Month: September 2013

No Son, you may not play Call of Duty

Last night I went to bed and found a note on my pillow. It was a heartfelt note from my son asking permission to play M rated video games. For those of you who aren’t raising video game crazy kids, M stands for Mature and means the games are intended for people over the age of 18. My son is ten. His note laid out the reasons why he should be allowed to play these games: All of his friends are playing them. There is nothing wrong with Call of Duty. It just has some blood and swearing. He...

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How do you choose your loyalty program?

When it comes to loyalty programs, there are a lot to choose from. The average Canadian household belongs to more than eight loyalty programs and they may not be getting the rewards they want out of any of them. I chose my bank based on their loyalty program and it was a really hard decision because another bank also offered a loyalty program that I love. In the end, I made my selection based on what I thought we would use more often, but I still second guess my decision. Now there is a tool to help people like me decide which loyalty program is best suited to their lifestyle one that will help them reach their chosen reward faster. It’s so quick and easy. Visit and the tool will guide you through a short survey about your preferred rewards, lifestyle and shopping habits, and then present you with up tothree loyalty programs that may get you to your desired rewards faster. Ken Wong, a Marketing Professor from Queen’s University, who worked on this project explains the reason behind developing this tool: “There are hundreds of loyalty programs vying for consumers’ attention, appealing to a variety of preferences and offering many kinds of rewards. All of the information available makes it difficult for people to select the programs that are more suited for them,” explains Ken Wong, The...

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I’m adding Aruba to the Travel Bucket List

This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m always looking for a new place to visit, and I think I’ve found a great option: Aruba . When I think of Aruba, I immediately think of the beaches. I imagine sunbathing on beautiful sandy beaches and cooling off in Caribbean water. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges, lost in their favorite book or enjoying people-watching. Swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away on Aruba's beaches. The Caribbean beaches are more secluded and they are home to limestone coves. You can’t swim in these waters but they are a sight you will want to see. But the beaches are just one of the many things you can do in Aruba. Nature lovers can enjoy horseback rides, beach walks and hikes along the rugged trails in the Arikok National Park. Others may enjoy golfing, mountain biking or touring the island in a motor coach or jeep safari. If you are a knowledge seeker like my ten year old, you may want to visit the Archaeology Museum and the fascinating Numismatic Museum. Kids will enjoy all the creatures at the Butterfly Farm, Ostrich Farm and Donkey Sanctuary. If...

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Five reasons to see Niagara Falls from both sides of the river

Growing up in Ontario, Canada has given me plenty of opportunities to see Niagara Falls. I have participated in a number of amazing activities on the Canadian side of the falls, and this weekend I had the opportunity to travel across the Rainbow Bridge and see what there is to offer on the American side.   Here are five reasons you will want to visit both sides of the falls: A different perspective: While I have always loved the Canadian view of both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls, there is also a unique and amazing view from...

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Tours and Travel Conferences

It is conference time of year for me, and tomorrow I will be heading off to a family travel conference. It is a unique conference because it is small and just for family travel writers. It’s my first time attending and I’m excited to see what they have to offer. It is being held in Niagara Falls, NY and even though this is just a few hours from me, I have never been there. I’ve visited the Canadian side of the Falls many times and I’m excited to see things from the the south side. It’s sure to be...

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