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Happy Easter! This is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. 

I just came across this neat iPad app for kids by ClickySticky. The brand is known for its fun Christmas and Halloween apps for children. It allows your child to decorate stickers, build Easter bunnies, fill the Easter basket with cookies and candy, and hide eggs all over the yard. It’s also a fun app for them to play with during downtime. I love ways to incorporate tech into my favorite holidays!

  • To play with the app, tap and hold a sticker, and then drag it to the scene.
  • To remove a sticker, drag it to the stop of the screen and release.
  • To change the direction of the sticker, double tap it and tap the arrow icon.
  • To remove all stickers from the scene, shake your iPad.

ClickySticky Easter is available free for iOS. Let me know what you think!

Enjoy your special time with family today.

           

I just received an e-mail from 23snaps that there are some new updates to the site. If you aren’t familiar with the app, it’s a private photo sharing network that allows you to share family photos with your inner circle.

Some of the new features of the site include Family Pages, bulk photo import and customized notifications. I love the Family Pages feature, as it gives you a larger view of your family photos, similar to the app. It almost has a Facebook feel, and allows you to filter your photos by child, browse your collections or switch to timeline view.

If you haven’t already, download 23snaps for both Android and iOS to start sharing your favorite photos with close friends and family.

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Wouldn’t you rather send your family and friends audio messages every now and then? At times I don’t have time to send a text, and audio messaging can save some time. Besides, texts can sometimes be miscommunicated.

That’s why Dubbler is here to save the day. It’s a neat new audio messaging app, that allows you to communicate with your friends via voice messages (also called dubs). You can share up to 60 seconds of audio, and share it on Facebook and Twitter or directly in the app.

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What’s also neat about this app is it allows you to add funny filters to your audio messages. For example, you can add a cat filter to a heartfelt message to your kids.

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You can download Dubbler for both Android and iOS.

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I’m always on the lookout for geeky home decor to add my love of tech to my home space. Wall decor is a great way to incorporate geeky things you find on the Internet to make your home unique. It can punch up even the most bland room.

Check out these five geek chic wall art pieces for your nerdy home.

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I came across this super cute Lego picture and frame on Fancy. I would love to see this atop shelving.

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This is the perfect wall calendar for your home office. I love that you can buy it from Etsy in over 40 different colors. This is the perfect combination of geek and productivity for your chic home decor.

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Add a touch of feminine geek chic to your bedroom with this metal scripted wall art from Fab.com.

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For all the DIYers, this is a simple, fun and geeky way to incorporate the periodic table into your home decor. I could definitely see this in my son’s bedroom.

If you love embroidery as much as I, you’ll fall in love with this “Nerds have more fun” wall art for your home. I would love to hang this above my desk or in the hallway of my apartment.

In the fashion space, geek seems to be the new chic, and home decor seems to be following suit. We can decorate with our favorite geeky accents and themes.

My favorite themes are for nurseries and little boy rooms. I remember as a child, wanting my entire room decorated with my favorite cartoon character or movie. Decorate your baby boy’s room with modern geeky themes like Star Wars or Buzz Light Year. Check out these 4 geek chic rooms for your little tike.

Althought I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, this chic nursery for a little boy makes me want to be. I love the plush monster rug and minimalist color accents. The lazer sticks above the nursery give the simply structured crib a touch of geeky flare.

[via Apartment Therapy]

This super cute bedroom is the home of a celebrity baby. I love the contrasting colors and geeky details. It’s the perfect mix of a grown-up jungle theme and smart accents.

[via Lil Sugar]

space geek bedroom

What little boy doesn’t love Buzz Lightyear? This outer space room is the perfect haven for your geeky toddler or pre-schooler. I love the modern nighstand—such a neat idea!

[via Made in Crafts]

This room is a little boy’s dream. Construction details, cartoon stuffed animals and a handmade painting blend well for this geek chic bedroom. I love the lettered bedding as well.

[via ModDesignGuru]

What are some of your favorite geek chic details for your son’s bedroom?

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image courtesy of Facebook

Facebook is tapping into the visual content trend with a roll out of a the newly redesigned News Feed. Photos on your homepage will be larger, with more vibrant color. The update will allow you to customize what you see on your feed with new filters: All Friends, Photos, Music and Following. The mobile and tablet versions will soon mirror the Web version for continuity.

The redesign is designed to “reduce clutter and focus more on stories from the people you care about,” said the Facebook team in a blog post.

As a huge Tumblr fan, I’m especially looking forward to the update. Visual content is a rising trend, and is obviously gaining a lot of traction with social media platforms. Hence the Twitter photo/video update and the growing popularity of Instagram and Pinterest.

The updated version will be released first to iPhone users, then iPad and Android users soon after. Sign-up for the waiting list to be one of the first to see and use the updated News Feed.

Are you looking forward to the update?

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images courtesy of Samsung

The iPad mini gained a lot of attention over the last few months, rivaling the Kindle Fire and other 7” tablets. Other tablets, specifically for children, have launched, making them more kid-friendly. Samsung never ceases to amaze me with innovation.

It’s quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and just released an 8” tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0. What I love about this tablet other than the fact that I love pretty much every Galaxy product, is that it’s perfect for the busy mom. It’s also a great product for the busy blogger. I was torn between the note and the S3, and this mini tablet gives me the option to have both.

It has some great features including multi-window options that allows you to operate more than one app at a time. It comes with the S pen, offering advanced use of the touch screen, and comes pre-loaded with the Flipboard and Awesome Note apps.

It’s most talked-about feature is Chat-On, the instant messaging and group chatting program that allows you to share media with your friends and family in a new and improved way.

It’s already running on the latest 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and a 5 megapixel camera for amazing photos of your little one. Like most of the other Galaxy products, you can get the Note 8.0 with 16GB or 32GB of memory. 

I’m super excited about this new product, and am definitely adding it to my birthday wishlist! The Galaxy 8.0 will be available Q2 of this year.

Are you getting the new 8” tablet? What are your favorite features?

 

Samsung is releasing an Apple TV rival—the HomeSync. It’s 1 terabyte drive allows you to sync media from your Android to your TV. It’s player is compatible with the latest OS, Jelly Bean, and supports up to 8 accounts. So you and your entire family can upload and share photos and videos across several devices, including your TV, allowing you to view media right from your living room.

HomeSync will launch in April of this year. Rumor has it, the media player will retail at $200. Check out more details including specs on the Samsung website.

Will you invest in HomeSync for your family?

Although it may be freezing in some states (it definitely isn’t here in Florida) we’re slowly moving into spring. And what’s my favorite part of spring? Florals! I’ve even started a florals board on Pinterest to share my love. What’s more fun and pretty than floral tech accessories!

What I love about these 4 designer accessories is most of them are under $40. My favorite is the Marc by Marc Jacobs floral iPhone 5 case. It’s the perfect blend of pretty and durability with a rubber exterior, so your phone won’t get easily damaged if you drop it. Besides— it’s only $38.

Check out the rest of the pretty cases for your favorite gadgets below.

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1. Nine West Strawberry Fields Laptop Sleeve, $36

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Drew Blossom iPhone 5 Case, $38

3. Vera Bradley Snap On Case for Smartphone $35

4. Tory Burch ‘Robinson’ Phone Wallet, 125

Which is your favorite floral tech accessory?