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The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall

by Jennifer Wieland
The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD
Today’s post was sponsored by Best Buy. I was given a CUJO Smart Firewall to use and review.All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 
The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

Keeping your family’s information safe and secure online is a must in this day and age. Then you add in how this generation of kids who seem to live online and your faced with a whole new set of problems. As a parent your faced with the headache of trying to keep your kids safe online, while making sure they are only going to age appropriate internet sites and wanting a to limit how long they are online. Good news, the CUJO Smart Firewall is the answer to your family’s online security needs.

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, it was designed to bring business-level security to home networks. This simple to use device will secure all of your family’s devices connecting to your WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. It’s like having a whole house, WiFi antivirus. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online all while keeping them safe.

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What makes CUJO Smart Firewall a must?

  1. PARENTAL CONTROL FOR ALL DEVICES & INTERNET FILTER- Easily block pesky or inappropriate websites. All devices to connected to your home WiFi will be able to have parental controls. That means you can set age appropriate limits for your children. No more worrying about what they are seeing online. 
  2. SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING – Cyber bullying is real and troublesome thing. As your children get older and get setup on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media outlets. You can feel secure in knowing that you can see what’s going on and keeping them protected.
  3. PAUSE INTERNET & TIME LIMITS – Want the kids to get their homework done right after school? Don’t want the kids sneaking their tablet into bed and not going to sleep? Is it time to do their chores and you don’t want them dallying online? Then the CUJO Smart Firewall pause internet and time limit features are going to be a favorite. You can set it to turn off when it’s bedtime. After school you can pause internet so there’s no funny business while homework is supposed to be being worked on.
  4. REMOTE ADMINISTRATION – With the CUJO Smart Firewall app (available for iOS and Android) even when you’re not at home you can quickly and easily control what’s going on. This makes it great for working parents to still know what’s going on at home.

 

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

With setup taking only minutes to complete the CUJO Smart Firewall will make your family’s internet experience safer and more secure. Even if you aren’t the most tech savvy person there’s no need to worry. You can call in for setup help or schedule and in-home installation in the U.S.

The Four Reasons Why Parents Need the Cujo Smart Firewall #CUJO #AD

Curious to learn more or find out how to get your own CUJO Smart Firewall?

You can find the CUJO Smart Firewall online and in store and Best Buy. You can also read reviews to see what others are saying about the CUJO Smart Firewall there and find out even more features.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
 
 
 

Getting Geared Up for Back to School with Groupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August! This summer seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Now though comes the mad dash to get the kids geared up for the best back to school ever! Luckily, you can find phenomenal deals for getting geared up for back to school with Groupon!

That’s right! Groupon is not just your go to spot for great local and travel deals. You can also shop their Groupon Goods and find fabulous deals to use in your everyday life and have them shipped right to your door. That eliminates having to hit the mall and battle all of the other frantic parents trying to gear up their kids as well.

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If you are trying to find just what your college kid needs to have the best dorm life experience while moving from home for the first time all while keeping costs down then check out Groupon and search up the keyword dorm.

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Looking for the perfect for your headphones and tech toys for your teenager to make surviving the school bus ride to and from school more tolerable then head to Groupon and search technology or headphones. Another great find for your high school age child is class rings for your senior.

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Find the absolutely coolest school supplies or lunch boxes to make your elementary age kids the cool kids in class. Just search for school supplies or lunch boxes to find just what you need.

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Groupon is also your one stop shop for all of the awesome teachers trying to get their classrooms ready. You can find all kinds of amazing deals to make sure you have just what you need to make your classes year a success!

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To find out about specials and coupon codes from Groupon be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to make their already great deals even better!

 

 

 


Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

by Jennifer Wieland
Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons
I received compensation for sharing information about Groupon Coupons. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

I don’t know about all of you but retail therapy is to me the best kind of therapy there. Just ask my poor husband. He can attest to my love of a good shopping spree to boost my mood. He will also tell you though that I am cheap at the same time. I’m a clearance rack, sales, coupon kind of gal. I recently discovered Groupon Coupons and love that my favorite stores to shop at offer up great coupons I can use in-store and online for some really nice discounts. 

Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

With summer right around the corner and the warmer weather starting to show up more and more it’s so nice to know that I can save money while shopping to refresh my family’s summer clothing and shoe wardrobes. With a house full of children most of the younger ones have outgrown everything from last year and the older ones and myself just want to be in fashion for each season. 

