Your local Radio Shack is more than a place to just find a battery for that hard to find battery:) It is a place that is filled with all sorts of fun tech gifts for the tech lover in your life. My friends at Radio Shack sent me a few things to take a look at for this holiday season gift giving. They would love for you to #giftsmart when you are thinking about what gifts to buy this year.
The great thing about shopping at Radio Shack is if you are not familiar with what you’re really looking for… the folks there are a huge help. So if you’re not very tech savvy but you have a son who is very tech savvy… they will be able to direct you to some really cool gifts that will for sure to wow him this year.
This NASA inspired building kit is really everything the little scientist in your family needs. It combines everyday items along with the things in this kit to create some pretty cool robots and other fun scientific toys. Think Legos on steroids! If you have a thinker in your home this is the perfect gift for them. Hours and hours and hours of inspiring creativity!
And this handy Bluetooth speaker also doubles as a battery charger for your smartphone. So never be caught with a dead battery again! Makes for a great picnic accoutrement too… have some music on when you’re out and about. Dual function that is so purposeful which I completely can get behind!
Be sure to search up on your favorite social channel (@RadioShack) #giftsmart to see even more fun tech gifts that people are giving this year. Radio Shack has a price match guarantee along with the “R” promise which is the assurance that you will always get the right product at the right price.
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It’s kind of funny when I stop and think about it. When I first started blogging I didn’t even have a smartphone. I don’t think many people (average everyday moms/dads) had smartphones. But now I can’t imagine blogging without my phone. I rarely pull out my nice camera anymore. I wanted to share with you a few favorite smartphone apps that I use everyday. If you have some that you love please share them I love to find out about new ways to be productive.
Pixlr: a free editing app that is so extensive it could go head to head with some of the best computer editing programs. I typically take a picture with my camera and then open it in Pixlr to brighten it up a bit and then share it on Instagram or Facebook or here on the blog.
Colornote: I seem to be spending a whole bunch more time in my car lately with carpool and taxing the kiddos around. I love color note because I can dictate an entire blog post on it and then at the top click to send. You can share the note anyway you want….I just send it to my email then cut and paste it into my blog post. Cuts my typing time in half!! It syncs up with any place you would like to share that note your message email or social. It’s a free app that is extremely handy!
Amazon and prime pantry: I use the Amazon app at least once a day. Shopping from the comfort of the couch is a huge plus for me! I have recently learned about Prime Pantry. You can fill a box up with non-perishable items…ship a huge box for $5 and the prices on things like toilet paper and detergent many times beat the stores prices. It ships to your door….done and done. Extremely handy and time saving!!
Shutterfly App: I like to make a yearly photo book (like a family yearbook) of pictures…the Shutterfly app makes it super easy. You can sign up and create an album….any time you take pictures with your photo Shutterfly will notify you that you can upload photos to the album. Once you have all your pictures on there…shutterfly can make it into a book and ship it! Makes it really easy to keep up! If you want to add photos from your camera…just log in online and add it to the album on there….it is so user friendly!! Syncs all photos so that they are in one spot.
Here are a few others things I have found that literally amaze me….did you know your smartphone can do this?….. (affiliate links below….)
