Summer is just around the corner!

An eco-friendly, bacteria-resistant microfiber towels offer savings, style,

and a healthy peace of mind.

The only reason to get out of the water!

Laguna Blue Towels are made of antibacterial*, 100% microfiber fabric designed to save water and keep you and your family healthy.

Backed by Olympian, mom and health advocate, Summer Sanders, our towels reduce the spread of bacteria by over 99% – keeping you in the pool all summerlong. Their lightweight, compact and soft fabric are perfect for those already stuffed beach bags.

Ranked as “Amazon’s Choice”  and featured on CBS’s The Doctors, our towels are here to make a splash!

  • BACTERIA RESISTANT

Cotton towels can become transmitters of germs including MRSA and E. coli. Laguna Blue™ towels resist bacteria, keeping your family healthy.

  • SOFT AND ABSORBENT

Laguna Blue™ towels have a unique knit that absorbs liquid faster yet dries twice as quickly as a cotton towel—all while maintaining a luxurious feel.

  • ECO-FRIENDLY

The washer and dryer use the most energy of any household appliances, but Laguna Blue™ towels use less water and less energy—saving the environment while saving you money.

Laguna Blue™ towels offer superior protection against bacteria, absorb more water than cotton towels, and save you time and money. That’s the Laguna Blue™ Difference.

  • Laguna Blue™ towels use up to 50% less water than cotton towels
  • Based on a laboratory challenge with MRSA (Staph), Laguna Blue™ towels are over 99.8% effective in containing harmful bacteria
  • Out of all household appliances, the washer and dryer use the most energy at 6% of the total household energy use
  • Gross fact: a leading cause of E. coli is found in 89% of kitchen towels and over 25% of cotton bath towels
  • Lint that accumulates after drying clothes in the dryer can be toxic. Laguna Blue™ towels are non-linting
  • Laguna Blue™ towels are able to hold 7× their weight in water
  • Laguna Blue™ towels dry 50% faster than cotton towels, making them less suseptible to mold and mildew
  • Experts suggest washing cotton towels daily to reduce the growth of germs. Who has time for that?

Spend less time doing laundry, less time worrying about germs, and more time enjoying life. Laguna Blue is the towel that can make a difference in your everyday.

 

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HANDCRAFTED LEATHER JEWELRY – Lavish Leathers

I know Mother’s Day has already passed, but I believe you are a good daughter/son/husband to make your loved woman happy everyday. I am so glad to introduce you to Lavish Leathers, handcrafted leather jewelry out of Austin, Texas that help fashionistas make a bold statement, with a whimsical twist! Plus dudes on a budget, all of these funky pieces are under $30!!! 

Offering dozens of styles, colors and prints in earrings, necklaces and keychains, Lavish Leathers pride themselves on affordable accessories for everyone from young ladies just finding their personal styles, to confident women who know exactly what they want and love.  

Ladies will particularly love the soft, lightweight leather and nickel free hooks, perfect for carefree, all-day comfort. 

Metallics, animal prints, florals, tassels, beading…even sports themed stunners, Lavish Leathers has created one-of-a-kind, gorgeous pieces for every type of lifestyle. Moms are the best, aren’t they?  

Double Cut Pink and Banana Leopard LeatherEarrings ($17-$21):  

Meow! Leopard is never NOT in season! Juxtaposed against a delicious pale pink these earrings (offered in small, medium & large) are perfect for a casual day look or a frisky evening out on the town!

Turquoise Arrows Tassel Necklace ($29): 

Tassels + Turquoise = Cute, Cute and More Cute! Offered in a range of rich leather colors, these necklaces are the perfect length (30”) and will add a dollop of sauciness to any outfit! 

Lavish Leathers Keychains ($25)

Pimp Mom’s car keys! Why not give a boring necessity like keys, a funky facelift! Feathery, vibrant handcrafted tassels that won’t add unneeded weight, but will add much needed flair! (Did I mention custom orders are always welcome??)

You’re an Austin area local, you don’t say?!? Head over to the Lavish Leathers store in Buda to shop and satiate your inner fashionista! Not from the Lone Star State? Visit https://lavishleathers.com/ for these sassy styles. Follow their trendsetting adventures on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram!

