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

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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.

 

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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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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So Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home Apps, LLC – Giveaway



Thanks to Close 2 Home Apps, LLC  we have five copies of So Much 2 Say to give away! So Much 2 Say was born out of the need for a better communication tool for their daughters than what the market currently provides. Eric and Kirsten Ferguson co-founded Close 2 Home Apps, LLC to help fill the holes they see in current app landscape for individuals with special needs. By combining their extensive experience together with the help of several local speech professionals and other educators, So Much 2 Say has been finely tuned to help meet the needs of individuals with a wide range of special abilities across all age groups. But in addition to providing a useful tool, they also feel it very important to provide guidance for those tasked with administering the tool, to help make the most of the learning process.

So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication


by Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

18.99 USD


So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication

Customer ratings: (33 ratings)
Category: Education, Medical
Languages: English
Rated: 4+

Updated: 01.08.2011
Version: 2.2.1
Size: 236.55 MB
Requirements: 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

Description So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication

.99 sale price(from .99) until April 6th in honor of World Autism Day!

"I highly recommend So Much 2 Say for the beginning communicator who needs a cost effective fully flexible and customizable communication system." - Dr. Robin Parker on techinspecialed.com - http://bit.ly/wFQl20

So Much 2 Say is a picture communication AAC iPad app that is designed specifically for individuals with cognitive and language impairment. With flexible page layout options ranging from a single card per page to multiple pages of categories, So Much 2 Say is well suited to adapt and grow right along side with the Learner. Intuitive configuration options and fast card creation allow for virtually anyone to quickly update and tune So Much 2 Say to best fit the needs of the Learner in multiple settings.

New card/category creation in seconds. Use the built-in cameras to make cards of new objects on the spot, choose from any picture in your own photo library, or choose one of over 8,000 included images.

Features:
- Simple and fast card creation
- Nearly 9000 SymbolStix® symbols
- Beginning Sentence Building
- Drag 'n Drop sharing of card/categories between multiple iPads
- Flexible layout options - card or category-based navigation and 1 to 12 objects per page
- Intuitive Drag ‘n Drop gestures to arrange cards anyway you like on Homepage
- Simple design makes it easy to meet the specific needs of each individual
- Use the iPad’s built-in camera to create cards instantly or choose from built-in images or your own photo library
- Scroll lock button to help prevent accidental swiping between pages
- Configurable Black or Purple background colors
- Card filtering - quickly search the app card library for the cards you want to make visible
- Optional passcode protected “edit” mode
- Record your own natural, familiar voice

Benefits:
- Can be used by individuals of all ages with or without prior experience with AAC systems or devices
- Can be used in conjunction with other AAC systems
- Encourages a communication exchange between the Learner and a Communicative Partner
- Spend less time configuring - more time for communicating

Great for individuals with
- Cognitive and language impairment
- Non-verbal language disorders
- Autism
- Apraxia
- Dysarthia
- Parkinson’s
- ALS
- Aphasia
- Stroke complications
- Traumatic Brain Injury

Many AAC apps target higher functioning learners, and, to their credit, serve that population very well. However, there is a significant hole in the AAC app landscape for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. We designed So Much 2 Say from the ground up with the intention to fill that hole. There is no longer a need to spend hundreds of dollars on an app filled with features that are unsuitable to the individual.

So Much 2 Say was developed with two distinct classes of users in mind: the Learner and the Administrator. The Administrator is one of several people that work with the Learner (parents, therapists, teachers, school & hospital staff, etc.) who make changes to the app’s configuration as the Learner progresses. We believe that both classes of users’ needs must be catered to in order to realize the full potential of the learning process.

We’ve simplified the interface to the bare necessities: the cards themselves. In it’s simplest form, you have a single card. Touch the card, and you hear a familiar voice, verbalizing what was tapped. As the Learner progresses, more cards can be made visible. Once multiple pages of cards are being routinely accessed, the concept of categories can be introduced, and the Learner can navigate in a more hierarchical fashion.


What's new in Version 2.2.1

- Support for iOS9+
- Larger scroll lock tap area
- Fix for changing passcode in iOS8+


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Tractor Mac Family Reunion by Billy Steers – Review & Giveaway

What we love…

beautiful illustrations, the moral that family is who you are with rather than just being with others that are like you and celebrates diversity

What we’d love to see…

More “sounds” like the train noise, the tractors all together at the tractor corral

Summary

I can’t wait to see this turned into an app for my iPad!  I bet it will be a huge hit in our house.  This book is aimed at preschool aged children and older.  Older children will enjoy learning about all the parts of Tractor Mac and Iron Dave as well as all of the other tractors in the book.  A great addition for your tractor loving kids!

Our Rating

Reviewed by Alison

Tractor Mac has a new book out in hardcover.  This delightful book, Tractor Mac Family Reunion is beautifully illustrated and features the train named Iron Dave, Sibley the Horse, and an astonishing new discovery as Tractor Mac sees a bunch of Tractors on the bed of Iron Dave.

I have fond memories of growing up in New England whenever I look at books by Tractor Mac and this one was no exception.  The illustrations which are hand drawn are beautiful and really convey the story.  I also really liked the diagrams at the beginning of the book which show all the parts of Iron Dave (the steam engine) and Tractor Mac.  I also liked it when Iron Dave explained all of the different things that he could carry and the different types of cars.

My favorite part of the story was when Tractor Mac saw all the tractors on the back of the train as he had thought he was the only one.  When he arrives at the tractor dealer and realizes that there are many tractors like him at first he wants to stay there.  The descriptions of each of the tractors along with the corresponding illustrations are beautiful and we loved that they were all red just like Tractor Mac.  Tractor Mac quickly realizes how lucky he is to live at the farm with his family including Sibley the Horse, Spartan the colt and all of his friends.  This story has a strong moral as well about the importance of family.  I love that this story celebrates diversity and the importance of family.

In terms of enhancements, I do wish this book had a glossary at the end like some of the iOS apps as some of the words mentioned in the book especially the parts on the train may be unfamiliar to children.  I also wished we could hear more of the sounds like the Chug a Chug and Choo Choo as well as the tractors making their noises in the tractor depot.  These are relatively minor as I just loved the book!

I can’t wait to see this turned into an app for my iPad!  I bet it will be a huge hit in our house.  This book is aimed at preschool aged children and older.  Older children will enjoy learning about all the parts of Tractor Mac and Iron Dave as well as all of the other tractors in the book.  A great addition for your tractor loving kids!

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