Category: Tips and Tricks

How to host a Facebook Live just for specific friends (and why you should).

This past week, I was unable to pick up my son from hockey camp, which meant missing his big game. Womp, womp. But, thanks to a cool Facebook Live feature you might not know about, my fiancé was able to film the whole thing, and not have it publicized to anyone else but me. And I got to watch it Live as it happened, almost like I was there in person! Related: How to use the new Facebook Story feature. To share a Facebook Live just for Specific Friends, simply head over to your Facebook feed, and hit “Live”...

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5 expert tips for watching the total solar eclipse with kids

In less than 2 months (or August 21, 2017 to be exact), the total solar eclipse will hit our sky, and let’s just say we’re pretty excited. If you’ve got the date marked on your calendar (or wondering if you should), check out these tips from our guest Mark Bender, who’s been hunting eclipses since 1999, chasing them from Norway to Australia. He’s sharing 5 tips to watch the solar eclipse like a pro, so get ready for quite a show. 1. Make it educational. Considering the last eclipse like this one happened 99 years ago, talk to your...

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Don’t miss these smart tips for tackling digital clutter. Game changers!

If you’re like me, you probably have 6,782 photos sitting in your camera roll on your phone, hundreds of song downloads you never actually listen to, and tons of out-of-date unnecessary documents on your laptop. If that sounds familiar, you might be in need of a tech clutter intervention. But, don’t freak out. Instead, listen to Kristen and Liz discuss with Joshua Zerkel (from Evernote, you guys!) some really smart tips for organizing digital clutter. These tips helped me so much, and are keeping me from getting overwhelmed and burning out. Like, I totally agree with Kristen that I’ve...

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6 things that happened when I banned screen time in my home for two months

If you’re like me, then you do your best to manage screen time using myriad methods. In our house, I’ve done The Marble Jar to read for screens, and pretty much everything in between. And still, there are tantrums and arguments when it’s time to get off them, and relentless begging to get back on them. So a few months ago I decided I was done playing referee and manager to all things screen time and so I just banned it. No small screens, except for texting their friends or family members (or checking hockey scores for my son),...

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Watching the total solar eclipse in August? Here’s how to get the glasses you’ll need for free.

Unfortunately, we’re going to be in an airplane during the highly anticipated total solar eclipse in August, so it’s questionable as to what we’ll be able to see of it. But, if you’re going to be on the ground, mark your calendar because this is not to be missed. The only issue: you’ll want to have glasses to protect your eyeballs, even if you’re in the areas where you’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. Related: 71 of the best science Twitter accounts to follow But, lucky you! There are a bunch of libraries (like 4800 or so) across...

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Summer screen time making you nuts? Here’s how to manage it, parents.

If you’re like us, then your kids having been begging for screen time the second they got out of school. But hey, just because you’re home more doesn’t necessarily mean you get more time on your screens, kids. So, to help you manage the summer screen time, we’ve got a ton of fantastic resources, ideas, and tips to help make it a whole lot easier, all of which we’ve tried ourselves and can vouch for as working in our own homes. Related: The Circle for Disney screen time management system. Is it worth it?  Take a peek at our...

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Addicted to your iPhone? Try this one easy trick to seriously curb your screen time.

I’ve been seeing a lot of research lately that seems to find a correlation between how much time we spend on our phones and our kids’ behavior. Specifically, their bad behavior. The constant distraction of pings and alerts from my phone that takes my attention away from my own kids frustrates them too, especially now that they’re home all day on summer break and I’m trying to juggle work and kids at the same time. But, I’ve recently found a tip to break the iPhone addiction that really works: setting my screen to black and white. It’s painful, but...

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How to get money back from your kid’s $*%! in-app purchases on Amazon.

While it was announced on May 30, a lot of parents still don’t know that the FTC announced refunds are now available for unauthorized in-app purchases on the Amazon Appstore. That means you, kids, and your itchy little in-app purchase-happy fingers. This is all because the FTC decided that between November 2011 and May 2016, it was too easy for children to make purchases on Kindle devices using real cash, should it have been presented as “coins” or “lives” or “donuts” or whatever else that does not sound like “mom and dad’s actual hard-earned money that will be needed...

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Tech trick: How to hide app purchases so your kids can’t download through Family Sharing.

I’m grateful to my daughter who (much to the chagrin of tweens and teens everywhere, I’m sure) tipped me off to a trick I wasn’t aware of: Kids can easily download new apps to their devices without your knowledge, if you have Apple Family Sharing in use. Now my kids do need my approval to download any new apps, because of the Ask to Buy feature I have enabled. And I love Apple Family Sharing, because it means I’m not paying three times when we all want to play Alto’s Adventure. (Don’t judge.) Related: A new study about kids’ online behavior might surprise...

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9 creative kid portrait ideas that make genius Father’s Day gifts. Just add a frame!

If you missed the boat on photo gifts for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day…no, wait! You didn’t! We all live in the land of the smartphone cam, after all, and if you’ve got a camera  — especially that dandy iPhone 7S — and a place to print a photo, you’ve got what it takes for a creative kid portrait idea, that makes a wonderful surprise Father’s Day gift. Well, you’ll need the kids too, of course. Here are just a few creative kid portrait ideas for Father’s Day that we’ve seen found from incredibly talented parents around the web that...

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