Curb Your Screen Time Addiction: Presenting our helpful 5-part series

Simples tips, brilliant trips, and a judgment-free zone to help you put more time this year toward the people and things that need it most.

7 genius fitness apps to help even busy parents keep their fitness resolutions

Who says you have to join a gym these days to get in shape? Apps (good ones!) to the rescue.

Homework by dragon

For some time now, I have been looking for software to help my sixth grader organize his thoughts while writing school essays. I recently complained to a friend that dictation software didn't work well with my son's tween voice. Basically, it was producing written...

Cupcake making without cavity making

To say my girls are obsessed with the range of cake, cupcake, Jell-O mold, and cookie making/decorating iPhone apps out there is an understatement. It's like the EZ-Bake Ovens of the smartphone era: So fun for kids, it doesn't even matter whether they eat the results...

Mustang Sally

The klutz that I am, a camera strap is an absolute must-have, particularly when it comes to my extra special fancy DSLR. However, I'm not so keen on being an advertisement for it, and I've been scouring Etsy to find something a little cooler. The unique upcycled...

Droid vs. iPhone – Reader Q&A

I am buying a new cell, but can't decide between an iPhone 4 or a Android phone. What cell is best? -SarahOoh, fun purchase, Sarah! Picking between the iPhone and the Droid can be a difficult decision - sort of like choosing between your own family and your in-laws at...

Vlingo-ing is the new Texting. Only safer.

While I have mastered the skill of tossing a cheese stick to the back of the minivan without looking, hitting a screaming child's outstretched hand like a quarterback throwing a touchdown pass, I am still challenged to find the right hands-free cell phone calling...

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...

The 5 apps that changed my life this year for the better

Yeah, it sounds like hyperbole. “Life-changing apps?” But these 5 really did make a difference, in terms of safety, self-care, organization and more. Take a peek!

Tips & Tricks to Make Life (Way!) Easier

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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.

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...

Is your camera ready for this jelly?

If you're anything like me, then the camera you generally reach for is the one that fits right in your back pocket - your phone. And while my camera phone definitely gets an "A" for convenience, it doesn't score as high when it comes to creativity. Let's face it -...

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...

The geek’s guide to racy pick-up lines

I can't code my way out of a paper bag, but I figure that's why I have so many awesome friends who use their tech savvy to work amazing magic all over the internets. And I've got a pretty good hunch that they'd all appreciate this "You are the CSS to my HTML" shirt...

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...

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...

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