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.

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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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

Class Dojo: Our cool free app of the week

When I pick my kids up from school, they're not exactly a fountain of information about their day. So when my kids' art teacher set up a page for their classes with the free Class Dojo app, I was so thankful. Here, he can share everything from photos and videos to...

Duolingo app: Our cool free app of the week

If you're looking for a fun way to expose kids to new languages, we've been very impressed with quality of foreign language training you get with the free Duolingo app. You can choose from dozens of foreign languages, including common ones our kids learn like Spanish,...

Make a foster kid’s holiday dreams come true with Daymaker

We love finding wonderful ways that we can give back and help kids who need it most, especially during the holiday season, which is why we were happy to discover Daymaker. By connecting foster children with people like us via their gift-giving website, they're...

4 gadgets for laptop users to help with neck and shoulder pain.

Last year, I was having some issues with neck and shoulder pain, along with a side of vertigo (ugh!). After a discussion with a chiropractor and a yoga therapist, I decided to make some changes to my work set-up, which was probably causing a bit, if not all, of the...

This kid’s Halloween costume just won the Internet.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably saw the hilarious viral video of the Irish family trying to catch a loose bat in their kitchen. If you have not seen this video, I suggest you watch it right now. Trust us, it's funny! Well, no surprise, someone...

A new ad-free podcast app for kids that’s worth paying for.

We're big podcast fans in my house, and no, not just because we've got a Cool Mom Picks podcast (shameless plug for Spawned with Kristen and Liz). They're fantastic screen-free entertainment for the whole family. As more and more podcasts for kids keep popping up, it...

Whoa, awesome Kindle sale. But you have to hurry!

If you've been waiting for a killer price on a Kindle e-reader (or want to stock up early on holiday gifts), now is your chance to grab a Kindle on sale! To celebrate the Kindle's 10th anniversary, Amazon is offering most of their popular e-readers at an awesome...

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