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Summer toy ideas for kids

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

We asked 12-year old Chief Play Officer for Toys “R” Us Canada, Alex Thorne, for summer toy ideas and he did not disappoint!

Nerf – Super Soaker – Tri Strike Crossbow Soaker
By HasbrO
Soak like a champ with this incredibly versatile Tri Strike Crossbow soaker! It’s shaped like a crossbow and its arms deploy for two different modes of soakage. When the arms are in, you can fire a single stream of water at targets up to 38 feet away! But if you’re going for a bigger soaking at closer range, deploy the arms for a triple stream of water! This large-capacity soaker holds up to 40 ounces of water, so you’ll be the top drencher with the Tri Strike Crossbow!

  • Price: $32.99
  • Ages: 6 – 14 years

Rebelle Dolphina Bow Soaker
By Hasbro
Step up with strength and style and bow-blasting soakage with the Dolphina Bow Blaster! It’s easy to load this stylish soaker with up to 25 ounces of water. Pull the handle back and push it forward to fire a blast of water at your target.

  • Price: $24.99
  • Ages: 6 – 14 years

Fisher-Price – Double Bubble Mower XLT
By Fisher-Price
The Bubble Mower XLT is the first bubble mower ready for an outdoor adventure. Updated styling allows for improved ground clearance, all-terrain traction on the tires, and a deeper well for the bubble solution so there’s less spillage.
It even includes play features kids love including a realistic electric start key and lever to control your speed. Filling it up is a breeze now too thanks to a special cap for the solution bottle. The cap includes a valve which allows just the right amount of solution to be dispensed into the well. When the solution needs to be “re-charged,” kids just push down on the bottle again.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 4 – 5 years

Phlat Ball V3
by Goliath Toys
Throw a disc, catch a ball! Phlat Ball is a unique toy that transforms from a 9″ flying disc to a 6″ diameter ball when thrown. Its soft plastic, flexible material provides a comfortable grip for active play.

  • Price: $12.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Rawlings – 8 Piece Badminton Set
By Gillyboo
This Rawlings 8-Piece Badminton Set includes a 20 foot net, 4 Badminton Rackets, 2 Birdies and a Rawlings Carry Bag. It’s perfect for backyard use or on the go at the park or beach.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Digital LCD Metal Detector
By Edu-Science
Find coins, lost items and hidden treasures with this fantastic digital metal detector that detects most metals.
· Digital LCD display
· 15cm diameter sensor coil provides excellent coverage
· Adjustable sensitivity for various soil conditions
· Audio alert features with volume control

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 10 years

Glitter Sidewalk Chalk
By Crayola
Add a little sparkle to your big outdoor art with Crayola Glitter Sidewalk Chalk! These colorful sidewalk chalk sticks create bold lines with cool, glittery effects that catch the sunlight.
Includes 6 sticks of Glitter Sidewalk Chalk.

  • Price: $3.99
  • Ages: 3 – 11 years

Doodlezz – Lockerboard – Monster High
By Stoneridge Cycle
Fun and creative Doodlezz lockerboard skateboard! You can erase and change your colour design. Personalize your own board so that no one will have the same as you!
You can draw, spray, erase and start all over – it won’t smudge!

  • Price: $27.99
  • Ages: 5 – 8 years

Raskullz – Hulk Helmet
By Stoneridge Cycle
Wow – what a cool helmet! Not only can kids channel their inner hulk, but they’ll look pretty awesome doing it!
This Raskullz helmet has a unique design, adjustable straps and is a protective helmet which features a molded and shock absorbing inner shell that includes aerodynamic cooling vents.

  • Price: $34.99
  • Ages: 5 – 8 years

Lil Miss Matched – 3 Wheel Scooter Combo
By Stoneridge Cycle
This combo set comes with everything your little one needs to get on a scooter, be safe and have fun at the same time. The scooter features 3 PVC wheels, a wide platform deck, colourful streamers, a front plate and a durable steel frame.

  • Price: $69.99
  • Ages: 3 – 6 years

Disney Fairies: Flutterby Tinkerbell
By Spinmaster
A world of enchantment is in your hands with the Disney Fairies Flutterbye Tinkerbell.
Simply press the button on the stand to set the fairy’s wings in motion. Watch her dance through the air as you guide her flight using only your hand. Place your hand beneath her and raise or lower it to make her fly higher or lower. There’s never been a more magical experience!

  • Price: $42.99
  • Ages: 5 years and up

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Zipline Playset – Fire Escape
By Spinmaster
Ninja Turtles are in the zone, zig-zagging their way down their high flying zip lines as they coordinate their Zen-like attacks to unleash the final foot free fall! Easily stick the Fire Escape Free Fall Play Set on your wall and connect the zip lines for instant Turtle action. Use the incoming and escape Zip Lines to send the Foot Clan flying. Collect all Z-line Play Sets to create an interconnected world of Zip Line action.

