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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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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Avengers Easter baskets for teens

Avengers Easter Basket Ideas for Teens #AvengersEvent

With Age of Ultron coming out in just a few weeks, our house is all Avengers, all the time! For Easter, I decided to put together a couple of teen-themed Avengers Easter basket ideas with the help of Fun.com. Of course, these would also work great for tweens, kids, and even adults! First up is the Avengers Easter basket for teen girls: Avengers aren’t just for boys! I’m partial to Iron Man, but there are quite a few other Avengers to…

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Whatever you do, do NOT play these 5 April Fool's Jokes on your teenager

April Fools Pranks to NOT Pull on Your Teen!

Teens are tough–they want to joke around on their terms, they want to be serious on their terms, and… well… they want their life to be on their terms. I get that–I was a teenager once too. The cardinal rule of April Fool’s Day for parents of teens is don’t embarrass them. Don’t do anything to their hair or clothes, don’t play a joke at school, and don’t do anything in front of their friends! I wrote a post with…

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These fun pranks for teens are perfect for April Fool's Day!

Fun Mom Alert: April Fool’s Pranks for Teens

April Fool’s Day is so much fun with kids.When your kids get a little older, it can be dicey–is it fun? Cool? Will it ruin their entire day? I’ve found that it’s best to try in-home pranks–nothing that will embarrass them at school or with friends. And don’t do anything to their clothes or hair! Think about how these fun pranks for teens might work with your kids, and try the ones that they’ll think are funny! Or at the…

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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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Divergent Party Ideas

Divergent Party Ideas #Insurgent

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Summit Entertainment. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. After reading the Divergent Series early last year, I was hooked. I saw Divergent in the theaters the day that it opened and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be. I’m even more excited to see The Divergent Series: Insurgent, because, well, I’m not going to spoil it for you. I will,…

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Social Life of an App-addicted Teen

The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

Have you noticed the abundance of Smartphones and tablets in our society? You are not alone. People have been noticing that our technology, which is supposed to bring the world together, might actually be dividing us. Instead of face-to-face interaction, everyone is busy texting or using an app on their phone. Adults are not the only age group experiencing this phenomenon. It is trickling down into our children’s lives as well. The Linked Teen Scene The connected teen is embracing Social Media and…

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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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Help your teen find intentional acts of kindness

Help Your Teen find Intentional Acts of Kindness Ideas

This post is sponsored by Dignity Health, who wants to pair you with the perfect intentional act of kindness in your neighborhood.  I always hear about random acts of kindness, but I don’t like that they’re categorized as random. They might feel random to the recipients, but truly, they are intentional. The giver intended to do something nice for someone else. Especially during the holiday seasons, intentional acts of kindness are what make us smile. They allow us to give…

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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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Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Scavenger hunts are a wonderful way to make gift opening last a little longer when your kids get older and ask Santa for more expensive gifts. There’s no need to start from scratch when creating your clues because there are several places to find scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens online! Of course, your clues might need to be tweaked a little depending on your hiding spots, but these are great starters! Here are some of our own holiday scavenger hunt clues and rules,…

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Nobody warned me. Thoughts from the mom of older kids.

Nobody Warned Me (Thoughts from a mom of older kids)

When the boys were younger, I volunteered in their classroom. I made dinner and gave them baths and did everything else a “normal” mom would do, dreaming of the days that they would be self-sufficient. I longed for the day they wouldn’t cry at the drop of a hat. The day when they would stop asking for help every time they had to tie their shoes (perfectly, with three knots and symmetrical bunny ears). I even looked forward to the day I…

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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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What is a prepaid hotspot, and how can it help my wireless bill?

NETGEAR Prepaid Hotspot: AT&T Unite for GoPhone #LifeConnected

These days, it’s tough to imagine having no internet connection. For a variety of reasons, we seem to depend on it and are a little lost without it. We use a prepaid hotspot to keep us connected while we are places that don’t have wifi. In the car while on a road trip, while “stuck” in places like the car repair shop or DMV, and even at the coffee shop when you’d like faster speeds or more security than the wifi…

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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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