Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bringing the Magic of Disney to Ottawa.

Last year at this time my family and I were prepping for our once in a life time Christmas  vacation to Florida. One of the highlights of our trip was staying at the Grand Floridian & experiencing Christmas at Disney. 

This year we will be keeping Christmas local, but we will still enjoy our Disney side with Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival. 

This year, Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz, and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.

There are only three shows in Ottawa this December. All three shows will be taking place on Sunday, December 15th at Noon, 3 pm, and 6 pm. While you are at the show you can follow along with all fun on Facebook, Twitter and by using the #MickeysMusicFestival and #DisneyLive hashtags. 

You can purchase tickets here

I will be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to the Sunday, December 15th Show at noon. 

The contest will run from Thursday, November 20th to Thursday, December 4th. The winner will be notified via email. To enter answer this skill testing question: 

Who is your favourite Disney Character ? 

You can enter daily! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Game On with the Guthrie Family

Being spontaneous is not one of my strong points. As a family we have very busy school, work, athletic and social schedules, therefore there is rarely a night we do not have something planned. A few weeks ago when the Game On box arrived at my door, I worried when I could be spontaneous enough to play all four games, including: Big Picture Apples to Apples; Uno; Mad Gab and Bounce Off. 

The first spontaneous moment we had was last Sunday evening when AndiePandie had a friend over to complete a math home work assignment. 


They were the first ones to open the box and they loved the Anytime is Game time button & loved having their homework interrupted.  

Their game of choice was Big Picture Apples to Apples, needless to say there were many funny moments during our first spontaneous fun shake up!

 Next the Game On: Anytime is Game Time box made the commute into my school. It was report card time and a stress reliever was something my staff & I could use. 

First we decided to test the Anytime is Game Time button to signal when the games would begin in my office. 

After school several staff members, from various positions around the school made their way to my office and Mad Gab was on the menu for our first spontaneous #GameTimeCAN episode. Our Custodian, Principal and an Early Childhood Educator made the first game a hilarious event! 

Who knew that my Principal would be a Mad Gab ninja and my Custodian a card shark?

Mattel Game On! is giving away prizes each week on their Facebook Page to celebrate their new mantra - Anytime Is #GameTimeCAN! All you have to do is answer the weekly game challenge on their Facebook for your change to win! Click here for more details on the contest. Good luck to all my readers!

I have one more video to share, this one truly made me very proud to be part of the Mattel - Anytime is Game Time team. Follow along on with the hashtag #GameTimeCAN on all of my social media channels. You never know when I will show up and shout UNO!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giving Back with TOMS

Where will you be on Sunday, November 16th? 

I, along with many other fashionistas, will be lined up outside of Target stores in Canada & the United States waiting to pick up several items from the limited edition TOMs for Target collection for this holiday season. 

Retail therapy is good for you, but TOMs makes your purchase better for the rest of the Canada as well. From November 16th, 2014 to December to March 12, 2015 every purchase you make from the #TOMsforTarget collection translates into food, blankets and shoes for people in need. Working collaboratively with the Canadian Red Cross and Food Banks Canada TOMs plans on making the holiday season and beyond bring for Canadians. This program is something I can put my name on and call it part of a new family tradition of giving. 

I was posting on Facebook about how impressed I am with the philanthropic philosophy that TOMs has created & how excited I was to be part of the #TOMsForTarget team. I never expected this to happen: 

I was amazed, not only to hear about the lifelong journey one of my childhood friends has embarked upon, but also the fact that he is living proof of the work that TOMs have accomplished around the world for others in need. That my friends was a serendipitous moment for me.  There is something for everyone in this collection. 

This blanket will be the perfect hostess gift to give this holiday season. 
My son will be fully decked out on Christmas morning in his TOMs gear, like this hoodie and T-shirt. 

Currently, some of my friends are in L.A for the launch of TOMs +Target. You can follow along with +Wendy S ,  +Christine McN and my friends +ShesConnected Social Network for Women by using the #TOMsForTarget hashtag on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook. 

One lucky Canadian participant is going to win a $150 gift card to Target Canada. You can enter below!  ‪#‎TOMSforTarget‬ Holiday Collection

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Big Blocks Means Big Learning!

