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Countdown to New Year’s with Netflix and a Giveaway!

31st December 2015

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Netflix is genius.

Do you have little kids who desperately want to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year, whereas you’re thinking, “NOPE?” Thanks to Netflix, you can trick them into thinking it’s midnight, at anytime you like tonight!

Netflix is launching six on-demand countdown specials that parents can use to ring in the new year anytime! They can choose when it’s time to say goodnight and the kids choose how to celebrate with their favourite characters including: Puffin Rock, Care Bears & Cousins, Inspector Gadget, King Julien, and favorites from DreamWorks Animation like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Project Mc2.

Netflix surveyed parents in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Mexico recently and found that 55% would love to be able to ring in the New Year with their kids early, using a special countdown. With 95% of Canadian parents spending this special night with their kids, Netflix’s early countdown options are a brilliant idea. I wish I had had this option when my kids were younger. Sadly, they’re too old to trick at this point so I am REALLY looking forward to dealing with exhausted tweens tonight.

Their poll also found these interesting stats about Canadian families and how they’ll be celebrating this New Year’s Eve:

  • More than a third of Canadian parents would use a special New Year’s Eve countdown as a way to get their kids to bed early (34 per cent)
  • 51 per cent of parents feel that having an on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown will allow them to celebrate as a family
  • Over 70 per cent of parents would start their special countdown before 11 p.m., with one in five parents choosing 9 p.m. as the ideal time to ring in those famous 10 seconds (20 per cent)
  • 65 per cent of parents plan to spend time with their significant other after putting their kids to bed before midnight

To ring in the New Year, I’d love to give away a little Netflix love to one lucky winner. Enter below to win a 6-month membership to Netflix Canada!!! This is open to Canadian residents only and will run until January 7, 2016!! GOOD LUCK and a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!

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Mattel’s #ListToppers and a Giveaway

15th December 2015

Christmas is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re not even close to done with shopping for everyone on your list. I see scrambling for last minute gifts two days before Christmas in my future.

Do you have any little ones on your list? Mattel’s annual #ListToppers Toy List features 12 great toys this year, including:

  • Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
  • Barbie 2015 Holiday Doll
  • Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Turbo Flip Thomas
  • Fisher-Price Smart Toy-Bear
  • Barbie Rock ‘n Royal Lead Doll/Co-Lead Doll
  • Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Feature Horse
  • Monster High Boo York, Boo York Floatation Station Astranova Doll & Accessory
  • Monster High Gooliope Jellington
  • Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage
  • Matchbox Treasure Truck
  • Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon

And our favourite….Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Dolls!

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In my house, my nine-year-old loves the Ever After High line and the dolls featured in this year’s #ListToppers were no exception. The Way Too Wonderful dolls include Kitty Cheshire, Madeline Hatter, Apple White and Lizzie Hearts. Their outfits are fantastic and come with pocket watches that open, fun accessories and doll stands. These will be a hit under the tree this year.

Would you like one? I’m giving away an Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Doll just in time for Christmas. You get to pick your favourite from the four dolls shown above as well. Being so close to Christmas, I’d love to get this to you in time (although I can’t guarantee it), so this will be a quick giveaway, ending THIS FRIDAY at midnight!! Enter below – it is open to Canadian residents only! GOOD LUCK!

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Holiday 2015 Gift Guide: Picture Books

14th December 2015

I’m going to be sharing my Holiday Gift Ideas all this week for those late shoppers like me who are still looking for great gift ideas. None of my lists are sponsored in any way – you’ll be seeing products I actually like, endorse, WANT and not because I’m paid or asked to do so.

First up, some fantastic children’s picture books for your little (and big) book lovers. These are all fun and special in their own way. I think they would make wonderful gifts and they’re a great way to bring joy without a huge investment. Books make the BEST gifts!!
Childrens Picture Books

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12 Days of Picture Books – ROBO-SAUCE

9th December 2015

This might just be the absolute coolest, most ingenious picture book I’ve seen in a very long time.

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I must warn you however, because ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin, is actually two books in one. This awesome picture book turns into a ROBO-BOOK! Seriously. My kids and I were so impressed by how unique this picture book is. The illustrations by Daniel Salmieri are perfectly matched with this delightful story of how a boy who discovers how to turn himself into a robot.

Flash! Bang! Boom! You need to gift this cool book to your favourite little people this holiday season. I promise you they will love the twist at the end!! I shared it with a girlfriend at our local bookstore, and she immediately bought it for her boys.

