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Charge your new iPhone 6 in style

So, you have a new iPhone 6 and they say the battery will last longer than previous models, but we know how that goes! Check out these fun, stylish iPhone 6 charging accessories that will be the perfect — and most helpful — additions to your new iPhone 6. (Psst! Many iPhone 5 chargers also fit the iPhone 6. All of these listed will work with both devices!) 

iPhone 6 charging accessories

iPhone Charging Accessories 1. Goldie CableKeeps, Nice By Design, $13 (Editor’s Pick!) These little cuties are such a lifesaver for keeping your iPhone 6 cords under control. We’ve been keeping ours in our purse for easy, on-the-go charging, no matter where we are. Available in tons of sassy colors, the Goldie CableKeeps are an absolute favorite! 2. UO Lightning Charge and Sync Cable, Urban Outfitters, $32 If your iPhone 6 cord is always on display, either at home or in your office, it’s fun to have a cord that is better than basic white. Available in a few trendy color combinations, these are a must-have iPhone 6 charging accessory for every mom. 3. iPhone Charging Cord, Lilly Pulitzer, $18 Lilly Pulitzer fans will want to snag at least one of these colorful charging cords in Lilly’s signature prints. No more accidentally stealing your guy’s charging cord when you run out the door in the morning, that’s for sure! 4. iPhone 10-Foot Long Charging Cable, Our Corner Shop via Etsy, $12 Sometimes, the cord they include with your iPhone just isn’t long enough. Thank goodness for these extra-long charging cables. Not only will they give you the extra length you need to reach the lone outlet in your favorite coffee shop, but the rope-like cord covering will keep cord breaks away. 5. Tassle Charging Cable Keychain, Photojojo, $60 It’s pretty much everything you need for the day, all wrapped up into one accessory. Keys? Check. Charger? Check. Cute little decorative tassel that comes in a bunch of colors? Check. 6. Bjacked Cable Organizer Set, BHold Design via Etsy, $50 If you feel like your life is overrun by cords, you need some of these helpful iPhone 6 charging accessories. You can wrap your cords around them, clip them together to keep them together, and get everything organized in one fail swoop. 7. Charge Card Universal Battery, Pottery Barn Teen, $39 For those days when all you’re ditching your purse, slip one of these universal batteries in your wallet. They’re as slim as a credit card, but they’ll revive your dead phone on even the longest of moms’ nights outs. 8. Charging Phone Wristlet, Pottery Barn Teen, $65 Or… if you’re looking for an iPhone 6 accessory that will let you leave your purse at home, but with room for a few more mom must-haves, this little wristlet is the way to go. Plus it will charge your phone back up in an instant. 9. Printed Portable Phone Charger, Urban Outfitters, $24 Another great on-the-go iPhone 6 charger, these from Urban Outfitters come in a variety of funky prints and patterns. And, at around $20, you can grab a couple to keep in your car, your purse, your travel bag, your kids’ backpacks… 10. Handcrafted Silver Cord Holder, Cade and Co via Etsy, $8 Probably the cutest iPhone 6 charging accessory we’ve ever seen, these little cord holders are like adorable, metallic tacos that clip around your cords to keep them organized. These, via Cade and Co on Etsy, are handcrafted and available in other color combinations, as well.

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Wheresie helps parents find peace of mind

Parents don’t get distracted on purpose, but toddlers have a way of waiting until your defenses are down and making a break for the nearest hiding spot. Wheresie can help. The small device — we’re talking not much larger than a quarter — clips onto your child, connects to a smart phone app and alerts you when your child wanders out of range. Wheresie

Why Wheresie is important

None of us want to believe we’ll be the mom who gets distracted by a clearance rack while our toddler wanders into the mall. We don’t want to think our preschooler would sprint to the toy aisle while we’re placing an order at the deli counter. We can’t fathom forgetting our little one in the backseat of the car after a rushed morning or change in child care routine. But accidents happen.

Be sure you think about safety tips while traveling with kids. Wheresie

Wheresie helps connect parents and caregivers

Not only can the Wheresie app connect with multiple devices for each child, different phone numbers can be associated with each device. When your child is separated from you, your phone will alert you, but it will also alert another smartphone. This feature helps make sure parents and other caregivers are on the same page when sharing child care duties. Designed with toddlers and preschoolers in mind, Wheresie is water — and mess! — resistant. Need a little more energy to run after your tot? Try one of our five favorite fitness apps!

