@TeddyOutReady: November 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One Little Frog Jumping On A Lily Pad #LittleLivePets

Little Live Pets

Little Live Pets Toys became very popular the last couple of years. The idea of having pet toys which almost imitate the behaviours of the animals is amazing. Last year we played with cute hamsters, mice and turtles. This year Little Live Pets introduced Lil' Frogs - A Frog with Lily Pad Habitat toy. This new toy carries the features of real frogs. It jumps and moves like real. The toy comes in a tank with a beautiful lilly pad. The pad floats on the water and a frog can swim in the water. Put the  frog on a pad and watch how it starts jumping. When the frog senses water, it starts swimming!

Little Live Pets Frog

Teddy spent much time playing with this frog. Though we have real pets, this frog makes a nice addition to our company of pets. Kids can play in  children’s room or take it to bathroom to watch how a frog swims and jumps in water, totally fun! Teddy likes taking the frog everywhere, he does not like putting it into the tank. Our kid love watching the frog jumping around.

When Teddy saw how the frog moves and its behaviour, he wanted to learn more about it. Why it jumps like that, why it is near the water, what it eats and why it has legs that shape. It is a fun way to learn about frogs’ world. You can also combine plays with famous frog songs, kids love that.

Available in a variety of stores across Canada, Toys R Us, London Drugs and K.I.D Toys, Little Live Pets Toys make wonderful gifts this holiday season. Kids love playing with toys which act like real pets.

 photo Little Live Pets Frog Lilly Pad

For our Canadian readers we are happy to give away Little Live Pets toy, one lucky winner will win Lil' Frogs - A Frog with Lily Pad Habitat. For your chance simply fill the form below and Good Luck!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Decorate Your World With Creative Pom Pom WOW! Sets

Pom Pom WOW

Pom Pom Wow! sets bring new way to use pompoms and decorate almost everything your eyes can see around. There are various Pom Pom Wow! toys on the market, each one gives fancy and creative ways to apply pom poms. All pom poms come as pellets, each wrapped in a plastic cover. Using adhesive dots you can glue pom poms to almost everything.

Pom Pom Snap

We tried two sets recently and they both are amazing. They can be used towards different projects and the main idea is the same. You stick a pom pom using adhesive dot, pull out a plastic cover and get nice decor item. With Pom Pom Wow - Snap & Decorate Set you can decorate various items from cards to letters, Christmas ornaments or holiday gifts. Teddy liked the set plastic letter snaps to create fun messages. I wish the set had extra snaps because we were able to make only two words with them. There is also one roll of yearn you can use to hang your decorated letters. Three cards are included in the set, they are designed to be decorated using pompoms. Lots of other items can be decorated with pompoms, they are easy to use and they stick to almost any surface.

Pom Pom Decoration Station

The second set Pom Pom Wow! Decoration Station is an amazing set which offers many ways to make pompoms absolutely incredible. The station comes with 75 pompoms in four colors. There are many pompoms which can be colored using special markers, stamper pads and glitter pen. The set includes 4 watercolors which best work on white color pompoms, you can even mix watercolors to create absolutely beautiful unique pompoms. Teddy liked working with the station saying that there are so many ways to decorate, color and style pompoms. There are different ways to add some extra features to pompoms, you can paint them, dye and sparkle. Every single pompom becomes the unique piece of art.

POMPOM WOW Teddy

Designed for children ages 6+, Pom Pom Wow! Sets make wonderful gift for crafty hands. They are available in a variety of stores, Toys R Us, Funky Toys, K.I.D Toys and on-line.
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We are excited to give away Pom Pom Wow - Snap & Decorate Set to one our Canadian reader. For your chance simply fill the form below and Good Luck! The giveaway ends December 12, 2016.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Disney's Moana Find The Happiness In Your Heart

New animation movie Moana is opening today and I am glad to see how exciting people around the world about the release. The film tells the story about Moana, who from young age wants to explore the ocean and learn how to sail. Unfortunately her dad does not allow her to do so, as he cares about his daughter and does not want to lose her. As the girl grows, the results of past actions continue to pursuer the islands and almost reached the place where Moana lives with her family and her tribe. One day there is no choice for Moana other than to sail across the ocean and save save her people and everything around from disappearing. Brave teenage girl sails out to find the once-mighty demigod Maui who is the one why the world started to deteriorate. He stole The Heart of Te Fiti, the source of life and islands spread all across the ocean. Maui, who stole the Heart, guides Moana in her quest to become a master wayfinder and return back The Heart. They sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought, who she really is.

