#BellLetsTalk for Your Mental Health..

#BellLetsTalkToday, Tuesday January 28th 2014 is Bell Let’s Talk day.  Not everyone is a fan of Bell Media and that is their prerogative, but today Bell has done something really great.  The Bell Let’s Talk initiative is literally to get people talking about mental health so that we can remove the stigma associated with it.  How are they doing this?  Today, every time you use the #BellLetsTalk when you send out a Tweet, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.  As of this moment over one and a half million tweets have been sent with the Bell Let’s Talk hashtag which equates to over $78,000.00!! 

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Did You Just Say “A Moose In A Maple Tree?”

A Moose in a Maple TreeYou are not hearing things and no, you do not need glasses.  This time of year you often hear about a certain bird in said tree, but it is time to make some room up in the branches for Troy Townsin’s newest book, “A Moose In A Maple Tree.”  This engaging story is the “original all Canadian 12 Days of Christmas” and you will love it!  Troy, who is himself originally from down under ( aka Australia ;-) ) is now a proud Canadian and he shows it well in this delightful children’s book.  Canucks all over this whole wide world will relate well to the hockey sticks, totem poles and mounties.  I am in love with the winsome illustrations by Jennifer Harrington.  They leap off the page in an unobtrusive way and only add depth to the renewed song of Christmases past.

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React Mobile: How Much Would You Pay For Peace Of Mind?

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I don’t think there is a person out there that can honestly say nothing makes them afraid.  I am not talking about snakes or spiders, I am talking about the fear that creeps up on you when you are walking alone to your car at night or even using the ATM (automated teller machine) in the lobby of a closed bank.  There may be nothing there to be scared of, but that feeling still lingers.  Irrational? Maybe, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some peace of mind in this type of situation?  Or any situation for that matter?

Introducing React Mobile, a really neat FREE app for your iPhone or Android that will quite literally turn your device into a personal bodyguard.  Now there is no need to keep glancing furtively over your shoulder when out for your morning jog ( okay, I didn’t say my morning jog, but still..) and how cool is this; React Mobile can be modified when you travel so that peace of mind can follow you everywhere!

React Mobile, MapleMouseMamaReact Mobile helps you turn your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. The app has a “Follow Me” feature, that let’s your self selected contacts track your whereabouts in real-time whenever you’re concerned for your safety. Perfect for running or walking alone early in the morning or late at night, keeping track of kids, or meeting a client for the first time, simply touch the “I’m Safe” button to let your contacts know when you’ve arrived at your destination safely. In an emergency, press the SOS shield on the app to send out a panic alert containing a link to your GPS location to select emergency contacts via text message and email, which can optionally be posted to Facebook and Twitter. Once the SOS alert is activated, you’re automatically prompted to dial 911. For users outside of North America, the app allows you to choose which country you live in (or are traveling to) from the settings tab and when an SOS alert is triggered, you will be prompted to dial the appropriate emergency authority depending on you’re geographic location (ex: in the UK the app will prompt a user to dial 112/999 not 911).”

React Mobile, MapleMouseMamaNow some might say I am a bit of a scaredy cat at times, but I like knowing that an item I have on my person all the time (my phone) can also help keep me safe.  My daughter will soon be old enough to have her own phone and React Mobile will be the first thing I download to it.  The very things kids love to do, like text, send emails and go on social media, will become an even greater asset when used with React Mobile.

Check out the site, see how easy it is to download React Mobile and even play around with it a few times (just don’t call 911 unless it is a real emergency).  See for yourself that taking control of your personal safety has just become easier with React Mobile.

Be sure to connect with React Mobile on Facebook and Twitter as well! 

Tell me please, what makes you a little afraid?  Would React Mobile work for you?

FT&PD

Suz

MapleMouseMama’s Big 2nd Birthday #Giveaway Celebration!!

Photos by My Disney Devotional

Photos by My Disney Devotional

The moment has finally arrived when I can share with you, my loyal followers, family and friends the awesome giveaway we have set up to celebrate our second birthday!!  I am very fortunate to have had the help of my friend Kellie at My Disney Devotional.  Kellie created all the amazing graphics you see for this giveaway.  Isn’t she amazing?!  Please show Kellie some love in the giveaway, okay?  My second blessing came in the form of not one, but two contributions to the giveaway prize pack from Leslie at Ava Baby Co and Brooke at About the Mouse.  These ladies run two very wonderful shops on Etsy.  You can check them out in the giveaway widget as well.  You won’t be sorry that you did.

