3/21/19

Posted in partnership with Hasbro Canada in celebration of the upcoming Transformers Bumblebee Movie. We received complimentary product to fascilitate our celebrating. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

March is an exciting month at our house. We celebrate two birthdays during the March break and the two birthday guys happen to both be huge transformers fans. With the release of the new Transformers Bumblebee movie next month, what better way to celebrate than in Transformers Bumblebee style! 
We teamed up with Hasbro to bring our celebration to life with all-new toys from the Transformers Bumblebee movie! 



Need something to send the guests home with? Forget loot bags filled with items that will end up in the trash or sugary candy that honestly the kids don't need after cake. Here's a better idea, gift them with collectible Transformers Bot Bots (series 1) blind bag 2-in-1 mystery toys! 



Each mystery surprise comes with a 2-in-1 Transformers Bot Bots toy that transforms into a robot or everyday item! There are different ones like a refrigerator, a pair of scissors, a plant, a tree and a few other fun ones your party guests will love to start their own Bot Bots collection!  



Transformers fans alike will be thrilled with Transformers Movie 6 Energon Igniters Speed Series (we got Decepticon Megatron) and Energon Igniters Power Series (we got Autobot Optimus Prime) each Energon Igniters power and core (sold separately) work together igniting driving action! Really cool!



The big kicker, the star of the show is Transformers Movie DJ Bumblebee. He's an interactive transformer that turns your voice into music with three prerecorded tracks to choose from. 



It's easy and super fun to get Bumblebee moving and grooving at any party! Press and hold his left leg to record your voice. Move his right arm to change the pitch of the recorded voice and move his left arm to change the song! Bumblebee may not transform into a car but he makes up for it as he moves and grooves to the music with his own cool Transformers dance moves. 




If you’re looking for gifts for the transformers fans in your life, I recommend checking out the new line from Hasbro at Walmart.ca!


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3/20/19



In Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all-new original musical sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”, “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”, “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light-and life-to the streets of London.

I am excited to pass down the magic of Mary Poppins through this new version of the classic tale about a magical nanny and the joy she brings to everyone she meets. 

Available on Digital March 12 and Blu-ray™ March 19!

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3/18/19

We received sample products mentioned in this post. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 
I always like to come prepared wherever I go; even now that my kids are older and don’t need baby bags lugged around with us when we are out we still need to bring stuff. 

Rather than lugging a bunch of stuff around, my purse is the home to whatever travels with us. Aside from my wallet, my makeup bag and other odds and ends one may find in my purse; I also keep a bag I call my "medicine bag" or first aid kit. 

When our, my kids will often ask for something and I don’t like being ill-prepared for anything when going anywhere with three kids! 
In my bag I keep essentials for fixing bobos:

Antiperspirant, Tide pen, tissues, tums, eye drops, ear drops, personal sanitary products, hand sanitizer, bandaids, earplugs, lip balm, and my new favorite products from eScential wellness, Headache Help, Quick Calm, and Skin Rescue ointment


eScential wellness products are vegan, cruelty and toxin free made with blends of essential oils. They are topical products that work to do exactly what they’re supposed to. 

I always wanted to try some essential oil products and I am super impressed by these from eScential wellness

You can see my full in-detail review on Her Real View!

2/26/19

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) choose to start a family, they stumble headfirst into the world of foster care adoption. After they learn their perfect foster child comes with two other siblings, Pete and Ellie find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight and must hilariously learn the ropes of instant parenthood if they hope to become a real family. Inspired by a true story, INSTANT FAMILY also stars Isabela Moner, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, and Octavia Spencer.


This was a fun, heartwarming movie that shows the different sides of foster parenting and adoption. It was different than what we usually watch when it comes to family movies but very enjoyable! 

Bring Instant Family home on digital and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack!

Follow Instant Family in social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

We received a complimentary movie from Paramount Home Media Distribution in exchange for this feature. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


2/22/19

Ralph Breaks The Internet: In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.



The Little Mermaid: In honour of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel is shore to make a splash with all generations.

Both of these great Disney movies are available now digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.



Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win BOTH movies! Must be 18+ Canadian resident to qualify. One winner will be chosen at random on or around February 28th, 2018 and emailed accordingly. Thank you and good luck!


From the makers of Little Live Pets come two new fun and furry friends for kids (and kids at heart) who love plushies and little fuzzy critters! 

