Monday, January 31, 2011

Chez Sha's Review and Giveaway

Cookies are warm and comforting. On a cold winter's day or even when it's snowing, baking is what I love to do. There's something about those fluffy white flakes falling that gets me in the baking mood. Cookies transform us back to our childhood and we associate these sweet treats with positive, happy thoughts.

Chez Sha's serves up fabulous sweet treats. For years, their love of baking and perfecting just the right combinations of spices has been the delight of family, friends, co-workers, schools, and various agencies.

Their passion for baking and cooking is attributed to the culinary roots of their Louisiana heritage. They are set apart from all others by a rich taste that has been cultivated as if it was an art form. Their distinct spices, delicate blends of the freshest and most savory ingredients and intricate balance are what make Chez Sha unique and delicious. Since 1992, they have prided themselves on the superb quality and taste found in their products. (Taken from website.)

Whether you are craving a variety of soft and chewy cookies, or pralines, Chez Sha's has you covered.

I was sent a tin of chocolate chip and cranberry with walnut cookies.


The chocolate were my favorite. They had a hint of something extra in them that I couldn't quite place. It tasted sort of ginger-y. It gave the cookie an extra notch of personality, which I enjoyed. The cookie was chock full of chocolate chips which I absolutely loved. It was flavorful, soft and melt in your mouth delicious. I wanted to eat all of the chocolate cookies at once, but I controlled myself :)

I didn't enjoy the cranberry walnut cookies too much. I don't like walnuts combined with cranberry, and I don't enjoy fruit in cookies though. I know people enjoy cookies like this though.

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Yum Yum Dishes Review

It can be very hard to limit your portion sizes. Nobody wants half a cookie, or only a very small scoop of mashed potatoes, right? One's health is very important and you can still eat all of your favorite foods, BUT just control your portion sizes. Yum Yum Dishes helps with this.

The Yum Yum Dish is for using to enjoy your favorite snacks. It helps remind you when you're all done! Buy it in a bag, but eat it out of a Yum Yum Dish. The dishes come in a set of 4 in red, blue, green or yellow. They are handpainted, and microwave and dishwasher safe.



I was sent one 4 oz ceramic yellow Yum Yum Dish. I have to be honest though, when I first received it I looked at how small it was and had dreams of constant hunger in the near future dancing through my head. I always try to watch my weight and it's hard to see how little of a portion you should be eating, even though you know it's the right thing. This little bowl is a great source of motivation though. When you finish all of the food in your bowl (the key is to NOT refill it) it says "Yum Yum Time is Over." When you look down and see that message staring right back at you, you know that whatever you're eating, it's time to stop and not have anymore.

I used this bowl the other night for dinner. I made mashed potatoes, chicken, and veggies. I put a small portion of mashed potatoes in the bowl and told myself this was all I was having. I ate my potatoes and did not have anymore. I would normally have an extra spoonful or so, which is something I shouldn't do. I was pleased with myself for having such a small portion of an unhealthy food. I knew that I made the right choice though.

These bowls are great sources of motivation and will certainly help you lose weight, if you're trying to. You will feel so much better about yourself when you have smaller portions of your favorite foods, knowing that you won't be depriving yourself but still keeping on track with your fitness.






Vicks Giveaway

It's definitely cold and flu season. Look around you, you're guaranteed to see someone sick/coughing/or about to be sick from all of the coughing germs! What better way to get better fast than with Vicks?



Vicks cold, flu, and cough medicine products provide fast relief for cold symptoms such as congestion, sore throat, runny nose, fever, and related symptoms. With Vicks, you'll be feeling better in no time!

Please check out the newly launched Vicks Vaporub Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/vicksvaporubus). It's intended to help consumers stay in the loop with tips, advice and news on how to keep healthy. The page will offer family-friendly cold and cough information and an open-forum discussion board for readers to post their own helpful insights. It's definitely a great resource to have when you're not feeling so good.





