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Weelicious App

Thursday, December 8, 2011 @ 08:12 AM
posted by mrscaz

I have an iPhone App addiction, I know this… I have embraced it because it’s really useless to fight it. I love the variety of apps out there, games, entertainment, books, utilities, social networking… and so on.

As I have mentioned before, besides being an awesome kids belts inventor, I am also a mom and as such, I try my hardest to be the best mom I can be. I am not perfect my any means, but I do have spurts of greatness… :) One thing I like to do, is cook for Super Dude and Bug. I found a website a long time ago (and have even shared recipes from there, read this blog post) called Weelicious and fell in love. They offer tons of recipes for all ages (seriously, even baby food!) and they are usually quick, easy and relatively healthy.

My assistant brought it to my attention that there is a Weelicious App. I know, I don’t know why she did that either, but she did and yes, I love it.

This app has so many features that it’s hard to know where to start, but one really cool feature is the videos. The videos are tutorials for how to prepare the recipe and she posts at least one a month. I like this because I can review the video before I prepare the dish so I know what to expect.

Then I can go in and check out the recipe which can add  to my favorites so it’s super easy to find the next time and how cool is it that it will even make my shopping list for me?? They must know that I will lose a paper list. While on the recipe page, you can scroll to the bottom and read comments and reviews for that recipe.

Speaking of recipes… I think they have something for every palate, every taste bud, every age and even variations for food allergies. I really like the fact that they not only separate them by category (including, but not limited to holiday categories, age categories and meal type categories), but they also have a search feature if you are looking for a specific ingredient.

Then, there is this “More” tab, which includes even more great stuff. It breaks down the food groups and gives you recipes that fit into them. There are tips for getting your kids to eat, trying new things, and feeding plans for babies. The health tab is amazing because it shows you all of the vitamins and minerals, explains why we need them and where you can find them!

Overall, I love this app (in case you couldn’t tell). I can’t think of anything I would change or add. If you are a parent with a smart phone, I highly recommend this app. Did I mention that it’s a FREE app? That makes it like a bazillion times better!

Blessings.

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

The Battle of the Craft Store Apps

Thursday, December 1, 2011 @ 01:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

I think I may have a problem…. Hello, my name is Michelle and I am a craft-oholic. “Hi, Michelle”.

In addition to spending the day making kids belts, being a mom, and being a loving wife, I love to craft (thus my previous blog about Pinterest). I enjoy creating things and I REALLY enjoy craft stores. I have to say that a craft store to me is like a candy store to a kid. I don’t know where to start, I get overwhelmed and all tingly inside and I want to run through the isles grabbing everything I can fit in the shopping cart!

Recently, I came across something that made me happy. I found the iPhone Apps for Michael’s and Joann Fabrics! Now, I can get my craft store fix from the comfort of my own couch at 11:00 pm if I want! I am enjoying both apps, but I have to say that the Michael’s App is winning in my book.

Here are my comparisons of the two apps:

Michael’s…………………………………………………………JoAnn Fabrics
Able to view weekly ads…………………………………………….n/a
Able to view Events/Classes………………………………………n/a
QR Scanner…………………………………………………………..n/a
Coupon Barcodes to be scanned at store……………………….Coupon Code to be typed in at store
DIY Projects with Supply Lists……………………………………..n/a
Browse Products…………………………………………………….Browse Products
n/a…………………………………………………………………….Shop Online
Able to create shopping lists………………………………………n/a
Searchable Location Maps………………………………………..Searchable Location Maps
Coupon Text Alerts (optional)……………………………………..n/a

Do you see why my winner is Michaels? They just have so many more options, but I have to give Joann’s a kudos for having an App. One other thing I don’t like about Joann’s App is that in order to view and save the coupons to your “wallet” you have to give them your phone number. I’m not crazy about that, because I am worried about telemarketers having my number. I’d rather register with an email address, then I can choose what I want to read and what I want to delete.

I like both Apps, both feed my need for crafts, one just more efficient than the other. Ok, maybe I should have introduced myself better, “Hello, my name is Michelle and I am a craft-oholic and an iPhone App-oholic.”

