Stay Connected to Your Kids Anytime, Anywhere for Free with Scratch Wireless

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Can you believe I’m the mom of a 5th grader? I can’t! Jacob was in 1st grade when I started Pretty Opinionated! Back then, I wasn’t even thinking about things like after-school activities, cell phones and letting him walk home from the bus stop. Now, at 10, he’s starting band practice and begging for a bit more independence. He also needs a cell phone. While I have one that I got for him last year for review that I did love, Jake just burns through minutes on it. I needed something that let him get in touch with me anytime, […] Read more »

Capturing Authentic First Day Back to School Memories #SanDisk

Check out my favorite tips for capturing authentic back to school memories and for safely storing them so they last generations!

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post. All opinions are my own. The back to school countdown is on! Jacob has less than two weeks until he returns. He’s going into 5th grade this year. It’s a pretty monumental year! He’s top of the food chain in his elementary school (our district goes up to 5th). He’s also starting band and learning the clarinet. It’s going to be an exciting year for him, and I want to document it! I have to be honest, over the last few years, I have more […] Read more »

Stop Filtering OUT the Bad, Start Filtering IN the Good with SmartFeed

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This post is brought to you by SmartFeed. All opinions are my own. Ever wish you could stop filtering out all the bad stuff and start filtering IN the good news for your kids? With SmartFeed, that’s exactly what you do! I’ll be honest with you, I don’t want my son watching the news. I am a pretty liberal parent. I let him watch shows and play games that many parents don’t allow. Yet I draw the line at the nightly newscast. To me, it’s the most violent show on television. As he’s getting older, I do give him access […] Read more »

Give Your Kids Cyber Safe Futures with BCGA

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  Did you know that June is Internet Safety Awareness Month? Throughout the month, the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and Spring are inviting you to ask their panel of Boys & Girls Club teens from around the world your biggest questions regarding your online privacy, cyberbullying, social networking and other cyber-related safety issues. As a mom to a techno-gamer kid, I worry about Jacob’s safety online. I have more […] Read more »

Capture Every Sweet Summer Moment with GoPro Hero+LCD!


I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. All opinions are my own. With summer FINALLY here, it’s time to start planning adventures! Whether you’re going hiking, biking, chilling at the beach or just seeing where the day takes you, GoPro Hero+LCD makes documenting your sweet summer moments a breeze! It’s the perfect gift for dads, grads and anyone who loves to keep up with the latest technology. In fact, my 10-year-old son asked me for one recently, just so he can document his life as a gamer! Why the GoPro Hero+LCD? I have a total thing […] Read more »

Experience the Thrill of Vegas from the Comfort of Your Sofa with DoubleDown Casino


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DoubleDown Casino for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Looking for a fun way to escape your daily routine? How about the chance to experience the thrill of Vegas without the plane ride or the huge blow to your wallet? If you love casino games but don’t exactly want to GO to the casino, DoubleDown Casino  is the perfect game for you. I love slot games. Pulling the reel (or, these days, pushing a button), watching the colorful images spin, waiting to see if it’s going to stop on a winning […] Read more »

Share Your Life on the Bigger Screen with XFINITY

Stream your life to the big screen with XFINITY.

With my brother living nearly four hours away, we miss a lot of my niece’s firsts. Her first steps, her first words, even her first birthday party. My brother tries to include us as much as possible by sending us videos, but seeing it afterward isn’t quite the same as being there. Now, if we could watch it on a bigger screen at the same time it was happening, that would be a whole different story! Stream Your Life in Real Time with XFINITY XFINITY is launching an awesome new feature that will let you do just that: share your […] Read more »

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

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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

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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 »