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Get Vocal with Home Automation

Get Vocal with Home Automation

Isn’t it funny how accustomed we get to things and don’t even realize it? I gave up coffee for Lent and let me say that it isn’t the caffeine that I miss as much as the absence of the habit itself. A couple months back, I ...
Library on the Go: Apps for Reading

Library on the Go: Apps for Reading

Can I ask you a question? When was the last time you picked up a book and read it? How about a newspaper? I think the last time I dedicated time to a good book was when we were on our cruise a couple years ago. It isn’t that I donR ...
How Technology Improves Date Night

How Technology Improves Date Night

This July I’ll be celebrating my… hold on a second while I figure it out… 24th wedding anniversary. When I found Mr. Right, it was pre-technology and the majority of our communication was either by long distance phone call ...
Phone Tricks to Learn a New Language

Phone Tricks to Learn a New Language

Life in California was so much different from living here. The cultural diversity was something I hadn’t experienced growing up in rural Iowa. Young and open-minded, I soaked up everything that surrounded me – from the different ...
Device Usage That Doctors Would Approve

Device Usage That Doctors Would Approve

A couple weeks ago Madison had her annual appointment with the allergist. We are grateful she doesn’t have any major concerns, but this routine trip is required to renew her EpiPen prescription. The appointment started with the usual ...
The Anxiety of Being Disconnected

The Anxiety of Being Disconnected

Who in their right might would have anxiety at an all-inclusive resort? People wait on you hand and foot, there are activities galore to keep you busy or you can just sit by a pool or on a sandy beach sipping cocktails and enjoying all you ...
Let Your Child Trick-Or-Treat Parentless

Let Your Child Trick-Or-Treat Parentless

I have to continually remind myself that I’m not *that* mom. The one who disguises their concerns for their child’s safety and security by being extra cool and making their kids want them to tag along wherever they go. Both the ...
Are There Any Minuses to the SoundPlus?

Are There Any Minuses to the SoundPlus?

In a normal tone of voice, I called from downstairs, “Madison” And when there was no response, I moved to the bottom of the stairs and repeated, “Madison.” Then partially up the stairs in a much sterner decibel, R ...
The Information is There: Research It!

The Information is There: Research It!

Last Saturday I joined a lovely group of Iowa bloggers during the #IowaBloggersUnite gathering. The presentations were a mix of slide shows and round table discussions for both seasoned and new bloggers. Everyone, including myself, asked qu ...