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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Real Life Adventures of Catherine "Cat" Calloway, The First Book by David Essel | #ChildrensBook

The Real Life Adventures of Catherine Cat Calloway

Being at school has never been an easy task. Besides learning there are lots of challenges every child faces every day. It is simple to lose your confidence when there is no friends and family to support you. The world of success and influence takes their dominance and it is easy to blend, give up and let your dreams disappear without a trace.

Have you ever had a feeling being unwanted, forgotten and insignificant? Then the book The Real Life Adventures of Catherine "Cat" Calloway, The First written by David Essel makes you think about where low self-confidence and low self-esteem come from. The main character of the story, Catherine CAT Callaway the First. She is a very popular kid in school, everyone likes her. One day during lunch time she decides not to join her friends but have her lunch with a girl who sits alone. That little girl is shy and seems does not have any friends at school. Ling Ling Lu is a new student and other kids find that girl different, weird and strange. She tried to make friends, but it is not easy for her.

The Real Life Adventures of Catherine Cat Calloway


Cat is an absolute opposite to Ling Ling Lu. She is confident, easily makes friends and loves to help. That particular day Cat decides to make a difference in another person's life. Catherine thinks that no one should eat lunch alone at school and makes one step forward to help Ling Ling Lu. She thinks that everyone must be treated with kindness and respect.

When you look at the whole picture, you do not think that everyone does something wrong. Kids, teachers and parents do not notice or try to ignore struggling little kid who tries to fit new school environment. But Cat sees that Ling Ling Lu has hard time and makes one little gesture to change the situation.

How often we see that another person needs help but just pass by and ignore. The book challenges the readers if they can do the same thing, step out, offer help and do not be just an ignorant passer-by.


We loved how the story turned out after Cat decides to join lunch time with Ling Ling Lu. Teddy said that it is such a positive book to read. He likes how Cat ignites with confidence other people so that they become better individuals to show their unique talents to others.

The Real Life Adventures of Catherine "Cat" Calloway, The First book has nice illustration throughout the book, there are also simple messages repeating multiple time to remember like  "Treat others with kindnesses and respect".

About the Author: 
David Essel is in reality just a big kid in an adult's body, who loves to write about good stuff and great people. His first book is titled: Phoenix Soul: One Man's Search for Love & Inner Peace. David is also a radio and television host, professional speaker, life coach and model. 
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part Is Still Awesome Now Available on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital | #TheLEGOMovie2

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

Lego Movie 2

It's time to find out what happened in The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part, because now it is available on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD. If you missed the movie on the big screen as we did because we were busy with our assignments and competitions then we all can watch it in the comfort of our homes with popcorn, treats and, probably, build something new with LEGO bricks.

The Lego Movie 2 takes us to Bricksburg, the city where it all started. In five years this shiny and colorful place turned into the bleak and dull. Their threat - LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, which wreck everything cute, vivid, attractive and do it faster than it can be rebuilt. Most of the citizens changed, affected by constant fights and threats. No more romantic dreams, creative ideas and vibrant colors. Most of them, including Batman and Lucy, constantly expect the worst. Only Emmet remains true to himself, optimistic and full of creative projects to everyone's disappointment. He tries to impress Lucy by building nice family house for them, so they can live there together. But circumstances changed and evil LEGO creature, powerful and strong, invades to take the leaders.

The city is in chaos, Emmet needs to save Lucy and other folks from LEGO invaders. He travels across the Lego universe in his spaceship re-built from his house. On the way to saving his friends he meets Rex Dangervest who offers his help in saving kidnapped Bricksburg residents. Together they head to Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi Systar System where most of inhabitants are brainwashed with pop songs. And residents of Bricksburg are expected to follow them, everyone except Lucy who was able to escape. But others cannot resist Catchy Song and even Batman, claiming to stay forever bat-chelor, agrees to marry Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi.

The story, cities, invaders and LEGO universe is created by a boy and his sister, often Lego scenes switch to the real world, where Apocalypseburg is built by brother and the Systar System by a girl. Their interaction, conflicts and rivalry are reflected in LEGO universe.

