Monthly Archives: December 2014

FarFaria App Review

 

 
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Growing up I was what you call a “speed reader” and I loved to read…as a kid first starting school I recall getting Curious George books from the library every chance I got. As I got older I spent my summers seeing how many books I could read and making sure it was more than my prior record.

So when I had kids of my own I pictured us going to the public library every few days and picking out books together to read together at night…LOL…That was a fairy tale!!!

My oldest son, who is currently 9, has ADHD, ODD, and Dyslexia!!! Therefore he HATES reading…my 1 year old on the other hand LOVES books, especially the Bible, but doesn’t always leave the pages intact…and me, I have adult ADD and am late for everything!!! Including returning library books….

So with the possibility of late fines and damaged books we have not made many family trips to the library. Also if you know anything about ADD/ADHD, we get bored easily with the same thing, so buying books is out of the question too.

That’s where our new found love of the FarFaria App (available on Google Play Store and iTunes) comes into play at our house.

We can get on my smartphone or tablet and pick a book and read away…or the boys can have the app read the book to them if I’m busy blogging 🙂 or if it’s a book they want to read over, and over, and over, and over, etc. I don’t have to worry about late fees or ripped out pages.

Product Description:

FarFaria is an app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices, giving families and teachers unlimited access to over 800 illustrated children’s books, and 5 new books are added each week.

Created for children ages 2-9, FarFaria helps children develop a passion for reading and encourages families to spend quality time reading together. FarFaria’s engaging story-discovery experience encourages children to stumble into new stories they’ll love forever.

Features
â—ŹUnlimited reading from our library of more than 800 stories.
â—ŹFive new, engaging stories added every week.
â—ŹInteractive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
â—ŹEvery story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature.
â—ŹReading-level badge on every story cover.
â—ŹOffline access to read Favorite stories
â—ŹSearch for books by genre, title or keyword
â—ŹFind books you already enjoy with Recently Read
●Book Club – connect with friends and family to get a list of reading recommendations from people you know
â—ŹNo advertising. No hidden fees.

One story per day is free, and unlimited-access pricing starts at $4.99/month.

Soothie Suckers Review & Flash Giveaway

Are you worried about your child’s immune system? The “cold” months are among us and GERMS are every where!!! Thank goodness I no longer have to worry about “public school germs” but before I started home schooling my oldest son, I worried ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, during cold season, that some other parent sent their kid to school sick and that kid was going to cough or sneeze cold germs and they would somehow travel into my son (airborne, that’s the kid my son happened to “high 5” that day, or even could be one of his friends he pushes on the swing set at recess, who knows)…Bizarre?, maybe…Likely?, highly…

If you are like me then you don’t like to medicate yourself unless absolutely necessary and “necessary” is ONLY cause you feel like you are on your “death bed”. And I R-E-A-L-L-Y DON’T LIKE TO MEDICATE MY KIDS!!!!!!! I don’t like to see them sick or suffering either but I only use your basic Infant/kids Tylenol in most cases & that’s if there is a “Fever” involved…I am that mom that says…”Hey, are the symptoms really worse than the (medicine’s) side effects?” and then ponder on it…

So I got the chance to try Soothie Suckers with my boys…

Soothie Suckers are the Cool Way to Feel Good! The only all-natural herbal supplement ice pop. Available in two formulations: Immune Support (orange flavor) and Nasal Support (grape flavor) Can be frozen and enjoyed as an ice pop or consumed as a liquid Pre-measured 1 oz. pouches – portable for flights, trips and everyday activities Contains certified organic or wild-crafted herbal extracts Delicious, all-natural fruit flavors No artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no alcohol Created for kids and loved by adults!

And you can try them too…

Click the link below to enter to win Soothie Suckers Herbal Ice Pops to try at your house…

 
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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.

What’s In The Bible: Volume 10 Jesus Is the Good News! review

OK, so I don’t push religion on anyone…and if you have kids with special needs (especially ODD) you know that the more you push anything on them, the more they REBEL against it. I even remember wanting to attend church as a child but being BORED outta my mind once the preacher began and trying to stay awake was what kept me “in tune”.

So I’m always looking for FUN, ENTERTAINING ways to teach my kids about the Bible, God, and Jesus. And once again if you have kids with special needs, you probably also know or can agree that anything with MUSIC helps keep their attention and retain the information.

So when I was extended the option to watch

What’s in the Bible? Vol 10: Jesus is the Good News

from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer I replied quickly, reserving my spot.

When the DVD arrived my mom wanted to watch it too, so me, her and the boys made a movie date. My mom wasn’t really religious as I was growing up but she got “saved” within the past 10 years, joined the church and attends every Sunday now. She jumps on any opportunity to watch any movie about the Bible, cartoon or not, so she can possibly understand the Bible more than she does by reading it.

The DVD includes (2) 25-minute episodes: God’s Perfect Timing & The Messiah Has Come!. The first episode shows as Buck Denver, the puppet news reporter, and his crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time. The second episode goes to teach you about the life and ministry of Jesus–how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

and none of this can go on without their catchy theme song…

which I caught myself singing along to…

My mom and I learned things alongside the boys that neither of us recalled hearing before so do I recommend this video???

YES, I Do and I hope to acquire more Volumes of this series for my boys too

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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