Live Secure Master Lock Safety Squad

Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad

Tips to help you get a lock on safety.

As a parent, safety issues are constantly top-of-mind and it can be overwhelming to keep up with the latest tips and advice to keep your family safe. With that in mind, Master Lock searched far and wide for parents—just like you—who will draw on their years of parenting experience, diverse backgrounds and unique opinions to help you and your family live your life safely. Throughout the year, the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad will regularly blog about vital safety and security issues facing your family today. They'll provide you with the knowledge and resources necessary to keep your family, home and valuables safe and secure at all times.


Tech Savvy Mama

Bio: Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources. She has been a columnist for, sharing quick technology tips and resources through Tech Savvy Parents, written for Babble, and contributes to Scholastic Parents' Learning Toolkit. Leticia also consults as a social media strategist, educating brands about the social media space. She can almost always be found online, often on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Skype if she hasn't unplugged to spend time with her husband, two children, and their overly enthusiastic Yellow Labrador.

On Safety: "From bike locks that secured my first two wheeler, combination locks on my lockers in middle and high school, to new products that secure our family's belongings and incorporate technology including secure data storage solutions, Master Lock has always been a trusted brand that has helped secure my belongings and provide an invaluable sense of safety and security."

Mocha Dad

Bio: In 2008, Houston, TX native Fred Goodall started his blog, Mocha Dad to chronicle his life as a father and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding fatherhood. He wanted people to get a first-hand account of a dad who was intimately involved in his children's lives. Now he uses the blog to not only capture his personal experiences as a father, but also to help motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities. Fred travels the country speaking about fatherhood, marriage, parenting and other issues that are important to families. He also operates a men's lifestyle website, Mocha Man Style. Fred has three kids and been married to his college sweetheart for nearly 20 years.

Susan Heim on Parenting

Bio: Susan M. Heim is an author, editor and blogger, specializing in parenting and writing issues. She is a longtime editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Susan's books include It's Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence; Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power; Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year; Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons; and numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Angels on Earth and Twins Magazine. She provides parenting advice and product reviews on her blog, Susan Heim on Parenting, at A Florida resident, Susan is the married mother of four sons, including a set of twins. Visit her website at

Single Dad

Bio: Single Dad is a blog aimed at equipping single parents with the insight, advice and tools they need to take care of their children as best they can as well as themselves. While the site started out as a blog, it's growing into a community where dads go to learn which products to buy and obtain other parenting resources.

On Safety: "As a single parent working two jobs and managing a household of four, I have a very busy life. Having a secure and safe home is important to me. Not to mention, two of those children are girls — keeping boys away from my two daughters makes security a number one priority in my household."

Little Tech Girl

Bio: Kris Cain is a Digital Lifestyle Expert. She is a Chicago area mother to two sets of twins, photographer, gadget addict, web designer, social media trainer, social event planner and blogger. On her blog,, she writes about her love of gadgets, social media and anything else that crosses her mind. Kris has been a featured speaker at several conferences including Type-A Parent, Gleek Retreat, Blogalicious, and BlogHer. She has been featured in several articles both online and in print, been interviewed for 2 books, been interviewed for Ebony Magazine, and had her photo show up in Essence Magazine.

Mommy Kat and Kids

Bio: Kathryn Lavallee is the owner of the award-winning Canadian mom blog Mommy Kat and Kids. A mother to two active and energetic boys, her site features parenting advice, quick and easy recipes, family travel features and product reviews. When she's not online interacting with followers, she can usually be found outdoors with her boys enjoying the rural life of small-town Saskatchewan.

On Safety: "I think I'm like most moms in that safety is very important to me, whether I'm protecting important documents concerning my family or our bicycles when we're out of town, I am always locking things up!"

Three Different Directions

Bio: Tammy and her husband recently entered a new phase in life when they sent their daughter off to college. On her lifestyle blog she shares the wide range of things her family enjoys such as technology, food and the adventures they take in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex where they live, around the country and even internationally.

On Safety: Tammy's background in the insurance industry makes her keenly aware of how security products and common sense go a long way to keeping families, homes and belongings safe.

Stuff Parents Need

Bio: Tiffany is the mother of one daughter. She started Stuff Parents Need to create a hub for new parents to select the best products and resources to make life a little less hectic and a lot more fun for both parents and their children.

On Safety: "My husband and I are urban enthusiasts, and love living in the midst of a city to soak in all the action. While we benefit tremendously from easy access to a variety of activities, we also see things like more frequent break-ins and theft. Most of the time the benefits of city living outweigh the risks, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't protect our home and our possessions to the best of our ability — giving us peace of mind as we go about our lives in the heart of the city."

Nicole's Nickels

Bio: Nicole's Nickels was started by Nicole in February 2009. Nicole's Nickels has evolved into a site that informs readers about great new products and services for families. Nicole is a proud mama to 11-month old triplet girls and finds time to blog when they sleep. Nicole lives in south Florida with her husband, triplets and two dogs.

Mommy's Memorandum

Bio: Julee Morrison is a 40-something SAHM to six amazing and active children. In 2007, she left her career in sales and middle management to pursue the career she most coveted-Mommy! She and her family are always on the go and love being out and about in our community.

On Safety: "As the mother to many, my eyes can't be everywhere at once. Because we can't always be a step-ahead, security and safety are important. We value the ability to lock up items that are deemed dangerous to our children, or to secure a key that they may need, when we aren't ready to let them have their own. Master Lock is the brand we trust to keep us safe and secure whether at home or at play."

5 Minutes for Mom

Bio: Susan Carraretto is co-founder of A software developer by trade, Susan left corporate life to pursue business in new media. She has been working online since 2003, creating and running a variety of web properties with her business partner and twin sister, Janice Croze. Susan is an internet loving, passionately driven mom of two sweet girls.

Digital Lifestyle Expert

Bio: Mario Armstrong is a Digital Lifestyle Expert™, Media Personality, and an Emmy Award Winning TV Host! Mario has appeared on the following shows: Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Rachel Ray, Nate Burkus, Katie Couric, and Inside Edition. Mario is an on-air contributor for several networks including NBC's TODAY Show, Fuse, NPR, WYPR, CNN and HLN.

Mario is passionate about helping people better their lives. He translates technology for the masses in a way that's easy to understand. His boundless energy is contagious and entertaining! Marios' video blog has a loyal audience of 1.5 million viewers and through traditional media he reaches millions of people every week through broadcasts, appearances, videos and blogs.

Mario is a sneaker head, a DJ, a Star Wars collector, a french fry connoisseur and he loves sushi! When he's not on TV or hanging with the family, you can catch him at a cafe jotting down yet another idea on the back of a napkin!