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How to Find the Best Apps for Kids

I live in a wired home.  I have worked in the online space since late 1998 and ever since I have been hooked.  We are a house with more computers than family members, and smart phones, a laptop and a tablet are now part of the mix.

My kids have grown up around technology and gaming systems.  But with all of these devices comes a big responsibility to monitor what gets seen, used, and loaded onto each of these devices.

The newest challenge is what apps we will allow on our iphones and the ipad.  No one but me knows my password to download apps and I check them out before downloading them, even if they are free. 

The other day, my almost 10 year old wanted me to download Office Jerk. I told him that was not happening as I did not think it was a game I wanted him to use.  Of course, he tried to argue with me that several of his friends had the game and it was not bad.  Well its been several weeks and I never downloaded that game for my son.

I do download games and apps for my kids.  I download all sorts of apps- educational ones, books, family games, kids games, productivity apps, and more.

The thing is, I work in this online and mobile space, and I live in this space, and I know how to pick good apps, or at the very least apps considered safe and I want to share that knowledge with you.

I am teaming up with several amazing women and groups to discuss how to find great apps for your kids and family, what to look for, and how to navigate through using your new tablet or smart phone.  We will have an online twitter party to discuss these sort of topics and would love for you to join us.

Carbon Monoxide at Indoor Skating Rinks a Common Danger

If you, or someone you know, goes Ice Skating, or even if your family goes skating occasionally at an indoor skating rink, you will want to read this information.

An investigation by the Today Show says children who skate and play hockey at indoor ice rinks, and those who work in these facilities, are at risk for short and long-term side effects of carbon monoxide exposure. 
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas created by the combustion of carbon-based fuels.

The show illustrates the dangers from the fumes of fuel powered ice maintenance equipment, such as those used at most neighborhood ice skating rinks around the country, inside these facilities that have little or no ventilation.

To test carbon monoxide levels after the use of ice maintenance equipment, Today set up an experiment. After 5 minutes of a fuel powered ice-resurfacing machine operating, scientists measured the CO and ultra fine particle levels at child level on the rink and found them to be above safe levels. Even an hour later, levels remained too high and scientists halted the experiment and evacuated the building.

Symptoms of CO poisoning can include headache, dizziness, weakness, fainting, vomiting and confusion. High levels of CO in the body can cause profound central nervous system effects, coma and death. Over time, CO exposure can cause neurological, heart, lung and brain damage.

New Year's Eve with Your Kids- Fun Family Activities for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a great time to spend with family and friends and create a holiday tradition with your kids.  Make New Year's Eve Party Hats and let your kids decorate them with glitter or stickers. Take brightly Colored Paper and let your kids decorate with glue and glitter or shiny stickers. Then staple them to make a hat. You can add strips of tinsel or thin strips of tissue paper to the top of the hat to make it more festive.
New Year's Eve Noise Makers to Make for Kids Using just a colored piece of construction paper, roll lengthwise. Insert dried beans into center of the roll. Squeeze at each end, about two inches from end, and tie off with string or sparkly yarn. Decorate with Glitters or sparkly stickers. Now you and your Kids will have Noisemakers that aren't 'too' noisy but lots of fun.

Make Easy Finger Foods and Appetizers for Dinner or Evening Snacks

For Dinner Finger Foods try: Chicken Fingers on a Stick A fun and tasty meal or appetizer for kids and adults alike.

Healthy Lettuce Wraps

Celebrate this New Year's Eve on a Budget

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It is that time again to reflect on the year that has passed and to celebrate the coming of a new year.  New Year's Eve is a night of celebrating,  spending time with family or friends, traditions, or making the night a special occasion.

For many it is a Night to Go Out and Celebrate, for others it is a night to Stay In with family, for others it is a night to Attend a Party.  No matter how you spend the evening, there are ways to cut your costs and save your money.


For those Going Out to a Restaurant, Bar, Club or Hotel Party

For those going out to during dinner- go out for drinks or for appetizers and drinks instead.  Eat at home first.  If you are meeting a group of friends out to celebrate, meet them after dinner is over.  You will save lots of money by skipping dinner and the extra time you would have to pay your sitter.

Avoid New Year's Eve parties that require Reservations or charge you to attend the party.

Instead find parties that are open to
guests without charging a set fee or find one that only charges for the Champagne toast and New Year's Celebration, without dinner charges.

Another option is to go to dinner with friends and then celebrate New Year's at someone's house after wards.

For the many people that will celebrate New Year's Eve at Home with family or friends

If you are spending the evening at home, you can still have a great celebration and spend next to nothing.

New Year Resolutions for Parent and Kids - What are Yours?

 

Once again we’re embarking upon a brand new year—and no matter what stage of parenting you’re at; whether you are a first-time mom, intent on picking up our baby each time she cries, or you’ve got kids in grammar school with whom you spend your weeknights knee deep in long division problems, often times, rather than focus on all the wonderful gifts you’ve given your kids, (in some cases, that would be life!) many of us, myself included, spent endless brain power miring in, “I’m not as good a parent as I should be,” guilt.