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1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner who will win a Vicks get healthy prize pack. It consists of a jar of Vicks vaporub, a bottle of Vicks Nyquil, and a bottle of Vicks Dayquil.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Becoming Jewelry Review and Giveaway

Even though it's winter, you can still accessorize in a hot way. Style it up with silver jewelry, it looks great paired with a black sweater, skinny jeans, and boots. Or maybe you want to go for gold jewelry which looks equally as good.

Becoming Jewelry offers handmade necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The jewelry is handcrafted in the designer's home studio in Tennessee. Personalization is also available. If you would like a special phrase or symbol engraved on the jewelry that can be done, along with initials, names, or dates.

I had fun taking my time and looking through the collection, everything was so beautiful it was hard to pick! I finally settled on the Sterling Silver Hammered Disc necklace.

A hammered sterling silver disc charm hangs from chain on each side, and makes a great piece to wear alone or layered. hammered by hand for a unique finish. falls close to the neck on a 16" sterling silver chain with a spring ring clasp. (taken from website description.)

I instantly wanted to review this necklace when I saw it. I love how simple it is, but so pretty at the same time. It goes with practically any outfit too which is a plus. It can be worn as casual or dressy too, I love how versatile it is. The only thing I was disappointed with was the size. It seems a lot bigger on the website than it did in person, but that happens sometimes with jewelry. I really like the subtle ridges on the necklace, it gives it more personality. The necklace isn't too long, it's just the right length. The clasp is easy to open and close and the necklace stays on me securely. I'm very happy with this necklace.

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Everyone loves to save money

I recently did a giveaway for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. It comes out on Feb. 1, and I just wanted to give you a great money saving coupon for the combo pack. Click the link below for $10 off the combo pack.

http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/special-offers/beverly-coupon



Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Special Performance-

If any of my readers are into theater, I have a great announcement for you.

The actors fund special has a benefit performance on broadway of Driving Miss Daisy on February 7th. It has just announced that this show will also be dedicated to Vanessa Redgrave’s siblings Lynn and Corin Redgrave who died last year. This is definitely going to be a heartfelt remembrance with emotions running high for Vanessa, the cast and the audience.

Both Lynn and Corin were staunch and gracious supporters of The Actors Fund as well as advocates for everyone dedicated to performing arts and entertainment. Benefits from this February 7th show will go to support The Actors Fund and its longstanding commitment to help performers and those behind-the-scenes across the nation.

Driving Miss Daisy" stars James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines. The performance will be at the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street in New York City. Premium seating is available for $226.50 and regular seats from $66.50 to $126.50.

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.store.actorsfund.org, call 212.221.7300 ext. 133, or email tickets@actorsfund.org. Tickets can also be purchased at www.telecharge.com or through the Golden Theatre box office.



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Swappeez Review and Giveaway

Warm weather feels like centuries away and the bleak and cold snowy days we've been having lately in NYC aren't helping. I'd love to trade in my rain boots for a nice pair of sandals though!

While packing for vacation two sisters were faced with a lack of space. Not ones to compromise on style, they came up with the idea that would allow them to take an infinite quantity of sandals without the "not-enough-space" hassle and for very little cost….They called it Swappeez.

The result is a series of fun and colorful interchangeable straps, buckles and accessories that could be designed to match whatever you feel like wearing, be it formal or beachwear, all in an original, versatile and practical way. This altogether new concept makes each woman her own sandal designer, allowing her to make her own personalized sandals by mixing and matching sandal soles, laces and accessories to suit her taste or what she is wearing.



I think Swappeez is such a fun and unique idea! I know that when I go away on vacation I would love to take 18 pairs of shoes with me to match every outfit, but realistically that isn't possible. I can now match all of my outfits with one pair of shoes!

I was sent a great pair of Swappeez in a case with three interchangable buckles.



I love these shoes! In the summer I constantly am wearing flip flops and sandals and I always love a shoe with pizazz and personality. Sometimes you get tired of wearing the same shoes, or you want to switch it up occasionally. The buckles are really cute and I love the gold sparkly buckle. Swappeez offers so many buckles that you will never wear the same buckle twice! Why not match each buckle to your personality? Have fun and be creative with them! Even though the brown buckle is plain, the oval-esque shape of it is still playful and fun. I love the colors of the evil eye buckle, the black, tan, white, and brown all compliment each other so well.

