Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Potty Training Made Easy With Pull-Ups® And a Coupon!

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* Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you on behalf of Pull-Ups® .All opinions are my own. *

Let's me completely honest with each other, potty training really stinks! My son was the easiest ever but my girls, OMG! Terrible. 

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My girls love Doc McStuffins so I am hoping she will help make potty training smooth sailing here! 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Second annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show is Planned to Benefit local Families Experiencing Critical Times


Second annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show
 is Planned to Benefit local Families Experiencing Critical Times,

It will Feature Food Network Judge, Author, and Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan plus a Battle of Culinary Students, two-chef cook-off, hosted by Doug Singer
of Daily Food & Wine.

The Fundraiser at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly, NJ will also include a
Food and Wine Grand Tasting, with samplings from dozens of local eateries and wine & spirit vendors to Benefit Giants of Generosity and the Office of Concern
Food Bank of Englewood

(Tenafly, N.J., January 21, 2015) –  A Bergen County-based charitable organization, in partnership with the Clinton Inn Hotel & Event Center, will hold their second annual high-impact Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015, sponsored by BMW of Tenafly and Tenafly Suburbanite. Funds will be raised to help families and individuals experiencing critical, life-altering times throughout Bergen County. The event will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Clinton Inn Hotel, 145 Dean Drive in Tenafly, N.J.

There will be a Grand Tasting with local restaurants and wine vendors from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm with a Celebrity Show at 3:30 pm. Featured guests are celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan, author, restaurateur, and a judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped” program, plus a Battle of Culinary Students, two-chef cook-off, hosted by Doug Singer of Daily Food & Wine.

Advance reservations and ticket purchases are required to attend this three-hour Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 and are available at   Tickets are on sale now, early bird pricing is good through January 31, 2015.

Each Celebrity Performance will include:
  • A cooking demonstration and book signing by Chef Maneet along with a competition between two up and coming student chefs from Bergen Community College who are study Culinary Arts. Doug Singer of Daily Food & will emcee the event. Copies of Maneet’s new cookbook, “Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour through 25 Countries” will be available for purchase. The Celebrity performance will begin promptly at 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
  • A Grand Tasting exhibitor event featuring sample plates from many of New Jersey’s finest restaurants and tastings from prestigious wineries and fine spirit vendors, as well as food-related vendors selling their wares, begins promptly at 1:00 pm and continues throughout the afternoon.
  • There will live music, a disc jockey, a silent auction, and much more.

Funds raised through the multi-faceted event will help Giants of Generosity fulfill its mission of assisting area residents who are facing critical life-altering situations and have nowhere else to turn. In addition, the organization will be collecting breakfast cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, and diapers at the event for the Office of Concern food bank in Englewood, N.J., which feeds more than 850 families a week.

“We thank the Clinton Inn for hosting this exciting event,” said D. Jane Albanese, executive director of Giants of Generosity. “We are all looking forward to our second annual event of raising funds to help the neediest people right here in our own communities, while being entertained and enjoying the fare from local eateries and
wine vendors.”

Tickets for the Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 are $65 per person which includes
both the celebrity showcase, with Chef Maneet and our Surprise Guest Chef, and admission to the Grand Tasting event.  A $10 early-bird discount is available on the tickets now through January 31, 2015. To purchase tickets go to 
http://giantsofgenerosity.orgFor more information about the program or about Giants of Generosity contact
D. Jane Albanese at (201) 567-2622.

About Giants of Generosity
Giants of Generosity, founded by CEO/Executive Director D. Jane Albanese in 2007, is a registered 501(C)3 organization based in Cresskill, NJ, whose mission is to provide emergency-relief funding to people experiencing critical, life-altering situations. It provides financial assistance, connections to vital area resources, moral support, and hope for the future. After Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, 400 families in the Rockaways were helped with the aid of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Religious Action for Reform Judaism, KidCare, and Michael Bolton Charities. Giants of Generosity worked in conjunction with Friends of Rockaway, a volunteer organization that was on the ground helping people rebuild their lives. On November 18, 2014 we completed our second annual Champions of Rockaway fundraiser hosted by Scarlett Johansson, with an intimate performance by Award-winning actor/singer Jamie Foxx. An additional $76,000 was raised to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Giants of Generosity, which is wholly supported by donations from people like you, corporate sponsorships and grants, has helped more than 510 families and individuals to date. Details about its work are at
About Chef Maneet Chauhan
Chef Chauhan’s culinary journey began in her homeland of India, where she graduated at the top of her class at The Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration, India’s top culinary and hotel management school. After interning at India’s finest hotels and kitchens, she attended The Culinary Institute of America and graduated with high honors. Chauhan served as executive chef at some of the finest restaurants in Chicago and New York before founding Indie Culinaire, an avant-garde culinary and hospitality company. The only Indian female ever to compete on Iron Chef and a fierce competitor on The Next Iron Chef, Chef Chauhan is now a full-time judge on the Food Network hit show, 
Chopped. She has just published her first cookbook, “Flavors of my World: A Culinary Tour through 25 Countries.” Maneet has also recently opened Chauhan Ale & Masala House, in Nashville, TN.  For more information visit

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day with Penguins of Madagascar - Available on Blu-ray & DVD March 17th! @FoxHomeEnt



“Hilarious! A zany blast the entire family will enjoy.
Nothing but non-stop fun and laughter!" – Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV

Perfect for Easter Gift Baskets, the Blu-ray™ and DVD Come With Two Hopping Penguin
Toys Available for a Limited Time

LOS ANGELES, CA – They’re cute...they’re cuddly...they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love! Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

And for a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack on March 17 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is “a fun, smartly conceived film that will appeal to all movie-goers,” proclaims Bill Bregoli of CBS Radio. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A-” CinemaScore® and certified fresh on

Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR features the voice talents of John Malkovich (“Crossbones” Red 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), joining Tom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights, who are reprising their roles as the Penguins from the beloved Madagascar franchise.