Groupon Coupons is a great resource whether you are shopping at home in front of your computer or hopping from store to store at the mall. Groupon Coupons conveniently links you to some of the best online coupon codes and in-store printable coupons out there. You can search for coupons by store, category or featured offers. Some of the great stores offered are  Target, Macys, TJMaxx & Sears. Not looking for clothing? Don’t worry Groupon Coupons has you covered. With everything from toys and electronics to restaurants believe me when I say that there is something for everyone.

Ready to start saving? Find your best Groupon Coupons by heading on over HERE to their website. 

Never miss out on a great deal again! Keep up to date with all of the new Groupon deals added daily by following along on Facebook and Twitter

 

 


Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

by Jennifer Wieland
Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep


 

I don’t know about you but I love sleeping. Being curled up in bed, my head resting on pillows and a comfy pair of pajamas on are like heaven at the end of the day. If only the drifting off to sleep came on cue like I wish it would. Sadly though in my house that happens all to frequently. I want to close my eyes and just nod off but then I remember I forgot to email one of the kid’s teachers or I stayed up late on the computer working on a blog post or editing photos or maybe we had movie night and turned it into a double feature on Friday night. All I know is all of that technology effects your sleep. Being plugged in to so much actually has negative affects on out sleep. Here are some sleep tips to keep technology from ruining your sleep.

Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone created by the hypothalamus. That’s right, light goes into your retina and puts a hold on your brain releasing the Melatonin your body needs to drift off to sleepy time. So how do you get your brain to release the Melatonin your body needs for rest?

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

Turn off the TV

TV time seems like a great way to unwind after the kids go to bed . Lounging in bed streaming a few episodes of your favorite show or getting caught on your DVR recordings may seem completely harmless but that light is actually telling your brain to hold off on sleep. 

That Email or Text Can Wait

I know it seems like an email or text has to go out that minute and in some professions it might really need to. If it can wait until morning though, let it. Again that sneaky light from your computer or phone is giving off the no sleep ju-ju to your brain. Skip all that and wait until the morning. Your email or text will be better anyways with a nice refreshed brain putting it together. 

Deprive Your Senses

Sleep masks and earplugs can go a long way in helping you get better sleep at night. Giving your eyes absolute darkness and limiting what your ears can hear can put your mind into a state of rest and relaxation so much easier and help keep household sounds and light from interrupting a restful night. 

Nix Sugar and Caffeine Early

Technology is bad enough but pair it with caffeine and sugar and you could ruin a good night’s sleep but quick. I know it’s hard to make it through the day without a daily dose of caffeine or a mid day sugar boost but be sure to finish them up early in the day and not to indulge to heavily. Limiting the intake of both will help you drift off at night much easier. 

Melatonin

While your body produces its own Melatonin there are times when it may be hard for your body to use it. If you work a rotating shift, have been up with a sick child or couldn’t avoid electronics due to work or another activity you may need a little help in the Melatonin department. That’s where Natrol comes in. 

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

Natrol has two great Melatonin products to help you drift off to sleep!

Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve tablets, 5mg dosage, can be taken anytime, anywhere with no water needed. They are 100% vegetarian,100% drug-free and non-habit forming, they support an overall better sleep and can help you regulate healthy sleeping patterns.

Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin is a drug-free sleep aid that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep with a built-in 2-layered time release that gives you an initial 5mg dosage to help you sleep and then releases the remaining 5mg dosage throughout your sleep to help you stay asleep. You will wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’.

Could you benefit from a sleep boost from Natrol Melatonin? If you’d like to try it now is the time! Grab this valuable $2 coupon to save big on your next purchase!

For more information on Natrol products please be sure to visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or get great health tips from them on Pinterest

Sleep Tips to Keep Technology from Ruining Your Sleep

 
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VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX a Fashion Hit Plus Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx
The product has been provided by VTech so you could experience it with your family; however, the thoughts and opinions are all your own.

 

My daughter is a little fashionista! Shopping, clothes, shoes and accessories have always drawn her in. Her first word was shoe (pronounced sue while clapping and pointing at a pair of shoes in a store) and she’s been a slave to fashion since. Having a father in I.T. and a mother who used to work in corporate I.T. too has also made her a tech junkie. So when VTech asked if we wanted to test one of their Kidizoom Smartwatch DXs I knew she would love it for both the fashion and function.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

What is the VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX? 

