My Living Stories: A Review by MaM ( & a $25 iTunes gift card giveaway)

8/6/10: This giveaway is now closed! picked lucky number 3, so congrats, Elizabeth! Mom Central will be getting you your gift card shortly!

Earlier this month I was invited to try the new My Living Stories Apps for my iPhone. I jumped at the chance, because MaM (who will be five in one.short.week) loves playing with my phone. I toss it to her when we are in the car, or when we find ourselves waiting for something without much entertainment. Being the new-millennium kid she is, it took her all of five seconds to learn how to use these apps. Since they are geared for her age group, I thought I’d invite her to share her thoughts.

“What do you like about my iPhone?”

“It has games and stories.”

“Do you like to use my iPhone?”


“When do you like to use it?”

“When you’re not using it.”

“Is there a time when I don’t use my phone?”

“When you’re working on your computer and when you’re driving.”

“So you had some new stories on my phone yesterday. Did you like them?”


“What did you like about them?”

“They had Goldilocks and the three bears, and the bears were so mad she ate the porridge. And in Little Red Riding Hood, she learned not to talk to strangers anymore–the wolf was a stranger. “

“Did you like the pictures?”


“Would you like to get the other stories available?”


“Would you eat all of your vegetables if I bought you the other stories?”


**At this point in the interview, we take a break to listen to the stories again, and to play with the “record a story” option. **

“So MaM, do you like the part where you can record the story?”


“What do you like about it?”

“Ssh! I’m recording now!”

And we’ve found the part of the app that MaM loves best–the part where she can practice reading (or making up) the story, and record what she is saying, and then, most importantly, play back what she’s said.

There are currently five My Living Stories available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the iTunes store, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “King Midas”, and “The Princess and the Pea”.


Would you like the chance to try these out??

Simply leave me a comment telling me which story you think your kids (or heck, yourself) would like, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 iTunes gift card!

Fine print:

  • Contests open to Canadians. ┬áReaders may enter the contest on multiple blogs but are only eligible to win one iTunes gift card as part of the My Living Stories contest.
  • Contest is open until August 6th. I will use to select a winner.
  • Disclosure – I am participating in the My Living Stories program by Mom Central on behalf of Decode Entertainment. I received 3 free apps and a gift card as a thank you for my participation.

7 Replies to “My Living Stories: A Review by MaM ( & a $25 iTunes gift card giveaway)”

  1. I would say my cousins are around the age where they would be a mixture of anxious and humored by Goldilocks and the Three Bears! ­čÖé

  2. Oh how fun! I had not heard of these stories! I will definitely check them out! The girls love Goldilocks but i’ve always been fascinated by the King Midas story…. Would love to see how they tell that.

  3. We have to travel long distances for lots of doctors appointments for J (4) and then wait (A LOT) at the appointments, so, we finally broke down and bought her an iPod Touch. BEST investment ever! Now, I don’t have to hand over my phone & she stays entertained with educational stuff.

    This app sounds awesome! J would love all the stories, but especially the Princess & the Pea. Thanks so much for the chance to enter! Fingers crossed!

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