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part is filled with funny jokes, lots of them inspired by pop culture. There is a line-up of catchy songs like Everything is Awesome and Catchy Song, also the one at the end of the movie with closing credits is incredible. The Blu-ray combo pack includes Everything is Awesome sing along and other songs you can sing as many times as you wish. Plus the release also includes free admission for kids to LEGO Discovery Centres and Legoland Resorts.

Everything is still Awesome in The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Learn the ABC with Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection on DVD | Shout! Factory

Sesame Street Awesome Alphabet Collection DVD

Learning the alphabet is important for preschool kids. It is like a gate to the world of reading. The best way to learn it is with friends you know. It's time for ABCs with Elmo and his Sesame Street buddies. They explore and show you every letter of the alphabet in new DVD release called Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection. It includes two hours of A to Z stories, songs, parodies, animated features, funny situations and more, everything dedicated to the alphabet letters.

Children will be excited to learn and sing their ABCs while watching Awesome Alphabet Collection. Each letter is presented as a compilation form different segments, for example it can start with a letter song, then an animated story and finished with a funny scene. That way kids learn the ABC from different angles and remember for sure what is associated with that particular letter.

The collection includes familiar songs like "The Beetles Perform Letter B" and "C is for Cookie", M is for "Monster Song". Sesame Street furry friends explore the alphabet with a lineup of celebrity guests. For example, Pharrell Williams belts it out for the letter B, Ricky Gervais tries singing a lullaby to a sleepy Elmo and Sia performs for letter S.


While most scenes in the collection are amazing and most of the songs are special and our favorites, only one song for P letter is very annoying, only one. Overall, we had fun experience watching the collection, I like that there are Sesame Street segments from different years.

The release also includes Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race bonus feature and ABC-themed printable activities. You can download them from here.

Awesome Alphabet Collection is being released during Sesame Street’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. The anniversary celebrates equality, respect, opportunity and joy!

Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection DVD is available for purchase on Amazon, Walmart, and other e-retailers. Plus we have a copy to give away for our readers. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway is open for US and Canadian residents & ends May 20, 2019!

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children Book by Meryl Best Lowell | #happiness

The Dolphins Secret

Many children undergo stress at young age when they learn new things every day and try to cope with emotions and wishes they have. New schools, classes, friends and activities, new requirements affect children a lot. Plus, you can see how tech savvy these days our kids are. They start using digital devices at very early age, and often overwhelmed with so much information they are getting from a myriad of sources. They need to have something to deal with constantly changing world, find calmness and be stable with their emotions. Every child is precious, and every child is exposed to stressful situations at certain level. It can be learning challenges at school, parents and teachers who expect too much, peer pressure, bullies at school or some insecurities for being unfit, being not like everyone else.

Book The Dolphins Secret

Today's children have a lot to handle, that's why learning some mindfulness techniques is very important. They help kids let their worries go and fill them with a deep sense of love.  I know that at Teddy's school they already teach yoga and how to relieve stress. That's why when he started reading The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children he was genuinely interested in learning new techniques. The book written by Meryl Best Lowell introduces children to Yoga Nidra, an ancient form of guided meditation which incorporates a sequence of mindfulness techniques. This is a how-to storybook, written in simple and easy way so that kids ages 4-8 can to follow the instructions. The Dolphin's Secret is not a boring book of exercises, it presents a magical story of Meri, a beautiful mermaid, and her friend Aloha, a dolphin. Together they invite children to join their journey and show how to relax and feel better. Their exercises are designed to do when kids lay down before naptime or bedtime. They include breathing techniques easy to follow. Teddy did his exercises in the park. It was fun and relaxing to lay down under the blanket and forget about worries, school and assignments, think about dolphins and  making bubbles.

The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children

The Dolphin's Secret book is beautifully illustrated. It includes images of a whimsical world, Meri and Aloha, and as they tell the story and their secrets. You can see the images of kids doing yoga, breathing exercises and their happy faces. Teddy even found someone looking like him in the book.

I think The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children very practical and useful book for parents, teachers and kids to learn easy relaxation techniques, help children to cope with their feelings. 

