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“Little Luna – Big Talent” App Review

There is no denying the fact that our children are being raised with more “screen-time” than we were. As a mother of four boys ages 8 and younger, I see what a big role electronics play in their world with regard to the latest toys and educational gadgets. Our kids are allowed to play with various Apple devices and apps, but we try to keep them non-violent and rather purposeful – if that is even possible. We were recently introduced to one of the latest apps for preschool and elementary school aged children called “Little Luna – Big Talent”. I read the description and realized QUICKLY that this app was going to be a sure hit with the three oldest of my children! As you may very well know, boys have a rather primal fascination with all things related to bodily functions, hence the reason why the Fart-blaster and Whoopie cushion are the most coveted items in our toy box.

Little Luna, Big Talent App Review

Little Luna is an adorable bombardier beetle with an equally cute family consisting of her mother, father and brothers. The storyline is based around their incredibly funny talent of “tooting”, which all in its own is wildly entertaining and will captivate any little child’s attention, especially the boys’ in our house!

I downloaded the app on my phone and just handed the kids the phone to see what would happen. The kids were immediately interested in the story line because of the graphics and music – they actually started to fight over who got to hold the phone, but that’s neither here nor there. The app rather quickly went onto grab their attention by engaging them in a game of target tooting, think “angry-birds-type” target shooting, but with the rear end used to aim!

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The storyline goes on to take the player on an adventure to do yoga with Luna’s mom and then show their talents as musicians of a very special kind with Luna’s brothers. The story and subsequent games take the player on a great adventure, constantly changing the activities and keeping things interesting even for the younger players who may not be as coordinated as the older ones. Simple touches around the landscape allows the player to explore and find fun items throughout the scene – this feature alone was enough for our three year old to keep playing for a long time.

Favorite features:

  • The storyline is age appropriate, fun and teaches children to be proud of who they are – and celebrate their own special talents, which hopefully extends beyond tooting.
  • The graphics are beautiful and captivating.
  • The activities enhance fine motor skills, attention span, early geometry and musical appreciation.
  • As we played the game for a while we found new features, fun details in the scene and picked up on things in the story that we didn’t catch the first or second time around.
  • The parental monitor was impressive, giving parents the option to limit the length of each game – genius feature!

Our three boys ages 3, 6 and 8 all enjoyed the game, the storyline and graphics. As a parent, I felt that the kids got the benefit of hearing a great children’s book story, while the app continued to grab their attention with the interactive activities sprinkled throughout.

Little Luna – Big Talent is available in the iTunes App store for $2.99, which is a great value for a quality app that provides hours of tooting fun.

Video trailer: http://youtu.be/KRQrU_nCPqU – see for yourself before you purchase.

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Three New Must Try Apps for Kids

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The bright colors and cute characters kept her engaged while she had fun tracing letters and numbers, and learning beginning letter sounds. I like that the tracing portion encourage good letter formation but didn’t frustrate her by making her start over with the smallest mistake like some do.  It is pretty interactive too, by tapping objects you can make different things happen, for example pressing the Aa’s in one area gave you a list of words that begin with A. It was pretty easy for her to maneuver around in the app– moving easily from skill to skill with no trouble. The full download includes over 300 worksheets in over 8 workbooks so I don’t think she will get bored with it anytime soon.  This is definitely our new go to app for preschool skills practice.

 

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Kid love the fun and repetitive melody of Bingo so this one really holds their attention. It begins by singing the familiar tune and my little one picked it up in no time, singing the words out loud and grinning while learning. That is a big plus for this mom. I loved the adorable characters throughout this app My three year old loved not only the song but  the  karaoke portion was a hit, even though she is not old enough to read she understood with little prompting that each one that lit up was a word, a great pre-reading skill for her to learn.

 

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If you are familiar with Montessori teaching methods you will love this app-ABC Alphabet Phonics& Montessori Learn to Read App. Beautiful graphics, entertaining activities, and fun songs keep my little one busy for as long as I will let her play.  Mazes, rhyming words, uppercase and lowercase letter practice, short and long vowels, and words to write will allow this app to be a great learning tool from 3 on up, even my 6 year old found activities the enjoyed on it. While she thinks she is just enjoying a fun game she is learning pre-reading and writing skills that will help her excel in kindergarten. The value they will get out of it is well worth the purchase price.