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Hanging with Friends

Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

So, my new obsession is Hanging with Friends. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a cutesy version of hangman. It’s super addicting especially if you are at all competitive which I am and currently my assistant is beating me. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that, I mean, shouldn’t she at least let me win?

There are times throughout the day when I need a mind break from working on my kids belts and my go to distraction is now this game. It’s nice because it keeps me thinking and stratigizing (is that a word?) in way that is different from my day to day thinking and stratigizing. A good deal of what I tend to do at work is stare at a computer screen. Whether it’s designing a new pattern (which can be awfully mind-numbing at times) or answering emails or seeking out new ways to spread the word about Dapper Snappers, while I love it, it is monotonous. As a result, I like to break up the day with a game or two of Hanging with Friends.

Here’s how it goes, once you have started a game (either with a random person or a friend), you use your random tiles to create a word. You get points for the letters you use in your word. The points are used to purchase your lifelines (see more below). Your opponent then has anywhere from 4 to 8 chances (depends on the length of your word) to guess your word. Once they have guessed your word, or have run out of chances, they get  to put together a word for you to guess and it all starts over. Once one of you has missed 5 words, the game is over. Simple enough.

They just came out with some new updates that I love and some changes that I’m not so fond of. I love the fact that you can now see how your opponent tried to guess your word, that way I can see what letters they tend to choose first and stay away from them. That’s where that whole stratigizing (if I use it more than 3 times, does that make it a word?) thing comes into play. Then there are the lifelines (sometimes free, sometimes 20 coins) that come in handy as well. There are several to choose from:

When guessing your opponents word:

  • Suspects – reveals 4 letters, one of which is actually in the word.
  • Extinguish – removes 4 incorrect letters from your tray.
  • Revive – will remove one strike from you.

When creating a new word:

  • Tune-Up – lets you swap out letter tiles for randomly-drawn new ones
  • Conjure – gives you one magic blank tile that can become any letter you want

One of the things I don’t particularly like since they updated the game is that the bonus tile (DL, TL, TW) seems to more often than not just be double letter. Before there was a good mix of all of the bonus tiles, now, not so much. I know it’s because they want to limited the point you earn, which in turn limits the number of coins you earn. That way you will purchase coins to be able to use your lifelines. It’s not fair. But, alas life isn’t fair and that one little gripe isn’t going to keep me from playing the game.

So that’s how I kill time, when I know I should really be doing something constructive… oh well, there’s always later!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

Because I Love My Kids and These Awesome Apps

Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 01:08 PM
posted by mrscaz

iPhone apps for kids

I had the pleasure of checking out a couple of Kiboomu’s iPhone Apps, Toddler Sing & Learn and Preschool Sing & Learn. You all should know by now how much I adore Kiboomu. They have so many great apps!

Both apps are great for entertaining bored little ones while sneaking in a little bit of education. Bug spent hours in the office killing time with the Preschool App while I was tirelessly working on the new kids belts fall catalog. She loves it. The toddler app and the preschool app both have interactive puzzles with music, coloring pages and songs.

Toddler Sing & Learn is a great “stepping stone” app for early learners! Toddlers will learn words, letters, numbers, colors and shapes, body parts, food, and more with their full music album of 10 sing-along songs, 10 puzzles, and 10 coloring pages!

Kiboomu Preschool Sing & Learn
Preschool children will learn essential early learning skills such as first words, alphabet letters, counting, seasons, days of the week, and more with an album of 10 children’s sing along learning songs, 10 puzzles, and 10 coloring pictures!

Kiboomu 5 little monkeys puzzle
I’m not one to try to pacify or babysit my kids with technology, but there are times where it really comes in handy and I try to only choose apps or videos that offer some educational benefit as well. Kibumoo is AWESOME for that very reason! And Bug seriously plays both apps all the time. She loves the songs. She sings along. She’s happy and content. Yay!

