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Moms With Apps–A Must Have



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Moms with Apps –  FREE
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If you were told that you could have access to a list of family-friendly iPhone apps that has been put together by over 200 developers, would you even hesitate to look at it? What if I told you that you could search through these apps, cataloged and categorized by their education value and by the appropriate age group? To be honest at this point, you’d probably start wondering what you needed my site for, (please keep coming back!) but seriously, doesn’t that sound like any parents dream come true? Especially when you’re out on the road travelling and all the typical “go to” apps to save your sanity just aren’t cutting it? Well, fortunately this isn’t a “what-if” scenario where I tease you and then leave you hanging. The people behind MomswithApps.com have put together an iPhone app, which does all that I listed above and more, and better yet, its FREE!

The origins of Moms with Apps come from Twitter and four moms who had developed family-friendly apps. The site and concept has grown since then, and they describe themselves as this:

Moms with Apps is a group of individual, independent, family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. Most of our membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level. We are not a traditional app review site.

I realize, that in the scheme of things, I might be taking some attention off ofmzl.dmivetfd.320x480-75 myself and this site by pointing out the Moms with Apps iPhone app, but the truth of the matter is, I originally imagined this site to be for fathers to come to, to either read about my ups and downs of fatherhood or to have some new iPhone app or tech items highlighted where I was able to find a use for it, as a parent. Yes, I have strayed away from that underlying purpose and goal from time to time, but my desire for that is still there, and I would be cheating anyone and everyone that comes to this site if I didn’t point you in the direction of this app.

Moms with Apps has a simple interface where you can search through the list of apps they have put together. Some have been highlighted here in the past; others have been new to me and will no doubt be new to some of you. Bottom line, if you have a child, any age, that enjoys playing with your phone, or you let them play with your phone to save your own sanity, this app is worth your time; not because it’s free, but because it’s priceless in the information it can give you as a parent on the go.

The App has the following features:

  • Over 600 apps from the top educational app developers
  • Organized educational subjects (e.g. Early Learning, Math, Science, Special Needs)
  • Recommended ages for every app and book
  • Create and maintain a wish list of your favorite apps
  • Discover and share great apps through social networking

Along with the superb features listed, and the general overall greatness of the app, I wanted to also point out how great the pages for the individual apps are. The pages include besides the general information of the app, includes links to take you to the App Store, you can share the app via email, Facebook, and Twitter, along with adding the app to your own personal “Wishlist”.

This should be on every “Top App” list for parents owning an iPhone, flat out. If you think I’m wrong, feel free to call me a liar! 😉

Seriously though, if you weren’t aware of Moms with Apps prior to reading this, check out their app, check out their site, it has a world of information that you are bound to find useful for any and all parents owning an iPhone or iPad.



BOTTOM LINE

Moms With Apps is a terrific app for any and all parents.  The amount of information it offers is worth money, but amazingly enough this app is free.  Free!!  The price might be free, but the amount of information you can gain from this app is priceless.  (Please forgive me for the corniness of that line)

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Managing Children’s Screen time: There’s An App For That!


screen-time-app-for-dads.jpgIn an increasing digital age, our children are becoming digitally dependent.  Something that can easily slip our minds, but shouldn’t be ignored is the amount of time our children spend watching TV or playing computer games.  That’s where “Screen Time” comes in and saves the day!  More

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Some More Great Reviews on Some Great Apps for Toddlers


Underwear is Funny! My Underwear App For Toddlers And Preschoolers!

my-underwear-app-icon.jpgBoth my 20 month old toddler and 4 year old have been fighting over this app, My Underwear, since I got it the other day.  That’s how good it is!

The colorful and whimsical artwork of Todd Parr, a children’s book author and illustrator,  is featured throughout the (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) app. It brings happiness and laughter to my children, and joy to my ears and pocketbook. MORE…



Teach Children To Read With Bob Books #1–Reading Magic App!

bob-books-1-reading-magic-2Discover the wonderful world of reading with Bob Books!

Every parent’s goal is to help their child learn in an enjoyable and entertaining way that not only benefits their child, but them as well. And, Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic does just that!  MORE……

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Matching for Toddlers – PhotoMatchTots



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Weily Apps –  $.99

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The concept is universal, it might be known as matching, or concentration, memory, regardless of what its call, it’s the same.  Encouraging kids to pay attention and remember images on cards, flipping them, and seeing if they can match them up.  Its gotten to the point that this is even a part of Nick Jr around commercial breaks.  Matching is a game I’ve played with both my older kids, including getting my son Toy Story 3 matching game for Christmas.

What the people at Weily Apps has done, has taken this concept (because it would be pretty hard to play this in a doctor’s office, grocery story, or in the car) and applied a little out of box thinking to take advantage of being on the iPhone.  You have the option to play the typical game using cards predetermined by the app, or you have the option to make cards using photos you have on your phone.  Matching is typically geared towards preschoolers, maybe slightly younger, but PhotoMatchTots is geared towards even younger kids, and allowing the option to select your own photos is something that I think benefits the younger kids, as it can be a photo that they already can associate with and remember.  Look at it as training wheels for your toddler and they work on their cognitive ability.