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Want to win a copy? Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books for their 12 Days of Picture Books giveaway promotion, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of SIX copies of ROBO-SAUCE, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY and TOMORROW!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/10/15. GOOD LUCK!

12 Days of Picture Books – Mitford at the Fashion Zoo

8th December 2015

I crazy love this book so much.

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Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is written and illustrated by the incredibly talented and creative artist Donald Robertson. If you’re not following him on Instagram, you are missing out. I refer to him as the Canadian Warhol – the man has talent!

This lovely picture book is the story of Mitford the Giraffe who desperately wants to work for the fashion magazine Cover. If you know anything about fashion or fashion designers, you will delight in how creative this book is. You’ll encounter the talented Zap Possum, Shark Jacobs, and Mikael Boars just to name a few. The real star of this picture book is the illustrations – they are as Rachel Zoe would say, “Bananas.” Truly incredible.

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Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is a fun story that kids will love as much as any adult. This is a winner under the tree this year for sure!

Want to win a copy? Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books for their 12 Days of Picture Books giveaway promotion, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of FIVE copies of Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/09/15. GOOD LUCK!

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12 Days of Picture Books – Pom Pom Panda Gets The Grumps

3rd December 2015

Books are the absolute BEST gift to give (and receive) this time of year. Or anytime of year quite frankly. A gorgeous picture book is a perfect way to show a little person in your life that you adore them. Why not gift them a book that will make them smile like Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn.

Look at that grumpy face!

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This is a story about a little panda named Pom Pom who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, and is just a total grump. This is me, Monday to Friday – although I do tend to perk up on the weekends.  This adorable tale follows Pom Pom on his grumpy day where nothing seems to go right, all the way until he gets to school. I wonder how his friends will feel about his grumpy attitude?

Pom Pom Panda is a sweet picture book that any little person would enjoy. The illustrations are SOOOO cute – just love them.

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That is a face to love.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself?? For the next twelve days, Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of TWO copies of Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/04/15. GOOD LUCK!

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What I’m Watching on Netflix Instead of Sleeping #SleepingIsOverrated #StreamTeam

1st December 2015

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My bedtime battle days involving my kids are over, thankfully. The kids are pretty good about going to bed and know when they’re too tired to function and can’t really be bothered to fight it. I on the other hand, am not the best at sleeping regular hours like a normal person. I’d rather Netflix than sleep these days. Actually I’d rather Netflix than do anything at night, especially when it’s so cold out and I’m already wearing the jammies. Let’s be honest, after the bra comes off, a fire couldn’t get me to leave the house.

After the kids are in bed is really the only time I get to watch television, which is convenient since most of my tv watching is not appropriate for them anyway. So what am I watching these days??? Right now I am HOOKED on the Netflix Original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It is SO good. This is the second (Daredevil was the first) of five Netflix/Marvel properties on the way.

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Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter who is totally badass, as Jessica Jones. The cast is great and includes Mike Colter (The Good Wife), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Rachel Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) and Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix). Originally, I planned to watch it with my 11-year-old but it’s rated TV-MA (for  and after the first episode, we both decided we’d watch something else together instead. Daredevil anyone?

I also watched three fantastic documentaries this week that I really enjoyed. netflix-documentaries

I’m no fashionista but I love clothes and love fashion books and documentaries. Both Dior and I and Iris do not disappoint. Dior and I (2014) is a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Dior and the first couture collection by their new designer Raf Simons. It also features and focuses on the incredible seamstresses of Dior, some of whom have been a part of the fashion house for over 40+ years. It’s a great watch.

Iris is a documentary of the beloved New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and I absolutely LOVED it. You will fall in love with both Iris and her adorable husband. It’s hard to believe that she’s 93-years-old. She is hilarious and amazingly talented and so in love with her husband that it’s hard not to adore this film. I promise you, you will adore it too.

Banksy Does New York surrounds the famous graffiti artist’s October 2013 project, “Better Out Than In”, in which he created a new piece somewhere in New York every day for the entire month of October. It’s amazing to watch New Yorkers become so addicted to finding the piece he creates each day before it gets painted over or even stolen. It will make you wish you had been there. If you love Banksy or want to know more about him, you should watch the other documentary first Exit Through The Gift Shop – it’s fantastic.

Have you seen any great documentaries, movies or shows on Netflix lately? Feel free to share – I’m always looking for suggestions!

Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History #awesomegifts

26th November 2015

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Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History lays out the complete evolution of design, from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design – physical and digital – of today. This comprehensive volume covers every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created.

