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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. AllergyEats.com 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!

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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.

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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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Best Headphones for Kids

Finding the best headphones for kids

Moms know from experience that not all headphones are created equally. From sound quality to comfort, finding the right pair can be the difference between comfortable listening and a major headache. Kids have the same problem, and we’ve rounded up some fantastic choices for the best headphones for kids. Finding the right pair will save you the parenting hassle of having to replace a pair that malfunctions quickly or feels uncomfortable on their little ears.

Wireless headphones to ward off tangling issues

Kids stay untangled with LilGadgets Untangled Pro Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Amazon, $50). While they aren’t the most inexpensive headphones in our roundup, the wireless feature can be key, especially when you’re using the headphones in the car. Available in a variety of bright, fun colors, the LilGadget Wireless Headphones offer up to 10 hours of wireless use, and a backup audio cord is included in the even that you forget to charge them before a trip.

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Volume-limiting headphones save little ears

Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for Kids are a solid, dependable choice for frequent headphone use (Amazon, $20). With a Lifetime Limited Warranty, you’ll be satisfied with the headphones for years. The KidzControl Volume Limit Cable limits audio volume to approximately 80% — about 20 decibels lower — of original maximum volume. Lightweight and comfortable, the headphones are designed to be used for kids as young as two years old.

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Let kids personalize their headphones for custom combinations

JLab JBuddies Folding Kids Headphones are designed not to increase volume past 85 decibels, so young ears don’t face damage from listening to music or videos too loudly (Amazon, $21). The headphones fold into a smaller size for portability — with pinch-free hinges so little fingers stay safe. Choose from a variety of colors, and let kids choose their own 3-D character stickers. Each pair comes with 8 character sticks from which to choose.

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Cute and noise-cancelling headphones

The Califone 2810-TI Kids Stereo Headphones are ideal for use in classrooms because of the noise-canceling feature (Amazon, $14). A six-foot cord makes it almost impossible for kids to accidentally pull out the connection, and the noise-cancelling feature can be helpful on flights — just try to remind kids that they don’t have to yell in the middle of the plane just because their headphones make it harder to hear the people around them. The animal designs are cute and fun for young children.

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Adorable patterns mean siblings won’t mix up their headphones

Maxell Safe Soundz Over the Ear Headphones come in sweet patterns so you won’t have to listen to squabbles about whose headphones are whose (Amazon, $19). With ample padding around the ears, kids will find the headphones soft and comfortable. The patterns aren’t all overly cutesy, so they’re great headphones if your kids are growing into tweens before your eyes.

best headphones for kidsBasic headphones when you carpool like crazy

If you’re the mom who carpools on three-hour field trips or sports tournaments, it can never hurt to have a couple backup pairs of headphones on hand. The Sony MDR-222KD Children’s Headphones with Over-The-Head Design are functional, streamlined and perfect to keep in the car (Amazon, $11). The lightweight headphones still have a volume-limiting feature, but they’re inexpensive enough that you won’t mind — too much — when they get stepped on or knocked out of the car.

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My preschooler doesn’t get screen time every day, but when he does, I like it to be educational. I also don’t want it to be all on the iPad. While there are hundreds of amazing apps for kids, tablets don’t teach kids to type or the coordination to use a mouse, which I’m (perhaps naively) presuming will still be important skills when my preschooler makes it to middle school — or will computers just be able to read our thoughts by then? For now, here are four fabulous websites for preschools that are age-appropriate, fun and educational.

1. Starfall

Websites for Preschoolers: Starfall.com

Starfall is a great beginning website for your preschooler. The site is colorful without being busy and the audio is slow and clear so kids don’t get confused. Starfall offers most of their language arts content for free, but you can also become a member ($35/year) and get access to the entire site including math. I’ve just stuck with the free reading content with all three of my boys and have found it to be plenty. I love that variety of levels the site offers — from just learning letter sounds to already reading — and the scaffolding it provides at each level, using a variety of activities, modeling and vocabulary building to help students be successful.

Websites for Preschoolers: Starfall

Starfall also does a great job of blending learning and fun that keeps my 4-year-old engaged. Kids can also take a break by choosing fun seasonal activities that integrate learning as well like creating their own jack-o-lantern or snowman.

