Baking: An art or a science?  Introducing the Perfect Bake App-Controlled Smart Baking – Review & Giveaway

Baking: An art or a science? Introducing the Perfect Bake App-Controlled Smart Baking – Review & Giveaway



What we love…

Simple and easy to use, scales recipes in case of a mistake and makes baking with the kids fun and easy

What we’d love to see…

easier ability to add recipes via the app, able to make a second recipe while the first is cooking

Summary

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make cookies and desserts with my son.  He loved that he was able to help Mommy out and make recipes while learning at the same time.  Our family enjoyed the baked goods and there we no “oops” moments due to too much of one ingredient.  I am really looking forward to making Christmas cookies soon with my son for the holidays.

Our Rating

 

recommended-by-the-imums

Perfect BakeI recently had a chance to test out the Perfect Bake from Brookstone and my son and I loved it!  When I was in college I worked in a bakery part time so I used to bake using recipes and mixtures quite a bit.  Now that I have a family I love spending time in the kitchen and baking.  Some would say that baking is more of a science than an art to ensure that the ingredients are added with the proper amounts  and sifted, measured and added in a scientific manner.  The good news is that with the Perfect Bake you don’t have to worry about it as much!

This scale combined with your device (iOS or Android) allows you to bake with no measuring, no trying to make sure you got that “pinch of a recipe” right.  Simply launch the app, pour the ingredient into the bowl and then when it’s done an alert tells you so.   The package includes a scale, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls which are color coded for small, medium and large, thermometer for the oven and a 3.5 mm cable.  You simply launch the app, plug the Perfect Bake into your device using the cable, and the scale listens via your device to ensure the proper amount is poured.  Each of the recipes in the app excluding the ones you enter yourself has a rating ranging from easy to hard.

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies with my son.  Normally it’s a stressful process that involves me pre-measuring everything out to ensure we get the right amounts into the bowl.  Instead, with the Perfect Bake I was able to put the ingredients out in smaller sized containers and he simply poured them into the bowl.  We even made it into a math lesson saying – you need 2 cups of flour and ½  a cup of chocolate chips for this portion of the recipe.  The best part, if you over pour an ingredient the scale automatically adjust allowing you to fix the recipe without having to start over.  I also loved that the app would generate a list of recipes based on what you said was in the pantry allowing you to bake based on what you had on hand rather than having to run out to pick up ingredients to make a recipe.  After adding all the ingredients (which are marked with a check mark when you get the perfect amount) and mixing, then you can measure out the perfect portion sizes using the scale to ensure that you have made the item the correct size.
In terms of improvements, I wish there was an easier way for you to enter recipes into the app.  Currently, it’s a time consuming process to enter a recipe due to having to pick bowl size and entering in the amounts of each item manually.  It would be great if there was an import feature so you could write the recipes on the computer and easily import them into the app.  I also wished there was an easier way to do mixing – currently if you need to use the mixer you have to scrape everything into a bigger bowl to mix it and if you need to add ingredients to that bowl after mixing – transfer it back to the original color coded bowl.  I found this made for a LOT of dishes especially with more complicated recipes and I tended not to use my stand mixer for that reason.  I also wish that you could prepare a second recipe while the timer is still running for the oven for the first recipe.  When I bake I tend to make quite a bit and prefer to bake in batches, but unfortunately the scale doesn’t currently allow it.

I loved how easy the Perfect Bake made it for me to make cookies and desserts with my son.  He loved that he was able to help Mommy out and make recipes while learning at the same time.  Our family enjoyed the baked goods and there we no “oops” moments due to too much of one ingredient.  I am really looking forward to making Christmas cookies soon with my son for the holidays.  Of note, I also used a sleeve to protect my iPad while baking to ensure that we didn’t accidentally have a splatter onto the iPad while cooking.

Perfect Bake: Interactive Recipe App
Perfect Bake: Interactive Recipe App
by Perfect Company

Category: Food & Drink
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 75.27 MB

$FREE

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RRP $69.99 from Brookstone

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
iDME Wristband – Product Review

iDME Wristband – Product Review

What we love…

comfortable wristband that lets you customize information about your child

What we’d love to see…

two toned wrist bands or additional customization for small orders

Summary

iDME gives me as a parent peace of mind knowing that if my son was separated from me that a trusted adult would be able to contact me or know his allergies.

