Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sour Jacks' Oscar Award Challenge #SourJacks

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The biggest awards night in the movie industry is just a day away and this year we participated in the Sour Jacks' Challenge to help get prepared and set the mood for the big night.

I'm not very creative in the kitchen so I enlisted the help of one of my daughters, both of whom love to cook and bake. My oldest daughter immediately thought "popcorn" when thinking about watching the Oscars on Sunday night, so she wanted to create little popcorn buckets with our Sour Jacks Candy and they turned out really cute!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Tequila Twist on a Classic Leap Cocktail to Say Cheers to Leap Year!

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Have you ever wondered why we have Leap Year? Basically, leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. There is so much history and so many theories behind the need for Leap Year but ultimately, it comes around only once every four years, and this year we are graced with an extra day, so let's make the most of it and enjoy a well-made cocktail ~ as if we needed a reason! 

There are also a few interesting facts about this special day. For instance, the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is an actual club for people born on February 29th and more than 10,000 people worldwide are members of this exclusive group. Included are a few famous "leaplings" such as motivational speaker Tony Robbins, actors Dennis Farina and Antonio Sabato Jr. and rapper Ja Rule. 

"Leaplings" or "Leapers" as they are called usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28th or March 1st on non-leap years, which can be confusing to some, but what choice do they have? There is also a Leap Year tradition that says it's completely acceptable for a woman to propose to a man on February 29th with this being showcased in the 2010 romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The story tells of a woman who traveled to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to marry her on leap day, due to the tradition that says men can't refuse a woman's proposal on that particular day. This tradition dates back to St. Bridget who is said to have complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for a man to propose. St. Patrick apparently took this into consideration and supposedly gave women one designated day to ask for a man to marry her. Interesting, huh?

Whether you're one of the 200,000 "leaplings" born on February 29th, a woman who is planning a marriage proposal or maybe just looking for a reason to celebrate an extra day with a special drink, Hornitos has you covered with Cocktail No. 366, a tequila twist on the classic Leap Day cocktail. Enjoy!

BLING available on #GooglePlay for Free starting March 3rd!

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Rock out to a superhero adventure for the whole family with the exclusive debut of 
BLING on Google Play.

This new animated show features the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods and follows the tale of lowly theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villian. It is up to him and his team of superhero robots to save teh city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villian, and win the girl 
before it's too late?

BLING is also part of Google Play's family-friendly discovery experience that is designed to help parents find apps, games, movies, and TV shows and books that are appropriate for their kids. Simply tap on the "Family" button on the Apps, Games and Movies and TV homepages or the "Children's Books" button on the Books homepage to find recommendations by age and interests.

Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK ~ In Theatres on April 15th! #JungleBook

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2016 is turning out to be a super exciting year for Disney fans with tons of movies set to release in theatres and for home entertainment. One of my all-time favorites will be in theatres on 
April 15...The Jungle Book!

To add to the Disney-hype a bit, we want to share some fun and adorable activity sheets with everyone before the legend comes to life in 3D, Real 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Disney's #Zootopia in #DolbyCinema at AMC Prime #ShareAMC #Giveaway #Houston #Texas

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The highly anticipated, up-coming, animated movie from Disney, ZOOTOPIA is on everyone's mind in my household right now. We can't wait to see this new release and have been invited to see it on opening weekend (in theaters March 4th) at Dolby Cinema in Houston! Awesome! 

About Zootopia
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

As excited as we are about seeing this funny and adorable new Disney release, we are equally thrilled about viewing the movie in Hollywood style at the Dolby Cinema! If you're wondering what is so special about this particular cinema, let me fill you in! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Disney's Pete's Dragon - Teaser Trailer Now Available! #PetesDragon

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Watch the new teaser trailer from Disney's Pete's Dragon and see it on the 
BIG screen in 3D August 12, 2016!

Follow Pete's Dragon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

It's not just MONDAY ~ It's National Margarita Day!

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For most of us, there's very little to celebrate and be excited about on a Monday. Between saying goodbye to the weekend and heading back to work or school and making sure that everyone is back on track and into the weekly routines, there's no better excuse to have a yummy cocktail!

