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Friday, February 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Exhibit at Casa Loma, #BeOurGuestTO This Family Day Weekend

Beauty And The Beast Casa Loma

If you are planning Family Day weekend, there are lots of activities in Toronto and around the GTA. With the abundance of choices I highly recommend to visit famous Toronto castle Casa Loma. Only this weekend, Walt Disney Studios Canada invites fans of the tale as old as time to be our guest at Casa Loma for a very special look at the exquisite costumes from Disney’s upcoming film, "Beauty and the Beast."


From Friday, February 17th through Monday, February 20th, guests to the Castle will have the exclusive opportunity to see nine costumes from the film, as well as participate in themed activities and view special performances over the course of the weekend.  The fun-filled interactive experience and exhibit hits Toronto in advance of the March 17th release of the film, a live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic.  The film brings to life one of the most beloved tales ever told in a stunning, cinematic event directed by Bill Condon, with an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Costumes Casa Loma Beauty and The Beast

Casa Loma is the only location in Canada where fans can see the costumes, many of which were used in the production of the film and include Belle, Gaston, LeFou and more. All were designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer, Jacqueline Durran. Guests will also see a replica of the iconic rose and bell jar.  Among the activities being offered are arts and crafts, face painting and story time, plus performances by ballroom dancers and an aerialist.

Bella Cosume Beauty and The Beast

  Access to the costume exhibit and participation in the activities is free with the price of admission to Casa Loma, which will be offered at a special discounted rate only for Family Day weekend, February 17th – 20th.

costumes Gaston Beauty and the Beast

Guests who use the promo code “Be Our Guest” at the box office will receive a 20% discount on their ticket purchase. You can say or even sing "Be Our Guest", both welcome.

Casa Loma Rose

I had a chance to visit the exhibit and it is an amazing experience. Being in the real castle with live music,  delicious food, tours and performances is incredible. Visitors can see the costumes from the movie, watch set ups and animated characters in the castle. Plus roses, beautiful roses are almost everywhere around you. Though the exhibit is open on Family Day weekend only and offers lots of activities for families with kids, everyone who loves "Beauty and the Beast" story, should visit Casa Loma this weekend and take advantage of this unique opportunity. We are lucky to be in Toronto to see this beauty and enjoy the exhibit.    

Casa Loma Roses Casa Loma Treats

For more information on the exhibit and activities, or to purchase tickets, go to CasaLoma.ca. "Beauty and the Beast" will hit the big screen on March 17, 2017!  

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Big Little Lies - The Story About Family Stories

We are often amazed to see celebrities with their children, who look exactly like them, aren’t we? It’s just fascinating and amazing! Not only are celeb daughters lucky enough to win the genetic lottery, some of them are practically their mothers' doppelgängers. We have Meryl Streep & Mamie Gummer, Lisa Bonet & Zoë Kravitz, Goldie Hawn & Kate Hudson. But we’re not going to talk about them now. I’m talking about Reese Witherspoon and her daughter/mini-me Ava Phillipe.


This week, Reese brought her daughter, Ava, as a special guest to the Los Angeles premiere of her upcoming HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. With them looking so alike, it’s hard to tell who’s who! You just can’t deny that good looks run in the family, though. When asked about her daughter being her look-alike, Reese said, "Trust me, we see a little bit, but it's not the way people talk about it because we're so different and it's just sweet, you know, we're really close."

Big Little Lies airs on HBO with the pilot episode written by David E. Kelley. It is a comedy-drama miniseries based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty. I bet readers are excited to watch this come alive on TV.

The critics praise the author's ability successfully combine comedy and drama in one piece. We are looking forward to watch the book adaptation on TV.  The story is for families and about families.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ballerina Movie Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (CAN) #animation

Félicie, an 11 year old orphan, has one passion: dancing. Her greatest dream is to become a ballet dancer of the Paris Opera Garnier.

In order to achieve this dream, Felicie and her best friend Victor set up an incredible plan to escape from their orphanage to go to Paris! Paris, and its Eiffel Tower under construction, its brand new avenues designed by the Baron Hausmann, and the big scaffolding under which the Statue of Liberty is ready to be shipped to New York.
As she is willing to do anything to make it, Félicie will have to take the identity of her rival Camille to integrate the dancing school, to undergo intensive training to master gracefulness and ballet technique, and to endure the stress of the Opera’s auditions. With her mentor Odette and Victor by her side, Félicie will have to fight like she never did, to surpass herself, and to learn from her mistakes. But nothing is too hard to achieve one’s dream.

Starring Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen, the movie Ballerina is coming to Canada this spring. This amazing animation children film is such a wonderful story about friendship, love, dreams and what you have to do to make them happen.

We are happy to give an opportunity to see the movie before it hits the big screen. Thanks to eOneFilms we are giving away advance screening passes to Ballerina movie taking place on Saturday, February 25 at 10 am (local time) in the following Canadian cities:

Cineplex Cinemas Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin St, North York,
ON M6A 2T9.

Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby,
BC V5H 4M1

Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas
165 Stewart Green SW
Calgary, AB T3H 3C8

Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas
14231 137 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5L 5E8

Cineplex Odeon McGillivray and VIP
2190 McGillivray Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1S6

Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa
3090 Carling Ave, Nepean
ON K2B 7K2

Scotiabank Theatre Halifax
Bayer's Lake Business Park
190 Chain Lake Dr
Halifax, NS B3S 1C5

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents who can attend the select screening & ends February 22, 2017. The movie is officially out March 3d, 2017.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beaver Tails Offer Delicious Canadian Treats All Year Round

Beaver Tails Toronto Store

Beaver Tails is the iconic Canadian maker of delicious pastries. We always treat ourselves with beaver tails, bites and other goodies when visit Toronto Zoo, Canada’s  Wonderland or festivals and events across Ontario. Beaver Tails trucks are always ready to provide unique and popular pastries to the customers. We never had a chance to visit Beaver Tails store until this winter. This year we decides to spend some time at Harbourfront, skating at Natrel rink, enjoy sunny weather and try delicious tails in the store located at 145 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Beaver Tails Menu

Though it was Sunday afternoon, the store was packed with customers. We had a chance to snag a table near the window and enjoy beautiful views along with delicious food.  We ordered a tail with maple flavoured spread, a poutine, beaver bites, hot chocolate, beaver bites and Moozoo smoothie. After skating even ice-cream and gelato are welcome. Though a poutine did not impress me much, everything else was amazingly delicious. The pastries reminded me old grandma treats. I like the option to customize your selection, add extra spread, cinnamon sugar, sprinkles, syrup or banana slices.

Beaver Tails Bites Beaver Tails Poutine Beaver Tails Order

Beaver Tails’s fried dough, which became extremely popular across Canada, is now available in US,  Japan, South Korea and Dubai. Company's family recipe is still the unbeatable favorite for almost 40 years. We are always teasing kids that they are eating beaver tails, but not to be scared, the treats are only resemble the tail of a beaver made of whole wheat. Cooked on high quality canola oil, Beaver Tails pastries are served hot. The only thing I noticed that when we visit a store we eat more of treats than when we usually buy from the kiosk. Plus Moozoo smoothies are our new favorites, made of organic orange or natural lemonade.

Teddy at Beaver Tails store Beaver Tails Decor Inside Beaver Tails Harbourfront

While a waterfront patio is closed for winter, we are looking forward to visiting the store when the weather will be warmer. This location at Waterfront has lots to offer, and if you haven’t visited it yet, highly recommend. Deliciously friendly & so much to do & see around!   

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Track Your Water Intake Smart Way With Hidrate Spark 2.0

Hidtrate Spark

We all know that drinking water is good for our health. How much do we really need to drink every day? Doctors say that from six to eight cups, but how easy to remember and count them with our hectic lifestyle? I would never have thought how little water I am drinking until I tried  Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart water bottle. I drink lots of liquids like coffe, tea and juice during the day but when it comes to water I just do not remember that.

What makes Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart that it tracks your water intake. The water bottle comes with special app and records how much water you consumed. The Hidrate Spark 2.0 app sets the desirable amount you have to drink based on your weight, gender, lifestyle and season. If you exercise you definitely need to take more water, during summer we all need to drink more to avoid dehydration. Hidrate Spark 2.0 has all the information in one app. It is also designed to give you some historical data on how you doing with your water, if you drink enough or not.

Hidrate Spark 2

First days when I started using Hidrate Spark 2.0 bottle, I realized that I drink one- two cups a day and sometimes even less. When I see the results in numbers, I understand that my intake is pretty low. So let the journey begin; now I have a great companion to track the amounts I take. Hidrate Spark 2.0 bottle glows as a reminder to take a sip throughout the day. Our kid likes when the bottle glows and tells me about that, mom is always busy and sticks to the computer screen.  I prefer alerts coming through the app, they are better fit my browsing life, and they are funny by the way.

Hidrate Spark 2.0 app syncs Fitbit & Apple Watch & major digital devices (check the full list here). I installed the app on my iPhone and it works great, it connects to the bottle via Bluetooth.

Hidrate Spark smart bottle Hidrate

Hidrate Spark 2.0 bottle has pretty interesting design. It looks like it covered with diamond shaped facets and has nice ergonomic grip for better handling along with a holder attached to it. There is also an indicator how much water you can fill the bottle up to. Using Hidrate Spark 2.0 you can locate your bottle, in case you lost it or forgot somewhere, the app saves the last location it synced with the bottle. I like that Hidrate Spark 2.0 offers bottles in various colors, I have chosen teal and there are also pink, purple and black right now on their website.

Overall, I am quite happy with my bottle, it offers very simple solution to being healthy just by tracking your water intake. I think  Hidrate Spark 2.0 would be useful for everyone,  no matter if you exercise regularly or trying to be healthier this year, everything starts with water.  
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7 Awesome Tips For Natural Beauty

We are constantly spammed with different advertising messages. We look up to role models, Hollywood and music stars often trying to mimic their appearance and improve our looks even if it means doing cosmetic surgeries.

