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A message to iOS users

prem dialogOn the evening of Friday, March 27,  after upgrading to the latest version of our iOS app (version 9.1), you may have noticed that you’re getting an App Store dialog to purchase our Premium offering. This was completely unintentional, and due to a bug in our most recent release. Unfortunately for our iOS users, the side effect felt like aggressive marketing. We want to assure you this is not the case. Our users come first and we are dedicated to providing your families with the best possible experience.

To stop this message, press Cancel when that alert pops up, and you will not be shown this dialog again and you will not be charged for Premium.

One side effect of our current fix is that purchase of our Premium upgrade will be temporarily disabled for iOS users until we are able to get a more complete bug fix deployed, which we hope to have as soon as possible.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and we hope you continue to enjoy the connection with your family through Life360.

Making the most of the new messaging features in Life360

This is an exciting update that we’ve been working on for quite a while, and we want to let you know some of the coolest parts, and some of the best ways to take advantage of our all-new in-app messaging!

First off, we now have emojis! (Insert woo hoo emoji here) Sometimes, a single emoji can express a whole sentence… Why type out “Let’s go get pizza and coffee before dance class!” when you can just put this:

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While it isn’t a life-changer, we’re excited that it makes it a little easier to communicate with those closest to you.

Our new threaded messaging makes it easier to manage multiple conversations at once; rather than a single jumbled list of messages, it’s now easier to see who is responding to which message.

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We’ve added a typing notifier and read receipts. It’s so helpful, knowing when someone has seen the message, even if they haven’t had a chance to reply yet.

And not a new feature, but something that is great anyway; did you know that you can message only specific Circle members? You don’t have to message everyone with everything, you can easily select specific people. (This applies to Lists as well; not everyone in the Circle needs to be included on every list!)

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration ideas

Looking for some ways to bring a little St. Paddy’s Day fun into your life next week? We’ve got some suggestions from a few of our favorite bloggers! Set aside some time this weekend to be ready for Monday, and don’t forget to wear green!

Glazed-Irish-Tea-Cakes-Sliced This Irish Tea Cake recipe sounds like a lovely way to kick off the day, with a lovely cup of tea for breakfast! [Source]

DIY-St.-Patrick’s-Day-piñata These adorable Mini Shamrock Piñatas would be a fun little gift for the special kids in your life! Thanks to The Centsible Life for sharing these! [Source]

Traditional-Irish-Soda-Bread-Recipe From Honest and Truly, this traditional Irish Soda Bread is simple to make and delicious! [Source]

Rainbow7 Oh my goodness, how cute are these Rainbow Goodie Bags from Me, Myself, and Jen? [Source]

CheesyIrishSodaBread We’re also loving this variation on the traditional recipe, from It’s Fitting: Cheesy Irish Soda Bread. [Source]

St-Patricks-Day-chocolate-peppermint-shake1 Yum! Why not finish off your St. Patrick’s Day meal with a yummy Mint Chocolate Shake, recipe from The Centsible Life. [Source]

How does your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Putting the “Function” back in Executive Functioning

executive function“Did you remember your lunch?”

“Don’t forget your homework!”

“WE ARE NEVER GETTING OUT OF THIS HOUSE ON TIME!”

Does your morning sound like this? You are not alone!

After spending 2 years doing freelance and contract work from home, I recently decided to return to working in an office at a full-time job. I knew that it would be challenge, for many reasons, but mostly because my son and I have gotten into a morning routine that would need to change. I would not call this a routine of efficiency, mind you, but one that seems to scream “it’s a miracle that we even got out of the house today.”

My son is 8 and he has diagnosed learning and attention issues. A lot of this affects his executive functioning skills. Think of executive functioning as the CEO of the brain, controlling how you go about motor planning, reasoning, and problem solving. A great example of his executive functioning deficiencies are his putting on his backpack before he puts on his coat—he’s not thinking in quite the right order.

