.@TeddyOutReady: February 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen to Protect Your Skin Properly

I hope warm season is not so far away to start thinking about the right protection and proper skin care for sunny days. For the last twenty years sunscreens became must-have and must-use items. Even our grandfather who considered sunscreen as a “girlish beauty” item, started using it after his skin burned during fishing trips.

What I love about Sweetsation Therapy is that they design products without harsh chemicals; you can see that Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen is toxin free, paraben free and nut oil free. The sunscreen provides mineral SPF 30 to make sure your skin protected against the exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA and UVB. Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen also keeps skin hydrated thanks to Sea Kelp ingredient and provides mild exfoliation to have healthy and fresh skin.

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It has smooth texture so you can even feel that your skin welcomes Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen. I like that this sunscreen is light and non-greasy so I can use it for both face and body without worrying that it melts and ran into your eyes. The sunscreen is light-tinted which makes my skin look natural and youthful with lovely golden glow. Sunscreen products are for protecting skin from harmful sun rays and preventing pigmentation and damage, and I like that Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen brings that balance of caring about your skin, moisturizing and adding a sun-kissed touch.

Sunny Day

It is time to strop worrying about sun exposure, burns and irritation, take Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen with you and have a good time no matter if it is an exotic destination, a short trip or a mountain slide. The bright orange packaging you never forget to take with you. Natural and organic ingredients combination to protect and moisturize your skin. The price is not cheap, compared to other sunscreens around $29, but worth every penny.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 DVD - Join Adventures of Favorite Furry Red Monster (Giveaway)

Good news for all Elmo fans this upcoming March. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment along with Sesame Workshop are excited to present the release Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 on DVD and digital, two hours of adventures of everyone’s favorite furry red monster Elmo! This trip down memory lane will teach Elmo fans both young and old about the importance of friendship and helping others. Elmo sings and dances his way through numbers, letters, vocabulary, and emotions with his Sesame Street pals and a few famous friends like Melissa McCarthy, Taye Diggs, Drew Brees, Romeo Santos, and many more!


Join Elmo as he does "The Elmo Slide," finds out about "The Power of Yet" with Janelle Monae, and sings about the number 5 with the band Train. Elmo learns about counting, vocabulary and even how manage his emotions in the hit song, "Belly Breathe" with Colbie Caillat and Common. This special collection is filled with Elmo moments fans will treasure and find helpful for themselves.

Learning is interesting and fun when favorite characters are in the stories, when the songs, dancing and games make us want to follow them and do the same. Kids would definitely benefit from watching Elmo’s episodes and gain some confidence not only in math, vocabulary and grammar but also in dealing with some challenging situations at school and home.

Following Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 2 which was a big hit, Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 brings the most memorable Elmo’s segments in one DVD. It also includes Bonus full-length feature, "Elmo and Abby’s Birthday Fun"!

Sesame Street: The Best Of Elmo 3 is scheduled to be released March 03, 2015.

Celebrating its impressive 45th anniversary this season, Sesame Street is the #1 top-of-mind preschool show with moms. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.

For our US readers we are excited to host a fantastic giveaway. Three lucky people will win The Best of Elmo 3 on DVD thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter from below. The giveaway is open to US residents only, no P.O. boxes please, and ends March 10, 2015.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Become Champions with Kevin Costner, Gifted Kids are Everywhere #McFarland

I think it is great to see movies based on a real life stories. You start to realize that everyone can become a part of somewhat exciting and inspirational.

McFarland Runner

This time Disney brings to a big screen “McFarland”, the film based on true story about runners from California’s town McFarland. The story starts with some kind of misadventures of Coach Jim White played by Kevin Costner. He moves to McFarland after losing his job and tries to adjust to a new town and his new job as a football coach.

After a while Jim White notices the exceptional abilities of kids he is coaching and comes to an idea of creating of a cross-country team in McFarland. Never being a cross-country coach and children who do not see any other future than working at McFarland farms for the rest of their lives. Everything happens for the first time and the team of McFarland cross-country runners are ready to compete with other schools.

McFarland Cross-country

The story itself may stopped at this point if only everyone does not realize that if they want to win and change their lives there is only one way to be together as a team. It is great coaches’ job to show children how gifted and talented they are. To show that kids are have all abilities and talents to be the best. It is definitely difficult to balance school, a farm work and a cross-country training but what if it is for something big and important. When you can change your life for better, your family, community and city, isn't it amazing? You just need to believe it is possible and Disney's “McFarland” is a proof to that.