Kiboomu Sing along
I really liked that I could just hand it to Bug and go. She could very easily maneuver through the app bouncing between areas, so she totally does not need my help. The colors and graphics are great and the music is very clear (and the singing is great too!). Overall, I would highly recommend these apps for parents of preschoolers and toddlers. Your little ones will love them!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Retesting the WordPress iPhone App

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 02:01 PM
posted by mrscaz


This is my first post using the WordPress iPhone app. I’ve tried to use it before but kept having issues with signing in. It gave me errors until I
gave up and deleted it. Now I’m giving it another try but I want to make note of the things I think should be fixed, not that they’re gonna listen to lil ol’ me.
1. Mystery of the disappearing
button.
The first time I tried to use this app, I signed in, it authenticated my account, and then I clicked on settings. When I saved the settings and went back to the previous page, the
Add Blog button was gone. I had to sign up all over again.
2. No html access. You can’t upload a picture from a URL. It seems like a simple thing you should be able to do. But as Hubby tells me, it’s the simplest sounding things that are the
hardest to program.
3. Crash! The first 3 times
I tried to upload a picture from my phone, the app crashed. But it
did immediately put the crash data in an email with a request that I let them know what I was doing at the time it crashed.
4. No html preview option. I added a picture, but because my blog theme isn’t recognized by them, I can’t get a preview of where it placed. The error I received was “Sorry, the theme for your blog could not be retrieved. A simple preview is shown below.” There’s no content below. Oh well. I can request the picture is placed above or below the content. But I can’t see it in html as I type this out, so I won’t even know if it posted.
5. What’s that tag? I can’t pick from tags I haveused already. I have to guess. That’s not cool.
6. No picture attributes. I can’t change the title of the picture, add comments to it, give it alt text, or place it in the center. The only thing I can do it tell it what size I want, but even that’s a guess because it doesn’t tell me the dimensions until after I chose the “Medium” size.
7. No access media library. I already store my signature I use at the end of each post in my media library but I can’t get to it.
8. Noaccess to spam. I hate that I can’t dump the garbage. I also don’t like it when there’s even one unread email in my inbox. So not being able to delete the 100 spam comments I get every day bugs me. I have to get on my laptop and do it. By the time I get there, I’m facing 600 spam comments instead.
9. No enhanced text functionality. Unless I want to thumb-type in all the html tags to make my text italicized, or bold, or even use a strikethrough, it ain’t happening. All bold text you see I had to type in with my thumbs.
10. Picture This! I wanted one, but by the looks of the code I see (a couple line breaks), the picture that should be at the top of this post is not
going to show up no matter how hard I try. I can see though that the video will.

    Update:

After unsuccessfully
trying several times to get the code for the picture to show up, I rebooted my phone and reuploaded the picture. It looked as though all I would see is a black box and it put the code at the bottom, not at the top as requested. I cut and pasted the code to the top.
I hope it’s not just a black box. I’ve created this post entirely with the WordPress iPhone app, which is, for all of my complaints, free and open source. I’m hoping it gets better soon…

Blessings with a copied signature from another post,

Common Cents Mama - Queen of Kids Belts Just for fun, here’s a test video. This
was taken at the Daytona International Speedway during a practice
event last Sunday.

Well I Was Almost Cool

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 01:01 PM
posted by mrscaz

I have questions...

I wanted to post something from my phone, but I can’t seem to do it iPhone to WordPress. Does anyone know if there’s an app for that?

And another thing… What service can I use to upload pictures from my iPhone to that service and get a url I can upload to WP for a blog post? I like having pics in my blog posts.

How can I do this all from my iPhone??? Help!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Queen of Kids Belts

And the Winner is….

Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 09:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

Kiboomu prize pack winners announced

Drumroll please?

Okay, here are our verified Random.org winners!!!

Kiboomu winner 1

Becky LaSalle

Kiboomu Winner

Sandy M

Brenda

Thank you all for playing. Maybe next time I will give away Kids Belts? Or how about belts for adults? Ha! I know there are several reviews/giveaways for Dapper Snappers coming up, so I will keep you posted.

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Queen of Kids Belts

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Old MacDonald had 100 Christmas Songs (AND a giveaway!!!)

Monday, December 6, 2010 @ 11:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

The Bug plays Old MacDonald Piano iPhone app

I am a bit behind. Okay, that’s an understatement. I am extraordinarily behind. But thankfully I have patient friends, family, and business acquaintances – that are friends – I mean, who are we kidding.  So I’m combining 2 posts about the same company because I owe them big time and I love them dearly.

