@TeddyOutReady: 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Paddington 2 Marmalade-Loving Bear is Back | 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.

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We liked so much first Paddington movie that decided to visit London and check the places where Paddington found new home. It was delightful to walk on the streets of London and think that The Buckingham Palace guard has an extra cup of tea for lost in the city buddies.

After we came back we got news that Paddington 2 is coming out very soon and our excitement was limitless. We could not wait for the movie to come out and now Paddington 2 is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & Digital. Second movie is as good as first one! In Paddington 2, marmalade loving bear is happily settled with the Browns family in London. Kids grew up, Mr. Brown has mid-life crisis and was not appointed as a department head - the role he was so eager to take, Mrs. Brown works successfully as an illustrator. Paddington has become a valuable member of the local community, sharing his marmalade sandwiches and helping everyone from a homeless dog to local merchants.

Paddington 2

Aunt Lucy's birthday is fast approaching and it is not just a birthday, it is a hundred year anniversary. So Paddington decides to buy something special for that occasion. He comes across a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop. This book is amazing and shows all beautiful places of London, Paddington is eager to show the city he lives. The book is quite expensive so Paddington decides to take some jobs to buy it. But a thief steals the book and the police catches Paddington instead of the real thief. Everyone's favorite bear is sentenced to 10 years in prison and the Brown family has to use all their resources to find the real criminal.

While in prison, Paddington makes new friends. Everything starts in a kitchen where the prison chef tries Paddington's marmalade sandwich & agrees to apply prisoners' favorite family recipes. The whole prison changes when more delicious food replaces previous tasteless porridge. They start calling their place "Prison Sweet Prison".

Paddington

Paddington often gets into funny situations, from his first jobs to pink colored prison clothes, his sweet innocence and honesty are very unique and remarkable qualities. While he is a talking bear, everyone treats him as regular person. Paddington a loving member in the community who unites everyone, he makes everyone's life better. Mr. Brown says that Paddington finds friends everywhere, even in prison. Because he is straightforward and honest, he helps, loves and supports with his full heart. Paddington 2 is a beautiful movie to watch for the whole family, its humor, kindness and love makes the world better place to live because of just one nice lovely bear.

Paddington 2 Bluray

Now Paddington 2 is out on Blu-ray/DVD & digital, it makes wonderful addition to your movie collection. It is one of those movies you can watch over and over again. There are also some special bonus features like How to make a Marmalade Sandwich, Paddington: The Bear Truth and other.

We are looking forward to Paddington 3 movie, and for now planning another trip to London and stock up on marmalade for our sandwiches!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Wacky Races: Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1 is Out For High-Speed Good Time | 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.
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From Warner Bros. Animation, the legendary Hanna-Barbera animated series Wacky Races is back and better than ever, in an all-new, re-imagined edition the whole family can enjoy together. Wacky Races: Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1 is coming out on DVD & features 10 exciting episodes.

Everyone’s favorite racers from the original series are hitting the road with a brand-new set of vehicles, colorful characters and adventures that will appeal to all ages.

Inspired by the classic series, these 10 adventures are jam-packed with fast, furious fun! In this new release you can watch how racers participate in various racing competitions any season of the year  and weather conditions. Watch how wacky folks ride snowmobiles or water-boats, small cars and huge vehicles. Though the racers compete with each other all the time and they all like one fun family together. And the characters are always true to their personalities. Dick Dastardly always has sneaky tricks for his buddies to be first to win the races, Penelope Pitstop is charming all the time and The Gruesome Twosome Team do not speak much but probably think a lot!

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Race around the world with this wacky bunch, where the laps and the laughs don’t end ‘til the finish line! Brick Crashman covers most of the racing events of wacky racers. When the folks are not in drivers seats you can find them in Italian village eating and drinking so much food that they cannot fit their vehicles after. Along with main characters Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, I.Q.Ickly, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, The Gruesome Twosome Team who participate in races all the time, you also meet Pandora, Penelope's sister, Patty Pending and many others.


Featuring a talented voice cast that includes Diedrich Bader, Nicole Parker, Peter Woodward, Billy West and Tom Kenny, your favorite racers like Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, the diabolical Dick Dastardly and his snickering side-kick Mutley are here – alongside new-comers Princess Mimi and Captain Crankshaft and his Skeleton Crew.

Rev up your engines and get ready for a thrilling ride! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of Wacky Races: Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1 is speeding its way onto DVD April 24, 2018.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bee Yourself! Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games Movie Review & Giveaway | Shout! Factory

Maya The Bee 2

I watched Maya The Bee animated series when I was a kid. It is nice to see that the stories about funny and shiny little bee are back and our children can enjoy them.

Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games is based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia and offers a captivating cinematic adventure into a spectacular minuscule world. After a slow harvest season, the very survival of the hive is threatened. Maya, and her sidekick, Willy, go to Buzztropolis, where the Empress invites them to participate in the Honey Games. But if they lose, the hive will have to give the Empress of f Buzztropolis all of their summer honey! Needless to say, Maya and Willy’s teammates are neither enthusiastic nor athletic, but Maya remains positive and exclaims that “every bug has a talent!” All teams accepted to the Honey Game want to win. While some teams are athletic and trained long before the game, other show great team work and even supported by the organizers of the competition, Maya and her team have to learn everything on the go.
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Can Maya and Team Poppy win and secure her hive’s future? Only if Maya is able to gain new friends and learn about teamwork, accountability, and overcoming preconceived notions! Bees are very organized creatures, they have to be like one team not only for completion game but every single day of their life. Team Poppy that was built by Maya, was not only bees but also ants, a spider and other bugs. They were able to identify own talents and use them to compete successfully in the Honey Games. Is it nectar fight or a maze, Team Poppy learns to be one team and support each other. Besides athletic challenges, Maya and her friends have to deal with mean and vicious competitors. Violet, a lovely purple-haired bee presenting Buzztropolis team, tries to do everything to win using sometimes not so honest tactics. She knows that Willy likes her and that Maya never participated in the games before. While Violet is very successful in her attempts, she finally realizes that the Honey Games, the trophy and victory are more important to her dad than her.


A must-have for fans of all ages, the film is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the value of friendship, responsibility and courage. Everyone learns important life lessons from Maya to the Empress.

The movie offers colorful and bright animated features, you will dive into the world of beautiful flowers, green plants and tiny buzzing creatures.

Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games makes its buzz worthy debut on DVD and Blu-ray on May 1, 2018 from Shout! Factory Kids.

To celebrate the release we are excited to give away a copy of Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games to one our lucky reader. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents & ends May 4, 2018.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Boxcar Children in Surprise Island Hits The Big Screen May 8, 2018 ONLY in US | Shout! Kids

The Boxcar Children Movie

The beloved Boxcar Children are headed to the silver screen! The new animated feature film The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island hits theaters in the Unites States for a special one-day event on May 8.

This exciting after-school event is a partnership between Fathom Events, Shout! Kids, and Legacy Classics, and it will also offer moviegoers an exclusive introduction with actor Griffin Gluck and Director Dan Chuba explaining the process of adapting the book to film, and the process of animating. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy the film in approximately 700 select U.S. movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available at Fathomevents.com. Tickets for The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island are available for purchase online or at participating theater box offices.

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The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island, the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) as Violet.

The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island is fun for the whole family, and is Dove approved for all ages. It is directed by Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, and is produced by Legacy Classics and co-produced by Shout! Factory, Albert Whitman & Company and Blueberry Pictures. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN - SURPRISE ISLAND is the first of three new animated features to be adapted from the "The Boxcar Children" book series, as part of a partnership between Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics.

"The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Having just marked its 75th anniversary, over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series, and over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year.

Do not miss an opportunity to watch famous stories about Boxcar Children on the big screen, only one day, May 8, 2018! Check if there is a theatre near you to get the tickets here.

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To celebrate the release of The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island movie we are happy to giveaway a three book set from The Boxcar Children world: Guide to Adventure, Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children and the novel Surprise Island, on which the film is based. The giveaway is open to US readers only and ends April 27, 2018!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earth Day Tips for Families from Ranger Rob | Treehouse TV

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April 22, Earth Day, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide, raising awareness of protecting nature, wildlife and supporting endangered animals.

Since Earth Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate it then with the help of Ranger Rob! Ranger Rob is a show about the adventures of an enthusiastic park ranger who LOVES going outside to PLAY, EXPLORE and DISCOVER in Big Sky Park! Every day he embarks on a journey throughout the outdoor-adventure park where he lives. Big Sky Park is a one-of-a-kind destination with multiple climates and terrains. Each region of the park has unique natural wonders and animals to discover!

Here's Ranger Rob’s Top 5 Earth Day Tips you can follow with kids every day:

Ranger Rob Fact Sheet

The show teaches kids and preschoolers the importance of taking care of the environment, recycling, conserving and preserving the beautiful world we call HOME. It also teaches them the importance of teamwork and friendship. 

