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30 Plus Fun Candy Alternatives For This Halloween

Are you looking for ways to avoid the Halloween sugar rush this year? Here are a few easy ideas to contribute to your kiddos Halloween parties and fun alternatives to pass out from your door step!  Take a look!

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30 Plus Fun Candy Alternatives For This Halloween

Food allergies are on the rise and many popular candies have peanuts and other allergens. With your kids getting candy at school, the bank, other houses and almost everywhere they go, why not you be the house with kid-approved fun alternatives to high sugary treats, I guarantee other mamas with thank you!

Small plastic toys are a great idea!

My daughter will be entertained with small toys for weeks after Halloween, passing the tinker toys back and forth between her purses and shopping cart. Tiny toys can be found at any party supply store or craft shops.

  • Bubbles
  • Mini puzzles
  • Kazoos
  • Whistles
  • Yo-yos
  • Bouncy balls
  • Whistles
  • Wind-up toys
  • Spin tops
  • Glow sticks
  • Mini play-dough

Dress-up items:

  • Plastic bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Sunglasses
  • Snap Bracelets
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Glow bracelets

Fall or Halloween themed school supplies:

  • Pencils
  • Sticker
  • Erasers
  • Rubber stamps
  • Mini crayon sets
  • Bookmarks
  • Stencils
  • Rulers
  • Post its
  • Pencil toppers
  • Mini notebooks

If you are still looking forward to handing out treats, here are some yummy healthy food alternatives for your trick-or-treaters

  • 100 calorie packets,
  • Granola bars,
  • Mini box of raisins
  • Low-fat packets of popcorn
  • Peanut butter or cheese cracker packs

If you plan on having a steady stream of friendly faces at your house, here are some fun ideas for those close neighbor friends, school mates or family members that will be stopping by

  • Hot apple cider
  • Caramel candy apples
  • Goody bags full of little treats, stickers and anything else age appropriate
  • Draw a pumpkin face with a black sharpie on oranges
  • Activity kits with crayons and a small coloring book
  • Small container of homemade slime (for the older treaters)

I hope these ideas will make all the kids feel extra treated this Halloween!

From iFamily to Yours,


Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

It’s the LAST weekend for the KC Renaissance Festival!  If you haven’t been yet, here are just a few reasons you should!

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Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

If you’re looking for something a fun autumn family activity, I highly recommend loading up the SUV and heading to the Renaissance Festival.  There are many reasons I love the festival, but here are my top five:

5) To get some (relatively) fresh air.  

Too many of our children spend all of their free time glued to electronic devices.    The only trees and grass they experience are the pixelated versions they have created on Minecraft.  The Renaissance Festival (link “renaissance festival” to www.kcrenfest.com) is completely outside, with the exception of a few of the shops, and the first aid area (which, unfortunately I have visited several times in the last few years.)

4) It gives everybody a chance to stretch their legs. 

You’ll get plenty of exercise, walking from booth to booth, and between shows.  There is also free kids’ area where kids can run, jump, climb and slide.   It’s a great way to burn calories, which you will need to do because of number 8.

3) The food! 

My favorite Renaissance festival food is the apple dumpling.  Who doesn’t love a deep-fried apple, served with ice cream and caramel syrup?  If apple dumplings are not your thing, there are plenty of festival favorites.  You can get deep fried everything, from cauliflower to cookies.  I rarely leave any festival without trying a funnel cake…but without a doubt, the Renaissance Festival’s most popular food item is the Turkey leg.  There is nothing cuter than watching a tiny person try to eat a giant turkey leg.

2) The shows!  

There are gymnastic feats and acrobats, people hula-hooping with fire, and some of the funniest pub songs you will ever hear.   Take your kids to watch a jousting match and let them cheer for their favorite knight.  The shows also serve as a great way to rest your well-exercised legs between stretches of walking.

1) Character Bingo. 

Collect a bingo card at the gate, and let each of the characters you meet sign mark your card.   There’s a prize for winning bingo cards at the end of the game. It will keep your children observant for the day, but there’s also a secret history lesson.  The actors are not supposed to break character have researched their roles.   Last weekend, Queen Isabella, explained told my daughter each of her official royal titles.  It was impressive.

