Catherine LeFebvre

Get Yourself a Mother’s Day Present – Win a Windows Phone!

May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am , by

I’m a big believer in carving out a bit of me-time every day, so any time I find a gadget that helps simplify my routine, I’m happy.  The new Windows Phone from Nokia does just that, and since Mother’s Day is coming up, we thought it would be nice to give one away as a treat for all the busy Moms who make life simpler for everyone in their family. Here’s how I think it’ll help free up some time:

Live Tiles – In the Windows Phone world, your screen has “tiles,” or buttons that link to photos, programs, etc. Kind of like apps, except that you can make almost anything a tile. You can have a best friend (or a husband) app on your start screen that pulls in all of that person’s photos, Facebook, and Twitter updates, so can keep up to date on your favorite people without going to three different social media sites.  Or you can make an important contacts tile that keeps phone numbers for your pediatrician, school, and babysitters all in one place. If your kids are a little older, make a family tile and you can text message everyone at once.

Camera – this is a small thing, but my jaw dropped when I first figured it out. Say your kid (or in my case, my dog) is doing something adorable and you want to take a picture. Instead of taking out your phone, unlocking it, entering your password, and opening the camera app, all you have to do is point it at the cuteness and hold down the camera button. It’ll bypass the lock function and take the picture immediately.

To enter to win a Windows phone,  just leave a comment below!

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Cheat Sheet: Four Things You Maybe Missed This Week

April 13, 2012 at 9:10 am , by

1. Caine’s Arcade

This will help convince you that humanity isn’t so bad.

2. Titanic is Real?!

This won’t. (Image via Reddit.)

3. Duck, Duck, Fetch!

4. 8-Year-Old Kills Adele Song

Cheat Sheet: Four Things You Maybe Missed This Week

March 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm , by

1. Bode Had a Great Day Skiing

So great that he can’t quite keep his eyes open.

2. The King’s Dessert

This guy’s attitude would make any job more fun.

3. Peter The Elephant Has an App for That

And he’s probably better at using it than you are.

4. Listen to That!

Teenage best friends wow the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. I dare you not to choke up.

Cheat Sheet: Four Things You Maybe Missed This Month

March 16, 2012 at 10:20 am , by


1. Saint Bernard’s Stray Kitten

2. Red Panda Playing in the Snow

3. Cats in French

4. Baby Goats in Sweaters Running

In My Words: Gillian Anderson

March 12, 2012 at 9:52 am , by

Latest role. Playing Miss Havisham in the PBS miniseries Great Expectations. I love getting paid to be a nut job.

On moving between America and Britain, where I live now. I was born in the United States, spent my formative years in the United Kingdom, then moved to Michigan when I was 11. Initially I was excited about the adventure. I didn’t take into account how much my Britishness would set me apart.

What’s British and what’s American about me. I was just in Los Angeles and the sun was shining and I was smiling a lot. I feel like I’m a nicer person when I’m in America. The British side of me is grumpier.

The difference between raising boys and girls. Night and day. With my sons [Oscar, 5, and Felix, 3], if there’s something to climb, it will be climbed; if there’s something to break, it will be broken; if there’s something on a surface, they will knock it off. When my daughter [Piper, 17] was young, all she wanted to do was color.

Costar with whom I’ve had the most chemistry.  It has to be David Duchovny on The X-Files. There was nothing—including ourselves—that could get in the way of it.

Favorite retreat. Anybody else’s home. The only time I can relax is when I’m not anywhere near things to be done. Sitting around someone else’s pool equals magazine time.

Watch the trailer for Great Expectations

—Kate Meyers

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Cheat Sheet: Four Things You Maybe Missed This Week

March 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm , by

1. Kony 2012

In the last four days, more than 56 million people watched this documentary, made by the charity Invisible Children about the plight of children in Uganda due to Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Criticisms and defenses of the film and the charity have popped up. The Guardian has a good roundup.

2. Aurora Borealis in Michigan

A massive solar flare this week caused the Northern Lights to head south. This video was taken in upper Michigan.

3. Ratatouille, The Snowboarding Opossum

Who needs a skateboarding dog? Also, props to Ratatouille for constantly making first tracks.

4. Penguins on a Plane!

6 Great Hairstyles Spotted on Pinterest

March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm , by

There are two things I’m thinking about almost constantly right now: spring coming, and Pinterest. It’s getting warmer out (not that it was ever really cold here in New York this winter, but still), and since I’m always a sucker for a new social media outlet, I’ve been stalking summer hairstyle pins. Here are a few favorites. Click on the source link to get step-by-step instructions:

Loose Bun

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Check out more great styles on my Braids and Buns board!