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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia Children's Book | This Little Street

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia

We love reading books about travels and adventures. Every book has something unique and special to offer. The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia by Audrey Smit tells whimsical travel stories about Lily, a young girl who is ready to explore the world.

Lily Huckleberry lives in a small village where flowers grow as big as trees. She is chosen to join Worldwide Adventure Society for her brave spirit and adventurous mood. Visiting Scandinavia is Lilly's fist choice as a member of secret travel society and she can't wait to join new adventures. The girl is welcome to Denmark and invited to Midsummer party! But adventures are not always about parting and having fun, so Lily takes risks to help her friends to save Midsummer Celebration.

Lilly  Huckleberry travels across Scandinavia to recover missing strawberries. She encounters many interesting characters, scary ones sometimes, magical and some familiar from fairy tales. It is amazing that so many creatures and people gladly help Lily in her search. Lily finds out that missing strawberries are somehow connected to Vikings and eager to determine why. Though it is scary to meet with angry Vikings as everyone thinks, but Lily is brave enough to ask questions and finds ways to deal with challenging situations. It turns out that Vikings are not that bad and scary as they seem, they want to join Midsummer Celebration but were never invited.


Teddy liked reading this book, he said he is like one of the Vikings. In the book children discover the Nordic culture through language, traditions and stories like Midsummer Celebration with flower crowns and the special strawberry cake. Some Scandinavian words are used in the story like “Mormor” or “Fika,” which help kids learn new things the same way as Lily learned throughout her journey. There are also iconic Nordic characters many kids familiar with like Little Mermaid, elves, the Swedish horse, Dala and Vikings. We enjoyed the book's colorful illustrations, there are lots of flowers, plants and trees. There are also many funny and lovely images like Vikings Report Card.

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia book comes in hardcover and is so fascinating Teddy wants to read it over and over again.

This is just first Lily’s adventure. Next stop is The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Japan. For more information about the book and upcoming releases, please visit This Little Street!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HOW TO BUY A BABY Season 2 - The Journey To Becoming Parents | CBC Gem

How to buy a baby Season 2

Getting pregnant can be harder than it looks. For many couples the chance of getting pregnant in any given month is very low. Lots of them undergo fertility treatments which are emotionally and financially challenging. I thought having a baby would be easy when I was 'ready' but I was wrong. When you did not reach your 30s and could not have a baby that was a very stressful situation. You basically live in fertility clinic and your life becomes two itineraries you take every day: the work and the clinic. You cannot afford anything else, go on vacation, buy something big and expensive, because you have to pay for your treatments, this month, next month and so on.

Everyone around, family and friends do not believe you cannot get pregnant, they come to visit you with a bunch of kids and give various advice, crazy and ridiculous like eating some exotic food or meditating at night on a deserted island. Basically speaking, we did not need any advice, but rather a good laugh would save our days.

In August LoCo Motion Pictures released How To Buy A Baby Season 2 CBC Gem. Season 1 dealt mainly with themes surrounding infertility. The series follows a couple, Charlie and Jane, who gave up having a baby the fun way. They decide to take IVF treatments and survive in the world of emotional and financial pressures of infertility. Hard, easy, frustrating and funny, Season 2 takes an honest look at adoption.

The show How To Buy A Baby gives a humorous overview of the trials and tribulations of “getting pregnant” in the modern age and provides a voyeuristic view of a marriage under pressure and prove that even the most difficult experiences, can connect us to humanity and make us laugh!


And while watching the comedy I hope you do not mind to enter our giveaway and win some goodies to celebrate the How To Buy A Baby Season 2 launch! For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends September 15, 2019!

For more information about the series, please visit them on-line and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Dance Like Nobody's Watching With Sesame Street: Dance Party DVD Release | Shout! Factory


Sesame Street releases offer great content and educational materials. This month Shout Kids and Sesame Workshop released new DVD - Sesame Street: Dance Party. Everyone loves to dance, no matter how old you are and how skilled you are. From furry little monsters to BIG Snuffy, dance is one of the best activities with friends!

Sesame Street: Dance Party includes over two hours of fun stories inviting little ones to move and dance! Nina teaches her friends on Sesame Street the moves to dances from all around the world. Next, kids will get their groove on with all their favorite characters, learning the "Do the Dinosaur Dance," the "Elmo Slide," the "Robot Dance," and "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes"! Though "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" is easy to dance, Teddy liked Robot Dance and Elmo Slide because with them you learn new moves.

The Feelingwells throw a family dance party, and when Zoe choreographs a ballet in "Snuffy’s Dance," the dancers have to work together to figure out how to make Snuffy fly through the air. It was most like science lesson, but they managed to have fun together.

The dance party continues as the Feijoo Sisters dance the Lambarena with Zoe, Jason Derulo shows Elmo and Abby Cadabby that "Dancing is Easy," Ernie creates a dance video with too many steps, Elmo and Prairie Dawn record a music video, and Murray shows off flamenco-, Irish step dancing-, and Bollywood-inspired moves in a "Murray Has a Little Lamb" mashup.