Help bring Wheresie to life

Wheresie was developed by Dr. Wyche T. Coleman, who is a new father as well as a physician. He wanted to create another tool for parents to use to keep their little ones safe, and he wants to raise awareness about how easily accidents can occur. Pools, shopping malls, and cars can all be dangerous when toddlers are separated from the adults caring for them. Wheresie can help — but it needs your support. Check out the Wheresie Kickstarter campaign — even a small pledge will help parents find a little more peace of mind.

Would you use Wheresie to help keep track of your little sprinter?
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Mornings with kids don’t have to be crazy

Even self-proclaimed morning people can struggle when adding little ones to the mix. Being in charge of someone other than yourself in the morning adds a new dimension to starting your day. Whether you’re juggling morning breastfeeding with pre-dawn workouts or getting kids out of the door for school, mornings can be stressful. Try these three mom must-haves to make your morning routines with kids go smoothly.

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Wake up without your phone

We’ve written before about keeping your bedroom a tech-free zone. If you want to wake up for some alone time before your little one wakes, try an old-fashioned alarm clock. We love the gentle nudging of the Big Ben Moon Beam Alarm Clock (WestClox, $46). You can set the clock to use increasing light to awake you at a set time. If you need something a little stronger, you can add sound to the alarm. Set it just out of arm’s reach, so you need to at least sit up to turn off the alarm.

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Add the Keurig 2.0 Brewer to your morning routine

The Keurig® 2.0 will change your morning coffee — or tea — routine (Keurig, starting at $150). The ability of the Keurig to brew an individual cup of coffee just improved. The 2.0 can different brew settings for different coffee types, ensuring your chosen beverage is made at optimum strength. In addition, the 2.0 can brew the K-Carafe™ Pack, which brews up to 30 ounces of coffee into the included carafe — and some mornings call for every one of those ounces!

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Help kids learn when to get out of bed

The Onaroo Teach Me Time! alarm clock might be one of the most versatile tools in a mom’s morning routine (Amazon, $42). Long before little ones are able to tell time, the alarm clock operates by changing colors at specified times — set by mom or dad — to let kids know when it’s time to stay in bed or an ok time to come out to play. Setting the “ok” time at a reasonable time — after your child wakes, but not too long after! — can buy you a little extra time each morning. Later, the clock can be used to help teach time, and it functions as a typical alarm clock. School-aged kids can help in the morning by taking responsibility for the beginning of their morning routine.

Have a breakfast plan for morning routines with kids

Take a few minutes at the end of each day to think about breakfast for the next morning. Moms of babies generally only have a few options, but once solid foods are introduced, breakfast can be stressful. Hungry tummies are fairly demanding, and having one of our favorite quick and easy breakfast recipes on tap will help the kitchen feel inviting instead of intimidating.

How do you help your morning run smoothly?
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Protect your new phone with stylish cases

Tech cases are one of the most crucial parts of a new phone purchase. No matter how you acquired your new iPhone — waiting in line, preordering, or taking your chances at the store a few days after the release — protect your favorite piece of technology with the perfect case. Combine fashion and protection with these chic cases for iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 .

Looking for other tech protection? Protect your tech with cases for all of your products. 

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Stylish cases for iPhone 6

Apple users talked about wanted a larger display, and the iPhone 6 delivers. More texts are displayed, reading is easier on your eyes and your apps seem to go on for days. The larger format means you have more to protect. The sleek, aluminum casing won’t do anything to protect the smooth, seemingly endless glass screen on your newest tech toy.

Lucite was a staple during the 1950s and 1960s, but the 24 Karat Case modernizes the translucent material (Case-Mate, $50). Genuine gold foil makes this case sparkle while keeping your iPhone 6 safe.

If drops are your biggest worry with your new phone, protecting the corners will go a long way in keeping your phone safe. The Survivor Core has special protection on the corners for the ultimate in drop protection (Griffin Technology, $30).

Leather cases help keep your phone in your hands instead of slipping onto the floor. The Leather iPhone 6 case from Kate Spade comes in four colors — we love the Vivid Snapdragon (Kate Spade, $50).

The Symmetry Series is OtterBox’s sleekest line of cases (OtterBox, $45). We love the soft colors of the Aqua Dot, which is a colorful and chic way to cover your iPhone 6. The Symmetry cases offer the protection of an OtterBox in a streamlined design that won’t feel too bulky in your hand.

