Thursday, September 8, 2016

#SPONSORED: Smart Devices That Make Your Life Simpler

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 15+ years.

OK~ Technology continues to change how we all live. It makes life a lot easier and things that we once thought were years away, are in our daily lives today. It's important to be smart and safe with these devices. Parents want to make note of the Parent/Child Agreement, as this is an avenue of communication and safety for families.

Families are leading very busy lives today and want to know what's going on at home while traveling. They also want life to be simpler when they are home. Here's a few ideas in the world of technology to make your life a little simpler.

According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 49 percent of smartphone owners use smart home technology or connected home devices on a monthly basis or more. I have no doubt that a lot of these devices and apps are going to be more common words in our day to day lives. There's no going back to that corded telephone, wireless looks to be here to stay!

Nest Thermostat

Who ever imagined that you would be managing the temperature at home from the palm of your hand with the Nest Thermostat, also available at U.S. Cellular. Whether away on vacation or gone for a long day at work, the thermostat can be adjusted from a smartphone and help drastically save money by cutting down on energy usage, especially when the house is empty.

This is just one example of how technology is making life convenient at home.

Nest Cam

With Nest Cam, now available at U.S. Cellular, the whole house can be monitored from any of the latest devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7. With the Night Vision feature on Nest Cam, it’s possible to keep an eye on things when it’s dark. As a frequent traveler, the ability to do this intrigues me.

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

I'm all about simple in the kitchen and it's no secret that cooking is not my specialty. A substantial, hot dinner can be ready right when you arrive home by using the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo, which enables users to set the timer or adjust the setting from any smartphone. How convenient is that?

Smartphones are changing how we live and I have to think that it's all in a good way. We are connected more than ever before. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 91 percent of smartphone owners rarely or never leave their phone at home. This is an interesting statistic, as I drove into town today and reached for my phone and I had left it at home. I will admit it, it felt odd. My Samsung Galaxy S 7 is my lifeline for several things, including the list that I needed while at the store this morning without my phone.

I'd love to hear how you are embracing all of this technology. Are you loving the idea of being connected to your family, friends and NOW your home 24/7? I find it challenging to find the balance, and I continue to work on that. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 22, 2016

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The creation of the labor movement, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. This holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Have you ever wondered how much work would get done without coffee? I'm sure that there are a lot that would say all work would stop if they didn't have their cup of java to fuel them. Thanks to Brooklyn Bean's Bold Variety Pack I've got the fuel to bring you this giveaway!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

#SPONSORED: Online Safety Tips For Transitioning From Summer To The New School Year

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 15+ years.

OK~ A new school year is upon us and families are scrambling as to how they will keep their kiddos safe online. The simplest solution that I can suggest is the Parent/Child Agreement that U.S. Cellular offers. The learning experience for students is evolving as more schools are opting for electronic textbooks and adopting technology like tablets and smartphones as learning tools. There’s an uptick in inquiries about data usage, family plans and new devices at this time of year as students prepare to enter classes where they can bring their own device or use tablets rather than books. Your local U.S. Cellular store associates can offer solutions that will work best for your and your family.

In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents said the average age of children getting their own cellphone from a parent is 11, whereas five years ago this age was 14. That same survey showed that safety was the primary reason. The appropriate time varies from family to family, and parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. Again, most importantly, have the conversation with your kids. Being safe and smart online do go hand in hand.
Most importantly, make sure you take the time to set up your child’s phone to ensure they only have access to phone features and apps that are appropriate for their age. There are apps available that help parents monitor their child’s mobile web usage and allow parents to block certain websites and restrict the downloading of applications. The good news is that 72 percent of parents surveyed do have rules about their kids’ cellphone use. This is a HUGE step in the right direction!

Do you have a teen driver in the house? U.S. Cellular’s Vehicle Monitoring System is a device that can be installed in your teen’s car. Parents can use the app on their 4G LTE iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S7 or any tablet, to check a vehicle’s location on a map, as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of any mechanical issues. You’ll know where your teenager is at any time of day, and whether the car needs servicing like an oil change.

Several changes are happening in class rooms across the country as well.Tablets are being used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Access to e-books, learning apps, online educational videos and the Internet can all enhance the learning experience. With reliable mobile access to the Internet on a high-speed network through U.S. Cellular, teachers and students can effectively harness the full capability of this technology…in the classroom, at home, on the bus, between practices or anywhere.

All of this technology continues to move fast, but it's an exciting time to be a student, as there are so many fun ways that kids can learn. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one tool to help your student stay up to date with classroom activities and more. I know that when I was in school, many years ago, it was a great feeling to have a brand new text book in hand. Today, it's all about the technology and the tablets in hand.

Be safe and smart online and offline during the 2016-17 school year. You and your family can have an amazing year of learning, building friendships and exploring new opportunities unlike ever before. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?