3/30/20

The past few weeks we have been trying our best to keep everyone indoors and entertained while we participate and do our part with social distancing. One thing I am happy about is that we are all movie buffs with a big enough library of movies and shows to keep everyone entertained! We may not be able to get out but digital movies are still available for our enjoyment. 

Calling all animal lovers! Dolittle is coming to blu Ray and digital just in time for some April indoor movie nights! 

Robert Downey Jr.'s latest film DOLITTLE will be available digitally on March 24th and then on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD on April 7th. It's a film that children and families are really going to enjoy together! 
After losing his wife, he hermits himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his rambunctious animal friends—including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer, The Help), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”) and chilly-but-chill polar bear Yoshi (Cena); as well as a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson).
On top of a great movie, you get a whole bunch of awesome extra blu Ray features on the side! Dolittle is definitely a fun-filled adventure for the whole family! 

For more info visit the Dolittle Movie website! 

*Posted in participation with Taro PR.*
We have been proud partners with Hasbro Canada since 2012. The brand not only creates great toys and games to keep our families entertained but Hasbro also has great initiatives and always reaches out in times of need. This recent world pandemic is no different, except it is. 

As we hunker down in our homes with our families, social distancing, Hasbro has some great news for families alike during this challenging time, take a look below! 

In an effort to provide a constant resource for families during the global health pandemic, Hasbro is announcing today that they will be launching #BringHomeTheFun, a global initiative providing parents and caregivers resources to help keep kids occupied, calm, and engaged during an extended time at home and indoors. Hasbro has been helping kids and families play together for more than 80 years, and we know that now more than ever households are looking for ways to foster quality family connections and reduce the reliance on screens.

Whether families are looking for activity challenges to keep kids busy, ways to use games and toys to stimulate their brains, or ideas for helping kids cope with emotional stress and more, BringHomeTheFun.com is a one-stop resource that is here to help.

As part of its ongoing commitment to families worldwide, Hasbro is also proud to partner with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to support the #SaveWithStories campaign. The Company will provide thousands of Hasbro toys and games to continue to inspire learning, creativity, and fun for vulnerable children across the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hasbro Canada has also provided financial support to the Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that helps feed more than 250,000 children and youth across the country. This donation will directly support those currently enrolled in the program as well as local community organizations that are assisting food-insecure families and children during this challenging time.

Here is a little message from our friends at Hasbro, click to see the video!


Thank you, Hasbro team for being here for our families now and always!

Be safe, stay home! 

*Posted in participation with Hasbro Canada*

3/17/20


One thing I dislike is carrying a bunch of items at once. I’m forgetful so I lose things or I leave important things behind. So carrying a purse with a phone and a wallet and whatever else a mom like me puts in there is always a disaster waiting to happen and frustration on my part when I can’t find what I’m looking for. I prefer to think of myself as a minimalist when it comes to certain things, my purse being one of them. 



Caseco
sent me the sleek and stylish Rodeo Dr. Clutch/Phone case for my iPhone 8 Plus. It’s a phone case and wallet/clutch all in one. It’s got a built-in mirror, detachable magnetic phone case, 9 card slots (3 with the mirror and six in a hidden reverse wallet on the opposite side), ID window, a zipper pocket, and a hand strap. It is sleek in style and functional, something I would recommend for the busy mom who doesn't need a diaper bag! 



It's great to have everything in one place and if I don't need my wallet, I can still use my phone as the magnetic case comes off inside. 


This is definitely one of the most functional wallet-style cases I have had! I can put it in my bigger purse like a wallet or use it as a clutch when I don’t need my big bag; so multifunctional! 

You can find this and other great cases at Caseco.com!

Follow the latest in cellphone cases and accessories on social @Caseco_inc on Twitter and @casecoinc on IG!

*Posted in partnership with Caseco. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author*

3/16/20

Anyone who has a pet knows, they are not "just pets". They are not "just dogs" or "just cats" or even "just birds" or "fish". They become part of our lives, they become part of our families. We would do anything for them just like we would for our own human children. To me an animal is a living, breathing being with feelings and emotions as much as you or I; they just have different ways of expressing themselves. 

As much as we give our pets from a loving home to treats, good food and vet visits, they give back to us something irreplacable; unconditional love. You can be at your lowest, looking and feeling at your worst. All it takes is a rub from your pet, those eyes looking at you, almost understanding what you are going through and making you feel even just a little better. 

There is nothing I wouldn't do for my pets and that includes spoiling them with the best of the best in pet care products from our friends at PetSafe Canada! 



