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Cricket Wireless knows tax season means different things to different people. Some of us scramble and dig through filing cabinets to put together the documents we need. Maybe you’re working late on other people’s taxes. Some of us watch our kids run amok in the post office, while counting the people in line and hoping no one asks one of those long questions people tend to ask post office workers.

All of those things tend to bring frowns to our face, but Cricket Wireless wants to bring you another — brighter — side of tax season. If you’re already holding onto your tax refund and wondering what to do with it, or if you’re tapping your toes and waiting for that direct deposit to clear, Cricket Wireless wants to help, so they’re offering a mobile makeover that will make you smile this tax season.

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Tax season deals from Cricket Wireless

With various deals to fit your family’s needs, you can give your wireless plan a complete mobile makeover. First of all, if you’re already a Cricket customer, stick with them for affordable plans and reliable nationwide network to more than 99% of Americans, based on overall coverage in the U.S. Changing carriers worries people, but one of the tax season deals might entice you to do just that, in order to get a new smartphone, keep cash in your pocket and save money overall on your mobile needs.

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You can get select 4G LTE smartphones for free when you switch, which is an amazing offer. The offer includes: Samsung Galaxy Amp 2, Alcatel Streak, ZTE Sonata 3 and LG Spree phones*. (*While supplies last. Req’s svc activ. w/qual. plan (min. $30/mo), port-in (excl. AT&T ports) & new svc. line. 1st mo. svc charge & sales tax (NV only) due at sale. Restr’s apply. Terms & restr’s subject to change. Coverage not avail. everywhere.)

Why choose Cricket Wireless

For most of us, our cell phones act as a link to the outside world. We carry our schedules, our contacts and our to-do lists in the palms of our hand, and we want to find a company that makes us feel happy about where we’re spending our money. We like that Cricket wants to provide a simpler and smarter wireless experience. With all of the things we’re juggling, the straightforward pricing from Cricket includes taxes and monthly fees, so it’s clear what our costs will be each month. You don’t even have to sign a yearly contract. The variety of smartphones offered means every member of your family will find something they love.

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Make the most of tax season with Cricket Wireless

Check out Cricket’s tax season deals to see why now is the best time to join @Cricketnation, and then keep up with the latest news and deals on their social networks:

DISCLAIMER: This blog was sponsored by Cricket Wireless. All thoughts, opinions and views are my own.

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My kids have recently become enamored with Wheel of Fortune. They love trying to guess the puzzles and watching the wheel spin around the brightly colored sums of money. The money, to them, remains a bit of an abstraction. Their understanding of cash crashes into a ceiling directly above toys or books they save for; my husband and I haven’t yet explained the intricacies of planning for the future.

Ladder life insurance

The importance of life insurance

Many of us, when planning for the future, see “retirement savings” and “college savings” looming ahead. Thinking about life insurance can be scary; who wants to think about death? Buying life insurance may not be on your radar, particularly if your employer offers insurance. However, many employers only offer plans that cover a few times your annual salary, which might not cover your beneficiaries’ needs. Ladder knows life insurance means a little extra love for your family, a way to ensure their needs are met in the case of an unimaginable tragedy.

What is Ladder?

The founder and CEO of Ladder benefited from life insurance at a very young age, making him determined to provide life insurance in a consumer-focused way, rather than an agent-focused way. From this idea, Ladder took shape with the help of savvy minds from from Google, Dropbox, Harvard and Stanford. In short, Ladder is the modern answer to traditional life insurance, combining the power of technology with top-notch financial and insurance expertise to bring consumers the insurance uniquely suited to their families. Ladder eliminates the middleman (the traditional insurance agent) to streamline the process of securing life insurance.

How Ladder works

Ladder allows consumers to purchase life insurance quickly, with a concise online calculator that takes away some of the guesswork involved when working with a commissioned sales agent. You use the calculator to determine your need and receive an online quote. You have an answer — and, for those who qualify, even coverage — as quickly as you can type. The entire process can take less than 10 minutes, so you don’t have to postpone this protection for your family any longer.

Why Ladder makes sense for families

Busy families want to spend time together, not sit in an insurance office. The Ladder process takes such a short amount of time, whereas the traditional-agented insurance process can take up to six weeks, not including the time spent in an agent’s office. With a few clicks and honest answers to questions, parents can provide a safety net for their family without leaving home.

Keep up with Ladder on social media

Ladder is currently only available for California residents but it plans to roll out to customers nationwide this year.

Thank you to Ladder for sponsoring this post. All opinions are our own. 