“McFarland” opens in theatres on February 20, 2015. The story about team work, family and dreams which come true.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Enjoy Favorite Photos and Videos in Style with #Cube Instagram Viewer

There are more than 150 million monthly active Instagram users. Every one of us has something interesting to share with the world. We all have favourite users and hashtags and we are checking them from time to time out of curiosity or for up-to-date news. Using smartphone for this purpose is convenient, but now there is a device that can make this activity even better and bring experience of using Instagram on a new level.


We were happy to get Instagram Cube and learn that it can be used by whole family in easy and simple way. Looking as modern smart devices, Cube passively streams the photo and video of your friends, family and favorite people to you throughout the day. You can choose a username or a hashtag to stream photo from and it is working like a digital photo frame. Photos and videos are streamed in real-time, wirelessly and have a 4x4 inch size.

Cube Instagram

The key features are:
  • Cube automatically and continuously delivers a real-time stream of photos and video clips for you to enjoy. 
  • Swipe right to the left to see the information about the photo (text, user, time, hashtags). You can Follow/Unfollow the user, or view more information about the photo. 
  • A dedicated “favorite” button on the top makes it fun to tag and save your photos and videos. 
  • #Cube is rechargeable and has a built-in Wi-Fi
  • #Cube has free wireless software updates that enable new features and application support. 
  • Swipe up to view older photos. Swipe down to view newer photos. 
  • The Dashboard allows access to connections, account and environment settings.

Cube and iPhone

Cube is the best gift for the baby boomers, many of which have a difficulty to adapt to the digital world. My mother is having a birthday soon and I decided to get a Cube for her. Even though she lives far from us, we can get closer when she sees our Instagram feed. She will know what we did during the day and enjoy new pictures of the grandson on regular basis.

Cube Viewer

We like to travel and Cube can help us to explore places before we going there. Pick city or place hashtag and you can learn so much about destination: what to see, where to go, tourist landmarks, restaurants and local hot spots. You can do it spending hours online or use Cube that will show you thousands of existing pictures to consider while you eat, cook or washing dishes. When you go online you already know what you want and have particular plan in mind.

Cube has a contemporary look and can enrich interior design of every house.

Now Teddy understands what Instagram is. He hears this word everywhere and often asks us about it. With Cube he can be part of it and already has a few favorite hashtags.

Teddy and Cube
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids with Natural Ingredients and Chocolate Flavour

Kids love spending time outside no matter if it is summer or winter, hot or cold weather. Their energy can be envious but safety is our first priority. While the shiny sun brings lots of excitement, the sun exposure can be dangerous and harmful to our skin if do not take proper ways to protect it. When it comes to baby and child skin, using a sun screen is a must especially when children are exposed to the sun during vacation time, travelling or playing outside. Even during winter months our skin is sensitive to sun and has to be protected. There are lots of varieties of sunscreen products on the market and recently we were offered to try Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids.

Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids

First, what we liked about this product and, always consider when buying skincare for kids, is that Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids is natural, toxin-free and paraben-free sunscreen and contains organic ingredients like marshmallow, grapeseed and raspberry rich with vitamin C. Second, it is chemical-free mineral based with hydrating and moisturizing features providing UVA & UVB protection. We also like that Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 is anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory thanks to green tea and tamanu oil which is perfect for kid’s sensitive skin. Third, the sunscreen has soothing and moisturizing features to protect and nourish delicate kids’ skin to avoid dryness and eczema. And finally, that amazing chocolate smell Teddy loves it so much, the smell when you enter a chocolate store or Italian chocolate gelato as our kid noticed.

In winter Teddy does not need much sunscreen to apply, mostly for face when playing outside or go skiing, just a few drops are enough. Sun'n'Fun Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen for Kids protects and moisturizes kid’s skin very well.

