Unwrap Hasbro’s Hottest Toys #HolidayToyList

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Furby Connect

Furby’s baaaaack and with a vengeance!!! Prior to getting the new Furby Connect to review, I was always curious about him. I mean how could you not, he is so damn cute and looks so lonely on the shelves sitting in that box (shame). When I heard that the new Furby Connect was one of Hasbro’s hot items for the 2016 Holidays, I was intrigued right away. I was sent one to test out and my kids went apeS^&T, in fact he started a huge fight with my kids because both my boys wanted to play with him at the same time (what’s new).

Furby Connect

Now for those of you who have had the previous Furby I can happily say that now he now has an off button (well sort of) it’s his sleep mask. Once you put that sleep mask onto Furby he immediately falls asleep. If you are wondering if he wakes up ever with the sleep mask on that is a NO, when that thing is on he is OFF!

We (including me) couldn’t get enough of him. He dances (he moves from side to side and his ears move around as well), he laughs, he farts, he burbs (I mean what more could you want from a toy) and talks to you (he has over 1000 phrases). The most interesting part of all is that you download the Furby Connect app and through Bluetooth your Furby toy and app communicate (FYI you have to pair them first – read the directions when you get it) and while you are playing the game Furby knows what is going on and helps you along the way providing you helpful hints). He has a real time clock causing Furby to react differently at different times of the day.

Furby Connect

My kids love that his eyes are full colour digital displays so when he has hearts in his eyes he is happy and when he is hungry and you feed him (you just stick your finger in his mouth) his eyes will show you what he is eating. It really is a blast and your kids will love it.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Current Price: $39.99

Dreamwork’s Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond 

After seeing the movie, my kids are Troll obsessed which doesn’t surprise me considering when I was little I collected Trolls and funny enough a year ago (before we even knew about the movie) my mom brought them out for the boys to play with and loved them. Glitterific Guy Diamond is a 14″ poseable figure which is great for those little one’s who have a very active imagination. He is glittery from head to toe, comes with sunglasses and a comb to style his crazy hair. These Trolls have come a long way since my days!

Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $39.99

Now time time to run out and grab these and put smiles on your little one’s faces like you can see are on mine
Happy Holidays

T.
xo

Potty Training with Kandoo Flushable Wipes #Giveaway

Potty Training

You know what’s hard … having kids, you know what’s harder … potty training them!!!!!!! Just when you think you found the light at the end of the tunnel, your mini decides they are going to throw you through a loop and has accident after accident after accident (AHHHHHHHH SOOO FRUSTRATING).

If I have learned some things from the first round of potty training my older guy:
– you are never out of the woods (at least until they are teenagers) accidents happen all the time
– never leave home without a change of clothes (maybe even throw an extra pair in your car as back up for you or even a friend – your friend will love you for life for saving them on this one)
– have a Kandoo hand soap at EVERY sink in your house (they will want to wash their hands because they come in fun colours and smells so good)
– if you are leaving the house, always carry some form of anti-bacterial soap because some how that urine or feces will end up in your hands (true story)
– you can never have enough wipes on you and around your house: regular wipes on every floor and flushable wipes in every bathroom (needs to be in reaching distance)
– kids see that nicely rolled up white toilet paper and want to unravel it and use it so badly but DO NOT LET THEM. It breaks apart and crumbles in their tiny little hands. No good comes from using it, TRUST ME ON THIS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I was introduced to the Kandoo line about 5 years ago and I have never been let down by them. Their products have been there for me for all problems: leaky nose = Boogie Wipes (smells great and uses saline to help clear their noses), Kids not wanting to wash their hands = Kandoo Hand Soap (smells amazing and is coloured for having fun while washing your hands), Kids don’t want to take a bath = Kandoo Body Wash (also comes in fun colours to entice them to go take a bath) & Kandoo Bubble Bath, Kids learning to potty train = Kandoo Flushable Wipes (safe for toilets)

One of the scariest parts of potty training is leaving the house with your undiapered child. Now Kandoo has their flushable wipes in soft packs for the “on-the-go” moments. Make sure it becomes an essential in your bag.

Kandoo Wipes Facts:
– they are made from plant material
– they are both flushable and biodegradable
– comes in tubs, soft packs and refill packs
– the sheets are the perfect size for little hands
– moistened with lotion
– comes unscented or magic melon

Kandoo Flushable Wipes

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Kandoo, they are giving away a $50 Gift Pack of Kandoo & Boogie Wipes products to 1 lucky Canadian winner. Here’s how to enter:
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Enter to Win 4 Tickets (per winner) to an Exclusive Screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo!

Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO A SCREENING OF
KUNG FU PANDA 3 AT THE TORONTO ZOO!

After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time:  1 pm arrival, 2 pm screening
Location: Toronto Zoo: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada. Screening will take place in the Wildlife Marquee, Discovery Zone

ENTER SWEEPSTAKES:
To enter, see below to win 1 of 2 Family Prize Packs – consisting of 4 ‘admit one’passes to attend an exclusive screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo. *Parking included.

SWEEPSTAKES RULES:
1. Sweepstakes is open only to those in the Toronto area who can travel to the Toronto Zoo for the event on June 24
2. Only one sweeps entry per follower
3. Entries will be accepted up to Tuesday June 21, 2016 until 11:59pm
4. (2) winners will be drawn via random electronic selection process
5. Winner is only eligible to win one prize, which must be accepted as awarded.
6. Prizes cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. By entering this sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these sweepstakes rules which are final and binding.

The winners will be drawn on Wednesday June 22, 2016 and will be notified by email immediately.

The winners must make their way to the Toronto Zoo to pick up their passes (the day of the screening only, passes will not be available beforehand). Passes will allow full entry to the zoo before and after the screening.

IMPORTANT Notes:
– Please bring ID to obtain passes
– Winners must arrive early to the screening
– Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
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Gearin’ up for the Pan Am Games #TO2015

I think it is so cool that Toronto is hosting the 2015 Pan American and ParaPan American Games in the coming weeks! So you have your PVR set, some tickets booked, now what? Time to Gear UP!

Pan Am Games Official Store

The Toronto Eaton Centre has opened up an Official Pan American Games store and I had the opportunity to get a personal tour of it. Coming from the promotional products industry (branded merchandise), I walked through touching all the apparel items feeling the quality of the material and better yet the quality of the printing (the logo) and I was impressed. What I also really liked was that the shirts were all fashion forward; nice cut tshirts, long sleeve shirts and hoodies for the ladies’ and the kids shirts weren’t oversized and adorable. I will proudly wear Pan Am apparel when the games start!

Do you know who Pachi is?
Pachi is the official Mascot of the 2015 Pan American Games and he is an adorable porcupine! He best represents the Pan American games because porcupines have a visual impairment therefore representing both the Pan American Games and the ParaPan American Games. Pachi has 41 quills each representing one of the countries playing in the games. His quills are five vibrant colours and represent qualities that he holds – green is youthfuchsia is passionblue is collaborationorange is determination and purple is creativity. Neat right?!

Toronto Pan Am Games

Wondering what’s in the store?
Seeing as I blog about children’s products, naturally I was curious what types of products there were for kids and I couldn’t believe how much there was! The first thing that caught my eye was the Pachi stuffed animal (I brought one home for my youngest son and he hasn’t let it go since … the look on his face when I gave it to him was classic). There are Pachi stuffed animals in different sizes, Pachi stuffed animal knapsacks, Pachi lunch bags, Pachi regular backpacks, Pachi printed tshirts, Pachi pencils, magnets, stuffed animal keychains, stickers and so much more! It was a Pachi take over! For the little one’s who love the games aspect, there is a great tshirt available with an animated print of all the games on it and you could even play a game with your little one guessing what the sport is from the image.

Pan Am Store Pachi

I haven’t even touched on the amazing stuff for adults! There is a ton of great wearable gear from tshirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts for both men and women and accessories like water bottles, cups, sunglasses, hats and more. Honestly, there is something for everyone!

 Facts about the PanAm Games
1. The Pan American games is the 3rd largest International multi-sport Games (behind the Olympic and Asian Games)
2. There are 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America
3. There are 36 Pan Am sports and 15 ParaPan Am Sports at the Toronto Games
4. There will be 41 participating countries and territories
5. We are expecting 250,000 visitors
6. 8 Pan Am-only games (baseball, bowling, karate, racquetball, roller sports, softball, squash, waterski & wakeboard) – i’m super excited to see these

Now open: The Toronto 2015 Nathan Phillips Square Superstore (opened to the public on July 1st)! I heard that there will be a lot of new items that will be released at this store and this store only. Can’t make it to the store? You can shop online (all products online and in store include taxes).

Love fireworks and music? Make sure to head down to Nathan Phillips Square for Panamania. Flaming Lips and The Roots will be playing and it’s FREE … just sayin!