Beckett loves to sing. He sings french songs, classic Blue Rodeo songs and, of course, every song from the Frozen soundtrack. I try to ensure that all the songs Beckett is singing have the appropriate words and themes for a five year old. I may have made this mistake, years earlier, when AndiePandie explained to her entire JK class exactly what type of princess was. Let's just say she referenced a certain line from Avril Lavigne's hit 'Girlfriend'.  

For the last two weeks he has been enjoying the Big Block SingSong Volume One DVD. This is the first time in North American that this musical series will be available on DVD format. Beckett loves all 24 unique characters each with their own fun filled episode. With 48 minutes of musical fun, it is the perfect amount of time for our daily commute into Ottawa. 

I enjoy the educational aspect to the songs as well as the catchy tunes. I have caught myself singing Moose and Sad in the hallways at school. 

I received an advanced copy of the Big Block SingSong Volume 1 to review with Beckett. I have one Big Block SingSong DVD Volume 1 to give away to one of my lucky readers. 

This giveaway will end on November 14th. To enter leave a comment telling me one children's song that you sing along with? The winner will be notified via email. 

You can also follow along with new releases, contests and events by checking out the Kaboom! Entertainment website, liking their our Facebook Page or checking out their tweets on Twitter. Tell them Good Karma Baby sent you ;) 

Good Luck! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

PAW Patrol rolls in Canada!

On November 4th, 2014, PAW Patrol - Winter Rescues DVD was released for the first time in Canada. 

My 5 year old son Beckett wants to be Ryder, the tech-savvy boy, when he turns 10! He has also started calling out dogs Snickers and Easton  - Chase and Skye! 

As an educator I love the fact that the show focuses on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving, teaching kids that working together helps get any job done. Which is a very similar message we embed in our schools as part of our character education. 

A little more about the new release: 

PAW Patrol - Winter Rescues is the first launch of this CG-animated series starring a pack of six heroic puppies – Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma and Skye. The team is led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. Together, the PAW Patrol works to protect the Adventure Bay community, believing that, “No job is too big, no pup is too small!”

The new PAW patrol release has been on high rotation since we received it last week. Beckett is very impressed with all the adventures the PAW Patrol Team had 

I have the opportunity for one of my readers to win a copy of PAW Patrol Winter Rescues along with an from the PAW Patrol collection. The PAW Patrol item will be ONE of the following items, courtesy of Spin Master: a deluxe Talking Plush; or a HQ playset; or a Deluxe Trans Vehicles. 

To enter follow the instructions below. Good Luck! 

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Shhhh, the Penguins of Madagascar are back!

We have been fans of those crazy, "in-spy-ered" penguins since the first Madagascar movie in 2005. The kids and I love going to the movies, we laugh, eat popcorn and generally get lost in the fun of the movie. The Penguins have never disappointed us especially Skipper, his sense of humour is infectious. The Penguins of Madagascar are back and this time they are saving the world from the evil Dr. Octavius Brine.  

A little more about he plot line of the latest instalment: 

Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.”

We would love for you to join my family and I at the Ottawa advanced screening of Penguins of Madagascar.  

Can you join us? 
Colliseum Ottawa 
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 
at 10:00AM

I have 4  family four packs of tickets to give away to my readers, that is 20 tickets in all! Use the entry method below. Winners will be emailed in Wednesday, November 19th.  

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I *heart* King Julian

On cold winter nights the kids and I love curling up on the couch and watching a movie. One of the movies on high rotation is Madagascar. I happen to think the King Julian's antics are hilarious while Beckett wants to bring Mort home as a pet. Believe me I have looked for a stuffed Mort...let me know if you find one. 

As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I get insider information about what is coming up next on Netflix. I am very happy to share the our beloved KING JULIAN has a show of his own! 

On Friday December 19th the first five 22 minute episodes will be released on Netflix. Here is a brief synopsis: 

The world’s biggest party animal is getting ready to ascend to the throne in DreamWorks Animation’s ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, an all-new Netflix original TV series.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly beginning on Friday, Dec. 19.

Long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar, King Julian holds court – not to mention nightly revelries – over a colorful cast that includes fan favorites Mort and Maurice, along with a host of all-new jungle dwellers as they take on the craziest adventures and wildest parties the jungle has to offer.

School will have just let out for the Christmas Break and the kids and I will be celebrating with King Julian. Why don't you join us ?