Tech we Love - Alexa

Tech we Love - Alexa

Aaron loves all things home automation and is always coming up with ways to make our smart home even smarter. Most recently, he has been trying out different ways to control things using voice commands. At first, the system required some pretty lengthy commands to do anything and was sufficiently complicated that I typically opted for the old fashioned way: using my hands to actually press a button on our remote or flip a light switch. Needless to say, I wasn’t sold on the the whole voice thing and, until recently, I honestly didn’t think I ever would be. That all changed when we got our Amazon Echo.

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Stitch Fix July 2016 Review #10

Stitch Fix July 2016 Review #10

Sometimes the best clothing items are the ones you didn’t know you “needed”, until your Stitch Fix stylist sent it to you and realized its value. This was a welcome but unexpected Stitch Fix shipment. Here are the contents of my 10th Stitch Fix box.

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Toddler Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Toddler Summer Wardrobe Essentials

When selecting Max’s summer clothes I looked for pieces that could be easily mixed and matched. I was careful not to go overboard (I have that tendency!) and limited myself to buying about 5 pairs of shorts, 10-12 t-shirts, 3-4 rompers/overalls, 2-3 pairs of shoes. I probably could have gone with a couple less in each category, but we typically keep 2-3 full outfit changes at daycare. Since I do most of my shopping online, it is easy to overlook some of the nuances associated with children’s clothing (i.e. functional vs non-functional draw strings). My guiding principle is to stick to bottoms that can be adjusted beyond an eleastic waistband.

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10 Car Activities for Toddlers

10 Car Activities for Toddlers

We recently took an 8 hour road trip with Max. To entertain him we brought along a couple books, one toy car and an iPad. If you have traveled a lot with a toddler you are probably laughing at our serious lack of toddler entertainment. Needless to say, we spent about 5 minutes on the books, 5 minutes on the toy and the remaining awake time watching shows on the iPad. I’m not opposed to letting Max watch the iPad, but I love the idea of amusing him with more hands-on activities as well. In the future I think Max will enjoy all the educational apps available, but at 17 months he isn’t quite ready for them. I’ve gathered a list of fun non-iPad ways to entertain a toddler in the car.

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Tech we Love - Rachio

Tech we Love - Rachio

The upside of being married to a tech geek is pretty obvious: lots and lots of gadgets. When it comes to a new product launch, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Aaron and his Dad will be on the phone gabbing about all the awesome new features and discussing their plans to get it. Whether it is a smart light bulb, a new feature announced on the iPhone or a new system for home automation, Aaron’s tech insight is always up to date. In a new series I’ll showcase the gadgets a tech novice like me has loved immediately, grown to love or just didn’t care about. This week, Rachio.

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