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I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve dropped my phone while trying to juggle way too many things in my hands — my keys, my coffee, stuff the kids asked me to carry, my purse, someone’s coat (not usually mine) and goodness knows what else. Two hands aren’t nearly enough when you’re a mom and, if you’re like me, there’s no way you can tuck your phone into your bag, because it may be impossible to find it again in the depths of the black hole that is a mom bag. (That’s a story for another day.)

These phone cases are complete lifesavers for moms. While they won’t give you as many arms as an octopus, they will help lighten your load a bit, or at least make it a little more manageable as you don’t have to worry about dropping your phone. 

3 Phone Cases that are Lifesavers for Moms

For when you want to leave your purse behind

There are so many times when you just want to go purse-free, like a quick trip to the grocery store or heading out to the park with your kids, but by the time you bring your wallet and your keys and your phone and the stuffed animal your daughter insists she must have with her, your hands are full. The jimmyCASE has a handy elastic band on the back of the case so you can tuck just the essential there and be on your way. With the ability to hold up to six cards as well as cash, you can easily leave your wallet at home, making trips to the zoo or preschool field trips so much lighter.

3 Phone Cases Moms will LOVE

For when you’re on the go, but need your phone

Whether you’re chasing toddlers or running errands, the fact of the matter is that as much as you’d like to tuck your phone away and enjoy the moment, sometimes you need to have it close at hand while you’re living your mom life. LoopyCase is a perfect solution. Just tuck your finger through the loop attached to the back of the case and you’re ready to go. It’s a simple solution that works so well you’ll wonder how you lived without a LoopyCase until now. (Image via @loopycases)

Phone Wallets for Busy Moms

For when you’ve given up on carrying a wallet altogether

Products that serve more than one function are a total dream come true for moms. There is so much stuff that comes along with being a mom and having kids that’s simply unavoidable, so when you’re able to combine two things into one? Lifesaver. There are a lot of phone/wallet combos available, but I love the ones from Erin Condren Designs. Not only are the customizable, but they have a magnetic closure that makes it easy to get to your phone quickly, as well as slots for credit cards and a little pocket on the back to tuck receipts. 

What kind of phone case are you loving right now?

Some products were received for consideration for this post. All opinions are my own.

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2017 is here and you want this year to be different… we all do, don’t we?! We say we will remember every moment, every fun thing we do with the kids and funny thing they say, but while your intentions are good, we all know it’s next to impossible to remember it all. One of my resolutions is to take more photos of the kids this year, but not just a few more, 365 more… per kid!

When kids are small, they change so much, so fast and you really see those changes through photos. Sometimes, I don’t notice the little changes in the way they’re growing and changing because I’m with them every day of their lives. To try to capture every little moment, change and memory in 2017, I will be taking a picture a day of my kids! It sounds crazy, right? It’s not! I’ve done it before and while it takes a bit of work, you will never regret doing it, especially having Chatbooks on your team.

Documenting 2017 with Chatbooks
Step 1: Decide on how to save the pictures you take daily

Pick one place to store them digitally — make a file on your computer (this will be the hardest part), start an album on your phone (this is easier since we always use our phones to snap a pic), or start an Instagram account and post them there (this is my number one choice). You don’t need to be fancy… take the pictures with your phone and keep it simple, or take them with your camera, but remember, the goal isn’t to have a professional looking picture everyday, but rather to take a photo everyday.

Picture a day project
Step 2: Start taking pictures

It will be a transition at the beginning. You will be all excited about it at the beginning of the year, but as time goes on, you may begin to forget. Put a daily reminder in your phone to make sure you don’t miss a day.

Documenting 2017
Step 3: Include a caption

This step is the reason why I prefer to use Instagram to store my daily photos. The more information you have for each picture, the better. When you post your photos, you can write a caption about what they were doing in the picture or add a funny quote that your child said that day. Help yourself to remember what the picture means to you each day when you’re looking at them a year from now, five years from now or 10 years from now.

Step 4: Get creative, when necessary

Now, you may be asking yourself, what about the days your child is sick? Or what do you do if you are traveling and you aren’t with the kids? If your child isn’t feeling well, get creative and take a picture of their feet and add a caption like “Snuggled under the covers and feeling a bit under the weather.” If you are away or you don’t see your kids some days, get someone else on board to take a picture and send it to you! Share with your family what you are doing and they will be happy to help.

