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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Playing for Keeps - Giveaway

Well my favourite sexy, Scottish actor, Gerard Butler, is back in Film District's holiday must see romantic comedy 


Gerard Butler plays a down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together.  When he tries to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching a boy's soccer team but his efforts to finally become an "adult" are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive "soccer moms" who pursue him relentlessly.  Also starring is Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid and is directed by Gabriele Muccino, the director of the Pursuit of Happyness.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide & Ice Age 4 Blu-ray Giveaway

 Holiday Gift Guide

"Ahoy, matey! Blue Sky Studios unveils a brand new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Bringing together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT sets sail on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on December 11, just in time for the holidays."
While Ice Age 4 tops the list of holiday must haves, here are a few other items that your kids just may be asking for. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Black Friday - Great Deals or Huge Nightmare

I'm from Canada and since our Thanksgiving is held in October, we don't do the whole "Black Friday" hype here.  On some level, a part of me felt like we Canadians were missing out especially when so many of our American channels hype up all the supposedly great deals to be had the day after Thanksgiving.

Having said that, however, it has been creeping up on me that more and more of our Canadian advertising has been directed to "Black Friday" deals, especially in my community.  Every where I look I see "Black Friday" sales being advertised and can't help but feel like the higher ups are trying to jump on the whole "Black Friday" gravy train.

Of course, the deals are no where as good as they are in the U.S. considering how much more expensive everything here in Canada is.  Still, I can't help but wonder if there is a subtle campaign going on to bring this marketing phenomenon to Canada.

Up until I saw this video, I might not have thought that was such a bad idea.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Help Make a Wish and Gravol

It seems like more and more children are being diagnosed with serious illnesses and it breaks my heart.  I believe every child should have an opportunity to enjoy  life to the fullest and to laugh and share memories with their loved ones and to just be a kid.  

Since 1984,The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has granted over 17,000 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Children’s Wish is proud of its tradition of never refusing a wish to an eligible child.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Activity Sheet

We are not big movie goers.  Quite frankly, the cost of taking a family of 5 to the theatres these days is outrageous!  Having said that, I have to admit there are just some films you just have to see on the big screen.  The Ice Age series falls into that category. Each film has brought us something (or someone) new to fall in love with and we love that the voices of our favourite actors have remained the same with each film. 

We, of course, loved the latest Ice Age: Continental Drift and are excited that we will get to watch it again soon as it’s coming to Blu-ray and DVD December 11th.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We or I should say.. I have a tendency to be a little too honest with my kids. I didn't sugar coat it when they asked where hamburgers came from or do people really eat cats and bunnies etc. I've even been known to drop little known facts into their ears like "men typically die before women" but don't worry mommy married a younger man so we should be good.  

So when O had a field trip to the Airport recently and shared how he saw the "interrogation room", you just know my kids want to know why they had an interrogation room at the airport.  Well, you should have seen my husband's eye start twitching as I told them that it's for the bad guys.  Of course, he thought I was going to get into the whole terrorist thing which I had no intention of going there.  As we later discussed, we do plan on taking our kids on an airplane at one point in the next year we do not want to freak them out with true stories of terrorists.  

In fact, we could only imagine our kids comments would be as we sat waiting for our flight.  

"mommy, do you think that man is a terrorist?"
"Dad, do you think someone has a bomb on them?"

Not that we'd be the first family to be hustled off an airplane due to suspected terrorist activities.  It seems lately all we hear is about extreme airport policies and with the Christmas season coming up, you know it's just going to get worse.

Oh and no I haven't gotten into the whole where do babies come from thing other than to say from mommie's tummy.  I'm just waiting for the "how does it get in mummy's tummy" question.  Oh boy.

How about you?  How honest are you with your kids?


Friday, November 2, 2012

Topricin Junior – Review & Giveaway

My children don’t get injured very often but when they do I am often at a loss as to what to do for them other than to give them some Advil.  I don’t like medicating my children as I don’t believe it’s good for them and feel even less comfortable when you hear recall after recall on children's products.

Then there’s all the odd little things like bumps, rashes and skin irritations that there is really very little you can do about. Which is why I was happy to learn about Topricin Junior, a pain relief and healing cream featuring homeopathic biomedicines.