Seriously, there are games and shops, and for the second year, an Escape Room.  It is fun for the whole family.

From iFamily to Yours,

 

Gabrielle


KC Pumpkin Patch Preview!

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KC Pumpkin Patch Preview!

Happy Fall Y’all! It is officially Fall so that means it is time to hit up the good old pumpkin patch! Luckily as a Mom Squad ambassador, I get to do all the dirty work for you and check out this season’s must see places! I was so excited to have the opportunity to preview this year’s activities at the KC Pumpkin Patch!

The KC Pumpkin Patch is a”Kid- friendly country- style entertainment just a few miles from Kansas City” and it is so much fun! It really is a perfect family outing for this Fall season. With tons of stuff to do, wide open spaces for the kiddos to run around and amazing food (especially the apple donuts), everyone is sure to have a great time! Plus, there is plenty of picnic areas to sit and enjoy your lunch or quick treats.

The KC Pumpkin Patch is open every day this season and closes for the season on October 31st. The KC Pumpkin Patch has not 1, not 2 but 3 slides perfect for everyone. They also have a zip line, hay rides, tricycle tracks, a Kiddie corn maze, grain truck ski-ball, a jumping pillow and tons more to do! Plus your little critters can feed little critters too! Of course, we can’t forget they have TONS OF PUMPKINS! We were there for 2 hours and we still didn’t get to do everything lol. Visiting the KC Pumpkin Patch really is an all-day adventure!

General admission tickets are only $9.95 + tax per person, $5 for military and 2 and under are FREE! General admission includes most activities on the farm and the hayride! If you plan your trip on the weekends, your admission includes special stage shows! Plus you can experience haunted trailers and more (extra cost). You can purchase your tickets, plan your trip, see the menu and more online. Head over to their website to see full list of activities too.

From iFamily to Yours,

 


How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!

We spend an inordinate amount of time each year meticulously planning birthdays for our children.  But what about us?! When it comes to celebrating your special day as an adult, it can be hard to figure out exactly what to do. Gabrielle, from our blogging team here at iFamilyKC, shares four ideas she has for your next birthday adventure. Take a look…

How to Celebrate your Birthday as an Adult!

How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!

October is my birthday month. 

I say that for two reasons:

1) To give you a heads up in case you were wanting to buy me lunch or send me a gift.

2) Because I have had all year to plan, and have absolutely nothing scheduled.

We tend to go all out for our children’s birthday parties, but when it comes time to celebrate our own special day, we tend to settle for dinner at a chain restaurant and a free dessert.  Who doesn’t love a dining room full of strangers staring at you, while bored and/or overzealous wait staff bring you a brownie with a candle sticking out of it?

Surely, adult birthdays are a time to reflect and reevaluate.  But they should also be a time to commemorate and celebrate.   Here are a few ideas I’m kicking around:

Eat free for the month.

Sign up for rewards programs at all of your favorite restaurants.  Most of them will send you at least a buy-one-get-one free coupon.  For the cost of a single meal, you can catch up with a dear friend.  Some restaurants take it a step further, and send you a voucher for a complimentary meal with no purchase required.  Those are my favorite.  Free pumpkin pancakes with apple sausage, and a notebook, so I can write down all of the things I learned since my last birthday.  If you choose enough restaurants, you might not have to buy lunch for the whole month.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Some lucky mamas have standing appointments at their favorite spas.  That is not my current situation.  I try to go once a year, and my birthday is the perfect excuse.  Several local spas have packages that can last from two to five hours that include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures.  Some packages even include hair and make-up services.  Find one that fits your budget and your schedule.

Take a cue from the kids.

A lot of popular birthday party venues offer party packages for adults.  The pricing is generally a little higher than the kids’ party packages, as they incorporate activities that are inappropriate for smaller children.  Why not get a group of your closest friends and race go-karts and play laser tag until your hearts are content?  There are a couple of local bars who offer retro themed video games.  Why not celebrate your birthday by being a kid again, even if it is just for one day.

