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Archive for September, 2013
My iPhone 4s has hit it's limit of abuse from me...speakers are broken, it won't connect to my computer anymore and the battery dies in 4 hours! So, lucky me the new iPhones are finally here and I have one on its way for me! Yay!
I found this great article on a friends blog...he's a tech genius and he knows everything about the iPhone. Follow him at allgaierconsulting.com/techtalk/
With the launch of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s right around the corner, now is the time for those who will be upgrading to prepare. In theory, you can simply turn on the new device, work your way through the short setup wizard and restore from a previous backup (whether via iCloud or iTunes), however in my experience, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier and quicker.
What to do on your OLD iPhone
1) Upgrade Your Old iPhone First
iOS 7 is now available, and it's free to upgrade! Your new iPhone 5c/5s will already have iOS 7 pre-installed, it's always a good idea to have the Operating System (iOS) on both old and new iPhone match. Making this happen is simple! On your old iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. That will get you on the latest version of iOS before migrating to the new iPhone.
2) Dump Your Photos and Videos
Reading the heading here too quickly, one would assume I am recommending erasing your photos and videos. This is NOT the case. Rather, it's a (very) good idea to physically connect your iPhone to your computer and transfer your old iPhone's Camera Roll (photos and videos) to your computer, then remove them from your iPhone. Not only is it a good idea to do this once in a while anyway, but it will help the speed up the migration process from your old iPhone to your new iPhone.
3) Backup Your Old iPhone
The last (and most important) thing is to backup your old iPhone one last time. I usually do this just before shutting my old iPhone down for the last time. There are two ways to backup your iPhone:
- iTunes (backes up every time you connect your iPhone to iTunes)
- iCloud (backs up once a day automatically over WiFi)
My personal preference is to backup to iCloud as a general rule because it's one less thing I have to think about it... it just happens automatically once a day. You are, however, limited to the storage allotment that Apple gives you (the first 5 GB is free, additional storage is available for purchase). Backing up to iTunes is also a valid backup option for two reasons: 1) you aren't limited on storage like you are with iCloud and 2) the backup and restore processes happen much faster (because it's local rather than over the Internet). Regardless of which method you use, you will want to backup your old iPhone one last time.
Note: backing up your iPhone will capture everything (settings, apps, data, etc) except for passwords. Those are not backed up, for security reasons.
What to do on your NEW iPhone
Once you have completed the three steps above, it's time to unbox your new iPhone and turn it on. If you backed up to iTunes, you will want to make sure you have easy access to the computer that you performed your last backup on. If you backed up to iCloud, you will want to make sure you have access to a fast WiFi connection (restores require WiFi). During the new iPhone setup process, it will ask if you want to restore from a backup (at this point, you still have the option to set the new iPhone up as a new phone without a restore). If you choose to restore, it will ask which method (via iCloud or iTunes). The rest of the setup is crazy straight forward.
If you chose to restore via iTunes, the restore will take anywhere from 5 - 20 minutes, depending on how much content (apps, data, movies, music, etc) you are restoring. If you chose to restore from iCloud, it will take longer, and will happen in two phases. Phase 1 will restore your settings then restart your phone. After the phone restarts, it will being Phase 2, which is re-downloading your apps.
Once the restore has completed, you are all set to start using your shiny new iPhone 5c/5s!
Like every parent, I struggle to get enough fruits, veggies and lean protein in my kids bellies! I always try to put fruit and veggies on their plates, but it is rare if they eat it all. Lately, I've been having a tough time getting my Mr Max to eat breakfast...I know, this kid is six years old, weighs close to 100 pounds and you would never guess by looking at him that eating can be a challenge! I decided that the one thing I needed to do is get creative with his food.
By giving them positive experiences with healthy food and by making their food fun, will help them eat it! It changes their attitude about eating healthy too and that makes this mama REALLY happy!!
Here are 5 tricks and tips to get your kids to become healthier eaters:
1. Let your kids help you cook!
Involving your kids in preparing kid-friendly healthy dishes will be fun and very messy, but children are more likely to eat something that they have helped to prepare. While your kiddos are assisting you, introduce them to portions, simple fractions and teach them how to use measuring tools.
2. Get Creative
Make silly food faces-See tons of ideas below
3. Take Children Shopping
Young kids love to play grown-up. Make a special trip to the store to let you your kids pick a new fruit or vegetable to try at home. Let them weigh their fruit or veggie of choice, bag it, and put it on the conveyor belt. Once home, let them help you present it to the family.
4. Plan a Family Taste Test
Slice a variety of apples such as, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and McIntosh. To make it even funner, make different dips such as, caramel, marshmallow cream, whipping cream, yogurt, hot fudge, ect. After each taste test, compare the various textures and tastes while you talk about your favorites.
5. Play Fun Games That Involve Healthy Eating
Children who have fun with healthy foods are more likely to want to taste them. I like to roll dice at the table and whatever number it lands on is how many bites they need to eat of the certain food. It gives them control and there is no power struggle when it comes to eating their food. My kids love this!!
I made this funky breakfast the other morning...I just used what I had in my house. Nothing fancy at all...but a silly face made with bacon, eggs and bagels made my kids day off to a great start!
The rest of the pictures are from Jill from meetthedubiens.com. She's obviously pretty amazing and has inspired me to do this for my kiddos!!