Month: June 2017

Take Family Game Night to a New Level with YULU Games

Family game nights are an excellent time for families to get together, forget the hustle and bustle of life and pay attention to what really matters – each other!

I think we can all agree that sometimes the routine of game night can get boring. Let’s face it, there are only so many times you can play the same game (with the same winner to ensure the game doesn’t end in tears) before you no longer want to play the game anymore. This completely defeats the purpose of game night – you want to make it exciting, interactive and full of laughs.

YULU Toys brings you two brand new exciting and interactive games that encourage problem solving, team building and creative play. Every time you play their games, it is different. YULU’s slogan is to bring ‘More Play, More Fun!’, which is especially true for two of their name games – Break Free and Safe Breaker.

Take Family Game Night to a New Level with YULU Games

Break Free is a challenging game of skill and quick fingers as you try to pick the lock on your handcuffs! Up to four people (and a minimum of two) can play this game, which is a great fit for most families. There are three difficulty levels you can choose from before you start the race to unlock the cuffs, from easy to difficult and they are identified by colour. All participants must first start of by choosing a level and then handcuffing themselves to each other. Once you are ready to start, each participant uses the lock picker they are given to unlock themselves. This game was intense, exciting and just a bit stressful but only for me! My kids had an amazing time playing this and were able to unlock their cuffs in record time. Mom on the other hand was awful! I ended up getting a bit scared that I was going to be handcuffed to the game forever and it affected how well I was concentrating. My eldest son ended up picking my lock for me after they let me struggle for a couple of minutes each time. We had such an amazing time playing this game, even my Dad got in on the fun when heard us giggling away.

Safe Breaker is a game of skill, memory and luck. In this game, players are trying to crack a code in order to release coins from the safe. This game combines mathematical and luck elements, where participants have to listen for clues with a stethoscope, use fingerprint scanning and more in order to be the first to collect the five golden coins or two diamonds! We had a great time playing this game and each turn was so different. We had to concentrate on the clues and use problem solving skills in order to release the coins from the safe. Each one of us wanted to be the winner in this game! The kids were the better players by far in this one too and it was perfectly suited for their personalities.

Take Game Night to a New Level with YULU Games

Both games can be purchased at Target in the US and Toys R Us and Walmart in Canada and are suitable for children, six years of age and up and adults alike. Both games come with several small pieces so I would not recommend them for children under the age of three or four.

My Canadian and American readers can now enter to win their own YULU Games prize pack that includes the two games above! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below – Good luck!

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Make sure to follow YULU Games on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the newest games and more!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Win with State Farm® Canada and Telematics #BeABetterDriver

WIN with State Farm® Canada and Telematics #BeABetterDriver

Car insurance is one of the most important purchases you will make as an adult and as a driver. As a driver, you want to ensure that you get the best possible rate but still have the appropriate amount of coverage. Not always an easy task right?

State Farm® Canada wants to make insurance easier for you and have been doing so since 1938. Quality service and relationships are at the heart of what State Farm® Canada does and now you can connect with them 24/7 via their mobile app. This easy to use app puts a lot of control into your own hands when it comes to your insurance. You can access the Telematics program, the Alert program and you can even manage your insurance and make a claim, all from your smart phone where and when you want to do so.

WIN with State Farm® Canada and Telematics #BeABetterDriver

The Telematics Program is connected to the mobile app and is the first fully mobile telematics program in Canada!

You are probably sitting there wondering what is telematics and why does this matter to me?

Telematics is State Farm® Canada’s usage based insurance program that allows you, the driver, to learn more about your driving habits and in turn rewards you with additional savings on your car insurance based on how you drive. It can monitor how you brake, start, speed and how much you actually travel. All of your good driving habits will add up in savings for you – you can save up to 25% on your car insurance, who doesn’t want to save that kind of money?!

Signing up for the program is as easy as visiting the App Store or Google Play and downloading the app. Once the app is downloaded, you can  sign up directly for Telematics and begin to monitor your driving. You can monitor your score in real time and it also helps to challenge you to improve your driving skills, who doesn’t love a good challenge?

State Farm® Canada wants to reward you and encourage you to be a better driver with a fantastic giveaway!

From now until July 31st, Ontario residents can enter to win 1 of 50 $100 Amazon gift cards! Entering is as simple as visiting the contest website, entering the contest and then downloading the State Farm Canada app. GOOD LUCK and happy driving!

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Dead on Ice Book Review

iRead Book Tours

Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour continues with Dead on Ice! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr’s mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour!

Dead on Ice Book Review

About Dead on Ice

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too – because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

My Thoughts

Dead on Ice is another fantastic and well spun novel of mystery, suspense and murder by Lauren Carr!

