A Dad’s Take On Baby Showers For @MunchkinCanada

I know what you’re thinking, “What does a Dad know about Baby Showers?” You’re probably right, I don’t know much about planning or attending any type of shower, other than the one I visit every morning before work.

You caught me, I am not Super Dad. For all the whining I do about wanting equality for Dads in the media and on Television, I am not a fan of showery gatherings. That’s not to say I don’t like receiving presents, because I do. I just don’t enjoy the “signing up” and “planning” part of the process.

I do appreciate that the stores we register at have made it a little more fun for Dads by providing us with a laser gun to tag our items with. Unfortunately, we are usually still not allowed to run around shooting everything we see and apparently it is frowned upon to pretend we are setting our phaser’s to stun and pointing them at random shoppers.

All that said, I am smart enough to realize that as a first time parent, you rely on a lot of the things you receive at a baby shower and sometimes the silliest things are the most useful. If it’s alright with you guys, I’d like to mention a few products that were life savers for my wife and I.

Probably the single greatest thing we received and still use to this day, would be our Nursery Sound Projector. Yes, it wakes you up in the middle of the night but it also lets you hear all of the amazing sounds your children make. The cooing, tooting and even some of their first words, these are things that you will not soon forget. Here’s some info on Munchkin Canada’s Nursery Projector & Sound System:

 

A voice-activated system with soothing sounds, dreamy images and a comforting nightlight that helps provide an ideal sleep environment – because getting baby to sleep quickly is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s the little things®.

Product Features

* 10 soothing sounds, including Mozart, lullabies, and white noise
* 3 image discs
* Rotating projector head allows for projection onto the ceiling or wall
* Voice activation feature allows baby to self-soothe
* Optional nightlight and 3 timer settings let Mom customize for baby

 

Next up for me would be child safety and with a day care now running out of my home, we are dependent on our Baby Gates. We actually have 3 gates in our place and I don’t know where we’d be without them! Munchkin Canada offers a variety of baby gates but this one is my favourite, mostly for the cool colours!

 

Product Features

* Gate locks shut with just a simple push
* Use EveryPlace™ in the home – top of stairs, bottom of stairs, between rooms
* Double-locking system on handle is easy for adults to use, but difficult for a child
* Optional third lock at base of gate offers added safety
* Steel U-shaped power frame keeps gate securely in place
* Extra-wide 21.5” walkthrough allows for easy in and out access
* Extends up to 54” with additional extensions (sold separately)
* Door swings open in both directions

 

Last but not least, especially with multiple young children in your house, something has to be done about the smell! Diapers are everywhere and anyone who has ever used a garbage can to dispose of a pile of them will tell you that it was not a smart idea. That’s why it’s ultra important that the first thing you put on your shower registry when you find out you are pregnant, is a Diaper Pail! Not baby books or bedding or even clothes, go with the Diaper Pail, it will save your house from those very unsavory odours!

In fact, we love the Munchkin Canada Diaper Pail so much that we bought a second one for our basement. I love the fact that it releases a blast of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda with each open and close of the unit. Here’s some more info on the Pail:

 

 

   Product Features:

* Powered by odour-eliminating baking soda
* Patented self-sealing system seals the bag as the lid closes
* Easy from start to finish – one handed use
* Just Snap, Seal and Toss bags to dispose
* Comes fully assembled and with 3 bag refills

 

 

 

Don’t believe the photos, just check out this Diaper Pail Demo for smell reducing awesomeness!

As you can see, while baby showers are a ton of work, the end results can provide you with hours of un-smelly enjoyment. In the meantime, for my male readers, you go right ahead and continue setting those phasers to stun because your important time will come sooner than you think!

Before I go, I also have a quick question for you all. What is your must have item as a parent?

I want to thank Munchkin Canada for letting me be a part of their first blog campaign and I look forward to what they have in store for us down the road. If you get a second, I encourage you to check in with them on their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also go right to their website at www.munchkinbaby.ca for product information and more!

