.@TeddyOutReady: February 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief DVD Giveaway (US)

Spring starts with fantastic release from Sesame Workshop and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment - Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief. Join two hours of fun with your favorite cookie loving monster!

Cookie Thief

There’s an all-new cookie museum in town and your favorite furry friends are excited to start exploring! Cookie Monster leads the pack in this nail-biting, cookie-munching thriller that guest stars Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame and celebrates the arts. Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief is a fun, action-packed special in which Cookie Monster explores self-regulation concepts – such as impulse control, following directions, and managing emotions. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder, will release Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief on Digital and DVD on March 1, 2016.

In new Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief story a cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, like “Girl with the Cookie Earring,” and the “Muncha Lisa,” The museum is full of excitement with learning opportunities around each corner. Cookie Monster and his friends feel like they’re in a whole new world. But when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can Cookie Monster clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time, or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?

Cookie Monster continues to help preschoolers develop essential skills in creativity and imaginative play all while keeping children laughing and having fun.

Now in its 45th season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television and the number one top-of-mind preschool show with moms. Sesame Street also has the highest "co-viewing" experience - meaning adults watching with kids - of any preschool show. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year.

For our US readers we are excited to give away a copy of The Cookie Thief DVD to enjoy favorite Sesame Street characters including Cookie Monster thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The giveaway ends March 14, 2016 & is open to US residents only (no P.O. Box, please). 
Good Luck!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Little Prince Advance Screening Passes Giveaway Toronto & Ottawa

New eOne Film Entertainment release is about to hit the big screen along with spring vibes coming to our lives just on time for March Break. The Little Prince, based on the book loved all over the world soon will be become a favorite among kids and adults.

The Little Prince movie

Synopsis: Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-­up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-­hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that what’s truly essential can only be seen with the heart.

Cast: James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais

Release Date: Friday, March 11th

To celebrate the film’s opening we are excited to give away passes to advance screening of The Little Prince movie in Toronto and Ottawa on March 5th. Each pass admit four.

Screening – Saturday March 5th, 10AM
Cineplex Yorkdale

Saturday – Saturday March 5th, 10AM
Cineplex Ottawa

For you chance simply fill the form below and good luck!. The giveaway ends March 2nd, 2016.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 DVD Giveaway (US)

Join over four hours of Scooby-Doo! content with thirteen 22-minute episodes as new release is about to hit the stores and give fans new looks, new adventures and new experience. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, the newest adaptation of the classic, animated mystery series will be released on DVD for the first time by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment February 23, 2016. Get those Scooby snacks ready! That lovable Great Dane is back to entertain viewers with new mysteries, more cool adventures and non-stop fun in this updated version of the legendary cartoon. It’s a new look and feel for the Scooby-Doo! gang as they hit the road in a state-of-the-art Mystery Machine and get wrapped up in a set of intriguing new mysteries.

Be Cool Scooby Doo DVD

In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1, high school is over and Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred have just completed their senior year. What better way to celebrate summer break than by going on a road trip? This could be the gang’s last summer together, so the teens decide to live it up by hitting the road in the Mystery Machine in search of fun, laughs and great adventures. Along the way, the teen sleuths encounter some of the most mind-blowing mysteries yet. Will Scooby-Doo and the gang complete their trip or will ghosts and monsters throw them off course? Viewers will want to come along for the ride in this freshly redesigned, smart, funny adaptation of the legendary cartoon classic!

Be Cool

"Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 will keep Scooby-Doo! fans entertained with its contemporary look and engaging new mysteries," said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, "While it’s the same Scooby-Doo! we know and love, this version takes a closer look at each of the Mystery Inc. characters, their individual personalities and the dynamics they all share. We’re excited about this new release."

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! premiered on Cartoon Network October 5, 2015 and continuously ranks #1 in the timeslot for boys 6-11 and #2 for kids 6-11. For our US readers we are excited to give away a copy truly enjoy adventures of Scooby-Doo gang in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 DVD thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The giveaway ends February 29, 2016 & is open to US residents only (no P.O. Box, please). 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Growing up a Superhero with Bio-Kidz #probiotics

BioKidz New Probiotics

Strong immune system is very important for infants and kids. Children tend to get sick easily as their bodies grow and develop every single day. Colic, stomach irritation, allergy, constipation and other symptoms can be treated by taking probiotics supplements for adults. Researchers, medical professionals and nutritionists work hard to develop quality probiotic products for kids.


