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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Tech & Travel Gift Recommendations From Boingo Superfans


Looking for last-minute holiday gifts, either for yourself or a special someone? We polled expert techies and travelers — Boingo superfans — for some super-fabulous tech and travel gift ideas. Got gift suggestions of your own? Help out the Boingo community and post your recommendation in the comments section! “My favorite travel bag is the Deluxe Rolling Tote with Computer Sleeve for all your carry-on essentials. You can find it at www.travelproluggageoutlet.com and receive an extra 15% off by using my discount code: THEFLYINGPINTO15.” –Sara Pinto Keagle “I’m currently in love with the ZaggSparq portable power charger. When I travel or when I’m at work, I don’t have to SEARCH for a plug!! I also have the Zaggfolio iPad keyboard, which “fits” well and comes in cool colors.” –Shelby Meredith Rogers “One of my favorite gadgets that is in my travel case at all times is the handy power bar/surge protector by Belkin. It turns any hotel room outlet, even the one on the desk lamp, into three power outlets. It also gives you two USB outlets to charge all those electronic devices that travel with you. Playbook, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry can all be charged and they are protected from power surges while they

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10 Cool Kid Tech Gifts Under $50


It’s no secret kids like tech toys as much as we adults do. But gadgets tend to be expensive, and they’re more fragile in the hands of kids. So we browsed around the interweb and found ten cool kid tech toys that won’t break your bank nor fall apart too easily during play. Please note we haven’t tried and tested all the products below. If you have, please share feedback on your experience. Know of other kid tech toys under $50? Please let us know in the comments section! 1. Scrabble Flash Cubes ($9.95): Scrabble is a board game classic but this digitized version is a great portable option. The set comes with five cubes that keep track of words and points electronically. For ages eight and up. 2. The Digi-Piggy digital coin counting bank ($14.95): This is a great little contraption for introducing kids to the habit of saving money. A little electronic screen on the pig’s snout displays the total amount of money in the bank. Every time coins are added, the screen updates. Comes in pink and white, requires AA batteries. Buy directly from the Digi-Piggy site or through Amazon. For ages three and up. 3. Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio

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3 Merry Apps for Holiday Cards

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Holiday print cards are always a nice gesture, and they make for great decorations around the house. But e-cards are just as delightful, far more convenient, and environmentally-friendly. Plenty of website and smartphone apps allow you to create e-cards that are personalized and shareable on social networks. So if you’re looking to mix up the season’s greetings, consider our three favorite apps below. Which apps or websites do you recommend for creating and sending holiday ecards? 1. JibJab (Free or $12/year for premium membership) JibJab has been one of our longtime favorite websites for e-greetings. The eCards and videos are funny, and they can be customized to include photos of your recipients. Card and video themes cover the gamut of occasions, including: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, and everything in between. The greetings, many of which are free, include audio, e.g., songs, dialogue, and/or animation. Once you’ve created a card or video, you have the option of sending via email, posting to Facebook, or downloading. We highly recommend the $9.99/year membership, which gives you unlimited access to JibJab’s entire library of creatives, discounts on any videos you wish to download, and the ability to schedule the delivery of a greeting for a later date/time. Members

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The Boingo 2010 Gift Guide For Gadget Geeks

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If you’re looking for gift ideas for the tech geek in your life, look no further. We fished for suggestions from the geeks we know best — Boingo employees. Here are a few of their favorite tech things: Apple iPad ($499 and up) powered by Boingo Wi-Fi ($7.95/month): “I’ve had my iPad for six months now and I’m still enchanted with it. And nothing beats the ability to get online at 200,000+ Boingo hotspots.” — Dave Hagan, president & CEO Apple iPhone 4 ($199 and up): “It’s a mini-computer, it has wi-fi (via Boingo!), it takes great pictures, and there’s never a boring moment with all the available apps, games, music and videos.” — Nadia Lee, senior A/P analyst Apple MacBook Air ($999 and up): “It’s light, thin and powerful. It’s all I want for Christmas.” — Jennifer Demeterio, web engineer Boxee ($199): “Boxee’s website says it best: ‘A lot of your favorite shows and movies are already available on the Internet. Boxee is a device that finds them and puts them on your TV. It’s easy to use and even better, there’s no monthly fee.’” — Brian Shields, web development and architecture manager Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR