10 awesome FREE iPhone apps for kids

It's quite alarming amazing to watch kids navigate their way around an iPhone. Even my 3 year old can open apps, play them, import phots of himself into drawing apps and 'decorate' his own image... heck, he's even signed me up for things and sent an email or two in his time (although those last two weren't intentional...), but you get my drift right?

Well, bearing all that in mind (and considering their growing addiction to my iPad), I thought it might be a good idea to set up a kind of "app-swap-party". I'll tell you my list of favourite apps for the kids (both theirs and mine), and you can do the same telling me yours by leaving a comment! Good idea huh? We all stand to gain a lot from this.... Maybe even a moments peace for a cup of tea... Don't worry, you can all thank me later. Here goes...


This free app is a great one for littlies. Along with a few favourite songs like Old MacDonald and London Bridge, it features an in-app game that the kiddos can make their own music in Little Fox's studio with virtual spoons and insects...

Kids can breed, hatch and raise their own dragons in this one. The game itself gets great reviews and the graphics are perfect for kiddos, but beware the in-app purchases. There are gold packages you need to buy for some parts of the game and they start at $5 and go up to a mind-boggling $99! A good one if you have in-app purchases set to OFF in your settings.

A free app by Disney. No violence, no inappropriateness. We love Disney don't we? And best of all - FREE! Be warned though - the first thing you'll be faced with is an option to buy the full app for $1.99. You need to slide the windows across to get away from this and then you're home free. There seem to be quite a substantial amount of levels available without having to buy anything and my kids love it!

I love this game. Even though it's meant for kids - it has me hooked. The basic idea is to build a street fair. The game starts you off with a small amount of "Snoopy Coins" to buy stalls with. These stalls then earn you an income. There are plenty of opportunities to spend real money within the app, but with your settings set correctly you can leave the kiddos to play worry-free and as long as you have a little bit of patience you can easily earn enough money to build a great fair without spending real cash. One of my favourites!

Fairly simple in concept - this app allows the user to draw a cool doodle in funky neon brights and then replay a movie of the drawing being made - the kiddos love it!

Perfect for the preschoolers who haven't quite mastered the fine motor skills to draw well yet. This app converts their "squiggles" into sheeps wool, fairy floss or the exhaust from a car... Clever!

For once you'll be happy the kids are playing with their food! This free comes from US based Whole Kids Foundation for the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices for kids. It gets them sorting and stacking veges and grains, all the while learning about healthy food choices. There are 32 levels all getting progressively faster and more difficult so even the older kids will find this fun.

Another one of my favourites - this one is great for slightly older kids. Your job is to help find the hidden objects in the mansion to raise funds to bring the grand gardens back to their former glory and win the garden contest. While the list of objects is a written one making it hard for pre-readers to play without help, there are opportunities to reveal the list as picture clues instead. The kids love rummaging through the mansion and purchasing new things to decorate their gardens. You can even run up to four separate gardens on one device! Our whole family got hooked on this one and our only gripe with it was that it ended too quickly. It needs more levels. Check out other games by Playrix, the same creators as well.

An oldie but a goodie. JellyCar is a massively popular app amongst the kidlets. Drive your Jelly Car through the Jelly World and learn about the basics of soft physics as you go. Try it out and if you like it you can upgrade to JellyCar2 and JellyCar3 for 99c and $1.99 respectively.

A better way for the kidlets to watch their favourite ABC4 shows than YouTube. No more worrying about what else they might see...

Obviously there are thousands more out there. I'd love to hear what you think of these and share your own favourites in comments too... Happy Apping!

Nina Proudman - Steal her style

If you cast your mind back to here a few weeks ago when we were talking pressed metal panels and their many uses - inspired by Sophie & Dale - you might also remember my confession that Offspring is yet another of my favourite places to visit in TV land. Soooo, you can imagine my oohs and ahhs when I came across Wee Birdy's post yesterday Get the look of Nina's apartment from Offspring! Rebecca (aka Wee Birdy) has absolutely nailed this one. Even down to the candles... Pictures below, but you have to hop over here for the lowdown of where to actually get it (because as much as I wish I'd thought of it myself, I didn't - WB did...)


AND.... if Nina's interior style isn't enough to satisfy, you can hop over to Styling You for Nikki's tips on her wardrobe as well! Seriously impressive - you can pick up a virtual shopping list of the outfits worn by Nina each episode with links to the stores... Which brings me to a question - if Nina's boots (that I have coveted all season) happened to be available, in my size, half price, with free shipping - AND the style was even called Tina (seriously) - wouldn't you say I needed to buy them? It's a sign right?

Ace space saturday - 2 room bliss

Apartment Therapy has turned up yet another winning space. Two rooms. Both stunning in their white modern simplicity. I'd love a peak at the rest of the house wouldn't you? I can only imagine how gorgeous it would be if the owners can decorate their kids spaces so tastefully. They've struck such a delicate balance between honoring the vintage character and introducing modern elements...


6 nice nooks

Perhaps it's been my interest in Window Seats of late? Or maybe a need for a quiet spot to work? But it could just be that these 6 spaces are so lovely that I want one for myself... A cozy nook to eat, read or just catch up with a friend and a warm cup of tea sounds delightful to me.










