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!


Get Ready to Run Walk Wheel and Roll


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



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

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What’s Coming up for Disney Junior, Disney XD and Family Channel?

Disney Jr Lineup

We all know that with the new year, comes new TV shows and premier’s for the old shows we love and Family, Disney Jr and Disney XD have a great 2015 lineup for your little one’s!!! Here’s what is coming up … I promise you, there is something for everyone:

What’s New on Family?
1. Jessie (Disney Channel Original Series) Season 4 Premiere: January 9 at 7 p.m.

Jessie travels to Africa to retrieve the Ross kids and comes face-to-face with Brooks and his new fiancée.

2. Austin & Ally (Disney Channel Original Series) Season 4 Premiere: January 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Also returning for its fourth season this month is the music-filled series Austin & Ally. The comedy follows the improbable partnership between Austin (Ross Lynch), a nationwide musical sensation, and Ally (Laura Marano), a multi-talented singer and songwriter, and their two best friends, Trish (Raini Rodriguez) and Dez (Calum Worthy). After an emotional season finale that left the gang’s future unclear, the four friends reunite at Ally’s homecoming concert. But, when Austin realizes that the reunion is only temporary he contemplates enrolling in military school.

3. K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel Original Series) Series Premiere: January 23 at 7:40 p.m.
The live-action comedy follows K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz and martial arts expert, who discovers her parents are spies when they enlist her to join The Organization. Now, K.C. must learn to balance life as an everyday teenager while training to be a super spy.

4. Star Vs. The Forces of Evil Sneak Peek: January 23 at 8 p.m.
Immediately following the K.C. Undercover premiere viewers will be given a sneak peek at the upcoming animated Disney XD series Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, an animated comedy introducing a fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension. In the first-look “Star Comes to Earth,” Star (voiced by Eden Sher, The Middle) celebrates her 14th birthday and receives “the royal magic wand” as dictated by tradition. Worried that she is not ready for the responsibility, Star’s parents send her to Earth in an attempt to keep her safe. 

5. Girl Meets World (Disney Channel Original Series) New Episode Guest Starring Rider Strong as Shawn Hunter:  January 30 at 7 p.m.
Maya is celebrating her 14th birthday with Riley and the Matthews but is struggling with the fact that her mom probably won’t be able to join them. Meanwhile, Corey and Riley devise a plan to setup Maya’s mom with Shawn when he pays a visit.

Coming to Family in February:
I Didn’t Do It (Disney Channel Original Series) Season Two Premiere
Liv and Maddie (Disney Channel Original Series) Hosted Marathon
Radio Disney Family Birthday
Night of Premieres

What’s New on Disney Jr?
1. Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show – January 17 at 6 p.m.
Set in Lalaloopsy Land, the magical movie introduces a whole new group of friends as the Lalaloopsy girls discover their new pen pals are talking ponies. In preparation for the big night, Disney Junior hosts Lalaloopsy Week where fan-favourite episodes air daily at 6 p.m. from Monday, January 12 to Friday, January 16.

2. On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! – January 25 beginning at 9 a.m.
Disney Junior races to the finish line with a morning full of obstacle courses, rallies and fun. The festivities begin with a special one-hour episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse followed by an all-new Henry Hugglemonster where Henry competes in athletic events with his scout troop. The magnificent marathon also includes race-themed episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.

3. One Very Special Week: January 26 to January 30 beginning at 5 p.m.
Back-to-back, one-hour episodes from the network’s top series airing every weekday. Among the loveable lineup includes the Sofia The First special “The Curse of Princess Ivy,” Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’s holiday episode “Minnie’s Winter Bow Show” and Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ musical special “Jake’s Never Land Rescue.”

What’s New on Disney XD?
1. Mighty Med (Disney XD Original Series) Marathon and One-Hour Special: January 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The action begins with three back-to-back episodes leading into an explosive one-hour special at 7 p.m. titled “Do You Want to Build A Lava- Man?” In the extended episode, Kaz and Oliver travel to Caldera in search of the Hapax, the only hero with the ability to drain the Annihilator of his powers. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Optimo pretends he’s visiting the hospital about a ‘rash’ but Horace discovers it is much more serious than Optimo thinks.

2. Super Charged Sunday: January 18 starting at 7 p.m.
The night begins with a new Kirby Buckets titled “Killer Puppies,” where Kirby fakes an illness to avoid a cooking project. But when the school nurse takes his over-the-top symptoms seriously, everyone begins to shower Kirby with sympathy and gifts, leaving him worried that his secret will be exposed. The not-to-be- missed lineup also features brand new episodes of Mighty Med and Star Wars Rebels.

3. Animated Super Charged Sunday: January 25 beginning at 7 p.m.
Disney XD’s Super Charged Sunday lineup is overtaken by an animation domination! Episodes of Phineas and Ferb, Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures and a brand new Star Wars Rebelswhere the Ghost crew plots to save an exiled dignitary from the Imperial Army, make the network fans’ ultimate Sunday destination.

Coming to Disney XD in February
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (Disney XD Original Series) Series Premiere
Fantastic Four (Feature Film) Network Premiere
Cars 2 (Feature Film) Network Premiere
Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) (Disney XD Canada Original Series) New Episodes Return

So there you have it, time for you to get your kids excited for their 2015 shows
Happy viewing