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Friday, December 19, 2014

Big Fish Game-Gummy Drop Now For Android Devices

Big Fish is proud to announce the release of Gummy Drop! in the Amazon and GooglePlay app stores.  Now all mobile players can enjoy “Gummy Drop!” and rebuild a world gone gummy!  Gummy Drop, currently live on iOS, is Big Fish’s fastest growing mobile game placing high in the charts across all territories.

To celebrate the Android release, Big Fish is hosting a Gummy Drop Android Sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter where two lucky winners will be chosen to win a Kindle Fire or Samsung Galaxy Tablet!  The sweepstakes begins at 12:00am on Monday, December 22nd and runs until 11:59pm on Sunday, December 28th   

To enter to win, customer must LIKE the Gummy Drop Facebook page and comment on the Gummy Drop iPad Sweepstakes post with the phrase “Let’s go gummy!”….OR, Tweet @BigFishGames with the hashtag #letsgogummy.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook and Twitter on December 30th.













Gummy Drop is a unique mobile game offering players more than just matching by combining the Match-3 and resource management mechanics. 
Burst right into Sydney, Australia and begin your map-hopping Match-3 adventure!  Solve Match-3 puzzles to earn the resources you NEED to put the world map back together. Each new puzzle will be more challenging than the last, replay levels to get additional resources, and show your friends whose best by overtaking their high scores.  

DOWNLOAD TODAY:
Kindle Fire – http://bigfi.sh/13hee5m
GooglePlay -- http://bigfi.sh/1xsC2jX


What mobile game is yours or your kid's favorite to play?  Will you enter the contest and check out Gummy Drop?





**This is a sponsored post. I was provided with compensation to share this information with you.  All opinions and ideas are 100% mine. I was not obligated to write a positive review**

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cam Animate-Fun Video Making App


How many times have you found yourself searching for a great someecard for a friend's birthday and can't find the perfect one?  We have all been there.  I love finding fun apps that help take care of a need.  Apps just for fun are always nice, too, but there is something to be said about fulfilling a need. Cam Animate, a new app that I was just introduced to, allowed me to make a sweet little video for my husband in a minute or so! I hemmed and hawed over music otherwise it would have been a lot faster.  I think it turned out cute for being only 15 seconds long.  He thought it was cute, too!  The best part about Cam Animate--it's FREE!

Here is the animation that I made for Jason.  The picture is the view of a sunset over Lake Michigan as seen from our porch! 





Features of Cam Animate include:

  •  Create a digital video greeting from still photograph
  •  Apply animations, banners and text to create a customized message
  •  Add voiceover narration or select a soundtrack
  •  Share Cam Animate animations on social media or via email or text message
  •  Save to the device’s camera roll for easy re-posting




I love that you can add preselected music to your animation.  You can choose from many of the apps 15 second choices or you can record a message or upload a song to snip to 15 seconds.  The only thing I didn't like was the fact that every song in my iTunes library was not compatible with the app.  I am sure it is something that will work its way out.  

FOLLOW Cam Animate around the Web:
Like Cam Animate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamAnimate
Follow Cam Animate on Tumblr: http://cam-animate.tumblr.com
Check Cam Animate on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/CamAnimate 
Cam Animate Website: http://halfclickstudios.com


*This is a sponsored post. We were compensated for this review.  We were not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are 100% ours.*

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Little Luna, Big Talent App Review for Children

Being a Mom to two boys nothing, and I mean NOTHING surprises me anymore.  I have pulled out every trick and every tool that I can think of to get these two conspirators to do everyday things in a nice, calm and somewhat normal manner.  

One thing that pops into my head is reading.  As a reading teacher myself, I always dreamt of having kids read from utero.  Honestly, my kid is amazing, why wouldn't he read far before his peers?  Well, now that I am a Mom to a 6 year old boy who would rather do anything than read, I am at a loss.  That was until I got smart and bought him books about things I knew he would like; burping and farting.  Thats why when I found George Brown, Class Clown books, I knew they were for me {ahem, Dexter}.

