@TeddyOutReady: June 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

You are Invited to Never Grow Up Grand Opening in #Toronto

After successful years of operating a business in Oakville, Never Grow Up is excited to announce the opening their second store in Toronto. The company brings their love and expertise in dressing children for special occasions, celebrations, weekends and happy moments. Children grow fast and, as parents, we always want to keep these precious moments and give our kids the best we can.

Never Grow Up Toronto

Never Grow Up showcases designers from all over Europe, Canada and the United States. With each unique child, comes a unique style and at Never Grow Up the vast array of fabrics, colours and patterns let children display their personalities through their clothing. Implementing industrial elements into the shelving and display pieces perfectly accents the refurbished wood and neutral colour scheme used throughout the store. Never Grow Up customers can expect this location to be a trendy one of a kind children's boutique offering more clothing pieces, accessories, toys and Wonder Tents for children to play in.

Never Grow Up

"We're thrilled to be introducing another store to our customers. We've brought some of our designers at our Oakville location with us to Toronto; however, we're introducing a lot of new ones as well. The store sets itself apart from other children's retailers by focusing on building relationships and creating a positive experience with each individual customer. We want children to love their clothes and enjoy wearing them, that's why we provide garments that suit each child who shops with us."

Never Grow Up Store

On July 4, 2015 Never Grow Up will be opening the doors to its second location at 1725 Bayview Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.  Families, children, parents and friends are welcome to join this fantastic celebration filled with fun, games, treats and giveaways.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

New TreehouseGo App - Kids Enjoy Their Favourite Treehouse Shows On-The-Go #TreehouseGo

The school year is finally over and families looking forward to summer vacations and getaways. Just in time for family road trips and summer travel Treehouse launches its own TreehouseGO app for mobile devices and tablets. Being the #1 preschool network, the favorite Corus Entertainment channel is giving children the opportunity to watch their beloved Treehouse shows anytime and anywhere. 

TreehouseGO Ted

We already downloaded the app, and Teddy likes it so much. For rainy day at the cottage, or when travelling, there is no better activity than watching favorite episodes. The selection of shows is impressive, and the quality is amazing. Designed for kids 2 to 6, TreehouseGO is playful and easy for kids to navigate, and above all, gives them on-the-go access in the same fun, safe and trusted Treehouse environment that parents know and love. The app, free to Treehouse TV subscribers, will be continually updated with the most popular and current Treehouse series such as Dora and Friends, Little Charmers, Octonauts, Toopy & Binoo, Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight. Visit www.treehouset.com/TreehouseGO for more information.

TreehouseGO IPad

Knowing that families want the flexibility of being able to watch their favourite entertainment on the go, we’re excited to begin rolling out a full suite of our kids television brands specially optimized for mobile devices,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Parents and kids will love the entertaining and portable TreehouseGO experience that mirrors the full, rich environment of Canada’s #1 television brand for young kids.

TreehouseGo Main Screen

TreehouseGO is the first of several apps Corus Entertainment is launching to ensure audiences have convenient access to their favourite content anywhere, anytime. Corus Entertainment apps will be available free to subscribers of its TV services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of current programming that they can view, download and live stream. 

TreehouseGO Dora

TreehouseGO Key Features:
  • Safe and easy for little ones to use 
  • Free with your Treehouse subscription 
  • Features full-length episodes on demand—or you watch the channel live as it airs by clicking on the Live TV icon 
  • Can be watched offline with the “My Backpack” download-to-go option 

TreehouseGO is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and video content is available at no charge to satellite and cable subscribers of Treehouse TV. Additional features will be rolled out in the coming year.

Upon downloading and opening the TreehouseGO app, users will be able to submit their email to receive special promotions such as a discount code for tickets to Treehouse Big Day Out, the two-day family festival taking place in Toronto on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Fact Finders Mission - Making Informed Food Choices #FocusOntheFacts

Nutrition is very important for growing children. When it comes to food choices, we always try to buy what is right for our family. How often we find that the food tastes good but in terms of being healthy it does not carry much value, or when facing a dilemma what is the best choice to make, putting aside pretty packaging and emotional shopping. In similar situations nothing can beat the Nutrition Facts which reflect in numbers the information we need to know about the food we buy.

