30 Sep

The Lion King Diamond Edition on DVD & Blu-Ray Giveaway – closed

For the past 2 weeks The Lion King has returned to theaters after nearly 20 years, but in 3D this time.  I had the opportunity to attend the “red carpet” premier in LA at El Capitan theater last month. This epic movie made an impact on my life as a teenager and now here I am as an adult gushing all over it again.  The diamond edition is roaring into stores on October 4th in Blu-Ray & DVD.

Here’s a Synopsis:

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets thestage for “The Lion King”, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

Since DD first heard I was going to LA for the Lion King premire, she has been repeatedly begging to watch the movie.  Thankfully, we had the special opportunity to watch it this evening for family movie night (not sure how much more begging I could have taken).  With popcorn in hand (in the special bowl I took home from El Capitan Theater), the whole family made the trek to the basement to see the movie in our theater like room.

We all enjoyed watching the movie, my husband and I have seen it plenty of times before, but for Geneiveve it was her very first time watching this epic film.  DD bopped along during “Hukuna Matata” and laughed at Timon and Pumbaa.  I think the movie was a touch deep for her, but she did understand when Mufasa passed away and she knew that Uncle Scar was bad.  Great opportunities for parents to talk about these hard subjects.

I am very aware and cautious of anything scary, and since I have seen The Lion King about a zillion times before (and still love it), I knew the exact moments when it was necessary to fast forward to the next scene.  The Elephant graveyard scene, “Be Prepared” and the final fighting scene are probably a little bit too scary for a 3 year old.  But the rest of the movie should be fine.

The Lion King is a hit for kids of all ages – yes adults can still be considered big kids too – I’m one of them.  It is one of the top movies for Disney of all time and has won numerous awards.   On October 4th you can pick up the Diamond edition in stores on Blu-Ray and DVD.

This movie is pure genius!

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky reader is going to receive a copy of The Lion King Diamond Edition on Blu-Ray & DVD

 



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28 Sep

Easy Bake Oven (Giveaway) – Closed

“Mom, can we bake?”

These are words I recently heard while grocery shopping with our little DD.  Her enthusiasm was quickly followed by “We’re going to Bake”, along with a large smile she provided a stranger.  Little did she know that our baking is as easy as taking premade dough out of the container, rolling it onto a pan and then sticking it into an oven.  I quickly took the dough off the grocery shelf and gave a heartfelt grin back to the old Oma staring at me in slight disgust.  These are what we call croissants in our home.

Much to DD’s delight, we received an Easy Bake Oven for review.  It has been years since I have seen one of these in action, and never actually owned one myself (perhaps this is why I am not a baker today).  I was somewhat excited to get this unwrapped and start the process of making incredible baked goods.  Thankfully, the oven comes with a few baking packages so the kids can start making a mess baking right away.

We went straight for the cupcakes.  Seeing as DD is only 3, she needed adult help.  I was pleased to help her out, I need a bit of practice baking, what better way then to use a kids oven that is nearly fool proof.  Together we plugged the oven in, waited the mandatory 20 minutes to preheat and started mixing the the ingredients.

The cupcake mixture only requires water to be added, no milk, no eggs, nothing!  Making it super easy for children (or adults that have very little experience baking).  We filled the cupcake tin with 1/2 the batter and were able to bake 6 cupcakes at a time.  The tin is tiny – extremely tiny, but remember we are making cupcakes for tiny children, not full grown adults.

Once the oven was ready, I placed the tin into the oven and pushed the tin into the middle of the oven using a special tool – it looks like a long spatula.  And then we waited for our cupcakes to bake.  Once our timer went off, 10 minutes later, I once again  used the tool to push the cupcakes down the “conveyor belt” a little further and waited a full 5 minutes before using the spatula to pull it out the other end.  At no point is there any chance that kids are going to touch something so hot it’s going to burn them.

The quarter sized cupcakes easily came out of the tin and then using icing (mixed with water) we topped off our cupcakes and added sprinkles (also included) as a finishing touch.  I allowed DD to help with the mixing and sprinkles.  We then repeated the first steps over again to make 6 more cupcakes.

Alright, I was proud of what we made.  They were adorable and they tasted yummy too.  Sure, they were small (really, really, really small), but I wouldn’t want my child making 6 standard sized cupcakes at their free will to be consumed as they wanted.  With these pint sized adorable mini cupcakes she could have eaten all 12 and it wouldn’t have equaled a single cupcake.  All three of us enjoyed the cupcakes – DD made sure to show her dad the creation she had just made – much more impressive then crescent rolls.  How cute would these be for a tea party?

The Easy Bake Oven has kind of inspired me to try a bit harder to do some real baking.  It was easy to use and DD and I had a lot of fun baking (and eating) together.  I’ve enjoyed using the Easy Bake Oven, so I’m pretty sure kids of all ages will also enjoy the experience.  This is one of my top suggestions! Oh yea, and clean up was a cinch as well.



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28 Sep

Canadian Paraplegic Association – Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event in Halifax

The Canadian Paraplegic Association’s mission is to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.  A pretty important cause indeed!

There is an upcoming Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event in my home town of Halifax to help raise funds for Canadian Paraplegic Association Nova Scotia.

