Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobile technology brings ultra-convenient apps and Bluetooth-connected devices for everything from shopping to banking and, of course, cooking. Discover the kitchen technology that you can put to good use this Thanksgiving below.
Today, more people than ever before are diving into their smartphones and tablets fingertips-first to remove a bit of stress from their day-to-day routines, according to recent study from Flurry Analytics. Findings indicate that, in 2013, the use of apps for productive purposes such as managing finances and other family needs increased 149 percent compared to 2012. Only messaging programs and social networking apps saw a more significant jump.
Cooking is the focus of many apps that help people increase productivity. Any parent who has rushed home from work and raced against the clock to put dinner on the table will appreciate the unique ways in which mobile devices have made preparing nutritious meals for their loved ones a bit more simple.
Mobile technology makes magic in the kitchen
Planning and cooking family meals presents an ideal opportunity to pick up a smartphone or tablet and remove some stress from what can be a complicated part of each day. New for 2014, iDevices’ smart cooking thermometers - the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and Kitchen Thermometer mini- are two of the most innovative examples of cooking accessories in the ever-expanding mobile market.
Sure to become a staple in any cook’s kitchen toolkit, iDevices Kitchen Thermometers pair with the iDevices Connected app to allow users to monitor the temperature of food from up to 150 feet away through the use of Bluetooth wireless technology, removing the need to hover near the oven or grill to ensure poultry, meat and seafood always turns out tender and tasting great.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of these high-tech cooking accessories is that they take the guesswork out the important food safety practice of cooking foods to the recommended temperature, a simple step that not only ensures a safe meal, but also makes it easy to put delicious, never-dry poultry on the table time and time again.
Smart cooking thermometers make poultry perfection easy for busy cooks
When it comes to preparing poultry, many cooks may rely on the color or texture of their meat to determine if it’s cooked thoroughly enough to serve. Some may even choose to overcook poultry to ensure it’s completely done, a decision that can result in a dry, disappointing meal. However, iDevices Kitchen Thermometers make it simple to determine when poultry is fully cooked to the proper temperature.
Recently, iDevices took the convenience of its smart thermometers to a new level by partnering with Jennie-O, a brand on a mission to show the world how easy it is to eat well with the great taste of turkey, to make it easier than ever for busy cooks to prepare delicious turkey meals.
By selecting the “Turkey” preset in the free iDevices Connected app, users can overcome any worries they have about under- or over-cooking poultry simply by monitoring their iDevices Kitchen Thermometer via any iOS or Android compatible mobile device from wherever they may be in the home or yard. Once turkey is fully cooked to a safe 165 F, the app sends an alert letting the user know their poultry is ready to serve. The iDevices Connected app even comes complete with a variety of simple, yet creative JENNIE-O turkey recipes, giving busy parents a collection of great ideas sure to please even the pickiest eater.
With a world of groundbreaking smart mobile apps and accessories now available, the sky is the limit for busy parents with a penchant for trying exciting new lifestyle tools. Visit the iTunes app store or Google Play store to download the iDevices Connected app and explore all the great new cooking resources out there. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometers are available for purchase online at iDevicesInc.com.
Black Friday SalesFrom free toys to cheap electronics, find some of your tops wish list gifts on http://blackfriday.com. Looking for that 60" VIZO television for $688? Walmart's got it! What about 50% off top toy brands and $30 of stocking stuffers for the kids for FREE? Toys R Us has you covered! TIP #1 MAKE A PLAN: Once you identify what you want to buy, which stores have the best sales on Black Friday and what time they open, make a decision about when and where you want to shop first. This year, many stores such as Macy’s & Kohl’s will be opening as early as midnight, but depending on your mall, the next batch of stores may not be open until 4am-6am. Plan accordingly so you’re not waiting in the cold for the next four hours! DEAL FOR A STEAL: Looking for free money to add to your holiday spending? H&M is offering the first 100 customers in line scratch off cards with values of up to $300 for store spending! With sweaters & dresses just starting at $5 each, you can buy gifts for everyone, no matter if they've been naughty or nice this season! Most free-standing H&M stores will open up tonight at midnight, you better get in line early! (Check your local mall for correct Black Friday shopping hours.) TIP #2 DON’T DRESS TO IMPRESS: Loose-fitting or comfy clothing (such as a jogging suit) and sneakers could possibly be the best Black Friday shopping outfit ever. Not only will you be spending a lot of time on your feet, but no one wants to wake up at 4am and get all gussied up. Do yourself a favor by keeping your outfit relaxed and nixing those heels!
SKIP THE LINES: Several stores (including Walmart) will let you put the Black Friday Sale items on Layaway today and get them out for the Black Friday price on Friday! If you want to avoid the lines and still get the deals, drop everything and shop now#TIP #3 THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS: Go with a team and attack separate stores or sections of the same store. Distributing the list by items (electronics, fashions, etc.) is also a good plan. Designate a meeting place and time to check out so you can find one another amongst all the craziness. The faster you can shop, the sooner you’ll be nursing a hot chocolate back in bed! LESS-QUANTITY ITEMS ARE NOT WORTH YOUR QUALITY TIME: Be wary of Black Friday deals with quantity limits. If a store only has 10 items at that price, go elsewhere. Time is money and you don’t want to miss out on Black Friday sales that are actually worth waiting for! TIP #4 HARNESS THE POWER OF YOUR SMARTPHONE: From following local stores via Twitter, double-checking ad sales via mobile internet or simply dialing a friend to lend a helping hand in carrying five flat-screen TVs home, smartphones are your BFF on Black Friday. Make sure yours is fully charged…and use it wisely! USE TIMING WISELY: By 8am, many of those door-busting earlybirds who have been shopping since 4am have left to go home and crawl back into bed. Meanwhile, the later shoppers are just getting dressed and making waffles, preparing to hit the malls at 10am. If you wait until 8am or so, you can find empty parking lots of stores where there are still plenty of deals to be found, but nearly no lines! TIP #5 BRING A SNACK: Only amateurs stop at the food court on Black Friday. If you think the lines are bad in the stores, you won’t believe the crowds around McDonald’s come noon! Keep granola bars or pre-packaged snacks in your bag to fight off those mid-shopping munchies. You’ll stay satisfied and can eat a healthier meal at home! What do you think of these Tips for Black Friday success? Have you ever gone shopping on Black Friday? Will you be going this year? Where are you off to?
1. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part IIComing in as number one on the box office chart after its first weekend’s release, the highly anticipated finale to a five part film brought the rivalry “Team Jacob vs. Team Edward” to an end. Now Team Bieber can continue to prevail. Breaking Dawn Part II, directed by Bill Condon, presents Kristen Stewart, Robert Patterson and Taylor Lautner on screen for one final time.
2. LincolnSteven Spielberg’s narrative feature about president Abraham Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, proves its relevance by making the number two spot in the box office for its second weekend in theatres. Hopefully you and the family are fans of the 16th U.S. President because there are two hours and thirty nine minutes of him in store.
3. SkyfallSony Pictures’ movie, Skyfall is appearing in theatres for its second weekend and holding the third spot in the box office. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring lead actor Daniel Craig, Skyfall is the last film of the series for Judi Dench who played the character M. If you’re interested in some good ol' fashioned action, deaths, and interracial love this is definitely the movie for your holiday weekend!
4. Wreck it RalphCan we ever get enough of Disney movies? Disney Studios has done it again with the light-hearted film, Wreck It Ralph. A story of heriosim and happinness about an arcade game player who is tired of playing the assigned game and decides to stop playing to explore other games. After its third weekend in theatres, Wreck It Ralph is holding on to fourth place in the Box Office. Check this movie out during the holidays with the entire family and all are guaranteed to be entertained.
5. FlightMake sure you don’t drink and drive during the holiday! ...and certainly don’t drink and fly a plane. Paramount’s drama, starring Denzel Washington is about a well seasoned pilot suffering from alcohol abuse who during flight magically lands a crashing plane saving many lives. This is definitely a must-see including great actors like Don Cheadle and John Goodman. Flight is in its third weekend holding on to the number five spot in the box office. Grab one of these, popcorn, and the rest of the crew for a gauranteed good ending to a great holiday. Let us know which November box office chart topper was your favorite below. No worries you can thank us for the list later... Happy holidays!
1. Rent your home.Going out of town for the holidays? People are constantly looking for a good deal on vacation homes. To date Airbnb is already in 30,374 cities in 192 countries and they will even have a professional photographer come out to take pictures of your place. You list your house or appartment, set the price per night and see what happens. Relay Rides gives owners the luxury of choosing who rents their vehicle, and both renters and vehicle owners are covered by insurance provided by Relay Rides. Renter reps are built by the reviews left by the car owners and with the holidays rolling in and traditional car rental prices at a premium this is a prime opportunity to make extra cash if your car is normally parked.
3. Surf the Web. (No, really!)Google's cute, but I’ve never gotten paid by using the site to search the Internet. Switch to a site like SwagBucks that reward points or "bucks" to your account, which can be exchanged for gift cards or actual cash. Notably, the Store offers many gift cards that can be delivered in an electronic format. These gift cards can then be spent on other vendors (Amazon, iTunes, Paypal, etc.) to receive a wider variety of rewards. These are just a few ways you can earn some extra cash without much interruption to your already established lifestyle. So start financing your holiday season now and who knows how much extra change you may have earned by December!
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- Compare the prices at the stores. You can research on the Internet as well as look through the circulars that you receive in your Sunday paper.
- Choose which stores have the most savings for you.
- Plan to hit only one store for the morning sales. The long lines will prevent you from getting the best deals at multiple stores, plus usually the items are gone within the first hour.
- Shop in group of 2 or more - and have your team split up for items and carts for easy shopping.
- Try getting the cart after you have gotten your first item or split up and send your partner to get the cart.
- Use a partner so that you can hit multiple areas of the store at the same time.
- Black Friday Sales are like marathons, so you must dress accordingly. Wear walking shoes like New Balance or Nike.
- Try adding insoles to the shoes for extra added comfort (especially when standing in those long lines.)
- BONUS NOTE: If you decide to hit the sales line directly from the "After Thanksgiving Nightclub Excursion" here's a bonus tip - to avoid blisters in your high heels lather your feet in vaseline, the coating will prevent any extra rubbing after a long night of dancing.
- Go for your big items first. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by aisle displays or other items.
- Stay on budget by shopping with a specific list in mind. In the madness it is easy to come out with ten items that you didn’t mean to purchase and blow your entire budget. The sale is only worth going to if you manage to stick to your budget, otherwise you would be better shopping online without the temptation to splurge.
- Some twenty-four hours stores will offer their Black Friday deals starting at midnight. Look for the item and place it in your cart before midnight. Although they may have certain big-ticket items covered before then.
- Most people do not realize you can hit the sale that early, and so it is a lot less crowded. Contact your local store to see what their policy is regarding these sales.