Saturday, March 22, 2014

Heroes of the City **Review**

We were asked to review a new app with trucks, cars, animals and many other vehicles.  Immediately thinking of J and his train obsession and ability to use an iTouch I said yes.  I was given the full app for free.  Prior letting J try (and C of course had to have it also on her device) I tried playing it.  My favorites: the Build a Rail Road and Jump! Swerve! Drive! games, as non video game person, I have been finding me playing these a lot when I have time.
Build a RailRoad
Another part of the APP and games I LOVED.. after they complete a game/puzzle/level a screen pops up with music and a fun animation congratulating them on completing.  J dances and yells "I did it" every time it comes on,   I love the self-esteem boost it give them.  At the ages of 2.5 and 3.5 I am pretty impressed with how quick and how many levels my two kids can get to alone.  The joy and excitement on their faces just precious.

The Swedish company Ruta Ett sent us the full app to try out, DVD, book and 2 die-cast vehicles for the kids.  The app comes with many movies roughly 10 minutes or longer, the games range from: memory, car racing, puzzles, paint, building things, and putting out fires.  Calamity Crow is a fun bird your kids will enjoy, he appears in the app, book, DVD, and games.  My kids think he is funny in all the upside down messes he gets himself in and out of.  Heroes of the City DVDs are also available on Amazon and some US stores and launching later this year the books will be available also. 
"Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero!
Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town.  Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town.
Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other. The cartoon is primarily targeted at children age 3 – 7."
Check out this video about the app

Heroes of the City Movie App
The Heroes of the City Movie app! An all-in-one, safe and fun children's application.
This is a perfect app for children 2-6 year. The app includes both movies and games.
The content is fully adapted to the target audience and is based on the popular television series Heroes of the City

More than six hours of entertaining movies!
Nine exciting games!
Air Play function for your Apple TV!
Collect trophies to unlock your own secret surprise!
One full movie episode, 3 games and a music video for free.

Available to download for free here:
Apple device:  
Google Play: 


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Back to Work for This Mama

Front Seat Office
I am back to work, after being home for almost 3 years, (granted I completed grad school while home).  I started back in September easing into being back at work with only a few hours each week and I subbed a few times at a nearby school. Febuary came and literally in one week I went from 2 hours to 14 hours, with about 2 hours of driving each day all over to my cases.  Working Tuesday through Thursday.

I love it!  Working with great little kids, teachers and families and seeing the effects of my work is incredible.  I am so happy to be out of the house, making a difference and bringing in money again doesn't hurt either, especially since Starbucks upped the price if my drink last week (haha).       

I wish I had done this earlier on, since the schedule is flexible for moms.  Though it never really crossed my mind until after I had Jack and after he started his Early Intervention services for his hand.  Then after seeing how much it has helped him, talking with his therapist and going back to school, things changed.  After talking with a SEIT who came to evaluate Jack when he was transitioning into CPSE (preschool services), I interviewed with the agency and was hired.  Another good thing that came from Jack's hand. 

The biggest adjustment was finding out where the kids will go/be while I am out working without changing their schools this year. Thankfully both sets of grandparents help out and have the kids one day a week, and then we have been rotating between friends/sitters for the other.  We also found a new school for them next year which offers more days and longer days, a nearby Catholic School.  Jack and Char are excited for that, they checked it out and have it their seal of approval (had a train table and urnials- Jack was sold).  Luckily we have two extremely social and outgoing kids that have no problem going anywhere and being with anyone.  Just last week, Tim's friend from Ireland stayed with them while I had a case, he told the guy while I was gone "you talk funny and are not from around here".  Our friend laughed, quite funny from the kid who was receiving speech therapy while out friend was here too.  Out of the mouths of babes, right?! 

So as our family adjusts to two working parents.  Did you know he is "the man of the house" when Tim works overnights? He says it too with a deep voice to "sound like a man" as he puts it.  Another chapter in our family has begun. 

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go!!