Author: Cool Mom Staff

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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The geek’s guide to racy pick-up lines

I can’t code my way out of a paper bag, but I figure that’s why I have so many awesome friends who use their tech savvy to work amazing magic all over the internets. And I’ve got a pretty good hunch that they’d all appreciate this “You are the CSS to my HTML” shirt from Pop + Shorty. Printed on a soft cotton American Apparel tee, you can snag it for own geeky self or for your favorite friendly tech maven, along with some of the other awesome tees at the shop. In fact, you just might want to...

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The MAGIC Astro Bouncer – high tech. But is it really MAGIC?

It’s amazing how far baby gear has come in the last few years since I was spending way too much time virtually shopping for my online registry. Bouncy chairs no longer just…you know, bounce. Oh no. Now they are promoted as full-fledged baby entertainment systems. Is it overkill? Sometimes. But there is one bouncer that I’m quite impressed with. The MAGIC Astro Bouncer (MAGIC!) from UK’s Mamas and Papas is just now available in the US with the rest of their line of top-selling baby gear, and it’s pretty darn cool. If not flat out MAGIC. I love the...

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Apps for healthy kids: Enjoy them with a plate of broccoli

We tend to think of apps for kids as the bits of genius that keeps them occupied in the doctor’s waiting room, maybe help them brush up on their 3 R’s. But we’re always looking for ones that get kids smarter about other stuff too. Like, say, food and healthy eating habits. Turns out, so is Michelle Obama. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to help take on childhood obesity, nearly 100 software developers, game designers, and super smart college students designed their own desktop apps (or really, websites) as part of an Apps for Healthy...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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