Photo by My Disney Devotional

Photo by My Disney Devotional

Now to the prize pack!!  MapleMouseMama has complied a group of six items to give to one very lucky winner.  These prizes best represent what MapleMouseMama is all about, with a little wiggle room for your own interpretation. :-)  Have a gander at Kellie’s graphics to see just what I am talking about.  I am pretty excited about each of these items and I hope you will be to. ♥♥

Photo by My Disney Devotional

Photo by My Disney Devotional

As with every giveaway there are some rules, but not too many.  In the MapleMouseMama’s Big 2nd Birthday Giveaway Celebration entries are accepted from residents of both Canada and the USA, but they must be 18 years of age or older.  The giveaway will end at midnight on Sept. 4th 2013.  One winner will take home all six prizes and they will be contacted by email.  Once the winner has been confirmed and has provided their mailing address we will announce who they are in a special blog post!

Go forth and enter this awesome giveaway by clicking HERE to go to my MapleMouseMama Facebook page, look for the big, blue Giveaway tab and enter through the Rafflecopter widget.  Easy peasy. :-)  Thank you for all of your support and good luck! ♥♥♥

FT&PD

Suz

#CAARewards #TeamChicky

photo courtesy of melanieyost.com

photo courtesy of melanieyost.com

Okay so I know that you know that I don’t usually put hashtags in my post titles. I don’t put them in the post itself either.  Not because I don’t care, but mostly because I never really understood the why part.  I will admit it, I am Twitterless ( as in clueless ) when it comes to Twitter.  But, that is all changing with this great promotion I have become involved in.  A few days ago a call went out on this Facebook group I belong to for any Social Media moms who were interested in participating in this blogger challenge.  This was the perfect opportunity for me for several reasons: the bloggers had to be in the South Central Ontario area, which I am; I have been looking for new ways to expand my reach into my own community AND this would be a great opportunity to work with someone I have admired in the Social Media Arts, Mara Shapiro (@ChickyMara) :-)

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Fast forward a bit, my “application” was accepted and I became a part of the six member #TeamChicky !!  This blogger challenge is called Spot the CAA Partner Brand Ambassador Campaign and it is all about CAA and their new loyalty program, aptly called CAA Rewards (#CAARewards on that Twitter thing).  The whole idea is for Team Chicky (and a few other teams) to spread the word about CAA Rewards and the great deals and promotions they have by using Social Media.  Along the way the teams will earn points and in the end Team Chicky will be declared the Ultimate Grand Supreme winner (my magic 8 ball told me so it has to be true.)  I am pretty sure there are no tiaras or reality TV show deals involved, but I would be happy with bragging rights. :-)

The good part is that while we are spreading this awesome news you are not only learning about the savings to be had by shopping with your CAA membership card in hand (both in stores and on line), but South Central Ontario residents will have a chance at some great prizes!!  Cue #CAARewards and remember to watch for it ( and not just on Twitter cause I am telling ya, these things are popping up everywhere!)

And now I would like to introduce you to…..

TEAM CHICKY!!!

Mara Shapiro, Team Leader @ChickyMara

Paula Schuck @inkscrblr

Jennifer Martin @momvstheboys

Melanie Deland @MBAMamaMusings

Rossana Wyatt @RossanaWyatt

Suzanne Rudge @MapleMouseMama

I have a little favor to ask of my lovely followers.  How about checking out CAA South Central Ontario on Facebook HERE ( maybe show them a little LIKE) and on Twitter (@CAASCO)  You might even want to check out my fellow teammates.  They are all fascinating and savvy Social Media mavens :-)

FT&PD
Suz

Wordless Wednesday: July 17th 2013

I am taking a little literary license here and posting my Wordless Wednesday on a Thursday.  Chalk it up to a hectic week. :-)  So, this weeks theme for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is Disney Social Media, which means you can post photos that either relate to a social media event ( let’s all put our hands together and pray that next year MapleMouseMama will have a legitimate Social Media photo because she was invited to the coveted DSMMC 2014!) or photos you may have used in a Social Media outlet, like Facebook, Twitter etc..  I chose to use a  photo of a very special friend that I met, face to face, because of Social Media. ♥  That friend would be none other than Mrs. Kim Dillen of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Kim and Emily at the Boardwalk Resort ♥♥

Kim and Emily at the Boardwalk Resort ♥♥

Now that you have seen my interpretation of Disney Social Media head over to Deb’s place at Focused on the Magic to see what her photos are like and check out a few other blogs while you’re at it!  Thanks for stopping by!

FT&PD

Suz

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