Posts Written On August 2018

Using Arbonne Essentials to prevent GD

I am always juicing and making smoothies in the morning! I find it very relaxing to have a blended drink and sit by the pool and watch the sunrise. I recently have been looking for ways to get all the vitamins and protein first thing in the morning so that baby gets all that he needs. The Arbonne Vanilla Protein shake mix has been my go-to in the last few weeks because it does just that. The high quality vegan protein has really helped me feel full from breakfast til lunch. I really love it! Since so many of my friends ended up with Gestational Diabetes, I have really been watching my carb intake.


Check out some of the recipes below to see how to incorporate more protein into your daily meals.

Arbonne Essentials® Daily Fiber Boost ($39, Arbonne.comGet your fiber fix with 12 grams of fiber, nearly half the daily requirement, derived from grains, fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps support regularity and cardiovascular health. This flavorless, soluble fiber can be added to all foods and beverages.

Arbonne Essentials® Vanilla Protein Shake Mix ($77, Arbonne.comDo  the  daily  shake  with  delicious, nutritious, perfectly balanced  chocolate  or  vanilla  shake  mix.  Provides  20g of  vegan  protein  to  help  support  muscles, plus  more  than 20  essential  vitamins  and  minerals  per  serving. Clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index, which has little effect on blood sugar levels and does not cause a spike in blood sugar.

Recovery Support Shake

Almond Butter Shake

Hearty Boosted Protein Shake


The Only Beauty Essentials You Need for a Long-Weekend Getaway

Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and if you’re heading out of town, consider this your packing guide. From clean facial oils to nourishing haircare essentials, these multitasking travel products are sure to lighten your load while also delivering amazing results. Add them to your suitcase now.

Beach Spray for Hair

Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Endless Moisture Restorative Spray ($13.99,

This advanced moisturizing blend is infused with essential vitamins and Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, which is derived from The Moringa Tree, also known as the “healing” tree, that deeply penetrate the hair shaft to infuse it with vital moisture and nutrients. Power packed to improve shine, strength, and manageability.


Directions: To Restore Hair: Spray evenly on to dry, previously styled hair to restore moisture and curls. Use fingers to distribute and reshape curls back into place. May be layered with other products by The Mane Choice. To Style Hair: Mist lightly on to clean, damp hair prior to styling.

Protective Serum for Split Ends

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Split-End Treatment Serum ($21.99,

Formulated to replenish and prevent split ends. Loaded with fatty acids omega 3,6,and 9, this powerful serum will leave your hair stronger, shinier and healthier. The serum penetrates deep within the layers of the hair shaft and prevents and repairs cuticle damage. The serum really does work!

Clean Facial Oil

Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil ($76,

A sheer dry oil formula enhanced with ingredients that contain omega fatty acids 3 and 6 and a super antioxidant to help support luminous skin beauty. Like a superfood for your skin, this illuminating oil provides just the right amount of superior hydration and moisture where it’s needed most; improving the look of skin texture to help create a more radiant-looking, even-toned complexion.


SPF Skin Tint

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($44,

This breathable, lightweight veil creates a photo-filtered, soft focus effect to blur the look of pores and baby lines. This natural-looking tint — containing 100% mineral-based sunscreen — can be worn alone or under makeup as it blends effortlessly to compliment a spectrum of skin tones, perfecting the indescribable je ne sais quoi glow.



Travel-Friendly Natural Deodorant

Ethique Lavender & Vanilla, Glow Solid Deodorant ($17.50,

Glow is a gentle solid deodorant bar for all skin types. Helps prevent body odor and lessen sweating. The deodorant is made without aluminum and baking soda. Glow is formulated with a mix of aloe vera, bamboo and yeast, horsetail and sage extract. This Glow Solid Deodorant is infused with lavender and vanilla for a sweet smell.


  • Aloe vera gives a lovely, soothing feel whilst helping irritation, keeping the arm pits happy!
  • Bamboo is extremely absorbent, as it ‘mops’ up sweat which means there is nothing for bacteria to munch on and make smelly
  • Yeast extract is the deodorising compound, that targets specific bacteria which cause odor and eliminating them whilst still allowing beneficial to flourish
  • Horsetail and sage extract as they are clinically proven to reduce sweating

Mighty Spark Food Co. – Creators Of Hand-Crafted, Small Batch Meat – Launches At Retailers Nationwide

Fastest growing meat brand expands portfolio with nearly 50 new items,

including low-calorie chicken power sticks.

Mighty Spark Food Co., an independent company on a quest to disrupt the meat and snack aisles with remarkable food that does good, today announced the debut of nearly 50 new items and the brand’s expansion to retailers from coast to coast.

