What's the best way to manage kids' screen time?

This expert’s research-backed tips may surprise you —  because they surprised us.

iPhone covers like Grandma made.

I tend to think of the Apple store when I'm in need of a new iPhone case. But duh. I should be thinking about Etsy. Because when you search for iPhone cases, you find something as fabulous as this. We first discovered these fabulous handmade iPhone/Droid covers (or...

It’s a big TeuxDeux

Between after-school activities, weekend soccer games, getting Caleb a birthday present for his party on Saturday, flu shot appointments, sending in the permission slip for the field trip, and, uh, you get the gist, it's a wonder I don't leave my house looking like...

Great video cameras for under $500? Reader Q&A

"Hey Cool Mom Tech! Can you provide a recommendation for easy to use, readily compatible, high quality video cameras for less than $500? We bought one a few years ago but it takes a PhD to figure out how to edit the videos and even how to use it." - Ericka EI totally...

Bing and your school could win big

Bing and You're Done? Sure, if you just want to search for something. But you can also use Bing to win big bucks for your local K-12 school. Bing Education has introduced Our School Needs, a way for you to land some serious cash for a specific school need, and really,...

How to be undead in less than 5 minutes.

Whether you're into True Blood, Vampire Diaries, or Twilight--and I'll admit I adore all three--it's impossible to escape the world's ongoing fascination with all things dead and fangy. Whether you're a vampire fan, too, or you just want to send freaky Halloween...

IKEA to the media organization rescue!

I blame the current state of our living room on my sigOth's addition to oh, pretty much anything with a controller and an on-off switch. In other words, the gaming addiction is killing us.The Wii controls are different than the PS3 remotes are different than the...

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7 simple tips for taking better photos at night, so your kids' costume pics come out scary good!

That is, if they’ll stand still enough after eating all those Snickers minis.

These 11 geeky Halloween costumes = parenting done right!

From Adventure Time to Doctor Who to Star Wars, these ideas win Instagram!

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How to Get to Inbox Zero: A girl can dream, right?

I have more problems managing my inbox flow than you can imagine. Seriously, you don't want to know how old some of the emails in my inbox are. (Okay, 4 years. Just in Gmail. My other account goes back to 2002.) So after much urging by kindred spirits on Twitter, and...

A laptop bag made just for dudes. Or is it?

I am a laptop devotee, and so I carry mine everywhere. And as much as I try to keep my laptop case for my laptop only, as a mom I totally know that other stuff sneaks in there. Next thing you know, I've got a laptop/iPhone cord/board book/green crayon/magazine/water...

You’ve got me feeling emoticons

So I know I can't be the only one who's sent a snarky email or left a cheeky Facebook comment and ended it with a smiley emoticon. I guess it's sort of like starting a sentence with "no offense but... only nicer, right? Well, I can't wait to have some fun with these...

Jonathan Adler goes wired. Or really, unwired.

We've long since ditched the land line and become a mobile-only household. Overall, I love the savings and consolidation; if not the fact that the stupid 3G network doesn't reach my kitchen for some reasons. The main challenge for me, as with most busy moms, is...

Splish Splash I was taking an app

No techie parent needs convincing that the right app can do a lot more than keep your kid entertained while you wait in a long check out line or try to finish your food at a restaurant. The best ones actually teach your kids.Splish Splash Inn, from Shortstack, is one...

Have a cool flash drive you do?

I admit that I'm not a hard core fan of much by way of pop culture--except Ryan Reynolds that is--but I have heard that there are miiiight be a few major Star Wars fans out there. Some of them are moms. Some of them are kids. Some of them right here on our very...

Perfect for fall – a speck of purple

I'm all for hopping on trends for Fall when it comes to my wardrobe, so I'm just getting used to the idea that I can do it with my personal gadgets too. And let's face it, if you want to get on the purple train right now, a purple argyle iPhone case is a lot cheaper...

Sumo means style. (Not big fat guy in diaper.)

Hey Apple Store, I've got a bone to pick with you. I was browsing through your laptop cases at your 14th Street store and let's just say I, and the two other women staring blankly at the unimpressive display, left empty-handed. If you wouldn't mind stocking a few that...

The Echo Smartpen: smarter than your av-er-age pen

No matter how many gadgets with keyboards are available, we kind of hope that actual writing never goes away. Kids still take notes at school and parents write notes at home or work. However if you don't transcribe your notes to a computer, or organize them all in a...

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