Unfortunately, working with him on his executive functioning skills has told me that I have the very same issues, in spades. While my motor planning is pretty good, I’m often running around trying to put together my lunch, or making sure I’ve remembered my laptop and my cell phone—I often leave the house without them, knowing that I’ve forgotten something, but not sure exactly what it might be. And let’s not even talk about the time I headed out in tights but no skirt.

It’s stressful for everyone, and it often ends up with one or both of us yelling at each other, to hurry up and tie shoes, brush teeth, or find the last yogurt for the lunchbox.

I knew there had to be a way to make it easier for us. After a great deal of reflection, it came down to a simple kindness, from me to me. Or rather, my Present Self to my Future Self, and it can work for you too…

Take your average Sunday night. You’re tired, and want to hang out your couch catching up with the goings-on of “The Good Wife”. You don’t want to worry about work stuff, because that can wait till the morning. But the truth is, it shouldn’t. Your Present Self in that moment should think about Future Self running around on Monday morning trying to keep everything together, and show a little kindness to her. Charge your phone near your bags so you don’t forget it. Pack your lunch and your kid’s lunch so it’s ready to run out the door with you. Pour cereal into bowls to save some time. Sure, it’s more work than you may want to handle, but when you prep the night before, you’re not under the gun and can think clearly. We’ve also taken to writing lists of everything that we need to do before we leave the house, and we work on tackling it together. This way, we’re both improving and helping each other. Having Present Self think of Future Self also gives us a context to understand why and how we are doing what we do.

We may never look like a NASCAR pit crew, but we’re getting better every day.

Head of Platform Management

Nebo is responsible for developing business partnerships and third-party platform integration. Nebo spent 3 years in management consulting and 11 years in Automotive Telematics with GM / OnStar where he held several management positions including overseeing Location-based Services. Nebo received an MBA from INSEAD, MS from Stanford and a BS from Northeastern. Nebo holds 2 patents and speaks 4 languages.

Life360 welcomes Samsung Galaxy S6 – with another Gift

galaxy gifts s6Life360 is very excited to be part of Samsung’s newest flagship launch duo, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung once again selected Life360 as its Galaxy Gifts launch partner.What does this mean for you? When you buy a new S6 or S6 Edge, you receive 6 months of FREE Life360 Premium. All you have to do is open the Galaxy Gifts widget, tap and download Life360 app, and create an account. That’s it. You will instantly enjoy all that Life360 Premium has to offer for FREE for 6 months.

There are many reasons to consider the S6 and S6 Edge. Both devices have been designed from the ground up and represent the latest in Samsung’s technological innovation. Plastic is replaced with a unibody aluminum frame sandwiched between slabs of Gorilla Glass 4. In addition, Samsung has updated the screen, processor, and camera. Overall, it’s an impressive step up in the quality of materials, and the device has a much more premium feel to it.

You can pick up your new device in multiple colors and memory configurations after it launches on April 10th. And don’t forget your Gift!

7 Steps to Jump Start (and finish) Your Summer Planning

downloadThis is a guest post from our friends at Camperoo, a new concierge service that will help you organize your child’s summer plans.


We all have heard from her (or him); the parent that is completely organized and has summer booked and planned months in advance. It’s only February and you receive an email showing you their entire summer camp, vacation and activity schedule, asking you to share yours. “It’s still snowing in some parts of the country, how can I even begin to think about something at least 3 months away? I just got over Christmas!,” you think to yourself.

At Camperoo, we help parents simplify this process through our online camps marketplace . As an experiment, earlier this year, I sought out to book 50 families entire summer schedules to learn more about how to streamline this and help parents like you make it simpler. We still have a few spots for Concierge, so apply here.

Here are 7 tips to help you jump start your summer planning–concepts we came up with after directly talking to different types of parents. Let’s face it, the last day of school isn’t getting any further away–the faster you get this going, the more time you’ll have to think about other things! Here’s a step by step spreadsheet to help you plan.

