Giveaway RoundUp! – August 27, 2014

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Hello everyone.  Feel free to follow me and to enter my giveaways.

Good Luck!

My Current Giveaway(s):

1)  “Have You Gone #Noseblind ? @febreze_fresh Giveaway #PGMom CAN 10/09 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-3S5 via @MyBitsandBleeps”

Always keep on the lookout; more will follow soon! 

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Song of the Day – Could I Have This Kiss Forever

Band/Artist:   Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias    [how I miss her voice!]

Song:  Could I Have This Kiss Forever

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@TELUS WISE: Ten Tips for Back-To-School Online Safety

As parents get their kids prepared to head back-to-school, there’s one thing they need that’s more important than any backpack or notebook – it’s the know-how to ensure their children are safe online.

According to Canadian not-for-profit organization and official TELUS WISE partner MediaSmarts, Cyberbullying is on the rise, with one in ten Canadian students experiencing it last year. Studies show that it can have traumatic effects on youth, with links to depression, yet kids underestimate how much it can impact them, shrugging it off as a normal part of their online interactions.

A TELUS survey reveals that 71 per cent of parents purchased their child’s first mobile device before the age of 14 and 5 per cent of parents bought their child a mobile device before the age of eight.

  • Parents say they are buying these devices to protect their children offline. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) say they want to be able to contact their child, while 27 per cent want their child to have a mobile device in case of an emergency.
  • At the same time, parents are worried about their child’s online safety: 64 per cent of parents are concerned about the visibility of personal information, 50 per cent are concerned about privacy and 42 per cent of all parents surveyed reported that cyberbullyingis a top concern when it comes to their child’s safe use of mobile devices

TELUS WISE Tips for Back to SchoolOnline security is becoming increasingly important. From hackers and cyberbullies to predators and phishers, the online world can be a scary place if you’re not armed with the right information. As your kids head back to school, here are some tips from TELUS and TELUS WISE to keep in mind so you and your family can keep yourselves safer online:

  1. Review the permissions before giving permission. Apps and social sites often ask for access to personal information that could put you at risk. Set rules around what info you and your kids will share and with whom.
  1. Keep it private. It is vital to constantly check and adjust privacy settings within apps and social sites to keep up with ever-changing defaults. Looks for app settings that share information publicly and change it to close friends only.
  1. Set-up a 24/7 watchdog for your name. Create a Google alert for yourself and each of your family members to track how your names are being used online and where you’re being mentioned. Find out more on our TELUS WISE site.
  1. Less is more. Limit the amount of potentially sensitive information posted online to lower chances of theft or abuse – think twice before posting last names, age, school names, vacation location or other personal info. 
  2. Keep connections personal. A good rule of thumb is to only connect and share with people that you know in real life. “Friending” people online whom you’ve never met increases your risk of exploitation.
  1. Think before you click. Always read the full path of the URL link you are about to click to make sure it’s going to take you where you want to go.
  1. Don’t be found. Turn off geo-tagging on smartphones and tablets to keep from being tracked. When this feature is enabled, your exact location can be exposed even if you’re just posting a photo. Ensure that apps that rely on location (e.g. Google Maps) are the only ones that have location enabled.
  1. Lock it down. Set passwords that are at least six characters long. Use at least one symbol, number and uppercase letter; for extra security use different passwords for each website or account you use.
  1. Don’t log in and leave it. Always be sure to log out of social accounts and apps when you aren’t using them. Disable or deactivate accounts and apps you no longer use.
  2. Keep your digital household clean.  Set a recurring 3-month calendar appointment to check your online profiles, confirm privacy and permission settings on the social media sites you subscribe to and review any apps that you’ve downloaded.

For more tips to keep you and your family safe online, or to get set up with free online safety education, visit the TELUS.com/WISE or visit a local TELUS store.

Offline, we know that some families across Canada struggle with buying school supplies. TELUS retirees volunteer as TELUS Community Ambassadors across Canada and are fairy godmothers and godfathers in their local communities! They volunteer their time for a variety of causes, but their most impassioned cause is Kits for Kids. They spend the summer stuffing backpacks with supplies to donate to inner-city schools at the beginning of the school year to make sure that every kid starts with the tools they need to thrive. Since 2007, they’ve assembled more than 78,750 backpacks, and this year at handing out more than 10,000 kits across Canada including 1,500 in Ontario.

