Kristin Brandt
I'm working mom, full-time marketing professional (Sundin Associates), part-time podcaster (Manic Mommies), and Family Life blogger (Real Simple). You can find everything at kristin-sundin-brandt.com

Recent Posts By Kristin Brandt

Would you like to play a game?

Recently, as I waited for my lunch order and fiddled with my iPhone, I was asked what I was doing. A bit embarrassed, I responded "playing Zombie Farm." The look on the store owner's face was priceless. While it may look like I'm busy doing something semi-important, looks can be deceiving, because most of the time I'm probably playing a […]

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Am I where I am?

For the last month I have been experimenting with the location-based social networking tools Gowalla.com, Foursquare.com and Yelp.com. At their most basic, each of these services allows you to check in to a location (restaurant, store, theater or other business), using your mobile device. Because the phone knows where you are through it's internal GPS, you can only check in […]

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Can I listen to music while riding my bike?

Since beginning my new workout routine of riding my bike to work, there are some things – sweating in silence next to strangers; riding a spin bike in the semi-dark for an hour and not getting anywhere; communal showers and questionably clean workout equipment – that I just don't miss about the gym environment. That being said, there is one […]

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Will I keep my iPhone 4?

As I write this I'm watching coverage of Apple's iPhone-related press conference on TWiT Live and engadget while contemplating the question – Should I keep my new iPhone 4? Having upgraded from my iPhone 3G just over a week ago, I've been getting settled into my new phone and have ultimately decided that I will be keeping my phone. Here's […]

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How do you track your workouts?

Last week I started something new – riding my bicycle to work. As part of my new fitness routine, I decided to also start tracking my rides. Not only did I want to know how many calories I was burning (and, more importantly, how much of my homemade guacamole I could eat later), I also wanted a record of my […]

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Reader question: iPad, Kindle, or both?

I'd like to thank Manic Mommies listener and friend Molly N. for inspiring this week's post with this e-mail: Hi Kristin You are the tech guru, so I'm coming to you for advice.  I was thinking about a Kindle, but then the IPad came out.   You have a Kindle, desiring an IPad but decided to wait.  Do you still […]

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Can you watch 3-D movies & tv?

Last night, after taking my children to see Toy Story 3 in 3-D, I left the theater with two happy kids (see one pictured at right), a couple pairs of disposable glasses and a killer migraine. I have always had difficulty understanding the appeal of 3-D movies – from Captain Eo at Epcot to Chuck in 3-D on NBC – […]

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How secure are your passwords?

Years ago I turned over the hosting of our client web sites to a trusted hosting partner. As part of the transition, the hosting administrator set up new passwords for each user. Passwords that, because of the complex combination of numbers, letters, capitalizations and special characters, were going to be a nightmare for anyone to remember. Upon questioning the administrator […]

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The perfect backup system?

 A couple of weeks ago, my reliable MacBook Pro started to have some trouble. Upon startup the display would show teal plaid, until switching to fuchsia plaid and crashing. The issue would fix itself upon restart, but it was clear that the laptop was heading to permanent plaid-dom. Fortunately, before the final crash, I was able to cobble together a […]

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Tell me – What type of technology interests you?

For over a year I have had the privilege of writing on the topic of technology for this, Real Simple’s Simply Stated blog. And I’ve discovered in that time that topic of “technology” is incredibly broad  and ever changing – video games, family organizing sites, gadgets and gizmos – oh my! There is so much to write about, and so […]

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