 

Behind the scenes at Lavish Leathers:

Lavish Leathers is owned by sisters, Amber & Sienna. Raised in a family where creativity ran wild, both have vivid memories of their mom making homemade Barbie outfits or sitting down with their grandfather and watching him paint.  Amber & Sienna were taught at a young age the joy of creating and sharing it with others. Through the encouragement of friends and family Lavish Leathersopened for business in March of 2015 with the hope of being able to share its handcrafted products with others.  Amber & Sienna continue to create and innovate new and fabulous Lavish Leathers products and are always working on the next great accessory for their lovely LL ladies!

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7 Summer BBQ & Entertaining Delights!

What are the most delicious, fresh new finds for summer backyard barbecues & entertaining? We recommend some of the latest gourmet eats and treats as the weather starts to warm up!

Cocavo
www.cocavo.com

Brand new to the US market and tagged as the world’s healthiest coconut oil blend, Cocavo is a careful combination of extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin avocado oil. Cocavo contains 17% less saturated fat than regular coconut oil, has all the health benefits of avocado oil, and all the cooking qualities of both oils…making it an ideal oil for everyday use! With delightful flavors such as Lime & Ginger or Cilantro, perfect for marinating, drizzling on salads and more, Cocavo is this summer’s newest culinary must-have!

Cocavo is a combination of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin avocado oil. In addition to being high in lauric acid, Cocavo also offers the added health benefits of avocado oil which includes high levels of mono-unsaturated fat, vitamin E and plant sterols. Cocavo has a very high smoke point, which makes it ideal for cooking, grilling and enhancing flavors. The taste is very appealing and lends itself to a wide variety of cooking styles…from whipping up scrambled eggs to creating your favorite ethnic dish!

Cocavo is available in 5 delicious, unique varieties, including Original, Light, Turmeric & Lemon, Cilantro, Lime & Ginger, and Chili & Lime. You can learn more about Cocavo at https://cocavo.com/.

Modern Pop – Whole Fruit Popsicles
www.themodernpop.com

Just in time for summer fun, Modern Pop whole fruit popsicles are a treat everyone will love to indulge in as the weather warms up! Modern Pop offers new twists on old classics, with their whole fruit popsicles made by flash freezing fruit, allowing them to keep all of the healthy nutrient density without compromising the fabulous taste of real fresh fruit. That’s what Modern Pop is all about… whole fruit at its best!

It’s hard to choose a favorite pop with 6 delicious flavors, including Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Pomegranate, Pineapple, Mango, Tropical, and Fruit Punch. All flavors are fat-free and naturally gluten-free and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Only 45 – 60 calories per bar. Pure goodness! Modern Pop is currently available nationwide at a variety of retailers as well as online at www.themodernpop.com.

BAO Cultured Sauces
https://baofoodanddrink.com/

Add a healthy, flavorful twist to your BBQ experience! BAO Cultured Sauces add an extra flavor boost to your sauce, salad dressing, marinade and more. Packing a powerful dose of flavor and nutrition, the BAO Cultured Sauces 6 Pack includes Bao-B-Que, Sour K’Chup, Original Hot Sauce, Chipotle Hot Sauce, Mango Hot Sauce, and Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Fermented foods are usually rich in umami, the deep earthy flavor that makes you want to eat more. BAO is a blend of briny, tart, spicy, and umami…and a little goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons is usually enough! Each bottle or jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/mixed-sauces

BAO Cultured Vegetables
https://baofoodanddrink.com/

Move over cole, there’s a new slaw in town! Fermented food, such as BAO Cultured Vegetables, is full of flavor and is a great addition to a burger, sandwich, stir fry, salad, pasta…you name it! BAO Raw Slaw is available in 7 flavors, including Giardiniera, Green Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Tangy Slaw, Red Beets, Pickles, and Sour Pickle Relish. Whether served on top of your game day hot dogs, on top of a salad, or as a healthy side, BAO Cultured Vegetables add tangy depth and flavor! Each jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/bao-raw-slaw

RESPECT™ Turkey Burgers & NEW RESPECT™ Wagyu Beef Burgers
https://respectburgers.com/

Bringing WOW to the dinner table, RESPECT™ Turkey Burgers and new RESPECT™ Wagyu Beef Burgers are made with you in mind… with simple, wholesome & all-natural ingredients, instead of chemicals and preservatives! Having just added Wagyu Beef Burgers to the company’s line, dinner has never been tastier!