Event: Lawtons Home HealthCare Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event, in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia)

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: Windows, at the World Trade Convention Centre

Cost: $40.00 per person (By ticket only)

For tickets, phone Dawn Ritcey at 423-1277 Ext. 105, by cell at 401-2926 or email dritcey@canparaplegic.org.  Tickets are limited, with only 220 left available.

Wine and chocolate sounds like my kind of evening!  Halifax, save the date to attend this worthy cause.

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27 Sep

FurReal Friends – Cookie – Closed

We’ve had a dog longer than we have had a child.  A puppy can nearly be as much of a responsibility as a child.  The only difference is, eventually a child will be self sufficient while a dog will be barking and pulling on your pant leg to be let outside for it’s entire life.

A real dog can be a very popular gift for a small child, after hours of begging I can see how parents “crack” and give into the never ending promises of being the perfect puppy parent.  However, after the novelty quickly wears off and the endless walks, accidents and barking start to become a reality it is the parents who are left with the responsibility of taking care of the new family pet.

The next best thing to the real thing is to get your kids FurReal Friends.  These lifelike dogs are as close as you are going to get to a real dog, but thankfully there is an off button and they come paper trained.

We received a FurReal Friends puppy for review named cookie.  This white puppy does all the things you would expect a real dog to do.  He barks, pants, wags his tail, can sit and lay down (you have to manually move him), closes and opens his eyes, moves his head and nibbles on his bone.   When you pat his head, he enjoys it and acts like any dog would, squeaking for more.  He also know when you are speaking to him and will respond by turning his head and “squeaking”/barking.

DD enjoys Cookie, she playing with her new pet frequently without the fear of being bitten or snipped (yes, our precious Cammy has given a few love warnings after having her tail pulled one too many times).   As parents, we enjoy Cookie as well.  Don’t get me wrong, we love our real dog, but we got our real dog for us not for our child. So, we expect to take care of our real dog.  Cookie is the perfect fit for a child that wants to interact with a pet but may not be ready for the full responsibility of taking care of a real live animal!

With FurReal Friends you will never find accidents under your feet, they do not need to be fed and they will not bark in hysterics when someone walks in front of your home (and the batteries are even included).   Now, if they only made …..

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky reader is going to receive FurReal Friends – Cookie

 



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27 Sep

Wordless Wednesday: Ballerina (w. linky)

Since DD was born, she has not been taken care of by any stranger – only family.  She does not go to day care and does not yet attend kindergarten.   Last Wednesday was the very first time she was “away”  from us and under the care of someone we didn’t know for her very first dance class.  We were in the room right next door and the door was wide open, but it was still odd to know that she was under the care of someone else.

Saturday was DD’s very first day in Ballet class.  She loved it!   Thankfully we have her in Dance class on Wednesday evenings as well (it is pretty much the same as ballet).  Here she is enjoying her class… without her parents!

What a big girl.

 

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26 Sep

Baby Alive – closed

There is something natural in little girls that instinctively makes them want to become a mother.  I remember as a young girl playing house and always being the Mom carrying around a little baby.  Despite being a tom boy myself (much like my daughter), I also enjoyed babies.  When I look at little DD, I see a lot of myself in her.  Although she is rough and tough and enjoys the boy toys, she is also a natural mother, playing Mommy with all her toys.

She recently had the opportunity to review Baby Alive.  These babies are as close as it comes to being real (but thankfully they do have an on/off button).  These small babies have special food, come with a bottle, bib, plate, spoon and diapers.  Although DD is officially out of diapers – yippee – I am now regularly changing the new Baby Alive bottom after DD has fed her a bottle of water.  DD helps and is very concerned that her baby has a clean bum at all times.  It’s nice to see her concerns for her little bundle of joy. DD loves her baby, she carries her around, brings her for car rides and makes sure she is well taken care of.

The Baby Alive doll also comes with a lot of sayings such as “I’m Thirsty Mommy”, and my favourite “I Love You Mommy”.  Since Baby Alive has come into our home, I have noticed a change in DD.  She says “I Love You, Mommy & Daddy” much more often and it makes my heart just gush to hear her little voice tell me she loves me.  This mom is constantly smiling ear to ear lately!

Baby Alive does come with some required food, but you will probably have to buy the refill packs and the refill diapers.  But if you would like an insider tip, newborn diapers work just fine – we happen to have a few left over, and I am even considering using cloth reusable diapers – why not teach them young?

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky reader is going to receive a Baby Alive doll



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26 Sep

Canadian Breast Cancer Run for the Cure – Ford Convertible Mustang Giveaway



Breast Cancer was not a word we heard in our family until just a few short weeks ago.  It came to us as a surprise (and with sadness)  to learn that my aunt had be diagnosed.  Although cancer is not a word anyone wants to hear, it is a reality.  Today, I can be sure we all know someone who has been effected by cancer.  Thankfully, there are places for people to turn to in times of need and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the leading charities for raising money in support of Breast Cancer.

The Run for the Cure is an annual event here in Halifax where people come together and run/walk/jog (get pushed in strollers), in support to raise funds for cancer research.

In anticipation of this years run, Steele Ford in Halifax has donated a 2012 Ford Mustang Convertible to the Foundation for a lucky winner to drive in.  Tickets are only $10 and there will be a maximun of only 10,000 tickets sold, anticipating $100,000 to be donated to support breast cancer research, education and awareness.

Please visit GoTopless.ca (quite the URL – eh) to help support this worthy cause!

Who would you run for?

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