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Saturday, August 27, 2016

eOne Films The Wild Life Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (6 Canadian Cities)

I enjoyed many Robinson Crusoe story versions in my life starting from reading Daniel Defoe's book when I was at school to movies, cartoons and theatre improvisations. Every time each piece brings something fresh and touching what makes the story of Robinson who spent three decades in solitude encouraging. Though it is considered as a drama, I never thought it was. Robinson Crusoe name is always associated with challenges and adjusting to new world never seen before.

This fall new animation movie The Wild Life is about to hit the big screen. Based on the world famous story of Robinson Crusoe, The Wild Life, follows a shipwrecked and lost Robinson as he fights to build a treehouse. Watch as hilarity ensues for Robinson along with his case cast of zany wild animals as they all fight for survival.

The Wild Life

From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new "creature." No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

The movie is starring with Ron Allen, George Babbit, Laila Berzins, Ilka Bessin, Joey Camen, Jeff Doucette and Sandy Fox.

The Wild Life is fun for children of all ages and will be a great way to spend time with the family this fall. The movie is out on Friday, September 9. Thanks to the generosity of eOne Films Entertainment, we are excited to giveaway family passes to the advance screenings of The Wild Life in the following Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa. The screenings will be taking place on Saturday, September 3, 10am. Each pass admit four.

The Wild Life advance screening cities and theaters:

Calgary, AB
West Hills
September 3, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta
North Edmonton
September 3, 2016

Ottawa, ON
Cineplex Ottawa
September 3, 2016

Toronto, ON
September 3, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia
International village
September 3, 2016

Winnipeg, MB
St. Vital
September 3, 2016

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deal With Stress in Healthier Way with Flora’s 4-Stress #TryNatural

Flora 4Stress

We have all experienced stress at different stages of our lives. From Back-to-school stress and preparations for upcoming holiday season to work life balance and even growing demands in generating more income for a family, stress can take over you. Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect our health and lead to serious problems from heart disease to cancer. To help relieve symptoms of occasional stress in a natural and healthy way, Flora designed a supplement to called 4 Stress to maintain healthy stress response. Flora is a family-owned premium natural health products company; you can find their products in almost any health and wellness store across Canada. I use Flora’s Flax Oil every week and I was looking forward to trying more Flora company products.

Flora’s 4-Stress contains a blend of four adaptogenic herbs that help you manage stress in a healthy way. Adaptogenic herbs help your body 'adapt' and reduce both mental and physical stress. I used 4-Stress for a couple of weeks and I like the ability of supplement to relieve the body tension. When you are stressed you feel like everything squeezes inside you and 4-Stress helps the body to slow down a little, relax and support your body’s ability to manage stress. 4-Stress contains American Ginseng, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha and Schisandra Berry Extract to relieve symptoms of stress and help maintain a healthy immune system. The product comes dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. For me Flora’s 4-Stress effectively reduces nervousness associated with stress and improves mental focus so you can evaluate situations stressing you and act accordingly. The supplements come in 60 capsules in a glass bottle format, they help relieve mental fatigue and the sensation of weakness. I like they come in a capsule form, easy to swallow. One capsule should be taken three times a day.

Seasonal stress in on the way, I can feel it. We need to manage lots of tasks this fall. Just to mention few of them: the change from the routines of summer to a new schedule, new school for Teddy, new teachers and extra activities, plus new clothes, sports gear and outfit as kids grow fast and need new things almost every season. If you are interested in dealing with stress in a healthier way then check Social Nature and join to try Flora’s 4-Stress.

Social Nature

With Social Nature you can try not only Flora’s 4-Stress but also many other natural and healthy products and other great natural products. Social Nature is easy to use and you get natural products absolutely free. I was very pleased to try natural, made in Canada, product to relieve stress.

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Right now you can register and get FREE Flora stress supplements for yourself. Flora’s 4-Stress comes in full size format (60 vegetarian capsules), $34.99 value. See the difference and it may change your life for better.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Scooby-Doo! & WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon – One Team to Defeat the Evil Phantom #ScoobyWWE

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray™ I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own. 

Scooby-Doo has never been quiet and always something happens to him making his gang to be close and find what is going on. This month Warner Bros. Home Entertainment introduced a whole set of adventures of Mystery Inc. Team in new movie Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.