Moana

I had a chance to watch the movie and I think I had more questions than answers while watching it. I like how determined Moana to finish her missions and most of all, she does it for her parents and her people. At first it seems that only Maui can restore the Heart because he stole it many years ago. But once he gives up and leaves Moana because his fish hook is broken, I realized that Moana could save the world even without Maui. She could do it, but in the story they do it together. Their journey is not all smooth and has many ups and downs, so that Moana is almost to give up to help her family. In this journey when the girl does not even know what to do and even how to do it, a little hug and kind words can change everything.

The movie is filled with wonderful songs, they are really catchy and you want to her them over and over again. Enjoy great animation, colorful scenes and beautiful dancing. Moana is now playing in theatres across Canada.
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You Are Invited to #LetsTalkRESPs Twitter Party with CST Consultants

As Canadian parents, we have big dreams for our kids to follow in the footsteps of most Canadians before them. Maybe just maybe you are the parent of the next Sydney Crosby, but you never know unless you invest all your money, time and give up your weekends for out of town tournaments. Our kids are smart, persistent and strong. Extracurricular activities can really add up in costs, especially if you have big dreams of going pro. Before your child becomes a superstar, you have to spend lots of time and money to support your child through the learning & training process. You may even need to get a second (or third) job.

Or you can put the money towards your child education by opening an RESP today and make all of their dreams for the future come true. An education is the best way to ensure your child’s success in the future and starting early saving for it will let your kids know you believed in their dreams even before they knew what they were.

#LetsTalkRESPs Twitter Party

We’re throwing a party! A virtual party. On Twitter. We’re gonna chat about your child’s future and extracurricular activities—like hockey—but also how to save for your child’s education.

Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST) Vice-President, Peter Lewis will be on hand to answer any RESP questions you may have. We’re going to be giving away $100 for each question, plus more chances to win for RT’s and participation. New to Twitter parties? No problem, we made this blog for you!

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Who: @ParentLifeNet @CSTConsultants

When: Thursday, November 24 at 9 p.m. EST

Where: Twittersphere (using the hashtag #LetsTalkRESPs)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Pop! Events Group: Incredible Toy & Gift Warehouse Sale 2016

Angry Birds

Holiday season is fast approaching! It is the most wonderful time of the year filled with gifts, toys, family gatherings, delicious food and celebrations. We want to treat our loved ones with the best. While the abundance of gifts in stores can blow your mind, during your holiday shopping it is a good idea to consider warehouse sales around the city where you can find real treasures and buy presents paying much less.

Marvel Toys

Recently I had a chance to visit & shop at Pop! Events Group Toy and Gift Warehouse SalePop! Events Group specializes in organizing corporate and public family events. Their expertise in toy industry is out of question as they meticulously choose toys and gifts for the events. The company definitely knows which gifts children want for holidays and, probably, secretly works for Santa Claus. Pop! Events Group annual Toy and Gift Warehouse Sale is the place you want to check. They sell a lot of kids favorite brands: Shopkins, Vtech, Spin Master, Mega Blocks, Hot Wheels, Hasbro, Melissa & Doug, Playskool, Mattel, Fashion Angels, Nerf, Zing, Crayola, Little People, Alex, Fisher-Price, Hexbug, Creativity for Kids, Infantino and much more. You can find many items for babies, preschoolers, school children and teens there. Disney and Barbie fans can get favorite toys and activity kits. There are various interesting products for creative minds from painting rocks to creating complex blocks.

My Little Pony

The whole warehouse is very well organized based on toys, themes, characters and child age the products designed for. The rooms and tables are always kept clean and tidy. There are three major rooms: Sample Room, Last Sale Items and Major Room. I suggest you first check Last Sale Items room where you can find the items like last one in series and heavily discounted. For example, I got Teddy TMNT Mega Blocks Turtle Ninja Michelangelo toy for $2 and a hair brush for just $1.

Rock painting

Then visit Sample Room, where you can find the items with a price tag on it, so you can get anything in with 40% off. These products there were in showrooms across Canada, so they are all pretty new items.

Sample Room Sets

In Major Room you can find a wide selection of new toys and gifts. The best part, some of them already wrapped, so you can skip tedious wrapping and simply put a present under the tree. I bought Shopkins set, Star Wars figurines, Mega Blocks set and lots of crafts items.

Toy and Gift Sale runs until December 24th. 

