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Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, on the simple tool that can help you organize every room in your home.

  • By Ingrid Simone, Common Sense Media App Editor

    Planning to take a trip with the kids for spring break? Get these apps.Planning to take a trip with the kids for spring break? Get these apps.

    Whether you're taking the kids on a day trip or a trip around the world, if you're bringing a smartphone or tablet, you'll want to be sure you have these great apps for getting them involved and engaged in your travel adventure.

    Planning your trip

    As the grown-up, you'll do most of the heavy lifting here. But in the days or weeks before you leave, letting kids get in on the planning will build their excitement and engagement about the trip. A good geography app is a fun way to help kids get a sense of where they're going and how the location relates to the rest of the world. If you're traveling in the United states, Stack the States and Learn the States with Flat Stanley are terrific choices.

    Another app that's perfect for the planning stages is Google Earth. Kids can see a satellite view of your destination, famous landmarks, and more -- all with astonishing detail. And you can opt to display information about notable places,

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  • Photo: Getty ImagesThere are a lot of things strangers say to parents that come off as judgy, meddling or just plain stupid. The worst, of course: When are you due? When you are not, in fact, due … ever. (Been there and not wanting to be there again is the number one reason I’m attempting sit-ups these days.). But another cringe-worthy question has been coming up for me a lot lately and I want to discuss. Here’s what I’m talking about:

    I was on the security line at the airport with my four-month-old baby in the Bjorn and a friendly woman started chatting us up …

    Friendly woman: “Oh, he’s so cute. Look at his eyes! What a big boy. How old is he? He’s soooo smiley. I love his boots!”

    I smiled and nodded and answered all of her questions. We kept chatting. She told me about her grandson and how he isn’t as big as my boy yet and finally, about five minutes in, it happened…

    Friendly woman: “So, what’s his name?”

    Me: “Um, well, actually…she’s a girl and her name is Molly.”

    Then this poor woman back-peddled and

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  • From the kitchen to the kid's room, there's one old-school gadget that can help simplify your life. Maxwell Ryan is the founder of Apartment Therapy, and he stopped by the "Easy Does It" studios to explain why the lazy Susan isn't so "lazy" after all.

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    Maxwell suggests using lazy Susans in the kitchen to maximize cabinet space, whether storing pots and pans, spices, or perishables. "Snacks are a really good thing to put on a lazy Susan," Maxwell says, or "anything that's small that can get stuck in the back of the cabinet." And the simplified storage isn't limited to cabinets, either. Place a lazy Susan in the fridge to keep condiments together and in sight.

    Looking to help the kids get organized? Use a lazy Susan to create a craft center for your child's room. Simply glue metal containers to a lazy Susan, label, and "fill them all with your pencils, tape, paper — all your craft supplies," Maxwell says. The lazy Susan can also serve as a

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  • By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Content Manager

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    Let's face it: Not everyone can go to Bermuda for spring break. But sometimes a "staycation" is just what the doctor ordered, because you can hang out with the kids and tackle spring cleaning. It's also a good opportunity to weave media and technology into your daily lives in a mindful way. Use this day-by-day guide of media picks and activity ideas to maximize every moment with minimal stress.

    A few things before spring break begins: Set limits on computer time; pick a photography app and brush up on your photo-snapping skills so you can capture memories all week long; download some road trip music for when you're piled in the car; charge up your smartphone or tablet; locate your library card; and check the weather (and adapt the schedule as needed).

    And you're off!

    Monday: Music and Movie Mayhem
    Get spring break started with kid-friendly dance songs. Try a free streaming service like Pandora or Grooveshark for nonstop tunes.

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  • Capturing the First Months

    So much is going on during those first few months of having a new little one in your life. With Soren, we were learning to adjust to parenthood, had lots of visitors and tried to sleep whenever we could. Not to mention recovering from the delivery! I wanted to make sure we took time to capture the special moments of having a new baby, especially since they change to quickly! Here are a few of my tips for easily capturing those special moments.

    1. QUICK TO CLICK - Having a smartphone is incredible. It makes taking photos of Soren so easy. We continually have our phones near us, so in the event of him doing something cute or sleeping in an adorable position, we're sure to capture it.

    2. STRIKE A POSE - While we have TONS of cell phone photos of Soren, I also like to take time to take more professional looking photos with my DSLR. For the first month, every time he would turn a week older, I would take him in his nursery during the morning sunlight and take photos of him. The natural

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  • Making your own pizza is fun for the whole family, but growing your own ingredients can take your slice to the next level. Regina Ragone is the food director at Family Circle magazine, and she stopped by "Easy Does It" to demonstrate how to create our very own pizza garden.

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    Why grow a pizza garden? "It's a great way to get your kids in the cooking process, Regina explains. "And when kids actually get involved in the gardening, they'll eat more vegetables." Simply choose your favorite herbs and veggies; some classics are tomato, basil, oregano, peppers, and parsley.

    The best part? You don't necessarily need a backyard to start your garden. "If you don't have a ton of space outside, you can start your garden indoors," Regina says. Look for inexpensive biodegradable fiber pots — they will allow you to start seeds inside — then transfer to a larger pot (or outdoor garden) without harming the environment.

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    Pick up some

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Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, on the simple tool that can help you organize every…