We like that the DVD presents various dance styles from around the world, and they are performed by regular kids like flamenco dance, Irish step dance, moves with West African beats, and ballroom dancing. A lot of celebrities appeared to join Dance Party with music, songs and dancing. Amy Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Maria Menounos, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Sutton Foster, and Wendy Williams join the Sesame Street gang to sing "Elmo’s Got The Moves." More star power arrives when Ne-Yo sings “You've Got a Body,” encouraging everyone to get up and move. Janelle MonĂ¡e teaches Grover, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and friends "The Power of Yet" with a toe-tapping number.

There is also free 10 page printables to download to celebrate Dance Party release!

Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th year! Share your favorite Sesame Street memories – and maybe your favorite dance – with the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet.

Sesame Street: Dance Party is now available on DVD & digital download. We are also giving away a copy to our lucky readers thanks to Shout! Factory. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends August 25, 2019! For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Join The Jungle Bunch As They Face Their Biggest Challenge | Shout! Kids

The Jungle Bunch

The Jungle Bunch movie is an adaption of popular French TV series The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue. This animated feature offers a colorful animal adventures in a jungle environment. Once peaceful forest is almost destroyed by an evil koala called Igor. He uses exploding balls looking like mushrooms. The group of jungle leaders The Champs, including a tigress Natasha, decides to punish Igor and sends him to a desert island to live. 

Slowly the Jungle nature starts recovering from consequences of Igor's malicious intentions and destructive fire. Trees, bushes, grass, animals and insects are coming back. Maurice, a funny penguin, adopted and raised by a tigress Natasha wants to maintain order and justice in the jungle. So he forms The Jungle Bunch that includes Miguel the gorilla, Gilbert the capuchin, a bat Batricia and two toads. While The Jungle Bunch sounds good, the assignments they got are not always interesting and fun. Once they had to help the animal with skin problems, another time they got to tease baboons. Saving the world starts with small tasks to do and then grow to something bigger and more difficult!

Everything was easy until Igor came back and decided to destroy The Jungle again. He was so mad that The Champs did not accept him as a leader before and wants to burn everything again.

Maurice with his The Jungle Bunch face the biggest challenge to fight Igor and help to save the Jungle against fire and destruction. This time The Jungle Bunch has to team up with The Champ to stop Igor.


All the characters is this movie are animals. It was quite strange to see that tiger Natasha has a penguin son, and a tiger fish as a grandson. But in the movie it was very normal and no one ever questioned and asked why different animals form one family, and I like this the most!

The Jungle Bunch is coming to DVD and digital on August 6 from Shout! Kids, and it’s a jungle of fun for the whole family. We are excited to giveaway three copies to our lucky readers. The giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and ends August 20, 2019!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Okko's Inn Story on Forgiveness, Dedication and Exceptional Hospitality | Shout! Factory

Okko's Inn Bluray

Okko's Inn is July movie release from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. The film was nominated for 2019 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.

The story follows young girl Okko who lost her parents in a car accident.  Okko's grandmother decides to take girl to the countryside where she runs a traditional inn close to healing waters. Soon Okko discovers that there are spirits live there only she can see. The girl who is trying to deal with the loss is grieving and depressed. She misses her parents so badly that does not want to think about anything else. At the same time ghosts including Uribo keep her company and help her adjust to new environment. Okko wants to be a good host and junior housekeeper of the inn. She learns a lot about hospitality, guests, food service and support. Okko meets different guests, some are happy, other ones are struggling with loss of loved ones or want to find peace and relax. They all come to inn to experience something great, positive and healing. A man with his son dealing with his wife loss, or a family dealing with latest father's difficult surgery, or a famous model trying to relax, Okko's Inn treats everyone equally and rejects no one.

There is not only Okko's Inn in the countryside nearby. Matsuki Akino, Okko's classmate, and her parents run huge Harunoya Inn. They treat Okko's Inn as a competitor and Matsuki is trully dedicated to her inn. Harunoya Inn constantly works on improving their service. Matsuki and Okko do not have good relationship with each other. That is the reason why Okko meets Miyo, a ghost and Matsuki's older sister who died before Matsuki was born.


Once a man with health issues after surgery arrived to Okko's Inn. He required a special diet for his conditions the inn could not provide. Okko, knowing that Matsuki is very knowledgeable about food and special needs, decided to visit Harunoya Inn and ask for help. Okko and Matsuki were not friends but Okko wanted to do something  good for the guest in her inn. Surprisingly, Matsuki turned out to be very helpful when it comes to guests and hospitality. She helped Okko giving her special recipes Okko's chef can use to serve their client.

As Okko is getting feeling better and start recovering from her loss, she sees ghosts less and less. At the end Okko and Matsuki participate in a special dance Ceremony to celebrate their inn's hospitality and the region.

