Archive for October, 2011

We Received the High Tech Award from TechAmerica!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

On Friday, we attended the 18th annual TechAmerica Awards luncheon, which celebrates San Diego’s most innovative technology companies. We were honored to received the High Tech Award in the Software Category for our work on children’s book apps for mobile devices. We’d like to thank TechAmerica for putting together this wonderful event, we had an excellent time and were pleased to connect with many local businesses. We also want to thank all the families who bring our apps into their household. Your feedback and support keep us motivated to continue innovating the reading and learning experience as technology evolves.

“We’re extremely honored to receive TechAmerica’s High Tech Award for our work in developing interactive children’s book apps that help teach kids to read. “We’re committed to bringing more beloved children’s classics to the app market with educational features that promote literacy in the youngest of readers at the touch of a screen.” — Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media.

The rest of the crew, back at the office celebrating the good news!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin is FREE today!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Spookley the Square Pumpkin has had an eventful October. Between his pumpkin patch appearances, movie theater showings, Twitter parties, and his new job as the spokes-pumpkin for the National Bullying Prevention Campaign, he’s had his pumpkin hands full! And it’s not surprising that his natural charisma and message of kindness and tolerance have also landed him at the top of the app charts throughout the month.

Today, we have some especially exciting news for Spookley fans. The Amazon Appstore for Android has chosen “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” omBook as the Free App of the Day for Halloween! So, if your Android device hasn’t already been charmed with Spookley’s uplifting Halloween story, hurry over and download it today!

Have an Apple device or a NOOK Color? Don’t worry, Spookley is just 99 cents today on those markets.

Check out Spookley in Times Square! 10/25/2011

 Happy Halloween from everyone at Oceanhouse Media! We hope you and your family have a safe and fun evening!


Snuggle up with Three Festive Halloween Stories!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Halloween is just one week away, and not surprisingly, the app markets are being stormed by Halloween apps. Check out our selection of fun Halloween themed omBooks, on sale through October 31st. Whatever your Halloween plans are, these stories are sure to put you in the holiday mood!

Join Papa Bear and the cubs in The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk. They have everything they need to make it a really spooky night — cobwebs, jack-o’-lanterns, and scary monsters, Frankenbear and Grizzula. But does Papa Bear take it one decoration too far? Enjoy this heartwarming Halloween story and find out what makes Papa Bear go “YI-E-E-E!” (Just $2.99)



When a mighty storm threatens to destroy Holiday Hill Farm, Spookley realizes “it’s fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it’s better to be a square!” The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin delivers a special message from a very unique pumpkin of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween…and every day of the year! (Just $0.99)



What Was I Scared Of? Introduces a character who repeatedly meets up with an empty pair of pale-green pants. At first he’s terrified of them, but when he screams for help and the pants also start to cry, he realizes that “They were just as scared as I!” Putting fear in the proper perspective, the empty pants become good friends with the character. (Just $0.99)

Deepak Chopra Appy Birthday Sale!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Deepak Chopra is one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine. He’s written over fifty books, is a popular spiritual speaker, and is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. Integrating the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda with traditional Western medicine and recent discoveries in the field of quantum physics, he has forged a holistic approach to healing that has had enormous appeal as well as widespread professional acceptance. We’ve had the unique pleasure of bringing his inspirational and uplifting messages to the app world. This week, we’re celebrating his birthday by putting those apps on sale! You’ll definitely want to pick some of these up! Sale ends 8pm Eastern on Thursday 10/27.

The Manifesting Good Luck Cards: Growth And Enlightenment app “will put you in touch with your own innate wisdom and power by reminding you of some of life’s great metaphysical truths. When we work on our own development and evolution, amazing things start to happen. With good luck comes a feeling of freedom. You feel you’re always in the right place at the right time.”


On My Way to a Happy Life  is a children’s omBook featuring 7 lessons to help them live a happy and successful life. “There’s something incredible inside of you. It’s the power to make all your dreams come true. The gift you’ve been given is that you can create absolutely anything, whether small or great. So imagine, believe, and set your dreams free. There is no limit to what you can do or be.”


