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Avril Lavigne doesn’t understand what racism is

Posted April 24, 2014 by Lauren Strapagiel

Canadian pop “star” Avril Lavigne has responded to accusations of racism in the music video for her new single, “Hello Kitty” with a response as lazy as the video itself. “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!” she tweeted. “I love Japanese culture and I spend […]

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Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match DVD Review

Posted April 23, 2014 by Elizabeth

Not every puppy is perfect for every person, and the Pound Puppies are dedicated to making sure their furry friends end up in the right hands!  Join Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, Strudel and Squirt as they continue on their mission to find a person for every pup with the release of Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match […]

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The Pirate Fairy Blu-Ray Review & Free Printables!

Posted April 23, 2014 by Elizabeth

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates […]

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Quality Billiard Tables Affordable Available for You

Posted April 19, 2014 by Anonymous

Pool is a fantastic method to chill out. A game connected with billiards can allow you receive some exercise enjoy yourself at the same time. Using a billiard table at your residence is a beneficial addition for any section. Prices and models you can check here.

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Saturday Morning Confusion: What population explosion?

Posted April 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks we got it all wrong. There is no population explosion! (Matter of fact, it’s the exact opposite bunky.) Look at it THIS WAY! Every person alive today has two parents. But they have four grandparents. And sixteen grandparents. SEE WHERE I’M GOING WITH THIS? We are getting less people with each generation, and with […]

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Netflix Celebrates Earth Month

Posted April 19, 2014 by Loukia

I love Netflix. In fact, I primarily only watch Netflix. All my favourite shows—Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, House Of Cards—are on Netflix. I watched all five seasons of Breaking Bad in three weeks. Waiting that long was hard, and it took a lot of will power on my part to not power through an entire season in one night—I had to pace myself. (It was, like everyone was saying, the best show ever. And I finally understand now why they kept willing ALL the awards!)

I’m not the only one in my family who loves Netflix—my husband is a huge fan, and so are our children. My oldest son has a TV in his room (and Netflix) and he has limited time to watch TV when he’s home. When he does watch, he is almost always watching an educational show about animals, the earth, science, or marine life.

When I was recently asked to be part of the Netflix Stream Team, I was thrilled, because, well, I’m the biggest Netflix fan—everyone in my family is!

Now that Earth Month is upon us, it’s the perfect time to remind ourselves—and even educate ourselves— about all the great wonders this planet continuously provides us. I love sitting down with my kids and husband to watch documentaries about animals and the earth because it starts some great conversations—about the things we can do to help our environment, about our favourite animals, and so much more. (My eight year old adores sea turtles, and my six year old loves crocodiles so much we even had one in our house for his fifth birthday for an animal show!)

My boys loved watching The Blue Planet on Netflix (over and over again) because it was so interesting, and very educational. It was neat to discover the creatures that live in the marine world, some familiar to us, and some completely unknown.

Another great documentary we want to watch is Addicted to Plastic. which is all about how plastic products are now such a huge part of our lives that we don’t even think twice about using them. This documentary will be eye opening, although it might be a little too mature for my children. 
The one we’re most excited to start watching? Wildlife Specials. There are different episodes (Humpback Whale, Polar Bear, and the Crocodile, my youngest son’s favourite) and one on the Great Natural Wonders of the World. I know we’re going to love this series, and we can’t wait to start watching.
There are also some great shows on Netflix for younger children, too, that will help educate them on the environment and the earth, like Curious George, everyone’s favourite little curious monkey.
What are your excited to watch this month with your family? 

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. I receive certain perks as part of my affiliation in this program. All opinions and views are my own.

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The Backyardigans Sea Deep in Adventure Tour

Posted April 18, 2014 by Anonymous

  Who explores a coral reef, plays in an octopus’s garden, and joins the jellyfish ballet – all before snack time?  The Backyardigans do! Our family recently had the opportunity to sit third row at the Backyardigans Sea Deep in Adventure performance! We had seen a few different Koba Entertainment productions, but this was our first [Read On]

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This will drive ya crazy!

Posted April 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Anne Marie Hayes, president of a non-profit organization called Teens Learn to Drive, says that as a parent, she would not want her daughter in a vehicle with an instructor who had had his teaching licence revoked in the past three years. Folks, do ya remember “Drivers-Ed” back in high school? Well, it’s still around…………….., […]

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Breaking Bad Obsession

Posted April 12, 2014 by Loukia

Anyone who knows me knows I get easily obsessed with things. I often say things like “Oh my God, you guys? I just saw the BEST movie EVER. Like, seriously. You have to go see American Hustle, because it was THE BEST.” I say things like this all the tim…

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An Evening With Lainey Gossip

Posted April 1, 2014 by Loukia

I’ve always loved the entertainment industry and after university, I interned at Entertainment Tonight in Los Angeles. That was quite an experience—especially sitting in Mary Hart’s chair.  I’m completely fascinated with all things entertainment—movies, television shows, music, and celebrities. One of my guilty pleasures is reading magazines like In Style and US Weekly. I can’t get enough!

