Author: Kate Etue

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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This app lets you check out library books on your tablet. Free. From home. Yes!

I love the feeling of being surrounded by stacks and stacks of actual old-fashioned books at my local library. But, I also love that they’re embracing all the amazing new technology that has huge benefits for busy parents like me, who are still emphatic that our kids read as much as possible. That’s where the new hoopla digital app comes in. Let’s just say, life for readers is about to get soooo much easier. With the hoopla app, you can access your local library’s entire collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and even music, movies and television shows to download or stream right...

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Our smart tech tip for finding designer shoes at a great price

As a mom of four kids, my budget for designer shoes is…not as robust as some. But, I recently discovered a new site called Purcado, which is like Kayak for shoes, that might change that. You can enter the designer or brand you’re looking for, and it will search across different retailers — like Zappos, Nordstrom, and Foot Locker — to find you the beset deal on what you’re looking for. Add some of our favorite Chrome extensions for saving money to it too, and you’ll come out with some pretty great deals on shoes for your whole family. CMT is an...

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Facebook Fundraisers: Ask for donations to your cause, right in your News Feed

There’s a new option in the online fundraising world that’s going to make giving so convenient because it’s right in your Facebook feed. Yes, it’s true! Facebook has added the capability for any user to start a personal fundraiser on Facebook for themselves, a friend, or even an event or person who’s not on Facebook. To start your own fundraiser, go to the Facebook Fundraisers page, or tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers on the mobile app. (You don’t even need to update the app; it’s just magically there. Facebook, you get us.) Click or tap on the blue box that says Raise Money...

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3 helpful group gift websites that make the process so much easier

We’re coming up end-of-the-year gifts for teachers, grads, and coaches over the next month, plus Father’s Day, which often means lots of group gifts. And as you might have experienced, chasing people down and keeping track of everyone’s money (all year long) can be a huge pain. But this is the 21st century! You can do this all digitally now! Here, 3 group gift websites that might just help you put the joy back into the giving. At least, the kind that involves lots of different people.   Related: The best teacher gift ideas, from people who actually know: teachers!...

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Turn any water bottle into a smart water bottle with Ulla

Recently we’ve seen a lot of smart hydration tech options come onto the market lately. A few months ago, I tried out the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle, and I liked the way it subtly reminded me to take a sip of H2O and tracked my progress in its app. So, I was very curious about the new, much-less expensive Ulla intelligent hydration reminder which I purchased to test out. Unlike smart water bottles that have a tracking device built into them, the Ulla is simply a silicone band with a clip-on tracker that you can attach to any water bottle. Whenever 40 minutes goes by without you taking a drink, the...

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