Social media

My Kids Are Now on Instagram: Here’s The One Thing I Want Them to Know

My kids’ first foray into social media has been via Instagram. Instagram is an easy way for me to keep an eye on Tessa and Reed, now teens, and watch their tendencies, stepping in only as necessary  — which it hasn’t been, *knock-wood*. (I’m like Jane Goodall. She observed chimps in the wild habitat of Gombe; I observe imps in somewhat less civilized habitat of middle school.) I watched these past few months as Tessa and Reed stepped into their virtual personae. Their virtual personae ended up consisting of…. …a crap ton of selfies. That’s all they knew to do. Selfies, I explained, show the world how you want to be seen. What *I* find interesting when I check out someone on Instagram — I said in my a teachy tone I surely got from my dad ...

Too Much of a Good Thing Does Exist When It Comes To Parenting via the Internet

When it comes to being a mom I love technology! I love having answers to questions and information right at my fingertips. The baby had colic, I could look up remedies to bring comfort and relief to my little peanut. I was struggling with breastfeeding, internet to the rescue! Resources galore, communities of moms just like me, and endless support. How do you break your baby from the paci? How do you start potty training? Is this normal? Is that supposed to happen? All my burning questions had corresponding answers. Thanks to the internet I was introduced to so many inspiring moms, I can reconnect with friends, and stay connected with family. It really is a glorious and wonderful thing… until, it isn’t.  

Everloop: Training Tweens to Become Digital Citizens

A few weeks ago, I caught wind of an intriguing site called Everloop.com. After checking it out and doing my research, I was incredibly impressed. Everloop is an incredibly fun, secure social media site designed for kids. The site provides tweens a safe, censored environment to learn about the unwritten rules of online social interaction. The experience heavily involves parents and gives moms and dads the power to decide what their kids can and can’t post. Inappropriate interactions are stopped before they happen and kids (and parents) can avoid incredibly embarrassing situations. Hilary DeCesare, Co-Founder and CEO of Everloop.com (not to mention a digital child and parenting expert), took a few moments to share Everloop’s mission and how the site is literally changing young l...

Win a $25 Gift Card From Einstein Bros. Bagels for Your Next Girl’s Night!

CONTEST CLOSED. Congrats to winner Shuka Hall. Please go here to enter to win another $25 gift card. Confession: I’m a fan of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Not only have I read all the books but I also throw a viewing party whenever a new DVD is released. New Moon was our latest guilty pleasure and I had only one prerequisite for my friends: “Come hungry.” I scored major points at our latest gathering because I brought in some goodies from Einstein Bros. Bagels. This locally-based company is running a fun Coffee and a Bagel social media campaign for moms. As a part of the promotion, Einstein Bros. Bagels sent Mile High Mamas some complimentary gift cards to use for giveaways and at various events (stay tuned for details on how to sample their many spoils.) Spea...

Got 5 Minutes? How to Get Organized Using Facebook, by LivingSocial CEO

Thanks to  Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and Co-founder of LivingSocial for sharing some helpful organizing tips using Facebook to help save you time! You’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding Facebook and other social media tools, but might not be convinced that they’re right for you.  Perhaps setting up an account and maintaining it seems daunting. Or, maybe you signed up and don’t know what to do next.  Utilizing Facebook in a practical way for just a few minutes a day can actually save you time.  Here are 5 easy ways to leverage social media: Online clubs and fan groups: Social networks allow you to connect with current friends and new friends based on your mutual interests.  Using applications like LivingSocial to find people with similar taste, you can create an online book or movie club t...

Wise Stamps: Create an Email Signature with your Social Media Contacts and More!

I wanted to share a neat FireFox extension called WiseStamp. This fun extension allows you to create an email signature on any webmail service. On WiseStamp.com you can customize your email signature to include your IM, Social Media profiles, website links and more. You have a choice of creating a personal signature or a business signature. It is lots of fun! Get creative and create a WiseStamp email signature!

Say it to my face…book?

I consider myself to be rather in-touch with what’s going on around me. I have over 400 “friends” on my personal Facebook Account. I have a bunch of people that I email, instant message/chat, text, or call on a regular basis. I try to stay on top of what’s going on with my friends, and I try to keep them appraised of the situation here. I call, text, or email important things to top-priority people, and most everything gets shared on my blog at one point or another. On the flip-side, I’m easy to contact. I recently got a new BlackBerry, and she rarely leaves my side. I check email, Facebook, and Twitter from my phone. MY. PHONE. My, how times have changed! I have pretty much all the communication bases fully covered. So, imagine my surprise one day when I discover, purely by a random cours...

Featured Blogger: JoAnn from The Casual Perfectionist

Time to share another amazing blogger! In the post, we feature JoAnn from The Casual Perfectionist What is the name of your blog? How did you choose this name? The name of my blog is The Casual Perfectionist. I wanted to pick something that would describe me, and this does! I am a perfectionist, but I’m trying really hard to be casual about it. Some days are better than others. Ha! How did you get started blogging? The short answer: I wanted an easy way to chronicle my daughter’s life and our adventures in parenthood. I wanted a place to share our stories about our forays in home-improvement and our travel adventures. I was already updating a mailing list with emails, and blogging proved to be a more efficient way to do that. (Plus, Claire is 3 years old now, and it’s so ...