So you want to surprise your kiddo (and impress guests) with a memorable kids birthday party, but can’t afford to spend a fortune (or weeks searching for unique favors and decorations)? Well, here’s a reason to celebrate: I’ve found some totally killer kids birthday party ideas that’ll each make a huge impression on a tiny budget (thank you, technology!). You can also see me showing them off on my new uLive series, Digiknow!

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These days, with devices like the Nokia Lumia 1020 (pictured) boasting an incredible 41 megapixel camera, you might wonder if you still need a separate DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. After all, if your phone can get that kind of resolution, why would you need anything more? So if you’ve ever wondered, “Do I still need a digital camera?”, the answer is in the details. Here’s how a digital camera edges out a smartphone camera… and who’s best suited to each.

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Open your eyes, stumble to the kitchen, get your jolt of something caffeinated, and face the day. That’s how most of us do it, and our cuppa has become one of the morning’s non-negotiables. So it’s no surprise that single cup home brewers have become a new American obsession, feeding our addictions with speed and convenience. They’re like a 4G connection to your AM pick-me-up.

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If you’ve got kids, then I’ll bet you’re more than a little bit familiar with the pings and dings of devices running 24/7. With iPad textbooks in backpacks, and digital, well, everything becoming the norm, tech is a pervasive part of young life. So when it comes to screen time, I’ve pretty much adopted the motto, “If you can’t beat ’em, at least make ’em educational.”

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Here are two areas of the house that aren’t typically synonymous with style: the laundry room and the dog or cat feeding area. Well, the experts behind the HGTV Smart Home have some clever and creative laundry room ideas, including a way to neatly (and stylishly!) feed your pets.  All tucked into one small space. The key words are pet design. If you tend to trip over your dog’s bowl or wish his bed didn’t have to sit in the middle of your house, you’ll like this— hey HGTV, keep the fab laundry room ideas coming!

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