Author: Jeana

Giving to charity with every purchase

Giving can take many forms this season, and I find it’s all rewarding. But I also find that in the rush of the holiday season and the madness to conquer that gift list between Thanksgiving and Christmas, that charitable feeling I love can be overlooked. So I recently came across a way to combine charity with spending and think it’s a great idea, not just for the holidays, but all year round. SwipeGood is a company that wants charitable donations to be as easy as possible and enables you to donate money every time you make a credit card...

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Holiday shopping help from your iPhone – Ask Cool Mom Tech

Just wondering if you have come across any good apps for organizing Christmas shopping. I am an iPhone addict, but this is one place I’m really missing my old paper planner. Ideally it would have the ability to create separate lists for different people, and would be password-protected (the last thing I need is my 6yo finding “Santa’s” gift list on my phone), and I’d like to be able to check off items as I get them. In my fantasy world, I would also be able to mark where I could buy it, so I could also pull up...

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Black Friday: Tech steals and deals

I’ve never been one to wake up at 3:45 a.m. to participate in the madness of Black Friday, but some of the deals that have been surfacing of late have made it more tempting to consider the idea. It seems that each year, every major retailer wants to outdo its competition and offer incredible savings, both in-store and online. Cyber Monday is when the majority of online deals occur, but Black Friday is reserved for the hard-core shoppers who are able to wake from a tryptophan-induced state in the wee hours on Friday morning to snag those amazing deals. Since...

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Freeing up parental brain space

Not to toot my own horn, but honestly, sometimes I’m amazed at the wealth of information I’m able to contain in my head–and access at a moment’s notice. Kids’ birthdays, kids’ friends’ birthdays, my friends’ birthdays, my friends’ kids’ birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments, deadline dates for camp registration, payment dates for kindergarten…you get it. Moms are like walking Libraries of Congress. At some point, we need to start sorting, classifying and organizing all that information to prevent a server crash and burn. This is where technology comes into play. Hooray for iPhone apps! There’s one in particular called Moms...

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Sansa Fuze+ lets you walk and rock at the same tme

My kids are already clamoring over all the toy catalogs that have been coming in the mail, looking wide-eyed page by page at the potential holiday bounty. They’re still on the young side to be begging for an electronic device, but portable media players of any kind are undoubtedly on many a wishlist. The options have come so far since the days of the good ‘ol Sony Walkman (R.I.P. 2010) and there are many products available, but I found a relatively new entry that’s a winner. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ is certainly a lesser known product than the iPod...

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7 of the best shopping sites go mobile

Ever tried to go clothes shopping for yourself with kid(s) in tow? Between toting a toddler while carrying unwieldy hangers, and then attempting to catch a mannequin in mid-air because your little one has pulled its skirt down therefore making it fall over (yes, it happened), a shopping excursion ends up being an exercise in futility with nothing more than a pair of hose to show for it. Fret no longer. Thanks to advances in technology, you don’t have to make a sartorial sacrifice anymore. Some of the best high-end online shopping sites now offer handy dandy mobile phone...

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The stylish stylus

Having always been a gadget girl, I remember experiencing sheer joy in getting my first business-oriented electronic device – a Palm Pilot. The black and white pixilated screen, the cradle you’d rest it in every night to sync, and who could forget the stylus pen. It had its own little home on the Palm Pilot that you’d slide it out of whenever you were ready to tap, tap, tap away. As everybody began jumping on the touchscreen bandwagon, stylus pens lost their mojo for a while, but they seem to be making a comeback. Of course all of the...

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Piquing Our Geek: Vacuums from Electrolux that save the world one ocean at at time

It always amazes me when my 5-year-old son stops me as I throw away the teeniest tiniest piece of plastic – literally a twist-tie – and tells me I need to recycle it. We’re raising our kids to be little environmentalists and the level of awareness they can have at such a young age is incredible. Luckily, green is in, and words like organic, recycling and eco-friendly are becoming part of the daily vernacular, not just for us, but some big brand out there. Big brands like Electrolux (think, Kelly Ripa) are jumping on the green bandwagon and making a...

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Earphones to protect hearing. And possibly, relationships.

Zachary, could you come here please? Zachary…Zach, hello, I’m speaking to you. ZACH! Sound familiar? It can’t be just my kid who ignores me for all kinds of reasons, but the last thing I’d ever want as a reason is for him actually being unable to hear me. Frighteningly, one in five teenagers today is already experiencing significant hearing loss, and that number is on the rise. Since we probably won’t have much luck getting our older kids to turn Lady Gaga down, we still can mitigate any future damage to their ears with the right technology. Luckily, with...

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It’s a big TeuxDeux

Between after-school activities, weekend soccer games, getting Caleb a birthday present for his party on Saturday, flu shot appointments, sending in the permission slip for the field trip, and, uh, you get the gist, it’s a wonder I don’t leave my house looking like Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. The list of to-dos that parents have on a daily basis is staggering.  That’s when the brilliant organizational site Teux Deux (a fancier “to-do”) comes to the rescue. TeuxDeux is a free, aesthetically-pleasing, no frills online platform for making to-do lists and is the brain child of NYC designers extraordinaire,...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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