This Monday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day and Sauza Tequila is proud to play a delicious role in everyone's favorite tequila cocktail while joining in on the holiday festivities. A recent survey conducted by Sauza Tequila revealed that margaritas are the most popular cocktails to order in a pitcher with friends (80 percent), followed by daiquiris (53 percent) and sangrias (49 percent.)

Who's up for a little margarita history lesson? To begin, the original margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames and it was the top mixed drink of the year in 2008. Now, sixty-eight years later and the margarita is still going strong! 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Good Dinosaur ~ Available for Home Entertainment February 23rd!

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Finally! The Good Dinosaur will be available for home entertainment this coming week! Awesome! 

From the innovative minds of Disney Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be. The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on EArth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? 

Check out the first poster for #Disney’s PETE'S DRAGON! #PetesDragon

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Let's get excited for a reimaging of Disney's cherished film, "Pete's Dragon" as the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott continues!

For years, old wood carver, Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales ~ until she meets Pete! Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie, and 11-year-old whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs and the truth about his dragon. 

Disney's Pete's Dragon opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016! Follow Pete's Dragon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Disney's The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar on #DVD Tuesday, February 23rd

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Continuing the epic storytelling of "The Lion King," join Simba and Nala's second-born cub, King, and his Lion Guard team as they embark on adventures together throughout the Pride Lands!

Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life. Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is a must-own for the entire family!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT ~ @Mitsucars #DriveMitsubishi

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Having the opportunity to test drive a new car for a week never gets old for me...I'm excited each and every time when the vehicle is delivered and can't wait to jump in and take if for a spin! This time I was able to test out the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT with absolutely no disappointment at all!

The Mitsubishi Outlander is best known as a super safe "cross-over" SUV and is the perfect vehicle for a family as it is so roomy inside and is also an affordable option. The interior is extremely comfortable as well, and even with all four of my kids riding with me, we had plenty of room and could fit a couple more if needed. In addition to the spacious interior, this car is the owner of many impressive features including bluetooth capabilities, heated seats, push start and my favorite...SIRIUS XM Radio! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sweet & Healthy Valentine's Day with Wonderful Halos @HalosFun #HealthySnack

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Celebrate Valentine's Day by giving your little angels a healthy snack alternative that's filled with yummy "pure goodness"!

My kids absolutely love Wonderful Halos and I love that these tasty fruits provide a sweet, seedless and easy to peel snack that is a great alternative fatty foods and those that contain a lot of sugar. Instead of giving them tons of chocolate or other candy, this year I'm loading them up with nature's perfect Valentine...Wonderful Halos! These little Mandarins make a cute treat for the classroom as well. Check out the Halos Facebook Page for lots of cute and crafty ideas!

Star in Your Own Personalized Romance Novel #Giveaway

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Looking for a unique gift idea for Valentine's Day, an Anniversary, or other special occasion? I recently discovered something that is not only unique but also fun and so different from the traditional gift ideas.'s personalized romance novels are one-of-a-kind gifts that offer a distinct option for those seeking something different than the norm like chocolate (which contributes to our weight gain), lingerie (which looks great but eventually gets tossed in a drawer), jewelry (which can cost more than the normal budget allows) and even flowers (beautiful, but once they wilt and die, the attraction is gone.) In short, these novels are fun, sexy and romantic and offer a unique experience for the reader.

BISSELL Pet Happens #Giveaway

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SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner Bundle Pet Happens Giveaway 

SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner Bundle

Pets happen, that's for sure! I have 4 pups and believe me they can sure wreck havoc on my carpet, which is why I'm super excited about this giveway! The SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner Bundle #PetHappens giveaway is sponsored by our friends at BISSELL and hosted by Jenn Blah Blah Blog.

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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 Prize Pack Activities & #Giveaway!

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Are you interested in an awesome family promotion? National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 and Ovation Brand restaurants, including Old Country Buffet, Ryan's Hometown Buffet and Country Buffet to host interactive activities for kids in their restaurants. For the next two Thursdays, until February 29th, from 5 - 8 p.m, they will host some cool explorer activities to teach kids how to create and read a map so that they understand the wonders of the rain forest.

