Category : Tech

Brought to you by VTech. These days, it seems like there are more activities than ever to keep kids entertained. From outside games to ultra-cool apps, there’s truly something for every personality. And as society progresses, the best kids activities do, too. Want to know more? Take a trip down memory lane and learn more about how children have spent their time through the past five decades. Activities for Kids Through the Decades with VTech


Most ‘70s children enjoyed long summer days and cool winter nights in the great outdoors. Whether they were running with the neighborhood kids playing tag, playing hide-and-seek between houses, or riding their bike around town, children in the ‘70s were all about adventure.


Did you know that this era is known as the golden age of arcade video games? In the 1980s, kids everywhere spent time at their local arcade competing against their friends (and foes!) in the games of their choice. The lucky ones had their own shiny gaming system at home — complete with rapidly evolving hardware and ultra-cool concepts. While the quality and speed wasn’t the greatest, video games were played regularly by children of all ages.


In the 1990s, the Internet was a foreign concept to most. Many kids just couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea that they no longer required that trusty encyclopedia to get the information they needed. Whether it was surfing the web or sneaking in a fun computer game, this is the time when children really started to grasp how truly innovative the computer can be.


It was around this time that kids really started to get social. Services that allowed children to exchange messages with friends, family, and users around the world started popping up, and the younger generation couldn’t get enough. Soon, people were able to share photos, games, and more! Instant messaging language was a big thing, too — kids around the world used acronyms like BRB (be right back), LOL (laughing out loud), and OMG (oh my gosh) to convey thoughts, messages, and more.

2010-Present day

Today, kids are all about the apps! And with so many cool new tablets, children are opting to take their fun on the go. The solution? VTech’s InnoTab MAX! Complete with an expert-supported learning library and carefully selected apps, it’s perfect for kids of all ages. It also allows children to connect with friends and family using the VTech Kid ConnectTM App, unleash their creative side in an easy-to-use art studio, play videos and MP3 songs, and so much more! VTech’s InnoTab® MAX is the fastest 7″ kids’ tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of an educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun! VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet has a variety of great new features including a multi-touch screen with a high-resolution display, and a kid-safe Wi-Fi and Android™ operating system. Its adaptable design also boasts a tough, kid-friendly cover that can be easily removed for a more grown-up feel. Plus, the InnoTab MAX has a huge library of expert-supported curriculum with more than 650 age-appropriate apps including an ever-expanding selection of hand-picked Android learning apps that are perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, there’s the VTech Kid Connect™ app. In addition to being able to exchange text and voice messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers with smart phones, VTech Kid Connect has been enhanced with new features such as a family group chat and bulletin. For more information, visit VTech.

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Online safety for kids

Why parents worry about how to keep kids safe online

My kids’ online activity used to be easy to monitor. I kept kid-friendly apps ready for them to use, or we’d go to certain websites where they were happy to play games without me having to worry about what they’d see or click next.

As they get older — and much more digital savvy than I could have ever imagined — they’re looking for songs and videos from their favorite artists, checking out tutorials for American Girl doll hairstyles or finding new ways to put together their favorite LEGO sets. I know, eventually, they’re going to be using social media — a world where negative experiences lurk around every click.

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How Familoop Safeguard can help parents navigate online safety

Familoop Safeguard offers parents a combination of monitoring and tracking for kids of any ages, with controls that work for your family’s unique rules — and it can all happen in real time. Protecting my kids through the cloud-based program makes me feel like I have a little more insight into what they’re using, and when they’re using it.

Instead of setting up separate Android, Mac or Windows parental controls, cloud-based Familoop Safeguard automatically sets up protection rules chosen by parents at every kid’s device. With Familoop Safeguard parents get age-based protection rules – a set of customizable templates of protection rules for kids of a different age. Familoop’ smart Internet parental controls block inappropriate websites, searches, pictures and videos and notifies parents about any suspicious activities in real-time.

Familoop Safeguard has its own Digital Parenting Expert, and we love her five tips for keeping kids safe online.

