Monday, September 30, 2013

A Few Lessons In Internet Safety

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Online Safety

Being an early adopter of facebook many think my life is an open book.  Let's just say I am very selective about what I post.  My facebook is a slice of my life..... Just a slice.

Know YOUR Boundaries

Everyone has to decide how much they want to share and who they want to share it with.  Remember back in 2011 the TAKE THIS LOLLIPOP facebook app? Basically you accepted the app and gave the app clearance to your facebook profile.  It created a story about how the facebook stalker would use your personal info to find you.  Let's just say creepy doesn't even cover it.  After that many started to take a closer look at what they were sharing online.

Be Strict With Social

I always think of this line from The Social Network "The internet's not written in pencil Mark, it's written in ink"

No truer words have been spoken. You see it over and over again with brands that slip up. They try to quickly take down a terrible sounding post, but by then someone has retweeted it or taking a screen shot of it.  Always remember that what you say online stays online.


Stay Informed

Social networks keep changing and when they do they often change their disclaimers as well.  Those disclaimers can often include changes to privacy to those using the site in question.  Be sure to take those few extra minutes to fully read the disclaimer before clicking ACCEPT.

Facebook is just one example of an ever changing social network.  Make sure to look over ESET's post on Facebook Graph Search: How to keep your data private and Know who your Friends are: Staying safe on social sites

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Yogurty's Waterloo Ontario Grand Opening

Getting our Yogurty's On

Back in July we had the priviledge to attend the Waterloo Yogurty's Grand Opening as a local VIP. What did VIP status get us? Well lets just say it helped keep our hair dry from the crazy storms we experienced all summer. Front of the line for frozen yogurt might not sound like a perk, but once we were inside the doors the fun began.

With all flavours of froyo and toppings to choose from we mixed and our custom yogurt delights and mingled with those in attendance. We got to meet the owner Mike Harris, his Dad Mike Harris and local politician Mike Harris! Plus ran into the Kloestra family. You can see Erica's post on her Bassgiraffe Thoughts blog

Now you may be wondering why it took from July to September to post about this experience. You see my iPad had been acting up and unable to load videos to YouTube but now with the latest update I was finally able to post this

It was worth the wait don't you think?
For more pics of our day at Yogurty's Waterloo check out the album of our pics of YOGURTY'S WATERLOO GRAND OPENING AND VIP PARTY
For more fun in the Kitchener Waterloo area check out our other Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo posts and join our facebook group to share your knowledge of what is happening in The Region Of Waterloo!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Activities, Events And Stuff To Do In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

Wondering What To Do In Kitchener Waterloo?

Kitchener Market Kids Hop Schedule
Tues 11am-Noon

Kitchener Market Art Innovators
Thurs 11am-Noon

Family Favourites Saturdays At Cineplex Theatres

We have a great list of Fall Fairs visit our post 20 Fall Fairs
and if you loved that you'll want to check out our List Of PUMPKIN PATCHES and CORN MAZES

Family Events In Waterloo Region

My Favorite Week Is Just Around The Corner
In Cambridge they support Nutrion For Learning
Our friend Brian Banks want you to become a Smile Cookie Champion!!!
In KW they support Kidsability
There's no calories when it's for charity right?????

Sept 26
Mummy Time Cafe - Beautiful Bond and Body
Noon - 1:00 PM

Sept 27-29
Culture Days
Lots of great events in the area

Sept 28
Kids In The Kitchen @ Kitchener Market

Try A Sport Day At RIM PARK and Breithaupt Centre

Wellsley Apple Butter And Cheese Festival

Hoofbeat Challenge And Fun Day

Sept 29
Drive 4 Change
12 noon to 4 pm
Erbsville Kartway
Live Music Performance by the Royal Streets
Donation based BBQ
Meet a CFL Hamilton TIger Cat Player
Portion of Go Kart Laps purchased donated to Nutrition for Learning

Friday, September 27

Movie Night - Gnomeo and Juliet

Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
Come watch movies under the stars starting at dusk every Friday night! The food concession will be open and offering snacks and drinks. Visitors should bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the big screen. Movies are all rated parental guidance (PG) or general admission (G) and are suitable for families. The movies are free for season pass holders and day pass holders. Or, up to six people in a vehicle can gain admission for a special flat fee of $10 on Friday nights starting an hour before show time. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook and Twitter@grandriverca.
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Price: Free with admission or $10.00 per vehicle 
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Sept 30-Oct 6
BrainSTEM Festival at Perimeter Institute

Oct 2
Waterloo Reads
7pm Albert McCorkmick WPL Branch

Oct 3-6
Sunrise Centre Carnival

Oct 4-5
Martin's Apples Harvest Festival

Oct 5
Community Planting Project
Family Fish Fry
5:00 - 6:30 PM
100 Andover Drive, Breslau
Separate play area for children (parental supervision required)Perch fish, baked potato, corn, coleslaw, rolls, beverage, choice of pie or cake
Adults $20.00 / Children (6-12 years old) $12.00
For tickets, contact Dennis 519-213-1397
Oct 6
Free Family Movie
Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive
There will be inexpensive snacks for sale, proceeds to go to the Learn English, Make Friends Program.

Thursday October 10
Waterloo Public Square
Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon: 11:30AM - 1PM
Free Sausage Lunch 

Oct 11-19
List of FAMILY FRIENDLY events can be found here
Also check with the local festhalls about their family day events.