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Hotels Introduce New Smartphone Apps for Guests

Frequent travelers know that they need to base their travel arrangements around the hours of operation of hotels. If they arrive even a few minutes before check in, they might find themselves sitting in the lobby and waiting for time to pass. If guests arrive after the hotel closes or before it opens, they might wait hours before they can get into their rooms. Three major hotel chains recently adopted new smartphone apps that let guests skip the lines and get right into their rooms.

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These new mobile apps will function as a mobile key that lets guests get in and out quickly without waiting in line or even stopping by the front desk. Hotels implemented these apps in one of two ways. One app lets users download the app to their smartphones and make reservations through the app. After uploading their payment information, they receive an encrypted key that connects back to the door of the room. Other apps let users make reservations and pay online. They then receive a mobile key that they can use when they reach the hotel. This app lets them check in, lock and unlock the door and checkout without talking to the front desk.

Privacy Secured

When Starwood, Hilton and Hyatt introduced its new mobile keys and apps, some wondered about the privacy. Each of those three hotel chains guarantees that the keys use encryption software that protects them. The doors in the hotel chains feature a scanner or reader inside the lock. Users hold their phones near the reader, which causes the door to open. Only those who have the right mobile key can gain access to that room. This also lets hotels turn off access to those rooms when a guest stops paying or has the card on file declined.

More Chains Testing Smartphone Apps

Though there are only three hotel chains currently using smartphone apps and mobile keys, the future looks bright for this type of technology. A spokesperson for Marriott, which owns hundreds of hotels in the United States and abroad, confirmed that the chain is currently in the middle of developing its own mobile key app. The spokesperson recently told a reported that the chain would not implement the app until everyone involved ensured that it worked properly and provided the ultimate in terms of security.

Experts Speak Out

Almost immediately after the three main hotel chains unveiled plans for mobile keys, industry experts spoke out. Bobby Kotick, best known for his work in the technology sector, approved of the way those chains went above and beyond to provide security for guests. Travelers often wondered if the mobile apps could provide as much protection as traditional keys did, but the chains quickly showed how the apps would only give guests access to their own rooms and that no one else could enter their rooms.

Many experts also pointed out that these apps could significantly help the hotels using the software. This would cut down on the time and money that those hotel owners spent trying to evict nonpaying guests and that the apps would make those hotels appeal more to business and frequent travelers. Though mobile keys are only available in select markets, many of the chains plan to bring the keys to other locations around the world.

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Educational App for Kids: Cooberry

Do you want to encourage your children to read, use their imaginations and even have fun reading and listening along with them with this great new site Cooberry! This fun interactive site is set up to not only encourage reading and knowledge, but to promote creativity in your children.

Cooberry is a fun new concept in kids videos!  This site and video program is set up to encourage your kids to pay attention, learn and grow from what they are reading, listening to and learning.  This site offers your children a great place to learn and have fun along with you!

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Cooberry Features:

  • Videos Storytelling: Check out the great eBooks as they are being read via video to your child.  Not only can your child listen to the story with you, but they can easily read along.  Cooberry is encouraging imagination and play that will carry over into their daily life.
  • Ebooks:  Not able to watch a video?  Check out the great eBook stories that educated and encourage fun play.  These fun picture books are available twice a month on iTunes.  Not only is it a great new story every few weeks, it is easily accessed on your smart phone, laptop or tablet.
  • Zodiac Ninja:  Nothing is more fun that Ninjas!  Combine that with the signs of the Zodiac and you have great fun and distinct characters that your kids will love learning about.  The signs of the Zodiac are always fun to learn about and see applied in daily life.  Your kids can learn about different characteristics, strengths and how to use those for good with this fun video series!
  • Weekend Power Questions:  Every weekend you can log onto the site with your child and read the fun questions.  These vary week to week and can be about an upcoming holiday, a random fact, something about the current season or something in one of the eBook Picture Books or more!
  • Great Cliffhanger Stories That Bring You Back Weekly:  One of the best parts of Cooberry is the fact that there are frequent stories that leave you wanting the next installment!  The way things are set up, there are often fun cliffhanger stories that will leave you excited to come back to the site each week and learn more!

How Will This Help Your Child?

