What it’s like to use a Fire Phone in 2018

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For the last week, I’ve been using a Fire Phone exclusively because my normal phone – a pixel 2XL had to be sent in while I waited for my new Pixel 3. When it launched in 2014, it had a few innovative features, but never gained traction as it failed to compete with iOS and Android in app selection and struggled to find distribution channels. I’ve had mine since then, and while I never used […]

25 ways to distract a 25-month-old

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My two two-year-olds cry, whine, and scream a lot. It can feel constant. With limited vocabulary, they don’t know how to express themselves or explain what they want or what’s bothering them, so they start whining. Distractions from this can be the only way to head off a full on tantrum sometimes, so I’ve had to build up an arsenal of tricks. These are the 25 that have worked best for us. 1. Trains – […]

25 things my 25-month-old twins cried about today

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Two-year-olds are glass cases of emotion. Not knowing how to express themselves, they often boil over and scream, screech, cry, or bite because they just can’t handle their frustration. My two boys seem to be at the pinnacle of this behavior, not knowing enough vocabulary to talk about their issues, but also old enough now to understand more and get angry about so many things. Just today, these are the things they started screaming about. […]

5 Reasons I switched to my grandfather’s film camera to document my twins’ childhood

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For the first two years of their lives, I took thousands of pictures of my twin boys on my phone. With the cloud backing them up and social media perfect for sharing, it worked great for keeping everyone in touch. With recently privacy breaches and data leaks, I started to reconsider how much of their lives I capture online. Right around the same time, I rediscovered a camera my grandfather had owned that thanks to […]

9 No-Stress Tips For Eating Out With Baby

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No one wants to get kicked out of a restaurant because their children can’t behave. For many parents, the fear of children throwing a tantrum and disturbing other diners keeps them at home. And before they know it, cooking at home and delivery become the default way of life for years, with a date night maybe once a month. It doesn’t have to be like this! I’m here to tell you that parents can still […]

What to do in Park City: the perfect ski destination

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Park City, Utah is as close to winter sports nirvana I’ve ever come. While there may be bigger or taller mountains, for sheer breadth of amazing slopes, nothing beats Park City. From the slopes of Park City to the amazing secluded Canyons, you can ski for a week and never touch the same slope. The bowls are intense but so much fun. Ski bums will absolutely dig the place. The town of Park City has […]

I stopped giving my kids Christmas presents to teach them charity, gratitude, and appreciation.

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For our twins’ first Christmas, the pile of presents under the tree surrounded the entire tree and stacked up halfway. That was just the presents for the boys. Gift giving is a holiday tradition for many families but with new children, it can easily feel excessive. For their second Christmas, we decided to minimize presents as much as possible, especially from us, and do our best to teach them charity and gratitude instead. It’s going […]

Reflections on 2017: a tough year in the world and our entry to toddlerhood

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For many people, 2017 was a pretty rough year. The world seems to have gone crazy with political tensions running high. No one is getting along and people are more divided than ever. Yet, for me, 2017 was a fairly good year. As our first full year with the twins, we had a lot of milestones and fun times over the year. At the beginning of the year, the boys started daycare. We were fortunate […]

What’s in my bag – 2017 edition

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What’s In Your Bag is a common series on technology sites and blogs where writers open their bags and their hearts to show their favorite gadgets, tools, and necessities. With that in mind, I’d like to share what I typically carry in my bag on a daily basis or on a trip. I wrote up what I was using in June of 2014, and it’s pretty amazing how much has changed in three and a […]

Technology has changed, but is it for the better?

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Call me old, but I remember the days before the internet, the iPhone, and modern computers. I was a do-it-your-selfer, building several computers from components, throwing together programs starting on a graphing calculator, moving to BASIC, and eventually learning to program. This aptitude gave me the ability to problem solve and focus on a singular, difficult task until complete, and I feel is responsible for my success in software development as a career. The industry […]