If you’re a fan of design, you will absolutely love this book. Smithsonian Design is a gorgeous coffee table book that covers all aspects of design. It takes the reader through the evolution of design, from the Arts & Crafts period (1850-1920) to the Mid-Century Modern (1940-1959) to the Postmodern & Contemporary of the 80s and onward, and everything in between. At the back of the book, you’ll also find a glossary of design terms and a designer index.

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Smithsonian Design is full of large, gorgeous photographs that complement the book beautifully. In each section, key dates are outlined and after a brief description of the era, specific pieces are highlighted, naming the designer and estimated date of the piece. There are also several pages that focus on the evolution of the design of specific items, such as chairs. This really gives you a great glimpse of how the design has changed over the last century.

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If you’re looking for #awesomegifts this holiday season, this is a winner. I’m such a fan of DK Canada coffee table books – they’re always such a beautiful and quality read. They have something for everyone, so make sure to click on the #awesomegifts graphic below to take you to some other great gift ideas from DK Canada. You can find DK Smithsonian Design online at Indigo.

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What’s Streaming On Netflix Canada in December #NowOnNetflixCA

25th November 2015

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DECEMBER 1

A Woman Like Me

An author facing a terminal cancer diagnosis weaves together a documentary about her struggle with a fictional version of the same story.

Afternoon Delight

A bored housewife with a seemingly perfect life seeks to spice up her marriage and befriends a stripper who educates her about being true to herself.

Crescendo! The Power of Music

Three inner-city American children partake in the El Sistema music program, originated in Venezuela, and their trajectories change in startling ways.

Detectorists

Two quirky friends share a passion for metal detecting and a dream of unearthing Saxon treasure that they’re certain is buried in a local farm field.

Gary: Tank Commander – Season 2 & 3

A soldier on leave from a tour of duty in Iraq offers unique insights and a comic look into life on the home front and the front lines.

I’m Brent Morin Netflix Original

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After many mistakes and adventures, comedian Brent Morin admits that he wants to be in love, but is nowhere near ready for a relationship.

Kick-Ass 2

In this sequel, high school superhero Kick-Ass has to find a new crime-fighting partner after Hit Girl is suddenly taken out of action.

Ninja Assassin

Cast: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles

When his best friend is murdered by the shadowy Ozunu clan, Raizo, an orphan raised to be an assassin, vows revenge.

Real Rob – Season 1 – Netflix Exclusive

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Go inside the world of comedian and actor Rob Schneider in this comedy series that follows the ups and downs of his career.

Sherlock Homes

Robert Downey Jr. stars as the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes in this Guy Ritchie-helmed reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series.

Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race

Team Hot Wheels must defeat the Road Pirates on a new racetrack to stop them from winning a key to the team’s latest technology and using it for evil.

The Longest Ride

A young woman caring for an elderly widower finds parallels to her own budding romance as she reads the man’s letters to and from his late wife.

The Straits

A close-knit family makes their living running drugs across the Torres Strait, evading wildlife, the authorities, tribal elders and rival mobs.

Where the Wild Things Are

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts crown him as their king.


DECEMBER 2

Monkey Kingdom

A newborn macaque and its mother face a day-to-day struggle to survive among predators – and members of their own monkey society.


DECEMBER 3

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

This documentary chronicles the life of Matthew Shepard, whose infamous 1998 murder left his friends and relatives devastated.

Tap World

The unique blend of ethnic percussive dances known as tap makes a comeback thanks to a new generation of dancers profiled in this upbeat documentary.


DECEMBER 4

A Very Murray ChristmasNetflix Original

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Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, comedy and good cheer in this homage to classic holiday variety shows.


DECEMBER 5

The Avenging Fist

In the near future, scientists begin to conduct research on the Power Glove, a device that will yield unimaginable power.  But the gloves are stolen by a special agent who subsequently disappears.


DECEMBER 9

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Seething over the murder of her estranged sister, a teenager sets out on the plains of southern Ireland to use her sharpshooting skills for vengeance.

Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In AustinNetflix Original

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Ricky, Julien and Bubbles bring their trailer park humor out onto the stage for a night of bravado, schemes and an intoxicated acting demo.


DECEMBER 11

The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Season 2 Netflix Original

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The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur takes on daring adventures in exotic locations in this family-friendly comedy series.

The Ridiculous Six Netflix Original

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When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.


DECEMBER 12

Kano

A hard-nose new coach takes charge of a ragtag Taiwanese high school baseball team and charts them a course for the national championships in Japan.