Tip 1: Make a list of activities, topics, and concepts that each child likes Instead of blindly picking cool-sounding or nearby activities / camps, take a few minutes to write down activities and subjects that your kids might be interested in to help direct and guide your plans.

Tip 2: Think about your priorities and goals for your kids this summer Do you need to stay close to home, save money, or sleepaway to build independence and grit? What are the things that matter most to you–and what matters most for your child? Hone these items and you’ll be able to evaluate camps, vacations, and activities based on these things.

Tip 3: Plot out your schedule week by week and block off all important dates Now that you have your goals and interests in place, create a quick spreadsheet with each week of summer laid out on top and the proposed plans for each week below. Start with broad terms like : Vacation, Camp, Grandma’s House, Stay at Home, etc. to start penciling in a schedule

Tip 4: Seek out summer camps and other enrichment activities that reach your goals Now you know what you’re looking for, spend some time on google with your keywords and your local summer camp and activity print guides. Camperoo is only in the SF Bay Area now, but there are tons of online resources and items at your school

Tip 5: Plan out field trips, play-dates, and vacations to fill in the other weeks For the weeks that you don’t want to find summer programs, seek out your local city guide and find field trips and diy activities. Look for things you and your kids wouldn’t generally do and try to find a week to focus on those things.

Tip 6: Make decisions, and commit. Now that you have a list of all your activities, camps, and vacations, start putting them onto your schedule. Register early and commit. Lots of programs have discounts for early-birds. Leave a few weeks flexible but just book the programs you love before space run out.

Tip 7: Share your committed and flexible plans with friends Congrats, you’re now THAT parent, who’s on top of things! Share your schedule with your friends with this step by step guide, and hopefully they’ll chime in with comments so you can coordinate and make this summer the best one yet!

Go through these 7 steps and you’ll have your entire summer schedule booked before the end of the month (okay, we’ll give you a bit of leeway to get it done before Spring Break). If you still need additional help for inspiration, please apply to be a Camperoo concierge beta customer. If you fit the requirements, Emmie will personally help you as one of her 50 parents, or just answer any questions you have about summer camps or activities. We’re on a quest to make this summer extraordinary for parents and kids–hope you can join in on the fun!

Hacking Life360: Suggested uses for Lists

You may have noticed we added a new feature at the end of last year, the ability to create shared Lists for your Circles.

We’ve got some suggestions of ways to use Lists, and we would love to hear how you’re using them in the comments below!

Vacation and travel: Amy from the marketing team says that Lists came in handy on a trip to Tennesee over the holidays, where she and her boyfriend kept a list of places they went, so they could remember specifics at a later date.

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Party planning: Team member Jenn relied on Lists to keep her roommates organized and on task while they prepared for their New Year’s Eve celebration. “I coordinated groceries in one list, Costco supplies in another, and tasks that needed to be done around the house in the third list.”

When you’ve got a group of people working towards a common goal, it’s nice to be able to see what others are finishing so you aren’t wasting time duplicating efforts, and nothing is getting left undone.

Daily family organization: Aaron was willing to share his very specific shopping list with us; as you can tell, only the very important items make his list. Shay told us that “we have one set for each store we frequent, which reduced the “I’m at the drugstore, do you need me to get anything” texts to a minimum.” That’s a great idea!

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Holiday shopping: Because she’s able to share Lists only with specific family members, and not everyone in the Circle, Lizz and her parents are keeping a list of ideas for her sister’s upcoming birthday, and they’re able to manage it within Life360 instead of having to install yet another app to share the list.

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General reminders: Mike and his wife are expecting their first baby this spring, so they “keep a list of “stuff we want to ask her doctor at her next pre-natal exam.”  Then we go through the list once we’re in the room with the doctor and fire off all the questions.  I think that our doctor winces now when the phones come out.”

Are you using Lists yet? Have you come up with any great uses we didn’t mention here? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!