April has so much happening. There is Spring Break, Spring Cleaning, Easter, Passover, Tax Day and Earth Day to just name a few. To help with all of these to-dos, this week’s tips are to help you handle all the chaos.
Linen Closet Chaos
Do you dread changing sheets because you can’t ever find a complete match? Here is a little trick — after folding the matching sheets – place all sheets inside one of the pillowcases. When you are ready to change, go to your newly organized closet and gather a whole matching set.
April Gifts for the Kiddos
If you are like RockIt Mom, the hippity hop of that bunny bringing all chocolate and sugar bombs drives me insane. What can you have in those baskets that won’t send them over the sugar edge? Here are some ideas instead of that chocolate bunny and all those jelly belly beans. They are more expensive than chocolate but are better for the kids, some are even educational, and that sugar bomb is diffused!
The Recon Rover. The Rover is a toy, a robot, and a tool for learning. A child programs ReCon 6.0 to navigate specified courses that can deliver a treat to a pet, surprise a family member with a personalized message, carry a soda, guard a bedroom, or just dance. NO COMPUTER REQUIRED!
Game of Life Zapped– Remember the Game of Life? How cool it was and the little car with the pink and blue people? Well Hasbro has kicked it up, hint: an Ipad is needed!
Franklin Anytime Reader — How many more times can you read Good Nite Moon or Sam I Am? How about just 1 more time into this recorder that reads the store back to your child, anytime your hands are busy with other chores. Would a dictaphone work too? Yes, but kids want a “toy” as opposed to an archaic recording device.
Shocking Goat Watches — for the tweens and teens in your house. These are great fashionable watches, even celebrities are wearing them. There are numerous colors and designs.
Nabbi tablet for kids — A $200 tablet for kids, with a monstrously large protective case and a bundle of child-friendly apps. Nabi’s not the first children’s tablet on the market–LeapFrog’s LeapPad and Vtech’s Innotab are big competitors–but it’s the first that isn’t a toy. It’s got decent specs, including a 7-inch capacitive display, a dual-core 533 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The operating system is Android 2.2. Even by adult standards, the Nabi is a real tablet.
Apps to help with your taxes, manage your budget and save on loans.
This app is now a TOP 10 PAID iPhone/iPad FINANCE APP! This app allows you to see and compare your income and expenditures, helps you make informed financial decisions when making major purchases and use to help get back on your financial feet or teach kids how to make smart money decisions.
This app is pioneering the way for people and providers to connect and go paperfree, breaking customer adoption barriers and saving businesses millions of dollars in printing, paper, and postage costs. This app helps organize your bills and reminds you of payments.
If you are saving for a vacation, college or big ticket item, this app will help squirrel away the specified amount from your account each month, until you reach your goal.
Here are some more to check out this month:
Food- Springtime Salads
After a fabulous Seder dinner, which is not only a meal, but history and a fabulous event, try this new quinoa salad. Tomato, Avocado, and Basil Quinoa Salad. Lately, quinoa and other ‘lunch’ salads are on the menu. This one is fabulous, light and easy to make. You will love it! If not, change up the recipe to items you enjoy. Any favorite flavored extra virgin olive oil can really make a recipe completely different. Change it up and see what happens.