Tag: cool tech

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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Cool holiday gift alert: 10 fabulous personalized keychains you won’t want to lose

Personalized gifts have always been one of our favorite ways to celebrate a loved one, because it turns whatever you’re giving into a special keepsake. Over the years, we’ve seen that personalized keychains are consistently one of our most popular gift ideas here on Cool Mom Picks because, honestly, they’re something pretty much anyone on your holiday list can use and appreciate. But the only thing better than finding a cool personalized keychain to give, is one that won’t ever be lost. Impossible, you say? Nope! Thanks to our sponsor Tile, a Bluetooth tracker that we’ve been recommending for ages now. It makes it super...

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Secret Code: A customizable children’s book to help you raise tech-savvy, confident girls.

As a first time mom-to-be, I am already thinking about creating a household where my child can be whatever they want to be. A doctor, lawyer, sandwich artistan, or even a Silicon Valley techno mastermind. And given that my husband’s an IT professional who builds his own computers for fun (what the heck is a Hackintosh, anyway?), our kid is likely to inherit an aptitude for computer sciences. We can only hope, anyway. If we have a girl (maybe, especially if we have a girl), I want to make sure she has plenty of STEM role models that can help her get excited...

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Web coolness: The kids from Stranger Things, the hilarious mug we need, and the worst car idea ever

Here are some links we’re reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Laughing at the kids from Stranger Things reviewing retro toys like Gak, Slap Bracelets, and Furbies. Happy to check out the launch of the new Mom2.com website featuring some of our favorite parenting writers and editors. Also excited about the brand new AMAZEparents, helping us talk to kids about hard stuff, like bodies. 14 of the best organizational apps to keep parents sane Very thoughtful: 6 things white people can do about racism, from Luvvie Ajayi. Now you can stop arguing about who your kids get their...

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Turn signal gloves, inflatable helmets and other cool bike safety gear for the whole family

This summer my family hit a new milestone on our bikes: my youngest learned to ride without training wheels, and my oldest is now big enough to be trusted to ride his bike a couple blocks to his friend’s house on his own. (Although I still sit next to the phone until that “got there” text comes through. Exhale.) But now that my kids are growing more independent on their bikes, I’m thinking of some gear — beyond the mandatory helmet — that can help them stay safe on the roads during the day and night. From innovative lighting...

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Web coolness: An empowering magazine for girls, cool iPhone 7 cases, and Kim took HOW many selfies?

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   The empowering Kazoo Magazine for girls is finally out with its first issue, yay! Laughing so hard at 11 times new parents thought, WTF how is this my life? Olivia Wilde takes down subway riders who won’t stand up for pregnant women. NSFW. Which is why it’s awesome. Comparing the two candidates’ policies on child care and paid family leave. Diapers for families in bipartisan households. Ha! The ultimate multi-tasking working mom? Yay for parents helping parents — especially on airplanes. Where fussy...

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11 of our favorite nursery must-haves | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

We’re so excited to share our own favorite baby registry nursery must-haves as part of our ongoing Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, which we’re bringing to you thanks to our partner, Gugu Guru. Some of our picks we bet you’ve seen (or maybe recommended yourself!), some of them are definitely worth a look if they’re new to you. You will find all of our nursery must-haves right on the Gugu Guru site where you can easily add them (or anything on the web at all) to your baby registry there with a single click. It’s seriously a lifesaver for expectant parents, with completely custom product recommendations that they offer you based...

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Web coolness: Outrageous Etch-a-Sketch art, cutest Instagram feed ever, a can’t-miss sale and more.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Yeah…our kids have never done this with their Etch-a-Sketches. Check out all the remarkable sketches from Jane Labowitch on Instagram. Every like/comment on this Instagram post of ours donates one lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. (Plus…that photo!) The Rio Summer Olympics are over but the sexist media coverage lingers, and our kids are hearing it.Great discussion here.   Move over helicopter parents…now there’s lifeguard parenting. And it’s interesting. Great tips from parents on how to get kids talking. (And hey! Pay special...

