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
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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
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Ditching the landline? Here are two really smart alternatives for families who don’t just want to rely on their cell phones. 2. A very cool charging case that doesn’t use cables or cords. Awesome! 3. 4 tech camps for kids that parents will think are way cool too. 4. Here’s a verrrrry good reason to be an Amazon Prime member next week! 5. We love finding free apps for kids that encourage creativity and imaginative play....Read More
Here are some of the things we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. 15 picture books celebrating great artists, scientists, and writers. (Above: Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis) Also, 12 fantastic picture books to help talk to your kids about prejudice. Cool summer tech camps for kids. On Cool Mom Eats: 15 awesome camping recipes. We’d go camping just to eat these. Green Gorilla Project: A cool little Indiegogo campaign to deliver school supplies to remote villages. Girls toys v boys toys: A hilarious discussion about what the heck...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. A fireworks app for kids that’s all fun, no fear. 2. If you use your iPhone to take photos (isn’t that everyone with an iPhone?), you’re going to want to see this cool new gadget. 3. You can now undo send emails, Gmail users. Whoo! 4. Ditching your landline but want something other than your cell phone? Here are two smart options for families. 5. A beautiful app to cool you down after a hot day....Read More
Here are some of our favorite thing from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The ultimate 4th of July recipe guide. Get cooking! The largest LEGO American flag ever built by master builder Chris Steinenger. Whoa. (photo Steve Ruark/AP) PS We love that LEGO is spending millions to be more eco-friendly. (via @Blurb) A fun new fireworks app for kids. Even if they’re scared of the real thing. Pool safety tips for kids. Important stuff if you hit the pool this weekend. 10 simple ways to create summer fun for kids. Can our kids put the gadgets away for...Read More
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
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
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