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Cases for iPhone 6 Plus can still be stylish

If you’re upgrading from an iPhone 4s — or any previous model, actually — the iPhone 6 Plus might feel a little like an intruder in your purse each morning. Its dimensions don’t mean the 6 Plus has to be hidden away between a mammoth case.

No matter how you look at it, the iPhone 6 Plus is likely to be the largest phone you’ve handled since that ancient cordless phone you vaguely remember from childhood. The iGlaze Armour case adds very little bulk, while providing a gorgeous, metallic finish (Moshi, $45).

The Case-Mate Brilliance Case in Champagne is a gorgeous, glittering case (Case-Mate, $80). The genuine crystals and premium leather form an outer protective layer, and there is an inner liner to protect the already lovely iPhone 6 Plus body.

When you’re carrying the iPhone 6 Plus, you have everything you need at your fingertips. With the Quilted Folio by Rebecca Minkoff, you can toss your phone into your bag during the day and use it as a tiny clutch at night (Case-Mate, $45). The micro-suede interior cushions your phone, while the black and gold folio can hold two credit cards.

If you want maximum protection for Apple’s largest iPhone, the Defender Series offers heavy-duty protection (OtterBox, $70). You can choose custom color options, and this case will withstand any abuse you give — and even weather the storm of letting children take photos or check out one of your apps.

Don’t forget to stash your new phone at the end of the night. Discover why — and how — to keep your bedroom a tech-free zone.

Have you gotten your hands on one of Apple’s newest phones?

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Print photos you love

Don’t let all those adorable photos sit in the black holes of your camera’s memory or your computer’s hard drive. With so many places to print photos, you can keep your current favorites displayed in your home all the time. Printing Instagram photos may quickly become your home decorating guilty pleasure.

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Printstagram brings your Instagrams to life

If you like Instagram, you’ll love Printstagram. Prinstagram takes your most-obsessed over Instagrams and delivers them to your house without sacrificing anything you love about the app. Their square prints are their hottest item, but there’s so much to love about Prinstagram you won’t want to stop there (Printstagram, $12 for a set of 24 prints). You can order your prints pre-framed to hang in your home, and your kids will swoon over a Tinybook filled with 24 photos of their favorite people and adventures (Printstagram, 3 for $10).

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Costco Photo Center provides quick, quality print photos

You’ll want to print your photos in bulk at Costco after you see their quality prints! With overnight delivery available to their warehouse locations, Costco is a fabulous option, especially for those of us who suddenly realize we need seventy-million photos printed, because we haven’t done it in almost a year. (Costco Photo Center, prints start at $0.13). Costco even has an app available that lets you upload and print your photos from everywhere, which means your vacation photos can be waiting for you by the time you get home.

Speaking of Instagram, are you following these crush-worthy Instagrammers? Their photos will inspire you to take even more fabulous shots.

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Use Kindred for photo books

If you love adding a personalized touch to gifts, try the Kindred Photo Books app for inexpensive, high-quality photo books. Each book is a six-inch square and contains up to 20 of your favorite photos. The adorable books are only $5 each, with a monthly app subscription of $6. Kindred Photo Books are a thoughtful — but easy — gift for grandparents and anyone else who can’t get enough of your little ones! (Available for iOS and Android, $6 a month.)

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Print photos you adore on canvas

We all capture them, occasionally, the sort of photos we know we want to display in our homes for more than a few weeks. Have your most-loved moments printed on canvas for wall decor that looks neat and professional. Canvas Champ prints your photos with a 100% quality guarantee, and one of the best things about their service is each canvas is printed and ready to ship within 48 hours (CanvasChamp.com, starting at $10). That’s quick enough for even the most impatient decorators!

Little changes can make a giant difference in your home. For more decorating inspiration, check out these 10 ways to brighten your home decor.

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Who to follow on Instagram

Ahhhh…my favorite topic: Instagram

I love Instagram. It’s my favorite social media platform. Everyone who is anyone has an Instagram account, but which savvy Instagrammers tell the best visual story? Which photo storyboards are the most compelling? Which Instagram photographers make you want to double tap whenever they share a special moment of their life? Most importantly, which IG’ers avoid jamming up your precious feed with in-your-face spammy content and actually post rad snapshots? Whether they are strategically staged or on-the-fly, the best Instagram accounts are the ones that inspire and make us smile.