T.
xo

Get Ready to Run Walk Wheel and Roll

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Do you know Three to Be? If you don’t than you should because it’s an amazing non-profit organization who’s “mission is to support and advance the development of innovative research, therapies and education for children with neurological disorders and their families.” and boy have they done wonderful things!

So what are you doing on Sunday May 24th? No plans, great! Bring the whole family to Run Walk Wheel and Roll which is a fun event for adults and kids. This amazing event gives everyone the opportunity to participate whichever way they want, whether it be going for a 1K walk, 3K stroll or 5K run (or whichever way you want to do it), there is something for every ability.

It only costs $15 per participant! When you register you can set up a page to share with your family and friends to encourage them to make a donation to this wonderful cause AND it doesn’t stop there … with each entry, your name is entered into a draw to attend the Finale of Big Brother Canada and receive an exclusive tour of the house where you might see the Final 3 house guests! (ummm A-M-A-Z-I-N-G). The top fundraiser will also have a chance to win a trip for two to St. Lucia (airfare not included) staying at the luxurious Windjammer resort!

See below for more information for the location of the event.

Run Walk Wheel and Roll

REGISTER HERE

SPONSOR HERE

 So whether you are runnin’, walkin’, wheelin’ or strollin’ make sure to come out and join in the fun while supporting an amazing cause.

Check Three to Be out:
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on Twitter

T.
xo

Science Madness with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netlfix

All of a sudden out of nowhere my 4 year old became interested in Science!! What happens when you mix oil and water; what happens when you mix water, red food colouring and blue food colouring and the list goes on. It’s fun to find things around the house to create Science experiments out of, though I am running low on ideas these days.

When I told my son that Netflix was has shows about Science, he got all excited and wanted me to show him some. For those of you who want to get your children Science-inspired check out these new interesting titles.

Little Kids

Science-inspired Netflix titles

 

1. The Magic School Bus Gains Weight
2. Fetch! with Ruff
3. Animal Mechanicals, Balloon Volcano Island (Go Go MechanaStretch – we are a fan of this show)
4. Sid the Science Kid

Bid Kids

Netflix Science Titles

1. Nova: Hunting the Elements
2. Cosmos
3. Deadliest Volcanos: Nova
4. Let Your Mind Wonder

Looking for something fun to do with your kids to get them excited about Science while watching one of these great shows? Make your own volcano using staple ingredients in your house. Click here to learn how to create it.

The world is your child’s oyster
T.
xo

Your Child’s Destiny is their’s to Choose #StreamTeam

Netlfix

Over the last few years, with every birthday, I ask my oldest son what he wants to be when he grows up and every year it has changed. He started off saying he wanted to be a “vegetarian” which I am pretty sure he meant “veterinarian” as my dad and brother are both veterinarians and we spend a lot of time at their offices (vegetarian is possible though since he won’t go near any meat product), then it changed to a doctor and this year he wants to be a lawyer and a skating instructor. Through a few giggles, we tell him he can be anything he wants to be when he grows up and will always encourage him to choose his own path.

New to Netflix this February is Ever After High: Spring Unsprung which celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink and have the power to create your own destiny. Here’s a peek:

Following the Create Your own Destiny theme, here are a few other great, fun titles for your kids

StreamTeam

1. Ever After High
2. Richie Rich
3. Mako Mermaids

Looking for more great shows to get your little one’s wheel’s turning?

Titles for the little kids

StreamTeam

1. Sid the Science Kid
2. SciGirls
3. Fireman Sam: To the Rescue (a household favourite)
4. Bob the Builder: Building from Scratch

These are titles for the big kids

StreamTeam

1. The Art of Flight: The Series
2. The Mind of a Chef
3. Richard Hammond’s Top Gear Uncovered
4. Dragon’s Den (my favourite)

Cold, snowy day? Check out this great “Reach for the Stars” craft

Happy Streaming
T.
xo

We are ringing in the New Year with the Netflix Original Series ‘All Hail King Julien’ #StreamTeam


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We are new to the whole Madagascar world, but recently my big guy watched it and LOVED it, so much so for days he was singing “I want a pond, I want a song” for days … I am pretty sure those are not the right words has a catchy tune so i’m into it and it makes him laugh.

Next up, All Hail King Julien who is a fan favourite from the Madagascar franchise is ready to make all your little one’s laugh with his new Netflix original series coming to your Netflix box on December 19th (I saw the trailer and it looks so cute).