Scooby-Doo and WWE Curse of the Speed Demon

The new release presents Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang along with WWE superstars work together to chase mysterious phantom racer. This racer known as Inferno terrifies all racing community and no one know who he is and where he comes from. To avoid the chaos and solve the mystery with scary phantom, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the team along with The Undertaker ready to take action to catch the trouble maker. From other point The Undertaker and his assistant had a chance to meet Inferno during the race and see what he is capable for. Phantom’s destructive abilities and evil intentions turn out to be real ones so that The Undertaker’s assistant was taken to the hospital after the accident and an encounter with Inferno. It is quite a challenge to catch Inferno. WWE stars, Mystery Team and the police department, all participate in the chase. To find mysterious phantom, Scooby-Doo and his gang spend some time to understand what Inferno wants and what are the reasons of such behaviour. After some research they find out that Inferno is one of the racers who took part in races many years ago. But what leads him to turn out into the monster, strong and hateful, that’s what everyone really wants to know.

ScoobyDooWWE Teddy

The movie is already out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this August. It features characters and voices of real WWE superstars like Triple H, Shamus, Paige, El Torito, Rusev, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Lana and others. There is also racing teams participating in the races and compete with each other like Team Russia, Los Matadores and Team Legends. While I am not a good at WWE shows I think cartoon versions of the superstars are definitely loved and watched by kids. The Blu-ray & DVD also has bonus Scooby-Doo Monster Jam content, a behind-the-scenes segment featuring Scooby-Doo Monster Jam truck drivers.

Check our experience at Monster Jam show in Toronto where we had a chance to watch Scooby-Doo Monster Jam truck in action:

Though there are lots of serious guys in this movie, Scooby-Doo definitely fits in with his funny looks and behaviour. Sometimes you need to go on adventures in a festive mood and with good laughs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

You are Invited to #OokaReads Back To School Twitter Party

New school year means new outfit for our growing fast kids, new gear, new plans and goals. With a shiny pair of skechers, swimming glasses or a hockey stick, children are getting ready for a new chapter in their life, more efforts to make and more time to spend learning new subjects.

I think Teddy missed his school a little this summer. Even after all fun slides and rides he wanted to learn something new. Ooka Island App is what Teddy can endless talk about, what he likes and what is not. All the games, tasks, elves he meets, playground and other interesting and engaging places he visits every time on the island are to teach him to read. Learning path is unique for every child, you may use different methods, ways and approaches to teach them. If you are willing to discuss what it takes to teach a child, then join us on Tuesday, August 16th at 8 pm-9 pm EST for our Back To School twitter party.

We want to help kick off the best school year ever for our children. Share your experience with other parents or learn how to prepare your child for Back To School. Just follow #OokaReads hashtag & @ookaisland!

OOKA Island Party

There will be great prizes to win:
1 year Ooka Island subscription,
1 year Ooka Island subscription plus a set of books, and
1 year Ooka Island subscription with set of books and an iPad mini!

Open to USA and Canada. NO RSVP required.

Join the #OokaReads twitter party for tips on getting ready for the school year!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pete’s Dragon is Heartwarming Old Story with a Modern Touch #Disney

Petes Dragon Disney

This week we attended advance screening of Pete’s Dragon in Toronto. The first thought was if the story is about the dragon mostly like a mystical creature. The more we saw the more we were into the story taking place in a small town surrounded by forests. Local lumber and wood businesses grow fast nearby. Many years old wood carver Mr. Meacham fascinates children with his the fierce dragon tales of that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. The dragon, whom Mr. Meacham saw himself as he ensures, is introduced in stories as a forest protector and huge in size. Kids, of course, totally believe old wood carver and hope one day to see the dragon themselves.

The story may be end up just as a tale but Mr. Meacham’s daughter Grace and granddaughter meet in the forest a strange boy, whose name is Pete. The kid seems has the woods as his home and lives with his friend, green giant dragon Elliott. The more Grace’s family learn about Pete, the more they start understand what happened to the little boy. While Grace as a forest ranger who spends most of her time working in forest never seen any dragons. You will be amazed Elliott’s abilities to merge and disguise with the forest so that no one can see him except may be Pete. As the story develops we find what happened to Pete and how he lost his family in an accident. Then Pete meets Elliot and they both spend almost all the time together many years unnoticed. The amazing friendship between little boy and the forest creature is so touching.

The story is not without villains, who try to catch the green dragon to their profit. But thanks to Mr. Meacham and children, Elliott is set to be free and have to build his own family. The most heartbreaking moment is when Elliott and Pete realize that they cannot be together anymore. Pete’s need his family back he lost many years ago. And for Elliott, it is not safe to be close to people. Of course, Elliott is huge and strong; when angry you can expect a fire breathing dragon but still cute, friendly and protective.

