Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool over the Summer

Tips for Using Minecraft as a teaching tool over the summer to inspire kids to read and write their own stories.

With like a zillion downloads to date, Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time and it’s here to stay. Rather than rebelling against your child’s passion for the game, embrace it and use it as a teaching tool! My son has learned so much by playing Minecraft. A few months ago, Jacob and I read and reviewed Mark Cheverton’s Minecraft-based novel, Invasion of the Overworld. Today, I’m happy to have Mark here to share a guest post about the inspiration behind his book, along with a few tips on how you can use Minecraft as a teaching […] Read more »

Protect her iPad with a Pelican ProGear Vault for Mother’s Day

Pelican Vault 2

Every year, I invest in one big (to me) purchase for my business. This year, it was an iPad Air. I went with last year’s model because it was like $150 cheaper and still did everything I needed to do. Still, at over $300, I found myself carrying it around as if it was a newborn preemie. I know, because I actually HAD a newborn preemie! I’m starting to think I’m more spastic over the iPad than I was over him! No, not really, but seriously, I’m spastic. While the iPad is mostly for business purposes, I do have some […] Read more »

Give Mom the Gift of Stylish Phone Protection from The Case Studio

The Case Studio

Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day gift guide time? Seems like just yesterday I was wrapping up the last one! Today, I’m sharing a super stylish tech-protecting gift idea from The Case Studio that moms are going to love! How do I know? Because I’m a mom and I love mine! I received a customized case from The Case Studio in exchange for this honest review. As always, my opinions belong solely to me.   Last year I finally upgraded to a smartphone. However, since I’m living on a single mom budget, I’m still using an iPhone 4. Fancier […] Read more »

HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop at Best Buy: A Gamer’s Dream! #AMDFX

HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop with AMD FX APU

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Ask my son what he wants to be when he grows up and he’ll tell you “a video game designer.” One day, I actually found filling out an online college application to a school with a great design program. He’s 9. I told him he has to finish elementary school first! Between now and then, he spends plenty of time “researching” for his future career. Basically, he plays games. Graphic-intense games that require a good machine. I’m always […] Read more »

Fun Spring & Easter Games for Your iPad or Tablet

Flower Bouquet Game

You know what I love about being a blogger? The fact that I can play fun games on my iPad, then write a post about them and it totally counts as work! Take this post about fun spring & Easter games for you iPad, for example. It totally justifies all the time I spent doing virtual jigsaw puzzles, breeding dragons and browsing the app store for more ideas. Even the iPad itself was a “business” purchase! Spring is here. It’s official, the calender even says so! Mother Nature missed the memo, though, because she dumped about 5 inches of snow on us […] Read more »

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Microsoft Lumia Smart Phone

spring cleaning smart phone

Spring is almost here. Mother Nature seems to be warming up to us again. Boy, she was a royal grump this year! With storms every week and temperatures colder than ever before, I’m actually looking forward to spring! Usually I whine about it because I don’t like things that sting, clocks that change for ludicrous reasons and trees that make me sneeze. I’m more of an autumn girl. Of course, with spring comes spring cleaning. When it comes to actually cleaning my house, I don’t do the whole “spring cleaning mania” thing. I don’t understand why a change in weather […] Read more »

Holiday Hosting Made Easy with Nokia Lumia 830 & Cortana

Holiday Hosting Made Easy with Nokia Lumia 830 & Cortana

I received complimentary goodies & a Nokia Lumia 830 review device for this post about holiday hosting made easy. All opinions are my own. Rather than trying to go house to house on Christmas day, our family all gathers at one location the weekend before the holiday for a huge party. Since our house is the central location, we’re usually the hosts. My mom lives with me, and honestly, she does all the really hard work: baking, cleaning, etc. I handle smaller details, like decorating, running to the story 500 times for random little things and what not. It’s a […] Read more »

What Can You Do with a Huawei Ascend Mate 2?

Huawei Ascend Mate

What can you do with a Huawei Ascend Mate 2? Well, with 60 hours of fun on a single charge, a whole lot, that’s what! I received the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 for review and let me tell you, it’s certainly been making its rounds in our house! Before we get into all the fun things we’ve been using it for, let’s run down the basics, shall we? I’ll be honest, before I got the invite for this opportunity, I hadn’t heard of the Huawei. Now that I’ve had the chance to try it, though, I want everyone to know […] Read more »

Print Your Heart Out with HP Instant Ink

HP Instant Ink

This post is brought to you by HP Instant Ink. All opinions are my own. It never fails: right in the middle of a big print job I notice the ink getting lighter and lighter. Then it’s gone. Nothing but a faded memory on a half-printed page. With the amount of ink we use in this house, you’d think we’d be better at checking our levels more often! The thing is, I can’t even remember to check the gas levels in my car, and that gauge stares me in the face every day. Remembering to check something that I can’t […] Read more »

Why I’m Thankful for My HP Envy Rove AIO #IntelAIO #IntelPartner

Intel-Thanksgiving

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. I’ve been using my beloved HP Envy Rove Intel AIO for a little over a year now. If you’ve ever met me, you know I get very attached to my computers. I name them,  talk to them, tend to them, protect them and love them. I’m super weird, right? Anyway, like with any good relationshipover the last year, I’ve come to love my Intel AIO a little more every day. Today, in honor of Thanksgiving week, I’m sharing […] Read more »