365 days of chatbooks
Step 5: Print your pictures

This is where the fun really begins! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to download the Chatbooks App. Chatbooks is an app that lets you create photo books using your Instagram account or photos from your phone. You are already doing all of the work by taking the pictures each day, so let Chatbooks make it easy to get them printed. Instead of printing loose photos (which you can do through Chatbooks as well), you will get a beautiful 6×6 photo book with your pictures printed in order. Each book contains 60 pictures and once you sign up, they will print these books automatically, so you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to see your pictures come to life! 

Use code SAVVYSASSY for your first book free in a series and 10% off custom books and prints!

How to use chatbooks
  • Download the app from iTunes.
  • Select the Most Popular Photo Book Series, which begins at only $8
  • Add your source: You can link your Instagram account, Facebook page or your iPhone favorites. Enter your information and authorize Chatbooks to access your photos and then begin exploring the options.
  • Decide whether or not the date and location show up.
  • Change the cover photos and remove any photos you don’t want included in the book. They are completely customizable!
  • Print a custom book, print your entire Instagram feed or print loose photos.

I am challenging you to take the daily picture challenge by taking a picture a day of your kids. At the end of the year, you will thank me! You can follow along with me as I post daily photos of my kids on our Instagram account, @365daysofjonahandaddi

Good luck!

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CVS Pharmacy— the place your family already goes for all things health and wellness — has a new way to personalize your shopping experience, save you money, and simplify your life. If you’re not already a CVS ExtraCare Rewards member, now is the time to sign up. CVS Pharmacy has launched digital receipts and you’re going to love the perks!

With all the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holidays, I still had to find time to pick up a prescription and buy some insoles for the fancy shoes I’ll be wearing to a holiday party so off to CVS Pharmacy I went, giving me the opportunity to try out the all new digital receipts. I’ve been a CVS ExtraCare Rewards member for years so all I had to do was opt-in to the digital receipts service at the register when I checked out, and that was it. By the time I got to my car my purchase receipt was in my email for easy reference.

Shopping at CVS is easy with their new digital receipts and app

Getting started

If you’re not already a CVS ExtraCare Rewards member, it’s the perfect time to join. Along with the new digital receipts, ExtraCare Rewards members will receive 2% back on every purchase, along with exclusive benefits sent straight to your inbox, including personalized savings offers, available ExtraBucks Rewards and more. See something you like? Just click “Send to card” next to the email offer and it will automatically go to your ExtraCare card. No more purse full of crumpled paper coupons, or worse yet, getting there and realizing you left the coupon all together. Everything will be in one place all the time and at your fingertips.

Try new CVS Digital Receipts

Add the CVS Pharmacy app

If you’re the app-savvy type, CVS Pharmacy has you covered there, too, with the coolest, most feature-packed and user friendly app I’ve seen (iOS and Android). Save money with exclusive app-only offers. Shop without leaving your car with the option to pick up curbside, or have your items shipped or even delivered. If you’re like me, you will forget your wallet at home but never your phone and with the CVS Pharmacy app, you can set up CVS Pay, which connects your app to your bank card solving that problem once and for all. Save time by finding the closest Minute Clinic with the shortest wait times and easily scan to refill prescriptions. My personal favorite is the ability to order photos — and even Facebook photos — printed straight from my phone! And who doesn’t have a ton of adorable photos sitting on their phone just waiting to be printed?Shopping a CVS with New Digital Receipts

Committed to you

CVS Pharmacy, as always, is committed to their customers and addressing their needs. They heard each and every one of you loud and clear and have come up with this genius way to offer a streamlined, convenient and personalized shopping experience for everyone. CVS is not only committed to you, they are also committed to the Earth with their new digital receipt service.

The amount of paper that’s been saved since the launch of digital receipts at CVS could stretch from Bangor, Maine, to San Diego, CA — that’s 3,200 miles! Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Says Receipt You Later Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

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Win the Panasonic Giveaway with enloop Batteries

Show us how you eneloop to win the Panasonic giveaway

With a name that we all love, eneloop is known for their great rechargeable batteries. In fact, they’re so fantastic and beloved that they were named the Best Rechargeable AA Battery and Charger of 2016 by MetaEfficient. Launched in 2005, eneloop was designed with a simple idea in mind — to provide people with a battery that can be recharged over and over again to make work and play as easy as possible.

Today, eneloop Rechargeable Batteries can maintain a 70-perfect charge for up to 10-years, can be recharged over 2100 times each and can preform at temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, they are environmentally conscience by being charged initially using solar power at the factories and reducing the amount of batteries that are thrown away after one-time use. You can read more about eneloop on the Panasonic website.

