Category: Tech CMP-Style

New Year’s Resolution Help: Take a family vacation!

All week long we’re offering our tips and ideas to help you tackle your (and our) New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a staunch believer in resolutions or not, we hope our cool picks will help motivate you as we hope they do for us! Like so many families out there, we made a resolution to go on a fabulous family trip. Uh, last year. The problem with family vacations is that they can be stressful and expensive to plan–never mind really getting on a plane or in a car and going somewhere. Once you’ve got the money saved, luckily, there are...

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You’re a good app, Charlie Brown

Every year I realize I’ve missed 99% of my favorite children’s holiday shows (sorry Charlie Brown!) because I’m preoccupied with the 1000 other things I have to do before Christmas morning.  Thankfully, one of my all time favorite Christmas shows is now also an iPhone and iPad app that is available any ol’ time. Like…right now! A Charlie Brown Christmas app takes the beloved story from 1965 and uses 2011 technology to add a layer of interactive fun to the story. I love, love, love that the original story is here so that my kids and I can page...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide – Hooray!

Over 120 holiday gifts in our own Holiday Gift Guide for the entire family just weren’t enough for us, mamas, so that’s why we added 100 more ideas over at our Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide. Isn’t the bow pretty? We scoured the web for the coolest geeky gifts for everyone on your list — the cool nieces and funky nephews, the manly man and fashionista traveler, the kids, grandparents, yes even you! You’ll find all sorts of technified and tech-inspired goodies at every price range. Even a whole list under $16. And just because we love our readers,...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Back away from the leftover Three Musketeers and distract yourself with these fabulous Cool Mom Tech picks instead. Here are 5 of our favorite of the past week, in case you missed them. 1. The original angry bird– Mo Willems’ Pigeon– now has an amazing and lovable app to help give kids the tools and motivation to write and illustrate their own stories. 2. Need 10 excuses to grab a new iPhone 4S? Honey, we’re here for you. 3. This cute little app for kids doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles. After all, it has a dancing...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here five of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. 1. Pumpkin carving meets Angry Birds. We just hope no one starts launching them… 2. These two amazing new apps from Toca Boca will keep kids happy as the weather gets colder. Even if we never get our iPads back. 3. Need an awesome twin gift? Check these adorable twins onesies for geeks and gamers. 4. A portable solar gadget charger saves energy and money, and brings out your inner Al Gore. 5. It’s new, it’s scratch-resistant, it’s RAZR thin, and...

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sneakpeeq turns Facebook into a boutique

These days, I keep up with most of my friends via Facebook, even the ones who live close to me; our schedules are so crazy, with carpool and homework and sports commitments, that the only way we can visit is virtually. Which is sad, because those women are some of my favorite shopping partners. Now, with sneakpeeq, I can shop with my Facebook friends, and get a great deal at the same time — all without leaving the house (or the little league field or the karate gym, wherever it is that I’m logging on to Facebook). This app...

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4 ways to make your grandparents happy on Grandparents Day

The cool thing about Grandparents Day is that if you have grandparents like my kids do, it doesn’t take a whole lot to make their day. So on the outside chance you were a little busy this week with back-to-school and Labor Day and hurricanes and things–and didn’t even realize it was Grandparents Day–we’ve got three quick, easy ideas to help you let Grandma and Grandpa know you love them. 1.Interview Them Make up your own questions in a blank journal, or use a book like Between You and Me Grandma/Grandpa from Sand Dune Publishing which offers the prompts...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

September is upon us, friends, and we’re celebrating with cool tech at Cool Mom Tech. (Of course!)  Whether you need a quick app to entertain your preschooler in the carpool line or a surge protector to keep six laptops humming, we’ve got it for you. Here are 5 of our favorite picks of the last week that you might have missed. 1. Our back to school tech guide launches with a round-up of some of our favorite must-have gadgets for back to school. Althouhg we haven’t yet found a magic alarm clock that makes 6am seem tolerable. 2. A...

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Join us at BlogHer for the most important conversation on parenting ever

Going to the big BlogHer conference in San Diego in August? So are we! And what’s better, we’re hosting an awesome discussion with two of our favorite ever bloggers, Alice Bradley of Finslippy, and Eden Kennedy of Fussy–also the authors of the brilliant book Let’s Panic About Babies. Thanks to our sponsor BillMyParents (which you must check out stat, especially if you have kids of spending money age), we’re going to answer your questions about parenting in the digital age. If you can’t join us in person (which we’d love you to do!) then let us know your questions....