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Familoop Safeguard grows with your kids

My kids are younger — early elementary aged — and I know I worry about limiting their screen time, in addition to being sure they’re accessing safe digital content. Monitoring, tracking and (let’s be honest) restricting their time helps me have a little piece of mind, especially when they’re using the computer on the weekend or while I’m making dinner.

Parents of older kids will appreciate Familoop Safeguard‘s social media monitoring. As a child registers new social network Familoop Safeguard starts safeguarding it right away. The tool analyzes what kids post and chat about across social networks and highlights red flag signals of cyberbullying, online predatoring, sexting and more.

Familoop Safeguard

Get connected with Familoop Safeguard — and a limited-time offer for Savvy moms

Familoop Safeguard is launching at the end of November 2015, but they’re offering (smart) parents the opportunity to opt-in early. You can watch a demo of the product now — we know you’ll love it. Get a 60% discount when Familoop is launched, which is an incredible deal on a product parents can use for their kids at any stage in their online lives. Find, follow and chat with Familoop online:

Do you use online parental controls for your kids? Why or why not?
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Let me first say I’m not a “techie” and the idea of a wireless baby monitor really had me baffled. But as we’re getting ready to welcome our third son, a new baby monitor has been at the top of my list, and I’m realizing just how far the options have come over the years.

I recently had the opportunity to try the WiFi Baby and, I must say, I am surprised by how much I love it. I’ve been testing it out with my big boys (in their new bunk beds!) and just recently put a camera in baby’s room (which feels exciting). After over five years of parenting and several video monitors, here are seven of the many reasons I’m a WiFi Baby convert and you may want to consider it too:

Why We Are Using a WiFi Baby Monitor

Why we’re using a wifi baby monitor


1. No range limits

One of the challenges we’ve had with our previous monitors is that they’ve had very little range; it was challenging to even get reception in our front yard. With two older kids now, our new capabilities are going to be a lifesaver.

2. Amazingly clear picture and sound

I’ve truly never had a monitor that offers such clear picture and audio! Over the years, I’ve become accustomed to the constant static coming from my bedside, but the WiFi Baby system is such a welcomed improvement. It sends both HD video and audio through the wireless network, not analog signals like traditional monitors, which receive constant interference. WiFi Baby 4 offers 8x zoom and also has a range of up to 30 feet in complete darkness.

3. Security

This is a big one, as security questions were a part of my initial concern with using a wifi baby monitor. WiFi Baby is a non-cloud-based monitor that connects via your local WiFi network (LAN) and sends password protected video and audio to your device anywhere — you don’t have to have a computer on to for it to be operating. Traditional monitors use analog signals with several open and unprotected frequencies. You can read more on the security and privacy of the WiFi Baby system here.

What You Need to Know About WiFi Baby Monitors
4. Viewing options

No more missing monitor! (This happened all the time to us in the past…) We can now check-in on our kiddos with each of our phones, our iPad, and even securely on our computers, which will be huge for our busy family five. I can’t even tell you how much time we’ll save not having to hunt for the monitor screen!

5. Multiple camera viewing

With (soon-to-be!) three kiddos and a busy house with multiple floors, clear viewing of multiple cameras is an important feature. The WiFi Baby App that comes with the monitor supports monitoring up to four cameras at once with simultaneous video and audio. You can also view these cameras from as many as six accounts for easy viewing at home or remotely. (Grandparents love this feature!)

6. Slim and sleek design

The WiFi Baby Camera is just 3-inches square and 1-inch deep, which is quite compact considering all its capabilities! The system comes with mounting brackets, if you chose to attach it to the wall like we did, and it also comes with feet should you want to have it free standing. The WiFi Baby 4 is available in your choice of white, slate gray, or sand dune, depending on your nursery style.