The Blu-ray™ and DVD feature hours of bonus materials that uncover the covert operations of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR including several exclusive featurettes, a deleted scene, a music video by Pitbull, a dance tutorial by tWitch, and more.

DreamWorks Animation’s PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Blu-ray™ include:

Feature film in high definition

Special Features:
Top Secret Guide to Becoming an Elite Agent – Contrary to popular belief, there’s much more to becoming an elite agent than having a bunch of cool you have what it takes?
“He is Dave” Music Video – You can run, maybe even swim, but you can’t hide from Dave, the octo-armed and dangerous “creep of the deep” from Penguins of Madagascar!
Flipper Slap Shake Waddle and Roll – Grab your accordion, flap your flippers, do the dance and join the fun. But don’t worry if you don’t get it right...just wing it!
“Celebrate” Music Video by Pitbull – Get ready to celebrate watching music sensation Pitbull perform in this webbed foot-tapping music video, featuring scenes from the movie!
Do The Penguin Shake with tWitch – Practice your best penguin moves and join hip-hop dance star tWitch for a fun-filled lesson on how to do the Penguin Shake dance!
Deleted Scene – Direct from the top secret editing vault (even we don’t know where it is), watch a classified deleted scene you couldn’t see in theaters!
Madagascar Mash Up – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private aren’t new to the spy’s a crazy compilation of mission madness from the Madagascar films!
Global Flight Plan – Set a course for fun and adventure as you trace the Penguins’ path around the world, starting with the flipping frozen tundra of Antarctica!
Cheezy Dibbles Ad – Do yourself a flavor and don’t miss this hilarious commercial for the world’s best and most cheesiest orange-colored delicacy. Dibble me!
Theatrical Trailer
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DreamWorks Animation’s PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR DVD includes:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features:
Top Secret Guide to Becoming an Elite Agent – Contrary to popular belief, there’s much more to becoming an elite agent than having a bunch of cool you have what it takes?
Madagascar Mash Up – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private aren’t new to the spy’s a crazy compilation of mission madness from the Madagascar films!
Cheezy Dibbles Ad – Do yourself a flavor and don’t miss this hilarious commercial for the world’s best and most cheesiest orange-colored delicacy. Dibble me!
Theatrical Trailer
Image Gallery

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 30 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Celebrate National Cheese Day With Casa Noble Tequila and Cheeses of Europe #TequilaFromage

*Disclosure: Party of 5 received samples in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Remember to drink responsibly and be of legal drinking age. *

Are you a cheese lover? What about a tequila lover? Have you ever thought about pairing the two of them together? Me either!! We had the opportunity to try this out ourselves and my husband really enjoyed himself. I'm not a huge cheese fan but he is all about trying new cheeses, the stinkier the better.

We were sent a variety of cheeses from The Cheeses of Europe that included
1 pound of Imported Mimolette Cheese
1 pound of Fourme d'Ambert
1 Pound of Époisses
1 pound of Comte Cheese

Our Casa Noble Tequila Samplings included 
Casa Noble Crystal
Casa Noble Reposado
Casa Noble Anejo

Now, how to pair these babies together. We were sent somewhat of a "cheat sheet" if you will of how to pair the tequila and cheeses together and they were so spot on. 

Casa Noble Crystal pairs with Mimolette a.k.a. Boule de Lille, eighteen month old
so it would qualify as Vieille. During the 17th century Colbert denied importation
of foreign goods so the French started making their own version of a Dutch
cheese, Edam. Produced in Nord Pas-de-Calais, pasteurized cow milk, colored
with Annatto. Very mild flavor with little aroma.

 The Reposado was paired with Époisses, a wash-rind monastery style of
pasteurized cow milk, from Burgundy, also produced in Champagne-Ardenne. At
first the young cheeses are washed in a brine solution then gradually Marc is

added to the wash. Semi-soft, pungent, and a favorite of Napoleon.

The Añejo was paired with Fourme d'Ambert. This cheese can be made with raw
or pasteurized cow milk; this one was pasteurized. The blue mold is added to the
curd then the cheese is pierced to promote veining during ripening. Natural rind,
smooth and creamy paste, rather mild for a blue, crumbly and moist, with a

pleasant aroma of cow and cellar.

The Anejo with the Fourme d'Ambert was our favorite. For us adding the cheese on top of a nice juicy filet mignon and pairing it with the Anejo was a huge hit. It was super creamy and so delicious. 

I'm going to suggest that you order these delicious cheeses from The French Cheese Board in NY and pick up the highlighted Casa Noble Tequilas. They pair wonderfully together and make a great gift when visiting friends and family. 

Don't forget National Cheese Day is January 20th!