Category Archives: Apps

Kid’s Corner on the Windows 8 Phone #SummerSwitch

19th July 2013

One of the best features on the new Windows 8 phone for me, as a mom, is the Kid’s Corner. Kid’s corner is ” basically a phone within your phone” that is dedicated to the little people in your life.

To get to Kid’s Corner on the Windows 8 phone, instead of swiping up to get into your phone, you swipe to the left and once you’ve downloaded it onto your phone, you’re there!

The Kid’s Corner basically allows your kids to play games, take pictures, draw, play music and watch videos and use a number of apps, without having to worry that they will accidentally access your phone and mess with your setup. Also, you have the control of what they can access by choosing what you download into the Kid’s Corner area of the phone. The kids will be able to open and access Kid’s Corner on their own, while your stuff is protected (you will have to setup a password to do this). Kids will also be able to customize their Kid’s Corner by changing the colors and even the placement and sizes of the tiles. 

There are thousands of apps, games and music available to purchase that you can add to Kid’s Corner to make it fun for your kids. You’ll find tons of family friendly, educational  and classic options in the games section, as well as music and videos. Once you’ve decided what you want to add to the phone, you can then choose what they can or can’t access in the Kid’s Corner, with the convenient toggle feature. Rather than deleting an app for example, you can toggle it off and it will no longer show in the Kid’s Corner until it is toggled on again.

My kids LOVE Kid’s Corner and I like that I can hand the phone to them without worrying about what they’re doing or deleting off my phone. The camera takes amazing pictures, even when little people are the photographers. The speakers are nice and loud so they can enjoy it together, without using or sharing ear phones. Both my six year old and nine year old have both really enjoyed playing  with the cool drawing apps like Draw Free! and Create Studio.

Kid’s Corner is just another great feature of the Windows 8 Phone that you should definitely check out!

Disclosure:  I am a part of the #SummerSwitch Challenge.  The Nokia 920 Windows 8 phone was provided to me to use for the challenge my Microsoft Canada.  As well, I will receive compensation for my participation in this event.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Long Distance Love Stories With SPOKEnPHOTO

11th December 2012

GIVE YOUR PHOTOS A VOICE

Launching today is Spoke Technologies‘ new SPOKEnPHOTO Album iPad app and it’s a must have! Using this innovative app, you can create your very own personal talking photo albums that you can then share with your friends and family.

Spoke Technologies was founded on the premise that we all have long-distance friends and family that we want to feel more connected to, more often. Their apps help capture moments and memories in your voice so you can share and connect with that Personal Network in a more intimate way. Their first app, SPOKEnPHOTO for iPhone, was launched earlier this year.

So, how does it work?

You upload your photographs to an album, record your voice captions to your photos and share! You can also invite your friends and family to record their voices to pictures in your photo albums as well. You can then keep all your albums (created and received) together in your virtual bookshelf. Want to share ? Your albums can be shared via Twitter, Facebook and email. Another great feature is inviting others to record to your album allows them to see it online or in their own album, once they download the SPOKEnPHOTO app.

There are so many great ways to enjoy this new iPad app. It’s perfect for grandparents  to connect with their grandchildren, parents and their children away for school, long distance friends who miss each other like crazy, long distance loves and the list goes on and on.

The beauty of the app is its versatility and ease of use. It’s a winner!!

What about a modern baby book or a new way to remember your wedding day? And one of my favorite ideas as a mom who’s child draws all day long – a great way to ‘declutter by taking photos of your child’s art projects and recording their commentary, then collect them in an Album as a keepsake’.

I had the chance to try out the app and I created a SPOKEnPHOTO of some long distance friends during a past trip to NYC. Click on the pic to hear how captioned my pic.

For a limited time, the SPOKEnPHOTO Album iPad app is free, so you’re going to want to download it today!

Learning Money with Leo App – Review & Giveaway – CLOSED

29th March 2012

I am not a bank.

I say this A LOT to my lovely children, who sometimes think otherwise.

As the kids have gotten older, both my husband and I really believe that the kids need to understand the value of money and how hard it really is to earn it, and why spending it should take some thought.

When my 8 year old son had just turned seven, he was desperate for an iPod Touch. I suppose I could have gone out and just bought one for him, but really, he didn’t need the thing. However, I gave him the option of saving up for it, and if he could save up the exact amount he needed, then he could decide if he still wanted to buy it. We found out what it would cost with tax and wrote the amount down so he could keep track, and he started saving. Everything he got from his yiayia and pappou (grandparents), gift money, money earned from helping out, and every coin that he found from scavenging the furniture around the house, went in his money jar.

He saved for months until he had the exact amount he needed. We went to Best Buy and with this jar of cash and coins (the cashier was THRILLED to see those coins I’m sure), we paid for the iPod. As the jar got emptied, and every last penny was gone, he realized how much that iPod really cost him. He looked at me with puppy dog eyes hoping that I would let him keep his money and just use my own to pay for it. No such luck – a deal’s a deal.

