Tag: apps

An updated comparison of our 13 favorite custom photo book services, for one of our all-time favorite gifts

Since one of our very favorite Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and teacher gifts are custom photo books, we thought it was about time to take a fresh look at our favorite custom photo book companies. There are now so many out there, it can be hard to choose one service over another. That’s where we come in! We’ve researched and tried dozens of them, and we’ve narrowed down 13 of our absolute favorites, with a few details on what makes each one special. So, if you’ve got a few thousand photos sitting on your laptop like we do, it might be time to...

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6 smart tricks to save you money at the grocery store every time

We are always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help us save money when we’re at the supermarket. Because really, who wouldn’t love to save a few bucks (or uh, a lot of bucks) on groceries? We all know about coupons and price comparing. But there are plenty of budget-conscious choices you can make while you’re shopping that you may not know. In fact, that’s something our sponsor ShopKick is all about. The free, super popular shopping rewards app just launched a brand new grocery feature that can help you earn free gift cards just for shopping at your local grocery store for the items...

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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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10 simple ways to find more time in a busy day. No magic required.

We would probably all love an extra hour in the day. Or two. Or six. Especially with the busy holiday season upon us right now. But since we’re not magicians and we don’t own a time machine (yet), the only way we’ll be able to find extra time is if we take a good look at how we’re spending the 24 hours we already have. And no, losing more sleep is not a reasonable option. That’s why I’m so pleased to present our newest sponsor Allstate and their new, free QuickTrip app, which is designed to maximize your time by organizing your to-do...

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Savitude lets you shop based on body type, so every woman can feel her most beautiful | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Savitude   If you’ve ever struggled to find stylish, quality work clothes — let alone the time to buy them — the new Savitude app and Savitude website are about to make it easier than ever.  Especially if you’re switching careers, returning to work post-baby, or just trying to update your wardrobe for the new season without spending time you don’t have. What makes Savitude different is a clever “shape-driven” shopping experience that helps you build a personalized, curated list of clothing options that’s just perfect for your own body type and tastes, thanks to combo of expert guidance and smart technology....

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The worst TV shows for kids with Wendi Aarons | Spawned episode 49

On this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we’re chatting with humorist and writer Wendi Aarons about one of the most popular posts she wrote on Cool Mom Picks: The 9 worst television shows for kids. Wow, did people have a lot to say about this post. Is Wendi a “frigid witch” as one commenter called her for putting Teletubbies at the top? How did Caillou not make this list? All is revealed on this episode, along with our current favorite kids’ shows, and our cool picks of the week that you won’t want to miss. You can listen here right now,...

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11 of our favorite childhood books that we can’t wait for our kids to read

There’s something so special about sharing our very favorite childhood books with our kids. When we see our kids falling in love with Anne of Green Gables, or imaging themselves racing through Narnia to defeat the White Witch, there’s a certain jolt of nostalgia that just makes you want to be a kid again, discovering these books for the very first time. So we are so happy to welcome our newest sponsor Epic!, whose affordable e-book subscription service lives right on our kids tablets and gives them access to more than 15,000 books they can read anytime. (And yes, the exclamation point...

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The magic art of tidying twice a year: Spawned Episode 46

If you’ve already watched all the Rio Olympics replays and you need a little entertainment, here’s our newest Spawned episode. On this episode on Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we tackle the topic of life with mess. How do you deal with your kids’ messy rooms? What do you keep clean and what do you let go? Do you have the yearly celebratory dusting schedule like Kristen and Liz? You can listen right now on Soundcloud or through the player below, and make sure to subscribe to Spawned on iTunes so you never miss an episode. We’ll be back every...

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6 smart tips to help prevent distracted driving and make car rides safer for families

With the busy travel season upon us and so many families planning spring and summer road trips, keeping our kids safe while we’re driving and preventing distracted driving is a huge concern of ours. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to be on a long haul to to the beach or the mountains to be easily distracted; most of us are still getting phone calls, text messages, and those non-digital requests for snacks from the backseat, even when we’re just playing chauffeur to and from after-school activities. That’s why we’re pleased to help spread the word about the new #TravelSafe campaign from...

