Monday, November 25, 2013

QUICK #giveaway: Washable Fashion and the Ultimate Laundry Prizepack! #pgmom

We're pretty easy going over here, and I think everything we own is machine washable. In fact most of our stuff doesn't even get sorted, it just gets tossed in the wash!  And now thanks to Tide Pods my tween and teen pitch in and help with the laundry! It's just so easy! No measuring, no mess, just toss in a pod!

Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the woman behind Canada’s iconic fashion brand, Pink Tartan, knows a thing or two about looking chic. As creative director and president for one of Canada’s most successful women’s wear lines and mom, Kim shares her style secrets for looking great on the go:

Timeless pieces are always in fashion
We’re all guilty of committing fashion crimes, but building a wardrobe founded in timeless pieces will ensure your look is always on point. By choosing pieces you can wear season after season, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your wardrobe. To keep my washable pieces looking their best, I launder with Tide Pods - an item every woman needs to have in her fabric care arsenal.

You don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality
As my collection evolves, I want to ensure I’m making clothing for the modern woman. The Washable Collection was developed for her. Each piece is made from quality washable fabrics that can be easily cared for. I recommend Tide Pods to care for all washable garments as they dissolve quickly and are easy to use.

Modern style is about care
Sometimes being chic is as simple as keeping your clothes looking crisp and clean. Imagine browsing your favourite shop if the clothing looked less than polished? It would alter the way you looked at the garment. I believe we should care for our clothing as you would other items you cherish. Using Tide Pods protects your favourite pieces and helps keep them looking their best.

Enter to win an Ultimate Laundry Prizepack (arv $52) containing:
Tide Pods, Downy Infusions, and Downy Unstopables
(open to CANADA, ends Nov 27th at 11:59pm EST)
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*Disclosure:I am a #PGmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are honest and 100% my own.
*NOTE: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program, however, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected.

QUICK #giveaway: Febreze Sleep Serenity #pgmom

Oh how I LOVE Febreze! and the new Sleep Serenity line? It's my absolute favourite! The light dreamy scents are JUST RIGHT for my sensitive scent needs and I find it makes me go "ahhhhhhh" and sets the scent scene for sleeping!

Febreze is introducing the NEW Febreze Sleep Serenity collection in three scents – Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine. The new collection helps transform any bedroom into a peaceful environment ideal for sleeping.

 Unwinding during the hours before you climb into bed can make a big difference. Febreze has partnered with the National Sleep Foundation for some recommended tips that will have you counting sheep in no time:

Establish a regular bedtime: Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. Trying to catch up on sleep on the weekends can actually have a reverse effect on the body, and make you feel more tired when Monday rolls around.

Create a sleep haven: Create an environment that promotes sleep – one that is quiet, dark, cool and comfortable. Fresh sheets, cooling pillows and black out shades seem to do the trick.

Fill the air: Incorporate soothing fragrances into your bedtime routine to help relax and unwind. Febreze Sleep Serenity collection’s calming scents in Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine help create a soothing bedtime atmosphere.

Exercising: Getting your body moving is one of the best things you can do to help you sleep. Exercise anytime, as long as it doesn’t cut into your shuteye.

Nighttime beverages: Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and soft drinks after noon. Caffeine-free herbal tea or warm milk are great options prior to nestling into your sheets.

Available in a bedside diffuser, bedroom mist, bedroom diffuser, or bedding refresher, the Febreze Sleep Serenity collection eliminates odours and fills the bedroom with long lasting, relaxing scents that don’t overpower the room.

(open to CANADA, ends Nov 27th at 11:59pm EST)
What keeps you up at night? Share why you could use a little extra help sleeping for a chance to win the new Febreze Sleep Serenity giveaway valued at $40*, which includes nine new products:
  • Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedside Diffuser in Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine
  • Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist in Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine
  • Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedding Refresher in Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine
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*Disclosure:I am a #PGmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are honest and 100% my own.
*NOTE: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program, however, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected.

Give Back with Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys

I absolutely LOVE when opportunities come in that enable my girls and I to just have fun creating together! This time is was a big red box from Kellogg's full of supplies for us to take on the challenge of the #TreatsForToys program!

This holiday season, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal would like to partner with families to turn delicious treats into toys for children in need across Canada.