  • Encourage Imagination: We want our kids to use their brains to imagine and create new and fun things.  Cooberry is set up to do just that.  It is chock full of great ways to get your kids involved in the stories and excited to come back and create more.
  • Encourage Reading:  The storytelling videos follow along with the great eBooks and Picture Books which will help increase your kids desire to dive into books and learn more so they can keep up with the stories. A desire to read more and come back to a story will follow them throughout their lives.
  • Encourage Thinking Outside The Box:  The Cooberry method helps your kids to think outside the box.  The stories, questions and videos all get their minds working outside the typical story or show would.  Rather than teaching kids to memorize facts, this site teaches kids to think for themselves!

Don’t hesitate to embrace Cooberry and the fun new site it is.  Not only will this site be one that you will enjoy navigating with your kids, you will find your children coming back time and again ready to watch the next story unfold.  Rather than watching typical TV shows, cartoons or other online videos – Cooberry offers a fun and unique experience your kids and you will be happy with.

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Encourage your children to embrace new things, learn more and get involved in their stories with this great video series and site.  Cooberry offers a truly unique experience that is great not only for after school viewing, but in homeschool environments as well.  This great site gives you a chance to work around the stories to educate your kids about character, strength, tolerance, love and peace in their communities.  Give Cooberry a chance this week with your kids!  Learn something fun and new together, and check out the weekend questions each week to see who was able to answer the questions best!

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Baby’s Brilliant $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to our Baby’s Brilliant $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!
We have teamed up with Everything Mommyhood and a handful of other bloggers to offer our readers a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card because Baby’s Brilliant wants to buy YOUR child’s Halloween costume!

Baby’s Brilliant is a FREE app that allows your baby/toddler to watch five-minute movies, along with music and night lights that stimulate young minds rather than dulling them with advertisements or commercials. You are a click away from inappropriate content on YouTube, so with Baby’s Brilliant, you don’t have to worry about that.

App Features:

Movies: Available in English, Spanish and Chinese, these short stories combine beautiful and everyday images from around the world with music composed by famous composers, along with narration that helps babies associate words with images and stimulates their mind. Plus, you can determine the order and the amount of movies displayed to your child. If you only want them on the App for 15 minutes, you only load 3 movies in the playlist.

Music: From lullabies to classical recordings to popular children’s songs, the App provides a variety of music options for the children to listen to.
Night Lights: Whether it’s nap time or bedtime, this App combines calming lights and soothing sounds to help your child fall asleep. Songs can be looped for up to 90 minutes and you can even create your own playlist.

The movies, music and night lights are all downloadable to Iphones and Ipads. Right now Baby’s Brilliant is giving away the first three downloads for free. After that they are just .99 a piece.

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I highly recommend this App for the Mom on the go who is looking for quality entertainment for their little ones, so go check it out!

Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card!
Open to US Residents only, 18 and up.
Void where prohibited.
One entrant per household/address.
Giveaway ends 10/15/14 at 11:59pm CST

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

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TrackIf for your business + $500 Cash Giveaway

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As a business owner, your goal is to not only draw customers to your site, but to create sales conversions as often as possible.  With Internet marketing reaching its highest level ever, having an active ecommerce site is a great method to boost your business sales.  Whether you have a store front with an additional website, or work solely as an online proprietor, utilizing all information available to you to increase sales is imperative.

TrackIf is the perfect solution for large and small ecommerce sites of all types.  This innovative ecommerce app works not only to benefit the website owner and seller, but as a means of help to a buyer as well.  Not only will you as a business owner be able to increase your sales conversions, your customers will be naturally drawn back to your site to meet their needs in the future thus creating a long term repeat customer.

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What Is TrackIf? 

This great back end tool is a method to track your customers habits on your site.  A simple code added to your site allows you to see what potential customers are interested in, as well as the price points they  find appropriate.  TrackIf gives you not only information about your customers habits, it gives them the opportunity to easily let you know what they would like to see happen.  In the process, it allows your customer to take control of their shopping experience and give you feedback in a simple and non intrusive to them way.

Why Choose TrackIf For My Site?

