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App Review: My PlayHome

We recently came back from a trip to India and one of the major lifesavers for me on the trip and while in India was the My PlayHome app on the iPad.

I had downloaded the lite version of the app at some point in time before my daughter used to play on the iPad. My daughter had played with it for quite some time and there were only 2 rooms on the lite version. Before going to India, I had debated buying the full version. It was $4 and I rarely pay for apps on the iOS store.

But considering we were going to be a flight for a long period of time and travelling a lot in India as well, I decided to splurge and buy the app. One of the best decisions I ever made!

She has spent hours and hours playing on this app. She calls it her "Children" app. She just loves it! She manipulates it so well and has explored the app all over without any input from me.

This one get 5 full stars from me and is well worth the money! I'm now considering buying the other apps in the series - My PlaySchool and My PlayStores as well.



Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom