.@TeddyOutReady: July 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash Release Just On Time For Summer Fun #LEGOScoobyDoo

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.

LEGO ScoobyDoo Blowout Beach Bash

I find this release is perfect for summer especially when kids are our of school and have time to watch it and enjoy the plot without next assignment waiting. Scooby-Doo and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery in the recent Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!

Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. After visiting museums for few hours and complaints that Velma and Fred do not even know how to have fun besides solving mysteries, reading books or exploring museums, Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party.  Every year this place become an amazing celebration for beach goers and attracts lots of tourists! Old stories only enhance beach party vibes until Pirate ghosts start to attack everyone and almost ruined Beach Bash people wait a whole year to join. Three days of activities, music, new rides and attractions is about to be abandoned due to scary pirates.

In this movie you can see how Velma and Fred dance and ignite the club to join their moves & beats! You can also watch how Daphne takes it serious when it comes to solving mysteries. And as for Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, these both do not disappoint with their habits: get some food and life is good - hot dog, pizza and sandwiches and they are the bravest in the world and all those ghost pirates are not scary at all. Everyone likes Scooby-Doo snacks but looks like no one knows how he really is and continue to call him "Strange Dog" because of his "SD" neck tag. There are also some good and bad inhabitants in the city. Teddy liked watching this movie, it filled with many Lego bricks related jokes. While the plot is pretty fun and kids all ages can watch, we like the story being more like for youth to enjoy. Plus what a pirate story without a treasure, the Mystery Inc. can show some help with that too!

Watch how the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes at Blowout Beach Bash and what the Gang do to save themselves, beach party and the city!

This all-new original movie LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash is available on DVD, Blu-Ray combo pack today, July 25, 2017, and digital HD for the first time ever for kids & adults to enjoy.

Last time we received Lego Scooby-Doo! Blu-ray combo, it included Scooby-Doo mini-figure. Though Teddy has lots of Lego sets, getting new mini-figures is always like a celebration and the most important, they(LEGOs) are never enough!!!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Learn Hi-Tech Skills With Coding & Robotics at Hatch Canada Summer Camps

Teddy Hatch Canada

Summer is the best time to learn some new skills or enhance existing ones without any pressure. The variety of summer camps in Toronto and surrounding areas is enormous. Sometimes it is difficult to choose what your child would love to do during hot summer days. Since starting playing Minecraft Teddy asked to send him to coding camp to learn commands and other things. At the age of 7 he perhaps does not understand completely the concept of the game but what he know for sure - it is not just a game, it is the way to learn, create and solve.

We all know that the future of our world is digital. Decades ago programming belonged the narrow niche of engineers and was not very wide-spread. These days digital world appears in our everyday life almost everywhere, that's why it is important to provide a child with a rich foundation in critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be so valuable for success in his or her future world. Children are growing up in a very different world than their parents. Digital devices, computers, Youtube, Netflix, various apps and Facebook are now embedded in their daily lives.

Hatch Camp

Hatch offers weekly classes at Hatch Learning Centers in Toronto, Oakville and Richmond Hill along with camps and events where students of all ages can learn computer languages, how to code and how to design. Students learn how to be more comfortable with computers and most of all, how to build and create amazing things that change the way the world works using Python, JavaScript, typing, the fundamentals of computer science and more. Teddy joined Coding Camp in Richmond Hill and liked it a lot. From first day he started working on the projects from Hatch library which has a huge selection. At his age his knowledge of coding and programming is quite chaotic and mixed. He learned it from various sources but in Hatch camp he was able to put everything in order and see from "inside" how it works. How pieces of code become visual representation and how objects on the screen move and most important how to interact with other devices. He knows that there are so many things to learn and Teddy is not overwhelmed, he is eager to find out how it works.