  • Additional Buttons To Remind or Notify of Updates, Sales & Price Changes.  These are easily placed next to the “buy now” button on all products.  This gives your potential customers the ability to specify the price point they would be willing to pay, so if the product goes on sale at that price they would receive an email notice encouraging them to come back and make the purchase.
  • Out Of Stock Notices.  Addition of a “notify me” button to all pages so if an item is out of stock, you won’t lose future sales.  As soon as it is back in stock your customer will be alerted and return to make their purchase.  This also gives you an insight on how many additional products to have on hand to supply your customer base in the future.
  • Integrated Social Commerce Capture.  This utilizes your existing social media following to increase sales without paying the high fees social media often charges to promote your business.  When a customer shares a product from your website to social media, they will be given the opportunity to receive notices regarding that product in the future.  Sale prices, special events and promos will be sent to them as requested. No more paying extra on your social media pages to promote your sales to the existing followers!  TrackIf does it for you.
  • Wishlist Price Change Updates & Promotions.  When someone adds an item to their wishlist, they are now opted into an email update when that price changes or a sale includes the item. Additionally, you can look at the items most often added to wishlists and then create a special promotional event to increase sales on that one item.
  • Search Tracking.  This unique addition to the TrackIf Ecommerce app is great for those sites wanting to know what their customers are looking for.  A “Save This Search” button added to the site allows your visitors to be alerted of new or return items matching their search.

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What Is My Investment?

There is no up front cost!  You are only charged by TrackIf if you succeed in creating sales leads through the links and alerts generated as a part of the TrackIf system, email alerts and wishlists.  You can set up TrackIf within a few days, give it a test run and see how it works for your site without a hefty up front fee.

TrackIf proves to be an excellent application that is not only simple and non invasive to you or the customer, but affordable for even the smallest online business.  If you are looking to increase your sales and revenue, set up TrackIf to help you naturally create leads and conversions with your existing and new customers.  This integrated ecommerce application is a great asset to your website and business goals.

Get started with TrackIf today!

TrackIf $500 Cash Giveaway

One winner will receive a $500 Cash from TrackIf.

Giveaway ends September 16th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

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Zac and Zoey Interactive Children’s App + $100 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

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Zac & Zoey is a sensible interactive cartoon series for children. Zac and Zoey are twins that love mysteries! Zac and Zoey also have a little dog named Tracker. They are the children next door which makes this cartoon more relatable to everyday life!

The twins, Zac & Zoey have NO powers,and NO talking pets! These neighborhood twins figure out how to solve solve the mysteries by simply using their own head! They have to find clues, solve mysteries, find solutions & overcome obstacles. This very special cartoon actually lets you “follow” along with Zac, Zoey and Tracker, the dog!

The colors are so vibrant. The voices of Zac and Zoey are very pleasant to hear as well. They make you want to watch this cartoon series right along with your little one even more! The graphics are realistic and not to mention extremely CUTE!

Download the Zac & Zoey app free for ipad, iphone and ipod touch!

One winner will receive a $100 iTunes Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 12th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

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Track Your Favorite Stores with the TrackIf App! + $250 Cash Giveaway

I was recently introduced to the TrackIf by Social Swayy. The short and skinny of it is that this website and the TrackIf app checks your list of stores, products or packages for changes and announces to you when they do, long before the ads or emails may arrive. Being the first to know is always a win, win.

From one shopper to another, I will share a secret. While I am not really a deal/couponer, I do have a fond love for saving money. One of the easiest ways to do this is by watching sales announcements from your favorite stores. This allows you to buy the items you want, when the price is right for you.

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What is TrackIf?

TrackIf is your personal web tracker letting you know first when anything changes on your favorite websites! Find out what’s on sale now or when a product is available across thousands of your favorite sites. Save time and money by getting email alerts when product prices drop or back ordered products become available. Track anything from apparel to travel and vacations deals.

Things I would use TrackIf for {long list but I will shorten it to three}:

1. Xbox One – My seven year old has this high on his birthday list and I am dreaming of a price drop or gift card with purchase deal.

2. Treadmill – Since I am still on my fitness journey from home, having one of the babies in the winter would be amazing!

3. Frozen – To be blunt this Disney craze has been as much a pain in the rear as it has been an experience. Just like millions of girls across the world, my daughters adore all thing Elsa and Anna. So you better bet, I keep a close eye for when these items come available and when they go on sale.

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With TrackIf you can search for specific products like the Xbox one or very general like treadmill and Frozen. While being vague will give you numerous results, it also allows you to track several styles you are interested in at once.

I can see long-term possibilities with possibilities with the TrackIf eCommerce App. Everything from that next big screen we are dreaming of to massive tracking during the upcoming holiday season.

