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Fun, Healthy Meal Planning with LaLa Lunchbox

Monday, August 6th, 2012

LaLa Lunchbox can be just what your picky eater needs to develop a healthy lifestyle. The app, developed by mom and health-care professional Gillian Fein, is a fun way to guarantee your child’s lunch will end up in their tummy.

“As a mom of two young kids, I know that getting children to eat balanced meals is invariably a struggle for all of us at some point,” Fein says. “But when kids have a say in their meals, they feel empowered and less food is wasted and unwanted.”

LaLa Lunchbox comes with an easy-to-use functionality. The app lets each child create a lunchbox that is personalized by a cute monster avatar; he or she then drags the icon of their preferred food item in each of four categories—fruits, veggies, proteins, and snacks—into their avatar’s mouth. While the app comes with a predetermined set of food options, families can add or remove their own choices to and from the appropriate categories. Each lunchbox, or list, is complete once it contains a variety of four to six items.

Additionally, a calendar function allows the parent to designate each lunchbox to specific weeks, as there’s no doubt your kid will want to switch it up often. A task list feature even lets you check off each item after you drop it into the cart at the grocery store.

Make eating fun for your family today—the app is available for $1.99 on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

For more information, visit www.lalalunchbox.com or follow @LaLaLunchbox on Twitter.

Image: Young girl holding packed lunch in living room smiling, via Shutterstock

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He Huffed, and He Puffed, and… He Learned How to Read!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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“Between The Lions”, a literacy show for youngsters hosted by PBS, announces their first ever iPad app in partnership with Kideo—The Three Little Pigs. Intended for ages 3 to 7, this enhanced ebook allows young readers to follow along with the story using a “Read” mode that highlights each word as it is being narrated. Plus, budding readers can record their voice as they read the classic tale aloud. Play the role of the Big Bad Wolf in an interactive game called “Blow the House Down”, where kids can blow down the house using their breath and tilting capabilities. Let the fun continue with five other educational games, including a matching game, puzzles, and a construction game. Available on iTunes for $8, be on the lookout for other stories coming out soon!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study: Better Neighborhood Lowers Obesity, Diabetes Risk
Low-income moms who move from very poor neighborhoods to less disadvantaged ones lower their risk of becoming extremely obese and developing type 2 diabetes, a study reveals.

Autistic Children Have Distinct Facial Features, Study Suggests
We may be a step closer in understanding what causes autism, say University of Missouri researchers after finding differences between the facial characteristics of children who have autism and those who don’t.

Parents Go Online Before Going to the ER
One in eight parents goes online for medical information about their child’s condition before taking the child to the emergency room, according to new research.

Record Percentage of Illinois Schools Fail to Meet Federal Targets
Two-thirds of Illinois public schools this year failed to meet federal test targets that signal students can read and do math well, marking a record rate of failure for the state’s school system.

Apps Help Parents Keep Track of Children on Halloween
Five apps for mobile devices with GPS-enabled location tracking technology allow parents to know where their trick-or-treaters are at all times.

Cancer-Stricken Mom Chooses Baby’s Life Over Hers
Stacie Crimm, a 41-year-old single mother, received the grim diagnosis of terminal head and neck cancer just months after her little girl was conceived. She opted to skip chemotherapy to protect her growing fetus.

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Shark App-tack!!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Ready for a daring, underwater adventure? Dive into the deep with Discovery Kids Shark app for iPad.  Inspired by the buzz worthy television program, Shark Week, the app educates kids, ages 5-9, on the ocean’s greatest predators through live-action video footage, photos and animated games—including a feeding game!  Kids can learn about the different shark species, their feeding habits and where they live. Download from iTunes for $5 and collect virtual trading cards as you scroll through the underwater scenes to share with family and friends via e-mail.

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Watch the demo!

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Free Carve-A-Pumpkin iPhone App

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Pumpkin App

Fall is officially here and Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time for pumpkins! If your town is at risk of suffering from a pumpkin shortage this year, relax, we have you covered.

The Parents  Carve-A-Pumpkin iPhone and iPad app is ready to download — for free! — from iTunes. First, pick your pumpkin from a list of choices: traditional orange, eerie black, and more. The next step? Get creative! Draw a face on your pumpkin freehand or use a stencil. Once you’re happy with your Jack-o’-Lantern, you can easily share it with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Download the free Parents Carve-A-Pumpkin app here!

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Get Out and Play! Saturday is Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Day of Play

Do you have plans for the weekend? We hope you left some time for playing!

Tomorrow is Nickelodeon’s 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play. The kids’ television channel asks parents to, “Encourage your kids to turn off the TV, get up, get out, and go play.” If your kid can’t resist SpongeBob, don’t worry. Nickelodeon will shut down both its TV programming and websites for three hours tomorrow afternoon. Use the day to remind your children about the importance of exercise and physical activity.

And don’t let the rain keep you indoors. Put your kids in some old clothes and let them jump in puddles and play in the mud. It might mean extra laundry, but they’ll never forget the day you told them to get dirty.

Looking for a playground in your area? Download our Playgrounds! iPhone app!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

FBI Launches New Missing Child App
The FBI has launched a new mobile application to help put the safety of children in the hands of their parents or guardians.

The scary trend of tweens with anorexia
In the beginning, Walker never suspected that her fourth-grader might be developing an eating disorder. “She was only 10,” she says. “If she’d been 13, I would have worried, but I didn’t think it could happen to a 10 year old.”

Children learn hacker ways at DefCon
Since DefCon debuted in 1993, many once-nefarious attendees have become computer security good guys bent on defending companies and homes against cyberattacks.

Secret for a safe kid’s lunch: Extra ice
When you’re packing your kid’s lunchbox in the morning, the ice pack is just as important as the fruit and the sandwich. And new research finds you might need more than one to keep your little one healthy.

Children’s HIV Drugs May Cause High Cholesterol
Children with HIV who receive antiretroviral treatments have persistently high cholesterol and other blood fat (lipid) levels, and would benefit from guidelines aimed at reducing their long-term heart risks, researchers say.

UN fears for children in Australia refugee swap
The United Nations children’s agency called on Australia Friday to scrap “inhumane” plans to send unaccompanied minors to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap.

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Download Our New – and Free – Playgrounds! App

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Playgrounds! LogoThe Playgrounds! app from Parents and KaBOOM! and sponsored by Keen is the newest must-have app for parents. The iPhone app uses GPS or a zip code to instantly find the best local playgrounds closest to you.

But Playgrounds! is more than just a playground locator. The free app allows users to rate and review playgrounds, and post pictures of the space so other parents can check it out beforehand. Parents can even use Playgrounds! to coordinate playground playdates with other families and check-in on Facebook.

The app is already being used by parents across the country, including one very famous mom: Michelle Obama. After helping build KaBOOM!’s 2,000th playground last month in Washington, D.C., the First Lady used the app to post a picture of the new play space.

Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents, says “It’s so important for families to have access to safe places for children to play and the Playgrounds! app makes finding those spaces and setting up play dates so easy.”

The app is free, easy to use, and ready to download today. What are you waiting for? Go play!

Download the Playgrounds! app here.

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