Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Puppet Time!

While participating in the #MOMPConf Twitter chat last month, I ended up winning a really cute Kids' CBC gift basket that included a Hockey Night tuque and glove set, a CBC t-shirt, and other paraphernalia. Included in the basket was a really cute Artzooka Paper Bag Puppet Kit (only $7.99 at DeSerres) that my kids absolutely loved. It came with four printed paper bags and all the facial features and body parts to decorate them with using double-sided tape squares. My kids put together a little puppet show for us last night which happened to be my husband's birthday. It was really cute to watch, especially since my 8-year-old fed my 5-year-old all of his lines.

What I loved most out of everything that was included in the gift basket was the official Mamma Yamma puppet. Squee!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Win a Free 6-Month Netflix Subscription!

In case you haven't heard, Netflix has released new episodes of Turbo FAST - the first-ever Netflix original series for kids. Join Turbo and his Stunt Team members - Whiplash, Burn, Smoove Move, White Shadow, Skidmark and Chet - as they take off on new adventures. 

(L to R) Skidmark, Turbo, Whiplash and Chet in "Turbo FAST." Photo courtesy of Dreamworks/Netflix

To celebrate the new release, I have teamed up with Netflix Canada to offer you a chance to win a free 6-month Netflix subscription along with a Turbo-themed party watching kit. Simply complete the form below to be eligible to win. I have also provided a link to a set of eight Turbo FAST colouring pages that you can download and print. Just click on the thumbnail below.

To enter to win a 6-month subscription to Netflix Canada and some Turbo-themed swag, please complete the Rafflecopter form.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It should come as no surprise to you that, when it comes to Marvel Studios characters as portrayed on the big screen, Thor holds a special place at the top of my list of favourites. Credit this to his long, golden locks of hair, his chiseled physique, his kind-hearted personality, or what have you. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to jump alongside him as his next leading lady. (I am still awaiting the call from Marvel Studios. Any day now.) After having watched Marvel's The Avengers, which set the all-time, domestic three-day weekend box-office record at $207.4 million, I soon found myself interested in the Captain America storyline. And I swear, it had nothing to do with the ultra-buff specimen known as Chris Evans. Nothing at all.

The Marvel Studios production of Captain America: The First Avenger was jam-packed with amazing visuals, incredible action sequences and a really good storyline. The transformation of small and scrawny Steve Rogers into a tall and muscular super-soldier still baffles my mind but is an excellent example of the power of movie magic. The latest release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to demonstrate the flawless infusion of computer generated imaging but goes above and beyond in developing in-depth characters and a twisted plot line rooted in political conspiracy.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier picks up after events in New York with The Avengers and sees the return of familiar faces. Chris Evan reprises his role as the super-hero, of course, who works alongside Scarlett Johansson, returning as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. 


The chemistry between the two characters is mediocre at best but their potential romance on-screen plays backseat to the Cap's new-found friendship with Sam Wilson also known as Falcon. The introduction of Anthony Mackie's character is a strategic and essential move since the actor brings with him a sense of integrity, humour and an infectious smile. The fact that he is obviously athletic proved to be an asset as his role required a fair bit of wirework, flying as high as 70 feet up in the air.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy 50th Birthday, Nutella!

You know when you taste a familiar food and it brings back memories of your childhood? That's how I feel about Nutella. The feeling of nostalgia is quite strong, to be honest, but it is always a welcomed feeling since it reminds me of my mother. Many were the occasions that I look back upon as special because my mother knew how much I loved Nutella on toast and she just loved watching me chase it down with a glass of milk. It wasn't until I met my husband, however,  that I discovered banana Nutella crepes at Cafe Crepe on Queen Street. It was like love at first sight! Then, roughly a year later, while on our honeymoon in Paris, France, I simply could not pass up the chance to savour a Nutella crepe prepared on a Parisian food truck. Even then, the taste of Nutella reminded me of my youth. 

