If you’re counting down the days to the total solar eclipse (or The Great American Eclipse) like us, you’ll probably want to know exactly how much you’ll see of it based on where you live, which is why you’ll want to check this handy calculator from Vox. Related: 5 fun total solar eclipse gifts. Yay darkness! Simply add your zip code and it will tell you exactly how much of the total solar eclipse will be visible, as well as what time it will peak. For me, it looks like I’ll only be getting a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm...Read More
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Whatever the case may be, whether it’s sick kids or new neighbors, getting meals goes a really long way. And, of course, tech helps, too. Seriously, how did our parents survive without it? Here, I’m sharing my 3 favorite go-to sites for coordinating meals for friends, from tons-of-options to very basic. If you aren’t already organizing them the 21st century way, give it a try. Related: Fresh takes on great meals to take to new parents. Move over, casseroles. Give in Kind Give in Kind is a cool site that organizes meals, and a whole lot more. If you’re...Read More
In this fast-paced age of technology, coding skills are pretty valuable, whether you’re looking to change careers yourself, or you’ve got a teen looking ahead to college and beyond. Well, a new option just came available to you thanks to Apple, and even better, it’s completely free. Related: Turn screen time into educational time with these online coding camps Just this week, Apple launched an App Development Curriculum, which is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators that will teach students how to design apps using Swift. They’ll learning coding and designing, as well as software development...Read More
When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...Read More
We’re coming up end-of-the-year gifts for teachers, grads, and coaches over the next month, plus Father’s Day, which often means lots of group gifts. And as you might have experienced, chasing people down and keeping track of everyone’s money (all year long) can be a huge pain. But this is the 21st century! You can do this all digitally now! Here, 3 group gift websites that might just help you put the joy back into the giving. At least, the kind that involves lots of different people. Related: The best teacher gift ideas, from people who actually know: teachers!...Read More
These free Valentine’s Day e-cards from the New York Public Library (NYPL) gave us a little chuckle this morning, so we just had to share the love so you could share it too. Just head over to the NYPL website and create one of your own for your special book-loving someone. I’m giggling over “Check Me Out” (heh, get it?) and “Talk Wordy to Me.” Hey, they’re no Valentine’s Day emoji messages (ahem, cough), but they’re pretty funny nonetheless. And hey while you’re there and if you feel so inclined, you can give a little donation love to the...Read More
It’s no surprise that Amazon has jumped on the STEM for kids bandwagon given its popularity as of late (and hey, hooray for that). Back in 2015, they launched their STEM toys and games shop, and now, they’ve got STEM Club, a gift subscription service for kids, which might just be a smart way to get friends and family to gift your kids cool educational toys. Shoppers simply pick an age range, then the first gift hits their mailbox in under a week, all for $19.99/month and free shipping, which is a pretty affordable gift idea on its own, though pricey depending on how...Read More
I was so thrilled to discover this resource guide from the Library of Congress that’s full of a variety of primary source materials that document the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations through our country’s history. It’s such a fantastic wealth of information to help you talk to your kids about this important day. You’ll find information on every single President, including interesting factoids and trivia, plus images of everything from their inaugural address to photos of their procession, to newspaper clippings and lots more. That’s Abraham Lincoln’s actual inaugural address (below) And that’s Teddy Roosevelt taking the oath (top). You don’t...Read More
We’re always thankful for resources that help make sense of tricky topics for our kids, like today’s election. Even if you really paid attention in history, the Electoral College can be confusing. So, if you’re looking for ways to explain the U.S. election to your kids today, check these out. Related: Election Day 2016 – Everything you need to know This Ted Ed video about the Electoral College is from the 2012 election, but all the information still applies. With simple language and fun graphics, kids will be entertained while they’re learning why states like Texas, California, and New York...Read More
We recently shared tips for throwing a birthday party on a budget at Cool Mom Picks, and one of our favorite tricks is to use online invitations for the party. Not only does it save you a lot of money, but it makes tracking so much easier, from who’s coming to what they’re bringing. And better, you can easily send updates on party info down to the last minute. When I’m hosting a party, I turn to these great online invitations sites first. From their top-notch designs to the extra special features to help you manage your party, these have made my life so much easier. Related: Emily...Read More
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