Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Setting up email for your kids: Everything you need to know before you take the plunge. 2. How to get your kids a free coding education this summer courtesy of Microsoft. 3. A cool Twitter feature you might not know about that can be such a sanity saver. 4. Helpful tips for taking better photos of your kids on summer vacation, whether you’re headed to the beach or your backyard. 5. Hot new tech trend: The smart...Read More
Category: Link Roundups
Each Friday we share some of our favorite reads from around the web. However this week, we would not be listening to our hearts if we didn’t address the outrageous act of terror and hate that took place in Charleston nine days ago at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since that time, there has been so much to read, to process, to watch, to learn, and to understand. So we are sharing some of the links that we’ve been bookmarking ourselves over the past week, and that have moved us, educated us, made us think the most. Some are from women we know personally and love and...Read More
Catch the latest episode of Spawned with Kristen + Liz and see if you agree with our take on parents on cell phones in playgrounds. (And thanks for propelling us into the #1 slot for Family + Kid podcasts last week!) 31 quotes about dads from our own readers. We still love this post so much. Need a laugh? These funny Father’s Day cards should do the trick. Daddy-daughter bonds: Liz shares the best life advice from her dad. Armin Brott offers clever Father’s Day staycation ideas. Last minute Father’s Day gifts: We’ve got lots! DIY photo shoot ideas that...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. These cord tacos make a great Father’s Day gift. No hot sauce required. 2. Everything you need to know about iOS 9 and all the big Apple News you might have missed this past week. 3. We rounded-up 6 of the best iPhone 6 screen protectors because we know life happens. Often times to your phone. 4. You won’t believe what these baby monitors can do. The future is here! 5. Hooray for free music! We’ve got...Read More
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. First, a huge thank you so much to all of you who helped make our new podcast, Spawned, #1 in iTune’s Kids and Family category this week! We’re so grateful for your feedback, your support, and your kind ratings and reviews. Subscribe to catch a new episode every Wednesday. You’ve got 20 free minutes, right? Batkid Begins, the movie. It’s coming and we can’t wait. This is the last week to enter our big Cool Mom Eats launch giveaway! Also, have you...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 4 of the most stylish fitness trackers for Father’s Day that look great out of the gym too. 2. We’re loving these 2 new cord clutter solutions. So helpful! 3. We found the world’s slimmest iPhone case and we’re in love. 4. We’ve got the scoop on the newest photo app that you should know about. 5. A phone that might help you curb your phone addiction. Well, you or “a friend.”...Read More
Web Coolness: Dogs cubed, summer reading ideas for kids, and National Donut Day tips. (As in, eat some.)
Happy June! Here are some of our favorite links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. The newest trend in Japan: Dogs with cube haircuts Congrats to the newest Young People’s Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming. 8 more summer read ideas from The Little Rebel Children’s Book Awards. Fascinating idea from Design Mom: A family reading weekend. Really cool printable birthday party crowns. Laughing at this take on all those summer forms for kids. If you haven’t read Dads 4 Change, here’s a good place to start. A...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. One of our favorite kids’ toys just got electric. Boogie woogie woogie! Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. 2. 4 of the best apps to help keep you safe on all those summer road trips. 3. We’re digging these gorgeous camera bags that don’t look like camera bags at all. (Also, awesome Father’s Day gift too). 4. A cool new app for kids that actually teaches them physics. 5. Hey iPhone users! If you’re looking for the slimmest...Read More
Web Coolness: How to help the Texas flood victims, free Lyft rides for women who need it, and guess who’s making a plus-size line.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. First, our hearts are with our friends, readers, and their families affected by the Texas flooding. (Above photo via CNN.com) Just a few of the organizations doing good work that can use your donations: –Central Texas Red Cross –United Way of Austin –United Way of Hays County –Austin Pets Alive –Austin Disaster Relief Network –Hays County Food Bank Thanks to NY Times Motherlode columnist Jess Leahy for including our post on DIY teacher gifts in their article on…great teacher gifts. Reading: Luckyish, a...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. This cool laptop case has issued a challenge. Any workaholics ready to take it on? 2. We’re loving these new Women in Science playing cards. Learn about female scientists, play the cool strategy game, or just deal out Solitaire. 3. Check out the new Roku 3 and discover why Liz is such a huge fan of everything Roku does. 4. A protective iPad case that turns the gadget off when time is up. Kids, you’ve been put...Read More
Web coolness: The minifig invasion, parents on phones in playgrounds, and the amazing tale of Princess Kitty
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fun roundup of printable cards and gift tags for teacher gifts. Hilarious: 15 sketches of dads by their kids. The benefits of breastfeeding: Maybe not what we all think? Wow. Bye, David Letterman. We will miss you more than we miss the days that we could actually stay up late enough to watch you live. Also don’t miss this hilarious montage of Dave interviewing kids. “What’s your favorite food?” “Salt.” These Mad Men cast photos explain why there’s one more show we’re going to be missing this...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. This brilliant website gives you ideas, plans, and patterns to create new things out of old Lego sets. 2. A fantastic alternative to Facetime for iOS and Android users that lets you do way more than video chat. 3. We’ve never been very excited about a drone camera. Until now. 4. For the ladies, don’t buy headphones or earbuds until you see our recommendations just for you. 5. Chargers just keep getting better looking every day. Wow....Read More
Web coolness: Game of Thrones for toddlers, Instagram photos to make you smile, and food help is on the way!
Here are the links we’re reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Do you like food? Do you have kids who eat food? Check out Cool Mom Eats! (And yes, we’re biased.) Over Goodnight Moon? Try Goodnight Westeros. [via Fatherly] Must-bookmark site for anyone with LEGO bricks in the house. Especially ones that don’t seem to go with anything. We love the new strong girl campaign from ONE.org. Check out all the amazing women and girls sharing their #strengthie on social media! Whoa, now that’s a changing table! We need more professors like this. Heck, we need...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 6 of the coolest YouTube videos for kids from around the world. 2. A very smart feature for parents that you Apple users might not know about. 3. The best calendar apps for families that will help you all get on the same page. 4. A fun, easy DIY cell phone case you can still whip up for Mother’s Day. 5. Turn screen time into learning time with these awesome online camps....Read More
Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day help, honest cards, and the poster you want your daughters to see right now.
Here are some of our favorite reads from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Big news coming from Kristen and Liz! Need last minute Mother’s Day ideas? We’re here for you! Lots of free Mother’s Day printables to make the day more special. 25 famous women on their mothers Cheers to moms. Funny! Honest handmade cards for Mother’s Day, like the one at top. One of our favorite blogs just got favorite-r. Why Stephen Colbert wins person of the week. Lovely words about motherhood from… Rachel Zoe. All moms need help sometimes. Even ones...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. 8 amazing Mother’s Day gifts for photographers. We’ll take all of them, please. 2. A DIY smart phone case that’s so easy even your kids could make it. Awesome Mother’s Day gift idea. 3. Printable paper craft photo frames that will make you go wow. 4. A very cool gift idea for the tech-savvy mom with awesome taste. And tangled cords. 5. And in case you missed it, Minecraft launched their first female character. Cue the screaming!...Read More
Web Coolness: What parenting really looks like, teacher appreciation gifts, and a Hallmark ad that will make you cry
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them! Minecraft Rice Krispy Treats! [h/t Pop Sugar Moms] Have you checked out our #UnguiltyPleasures video yet? Share your own binge watching confessions for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Making fun of our My Little Pony hats is optional. Respite during a tough week: Bono shares 8 Ted Talks to give you hope. Lessons from To Kill a Mockingbird (Liz’s favorite book) that still hold true today. Why moms can’t (and shouldn’t) do it on their own. Congrats...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Here’s what you might have missed! 1. Cool geeky jewelry for Mother’s Day. We’d love every one of these! 2. We can’t wait to get our hands on this little handheld printer and when you see it you will understand why. 3. So, instant cameras have come a very long way. Wow. 4. 5 really cool tech gadgets that will get you excited about solar power. 5. Now these are our kind of Mother’s Day flowers....Read More
Web coolness: The Full House rap, why Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr win the week, Mother’s Day gifts, and more.
Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Have you checked out our 2015 Mother’s Day gift guide? Go! Custom wine labels for new moms, ha. Check out our Instagram every Thursday for #ThrowbackPicks – you might not believe this week’s pick was ever a “small” struggling little business. We’re supporting March for Maddie tomorrow, Heather and Mike Spohr’s March of Dimes Walk in honor of their beautiful daughter they lost 7 years ago. How to deal with over-opinionated mom friends. Know a few of those? One more reason to love Robert Downey Jr. Why yes,...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Here’s what you might have missed. 1. We cannot believe these are laptop totes! Gorgeous Mother’s Day gift idea. Hint. 2. Looks like disposable cameras are back, but with a really smart twist. So cool! 3. A helpful explanation about why apps want to access your location, and when to hit the off button. 4. This USB necklace doesn’t do anything, well, except make you look fabulous. 5. Curious about the whole smart bulb trend? Kristen tries one out to see if they’re worth the price...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. We’re so excited to launch our 10th (!) annual Mother’s Day gift guide. This video with Sean Hayes (of Will and Grace fame) is our new favorite thing on the Internet. (via Isabel Kallman) A frustrated mom looking for the fabric with the two female Big Hero Six characters sparks a movement to encourage toymakers and manufacturers to #IncludetheGirls. Such an important read: Why an award winning principal feels she must retire early. Lots of great reasons to shop indie this Mother’s...Read More
Here are some of the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Strong is the New Pretty: Amazing photography by Kate T Parker. Why messy houses might be better than perfect ones. An alternative to social media oversharenting. (That’s a word now, evidently.) Jamie Oliver’s petition to include food education in schools. The revolution against high-stakes testing. Gluten removed from famous works of art, ha Solidarity with Alyssa Milano whose breastmilk was confiscated at Heathrow. Congrats to our friends at Fatherly on the launch of their new parenting site for dads. If...Read More
In case you might have missed them, here are 5 of our coolest tech picks of the past week from Cool Mom Tech. Enjoy reading while you polish off the rest of those jellybeans. 1. A cool USB electrical outlet we want in every room. Affordable too! 2. We rounded-up 9 cool gender-neutral apps for kids, because girls like robots and boys like playing house. 3. Here’s a brilliant way to lock up the game controller. Or the cookies. 4. Kristen gets honest about smartphone addiction and what she learned when she put away her phone around her kids for...Read More
Web Coolness: Easter and Passover fun, parenting fails we can relate to, and Mad Men the Untold Story
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Fun last minute Easter crafts and printables, and Easter coloring pages. 5 fantastic Passover dessert recipes. How to make Peeps Sushi. Make-ahead Easter brunch recipes. Liz shares social media privacy tips with Real Simple. A terrific list of children’s books for social good. Why Kristen put away her smartphone around her kids for a week. (It’s not judgy, promise!) Did we get you on April Fool’s Day? It’s okay, you can admit it. Funny parenting fails: You fill in the pictures. Buzzfeed...Read More
Here are the coolest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed! 1. A new battery charging case that actually protects your phone we think is worth a look. 2. Here are 8 really smart tips for managing kids’ screen time that actually work. 3. Should you download Layout, the new Instagram collage app? Check our review before you do. 4. If you love Netflix as much as we do, this new hack will make you very happy. 5. We met Steve Martin (yes that Steve Martin) and he told us...Read More
Web coolness: Matzoh like you’ve never seen it, the cutest Easter recipe, and there’s no crying in baseball!
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We love these 17 cool pop culture Easter eggs! Great food blog in time for Passover: What Jew Wanna Eat. 25 delicious matzoh recipes, whatever your religion. Great post: On becoming yourself again after motherhood. Smart tips for managing kids’ screen time. A victory for pregnant women in the workplace from the Supreme Court. Recommendations for 8 great YA books adults should read too. The accessory we’re coveting this week. And justifying it is easy. Congrats to all the...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Because Pluto will always be a planet to us. 2. Here are 8 smart ways to make your phone less distracting without having to completely turn it off. 3. We love finding fun, affordable geeky jewelry. As in, under $15 affordable. 4. Don’t miss these 6 awesome travel apps that will save you money on your next trip. 5. Liz shares 9 excellent tips for working parents that will help make the transition back after having your baby...Read More
Web coolness: Children’s books they’ll never make, avoiding smartphone interruptions, and why parents are like serial killers.
Here are the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Laughing at this parenting truth from The Daddy Files. Smart tips for new parents getting back to work after a baby. Yes it’s snowing AGAIN for some of us. Here are 9 awesome hot chocolate recipes to keep you warm. The unexpected extra you may get with your next Starbucks order. Provocative thoughts on underscheduled children. A good reason to start thinking Mother’s Day gifts. A Pixar artist turns R-rated films into children’s storybooks. Ha. 10 women authors to read for Women’s History Month. Tom...Read More
Here are 5 cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them. 1. These hot bags for spring have something special hidden inside: Your camera. 2. Is the Apple Watch the best thing ever or the end of human interaction as we know it? 3. With this new gadget, you might be able to ditch your house keys forever. 4. 5 of the coolest new photo apps for iOS and Android out right now. 5. Everything you need to know about the new MacBook 2015. Other than it comes in gold. Oooooh....Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Dying over this Foodnited States series. [via bored panda] Travel plans? The statistical geniuses at fivethirtyeight launch a tool to predict flight delays. Analysis of the Apple Watch and New Macbook just for parents. A new way to bring your baby to work. Dad blogging in 1925. Great life tips. Explaining blogging to five-year-olds. Ha. Scary: Must-read letter from top teachers if you live in New York State. Or have a kid in public schools. Hey parents: Stop calling 911 on other...Read More