About the Author:
Meryl Best Lowell has been exploring and practicing different forms of meditation since 2004 and believes that Yoga Nidra, an ancient form of guided meditation, makes meditation and deep relaxation accessible to everyone. She was hiking on a mountain in Arizona when she was inspired to write a series of children’s books, which incorporate the mindfulness techniques of Yoga Nidra to give children a direct experience of meditation.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-ray/ DVD for Family Fun and Lovely Songs | #MaryPoppinsReturns

Mary Poppins Returns DVD
Mary Poppins Returns made a significant effort to show that our childhood dreams never disappear but rather continue to exist and come back. Lots of things changed since Disney’s 1964 Mary Poppins release. Jane and Michael are now grown-up and have children to take care of. Their life takes the burden of regular adults, expected to work, support families and pay loans. Michael’s kids Annabel, John and Georgie even question if their dad ever was a kid. With lots of happening in Michael’s life, it is hard to see what is truly matters. After losing his wife, Michael is on the way to losing his home too - unless he presents father’s stock certificate to the bank.

Mary Poppins returns with a kite run. She is elegant, immaculate and special; she brings fun to every moment of life, making everyone think that magic is a normal thing. Mary Poppins sings and dances, every day with her is an adventure and it is everywhere. Regular bath can turn into a beach party and a colorful bowl is a place to experience animated adventures with circus, chase and horse riding. 

Jack, London’s lamplighter gladly joins Mary Poppins and kids in their magical adventures. Together they make Cherry Tree Lane a fun place to play. I like how kids learn to see through the pretty looks and identify who is a good person and who is not.


The movie is filled with songs and dance, and I think sometimes Jack outshines Mary Poppins showing many talents. Teddy liked watching the movie; his favorite parts were songs and kids adventures on the beach and with Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy.

Mary Poppins is brilliantly played by Emily Blunt to my opinion. She is the perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into a fantastic adventure. Her confident attitude is contagious, everything is possible and being unusual and strange is a new normal.

Mary Poppins Returns is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and Digital to enjoy the magic and sing-along while watching!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Let's Celebrate Earth Day with Ranger Rob This Month & Make A Difference | #RangerRobEarthMonth

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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, it inspires people around the globe to connect with nature and support our environment. The love for nature starts from an early age. By helping children appreciate the importance of the natural world, we can help them begin to recognize how important nature is in our life and how important to protect it. Positive experiences with nature at an early age can help children develop a caring attitude and encourage them to follow more environmentally-friendly actions in the future. It is great to see characters on the screen like Ranger Rob who inspire kids to get outdoor and explore the nature so that they can learn to help protect and foster the future health of our planet.

Ranger Rob Earth Day Park

Ranger Rob is a young ranger-in-training who ziplines, swings and even snowboards his way around Big Sky Park, the coolest natural adventure park ever. It features all sorts of ecosystems and Rob thinks of it as his very own adventure-filled playground. With so much to explore and discover he’s in for the experience of a lifetime―and you’re invited to come along for the ride! Ranger ready to get outside?

This month Rob and his friends, Stomper, Dakota and Sam, invite kids & families join Ranger Rob Earth Month & demonstrate their support for the environment! It does not have to be complicated, even picking trash around the community or turning off the lights are good actions to take!

Earth Month Ranger Rob

On Ranger Rob social channels you can find great ideas how to celebrate Earth Day not only in April but every day. We like Ranger Rob Earth Month Scavenger Hunt and Earth Day celebration ideas. I hope that kids after trying them even for one day will continue to show appreciation and care for environment.
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To have more fun you can take Ranger Rob and his friends toys outdoor to play and lean about nature in your local park or a playground. We often go to our local park and take our friends there to play, we are having fun games there, watch animals, explore different plants and trees and clean the area, after winter there are lots of trash on the fields. These toys are available at Toys RUs stores and on Amazon.

Ranger Rob Command Tower giveaway

This month, Ranger Rob TV is hosting a very special giveaway in support of Earth Day 2019! You can enter to win a fantastic Ranger Rob Command Tower Toy Set via Facebook and Instagram pages. Teddy had a chance to play with the toy set, it is just amazing! Ranger Rob Command Tower  has a telescope station,a zip-line, a tour tour, a swing and a merry-go-round carousel! The giveaway ends on April 22nd.

Let's step outside, connect to nature and remember that Earth Day is every day!

