Author: Kate Etue

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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This charging device backs up your phone so you don’t have to remember to do it.

If you’re like me, remembering to back up your cell phone is one task that falls through the cracks. But it’s probably one of the most important things we all need to do. But, that’s all changed since I was introduced to the MEEM back up charger for iPhone (and Android). And no, I don’t mean that it’s my second backup charger if my first one bites the dust. With the MEEM, you’re actually backing up the data on your phone while it charges. With absolutely zero effort. (And that’s my kind of effort level these days). CMT is an rstyle affiliate. Related: Why...

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Addicted to your iPhone? Try this one easy trick to seriously curb your screen time.

I’ve been seeing a lot of research lately that seems to find a correlation between how much time we spend on our phones and our kids’ behavior. Specifically, their bad behavior. The constant distraction of pings and alerts from my phone that takes my attention away from my own kids frustrates them too, especially now that they’re home all day on summer break and I’m trying to juggle work and kids at the same time. But, I’ve recently found a tip to break the iPhone addiction that really works: setting my screen to black and white. It’s painful, but...

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The top-rated gaming headsets for teens in price ranges to suit every allowance

Forget Snapchat, Facebook, or even Instagram. Teens these days are often connecting with friends online by gaming together on their Xboxes and I find the key to good communication for them is a great gaming headset for teens. So my almost-teen son has spent a ton of time shopping and saving and shopping some more for the perfect, top-rated gaming headset — within his budget. (With summer here, I’m sure there will be a little more gaming time in our near future. I’m okay with that.) His main requirements: The headset has to be comfortable, the mic can’t lag, and...

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Netflix brings choose-your-own-adventure TV to kids and it is awesome!

Remember those awesome choose-your-own-adventure books we all loved as kids? Well Netflix has just launched their first in a series of choose-your-own-adventure TV shows, and mama? It’s so much fun! The first episode, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale stars my favorite movie spin-off character ever, and is full of his signature wit, sarcasm and delightfully awkward moments, with plenty of jokes for the adults too. But this is no ordinary animated series. Periodically throughout the episode — 13 times, to be exact — a narrator (who totally reminds me of John Cleese) will stop the story and ask...

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