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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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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 newest app from Instagram that we’re obsessed with. Yay GIFs! 2. A very cool STEM kit for kids you’ll want to have on your radar for the holidays. 3. A super helpful Facebook trick that you might not know about. 4. Our favorite photo booth apps: Because why have one selfie when you can have four? 5. For those of you with a bajillion photos, this gadget is for you....

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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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Our favorite cool tech picks of the week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. 4 of the most stylish fitness trackers for Father’s Day that look great out of the gym too. 2. We’re loving these 2 new cord clutter solutions. So helpful! 3. We found the world’s slimmest iPhone case and we’re in love. 4. We’ve got the scoop on the newest photo app that you should know about. 5. A phone that might help you curb your phone addiction. Well, you or “a friend.”...

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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. Here’s what you might have missed.   1. We cannot believe these are laptop totes! Gorgeous Mother’s Day gift idea. Hint. 2. Looks like disposable cameras are back, but with a really smart twist. So cool! 3. A helpful explanation about why apps want to access your location, and when to hit the off button. 4. This USB necklace doesn’t do anything, well, except make you look fabulous. 5. Curious about the whole smart bulb trend? Kristen tries one out to see if they’re worth the price...

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Our 5 coolest tech picks of the week

Here are 5 cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. These hot bags for spring have something special hidden inside: Your camera. 2. Is the Apple Watch the best thing ever or the end of human interaction as we know it? 3. With this new gadget, you might be able to ditch your house keys forever. 4. 5 of the coolest new photo apps for iOS and Android out right now. 5. Everything you need to know about the new MacBook 2015. Other than it comes in gold. Oooooh....

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The hottest tech posts from the past week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. A thermometer that plugs into your smartphone. Brilliant! 2. This small little gadget might make a huge difference when it comes to organization in your home. 3 . You can still send (belated!) Valentine’s Day cards using this handy website. It’s one of our favorites! 4 . Talk about awesome: This amazing kit will get your kids super excited about STEM. 5. This cool app turns your kids into photo editors and designers. Love!...

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Sponsored Message: Taking better family photos is a snap with SHOOT 2015

This is a sponsored message on behalf of SHOOT 2015 If you’ve been wanting to learn how to take better photos of your family–or better photos in general–but aren’t quite sure where to start, SHOOT 2015 was made just for you. This affordable, online digital photography course is a comprehensive but easy way to hone your skills or learn new ones, all from the comfort of your own laptop. For an entire year, professional photographers Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters, both members of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers, will provide an inspiring, organized, manageable course to help you document your family...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Such an awesome gift for the budding little coder in your life. 2. Turn your favorite photos into postage stamps. How cool! 3. 14 of the coolest gifts for photographers, though we’d love every single one and we’re not even photographers. 4. A very cool gift for the fitness lover in your life (or anyone who prefers headbands over hats). 5. A fun app for kids to pop onto your smart phone or tablet...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of the most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. If you’ve got an iPhone, you’ll want to be sure you know about this amazing feature that’s one of our own all-time favorites. 2. What a cool way to turn your favorite photos into gifts. Holidays are coming! 3. One of the coolest iPad stands we’ve seen. Ever. (And we’ve seen a lot of stands). 4. 3 of the best online STEM resources for kids. Bookmark these, stat. 5. These 10 creative workspace ideas for your...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This is a genius app your kid’s teacher needs to get stat. 2. If you’ve ever dropped your smart phone then you need this very smart case. 3. Don’t shop online again without these three money-saving browser extensions installed. 4. Looking to purchase a computer for your child? Here’s a helpful shopping guide. 5. A new photo management and storing service that’s blowing us away....