Taking part is as easy as 1-2-3!
1) Make a toy-shaped treat using Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
2) Take a picture of your toy-shaped treat
3) Upload your photo to

For every original photo of a treat uploaded to, Kellogg will make a donation of $20 to The Salvation Army, up to a maximum of $30,000. The Salvation Army will use this donation to buy toys for children in need across Canada this holiday season.

So what did my girls and I create??

Isn't he cute?? The teen started by giving him a cool bowtie, and then we all got the giggles and added in suspenders and fringed mustache for movember! We had a GREAT time, and I love knowing that a donation will be made to Salvation Army just because of our creation!

So what are you waiting for??
What will you and your family create??
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Disney's Planes - Now on DVD and Blu-ray

Finally, Planes is out on DVD! I'm so excited. I loved the Cars movies and I couldn't wait to see this one with the kids. We sat down to watch this one together as a family the other night and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It required a lot of more of my attention then I was expecting from a kids movie. It had a great plot and one that you really had to follow. I love the story of Dusty Crophopper, and how some of the other planes take him under their wing even though it could mean losing the big race. And there is definitely a lesson to be learned about trusting the right people. Such a great family movie.

From the back of the DVD:

The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney's high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems....he's not exactly built for speed, plus he's afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar. Experience Disney's uplifting story of bravery and friendship on Blu-ray with never-before-seen bonus features.

Planes is available now on Blu-ray and DVD, go get your copy you won't be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of Planes to help facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Friday, November 22, 2013

Buh-Bye Sensitive Teeth! Take the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Challenge! #ColgateSensitive

Seriously, having sensitive teeth drives me crazy! I hate cringing when taking bites off my favourite banana ice pop, or trying to eat an ice cream cone faster because it's melting, or when you have a cold and pop a menthol lozenge in your mouth and then try to breathe and the contrast of hot/cold gets you, or another is that I can't drink my favourite beverage, ice water, without using a straw!! That sharp twinge of PAIN is awful! I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it all!

That's why I jumped at the chance to take the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Challenge!

Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste is formulated to shield and repair sensitive teeth for long-lasting protection (with regular use). Most other sensitivity toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which primarily numbs the tooth nerve, masking the pain of tooth sensitivity, and will take 2 weeks of use before relief is delivered. Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste works by plugging the channels that lead to the sensitive tooth nerves, to block the pain. With regular use, it builds a long-lasting protective barrier that acts like a seal against sensitivity.
Did you know that the common causes of tooth sensitivity is Gum Recession, Acidic Beverages, and Brushing Incorrectly? Learn more here!
Try the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Challenge for yourself!
Just fill out this form and they'll send you a free trial-sized 22ml Colgate Sensitive toothpaste and a coupon for $1 off when you purchase Colgate Sensitive!
After you've given it a try,  REVIEW the toothpaste online for a chance to win one (1) NESPRESSO® U Pure Orange coffee machine and one (1) gift basket containing a 1 year supply of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief products!

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? Well you don't need to anymore!
Give it a try! I'd love to know what you think!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

30th Anniversary Editions of Winnie the Pooh A Very Merry Pooh Year and Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary Edition
 Ring in the holidays with a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Disney’s timeless tale sparkles like never before on Blu-ray and Digital Copy, with fully-restored classic holiday shorts, plus all-new bonus features. Coming November 5th, 2013.
Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season. Share this wonderful holiday treat with the whole family.

Winnie the Pooh A Very Merry Pooh Year 30th Anniversary Edition
Get ready to ring in the season with a full-length adventure straight from the heart of the Hundred Acre
Wood!  Join Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Roo and the whole gang in Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year – now on Blu-ray™ and Digital Copy for the very first time. Newly re-mastered in digital high definition, this sparkling holiday classic is an inspiring celebration of friendship.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Rabbit will only discover the true spirit of the season after his pals make misguided New Year’s resolutions to change – with hilarious and heartfelt results! Featuring beloved characters, delightful songs and fun-filled bonus goodies, this special “Gift of Friendship Edition” is sure to become a shared family tradition for generations to come!

