Archives for April 20, 2013

Springtime Nails with Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips French Mani

 

I love Spring make up and nail colors are usually brighter and French manicures are always a big hit! But, I don’t have the time to go to the nail salon and get my nails done all that often. Sally Hansen just made all this so much easier!  Now, there’s a twist on the classic French manicure without all the fuss! Now, how cool is that?! Now you can experience the first-ever no dry time french manicure with Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips French Mani from Sally Hansen. I received these from our friends at Sally Hansen and just love how easy they are to use! You do not have to be an expert to use these! I like that they are available in the classic pink and white but they are also available in trend-inspired shades like polka-dot, black or metallic. All you have to do is peel, apply, file and go, for a perfect, precise, real-polish French mani. Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are developed with an innovative DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde-free formula that delivers no dry time nail looks that last up to 10 days. Each Salon Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 real nail polish strips and tips, as well as a cuticle stick, mini file/buffer and instructions for easy at-home application. I really love the shades: Excusez Moi!, French Twist, Gold Cabaret, Noir Boudoir, Pink Macaroon, Polka Party, Silver Lining and Steel the Night. They cost $12.99 each and can be found at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationally wherever Sally Hansen products are sold.

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Its National Kindergarten Day Sunday April 21 FREE: The Trip – Little Critter GamePak on iTunes

Sunday, April 21 is National Kindergarten Day, and to celebrate, Silver Dolphin Books is offering you the opportunity to download for FREE The Trip – Little Critter GamePak app featuring over 50 engaging and educational activities for one day only, to honor the birthday of Friedrich Froebel, the world-renowned educator who established the first kindergarten in 1837.  The FREE version is available ONLY on iTunes.

Additionally, Silver Dolphin Books has now launched on iTunes a LITE version of its critically-acclaimed appThe Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventurenow providing you with the opportunity to download a free, trial version of the title across the iOS, Android, Nook and Kindle platforms.

Following in the footsteps of educator and author Friedrich Froebel, who believed that the primary focus for teaching young children should be through play, ‘Play to Learn’ is the ethos of Silver Dolphin’s new The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and GamePak apps.  The two new apps are designed for fun and imaginative play, while fostering critical-thinking skills, visual literacy, alphabet recognition, pattern building, shape matching, logic, sequencing and number fluency.

And don’t forget, there is still an opportunity to win FREE books and apps, including The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and GamePak apps in Silver Dolphin Books’ Year of Fun contest, which is ongoing until April 28!

Enter Silver Dolphin Books’ YEAR OF FUN contest at the Silver Dolphin Books Facebook page, and enter to win FREE kids apps and books for an entire year! Starting April 1, every week for four weeks, one lucky winner will win every kids app that Silver Dolphin Books’ launches in 2013.  Fun new apps will feature Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter and Richard Scarry’s Busytown characters; plus some all-new characters you will love to meet!  Each winner will also get to select one FREE book for every month in 2013 from the Silver Dolphin Books new releases collection.   Plus, you can encourage your friends to sign up for extra entries!

And finally, available at the Silver Dolphin Books blog are six FREE The Trip – Little Critter-themed activities to download including Dot-to-Dot, Maze, Word Match, Word Search, Coloring, Spot the Difference.

The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure app, based on Mercer Mayer’s classic book: Little Critter’s The Trip, and which features his incredible original artwork, continues to receive top reviews from respected media sites.

Over the past few weeks, Silver Dolphin’s first two fun-filled interactive apps for young children The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure and The Trip – Little Critter GamePak have received top accolades from respected children’s educational app review sites, with FunEducationalApps.com naming both apps as a “Top Pick.”

Additional accolades for The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure include its selection as “App of the Week” by Parenting.com’s respected tech blogger Jeana Lee Tahnk in her SCREENplay blog; its selection upon release, as one of the “30 Best iPhone and iPad Apps This Week” by TheGuardian.co.uk;  BestAppsForKids.com awarded it a “Five Gold Star Review”; AppMyWorld.com, an aggregator of professional app review scores from around the web, listed it as a “Top 5 iPhone and iPad App of the week (4/11/13),” ranking it in the #2 position with an aggregate AppScore of 92 out of 100;  DigitalStorytime.comdeclared: “The educational (and wholesome) focus makes it a reassuring choice for many parents”;BestAppsForKids.org wrote that the app is “…a fun-filled educational experience in letters, numbers, shapes, colors, map reading and more”; and iMums.com wrote: “The reading adventure is a really fun version with lots of additional dialog, animations, interactivity and learning games.”

The Trip – Little Critter GamePak was also selected by FunEducationalApps.com as one of 15 Highly Recommended Apps Designed to Enhance and Improve Communication and Social Interaction.”  AndKindertown.com stated: “Free play sticker areas are very well designed with a blend of discovery as the stickers you choose come to life in different areas of each scene… Overall a fun app filled with a variety of learning games.”

The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure invites children to travel along with Little Critter and his family on an action-packed road trip. Kids can help Little Critter choose the route the family will take to explore the countryside, the city, the beach and more; fix the car when it breaks down; move a horse stuck in the middle of the road; feed the seagulls; and even find time to grab a hot dog. All this while playing lots of games with Little Sister along the way to pass the time!

Recommended for ages three to seven, the app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum and incorporates an inventory collection and selection feature designed to build critical problem-solving skills; alphabet flashcards hidden on every screen teach and reinforce letter recognition; and successful completion of six puzzles — including sequence and matching games — unlock six collectible gems used to play an arcade-style game. Other features include text highlighting, visual interactive item clues and professional audio narration and dramatization, all of which helps to keep non-readers engaged with the story.

Available as an extension to the Reading Adventure app is The Trip – Little Critter GamePak that includes over 50 fun and engaging activities featuring Little Critter, and introduces the Company’s new Digistix™ —interactive, animated stickers with fun sound effects.  Divided into two sections, the GamePak includes five game themes including Dot-to-Dot, Mazes, Matching Pictures and Words and How Many?  In the Digistix section, over 175 digital stickers are available across the five game themes, inspiring the imagination and fostering creativity.  In two special beach and camp activities, Digistix stickers that are tapped, dragged and dropped into the scenes react differently depending on where they are placed, enabling kids to create a new adventure every time.

Pricing and Availability:

The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure 1.0.1 and The Trip – Little Critter GamePak 1.0.0 are both priced at $3.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) and are available worldwide through the iTunes store in the Books category. They are also available from Barnes & NobleAmazon, and Google Play.