iPad App Review - It's Not What You've Got!

~ Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:10 PM ~

I received a press release on this new app available and was initially hesitant to request for a review copy as I was afraid that Ben might be too young for this app. Of course, I do believe teaching should start when children are young and so after thinking through again, I decided to request for this app hoping that there will be no issue for me in reviewing it despite the age constraints. To my surprise, Cathy from Oceanhouse Media replied with the promo code to download the app for free saying "It's never too early to begin teaching kids about the meaning of money :-)". Yes!

* Title: It's Not What You've Got!
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Books
* Updated: Jun 14, 2011
* Current Version: 1.08
* Size: 12.8 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Description from the product page:

"Dr. Wayne Dyer addresses the topics of money and abundance with the belief that a child's earliest thoughts and perceptions about these subjects are those that will last throughout his or her life. The aim is to help children develop a healthy view of money by using themes and images they can relate to.

Topics include Money does not define who you are, it doesn't matter what others have, and abundance comes in many forms. This is not a how-to manual on spending and saving for kids; but rather a positive, spiritual approach to the meaning of money. After going through this omBook with your child, discuss the 10 follow up questions which re-inforce the message and further develop children's understanding of the subject. "

About the author:

"Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and The New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, and Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life have all been featured as National Public Television specials. Wayne holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York."

Pictures below taken of Ben while we went through the book together on my iPad... Ben was engrossed and captivated with the illustrations shown. He pointed out things he's familiar with, like family spending time together and the need to work regardless whether the job is fun or tiring and so on.

It's Not What You've Got!

It's Not What You've Got!

What's good?

* We can closely relate to the illustrations shown as it is more real-life (as in not cartoonish looking which might not be able to send a strong message to the young ones).

* I love the app! Even as an adult, I learned from reading this book too!

* My 28 month-old toddler is learning and applying what he learned from this book!

To be honest, after going through this book, I realised why Ben is telling us this sentences nowadays "Ben-ben buy", "Ben-ben pay money" and "Another one" (as in don't buy this on impulse, just wait for another better one!).

Yes, my 28 month-old toddler says all these sentences lately! All thanks to this book! I'm happy he doesn't go around saying 'Daddy buy for me' or 'Daddy pays for me' or 'Daddy buy now!' and so on and  the fact that he knows he's responsible and has to decide if he wants something and not just rely on other people to provide for him.

You can purchase the "It's Not What You've Got!" app from the iTunes App Store.

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"

Updates on Our CD Adventure!

~ Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM ~

I had previously blogged about almost into starting off with our CD adventure and so these are the brief updates on the status so far:

1. Ben donned his 1st cloth diaper on 28th June 2011

His reactions? Upfront 'NO' when he realised I'm not putting on his normal disposable diaper for him. He squirmed away a couple of times despite my gentle nudging for him to try wearing it. After a few attempts, he relented and I managed to take the above shot of him wearing it. He seems comfortable wearing it though he'd prefer to wear his short pants over the diaper pants. Shy I guess...

2. How does it work out?

I don't know how long a CD should last but for my 28 months old toddler (12kg weight), whether I used the 2 folds or 3 folds insert, both only lasted maximum 1.5 hours. It soaked the insert entirely and I managed to change the insert before it gets to the diaper pants.

Oh, did I mentioned Ben is a very, very, very heavy drinker?

* Image from Google search

As in he guzzles loads and loads of water in a day! So I guess that's probably why the inserts couldn't hold it long enough compared to disposable.

3. How do I go about cleaning the CD?

When I realised the inserts are soaked through, I just pulled it out, put in a new insert and throw the old ones into a bucket, soaked them in water (deep enough to cover the inserts), put in a few drops of the detergent I bought for this CD. I think I soaked them for few hours (forgotten about them actually! Whoopsss..) and rinsed the inserts a couple of times and dry them up.

4. How frequent am I using the CD on Ben?

To be honest, I have so far used the CDs for about 6 times. 2 times a day to be exact. In which the 2 times total up to 3 hours, used up both the 2 and 3 prefolds inserts. I got tired and changed back to disposable (which normally lasts for about 2-4 hours depending how much water Ben drinks).

5. What now?

* Image from Google search

These few days Ben fell sick, was coughing occassionally (his mild fever just broke and he's OK now) and because of that, he drank more water than usual, so I did not let him wear the CD during these few days. So until his cough gets better, I don't think I will be putting on a CD on him... 

I guess that's about the updates I can think of for now... I have not given up hope yet on CD... I do agree that CD is a better choice in terms of environmental and economy factors, just that we are having a bit of a hiccup now and would prefer to hold it off for a few days and see how things goes...

What Are Your Thoughts on Franchise Opportunities?

~ Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 12:34 AM ~

You know, every now and then I do entertain the thoughts of earning some side income while still being a SAHM.

I mean, if I do have the means to start my own business, I might look into the possibility of doing so with the various franchise opportunities available in the market now.

Now what is franchise? According to Wikipedia: "Franchising is the practice of using another firm's successful business model"

Of course there are a lot of things to be considered before taking the leap into franchising world - such as:

- Does the business model fits your requirements?

- How much time and effort you can put into the business?

- What other resources you need to put into the business: staff, supplies, etc etc

- Do you have enough fundings or capital to start and maintain the business?

There are many more factors to be considered and thought through for sure. But I think with thorough research, the risks is definitely less compared to starting a business from scratch. At least by going through the franchise opportunities, you can immediately start running your business on an already successful business started earlier by someone else.

What are your thoughts on franchise opportunities?

** Disclosure: This post is in association with Workingmums. All thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.