iPad App Review - Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe

~ Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM ~

It was such a nice coincidence that I get to review this storybook app with my kiddos! I was just looking at the movie poster in the cinema the other day and was telling my 4 years old Benjamin there is this new snail racing movie coming out soon and we might get to watch it if daddy is free. Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Books
* Released: July 11, 2013
* Version: 1.0
* Size: 451 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: zuuka incorporated © DreamWorks
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe lets fans ride along for the greatest under-snail story of all time. Turbo has big dreams of becoming a race car driver like his hero, Guy Gagné, but his brother Chet doesn’t understand his need for speed. Turbo believes that no dreams are too big and no dreamer too small. Will Turbo make his dreams come true and race in the Indy 500? Join Turbo, Chet, Tito, Whiplash, Smoove Move, Burn, and colorful cast of characters to find out if Turbo can cross the finish line!"

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* The illustrations is clear and vivid, as for storyline, I'm happy we get to preview this storyapp first before we watched the movie on 20th July 2013! I used the opportunity in this storyapp to teach my boy that we must work hard towards making our dreams come true and not just sit around and become lazy.

* One of the cool thing in this app is there are other options for you to play around such as 'Meet the Crew', 'Racing Team' and 'Turbo Training' apart from being able to customize Turbo’s shell via the Turbo-ize option.

* I'm also impressed that not long after watching this storyapp, my 4 years old boy started drawing snails on his doodling activity time. Not bad!

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You can purchase the "Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe " 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" I'm a full-time mummy

Product Review - Laven Soap

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 7:31 AM ~

I actually received a set of handmade soaps from Laven Soap after winning a logo designing contest on my mummy FB group that I joined last year and promised the owner that I will do a product review for her handmade soaps, so here it goes:

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Description from the product page:
"LavenSoap Bath and Body is dedicated to creating handmade soaps that are gentle and moisturizing to naturally clean the skin. Our soaps are handmade from scratch using cold process method in small batches, retaining all the natural glycerin within, unlike mass produced commercial soaps. All of our products are handmade using all natural ingredients such as vegetable oils, butters, milks, organic salt & sugar, vegetable waxes, beeswax, with the addition of botanicals and clays as natural colorants and pure therapeutic grade essential oils to scent.

Not only do our products smell good naturally, they also offer the many wonderful therapeutic and medicinal benefits and qualities associated with the essential oils, clays, plants and herbs they contain. No animal fats, artificial colours or fragrances, artificial preservatives, chemicals, sulfates or parabens are added in any of our products. You will have no worries using LavenSoap's products knowing that they are natural and safe for your skin."

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I received the following items for my prize selection:

* DIY Soapmaking Kits - Clays or Powders

* Soy Milk Soap (Unscented) => 2 bars

* Coconut Milk Soap (Unscented) => 3 bars

* Almond Milk Soap (Unscented) => 2 bars

*Christmas Lip Balm => 1 piece

It took me over half a year before I can get to trying the soaps out and the first one I chose to use is the Soy Milk Soap. I just want to share how the product was nicely packaged, wrapped up in a nice glittery pouch. I like the simple product info on the soap as well.

When I unwrapped the soymilk soap, the first thing that impressed me is the cute little touch on the soap, one side showing the brand name, the other side the type of soap you are using. It has been weeks now since I started using the soap and yes, I can still see the wordings on the soap! It's nice to be reminded of what soap I'm using as I happily lathered on to my body and scrubbed away thinking, 'Hmm.. nice soap, what soap is this?' and I just flipped the soap and see the wordings.  

The soap size is just nice to fit in the palm of my hand, it does not smell (I chose the unscented type) and I like that the soap does not crumbles/cakes off at all compared to the commercial soaps I used before. I also noticed that my skin is not as dry as it used to be and can't wait to try the other 2 soap types I got!

Btw, I also like that they also sell DIY soapmaking kits, something I've wanted to try (which is why I got it for my prize selection as well) but with 2 kiddos and 3rd one coming in 3 months time, I do hope to be able to try it out one of this day!

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You can find more info at Laven Soap's Facebook page.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I won the products by Laven Soap from a logo designing contest and promised to share 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.

iPad App Review - Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM ~

My 4 years old boy loves animals! So when I received an email pitch on this app, I immediately requested to review it as I could definitely see the potential in our learning aspects! Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds 
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Books
* Released: 26 June 2013
* Version: 2.3
* Size: 50 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Join The Cat in the Hat on a bird-watching tour as he takes Sally and Dick around the world to meet our fine feathered friends. Observe a variety of birds in their natural habitats such as ostriches, bee hummingbirds, flycatchers, bald eagles, penguins and more. Plus, see what's waiting for Sally and Dick when they return home in The Cat in the Hat's Fine Feather, All-Weather Flying Machine! Children will learn the common features of birds, the traits of the world's biggest and smallest birds and the different sounds that birds make. In addition, they'll discover fun facts along the way by tapping on instant glossary words in bold."

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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!

* I like the storyline where it teaches us all about our feathered friends, the birds. The parts on their body, the different type of birds in the world, the sounds they make and so on.

* For example, at the picture below, I love that I can show my boy the body parts on a bird and I go on to explained to him why birds have beaks and not mouth like us humans.

* I find myself learning new things too such as the male Emperor penguin guarding over its eggs until they hatches! An eye opener!

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You can purchase the "Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds" 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"