2. Brainzy

Websites for Preschoolers: Brainzy

Brainzy is a creation of Education.com and geared for kids ages 3-7. It is a paid website ($3.99/month), but one I definitely recommend. Right now, they offer math and reading lessons for preschool, kindergarten and first grade with plans to add additional grade levels at a later date. There is fun cast of kid-friendly characters that show up throughout the assignments and each lesson builds on the previous, helping kids master concept goals. Each mini-topic includes 6-7 activities. For example, a section on the short-O sound might have a short animated music video helping kids hear and practice the sound, a game of find the words with short-O, adding letters to O to make a word, a story that emphasizes the letter-O as well as additional activities.

Websites for Preschoolers: Brainzy.com

There is also a progress dashboard that lets both the parent and kid see what areas they have mastered and the areas they can use more practice on. In addition, membership gets you access to over 15,000 printable worksheets and 300+ workbooks for additional practice.

3. ABCYa

Websites for Preschoolers: ABCYa.com

Another great free resource is ABCya, which offers less direct instruction, but a variety of learning games in math and reading for grades K-5. There is Keyboard Zoo and Base Ten Fun for kindergartners, Parts of Speech Asteroids and Fraction Fling for third graders and Spanish BINGO and Division Drag Race for fifth graders.

Websites for Preschoolers: ABCya.com

Some of the games are a bit hit-or-miss in terms of clear directions and there is no teaching element — just practice — but, it’s a great way for kids to get additional experience with concepts they are working on.

4. PBS Kids

Websites for Preschoolers: PBS Kids

If your child is a fan of Sid the Science Kid, Curious George or Dinosaur Train, they’ll love the learning games available at PBSkids.org. All games are free and you can choose activities based on a topic (reading, spelling, healthy habits, science, etc. —21 topics in all) or by your favorite PBS character. This is a great site to use the interest your child already has for Cat in the Hat or SuperWhy to introduce educational concepts and skills.

Websites for Preschoolers: PBS Kids

I  love that PBS Kids goes beyond the basic education concepts — letters, numbers, etc. — to include games that teach healthy habits, emotional wellness, problem solving and valuing nature. There is also a entire section of games in Spanish. Another secret insider tip? If your kids are getting tired of the games on the site, they can go to PBSkids.org/lab to check out brand new games the site is working on.

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Health apps for teens make hard conversations easier

Talking to your preteen or teen daughter about her first period doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation. The Clue app offers a way for girls to track the physical and emotional changes involved with tracking their monthly cycles. Learn tips about talking to your daughter about her first period and check out the ways the health app for teens can make the transition easier for girls.

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The Clue app helps you and your teen understand your monthly cycles

Designed to be informative and user-friendly, the Clue app announces immediately: Confident. Scientific. Not pink. We don’t have a problem with pink around here, but the idea that Clue is based on science and data will help moms and daughters talk about their monthly cycles in a way that helps everyone. Your menstrual cycle is about so much more than your actual period, and tracking your physical state and emotions throughout the month can help your teen make sense of the fluctuations happening throughout the month.

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Increased app use makes Clue more accurate — and more helpful

Clue reminds women, “Get to know your body. It’s not a clock.” The more you use the Clue app, the more accurately the app can make predictions about your next cycle. This increased accuracy is helpful for teens who are just learning about the way their bodies feel during different parts of their menstrual cycle. Women will find Clue to be an amazing app for tracking fertility, as well as their monthly cycle. Accurate tracking helps Clue predict your window of fertility each month, which is crucial when you’re trying to get pregnant.

How to talk to your teen or preteen about her first period

Ida Tin, the Founder and CEO of the Clue app, has helpful, practical information to help moms talk to their daughters about their first periods. Her advice can be helpful even if you’re talking to a family friend or a niece.

  • Leave euphemisms out of it. There’s no need to be vague or mysterious about periods. Half the world’s population experiences a menstrual cycle at some point, after all. Talk plainly to your kids about what’s happening – or if you’re not comfortable, give them some accurate but accessible reading material (like the info in Clue!)
  • Share your experience. Do you remember your first period? Whether your story was casual or embarrassing, funny or mundane, it can be helpful to your daughter to know that you went through the same things that she’s experiencing.
  • Atypical is typical. Menstrual cycles for teens can range from 21-45 days — and that’s totally normal in early menstruators, because the hormonal system/circuitry that regulates their cycles is still maturing. For most women it takes about six years for their cycle to settle into a personal “normal.”
  • Play and pamper. From period underwear to mail-order period care packages, there’s tons of ways to make your teen feel special and celebrated leading up to and during her first cycle.
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Raise your hand if you have too much time in your day? No one? Me neither. Luckily, I rely on some helpful apps to help me get stuff done. Here are four of my favorite time saving apps apps that I use every single day to keep me organized and to help me save time.

