Posts Written On December 2015

Lava Lamp is the Coolest Holiday Gift This Season

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Consider including Lava Lamp, the original shape of cool, on your holiday gift guides this year!

The iconic brand is celebrating its 50thanniversary by releasing a limited edition Anniversary collection as well as a line of lamps inspired by The Beatles.

Featuring modern details such as gold accents and updated tech paired with the classic shape, the Anniversary collection comes in in four sizes to fit any household.

The Beatles lamps come in 5 designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine.

The perfect addition to any office, home or dorm room, Lava Lamps make an excellent gift for anyone on your list.

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Iconic Lava Lamp® Turns 50!

An American Icon Since 1965

(CHICAGO) – In 2015, the ubiquitous 1960’s pop culture icon celebrates its 50th Anniversary! This year marks a half-century of Lava®Lamps in the United States, which has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines and more. In honor of its golden anniversary, the ever-popular “original shape of cool” has created a limited edition 50th collection for its fans!

For the past five decades, Lava Lite, LLC® has been the global manufacturer of Lava® Lamps worldwide and sells millions of Lava Lampsannually! Lava Lite is always evolving and staying relevant. This iconic product is popular with fans of all ages, from adults who grew up in the 1960’s to millennials, appearing everywhere from offices to dorm rooms. Lava Lite, LLC is no longer known for just motion lamps; they have expanded into novelty, party and even conventional lighting products!

“These are exciting times here at Lava® Lite, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary,” said Clay Farnsworth, President and CEO of LavaLite, LLC. “We’re very thankful for our iconic heritage and look forward to another 50 years of innovation and growth.”

The limited edition 50th Anniversary Collection includes four lamp sizes: 14.5” ($19.99), 17” ($29.99), 16.3” ($39.99), and 27” Grande ($119.99). The lamps have premium features included: gold painted base & cap, embossed 50th anniversary logo on the base, certificate of authenticity, and either an easy-access switch on the base or a dimmer switch, depending on the size of the lamp. The collection will be available for purchase at fine retailers across the country in addition to www.lavalite.com starting July 1st.

About Lava Lite, LLC

Lava Lite, LLC is the international manufacturing company that offers the original shape of cool, the Lava Lamp. At 50 years old and based out of Elk Grove Village, IL, Lava Lite, LLC holds the US trademark rights to the shape and name Lava Lamp and is sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers. Lava products can be found in mass merchants, gift and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and various online retailers. Just turn it on—ENJOY!

For more information, please visit www.lavalite.com or follow us at @LavaLamp on Twitter and Facebook or @LavaTheOriginal on Instagram.

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Protect Your Skin During Your Warm Holiday Vacation

Gearing up for that warm weather vacation?  Whether your travels take you to Miami or the Maldives, the Bahamas or St. Barth’s there’s one item that is an absolute must-have ­ sunscreen! Rather than fuss with messy travel bottles, fun in the sun favorites NO-AD and Bullfrog offer an easy and portable solution in the form of solid, stick format sunscreens.  You’ll definitely want to pack these TSA friendly sticks right along with your bikini and swim trunks!
NO-AD Sport Body & Face Stick
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Super convenient for on-the-go active lifestyle.  Wide-format stick applies smoothly and quickly. Keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum SPF 50 sun protection. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price.
 NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 1.5 oz. MSRP $6.99. Available at Drugstore.com
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Top Pick: BullFrog Water Armor Sport Quik Stick
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If your vacation pursuits tend more towards the active than sipping tropical drinks by the pool, you¹re going to want BullFrog Quik Stik in your arsenal!
Lightweight, non-greasy, clear zinc formula is fast absorbing and leaves no white residue. Sweat- and water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection is great for sun, surf, and snow. Convenient, no-mess application allows for portable on-the-go coverage for face, nose, lips, ears or scalp. No PABA, Paraben, Avobenzone or Oxybenzone.Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Non-irritating, good for sensitive skin. Light on the skin to move with you, not weigh you down.  With BullFrog Quik Stik in your pack, you’re ready for adventure faster ­ whether you hit the beach, slopes or the hiking trail!
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Quik Stik SPF 50 .65 oz. MSRP $ 7.49. Available at Walmart.com
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Instacool Lip Balm
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Don’t forget about your lips in the sun!
Moisturizes, cools, and protects your lips through any climate. Powerful water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection is strong enough to keep up with rugged, outdoor lifestyles. Packed with powerful ingredients. Aloe vera reduces inflammation. Avocado oil and jojoba oil, rich in antioxidants, moisturize lips. Cocoa butter offers deep hydration. Vitamin E aids in moisture retention. Grapefruit flavor with cooling menthol sensation.
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Lip Balm with InstaCool SPF 50 .15 oz.  MSRP $1.99. Available at Drugstore.com
Ocean Potion Moisturizing Lip Potion SPF 45
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This all-season Moisturizing Lip Sunscreen SPF 45 offers the most effective protection for lips and other sensitive areas. Made with rich conditioners to help keep the lips soft and smooth. Contains Aloe Vera to reduce inflammation. Water resistant and great for year round use. Has a yummy orange/vanilla flavor!
Ocean Potion Moisturizing Lip Potion SPF 45 .15 oz. MSRP $1.99. Available at Drugstore.com
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Year in Review 2016: Focus and Manifest

