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Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year 2014

Happy Lunar New Year (year of the horse)! Little Brandon wearing his Chinese New Year outfit. He's 4-years-old here. This was at my parent's place. We were also celebrating my Dad's birthday at the same time.

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Disney's FROZEN Sing-Along Clip

Do you wanna sing along? Theatres across Canada are staged to showcase the all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning big-screen adventure "FROZEN," beginning today, Jan. 31, 2014. But if you can't wait another minute, check out the video below for a sneak peek of the fun. On-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters.

A special Sing-Along version of Frozen opens in theatres Friday. Get your tickets now:

Disney's Frozen is the Golden Globe winner for Best Animated Film and has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards: Best Animated Film & Best Original Song for "Let It Go"!

Get the soundtrack now on iTunes:

See it now in theatres in 3D! Find showtimes:

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Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Studios for sharing the info. I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Sneak Peek of Disney's "Maleficent" Features New Lana Del Rey Song

A never-before-heard Lana Del Rey rendition of “Once Upon a Dream” was unveiled as part of a 90-second sneak peek of Disney’s “Maleficent” during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards® on Sunday, January 26. “Maleficent” releases in theatres on May 30, 2014.

Award-winning, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey has recorded a unique reimagining of the renowned fairy-tale tune from Disney’s classic animated film “Sleeping Beauty,” which will feature in the end credits of the upcoming Disney film.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in theatres on May 30, 2014.

For more information, check out and Facebook Page at and use the official hashtag #Maleficent.

Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Studios for sharing the info. I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creative Kids Bento Lunchbox Idea: Minions on the Run

I made a Minion (Despicable Me) themed lunch for little Brandon. The Minions are made from scrambled eggs over a bed of rice. The eyes are made with egg whites (the leftover from the eggshells that I saved) and seaweed. On the side are some celery sticks with cream cheese and raisins. We call that "ants on a log". And then there's banana chips and Triscuit crackers.

(More here)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Visit to the Children's Hospital

It was the day of the Brandon's appointment to see the dermatologist at BC Children's Hospital. He's been dealing with severe eczema on his hands and legs for a few months now so the dermatologist prescribed a new med as well as refills on the ones we had. Meds prescribed were Elocom Ointment, 2.5HC with Creamy Vaseline, Fucidin Ointment, Betamethosone Valerate, and Cyclocort (for scalp). Brandon mainly uses the 2.5% HC cream (daily). The ointment, although greasier, works better (but also more expensive). That I use every other day if needed. I just hope his skin condition improves soon.

I almost forgot to mention that our dermatologist also gave us these notes:
- bathe daily in the tub
- DO NOT use bubble bath, shampoo in water, and any scented baby skin care products
- use unscented soap or body wash such as 'Dove for Sensitive Skin' or Cetaphil
- pat dry

Eczema Bleach Bath Care:
Use an household bleach (Clorox, Javex, etc.)
- add to bath 2-3 times per week: 1/4 cup household bleach to water
- for hands and feet only: 1 tsp household bleach for every 2L of water

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Monday, January 27, 2014

babyGap Introduces Paddington Bear Inspired Limited Edition Collection

babyGap introduced a limited-edition collection featuring everyone's favorite bear, Paddington™. Drawing from the original Peggy Fortnum book illustrations, Paddington Bear™ stars in an exciting, new gift and clothing collection for babyGap. The entire limited-edition collection for boys and girls, ranging in size from newborn to 24 months, is available at select Gap stores globally, as well as online at

On February 4th, to coincide with the launch, Gap is turning it's White Space retail location on New York City's 5th Avenue into an interactive experience for kids in celebration of the history and adventurous spirit of Paddington™, which will be open through February. The walls within the space will be turned into oversized coloring book pages featuring different iconic images of Paddington Bear™ on his travels and there will be crayons and step stools on hand, inviting little shoppers to add their own artistic signature to the walls. Around the edges of the room, shelves placed at a kid-friendly height will hold iPads and headphones, playing Paddington Bear™ audio books.

