The Okabashi Flip Flop Phenomenon

Being an official Las Vegas resident now, I have been amassing a collection of sandals and flipflops like never before. Socks and sneakers have been put away and high heels are nonexistent in my wardrobe these days. When it is over 109F already and barely May, you know that summer is going to be a hot one. I discovered the Okabashi flip-flops recently and had received a sample of Maui to test out.  There is a dedicated fan base for Okabashis online and from the comments, one fan suggests putting them in the dishwasher to clean them even.  I definitely will not do that, and I think just a quick rinse with the hose will be sufficient!

The Maui flip flop is a must-have for every woman’s shoe collection. This sandal is non-slip, flexible, washable and supportive, making it a great post workout, fitness recovery shoe as well as perfectly suited for everyday wear. 

The fun, floral insole will remind you of a tropical vacation and the comfort provides therapy for your feet with every step.

I have been pretty bummed that Polyvore is no longer exists so I would love to plan a cute outfit with these. Guess I have to do it IRL!  One of the coolest things about Okabashi is that you can lower your carbon footprint by purchasing these sandals made from innovative, vegan, bio-based soy materials.

What color Maui do you like?

Less than 1% of shoes worn in the United States today are made in the USA.

Okabashi shoes are manufactured in Buford, Georgia and each pair travels only 7% as far as the average imported shoe. This prevents 10,000 miles of carbon emissions from the ships, planes and trucks required to transport shoes to the US. Resulting in a 1/200th of the average imported shoe carbon footprint.

Our women leadership team goes above and beyond stringent US standards to create opportunity and community for our diverse 200 employees, including veterans.

At Okabashi, we believe in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste.

The average pair of Okabashi shoes contain 15-25% recycled material.

If you return your well-loved and worn Okabashi shoes to our factory, we will recycle them for use in new Okabashi products or other non-apparel goods.

Once we receive your shoes, we will email you a 15% off promo code to use on your next pair of Okabashis as a thank you from us and the planet.

The brands’ CEO, Sara Irvani, is a third-generation shoe maker who is passionate about changing the shoe industry

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Spring into Mother’s Day with Spring Celebration Smoothie!

Mother’s Day is all about pampering — and of course lots of moms are treated with breakfast in bed. This Spring Celebration Smoothie is not only filled with yummy fruits, but it has something extra to keep mom at her peak.
All-natural BROC SPROUT 2 contains whole broccoli sprouts which are the most potent natural dietary source of Sulforaphane, a molecule that’s been widely credited with helping trigger our body’s  natural defense system against conditions like diabetes, cancers, and inflammation.  Think about this: You would need to consume between 5-7 POUNDS of young whole broccoli sprouts daily to get the same benefits that are in two capsules of BROC SPROUT 2! The capsules can be easily swallowed or opened and added into a smoothie! https://youtu.be/YzgapzHwe8E
It’s a healthy (and tasty) way to start mom’s special day!
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Urbanhalo – Find Your Favorite Headband Here

It’s always been a choice: headband that fits but causes a headache? Or hair/sweat in the eyes? Thankfully, Urbanhalo has created THE solution!
Urbanhalo is the ultimate headband, specifically created to keep hair out of your face without the headache (literally)! Using their unique fabric, Urbanhalo is stylish AND functional! Joining their chic collection is ALL NEW designs for spring and summer!
Great for exercise and as a stylish hair accessory, get ready to enjoy your new favorite headband year round! Urbanhalo headbands feature:
  • Unique fabric blend
  • Created in the US
  • Crazy soft, but able to wick away sweat
  • Nylon-free (keeping you headache-free!)
  • Super stretchy so that you get the perfect fit
  • Great for Women, Men and in kid sizing, too
  • Fashionable and functional!
Whether heading to the gym or to the office, Urbanhalo has the unique blend of staying in place and comfortably. With so many styles to choose from, Urbanhalo is great for Women, Men and in kid’s sizing, too!
Urbanhalo was created out of need when founder Jen Joas couldn’t find the ideal headband for her daily jog. Hoping to find something that looked good and kept sweat off her face without causing a headache, she started her quest to find the perfect fabric combination and Urbanhalo was born!
Here are several my favorite styles:
Mad Hatter
Halo Baby No. 29
Paisley Park 
$15 – learn more at Urbanhalo.com
ABOUT URBANHALO

At UrbanHalo, we’re about more than just our headbands and studio scarves, we’re about connecting with our customers, making their experiences with our company and products an exceptional one, and sharing the love of handmade goodness. Unlike many other companies, our customers help shape our business and are an integrated part of who we are (did you know each and every one of our designs are named by our facebook fans?). Our story wouldn’t be the same without them.

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SNACK BARS TAKE THE TAHINI CRAZE TO HEALTHY, DELICIOUS NEW HEIGHTS

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.  Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.

Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide.  Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.

About Absolutely Gluten Free:

Gluten free and delicious don’t always go hand in hand, and when Absolutely Gluten Free develops their products they always say to ourselves, why do they have to choose one or the other? At Absolutely Gluten Free they make delicious items that happen to be gluten free. With that in mind, they try a lot of gluten free products, and not every item they test is a hit. How do they know we get them right? When they gave them to friends and family the question they got most often was “are you sure this is Gluten free??” The answer? …ABSOLUTELY!

