Every year, I try and bring a round up of gifts that really thrilled my kids that were under the tree. There's always one or two items I picked up last minute that I didn't think much of that ended up being totally successful and sometimes the toys I think will be the biggest hits are total flops. Here's a few that really stuck out this … [Read more...]

It's rare you'll hear me admit, "okay, my husband was right," so take note on this once-in-a-lifetime post! I am wholeheartedly admitting that buying this product was all my husband Jon's idea. He has wanted a GoPro video camera for the family for years - ever since the very first one came out and he chatted with some dude on a chair lift while … [Read more...]

As reported by Common Sense Media, on average, tweens (ages 10-12) are on some sort of device or having screen time an average of 6 hours/day- for teenagers, that number is a staggering 9 hours/day. * SAY WHAT? This number floored me. And this is coming from a tween who is a Minecraft playing/coding/You Tube channeling guru who chooses to be … [Read more...]

It's been over a month since I brought you guys my Dell XPS 12 review and I wanted to give you a little update since I've spent more time using it. In case you missed it the first time around, the Dell XPS 12 is a 2-in-1 laptop - meaning it serves as both a laptop and a tablet. you can detach the screen, the tablet piece (the computer) giving … [Read more...]

Dell's new XPS 12 2-in-1 is a tablet and laptop to consider for today's busy mama. How many devices do you have in your family's house? It's kind of ridiculous how many everyone in our household has - cell phones, tablets, laptops. If your house is anything like ours, the idea of a 2-in-1 may be appealing to you too. Dell's XPS 12 is both a laptop … [Read more...]

Wanted to make a quick mention of this awesome app my friend Rachel turned me onto. It's called Any List and it's a simple app, one where you can create a list and have a shared account. My husband and I have both downloaded this app and now share one grocery list, which is just awesome in so many ways. We both add what we need as we're going … [Read more...]

Okay so... no judgement: We're not picky drinkers over here in my house. I'm mostly a white wine girl but I'll do the occasional mixed drink. Toss a little tequila in with some fruit juice and whatever else and I'll be your bestie. Same with hubby - and he doesn't discriminate at all. But there's something to be said for getting the perfect … [Read more...]

We've long been fans of School Zone - I used to buy their Hidden Picture and Educational books for Nate back when he was 4. (!). Of course my kids and School Zone have come a long way in the last 8 years. Introducing the latest amazing product from School Zone for preschoolers: School Zone's Little Scholar. It's a tablet designed specifically … [Read more...]

Technology comes with manyadvantages and while we can all appreciate the convenience of what modern day tech offers our family, I think as parents we can also agree that a lot of caution needs to be exercised with our children and the Internet. It's a whole new world out there for parents. Our parents certainly didn't have this worry! Today's … [Read more...]

As usual, it's the summer of road tripping in our house. If you can't find us home and the kids going to camp, we're hitting the road and headed to the beach or some other fun-filled weekend. My son Nate's iPad Mini broke earlier in the summer and we upgraded him to an Air. He's on that pretty regularly and my other son Cole uses his iPad Mini. … [Read more...]