PetSafe® Canada has a bunch of great products that can help set our pets on a path of healthy, happy living for 2020 and beyond. Afterall, that's all we want for them is for them to be happy pets! 

Here are the top 5 products PetSafe® Canada recommends to keep our pets happy and healthy:

1. Smart Feed Automatic Dog (or cat) Feeder
This automatic feeder connects to your smartphone, allowing you to schedule, monitor and adjust your pet's feeding schedule remotely. It also comes with a 'Slow Feed' option, which dispenses food over 15 minutes for pets who eat too quickly.



2. Drinkwell® Pet Fountains
PetSafe® has a new range of pet fountains in different sizes (1.8L, 3.7L, and 7.5L) that features a free-falling water stream to encourage pets of all sizes to up their hydration levels. With multiple flow settings and easy to clean parts, this is a great product for your pets even when you are not at home.




3. Ricochet Dog Toy
This is an interactive toy that challenges dogs and keeps them active at the same time.  As your dog plays with one of the interactive paired toys, a fun and exciting squeak sound is heard from the other toy. When your furry friend investigates the second toy, the sound bounces back to the first toy!



4. Frolicat® Multi-Laser Toy  This toy is the ideal solution for keeping pets active. It has two different lasers rotating in a 360 degree that cats can chase. It also has an auto shut-off timer, to keep things convenient and safe for your pet. Originally this is made for cats but our dogs like laser pointers too and have just as much fun as a cat would! 




5. Easy Walk® Deluxe Harness
This harness is designed specially to discourage dogs from pulling while walking on a lead. The chest strap rests low on the breastbone, making sure there is no coughing, gagging or choking whatsoever. They also come in four different colours, which is an added bonus!


You can find these and other great pet care items by visiting the PetSafe Canada Website and LIKE PetSafe Canada on Facebook!

*Posted in participation with PetSafe® Canada. Complimentary product received for review purposes.*

2/29/20

Did you notice 29 days on your calendar this month? That’s because February 29 is a Leap Day, a day that comes around every 4 years to help synchronize the calendar year with the length of time it takes the Earth to complete its orbit around the sun - which is 365.25 days! It’s an extra 24 hours to do whatever you want, without feeling guilty that you don’t have the time.

In the words of Chandler Bing – “Can I BE anymore excited?!”

Some fun facts about Leap Year:

* Leap Year was first introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC.

* The odds of being born on Leap Day are about 1 in 1500. I actually knew someone in elementary school who's little brother was born on a leap year.

* There are about 187,000 people in the US, and 4 million people worldwide who were born on Leap Day.

* Leap year babies get their driver's licenses when they are officially four years old (or 16 calendar years)!

* How do you know if it’s going to be a Leap Year? Most years that can be divided evenly by 4 are Leap Years, with the exception on Century Years. Century Years are not Leap Years unless they can be evenly divided by 400.

So what are you going to do with your extra day this year? On behalf of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the Digital, Blu-ray & DVD releases of Friends – we wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Leap Year. Since this day only comes around once every 4 years – it’s a day to sit back, relax and binge with your “friends.”



Don’t forget the only way to get your Friends fix, commercial free is to own the series! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers - including Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Happy Leap Year! 

*Posted in association with Warner Bros.Home Entertainment*

2/26/20

Today we wear pink to create awareness around an ongoing, serious problem in our society: bullying. 


As someone who has experienced and also raises kids who experienced bullying, this day is important to me (as it should be to every parent). Kids can't advocate for themselves in most cases. They are scared,  they feel humiliated and alone, they feel like nobody cares and more often than not, even if it's "just words" the victim starts believing the lies the bullies tell them. 

We as a society have to stop making excuses for the bullies and start giving consequences for their actions. Mental illness in teens, young adults, and even adults is skyrocketing since society has this idea of free speech, you can say and do whatever you want and treat fellow people however you choose. The internet gives immature children access to platforms to abuse their peers through embarrassing pictures, posts and worse now, videos. 

It's not just in schools or at the parks or in the workplace, it's everywhere on every device and its so easy to beat someone down without even raising a physical fist to them. Bruises can heal but the mental damage caused by any type of abuse can be catastrophic and life long for the victim while the bully walks away and probably forgets they ever did or said anything. 

So many schools brag about "Anti-Bullying measures" and "No Bully Policies" but so many schools fail the children who need them most. We have to do better as parents. We have to do better as a society. How many more kids do we need to lose to suicide before people open their eyes? 

Educate yourself on the consequences of abuse such as bullying, educate your kids and don't put up with it. If you see it happening to someone around you, step in and stand up! Show these types of people that the behavior won't be tolerated. 

