Category: Editors’ Picks of the Year

The best apps and websites for getting organized: Editors Best Tech of 2012

Getting organized is not easy as a parent. At least according to us. But tech can definitely make getting organized easier–or make being disorganized harder? Here, some of our favorite apps and websites of the year to help you out. Liz: Pinterest for iOS and Android It’s so much a part of so many of our online lives now, it’s hard to remember that a lot of us just joined this year. With the new (and quite good) apps for Android and iPad, plus new features added in 2012 like the ability to add private Pinterest boards, Pinterest shows...

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The most chic tech accessories: Editors Best Tech of 2012

We’ve come a long way from the days that our laptop cases came in black or uh…a different black. This year saw so many gorgeous laptop bags, camera bags, and other fun techcessories it was hard to narrow down to our very favorites. Hard but fun! Kristen Knomo Alice bag I’m completely obsessed with this bag and quite frankly, I still can’t believe it carries at laptop. I’d sooner carry this gorgeous number than any other designer bag, especially knowing my laptop will be safe and sound, along with all my other 4000 goodies. For summertime, also look at...

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The coolest online shopping helpers to save you time and money: Editors Best Tech of 2012

It’s become ridiculously easy to shop on a budget thanks to the plethora of apps and websites aimed at saving you money. We narrowed them down to our favorites, all of which will make life easier and put a little money back in your wallet. Liz Honey Extension for Chrome I always search the web for discount codes before I hit “purchase” so I totally love this plug-in which does it for me at a ton of retailers–with more being added every day. In fact, I saved a ton of money just in the last few weeks using it....

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The coolest apps for tweens and big kids: Editors Best Tech of 2012

The older our kids get, the more picky they get about their apps. For kids in the 7 and up range, we love these Android and iOS apps for their ability to keep fickle kids engaged with a minimum of the gunplay and stuff parents get squidgy about. FOR IOS Liz: Geography Drive USA (above) Ready to make car rides more educational (and more quiet for you)? Try Geography Drive USAfor iPad which older kids will love. Just don’t tell them they’re learning.     Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon Gorgeous illustrations, a really fun soundtrack, and humor all come together in...

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The best photo editing and sharing resources: Editors Best Tech of 2012

Whether you take all your photos right on your smart phone, or you carry your trusty DSLR wherever you go, there are so many photo editing and sharing services now (a must for parents!). Here are our very favorite from this past year. Kristen Snapseed Since I discovered Snapseed, I’m pretty thrilled that they’ve been bought by Google because now their previously pricey app is free. And with the whole Instagram terms of service issue yet to be totally resolved, Snapseed is now my go-to app for editing. PicMonkey This year also marked the end of Picnik and sent...

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The coolest apps for little kids and preschoolers: Editors Best Tech of 2012

One our favorite things to do is really pare down the best apps for kids, keeping an eye out for red flags like in-app purchases and safety concerns. In fact, it’s amazing how many apps for kids we try and delete compared to those we can truly recommend. So here, our favorite apps from 2012 for little kids and preschoolers. And while iOS is still truly trouncing the other platforms in terms of beautifully rendered, functional apps for kids, Android is starting to catch up, so we’ve found a few picks for both platforms. FOR IOS Liz Wee Alpha...

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The best gadget cases we’re coveting: Editors Best Tech of 2012

We saw tons of amazing gadget cases this year, but there were definitely a few stand-outs. Let’s just say, we’re clamoring to get these on our own devices because we just love them that much. Kristen GelaSkins When our own website designer raved about GelaSkins, that pretty much sealed the deal for me. I love their amazing, unique wrap-around designs in their own gallery which fit pretty much any device you own, but how cool that you can actually use your own artwork as well. Stash gadget cases And I have to mention the gorgeous, handmade Stash cases, created...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The gadget cases we’re coveting

Now that we all own a laptop, a camera, a smartphone or two, and who knows what else, we all need great gadget cases. How wonderful that there are so many that our functional and fabulous all at once. For the iPad: Seth Aaron iPad cases for MarooLiz: I have had more people ask where I got my iPad case this year, than nearly any non-tech accessory I own. That’s saying something. Project Runway winner Seth Aaron’s line of cases for Maroo are a little punk, a little high-fashion, and still smartly crafted to offer serious protection. I love...

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Editors Best Tech of 2011: The coolest techcessories

While we love our gadgets, we also love those clever and cool tech accessories that make them work better, more efficiently, or more effortlessly. Here, we present our very favorite techessories of 2011. PlugBugLiz: A brilliant little adapter from twelvesouth that let’s you charge your Macbook and iPhone or iPad from one socket. Total travel necessity for me now. Motorola RoadsterKristen: I’m all about going hands-free in the car, and the Motorola Roadster makes that happen while keeping amazing sound integrity. It’s so much more than a bluetooth or a speaker phone, giving you talk-to-text capabilities just like your own...

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Editors Tech Best of 2011: The coolest websites

While not every one of these websites are brand new, these are the ones that we fell in love with in 2011, may of which experienced terrific upgrades and improvements that make our lives a lot easier or more entertaining. Culling from reviews on both Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech, we hope these 15 sites are all here to stay. Pinterest Liz: Talk about going from 0 to 60 in about 0 seconds–Pinterest seems to have gotten huge, fast, and no surprise. It’s making plenty of us very very happy. (Hey, you can even follow us there...

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