How to Nurture Creativity in Teens

This post about how to nurture creativity in teens has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. 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. When my children were younger, nurturing creativity was easy.  Our art closet was stocked with every type of art supply you could image.  Along with odds and ends like egg crates, fabric scraps and empty yogurt cups.  They had free reign when it came to glue and glitter and it was a glorious mess that inspired creative … [Read more...]

Gifts For Techies That You’ll Want To Keep For Yourself!

Do you know someone who loves technology gifts?  Have a friend who is always plugged in?  Since I have teens who are addicted to their electronic gadgets, I am keeping my eyes out for great gifts for techies that they may enjoy! While my teens may be plugged in way too much, my whole family is really addicted to technology. I am a simple sort of girl...I don't have 30 pairs of shoes or an entire drawer full of makeup. My wardrobe includes one purse and I use it until it can't go another mile.  However,I am a HUGE fan of all things related to … [Read more...]

Learning Photography Basics Without Spending a Fortune

This post about learning photography basics has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. When I started blogging about 8 years ago, my photography skills were pitiful.  I was only using my cell phone. and knew nothing about lighting, staging, or creating a visually appealing display.  Over the years, I like to think I have improved quite a bit. Of course,  I still have a ways to go!  Learning photography basics hasn't been easy and I spent a lot of money on a photography class to try and help.  However, now that Best Buy has … [Read more...]

How to Make Your iPad Run Faster (a guide for the NON techie person!)

Tired of waiting for apps to load and wondering how to make your iPad run faster?  I am in the same boat. Mine is an iPad 2 and am desperately trying to figure out how to make my old iPad faster.  I live on my iPad...to the point where I can feel the heart palpitations starting when I cannot locate it.  It is synced up to 7 email accounts.  It also holds 5 years worth of eBooks that I may never read again but don't want to lose.  However, my beloved iPad is starting to show it's age.  I find myself getting more and more frustrated with it's … [Read more...]

Want to Buy a MacBook Online? Here are a few tips!

This post about how to buy a MacBook online has been sponsored by Swappa.  All opinions are my own. My house has always been a PC home.  We have multiple desktops and laptops and every one of them is some sort of PC.  However, in the last few years, my daughter and husband have gotten seriously interested in art, photography, and music.  They are starting to make a bit of noise about my computer choices.  They insist that an Apple computer is better for video production, photo editing, and music creation.  While I am not quite ready to give … [Read more...]

How to Back Up a Computer on an External Hard Drive

Do you know why you need to learn how to back up a computer on an external hard drive?  Have you ever stopped to think about what you actually HAVE on your computer?  Photos, of course, and maybe your tax returns, wills, or other vital documents.  So much of our lives are digital and learning how to back up your computer means that your digital life is protected in case your computer gets fried.  Now, maybe you are asking yourself 'What's the best way to back up my computer?' That really depends on personal preferences.  I want a physical … [Read more...]

Basic Computer Maintenance Tips and Cleaning Up Your Digital Life

January brings a renewed determination to get organized and simplify our lives.  We make lists of things to do, head to Target for assorted plastic storage bins, and then start purging our lives of unnecessary STUFF. These are great goals to have but what about tackling basic computer maintenance tips and the pigsty that lives inside our hard drive?   Are you going to deal with the fact that it takes your computer so long to download a website that you could go make yourself a ham sandwich in the time it takes for the site to finally be … [Read more...]

High Tech Holiday Gift Ideas and Shopping Technology for Teens

This post about high tech holiday gift ideas and technology for teens has been sponsored by Intel.  All opinions expressed here are my own. When the kids were young, gift giving was easy.  They were pretty happy with just about everything they found under the tree.  Heck, when they were really little, all they wanted was the empty box and bows to play with.  Now that they are teens, gift giving has gotten more challenging.  Of course, like most teens, they are constantly tossing out plenty of high tech holiday gift ideas in addition to new … [Read more...]

Teenagers and Technology: Negotiating their Expensive Wish List

Teenagers and technology seem to go hand in hand nowadays and it can be a pricey combination. When my children were small, their wish list was relatively easy to handle.  They wanted small things that were fairly inexpensive.  I bought tons of LEGO (ok, not THAT cheap!) and art supplies (thank you, Michaels coupons!) and they were happy as clams on Christmas and Birthdays.  But, now I have teenagers and all of a sudden my gift budget just isn't going to make a dent in the wish list they have in their heads. The primary desire of my teenagers is … [Read more...]

How to Protect Electronics during Summer Fun!

Summer is here and we have loads of things planned in the coming months.  We will spend plenty of time in the garden and hanging out at the pool.  Our visit to see family up north will include kids on trampolines, a trip to the beach, and plenty of time in a hot car.  My teens are connected to their phones constantly and knowing how to protect electronics during summer fun can save a ton of money on repairs and replacement.  If you have electronics that you are trying to keep safe during summer fun, I thought I would share a few tips that might … [Read more...]