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This just in! Munchkin Canada is going to be unleashing an amazing giveaway very shortly. It is such a huge secret that they wouldn’t even tell me what it is and would only share that you should be watching their Facebook page for more details!

Win a “The Dark Knight Rises” Prize Pack From @IMAX® (CAN/US)

Hey guys, if you are a Batman fan, I’m sure you’ve already seen “The Dark Knight Rises” by now. That doesn’t mean that I’m not still going to fill your briefcases with swag from the movie, courtesy of my friends at IMAX!

I was going to give my review of the film next, but then I realized a couple things. First, if you haven’t seen the movie, I will be the jerk that ruined it. Second, you don’t need me to tell you that the movie was awesome, do you?

Because it was!

If by chance you have not seen “The Dark Knight Rises” yet, this will be even better for you because part of the prize pack will include two IMAX movie passes! Here’s the rest of what you can take home if you are chosen as the winner:

* One 2 pack of IMAX ticket vouchers (ARV $42),
* Two different The Dark Knight Rises IMAX movie posters (ARV $20),
* Two different Adult Large t-shirts (ARV $20), and
* Three different The Dark Knight Rises IMAX mini posters (ARV $10 each)

That’s right, all of that from me to you. I’ll accept the virtual hugs or high fives, whatever you are more comfortable with. Before the rest of you get angry that you didn’t win, I forgot to mention something…I am not just giving away one prize pack, but two of these packages so you’ve just doubled you’re chances by simply reading this!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me who your favourite Batman actor is. Maybe you are a Michael Keaton fan or you enjoyed the original Adam West character best. Maybe George Clooney is your Batman of choice…..okay, okay, let’s not go that far!

This contest closes October 17th at noon EST and is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United States. One entry per household please, contest is moderated.

Good Luck!

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A Great Giveaway From @TagAlongToys in #Ottawa!

If you have kids and live in the Ottawa area, you have no doubt heard of Tag Along Toys. If you haven’t, I encourage you to finish reading this post and then proceed immediately to 499 Terry Fox Dr in Kanata so you can experience the joy that is toy shopping there!

Store owner, Patti, is one of those people that draw you in with her kindness. The first time I brought my kids in there, she welcomed them and treated them as if they were one of her own. My son then played with her son for about 30 minutes while we chatted. It was an experience that makes you want to come back in to the store everyday.

Patti has agreed to allow me to give away a couple great toys to my Ottawa readers and I couldn’t be happier. Even more happy about it were my children, who got to pick out one toy each to review for the store.

We landed on a Make Your Own Paper Airplane Set for him and a Make Your Own Sock Puppet set for her. Oddly enough, both sets were from the brand Creativity for kids and I couldn’t have been more happy with their choices. They were so excited that we did both of the when we got home that day!

My son was up first and we had a blast making paper airplanes all together. Here’s the proof!

Next up was the puppeteer! I could post a million pictures of how that went down but I find that videos always work best! Enjoy the amazing JubeJubes!

And there you have it! The kids loved both toys and now I have a chance to award one of my Ottawa readers with both of these great and creative items! All you have to do is leave me a comment below with your child’s “Must Have” toy for this year.

Simple as that! Contest closes Monday, October 8th at noon and is open to residents of the Ottawa Valley and you must be willing to go to the Tag Along Toys store to pick them up. In the meantime, I encourage you to stop in to the store anyway or you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook. I promise, you won’t be disappointed with their social media presence because it’s where I became a huge fan!

Good Luck! Cheers!!

What’s Your Canadian Beef IQ? #LoveCDNBeef

There’s few things that I am ashamed to admit about myself. For honesty’s sake, I am going to share one of those things with you all today. I am terrible with a BBQ. There, I said it!

There are hundreds of excuses I could use to justify my terrible secret but I know that the #1 reason why I can’t BBQ is because I give up way too easily. The first time I ruined a rack of ribs was the last time I attempted them. I constantly burn hamburgers & steak and I don’t even think about trying chicken on there for fear of under cooking it. I’ve even had to throw out good meat because I didn’t know how to properly store it. My apologies to the folks at Rolling Acres Farm in Shawville, Quebec for that last part. They have provided us with all our Canadian Beef for years and we love them!

