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.

Bitmap blankets are cozy geek chic.

If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for the tech geek in your life who also happens to love stylish, modern home decor (in other words, they love 8-bit Pac Man but don't need a wall mural of it) then we've got your back. I found these incredibly luxurious...

ChatterPix Kids: Our cool free app of the week

I sometimes think I have the sense of humor of a ten-year-old, which comes in handy since I do have a tweenage son who thinks things like talking cupcakes and singing basketballs are pretty hilarious. What's even more hilarious is when we can record our own voice...

Yummly Recipes: Our cool free app of the week

I have fallen into a dinner rut, relying on a few tried-and-true recipes that I can whip up before the kids get too peckish at the end of a busy day. But now that I've download the free and gorgeously designed Yummly app, which is available free for iOS, Android, and...

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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

“If I Ran the Circus,” I’d buy this wonderful Seuss app

"A wonderful app! It's better than rap! 'If I Ran the Circus' makes me smile like a sap!" Um... sorry. There's just something about announcing a new Seuss app that forces me to rhyme, albeit badly. We've talked at length about our affection for Oceanhouse Media's Dr....

Take this new geography-based app for a spin

Whether you're headed over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, or you're just trying to get things ready for the big turkey dinner without tripping on a hungry kid, there's a smart new U.S. geography app that is so much fun, your grade-school kids may...

Some of our favorite kids’ apps make the leap from iOS to NOOK.

It's always great when great iOS kids' apps that we feature here make their way over to different platforms. More education and entertainment for everyone! That's why we were thrilled to hear that Nosy Crow, makers of really terrific kids e-book apps like Cinderella...

King of Math Junior for kids: Our cool free app of the week

If you're hoping to get your future mathlete ready for preschool in the fall, or just want to find a new ways to help practice counting, adding, and subtracting with your first grader, download the free version of King of Math Junior. This smart and fun game for iOS...

What do your tweets say about you? A fun, easy quiz.

If you need a five-minute time killer today (because we know you have just oodles of extra time to kill, parents) check out the very fun if questionably accurate Analyze Words. It's as simple as plugging in your Twitter handle -- or anyone else's -- and within...

The touchscreen Ray Super Remote: Consider our minds blown

If your household is anything like mine, you're familiar with the epic battles between kids over the remote control -- as in who holds it, what to search for, what to watch and what not to watch. I'm lucky if I ever get my hands on it at all. So when it came to...

Why we freaking love Facebook’s I F’ng Love Science

Yes, we went with the slightly sanitized version on the name, because this is a family show here. But that doesn't take away from how much we love the hilarious, crazy-popular FB page turned full-fledged blog, I F'ing Love Science, also known as IFLScience. Created...

Yuggler for parents: Our cool free app of the week

It's Sunday morning and your kids' friends just had to cancel their afternoon playdate. Or, you are on vacation with your toddler, and rain has just ruined your plans to visit that cool new park you read about online. What to do? Well, nowadays, there are lots of...

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