The best of CES 2018: Must-see picks for parents!

From cool coding toys for kids to swanky tech accessories, health tech + all the stuff you never knew you needed…until now.

Black Friday: Tech steals and deals

I've never been one to wake up at 3:45 a.m. to participate in the madness of Black Friday, but some of the deals that have been surfacing of late have made it more tempting to consider the idea. It seems that each year, every major retailer wants to outdo its...

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you're all doing something home-y, happy, and dare we say, unplugged today. While we couldn't find you a pie-baking robot, we did score a fun, free Thanksgiving app that might help pass the time and give you a good chuckle while the turkey is cooking, football...

5 Reasons moms can be happy for the cloud

This post is sponsored by Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Live which let you do all sorts of cool things with the cloud. I am a busy mom. If you are a mom, you're likely one too. (Is there even such a thing as a not busy mom? I tend to doubt it.)So of course I'm...

Tis the season for kids holiday apps

With holidays officially starting this week (despite the carols that are already taking over the store speakers), I've been on the lookout for something festive, fun, and perhaps a little educational to get my kids in the Christmas spirit. And luckily I just happened...

Getting kids off the couch with the help of a Wii remote. And Dora.

I've said it before: I'm not usually a big fan of small children playing video games. But I make an exception when they've got some educational value and they get kids moving. I'm pleased to see that Nickelodeon and Nintendo have teamed up to do those very things with...

Deck your phone with a festive case

Because I'm really not a fan of snowman sweaters, light-up earrings, and all that holiday jazz, apparently some people think I'm an Ebenezer Scrooge. I say it's because I've yet to find the right festive accessory. That is, until I spotted the holiday CandyShell cases...

Freeing up parental brain space

Not to toot my own horn, but honestly, sometimes I'm amazed at the wealth of information I'm able to contain in my head--and access at a moment's notice. Kids' birthdays, kids' friends' birthdays, my friends' birthdays, my friends' kids' birthdays, anniversaries,...

Piquing our geek – Wellies that charge your cell phone

If ever I needed a reason to buy new boots, Wellies has just given me one with their soon to be released Orange Power Wellies that uses the heat from your feet to charge your cellphone.No, seriously. The cool designers at Wellies and the renewable energy experts...

Dreidels go high tech for Hanukkah

One of my family's favorite Hanukkah traditions is a rousing game of Dreidel. (I swear, I'm not just in it for the chocolate gelt!) Each year, we search for the perfect dreidel that spins just right, and we've ended up with quite a collection. But I have to say, my...

Web Coolness: Holiday help, turkey tech, and a Beatles bonanza

Here are some things we've liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. First, have you checked out the 2010 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide yet? With more than 120 gift ideas, nearly all available online, checking off that holiday list is easier...

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What work of art do you most look like? The silly app everyone is playing with

My timeline started blowing up with bizarre side-by-side photos of selfies and museum portraits. I tracked it down as a feature of the new Google Arts & Culture app (iOS and Android) which is free, fun, and possibly has some educational value in it too. Scroll down...

Recharge with these 5 fantastic self-care apps in 2018

It's not always easy for us parents to find time to focus on our mental and spiritual health, but it's critical to being good parents for our kids. So, set aside the guilt about "me time" and download these free self-care apps now. They're going to get you in the...

The best ever, super simple trick for taking better selfies

Last week on family vacation, atop the San Jacinto Mountain with the scenic Coachella Valley behind me, of course tons of selfies were taken. As is the law these days. When it was my turn to pull out my phone, I realized I couldn't get a flattering angle, and the...

5 free journal apps to harness your thoughts in 2018.

Harness your thoughts (and maybe a New Years’ resolution) with one of our favorite free journal apps.

Portable North Pole app is back with new, better-than-ever features. It’s magical.

The Portable North Pole app and website is hands-down our favorite way for kids to get a chance to talk with Santa. And this year, it's back with new features that make it better than ever. For kids who are clever, curious (and maybe a little doubtful) the elaborate...

The Best of the Best Educational Apps

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Well slap me silly

I am surely dating myself here when I confess that I had me one impressive collection of slap bracelets circa 1989. They were about a buck each at CVS as I recall, and it was nearly as savvy an allowance expense as four games of Donkey Kong or a few cans of New Coke....

Shooting from the heart – better than shooting from the hip.

I might be aging myself here, but remember when only professional photographers had professional cameras? Now it seems that every other house has a professional level camera, even if most people don't know how to get the most out of them.Enter the fabulous new book...

Sansa Fuze+ lets you walk and rock at the same tme

My kids are already clamoring over all the toy catalogs that have been coming in the mail, looking wide-eyed page by page at the potential holiday bounty. They're still on the young side to be begging for an electronic device, but portable media players of any kind...

Turn your old shirt into a laptop sleeve

My husband and I are complete opposites in a lot of ways, but especially when it comes to keeping and tossing. Me being the tosser. I do a monthly purge of my closet whereas he holds onto almost everything, somehow rationalizing that he will, once again, use it or...

Comic books go green and ultra-portable

I had a boyfriend in college who had boxes upon boxes of his "favorite" comic books. (Which ones were his favorites? All of them!) I found it a little weird, but hey, collectors are kind of different, right?Well, now I have a son who wants to collect comic books. I...

MobiGo by VTech gets the skeptical mom vote

My near 4 year-old son has been eying my oldest's Nintendo DS for awhile now, but he's just not quite old enough to do anything but ask us to help him play a game. Sort of defeats the point of having it. But since the brand new MobiGo from VTech arrived in our house,...

Getting more shopping bang for less buck online

We're so thrilled to be part of the launch of the brand new Windows Phone which is helping people, including moms like us, do more with less.     We here at Cool Mom Tech live by the technology of online shopping. (Boy, do our credit cards know that.) But thankfully,...

Speakers that are music to a mom’s ears

My son is really into music and I can usually hear it blasting from his room, but the other day I was screaming and screaming...I mean requesting that he make his presence known.No response. I swung open his door and there he was, rocking out with his iPod, headphones...

A math app for ninjas

After hours of coaxing without success, I gave up begging my 7 year-old sons to practice math drills on a worksheet and I headed to my iPad. I knew there must be a math app that played like a video game to keep him engaged. And wouldn't you know it, I found it. Math...

Forget candy canes, wrap your holiday gifts in binary code

These days, trying to find the perfect politically correct design for holiday gift wrap can be overwhelming. Not every one of my friends and  family members enjoy every symbol of every holiday. The Think Geek website helped me find a truly agnostic paper however. The...

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