You can join Ranger Rob on Earth Day here:

Sprout (US): April 22 – Earth Day Special at 9am, repeating at 3:30pm EST
Treehouse (Canada): April 22- Ranger Rob Marathon 3:15pm-6:30pm ET
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nutribar Bars For Healthy and Busy Lifestyle Giveaway | #Nutribar2Go

 Nutribar Teddy

If you are too busy to cook and still want to eat clean, then you need to get those little helpers in your pantry. We know that keeping up a healthy lifestyle in today’s fast-paced world is not easy. And trying to lose weight with your hectic, jam-packed schedule can feel like it will never happen.

While we know how to eat properly, there are so much information on web and TV, so many books are written on healthy eating habits. After a day worth of meetings, errands, and a final stop to watch your kid’s hockey game, it takes efforts to be on track, full of energy and stay an efficient problem-solver not only at the office but at home too.

That’s where Nutribar meal replacement bars come in, they are designed for weight maintenance or loss and clinically proven to satisfy hunger and cravings for up to five hours,eliminating the desire to snack between meals.

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No one can deny that eating a healthy, balanced natural diet of whole foods is the best option, but who has the time to consistently prepare proper meals three times a day, every day single day. There are some situations when we have to focus on other tasks other than preparing healthy food and need to rely on quick, easy to reach and satisfying options.

As opposed to protein bars that are intended as a snack to manage hunger between meals and may not have an optimal nutritional breakdown, Nutribar meal replacement bars provide “Nutrition on the Go” – delivering all the essential vitamins and minerals, protein, carbs and fat found in a completely balanced whole foods meal without the required time and energy to prepare it. Nutribar products are regulated under Canadian government guidelines and approved by Health Canada.

Nutribar Original

Nutribar meal replacement bars are available in two formats: Original and High Protein for those with a more active lifestyle. Original flavors include Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Creamy Caramel, Deep Brownie Delight, Hazelnut Vanilla, Mocha Almond and Oatmeal Raisin. High Protein flavors include Caramel Nougat Chocolate Temptation, Chocolate Truffle, Double Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Peanut and Peanut Delight.

Nutribar High Protein

I had an opportunity to try some of Nutribar bars, my favorites are High Protein version Chocolate Temptation and Chocolate Truffle. Since I exercise every day these bars give me essential fibre, Omega-3 and other nutrients and help to survive throughout the day. These bars are also very convenient when we travel, on business trips or spend days outdoor in the parks and playgrounds. Each bar is individually wrapped so you can take it everywhere from lunch at work to outdoor hiking trip. Bars are easily fit any bag or even a pocket and for the whole day you are full of energy and ready to dedicate your time to important tasks.

Retail price is approximately $3 per bar. For a list of retailers, visit www.nutribar.com.

As of April, Nutribar meal replacement bars re available for purchase online at new e-Nutribar own web site www.nutribar.com.

To celebrate the launch of the Nutribar e-commerce site, by high demand, Nutribar is offering a buy one box—get one box free promotion until April 22 – for online purchases only using the coupon code BOGO.

Along with Original and High Protein Nutribars additional Nutribar products, including Nutribar Shakes, Nutribar Type 2 Brand for diabetes management and all-natural, gluten-free Nutribar Health bars are available for  for online purchases. Nutribar Health Brand offering sugar free, gluten-free and Non-GMO snack bars.

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Thanks to the generosity of Nutribar, we are excited to bring an opportunity to win five boxes of Nutribar meal replacement bars (CAD$75) to three our readers. We hope these prizes and information will help you follow healthy lifestyle and fit your busy schedule.

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec) and ends May 10, 2018! Good Luck!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Gear up Like Your Favorite Mysticon Hero | YTV

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Mysticons series were launched last year on YTV in Canada and already gained lots of fans. The adventures of four girls whom fate brought together to become legendary warriors. Mysticons is a combination of action, mythology and urban fantasy. There are episodes when real feelings mix with superpower and mythic creatures.

Arkayna Goodfey is a smart, determined, and idealistic princess. Zarya Moonwolf is a street orphan who has survived by her wits and nimble fingers. She's tough, smart and fiercely protective of other street kids, especially Piper. Piper Willowbrook is an optimistic, bubbly, young elf who is in constant motion. Emerald "Em" Goldenbraid is a wise and courageous dwarf with a big heart. Each girl as a Mysticon gets own power and weapon to fight dark forces. Though girls are so different from each other and even lived in different worlds in the past, their diversity is what unites them and make them stronger. It looks like their skills, power, past experience complement each others. Arkayna, Zarya, Piper and Em show how they can work together as a team besides being so different.