7. Friendly and truly knowledgeable customer support

WiFi Baby is a family business, started by parents who wanted a more reliable and innovative system to watch over their own little ones. The quality and care is evident in all aspects of their business including their top notch customer service. If you have a customer support request, you’ll receive a quick response from a knowledgeable and product savvy rep, all US based, that provide you with an email and phone number for easy communication. During the initial set-up, I admit I was a bit confused, but I had an appointment with a rep who walked me through the process step by step.

The options for baby gear these days are plentiful and overwhelming, to say the least, and baby monitors are no different. Taking the plunge to go WiFi is not cheap, but you get what you pay for with the quality and capabilities of the WIFi Baby system and the immense benefits it offers. The WiFi Baby 4 system can be purchased directly on their website; retail cost is $249, or $449 for twin cameras.

What do you think about taking the plunge to WiFi?


This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, eneloop, a line of rechargeable battery products from Panasonic, is giving away prizes that are sure to help recharge your own batteries… and just in time for the holiday season!

Kicking off on October 5, 2015, their 10 for 10 Tenth Anniversary Giveaway is a sweepstakes that features 10 days of giveaways, plus a chance to win the grand prize, a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Daily prizes include items from Panasonic such as a LUMIX G7 Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit ($800 value), a MAX DJ Jukebox Stereo System ($300 value), a Panasonic A1 Ultralight Wearable HD Action Camera ($200 value) and more.

10 Days of Giveaways from Panasonic

How to win from eneloop and Panasonic

To enter, visit the Pansonic Batteries Facebook page and LIKE or COMMENT on the sweepstakes photo. Winners will be chosen randomly from each sweepstakes post throughout the giveaway period.

eneloop Batteries from Panasonic

More about eneloop

Launched in 2005, eneloop batteries were created so that users could recharge the same batteries over and over again… in fact, they can be recharged up to 2,100 times, all while maintaining 70-percent charge for up to 10 years. eneloop batteries and chargers were recently named Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers of 2015, perfect timing for their 10th anniversary celebration! Check out this video about eneloop for more details.

You can follow eneloop on their website, as well as on Twitter and Pinterest.

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

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On Findery, one person’s local is another person’s travel. The social network for travelers that invites users to share stories and explore places near and far, announced today the availability of its latest mobile app: Findery for Windows.

Findery users can discover and share local knowledge about their current location through personal travel stories, hidden histories and local tips left by the extensive and active community. Findery users can also share their experiences and leave notes and photos about meaningful places they’ve found and love, both where they live and where they travel.

I have been using Findery for almost a year now and have left 89 notes about the places I’ve been. Adding notes is easy and can be a bit addicting!  As a frequent traveler and travel blogger, I like to be able to share little secrets or tips for other travelers in my notes. I hope that when a family is visiting Madrid they will look at my Madrid Notemap to see where we went and the places I recommend.

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The new Windows application opens up a bright new world for Windows users, allowing them to connect with other travel minded individuals, whether they’re planning trips or just dreaming of exploration.

“We’re the social network for travelers,” said Caterina Fake, founder and CEO of Findery. “We offer a location travel discovery solution that appeals to arm chair travelers and world explorers alike.”

Since the app was formally launched for iOS back in March 2014, Findery users have posted notes to share travel stories from each of the 196 countries across the globe. The platform makes it a snap for users to discover treasures in countless places – from those they have been to those they dream of visiting.

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With Findery for Windows, you can plot all of your travel stories and travel dreams on a map and explore the world from New York to New Delhi. Pin a Findery note or notemap to your Start Menu or ask Cortana to “Explore nearby” to see interesting notes around your location.

Findery is about uncovering hidden secrets and local knowledge, all of which is entirely sourced from Findery users themselves. Members follow each other and receive notifications when those new notes or comments are posted. Notes can all be shared to Facebook, Messaging, OneNote, Mail or NFC.

Findery for Windows is available for free from the Windows App Store.

Findery Travel AppAbout Findery 

Findery, on the Web, iOS, Android, and now Windows, strives to create meaningful products for people who want to experience the world and connect with a global community. Founded by serial entrepreneur Caterina Fake, Findery is the place for people passionate about discovery, travel, personal stories and technology.

