Pillow Talk: Do Phones Belong in the Bedroom?

iPhones in the bedroom?

Dear Carley,

My significant other says I’m spending too much time using my phone in the bedroom. But I always do a last-minute email check before bed, and I want to catch up on the videos people have sent me all day. Also, when else can I find time for Words with Friends? Is a little phone time at bedtime really so bad?

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Toymail Mailmen let you send cute messages to kids

Toymail Founders

Stay connected. That’s the goal of every working or traveling mom. I know that when I’m away, whether it’s at the grocery store, or on a business trip, I’m always looking for ways to drop a line, say hi, be in touch. My kids are older now, so they’re attached to devices most of the time (how to remedy that is a whole other blog post), so they’re “messagable” whenever I want to tell them I love them to pieces, or to walk the dog before dark.  But how can you send a quick “hello” to the pre-texting set?

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She comes in colors: Appliances with Style

She comes in colors: Appliances

Sponsored Post When it comes to large and small appliances, we’re usually stuck with black, white and stainless. Nice enough, but… why not electric purple or metallic blue? That’s what several companies asked at the CES 2014 in Vegas, where I saw appliances in rainbow colors and patterns.  Put your shades on, and let’s have a look:

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Best of CES Roundup: Home Edition

Whirlpool Best of CES

Sponsored Post CES in Las Vegas is overwhelming. So much is NEW! FASTER! SLIMMER! BETTER! (Sounds like my New Year’s resolutions), and it’s all on display to inspire you and lead you into the future. To bring you this roundup, I’ve partnered with Whirlpool, whose booth at the show frankly blew me away (it was a “kitchen of the future” so impressive that I’ll dedicate a separate posting to it— stay tuned).  Here are some of my favorite finds from CES that will be making an appearance in your home soon, no doubt:

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Effortless holiday entertaining

Holiday Entertaining

I love to entertain around the holidays, and I always have. Of course once you’re in the throes of getting ready for a holiday party, it can start to feel more like a sentence than a pleasure. There are so many details involved even with the most intimate gathering, that unless you want to spend all night in the kitchen, looking exasperated and making your guests feel uncomfortable, it pays to be organized.

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