If you or your kids are being bullied, picked on, made feel like their environment is an unsafe one, get authorities involved. Go as high as you can if you have to, the school board/management and whoever is above that in this society and be the voice of our future for our kids and for everyone whos ever been bullied. 

We can't always protect them but we can educate them and advocate for them. 

Wear your pink shirt today and have this attitude everyday: NO MORE BULLIES, EVER! 

Thank you. 

2/24/20


Me-yow! There are some new kitties on the block and they’ve got style, cuteness, and coffee! New Kitten Catfe by Jakks Pacific is the latest wave of collectible toys to hit toy store shelves. Anyone who loves cats will fur-sure love these adorable Kitten Catfe toys!

We were so excited when we received a surprise package from Jakks Pacific containing some Kitten Catfe goodies to showcase here on AME!


Kitten Catfe mixes together kittens, fashion, coffee and the joy of unboxing a new surprise. Each Kitten Catfe Purrista Girl comes in her own reusable coffee cup packaging and comes with a surprise accessory, outfit, pair of shoes, and cat bed for the Purrista girl doll. It also comes with a magical teabag! This is the cool part: parents can help little ones fill the provided coffee cup with cold water, dipping the tea bag a few times will dissolve and you get some surprise Meowbles! 


Add on to your Kitten Catfe collection are cute little Meowble Yarn Balls which I mentioned above, each yarn unravels to reveal a little trinket kittie. The "yarn" comes in 3 strands which can be braided, add on a Meowble and your little one has purr-fect kitty fashion! 


Also available, Kitten Catfe Meowble Scented Plush! The blue one we got is named Blue Grey and smells like, you guessed it, blueberries! 

I know I have said before I am not a fan of toys that come with a bunch of little parts but I can say now that Miss M is older, she is the perfect age for toys like these. She keeps everything in her little cup (score!) and has been carrying her kitties around since she opened them. Uh oh - I think we may have created a little meowy monster! 

Perfect collectible for ages 7+, even my teen thought they were pretty cool compared to other "surprise" style toys we have reviewed or bought over the years. This one gets a big TWO THUMBS UP from our girls (and mom!). 



Kids can collect all 12 Kitten Catfe Purrista Girl surprise dolls, Meowble Yarn Balls and Scented Plush's available at shops like Walmart, Toys R Us, and Loblaws!

Follow the furry fun on social: 
@KittenCatfe on Instagram #KittenCatfe #JAKKSToys #PurristaGirls

* Posted by AME in participation with JAKKs Pacific. Complimentary product supplied for review purposes. Comments and opinions are our own*

2/19/20



Disney’s Frozen II is coming to a living room near you! Enjoy the enchanting sequel with your whole family!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the follow-up to 2013’s hit Oscar®-winning Best Animated Feature, “Frozen,” comes home, with a sing-along version and all-new extras, on Digital in 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 25.“Frozen 2” bonus features include deleted scenes, deleted songs, Easter eggs, outtakes, and a sing-along version with lyrics to the film’s forever-infectious songs.


Download the magic of Disney’s Frozen II on Digital in 4K Ultra HD on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, and bring home the magic of Frozen II on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD Tuesday, February 25, 2020!

Follow the fun on social media:
Facebook: @WaltDisneyStudiosCanada
Twitter: @DisneyStudiosCA
Instagram: @disneystudioscanada 
#Frozen2
Win it!

Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win a copy of Disney’s Frozen II! This giveaway is open to CANADIANS 18+ only *excluding Quebec*. Ends February 21st, 2020. Please see our blogs Giveaway Guidelines page for full rules.

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2/15/20

When the days are cold and the kids are stuck indoors, there is only so much a mom can take before she needs a break herself! Winter blues may have your kids bored but never fear! Paramount Home Entertainment is here with brand new Nickelodeon DVD releases for the whole family! 

Pop some popcorn, get out the comfy blankets and spend the next cold afternoon enjoying all the fun of favorites like JoJo Siwa, TMNT and more! 

GIVEAWAY!!!

We have a surprise for you AME readers! Enter* for your chance to win a DVD bundle** courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment! 

Prize includes 5 NEW DVD releases:



  • JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M. The Concert Experience DVD
  • Butterbean's Cafe: Let's Get Cooking DVD along with some fun recipes
  • Shimmer and Shine: Splash Into Zahramay Oceanea DVD
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines: Knight Riders DVD
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mania DVD
Goodluck! 

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**Prize provided by representatives of paramount home entertainment. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.  