Children get in contact with bacteria and viruses especially when flue and cold season starts, respiratory illnesses spread pretty fast with sneeze and cough. Number of antibiotics consumed every year increases and it is now number one killer of probiotics. What are Probiotics? They are good bacteria which, when ingested in sufficient quantities, provides beneficial effects to our body, specifically for our digestive and immune systems. When the intestinal flora is unbalanced, then bad bacteria take over, it leads to illness, digestive problems, fatigue and affect significantly children’s health. After taking antibiotics our doctor always gives us prescription for probiotics, what is great, but Teddy is very picky with tastes and does not like them at all.

BioKids probiotics

I am glad that Bio-K Plus, Canadian company based in Quebec, recently launched new probiotic product Bio-Kidz designed to improve kids’ intestinal flora health and strengthen children immune system. It is made of gluten free 100% probiotic fermented milk for children and embodied in 3 superheroes, three good bacteria to protect intestinal flora. Bio-Kidz comes in a convenient single potion bottle in a liquid form and reminds a drinkable yogurt, but probiotic one. Our boy, with his love of milk but not yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, surprisingly liked Bio-Kidz texture and strawberry and vanilla flavours. I think Bio-K did a good job creating Bio-Kidz, such a great combination of health benefits along with great taste, so that even our super picky boy likes drinking Bio-Kidz. Developed specifically for children, Bio-Kidz is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contains 12.5 billion bacteria of unique, natural and patented formula. Bio-Kidz is available in pharmacies, grocery stores and natural health food stores across Canada $10.99 for 6 bottles.

Teddy BioKidz

Healthy kids mean happy families, smarter students and strong communities, less sick days and more activities to enjoy.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

You are the Best Caregiver Because You Already Do It #ElizzCaregiving

This post brought to you by Elizz. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Teddy Out Ready.

It is not easy to care about another person. It does not matter if it is about little baby, aging parents, a relative or a friend. We all somehow become caregivers in our lives.

Caregiving is stressful and physically challenging, it takes much of your time, energy and resources. Though it did not scare me at first when I started to care about our parents, I love them so much that any difficulties seemed to me absolutely insignificant and irrelevant.
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When my parents retired, out of stressful job and long commute, first, they were very excited to have a lot of free time to do what they like. New changes were not easy later, as they lost their everyday social connections and communicated mainly with own children and grandchildren. My mom often complained that she was locked in her house and had no places to go. So we started seeing each other more often, travelling and spending time together. From few hours a week our caregiving developed into new stages and now we need to take care of our parents due to their age and health concerns. I am happy we can take care of our parents and do not wish other life.

Everything was not smooth as we expected. I had days in my life when our emotional connections started to fade and we stopped talking about adventures, books, travels, ideas or celebrations as we used to. The communication between me and parents became limited to chores and basic needs. They started feeling like a burden in my life and I was getting some not so pleasant complains and remarks on how I do certain things. Like Natasha’s house is always cleaner than ours or Leon always remembers everyone’s birthdays. My mom started (sometimes inadvertently) to compare herself to ladies from other families and, if she deserves better care. One day, I lost my patience and did not wish to say anything nice, even knowing that it was so important. Sometimes verbal expressions keep you from being nice. I eventually realized it was a result of aging, retirement and some unfulfilled dreams or goals that influence people to search, question and even complain. Luckily, we managed to overcome these difficulties thanks to advice and support of more experienced caregivers and our community.

Being a caregiver means you learn something new every single day, for example how to share our responsibilities, how to keep work-life balance, organize multi-generation activities, how to be active together and many other things that make our life as a family easier and less stressful.


I am glad I came across Elizz, because we do not have opportunities to visit counselling services and wait for support and conversation we need right now. Just a few words, a virtual pat on your back, informative articles like this one: Caregiver isolation and loneliness - finding mutuality, a forum and chat any time of the day or night makes me feel much better. It is good to know that we are not alone in our situations and always can rely on professional advice.

