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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mario Party 10 For Nintendo Wii U

Over the March break, the kids and I were invited to spend a morning at Wizard World Fun Park here in Toronto where we were able to enjoy an exclusive media preview of Mario Party 10. My Nintendo Kid Reviewers have both loved playing Mario Party 8 and 9 so they were eager to see all the new features. My son really seemed to enjoy it and thought it was neat that you could play as Bowser to prevent Team Mario from stealing the Star. The game still has the traditional Mario Party mode as well as new features, boards and mini-games, my son's favourite. It was our first time playing a game on the Wii U console and I see why my husband is bugging me to trade in our old Nintendo Wii for an upgrade. He's a big fan of Mario, as am I. I've always had a thing for Italian men in overalls...

By the way, if you're thinking of throwing a Mario themed party or are just looking for some fun printables, check out the Mario Party 10 Party Planner site.

Here is this week's Wordless Wednesday linky:

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Unwrap the KINDER SURPRISE to Win!

Unwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to Win

Spring has arrived and with it the anticipation of Easter. The custom of decorating boiled eggs during the Easter season has been an old tradition for many. As much as I loved decorating them, though, I loved eating chocolate eggs even more. We would wake up Sunday morning, head to church, and then enjoy a scrumptious turkey lunch with the family before having our special chocolate treat. Now that I have children of my own, our Easter weekend includes a trip to my hometown to enjoy that same turkey lunch at my parents' with my siblings and their families. My sister often organizes an Easter egg hunt, too, which the kids really love. The following day, we spend it at my mother-in-law's with my husband's family. And yes, there is always chocolate. And sometimes this will include a special KINDER® SURPRISE® egg! 

Unwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to WinUnwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to Win

To celebrate Easter, KINDER® Canada has created a fun online contest: Unwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to Win. From March 16 to March 31, 2015, open the new “KINDER® Easter” app tab on their Facebook page and “tap to unwrap” the 100g egg to reveal an instant prizes or the option to try again. You will also be automatically entered for the KINDER® $3,000 “do-something-fun-with-the-family”grand prize gift card! Instant prizes included two daily KINDER® Easter gift baskets valued at $50. You can also explore additional Easter-inspired content, like games, crafts, recipes and more! In the meantime, keep an eye peeled for the 2015 KINDER® Easter products available in store, such as the bigger KINDER® SURPRISE® 100g egg and the Hollow Bunny with Surprise. 

And don't forget to share your KINDER® Easter moments on Instagram and tag @KinderCanada for a chance to have them re-grammed.

Disclosure: I’m a #KinderMom who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 - My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Bouncer #FPMomsTop10

Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 - My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Bouncer #FPMomsTop10

You wake up in the morning, it's a quarter to four and your baby starts to cry some more. 
You bang your head. 

You know that feeling? That "I am slowly going crazy" kind of feeling? Yeah, that's the one. With my first-born, I felt like I had lost my sanity on more than one occasion. We had just bought a house, moved out of our apartment and into my in-laws' home, and spent the next six months renovating our new place. It was a stressful time to say the least and it didn't help that my daughter didn't sleep well at night or have routine nap times that I could rely on. When my son was born, however, it was totally different. He would sleep for about ten hours straight each night as young as one-month old. Plus, he would nap frequently during the day. And whenever I placed him in his Fisher-Price swing, it was almost a guarantee that he would fall asleep within minutes. I couldn't blame him. The seat was so soft and cuddly, just like mommy's arms, that I could always rely on it for a Mommy Moment and take a breather. The seat design was very similar to the adorable Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny™ Deluxe Bouncer, which you will currently find on
Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 #FPMomsTop10

A while back, I participated in a survey in which I shared my list of top Fisher-Price Toys and Baby Gear that helped special Mommy Moments happen in our home. I wasn't surprised to find that many of them made the final list of Mom's Top 10 - Baby's First Blocks, the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair and the Rock-a-Stack, to name a few. These trusted toys have played a large part in adding a little bit of magic whenever I would play with my children and now my niece and nephew, too. It could have something to do with the nostalgia Fisher-Price toys can bring when you make time to play with the little ones. And once baby is ready for some down-time, it's nice to know that Fisher-Price has you covered with a variety of must-have baby gear, such as their Snugabunny Bouncer. 

Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 - My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Bouncer #FPMomsTop10

The Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny™ Deluxe Bouncer is covered in an incredibly soft fabric and is designed to contour baby and support the head, neck and sides. It includes a three-point restraint and non-skid feet so you can rest assured your baby will be safe and sound while you invoke your inner yogi and meditate over a much-needed cup of coffee. And while you catch up on the latest gossip on Twitter, sweet little birdies will float overhead to engage and delight your wee one.

Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 - My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Bouncer #FPMomsTop10

If baby needs a little extra comfort, the Snugabunny Bouncer plays eight soothing songs and nature sounds, and also provides calming vibrations all at the touch of a button. The new easy-touch control panel gives parents with direct access to selection and volume control as well. Now, I know what you're thinking. What if baby experiences a nasty diaper blowout while lounging in the bouncer? Luckily, the seat and inserts are easily removable and machine washable. Is it really any wonder it made its way onto the Mom's Top 10 list? Also featured on are a selection of special #fpmommymomments shared on Twitter and Instagram. Your Mommy Moments could be featured there, too, just by sharing them on Twitter and Instagram using the #fpmommymoments hashtag!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Enter to Win Tickets to Marvel Universe Live!

Marvel Universive Live! Canadian tour

Canadian Marvel fans rejoice! This summer will see the launch of the first-ever Marvel Live tour here in Canada! Marvel Universe LIVE! will feature the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production and will be jam-packed with spectacular action and electrifying battles. The show will captivate audiences with an original story line that will include more than 25 Marvel characters such as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man. They band together on an epic quest to find scattered fragments of the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s evil brother Loki plans to clone its powers, threatening to destroy Earth and obliterate the Universe. Watch as the Super Heroes track the Cube, encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, and prevent them from obtaining their ultimate goal of world domination.

Marvel Universe LIVE! brings new innovations in set design, aerial stunts, pyrotechnics and state-of-the-art show elements that bring movie style special effects to a live audience. Using incredible talents and aided by a unique combination of never-before-seen arena mechanics, some of Marvel’s mightiest characters will come to life right before your very eyes. They will be further supported by innovative lighting design and transformative 3D projection that will be combined with a multilevel aerial space to create a unique experience that puts audience members right in the middle of the action. Oh, yeah!

Books Are Gold

To help promote the joy of reading, Kumon and First Book Canada have joined together in a literacy campaign during which they will distribute more than 10,000 books to schools and community based programs in Canada. As a part of this initiative, Kumon and First Book have been hosting reading celebrations in February and March at high needs elementary schools throughout the country. They were also so kind to send a small donation that I could give to my school library. This isn't the first time our school has been the recipient of donated books since First Book has provided our students with books on more than one occasion over the years. The students in our school community have greatly benefited and so it was an honour to be able to help make a small contribution on behalf of Kumon. The stuff is like paper gold!

If you would like to help spread the joy of reading, I am giving away a Kumon gift pack full of brand new books and supplies. (Open to Canada only.)

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hop Into Hallmark for These Easter Must-Haves

Hallmark Easter Must-Haves - Bunny Mugs and Serving Platter

Every Easter, our family looks forward to spending time with relatives and friends both here in Toronto and back in my hometown. This year will be even more special now that we have a new addition to the family, my baby nephew! I don't often buy gifts for this particular holiday, aside from some delicious Easter-themed chocolates, but I happened to have some Easter DVDs as well as some really cute plush toys from Hallmark that we received for review. I even thought about buying the Bunny Mugs and Bunny Serving Platter above as a little hostess gift. Don't you just love the spring colours? The platter retails for $19.95 and the mugs are $10.95 each.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Big Hero 6, The Biggest Animation Release of 2014

When Kylie Mar of Made In Hollywood claimed that Disney's "Big Hero 6" was the "Best animated film of the year" he couldn't have been more right. Today Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that their Academy Award®-winning "Big Hero 6" became the #1 animated title of 2014. In fact, the movie surpassed "Tangled" to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only "Frozen" and The Lion King. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and produced by Roy Conli, this action-packed comedy adventure, centers on the special bond between Hiro Hamada and Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable, huggable robot.

Full of heart and humour, Walt Disney Animation Studios delivers yet again with “Big Hero 6”. Prepare to shed a tear when a devastating turn of events results in the untimely demise of Hiro's older brother. Then, as a dangerous plot unfolds in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his eclectic group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of six unlikely heroes.

This Big Hero 6 Collector's Edition includes Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD. Also included is the theatrical short "Feast", the Origin Story of Big Hero 6, Big Hero Secrets, Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters and deleted scenes. French version also included.