Every project he finishes, Hatch library has over 600+ projects pieces and growing up, makes him proud and Teddy wants to move forward. From rotating objects to writing codes, Teddy had great experience at Hatch summer camp. He wants to continue building more items using various programming languages, he now has an idea of variables, arrays and loops after attending just one week of coding camp. His projects were in Java Script and was a combination from various games like Minecraft, Star Wars and Pokémon. Hatch’s educational platform is designed around the principles of self-paced and mastery-based learning to encourage children to challenge themselves. And I agree with that, Teddy learned everything what he really liked and based on his level, gradually moving on. One thing is to know how to play games, use technologies and digital devices. And absolutely another is to understand the logic behind them. When learning programming, children understand how the digital world works. Coding shows them the magic of technology so they can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology and how they can control it too.

Hatch Canada

In order to obtain as much hands-on coaching as possible, Hatch Canada provides one instructor for each 6 students. Their programs are HST-exempt due to a positive ruling from the Ontario government, which believes in Hatch’s educational value. Novice or advanced student, Hatch designed programs for every level so kids gets projects according to his or her level with constant growth under dedicated coach's guidance. For example, Teddy was new to coding and he learned everything according to his level. He also met other campers who are older and more knowledgeable about programming and they gladly shared their experiences and offered some tips.

Every Friday students have a field trip to companies like Facebook, Google and others to see in real life how all the tech magic is created and get hands-on experience from tech professionals. Kids must be able to not only passively consume technology, but also to understand and control it, becoming an active part of this huge digital world and Hatch Canada is here to help. Hatch's fun and interactive program combines learning experience and creativity challenges.

Hatch Camp Toronto

This summer Hatch Canada offers full day and half day camps in Coding, Alpha and Space/robotics at 3 locations: Toronto, Richmond Hill and Oakville. We are excited to partner with Hatch Canada and offer a discount code teddyoutready ($50 off) to our followers so they they can join one of Hatch's summer camps for their kids and help them learn great skills. The code is valid until: 2017-08-27 for registration.  

We are happy to giveaway a free half-day camp one week camp (value $430), thanks to Hatch Canada, at one of three locations, winner's choice.

For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck! The giveaway is open to Canadian readers who can attend Hatch Canada camps. Ends August 5,2017!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

You are Invited to Join World-Class Performances, Interactive Family Activities, Amazing Food & Chef Demos at #BollywoodMonster Festival

Canada's largest South Asian festival #BollywoodMonster Mashup is bringing spectacular days of monstrous fun for the seventh year in a row. This weekend join world-class performances, interactive family activities, amazing food, and dynamic dancers.

2017 BMM Monster Food Fest

We already wrote about talented Bollywood performers vising us and activities to enjoy during festival days. In today's post we would love to share some ideas about unique food to try and chefs who will be in attendance.

The festival has added an exciting component to the larger-than-life programming. The all-new Monster FoodFest runs July 21-22 and brings a frenzy of food vendors and sizzling free chef demos to Mississauga Celebration Square. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, visit #BollywoodMonster Mashup to try delicious international and Canadian flavours. Monster FoodFest will thrill your senses with an explosion of flavour offering specialty kebabs, dosas, samosas, ice cream, corn on the cob, pizza, and more.

Comedian Ali Hassan, host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud, is bringing his side-splitting jokes to the festival as he emcees during the free chef demos. The stand-up comic, actor, and chef has performed all over Canada including the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, in the U.S. and twice in the Middle East at the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival. He has also been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Breakout Artist, and was awarded Comedian of The Year by Anokhi Media in 2015.

Award-winning TV host, Dilshad Burman, is bringing her bright personality to the festival with a free chef demo inspired by popular Facebook LIVE series, “EAT SOMETHING! With Dee.” Mississauga’s own, Dialo Kinghorn, the Executive Chef at popular Port 229 Artisan Bistro in Port Credit is set to share his expertise and bring mouthwatering recipes to Monster FoodFest. Come eat, laugh, and be merry at Monster FoodFest this summer!

You won’t want to miss out on any of the action, so head to BollywoodMonsterMashup.com for more information on the seventh edition of the largest South Asian Festival in Canada! For the opportunity to meet our Bollywood stars and get free stuff from our Goodie Package, enter coupon code #BollywoodMonster.

