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Give the Gift of Giving Back #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

 

Every Christmas Eve we have a family tradition that means the more to us then any gifts: cooking for a local homeless shelter. We work as a family to peel, cut and cook our famous sweet potato casserole (with pineapples and cinnamon) in big containers that we take over while still hot. We have a group that works together serving and the others cooking.  It is a family activity that we do together and our sons get the gift of learning to give back to their community. We also make decisions on what charities we give to as another family activity.

 

With all the focus on holiday gift shopping it is important to take a break to think about ways you can give back this holiday season.  Today is Giving Tuesday and many organizations and individuals are sharing how they are giving back. Here are some posts with links highlighting their favorite charities.

 

MommyPoppins is having a virtual food drive.

 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations discussed the Shot@Life Campaign. The One Campaign also shares information about the Shot@Life and other important initiatives.

 

Estelle Sobel Erasmus shared a list of 54 writer’s charities on the Huffington Post.

 

Cool Mom Picks discussed Family Volunteer Opportunities.

 

MomTrends shared thoughts on putting joy in the season by giving.

 

#TeamBlogalicious shared their favorite picks from Giving Tuesday.

 

Jessica Shyba (@mommasgonecity #theoandbeau) has an adorable book “Naptime With Theo and Beau” and is donating proceeds to the Santa Cruz SPCA.

 

Glennia Campbell shared information about Advocates For Youth.

 

TechSavvyMama discussed Gifts that Give back for the holidays.

 

Jim Higley discussed #‎HelpCampKesem‬ to help youths with Cancer.

 

 

Please share charities that you support during the holidays!

 

 

 

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FIND MY ARTICLES AT:

Dot Complicated:

June 2013: How To Have “The Talk” With Your Kids (On Internet Safety, That Is)

Mashable:

August 2012: How to Set Up the Best Workspace for Homework

Sept. 2012 Strategies for Parents: Using Tech as Consequence

Oct. 2012 5 Ways to Use Humor as Incentive for Homework

Nov 2012: What Do You Do With Tech-Obsessed Kids When the Lights Go Out?

Dec 2012: Keeping Mom in the Family Facebook Photo

Jan 2013: 5 Etiquette Tips for Photo Sharing

March 2013: Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning?

April 2013 Teach Your Kids How Not to Get Mugged in Minecraft

 

 

Laptop Mag

 

 

Aug 2012 “Web Safety The New Sex Talk”

 

 

 

 

July 2012 TechMama: Amusement Park Apps Ease Anxiety

June 2012 Why Families Need Both Laptop and Tablet

 

Cool Mom Tech:

Examples:
CES 2011: 5 CES tech discoveries just for moms
CES 2012: 5 Tech trends that parents should know about

 

 

Welcome To The New TechMamas.com Website!

Welcome to the new and improved TechMamas.com website! My old blog was on Typepad and I just finished a redesign to move to WordPress. So if this is the first time you either visited my site – or are coming over from my old site – I am still cleaning everything up – so please excuse the construction zone.

I am so glad you are visiting – stay awhile and check out my tech categories as I cover the family technology and share my personal perspective. I also hope to hear from you with comments or your own tech observations.

 

Bio: Beth Blecherman TechMamas.com

TECHMAMAS FOUNDER/EDITOR & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY MOM (CTM): 

 

 TechMama and TechMamas is a trademark of Beth Blecherman 2005-2012

 

Photo Credit: Brian Smith Photography
 
Beth Blecherman left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then decided to take her technology voice online as a career 2.0. Her personal blog is TechMamas.com (@TechMama), a platform to curate and discuss technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics. She is the Chief Technologist of Cool Mom Tech, the intersection between tech, parenting and style.
 
Beth Blecherman is a techie turned authority/speaker on “Technology For Moms & Family”.  She also consults with companies on beta testing and analyzing trends for family technology.  She is active in twitter as TechMama and regularly speaks at conferences on parenting, social media and technology. Beth has a fabulous hubby “TechDad” and three amazing tech boys.
 
In 2006 she joined on as one of the Co-Founders to Silicon Valley Moms Group (a mom blog network that covered over 11 regions). In 2010 Silicon Valley Moms Group was sold to Technorati.
 
In 2009 she was chosen as one of the Nielson Power Mom 50 influencers. In 2010 a Parents Magazine Power Mom, Forbes 100 Best Websites for Women for 2010 & 2011 and @ForbesWoman Best Branded Women on Twitter. She was included in the PC Mag Top 100 on Twitter , Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds. Working Mother’s list of Most Powerful Moms in Social Media, and Babble Top Twitter Moms.
 
Beth was choosen BizTechDay’s 25 Influential Business Women in Bay Area to Follow on Twitter, by MomBloggerClub on the 25 Influential Moms to Follow on Twitter, American Express Open Forum’s 75 Top Twitter Tips From Today’s Small Business Moms, Advertising Age article on Diverse “Twilebrities, She Knows 20 Moms to Follow On Twitter and Parent’s Magazine’s Virtual Power Mom list.
 