Superstar Instagrammers have a very special skill when it comes to visually laying out their photo stream. They have transformed their Instagram feed into their very own media channel or lifestyle network complete with video and they are not afraid to edit. See, even you can have an OWN, GOOP or Food Channel network courtesy of Instagram without even realizing it.

jugglinginheels 

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Meet Sarah. She’s got style, grace and a fantastic story. From her OOTD and trendsetting fashion finds, to her family travels, home decorating and soirees, she takes and posts fantastic Instagrams with real zest for life. She calls it chaos, we call it sassy.

Who to Follow on Instagram

drewbarrymore

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Remember my bestie, Drew? Well, she’s a mom just like us. But the thing most don’t know about America’s sweetheart, Drew Barrymore, is her Instagrams ROCKS. Between sweet mommy pics, and BFF weekends away with Cameron and Reese (Obvs, my invite must have been stuck in my SPAM folder,) her IG’s always put a big smile on our face.

Who to follow on Instagram

alicedubin

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She probably doesn’t know it, but I have quite the girl crush on our next Instagrammer. The blogger responsible for Homebody In Motion has beautifully designed an Instagram feed for her followers to join her on life’s big adventures: A new home, traveling the world and now? Mom to newborn twins!

Who to follow on Instagram

hollywoodhwife

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It has been proven by Laura, the curator behind Hollywood Housewife, that a little bit of this, plus a little bit of that, equals a whole lot of awesome. Laura is one of the few IG talents that has successfully created a platform that feels like an on-going novel you secretly hope never ends. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Laura’s are worth a million.

Who to follow on Instagram

mydiaryofus

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Her IG bio states she is a “Blogger. Wife. Dog Mom. Food Addict”. I’ll be honest, I’m obsessed with Leigh Ann Chatagnier’s food styling. She takes foodstagraming to a whole new level and makes me oh, so very happy. Her blog is quite delightful as well and so are the photographs!

Who to follow on Instagram

michellenocera

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Embark on an exciting wellness journey around the world, as stylish ex-pat and designer of FitandWellDaily.com, Michelle Nocera, shares her favorite destinations, explores new cultures and embraces different traditions as she discovers new people, places and things throughout her travels and adventures. Next stop…Paris.

Who to follow on Instagram

So whether you are looking to follow a traveler, fashionista, foodie or life stylist, this list should help you find the exact vibe to fill your Instagram feed.

Find us on Instagram: Savvy Sassy Moms | Nicole Standley

 

What’s your Instagram style? 

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Fall in love with fashion each fall

Fall fashion magazines are the style lover’s version of a Christmas toy catalog for kids. Fashion mags are crammed with fall fashion, the hottest designer ads, and the trendiest accessories and must-have wardrobe updates. They’re the perfect eye candy for a day at the beach, the long hours of a road trip, or the time between arriving at the airport and boarding your plane — but they’re heavy.

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The Next Issue app lightens your load

With the Next Issue app, you don’t need to drag anything along with you except for an electronic device. You can install the app on iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and Windows devices. Let’s be completely honest — most of us don’t leave home without one of those things tucked into our bags already. The app is a subscription-based way to carry any fashion magazine you want, anywhere you want. Next Issue doesn’t only let you dream-shop your ultimate wardrobe.

Next Issue gives you options

The Next Issue app has two subscription options  — and they’re both killer deals. For under $10 a month you can access 131 magazine, and for an extra $5 you can add 11 weeklies for a total of 142 magazine. With all those options, you don’t need to only lust after the latest Marc Jacobs bag. See a beach house across the water you adore? Flip through a design magazine or architectural selection. Recipes, fitness inspiration and entertainment news are all at your fingertips — Next Issue even has kids’ selections.

Additional benefits of Next Issue

You create a library with Next Issue, and once you add a title to your library, your choices expand. Back issues are available to read. The app even alerts you when a new issue of one of your library’s magazines is available to read. The magazines themselves are more in-depth than the ones on the newsstand, with many of the selections offering digital-only content. You can try a 30-day subscription for free, and this is a fantastic time of year to do just that. From your last days at the beach to waiting in line in the school pick-up lane, you’ll have lots of time to read at your leisure.  You can try the Next Issue app 30 -day trail for FREE.

Would you want to try a magazine app?

 

Disclosure:  Savvy Sassy Moms was given a 6 month subscription to check out this App and nothing more. We do it all for you!

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Meet TotSpot

With seemingly countless ways to buy and sell clothes for kids these days, it’s hard to wade through which ones are worth your time and which ones are duds. We’ve put on our savviest wading boots and done the work for you on this one — introducing the TotSpot app, the sassiest new way to handle all of your kids’ clothes shopping.

