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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’ve got the scoop on a brand new Toca Boca app. Need we say more? 2. Here’s a smart and very adorable way to kill those icky toothbrush germs. 3. We’re loving these 8 unexpected ways to use your smart phone camera. Brilliant! 4. If you own an Apple gadget, you’ll want to read this post about their recent security breach. 5. This sweatshirt is cracking us...

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Fun tooth fairy traditions to help celebrate a first lost tooth. (Sniff.)

If your child is about to lose a first tooth–or maybe getting ready to lose a second or third–there are so many wonderful tooth fairy traditions you can create besides the old tooth-for-cash swap. Some are old, some new, some crafty, some high tech.  So on behalf of our sponsor Wishingtooth, the first app that brings the lost legend of the Tooth Fairy to life, we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to celebrate a lost tooth and create more magic for a child around that very Big Kid milestone.   1. Write a Note to the Tooth...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun finds (and lately, great conversation) on our boards every day.   1. The iPhone charger our readers are going nuts for. We don’t blame them. 2. Wow, did this beautiful family photo inspire a whole lot of discussion! 3.  It’s worth taking up Rainbow Loom just to make this awesome design. 4. Fantastic new app for preschoolers to help with numbers and counting. 5. A gorgeous designer handbag to get us thinking...

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Instacart: Grocery shopping right from your couch with a very awesome twist.

Taking four kids to the grocery store is like a full-on workout. But really, taking even one cranky toddler shopping can be no easy task. Especially in this weather. So when Instacart offered Cool Mom Picks an exclusive first look to try out their brand new Philly service, which happens to launch today in addition to Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area, you can bet I jumped at the chance. Grocery delivery from Whole Foods (as well as Costco and coming soon, a few smaller groceries) within two hours of your order? Yes please. That’s...

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Cool Mom Picks on Instagram! Only oh…a few years late.

Considering it’s 2014 and all, and considering how many fun, weird, interesting, adorable, cool and otherwise entertaining things we tend to see in our lives, we thought it was time to get Cool Mom Picks on Instagram. And so, we did. Visit us for our first photo today in honor of #throwbackthursday, a snapshot which gets us a little sentimental and sniffly. But who knows, maybe the next one will be outrageous kids’ street fashion, hot new toys, a random celebrity run-in, or Kristen wearing a Snuggie back in 2008. We think this is going to be fun. Money-back guarantee....

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5 of our favorite tech picks this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this past week.   1. Some of the coolest custom jewelry we’ve seen because of how they’re made. Valentine’s Day gift for geeks perhaps? 2. Our new favorite calendar app. See why we love it so much. 3. Got school fundraisers coming up? You need to see this cool gadget which can help. 4. You won’t believe what this brilliant case does to your smart phone. Trust us, it’s a parent’s dream. 5. This is our latest camera app obsession: Wait until you see...

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Ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids

From books that celebrate his life’s story, to activities you can do with the kids on this Day of Service, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, or any day of the year.    Volunteer opportunities If your local newspaper or websites don’t list any special events, check out All For Good’s searchable database for Martin Luther King Day events in your area. In the Boston area, I was able to find events where people of all ages will make fleece scarves for homeless people, serve at...

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Web Coolness: Breastfeeding confessions, celebrity dads on fatherhood, free printable crafts

Every Friday we share our favorite links that we’ve found around the web. Here they are, and we hope you like them too!   Must buy:  Mike Boon’s Pixar Alphabet. [h/t whatanart] Must see: The worst apps for kids. Beyond what we could have imagined we’d find in the App Store. Must read: How one woman got over breastfeeding in public. Must watch: Hank Azaria’s new video series on Fatherhood featuring every awesome celebrity dad. [h/t blurbomat] Must look: London photographer Chino Otsuka‘s amazing series of her..with herself as a child. Makes you think: Adoptee Brett Hunneycut’s memoir of meeting his birth mother...

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5 Tech Picks You May Have Missed

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular Cool Mom Tech picks from this week.   1. If you’re wanting to drop a few pounds in 2014, you need this awesome app. And just seven minutes a day. (For real). 2. Dog lover or not, you won’t believe what this cool, innovative collar can do. Whoa! 3. These 9 amazing apps and websites will make you a super organized parent. (Or more organized if you already are on the ball). 4. Our Editor Liz (above, in knife-wielding maniac pose) reports on the hottest new kitchen...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like this every day.   1. Awesome camera app for your phone to keep you from lugging an actual one. 2. Smart organizational tip from Martha Stewart (as always). 3. Baby board books like you’ve never seen them. 4. The apps and websites every classroom parent and school volunteer needs. 5. The cutest Valentine’s snack for kids–no,not one of those chalky heart...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? Do it! You’ll find fun pins like these daily–plus, when you comment, we like saying hi back.   1. Smart DIY ornament storage idea which sure beats pricy ornament boxes. 2. We’d like this gorgeous designer tote please. Especially at that sale price! 3. Clever, original storage idea for board games. 4. Baby board books that are not your average baby board books. 5. The app that makes us laugh every time we look at it....