4 Time saving apps to download right now

Time-Saving Apps: Wunderlist

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Like you, I’m managing a mind-boggling list of different types of to-dos. I have interviews to schedule and articles to write for work. There are random errands for the house, returns for too-small clothes and dry cleaning waiting to be picked up. For my kids, there are lessons to pay for, permission slips to sign and next season’s teams to fill out forms for. The number — and variety — of to-dos always amazes me, but I try to keep on top of it all with Wunderlist. This list-making app has a simple interface, lets me categorize my tasks by labels I create, allows me to set due dates and will even let you share lists with others (aka, shopping lists with the husband). Best of all, it has a sweetly satisfying “Ding!” sound when I complete a task and check it off my list.

 

Time-Saving Apps: OurGroceries App

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If you don’t use a shopping list app, stop whatever it is you are doing and download one now. I’ve used Ziplist for years, but since they are no longer supporting the app, I’ve been migrating over to OurGroceries. Here’s the beauty of a shopping list app: When you have a random thought at work or on the treadmill or while you’re waiting for baseball practice to end — I’m out of razor blades/light bulbs/dog food/bananas — you simply add it to a list for the appropriate store and then next time you’re at that store, instead of banging your head trying to remember what you needed, you just calmly check your phone and feel brilliantly awesome and on-top of it all.

There are lots of shopping list apps out there, but one of the reasons I like OurGroceries is because it also have a web-interface, meaning you can access your account, make lists and add to your existing lists from a web browser. I find this particularly useful for meal planning, which I like to do at my computer Saturday mornings with a hot cup of coffee, my Bon Appetit issue, my Recipes to Try Pinterest board and the week’s weather report (can’t be scheduling pot roast for Wednesday if it’s going to be 75 degrees outside!).

 

Time-Saving Apps: Evernote

 

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As parents, we receive and need to retrieve a ridiculous amount of information on a given day. The name of a fellow mom on your son’s soccer team. Tonight’s dinner menu. The name of a book your BFF recommend to you during a walk that now you’re trying to remember while you’re at the bookstore. Your daughter’s volleyball game schedule for the month. And the list goes on.

With Evernote, you can save any kind of information you need. It’s not just for recipes (though I use it for that). Not just for lists or scanned documents or notes (though I use it for all that too). It’s like an alter-brain. Make notes about anything or everything and when you need to recall that important info, just open up Evernote on the web, your computer, or your phone and type in a keyword or two to pull up the note. Sure, you Type-A moms can create elaborate filing and tagging systems (I tagged a bunch of recipes with “fall” for easy menu planning and “re-read” for those articles I know parenting will require that I read again), but the beauty of Evernote is that you don’t have to. Save a zillion notes on a zillion different topics and with a simple search box you can call up just that thing you were trying to remember.

 

Time-Saving Apps: GoogleCalendar

Google Calendar

I know there are lots of calendar apps out there, but since I’m already pretty Google-integrated with Gmail and Google Docs, I rely heavily on and thoroughly enjoy Google Calendar. I access it through the basic calendar app that comes on the iPhone, but Google also has it’s own brand new app you can download.

The key is in how you use it. I create different calendars for my personal life, our family obligations, the kids’ schedules, my work, and even things like keeping track of workouts. My husband also uses Google Calendar for his work, which allows me to see his day, week and month in a color-coded array of activities. An, most importantly, turn those calendars on or off as needed. Need to see what’s due this week for work? I only click on my work calendar. Trying to schedule dinner with friends? No need for 50 back-and-forth texts/emails with my husband. I can check his schedule, my schedule and add something to our family schedule without a conversation.

