Thursday, 27 February 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

New App Review: Heroes of the City


The other day I was sorting through my email and came across a message from one of the Mom blogging clubs I belong to. They were letting me know about an opportunity to review a new children's software. I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peak at a new app for kids. I don't know about you but I was getting pretty tired of hearing the squawks of certain irritated birds knocking down the homes of little green pigs.

My plan was to download the app to my phone where I could privately review it before allowing my little man to have a go at it. I no sooner had it running then the music drew him over. Within moments he had me peeking over his shoulder as he took full control of my phone.  I have since downloaded it to his tablet. It has become his favourite screen time activity. We do not have cable or satellite (just good ole Netflix) so being able to watch a program on his tablet made him over the moon happy. He intuitively navigated the menus and games like a seasoned pro. I asked him if  Heroes of the City gets a "Thumbs Up" or a "Thumbs Down" and he enthusiastically said "Thumbs Up its awesome". He's four, so I think that is pretty much the highest of praises.

As a Mom I have to say I really like this app. It is really nicely done, it has positive messages, the cartoons are only 14 mins so its not too much time at once and works well as a reward (pick up the toys and then you may watch one Heroes Of  The City episode). The games are really engaging and help encourage critical thinking and fine motor skills.

I did find some lags in the initial loading of the software. It sometimes looks like it is frozen and the phone recognized it as unresponsive but if I clicked wait it would eventually come up. The graphics are some of the best that I have seen in a child's app. The sound is excellent quality. Overall, I really think this app is a great addition to your child's digital toybox.

I highly recommend that you download the free version of the app which is available in both android and iphone. Once you fall in love with it you will want to invest in the entire library of movies and games.

I received a free copy of this app in order to review it but had I only seen the preview I know it is something I would have purchased for my little man. It is well worth the money.

AppStore: https://itunes.apple.com/app/heroes-of-the-city-movie-app/id602592310

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rutaett.HeroesMovie&hl=en




About Heroes of the City

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero!

Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town. Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town.
Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other. The cartoon is primarily targeted at children age 3 – 7.
Heroes of the city is created by Ruta Ett DVD AB
Homepage: www.hotc.nu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeroesOfTheCity
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/73244439

Heroes of the City Movie App
The Heroes of the City Movie app! An all-in-one, safe and fun children's application.
This is a perfect app for children 2-6 year. The app includes both movies and games.
The content is fully adapted to the target audience and is based on the popular television series Heroes of the City

Features:
More than six hours of entertaining movies!
Nine exciting games!
Air Play function for your Apple TV!
Collect trophies to unlock your own secret surprise!
One full movie episode, 3 games and a music video for free.



GIVEAWAY PREVIEW

Starting March 1st My Grandma's Tea Cups will be lucky enough to be able to offer a giveaway from this incredible company. I am just so excited to have the chance to provide your little kidlet a prize package of products from Heroes of the City.  Mark your calendars for March 1st and come every day as there will be entries to be earned each day in March. Look at the fabulous prizes! Don't worry, I know how hectic it is to remember everything...so if you sign up for My Grandma's Tea Cups Insiders on Google Plus I will keep you in the loop. My Grandma's Tea Cups Insiders




Monday, 24 February 2014

My Latest BZZZZZ Agent Assignment Arrived Today.

What a wonderful thing to chase the winter blahs away. I went down to the post office to pick up my Close To My Heart Order and received the happy news that I had a second parcel waiting. You have to see how cute it is.


I can't tell you what the campaign is just yet as the official buzz does not start until Wednesday. This campaign was made for me...if you follow me on fb you will hear me talking about this very topic regularly in the morning.  Check back Wednesday to see what we are up to.


