Internet Essentials for Families


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The internet has changed the way that we live, predominantly for the better. However, there’s no doubt that the adoption of the internet has also been relatively rapid, which means that many families haven’t quite had the time to get to grips with the essentials they need to ensure their internet connection and usage is as good as it can possibly be.


If you and your family are going to make the most of the time you spend online, then you need to make sure you have considered the following essentials…


High speed


Speed is everything when it comes to the internet; the difference that high speed can make cannot be underestimated. From downloading files to watching videos without having to deal with endless buffering; speed is the difference between a great internet usage experience and a bad one. You can check the speed of your connection here and if it’s not what you expect it to be, a change of ISP might be a good idea.


Child-safety features


As wonderful as the internet can be, it is also full of content that is less than ideal for your children’s eyes. As a result, you’re going to want to ensure you’ve “child proofed” your connection; there’s an excellent starter guide to this process here.




Adblockers are a controversial subject. For sites you frequent and care about, disabling your adblocker on these sites is an important step, so the site is still able to generate revenue. However, there’s no doubt that adblockers are a necessity for general browsing, as some ads can contain malware or irritating autoplaying videos.


So as a general rule, if you know and trust the site, disable the adblocker. For anything else, browse with your adblocker turned on.


Blue light filtering


If you’re going to be browsing the internet after dark, then adding a blue light filter to your screen is essential. The blue light emitted by computer screens and mobile devices has the ability to interrupt your circadian rhythm and impact your ability to sleep, which is a heavy price to pay if you’re just catching up on your favorite blogs in bed. Using a blue light blocker such as f.lux allows you to browse without any concerns over disturbing your sleep.


Regular data cleanup


The sheer amount of data that your browser stores when you’re browsing the web is overwhelming. As a result, scheduling regular data cleanups not only helps to protect your privacy, but helps to ensure your computer and mobile devices are not storing unnecessarily large data files. You’ll usually find the option for a data cleanup in the “settings” section of your browser; try and schedule things so you’re using this at least once per week.


To conclude


The internet offers endless opportunities that can help improve and enhance your family life— but only if you use it correctly. Implement the six ideas above and you’ll be sure that your family is equipped for effortless internet usage in the future.

Yurt Camping and Chicken Babies

Last weekend was epic. That is really the only way to describe it. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and the campsite was perfect. I am completely sold on yurt camping. Set up was so easy! We threw sheets on the beds and we were done! I love our pop up tent, but we have to do a lot more to get it ready, plus we have to clean it all when we leave. The yurt we just had to sweep the floor and drive away.

Piglet had so much fun that we didn’t even have bust out the games we brought. He happily entertained himself climbing all over the bunk beds in the yurt. We spent the two days we were there on the beach the majority of the time. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. No wind and beautiful sunny days. I didn’t want to leave!

On the drive home, Match and I decided it was finally time to get the chickens we’ve been promising Piglet. We got home, unpacked quickly and then headed to the feed store. Piglet was so, so excited. On the drive he picked names for the four baby chicks, and I have to say they rock. Dottie, Dizzy, HaiHai and Scamper. Readers, meet our new babies! We are so in love!

Spontaneous Snow and Daydreaming of Camping

I can’t believe it snowed today! We’ve had such weird weather. A couple weeks ago the sun was shining and it felt like spring was here. We had some light snow on Sunday, and Piglet and I made the tiniest little snow family you ever saw.

While I do love the snow, I am already daydreaming of spring, camping, and all things outdoors. This year we’ve booked quite a few days already. Our first is in March, where we’re going to be yurt camping on the coast! We’ve never camped in a yurt before. It should be a fun experience. Piglet is at this great age where he’s so excited for all things outdoors and adventures.

Match’s 34th Birthday, OMSI, Valentine’s Day, & The Black Belt Monkey

We celebrated Match’s 34th birthday on the 3rd in a very 34th year sort of way. We had a mellow dinner with close friends, followed by watching our respective kiddos play in our living room. We topped the evening off with a toast over a nice scotch on the rocks.

We went to OMSI for the first time as a family. We went with Match’s sister and her little family. Piglet had a great time exploring! I had a great time snuggling with our baby niece.

Valentine’s Day was all for Piglet. Match and I have never been into the holiday, but we love watching Piglet get so excited. Piglet and I decorated the house with hearts, and he got to pass out valentines for all of his friends.

The best part of Valentine’s actually happened at his Kempo Dojo. Master Ralph got all the pee wees goodie bags, complete with black belt monkeys! Piglet was beyond excited.


Piglet’s 4th Birthday

This past Saturday, Piglet turned 4. FOUR! I know I say it’s flying by, but seriously, he’s just one year away from going to school.

He’s our combination of sweet, wild, sassy, smart, silly, talkative, loveable, amazing little boy. I can already glimpse the teenager he’s going to be, and I think, wow we’re in trouble. He’s going to be a little heartbreaker.

We celebrated at the bowling alley, and he had a blast with all his little friends. My youngest brother showed up, and serenaded him with an accordion song in the parking lot. My little brother is a goofy, but awesome uncle.

The kids played, bowled a little, but mostly just enjoyed running around together. The adults had fun, and I loved that we didn’t host and have a trashed house to deal with.

Piglet, you’re such an amazing kiddo, and you have so many people who love you. I can already tell some of your friends are going to be lifelong pals, and we’ve made wonderful friendships with your friends’ parents. We are having so much fun watching you grow up, and turn from a toddler, into a preschooler, into this incredible little person with your own hopes and dreams. We are so grateful you chose us as your family. We love you to the moon and back, little man!