It may sound heartless that one of the benefits of using this app is that it cuts down on communication between me and my husband, but in parenting, there is so much managing that goes on — Who’s picking up Merric from practice? Can you watch the kids during my haircut? Do we have a free Friday in May to have dinner with your parents? — these are not the quality conversations that build a relationship. Necessary, yes, but they can make a marriage feel more like a business than a bond. With Google Calendar, I can keep all parts of my life scheduled, organized and on-time without lots of extra communication.

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Discovering the best kids’ cameras

If your child begins to show more interest in your camera’s phone each time you take her photo, it might be time to give her a camera of her own. The best cameras for kids vary, depending on age, responsibility and how often you want to print photos or charge batteries. Find the best fit for your family with our roundup of the best kids’ cameras, from beginning, ultra-protected cameras to easy-to-use video cameras for older kids.

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Start with a simple kids’ camera

Kids from around 3 to 8 will love the VTech Kidizoom Camera Connect (Target, $34). Little hands will fit perfectly on the rubber grips, and it’s basically impossible to break. I can personally vouch for the durability of this one; my kids literally toss their VTech into bins, bags and sometimes even on the ground. The camera stores up to 800 photos or 10 minutes of video, there are some simple games and kids can edit photos by adding backgrounds and accessories to their photos. The Kidizoom takes batteries, so you might want to try rechargeable ones if your kids love the camera.

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Curious kids will love building their own camera

Tactile learners will adore the concept and the implementation of the Bigshot Camera (Bigshot, $89). The camera pieces arrive unassembled, and kids can put the camera together on their own before shooting their digital photos. Charged with a lithium polymer battery, you can also supply backup power with a hand-crank that gives you enough power to keep taking pictures until you have time to recharge the main battery.

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Don’t get stuck on automatic

Shooting on automatic is a fabulous way for kids to capture the shots they want, but when they’re ready to learn a little more about photography, considering moving to a camera like the Polaroid iF045 (Polaroid Store, $70). The Polaroid doesn’t have games or kitschy photo effects, which kids may expect from their own camera, but it does let interested photographers adjust shutter speed and white light balance. Learning about how to make the photo look the way they want, including the ability to manually or automatically focus is a crucial part of photography education.

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The perfect waterproof camera for little fish

If your family spends a lot of time at the beach or a pool, and your child has expressed an interest in checking out what’s happening underwater, the Nikon COOLPIX S31 will thrill your little photographer (Amazon, $180). The S31 is a lightweight when you’re carrying it but a heavyweight when it comes to durability and toughness. Built to withstand weather, heavy use and shock, the camera films in the rain — and underwater — so kids can film the minnows they’re always trying to catch at the beach.

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Give them the tools for great live-action video

When kids are ready to graduate to making films, try a GoPro – HD Hero3 (Best Buy, $200). While they can definitely take still shots, the GoPro takes fantastic, high-definition video recordings. It’s compatible with a wide variety of mounts, so cinematographers-in-training can attach it to bike helmets or other gear to record physical activities from their point-of-view. The camera even has built-in WiFi, making it perfect for tech-hungry teens.

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Cover your tech

If your kids are used to using your iPad — or are lucky enough to have their own — don’t discount the camera on the tablet. Be sure to use a durable cover, like the iPad Air Defender Series Case (Otterbox, $100). Using the camera on a tech device they already use will give kids the chance to take and edit photos easily, and it will feel a little more like a game — giving them the freedom to experiment with their skills.

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Getting sick is inconvenient

Staying healthy with two school-aged children is like walking a tightrope. There are always germs floating around, and even the strictest preventative measures — lots of hand-washing, vitamins, talks about not sharing food or drinks with friends — don’t always work. When one of the four of us starts to feel sick, we up the prevention and try to decide if a doctor’s visit is worth the inconvenience, especially because we’re still seeing our original pediatrician… the one who isn’t located particularly close to our new house.

Online health care keeps you connected

Doctors used to make house calls and thanks to online health care, they can again. If you don’t have a family doctor you love, or the time to visit your favorite provider, quality health care can come directly to you — via your computer, phone or tablet. American Well is an online health care service that connects you with doctors from family physicians to therapists. Ask questions, express concerns and get a diagnosis all from the comfort of your home — even if you’re feeling like you can’t get out of bed. Online visits last about 10-minutes, which gives you a lot of one-on-one time with a physician.