Toy Sale Crafts Girls

You can visit Pop! Events Group Toy and Gift Warehouse Sale at 150 St. Regis Cres South, Toronto, ON. One block North of Sheppard & East of Keele
Open Wed to Fri: 10am - 6pm, Sat & Sun: 11am - 5pm.
Closed Mon & Tues
Parking is Free

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town #TOSantaParade

Santa Parade Treehouse

Santa Claus is coming to town this Sunday. Being a tradition over a century, Toronto Santa Claus parade welcomes everyone to celebrate upcoming holiday season with Santa and his helpers. The number of floats and participants grow every year along with viewers who wait the whole year to see this popular parade. You can meet best of best there from famous stores to sports teams, schools and TV channels, all there to ignite the holiday spirit and bring joy to kids and adults. Tim Hortons, Metro, Toronto Maple Leafs, Canadian Tire, Disney, Nintendo, TreehouseTV and other great Santa Helpers will join Santa Parade this year.

Santa Parade Maple Leafs

The Parade will begin at Christie St. and Bloor St.W at 12:30 and go down along University Avenue and finish at St. Lawrence Market. It will last about 2.5 hours. It is good idea to come early to book your best viewing spot, about one million spectators want to watch the parade. The weather promises to be a little cool, so warm blanket, a chair and hot drinks will be very handy.

Santa Parade Metro

If you love running you can still join the annual Holly Jolly Fun Run! It’s just 5k and you’ll run along the same route as the Santa Claus Parade. Thousands will cheer you on as you show your festive spirit! The registration closes November 15.

Holly Jolly Run

This year I am happy to be a parade participant and walk with Disney float. Teddy is looking forward to meeting Santa and has his letter ready.

Santa Parade Sears

See you on Sunday, November 20, hopefully the weather will be nice and we all enjoy 112th Toronto Santa Parade.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Sci-Fi Adventure Comedy Mech-X4 Premiers This Week-end on #DisneyXD

For all science fiction fans Disney XD introduces new series Mech-X4 this week-end. The series follows Ryan, a boy with the ability to control technology with his mind (called technopathy). He is given a 150-foot robot named Mech-X4 to defend the city against invading giant monsters. To help him control Mech-X4, Ryan recruits a team that includes his two best friends, Harris and Spyder, and the last person he’d ever want to team up with; his older brother Mark.

MechX4 Disney Canada XD

We watched the trailer and one preview episode with Teddy and he likes them a lot. According to the title it looks like a fiction but I ensure you can follow adventures of four boys as they encounter the situations and act as regular boys you can meet in every school. The series filled with lots of funny scenes and settings where technology and life meet together. Through the journey boys learn how to work together, rely on each other, tease pretty often, have fun and prove that they are great team with and without special skills. The production of Mech-X4 continues and currently the series are shooting in Vancouver. Hopefully we recognize familiar and popular city spots in the episodes.  


The Mech-X4 series stars Nathaniel James Potvin, Kamran Lucas, Pearce Joza and Raymond Cham. The first episodes of Mech-X4 will air on November 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Disney XD.
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Get Crafty with Hottest Toys This Holiday Season #Poppit

The festive season is fast approaching, just in a month we greet the holidays with joy and excitement. It is always fun and everyone in our family is looking forward to it. Sometimes it is difficult to find a gift your loved one happy to get even with the abundance of them filled the stores. Children love new toys, technologies and creative gifts, but still can be picky in what they would love to receive for holidays.

Poppit Mini Puppies Starter Kit

This year we are happy to find out Poppit, new toys kids can play with and put their crafty hands on. These Poppit toys keep children busy for hours. They are sets based on various themes: baking, shopkins, pets and many other, so that every kid can find what he or she likes the most. Each set includes different moulds, clay, Poppit tool, stamps and lots of pieces to decorate. The main idea of Poppit is that you load the popper with clay, pop out your piece and then  put together the pieces to finalize your mini creations. We received to play with Poppit Pop N Display Bakery Playset and Poppit Mini Puppies Starter Kit. It was totally fun and our boy was very excited to work with these sets.

Poppit puppy Teddy Poppit puppy

With Poppit Mini Puppies Starter Kit you can create cute pets, cats and dogs, puppies and kittens. It is easy to work with clay and moulds, plus you can choose which clay color to use for your creation. How to accessorize a clay cutie is up to child’s imagination, they can add bows, gems or beads. The difference in moulds is that you can get 3D or 2D items. You can stick the clay pieces together using water with a special dropper included in every set, no glue required.