A brand that loves showing its personality through its products, eneloop is giving you the chance to win through the entire month of December by showing “how you eneloop” sharing pictures of how you use your rechargeable batteries at home.

To enter, start by visiting the eneloop Facebook page and use the Sweepstakes tab. There are two separate entry periods remaining — December 6th-12th and December 13th-19th —where you can add your “how you eneloop” photo to be entered to win.

eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Weekly prize packs include products such as Panasonic WINGS Premium Wireless Bluetooth Sports Clips, Panasonic Wireless Home Audio Micro Systems, Panasonic LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Cameras, Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 4K 24X F2.8 Long Zoom Digital Cameras, eneloop Power Pack Batteries and more.

Your entry between November 1st and December 26th also enters you for the grand prize, a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Please see the eneloop Facebook page for all of the prize and entry rules and details.

Check out this video to see why you shop eneloop…

This is a sponsored blog. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Panasonic to review this product.

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How to Use a Subscription Box Swap

Do you subscribe to a subscription box? From skincare to snacks, makeup to meals, candles to cocktails to even… ahem, bedroom toys, monthly subscription boxes have continued to explode in popularity. According to one study there are nearly 10,000 different subscription boxes available. Crazy! And really, what’s not to love? It saves you shopping time by arriving right on your doorstep, helps you keep it fresh by trying new things, and lifts your spirit by balancing out the bills in the mail with some fun new products to try.

But what happens when a bunch of the items in your subscription box are a bust? While some jewelry and clothing subscription boxes allow you to return undesired items, many other subscription services can leave you stuck with products that don’t work for you.

Not surprisingly, there’s an app for that. SWAP by reKindness is an app that lets subscription box shoppers swap their “meh” pile for a “marvelous” pile. All you have to do is snap a pic, upload “swap” items available, request a swap and seal the deal from your phone.

How to use a subscription box swap app

 

How a subscription box swap works
  1. Upload an image of an unused item(s) from Glossybox, Stitch Fix, Owlcrate, etc. (or a high-quality fashion item) and a brief description to add an item.
  2. Browse your news feed or search for items you want in exchange. You can search by location to avoid shipping costs or search by similar priced items.
  3. Make swap offers by tapping on items you like and offering items of your own in return.
  4. Members have 48 hours to accept or counter the swap offers they receive.
  5. To finalize your swaps, either schedule a time and place to meet or share shipment tracking information in the app.

swap app2

 

One thing that sets the SWAP app apart? It’s fast. Offers only last 48 hours so you’ll know within days, instead of weeks (I’m looking at you Craigslist), if your item has an offer or counteroffer.

Did you know that 85-percent of clothes and textiles end up in landfills, even though 95-percent can be reused or recycled? And that over 25-percent of what subscription box customers receive is unloved? That makes the SWAP app good for the earth, good for your closet and good for your wallet. A triple win!

Visit the SWAP website to learn more or download the app on iTunes.

Which subscription boxes do you use?
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4 Self-Care Apps Moms Will Love

Back-to-school craziness have anyone feeling a little… crazy? We’re sharing a few of our favorite apps to help you find and make use of those few moments of “me time” in the midst of your money-making-carpool-driving-dinner-making-homework-helping-permission-slip-signing busyness. Even if it’s just a few minutes, you’ll be glad you took a moment for yourself.

If you have one minute to spare: Make self-care a habit

Apps to Use When You Have One Spare Minute

When’s the last time you did something for you? Whether it’s meditating or working out, calling a good friend or taking that probiotic everyday, building these good, self-care habits can be hard when your day is filled with “Mom mom mom mom mom mom”s. With a habit-building app like Balanced or Productive, you can set self-care goals big (get a massage once a month) or small (drink three glasses of water today), and the app will remind you of your goals, celebrate your progress and keep yourself accountable for taking time for you.

If you have five minutes to spare: Zen out

Apps to try if you have 5 minutes to spare

Mediation doesn’t have to be twenty minutes of ommm-ing or nothing at all. The benefits of taking just five minutes to breathe deeply and focus inward can decrease your stress, lower your blood pressure and help you make it through the afternoon. Finding a meditation app you connect with can take a try or two since you’ll want to find one with a voice that won’t make you want to scream (not very zen). Personally, I’ve enjoyed Stop, Breathe, Think (free), Buddify ($5) and the new OMG I Can Meditate (free). You can also just set your phone timer for five minutes, close your eyes and focus on taking longer and deeper breaths — until the kids pile into the car asking for a snack.