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 9 years

LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutation Chamber Unleashed
By LEGO
Uh-oh, it’s Turtle trouble! Raphael has infiltrated Kraang’s lab and
discovered the Mutation Chamber which can turn humans into mutant creatures. Climb the ladder with Victor, spin the electrodes and knock him into the mutation tank. Turn the knob to activate the mutation. When the transformation is complete, open the doors and unleash the fearsome Spider Bytez. Help Raphael to outwit the giant creature and escape before it grabs him with the huge claws on its head.
Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and accessories: Victor and Raphael, and a Spider Bytez figure,

  • Price: $29.99
  • Ages: 6 – 12 years

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove
By Hasbro
Imagine Spider-Man adventures at a whole new level with this incredible Mega Blaster Web Shooter set! This realistic-looking glove looks like it came from Spider-Man’s costume, and when you pull it on you’ll feel just like your web-slinging hero. But you’ll feel even more like him when you attach the Mega Blaster Web Shooter to it! Load the shooter with the water cartridge or the can of Spidey Shot Web Fluid. Then you can blast a web or water at the bad guys, using your 2 middle fingers, just like your favorite web-crawling hero.
Evil doesn’t stand a chance when you’ve got your Mega Blaster Web Shooter and Glove!

  • Price: $24.99
  • Ages: 5 – 11 years old

Stop everything you’re doing and look at this shoe closet

Cityline | posted Monday, Jun 9th, 2014

Every once in a while we come across something that makes us stop dead in our tracks. Sometimes it’s over diamonds and sometimes it’s over a killer outfit, but most of the time it’s over shoes. We’re sure everyone has imagined their dream house, and if we guess correctly, it probably comes with its very own shoe closet. Now picture a closet filled with all your favourite shoes and the most organized storage system known to mankind. Sound too good to be true? Jennifer Valentyne takes us into her self-made shoe closet to share her jaw-dropping collection of 140 pairs — all boxed and numbered. Her storage technique includes a shoe book (yes, a picture book of all her shoes!) that she is able to look through every morning to select the perfect pair to finish off her outfit.

If you don’t believe us, take a look into Jennifer’s closet and see the beauty for yourself. Just be sure to keep breathing because this is ah-mazing!

City unveils 2014/15 fall TV lineup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

A comedy starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne is among four new primetime series headed to City this fall, while weekend nights will be packed with hockey.

Black-ish features Anderson as a father who starts to worry his family has forgotten their black heritage while living in the suburbs.

City’s weekends will be filled with Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey after Rogers secured the exclusive rights to NHL broadcasts last November. There will be two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

“I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey,” Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, said.

“Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

The two new dramas include a Homeland-esque show Scorpion and Backstorm.

City will also air a new reality show called Utopia, where 15 contestants will get one year to build an entirely new society on a secluded piece of land.

Returning shows include the hits New Girl and Modern Family.

Other shows returning are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

The Grammys will also return to the network and it’s also picked up NBC’s live musical Peter Pan!

Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months.

The fall schedule is:

All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

Monday
8 p.m.              2 Broke Girls (s)
8:30 p.m.         Mom (s)
9 p.m.              Scorpion (s) *NEW*

Tuesday
8 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.              New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m.         The Mindy Project (s)

Wednesday
8 p.m.              Hell’s Kitchen (s)
9 p.m.              Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m.         Black-ish (s) *NEW*

Thursday
8 p.m.              The Bachelor Canada
9 p.m.              Scandal (s)

Friday
8 p.m.              Package Deal
8:30 p.m.         The Middle
9 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*

Saturday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hockey Night in Canada *NEW to City*

Sunday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
10 p.m.            Revenge (s)

The air dates and times for the Grammys, Country Music Awards, and Peter Pan Live! will be announced at a later time.

Rogers is the parent owner of this website.

With files from The Canadian Press

Planting 101 with Frankie Flowers

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

After one of Canada’s most brutal winters, summer has finally arrived and we bet that your garden is in dire need of a little (or a lot of) TLC. Whether you are a newbie or an expert, it’s time to brush up on those basics. Frankie Flowers is here to give us his expert tips and tricks to plant your favourite flowers from the ground up — without all the hassle.

Soil:
If you are planting in a container, make sure to use potting soil that contains perlite for easy drainage. If you’re planting in the ground, use garden soil and mix it with the native soil for best results.

Plant selection:
It is important that you know which plants require the most sun, deadheading, and water maintenance. If some plants are neglected long enough, they will rot and create long-term diseases during the summer season. Tip: Talk to your gardening centre before you purchase anything. They will be able to tell you exactly which plants suit your garden best.

Pre- and post-planting:
Water your plants immediately before and after planting. Watering before will allow your plants to easily slide out of the pot and will prevent shocking its root system.

Planting:
To begin, remove the pot from your plant and rip its root system down in order to spread them apart. Healthy and happy roots should appear white while rotting roots will appear brown. Next, firmly press down on the outer sides to fasten the roots inside the soil.

Deadheading:
This is a crucial maintenance technique that simply means removing existing bloomed flowers. Plants are always putting energy to the bloom, so by removing the flower, the energy that was put into the flower is now transferred into the foliage to create more buds. If your plant requires deadheading, make sure to pluck the flower and fill the vacant space with fertilizer for quick regrowth.

Recommended plants:

Full sun gardens
Choose a plant that is able to sustain itself under the hot sun with lowest maintenance. Frankie suggests a Geranium for its foolproof growth tolerance. Another great option is Lobelia Hot. Usually known for drying out from the sun, the Hot version of this plant is not only self-cleaning, but is also able to withstand the summer heat.

Shaded gardens
Frankie suggests a Torenia plant as it is known for creating a trail over the edge of the pot. Though it is not as well known as other shade plants, the beautiful blue flower with a bell shape will complement any garden and needs little maintenance.

For more tips from Frankie, watch him demonstrate this process below:

Courtesy Frank Ferragine

www.frankieflowers.com

@frankferragine

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