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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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Silly Bands in G section of today’s Boston Globe

Yes, the trend of the rubber bands is in the Globe today – here is the link for the article but you saw it here first…and they are being banned in several schools as too distracting. Are they that much more distracting than the erasers that took hold a while back or silly bandzPokeman cards? What do you think? Do your children have them and are they still allowed in your school?

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Silly Bands in G section of today's Boston Globe

Yes, the trend of the rubber bands is in the Globe today – here is the link for the article but you saw it here first…and they are being banned in several schools as too distracting. Are they that much more distracting than the erasers that took hold a while back or silly bandzPokeman cards? What do you think? Do your children have them and are they still allowed in your school?

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Now this is fun! The Boston Design Center Treasure Hunt on April 23!

I visited the Boston Design Center last week (not for the first time).  The place is a blast and where I found the most wonderful kitchen designer on the planet, Donna Venegas at Venegas & Company.   My kitchen is perfect and it was a dream to work with Donna. This is a photo from their website and while it is not my kitchen, it was the inspiration for it and I did choose those cabinets.  So happy.

Venegas and Company Showroom kitchen that inspired Capability MomAnyway,  the Design Center  is a visual feast so even if you are not buying anything (honey, I swear I am not) , it is a great place to go for ideas and inspiration. It is usually a “to the trade” place which means it caters to design professionals but it is open to the public for this Treasure Hunt and there are over 80 showrooms.

Here is the scoop:  Treasure Hunt at BDC sponsored by The Boston Globe

So what was I doing there?  How the heck did I get in?  

I signed in as a guest. It is easy to park and the nice helpful staff let you know what to do.  Heck, I have even gone there in workout clothes (please don’t let Mothers with Manners know…they had a whole post on that).  So, if you want to just browse  it is fine, if you find something you have to have – warning – this may happen!  There are two on-going programs either Designers On-Call or the Plush membership – both work well depending on how you much help/stuff you need. So click here for Frequently Asked Questions . You can also hire a designer. There are many in the area and it does streamline the process.

You could also check out my friend’s blog at Design Track Mind. Her name is Melissa Gulley and she is a talented and creative designer. She is also exceptionally good at listening (so important) and she is nice and fun, to boot. Below is a gorgeous girl’s bedroom that she designed.

melissa gulley interior designer - girls bedroom

Let the shopping begin!

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