Friday, April 9, 2010

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Movie Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 01:24 PM PDT

I grew up with Alvin and the Chipmunks so I was eager to see Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, when I was offered a review copy. Just like the cartoon version of the trio I remember seeing on TV when I was a kid, the modern day Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are great at getting into trouble. And Dave is still there to shout, “A-l-v-i-n-n-n-n!!!!”

When a concert mishap lands Dave in the hospital, the Chipmunks take a break from superstardom and enroll in school to fit in with kids their age.  But they soon face some stiff competition when they meet the Chipettes — a beautiful, talented trio of chipmunks discovered by Ian, the boys' evil ex-manager!

Of course, everything works out in the end and the boys are still just as cute as ever. Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel will definitely keep the youngsters on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what happens next. And the adults will get a kick out of the music, especially "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," "Hot N Cold," "Stayin' Alive," and "I Gotta Feeling."  I have to say, I thought the Chipettes version of “Single Ladies” was fabulous!

The movie isn’t the end of the fun though. When you buy the movie, you’ll get a lot of extras to keep the kids entertained. Some of what’s included:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Blu-ray
  • Munking History: 50 Years of Chipmunk Mischief, Mayhem & Music
  • Munk Music Machine
  • Meet the Chipettes
  • Rockin' Rising Stars
  • Music Mania
  • Meet the Stuffies
  • Shake Your Groove Thing! with Rosero
  • Music Videos & Sing-Alongs "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "We Are Family," "Shake Your Groove Thing"
  • Music Videos: ("You Really Got Me" featuring Honor Society & "The Song" featuring Queensberry)
  • A-l-v-i-n-n-n-n!!! Album Maker
  • . . and more

Be sure to check out for more fun, including the chance to turn yourself into a Chipmunk or Chipette!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is available from Amazon.

(I was provided with a copy of the movie for review purposes).

Pet first aid tips for cat and dog lovers

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 11:36 AM PDT

pet first aid and awarenessIt’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and although you might think it’s just a time for pet owners to learn how to help our pets in emergency situations, there’s actually much more to it than that. Of course, it’s super important for people to know how to help their pets in an emergency and even take a pet first aid class, but it’s also important to know how to prevent pet emergencies. Learning to keep your dogs and cats safe can mean you’ll avoid dangerous situations that might result in a trip to your veterinarian or even an emergency clinic.You’ve probably heard that old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it really is true. By taking a few steps to prevent accidents, you and your pet can avoid painful injuries and illnesses (and worse), as well as time and money spent on medical care.

Here are a few important tips to help keep your pets safe and healthy:

  • If you walk your dog during the hot summer months, walk early in the morning when the streets and sidewalks aren’t as hot as they are later in the day. This way your dog’s feet won’t be burned by hot asphalt or cement.
  • Keep antifreeze where your pets can’t get to it. Dogs especially like the sweet taste but it’s extremely deadly.
  • Be sure your pets have tags on them at all times, but also be sure the contact information on those tags is up to date!
  • Keep such things like string, tinsel, yarn, and thread away from your cat. Cats like to swallow all of these things, and when they do, it can get twisted in their intestines. This can result in emergency surgery to remove the item.
  • Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise – this helps keep you and your pet healthy! Exercise keeps weight down, is good at warding off arthritis and hip dysplasia, and helps keep the immune system healthy. It’s also a great way to spend time with your pet and have some fun.
  • Take a pet first aid course and learn how to handle emergencies when they do happen. It only takes one accident to wish you knew first aid skills!
  • If you use mulch in your garden, check the bag to be sure it’s not cocoa mulch. This type of mulch contains theobromine, which is the chemical in chocolate that can cause serious illness (and sometimes, death) to your pets.

If you’d like to know more about keeping your pet healthy and safe visit Austin Pet First Aid on Facebook, where I’ll be posting more tips throughout the month. You don’t have to be in Austin to become a fan! If you are in Austin though, and would like to take a pet first aid course, visit the Austin Pet First Aid website and register for an upcoming class.

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