I think the best thing we can do for our kids is teach them about money early on. We have started giving the kids a weekly allowance – $8 for the eight year old and $5 for the five year old. They have to save at least half each week – the other half they can choose to spend or save to spend on a bigger item. By items, I mean toys and stickers and video games and things they don’t really need. Things they need – clothes, shoes, books, etc, will always be taken care of me and the husband. The kids are really excited about their allowances and saving their money to see who can save more. Hopefully that feeling will last for both of them.

There is a great new iPad app called Learning Money with Leo, by the Royal Bank of Canada, that is available now and free to download. It’s a great app to help little ones with an early understanding of money. There are several games featured in the app including Gather the Coins and Sort the Coins. My 5yo enjoyed playing with the app and how interactive it is. The app allows you to create several accounts, one for each child. Along with the games, there is also a coloring book which my daughter LOVED, and a read along story that has a great message about money. Kids can also earn coins that can be used to purchase stickers for the online album. I love that it’s a free app that is both fun and educational – my five year old really likes it and has played with it several times. In fact, even her eight year old brother wanted to check it out and see what it was all about.

Do you think it’s important to teach kids how to understand and responsibly use money?? Do you give your kids allowances?

GIVEAWAY!

I have a $50 RBC Visa Gift Card to give away to one luck winner!

Mandatory Entry:

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me why you feel it’s important to teach kids about money.

Additional OPTIONAL Entry:

Tweet the following and leave a comment below saying you did – Enter to win a $50 RBC Visa card on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/GYIzbC – Ends 4/20 #giveaway #MoneyWithLeo

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents only
  • You are free to enter this giveaway on other blogs but you can only win once.
  • Winners will be chosen using Random.org
  • The Winner will receive their prize 4-6 weeks after the end of the giveaway.
  • The giveaway will run until April 20th, 2012

“Disclosure – I am participating in the RBC Learning Money With Leo program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of RBC Royal Bank.  I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

UPDATE: CONGRATS to my winner: LONDIA!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

High Liner and the GL2GO Phone App – GIVEAWAY Closed

4th November 2011

If you’re anything like me, you might be a bit of a slave to your cell phone (why yes I am in love with my phone, thanks so much for asking).

If you are, this post is for you.

High Liner has partnered with a smart app called GL2GO to help us Moms (and cell phone lovers everywhere) save some money when making long distance calls.

GL2GO works with both Blackberries and iPhones (and all carriers) to provide consumers heavily discounted long distance minutes. Using the GL2GO app the cost of long distance drops dramatically to less than 2 cents a minute (in Canada), which is pretty incredible. High Liner, is also giving you the chance to collect 40 free minutes. These can then be combined for up to 200 minutes in long distance (up to $50 value). To obtain these free cell phone minutes, all you have to do is purchase the specially marked boxes of High Liner food products.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

I have three Free Product Coupons for 1 free High Liner product each for three winners (Please note: Each package will also include the 40 free mins in the package).

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Leave me a comment below telling me who you would call with your free minutes. Feel free to make it a fun answer – personally I would call Colin Firth, but that’s just me.

That’s it! All it takes is one entry to earn your chance to speak to your imaginary boyfriend too!

RULES:

  • This contest will run from Friday, November 4th to Friday, November 11th, 2011.
  • Open to Canadian residents only
  • Winner will be chosen using Random. org
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post – but as always, my thoughts, opinions, and Colin Firth obsession are my own.
UPDATE: Congrats to my winners #2, 4, 5 – Shawna, Anne Taylor and C. Wilson – Thanks to everyone who entered!

Cube Dog – Clever Review Series

10th June 2011

Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes.

    Let me introduce you to the cutest, no need to clean up after him, my kind of dog, the digital dog – CUBE DOG!

    I love my iPhone 4 for many reasons, one of which is the way it can easily amuse my four year old while I’m enjoying a latte with my girlfriend. I’m always looking for fun apps to add that will amuse her, and thanks to the Clever Girls, I’ve found my latest. Cube Dog!

    The Cube Dog app has many fun features, including:

    • -The ability to create your own unique cube dog by selecting various parts and colors
    • -Full 3D graphics with ability to rotate and zoom
    • -High-quality 3D animations
    • -Compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch 4 with camera.

    Cube Dog (or Mr. Bob as we’ve coined him) is an adorable and fun app that allows you to create your very own virtual pet dog. There are tons of options that allow you to make the Cube Dog your own – from colours to body parts. Once you’ve finished creating your own dog, you can play with it, tickle it and even throw it a ball. And yes, even NINJA Cube Dog might show you his stuff.

    One of the kids’ favorite moments was when they discovered you could get the Cube Dog to call with his very own iPhone. It’s beyond cute.

    Another Fun option is to take pics with your Cube Dog. Oh, look my Cube Dog uses TweetDeck – what are the odds?

    The Cube Dog app will work on the following: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPod Touch 4th generation and all require iOS 4.0 or higher. The Cube Dog app is free, but you can choose to purchase additional packs, containing additional animations for $2.99 and an additional pack containing all the available parts for$.99.

    Make sure to check out Cube Dog on Facebook – and look for the fun contest beginning June 13 until the 17th!

      While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

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