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Choosing a Family Friendly Refigerator

In the market for a new refrigerator? It can be a little overwhelming wandering through the aisles of a big box appliance store. What features do you really need? What layout will best serve your family? How do you even know where to get started?

Recently, our fridge of 25-years (13-years in my parents’ house + 12-years as a hand-me-down in our house) died. It died slowly, in phases, and with dignity (the freezer side of our side-by-side worked as a fridge for the last 2-months). But really, after 25-years, what more could we ask?

So, having never purchased a refrigerator in our married lives, my husband and I started the process of learning and researching. Wandering the aisles of a store first because overwhelming — everything we saw looked equally nice and shiny and new. So instead, we went back to my trusty research roots. With a Lowe’s right down the street from me, I started at with a mind-boggling 767 refrigerator options! I could already feel my head spinning. Luckily, I had a game plan. Here are my helpful tips for narrowing down your options to find a family-friendly refrigerator:

 1. Choose your fridge layout and look

Side-by-side or French door? Freezer on top or the bottom? Deciding on the layout style of your refrigerator is an easy first step to narrowing down your options as is deciding if you are matching it to other stainless, white or black appliances in your kitchen. Side-by-sides generally offer more freezer space while French door fridges provide more space and accessibility to fresh foods. Our previous refrigerator had been a white side-by-side, but as a family of five, energy efficiency was key for me so we opted for a French door design (freezer on the bottom = less energy to stay cold) in stainless steel to match our other kitchen appliance. Stainless steel can be tricky with little kid fingerprints, but we’ve had great success keeping ours clean with these Weiman wipes. search results: 130

2. Research brand reliability

The prettiest, most efficient fridge on the market is worthless if it has a record of breaking down regularly or a short lifespan. Once you’ve narrowed down the style of fridge you want, do your research to find out which brands have the best track record. We did research with both a month-long subscription to Consumer Reports and websites like JD Power. With this step, we narrowed down our search to a Samsung or an LG which are both ranked highly in the French door design (Note: Brands rank differently depending on the fridge layout). search results: 51

3. Measure your space

When we started looking into replacing our fridge, I was amazed at the variety of sizes that they can come in. If your refrigerator needs to fit in a pre-existing space, making sure that you choose the right size is key. So before getting all gaga over gadgets and features, narrow down your search field by those fridges that will actually fit in your space (and, important to note, through doorways to get it into your house). We headed to and inputted the dimensions to find the biggest fridge we could fit to help feed our family of five (three boys = always hungry!). search results: 36

4. Decide on non-negotiable features

While the long list of shiny fridge features can all sound enticing, decide which features are truly non-negotiable for your new refrigerator. For me, this meant three things: I wanted our new fridge to be ENERGY STAR Qualified, have a water dispenser, and have a dual ice maker. Our last fridge was old and a huge energy suck so I wanted to make sure any new appliance we purchased was rated highly for energy efficiency. An in-door water dispenser was key for encouraging water drinking and ensuring my kids could get their own drinks. As for the dual ice maker, between sports practice for three boys, trips to the beach with the cooler, and regular entertaining, I knew we’d need the extra ice production power. search results: 7

5. Read reviews… with a grain of salt

Dealing with seven refrigerator options was a whole lot more manageable than 767, but I still wanted to see if I could narrow it down even more. So I clicked through the reviews of those seven fridges on It’s important to take appliance reviews with a grain of salt because if someone has had a particularly bad experience, they will likely log on and write about while many perfectly satisfied people may never think to log on and write about how much their fridge is working just as they expected. Still, when I saw that four of my seven remaining had 4.5-5 stars and glowing reviews, I put those in my final category. search results: 4

Ultimately, we ended up with this Samsung French Door Refrigerator, and it’s been a great fit for our family. Here are five features I especially love:

Which Refrigerator is Best for Your Family

1. So much space

With 27.8 cu ft of space, there is plenty of room to keep my family of five fed. It advertises that it can hold up almost 28 bags of groceries! I also love how versatile the space is, allowing me to move shelves higher or lower or even slide them in to create the space I need for whatever I happen to be storing.

