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.

iPads as toddler babysitters: Is technology ever too much?

This past week, Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner talked to the NY Post about iPads as toddler babysitters, one of the hot topics in the parenting world these days. Computer World has even nominated the iPad as the children's toy of the year.Where do you stand on children...

Epiphanie – A revelation in camera bags

Even though I own and love my Canon Rebel XLR, I tend to only rely on my iPhone and save the fancy camera for special occasions. It's mostly because, well, I just don't have the room in my bag. Besides, the last thing I need is for my precious to get covered in snack...

Peace Tech and Harmony

While Cool Mom Tech has now been up and running for a whole month now (whoo!) this past week, we were excited to make things official with a bi-coastal launch party. No easy undertaking, when you consider Liz, Kristen + Beth have 9 children between the three of us,...

Earphones to protect hearing. And possibly, relationships.

Zachary, could you come here please? Zachary...Zach, hello, I'm speaking to you. ZACH! Sound familiar? It can't be just my kid who ignores me for all kinds of reasons, but the last thing I'd ever want as a reason is for him actually being unable to hear me....

Piquing our Geek: The Silly Bandz game for Nintendo DS

Well, it was only a matter of time before our favorite landfill-embellishing cheapo kid pleaser made the licensing rounds. Any day now I expect Silly Bandz bedding, Silly Bandz bike accessories, and a Silly Bandz animated series on Nick Jr. featuring the made-for-TV...

Web Coolness: Autism therapy, digital textbooks, and new old desks

Here are some things we've liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Can the iPad help children with Autism? Really fascinating article. Digital textbooks are on their way sooner than you think. And better yet, the first one will be free. Ooh,...

Power Up, baby

If you play as much Mario Kart in your house as we do in ours (I mean uh, when we're not listening to NPR) you will probably weep little animated tears of joy at this Power Up onesie I found on etsy. Made by a doting auntie for her future Luigi-loving nephew, the...

3 tips for new iPad owners of the parent variety

A couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge and purchased an iPad. I'm far from what I would call a gadget geek, but given my husband's traveling schedule and my new job as "homeschool educator," I figured that it would come in handy for our family. And since finally...

Looxcie Ma, no hands!

Having recently armed myself with a video camera packed with the features a mom on the go needs (image stabilization, face capture, full HD, foot rubs on demand) I was ready for every spontaneous moment my kids could dish out. School play? Ready. Winning goal? Ready....

Creating harmony in the home – 6 tips you need, trust us

We have all adored the products from Logitech for a long time. They're cool, stylish, super functional tech accessories are pretty much everything that's right about tech, when tech gets it right. Because they're the makers of the widely lauded Harmony Universal...

Crayola.com gives you a lot more reasons to want crayons

For the most part, marketers of kids' products have yet to discover smart ways to get folks to their site for any reason besides product info. (Seriously, when was the last time you logged onto your kid's favorite breakfast cereal URL, despite the back panels' hollow...

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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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Long live Alexander McQueen. As a laptop case.

As we've been noticing for some time now, designer fashion is expanding beyond clothes and into technology. If handbag designers can make accessories to hold your keys, then why not your laptop too, right? The latest entry is from no other than late fashion icon...

An iPad app to make math as fun as Bingo

We've only had our iPad for a week now, and already my homeschooled daughter and I are reaping the benefits thanks to so many of the cool, educational games we've discovered. Some of which, like Math Bingo, can be a fantastic addition to what can be a pretty one...

Desk chairs at DWR, now 15% more comfortable

As the old joke about Design Within Reach goes, the name makes no sense at all when you consider the prices. But it's still one of my favorite shops guaranteed to leave my drool marks on my laptop screen, as I imagine the fabulous, perfectly perfect home I'll have....

Angry Birds goes high fashion

This morning I saw a little girl in my building wearing an Angry Birds shirt, and had to laugh. How awesome that the hot iPhone game of 2010 (so hot that the New York Times Magazine did a story on it earlier this month) has infiltrated the minds--and chests--of...

Trade up your iPod at Toys R Us

I tend to take an "if it's not broken, don't fix it" attitude when it comes to my gadgets. I'm perfectly happy with my plain old iPod, and really I figure if it's working well for me, then I don't exactly need the newest, prettiest model. But that doesn't mean I don't...

Homework by dragon

For some time now, I have been looking for software to help my sixth grader organize his thoughts while writing school essays. I recently complained to a friend that dictation software didn't work well with my son's tween voice. Basically, it was producing written...

Hands free – Music to a busy mom’s ears

I've definitely raised an eyebrow when I've seen what looks like someone talking to themselves at a restaurant, only to notice some giant bluetooth headset stuck in their ear. But with "hands-free" being the only legal option in many states for car cellphone usage,...

Cupcake making without cavity making

To say my girls are obsessed with the range of cake, cupcake, Jell-O mold, and cookie making/decorating iPhone apps out there is an understatement. It's like the EZ-Bake Ovens of the smartphone era: So fun for kids, it doesn't even matter whether they eat the results...

Mustang Sally

The klutz that I am, a camera strap is an absolute must-have, particularly when it comes to my extra special fancy DSLR. However, I'm not so keen on being an advertisement for it, and I've been scouring Etsy to find something a little cooler. The unique upcycled...

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