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10 Things That Makes My Life Easier

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There are many gadgets available today which certainly help to make your life much better. I’m for gadgets which do help to speed up the tasks which I have to do daily.

  1. The washing machine.
    I like it that I just have to dump the dirty clothes in it, put in the detergent, turn the dial and press start. An hour or so later the clothes come out clean. I’ve tried manually washing the clothes when the washing machine was spoilt and it really takes too much work and time to do so.
  2. My Mobile Phone
    I love how easy it is to connect with others through texting instead of taking on the phone. I use the notes function/ check my facebook and emails on the go and also use the alarm clock function on it. I also have some games on it and they keep the kids occupied when we are waiting outside.
  3. My Laptop and internet connection
    It helps me connect to the rest of the world and makes it easier to blog , get the latest information etc. I would certainly be lost without it.
  4. A weekly housekeeper
    We get a cleaning lady to come in weekly to do the major cleaning in the house. It really helps to keep the house in order and frees up my time to concentrate more fully on the kids.
  5. My little house helpers.
    They make it easier and faster to do the housework as they help to do the laundry, vacuuming and cleaning up after themselves.
  6. The television
    It gives everyone a time out each day. It’s also great that it can be paired with the WII/ Xbox so that I’m able to do my workouts at home without having the hassle of going to the gym.
  7. The slow cooker
    I love that it has a timer function and will automatically keep my soups/stews warm after it has been cooked.
  8. The electric kettle
    It’ so much easier to boil water using it and I don’t need to keep watch on the fire.
  9. My parents/Parents -in laws
    They come and help out with the kids as often as they can.  Without their help it would be difficult to get ME time off and some quite time to myself on a regular basis.
  10. Having a routine for everyone.
    The kids know what they have to do on a daily basis so I don’t need to keep on prodding or nagging them to complete the listed tasks.

What do you have that makes your life easier?

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Happipets By Happi-IPAD App Review


Happipets the animal spelling app from developers Happi Ideas is one of the most unusual spelling app that I have seen so far. It is the first puzzle app for creating animals and scenes with the letters of the alphabet used as the building blocks.

Children can not only form the word that spells the animal like Lion but actually use the alphabets to create a picture of a Lion.  By doing so they are sparking the creativity in the child and also reinforces the learning of  how to spell the animal in this case.

There are  three modes to the app – 1) Play , 2)Build and C) Create.

You can see how the App works from the video below.

My thoughts on the App

I tried out this app with my 5 year old as I was keen to see how he reacted to this nifty spelling tool. At first he wasn’t too sure what to do with the app as there were no vocal instructions given on what he could do. He had to find out what to do under the play mode through trial and error.

Doggie boy  had fun moving the alphabet by rotating, flipping, turning and resizing them to look like the animal after figuring out that it was acutally possible to do so. . However it wasn’t easy for him to figure out how to put the alphabets in the correct position for it to sound out in a “roar” for the lion or “moo” for the cow.

Luckily, Happipets makes it a bit easier to visualize these animals with the handy help feature. It briefly displays the “completed” picture of the animal which he had to make.  we used the help feature a couple of times  to figure out how the animal was suppose to look like and relied on it  heavily to finish up his pictures.

Under the build mode we could create 12 mythological beasts which could come alive when the alphabets used to describe them are arranged into the correct order. There were also 140 letter designs which he could use to create his own happipet in the Create section. Doggie boy could save his creation and share it via Facebook or twitter as these sharing platforms are integrated in the App design.

I loved the concept of that lets the child be actively involved while they learn how to spell by using their creativity. However even for a 5 year old it was difficult for them to figure out how the App works without detailed parental guidance.

I would like to see more animals of choice in the play section and maybe if it is possible for them to incorporate the movement of the animal besides the voice once the picture of the animal is correctly fixed.

Where to get this app?

Happipets is available now in the App Store for $1.99.

It is compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Disclaimer: I received the promo code by the sponsor to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my 100% own. This post has a Compensation Level of 1. Please visit Dominique’s  Disclosure page for more information.