Keep Your Stuff Together

by Alison

Living on campus, away from home sure is fun. It is also a surefire test of how organized you or your student can be. Use gadgets like these to help you keep your stuff together!

Hey Dude, Here’s My Car

Parents, are you sending your kid to college with a car or a bike? Parking lots at schools can be intimidating.. Especially when the student rushes to get to class. Pull in a space, kill the engine, lock and go! And an hour later they are combing the lot saying “where did I park.” Bike racks can provide as much confusion. Prevent the inevitable with the GPS Homing Device keychain.  Simply push a button when parking. The GPS unit marks the location and points them back to it while counting down the distance. And it is back lit for night use. You can set up to 3 different starting points to remember other locations. Don’t let any collegian take their wheels to school without a sure fire way to find their parking spot, just $79.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.


Smart, Practical and Stylish

A durable bag is critical to college. You need to keep your stuff together, and know it is safe.Timbuk2 has been producing quality bags for years. They recently beefed up their popular Commute messenger bag, $109 – $119 on Amazon,  to adapt to today’s needs for collegians and professionals everywhere. The exterior allows for quick access to a key pocket, and water bottle storage. The interior continues with separate file storage, ample book space, plenty of pen/pencil storage and more bottle storage. A faux fur lined pocket provides protection for phones and scratch prone items. The Commute 2.0 offers an external laptop compartment with separate space for a tablet or e-reader, both heavily padded. And if you fancy travel you will zip through TSA with the lie flat laptop section. As with Commute 1.0 the TPU flap keeps your gear dry in a drizzle and the shoulder strap is removable. A variety of colors are also available to suit you, or your collegian.

Ensure the Important Is Not Lost

Sending a student to college with important documents or jewelry can be nervewracking. Sure, you trust your kid. But Who knows what crazies are living in the dorm. Give you and your student some peace of mind with the Lock & Roll Portable Personal Safe. Lock & Roll is less than 6” tall and – as the name insinuates – has 2 wheels for easy maneuvering. Drop in the valuables, lock it up and roll it away, and know that things are secure. The Lock & Roll is available on Amazon for $71.81, a steal for the relief it will provide.

5 of the Coolest Kids Tablets

by Al

Barbie Fashion tablet

While most tablets tend to target the male demographic, here is something just for the pink loving princess in your life. I am talking about the Barbie Fashion tablet from Oregon Scientific here, where it has less practicality and functionality than being a fashion icon for the little girl in your life. Similar to the craze surrounding Hello Kitty products, Barbie, being an international fashion icon, has her very own tablet that certainly abhors all things high tech, as it lacks even the most basic necessity these days – a color LCD display. At least the monochrome LCD display is touch sensitive, and it comes with a stylus in addition to a range of learning activities like writing, drawing, music making, vocabulary building, sequencing, and memorizing amongst others.

There is a range of themes that accompany the Barbie Fashion tablet including fashion, design, pets, and parties, not to mention handwriting recognition. Seems to be more of a gift for collectors and fans of Barbie rather than having it being a functional, working tablet, but you cannot really complain much at $49.95.

Full specs over at Oregon Scientific and also available (cheaper) from

Nabi 2 tablet

“Power…unlimited power!” Or so the saying goes when Palpatine announced his identity to Jedi Master Mace Windu through a blast of Force Lightning, after Anakin Skywalker intervened by cutting of Mace’s saber hand. Well, the same can be applied to the tablet market – specifically for little ones out there. The Nabi 2 tablet as it is called is one device that you are able to give to your kids who want to imitate their parents who own “real” tablets. The Nabi 2 allows your little one to play and learn in a meaningful manner, and while the $199 price tag clearly makes this one of the more expensive tablets in the market – even for kids. Basically, if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys, so the amount of money you “invest” into the Nabi 2 would clearly reflect in the device that your kid finally holds in his or her hands, where it sports a 7″ capacitive display at 1,024 x 600 resolution, powered by the Tegra 3 processor and accompanied by 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, a 2-megapixel camera with 720p resolution recording capability, a mini HDMI output, USB 2.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

LeapFrog LeapsterGS tablet

Here is a tablet that you might want to consider getting for your little one if you want to stretch your budget by a whole lot – especially when you hand over a Benjamin for the LeapFrog LeapsterGS, and you will receive $30 in change, thanks to the $69.99 price point slapped onto the LeapFrog LeapsterGS. Targeting the edutainment (education and entertainment) niche, the LeapFrog LeapsterGS will also feature an integrated camera with video recording capability, not to mention throwing in a motion sensor. Not only that, there is also a fair amount of software and apps in its digital library so that your kids are able to get started off on the right footing. Underneath the hood lies a LF 2000 processor that is accompanied by a kid-friendly multi-button controls to help the LeapsterGS being able to engage with little ones better. Specially designed to work with kids aged from 4 to 9 years, you can always choose to purchase additional software and apps through downloads at $5 a pop, although game cartridges will cost more at $24.99.

