CALIFORNIA MILK ADVISORY BOARD CELEBRATES THE SEASON’S SMALL BITES TREND WITH BROCHURE SPOTLIGHTING NIBBLES, STARTERS & SMALL PLATES FEATURING CALIFORNIA DAIRY

From mini desserts to single bite appetizers, small plates are hotter than ever–and 2013 food trends reveal that these petite plates are here to stay with a continued evolution of smaller portions being featured at white tablecloth and quick serve restaurants. But this bite-sized trend isn’t just for dining out as more consumers are experimenting with their own small plates at home. The CALIFORNIA MILK ADVISORY BOARD (CMAB) is offering a free consumer brochure with tips and recipes for tapping into this trend for holiday celebrations or every day meals.

Whether it’s a love for Spanish-style tapas or an interest in eating smaller portions without giving up on taste, we’ve seen a lot of focus around creating mini bites at home on Pinterest and in food and lifestyle magazines. California dairy – everything from cheese to yogurt to ice cream and butter – is the perfect ingredient for making small plates bursting with big flavor,” said JENNIFER GIAMBRONI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE CMAB. “Our Nibbles, Starters & Small Plates brochure gives consumers a handful of ideas they can enjoy any time of the year.”

California is the nation’s leading milk producer and also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the REAL CALIFORNIA CHEESE seal. Ninety-nine percent of California dairy farms are family owned and that means consumers are supporting dairy families when they look for the milk and cheese seals when they shop. Continue reading

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

This, the first of the FASHION+LIFETSYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES, is all about the children. These are the toys that were the bestsellers this past year and the ones that are presently selling out everywhere. There’s a toy or tablet here for every child on your Christmas list.

LeapPad2

IT’S THE HOTTEST TOY ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! The award-winning LeapPad2, from LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES, INC., offers kids more engaging learning experiences than ever before. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, a faster LF 2000 processor, double the on-board memory (4GB) and a longer battery life, all wrapped in a high-tech styled kid-tough tablet design. LEAPPAD2‘s extensive library of hundreds of games, music, videos, eBooks and more are carefully designed and approved by LEAPFROG‘s highly experienced team of educational experts and include a combination of LEAPFROG‘s top quality educational entertainment and engaging content from the biggest names in children’s entertainment. LEAPFROG‘s own learning content is grounded in the latest research and draws on a comprehensive curriculum that covers more

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than 2,500 skills across 100 skill categories. LEAPPAD2 is sold at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years. The LEAPPAD2 DISNEY PRINCESS BUNDLE is sold at MSRP $129.99. Downloads are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. New accessories for LeapPad2 include a Video Display Case (MSRP $19.99), Fashion Handbag (MSRP $19.99), Car Adapter (MSRP $14.99), Gel Skins (MSRP $9.99) and much more. An optional recharger pack is also available at MSRP $39.99. LeapPad2 is now available at www.leapfrog.com, online and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland

Don’t judge me but I have to say it: I LOVE GUMMIBÄR!  From the moment I received the package of CDs and DVDs in the mail, I have been spellbound by Gummibär and his friend: KALA (a ‘serval cat,’ and the brain in the group), HARRY, the nerdy know-it-all chameleon, and VAM PIRO (a vampire bat with a big problem: He faints at the sight of blood!).

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  GUMMIBÄR is a green blue-eyed character that is usually naked except for orange underwear and sneakers and also seems to have been bitten (with a small portion of the upper left ear missing), which may be why he sings about candy. Gummibär represents the child inside of us (much like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS); and he’s a dancing machine!  He knows how to work that body like no one else! Again, much like the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS character, there’s an element of adult sarcastic humor mixed in with a kid’s smart-alecky sensibility and I love it all. The theme song (“I am a Gummy Bear”) is like a classic earworm, and the new Christmas DVD, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa”, is a new Christmas classic. The cultural references sprinkled throughout the movie are to die for!

The first Gummibär theme song, “I’m a Gummy Bear” (“The Gummy Bear Song”), was produced in Germany in late 2006, and became a regional success as a dance song. The company has since created six additional music videos for a global audience in an increasing number of languages, has recorded additional songs, and Gummibär songs and videos have now been recorded in over 28 languages. They recently announced the addition of party supply products and cookie cutters to the mix, and much more are on the way. For Christmas 2012, check the new Christmas DVD, the CDs (“I am a Gummy Bear”, “Gummibär Christmas Jollies”, “Gummibär: La La Love to Dance”) and the DVD (“The Gummibär Video Collection”). For more information and where-to-buy, visit www.gummibar.net, www.gummibar.net/music/, www.facebook.com/funnygummy, www.gummybearinternational.com/. Continue reading