At first glance, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector may look like a cute cartoony app for young kids to waste a few minutes of their day. Yet, it’s one of the few apps in my household that has the parents, teens, and my younger tween all hooked equally. And based on gushing articles in such grown-up sites as The New York Times and CNN.com, I feel better knowing that I’m not only non-kid who can’t get enough of this feline-filled game. Free for both iOS and Android, the concept is so simple, that I hesitate to really call it a game at all. Just fill up a...Read More
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If you’re tearing through the list of snow day activities to keep the kids occupied when you’re stuck indoors, allow us help you with two beautifully designed, really fun new apps we’ve discovered from Seedling. As in, the same company whose affordable craft kits we’ve turned to for gifts and projects many times. While there’s no need to stock up on craft supplies with these apps, they are both super creative, imaginative, and pretty much free. Related: Scribble Creative Book Maker app makes kids instant authors and illustrators Seedling Comic Studio App If your kids like to make up stories, download a copy of Seedling’s Comic...Read More
I’m not sure when it was decided that a growing fetus should be compared in size to fruits and vegetables, but it happened, and suddenly pregnant women are all “My baby is the size of a rutabaga!” and everyone else is going “What the heck is a rutabaga?” That’s why I think Size Me Up is so clever. It’s a free pregnancy tracking app that shows you how big your baby is week-to-week compared an object other than a fruit or vegetable, all with a sense of humor. Try a Lego minifig, a beer bottle or a pigeon, just to name a...Read More
If you’re looking for help tackling your 2016 New Year’s resolutions, we’re here to help. Check out these cool, free apps that our Editor Kristen featured on The Today Show this morning. Lark: To help you keep your fitness goals Lark (free, iOS + Android) The Lark app is a virtual companion that uses the health data on your phone to give you health and fitness tips, support, and encouragement. Chat with Lark about what you ate, your workout, even your sleep, and it will chat right back. Plus, since it utilizes the technology already in your phone, you don’t necessarily...Read More
We’re big fans of Santa around here, as you might have guessed. What, us risk making the naughty list? Never!) So if you’re looking for some fun Santa apps to help bring the big guy to life on your phone, tablet, or laptop and make believers out of any kid at all, we have quite a few options for you from some mainstays to some very fun new entries. Related: 8 of the best fun Christmas apps for kids Personalized Call from Santa from Google So far, our favorite app of the year is right on your laptop. Leading up...Read More
Sometimes I need just a little quiet at home over the holidays, you know? And since my kids are app-crazy anyway, they always think it’s a treat to find cool new Christmas apps for kids that they haven’t tried yet. While we have a few from years past that they still adore, here are some new ones that I think are definitely worth a look. Related: 5 fun Christmas apps that make us feel like kids again A Charlie Brown Christmas app: 50th Anniversary Edition (iOS and Android) This was one of our top recos for Christmas app for...Read More
Because nothing says good morning like a sexy man with a French accent. Which is actually bonjour. Whatever.
Is there really anyone who’s happy to hear an alarm go off in the morning? Granted, mine is usually a kid yelling for breakfast or siblings fighting, but still. Whether it’s a loud beep or a screaming baby, that’s just no way to wake up. But a sexy man with the accent of my choice? Oh yes. Yes. Yes. YES. The new Morning Man Alarm Clock app is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. And by funniest I mean brilliant. Just download the free iOS app, set the alarm within the app, and then pick a language (or,...Read More
It’s clearly an emoji world out there, which is why we were so glad when the diverse emoji hit our smart phones. And now, some love for our curly-haired friends from the smart folks at Dove. Available free on iTunes and Google Play, the Dove Love Your Curls emoji keyboard app has over 27 emoticons and yes, even GIFs, so you can spread the curly hair love. You’ll find a variety of ethnicities and curl types (any other wavy ladies out there?), all ready to load up on your smart phone for use while texting or on your...Read More
It’s not like my kids need any additional reasons to get excited about Halloween — the costumes and candy and thoughts of staying up extra extra late do that for them — but still, it’s nice that there are so many fun Halloween apps for kids that will satisfy some of their pre-holiday excitement until the big day comes. I’ll be honest though, a lot of Halloween apps for kids that I come across are kind of lame. So I’ve really spent some time looking for some great new ones as well as including a few older apps that we still adore...Read More
Think for a minute about how far we’ve come in games design from the days of Asteroids and Space Invaders. Now, there are some stunningly beautiful mobile games for both iOS and Android that change the way we think about gaming apps. Hey, I’m all for relaxing by taking a walk, reading a book, or doing some meditative deep breathing. But it’s nice to have one of these 9 beautiful games at the ready for those times when your options for chilling out are limited — like when you’re stuck in the middle seat at 35,000 feet. Monument Valley When most of us here...Read More
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