Tag: helpful websites

A website that could put an end to I’m Bored Syndrome.

My kids love writing and they love doing art, but sometimes they don’t know what to do with that blank sheet of paper or the empty Procreate screen. (That’s my manga-obsessed daughter’s digital illustration iPad app of choice, by the way.) Since anything suggested by Mom automatically sucks, I found ArtPrompts.org, a clever, very simple site that helps spark imagination. Click on categories like creature, (“warden of the wild”), character (“centaur picking flowers”), environment (“alchemist’s lab”), object (“a delicious looking bowl of steaming ramen”), then go to town on the results. My own favorite category is situation which yields imaginative,...

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The 3 best websites for coordinating meals. Yes, there’s tech for that now.

Whatever the case may be, whether it’s sick kids or new neighbors, getting meals goes a really long way. And, of course, tech helps, too. Seriously, how did our parents survive without it? Here, I’m sharing my 3 favorite go-to sites for coordinating meals for friends, from tons-of-options to very basic. If you aren’t already organizing them the 21st century way, give it a try. Related: Fresh takes on great meals to take to new parents. Move over, casseroles. Give in Kind Give in Kind is a cool site that organizes meals, and a whole lot more. If you’re...

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Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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3 helpful group gift websites that make the process so much easier

We’re coming up end-of-the-year gifts for teachers, grads, and coaches over the next month, plus Father’s Day, which often means lots of group gifts. And as you might have experienced, chasing people down and keeping track of everyone’s money (all year long) can be a huge pain. But this is the 21st century! You can do this all digitally now! Here, 3 group gift websites that might just help you put the joy back into the giving. At least, the kind that involves lots of different people.   Related: The best teacher gift ideas, from people who actually know: teachers!...

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Big (real) news! Fake news gets easier to spot with the new Google Fact Check

It seems like an April Fool’s joke (and yes, I double checked the date on the post) but at long last, Google is taking moves to quash fake news with a new Fact Check feature in Google Search and Google News, worldwide. So basically, Google Fact Check is not itself fake news. That’s a relief. According to the recent post on the Google blog, publishers can now enable a “Fact Check” tag in Google News which will mark as news those articles that have been fact-checked by publishers and respected fact-checking organizations, like Politifact,  FactCheck.org and Snopes. It even includes fact-check sites like Climate...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Free money! How to see if you have unclaimed funds, for real.

When a relative sent me a link to the office of the NY State Comptroller to see if I had unclaimed funds somewhere, I was shocked to see…I do! It’s totally legit, and as easy as filling out a quick form verifying your identity and social security number, then waiting about 2 weeks for a check to process. Yay free money! Don’t use the shady services you see advertised on TV for unclaimed funds — turns out every state has a Comptroller office dedicated to this very service, even if their own sites look a little…dated. Don’t worry, they’re...

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We found 3 of the best political apps that make it easy to have your voice heard

It’s amazing to see just how quickly some fantastic app developers have created political apps to help more people get involved in the political process, connect to your elected representatives, and make a difference, one voter at a time. The truth is, signing petitions or form letters may make you feel good (especially when you share the info on Facebook), but they’re about the lowest impact action you can take. Some petitions are actually little more than fundraising efforts for organizations or even politicians. The most effective thing you can do to register concerns is to show up in person at meetings or town...

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Merriam-Webster’s informative (and sometimes snarky) free dictionary app

We’re getting a good laugh out of the Merriam-Webster Twitter account, and don’t we all need a good laugh, lately? If you’re not following them, you should. Also, may we suggest downloading the free Merriam-Webster dictionary app? Sure, it’s the most respected source for definitions, pronunciations, and spellings in the English language, but it also has a great (albeit, subtle) sense of humor. Or, a great jocoseness, if you will. Related: Grammar rules, even in your kitchen! Related: Grammar police: Your mugs are here! The app has a full dictionary and thesaurus with audio pronunciations, which is a great resource for checking your spelling...

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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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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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