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Pokémon GO Invades Planet Earth

Never have I ever given any thought to the amount of data in my cell phone plan. It was something I had but never came close to using it all. I was rarely off of Wi-Fi. Then one day I wake up and hear about this thing called Pokémon GO. If you have not heard of Pokémon GO yet you must be living under a rock as it seems to have taken over the entire planet.

My thoughts and our family safety rules on the latest craze to hit planet earth known as Pokémon GO.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is an app based off of the ever-popular Pokémon that any 90’s kid and many kids since have fallen in love with, played the game with friends and read the hundreds of books that came out based on our favourite Pokémon characters.

The basis of Pokémon GO is to get up, get out and explore to capture as many Pokémon as you can. Will you catch them all?

Common Pokémon GO Questions and Concerns

Pokémon GO Data Usage
I was very worried that with both Tobei and I playing that we would quickly kiss our included date goodbye. However, the data usage of Pokémon GO is minimal. We actually use more data browsing Facebook than we do playing Pokémon GO. I have even used my phone as a hotspot so that Big Brother can play as well and in my 10 days of playing I have not even used half a gig of my data. That even includes the day I spent 9 hours playing.

Pokémon GO Privacy

There was a ton of privacy concerns regarding giving Pokémon GO access to your google account when it first released. However even before it was officially released in Canada Niantic had fixed those issues and no longer receive access to everything in your google account. If you are still crazy concerned then make another google account just for Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO Safety

There have been quite a few news reports regarding the safety of trainers while playing Pokémon GO. I am sorry but ALL of those articles are because the person in question lacked common sense. See our rules for playing Pokémon GO below.

Our Family Pokémon GO Rules

Many of these rules are seriously common sense but I have noticed common sense goes out the window when people are fully engrossed in their games.

  1. Do not drive and Pokémon GO. I have my phone on so that I get to work on catching my eggs when in slow areas or parking lots, however, I have the phone faced AWAY from me and volume down so I can not hear or see whatever I may or may not be missing in the game. Getting home alive is my number 1 priority.
  2. Do not Pokémon GO and walk. Seriously.. people are walking intro traffic, tripping over stuff etc. If you have vibrate turned on (find in game settings) your phone will vibrate to tell you a Pokémon is near. Stop walking, move to the side so others can walk by and THEN check your phone. Use this same method for catching the Pokémon. You do not need to walk and throw the Pokéball to catch them
  3. Do NOT go out alone at night. I don’t care how big and bad you are. Travel in pairs at the very least and always stay to well lit areas. That Pokémon down that dark alley is just not worth it.
  4. If it comes with you, it leaves with you. Many of the major Pokémon GO spots I visit can have upwards of 100 people at it at a time. Some people like to bring snacks but then leave their garbage behind. Always make sure to clean up after yourself and leave the area enjoyable for everyone else.

If you use common sense and have some rules for your children Pokémon GO can be a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Pokémon GO Review

Pokémon GO Trainer NoliesPlace

As you can tell from my Trainer photo taken tonight from this post I am very much enjoying playing Pokémon GO. I hit level 20 on the 25th and sadly have not been able to get out and play since due to my husbands work schedule. However he is about to be off for 5 days and you can bet we will be out playing as much as possible.

Pokémon GO is free to play however you can purchase Pokécoins to use for various upgrades or extra supplies. You can also collect Pokécoins from winning gyms however where I live no one ever holds a gym longer than an hour so I did buy some coins last night to purchase some incubators so I can deal with all the eggs I have waiting to hatch.

As I mentioned above Pokémon GO does not use a ton of data. I am nowhere near going over my data for the month. Just keep an eye on it and make sure you always turn your Wifi on when you get back home. Tobei made the mistake of forgetting to turn on wifi once this month and thanks to YouTube has reached his data cap for the month.

While there are the haters out there I find Pokémon GO has been a great excuse for our family to get out of the house. We are getting exercise, fresh air and discovering new places around our city that I never even knew about even though I have lived here all my life.

So what are you waiting for? Go download it today from Google Play or the App Store and chase down those Pokémon.

Stay tuned for my Pokémon GO tips post coming later this week.

*No I was not asked or offered anything to write this post. I am just a Pokémon GO Trainer who loves the game and wanted to share it with all of you.*

Wookie Cookies

Do you have a star wars fan in your house? Are you a star wars fan yourself? Then you probably already know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available for streaming on Netflix. If you didn’t know, well know you do 😉

When we usually sit down for a movie it is with a giant bowl of popcorn, sometimes two. Star Wars is special though and that is why Netflix came up with these super cute Wookie Cookies you can make to enjoy while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hope you will enjoy them as much as I will.

Wookie Cookies Recipe

With the Clone Wars and The Force Awakens now on Netflix, families can bond over a beloved franchise that parents grew up with and kids will love.

May the Force be with you.

*Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix stream team and occasionally receive perks for being a member. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Reasons Why Diamond Became the Perfect Engagement Ring

Discover the essential events in our history that has shaped the symbol of a diamond engagement ring.

Reasons Why Diamond Became the Perfect Engagement RingImage by Melody Kramer via Flickr

The concept of engagement rings goes further back then you would think. In fact, even in the days of the Romans they would swap betrothal rings (even though made of modest iron) to signify their love and commitment. After a gap of about 100 years, engagement rings then made their way back into popular culture. This was thanks to a Pope in the 12th century laid some wedding ground rules and as you can guess, the swapping of the rings was at the top of the list.

It’s interesting to see the progress and development of the engagement ring over the years. What’s even more interesting, however, is how diamonds become such an integral part of the whole thing. This article will examine just that so you can get a better idea of the story behind the ring you’re buying.

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So, when did diamonds come into it?

The rings were there to symbolise the woman accepting the man’s proposal. It was an outward sign to others also that this commitment was lifelong and with the other person. Those in the field of anthropology believe that this dates back to the Roman days as we previously mentioned.

In fact, the first ever exchange of a diamond engagement ring that was officially recorded was in 1477. This was when the Archduke of Austria paid for a diamond ring to be made for his love Mary of Burgundy. After this, as you may have guessed the Victorians loved the concept or fancy wedding rings embellished with pretty stones and stunning diamonds.

After it became commonplace in the Victorian era, the trend continued on to the Edwardian time. Engagement rings were no longer made with just iron and bland materials but now precious metals, diamonds and enamels. Not only this, the designs became mixed in intricate combinations.

A turn for the diamond engagement ring

In the 1930’s however, things came to a bit of a plateau for the diamond craze. This is due to the tougher economic times; especially in the US market which saw a decline in the rate diamond engagement rings were sold. Companies and dealers tried to impress marketing campaigns upon people and along with the Hollywood industry, diamond rings came back with a bang in 1933.

A couple of decades later, the popularized slogan were crafted known as ‘A diamond is forever’. Due to the clever use of marketing, diamond rings became associated with a romantic and everlasting love. The symbol was revived and given even more depth. They no longer signified only a union but become something to cherish for years to come.

Now in the 21st century, it’s clear to see the importance of a diamond ring for engagements. Knowing the history is interesting and understanding how various events shaped its importance for our day is always a good thing to know.