I think the reasons above are the exact reason why I am a perfect fit as a Brand Ambassador for my friends at Canadian Beef. You know when you go to those fancy recipe websites and the pictures are perfect? That’s not me. In fact, I don’t even visit most of those sites anymore because they mostly only give you ingredients with no real info on HOW to cook the food. If you want a real picture from an average joe who’s trying to find his way around a BBQ, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s my latest attempt at steak:

Off To A Good Start

Mediocre Finish. Still Delicious Though!

You might be asking yourself at this point, How did this guy get asked to work with Canadian Beef? My answer would be two fold. First off, I am charming and I’m pretty sure they couldn’t resist my beefy advances. Second, I saw this as an excellent opportunity to man up and step up my game to a new level. Guess what? Not 5 seconds into my Canadian Beef experience, I had already learned a pile of new things by hanging out in the Steaks 101 section of the Canadian Beef website. If all they were going to provide me was the following photo, that would have been enough.

Fact is, I haven’t stopped learning since I clicked on the link and I am gaining more confidence with every page I visit. It’s not just steaks either, that just happens to be my favourite type of Canadian Beef. The Canadian Beef website has tons of amazing sections such as Beef 101, Recipes, Nutrition & Health info and finally, my favourite part, a Cooking Lessons page!

It’s not your average cooking lessons either as it literally takes you step by step through the preparation and cooking of your favourites cuts of Canadian Beef. For an amateur cook, this was exactly the type of direction I needed and I’m already chomping at the bit to try my hand at some new things. The next time my BBQ sees me, it’s going to meet an entirely different person!

I’ve already planned out my next mission and surprisingly it’s something I’ve never tried before: Steak & Eggs! I always see it on restaurant menus and think, “You can’t have steak for breakfast!” As it turns out, you can have steak and eggs at any time of the day and I am going to make it happen! I picked up some eggs from Burnbrae Farms and will grab my, now properly stored, steaks from the freezer and I’ll share my results with all of you, good or bad, in a later post!

You know what, I’ll probably make some Egg-Creations too! They are so easy to throw together and are always delicious, especially with bacon and cheese!! You may think all eggs are created equal too, but I assure you that Burnbrae Farms is the place to be for all your Eggalicious needs!

I hope you’ll come back to follow my Beefy journey as I attempt to go from BBQ Dud to Stud! Any and all tips or tricks are appreciated and I hope you’ll leave them in the comments section for me!

If you want more info about Canadian Beef, you can follow along with them on Twitter or you can visit the Beef Info site to get great tips, tricks and recipes! Furthermore, you can hit up Burnbrae Farms on Twitter and Facebook too!

Cheers!

I am participating in the Canadian Beef Ambassador Program for September. All stories and opinions are my own. That should be obvious from the fact that I admitted my BBQ ineptitude.

Munchkin Canada Tackles Smell With Arm & Hammer {Review/Giveaway}

 

 

 

 

Hello there, my name is Chris and you might remember me from such posts as last month’s Munchkin Canada Grows With Your Baby review and giveaway! Well it’s a new month and my friends at Munchkin Canada have sent me some new items to take a look at. They’ve also approved a giveaway that you’re not going to want to miss out on!

As a Father and also a Daycare Daddy, one of the biggest problems I have with my house full of little Munchkins is the smell! I get that it’s not their fault. Part of the catch to the kids eating their fruits and veggies is that they produce some less than ideal smells. As one of the PTPA’s ambassadors for Munchkin Canada, I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful package of Arm & Hammer products that were supposed to help eliminate odour. Did they work, you ask?

100%!! Those diaper filling Munchkins tried their best to destroy it but the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail was up to the task and my house has never smelled better! Here’s a little more info on the Diaper Pail (which you’ll see again before the end of the post, wink!):

 

 

   Product Features:

* Powered by odour-eliminating baking soda
* Patented self-sealing system seals the bag as the lid closes
* Easy from start to finish – one handed use
* Just Snap, Seal and Toss bags to dispose
* Comes fully assembled and with 3 bag refills

 

 

 

Check out this Diaper Pail Demo for more information.

