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Jul
31
2011
Jul 31, 2011

Official site: http://smurfhappens.com/

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My child had a lot to say about the Smurfs movie that we just watched yesterday so I decided I’ve give her Smurfs movie review its very own blog day. So, if you’re wondering if the Smurfs movie is any good for young children, you may find your answer here.  For the record,  what I did was ask her a series of questions. I put her answers verbatim in quotations so you get a real sense of what she’s thinking about the Smurfs movie. This is what my child had to say about the Smurfs movie:

Q: What can you tell me about the Smurfs movie?
A: “The movie is about Gargamel wants to get the Smurfs power and the Smurfs are going to fight Gargamel and then they end up at somebody’s house.”

Q: What’s your favourite part about the Smurfs movie?
A: “When the Smurf fell into the toilet. It was Clumsy Smurf.”

Q: What was the funniest part of the Smurfs movie?
A: “When they skateboard.”

Q: Why is that funny?
A: “Because Smurfs don’t skateboard. I have another funny part. It’s also when they throw stuff at Gargamel like eggs, toothpicks and an apple with nails stuck on it.”

Q: For anyone who didn’t watch the Smurfs Movie yet, what do you think is important for them to know?
A: “That it’s good for children and adults to watch.”

Q: Why is this important?
A: “Because if the family doesn’t know, they might think the movie is scary and once they watch the movie, they can tell other people that it’s a good movie.”

Q: What do you really think this Smurfs movie is about?
A: “About the Smurfs finding Gargamel and about taking action…if you’re clumsy, you can turn out to be not that clumsy at the end. You can turn out to be the hero in the end.”
*end of interview*

Parent’s comment and side note: I’m always surprised by her answers whenever I interview her for feedback on a product or show. This time, I’m surprised because I thought she’d either point out the 3D effects as being super cool (in our chats, she talked about the leaves floating near us, about Papa Smurf being really close) or about all the bathroom humour in the movie (e.g. on more than one occasion, she mentioned that Gargamel peed in a bucket at the restaurant but she’s convinced that the actor, Hank Azaria, was probably just pouring water into the bucket – her own idea!). Yet, she doesn’t mention either in this interview.

Hope you enjoyed her movie review on the Smurfs movie!

 
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Jul
30
2011
Jul 30, 2011

Official website:  http://smurfhappens.com/

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 My daughter and I just came home from the Smurfs movie. Today is opening day for the Smurfs movie. She has been waiting for the Smurfs movie for weeks now so you can imagine how excited she was about seeing the Smurfs movie. So, in case you’re wondering, “Is the Smurfs movie any good?” or “Is the Smurfs movie appropriate for children?” or “How were the 3D effects for the Smurfs movie?”, here’s our review of the Smurfs movie.

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Jul
29
2011
Jul 29, 2011

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I’m an average parent with high hopes of the difference I can make in my daughter’s life. I hope that I can be a good role model in all of what I do. I recognize that I may not always be perfect and I let her know that I don’t want her to be perfect because there is no such thing. We also, as a family, engaged in lengthy discussions and she’s part of those discussions, not just a bystander. So, one day, she says to me, “Mom, why don’t you have a hat or sunglasses?”


This is What Happens When You Have a Big Head

Well, what do I tell her but the honest truth. I reply, “I actually had sunglasses but I don’t know where I put them (truth) and mommy’s head is really big so I’m having a hard time finding a hat that will fit my head. (truth)” She nods and comforts me, telling me that one day we’ll find a hat that will fit my big head and find me a new pair of sunglasses.

Fast forward to a week back and we’re out and about in the city and we pass by a hat store. It is stifling hot and I’m cooking under the sun while the rest of the family is decked out in shades and hats. I decide to go in and politely say to the shop owner, “I need a hat that will fit this big head of mine. Do you have any?” The shop owner is a wonderful gentleman and he smiles and points to the fedora, a cream coloured fedora with a black band and I’m thinking there is NO way I can sport that without looking like a complete clown. Yet, there’s my kid happy as a lark because her teacher has the exact same hat and she’s thrilled at the possibility that mommy and her teacher will be sporting the same style hat.

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Jul
28
2011
Jul 28, 2011

Promoting  Early Literacy: Leapfrog Scribble and Write – the fun way!

Rating: 4/5 (or 4 pawprints)

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There was a sale a while back so I picked up a couple to be used as gifts for other children. Next thing you know, my kid is using the toy during a recent trip to a store so I thought to myself: should I give her one to test out? Yes I did and here’s what we discovered.  Let’s call this product testing by a little kid. :)


Leapfrog Scribble and Write: What do you get?

