5 Fun New Apps for Kids


Traveling for the holidays?  This year brings a new crop of fun apps that help keep your kids occupied while you travel to see family and friends. Here are five fun apps for kids:

1.       Spellwood

Spellwood is set in a charming magical world where wizards use words to cast their spells in fun word battles.  Friends and family can play together through Game Center or Facebook Connect with as many as 50 like-minded spelling wizards. Each new tower provides a new challenge, with magical spells to change letters, restore health, and change the size of the board playing area. With several difficulty levels and a variety of game-play modes, Spellwood is perfect for all ages.  Available for $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.
ipad and iphone apps for kids angry bird

2.       Angrybirds

Angry Birds has started a bit of a franchise. Now you can even play AngryBirds Star Wars. No matter which Angry Birds game you play, the survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve.  Available for $4.99/0.99/free on the App Store and Google Play.

3.       Fruit Ninja

Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.  Swipe up across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior. With three games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.  Available for $2.99/$0.99/$1.26 on the App Store and Google Play.



4.       SpinArt        

SpinArt is based on one of our favorite childhood crafts! It’s fun & creative.  Whether it’s waiting in line at the bank, at the dentist, or on a really boring date, you can always take a spin.  Available for $1.99/$0.99/$0.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

5.        Bookworm

Link letters left, right, up and down to build words to keep Lex the Bookworm sated and smiling. Bigger words return better bonuses. But watch out for burning letters — they could spell disaster!  Available for $2.99 on the App Store.

Teach Your Kids about Election Day: Books and Apps


Election time can be such a busy time. As moms, we’re trying to sort out all of the candidates and issues for ourselves, both locally and nationally, but we want to keep our children informed and involved in the process, as well.

In our family, we’ve started a new tradition of recording the Presidential debates as well as the national evening newscast through our DVR, so that – once the homework is finished, we can all sit down and watch the coverage. We like to speed through the commercials, and we find ourselves pausing the broadcast frequently to explain things or give extra background information. It takes a good deal of time each evening (and, to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t actually happen EVERY evening), but every little bit helps. Any kind of dialogue we can have with our kids over the candidates and the issues facing our country is time well spent.

On that note, here are a few fun books and apps and to help teach kids of all ages about voting and the founding of this country.

Disney American Presidents App

From Disney Publishing Worldwide. Available online for $3.99
A fresh, new way to learn about the extraordinary men who inhabited the oval office and set the course for our country, just in time for the Presidential elections and inauguration! Sit in the oval office and flip through the Unofficial Scrapbook—you’ll find plenty of amazing stories and new perspectives about the men who helped shape our nation on the windy road to our modern Presidential elections.
Platforms: iOS


Grace for President
Grace for President
Available online from Amazon.com for $15.99
Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the “best man for the job”-and seems to have captured all the male votes-while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought-and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.


Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Available online from amazon.com for $5.99
When a junior mayor election is announced in Danville, Phineas and Ferb decide to run against each other! This 8×8 features an original story and a pull-out poster.


John, Paul, George & Ben
John, Paul, George & Ben
Available online from Amazon for $12.23
Once there were four lads. John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few. liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without


School’s out and travel season has finally arrived! Here are seven apps that should be a part of every smart device when traveling. They’ll make it easier for you to relax and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about the little things.


7 Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

TripIt— TripIt links to your e-mail account and picks up every confirmation number that comes into your inbox. Any flight, hotel, or even dinner reservation that contains a confirmation number will be put into an organized itinerary, all in one place. Flight delays and last-minute changes sent to your e-mail will be updated automatically.

Google Translate If you’re headed anywhere outside the English-speaking world, chances are this app will come in handy on your trip. Even if many of the people in your intended destination speak English, they really prefer if you take a stab at it in the native tongue.

XE Currency XE Currency is a useful tool for converting money from all over the world, helping users to better understand just how much cash they should expect to receive in the event of an exchange.

Flight Aware There is nothing more frustrating than making an hours-long commute to your airport only to find out your flight has been delayed for half a day or cancelled altogether. You can track flights with amazing maps, and receive real-time info on departure info, delays and gate assignments.

OpenTable— OpenTable lets you make reservations at more than 13,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and abroad, and shows you what reservation times are available before you put in your request. You can also read diner reviews and view menus, both especially valuable when traveling.

HotelTonight — This app could save you from spending the night on the airport floor should a summer storm ground your flight. It works equally as well for those on a road trip or travelers inclined to book getaways at the (very) last minute. One important note about HotelTonight is that it’s good for same-day hotel bookings only.

Friendthem — is a revolutionary location-based connectivity app, with fine-grained and easily-configured privacy controls, which is changing the way the world connects in a seamless and fun manner by helping them send Facebook friend requests to people they meet in the real world. A great tool for connecting with people you meet along the way.


Get the Latest Travel Discounts
More Things We Love
Great Gifts for Travelers

Things We Love – Free App Adds Hollywood Flair to Your Videos


We love this new free app, Vibop 2.0, which makes it a cinch for you add “Hollywood flair” to videos.

Vibop 2.0 offers a variety of nine (and counting) themes to help enhance homemade videos.

We love:

* Vibop’s Hollywood-like themes: With just a few touches, you can add any number of different themes to your movies, complete with an intro, title, font, video effect, soundtrack, and outro. Available themes include Silent Film, Super 8, Comic Book, Love Note, Tech Talk, Beatz, Postcard, and a theme to create videos with the look of your Twitter profile.

* Create your own: Shoot with Vibop or use video from your camera roll. Vibop’s “Customize It” option allows you to mix and match effects and create your own theme.

* Easy saving and sharing: You can save your videos to the NewBlue Video Cloud, or your camera roll. Sharing via email, YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter can be done quickly right from the app.

Vibop 2.0 is a free app and is available in the App Store here. Upgrades will be available as in-app purchases.