Montessori Letter Sounds: Another Winning App From Les Trois Elles

Last year, as I prepped for a trip to Seattle, I wrote about one of my all-time favorite apps, Numberland, by Les Trois Elles. It was not an app that I was asked to review, or given for free. I found it through a great aggregator called “Moms With Apps” and gave it a try. I loved it so much that I reviewed it, and then contacted the company to tell them how much I appreciated such a smart, interactive, and highly layered app for learning. Read More

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My Little Geek Is Now an App

A while ago, I reviewed the adorable book My Little Geek by Andrew & Sarah Spear with illustrations by Edit Sliacka, and I’m back once again to let you know that it’s now an app! If you are looking for books to read on a plane or car trip, this is a must-load for the iPad… Read More

Anticipating Brave

As the mother of a two and a half year old girl, I can’t help but wonder if pink and princesses are around the corner. (Alternate versions of this sentence include the words: “dread” and, “be scared of the possibility.”) I’m adamant that these things not be forced on her – NOT AN EASY TASK AS… Read More

The Secret World Of Arrietty: Lush, Quiet, And Absolutely Wonderful

We are huge Miyazaki fans in our house. There are Totoros everywhere, stuffed catbuses and soot sprites litter the floor, and on my desk (where I am typing this right now!) is a tiny replica of Howl’s Moving Castle, another soot sprite, and a postcard of “Le Voyage de Chihiro.” Our daughter’s first movie –… Read More

Hello Kitty: Tell Your Story!

  Thanks to a trip to Japan when my daughter was 13months, she’s known in *our* house as “Tokyo Meow-Meow.” Do you have a story about Sanrio and Hello Kitty? Are you a superfan? Or a super hater? Now’s your chance to spill your feelings about that ubiquitous little minx. Send an email with your… Read More

Stop and Go!

I have a soft spot in my heart for the app Splish Splash Inn by Shortstack. It was one of the very first apps we downloaded for Vivi to play with, and not only did we love the hip, almost Googie-ish designs of the rooms, but the voiceovers repeatedly cracked us up. In fact, we’re still… Read More

And the Winner of our Cartoon Network Contest Is…

Andrea K! Here is her comment from our CN Punchtime Explosion XL post: I’m with the Ducktails group. As a child of the 80′s I have seen so many of my favorite childhood shows reproduced and wrecked…Can you say Care bears, Pound Puppies and Strawberry Shortcake? But just a plain old re release of Ducktails… Read More

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL! PLUS: Your chance to win a PS3!

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I adore those lists they hand out to college professors telling them things they should know about the matriculating freshman class. You know, the ones with bullet points like: They have never lived in a world where Madonna is not famous. When I think about The Cartoon Network, it… Read More

Old or No?

  One thing you NEVER want to do when working at the G4 network is send out a funny internet video, or picture, or piece of news that is considered “Old.” Because if you did – someone was right there waiting to yell, “OOOOOOLLLLDDDD” at you. And since the job of the folks at Attack… Read More

My Little Geek

Raising a nerdling is an exhausting but ultimately rewarding job. Oh, yes – rewarding already! When my 2-year old daughter can identify the difference between a clone ranger and a stormtrooper – well, it just brings a little tear to my eye. And hey, now seems like a PERFECT time to RE-TELL the story of… Read More

What Is And What Might Have Been

I am very lucky. I have a smart, beautiful, hilarious child, and I am enjoying every minute that I get to spend with her. But life hasn’t always been so easy and full to the brim with joy. Before there was Vivienne, there were others who I never got the chance to meet, and a… Read More

Being Elmo

  Before my daughter had even seen a clip from Sesame Street, she knew who Elmo was. But do YOU know who Elmo is? Thanks to one of my favorite “nugget a day” websites Very Short List – you can watch the trailer for the film “Being Elmo,” the documentary about Kevin Clash, the man… Read More

Stand Clear Of the Swinging Sabers

Some of my favorite Star Wars collectibles are the ones I snapped up in Tokyo (like this banner shown above) So, it’s no big surprise to see the Japanese celebrating the release of the films on Blu-Ray by making the subway handrails look like light sabers… By the way, Japan can still use help.  If… Read More