Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gummy Drop is the latest release from Big Fish Games

Imagine you are dropped right into Sydney, Australia to map out numerous Match-3 puzzles and earn the tools you need to put the world back together again. Gummy Drop has a different feel than other Match-3 puzzle games. This one has a geographical flavour that is fun and, at times, also kind of feminine. I enjoyed the new angle on a favourite style of game. In fact Big Fish Games, maker of Gummy Drop App, released just this week, has a slogan that indicates they have a game for everyone. With new apps launching almost daily that isn't an idol boast. 

Gummy Drop App is a gummy matching puzzle game. This past week while travelling I noted several flight attendants on my international flights taking a moment to play gummy matching games in their down time. I kind of love that there is a different match 3 game for every personality type in every corner of the globe. 

Gummy Drop App requires iOS 6.0 or later and is optimized for iPhone 5. It is available in numerous languages. And it comes with in app purchases if you wish to add lives etc. There are several fun power ups and boosts throughout the game. Also you generate more points the longer your streak lasts. So it's a bit of challenge to try to generate a long streak of matching Gummies. My daughter and I have both been playing this one. We have each made it to 100 matches in a streak.

First you should pop over to iTunes to get this fun new app.
This link will take you there - >

Right now you can also win with Gummy Drop App iPad Sweepstakes!

The contest runs from Mon. Sept. 15th – 11:59pm Sun. Sept. 21st

All you need to do is visit Big Fish on Facebook or Twitter to enter to win a free iPad Mini! The sweepstakes will end at 11:59pm on September 21st at which time a winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on September 26th and contacted by Big Fish. 

Entry details are below:

Visit the Big Fish Games Facebook page and COMMENT on theGummy Drop! iPad Sweepstakes post with the phrase “The world’s gone gummy!”

Tweet @bigfishgames with the phrase #theworldsgonegummy.       
I find all of the Big Fish games to be entertaining and fun. This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated. My opinion is my own. 
You can see some of our other favourite Big Fish Games Apps here:

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Five Facts about Colombia
1. The official name for this country at the top of South America is the Republic of Colombia. It comes from the last name of the explorer Christopher Columbus, who arrived in 1499. It was originally called New Granada and only took its modern name in 1861.
2. Colombia is the only country in South America which has coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Carribean Sea. It also borders five countries: Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
3. Colombia is known for its emeralds and coffee.
4. The official language is Spanish (although there are also 88 recognized regional languages spoken by various ethnic groups in the country). Ninety percent of the population is Roman Catholic. Colombia’s national holiday is Independence Day on July 20.
5. Colombia’s population is almost 50 million, with about 8 million of those people living in Colombia’s biggest city and also its capital, Bogota.

This week I spent time in Colombia, travelling with World Vision Canada. 
I am starting a series of posts this Fall to share some facts about Colombia and some details about the life-changing work that World Vision Canada has done in the country with its youth. I am thrilled to be able to share with you all the ways this incredible charity helps support, build and nurture growth and development for the future of a country that has had a very difficult past.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The growing movement to “go green” is a movement with the intention of treating the earth and environment responsibly. The popularity of the “green” trend has become increasingly noticed on the technological radar of small and large businesses seeking to cater to customer needs. Businesses have a special responsibility to take this environmentally friendly movement into account in order to maintain a healthy number of sales and a large, satisfied customer base. According to The Economic Times, Environmental conscientiousness in the technological realmhas become an important aspect to keep in mind for small and large business owners because more and more potential customers are beginning to live environmentally friendly lives. This group of customers often restricts their shopping to businesses that offer “green” solutions during shopping, transactions, and deliveries. To accommodate for your environmentally friendly customers, choose a point of sale system that offers the following advantages during the transaction process:

Paperless Receipts
A good point of sale system by Shopify, gives you the option to send a paperless receipt by way of email instead of printing it out on a roll of receipt paper. An electronic receipt sent over the internet gives customers reassuring proof of payment without compromising any environmental values they may support. About 4.3 million trees are cut down each year to provide receipt paper (paper that is often coated with a toxic thermal solution), and 80 percent of individuals in the United States receive one to three receipts per day. By offering customers an electronic receipt option, you can show that your business is thoughtful when it comes to environmental friendliness; show your customers that you care about what they care about by portraying concern for individual customer needs with the option of paperless receipts. 

Paperless receipts not only benefit customers and the environment, but also merchants themselves. Reducing costs is always a good thing for those who are attempting to successfully run a business. Digital receipts provide a way for your business to save money by allowing a reduction in the amount of receipt paper being pumped through printers and equally reducing the amount of ink used. The savings may seem small at first, but you may be surprised at how much savings will add up over the lifespan of your business. Paperless receipt options also allow the business owner to keep records of information concerning marketing, customer interests, and inventory information. You can then use your business smarts to apply this useful information in marketing and promotional arenas, potentially increasing your sales by a large margin. 

