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smart phones and apps

My day begins with a cup of tea, a glance at the Boston Globe (the Sox won) then an email check (maybe some on-line dawdling, I mean social media) and then getting kids off to camp, lunches, carpool and all. It does not (yet) involve a smart phone but I think that is about to change. Hiawatha Bray, the great tech columnist for the Globe (he was introduced to our school group during a tour of the Globe last year and is very funny, too), has a column in today’s Globe about smart phones and Google’s Android operating system. Basically you can either get an iPhone (but with service only through A T & T) or any other smart phone (Samsung and Dell are featured) through any other carrier. Read more here.

capability mom looks at appsThen, in my inbox was an email from a friend (okay, I was messing around with her iPhone yesterday) about a site called MomswithApps.com. Great site for developers of apps and families who want good family friendly apps.

From the site :  In November of 2009, four moms (who connected over Twitter) got on the phone to talk about their apps, how they were marketing them, and how they could work together to help spread the word. They decided to form a Google Group, and invited other mom developers to join. It quickly became a discussion, brainstorming and marketing forum about family-friendly apps. How do you successfully launch an app? What should you price it? How are you making your app compatible with iPad? You get the drill.

Besides the moms, there were also dads, aunts, grandmas and reviewers who came on board. With critical mass they launched the Moms With Apps blog, which focuses on articles about kids, technology, developers, and weekly featured apps. Over the last 9 months (no pun intended) the group has attracted over 100 parent and family-friendly developers, in addition to app reviewers and industry specialists.

There are apps for reading, apps for learning, apps for travel ( I am playing with MomMaps this morning), apps for parents, apps for fun & creativity, and apps for special needs. On Friday, they feature an app that anyone – you don’t have to be a developer – can submit – so send them your favorite app. Here is the email address: momswithapps@gmail.com. capability mom looks at appsA great site – well organized and thoughtful with cool age appropriate apps.

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As if you don’t have enough on your plate – a Monday Morning Update: Children’s Tylenol, Baby Gap and Graco recalls and MWRA boil water order still in effect.

mwra breach capability mom blogI have to say, the stores I have been to since the water main broke have been civilised, no pushing or knocking each other over for the last Poland Spring gallon. People are concerned but seem to be taking it in stride and I have had a few (!) conversations about this.  Here is the latest from boston.com.  Click here for the information for Newton and here for a story about how businesses are coping with the boil water order.

Nice for the water companies that this is their Super Bowl  – even I, who posted this  The Story of Bottled Water just bought three cases worth.

As for the product recall for Children’s liquid Tylenol –  Here is McNeil’s Press Release :

http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/new_recall.inc

McNeil offers a phone number for consumers to call: 1-888-222-6036 and on Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM EST and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM EST. You can also visit the website www.mcneilproductrecall.com.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail?entry_id=62614#ixzz0mscwk4v0

There are two other recalls – Pragmatic Mom has the scoop – one from Baby Gap (infant swimsuits) and Graco (drop side cribs).

Off to clean my counters with…pond water? Just kidding…Disinfectant spray.

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Stuff to like about today: learned social media stuff, lunched on Newbury Street and engaged in a little retail therapy to finish things off. Now if only dinner would make itself.

Today we had a great meeting of The Coffee Shop Bloggers but instead of the usual L’Aroma in Newton, we headed into town and met at the Newbury Street location. Now, you are thinking, get out much? Umm…no, not really and we like this place and the owners and the food. Great vibe and even better people watching.

We had the meeting in Boston so that we could get a tutorial from a friend who is a TweetDeck  and overall social media expert (actually there were two social media savvy individuals in attendence – my, aren’t we impressive?) but you are asking what the heck  is TweetDeck?  It is a way to manage your Twitter account(s) and connect them to FaceBook and LinkedIn.  As we are in varying stages of using TweetDeck and social media,  our questions were all over the map (plus we all talk over each other anyway) and I think we exhausted our guest speaker. That’s okay, he’s young and will probably recover quickly.

We were on Newbury Street so a few of us accidently fell into Jonathan Adler. Love that store!  Gorgeous, whimsical and fun. jonathan adler mother child pillow from capability momjonathan adler table from capability mom The small picture is of  the Mother Child pillow (it comes in other colors) – so sweet and the table is just gorgeous – a lacquer tray table that would look amazing in my family room.

