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The End of Screen Time Wars?

Manage Screen Time

Parenting in the digital age involves a whole new layer of supervision, education and good ol’-fashioned snooping. Kids left unsupervised on devices can get into all kinds of trouble to be sure, but they also need help building their balance muscle— how to manage screen time so they can grown up to be healthy, happy adults (I write this as I clutch my mobile phone, laptop in my lap, iPad at arms reach— hey, don’t do as I do, kids). Of course, most kids…

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Loving: Cleverpet, a Smart Toy for Dogs

cleverpet: smart toy for dogs

When I’m running from event to event at the Consumer Electronics Show, it’s tough to ellicit an emotional response from me. I’m concerned with the clock, and making sure I see as much as I can before the day is over.  But this product caught my eye and captured my heart from the moment I saw it. It’s called Cleverpet, and it’s a smart toy for dogs, designed to keep their idle paws busy while you’re away from home. The concept starts with a simple truth: A…

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Dinnertime

smartphones at dinner

Depending entirely on my energy level, mood, and what’s in the kitchen, dinner can be the most exciting or taxing part of my day. Sometimes I’m jazzed to whip up a from-scratch salad dressing, chop some cauliflower to roast or tweak a vegan bolognese I’m currently perfecting. Other times, I’m throwing frozen things on a cookie sheet and contemplating the freshness of some old head of romaine. It wildly varies. The truth is, when I’m relaxed and time is on…

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Tech @ Home: Dogs

dog accessories

There is no getting around it: I am a dog person. So forgive my bias, as I highlight some of my favorite dog accessories and gadgets for the home. Love your fur baby as much as I do? For even more canine pics, check out this Tech on Trend for man’s best friend. Woof. dog bed / shampoo / camera / tracker / emoji toy / grass patch / bowl / groomer / hook Photo borrowed from: Dog & Co…

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Family Saving + Shopping

Smackdown: Family Cellular Plans

family cellular plans

If you’ve ever opened a cell phone bill and felt the floor sway beneath you when you read the total, then it might be time to think about a family cellular plan. After all, you might be able to stick to a monk-like data plan as a single person (though it’s not easy), but once you add on a spouse and data-addicted kids, that several-hundred-dollar bill becomes… well, inevitable. The big carriers all promise that their plans will save families a bundle.…

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