  • February 18th ~ World Explorer
  • February 25th ~ National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 Activity Sheet and DVD Sweepstakes Giveaway

DreamWorks Animation Valentine's Day Cards‏ #Netflix

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Spread some LOVE this weekend with DreamWorks Valentine's Day Cards, featuring your favorite characters from Dinotrux, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show and Dragons: Race to the Edge. Ty Rux, Revvit, Skya, Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid, Mr. Peabody and Sherman are here to help you let your friends know just how dino-mite and pawsome they really are!

Season 2 of Dragons: Race to the Edge is currently available on Netflix. Dinotrux Season 2 premiers on March 11th and The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show Season 2 launches on March 18th. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift For The Music Lover‏

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If you're struggling to find the perfect gift and need to impress your Valentine with something really cool and unique, don't look any further! Guitar Hero Live is available as a "Valentine's Day" bundle with two guitars retailing at $150 or a single player bundle retailing at $99. With the celebratory day of romance on the horizon, Guitar Hero Live also introduces two all new Premium Shows featuring love ballads from across the decades.

Music lovers and gaming fans looking to dedicate their love to all things rock this weekend can look forward to Hero Cash sale in GHTV, which can be acquired at half price starting this Friday, February 12th through Monday, February 15th. The sale will offer 50% off Play Token bundles as well as 50% off the Hero Cash skip requirement for Valentine's Day Premium Show entry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste #DesignerSmile

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner and of course you'll want to look your best whether you're out on the town with friends, having a romantic evening with a significant other or even if you're spending the day at home with someone special.

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to update your smile to a whiter, brighter, bolder #DesignerSmile! I'm a big fan of  Colgate products and love the results I see since I've been using Colgate Optic White. The new Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste is even more impressive than my other Optic White products ~ it whitens more than the leading whitening strips* to give me four shades of visibly whiter teeth** starting in just three days! Awesome!

Monday, February 8, 2016

#SnowWhite - Whistle While You Work Chore Chart‏

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Do you have trouble getting your little dwarfs to do their own chores? Start the week off with a fun Chore Chart that will help them Whistle While They Work!

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Romantic Comedy-Themed Cocktails for Valentine's Day‏

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If you're single this year for Valentine's Day or would prefer a low-key night instead of an expensive dinner date, Skinnygirl Cocktails has you covered! Show some love to your best girlfriends this Valentine's Day with a girls' night in while hosting a romantic comedy themed movie and cocktails get together.

Whether you're looking for love like Shopgirl, laughing at the infamous deli scene or going old school, you'll have a delicious cocktail ~ along with a few best friends by your side for Valentine's Day. Be sure to pair the right treat with your drink too with our tips below!

Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven, so toast to the perfect duo with Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon and Skinnygirl Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles. Any chocolate with higher cocoa content works well with Skinnygjrl Cabernet Sauvignon as it highlights the mature tannins and bright acidity. Love almonds? Pair Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio with Skinnygjrl Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds. The almonds emphasize the rich, crisp flavors of Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio and refresh the palate. 

A Valentine's Day Treat that is Good for You! @IceChips_Candy

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There are many holidays and occasions throughout the year that call for candy, right? We love our sweet treats and children are especially drawn to just the thought of eating candy. As a Mom, I love to indulge my kids, but don't want them to have too much sugar, whether it's Valentine's Day or any other day of the year.

I recently discovered candy that is actually good for you ~ Ice Chips Candy! Not only do Ice Chips Candy contain ingredients that are good for my children, but they actually tastes great as well! Awesome! Ice Chips Candy was created by two Grannies who were looking for a candy that was good for their forty-one grandchildren and also friends who had diabetic maladies. After much research, they discovered an artificial sweetener called Xylitol. Xylitol is all natural and has lots of health benefits that make it idea for diabetics and anyone else who wants to limit their sugar intake.

Treat your Valentine to a Chocolate Strawberry Margarita #ValentinesDay

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Are you planning something super special for your love this Valentine's Day? Sauza Tequila suggests treating your sweetheart to a delicious homemade cocktail ~ the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Margarita! Whether it's a pre-dinner cocktail hour before your dinner reservation, or you're cooking a romantic meal at home, you'll both fall in love with Sauza's Chocolate Covered Strawberry Margarita.