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15 creative birth announcement photo ideas way more interesting than sleeping babies

We are so blown-away by some of the creative birth announcement photo ideas we’ve seen on Pinterest and beyond lately. Is it a new trend or just something that’s now in the hands of more regular photographers than the pros? Either way…impressive! Here, 15 of the most creative birth announcement photo ideas we’ve seen, we think most people could pull off with varying degrees of skill. None require much more than minimal props and a little bit of help from parents and siblings; or sometimes you just need a little forethought and  planning throughout the pregnancy.That’s it. In other words, no tulle-wrapped baby...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. When you see what this amazing 3-D printer cando, you will understand why it’s blowing up Kickstarter. 2.  9 Tips for redecorating or remodeling from virtual reality apps to the coolest new smart appliances. 3. Calling all Instagram addicts: These awesome photography apps will take your photos to the next level. 4. A smartphone decal that’s cracking us up. 5. This could be the new must-have gadget for summer, if you like your music to...

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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 won’t want to miss this week

Some of our favorite tech picks this week that we think you’ll like too. 1. In honor of Earth Day, save power and money with these super cool eco-friendly smart phone chargers.  2. If the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey went mobile, we’re pretty sure this iPhone case would be hers. Lovely. 3. A fun coloring app that features your kids’ very favorite character– themselves!  4. Picnik is officially closed. But we’ve rounded up some great ways to edit your online photos that we may actually like better. 5. We found one of the coolest iPhone docks we’ve ever seen....

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

In case you might have missed them, here are some of our favorite Cool Mom Tech picks from the last week. 1. Picnik who? When it comes to free photo editing, we’re all about PicMonkey now. 2. Accio Harry Potter on our e-readers! It’s like magic! 3. Which hot, wet, electric appliance would you have to pry out of our editor’s cold, dead hands? Click here to find out. 4. Get ready for your close-up with this fantastic Kickstarter project that lets you finally jump into your own pictures and videos. 5. We’re digging this adorable, affordable interchangeable wardrobe...

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A new spin on photo books

Scrapbooks as gifts are super sweet, even if they are a ton of work. It’s the kind of present that really makes the receiver feel special. That is why I’m really interested in a new company that’s putting a cool spin on a familiar concept. Sure, you can make photo books on lots of different websites. You can even add text to personalize it. But at Twig Tale they have created a series of books complete with text and layout that gives you a great storyboard to work with–smart for those stretched for time (and maybe creativity). Is your...

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

Need a little Super Bowl Break today? In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite tech posts from the last week, including some gorgeous red gadgets for Valentine’s Day–pair it with blue to honor the Pats. Or uh, the Giants. You tell us. 1. You know what you need on your iPad? More butts. Seriously. 2. For you non-iOS users, take a peek at these 3 cool new Android apps for kids.  3. Turn your smartphone into a real phone, beautifully. And without all that cell radiation. 4. If you’re freaking out about the demise of...

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Animoto – The holiday cards guaranteed to make grandparents cry.

Life with four kids means there are a lot of last minute “oops” happening around my place when it comes to gifts and cards. This is also why I’ve been a fan of Animoto since we first featured them on Cool Mom Picks a few years ago. Their super easy-to-use video slideshow maker has saved my butt more than once, with remarkable professional looking video “cards” that have replaced gifts on more than one occasion–with raves from my lucky recipients. Well, we’re delighted that they’re our newest Cool Mom Picks sponsor (we love it when our sponsors are the stuff we love anyway) and just in time for the holidays, they’ve got an awesome free service that we’re excited about. Yes, free. You can see what I made with it right here. [Don’t miss a very cool free gift for all of our readers after the jump!] Basically you just grab the photos you’ve taken all year long, whip them up into a video, and shoot them into your family members’ inboxes like digital holiday cards. Super easy. Truly the best part about Animoto is that you don’t need to be tech savvy at all to do what I did here. It’s even simple to add text boxes and pick music from their own selection or something you’v’e already got on your computer.  You’ll get 30 second videos for...

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Personalized gifts for kids at Snapfish. Way way way beyond photo mugs.

I’m one of those diehards (or gluttons for punishment) who still orders hard copies of digital photos so that I can shove them into a photo album. I’ve used Snapfish for years for these prints, including last month’s order of 1,370 prints. (No, that’s not a typo) But, outside of photo prints or the occasional calendar, I haven’t really thought of Snapfish as a must-visit place for gift ideas. Turns out, they’ve got a lot of cool partnerships with some very creative smaller companies which makes them a cool place to bookmark when you need a special gift. Keep...

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