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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum

Ventev Portable Device Accessories: Travel Without Fear Of Missing Out

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The market for portable device chargers is slowly becoming saturated and it's difficult for companies to break through and let consumers know of a truly great product when they have one. I'm here to tell you that Ventev is that company–the one you want to keep your eye on.

The Ventev line of products includes device chargers, cases and cables among other accessories. I recently had the opportunity to review a few of them and was impressed with their quality and performance. 



Is the iPhone 5C for Kids?

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Apple released details about the new iPhone 5c today and with its plastic exterior, reduced price, and colorful case combinations it is easy to assume it's geared towards... dare I say it? Kids.

I know my son would give almost anything for the green model, and with a $99 price tag for the 16GB version it's a great addition to my holiday gift list for him. Is this what Apple had in mind when they designed the 5C?



Zazzle's CaseMate: Durable Cases and Personalized Designs

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Zazzle, an online custom-products retailer, has paired up with CaseMate to offer their Vibe iPhone cases in both custom and pre-designed options, designed to protect your phone while allowing you to have the custom phone case you want. 

The Vibe case comes in two pieces, a silicone inner bumper and a plastic outer protective case. Inside the plastic case is a piece of rubber to assist in shock absorption. This model's inner case is slightly different from Zazzle's last model's. The previous CaseMate Vibe came with a full rubber case to line the plastic outer case and I was disappointed to see it go. I am liking this update, though—I still feel that my phone is being protected. 



5 Apps That Earn You Money

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Did you know that your iPhone can earn you money? Sound too good to be true? Check out these five apps that let you turn your iPhone into a money-making machine! Keep in mind, these apps are not going to make you rich, but a few extra bucks never hurt anyone.



3 Reasons Why You Need the IFTTT App

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There's a chance you've heard of the iPhone app IFTTT (free). It's pronounced like "gift" but without the g and stands for "If This Then That." This app does so much that at first glance, you probably found it overwhelming and wrote it off. I'm going to ask you to give it another chance. 

If you subscribe to any of these services (these are just a small sample of the 65 apps it currently supports), then IFTTT can help streamline your time online by automating tasks. 



5 Fun Photography Apps For Moms

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Of course, these photo apps aren't just for moms, but I find myself using these most to share photos of my kids with my friends, family, and social networks! Here is a list of the five photography apps I use daily:



SnapKidz: Snapchat's New Kid-Friendly Feature Offers Little Comfort for Parents

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Ever since the social app Snapchat debuted on the App Store two years ago, parents everywhere have been hyper aware of the downsides of their teens downloading and using the popular app.

Parents are concerned about enabling their children to receive (or send) sexually inappropriate photos or videos, photos that bully, or images taken in bad taste. If parents think they can routinely check their teen's phone to look for signs of these behaviors, Snapchat puts an end to that. When you take a photo in the app, it's not saved to the camera roll, and when you view a photo in Snapchat, it's available to the viewer for less than 10 seconds, and then it's gone forever. 



How To Use Instagram's New Video Feature

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Yesterday, CEO of Instagram Keven Systrom and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Instagram 4.0—the latest update to Instagram that includes a video feature! 

Instagram video allows users to post 15-second videos to their feeds. I've played with this new feature and have some pros and cons to report back to you as well as some tips and tricks. 

Pros of Instagram Video



Sharing Apple ID and iCloud Accounts With Your Family: A Parent’s Guide

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In this age of multi-device households, sharing accounts with family members can be a little stressful. Add a tween or teenage into the mix, and it might be enough to push you over the edge. If you’ve ever had your phone ring with a FaceTime call from your 12 year-old’s best friend or received the “iCloud is full” error message after adding a new device to your household, this article is for you.

First, it’s important to know a little bit about your Apple ID and iCloud. Your Apple ID is what gives you access to iCloud, FaceTime, iMessage, iTunes, the App Store, and Game Center, among other services. Since these are the most-used services in my house, they are the ones I’m going to talk about here. Some families choose to share an Apple ID for some services and use separate Apple IDs for others. There is no “one size fits all” cure for family device management—it all depends on your family's preferences.



6 Disney Storybook Apps To Entertain Your Kids

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Disney has recently released a set of interactive storybook apps for children based on several of its best-selling movies: Tangled, Cinderella, Wreck-It-Ralph, Monsters Inc, Monsters University, and Brave. Packed with puzzles, games, read alouds, and coloring sheets, these apps are sure to delight your little ones. 

1. Tangled: Storybook Deluxe ($6.99)

Read along to the story of Rapunzel and Flynn, or tap the icons for activities such as coloring pages, games, and puzzles. When in storybook mode, character voices can read to your child, or she can explore the text on her own or record her voice reading. 



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