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American Well offers quality online health care

American Well isn’t only about chatting with a medical provider when you’re sick. Online health care can also help you with nutrition questions and even therapy issues. While online health care can be used from the comfort of your couch, it doesn’t have to be. Add the app to your most-used tech devices and know the expertise of a medical professional is at your fingertips, even when you’re away from home.

Check out the way one little boy benefited from the expertise of an online health care provider when his family was traveling:

How American Well can help busy moms

One of the most difficult things in our house when sickness hits is coordinating visits to the doctor with everyone’s schedules. I’m never sure whether to send one of the kids to school if the other is sick, and Dylan’s preschool schedule makes it hard to schedule sick visit appointments for Abbey during a time when he wouldn’t have to come with us. In the midst of sick-child season — it’s a thing, right? — bringing a not-yet-sick child into the sick waiting room at the doctor’s office makes me jumpy.

After filling out a quick health assessment, I was able to chat with a doctor about Abbey’s symptoms. I chose the “first available” doctor, but I like that if I wanted, I could search by different specialties and read reviews on specific doctors — simple graphics let you know which doctors are currently available to consult. Thankfully, I was reassured she was afflicted with a slightly annoying, but not terribly serious, gastrointestinal virus. I forgot to ask if they had any advice for getting the non-sick child to leave the sick one alone to rest. After a little rest — and a lot of fluids, one of the suggestions provided by the online doctor — she was ready to join her brother outside.

Use the code MOMSQUAD for your first FREE visit to American Well.

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Tablets, smartphones, e-readers… we know you’ve got your share of tech gadgets. And if you have kids at home, there’s a good chance those gadgets take a beating. From sticky fingers to spilled drinks, from clumsy hand-offs in the backseat to “Mommy, I blocked a snowball with your iPad!”, your family’s smartphones and tablets need protection from all sorts of life. So fittingly, there is LifeProof.

LifeProof Tech Cases

The Proofs

LifeProof makes tablet and smartphone cases that protect your tech from the elements — they are dirt-proof, waterproof, snow-proof and shockproof. Which also makes them toddler-proof, teen-proof, pretty much life-proof.

Lifeproof tech cases

How protected are LifeProof cases?

  • Waterproof: Fully submersible to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Dirt-proof: Totally sealed from dirt and dust
  • Snow-proof: Completely closed to snow and ice
  • Shockproof: Survives drops from 4 feet (1.2m)
nüüd Vs. frē

LifeProof has two main styles of cases for tablets and phones — the nüüd and the frē. The frē includes a built-in touchscreen scratch protector, while the nüüd allows you to touch the screen directly.

Lifeproof NUUD

If you’re thinking that you have to get the frē with a screen protector if you have kids, think again. We’ve been testing out our nüüd for the last month with my kids (ages 4-8) and haven’t had any issues with scratching. But, if you’re more comfortable with a screen protector, I love that LifeProof provides that option.

The cases are easy to apply and snap on your phone or tablet in a few easy steps. I love the extra protection LifeProof provides our phones and tablets and that all that protection doesn’t cost me in my tech’s feel, look or functionality — you can still use your charger and headphones with ease and while the case adds lots of protection, it doesn’t add a lot of bulk.

LifeProof Tech Cases

I’ll admit – the cases aren’t super stylish. But, I’d much rather have a functional case with a working phone than a cute case on my broken-screen tablet. While LifeProof tests each case at the factory, it wants customers to feel comfortable with how the case works and to make sure they assemble it correctly, so in addition to the case, they also send along a “test tablet” so you can check the waterproofing for yourself before you put in your own gadget.

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 LifeProof Accessories

LifeProof makes lots of optional accessories to go along with their cases. I really like the Portfolio Cover/Stand, which attaches easily to the case an is super thin, but provides both screen protection and doubles as a stand. I’m also looking forward to throwing on LifeProof’s Lifejacket which slips on over the phone or tablet case and ensures that your phone is not only waterproof, but floats too — an accessory I would have loved when my son accidentally kicked my phone into the river last summer!

LifeProof Tech Cases LifeJacket

Whether you have a tablet or a phone, an Apple, Motorola or Samsung, keep your family’s tech protected with LifeProof.

Dirt-proof, waterproof, snow-proof or shockproof — which proof does your tech most need?

Disclaimer: Savvy Sassy Moms was not paid for this review. A sample was provided. Opinions expressed are my own.

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