Take your beef burgers to the next level of taste and quality with our authentic Wagyu Beef Burgers, made from 100% vegetarian-fed, Midwest-raised cattle. Wagyu is a Japanese cattle breed known for its amazing buttery taste and abundant marbling. Next time you’re grilling, surprise your guests – and their tastebuds – with these premium burgers. Made from 100% Wagyu beef that has NO antibiotics or added hormones.

These burgers are pure goodness thanks to turkeys raised the right way and just two other simple ingredients (sea salt and rosemary extract). The goodness comes from choosing the best turkey meat to achieve a juicy texture and savory taste. Build a burger with or without a bun or creatively slice the patties for use in salads, pasta, rice, or anything you love. Made from turkey raised with NO antibiotics and fed an all vegetarian diet.

Made in the USA, Respect Wagyu Beef and Turkey Burgers can be purchased at Wegmans in the Northeast, with additional retailers coming soon. Packaging is 100% recyclable. Learn more about Respect Foods and their mission at https://respectburgers.com/.

sanaia applesauce
https://sanaiaapplesauce.com/

Completely re-imagined with exotic flavors, and a more decadent texture than traditional applesauce, sanaia is the perfect accompaniment to a favorite glass of wine after dinner, or a striking addition to a charcuterie board. Designed for the millions of adults who love applesauce, sanaia applesauce is a hand-crafted, artisanal treat for discerning palate! Reminiscent of the founder’s childhood in the tropics, sanaia applesauce is made exclusively with whole organic green apples – there are actual ribbons of apple in every jar – and island-inspired superfruits, botanicals and spices. It is both healthier and tastier than any applesauce currently available.

sanaia applesauce offers a higher fiber content than traditional applesauce, as well as additional nutrients and vitamins than traditional applesauce due to the superfruits and spices added to each batch. The range of flavors from sanaia applesauce now includes botanicals and fruits from almost every continent, so you experience both the familiar and the exotic in every spoonful. Delightful flavors include NEW Gingerbread Maple, NEW Blackberry, Sweet Ginger, Hibiscus, Guava, Tamarind, and Lavender Pear. Sold in single-serve glass jars, both individually and in a gift set. https://sanaiaapplesauce.com/

Meatcrafters Artisanal Skinny Salamis
http://www.skinnysalamis.com

From placing this slow-cured salami in a bloody Mary or arranging beautifully on a meat & cheese board, Skinny Salamis are high in protein, low in calories, and gluten-free! Skinny Salamis are lovingly made in small batches from the highest quality meats and the finest herbs and spices. They are slow cured, antibiotic free and have no added hormones. Available in six delicious varieties using Duroc Pork, Black Angus Beef, and All-Natural Lamb. http://www.skinnysalamis.com

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MMXV Infinitude Launches Infinitude in Bergdorf Goodman

MMXV Infinitude Launches Infinitude in Bergdorf Goodman:

The Multi-Function Moisturizer for All Ages and Skin Types

Dr. Mirela Mitan spent more than 25 years developing formulas and working with some of the largest beauty companies in the world. A pioneer in the field, she has been instrumental in both discovering and sourcing the most effective ingredients and creating the most successful formulas and products. With a PHD in Biochemistry and an MBA in Luxury Marketing, Dr. Mitan is the author of more than 25 publications and patents.

Dr. Mitan has taken her decades of experience, and combined them with the industry’s best established practices to create a skincare line unlike any other. This product contains superior and unique ingredients with scientifically advanced technology and powerful, patented formulas.

Heydoyou editor Lulu with Dr. Mitan

Infinitude is launched at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Cos Bar (located in Brookfield Place), and Nordstrom Online. Infinitude is a multifunctional, not multi-step product designed to simplify your daily routine, as a unique infusion of fermented white truffle, falernum grape extract, pure olive oil together with three types of hyaluronic acids.

