- Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook – In addition to being a fun and entertaining interactive storybook, the $1.00 Speech With Milo app is also an effective speech therapy tool created by a licensed speech-language pathologist. If your child needs a bit of help in the language department, this app may be just what you’re looking for.
- Peek-a-Zoo – by Duck Duck Moose – This $0.99 app was selected by Apple as a New & Noteworthy App, and reached the number-one spot on the Top Paid Book App list. Peek-a-Zoo focuses on social and emotional cues, helping kids learn to recognize not only animals by name, but also emotions, actions and activities.
- Toca Hair Salon 2 – Toca Boca is a celebrated name in children’s apps, providing some of the best and brightest iPhone programming for the smaller set. Kids can operate their own hair salon with Toca Hair Salon, coloring, cutting and styling the characters’ hair however they like. There are also plenty of accessories like glasses and hats to further decorate their virtual clients!
- Cars in Sandbox: Construction – There’s something about construction vehicles that seems to fascinate most little ones. This $2.99 app capitalizes on that adoration, allowing kids to explore and learn about heavy machinery through top-notch animations, video and sound effects. Kids learn what each vehicle is used for and how each helps to build the world we live in, all while developing fine motor skills and gaining a sense of accomplishment from the gold star awards at the end of each round.
- Dot Collector – Great for infants and young toddlers, this $0.99 app is easy to understand and engaging, helping kids develop their fine motor skills while learning color recognition. Kids simply tap dots and drag them to a hole, where they disappear and are replaced by more dots. Straightforward and engaging, this app is one of a relatively small number that cater to kids so young.
- Pepi Bath – This is a $1.99 role-playing game that helps kids learn about hygiene and self-care while they guide Pepi through a clean-up routine. You can select Pepi’s gender at the beginning of each game, play with sprayers and toys or simply pop bubbles, making this app versatile and engaging.
- Feel Electric! – Recommended as a 2012 Parents’ Choice and hosted by members of the Electric Company cast, this free app includes three vocabulary-based games, a glossary of 50 emotions and 10 story makers to help kids accurately communicate and explore what they’re feeling.
- Lumi’s Book of Eyes – Written by an ophthalmologist, the $0.99 Lumi’s Book of Eyes app is an interactive storybook following Lumi as he travels the world and learns about how eyes work along the way. Recommended for kids’ ages four and up, Lumi’s Book of Eyes can also be a great conversation-starter before your child’s first eye exam or before getting glasses.
- Toca Kitchen – A Gold Winner of the 2012 Parents’ Choice Awards, this $1.99 app was developed by the renowned Toca Boca game studio. Kids can pick any ingredient they like and prepare it to their own specifications, without rigid rules or boundaries. Toca Boca games don’t have high scores or time limits, allowing kids to play them however they want.
- Helicopter Taxi – Winner of the Children’s Technology Review – Editor’s Choice Award, Helicopter Taxi lets kids fly their very own helicopter from the safety of the ground. The app even uses your iPhone’s camera to create an ultra-realistic and exciting experience for kids.
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“Zero to Five, 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based On Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far)” is the anecdote. The book is part handbook, part photo book, part advice text and part testimonials. It’s all in this oversized resource guide bound together in a spiral binder format.
Readers can sit down and immerse in all the pages at once, or just browse through and flip. Each page covers a new tips, tools or suggestions for raising super smart, alert, active and creative children. There is ample inclusion of BTDT advice from moms and other nuggets from tried and true sources.
Journalist, mom and wife Tracy Clutchlow, who is featured on the cover along with her adorable daughter, does a great job jamming just the right amount of fuel of knowledge in this very useful and informative guide.
It’s a great book for this new generation of “reader” parents who enjoy absorbing all the latest advice that is available out from veteran parents, pediatrician and child-care experts. But it is also well written and included enough vibrant photography, font variations and side bars to keep the attention and inform the category of parents who are not really into all of that — who just want the basics, plus a little more.
