Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family

When you first move away from family it becomes routine to pack up your bags and head home when the snow starts to fly for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As time goes by and circumstances change, it may become too difficult to gather up the whole family for big trips every year.

Spending holidays away from family is challenging, but using the opportunity to make new traditions is a fun way to celebrate. Today we’ve put together a list of how you can manage your homesickness by creating a holiday family celebration of your own, no matter how far away your tree is from where your heart calls home. 

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Gifts for Men Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

 

#dmholiday16 Gifts for Men

We all have different men in our life that we love and adore. He’s the backbone of the family. Whether you are shopping for your dad, your husband, a brother, or friend, he deserves a special holiday, full of thoughtful and unique gifts under the tree chosen just for him. Don’t even think about getting him another tired old tie; browse this list for our favorite 2016 gifts for men!

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7 Apps For Your Holiday Travels

With the holidays just around the corner you may be starting to prepare for journeys near and far to visit family. When planning a trip with the whole crew in tow, being prepared is key to enjoying the time on the road.

From flight assistance to picking the best rest stops, knowing what’s ahead on your journey can help make a smooth and memorable time for the whole family. We’ve picked out the seven best apps for making your holiday travels as prepared as they can be.

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20 Tips for a Positive Relationship with Social Media

It appears that social media is here to stay, whether we like it or not. While some choose to abstain, the overwhelming majority of us engage in social media in one form or another. Scrolling through facebook or instagram can connect you to people like never before, but it can leave you feeling disconnected. In fact, social media can leave you feeling totally crappy. You can choose to unplug completely but if you don’t want to go totally off the grid, there are ways to use social media without feeling awful. Here are 20 tips to have a positive experience with social media.

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Gear Guide: Withings Home and Baby Monitoring System

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences of your life. One minute you’re basking in the smell of your newborn’s sweet skin and the next, you’re checking in on him in his crib every five minutes to make sure he’s safe and content. Getting things done while your baby is napping is near impossible. Luckily for us, we live in the age of technology, and one of the greatest baby gadgets to hit the markets has been the video baby monitor, making quick check-ins as simple as a glance on a screen from anywhere in the home. But, what if you could check in on your baby while you’re away at work or on a much-needed date with your partner? This is why we love Withings Home Monitoring System. It’s an all-in-one piece of comfort!

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8 Apps Every Busy Mom Needs

Parenthood is busy. From school to extracurricular activities to playdates, moms and dads always seem to be on the run. Luckily for our generation, technology is at our fingertips making it easier than ever to keep us organized. Between our own schedules and our kids’ schedules we are now able to have everything at our fingertips – a quick glance or an alarm can remind us of what we need to be doing. But none of that does us any good if we don’t utilize the different tools available to us!

Searching through your App Store to find a program that works for you can be overwhelming. There are apps for scheduling, for grocery shopping, and for list-making. There are apps to remind you to pay bills, compare prices of products, and for recipes. If you need it, it’s out there. The hard part is, that it’s often hard to fish through them all. But worry no more! Below is a list of 8 apps that will help keep you organized and a little less stressed. 

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What you need to know about Pokemon Go

In just a few days Nintendo has made a rapid comeback with the release of their first mobile blockbuster, Pokemon Go. You may have seen neighbors lingering in front of your home, experienced 90’s era cartoon characters popping up on social media sites and wondered why people have begun to gather in groups in the neighborhood church parking lot. The answer for all of the above is Pokemon Go.

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Not Your Momma’s Playlist….

This is NOT your Momma’s playlist – except it is; it’s your momma’s and your momma’s momma’s. This is a playlist that spans generations, bridges gaps, connects our littles to our grandmas, all while keepin’ it real. We’ve compiled a playlist that goes beyond typical toddler tunes by encouraging kids to listen and learn music that spans generations. Because let’s face it, one more day of “Let it Go” and we all might be running off to a secluded ice palace.

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Gifts for the Tech Savvy Dad: Father’s Day 2016

With a whole new host of “smart” gadgets popping up in the market by the day it can be easy to feel like your head is spinning when you start shopping for the tech-savvy dad in your life. But the bottom line is that as confusing as it can be, you actually have a great selection of products to choose from. If you are shopping for somebody who can never have enough gadgets, then read on to see what we know are some of the top picks this year.  

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5 Ways to Save Money on your home Electricity Bill

We have entered the winter months and when the weather outside becomes frightful, our monthly utility bills do the same. We have put together a helpful guide that can help you reduce the amount of money you’re spending each month on your electricity. These strategies include heating, lighting and powering your home more efficiently while cutting down on the cost associated with each.

Here are 5 tips to saving money on your home electricity bill.

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The Importance of a Device-Free Dinner Table

It’s hard enough for Mom to cook dinner, keep the house looking tidy and fold your underwear. Your wife is a Goddess and the last thing she needs is for Dad to come home and be a zombie. Even the Mom who gets help at home with grandparents, has hired a nanny, or even has a husband that is into folding laundry is going to be burned out keeping the ship upright – the way she wants.

No matter what hat Mom most frequently wears at home, and there is probably 20 different hats being worn – there is little doubt, especially in the formative first 6 years, that Mom does most of the heavy lifting. The very least the involved Father can do is support her as best as possible. This means being focused at the dinner table.

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Turning Your House Into A Smart Home

In recent years plenty of high-tech tools have been brought to the marketplace that help to turn your house into a smart-home. Luckily nowadays, a fully functioning smart home is hardly a science fiction novelty like where the Jetsons lived. If you are ready to start automating your home then you are in luck! There are many options available to you and they don’t all have to break your wallet. In fact, many of them will offer you long term savings. Already own a smartphone? You are in luck. From self programming thermostats to smart locks there are many appliances, devices, and gadgets designed to increase your home’s technology IQ and most of them are controlled directly from your smartphone.  

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5 Tips to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Service

Our cell phone is like an extra appendage. It’s the one thing that can leave you feeling incomplete if you leave the house without it and unconnected from the world if you happen to lose it. While it seems silly to place so much emphasis on a piece of technology, we consistently dish out over a hundred dollars a month on a phone that has all the bells and whistles, to include an always increasing contract. Even though we couldn’t fathom ditching our phones anytime soon, there are a few ways to ditch the high dollar signs.

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