Thats the same reason why, when I was introduced to Little Luna, I knew instantly that she would be a monstrous hit in our house.  Dexter and Oliver LOVE farting, or as Luna calls it, tooting.



From the moment I downloaded Little Luna, I knew that this cute app about bombardier beetles would be something that they would love!  In this super cute app,  Luna walks you through her world and introduces you to her family of bombardier beetles.  She tells you a little about them and encourages you to play with them.  In this app, you can complete with mini games like practicing toot target-shooting with her dad, doing yoga with her mom, matching musical melodies with her brothers, and other interactive activities; children will enjoy engaging with Little Luna’s world as they learn about the unique ways Luna and her family utilize their special talents.

I especially love playing with Luna's brothers because it is pretty challenging {you can choose the level of difficulty} as they play a song and you have to tap on one of her 3 brothers {each has a different color} as it coordinates with the color of the note of the song being played.  Each time you tap on a brother, he toots out the note and helps to complete the song.  Man, the boys think this is hilarious!!

Pros:
Entertaining for kids of all ages
Helps Hand-Eye coordination
Encourages Love of Music
Promotes Family Play/Togetherness
Kids LOVE IT!
Provides hours of entertainment


Cons:
Price tag of $2.99 is a little steep for kids apps but this one is well worth the money!

If you have boys and they love being crazy, I highly suggest you give this app a try! Its a darn tootin' good time!

Download on iTunes

*This is a sponsored post.  Dexter and Oliver love reviewing apps and we were given a code to download this game. Other compensation may have been provided.  All opinions are 100% ours.  We were not expected to write a positive review*

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Splash ID- The Best App to Keep Your Passwords a Secret














How many times have you logged in to a website with a password and your iPhone has asked if you want to remember the password?  How many times do you think, "yeah, why not, its only my email?"

I don't know about you but the thought of Siri remembering my passwords for websites, especially Ebay and Paypal terrifies me.  Why you might ask?  Imagine losing your iPhone and some stranger finding it.  Imagine that same stranger then being equipped with your bank account numbers AND passwords and the passwords to get into your credit card accounts too!  Scary isn't it?

Thats what the creators of SplashID realized too before they created SplashID. For over 12 years, SplashData’s SplashID has provided a seamless way to store and lock the confidential information of over 1 million users with smartphone and tablet apps, Mac and Windows desktop applications, and web access. 

Ok, so SplashID isn't just for iPads and iPhones, it can be used as a desktop application too.  How nice would it be to collect all of the loose pieces of paper floating around your desk drawers that have miscellaneous passwords scribbled on them and store them into one convenient place?  Thats what I thought!




SplashID 8 offers a unique combination of features and benefits like never before:

• Access:  Only SplashID provides free, native, secure apps for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the web, plus a browser plugin for Chrome. Version 8 updates for SplashID’s native apps on Windows Phone, BlackBerry, other browsers, and USB drives are coming soon.
• Choice of sync and storage: You decide how to store and sync your records with convenient cloud sync, local network Wi-Fi sync, or on-device storage.
• Touch ID login for iOS.
• Customizable record types and categories keep your information organized.
• Photo capture feature quickly and easily stores credit card information using your phone’s camera (iOS and Android).
• File attachments: Upload photos, documents, and add notes to any record for reference

Geeky features/benefits:
• Protection features include 256-bit encryption and 2-factor authentication.
• Secure sharing: Safely share records with other SplashID users or even those who don’t use SplashID
• Automatic SplashID Backup service to ensure your data never gets lost.
• Security dashboard provides usage statistics and tools to monitor and fix weak, reused, and old passwords.
• Web autofill saves typing in usernames, passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers and delivers the correct address from your secure data vault every time to prevent phishing.
• Refer a friend to SplashID and both parties receive a 25% discount on SplashID Pro subscription.


Look for yourself how clean and easy-to-use SplashID is for iOS.
 

 


My Opinion:
I have been using SplashID for a week now and I love quite a few things about it.  Not only does it make retrieving a password easy for the user, it makes it equally impossible for a stranger.  I love that it helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your passwords and gives you suggestions for better, beefier security.  I also love that in iOS you can use your fingerprint to identify yourself to the app--GENIUS!