If you have 15 minutes to spare: Work out

Workout Apps for Moms

Don’t have 30 or 60 minutes to exercise? No worries. High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) has been shown to be a quick and effective way to fit in your exercise in small doses with benefits that continue throughout the day. Try Keelo, which tailors its HIIT workout suggestions based on your age, gender, fitness level and available equipment. The workouts average 15 minutes with options as quick as eight minutes. The app also has instructional videos to show you how to do each exercise correctly and a built-in timer to show you when you move on to the next exercise. Did we mention the app is free? #noexcuses

If you have 26 minutes to spare: Nap

How to nap in just 26 minutes

Raise your hand if you’re tired. While you may not be able to score a few extra hours at night, you might be able to feel a whole lot more rested with just 26 minutes. I know, I know. It sounds a bit crazy. A 26-minute nap? I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes. But I have a dear friend who takes a 26-minute nap most days. She falls asleep in just minutes and wakes up seconds before the 26-minute alarm goes off. It’s crazy, but it’s also crazy effective. Using Nap26, you’ll “learn” to get to sleep fast, get restful sleep and wake up refreshed, un-groggy and ready to rock the rest of your day — all in just 26 minutes.

What are you favorite apps that help you find “me time?”
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15 Favorite Podcasts for Parents

 

15 Podcasts for parents

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the popularity of podcasts. Ever since the world became obsessed with the true crime investigation story told in season one of Serial (a spin-off of the most popular podcast of all time, This American Life), podcasts have sprung up on every imaginable topic, from entrepreneurship to engineering, and from pop culture to parenting. This is great news for parents — particularly those that don’t have a lot of time and would like to digest news, stories and comedy segments in 30- or 60-minute increments. We’ve put together a list of podcasts that we think parents will love… that don’t all deal with parenting!

For all parents

Longest Shortest Time: Host Hillary Frank started this podcast when she was a brand new mom who was struggling to connect and find herself. While the initial episodes focus on that first year of life as a parent, the most recent seasons feature stories on unique parenting experiences and situations. Check out the Accidental Gay Parents episodes and The Parent’s Guide to Doing It.

Mom and Dad are Fighting: Two Slate editors discuss and debate the latest parenting news, articles and techniques with guest speakers. The chemistry and banter between the hosts is great and a lot of their personal content relates to struggles with raising kids when both parents work outside the home. I constantly find myself laughing at Dan’s jokes and wincing at Allison’s epic fails, which always make me feel slightly better about my own parenting skills.

Spawned: Hosted by the women who brought you Cool Moms Picks, this podcast covers a wide range of relevant parenting topics in a real-life, non-judgmental, and hilarious manner. Recent topics include how to talk to your kids about the election, how to embarrass your tweens for life, making friends after kids, Pinterest syndrome, and summer camp. Plus, there’s always a great “cool mom pick” at the end of every episode.

For the hip mom

Lady Gang: We are loving this celebrity-based podcast hosted by Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek, and Becca Tobin. Each episode features a different celebrity guest for hilarious chatter about Hollywood, personal lives and being a woman. Check out the episodes with new mom Haylie Duff and the one with sex therapist, Dr. Emily Morse.

One Bad Mother: One of our favorite parenting podcasts that hilariously shows that motherhood isn’t as natural or magical as it may appear. Episodes deal with real life topics and the hosts aren’t afraid to share their most embarrassing moments and epic fails. This podcast will have you laughing more and judging less.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The perfect podcast for the parent that wants to stay up-to-date on the latest books, movies, TV shows, comedy, podcasts, news, celebrity gossip, music, and everything else. Recent episodes cover everything from Beyonce to Bourne and Prince to Pokemon.

For the armchair detective

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: This is the latest in the recent spur of true crime podcasts following the success of Serial. This podcast is part cold case examination and part audiobook with a cast of characters, plot twists, and haunting storytelling. Each cold case remains unsolved, but they attempt to explore all the real case facts, follow the clues and identify the most likely culprit.

Someone Knows Something: Host David Ridgen goes back to his hometown of Arnprior (Ontario Canada) to re-investigate the 1972 disappearance of 5-year-old Adrien McNaughton, who vanished while on a family fishing trip. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was ever found and no clue as to what happened has been uncovered in the 40 years since the disappearance. But surely, someone somewhere knows something…

My Favorite Murder: The surprising breakout hit of the summer, this podcast will shock you, make you squirm and fall in love with true crime all at the same time. Hosted by two girlfriends who share a mutual fascination with murder and unsolved mysteries, each episode discusses the grizzly details of a case with awe, fascination and humor that will leave you wanting more. It’s an unusual spin on a dark topic, which the hosts claim is their way of dealing with their own fears and anxiety over issues like rape, murder and kidnapping. I realize this sounds totally creepy and crazy, but trust me, it’s great.