What better way to kick off the new year than with King Julien and his friends Maurice and Mort. Lucky for my kiddies and his friends, we are hosting a New Years party and now we are set with an All Hail King Julien kit full of streamers, 2015 glasses, party hats and more to help us ring in 2015 and what will be playing the background … you got it … All Hail King Julien to keep them all entertained … we’re pretty excited!

Are your kids Madagascar obsessed? Check out some other great Madagascar titles now available for streaming and are perfect for those snowy, cold days over the holidays.

Netflix All Hail King Julien

 

Have a happy and healthy New Year … jungle style 😉
T.
xo

Fall has Begun at Kidville

Kidville Canada

It’s funny how we wait all year for summer to come and then as soon as summer arrives, us parents immediately have to start planning our kids programs for Fall. Of course we want them to be outside as much as possible to soak in the last little bit of decent weather, but as we all know, one minute it’s Fall and the next, you look outside and there is snow on the ground. Is it just me or is there is no gradual weather change anymore?! Speaking of which, it is officially freezing outside (yes I just used the word freezing to describe mid September, but hey three days ago it was 28 degrees and now it is 8) so time to start moving those playdates and music groups indoors.

Since Kidville opened in Toronto, I was very curious about their classes as I had been to multiple birthday parties there and I loved so many aspects of it, but since I work full time and am not in walking distance it wasn’t possible for me at the time to attend classes.

Mid-summer, I was asked to have some friends attend a class at Kidville called Rockin’ Railroad for review and since I was on maternity leave, I happily accepted and honestly speaking I can not say enough great things about the class and facility. Let me start off by saying that this is not your standard music class where you have a music teacher singing the Alphabet song and Twinkle Twinkle with some little puppets on their fingers.

Kidville Toronto

 

This music class has a 4 piece children’s band playing fun, upbeat music and they have every tool in the box to keep the little one’s engaged throughout the entire class. Everything from big puppets, books, bubbles, hand instruments and big drums teaching your children tempo, rhythm, word recognition, and sound identification. Truly what more can you ask for in a music class.

Kidville Toronto

 

After music class, we were all invited into their amazing indoor play-space/gym and all I have to say is WOW! Basically it is a giant padded play room where kids can play in a safe environment. They have a mini zip line and climbing wall for the older children and a lot of large geometric padded shapes for the little one’s to play in/on and explore.

Kidville Toronto

 

The cleanliness of the facility is amazing; no shoes for both the adults and the kids and there is a ‘must wear socks’ rule which I appreciate (so no bare feet – yuk).

We loved our experience at Kidville and I am absolutely certain you and your little one(s) will as well. Fall session has JUST begun, so make sure to check out all they have to offer because they have great, one of a kind programs that nobody else offers!  Call Kidville at (416) 483-7070 to learn more and to register today

Happy playing
T.
xo

Netflix Helps with Back-to-School #StreamTeam

Netflix Canada

Having an “almost” four year old who for the first time went to day camp all summer and then was going to big boy school for the first time (JK) he was SOOOO confused. When camp ended there was one week in-between the ending and school where I thought bringing out the “Getting Ready for JK booklet” which I bought from his school last year, was a great idea and WRONGGG! Huge strike out!! He had zero interest in it and just coloured the pages. So what did I turn to, trusty Netflix and their recommended back-to-school educational shows like Animal ABC’s and Super Why (his fave show) just to get him back into the groove and he was shouting answers out and repeating which was a good start.

One of my biggest fears about big boy school is bullying (him being a bully or him being bullied) and my husband decided to put on Karate Kid  (thanks Netflix for the suggestion) to show him that it’s not nice to be mean to other kids and since there was a little boy learning Karate, he really liked the movie.

For the month of September, there are other great back-to-school shows that are great for little one’s and big one’s like Glee (one of my absolute favourite shows) helping to build kids self esteem and social skills. Here are lists of titles that you should all check out in back-to-school spirit.

Titles for Big Kids

Netflix Back-to-School Titles

1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
2. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
3. Glee
4. Radio
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
6. The Karate Kid
7. Turbo
8. Shrek

Titles for the Little One’s

Netflix Back-to-School Titles

1. Thomas & Friends: Thomas & His Friends Help Out
2. Monster Math Squad
3. Curious George
4. Super Why!
5. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
6. Signing Time
7. Animal ABC’s
8. LeapFrog: Numbers Ahoy

If you are looking for a great Back-to-School activity, check out how to make your own adorable pencil/pen holder thanks to Sweet Potato Chronicles.

I hope everyone’s kids had a successful first week of school
T.
xo