With an average of 300 emoji reportedly tweeted each second, it’s time to give into our graphical language overlords; our long-standing means of written communication has officially reverted back to the days of hieroglyphics and cave drawings. We succumb! So forgive Kristen and me for getting a little punchy over text the other night and having some fun with emoji messages that adults (and parents) in particular can relate to. Use them as inspiration for creating your own, or feel free to borrow ours–you can text them out to your loved one for a little Valentine’s Day digital foreplay. That’s totally...Read More
Category: Holiday Picks
The most clever Valentine’s Day eCard websites and apps, for spreading some last-minute digital love.
We’re just a couple days away from Valentine’s Day, and I’ve seen enough ads for things like “romantic” hoodie-footie pajamas or 50 Shades of Grey teddy bears (seriously) to get me a feeling a little snarky about romance. As for me, I’m all for humor on Valentine’s Day, but not the Home of the Whopper boxer shorts kind of humor. So I’ve been browsing some of our go-to sites for the best Valentine’s Day ecards, for one that makes my husband laugh. Maybe also some sweet and fun ones for people I wouldn’t send a traditional paper card to, but I still want to let...Read More
If you’ve got a valentine or special person who deserves a card but isn’t spending the day with you this year, Paperless Post is always one of our go-to destination for the best ecards online. They’ve got thank you notes, invitations, and holiday greetings of all kinds, but now they’ve grown to have so many cool Valentine ecards from major designers– many of them free–you’re bound to find something for everyone on your love list. Or uh, anyone on your love list. Should you not be playing the field. Consider these for a far-away love, a parent or grandparent who’d love a sweet note...Read More
I’m much more of a silly card kind of girl than sentimental, which is why I’m digging these funny Valentine’s Day cards that are made just for tech lovers, social media users, or well, anybody who owns a smartphone. Isn’t that everyone these days? I discovered the witty cards at Sapling Press over the holidays, so it’s no surprise that I’m loving their collection of Valentine’s Day cards too, like their “We Go Together Like” line. Show your favorite blogger a little love with this Blogs and comments card and then blow her-or his– mind and leave a comment on that person’s actual blog. Sorry, Facebook comments...Read More
It’s true that Tinder has a reputation for being a hook-up app, but hey, people have met on it and fallen in love, or at least, heavy like. And if that’s you, well this Valentine’s Day card is for you Internet lovebirds. This hilarious card is one of many cheeky finds at The Naughty Little Card Shop on Etsy, all of which are perfect for couples with a sense of humor. AKA the not-so-easily offended. This one might be a little inside-jokey if you’re not a Tinder user; the only way you can actually chat with someone on Tinder is if you both swipe...Read More
It’s here, it’s here! One of our favorite modern Christmas Eve traditions, the Google Santa Tracker. That’s right, you’d better watch out and better not cry, because Santa is in the air and on his way. Check in right here on Cool Mom Tech to see where Santa is delivering gifts now, learn about other parts of the world, and see how far he is from your neighborhood. Such a great way to appreciate how far and wide the celebration extends. Plus the Google Santa Tracker just might help you hustle the kids into bed, so you can...Read More
This past week, I’ve received holiday cards with perfectly styled children smiling on them, as well as wildly creative cards using sidewalk chalk or album cover art, like the holiday cards we featured in our Creative Holiday Photo Cards post. But, what I haven’t seen come out of my mailbox is a family turned into LEGO minifigures. Until now. Whether you want to send a quick e-card greeting to friends and families, or if you just have a little LEGO fanatic who would love to see his or her family as minifigures, you can create your own free LEGO minifigure family holiday postcard to share. My family...Read More
You might think that we’d have all of our shopping finished, but even we keep running out of hours in the day. So we’ve gathered all the details on holiday shipping deadlines from a bunch of our favorite online retailers — some techie, and some not-so-techie — who can help all of us get some super cool gifts under the tree by Christmas. Bonus: Many of these shops and websites are offering free or discounted shipping, even at this late date. Think Geek: Express ship, order by 12pm EST on 12/22 Kate Spade: Free ship, order by 11pm EST on 12/22...Read More
It’s Christmas! Time to sip some cider or egg nog and enjoy the age-old tradition of playing on the iPad with your kids. Ha. Even though the technology is so not what we had as kids, these fun Christmas apps are getting us in a festive mood and making us feel like kids again. A Charlie Brown Christmas Do your kids love Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang, and that pitiful little tree as much as we do? This app is an interactive storybook with the original 1965 voices, but you, er, your kids can also play Schroeder’s piano, decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas...Read More
My daughter came home from school last week, begging for a video chat with Santa. How very 21st century. But what was more surprising was that my ever-practical, Elf-on-the-Shelf-mocking, not-believing-in-Santa kid flip-flopped! And I owe it to these creative and fun Santa apps we’re hearing about from our kids and their friends. If you’ve got kids who need a little proof that Santa really does exist, check out these cool apps and websites that could help bring a little holiday magic to life right on your phone or tablet. Besides, it could save you a 3 hour wait at the mall. Hello Santa...Read More
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