Cake and Ice Cream

No birthday is complete without cake and ice cream, even if it is just you and your immediate family.  Throw diet plans out the window.  (Or cheat just a little, with a miniature cupcake).  But get yourself a birthday hat, and dig in.  Make them sing to you if you want.  It sounds simple, and it is.  We all long for simpler days, and what better day is there than your birthday, to appreciate the simple things.

Close your eyes and make a wish, but not for too long.  You are a parent, after all.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

 


Paint, Glaze & Fire ReCap Kids Club Event Recap

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Paint, Glaze & Fire here in KC then you should!  Bridgette was able to attend our Paint, Glaze & Fire Kids Club Event, here is a recap of her fun experience!

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Kids Club Event Recap

Hey there, KC! Have you ever been somewhere, smelled something or seen something and you were instantly transported back to your childhood or a special memory? At our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event, I was! For the first time forever…just kidding, sorry if that song gets stuck in your head now. But seriously, for the first time in a very, very long time, I was transported back to my childhood when my kiddos and I visited Paint, Glaze & Fire.

Growing up, my grandmother had a room dedicated to ceramics and I loved watching her make and paint them. Paint, Glaze & Fire is a neat art studio filled with pre-made ceramics in a wide variety of things. They have plates, mugs, figurines, home decor and plenty more to choose from. You and your family could spend a nice afternoon there laughing and painting away! They have a coffee shop inside with a variety of drinks and snacks in case you or your kiddos need a little something to sip or eat. There really is no rush!

Even though space was limited to the first 18 people, there was no shortage of fun and memories being made. For this special event, kids and parents were able to pick a specially selected ceramic fitting to the season. There were ghosts, monsters, pumpkins and mugs. Of course, my kiddos went straight for the pumpkins!

Paint, Glaze and Fire is located at 12683 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, KS

They are open Tuesday- Sunday with various open and closing times. They do allow walk in sessions if seating is available but they highly recommend making a reservation. You can get more information on making reservations and hours of operation by visiting their website.

The cool thing about Paint, Glaze & Fire is that along with ceramic painting, they also offer glass fusion, raw clay building and even canvas painting. Plus, they host kid’s birthday parties or group outings too!

As a homeschooling family, this is definitely moving into our extra-curricular activities budget for Art class!  Check out some of the cool things we painted! I didn’t get to snap a picture once they were done painting, I was having too much fun of my own! I hope you can make it out to our next Kids Club event! Just keep checking iFamilykc or better yet subscribe to our email list below to be one of the first to know!

From iFamily to Yours,


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 8 Tips To Keep You Safe

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!  Burton, our resident tech expert here at iFamily KC, is here to help keep you safe with these 8 helpful tips!

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

8 Tips To Keep You Safe

October is my birthday month.  It’s also Cyber Security Awareness Month.  This is time set aside by the National Cyber Security Alliance to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves from cyber-crime. From age 8 to 80, we are all at risk from some type of cyber-crime. From identity theft, malicious virus attacks on our smart devices, cyberbullying and online predators that lurk in cyberspace to cause us harm in the real world.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and, your business.  At Integral, we see people who are constantly taken advantage of because they don’t know what to do to protect themselves.  Please take a few moments and follow this list of tips to avoid being the next victim:

90% of cyber-attacks begin with emails. 

Hackers create emails that are socially engineered to get you to react and click to the information contained in them. Don’t click on links or attachments in emails and text messages that come from unknown sources. Avoid texting or emailing personal information.

Think you’ve been a victim of a cyber attack? 

Visit Have I Been Pwned. Have I been Pwned is a free web site that allows you to search and see if your email address was among millions leaked in data hacks. If this web site says your email address has been leaked, change your password immediately.

Don’t use the same password for any of your online accounts.  

Hackers count on you to use the same passwords for all of your online accounts.  That same weak password you use for Facebook is probably the same one you use for Amazon and you banking account. Hackers know this.  Once they get one password, they will use them (along with your email) on all of your accounts to steal your data. Need help keeping track of those passwords?  Download and use a password keeper like LastPass.  This app allows you to store all of those hard to remember passwords for all of your online accounts and automatically log onto your online accounts from your smart devices and computers using,  secure passwords that are hard to hack.

