.@TeddyOutReady: April 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toronto Marlies On The Way to Calder Cup 2018 | #ThisIsMore


This is that time of the year when best hockey teams compete for the trophies and fans can't wait to see their favorite teams on the top. Young players watch the games to learn from mature professionals. Students skip school, working people take days off and creative minds improvise on makeup and gear to support their teams. Between our corporate meetings we discuss how teams play and make Fridays Wear A Favorite Sport Team Jersey To Work Day. All eyes stick to the arenas and flying pucks. It is payoff time, the time that unites people, make them one big family to cheer for one big goal.

Toronto sports are doing pretty good this year. There is something for every sports fan to cheer for.

We often go Toronto Marlies game and I can say that playoff games are much different than regular ones. Fights are tougher, more fans come to watch the games and players are more focused, determined and dedicated. These games are interesting to watch and it is definitely great experience for everyone.

Toronto Marlies

Marlies team is Toronto Maple Leafs in childhood. They show much passion and are getting ready for a big future in the hockey world. Lots of talented players come from Marlies team. Can you believe we often meet my coworkers' families with kids at Marlies games? It is nice to see that we have something in common besides our financial reports and data analysis.

We like that there is a play area where kids can spend some time before the games. It includes the table hockey and soccer, shooting a puck skill test and a photo booth activities. Once we draw posters for the upcoming game. Duke, the team mascot, often comes and has some fun with kids!

During the game the audience often goes wild to support the team. The atmosphere at every game is extremely exciting with fans paying close attention to every shot, move and hit. You car hear "Let's Go Marlies" almost every five minutes from various parts of the arena.

Teddy Marlies

While we were at the playoff Game 2 when Marlies won, they lost a Game 3 on Wednesday night, but still lead 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Game 4 is scheduled on Friday night, April 27, in Utica and will be broadcast live on Leafs Nation Network. Tickets are selling fast, so if you like to experience real playoff hockey battle then check Ticketmaster for Game 4 and possible Game 5 on April 29 in Toronto!

We wish Toronto Marlies spectacular win in the series and deserved Calder Cup in the final!

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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 Blu-ray/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 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.
Maya The Bee 2 Bluray

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 DippĂ©, 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.

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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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