4 awesome YouTube alternatives for kids of all ages

Looking to ditch YouTube after all their safety issues? We’ve got 4 options that parents love. 

What are the best screen time management approaches? We've got 5!

Get the scoop on 5 of the best approaches to managing your kid’s screen time, without losing your mind. 

The geeky girl’s valentine

I'm pretty sure you'll never catch me wearing a heart necklace. I know, I know how completely unromantic of me. But I could be swayed with this new find that pays homage to my inner tech geek. (Hear that, dear?) If you're going Huh? Less than 3? then look at the the...

Video for those of us who don’t mind looking old

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably seen a picture or two shot with one of the retro-inspired apps, like Hipstamatic, which create images reminiscent of a 1970's Polaroid picture. My favorite thing about those apps is that they make almost anyone...

Chore charts 2.0

Adding a fourth kid into the mix has meant I've really needed to streamline as much as I can around my house. But fortunately, that hasn't necessarily meant a bunch of new gadget purchases. Just my handy smart phone that I already own, and making use of some of the...

Minding your Peas and Quinces

I'm still on the fence about toddlers and technology. (Should I be admitting that here?) There are times when I look at my daughter effortlessly swiping through pictures on my iPhone and I marvel at the absurdity of it all. Then there are other times--like when she's...

iPhone cases to love

iPhone cases are now nearly as plentiful as iPhone apps, so it's not surprising that we've discovered some super new, super cool, super artful ones. What is surprising however is that they were all designed by children. And all those children are cancer patients. This...

Adorably ironic camera bags ahoy!

Back in the day, there were two choices for your camera bag: black faux leather or the padded canvas cube meant to hold a $5000 pro camera and lenses. I had to nestle my tiny point-and-shoot in a bed of socks to keep it from rattling around next to all the film...

What you should know about YouTube's pedophile problem.

Here’s what parents need to know about a recent disturbing YouTube discovery.

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Our most popular podcast episodes of 2018

Is your resolution to listen to more Spawned with Kristen and Liz this year? We love you! And hey, we’ve got some popular episodes to help you know where to start.

An artistic app to abundantly appreciate

It's not often that I come across a kid's app that is educational, artistic and fun, all in one. For real. As much as I enjoy a funny app with a cat who repeats everything you say, or an app that's simply a whoopee cushion (always a hit with the kids), there's...

Are kids losing life skills in favor of tech skills?

This week, a study by a tech company called AVG implies that "kids are learning tech skills before life skills"--with examples like the ability to use a mouse over the ability to tie a pair of shoes. You can read about it in a good ABC News story about kids mastering...

Let me Google that…for your bum.

What do Justin Bieber, Glee, iPad, and bankruptcy have in common? They were all the top Google searches between 2005 and 2010. And you can sit on them. Thanks to Etsy store Elasticco, you can now order your own Google pillow showcasing the top Google searches from the...

3 ways to get kids books on the iPad

We're gearing up for our annual family vacation, and instead of loading down our bag with bunch of books for the plane ride and bedtime, I've been loading them up electronically on my iPad. But with so many different options out there, I decided to give the three most...

Sony Playstation Move games bring snowday relief

If our Twitter streams are any indication, moms around the country are about at their wits' ends with winter storms, snow days, and kids stuck indoors. For you Playstation PS3 fans, the PlayStation Move games can offer fun indoor alternatives and help get the family...

RSS5000 – The holy grail of feed readers

For the last few years, I've read my favorite blogs and websites on Bloglines, a free service that organizes all your feeds in one handy place. Since it was taken over and revamped by Merchant Circle, I just haven't had the time or the energy to re-enter all my blogs....

Party favors for the video game obsessed

I'm in last minute party planning mode for my son and during one of my late night searches for handmade party goods, I came across these some awesome Super Mario Brothers cupcake toppers from Portland-based Artisan Cake Company and just had to share. As a mom of kids...

Etch A Sketch iPad Case makes us smile

Since purchasing my iPad a few months back, I'm completely obsessed with cool iPad cases. Given my penchant for purses and handbags, I guess I've extended my "you can never have too many" motto to my gadget covers too. And boy is this one awesome. This Etch A Sketch...

5 CES tech discoveries just for moms

We love hearing that more and more, tech companies are reaching out to moms and understanding that we're fans of technology too. And I'm happy to report there was plenty of evidence of it last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last week I fought...

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