Author: Cool Mom Staff

Trade up your iPod at Toys R Us

I tend to take an “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” attitude when it comes to my gadgets. I’m perfectly happy with my plain old iPod, and really I figure if it’s working well for me, then I don’t exactly need the newest, prettiest model. But that doesn’t mean I don’t covet them. I just need a good excuse to get a new one. With the new Toys R Us trade-up program, I think I just found it. Starting this Sunday, October 17 through October 23, you can bring up to three working iPods to one of 550...

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Web Coolness: Wii games for the family, tablets for schools, and a $5000 iPad case for…someone

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. At Cafe Mom, our editor Kristen Chase shares 3 stylish laptop bags that could pass as purses. On Cool Mom Picks, how tech is bringing new life to family game night with a fantastic new Wii game for all ages. 4 California schools replace textbooks with iPads – will it help improve grades? Would you buy a $4900 luxury iPad case? Louis Vuitton and Tod’s think you might. Apple just received a patent on parental texting controls. Mamas of future teens? This...

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Cupcake making without cavity making

To say my girls are obsessed with the range of cake, cupcake, Jell-O mold, and cookie making/decorating iPhone apps out there is an understatement. It’s like the EZ-Bake Ovens of the smartphone era: So fun for kids, it doesn’t even matter whether they eat the results in the end. Maverick Software has created such a runaway hit with their original Cupcakes! app that they’ve just rolled out a new Cupcakes! Holiday Edition app so kids can create the caloric treats of their sugar-addled dreams. Pick cake batter flavors like Pumpkin Pie and Gingerbread, bake, add holiday themed liners, frost,...

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Mustang Sally

The klutz that I am, a camera strap is an absolute must-have, particularly when it comes to my extra special fancy DSLR. However, I’m not so keen on being an advertisement for it, and I’ve been scouring Etsy to find something a little cooler. The unique upcycled camera straps from Couch definitely fit the bill. Known for their super cool guitar straps, which I’m also bookmarking for my holiday shopping, the Couch camera straps are hip, gender neutral, and eco-friendly too, just like the Mustang Trunk Liner camera strap made from, yep, trunk liner from late 60’s and early...

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Droid vs. iPhone – Reader Q&A

I am buying a new cell, but can’t decide between an iPhone 4 or a Android phone. What cell is best? -Sarah Ooh, fun purchase, Sarah! Picking between the iPhone and the Droid can be a difficult decision – sort of like choosing between your own family and your in-laws at the holidays, but here are a few things to consider before you make your decision. Apps Right now, the iPhone is definitely leading the way when it comes to apps, and iTunes really does a great job of managing all the media. But the Droid is certainly catching...

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Web Coolness: Italian design, social media activism, and a more super Super Mario

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Home office furniture from Milan to drool over (Unplggd) Foodie meets techie with a cutting board just for Apple fans, via Steamy Kitchen Why social media is reinventing activism: A must-read at Mashable. Got a little game fanatic in the family? Check out this DIY Super Mario birthday cake at Baby Toolkit. Technology brands reach out to women – nice to hear! (Scraps of my Geek Life) At Blogher, a lovely interview with our Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner about the beginnings of Cool...

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iPhone covers like Grandma made.

I tend to think of the Apple store when I’m in need of a new iPhone case. But duh. I should be thinking about Etsy. Because when you search for iPhone cases, you find something as fabulous as this. We first discovered these fabulous handmade iPhone/Droid covers (or really, cozies) on Cool Mom Picks this past summer, and they’ve really stuck in my mind. They’re made to order from an artist in Ohio and oh, the fabulousness! The bright wool felt and bold floral design will make it easy to spot in that overloaded diaper bag, and let’s face...

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Paper Dolls as fabulous, adorable, must-have iPhone app

We don’t recall that we’ve ever seen a reaction to an iPhone app as we did with the Paper Town Friends app that we recently posted at Cool Mom Picks. Comments! Downloads! Facebook “likes” galore!  And  I’m not surprised in the least. This sweet game is kind of like a book of paper dolls right on your iPhone. A kid simply chooses one of six adorable animal characters from a little gray kitten to a dashing rhino, then scrolls through the clothes and accessories to get them dressed. Every single element of the game is made from actual paper...

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Do you get to make the little “piu! piu! piu!” noise with every sip?

I am dating myself here big time, but I grew up in the age of Space Invaders. Which predates the age of Asteroids. Which certainly predates the age of Donkey Kong. Heck, Mario was just a fetus with no facial hair at all back when we were jamming our thumbs into the big orange Atari joystick button to protect the universe from bitmapped space squids. So how could my inner 12 year-old Atari addict not fall in love immediately with these coasters? The Space Invaders coasters found at Think Geek are designed to save the world from condensation, a...

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Is your camera ready for this jelly?

If you’re anything like me, then the camera you generally reach for is the one that fits right in your back pocket – your phone. And while my camera phone definitely gets an “A” for convenience, it doesn’t score as high when it comes to creativity. Let’s face it – they’re there mostly for function – not to win you first prize at your local photography contest. But with the cool new filters I’ve discovered, you can turn your plain old camera phone photographs into super cool works of art.   Just pop these cool jelly camera filters from Photojojo onto...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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