The Leapfrog Scribble and Write comes with 4 different games or activities. Your child can trace uppercase letters, lowercase letters, shapes, or do a Guess the Letter game.  Each letter of the alphabet also has its corresponding button and there’s a special ‘paw’ button too (tell you about that later).

The Leapfrog Scribble and Write comes with a child sized stylus and a screen to trace letters. Note: make sure you remove the protective layer or the tracing won’t work. Eager children may miss this simple step which can quickly lead to some serious frustration! There is a slider at the bottom of the toy to remove prints made on the screen.

The good news: the Leapfrog Scribble and Write already has batteries so it’s good to go! This is an awesome feature because nothing is more aggravating than getting a toy for a child and realizing too late that there are no batteries in the home to get the toy to work.

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Jul
27
2011
Jul 27, 2011

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We eat eggs a few times a week depending on the meals we’re making. Weekends usually include French toast and pancakes. Weekdays there might be egg sandwiches or egg and tofu pad thai. Thus, we try to get eggs that have a bit more oomph to them.

Usually, we get omega 3 eggs but we’re not brand specific. We just try to get whatever looks fresh and of course, has a best before date. As it turns out, we went to the market the other day and nothing looked great so we turned to the Burnbrae Farms Free Run Omega 3 eggs. I read the packaging and turns out Burnbrae Farms Free Run Omega 3 eggs and I liked that they’re free run, they have omega 3, and they use bullfrog power.  To be honest, I’m not even sure I’ve seen them before at the supermarket so why not?

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Jul
26
2011
Jul 26, 2011

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Okay, if anyone has been following my blog, you’ll know that I recently went out and got 2 McDonald’s Star Wars light sabers, the blue Anakin Skywalker one light saber and the purple Mace Windu light saber (read the previous blog review here ). Well, just today, I finally got my grubby hands on the green Yoda light saber so I thought I’d do a little toy comparison which might perhaps save you some money.

What I can tell you is that each light saber does something different and I’m guessing that McDonald’s did this on purpose. Not sure if this was a good idea on their part but here’s a fair warning: not all the light sabers light up.

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Jul
25
2011
Jul 25, 2011

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Another hot summer day and not quite sure what to do so my daughter and I ventured out and ended up watching the Winnie the Pooh movie. I have to be honest, neither one of us are fans of Winnie the Pooh. Even as an infant, my kid has never been in to Winnie the Pooh and neither one of us had wanted to watch the Winnie the Pooh movie. In fact, she’s got her heart set to watch the Smurfs but that’s not out until later this month so all we were left with was the Winnie the Pooh movie.

So, coming from 2 people who aren’t fans of Winnie the Pooh, what did we think of the Winnie the Pooh movie? Is the Winnie the Pooh movie good for children? Was the Winnie the Pooh movie worth watching? Here’s what we had to say.


Winnie the Pooh movie review: What happened?

This Winnie the Pooh movie helps to make sure we all have the same basic knowledge and starts off with a real life room, Christopher Robin’s room to be exact. The narrator explains: Christopher Robin, a dear sweet boy with a vivid imagination comes up with elaborate stories about his favourite stuffed animals. The camera pans around the room at all of Christopher Robin’s collection of knick knacks, stuffed animals, and of course, to his Winnie the Pooh book. The book opens and the movie begins. - Continue Reading

Jul
24
2011
Jul 24, 2011

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My kid likes vanilla, I like chocolate so during a recent sale I bought her the Breyer’s Double Churn Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and I picked up a box of Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate Ice Cream for myself. If you’ve read my other food review about Breyer’s Double Churn Natural Vanilla Ice Cream (click here if you haven’t yet), you can probably guess that this didn’t turn out so well.

Product review: What happened?

Like I mentioned before, the ingredients are decent and you know it’s ice cream, not frozen dessert so that’s one good thing and for me, it’s the only good thing about Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate ice cream.

While my daughter ate her ice cream, I ate mine and the first bite was okay. I was actually happy with the rich chocolaty flavour of Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate ice cream. But, then I made the mistake of having my second spoonful and instantly became grossed out.

For those of you who like ice creams that have a frothy texture when it melts, then you’ll probably love Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate ice cream. But for me, the texture completely grossed me out. I ate a few more bites and dumped the rest of mine out. I have no idea what I’ll be doing with the rest of the box of Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate ice cream that is now sitting in my freezer. With 2 boxes, that’s a lot of space to waste. I may have to arrange an ice cream party just to get rid of them.


Verdict:

Let’s be clear: the flavour of the Breyer’s Double Churn Natural chocolate ice cream is fine. It tastes the way it should be: just like chocolate. Where I have the issue is is the texture of the ice cream when it melts. It melts quickly and turns into this thick goopy frothy mess. No offense to those of you who do like Breyer’s but there is just something off putting about this ice cream for me. I highly doubt I’ll be buying it again.

 

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