The app itself is easy to navigate in IOS. I personally use my iPad Mini for this project and will continue to do so for future use. For someone who loves tech but it not so savvy in it, I appreciate the search tab at the top, smooth slider, product photos, clear product descriptions, Track button and Buy button. These are pretty much the meat of the app itself and even my daughter at nine can use it to search for items of interest.

While tracking items you are looking to purchase is fantastic in itself, TrackIf also offers you an easy way to go from your deal find to buying it online by simply using the buy it button. You can see in the photos how it moves you smoothly from the track window to the specific item on the company website. From there you may go ahead and make your purchase or if you are not ready, back up and track again.

The only downside is while it says available in the PlayStore, I strongly suggesting using a IOS device for the TrackIf App instead. You will have a much happier tracking and shopping experience. Don’t have a smartdevice? No worries, you can find TrackIf online as well, https://trackif.com.

Download the TrackIf App on iTunes – it’s free.

Shopify eCommerce store owner’s can also add their store to the TrackIf website and app. This will allow you to let consumers whom are tracking your store when announcements are made or a product you carry is on sale. Visit TrackIf for Business for more information.

TrackIf eCommerce App Cash Giveaway

One winner will receive a $250 Cash.

Giveaway ends July 13th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

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3 Interesting Apps To Help You Get Up In The Morning

Wake up! The whole concept of waking up is one I’m not particularly fond of. As a repeat snooze offender and renowned deep sleeper, the world could be crashing around me and I wouldn’t even stir. Yes, waking up is a tiresome process, one that I can’t help but blame myself for, but with smartphones, pulling yourself up from under the warm and inviting comforts of the covers is starting to get easier and dare I say, even more fun. Here are just some of the weird and perhaps slightly sadistic apps created to help people arise from their slumber.

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Wake N Shake

Think you can’t fit in your daily exercise before work? Wake N Shake hopes to challenge that – well depending on what you define as exercise. The merciless Wake N Shake requires you to shake your phone until all the colours have disappeared from your screen. Two things could happen from doing this, one: Your blood will be pumping making it hard to return to sleep or two: In your sleepy and uncoordinated state you’ve thrown your phone into the wall mid shake. Wake N Shake has twenty-four different alarm sounds to get you moving as well as a cruel strobe light for added disturbance value. It also features a single-tap function for quick naps, and music to guide you into peaceful slumber.

CARROT Alarm

While we are on the subject of sadistic style apps, let me introduce you to CARROT alarm. It’s target market? Anyone who loves to give the snooze button a daily workout, and those who like to be managed by an authoritative figure. In a nutshell, CARROT is a talking alarm speaking to you in a woman’s voice. She will coax you out of your sleep with a series of songs, witty dialogue or bribery of sweet treats. In exchange for waking you up on time, all CARROT asks for in return is that you complete her small yet bizarre chores including shaking your phone to clean out the pet monkey cage or flip to mix a deadly neurotoxin. You’ll get points for each task you complete, unlocking different levels and upgrades including bed time stories. But (and there’s always a but) CARROT has a nasty side. If you disobey her by hitting the snooze, you will be punished.

Sleep Cycle

Now for a kinder approach. Sleep Cycle isn’t as ruthless as the aforementioned apps, helping to regulate your sleep patterns by waking you up at your lightest stage of sleep. In order to set this alarm, you must place your iPhone on the bed and choose a time period in which you would like to wake. Using your phones accelerometer, Sleep Cycle will monitor your different sleep patterns and phases, setting off an alarm within your designated time when you are in your lightest slumbering stage. After using this app for a few days, Sleep Cycle will collate data from the periods you are asleep, and present you with statistics and graphs on your bedtime habits. The solution to your restless sleep issues might not just be from snoozing, but perhaps the need for a new Latex Mattress.

Do you own one of these apps? How effective are they in getting you out from under the covers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Five Apps Designed To Help Develop Children’s Learning Skills

Low App PlayAnyone with a child knows that smart devices are highly addictive. It seems as though children (especially mine) have this inbuilt antenna/radar thing that sends signals every time an iPhone or iPad is within a two metre radius, and they’ll move the earth just to get their pea-covered hands on it. Any parent would also know, that denying them such device is a futile experience. So, instead of preventing the use of technology, you can make their usage time a productive one with one of these educational apps.