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Besides being great warriors, each girl has own style for everything from weapons to clothes, accessories and hair. Mysticons celebrates not only every girls' strength, confidence and character but also diversity and respect!

With new episodes which returned to YTV in April, we are also excited to share that the Mysticons toys are now available at Toys R Us locations in Canada. I think Mysticons toy line successfully reflects the true girl-power.

Mysticons YTV

We had a chance to take a look at new toys and even got a few for ourselves to play. There are 7-inch action figures representing Arkayna, Zarya, Piper and Em. As well as Battle Gear Sets for each Mysticons warrior, which include child-sized mask, weapon and bracer girls will be happy to play with.

We are looking forward to new episodes airing on YTV every Sunday at 10:30 am. New interesting stories, unexpected twists and battles await us every week.

Plus check our interview with Evany Rosen and Ana Sani, voices behind Em and Piper respectively. They tell us what it takes to work as Mysticons team and how the series changed their real life.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Build or BOOM - Be First & Have Smashing Fun | Goliath Games

Teddy Build Or Boom

Build or BOOM is a two player challenge game to bring fun and test speed and balance. Designed for kids ages 4 and up the game helps to develop analytical thinking through block building, shapes, colors and balance structures. Build or BOOM is easy to play and do not require any batteries or digital devices.

Build Or BoomGame

Two players have the game area set which can be on a table, floor or other flat surface. They put all the game blocks available like barrels, arches and triangles in the middle of the area. Each player has a building pad for structures and it is connected to another player using air hoses. There is a pack of blueprints cards, every turn players put one card in the middle of the playing area in a card holder. They have to follow the instruction drawn on a card and build the structure shown. The first player who builds the structure, smashes opponent's construction site using a boomer. The winner has not only to be fast to build the structure, the building blocks have to be stable and set as shown on the blueprint card. The person who wins 10 times becomes the final winner of the game.

Goliath Games Build Or Boom

We had really fun time playing Build or BOOM. The game has four difficulty levels of  building structures. While at level one it was simple to build everything, trying level three was quite challenging. Balancing the whole structure was not very easy especially when you have to build it high using many blocks and tricky sets. Teddy once had a hard time balancing two arcs on one block and the structure kept falling until he figured out that it should have come with extra block on top altogether to balance his structure. Players have to be fast to win, and do not forget to smash your boomer so that opponent's structure tumbles down. The BOOM part is the funniest when blocks are flying through the air and the room is filled with laughter. I think this game is perfect for both kids and adults. Teddy played with his uncles and cousins, it was totally fun!


Build or BOOM game is available at Walmart, Amazon, ToysRUs, Mastermind Toys and other toy retailers across North America. There are extra blueprint card sets sold separately. They offer more difficult levels to build as well as the opportunity to create own card creations using special stickers.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

SMATH Learn Math Though Fun Game | GoliathGames

SMATH

We know about the importance of STEM education and how it is important for children. When it is introduced at early age, STEM proficient students become effective communicators and creative thinkers, they face challenges and develop fast solutions based on the combination of knowledge in technology, math and science.

While math seems a boring subject, when it is presented as a game it is much fun to learn. Recently we had a chance to try one of those games, I am sure every child would love to play.

SMATH is crossword-puzzle type board game that helps children to learn math in a fun way. Designed for ages 6 and up the game is perfect for 2-4 players. SMATH comes with 184 playing pieces, Game Board, 4 game racks, Storage Bag and Complete Instructions. Players use number and symbol tiles in their racks and the ones already on the board to make math equations crossword puzzle style. The player who scores the most points making math equations wins the game.

SMATH game

With every equation players move on in math game, they reinforce math facts and score points. You can start with basic math statements, just addition and subtraction equations and then move to more complex ones which includes multiplication and division. The game has numbers from 0 to 12, so players may not pace two tiles together to make a larger number. While it seems a limitation at first, we realized that it gives more brain work to find the right math equation. Adding parentheses gives more opportunities to create an extended equation. I like that the game always make you think, search and analyze what is the best way to use the numbers.

SMATH Board Game

We had a really great time playing the game. It gives you resources to play and you have to find a solution within those limits. There are 10 tiles on your rack and what is on the board. Players have to use their math skills and create combinations to make an equation. And always remember about the order of operations, it helps a lot in this game! The challenge of creating the longest and most complex statement is accepted, because more tiles you use, more points you get. Overall, I find this SMATH is great math game to develop basic math skills and learn the order of operations. Teddy even stopped playing his computer games to join SMATH. It makes your brain work really hard and I feel hungry after playing the game.

