Category: Fun

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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How to use the fun new Instagram 3-D facial filters. Wheeeee! Snapchatty

As someone who’s not on Snapchat (what? I’m old!) I admit I’m excited about the novelty of the new Instagram 3D facial filters, as anyone who follows our @CoolMomPicks Instagram Stories can tell today. I put together the quick, Cliff’s Notes version below, for you visual learners, but here’s step by step just what to do to use your fun new starter pack of 8 Instagram 3-D facial filters. Related: How to use new Facebook story. It’s like Facebook and Instagram story had a baby!   1. Be sure to update your Instagram app for iOS or Android to the May 15 release....

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Turn any water bottle into a smart water bottle with Ulla

Recently we’ve seen a lot of smart hydration tech options come onto the market lately. A few months ago, I tried out the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle, and I liked the way it subtly reminded me to take a sip of H2O and tracked my progress in its app. So, I was very curious about the new, much-less expensive Ulla intelligent hydration reminder which I purchased to test out. Unlike smart water bottles that have a tracking device built into them, the Ulla is simply a silicone band with a clip-on tracker that you can attach to any water bottle. Whenever 40 minutes goes by without you taking a drink, the...

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A smart handbag you unlock with a fingerprint? Want!

When I think of a smart handbag, my mind goes to looks. But in the case of the FYB London Smart Handbag, billed as “the world’s smartest handbag,” it’s a combo of chic designer styling and useful technology that land it on my covet list. First of all, it’s got a biometric lock. As in, you can only unlock the bag iPhone style, with your fingerprint. If that’s not like the best ever bag for NYC subway commuting, I don’t know what is. On top of that, there’s a wireless charging pocket to keep your phone charging on the go and a...

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New study says teens are taking social media breaks. So, why aren’t we?

Maybe we need to be worrying more about our own social media addiction more than our teen’s, at least, that’s according to a new survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. They discovered that teens are actually taking social media breaks that have lasted at least a week, sometimes longer. Related: 8 ways to make your phone less distracting without turning it off Based on responses from 790 teens, researchers discovered that 60% of teens 13-18 have taken a complete break from all social media. And even though half said they’ve had forced breaks courtesy...

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Tine lets you add digital photos, even video, to a paper greeting card. Hello, Mother’s Day!

Well, here’s one way to ensure no one will ever throw away that greeting card you so lovingly wrote out and mailed. These Tine message tags allow you to send photos, video, even audio messages using a special code that you can stick pretty much anywhere. Perfect for when a text, email or video just doesn’t cut it. (And we moms here say that means Mother’s Day). Related: A very cool digital Mother’s Day card from the whole family Simply pop the tag on the card or gift, then use the Tine app to record your message. Then, your lucky recipient...

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Holy mother of Pikachu, there’s Pokémon makeup!

If you’ve got Pokémon loving tweens and teens in your house, you better pop in some ear plugs before you show them the new line of Pokémon make-up from Korean brand TONYMOLY. They’ve got everything from nail polish to face masks, all covered in Pokémon branding, though they’re not just cute packaging. The products actually match certain characters, like Pikachu nail polish which comes with lightning bolts. Related: Is Pokémon Go safe for kids?  Before all the Poké geeks in your house get too excited, they’re not yet available here in the U.S. So, until then, you might have to keep...

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8fit: The free fitness app that’s really making us sore lately

I’ve figured out that I’m the type of person who needs a quick but effective workout that I can do from my home, without expensive equipment (that takes up space I don’t have). So, my new obsession has been the free 8fit app (iOS and Android). It’s a collection of 10-minute full-body exercises that require no equipment. Related: Here’s what happened when we tried the Whole30 diet Related: 3 fitness apps for the not-so-fit. No judgment here. Once you’re in the app, you’ll customize your fitness goals — anything from “gain muscle mass” to “lose fat” — as well as setting your...

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How to use the new Facebook Story: It’s like Instagram Story and Snapchat had a baby!

Just when you got the hang of Instagram Story, Facebook decided to launch their new Facebook Story, which you’ve seen across the top of your News Feed if you’ve got the most recent version of the Facebook app. This is not to be confused with Messenger Day stories, which is similar but within the Facebook Messenger app. Related: Here’s how Facebook picks what’s in your News Feed. And how to change it.  Seriously though, what’s next? (via Amy Allen Clark on Facebook) Facebook Story is designed to function just like Instagram Story, but with a few fun Snapchat-like features....

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These DIY galaxy Easter eggs are out of this world.

My kids love decorating Easter eggs, but now that they’re hitting their tweens they’re getting a little more creative. That’s why I can’t wait to try these DIY galaxy Easter eggs at Dream a Little Bigger. And, based on the tutorial, they look like they’re not nearly as hard to make as you’d think. Related: Martha Stewart’s Easter egg app gives you the perfect recipe to dye eggs. Related: OMG: Unicorn Easter eggs. Allison’s step-by-step tutorial makes these space eggs easy enough for anyone to make. And she’s got great tips about the supplies you can buy to make it so much easier, and how...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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