Using a mom-to-mom platform via an app you can download to your phone for free, TotSpot allows you to buy and sell gently used — and often brand new — clothes, shoes, accessories, outerwear and gear for kids of all ages. What makes it unique is the ease of its design — in less than a minute, you can be on the TotSpot app browsing for the exact clothes your kids need, or taking and uploading pictures to sell the items they’ve grown out of.

Give TotSpot a try! We’ll walk you through every little step along the way!

Step 1: Create a profile

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Once you’ve downloaded the TotSpot app on your phone choose to create your account using your email address or your Facebook profile, then simply pick your username and password to get started in TotSpot. It’s as simple as that. You can also upload a picture to use as your profile. Before you start shopping, take a moment to click over to the “Me” tab and input your information under “Payment Method” and “Shipping Address” to make your sales and purchases go even quicker!

Step 2: Add your kids

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This is one of our favorite features in the TotSpot app — creating the “Tot Profile” for each of our kids. Go to “Me” then to “Tots Profile” to get started. You can enter a new profile for each of your children, which includes their name, gender, age, clothes size and shoe size. Click back over to the “Shop” screen and you’ll see each of their profiles along the top, where TotSpot has already curated items to buy, based on their information. Hello, major time and sanity saver!

Step 3: Browse and buy

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When you find something you can’t live without, buying is as easy as clicking the “Buy Now” button. It will use the credit card you’ve previously registered in your profile to complete your sale, or you can enter it on the spot. Shipping costs are predetermined, based on the price of the item you’re buying and TotSpot always guarantees every purchase on the app, which means that you always feel safe buying from the other moms.

Step 4: Save by selling

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If you’ve sold clothes online before, you know that it can be more trouble than it’s worth. The selling portion of the TotSpot app makes it easier than putting your 2-year-old down for a morning nap. Click on the “Sell” tab, take a picture of the item you want to sell, and fill out the categories to create your listing. When your item sells, you are notified via the TotSpot “Alert” system (it connects back to your email, as well) and you can get it in the mail to your buyer. TotSpot credits your account in the app, which you can use to purchase other items, or cash out into your linked bank account.

Our favorite features

There are countless other features in TotSpot that you’ll love discovering as you explore. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Share what you love: Looking at an item that you know your friend has been searching for? You can easily share it via email or social media.
  • More friends, more credit: TotSpot has a great referral program, allowing you to share your account via social media. Each friend gets $2 in store credit and you get $2 in store credit when they make their first purchase.
  • Save your faves: That little heart on the corner of items makes saving them to your favorites list easy… and it’s essential for coming back to the items you want to purchase later. You’ll find them saved under the “Me” tab, under “My Favorites.”
  • Watch for deals: Before you buy from a seller, check to see if they have any other items you’re interested in. Many sellers offer deals on bundles!

Be sure to follow TotSpot on Facebook and Twitter, where they regularly feature their favorite finds of the week.

Have you tried TotSpot yet? What did you think?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and Savvy Sassy Moms is working as a brand ambassador for this sassy new app. We share this with you because it is a super savvy app that is helpful and stylish!

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Fitness apps keep goal setting fun

Health goals are easier to meet if you use tools to track your progress. Fitness apps make it possible to keep your fitness at your fingertips. Meals, workouts and even sleep can be tracked, logged and referenced while you’re on the move this summer.

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My Fitness Pal

Tracking what you eat has never been so simple. With an extensive database of food, plus the ability to scan package bar codes for nutrition information, My Fitness Pal is an easy, user-friendly way to track your food intake. Though the app bases its overall input on calories, it also tracks carbs, fat, protein, sodium, and sugar, so you can tailor your diet to specific health goals and plans. Your account can be used on the website or the app, so you can track everywhere — there’s even an option to input recipes directly from a URL, making it much easier to gauge homemade dishes. (Available for iOS and Android devices, free)

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Couch to 5K

Beginning runners, or those who want to be beginning runnings, will love the Couch to 5K app. One of the most iconic programs for building fitness from sedentary to 5K ready, the app has features that help runners follow the program. The program takes beginners to the finish line of a 5K in 20-30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for nine weeks. (iTunes store, $2)