(Ages 4-9 years; MSRP: $64.99)

  • The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is an even smarter watch for kids with better specs including double the internal memory and improved image quality, plus new features such as exciting motion-activated games, eye-catching 3D clock faces and new tools to hone basic math skills
  • Young photographers can take tons of pictures and videos and get creative with fun photo effects, video camera and voice recorder with voice-changing effects
  • In addition to the alarm, timer and stopwatch, the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX has 2 new tools including a calendar feature and a calculator so your child can work out simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems
  • Little fashionistas will love the new design and trendy colors available, including blue, vivid violet, pink, red and camouflage
  • Digital and analog display comes with more than 50 3D clock face designs and is splash proof for everyday play (splash and sweat proof; do not submerge and not suitable for showering or bathing)
  • Features rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and includes micro USB cable to upload photos/videos as well as recharge the battery
  • More than just a watch, it’s the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX!

My daughter received the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX in vivid violet. She loved the color and that it had pink accents because those are her two favorite colors. Once we opened up the package we took out the contents, the smartwatch, micro USB cable and user’s manual. We downloaded the Learning Lodge software from VTech and connected the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX to get it setup.

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

After that my daughter spent hours checking out all of the apps, taking pics, making videos and recording voices. To say that she loved this would be an understatement. For a child who routinely acts like she is on camera talking about her life this was a way to make that into reality for her. It is her absolute favorite fashion accessory!

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

As a parent and a tech junkie I loved it. The pictures and video were surprising better than I would have expected from what is essentially and educational toy. I like that the game apps are educational and that she is learning while she plays. 

The Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is a fashion hit that's also fun and functional #OOTD #smartwatchdx

To learn more about the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX or VTech’s other educational toys checkout their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter

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Top 10 Tech-Free Kid’s Travel Activities at the Dollar Store

by Jennifer Wieland
Top 10 Tech-Free Kid's Travel Activities at the Dollar Store

 

 

 

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Loading up the car, hopping on a train or jetting off to brand new locations is one of the staples of summer. The kids are out of school, the weather is warmer and it’s the perfect time for everyone in the family to reconnect. At least everyone used to reconnect. When my older kids were young there weren’t tablets, laptops and phones owned by everyone in the family. There weren’t TVs in cars to keep little ones entertained on a road trip. Nope, we used good old fashion tech-free things to keep the kids occupied for the sanity of not only the parents but other passengers if you were on plane or train as well. If you want your travels to have little to no tech devices this summer then these top 10 tech-free kid’s travel activities at the dollar store are definitely something you are going to want to get.

The other great thing about these items is that not only will they make your travel time easier but it will also work to keep kids busy at the hotel as well. They make a great way to end the night before bed while you are trying to get the kids to relax and unwind after a day full of fun and excitement.

 


Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway Contest

by Jennifer Wieland
Bing Rewards - Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway (retail value $499.99)
Thanks to Bing Rewards for sponsoring today’s post.

 

 

Bing Rewards is a great way to get rewarded every time you search online. Earning credits is easy. Search with Bing on your PC and phone, try new features and take advantage of exclusive offers to see your credits start adding up. Status upgrades allow you to earn even faster. All you have to do is stay signed-in and keep searching with Bing. Now is the perfect time to signup though because they are currently running a Microsoft Surface 3 giveaway contest that you can enter right here.

Microsoft Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB (retail value of $499.99)

With the integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps, and a full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you’ll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device.

Bing Rewards - Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway (retail value $499.99)

Product Features

10.8″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display – Makes navigation simple and presents media in rich detail.
Windows 8.1 – Allows you to stay connected and productive.
64GB storage capacity – Offers room for pictures, videos, music and more.
Quad-core processor – Intel® Atom™ processor with 1.6GHz processor speed, up to 2.4GHz Burst speed and 2GB RAM for efficient performance.
Wi-Fi – Allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network.
Bluetooth interface – Lets you wirelessly link with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices.
8.0MP rear-facing and 3.5MP front-facing cameras – Enable you to capture important moments to share with your loved ones.
USB 3.0 port – Makes it easy to connect peripheral devices.
Integrated kickstand – Allows you to prop up the tablet for a clear view of displayed content.
Magnesium body – Creates a lightweight, yet durable, design.

Now onto the rules and how to enter to win…

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“NO PURCHASE NECESSARY” 18+ US only! Contest starts 04/23/2015 and Ends 05/22/2015 11.59pm EASTERN. Entry options: Join Bing Rewards. Prize: Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB. “The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.” Winners have 7 days to claim their prize. If potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, at the advertisers sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. This blog is not responsible for picking the winner or distributing the prizes. That is solely the responsibility of  Bing Rewards.
 
 

 

 


Kid’s Academy Apps Make Learning Fun

by Jennifer Wieland
Kid's Academy: Educational Kids Apps
Today’s post is sponsored by Kid’s Academy. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Learning has come a long way since I was a kid! With all of the technology available to kids they are constantly able to reinforce every single thing they learn in school daily. Kid’s Academy Apps are a great resource for doing just this. They have some great apps just perfect for preschool and kindergarten aged children.

