Posts Tagged ‘IPod’

What’s the Rush?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

As the mom of a 14 year old, there’s always pressure to enroll my kid in the latest “enrichment” activity… Summer reading, music lessons, sports lessons… Fortunately, after a few years, you realize there are only so many hours in a day — and so many dollars in a budget — and you find a happy balance.

But woe to the soon-to-be new parents out there, who are now being told they need to enrich their child before he even has a chance to take his first breath. Take the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System, a product that straps onto Mom’s bulging belly, emitting 16 varied sounds that resemble a mother’s heartbeat.

For $149, your unborn baby has class twice a day for an hour, and the sonic pattern introduces her to a sequential learning process, based on the natural rhythms of the womb. (So the natural rhythms of the womb aren’t enough?) The rhythms of the sounds increase incrementally as the pregnancy progresses. Until what? The baby pops out snapping his fingers, doing calculus and demanding an iPod?

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Time to Drop the Fanny Pack!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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Yep, I know, I look like a dweeb going for a walk with a fanny pack. But sometimes I have so much little stuff with me when I walk:  iPod, keys, cell, lip balm…

Then I received a free sample, for review, of a new product called SPIBELT (Small Personal Item Belt). The compartment looks too tiny to hold much of anything, but it’s stretchy (and actually holds all my necessities) and it also doesn’t bounce around when I walk — a major improvement.

There are several different styles, starting at $19.95. As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to make life easier. This definitely does the trick when I’m walking the dog in the morning, and it would make a great holiday gift for a parent, teen or tween.

Now if it would only pick up the dog poop!

Busy Parent? Sure! But Don’t Forget Your Valuables

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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It started off with a rash of smash-and-grab thefts from parked cars near my son's school. Then I started paying more attention to the local crime reports in the newspaper. Here are some recent reports. Do you see a trend?

°    The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street and set the alarm. When she returned to the vehicle she saw that the driver’s side window had been smashed out and the GPS system which had been attached to the lower windshield was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.

°    The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway and returned to find unknown suspect(s) had smashed the driver’s side rear window. Suspect(s) took an iPod, charger and a camera that had been left in plain sight.

°    Three separate vehicles that were left unlocked and parked on the street were broken into by unknown suspect(s). Items taken included a GPS system and a camera.

I've talked with moms at my son's school who routinely leave their purse on the car set "because I'm just going to be gone for a few minutes to pick up my son." Or they leave their GPS unit out in plain sight because it's a pain to take it with them or hide it from view. But these are crimes of opportunity, and we can't be so busy with our kids that we forget to grab our purse, camera, laptop, iPod.

Now's the time to set a good example, as well, so that when our kids become teens and start driving, they won't come crying to us when their purse, wallet or camera are stolen from the car. It only takes a minute to secure these items. (And you'll be helping to lower everyone's insurance bills. Thanks.)

With PimpMyNews, My Blog Can Talk!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008


I feel like a proud mom with a big announcement: My blog said its first words yesterday! Seriously. Now it just won't shut up, and I couldn't be happier.

I met the good folks at PimpMyNews on Twitter recently, and before I could say "Hey, pimp my blog!" CEO John Atkinson was talking with me about all the cool things Parent Talk Today could do when it could talk.

PimpMyNews offers your favorite blogs in audio form. And I'm not talking about just blogs that feature podcasting or video blogging. PimpMyNews translates the written text to audio. (And it sounds surprisingly less mechanical than I thought it would. This technology has come a long way recently.)

It also converts the audio to MP3 files, which you can
listen to with any MP3 player or from your iPod, iPhone, Mac or PC.

Yep, now you can download and listen to Parent Talk Today on your iPod while you go for a walk, cook dinner, wait for your kids at soccer practice or hit the gym.

How cool is that?

To check it out (and I hope you will — this is amazing stuff), just click on the "listen to my blog" button at the top of the right sidebar.

P.S. You can read more about PimpMyNews below.

I’m Lovin’ BlogHer ’08

Monday, July 21st, 2008


Just got back yesterday from BlogHer 08, a most amazing weekend in San Francisco with 1,100 women bloggers. Mommy bloggers, travel bloggers, food bloggers… It made my socks go up and down to be in one place with all this talent and energy.

The free t-shirts and chocolate weren’t bad either. My favorite t-shirt slogan (from CafePress): “Be Nice to Me Or I’ll Blog About You.” (OK, twist my arm: Here’s where you can get Parent Talk Today merch from CafePress.)

All you mom bloggers out there: If you haven’t already checked out BlogHer, head on over there and sign up. It’s a terrific community of talented — and really fun — bloggers.

Oh, and I won an iPod nano, from the nice folks at care.com, by finding the person whose number on a button matched the number on my button. Out of 1,100 women, that’s pretty amazing! Here I am with my new buddy, Arielle, and our iPods. (OK, my arm got cut off. But I’m holding it. Really!)

Do we look as happy as a couple of kids on Christmas morning or what?