Thursday, November 21, 2013

App Developers Continue to Help Teach Children Important Skills

Morning, y'all! I'm sorry for the lack of blog posts; unfortunately I've had a bout of bronchitis! Do your kids love to play with apps? Ours do, and I love the educational ones. It allows them a break, whilst giving me peace of mind, because with Kid's Academy, they are still learning, whilst they play! It even allow me to set up separate profiles for each of the girls, so we can track their progress. At the low cost of only $2.99, it's totally affordable as well. Want to give it a try?

Kid's Academy, one of the most successful developers of apps for kids has released what might be their biggest app yet. 123 Tracing is an excellent educational app designed for younger students. This cute game helps kids trace numbers and get in the habit of writing and forming these letters that they will use the rest of their lives.

The app is live and available to download via iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Kid's Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps. The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.

About Kid’s Academy Company Kids Academy is an early childhood education start-up specialized in development apps for major mobile markets: App Store, Google Play and Amazon. The rapidly growing company is bringing value through education for children aged 2 to 6 teaching kids numbers, upper- and lower- case letters, word-letter associations, phonics, and spelling, and brings them endless fun and excitement through play activities. Founded in the end of 2011 with the first application released in July 2012, Kids Academy has six nice apps and recently reached 2 million downloads. The apps developed by Kids Academy received dozens of positive reviews and were top rated by Children’s Technology and Parent Reviews. Interactive ABC by Kids Academy was featured by The Guardian in mobile tech review.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Expert Guide to Home Organizing (Expert Guides) Review



Good evening, y'all. How's your night going? Are of the rest of you reading this fine Wednesday? It's almost Criminal Minds date night, but I had a project to work on beforehand tonight. It's only 43 degrees, so it was the perfect time to curl up to read a good book with a cup of tea by my side!

I had the chance to review Expert Guide to Home Organizing (Expert Guides) by Rhiana Jones, a Kindle e-book this evening. At the low price of only 99 cents, it is truly a steal. This isn't your ordinary organization book; most of them skip over the things that are covered in this book. It is only about fifty-one pages, so it shouldn't take too long to read it cover to cover. Each chapter had a tip from a home organizer, these twelve fabulous ladies were ::

Beth Giles of Northwest Organizing Solutions
Seana Turner of The Seana Method
Julia Stobbe of Mind over Clutter
DeAnna Radaj of DeAnna on Design
Amy Volk of Simplified Living Today
Stacey Erickson of Home Key Organization
Elizabeth Dodson of Home Zada
Bonnie Dewkitt of The Joyful Organizer
Jennifer Snyder of Neat as a Pin
Joanna Monahan of Major Mom
Robyn Reynolds of Organize2Harmonize
Leslie Jacobs of Les Mess

They all give a handful of tips of how to organize your mind and your space. With my two bedroom apartment, I really truly needed it. I have a big kitchen, an even bigger living room, a quaint home office, and a perfectly sized bedroom, and I have FIVE closets! Thankfully, they reminded me that not everything can be done in one day, with this quote, "The good news is that once you've learned the skill of organizing, you can apply it to every space in your home and aspect of your life." I've got the first step down - reading this book. Now, I just need to apply the principles in my everyday life.

My favorite part of the book was in Chapter ten, S.T.E.P.S.
S - Sort into categories.
T - Treasure what counts.
E - Establish homes and systems.
P - Plan your container strategy.
S - Start your new habits.
With a guide like this and the other easy to follow tips in this book, how could you go wrong? I learned about what organization was, how to arrange my storage room, what to do with clutter, how to create creative spaces for the kids' belongings, mail management, and how to have a great tag sale! A few of them more important points they touched on for me were keeping memorabilia [which is my biggest problem!], making laundry easy -- not a chore like it is over here, my digital home - which is something I never thought about in my young age, but it really opened my mind to how important it is, and holiday solutions which are really important with the looming coming months.

