Ecobots N79 Deebot Customer ReviewReviews Technology 

Review of the Ecovacs Deebot N79 Robotic Vacuum

tldr; The Ecovacs Deebot N79 is a worthy robotic vacuum that may not be as smart as some of its competitors but it definitely has a great feature set and does an excellent job of its primary job–it is a really good vacuum. My daughter asked for a robotic vacuum cleaner for her 9th birthday. (Looking for better gift ideas for a gifted and talented student? [Opens in a new window]) A strange request, but my wife and I were talking about getting one anyway, and the birthday wish was the…

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Where to buy fruits and vegetables for the best prices in MarylandFood Nutrition Recommendations Save Money 

Top 6 Places To Buy Fruit, Vegetables & Other Produce For Cheap in Central Maryland

If your family is like ours, we eat lots of fruit and vegetables.  We especially like fresh organic fruits and produce when possible, but we also like to keep the costs under control. Below are my top 6 recommendations for where to buy produce, plus some bonus tips on how to get great veggies for lower prices in Maryland (This advice applies to anywhere in the United States although you’ll need to follow my links to find cheap produce in your area–read further for some great kitchen gadgets to help you…

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schools closed camps spring break howard county mdColumbia Maryland Education kids activities 

School’s Out and Spring Break Camps in Howard County Maryland 2019 – 2020 School Year

Looking for ideas for what to do with your kids when schools are closed for special days off in Howard County during the 2019 – 2020 school year? Here are a few of the organizations that I know of that can provide care and learning during days off such as spring break, fall break, teacher in-service days, and other days off during the school year. Howard County Conservancy – Great camps my kids really enjoy these. Beautiful locations in Elkridge and Woodstock.  For example, this year, on the break for…

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Apps to control your kids screen time at homekids activities Parenting Phone Bills Technology 

Parental Control Apps to Monitor and Control Your Child’s Screen Time

As a parent, I hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did. Screens have invaded the minds of my two girls, and I needed to get control over it. Since my kids switch between a few devices and types, I needed to use a combination of things to reign this in. Here is what I was up against: Mobile Phones – My kids both have mobile phone devices from Republic Wireless. That means they can use either mobile data plans or WiFi to access the internet. I needed to be able…

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Restaurant Recommendations for Families with Kids in Howard CountyColumbia Maryland Food kids activities Nutrition 

Great Restaurants in Howard County for Kids

My family is always working on finding the restaurants in Howard County that offer the best experience and best quality food for our family lunch and dinner outings. It’s easy to go to the usual suspect restaurants such as Friday’s and Red Robin, but there are other great restaurants that you and your kids may enjoy. Below find a few of my favorites. Cava Grill (Columbia) – This is currently my favorite restaurant. They offer Greek food Chipotle-style. You and your family get a healthy meal and they have great…

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Google Home Review for Families and KidsReviews Technology 

Google Home for Kids

We recently added a Google Home to our household. We’ve all been having alot of fun with it and I think it’s very useful for families with children. The device is relatively family friendly, and my kids love having it–so do I. Ways we use Google Home with Kids in our house Timers: I think the timer feature is one of the “killer app” aspects of the Google Home. You simply say something like “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes for Piano,” and it will start running a…

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Where To Have Kids Birthday Parties in Howard County MarylandChildrens' Birthday Parties kids activities Kids Birthday Parties Party Ideas 

Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Howard County MD

SEE MY LIST OF 52+ IDEAS FOR KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES AROUND HOWARD COUNTY BELOW – UPDATED August 23, 2019. There are so many great location options for indoor and outdoor birthday parties for kids in Howard County. I have compiled a list of birthday party ideas–some of the party places are popular, but others more unusual, creative, and even a few unique ideas. Please note that these are not paid listings–this is simply my own list of birthday party places. I have added the birthday venues here because I have…

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Kid's Birthday's in Baltimore County MD - Place ideas.Childrens' Birthday Parties Featured Kids Birthday Parties Reviews 

Kid’s Birthday Party Place Ideas in Baltimore County

Are you looking for some ideas for places to have your child’s birthday party in Baltimore County? If you need ideas, here is my list of birthday party places around Baltimore County and nearby in Howard County and Anne Arundel County. With each idea I try to include links to Amazon.com for some ideas for party favors and sometimes educational gifts that go along with the party theme. Looking for some great birthday gift ideas for your girl or boy? See my list! First, here are some of the more…

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children's theater and dance companies in Maryland and Washington DCEducation kids activities 

Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in Maryland

There are some amazing and unusual dance and kid’s theater companies in Maryland and Washington D.C. We have some excellent places for kids to see performing arts as well as great places for them to take classes. Below is my list of some of the dance and theater places that I am aware of: Places for Kid’s To See Performing Arts in Maryland Candlelight Kids – The Candlelight Concert Society of Maryland offers a series of dance and musical performances that kids of all ages will surely enjoy. This year they…

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Before and after care in howard county mdEducation kids activities Recommendations Review 

Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2018-2019). We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried. As a former teacher,  I have seen what before and after care can be (a waste of children’s time, with some fun mixed in) and hope to find something better. One possibility is a martial arts program at one of a few locations around Howard County. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, a member of the martial art’s schools staff picks…

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