Category: Tech CMP-Style

How one little gadget is making parents’ busy lives a whole lot easier.

Technology has the amazing power to simplify the lives of parents, which is exactly the case with the our newest sponsor, Wemo Mini. This little plug can turn any small appliance — think lamps, fans, humidifiers, coffee makers — in a smart appliance. And so affordably, too. There are so many ways one little gadget can make your life easier, it’s pretty amazing. For more information about everything the Wemo Mini can do, plus a very special discount just for our readers, head over to Cool Mom Tech. But hurry! The discount ends on August 30, so you’ll want to...

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Bouncie: The simple, powerful device that’s keeping families safer on the road.

If you’re like most parents (us included!) you spend a whole lot of your time in your car. Whether it’s shuttling the kids to and from school, activities, sports, and playdates, running errands, or just hitting the road on the weekends. And when you’ve got a teenager behind the wheel, well, we know that road safety becomes even more top-of-mind. Like, all the time. That’s why we’re excited to share info about our newest sponsor, an amazing new car safety device called Bouncie, which is keeping so many families safe on the road. Click over to Cool Mom Tech for...

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals that don’t look like leftovers from your grandmother’s yard sale

It’s Prime Day! Which means those of us savvy shoppers are kind of glued to our screens today, checking in just to see if there are any amazing deals on stuff we would be buying anyway. That being the operative phrase. Related: prime benefits Whether it’s kitchen goods, art supplies for the kids, electronics, or holiday gifts (hey, nothing like making a dent in that big holiday list in July!) you can really score today. After all, I happened to be adding some leotards for my daughter in my Amazon cart last night when all of a sudden I...

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Do you know where your kids are? This new device could help. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Jiobit Keeping track of your kids just got a whole lot easier thanks to Jiobit, a location tracker designed to help give parents peace of mind. Don’t miss the special offer for Cool Mom Picks readers, below. The Jiobit works with a parent’s smartphone app to delivery notifications about a child’s location no matter where they are, indoors or outdoors, in over 120 countries. All thanks to a small, discreet device that can go more than week before needing another charge. And it’s designed for kids, which means it’s tiny, durable, and waterproof....

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Meet KOOV, a new STEM kit that lets kids build and control their own robot | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from KOOV For kids who love STEM — and those parents who want to foster their kids’ passion —  KOOV is a remarkable educational kit to help kids 8 and up create and control their own robots, bringing their own imaginative designs to life. Created by the Sony Global Education team, kids are able to manipulate the blocks into any shape, which can then be coded and controlled as an actual robot using the companion app. The combination of blocks, sensors, motors, and actuators combine to help kids learn core concepts of design, coding,...

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We asked 17 creative kids to invent something on paper. You’ll love the results!

Our kids never cease to amaze us. Those minds are just so fluid and open, they’re always coming up with brilliant ideas and creative inventions that our cynical adult brains would probably nix before the ideas got halfway off the ground. So we asked a whole bunch of our favorite kids of all ages to come up with any invention at all that solves a problem — and we can’t stop smiling at what they invented! As you can tell, there’s a whole lot of focus on pets and on food. Sometimes both together. Because, kids. And we’re so happy to present...

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3 inspiring ways your kids can design, create and invent using Tinkercad.

Last week, we introduced you to 3 cool kid inventors who we actually got to meet and chat with on behalf of our sponsor Autodesk. Well, since then, my tween Quinlan, who actually interviewed the inventors on Facebook Live (so fun!), has been learning how to use Tinkercad. She’s been playing around with this free web tool, creating 3D designs the same way those remarkable kids created their own inventions. I’ve been so amazed seeing how my daughter can just take an idea from her own imagination, design it, and use a 3D printer to print and hold it in her hand. And did I mention it’s fun? Take...

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We can’t believe what these 3 amazing kid inventors have created.

We’re firm believers that kids can change the world. In fact, there are kids doing it right now. So we’re sharing three kid inventors we’re absolutely thrilled to know about because their work is so mind-blowingly amazing, it gives us remarkable hope for the future. (Yay, kids!) What’s more, if you love what they’re doing, you can have a chance to “meet” them at the Kid Inventors’ Day celebration on January 17,  when we interview them on Facebook Live, thanks to our sponsor Autodesk. If you’re not familiar with Autodesk, check out their free, easy-to-use web-based tool Tinkercad that allows anyone ages 4 and...

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8 of the coolest high-tech baby gifts that new parents will actually use | Baby registry essentials guide

There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry. Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf...

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Bitsbox: The fantastic STEM gift idea that taught my 4 kids to code their own apps.

