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!...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. We rounded-up 7 of the best YouTube channels to help get kids excited about math. 2. Teach your kids coding through a board game. Cool! 3. Next up in our Back to School tech guide: The best reading apps for young kids and early readers. 4. A helpful comparison of 6 different pairs of kids’ volume-limiting headphones all under $30. 5. We’re calling this app a game-changer in educational apps for kids. Yep, it’s just that good....Read More
We’ve spoken here — a lot — about never shopping online without first searching for a discount code, and one of the first places we always turn for that is RetailMeNot.com. You too? Perfect! Because they’re our newest sponsor and we love that. Hey, any site that saves us money pretty much all the time, is a cool pick as far as we’re concerned. You can shop by store, by the best deals, by exclusives, or even search by category on the site (a feature that was new to us) to see hot items you might be looking for — like Converse...Read More
Over the last three years, I’ve moved alone with my four kids twice — once long distance, once pretty much right around the corner — and hey, I survived. And so did my kids. All of us with our sanity intact. Well, mostly. Of course, there were plenty of challenges, but there were a few simple tricks I picked up along the way to make the whole process a lot easier. It’s too bad that at the time, I didn’t know about our newest sponsor CableMover, a free, customizable online resource that can help save you time, money, and some of the hassles that tend...Read More
There’s something so fun about picking out that first backpack for a younger child headed off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. So we love helping you do that very thing! Check out our picks for the coolest backpacks for smaller kids who don’t yet have to tote six hardcover library books too and from school each day…yet. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids – Don’t miss a big chance to enter our back to school giveaway! We’re giving away TWO $250 Target Gift cards...Read More
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
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...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
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...Read More
Hi Cool Mom Picks! Any suggestions for workbooks or activities to help prepare my child–and keep them out of my hair (ha)–for the summer between kindergarten and first grade? -Chaitali Ahhhh, summer! No school lunches to pack, no buses to catch, and yet, now you have a curious, energetic, and sometimes b-o-r-e-d child to entertain for weeks on end. We love that you want to keep your child busy and engaged with educational activities that will help them get ready for the next year of school. We’re all big believers in tucking in some fun learning activities in between beach...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
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...Read More
Next up in our series of #UnguiltyPleasures (you did catch us confessing all our binge watching secrets, right?) is online shopping. And yes, that’s probably kind of obvious considering what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. But we just love how little treats for yourself can go a long way toward making you feel fantastic, and those small indulgences are something far too many women feel guilty about. Sometimes we moms do get to put ourselves first, right? Helping us share our next #UnguiltyPleasures video with you is our sponsor Kindle Love Stories, a thriving online community where you can purchase recommended romance reads in...Read More
One of my most prized possessions is a photo of me holding my daughter, flanked by both my mother and grandmother, Momsie. Four generations of strong, first-born women together for a brief time on this earth. As we come up on what would have been her 97th birthday, I often think how fortunate I am that Momsie got to know my girls before she passed five years ago. I’m especially grateful that my older daughter still has a few nice if simple memories of her: A swimming pool with a frog in it. Hide-and-seek behind her gauzy Florida curtains. An impromptu karaoke party. Her special...Read More
In case you might have missed them, here are 5 of our coolest tech picks of the past week from Cool Mom Tech. Enjoy reading while you polish off the rest of those jellybeans. 1. A cool USB electrical outlet we want in every room. Affordable too! 2. We rounded-up 9 cool gender-neutral apps for kids, because girls like robots and boys like playing house. 3. Here’s a brilliant way to lock up the game controller. Or the cookies. 4. Kristen gets honest about smartphone addiction and what she learned when she put away her phone around her kids for...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
23 ideas for fun, educational indoor activities for preschoolers and young kids. Because we need all the ideas we can get!
After the initial “yay, snow!” cheers comes the realization that you now have to come up with educational activities for your preschoolers or kindergarteners, to help keep them busy–and ideally, learning–all day long. And while I totally understand letting PBS air a few more shows than you might normally allow, I also think an unexpected day stuck indoors is a great way to try out new activities that give their brains a workout and help reinforce important skills. It’s the kind of stuff you may not have time to do together on a regular old day. That’s why I’m so pleased...Read More
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