However, the truth of the matter is that you should feel comfortable within your skin. Everything you do in life, you need to do to improve yourself; not only to satisfy your ego. This is the only way you can truly be happy. So, the next time you sit in front of your Hollywood mirror, make sure that the person looking at you is the person you want it to be.

Natural Beauty

 Here are some tips that will help you do it: 
  1. Make an important decision
    If you wish to change your mentality and properly take care of yourself, the best way to do it is by making an important decision. This will mark the new beginning for you. No longer should you be concerned with others and the way they look. Instead, make sure to place focus inwards, to your own beauty and being.

  2.  Discover your own tempo
    A lot of young women tend to follow their partner’s tempo, often forgetting their needs in the process. Make sure to find yourself. Reserve some time for beauty; for small things such as manicure and hair treatment. This will definitely make you happy. And through happiness, your inner beauty can shine the most.

  3. Dress accordingly
     Your dress shouldn’t be a reflection of current trends. Instead, you should use it as a way to complement your personality. Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t have any formal clothing. I am just saying that you should cut yourself loose from time to time and show your true face through dresses and t-shirts. Create a persona that will look gorgeous in any type of a mirror.

  4. Feel comfortable
    The best thing you can do for yourself is to feel comfortable. This refers to your clothing, make-up and generally, the way you present yourself in public. There is no real reason to constantly wear heavy make-up as a way to impress. Instead, adapt it according to your needs and wants. Do things that will make you feel relaxed and at ease.

  5. Fixing your hair
    We are often impressed with haircuts and styles which we see in fashion magazines. Most of these styles take a lot of time to perfect. Truth of the matter is that most women will not feel comfortable wearing them. Instead of chasing after trends, let your hair loose. Like with other things, be sure to feel comfortable and satisfied with your hair no matter how it looks. Natural solutions are the way to go. Heavy dye and combing can only ruin it in the long run.

  6. Protecting your skin
    It is ok to get some sunlight. But, you shouldn’t overdo it. Prolonged exposure will dry out your skin destroying it in the process. Similar to hair, this can have disastrous long-term consequences for the tissue. Whenever you’re out in the sun, make sure to use a sunscreen. Also, make sure to avoid tanning parlors.

  7. Make sure to eat adequately
    Food is the most important and frequently neglected factor that affects our beauty. By eating properly, you are feeding your cells with valuable matter that will improve your appearance. Make sure to avoid candies, junk food and too much alcohol and red meat. By following these simple steps, you will do wonders for your beauty. 
We are wrongfully taught that cosmetic products and fancy clothing can improve our appearance. The matter of fact is; you can do much more by opting for natural solution and just preserving the beauty which was given to you on birth.

Hopefully these tips will lead you during the process.

Nick Stoyanov is a content strategist for HollywoodMirrors.co.uk – a family-run business, established in 2005 by a mother and son team. The company is based in the United Kingdom and sells mirrors with lights online. If you want to bring the glamour to your home HollywoodMirrors.co.uk is your place.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Miraculous! Simply The Best! Now In #Canada

Get ready to bug out with two new super heroes! The exciting new CGI animated TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is coming to DVD in Canada on February 7, 2017, from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with ZAG. The release features seven incredible episodes, bonus features like interviews with creators and animations tricks, and a French language track – très bon! Wildly successful on Nickelodeon in the United States, and now airing on the Family Channel and YTV in Canada, its legions of fans worldwide know that Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is superhero super fun.

Miraculous in Canada DVD

When we first watched Miraculous series, we loved them so much, even one episode was enough to catch our attention and make us curious what is next. Ladybug & Cat Noir complement each other and ready to help in difficult situations happening across the city.

Marinette and Adrien, two seemingly normal kids  live what appears to be an ordinary teen life in Paris with daily encounters that create amusing circumstances in school,  with friends, family, and even with strangers. But when the evil Hawk Moth threatens their beloved city of Paris, they transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir using super powers gained with the help of their magical friends. Hawk Moth is using his evil energy to transform normal people into super villains, so our two heroes need to use all their skills to defeat him.

We watched together with Teddy the episodes. The DVD starts with Adrien's Birthday and what happens during this special day,  Mr. Pigeon episode is the funniest one. It was nice to see familiar Paris spots like The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and Champs Elysées.

Becoming Ladybug is a complicated process. First, Marinette needs a "Kwami," which is a tiny magical assistant (called Tikki). She also needs a "Miraculous," which is a magical accessory (her special pair of earrings). Tikki uses the Miraculous to transform Marinette, but her Ladybug super powers only work for a limited time! It is a good thing that she gets a little help from her superhero partner, Cat Noir even though she insists she doesn't need him.

If only she knew Cat Noir's true identity – her school crush, Adrien! It will take a lot – friendship, teamwork and skill – to outwit Hawk Moth. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir be able to balance their double lives and keep Paris safe? Will they ever find out each other's true identity? Shiny, brave and funny, Ladybug & Cat Noir are a great team.
Miraculous DVD

Thanks to Shout! Kids we are excited to giveaway a DVD copy of  Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir to our lucky reader. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

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