Interested in Beth’s services as family technology and social media expert/speaker? Please email her at techmamas(at)gmail(dot)com.
 
Beth is a host of MommytoMommy.tv, a new online show for moms.

 


TechMama Goes Hot Mama – Guest Celebrity from Kimberley Blaine on Vimeo./

 

Her favorite conference is CES and she is proud to be on theBoard of Advisors (and speak at) for MommyTechSummit at CES.

 

Beth consults with companies that have products for the family tech audience. One of her current clients is Nukotoys. There most current product is a trading game for the iPod/iPad called Monsterology (more to come!).

 

On TV: Beth appeared on Channel 7′s Live show for a tech segment discussing tech solutions for traveling with kids:

 

CURRENT PROJECTS
COOL MOM TECH:  Beth Blecherman’s newest pursuit is Chief Technologist of Cool Mom Tech, the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality and fabulosity, brought to you by the same moms behind the influential shopping and design site, Cool Mom Picks.
MOMMYTECH AT CES: Beth Blecherman is on the Board of Advisors for MommyTech summit at CES. Click here to visit the website for more details. Click here to see the exciting details about MommyTech CES 2011 (including a Fashion Show).
One of the co-hosts of MommytoMommyTV. My show was “Channel 7 Live discussing tech solutions for traveling with kids.
ADVISING:
Beth Blecherman is currently advising Nukotoys.com. They are coming out with an exciting line of game apps. The first one is called “Monsterology“.
Beth also has other clients to help them with beta testing tech products for families and social media outreach.
Beth Blecherman met with the team of a new social curation tool called “Pearltrees” while on a Traveling Geeks trip to Paris. She advised Pearltrees on social media outreach.
Post: Understanding Pearltrees: A New Way To Organize Web Content

 

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MORE FUN STUFF:

TechMama in Books:
       Professional Blogging for Dummies by Susan Getgood

The Internet Mommy by Kimberley Clayton Blaine - My chapter is about a pillow fight I covered on TWITTER!

See Mom Run by Beth FeldmanMy chapter is called “Night of Horror, i.e. The Night the Wireless Went Out “.  Here is a link to my post on the See Mom Run book.

 
SO HONORED:
 

 
 
SO MUCH TECHIE FUN: 
 

JOINED THE TRAVELING GEEKS 09 TRIP TO PARIS to meet with french startups and attend LeWeb. Here are my 2 posts from TravelingGeeks09 (DEC 2009):


1. Geek is a Global Language – But Twitter is Not (yet)

2. Traveling Geeks Paris 09: Microblog via Twitter

SONYMOM: Covered the red carpet for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
In LAPTOP MAGAZINE (online and print article):  Be a Better Tech Parent by Dana Wollman on November 23, 2009
ONE OF THE DISTINGUISHED BLOGGERS FOR EMBARK ON USS NIMITZ: Techmamas: Blogger Adventure on the USS Nimitz
HP/Vivienne Tam: Covered Fashion Week Launch of HP Mini notebook Vivienne Edition
CBS NEWS KATIE COURICCoordinated conference call and the Silicon Valley Moms Group to discuss the topic of Children and the Recession.
CBS News Meet The Parents (Who Blog) with Katie Couric on YouTube, April 2008

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Beth organized a visit for the SV Mom bloggers to meet Katie Couric! (See Beth to the right of Katie.)

Writing Assignments (other then the blogosphere):

SCHOLASTIC: Take a Byte Out of Life

TechMama on Video:

One of the Hosts of

TechMama Goes Hot Mama – Guest Celebrity from Kimberley Blaine on Vimeo
LA Moms Bloggers get VIP at Chelsea Lately

 
Radio Shack Netogether -Beth Blecherman & tech blogger friends were on a 17 foot computer screen in Times Square NYC and SF. Here is my post, here is a post from TechieDiva who was in NYC.
 
Video and Picture as the SonyMom’s covered the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Red Carpet

Gadgetspin video of Virgin America Orange County launch party.

140ConfNYC Borne Today: Innovating for the future

CES Speaker: MommyTech Summit at CES 2010: Beth Blecherman is on the Board of Advisors and will be speaking on 2 panels: Mommy Power 101, Mommy Tech Makeover

BlogHer09 Gadgets for Bloggers and am speaking at BlogHer10: Online Branding

SXSW 2009 Session title “Moms Who Tech
M2Moms: Brands & Blogs: What’s Working? What’s Next?     
GOOGLE: Digital Moms Panel 

Social Media Business Council: The Challenge of Mommy Blogging   

           WEB 2.0: Birds of a Feather “Moms Who Tech”

BlogHer Business ’08: Successful Social Media Outreach

Part 1

Part 2

PAST PROJECTS:

SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: She was a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Mom of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, collaborative mom blogs in cities across the country. Silicon Valley Moms Group was sold to Technorati.

