Saturday, March 27, 2010

Old Macdonald iPhone App Review and Giveaway*CLOSED*



This app is really fun and most suitable for my 3 year old son. He sticks with it overtime and always goes straight to his favorite part, the tractor and the bulldozer.

With each page you get a new animal or farm machine to learn. The song is great for kids as it is a familiar one. The graphics as always with Duck Duck Moose apps are bright and age appropriate. The target learning word is illustrated beautifully in an attractive and easy to identify way.

Things we liked:

I like that it expands away from just farm animals to other things you may find on farms such as tractors and frogs.

There is a lot of value in this app with over 10 pages to sing along to.

We love the pig that gets squashed by the very funky chandeliers. There is a sense of humor in this app.

The language options are wonderful as I intend to expose my son to languages as he grows up. You do need to wait for the download of the language option (we chose Italian).

What could be improved:

It would be a little confusing if the child could read, since when in a language mode such as Italian, the word on the page still reads in English.

Want a copy of this app for your little one?




Simple purchase on iTunes or enter my giveaway below!



OLD MACDONALD iPHONE APP GIVEAWAY *CLOSED*

Congratulations!

And the winner is... Molly. Thanks for entering.

Duck Duck Moose have kindly given me a copy of this iphone app to give away to one of my readers. Simple leave a comment about why you'd want to win.

Ends Friday 4/2 6pm EST. Winner will have until 4/8 to redeem this app on iTunes.

Good Luck!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Create Your Own Website Easily with Templates

As a web designer of five years I often get asked by friends if I can create a website for them, something clean and simply to manage. Something they can update themselves.
Nowadays it is very easy to create a website without using a designer and programmer, you just need to know where to look.

So instead of using me a designer, (they needed something simple, 5 static pages, some images, and email form) I told them to try using a pre-designed template that they could edit and update themselves. This would save them money in the long run.

Templates make websites more accessible and affordable. The truth is, if you don't need complicated databases or specially designed pages that are customized you can do an awful lot with pre designed templates.

As a small business starting out, I recommend using a template and not to use a specially designed site to save money.

Here is my recommended place to get your template: ipower.

I have used iPower for hosting my sites for the last 7 years. They also offer a great range of templates for different types of businesses from educational to the small arts and crafts start-up. A year's hosting on a pro plan will cost you around $106.00 per year.

What I love about their service is the 24 hour online customer service live chat help. You can  ask any questions you have whether it is technical or plan related. They are usually very fast. Get instant answers! If your responder does not know the answer s/he can usually find out within 4-5 mins and if not, s/he will email you the answer within 48 hours. Great customer service is worth paying for. Especially for beginners new to website design.

Here is one we created recently for my friends at rico n chloe in a short space of a week.

http://www.riconchloe.com/ 

They make cute wipe cases by the way.


iPower will also register your domain name (yourbusinessname.com). A domain name costs around $10.00 per year.

Go get your domain and website at ipower.

Leave me a comment to tell me what you thought of it.

Thanks and good luck.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

IPhone App Review: Tap and Learn


Tap and Learn

What kind of game is it?

Tap and Learn has 12 animals to learn, with 12 corresponding sounds.
There is also a test game asking 'where is the ….(animal)?' with scores to test if the child remembers what they learnt. The animals pop up and back.

It is a simple app that works great for aged 2 and under. The graphics are clean and easy to recognize. It would be nice to have more of a range of animals, that way it could interest older kids.

For who?

This is a fun game for little ones, up to age 3.
My son who is three liked tapping on the animals and listening to the sounds they make. The fish noise was his fave.

It is really simple and short. It didn't hold my son's attention for very long though as he knew all the animals.

Thanks Tap and Learn for giving us this game to review. You can buy this game on the iTunes store.

What I Won This Week


This week I was contacted by my fellow mommy bloggers with some great news. I'd won a BABYBJĂ–RN Baby Carrier Air
and a Som Bo Shine Baby Bath Wash Set.

This was fun as I often thought I was just unlucky and would never win anything. Instead I discovered mommy blog giveaways. Great reviews from real moms and wonderful products tested by them that meet our needs! You can find a list of some mom blogs I visit regularly at the bottom of this page in the Linky.

So how do you go about finding fun giveaways? I usually google 'giveaway' and 'mm/dd'(today's date). This gets you giveaways that are ending that day. These searches usually bring you more like minded bloggers, in their side bars or through the link ups in the giveaway sections.

Don't forget to also check out my monthly link up - If I see a great mommy giveaway, I'll definitely help spread the word and link it on my blog.