Our Rating

 

recommended-by-the-imums

iDME wristbands were designed to ensure that children who are separated from their parents or caregivers have some form of identification including medical history.  These waterproof wristbands use velcro as a closure and also include two waterproof cards that can be inserted with your contact information inside the wristband to ensure that if your child is ever separated from  you and is unable to tell anyone who their parents are – that basic contact information and medical information is available.

As a parent who travels with their children, I really liked the concept of these wristbands especially as children become more independent and don’t want to hold their parent’s hands.  The wristband is designed for children from the ages of 3-9 and comes in a variety of colors including red, blue, yellow, green, blue camo, and green camo to ensure that your child can pick out their favorite “bracelet” or wristband.  They fit a person with a wrist circumference of up to 6″.  Inside the wristband you can slip a waterproof card which includes your contact name, telephone number and a brief list of allergies as necessary.  In addition, you can purchase additional inserts for the bracelet to ensure that you can use them on vacation, travel or in your local neighborhood all while having the correct local contact information.

I had a scary moment several years ago when my son decided to hide from me when I was bagging groceries.  Luckily he didn’t go far, but I wish that I had known about iDME bracelets at the time to ensure his safety as well as my sanity and peace of mind.   I also liked knowing that even when my son was at events and at organized trips for school he had his identification and allergies listed at all times to ensure that if something happened it would be easy for a person to get in touch with me quickly.

I liked that the information was tucked inside the wristband and the actual name of your child is not listed which will prevent kids from being called by name by strangers.  I taught my son that if something ever happened and he was separated from me that he should find an adult like a police officer, fireman or the like and tell them who he was and my name.  This wristband helps provide me with the additional security knowing that he will be safe.

In terms of improvements, my son would have liked to design his own in “Spiderman” colors – there is customization and branding available now but only for larger orders.

Overall, the wristband has held up well as does the insert in a variety of activities including travel, bike rides, field trips, and even playdates.  Knowing that my son is getting older and more independent it made me feel better to know that if something did happen and he was unable to speak for himself, that basic information was available.  I suggest to parents that you have your child pick out their favorite pattern as it will help them feel more “ownership” of the wristband and make them more likely to wear it.  My son really enjoys wearing his especially when we go on outings to places like the zoo or museums where I know that I want someone to know basic contact information.

The wristbands themselves are priced at $13.99 and additional inserts are priced at $4.99 and in my opinion are well worth the money to ensure the safety of your child or children.  In addition they can be customized and sizes tailored for young children through adults, perfect for any variety of trips.  iDME gives me as a parent peace of mind knowing that if my son was separated from me that a trusted adult would be able to contact me or know his allergies with a quick glance rather than having to guess.  That peace of mind is worth the price of the wristband alone. They can be purchased on the iDME website.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Kids? Panic! by DM Media Pty Ltd – Review

Kids? Panic! by DM Media Pty Ltd – Review



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What we love…

child friendly app that provides access to video’s that are appropriate for children with instant loading of the next video which makes it perfect for those moments when you need five minutes to yourself

What we’d love to see…

stronger parental gate, ability to choose your own video’s based on the pre-selected ones available within the app.  Also would like to see the ability to turn off access to the video’s unless on a wi-fi network since data charges could accrue quickly

Summary

Easy to use, child friendly although you do need to be aware of data charges if using a 3G network

Our Rating

Kids? Panic by DM Media Party Ltd is a universal app for iOS which links to child-appropriate YouTube video’s such as television shows, songs, nursery rhymes and more with each video being five minutes or less.  The app is simple to operate with a “panic” button on the main screen which when touched launches the video via YouTube.  Parents should be aware that the app does use data so if they do not want to use it with their data plans they will need to ensure that children do not have access to the app.

