Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. The newest app from Instagram that we’re obsessed with. Yay GIFs! 2. A very cool STEM kit for kids you’ll want to have on your radar for the holidays. 3. A super helpful Facebook trick that you might not know about. 4. Our favorite photo booth apps: Because why have one selfie when you can have four? 5. For those of you with a bajillion photos, this gadget is for you....Read More
Category: Link Roundups
Web coolness : Last-minute Halloween help up the whazoo, creepy books to read the kids this weekend, and the world’s scariest lollipops.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. A massive guide to last-minute Halloween ideas. No-stress, promise. Great creepy books to read to your kids this weekend: Hit the library, your local bookshop, or the Kindle store. 9 fun, free printable Halloween coloring pages to keep the kids busy. On the kitchen front, links to 171 Halloween recipes all in one place, from treats to healthy dinners to adults-only cocktails. 9 creative recipes for those pumpkin seeds. (Mmm…really good ones.) Ha, we need this trick-or-treat bag immediately! Now those are...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 7 simple tips for taking Halloween photos at night so they come out scary good. 2. Cool Halloween apps for kids of all ages, from spooky to scary. 3. These are fun: DIY glowing Halloween trick or treat candy bag. 4. 17 geeky DIY costumes for kids in case they haven’t picked one yet. 5. Emoji pumpkins!...Read More
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. If you weren’t aware, Halloween is coming up. We’ve got you covered for everything from decor to easy costumes to kids’ Halloween crafts to Halloween apps to adult beverages and seriously delicious homemade party treats. How about a sweet discount on Halloween candy just for adults? Got you covered. Tips for making Halloween safe for kids with food allergies. Meet Sesame Street’s first character with autism (at top) and an accompanying website. Are you a terrible person if you don’t send handwritten thank you notes? Great post...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Emoji pumpkins you guys! 2. Oh, you know, just a side table that charges your phone. 3. A fashionable phone clutch alternative that requires no clutching at all. Think holidays! 4. Everything you need to know about getting your kids on email. 5. Kristen’s new favorite iPhone 6S case. Also, another reason to head to Target (like you needed one)....Read More
Web coolness: Costumes that defy gender norms, advice from Alice Walker, and more digs on Millennial parents?
Here are some links we’re reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Awesome Halloween costumes from kids that defy gender norms. (Well, mostly girls but a few very cool boys, too.) We are so inspired by 31 days, 31 girls, 31 hopes for the future on ONE.org. (scroll down) Lots of great reads on the Forbes Most Powerful Women Summit page. Love this post about kindergarteners trying to do a simple classroom assignment about family. The last line is the best part. What do you need to teach your kids about email that you probably haven’t considered?...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. A very cool new tech toy that goes way beyond car racing. 2. This photo app goes way beyond preserving your snapshots. Try family stories. 3. If you’re missing a keyboard on your tablet or smart phone, you’ll want to see this cool gadget. 4. We’re digging these STEM kits for girls, which probably don’t need to be called “kits for girls.” 5. A new Twitter feature that might make it a quicker and easier news source....Read More
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Nathan Sawaya’s lifesize LEGO Batmobile. No kids, we cannot make you one too. (And yes, ours asked.) Seriously outrageous Halloween cake ideas. 90’s pop culture Halloween costume ideas from Daria to TLC. Saying Yes: Love these 5 purposeful acts of playfulness with kids from Meredith Sinclair. Easy Halloween themed school lunch ideas as your kids start getting excited. (We adore these Mummy Drink Boxes from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs – also fun for parties!) Candidate for world’s coolest dad? How Mythbusters teaches...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. These geeky baby onesies, you guys. So awesome. 2. One tech toy, four kids, three cool coding projects. What a cool holiday gift for families. 3. Quite possibly the best to-do app ever. 4. This cool cover turns your iPad into a movie theater. 5. You won’t believe all the cool stuff we discovered at this year’s Maker Faire. Wow....Read More
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Walk a mile in the Dark Lord’s shoes: Sign up for an alert for when the limited edition kids Darth Vader sneakers goes on preorder so you can grab one. New Pinterest board just for Halloween party recipes and treats. It’s that time! Fun Halloween crafts just for preschoolers. The costumes your kids should not be wearing this year. We hope. (Eep!) We can’t believe the coding projects these young kids came up with all by themselves. Coffee cocktails. Yes please. Change One Thing:...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. You won’t believe what this iPad speaker can do. Whoa. 2. We found a very smart app that helps keep you or your family members safe when they’re walking home alone. 3. We’re calling this the hottest tech toy of the holidays. You will want this! 4. Our picks for the best first camera for kids in every price range. 5. Our new go-to website for finding the best online videos for kids....Read More
Web coolness: The cutest cookies, Viola Davis’ daughter steals the limelight, and a Star Wars fan film to make you smile