Infinitude is one product, with seven solutions, the first and only formula calibrated to give your skin exactly what it needs, day after day, regardless of skin type. Infinitude has transformative skin benefits as it moisturizes, nourishes, balances, eliminates the look of wrinkles, virtually erases fine lines, plumps skin, increases elasticity, evens tone, illuminates, prevents scarring, lightens the look of brown spots and smooths scars – all with just one product.

When you apply MMXV Infinitude, a revolutionary cytomimetic technology “reads” the macromolecular construction of the skin, allowing each ingredient to work with optimal efficiency, whatever the skin type and whatever its age.

“This is my life’s work. MMXV Infinitude is a results-based product developed in world-class laboratories, but it’s composition also acknowledges a secret cosmetic tradition going back to the Romans. And it works!

Dr. Mirela Mitan.

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Be Healthy, Be Happy – Rachel Pauls Foods

If you haven’t heard of “FODMAPs” you probably will soon. Based on numbers alone, low-
FODMAP foods may eclipse the multi-billion- dollar “gluten-free” category.
FODMAPs are carbohydrates that can be harder to digest for some individuals with so-called functional gastrointestinal disorders. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. FODMAPs are all poorly-digested short-chain carbohydrates that are present in a wide variety of foods, including wheat, onions, garlic, legumes, milk, honey, apples, dried fruit, some sugar substitutes and added fibers.

For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), foods containing these poorly-digested short- chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) may cause stomach aches, abdominal distension, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. According the American College of Gastroenterology, IBS is one of the most common GI disorders, accounting for 40 percent of all appointments with gastroenterologists.

Some studies show that up to 75 percent of those who have IBS-like symptoms can benefit
from following a low-FODMAP diet. A low-FODMAP diet is so effective at managing IBS that it is often recommended by gastroenterologists in lieu of costly prescription medications that come with side effects.

The number of people with IBS — around 45 million in the U.S. alone— is about 15 times
greater than the estimated three million who have Celiac Disease, which requires avoidance of gluten to manage symptoms. Over the past decade, gluten-free food sales have skyrocketed – from just under one billion dollars in 2006, to a projected seven billion dollars by 2020.

Since a low-FODMAP diet is often the recommended first line of treatment for IBS, the low- FODMAP category is well poised to become even larger than the gluten-free market. While the low-FODMAP foods category has just emerged in the past few years, there are many national brands available, including Rachel Pauls Foods, with many more expected to enter the market in the near future.

There are several healthy habits you can establish to help treat your IBS symptoms. According to Rachel Pauls, M.D., founder of Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Food, a more holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, behavior modification, stress reduction and natural therapies often provides the most long-lasting benefits for those with IBS.

Dr. Pauls recommends talking to your doctor about these seven healthy strategies to see if they are right for you:

  • If your doctor recommends the low-FODMAP diet, then this would likely involve
    eliminating foods that are high-FODMAP and see if your conditions improve. If so, you would then likely start adding back specific foods based on the type of FODMAP they contain, such as fermented foods or those high in fructose. This handy FODMAP food guide will help you plan GI-friendly meals and snacks.
  • Eat at regular times. Try to eat a “normalized” meal pattern, which means three meals and two snacks daily at about the same time each day.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps improve mood and decrease anxiety and stress, bothof which can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • Perfect your portions. Following a low-FODMAP lifestyle is always in context of portion sizes. For foods with FODMAPs, stick to the recommended portion sizes to keep your overall daily FODMAPs to recommended levels.
  • Keep tabs on your total daily FODMAPs. FODMAPs need to be limited throughout the
    entire day, not meal by meal. If you experience a bellyache after dinner, it may be
    related to your lunch or afternoon snack, not what you ate at dinner.
  • Try some peppermint. Peppermint is a natural way to relax the muscles in your GI tract. Ask your medical advisor about the best way to incorporate peppermint to help manage your symptoms.
  • Consider a daily probiotic. Probiotics are "good" bacteria that normally live in your GI tract; some studies suggest that probiotics may help relieve IBS symptoms.

For more information, check out www.rachelpaulsfoods.com.

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“BEET” THE HEAT WITH HEALTHY, REFRESHING SUMMER COOLERS

Here’s a new take on cocktails for spring, summer and beyond. If you’re like the millions of Americans who insist on a “clean” and healthy diet, you’ll want your refreshment to be simple, organic, and free of ingredients you can’t pronounce. But if you’d like to kick the pleasure up another a notch or two, Beetology has the answer.