Design Track Mind’s Melissa Gulley was there and is super fun to shop with – she has such a great eye – Pragmatic Mom and I want to steal her for a day (or two) and make her, I mean, ask her nicely if she would like to, shop with us. The sales people in the store were friendly and helpful and we walked out with a pillow, a heart locket key chain and the most adorable sticky notes ever.

jonathan adler heart keychain capability mom

Jonathan Adler has just introduced Jonathan Adler Junior, a line for babies and children. So so sweet and fun, great furniture, wallpaper, rugs and more. This chair is super sweet and there is an adorable kissing giraffe rug that I love.jonathan adler junior from capability mom

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Families First : Parenting in the Digital Age – A fundraising event that inspired, entertained and educated…then over to The Local for a bite to eat.

Last week (yes, the same day I resisted chocolates from Fancy Nancy – only to succumb another day), I went to a fundraiser for Families First , a great organization that offers parenting workshops in the Greater Boston area.  It was held at the Boston College Club in downtown Boston (on the 36th floor of what I call the pregnant building or, really, the Bank of America building). Great views, a  nice glass of white wine, some killer appetizers and a great group of people…now we were all in the mood for…more wine?  Nope, a parenting talk. Fortunately, and as is customary for Families First, we were in for a treat…not just a parenting talk but a truly inspiring parenting talk.

The first speaker was La Verne Saunders, a wonderfully enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable parent educator from Families First.  She did a fantastic job of engaging the audience (of mostly tired parents) and showing how a parenting class would be run. We laughed, nodded and smiled at each other as we all made connections to her presentation of how the principles and values in our lives affect our parenting decisions and how sometimes we ignore them and why.

Next was the keynote speaker, John Palfrey of Harvard University, who immediately charmed the audience by sharing that he would not take up much time as he had a date with his son at the Red Sox game and joking that La Verne was a tough act to follow – she is – and he was as compelling.  He has co-written, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives and here is a link to his site Digital Natives at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University He spoke about children and their digital experience and presented a short film (by a student) that showed it clearly and wonderfully. Here is the video.  It is amazing to visualize your – or your child’s – tracks in the digital age. Digital Dossier from Digital Natives.

I have several friends who have long been involved with Families First and have been lucky enough to see first hand (at workshops and other events like this) what Families First can do.  I have always been impressed by the program offerings, the parent educators and the people involved and this night was no exception.

After the event, a group of us met up at The Local, a great neighborhood spot that is truly the neighborhood’s favorite spot, a great space with friendly staff and wonderful food.  Home to amazing burgers, fries (and I do know my burgers and fries) and phenomenal flatbread pizzas and some lobster mac and cheese dish that I want to try.  Definitely not your standard fare. The chef is Brian Counihan (he is also the chef at Isabella’s in Dedham – more amazing food!)  We watched the finish of the Red Sox game, chatted with the super friendly owners… it was the perfect end to a lovely evening.

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Boston historic sites visited

Just went into Boston and visited Old State House (http://www.bostonhistory.org/)

Who knew there was a kicking museum inside? I must have passed that building hundreds of times and never even thought about it. My oldest child is studying the American Revolution and it was great to visit and make connections with the Social Studies curriculum.

We also went (on a different day) to the North End. We went with family friends and visited The Old North Church (www.oldnorth.org)  and the Paul Revere House (www.paulreverehouse.org) both very worthwhile and well-run. The guide in the Old North Church gave an informal talk while we sat in boxed pews that are still in use today. The Paul Revere House had a lovely tour as well.  Just right.

We also had a nice lunch and visited  a wonderful market that has the most amazing balsamic vinegar on the planet (really!)  http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/. They also have great cheeses and gorgeous pesto.

We also stopped by two favorite bakeries on Hanover Street: Mike’s Pastry http://www.mikespastry.com/ and Modern Pastry http://www.modernpastry.com. Biscotti, cannoli and cookies…Yum.

I am making plans for another visit soon – no historic sites – just food foraging and sweet clothing shops that I had to bypass this trip.

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