Most of us have celebrated this love struck holiday at one time or another, but have you ever wondered how Valentine's Day began? Now, every February 14th, people all over the globe exchange candy, flowers, and gifts, all in the name of St. Valentine. There are many stories about this mysterious and popular saint and one suggests that St. Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help others but also that he was also the first one to send a "valentine" greeting to his love interest. By signing the letter "From your Valentine," the tradition began and is still an expression used today. The oldest known valentine was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was in prison. 

Another Valentine's Day theory is that this special day signifies the the beginning of birds' mating season and therefore should be a day of romance. Valentine's Day become really popular in the 17th century but by the middle of the 18th century it became very common to exchange small tokens of affections and handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace the written notes as the ready made cards were an easy way to express emotions and feelings. Today it is estimated that over one billion greeting cards are sent each Valentine's Day with women making the most purchases.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

#Teleflora Saves Valentine's Day - Love Note Concierge #WhatIsLove #Giveaway

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It's that time of year and love is in the air! Even for the most who are articulate and love to impress their Valentine with meaningful gifts, it's sometimes hard to express yourself with words. This year Teleflora can help!

Teleflora Love Note Concierge (844-It Is Love) has launched just in time for the big day of LOVE! This new and free service is available for a limited time only and is there to inspire individuals to pen a love note for their special Valentine. The Teleflora Love Note Concierge has a team of professional Love Note Experts on-call to help coach anyone on finding their arsenal of words to perfectly pen a loving sentiment that celebrates the special individuals in their lives, whether it's a husband, wife, mother, sister or even a friend. Best of all, there's no charge, no purchase necessary, no strings attached, just words of LOVE!

In addition to the Teleflora Love Note Concierge, Teleflora's breathtaking new collection of 2016 Valentine's Day bouquets make expressing your one-of-a-kind love so easy and meaningful. I had the opportunity to experience one of these stunning bouquets this year and I'm so impressed! The arrangement is creative and the flowers are simply gorgeous...fresh, vibrant and filled with love!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Church’s Chicken® Brings the Heat with New Texas Pete® Wings #SuperBowl

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It's a known fact that chicken wings are a favorite snack or meal for many people, and with that being said, it's no surprise that Americans are expected to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings during the 2016 Super Bowl, according to the National Chicken Council.

This season, guests can look to Church’s Chicken to feed the need! Church's Chicken has teamed up with Texas Pete to bring bone-in wings to it's menue for a limited time. From now until February 7th, and just in time for Super Bowl 50, you can indulge in "the wings that bite back" ~ juicy, marinated, bone-in chicken wings ~ fired up golden brown and seasoned with an extra kick of spicy Texas Pete's Hot Sauce! Awesome!

Bring home the winning snack for your Big Game Celebration and keep your family and friends cheering not only for their favorite team but also for your choice in refreshments!

#ZOOTOPIA - Coloring Sheets & New Clips

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With ZOOTOPIA opening in theaters next month, we want to share some super fun coloring pages and new clips from this highly anticipated movie!

What's Cook'n with Rustic Crust for Super Bowl Sunday?

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Are you looking for a Super Bowl snack idea that will have your friends and family cheering for more? If so, check out Rustic Crust, the maker of organic and all-natural pizza crust and pizza sauce. This year, Rustic Crust is encouraging families to spend time together and make Super Bowl Sunday a family pizza night as well. 

With the biggest game of the year coming up, we want to share a delicious Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer recipe with our readers from Rustic Crust. this snacking favorite screams "Game Day!" and is one that your friends, family or party guests will thank you for serving.

About Rustic Crust:
All Rustic Crust pizza crusts are ready-made using traditional Old World baking methods. They are hand formed and double proofed for flavor and use delicious natural ingredients, select herbs and spices, no GMOs or artificial ingredients. Each conveniently ready-made and oversized pizza crust is ready to enjoy in minutes ~ has no trans fat, no added sugar and is made in the USA!

Have a Low-Calorie and Healthy Super Bowl Party with Skinnygirl

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Every hostess knows the winning combination for an incredible Game Day party is a mix of great food, great drinks and great friends. What's no so great is the high-calorie food and beer that leave you feeling like a lineman the next day!

