Posts Tagged ‘kids’


Share your favorite kid-friendly recipe

December 21, 2012

Kid-friendly Chocolate Chip RecipeWhenever the holidays roll around, there’s nothing like making cookies to get me in the Christmas spirit! Including kids in the kitchen can be a bit tricky, but helping kids feel empowered and to be able to say “I did it!” is worth the payoff (and the mess). When I was growing up, there was a wonderful series of books published by Klutz Press that all came with both visual and simple instructions, as well as a special tool. My favorite Klutz Press book was their cookbook, KidsCooking A Very Slightly Messy Manual. I still pull the book out for some favorite recipes. Its well worn edges and imperfect, stained pages bring back lots of fun memories (like making pizza at Grandma’s house– included on that particular recipe are her notes for improvement).

When I was little, I loved making chocolate chip cookies with my mom using Darrell’s “Forget-the-Cookies-Just-Give-Me-That-Batter” Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Because each recipe has pictures of the ingredients, I could “read” the recipe without being fully literate. I’d pull out all the ingredients and then my mom would carefully supervise as I’d use the Klutz Press measuring spoons to measure out ingredients. Each spoon is color-coded which was great for my pre-fraction days. My mom would step in to crack the egg and use her handheld mixer to blend the ingredients. Then we’d try our best to put as many lumps of dough on the pan, instead of in our mouths!

Here’s Darrell’s “Forget-the-Cookies-Just-Give-Me-That-Batter” Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe From Klutz Press’ KidsCooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual:

Ingredients and Tools:

1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/8 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Bag (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1/2 Cup Walnuts (optional)
Small Sauce Pan
Small Bowl
Mixing Bowl
Cookie Sheet
Oven Mits

Getting Ready:

1. In the small pan, melt the butter. Turn the heat off. While it’s hot, add both sugars. Stir and then let cool a bit.
2. While the butter mixture is cooling, mix the flour, soda, and salt in the mixing bowl.
3. In the small bowl, beat the egg lightly with a fork, then add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture. Stir.
4. Now add the butter, egg, and vanilla to the flour mixture in the mixing bowl. Stir again, then add chocolate chips and nuts if you want them.
5. Stir everything until it’s all mixed up well and put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool for about an hour. About 5-10 minutes before you take them out, turn your oven on to 375 degrees


1. When the oven’s warmed up, get your cookie sheet–don’t grease it. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls, space them evenly on the cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Don’t Overcook! You want your cookies to be moist and chewy. Take them off the cookie sheet carefully with your spatula and let them cool. Yum!

What cookie recipe did you love making as a kid (or do you enjoy now with your own children)?

Moms With Apps App Bundle Giveaway

May 18, 2012

Enter for a chance to win 7 of your favorite family friendly apps!

iOS app developer members of the Mom with Apps network are excited to announce a 7 app bundle giveaway.


There are multiple ways to gather points and increase your odds of winning this bundle:

  • Tell us how you heard about this giveaway: 4 pts.
  • Tweet about the giveaway: 2 pts. per tweet per day
  • Like the participating developer or app’s Facebook page: 1 pt. per liked page
  • Follow the participating developer or app on Twitter: 1 pt. per follow
  • Leave a comment on this blog post: 1 pt.


A 7 app bundle of some of your favorite family friendly apps, all members of the Moms with Apps network:

Some apps will be awarded as promo codes and some as gift codes.


This giveaway will be open for entries from May 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM EST to May 25th, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST.

The winner will be selected at random on May 25th, 2012 powered by and will be announced via the Rafflecopter form and direct email to the winner.


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Some app gift codes may be redeemed only by, persons in the United States, its territories, and possessions.

How to enter:

Gather points by filling out as many entries as you can from the Rafflecopter form below.