I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it for new first-time parents as a baby shower gift or a refresher for a vet parent as well.
Pick up a copy at Amazon.com!
Despite the fact that it may or may not be snowing still in your world, Spring starts this Thursday.
And whether you live in a single-family home, studio, apartment, loft or town home, NOW is an ideal time to start contemplating and planning your Spring Cleaning Checklist. Every one in the family: the kids, hubby or partner and even the littlest ones, can get involved and help get your home back in tip top shape after a dusty, musty and messy Winter.
Children can pick out which toys they will give away to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. If you or your spouse is handy around the home, itemize broken fixtures that need repair or replacement.
Before you start planning your Spring Cleaning tasks, it may be a good idea to make sure you understand the art of keeping house too.
When I got engaged back in 1999, a dear law school pal of mine threw me a bridal shower in her quaint Capitol Hill apartment. It was wonderfully organized and I got a chance to check out her very neatly organized home.
Her secret: The Bible of keeping house, “Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House” by Cheryl Mendelson, which she gave me as a gift.
It is a nearly 100-page hardback text and includes a comprehensive guide to every section of the home and is easily understood and great for beginners, like I was back then. Even intermediate or advanced home makers will find this resource text helpful.
My dog-eared version of the home-cleaning bible
I didn’t grow up with a mother who passed on homemaking skills and techniques to her children so I was clueless. The book was right on time.
In it, Mendelson explains materials and properties of common household items which is essential for knowing how to care for them and extend their life. She explains when to replace worn out items. Home Comforts has sections and subchapters like Electricity Safety, The Air in your Castle, Caring for jewelry, Ironing, How to launder Tricky Items and more.
Since I am pretty busy and have been since getting hitched years ago, I haven’t had time to comb carefully through the entire book, yet I use it as a reference guide and turn to it often…especially each Spring during Spring Cleaning time!
If you don’t already have a copy and are considering purchasing a new home or just want to start fresh and learn how to manage your own home, I highly recommend it. It’s available at Amazon.com in Kindle, Paperbook and Pdf now! And it makes a great wedding or bridal shower gift.
- Arby‘s will have buy one get one free deals on corned beef beef Reuben sandwiches, if you bring a printable coupon.CLICK HERE for coupon or go to www.arbys.com.Arby’s will have buy one get one free deals on corned beef beef Reuben sandwiches, if you bring a printable coupon.CLICK HERE for coupon or go to www.arbys.com.
- 7-Eleven: Text ”DIETCOKE1″ to 711711 to get a small free Diet Coke Slurpees.
- Olive Garden: A free dessert will come with the purchase of entree when patrons use this coupon through 3/30.
- Claire’s: St. Patrick’s Day 2014 items are buy one, get one free. Expires 3/17, no coupon code needed.
- Del Taco: Buy a bacon or sausage Egg & Cheese Muffin and get a second free with their on-site coupon. Good through 4/2.
- ThinkGeek: Get a free St. Patrick’s Day Shirt with an order of $40 or more through 3/17, with the code ELVISH. Or buy the t-shirt by itself for only $5. And in honor of Pi Day and Einstein’s birthday, the site is also offering a 20% discount on orders of $40 or more with the code PINSTEIN. All offers expire 3/17.
- Sonic Drive-Ins will have half price cheeseburgers on March 17.
- 1-800-Baskets: Get 15% off select St. Patrick’s Day gifts with the promo code LUCKY15 through 3/17.
- 1-800-FLOWERS: Promo code LUCKYSVNTN will get shoppers 17% off St. Patrick’s Day flowers and gifts through 3/18.
- Bonefish Grill: This coupon is good for $10 off a purchase of two lunch entrees through 3/29.
- Carvel: Get $2 off any cake (excludes small squares) at participating locations with this coupon. Expires 3/31.