“Mighty Spark crafts exceptional meat but our focus is on providing consumers, and those in need, with remarkable experiences – from the moment consumers see our unique packaging on the shelf, from the interactions with our team at farmers’ markets, or by the meals we donate through our Bite Back Hunger program,” said Nick Beste, CEO and Chief Instigator at Mighty Spark Food Co. “The Mighty Spark team has been working tirelessly to refine our small-batch recipes for nearly 50 new items, providing healthy products that taste good. And we thank our fans who purchase our product. Because of their support, we’ve been able to donate more than 1 million meals to kids in need, and we’re driven to do our part to feed millions more.”

The farmers market spark 
Mighty Spark Food Co. is the newest brand from Man Cave Foods, LLC., founded in 2010 by then college student Nick Beste with a stand at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. The hand-crafted, small-batch meat – made with simple, honest ingredients – launched in supermarkets in 2013 and has grown exponentially. Today, Mighty Spark is available at more than 4,000 grocery stores nationwide, including Cub Foods, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Publix, Safeway and more. New retailer launches this spring include Sprouts Farmers Market, Stop & Shop, Pick ‘n Save, select Costcos and more. Mighty Spark’s protein- and flavor-packed products can be found in the fresh or frozen meat sections at stores nationwide.

Bite Back Hunger 
In spring 2017, the company introduced a one for one giveback component to their business model called the Bite Back Hunger program. For every package purchased, the company will donate a meal to those in need. Committed to helping feed hungry kids nationwide, Mighty Spark donates to non-profit partners Kids Against Hunger and Children’s Hunger Fund to sponsor meal packing events for its donated meals. Through the Bite Back Hunger initiative, the company has given more than 1,170,000 meals to those in need in 2017 and is projecting to donate an additional 2 million meals throughout 2018.

“Kids Against Hunger is proud be one of Mighty Spark’s partners for their Bite Back Hunger program, which has provided meals to kids in need throughout the U.S. and internationally,” said Brian Hatcher, Executive Director at Kids Against Hunger. “Because of Mighty Spark’s donations, we’ve been able to host dozens of volunteer events and make an impact on communities through the meals provided.”

“Children’s Hunger Fund is thrilled to be partnering with Mighty Spark to serve suffering families throughout the world,” said Dave Phillips, President and Founder of Children’s Hunger Fund. “Throughout this partnership, it’s been clear that they care deeply about the wellbeing of these children, and align perfectly with our mission to deliver hope through transformative relationships and the millions of meals they donate.”

Expanding the assortment
From Waffle and Maple-Flavor Breakfast Chicken Sausages, to Queso Fresco and Jalapeño Turkey Patties, to Corn, Black Bean and Poblano Chicken Power Patties, Mighty Spark is committed to using only the best ingredients when crafting better-tasting meat options to provide consumers with delicious meals without the hassle. The final product can be found in Mighty Spark’s signature square box with premium touches like a silver foil logo and soft-touch packaging.

Mighty Spark is expanding its offerings across all proteins – chicken, turkey, pork and beef. Visit to view the full assortment.

The low-calorie power snack 
Mighty Spark’s high standards for taste, quality and nutrition will soon be available as a great tasting snack. Mighty Spark’s chicken snack sticks range from 45 to 60 calories, to give consumers a good, clean low-calorie snack to fuel busy days, and are made with whole food, 100 percent natural flavors, no nitrates or nitrites, no added hormones, and are antibiotic and gluten free.

The perfect snack to eat on-the-go post-workout, delicious and shelf-stable for kids’ lunches, and a healthy option while on the road, Mighty Spark’s chicken snack sticks are available in six delicious flavors:

  • Mighty Spark Food Co. Black Bean Chipotle Chicken Snack Stick
  • Mighty Spark Food Co. Sea Salt and Pink Peppercorn Chicken Snack Stick
  • Mighty Spark Food Co. BBQ-Seasoned Sweet Potato Chicken Snack Stick
  • Mighty Spark Food Co. Honey and Jalapeño Chicken Snack Stick
  • Mighty Spark Food Co. Cranberry and Ginger Chicken Snack Stick
  • Mighty Spark Food Co. Blueberry and Kale Chicken Snack Stick

About Mighty Spark Food Co.
Minneapolis-based Mighty Spark Food Co. has a passion for crafting remarkable meat in small-batch recipes, continuously tweaked for perfection. On a mission to ignite change, the company has donated more than 1 million meals through its Bite Back Hunger program: For every pack purchased, Mighty Spark will donate a meal to those in need.

Founded in 2010 by then college student Nick Beste with a stand at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Mighty Spark Food Co. is an independent company on a quest to disrupt the meat and snack aisles with remarkable food that does good, one meal at a time. Bring spark to your meals by visiting at, and follow on Instagram and Facebook.