#BollywoodMonster Mashup Calendar: 

#BollywoodMonster Concert + Monster FoodFest
Mississauga Celebration Square
Friday, July 21st at 4PM

#BollywoodMonster Family Day & Finale + Monster FoodFest
Mississauga Celebration Square
Saturday, July 22nd at 2PM

For more information, please, visit www.bollywoodmonstermashup.com.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FREE Kids Concerts at 2017 #Toronto Summer Music Festival


Toronto Summer Music Festival brings world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and Masterclasses. This year the festival will feature an array of renowned Canadian and international artists in more than 60 public events at venues Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory and Walter Hall at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Heliconian Hall, and more.

Toronto Summer Music Festival 2017

For young music fans, the Toronto Summer Music Festival prepared three fun and engaging one-hour concerts designed to introduce children, ages 5-12, to classical music. The free concerts are held on Wednesday mornings during the Festival – July 19, 26 and August 2 - at 10 a.m. in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park, next to Museum Subway Station.

We invite children of all ages to experience music making at a world-class level,” says Jonathan Crow, artistic director of Toronto Summer Music. “The Kids Concerts are an opportunity for children to come and learn what inspired us to become professional musicians, and share the love of music that we feel every time we take the stage.”

The FREE Kids Concerts series includes the following:

The Violin
The Violin Concert
Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

Three superstar Canadian violinists James Ehnes, Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan team up to present an entertaining introduction to the music of the violin. Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

Schoolyard Carmen

Schoolyard Carmen
Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

Set to Bizet’s infectious music, Shoestring Opera presents an inspiring story of independence. In this age-appropriate adaptation of the famous opera, Carmen is a feisty newcomer. When the “coolest kid in school” tries to bully her, she stands up to him. Carmen’s story takes a look at the immigrant in Canadian society, the child who is different, schoolyard bullying, personal independence and the saving properties of art.  Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

Celebrating Canada

Celebrating Canada 
Wednesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Walter Hall

Toronto’s own TSO Chamber Soloists present highlights from Yellowknife composer and singer-songwriter Carmen Braden’s newly commissioned work, to be performed for the very first time! Other highlights include works by Brahms, Debussy and Mozart, all hosted by Joanna Kellam. Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to introduce children to the world of classical music!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (CAN)

Kids love watching movies and this summer is filled with amazing releases to entertain children. One of the upcoming movies is hilarious animated feature The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. It follows adventures of famous group of wacky animals in Oakton. But this time the story even more breathtaking! What would you choose: a nature park or an amusement park ?

Nut Job2

Surly Squirrel and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

Ready to join the gang and protect the park? Next month The Nut Job 2 is going to hit the big screen in Canada. It features all-stars voice talents including Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Jackie Chan, Peter Stormare  Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, and Maya Rudolph.

The official release date is Friday, August 11, and we are happy to partner with eOneFilms Entertainment and give our readers the opportunity to see the movie before the release date.

We are excited to giveaway advance screening passes to The Nut Job 2 in 3D in the following Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and state your city. All screenings will be in 3D and take place on Saturday August 5

There are five family passes per city to give away, each pass admit four. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only & ends July 31, 2017.

Here is some details about the screenings:

10:00 AM

International Village
10:30 AM

St. Vital
10: 00 AM

North Edmonton
10:00 AM

10:00 AM

South Keys
10:00 AM

10:00 AM

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only & ends July 31, 2017.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Brica Are We There Yet Travel Tray with Snack Catcher Cup #MomSquad

Are We There Yet Travel Tray

It is very difficult to keep kids entertained in a car during long road trips. They cannot sit quietly for a second unless have something interesting to do. You can find online various tips and advice how to keep kids busy during those long trips especially during summer time. The weather is warmer, kids out of school and vacation time for families finally gets its turn as parks, pools and outdoor activities are summer favorites.