Scruff a Luvs are unloved pets that come to you in a sad ball of colourful fur. After you wash, dry, pamper and love them, you will find out what kind of pet they really are; a kitten, a bunny or (what we got) a puppy! Each pet comes with accessories (brush, collar, bow and adoption certificate) and the box doubles as a holding case for your new pet!


Miss M was fascinated by the process. I thought for sure after putting the stuffy underwater that it would be sopping wet for hours but it seems I was wrong. It dried in no time with the hairdryer and Miss M was pleased with the result of her new pink puppy she named "Missy"; welcome to the family! 

Wrapples are the cutest "Furry Best Friend" you'll ever connect with! Wrap them on your wrist and take them anywhere. They love a pat and interact as you chat, play and get carried away! Slap their "slap-band" tail on your wrist and take them with you! These adorable little friends have over 50 sounds and reactions! Watch as they come to life on your arms. Their big eyes light up to match their mood. Wrapples love to talk to you and to each other! They love to be pet and tickled. Hear them giggle and purr! Bring them close to each other and they will sing together! Hang them upside-down and they will go to sleep!


Miss Ms new Wrapple pet is named Shylo due to her shyness but with a little love, her eyes were glowing green in no time! Really cool interactive furry friend to get! 

You can find these and other great Little Live toys at your local retailer for under $30! 

Follow Little Live on social @RedPlanetGroup (Instagram) and https://m.facebook.com/littlelive.canada (Facebook). 

2/8/19

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! In our house, Valentine's Day isn't just about celebrating romance; it's about celebrating L-O-V-E in all ways! Sure, the man and I like to have our date night but I also like to gift the kids with a little token of my love on this special day too! 

C'est l'amour! 

Some fun Valentine’s Day facts:

- Approximately 145 MILLION cards are exchanged (not including those classroom cards for kids) industry-wide making Valentines Day the second largest holiday for greeting card giving.
- In addition to Canada, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in the USA, Mexico, UK, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy!
- Hallmark first offered Valentines Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916.
- The average person in North America spent about $143(US) on Valentine’s in 2018 according to the National Retail Federation.
Hallmark Canada sent us a fun box of Valentine's Day goodies to share with our family and friends! 



Sweet gifts and other goodies:
From soft Canicorn and snoopy plushes to techno puppy’s and candy dishes; Hallmark Canada has great ideas for everyone for Valentine’s Day! The Story of Us card keeper is actually being showcased in an upcoming Hallmark hall of fame movie on the W Network! Check your listings!

Hallmark Greetings from the heart:
Hallmark always offers gorgeous, sentimental and fun greetings for every occasion including Valentine’s Day. Some of our favs include the Paper Wonder cards; click here to see them showcased!

Wrap it up with love:
As always, beautiful gift bags and delicate tissue to wrap all your Valentine’s Day gifts up with love!

You can find these and more great items at your local Hallmark store! You can also now find a fun assortment of Hallmark goodies at Walmart!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!


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1/17/19

As I watch my kids grow up, it amazes me how much things have changed since I was a kid. I sound really old saying that but it’s true! It seems everything from technology to ways of thinking and even the way we as parents now do things is from a totally different world and it kind of is! 



What’s changed?

Playing with friends:

Back in the day, it was simple: Younger kids parents visited each other and all the kids played. Older kids told mom and/or dad they were going to so and so’s house, parents said ok and the child rode off on their bikes until curfew time. 

Today: Younger kids have play dates, playgroups and more scheduled for them. There are groups and websites dedicated to these things for the real die-hard play daters! Older kids are chauffeured to and from friends houses at arranged times by both parental parties due to other scheduled or organized events; life is just so much busier nowadays! 

Birthday parties:

Back in the day a couple of close school friends and family gathered for a simple backyard party or indoors depending on the weather. Mom would decorate with some simple balloons, streamers and pin the tail on the donkey. Simple candy bags or even just the cake and ice cream were good enough for the guests and the birthday kid wasn’t expecting $100 gifts. 

Today: everything from decorations, guest list to cake and loot bags is organized in a pretty theme. Don’t believe me you have been under a rock for 30 years. Pinterest anyone? Every kid in the class gets an invitation to rsvp for this lavish party. If not a lavish party, an expensive venue like cosmic adventures or laser quest. Very nice but don’t expect extravagant birthdays in our house; we kick it old school, baby! 

