Guest Post - Why Moms Should Care About Home Security

~ Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM ~

As busy moms, we spend so much of our time taking care of the day-to-day things. We cook and clean, drive our kids to appointments and play dates, deal with sniffles, boo boos, and diapers. By the time we go to bed, exhausted, we know it is just a few short hours before have to wake up early and do it all over again.

In order to have the freedom to take care of the little tasks every day, you need to make sure that you deal with the bigger concerns that affect your family.  Money, housing, and safety issues are usually at the top of the list. You need to make sure that home security is at the top of that list too.

Your home needs to be protected at all times. Burglars don’t only strike at night, but they can break in while you are out running a quick errand during the day. They are sometimes even bold enough to walk into your house while you are home, grab your purse and phone off the table, and run out before you even notice.

There are some ways you can protect your family at all times, and make sure your home stays secure. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are at home.
  • When someone knocks on your door and you don’t know who it is, check their ID first under the door or through the peephole. Don’t let them in if you don’t feel safe.
  • Install a wireless security system in your home for protection and peace of mind.
  • Don’t leave ladders and large tools outside your house – a burglar could use them to break in more easily.
  • Make sure your children follow your safety and security rules
  • Have smoke detectors on every floor of your house, and an extra one in the kitchen
  • Make sure babysitters, relatives and guests follow your home security rules

These important safety tips can keep your home secure, and allow you to go about your day without worry. Threats to your family’s safety can come at any time, so you need to follow these rules and others consistently. Even pet theft is on the rise, and your children would be devastated to come home and find their furry or feathered friend missing. Make the right decisions and use home security measures every day.


iPad App Review - Auracle HD - Fossil

~ Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM ~

When I saw the press release of this app, I immediately requested to review it as my 3 years old boy is a fan of all things dinosaur and bones and skeletons at the moment. I thought this app will make a good opportunity for me to teach him about dinosaurs and their bones and etc. My review as below...

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* Title: Auracle HD - Fossil
* Price: $2.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Jul 25, 2012
* Version: 1.0.0
* Size: 40.8 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Auryn, Inc
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Description from the product page:

"Perfect for the dinosaur-lover in your family! A young girl finds a dinosaur bone and imagines what its life – and the fossilization process – must have been like. Lyrical rhymes and gorgeous watercolor illustrations combine in this fun educational story. Encourage your child's curious mind with this storybook app; learn about the Mesozoic Era and create your own imaginative tales of what the dinosaur's life may have been like. "

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What's good?

* 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!

* I was not a fan of watercolored illustrations before this but I think my perception has changed after trying out this app. The drawings on each page is simply breathtakingly beautiful!

* I used the opportunity in this app to teach my 3 years old boy how each bones from the dinosaur came with a story, how a mother dinosaur cared for its babies too!

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You can purchase the "Auracle HD - Fossil " 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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Book Review - Not Just a Princess (A Mia Book)

~ Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM ~

(** Article first published as Book Review: Not Just a Princess (A Mia Book) by Mary Lee on Blogcritics.)

I like it when authors email to me asking whether I would be interested in reviewing their book and then mentioning there are no obligations at all for me to review if I would like to get a complementary copy of their book. Authors like this are the ones that I am most likely to post in my reviews to as many commercial websites I can! Not joking but I personally think because I am not pressured or rushed to revert with my feedback, I am more likely to read the book faster and helped them spread out the word on their book!

Anyway, of course I do look into whether the book is suitable for my family-friendly theme and my preferance as well before I decided to review it. So, without further delay, please read my review as below...

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Title: Not Just a Princess (A Mia Book)
Author: Mary Lee

ASIN: B008VWKZKO
Print Length:  32 pages
File Size:  1119 KB

Description from the product page:
"Mia is a sweet little girl with a big imagination. She has lots of fun playing pirate, having tea with a mermaid and flying with rainbow-swans. In this adventure filled story, a girl has no limit on what she can be."

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That cute little girl in princess-y costume with a pirate hat got me hooked! My boy is into pirates every now and then lately so I thought I should give this book a try and see how it turns out, after all, I do have my daughter whom I can read this book to in future!

Each page that I turned just got me more excited and anxious to see what's coming up next as I can't wait to know what is Mia up to! By the way, the illustrations in this book is just gorgeous! 

I love the imagination of this cute little girl who pretends to be a pirate, mermaid and so on, it just makes me smile because it totally reminds me of my 3 years old boy! One second he is pirate, then he is a robot and then he is a fireman, and the list is endless! I'm always encouraging my boy to play pretend as I love seeing and be amazed at how far his imagination can go!

In summary, this is an easy to read book with beautiful illustrations that will capture your heart and I recommend it as I believe a child's imagination should be encouraged! Don't believe me? Read this inspiring quote below:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." ~ Albert Einstein

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You can get the Kindle edition of this book from Amazon.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a PDF copy of the book by the author 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 book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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