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Sleep Cycle

Sleep is an underrated — but crucial — fitness component. Too little sleep will encourage your body to secrete hormones that make it more difficult to lose weight — not to mention how much more difficult it is to get up in the morning for your workout if you’re always exhausted. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app works in two ways. It analyzes sleep patterns, which can help you determine if your sleep is being interrupted during the night, even if you’re not fully waking. By analyzing your sleep cycle, it determines the ideal take to wake you — during a 30 minute, pre-determined window so you don’t miss your morning meeting. Waking at the right point during your sleep cycle will help you feel more alert and more ready to tackle your fitness plan. (iTunes store, $1)

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RunKeeper

RunKeeper is a powerhouse of a fitness app. It’s a GPS tracker, activity logger and personal trainer. RunKeeper integrates with your phone’s music to play in-app, so you can continue to receive real-time training updates about pace and timing. The app collects a bunch of data from your runs — and other activities like cycling and walking. You can also log workouts after the fact, follow training plans or design your own. Any level of fitness will benefit from this user-friendly, data-happy app. (iTunes store, free)

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Hot5 Fitness

Toning up can happen at home, not just at the gym. Hot5 Fitness is a library of quick, effective toning workouts that you can customize to what you need from a fitness app. You can do a 5-minute workout every morning to work your abs or a 45-minute yoga routine to increase flexibility. All workouts are synchronized to music that will motivate you — and you can even have friendly competitions within the app to push you even harder. (iTunes store, free)

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Gym Pact

If competition keeps you on your toes, Pact: Earn Cash for Living Healthy is the app for you. The app itself is free, and the premise is that a group of people pledges a certain amount of money toward a goal each week. If every person hits their goal, everyone gets her money back. Unmet goals means forfeiting your pledge, with the money split between the people who did meet their goals. (iTunes store, free)

Do you have a favorite fitness app?

 

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Handing over a smartphone to your tween is like driving down a country road at night with no lights. You have no idea what might lurk around the corner, so you start out slow and keep a watchful eye.

Not just rules, but smartphone manners

But eventually her curiosity widens – and so does her network. Your once-present tween is suddenly amped up on apps, poking around on Pinterest and fiddling with Facebook way more than the two of you agreed. With all the swooshing, beeping and flashing going on it’s now more difficult than ever to get your tween to look at you when talking. One reason could be because when you initially handed over the smartphone, you talked more about minutes than manners. You need to have the discussion about smartphone manners. Sure, you need to know how long your tween is talking on the phone and what she’s slinging on Instagram. But equally important is her smartphone etiquette. Because when it comes right down to it, the best cell phone plan comes from mom.

Protect the playdate

Bringing a phone to a friend’s house should not be automatic. If one person dashes to the phone every time it dings, it sends the message that someone else is more important. Teach your tween to focus on the face in front of them – not the friend on Face Time – when visiting with peers.

Ditch it when dining

Insist that your tween keep her smartphone in the car when eating out. Set the expectation that meals are a time to connect and unwind – without any digital distractions. And make sure your own smartphone is tucked inside your purse, not resting on the table.

Lead by example

Let your tween see you engaged in real time. Yes, your son’s double-header baseball game can be l-o-n-g. But if you whip out your phone at the first sign of boredom, your tween will, too. Teach her that being present in public is important when it comes to others’ feeling (ahem, her brother) and her own safety.

Turn it off

Give your tween examples of when the phone should go silent. According to parenting educator and author Jan Faull, cell phones are off limits in places like the library, a waiting room and theater. Tell your tween that carrying on a phone conversation while others are within 10 feet is disrespectful, and can make people feel invisible and alienated.

Converse with class

Role play on how your tween should make a phone call with her smartphone – especially when calling a friend’s home line. Saying, “Hi, Mrs. Smith, this is Kate. May I please speak with Sophie?” goes much further with parents than “Is Sophie there?” Never make someone – especially a friend’s parent – go on an archeological dig to find out information about why you’re calling.

Now it’s your turn. How have you taught your tween to keep her tweets in the wings and her manners front and center?

Lisa FinnSouthern California-born and raised Lisa Finn has more than 15 years of experience writing for print and online. Her writing can be found on the pages of L.A. Parent, Bikini.com, ModernMom, California Apparel News and Spa magazine. She primarily writes beauty, fashion and lifestyle articles, but also writes copy for mompreneurs who need help with their editorial needs. Her ghostwriting clients make regular appearances on shows such as The Doctors, Today, HGTV and CNN. She lives with her husband, three children under 11 years old, and a big, fluffy Labradoodle who keeps her company while she writes. Connect with Lisa at ww.lisafinn.net or on Twitter @LisaFinn17.

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