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Join @HeadnShouldersx “Mane Man,” Toronto @BlueJays R.A. Dickey, at CNE for a “Whiff-a-thon!” #whiff #PGMom

On Thursday, August 28,2014, Head & Shoulders and their “Mane Man,” Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey will be at The EX encouraging fans to step up to the plate and “take a whiff” at the H&S “Whiff-a-thon,” in support of the Jays Care Foundation’s Rookie League program. We’d love to invite you and your family to join!

First to step up to the plate – R.A. and the kids from the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League. Next, fans visiting THE EX will be encouraged to continue whiffing in support of ‘Season of the #Whiff,” a partnership between Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball which supports Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Leagues. Every time a fan whiffs (hits a target) the brand will donate $5 to the Jays Care Foundation, up to $2,500.

The “Whiff-a-thon” donation is in addition to the ongoing “Season of the #Whiff” monthly twitter competition, in which fans are encouraged to tweet whiffs throughout the season using #whiff along with their favorite team’s handle to rack up the donations for their local RBI chapter. To support the Jays Care Foundation fans can tweet #whiff + @BlueJays.

What:             Join Head & Shoulders at the  “Whiff-a-thon” in support of Jays Care Foundation’s Rookie League program

When:             Thursday, August 28, 2014

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Remarks start at 11:45 a.m.
Consumer “Whiff-a-thon” starts at 12:10 p.m.

Where:            Canadian National Exhibition (The EX)

Princes’ Blvd near the Princes’ Gate

WHO:                R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher

Jays Care Foundation

Kids from the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League

Pam Baillie, Communications Manager, Head & Shoulders

Join R.A. for the “Whiff-a-thon” at THE EX!

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The Tangle Teezer is Truly Terrific

I have received The Original Tangle Teezer to try out.  What is it you ask?  It’s an innovative detangling hairbrush that’s gentle on your hair, wet or dry.  Really!

NailPolishCanada.com started carrying Tangle Teezer … Used by professionals in hair salons, Tangle Teezer offers revolutionized detangling hairbrushes that help comb through wet, vulnerable, colour treated hair without pulling or snagging. They’ve received numerous beauty awards since their launch.

“Tangle Teezer hoasts a revolutionary teeth formation that delivers speedy and gentle results.  Helps minimize hair breakage caused by mistreatment when detangling. Promotes healthy looking hair by noticeably increasing shine, leaving it looking silky smooth after styling.”

When I read these claims I thought, to myself, “not another brush that is suppose to do this/that and then ends up being a waste of money”!  Surprisingly, I am impressed because the Tangle Teezer is actually quite fabulous.  It IS a professional detangling hairbrush that  is ergonomically designed for a non-slip fit in your palm.  Its teeth effortlessly detangle without any pulling or yanking.

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My hair is quite long (almost to my waist); so I am thrilled with the easy handling, and gentle results given by the Tangle Teezer hairbrush.

To learn more, visit http://www.tangleteezer.com or visit the Original Tangle Teezer –  http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/original-tangle-teezer.html.

Personally I really like how extremely easy it is to clean the Tangle Teezer. Since you gently detangle your hair there’s barely any tugging and; therefore, as a result you haven’t yanked out tons of hair!  If you find a few strands in the Tangle Teezer (it’s natural to lose a few strands while brushing), it’s simple to pull out of the brush because the teeth are smooth and tip-less.  This brush must have been made with me in mind.

In cas you didn’t know, as we age, our hair changes and becomes more challenging to tame.  Unruly, wiry, white hairs seem to have a mind of their own … they stick out this way, while you want your hair to go that way!  For whatever reason, the Tangle Teezer helps my stubborn white hairs to work with me.

The only problem I can see with this Tangle Teezer is that there’s only one!  My daughter has been coveting the Tangle Teezer for months, and is now coveting mine.  We’ll have to get a second Tangle Teezer for this household.

NOTE:  all Tangle Teezers ship free within Canada – you can see the full selection here: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/categories/tangle-teezer.html

Disclosure:  NailPolishCanada has provided the Tangle Teezer in exchange for my review.  I have not been financially compensated in any other way.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from NailPolishCanada’s or Tangle Teezer’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Tuesday Talk – August 26, 2014

Do you have furbabies?  If so, I have 2, then you know how easy it is to talk about them for hours.  Furbabies (pets – for those who are still wondering what furbabies are), are the joy in our lives.

