iPad App Review - Little Critter Numbers

~ Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:49 AM ~

We are a big fan of Little Critter's apps and I think it is great to be able to review this app as I get to introduce numbers to our 2.5 years old girl and reinforce this for our 5.5 years old boy who is already learning this in his preK.

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* Title: Little Critter Numbers
* Price: $1.99
* Category: Books
* Released: July 23, 2014
* Version: 2.6
* Size: 50.9 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+ Made for Ages 5 and Under
* Requirements: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Join Little Critter in this interactive board book app as he goes on a counting adventure at the zoo! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Kids will love to practice counting with 4 toothy crocodiles, 5 playful seals, 6 brown bears, and other delightful animals - all the way up to 10 entertaining penguins!" 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* At the end of the app, there is a page that shows you in colors the animals you counted as you learn along the app. I think that is cute as you engaged the little ones to tap and count along and ensure they counted the numbers accordingly.

* There are options to go to other numbers instead of going through one by one.

* I like that there is an option to use new narrator's voice (aka me!)

* Overall an educational and fun app for the kiddos!

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You can purchase the "Little Critter Numbers" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

How to Schedule Post on Facebook Fan Page

~ Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:54 AM ~

As some of you might noticed, I am more active on my Facebook page and being someone who absolutely loves to read stuff, I tend to come across with lots of interesting articles on the Internet and a lot of these articles are what I personally feel worth sharing on my fan page.

I do my best to space out the posting of these articles so as not to overcrowd our FB walls, so I scheduled all my postings days in advance on average by 2 hours gap starting from 9am until 11pm (Malaysia time). There are days where the gaps are closer especially when I came across those articles that I feel I must share at that moment.

FYI, I don't really remember what I have scheduled earlier unless I spend some time browsing through my scheduled postings (which I don't often do), hence there might be more negative news in a day etc. I actually have to explain this in order to answer some individuals on my FB page who asked why am I postings so many negative news on a particular day.

Anyway, here is a quick tutorial on how to schedule post on an FB Fan Page:


Step 1: Copy paste the text and link that you want to be posted on your FB Fan Page. I normally will copy the first few paragraphs or sentences from the article as excerpt followed by the URL link to the article.

 

Step 2: Right below the preview thumbnail of the article, click on the 'Schedule Post' link and select the date from the popup calendar followed by the time you wanted to schedule to post the article.


Step 3: Once you have determined the date and time to schedule the posting of the article, click the 'Schedule' button. You will then see the following screen telling you that your post has been scheduled. You may click 'Close' to close the screen.


Step 4: If you realised that you may want to change your scheduled date or time, click on the 'View Activity Tab'.

 

Step 5: Look for the post you wanted to change and click on the arrow button on the right hand corner of the related post. You will see a drop-down menu with options to reschedule, edit the text of the article, pubilsh the post immediately or to delete the scheduled post.

 

I hope this article serves to help you in planning out how to schedule your posts on your Facebook fan page!

** Note: I have disabled the commenting feature on my blog engine thanks to all the spammers who happily spam my blog every day. If you wish to ask me any questions, you can find me at my Facebook page (I'm there almost everyday) or just drop me an email if you wish to maintain some anonymity.

Chicken with Ginger & Scallions

~ Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 6:53 AM ~

For this post, I am sharing my next food recipe, Chicken with Ginger & Scallions (in Cantonese, we called this 'Keung Choong Kai'). We normally order this when we have family gathering in restaurants but hey, this is my 2nd attempt at cooking this. Without further ado, here is the recipe for Chicken with Ginger & Scallions:


Ingredients:
* Chicken meat (quantity up to you - I normally use thighs, wings and some chicken breasts parts)
 * Garlic (quantity up to you, the more the better flavor - cut into small slices)
 * Scallions (quantity up to you, the more the better flavor - cut into small pieces about 1cm in length)
* Ginger
(quantity up to you, the more the better flavor - cut into thin slices about 2-3mm wide)
* A pinch of baking soda to marinate the chicken meat
* Half tsp of salt (leave some to marinate the chicken meat)
* Half cup of water (to make the gravy/sauce)
* Oil - for frying the chicken meat (quantity up to you)

Methods: 
 
* Wash the chicken meat, make sure they are as dry as possible (use paper towel to absorb)
* Marinate with baking soda and salt for about 30 minutes.
* Heat up oil in pan.
* Fry the chicken until half cooked (I normally fry until a bit brown)
* Add ginger and continue frying for about 2-3 minutes
* Add garlic and scallions followed by water, cover the frying pan and continue frying for another 10-15 minutes
* Ready to serve

 

Outcome:

 

If you prefer your chicken to look a bit darker in color, you may add a dash of dark soy sauce (caramel dark soy sauce). Picture below is my 1st attempt of this dish.

I was told by hubby and my MIL that the chicken dish is delicious, that the meat is bouncy and springy (thanks to marinating with baking soda) It is very easy to make this dish, little ingredients, easy to follow steps. This recipe is definitely for keeps!

To view my other recipes, feel free to hop over to my Recipe Library page for more info!