Take your/your kids temperature
Give you detailed weather….like better than the 10 o’clock news…
Take a remote control photo with your watch
Make a frog talk
Make you the hippest bike rider in town
Turn your lights off
Make your outlets super smart
Never….like never lose your keys again…. ( ok 11 things your smartphone can do:)
Great gift ideas for the tech-lover in your life!!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ditto by Simple Matters for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Sometimes companies contact me and tell me about a really cool new product that I get to research to tell you about. This is exactly one of those cases. I was sent a request to share with you a cool new gadget that will be available the first part of the new year. The Ditto will be life changing….and it will put you back in control of your smartphone rather than the other way around…. It seems we have become so connected to our smartphones that many of us have a hard time putting it down. We go out to dinner with our family…there’s our phone. We go on a girl’s night out…there’s our phones….running errands…at a stop light….trying to exercise….it is constantly need of our attention. You hear about sidewalks in China that now have smartphone lanes for walking because so many people were bumping into each other because they are all looking down at their phones. You hear about restaurants offering discounts to patrons who will check their cell phones at the door so they actually can have a conversation at dinner. It’s kind of becoming an epidemic how connected we need to be. They offer us so much productivity….and they are wonderful….but with all things…moderation is the key. There has to be a line drawn and ditto helps you draw that line. Imagine going out on a date with your hubby and not pulling your cell phone out to check to see if the kids are okay or if you’re sick grandmother is still in the hospital or if Johnny got to the basketball practice okay. Ditto is a very convenient little device that lets you save favorite phone numbers that are extremely important to you and it vibrates to let you know that that person is trying to contact you. It never needs to be charged it has a very low cost battery that will not need replacing for a very long time. It will clip on to a bra strap… it will sneak into the smallest of pockets…only you will know it is there. There will be no need to check your cell phone because if that important person is trying to get ahold of you Ditto will let you know! It is waterproof so you can swim with it on…it is so lightweight that you can wear it on your workout clothes and not even know it’s there but yet you are still connected. I think inventions like this makes so much sense because it puts the importance back on the people who are important. You live in the moment . I would encourage you to take 2 minutes of your day to check out this video and go ahead and back this product. You will be the coolest on the street when you go out with your friends to the next moms night out and everybody’s checking their phone…while you are soaking it all in….:)
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Yall full? Turkey overload? Here is a great activity to get those Christmas cards done and done!
Easier than you think….promise. And no…these aren’t my Christmas cards…this was a card I just did to show you how easy it is to create your own one of a kind Chrismas card. I use Picmonkey every day. It is how I place text on all my blog post. I love this free service (I pay a monthly fee because I use a few of the other features…) but you can totally get away with using the free service to create a unique card this year.
First you need to find a Christmas digital paper that you like. I use etsy to find digital paper….once you find one..pay for it and the seller will send you a link to download the “paper” to your computer. Once you have this you are set to create your card.
I purchased my digital paper on this etsy shop for $1.50 (for 8 papers!)
All set….here are the steps…
On the top you will see “Open” and it will ask for a file to open. Click on the digital paper you would like to use for your background on your card. (see below)
On the far left, you will see “crop”. Select the size of the card you are creating. Mine is 5 by 7. Select that and size the box accordingly on your digital paper.
Your paper should look like this (cropped to landscape or portrait depending on the picture you will be using)
Now you are ready to drop your picture on top of your paper. On the far left, select “overlays” and select at the way top “your own”. It will open a browser box for you to select your own photo to lay on top of your paper. Click the picture you want and click open.
Widen your picture on top of the paper so that it is where you want it.
Now you are ready to add text. Select the Letter icon on the far left menu. Click a text to use and select “Add text” at the way top. A text box will pop up on your picture and you can type in what you want to say.
Add you text and place it where you want on top of your picture. You can change the color by clicking on the color box on the right (you can also center and make it larger from here too)
All set to save your one of a kind Christmas card! Select “save” and place it in your picture file on your computer. Now you can upload that to any photo printing company and have your prints printed up! (Costco has fabulous prices:)
Easy enough right?!?! Go play with it and I bet you will love it too!!
Be sure to tune in this week and follow along with some of my favorite bloggin buddies. We are each going to post a cookie recipe to get you ready for the holidays!
Good music will set the mood for any great together. I have been compiling a little list of songs that are great to listen to in the background for your Thanksgiving celebrating. I use Spotify….(which I loooovvveeee). You can make an account and just click follow and my Clever Thanksgiving playlist will show up on your account too. It is a really great way to share music and playlist with friends too. Have fun with it!
Who knows…..maybe you will find a new favorite song:) Oh and you can put the playlist on shuffle and repeat if you want it to just keep mixing it up and playing all day long. Just use the “playback” menu on the top of your spotify and select shuffle and repeat:) I will probably be adding a few more songs this weekend…so be sure to refresh the playlist:)
Feel free to pass it on to…we will all be celebrating together through music!
Do you have a favorite you would add to this playlist?? Tell me!