iPad App Review - The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1

~ Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:07 AM ~

We have some of the Berenstain Bears' story apps on my iPad and so when I saw the pitch release for this collection of the Berestain Bears stories, I decided we should review this app as I want our kiddos to grow up according to God's way and after reading the app details, it made me eagerly waiting to go through the story apps with our kiddos. Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1
* Price: $11.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Dec 17, 2013
* Version: 2.5
* Size: 141 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:

"Dive into 7 exciting Berenstain Bears Living Lights interactive storybook apps that help young readers learn how God wants them to live every day! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Enjoy The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree, The Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation, The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best, The Berenstain Bears Faithful Friends, The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage, The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks, & The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You!, all in one convenient place."

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can touch the objects in each page on the screen and the different musical sounds that is being played as you tapped along!

* I like that this collection of story apps is meant to teach our children how to live their life according to God's way, to be thankful and grateful, to be a good person, to be courageous and more.

* I think that even though you are not a Christian, you can still be able to use this book as it instills good moral values in our kiddos.

* Our personal favorites in this app have got to be the "The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best" and "The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage"! I find our 4.5 years old boy regularly goes back to this story app, so that means this is good stuff!

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You can purchase the "The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1" 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"

Book Review - LEGO Space: Building the Future

~ Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM ~

A couple of months ago, I reviewed a LEGO PDF book called "Beautiful LEGO". Of course, as a mother of a 4.5 years old boy who is a big fan of Lego stuff, I just can't say no when I see another LEGO book available for review!

Title: LEGO Space: Building the Future
Author: Peter Reid, Tim Goddard

Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN-13/-10:  978-1-59327-521-1 / 1-59327-521-8
Paperback:  216 pages

Description from the product page:
"Come explore an incredible LEGO® universe in LEGO Space: Building the Future. Spaceships, orbital outposts, and new worlds come to life in this unique vision of the future, built completely from LEGO bricks. A selection of step-by-step building instructions will have you constructing your own cosmic creations to play with at home. Marvel at interstellar battlecruisers, space pirates, charming robots, and other stunning builds from an amazing future!"

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I had initially thought this book was an illustrations of the history of space travel and the marvels of space vehicles and gadgets - redo using Lego bricks. As we flipped further through the book, we realised it is a story of space in future. I am in awe of the number of pages of step by step illustrations on how to build the spaceships, robots, etc shown in the book.

I would however prefer if the book is organised by the story first and the step by step illustrations to build to be located after the story part. That would make it a pleasant experience to read the story fully and then for those who are interested to build the spaceships etc can flip through to the end of the book for guidance.

In summary, it  is a fun Lego book on space adventures and vehicles and all sorts relating to space that is different from the usual Lego books we have! I hope this book is able to inspire our kiddos in creating more awesome space related designs using Lego bricks.

Just in case you want to have a look at some of the creations by our 4.5 years old boy, feel free to hop over and check them out in my FB album.

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You can get this book here.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a PDF copy of the book 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"

The 2013 Big Bad Wolf Books Preview Sale

~ Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM ~

Last week, hubby received the free passes to the 2013 Big Bad Wolf Books Preview Sale and so this post is to document down our 1st experience in attending the preview sales. I have attended the BBW sales in 2012 but that was like in the middle of the sale period and I was there for 2 hours with my SIL who babysat Benjamin (they went to the indoor playground there) while her pre-teen daughter went to the sale with me babywearing Alyson then.

This round, hubby accompanied me to the preview sale. We left Benjamin and Alyson at our SIL's house and only brought Carolyn along (she's in her stroller the whole time) I told hubby to take charge of the luggage bag while I just took the Toysr'us bag with me while I pushed Carolyn in her stroller. Here are some pictures taken that I can share with you:

Basically for this round, I am going for children books (mostly Scholastic ones) as well, price ranging from RM3 to RM15 for the ones I got. I think this year selections are not as interesting as last year's though I am VERY happy I get to buy a couple of Scholastic books which definitely are expensive (as I googled on Amazon before hesitating to buy due to the price)

There are quite a lot of encyclopedia/picture dictionaries for childrens as well though I was not interested in them at all. I was more interested in getting activities and learning books for our 4.5 years old boy who is going to start his pre-school in Jan 2014. I would like to get him something to nurture on what he learned in his pre-K later - something he can do when he got home from his pre-K classes (half day). I also managed to grab a couple of toddler books for our 2 years old Alyson (learning ABC, 123)

Pictures of some of the children books I managed to snap to show my buddy over WhatsApp:

Pictures of the view inside the building:

I gotta stop to breastfeed our 2 months old girl somewhere facing zone E, which is very nice and cosy though I had to sit on the floor. I don't mind really... :)

Pictures taken as we went to one of the aisle to pay for our books. The staff are courteous, helpful and quick to act. Good job! Too bad the credit cards machines jammed up and took VERY long to respond, we ended up paying with cash as we couldn't wait any longer.

We were there from 5pm to 8pm and total damage RM412. Pictures of our loot (kiddos, mine and hubby's - some of the books are for our friends and clients):

From what I can remember on the floor plan,the moment you enter the entrance door, all the way straight in is the children section, right side has young adults section, the toilets are located on the right side as well, cashier lanes on the furthest left side. Books on the left section are religions, self-help, travel (lots of them), cookery (lots of them too!)

That's all I can think of to share for now! Feel free to ask and share on my Facebook page if you have questions or feedback!

(** Apologies for making you hopping to my FB page as I have disabled the commenting features on my blog due to the excessive annoying spams that keeps attacking my blog the moment I enabled the commenting feature.)