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PostHeaderIcon #Free PlayTown Story Building App for ages 3-9

It’s amazing how  kids as young as 2, can grab a phone or iPod, unlock it, and find their way to their favorite apps. I don’ t know about you but I am pretty sure I was probably eating dirt when I was 2. There are so many apps available for kids these days, it’s hard to go through them all and find the great ones.

Look no further… I don’t normally post about apps but when I was asked to check this one out, I was glad I did and had to share it with you. It’s called PlayTown: My Story Maker and it is a wonderful new app for kids, ages 3-9. To be honest, I had fun with it myself.

It is a simple to use app that explains everything when you enter your name. I love that you can change the facial expressions and even add fun little trinkets to your story. You can add characters and even your own image to the story. It offers a lot of story enhancements like background changes, and a number of props. Next you narrate and select the music for your story. Once you have completed your personalized story, you can share it with friends and family!
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PostHeaderIcon The Catalogue App by TheFind

The Catalogue app by TheFind is a free and new way to browse through all your favorite store catalogs available for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android (large screen) phones. At any time, there are roughly 95 catalog merchants featuring 175-200 issues inside the app including fashion, beauty, home, kids and more. Catalogue is frequently ranked as the #1 most popular app on iTunes –  – in the new “Catalogs” category. With approximately 1 million downloads, Catalogue is also the most downloaded catalog app, and the only catalog shopping app available on Kindle Fire.

Unlike traditional catalogs, Catalogue consumers can pull together their own personal favorites from various brands into one location, check local store availability, take a peek at the retailers sale emails and, “using Camera View”, can even see how an item would look in their own home.
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PostHeaderIcon Shopping right from your SmartPhone

It seems to be said over and over again but, as a Mom, we know that time and money are important and we want to find the most efficient way to do things. I recently came across The Catalogue App by TheFind.com. It’s a completely free app and new way to browse through all your favorite store catalogs.  Right now is it available for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android (large screen) phones. At any time, there are roughly 95 catalog merchants featuring 175-200 issues inside the app including fashion, beauty, home, kids and more.

Unlike traditional catalogs, Catalogue consumers can pull together their own personal favorites from various brands into one location, check local store availability, take a peek at the retailers sale emails and, “using Camera View”, can even see how an item would look in their own home.

Catalogue also features store email that allows the user to obtain the most recent deals and promotions put out by the brand. News and upcoming events are also collated conveniently inside the app. Here the user can find the best deals and discounts without having to clog their regular email account with unwanted spam. read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Verizon Twitter Party App List

Thank you all who joined in the Party! Here is the list of iTunes and Android apps we discussed. Most of them are Free! Please feel free to leave your favorite apps in the comments below for others!

1. Best apps for your kids (preschool – high school)

  • Kids Learn to Read Free – Android (FREE): perfect for the preschoolers. This app invites children to practice blending sounds together to form, read and spell words that are all made up of only three letters of the alphabet, such as “dog,” “sun” and “big.”

  • Kid Mode – Android and iTunes (FREE): offers a diverse choice of learning games, art tablet, customizable storybooks and kid-friendly videos.

  • Flashcards to Go – Android (FREE): It makes flashcard learning easy and fun while setting reminders for learning deadlines.

  • Spelling Bee – Android ($0.99): Spelling Bee can help improve your child’s vocabulary and spelling skills. With more than 2,300 English words, this is ideal for older children.

  • Fraction Basics – iTunes (FREE): Fraction Basics is a free video app outlining the basics behind fractions; packed with 12 computer animated tutorials from simply understanding fractions to dividing fractions.

  • U.S. Presidents – Android (FREE): Plenty of historical information on past presidents; includes years in office, birthplace, vice presidents, and more. The quiz mode is perfect for history buff parents and older kids learning United States history.

  • RealCalc – Android (FREE): Scientific calculator app that combines the functionality of a physical scientific calculator with the all-in-one portability of an Android device.

  • Formulas Free – iTunes (FREE): A resource that finds nearly any algebra, geometry or calculus formula instantly.

  • Periodic Table – iTunes (FREE): This app has more 30 facts about each element including: Audio clips (for pronunciation), quiz mode (self-tests) and elements by table, search or index.

2. Best apps for shopping

  • ShopSavvy4 – Android Market (FREE): a top app for parents on-the-go. This great resource allows users to compare prices both in-store and online so that you can find the best bargain on anything from markers to bedding.
  • Amazon Mobile and Amazon Price Check – iTunes App Store (FREE): The Amazon Mobile app lets you search for items via text, barcode, or by picture using the Amazon Remembers feature. You can also access your Amazon account.
  • Red Laser: Android and iTunes (FREE): Red Laser is a free scanning application for iPhone and Android that lets users check prices, find in stores nearby and check food allergens, among other uses.
  • Gas Buddy: Android and iTunes(FREE): Find the cheapest gas nearby.

3. Best apps for family management (schedules, locator)

  • Remember the Milk: Android and iTunes (FREE): See tasks located nearby, add and complete tasks on the go, organize upcoming tasks, and sync it all seamlessly. You can see at a glance how many tasks are due today, tomorrow, and this week, and sort by priority, due date, or task name.
  • Family Locator: Verizon Wireless ($9.99 per month): Receive arrival and departure updates for each family member; locate your family members quickly and easily; and create scheduled location updates for each family member.
  • Evernote: Android and iTunes (FREE): Helps you capture everything — handwritten notes, typed memos, a photo — and organizes it for you so that you can find all the little loose threads quickly and easily. It also synchronizes to your phone, computer and the web.

4. Best apps for food, cooking and diet

  • Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List: Android, iTunes and Windows (FREE): An award-winning food app. Search for professionally created and tested recipes, make interactive shopping lists and follow step-by-step stove-side instructions.
  • Fooducate: Android and iTunes (FREE): Helps make it easier for people to select food in the grocery store that is truly healthy. The Fooducate app gives every product a grade, A through F, and helps puts nutrition labels into perspective with a simple scan of the product barcode.
  • Cook This, Not That! iTunes ($7.99): The app shows you more than 140 of your favorite restaurant meals reimagined as quick and healthy dishes. Laid out like a cookbook, it lets you search by your favorite recipes, foods, or ingredients and create mouthwatering meals.
  • Fast Food Calorie Counter: Android and iTunes ($0.99): helps smartphone users who are grabbing a bite on the go. This app provides quick information on menu items at more than 70 restaurants. From Arby’s to Applebee’s, the app lists menu items along with the total calories, grams of fat, carbohydrates, protein and fiber.
  • LoseIt! iTunes (FREE): One of the most highly rated free apps, LoseIt! tracks the calories you consume as well as the ones you burn. Input your daily calorie budget, then after each meal, tap in what you ate and Lose It! will log your calorie count and help you reach your weight goal.
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