As this year marks their 50th anniversary, Nutella is encouraging Canadians to share their own Nutella stories and fond memories at NutellaStories.com. When you share the love online, you have a chance to win a $10,000 trip to Italy and one of thousands of instant prizes like Nutella earbuds, photo frame magnets, key chains and USB keys. Canadians are also invited to attend one of their local birthday celebrations:
  • April 25-26: Montreal 
  • May 2-3: Quebec City
  • May 9-10: Vancouver
  • May 17-18: Toronto 
The festivities end on May 18 in Toronto with a big finale celebration, which will be part of an even larger international anniversary celebration. Sounds like an occasion special enough to break out the Nutella, doesn't it?

It goes without saying that, since I {heart} Nutella, I am quite thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for a special 50th anniversary Nutella gift basket. Simply leave a comment on this post sharing your personal memories and Nutella stories for a chance to win. If you share your story on NutellaStories.com, you will receive bonus entries. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your entries to be counted.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Ultimate Blog Party 2014

My name is Diana and welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2014! This incredible event is hosted by the wonderful ladies at 5MinutesForMom.com and it is the perfect opportunity to discover blogs new and old, and win prizes, too! The UBP is in it's 8th year and I loved it so much when I first participated in it back in 2010 that I joined once again in 2011, 2012 and 2013

From left to right: Myself and Oprah. Just to clarify. ;)

To all of my readers, why not take a load off and check out what it's all about. For all of you UBP blog hoppers, thanks for stopping by and please stay a while. You might discover six weird things you didn't know about me or how I met Covergirl P!NK backstage during her Toronto concert. And if you like crafts, feel free to stop by my other blog Diana's Designs where I share my handmade card creations. In the meantime, I hope you'll share a little something about yourself and how you started blogging. Looking forward to partying with you!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

New Turbo FAST Episodes on Netflix!

Whoah! Those snails are FAST!

F. A. S. T.

That's the team you'll never beat...

Oh... hi there! Don't mind me. I was just, well... you know... dancing to the Turbo FAST theme song. That is one killer beat, brah. I can't help myself. And you know what else? I can't help but talk like  Brahdi the Roach who appears in one of the newest Turbo FAST episodes launching tomorrow. Seriously, I've gone all cray-cray.

L-R) Skidmark, Whiplash, Turbo, White Shadow and Burn in "Turbo FAST." Photo courtesy of DreamWorks/Netflix.
Out of these new episodes that my son and I previewed earlier this week, the last one is definitely my favourite. Aptly entitled "Surf n' Turf," this episode takes place on the beach, which every snail knows is for maxin' your relaxin' and calming your inner snail. But alas, the beach is roach turf and the snails' very presence is killing the roach gang's taquito buzz. If Turbo and the snails want to stay, they must first battle the roaches in a grimy battle of sewer surfing while trying to coax Whiplash out of his full zen state. Totally gnarly! Of course, my son loved all of the episodes and would have watched them on repeat if I had let him. He's all into things that go fast.

To catch the newest Turbo FAST episodes, be sure to tune into Netflix on April 4 at noon.

Looking for more ideas on what to watch with the family? Check out these suggestions for your very own Family Film Fest.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Win Passes to See Disneynature's Bears!

You know what I love most about Disney movies? It's when animals take centre stage. And better still, when it's a documentary on real live animals. Hence my excitement for the next in Disneynature adventures - Bears!

The last time I had seen a Disneynature film was nearly two years ago when I saw Chimpanzee. I had also seen African Cats a year earlier and appreciate the time and effort involved in telling the story of some of Africa's most beautiful animals. 

This time, it will be even more interesting to see Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” as it promises to showcase a year in the life of two mother bears and their cubs who live right here in North America. 

Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.
To learn more about the movie, visit nature.disney.com/bears. Teachers may also be interested in the free Educator's Guide (includes a PowerPoint presentation on the Adaptations of the Brown Bear) and activities available for download which are geared towards grades 2-6.