 

Jan: Year started off with my Mother in Law visiting! I’m working part time at a dating company and part time at Samsung’s NY Flagship store. My soaps launch at Story this month. Ricky comes to NY for his research project at Sloan Kettering!
Feb:

My soaps are in Soho’s 3NY  and PIQ this month. I am working at the dating company as their Social Media Director and I quit Samsung!

March:

This was a quiet month for me, the last month working at the dating company and attending a few blog events.

April:

Head to Toronto for Roslyn’s Baby Shower and I start working at Bella PR again!

May:

I attend the Makeup Show, Panda comes to visit and I go to Iowa for the first time this month and we visit Chicago!

June:

We start sewing class at Mood, we go to San Francisco for Ford’s Conference  and I go to Bark Box Puppy Prom with Jacob. I turn 31 and Jacob turns 10 this month. We decide that we are going to leave NYC and move somewhere else.

July:

My soaps get into the Brooklyn Museum!  I also create custom soaps for Pivot TV. Shannae comes to NY to visit this month and we do Desksides for Come Clean.

August:

My dad comes to visit to this month! Soaps get featured on Complex and online sales go haywire. We decide to move to Vegas

September:

Nolan comes to visit and my soaps go to Japan! Over 30 stores in Japan now carry my soaps. My dad comes back from Calgary and watches Jacob while Tai and I fly to Vegas to sign our new lease. My mom comes to help us pack up the house and we celebrate Tai’s 36th birthday in the Village.

October:

Jacob and I fly to Vegas and Tai flies to Iowa to pick up his mom’s car. Soaps are in Colette! We settle in Vegas and experience B12 IV service at the MGM Hotel.

November:

I head to New York for the Purina Pet Conference this month and Crystal comes to visit. She celebrates her birthday at Tao.

December:

My mom comes to visit and Jacob gets bit at the dog park. He needs stitches and dental cleaning. My grandma has a stroke and I have to head back to Toronto with my mom. When I came back, Jacob was in bad shape and started to have kidney failure.

This year was about manifesting my dreams of having a beauty product of my own. Come Clean Soap became a reality in our tiny Soho apartment. We closed off the year in Vegas, the biggest gamble of all. Against all odds, you should always Bet on Yourself. – here comes 2016.

Wanna see what I did in:

2015 recap —–> Focus and Manifest 2016

2014 recap ——> Dreaming to Reality 2015

2013 recap ——-> Shock Yourself 2014

2012 recap ——-> Switch it Up 2013

2011 recap —> Love for Self 2012

2010 recap —–> Expand Your Network 2011

2009 recap ——> Get Passionate 2010

2008 —–> Get Tribal 2009

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New Look New Menu at California Pizza Kitchen @calpizzakitchen #NEWCPK

Just in time for the New Year, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in Las Vegas – both the Fashion Show and Town Square locations – are officially unveiling a new menu and new look!  This is one of the first locations in the county to get the “Next Chapter” makeover taking place at 80 CPK locations nationwide in 2016.  I was so excited to visit CPK at Town Square with my husband and see their new reimagined menu.  We haven’t been to CPK since New York at least 2 years ago and want to see the new menu items, plus our long time favorites.   We ended up ordering Spinach Artichoke Dip (just ok), the Original Hand Tossed Pizza with pepperoni and black olive (Awesome) and the Farmer’s Market soup (Amazing) + I had the Coconut Blossom cocktail (yummy).

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Some of the highlights of the new design and menu include:

  • Sustainable materials, rustic décor, fabrics from recycled materials and a natural herb garden.
  •  A menu showcasing seasonal dishes, locally sourced ingredients and globally inspired flavors. New dishes include fire-grilled rib-eye and roasted halibut baked in the open-hearth oven.

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California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the authority in creative dining with a California vibe, announced the arrival of its new and vastly expanded menu, featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, inventive main plates, hand-crafted cocktails and customizable Lunch Duos, to its Fashion Show Mall location. Along with a modern and inviting new look, the Fashion Show Mall restaurant is among the first in the country to feature CPK’s “Next Chapter” menu and dining experience, gradually rolling out to CPK locations across the country.

