Author: Kristen Chase

How to host a Facebook Live just for specific friends (and why you should).

This past week, I was unable to pick up my son from hockey camp, which meant missing his big game. Womp, womp. But, thanks to a cool Facebook Live feature you might not know about, my fiancé was able to film the whole thing, and not have it publicized to anyone else but me. And I got to watch it Live as it happened, almost like I was there in person! Related: How to use the new Facebook Story feature. To share a Facebook Live just for Specific Friends, simply head over to your Facebook feed, and hit “Live”...

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A Star Wars hotel is coming. And it looks like… Westworld?

With the Star Wars lands hitting Disney Parks late next year (or early 2019), we probably shouldn’t be surprised that they’re adding a Star Wars hotel to the mix too. And while we don’t have many details, we have to say it sounds (and looks) a little bit like Westworld. Hold the cowboys and bar maids. Related: DIY Star Wars slime your kids will love According folks that attended the D23 Conference in Los Angeles where it was announced, this new Star Wars hotel will feature various storylines that guests participate in for their entire stay, all while surrounded...

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Solid as a rock.

I’ve been in the mood for a new iPhone case, which is how I discovered these fun geode cases at Society 6. While they’re not real geodes (I know, stating the obvious here), they really do look like the real thing. Such a bright, colorful way to keep your iPhone safe, all summer long, and right now, they’re 20% off plus free shipping. Whoo! Here are just a few of my favorites from the artist TheQuarry. You can also search around the site for other geode cases from other designers. Related: Over 30 of the coolest iPhone cases for every...

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Amazon Prime Day tech deals you won’t want to miss

In case you didn’t hear yet, it’s Prime Day, the day when Amazon deals abound, particularly for those of you shopping for tech gadgets. As you might have guessed, there are way too many deals for us to round them up right here, but we did find a few to get you started! – Save 50% off an Amazon Echo or Alexa as she’s fondly known, which is a fantastic deal on this super popular gadget. If you’re wondering why you might need one, check out 27 things you can do with your Amazon Echo. – We love our...

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5 expert tips for watching the total solar eclipse with kids

In less than 2 months (or August 21, 2017 to be exact), the total solar eclipse will hit our sky, and let’s just say we’re pretty excited. If you’ve got the date marked on your calendar (or wondering if you should), check out these tips from our guest Mark Bender, who’s been hunting eclipses since 1999, chasing them from Norway to Australia. He’s sharing 5 tips to watch the solar eclipse like a pro, so get ready for quite a show. 1. Make it educational. Considering the last eclipse like this one happened 99 years ago, talk to your...

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6 things that happened when I banned screen time in my home for two months

If you’re like me, then you do your best to manage screen time using myriad methods. In our house, I’ve done The Marble Jar to read for screens, and pretty much everything in between. And still, there are tantrums and arguments when it’s time to get off them, and relentless begging to get back on them. So a few months ago I decided I was done playing referee and manager to all things screen time and so I just banned it. No small screens, except for texting their friends or family members (or checking hockey scores for my son),...

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Watching the total solar eclipse in August? Here’s how to get the glasses you’ll need for free.

Unfortunately, we’re going to be in an airplane during the highly anticipated total solar eclipse in August, so it’s questionable as to what we’ll be able to see of it. But, if you’re going to be on the ground, mark your calendar because this is not to be missed. The only issue: you’ll want to have glasses to protect your eyeballs, even if you’re in the areas where you’ll only see a partial solar eclipse. Related: 71 of the best science Twitter accounts to follow But, lucky you! There are a bunch of libraries (like 4800 or so) across...

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Summer screen time making you nuts? Here’s how to manage it, parents.

If you’re like us, then your kids having been begging for screen time the second they got out of school. But hey, just because you’re home more doesn’t necessarily mean you get more time on your screens, kids. So, to help you manage the summer screen time, we’ve got a ton of fantastic resources, ideas, and tips to help make it a whole lot easier, all of which we’ve tried ourselves and can vouch for as working in our own homes. Related: The Circle for Disney screen time management system. Is it worth it?  Take a peek at our...

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4 ways to use tech to keep your family mosquito free this summer.

Summer is here, and that means a whole lot of bugs, and ways to try to prevent my kids from getting bitten by bugs. Thankfully, there are smart ways to use tech to help keep those mosquitos at bay, at least around your home, or when you’re on the road, you camping types. Related: The best bug sprays for Zika virus protection First up, the Stinger cordless mosquito lantern, which can kill up to 40% more bugs with its UV black light. And, when you don’t need to zap pesky critters, you can use it as a regular LED...

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Now with AI. And a sense of humor.

We’re big fans of Sphero, as you might guess considering we’ve featured lots of their cool tech toys here on Cool Mom Tech (BB-8 anyone?), so it’s no surprise we’re intrigued by their newest launch, Spider-Man. But unlike their other toys that move around, Spider-Man keeps you company without having to lift a finger. Or web. Related: Sphero 2.0 brings a whole new meaning to playing ball. This WIFI-connected interactive toy does everything from tell jokes to guard your room, all at your request. That’s right, just ask (or tell) Spider-Man what you need and he’ll take care of...

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