Archive for August, 2011

Back to School with Dr. Seuss!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Welcome to week 1 of our 5 weeks of Back to School Specials! This week we are celebrating the delightful work of Dr. Seuss. We’ve selected 10 of our bestselling Dr. Seuss omBooks and put them on sale for $1.99 each. What a deal!

Check our Facebook page every Monday for details on that week’s sale.

Sale prices are good 9am PDT Monday 8/29 thru 9am PDT Monday 9/5.

We are proud to provide our apps on these fantastic marketplaces:


Twitter Party: Back to School!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Please join us Monday, August 29th at 6pm PDT for a Back to School Twitter Party! While we’re certainly sad to see summer go, on the bright side, there are so many fun Fall activities to look forward to! Let’s get together and chat about our favorite (or least favorite) parts of the back to school season. How do you ease your family into the back to school routine? Do you have a favorite calendar app that helps keep you organized? And just how tech savvy is your child’s school? Did you know that many schools now have Facebook pages? What do you think about this? Share your thoughts at our Back to School Twitter party!

And what’s a Twitter party without great prizes? Throughout the party you’ll have chances to win promo codes for fun omBooks from Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Eric Drachman, and the Smithsonian Collection. Plus, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about our big Back to School Sale!

Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: A fun discussion about everything back to school!
Where: For Twitter parties it’s best to use TweetchatTweetgrid, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc.
When: Monday, August 29th, 6pm PDT
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMB2S

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Author Alona Frankel views “Once Upon a Potty” on the iPad

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The “Once Upon a Potty” brand was born in the 1970s when Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated the story for her son, Michael. Her friends just loved it and wanted copies for their own children, so Alona published the book and it soon became a bestseller in many countries! It seems it was just what the world had been waiting for. Many of us used these books with our children so we were thrilled to develop “Once Upon a Potty” as an interactive mobile app for all Apple devices. Check out these videos where Alona takes a look at her beloved creations, now on the iPad!

Get Once Upon A Potty: Boy Edition for just 99 cents!

Get Once Upon A Potty: Girl Edition for just 99 cents!

Alona Frankel takes a look at the new Once upon a Potty omBook!


How it all began. . .

Good luck to all of you potty-training parents out there. We hope this app will help your family on this journey!

Now I’m going to my potty potty now. . . :)

The Back to Seuss Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Welcome to our Back to Seuss Giveaway! With school starting, it’s a great time to brush up on reading skills with your favorite Dr. Seuss omBooks. That’s why we’re giving away a special collection of 20 Dr. Seuss omBooks for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! This assortment includes classic omBooks like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, plus the newly released There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! and the upcoming Oh Say Can You Say? To enter, go to Oceanhouse Media’s Facebook wall and write your favorite line from a Dr. Seuss book. A winner will be chosen at random on September 1st and announced on Facebook and our blog. Now that’s a cool looking iPad! :)

**Android users: Regretfully, Android does not have a promo code system like Apple so we are sorry we are not able to provide them to you.

It’s National Relaxation Day!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

August 15th is National Relaxation Day and in celebration, two of our card apps from Chronicle Books, The Relax Deck and The Perfect Calm Deck, are just 99 cents all week! So please, everyone, take some time for yourself today to relax your mind and be at peace.

Each of these apps contain a set of fifty simple, practical exercises to relax the mind and body. You will find an inspirational image on one side of each card and a guided relaxation on the other. The relaxation exercises are easy to learn and use a combination of Eastern and Western techniques, such as meditation, visualization, breathing exercises, and massage. The techniques will help you to achieve a variety of relaxation goals – such as putting your problems into perspective, learning effective time management, and gaining greater control over your life.

So let’s all kick back and relax. Life’s stresses will always be waiting for us, so why not take a little time to enjoy life right now. Here’s to hoping you find relaxation today and every other day of the year! :)


Thanks A4CWSN!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Last night, we received a “Developer of Distinction” award from our friends in the Apps for Children with Special Needs community!

“The “Developer of Distinction” is awarded to the Best of the Best. Developers who make Apps that serve our community of Special Needs and Education. Apps that work flawlessly and developers who listen to what we have to say about how to improve or add to their Apps. These Developers have extensive and open Social Networks and are always willing to listen, answer questions and give advice if asked. They communicate with our community and often show their support by providing promotions throughout the year. They work tirelessly to make better Apps and are always looking to provide the next App that will be beneficial to our Children. The Winners of this award are chosen by the Facebook community of a4cwsn, consisting of Parents, Teachers and Therapists. The community is almost 5000 strong.”