It’s no secret that parents love finding tech gifts for kids that we can justify as being both fun and educational, but the true test isn’t whether we think they’re cool — but rather, whether our own kids play with them. Over and over again. That’s why we we’re so thrilled to have partnered with our newest sponsor Bitsbox. (And you dedicated Spawned podcast listeners already know just how thrilled!) This clever subscription box gift masterfully and clearly teaches kids how to code their own apps that actually work on smartphones and tablets. Like my 9-year-old son’s Burping Obama app. (Not coming to an app store near you,...

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Retail is for suckers! Save money shopping online with these expert tips and resources | Spawned Ep 60

After ten years of browsing retailers for a living, putting together shopping guides of all kinds (like Holiday Gift Guides, ahem) and getting to know the ins and outs of online shopping, we thought it would be helpful to devote an entire episode of Spawned to all of our favorite smart money-saving tips and tricks, apps and websites that we’ve discovered work best for us. You’ll hear lots of expert tips we’ve shared over the years with national newspapers, magazines, and on programs like The TODAY Show — plus brand new ones that you may never have considered. Listen right now (this very second!) through the link...

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5 of the coolest tech picks of the week

Still digging out of the winter storms? Scrambling to change the calendars to February? No worries — if you haven’t checked in on Cool Mom Tech lately, let us save you time with these 5 cool tech posts we think you’ll like.   1. Star Wars fans, these are the geeky Valentine’s Day gifts you’ve been looking for. 2. How to get your kids started on Minecraft PE, especially if you have no idea what that means. 3. Finally, a smart gadget that saves you energy and money even if you don’t have central air or heat at home. 4. 2 creative,...

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TIA Girl Club for Tweens: A monthly subscription of role models

While I can’t pick my daughters’ friends for them, I do try to help my girls grow up with smart, healthy, and interesting women as role models. You know, not the ones whose biggest life advice has to do with how to take a great selfie. So, I’m really interested in the new monthly club for girls, the TIA Girl Club — TIA stands for Today I Am . It was was designed by mom Vanessa Schenck to help tweens 8 to 13 navigate those tricky years with advice and inspiration from wonderful, successful women in a whole range of fields. The club is built around the notion that girls should use their...

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10 super cool cell phone cases for kids. (You might want them too. Just saying.)

Clearly we love finding adorable things of all kinds for kids, and cool cell phone cases is one of them. Before you think, wa-ait…kids and cell phones?  indeed it’s more common than ever. With prices dropping on early cell phone models, and parents buying themselves shiny new phones then passing down their old ones, plenty of kids are going to be getting cell phones this holiday — whether they’re using them for safety reasons, to connect with friends and classmates, or just as gaming devices when they’re home with a little down time. Of course when kids are out and about, we...

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Sponsored Message: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone

This is a sponsored message for Totspot. Whether you’re looking to add to your own wardrobe on a budget, shop for your kids, or just clean out your closets to make some extra cash for the holidays, Totspot lets you do all of that with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone. Don’t miss the special offer below!  Download the free Totspot app for iOS or Android, then shop for gently used items for everyone in your family. Choose from popular kids’ designers like Boden, CrewCuts, and Tea Collection, plus brands grown-ups love including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. With Totspot, you...

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Pool safety: 11 top tips for keeping kids safe this summer

We are always looking for products that help keep our kids safe at the pool, whether it’s a big community pool or something smaller in our friends’ backyards. Last year one of the coolest safety products we discovered was iSwimband, an excellent wearable drowning detection system that Jeana called a poolside essential for parents because it literally can saves lives. So we are beyond thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor. (Welcome!) – Don’t miss an exclusive, limited time discount for CMP readers below –  This is not an alarmist thing for us in the least; pool safety is serious, serious business — iSwimband was in...

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Our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech.   1. We think you’ll love these 21 unexpected ways to display your photos beyond frames. 2. We put together 15 Instagram tips we think every user should know. Helpful! 3. A new app that might be the safer alternative to Facebook you’ve been looking for. 4. With all the selfie stick bans, we’ve rounded-up 5 smart selfie stick alternatives. 5. We found a cool, geeky baby book with a sense of humor....

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Sponsored Message: The Minecraft Gameband now at select Microsoft Stores. Cue the squealing from your kids.

This is a sponsored message from Gameband + Minecraft    If you’ve got a Minecraft lover in your house, it’s now easier than ever to get your hands on the wildly popular Gameband + Minecraft. Literally. Because now it’s as close as your local Microsoft store, making it a smart way to see just how awesome the Gameband is in person before taking the plunge on an awesome gift for your kids. One of the few officially licensed Minecraft products available, the Gameband + Minecraft gives kids the chance to bring their painstakingly created worlds with them, and play in them on any computer, no matter where,...

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The Blender Girl Smoothies app: Healthy eating inspiration right on your phone.