Overall, it was an easy book to read and follow. It was really helpful when thinking about beginning to organize my living space and home office. I read reminders like, "Successful organizing not only involves physical change but often behavioral and motivational change as well," and "Everything does not have to be picture-perfect, but it should represent who we are and what we want from life." Now, it's time for me to go start to organize my living room, using the ideas they talked about in this book. Are you going to read the book, then start a new project? I feel extra motivated after reading it, and I think you would too!

Remember, only keep what you need and love!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

$4 for 3 Julep Nail Polishes and free $5 Amazon Gift Card.

One of my deepest, darkest secrets is ...

I am a nail polish addict!

I really do love them all. My favourite colors are black, silver, blue, and teal. I wish I could be like those awesome polish bloggers that can take fantastic pictures of their nails looking incredible, but mine don't ever look nearly that good.

I found an awesome nail polish deal this evening on accident.

Want to get 3 Julep Nail Polishes and a free $5 Amazon gift card?

If you're not a member already, sign up for Swagbucks, it's a search and win site that I've earned over a thousand dollars in gift cards over the last few years.

After you're all signed up, and you've verified your email, head back over to the Swagbucks home page, and you'll see a featured deal for Julep worth 500 Swagbucks!

Click where it says 500 SB, a new page for Julep's website will pop up. Click where it says Try It Now.

This is where you'll choose your polish. I chose the It Girl Starter Box - which includes Libby [teal], Elle [purple], and Bunny [white]. After you've selected your choice, click Add To Bag.

From there, scroll up to the top, clicking on the purple bag on the right hand side.

Scroll down to the Promo Code box, enter "SWAGBUCKSFREE," then hit Apply; afterward, click Check Out. A window will pop up asking if you want any addons - nail polish at a lower price than usual - grab some if you want! It's a great deal. If not, click Checkout on the top right. You will have to pay $3.99 for shipping, but the $5 Amazon gift card you'll get in a few minutes will make up for it! Don't forget to cancel your free trial after it's shipped, it's no hassle, and you just call them at 1.877.651.3292. They had no issues with me doing it the last time a similar deal came around.

If you have an account Log In, but if you don't have one, Sign up; it's pretty easy to figure out. Afterward, you'll fill out your shipping and billing information, then click Place Order!

Your first step is done. After your order has been placed, head back over to Swagbucks homepage, then hover over Rewards, then click Rewards Store.

In the Reward Store, on the right hand side, you'll type Amazon into the search box, and it will bring up a $5 Amazon gift card for 450 Swagbucks.

Click Snag This, then verify with your security question, or have a link emailed to you. I always verify with my security question, because it's faster! Then, you're finished! Your gift code will be posted on your account profile, under "My Gift Cards" within 10 business days of verifying your purchase. You can find My Gift Cards from the Swagbucks homepage, by hovering over your Swagbucks total on the top right of your screen. You'll still have 50 Swagbucks left over for your next reward, which is half of a $1 Amazon gift card, if you want to snag another soon.

If Hope you guys enjoy! I can't wait for my nail polishes to get here! If you have any questions, be sure to drop me a comment, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Thursday, y'all!

On Saturday, November 9th, my nail polish arrived, with an extra goodie!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Happy Holidays Giveaway - INT - 01.01.14

Here's my latest giveaway. Have fun. Yes, there are a lot of entry options, but I promise you won't have to like a ton of Facebook pages [just my own two], and you only have to follow four on Twitter [myself and my two favourite women ever]. None of them are mandatory! Good luck.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Fun Giveaway - International - Ends 9/1

Since I haven't done a giveaway in a while, I decided to make this one have bigger prizes, and run a little longer. There are a few daily entries! Have fun, and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 1, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day Giveaway! [INT] Ends 4/1

Glad to see that both my Valentine's Day giveaway and my Save Stephanie giveaway went off without a hitch! Here's your Saint Patrick's Day Giveaway! Good luck!

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