Both of these heartwarming and nostalgic movies were released for the first time ever on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def on November 5th and I couldn't have been more excited! I remember watching these when I was a kid and l loved being able to share them with my kids. My kids especially loved watching "The Art of Skiing" on the Mickey's Christmas Carol, you remember that one, it's the one where Goofy is learning the right way to be an avid skier. It's still funny even after seeing so many times. It had been a while for me so it was almost like watching them new again!

Look for these titles in stores now!

*Disclaimer: I was sent copies of the above reviewed DVD's for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

THE SPARKLE BOX by Jill Hardie - #giveaway

I'm so happy to share this wonderful children's Christmas book with you. This book arrived here at just the perfect time, in the midst of family crisis. But it's powerful story reminded us that you should ALWAYS give, even when you feel like you don't have anything to offer.

* The book comes with a Sparkle Box! *
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's mom explains that the things that they've been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.

THE SPARKLE BOX - Official Book Trailer from Ideals Books on Vimeo.

Author Bio
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.
One lucky reader will win a copy of The Sparkle Box!
(open to Can/US, ends Dec 1st at 11:59pm EST)
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#WordlessWednesday - Getting by through #grief

It's been a long 20 days since my life was turned upside down. I may not have been happy but it was still a blindside. I am now finally coming out of the tunnel and forcing myself to pickup the pieces and find ME again. I've been missing for quite a while...I just want to stop and thank you all for the emails, messages, etc. It was so nice to hear from you, with your kinds words, and offerings of shoulders and prayers! I'm definitely not 100%, or even 85% but I'm getting there.

Here's a peek at the last week-ish or so, finding joy and trying to see little blessings etc..

1. Finding peace in little quotes on pinterest etc.
2. Georgie cat LOVED the moving boxes!
3. We had snow! and thankfully it went away again! (re: final photo...I have NO jacket or winter coat!! so stay away snow till I find something awesome at the thrift shop!)
4. Teen got a Dr.Who encyclopedia from a friend for her birthday..then they decided to kick back and watch it..i admit that I totally got sucked in!
5, 6 and 7: I got to putting new little touches up around the house. (5 is instagram prints in a frame I had, 6 is an AWESOME painting I picked up for $4!! and 7 is a sweet deal too! pic was $3 vase was $1 and dried flowers $2 so total $6!)
8. Tried out, and LOVE, Dark Roast from Tim Hortons (currently in a pilot project here in London ON, and Columbus OH)
9 and 10..back to baking and creating..LOVE!
11. I found comfort in a couple womens bible studies
12. FINALLY into the 150's!! ok, 159.9 but i'm loving it, and I did 3.5km this morning! That's 30 lbs in 1/2 a year...and hence I have no jacket/coat to keep me warm! Seriously it's like a bathrobe on me! Worth it!

Let me know if you have a Wordless Wednesday to check out! :)
Monday, November 18, 2013

Tim Hortons tests out Dark Roast in London Ontario - #giveaway

I have been to Tim Hortons more since Nov 4th than any of my regular coffee stops...why? Because that's when Tim Hortons here in London Ontario launched a pilot program to see what we think of their new Dark Roast coffee....and it's GOOOOOOD! I'm definitely a fan of a nice bold cup o' joe and this one has me hooked!

“Coffee drinkers have told us they enjoy variety when it comes to their coffee and according to our research, many of them consumed dark roast coffee in the past month.  As a coffee leader, our new Dark Roast is a natural addition to our coffee portfolio,” said Dave McKay, vice president beverages, Tim Hortons. “Guests will continue to be able to enjoy their Tim Hortons Original blend but those looking for a darker blend can now get it with the ease and convenience of Tim Hortons; a place they already trust for premium quality coffee.”
The Tim Hortons Dark Roast is a brand new blend made from 100 per cent Arabica beans, sourced from the world’s most renowned coffee regions. This special blend is roasted to bring out the full, rich flavour and aroma of a dark roast coffee, while ensuring a perfectly smooth finish.
The new Tim Hortons Dark Roast coffee will be served 20-minutes fresh and available throughout the day in the same cup sizes and at the same price as Tim Hortons Original coffee blend.
(source: Tim Hortons Facebook)
ONE lucky LONDON ON area reader will win a $25 gift card to try out the new Dark Roast at Tim Hortons!
(Winner must live within 50km of London ON)
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*Disclosure: I received 2 $25 gc's in exchange for this post. One for myself and one for a winner.