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Recently we joined Fact Finder’s Mission Event at one of Etobicoke Metro. It was a part of the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign, an initiative from the Government of Canada, developed for families to educate them how to use the Nutrition Facts table and make more informed food choices. It may sound boring to check all those numbers on every food product you buy, but it turns out very interesting especially when you do it with kids.

Teddy Focus on The Facts Coloring Station Focus on The Facts Fact Finders Mission

At the beginning of the Event Teddy received Sherlock’s detective hat and a magnifying glass, so we were ready to explore the grocery store with a pragmatic attitude, only pure facts, please. Children had a good time at a coloring station designing their own bags and showing their creations. After shopping bags were ready, we joined the presentation about the Nutrition Facts and Serving Size. We were excited to meet the event host Kristina Matisic, journalist and co-founder of Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, who shared helpful tips about using the Nutrition Facts table in everyday life.

Kristina Matisic Results Fact Finders Mission

Our mission was about to start, teams were formed and split in different categories. We had to compare food products using the Nutrition Facts table but based on same serving size. While Teddy learns a lot about healthy food often influencing our food purchases based on his knowledge, Nutrition Facts table was definitely something new to him. He realized that most products have that table and numbers listed there are very important.

Fact Finders Mission

What we learned from our mission – how properly use Serving Size and % Daily Value:
  • Start with Serving Size. Nutrition Facts table information is based on this quantity of food 
  • Use the % Daily Value to see if a Serving Size has a little or a lot of a nutrient. Use 5% Daily Value or less is a little, 8-9% is moderate and 15% or more of Daily Values is a lot! 
  • Choose food that has more Nutrients you want ( or you need to take) like iron, Vitamin A, calcium and fibre and less sodium and saturated and trans fats. 
It is a great idea to compare two different packages in one category and with same serving size. For example, cheese packs, the healthier and better choice is the one having less or moderate amount of trans fats, 8% or less. Another example, when comparing two types of pasta, better choice in fiber between moderate (around 8%) and a lot (about 28%) is the one having 28% of Daily Value.

For more information please visit Canada.ca/NutritionFacts and Focusonthefacts.ca. You can also test your knowledge how to make informed food choices in the quiz for a chance to win a $300 grocery gift card.

The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign: Focus on the Facts is a partnership between the Retail Council of Canada, Food Consumer Products of Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and Health Canada.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – Cutie Mark Quests DVD Giveaway CAN

Join the quests, favorite show My Little Pony has a new DVD coming out on June 30th! The episodes of Cutie Mark Quests take you on adventures of popular characters as they try to find what unique talents and skills every little pony has. Follow Twilight Sparkle and her best friends as they use their special talents and the magic of friendship to keep Ponyland safe and fun. Why Cutie Marks are so important and what little ponies do, to make sure their friendship is strong no matter what difficulties wait them ahead?
Cutie Mark Quests

In Equestria the magic comes only for being true to youself. While some skills are difficult to gain and finding real talents are not easy until little ponies try different things. As we continue following little ponies adventures we see that the power of group starts taking over and ponies begin losing their identities. When chaos and disharmony hit a village, the solution offered to our friends is being same and alike. Do little ponies find the way to get their Cuite Marks back and prove that their friendship is strong? It is all here in Cutie Mark Quests!

Our kids love watching My Little Pony and very excited about new release. A bonus Sing –Along is exactly what we were looking for in this DVD, so we can sing with our favorite characters. For more information please follow Shout Factory on Facebook and Twitter.

One of Teddy Out Ready reader will win My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – Cutie Mark Quests DVD. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends July 2, 2015.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

EuroPharma Curamin - Award Winning Natural Pain Reliever #Curamin

Feeling pain is quite normal, we all experience occasional back, joints pain and headache. Women giving birth to a child are in severe pain so we all know that feeling and always in search of effective medication to relieve the pain. While first choice comes to Advil or Tylenol pain killers, sometimes a healthier choice is to switch to natural remedies like Curamin. This product from EuroPharma’s TerryNaturally brand, is an award-winning natural pain reliever which became an essential supplement for many people.  Curamin can be taken no matter what the source of your pain: if you follow active lifestyle and have some muscle pain, or you sit at the office the whole day and end up with back pain.