Poppit Pop N Display Bakery Playset gives kids opportunities to run own bakery shop and create make cupcakes, macaroons, doughnuts and cakes. There are even displays and shelves included in the set to show bakery items same as in a real bakery store but in a mini version. There are a whole set of moulds kids can play with along with accessories and d├ęcor items. I think Teddy likes the set mostly because he can create various mini bakery products and decorate how he wants. Every creation Teddy makes is unique. May be we will become a creative chef in the future, but learning now about layers and shapes.

Poppit Mini Baker Set

Designed for children ages 5+, Poppit sets make wonderful gift this holiday season. The are available in a variety of stores, Toys R Us, Walmart, Sears, London Drugs, Michael's, Home Hardware, The Bay, Red Apple, The North West Company, TRUServ and Kidtoy.ca. You can also visit Poppit Canada site for more information and the latest toy news.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Doctors Rule in New Marvel Studio Release #DoctorStrange

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This week-end Marvel presented new movie "Doctor Strange" based on famous Marvel comics Doctor Stephen Strange, the Master of the Mystic. The movie follows world-famous successful neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life changes forever after a car accident which makes him unable to work with hands as before. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj. Dr. Strange skeptical attitude and ability to learn fast helps him to move forward and more questions in regards his healing. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. I think they decided to choose Dr. Strange to save the world because initially in is in doctors nature to hep and save people, find the ways to do it better, react fast and work as a team. There is also another dcotor in the movie played by Rachel McAdams as Dr. Palmer. She is Dr.Strange ex-girlfriend and still ready to help Strange in any downfalls he experiences. You can see that Dr. Strange still has feelings for her, I think after the accident he starts appreciate and cherish the life he had before.

There are the whole mix of real and surreal things absolutely stunning. I had great experience watching the effects and movements along with fights and transformations thanks to 3D features and IMAX. And feeling dizzy at first when watching how Dr Strange works in the operation room. I also enjoyed the abilities of Dr. Strange and Kamar-Taj teachers and buddies to transform and teleport in various dimensions. Dr. Strange enemies are strong and powerful, but he uses his knowledge and wit to make it go his way. There are also many losses and betrayals, same as in real battles.

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Here are some interesting facts in regard the movie shooting:
  • Steve Ditko’s comic book art influenced the environments that were created for the film.
  • When you watch the movie, you will notice that geometric patterns are present within the majority of sets. 
  • Dr. Stephen Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch spent time with neurosurgeons, and the director, DP and production designer all visited New York City operating rooms and emergency rooms to guide them towards the lighting and textures they would need to create a realistic hospital environment onscreen.  
  • Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" was shot in London, New York, Kathmandu (Nepal) and Hong Kong. 
  • Doctor Strange’s car in the film is a Lamborghini, which he drives when he is a surgeon. Six Lamborghinis were required for filming. 
  • The Hong Kong street scenes, one of the most challenging action sequences ever undertaken by Marvel Studios, were shot in several stages of destruction, commencing with clean and gradually becoming destroyed. This is the opposite of how it will be shown on screen, as it goes from destroyed to clean. This meant everything had to be aged down, from shop signs to vehicles. To help create the destruction, 350 tons of real rubble was used.  
"Doctor Strange" is now playing in theaters across Canada, I highly recommend to see in 3D IMAX, you can get unforgettable experience and get ready laugh, there are some pretty interesting  jokes to hear. And last thing the movie rated PG-13 so it may be not good idea to take young children to the movie. 
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Milton’s Secret Movie What Makes Life Golden #EckharTolle


Based on the book by #1 New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman, Milton’s Secret is a movie about family and the uncertain times families live in. Milton is a 12 year-old boy growing up in an economically and socially unpredictable world. His mother and father (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is bullied at school. When his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness.

Milton's mom, very smart and ambitious lady, works as Real Estate Agent and  always worries about the future, how they are going to live and they may lose the house.  Milton's dad is always on the phone not to miss an important call. The boy sees everyone on their own planet and often tells what is happening there, on Planet Fear or Planet Future. Trying to help his mom, Milton tries to make gold during multiple experiments after school with his friend, so that they can sell gold and do not worry any more about the future. The bully at school makes a nasty record of Milton and posts it on-line.

Everything falls apart for a young boy until Milton's grandfather comes to change everyone's life in his family. Mostly Granddad does not do anything complicated, he just shows what everyone should care for, how to enjoy every moment of your life happening right now.


The most symbolic is the gift given to Milton by his grandfather, it is a beaker, just a big empty beaker  to fill with what you want to get for your life. If you fill the beaker with beauty it will be beautiful, if you fill the beaker  with pain and hate, the life will be miserable.

