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Alexa Has Manners. Why Don’t My Kids?

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So this just happened. As my wife gets ready in the bathroom, she talks to Alexa to find out the time and weather. And yes, an Alexa is in the bathroom. If you have not done this life hack yet, you really need to try it. Anyway, I listen to this ever... Read full article

Lights, Camera, and Action

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How well do you know you know your children and what they are really thinking about? Well, I found a fun way to get inside the mind of a five year old, and it was all by accident. It is really simple, and you have all the tools you need in your pocke... Read full article

A Christmas Life Hack

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A Christmas Life Hack I may not be liked very much for this idea, but that’s okay, I can live with it. This all starts every time I walk around my house and see toys on top of toys and stuff on top of stuff. What I am talking about is all the thin... Read full article

Leave the Bubble

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Recently, a friend of mine passed unexpectedly. We know this happens every day, but it seems it has to keep happening to remind us to live in the moment. With our children, it’s easy to get up in the morning, start the daily routine, and get ready fo... Read full article

Summer is Here, it Seems

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It’s officially summer, but it feels like we should be at the end of summer. I’m wondering if I am going to survive this one. Normally, we have pool parties and friends visiting all summer, and the little ones have sleepovers and our front door is a ... Read full article



Summer is Coming

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Alright, here is the warning shot with a twist for all my Game of Thrones fans, SUMMER IS COMING. We must get ready. What does that mean? Well, I–being the optimist I am–believe we will be back to a much closer-to-normal summer than last year, with s... Read full article

That Was Summer?

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Really? Did we have summer already and now we are going back to school (or trying to)?... Read full article

It's the Day Before the Hurricane, Everyday

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We're all hanging out as a family every day. We have to learn new ways to work with each other; our children have to learn a new way to learn. We're rushing to get groceries, we’re seeing empty shelves, and we’re looking everywhere for toilet paper.... Read full article

I’m Not Spoiling Them, I’m Playing the Long Game

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I like technology, and I use it everyday and any way I can. As you may know, my house is fully automated, from the AC to the lights to everything in between. I have done it all with the help of my little people. We have changed light switches and run... Read full article

I Need a Real Smart Home

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I’m a techy guy. I love to automate things in my life, and I love gadgets–so much so–I have them all over my house. I can turn on lights and the AC from anywhere in the world, or just ask Alexa to do it for me. Now, my children have grown up in this ... Read full article

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