- Cheryl’s: This cookie gift seller offers a range of St. Paddy’s Day-themed sweets, and promo code SPRNGSHIP will get shoppers free shipping through 5/11.
- FTD.com: This gift site’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale has marked down gifts for the holiday, including chocolate-covered strawberries, Irish-themed jewelry, and flower bouquets. Markdown already applied, no coupon needed.
- Honey Dew Donuts: Get a green Pistachio Muffin for $.99 with coupon at participating locations through 3/31.
- Kay Jewelers: Select styles of St. Patrick’s Day-themed, gold and green jewelry is discounted up to 50% for the jeweler’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale, through 3/17.
- Mimis Cafe: Buy one lunch or dinner entree and two beverages, and get a second entree free with this printable coupon. Valid through 3/23.
- Papa John’s: Promo code SAVE25 will apply a 25% discount to all regular-priced menu items on an order placed on the pizza chain’s website.
- Quiznos: Get $1 off a large sub or salad purchase with coupon, through 3/21. Coupon available on Quiznos website.
- Red Lobster: Get a coupon for $10 off two Lobsterfest entrees by filling out a form on their website. Coupons expire 4/13.
- Regal Cinemas: Coupon is available on this link to claim a free small popcorn from the theater’s concession stand through 3/27.
- Scoutmob Shoppe: Promo code STPADDY10 will get shoppers 10% off a collection of beer- and whiskey-themed items to honor St. Paddy’s Day. Expires 3/17.
- Shari’s Berries: Get 15% off a $29+ order of St. Patrick’s Day chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels and cake pops.
- Things Remembered: Get a set of four monogrammed Irish Coffee Mugs on sale for $25 through 4/6.
- American Apparel: 25% off St. Patrick’s Day styles when using promo code LUCKY at checkout. Offer ends 3/17.
- BCBGeneration: Select items are up to 40% through 3/17 for the store’s St. Patrick’s Day sale. Plus, use the coupon code WELCOME2013 at checkout to get 20% off the order.
- Champion: Use promo code OFFER75 to get 20% off orders of $75 or more.
- Expedia: For a last-minute St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Expedia is offering steep discounts on hotel rooms in Chicago for the holiday through 3/17.
- EXPRESS: Through 3/16, get 30% off online or in-store purchases with promo code 1258.
- HarryPotterShop.com: Harry Potter-themed apparel and collectibles are 17% off through 3/18.
- H&M: Get 20% off one item with coupon code 1616.
- PETCO: Get 17% off a $49+ order and free shipping through 3/17 when you use the promo code SHAMROCK.
- Roaman’s: Promo code RDSTPATRICK will get choppers 30% off any order through 3/17.
- Samsonite: Get 20% off select items with an order of $100+, along with free shipping, by using promo code STPATS20. Expires 3/17.
- SmartWool: A 17% discount is applied to an entire order with promo code O’WOOLIES. Expires 3/17.
- Sperry Top-Sider: Purchase of green items earn shoppers free shipping with promo code GREENFS through 3/17.
- Stride Rite: This children’s shoe retailer is offering 17% off one regular-priced item with the promo code GREEN17 on St. Patrick’s Day only.
- Target, Corp.: Save up to 30% on home items. Use the code SAVE10 to get $10 off a $50+ purchase through 3/22.
Going out tonight and want to look festive? We spotted this cute trio of outfit ideas on Pinterest.
|Sol Republic’s DECK is a great entertainment tool for families and friends.|
|The PixPro is so easy to use my 11-year old captured this photo of the family in mid-air during a recent fam vacay.|
settings which absolves the need to buy multiple lenses as with a traditional
SLR. This relatively portable camera is great for school events, kids sporting events and for professional or part time bloggers, it looks a bit
fancier than the traditional square portable digital camera they may use at
events. For me, and my bloggers, it’s always a plus when covering events
alongside with traditional journalists to at least have equipment that looks
professional and this camera does the trick. It’s easy to upload photos and
share them or blog them. Love it. It makes a great gift too.