Entertaining oneself:

Back in the day the great outdoors is all we needed. We knew the rules, we made our mistakes and we lived through them. A simple tv with two hours of cartoons all weekend on one channel was exciting! We also used to read these things we called "books"; not only entertaining but also educational. If we couldn't find a book we found some paper and crayons and let our imaginations take over. There was so much to do with so little back then. 

Today: "I’m bored" is a phrase most parents dread. Despite the seemingly never-ending technology, toys and more we have to entertain us, it’s never enough. Using one's imagination I guess isn’t a thing anymore with kids these days!

Slang

Back in the day if you said something was "sick" it meant "disgusting". Flossing was part of your dental routine and dabbing meant to lightly blot or poke something! 

Today "sick" means "awesome". Flossing is a dance move and please do not ask me what dabbing is, it’s just weird. There’s more but I just can’t. 

Shopping:

Back in the day we had limited selections at limited stores. Our music was on cassette tapes and our movies on VHS. When computers first came out data was stored on floppy disks. 

Today: You can shop online and have it delivered the next day including groceries. You can order dinner online, you can even order a vacation rental online. Movies and music are now downloaded and streamed. Don’t ask me what the cloud does, I still don’t know! 

Discipline:

Back in the day children were scolded or punished for misbehaving when they knew better. Privileges like video games, bike riding or ice cream after dinner were taken away and a lesson was taught. Parents helped each other if one saw another's child misbehaving they alerted the parent or if no parent was around they would scold on behalf and let the parent know. People didn't get offended if you stepped in to help. It was all about communities helping raise the kids. I know I got scolded by more than just my mother growing up. 

Today too many (not all but many) kids get away with way too much from throwing tantrums to talking back/swearing at adults and worse. Now, I know in some cases there are valid reasons however I'm talking about the average kid here. Not ALL parents raise their kid the same way and that's OKAY but for those parents who protect their kids when their kid is in the wrong you aren't doing anyone any favours. Today people get so offended, parents will fight while children get away with bad behaviour and no lessons are learned. Other parents will stand by if someone else's kid is misbehaving and not say a word in fear they'll step over some boundary. So much has changed since I was a kid. 

Maybe I sound REALLY old fashioned (or old in general HA!) but wow have times surely changed. Honestly, I wouldn’t raise my kids in today’s age the way my parents raised us back in the day. The world is a more populated place, times have changed and we all evolve with those times including parenting. I’m sure our parents said the same thing about their parents' generation. 

It’s amazing how time works sometimes.


Not a sponsored post. Written and published by #AMEBlog. 
Posted in partnership with Paramount Home Media Distribution Canada. Complimentary copy received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

Jim Carrey stars in Showtime’s "Kidding" as Jeff, an actor who stars as Mr Pickels on a kids tv program that teaches kids to be their kindest selves and make the world a better place. When life starts to show this father and husband that the world is, in fact, full of unkind people who are rarely their best selves. Jeff’s own imperfects begin to show in his daily life with long-buried anger inside him results in him acting in unexpected ways. With his mind unravelling, resulting in a journey of humour and heartbreak. Rated 14A

I have been a Jim Carrey fan since his days back on tv's "In Living Color". He (to me) was a comedic icon of the 1990's thrilling us with comedies like "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "Dumb and Dumber", "Liar Liar" and "The Mask". Some other favourites of mine include "The Truman Show", "Bruce Almighty" and "Fun with Dick and Jane". I am really happy to hear that his new show was well-received by the audience because it truly is a unique and entertaining show.

You can find "Kidding" Season 1 on DVD starting January 31st, 2019.

And for those of you who are already fans of the show, you’ll be happy to know it’ll be back for Season 2 sometime in 2019! 

1/7/19

Posted on behalf of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Complimentary movie received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Do you have a Tom Cruise fan in the house? New from Paramount Home Media Distribution, Mission Impossible 6 Movie Collection (Blu Ray, DVD + Digital copies plus a collectors booklet about the movies) is available for your home movie collection! 


A "mission" two decades in the making. Tom Cruise is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, one of the greatest action heroes of all time, in the adrenaline-pumping, suspense-filled blockbuster franchise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Filmed in the most exotic locations around the world by the biggest directors in Hollywood, this must-have 6-film set will thrill any action fan. Your mission, should you choose to accept it – experience the most action-packed collection ever! 

You can find this where movie collections are sold!