Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dare Whippet Sticks: Fun Treats for Sharing and Playing With

We love sweets here in our family. I had the opportunity to have fun with Dare's latest fun snacks called Whippet Sticks! It comes in two flavors: Coconut and Brownie.

Dare Whippet Sticks Coconut and Brownie

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Delivering on the ‘Made Better’ promise, Dare is proud to introduce Whippet Sticks Brownie and Coconut – the same Whippets you know and love, with a bit of a twist. Made with real chocolate and coconut, no artificial colours and 0 G of trans fat per serving, Whippet Sticks are an irresistible treat that’s perfect for snacking, sharing and playing.

Dare Whippet Sticks Coconut and Brownie Dare Whippet Sticks Coconut and Brownie

Whippet Sticks Coconut is a delicious, flaky macaroon in a thin snackable stick that is made with real coconut and no artificial colours. It is peanut free and a great addition in school lunch snack as a treat.

Whippet Sticks Brownie is made with real Whippet chocolate and heavenly brownie in a thin stick that's great for snacking. Also made with real chocolate, no artificial colours and is peanut free.

Fun ideas we came up with for playing with the Whippet Sticks: twist them, mix the flavours together, stack them, flatten them, and even use these sticks to decorate cakes or cupcakes. These cookies have a really sweet taste, so we eat them with a glass of milk. My son likes dipping it in milk before he takes a bite of it. We hope Dare will make other flavours in the near future. We really love to have mint chocolate Whippet Sticks!

building an Inukshuk with Whippet Sticks

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Justice League Comic-Con Trailer (2017)

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

pBuzz Kid's Musical Instrument Giveaway {4 Winners}

Sponsored By: pBuzz
Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

What is pBuzz?
Designed by a team of British musicians the pBuzz is a completely new musical instrument. The brightly colored, light and smooth curved edged product has been designed specifically for mini musicians’ little hands. Simple and easy to play the mouthpiece makes it the perfect introduction to brass playing for early learners.

Research has shown that youngsters who have early exposure to musical instruments develop areas of the brain that relate to social, language and reasoning skills, as well as memory. The buzz can also help develop a child’s sensory and fine motor skills, encourage self-expression, stimulate imagination and creativity, build confidence and nurture their natural music talents.


**4 Winner Giveaway**

Each winner will receive a pBuzz Musical Instrument ($29.95 RV)
A total giveaway value of $119.80!

Giveaway Dates ~ 8/9 2:00 PM EST through 8/30 11:59PM EST

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Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. The winners have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Kindie Pop Extravaganza: New Album from Twinkle - "Just Dance"

Kindie Pop Extravaganza: New Album from Twinkle -

With mounting expectations, the summer countdown begins to build, marking every day until the September 15 release of Just Dance, an over-the-top-awesome collection of impetuous dance hits for kids and families from the award-winning Peruvian-American kindie music phenomenon known as Twinkle.

Described as "like Lady Gaga for kids," with a super pop sound mixed with a touch of Broadway belt, a sparkling soupçon of hip hop, and plenty of EDM glam, Twinkle has always danced to the beat of her own drum, breaking barriers, sound and otherwise, with both her music and Harajuku-style presentation.

Launched by a childhood saturated with the sound and fury of Top 40 artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Prince, Selena, Cher, and Shania Twain, Twinkle has forever experienced a gravitational pull in the direction of performers who create the "whole package," from their infectious melodies and distinctive vocal qualities to their show-stopping presentations and trademark looks.

With her own award-winning albums, raise-the-roof concerts, and one-of-a-kind costuming and make-up, Twinkle follows suit, dazzling kids and families nationwide.

Album highlights include the original version of Twinkle's 2015 kindie hit, "Kidz Rock," featuring the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose spectacular warm-up act is the song's very own, hands-down-ultimate remix produced by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Matthew Gerrard (Kelly Clarkson, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, High School Musical) and renowned music programmer/producer Peter Amato (NBC's The Voice, LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Martin). Gerrard and Amato transformed the original song into what Twinkle has christened, "a certified EDM monster track for kids!"

The nine original songs on Just Dance riff on positive themes ranging from dancing through life and living in the moment to making math-time fun-time, sailing through the solar system, and Twinkle's personal affirmation that good manners rock.

The daughter of a Peruvian mom and a Brooklyn-raised, Romanian-Jewish dad, Twinkle's first language was Spanish. With sensitivity and balance, she incorporates both Spanish and English into every performance. Her highly anticipated Spanish version of Just Dance will be released in spring 2018.

Previous albums by Twinkle include Made In The U.S.A. (2012), which was honored with two Global Music Awards (Best Children's Album and Best Children's Song), and Twinkle Time (2009).

Just Dance will be available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CDBaby, on Twinkle's website, and at live Twinkle Time shows.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nomadic Tempest: A Climatopian Spectacle

The City of Vancouver presents the Caravan Stage Company Production of Nomadic Tempest, an experimental rock opera performed on a tall ship.