Teddy liked the movie a lot; he said he even cried at the end. The story is touching and talks about real feelings, love, loss, support, friendship and family. You see how simple things make us happy and our connections are so strong that we can do everything to protect the loved ones, even change for better. As Mr. Meacham said you change the perception of how you see the world after you meet the dragon. Many things we co-exist with, good or bad, you can see and feel if you willing to. Take your chance to experience the magic.

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon is now playing in theatres in 3D, highly recommend to see it, great family-friendly movie about real love, friendship and what is important in life.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (7 Canadian Cities)

Kubo Movie Teddy

Kubo and the Two Strings movie is about to hit a big screen this month. This animations movie is highly anticipated by kids and adults. Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Kubo Movie

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

To celebrate the release we are in partnership with Entertainment One Films excited to giveaway family passes to advance screening of Kubo and the Two Strings movie across Canada in the following cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg.

Calgary, AB
Cineplex Crowfoot Crossing
August 17, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta
Cineplex Odeon Windermere
August 17, 2016

Halifax, NS
Scotiabank Theatre Halifax
August 17, 2016

Ottawa, ON
Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa
August 17, 2016

Toronto, ON
SilverCity Yonge Eglinton
August 17, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia
Cineplex Marine Gateway
August 17, 2016

Winnipeg, MB
SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas
August 17, 2016

The winners will have to claim passes via GoFobo site. The giveaway ends August 15, 2016. Good Luck!

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Our Adventures at Martin’s Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Golden Nugget Saloon

Martin’s Fantasy Island is located in Grand Island, New York and very close to the Niagara Falls. This summer we visited it second time and excited to share our experiences. We decided to spend a whole day at the park, because, based on our last year experience, there are so many things to do and watch. We arrived early to have an opportunity to cover as much as possible of what the park has to offer. While the park almost does not have many lineups to the rides, to some of them, very popular ones like Silver Comet, you still need to wait. Our first activity was paddling in a boat around Indian village, and then we went to Mega Disco, Rock & Roll rides and few more.

Martins Fantasy Island Water Park Water Park Martins Fantasy Lazy River MFI Mini Pool Matrins Fantasy Island

The day was really hot so we headed to Water Park to take advantage of water activities. We took Lazy River Ride several times; it was fun floating in water balloons through mini waterfalls and bump into each other. The park has amazing water slides Teddy enjoyed them to the fullest. If you do not like water slides there is a Wave Pool which makes fun waves and mini pool for young kids with Dragon slide and few water swirls.

Golden Saloon Show Shootout Show Train Robbery

Next on our busy schedule were shows. Wild West Shoot-Outs presented their roughest cowboys and endless battle between Marshall and the bad guys. You have a feeling that these cowboys live on the streets of Westerntown. With smoke, shootings and Wild West outfit we became a part of Western. For music and dancing lovers the Golden Nugget Saloon offers spectacular shows, plus you can treat yourself with delicious ice-cream. The shows are held four times daily so you definitely need to visit one of them. This year you can also enjoy new show "Galaxy Of Fantasy" definitely inspired by new Star Wars movie, but with own Martin’s Fantasy touch.

Martins Fantasy Car Ride

During lunch time we stopped at Boopers and tried their food, burgers for parents and hot dog for Teddy. Then we explored other part of the park and Teddy took rides at Kiddie Land. We couldn’t not miss the ride on famous Iron Horse train across the park and witnessed the Wild West train robbery, looked like bad cowboys always have something evil in their minds, but the Marshall and his team are always there to help and protect.

Martins Fantasy Ride

We had a busy day at the park and truly enjoyed our day. Since this park is close to Canadian border, Canadians are more than welcome to spend time there and enjoy all rides, shows and the water park. You can exchange Canadian dollars to US at the park entrance and across the park at stores and restaurants. The park offers Canadian Family Wednesdays rate when a family of four can enjoy a whole day of summer fun for only $64.95 CDN. Good deal, considering that the admission is US$ 22.95 - 27.95 based on height. Children 2 & under are free. There is are also saving printable coupons offering 10% off shopping at The Western Shop, Alicia’s General Store and The Sweet Shoppe.

Silver Comet Rock n Roll

After visiting the park we spent a night at Four Points by Sheraton conveniently located close to the park and the Niagara Falls. Next morning we went exploring American side of the Falls,. The weather was amazing, bright & shiny, so we could clearly see both falls and enjoy the scenery.

We had really nice days visiting Martin’s Fantasy Island and The Niagara Falls. It is hard to realize how much you can experience for only two days and very close to home.