Archives for February 13, 2014

The Good Cookies & Beyond A Gluten Free Bakery!

 

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* The Good Cookies & Beyond is co-owned and operated by Amber Trailer & Lisa McCulloch-two friends with the same dream: to provide customers with gourmet baked good alternatives that are extraordinarily DELICIOUS!*

 

My family actually had the opportunity to try out a few goodies last week from The Good Cookies & Beyond and I have to admit that we were all impressed!  The samples all looked so good that I wasn’t even sure what to try first! But, my son quickly selected the delicious looking donut holes. I actually never knew that Gluten-Free baked goods could taste so good! This bakery is different from most because they have gluten-free, wheat-free, Dairy Free, Casein-free & Natural & Organic products.

The Gluten-Free Donut holes did not last long in my house! Even my son (who can be “particular”-he doesn’t like the word “picky”) loved them! They are so soft and fresh. They are not dairy-free since they are made with organic butter, but they are simply too delicious for words! We also tried the Gluten-Free Brownies-which are gluten-free, dairy free and organic. They are so yummy and soft! But, besides these yummy donut holes and brownies, the Gluten Free Muffins are actually something amazing! They are just soft and very moist and I hear that they freeze quite well, but since I gobbled them up too quickly..well, I will have to go back soon and buy some to freeze! My son’s favorite were actually the cookies! He says “they are the best and that is why the place is called The Good Cookies!”  All cookies are gluten-free, dairy free and delicious! They are sold by the dozen. You can also order pies, cheesecake and specialty cakes..yum! This would be a great place to check out for this Valentine’s Day holiday!

The good Cookies & Beyond is located at 2081 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501. You can check out their website here. Phone # (310) 320-7900.  Follow them on Facebook too!

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* Info provided from The Good Cookies & Beyond website*

Photo Credit: The Good Cookies & Beyond, and review photos by Denise A. Bloomfield. Self Disclosure: I received samples for free to facilitate this review/feature but any opinions expressed are my own.

 

Latest ‘Chuggington’ DVD, ‘Brewster Leads The Way,’ MAKES TRACKS FOR MORE TRAINTASTIC FUN FOR FANS NATIONWIDE! Valentine's Day Giveaway!

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It’s Brewster’s turn to take the spotlight! Young viewers nationwide are in for thrilling, high-speed adventures featuring one of their favorite chuggers in “Brewster Leads The Way,” the newest addition to the popular Chuggington” DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Filled with six action-packed episodes featuring relatable storylines and positive messages for preschoolers, “Brewster Leads The Way” arrives at retail on February 11, 2014, just in time for Valentine’s Day! And, to give kids even more to love, the new release will be available in two different versions, including one with an Old Puffer Pete die-cast engine from TOMY – the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for “Chuggington” fans!

 

“Brewster Leads The Way” is an irresistible collection of episodes that seamlessly blend non-stop fun and valuable lessons for preschool audiences. Brewster, together with his best friends Wilson and Koko – plus new chuggineers Zack, Tyne and Fletch – helps gently guide viewers in learning to “ride the rails of life.”

 

Throughout this newest assortment of energetic adventures, Brewster takes the lead! In the title episode, Brewster must oversee the transporting of a heavy load with the assistance of the mighty Chuggers. But, when the Chuggers get called away or breakdown, it’s up to Brewster to move “full-steam ahead” and get the job done! And, in “Track Laying Brewster,” when a flash flood causes Rocky Ridge River to overflow, Brewster’s track-laying abilities are put to the test. He has to save Zack, Tyne and Fletch by helping them get their wheels above water – and fast!

 

Additional episodes on the new DVD include “Babysitter Brewster,” “Brewster Meets The Mayor,” “Poor Old Puffer Pete,” “Old Puffer Pete’s Firebox,” and bonus Badge Quest adventure, “Brewster’s Carwash.” The title also contains a Chugger Spotlight segment with a special character montage that centers on Brewster, along with an original Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue music video, and coloring and activity pages, too!

We received this DVD to check out and it is such a fun DVD for pre-schoolers! It is lively, entertaining and educational! It’s a must-have for children ages 2-5. 
A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills, “Chuggington” airs daily on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel at 7:30am and 1:30pm with additional evening airings.  The series made its Season 4 debut on Disney Junior, Sunday, October 20, 2013 with the first-ever primetime “Chuggington” special, “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue.”

 

Chuggington” has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its stateside debut in January 2010.

  We have teamed up with Chuggington and Anchor Bay Entertainment for a Valentine’s Giveaway for your young child! Simply leave a comment below telling us who you would like to win this for or your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day! Deadline to enter is February 14th, 2014 at midnight so enter now! One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!
About “Chuggington

Chuggington” is a contemporary, action-based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children ages 2-5 years. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills empowering them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com.
About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

 Self Disclosure: I received a DVD to review/feature and to offer a giveaway!