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No purchase is required for entry. ONE (1) entry will be randomly selected to receive one (1) copy of each of the prize apps for a total of seven (7) apps. Winner will be contacted via the email address provided in their entry. Giveaway ends on May 25th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST). Family, friends or otherwise affiliated to Zen Labs LLC may not enter. Zen Labs LLC will not sell nor use contestants’ information for anything outside of notifying entrants or otherwise communicating with the contestant. All federal, state and local applicable taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Some of the prizes involve gift codes that may be redeemed only by persons in the United States, its territories, and possessions. iTunes is a trademark of Apple Inc. Apple, Inc. shares no affiliations with Zen Labs LLC, Kid-Capsule, Learning Touch, Jellybean Tunes, PicPocket Books, Murky Reef, Software Smoothie, Smart Apps 4 Kids or Moms with Apps. Apple, Inc. does not endorse this giveaway, Zen Labs LLC, Kid-Capsule, Learning Touch, Jellybean Tunes, PicPocket Books, Murky Reef, Software Smoothie, Smart Apps 4 Kids or Moms with Apps. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Zen Labs LLC reserves the right to cancel the contest at any point for any reason.

Kid-Capsule Featured on WSVN’s “Parent to Parent”

April 25, 2012

We are proud and honored to be featured in South Florida’s WSVN’s Parent to Parent

Kid-Capsule Version 1.2.1

February 10, 2012

What’s New:

  • 3 New Photo Sharing Backgrounds: We have added 3 brand new backgrounds to your photo sharing layouts. As we promised, we have completed the seasons to include Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • Quick Guide: This guide will describe the buttons and icons and what they do. If you are new to Kid-Capsule, you will see the quick guide on startup. If you are already own Kid-Capsule, you will still be able to access the quick guide through the “Information Screen” by tapping the at the top left of the screen.
  • Measurement Settings: You spoke, we listened. You now have the option of selecting the measurement settings for height and weight. Simply access the Kid-Capsule section in your device’s “Settings” and select the units you would like to use.


  • Photo Layout Background Selection Screen: Now you can select the background for your photo layouts in a visual and friendly manner just as you do a photo from the gallery.
  • Improved Information Screen: Much easier to navigate and quick access to our news blog and Facebook page.
  • Double Tap on Thumbnails: Double tap a thumbnail in your photo or video galleries to view it.

Did you know Kid-Capsule has scrapbook style layouts for sharing your events? – Part II in a Series

January 26, 2012

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” – Charlotte Brontë

Kid-Capsule has 3 ways of sharing your family photos, memories, milestones and events:

  • Send an e-mail
  • Post to your Facebook wall
  • Send the packaged event to other Kid-Capsule users

All three methods have the option of attaching a photo to go along with it. Each photo will be highlighted with a scrapbook style background and a vellum style tag with the event details written on it.

As of Version 1.2 there are 2 backgrounds to choose from: Classic and Winter. But get ready for version 1.2.1 of Kid-Capsule, it will have 3 new backgrounds to complete the seasons and it will offer an easier way to select the background for your image.

This is how easy it is:

Every event is equipped with a sharing button:

Once you tap the sharing button you will have 3 sharing options as described above:

If you decide to share a photograph with your event, you will be presented with the event’s image gallery:

As of version 1.2 you will have the option of selecting the classic green background and a winter wonderland background:

Kid-Capsule then works its magic and you have a beautiful scrapbook style layout for sharing your event:

For more information on sharing this and other features, visit our help.

Did you know Kid-Capsule has a category for Imagination? – Part I in a Series

December 29, 2011

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

This is one of my all time favorite quotes and it’s very fitting for this post.

Kid-Capsule has a comprehensive collection of categories under which you save your memories and events. We believe it helps guide and inspire parents along the way. One such category is “Vivid Imagination” and it’s one I use quite often. Children have amazing minds so it’s important to document them in their life story, it just might help create a spark of inspiration at some point in time, right?

As a bonus, each category is equipped with several sub-categories. In “Vivid Imagination” we have “Drawings”. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to doodle. I’ve often wondered what life and adventures those “masterpieces”, ahem, had in my mind. Now, my little girl won’t have to wonder. Every time she’s enthralled in a drawing, I always ask her about it, snap a picture and save the details in Kid-Capsule.

Here’s a chance to document your little one’s imagination in action. Print this free Ellie fill in the blank coloring page at the bottom of this post on a standard letter sized sheet of paper. Ask them to replace the pencil she usually carries around with whatever they want. Then just sit back and be mesmerized by what they come up with. Don’t forget to save it in your Kid-Capsule!

If you would like to share their creations, go to our Facebook page and post them in the comments.

Have fun!

