Category: Entertainment

Sling TV: Is this affordable cable alternative worth considering? A thorough look.

I finally sat down and took a good hard look at my cable bill and…whoa. When I consider that there are probably only 4-5 cable channels I really watch, aside from premiums HBO and Showtime; I do pretty much all my watching on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video via Roku or my smart TV. So it made sense to sign up for the 7-day free trial of the new service Sling TV, and see whether this is a smart money-saving option for families. Related: A simple guide to cutting the cable cord: 4 of your best options In a nutshell, Sling...

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Sending your mom a real card for Mother’s Day: What a novel idea!

With all the digital ways you can say “Happy Mother’s Day” to the special mom in your life this Sunday, sending an actual paper card is an extra special treat. And that’s why this card made me laugh. Yes, I love texting and Facetiming as much as the next person, but you know, there’s just something about getting a handwritten note, and even better when it has a little self-depricating humor, like this Not Sent from my iPhone greeting card. In just a few words, it says lots of nice things, like that you took the time to write with a...

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6 outstanding YouTube videos featuring children’s animation from around the world

Before I had kids, I mostly visited YouTube to watch random music videos and the occasional hair tutorial. Now, in addition to curling iron how-tos, I find myself searching for family-friendly shows and videos to hold my son’s attention when I can’t fully give him mine. Like when I’m trying (and failing) to give myself beachy waves with a curling iron. Related: The best funny YouTube videos for kids, all parent-approved Sesame Street has always been my go-to YouTube channel, but after digging a little deeper through YouTube’s seemingly infinite amount of programming, I discovered so much great animation from around the world. My search took me to...

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Schoolhouse Rock’s Where the Money Goes: The perfect video to share with your kids on tax day

When I have to explain a concept to my kids, there are so many awesome educational videos out there on all kinds of subjects, but I admit, I often still turn to the Schoolhouse Rock videos I grew up with as a kid. Today we’re watching Where the Money Goes, in which the awesome Jack Sheldon as the dad, explains to his tuba-playing son why he doesn’t have enough money to send him on a band trip by describing a family’s monthly expenses. Related: The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube In time though, he realizes wait, maybe we do have the money...

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Brain Games: A must-see series that will blow your parietal lobes

I have no idea why I have never discovered National Geographic’s Brain Games before this weekend. But as my kids browsed Netflix yesterday — and I prayed for anything not animated — my seven-year-old paused on Season 1, asked if we could watch, and we gave it a shot. Consider us all instantly hooked. Right from the first episode about optical illusions, my kids were utterly captivated by the experiments, illusions, and demos from engaging host Jason Silva, and then the brain science that explains all of it. These cubes above? They are the exact same color. Whoa. In other words, there’s a reason people...

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Why the new HBO NOW could be the most amazing service for families

As someone who has been trying to cut the cord from cable TV, I’m pretty excited to learn that HBO NOW  means the network is taking that first step towards saying, hey cable companies, we don’t actually need you anymore. And that’s a huge deal, both for the future of cable, and for families trying to cut back on entertainment bills but not their entertainment options. Essentially HBO NOW is a new subscription service that allows you to keep your weekly dates with Game of Thrones, Girls, and True Detective, all through your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV — and without the downer of a cable bill. Sorry Android...

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Oscars online resources: Live backstage feeds, red carpet interviews, celebrities on Twitter, and more.

Not all of us will be able to focus on every moment of the red carpet entrances (kids needing dinner), the Oscars monologue (kid needs to use the bathroom), or even the one award you’ve been waiting for all night (kids have to go to bed) but you can get a ton of the glitz, glamour, and that new 21st century essential–celebrity tweets–by starting at one site: The ABC Oscars Site. Click over to Oscars.go.com and you’ll find a highly slick, well produced homepage with an abundance of info and lots of sponsorships. Some highlights:   -The list of presenters. (Cumberbatch! Cumberbatch!). -A live...

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Where to see all the Super Bowl ads. Because sometimes that’s the best part

Football fans or not, millions of viewers flock to the Super Bowl for the commercials. Pretty much everyone wants to see the ads that will have everyone buzzing the next day — or in real time on Twitter. But if you want a pre-game sneak peek at the Super Bowl ads — or should you actually want to hit the loo during commercials, just like in the old days — we have three sites you can check out. Aside from your favorite social media sites, which will surely be buzzing with unfiltered, opinionated commentary. Mostly from us. [Pictured above: Mophie commercial...

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2 new YouTube channels for kids that are smart, fun, and free

Trying to find appropriate content on YouTube for kids can be a challenge. Because you know, YouTube isn’t always super kid-friendly — especially YouTube comments. Good news: we found two new kids’ channels on YouTube that I think parents will love too. Related: 14 of the best (this means fun!) YouTube videos for kids PBS Kids YouTube channel PBS Kids has built a sturdy reputation over the years, becoming the top kids’ educational media brand. The TV shows, the apps, the videos — you just know your kids are in good hands. So when I heard about the launch of the PBS Kids...

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The 2014 Simpsons holiday intro: This time, with more Olaf

Every year for a looong time now I’ve looked forward to the annual Simpsons holiday intro that takes seasonal themes and runs with them, hilariously.  This year’s sequence does not disappoint–a Christmas (or Hanukkah?) miracle in itself considering how long Groening and team have been doing these. The best part is the obligatory Frozen reference, which you can’t miss. Probably because they refer to it as OBLIGATORY FROZEN REFERENCE.   I think you’ll want to show it to the kids, if only for the awesome Frozen couch scene at the end with Homer, of course, as Olaf.  Mine have asked to watch...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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