Little Digits

Designed for three to six year olds, Little Digits is an entertaining app that combines finger counting with technology. Confused? Little Digits displays a series of numbers, which each one requiring your little one to place down the corresponding number of fingers onto the touch pad. It’s not just about finger counting though, there are games that start to introduce basic addition/subtraction calculations and others that require a collaborative effort from you to work together to calculate a series of mathematical concepts. Coupled with cool graphics and animations, this app puts a great twist on regular ol’ finger counting.

Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development

Many occupational therapists have praised Dexteria for helping young children or kids with special needs develop their fine motor skills. Recommended for use in short periods of time, this app stresses that it’s three therapeutic modes – writing, tapping and pinching – are designed to be exercises to improve finger dexterity, hand strength, and finger control. The inbuilt tracking system is just one of the valuable features for parents and teachers that tracks your child’s performance when using the app.

Toontastic

Foster your child’s inner artist and writer while teaching them key storytelling concepts with the Toontastic app. Promoting creativity from a young age, Toontastic allows the little ones to bring their story to life through drawing and animating their own cartoons to then share with family and friends. We all know that kids are naturally full of wild ideas, so why not let them project that energy and spark their imagination into a world full of virtual pirates, princesses, and far away galaxies.

The Opposites

More than just a pairing game, The Opposites challenges children to understand the concept of word context and how words they use in day-to-day life oppose other words. Consisting of ten different levels, ranging from easy to difficult; this app spits out a series of words which then need to be paired with the corresponding antonym. Also offering an inbuilt dictionary, your child can learn the definition of the words they have just paired in a kid-friendly context.

Aesop’s Quest

To put a fun spin on developing your child’s reading comprehension and cognitive reading skills, why not send them on a riveting journey to complete the story in Aesop’s Quest. Young readers must follow the clues and remember important parts of the Aesop’s tale to help him progress through to the next level. Each completed level is rewarded with a puzzle piece, and once the puzzle is solved, your child can continue on to the next story in the series.

If you are one of the special few hoping to tap into the educational mobile app market, it can be tough getting your app to the top of the pile. We recommend companies like Brus Media who pretty much do all the heavy lifting when boosting your app in the online sphere, you can check out their site at www.brusmedia.com/ .

Do you have an educational learning app you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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$25 Google Play or iTunes Gift Card Sweepstakes

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Before entering, just make sure to read the rules below and then enter on the giveaway form below! Good luck everyone & may the odds be forever in your favor!

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  • 1 lucky reader will win a $25 Google Play or $25 iTunes Gift Card
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  • Winners will be chosen at random through giveaway form.
  • Giveaway ends March 31st at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will be notified through email and will have 48 hours to respond.
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New App for Kids: Jamaroos Musical ABCs

Pint-sized maestros are set to master their phonics skills with the brand-new Jamaroos Musical ABCs app! Developed by Iggy Learning, publisher of educational children’s books and mobile apps, Jamaroos Musical ABCs helps preschoolers get “in tune” with the fundamentals of reading through alphabet-based activities and an irresistible cast of musical feathered and furry characters combined with vibrant animation and effects from the founder of Reel FX Creative Studios (Free Birds). Designed for children ages 2 to 6, Jamaroos Musical ABCs is now available on the App Store, Google Play and Kindle Fire for Android for a special introductory price of $1.99 – and coming soon on NOOK by Barnes & Noble.

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Jamaroos Musical ABCs brings to life a colorful menagerie of 26 animals – one for each letter of the alphabet – through enchanting animated musical performances. A medley of phonetic sounds, letters, words, stackable images, and music, plus loads of interactive touch points and zany sound effects, spring forth from the screen to jumpstart preschoolers’ reading and vocabulary skills and stimulate their imagination.

The new app is filled with hidden surprises and hundreds of opportunities for young users to tap, drag, swipe, and learn! Users simply drag each letter of the alphabet to the center of the stage to bring a different animal character – from Al the Alligator to Zap the Zebra – into the “spotlight” and start the show! Icons on the base of the stage reveal a variety of movable images that begin with the same letter as the character’s name. Kids can “unleash” additional alphabet characters, each complete with their own unique musical performance and corresponding words and sound effects, with the touch of a finger!

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Among the dynamic features of Jamaroos Musical ABCs are:

  • ·         26 vividly illustrated and animated animal performances, with each letter character playing original music on their own special instrument
  • ·         104 vocabulary words chosen to help users develop phonetic correctness and prepare preschoolers to learn to read
  • ·         416 movable and stackable icons to illustrate words, strengthen fine motor skills and provide hours of educational play
  • ·         Audio pronunciation to reinforce phonetic sounds, letters, and words
  • ·         Entertaining and surprising interactive elements, visual and sound effects to discover on each page
  • ·         Special “rewards” for successfully completing the activities
  • ·         Musical instrument descriptions that provide background on both familiar and exotic instruments
  • ·         Music and sound on/off settings
  • ·         No in-app purchases or advertising


About Iggy Learning

Iggy Learning, LLC is a publisher of children’s books and educational mobile applications. The company is a collaboration between Reading Friends, a Fort Worth, TX-based preschool franchise founded in 1981 by Nancy Thompson Spencer, and award-winning animation and visual effects producer Dale Carman, founder and Executive Creative Director of Reel FX Creative Studios in Dallas, TX and Santa Monica, CA. Iggy Learning created the 26 Jamaroos Jungle friends to teach language skills and social skills to students in its Reading Friends preschool, which is known for its Alphabet Phonics Curriculum. Based on its success using the Jamaroos characters and their stories in the classroom, the company developed apps to provide a fun and entertaining learning experience for children everywhere. For more information about Iggy Learning and Jamaroos, visit: www.facebook.com/Jamaroos

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Little Mermaid Musical Instrument Set and Ariel’s Musical Light Up Dress Review

For the love of all things Disney Princess comes a new consumer line of Little Mermaid Toys that are not only lovable but also interactive with the DreamPlay app! Not to be confused those as the toys themselves work wonders for magically playtime fun without the app as well.

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Ever princess needs a dress that is not only beautiful but also lights up the room with sparkles and plays her favorite tunes. The Ariel Musical Light-Up Feature Dress does just that. With a slim mermaid line design, it fits beautiful on girls ages 3 and up.

The Ariel Musical Light-Up Dress’s delightful colors and glittery accents can make anyone little lady feel just like Princess Ariel. With an open flowing tale bottom, she can dance and sway to the musical dress sounds for hours to come. Take notice of the round circle adoring the front giving it the appearance of beautiful scales to help bring the mermaid feel to life! PSSS…. That is also where the light-up action takes place.

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I also had the pleasure of playing with the Disney Princess The Little Mermaid Musical Instrument Set which helps bring those childhood musical joys to life at the simple touch of our children’s hands. They can get right in the action and play along with their favorite Disney tunes and even create a few of their own along the way as well.

This is a high quality toy; sturdy and no small parts to worry about being broken or chewed on. That is especially important to toddler moms such as myself. Each instrument is sized appropriately for little hands and is suggested best for ages 3-5. However I can see older siblings getting into play too. You are never too old to be a princess.

The noise level is low on The Little Mermaid Musical Instrument Set. Honestly, I don’t know how you geel, but I don’t really care too much for toys I have to raise my voice over to be heard. The instrument set is as perfect as you can get on a proper sound level. It doesn’t bother me one bit to hear each instrument played while it is still loud enough for them to enjoy.

While both toys are adorably fun, The Little Mermaid Musical Instrument Set is my favorite of the two when it comes to pairing with the Ariel’s Musical Surprise DreamPlay app because the app offers a starting point for their musical playtime fun. They get to sing and dance and play with their favorite Little Mermaid characters and interact somewhat as well. This provide a double feature that will hopefully keep them entertained long after the holidays have come and gone.

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Warning : On my recent Christmas shopping venture, I noticed that Ariel’s Musical Light Up Dress is a big seller and they only had one unit left on the shelves at Target. I also noticed several additional Disney Princess pieces that could easily go right along with The Little Mermaid theme. With toddlers being harder to buy for, I can see this particular Jakks Pacific Disney line beginning a top must have this holiday season. In fact we were so happy with both the Little Mermaid Musical Instrument Set and Ariel’s Musical Light Up Dress that a very special niece of mine will also be getting a set as well. Happy Holidays!

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In celebration of the release of The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition on Blu-ray™ this fall, “Ariel’s Musical Surprise” is the first-ever DreamPlay app. When played with select Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS, Ariel’s beautiful underwater world and iconic music from the film comes to life, connecting kids to a favorite Disney character. Children can explore Ariel’s grotto, paint and decorate fish under the sea, and create and play music. 3D gameplay rendering allows for a unique and truly magical experience never before available.