Further info oover on Leapfrog, also available at

Archos Child Pad 2

The little ones in your home would definitely want to own a tablet to emulate their dad and mom at work, so here is something from Archos that you might want to consider. The Archos Child Pad 2 will come with a capacitive touchscreen display which is different from its predecessor, the original Child Pad. The price point remains the same at $129 though, which is a good thing. We are looking at 1GB RAM in addition to a 1GHz processor underneath the hood, not to mention being able to access the Kids App Store. Not only that, Archos has also made sure that your kids will not be able to access websites that you do not want them to have a peep – and this is made possible thanks to the inclusion of parental controls. The Archos Child Pad 2 will be powered by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you can be sure that you are able to get some Angry Birds action going on.

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Genius Kids Designer II tablet

Not all tablets are created equal, and I guess you can apply that particular saying to the Genius Kids Designer II. This is a graphics tablet which has been specially built up by Genius to be able to help accelerate the learning as well as assist kids in unleashing their creative potential. Just make sure your little ones are aged from 3 to 8 years old in order to wring the most out of the Genius Kids Designer II. The Genius Kids Designer II will be different from other Android-powered tablets with a custom interface located right on top of it, as it will have its fair share of software pre-installed. Kids being kids, surely all work and no play would make them a dull person, which is why Genius decided to throw in 15 games right out of the box with a wide range of difficulty levels, sporting a large 5”x8” display for your little one to interact with. Other features include large volume controls that can be accessed easily, and there is a cordless stylus for your little one to draw or paint with on the tablet’s display. The asking price for the Genius Kids Designer II? $64.99 a pop.

Genius Kids Designer 2 and again available over at

Study Aids

by Alison

Get the students in your life, ready for the hours of studying with these gizmos:


Study All Night

There’s nothing like having to stay up all night and cram for a test – while your light sensitive roommate sleeps. Make it a non-issue with this 3 pack of clip on LED book lights from GE. They can clip to a paperback, hardback or an e-reader. You’ll get 10,000 hours of use out of each light, plenty of time to get you through school. And the great part is the 3-pack is only $19.18 at Amazon.



Give Eyes a Break

Every hard studying student needs a break. Whether staring at notes or a computer screen the strain on eyes can take its toll. What a better way to take a break than with an eye massage witht he Breo Breeze ISee 180-Hi-Tech Digital Eye & Temple Massager. This must have device uses principles of acupuncture to apply heat and vibration and gently massage and improve oxygen supply and circulation. It even has a built in MP3 player to keep your chill tunes on while relaxing. Breo has a full line of products including more expensive options, but at $34.99 on Amazon the ISee 180 is perfect for students.


Get the Edge with Lightwedge:

Make reading the fine print a cinch with this pocket sized magnifier. A powerful LED ensures that you can see what you magnify as well. Lightwedge is available in 10 colors and at just $8.97 on Amazon it is a must for students young and old.

Equip the Young Gadgeteers (K-6)

by Alison

Send your little one off to school right with these hip supplies:

NinjaGo For School

LEGO’s Ninjago is the latest in their Ninja series. No ninja or Ninjago fan should venture to school without the latest gear. Though they may not help the ninja find the four weapons of Spinjitzu this gear, on Amazon, will keep their school supplies and lunch safe.

IRIS LEGO Storage Case, $11.99: Perfect for pencils and other small supplies.

LEGO Green Ninjago Stare Insulated Lunch Tote, $29.99: Keep the bad guys away from the food!

LEGO 16″ Ninjago Backpack, $64.99: Store all of the days needs.


Batman Saves Gotham…and Lunch

Everyone is talking Batman. So get your little one in the game with the hippest lunchbox in school for just $21.99 on Amazon. This dual-compartment, caped kit by Thermos will keep lunch fresh. The upper compartment is tall enough for goodies of all sizes. The bottom compartment contains a resealable container. There is  a small zipper pocket, perfect for storing milk money.  And the lining is easy cleaning, making the parent’s job easier.



Stop and Smell the Artwork

Make your little artist stand out among the crowd with Smencils Scented Pencils for just $14.99 at This 10 pack of odiferous writing utensils consists of standard #2 colored graphite. They can be sharpened just like any other pencil. And the scent is guaranteed for two years.

Black Friday Electronic Specials

by Al

If you’re suffering from yesterday’s over indulgence and can’t face Black Friday shopping mayhem but still want to pick up some bargains, checkout these cool gadget deals:

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