PRESS:

Mashable:June 2010 @momfluential (Ciaran Blumenfeld)  and @techmama quoted in @Mashable post: 3 Key Location Trends for Moms  by Noa Gafni @queenbee101
Best Pet Apps – Galtime VideoLaptop Magazine
April 2010: Gadgets Mommy Bloggers Want For Mother’s Day “Reuters/ Leah Eichler: April 2010 Will Women Buy the iPad?

LAPTOP MAGAZINE (online and print):

1. Be a Better Tech Parent by Dana Wollman on November 23, 2009

2 Best Kid-Friendly Netbooks for Kids  by K. T. Bradford November 24th, 2009

 

Mentioned Moms Gone Wired”  in the Dallas Observer News

TRENDHUNTER Magazine: “Targeting Tech-Savvy Moms”, April 2009

The Digital Design Blog: “Moms Who Tech: Lessons Learned From The Web 2.0 Expo”, April 2009

WALL STREET JOURNAL blogs: “SXSW Roundup: “Moms Who Tech”, March 2009 By Rachel Emma Silverman

 BBC: “The rising power of geek mums”, (podcast), March 2009

 PBS: SXSW interview, March 2009

 BlogTalkRadio: PEPSICO Digital Speak Easy interview, March 2009

 KTVU Channel 2: Stay at Home Moms Trying to Produce Income, January 2009

 Forbes.com Video Network: High-Tech Babysitting, July 2008

CBS News: SF Conference Highlights Surge in Blogging Women, July 2008

Forbes.com “When Moms Packs A Gadget”, May 2008

 CBS News Meet The Parents (Who Blog) with Katie Couric on YouTube, April 2008

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Beth organized a visit for the SV Mom bloggers to meet Katie Couric! (See Beth to the right of Katie.)

New York Times Blog Caucus: “Women, Politics & The Internet Part II”, October 2007

San Jose Metroactive: (With the other Silicon Valley Mommybloggers) “The Hand That Blogs The Cradle”, September 2006

       

Other Tidbits:

Photo by dePolo Photography

 

In Books and On Video

I am thrilled to have contributed to the following two books:

1. The Internet Mommy by Kimberly Clayton Blaine

2. See Mom Run by Beth Feldman

Check out my bio page to view TechMama on Video.  I will be venturing into vlogging with the gals at Gadgetspin.  More to come…

TechMama on Video:

Kimberley Clayton Blaine just launched her newest online video venture: MommytoMommyTV - a new online show for moms. I was excited to host one of the shows. The show is called TechMama Goes HotMama.

So of course I prepared… Real Housewives reality TV style..

My segment was about meeting my mom comedian idol Heather McDonald (in LA) to have her sign a copy of her book that I purchased. I wanted to get myself Hollywood ready to meet her, so of course I got a spray on tan and hair extensions. Really. Click HERE to read the rest of the post about the MommytoMommy.tv show I hosted called "TechMama Goes HotMama" by Kimberley Blaine. And here is the video:

I organized a group of LA Moms Bloggers to see a taping of the fabulous Chelsea Lately Show. Here is our adventure:

 

Radio Shack Netogether -Beth Blecherman & tech blogger friends were on a 17 foot computer screen in Times Square NYC and SF. Here is my post, here is a post from TechieDiva who was in NYC.

Video and Picture as the SonyMom's covered the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Red Carpet

Gadgetspin video of Virgin America Orange County launch party.

  A Byte Out of Life sponsored by Yahoo: Twitter and Celebrities

 

PBS at SXSW 2009: Beth Blecherman Interview

 

Press

Techmamas will be available to interview, discuss, or speak on issues related to parenting and technology. For press inquiries, email techmamas(at)gmail.com.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

Current panel proposed at 2009 South by Southwest: Moms Who Tech

BlogHer Business: Case Study – Successful Social Media Outreach

Jewish Vocational Service: Recession Proofing Your Career, Online Career Networking. Here is my post on the Online Networking for Career Development.

In the News:

Sept 2008 Sierra Wireless Media Page 

August 2008 Wired Blog: Review: Mystery Case Files 

July 2008 Forbes.com Video Network: High-Tech Babysitting 

July 2008 CBS News: SF Conference Highlights Surge in Blogging Women

May 2008 Forbes.com When Moms Packs A Gadget

April 2008 CBS News Meet The Parents (Who Blog)

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Techmama is hanging to the right of Katie Couric!

Oct 2007 New York Times Blog Caucus: Women, Politics & The Internet Part II

April 2007: 3 Seconds of Fame on CNET: -  “Keeping Your Kids Safe Online“- Video on “The Real Net Threats

Sept 2006San Jose Metroactive – With the other Silicon Valley Mommybloggers in the article “The Hand That Blogs The Cradle“.