thoroughly enjoy this year. As noted in a review of it on my poli-tech blog,
this latest version of the portable charging rod quickly powers a dying or dead
mobile phone via the USB attachment. It took me under 4 hours to completely
charge the device from the stick. Every blogger or anyone who is out for an
extended period of time but may not have access to an outlet or a car charger
should get one. It’s great for sporting events, camping trips, hiking and other
outdoor excursions when you want to make sure you have a working smartphone, if
not for emergency contact, at least to take photos. It would really suck to miss out on
photographing that gorgeous sunset on the beach because your phone died.
that can be selected but it still lets you upload music from your phone and
share the video on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. It’s a great way to quickly
share images from a family event with family across the country or ocean. And
it takes minutes to do yet the quality is professional looking and those who
don’t know may assume it took you hours
to create. The FREE app comes with
templates and themes you select and does
all the magic for you. Check out Videos
I created HERE and HERE and HERE!
themselves in Target all the time shopping this app is a must have because it
updates with deals and percentage off of all the items you’re getting anyway.
It’s a 21st century version of a coupon but for lazy folks like me
who either can’t get organized enough or lose track of coupons. The app,
currently in beta, has an alert function too that updates you with deals based
on you purchase history. It’s like Extreme Couponing for Dummies. I wish all
the big brand stores would do something like this.
Unlike the grandiose public spectacle of a ceremony usually held, Will and Kate went non-traditional. They even did the usual first time parent thing and picked a bunch of their friends to be Godparents.
|William and Catherine went with the very intimate chapel at St. James to hold Prince George’s Christening|
The kid they’re Godparents to got his own official royal minted coin to mark the occasion. Slacking is NOT allowed.
This Fourth of July, if you fancy yourself a grill-master or know someone who does, check out or have them checkout Homes.com’s Grill master Infographic to make sure you’re on the right track. Have a great Independence Day!
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Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and GreenBrideGuide.com Offers Tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle this Earth Day2013
You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by making a few small changes in and around your home.
Here are some other ways to green your day-to-day duties:
Grocery Shopping– Green your trash bags: It is so easy and inexpensive to get trash bags made from recycled or biodegradable material these days that there is little excuse not to use them. You can buy a roll at most supermarkets or online from Kokopelli’s Green Market (kokogm.com). Bring your own reusable tote to the grocery store with you. Leave a few totes in the trunk of your car or stash them away in your purse for unexpected trips.
Skip the Suds-Try a green detergent such as 7th Generation which comes in a recycled cardboard bottle. You can also use a detergent designed for cold water; using cold water for each wash load saves energy, which is good for the earth, and also saves money, which is great for your wallet. Cold water detergents are formulated to fight dirt and stains just as well as their warm water counterparts.
Use a dishwasher instead of washing plates by hand. Buy an Energy Star Rated washer, only run it when it is full and skip the pre-rinse cycle.
Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products-For every commercial and chemical based product on the market, there is probably a greener alternative…or even a homemade substitution!
Baking Soda: This is great for cleaning, deodorizing, softening water and scouring dishes.
• Soap: Unscented soap in liquid, flake or powder form is biodegradable and will clean just about anything.
• Lemon: A strong food acid effective against most household bacteria.
• Borax: Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors
• White Vinegar: Cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
• Washing Soda: Cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles, sinks and tubs.
• Cornstarch: Can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs. • Citrus Solvent: Cleans paintbrushes, oil and grease and some stains.
Scooping poop is no fun for anyone but you can make it more environmentally friendly by using biodegradable bags, which are available at most pet stores. This is an excellent alternative to using plastic bags which are nearly impossible to decompose.
GBG is one of the top sites for Green Wedding and they are launchingGreenHomeGuide.com this spring, which will be all about ecofriendly home décor. GBG’s CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. The site also has a green gift registry and wedding shop.