Remember to Keep your Kids Safe Online.  

Social media plays a major roll in most friendships with school age kids.  It also exposes them to risks in cyberspace such as cyber-bullying and online predators. Set ground rules for smart device usage and make sure you’re putting your hands on and monitoring your kids computers and smart devices on a regular basis to see what apps they are using and to see what interactions they are having online. 

Protect yourself against scams with Web of Trust. 

Web of Trust installs with your web browser to keep you safe from web site that could potentially harm your computer or smart device. Visit a harmful site, web of trust will block it for you automatically.

Beware of credit card skimmers. 

Hackers will do anything to get your information including using credit card skimmers which are designed to steal your information.  Spotting a credit card skimmer is as easy as turning on your Bluetooth on your smartphone. If you see a weird device trying to connect to your Bluetooth, it could be a skimmer.  Android smart-devices users can download Skimmer Scanner from the Google Play Store  to detect certain skimmers that use Bluetooth.

Check your financial statements and credit reports on a regular basis. 

Under federal law, you’re entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Space out your requests so you get a credit report every four months. Want a handy app to keep track of your credit report, consider using Credit Karma.

Don’t forget to protect your computers and smart devices with anti-virus software and automatic backup.

Anti-virus software like ESET’s NOD32  will help prevent cyber attacks on your computer. In the event that your computer files get ruined in a cyber attack, a good cloud based backup like Carbonite  will keep your information safe.

What things do you do to keep you and your family safe from cyber crime? Leave your comments below.  Let’s get the discussion started so we can help keep each other safe.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 


The Art of Gift Giving; Teaching Kids To Help Others In Need

Gift giving can sometimes be a bit of a struggle!  With the number of toys that most households with small children usually have it’s hard to know what the perfect gift may be.  Max, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares with us a unique way that his family has found to give!  Take a look…

The Art of Gift Giving; Teaching Kids To Help Others In Need

There are so many little details that go into parenting that you’ve probably never thought of.  Some that actually wouldn’t think of until the situation you need them for comes up. One of those situations, for us, is gift giving.  Especially as our kids get older.  The dilemma is that our kids simply have enough toys. It is to the point that we are keeping some of them in the basement.  This way we can incorporate “new” toys into the selection for our children from time to time. There are several different resources available for how to cycle your toys, so we know that we’re not alone in this situation.

​​I have also witnessed the crazy number of toys that our friends’ children have to play with on visits over to their houses. Every time we go shopping for a birthday party (usually at Target) and walk the aisles looking at all of the shiny plastic toys, I just can’t help but think about all of the half-broken/half-played-with toys sitting around my own house. I actually feel kind of bad for my friends to be adding to their existing problem with my give. Plus, I have to wonder what the message and meaning behind all of these toy options at the store really is…

As you can see…

The dilemma is a pretty major one and the first solution I came up with was to get the kids books! My wife and I figured that the kinds can never have too many books and gifts like that fit our personalities since we both have a background in education. When you give a book, you’re giving a greater gift than just a toy since books have deeper meanings and messages for the readers. They’re not just an item. The one thing to be cautious about is making sure that, when you do give a book, you’re not buying duplicates of books that your children (or your friends’ children) already have. After all, nobody needs four copies of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”.

This ​​left ​​us ​​with ​​the​ ​new dilemma​​ of​ ​knowing ​​that ​​we ​​did ​​not ​​want ​​to ​​add​ ​to​ ​our ​​friends’ ​​collections ​​of ​​plastic​ ​toys.  Now we were also ​​feeling ​​that books​​ may ​​not ​​be ​​that ​​different​ ​from the ​​original ​​problem.