Kid's Academy: Educational Kids Apps

Bingo ABCs Alphabet Phonics Song with Farm Animal Cards

Kid's Academy: Educational Kids Apps  #MomBuzz #FreeKidsApps

I remember singing Bingo as a kid countless times. At the time I had no idea I was learning through fun. I’m so glad that my daughter can now enjoy doing the same thing with this app. She loves singing so once the cartoon girl began to sing she immediately followed suit and clapped along to the beat. The one issue that I had with the app is that it only sings the first two verses. After that it asks you to purchase the full app or a single feature. Now my daughter had not learned the Bingo song before this so she didn’t know she was missing some of it so I may need to get her the full version so she can really get into the whole singing and clapping. It’s definitely worth it though if you have a little one that enjoys singing.

ABCs Alphabet Phonics & Montessori Learn to Read

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My daughter is in Kindergarten and they work on phonics daily so this game was perfect to supplement that work at home. This allowed her to work on her letters and letter sounds. She also enjoyed the mazes section. While I liked the mazes for improving her hand eye coordination. Her absolute favorite thing about this app though was the rhyming section. She is always asking someone in the house to do rhyming words with her so having an app that helped her work on this by dragging a picture to another picture out of a group that rhymed with it was perfect and easy for her to do. This is definitely an app that she will continue to use the rest of the year in Kindergarten.

Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Kids Games

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This app was highly rated by my kindergartner. She enjoyed tracing the numbers and I liked that she had to stay in the lines so that it was uniform. She has a tendency to rush when writing her numbers so this is teaching her to go slow and take her time as she works. She also liked the other section for the alphabet. A capital letter and its lowercase match would com out in a scene and then there would be two items in the scene grayed out. When you tapped on them it would say the word emphasizing the first letter sound, then it would show how it is spelled and it would also animate the object.


LG OLED TV the Perfect Techie Toy

by Jennifer Wieland
LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED
Thank you to LG for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED

I wholeheartedly admit to being a nerdy, geeky girl. I’ve always loved my comic books, sci-fi, video games and techie toys. So I am always very excited when I get to check out the newest, hottest things out there. This week past week I was invited to come check out the new LG OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV. It was so much fun to be able to take a look at them and learn all about the technology behind them from LG staff and one of the screen designers from Seoul. The models we saw were the55” FHD OLED TV (EC9300 model) which is LG’s 2nd generation OLED TV that just launched in the U.S. and the 65” 4K OLED TV (EC9700 model) will be showcased as well which has not even hit the market yet. After learning all about the technology and seeing it in person all I can say is that the LG OLED TV is the perfect techie toy!

 

LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED

 

I know you’re wondering what makes the LG OLED TVs different from all of the other TVs on the market, right? LG CURVED OLED TV is a completely unique in design and performance. The OLED technology is a unique light source that eliminates the need for backlight. The Full HD 1080p screen offers a vast contrast ratio for the deepest blacks and more lifelike colors. The TV itself is only as thick as a pencil at its thinnest point. So it is extremely thin compared to your standard LCD TVs. It comes with webOS features that make navigation and use easy so you can enjoy movies and more from a host of premium content providers like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus.

LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED

The LG OLED also has a stunning picture that is unlike anything you have ever seen. The OLED TVs from LG have stunning design and spectacular picture quality with “Infinite” Contrast and 4 Color Pixel technology that displays more lifelike images with unbeatable color. What is the 4 Color Pixel technology? It’s LG’s advanced technology that adds an unfiltered, white sub-pixel (WRGB) to the traditional red, green and blue (RGB), for a brighter picture with a wider range of colors and superior color accuracy. It also has the best that HDTV has to offer with the outstanding picture quality of Full HD 1080p Resolution. All of this allows for an unprecedented viewing ability. There will be no bad seat int he house with this TV. You don’t get that poor viewing when looking at it from the side or at an angle.

LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED

Some other things I really liked about the OLED TVs was that the remote is almost like a wireless mouse. This makes the webOS and menu navigation a snap. The TVs also have Smart Share and LG Cinema 3D to take moving viewing to another level. Then to make it even better the OLEDs have Wi-Fi® Built-in, 4 HDMI® Connections & 3 USB Connections. This makes having all your toys connected to it a piece of cake.

LG OLED TVs a visual feast for the eyes. #LGOLED

The LG OLED TV line is a visual feast for the eyes that will make your house the go to house for the big game, movie night or intense video game play.

Now that you know about the LG OLED TVs and have seen the differences what do you think?

 

 


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