First Immersive Art Space Celebrating The Diversity Of Tea World – Room For Tea!


If you want to ask me where to hangout at the end of this Summer in New York? I would suggest you to check this place out. A fun world to explore the tea culture! Room For Tea – the first tea-themed art pop-up in NYC.

Inspired by Diverse Tea Culture in NYC

New York City is built off diversity, so is the food here. Tea should be considered as more than just a bottle of Snapple, but as an ingredient that has the power to bring people together. It stands for different cultures. Every culture has its own adaption here and in NYC we celebrate that!

Labyrinth of Tea origin

Pass through layers of curtains to explore the mystery of the world’s oldest tea.

Summer BOBA Court

Adventure with friends in our pink fun court. It’s full of huge bobas and a giant milk bottle.

Matcha under Cherry Blossom

Rewind in a modern tea house to understand a most divine tea ceremony.

Milk Tea Metropolis

Take a walk down the street in Hong Kong

to witness how this British royal drink transformed into a feature of the city’s urban style.  




5 Scenes and 18 Visual Highlights

You’ll experience a 40-min journey featuring 5 main senses and 18 visual highlights. Senses are: Labyrinth of Tea Origin, Milk Tea Metropolis, Matcha under Cherry Blossom, Summer BOBA Court and Mint Tea Secret Box.

You can even experience a Tea Ceremony!

Try the most authentic way to drink the tea.

Do you know the history of tea and Boba?

Tea is about integration of diverse elements: tea and milk, tea and medicine, and tea and flowers are just a few examples of how the world’s cultures have transformed the shape and purpose of this drink. In a way, it is a symbol of unity.

When people initially handled the tea leaf, thousands of years ago, it was applied as a detoxifying remedy in Chinese culture. It entered the palace with the Tang Dynasty poets and has become the drink of nomads.

It hid in the baggage of the monks, traveled to Japan, it becomes a drink of royal classes. It traveled East alongside with the Dharma, with which it grew as a living faith.

It boarded huge cargo ships and voyaged with porcelain and silk to cast impressions of Asia throughout European society. It mixed with milk and brought back to Hong Kong and developed into a palatable daily drink that powers this modern metropolis.

When it meets the native snack – tapioca balls – in Taiwan. That when the magic drink Boba was born. It has become a sensation across the Asian continent and is central to everyday life for the youth.

It now takes root in the rest of the world; in all strata of society. It takes long journeys, perhaps just to remind those who haven’t had the chance to stop for the day to sip and breathe, that perfection can be felt while knowing only imperfect life; even if only at tea time!

General Admission:  $23

Tickets includes:

  • A FREE Boba tea for each admission! Thank to our amazing sponsors.

  • A tree will be planted because of your visit.

  • A plantable card for every guest. Yes, you cangrow a plant from a card!

  • We’ve weekly selections for Boba tea. If you have any preference, please view our Bubble station schedule here.

General Admission & 40-minute Tea

Ceremony Experience:  $33

Tickets includes:

  • Everything in the General Admission

  • A 40min Tea Ceremony Experience. Please visit  Tea ceremony schedule here.

Children under 4 are Free


Come to enjoy Room For Tea, it was a wonderful experience with a lovely tea exploration and tasting. Get your tickets at here. August 28 – September 22 371 Broadway. New York!


Chilly Gonzales and Chico Marx: New album Solo Piano III

 The tempo shift happened when Chilly Gonzales discovered Chico Marx. Through a screening of the Marx Brothers film A Night At The Opera, it was the childhood moment when he unsnarled his strict classical piano training and glimpsed a new way to play piano. To see Chico Marx play the piano and blow the mind of his audience while creating such a playful yet sophisticated, but silly childlike experience really stood out in contrast to the pretty stiff atmosphere of my music lessons. I credit Chico Marx with showing me that the piano could be used as a tool of righteous entertainment.

Today he unveils his new song, Chicofrom his upcoming album ‘Solo Piano III’, out via Gentle Threat on September 7, 2018. Named for this early childhood inspiration and dedicated to the modern-day equivalent of Marx (and accomplished Berklee-trained bassist) American Comedian Eric André, the song embodies both Marx’ and André’ ethos; Chico is playful stopping/starting, shifting, edge-of-your-seat musical storytelling.

Watch and share ‘Chico’ in PIANOVISION here:


Find links to all of Chilly Gonzales’ music on various platforms at

Grammy-winning Canadian pianist, entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales will release the final album of his Solo Piano trilogy, Solo Piano III, on September 7th, 2018. The album comes six years after Solo Piano II and, according to Gonzales, at “more problematic inflection point”.  “Like its predecessors, it’s a mostly happy ending in C major, but there is more dissonance, tension and ambiguity along the way… The musical purity of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us.”