This series focuses on the very unique, loving and witty Cameron Gates. She has faced her own tragedies in her past with the loss of her first husband and this has changed the way she views the world and even her relationship with Joshua Thornton. Joshua Thornton is the prosecuting attorney in their small town and is also connected to this murder mystery.

At the heart of this case we have Cherry who had left their small town to become famous in adult films. Her body is found in the basement of Joshua’s cousin home after the community helps gather to clean out the home after his cousin’s death. The discovery of the body (after a small explosion!) rocks the community and as the case evolves, we find ties to an unsolved case from many years ago.

I loved the many, many layers to this novel. It is not just your simple murder mystery, instead it has ties to another cold case, direct and indirect ties to several notable citizens in their community, the mob and many more. You are left guessing constantly throughout the novel and the ending was not what I expected at all – in fact it left me a bit shocked! Dead on Ice is well written, with great character development and an even better plot. You will love the story from start to finish – I could not put the book down.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon and Audible.

Rating: 5/5

Lauren Carr

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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A Passport to Adventure: Igniting a Love for Protecting Animals #StreamTeam


We love to watch documentaries together as a family, especially anything and everything to do with animals and nature. We love learning about the habitats of an animal, watching them grow up, their unique personalities and traits and even how they survive. Our world is an amazing place and it is so important to my husband and I that our children learn as much about the world around them so that they can fully appreciate and cherish it’s beauty and wonder. It helps them to understand how the world works and to show compassion for the creatures that are our neighbours.

Passport to Adventure #StreamTeam

Growing Up Wild is our FAVOURITE animal show to watch on Netflix at home! We have watched this documentary from Disney Nature over thirty times (and that is low balling it). This movie follows five animals from birth as they grow up in the wild. We learn how they are raised and nurtured, who teaches them, their predators and their unique traits. While at times the movie can be sad (especially when the babies are hunted), it is such an important lesson for children to learn how much they are like humans. Their parents love their babies and would do anything to protect them, they play with their siblings like children do and they show affection like humans do.

Our second favourite documentary on Netflix is Wild Ones, which has thirteen episodes in one season. This series explores the habitats of some of the strongest, fastest and cutest animals in the world. We can travel from Madagascar to the Amazon to the Savannah. We learn everything that there is to know about the important animals that live in these habitats, how they grow, hunt and work together to survive.

Passport to Adventure #StreamTeamOver the winter, we went on an incredible trip to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe to visit family. We were very blessed to have had our family take us on amazing adventures while we there which included a safari and boat cruises both in Chobe, Botswana and in South Africa. All of the amazing animals that we had been watching for months on Netflix were brought to life. It was an incredible, humbling and amazing experience that has stayed with us. The animals, the countries and the people who do everything they can do protect them was inspiring and gives you hope for the future.

Passport to Adventure #StreamTeamOur youngest son, who is so fond of animals, has decided that when he grows up he wants to move closer to his family in Africa so that he can do everything he can to protect these beautiful animals! As an animal lover myself, I was so proud of him, even though I know I would miss him so very much.

All of this love and passion for protecting these animals started with a simple movie on Netflix and a trip to visit family. This ignited a dream for our son that I can’t wait for him to pursue as he gets older. As we begin to plan our next trip back to South Africa and Botswana, I know that this summer will be full of more amazing adventures and education from Netflix.

What are your favourite documentaries to watch on Netflix? Have they helped to inspire a dream? What will you be watching this summer with your children?

Disclosure: I am a Netflix #StreamTeam member and receive perks with this affiliation. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Captain’s Daughter Book Review

Litfuse Book Tour

The Captain’s Daughter is a warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

The Captain's Daughter Book Review

About The Captain’s Daughter

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

My Thoughts

I love historical romances, they are one of my all time favourite types of books to read. This is especially true of books set in London! I was really excited to read this book and while the book did not play out the way I thought it would, it was still a great book.

We have a young woman, who has lost her family and has no family. She is forced to leave the place she has called “home” and finds her way to London to help lose herself in the hustle and bustle of people so that she can take care of her sisters. When she arrives there, her innocence and naivety is taken advantage of and she finds herself almost drawn into a brothel scheme!

She meets a young man who has his demons to battle but they uncover a friendship and the possibility for more. Together they teach each other about letting go, moving forward, hope and love. I loved that our two main characters are not from a rich family, they weren’t born into wealth and they don’t see wealth throughout this novel – like many historical novels can be based around. Instead the focus is on their past, their future, hope and love. They are surrounded with family and love – the two things you can’t live without!

The Captain’s Daughter is a lovely, well written novel that leaves you inspired and hopeful. A great read from start to finish.

You can find more reviews on the Litfuse blog tour page. You can purchase a copy of this book here.

Rating: 4/5

About the Author

Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, “An Heiress at Heart,” was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, “A Lady Most Lovely,” received a starred review from “Publishers Weekly” and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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