Fortunately for those of us who would prefer to keep our party refreshments low-calorie, Bethenny Frankel and Skinnygirl Cocktails have the playbook for guilt free Game Day entertaining with cocktail alternatives to beer and a healthy chili recipe that everyone can agree is absolutely delicious. So, no matter which team you're rooting for, have the food and drink that you love and make the day one to remember!

Colgate Big Game Debut ~ #EveryDropCounts #SuperBowl

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For the very first time in its brand history, Colgate will enter the big game arena and onto the world's stage with their 30-second video "Save Water." This meaningful video will air near the two-minute warning, and will encourage viewers to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. On average, Americans who leave the water running while brushing their teeth waste at least four gallons of water. In light of global water shortages, "Save Water" serves as a reminder that #EveryDropCounts.

In the spirit of the Super Bowl (and some friendly competition!), we want to challenge you and your family to save water each day by turning off the tap and pledge #EveryDropCounts as every hashtag signifies four gallons of water being saved and a pledge to continue saving water. 

Water conservation begins at home and this year, Colgate encourages everyone to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Each person could save nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year and together, we can make every drop count!

Take the #EveryDropCounts Pledge today!

Gridiron Cocktails to Kickoff the Super Bowl

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Are you busy making preparations for the big game this weekend? Whether you're a die-hard football fan or just watching to see the awesome commercials, there's no better way to gear up for the game of the year than with a few Gridiron Cocktails from Hornitos.

Celebrating and cheering on your favorite team is only part of the fun ~ take this once a year opportunity to have a great time with friends, family, those rooting for your team and even those cheering for the opposing team. It's all in good fun! It's easy to make a day of the occasion with coordinating team decorations, tasty food and of course, themed cocktails. Hornitos Tequila definitely has you covered for cocktails with the ultimate game day recipes to celebrate every goal line stand, touchdown pass and championship play. 

As devoted fans of the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, this is a big day for fans across the country. This single game will determine who has bragging rights for the rest of the year, and who will be sporting their team logo for the rest of the week. So, celebrate ~ have a great time and most of all enjoy the game, commercials and the refreshments together for Super Bowl 50!

Red Zone
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 2 parts Coconut Water
  • 1 part Lime Juice
  • 1/2 part Agave Nectar
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lime Peel
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lime peel.

Jalapeno Endzone
  • 1 1/2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 4 parts Mexican Lager
  • 1/4 part Lime Juice
  • 1/3 part Simple Syrup
  • 1 Slice Jalapeno
  • Salt for Rim
Preparation: Muddle jalapeno in a glass with a salted rim and combine the remainder of ingredients except the Mexican Lager in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Add Mexican Lager and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ratchet & Clank ~ In Theaters April 29th #RatchetandClank

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A CG-Animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game is the origin of two unlikely heroes struggling to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spread the LOVE with Skylanders SuperCharged Valentine's Day Cards!

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Show your LOVE of Skylanders this Valentine's Day with Skylanders SuperCharger punch-out stand-up Valentine's Day cards by American Greetings. 

These cards are perfect for sharing with classmates and teachers and each pack comes complete with 32 regular cards and 1 teacher card. You Valentine will love receiving fun and tailored messages that are ideal for any Skylander fan with cards showcasing fan-favorites such as Dive Clops, Stealth Elf, Spit Fire, Trigger Happy and more! All of your friends will love receiving cards with greetings like "Too Hot to Handle!" and "I Only have Eye For You!" 

To make this Valentine's Day even hotter, kids can store their Valentine's Day cards in the easy-to-assemble Eruptor Valentine Mailbox! Awesome! The cards are available exclusively at Walmart fo $3.99!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on #DVD #Giveaway

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It's time to rock out with Minnie and Mickey!

DreamWork's Bridge Of Spies ~ On Blu-ray Today! #BridgeOfSpies

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Bridge of Spies is available on Blu-ray today and I must say that this movie is now one of my favorites. First of all, how can you go wrong with not only Steven Spielberg, but also Tom Hanks? Both are phenomenal and so is this movie.