Click HERE to view the full collection online.

About the Paddington Bear for babyGap Collection:

For newborns, highlights include cozy knit bodysuits, decorated with illustrations from the Paddington Bear™ books, sold individually or in sets ($19.95-$55.00), and a sweatshirt with bear ears on the hood ($34.95). A rain parka with toggle closure ($49.95), inspired by Paddington’s own iconic duffel coat, as well graphic tees ($19.95) and knits pants ($16.95) in shades of red and blue are on offer for boys. The selection for girls includes a blue polka-dot poncho ($39.95) and tops and dresses ($26.95 - $29.95) featuring fun prints and color blocking. And of course, there are Paddington’s traditional yellow Wellington boots ($26.95), as well a selection of denim items, in classic indigo, bold prints, and shades of red and blue.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Creative Kids Bento Lunch Box: Three Little Pigs

Another kids lunch idea. Last week I made The Three Little Pigs theme. Made with sticky rice (onigiri), ham for the ears and snout, and seaweed for the eyes.  On the side are raspberry fruits, veggies (celery sticks with cream cheese and raisins), and graham crackers. A great healthy lunch meal!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

$50 Target Gift Card & GE Lighting Giveaway

Welcome to the $50 Target Gift Card  & GE Lighting Giveaway!

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A quick and easy way to makeover your home for the New Year is to switch your light bulbs to GE reveal® for clean beautiful light that will make the colors of any room pop. GE reveal® bulbs provide amazing clean full spectrum light that filters out the dull yellows of standard incandescent light bulbs.

Watch this fun and stylish video featuring four hip tastemakers discussing the importance of good lighting and how quick and easy it is to do a reveal® lighting makeover.

GE reveal light bulbs are now available at Target where all makeover needs can be purchased in one swoop and with great savings using Target's Cartwheel savings app. With the Cartwheel app, you can browse for savings ahead of shopping or while at Target, you can scan the barcode of any product to see if there is a Cartwheel saving. Download the Target Cartwheel app on your IOS or Android.
You can also print off the coupon below for amazing savings on GE Reveal bulbs at Target.
$2 off GE reveal at Target - Print the coupon at home and use at Target. Expires 2/8


We have a great opportunity for you to win this makeover experience. You can enter to win a $50 Target giftcard + GE reveal® light bulbs + a free download of the Herbert Bail Orchestra EP (first track featured in GE Lighting video). 

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a $50 Target Gift Card & GE Reveal Light Bulbs! Contest is open to US only, 18+. Contest ends February 8th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize (or another winner will be chosen). Good Luck!   

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Brandon's Adventures" Blog is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not associated with, affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or connected to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform in any way.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Walt Disney Studios & Hotel de Glace Celebrate "Frozen" in Quebec City with Special Themed Guest Suite

The Walt Disney Studios and Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glace have partnered to bring the magic of Disney’s hit animated feature film “Frozen” to life inside Canada’s annual, world-famous “Ice Hotel.” Created entirely out of sculpted ice and snow, this year’s Ice Hotel will feature a special Disney “Frozen”-themed Suite and Activity Cave, allowing guests and visitors the opportunity to experience the wonder of Disney’s wintry tale like never before.

Supervised by the film’s art director Michael Giaimo, the “Frozen Suite” will be modeled after the characters Anna & Elsa’s bedrooms in the film, while the “Frozen Activity Cave” is a play area with activities for families inspired by the film’s characters and themes.

Opening in January and running through March 23rd, the 2014 Hôtel de Glace is celebrating “Myths and Legends from Around the World.” Walt Disney Studios is thrilled to commemorate this theme with the inclusion of “Frozen,” the heartwarming and humorous twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter myth “The Snow Queen,” available on Digital HD & 3D February 25th and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18th.