The shoe laces up your leg and is easy to tie and it stays on securely. The buckles are easy to change and stay on securely as well too. The shoe is comfortable and easy to walk in.

Lastly, I really like the case that the shoes and buckles are stored in. The case has a section for the shoes, and a separate case for each buckle too. If they didn't have a case I would have a hard time not losing the buckles. It's very convenient that if I want to change the buckle, I can just put the new one on the shoe and the old one back in the bag. This makes my life easier and I like that I can keep everything together too.

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Alice in Wonderland Review

I've always been a fan of this movie since I've been a kid. It's a fun movie that's full of excitement and adventure.

Alice in Wonderland is the disney version of Lewis Carroll's children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a white rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

On February 1st, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment premieres Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Special Edition on Blu-ray Hi-Def and movie download formats! This whimsical animated classic delivers brand new Blu-ray bonus features including a never-before-seen TV introduction by Walt Disney from 1959, original reference footage of Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Alice), pencil tests, and much more!



Blu-ray Disc Bonus Features:

Brand-New Blu-ray Features:

§ Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland - View the movie in this special mode and discover references to the original Lewis Carroll classic. Kathryn Beaumont introduces.

§ Disney View - Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen.

§ Painting the Roses Red Game - Help paint the roses red in the Queen's garden. Careful, or someone could lose their head.

§ Walt Disney Color TV Introduction (1959) - A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt.

§ Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob - Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob.

§ Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks - Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking.

Plus, Classic Features:

§ "I'm Odd" Newly Discovered Cheshire Cat Song + Intro

§ Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short (Now in Hi-Def)

§ Art Gallery (with new design and new images)

§ Reflections on Alice

§ Operation Wonderland (Now in Hi-Def)

§ One Hour in Wonderland

§ An Alice Comedy: Alice's Wonderland

§ Original Theatrical Trailers (1951 & 1974)

§ Walt Disney TV Introduction (1954 & 1964)

§ The Fred Waring Show (Excerpt)

§ Deleted Materials:

Ø Deleted Scene: Pig and Pepper

Ø From Wonderland to Neverland: The Evolution of a Song - An entertaining look at how a song originally written for Alice in Wonderland, finally found its home in another Disney favorite, Peter Pan.

Ø Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park - Deleted storyboard sequence set to music.

Ø Original Song Demos: "Beware The Jabberwock"; "Everything Has A Useness"; "So They Say"; "Beautiful Soup"; "Dream Caravan"; "If You'll Believe In Me"



Movie Download Bonus Features (SD & HD):

§ Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks

§ Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short

§ Reflections on Alice




I feel that this movie is suitable for children of any age. They will be quickly drawn into the bright colors and unpredictable plot of the film. Children will be entertained by the characters and will be on the edge of their seats throughout the very end. I was impressed by the digitally restored color to make the film more modern. I hadn't seen this film in about 10 years but I watched it again when I received it, and it's still as good as ever.






*I received a copy of this film for review purposes. My opinion and review is strictly mine and not influenced by anything else.



Barbara's Bakery Review and Giveaway

I try to maintain a healthy diet. I don't eat fried or fast foods. I try not to eat anything that has dyes or artificial additives or preservatives either. Sometimes it is hard to resist a juicy burger and crispy fries or a piece of creamy chocolate cake though :)

In 1971, when Barbara started our company, the Bay Area was buzzing with young people full of a desire to express their love for all people. The world was changing daily as they created their own paths and sought to turn others onto new directions.

Barbara, then 17, found her calling in real food and opened a small natural bakery in Northern California. She had a simple plan—make wholesome food taste incredibly delicious. Inspired by good health, family, and the kitchen table as the cornerstones of the good life, she used whole grains and oats just as nature intended—free from anything artificial. Barbara selected her ingredients carefully to allow vital vitamins and minerals to do their best to impart their healthy benefits.