Cure for the common cold

...okay okay, maybe not a "cure", but it'll definitely make you feel better.


I found this hack over at Frugal by Choice and it's gold people, gold. FBC call them "Vicks Vapour Disc Thingys". Throw one on the shower floor while you're in there and let the vapours clear you up in an instant. They'd be great for croupe and chesty coughs as well! And as our entire house is filled with coughing spluttering males at the moment they'll be beyond useful... (The fact that it was I who brought the lurgy into the house shall now be overlooked). Interstingly, I've noticed that the older the male, the more intense the symptoms - or at least the louder the moaning... These little gems will work a treat at shower time! Hop over here for the recipe and instructions - and be sure to read through the comments section for extra tips and tricks.

8 Blue rooms for the girls

A couple of months ago, Hugh and his team-mates were ridiculed at a soccer game for wearing pink jerseys (by a parent of all people - I know, I still can't believe it either), I got to thinking about how many narrow-minded folks there are still out there when it comes to kids and colour. You know, the archaic "pink is for girls and blue is for boys way of thinking? But I like to think we've come a long way since that was the norm, and that these days it's more than okay for a boy to love Dora, a girl to climb trees and, for a girls bedroom to be blue. Here are 8 kinds of pretty in blue for the girlie whirlies...











Tuesday Tour: Natalie Bloom's place

Warning: The content that follows may fill you with envy.

Today's tour is a Lucy Feagins special over at the ever glamourous Design Files. It's the home of Natalie Bloom, founder of Bloom cosmetics and all round style goddess.

The kids space.



And the adults zones...














The Block: Brad & Lara's happy ending....


Wowsers! I trust we were all glued to the tele tonight to watch the finale? And what a finale! I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that there'd be a combined over-reserve amount of $1.7M!!!

New South Wales' own lovely Novacastrians, Brad and Lara took out not only viewers choice for Best and Fairest, taking away a car for their niceness, but they won the series as well! In similar fashion to the Block 2011, the first house to go under the hammer took the highest amount over reserve, and lucky for these guys, that was them. With a whopping $506K over their reserve, plus the $100K winners purse, these guys are all set up now for Brad to whip out a ring and start a life with Lara in a shiny new house with a shiny new car... fairytale ending much?

Dani bowled me over when she announced she "hopes everyone does that well" after the first auction. I'd have expected "hope we do that well", but to be so gracious and wish for everyone to have a happy ending was astounding.... Maybe she's not as bad as she was portrayed?

And well done to Ch9 for being so much less greedy than last year and setting the reserves so low that everyone had to come out a winner. Much more positive to have 4 winners than 2011's massive fail of 3 out of 4 properties not reaching reserve. But seriously, has anyone ever seen a 3 storey, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with 180 degree city views in St Kilda under a mill? Me either. They really made sure everyone would reach reserve didn't they?

My faves Sophie & Dale may have come last but it's a last you'd be happy with! They walked away with $350K which is amazing. I'd be more than happy to leave my kids for 10 weeks, not sleep and get stressed and dirty for that kind of cash. And what's more, I think we'll be seeing more of them. Talent like that can't just disappear. Perhaps in the all-stars series Scotty casually plugged? Too many good options to even contemplate there.

And finally, did anyone notice house2.com.au? The brothers were plugging that all over their I'm-going-to-stop-traffic-in-these-bright-yellow-tshirts! I did have a look like a gazillion other probably did... not much to see let me just say, though there's potential for something good to develop. And granted, they haven't had much time to really get it going just yet have they? Maybe one to watch...

So sad it's over. This one has been my favourite series so far. Mainly due to Team S&D. Can't wait to hear what you all thought...

Ace space saturday - Woodland nursery

Welcome to Beckhams room. I found this space over at Apartment Therapy and it's all kinds of wonderful. Don't you just love a woodland theme? And this one with it's boyish slant ticks a lot of boxes...





The Block: WooHoo!!!!!

Well THAT was the best news I could have hoped for! Team D&S won! They nailed their rooms in the challenge house and came away with a 10/10 from all the judges for their kids room! 

Now, in case anyone out there doesn't watch The Block, (why???!!!!) I do apologise for coming across as some kind of deranged freakazoid fan, but this couple are just so inspirational. Look at this room!!!!


No, you aren't imagining things. That is a table and chairs setting hanging upside down from the ceiling. And yes, it is sitting on astroturf...


Yup. It's that wallpaper again....




I need that blanket...






Losing it over those pen holders...


And just to prove it really is all in the details, they even decorate the window latch...

And that's why I love them so... If you've ever seen more creative decorating in a kids space I'd love you to share it with me. My hat is off to Sophie and Dale. I'm wrapped that they won the challenge this week (the prize is $10K off their reserve price of their house), and I hope it paves the way for them to win the whole season (with the highest margin over reserve).

What did you think? I got worried for a moment that the boys were going to win when they weren't showing their room much. And as much as I didn't fall in love with Dan & Dani, they deserved second spot - their bathroom was quite amazing, even if the whole wetroom concept was one that Dani openly said she hated earlier in the series and the design was pretty much a direct rip-off of Brad & Lara's in their house... Dying to hear what you thought....
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