Tag: cool websites

A cool online resource for teaching kids about the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

I was so thrilled to discover this resource guide from the Library of Congress that’s full of a variety of primary source materials that document the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations through our country’s history. It’s such a fantastic wealth of information to help you talk to your kids about this important day. You’ll find information on every single President, including interesting factoids and trivia, plus images of everything from their inaugural address to photos of their procession, to newspaper clippings and lots more. That’s Abraham Lincoln’s actual inaugural address (below) And that’s Teddy Roosevelt taking the oath (top).   You don’t...

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5 of the best Santa apps that prove he’s real. Hear that, Virginia?

We’ve tried a lot of Christmas apps over the years (like, lots), and let’s just say a good Santa app is hard to find. We’ve narrowed it down to these 5 fun Santa apps that we think your kids will love. You can track Santa’s flight on Christmas Eve, alert him that you won’t be home for the holidays, and even video chat directly with him. Hey, if nothing else, that sure beats standing on line at the mall. Related: 6 fun Santa apps for kids Hello Santa app Our kids have been calling Santa through the Hello Santa app for a couple years now, and the...

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Back to school lifesaver: A smart, simple trick for going paper free

With four kids in school and various activities, you can just imagine the number of forms I have to fill out and sign, pretty much on a weekly (sometimes, daily) basis. I don’t even want to think about how long printing them, filling them out, then either mailing or trying to get my kids to remember to turn them in would take. So, my one time-saving trick? HelloSign. Related: Going paper free got a whole lot easier with FileThis People typically think services like these are just for business, but actually, I use this all the time to complete and sign school...

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3 of the best websites for gorgeous online party invitation for your kids.

We recently shared tips for throwing a birthday party on a budget at Cool Mom Picks, and one of our favorite tricks is to use online invitations for the party. Not only does it save you a lot of money, but it makes tracking so much easier, from who’s coming to what they’re bringing. And better, you can easily send updates on party info down to the last minute. When I’m hosting a party, I turn to these great online invitations sites first. From their top-notch designs to the extra special features to help you manage your party, these have made my life so much easier. Related: Emily...

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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. That’s why we we’re loving ReviewMeta. Related: 3 smart ways to save money shopping online This cool site actually checks the reliability of an Amazon.com using their special algorithm. You simply input the url, then they check various data points to provide the reviews with a report card. I decided to give it...

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Cool gifts designed by your kids’ favorite gamers and YouTubers at Maker Shop.

My kids are obsessed with Aphmau, the hugely  popular YouTuber, Vlogger, designer — and mom, by the way — who creates the Minecraft roleplay videos they devour like I used to watch, oh, Captain Caveman. I happened to click on the Aphmau Maker Shop link from her Twitter profile while my kids were over my shoulder, and that was the end of that. They are now obsessed with her kitty backpacks — and the knowledge that Maker Shop has tons of items designed by popular gamers and vloggers. And by popular, I mean you may not recognize their names and characters, but your tweens and teens...

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2 of the best baby naming websites we trust to help us pick the perfect one

Choosing your baby’s name is serious business. You want one that will be meaningful but not cheesy, unique but not weird, and cool but not a passing fad. No pressure, right? Well, here are 2 of the best baby naming websites that were huge helps to us when we were choosing names for our kids. These sites provide insight into how names are perceived, famous (or infamous) people with the same name, and all the data you could hope for on name popularity. Once you’re armed with these baby naming websites, you’ll have that perfect name picked in no time. But,...

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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 seconds, the algorithm generates a graph of your personality based on your past 750-1000 or so words that you’ve put out on Twitter. Now clearly there are some oddities here — like the @NYTimes account scores low on “plugged-in” (what?) but high for “Spacey/Valley Girl” — perhaps because the word “like” is in some...

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CuriosityStream lets you turn your binge-watching habit to fantastic documentaries.

Documentaries are hot right now. The whole earth seems to be obsessed with Making a Murderer, and movies like What Happened Miss Simone?, Man on Wire and Jiro Dreams of Sushi have been big hits in the last few years too. I’m not surprised, considering I’m a sucker for a great documentary too. So I’m excited to dive into the new website CuriosityStream, which features more than a thousand truly high-quality, well-produced, documentaries, all of them streamed to you without commercials. Related: Cutting the cable cord: 5 things that happened when I finally did it Now, the documentaries on CuriosityStream skew more educational and fact-based than the pop-culture docs you’ll see on Netflix, but that’s fantastic for kids...

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Our favorite Santa apps that make the magic even more magical.

We’re big fans of Santa around here, as you might have guessed. What, us risk making the naughty list? Never!) So if you’re looking for some fun Santa apps to help bring the big guy to life on your phone, tablet, or laptop and make believers out of any kid at all, we have quite a few options for you from some mainstays to some very fun new entries. Related: 8 of the best fun Christmas apps for kids Personalized Call from Santa from Google So far, our favorite app of the year is right on your laptop. Leading up...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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