5 Family-Friendly Refrigerator Features

2. A spot for everything

Two humidity-controlled drawers keep my fruits and veggies crisp and clearly organized, and the bottom WideOpen CoolSelect temperature-controlled pantry drawer lets me choose from three different temperature settings to store deli items, beverages or safely defrost meat in a designated space. I’ve also been toying with using half of it (it comes with a handy divider) as a clear Kid Snack Zone – a you-can-have-anything-you-want-to-eat-in-here area filled with mom-approved anytime eats like baby carrots and cheese sticks.

Which Family-Friendly Refrigerator is Best for You

3. In-door water & ice dispenser

The clean LCD display keeps the fridge looking modern, but the controls are simple enough for my three boys to get their own drinks (woo-hoo for independence!). I can’t believe how much more water my kids drink now.

How to Choose a Refrigerator for a Big Family

4. Door-in-door accessibility

The door-in-door option means that it’s easy to grab those often-needed items like drinks, salad dressings and kid snacks – without having to open the entire fridge. Genius! The mini door opens with a separate hidden latch on the main handle, and the trays pull out for easy access.

Cool Tech Features on Refrigerators

5. Door alarms

One of the problems with my last fridge was the fact that the doors didn’t always close securely — especially if closed by one of my three kids. This led to regularly coming across a cracked-open fridge and slowly thawing food. With this Samsung refrigerator, there are door alarms that alert me if the fridge or freezer have been left open long before my milk is room temperature.

Newest refrigerator technology and features

During our fridge shopping, I was impressed with all the new tech and features available today. Here are a few of my favorites.

Measured fill: A water dispenser that allows you to select the exact amount of filtered water you need — in ounces, cups or liters — that automatically dispenses without having to stand there in front of the fridge. Genius!

Door-in-door: A mini-door on the main door that allows easy access to quick-grab items like beverages, condiments, and snacks without having to open the entire fridge.

Convertible doors/drawers: A versatile door or drawer in the refrigerator can be set as to freezer temps or a refrigerator temps depending on your storage needs.

Herb storage container: A specialized compartment that keeps herbs like rosemary, oregano and thyme fresh with an angled floor to keep the stems wet without covering the leaves.

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, head over to to start your search!

Thanks to Carol Holt Photography for the product photography! This post was created in collaboration with Lowes. Savvy Sassy Moms was not paid for this post. Product samples were provided.

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As a naturally worrisome person, nothing maxes out my stress-meter like a sick child. Even more so, a sick small child who can’t tell me whats wrong. If you’re anything like me, your thermometer has many miles on it, which is why I jumped at the chance to check out the Kinsa Smart Thermometer.

Smartphone-Friendly Thermometer
Introducing the Kinsa Smart Thermometer

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a super sleek stick thermometer that uses the power of your cell phone (both Android and iOS), allowing it run at 2500 times the processing power of a regular thermometer.  All of this means that it’s crazy fast at figuring out how high your child’s temp really is, all while being easy to use, light enough to keep in your diaper bag and battery-free. Whether you’re using it on the baby, or your husband, you can rest assured in knowing the results are accurate since the Kinsa exceeds the ASTM and ISO standards for professional accuracy. How’s that for smart?

Set up and use

I generally tend to be a pretty tech-savvy person so I wasn’t particularly concerned with the set up being difficult, but in the end was actually really impressed at how clear and simple the entire process was. Thinking maybe it was just me, I handed the box to my husband and asked him to do it without any prior instructions. Less than two minutes later I got the thumbs up. The setup instructions are extremely clear and, as you can see from the picture, they actually show you what it should look like. It’s virtually impossible to do wrong.