SMATH is very affordable game, you can get it on Amazon and other large toy and educational stores across North America for about $20!
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Kid Food Nation Inspire Canadian Children To Healthy Living

Kid Food Nation Teddy

Kid Food Nation is a national initiative designed for kids aged 7-13 to teach them cooking skills, get excited about healthy food, and give them the tools to live a healthier and happier life.

Aimed at children at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, and written in consultation with Clubs and Dietitians of Canada, the Kid Food Nation program sponsored by Corus Entertainment and President Choice© Children’s Charity:
  • Teaches children the skills to cook a variety of meals 
  • Encourages healthy choices about the food they eat 
  • Fosters healthy habits for life 
  • Empowers parents and families to plan, prepare, and cook healthy meals and snacks
Your little ones can enter the Kid Food Nation recipe competition, which asks kids across the country to share original, healthy recipes that highlight their culture or their Canadian pride. With the help of their parent/guardian, kids can submit their recipe at www.kidfoodnation.com up until April 1. Winners and their families will attend a gala this fall at the Château Laurier in Ottawa, where they’ll rub shoulders with famous Canadians and have their recipes featured on the gala menu, and they will be published in the Kid Food Nation cookbook!

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The 26 winning recipes from the 2018 National Recipe Challenge will be featured in a cookbook that will include food preparation and cooking techniques, information on healthy eating, and a biography and photo of each winner. A printed edition will be published, and an online version will be available for free download.

KFN-2018 Contest

We checked last year the Kid Food Nation cookbook, and I find it is amazing. The recipes are great, easy to follow and every child can follow them and re-create to learn something new about food, cooking and serving. 

Teddy decided to participate in the competition and has his own recipe to try. There is still time to enter the Kid Food Nation recipe competition before April 1st!

The Kid Food Nation online hub (www.kidfoodnation.com) provides access to a variety of content, including games, videos, tips about healthy eating, fun cooking facts, recipes, and more.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

LEGO® DC Super Heroes: The Flash DVD | Warner Bros.

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

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Teddy likes playing with Lego blocks, building various structures, inventing new vehicles and spaceships. He also likes watching his Lego friends on the screen. In the recent Lego animated feature release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment we follow adventures of The Justice League and The Flash. The team tries to save Metropolis from the Joker who is spread laughing gas and wants to climb to the top of the Daily Planet building. The city is in laughing mode, even Batman, The Wonder Woman and Superman cannot handle it. The Flash comes late, on the way to the mission he tries to help and save everyone, from broken bus to catching Captain Cold. Getting a milkshake and a doughnut at the same time does not bother him either, The Flash is fast!

After getting to the crime scene, the Daily Planet building becomes one big clown along with Batman dressed up in colorful clothes. The Flash easily fixes the building, his speed is out of question. He is the city hero, kids and adults like him so much. Everything seems back to normal until The Flash notices blurry Reverse Flash in the crowds.

Reverse Flash manipulates the Speed Force to put The Flash into a time loop that makes him to relive the same day over and over again – with progressively disastrous results, including losing his powers and being fired by the Justice League. The Flash must find a way to restore time to its original path and finally fight his worst enemy before all is lost for The Flash … and the world!

The Flash Lego DC

Lego pets should get a special attention in this movie. Along the route, we encounter new to us characters Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Super-Dog, Batman and Superman’s best pals and Aquaman’s trusted seahorse, Storm!

While watching Superheroes save Metropolis, repeating loops and superpower tricks you can hear lots of funny jokes and laugh at funny situations. Changing bricks can change character's personality, see how it works in movie!

LEGO® DC Super Heroes: The Flash is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Healthy Start with Morning Pep Prenatal Vitamins

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Morning Pep. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 
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Baby's Health starts before conception. It starts with mom and dad, their lifestyle, habits and food they eat. Besides being active, healthy diet and stress-free environment, mothers should take prenatal vitamins. During my first pregnancy I started taking them before the conception and continued for few months after my baby was born. While there are lots of options for prenatal vitamins, our choice is quality and healthy product because baby's health is at stake.

Currently I am taking Morning Pep Prenatal Vitamins, they are food-based and provide all essential vitamins necessary for expecting and nursing mothers. Morning Pep follows standards to use only high quality natural ingredients in their products. Some nutrients are required in such large amounts during pregnancy that it is nearly impossible to get enough from the diet alone, we need to supplement them. Folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are very important.

Morning Pep Prenatal folic acid comes in the form of L-Methyl Folate that easily absorbed. Taking 0.4 milligrams of folic acid helps prevent serious birth defects in the baby's spine and brain. Only one tablet a day is needed. Morning Pep Prenatal multivitamin also offers a special blend of probiotics & enzymes which would be beneficial to both mother and baby.