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12 Fun things to do during a snow day with the kids: Great ideas to keep you warm and sane

If like lots of us, you’re snowed in and not quite feeling intrepid enough to brave the frigid temperatures for an icy sled run, we have you covered with some ideas for fun things to do during a snow day, besides turning on the new PS4. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Stay warm! And try to enjoy the time with the kids.   1. Play one of our 7  favorite classic board games for families. 2. Cook or craft, using these 5 great indoor activities with kids for inspiration. 3. Try origami. 4 Print free paper dolls. We have loads of...

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5 Tech Picks You Won’t Want to Miss

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our favorite holiday posts on Cool Mom Tech from this week. 1. An awesome round-up of easy photo tutorials to help make your holiday photos brighter. 2. 6 of the best ways to send cards online. Yep, there’s still time! 3. The best Santa apps for kids, although shhhh, we like them too. 4. Turn your family into LEGO mini figures. So much fun. (And not at all painful). 5. Want to change up your holiday playlist? Here are some wonderful tunes from some of our favorite kindie rock artists....

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A comparison of our 11 favorite custom photo book services, for one of our all-time favorite gifts.

This is that time of year when I start thinking about putting together a photo book with all my pictures from the year, but I usually get hung up on wanting one that will actually last until my kids are adults, so they can enjoy them for years to come. There are so many options out there, I know! So to help you wade through them all, we’ve put together this round-up of 11 terrific options, and what makes each one so special. UPDATE: Please see An updated comparison of our 13 favorite custom photo book services Blurb Photo...

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5 tech picks you don’t want to miss

Haven’t stopped by Cool Mom Tech this week? We kind of like all the posts there, but here are 5 of our very favorites.   1. Fabulous gift idea: Photobooks of your kids’ own artwork, and the app that makes it easy. 2. The most gorgeous Advent calendar app we’ve seen. 3. Must-have road trip apps to help with everything from bathroom stops to keeping the kids entertained. 4. If you’ve ever missed a call from your cell phone, you’ll want to check out these two smart gadgets. 5. The kickstarter project that could end up yielding the hottest...

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

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular picks from this week.   1. This amazing gadget will help keep your sports-playing kids’ heads a whole lot safer. Wow. 2. One of the coolest ways to turn your favorite photos into a fabulous geeky gift. 3. The ultimate party invitations for iPhone lovers. 4. You need to get this free, educational math app for kids on your iPad stat. 5. We still can’t believe what this tiny gadget does to your plain old smartphone charging dock....

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

Here are 5 of our most popular tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them.   1. We can’t be the only ones ridiculously excited about Bill Nye’s return, right? 2. A calendar app that could actually help your marriage. 3. 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Let the creativity flow. 4. We’ve got the scoop on all the big news from Apple and whether parents should care. 5. The new SnapChat copycat app parents should know...

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

Here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from this week, just in case you missed them.   1. Here’s how to make sure your personal profile doesn’t show up on a Google ad. 2. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you’ve got to see these amazing accessories. Talk about a fantastic holiday gift idea. 3. Have you heard of SnapHack? It’s the reason why we warned parents about SnapChat. 4. This awesome Halloween coloring app offers offline fun for kids too. 5. If your kids love funny YouTube videos as much as ours do, you’ll...

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

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our coolest tech picks from this week.   1. Minecraft pumpkins! Plus a slew of other awesome geeky Halloween pumpkin designs you can make yourself. 2. We found a service that’s like Netflix for ebooks. Except you get to keep these when you’re done. Awesome! 3. We never thought weather apps could make us laugh so hard but they did. You have to see these. 4. Wondering where all your favorite Facebook fan page updates have gone? Here’s how to make sure you’re seeing them (including ours). 5. Here’s a...

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

Here are 5 of our coolest picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. We’re digging this cool app from one of our favorite celebrity dads. Take a peek to see who paid us a visit this week! 2. This is a must-read: 4 apps kids are using that parents should know about. 3. Our new app obsession that’s so perfect for parents. 4. If you’ve got a penchant for losing things, then you need to see these amazing gadgets. 5. A brilliant way to tackle all those annoying cord nests and tangles once and...

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