Digital Signature Capture
The ability to accept digital signatures has many similar advantages to the ability of sending digital receipts. After customers swipe their card at the point of sale, give them the option of signing with a stylus instead of using pen and receipt paper. In all honesty, no one’s signature looks very pretty when signed digitally, but cutting down on resource waste is far more important than a pretty signature to most customers. Signing without using paper and pen is also far faster and secure for the customer, creating a more pleasant checkout experience. No one enjoys waiting around for the person behind the counter to print off a couple of receipts, and fumbling for a pen to sign the receipt can be a hassle for customers who are in a hurry.
Customers are not the only ones who benefit from the option to leave a signature digitally. Digital signatures may also save the business owner extra hassle, time, and money. Since businesses must keep signed credit card receipts for at least six months, a digital option allows for better organization and less clutter. Less clutter makes for a more efficient environment and once again gives your business the potential to grow in sales.
Digital Documentation and Records
Paper documents take up a lot of space and are difficult to categorize. Nearly every employer deals with the dreaded storage closet filled to the brim with filing cabinets, three ring notebooks, and baskets of miscellaneous paperwork. Many business owners invest a great deal of time, money, and manpower to manage inventory documents and organize paperwork concerning purchases and reports. By choosing a good point of sale system, you may have the option to create and send purchase orders digitally, which makes it possible for you to save money and trees at the same timeObviously, this method takes far less time than completing paper documents. Another benefit that many business owners overlook is the potential for increased accuracy when using electronic documentation. Less hand-written mistakes and miscalculations are made when sending documents directly via digital means. Inventory and fax reports can also be handled using a solid point of sale system.

Choose a point of sale system that will help you use resources wisely, cater to customer needs, and display your environmental conscientiousness. “Going green” is a great way to satisfy customers, treat the planet responsibly, and save money.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A free Family Fun Day carnival celebrating healthy families formed after infertility takes place September 21 in Calgary. Generations of Hope, an infertility advocacy and awareness group, hosts this amazing event each year. This year Family Fun Day will take place in Calgary on September 21st from 11 to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine at Olympic Park.

Infertility impacts 1 in 6 people in Canada. Infertility is a complex health issue as recognized by the World Health Organization. Infertility patients all can benefit from finding a support group and connecting with them early in their journey. Studies have recognized this is one proven way to reduce stress during the infertility diagnosis and treatment process. Infertility can be isolating. Infertility can impact every area of your life. It is financially draining, mentally and physically challenging.

2014 Event details: 

The Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund is hosting their Family Fun Day at Olympic Park on Sunday September 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is free and organizers hope that Calgary families will come out to the event to celebrate and support the Fund. The event will feature fun indoor and outdoor events for the entire family with face painters, carnival games, stage shows, crafts, and a petting zoo. Family Fun Day 2013 was a huge success and organizers hope this event will continue to grow awareness for infertility issues in Alberta. 

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne announced earlier this summer that the province is seriously looking at covering the cost of IVF procedures. The cost of IVF is currently not covered by the provincial government in Alberta. One round of  in vitro fertilization can cost $7,000 or more when medications are included. Ontario recently approved their budget which includes public funding for one full round of in vitro fertilization with single embryo transfer. The Ontario IVF policy still needs to be developed but it is anticipated to be in place in 2015. 

Generations of Hope is still  looking for additional volunteers for the day of the event. 

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Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund helps raise money to make IVF happen for some couples who are unable to afford medical treatment. You must be undergoing treatment at the Regional Fertility Clinic to be eligible to apply for assistance. You can ask your family doctor for an application.

I am community manager of Generations of Hope, and in that capacity I am compensated. I support this event and this issue and my opinion is 100 % my own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Raising Tween girls is a special kind of madness. Er.. I mean, fun. Just kidding, every stage of my children's growth and development has been enjoyable and memorable. But tweenhood is slightly different than anything else you will encounter. Let's just start with the hormones for instance. As soon as they kick into gear and puberty is on board then you better buckle up and get ready. It's my personal observation that personality plays into puberty a lot but girls generally seem to hit the landmark changes a bit earlier and that means more explosive potential for conflict and moodiness in your home. No worries. I have compiled a few of my best read posts about Raising Tween girls. I thought they might help some readers.

My Top Five Posts About Raising Tween Girls

1. On Starting the Conversation About Periods:

2. On Questions About Drugs:

3. Mother Daughter Travel:

4. The Importance of Play for Girls:

5. On Facebook and Rules for Social Media:

Thanks for reading and sharing and leaving your thoughts. Do you have any experience raising tween girls? 

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