Little Golden Books Now Available as an Interactive Storybook App

I think this is a bad idea. Sure, you never know when you’re going to need to whip out a storybook to occupy/distract/engage a preschooler, but aren’t Little Golden Books meant to be chewed on and thrown across the room? Where’s the fun for a toddler in a book that runs on an expensive, fingerprint-attracting computer that no mom in her right mind is going to hand over to the little cutie? I’d sooner my kid played with a LeapPad or other electronic device that is built to withstand abuse.

Remember those Little Golden Books published by Random House? Infamously known as the most popular children’s books, those timeless stories are now available as an interactive storybook apps!

Earlier today, Random House announced that The Poky Little Puppy (the first of over 5 apps) is now officially available for purchase and download through the iTunes store. Originally published in 1942, this book is actually the bestselling picture book of all time!

By swiping your finger across the screen, you can open the cover (complete with Little Golden Books’ gold spine) to read the story filled with interactive illustrations. You can either watch and listen as the words are read to you, turn off the narration and read at your own pace (if a child gets stuck on a word they simply touch it to have the individual words spoken to them) or you can even record your own voice to play on each page.

In addition the new Little Golden Books apps offer a Hide-and-Seek Challenge that can be played at the end of each page to unlock bonus stickers. After reading the story, kids can use the stickers they have collected along the way to create their own storybook scene which can then be saved on the device’s photo album.

If you’re interested in downloading the new app, The Poky Little Puppy retails for $4.99, but is available now at the special introductory price of $3.99 through Apple’s iTunes store.

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Sign up for a Free 2 GB SugarSync Account and Back up Important Files for Free

SugarsyncSugarSync is a convenient way to back up, sync and access files from anywhere, anytime. I have it installed on 3 devices–my laptop, my home PC, and my iPhone–which means I can access my important documents from anywhere.

Some features of SugarSync that make it a must-have:

  1. Important documents, photos, and movies are automatically backed up to your personal SugarSync website. If you ever lose a hard drive, you can easily retrieve your data.
  2. SugarSync saves the previous 5 versions of all files that have been edited, so you can roll back changes if you need to.
  3. Photo album collections can be organized into albums and shared.
  4. It’s easy to access the same data on multiple computers. All your computers can share the same MyDocuments folder, for example.
  5. Photos you take with your camera phone automatically sync to all the computers in your SugarSync network.
  6. You can access your files from any web browser.
  7. Music folders (including iTunes) can by sync’d across multiple computers and have the same music collection everywhere. What’s great about this is that it enables you to stream your music collection over the internet or directly to your iPhone without downloading the songs.
  8. You can view and share files from your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, iPad and iPod Touch.
  9. It’s easy to create public links to files and forward them to other people so they can download them.
  10. You can upgrade to a paid plan at a later date if you need more space.

To sign up for a free account with 2 GB of storage space, click here. Click the Change Plan button on any of the paid plan options, and select 2 GB Free.

To earn a 250 MB Getting Started Bonus, complete the tutorial on the website. To earn a 250 MB Mobile Getting Started Bonus, complete the games on the (free) mobile app. This storage space is available to you for as long as you use SugarSync.

In addition, just for using this link to sign up, you get an additional 500 MB of free storage.

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FREE Two-Day Shipping for Students for a Year with a Free Amazon Prime Membership ($79 value)

Amazon just launched Amazon Student, a free membership program that offers college students one year of free two-day shipping via free membership in Amazon Prime (which usually costs $79), as well as other benefits, such as exclusive discounts and promotions.

The Amazon Student page also features a variety of other merchandise likely to appeal to college students, such as laptops, bedding, and microwavable foods like Kraft Easy Mac.

To obtain Amazon Student membership, consumers have to be enrolled in at least one class at a U.S. college or university and have a valid .edu e-mail address.

Amazon says in the future it may extend the free offer for more than one year.

Unlike regular Amazon Prime memberships, Amazon Student memberships do not automatically renew.

Not a student? You may still be eligible for a 30-day Amazon Prime trial membership.

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Kids Eat Free at Quiznos

QuiznoslogoFor a limited time, kids eat free at Quiznos.

Buy an entree and get a Kidz Meal free. Kidz Meals come with a kids toasty sub or pizza, drink, and choice of chococate chip cookie or applesauce.

When I checked with our local stores, I was told that they do not know when this deal will end.

Quiznos has two stores in Frederick:

Shops at Monocacy
1700 King Fisher Drive Unit 25
301-668-2090

Westview
5253 Buckeystown Pike
301-682-8229

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Amazon Gift Cards


Amazon Gift Cards are a great gift giving option for the person who has everything (or for people you may not know well). These no-fee cards never expire and can be redeemed for millions of items on Amazon.com. You can email Amazon gift cards, print them, or have Amazon mail them in a card for free. Order by December 21, and your gift card(s) will arrive by December 24. Amazon will expedite shipping for free to make sure they arrive on time (contiguous US only).

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Mar-Lu-Ridge Family Campfire Event

Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center in Jefferson, Maryland is hosting a Family Campfire on Sunday, December 13, 2009 beginning at 4 p.m. There is no charge to participate. All are invited to join at the large outdoor campfire circle located at the end of Mar-Lu-Ridge Road atop Catoctin Ridge near Jefferson. Celebrate the joys of Christmas with songs, stories, snacks, fellowship and a roaring fire – the perfect wholesome outdoor family activity in this busy season. Any questions can be answered by calling (800) 238-9974 or by e-mailing Sarah@Mar-Lu-Ridge.org. Mar-Lu-Ridge is located atop Catoctin Ridge off Mountville Road at 3200 Mar-Lu-Ridge Road, Jefferson, MD 21755. The camp’s web site is: www.Mar-Lu-Ridge.org.

Thanks, Beth!

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