenger App

You may have seen my posts about how to check your child’s phone and learn about apps that could be dangerous. Today I’m telling you about the app PLAYMessenger (available as iOS and Android), which is a completely safe messenger app for your child to use. It’s been referred to as “digital training wheels” for your child. PLAYMessenger was created to be a child’s first chat, or messaging, app. It will help keep kids safe and parents in control, and was designed for kids with their…

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Otterbox Resurgence Power Case Review

OtterBox Resurgence Review and Giveaway

I have a new favorite iPhone case! The OtterBox Resurgence charging case is protective and super helpful when my battery dies mid-day (it always does). The OtterBox Resurgence case is available for iPhone 5, 5S, and 6 and comes in several colors–Black, Glacier, Cardinal or Mint Ice for the 6 and Black, Glacier, Satin Rose, and Teal Shimmer for the 5/5S. I have Glacier, which is white in the front and silver in the back. Military-grade protection (an OtterBox staple), a…

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3 reasons why prepaid smartphones are great for teens

3 Reasons Prepaid Smartphones are Great for Teens

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias We recently put Michael on his own cell plan–a prepaid one. Though our current cell provider offers plans for family members, it’s just easier and more cost effective for us to use a prepaid smartphone for teens. Introducing Simply Prepaid by T-Mobile. 1. Unlimited Data & Fast Speeds Our current cell provider doesn’t offer an unlimited data plan. But… for starting at…

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How to get rid of the Apple Watch app that comes with the new iOS 8.2 update

You Can’t Delete the Apple Watch Icon–But You Can Hide It.

So, the new iOS 8.2 update comes with a… gift, of sorts. An icon for the Apple Watch that can’t be deleted. And though Apple isn’t reporting exactly how big the app is, I’ve heard reports that those with 8GB and 16GB devices aren’t happy at all. Since you can’t technically delete the Apple Watch icon, I’ll tell you how I plan on hiding it. While you can’t technically delete the app, there are a couple of ways to get rid of…

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TrueKey Password Management System

Four Things You Need to Know About Intel’s TrueKey Service

While at CES last week I learned so much about great new technology on the market. Intel is making it easy for both Mac and PC users to keep track of their passwords with their new TrueKey service. I can’t wait to try this out! This post is written by Ray Greer. Technology has advanced in many ways, but most importantly, technology stores our life. We keep our photos, phone numbers, credit card information, and so much more in our…

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Jabra Wireless Headphones from Best Buy

Tackle Fitness Goals with Jabra Wireless Earbuds from Best Buy

With the new year comes new goals, new dreams, and… new gear. I’m not the only one who buys fitness gear at the beginning of the new year to encourage good habits, right? Upgrading my workout wear, headphones, and shoes is the way to keep me motivated. These Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds by Jabra are a great addition to any gym bag. Take your fitness goals to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with these wireless earbuds. Jabra…

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Why pay more for a router? Here's what I've learned.

Should you pay more for a router? The honest truth about our NETGEAR Nighthawk router

This post is sponsored by NETGEAR. We have used NETGEAR products since first connecting wifi in our home, and I’m thrilled to work with them today. There are affiliate links in this post.  We have struggled with our slow internet for a while. Thankfully, our service provider is always improving our speeds, but because we live in a small town just outside of Tucson, we just accepted the fact that our wifi will always be lagging. And our poor boys? Since their bedrooms are on…

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Intel 2 in 1 Reviews

Intel 2 in 1 Review RoundUp #Intel2in1

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between My Crazy Good Life and Intel. This includes Intel providing me with content, product, access, or other forms of payment. We have had our Surface Pro 3, which is an Intel 2 in 1, for a few months now, and we love it! Intel 2 in 1 computers are laptops that also function as tablets, and provide so many different uses for those who use them. We use our Surface Pro 3 in the living room while…

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The first five apps to install on your new smartphone

The First Five Apps To Install on Your New Smartphone

This post is sponsored by Life 360. The apps in this list were chosen by me, and all are downloaded onto my personal phone (that means I use them myself!). Did you or your teen just get a smartphone? Congratulations! Your life will never be the same. As someone who has had a smartphone for several years and often writes about apps, tips and tricks, and accessories on iPhoneLife.com, I’m happy to share with you what I think are the first five apps…

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My Radio Shack last minute gift list #GiftSmart

My Radio Shack Last Minute Gift List #GiftSmart

This post is sponsored by Radio Shack and Find Your Influence. Gift choices are mine, of course. Last minute gifts are stressful–not only do you have to quickly decide what to get, you have to find somewhere to purchase it too! A lot of the stress goes away when shopping at a one-stop store like Radio Shack, where you can find gifts for people of all ages.   Shopping for gifts this year was a little tough–tweens and teens want…

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Surface Pro 3 Pen Tips and Tricks

Surface Pro 3 Pen Tips #Intel2in1

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between My Crazy Good Life and Intel. This could include Intel providing me with content, product, access, or other forms of payment. We have been playing with our Intel 2 in 1 and are loving it! One of the most useful things about the Surface Pro 3 is the Surface pen. It took us a while to get the hang of it, and I wanted to share our favorite ways to use the Surface Pen…

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20 Gifts for Social Media Lovers

Gift Ideas for Social Media Lovers

There are some affiliate links in this post.  Fun and trendy gifts aren’t easy to come across. You know, nobody is going to do a Google search for a Facebook Like Oven Mitt. I’ve found some fun gifts over the last few years and wanted to share some of my finds, as well as some of my personal favorites, so you’ll have the perfect gift for that social media lover in your life.   Everything But the Posts ($12.99 paperback,…

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Gift Ideas for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Gift Ideas: Toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone

Looking for some fun tech toys this holiday season? Here are some fun toys for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone that you might love! 1. Plush Pals ($24.95) These adorable plush animals are a must have for any music-loving kid (or adult). Plug Freddy, Manny, or Patch into your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and they’ll sing your favorite song, pretend to narrate a cartoon, or mimic your video game. A bonus? They’re soft and cuddly, apart from the battery area in the bottom. Playing…

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The Otterbox Agility Tablet System allows you to use your tablet in different ways with the click of a magnet.

iPad Case, Dock, and Mount: Otterbox Agility Review and #Giveaway

Every once in a while products are created that make you think, “What would I do without this?” The Agility Tablet System by Otterbox is that product for me. iPads are known for being portable–they’re mobile devices. But pulling your iPad in and out of cases whenever you want to change what you’re using it for can be a pain. Otterbox came up with a pretty awesome solution for us: the Agility Tablet System. With Agility, you can house your iPad in a…

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