Gigi RossAuthor

Gigi Ross

Gigi Ross is a wife, mom of two, fumbling foodie, social media geek, Jason Mraz groupie, reality TV show addict, tech lover, freelance writer and wine drinker - not necessarily in that order. Gigi has been involved in all things internet since 1997 - from running e-commerce sites for Fortune 500 companies, to starting parenting forums, to writing her personal blog - if it's online, Gigi wants to know about it! Gigi's personal blog is KludgyMom, a snappish take on parenting, pop culture, technology and much more. Her writing has also been featured at Babble, Travel Mamas, BlogHer, Mamapedia, Modern Baby, and other parenting sites. She works as a freelance social media consultant and is a frequent speaker at blog conferences about being a work-at-home mom. Gigi lives in sunny San Diego, where her 9 year-old son and 7 year-old daughter keep her on constant tooth fairy and homework duty.

mother and child

Some of you might read the title of this article and say, “Get my kids talking? I can’t get them to shut up!” But if you’ve got elementary school-aged kids – especially boys – you might understand a little better. When kids head to school, they lead a life completely away from us. Sometimes, we don’t know if they’re eating their lunch, sitting alone at recess or if they’ve made a fantastic new friend.

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child reading

Some kids seem to be born with a book in their hands, and others are not so enthralled with the idea of reading. One of my proudest parenting moments is when I see my kids’ heads nuzzled in their books. …
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Do you have a YouTube account for your home business? YouTube can be a great tool for marketing your business online. Here are a five reasons you should consider starting a YouTube account in an effort to make your business the best it can be.

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instagram text

Instagram is one of the best ways to make mediocre pictures look beautiful AND share them with your friends. But Instagram is still a fairly limited application. There have been many times that I’ve wanted to add a bit of text to an Instagram photo, and Instagram just doesn’t allow me to do that.

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facebook graph search

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is dipping its toes into the world of search. Called Graph Search, this new feature was announced on January 15 and it’s already the topic of much conversation around the Web.

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collage heart

For many people, cleaning and re-organizing is one way to kick off a new year. We clean closets, purge old toys, file paperwork and try to gain some control over the havoc that the holidays typically wreak on a home. But one area that often gets overlooked? Your digital life. Too many emails, Facebook notifications and text messages can overwhelm even the most organized of people. Let’s look at some ways that you can de-clutter your digital life and make it simpler and easier to manage. …
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4 Apps that Help You Relax

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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Have you had your fill of eggnog-drinking, cocktail-partying, present-wrapping, relative-visiting and other holiday merriment! It’s easy to feel completely exhausted after a busy holiday season. That’s why now is a great time to download some apps that will help you chill out and relax. We’ve got you covered with some of our favorites. …
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As we dive headfirst into 2013, you may be thinking about different ways to live a little better this year. Many folks go on diets, plan to reorganize their homes, quit smoking or take other steps toward healthy living. But one of the areas we often overlook when it comes to healthy resolutions is our work environment – especially if that environment is at home. So what are some healthy habits of a work at home parent
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old electronics

Did you receive a new smartphone, tablet, e-reader or laptop for the holidays? Are you looking to de-clutter your house as the New Year approaches? If the answer to either (or both) of these questions is yes, then you probably have some old electronic devices that you want to get out of the house. The problem is, where and how do you do it without sending them to the landfill?

Fortunately, there are now lots of easy ways to participate in electronic recycling programs. We’ll highlight a few of the ways here so you can get organized and simplified! …
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girl with cellphone

When my 9 year-old son is not begging me for a cell phone, he’s harassing me for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

I’ve made it clear to him that a phone is not on the horizon anytime soon. My stock response? “You don’t need one.” He doesn’t make phone calls, has no need to text anybody, and the only time that he’s not with me is when he’s at school or on a supervised playdate.

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