I did not have many problems with morning sickness and heartburn, but rather change in taste. But for those who suffers Morning Pep Prenatal helps to deal with morning sickness and nausea.

Morning Pep Prenatal

The vitamins are odourless, tasteless and do not contain wheat, gluten,yeast, diary ,sugar, soy, shellfish and eggs to avoid allergies and other reactions. I prefer gel caps and I fist worried that it would be uncomfortable to swallow Morning Pep Prenatal tablets. But, in opposite, tablets were easy to swallow.

Baby’s health starts right here, right now, with every bite of food we eat. Choose the healthiest options to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Morning Pep Prenatal vitamins are very affordable, regular price on Amazon for one bottle (120 tablets) is $19.99. Now expecting parents can save 10% on Morning Pep Prenatal Vitamins 4 Month Supply by getting them here.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Disney’s "A Wrinkle in Time" Mix of Fantasy & Science Trying To Fit In

March Break is almost here and while it is still winter weather outside, it is time to enjoy all the activities out of school. Movie theaters already prepared a bunch of films for families to enjoy and recent releases can't wait to be watched by the audience.

A Wrinkle In Time Review

The recent Disney release “A Wrinkle in Time” is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic directed by Ava DuVernay. The movie hits the big screen today, March 9.

The story follows Meg Murry, typical middle school student trying to fit in the school environment. Four years ago her father, famous physicist mysteriously disappeared leaving more questions than answers. Bullies at school along with teachers use this fact to hurt Meg and write ugly notes. No one believes that Mr.Murray ever comes back except Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace. While the girl is struggling at school and can't cope with father's disappearance, her brother, little genius, helps her in every step and also wants to know what happened to their father.

With help of Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Meg, her brother and their friend Calvin take a challenge to travel across the Universe and find Mr.Murray. During their journey, they visit incredible, never been before places, which takes years to reach but kids were able to get there fast. Beautiful landscapes, creatures, weird people, creepy situations and strange encounters. Children also have to challenge their fears, go deep inside their souls and find what they really want and determine who they are. In addition to testing science knowledge, children have to follow the intuition to determine what is going on. The evil, that took Mr. Murray, uses creative weapons and targets on to the darkest memories and wishes to fulfill. Tricky situations created to deceive your vision but to offer something to reduce the pain from the past. No matter if it comes from bullies, demanding parents, or disappeared father, the evil knows which buttons to push. In this story every kid needs to learn something about themselves to find Mr.Murray and get back home.

The movie is filled with rich colorful scenes. The costumes changing from one episode to another are fancy and stylish. Though main characters' travel was interesting, I liked some real Earth adventures more. While it looks like great movie with a particular message, I have a feeling that the film needed something more. It looks like a nice fairy-tale but finished very fast.

Overall, I think kids would love to watch this move. Everyone can find something special in it:  love for science, struggles at school, trying to get fit in, loss or finding your self.

 “A Wrinkle in Time” opens today in theatres across Canada.
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Disney•Pixar's Coco Oscar's 2018 Best Animated Feature Now Available on Bluray/DVD/Digital Giveaway | DisneyStudiosCA

Disney Coco 3D

Coco movie gave us a mix of emotions. It is such a heartwarming, family friendly and powerful from one point and sad, difficult for younger kids to understand from another. The movie follows Miguel and his family who about to celebrate The Day of the Dead with other people of the town. Coco is Miguel's grand grand-mother, they love spending time together. The family story when Coco's father, musician and a guitar player left his family and turns Coco's mom to banning everything related to music for generations.

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On The Day of the Dead Miguel steps into The Land of The Dead where he becomes surrounded by skeletons and the land itself is a huge, vibrant and colorful. The Land of The Dead lives its own life, special and unbelievable. It has own rules, customs, police officers along with holidays, concerts, celebrities and parties. Miguel wants to find out more about his family history and prove that his grandmother and mother are wrong about their rejection of music in their life. He easily finds his relatives and they are happy to help and give their blessing to send Miguel back. The boy wants to find Ernesto de la Cruz, the legendary musician of his town who could be his relative too. In this journey Miguel meets Hector, who turns out to have no one living and remembering him. If nobody remembers Hector, very soon he will completely disappear. So deal is made between Miguel and Hector, Miguel helps Hector be remembered, and Hector helps the boy to get to his relative Ernesto de la Cruz. I think this friendship brings more than just a partnership. Miguel participates in music competition, meets Frida Kahlo during her stage design process and learn about The Land of The Dead.