This particular blog post, while not about Kids Belts, it is about another one of my favorite things, iPhone Apps, in particular, Kids iPhone Apps. Anything that keeps my kids occupied and not fighting makes me happy. Here’s the thing… My kids love these apps by Kiboomu and I’ve been meaning to post about the Old MacDonald app, just like I did with the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star app. Did you know that because of the Twinkle Twinkle app my son now can play the song on anything?

Kiboomu Old MacDonald iPhone App

And now the Bug, my little almost 4 year old girl, is enthralled with the Old MacDonald app. She loves to sing along. She loves the animal noises. And she loves to play along on the keyboard. The super cool thing is that she can change instrument sounds. I’m definitely giving this app 2 really big thumbs up and 5 stars!

Kiboomu 100 Christmas Songs

You know what else Kiboomu has? Just in time for Christmas 100 Christmas songs for just $5.99! If you were to buy these songs individually, you’d pay 99¢ each. So altogether you get $99 worth of music for less than $6. Wowza! That’s a 94% savings!!! Get it now while it’s still Christmas time. Your kids will love it!

This Just In: Kiboomu would like to give not 1 but 3 lucky winners BOTH the Old MacDonald app AND 100 Christmas Songs!!!

Do you wanna win or what? Okay, do one or all of the following:

  1. “Like” Kiboomu on Facebook and tell them “Common ¢ents Mama says Merry Christmas and Thank you for the Giveaway! http://wp.me/pVXiZ-9a“.
  2. Tweet “Old MacDonald had 100 Christmas Songs #GIVEAWAY on @DapperSnappers blog http://wp.me/pVXiZ-9a Thank you @Kiboomu! #CONTEST
  3. Subscribe to my blog.

Each will count as 1 entry, so leave a separate comment with your email address and what you did to earn the entry. If you tweeted, please comment the link to your tweet. Contest is open to US and Canada. Contest ends Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9 pm EST. Winners will be picked using Random.org.

So there you have it! Short but sweet. It all boils down to this; Kiboomu rocks!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Queen of Kids Belts

My Daughters Favorite Song in a New App

Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 02:06 PM
posted by mrscaz

Recently, I signed up to win an app for my kids. I love my iPhone, and I love apps, and I love anything that will keep the kiddos busy. But I’m picky…

In order to qualify to be an app that I will put on my phone, it must be educational. So far the apps I have are the following:

BumbleBee TouchBook (it’s okay, but doesn’t do much and the novelty has worn off.)

Preschool Adventure (A ton to do and the Bug just loves it!)

I See Ewe (Great for kids 4 and under. The Bug is getting bored with it though.)

Tozzle (Awesome puzzle games. The Bug has sat for long periods playing it.)

Toddler Teasers (Shape, color, letter recognition game. The Bug is bored with it.)

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox (The Bug still loves this one. I think she likes the monkey.)

Dora (The Bug loves Dora. But she’s bored with the game. It doesn’t do much.)

AniMatch (The Bug loves loves loves the matching game. She’s so good at it.)

Word World (The Bug thought the game would be cool, but it doesn’t challenge her that much.)

Digi Drummer Lite (This is a drum machine app I added for Super Dude. With it he can make his own beats, record them, play them back, and even play them while listening to the iPod app. And as we know, Super Dude loves him some drums!)

MiniPiano (Super Dude plays this every once in a while.)

DoodleJump (Now before you say “Hey wait! That’s not educational!” think about this; It requires problem solving and hand/eye coordination. These are important skills to have.)

Angry Birds (Well this was actually for me, but for some reason Super Dude wants to play it all the time. Again, it requires hand/eye coordination and heavy duty problem solving skills.)

So, guess what?!?! I won the new app for the kids!

Kiboomu

I (well, we really) won Kiboomu’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano iphone app

4 ways to play!

I think this might just be Super Dude’s favorite new app. Once I showed him that the keyboard was lighting up to show him how to play the song, he got very interested.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano keys light up

And of course, the Bug loves it because that happens to be her favorite song.

Super Dude plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano while the Bug sings along

Thanks to the folks at Kiboomu.com for the free app! The kids are having fun with it and learning how to play the notes to make the song. Yay!

I was sent the products mentioned above for free without expectation of review and I was given no other compensation. The review is written based on my opinion. To see my full disclosure policy, please go here.

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