The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS include:

  • Ariel Musical Light-Up Feature Dress – Girls can celebrate their inner princess in this gorgeous Ariel-themed mermaid gown with motion-activated lights and fun music. With the DreamPlay app experience, little girls can learn to dance with fish and follow their moves as they guide them around the dance floor.
  • Musical Instrument Set – Budding musicians can strike up their very own crustacean band with this set that includes bongos, a tambourine, a pair of maracas, a trumpet and a microphone. With the DreamPlay app experience, children can interact with Sebastian, mimicking his moves on the bongos while trying to follow along. Watch out because each round becomes more challenging!
  • Magical Mermaid Kitchen – Little girls can cook up a fantastical feast with this incredible kitchen that says multiple phrases, makes fun kitchen sounds and includes lots of kitchen accessories! And, with the DreamPlay app experience, little cooks can learn to create cakes and treats and be rewarded with a “fireworks” display for a job well done.
  • Ariel Keyboard Vanity – Little princesses can treat themselves to a royal makeover, or transform the vanity into a keyboard to create original music. With the DreamPlay app experience, children can play a musical game led by magical seahorses.

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The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS are each sold separately and available now at major retailers nationwide. The “Ariel’s Musical Surprise” app is free to download now on the iTunes app store. Children can also experience fun gameplay through in-app purchases, without the need to purchase additional products. For more information, visit www.jakks.com/dreamplay.

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Gaming Fun: SMURF-O-VISION 2 App

Unlock Hours of Smurf-tastic Family Fun
With
the SMURF-O-VISION 2 App Available on the App Store 

Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Clumsy Smurf come alive for fans of all ages with the new Smurf-O-Vision 2 app from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE).  The app, available for free from App Store for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® Touch, was first released in the fall of 2011 and boasts more than 800,000 downloads to date.  The second installment of the app features two new ‘Smurf-a-rific’ updates, Magic Movie Maker and Smurfy Seek and Find.  Now, families can unlock hours of enhanced, interactive activities in advance of Sony Pictures Animation’s THE SMURFS 2 Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack available Dec. 3.

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Magic Movie Maker challenges fans to share their creative look at THE SMURFS 2 by creating their own, customized mini-movies starring their favorite characters and backdrops, along with the option to include personal dialogue or narration, and final touches, such as music, sound effects and magic spells. Mini-movies can be saved to the producer’s device, and then shared with family and friends.

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Fans can extend their ‘Magic Movie’ making capabilities by exploring the app’s second activity, Smurfy Seek and Find, which is played by syncing the app to THE SMURFS 2 2D Blu-ray and engaging with key scenes from the film. The game challenges fans to find hidden Smurfs and objects within each scene on the television. Each level unlocks new characters, backgrounds, sound effects, magic spells and more, which can be collected to make the Smurf-iest of movies possible with the Magic Movie Maker.

SMURF-O-VISION 2 AppGet the SMURF-O-VISION 2 App HERE

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New App For Kids: DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot

Race for the Gold in DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot from Disney Interactive!

Compete Against Friends in this Online Battle Arena for iOS and Android Devices


The Beagle Boys have stolen Scrooge’s loot! It is up to players to join the citizens of Duckburg and recover his gold in this free to play game launching today for iOS and Android devices from Disney Interactive. Players join the adventure with Uncle Scrooge and Launchpad to retrieve Scrooge McDuck’s fortune from the villainous Beagle Boys.

This new DuckTales adventure has players competing with friends and facing off against the competition to haul the most treasure back to their vaults in an online multiplayer battle mode. Players can also enter a single-player mode to complete important missions and quests across several different maps, including an airship, a western town, deep caverns and the Sun Temple.

Features:

  • Adventurer, Inventor, Chef, and Pilot Character Classes to choose from. Each class with different advantages in value strength, agility, or intellect.
  • Players can deck their duck with cool outfits, equip intimidating Tools such as the fierce Spitball Cannon or the Porcelain Monster, and stock up on wacky Gadgets like the Hot Jazz Peppers.
  • Players will need to master the different maps, from caverns to ancient temples, to gain an advantage over the competition!
  • Team up with friends on Facebook or make new allies in the game to become the ultimate fortune hunters.
  • Build up stats in every match, and rise to the top of the ranks!

Let the games begin, and start playing DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot for iOS devices at http://di.sn/dKB and Android http://di.sn/iLU.

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