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I love social media, don’t you? I’m being a bit of a smart-ass right now because honestly, it is equal parts everything good and ridiculous. Yes, RIDICULOUS. I met a lovely lady last week at a business function. We both were familiar with each via social media and had formed an entirely wrong impression of each other based on things we’d seen online. It was hilarious. It is not surprising, honestly. Your life as interpreted online is never accurate. You can’t judge your own life, let alone someone else’s by what they reveal through blogs or social media. I found an…

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When it comes to oversharing and interacting online, I’m fairly savvy. I know all about safety, digital footprints, cookies and how marketers use my data. I’m also an oversharer. (Duh. Really?) When it comes to my children and their experiences online, I’m much more protective. MUCH. MORE. Digital safety is a huge concern. Does that mean the boys live in a cave and don’t get to see the light of the internet world? Not at all. We’re just uber-protective of their experiences. The Internet can be an open door to a childs personal information, whether it is identity theft, online…

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I run across the same problem every year with regards to my female friends and gift giving. I want to gift them something nice, practical and stylish. My go-to has always been winter wear. I figure you can’t really go wrong. This year I found two gifts that have a technology twist well worth sharing! FRAAS TECH GLOVES Gloves are always a great gift idea, right? But for me, they post a problem because you always have to take them off to use your smartphone. Now, I’ve always wanted a pair of touch screen compatible gloves but have never been happy with…

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There’s an elephant in the room that I’m thinking I need to address. It’s a social media elephant, to be precise. A colleague of mine recently asked me about my new found “radio silence” online. That made me chuckle a bit. I was actually wondering if anyone had noticed. During the past couple of months, I’ve altered the way I used social media. Truth be told, I’ve altered the way I do everything. Its been an interesting time for me, one filled with introspection, reflection and rebuilding. Social media just didn’t fit well into the plan. It was hard to share what…

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If Twitter is what you say, and Facebook is who you are, then LifeKraze is what you do. LifeKraze is a social networking platform and iPhone application that rewards and encourages your  personal accomplishments. I’ve recently begun using it and I’m really enjoying the time I spend on it. One thing I am really excited about is that they recently launched an initiative called “Running Days”  being lead by actor Sean Astin. (One of my favorite actors! Rudy, Lord Of The Rings, etc.) Unbeknownst to me, Astin has been a long-distance runner for the past 25 years and is just returning to the…

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So happy to have today’s guest blogger, who is also… MY SISTER.   Belinda is a targeted interventionist and mother to two adorable little girls. (I realize I am a bit biased.) Belin is a very strict when it comes to her kids and their media time and while I’ve always striven to be as disciplined as her in that department, I’m sad to say I have fallen woefully short of that goal. Today, she tackles the issue of technology…   I am a helicopter mom… a single mom of two lovely little girls that are growing up way too fast. But…

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I am fairly obsessed with Instagram these days. More so than any other social media tool/space, Instagram has my attention. And I’m not alone… although not yet two years old, Instagram has over 80 million users. I know that I personally could browse the app for hours searching for people with common interests and just plain enjoying how my friends document their life story. (Yes, really. For hours.)  I’m not just a stalker, of course, I share my own experiences, too. If you follow me (username: jennifergerlock) you’ll find…. Friends rock portraiture. Business and workish type of photos.  OMG this is so cool captures.…

There is a new tool in the battle for weight loss. It is a scale. But not just ANY scale. A SMART scale. You know how much I love my Fitbit. It has been a faithful companion in my journey back to fitness. I can’t say enough about this fantastic little techie device. I was pretty satisfied with that little discovery alone. And yet, Fitbit has offered up a new device that I am equally excited about… the Aria Smart Scale. Forget what method you’ve used in the past, it is the easiest possible way to track your progress. The Aria’s surface contains…

Every week I write a column for Want2Dish.com. This week’s focus is Facebook and young children. Rumors abound that Facebook is seriously considering allowing children under the age of 13 to create accounts on its site. The Internet is in a tizzy. Current policy states that users must be 13 or older, although an estimated 7.5 million underaged children are reportedly already on Facebook, most of whom did so with their parents’ help. Lowering the age limit and allowing a flood of children users in is, in my humble opinion, a very bad idea. A very, very, very bad idea. And I am…