The best part about Munchkin Canada‘s line of Arm & Hammer products is that it’s not just about eliminating odour. They have designed a number of products to aim to make life easier for parents. After trying everything out, I wanted to share a couple of my favourites!

Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 Potty Seat:

 

Product Features:

* 3-in-1 Potty Seat grows with child – Potty Chair, Trainer Ring, Sturdy Stepstool
* Convenient toddler flushable wipes
* Replaceable freshener insert for odor control
* Removable trainer seat for use on adult potty
* Removable bowl for easy cleaning
* Includes one 36pk of 4”x7” Arm & Hammer™ Flushable Potty Wipes. Refills sold separately.

 

 

Arm & Hammer Nursery Wipes – 24pk:

Product Features:

* Safely cleans cribs, high chairs, changing stations, shopping carts, and other surfaces
* Natural cleaning with baking soda
* Kills germs on contact
* 8” x 6” wipes
* Perfect for on-the-go
* Also available in a 12ct Tray

 

There were so many other amazing products this month but I just wanted to highlight a few of our favourites. From Nursery Freshener Disks to Hand and Face Wipes, Munchkin Canada and Arm & Hammer have you covered! Now, about that giveaway I was talking about. I’m so excited to be able to give you the chance at not one, but 2 of Arm & Hammer’s best products!

Use the Rafflecopter form below and you can win BOTH the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail and the 3 in 1 Potty Seat! I know, you can thank me with nice emails or cash!

For more information on Munchkin Canada and their great line of products, you can visit their Website Here! They’d also love to hear from you on their Facebook and Twitter Pages! Also, be sure to watch out for a $10 Mail In Rebate Coupon on Munchkin’s Facebook page soon!

Contest is open to residents of Canada.

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I am participating as one of Munchkin Canada’s Ambassadors and I received a package of Munchkin products in exchange for my participation in this campaign. Opinions expressed belong to me and are NOT influenced in any way.

Munchkin® Canada Grows With Your Baby {Review & Giveaway}

I’m proud and very excited to have been chosen as one of PTPA’s Brand Ambassadors for Munchkin Canada! My little ones and our Day Care have been using their products for a couple years now so it seemed like a perfect fit. I love the variety they offer and how durable their products are, which is important when you care for 6 kids on a daily basis.

I received a wonderful package of goodies from Munchkin and my kids went right to work by ripping the packages apart and rifling through all the amazing new products. I think their favourite items were the Click Lock™ cups. My kids are really into cups for some reason (no, seriously, they are weird about cups right now) and this was a very welcome sight!

 

 

 

 

 

Munchkin’s new line of Click Lock™ Cups are just right because they just CLICK. These cups feature a simple click-and-lock lid to securely close for a leak proof seal – guaranteed. Parents will see, hear and feel the cup lock, so they have triple assurance against dribbles and drips. Munchkin is so confident these new cups are mess-free, we are backing up the promise with a 100% replacement guarantee.

Click Lock™ cups are available in an assortment of vibrant colors, fun artwork, licensed characters, and styles including sippy, trainer, straw, flip straw and Big Kid™ spout-less. Because sometimes things in life just click!

A couple of Mommy & Daddy’s favourite items were:

Large Dishwasher Basket:

Product Features:

* 40% larger capacity holds more items
* Patented accessory cleaning technology
* Unique slide-and-fold top for easy loading and unloading
* Straw cleaning rack holds 10 straws of various sizes (Awesome!)

 

 

Bath Fun Bubble Blower:

Product Features:

* Battery-powered bubble maker
* Conveniently works with any bath bubble solution1
* 8 rotating wands for continuous bubbles
* Strong suction cup mounting with grippy feet to rest on tub ledge
* Can be used both inside and outside the tub
* Requires 2-AA batteries*

 

 

There were so many great products this month that it was hard to pick only a few. Our daughter is teething right now and really loved the Orajel® Teethers as well. My son is a fish and loved using the bath crayons for his hour long bath! He comes out when he notices his prune hands, haha.