NOMADIC TEMPEST is a mythical saga of a band of monarch butterflies; forced to migrate due to climate-change. The butterflies serve as a metaphor for today’s Climate Refugees. The Monarchs are from these four global regions: Salish Sea, Syria, China and Mexico.

This is a FREE event and General Admission seating is limited, but you will still need to order tickets through Eventbrite to attend. See website at www.caravanstage.org for more info.

Nomadic Tempest

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Downtown Grocer Helps Spread Much Needed Love to BC Wildfire Victims

Downtown Grocer Helps Spread Much Needed Love to BC Wildfire Victims

Urban Fare Store Manager Michael Huhn and Larry Sugar.
(Photo credit: Maddison Heisler)

In response to overwhelming support and feedback from its customers, Urban Fare has announced it will match donations collected by former Hollywood executive and producer Larry Sugar for the victims of the BC wildfires.

Sugar, a long-time Urban Fare customer, decided last week to setup a table outside the Yaletown grocery store and start collecting donations for BC residents impacted by the fires. The response from customers and the public was quick and generous. “Just over the weekend, we raised about two thousand dollars,” said Sugar. “I even had a homeless man give me twenty cents and tell me that he knew what it was like to lose your home.”

Local Vancouver artist Wendy Williams-Watt lent her famous Big Love Ball to Sugar, to help him grab the attention of passersby.

“The Urban Fare team was really touched by the generosity of our customers,” says Michael Huhn, Urban Fare Store Manager. “I knew right away, we had to find a way to support Larry’s efforts. So we’ve invited him back this weekend and we’re gonna match the donations he collects.”

Sugar will be back outside of the Urban Fare store at 177 Davie Street this Saturday (Aug. 12) and Sunday (Aug. 13), from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Donations he collects will go directly to the Red Cross and Urban Fare will match this amount, up to his fundraising goal of $5,000.00

“It’s not just about the money,” says Huhn. “This is about sharing some love with people that really need it right now.”

About Urban Fare

The first Urban Fare opened its doors in 1999 in the revitalized former warehouse district of Yaletown, in Downtown Vancouver. Today, Urban Fare has grown to include a total of 4 stores in Vancouver’s City Centre as well as one location in Kelowna’s Mission neighbourhood.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teaser Trailer and Poster for Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”

The teaser trailer and teaser poster for Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" that debuted at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim in early July, thrilled the thousands of Disney fans in attendance. The film, which is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

Be sure to share with your friends and check out “A Wrinkle in Time” when it hits theatres on March 9, 2018!

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The Color Run Coming to Vancouver on September 2, 2017 #Happiest5K #DreamInColors

The Color Run is coming to Vancouver on Saturday, September 2! Over 6,000 people came out to The Color Run in Vancouver last year. With a new tour theme and new course elements, this year should be even more exciting!

Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run caters to everyone — from first time runners to seasoned athletes. The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s, creates a 5K environment where anything is possible, unicorns are real and foam clouds make everything better with unforgettable music, color throws and an all new Foam Zone and Dream Wall.

The Color Run

The Color Run, the largest 5k event series in the world, is bringing its 2017 tour theme, The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s, to Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 2, kicking off at 9:00am (at Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds). The Vancouver run benefits Chill Foundation Vancouver. Chill has served more than 20,000 young people since the program began, working with approximately 1,400 youth annually. We work with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in local communities to select youth participants. Everything is provided to the youth at no cost. Chill focuses on the resiliency of its participants to help them reach their full potential and see that there is a path out of their current circumstances. Chill helps them to realize alternatives beyond the struggles they are dealing with.

The Color Run Dream Tour creates a world where anything is possible, unicorns are real and foam clouds make everything better. The 2017 theme will make Color Runners’ dreams a lot more colorful with unforgettable music, color throws and an all new Lay’s Poppables Foam Zone and Dream Wall.

The Color Run announces a new partnership with Lay’s, who will be the 2017 presenting sponsor for the 5k paint races in North America. Lay’s is delighted to add even more vibrancy to The Color Run through flavorful and fun experiences that will uplift participants throughout the day, including experiential activation and free product samples. To learn more about Lay’s, you can visit www.facebook.com/lays.

The Color Run Dream Tour marks the sixth anniversary of The Color Run. The tour will be making stops all around the globe and is anticipated to visit more than 27 countries worldwide in 2017. Registration is open until the start of the run. To register or for more information about The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s, visit ca.thecolorrun.com. Join the #Happiest5K and the #DreamInColors journey on social media by following The Color Run on Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter.

