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Friday, November 21, 2014

HGG2014: Get Your Superhero on with Hasbro's Line of Captain America Gear {review}

'Fess up. You dreamed of being a superhero when you were a kid, didn't you? Excitement and special powers and crime fighting. It's all pretty alluring. Playing superheros was a favourite pastime when I was in elementary school, and I don't think much has changed. Except that now the kids have access to super cool gear they can use for dress-up superhero play!
Check out my little Captain America
Hasbro has a great line of Captain America role play gear that is timely with the excitement around the release of  Marvel's "Captain America: Winter Soldier" earlier this year. Captain America and all his fellow Marvel heroes are hot right now.

Boo has been trying out the Stealthfire Shield and Battle Helmet, having a great time striking poses and shooting darts. 

The Marvel Captain America Super Soldier Gear Stealthfire Shield has a little surprise for the enemies - just pull on the handle and the centre of the shield pops up to reveal 4 dart launchers, armed with 4 Nerf N-Strike Elite foam darts. The darts shoot up to 20 feet, and the launchers automatically retract once they've fired. This shield also features a rail system attachment for other Super Soldier Gear items (each sold separately) to customize your shield for battle.

Pair this up with the Marvel Captain America Super Soldier Gear Battle Helmet for even more fun. The helmet includes a button-activated light-up visor and a missile-firing projectile rocket launcher. Shoot right from your helmet just by pressing a button! The helmet also has a rail system, allowing the launcher to be connected in three different areas. Additional attachments are also available for purchase to further customize your helmet. This one requires 2 AAA batteries for the light-up visor, so be sure to include those when gifting.

Rated for ages 5 and up, the Stealthfire Shield and Battle Helmet each retail for approximately $24.99.

Both of these got a big thumbs up from Boo, even without the add-ons, but for reference, you can also get the Recon Rangefinder and/or Dualshot Gauntlet accessories for approximately $9.99 each. These attach via the rail system. Oh! And the Dualshot Gauntlet needs 2 AAA batteries.

The whole Marvel line from Hasbro should appeal to the school-aged boys on your list this year. If role play is not their thing, try the line of action figures in 3.75, 6, or 12 inch models. They even have Marvel superhero options for the toddlers and preschoolers in your life.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have You Tried the New #SilkCreamyCashew?

I freely admit that I am not a fan of drinking milk. I don't have any lactose issues, and I love many dairy products, but for whatever reason I've never liked milk. Except when I was pregnant. I couldn't get enough of it in my third trimester.

I tried soy beverages years ago, but I apparently do have soy protein issues. So I turned to nut milks. And ... yum!

I've been using almond milk in my morning smoothies for ages, but now I have another option. And it's from my favourite nut!!!
Silk Creamy Cashew drink #spon
NEW Silk Creamy Cashew is now available in Canada, and will soon be in the US as well. It has a nice, creamy texture, and the cashew taste is great. With as much calcium as dairy milk, and only 60 calories per serving (33% less calories than skim milk), this is a great alternative. Free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG. No artificial or and GMO free. And it's a great source of Vitamin D, something we especially need at this dark time of year. So not only does it taste good, it is a great choice for many allergen-aware and health-conscious diets.

I've been drinking this "straight" as well as using it in smoothies. It adds a subtle nutty flavour to the fruit. My latest fave smoothie includes 1 banana, 1 cup frozen raspberries, a big tablespoon of whey protein powder, some plain Greek yogourt, and about a cup of Silk Creamy Cashew, or whatever it takes to get the consistency I want. Delish! The Creamy Cashew also tastes great on cereal, which means I might actually eat more cereal now.

To learn more about Silk Creamy Cashew and the rest of the Silk line of products, why not join them on their Facebook page?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

HGG2014: Splash 'N Boots Are Back! New CD "Happy Times" Is Available Now {Review & Giveaway}

Music is a big deal in our family, as it always was in my family growing up. My brother and I could spin Mom's Beatles' 45s on that old portable turntable practically before we could feed ourselves. And we were always singing and dancing and putting on shows for our parents.  Boo and I have spent many an hour dancing and singing around the living room, or in the tub, or the car, or wherever. Now that he's older his musical tastes are quite diverse, and he's rocking his electric guitar lessons. Hubs and the Teen are heading to a concert Friday night, and I know Boo can't wait to be old enough to join them downtown. 

In the meantime, we still love great kids' music, and Splash 'N Boots remains one of our faves. Just in time for holiday gifting, they've released their 8th CD - "Happy Times" - and it is chock full of cheerful and dance-able tunes that had me tapping my feet and bouncing in my chair while I screened it.
Splash 'N Boots "Happy Times" CD, children's music

"Happy Times" contains 12 tracks from this 3-time Canadian Children's Group of the Year, 6 of which will be in heavy rotation across Canada on Treehouse TV with their music videos. 

“We're so excited to finally share this new album with our fans,” says Taes (pronounced 'Tess'), the group's 'Boots'. “We've been working on “Happy Times” for a year now and have already filmed six music videos, so can't wait to finally release it!”

The CD released early this month and is available now from

All songs are upbeat and full of happy rhythms. A few of my fave tracks:

"Go With the Flow" - This one is all about being yourself. If you're a monkey, then dance like a monkey, or whatever feels right. "You can find a dance that works for you."

"What I Like About Me" - This song grabbed me with its positive and affirming lyrics that encourage kids to appreciate even the small things about them that make them special. Songs that promote self-esteem definitely get my vote.

"Stereo" - Pure fun factor. I can't stay still when this one is on. "Jumpin' up and down to the ster-e-er-e-o-o-o!" The beat is contagious and the lyrics are cute and silly about animals playing around and making music.

The last song on the CD, "I Love You So," is almost a re-telling of the sweet nothings I would whisper to Boo when he was a baby. I think it might just become an anthem that parents will be singing to their wee ones across the country.

This CD would make a great gift for new parents. pre-schoolers and young kids in general. Encourage a love of good music early :)

A Giveaway

Do you know someone who would love this CD too? Enter below for your chance to win! Entries will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 8. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.
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