Curamin

Made of curcumin (a compound of turmeric) along with BosPure Boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase, Curamin offers safe and effective pain relief. We take it for headache and arthritis pain. From our experience Curamin slowly reduces the pain, step by step releasing tight and painful areas. After a while you feel that your pain is gone. Besides being natural pain reliever, Curamin has multiple benefits including being a strong antioxidant protection, providing immune system support, and effective in preventing depression, dementia, cancer, digestive disorders and more. Pain is often connected to problems inside the body and Curamin enhances the body’s natural defense mechanism, natural cure without side effects.

There are some days we cannot live without the Golden Knight Curamin: occasional headache due to weather changes, muscle pain after exercise, joins pain when having cold, every time Curamin is here to help. It is recommended to take three capsules a day or as needed.

For more information about Curcumin, reviews and benefits, please visit Curamin.com. You can also get Curamin on Amazon.
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Disney Pixar Inside Out - See the Magic Happening in Everyone's Head #InsideOut

This week we were very excited to attend advance screening of new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out. This animation movie we were looking forward to see since first trailers showed up. This is one of the kids and family friendly movie you feel in love right away. We were lucky to meet Phyllis Smith (voice of Sadness) before the screening.

The story mostly takes place in the head of 11-old girl  where five emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust work hard to navigate through day to day challenges. The life of Riley is mostly led by joy and lovely memories spent with her mom and dad, hockey and good friends. One day Riley’s family has to move to San Francisco because of dad’s new job. New environment, new city and new school bring lots of mixed emotions and it is not surprising that they should adjust to a new life too.

Inside Out HQ

Accidentally, Joy and Sadness are lost in the memory aisles and need to get back to the headquarters, while Anger, Disgust and Fear left in charge. While everyone wants to keep Sadness in a circle and never let her go, in this journey we all realize that all emotions are important and valuable. When Joy and Sadness are trying to reach the headquarters, they meet characters like Riley’s childhood imaginary friend Bing Bong, some kind of elephant and cat creature, visit Imagination Land where all Riley’s imaginary creations got shape, color and sound. They also learn that with time memories fade and disappear.

Inside Out Riley

The movie brilliantly reflects what is going on in everyone's head, giving all our emotions face, shape and unique touch. We were excited to watch how Train of Thought goes back and forward, and all the island our memories and emotions are built, that Teddy asked if we all have these huge islands like Family island, Hockey Island, Music Island, Art Island and other ones in one head.

On the way back Joy and Sadness have to be creative to overcome some obstacles and see that Train of Thought stops when Riley falls asleep and Dream Productions is busy shooting new scenes for night dreams. All emotions are important and their teamwork makes us feel, love, enjoy, suffer and be who we are.

Overall, lovely movie to enjoy for the whole family. Plus it comes in 3D, the way to see all spectacular scenes, cry, laugh and have a good time for sure. Inside Out hits theatres today, June 19.

Also enjoy a short film before Inside Out: Lava, a musical love story. The song is so catchy and easy to remember that Teddy sings it since Monday.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Easy Peasy Patches to Mend, Decorate & Accessorize Your Stuff #EasyPeasyPatches


Patches
Easy Peasy Patches is a wonderful way to decorate, mend and accessorize clothes, backpacks, tech gadgets, water bottles and much more. Created to fix the most common problem, when children wear out the knee in their pants, the company’s selection of patches grew up to enormous to fit any taste and style. With our active kids, we need patches even after few outside plays. The most disappointing situation when Teddy tears up new pants after falling on knees, and gives mom some headache to decide: to throw new pants or fix it. Now mending torn pants is much easier and fast thanks to Easy Peasy Patches. Their durable and quality fabric sticker patches do not require any sewing or ironing. Simply stick a patch and you are ready to go. The adhesive is pretty strong so you can safely put your clothes with patches into the washer and dryer or dishwasher if using for dishes or bottles.

Easy Peasy Patches

Besides successfully solving “holes” problem, covering difficult to remove stains (kids are masters in creating them),  Easy Peasy Patches are perfect for personalizing and accessorizing your belongings. You can easily decorate your clothes, shoes and sport equipment, art supply and outdoor gear, create crafts and add some personal messages with permanent markers. Kids love doing that. There are so many ways to use Easy Peasy Patches, whatever you need them for.

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Easy Peasy Patches offer pretty cool designs in various categories including sports, patriotic (perfect for upcoming Canada Day), for boys and girls. Recently the company introduced a series of Craft Kits to create own DIY coloring patches.

