Sunday, April 13, 2014

Read the Book, See the Movie. Free Scene Points with Book Purchase @ Chapters

With so many movies made into film adaptations, Chapters has partnered with Scene to offer free scene points with the purchase of a book that has been turned into a movie! I personally like to read the book before I see the film so I think this is a great promotion! With every book you purchase, you receive 250 scene points. Check out the full list of eligible titles here.

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Now Available on DVD

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace is now out on DVD. Based on the popular animated series on Disney Junior, Sofia  embarks on an adventure under the sea! 


Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will – when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend’s secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona’s enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun – plus three more exciting episodes – Sofia the First: The Floating Palace proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!

Everyone's favourite mermaid, Ariel, makes a special cameo apperance to help Sofia on her quest and remind her the importance of helping others. There are plenty of new songs in this fun movie and characters that this little red-head meets. In addition to The Floating Palace, there are three more episodes for you to enjoy! 

- Tri-Kingdowm Picnic
- Finding Clover
- Make Way for Miss Nettle

The DVD also comes with two friendship bracelets in pink and purple for your child to share! Sofia the First: The Floating Palace is out in stores now and you can save $6 when you buy this DVD and any other eligible Disney Junior DVD by printing out this coupon. This is the perfect movie to add to your DVD collection for fans of the little princess!


Disclaimer: The product mentioned above was provided by the company for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Savvy Shopping, Deals and Reviews and have not been influenced in any other way.

Top 50 Books 50% Off at Chapters

Chapters is having a great sale online only by offering 50% off the top 50 hottest selling books! This is the perfect time to stock up for your summer reading to so take advantage of this promotion here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Disney's The Pirate Fairy Out on Blu-ray & DVD April 1st


The Pirate Fairy is the newest flick in Tinkerbell's world and is full of swashbuckling adventure, friendship and pixie dust that  needs saving!

Synopsis: From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. 


Coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD,  the movie comes packed with bonus features!

- Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Never Land
- Croc-u-mentary
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of "The Frigate That Flies"
- Sing-Along Songs

It was cool to see the movie tie in characters that we know and love from Peter Pan. The Pirate Fairy is out in stores on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1, 2014.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned above was provided by the company for review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Savvy Shopping, Deals and Reviews and have not been influenced in any other way.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vancouver International Auto Show 2014

Klout and Chevrolet invited me to visit the Vancouver International Auto Show this weekend so I went with my family to check out the latest models coming out on the market. Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, all the well known car brands were present and had plenty of cars for you to test drive, sit in and learn more about. There was also a corner full of exotic cars (which are some of my favourite cars to see!). 

#ChevyPerks

Chevrolet Stingray
Chevrolet Stingray in metallic blue!
Ford Mustang
Infiniti Red Bull race car
Lamborghini - reminds me of the Batman batmobile!
Lotus
Ferrari. Can someone get this car for me?
McLaren
Porsche
Smart car with wings!
Audi R8
Acura TLX
Honda Fit
Lexus
Kia Whitecaps van
The Auto Show will be in Vancouver for another day, so don't miss out! Grab your tickets here.

Noodle Box Celebrates Main Street Opening

Noodle Box celebrated their grand opening in Mount Pleasant today by giving away free noodles from noon till 5pm and I went to check it out since I love noodles! Guests were able to choose any stir fry noodle box from the menu and donations were collected to benefit the Mount Pleasant community. You choose which type of noodles you want and then then protein you want. I went with the Pad Thai with shrimp. They also offer curry and soups. Located right on the corner of Main St and Broadway, Noodle Box is sure to be a hit with the locals! Be sure to visit them next time you're in the area!



We were treated to samples of Cambodian spring rolls.
Adorable take out box!
Pad Thai stir-fry noodles.

Friday, March 28, 2014

DisneyNature's Bears - Advanced Screening Passes Giveaway!


Bears is the newest Disneynature true life adventure that captures breathtaking footage of a year in the life of two mother bears as they raise their young cubs. Set in Alaska, it starts just as winter is coming to an end and the bears come out of hibernation to face the cold. Follow their journey as they work together to find food and survive the dangers of the wilderness.





Bears is in theatres on April 18th, 2014 in time to celebrate Earth Day. One of my lucky readers can win a family pack of 4 tickets to the advanced screening of Bears on April 12th by entering the Rafflecopter form below!

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Walt Disney Upcoming 2014 Spring/Summer Movie Releases


Walt Disney has a impressive slate of movies being released this spring and summer and I can't be more excited! Check out what to expect below:


CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

MARVEL STUDIOS
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo


After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

BEARS

DISNEYNATURE
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Narrator:          John C. Reilly
Directors:          Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey


In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  

Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theatres April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM

DISNEY
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin
Director: Craig Gillespie


Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India — the boys, who have never left their rural villages — are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) — learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

MALEFICENT (In Disney Digital 3D™)

DISNEY
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville
Director: Robert Stromberg


"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.    

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (In Disney Digital 3D™)


WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS
Release Date: July 18, 2014
Voice Cast:      Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara
Director:           Bobs Gannawa


 
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

MARVEL STUDIOS 
Release Date: August 1, 2014 
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
Director: James Gunn


From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.


THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

DREAMWORKS PICTURES
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Cast:                Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri
Director:           Lasse Hallström
Producers:        Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake



In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all-out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Vancouver International Auto Show 2014 (Mar 25-30)

The Vancouver International Auto Show is back this week at the Convention Centre in Downtown Vancouver! Happening March 25 to 30, the newest models of cars will be on display for you to see. Don’t forget to check out the luxury super cars as well! General admission starts at $10/15. To find out more information about the show or buy tickets here.

20% All LEGO at London Drugs

London Drugs is having a sale on all LEGO products this week. It's a great time to pick up newer sets that have not been on sale before to add to your collection! Check out what they have in stock here.

The Noodle Box Grand Opening Celebration (Mar 29)

The Noodle Box is opening up a new location on Main Street (2511 Main Street, Vancouver BC) and they are celebrating by giving out free noodle boxes! Happening this Saturday, March 29th, you can get your own stir fry noodle box for absolutely free from noon until 5pm. Donations would be appreciated and would benefit the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Head on down for some noodles and community spirit!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blue Man Group Entertains In Vancouver

 
The Blue Man Group is in Vancouver performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until March 30th and I had the pleasure of attending on opening night earlier this week. The show is 90 minutes of fun, full of music, humour and audience interaction. The Blue Men play on PVC pipes and it's pretty awesome when it all comes together (plus I really like anything to do with drumming), with their band joining in. It is neat to see music being created out of anything from eating cereal to plastic pipes. Audience participation is encouraged, and the Blue Men will seek out audience members to go on stage as part of a skit or art project, so don't be shy! You'll be laughing throughout the show at their funny antics. The show ends with a giant dance party where everyone is told to get up and shake their behind, streamers shoot out over the audience and there are giant balloons bounce above the crowd. 



You'll get a chance to meet the band after the show and admire the art created. Blue Man Group is a very different type of show, but fun(ny) and definitely worth seeing! Visit Broadway Across Canada for tickets.