A peek into our food archive shows that we’re big into smoothies. But no matter how many awesome smoothie recipes we track down for you, nothing will compare to having a constantly updated collection in your back pocket from the smoothie master herself, Tess Masters of The Blender Girl. Her new The Blender Girl Smoothies app is making that one delicious reality. My kids and I are smoothie junkies. I love creating them, finding new recipes for them and we all love drinking them, so this app was meant for me. That said, I’m picky about apps, and don’t stick with them if the nav is frustrating and if...

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12 cool STEM gifts for girls. (And hey, for boys too.)

With a STEM-loving daughter (and STEAM as it’s now being called by some, because yay Arts too!), you can bet I’m always on the hunt for cool STEM gifts for girls. And, while we’ve come a long way in the last few years, I still find that great ones can be tough to find. Just take a look at the racks at clothing stores and toy shops. Eep. I know I’m not the only one who sees awesome science or computer tees filed under “boys” and thinks, hey-0 my daughter would love that! So on behalf of our sponsor GoldieBlox, who launched three...

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14 of the very best kids’ Halloween apps: Perfect distraction while you sneak into the candy stash

You know what’s hard to find? Awesome Halloween apps for kids. So we’ve spent a good deal of time on Cool Mom Tech tracking down some of the very best ones apps you and your little ones, whether they prefer silly or spooky fun. Click over today and you’ll find 6 fun Halloween apps for kids, mostly for little ones, all of them really beautiful. No vector-art monsters here, just the good stuff. You should also check out our post on 8 awesome Halloween apps for kids of all ages, including my favorite for older kids–Figaro Pho Fear Factory which is like Cut the...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Impressed at what this designer does to old luggage. 2. If you take lots of photos with your smartphones (isn’t that all of us?), this gadget is for you. 3. Go get your tablet! We rounded up the 10 best apps for new moms and dads. 4. Wondering which streaming device is right for your family? You’ll want to read this smackdown comparing Apple TV, Roku and the Amazon Fire TV. 5. We love this hilarious baby gift....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. You will not believe what this gorgeous clutch can do. 2. We love that Google and Code School are teaming up to get more women coding with free classes. Check our post for details on how to get your own. 3. Skip the baby book guilt and try this easy digital baby journal instead. 4 A helpful comparison of comparison of two of the top tablets if you’re in the market. 5. Ugly outlets no more,...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. When you see what this amazing 3-D printer cando, you will understand why it’s blowing up Kickstarter. 2.  9 Tips for redecorating or remodeling from virtual reality apps to the coolest new smart appliances. 3. Calling all Instagram addicts: These awesome photography apps will take your photos to the next level. 4. A smartphone decal that’s cracking us up. 5. This could be the new must-have gadget for summer, if you like your music to...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Such fun jewelry for social media lovers. Great prices, too. 2. One of the coolest ways to turn your Instagram photos into gifts. 3. Everything you need to know about the new Kindle Fire TV. One word: Awesome. 4. These funny pet apps are cracking us up and your kids will love them. 5. Did any of these hilarious tech April Fool’s Day jokes get...

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Foodini 3D food printer: A most magical kitchen appliance

You know that we cool moms are way into both food and technology. And we know that you cool readers are, too, which is why we’re excited to share the Foodini 3D Food Printer, one of the coolest and geekiest kitchen appliances we’ve encountered, ever. When I first heard about Foodini, I couldn’t quite imagine what a 3D food printer was or how it might work. Allow me to explain the magic: The Foodini comes with capsules that you fill with all-natural, whole food purees (think baby food) that the printer treats like ink. Pop the filled capsules into the...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Owls and foxes, out. Adorable sloths, in! Consider us obsessed. 2. Cool videos for kids that aren’t actually made for kids. We’re in love. 3. A simply brilliant app for parents. 4. A must-have summer gadget just got a whole lot smarter. 5. This will make Star Wars fans very...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We dare you not to laugh at this round-up of Sesame Street movie spoofs. 2. We had way too much fun looking up our own first tweets on Twitter. What was yours? 3. Here are really smart tips for taking a selfie with your kids. 4. Cool new apps for kids that are educational and entertaining. We’re in! 5. One of our favorite tech picks: A hilarious smartphone case if you’re like us still say tapes instead of...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Amp up your smartphone photography with this affordable little gadget our readers are loving. 2. A creative website for kids that we bet your little artists will love. Ours certainly do. 3. Important: 2 anonymous social apps that kids are using that parents should know about. 4. Here’s a super smart safety gadget for cyclists, runners, and kids. 5. This short, helpful video about how Internet ads work is worth a watch with your...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1. We need these brilliant gadgets all over our house stat. 2. A really good reason to buy a new car. (Or if you’re like us, wish you needed one). 3. If your kids are obsessed with Frozen as much as ours are, they will love this new app. 4. Subscription boxes for kids just got a whole lot smarter. Love. 5. Just try not to love these awesome smart phone cases. We dare...

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