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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anime Evolution Experience

It was a fun event for Little Brandon. It was his first ever Anime event. Brandon went to all 3 days with mommy. First day we took the car and then took the bus into UBC. It was a long commute. The last couple days, we took the UBC 99 Express bus to UBC. It was still a long commute.

His favorite things were seeing all the plushies at the vendors, photos with the cosplayers, see the dancing Pikachu and other Pokemon stuff.








More photos of cosplays can be found here on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153163773798422.1073741839.10073313421&type=3

Also on my main blog at "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts":

Blog Post:
Day 1 --> http://bit.ly/1JvtF7P
Day 2 --> http://bit.ly/1ef0xcb
Day 3 --> http://bit.ly/1HPiXJf



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WILD KRATTS:
  • Talking Chris plush
  • Talking Martin plush
  • 2pk Creature Power Action Figure Assortment
  • Wildlife plush

DINOSAUR TRAIN:
  • Dino-Might Music DVD
  • 36ct Wall Decals
  • 24pc puzzle
  • My Name Is Tiny! book

SESAME STREET:
  • Sesame Street: 40 Years Of Sunny Days DVD
  • The Monster At The End Of This Book book

WORD WORLD:
  • Birthday Party DVD
  • Outdoor Fun DVD

SUPER WHY:
  • In The Kitchen 60pc hidden word puzzle

PLUM LANDING:
  • Prize Pack including Plum Landing pencils, notepads, stickers and tattoos

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Includes: Wild Kratts Talking Chris Plush, Wild Kratts Talking Martin Plush, 2pk Wild Kratts Creature Power Action Figure Assortment, Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush, Dinosaur Train 36 ct wall decals, Dinosaur Train 24 pc puzzle, Dinosaur Train Dino-Might Music DVD, Dinosaur Train 'My Name Is Tiny!' book, Sesame Street: 40 Years Of Sunny Days DVD, Sesame Street: The Monster At The End Of This Book, Word World: Birthday Party DVD, Word World: Outdoor Fun DVD, Super Why In The Kitchen 60pc hidden word puzzle, Plum Landing pencil/ notepad/ sticker/ tattoo pack. Prize includes shipping. Prize will be shipped from sponsors and/or 4 The Love Of Family


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival in Vancouver

Photos of Little Brandon and his experience at the Hello Kitty Festival that was held in Vancouver at the PNE in July 2015. He seemed to enjoy the activities and loved the cuteness of the displays. We liked the giant teacup display most.










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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Andrew & Polly "Odds & Ends" - Sweet & Quirky Music for Kids

Kids and families nationwide know and love the music of L.A.-based composer/performers Andrew & Polly from hearing the duo's songs on Nickelodeon's Wallykazam!, as well as the score to the Nick digital series Welcome To The Wayne. Soon they will get to hear more with the September 25th release of Andrew & Polly's second album of playful pop tunes for kids, appropriately titled Odds & Ends.


Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall are in demand for their sparkling music for films, TV, and commercials, but their true love is creating and performing music for children. The married couple makes no bones about where their priorities lie. According to Andrew, "The commercial accolades are nice, but much more meaningful to us was winning the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award for the song 'When You're A Dog' from our debut children's album, Up and At 'Em!"

Polly Hall agrees, "We make genuine connections with children and families through our songs, shows, and podcast. Rather than aspiring to be rock stars, we prefer sitting on the carpet in the corner of our favorite independent bookstore and singing on Saturday mornings. In that way, we can see kids light up when a song really works. We sing directly to them and with them, on their developmental level, stretching their imaginations and their experience of music."

Adds Andrew Barkan, "It's been five years since our first album, and it's about time for a second one! We've been writing songs and playing shows for kids all the while but haven't been able to take time away from our TV and film scoring work to put a whole record together until now. Odds & Ends is a little bit like our lives after having our first kid -- haphazard, hair-brained, and absolutely full of love."

Odds & Ends is, indeed, quirky and eclectic, just like Andrew & Polly! The album kicks off with "Little Bitta You," a soft, sweet tune that gets big and happy, and, like childhood, is a bit nonsensical at times. The song also provides a great showcase for trombonist Gabe Feenberg (Terraplane Sun). "Ghostbusters," the song that deftly set the silly/scary ambience of the eponymous 1984 film, completely lives up to its reputation in Andrew & Polly's version, which features theramin, marimba, accordion, kazoos, whistles, synthesizers, and the voices of a collection of their youthful fans bellowing, "Who you gonna call?" into the iPhones of their amazed parents.

What's next for this dynamic duo? Andrew & Polly are busy developing EAR SNACKS, a new kind of podcast -- for kids, featuring kids -- and they can't wait for fans to hear it!


WHERE TO BUY: Odds & Ends will be available at CDbaby, iTunes, and at Andrew & Polly's shows.

Visit Andrew & Polly's website HERE.
Andrew & Polly on Facebook.
Andrew & Polly on Instagram.
Andrew & Polly on YouTube.





Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was given info and streaming links at no charge from the PR Firm / Company. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.




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Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer School

It's the first Monday of July and it marks the first day of Summer School. We went a little bit early to find Brandon's classroom. Traffic near the school was crazy with cars parked on both sides and only one lane in the middle. But now I know to turn off one block early to avoid the traffic jam. It was our first time visiting this elementary school. Brandon was taking an art class. At first, he was really nervous because it was a new school and new people. He started to get used to it and seemed fine afterwards without me in the classroom.


Traffic jam between classes.


Showing me his coloring. He seems to be enjoying the class.



Photos do look quite a bit yellowish. It's because of the wildfire smoke blown over and covering up our city. We had an air quality advisory for the past couple of days! :(



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