The size 100ml is perfect to take with you when travelling or going on vacation to a sunny destination. Now the sunscreen for kids item checked out, it is time to think about what warm place with sunny beaches we want to visit next and do not wait until summer time. The right skin protection is already in our hands!
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentines Day Teddy

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with love, joy and delicious treats!
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Splash’N Boots Join Treehouse Preschool Channel on #FamilyDay

Good news for parents and kids who love Splash’N Boots. On Monday February 16, Splash’N Boots premiere on Treehouse with a new series centered around the joy of music and dance. This 2015 JUNO Award-nominated kids singing duo continue to bring best songs, dancing and entertain viewers on a daily basis.

 Splash n Boots

Splash’N Boots welcome preschoolers into the Big Yellow Boot, a giant, cozy, house-sized boot in the middle of the Treehouse world. Packed with songs, dancing, and amazing adventures, the short episodes star Splash, who loves to make people laugh, Boots who is always wearing her signature yellow boots, and their friend Keys, a big, fuzzy, wide-eyed piano. The episodes feature the Bootle, a periscope tablet with which Splash’N Boots talk to kids at home, the Wishing Puddle that delivers wishes through a puddle on the wall, and the Costume Closet that magically transforms Splash and Boots into new characters. Together they create a world where laughter prevails, joy is found in the strangest places and each child feels safe, loved, and important.

Toronto folks, who are lucky to get tickets to Kidville Family Day Fam-Jam, can enjoy three live Treehouse’s Splash’N Boots performances along other family friendly activities. KidVille Starting Monday, tune to Treehouse TV to enjour your favorite duo daily, hear catchy tunes, and do not forget to dance and sing while watching Splash’N Boots episodes. For a sneak peek of Splash’N Boots on Treehouse take a look:

Splash’N Boots have performed more than 1,200 shows in the last six years across Canada and the U.S. and are internationally recognized with sold out performances around the world including Dubai, Italy, Bermuda and Australia. Besides touring extensively, Splash’N Boots have also released seven award-winning CDs, 18 music videos and two full-length DVDs. The pair has two JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year, in 2015 and 2014, and they have been crowned Canadian Children’s Music Group of the Year three times at the Siruis XM Independent Music Awards.

About Treehouse
Treehouse is the #1 preschool channel in Canada. The commercial-free channel offers fun and imaginative programming for preschoolers and their parents. Delivering a strong balance of entertaining, parent-trusted properties, Treehouse delivers high-quality children's programming from Canada and around the world. Parents and kids can access Treehouse properties online as well as On Demand and On Mobile TV. Treehouse is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Visit Treehouse at www.Treehousetv.com
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our Adventures in Italy Day IV - Colosseum #familytravel

Colosseum Teddy

When we think about Rome we always associate the Eternal City with the Colosseum. It is the largest amphitheater in the world that could hold up to 70,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

Colosseum is the only major Rome attraction that located right at the subway station. Walk out from subway and enter in another world through the Arch of Constantine. The line to buy ticket to the Colosseum was huge and we used our Roma Pass first time to skip line and reach one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It was amazing to see it inside and imagine how it looked like 2000 years ago with cheering crowd hungry for gory battles.

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After we walk out of the Colosseum we went to Palatine Hill which is one of the most ancient parts of the Rome. It located between Roman Forum and Circus Maximus and stands 40 meters above them. Rome has its origins on the Palatine; people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC. Many affluent Romans had their residences there including several emperors: Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD), Tiberius (14 – 37) and Domitian (81 – 96).

Rome Rome Roman Forum Roman Forum Roman Forum Teddy

We walked through Palatine Hill to Roman Forum looking at sprawling ruin of architectural fragments with awe and curiosity. Roman Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches and criminal trials. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. Every stone there keep a memory of ancient Rome’s live for centuries.

the Mouth of Truth Roman Forum

We like the “Roman Holiday” movie and couldn’t skip La Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth) that located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It is an image, carved from Pavonazzo marble, of a man-like face which most Romans believe represents the ancient god of the river Tiber. The most famous characteristic of the Mouth is its role as a lie detector. Since the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. Surprisingly it was about 20 people in the line and we had to wait our turn. Teddy was afraid to put his hand it the Mouth of Truth at the beginning, but then did it - telling us that he is not a liar and nothing will happen with his hand. It was fun.

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On the way home we walked along Circus Maximus - the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome. The site is now a public park and a lot of people walk their dogs there.