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Mamas of little ones: Let’s Go Play with Charlie Hope

As soon as I heard Charlie Hope’s first CD, and then her lovely collection of lullabies, I was struck by how absolutely clear, real and pretty her voice is–especially in contrast with all the robotic autotune vocals this mama of a pop-music loving tween has to endure. Lucky for those of you with little ones, one of our favorite kindie voices has made even more lovely music that you’ll want to bring into your collection. {keep reading for free song download link!} Packing over twenty songs, stories and rhymes into her new release Let’s Go Play!, this would be my...

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New technology turns the page on how kids read

This is a sponsored message from DK Publishing It’s an amazing feeling to watch your child develop a love of reading and learning, especially if you’ve always been a bookworm yourself. But if your son or daughter needs a little more coaxing (especially as school winds down!), the new 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body books from DK Publishing literally come to life, drawing even the most reluctant readers right in. This innovative series merges what parents love about hard copy books with the wonders of 3-D animation to create an interactive reading experience using “augmented reality” technology. Throughout...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We love how tech isn’t just for speaker-geek guys any more. It’s smarter, it’s inspired by nature, and it solves some of a mama’s most basic problems in a chic way. If you haven’t been visiting Cool Mom Tech lately, here are some of this week’s coolest, problem-solving picks. 1. Splash. Your digital camera is dead! …or is it? 2. An iPhone telephoto lens so amazing, it captured the space shuttle launch. We’d imagine it could handle a kid’s soccer game too. 3. We love this great looking–and cheap!–way to keep those pesky cords organized. 4. This week we...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Happy Mother’s Day to all you cool moms out there! When the pancakes are all eaten and the house miraculously cleaned without your help, here are some posts for you to lie back and enjoy while the kids massage your feet. They were all culled together for their combo of both cute and cutting edge from our sister site Cool Mom Tech this week. We’d say they all meet or exceed said standards. 1. The most techtastic way to share cute photos of your kids–maybe the pics of them cleaning the house for you today? 2. The very finest...

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Moms and mobile phones – are we addicted?

This morning, our editor-in-chief Liz Gumbinner sat down with The Early Show on CBS to talk about the new Babycenter study on moms and mobile phones. If you want to catch the segment–and some of her recommendations for popular apps for parents that she mentioned on the show–head on over on Cool Mom Tech. (And the answer to the question all our Twitter fans are asking – her earrings are Alexis Bittar....

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A green dishwasher in shining stainless steel

With such limited kitchen space in New York. we need our kitchen appliances sleek, streamlined and pretty. (And our apartment resellable!) So when my terrible dishwasher went on the fritz after a 30 year run, I kind of freaked. On Twitter. And the folks from Kenmore Appliances were there to rescue me. I will be honest, Sears is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of gorgeous modern kitchen appliances. But gorgeous and modern they are, now keeping up with the high-end brands like Bosch and Miele, only often for a lot less cashola and...

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Someone get the phone? It’s Celine Dion.

It’s been truly an honor to be a part of the More Birthdays campaign from our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Not only is it a cause near and dear to all of our hearts, but we’re so impressed with the generous mega-stars and artists who’ve jumped on board to share their talents to bring it to life. We’ve already described how you can send a personalized birthday video greeting from a celebrity (The Biebs! Ricky Martin!) or purchase birthday gift wrap especially created by top artists and illustrators. Now there’s another option: Create your own celebrity birthday...

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An online baby book that lets you plant sweet memories

So this adorable thing happened the other day with my preschooler and baby. It was really adorable. It happened and I said to myself, “Self, remember this so you can write it down after they’re in bed.”  ….Yeah. If I could only remember what that adorable moment was. But I think I’ve found a way that might help me record these memories before they’re forever lost to the baby-post-bedtime fog. Moment Garden is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a virtual garden where you “plant” milestones and baby memories. At first, I wasn’t totally sure about the idea–I mean,...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

A few recent posts on Cool Mom Tech we think you’ll like An Etch-a-Sketch iPad case that will totally make you want an iPad. Edible cupcake toppers for the video game obsessed. 5 upcoming tech products at CES made just for moms. The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon! Video calling options to keep you in touch with long-distance family. Children’s book illustrator Todd Parr creates an iPad app and it’s awesome. If you like underwear...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

In case you were too busy playing with your new iPhone over the holidays, here are some top picks on Cool Mom Tech you might have missed this week– including old things, new things, and really expensive new things that might change the world. 1. Big news about Kindle eReaders – your books can now be loaned! 2. There’s a cool new way to use that old typewriter. It’s high-tech, it’s smart, and our own guest dad blogger totally digs it. 3. If you got a new tablet for Christmas, we’ve got some colorful iPad cases you’re going to...

