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.

A Super Mario gingerbread house. Wahoo!

The gingerbread house just got a 2017 makeover thanks to this clever Super Mario gingerbread house we found at Michael's. Seriously, how fun is this? Related: The coolest craft gifts for kids  You get everything you'll need to put together this gamer's dream...

The hottest tech gifts of 2017: Something for everyone on your list

If you're looking for the top new holiday gifts for 2017, have we got a list for you! From the hottest new electronics and toys to goodies for gadget-lovers, photography fun, the smartphone that could change smartphones, gifts for gamers and more. We've put our heads...

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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

Sprite Box: Code Hour is our cool free app of the week.

We love finding cool toys and apps that do a great job teaching our kids the basics of coding, since it's a language we expect they'll want (and need) to know when they're adults. When they've got great design and fun play through too, it's even better. The...

Me by Tinybop: A personal journal app that helps kids learn empathy

Now more than ever, I want to teach my kids compassion, acceptance, and empathy, which is why our family has adopted the new app Me by Tinybop. This dynamic personal journal app for kids is an excellent way to start them on the deep dive into understanding who they...

How to use the Amazon app to get the best Black Friday deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here, and if you're like us, you've bought a thing or 20 from Amazon, or at least tried too. The Lightning Deals move so quickly that often times we've missed out on items we really wanted. Well this year, we're armed...

Code your own Star Wars video game, you can. (And we will.)

Raise your hand if you already have tickets to see The Last Jedi. Yep, we're obsessed too at our house, so I'm (obviously) looking for hot new Star Wars gifts for my kids this holiday season. At the top of my list: Bloxels Star Wars. This cool hands-on game lets my...

A cute little pet that plays music. We approve, Oprah!

While I was getting my new shiny iPhone 8 + this weekend, I spotted these adorable My Audio Pet Bluetooth speakers at the T-Mobile store, under a big "One of Oprah's Favorite Things!" Now, I love me some Oprah, but I tend to be pretty skeptical about those lists....

7 fantastic Android tablet apps for creative kids

If you've got a kid like mine, it's a full-time job just keeping up with her every growing interests, many of which happen to be digital. And no, I'm not necessarily talking about gaming and YouTube binge watching. From learning to code to creating digital art pieces...

Why the new Local app could make you delete Yelp for good.

I admit, Yelp drives me crazy for a number of reasons. And now, just in time for the holiday shopping and travel, comes a truly viable app alternative. Let's say you live in Silverlake, you like comedy shows and galleries, and four of your friends have recently...

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