With the Ask the Kabala Oracle Cards app, you will learn how the mystical archetypes of the Old Testament can help you deepen your life and improve your patterns of behavior. Each of the 22 beautifully illustrated cards features one letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter is represented by a specific story or character from the Bible and a life lesson or meditation based on that story from a kabalistic perspective.


Happiness for a reason is just another form of misery because the reason can be taken away from us at any time.” – Deepak Chopra

Twitter Party: Pick a Pumpkin, not on a Person!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Join us Wednesday, October 12th at 6pm PDT for our “Pick a Pumpkin, not on a Person” Twitter Party! This month, our very own Spookley the Square Pumpkin is the National Spokes-Pumpkin for PACER’s Bullying Prevention initiative and we’re doing our best to help him spread the word! So on Unity Day, October 12, we’re joining the movement in communities, schools and online as people band together, united against bullying, to show love, support and hope for a kinder future!

Show your support by joining us for a discussion on bullying in our society, and how fun experiences like traveling or new hobbies can expand children’s minds and show them that differences are in fact delightful!

And as always, we’ll give away some fun kids apps for Apple devices, plus a special signed hardcover edition of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Hope you can join us!

Twitter Party Details:
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: A discussion of bullying prevention!
Where: For Twitter parties it’s best to use TweetchatTweetgrid, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc.
When: Wednesday, October 12 6-7pm PDT
Hashtag: Follow and post with #OMSpookley

Follow Oceanhouse Media on Twitter @Oceanhousemedia

Don’t know what a Twitter Party is? Check out for an overview.

RSVP below with your Twitter username, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Spookley omBook for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!

Happy Birthday Louise Hay!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Louise Hay is a woman who radiates peace, and spreads joy and love through her spirit of abundant energy. In 1976 she self-published her first book, Heal Your Body A-Z, which explored her core belief that your thoughts create your world, and that “The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak.” She went on to create Hay House Publishing which brings together inspirational content from other notable authors of the self-help movement such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Doreen Virtue. We are extremely honored to work with such an inspirational woman and the company she created. Enjoy some of Louise Hay’s famous works this week for 50%OFF. Happy birthday Louise! :)


– These inspirational apps for your iPhone or iPod Touch are on sale from October 4th through Oct 10th

– And check out this great selection of Louise Hay Affirmation apps – always 99 cents!


Spookley is a Spokes-Pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and our very own Spookley the Square Pumpkin is the official spokes-pumpkin! This initiative is lead by The PACER Organization, whose National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. So how does Spookley fit in?

Spookley knows how it feels to be bullied because the other pumpkins on the farm always teased him for being square shaped. But, when a mighty storm hits Holiday Hill Farm, the very thing that made Spookley so different, ends up saving the day (and the whole pumpkin patch!) Spookley’s story teaches all of us a great lesson of acceptance and kindness, and gives us hope for a friendlier future, without bullies!

How can you participate in National Bullying Prevention Month?

– Share The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin with your kids, and ask them what they think about bullying. Want to win a copy of Spookley’s omBook for your Apple device? To enter, go to our Facebook page and tell us why the anti-bullying campaign is important to you!

– Join us on October 12th for an Anti-Bullying Twitter Party at 6PM PDT using the #OMSpookley hashtag

– Help spread the word on Unity Day, October 12th, by wearing orange! Then, post your orange-clothed photos on our Facebook wall with the Anti-bullying pledge: “Make it orange, and make it end!”

– Visit Spookley at a Pumpkin Patch near you! Local farmers across North America are supporting this initiative with Spookley shaped corn mazes! Check out the Spookley maze below from Swank Farms in Hollister California. Find a Spookley farm in your area.

– You can also watch Spookley on the big screen! The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin will be shown at select theaters during the month of October. Find a theater in your area!

– Celebrate Spookley in the Classroom! PACER has created a great set of classroom toolkits centered around bullying prevention, for elementary through high school aged kids.

October is going to be a fun filled month! However you spend it, we hope you have a fantastic time and a safe and happy Halloween!