Tintag Item Tracker – could this eliminate kids being forgotten in cars?

This just came across my desk (literally this morning) and while I plan on writing about it for a Parenting App column, I want to pass on this information now (the column won’t come out until November.)

Tintag attached to keysEvery year, I see story after story about kids who have been left behind in hot cars because distracted parents simply “forgot” about them. Someone, somewhere needs to invent something that will stop this, I keep thinking when I read about yet another death.

Well, this little device; Tintag could potentially eliminate that situation.

Of course it could also help you find your keys (something I lose *all* the time) as well as your purse, wallet, phone or any other item that you need to keep handy, but I think that one of the best applications is to attach one of these to your baby (you could pin in on a pant or shorts leg) and then if you walk away, a beep would signal that you’ve left something behind.

Tintag could be a game changer with regard to kids in hot cars.  Check it out.


For all of us busy-minded people that sometimes (several times…a day) lose sight of our important stuff, here’s the newest, technology-improved gadget for lost items: Tintag. The best thing about it? You simply recharge it with its Home Base companion and it’s ready to go for another 4 months. No need to replace its batteries or buy new devices when batteries run out, like other tracking devices (Tile or TrackR bravo) oblige.
The basic story is somehow the same: Tintag helps you locate at all times any object you’ve lost, big or small, near or far. The app on your phone allows you to easily determine the whereabouts of any items that have a Tintag attached, it works on iPhone AND Android phones.
BUT beyond the basic story Tintag solves a few important problems that the others have missed, at least until now.
The first rechargeable item tracking device
Battery use was until now perhaps the biggest complaint of item trackers users. Tile makes you buy another device, TrackR bravo or Duet makes you replace batteries.
“Making it work was quite a technical challenge since there were several parts we had to build ourselves from scratch. But we made it and Tintag never leaves you dry. It recharges wirelessly and after 6 hours it’s ready to go for up to 4 months” says Andrei Vig, Tintag’s Co Founder.
How do I find my stuff?
Unlike other tracking devices, Tintag offers two ways to locate your items: with the beep of the buzzer or quietly with a flicker of lights. Just check the app on you phone and activate one or another. Neither rings a bell? Check on your phone the history of locations where your item was last seen and you can easily remember where you’ve left it.

One can connect the same Tintag to multiple phones

If for instance, both you and your spouse want to simultaneously locate your kid or your dog you would have a hard time using traditional item trackers that won’t be able to connect to more than one phone. Meanwhile, one can connect the same Tintag to multiple phones even if we’re talking connecting the same tracker to an iPhone and an Android phone.

Item out of sight? Find it through a network of hotspots and Lost&Found Community.

The Home Base charger can also work as a hotspot that scans 24×7 for Tintag devices, so with the help of the network of hot spots you can track down your lost items even from afar. And when someone finds your lost item and enters your Tintag’s unique id on found.tint.ag, a notification will be immediately sent to you, with the location of your item.

Shipping prototypes this November

Since the backers of earlier campaigned item trackers had to wait even 12 months to get their hands on their devices, Tintags’ plan is to ship the first 500 functional prototypes as soon as November 2014. “Although we’re talking prototypes and not the fully functional product (that will come in April 2015) our users will quickly get a taste of Tintag.” says Alex Chis, Co Founder.
Aggressive promotional offers

To strengthen their competitive edge its Co Founders will price one Tintag plus its home base charger at $19 during the crowdfunding campaign about to start on the 8th of September. People who sign up to their email list until then will receive an extra Tintag for free during the campaign.

Note: I have no connection with Tintag, neither am I being compensated in anyway for this post. Just passing on good information when I see it.



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Lesson 1114 – Response to a proposed No Rooster Ordinance in our town

French rooster mon General

This proposed ordinance was recently suggested by a resident of our town who is having rooster difficulties with an abutting neighbor. This resident claimed that he could no longer use his outside deck due to the noise (apparently there are two roosters who are competing with each other) and his sleep is being interrupted.

This is what he came up with (although he admits that he didn’t know the proper wording and was more interested in getting help from the town because, as it stood, rooster crowing was not covered under any noise ordinance.) Continue reading

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Wisdom for Hen Keepers Book Winner

Using the random number generator from Random.org , the winner of the hen wisdom book is Commenter #1 (and I always feel sorry for the first person because they *never* win!)

wisdom hensSo congratulations to Sheri Lee, (my apologies, in an earlier post, I had originally put in the wrong name) I will be contacting you to get your mailing information. Please report to all of us how you find the book and whether or not you would recommend it.

By the way, I’ve heard from a friend how ordered this book and she sent me this: “Just received my Wisdom for Hen Keepers book. Thanks for the heads-up. Great book!”

This weekend I attended the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs Penn, (11-12 hour drive down on Friday and then back home again on Sunday.) I have a lot to report on what went on so stay tuned, I need to get all my ducks (chicks?) in a row first.

But spoiler alert: If you can possibly make it to one of these events, the GO!!!! You will not be disappointed.

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Lesson 1113 – Gregory Maguire, Egg & Spoon, and Lego Mama Hen

Last night at our local Barnes & Noble, I went to see author Gregory Maguire. He was just starting the book tour for his newest “crossover” (which means it’s for young adults as well as adults) book – Egg & Spoon – described by Maguire as “like The Prince and the Pauper, but with girls – meets Frozen, but the world is melting.”

eggspoonI went with my daughter, son, and my Lego Mama Hen. Honestly, when Gregory walked to the front of the room, I could barely contain my excitement. I mean here was GREGORY MAGUIRE – right in front of me!!!

Screw being a professional journalist, last night I was a giddy, breathless mega-fan. O.M.G! O.M.G!