Pesky reminders: please do not reproduce without our written consent. All materials on this blog and website are copyright Zen Labs LLC

Sharing Events with Other Kid-Capsule Users

December 19, 2011


One of the features we are most excited about in Version 1.2 is the ability to share events with other Kid-Capsule users. Now grandma and grandpa won’t miss a thing. They will have their very own copy of all the priceless moments you have saved. Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email and can then be imported by the recipient into their own device.

This is how it works:

Send an Event to other Kid-Capsule users:

As usual, tap the button from your event and you will have the option of sharing your event through email, Facebook or Kid-Capsule.

You will have the option of sharing any type of media via email, as long as you have linked photos and videos to your event.

Tapping photo or video will open the appropriate gallery and prepare the media that will be attached to your message and exported to a special kca file.

Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which will be sent via email.

After sending your email you will return to your event screen.

Receive and Import an Event from other Kid-Capsule users:

When you receive a shared event from a Kid-Capsule user your email will have a kca file attached to it. You will easily recognize it because you will see the Kid-Capsule logo on the attachment while viewing it on your device.

Tapping on the file will prompt you to open it in Kid-Capsule.

Once you open the file, Kid-Capsule will launch and you will be presented with the Event Import Wizard.

The wizard will guide you through the steps to import the event.

Once you finish and the event has been imported, you will be presented with a success message. The imported event will be a replica of the event that the sender has on her device including the child’s profile, the place (together with coordinates if applicable) and the media files that were attached.

For more detailed information, visit our help or if you have questions or suggestions drop us a line.

If you don’t yet have Kid-Capsule, download it on the App Store:

Kid-Capsule is not a social network. Nobody else will have access to your information. For more, visit our FAQ or download our Privacy Policy

Kid-Capsule Version 1.2

December 13, 2011

What’s new:

  • Calendar: Now you have the option of viewing a calendar of your events. All dates for your events will have a flag. If you tap on a specific date, you will see a list of events for that date.

  • Share with other Kid-Capsule users: Kid-Capsule will package your event in a file which can then be imported by other Kid-Capsule users into their own devices. For more information on this great new feature, visit our help.
  • New sharing layout: Brand new winter layout just in time for your holiday and seasonal memories. Check it out at the beginning of this post.


  • Facebook offline access permission: Once you authorize for offline access, the session will not expire constantly as it did before. We do not collect ANY information from your Facebook account. For more information you can find it in our privacy policy and FAQ.
  • The information button has been added to the profile selection screen to help get you started right away.
  • Minor display enhancements
  • Minor text and content adjustments

Bug Fixes:

  • Minor bug fixes to the profile screen
  • Video bug fixes for iOS 5+

How do you use Kid-Capsule?

September 20, 2011

I have found it very interesting in speaking to Kid-Capsule users that different people have different ways of using the app.

I will be posting a couple of ways I love to use Kid-Capsule but I also want to hear from you and the great ways you choose to use the app and interpret the different categories. The goal is to inspire other people to keep track of the amazing moments they share with their kids.

  • Whimsical Words: I have a toddler so you can imagine the amazingly creative and funny things that come out of her mouth. This is the thing I most love to record at this stage in her journey through life and something I hope to share with her when she is older. I bet she will get a kick out of it. I mostly use the phrases sub-category to record these moments. I use this category for different things, such as when:
    • She says the darndest thing: “Look! It’s the lizard family!” when she saw a group of lizards in a garden
    • She doesn’t quite know her pronouns: “You’re being a dinosaur” instead of saying “I’m”
    • She starts using the correct word: She finally said “I want” instead of “You want”

Kid-Capsule Whimsical Words Category Event

  • Incredible Growth: I know it’s cliché but the truth is that they grow up extremely fast. I like to use this category to record the moments in which an item of clothing doesn’t fit her anymore. I attach a picture of that item for posterity.

Kid-Capsule Incredible Growth Category Event

  • Keen Brains: Specifically the read sub-category. It doesn’t have to be used only when they start reading books it can also be used when they start to understand letter sounds and their place in language. For example, the other day she said the following: “O is for Owl and B is for Búho” (búho is owl in spanish), it goes well in the Whimsical Word category but I thought this was a better fit.

Kid-Capsule Whimsical Words Category Event

If you would like to share your ways of using Kid-Capsule go to our Contact section and drop us a line. We will publish your ideas for others to enjoy!