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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I'm sharing my biggest blogging secrets!

My 5 Blogging Secrets

This post is sponsored by Find Your Influence. For more information, see my full disclosure below. So many of you ask about blogging. How do you create the content you love while earning money? How do you “do it all” (honest answer… I don’t), how do you increase your pageviews and write content that brings your readers back time and time again? I love answering your questions but since so many of you are asking the same ones, I decided to…

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Modal Athletic Tote bag

Awesome Gift for Her: Modal Athletic Tote Bag

I received this product for free from Best Buy in exchange for this post.  I’ve fallen in love with a tote bag! The Modal brand athletic tote bag is my new favorite bag to use daily while running errands, at the gym, and as an airline carryon. The thing that makes this tote better than others is the amount of pockets it has (6!) and the functionality of each of them. The interior pockets are water resistant in case of spills. There’s…

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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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#PutYourHeartToPaper

Thank You, Mom #PutYourHeartToPaper

This post is sponsored by Hallmark, who offered a topic as a prompt. The words and opinions of this post are all my own.  As a parent of older boys, I often think about what our relationship will be like “after.” After they go through the “I’m so embarrassed of you” 12 year-old stage. After they go through the “Seriously? You’re still trying to help me with my homework?” 15 year-old stage. After they go through the “Can I borrow some money…

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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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Healthier Coconut Brownies (with black beans)

A Recipe for Healthier Coconut Brownies

These coconut brownies are to die for–yes, I said to. die. for. They’re moist, full of chocolate and coconut, and rich enough that one brownie is a satisfying serving. They also have no flour and no sugar. The flour and sugar have been replaced with black beans, gluten free oats, and Sweetleaf stevia. Sweetleaf is the brand we prefer in our NorCal Margaritas and what I use in my iced tea. They have 21 different flavors and my most recent love is coconut! My…

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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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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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3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

This post is sponsored by AZ529. The following financial tips are my own. Saving for college is boring. There, I said it. It’s definitely more fun to buy a gift for a child than to donate money towards their college fund–I get that. I have three easy ways for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends to help save money for a college fund. I know these work, because we do them ourselves! 1. Save half, spend half. Starting when they’re…

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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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Why the Keurig 2.0 is Perfect for Our Busy Family

Why the Keurig 2.0 is Perfect for Our Busy Family #Keurig400

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias This post is written for My Crazy Good Life by contributor Denise Dykstra. When I was asked to review the new Keurig 2.0, I was sitting far from home on a cold bleacher watching one of our four sons play basketball. It’s as if I had thought, “Ahhhh, I need coffee” and the message magically appeared. There was really no way…

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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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5 things you must do before making money with your blog

5 things to do before making money with a blog

This post is sponsored by Find Your Influence In my book, using brand to blogger networks is one of the suggestions I give to bloggers who want to earn money or products. It’s a great way to be discovered by your favorite brands and begin creating your community. One of the brand to blogger networks I work with is Find Your Influence. A lot of bloggers think they’re not big enough to join these networks, but that’s not true! Depending on the…

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