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. It’s cookie baking season! And Cool Mom Eats has the most adorable cookie ideas like these Hugging Bear Cookies. (It’s okay to squee. And blame it on your kids.) Cutest ever Emmy win congratulations to Viola Davis from her daughter. So many cool videos for kids in one place. Our kids can’t stop watching. Are parents intervening too much in their kids’ problems? Great points (and funny anecdotes). We look forward to following news from the Social Good Summit on social media...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. You guys, this car charger is genius! 2. A fantastic new educational website for kids you’ll want to bookmark. 3. Our new favorite app for kids, especially if yours love animals! 4. We’re loving this app that curates your digital photos and turns them into beautiful monthly magazines. 5. A sneak peek at the new emoji, coming soon. Whoo!...Read More
Web coolness: What a baby costs based on your age, food art Instagram accounts you have to follow, and how to know if you’re a terrible parent
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Shop indie + American with the best of the Martha Stewart American Made finalists including lots of our own CMP picks! What having a baby costs in your 20s vs your 30s. Interesting. A new website made by kids, for kids, and it happens to be great. Awesome mashup of modern art and Alice in Wonderland. A good excuse not to make your bed. Warning: Ew. Choosing children’s lives over peanut butter. Must-read post. (Tip: The comments on the HuffPost repost pretty much prove why posts...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. The big Apple announcement news that you’ll actually care about. 2. 21 of the best math apps for kids of all ages. 3. We rounded-up up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 4. We’re pretty sure this little robot is going to be the hottest tech toy this holiday season. 5. Don’t miss our picks for best reading apps for big kids!...Read More
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. 25 thoughts parents have on the first day of school. We can relate! 5 tips for school drop-offs. (#4 has us laughing out loud.) Should you pay kids for chores? One of our favorite Spawned podcast discussions yet. Helping kids balance school and fun. The new Apple products parents are going to want. Interested in checking out: New book on ending women’s bullying. Poet Mary Oliver on how differences bring couples closer together. Rugrats and Doug and Ren + Stimpy? Together? Yes!...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We rounded-up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 2. Teach your kids coding through a board game. Cool! 3. Next up in our Back to School tech guide: The best reading apps for young kids and early readers. 4. A helpful comparison of 6 different pairs of kids’ volume-limiting headphones all under $30. 5. We’re calling this app a game-changer in educational apps for kids. Yep, it’s just that good....Read More
Web coolness: Free printables for back to school, a cool new comic heroine, and putting good thoughts into meaningful action.
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Awesome cocktail recipes to get you through the final weekend of summer (sniff). Want to be That Mom, if only once in a while? Check out these 16 free printable lunchbox notes like the ones above from Elegance and Enchantment. How do you decide whether your kids are overscheduled when it comes to after-school activities? Great post on why it’s essential for dads to be equal partners. A wonderful Kickstarter from the producers of the FED UP movie that will get more kids...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. It’s here! Our Back to School Tech Guide! First up, the best organizational apps for parents. 2. Our thoughts on this new phone wristwatch for kids. Could it change the way you get in touch? 3. A cool new app for kids that teaches them about STEM too. Love! 4. Need book recommendations for your kids? You’ll want to bookmark these 5 websites. 5. The phone-brella. Because of course you need to be able to use your...Read More
Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too. Love this roundup of 10 of the coolest modern rocking chairs. 16 of the best organizational apps for parents. How not to screw up your kids. Good advice? Congrats to FashionABLE and their relaunch which now helps women in the US and abroad. Guess which countries offer the longest maternity leave. Surprising. What if your child doesn’t have a BFF? Tons of fun sleepover ideas. (If you haven’t gone there yet, trust us. You’ll need them.) Is Kristen’s daughter the next big Etsy artist? 15...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Our review of one of the newest kids’ tablets on the market. 2. We rounded-up some of the most beautiful gaming apps out there. 3. 9 awesomely cool coding projects using a very awesome tech toy (plus a special deal just for you). 4. Such a smart way to display your photos, hold the frames (and the stinky vinyl smell). 5. For those of you obsessed with emoji. Isn’t that pretty much everyone these days?...Read More
Web coolness: A strike against helicopter parenting, help with picky eaters, and one must-see Instagram feed,
Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too! Love what Humans of NY on Instagram is doing to document and end slave labor in Pakistan. (Photo above.) You’ll want to read every single story published in August. Looking at PPD through the lens of diversity. Is your family gender-biased? Maybe, without realizing it. And then there’s our own take on removing gender-based labels from the toy aisle. (Warning: There will be laughing.) 25 better ways to ask your kids, how was school? Helicopter parenting doesn’t work. Fantastic piece. How to get your kids to eat zucchini....Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Minecraft gadget cases! Minecraft gadget cases! 2. 13 of the coolest Android apps for kids, all on Google Play. 3. A free online coding camp for kids to help you fit a little more learning into summer. 4. The coolest tech for college students + a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card! Hurry, ends tonight. 5. A handy new app that gives parents the advice they need when they need it. And in case...Read More
Web coolness: Kids on airplanes, Dascha Polanco, and Marvel’s next female superhero. Who is awesome.
Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. There’s still time to leave a comment on this post to donate a lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. if you click on any link here, consider making it this one. The kids-only airplane: The answer to semi-monthly outrage about families who deign to travel. A very special R-rated edition of Spawned with Kristen + Liz. Spoiler alert: Lenny Kravitz. Funny read: I’m Not Ill, I Just Have kids, from the author of The Parent Normal. School lunch help is here! If...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Is it wrong that we’re excited about this instant camera? 2. A simple guide to finally cutting the cable cord. We share four of your best options. 3. A fun app for those of you with kids who love things that go. 4. Well, here’s one way to finally get your photos organized. Let an app do it for you! 5. Need help figuring out what your kids can watch and when? You need this amazing website...Read More
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too! How Franklin integrated the Peanuts comic in 1968. Fantastic story. Happy to discover this line of teas that provides education for girls around the world with every purchase. We’re so happy to be this month’s expert Google Play family app curators! Check out our recommendations for the best Android apps for kids. If you’re a parent of a newborn (or ever were one) you’ll want to catch this week’s episode of Spawned and commiserate with us. Also check out the new podcast Edit Your Life Show, from the authors...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. It’s all about kids this week, and here’s what you might have missed! 1. Check out our review of the new online LEGO Minifigures game! Our LEGO loving kids are going nuts for it. 2. 6 fantastic, educational YouTube channels just for big kids. Way to optimize screen time. 3. Hooray for this new Dr. Seuss app for early readers. 4. We tried out the new VTech Kidizoom action cam for kids. Make sure you read our review before you buy it. 5. How do you pick...Read More
Web coolness: Saving the Up movie house, hilarious first world problems, outrageous sand castles and more.
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The “Up” house has been rescued, hooray! New on SPAWNED: Kids and the movies we let them watch. You may not believe which movies Liz’s dad took her to as a kid. Times have changed! “What are we doing today?” Beautiful post from Amanda Magee on what kids are capable of when they’re unplugged. 6 amazing educational video channels on YouTube for when those times they are on screens. Modernist sand castles. Whoa. We need to make all of these funfetti recipes! La Casa Azul:...Read More
Web coolness: The long lost Dr Seuss book, picky eater help, and one beauty trend we never ever ever want to see. Is that clear enough?
Here’s are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. World’s scariest beauty trend. But, world’s funniest article. A truly refreshing take on parents and school stress at Design Mom. Do you agree? Picky eater help: The top 10 tips from the experts. But do they all work? Our new must-have tech accessory. Want. How to get kids kindergarten ready. It’s National Tequila Day! We might need to make this refreshing twist on a margarita recipe after the kids are in bed. We’re so honored that our co-founder Liz Gumbinner and Cool Mom Picks...Read More
Here are some of our favorite reads from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. An amazing, kick-ass female athlete won Wimbledon and Kristen wonders why even the big media outlets are body shaming her. (Grrrrr…) Team Serena! Great summer reading ideas from female authors from the NY Time’s KJ Del Antonio. We have Brené Brown’s Rising Strong on our lists too. This week on Spawned: Do kids belong in nail salons? Is working from an office totally outdated? You might not believe who thinks so. Interesting perspective on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman from Errin Whack of NPR’s Codeswitch that’s...Read More