W1A – Season 2

The new Head of Values at the BBC deals with redefining the company’s purpose, events like the arrival of Prince Charles and issues with new programs


DECEMBER 13

2 Days in New York

Marion and Mingus go from perfect domesticity to waking nightmare when her family comes from France to New York for the weekend.


DECEMBER 15

Burnistoun – Season 1

Comedy sketch show set in the fictional Scottish town of Burnistoun near Glasgow. The show follows the exploits of characters such as an aspiring girl band and a serial killer who is unhappy at his portrayal in the local media.

Empty – Season 1

Property management employees Jacky and Tony discover the hidden lives of Glasglow residents behind closed doors in this comedy series.

Limmy’s Show! – Season 1

Scottish comic Brian “Limmy” Limond headlines this sketch series featuring him in various roles from a TV psychic to costumed adventurer “Falconhoof.”

Peppa Pig – Season 2

Join plucky piglet Peppa and her family and friends for everyday adventures that prove there’s learning and laughter to be had anywhere you look.

Rab C. Nesbitt – Seasons 6-8

In Glasglow, a middle-aged alcoholic unapologetically revels in a lifestyle absent of employment, other than being a self-made “street philosopher.”

The Good Wife – Season 6

In this courtroom drama, attorney Alicia Florrick finds herself forced to return to work after a scandal lands her politician husband in prison.


DECEMBER 16

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Things go awry when Tony Stark revives a dormant peacekeeping program, and Earth’s mightiest heroes must put a halt to an archvillain’s evil plans.

Santa Claws

When a gift sack full of kittens gives Santa a bad allergic reaction, the kitties have to take over and deliver presents on time.


DECEMBER 18

F is For Family – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.  From comic Bill Burr.

Glitter Force – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Five preteen girls learn they’re a legendary superhero squad known as the Glitter Force.  Their mission? To defend Earth from evil fairytale villains.

Making A Murderer – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

Mike Epps: Don’t Take It PersonalNetflix Original

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Mike Epps wastes no time bringing his unapologetic and raunchy swagger to a howling live audience at the historic Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.


DECEMBER 21

Redirected

Three friends try to make money and invite another friend in on a plot.


DECEMBER 23

Two-Bit Waltz

As her 18th birthday approaches, Maude is suspended from school, stranded by her best friends and dumped by the boy she loves.


DECEMBER 24

Dawn of the CroodsNetflix Original

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The world’s first family is back, funnier than ever and taking the prehistoric Croodaceous era by storm in this all-new family sitcom!


DECEMBER 28

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Journey to the enchanted land of Equestra, where unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her pals have adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship.

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

This documentary chronicles the story of the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and his inspiring journey from Germany to superstardom in the NBA.


DECEMBER 29

Her

Love comes to a lonely writer in the sleekest of packages when he finds himself falling for the advanced operating system he bought to run his life.


DECEMBER 30

About A Boy – Season 2

An immature man is amazed when his new neighbours – a ditzy single mom and her 11-year-old son – awaken unexpected feelings of responsibility.

Help Feed Children With Cuddle + Kind

23rd November 2015

cuddle-and-kindThis is Everest.

He’s 20″ of cute – hand-knit with premium yarn, stuffed with hypoallergenic goodness and non-toxic. He was handmade in Peru using Fair Trade practices. And when you purchase Everest, you’re not just buying a sweet knit doll, you are also providing ten meals to children in need in North America and around the world, through the World Food Program USA* and Children’s Hunger Fund.

Everest is just one of nine super adorable knit dolls available from Cuddle + Kind. You can also choose from two lovely mermaids (Isla & Pearl), two cute reindeer (Willow & Scout), two sweet bunnies (Chloe & Benedict) and two kittens (Maximus and Chelsea). They’re all so damn cute, but I’ve develped a bit of a crush on Benedict – how could I now with those glasses and bow tie and vest. They’re just the sweetest and they would make such an adorable prezzie for any little boy or girl, while also giving to those in need at the same time.

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Cuddle + Kind sent us Everest and my daughter is in love. He’s officially her new bedtime buddy and has been every single night since he arrived. You can tell he’s been made with care and every detail has been carefully thought out, front and back, from his little scarf and knit hat, to his booties and perfectly yellow beak.

Cuddle + Kind is the brainchild of Canadian couple, Jennifer and Derek Woodgate, and their goal is to provide one million meals every year. To purchase a doll you can go here to order them via Indiegogo. You can also find Cuddle + Kind on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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