How to Use the Kinsa Smart ThermometerUsing the Kinsa is actually even easier than the setup, if that’s even possible. Open the app, hit the large “Take Temperature” button and you’re off… literally 10-seconds later you have a reading. I really don’t think you could mess this up if you tried. The app itself will even tell you if the stick is not placed correctly, which is always the biggest worry for me when taking my kids temps — am I doing this right?3 Kinsa Collage

The best part (according to my 5-year-old) is the bubble popping “game” on the screen to keep the kids occupied during the reading. For parents, my favorite was that I could keep a family profile in my app, one for each member of the family. When it’s time to take a reading, I tap the persons name, take the temp, and it will keep the reading for me, along with symptom tracking and even guidance, just like when to go straight to the doctor. They’ve truly thought of everything.

And introducing…

If you’re an ear thermometer kind of gal, don’t think the great folks over at Kinsa had totally forgotten about you! Available starting today, Kinsa is launching a pre-sales campaign for the brand new Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer! The new ear thermometer will have all of the same great in-app features that the stick thermometer, will only need 1-second to take a reading, all while being completely wireless.

New Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer

Today only, you can buy the ear thermometer for up to 50% off, making it $30 instead of $60. For the rest of the month, you can purchase the ear thermometer for $40, with an option to buy value packs as gifts. This would be the perfect go-to baby shower gift! Stock up on a few Kinsa ear thermometers to have on-hand every time a friend has a baby!

Visit Kinsa on Indigogo to order yours.

Kinsa gives back

As a parent, there is nothing worse than hearing the flu is going around at your kids’ school, which is why Kinsa created their own philanthropy program. FLUency provides free Kinsa Smart Thermometers to all of the families in select schools nationwide. They have found that doing this helps to track and stop the spread of illness during flu season, reducing missed school days through early detection and awareness. Funds raised through their pre-sales campaign will go towards supporting the FLUency programs, which hopes to expand to 100 schools by this fall.

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Safety apps ease parents’ minds while traveling

5 Travel Apps to Keep Kids Safe

Traveling with kids comes with its own sort of magic. Their little eyes find magic in unexpected places, and they’ll never turn down ice cream for dinner. Parents, though, need to think about the practical side of travel — packing, sleeping arrangements and safety. Safety apps can make some of the uncertainties of traveling with kids a little easier.

An app to help you pack smarter, not heavier

Traipsing through the airport with kids in tow is tough. Doing it with overpacked bags is even tougher. Even if you had packing down to a science before having kids, it’s tempting to pack more than you need once you start bringing little ones with you on your travels. Use the PackPoint Packing List Travel Companion to pare your list down to your essentials (iTunes, free). With lighter bags, you can keep one hand free for holding your child’s — and it will be easier to catch up when he starts running to see the planes through the window.

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Keep kids’ sleep schedules on track while traveling

Well-rested kids make better travelers. Keeping kids on a nap or sleep schedule isn’t impossible when on vacation. Entrain can help travelers better understand their sleep and awake rhythms and help come up with a sleep plan that works with a new location and time zone (iTunes, free). A bit of planning to adjust sleep rhythms can mean less wobbly legs and overtired stumbles for little ones.

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Peace of mind for parents avoiding food allergens

Traveling with a child with food allergies is harrowing for parents. Finding allergy-friendly restaurants is key to enjoying vacations without packing all of your own meals. helps parents find safe places for their little ones to eat, and the Allergy Eats app will be invaluable on your next vacation (iTunes, free). Users can search restaurants based on specific allergens and read reviews from other users to make a choice about whether or not a restaurant will have the necessary dining options to accommodate a child with food allergies.

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An app to help parents if the unthinkable happens

A disappearing child is every parent’s nightmare. Finding missing children depends on quick responses, and the FBI Child ID app can help (iTunes, free). In addition to giving parents a place to store vital information like height and weight, along with a current photo, the app has a checklist for parents and the ability to instantly email or call authorities. There are tips about keeping your children safe, which can be especially important for families to review together before traveling to a new place.