I know that I can just look at Josie and instantly feel happiness.  I can look at Jake and instantly feel at peace.  These two angels of mine are always by my side giving me unconditional love.  Well, maybe not totally unconditional!

As we already know, our furbabies can be quite demanding when it comes to food or treats.  They can also be ‘in your face’ when a pat or rub is being requested.  Yes, they know how to get what they want!

That brings me to early mornings.  Don’t you love waking up at 5am?  Even earlier?  That’s how I was woken up … Josie was bumping her nose into my closed (yes I was sleeping peacefully) eye!  It’s a good thing I love my cats.

Do you have similar stories?  I’d like to hear them.

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Monday Mumblings – August 25, 2014

Scary stuff! It’s the last summer-vacation week before schools starts back up. It’s exciting news for some parents (ok, for me), because that means a return to some type of normalacy.  It also means a STOP to all of the talking … you know what I mean:  “I want this” “I want that”.  This drives me bonkers, and I can’t take any more.

How much stuff does one kid actually need?

What’s worse, just when I think I have completed all the shopping that needs to be done that’s when BOOM there’s another list!  Are you kidding me?!  Oh my goodness!  I don’t know how other mothers are saying that their back-to-school-shopping is complete and under $100 or under $200.  That just isn’t the case here.  I’ve already spent well over $450 and apparently we are NOT done.

Yes, my daughter has put her earned money towards her purchases, and her money is not included in my figure above.  That means that EVEN MORE has already been spent.

I’m in a crazy dream and I need to wake up!

How are you?  Are you ready for school to begin?

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The @MariposaCruises – Scenic, Romantic, Beautiful #OnTheHarbour Giveaway Winner Is … Is It You?

“The @MariposaCruises – Scenic, Romantic, Beautiful #OnTheHarbour Giveaway CAN 20/08 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-3Sn via @MyBitsandBleeps”

My Bits and Bleeps is happy to announce our latest giveaway winner(s):

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1  Max: 69

Result: 23 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Once again, congratulations to our winners! I hope you enjoy your prize!!  A big thank you to those who entered; better luck next time!

Terms and Conditions:  Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excluding Quebec) and must arrange transportation to and from Toronto. Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize.  By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow sufficient time from the contest closure date to receive your prize.  All winners must be from within Canada.

Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

Disclosure:  Mariposa Cruises has provided the giveaway prize.  I did receive the above-mentioned Harbour Tour; however, have not been financially compensated in any other way.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from Mariposa Cruise’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Freebie Friday – August 22, 2014

Black’s Photography has a great little deal going on right now …

10 Free 5×5 Prints
Coupon Code:   FRESHPIC10 online on their website, or on their BLACKS app, or maybe even in the store!

One time use only. One redemption per account. Code cannot be combined with any other offer or code. No cash value. Not applicable to shipping and handling fees. Product availability may vary. BLACKS reserves the right to modify offer details and pricing at any time without advance notice. Offer expires December 10, 2014.
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Oh No Hair Moments Giveaway Winner Is … Is It You? #PGMom

“Oh No Hair Moments Giveaway CAN 20/08 #PGMom http://wp.me/p12Gyx-3PS via @MyBitsandBleeps”

My Bits and Bleeps is happy to announce our latest giveaway winner(s):

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1  Max: 463

Result: 340 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

 

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, Brenda has already won this prize elsewhere.  Lucky for one of you!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1  Max: 463

Result: 15 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Once again, congratulations to our winners! I hope you enjoy your prize!!  A big thank you to those who entered; better luck next time!

Terms and Conditions:  Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excluding Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize.  By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.  This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program, however, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected.  All winners must be from within Canada.

Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

Disclosure:  As a PGMom, I receive products and special access to P&Gevents and opportunities.  I have not been financially compensated in any other way.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from P&G’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
To learn more please visit: About My Bits and BleepsDisclosure Policy, or PR Welcome
Should you wish to share any questions, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to leave me a comment.  If preferred, email me direct via mybitsandbleeps@gmail.com

 

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