Ranger Rob, Nelvana’s hit animated series airs on Treehouse and Nick Jr.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Bunny’s First Choice for Holiday Baskets | #JAKKSToys

Chicks with Wigs

Easter is almost here, we are looking forward to festive celebrations, days off and Easter Bunny to come. Are you on the search for fun and easy Easter basket ideas that are a more exciting than the regular basket for everyone? Then Jakks Pacific have you covered with cute egg-sized collectibles little ones will be excited to get! These creative ideas are sure to make your loved ones smile and enjoy the holiday.

Squish-Dee-Lish

Squish-Dee-Lish Series 1 Mystery Packs are our all time favorites, made of a slow-rise foam, are the latest super cute collectible. Series 1 combines animals with delicious foods such as cute cupcakes and yummy donuts. Perfect for young kids and grown-ups, you can squeeze them, play or roll. Adults can squish away their stress with a fun and anxiety. The toys are soft and colorful, we use them to distract little ones from crying and have some pretend plays for fun. Usually little ones like when squishies show up one by one, they even have their favorite characters. There are 24 styles to collect so everyone will be excited to have these cuties in their Easter basket. The best part these are blind bags, so no one knows which Squish-Dee-Lish everyone gets, except probably Easter Bunny!
Available now in Toys ‘R’ US for $4.99.

Chicks with Wigs are new to us, but these are amazing chicks to play with. They have so beautiful hair of different colors and you can style them. They are perfect Easter gift this year. Teddy likes his toy, he is not into hair styles and accessories, but he had so much fun with new Chick with Wigs. He found elastic bands and decided to apply some styles, failed a couple of times and finally managed to get what he wanted.  These are blind boxes, so you do not know what chick toy you get and what hair color she has. Available at Walmart for $4.97.

Who's Your Llama

Who’s Your Llama is a line of collectible llamas bursting with personality! These are the silliest llamas you’ll ever meet. Each one comes stored in a reusable camper with a collector’s guide. From Bahama Llama to Drama Llama, each one comes dressed in a cute outfit and includes 1 of 4 super silly features: winking, spitting, grinning, or sticking its tongue out. These features are what Teddy likes the most, especially winking and sticking its tongue out! There are 24 mini llamas to collect, all different colours and styles and six different coloured campers. Kids will have fun trying to find the “chase” mini llama with the gold finish.
Available at: Toys ‘R’ Us for $8.99.

Harry Potter 9

Harry Potter Die Cast Wands Assortment offers die-cast replica wands of your favorite characters from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series. There are 12 wands to collect in the first set, including the wands of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and other wizards. These wands are 4-inch scale and include a stand for display. Each wand is packed in a blind mystery box. Though Teddy is not a huge fan of Harry Potter, he like the toys and all the magic stuff around these stories. Being a wizard with a magic wand is pretty cool! Available at Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon and Walmart for $5.57.

Hop into spring with these adorable toys! I hope they will help you fill your Easter baskets with surprises, joy, and fun!
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Best Car Seats of 2019

Stroller 2019

If you have a child or are preparing to have one, you'll need to buy a car seat. Car seat requirements change as children get older, so you'll need to find one that meets the necessary specifications and your child's needs for their age and weight. In addition, you'll want to find one that's suitable for the type of car you drive, for your lifestyle and personal preferences. If you travel a lot, you'll want to find one that works for the different modes of travel you use. Below, you’ll see our detailed list of the best car seats for 2019.

 Infant Car Seats

Best Car Seat for Infants: Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base

This car seat works well for infants who weigh from 4-30 pounds. The energy-absorbing foam provides additional protection from side impacts. There is an insert that accommodates smaller babies; this can be removed as the baby gets older. You'll know your baby is secure because you'll hear a click when the keyfit is attached securely.

Best Infant Car Seat for the Cash-Strapped: Onboard Air 360

This rear-facing car seat works well for infants who weigh between 4-35 pounds. Car safety experts designed it to provide excellent protection from side impacts. It's made of race car foam to absorb more energy, and the reinforced handle provides more stability.

Convertible Car Seats

Protect the Environment and Your Baby with The Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat

This car seat can be used front-facing mode for children 30-49 inches tall weighing between 22 and 65 pounds. It can also be used in rear-facing mode for children 25-43 inches tall weighing between 14 and 50 pounds. It's compact but still provides important safety features. These include a 5-point adjustable padded safety harness, a steel rebound protector, and an adjustable headrest. It's built so that if you're in an accident, the impact is distributed through it's specially designed energy-absorbing shell. The fabrics don't use bromine or chlorine to protect against fire. This makes it ideal for environmentally conscious parents.