For ​​us, ​​the ​​solution ​​has ​​become ​​to ​​donate ​​to ​​a ​​charity ​​in ​​the ​​name ​​of ​​the ​​child. ​​

We ​​try​ ​and choose ​​a ​​charity ​​whose ​​mission​ ​is ​​a ​​concept ​​that ​​the ​​child ​​will ​​understand, ​​like ​​clean ​​water. ​​We also​​ realized ​​that ​​it ​​is ​​beyond ​​anti-climactic ​​for ​​a ​​child ​​to ​​receive​ ​a​​piece ​​of ​​paper ​​as ​​a ​​gift. ​​That is​ ​why ​​we ​​make ​​sure ​​that ​​we ​​also​​ include ​​a ​​book ​​about ​​the ​​topic ​​of ​​the ​​charity’s ​​mission. ​​So, ​​if we​ ​donate ​​to​ ​Charity ​​Water, ​​we ​​would ​​get ​​a ​​children’s ​​book ​​that ​​explains ​​the ​​fact​ ​that ​​there ​​is only ​​so ​​much ​​water ​​on​ ​the​ ​planet ​​and​ ​that ​​not ​​all ​​kids ​​have ​​access ​​to ​​safe, ​​clean​ ​water. ​​

We were ​​a ​​little​ ​hesitant​​ the​ ​first ​​time ​​we ​​gave ​​this ​​as ​​a ​​gift ​​because​ ​we​ ​did ​​not ​​want ​​to ​​seem pompous ​​or ​​offend​ ​anyone, ​​but ​​it ​​went ​​over​​ great. ​​The ​​child ​​was ​​excited ​​to ​​get ​​a ​​new ​​book ​​that had ​​a ​​science angle ​​and ​​the ​​parents ​​were ​​excited ​​because ​​it ​​gave ​​an ​​easy ​​opening ​​to ​​a discussion ​​about ​​the ​​broader ​​world. ​​I ​​like​ ​that ​​it ​​also ​​gives ​​us ​​an ​​opportunity ​​to ​​talk ​​to ​​our children​ ​about ​​charity ​​as ​​well ​​as, ​​the ​​concept ​​of ​​giving​ ​a ​​gift ​​with ​​meaning.

​​We​​ can​​ talk​ ​and​ ​ask our ​​kids ​​what ​​kind ​​of ​​charity​ ​they​ think​ ​their​​ friend ​​would ​​be ​​interested​ ​in​ ​helping. ​​It ​​is ​​never ​​too early​ ​to ​​start​ ​these ​​conversations ​​and​ ​start​ ​the ​​empathy ​​building.

From iFamily to Yours,


The Road to a New Language

Thinking about trying something new as a family?  Learning a new language, perhaps?  Max, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad tells us about his family’s newest adventure!

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The Road to a New Language: Learning Spanish at Home

When I decided to stay home with my girls this year, I knew that I wanted to make the most of it.  I wanted to make sure that we try to have as many new experiences as possible.  Also that I would never let the fact that I am outnumbered or that it might be difficult, stressful, and mind numbingly slow to be the reasons that we would not go out to have a new experience. Our latest of which has been to try to learn a new language, Spanish to be more precise!

We love to travel to Mexico and try to get out there twice a year, but usually only make it once. We have taken the girls, despite the fact that our friends told us we were crazy to take them and our families consistent reminders that Mexico is dangerous. Both of which are topics for another post! We have been talking about trying some extended stays off of the all-inclusive resorts lately and so it was an easy choice for us to start having the girls take Spanish. My wife and I are somewhat of traditional Americans in that I took Spanish in 8th grade (because my English grade was good enough) before switching to German in 9th and 10th grade because:

1. It is obvious that German will be easier than Spanish.

2. If you have any desire to go to college you have to have two years of a foreign language.

3. And, most importantly, the German class included a trip to Germany!

All I can do is count to 10 & ask “what?!” in two languages.

My wife, on the other hand, took Spanish all throughout high school and into college, but her inability to find the class when she had to go to a new school is the only thing that stopped her from becoming a full-fledged bilingual woman after college. Our own experience also taught us to make it a priority to have the girls start learning a second language as early as possible.

