My Favorite Sanity-Keeping Travel Apps

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Dear friends I feel like I owe you an apology.  If follow @DancingHotdogs on twitter, instagram and facebook you know I have been traveling a lot.  I am still amazed how this little movie review blog grew into something so much more and that is ALL BECAUSE OF YOU! Just in the first quarter of 2015 I have been in PA, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Miami.  Travel is such fun but even the best … [Read more...]

(Video) Tiggly Shapes Multi-language App Product Review


  Image courtesy of Tiggly Shapes Disclosure: I received Tiggly Shapes to facilitate my review. As always, my post is my unbiased opinions. Raising boys in this high technology modern world can be very difficult. My men LOVE technology in all forms whether it is the TV, game consoles, iPad or smart phones so as a mom I have to limit how much screen time they have every day. I am a … [Read more...]

(Video) Learn with Homer App Review


Image courtesy of Learn with Homer Disclosure: I was provided with an app sample to facilitate my review. As always my post is my unbiased opinions. We have less than three weeks before my oldest goes to Kindergarten! We have been fighting the summer slump and brain drain all summer but there is only so much learning repetition my little man will do. We have done hours of flash cards, … [Read more...]


After Christmas App Frenzy Graphic

We’ve joined KinderTown, a fantastic resource for finding the best educational apps for kids, to host a new annual event we’re calling the After Christmas App Frenzy. The days after Christmas are the biggest days of the year for app downloads as the millions of people who unwrapped new iPads and iPhones rush to the App Store to load their devices with useful and entertaining apps. Hopefully you … [Read more...]

(Video) PBS KIDS SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures App Review

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  This past summer PBS KIDS had SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure special that took your little loved ones on an adventure around the world and got them excited about travel and learning.  The PBS KIDS SUPER WHY! ABC Adventures: Alphabet app takes that one step further by giving you fantastic educational content that helps your children learn and improve their alphabet skills with … [Read more...]

(Video) Sesame Street’s The Great Cookie Thief App Review


Image courtesy of Sesame Workshop The master minds of Callaway Digital Arts and Sesame Street, who brought you one of Rock and X’s absolutely favorite apps The Monster at the End of This Book, have partnered together again to bring to life the 1977 best-selling book The Great Cookie Thief with The Great Cookie Thief App. We were so excited to try out this new app because we love Cookie … [Read more...]

(Video) Sesame Street’s Potty Time with Elmo App Review


  As I have mentioned before Sesame Workshop truly gets the digital world and instead of fighting virtual entertainment they get on board and make some incredible educational apps that bring some of their favorite Sesame Street books to life like The Potty Time with Elmo App. When Rock was getting potty trained we got the book Potty Time with Elmo to help him understand the concept of the … [Read more...]

(Video) Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Draw and Play App Live Review


 I just cannot say enough how I love how our favorite shows and characters are getting on board the educational app band wagon! Another app that saved me on the 14 hour trip to Paraguay was Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. Draw and Play App Live. Check out the video of Rock and I having some educational fun on the iPad. What makes the Nick Jr. Draw and Play app special? Your preschool loved … [Read more...]

(Video) Disney’s The Jungle Book App Review

Jungle Book Disney Classics App

  Fourteen hours of travel to South America is rough for anyone let alone a four year old and a one year old.  I was so happy to have Disney Publishing's newest Disney Classics app – “The Jungle Book”!  I love the 1967 Disney animated film.  I sing “Bare Necessities” song all the time and I love how Disney publishing brought to life this film with a great new app. Check out Rock having … [Read more...]

Appgear Foam Fighters App review

  Augmented Reality is the new hit among portable games. With the technology available on Iphone/Ipads and Android phones/tablets it is great to see games take advantage of the unique experience these devices provide.  Yet with any new tech for games, it is only as good as the game itself.  I had the opportunity to try one of these new generation of AR games: Appgear’s Foam … [Read more...]

(Video) Marvel Reads: Spiderman: An Origin Story App Review

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A new Spiderman movie is set to come out this summer with a different spin on the entire story.  What better way to prepare for the debut than to brush up on the original story from Marvel.  Of course, if you are an adult it isn’t that difficult to pick up or download a version of the original comic. For children it is a bit harder relating to a story created back in the early 60s.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

(Video) Marvel Reads: Avengers Origins:Assemble! And Avengers Origins: Hulk App Review


Update: This weekend is Free Comic day, to celebrate Disney is having a number of things going one.  1) You can pick up the Disney Comics App for free and download a couple free books or 2) Until 5/11 if you buy $20 worth of disney products at a Disney Store location, you will be able to get a coupon to download the App for free!  but you better hurry, there is only 100,000 coupon … [Read more...]

Disney’s Peter Pan App Review

Lately the exploits of high flying superheroes such as Thor and Iron, spiderman and the Hulk seems to be everywhere we look. It is no surprise that many kids want to be just like these heroes when they grow up. Yet, lost amongst the high testosterone and flashy action is the exploits of one hero that was no longer grabbing children’s imaginations. Thankfully to the popularity of shows like Jake … [Read more...]

(Video) D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure App Review

D.W. Unicorn adventure app

Healthy eating is essential, and contrary to television kids do like to eat vegetables.  Rock for one, is a huge fan of vegetables.  Honestly, he loves them so much I could imagine him becoming a vegetarian when he gets older.  Coming from a family of meat eaters the concept is just crazy.  Even if your little one(s) are not as avid vegetable eaters as Rock, it still never hurts to start building … [Read more...]

(Video) Learn Chinese: Toy Story 3 App Review

Learn Chinese Toy Story

One of my strongest wishes as a parent is to have my sons learn a different language.  I am not saying Spanish (even though it is tough enough as it trying to teach it to Rock and X).  Ideally the language they would learn would be Chinese (more specifically Mandarin, not to be confused with Cantonese).  I can already see the currents changing from the traditional languages taught at school … [Read more...]