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Breastfeeding at work: 7 tips to help nursing moms make the transition

When I returned to work while breastfeeding my first daughter, I found myself sorely unprepared for everything it entailed. I can’t even begin to convey the frustration I experienced — though I’m sure a lot of you know just what I’d been through. Add that to sleep deprivation and it was a very difficult time for me. Cue crying behind my closed office door. Looking back, I realize there’s more I could have done prior to going back to work, to make the transition a whole lot easier. (Ah, hindsight, right?) Plus, now that there are so many more workplaces doing more for working...

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Cool, colorful school supplies to make September a little more fun | Back to School Guide 2016

So once you’ve gotten the hand sanitizer, the tissue boxes, and everything else on that classroom shopping list, it’s time to have a little fun with some colorful school supplies! We always recommend getting a little goodie or two for the kids that gets them more excited about going back to school, whether it’s a cute backpack charm, a personalized notebook, a pencil case with their favorite character, or even a set of #2 pencils that are just that much cooler than your standard issue yellow pencils. With that, we had the best time putting together a rainbow of cool school...

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Sponsored Message: Nanit may be the biggest thing to happen to baby monitors.

  This is a sponsored message from Nanit If you’ve ever lost sleep waiting impatiently for your baby to fall asleep — or worse, woken your little one up when you’ve just peeked in —  you need to meet Nanit, a tremendous new advancement in baby monitors. In fact it’s part baby monitor, part translator, part personal baby guru. And what new parent couldn’t use one of those? – Don’t miss a special limited-time offer below –  Nanit is designed to track everything about your baby’s sleep, no wearable required. You’ll have access to a wealth of information with ease through the nicely designed companion app, including data...

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Web coolness: Disney heroines as warrior princesses, baby names that need to come back, best end of year teacher gifts + more!

Here are some links we’re liking around the web this week, with lots of time this holiday weekend for your to read them all. Hope you like them too.   From here on forward, this week shall forever be known as Chewbacca Mom Won the Internet Week. Whoo, it’s summer! If you plan on dusting off the grill, we’ve found the best grilling recipes to kickoff summer cookout season. 3 wonderful way to support our troops this Memorial Day. (It’s not just about barbecues, of course.) What else we’ll be doing with our kids Monday: Watching The Roots miniseries reboot on the...

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How to shop your favorite Cool Mom Picks picks, right from Instagram. It’s easy!

If you see cool stuff on Instagram that you need to buy (or, if you’re like us, really, really want to buy), now you can, Thanks to LikeToKnow.It. This cool service lets you shop lots of the great stuff you discover right from our Cool Mom Picks Instagram feed with just a couple of clicks — and (bonus!)  you help support our site when you do. Signing up is easy! Simply head over to LikeToKnow.It and register — it’s free. Then, when you see a photo in our Instagram feed with a LikeToKnow.It link and #Liketkit hashtag, simply like the photo, and in just...

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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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Web coolness: The kid behind the Harriet Tubman bill, Sesame Street’s new muppet, and RIP Prince.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   RIP Prince. We love this lovely Little Prince artwork by RoboKat on Red Bubble. You can order it on a t-shirt, iPhone case (below) tote bag, stationery and more.   Need some shopping therapy while you listen to Purple Rain on a loop? Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here. We have new categories rolling out daily for all the awesome moms, grandmas, and other mother-like figures in your life. Meet the 11 year old girl responsible for the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill. Take a...

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Web coolness: Cards against the humanity of parenting, BB-8 the untold story, and maternity clothes on a mission

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Hilarious Cards Against Humanity parody made for parents. Dads: What people think they do. Adding these to our Mother’s Day wish lists, stat. The first year of parenting documented in comic form. Snoop Dogg on parenting. Yes, really. Good news for parents: Staying in is the new going out! (We’re such trendsetters.) 11 essential things to teach your kids about email before they start using it. Wow: Marriage proven to lead to better cancer survival rates. Well…sort of. Charles Darwin’s list of...

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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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Are you oversharenting? 5 questions to consider before you share photos of your kids on social media

Not a week goes by where we don’t get some question related to social media and kids. It’s definitely something on most parents’ minds these days, and a debate that can get, well, pretty heated. And we get it, no one wants to be judged about their parenting choices. And so, with the recent article in The New York Times’ Well family blog sharing research that shows kids care about what their parents are posting about them, we decided to discuss this tricky topic on our Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcast. We discuss our own experiences as parents who are also bloggers and website...

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