Author: Kristen Chase

5 of our favorite Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcasts for your Memorial Day road trip

Wait, what? You’re not listening to our Spawned podcast? Well, we’re just going to have to help you change that! We think it’s a wonderful way to spend 30 minutes in your week, and we hope after listening that you think so too. If you’re not familiar with podcasts or why you’d want to start listening to them, we’ve got a simple tutorial to get you set up, complete with our favorite podcasts (and nope, not just ours). For iPhone users, you can subscribe right on iTunes and it will pop right into the podcast app that’s already on...

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Learn how to code your own app for free, thanks to Apple.

In this fast-paced age of technology, coding skills are pretty valuable, whether you’re looking to change careers yourself, or you’ve got a teen looking ahead to college and beyond. Well, a new option just came available to you thanks to Apple, and even better, it’s completely free. Related: Turn screen time into educational time with these online coding camps Just this week, Apple launched an App Development Curriculum, which is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators that will teach students how to design apps using Swift. They’ll learning coding and designing, as well as software development...

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Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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The coolest STEM teacher gifts with a sense of humor

With my bigger kids in classes with more than one teacher now, particularly when it comes to the STEM subjects, I want to make sure they get as much thanks as their regular classroom teacher at the end of the year. And, let’s just say I’m pretty sure one of these hilarious t-shirts would do the trick. If you haven’t perused Look Human, I encourage you to take a few minutes and check out their offerings, particularly when it comes to teacher t-shirts and gifts. Here are a few of my favorites that I’m pretty sure your favorite STEM teacher...

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Worried about your tween or teen’s mental wellbeing? Avoid this popular app.

In a recent survey of 1500 young people aged 14-24, researchers discovered that Instagram was cited as the most damaging to a young person, followed closely by Snapchat, and then Facebook. In fact, YouTube was the only of the 5 networks (which included Twitter, as well), that was seen as positive. Yikes! Related: The deadly Blue Whale online suicide game targeting teens. Respondents noted that using Instagram (and Snapchat) increased their feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, which researchers speculate is due to the increased visual nature of both apps. Of course, these are two of the most popular apps for tweens...

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You hear that? It’s the sound of your inactive SiriusXM radio turned on, free!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the inactive SiriusXM radio in my car was suddenly blasting Channel 78 Kids Place Live again? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t a fluke. Now through the end of May, SiriusXM has automatically turned on all inactive radios, with no strings attached. Related: Here’s how to listen to podcasts on your iPhone.  That means you can catch up on news, your favorite 90’s songs (not just me, right?), and yes, listen to the segment featuring Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas that was the impetus for their new Wow in the World podcast on...

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How to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone. And why you should.

Just yesterday I was chatting with a couple of my mom friends at my daughter’s track club about podcasts and I was surprised to discover that neither of them knew that they could easily access podcasts right on their iPhone. “Wait, they’re free?” one mom asked. “When would I listen to them?” asked the other. So, after giving them a quick tutorial on how to find podcasts on their iPhone (Yes, they’re free!), and explaining to them that podcasts can be great for commutes, gym, running, making dinner, or just giving your eyeballs a screen break, I figured it would...

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Because it’s a new baby. Get it?

What can we say? We’re suckers for geeky baby onesies, especially when they involve keyboard commands, which is why we had to share this new baby onesie from the folks at TwelveSouth. Command N. Get it? Of course you did. Related: 5 of the cutest geeky baby onesies It’ll make fellow geeks smile, and other people, well, look confused. Until you teach them a new shortcut that they didn’t know before, which makes this a cute and educational baby...

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Mother’s Day tech gift idea: The gorgeous Wisewear activity tracker, with a special feature to help keep mom safer.

There are no shortage of stylish activity trackers on the market today, all of which we think would make a very cool Mother’s Day gift for the right kind of mom. (Raises hand!). But this one from Wisewear isn’t just a pretty face. It can actually help keep the person wearing it a whole lot safer, too. Related: 2 new stylish fitness trackers in glitter and gold This gorgeous bangle will track your steps, distance, and calories, even sync with your phone so you can get gentle notifications if you get texts, calls or emails, which is super if...

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Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks?

We’re not huge fans of sending emails on the fly, even with the “Sent from our iPhone and talk-to-text hates us” warning at the bottom. But if we do, there are 3 handy iPhone email tricks we use to make them look as buttoned up as they when we’re sitting at our laptop, well other than deleting that tag line at the end. Related: 2 quick iPhone tricks for sharing texts and voice mails 1. How to insert a photo into iPhone email You don’t have to email someone from a photo. You can insert photos and videos very easily...

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