Milton’s Secret premiered at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival to a very enthusiastic audience. The movie was filmed in Canada: in Vancouver, Hamilton and Brampton (no Milton surprisingly). Milton’s Secret takes complex spiritual and philosophical ideas and turns them into an amazing, concise story of love, compassion and overcoming obstacles in a beautiful coming-of-age story. The film is released November 1st and now on available Amazon, iTunes and On-Demand.

We are happy to give away on copy of this inspiring movie to one our lucky Canadian reader thanks to eOneFilms. The giveaway ends November 20, 2016. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It is Time for a Party, BadMoms Movie is Out on Blu-ray & Digital #BadMomsNightIn

Bad Moms

The wait is over, the funniest comedy of the year Bad Moms is now available on Blu-Ray,  DVD and Digital. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the release with friends to the fullest with no regrets. In July we visited Chateau-des-Charmes at Niagara-on-the-Lake and had a nice Bad Moms retreat. The movie screening and hanging together were amazing. We spent one fantastic day filled with fun, wine, delicious food and good talks sharing our Bad Mom moments. Finally we came to the point that every mom has own bad moments and second that all moms need a re-retreat from time to time.

I am very thankful for the movie which showed that mother's life is not easy and there is no way to be perfect. There are ups and downs and sometimes so many things and responsibilities fell on mother's shoulders that we definitely need to support each other and share what we have. Mothers are very powerful but need some rest for sure without kids, husbands, work, cleaning & cooking. It is more like a re-charge moments to fill ourselves with some energy to move on.

Bad moms cocktail recipe

BadMoms movie shows different moms so may be you can someone resembles you like stressed mom, single mom, tween mom and many other. Ready to have your own #BadMomsNightIn party, then we have some cocktails for you, check them out.

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Now is a treat time! Until November 20 you a chance to WIN a $500 gift certificate to the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts store on eOneFilms Facebook page just telling them your ideal #BadMomsNightIn. Plus you can get 20% off any purchase from www.canada.fairmontstore.com until November 15 with the code BadMoms20!!!

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And that's not all we have today, we are excited to team up with eOneFilms and bring our readers an opportunity to win BadMoms prize pack to host their own #BadMomsNightIn party. It includes Gaiam Hot & Cold Neck Cradle , Gaiam Lavender Eye Pillow, Copy of Bad Moms on Blu-ray, Bad Moms Cocktail Shaker, Bad Moms Shot Glass, Bad Moms Wine Glass, Bad Moms Tea Set and Bad Moms Sleep Mask. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends November 20, 2016.

One more treat, receive 20% off on all Gaiam.ca products using the code BadMoms20.  Discount is valid from now through 11/30 and is applied to the pre-tax total before shipping costs.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Let's Go Camping! My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree Combo Giveaway

Legend of Everfree by the lake

My Little Pony fans have fantastic release this month from Shout!Factory. My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree sets to go on camp adventures today, November 1. While The Equestria Girls leave the school to spend more time outdoor near a campfire, enjoy the star light and tell scary stories, the real magical things start to happen right in the camp and the girls become part of the freaky story.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls

The Equestria Girls are leaving the halls of Canterlot High School for a field trip to Camp Everfree. However, they get more than canoeing and camp fires when magic begins to wreak havoc on the camp. They’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen, and the girls seem to be developing new powers. The Equestria Girls will have to work together to control the magic or it will destroy their beloved camp! Twilight Sparkle With the help of the Mane 6 and especially Sunset Shimmer must confront the dark “Midnight Sparkle” within herself and embrace her newfound magical abilities to save the camp. Plus this release has amazing songs and sing-alongs as bonus feature so fans can enjoy the movie singing the songs with favorite characters. For example, "We Will Stand For Everfree" or "Legend of Everfree".

Join My Little Pony Equestria Girls adventures, let's go to Camp Everfree,  My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree is now available on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Download combo and in a DVD + Digital Download combo from Shout! Kids.

MLP barrette

Copies of the film for sale in Walmart will include a pair of Twilight Sparkle barrettes! Copies at all other retailers come with an adorable “Camp Everfree” sew-on camp patch. This can be used for a fun activity – making your own camp uniform, it is not a stickie, you have to sew it. For pony fans ordering their copy directly from Shout! Kids, a free poster is included.


For our readers we are excited to giveaway a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree combo thanks to Shout!Factory. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only & ends November 15, 2016.

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