Never Land Rescue - Jake and the Never Land Pirates - on dvd Nov 19th

I have heard about Jake and the Never Land Pirates for a while now but we don't have cable and so we have been able to watch it. Christy was kind enough to ask me to share this wonderful DVD with my kids and boy am I glad she did! My kids absolutely LOVED it! They watched it 4 times in 2 days! (I don't normally let them watch that much TV but it kept them quiet while I cooked dinner, don't judge ;) )

Of course this was also my first exposure to Jake and the Never Land Pirates and I really enjoyed it as well. I didn't get annoyed with the characters and I found the songs nice to listen to and actually quite catchy!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Never Land Rescue is set to land in stores on November 19, 2013.


In “Jake and the NeverLand Pirates: Never Land Rescue,” Jake embarks on his most heroic mission ever as the magic of Never Land begins to disappear just as the ancient Forever Tree seems to be fading away. After a mysterious figure known as “The Guardian” arrives to explain that only the pirate who truly believes in himself can save Never Land from vanishing completely, Jake must break off from the rest of his crew and go alone on a mission to save the Forever Tree, the source of magic throughout all of Never Land. Guiding Jake on his quest is Tinker Bell, who makes her first-ever appearance in the series.

Talent: Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s Jessie, Grown Ups) as Jake, Madison Pettis (Disney Channel’s Cory in the House, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and 3, The Game Plan) as Izzy, Jonathan Morgan Heit (Bedtime Stories) as Cubby, David Arquette (Scream movies) as Skully, and Corey Burton (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Captain Hook.

Executive Producer: Rob LaDuca
Producer: Mark Seidenberg
Director: Howy Parkins
Run Time: Approx. 145 minutes
Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Street Date: November 19, 2013 (Director Prebook: 9/10; Dist. Prebook: 9/24)
Packaging: 1-Disc DVD + Jake Sword with Glow-in the-Dark Stickers

“Jake and the NeverLand Pirates: Never Land Rescue”
“It’s a Pirate Picnic”/ “The Key to Skull Rock”
“The Golden Twilight Treasure”/“Rock The Croc!”
“Jake and Sneaky Le Beak”/ “Cubby the Brave”
“Jake’s Special Delivery”/ “Seahorse Saddle-Up!”
Bonus Features: 8 “Playing with Skully” Shorts (Sailing The Never Sea, Where’s Sandy?, Pulley Hook, North Bound, Diving In The Coral Reef, Ship Ahoy!, Pirate Puzzle, Coconuts On Pirate Island)

Check out an exclusive clip of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue.”
Friday, November 15, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire prizepack #giveaway!

My teen squealed with excitement when I got this prizepack in the mail today. She is a big BIG Hunger Games fan! She devoured the books, LOVED the first movie and is impatiently awaiting Catching Fire! Me? I really like to read the books before I see the movie so I better get a move on and get that 2nd book read ASAP!

After winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns home to District 12 along with fellow winner Peeta Mellark. Shortly after returning home, they must embark on a “Victory Tour” of the districts, leaving behind their close friends and family again. On the day of the Victory Tour, President Snow threatens Katniss’ best friend and pretend cousin, Gale Hawthorne, outraged after she and Peeta broke the rules of the 74th Hunger Games that allowed them both to win. During the tour, Katniss senses that a rebellion is brewing in the districts, but the Capitol is still firmly in control as Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, known as a Quarter Quell, an event taken place every 25 years – a competition that could change Panem forever.

I have a sweet Catching Fire prizepack for one of my lucky US readers!

Prizepack contains:
- One (1) movie poster
- One (1) official movie T-shirt with Mockingjay logo
- Two (2) wristbands 
- One (1) iPhone cleaner
- One (1) iPhone dot
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#GIVEAWAY - Kings Faith available on DVD now!

Eighteen foster homes. Nine arrests. One life-changing moment.
After Brendan King’s life spiraled to rock bottom, the teen found hope in a new relationship with Christ while serving time in a juvenile penitentiary. Recently released from prison, Brendan finds solace in the foster home of a couple struggling with suppressed grief.
As the city-bred teen enrolls at a suburban high school, he finds support from a group of believers. Yet the bonds of his old way of life—and the gang that wants to know where he hid their stash on a long-ago night—are strong. In his darkest moment, Brendan found faith. Now he must decide if it’s worth the price to hold on to it.
KING’S FAITH is produced by DiBella and Faith Street Film Partners LLC, a Rochester, NY-based collective of filmmakers, churches, investors, and supporters.   