Features in My PhotoMatchTots 1.1 are
– 2 levels of play: 6 or 12 cards
– Fun sounds
– Continually mix it up by changing your game with your personal photos
– Large card size to accommodate young hands

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BOTTOM LINE

“PhotoMatchTots- children’s memory puzzle game” doesn’t win any awards for flashy design, but its not meant to.  Its flashy in its simplicity, not only of style but of execution, of a common game for young kids.  The ability to customize the cards I feel will help broaden the appeal to slightly younger kids then most memory games, as you can add that level of familiarity.  At the price tag it carries (.99) its worth grabbing for that extra little bit of entertainment you might need in those trouble times!

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2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 115 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 355 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 16mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 3rd with 406 views. The most popular post that day was Picture of Mjolnir from Iron Man 2.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were fark.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, logipen.com, and blogcatalog.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for iphone apps for infants, best apps for infants, apps for infants, best iphone apps for infants, and best infant apps.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Picture of Mjolnir from Iron Man 2 May 2010

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5 Great iPhone apps for infants and toddlers (yes infants) March 2010
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Best iPhone apps for infants (Summer 2010 edition) July 2010
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LogiPen NOTES: A Digital Pen for Note Taking–Reviewed October 2010
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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Infants for 2010 December 2010

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10 Very LAST Minute Christmas Gifts, From the App Store!


Oh no!  You’ve forgotten to get Aunt Verne a gift card, or cousin Keifer that killer Mr Potato head toy he’s been wanting!  Fear not!  For in today’s digital world, why not give a digital gift?  With the ability to “gift” iPhone apps now, you have an easy last minute way to give someone that extra special little random gift they’ve been clamoring for!  (Feel free to read in sarcasm at any point in this post)  It might sound insane, but here at 10 iPhone apps to cover all sorts of eccentric members of your family.

 

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Camera+

FOR: Any photo crazy relative
Price: $3.99     Developer: tap tap tap

Its back and better then ever!  If you have a family member that is crazy about taking pictures, is expecting a new addition, or anyone else for that matter, Camera+ is the photographing app they need on their phone.  And what better way to say “I care” then to give them the best camera app available?

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Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time

FOR: A Doctor Who fan
Price: $3.99     Developer: BBC Worldwide

The first actual Doctor Who game for your iPhone or iPad, you can now enter the world of The Doctor in an engaging puzzle adventure game.  “The Mazes of Time” is fast, simple, easy to play and highly enjoyable.

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Golfscape GPS Rangefinder

FOR: A Golfer
Price: $19.99     Developer: Shotzoom Software

GPS Rangefinders are a fun little toy that some golfers will pack around to try and get a leg up on their friends, but the trouble with most is that they require a monthly subscription for updates and to use the GPS.  That isn’t the case with this app, which carries the power of showing you the distances on over 35,000+ courses.

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GymFu Apps

FOR: The Exerciser
Price: $.99     Developer: GymFu.com

The easiest way to look at the 4 apps offered from GymFu.com is that it’s the Wii Fit for your iPhone, letting any exercise buff, or just the family member trying to set and stick to their New Years Resolution, a personal trainer in their pocket.  Offering social media integration and challenges, these apps offer motivation and an exercise regimen.

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JotNot Scanner Pro

FOR: The Organizer/Mobile Office Geek
Price: $.99     Developer: MobiTech 3000 LLC

If you have someone that wants to get better organized or needs help to get better organized, JotNot could be the answer for them.  You just have to snap a steady picture of a document you want to scan, JotNot enhances the image and turns it into a document you can email or save. I’ve found that if you take the picture carefully, JotNot can capture a document as well as a fax machine can!

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Kevin Pollak

FOR: Comedy Fan
Price: $.99     Developer: Randy Adams

He does an impersonation of nearly everyone but me, and now, he has what is hard pressed not to be the best celebrity iPhone app available.  Developed by Randy Adams, the Kevin Pollak app, offers up a video blog where Kevin records quick videos for the fan’s view pleasure.  You have a products tab, which takes you directly to an Amazon listing of all things Kevin Pollak.  So you can view it as, the gift that keeps on giving.

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Mad Chad

FOR: Bengals or Ochocinco Fan
Price: $.99     Developer: Rock Software

Up front, this game would be great for any mobile gamer, but the fact that it starts the Bengal’s receiver Chad Ochocinco just makes it that much more special for that special group.  Terrific graphics, addicting gameplay, its one of the best apps available on the app store right now.

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Martha Stewart Makes Cookies

FOR: Baker
Price: $2.99     Developer: Callaway Digital Arts, Inc

A mouthwatering assortment of Martha’s favorite cookies is now available at your fingertips! Learn from the best with this indispensable baking resource, which combines cutting-edge technology with beautiful design and a generous sprinkling of good, old-fashioned fun. With instructional videos, baking tips, shopping lists, sharing options, and an array of search features, cookie lovers everywhere will wonder how they made it through the holidays without the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App.

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Pictureka!

FOR: Board game or Highlights for Kids lover
Price: $.99     Developer: Electronic Arts

If you love the board game with the same name, you’ll love this app!  Coming with multiple ways to play the game, included including Pass n Play, this is the perfect game for on the go play and for all ages.

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Spider-man: Total Mayhem

FOR: Spider-man fan
Price: $.99     Developer: Gameloft

Okay, maybe I’ve included this to this list because I’m such a huge Spidey fan, but the game itself it worth the time.  The gameplay is fun, graphics are great, and its challenging enough to keep you playing.  For Spidey fans and just fans of a good action game on their phone, this one is for everyone.

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