iPad App Review - Teddy's Night

~ Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 7:56 AM ~

I received an email for the opportunity to review some upcoming apps from Auryn Inc and after browsing through the many apps available on their website, I have decided to request to review the "Teddy's Night ". Anyway, my review as below...

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* Title:  Teddy's Night
* Price: $4.99
* Category: Books
* Updated: Apr 25, 2012
* Version: 1.1.6
* Size: 127 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Auryn, Inc
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

Description from the product page:

"As a follow up to the groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed iPad storybook "Teddy's Day", Teddy's Night boasts a world of imagination as young kids often wonder what their teddy gets up to when they sleep. The charming illustrations of Birte Muller really come to life through hundreds of interactive touch points. If you're looking for the perfect bedtime story to read your kids, you must experience Teddy's Night!

Things to try:
- Interactive animation on every page
- Customizable wall drawing
- Block stacking and memory matching games
- Interactive harp playing
- Physics room

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What's good?

* This app is engaging and interactive, there are surprises everywhere in the book as you move along the pages! 

* The illustration is so cute and beautiful! I love the details as well!

* I love the idea of hidden activities on some of the pages - such as the block stacking game (which is also affected by the way you tilt your iPad whoaaa...!), memory matching games on a bath tub tiles, or drawing activities from the wall painting picture and more!

Room for Improvement?

* Nothing I can think of, though I think Ben is not very excited with this app as he does not have a teddy bear, so probably that's the reason he does not relate himself to the story in this app.

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You can purchase the "Teddy's Night" 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 by the sponsor 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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Decorating Your Bathroom

~ Posted on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 1:31 AM ~

Do you know that the average person spends about two weeks in the bathroom each year or about three whole years of their life in the bathroom?

With this amount of time spent, I would think it is necessary that we have a bathroom where we feel comfortable to be in and that its' environment and  surrounding brings calm and relaxation feel to us whenever we are inside the bathroom.

Now what are the important features that you consider into when it comes to decorating your bathroom?

For me, I think bathroom lighting is an important feature to look into when decorating your bathroom. If I have the choice, I would choose a contemporary bathroom lighting, something like this:

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I prefer bathroom lighting which is simple and clean looking, one that does not stand out or look out of place.

Another feature to consider when decorating your bathroom is the bathroom mirrors. With so many types and designs available on bathroom mirrors nowadays, it is not an easy task to choose one that is going to complement the look of your bathroom.

 I would personally go for something simpler in style, and yet look classy and unique at the same time. I mean, look at the bathroom mirror shown below! Isn't it gorgeous?

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What do you think are the important features when it comes to decorating your bathroom?

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** Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.

Preparing Baby Solids - Carrot Puree

~ Posted on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 9:10 AM ~

One of my Facebook follower asked me to blog about how I prepare the solids for my girl when I posted pictures of my kids' meals on my Facebook page. So here it goes:

** Personal Note: Amount of carrots to use depends on how much you want to store and for how long. For this tutorial, I only used 1 carrot and it lasted for about 3 days (as this was the first vegetable puree I'm introducing to my girl, I don't want to go overboard, hence I'm starting off with small amount first)

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** Personal Note: I used a metal container with cover when steaming because ermm.. I don't want to use plastic stuff especially when heat is involved? I steamed for about 15-20 minutes (tried once steaming for 10 minutes and the carrots are still hard on the inside) I usually use the fork/chopstick test to determine whether the carrots are done by poking the fork/chopstick through. It's ready if they can go through.

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** Personal Note: I used this small blender (Korean brand called Shimono) which I love and used since Ben started his solids years ago! Just dump in all the steamed carrots, together with the water from the metal container (from the steamed carrots) and blend until your desired consistency and texture. With a spoon, scoop out the puree and store into ice cube trays, freeze them. After they are frozen, I took the frozen puree out and stored them ito a smaller plastic bag to save space in the freezer.

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Hope the above tutorial helps! Feel free to ask questions or share your feedback/experiences!

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