About Hôtel de Glace:

Located only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover each winter. The authentic Hôtel de Glace in America, has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001. With its huge snow vaults and its crystalline ice sculptures, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor. From January 3rd until March 23rd, 2014, enter this magical universe and live an incredible experience by visiting this ephemeral work of art. For more information about Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glace, please visit

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Old Time Candy Valentine's Day Coupon Code

Old Time Candy offers old-fashioned candy from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, yes it's still available after all these years! At Old Time Candy, customers can choose from Candy you ate as a kid, whether buying in bulk, packing their own retro candy assortment in a Pack-a-Bag, or choosing a Decade Box stuffed with candy from their favorite era. The company also carry party favors, gift boxes and jars, and even Toys you played with as A kid like slinkies, balsa airplanes, magic slates, pick-up sticks, and many more retro toys and games.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Old Time Candy is offering 10% site-wide savings now through the end of February! Send Your Valentine Vintage Candy from! Save 10% on all orders until Feb. 28th! Use code VALENTINE10

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Jumbo Love Giveaway (Flattenme Personalized Gifts) has a contest called "Jumbo Love Giveaway" happening for Valentine's Day, which runs from 1/17/14 to 2/1/14. Enter for a chance to win personalized story books and products.

They are offering 15% off flattenme products. Use code: JumboLove15 (expires January 31, 2014). Take advantage of this discount to purchase personalized gifts for your favorite child.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

{WINNER} Copy-Kids: Eat Fruits & Vegetables DVD Giveaway

Announcement: The lucky WINNER for the Copy-Kids: Eat Fruits & Vegetables DVD Giveaway that ended January 20th, 2014 is..... (drum roll, please).

Congratulations to  Gabby Crabby (#28)

I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Toopy and Binoo is launching in the U.S.

Already a hit TV series in Canada, Toopy and Binoo now celebrate its U.S. debut! Toopy and Binoo follows the adventures of Toopy, a tall, funny and friendly mouse, and his best friend Binoo, a tiny, clever and lovable white cat. The show inspires preschoolers ages 2 to 5 to expand their imagination and creativity while reinforcing positive values such as friendship and good manners.

Kids love Toopy and Binoo and it's one of Brandon's favorite shows. The episodes are entertaining and funny and the series encourages children to be well mannered, friendly and imaginative.

Toopy and Binoo is launching in the U.S. exclusively on YouTube. Check out the trailer below:

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Friday, January 17, 2014

LovableLabels New Designs on "Date It!" Labels

I am now part of the Lovable Labels LOVE BUG Program and I am so excited to share with you exclusive discounts you won't want to miss.

Ever wonder what's in those food containers in your freezer or when you put them there? With the new "Date It!" Labels, you'll never have to guess! The bright and colorful "Date It!" Labels are made to be written on over and over and are completely safe to use in the fridge/freezer, microwave or dishwasher. Great for labelling home-made baby foods, Tupperware, baby bottles, food containers, etc.

This is great because I always freeze my food and recently been making my own jam. The "Date It!" Labels help remind me when I made it and distinguish what kind of jam is in each jar (as they all look pretty similar).

Features & Benefits:

* reusable
* durable
* microwave safe
* dishwasher safe
* freezer safe
* keep organized

    Also, I've been using name labels from LovableLabels for many years now and I love them! They are perfect for little Brandon's stuff at school. His teacher often remind her students to ask parents to label their belongings such as water bottles, lunchboxes, hats, shoes, etc. I had used the clothing dots stickers on Brandon's outerwear and even after many washes (and gets crumpled), it really sticks on!

    Use coupon code: JennieYLB1 to save 10% on any purchase.
    (Coupon expires May 31, 2014)

    Disclosure: I am part of the Lovable Labels Love Bug ambassador program. I received personalized labels as my perks. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Creative Kids Bento Lunch Box: The Sunshine Sandwich

    I call this the sunshine sandwich. It's been raining so much these days in Vancouver so I decided to give Little Brandon some sunshine by making him this sandwich. It's a pouched sandwich with ham & eggs and mayonnaise filling. The sides are just bread crusts and baby carrots.

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