Use Alexa to help you get organized for 2020

These calendar skills are invaluable! 

Did your kids get a smartphone for Christmas or Hanukkah?

Here’s what you need to know to create a smartphone contract with them. 

Would you pay to cheat on Angry Birds?

I admit that I've been completely sucked into the Angry Birds craze, as has my entire family. So much s,  that my kids know exactly what level we're stuck on.Level 16 on Angry Birds Seasons, if you're curious. So I have to admit that my interest was piqued when I...

Dads Dig This – BeSpeak iPhone app

Our next Dads Dig This guest blogger is David Wescott, a Durham, NC-based dad who writes about public relations, science communication, and politics at It's Not a Lecture.  I admit that most of the time you can find me in worn jeans and something with a Red Sox logo,...

And a very BetaMaXmas to you too

There was once a magical time. A time when children waited in breathless anticipation for their favorite Christmas Special to play on TV. There was no DVR or Video On Demand; no rewinding or fast-forwarding; no YouTube; no bathroom breaks. You had only one shot to...

Nook vs. Kindle – An e-reader smackdown

Whether you've got an e-readers at the top of your holiday list, or you're shopping for one as a gift for someone else like I am, with so many to choose from it can be...well, hard to choose. So we decided to compare two of the hottest e-readers - the Nook and the...

Music to your ears

It's very rare in the car with my kids to be able to listen to a song I like the whole way through without interruptions. Whether there are relentless questions like, "Mommy, what's this song called?" or "Mommy, what is the name of the person who sings this?" or...

Best Buy Wish List: Gaming (whoo!)

Best Buy Wish List is a sponsored series in which we feature the things we're coveting at Best Buy--and then give away gift cards so you can buy them yourself.  Whee!It's no secret that we have a thing for gaming around here. Must be all those years of dropping...

How to use the Screen Time app to set limits

It’s a simple, smart way to monitor your kid’s screen time.

Tips & Tricks to Make Life (Way!) Easier

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Get your finances in order for 2020 with tech

Here’s how to use your Alexa to help manage your finances.

The Neato robotic vacuum sucks. In a good way.

For the past two Christmases, my mother has given me vacuums, a gift I try not to take as judgment on the state of my house. And while the Dyson was--and still is--great, my little robotic Roomba continues to make me positively giddy as it whirls around my house....

Send your holiday greetings 2.0-style this year

The holiday cards are starting to trickle in and it's always such a treat to receive greetings from dear family and friends from near and far. With each one, I'm reminded that we need to get moving on ours as well (as opposed to our Happy New Year card in mid-January...

ArtRage for iPad. Watercolor 2.0

Art projects are one of our family favorites, but cleaning up, not so much. So I was excited to try Artrage for iPad, an application for virtual painting and drawing. And wow, it is simply wonderful. Related: The mini Monet art app for iPad The app offers different...

Quirky.com: Why didn’t I think of that?

As I was looking around the website Quirky, I kept using words like Genius! and Awesome! This web site helps people develop and produce super interesting product ideas. And better--lets those of us who simply appreciate super interesting product ideas, buy them....

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...

MobiGo by VTech gets the skeptical mom vote

My near 4 year-old son has been eying my oldest's Nintendo DS for awhile now, but he's just not quite old enough to do anything but ask us to help him play a game. Sort of defeats the point of having it. But since the brand new MobiGo from VTech arrived in our house,...

5 of our favorite designer sale site apps

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 cat in the app

For the past few months, my kids have been obsessed with the Talking Tom Cat 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...

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