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Props in a Box: The gift box that turns dress-up time into an exercise in filmmaking.

Even though Halloween is long over, my kids are still running around in costumes most days, as they’ll continue to do. It’s fun to see the stories they come up with when they dig through our dress-up box — like when Cruella deVille and an astronaut went to a French bakery to have croissants. It happens, you guys. This is why I think so many families with creative, imaginative kids will appreciate the old-school fun meets high-tech fun of Props in a Box. I will say right off the bat that these are definitely splurgey gifts for kids, bu tthey are incredibly thoughtful and really innovative....

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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. Fancy fitness trackers that actually make us want to work out. 2. Manage the madness and crush productivity with these simple tips for work-at-home parents. 3. Awesome new smart phone cases that are like a work of art. 4. This cool gadget keep homes connected and safe and will look pretty stunning in your home. 5. Wake up to a virtual French dude with this new morning app. Now, if he could only get us our coffee....

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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. Awesome new curly-haired emojis. Because, finally. 2. Stay of top of the holiday hustle with this free app that helps you create and send your party invites. Plus, the chance to score $200 from Target. 3. Stream your audio wirelessly with this small and super efficient speaker. 4. A way to dread the shorter days (a little less) with a light therapy lamp. 5. This free communications app is totally going to help us remember all those...

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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. 7 simple tips for taking Halloween photos at night so they come out scary good. 2. Cool Halloween apps for kids of all ages, from spooky to scary. 3. These are fun: DIY glowing Halloween trick or treat candy bag. 4. 17 geeky DIY costumes for kids in case they haven’t picked one yet. 5. Emoji pumpkins!...

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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 very cool new tech toy that goes way beyond car racing. 2. This photo app goes way beyond preserving your snapshots. Try family stories. 3. If you’re missing a keyboard on your tablet or smart phone, you’ll want to see this cool gadget. 4. We’re digging these STEM kits for girls, which probably don’t need to be called “kits for girls.” 5. A new Twitter feature that might make it a quicker and easier news source....

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9 smart tips for starting a budget. And even better, sticking to it.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know! How many times have we heard those words coming out of our parents’ mouths, and now these days, coming out of own mouths when talking to our kids about spending? Funny how that happens, right? But the lesson behind the old saying is an important one: Be careful how you spend your money; there’s a limited supply. And it’s why creating a budget — and sticking to — is so important. We’ve partnered with You Need a Budget (clever name, right?), which is a cool little mom-and-pop company we like because they were started by two smart parents,...

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Fire safety for families: 10 amazing fire safety products that provide peace of mind

October (eek, it’s October!) is Fire Safety and Prevention month, and we are totally amazed at the advances in fire safety products for families. From appliances of all kinds with auto shut-off to smoke detectors that go beyond anything we ever grew up with, we’re blown away by the technology. So we’re really pleased to put together this fantastic list that we truly will hope keep more of you safe should a fire emergency ever break out in your own home. And we’re especially delighted to be teaming up with a very important sponsor, The National Fire Protection Association, and bringing you these ideas on their...

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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. You guys, this car charger is genius! 2. A fantastic new educational website for kids you’ll want to bookmark. 3. Our new favorite app for kids, especially if yours love animals! 4. We’re loving this app that curates your digital photos and turns them into beautiful monthly magazines. 5. A sneak peek at the new emoji, coming soon. Whoo!...

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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. The big Apple announcement news that you’ll actually care about. 2. 21 of the best math apps for kids of all ages. 3. We rounded-up up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 4. We’re pretty sure this little robot is going to be the hottest tech toy this holiday season. 5. Don’t miss our picks for best reading apps for big 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. 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...

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Spawned Episode 10: Escape from Caillou

If you need a break from all child-media, ooh, you’re in for a treat today! Check out our newest extra-special, slightly (okay, very) R-rated episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz this week on Soundcloud right now. Or, subscribe to Spawned on iTunes and listen in the Podcast app that comes totally free with your iOS device. You just might make sure kids are out of the room for this one, or you’ve got your headphones on. We were a little punchy for this one.   Links from SPAWNED Episode 10 Lenny Kravitz’s big accident on stage. Oops. This is awesome: Steven Tyler’s...

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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 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....

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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...

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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. 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...

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7 smart, surprising ways to help you cut your spending right now

It’s probably no surprise that I have a penchant for shopping, but for about the last six months in particular, I’ve actually been trying to cut back, seeing as how we’ve now got braces, and summer camp, and hopefully a family vacation to save for. I’m not an overspender, but I admit I do make the extra trip to Starbucks for a coffee when I could easily just make a cup at home (there’s value in getting out of the house when you work at home a lot); and I do have a hard time passing up a hot pair of platform sandals...

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Sponsored Message: Amwell makes doctors’ house calls digital

This is a sponsored message from Amwell. When you’re a parent, anything that helps you save time is a lifesaver. A new one to add to your list: Amwell, or American Well, a smart app and online teleheath platform that’s saving parents tons of time, aggravation, and money where their family’s medical care is concerned. Sign up for Amwell and you can connect with top board-certified doctors online for live consultations about issues like your daughter’s out-of-nowhere rash on her face or the emergency antibiotics you need before you head out of town the next day. Everything about it is like a real doctor visit. Only instead of going into the office, you...

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Presidents Day educational videos for kids that they’ll like any day of the year

Today we say hail to all the chiefs who have led the United States of America. The ones we voted for, the ones we didn’t vote for, and even the ones we can’t really remember. And to help our kids learn more about the men who have led our country–and actually had nothing to do with sales on mattresses whatsoever–we’ve rounded up some entertaining and short videos to watch with them. I’m sure I’ll learn a thing or two as well.   One of my family’s favorite educational apps is the Disney Presidents app for iPad which makes learning about the...

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The Hottest Tech Posts You Missed This Week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. A Minecraft Valentine’s Day t-shirt. Need we say more? 2. This hilarious app will make you laugh when the weather outside makes you want to cry. 3. Yes, they have made a selfie light for your smartphone. And we’re intrigued. 4. A very clever way to print your Instagram photos, which we think would make very cool classroom valentines and party favors. 5. If you’ve ever wanted to unsend an email, your wish has just come true....

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The Hottest Tech Posts You Missed This Week

Here are the hottest picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. This Inbox zero trick is such a sanity saver. 2. A disturbing new Instagram trend that all parents should know about. 3. Hot from CES: A cool new family phone that lets you finally ditch your landline. 4. A smart tech productivity tip that will help you minimize distractions in a couple of clicks. 5. 7 tips and apps to help you get better sleep in 2015....

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Our top tech picks for 2014: Editors Picks of the Year

We thought you’d have fun checking out the Cool Mom Tech Editors’ Best series, featuring our top tech picks of 2014. We definitely enjoyed looking back at all the amazing innovations of the year, some of which we can no longer imagine life without.   1. The 12 new gadgets of the year. We’re resolving to own them all in 2015. (Right.) 2. After tested out a ton of kids’ apps this year, here are our picks for the best apps for children of all ages. 3. Our picks for the best apps for parents. How did we survive without them? 4. Here are all of...

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