Author: Shadra Bruce

IoT Toy Security

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, and the implications for children and parents are important. Most parents have no idea of the security issues surrounding toys and devices that are connected as part of the IoT, and this lack of understanding puts many children at risk in a real way. Even the FBI recently found it necessary to encourage people to be aware of cybersecurity risks before they purchase smart phones and internet-connected devices and toys for themselves and their children – and to make sure their children understand the risks, as well. From their consumer notice:...

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Groupon

Getting Real with Shadra Bruce   Sponsored post. Interested in having MomsGetReal feature your product or service? Contact our media management firm at As we approach fall, everyone is talking about sweater weather, changing colors, all things pumpkin spice, and of course, holiday shopping. You know what I like to do to make my holidays less stressful? I like to shop early. My goal every year is to have my shopping done before December. I’ve never actually met that goal, but wouldn’t it be nice to get there? This year is my year. I have gift-buying on the...

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Back to School: Healthy Cold Lunches

Schools are burdened with responsibility when it comes to doing right by our kids, so it’s no wonder they take what shortcuts they can when meeting nutritional needs – things like classifying ketchup as a vegetable serving. Packing cold lunch for your school-age children will not only ensure that they are taking foods that they’ll actually eat (and be able to identify) but you can also make sure they are eating as healthy as possible. You probably aren’t faring much better than a typical hot lunch if you send the average cold lunch with your child consisting of a...

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Decorating for the Holidays

Shadra Bruce To be honest, I’m not much of an interior designer. My furniture would stay in the same place forever if we weren’t making room for extra people. But this time of year, it’s fun to bring a little holiday spirit into every room, and even I get into the spirit. Try these ideas – Light Up Your Home with Candles Candles are one of the easiest ways to make your home cozier for the holidays. While scented candles are ideal for use in bathrooms and guest rooms, unscented candles should be used in kitchen and dining areas...

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