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.

Tile Slim means you’ll never lose your wallet again

The Tile smart tracker has been keeping us from losing our keys for years now, so color us excited about their newest product, Tile Slim, which is sized perfectly for wallets and other more streamlined items. Related: 5 outrageously cool tech gadgets you didn't know...

Apps parents should know about: Collection feature on VSCO

Editor: This article has been updated with more current information since publication If you keep tabs on your teen on apps like Instagram and SnapChat, you're going to want to add another one to your list, parents. VSCO (pronounced vis-ko), which was originally...

Kids Trade app: Our cool free app of the week

No matter how many times I run to Goodwill or Kon Mari my house, in just a few weeks I feel like we have more toys and video games and stuffed animals than my kids could ever play with. But, of course, they still ask for new things every once in a while. In their...

Add a pocket to your iPhone case. Thanks, Kate Spade.

If you've loved the idea of those iPhone cases that double as wallets but aren't ready to take the plunge, here's a smart alternative: this stick-on leather smart phone pocket from Kate Spade. Related: 30 of the coolest iPhone 6 cases for any style Just pop in on the...

Should you trust Amazon product reviews? ReviewMeta to the rescue.

We know that as much as you rely on Cool Mom Tech (and Cool Mom Picks) for product recommendations (right?), we pretty much all still check Amazon reviews before we make a purchase. But as you can probably guess, for many products, the reviews aren't super reliable....

Adorable app: Our cool free app of the week

I've seen some pretty adorable baby announcements in my mailbox over the years. I have to say, I really admire my friends who know their way around Photoshop. They can put the perfect font with their baby's photo to make the cutest announcements and cards. But, for...

Turn your summer memories into a cool keepsake

Take the Chatbooks photo books and add in The Novogratz Family design sense and you get a very cool way to turn your favorite summer photos into a keepsake. Simply download the Chatbooks app, then enter the code SUMMER16, where the cool illustrations and artful...

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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

StartDot: A handwriting app for children

My daughter is quite the artist, and her attention to detail is impressive. I only wish she'd apply the same care when writing her letters and numbers. So I was curious to check out a handwriting app that might help her clean up her act. StartDot Handwriting for the...

The best fire safety tips for kids: 5 great online resources

October 6 is the start of Fire Prevention Week, which means this is a really good time to commit to getting your kids up to speed on fire safety tips. As parents, we all know that teaching fire safety to our kids is important, but it can be tough to do in a way that...

Helping your kids understand 9/11

The emotions we feel as adults are so complex today, as they are each year on September 11. But as parents, we have the added burden of trying to explain it to our own children in an age-appropriate way, and to help them cope with it too. So once again, we're pleased...

A booming new Bluetooth speaker that more of us can afford

Honestly, I'm not a hard-core audiophile who geeks out over the minute details about speaker drivers and subwoofers, but I am still picky with my speakers as I'm sure a lot of you are. I can hear the difference between a good speaker and a crappy one when I'm...

A gorgeous wearable tracker that might actually help beat stress

We've seen lots of stylish activity trackers for women, even ones aimed to help deal with stress, but none have been so seemingly comprehensive in terms of physical and mental health as the new Bellabeat LEAF Urban. Related: 5 gorgeous fitness trackers for women Worn...

3 cool art tech toys that take your kids’ drawing to a new level

Lately we've seen some really cool tech innovations that are inspiring the little artists in our house. While we're still big fans of crayons and paper around here as our go-to art supply, I love how that their creativity can carry over into screen time, too. If your...

5 awesome llama iPhone cases. Because, llamas.

If you haven't noticed, llamas are taking over as the cute animal du jour. First it was owls, then foxes, followed by hedgeghogs, and sloths. Though admittedly I'm still a little obsessed with sloths. Thanks, Zootopia. But finally, llamas are getting the attention...

BeON Home: The smart lightbulbs that keep your house safer

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that whenever my family heads out on a trip, we worry about the safety of our homes when we're gone. So I was intrigued by the BeON smart lightbulbs, which use clever lighting responses to prevent burglary, plus have a backup battery...

How to get rid of Unknown calls on your iPhone in a snap

If you're getting more than your fair share of calls from that dreaded caller "Unknown" and want to know how to get rid of unknown calls, we've got your back. After all, 'tis the season for telemarketing, campaign donation requests, and robocalls up the whazoo. So, I...

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