Monday, April 30, 2012

I thought I could do it...

I thought blogging would come easily to me.  I love to talk, I love to type, and I have lots of opinions.

I'm shitty with time management.

I have a bunch of giveaways lined up and I realize I don't feel like doing much of anything.  I want to hang out with my baby, crochet, and catch up on my tv shows.

I'm not sure what the heck my problem is.  I don't feel depressed.  I feel happy and good and like I don't want to waste a bunch of time sitting at the computer ignoring my family and my messy house.  I want to enjoy the sunshine and go shopping at Goodwill.

The older two had vacation from school last week and we didn't do anything.  I feel like I don't DO anything, ever.  I don't want to feel that way.  I need to get off the computer.

I have some giveaways lined up.  I think I'm going to get them all posted as soon as possible and take a break. I might not.  I might come back and be all active tomorrow, or maybe later today.  I'm not very good at sticking to decisions.

I wish I knew what the heck my problem is.

(I know what my problem is.  It's ADHD and it's not being managed well.  I am having issues with my meds and I'm not in a place financially or emotionally to deal with changing them.)

As I'm typing this, Meadow squished her finger in a drawer.  I'm off to cuddle.  I'm coming back, but I'm not making any promises.  I'm not good at keeping them anyway.  I'm too damn scatterbrained.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Elfishki and the Giant Cake Interactive iPad App for kids!

Are you looking for an iPad app to entertain your kids?  Have you heard of Elfishki and the Giant Cake?  No?  I get to be the first to introduce you to this cute little interactive book?  Awesome!

Once upon a time, on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea lived magical little people called Elfishki. 
Some of them could fly like butterflies and some could swim like mermaids.  They shared the island with animals who could speak and trees who did not talk, but understood everything.  All in all, this was a place where miracles happened every day. 
Elfizz was an owner of a gloomy restaurant named Chest of Ghosts where the staff was eager to please ghosts.  On the opposite side of the square was a bakery, Gingerbread Nook, run by a pretty plump Elfishki lady called Maggie.  The two were at odds with each other until one day they had to work side by side…

Efishki and the Giant Cake is a cute story, made all the more interesting by the adorable artwork and cute characters!  They caught the attention of my 13 month old, and she really enjoyed having the story read to her, both by myself and by the app!   My 11 year old thought the story was cute, but she really enjoyed the cake decorator!  I like that the story will “read itself”, or that you can read the story to your kids, or that they can read it themselves!   Even Meadow, who is only a year old, knows to press the arrow buttons on the screen to move to the next “page”.  She had a lot of fun with this, it made her happy that she could play with it by herself (supervised, of course.  I’m not planning on leaving the baby unattended with the iPad anytime soon!)

Here’s what you’ll find in the iPad application:

Original, not found anywhere else, captivating texts, designed to develop your child’s conscious reading skills - according to the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts. 
Stunning interactive art, classic animation and videos. 
Professional audio voice over of the story, so your child can listen along with the text. 
Three (3) Questions on every page of the book specifically designed to help your child analyze the text, boost their imagination and make predictions about the story. 
A bonus game specifically designed to boost your child’s imagination - Decorate the Cake - where you can save and share your child’s fantastic creation.

I loved that the questions on the pages.  Some of them are questions (like “how do you think Gargoyle is feeling?”) and some are activities (like “Find all the kitchen objects in this picture.”) which help to get your kids thinking even more about the story, rather than just listening and reading along.  What a great feature!

For more information and more stories, visit the website where you can find a list of fairy tales, all based on the Elfishki characters!  Also, check out the video on youtube!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.