Looking for Easy Installation? Check out the Advocate Quicktight Convertible

This convertible car seat grows with your child. It can be used in rear-facing mode for babies weighing 4 to 40 pounds, in a front-facing mode for toddlers who weigh from 20-65 pounds, as a booster seat in the high-back position mode for children weighing 30-100 pounds, and the backless belt positioning mode from children weighing 40-120 pounds.

Another Good Convertible Car Seat: The Graco 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

This car seat will last from birth to 10 years old and accommodate children who weigh between 4 and 120 pounds. The adjustable harness system has 10 different positions and changes easily. It's been tested for side impact safety with its 5-point harness system, and crash tested to meet or exceed the US standard FMVSS 213. The level indicator makes it easy to tell if it's been installed correctly, and the seat adjusts to six positions to ensure your child is comfortable. The plush inserts provide additional comfort, and the seat cover can be removed easily without removing the harness. There's also a storage compartment to hold harness straps that aren't used in booster seat mode.

Combination Car Seats

Best Combination Car Seat: Britax Dualfit Combination Harness-2-Booster

This combination car seat transitions from a forward-facing 5-point harness seat into a belt-positioning booster seat. This new release from Britax covers your child from 25 pounds and at least 2 years old to 100 pounds, and it's the least expensive booster of this type. You can use harness mode until the child reaches 65 pounds; when you change over to belt mode, the harness tucks inside the seat.

Booster Seats

Best Booster Seat for Smart Toddlers: Affix Youth Booster Seat with LATCH System

If your toddler has figured out how to latch themselves into their car seat, this is the best one for them. It provides a secure connection to keep the seat properly in place, and it's easy for more independent children to latch themselves in. You can use the front adjustment to tighten the booster seat to the vehicle seat quickly and easily. It's been side-impact tested and crash tested to meet or exceed the standards in FMVSS 213. There's also a cup holder under the base of the car seat. Other important features include a deep seat structure that protects the child if there's an accident and soft foam for added safety and comfort. You can machine wash the seat pad. If you have a car that's equipped with the LATCH system, you can click the car seat right into place.

Take Your Baby Around the City Comfortably in Bubblebum's Backless Inflatable Booster

If you're looking for a car seat that fits your busy city lifestyle, check out the Bubblebum Backless Inflatable Booster. This car seat inflates and deflates easily. This makes it ideal for parents who must take taxis everywhere. It's designed for children between 4 and 11 years old who weigh between 40 and 100 pounds. When it's deflated, stick it in your knapsack or diaper bag for safe keeping.

The material it's made from is like the material life vests are made from, and it contains memory foam and a strong webbing harness to help keep its structure. The side clips keep the lap belt over your child's pelvis. It comes in different colors and patterns and exceeds US Motor safety standards. It includes a clip to keep the adult seat belt in place.


These are the best eight car seats available. When deciding which one to buy, ask yourself the following questions:
  • How much do I want to spend? 
  • Do I want to buy a convertible car seat so I can spend less money? 
  • Do I plan to buy different cars as my child gets older? 
  • Do I plan to have more children, which will make it necessary to buy a larger vehicle?
No matter what kind of car seat you decide to purchase, make sure it fits your budget, receives good reviews, and meets your lifestyle needs.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Sesame Street - Celebrate Family DVD Review and Giveaway | Shout! Factory

Sesame Street Celebrate Family DVD

Sesame Street Celebrate Family is recent DVD release from Shout! Factory Kids. It includes five family stories from popular Sesame Street series. The stories cover different families and how characters deal with some difficult situations. These are some topics you can find in the release: relationships between parents and kids, grandparents and grand kids, siblings rivalry, family support, close friends and family traditions.

Sesame Street Cookie Monster

Different situations are presented in each episode. First story shows every family has own habits and tradition. It is fun when they are not same and perfect opportunity for kids and parents to learn about each other. Abby's family has dinner at Elmo's house and while one family thinks it is better to play before dinner, another family prefer to do it after dinner. In this episode both families find interesting way to make a meal together and enjoy the dinner.

