Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What are the Best Sites to Play Bingo?

Bingo is one of the most popular games in the world. It's like a raffle for fun, and because it is usually played for money, it is considered as a gambling game. As any bingo player will tell you, they don't play bingo for the money. For us bingo players, it's a pastime.

There's something different about the game. It shouldn't be that exciting, except that whenever someone shouts "Bingo" the excitement level in the room goes up. Of course, there's the thrill of anticipation, and the electricity when the numbers keep getting called without anyone shouting "bingo", but when someone does, everyone smiles and then gets excited all over again for the next game.

Shouting "bingo" just means that you've won the game. If you want to be serious about winning, then you have to buy more cards. But whether you play to win or to pass the time, there is no denying the simplicity of the game makes it very popular.

Nowadays, you can play bingo online. The internet has brought it to the home. If I want to, I can play bingo anytime I want, without leaving the house. There are a lot of websites which offer bingo, and you can play with real money if you want to. I typically just go for low stakes. Like in real life bingo places, there are variations of bingo which offer big prizes. Of course, I have to make sure that the bingo website is legitimate. No use of winning if you won't be able to collect the prize. I have been careful and done due diligence because there are scam or fake bingo sites which let you play but actually are just after your money. Not much fun if you don't win every so often.

I started out on online bingo by reading up and doing research on the sites. Bingo gamesite reviews also help. From what I gathered, there are many online bingo sites, but my favorite sites are on this site.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Presents for Noah

It is almost Valentine’s Day, the day of love. It’s also a huge gift giving holiday, mostly for couples, but also a day you can give your loved ones a reminder of how much you love them.  Growing up my family always gave each other Valentine’s Day gifts. Now that I am a mom, I have carried on that tradition with Noah.  There are all kinds of gifts you can give your Valentine. One of the most popular are heart shaped chocolates. As much as I love candy, I have never cared for heart shaped boxes of chocolate. Mostly because there are only a few pieces I like and then the rest of it gets thrown away.  Another popular gift is flowers. I really like flowers, but they only last for a couple weeks and then they are gone.  I prefer to give and receive gifts that will last for forever, I like to look back and remember when I received a specific present.  Noah also likes to talk about when he received a certain gift. For example, he knows that last year he received a LEGO fire truck for Valentine’s Day. This year I am going to get him something besides LEGOs because he has so many of them. I was really impressed with the 100 Good Wishes Candles; we gave Noah’s teachers so I will definitely look at RedEnvelope for Valentines presents.  I also like to give my mom a Valentine’s Day present because she is my rock and I want to show her how much I love her. I am sure she would love a personalized mug. My mom loves coffee. I know that if I need to leave her a note, the best place to put it is her coffee pot.  I really love shopping at RedEnvelope because the quality is amazing and it always ships fast.  The prices are great too and you can always find RedEnvelope Coupons  to save even more. I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day and spend the day with my son who is the love of my life.

 Do you get your children presents for Valentine’s Day?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hamster Chase App Review!


It is no secret that I am attached to my iPhone. I even sleep with it next to me. I really enjoy playing games on it, especially when I am waiting to do something, or riding in the car with my family. Checking your email, forums, Twitter and Facebook can be boring. I don’t always have texts to respond to so I have apps to play with. I recently had the chance to learn about an app called Hamster Chase.  Hamster Chase is a fun game where you have to move the hamster through different puzzles to reach their bed or food. Sometimes you have more than one hamster; sometimes there are holes that you have to avoid falling in to. The worst thing is the cat. I don’t like the levels with the cat because, it’s hard. Especially when you have to knock the cats out with the punching glove, but I am determined to beat each level no matter how long it takes.  Hamster Chase is really addicting and so much fun. I had Noah try it too. He tried to use his finger to move it, using your finger will not work, you have to tilt the device.  I really like that you have to tilt it because when I try and click on something on websites I tend to miss what I am trying to click on and click on something else.  Noah thinks that Hamster Chase is so much fun and he asks to play it all the time, or when I am playing it, he will ask for a turn. Of course I can’t resist his smile so, it is an app we play together.   

Here is some information from the developer:

This top-down, accelerometer-driven puzzle game has players guide four cute cartoon hamsters (Sasha, Goldie, Snowflake, and Ting-Ting) home through 100 levels filled with deep holes, flying balls, spinning tops, vacuums, and even a nasty pussycat--the ill-mannered Sour Puss. Hamster Chase also includes a fully-interactive, virtual Hamster Cage that allows players to watch hamsters run on their wheels, play hide and seek, tell jokes, and much more.

Hamster Chase was created by Christopher Haag, a multi-talented designer/programmer/producer and sole founder of Gamieon.


·         Colorful graphics: all the “cute” you can take in one sitting!
·         100 levels, including challenging boss fights against Sour Puss
·         Gold coins are awarded based on how fast players clear each level
·         Skip harder levels by spending coins
·         Includes a virtual Hamster Cage
·         Facebook and Twitter integration make bragging on the street a thing of the past
·         Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and most Android smartphones and tablets

Hamster Chase is now available for iOS and Android!  There are free and paid versions of Hamster Chase. The paid version is only $0.99 and worth every penny.