Are We There Yet

While there are lots of suggestions how to entertain kids in a car, Munchkin came with great idea to support all those activities introducing special Brica Are We There Yet Travel Tray with Snack Catcher Cup. It is like a mini table designed to help kids play, eat & have fun, but in a car. It can be connected to a car seat and easily removed if needed. You need to attach the straps to the car seat and it is ready to use. The Travel Tray has cushioned, ergonomic design to help kids feel comfortable in a car during long trips. It also has reversible top like a mini tray cover which is easy to clean, just wipe it and put it back. The Tray has raised walls to make sure snack, food, games, cards, crayons and other items do not fall on the car floor. Teddy likes the tray because he uses it to play with his school cards, eat snacks and play with his tablet. We had five-hour trip to Montreal and our kiddo was happy to have the tray so he does not need to hold his toy on his laps, he plays with them on tray like it was a mini table.

Brica Are We There Yet Travel Tray Brica Are We There Yet Travel Tray Pocket

Best thing, the tray comes with Munchkin's best-selling Snack Catcher®. Teddy loves this catcher because he fills it himself in advance. It is like a game when we ask "What Teddy is going to eat during his next trip to ..., what he wants to fill his snack catcher with?" A child can take the snack dispenser with him when trip is over and use it as a regular snack container.

Brica Are We There Yet Travel

From short grocery runs to long road trips, the Are We There Yet™ travel tray is prefect car ride companion for kids. Enjoy your time together as a family and travel better together with Munchkin!

Brica Are We There Yet Travel Munchkin
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (CAN)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book Valérian and Laureline series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories.


Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

We are looking forward to the movie ready to hit the big screen in Canada this month thanks to eOne Films Entertainment. And invite our Canadian readers enter our giveaway for a chance to win advance screening passes to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, or Halifax on Wednesday, July 19. All screenings are in 3D.

Here are some details:

Cineplex Yonge & Dundas
7:00 PM

Scotiabank Vancouver
7:00 PM

Scotiabank Winnipeg
7:00 PM

Scotiabank Edmonton
7:00 PM

7:00 PM

Scotiabank Ottawa
7:00 PM

Scotiabank Halifax
7:00 PM

Silvercity Victoria
7:00 PM

The movie officially opens in theatres on Friday, July 21. For your chance simply fill the form below indicating your city and Good Luck! The giveaway ends July 17, 2017.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Find Comfort and Feel Confident in Svelte Built-in Shapewear

Svelte Shapewear

I have never been skinny lady even though I wear small size. And at my age I know I am not going to be skinnier, in opposite, every extra piece of pie or candy result into extra body pounds. There are some days and possibly months when you are busy with some other stuff and do not pay attention to your weight as your head is filled up with something else like working on new projects or meeting a deadline. Or during holidays you indulge yourself with some holiday treats you can only have once a year. Since woman's body constantly changes, having babies, hormonal changes, stress and other factors, clothes should also change and give us a confidence.

Svelte Shapewear Travelling

Svelte Built-in Shapewear offers solution to those tummy and thigh problems. You look great, feel comfortable and focus on other important tasks other than bumps and how to fit into those fancy jeans. I think Svelte has a great combination of fabric quality, style and knowing women's body the best . Their products help hide what is necessary and show the best you have. For example, my Tight Ankle Slit Leggings slim legs, flat tummy with special design and make a bum firmer. All that achieved with special denim-like fabric (Twill, Cotton Spandex) and unique design.

 photo Tight Ankle Slit Leggings front_zpsxonzep1i.jpg Tight Ankle Slit Leggings side

The Leggings I got are very comfortable. I put them on and forget about my worries focusing on other tasks. There are two colors available for this style so I've chosen black one, because I can wear it with almost anything and anywhere. Tight Ankle Slit Leggings has a built-in waist panel to make your tummy look smooth and feel comfortable. The fabric is very light what is perfect for summer hot season. I also like the trimming, really nice.

I attended a couple events wearing Tight Ankle Slit Leggings. I liked how comfortable they were. Now I'd like to get more tops for my wardrobe. Svelte carries a nice selection of skirts, tank tops, shorts and leggings of course.

Wearing Svelte Event
Me & Eric McCormack from Will & Grace at Corus Upfront Event
If you are looking for some shape wear for summer or fall than check Svelte's selection of products. My love goes to leggings collection but there are other amazing items to choose from. Feeling comfortable has never been so easy with Svelte built-in shapewear!
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