Introducing Beetology cocktails and mocktails, starring the latest trend in superfoods: the sweet, wholesome, and insanely delicious beet. For a mind-blowing new way to toast spring, summer or any occasion, just start with Beetology’s 100% natural craft beverage blends.

Beetology harvests and cold-presses the best-tasting organic beets from around the world, blends them with just a handful of good-for-you products like fruit, veggies, and ginger, and sends them straight to the grocer’s refrigerator in convenient, grab-and-go bottles.

Here are some fun ways to enjoy each of Beetology’s 5 different hand-crafted blends. (Recipes follow.) Be sure to have plenty of ice on hand for maximum refreshment.

  • Beet + Lemon + Ginger = Beetology Zinger
  • Beet + Veggie = Beety Bloody Mary
  • Beet + Tropical Fruit = Tropical Beet-a-Colada
  • Beet + Berry = Berry Beet-a-Rita
  • Beet + Cherry = Bourbon Beet-It

For mocktails, just leave out the alcohol and add a spritz of seltzer or mix with your favorite non-alcoholic sparkling cider. But don’t stop there – the combination of concoctions is limited only by the mixologist’s imagination. It’s your party, create your cooler as you like!

Beetology coolers are so crisp and satisfying, you might forget they’re good for you. Beets are bursting with essential nutrients that have been linked to improved blood pressure, energy levels, liver function, eye health, younger-looking skin, and even brain function. Best of all, you can feel good about serving Beetology. Every variety is 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. They are non-soy, non-dairy, and certified OU kosher, with no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors.

Beetology is produced by Kayco, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of kosher food products. “Beets are the new pomegranate,” said Charles Herzog, Chief Beetologist and VP of New Business Development at Kayco. “Chefs, foodies, health-conscious folks, and even athletes have been tapping into the versatile beet in creative new ways. We can’t wait to see the exciting new coolers our consumers come up with Beetology as their inspiration.”

Distributed exclusively by New Jersey-based Kayco, Beetology is available in the refrigerator section at health food, specialty, grocery, and kosher food marketsFollow Beetology on FB https://www.facebook.com/mybeetology/ and Twitter @mybeetology. For additional information about all Kayco products visit www.kayco.com.

The sky’s the limit with Beetology. Try these refreshing cocktails at your next party, holiday meal, or get-together.

Beetology Zinger

3 oz. Beetology Beet + Lemon + Ginger

1.5 oz. Gin

Candied ginger and lemon peel garnish

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Beetology and gin.

Shake until chilled, strain and garnish with a lemon peel and candied ginger.

Bourbon Beet-It

3 oz. Beetology Beet+Cherry

1.5 oz. Bourbon

1 dash bitters

Spiced Cocktail Cherry (recipe below) or your favorite store bought maraschino cherries

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Beetology and bourbon.  Shake until chilled, strain and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Cocktail Cherry Recipe

½ cup sugar

½ cup Beetology Beet + Cherry

1 stick cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Pinch of salt

1 cup Bourbon

1 pound stemmed and pitted cherries

Directions

In medium saucepan, combine sugar, Beetology, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a low simmer, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and add bourbon, and stir to combine.  Add cherries and stir until coated with syrup.  Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate before serving.

Berry-Beet-a-rita

3 oz. Beetology Beet + Berry

2 oz. Silver Tequila

½ oz. lime juice

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add Beetology, lime juice and tequila.  Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, and serve in a glass with or without salt.

Beety Bloody Mary

4 oz. Beetology Beet + Veggie

1/2 tsp. grated horseradish

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1 dash hot sauce (more if you want it extra spicy!)

2 oz. Vodka

Celery stalks for garnish

Directions

In a tall glass, add Beetology, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, stir to combine.  Add ice to fill the glass, vodka and stir.  Garnish with celery stalk.

Tropical Beet-a-colada

4 oz. Beetology Beet + Tropical Fruit

2 oz. coconut cream

2 oz. dark rum

2 oz. coconut rum

1½ cups ice

Pineapple slice for garnish

Directions

Put the ice, Beetology, coconut cream and rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish with pineapple slices. Makes 2 drinks.

 

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