 

Let’s face it, none of us are perfect, and a healthy dose of guilt probably keeps us all on our toes- or at least from screaming a lot more than we already do, (I’m personally trying to cut down, really I am! ) And this is precisely what New Year resolutions are designed for; to give us overscheduled, multi-tasking parents a chance at a clean slate, another 365 days to get it right. Or at least each night when we fall breathlessly into bed the sense that we imparted just a bit of kindness and wisdom to our little ones, and are raising productive, highly evolved eco-friendly future citizens of the world!

 

So what are my resolutions for this New Year; exercise more patience when attempting to stop my four year-old son, from once again digging his finger into his nose , although I’ve continually encouraged him not to pick it, agree to disagree with my eight year-old daughter who refuses to wear her hair in anything but a single floppy ponytail, and of course—do less laundries and dishwasher loads—and live my life with big joy!

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 11

Happy Holidays on our 11th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Feed the Monster Stickers.  Print onto sticker paper and cut out or print and use glue to adhere.

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of A Present for Milo book apps today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 10

Happy Holidays on our 10th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Snowflake Word Activity Worksheet.

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of Spot the Dot book apps today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

We also have 12 amazing bloggers sharing ideas on things they are doing over the Holidays.  Please visit the Ruckus Media Group blog post here by Jenn Jacura as she talks about how her family does Christmas with an emphasis on minimizing the stress for her special needs daughter.  Also visit her blog at Princess Prose (princessjenn.com) or follow her on twitter at @

 Wanna win a free book app or Feed the Monster game app?

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 9

Happy Holidays on our 9th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Snowman Gift Tags.  Print, cut out and us on gifts.

 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of My Little Pony book apps today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

We also have 12 amazing bloggers sharing ideas on things they are doing over the Holidays.  Please visit the Ruckus Media Group blog post here by Pauline with www.aspiringmama.com. You can also follow her on twitter at @aspiringmama .

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 8

Happy Holidays on our 8th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Snowman Cupcake Wrappers.  Print, cut and wrap around your cupcakes- a instant pop or color and whimsy added to any gathering.

Also, we would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of Chuck & Friends book apps today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 7

Happy Holidays on our 7th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Penguin Color by Number Worksheet.  Print and let your kids color and hang!

 These are also a great craft for kids to do and give as small gifts to family members. 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of Tin Solider book apps told by Jeremy Irons today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 6

Happy Holidays on our 6th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun! 

 Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Holiday Horse Art Print.  Print on heavy weight paper and frame or print smaller as cards.

 These are also a great craft for kids to do and give as small gifts to family members. 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of Tom Thumb book apps told by John Cleese today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 5

Happy Holidays on our 5th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

Only a few days left to shop for gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah so get out and finish up any last minute shopping you need to do. Consider helping your kids make gifts for loved ones or friends.

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Holiday Wordsearch.  Print, laminate and give as stocking stuffers.

 These are also a great craft for kids to do and give as small gifts to family members. 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

Thanks to Ruckus Media Group we are giving away 2 downloads of Thumbelina book apps today.  Also, for anyone who purchases many of the book apps by Ruckus Media Group for every Rabbit Ears app that you download for $1.99, they are donating 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39 per app) to  St. Jude to support their efforts through the end of December

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 4

Happy Holidays on our 4th Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun! I think one of the best parts of the Holidays is that family gets time to spend together.  Time around the house.  Use that time to have fun- play games, or wii or read stories together.  Make special memories.  We use the holidays as a time to go ice skating, watch holiday movies together, and play lots of board games with each other, and bake tons of cookies fo us and to give to neighbors and family.

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Christmas Stickers.  Print onto sticker or magnetic paper or just print and glue onto paper for a fun activity for kids.

 These are also a great craft for kids to do and give as small gifts to family members. 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 3

 

Happy Holidays on our 3rd Day of our 12 Days of Holiday Fun! Today we want to remind everyone to think of others.  We all get busy at this time of year with parties, commitments, buying gifts, and more, but remember to take the time to write a note or drop off goodies to a neighbor.  Bring a winter plant to a friend just to say thanks or that your family is thinking about her. Remember this is a time of hope and giving, so lets get out there and make some magic happen in other people's lives!  Those small things are likely to bring us the most joy and happiness we receive all season long!

Today's Holiday Fun Free Printable is Holiday Bookmarks.  Print, laminate and give as stocking stuffers.

 These are also a great craft for kids to do and give as small gifts to family members. 

Also, We would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

12 Days of Holiday Family Fun- Day 2

Happy Holidays on Day 2 of Our 12 Days of Holiday Fun!  We are offering a FREE Holiday Printable each day through Dec 24th. 

Our Holiday Idea or Tip for today is to "capture a special moment every year" ... either a family picture in front of the tree or of the kids lighting the Menorah.  But do take the photo, and if its in the same spot each year, (or same concept) you can see how your kids grow from year to year!

 

Today, go grab our Trendy Cupcake Wrappers that are perfect for the season!  Just print, cut and wrap around your cucpakes to add instant fun and sophistication to your cupcakes, even if you can't ice worth a darn!

Check back tomorrow for great Holiday bookmarks to share as gifts.

Also, we would love for you to check out our new kids game app for iphone called Feed the Monster.  It is a fun, and entertaining app for kids.  Learn more about our new game here

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