KING’S FAITH is a compelling story 
which features solid acting and a good storyline.”  
The Dove Foundation

KING’S FAITH is a very redemptive, uplifting movie
extolling the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” 

KING’S FAITH stars Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield (The Women of Brewster Place, Madea’s Family Reunion), Crawford Wilson (Judging AmyZoey 101), Kayla Compton (Entourage), and James McDaniel (Malcolm XNYPD Blue).
KING’S FAITH features the themes of courage, forgiveness and overcoming your past highlighted with the important message of youth in foster care. The film prompts audiences to consider many of the questions they struggle with today: How can I stand firm in my faith when life’s challenges put me to the test?   Where do I turn when I feel paralyzed by loss and grief?  Can I find true forgiveness from my wrong choices?

You may remember back in April, Christy posted a review about this amazing and powerful movie, she mentioned sitting down with a friend to watch it and guess what? That was me! I remember this movie and I remember it being an AMAZING movie. The plot just flowed and the situations were true to life. This is one of those movies to sit down with your teens or even pre-teens to watch, it's hard to make the right choice sometimes but the rewards for making the right choice are priceless!

One VERY lucky reader of Home of OHM is going to win a copy of Kings Faith on DVD, enter on the Rafflecopter form below, and Good Luck!

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Dora the Explorer DVD: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular! #Giveaway

Got a little Dora fan in your home? or a little figure skater?
We have FIVE copies of Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular to giveaway!!

Lace up because Dora is gliding back to stores with three new-to-DVD adventures in Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!
Join Dora and Boots as they skate to the rescue of the Snow Princess, Snow Fairy, and all their Snowy Forest friends! Plus, enjoy two extra adventures as Dora catches a runaway train and races to rescue Boots with her puppy and Scooter. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular! will be released on DVD on November 5, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular! Episode Synopses:

  • Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular ~ It’s up to Dora to help the Snow Princess and the Snowy Forest creatures get their ice skates back from the Ice Witch so everyone can enjoy ice skating again.
  • Catch that Shape Train! ~ Dora and Boots are making a Shape Train in Boots’ sticker book, but the train goes rolling down the track without Círculo the steering wheel.
  • Dora and Perrito to the Rescue ~ It’s a barking big rescue when Dora hops aboard her talking Scooter and sets out with her brave puppy Perrito to fish Boots out of the Big River before he goes over a waterfall.

This would make a great gift for your little Dora fans or even a great selection for your next family movie night! Grab the popcorn and snacks and sit down to watch Dora's latest adventures.

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#GIVEAWAY Turbo Blu-Ray/DVD #TurboFastFun

On your marks, get set, GO!!!  Enter to win a copy of TURBO on blu-ray right here!

Top Unlikely Human and Animal Friendships in Film

Turbo, racing onto DVD and Blu-ray November 12

What do a garden snail and a taco truck owner have in common? Well, in most cases the answer would probably be “nothing.” However, in the comedy-adventure Turbo, both characters have a huge dream that they need one another to accomplish. 
Turbo is a garden snail with an incredible gift of speed, but no one to believe in him. Until he met Tito, a taco truck owner who was down on his luck with business. In a race against time to pursue their dreams, the two meet in the knick of time to enter in the Indy 500, and change their lives forever. Directed by David Soren, Turbo is “a movie both kids AND adults will adore!” (Deidre Behar, Clevyer News) and features laugh-out-loud performances from an incredible voice cast of today’s biggest stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolf, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson. 

To help you warm up your engines for this hysterical film, we’ve compiled a list of other films that have unlikely animal and human friendships in family film! 

Dr. Doolittle
Eddie Murphy stars as the title character in 1998’s Dr. Doolittle, a film about a doctor who realizes he has the unique ability to understand and talk to animals! Dr. Doolittle befriends a dog named Lucky (voiced by Norm Macdonald), and Lucky helps him realize his true calling as someone who was meant to bond with and help animals. With Lucky’s (and many other animals’) help, Dr. Doolittle is able to save a very sick tiger, which aids in bringing his family closer together and helps his medical practice. 