For more information please visit company web site. You can easily find them at major Canadian retailers, Walmart, Amazon, or buy directly from Easy Peasy Patches.

We are happy to host a giveaway and give a chance to three our readers to win $25.00 worth coupon code to use on Easy Peasy Patches eCommerce site. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only and ends June 22, 2015.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest DVD Giveaway US

We can endlessly watch Tom and Jerry, it is always never ending fun and absolute favorite for generations. This summer Tom and Jerry set out on one of their biggest, boldest adventures yet in Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest. Get set for intrigue, thrills, suspense and high-action as the animated duo get wrapped up in a top secret, spy-tacular, fun-filled mission the whole family can enjoy together. It’s just another day at the beach for the dueling Tom and Jerry…that is until they bump into world-class junior spies Jonny Quest, Hadji and their canine companion Bandit. When longtime Quest family nemesis Dr. Zin discovers that Jonny’s father, Dr. Benton Quest, has a device to solve the world’s energy problems, he sends his evil cat army to steal it and capture him and his bodyguard, Race Bannon. Jonny and his new furry friends set out on an action-packed quest to find his father and save the world from the malicious Dr.Zin.

Tom and Jerry Spy Quest

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings popular, classic cartoon characters together in a brand new, action-packed, full-length animated film, Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest. Fans of all ages won’t want to miss this heart-stopping adventure, featuring Tom and Jerry, that tussling twosome, along with Jonny Quest and his pal Hadji from the classic, action-adventure animated series The Adventures of Jonny Quest, as they embark on a dangerous spy mission in order to save the world. This entertaining new title is coming out June 23, 2015, on DVD.

“We have combined two of our most popular cartoon franchises, Tom and Jerry and The Adventures of Jonny Quest, and created a highly entertaining new film that will appeal to a broad audience,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “This film presents viewers with an engaging, original new story, eye-catching animation and legendary cartoon characters that have been loved by generations. It offers something for every viewer. We’re excited about the release of Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest.”

Tom and Jerry, originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, centers on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. Oftentimes a one-sided battle of wits, a determined Tom is fueled by the quick and clever Jerry who always seems to get the best of him in any situation. 

The Adventures of Jonny Quest is the popular action-adventure animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The program focuses on Jonny Quest, a boy who goes on extraordinary adventures around the world with his father, Dr. Benton Quest, a leading scientist, their bodyguard, Roger “Race” Bannon, Hadji, Jonny’s best friend and Bandit, their pet dog.

Bonus Episodes from The Tom and Jerry Show:
  • Birthday Bashed/Feline Fatale 
  • For the Love of Ruggles/Sleuth or Consequences 
 Bonus Episode from Jonny Quest:
  • The Fraudulent Volcano 
 Bonus Episode from New Adventures of Jonny Quest:
  • Deadly Junket
To celebrate this amazing release, all-new original animated film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment offers one lucky Teddy Out Ready reader the chance to win a copy of Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest. The giveaway is open to US residents only, no P.O. Boxes please, and ends June 30, 2015.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

ThinkFun Rush Hour® Shift 2-Player Strategy Game #thinkfun

If you like board games, Rush Hour is one of the interesting logic games. ThinkFun recently introduced Rush Hour® Shift 2-Player Strategy Game. I am not a huge fan of Rush Hour on the road in real life, but this game is a pretty cool brain-teaser and keeps kids and adults busy.
Rush Hour Shift 2-Player
The main idea is to cross the traffic grid with your Hero Car and be first of your opponent. Both players start at the same line and then move forward towards the other side of the traffic grid. Each player picks a card for every move. The interesting feature is that you can shift the road back and forward to free your path or block your opponent, yes, no time to be nice, it is Rush Hour!
Rush Hour Shift 2-Player Strategy Game

If with playing cards (32 of them) you need some luck, when it comes to a strategy, it is up to a player to find the smartest ways to get through blocking cars to the finish. As for blocking vehicles, there are cars, trucks and buses of different colors.

The game also includes a booklet with 10 game set-ups from easy to more difficult ones. Teddy loves playing Rush Hour® Shift 2-Player Strategy Game with us, if only he was so good in following all the rules, sometimes he creates his own and assumes it has to be that way. This two-player Rush Hour is much more interesting than one-player game, because it brings some interesting turns when you have to think for two people and predict your opponent’s next moves.