The bakery exceeded her wildest dreams and grew from a storefront start-up to a thriving wholesale business. Since those first loaves more than 40 years ago, our product offerings have grown to include cereals, snack bars, cookies, crackers, and cheese puffs. (taken from website.)

I really like that these products are free of anything unnatural, it's very important to me. I was sent an assortment of Barbara's Bakery products. I received two boxes of cereal in Puffins multigrain and high fiber cranberry, a bag of white cheddar cheese puffs, and a bag of chocolate chip Snackimals cookies. Lastly, I received a cute black and white puffin stuffed animal.


I tried the white cheddar cheese puffs first. They had a nice subtle white cheddar taste that was mmmm yummy! The crunch of the puff was satisying and they were really good. I like my chips and cheese puffs to have a nice crunch to them, when the crunch isn't satisying it's not fun. These puffs were pretty addictive and I had to stop myself before eating too much!

I tried a handful of the cranberry cereal next. This cereal is gluten free, but doesn't have a different taste. The bran flakes were crunchy and full of fiber! I enjoyed the cranberry pieces too, they had a great balance of tart and sweetness. The balance was equal, so you could appreciate both flavors at the same time. I don't normally eat cereals like this, but it's good to be healthy frequently. This cereal is 40% of your daily fiber needs which is fabulous, as fiber is an important component of your health and diet.

I had a few of the cookies next. I'm a chocolate fiend so the second I opened the box and saw those my eyes lit up! The cookies had a nice crunch to them, but they were light and fluffy. They were dotted with chocolate chips which was perfect. The cookies weren't overly sweet, but just sweet enough to curb that sweet tooth that everyone has from time to time.

Lastly, I tried the Puffins cereal. It was by far my favorite. Crunchy little multigrain puffs that have only 6g of sugar, and 3g of fiber. They are prebiotic and gluten free. They had a tiny hint of sweetness which I liked, but the big puffy cereal with the large crunch was the best part. The cereal didn't get soggy in the milk either, it maintained its crunch throughout every bite.

The puffin stuffed animal was adorable too! :)

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Luminess Air Review and Giveaway

*Please read the contest rules carefully. I am NOT giving away an airbrush system. The prize is an eye makeup kit. Many people think I am giving away the system.


I'm not a big fan of my skin. Granted I don't have a lot of blemishes and acne, it's not as clear as I would like it to be. Some celebrities have absolutely gorgeous skin, and I've always wished mine could look as good as theirs (thanks to great makeup!). Well, now mine can!

Luminess Air was developed by leading makeup artists from the fashion, print, television and film industries along with leading cosmetic chemists and colorists. Our Luminess Air formulators and cosmetics designers have a minimum of 15 to 30 years of experience in the cosmetics industry and have run the research and development departments of some of the leading cosmetics brands in the country. Our formulations are rated amongst the best makeup in terms of quality, result and design.

Luminess Air never tests products on animals. We believe in making our cosmetics as simple, holistic, organic and natural as possible. And you will never find us sitting still; our designers and formulators are constantly working on the next generation innovation to revolutionize cosmetics.

Today, Luminess Air is the leader in airbrush cosmetics with the most advanced airbrush cosmetics formulations and airbrush innovations. Chances are that you have seen our product on Hollywood A-listers, films, TV shows, covers of major fashion magazines, runway shows and network television anchors and celebrities for a while now without ever knowing about Luminess Air. We were once only available to the trade by word-of-mouth but today, Luminess Air is available for everyone.

I never knew that an airbrush makeup system would be available to the general public until I found out about Luminess!

I was sent a Luminess Pro airbrush system which had a silver kit which contained the compressor, stylus, airbrush eyeshadow kit, informational DVD, and airbrush cosmetics starter kit. The starter kit had various shades of foundation, blush, and primer.




I have to admit that before I tried the system, I was a little hesitant. The system seemed a little hard to use. I read the manual where they had pictures of how to properly use the system without leaving your face splotchy and cakey from the makeup, and then had pictures showing you what you don't want to look like. I thought "I hope I can do this right!"

