Baby’s Brilliant – Building Brighter Babies in an Easy to Use App

Kids are accumulating skills and smarts at an alarming rate with the power of the internet and the endless assortment of apps that lay ready at their fingertips. For parents who want to ensure their kids are at the ready when they venture into their first classroom setting, whether it be preschool or kindergarten, Baby’s Brilliant can provide just what you need.

When you first download the app, you’ll have an opportunity to scroll through a series of screens that describes what the app has to offer, which is extremely helpful.

If you really like a book or song, you can mark it as a favorite for easy access later. You can also turn the sounds off and on as you please. What’s really nice is that in order to gain access to the settings menu, you have to type in a series of four digits which are spelled out. An example would be “four, two, eight, one.” This is so that your child does not have instantaneous access to the settings and make inadvertent purchases.

The Videos are categorized into 11 different types ranging from Soothing Videos to videos in different languages. Language options include: German, French, Chinese, and Spanish. All other videos are in English. There are educational videos like Weeman’s Science Videos, and entertaining ones, like Animated Children’s Songs. Most videos cost about $0.99, and a few are free.

Music choices range from classical to calming. There are also choices in Spanish and religious ones, as well. Depending on what your aim is, keeping your toddler busy or putting them down for a nap, you are sure to find a tune that does the job.

Baby's Brilliant app

My favorite category was the night time choices. Here, you will find an assortment of sounds that will lull your baby or toddler into a state of serenity, and what parent does not need that? You can even use it for yourself, once baby is down. It also comes equipped with a timer, so you can play just enough to help you nod off and snooze.

Books are offered in an assortment of categories, too. You can find ones that entertain, and others that teach mindful lessons that all can live by. If your child is ready to learn to read, then the interactive soundboards will provide the stimulation and encouragement to flip through pages and explore the words, learning to sound them out and read at the same time.

One small issue that needs to be fixed soon is the signup/login screen. After entering an email address, you are also prompted for a password. However, when you click on the password field, the keyboard slides into view, covering the field you need to fill in, which makes it slightly difficult. You are not sure if what you are typing is going where it needs to go. I hope to see a fix for this soon.

Other than that, Baby’s Brilliant is perfect for parents looking to keep kids busy when the time calls for it. There’s no need to make this a substitute for sitting and sharing a book with your child, but it certainly comes in handy when you need to keep your little one occupied.

AtHome Camera – Monitor and Maintain for Safety and Security

Tech lovers thrive on all things innovative and new, whether they need it or not. Now, there’s an improvement to what many may be using to keep an eye on things, and can now rely on even more now that’s it’s been enhanced with hard to resist features and more robust delivery.

AtHome Camera, sister app to AtHome Video Streamer, allows folks to take their iPhone or iPad, running iOS 7.0 or later, and turn them into a dynamic duo that powers remote communication just like you want it.

You can use it as a security device to see what’s happening in your home while you are out. You can use it to see what your kids are up to while they are playing in the basement. You can monitor your child’s sleeping habits, so even if they say they are shutting off the lights and calling it a day, you will know the real deal by using AtHome Camera.

You could discriminatingly set your “camera” up in the room, and then set a timer on it to record for the time span of your choice. That way you know exactly when they put that book down and really turned out the lights.

If you yourself doze off into sleepy slumberland while you are intently monitoring the video feed, you could watch the recording later. The app is that powerful and useful.

AtHome Camera app

Some other neat features include:

  1. Monitoring while on the go. All you need is 3G/4G or WiFi
  2. Motion detection. Get notified via text or email if something moves
  3. Two-Way Talk: set up the camera in another room and you can hold conversations with whomever is there
  4. Security and Privacy. All video and audio feed is encrypted and protected.
  5. Stream in background mode, so no one knows that the camera is streaming.
  6. Device flexibility. You can stream and view from an assortment of devices, ranging from iPhone to iPad to IP Cameras.
  7. Video Storage. The app stores everything in the Cloud, so you never lose a thing.

What I could really use is the ability to stream video from different rooms, so that I can keep an eye on every entry to my house for major movements and maybe even setup a few inside to make sure I detect anything that goes on inside, as well. I am sure the creators of this amazing app already have their heads down and are working on this multiple streamer capability with several window views from the AtHome View app, and I anxiously await its arrival!

Until then, I will enjoy using this app to the best of it’s a capacity. As it stands right now, it has so much to offer. I don’t know what I would do without it. I am not a super techie person, but I know a great app when I see one; and, AtHome Camera not only scores high on the techie scale, it serves a mighty important role in helping people feel safe and secure.

OMG. I Can Meditate! Learn to be Mindful and Calm Your Own Way

In as little as ten minutes, you can bring your frazzled mind into a state of calm, ridding your body and soul of any toxic feelings and worries that plague you. Sounds impossible, right? Well, with enough practice and a willingness to learn, you can use the power of OMG. I Can Meditate! to help you towards a more peaceful state.

 

While ten minutes sounds impossible, you will slowly see the benefits to just taking those ten minutes out of your busy day to stop, unwind and focus inward. Now, most people have a hard time doing this on their own, because we all have a million thing calling out to us that we “have” to attend to. This app forces you to take some time out, remove all of those interruptions and attend to you.

 

The world today has become poisoned with too many inputs we all feel need to be tended to. The only way to attend to them effectively is if we feed ourselves. That means strengthening our insides and our minds to shut out the world for a few minutes, recharge, and then turn on again. Meditation is the refueling process. To practice it, you need to work hard, and this app will provide you with all the tools you need to make this practice easy.

 

Download the app and you will see just how many ways this app brings mindfulness to you, easily and effortlessly, because let’s face it, none of need another thing to add to our to-do list. You can let this app do the work for you, so all you have to do is practice the meditation and mindfulness.

OMG I Can Meditate

 

Scroll through the meditation categories to see what’s offered. Feeling down? There is a Happiness meditation series you can hook into. Stressed at work from a demanding manager? There’s a series for that too.

 

Meditation exercises don’t have to be fixing anything at all. You may just want to help bring some quiet time into your life or into your family’s life. There are several categories to choose from for that, as well. You can meditate to help improve relationships in your life, increase your performance and success in your career and day to day tasks.

 

You can even setup the app to wake you every morning to soothing music that draws you slowly out of slumber and introduces you to your new day with a mind awakening session. If you need some soothing at night, select the OMGood Night option, and select a music to play and automatically shut off, as you slowly drift away from your day.

 

The options are endless and the effects that each has takes you to new places, every day. I would love to see alerts to remind me at certain points of the day to do small exercises and to stop looking at my screen, so I can pull away from the tension and focus inward – helping to get through the day.

 

Regardless, this app is a must download if you have ever considered bringing mindfulness into your life, to bring peace and calm into your world.