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Helpful tips for flying with kids from been-there-done-that moms who survived. Mostly.

With spring break here or coming up for lots of us, and summer vacations around the corner (whoo!), we know so many families will be hitting the skies — some of you for the very first time with kids in tow. So, as a couple of been-there-done-that moms who’ve flown alone with our children since they were babies, we’re often asked by our readers for travel tips for families. Ask and ye shall receive! On this latest episode of  Spawned we’re share lots of cool tips, tricks, and our own experiences — the good, the bad, and the sleepless — that will hopefully help you...

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5 tech tips, tricks, and ideas you’ll want to know about

In case you missed them, here are 5 tech tips, tricks, and ideas we featured this week on Cool Mom Tech that we think are pretty awesome.   1. If you’re hitting the road for spring break, read these essential tech tips for traveling with kids. 2. Waze just added a feature that’s a big deal for anyone who spends any time in the car. 3. Our cool free app of the week is perfect for spring cleaning season. (Even if you get the kids to do the cleaning!) 4. A 15-minute trick to get your home office organized. 5. These brilliant smartphone...

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The hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 15 brilliant smartphone camera hacks that will help simplify your life. 2. This gadget lets you watch your favorite channels live from all of your gadgets, wherever you are. 3. Tech tips for travel with kids that save us every time. 4. We’re loving this new adult coloring trend, and we’ve got the geeky coloring books to prove it. 5. Parents of preschoolers, you’ll want to download this cool, free app....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week. Here’s what you might have missed.   1. A new Toca Boca app is here, hooray! 2. The most technologically-advanced blender we have ever seen. 3. A new Android table that’s under $250! 4. Our free app of the week is fun for kids and grown-ups too. 5. This iPad case is made for parents....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. A cool app that teaches young kids about music, easily. 2. Why parents should have a social media policy for their babysitter (plus, help making one). 3. Everything you need to know about how to use Facebook’s new Reactions emoji. 4. This iPad case is made to be dropped. So, perfect for parents. 5. How to catch up on all the Oscar-nominated movies before tonight, as well as which ones are safe for kids....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. We’re loving these clever Star Wars t-shirts . 2. 4 awesome apps to help you tackle your New Year’s resolutions. 3. This might be the screen time management solution you’ve been looking for, parents. 4. We found an eco-friendly printer that doesn’t need ink cartridge changes every five minutes. Whoo! 5. 3 free fitness apps that you should have on your radar....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. We are loving this custom 2016 calendar that is sure to make you smile all year long. 2. Our favorite apps for parents from 2015 that will make your life easier in 2016 too 3. Wow, these are really awesome free Star Wars tutorials that your kids will love. 4. Some of the most amazing new gadgets from 2015. 5. In case you didn’t catch them, here’s a recap of our most popular posts of 2015....

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One-word New Year’s resolutions: The trick to making one you can finally keep. | Spawned episode 27

This week on the Spawned Show, we closed out our year (or, we’re opening the new one if you’re listening now) with a really good talk about New Year’s resolutions: The good, the bad, and the very very broken. I really love Kristen’s perspective about calling them goals, not resolutions. And she has great tips on phrasing things positively, and being specific (“I will research and sign up for a yoga class this week”) which is far more effective than the general goals we tend to make this time each year (“I will stay fit and get healthy.”) Real Simple has a list...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1.Check out some of the best tech finds under $25 in our 2015 Tech Gift Guide. Plus, a really awesome giveaway where you can score an iPad Air 2. 2. This educational app for kids is fun and gives back. Pretty cool! 3. Our picks for the most secure tablets for kids. 4. Need help managing your kids’ screen time? You need to see this new gadget. 5. A smart iPhone tip that you might not know about....

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. Wow, you have got to check out these cool and stylish tech gifts for the holidays, plus a fun giveaway! 2. What’s new about Guitar Hero Live, and why it should be on your holiday wish list. 3. Amazing personalized photo gift options for everyone on your list. 4. Friendship bracelets go high tech. This is a gift your crafty kids will love! 5. A cool learning app that gives you an extra brain. Well, sort of....

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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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