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Bunny Shooter Christmas App – Free! December 31, 2011

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App Store – Bunny Shooter Christmas – a Free Game by the Best, Cool & Fun Games.

If you or your kids love Angry Birds, then check out this free App for iPhone, iPad or Droid. It costs $0.99 to get rid of the ads. They are a bit annoyingly easy to tap on and can lock up the app. So, it may be well worth it to pay to rid yourself of the ads.

This is an addicting little game that plays on the same concept of Angry Birds where the goal is to shoot the bunnies. There is a bow and arrow which you use to aim and shoot at the bunnies or strategically placed . You have to use a little strategic thinking, sequencing, geometry, and physics skills to figure out how to solve the level.

Some parents may have concerns over the bow and arrow shooting theme so I will recommend it for K and up. However, preschoolers can play this as the UI is fairly easy to master.



$5 Hardcover Eric Carle books at Kohls! December 29, 2011

Filed under: Children's Books,Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 5:00 pm

Kids’ Cause Merchandise | Kohl’s.

Just in this week at Kohl’s! Eric Carle books for their ongoing Kid’s Cause promotional. I will always love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? simply because it was the first book M read on completely his own.

However, Eric Carle’s books are always some of the most well-loved and read in our home. At $5 each for a hardcover copy, grab this great deal before they sell out in the stores.

Additional titles available: A Very Busy Spider, 10 Little Rubber Ducks and Does Kangaroo Have a Mother?

Highly recommended for Kindergarten and under.

Happy Reading!



JJ Cole Bundle Me set $24.99 Today only! December 22, 2011

Filed under: Deals,Gear for Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:22 pm
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Kids.Woot® : One Day, You’ll Understand™.

Great price for JJ Cole Bundle Me from kids.woot for either the infant cover and hat set or the toddler size cover. I loved the lighter version I had for my son. It was great for the car seat or stroller to keep my son toasty warm without the bulkiness of a jacket or fussing with tucking layers of blankets in the carrier.

If I had lived in a colder area part of the Bay Area, I would have gotten this one instead. This is about 50% off the retail price. I love the cozy shearling lining and the therma plush exterior. It is so easy to just unzip them when they get warm or to get them out without fussing with the car seat straps. At this price, I think I would even buy an extra toddler set to use in the stroller for walks and leaving another one in the car.

Highly recommended for babies and toddlers living in areas with cold winters or chilly summers like in San Francisco.



Build A Train App (Free) December 21, 2011

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App Store – Build A Train.

Today’s app shout out is for Build a Train. This is definitely one of most played apps by our train (and car) mad 3 yo. Build A Train is designed for use on both the iPhone and iPad. There is a free lite version and a paid upgrade for $1.99. Perfect for any little one that is wild about trains.

You get to choose from a variety of engines and cars to build your own custom train. Then you operate your train by adjusting the train speed and switching signals while picking up your freight along the way. The paid version unlocks a variety of track maps. This is a very fun way to teach your child cause and effect as well as basic strategy and planning to complete their route pickups.

This has a fairly easy interface that some older toddlers can master. Most of the other train apps available are far more complicated to operate since they are intended for older users. Younger children will be amused and entertained playing with either an adult or an older child. For an easy and simple train app for babies and young toddlers, see my blog about Let’s Play Trains here

Highly recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.



$14 for 2 Tix at Birch Aquarium in San Diego

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Great deal from Living Social for 2 adult tickets for $14 or a family pack for 4 for $23 to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego’s beautiful La Jolla. Admission is normally $14 adult and $9.50 for children. In my opinion, Monterey Bay Aquarium puts most of aquariums to shame, this is still a very nice aquarium and great fun for little ones in the San Diego area. The weather and scenery are beautiful, what more could you ask for? The Cove is conveniently nearby as well as the Mission Bay beach parks (no waves) for some water and sand fun.




$36 for 1 month of Swim Lessons

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One Month of Indoor Swim Lessons by Plum District San Jose | Yipit.

Great deal for a month of swim lessons at the American Swim Academy for just $36. They have locations in Newark, Fremont, Livermore and Dublin and have heated indoor pools. This is a very popular swim center in the Tri-Cities area, and I’ve known many families who have done their swim lessons here. I would have taken my son here for lessons if we were still in Fremont. (I was waiting until he was 3 to do lessons without a parent in the pool.)




Two Free Cupcakes deal! Today only! December 20, 2011

Filed under: Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:54 pm

That Takes the Cake.

Only 10 hours or so left to grab this FREE cupcake deal from That Takes the Cake. I am seriously too far away to take advantage of this SF freebie deal in the Marina/Cow Hollow district. This looks very yummy. So jealous of any of you that are able to take advantage of this.

Here is the yelp link



Video Baby for iPad December 19, 2011

Filed under: Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:31 pm
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Video Baby for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I am finally back online and ready to start blogging again. Since my last post, we moved out of our house, did Thanksgiving without a home, moved to San Diego, put out house on the market, sold our house, bought a new home (we will move in February) and came back to the Bay Area for Christmas with the family. Whew! I am one tired mom.

Anyways, I just had to give my first app shout out for this new app I found called Video Baby for the iPad which is literally a life saver for me since my husband misplaced the charger for our portable DVD player that I was planning to use on the plane to entertain my son. I know that it says it is a free app. That is true in the sense that they let you try out the app and upload one video. However, if you like them on Facebook and link to them, they will discount the upgrade to unlimited uploads and profiles by $1 to $2.99. That is rather steep for an app, but it is totally worth the $2.99.

This app allows you to create user profiles for each one of your kids and upload a picture next to the profile so even your toddler can identify their own profile. This is great if you don’t want your toddler to be watching things that your 6yo is watching. You can then create different playlists for your child and upload youtube videos to fill the play list. Everything is clearly navigable for very young children since it is image driven. Within an hour of loading up Video Baby, I was able to easily create playlists of a dozen videos each of Curious George, Caillou, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse, and Thomas. This app is so great since you do not need internet connectivity to use it. The Netflix app is awesome as long as you have a wi-fi connection. This solves the problem of non-DVD equipped vehicles, being on an airplane, or the dreaded waiting rooms or lines.

He is able to easily navigate and play his own videos. I don’t have to worry any more about him clicking of the wrong video in the youtube app by accident. (Darn those people who upload “dirty” versions of children’s shows.) The app also feature a lock feature for the settings which controls profile and video management. However, I find the “lock” a little to prominent and easy to unlock. I findHopefully, they will go to a password/alphanumeric code to unlock. Also another useful tip to remember is that the video search function is very elementary and will search for the specific word or phrase only in the title of the video. It helps if you know the exact title of the videos you want to upload.

I highly recommend this app to anyone with children and especially if you travel.


Tip: I personally don’t link my FB account to external apps. So, immediately after purchasing the app at the discounted price, I removed the app from my FB account settings. There is no need to stay linked to Video Baby.


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