With upcoming Mother's Day and Father's Day two stories are dedicated to these special family holidays. Cookie Monster realizes he's forgotten a gift for his mommy for Mother's Day. But every time he prepares a cookie for his mom, he gets crazy and consumes the cookie even paper one. Cookie Monster's friends offer one solution and another but nothing works. Finally Cookie Monster finds out if  he shares a cookie with his mom, that would be great for everyone! For Father's Day, Rosita wants to make a video for her dad, but she needs some help from her friends. She does not realize that for her dad it does not matter if she acts shy on the video, he loves her anyway. The video does not have to be perfect for dad to be happy for her daughter.

Next we meet Rudy, Abby's new stepbrother! And finally, Hooper's Store is throwing a special party for kids and their grandparents.

Sesame Street episodes do not only show family stories but also teaches how face challenges young kids and families encounter in real life. I like that the stories positive messages are presented the way that even little kids can understand and follow by example.


Sesame Street Celebrate Family DVD has beautiful family songs to enjoy and three bonus features. Our favorite is fill-length episode Sibling.

Sesame Street Celebrate Family DVD is available for purchase on Amazon, Walmart, and other e-retailers. Plus we have a copy to give away for our readers. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway is open for US and Canadian residents & ends April 17, 2019!


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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

ThomasToronto Zoo March Break

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

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

The Nutcracker

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

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

Fuller House 3

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

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

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

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

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

Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game | #Disconnect2Connect

Teddy Monster Crunch

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

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

Monster Crunch Set Up

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

Monster Crunch game

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

Monster Crunch

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

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


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

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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

 Sonshine

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

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

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


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

 Broccoli

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

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

Make Your Special Moments Unforgettable With Canvas | #CanvasArt


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

The Grinch movie

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

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

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


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

The Grinch

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Canada Books for Young Explorers | #MomsMeet

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National Geographic Weird But True

National Geographic is the leader in educating the public about the world. Their educational resources are authentic, real and engaging. They inspire and teach young audience to learn more, explore, travel around and try new things. National Geographic for kids offers various educational materials in form of books, magazines, on-line content, videos, apps, radio broadcasting and many publications.

We had a chance to check Weird But True! series from National Geographic Kids. It is intended for young audience eager to learn astonishing facts about our world. Teddy is not a bookworm but surprisingly he finished reading books in just few days.

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Weird But True! Books have great design and colorful illustrations. Weird But True! Series includes volumes of interesting content and special releases like Weird But True! Christmas with 300 festive facts and Weird But True! Canada with 300 outrageous facts about The True North. The facts are printed in different fonts and with corresponding pictures making the books interesting to read for kids. The way information is presented make children curious and can you imagine how many “WOW”s we heard when Teddy read this or that fact. Teddy also likes the size of the books, they are not thick and big for little ones to read by themselves. You can take one anywhere you go when travelling, visiting a doctor or even waiting in line-ups.

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It was fun to read weird facts about Canada, some of them were really eye-opening, we did not even know about and a few are happened just around the corner. For example, “Sushi Pizza is a popular dish in Toronto” or “A Canadian Candy Company was the first to put chocolates in a heart-shaped box”. There are also some facts which can be perceived as a challenge, for example, “Some towns use BEET Juice to melt ice on wintry road”. Teddy wants to try this on his own, I think now is the perfect time of the year to do it.

From our experience Weird But True! Books are not the ones you read and forget on a book shelf. These materials kids continue to check and read over and over again, they make them think and amaze how this is even possible? Teddy remembers many facts. He shares some of them with peers and adult to impress. Some facts are so weird like “Some ants carry umbrellas made of leafs” or “Two artists in London built a maze of 250,000 books” that our little one wants to visit those interesting places and see everything for real experience!

 Weird But True Canada

Weird But True! Series is celebrating 10th anniversary of the original series and presenting 10 volumes of updated content available to purchase online on National Geographic KidsAmazon, BookOutlet.ca, Indigo.ca and in book stores.

Weird But True! Canada Contest

There are lots of interesting facts still available to learn about. National Geographic wants to know about them by encouraging young explorers, kids ages 6-14 to enter Weird But True! Canada contest to submit their own weird facts about their hometown, province or country through March 31, 2019! Your submission can be featured on the National Geographic Kids website next May!
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