It was the end of the day spent in the heart of ancient Rome. We were dissolved in the ocean of history and felt great. We had to finish the day with glass of wine on our hotel’s patio. Teddy had his chocolate & vanilla gelato and played with gladiators we bought in Colosseum’s store.
This is forth post about our summer vacation in Italy that took place from July 26th to August 7th, 2014. Related posts can be found here: 
Our Adventures in Italy Day I: Rome, Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, Fountain Trevi, Pinocchio Store
Our Adventures in Italy Day II - Borghese Gallery, the Pincian Hill, Piazza del Popolo, Dolce Vita Stroll #familytravel
Our Adventures in Italy Day III - the Vatican City #familytravel
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Little Charmers Treehouse New Preschool Show

Children at young age learn about friendship and how they can help each other in different situations. Friendship itself is a miracle no matter how many friends you have. A new television series for preschoolers Little Charmers recently launched on Treehouse. The main characters, three little girls, Hazel, Lavender and Posie, who are fairies-in-training, learning how to use their magical skills. Even having magic wands sometimes cannot fix everything, and friend’s advice comes as a saver in a tricky situation. Little Charmers, spirited little girls, always seem to stir up funny situations, like turning the entire town into mushrooms or accidentally setting loose a herd of unicorns. Every time they have to use their imagination and magical skills to fix mishaps and appreciate the value of friendship.

Little Charmers

We watched Little Charmers few episodes and liked them for interesting content and colorful images. Teddy gave his approval for the series saying that his picky cousins would love Little Charmers for sure. First, for girls’ stylish outfit, second for Hazel, Lavender and Posie’s magical skills and finally, for engaging episodes.

Join adventures of Little Charmers, may be kids recognize the situations they have been in already and get the idea how to overcome them. Children can also visit LittleCharmers.com to see clips from upcoming episodes as well as access themed printables, downloadables and information about Hazel, Lavendar, Posie and their pets.

For upcoming Valentine’s Day, please check Fun Stuff Free Pintables for lovely Valentines with Hazel, Lavender and Posie. They are perfect for Valentine cards exchange game at school among friends and teachers. The site also has a game to play now, plus a Little Charmers app and more games in weeks to come.

Do not forget to tune to Treehouse every Saturday 6:30 p.m. ET for new magic adventures of Little Charmers.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

#McFarland Advance Screening Passes Giveaway

New Disney release is going to hit theaters across Canada this month. "McFarland", based on true story, brings inspiration coming from real people lives and experience. Starring Kevin Costner, the move will be perfect escape for our cold winter days. California sun is what I also looking forward to see. According to the trailer "McFarland" seems to be a great movie for family and kids. We all need some inspirational movies to watch and guys like Coach Jim White to show what we are able to reach and open our eyes to our own talents.

Based on the 1987 true story, "McFarland" follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change.

Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

"McFarland" is coming to theatres February 20, 2015.

For our readers we are excited to host a giveaway, a chance win passes to see "McFarland" before it officially hits big screen across Canada. Check if your city on the list and enter to win one double pass via Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends February 14, 2015.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Studio Blue Yoga Fast Growing Yoga Studio in #Toronto (Giveaway)

New Year brings new hopes, beginnings, new goals and new inspiration, the ability to start something from scratch and dive into the activity entirely forgetting that you cannot do it, do not have any wish or time.

Studio Blue Yoga Kinder and Parent

Having healthy family is very important to us, that’s why we decided to join yoga studio to bring the positive influence on our well-being. Studio Blue is a perfect place for parents and kids to spend some time together and participate in activities which benefit both. I was excited to find that Studio Blue located in my Toronto neighborhood, at Dundas & Dufferin where everything looks so familiar. Though Studio Blue opened only one year ago it became very popular within the community.

Teddy Studio Blue

When we decided to join Studio Blue Kinder and Parent classes (for ages 3-5), honestly speaking, we did not know what to expect. This is new classes at Studio Blue Yoga started this year. I would never have thought how amazing the yoga classes with young kids could be. Kindergarten & Parent class is a wonderful combination of activities where we sing, play and communicate. We were very glad to meet other parent with young kids and have yoga together. When we learn the yoga poses, our instructor uses associations to engage children, so we make different animals like a dog, snake, rabbit or a crab. We learn everything through games and communication with each other. The atmosphere in a class is very positive; you start feeling that we are all connected with invisible wires. We play when making balance poses, having breathing exercises or using the magic wand to create some magic moments.