You might be saying, who the heck is Gregory Maguire and why do I appear to have such an intense author crush on him?

Gregory’s written many books, but you might recognize him from a little book he wrote a few years back called “Wicked.” Yup, *that* Wicked.

NOW DO YOU SEE WHY I WAS SO JAZZED TO SEE HIM????? I remember when I got my copy of Wicked one Christmas many years back. I sat on the top stair in order to be hidden from the kids so that I could read. I stayed up late, I took the book with me into the bathroom (again to get away from the kids), I read and read and read and when I was done, I continued the story in my mind.

And then I read it again.

How, I thought, as I turned page after page, does one person write such an intelligent and compelling story that makes so many spot on observations about society and politics? I am still awed by the splendor that is Wicked.

Gregory first gave a talk and then he did a reading from Egg & Spoon (and when Gregory does a reading, he puts his heart and soul into it, the man loves his acting.) He then answered some questions (he said I asked an “excellent question” – it was a chicken/egg question.  Note to budding authors, if you ever have a book tour, tell someone that they’ve asked an excellent question and you will absolutely make their day.)

Afterward, he signed books and took pictures with his fans. Being the Good Egg that he is, this is what he did when I asked him if he would pose with my Lego Mama Hen.


Le sigh – such talent, such grace, brains, passion, and humor – the world can simply never have enough truly shining authors like Gregory Maguire.

for Wendy!  Very best clucks to you!

for Wendy!
Very best clucks to you!



Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1112 – Wisdom for Hen Keepers Book review + giveaway

Just yesterday I wrote about how all you really need when keeping a flock is one good chicken care book, (and a good egg recipe book) the rest you can find out on the internet by reading blogs, writing on boards, or joining online communities.

wisdom hensAnd then I was sent a chicken care book to review.

I have to say that Wisdom for Hen Keepers – 500 Tips for Keeping Chickens by Chris Graham (Taunton Press) is a book*I’m* going to be keeping on my chicken shelf for a long time (I’ll also be bringing it with me when I teach my chicken workshops.) Reading the book is kind of like hearing your grandfather talk about his experiences raising chickens. If you don’t have grandparents around, then all the more reason for this delightful and informative book.

Organized in short, little “tips” form, this book covers:

• Getting Started with Hens
• Hen Keeping equipment
• Choosing your birds
• Basic Run set up
• The Right Housing
• Feeding and Welfare
• Good Husbandry
• Hatching and Rearing
• Tackling Common Problems
• Exhibition and Hen Rescue

Each of the 500 tips is presented in roughly a half-page layout. Short, quick and to the point and with advice on things like: “Be aware of the “bird flu” and how to protect from it”, “There is a bird type for everyone just find yours”, and “Discourage your hens from roosting in the nest boxes.” Each time I turned a page, I learned something I hadn’t known. Continue reading


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Lesson 1111 – Creating a chicken support network


I’m getting ready to give my two chicken workshops for our town Adult Education program. The first workshop covers chicks to coop, while the second workshop covers how to maintain an established flock (food, precautions, basic first aid, eggs, and culling.)

One of the first things I usually tell both classes is that you don’t need to buy every single chicken book out on the market in order to learn about chickens. Get on the internet; ask people who have had chickens before (like your grandparents or the lady down the street (me!) who has a flock.)

Because I think it’s so important to join a chicken community, I’ve come up with a few suggestions for new chicken owners, as well as for those who are more seasoned on ways to have a better backyard flock experience:

1. Get to know your feed store clerks – We have to get chicken feed almost every weekend (a little less in the summer when our birds are free ranging.) We’ve gotten to know the people who work at our local feed store and as a result, we’ve learned from some pretty seasoned chicken owners about local predators, when chicks are available, and what works and what is a waste of money. Chicken owners love to talk to other chicken owners (kind of like new moms like to talk about their babies.) Start a conversation with “I’m planning on raising chickens this spring, any words of wisdom?” or something like “Our birds have made it through that rough winter…” trust me, when you combine weather and chickens, you’ve hooked a conversation. Continue reading

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Lesson 1110 – Tiny Living in a Big House – Tiny step: Guilty Personal Storage

Tiny steps are good until they lead to bigger steps.

In August, one of my sons left for college. He took only what he needed and (lucky for us) he left everything he didn’t need behind – most of it in our foyer near where he had done his packing – he likes to lay everything out on the porch and then repack. For weeks, whether despondent over his leaving or because we got busy ourselves with school starting, we’ve been living around his unpacked and piled up supplies.

Although I applaud the fact he’s realized he doesn’t need to bring a lot of things to college (that he’s in a military college certainly helps drive home that attitude) it doesn’t help me much with my goal of tiny living in a big house when someone uses your space as their personal storage area.

This weekend, I decided to start cleaning up his mess (the foyer proper will be another post as that is a rather intense tiny step.) My son had left a box containing 2 canning jars on the floor against a wall. He had been using the jars to make sun tea and for collecting herbs in the nature classes he had taught during the summer. That’s all well and good, but he couldn’t put the jars and box away before he left? I mean how much effort would that really take? And this was an area that saw heavy family traffic, what was he thinking?


Oh well, I set to my task.

In the box I also found a book I had been reading (I had wondered where it had gone to), some junk mail, and a trinket box of my son’s.

I threw the mail out, shelved the book, put the box in my son’s room, and put the canning jars in the kitchen. This is going to be an easy tiny step, I thought.

That was until I moved the box. Ah, so *that* was what he was thinking. This is why my son left the box with two canning jars on the floor. I suspect his racing bike that he’s parked in our living room all summer. Continue reading

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