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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Brandon's Lucky Day at the Powell Street Festival

For my local friends in Vancouver, BC, Canada... If you haven't heard about the Japanese Powell Street Festival, it is held each year during the British Columbia Day (or BC Day) holiday long weekend.

I decided to take Brandon to one of the vendor booths for some fun -- fishing out water balloons or "yo-yo balloons". It costs $2 for one play. Brandon was lucky to fish out 2 balloons at once. Awesome! So that was Brandon's lucky day.

Our next stop was walking around Canada Place. And because it was Brandon's lucky day, I gave him a penny to throw into the fountain to make a wish. Looks like he had a great time!

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

The EnDangerbles Review & Plush Toy Giveaway

The EnDANGERble toys and music CD promotes awareness of endangered species and animals near extinction. It is sad to know, but with our help, we can protect these animals and provide them the best environment and efficient food to live on.

Audio CD contains 9 original songs written and performed by Fred Bogart and there are only limited copies!

Track List:

1. Endangerbles Theme :45
2. Extinction for Extinctino 2:08
3. Reason To Be Here 2:44
4. A.P.M.T.L.S. 2:21
5. Girls Rock & Rule 2:40
6. Response-Ability 2:40
7. It's A Puzzle 1:36
8. B.O.L.I. 3:46
9. Crocodile Shoes 1:56
10. There's Life At The Zoo 3:41

The plush toys are also a great for letting kids to remember the endangered animals and provides play time fun (and whatever their imagination takes them).

The EnDangerbles music CD and plush toys can be purchased online at

One (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win a their own copy of the CD AND a choice of The EnDangerbles Plush. Chosen winner will be selected via Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

NEW: I will be using Rafflecopter on this giveaway for keeping track of entries. Since it is my first time using this new program, please let me know if there are any glitches.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the Endangerbles CD from the PR Company in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Brandon's visit to the Pediatric Dentist

After visiting our family dentist on July 26th, our dentist recommended us to visit the pediatric dentist. Because Brandon got scared from the chair tilting back, we weren't able to get his fillings done. Brandon has a bit of tooth decay on this front top teeth underneath.

I was given a list of dentists to choose from. I called the Pediatric Dental Group, Inc. and was given an appointment. So our first visit to the pediatric dentist (located at Oakridge Shopping Centre) and our appointment was with Dr. A.R. Chan. She was very nice. She saw the radiograph that my family dentist attached to the referral letter and also explained to me the situation. I had two options: either maintain it with good flossing and brushing or assign us to go to the hospital to get it fixed (which is costly).

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Monday, July 25, 2011

iPad/iPhone App Review: Odd 1 Out

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It's been a hectic week (some good some bad), but I'll share about what happened later on.

I want to share with you all another cool and fun educational app from Little Brandon and I were given the opportunity to try out their new app called "Odd 1 Out".

Odd 1 Out

As you launch the app, you can choose to play either in the Practice or Challenge mode. Kids will find the Practice mode helpful before moving on to more challenging activities.

Choose to play with Fruits, Shapes, or Colors. Depending on this selection, the game displays a group of fruits, shapes, or colors. The child has to choose the correct object depending on the question.

Odd 1 Out is an excellent way to introduce your child to decision making skills. The activities are interesting and will keep your youngster busy for hours.

The app helps sharpen critical thinking and decision making skills by increasing the speed of decision-making, changing what the decision is about (colors/fruits/shapes), and changing the complexity of the decision.

I think this is an excellent app to develop hand-eye co-ordination and memory as well.  Little Brandon has been learning a lot as he is growing.  When he first tried the games in this app, he was a little confused at first, but he learned quickly.  Brandon is almost 3 years old (2 years 10 months to be exact) and it's perfect for him. The animated objects are clear and recognizable.  The fun part for him is when he taps the bug with the correct answer and it goes "splat". We love apps with animation.

  • Kid-pleasing graphics with bold colors
  • Interesting and simple activities
  • Increasing speed of decision-making
  • Simple visual and audio explanations
  • Promotes independent play
  • Choice of practice and challenge playing modes

Disclosure: I received a code to redeem for the above App at no charge in exchange for a review of my opinion. Thanks to PunFlay and Emantras Inc. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

eBeanstalk Special Promotion on Toys & Books is celebrating their 5th Year Anniversary by announcing a special promotion. You can save 25% on every toy, book or game you buy, now through December 31st, 2011. You and your friends and family can save 25% on every order $25 or more at

Many of us have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. and I think eBeanstalk can help with finding the right gifts for birthdays, special occasions, and holidays. I like browsing their website and shopping online because it saves me time and the trip to the toy store.

To obtain your special discount code, sign up here. It is limited and only 500 people can sign up. Once there are 500 people signed up, it will end. So hurry now to get your special discount! Forward to 7 of your friends and family about this offer.

Remember, the discount code can be used any time through the end of the year.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products in this post for review, but was provided info to share. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kidorable's 10,000th Facebook Fan Giveaway

Kidorable Raincoats

Kidorable just reached their 10,000th Facebook fans!

To celebrate this, Kidorable is providing fans with a special gift giveaway. They will announce a special coupon code on their Facebook Wall. Be sure to check back. The first 10 fans to use the code will receive the free Kidorable umbrella, rain boot, and raincoat ensemble of their choice, all with free shipping at

Good luck to all!

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