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Award-Winning Randy Kaplan's 6th not-JUST-for-kids album: "Trippin' Round the Mitten"

Award-Winning Randy Kaplan's 6th not-JUST-for-kids album:

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Randy Kaplan, has put his love of Tin Pan Alley, folk, rock. blues, ragtime, bluegrass, and Broadway music on display many times before. Now, with his 6th not-JUST-for-kids album, Trippin' Round the Mitten, he adds hip-hop, pop, doo-wop, and punk to the list.

As indebted to the Marx Brothers and Steve Martin as he is to Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie, Randy Kaplan's blend of American Roots music and comedic storytelling has inspired the likes of NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and People magazine to name him one of the nation's top family entertainers.

Randy Kaplan moved to the suburbs of Detroit two years ago and has already toured or "tripped" around the mitten-shaped state of Michigan many times. Don't expect a Wolverine State travelogue from Trippin' Round the Mitten, though. The rambling that goes on in this album is a stream of consciousness collection where Randy raps and sings his way through songs and parodies about noses, mitten-shaped states, beach antipathy, doo-wop kings, food costumes, sugar traps, Mars missions, and more.

Trippin' Round the Mitten features the radio hit "On the Phone on the Toilet," which was released as an advance single and rose to #2 on the SiriusXM Kids Place Live "13 Under 13" chart, remaining there for 11 weeks. A second single from the record, "Mr. Spaceman," peaked at #1 on the chart. The song riffs on the Holy Modal Rounders' parody of Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bassman," changing it to a tongue-in-cheek lament from a father who expresses jittery reservations about his son's plan to join Elon Musk's mission to colonize Mars.

Known as much for his "eclectic" (OWTK) and "inspired" (Parenthood) parodic covers as for his highly original comedic story-songs, Randy Kaplan takes off on the Maroon 5 mega-hit "Sugar" (exchanging the concupiscence of the original for the tale of an offspring's demand for actual sugar in the form of cookies and candy). Eleni Mandell's honky-tonk number "Tell Me Twice" is transformed into the album's rollicking eponymous track, a personal account of Randy setting off on a one-week concert tour of Michigan and missing his wife and son while he's away.

Like his earlier albums, Trippin' Round the Mitten contains the skits and dialogue woven into boundary-pushing original numbers that Randy Kaplan fans have come to expect, including "Honk Honk" (a rap about the many attributes and liabilities of the nose, which opens with eclectic references to Ambrose Bierce and Dmitri Shostakovich) and "Cat & Mice" (which begins with a reference to jazz master John Coltrane over a free jazz background).

A three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, Randy has released six family albums (independently and with Universal Music and My KaZoo Music) and eight albums for adults. His work has been awarded top honors by NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards, now National Parenting Product Awards), been voted a Top Five CD in the Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Awards, and has appeared on the Top Ten lists of NPR, People magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Fids & Kamily, Zooglobble, OWTK, and many others. His music has been in constant rotation on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live for more than a decade.

Randy Kaplan studied philosophy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds a B.A. in English literature from UCLA. He is a certified high school English teacher and will soon receive his Master of Arts in Teaching degree (in secondary education) from Oakland University.

Trippin' Round the Mitten is available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and at Randy Kaplan's live shows.

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Doctor Recommended Solutions to Beach & Pool Hair Problems

As the summer heats up and everyone is looking to enjoy some seasonal outdoor fun, it’s easy to forget how to properly care for your hair. From the intense heat to the severe damage water can cause, these next few months can be a nightmare for your mane!

Hair restoration expert, Dr. Baiju Gohil, of Robotic Hair Restoration Long of Island (RHRLI), provides the perfect solutions to the most common summer hair problems.

Doctor Recommended Solutions to Beach & Pool Hair Problems

Swimming in the ocean

Sea water has a high concentration of salt, which can cause leaching of water out of your hair, thus making it dry and brittle. This can harden the overall texture of the hair, predisposing split ends. Apply a conditioning treatment prior to entering the ocean. Leaving the conditioner is vital to keeping hair moist and soft. Finally, use a protective hair cream with SPF rating.

Days at the pool

Chlorine water strips your hair of oils that are essential for keeping hair soft and natural; without the oils hair would eventually look like hay. The application of oil and silicone-based products is best in combating the effects of chlorine water. Another option is to apply coconut oil, which helps slow down the absorption of chlorine into the hair.


Prolonged exposure to the sun will damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. This can cause the hair to discolor, become dry and brittle, and even create split ends, thinning and frizziness. Wearing a hat is the best solution. You can also apply and leave in conditioner and/or a protective SPF hair cream.

Humid Days

Human hair is extremely sensitive to humidity. Straight hair becomes wavy and curly hair turns frizzy or even curlier. Humidity causes hair to absorb water differently and unevenly, making it difficult to style. Extra conditioning will help slow down the absorption of excess water. Trimming dried out spilt ends will help minimize frizzing of your hair on humid days. Use a silicone based sealer and limit exposure to the sun's rays, which can cause drying and damage to your hair.

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