Author: Kate Etue

Here’s why the iOS TV app is the best free app that you’re probably not using. Until now.

My family ditched cable a while ago, and now we rely on a variety of apps to watch shows and movies. It’s great, but there is one problem: the annoyance of knowing the one movie I want to watch, and having to search through every app individually to find it, that is until I recently discovered the iOS TV app, which replaced Videos in the 10.2 update on our iOS devices. I knew it housed all the content I’ve bought or rented through iTunes, but when I found out it also serves as a master search engine for all my...

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The new Girl Scout STEM badges: Engineering, computer science, and robotics, oh my!

When I was a drop-out Brownie some 30-ahem years ago, my troop worked on badges like Basketry and Arts & Crafts. But now I’m kind of wishing I could go back and do it all over again because this fall, the Girl Scout organization has announced a new collection of badges for girls of all ages, all focusing on STEM. From long-term curricula that focuses on engineering, computer science, and the outdoors, to smaller-level badges that introduce robotics and mechanical engineering to girls as young as kindergarten, these are the real deal. Seriously, Girl Scouts has come a long...

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Awesome, easy emoji activities and gear you need right now, because The Emoji Movie!

Are your kids as smiling-face-with-hands excited to see The Emoji Movie as ours are? We’ve already bought our tickets for opening day tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait to start celebrating our love for everything emoji, right? While we’re baking up some poop-emoji cupcakes and heart-eyes emoji Oreos (to sneak into the theater, maybe, shh), we thought we’d share some of our favorite emoji activities and gear that will keep stoking that emoji-obsession long after the movie ends. CMT is an rstyle affiliate  Related: 5 emoji collections we’re dying to see If you’re all about emojis in a...

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The best solar eclipse glasses for your family, in every price range. Because you like your retinas.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re geeking out over the total solar eclipse that’s coming on August 21. Where you live will determine what you see, but here in Nashville, viewing will be at a premium with almost 3 minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. So, I’ve been checking into which solar eclipse glasses are right for my family. Because we like our retinas. Ha. So, we found some great solar eclipse glasses in every price range, so you can watch safely with your kids too. CMT is an rstyle affiliate Related: 5 expert tips for...

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Here’s why you need to stop force quitting apps on your iPhone right now.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably thought that force quitting apps on your iPhone or iPad (by tapping the home button twice and swiping up) would make your phone run faster and save your battery. Well, turns out that tip — which I’ve been following religiously since then — is absolutely wrong. And in fact, it’s eating up your battery. Related: Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks? When you double-click the home button, you’re actually accessing a navigation tool that’s there to help you find apps you have recently used. These apps aren’t running in...

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How to make cool social media stickers from your own selfies

If you’re on Instagram Stories, Snapchat, and now Facebook Story, you know that stickers are THE hottest thing right now. All caps required. Well, we found a fun new free app for you to try that let’s you turn your selfies into stickers. Yaaaaasss! Sticky AI, the newest app from Prisma (which we looooove), takes your selfies and turns them into still or animated stickers that you can add to chats in iMessage or on social media, including Facebook (Messenger too), Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and more with just a tap. And trust me, it’s easy. Related: Here’s how to use the new...

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11 awesome legal streaming services that you might not know about. But should.

You know the frustration of sitting down for family movie night, searching Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, but not finding the show you’ve been so excited to watch, right? Well, we thought we’d share some other sites that stream great movies and TV shows — from classics to current content, for kids and adults. And yes, they’re legal! So, before you pay to rent a movie, check out these alternate legal streaming services first. You may just find what you’re looking for. And in the meantime, can someone please invent a tool that searches all our streaming apps at one...

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Why you should tell every restaurant you go to about this app that helps fight hunger.

My family has been looking for some ways to fill these long summer days by giving back to our community. We were shocked to find out that more than 20% of families are food insecure in the USA, which means you very likely know someone personally who’s struggling to get food on the table right now. So I shared 7 ways you and your kids can help fight hunger this summer, and one of my favorite ways is a very cool app we discovered. So, click over to Cool Mom Eats to find out why we think you should tell...

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Don’t miss these smart tips for tackling digital clutter. Game changers!

If you’re like me, you probably have 6,782 photos sitting in your camera roll on your phone, hundreds of song downloads you never actually listen to, and tons of out-of-date unnecessary documents on your laptop. If that sounds familiar, you might be in need of a tech clutter intervention. But, don’t freak out. Instead, listen to Kristen and Liz discuss with Joshua Zerkel (from Evernote, you guys!) some really smart tips for organizing digital clutter. These tips helped me so much, and are keeping me from getting overwhelmed and burning out. Like, I totally agree with Kristen that I’ve...

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The 3 best websites for coordinating meals. Yes, there’s tech for that now.

Whatever the case may be, whether it’s sick kids or new neighbors, getting meals goes a really long way. And, of course, tech helps, too. Seriously, how did our parents survive without it? Here, I’m sharing my 3 favorite go-to sites for coordinating meals for friends, from tons-of-options to very basic. If you aren’t already organizing them the 21st century way, give it a try. Related: Fresh takes on great meals to take to new parents. Move over, casseroles. Give in Kind Give in Kind is a cool site that organizes meals, and a whole lot more. If you’re...

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