Like any good parent, I took to my best resource (other than iFamilyKC) and asked Google if there were any Spanish classes for kids in KC. Sure enough, a couple of different websites popped up and we chose the one that had the best website. Now, once a week, we go to a small church to sing and play games in Spanish for forty-five minutes. We listen to the songs in the car from home to practice.  I’m happy to report that, after three weeks, I have no idea if my kids know any Spanish!  But, I am okay with that as we have several more weeks to go and, since we are not truly bilingual at home, it’s going to be something we are always working on so that they don’t lose the skill.

Taking classes is a good idea.  I get to go learn with them as well and the teacher gives tips on how to help at home. (Most of the students do not come from multilingual homes.) My wife and I will get better about using Spanish around the house which will help a lot, too. There is a part of me that suspects a switch to flip one day and start speaking fluently.  This way we can travel and attend Spanish events for Kansas City families. In the meantime, we will keep singing our songs and I’ll be sure to let you know how we progress.

Pro Tip: Learning a new language can be hard but there are resources available to your family to make the process a easier. Check out The Language and Music House for details on signing up to learn French, German, Japanese, or Spanish. Classes are available for ages 2 and up!

From iFamily to Yours,


5 Things You Need To Do Right Now To Protect Yourself Against The Equifax Hack

Last week, almost half of the United States population was affected by the Equifax data breach.   Information such as names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and drivers license numbers being accessed by cybercriminals.  You may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself.  Here is Burton with 5 things you can do right now to protect yourself!

5 Things You Need To Do Right Now To Protect Yourself Against The Equifax Hack

Because of severity of the Equifax data breach, I recommend that, anyone with a credit history should assume they were affected by this data breach.

So what steps do you need to take?

Check your credit

Federal law allows you to request a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to get your credit report now.

Enroll in a credit monitoring service

Services like LifeLock, Identity Guard, IdentityForce. While I’ve never been a big fan of credit monitoring services, now is the time to invest in one. They can’t decrease your chances of becoming a victim, they’ll alert you when something goes wrong and help you clean up the mess if someone tries to steal your identity.

Watch out come tax season

It’s important for you to know that identity thieves can use your stolen social security number and other information obtained in the breach to file fraudulent tax returns and get refunds. You probably should file your taxes early next year.

Watch Out for Scams

With your personal information in the hands of cybercriminals, you need to be extra cautious as scammers have more information they can use against you to con you. After this breach you may start to receive suspicious or unrecognised phone calls, text messages, or email from anyone saying you must pay taxes or a debt immediately.

Review you statements

If you don’t already, make a point to regularly check and monitor your bank and credit card accounts no less than once a week to ensure the listed transactions are legitimate.If you’re like me, you still probably aren’t feeling 100% secure, even after completing the above steps. It’s hard to know how many of us have been affected so I recommend being vigilant in reviewing your financial information for any strange activity.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


3 Apps That Will Help You Explore the Outdoors

Take your next outdoor adventure to the next level with these 3 apps that will help you explore the outdoors!

3 Apps That Will Help You Explore the Outdoors

Looking for a great way to get you and family outside to explore your community and to make some new adventures? Download an app! My boys love their devices.  Finding new ways to allow them to enjoy technology and get them in out of the house is a challenge. Enrolling them in sports is great, but it fun to have experiences the entire family can enjoy. Here are my three favorite apps that will help you and your family get you out and about:

SkyView

This has my go to app for years when helping my boys see the constellations in the night sky. Skyview turns your device into a a virtual telescope allowing you to identify planets, nebula, moon phases and more.

Geocaching

This app allows you to Join the world’s largest treasure hunt which started in 2000. With the app you can Search for hidden containers within your community or hide your own message or trinket for others to find.

PokemonGo

The hype about This app has died down, but you can deny the fact that this a great game in the fact you have to leave your home to play it. When you explore the world around you, you can discover new Pokemon, search for helpful items and take on gym leaders.

Before you download any app, be sure you are downloading it from a safe, trusted source, and that it is the correct version. Sometimes, if a game is popular, fake versions are released to the public that designed to steal your data. Always use the official app store. Apple devices use the Apple App Store, Android devices use Google Play Store. Check the app rating and reviews. Reading the reviews will let you know if an app is legitimate or not.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

 

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com