Category Archives: Tech Talk

Tech Tuesday: QR Code Art

This would be a perfect gift for the tech lover in your life. Etsy seller Colorelish creates unique QR code art that be custom made for any occasion….All the recipient has to do is scan the code to see what the picture says. A very fun and unique gift….

 

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The QR code art I create is applied with color composition and is one of a kind. Download a free QR reader in your smartphone and simply scan the picture, and then the phrase "Love" will show up instantly. If you would like to have your personalized message or URL with this design, please buy one additional add-on from
http://www.etsy.com/listing/68924346/additional-graphic-design-services-5.
• Printed on fine art paper using high-quality archival pigment inks
• Image size: 4 1/2"x4 1/2", paper size: 8"x8"
• Frame and mat are not included. The frame shown in the picture is 8"x8" frame from Aaron Brothers.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Star gazing Apps

While you are hunkering down on those tasty smores…I thought I would give you an idea to look up into that beautiful summer sky. These apps are perfect for summer star gazing…you may actually teach the kiddos a thing or two;)

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Found this on DigitalTrends:

Android users are lucky, because the free Sky Map app is really excellent. You can find the positions of the stars and planets by holding your smartphone up to the sky. You’ll also see the constellations marked, and you can even time travel to see the difference in years gone by.

You don’t need to worry if you’re using iOS, because Star Walk ($3) is pretty special. It marks stars, planets, satellites, and constellations, along with a night mode that’s easy on the eyes, and a time machine function to see what the sky used to look like. You’ll also find a community of star gazers, info on celestial events, and some stunning photos in this app.

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Go find the Big Dipper :)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tech Tuesday: Carrot app

Do you ever get sidetracked? You have this big list of To Do’s…and then you catch a glimpse of something and it pulls you in and then you find yourself under the sink cabinet for an hour finding old q tips from 2004….just me?

This app may help us stay more on task. It is called the Carrot app…it basically rewards you for checking things off your list…and lets you know when you have to stay on task.

It’s worth a shot I think….$1 is a bargain I say… to make my list go away:)

 

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Need a little extra motivation to help you tackle your to-do list? Carrot ($1) should do nicely. Touted as a to-do list “with a personality”, this moody little app will reward you when you’re being productive, while greeting you with a clean, white/black/blue interface. Start slacking, however, and you’ll be greeted by an angry app, complete with a black/white/red interface and not-so-subtle hints that you need to stop being so lazy. With over 300 rewards and two full “chapters” to unlock, it’s like a game inside a productivity app.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tech Tuesday: USB bracelet

I think this would be super handy….and super cute to wear out! Always have your music and pics on you…at a moments notice…whip off your bracelet and play some tune:) Probably would be really handy for the college student in your life too.

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Is it jewelry? Or a computer peripheral? Actually, the USB Bracelet (€30; roughly $40) is a little of both. Made in Scandinavia, It features a silver and gold metal, 2GB thumb drive that serves as the clasp for a 4mm real braided leather cord. Available in black, brown, and beige, it sure beats that gold microprocessor necklace you bought last year.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Parent tips for Instagram

Another quick chat about the social media app called Instagram. I love instagram. It is a natural fit for me because I could look at photographs all day. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family (and favorite bloggers) all over the globe because it is quick and very user friendly. However, there is a learning curve for children (and adults). Here are some of the tips I have shared with my kids on how to use it responsibly.

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* Instagram’s purpose is to share inspiring and interesting photographs. Not photos of what underwear you have on or yet another “duckface”  picture of yourself and your besties. Use discretion and ask yourself….”is this interesting? Is this inspiring? Is this kind hearted?” And as for sharing the newest and greatest thing you have…think of it like this: beginning of the school day, kids are gathering in the classroom. …you walk in the classroom and shout out “hey hey everyone look at my new shirt!!! It’s from that super popular store in the mall!!! Like it up peeps!!!!”. Sharing that on instagram is just the same as doing that. No need to boast. It’s pretty tacky.

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* Unfortunately, there will always be folks who abuse the system. There will always be children (and adults) who have a harder time being nice. And as I have said before, if they aren’t nice to you in person, they will not be nice online. Distance yourself from people that bring you down.

* Naturally, I love instagram….because I love photos. Each one tells a story. It is also a really fun way to get a peek at how people go about there day—and fun behind the scenes of projects from your favorite bloggers. Use it to find out more about your favorite hobby.

* Be mindful that any picture you place on instagram (or anywhere else online) can be copied and used no matter if you are following that person or not. There is a function on all smartphones called “screen capture” …meaning that someone can swipe any picture online of you…and use it. Be mindful and conscience of that fact. So what I tell my kids is…if  you wouldn’t walk into church and do exactly what you are doing in that photograph….then don’t post it. Your priest can see it too. (Totally makes them think before posting ;)

* If someone is posting a picture that is demeaning or rude, report them. Instagram is pretty good about taking away accounts when they see the system being abused.

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* Technology will only get more confusion. The objective is to help your kids navigate and use it with the best intentions. How will you teach them how to use it…if you don’t know yourself? Take time to learn…because technology will only keep getting more advanced. To ignore that it is there…is to be ignorant of it’s power.

* There is a reason there is not a “dislike” button. Build up friends…don’t tear them down.parenting instagram tips

* It is ok to be funny. Funny is always good…when it is done from a place of kindness.

* Use the comment section to agree or enlighten the conversation.

* Keep your account on private. Easiest way to detract the haters. You will be asked to “approve” someone before they can follow you.

* Encourage kids to look past numbers and rankings. It is not an easy task…but weather you realize it or not they listen to you and they soak in that advice when they need it most.

* In Instagram’s mission statement….they wish for “the World to be connected through photographs”. It is a beautiful thing…being able to search a #hashtag for #rome and see this (by user donodaria)

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….The world becomes a smaller place. And maybe we will connect with it a bit easier when tragedy strikes. That is a win win for everybody.

What would you add to this list?

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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