Studio Blue Yoga Teddy and Mom

I think that yoga classes benefit Teddy a lot, help him find the right balance and coordination. He also likes interacting with other kids of same age. Children at preschool age have certain kind of stress since they learn new things every day and try to cope with emotions and wishes they have. New school, friends and activities, new requirements affect children a lot. Plus you see how tech savvy these days our kids and start using digital devices at very early age, so much information hits children heads. Yoga for kids helps them find calmness and be stable with their emotions. From other side, moms and dads not only have a good time with their kids, but also improve their emotional and physical health, bond with their child and meet other parents.

Yoga Studio

Studio Blue is very welcome studio, warm and comfortable inside. It uses full-spectrum LEDs that replicates the sun’s rays, even Teddy noticed that. It has spacious change rooms with showers to use after classes. Do not worry if you forget yoga mat or towel, you can rent one for $2 each.

Studio Blue Front Teddy Studio Blue Yoga Shower

The Studio also offers fun and playful Parent and Toddler Yoga classes. You can also take classes without children like Yoga Boot Camp, Ballet Yoga Fusion, Foundation Flow for beginners or Couples Yoga for Mom and Dad. There are lots of events happening at the Studio every month in addition to regular classes, so visit Studio Blue Yoga regularly for updates. For more information about pricing, classes and workshops please check Studio Blue Yoga web site.

Studio Blue Yoga

Right now, if you follow @studioblueyoga and post a Studio Blue Yoga TTC ad photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook tagging #StreetcarYoga & @studioblueyoga, you  receive a $25 gift card (one per person).

Studio Blue Yoga hall Studio Blue Yoga Changeroom

More about Studio Blue:
Yoga & Fitness Conveniently located in Toronto’s Dundas West area, Studio Blue Yoga offers a variety of Yoga classes for all levels from Foundation Flow for beginners to more challenging Yoga and Ballet Yoga Fusion. Studio Blue is dedicated to offer playful, positive and vigorous group exercise classes with certified instructors that channel their inner child in order to deliver nurturing and challenges classes for people of all physical fitness levels. Founded by Jessica McIntyre, a businesswoman turned yoga instructor, who completed intensive Moksha Yoga Training in Kerala, India and has been guiding people through her own practice ever since.

Studio Blue Yoga and Fitness is located at 1457 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y7. For more information visit: www.studioblue.co or call 647-220-7645. Follow Studio Blue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @studioblueyoga

For our readers we have a fantastic giveaway, a chance to win three-class pass to any Studio Blue programs. The giveaway is open to the GTA residents only and ends February 15, 2015. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Walmart Baby Shower at Square One: What We Learned #LetsTalkBaby

Lets Talk Baby

To expectant parents excitement, Walmart recently launched online Baby Registry to make families life much easier and less stressful. To celebrate this amazing addition to Walmart services we were invited to Walmart Square One to learn more about relatively new Baby Registry and meet parenting expert Alyson Schafer. We all have our questions and suggestions to share, ask, find support and expert tips on raising active and healthy children, especially if we are the first time parents.

Alyson Schafer

We had a very informative meeting; I liked the Alyson Schafer's presentation and her supportive and professional attitude to all our needs, questions and even complains about our lives and our children. I was able to re-think, as she told us, about family and friends who are ready to help us and we should accept it, just let them do it. I found that having professional advice from the parental expert not only gives you the right direction but also convince the grandparents and aunts who were parents for newborns for about 30 years ago why we do certain thing and use these baby products nowadays. I understand that every family is unique but it is great to have always to refer in search of the second opinion. New baby also brings new experiences and challenges we never had before.

As Alyson Schafer mentioned and may be it is an essential topic to discuss how relationship between parents changes when new member of your family takes all your time and energy. Same like in a story when a new father is asking when his wife is coming back to normal, and the answer - when your kid leaves for a college.

After the presentation everyone had a chance to talk to Alyson Schafer in person. Families which visited Walmart Square One that day had a chance to join the celebration, learn about new Baby Registry, play games and try delicious treats.

Diaper Cake Walmart Canada Cupcakes

Baby Registry is a wonderful idea to have all the necessary items collected in one place. Knowing that Walmart carries vast selection of products in store and online, new Baby Registry is exactly what new parents are looking for.

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