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The 12 Tools of Highly Effective Yummy Mummy’s

 

1. The instant attention absorber
a. Find whatever your kid/s loves and it makes life so much easier: painting, puzzles, scooters, baking

2. The Smart Phone
a. Gone are the days that you had to wait until you have a moment to go to find a computer, camera, a calculator, a phone. The smartphone allows the mummy to text, tweet, status update, take a picture, make a video, do the maths all at one time on the go.

3. The Ipad
a. This handy little device is for the mummy +. The ipad is a chameleon while apps transform it into multiple devices with the ability to be a kindle, watch movies, read the news, skype and be socially connected. It is perfect to transport anywhere and pick up exactly where you left off.
b. It also has many education options for the kids. Not without its critics and to be fair it should be used in moderation, but the power of the ipad on a long car journey or fight reaches mystic proportions.

4. Hootsuite
a. Update all your social networks in one.

5. Kindle App 
a. Have all your books, cookbooks and articles on the ipad for easy access.

6. WhatsApp
a. Staying connected with the world for free.

7. Skype www.skype.com
a. The distractions of skyping grandma giving you a break for free.

8. The slow cooker in a bag
a. The ease of coming home to a hot dinner with minimal effort and energy! http://nb-wonderbag.com/ 

9. Yoga Online
a. The time taken to go to a studio or even a gym, can be time you don’t have. There are great sessions online that give you space within your day, without wasting time on travel. http://www.tonysanchez.net/

10. The joint calendar
a. Being organised as a family unit saves so much time!

11. 1p Books
a. The multiple book bed time settling them down into bed, and ready for 8pm Mummy and Daddy time. www.amazon.com

12. Free Kindle books http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html?docId=1000577623
a. Great for cooking inspiration
b. Great fun for the kids to do baking

Only 58% of people are on a social network!  So what do 42% of people do when they're not tweeting.

Only 58% of people are on a social network! So what do 42% of people do when they're not tweeting.

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Latest research shows 58% of people are on a social network (browser Media, Socialnomics, MacWorld August 2013)

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This begs the question what are the other 42% doing?  Recently a number of my friends  left social networks or some decided never to join even Skype!  I respect their decision, and often understand with the ever changing terms and conditions where companies are selling big data.  The annoyance of silly games I do not want to play.  I can also see how some people live their lives through it; quite literally blurring the lines between reality and virtual-land.

What did we do with our time before social networking, well we still survived.  However, as a person that lives outside their home country, with a family and an ever decreasing amount of time on my hands.  I wanted to present both sides of the argument if people are living their lives outside virtual-land, and utilising technologies to meet changing demands driven by global lives.

Keeping in Contact

Calling a small amount of friends. Although struggling to keep up with friends and family and even losing touch because life has just gotten busier. Versus.  Actively Skyping family and friends and passively keeping in contact with multiple people on facebook, twitter, at multiple locations simultaneously.  Grandchildren see grandparents who are on different continents, and friends are in each others life daily with little effort.  Ex colleagues and old friends can keep in contact, and meet up when there is an opportunity.

Socialising with Current Friends

Meeting up with friends, but not with those that have moved abroad I have lost touch. Versus. Taking advantage of events where I know my friends are going to be at from social networks, meeting virtually on social platforms and knowing when's best to meet my ever increasing global circle because of tripit, ASmallWorld, meetup, internations. A lot of my friends, myself included no longer live in the country we were born and grew up in.

Keeping up with Current Affairs 

Read about events and interests in the morning paper, or see on the evening news.  Versus. Find  out instantly about news events and content relevant to you as it happens  breaking on Twitter, facebook, linkedin and Summly streams.

Meet New People

Meet new people spontaneously.  Versus. Meet people with similar interests or those that   have a possible connection: e.g. tumblr, instagram, pinterest, google +, worldofarcraft

I understand that there needs to be a balance and as long as people recognise social networks are facilitation tools only there are positives that they bring to a person's life.

The Communications Technology That Has Become Hard Wired Into My Life Made More Connected

The Communications Technology That Has Become Hard Wired Into My Life Made More Connected

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None of these applications are necessarily new to people, or now perceived as ground breaking, but these are the top pieces of technology that make my life more connected.  The focus is those pieces of communication that are so integral in today’s life. However, these are the apps or technology that have worked their way into my daily routine.

  1. Skype even my daughter knows how to recognise her grandma, and aunty to phone and be together every day.  Our family live in different countries so it makes the world borderless, everyone lives in Skypeland.
  2. Facebook love it or hate it you can simultaneously, proactively and or passively keep up to date, in contact and inform others in your life, or on the periphery.
  3. Linkedin I stay connected professionally
  4. Whatsapp text all my friends for free J
  5. I have had my Hotmail account since when I was in my teens.  We have probably forgotten how much email is still so crucial.  The future communications may alter much like who has a landline anymore?  However, for now this is my mailbox.
  6. Twitter it’s easy for me to find out things instantly and connect with like minded people
  7. TED talks this keeps me inspired and thinking on a daily basis.
  8. Pinterest amazing.  We moved house and I designed my whole house so easily and I was able to connect to like minded people

These are just communication tools.  There are so many more great products that entrepreneurs and those in the social space have brought forward to change the way we live.

Looking forward to more disruptions that changes the way we think, feel, live and act.

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iPhone 5S http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/iphone-5s-release-date-news-and-rumours-1111911

What If I had a Smart Fridge would I need a PA?

LG has a smart fridge which utilises technology to know what is in your fridge, shop online for groceries, suggest recipes...

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....and eventually Total Home Management lighting, appliances and energy.  Technology can give you more time back in your life.  It still needs that human interaction of creativity and cooking if you want to eat at home, or you could get a takeaway online ;).

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