App Friday: Flying Poodles

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. Today, Karen Morss of Poodle Dog Productions is gifting her original Christmas book to the world! As an entrepreneur, pilot, orchardess, and poodle owner, Karen’s life experience lends zest to any story. Available in hardcover and via iPad app, Flying Poodles – A Christmas Story is a delightful introduction to the season. We hope you enjoy it!

What is your app about?  Two nights before Christmas and the reindeer get the flu! What is Santa to do? A new Christmas classic inspired by the Poodles who ran the Iditarod race in Alaska 1988-91 and a standard poodle named Sophie who loved to fly. Written by Karen Morss and Illustrated by Ginger Nielson,  Flying Poodles is an updated take on the beloved poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. For more about the author, see this story from the Peninsula Press. For more information about the illustrator, please visit

“So let us remember, it’s good to explore. Be true to your word forevermore. Be brave when you need to, help a friend when you might. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Flight!”

Why is it special?  This story is a tale of emergency, rescue, adventure, and the most adorable cast of characters to meet Christmas in ages! It’s also a story of courage, bravery and friendship.

Flying Poodles offers Read To Me with narration, and music with page swiping. Read Myself lets your child read the story, with or without music. Meet the Poodles introduces the poodles in the story with narrations from Karen’s favorite kids in the neighborhood. The Flying Poodles website offers an activity page with pictures to color, a maze, and poodle stickers for your little ones.

What’s in it for me? For App Friday December 10th , Flying Poodles – A Christmas Story, is Karen’s gift to the world! Download for *Free* until the app reverts back to regular price (which is usually about 8pm US Pacific Time on iTunes). Children, Poodles lovers, dog lovers, Christmas lovers – we hope you will enjoy the story of the Flying Poodles!

Interested in other FREE Holiday Apps? Did you know that Gray Kitty Christmas Kitten, and Christmas Eve by So Oaut, are ALWAYS free? Go check them out!


  • Snow Wonder – Build A Snowman –  Snow Wonder is a winter playground where you can build your own snowman and play in the snow. Special 50% off ($.99 from $1.99) for App Friday December 10th. 
  • Jellybean Tunes Holiday Edition – This colorful and fun app that lets young children play Christmas carols and create their own songs while learning the basics of sight reading music.  The app will be on sale for 99 cents throughout the weekend.  
  • A Holiday Piano Book: Jingle Bells by StoryBoy– An interactive and illustrated holiday piano book that will get kids into the holiday spirit by teaching them how to play a familiar favorite, Jingle Bells. FREE for App Friday Dec. 10th.
  • Christmas Art for Kids– Create fun, colorful e-cards and send them this holiday season to loved ones. Rotate, re-size, drag the shapes and choose from 10 popping colors to make interesting patterns and fun collages. FREE for App Friday December 10th.
  • A Present for Mil0– The interactive cat-chases-mouse story is ideal for pre-readers and young readers. A Present for Milo provides a fun, engaging read-to or read-aloud experience – on sale for the first two weeks for $1.99.
  • Speech with Milo: Verbs – NEW RELEASE for Speech Therapy – a versatile and entertaining speech therapy tool for children. $2.99 on iTunes.
  • Esa’s dog is eager to meet the Flying Poodles as soon as his new sewing app is out. Stay tuned for details!

App Friday Link Exchange Our goal at Moms With Apps is to spread the word about family-friendly apps. Do YOU have a favorite app to share? Please participate in our link exchange and post it down below. Include the app name in the Link Title, your email, and a URL to the app. Thanks for your participation!

How to Gift an App: Holiday Shopping Made Easy!

Our feature this week is written by Rosie Wayper of HomeRoutines, one of our mom developers with a flair for household management. Her tips on gifting apps will go a long way this holiday season as more friends and family members wonder what to put on their new iPhones and iPads. She comes to the rescue by showing us how to gift your favorite app! No clutter, no fuss, just pure good stuff. Thanks also to Dawn Kempf of iPhone Birth Announcements for suggesting this timely topic for our audience.

Apps make a perfect little gift: they are inexpensive, and they’re guaranteed clutter free, fat free and guilt free, and you don’t have to face a crowded mall to buy them.

The developers here at Moms With Apps have developed wonderful apps suitable for all ages, from games to storybooks to educational and creative activities and more – perfect for just about everyone on your to-buy-for list!

Just one note before you sit down that list and start sending apps in all directions: the App store has a couple of limitations you need to know about.  First, the person you’re sending an app to needs to have the right sort of device to actually run that app.  Second, you can only send gifts of apps to someone who will be using the same App Store as you; that is, someone in your country.

You can't gift this app to someone outside New Zealand

I’m in New Zealand, using the New Zealand app store, so I can only send gifts to other people in New Zealand.  (Sorry, Diane in Denmark)

You can give apps from iTunes on your computer, or the App Store app on your iPhone. For my examples below I am gifting the deliciously festive Cupcakes! Holiday Edition, by Moms With Apps member Maverick Software.

Gifting Apps from your computer

  1. Find the app you wish to give as a gift, and click the down-arrow next to the Buy App button.
  2. Gifting apps with itunes

  3. Click “Gift This App”
  4. Gifting apps with Itunes

  5. Choose the delivery method.You can choose to either send the gift instantly via email, or to print out a voucher – fantastic at this time of year.  You can slip the voucher into a nice envelope with a hand-written holiday card or note, then mail it to your lucky friend…  or tuck it into a Christmas stocking. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

    Gifting apps in iTunes

  6. Fill in the details about yourself and your recipient, and a personal message, then click “Continue.” (The App Store is pretty smart – if you enter the email address of somebody who has already bought the app you’re trying to give them, it will let you know so you can select another app instead)

  7. Read over your order one more time to check it’s all correct, then click “Buy Gift”

  8. That’s it! Your iTunes account will be charged as soon as you click the Buy Gift button, and the gift will be emailed, or you will be able to print out your voucher.

Gifting Apps from your iPhone

The process is pretty much the same on your iPhone, only there is more scrolling involved.

  1. Find the app you want to gift to your lucky friend or relation:
    Gifting apps with the App Store on your phone
  2. Scroll way, way, done, past the screenshots to the very bottom of the screen.  Touch “Gift This App.”Gift This App on the iPhone
  3. The rest of the process is the same as on iTunes on your computer, just in a slightly different order:
    Confirm that this the app you really want to buy.
    Confirm your purchase
  4. Fill in the name, email address and personalized message.
    Personal message
  5. Review the details and tap “Buy Gift” to make your purchase.Buy gift

Another gift sent!

Browse the app store instead of the mall this year, for personalized gifts that are so easy to send. Do you have recommendations of your favorite apps? Please share a comment with our readers on which apps your family has enjoyed.