It's been fun and I intend on entering more, in my spare 10 mins a day.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Review & Giveaway for iPhone App for Toddlers Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus



Itsy Bitsy Spider by Duck Duck Moose

(Did you know, in England we call this song ‘Incy Wincy Spider?)
My son who is three loves this app. His favorite part is the mouse that gets the nuts on the roof. For some reason the squeaking noise really appeals to him. He really enjoys pressing all the different objects and seeing the animation. The frog jumping is a another good one.
There are so many little things going on in the two scenes (rain scene and sun scene) that it keeps him interested for quite a while.  He nods along to the music.
I like that it incorporates the song with other things such as counting and animals around the house and garden. The graphics are clean, clear and appeal to adults as well as kids.
He hasn’t taken to recording his own voice yet, it might be more appealing when he gets older. Let’s see it in other languages.
There aren’t many things we’d change about it. Overall a good, well made app.
 
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Wheels on the bus by Duck Duck Moose

We love this app too, (it has lots more pages than itsy bitsy by the way) and my son sings along which is great as he has always loved this song.
Things we love:
Each page has the words to the song,  and a few simple animations that match the song actions
It comes in in lots of languages including Italian and French so this is a lot of added value for those parents who want to expose their kids to languages early on.
Kids can record themselves singing.

Intuitive, simple navigation with a swipe.
The characters are really cute and work well in the design and feel of the app.
A minor thing we’d change:
When the language changes (e.g .to Italian), the song words still read in English, this is a bit confusing if the kids know how to read. I'd like to see it read in the language that is selected.
Thanks for making such cute apps for kids Duck Duck Moose



You can purchase these apps for $0.99 (current price) at the iTunes store or enter my giveaway to win a Wheels on the Bus Duck Duck Moose App below!



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Win a copy of Wheels on the Bus 

Duck Duck Moose have kindly given us a copy of their other app Wheels on the Bus to giveaway to a lucky reader.  
Ends 6pm EST 28 March, 2010 .

Here is your chance to win in our giveaway. The winning code will be sent to you by email and must be redeemed within a week.

Simply tell me why you want to win below in a comment and follow my blog by email, see top right.

Winners will be chosen at random (random.org) and notified by email and posted to this blog.
US readers only.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email, otherwise new winners will be drawn.

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For extra chances of winning:

1. Follow my Blog on Google Connect top right.

2. Tweet about the giveaway (once per day for one a day entries, come back and leave a comment each day you tweet). Come back and make another entry letting us know you tweeted.Win Wheels on the Bus iPhone app for kids: http://tinyurl.com/yj4z62y

3. Follow me on Twitter: @Heidypie155
Come back and leave another comment to say you are following me.

4. Enter into a giveaway in March's Giveaways. Leave a comment telling me which giveaway you entered.

5. Subscribe to my blog via RSS, and leave a comment below.

6. Tell a friend, when they enter the giveaway, you get another entry. Just leave a comment to say who you introduced. One entry per friend, no limits as to how many friends!

7. If you have a blog, share this giveaway with your readers then come back and make a second entry by leaving us the direct link to the post. This is worth 5 entries. Comment 5 times.

8. Post a giveaway on my March Giveaways page.



Good Luck!



Sunday, March 7, 2010

Any ideas what I should do for my daughter's first birthday?

Don't really want to spend 300 bucks at Gymboree for a birthday party, do you wise moms out there have any suggestions? I need ideas this week (by Friday 3/12).

Please help! We are based in Boston but any practical advice would be great, as we don't have to do something at a partcular location.

Thanks ladies!

Post comments below.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Win an iPhone App for Kids by Tickle Tap Apps*CLOSED*


Giveaway *CLOSED*

And the winner is...

Lisa T

Congratulations. The winner will be sent the promo code. Thanks everyone. If you didn't win, please try and enter my other giveaway (ends 3/28) for Wheels on the Bus - another cool toddler app.


As a busy mom to two I love that I can distract my 3 year old with learning games on my iPhone for those times when I really need a minute to myself, or the moments when nothing else will keep them quiet. My son plays mostly in the car on the way home from day care, or in the evenings when I am getting dinner ready. My son loves the word and animal games most. 

Tickle Tap Apps are fun for preschoolers.  From their Site:

These apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch encourage learning through practice and exploration. All 10 apps in the series are designed to help children:

  1. Improve coordination, concentration and motor skills
  2. Practice preschool-level math, pattern, color and spatial concepts
  3. Tap into creativity and curiosity
 Here is Our Review (my son and I):

These apps are geared towards preschoolers so I reviewed this with my 3 year old son.



Sound Shaker

Choose from 6 different sounds to tap away at and make your own combined tunes.  We love the hatching egg that comes when you ring circles on the screen or hold down on the phone. It is very creative and engaging. My son comes back to it after playing other games.


