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December 31st, 2013 at 8:28 am

A Little Help Getting Organized

2014A new year is upon us. Time for some resolutions. I’ll bet one of them is to get organized, right? That is, once the house is back to pre-holiday order. That in itself is a feat. Once you do that, here’s a few apps that can help.

If you’re finding it harder to keep all your passwords straight (and who isn’t), a password manager can really help. Post it notes under your keyboard or a notebook with all of them listed isn’t very secure. Neither is using the same dog/cat/child name for every site. A better bet is LastPass. It’s free and keeps track of all of your passwords and form-filling information so you don’t have to. It can also generate hard-to-hack passwords for sensitive sites where extra security is important. This is a really useful app.

Another helpful app is  It’s a quick and easy way to make your to-do lists on your phone. Things to do today, tomorrow or in coming days. Everything from walking the dog, calling your mom, or checking the Garanimals blog. Easier than a calendar app, you can enter by typing or speaking.  And way better than the handwritten note that you left on the counter.

Speaking of lists, try GroceryIQ to manage your grocery lists on your phone. Create and organize and print your lists by store, aisle or bar code, and synchronize on multiple devices. Or try ZipList and include recipe clipping and in-store deals to streamline the whole grocery shopping process. Anything to make that chore easier gets my vote.

Try these apps and hopefully you can save yourself enough time each week to do something fun. Happy New Year! And may all your resolutions be achieved.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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January 1st, 2013 at 5:00 am

My Favorite Apps for 2012

Happy New Year friends! Time to roll out the best of lists for the year behind us. 2012 sure did bring a lot of new technology our way. Some of the tools that we now have at our fingertips are incredibly fun, productive, addictive and useful.

Here’s a few of my favorites.

Evernote – if you read my top ten post from last year, this was my favorite all around useful app. I hate to be boring, but after using this for another year, it’s still my go-to app for collecting my shopping lists, recipes, favorite things and to-do’s. I love that it’s multi-platform so I can add things from my phone, computer or iPad and they all sync. Genius.

LostPhotos – in the lifelong quest to get organized, collecting all of my photos in one place is one of the more challenging tasks. This app helped me collect several hundred photos from the black hole of my email inbox. This saved me so much time.

Foodspotting – don’t you just love looking at fabulous food?  This app helps you pick a restaurant by what looks good rather than sounds good. It’s fun to add your own favorites and a great way to let others know when you’ve found a good one.  Just last night I tried a great new sushi roll based on a photo that did so much more justice than the description. Yum!

Pinterest – how can you not love getting lost in ideas and inspiration? Pinterest offers an amazing array of eye candy for anything from recipes to crafts to organization to fashion. Once you’ve started it’s hard to stop.

DailyArt – this app is simply for viewing beautiful works of art. Every day I get one new masterpiece on my phone with a description of the piece and the artist. It doesn’t do anything more than that, but for me, a daily dose of beauty is enough.

Wishing you a peaceful and healthy 2013.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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December 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Helping your Children to Make Resolutions in the New Year

We hear about resolutions and goals everywhere we turn this time of year. I know I have been thinking about what changes I want to make with the start of a new year.

Weight loss?


Financial changes?


What about your kids? Have you thought about having them make a resolution. I think it is a good process for them to incorporate into their life. Have them think about some bad habits or items that they want to change about themselves. Instead of a big resolution, have them come up with 12 mini ones. They can be something that is written on the calendar for each month.

Need some ideas?

Hug my little brother each day!

Learn to tie my shoes.

Pick up my toys.

Eat all my veggies!

Be nicer to my siblings.

Make my bed every morning.

It can be as simple or as hard as you need it to be for them. Plus, since they say it takes 21 days to make something a habit a lot of their resolutions will become an everyday part of life.

This can work for adults too. Are you the type of person that makes a resolution, but doesn’t stick to it. Maybe you have too many that overwhelm you. Assign one resolution for each month and by the end of the year you will actually have completed some.

What resolutions are your family members setting this year?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 28th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Celebrating the New Year as a Family – Part 2

As parents, our New Years celebrations aren’t quite as exciting as they may have been in the past. Here are some ideas to make your New Years special.

Make it a party with hats, noisemakers and confetti! Make these fun items with your kids to be ready and waiting when the clock strikes twelve.

Make it a dinner and  a movie night. Watch family movies from the past year or view the past years photos.

Make a fun meal. Have fondue or make a homemade pizza that everyone can get involved in.

Have a game night. Whether it be board or video games make sure the whole family gets involved.

Go bowling. We did this last year with a couple friends and had a blast. At our local alley they celebrated New Years every few hours!

Celebrate New Years in another country. Learn a couple words in their language, make some ethnic food, and play some tunes from their country. What an easy and fun way to teach your kids about other parts of the world.

What are your family friendly New Year’s ideas?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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