The Time I Tried My Hand at Viral Video Recipes

I'm willing to bet that the poor folks at Tasty do not have a helper as enthusiastic as mine...

If you have been on Facebook anytime in the last year, you probably noticed your newsfeed flooded with videos of delicious and simple looking meals, desserts, and drinks… If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is an example:

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Back to School Tech: What You Need & What You Can Skip

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With school starting up again it is the perfect time to assess your student’s technology use. Modern conveniences have been creeping into our daily lives for over a century now. Often we do not take the time to stop and consider new options, we just jump on board and follow the crowd. And more often than not, that is totally fine. For example, why would you live without a refrigerator, or an oven? Maybe you could make an argument to skip the microwave, but you would be hard-pressed to make it believable with so many people using them with no ill effects for so long. With this same mindset, we have embraced computers, televisions, and cell phones. And these can be tremendous assets to our life and work. But I want to encourage you to make sure they are working FOR you — or more specifically, as my focus here, they are working for your children. My motto, don’t be a slave to technology; turn your own brain on first.

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Flipped Learning

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Confession: I have a hard time controlling my eyes. They roll when I am bored, angry, tired, and sometimes even when I am happy. All those memes about controlling your face? They are directed my way. My most recent eye roll of exasperation occurred last week at my sixth-grade daughter’s Back to School Night. Her math teacher said, “We are a flipped classroom.”

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Make Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher Easy!

Make Communicating with Your Child's Teacher Easy!

The new school year is upon us – school supplies, new clothes, and back to school night.  As a teacher, I can tell you that communicating with parents and guardians is a big key to a successful school year.  Here are my tips on how to make communicating with your child’s teacher easy!

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Family Vacation: The Lake Effect

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My family and I have been going to Cass County, MN for the past 22 years. For the first 6 years, we stayed at a wonderful resort in Hackensack MN, called Wildwood Beach Resort, on Man Lake. Eventually my parents decided that they wanted a place of their own and they purchased a cabin on a lake in the same county. Our trips up north have been filled with very fond memories that my brother and I now share with our boys today.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Online Baby Registries

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It is hard to believe that only 3 short years ago, my husband and I were expecting our first child.

Like most first-time parents, we had a million different questions: Who will he or she look like? I know I plan to breastfeed, but should I also pump so dad can help with nighttime feedings? What does a new baby even need?!

The latter of the three questions was nothing short of daunting… I mean, just walk into a Babies”R”Us store and what do you see? Miles upon miles of crap stuff your baby HAS to have! Wipe warmers, at least 50 stuffed animals, Peepee Teepees… the items and cost both add up quickly, folks!

While the task of choosing which items your baby needs the most can seem rather daunting, your friends here at MammaTech are here to help you with the best places to register for gifts online! So before you start making your must-have list on some generic website that offers zero perks (like I accidentally did), be sure to check out our top 5 picks:

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The Perks of E-Readers, Specifically the Kindle

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amazonprimeThe Kindle Fire, for $33, was one of THE BEST deals available on “Prime day” for Amazon a few weeks ago. This was the second year for this event and the deals were considerably improved from last year’s offerings. True, the advertised Kindle only has 8 gig of memory for that price, but for $11.87 more you could purchase a memory card that holds an additional 32 gig. Even if you missed this great deal, the regular Kindle price is only $49 and often they can be found on sale for $39. Although there are lots of extras (like fancy cases, settings, extra memory, etc) that can bump that price up quickly, it does start out considerably affordable.

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How I Use Technology to Stay Fit During Summer

How I Used Technology to Stay Fit During Summer

Trying to stay fit is hard.  Especially when my Instagram is a recommendation battle royale between fitness accounts and bakeries and Netflix is constantly releasing new content. This summer, I decided to try and start a ‘fitness program’ that was easy and free. Here are the four technology tools I used this summer to stay fit and active!

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A Mamma’s Review Of Pokemon GO

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ve noticed that everyone in America is going crazy over Pokémon GO. It’s a trend from the ‘90’s that has come back with the force of 1,000 Pikachus. This past week I’ve been playing the game (or trying to play the game when the servers will allow me to) almost non-stop so I can give our MammaTech readers a fair review of the app from Mom’s point of view.

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