2010 – The Year in Review

2010 – The Year in Review

2010 is coming to an end. Just seems like yesterday we were screaming loud HAPPY 2010 waking up the neighbors, but instead it’s the end of the year and tonight’s the night to again scream, but instead with 2011.

Happy New Year 2011

Looking back on the year, it was definitely a year to remember, both personally and on the blog. Here’s a glimpse of my 2010, the year in review.

Year in Review

January 2010


Sean and I celebrated 12 years after we eloped.

From the Blog:

Out with the old, in with the new – using digital invitations rather than paper

February 2010


Attended the Blissdom conferencefor the first time.  (This year I‘ll be hosting a workshop with Heather Solos! Let me know if you’ll be there)

From the Blog:

Preparation for Depature – leaving a dad in charge

March 2010


The birth of our 3rd child, Izaiah.

From the Blog:

Cross blogger testing made easy

April 2010


Adjusting to a baby with colic.

From the Blog:


May 2010


Our first road trip with Izaiah, ouch.

From the Blog:

phineas and ferb

Phineas and Ferb talk internet safety

June 2010


Adjusting to going back to work after having a baby, trying to find a good work/life balance.

From the Blog:

Internet Safety Month

National internet safety month

July 2010


I own an iPad

The husband surprises me with an iPad.

From the Blog:

Top 5 technology must haves for babies

August 2010


My 2nd child enters Kindergarten.

From the Blog:

Baby and the iPad

September 2010


A lot of self discovery and discipling this month to help keep on course with being a good wife, mom, employee and blogger.

From the Blog:

Mom Traveling for Work

October 2010


I'm turning 32

I turned 32 and attended the Relevant Conference.

From the Blog:

Getting real with your blog self

November 2010


Enjoyed wrapping up our conference season at work and gearing up the holiday traditions with the family.

From the Blog:

kinect xbox 360

xBox 360 Kinect Review

December 2010


Time with the kids and planning for 2011. Big dreams and even bigger plans for 2011.

From the Blog:

Dear Mom, stop using AOL – tech for parents

2011, I’m Ready For YOU!

And there it is. It seemed like just a blink and a whole year past before us. A year that I’m so happy to be able to relive thru blogging and storing digitally thru technology.

God has some huge things stirring in our lives for 2011. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Until then, enjoy the rest of the year – and we’ll be back next year with more digital mom blog posts.

Tell me: What new things are up for YOU in 2011?

Internet Safety: Helping Kids Search Google Safely

Internet Safety: Helping Kids Search Google Safely

What kid isn’t curious about the world? With the internet at their little fingertips, the unknown can quickly be discovered. Keeping your kids protected from unsafe content while searching for those answers is vital in allowing kids to explore online.

While this internet safety tip won’t keep your kids from learning something you aren’t ready for them to know, what this will do is help keep pornography and other unsightly information away from curious little eyes.

internet safety with Google search

Google has a feature for logged in users called SafeSearch.  By default, Google’s Safe Search is set to moderate. Using the default moderate Safe Search setting will help keep explicit images out of your search results. Change your SafeSearch setting to strict to enable searching of explicit text and images, follow the directions below.

Setting Up Google’s Strict SafeSearch

Login to your Google account

internet safety with Google search

In the upper right-hand corner, click on Settings > Search settings

settings internet safety on google

Scroll halfway down the screen and select Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images) AND select Lock SafeSearch

safe search settings internet safety

Select Save Preferences – at the bottom right-hand corner of the page

save preferences for safe search

To confirm that SafeSearch strict is locked, go to Google and search. You should see an image featuring a set of large yellow, green, red and blue balls on the right side of the search screen. This verifies that your strict SafeSearch is on.

safe search is on

Internet Safety is the Job of Parents

internet safety is the parents job

Don’t you just LOVE the old school computer? This is my Z, 5 years ago. How computers change. I mean, the mouse was a WIRE and the monitor is BULKY!

While this handy tool, assists in aiding against kids viewing inappropriate content, internet safety is the job of parents.  Keep a frequent eye on your internet history, and temporary internet files to ensure that only what you want to be seen is viewed on your home computer.

Read more about Internet Safety.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

This was originally posted on 12/21/2010. Today this video has generated over 10 million views. Keep spreading the good word and Merry Christmas!

What if the Christmas Story took place in 2010? Would Mary and Joseph be on Facebook? What if Mary had an iPhone and a Joseph had a gmail account? What if Google maps could lead the way? What if Mary & Joseph could check-in on Four Square?

Mary & Joseph in Modern Times

This is the modern nativity story, or the Christmas story shows how social media would have changed how Jesus’ birth would of been announced.

modern nativity story

Check out these 2 video stories featuring what if’s in regards to the Christmas Story if it happen today. They’ve taken what we have available today to make this timeless story of Jesus’ birth something we all can relate to. 

The Digital Story of the Nativity

How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the birth of Christ. I love the creativity put into this and seeing the Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, Gmail, Foursquare, Amazon. I hope that they keep re-creating this each year with each new social media and online trend. This is a story that everyone should know, but told this way makes it totally relatable. 



We are tracking views of this viral video:

2,745,431 views – 12/21/10
12,046,761 views – 12/12/12 – peaked.
12,554,253 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas

We are tracking views of this viral video:
280,659 views – 12/21/10
1,628,655 views – 12/12/12 – peaked
1,855,593 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas is another version of the Christmas story, but with a creative twist. This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.

by IgniterMedia.com

Dear Mom, Stop Using AOL – Tech Help for Parents

Dear Mom, Stop Using AOL – Tech Help for Parents

If you’d like to contact my Mom, she’s cruising her AOL account or anxiously awaiting a *DING* on AOL instant messager. Yes, my Mom is NOT TECH SAVVY. She knows it. She is TRYING to adjust to the gmail my Sister and I setup for her. Someday, she’ll get Google Docs.  We will move that business of her from snail mail to the digital age. It just takes time.

teaching mom tech

In all honesty, my Sister and I probably are the worse people to try to teach her. We’re impatient with good ol’ mom. We talk way too fast (and though we look nothing alike, our voices and lingo are just about identical), have no patience and well maybe teaching isn’t our gift, nor is tech support.

So What Are 2 Tech Savvy Daughters To Do About Our Non-Tech Mother?

(This is where Google goes from brilliant to GENIUS).


Apparently, there is a HUGE need for moving the older generation online and educating them in the way of tech.  Google recognizes this. They understand people need to get it. They know that daughters and sons are attempting to teach parents how to do things (like copy and paste) and they’ve created a possible solution.

Teach Parents Tech (teachparentstech.com)

teach parents tech

Google has created several easy how to videos covering the basics that your parents may ask about.  Sure, there are a lot of Google product tie-ins, but let’s face it… Mom and Dad NEED to know how to use Google products. On the teachparenttech.com website, you can send your parents a virtual tech support care package.  You fill in who the care package is for, choose videos to send Mom and then *BOOM*. A cute email is created and sent to your Mom or Dad with how-to videos.

Here are the multitude of videos Google has created over various topics.

The Basics

World Wide Web



Finding Information


aol meets twitter

Are your parents tech savvy, or are they still stuck on AOL?