Things we liked:
  1. Great graphics
  2. Cool Music
  3. Good for short snaps of time (less than 3 mins)
  4. Nice sensory options, holding down finger, swirling, turning phone.
Things that could be improved:
  1. More types of hatching animals
  2. More sounds


Field Flier

Little Robin flies around the screen doing little things such as sleeping, swimming and, swinging. The object of the game is to take Robin the little bird around the screen by dragging Robin or tapping on the green hotspot for Robin to get to. It is a story based app rather than a game.

Kids learn the different adjectives that fill Robin's day such as swinging and standing.

Things we liked:
  1. Beautiful graphics, with cute little animations
  2. Cool music
  3. Embedded Youtube video demonstration

Things that we thought could be improved on:
  1. This didn't hold my son's attention, I think he was confused when dragging the bird. It is a half drag and half automatical pull towards the hot spot. You can hit the hot spot for Robin to get to, or drag Robin.
  2. It crashed on us four times (just cancel and start again)
  3. No sense of when the app ends

I think overall it might be better for a 18 month to 2 year old.


Apps cost $1.99 at the iTunes Store or try your luck and win a copy in our giveaway below.

Check out their other apps: http://www.tickletapapps.com/

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Win a copy of Field Flier

Tickle Tap Apps have kindly given us a copy of Field Flier to giveaway to a lucky reader.  
Ends 6pm EST 21 March, 2010 .

Here is your chance to win a copy of the game in our giveaway. The winning code will be sent to you by email and must be redeemed within a week.

Simply leave a comment below.

Winners will be chosen at random (random.org) and notified by email and posted to this blog. US readers only.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email, otherwise new winners will be drawn.
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For extra chances of winning:

1. If you have a blog, share this giveaway with your readers then come back and make a second entry by leaving us the direct link to the post.

2. Follow my Blog on Google Connect top right.

3. Tweet about the giveaway (once per day for more chances) and be sure to include our link to the giveaway. Come back and make another entry letting us know you tweeted.

4. Follow me on Twitter: @Heidypie155
Come back and leave another comment to say you are following me.

5. Enter into a giveaway in March's Giveaways. Leave a comment telling me which giveaway you entered.

6. Subscribe to my blog via RSS, or via email upper left, and leave a comment below.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free New Moms Guide Book



Are you looking for a free new moms parenting guide? This one is great!

To receive '101 Things I Wish I Had Known- Top Parenting Tips for First-Time Moms by Second-Time Moms' you do have to agree to write a review for it by the 26th of March.

More details: New Moms Book Review

Pregnant/ New Mom Gift Set Giveaway





New Baby and Mom Gift Set Giveaway (Ends 3/31)

Great gift set for a new or expectant mom!
(You don't have to be pregnant or a new mom to enter as this would be a great gift.)

What's in the gift bag?

* A copy of my eBook '101 Things I Wish I Had Known - Top Parenting Tips For First-Time Moms by Second-Time Moms
* 4 Pack Gerber Organic Onesies
* 3 Pack Bumkins Organic Cotton Everyday Bibs
* Samples of Organic Children's Suncream SPF 25 (5 Sample Sachets)

Giveaway closes 6pm EST March 31, 2010.


To enter:

Simply visit my website and comment on a favorite tip for new moms or a fact you learned from the page.

Winners will be chosen at random (random.org) and notified by email in the first week of April as well as posted to this blog. I am opening up the giveaway to US and international readers.


Winners have 48 hours to respond by email, otherwise new winners will be drawn.
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For extra chances of winning (and because this my first ever real giveaway on first-time-mums.com, competition will be low) please tell your friends about this by:

1. If you have a blog, share this giveaway with your readers then come back and make new entries by leaving us the direct link to the post. (Worth  5 Entries)

2. Twitter about the giveaway (once per day for more chances). Paste in: 'New Mom Gift set Giveaway: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010/03/pregnant-new-mom-gift-set-giveaway.html'
and be sure to include the link to the giveaway so that we know you tweeted. Come back and make another entry letting us know you tweeted.

3. Follow me on Twitter: @Heidypie155

4. Become a fan on Facebook

5. Subscribe to my blog by email or RRS Feed by clicking on the orange RSS button, right, Come back and leave another entry.

6. Enter my other giveaways at March Giveaways Come back and leave a comment.

Monday, March 1, 2010

FREE Large Photo Album Book from Picaboo

Picaboo Promotional Banner

Need a new photo album for granny and grandad? This is a fantastic family gift idea.

Picaboo have a fab offer this month for new customers. (Worth $39.99, pay $8.99 shipping).

