By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom | September 15, 2013
What a scam!!!!! And no wonder it is biggest money making app of all time!!! Candy Crush gets you hooked and then blam you are practically forced to pay money to continue playing.
It is very similar to Bejeweled and Bejeweled Deluxe where you swap items to make a row or column of 3 or more.
The biggest difference is instead of being times you only have a set number of moves. This can be EXTREMELY frustrating. I found looking up tutorials and walkthoughs for Candy Crush o to be quite helpful.
Here si an excellent site, Beat Hardest Level In Candy Crush with Gaming Moms
Free Candy Crush App for Android :
Candy Crush Levels Help Guide
Many times I have exhausted all my Candy Crush moves and am given the option to pay $$$$ to continue or wait half an hour for more candy Crush lives. You get a new Candy Crush life every half hour.
What I end up doing because I REFUSE to pay money to play these dumb games is play Words with Friends or just bail completely. I can only imagine people getting caught up and getting nickel dimed into bigger and bigger money.
Tips and Hints for Winning Candy Crush
Here are my most useful Candy Crush Tips so far:
If you are reading this post and looking for ways to win at Candy Crush they you presumably understand the concept of the game.
Here is a quick explanation of the Candy Crush and how to play :
Match 3 or more like candies in rows and columns with set number of moves and various obstacles.
1) Jelly Squares on Candy Crush
When on jelly levels there are two types of jelly squares one transparent and one more opaque.
Clear Jelly squares by making a match with one of the candies in the square.
The more opaque stones you need to “break” the stone layer to get to the jelly square underneath.
To do this you need to make a match NEXT to the stone square.
Here is a big tip for clearing jelly squares and naming you Candy Crush levels is to make sure you clear the ones tucked away in corners and along edges of top and bottom as soon as you can. This is where I would get stuck until I started clearing them away.
2) Timed Levels on Candy Crush
No big revelations here- In timed level you only have specific amount of time to clear board. Whe in a timed level really focus on getting candies by making combo matches and more than 3 matches in a row.
Candy Crush Combos
- The best combos to look out for are matching two rows at once. You can do this by matching 3 across and 3 down in a T shape ( 3 candies across and then 3 down with candy in center) or an L-shape 3 down then 3 across.
Types of Candy and What they Do in Candy Crush
1) First type you see is
Red- Jelly Bean
Yellow- Lemon Drop
Green = Square ( I call this a chiklet)
Later you see purple which like a grape cluster.
Color Bomb= The one that looks like a chocolate sprinkle timbit. Earn by matching 5 candy in a row.
You activate by switching with another candy and it will clear all candies of that color on the board.
Striped Candy- earned by matching 4 candies in a row.
Striped Candy + Striped Candy:
Effect: Activates both candies- one across the board going up and other down.
Striped Candy + Wrapped Candy = A Striped Wrapped Candy.
Effect: Becomes a GIANT and clears 3 rows and 3 columns across and down.
Striped Candy + Color Bomb =
Effect: Transforms all candies of that color to Striped Candy, then they all activate.
Wrapped Candy + Wrapped Candy = Clears 24 candies from the board.
More Candy Crush General Tips
Ignore the flashing suggestions. I am convinced they give you made moves on purpose so you have to buy from them. I wish there was a function to turn off.
Save you “power” candies for combination rather than just using on their own. It wont matter so much in early levels but you need to get in the habit of saving them.
On ingredient levels work on vertical moves and moving them down.
I will keep adding them as I discover :-)
By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom | September 4, 2013
I am an ereader junkie. Currently we have a couple of Nexus 7 tablets, older Kobo, older Kindle ( with keyboard) and 2 Original Kindle Paperwhite
It took me a bit to get used to reading from an ereader. If you have note used the screen is very similar to paper- called e-ink. It is not a back lit screen and much easier on the eyes.
The paper white ( like the Kobo Glo) has built in light which I LOVE! the battery is amazing- last weeks and weeks and I use it all the time for camping.
More only issue with anyy of the ereaders is they are not waterproof and because of expense I am reluctant to bring to beach… forgot totally about reading in the bath. This feature a huge minus for me. BUY .. I use an ereader for a reason- my vision is on the decline and I need to be able to change the font. The lit screen also makes for more contrast and easier to read.
Soo.. will I get the new Kindle Paperwhite due to come out on the 30th?
After reading reviews.. likely not. Why not? Not becuase there is anything wring with it- just dont seem to be enought of a difference to warrant the 139.99 CAD.
The screen will be same size. It will be a TEENY bit lighter. I always use a case so this isn’t a factor for me at all.