Known as much for the intimate piano touch of best-selling albums Solo Piano I and Solo Piano II as for his showmanship and composition for award-winning stars, “Gonzo”, as he is known to close collaborators, aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper. He holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others, with recent collaborators including the likes of Ibeyi and Toddla T. With Never Stop, Chilly Gonzales composed a global hit for the inaugural Apple iPad 2 campaign. In 2014 he won a Grammy for his collaboration on Daft Punk‘Best Album of the Year’ and composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes. With his last album Chambers, Chilly Gonzales devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music.


Fri 31 Aug – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Sat 01 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Sun 02 Sept – GENEVA – Centre des Arts of École Internationale de Genève
Fri 7 Sept – LONDON – Cadogan Hall
Sat 8 Sept – LEEDS – Howard Assembly Rooms
Mon 10 Sept – LONDON – Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Center)
Tue 11 Sept – MANCHESTER – Royal Northern College of Music
Tue 18 Sept – KÖLN 1LIVE – SPIII Pop Music Masterclass Concert LIVESTREAM
Sat 22 Sept – PARIS – Collège des Bernardins
Mon 24 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Tue 25 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Wed 26 Sept – PARIS – Salle Gaveau
Thur 18 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
Sat 20 Oct – TORONTO – Koerner Hall
Mon 22 Oct – OTTAWA – Southam Hall at National Arts Center
Wed 24 Oct – QUEBEC CITY – Palais Montcalm
Fri 26 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
Sat 27 Oct – MONTREAL – Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts
Wed 21 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Thur 22 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Fri 23 Nov – BERLIN – Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Sat 8 Dec – AMSTERDAM – Koninklijk Theatre Carré
Tue 11 Dec – HAMBURG – Laeiszhalle
Sat 15 Dec – DORTMUND – Konzerthaus
Fri 28 Dec  – KÖLN – Philharmonie
Sat 29 Dec – KÖLN – Philharmonie

Fri 15 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
Sat 16 Feb – BORDEAUX – Théâtre Femina
Sun 17 Feb – TOULOUSE – La Halle aux Grains
Sun 3 Mar – LUXEMBOURG – Philharmonie
Tue 5 March – BRUXELLES – Bozart
Fri 8 March – FRANKFURT – Alte Oper
Sun 10 March – STUTTGART – Beethovensaal
Thur 21 March – DÜSSELDORF – Tonhalle
Mon 22 April – LEIPZIG – Gewandhaus
Tue 23 April – BERLIN – Philharmonie
Sat 27 April – MUNICH – Herkulessaal

Chilly Gonzales profiled as part of In The Making on CBC TV
Episode airs October 19, 2018.
Watch the trailer here:

Shut Up and Play the Piano
82 mins. career retrospective documentary directed by Philipp Jedicke
First premiered at 2018 Berlinale Film Festival. Being released on October 5, 2018 in North America. The film will screen at Pop Montreal as Film POP 2018’s official closing film on Sunday, September 30, 2018.


Take Action — Wear a Blue Hat!

Lion Brand Yarn Company Promotes #HatNotHate Campaign

to Raise Awareness Against Bullying

In order to increase awareness of the impact and prevalence of bullying on kids and teens, Lion Brand Yarn Company is excited to announce the anti-bullying campaign #HatNotHate. The purpose of this initiative is to rally consumers to knit or crochet blue hats and wear them proudly on World Day of Bullying Prevention, October 1, 2018, and throughout all of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Lion Brand is partnering with STOMP Out BullyingTM, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.

Through the hashtag #HatNotHate Lion Brand hopes to build a new “craftivist” movement that is pro-active in sending the message that bullying is not acceptable, and instead says yes to inclusion and kindness. Two percent of the proceeds of blue yarn sales will go towards this cause.

“We trust that together, STOMP Out BullyingTM and Lion Brand will make this a most successful, worthwhile, and beneficial movement for the betterment of our society,” stated David Blumenthal, President & CEO of Lion Brand.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lion Brand Yarn to raise awareness of this pervasive issue of bullying, and help give students a voice where they might otherwise be unheard,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying™. “With Lion Brand Yarn’s ‘Hat Not Hate’ campaign we are excited to make a difference in the lives of so many kids and teens who experience bullying with no place to turn.”

Take action! Knit or crochet a blue hat, use the hashtag on social media, and take a stand against bullying.

About Lion Brand Yarn Company

Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a fifth generation family-owned and operated business, “Famous for Quality Since 1878,” devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos, and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience. Year after year Lion Brand drives innovation in the yarn business, and pursues excellence in their products.

About STOMP Out Bullying™

Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online, and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying™ promotes civility, inclusion, and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in schools and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.