Monday, September 27, 2010

Free Ladybug Race Video Game

When the grand kids visit us it is an almost full time job keeping them occupied. So I was delighted to come across a free and very cute ladybug video game that I think might keep the little ones (say ages three to six) engrossed for at least five minutes. This is a ladybug race (actually named "Ladybird Racing"--I guess the designer is British) that takes some concentration and good eye hand coordination, but is not very difficult to learn to play.
There are six other free ladybug games on this website Tom's Games -as well as over 8,000 other free video games. (Think I can keep the grand kids occupied for half an hour?) View LadyBug Shop's entire collection of ladybug toys to keep your grandchildren busy. Fun ladybug gifts include the Ladybug Puzzle, Ladybug Wind Up Toy, Ladybug Stencils and many more!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fun Ladybug Facts at National Geographic

National Geographic has a wonderful website with facts on all different kinds of animals and insects. So of course I had to look for the ladybug! National Geographic has a wonderful fact and picture section on the ladybug here. There is even a Ladybug eCard that you cand send to all of your friends, and a map to tell you where ladybugs live. Be sure to check out our collection of fun ladybug facts and ladybug fantasies at Learn fun ladybug facts such as ladybugs are good luck, there are 5,000 different species of ladybugs, and much more!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lady GaGa trumps Ladybugs

By now I expect that most Internet users have heard or tried Google's new instant search capability. (If you haven't, do a Google search using Chrome, Mozilla or most other web browsers). When you do a search, Google predicts what your query will be as you are typing and shows results immediately. As you type each successive letter in the search box, new results appear. Google feels that this helps to speed up the search process, giving people the results they want in half the time it took in the past. In theory this should mean that people will have to spend less time searching and thus can spend more time digesting the information that they are trying to find.

Or will it? When I first tried the new instant search, I found I was looking at the results as they popped up on the screen, with can be a bit distracting. It can also lead to a lot of meandering, as your focus can be lost as you get diverted to new web content. My first test was intended to see how instant search performed when I typed in the search term "ladybugs". When I typed "l" there immediately popped up pages on Loews stores. When I next typed "a" up popped pages for Lands' End stores. No problem, these were not what I was looking for and they were not distracting. But when I next typed in "d" photos and entries for Lady Gaga appeared -- and I veered off course! I had heard about Lady Gaga, but being in my 60s I really knew nothing about her and when she suddenly was thrust into my field of view I was diverted into clicking on some of the pages that appeared and I quickly learned all I wanted to know about her. But this was after I had used up much more time than I had saved with Google's new innovation.
Back on track after my trip into Gaga land, I typed in "y" and delighted to find that the first references to appear were all for ladybugs. (Even better was the appearance of the LadyBug Shop entry in first place!) So I can agree with Google that their instant search saved me the time of typing the rest of my initial search term "ladybugs" before getting relevant results. (Note, however, that with a traditional Google search the first result you get when you type in "ladybugs" is the Wikipedia entry for Coccinellidae, the scientific name for the family of beetles commonly called ladybugs. As is usually the case, Wikipedia is a great starting place to learn about almost anything.)
My conclusion is that Google's new instant search is a useful feature, but if you really want to save time, you have to concentrate and avoid being diverted into wandering into the many fascinating side streets available on the World Wide Web.

If you are a ladybug fan and want something to go "ga-ga" about, take a look a this cute new Ladybug Costume.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ladybug Zoobie & Tama Tortoise Zoobie Demonstration

View how to play, love and use your adorable Zoobie by watching this video. The Lily Ladybug Zoobie, Tama Tortoise Zoobie, and Baby Tama Tortoise Zoobie are one of our Best Selling Items and definitely a kids favorite!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Free Ladybug Cross Stitch Patterns

I have always been envious of people who have the talent to sew, quilt, embroider, crochet or do cross stitching. I dream of someday having the time to learn some of the skills needed to try these myself. In the meantime, I gather ideas and patterns and store them away.

If you like to spend your time in these creative pursuits, your might want to visit the blog of Caterina Mezzapelle, a young lady from the south of Italy. Her blog caught my eye when I came across a her recent posting of a list of sites where you can find free cross-stitch patterns of ladybugs. My favorite is the one shown here:
This ladybug cross stitch pattern framed would make a wonderful gift for any ladybug lover. But if you are like me, limited on time, visit for a large variety of ladybug gifts.

Fun Ladybug Game