Posts from ‘Tech’

Aug
11

Many people ask if Ruby’s microchip is also a GPS tracker. No, microchips simply store identification data – if scanned by a vet or shelter, the chip can tell you our names, address and phone number. Of course she has a dog tag on her collar with my cell number on it as well.

In the last 6 months or so, I’ve been called twice by neighbors saying Ruby was hanging out in their yards. Which completely freaked me out because we always keep her safely in the house or fenced in the back yard – she’s not allowed to roam.

Yet she has gone exploring a few times. Once the back fence was left open. Another time during home remodeling a contractor left a door wide open. And each time I have a heart attack. What if she was lost? What if she gets hit by a car? What if someone steals her? She’s gorgeous, who wouldn’t want her?

A friend told me about Whistle for dogs, so I checked it out. Overall, it had very good reviews and pet parents seemed to like the peace of mind that comes along with it. I also looked at pricing, which as of today is $79.95 from Whistle directly, Amazon and Chewy. All three have free shipping and you can read lots of reviews on Amazon and Chewy. We’ve been using it for a month now, so I can confidently say that I am really happy with it. You can see the device attaches to her collar in the picture on the right. It’s light and pretty inconspicuous. She doesn’t seem to notice it at all and we rarely do. Continue Reading

May
30

 

Some of you may remember when I first talked about the new Veta Smart Case for EpiPens.

It’s an exciting idea – a smart case that can alert you if you or your child ever forgets their life-saving medication, or if it gets too hot or cold, or if they open it and you need to rush into action.

I had the opportunity to meet the people behind Veta at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference and asked them to give me a demonstration so I could share it all with you.

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Jan
06

Learn more about the new Veta Smart Case for your EpiPen that connects with you through an app on your smart phone.

What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.

If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:

  • left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
  • worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
  • had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
  • tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
Jul
09

Watching TV has never been an important part of my life. Except for certain shows I’ve gotten hooked on through the years. You know, the classics (for my generation), like Friends & ER. And then later LOST & Grey’s Anatomy.

I remember being so excited when I bought my first new TV when I graduated from college. A 25 inch Panasonic “box” TV that I saved up to pay for. My dear friend Jim Heaslip (who has since passed away) wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and went with me to buy it. And he carried that heavy TV by himself up 3 flights of stairs at my apartment building. What a great guy. What a great memory.

My paycheck barely covered the cost of rent and my student loans. So I made the wise decision not to get cable TV. I lived just fine with my “rabbit ears” antenna and the local channels for many years. When I got married and eventually moved into a house, the TV came with me. I still didn’t find a need to get cable, even when I had kids and could benefit from some of those 24 hour cartoon stations. Instead, I bought DVDs for my kids to watch. You know, smart ones like Signing Time and Baby Einstein. That is until they were old enough to watch annoying shows, like Spongebob Squarepants. (sigh)

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Dec
04

My kiddos were thrilled to take a Town Car to school this week. We used the Uber app to save the day when our minivan’s battery died.

I love my iPhone and am always on the lookout for ways technology can make a positive difference in my life, such as using Google Maps for directions, Evernote for keeping track of a ton of things and even ordering my groceries from Coborns Delivers.

A couple months ago I learned about Uber when traveling on business. It’s pretty slick – you can call a cab or town car by opening the app, seeing which cars are nearby and ordering one to pick you up. Then you can watch the car you ordered move on the map until it reaches your location. It shows you a picture of the driver and his/her name so you know who to expect. And you preload it with your credit card information so you never have to pay or tip the driver at all during the ride – Uber takes care of it for you. They text you as the car is approaching and immediately send you a receipt to your email after the ride. BRILLIANT.

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