How to spring clean your desk in 15 minutes or less

We’ve got the most fantastic tips to help you get that desk clean and springtime fresh in virtually no time at all. Because we may have more daylight, but we definitely don’t have extra time!

Deck your phone with a festive case

Because I'm really not a fan of snowman sweaters, light-up earrings, and all that holiday jazz, apparently some people think I'm an Ebenezer Scrooge. I say it's because I've yet to find the right festive accessory. That is, until I spotted the holiday CandyShell cases...

Freeing up parental brain space

Not to toot my own horn, but honestly, sometimes I'm amazed at the wealth of information I'm able to contain in my head--and access at a moment's notice. Kids' birthdays, kids' friends' birthdays, my friends' birthdays, my friends' kids' birthdays, anniversaries,...

Dreidels go high tech for Hanukkah

One of my family's favorite Hanukkah traditions is a rousing game of Dreidel. (I swear, I'm not just in it for the chocolate gelt!) Each year, we search for the perfect dreidel that spins just right, and we've ended up with quite a collection. But I have to say, my...

Well slap me silly

I am surely dating myself here when I confess that I had me one impressive collection of slap bracelets circa 1989. They were about a buck each at CVS as I recall, and it was nearly as savvy an allowance expense as four games of Donkey Kong or a few cans of New Coke....

Sansa Fuze+ lets you walk and rock at the same tme

My kids are already clamoring over all the toy catalogs that have been coming in the mail, looking wide-eyed page by page at the potential holiday bounty. They're still on the young side to be begging for an electronic device, but portable media players of any kind...

Comic books go green and ultra-portable

I had a boyfriend in college who had boxes upon boxes of his "favorite" comic books. (Which ones were his favorites? All of them!) I found it a little weird, but hey, collectors are kind of different, right?Well, now I have a son who wants to collect comic books. I...

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From degermifying your screens to organizing your inbox, fixing up that home office, and tossing or recycling those 2006 Blackberries, we’ve got all the tips and resources to help.

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Speakers that are music to a mom’s ears

My son is really into music and I can usually hear it blasting from his room, but the other day I was screaming and screaming...I mean requesting that he make his presence known.No response. I swung open his door and there he was, rocking out with his iPod, headphones...

A math app for ninjas

After hours of coaxing without success, I gave up begging my 7 year-old sons to practice math drills on a worksheet and I headed to my iPad. I knew there must be a math app that played like a video game to keep him engaged. And wouldn't you know it, I found it. Math...

Forget candy canes, wrap your holiday gifts in binary code

These days, trying to find the perfect politically correct design for holiday gift wrap can be overwhelming. Not every one of my friends and  family members enjoy every symbol of every holiday. The Think Geek website helped me find a truly agnostic paper however. The...

Bring your laptop. Leave your charger.

I am almost ashamed to admit the number laptop cords I've gone through over the last few years, but suffice it to say I'm on the lookout for better options. What's really cool is those cords may be obsolete sometime soon. Especially with innovations like solar laptop...

7 of the best shopping sites go mobile

Ever tried to go clothes shopping for yourself with kid(s) in tow? Between toting a toddler while carrying unwieldy hangers, and then attempting to catch a mannequin in mid-air because your little one has pulled its skirt down therefore making it fall over (yes, it...

The stylish stylus

Having always been a gadget girl, I remember experiencing sheer joy in getting my first business-oriented electronic device - a Palm Pilot. The black and white pixilated screen, the cradle you'd rest it in every night to sync, and who could forget the stylus pen. It...

Wee Web – Now a virtual baby record book

Suffice it to say that baby record keeping is not my forte. With four kids to keep track of, I figure it's pretty good if I can remember their birth dates, let alone remind myself to record their first tooth or smile. But thanks to the new features at Wee Web, I'm...

The cat in the app

For the past few months, my kids have been obsessed with an app that has them yelling, singing and -- yes -- screaming at a cat who then repeats everything back to them in his own weird voice. Harmless fun but no redeeming educational value. Or so I thought.Then, at...

Not your grandma’s adorable kitchen radio

I fondly remember the little plastic radio that sat on my great-grandmother's shelf, buzzing and humming while she baked. I don't remember any actual music or discussion, mind you-- just an annoying buzz. But the useless thing sure was adorable, even covered with...

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