“We are upping our game with this transformation, which we call The Next Chapter,” said G. J. Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen. “We’ve taken the best of our history and soul, and innovated to make it current for today’s sophisticated guest. The new look, menu and experience create a space to relax and unwind in a welcoming neighborhood environment.”

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CPK Fashion Show Mall General Manager Dena Tecson added, “Our new menu offers fresh seasonal dishes, locally sourced ingredients and globally inspired flavors. We’re excited to incorporate all these delicious new dishes to our menu.”

 

Globally inspired flavors, from small plates to mains

The adventurous new menu includes CPK’s signature hand-tossed pizza favorites like the iconic Original BBQ Chicken Pizza with inventive new options in appetizers, salads, sides and seasonal dishes, like the Brussels + BaconFlatbread, with sweet caramelized onions, Nueske’s Applewood-smoked bacon, creamy goat cheese, Romano and cracked black pepper atop hand-stretched dough, cooked in the open-hearth oven. New main plates include a Fire-GrilledRibeye with Pinot Noir sea salt and topped with creamy bleu cheese butter, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon-garlic arugula salad; as well as Hearth-Roasted Halibut, wild caught from Alaska and roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash farro, grilled asparagus and baby kale. For the complete menu, visit www.cpk.com/reimagined.

Unique & spirited hand-crafted cocktails

CPK Fashion Show Mall will also feature a creative new menu of hand-crafted cocktails highlighting premium alcohols and fresh juices, purees and herbs. Creative new cocktails include the refreshing Blueberry Ginger Smash, citrusy California Crush, and the California Roots, with fresh avocado and a fennel salt rim, among many others.

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Picking up the pace with new Lunch Duos

For a quick and satisfying lunch, CPK is introducing Lunch Duos, where guests can pair lunch-sized versions of a favorite pizza or sandwich and a soup or salad. Lunch Duos give guests a great value, with more than 80 fresh, made-to-order options to mix, match and enjoy in the middle of their time-challenged days.

Modern, rustic design with a focus on sustainable materials

Sustainable materials are a guiding factor in the Next Chapter design. The warm, rustic décor features oak floors, tabletops and chairs made from reclaimed wood, stone countertops, fabrics and décor made from recycled materials, a natural herb garden and artwork that celebrates local landmarks in Las Vegas. The centerpiece of CPK Fashion Show Mall is the open kitchen, where guests can watch menu items prepared from scratch and artisan pizzas hand-tossed in the air before baking in the open-hearth oven.

 

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

The New CPK menu encourages diners to seek unique and seasonal flavor combinations with a Menu Adventure Guarantee: if a guest tries a new dish and is not satisfied, it will be replaced with his or her favorite item from the CPK menu. For those with specific dietary needs, CPK also has options that are under 650 calories, vegetarian or gluten-free. We also provide allergen information to those with food sensitivities. For the complete menu, visit www.cpk.com/reimagined.

CPKids Parties

CPK offers a special program that allows kids to play chef and make their own pizza from the freshest ingredients, getting creative and learning about food along the way. Perfect for birthday parties, CPKids parties include a VIP-style behind-the-counter restaurant tour, a meal and dessert from the award-winning CPKidsmenu, souvenirs and a certificate for a free CPKids Meal for each child’s next visit.

 

About California Pizza Kitchen
In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style pizza. Since then, CPK has launched what has become a global brand known for creative California cuisine. Today, CPK is approaching 300 restaurants in 15 countries and 217 cities around the world and has served over 15 million pizzas to more than 43 million guests. Dedicated to a unique dining experience, CPK is now introducing its Next Chapter featuring reimagined menus, open kitchens, and unique renovations in all restaurants across the country.

For more information on California Pizza Kitchen, visit cpk.com.

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Those Holiday Soirees May Be Taking A Toll on Your Lips

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Suffering from dry, chapped lips this season? While the cold, winter air can cause havoc to your pucker, those holiday soirees may also be to blame.

Coffee, alcoholic beverages, caffeine and artificial ingredients can dehydrate skin, especially the delicate lip area.

Keep those lips mistletoe ready, with a few keys tips:

·         Sip from a straw to ensure drying ingredients bypass you pucker.

·         Drink more water to not only hydrate skin, but also moisturize lips.

·         Avoid petroleum – While great at preventing moisture loss, this ingredient won’t solve the dilemma of curing currently chapped lips. Instead, opt for lip balms, creams and treatments that include natural and nourishing oils like our favorites, listed below.

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Surya Brasil Vegan Lip Balm

This 100% natural and Vegan Moisturizing Lip Balm comes in five delicious flavors inspired by Surya Brasil’s commitment to organic ingredients and sustainably harvested botanicals.

These nutrient rich treatments keep lips soft, smooth and perfectly hydrated. Handcrafted with superior rainforest emollients, these beeswax-free lip balms nourish, replenish moisture and restore elasticity to your lips. Available in Acai Berry, Cinnamon Cupuacu, Strawberry Buriti, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate.