The load and refresh time for pages is said to be 25% faster. This may be a big jump but I all ready find the creen pretty quick. There can be a small bit of ghosting with the text after 5/6 pages before it “refreshes” but honestly not a big deal.
The page flip feature does seem like something I would really like- but not enough to rush out and buy.
For more info on new Kindle Paperwhite:
Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom | September 1, 2013
How to Watch US Netflix in Canada
If you are familiar with Netflix and are using Netflix in Canada- you may not know that US Netflix has almost 4 times as much content than Canadian Netflix. It is easy and inexpensive to watch US Netflix in Canada. Once you set up you can watch US netflix on all the Netflix enabled devices in your home.
The cost is 4.99 for US Proxy Server and the 7.99 a month for Netflix. No other hidden costs.
If you have an existing Canadian Netflix account you can try using free 7 day trial of UnBlockUS. You can sign up without using a credit card and takes seconds to register. It WILL work on most devices but you do have the free trial if you are worried.
If you can’t get US Netflix with your Canadian Netflix account using UnBlockUS then try registering for a US Netflix account. It is also a free trial (30 days). BUT I wouldn’t worry- try using your Canadian account first.
Here is an article on setting up a US Netflix account in Canada:
Set up US Netflix
You STILL need UnBlockUS even if you have a US Netflix account. Netflix can see what country you are in and using UnBlockUS tells Netflix servers that you have an American IP address.
An added bonus is that you can access ALL Netflix regions- including the UK and Mexico. You can change your region from your computer or device.
How to Watch US Netflix in Canada?
What You Need to Watch US Netflix in Canada
Netflix Account ( free trial for 30 days if you are new customer)
US DNS Settings
I recommend www.unblockUS.com This does not affect you computers speed and performance or bandwidth in any way.
Netflix Ready Device
You can watch US Netflix in Canada on your ipad, PS3, X-Box 360 , PC, Wii, Blu-Ray player,WDTV, Apple Tv , Roku, etc.
How to Watch Netflix US in Canada
Step 1- UnBlockUS
Free 7 day trial and no need to give your credit card when you sign up. They do also accept paypal. Cost is 4.99 and you can also change your Netflix region back and forth. YOu can alo access other US only content like Pandora, HULU VuDu and Spotify.
Sign up for UnBlockUS and then follow their intrsuoon on their site – they have VERY simple instruction for changing the DNS setting on your wireless router. You basically log into your router’s IP address and change the DNS numbers by copy and pasting and takes seconds.
Login to Netflix on your device. Most devices now have Netflix pre-installed. PS3 and Wii you need to download the app.
Watch US Netflix in Canada with PS3
Go to PlayStation Store and download the Netflix PlayStation App. When downloaded just follow instructions. If you have all ready downloaded you may need to uninstall and re-install if you have Canadian Netflix app on your PS3.
By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom | August 27, 2013
*sigh* I seem to hit a road block when reading. This year I started reading AGAIN Game of Thrones series. Trouble with me is that when I start a book I don’t like to to start a new one until I finish the other.
Fast forward months later and I still haven’t finished game of Thrones nor have I read anything else. ARGH.
Sooo.. I gave myself permission to start a new book… and breezed through 3 in in 3 days.
Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood
Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood was an autobiography pf a girl raised with a mother who had Munchhausen by Proxy syndrome. It reminded me SLIGHTLY of The Glass Castle: A Memoir in that it was a recollection of a horrible childhood. It was not nearly as well written and lacked the insight and depth of Glass Castle.
It wasn’t a bad book but I would have liked a bit more meat. I thought the ending was a bit of a cop out and wasn’t satisfied by the end of it all.
The Silent Wife: A Novel .. bit of a theme here- books that remind me of… this time The Silent Wife is very reminiscent of Girl Gone. The narrative of the story is told alternating between husband and wofe as their marriage starts to disintegrate. Not so much as a murder mystery as it is a deconstruction of a marriage. I liked it. On a sad note- the author died just before the book was published.
Mistress was a bit of light summer fun you’d expect from James Patterson. Plot bit convoluted to repeat here but has intrigue and moves at a snappy pace.
By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom | August 10, 2013
One of my favourite board games, if not one of THE best board games out there right now is The Settlers of Catan
.I think it is a must have in any families board game cupboard :-)
Amazon.ca has it at an excellent price, 29.45 CAD with free shipping. Regular is price is 42.00.
If you can grab a couple i would do so- Settlers of Catan makes for great borthday gifts and good gift on hand for last minute Christmas gifts. I usually give Settlers of Catan or Z-Man Games 78000ZMG Carcassonne Basic Game away for most birthday gifts. Excellent play value and a game whole family can and WILL play :-)