iPad App Review - I Love You Too

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM ~

How often do you get to review a story app with sing along song from Bob Marley's son, Ziggy Marley?! At first I was a bit skeptical but I was attracted to the beautiful illustration and the title as well. I'm glad I reviewed this app after we have gone through it!

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* Title: I Love You Too
* Price: $2.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Nov 20, 2013
* Version: 2.5
* Size: 49.9 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Sing and play with Ziggy Marley as you explore his first children's book based off the song from his Grammy Award winning album "Family Time!" Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Complete with a sing-a-long and narration by Ziggy himself, your whole family will be singing "I Love You Too" when you dive into this interactive book app!" 

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* The illustrations are very very good! I love drawings like this! 

* To be honest, the first time we went through the story app, I was kinda annoyed that the words 'I love you' were repeated WAY loads of time, but the moment I listened to the song, I realised why is it so. The story app is from the song itself (duh' to me!) And, yes, after listening to the song, I love it. I mean, our kiddos and I love it! The song is very mesmerising and catchy! It has a tinge of Bob Marley touch in it :)

* I used the opportunity to teach our kiddos that we love them and that we should love each other.

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You can purchase the "I Love You Too" 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"

Critical Phase For Successful Breastfeeding Journey : 1st Day...

~ Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM ~

I started my breastfeeding journey since March 2009, when our 1st child was born and I never stopped breastfeeding since then. I breastfed our 1st child past 1, 2, 3 years old, throughout my 2nd pregnancy, then went on to tandem nursed our first 2 kiddos for 1.5 years until our 1st child self-weaned at 45 months old. As for 2nd child, she is still nursing right now at 2 years old, I nursed through my 3rd pregnancy and currently tandem nursing our 2nd and 3rd child since 1st October 2013.

With all these experiences gained in my breastfeeding journey, I decided to pen down the critical phases which I think contributed to a successful breastfeeding journey.

To read my 1st post, you can click the link on this post: Critical Phase For Successful Breastfeeding Journey : 1st Hour.

For my 2nd post, I will start off with: the 1st day after giving birth to your baby.

This post is pretty much similar to the critical first hour after giving birth to your baby. I am just going to repeat the advice given which is to keep on latching and inform the hospital staff that you want your baby to be on breastmilk only.

What differs in this post with the previous post is, in the critical 1st day, you get to experience a day and night spent with your baby.

For my case, my birth hospital is pro-breastfeeding and baby has to be room-in with mum at all times (unless baby is premature or require constant monitoring under neonatal ICU unit due to some health complications) So with baby rooming-in with you, you get to experience for yourself how to handle your newborn, to get used to bay's cues for hunger, stress, etc.

On my first night with baby and being in a pro-breastfeeding hospital, there is no other options to comfort and soothe baby other than breastfeed (after you have checked diaper, swaddled and ensure environment is comfortable) You just gotta latch, latch, latch. With frequent latching, your brain will get signals you really need breastmilk fast!

Picture below showing Carolyn breastfeeding at 3.51am in the morning (I did not have any sleep at all until about 5am on the first day)

I also believe the first day is critical as you'll finally realised this is important and there is no other person but you and baby who can make this work.

Some new mums will be discharged from hospital on day 2 onwards and once you leave the hospital, there will be other factors affecting and influencing you. Husband, in-laws, older children, and in our culture confinement ladies (if you did not hire the breastfeeding friendly ones, they will affect your breastfeeding plan!)

So, yes, the 1st day after giving birth is a critical phase in ensuring a smooth path to your successful breastfeeding journey.

To sum this post up:

Critical Phase For Successful Breastfeeding Journey : the 1st day after giving birth to your baby.

  • Latching early will also help baby to practise his latching technique

  • Latching early will help YOU in your breastfeeding techniques too

  • Please make sure you inform the hospital staff beforehand that you want your baby to be breastfeed and no formula feeding whatsoever

  • If possible, room-in with baby after birth.

  • Only YOU and BABY can make breastfeeding works. Do not let other factors influence your plan!

 

That's all for my 2nd post in the critical phase for a successful breastfeeding journey!

Feel free to ask and share if you have questions or feedback!

Product Review - Tupperware Shape-O-Toy

~ Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:24 AM ~

A couple of months ago, I reviewed TwinkleTup, Tupperware's latest range of innovative products for children and toddlers and recently, I had the opportunity to review a new product from Tupperware again, and since I'm into reviewing educational products for my kiddos, of course I say yes!

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Tupperware TwinkleTup

Description from the product page:
"Here's a toy that grows with a child, from infants to pre-schoolers. Not only is it fun and colorful, the Shape-O-Toy is a classic shape-sorter, rattle and counting toy which helps toddlers to identify shapes, develop coordination and dexterity, as well as counting and number recognition."

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The moment I took the Shape-O-Toy out of its box, I was reminded of a similar childhood toy I used to play with. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out how to take out the shapes inside the Shape-O-Toy as I didn't see any instructions on this. Of course, not wanting to appear like a klutz to our kiddos, I examine it all over and finally figured out that I need to pull apart the two handles on both opposites sides and it will open up in the middle and the shapes inside will drop out. Ahhhh.... easy peasy! What a creative idea!

Shape O Toy

Next, I tried getting our kiddos to play with the Shape-O-Toy WITHOUT even telling them what to do! Heh, evil mummy right? Just testing our kiddos to see whether they are smart enough or not hahaha...

Our 4.5 years old boy did not show much interest in the toy initially and went off to continue playing his Legos. Only after seeing his sister playing happily with the Shape-O-Toy that he jumped in and played with it too!

Our 2 years old girl showed interests and soon began to take one of the shape block and tried to stuff it into the Shape-O-Toy. Remember, I did not even tell her what to do! You can click at this link to view a video clip of our 2 years old Alyson playing with Tupperware's Shape-O-Toy game.

It doesn't take long for Benjamin to match all the shapes correctly though I will test him again in future to see whether he can solve it again faster and faster hehehe... as for Alyson, it is fun seeing her happy face as she matches the shapes correctly and though she takes time to match the shapes, I definitely think the Shape O Toy has great potential as a teaching tool and also as a play toy for her.

Shape O Toy

What I like with the Shape-O-Toy is it allows our kiddos to sharpen their problem solving skills. I like that our kiddos have to use their own mind to determine how to slot the puzzle blocks according to its matching shapes.

I especially like the vibrant colors used and upon closer inspection on the shape blocks, you can notice one side of the shape has a number of dots and if you see the opposite sides of the shapes, you can see the number representing the dots. Nice! I can use this to teach our kiddos counting and number recognition on top of teaching them about the different shapes.

Last but not least, I feel at ease knowing our kiddos are playing with toys made from safe, non-toxic, Tupperware food grade materials.

In summary, the Shape-O-Toy is a fun and yet educational toy.

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For more information, visit tupperwarebrands.com.my or http://www.facebook.com/Tupperware.Brands.Malaysia.Singapore

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products by Tupperware 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.