Four Tips to Make Reading Fun for Kids

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If you were to ask a teacher, they will tell you one of the hardest things they see is kids who are not reading at their potential. I had a lengthy conversation with one of my kid’s elementary school teachers about this subject. He said it was heartbreaking to see kids coming into his classroom ...

Four Surefire Ways to Stick to Your Resolutions

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Now that all of the holiday decorations are packed away for another year, it is time to look forward to the New Year. For many of us, we will make those traditional New Year’s resolutions to do a variety of things. Some will vow to lose weight or stop smoking while others want to get ...

Unwrapping the Lumia 635

Sometimes it seems our family is behind the times when it comes to our kids and gadgets.  My children have never had an electronic device of their own, not a cell phone, a gaming device, or even an MP3 player.  This year though, my daughter received a Nokia Lumia 635 for Christmas.  We'd recently decided she ...

Nokia Lumia 830 Can Make Your Holiday Brighter #MoreLumia #Cortana

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Five Ways the Nokia Lumia 830 Can Make Your Holiday Brighter   Is it okay if I admit I am freaking out just a little because Christmas is officially this week!? So much to do and so little time! I think that is the anthem of pretty much any busy mom on the planet right now! I ...

Tech gifts that last the whole year #StraightTalkCheer

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Remember the days when the thought of buying someone a new cell phone plan seemed scary? Your options were to either purchase a new plan (which would in turn need an expensive device to accompany it) AND you’d have to get locked into a contract where YOU’D be the one responsible for paying the bill ...

STEM Gift Ideas #GiftSmart

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What makes a gift great? In my opinion, it’s the thought that goes into it. Many people spend countless hours and dollars throughout the holiday season attempting to find the “perfect” gift. Something that will wow the recipient and leave them in awe. Often, however, that same awe inspiring gift is no longer being used months ...

Proof of Santa! #ProofofSanta #TwitterParty 12/9

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I remember when I was little and my brother Brian started doubting Santa was real. I don't know if you are aware of this but my mom was Christmas crazy and she took all things related to the holiday very seriously. That year, Santa had some sleigh issues up on our roof (of a 4 ...

Tech gift ideas #PanasonicHoliday

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No matter how far in advance you think you’ve completed your shopping, there always seems to be something that remains undone.  The month of December brings out all of the must have products at some of the best prices, and who can resist? I always seem to find myself stopping to grab that “one more ...

Microsoft Gift ideas

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I think you all know by now we are a Microsoft household.  Today I'm sharing some great Microsoft gift ideas in many price ranges! Perfect for the tech lovers in your life (and if you are a tech lover, gifts for you too!) Which is your favorite? Please note, the information was provided by Microsoft's ...

Great Gifts under $99

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Younger children are great during the holidays. Their excitement is contagious, and the things on their list are usually pretty easy to come by. Things like the latest doll, or video game, and maybe a host of items they’ve circled from the latest toy store’s catalog.   And then… they grow up.   And become teens and tweens.   That’s ...