I liked that all of the video’s selected within the app were child friendly, although when I attempted to watch them to ensure they were appropriate it took quite a long time to make my way through all of them.    Once the video finishes, the next one begins immediately (although I would like to see a 30 gap to ensure that you can have a break in between) to ensure that your child continues to have access to the video’s.  This app was very helpful recently when I was on a quick but important telephone conversation and I was able to just hand the phone to my son to ensure that I had a few moments of peace.  Of note, parents can enable guided access on their device to ensure that children stay within the app which is helpful especially for younger children.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option where parents can choose if they want to run the video’s via a 3G network or only via wifi.  If children got access to this app, data charges could add up very quickly since it uses YouTube video’s for the app.  I’d also like to see a more difficult parental lock as the 1-2-3-4 combination is fairly easy for older preschoolers and children to figure out especially if they see their parents do it.  Perhaps randomizing it to a random pattern of numbers (what is 1+3) help to ensure children did not accidentally gain access.  In addition, it would be helpful if the user could select the video’s they wished for their child to see.  Currently you can see a selection of which video’s are available, however, there is no way to create a “playlist” of favorites from the chosen video’s.  There were some video’s which I wished I could have excluded, but currently there is no way to do this.  I also think the title of the app is a bit misleading and may make it difficult for parents to find in the app store.

Overall, the app provides access to child friendly video’s in an easy to use interface.  I do recommend that a parental gate be installed to allow parents to create a playlist of video’s which they deem appropriate from the ones available within the app which would eliminate the need for the current 1-2-3-4 parental lock which children have been able to figure out after seeing their parents use it.  I also feel that there should be a setting which will not allow video’s to play over 3G unless the parent has specifically given permission for them to do so from within a parent protected area.

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 So Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home apps – Review

So Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home apps – Review



Reviewed by Jill

So Much 2 Say - Picture CommunicationSo Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home apps is a versatile tool for basic communication when used by the right learner and communication partner.  It was created expressly for the highly impacted segment of the special needs population. The app is recommended for individuals who are non verbal and lack an effective means to communicate basic needs and wants. Depending on the cognitive capabilities of the learner, it might first be used as a flash card app for vocabulary acquisition. Once familiarity with pictures and objects is established, the app can be set up as a choice board with up to twelve choices. As the learner’s ability to discriminate among the cards increases, category navigation can be enabled thereby transforming the app into a simple Picture Exchange Communication system with voice output.

The power of this app is in the ability to import one’s own images and create categories meaningful and useful for the user. Communication partners that have Velcro picture strips on their refrigerators or avid scrap bookers would be a good fit for the task of making the most of the app. Initial setup could prove daunting for some even though actually making cards is quick and easy. If one’s goal is to download an app and have conversations in complete sentences five minutes later, this is not the app to choose, it is not Proloquo Lite.

The mechanics of the app are solid. The preloaded cards and images are high quality if minimal. It can be used equally well in landscape or portrait mode. Cards can be hidden when not applicable to the exchange at hand. Editing can be password locked to prevent accidental deletions. Recording one’s own voice lends an air of familiarity and makes for a more pleasant output than the robo voices of most AAC apps. My favorite feature is the strong visual feedback. When a card is selected it comes to the forefront and is slightly expanded while other cards are grayed out. Since the app is aimed at more impaired individuals, I do wish that it offered even more accessibility features to expand its target audience.

The developer’s website has some helpful Getting Started tips, as well as You Tube videos demonstrating editing and various other features. I would suggest working with an SLP or teacher if available when creating categories. Another alternative to make the process easier would be to copy categories from the Lite version of a full featured AAC app. The app was recently updated to provide a Drag ‘n Drop card sharing support to enable copying of communication cards from one iPad to another running So Much 2 Say (read about the new updates below).   This is a great addition that will ease set up even further and provide schools and institutional users especially a head start.   Watch this exciting new feature in action in the video below.

I am a big fan of “off-label” use of apps and So Much 2 Say is a prime candidate for stretching capabilities. Many families like this app’s developers juggle the needs of multiple children with communication challenges. For the dedicated do it yourselfer, So Much 2 Say offers the perfect framework for articulation practice. With a willing SLP providing the appropriate words for each target sound, it’s a simple matter of importing photos and clearly articulating for the voice recording.

This app enjoys very positive word of mouth and is among the better known apps in its category so it is a viable choice for the appropriate beginning communicator and his or her willing partner. I do recommend getting a refrigerator mount such as the one made by Modular if using this or a similar app as having a voice is no good if it’s kept in a backpack or other out of sight location.

So Much 2 Say – Picture Communication – Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication
So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication
by Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 236.55 MB

$18.99USD

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