Overall, it is a great brain teasing game for kids and adults, quite challenging and involves you from the beginning to the end. It gives you ways to solve the problem but how you are going to do it, that’s the trick! Available on Amazon and on-line for $27Rush Hour is a perfect gift for anyone who loves interesting and challenging games.  
 
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Delicious SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix #SLIMQUICKDrinkMixCDNApril

Summer is already here with hot weather, vacation on the way, swimming and spending more time outside. Trying our best in getting the body we want, following the diet and exercising, we go far and beyond, trying new recipes and programs. It is great that there are products that help you lose weight or at least to keep it at the right level even when cannot exercise for some reasons or allow ourselves some extra festivities.

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New SLIMQUICK® Pure designed exclusively for women to help them in weight loss journey. Their drinks are to combat the six ways women have obstacles in losing weight. The reasons sound familiar like slower metabolism, stress, hormones and other ones. SLIMQUICK® Pure takes them seriously and designed special drinks made of natural ingredients to help women lose weight. SLIMQUICK® Pure works effectively to reduce appetite, boost energy, increase metabolism and more. The Drink Mix has isolated the fat-burning component BioPure Green Tea that speeds up your metabolism and helps us lose weight.

I received SLIMQUICK® Pure Mixed Berry Flavor to try and I tell you it did not disappoint. The Drink Mix tastes amazing considering it comes dry in packets you need to dissolve in water. Since one packet needs two cups of water, you get enough liquid to add to any daily meal, what is definitely good not only for weight loss but for overall health too. Plus this drink has zero calories, so good reason to substitute any pop with SLIMQUICK® Pure. I agree it is definitely suppress the appetite and gives some energy boost. I had days when I did not exercise and I noticed that even these days when I take SLIMQUICK® Pure Mixed Berry Flavor I do not gain weight at all. There are some situation when you are simply cannot do anything with your weight except controlling your food choices, SLIMQUICK® Pure Mixed Berry Flavor is here to help you to reach your goals even when you are busy with something else.

I also like I can take the packets with me to work, when travelling or visiting family and friends. I simply add a packet content to a bottle of water and get a delicious drink right away. When I am at home I love to add fruit ice cubes to my drinks, looks and tastes amazing.

For more information about SLIMQUICK® Pure and their varieties, please check the company out following the link.

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One our lucky reader will win delicious SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix for themselves to try. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends July 6th, 2015.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

STEAM Labs New #Toronto Technology, Robotics & Science Makerspace for Kids and Adults

If you have a tech-savvy child in your family, you are definitely would be interested in STEAMLabs, a new downtown Toronto makerspace where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math can all be used to invent the future; a place where kids can set their imaginations free!

STEAMLabs

Few weeks left until summer vacation; the period when kids can learn something new or spend more time on what they really love to do. STEAMLabs’s brand new location at Spadina & Queen opens this summer, just in time for our roster of amazing summer camps. To celebrate this amazing launch, STEAMLabs are offering one lucky Teddy Out Ready reader a FREE spot in Web Controlled Arduino Robotics camp

After Disney release of Big Hero 6, where Hiro, robotics prodigy, creates different kinds of interesting robots, including microbots, children showed significant interest in robotics including Teddy. Though our little one is too young for this camp so far, hope in a year he will be ready to polish his tech skills.

3d print LED tree star SteamLabs

During this camp participants will also learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS to develop the web interface to control their robot and read its sensors. They’ll also learn the basics of digital design and fabrication to 3D print robot parts. They can even learn to send messages from Minecraft to their robot!

Participants will create their own individual robots as well as working with the group on a larger robot. Both individual and group projects are chosen based on what the kids are most eager to learn and create.

We tell our kids they can do anything. STEAMLabs will help them believe it!

Soldering a robot crop SteamLabs

Not sure this is the right summer camp for your kids? You can find out more here.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so don't miss out! STEAMLabs also offers Minecraft Pro, Inventioneering and Technology Sampler summer camps for children.

For our readers we are excited to give a chance to win two week Web Controlled Arduino Robotics camp at STEAMLabs (for children ages 7 and up).   The giveaway is open to the GTA residents who can attend STEAMLabs, located downtown Toronto.

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