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

Where is that music coming from?

Visitors to our home are often surprised to realize that music is coming from speakers in our ceiling (pictured at right). I'll admit that when my husband first suggested installing speakers, which I can only describe as resembling something you'd see at the mall, I was skeptical. But now, nearly one year later, I've started asking him why we don't […]

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Can I disinfect my tech?

For over a week I have been trying, largely unsuccessfully, to recover from a killer cold. Pulling my iPhone and a wad of used tissues out of my coat pocket, it occured to me that I probably need to figure out how to disinfect my tech. Specifically, my phone, my laptop, and the keyboard at work. Cleaning technology is always […]

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Tech gift ideas for guys (from my guy)

With Black Friday looming, our thoughts turn to holiday shopping. Based on my conversations with friends and relations, I know I'm not alone when I say the toughest person on my gift list is my husband, Steve. I know shiny new technology is a safe bet, but am lost from there – mostly because he already has so many gadgets! […]

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Looking for a deal? Try foursquare.

After writing about location-based social networking tools such as Gowalla, foursquare and Yelp, I promptly stopped using them. The fact was I didn't really see the point of using these new tools. I wasn't interested in badges, dukedoms, mayorships or virtual gifts. I didn't need to add one more thing to complicate getting errands done (Kids, slow down! Mommy's checking […]

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Do I really need to turn off my electronic devices?

For as long as there have been airplanes and electronic gadgets, there has raged a debate about whether or not passengers REALLY have to turn off their devices. Many of us will probably remember the scene in The West Wing when Toby Ziegler argues about this very issue: Flight Attendant: Sir, I'm going to have to ask that you turn […]

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Can Pokémon be a parenting tool?

Three years ago I wrote about how I became obsessed with playing Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS, under the pretence of creating a posse of creatures for my then five year old to play with his friend. (The fact that my 5 year old even KNEW about the Pokémon video games I blame entirely on the publicist […]

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Need help remembering names? There’s an app for that.

It is no secret that I am terrible with names. In fact, I often joke that everyone should wear a name badge, not just at conferences or fast food establishments, but also at school, work, and soccer games. Think about how much easier life would be if, when running into a soccer mom at the grocery store, you weren't left […]

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Can I avoid laptop lap burn?

Anyone who has worked/played with their notebook computer on their lap could not be surprised by reports yesterday and today that the devices can get hot. But who knew that they could actually cause mild burns to your thighs (and really, there are few places worse than your upper thighs to get burned)? Personally, I have resorted to some of […]

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Do you buy DVDs?

This weekend, in a fit of home cleaning, I discovered a cache of what felt like hundreds of DVD cases. Half of the cases were empty, while the rest housed an assortment of special editions; collections (James Bond; Star Wars AND Indiana Jones); television series; movies for the children, and other random favorite programs. It occurred to me, as I […]

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Can I get rid of our car chargers?

Stuck in the car for 5+ hours, I started to count the car chargers required to keep our technology fully juiced when we are on the road. The final tally was seven chargers – 2 phones, 1 Nintendo DS, 1 Nintendo DSi, 2 DVD players, and 1 laptop. They make for a jumble of cables that would give Unclutter Erin […]

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