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Stay safe and organized while traveling

Traveling with a sheaf of reservation confirmations and identification cards means shuffling through papers and emails whenever you need a crucial document. Travelers — especially frequent travelers — will be obsessed with the Docady Paperwork and Document Organizer (iTunes, free). Scan documents into the app with your camera, upload from files or import from Google Drive or Dropbox. Not only does Docady store and organize documents, from passports to insurance cards, it can alert users to expiration and renewal dates, so travelers are never blindsided by an expired travel document days before leaving for a vacation. Keep all of your family information in one place — you won’t believe you traveled without it!

travel appsWhat’s your favorite travel or safety app?


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Whether you’re a first time mom, a mom who is still expecting or a veteran nursing mom, you’re going to want to add this new app to your list of must-haves for surviving the first few months of your baby’s arrival. Released earlier this month from everyone’s go-to brand for all things breastfeeding, Medela, the MyMedela app is your new go-to spot for everything you’ll need to nurse your baby. From nursing tips that are easy to scroll through as you’re up for that late-night feeding to a spot where you can track each time your little one nurses, this all-in-one app is amazing… and it’s free!

Why you should try the MyMedela app

Did you know that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that while 79 percent of moms initiate breastfeeding, only 41 percent are breastfeeding exclusively at three months? We all know that an app probably isn’t going to solve every breastfeeding issue you may encounter, but it can certainly enhance your experience, especially with the features built into the MyMedela app.

MyMedela Free Breastfeeding App for Moms

Some of our favorite features include that you can include track your pumping in the app alongside your baby’s feedings to give you a full picture of her daily feeding routine, the goal setting feature that delivers customized feedback to help you reach your breastfeeding goals (and, they’re actually encouraging, not demeaning!) and the built-in reminders that you can set to pop up on your phone.

Win a Medela Freestyle Breastpump

Medela Freestyle Breastpump Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the new MyMedela app, we’re giving away a Medela Freestyle Breastpump to one lucky Savvy Sassy Moms reader! The Medela Freestyle Breastpump ($400 value) is a compact, lightweight double electric breastpump with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go pumping.

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Giveaway ends August 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

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I take way too many pictures on my phone. You probably have the same problem. Snap a few here. Snap a few there and then forget about them. Them there they sit on your phone for weeks (or more), until one day you scroll through and find a keeper. It’s then that you realize it’s pretty much the best photo you’ll ever get of your kids, and you want to print it. That in itself is a big endeavor, one that moms who are crazy busy like me can forget about as quickly as the original idea came. And getting said printed photo into a frame? Forget about it!

In comes Pictli, a new app that does all the work for you. It’s totally simple and absolutely foolproof, which is exactly what we all need.

Getting starting with Pictli

Start by downloading the app. It’s free and available for on iTunes or you can do it online via the Pictli website.

How to use the Pictli app

But let’s be realistic. You’re gonna do it on your phone, because your phone is basically attached to your arm already, right? From the app, click on the “Let’s Go” button to get started. Next, pick an image that you want to print. You can choose it from your phone’s camera roll, Facebook, or Instagram. Then you choose the size you want. Right now they just offer 7×5 vertically or horizontally, but really a larger picture might be too big.

After that you choose a frame. Right now they have 15 frames and most are very simple – think unfinished wood, different metals, and standard black and white. Like I said, simple, but it allows for your photo to really pop.

I ended up choosing a photo of my boys that was taken on Mother’s Day at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, CA. I had it on my phone for weeks, and was waiting (er, procrastinating) on when to get it printed. I knew I wanted it framed for the mantel, but again, when would I have time to do that (never)!

Pictli Picture Printing and Framing App

So much to love

Pictli made it easy for me to get the job done. I could even edit the photo inside the app to make sure the lighting and color was just right. You also have the option of cropping and changing the print style (black and white, sepia, etc.) but I decided to let the bright colors speak for themselves.

The end result was great and it cost me no more than $25, which when you think about it is pretty great for convenience and the quality of the pic and frame.

Pictli app for printing and framing picturesIt came in the cutest box, wrapped and ready to go. In fact the wrapping was so perfect, that I immediately ordered another for my mother. It makes the perfect gift for grandparents. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see those smiling faces every day!

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