Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Join Thomas & Friends Big Adventure at the Toronto Zoo This March Break | #TreehouseTV

ThomasToronto Zoo March Break

It is March Break, once a year opportunity to have fun and enjoy your time for a week before school starts again. Thomas & Friends™ is making a trip to Toronto to take children and families on the ultimate adventure to Tidmouth Sheds at The Toronto Zoo.

Come join Thomas and see the world through his eyes this March Break, discovering new friends, cultures and animals. The Special Events Centre has transformed into Tidmouth Sheds bringing with it fun for children and parents. Throughout the week, guests can pick up a Thomas & Friends™ branded Passport from the Special Events Centre, taking them on a scavenger-hunt journey through 6 different regions across the zoo, looking for Thomas’ newly made friends.

Find all his friends, learn about the regions, the animals and complete each location. After you’ve finished, head back to Tidmouth Sheds (Special Events Centre) for more Thomas & Friends fun like colouring sheets, live animal visitors and a live screening area featuring the latest season of Thomas & Friends™.

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 17 from 9:30AM – 6:00PM 
WHERE: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7

During March 16th & 17th only, as an extension of the scavenger-hunt, check out the awesome Thomas play zone. Sir Topham Hatt himself will even be making an appearance! And make sure to get there early, the first 2,000 children will be getting a free Thomas & Friends mini engine! Hop onboard this March Break and get to know Thomas & Friends™!

Catch the newest season of Thomas & Friends™ on Treehouse TV, Weekdays at 11:50am ET & Weekends at 12:15pm ET!

Plus check fabulous Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ toys. They let children build a custom-made motorized railway with thrilling train sets, connectable track packs and their favorite Thomas & Friends™ characters. Kids can race with friends experience thrilling moments and see the Island of Sodor come to life as Thomas reaches greater speeds, taller heights and bigger adventures! So much fun!

Toys are available at Amazon.ca, Walmart, ToysRUs, Loblaws & Real Canadian Super Stores!
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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms Release on Blu-Ray & DVD Giveaway CAN | #DisneysNutcracker

The Nutcracker

There are lots of adaptions of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale presented in movies, animated features and theatres. Disney Studios created their own Nutcracker story to impress and admire. Their movie, the Nutcracker and the Four Realms, opened in November last year is visually dazzling story about favorite characters and beloved music.

The movie follow adventures of Clara and her family when they try to cope with death of their mover. As Christmas time approaches the whole family attends annual holiday party. Clara wants only one thing, find a key to unlock a box that holds a Christmas present from her mother. Every one at the party receives a gift following a personalized golden thread. The girl receives the key she wanted but for the short time as it is stolen by a little mouse. Clara tries to get her key back by chasing the mouse but somehow finds herself in a mysterious parallel world.

There Clara meets a soldier named Phillip who helps the girl in her journey. They visit Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara also learns that her mother was The Queen of the whole kingdom. How interesting to learn that your mother reigned and was a good leader? Clara with her new friends has to brave the gloomy Forth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger. Her clowns are funny and quite scary at the same time. The Sugar Plum Fairy who is the regent of Land of Sweets and supposed to help Clara become a new Queen only used Clara's innocent intentions to help. It is not clear who is good and who is bad in this Kingdom until an army of tin soldiers start ruining what Clara's mother built for years.

There are some special scenes in the movie we liked the most. First one is the Mouse King fighting as a gang of mice, spectacular animated creature. Second we liked the show at the castle where The Sugar Plum Fairy tells the history of the kingdom, great moment to enjoy ballet scenes and hear famous Tchaikovsky music. And third are clowns, they are so creepy, their laughs and movements!

Now Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie, magical adventure, is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD. The release includes never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes. Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect.

We are excited to partner with Walt Disney Studios Canada and give a chance our Canadian readers to win a copy of The Nutcracker and The Four Realms for themselves. The giveaway ends February 6, 2019. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fuller House The Complete Third Season Available on DVD & Digital | Warner Bros.

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

Fuller House 3

Adventures never end in The Tanner’s Family. There is always something to anticipate, celebrate, fix or deal with. The third season of family comedy Fuller House released on DVD this winter to give fans an opportunity to enjoy the series.