Are you a caregiver? Share your tips, communicate, ask and learn, we are all here at Elizz to create positive caregiving experience.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

March Break with the #Toronto Athletic Camps: New Programs & Locations #TACSports

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Sports Camp is wonderful opportunity to involve kids into sports, no matter if your kid is an avid young athlete or just want to try new sport activities. Camps during P.A Days, holidays, March Break or week-end can take your child physical and mental development to a new level. They also give a great way to communicate as children participate in group sports like basketball or soccer, and learn how to solve tasks and focus in important things.

March Break is almost here and I know that buzz among parents started already about what their kids will be doing on in March this year. We are happy to introduce the Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC Sports) - elite sports camp offering best tennis, soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball, floor hockey and Martial Arts lessons for children across the GTA. This spring TAC Sports added new categories of activities including dance classes, specialty French Immersion and swimming lessons. Five convenient locations make TAC Sports children favorite place to learn new skills and grow.

Teddy attended two camps and tried two different sports at the Toronto Athletic Camps. He liked it so much. As parents we want our kids be active and creative while growing healthy and happy. The Toronto Athletic Camps staff is with children all the time making sure that they get essential training, support and guidance. Teddy likes his coaches and always makes new friends at the camp.

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TAC Sports offers flexible Half-Day AM/PM and Full Day (9am -4pm) programs plus before and after care. Take advantage of Early Bird Registration before February 14. Do not wait; register today, as spots are filling fast.

The Toronto Athletic Camps has classes in Midtown Toronto, Downtown Toronto, Richmond Hill and Markham. For more information about programs and locations, visit https://tacsports.ca/
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Preschool Series PJ Masks Premieres Sunday, February 7 on #DisneyJuniorCanada

Hit preschool superhero series PJ Masks will premiere Sundays with back-to-back new episodes starting Sunday, February 7 at 11:05 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. Be sure to tune-in! The innovative CGI animated series, debuted this fall on Disney Junior in the U.S. and already became a favorite among young kids.

PJ Masks

Based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s imaginative and striking picture book series “Les Pyjamasques,” the new television series follows the thrilling night time adventures of three 6-year-old friends, Connor, Amaya and Greg, who transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pyjamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.

PJ Masks is produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with the award-winning French animation studio TeamTO, and with Disney Junior in the U.S. and France 5.

Right now there are already lots of PJ Masks fun activities on Disney Junior Canada - videos, games, printables and crafts for new superheroes, just stop by and check them out.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Signature Collection Now Available on Blu-ray

Last week we had a chance to join Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs screening at Scotia Bank Theatre in Toronto. This screening was a part of celebration, the Signature Collection release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs first time on Digital HD and Blu-ray.

We had a wonderful opportunity to pose for photos with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (virtual ones) and enjoy this family-friendly movie. Little girls in Snow White costumes were big hit of the screening showing that they are truly fans of this wonderful story.    

Snow White Screening

This classic story which was the absolute favorite when I was a child and now glad that our kids can enjoy it too with enhancements and recent digital updates. With modern animation features this Disney classic remains inspiring, fresh and always young. The movie is very interesting and I know that Teddy liked the Seven Dwarfs and their singing when he was a little baby. We also saw the Seven Dwarfs dancing at Disney on Ice, it was so much fun. Now Teddy can read the whole story in his Disney classic animation book, and finally stops asking some tricky questions like why the mirror talks. Teddy was not too much into the princess life story until Snow White left the palace and was lost in the forest.

This time when I watched the movie on a big screen, I enjoyed over and over again what the fairy tale brought us, especially music and songs.

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is available already on Digital HD starting January 19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack today, February 2. Join Disney magic and re-open your favorite story for yourself again with Walt Disney Signature Collection Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.


For the movie fans, there are amazing Activity Sheets to check along with the fairytale inspired crafts and recipes like Tissue Tube Dwarfs or Sleepy's Quick Energy Nuggets to enjoy your favorite story!
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