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May 6th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Dropping Hints for Mothers Day – The Hi-Tech Edition

Do you get appliances every year for Mothers Day? Even though a new toaster is nice, it isn’t exactly what we were wishing for year after year. You may hope for a beautiful piece of jewelry, handmade picture from your little ones, or even a certain plant for your outdoor landscape. How do you “hint” around, especially when your kids are too little to drop some hints?

Gone are the days of magazine pictures conveniently stuffed for your partner to see or even things circled in the weekly store ads, there are some great tools that you can keep a “Wish List” throughout the year!

Pinterest – Make a Pinterest board. So easy and visual for anyone you share it with. You can see mine here!

Evernote or Springpad – Collect ideas or even write a list and save as a note. Write down stores you find items at, take pictures, and even put the aisle number. It can’t get easier!

Store Wish Lists – Many stores have ways to register and create your own wish list.

Web Sites or Smart Phone Apps – The lists you make at the end of the year for your children can be used just as easily for you!

All of these options will make that blender a thing of the past… you just have to remember to send a link or message to remind them to check it!!

By the way… to my husband, if you are reading this… be sure to check out my Evernote Notebook labeled Kim’s Wish List or my Pinterest Board. HINT HINT!

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

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March 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Making St. Patrick’s Day Fun for the Kids

My kids always look forward to St. Patrick’s day because we have quite a tricky little leprechaun that comes and visits our house. When my youngest son was almost two, I started a tradition of dyeing our milk and toilet water green. Just a little green food coloring does the trick! The leprechaun also left a little treat at the breakfast table like a pair of St. Patty’s Day socks, a shamrock straw or a book about leprechauns. Just last year, when my oldest had just turned six and my youngest almost four they decided that they needed to catch this leprechaun so they built a trap.

They put some gold coins under the box that we had leftover from a pirate birthday party we had just held. The next morning the trap was down and they insisted we must have caught him. When I lifted the top it was empty and that tricky leprechaun had left again. They are already talking about the trap they want to make this year so he can’t do anything silly to our stuff.

Thanks to Pinterest, I have all kinds of things planned for this year. It is a Saturday so it makes it a little easier to do things due to more time in the morning for the kids. Here’s some of the ideas I am working on:

Feel free to check out my St. Patricks Pinterest Board for more ideas and while you are there be sure to stop by the Garanimals St. Patricks Day Pinterest Board. What fun child themed things do you have planned for St. Patricks Day?

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

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March 6th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Travel Back in Pop Culture with YTTM Time Machine

Here at Garanimals we have noticed an interesting trend towards nostalgia. One of the most popular tweets we see are from parents who remember wearing Garanimals themselves and are now rediscovering them for their kids. Happily, they are finding that what they loved the most about the brand as kids is exactly what they are drawn to for their own children. How can you not love good looking, matching outfits that are not only comfortable but affordable to boot. Check out our Pinterest Board of Garanimals Nostalgia. And feel free to leave a link in the comments if you have seen any others out there. Or better yet, if you have pictures of yourself in your Garanimals, send them to info(at)garanimals.com

This got me to thinking about how Davy Jones of the Monkees died suddenly this week. I was a young child when he was popular but I remember the hype as if it were yesterday. There were lots of blogs, Facebook posts, Pinterest pins and tweets going around with nostalgia for the old days and memories of what Davy and the Monkees meant to those who grew up with them. And did you notice that there wasn’t anything controversial mentioned about him at all? Everything I read contained praise for him and his good heart. A good guy who entertained us well, gone too soon.

Naturally, I started thinking about my early years and all of the influences from music, tv and media that came from back then; what I thought was so cool and hip and how it translates today. So I spent some fun research time on yttm.tv digging up some old memories.

This site is a treasure trove of vintage media. Everything from a 12 second clip of the first ever recorded sound from 1860(!) to a Carvel commercial circa 1985 with Cookie Puss the ice cream cake (what a hoot!) to the ad with Matthew Broderick channeling Ferris Bueller from this year’s Super Bowl.

Here’s how it works. Move the slider at the top of the page to the year you are interested in, say 1992. There are categories you can select/deselect which include Movies, Music, Commercials, Television, Video Games, Current Events and Sports. The site offers up the results and lets you shuffle through them.

You can also search for specific clips if you know what you’re looking for. Or you can choose the “Most Loved” setting and scroll through the clips rated by users. Not many there yet, but as this site catches on, I’m sure there will be .

This is such a fun site. It will transport you back in time and make you laugh at the memories it brings back. And it is something great to do with multi-generations. Grab your parents and see what makes them smile. Enjoy.

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

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February 14th, 2012 at 7:02 am

A Pinterest-ing Valentine’s

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week I gave you some ideas for some creative ways to celebrate and commemorate Valentines Day. Hope you had some fun with them.

I’m a recent convert to the Pinterest phenomenon and I’m having a great time browsing through the boards and finding inspiration. There is an incredible amount of creative, fashionable, clever, useful and funny content on that site. It’s really fun to see what people are pinning and re-pinning and I’ve gotten so many great ideas for cooking, organizing, decorating and shopping.

In case you’re not yet familiar with this newest social craze, check out an earlier blog by our favorite Monday blogger, Kim Ross for an explanation. She was an early adopter of Pinterest and her boards are chock full of fun and creative ideas.

In a nutshell, Pinterest is a social site where you share photos of things that interest you that you find on the web.  You create “boards” of a particular topic or category and pin your content to the boards.  It might be fashion, baking, home decorating, pets, fitness, etc. You can browse by subject or by what’s popular. When you see something you like, you can pin it to your own board, like it, and/or comment on it.

Say you’re interested in ideas for your garden or you’re planning a baby shower. You can browse the subjects and see what other people have pinned. The clever and useful ideas are abundant. The pins themselves are pictures from actual websites. Click through on the picture and you can link to its original site.

You can also put an applet in your browser to pin anything on the web that you find and like. You’ll  notice that many websites have added a “Pin It” button alongside the Facebook Like, Stumble, and Tweet buttons.

Consider this the web version of all the folders and binders you used to create with torn out pages from magazines, only much neater and well organized. We like organized.

And to show you what I’m talking about click on either of these links below to see an example of how I’ve used Pinterest to showcase my favorite Valentine’s Day ideas.

Be careful though, you might find yourself spending a little TOO much time browsing, pinning and generating ideas. It’s very addictive.

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

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