For the month of March, Picaboo is offering you a FREE Large Classic book photo Album. Just use code AFFLGB at checkout (this code is only good for new customers).
Here's what you need to know about the promotion:
• Offer good from March 1st through March 31st.
• The cost of one 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book (up to $39.99) will be deducted from your order total. If your book contains more than 20 pages, you will be charged for the additional pages.
• Taxes and shipping charges are not included.
• This coupon is for first-time customers only.

March Giveaways - Link up here!

It's time to post your March giveaways!

Check out some wonderful giveaways. Bloggers post your giveaway with a link to your site here.

Be sure to tell us:

1. The prize with end date
2. Email
3. URL

I am currently giving away an iPhone app for kids: Wheels on the Bus

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nintendo DS Game Giveaway - Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns*CLOSED*

*CLOSED*

And the WINNERS are....

SweepTight
Pettey Tiffany
Bison61

Congratulations! Emails have been sent to the winners. As soon as all three of you have responded I will mail you your game asap. You have 48 hours to respond, if not other winners will be drawn.
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I am giving away THREE brand new sealed copies of Izuna 2, The Unemployed Ninja Returns, the fun game for DS players. This game is for teens.

To enter simply leave a comment.


Winners will be chosen at random on (random.org) and notified by email as well as posted to this blog. I am opening up the giveaway to all, US and international (if an international reader to win, just bear with me in the mailing process).

Closes March 15, 2010. 6pm EST.

Winners have 48 hours to respond by email, otherwise new winners will be drawn.


For extra chances of winning please tell your friends about this by:


1. Tweet about the giveaway (once a day for one a day entry).  Tweet "Win a Nintendo DS Game: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010/02/nintendo-ds-game-giveaway-izuna-2.html"
Come back and make another entry letting us know you twittered.

2. Follow me on Twitter: @Heidypie155. Come back and leave another entry.

3. Subscribe to my blog via email or RRS Feed Posts by clicking here or on the orange RSS button upper right. Come back and leave another entry.

4. Follow my blog via Google Friends Connect, top right. Come back and leave another entry

5. If you have a blog, share this giveaway with your readers then come back and make 5 separate entries, don't forget to put the direct link. (Worth 5 entries-wow)

6. If you are doing a giveaway on your blog, link up in March's Giveaways. One entry per giveaway link.

7. Tweet my  Parenting Tips ebook giveaway: http://potty-training-101.com/First-Time-Mum/13101.html?entryId=6dfd8c943a8bc1027f43a74a2f69c4dd#comment
 Come back and leave another entry.

8. Enter my iphone app giveaway. Come back and leave another entry.

9. Tweet my iphone app giveaway: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010/03/win-iphone-app-for-kids-field-flier-by.html

That's 9 extra entries and 13 more possible chances of winning!

Don't forget to checkout other Giveaways in March's giveaways.

Thanks!


Good luck!

Monday, February 1, 2010

FEBRUARY 2010 GIVEAWAYS

It's time to post your February giveaways!

Check out some wonderful giveaways. Bloggers post your giveaway with a link to your site here.

Be sure to tell us:

1. The prize with end date
2. Email
3. URL


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Listing site for bloggers and sponsors to post giveaways, and for lucky people to find prizes!

As bloggers and site owners we are often giving away goodies and promoting sponsors' products to promote our site. We want more traffic and creating giveaways helps us do that. Create a buzz for your product or to your site by linking your blog/site from here for FREE.

Readers who want to WIN prizes should click on the orange RSS feed button to easily come back for more great giveaways. This is the place to find hundreds of listings of giveaways.
Some sites offer you more than one chance to enter, for example they might ask you to write about the giveaway on your blog, twitter about the giveaway, or subscribe to their newsletter. Be sure to go back to the site and tell them you did the extra leg work to enter again.

This list is updated everyday. For the latest postings you can subscribe to my posts via RSS (orange RSS 'posts' button) or follow me on Twitter. Check out all the great giveaways that are free to enter here.

Enjoy!

How To Post Your Giveaway

Welcome to Post your Giveaway. This is a dedicated platform for bloggers and site owners to post their giveaways, competitions, sweepstakes or whatever you want to call it. It is also a place where competition lovers can come and enter from a list of hundreds of giveaways. Enjoy and feel free to send me your comments.

Readers: Want to win a Prize?
Go ahead and click through to some of the best giveaways online. The higher the number the more recent the post. You might WIN WIN WIN!

Bloggers: Give it Away!
Post your link below and let readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. Your link must go directly to your giveaway post for easy navigation.

Just tell us your:
  1. Prize Name
  2. Blog URL
Thanks! Come back soon!

JANUARY 2010 GIVEAWAYS

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