Free Willy
In 1993’s Free Willy, 12 year-old Jesse is forced to work at a theme park as penance for vandalizing it. There, he meets and befriends Willy, a captive orca whale with a collapsed dorsal fin. Because Willy responds to Jesse’s commands, he earns a long-term job at the park. Jesse eventually learns that the park’s management has plans to kill Willy in order to collect the $1 million insurance policy on him. In an iconic showdown scene, Jesse guides Willy up and over a rock wall to freedom, where he returns to his family. 

Mary Poppins
In the Academy Award-winning 1964 film Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews stars as the title character. This magical nanny takes charge of the Banks children, and along with her dear friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), takes the children on a delightful adventure through an animated park, where the group dances and gallivants with various cartoon animals (including penguins, horses, and foxes). After teaching the children and their parents some valuable lessons about family, Mary Poppins leaves the Banks’ home, having changed their lives for the better.

How To Train Your Dragon
2010’s computer-animated film, How to Train Your Dragon, tells the story of Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a young Viking teenager, who aspires to be a dragon slayer. After capturing his first dragon, he realizes he doesn’t want to kill it and instead befriends it. Hiccup names the dragon Toothless, and fashions a prosthetic tail for him so that he can fly again. Hiccups tries to show his village the true nature of the dragons – that they are actually not cruel – and, eventually, is able to convince the Vikings and dragons to work together.

Dreamers Tito (Michael Pena) and Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) are a perfect friendship match when they cross paths. Even though Turbo can only speak to Tito through written words, Tito helps him accomplish his dream of racing in the Indy 500 and Turbo saves Tito’s taco business!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Getting Tasty With DK Canada and Saving 30%

Have you seen the Tasty DK section over at DK Canada? It's filled with everything from wine encyclopedias to cookbooks to please every type of foodie. And right now everything is 30% off and when you spend $50 shipping is free! I had a chance to review two of the many cookbooks offered in the section and here's what I thought:

Vegetables Please

Vegetables Please
This cookbook is right up my alley; I try to cook at least three meatless meals a week so when Vegetables Please: The more vegetables, less meat cookbook showed up for review I nearly squealed in delight! Filled with delicious and satisfying recipes where vegetables are the main focus of the meal. With options to add meat or seafood if you want. 

My personal favourite section of the book is at the section titled Pantry Essentials right at the beginning of the book. It describes what all the vegetables are and how they can best be used to enhance each dish. And then a handy section describing various herbs and oils and how they can be used as well. There were some listed that I have always wondered about and never knew where or how to use them!

Each recipe is laid out with the ingredients down the side and step by step instructions to the right. They give a great little description of the dish with ideas for swapping harder to find ingredients. And of course at the bottom they give a meat suggestion and how to incorporate it into the recipe. 

I have one complaint about this particular cookbook and that is there aren't enough pictures of the recipes. I love to see what the finished product looks like to make sure I made the dish right. While I may not have the presentation skills that a chef has, I like to at least know that I have cooked the meal mostly right ;)

Cooking Season by Season

Cooking Season by SeasonThis is another cookbook that really speaks to me. I love the idea of cooking based on the season but I've never really looked into what's "in season" until recently. It's hard to keep up ;). This cookbook is packed with 1000 recipes using ingredients at their peak.

Filled with snippets of information about the seasonal foods for each season and delicious mouth watering recipes, with pictures for most, I should be able to start cooking seasonally. It's broken down into Spring, Early Summer, High Summer, Fall, Early Winter and Late Winter, with a full index int he back for quick reference. 

This one has more pictures but still not a picture for every recipe. Cookbook writers take note, pictures are important! :)

#WordlessWednesday - Georgie Cat looks how i feel...

If you read this post on Saturday, you know that my life is in chaos right now, and my blogging is very much 'on hold'.
Keep an eye on my blog though, as @tabithapye will be posting a bunch of my reviews/giveaways for me. She's so awesome! :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Home of OHM is 'ON HOLD' until further notice

Just wanted to take a quick minute and just let you all know that Home of OHM will be 'on hold' until further notice. My life has suddenly been turned upside down, and frankly I just can't do this.

I hope to be back soon, or at least have some guest posters in soon to help with my posts, giveaways, etc.