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At the recent launch of Office 365 Home Premium in New York City’s Bryant Park, I had the opportunity to experience the new features of Office while talking to some very exciting people (keep reading to find out who!). The Microsoft ...
This has been a busy time for the Women’s Movement. Today happens to be International Women’s Day 2013 which has “thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements“. The d ...
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As a busy mom I rely on tools to help me balance family projects with my family life. One of the tools I have been using for years is Microsoft Office. I was excited to not only go to NYC for Adventures with the Microsoft Office 3 ...
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For today’s teens, texting is their natural and persistent form of communication. I realized just how deeply integrated texting is to my older son’s communicat ...
Guest Post: If you are a parent and are thinking of starting a company, I have good news – you already have the world’s best entrepreneurial experience: you are running a family without any previous experience or a manual! Do you remember t ...
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When it comes to managing family health, being proactive and aggressive goes a long way. I frequently point out to my boys and my husband the importance of exercise, eating right and gettin ...
When people recently asked me why I am not going to a yearly social media conference (going on this week – that I had been going to for years), I could only share what was really going on: this week I am going to a memorial service f ...
Public WiFi is like good piece of cake. It’s hard to resist but has inherent danger (to your privacy, not your diet). As someone with computer security experience I am concerned that many public WiFi spots have inadequate security, making t ...
When visiting Disneyland Park, with Cinderella’s Castle and rides from Pirates of the Caribbean to Star Wars, it’s very clear that the park was created so that Main Street USA is the grand entrance and centerpiece that sets the stage for a great park experience. Similarly, with the recent Disneyland Resort expansion, guests enter California Adventure Park on Buena Vista Street, the striking anchor of this new park. The shops, period costumes and architecture of Buena Vista Street were inspired by the history and experiences of “ Los Angeles in the 1920’s similar to what Walt Disney experienced when he came to America”.
Tomorrow I am heading to Florida to join in the fun on the newest Disney cruise ship called Disney Fantasy. This is a media trip for me (and other media) to find out details about the ship to pass on to my readers. I am braving the trip with my twin 9 year old sons (hubby and my tween are staying home). I consider myself a savvy traveler after traveling the world for business – but traveling with kids is something completely different. Honestly – traveling with kids simply makes me nervous. Which is why I love going on Disney adventures that are not only made for families and put also put nervous mother’s like myself at ease.
Part of the excitement of our family adventures to Disneyland is going online to plan our trip. Our kids love helping to collaborate so we can fit in all of their favorite Disney experiences in the trip. The Disneyland mobile apps are also helpful for us to get information on the go.
When I received this press release about a new Disney Parks app for the iPad, I was excited for a new mobile opportunity to experience and get information about Disneyland. Disney Explorer is a free app for the iPad that offers a mobile experience of the sights and sounds of Disneyland. The app offers the ability to “tap beautiful images, animation and interactive touch points that represent experiences inside Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, Downtown Disney District and all three hotels of the Disneyland Resort. ” I can’t wait to try it – but showing it to my boys will make it harder for us to wait until our next trip to Disneyland.
Discover the Sights and Sounds of Disneyland Resort with ‘Disneyland Explorer’ – a Disney Parks App for iPad
I am packed up and heading to the Florida for the Inaugural Sailing of the Disney’s newest ship Dream. I will be looking into the technology and innovations to give a behind the scenes glimpse of the third ship in the magical Disney Cruise Line. I will also do my best to search out WiFi at sea so I don’t have to wait to share the fun until I return.
Disclosure: This is a media trip, my travel expenses to attend were covered. I am under no obligation to blog, just to experience this special event. But of course, I will want to share with my audience such an exciting adventure!
My family moved to California when I was 11 years old and one of our first vacations was a trip to Disneyland. I can still see my brother having the time of his life at age 6 on “It’s a Small World”. Fast forward (more than) a few years and my own fond childhood memories are now complimented by new memories together with my three boys and husband together at our recent visit to today’s Disneyland.
As a parent, I found some creative strategies (included in the middle of this post) to make sure we all had the chance to enjoy our favorite rides on our recent visit. As a blogger, I enjoyed attending the Disneyland media events and learning the “behind the scenes” tricks, meeting Imagineers, previewing what Disneyland has planned for the holidays and learning about whats coming up for 2011.
First I had a chance to connect with Kimberley Clayton Blaine, the producer of MommytoMommyTV (an online show I am thrilled to have hosted). We met a Daisy Duck, discussed some our favorite Disneyland rides and admired her beautiful red bow and red shoes:
One of the beautiful backgrounds for our video was the “It’s a Small World” Holiday. Just after the video ended, we enjoyed watching digital imaging in action as images were displayed on the facade of the attraction. There are additional holiday decorations in place in Disneyland through Jan. 2. Here are some of the highlights:
I just returned home from a trip back East and was very busy getting my kids summer schedule finalized, when I received an email about a Disney media event in San Francisco. Attending Disney media events are always worth the schedule shifting and babysitting recruiting time, in return for some Disney magic. So – on July 8 – I attended the Disneyland World of Color road show stop in San Francisco. Here is the link to the World of Color road show press release with details on the tour, my pictures of the event are at the bottom of this post. The tour was created to take some of the magic of the World of Color attraction on the road.
I first heard of the new World of Color attraction at Disney California Adventure park last spring and hoped to bring my kids to see it after it opened June 11, 2010. I showed my kids a World of Color video and they were fascinated with the fountains, images and special effects.
“There has never been a show like “World of Color,” the mega-scale,
after-dark celebration of Disney storytelling. “World of Color”
to life with powerful fountains that become stars of the show as they
create one of the world’s largest projected water screens.
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Beth Blecherman a.k.a “TechMama”
TECH BLOGGER: Shares straight talk on parenting meets technology across many social media platforms including blog TechMamas.com and Twitter @TechMama. She is well know for past articles in Mashable, Laptop Magazine and Cool Mom Tech. She currently contributes to Dot Complicated.
INFLUENCER & SPOKESPERSON: TechMamas.com media coverage includes Time.com, Forbes.com, PCMag, Parents.com, WorkingMother and more. Beth has represented many top brands as a Spokesperson online and on TV.
SPEAKER: Her speaking opportunities include SXSW, Web 2.0, BlogHer, 500 Startups MamaBear Tech Conference, Draper University and UC Berkeley Extension.
TECH CONSULTANT: Testing and focus groups for family tech products, websites and apps.
PAST: Senior Manager of Business Process Integrity at Deloitte, Co-Founder of hyper-local national mom blog network called Silicon Valley Moms Group - sold to Technorati.