Author: Cool Mom Staff

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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A laptop bag made just for dudes. Or is it?

I am a laptop devotee, and so I carry mine everywhere. And as much as I try to keep my laptop case for my laptop only, as a mom I totally know that other stuff sneaks in there. Next thing you know, I’ve got a laptop/iPhone cord/board book/green crayon/magazine/water bottle/Dora DVD case. So I’m not surprised that entrepreneurial dad Chris Pegula and his colleagues at LA’s Diaper Dude, the same folks who make the guy-approved diaper bags that we’ve loved for ages, has come out with a smart line of laptop bags under the name Digi Dude. Of course...

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PBS Parents, Common Sense Media, and a safer internet for kids. Good combo.

Considering I’m still learning how to effectively and safely maneuver through the digital landscape of the vast internet myself, I can’t even imagine what it must be like for kids. My own oldest is now coming to the age where the online community will be soon be her oyster. Scary for her–but probably more scary for me. Clearly I’m not alone here, or at least that’s the sense I’m getting with today’s launch of PBS’s new PBS KID’s GO! Digital Citizenship initiative.  Teaming up with Common Sense Media, an organization we’ve previously given thumbs up to on Cool Mom Picks,...

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You’ve got me feeling emoticons

So I know I can’t be the only one who’s sent a snarky email or left a cheeky Facebook comment and ended it with a smiley emoticon. I guess it’s sort of like starting a sentence with “no offense but… only nicer, right? Well, I can’t wait to have some fun with these adorable emoticon magnets around my house.  [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump!] The possibilities for these hand embroidered and hand sewn emoticon magnets are endless – let your kids share their day’s emotion, or warn your co-workers of your mood first thing in the...

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Jonathan Adler goes wired. Or really, unwired.

We’ve long since ditched the land line and become a mobile-only household. Overall, I love the savings and consolidation; if not the fact that the stupid 3G network doesn’t reach my kitchen for some reasons. The main challenge for me, as with most busy moms, is remembering to plug everything in at night. Jonathan Adler, of all people, is making it easier with a fabulous cell phone charging station that looks more Barney’s than Best Buy.  I’m so glad the designer of all things beautiful and covetable has taken his plot for world design domination and moved it to...

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Have a cool flash drive you do?

I admit that I’m not a hard core fan of much by way of pop culture–except Ryan Reynolds that is–but I have heard that there are miiiight be a few major Star Wars fans out there. Some of them are moms. Some of them are kids. Some of them right here on our very staff. So how can I not point them towards this awesome ode to Grandmaster Jedi, Yoda, in the form of a handmade felted flash drive. Whether you happen to be the Leia to someone’s Han Solo, or you just dig a little Jedi goodness yourself,...

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Perfect for fall – a speck of purple

I’m all for hopping on trends for Fall when it comes to my wardrobe, so I’m just getting used to the idea that I can do it with my personal gadgets too. And let’s face it, if you want to get on the purple train right now, a purple argyle iPhone case is a lot cheaper than most purple argyle scarves. Speck makes a ton of cool techcessories in fabulous fashion colors, and I’ve put together a few I’m loving right now–no heavy budget commitments required. I’m obsessed with speck’s iPhone 4 purple argyle case for my new phone...

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Sumo means style. (Not big fat guy in diaper.)

Hey Apple Store, I’ve got a bone to pick with you. I was browsing through your laptop cases at your 14th Street store and let’s just say I, and the two other women staring blankly at the unimpressive display, left empty-handed. If you wouldn’t mind stocking a few that look like I’m not borrowing my husband’s case I’d be much obliged. Until then, I’ve got my eye firmly planted on this women’s laptop/netbook purse from Sumo. Yes, laptop purse. I love the curvy sillhouette–because who says laptop cases have to be rectangular, yo?–and the quilted faux leather at top...

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Welcome to Cool Mom Tech!

Welcome to the official launch of Cool Mom Tech! We are so glad to have you here. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a so-called techie to feel at home here. You’re online right now mama, and that’s all the techie you need to be. Check in daily and you’ll find the coolest picks to keep us stylish, keep us organized, save us money, and keep our kids smart, safe, and entertained. Not necessarily in that order. To see the kinds of things we love, just hit our archives which we’ve loaded up with a few of Cool...

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1s + 0s = Love

It doesn’t matter whether you can code a webpage in under six minutes flat (is that even possible?) or construct a motherboard with your eyes closed. Cool jewelry is cool jewelry – plain and simple. Or really, super and rad, which is how I might describe these binary code cuffs by artisan Karla Wheeler. Truth is, you don’t have to be a tech type to appreciate her handmade sterling silver cuffs, which feature various phrases translated into binary code. You can choose from a slew of sayings (I love this necklace that says “Life”) or even cooler, have Karla make you...

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