Saturday October 12
Oktoberfest Pancake Breakfast: 7:30AM - 11AM
Waterloo Public Square

Saturday, October 12, 2013
How to Not Get Lost in the Woods
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, 625 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Learn how to use GPS to find secret clues around the Conservation Area. Then solve the puzzle to win a (small) prize! GPS units will be available for loan with a valid photo ID. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet at: Critter shelter
Price: Free with park admission

October 14
Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade
Starting at 8am in Waterloo

Oct 17
Steam Train To St. Jacobs

Oct 18
2013 Inclusion Celebration
6:00 p.m.
An evening of music, stories and celebrating the people who make Waterloo Region an awesome, inclusive place to be!
Featuring Juno Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter Craig Cardiff
along with
Phil Lehman and the Extendables performing an original song celebrating autism
Third Annual Inclusion Awards
Tickets - $10/adult, $5/child, $25/Family (up to 5)

 Oct 19

Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 9 – 10pm
Location: Western Engineering
Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillion
Summary:Go ENG is an exciting opportunity for grade 7-10 girls across Ontario to visit thier local university to learn the wonderful world of engineering.
Phone number:519-661-3102 x86988

Heartwood Place presents : Lebkuchendorf

Join us Saturday, October 19 2013 at Kitchener City Hall Rotunda and have some fun at Lebkuchendorf. In English it means "GINGERBREAD VILLAGE" and that's what we will be creating as families and friends decorate their own gingerbread houses. Bring your imagination and camera for an afternoon of fun. The $10 registration fee will help cover the cost of the supplies. There will be refreshments and prizes! Register

I'll be starting a Halloween Party List soon, but this is a bit of a preview....

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Treasure Hunt
Laurel Creek Nature Centre, 525 Beaver Creek Rd.,, Waterloo
Use Global Positioning System (GPS) units to hunt for Mr. Potato Head parts. Stick your hands in gooey or scary containers to find his eyes, ears, arms, nose and feet. Bring back a complete Mr. Potato Head to earn your treat. Those 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: $5 for children under 18 years old and $10 for adults
Registration:Please call the Nature Centre at 519-885-1368 to reserve space

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Fun for the Family
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
Wander the trails in the Enchanted Forest where nothing is real, use a GPS unit to put Mr. or Ms. Potato Head together again, decorate mini-pumpkins, make a bat kite and more fun activities for the family. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Price: Free with park admission

Looking Ahead

Here are the details
Theatre for Young Audiences series, which will feature productions of The Velveteen Rabbit (Dec 4-7) and Pinocchio (March 12-14), along with our Saturday Morning Cartoon Parties (Nov 30 and April 12). Full details at

Have You Joined Our Fun Stuff To Do Facebook Group?????
once you have make sure to RSVP for OUR MOVEMBER KIDS KW EVENT!!!!!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kitchener Market Food And Drink Contest

You may have already heard that we are busy preparing for this year's MOVEMBER KIDS KW at the KITCHENER MARKET, but we want to give you another reason to stop by the Kitchener Market

The Kitchener Market is hosting the Waterloo Region Food & Drink Festival this month.
The dates are Thursday September 19, Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21

We love this event! There are lots of vendors with fantastic food and drink samples (with token purchase see the note below). Live musical entertainers and great demonstrations in the Marketplace!
You never know who you will MEET

We want to give a Kitchener/Waterloo resident a chance to win a pair of General Admission Passes for the 2013 event!

*Note General Admission Passes are for one day only. With your admission you will receive a souvenir wine glass.  This does NOT include your food/drink samples. You must purchase tokens at the event for the samples. You MUST be 19 years or older to attend. We also must stress DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Why ESET Smart Security Six Is On My List

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Safe And Sound

Yes it's back to school time, but what if you don't need to buy school supplies? I always say it is a great time to stock up on office supplies!  After you get all this year's "must haves" chances are you do your best to take care of all these shiny new items, especially electronics. For your portable devices you have cases to protect them from damage, but what is protecting the inside of your computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone?  If you are spending money on these items you need to ensure that they stay safe and sound.

Did you enjoy that little dance interlude as much as I did? See that is how carefree you can be if you install ESET Smart Security Six.  This program gives you piece of mind.

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Yes you may recognize that line from the A-Team but it really is a great description of what ESET Smart Security 6 does. It brings everything you need together into one great security product for your devices. You bet it will help ensure smooth sailing while you are surfing the web!

ESET Security Six offers protection from
  • Viruses
  • Spyware
  • Malaware
  • Phishing
To learn more about why you want to keep your devices free from the list above be sure to visit the ESET Smart Security 6 Antivirus and Anti-Theft download page (if you choose to download it, scroll further down on this post for 15% OFF DISCOUNT CODE ) and on their Knowledgebase page. There you find a list of potential  attacks on your computer and how this product defends you against them.

In addition the program contains Parental Controls which will give you the power to monitor what is being shown on your devices.  In this day and age it could give you a lot of piece of mind. It has even been deemed a Winner by the Parent Tested Parent Approved website.

You can find more information about keeping your children safer online by visiting the article on ESET's We Live Security site.


I'm thrilled to extend the PTPA Discount to my readers! By using my discount your will save 15%
Just select which option you would like on this ESET link and the discount will be calculated on the checkout page!

Over the next month I'll be testing some other features this product provides so be sure to keep track of my upcoming blogs and join the conversation by using the #ESETprotects  hashtag and by following  the ESET twitter handle and the ESET facebook page

Let me know what questions you have about online security in the comments.  I'll do my best to answer them in my next post!