For more information please visit Gamieon

Please Don't Say Hurtful Things About Others

Noah was in gym class and two girls started fighting. Noah did the responsible thing and told the teacher. One of the girls, who are kindergarteners, was saying help help help. Noah told me later that he thought about stepping in but didn't. He decided to tell the teacher. I told him that he did the right thing. I told him he could have gotten hurt or in trouble too. I am proud of him for making the right choice. Another girl called him stupid. He was obviously upset about it still when he got home. I told him he isn't stupid, he is really smart, as he begged to do his double digit addition worksheet. I asked him if he thought he was stupid and he said no. I told him that sometimes people say things that aren't true and that girl doesn't really know him and that she was just being mean. I also asked him what he did when she said that and he said nothing. I told him that was best because he might have made her madder. I am so proud of him for making good choices. I am proud of him for doing the right thing by telling a teacher about the fight and for being able to know that if someone says something about you it's not always true. 

After our conversation, it got me thinking. I have been called some things and been accused of being a certain way but I know that I am not any of them. People have a way of twisting words and putting words in others mouths and until there is nothing true about what the original person said. It is like a bad game of telephone. I think that it is important to talk to your children about who they are and make sure you give them praise and let them know that sometimes they will be faced with someone who calls them stupid or fat or ugly and that none of it is true. Not a single word of it. When you believe in yourself and love yourself nothing anyone can say will define you. When you start thinking that way is when it is really a problem. As I have mentioned before, I was in an abusive marriage. I was told how fat and ugly and stupid I was every day that I believed it. If you hear something long enough and loud enough you will start to believe it even if it is just a lie. I know how hard it is not to care what others think. It really doesn't matter; if someone loves you then they love all of you. They look past your flaws because they don't see them. I think that flaws are things we all have, we are not perfect, but are things our enemies use to try and break us down.  If someone tried hard enough they could find something wrong with anything. I am perfectly imperfect, and I am perfectly fine with that. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

GrooveBook App Review

I love to take photos of my son. I don't always carry a camera but I always have my smart phone. I am always using the camera on my iPhone. I have so many pictures on it that I ran out of space and had to delete some. Thankfully they were just silly pictures that I took multiple pictures of something. I remember when I had tried to print pictures I took from an old cell phone and the quality was horrible. It was just a normal cell phone and this was like five years ago. Now that almost everyone has a smart phone what do you do with all of those pictures? Thankfully there is an app called GrooveBook that you can upload your pictures to and they will print up to 100 pictures in a book for you. I love that it is a book because all of your pictures are together. I have had times where Noah would get in pictures and they would become scattered everywhere. A few pictures would be lost under the furniture or carried off and found in a toy box months later.

Another cool feature of GrooveBook is the pages are perforated so you can easily share a picture with family and friends.  This would be great for birthday party pictures or even newborn pictures. When Noah was born I decided not to have the hospital photographer take his newborn pictures. I took them myself and they turned out much better than if I would have paid someone to do it. Those pictures all look the same. You could use GrooveBook to print pictures of your newborn and give them out for announcements. It also eliminates the hours you spend organizing your pictures in to albums. I have empty albums because I never got around to filling them.  You could have all your pictures sorted by theme. Groovebook would also be great if you are getting a new phone and you don't want to lose your pictures or spend time texting yourself them. 

You can get 100 photos printed free, just pay $2.99 shipping.

You can find the app in iTunes store

You can get a free month of GrooveBook by using the coupon code Sheilacakes13

For more information please visit the GrooveBook Website

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gombby Channel App $50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

As I mentioned before, my son likes to watch tv and play different apps. He also has many other interests that do not require an on or off switch.  When I do allow him to watch TV or use our tablet or my computer, I make sure what he is doing is educational. He is not allowed to watch a certain show about a sponge and I am very careful monitoring him on what he is seeing and doing.  I learned about a cool channel called Gombby. They have a really cute show called Gombby’s Green Island.  I am so excited that they have a new app that just came out a couple days ago! 

Here’s more information about the new Gombby App:

Gombby Channel gives you access to a selection of the best episodes from Gombby’s Green Island, the 
family friendly educational and entertaining TV Show.

Green Island is home to Gombby, Strawy, Celeste and all their friends! Wheat fields, woods and wonderful caves to explore are the backdrop to their adventures and discoveries all over the island. Gombby, the little baker boy, loves to take the lead in those adventures! The answers to life’s big questions, the mysterious Bugaboo or the Green Island funfair – are just some of the stories that Gombby and his friends live through as they learn about the world around them. Re and Mi - two fabulously colored birds - regularly accompany them on their adventures and Gadget Man never ceases to be their favorite inventor, inventing curiosities such as gravity simulators, paint-making machines or Ferris wheels! Green Island, a world where Gombby and his friends learn about the importance of friendship and sharing. A pro-social series - but not just that! Gombby’s Green Island builds children’s general knowledge and gives them confidence to make healthy lifestyle choices too!

Gombby Channel offers three full episodes that you can download to watch anytime, anywhere, even when no connectivity is available. Additional Gombby’s Green Island episodes are available for a charge.


• Watch the adventures of Gombby’s Green Island on your iPhone/iPad
• Engaging and Educational adventures that your children will love
• Fully available in 3 different languages – English, Spanish and Portuguese
• Download and store your favorite episodes to watch on the go
• Additional episodes available through in-App purchase
• All the stories are family friendly and are reviewed by a professional team
The Gombby App is available on iTunes

Be sure to like Gombby on Facebook
 Check out Gombby on Pinterest
 For more information please visit the Gombby Website

To celebrate this release I have teamed up with Gombby to give away a $50 Amazon Giftcard! Entering is easy, just use The Rafflecopter entry. This is my first time using Rafflecopter!

This giveaway is open worldwide! It ends on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time