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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Busy Families

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend! We had a few bloggers we love share some of their ideas to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your family!

No paint canvas Valentine These no-paint canvases from Cam at Growing Up Goofy are adorable, and would be a fun project to make for grandparents, caregivers, or any special someone! [Source]

valentines wreath You could knock out this sweet Valentine’s Day wreath from Simply Real Moms while you’re watching TV, and hang it on your front door, or maybe even your office door, to bring a little of the love to the office! [Source] There’s a really cute variation of this wreath over on Home Life with Mrs. B, which you can find here: Valentine’s Wreath

Nutella-fruit-dip-500x334 The ladies over at Simply Real Moms also share this recipe for a Creamy Nutella Dip, which looks like the perfect dessert for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Or for breakfast, because it’s a holiday so all healthy eating rules are out the window, right? Besides, you’re dipping FRUIT! [Source]

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This Very Berry Puppy Chow snack mix from The Soccer Moms is pretty AND delicious! [Source]

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These sweet Tic Tac (Toe) Valentine’s are such a great idea, and simple to assemble. Thanks to A Bowl Full of Simple for sharing them with us! [Source]

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Looking for some ideas to pass out that don’t involve sugar snacks? Nerd Family and The Centsible Life both have suggestions for cute and candy-free ideas. [Source 1] [Source 2] My Mommy Brain has some easy Valentine’s Day printables that you can print and cut out right at home! So simple!

Still trying to figure out how to celebrate with your special someone? Yummy Mummy Club has 15 Last-Minute Valentine’s Dates for Under $50, and The Centsible Life has 10 Easy and Frugal Valentine’s Gift Ideas.

And last, if you’re seriously next-level busy, this quick and simple Valentine is the perfect project for you, from Jennifer at Our Urban Playground.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Life360!
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Life360 is now #50MStrong

Today is a huge day for us at Life360, and we are proud to announce that over 50 million families around the world are now using Life360 to keep their families safe and connected!

The last six years have been an amazing journey – and it’s hard to believe that when we launched in 2008 with a handful of families that we would get to this point, but our growth has been strong and steady with almost million families in 2010, six million in 2012, 21M in 2014, to 50M today.

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of the families around the world who have helped us reach this milestone, we wouldn’t be here without you! You let us into your lives and your stories inspire us everyday.

Thank you for making us #50MStrong.

We would love to hear about your family, that has helped us reach this exciting milestone! Use the hashtag #50MStrong and share your Life360 family!

Click here to see some team members sharing just a few reasons why they love Life360 users!

Life360 and Ford Partner to Reduce Texting and Driving

drive mode in life360 app 2At Life360, keeping families safe and connected is our top priority, which is why we are so proud today, to announce a partnership with Ford that will help keep families safe behind the wheel. Together, our goal is to reduce the amount of texting while driving between family members with the introduction of a feature called ‘Drive Mode.’ This is a first of its kind implementation that alerts family members when someone is driving – letting them know it’s not safe to text.

The concept is simple: ‘Drive Mode’ identifies that a family member is driving when their Android phone automatically pairs, via Bluetooth, with Ford SYNC in the vehicle. There is no need to plug your phone into the USB or launch any app. As soon as that happens, the “Drive Mode” symbol will appear on the user’s avatar on the Life360 map. This way, any family member looking at their Life360 app will see that a loved one is driving. In addition, the driver can send a message with the simple push of button as soon as the car is turned on, letting everyone in their circle know that they are driving.

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Texting and driving continues to be a significant problem, killing 11 teens each day according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was responsible for almost one quarter of all crashes in the US last year according to the National Safety Council. With Drive Mode, Ford and Life360 bring awareness to families and help reduce the dangerous combination of texting and driving.

We hope this simple application can have powerful impact on the communication of family members and we’re proud that our technology can play a part in taking on such an important issue.

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If you’re attending the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 6-9, please stop by the Life360 or Ford booths to check out a demo of the app. Drive Mode will be available first for Android phones in the second half of 2015.

10 Ways to Survive the Holidays with Life360

It’s that time of year again! Time for sweaters, mittens, Starbucks red cups, and holiday tunes pumping through the speakers of every retail establishment you set foot in. Shopping, eating, parties, presents and family will start to encroach upon your already busy schedule. Not to worry, we’ve got your covered.

Here are 10 ways using Life360 can help you survive the holidays:

1. Divide and Conquer the Mall! Dominate Black Friday deals by splitting up your lists and hit all stores in ½ the time.

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2. Use history to see which places the rest of the family has been for a sneak peek into where they’ve been shopping for your presents.

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3. Set the teens loose, to buy gifts on their own. They’re the ones that want to be at the mall anyway. Have them check-in when they get there.

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4. Relatives Coming? Make a temporary circle for relatives coming to visit and view them on the map as they travel toward your house

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5. Mark some fun places on the Life360 map and let relatives take the kids out and give you some peace and quiet.

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6. Set up place alerts for the mall, so you know when they’ve left and are on their way back home.

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7. Add the grocery store to your extended family Circle and send overbearing relatives out to get cranberry sauce.

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8. Traveling somewhere? Try creating a circle for those on holiday with you, so you can get lost someplace wonderful without losing each other.

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9. Add your destination as a Place, so those who aren’t going with you know you’ve arrived there safe.

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10. Share the love to all your Circles with a group message that says Happy Holidays!

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