Lots of important events take place on the third season of Fuller House. It starts with the end of school year, summer vacation and family dream time together. Max and other kids are expected it to be. Jackson starts summer school to his total disappointment due to his poor grades in history. Steve and C.J. make plans to get married in Japan and the gang heads overseas for the big wedding. Kimmy tries to earn her place as a wedding planner in Steve’s wedding showing all her creativity with a support from her daughter Ramona. Stephanie makes plans to get in-vitro fertilization and D.J. tries to get Tommy into a prestigious preschool. Mostly it looks like regular house events, with only difference; there are three families in one house. They never lock the doors because it does not make sense, someone always needs to come in or go out. Even Fernando who decided to buy the old Gibbler house to impress Kimmy continues to come back to Fuller House every day. Fernando renovates Kimmy’s childhood home and restores it to its former glory, it was not just regular house, it has own funny and scary spots, not saying that a ghost lives there too. Nevertheless, adults had a fun party there one day to feed their nostalgia while Uncle Jesse almost ruined Fuller house while babysitting.

In fall, Jackson and Ramona start high school where Ramona tries out for her school’s dance team while Jackson becomes a joke at his school after slipping on a piece of bologna during lunch. Joey, Jesse and Danny come home to celebrate 30 years since they initially moved in together to raise the Tanner girls. It’s great third season filled with laughter and love for the Tanners and their friends. There are lots of funny jokes and moments, we enjoyed them to the fullest. Even Teddy said that it is better to watch Fuller House episode instead of his superheroes series because they are so funny and act like real family. While Max and Fernando overplay sometimes to my opinion, Fuller House is lovely family comedy.

One of television’s most beloved families entertain viewers with 18 hilarious new episodes in season three, featuring guest appearances by original Full House cast including John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin. The series, which has earned a 2018 Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for “Outstanding Children’s Program,” has already been renewed for a fourth season on Netflix.

The third season of Fuller House is now available to own on DVD and Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game | #Disconnect2Connect

Teddy Monster Crunch

Canadian winter can be endless. If it is not cold outside, then probably sloppy and muddy. It makes us often stay indoors. While it sounds sad there are lots of opportunities to play at home and one of our favorites is board games.

Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game stars the classic Monster Cereal Characters from General Mills. It is not easy for us to feed Teddy in the morning, but when it comes to the game he is always ready to play. Monster Crunch! invites players to pick their favorite Monster Cereal character from Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Fruit Brute, Fruity Yummy Mummy, and Franken Berry. From two to five players can participate in the game. Each player gets own Cereal Bowl Card, 36 Cereal Cards and two Monster Power Cards. The game is played through three hands, what means each player gets 12 Cereal Cards per hand.

Monster Crunch Set Up

The main purpose of the game is to collect as many Cereal Cards as possible in the Bowl and the player with the most cards wins. What a cereal without milk? In this game there are special Milk Tokens which are used to combine numbers of Cereal Cards. Since Cereal Cards are numbers from 1 to 12, to get bigger numbers players can use Milk Tokens. For example, use 5 and 10 to submit 15.

Monster Crunch game

The person who last eat cereal ( real one ) starts the game, and place Cereal Card on his Bowl. Next player must place his Cereal Card of the same or greater number of previous player. I think the most fun begins when we start combining numbers and try to match and beat the opponent with bigger number using milk tokens. If there is no number to match, the player misses the round and takes one milk token to use for the next round.

Monster Crunch

There are two Monster Power Cards per each player to advance in the game. Teddy was so reluctant to use them and always wants to save them for the future, just in case. Players can use these cards only once in the game and they are very helpful.

We do not follow any special strategies, often break the rules, laugh and have fun. This game reminds me old family card games, but for Teddy is totally new game to play. Designed for ages 9+, Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game is fun game during cold days and windy weekends.

