Who on Your Holiday List Could Use a New Cell Phone Case from @CasecoCases? #GIVEAWAY #DISCOUNT

Do you own a cell phone? Do you have your life on it like I do? Photos, videos, contacts, a calendar, you name it, it is on my phone SO it is EXTREMELY important that I protect my phone as much as possible. I had a wonderful case on my phone from the day I got it, but sadly over time, one of the parts wore out and it broke, no longer providing as much protection for my phone as I would like. When I received the opportunity to try a case from Caseco, I was all over it because … Continue reading

Max & Ruby Science Educational Games from @ilearnwith {App Review} {Tech Tuesday}

Recently, we had the opportunity to review iLearnWith Max & Ruby Science, a universal (that means “it works on tablets and phones”) iOS (that means “iPads and iPhones – and iPod touches – only) app aimed at teaching primary aged children about physical science through two different mini-games. The first game, called Water Blast, is designed to teach them about basic fluid mechanics (that’s fancy engineer speak for “the movement of water”), while the second, called Ball-a-Rama, is designed to help them learn about basic kinematics (that’s fancy engineer speak for “how stuff moves”). The games themselves are clearly explained … Continue reading

In Need of a #Free #Printable BLOG PLANNER for 2014?

This is the busiest time of year as a blogger! Not only are we trying to keep up with the regular day-to-day posts, social media and administration part of blogging, but as a review blogger, many companies are coming out of the woodwork with the desire of being featured in Holiday Gift Guides and getting last minute features in time for holiday shopping! This is the time of year when we also start to plan our content calendars for 2014, believe it or not! For me, I love to stay organized on my computer with a pretty detailed excel spreadsheet, … Continue reading

Literacy on Demand {Techie Tuesday}

Literacy and Technology go together hand in hand in this day and age. Last summer, as September approached, my wife (and your lovely hostess here) was more than a little bit panicked. You see, three years earlier, when our daughter was heading into JK (that’s junior kindergarten, or “pre-K” for some of you) she was already working with a fairly substantial list of sight words; not to mention her printed words were far above what was expected of a four year old. Our son? Not so much. Despite her best efforts, my wife could never engage him in literacy-building activities … Continue reading

I’m Headed to #LINK2013 Today!

Eight years ago, when I started writing a blog, I never in a million years would have expected to meet, interact and learn from so many incredible people! I spend the bulk of my week days working on my blogs and with MommiesFirst, interacting with people over email, Facebook and Twitter all day long and I LOVE it! A few times a year, there are opportunities to meet these fellow bloggers face to face at various events and conferences. This year, I am heading to #LINK2013 where I will have the opportunity to meet up with a wonderful group of … Continue reading

What Are Twitter Parties? Join #MommiesFirst 9/25!

I’ve had more than a few people ask me questions about Twitter Parties. This is a post written in hopes of answering all of your questions. Note: If you don’t have a grasp about what Twitter is and how it works, then you will need to get that understanding first. If there are people reading this who would like to see a post about this, please ask! What is a Twitter Party A group of people who are on Twitter all at the same time who are following the same hashtag (#), chatting about the same topic, hanging out together, … Continue reading

How to Set Up An IOS Device to be Safer For Kids

I got my first touchscreen phone (an iPhone 3GS, for the technologically curious types) in December of 2009. One of the first apps I installed was something called Make Me A Princess based on a recommendation from an iPhone-owning friend with a similarly aged daughter (four years at the time). Soon after, I found some baby-friendly apps, and found myself sharing my precious my iPhone with my children. Ever since then, my children have been touchscreen users; from my iPhone, to my wife’s, to one of the many old hand-me-down devices I’ve acquired, to the tablets. About a year ago, … Continue reading

Nexus 7 Update! #TechTuesday

A couple of months ago I wrote a review of the Nexus 7, where I ended it by saying, Overall, I enjoyed using the Nexus 7. I do not think it will replace either of my other devices, but only because my other tablet has a 9.7″ display which fits both my (somewhat large) hands comfortably side by side in landscape mode. The Nexus 7 makes a good browsing and media consumption device, and handles mobile games admirably. And then I got an idea: (I don’t know if everyone realizes this or not, but that image above? Is an Apple … Continue reading

A Smartphone at a Smart Price: The @Huawei Ascend Y210

In case you missed my review of the Google Nexus 7, a brief caveat: I am fully versed and immersed in the iPhone/iPad world. On top of that, I am also an electrical engineer. (In other words, if you came here looking for a mommyblogger’s thoughts on the handset in question, uh, there’s a back button somewhere on your browser that you might want to try out, like, now.) The Huawei Ascend Y210 is a smartphone running Android Gingerbread (2.3.6), running on the Telus network here in Canada, and available at Walmart for $80 without contract. The detailed specifications are: … Continue reading

Google Nexus 7 {REVIEW}

Before I start my review of the Google Nexus 7, I have to confess that I am fully immersed in the iOS (that’s Apple iPhone and iPad) ecosystem. I’m also an electrical engineer by trade, with a lot of programming under my belt. So… yeah. This isn’t going to be your typical Multi-testing Mommy review. Sorry about that. The Google Nexus 7 is an Android tablet running Jellybean. Mine shipped with 4.1.1, but was clamoring for an update as soon as it could access the internet, after which it was 4.2.2, which is the latest version as of this writing. … Continue reading