Miguel was always told to listen to his family because they want only the best for him. In this story despite of the ban of music, his "dead" relatives still show understanding and support. They are dead but have strength to step over the pain being left behind, feel and hear Miguel as their family member, what he wants, listen and perceive. Skeletons, dead people and death do not look scary in the story. The loss, betrayal and the possibility of being forgotten bring a lot of pain and tears. Coco is more than just children story. It is a story about life, family and dreams.

COCO Bluray

The movie Coco has won the Oscar for best animated feature and "Remember Me" won the best original song at the 90th Academy Awards. To celebrate these well-deserved achievements we are giving away a copy of Coco Blu-ray/DVD/Digital to one our Canadian reader. The set includes French version and two hours of bonus features (music, commentary, creation).

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spring Into Friendship DVD Giveaway | Shout! Factory

Spring slowly takes its turn and while its is still cold outside we are looking forward to have fun during March break and spring holidays. Our friends at Shout! Factory Kids recently released My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spring Into Friendship DVD to celebrate the season. It includes a new set of adventures of our favorite pony characters.

My Little Pony Spring Into Friendship

This time Twilight Sparkle has to face new challenges and test her friendship ties. She is given only two coveted tickets to the most anticipated event in town: The Grand Galloping Gala! Twilight needs to decide which of her best friends gets to go with her. While she is trying to figure out how to solve the dilemma, every pony tries to treat her like a royalty in exchange for taking one to The Gala. Finally, overwhelmed with choices, Twilight Sparkle finds the best solution.

Two more stories about Princess Twilight Sparkle take us to Summer Sun Celebration preparations. Something strange makes Twilight take her friends to Everfree Forest and find answers to her questions. In Sisterhooves and Social Just For Sidekicks episodes Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy help usher Springtime into Equestria! There are lots to do and they learn so much about friendship, family and true love.

There is a bonus feature Sing-Along song about Grand Galloping Gala, it is not long but very catchy one. The DVD also includes special Egg-Decorating stickers, Teddy had fun decorating and looking forward to Easter holidays to do more.

I like that the stories are simple and interesting to watch. They also carry important messages and teach children care about family and friends, responsibility and leadership, the habit of giving to those in need.

The animation is colorful and vivid, pleasure to watch. Join new My Little Pony spring adventures, it is fun for sure.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Spring Into Friendship available on DVD at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and shoutkids.com!

We are also giving away a copy My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Spring Into Friendship DVD to one our lucky readers to celebrate spring season. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only and ends March 20, 2018! Good Luck!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold DVD | Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with free copies of the DVD. 

When characters from absolutely different stories unite from one mission, it is always interesting to watch. The crossover can become successful collaboration or, in opposite, something overwhelming, fans decide. In recent Warner Bros. Home Entertainment DVD release Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman joins the Mystery Inc. gang to catch villains wreaking havoc in Gotham City.

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Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma collaborate with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown).

When the Mystery Inc. gang is solving seems pretty obvious crime, they stumble upon even more mysterious discoveries happened in the past. As it turned out, the series of events are related to Batman and involve science at its best! The Mystery Inc. gang think that The Crimson Cloak is somehow connected to an unsolved case happened in the past and now becomes a threat to the city.

During this sole the case adventures, Batman tries to understand how famous Mystery gang works. What seems pretty normal to Scooby folks, looks weird to others including Batman. But nature of habits, familiar to The Mystery Inc.,  shows who is who is this story. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy would never pass a table with food without trying something as an example.

In this video Teddy shares what he thinks about new Scooby-Doo & Batman collaboration:


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Take a Challenge to Find Missing Scientist, DR. Murry, in A WRINKLE IN TIME Escape Rooms Across Canada | DisneyStudiosCA

“Where is Dr. Murry? He has accomplished something extraordinary, but also dangerous, and now he is trapped by a darkness that is spreading throughout the universe and the only one who can stop it, is you!“

Walt Disney Studios Canada is issuing a challenge to Canadians to step into their latest film, A Wrinkle In Time, in theatres March 9, and find the scientist Dr. Murry who has been missing for three years. In a series of escape rooms in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, Canadians must race against time to find Dr. Murry’s location before they find themselves in complete darkness.

A Wrinkle In Time

Check the schedule and how & where to book Escape Room in your city below:
Step into the film and search for Dr. Murray yourself in the A Wrinkle in Time: Race the Darkness escape room experience. The cost is FREE and reservation is highly recommended.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time takes audiences on an incredible journey across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light. Meg Murray is the daughter of two world-renowned physicists and is left devastated after the mysterious disappearance of her father, Dr. Murray. Meg must embark on a formidable quest to find her father, travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering. Meg is transported to worlds beyond her imagination where she must confront a powerful evil force to find her father.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sesame Street The Best of Elmo 4 DVD - Furry Red Monster is Back | Warner Bros.