You can find Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game on Amazon, Walmart, Mastermind in Canada and other major toy retailers across North America.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sonshine and Broccoli New Album To Spread Kindness & Love | It’s Cool To Be Kind


Sonshine and Broccoli is a famous Canadian band performing since 2004. Their catchy pop-rock songs and interactive shows became favorites of many families and kids not only in the GTA. Lisa Sonshine and Brock "Broccoli" Burford create music and entertain kids for many years. We often meet the band in our community. When there is a new library grand opening, festival or a charity event we are always happy to see Sonshine and Broccoli performing.

This year the band released their new album called It’s Cool To Be Kind. And we had a chance to listen their new creation. The release is filled with amazing tunes, a perfect mix of different styles pop, rock and disco. You can dance, play and sing with Sonshine and Broccoli.

Besides having catchy tunes, the release sends positive messages of kindness and happiness what we all need these days. Children learn how to be thankful, enjoy being with a family and have fun together! And they also learn to clean up toys and be nice to everyone.

The new album does not follow one style, it is a combination of lively songs, fast tempo and calming music tunes. The lyrics are also great, easy to remember and sing for little ones. We hope the audience will also enjoy Toronto song from the It’s Cool To Be Kind album, it is about the major city attractions and places to visit! Teddy’s favorite songs from the album are Broccoli Jam, Disco Ninja and Toronto song.


On the positive note Sonshine and Broccoli’s “Cool To Be Kind” album is submitted for Best Children’s Album and we can’t wait to see it will win at the Juno Awards this March!

Visit sonshineandbroccoli.com for more information about new album, upcoming shows and live performances.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Make Your Special Moments Unforgettable With Canvas | #CanvasArt

These days most of the images we have are in digital format. It is convenient, easy to make and share. But we all still enjoy the magic of the beautiful pictures on the wall. There are so many precious moments in our life to put on canvas. From baby birth, travel adventures, family gatherings to competitions, awards and life milestones or celebration of special occasions.

Although we travel a lot we did not print any pictures at all, until the moment when Teddy’s school teacher gave him an assignment to bring a printed photo about his life. I think only that time we started seriously treat our photos as treasures and made a print of our family shot near the Pisa Tower.

Later we wanted to make more prints and this time on canvas, so we can put them on the walls to enjoy and remember our adventures. That was quite expensive treat and Canvas Company knew that. That’s why they come to help with easy to use and affordable printing solutions.

Our next project with Canvas Company became a photo from our European trip. Frankfurt Christmas Market was festive and colorful and the best fit to be on the wall. Placing an order on Canvas Company web site was fast and easy. I like how organized and simple online ordering is. I also like that the site has an editor, so I could resize the photo. I wanted to see us in the middle of the print and include all the famous attractions too. The site also offers great wraparound feature. You can choose the wrapped sides on the canvas; they can be just one solid color or like a continuation of the picture when the sides are mirrored.

Besides single canvas prints, you can also order canvas collages, split images and wall displays. Canvas Company also works with acrylic and metal prints. If you are not info printing your own photos then the site has millions of images to choose from organized by theme, for example - Landscape, Contemporary or Abstract.

We are very happy with the quality of the print when our canvas arrives. It is neatly framed and the back has a metal hanger to put the print on the wall. The colors are bright and the whole picture looks amazing.

If you want to have some quality prints then try to check Canvas Company.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Home Entertainment Movie Combo + Swag Giveaway CAN | #TheGrinch

The Grinch movie

Based on Dr. Seuss’ famous story, Universal Pictures present beloved holiday classic The Grinch. It is the tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships.

The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of irritation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

If you missed the movie on the big screen then you can still enjoy it to the fullest because Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is coming out on Digital January 22, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 5, 2019. Such a treat for New Year! The release contains more than 60 minutes of bonus content, including three mini-movies: “Dog Days of Winter” starring the Grinch and his heroically loyal dog Max; and “Yellow is the New Black” and “Santa’s Little Helpers,” both starring the lovable Minions.

Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a perfect night in for the whole family! Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch stars Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous Grinch. The incredible voice cast includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and featuring legendary actress Angela Lansbury.

The Grinch

We are happy to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch release and give away two copies of the movie along with swag items. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends January 25, 2019! Winners will get a movie copy in best available formats!

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