A couple of years ago, celebrity blogger Lainey (from came to Ottawa and I was invited to a special evening of gossip and fun where she schooled us all with her knowledge of the entertainment industry. She’s met everyone there is to meet, and she knows all the latest celebrity gossip. She’s always in the know, you know?

Lainey is back next week, and it’s time for me to dust off my notebook, sharpen my pencil, and put on my cutest school outfit, because I’m attending Lainey’s latest gossip’s faculty of celebrity studies—sophomore session! Lainey will also be sharing an inside look at her debut book, “Listen to the Squawking Chicken.” How fun!

This live lecture (brought to you by glaceau vitaminwater) includes cocktails and snacks, of course, so we’ll be very well-fueled while we learn about the latest celebrity gossip. Gossip, friends, and cocktails? Sign me up!

Best news? I’ve got an invite for TWO to give away to one of my fabulous celebrity obsessed readers!

The faculty of celebrity studies takes place on Monday April 7th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Once a winner is randomly selected, I’ll notify them about where the location is. (It is somewhere fabulous, I promise you that!)

If you want to make sure you’re on top of all things entertainment, catch up on your reading at You can also follow Lainey on Twitter at @laineygossip.

Hashtag? #rumorestimmortalis

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Good Luck, friends!

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DK March Break: Books to Keep Your Kids Happily Busy

Posted March 24, 2014 by Marilyn

We are partway through our school’s March Break and things in our house are starting to get a little loud. While my kids are not usually that quiet to begin with, the sibling squabbling is…

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Muppets Most Wanted: Movie Review

Posted March 23, 2014 by Marilyn

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted opens the very moment The Muppets ends. As the crowd disperses from their big dance number at the end of the previous film, the tumbleweeds set in and the Muppets…

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Face-Off: Book Review

Posted March 18, 2014 by Marilyn

Face-Off is the latest from Michael Betcherman, the author of the 2012 young adult novel Breakaway. Similar to Breakaway, Face-Off takes place in Vancouver with the world of hockey as its back-drop….

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The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition

Posted March 17, 2014 by Marilyn

The Jungle Book, one of the grooviest Disney movies is now available on the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition. The Jungle Book Diamond Edition Disney’s The Jungle…

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The Blacklist

Posted March 14, 2014 by Loukia

I love great television. My favourite shows include House of Cards, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Blacklist. I love shows that keep you watching and wanting more, shows that keep you on the edge of your seat, and deliver non-stop suspense and action—shows like The Blacklist. 

If you’re not already watching The Blacklist, on Global, you should start—as soon as possible! Seriously, take my word for it—you will love it. (And guys… I’m never wrong!)

The Blacklist is about Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. He mysteriously turns himself in and offers information on everyone he has ever worked with before, under one condition—that he only works with a new FBI agent, Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, played by Megan Boone.

Raymond Reddington is played by James Spader, who has been in Sex, Lies, and Videotapes, Crash, Secretary, and other great movies. Of course, I know him best as Steff from Pretty In Pink, a movie I’ve see over a hundred times.

Are you looking forward to watching The Blacklist? I’m excited for a brand-new episode on March 17th!

I’ve also got a great giveaway for fans of The Blacklist—if you’d like to win a t-shirt and mug, just leave me a comment below. (One person will win the mug and t-shirt, and I have three additional t-shirts to give away, too—good luck!)

Happy TV watching!

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All views and opinions about The Blacklist are my own. 

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The Muppets Most Wanted: Giveaway!

Posted March 12, 2014 by Loukia

Going to the movies is one of my favourite activities to do with the family, especially now that my children are older—six and eight years old—and are able to sit through an entire movie without so much as a complaint. We loved Frozen and The Lego Movie, and now we are pumped to see Muppets Most Wanted.

Muppets Most Wanted is going to be two hours of non-stop laughter, I’m sure. Tina Fey, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Stanley Tucci, Zack Galifianakis and Ricky Gervais all in one movie, along with Kermit and Miss Piggy? I’m loving it already!

Muppets Most Wanted hits theatres on March 21st, and I’ll be attending the advanced screening   next week, on March 19th. I’m also giving away THREE family four passes so you can come see the movie before everyone else, too! 

To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me who your favourite Muppets character is and you’ll be entered to win.

This giveaway is for Ottawa (and area) residents, and I’ll randomly selected winners on March 16th.

Good Luck!

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Quebecers bitchin’ again!

Posted March 1, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: The old saying goes that history is written by the victors. In Quebec, an addendum may be necessary that notes it is re-written by the victors of the most recent election. That’s right kids, if you thought the bitchin’ French had run out of ways to cause trouble, you’re mistaken ……………………., they have […]

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Baggage Claim Blu-Ray {Giveaway}

Posted February 24, 2014 by Marilyn

*Thanks to Think Jam and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for this giveaway and thanks to LaDawn Black for the article, “Surprising Compliments that Grab His/Her Attention”. Synopsis:…

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Canadian going to Mars?

Posted January 7, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

TORONTO — Stephen Fenech is no reluctant astronaut, even though the trip he hopes to make will take him from Earth forever. Toronto’s Fenech is now a one-percenter with the Mars One gang, a project with the goal of colonizing the fourth planet from the sun. Mars One, a not-for-profit Netherlands-based organization behind the colonization […]

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