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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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