Thank You!
We are so thankful just to be part of this community and for all of you who share your stories with us. We love to hear that your families enjoy our apps and are learning from them. The incredible support and positive feedback we receive from you inspires us and keeps us motivated. We love to create fun, innovative and educational apps, and we thank you for joining us on this adventure. Right now we are working on some exciting new features that we hope you’ll love. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know so many of you on Facebook and we look forward to many more good times! Thanks Gary for bringing all of us together. Your energy and enthusiasm is contagious. ♥


Once Upon a Potty Sale!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

As an end of summer special, Alona Frankel’s beloved Once Upon a Potty: Boy and Once Upon a Potty: Girl omBooks are on sale for just 99 cents each!

For decades, these toilet learning classics have been helping parents and children conquer the developmental leap from diaper to potty, and now they’ve been revamped into a fun interactive experience for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!  Follow along as Joshua and Prudence learn about different body parts and functions and figure out what the potty is (and isn’t) used for. “Was it a flowerpot? No, it wasn’t a flowerpot. Was it a bird bath? No, it wasn’t a bird bath. . .” This app includes three reading modes so children can explore at whatever pace they are comfortable with.

What else makes the app so great? Well, the Potty Song of course! Enjoy two fun music modes, The Potty Song and Sing-Along, which allow children to either sing the jazzy tune themselves or follow the recorded performers.                                   

Have you sung the Potty Song today?

“When I was a baby, I had a diaper
Round my little tummy, that was that.
Everything was easy, when I had a diaper
Didn’t have to do much, that was enough.

Yes, I’m going to my potty, potty.
Now, I’m going to my potty, potty.
Yeah, I’m goin’ to my potty, potty now. . . “

Well, we won’t spoil the rest of the song for you, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!




Discover what millions of book and video lovers already know: “Once Upon a Potty” is “…one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family.”

BlogHer ’11 Highlights

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I was lucky enough to attend BlogHer ’11 last Friday which was hosted here in San Diego, California. I had such an amazing time and met so many incredible people from all over the world. Here are the highlights!

I started the day at the Newbie Breakfast and Welcome where I met awesome mom bloggers from Life Well Blended, Motherscribe and Twofer Mom. Then, I just had to check out “Minding Your Own Business | Bad Blogger Pitches,” which was moderated by our friend Liz Gumbinner from Cool Mom Picks. The session was very informative and also light-hearted and full of funny stories. . . I learned a lot of good tips on what not to do! I was also very happy to meet up with Lori, a local tech blogger from WellConnectedMom.

Lunch was an especially fun part of the day and not just because of the great food and great company. There we were enjoying our meal in the beautiful upstairs pavilion, when suddenly music started playing and a flash mob broke out right next to us. Here’s some video I caught of the action!

After lunch, I visited with our good friends Shannon Rosa and Jenny Alice who helped host the Special Needs Mini-Conference. There, I enjoyed chatting with some fellow app developers who share our enthusiasm for creating fun, positive apps for children. It was also great to meet up with Leticia from TechSavvyMama who was sharing all of her techie knowledge at the Geek Bar.

The Voices of the Year reception was my favorite part of the conference. There were many fun and interesting people there and I probably met almost all of them! I really enjoyed hanging out with Katrina and Katie from FabFitFun, Thara from RebelMom, and of course all the HTC girls from Seattle. Everyone at the reception had a chance to write about what inspires them on a big canvas HTC phone. You can’t see it, but I drew a big heart and wrote love inside :)

Thanks to all the coordinators of the event, the sponsors, and the event staff. Everything about the day was truly wonderful. And of course, thanks to the awesome people I met. I’ll see you online!

And to the flash mob ladies, if you’re reading this, I’d like to get in on that next year!

Introducing A New Line of Berenstain Bears omBooks!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle” is the first omBook in a new Berenstain Bears series with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Get it now on the App Store and The Android Market at a special introductory price!

When the sun goes down, the great bedtime battle begins, and readers learn what bedtime is really like at the treehouse. It starts when Papa Bear says, “It’s eight o’ clock, cubs. Time for bed.” But Brother and Sister Bear will do anything to postpone their bedtime. After all, who wants to go to bed when you can play with dinosaurs, have a tea party, and get piggyback rides? Mama and Papa Bear soon learn that getting the little cubs to bed is going to be more challenging than they thought. . . especially with clever cubs like these. Tap any word in the story and it zooms up on the screen and is spoken – great for beginning readers!

Did you know there are over 335 Berenstain Bears books published? Enter to WIN a copy of this omBook for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, by leaving a comment on our Facebook Page with the name of your all-time favorite Berenstain Bears book. . . and who knows, you may be seeing an app for it soon! :)

**We also have a line of Berenstain Bears omBooks from the faith-based Living Lights series. **

Also, find Sister and Brother Bear on Facebook!