2/7/20

Valentine's Day is coming up and while we are having fun preparing the kid's classroom valentines and all of that stuff, we need to take a moment and celebrate the ones who get us through everyday stuff, our better halves, our loves! 

What better way to celebrate than to show your love according to one of TV's all-time favorite couples, Monica and Chandler and their epic circle of "FRIENDS"? 

Typically we celebrate Valentine's day with flowers or chocolates, and of course Valentine's Day cards! Didn't get any this year to hand out? Don't freak out like Rachel would; just download and print these fun and fabulous Valentines below, your FRIENDS have you covered! 

Click to download free printable! 
Valentine's Day is all about unconditional love, just like Chandler and Monica had in FRIENDS. They knew everything about each other and loved each other, flaws and all. Looking to spend an intimate and romantic Valentine's Day with your lobster? Look no further as we have the perfect dinner and dessert combo for you! 

Start dinner off with Monica’s Meat Lasagna & treat yourself to Chandler’s “Can This BE Any More Fattening?” Cheesecake! Don’t worry about the calories – they don’t count - it’s a National holiday!

Click to download the printable recipe!
Click to download the printable recipe!
After dinner, you can both settle down on the couch and get comfy. Can't decide what to watch to end your perfect Valentine's Day date? Make it easy and download your sweetheart’s favorite Friends episodes to cap off your evening. All individual seasons and compilation sets are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google.

Don’t know what to gift your loved one? Stop scrambling - as you can purchase the DVD or Blu-ray sets from all major retailers - including Walmart, Target, and Amazon. If you purchase the digitally remastered Blu-ray Complete Series set - you will get over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes, plus 20 hours of special features. Your partner will scream “Oh. My. God!” just like Janice - when they open up this must-own collector set!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

*Posted in participation with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Canada. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own

1/31/20


“So no one told you life was gonna be this way *clap clap clap*” - this was the theme song to my all-time favourite prime time tv show in the 1990s, FRIENDS! 

On September 22, 1994, the first episode of Friends aired on NBC, and since then the series, characters, and its infamous taglines have become a global phenomenon. After 236 episodes and its ten seasons run on-air, the beloved series went into syndication episodes on a number of networks, and in 2015 Netflix acquired the exclusive rights to stream the series; eventually becoming one of the most-watched shows on the platform, until the close of 2019!


So where have your “Friends” been, now that it's 2020? According to Ross, “We Were On A BREAK!” from streaming - but have no fear, you can still get all of your favorite episodes on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD today!


For both fans and newcomers that want to buy the series to digitally stream forever - the complete series, individual seasons and compilation sets are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google.

If you feel like splurging – there is something to be said for physically owning a hard copy of your favorite TV show! You can purchase the DVD or Blu-ray sets from all major retailers - including Walmart, Target, and Amazon. If you purchase the digitally remastered Blu-ray Complete Series set - you will get over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes, plus 20 hours of special features. It’s like a dream come true!

About FRIENDSFriends is an American sitcom about six friends struggling to survive on their own in Manhattan. In each episode, they find the companionship, comfort and support from each other to be the perfect solutions to the pressures of everyday life. The series stars 'The Ones That Were There For You' for ten seasons strong: Jennifer Aniston as “Rachel Green,” Courteney Cox as “Monica Geller,” Lisa Kudrow as “Phoebe Buffay,” Matt LeBlanc as “Joey Tribbiani,” Matthew Perry as “Chandler Bing,” and David Schwimmer as “Dr. Ross Geller.” Friends has also featured many notable guest stars including Tom Selleck, Aisha Tyler, Jon Favreau, Anna Faris, Hank Azaria, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Sean Penn, Jon Lovitz, Alec Baldwin, and many more. Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association.
#OwnFriendsTV

*Posted in participation with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author*

1/6/20

Happy New Year, AMEblog readers! We have survived another holiday season and are easing back into the daily routine; toast to that! 


Start the year off right and get caught up with Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray & DVD on January 7!


HBO's smash-hit Big Little Lies returns for more drama, secrets, and seduction then ever before with the release of Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment! Iconic actress Meryl Streep joins the all-star cast in season two, along with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoё Kravitz.
In season two, on the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, CA: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the "Monterey Five" bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry's grieving mother Mary Louise Wright (Streep) comes to town in search of answers after son's death.
Fall in love with the “Monterey Five” again and again, as you relive the whole series, with the Big Littles Lies Season 1 and 2 twin-pack. The DVD set will also be available on January 7 for the low price of $49.99 SRP ($57.99 in Canada)! You can find Big Little Lies where blu Ray are sold! 

*Posted on behalf of WB home entertainment. Comments are those of the author*