You can follow & learn more about Splash ID here: iTunes Google Play Website Windows Twitter

How do you think Splash ID would provide you with protective peace-of-mind?





*I was provided with a copy of the app and an incentive for sharing.  No other compensation was offered. I was under no obligation to post a positive review.  As always, I only share things that impress me. All opinions are 100% my own*





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Theres so much to fall in love with-MINTED

Right around this time every year I find myself glued to the computer.  I simply cannot stop gawking at Christmas-anything and I especially get freaky about Christmas cards! I have to pine of the perfect picture to use {whole family? Just kids? One picture? Three pictures? Ornament card?} Picking out our family's holiday card turns in to the most daunting task and oh do I wish it was more simple.

Thats where you come in!  I was sucked in to Minted and I simply cannot make up my mind {I love them all!} I thought I would post the 4 that I have it narrowed down to and then ask you to vote.  Without further adieu, the final 4 contestants:

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

I would love for you to comment with the number that you want to see me use for my family's Christmas card this year.  If you are not too fond of any of them {are you insane?} then head over to Minted and share the URL of your favorite with me {PLEASE!}

Monday, November 3, 2014

How do you decorate your home for the holidays?


As soon as the hustle and bustle of Halloween died down and we found ourselves driving to the grocery store, from the backseat Dexter asked "can you please play Santa Baby?"  My first reaction was NOOOOO WAY but I know how much he loves Christmastime and I said" wait until the snow flies!"  He grumbled but agreed.  Me, I like to look forward to holidays and not overlook a single one.  

This is the first year that I went all out and decorated for Halloween.  I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself.  I also sourced all of the decorations from Goodwill! I paid $2.50 total for the cute ghost candy dish, pumpkin tea light holders and the witch!  Outside, I paid $1.25 for each of the super cute yard decorations.  We have since added a black kitty to the mix!  

Decorating for Halloween was so much fun and is something I would like to carry over into the other holidays.  My neighbors always put on a spectacular light show for Christmas and the kids always oooh and ahhh over it.  Don't tell Dexter, but I noticed that they already have lit up three of their huge pine trees in their yard!  Oh bring on the Christmas decorations...said no one ever in the first week of November! 



While I was out shopping for Halloween decorations I did notice quite a few other vintage home decorations that inspired me to maybe think about added to zest to my everyday style.  I saw lace pillows, velour and satin framed prints and some really neat old bottles and such.  I just saw a super cute hundred year old marriage license framed in the most ornate frame.  The certificate itself was so lovely and vibrant.  So cute and affordable.  I was really blown away.  

What kind of decorator are you? Minimal, go all out or do you not do anything?  I would love to hear all about it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cascade Shining Review with Cascade Platinum


How many times have you prayed, wished, desired the gift of a genie lamp with three wishes?  Perhaps you just wish you had a robot to clean your house and do the laundry?!  Well, don't take your dishwasher for granted because, to me, my dishwasher is a life-saver!  

I have used a lot of different dishwasher detergents over the years; ecofriendly, all natural, budget friendly, super cheap, middle of the road and Cascade Platinum.  You notice that Cascade is the only one that I call by its name.  There is good reason for that.  Cascade Platinum is efficient, hard-working and completely amazing.  

I just had a party to share with my friends and family (even my cute 19 year old niece was impressed!)

Here are a couple of the guests who were excited to take home a couple Cascade party favors!





I got too excited about everyone's reaction to the clean dishes that I didn't even get an after-washing picture!  We cooked french toast, eggs benedict and tempura fried asparagus with hollandaise.  WOW!  The guests were raving about the food and thats all they could talk about until they saw how well Cascade Platinum worked on our caked on dishes.  
What impresses you about Cascade Platinum and why would you want to make the switch? For me it was the fact that Cascade Platinum works BETTER on dirty unrinsed dishes!!!

Connect! with Cascade on Twitter and Facebook
Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum including #CascadeShiningReviews and ONE lucky reviewer (who uses the hashtag) will WIN a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!

**This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. #cascadeshiningreviews **