Teens and Screen Time: How Much Is too Much?

Kindle Fire Front seat

Teens and screen time. How much is too much, especially when it comes to teens and kids? Do you allow your children the freedom of using their tech as much as they’d like or limit usage? Do they give you flack for it? What do you provide as an alternative? Here’s my story on how I maintain a happy household with a tech-loving teen. Hi, my name is Karyn and I have a teenager. “Hi, Karyn.” While I may be making light of the fact just then, she is a…

How to Turn Old Speakers into New with Google Chromecast Audio

Google Chromecast Audio

Mr. Locke is well known in this house for hosting what I like to call a “computer parts graveyard” in our basement. There’s old pc towers, keyboards, random parts – and speakers. While the speakers still work, we’ve upgraded to new machines and laptops with built-in speakers. Instead of tossing perfectly good speakers in the trash, I tested a well-loved pair with Google Chromecast Audio to see if I can bring them back to life. And, while I’m no Dr. Frankenstein, I now have an easy (and affordable!) way to…

Things We Love | January 2017 Edition

Things We Love January 2017

Wow, January certainly flew by like a strong storm (happily, we didn’t get many of those last month)! With the ringing in of the new year, new beauty and travel products caught my eye – and I’m happy to share with you my favorites and things we love (and continue to love!) for January 2017. ALEX AND ANI Living Water Bangle Not only are the ALEX AND ANI bangles super popular for Disney fans (the Walt Disney World shops have a hard time keeping them in stock!), but the company’s…

Things We Love | December 2016 Edition

Things We Love December 2016

Creating the image for this post made me realize one thing immediately: it was all about sparkle and glitter for the month of December! Plating on packaging, sparkles, both subtle and highly prominent, adorns our favorite things. But there’s so much more to our faves than sparkle and glitter: we can truthfully put our stamp of approval on each and every one. Here’s the scoop on December’s edition of the things we love!   Robin McGraw Revelation We catch a bit of Dr. Phil almost everyday we’re not traveling and recently the…

Products that Are Making Our Lives Easier this August!

August favorites

It’s a given that we love trying new products- and we especially love sharing the results with you! From holistic skin care to toys that make our creative sides come shining through, here’s the products that are making our lives easier (and funner!) this month! Accell Power Products You know how there’s those new products in your life that you don’t know how you managed without them? That’s how I feel about Accell’s Power Products. The PowerSquid® Surge Protector and Power Conditioner with 600 Joules of surge protection looks exactly how the…

Amazon Fire: Saving Teens from Boredom on Road Trips Since 2016

Kindle Fire Front seat

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Remember when you were a kid? For me, those happy memories have become more and more fleeting as the years progress, but I still do have a few vivid ones- and one of them includes road tripping. I’m a military brat that lived most of her elementary school years in Northern Maine on an Air Force Base. My family had no family around that particular area, so to visit them we’d all have to jump…

18 Amazing Summer Products We Refuse to Live Without This Fall!

Summer 2016 Products We can't wait to use this autumn

When you spend 3/4 of every summer traveling and living out of a suitcase, you look for products to make your life easier both on the road and on those precious moments when you’re home. From tech to food to gaming and even simplifying our lives, here’s our favorite 18 summer products we refuse to live without this fall! Making Our Lives Easier We search out new products that will make our lives easier both on the road and off. These are our fave picks for all four seasons. Oilogic…

A Lesson in Robotics with the VEX® Robotics Robotic Arm

VEX Robotics

When it comes to robotics, Pittsburgh is definitely on board. Heck, there’s a museum dedicated to the science right on the North Shore- Carnegie Science Center. So we have the pleasure of seeing them on display and watching robotics competitions pretty frequently. With that ease of learning about robotics comes the want and need to learn more for The Kid. Never a child to turn down knowing all about how things work, she’s fascinated by robots and what makes them tick. So the next step was to let her learn for…

Samsung phone + Gear VR: Just in Time for Father’s Day #GearVR

Samsung Mobile Gear VR

Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 19th, to be exact!) and we know Dad will love any gift you give him. So why not buy him a gift he’ll really love? The  Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle is available at Best Buy right now and not only is it a great Father’s Day gift, it’s so cool that the kids will want him to share. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or…

Panasonic LUMIX ZS60: A Review in Photos

Disclosure: I received a Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 camera and equipment to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes the camera so amazing. All opinions are my own! The Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 camera is the latest in the Panasonic line of easy to use, easy to work cameras. What does that mean exactly? Well for my family it means this: I can use all of its functions without getting frustrated, my teen daughter loves the filters and functions the camera offers, and my husband, the camera aficionado, is thoroughly…