Author: Kristen Chase

What you need to know about Facebook photo comments

As you might have seen, just yesterday Facebook launched photo comments, now allowing people to respond to your posts and updates with a picture. If you’re wondering how to use this feature, or better, manage what could be a barrage of photos in your comment stream, here’s what you can do. If you haven’t tried the photo comment feature, it’s simple. Just click the little camera in the comment box, then upload a photo from your computer. You’re able to leave text with it as well, then edit (or delete) it after you’ve left it, as well as like...

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SquareHub: A social network just for your family. And it happens to be awesome.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of your day texting your spouse and kids, or calling to check in on them and coordinate schedules. Don’t even get me started on the number of emails I send. But since I got a sneak peek at a brand new connectivity app launching today, our family has coordination has changed for the better. Way better. Enter SquareHub, a new, free app launching today (you saw it here first!) that allows you to connect with any of your family members in your own, safe social network. It’s a great way to...

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A camera for Mother’s day? How about 100.

Why give mom one camera for Mother’s Day when she can have an entire wishlist’s worth?   So it’s not actual cameras (unless you’re a zillionaire), but rather A Visual Compendium of Cameras poster, which is almost as cool. And less cluttery. The poster features awesome illustrations of 100 landmark cameras from oldest to most current with both professional and consumer models. Each print will be signed by the artist and comes numbered (ooh, fancy), plus you can have it framed so it’s ready to hang in a snap. Pun intended. –Kristen You can purchase A Visual Compendium of...

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The coolest Mother’s Day gifts for the camera lover

We’ve found a slew of amazing camera accessories that would make amazing Mother’s Day gifts, whether the mom in your life is a certified shutterbug or she just loves taking photos of her kids. While a lot of gifts for true photographers can be expensive, like new lenses for example, here are other gift ideas for camera-loving moms that are super cool. Otherwise known as, things I would personally really like to receive. Ha. –Kristen These gorgeous Wood Camera Necklaces are made by hand. So perfect for the vintage camera lover. Choose between a leather or metal chain. If she’s...

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10 ways parents can use Spotify

I’ve been a big Spotify fan ever since this awesome music service finally hit the United States. Since then, I use it pretty much daily to listen to music myself, but also to help me parent my kids. Check out these 10 ways parents can use Spotify, some of which might just help make life easier–and even get you more sleep. 1. Exercise playlist: Need a little motivation? Or want songs to keep you on pace? I have all sorts of different playlists based on my workouts, depending on whether I want to stretch and strength train or improve...

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DayOne: A fantastic baby book app, even if your baby isn’t a baby anymore

Now that I’ve discovered this amazing new journaling app, I know plenty of parents can make up for lost time without going out of their way. In fact, it might be the very best baby book app I’ve found. I pretty much ditched the baby book after my oldest daughter turned six months, and now, four kids later, the only record I have is on my personal blog, which is scattered with photos and stories, but not the everyday bits that I’d love to have kept. The DayOne app saves the day. It’s one of the easiest and most intuitive...

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How do I watermark my photos for free? Easy!

Now that I’ve started posting photos of my family on the Internet, I’ve been thinking much more about how to watermark my photos. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as complicated as I thought, especially with the help of my go-to photo editing site, PicMonkey. Whether you’re posting photos of your kids on Facebook or sharing pictures of your crafts or recipes on Pinterest, here are simple instructions on how to watermark your photos.   There are actually a couple of ways to watermark your photos using PicMonkey, both of which won’t take you long.   WATERMARKING WITH A NAME/URL The...

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Meet Afterlight: Possibly our new favorite photo editing app

As an avid iPhone camera user, I generally use Camera+ to shoot my cell phone photos, and then upload it to Snapseed for editing before sharing on Instagram. Phew! But recently I was introduced to a cool new app that has all my favorite features of all the editing apps combined. And wow, is it awesome. Afterlight Photo Editor [EDITED TO ADD: Since publishing this post, the app has changed its name from Afterglow to Afterlight] is a fantastic iOS app that allows you to shoot and then edit your photos in myriad ways. Once you take the photo in the app–or...

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How to get the most out of the Magisto video editing app

If you’re like me, you’ve got tons of family videos on your smartphone and lots of aspirations to do something with them all. But then “one of these days” turns into months and years, because who really has time to sit down and edit together hours worth of video? Well, not me. So when I learned about the Magisto video editing app at CES 2013, I couldn’t wait to give it a try with my own videos. Let’s just say, I’m super impressed, considering I’ve put together the coolest videos with just a couple of clicks. How Magisto Works...

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How to make an iPod Touch safe for kids

[This post has been updated as of January 2014 to include new information] I’m pretty sure almost every one of my oldest daughter’s friends got an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. We’re talking third-graders. And while even we here at Cool Mom Tech have recommended it as an option for a handheld gaming device for kids, the iPod Touch has a lot of features that are decidedly not kid-friendly, which is why you want to make sure you understand all the ways to make an iPod Touch safe for kids. Unless you’re watching your child like a hawk every...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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