Monday, November 28, 2011
The app also has categories for Births, Deaths, and Holidays so you can see what famous/important people were born or died on this day in history, and if it is a holiday anywhere in the world. You can preview the sort of information that the app displays by visiting the website, www.todayhistory.net. In addition to just displaying the brief information, you can also click on an event and view more details, or click on a related link and visit the Wikipedia entry. This can lead to all sorts of interesting articles to let you dig deeper into the historical event or related places or people.
Interestingly, the app also has some built in social aspects as well, where you can add historical events to your favourites list, or you can comment on them. You can also send any event to Facebook, Twitter, or to a friend via email or text message. You can even submit your own events for consideration in the app - I haven't tried that yet (somehow I don't think that anyone else out there would be too interested in reading about "Got my winter tires on today").
You could however use the Private event option for creating events that only you want to keep track of, which I thought would be neat for tracking a baby's milestones, especially ones that you would almost certainly forget when they are older, like when they learned to sit unassisted, or exactly when they finally sprouted that first tooth.
If you think you might like it I would go for the free version to try it out, and once you know if you enjoy having all that historical information at your fingertips, then go for it and pick up the full version for $1.99 here in the app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/today-in-history/id312028507?mt=8 You'll never be without something interesting to say with such an interesting reference at your fingertips.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It has a unique gameplay that appeals to the problem solver in all of us, and also caters to the silly factor that takes over most interactions with a preschooler. The premise of the game is that you have to help the main character, Maxwell, collect the star in each level. He is faced with various problems to solve in order to earn/access the star. To solve problems, you think of what thing(s) he need(s) to solve his problem, then give it to him by typing in a noun (and any number of adjectives).
For example [Spoiler Alert] there is a level where you need to push a button to open a gate. But the button is in an area that Maxwell can't walk to. So, you can choose to fly him up there. Make him a Pegasus, he will ride it. P-E-G-A-S-U-S. Or, you can give him a jetpack. Or you can create a H-U-G-E B-A-L-D E-A-G-L-E, and he will be able to climb on his back and fly up. You can use adjectives such as "tiny", "friendly", "blue", "gigantic", "scary" and so forth to enhance the objects you create. I cannot imagine how much effort must have gone into mapping just about every noun imaginable to a concrete in-game representation of the noun, but the effort is worth it because half the fun in the game is to create something outrageous and see what appears.
As an adult, I enjoy playing this game because it helps boost my creativity, and it's tons of fun. My son (who is not quite old enough to spell most words) likes to play the game together with me, as I read him the problem, he brainstorms solutions, and I type them in. He has even played it by himself by randomly typing on the keyboard and then picking from the "Did you mean..." suggestions that pop up when the characters don't represent a real word.
Apparently this game is not entirely new, however it's my first time playing it and I have to admit, I was blown away.
If you haven't played this before and think it sounds like fun, it's only $1.99 on the iTunes app store (for the iPad/iPhone) and will provide hours of entertainment, even after you finish the story mode, because you can always think of new creative ways to solve the problems Maxwell faces.
Check out more on this app here: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/scribblenauts-remix/id444844790?mt=8
Sunday, November 13, 2011
|Goats Milk - Lavender|
|After I opened the package...here are all the little treats!|
|Goats Milk - Toasted Marshmallow|
|Toddler-size your soap!|
One thing I should mention is that she also makes Goats Milk soaps, they are a bit pricier ($1 extra per bar) but they are supposed to be incredible and moisturizing for your skin. I haven't had a chance to try my Goats Milk bar yet but I hope to break it out soon!
If you would like to find out more about Pipestone Soaps, check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PipestoneSoaps (but beware, seeing pictures in your feed of their gorgeous soaps may make you want to buy all kinds of them...) Their prices are $5.50 for a regular bar, $6.50 for a Goats Milk bar, plus shipping of course, unless you are local. If you stay tuned to their Facebook page you might even get lucky and catch a sale or 1/2 price shipping event...