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Resolution in 2011: Making sure real books don’t disappear

My husband loves to joke around with my son about “those old-fashioned paper whatchamacallits.” We’re all avid readers, but my husband and I converted to e-readers a long time ago. We’ve actually discussed whether or not we should bother getting large bookshelves when we redo our son’s room since a lot of what he reads is now available on the Kindle. But the reality is that nothing can replace a shelf filled with colorful spines, the tactile experience of turning a page and knowing that each book can be enjoyed over and over. And then left for your mother...

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The giving that keeps on giving

We’ve had the best time this month just giving away $500 Best Buy gift cards at Cool Mom Tech to our deserving and ever-awesome readers. But our mad benevolent giving frenzy is not over yet — click over to our Best Buy Wish List post about eReaders and tablets, and you can enter to win two more of those sweet sweet cards if you enter by tonight. And after that? Click over to today’s post about our must-have mobile accessories and enter to win two more $500 gift cards. (And after that, there will be two more. And after...

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Now in your inbox: Real live Santa.

I hear in some places, you have to book the best mall Santa in October to get a word in with the jolly guy, and he still might get your kid’s name wrong leading to a public freak-out. (It’s happened to us all!) But now, thanks to the wonders of technology, your inbox is the best place to catch the ear of Jolly Old St. Nick. Register at Portable North Pole, and you can send a message from Santa Claus to a toddler, older child, or even an adult. After navigating an extensive online questionnaire that even mentions siblings,...

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Fingerless gloves find new fans in the smartphone age

Yes, I pretty much love everything from Shokay. Their gorgeous, hand-knit, fair trade items have made it into our baby shower gift guide, our 2010 holiday gift guide–and now, even our Cool Mom Tech gift guide. No, they’re not making high-tech electric blankets now; just some awesome fingerless gloves that can solve a lot of problems for a lot of touch-screen phone users. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Shokay really outdoes themselves again with these luscious, thick Oliver Twist fingerless gloves. They’re incredibly soft, as you might expect from 100% yak down. Oh wait — don’t...

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Online indie shopping just got more rockin’ with Storenvy

Sure, certain social media sites may be trying to take over the world and will soon probably track your bathing habits. But boy, we love social networking. And boy, we love supporting little guys (or gals), the Indie retailers rockin’ their own trail. So we are so excited to find this fabulous new site that’s like Etsy meets Facebook. And best of all, it’s completely free. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Presenting Storenvy, a super cool new site with over 2000 stores that let you shop for pretty much anything indie-made and receive personal service. The...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

Here are a few cool things we found the past week on Cool Mom Tech, that we thought our Cool Mom Picks readers would appreciate too. Adorable, portable USB speakers that beat your kid ignoring you with headphones on. A guide to the 7 best online shopping sites with great mobile apps, so you never miss those kids clothes at 70% off. A smart online baby book making it easier to remember the first tooth or the first embarrassing spit-up incident with company over. A new National Teacher’s Registry to help get our educators what they need for the...

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5 new mom must-haves

The more kids I add to my brood, the more aware I am of what I absolutely do not need as a mom. But more so, I’m now completely convinced of what I can’t live without. This is the kind of thing I wish someone had shared with me waaaay back when I spent too many hours creating a baby registry full of useless crap – like that darn $50 baby positioner. And don’t expect the store registry lists to be honest with you about not needing a moses basket and a bassinet and a co-sleeper. With that in...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

Haven’t stopped by Cool Mom Tech this week? Here are a few posts definitely worth a peek. A kitchen radio from one of our favorite designers is piquing our geek – definitely not your grandma’s AM tuner. The new Kinect for XBox 360 motion-sensor game system is out this week! Read a moms’ take on whether it should make your holiday list this year. Check out this line of green vacuums that don’t just clean up our floors, they clean up our oceans. An affordable desktop organizer for tweens and big kids, that might even keep them at their...

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Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a very spooky (but safe) Halloween, mamas from Kristen, Liz, Christina, Delilah, Julie and the rest of the Cool Mom Picks team – may you survive the sugar crashes and score a solid week’s worth of Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cups. To see our Halloween greeting to you, click here. It’s worth it, pinky swear. If you want to make a JibJab card of your very own, head over to their site. It’s not too late to send some spooky wishes to your friends and family. Or just do what we do–use these hilarious video cards to...

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Getting Meryl Streep to read your child to sleep

I’m pretty sure that most mamas will agree that there’s nothing–nothing!–like a good children’s book. Or a box full of them. Or, if your kids are anything like my 3-year-old, a bedroom that is basically Book Central. But my kiddo is also quick to swipe her dad’s iPad or my iPhone and settle in with the educational games we’ve downloaded for her. So the new children’s story app we’ve found is right up her book-loving alley–and some of the celebrity narrators make it even more delightful. [ADDED: don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new children’s storybook...

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