Tag: productivity

Addicted to your iPhone? Try this one easy trick to seriously curb your screen time.

I’ve been seeing a lot of research lately that seems to find a correlation between how much time we spend on our phones and our kids’ behavior. Specifically, their bad behavior. The constant distraction of pings and alerts from my phone that takes my attention away from my own kids frustrates them too, especially now that they’re home all day on summer break and I’m trying to juggle work and kids at the same time. But, I’ve recently found a tip to break the iPhone addiction that really works: setting my screen to black and white. It’s painful, but...

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Tech trend: The new Uber-for-Kids type services that play chauffeur for your kids so you don’t have to

When I first heard about apps describing themselves as uber for kids, I was dubious. Calling a random driver to pick my kids up from school just didn’t feel safe, and I thought I’d probably be a nervous wreck the entire time my kids were being transported. Then again, plenty of moms I know hire teens from our school to drive their kids home, and the experienced, background-checked childcare providers who work for these companies are probably much safer than they are (sorry, teens). Now, these apps are really only available in a few select cities right now (and none yet in mine), so...

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Web Coolness: STEM Halloween costume ideas, a new Instagram feature that could help save lives, and lots more

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   Need some Halloween costume ideas? How about cool women in STEM! A crib that puts the baby to sleep? We’re intrigued. This new Instagram feature could help save lives. A very cool way to teach kids data visualization. Here’s a first look at the newest gaming system: Nintendo Switch. If your kids use earbuds, you’ll definitely want to read this. Whoa.   Oh, pretty. Misfit just launched Phase, their first smart watch. Wow, AT&T insurance will start covering cracked screens. Check...

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14 of the best organizational apps for parents to help keep you sane | Cool Mom Tech Back to School Tech Guide 2016

We love finding the best organizational apps for parents each year because honestly? We need them ourselves! If you’re anything like me, all household organization seems to disappear over the summer as we fully embrace our laid-back, casual schedule while we can. But now that school is in session, I’m all about getting focused. I  our new routine again, and these apps have been a lifesaver for me. From calendars to homework helpers, team communication apps to smart ways to organize all that artwork that’s going to come home with my kindergartener, these are what I think are some of the...

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Web Coolness: Math video games, what your tweets say about you, and lots more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you like them as much as we did.   Love this fun Star Wars BB-8 car charger from ThinkGeek. A cool new video game that teaches you to design patterns using math. What do your tweets say about your personality? No phone reception? You need this simple iPhone trick! Surprise! Your conversations on buses and trains might be recorded.   How cool is this bouquet of Lightning-to-USB cables from Belkin? You won’t believe what Apple collected from recycled iPhones. Wow. A Chrome extension that alerts...

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New parent must-have: Glow Baby app tracks everything from the first smile to the forty-seventh diaper. (Well, if you want it to.)

I can vaguely remember those new-mom days as a haze of me struggling to figure out how to juggle diapers, sleep schedules and pumping. The Glow Baby app (iOs and Android) simplifies all of that into one place, and it would have been great to have back then for me. But for you? Luckies. New parents, I highly suggest you download this app now. It’s free, and it will truly help calm the craziness in your house. It’s kind of like a baby book meets a baby tracker in the best possible way. At the top of your home screen, you’ll find the...

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27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo: From productive time-savers to just plain fun.

I received an Amazon Echo for Christmas this year, and I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical. What is all the buzz about anyway and what can I actually do with an Amazon Echo? I wasn’t sure it could really do more for me than Siri or my phone, but after having Alexa (that’s the voice’s name) in my home for a few weeks, connected to my Wifi and linked to my Amazon account I have to say she’s become a welcome houseguest. From productive time-savers to fun diversions, here are lots of cool things you can do with the...

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8 simple, smart tips to help work-at-home parents crush productivity and get more done in less time.

There are two things folks typically say when you tell them that you work from home. The first is: You’re so lucky. You get to be in your pajamas all day and wake up whenever you want! Uh, sure. And the second is something along the lines of, I wouldn’t get anything done and probably end up on Facebook/watching Walking Dead/snacking all day. Actually, talk to any honest work-at-home parent and they’ll probably say, “Same, man. Same.” The truth is, it’s a regular challenge for us WAHs too. Trying to stay on task and not get lured away by social media, binge...

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SimplyCircle app streamlines parent-school communication. And parent-soccer team, parent-carpool group, even parent-parent living in the same household. Which we often need too.

A large chunk of parenthood is about communication: With your partner, your kids, other parents, teachers, coaches, you name it. And too often, mishaps pop-up and communication goes wonky — especially this time of year, when it seems like there are more class parties, more performances and sports play-offs, more holiday schedule changes, more why didn’t anyone tell me about the Election Day bake sale last week?  Oh, and those last-minute snow day alerts and cancellations will be here before me know it. This is where the SimplyCircle app comes in. I think it’s worth a look because it can really make your life way...

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Todoist app may be our new favorite to-do list app.

Where would any of us be without our to-do lists? Probably reclined somewhere on a beach having sweet nothings whispered into our ears by our hot-to-death boyfriend Idris Elba. (Okay. That’s just me. Big Driis and I have history.) The point is, sometimes our to-do lists can feel all-consuming, making us tired before we’ve even checked off the first thing. This is where things like  Todoist app can help you out. Part To-Do list, part task manager, the Todoist app for iOS and Android is pretty powerful and super easy to use. Plus, a recent revamp of its web app...

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