I watched the techniques demonstrated on the DVD. I then selected my shade of foundation and filled the stylus to the correct level and gave it a go. It was hard to get used to using the stylus at first and I messed up slightly at first, but then I got the hang of it. You can achieve light, medium, or a full layer of coverage depending on what you prefer. If you choose to have more than a light layer of coverage, all you have to do is wait 2-5 seconds for the makeup to dry before applying your next layer. If you don't wait the makeup becomes blotchy and has a caked on look. Not pretty!

I really like the level of coverage the makeup provided me with. The stylus is not hard to fill with the makeup, it's pretty easy. The foundation looked very natural, but not overly done up either. It covered what I want covered and gave me a soft look. I have not used the eyeshadow kit or the blush yet, but I am curious to try them soon. This machine gives me better coverage than foundation I've ever used and I'm truly pleased with it. I like the storage case it comes with because it can be stored away easily.

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ProFlowers Giveaway

For Valentine's this year, treat your girlfriend or wife to a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers in an elegant vase. You can even add on candy to the order.



Pro Flowers is:
Flowers fresh-from-the-start
ProFlowers started with a single farm in California, shipping just 500 rose bouquets for Valentine's Day. 10 years later, we serve more than 7 million customers with 185 fresh cut varieties from eight different countries around the world.

Flowers fresh-from-the-field
At each one of our farms, employees and experts nurture the flowers from bud to blossom, ensuring only the best-of-the-best get picked for your bouquet.

Flowers directly to you
Once hand-picked, our flowers are delivered directly to you. Others take a longer route through brokers, middlemen and, finally, a florist's shop. By the time they reach the recipient, their best days are long gone.

Flowers with a smile
ProFlowers employees have one job: to make sure you send or are sent the highest quality flowers. That's why when people order ProFlowers, they continue to come back. Never hesitate to call us if you have a problem.

Here are some gorgeous arrangements that would look beautiful on a coffee table or kitchen table:





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I'm going to be featured in Newsweek!

A reporter is interviewing me on my thoughts about Petcakes. I did a review for them back in September. I'm very excited for this opportunity! Check me out in Newsweek soon!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Red Envelope Giveaway

Valentine's Day is approaching. Why not use the fabulous gifts sold at Red Envelope for your significant other? They will surely love a great present from this company. If you're not in the market for a Valentine's Day Gift, how about a gift for a friend, or a family member?



Red Envelope offers only select quality products — many of which are exclusive to RedEnvelope — that are unusual, surprising and beautifully designed to ensure the gifts you give create a special moment when they are opened — whether it's a knowing smile, heartfelt laughter, or a sentimental tear or two.

Launched in 1999, our mission remains to make gift giving for every occasion easy and fun.

The name RedEnvelope comes from a firmly held belief in Asian cultures that the color red is an auspicious symbol of happiness. Gifts are often presented in a simple red envelope - a timeless tradition that carries with it well wishes of prosperity, good fortune, appreciation and love.


Here are just a few gifts you could purchase:





Red Envelope truly offers a gift everyone will enjoy.

GIVEWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner who will win a $50 gift code to Red Envelope.
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Winner will be chosen on February 3 (in time for Valentine's Day if you choose to get a gift for it), 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
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IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.








Baskin Robbin has a new flavor for you to dig your spoon into!



In October 2010, more than 40,000 ice cream fans played mix-master and created their own ice cream with the Baskin Robbins virtual Flavor Creator, choosing from 31 base flavors, a variety of ribbons such as fudge and peanut butter and oodles of different mix-ins ranging from candies to cookies. A team of experts from Baskin-Robbins selected 10 finalists and then opened the voting to the public who chose the winning flavor. In addition to having her flavor “Bunches of Crunches” as the June 2011 Flavor of the Month, Diane’s flavor will be immortalized in the Baskin-Robbins ice cream library alongside world famous flavors like World Class Chocolate, Jamoca Almond Fudge and Gold Medal Ribbon.

