iPad App Review - Happy Campfire

~ Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM ~

When I saw this app being available for review, I thought it would be nice for my 3 years old boy to have a feel of camping since the closest he gets to camping feel is watching the 'Up' movie hahaha... So here goes our review after trying out this app:

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* Title: Happy Campfire
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Entertainment
* Released: July 12, 2012
* Version: 1.0
* Size: 14.5 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: David Carson
* Rated: Rated 9+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later

Description from the product page:

"Happy Campfire allows you and your family to experience the great outdoors when the elements get in your way or when a camping trip just isn't in the cards. Bring the great outdoors with you wherever you go! Think you have to cancel the family camping trip or campfire because of rain? Not if you have the interactive experience of Happy Campfire!

 Perfect for kids, Happy Campfire brings an interactive camping experience to the car, the hotel room,  or inside the tent during a rainy night on a camping trip with these features:
~Roast the perfect marshmallow
~Jam on classic campfire instruments
~Listen to campfire songs and sounds of the great outdoors
~Create your own constellations
~Switch into Ghost Story Mode and tell a spooky story...BOO!
~Learn fire safety (Don't touch the fire!)
~Retina Display graphics for the new iPad."

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What's good?

* I like the "Learn fire safety (Don't touch the fire!)" feature where it goes 'Ouch!' whenever we touch the fire and I use this opportunity to teach my boy not to play with fire and that it is dangerous to do so!

* I also noticed my boy enjoying and happily tapping along on our iPad screen to create stars and pictures (he said he's making Spiderman!) in the "Create your own constellations" game.

Ben said he's drawing Spiderman!

* The "Roast the perfect marshmallow" is a cute game where we have to make sure the marshmallows are roasted perfectly! (teaches us to be patience!)

Other Things to Note...

* I didn't try the "Ghost Story Mode" with my boy, maybe it's just me but I do not want to introduce the concept of ghost to him at such a young age.

* In summary, this is a fun app to play and pass time with!

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You can purchase the "Happy Campfire" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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Product Review - Shielo Anti-Aging Kit

~ Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM ~

I have previously reviewed the hair care range of products by Shielo which is awesome so I absolutely agreed to another review of products from the same company! This time, I get to review the skin care products so here goes my review for the "Shielo Anti-Aging Kit":

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Description about the products:

Smoothing Complexion Scrub - Lift dead skin cells with this gentle facial scrub and to reveal a healthier, smoother complexion. Helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, lighten skin discoloration and stimulate cellular regeneration for radiance.

Visage Complexion Moisturizer - All skin types benefit from this anti-aging complexion improving moisturizer. The pH clears up blotchy skin and moisturizes without clogging pores. Rich in antioxidants and bioflavanoids, the moisturizer is designed to infuse healthy ingredients into your skin, leading to a youthful, fresh look.

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I received a total of 2 items for my review: Smoothing Complexion Scrub and Visage Complexion Moisturizer.

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I love that the products are sealed properly as that gives me confident in using them. I'm not sure about you but I personally feel more at ease knowing the company put in extra effort to seal their products to ensure proper care and safety.

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I first tried out the "Smoothing Complexion Scrub". The instruction stated that we can use the scrub once or twice a week, I used it once a week. What I did was I washed and cleaned my face with water first, then wipe it dry and smeared a dollop of the scrub onto my palm before massaging them onto my face all over.

I massaged my face with the scrub for about few minutes before rinsing off with water again and then wiped my face dry and put on the "Visage Complexion Moisturizer". It feels just like any other face lotion, I like that it is not too oily or watery and it smells good too!

After testing the products for more than a month, I realised that my facial skin is smoother, not so oily and I caught myself a couple of times looking at the mirror saying to myself that I think I look younger nowadays hahaha!

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Love this products and will continue using them!

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You can browse the kit at http://www.shielo.com/products/anti-aging.html

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the product by Shielo in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Guest Post - Estate Planning

~ Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM ~

Estate Planning
When it comes down to it, nobody wants to think about depressing or stressful subjects: when the next cycle of bill payments is due, how many days it is until the kids are on school holidays, or what to cook for the family’s next meal! With so many headaches in day-to-day life, it can sometimes be hard to cope when those big stresses pop up, like injuries, big bills that need to be paid, or even the discontinuation of your child support.

It may seem like you’re counting your chickens before the eggs have hatched, but estate planning is vital. Not only does it save your family undue stress, but it also takes a load off your shoulders as well – you won’t have to worry about how they’ll cope in the unlikely scenario that something bad may happen to you or your partner.

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Here’s a few things you need to consider when you start to look at estate planning.

Will
A will is the most recognised form of estate division, outlining the payments of final debts and the allocation of assets. You’ll be relying on an executor to follow through with your wishes, although wills must go through a probate, which can be lengthy and expensive depending on where you live (the probate is a process where your will is tested to see if it is legally valid and all disputes are resolved).

Trust
Using a trust is like using a will for estate division; however, a key difference is in the fact that in a trust, the lengthy and expensive probate is avoided altogether. Instead of an executor, the title of the person in charge of managing your estate is the trustee.

Intestacy
In intestacy, the court will divide your possessions according to a formula provided by your state’s intestacy statute. This occurs when estate division is not specified, and can be one of the most emotionally and financially stressing situations for your family to dispute and resolve. You really want to avoid this because it will cause so much trouble for your loved ones.
While you can try estate planning by yourself, it’s probably best to go through this process with a professional. There are many potential disputes that may arise from vague conditions and oversights that will cause much undue stress to your family, and can result in the incorrect division of all of your life’s accumulated wealth – and in the end, it’s about making it easier for your family, not difficult.


** Article bio: Julia Smith was a full-time family lawyer, now full-time mum with several friends who have had issues with child support.