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One of fun February releases for kids is Sesame Street The Best of Elmo 4. Everyone's favorite red monster is back to present his best moments, educational stories and jokes to parents and kids. Be ready to join two hours of singing, dancing, funny stories and silly situations.

In Elmo’s Sweet Ride, a new episode from Season 47, Elmo teaches patience and sharing when he lets his pal Zoe take a ride on his scooter, waiting his turn while she practices and learns how to ride. Elmo also meet celebrities and makes some new friends along the way! He learns what it means to be enthusiastic from Mindy Kaling when they dance with their friends, the chickens; he learns why skin comes in all different textures and shades of color from Lupita Nyong’o ; he throws a fiesta with Viola Davis; he plays tug-of-war with Wendi McLendon-Covey to learn the word “strenuous”; he busts a move with Jason Derulo; and he sings about books and reading with Pharrell Williams!

The Best of Elmo 4 includes an episode from Season 47 of Sesame Street and an animated storybook, Elmo Loves You. Teddy liked watching The Best of Elmo, especially songs and dances. He even brought his Elmo toy to be together. Have you ever tried to build a spaceship of cardboard boxes and duct tape or imagine you fly in the sky with friends? You find that you can do lots of things. It is Ok to be silly, and it is Ok to be funny!

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The DVD also includes interesting street stories: "Elmo Wants to Be Like Gordon," "Valentine's Day," "Jack B. Nimble Can't Sit Down" and "To the Moon, Elmo". Elmo and his friends are here in entertain and bring smiles to your faces.

Join Elmo for learning and laughs in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop release The Best of Elmo 4. It is now available on DVD from Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Join Club Maple Leafs & You Can Win Family Game Night Series Prize Pack

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Family Day in Ontario marked the launch of special Family Game Night Series Program by Maple Leafs. Designed for families and kids, this program gives an opportunity to young Leafs fans win tickets for them and their family to attend a Leafs home game. Family Game Night Series program continues to the rest of the season.

Club Maple Leafs is the official Toronto Maple Leafs Kids' Club for the youngest members of Leafs Nation. The Club aims to create an early love for the hockey and the Leafs through youth-friendly fun games and content.


In order to join the program you need to download the Club Maple Leafs App, which is really cool app. It offers various challenges, trivia, news, updates and activities about Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. It is actually a must-have app for all Maple Leafs fans!

Every time Leafs have home game, Club Maple Leafs users have an opportunity to win Family Game Night Series prize pack. It includes 4 Maple Leafs home game tickets, 1 autographed Leafs player jersey & collection of swag for the family. Just download the app and take Family Game Night challenge.

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This Family Day we had a chance to watch Toronto Marlies game at Air Canada Centre and cheer for the team. It was great experience to see families and kids supporting Toronto Marlies. Each game is filled with fun activities for the whole family. It was wonderful way to spend time together. I wish more families bond and unite while watching favorite team playing favorite game.

Family Game Night Series

And that's not all. To celebrate the launch of Family Game Night Series Program we are excited to give away Family Game Night Prize Pack.

 Family Game Night Leafs

The pack includes 4 tickets to the Maple Leafs game against Pittsburgh Penguins taking place on March 10, 2018, autographed Tyler Bozak's jersey & swag for family and kids. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck. The giveaway is open to Toronto residents, ends February 28, 2018. Prize value is approx. $900.00 CAD.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Early Man Movie Prize Pack Giveaway CAN | eOneFilms

Early Man

From the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Early Man tells the prehistoric story of courageous caveman hero Dug and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy to save their home. The film features an all-star voice cast including Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and Maisie Williams.

Early Man is sure to warm the spirits of the whole family this February and we are excited to give our readers the chance to win a prize pack, including tickets to see the movie in theatres thanks to eOneFilms Entertainment!

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The prize pack will include the following:
  • EARLY MAN Activity Book 
  • EARLY MAN Crayons 
  • EARLY MAN Buff (very similar to a bandana) 
  •  2X Run-of-Engagement Passes to see EARLY MAN (Tickets valid Monday – Thursday at any Cineplex location playing EARLY MAN starting 19th). 
Early Man is stomping into theatres February 16!

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For your chance to win the prize simply fill the Raffllecopter form below and Good Luck! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends February 19, 2018!

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