I’m also happy to be able to bring you a giveaway for one of Munchkin’s amazing products! This month I am offering Munchkin’s Nursery Projector & Sound System to one reader. Here are some details on the projector.

 

A voice-activated system with soothing sounds, dreamy images and a comforting nightlight that helps provide an ideal sleep environment – because getting baby to sleep quickly is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s the little things®.

Product Features

* 10 soothing sounds, including Mozart, lullabies, and white noise
* 3 image discs
* Rotating projector head allows for projection onto the ceiling or wall
* Voice activation feature allows baby to self-soothe
* Optional nightlight and 3 timer settings let Mom customize for baby

 

 

Contest is open to residents of Canada. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

Good Luck! Remember to check out Munchkin Canada on Twitter and Facebook for great deals and more!

I am participating as one of Munchkin Canada’s Ambassadors and I received a package of Munchkin products in exchange for my participation in this campaign. Opinions expressed belong to me and are NOT influenced in any way.

Disney’s Diamond Collection Giveaway

I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with Disney again and this time we’re teaming up to bring you their Diamond Collection Package, which includes the following titles:

“Pocahontas” & “Pocahontas II”
“The Rescuers” & “The Rescuers Down Under”
“The Aristocats”

This is a great collection to add to any household and your kids are sure to love it! I don’t really have much more to say about this because these Disney movies always speak for themselves!

All you have to do to enter the contest is to leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite Disney movie is. It’s as easy as that!

The contest closes Aug 17th and is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec). I will choose a winner using Random.Org.

Best of Luck!!

Cheers!

T-Fal Baby Home Giveaway

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I think it’s safe to say that all parents are concerned with feeding their babies a healthy diet. This isn’t always easy to say the least! With the costs of buying organic foods not being in everyone’s budget feeding your growing family may pose a challenge. I’ve teamed up with a fabulous group of bloggers and T-fal Baby Home to help one lucky Canadian reader make this a cinch.

This past May T-fal introduced Baby Home, a series of appliances developed to help making healthy meals for your baby easier. The line is BPA-free and features Disney’s Pooh Bear and friends. The products within the line are the 2 in 1 steamer and blender; a steam sterilizer; a bottle and jar warmer and a 2 in 1 bottle warmer and sterilizer.
WIN:
The prize pack T-fal Baby Home has provided us is simply amazing and valued over $230!!
One Canadian resident will receive the following two products:

The 2 in 1 Blender and Steamer: $129.99

The Baby Home blender/steamer combo features four settings: steam, heat, defrost, and purée,that make it possible to treat even the tiniest taste buds to fresh, nutritious, homemade food in as little as ten minutes!
The innovation however, brings more than just convenience to the table
by allowing parents to:

  • provide their baby with healthier and tastier alternatives to store-bought food through steaming, which locks in essential vitamins and flavours minus the additives and preservatives
  • exercise quality control, ensuring that only the freshest fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats go into their baby’s food
  • prepare organic baby food at a fraction of the price of manufactured organic food
  • expose their baby to a variety of different foods and combinations not customarily sold in stores, which helps to set them on the path to a lifetime of healthy choices
  • transition their baby onto the next feeding stage more easily by gradually increasing the texture of their baby’s food over time for a seamless switch from purées to big kid fare!

The blender/steamer features a graduated blending bowl that stays cool to the touch,
eliminating the risk of burns, and a double locking system ensures that it only works when the lid is in place. A recipe book and feeding guide are also included.

2 in 1 Bottle Warmer and Sterilizer: $99.99


Ideal for travelers, the Baby Home steam sterilizer and bottle warmer are also available as a convenient 2 in 1 unit that performs both operations simultaneously. With the capacity to sterilize one bottle and its accessories in six and a half minutes and heat it in three—bottles can be ready faster than it takes Pooh to get to the bottom of a honey pot.
Giveaway is open to residents of Canada 18+, winner will be drawn on July 17th and have 48 hours to respond. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers (Book Review)

I was happy to help out a Canadian author when I was approached to take a look at a new book called “Hey Canada!”, which is written by Vivien Bowers & illustrated by Milan Pavlovic.