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Celiac Awareness Month – Explore Cuisine

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness MonthExplore Cuisine is known for its protein-packed plant pastas that are high in fiber, naturally gluten free, simple to prepare, organic, and delicious. 

Explore Cuisine is a leader in innovative cooking using organic ingredients of the highest quality. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.
  • Organic Bean Power: One Ingredient.  ORGANIC BEANS – that’s it.  In only seven minutes, your family can indulge in a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal, power-packed with high protein and high fiber. Varieties include Black Bean Spaghetti, Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccini, Soybean Spaghetti and more.

Italian Signature Selection: Made from organic lentils and chickpeas, these pastas are high in protein and a great source of fiber and iron. Vegan, organic, and gluten free- it’s a perfect dish for everyone at the table. In just minutes your family will be enjoying fresh pastas made in Italy. Varieties include Red Lentil Penne, Green Lentil Penne, Chickpea Fusilli, Green Lentil Lasagne, and more!

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month with these nutritious recipes that everyone can enjoy!
RECIPES
Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo Spaghetti
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of cauliflower florets
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • garlic cloves (optional, see info in post)
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 box of Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
  • Fresh Parsley, for garnish
  • Order Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.
  2. In a blender combine roasted cauliflower, vegan cream cheese, smoked paprika, garlic (optional) and vegetable broth. Blend until smooth.
  3. Warm sauce in sauce pan on stove.
  4. Prepare spaghetti per directions on box.
  5. Combine sauce and spaghetti. Gently toss to coat.
  6. When ready to serve, place spaghetti onto plates, top with more smoked paprika and fresh parsley.
  7. ENJOY!

Pesto Spaghetti with Seared Tuna
Recipe by Svitlana Flom of Art de Fete
Serves 4
ngredients
Seared Tuna:
  • 1-pound center cut ahi tuna
  • 1-teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1-teaspoon mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash or just black pepper)
  • Dash of vegetable oil
  • Salt
Kale-Walnut Pesto:
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • ½ cup basil
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash or just black pepper)
  • Salt
Garnish:
  • ½ large carrot, peeled
  • ½ hot red pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 10 tiny basil leaves
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Mildly spicy red pepper (Aleppo or Marash)
  • Olive oil
Instructions
Make pesto: Place kale, basil, nuts and garlic into food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper liberally. Pour ¼ cup over the greens. Blend by pouring the rest of olive oil in a slow stream, until pesto is nice and chunky. Squeeze lemon on top, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Sear tuna: Pat tuna dry with paper towels. Season tuna with salt, red pepper and coriander. Drizzle with olive oil on top and rub spices with oil into its flesh. Heat medium size stainless steel sauté pan until very hot. Pour just a dash of oil and place tuna in the pan. Cook on all sides for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it releases easy and all sides have a crust. Slice tuna against the grain into ¼ of an inch slices with a sharp knife.
Slice carrot into ribbons with vegetable peeler, and then make thin long strips with a sharp knife. Set aside. Cut hot red pepper into thin slices.
Cook Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti according to packaging instructions, transfer to large bowl. Add ribbons of carrot, hot pepper slices and 5-6 tablespoons of pesto to the pasta and toss to combine. Drizzle more olive oil if pasta looks too dry.
To plate, divide pasta between bowls by twisting it with a folk. Drizzle lightly with good quality olive oil, sprinkle with salt and red pepper. Top with 3-4 tuna slices, sprinkle with salt and red pepper again. Scatter some lemon zest and tiny basil leaves over each bowl. Serve at room temperature.
Deconstructed Lasagna – a comfort food dinner
Author: Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma)
Ingredients
  • 8 oz of Organic Red Lentil Penne by Explore Cuisine
  • 32 oz pasta sauce
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare the pasta, per the directions on the box.
  2. In a bowl combine the ricotta, eggs and parmesan. Blend until smooth and well mixed.
  3. When pasta is done, drain under cool water.
  4. In a new bowl, combine the pasta and sauce. Stir to combine.
  5. Lightly oil a 9X13 baking casserole. Put half the pasta mixture in the casserole dish.
  6. Top with all the ricotta mixture.
  7. Add remaining pasta mixture to the casserole dish, creating layers.
  8. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove cover, add mozzarella. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.
  9. ENJOY!
Notes
If your pasta jar is only 28 oz, you will be fine! 28-32 oz is good!

At Explore Cuisine they search the globe to find organic, plant based foods that allow you to create delicious meals that your family and friends will love and gives them the goodness they deserve.

They select the finest organic ingredients from beans, lentils, rice and peas to provide you with more plant based protein and fiber than traditional pasta while being naturally gluten free and simple to prepare. Ideal for lovers of pasta looking for a more nutritious alternative and for anyone seeking to reduce meat in their diet and replace with plant based protein.

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Repair Winter Hair Damage With Viviscal!

This season, harsh winter weather and conditions can cause extreme damage and breakage to your hair. With wind, snow, and restricting hats that hold hair down, your locks never get the treatment they truly deserve. Add in Viviscal Dietary Supplements to your daily routineand help protect hair from the inside out to repair run down ends, and keep strands longer, stronger, and healthier overall!

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