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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!

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

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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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Holiday Gift Ideas With Crayola And a Giveaway!

23rd November 2015

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The holiday season is here and it’s time to get shopping for everyone on your list.

My kids started their lists weeks ago – they’ve taped them to the fridge and just keep adding to them as they see things they want. I figure they’ll have a short story by the time we get to December. Lucky me.

My 9 year old always has something from Crayola on her list – she loves being creative and art and is very imaginative. ‘Crayola believes in the genius of imagination, the power of play and the magic of dreams.’  I love that and I’m all for it.

Crayola has some great gift ideas that would be perfect for this holiday season. We had a chance to try some of them out and they are definite winners!

Crayola Crayon Carver

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The Crayola Crayon Carver is a multiple award winner and geared to kids ages 6+. The Crayon Carver allows kids to experience engraving by tracing. First, you remove the crayon wrapper using the included wrapper ripper tool. You then place the crayon into the chamber to hold it in place. You select the tiles for the message you want to engrave, and then you trace the tiles which will simultaneously engrave the message into the crayon. This was one of my daughter’s favourites and she was amused with it for a long time. It was a definite hit.

Easy Animation Studio

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Another award-winner is the Easy Animation Studio, geared to kids ages 8+. To use this toy, you must download the Animation Studio app. The toy includes the mannequin and stand, a 30 page booklet, coloured pencils and a device stand. First, you choose which character you want to play with and colour and design it front and back, and then scan it in to your smartphone or tablet. You then place your device in the stand and position the mannequin in various poses. The on-screen character you scanned earlier then mimics the poses of the mannequin and records it as a video.

My daughter LOVED playing with this and didn’t require any help setting it up. She had a great time making videos and recording her voice into them, and then showing them off. Another hit!

Cling Creator, Thread Wrapper and Light-Up Stamper

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Need more award-winning ideas for prezzies this year? The Cling Creator allows you to create clings using included molds that will stick to and peel from virtually any surface. You can make up to 20 clings but refill packs are available as well.

The Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper is a motorized threading machine that allows you to style things you own with colourful threads. The Thread Wrapper comes with six spools of thread but you can use any thread with the machine. You can also use Crayola markers to add colour to the threads as well.

The Light-Up Stamper kit allows for mess free colouring by using Color Wonder inks. These inks are clear but the Light-Up Stamper kit actually lights up so you can see what colour you’re using. The great thing about Color Wonder inks is that they don’t colour or mess up your clothes or furniture or anything. It’s delightful.

Crayola has so many great gift options for the holiday season, and I want to help you get started. I’m giving away two of these fun products – The Crayon Carver and the Easy Animation Studio (valued at $60). You can enter below via Rafflecopter – the giveaway is open to Canadian Residents only and will run until December 1, 2015. GOOD LUCK!!

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Official Trailer

11th November 2015

I’ve been waiting for the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding forever.  I can’t believe its been 13 years since the first one came out. I adored the first movie, despite its many cheesy moments and awful Greek stereotypes. My younger sister and I saw it in the theater and we died laughing – we could relate to a lot of it. The strict family, the restaurant business, the million relatives named Gus and the marriages to non-Greeks are something we’ve both experienced.

The sequel comes out this Spring 2016. Enjoy the trailer!

Alice Through The Looking Glass Official Trailer

7th November 2015

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Disney has finally released the trailer for the much anticipated sequel to the Alice in Wonderland movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass and it looks amazing!! It arrives in theatres May 27, 2016 and is directed by James Bobin this time around.

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Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice) are back and joined by Sasha Baron Cohen as Time, and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter’s Father. ENJOY!

The Time Chamber – A Coloring Book by Daria Song

6th November 2015

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You know, it’s very cool to colour these days. Personally I’ve always loved colouring – I just find it so relaxing and void of technology. Really you should try it – put down your phone and your iPad, turn your tv off and sit and colour. You get bonus points if you convince the children to join you.

Convince, bribe, force – you get the idea.

The lovelies at Penguin Random House just sent me the latest colouring book by artist Daria Song called The Time Chamber. Actually, it’s not just a coloring book but also a ‘magical story’ about a fairy who enters the human world when the clock strikes midnight. The Time Chamber features lovely illustrations that will appeal to all ages. And OWLS – owls will always garner bonus points in my book. My 9 year old and I both agree that this colouring book is a beautiful addition to our collection.

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The Time Chamber is actually the second colouring book by Korean artist Daria Song. The Time Garden is her first and it is where we are first introduced to the lovely little fairy who explores at midnight. Either of these titles, or better yet both, would make a great gift for anyone (including  yourself) who enjoys colouring,

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The Time Chamber is available now in stores and retails for $20.99 in Canada ($15.99 U.S.).

Max and Marla #books

21st October 2015

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Max and Marla is the story of Max and his bestie, his pet owl, Marla. But they’re not just besties, they’re also teammates AND Olympians. They’re adorably sweet, ingenious and always prepared.

This is just the loveliest children’s book about dreams, perseverance and friendship. They just refuse to give up on their Olympic dreams, no matter what is thrown their way.

The illustrations are perfectly matched to this sweet tale, from their matching outfits to the cute doughnut medals, each page will make you smile.

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My nine year old thought Max and Marla was “really cute and funny” and I would have to agree. It’s adorable and perfect for children aged 3 years and up, although I’m a big fan of reading picture books to the younger babes too.

Max and Marla is the debut title by Alexandra Boiger, as both the author and the illustrator. It is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, and is available in stores now.

Family Movie Nights Kick It Old School with Netflix #StreamTeam

9th October 2015

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We have a family movie night every Friday, every single week, sometimes even Saturdays. Sometimes we’ll watch a new movie but most often we’re on Netflix, looking for something all four of us want to see. It has to be something  to amuse both kids, and keep even the adults entertained. At this point, we’ve seen every animated movie known to man, so lately the adults have been picking the movies, and we’re going old school.

The kids are now 11 (almost 12) and 9 and are old enough to see some of those great movies from the 80s and 90s,  that we all love. We’ve already seen a few, including:

  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Addams Family
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids

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The kids loved all four although I will say Ferris Beuller is getting the heaviest rotation at our house – as it should be. All four are fun and hilarious and great picks for a family movie night.

Here are a few of the latest old school favourites I’ve added to our must see family movie night list:

  • Rocky
  • Footloose
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Mean Girls

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And a big thanks to the lovely Netflix Canada people who sent us a great package to help us enjoy our movie night even more this weekend, now that Daddy is back from three weeks of travelling. Happy Movie Watching!!

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Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. All views and opinions are my own. 

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