Here’s a brief overview of Hey Canada! from GoodReads:

“Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.”

I didn’t even need to read this book to know that I was going to love it! I am Canadian after all…. The book offers extremely informative descriptions of some of Canada’s greatest places and landmarks. It takes you through Canada, Province by Province and has incredible illustrations by Milan Pavlovic. Seriously, the pictures add so much more to the book than I can describe.

This book is a wonderful addition, not only to a home library, but could be an excellent addition to a classroom as well. There is so much detail and colour that your kids will love reading it, as mine did!

Being from Ottawa, it was a real awakening to see all of the great things that my city has to offer, that all to often get taken for granted. The Museum’s, Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal to name a few, I really have to get my family out there enjoying it.

I actually think one of my favorite part’s of Hey Canada! was the legend in the back….I know, I know, it’s a very nerd thing to say but it’s true. I really enjoy being able to look something up quickly and a legend is like a book’s form of a CTRL-F search, lol.

I really recommend Hey Canada! to help show your kids and yourself, just how much our great country has to offer!

Here’s a little bit about the author of Hey Canada!, Vivien Bowers:

Vivien Bowers was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1951, the second of four children. She received a B.A. in English (honours) from the University of British Columbia followed by a teaching certificate, and was a grade 5 teacher for several years in Nelson, BC. Vivien has been a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, writing elementary and secondary school materials, as well as non-fiction books and magazine articles for both adults and children. She has been invited to do presentations on her children’s books in hundreds of schools and libraries across the country. Bowers has two sons, now grown up, and lives at the base of the mountains outside of Nelson, BC. She loves to escape into the wilderness to ski, hike or canoe.

Hey Canada!
Author: Vivien Bowers
Illustrations: Milan Pavlovic
Publisher: Tundra Books, a division of Random House
Pages: 72
Format: Hardcover
Ages: Children 7-10 years
Genre: Children’s books/non-fiction/history
ISBN 978-1-77049-255-4
Release date: May 8, 2012

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by any third party.

Win Tickets To The Amazing Spider-Man: An @IMAX 3D Experience

If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you’ll know how excited I am about the upcoming Spider-Man movie! I was going to do a post about my excitement anyway, so I figured why not try and put together a giveaway as well for all my beautiful and handsome readers! PS – That’s you!

I contacted IMAX and they have agreed to let me give away 1 pair of IMAX movie tickets and a Spider-Man poster. Oh wait…Did I say 1 pair? I meant 2 pairs of tickets and 2 posters!! That’s how much I appreciate all of you! We are going to have two winners on this one so your odds are even better.

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you what Spider-Man is all about, right? If so, here’s a brief description, because you probably aren’t going to see it anyway. Peter Parker gets bit by a walrus at the zoo, then the zoo keeper, played by Ben Stiller, yells at Parker, who falls into a pit filled with spiders and becomes Spider-Man. He makes a super suit and flies around the city, solving crime with Justin Bieber, Ironman, Drake & Julia Roberts. The End!

For those of you who know what Spider-Man is all about, you’ll want to check out this link for all the details!

This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the USA. The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3rd! Good Luck and here’s a little something to look forward to!

RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION:

BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANTS RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS IMAX CORPORATION,
WARNER BROS. PICTURES, AND EACH OF ITS RESPECTIVE PARENTS, DIVISIONS, AFILIATES,
SUBSIDIARIES, AGENTS AND ADVERTISING AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, “WBEI”) FROM AND
AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, RIGHTS, CLAIMS, AND ACTIONS OF ANY KIND ARISING
IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES OR PARTICIPATION
IN ANY SWEEPSTAKES-RELATED ACTIVITY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE REMOVAL FROM
THE SITE OF, OR DISCONTINUATION OF ACCESS TO, ANY MATERIALS), OR RESULTING DIRECTLY
OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN
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