SwapTales: Leon! App Review

*This is a sponsored post but all my opinions are my own. * 

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I love encouraging my children to read because I am someone who loves to read book and enjoys losing myself in one.

When you go through the thoughts and emotions of a character, it allows you to go on an adventure that you probably wouldn’t normally go on.

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Now with technology, children can have just as much fun reading with SwapTales: Leon! app for the iPad or iPhone.  This is a child-friendly app that is an interactive storybook. I wish there was something around like this when I was a kid. It reminds me of the choose your own adventure book for kids when I was a kid.

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Cut Down Time Finding the Delivery Food You Want with Bootler

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

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Between curling or youth group for my tween, lifts to the mall or volunteering for my teen and everything else in between. Sometimes there are never enough hours in the day to make a meal for us. I am sure all those parents out there know exactly what I mean.

I try to keep meals in the freezer for days like that already pre-made, but even I am not always on top of that. Or it isn’t something we feel like eating that night.

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Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker Review & Giveaway




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 I don’t know about you but I know that I live on my cell phone.

I use it to communicate with Mike throughout the day, listen to music or watch netflix.

My phone does everything it needs to except I have to use a headset in order to listen to my music or Netflix due to my hearing.

That’s why I was glad to do a a review for the Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker.

It is nice to be able to listen to music while cleaning without having something connected in my ears.




The Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker was easy to set up.

  • I just put bluetooth on my iPhone, hit the button at the top of the speaker.

  • And then selected Inateck in the list.

  • And connected!



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Now I can listen to Netflix while I blog and also answer calls on my cell all with the Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker!

The built in microphone allows you to take incoming phone calls.

The playback will stop until the call is done then it will resume the playback.

The volume is crystal clear and there are volume controls on the top of the speaker.

The battery lasts up to 10 hours and you will get a low battery warning for you to charge.

It can be charged easily by plugging it in your computer or using an AC USB adapter. (not included)





I am really impressed with the Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker! It is pretty mighty for such a small unit.

Just goes to show you, you don’t need to be big to have a lot of power!



Canadians purchase your own Intateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker and Save $20 with this promo code : 5747DE2F

Offer valid until November 27/14  CLICK HERE


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Inateck wants to offer 2 Canadian Basics readers a chance to win a Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth Speaker for themselves! ($90 value)

Ends December 9/14

Open to Canadian Residents & US Residents 18+

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate this post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat Review & Giveaway




Winter is coming and the first thing I hate about winter is being COLD!

We have been looking at Wi-Fi thermostats and trying to decide if we should switch to something more modern.

So when I got asked to review the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat, I jumped at the chance.

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Features of the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat:

  • Multiple thermostats / multiple programs easily managed within Sensi app from multiple devices

  • Auto heat/cool changeover option

  • Permanent program retention during power loss (I love this feature since my town’s power goes out often.)

  • A/C compressor protection

  • Choice of battery-powered with optional power stealing assist or hardwired with battery backup (2 AA batteries included)






    Mike took off our old thermostat and replaced it with the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat in minutes.

    It was so easy to set up.

    I am good with technical programs but with installing products , I am a bit slower since I have had my husband around for 14 years, I have gotten lazy.

    The Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat is so easy to install, anyone can do it.

    The Sensi app also comes with an instruction video to help you further.

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    With me being on dialysis, I can’t get unhooked unless I really need to do something. (ie. My children get sick in the middle of the night.)

    Sometimes I will be lying around in bed and get either too hot or too cold.

    My thermostat is downstairs, so it isn’t within reach to me while I am hooked up in my room.

    The Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat allows me to change the temperature with my smartphone!

    Now I can turn the heat on, central air or change the temperature all with a push of a button from my bed.

    We also set it on a schedule. (Which you can see from the picture.)

    We set it for 21 oC for 6am and at 10pm it drops back to 18oC.

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    You can even be away from home and change the temperature.

    One day I was on the phone with Mike and I was telling him I was freezing.

    He turned up the heat with his app.

    I was at home in Alvinston, Ontario and he was in Cambridge, Ontario at the time.

    I just think the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi is a great addition to any home!

    You can purchase the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat on the Sensi website for $149.99 US ~ CLICK HERE

    To contact a distributor near you ~ CLICK HERE

    Purchase the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat on Amazon.ca ~ CLICK HERE

    We have also been given a chance to offer one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi termostat!

    Open to Canadian residents 18+

    Ends November 24/14


    *I was not financially compensated for this post, but did receive a Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat to review. Opinions expressed are my own.*

Earn Giftcards for Trying Apps!




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There is a new app program where you can earn gift cards for trying apps!

The program is called Feature Points

Get PayPal, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and paid apps for just trying free apps.

Also share your code and get points when your friend or relative earns points!

Really easy to do.

My sign up code is D28FNW

CLICK HERE to sign up!

A List Of Popular NetLingo

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Have you ever been online and someone typed in something short-hand and you wondered what they were saying?

Even as a techie, I have to look up the odd NetLingo to figure out what someone is saying.

Here is a basic list to help you out!

There are many many more. These are some of the most used.

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ACK- Acknowledge

AFK – Away From Keyboard

AKA or a.k.a – Also Known As

ATM – At The Moment

AYC – Aren’t You Clever

B4 – Before

B4N -Bye For Now

Bae -Before anyone else (sometimes short for babe)

BAU – Business As Usual

BBL- Be Back Later

BFN – Bye For Now

BRB – Be Right Back

BTW  -By The Way

CUL or CUL8R- See You Later

CYA- See Ya

DKDC-Don’t Know Don’t Care

ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival

FWIW- For What It’s Worth

G2G-Got To Go

ILY – I Love You

IMHO-In My Humble Opinion

J/K or JK – Just Kidding

LMAO-Laughing My A$$ Off

LOL- Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)



OBTW-Oh By The Way

OIC- Oh, I See

OT – Off Topic

OTOH-On The Other Hand

PM- Personal Message -or- Private Message

POV- Point of View

PPL- People

R&R- Rest & Relaxation

ROTFL- Rolling On The Floor Laughing

ROTFLAO-Rolling On The Floor Laughing A$$ Off

SOL – Sh** Out Of Luck or Sooner or Later

SWIM- See What I Mean

TBH-To Be Honest

Thanx, Tx, Thks ~ Thanks

TIA-Thanks In Advance

TMI- Too Much Information

TTFN-Ta Ta For Now

TTYL- Talk To You Later

TY-Thank You

TYVM-Thank You Very Much

U- You

UR- You Are

VBG – Very Big Grin

WEG – Wicked Evil Grin


YWIA- You’re Welcome In Advance

Earn Cash and Rewards Doing Surveys with the Global Test Market Panel!

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Another great survey site to earn extra cash and rewards!

Global Test Market Panel

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Do surveys online and gain points

Use the points to get cash and rewards!

It is that simple!

Right from your own home!

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Earn Cash Doing Surveys and A Chance to Win Up To $2500 For Registering with Toluna!

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Toluna  is a GREAT way to earn extra spending money!

Earn $1-$5 each time you qualify and take surveys.


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Test products and share your opinion!

PLUS you will get an entry to win up to $2500 when you register!

I have been a member for a couple of years now and enjoy it!

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A great gift for yourself or loved one!!

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