It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through summer break!


With the school year fast approaching, your child may need to use the Internet for homework or research. And like any other activity your child does, you cannot be watching every second. That’s why it’s vital that children understand some basic safety rules, instead of just specific things they can or cannot do.

Some of the greatest inventions solve problems you didn’t realize you had. While you’ve probably been getting along just fine without these nifty little devices, you might just love them anyway.

Now that we know these exist, we might have to do a little shopping ourselves!

Nest Thermostat:

Yes, it’s a bit pricey at $250, but it may end up saving you more than that over a year. Nest is a “smart” thermostat that can program itself based on your daily patterns and preferences.

It’s summer, and while we’re busy trying to stay cool, it’s important to remember that our laptops need climate control as well.

Keep these tips in mind for the long, hot days ahead:

Don’t leave your laptop in the car. Metal components can expand in the heat, and plastic ones can melt. If you must leave it, make sure it’s completely powered off (not just “sleeping”) and store it underneath a seat, out of direct sunlight.

Keep air circulating. Make sure there’s a way for heat to dissipate from the machine, particularly from the bottom. Don’t use your laptop while it’s sitting on a bed or a blanket; not only will this prevent air from flowing, but it will insulate the generated heat.