Apps to control your kids screen time at home kids 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 County Columbia Maryland Food kids activities Nutrition 

Great Restaurants in Howard County for Kids

We’re 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 beverages such…

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Google Home Review for Families and Kids Reviews 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 Maryland Childrens' Birthday Parties kids activities Kids Birthday Parties Party Ideas 

Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Howard County MD

SEE MY LIST OF 50+ IDEAS FOR KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES BELOW I am really sure other parents are as sick as I am of inflatable bounce house birthday parties.  It’s not to say kids don’t enjoy them–they are fun, but they are so repetitive and unimaginative, and I really can’t stand the production-line-style birthday party they seem to thrive on. To help parents combat the urge to take the easiest route, I present my list of birthday party ideas–some of the party locations are typical, but others more unusual, creative and even…

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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 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 more ideas, here is my list of places around the 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. First, here are some of the more typical party ideas. These are popular and possibly done too often (I am purposely not mentioning…

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children's theater and dance companies in Maryland and Washington DC Education 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 md Education 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 (2017-2018).  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, they pick your child up after school and they can…

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Juicepresso Review Nutrition Reviews Uncategorized 

Juicespresso Juicer Review

The Juicespresso Juicer is an amazing device for juicing fans. If you’re considering purchasing one, read my review. The Juicespresso cold press masticating machines are very efficient at getting the juice out of various fruits and vegetables. You’ll be pleased that it will potentially lower your produce bill when compared to your old high-speed juicer. This juicer is compact, so it doesn’t take up much counter space (you’ll want to keep it out all the time!) and it is dishwasher safe. I was using a Jack LaLane juicer that I…

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Should You Use Redfin in Maryland? Reviews Save Money 

Redfin Review in Maryland: Should You Use RedFin, Rather Than A Traditional Real Estate Agent?

Is it a good idea to use Redfin to sell or purchase a home in Maryland? Read my Redfin Review! Many home buyers and home sellers in Maryland are asking themselves whether or not they should use Redfin (RDFN)  to buy or sell their home.  They are worried about whether they’ll get the same service or somehow make less money, or do more work themselves if they use Redfin. Honestly, Redfin is great. It is NOT a do-it-yourself or for sale by owner (FSBO) service by any stretch–this is a…

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Republic Wireless 2.0 Review 2015 Featured Phone Bills Review Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless Review Part 1

Republic Wireless 2.0 Review Executive Summary – Updated March 12, 2016 My customer review covers the Republic Wireless Mobile Phone Service with the Moto X gen 2, Moto E gen 2 and Moto G phones.  This review is about the Republic Wireless 2.0 plan which isn’t available anymore. They have now launched a their 3.0 plan, so the information below is outdated. For current information please see my review of Republic Wireless 3.0 and comparison to Google Project Fi.   “Stop wasting money on high-priced yearly contract phones.  Get reliable, smarter…

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