Author: Cool Mom Staff

Good news for SIRIUS XM users. Who are women. And need some inspiration.

If you have SIRIUS XM, you know it’s not just about 80’s music and 47 channels of sports. Or at least it’s not this Saturday, when you can even tune in for some heavy-duty female empowerment. On October 30, SIRIUS XM will broadcast key speeches and interviews from The Women’s Conference 2010, with impressive speakers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eve Ensler, and Mary J. Blige all speaking on issues of women’s empowerment. This is, actually, the first time I heard of The Women’s Conference, a three-day forum created in 2004 to empower women...

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2 Tech tips for keeping in touch with military parents or family out of town

Whether you live far away from family or have a traveling spouse (or travel a lot yourself), technology is a fantastic way to make everyone seem closer than they really are. Today over at CafeMom’s The Stir, Cool Mom Tech COO Kristen Chase offers her two favorite tech ideas for keeping kids connected to parents out of town–which she knows a little something about. Especially with a husband who’s a commercial pilot and United States Reserves officer. So tell us – how do you use technology to connect with your loved ones? We’d love to know any of your...

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Wearing your social media on your sleeve. Or lapel.

By all accounts, geek is chic, and if there’s any doubt then just poke around Etsy these days and see how technology is inspiring design and fashion. Case in point: the handmade felt badges from Sunflower Express. These one-inch wide  handmade felt social media pins will make awesome stocking stuffers, or just a gift for yourself. For just $15, you’ll get to pledge allegiance to Twitter, Facebook, or if you’re old skool, RSS. And by old skool, I mean 2008. That’s how things roll these days. –Liz Find felt jewelry and accessories online at Etsy’s Sunflower...

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iPads as toddler babysitters: Is technology ever too much?

This past week, Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner talked to the NY Post about iPads as toddler babysitters, one of the hot topics in the parenting world these days. Computer World has even nominated the iPad as the children’s toy of the year. Where do you stand on children and technology? Does your preschooler have free reign over your iPhone apps? Do you set limits? We’d love to hear your thoughts![photo: ny...

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Epiphanie – A revelation in camera bags

Even though I own and love my Canon Rebel XLR, I tend to only rely on my iPhone and save the fancy camera for special occasions. It’s mostly because, well, I just don’t have the room in my bag. Besides, the last thing I need is for my precious to get covered in snack crumbs and juice. But all that has changed since discovering the first laptop/camera bag hybrid that’s as gorgeous as anything you’d wear without technology inside it. Seriously. Gorgeous.[don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!] Created by photographer and mom of three Maile Wilson, the...

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Peace Tech and Harmony

While Cool Mom Tech has now been up and running for a whole month now (whoo!) this past week, we were excited to make things official with a bi-coastal launch party. No easy undertaking, when you consider Liz, Kristen + Beth have 9 children between the three of us, and one of them just arrived this week! Thanks in no small part to our incredible sponsor Logitech and the incredible Harmony Remote (which you totally need, trust us), we took over the San Francisco and New York City Logitech lofts, with 125 of the coolest media mavens in tech,...

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Piquing our Geek: The Silly Bandz game for Nintendo DS

Well, it was only a matter of time before our favorite landfill-embellishing cheapo kid pleaser made the licensing rounds. Any day now I expect Silly Bandz bedding, Silly Bandz bike accessories, and a Silly Bandz animated series on Nick Jr. featuring the made-for-TV Silly Bandz Band, with Imagination Mover Dave Poche on guitar. But for now? We’ll just have to settle for the Silly Bandz game for Nintendo DS coming out next month in time for holidays. Evidently the Zoo Games Inc. game has players trying to rescue captured Silly Bandz (oh noez!) using the Bandz that they’ve got...

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Web Coolness: Autism therapy, digital textbooks, and new old desks

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Can the iPad help children with Autism? Really fascinating article. Digital textbooks are on their way sooner than you think. And better yet, the first one will be free. Ooh, neato things made with recycled apple computers We’re loving the family pumpkin photos shared by the photography community at Shutter Sisters. Can your Android phone control robot toys for the kids? That would be a yes. An entire iPhone subway band we wish we’d run into on our morning commute. Fun! Apartment...

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Power Up, baby

If you play as much Mario Kart in your house as we do in ours (I mean uh, when we’re not listening to NPR) you will probably weep little animated tears of joy at this Power Up onesie I found on etsy. Made by a doting auntie for her future Luigi-loving nephew, the Mario Brothers onesie is so cute I can’t stand it. The mushroom is fashioned from eco-felt which is made out of 100% post-consumer waste bottles. You’ve got your choice of Power-Up green or 1-Up red. Or for an awesome baby gift, grab the Mario Brothers Three-Pack,...

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3 tips for new iPad owners of the parent variety

A couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge and purchased an iPad. I’m far from what I would call a gadget geek, but given my husband’s traveling schedule and my new job as “homeschool educator,” I figured that it would come in handy for our family. And since finally getting it set up last week, I can assure you that it’s already been worth the big jump in my phone bill. As a busy mom of four, I wanted to pass along a few quick tips especially keeping newbie iPad parents in mind. 1. Holy Fingerprints, Batman! It...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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