12 Podcasts Parents with LoveFor the geeky parent

Stuff Mom Never Told You: From the people who brought you Stuff You Should Know, Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Stuff You Missed in History Class (all of which are great, by the way), this podcast specifically hits on topics relevant to women and discusses in from every imaginable angle. Topics include boobs, libidos, lesbians, spray tans, feminism, babysitting, wrinkles, and infertility.

Science Vs.: The latest podcast from Gimlet Media (makers of Reply All and StartUp, two other favorites), this podcast takes a close look at some of the most controversial topics today (attachment parenting, gun control, fracking) and pits the facts against everything else. Hosted by science journalist Wendy Zukerman, this podcast will make you question what you think you know about these fascinating topics.

More Perfect: From the creators of Radiolab, this spin-off dives into the relatively unknown realm of the United States Supreme Court. The podcast attempts to explain how the cases deliberated inside the hallowed halls affect our lives far away from the bench. We get a glimpse into the lives behind the justices, their relationships with each other and how their personal backgrounds have affected the outcomes of the most important cases in legal history.

For the busy/working mom

The Tim Ferriss Show: Each week, host Tim Ferriss, author of the 4-Hour Work Week, interviews people at the top of their field/industry and deconstructs the discussion to give you tips, tricks, advice and routines to help you excel in any field. From favorite books and morning routines to workouts and time-management tips, each episode focuses on finding manageable ways to increase your productivity and be more successful.

Working Motherhood: Dr. Portia Jackson hosts this daily inspirational podcast that gives you helpful tips, inspiring stories and lots of encouragement from successful working moms. Topics include: prioritizing your time, building a side business, outsourcing, creating gratitude, successful breastfeeding and setting incremental goals.

The Run-Up: For those that want to stay up-to-date on the political coverage in the final months running-up to the election, this brand new twice-weekly podcast by The New York Times political reporters have you covered. The episodes will cover the big stories and surprises, feature interviews with key players and analyze all the data you could ever want. (See also: NPR Politics Podcast)

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Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You’ve had so much coffee in the morning that you’re now smelling colors, but not enough water during the day that you’ve become the dreaded “wilted flower.” Instead of playing the never-ending guessing game of how much coffee and water you’ve had throughout the day, now there’s the new Ozmo Active Smart Cup that will help you track and control both your water and coffee intake in one sleek, high-tech spot.

Ozmo Smart Cups Tracks your Coffee and Water Intake

How the Ozmo works

The Ozmo is a 16oz BPA-free cup that syncs with its own app (iOS and Android) to wirelessly track and record your caffeine and water intake. This high-tech cup comes in four colors and can be used with, or without, the Ozmo app but I recommend the free app since you can customize your daily intake goals to fit your life and activity levels.

How to use Ozmo to track water and coffee intake for the day

First thing in the morning, I filled my Ozmo cup with my coffee and when I was done, rinsed and filled with my water, refilling it throughout the day. The completely spill-proof lid made it a cinch to throw in my diaper bag for on-the-go convenience. When I was slacking on my water drinking, the cup vibrated to remind me to take a sip! While I was certainly excited about this feature initially, it became a double edged sword as I used Ozmo. The vibrating alert was a nice reminder and got me drinking more water. However, there is (so far) no way to turn this feature off and while I was out of town, my husband wandered around for two whole days wondering what in the world was making that noise. 

Pros and cons

Aside from not being able to turn off the reminders (which I’m told they are working on for the next update), this is a pretty great cup if you’re looking for help with meeting your hydration goals. At $79, it’s definitely on the pricier side for a water bottle, regardless of the abilities, and the external size is quite large for the small internal 16 oz capacity. It’s understandable since there is a ton of tech at the bottom of the cup but don’t expect this to fit into your car’s cup holder and for sure not on your stroller (definitely not dishwasher safe). But if you’re the type of person that just needs a little helpful reminder, then this will be worth the money. You body and skin will thank you!

The Ozmo Active Smart Cup works via Bluetooth and syncs to both iOS and Android operating systems, as well as, Fitbit and Apple Health and retails for $79.

Thanks to Ozmo for sending us a cup to test out! All opinions are our own, as always.

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