A combination of extra-rich, creamy chocolate ice cream with a sweet caramel ribbon and crunchy bites of HEATH™ bar and pecans, “Bunches of Crunches” will be Baskin-Robbins June 2011 Flavor of the Month and available in stores nationwide. To commemorate her win, Diane visited Baskin-Robbins’ corporate headquarters in Canton, MA on January 24 where she mixed “Bunches of Crunches” for the first time with the company’s culinary team.


Stan Frankenthaler, executive chef, Baskin-Robbins, (Left) Kerry Burke, chef, Baskin-Robbins (Center) and Diane Sroga, Chicago, IL, (Right) winner of Baskin- Robbins “CREATE BASKIN’S NEXT FAVORITE FLAVOR” CONTEST create the first batch of the winning flavor, “Bunches of Crunches,” at Baskin-Robbins Brand Central in Canton, MA.

This flavor looks simply fantastic. I urge everyone to try it!





Gorton's Seafood Giveaway

You all know Gorton's, the delicious seafood company which offers frozen fish items freezer to oven ready in minutes! There is definitely something for any seafood lover from Gorton's.



Gorton's has a running contest right now until the end of January. One thousand (1000) FREE grilled product coupons will be given out in four (4) Drawings of two-hundred fifty coupons (250) on: January 10, 2011; January 17, 2011; January 24, 2011; January 31, 2011. One (1) Grand Prize: Xbox 360 Console with Kinect (Retail Value $300.00) to be drawn on January 31, 2011. Check out the giveaway here: http://apps.facebook.com/gortons_giveaway/?ref=mf




GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking FIVE (5) winners who will win 2 free product coupons for Gorton's each.
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Winner will be chosen on February 7, 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

Get ready for those crazy dogs again in this exciting sequel!

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the return of the greatest Chihuahuas to walk on all fours in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2! Chloe & Papi are back in an all new, ¡Ay yay yay! fun-filled adventure—and their family just got bigger. Meet their rambunctious, mischievous and hilarious litter on February 1, 2011 when Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 comes out on a Blu-ray™ combo pack (include Blu-ray and DVD of the movie), 1-disc DVD.




From the creators of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, everybody’s favorite talking Chihuahuas are back in a comedy that’s a pack of outrageous fun for the whole family. Puppy mayhem turns the lives of newlywed Chihuahua parents, Papi and Chloe, upside down when their playful puppies present one challenge after another. But, when their human owners find themselves in trouble, the tiny pups will stop at nothing to save them—because in good times and hard times, the family always sticks together. Papi, Chloe and the puppies embark on a heroic adventure, proving once again that big heroes come in small packages.

Featuring an all-star cast, including George Lopez (voice of Papi), and complete with a litter of bonus features, this heartwarming tale of the meaning of family, friendship and loyalty is a special breed of fun—times five.

Bonus Features:

DVD

French & Spanish Tracks and Subtitles
Sneak Peek at Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go
Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite!
Bonus
Music Video: “This is My Paradise” By Bridgit Mendler
Blooper Faux Paws


BLU-RAY

1.78:1/ Enhanced for 16x9
French & Spanish Tracks
Sneak Peek at Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go
Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite!
Bonus
Music Video: “This is My Paradise” By Bridgit Mendler
Blooper Faux Paws
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Challenge – interactive game show led by Papi

Here's a sneak peek!




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Winner will be chosen on February 6, 2011 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
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Sargento-bringing the great taste for the big game!

At this time, Sargento wants to help prepare sports fans and their kitchens for the upcoming football festivities to celebrate the biggest sports day of the year! With a variety of all natural, never processed cheeses, Sargento can help party-goers and sports enthusiasts alike get game-day ready. In fact, a recent Consumer reports taste test recommended Sargento Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese as a good low-fat option for game day parties, highlighting that the cheese maintains “buttery and salty notes” for a great taste.



Additionally, here are a few recipe ideas to kick start Game Day in your kitchen:

America's Best Cheddar Cheese Dip


Vidalia Onion Spinach Dip


3 ingredient spinach pizza


Almond cheddar appetizers


Yum, I wish I had some spinach pizza right now! Happy eating!