Okko's Inn is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD from Shout! Factory and we are excited to giveaway a copy to one our lucky reader. The giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and ends August 5, 2019! For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

StickerKid Quality Personalized Labels for Children and Families | #OrganizeHolidays

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It is time of the year when all outdoor activities our kids dreamed about are about to start. In just few weeks school will be over, and two months of holidays can't wait to be filled with baseball, soccer, cycling and everything your summer buddy wants to participate in. The abundance of camps is amazing, and we already started preparing our gear for upcoming camping sessions and activities.

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Teddy goes camping almost every summer and we know that  labeling his belonging is very important. Labeling kids' items not only protects it from being lost but also saves so much time. When a water bottle or baseball glove is labelled, it is easier to find it, pack everything you need and focus on your games instead of searching for your items!

StickerKid was founded in 2004 in Switzerland by young parents who care about their kids and want to do everything for them. Since that time StickerKid gained popularity for their quality products and versatile designs. We already had an experience with StickerKid labels, and I ensure they are amazing. The company does not use any toxic dyes and glues for their products and make sure they are safe for kids and families. The colors are bright, and letters printed on labels are sharp so you or other people will always notice your belongings.

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This time we ordered Express Pack for our summer activities and for sure they will be perfect for back-to-school too. Our pack includes 60 small label, 22 medium labels and 50 labels for clothes, no ironing needed. The price for our customizable labels is $47CAD.

First, we labelled Teddy's music books because they are first candidates to be mixed or lost. Every student at particular Level has same type of books. For example, Teddy, studying at Level 6, has four books, and if there is another  Level 6 student, that person has same set of books too. If those books are not labelled, it is easy mix them.

StickerKid offers many different font styles, colors and illustration to chose from, I think every kid can find something special. It is actually fun activity to design your labels: choose color, style and characters. There are Monsters, Superheroes, Emotions, Halloween, Birds and many other themes. Teddy likes Monsters so he chose a monster for his medium size labels.

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The variety of items increased significantly since  last time we ordered from StickerKid. Now the company offers more label packs for kids at school, camp, daycare, home labels for kitchen, wall and nursery decor, door stickers, personalized posters, labels for medications and allergy alerts.

The shipping of our labels was very fast, after few days of placing an order, it was delivered by Canada Post.

I also excited to share a discount code TeddyMom10 to use to get 10% off your order. It will be valid until July 7th for orders placed on Canadian, American and French stores. The messages on labels can be in French or English, we did not try other languages, but the ones we did work perfectly.

For more information about StickerKid, please visit stickerkid.ca. You can also find them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Becca's Bunch Flower Garden Planting Activity For Kids | Wagtail Woods

Becca's Bunch

There is no even one boring day with Becca. Wagtail Woods is where a little bird named Becca and her Bunch of friends Russell, Sylvia and Pedro live. Together they make Becca's Bunch and are always ready for adventures. The series currently airs on CBC Kids in Canada and Nick Jr. in US and already became favorites among preschool kids. Adorable characters, funny situations, games and challenges real kids face every day are seen on the screen. We have birds over 10 years, so Teddy learned a lot about them. When series first aired, he said that Becca is similar to our birds and even more adventurous!

Becca's Bunch

Spring in Canada was long and cold, but this fact did not discourage us. Inspired by Becca's positive attitude and adventurous mood we were looking forward to special Becca’s Bunch planting activity. We received a really nice planting kit with character-inspired seeds - Becca’s Sweet Peas, Russell’s Marigolds, Pedro’s Forget Me Nots and Sylvia’s Sunflowers. It is going to be a nice flower garden in the future. Teddy planted each character seeds in Becca's Bunch branded cup. Since seeds were different in sizes, they required planting according to the size. Teddy learned that the bigger a seed, the deeper it should be planted into the soil, for example sunflower seeds are bigger than marigolds.


To make sure we know which cup used for seeds, there is a free on-line printable for everyone to use. It contains all the instructions how to plant Becca’s Bunch seeds and a cut-out per each cup. Teddy cut four circles and glued them to popsicle sticks to mark each cup.

Becca's Bunch

And final step, Teddy watered all cups to make sure have enough moisture to grow. He was so excited about this planting project, that checked Becca's Bunch cups almost every hour to see if anything showed up there and started to grow. It did not last long and in a just over a week our seeds became beautiful plants. I think it was pure magic to watch how plants grow from seeds, little by little they become bigger and stronger.

Becca's Bunch

We continue to watch how plants grow and looking forward to seeing beautiful flowers in our garden. I think Becca's Bunch would be very excited to learn that we built this garden inspired by Becca and her friends' adventures. Because of them kids become curious, learn something new, offer unique ideas and find creative solutions even to simple every day problems.

There is no need to plant the seeds we used for our planting project, it can be any flowers you or your kid likes. Planting and growing a garden are a fun activity for kids, the way be creative and watch how adventurous it can be. Bring a little bit of Wagtail Woods into your home and watch Becca’s Bunch episodes.
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