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Even if you’re not a hardcore football fan, the Super Bowl is definitely worth watching. The yearly sporting event is a grand spectacular of excess. Not only is the halftime show an extravaganza on an epic scale (Madonna is on deck this year) but so are the commercials. Companies shell out big dollars to hawk their products during the game. With an audience over 100 million viewers, the commercials sometimes get as much, if not, more attention than the actual game.

Volkswagen just launched an adorable teaser for their 2012 Super Bowl campaign. Once again the automaker relied on The Force for its Star Wars-themed commercial which makes sense since the ad last year was very well-received. This year, instead of using a pint-sized kid dressed up as Darth Vader to star in the commercial, they’ve rounded up a bunch of canines to do the job. Titled “The Bark Side“, the dogs’ various barks, woofs, and howls are brilliantly used to compose a sort of concerto of The Imperial March.

watch the commercial after the jump

Protect Your Package With MYPAKAGE Underwear

In: Charge It, Fashion, Tyrell

Have you ever been to the gym or done an extreme sport and been wearing the wrong underwear for the job? You find that your balls are getting in the way and making you uncomfortable or that your package just doesn’t feel protected? Then I have the underwear for you. May I introduce you MYPAKAGE undies.

These undies are made up of 93% Model and 7% Spandex. It absorbs more than 50% better than cotton but is still incredibly breathable. Because the fabric combination is so progressive, you’ll find that it never shrinks or wrinkles after the wash. Another great feature of the underwear’s fabric is that it is resistant to pilling caused by friction and will always remain incredibly soft. Bonus!

But what about his underwear keeps your package and your balls safe? That would be their Keyhole Comfort Technology which is pictured in the photo above. I have been trying out a few pairs of the undies which come in a Weekday and Weekend Collection. Whether it’s at the gym or a dance rehearsal, these undies have the family jewels fully protected. Check out how the undies work below.

Learn about MyPKG’s “Keyhole Technology” after the jump.

Toronto Vintage: Leslieville

In: Charge It, Redd

I’ve been busy checking out Toronto’s many different neighbourhoods and I’ve quickly fallen in love with Leslieville. This east-end neighborhood is virtually untouched by large retail companies and instead littered with independent business owners from restaurants to cafes and clothing retailers to vintage furniture shops.

Since moving to Toronto, I’ve been slowly furnishing my place and have started looking at vintage decoration pieces to give my place a bit of character. A friend of mine introduced me to the many vintage furniture shops in Leslieville and instantly I was hooked. We were both saying that it was a good thing that Leslieville was a bit of a trek for us because if we were closer, we’d spend all our money on vintage finds.

Check out three stores I visited which had great vintage stuff at affordable prices.

My three favorite vintage shops after the jump.

The hours are counting down and for some of you, you’ve already rang in the New Year. To those of you who have done so, don’t tell us the future. For those of us in the Western Hemisphere who are still awaiting midnight, we have a few drink recipes to share with you if you’re still looking for that last minute addition to your house party.

To warm up your guests, serve them the EFFEN® Savory cocktail. Recently served exclusively at Zac Posen’s Holiday Party, Zac stated that “the EFFEN Savory was a clean and chic cocktail – it was a great way to celebrate in style with my friends and studio family.” The party may have been exclusive (so exclusive we weren’t even invited…) BUT we were fortunate enough to get the recipe to share with you.

To switch up the tradition of toasting champagne when the clock strikes twelve, mix it up by handing out the Basil Hayden’s® Apple Bubbly. It’s the easiest mixed drink you’ll make all night. Plus, it’s garnished with an apple slice. Who doesn’t love that? Check out this delicious recipes below.

Check out these fun recipes for tonight after the jump.

New Releases Out This Week: December 26

In: Charge It, Music, Tyrell

Did everyone have a merry Christmas? Did you get everything you asked Santa for on your list? If a few items were missed or you are looking to exchange a few items, there are a few movies and TV shows that are hitting shelves this week for those post-Xmas shopaholics out there. If you’re up in Canada, you can check out these titles while you are doing your Boxing Day shopping.

This week’s featured release is Final Destination 5. The gory, thriller flick brings back all the antics from the previous films in the series. Here is a quick synopsis:

Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and in Final Destination 5 it strikes again. During the bus ride to a corporate retreat, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends — as well as numerous others — die in a horrific bridge collapse. When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues — including his friend, Peter (Miles Fisher), and girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell) — away from the disaster before Death can claim them. But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive, and in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

Check out a few other titles hitting stores this week below.

Check out more new releases after the jump.

EASY Things For a Christmas Dinner WOW!

In: Charge It, Nic

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Christmas is a time to eat and drink and sleep and then wake up and eat and drink more and finish it off with a little drinking and midnight eating. At least I hope so, because today I was on the Gold Coast and saw a woman going into the Fitness First gym here on Christmas Eve while I was coming out of the beer store and it just sickened me. SICKENED ME! GIVE IT UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS!@#

Moving on, with all this eating and drinking every year, sometimes we can get into the routine of making the same Christmas dinner over and over. And sometimes that’s absolutely FINE because Christmas dinner is delicious no matter what. But if in fact you need to surprise yourself and your family a little and put in that WOW factor for a little jazz, try one or two or all three of these little tips to give your dinner a little tip over the edge – something they’ll be craving until next year.

1. The Ultimate Ham Rub!

If you’re making a ham this year, don’t go ANOTHER MINUTE without putting this delicious sticky rub on the outside of it. Cook your ham as directed and then 20 minutes before it’s finished, pull it out, score it with half inch deep scores all over and mix together this:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (or water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

You really might even have the ingredients already hanging around from making gingerbread. Just make it into a paste, rub it all over that ham bake it for another 20 minutes. You’ll have a ham that me and my friends and family crave and praise every year. Delicieux!

more recipes after the jump

5 Essentials For Your Holiday Host Emergency Kit

In: Charge It, Patrick

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and before we know it, Christmas and New Years after that. This is a wonderful time of year for spending extra special time with family and friends. But, it can also be a stressful time of year, especially if you are hosting.

Here’s a list of tips to get you extra prepared for common “emergencies” that are encountered when hosting a holiday dinner or gathering, courtesy of BobVila.com.

1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Spills will happen. They’ll happen on your carpet, they’ll happen on your pants, they’ll happen on your dress. Be ready. First, blot the spill with a paper towel. Then, combine one teaspoon of carpet shampoo (or dish soap) with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently blot the stain. Continue until the stain lifts. After that, sponge the stained area with warm water, then blot dry with a clean cloth or mor paper towels. Mission accomplished.

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New Releases Out This Week: December 20

In: Charge It, Movies, Tyrell

Okay last minute Christmas shoppers. May this be a lesson to you. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Trust me. It’ll cause less stress on your body. However, if you still need a few last minute ideas or stocking stuffers, look no further than this list of new releases hitting shelves today. There is a movie or concert DVD here for at least a few people on your list, especially if you have any young ones to buy for.

This week’s featured release is sure to please any Glee fan out there. It’s the release of the Glee: The Concert. The limited theatrical engagement literally bombed in theaters but is sure to do well on the DVD front. This DVD or blu-ray literally gives you a front seat into the show as well as a backstage pass into behind-the-scenes footage, unseen performances and more.

And, for those of you who are way in the tech game this year, you can pick up the 3D version of the blu-ray to enjoy on your 3D TVs. That way, you can experience the film the way it was intended in theaters. A must have for all the Gleeks in your life. Check out more new releases below.

More new releases after the jump.

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