The other package contained my Close to My Heart order for February. One of the ladies ordered the Jubilee paper packet and it is even cuter up close then it is in the catalogue. Guess what is going on my list for next month's order!  Here is a peek at all the goodies we ordered. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This is going to be a super busy week here in the studio but I hope you will take a moment to say hi here or over in the google plus group. if you have not joined yet, be sure to find  My Grandma's Tea Cups Insiders  I have to run now as I have orders to sort. Oh, and don't forget about the Mystery Hostess Party going on today! You could win some awesome Jamberry Nail wraps .Mystery Hostess Jamberry Nails Party




Wednesday, 19 February 2014

February Stamp Of The Month: Wild About Love





Have you heard about the amazing Stamp of The Month special from Close To My Heart? Each month you have the option of purchasing a full size stamp set for only $5 with a purchase of $50. I purchase mine every month because I am one crafty Mama that loves a deal.  The hardest part is waiting for the month that I can grab up my favourites for $5. The great part is that you can purchase the stamp sets for every $50 you spend. If you are like me and have a young stamper in the family, it is a really inexpensive way to build her collection too. They also make perfect gifts for scrapping friends and family.  Close to my heart makes it so easy to qualify for the Stamp Of The Month each month by offering a different special or incentive to get you stocked up on all the supplies you need to make beautiful works of art.






The Stamp of the Month for February is "Wild About Love". You will love the cute woodland feel of this adorable set.


See I told you so!



Two of the stamps coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge available exclusively from Close To My Heart.  If you have not purchased this bundle yet you should put it on your wishlist.  Each Close To My Heart Cricut bundle come with over 700 images to cut, coordinating stamps and chipboard pieces. Each bundle costs only $99 but by hosting a home gathering, FB party or catalogue party, you could get it half off or even free using your hostess rewards.  If you live in Canada and would like to book an online or catalogue party please contact me at mygrandmasteacups@gmail.com. If you live outside of Canada you can go to the Close To My Heart website and search for a consultant in your area.






Imagine the possibilities for all the artwork that you can create using this super adorable stamp set.


Monday, 17 February 2014

It's Time to Party: Jamberry Style

I told you she was coming to throw a party with us! The fabulous Charlotte Barker Independent Jamberry Nails Consultant is throwing a party for all you Tea Cozies out there. This is the best part! One of you will get to be the Mystery Hostess!!!! So go to the fb party event page and join in the fun. Then pop over to Charlotte's online business to place your order. Keep visiting the party page on fb to keep the fun going and come back here to get entries to the draw. How great would it be to win free Jamberry goodies? I can't wait to get my Vintage Chic wraps! Let's show Charlotte how we crafty girls roll. Ready, set,




This is the event page:Mystery Hostess Jamberry Nails Party

Then come back to get entries!!!! Come back every day!


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Sugar & Spice

February Special: Free Embossing Folders!

You can not imagine how excited that I was to see beautiful new embossing folders in the Spring/ Summer 2014 Idea book. Of all my cardmaking tools I think my embossing folders are my absolute favourite. Even my four year old can't get enough of running plain cardstock through my cuttlebug and retrieving his masterpiece from the other side. I have been a big fan of embossing for quite some time. My first attempts were with those brass stencils with the awkward looking images. I did not like the result that I could get with them, though admittedly it may have been user error. Next I ventured to the Fiskars Scrapboss. I loved this thing.  My 12x12 layouts had never looked so clever. I scooped up every available stencil I could find. I ebayed and 50% off couponed until I had them all. Then, without notice, there were no more. To this day I love my Scrapboss but you can only use the same patterns so many times. A few years ago my sister-in-law bought me a cuttlebug for Christmas. I was not sure what I would do with it as I already had a cricut that I loved. It sat on my shelf for over a year before I truly unlocked its potential. Embossing!!!!! I live less that five minutes away from Ecstasy Crafts (you've likely seen their ads in your scrapbook magazines, on the shopping network and online). They have the most incredible collection of embossing folders. The only draw back is that some of them get pretty pricey. I was so excited to open my online office and see that the February special was FREE embossing folders. That's right...they are FREE!


How amazing is that.  I am stocking up on my cardstock this month so I can take advantage of this deal. If you would like to order visit http://mygrandmasteacups.ctmh.com and click shop. If you are interested in earning free products and big discounts contact me and we can have a really fun online party where your friends can stay safely at home and off the icy roads and you won't need to clean you house! 

How are you going to decide which folder you want for FREE?


I want them all! That my friends is why I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. I get to have it all and call it work! Let me know if you are interested in learning about the benefits of becoming a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. It is an incredible company and amazing discounts on all the things you love.