$3.49 via www.suryabrasilproducts.com.

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emeginC in lips we trust

This ultra-nourishing and soothing protective lip balm is formulated with natural plant oils and waxes to help soften and nurture lips, while powerful antioxidants help protect against free-radical damage.

Contains astaxanthin, coenzyme Q10, sweet almond oil, sweet orange peel wax, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E.

$24 via www.emerginC.com

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Le Mieux Eye & Lip Cream

This rich, peptide-infused cream is specially formulated to increase firmness lips (and eyes!), while improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Featuring three ultra-hydrating lipids for intense moisture, along with green tea extract and Vitamin E, this multi-use concentrate keeps lips looking silky smooth and glowing.

$60 via www.myskincarebox.com

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Awesome Gifts-That-Give-Back – ideal for Christmas & Valentine’s Day

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For the Yogi You Love
AumHome Soulsprays give back to children’s charities in India and the US
For the Kid In All of Us
The FAPE Coloring Kit supports cultural diplomacy through art
For the Athletes and Weekend Warriors In Your Family
– a great stocking stuffer, Perky Fruit Bodies supports organic farmers and also farming education for formerly homeless families in Florida
For Anyone With Skin
– Beauty Buster Skincare is a super-premium, locally made all natural line with products for Men and Women. All products give back to charities benefitting U.S. Vets and Veterans Families.
Aum Home Soul & Space Spray
SOULSPRAY by AumHome
Reiki infused essential oils, colloidal silver and crystal tinctures are hand blended by professional yogi, Feng Shui expert and healer Nidhi Huba at her Woodstock Retreat. Ideal for fortifying and perfuming your aura as well as every room of your house.

$27 per bottle
$54 for custom spray, receive 2 bottles one for home and one for altar.
Now it is running a sale now, online on etsy sprays are 22, for anyone replying to info@aumhome directly and using subject solstice blessing they can order for 18, two for 32 plus 7$ shipping.

AumHome Soul & Space Spray with Crystal

Each glass bottle comes with crystals in it that can be reused with your own essential oils. A portion of proceeds from each bottle benefits children’s charities in India and the US.www.aumhome.com 

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FAPE Coloring Book Kit
The FAPE Coloring Book Kit is the perfect gift to stoke a child’s creativity and help them think big about Art, their abilities and the world. It’s also great for adults who are into the Meditating-By-Coloring trend – have you tried it?
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ Coloring Kit is a colorful collaboration between artists Donald Robertson and EunSun Lee of CMYK+WHITE, INC. Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson is the creative force behind Estée Lauder Company Brands and Creative Director of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Many individuals may also recognize him for his colorful and whimsical illustrations commonly found on Instagram.
The $40 kit includes:

  • Coloring book complete with 16 images of FAPE’s Site-Specific Collection (including works of art by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois and others)
  • Map and sticker set
  • 8 pack of Crayola Crayons
  • FAPE Site-Specific Catalogue

Proceeds from the kit go towards FAPE’s mission of cultural diplomacy through art!
For details and to order, please visit: www.fapeglobal.org/coloring-kit/.

 

IMG_4064Perky Fruit Bodies
A great stocking stuffer for all your healthy, active family members! This innovative, fun and delicious pocket-friendly snack, made of only pure, whole organic fruit and superfoods such as raw cacao and raw coconut, is an ideal snack for kids, parents, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Founded by raw food educator Gil Cohen and his teenage sons RJ and Tal, Perky Fruit Bodies roll ups include naturally occurring, fiber, protein, enzymes and micronutrients and are Paleo-friendly and low-glycemic, to provide sustainable energy for the mind and body.

Would you like to experience Perky Fruit Bodies energy-boosting superfood rolls for yourself?

www.perkyfruitbodies.com

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Beauty Buster Skincare

Beauty Buster Skin Care is award-winning esthetician Lora Condon’s all-natural answer to raising the standards of skin care by using all active ingredients and no fillers. Beauty Buster Skincare will always donate 10% of proceeds to charities benefiting military families and soldiers serving overseas. Beauty Buster Skincare features only the most highly effective natural ingredients including meadowfoam oil for moisture and anti-aging benefits, pine essential oil for healing and anti-bacterial properties, rosewater for soothing hydration and more.

Celebrating “Strength In Beauty,” Beauty Buster Skincare chose inspirational women and men as celebrity faces of the new line including: Miss Kansas Theresa Vail – “America’s Choice” for Miss America and currently serving in the Armed Forces, Fitness Expert NikkiFitness, Author and former Marine Rachel Luna, and US Army SPC Justin Woods. www.thebeautybuster.com/shop/ .

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