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Animated Children’s Book “Seagull the Eagle” Offers Life Lessons and a Path of Self-Discovery for Young Children

Debut Author Anthony Graffeo Announces Immediate Availability of Soft Cover and e-Book Formats

Sandy Hook, CT: December 17, 2018 – Entrepreneur and debut author Anthony Graffeo today announced the immediate availability of the animated children’s book, “Seagull the Eagle”, which shares life lessons and illuminates a path of self-discovery for young children.  The book is available via soft cover and e-book formats at: www.seagulltheeagle.com.

Seagull the Eagle tells the story of an orphaned Seagull growing up and recognizing that some birds fly higher than others, and some fly lower.  He wonders: “where’s my place in the world?”  Because no one tells him who he is, or what he should be, Seagull soars as high as he can – thinking he is an eagle.  During his journey, he encounters Seagulls and Eagles that mock him, and try to limit him – and he also sees how some birds settle for scraps and never dare to strive for more, while other birds put themselves above all.

“Seagull’s goal is to teach children that they don’t need to limit themselves, based on their environment, or based on what others think of them,” states author Anthony Graffeo.  “The story and the illustrations can show children that – even if they’re different – they can not only find their place in the world, but they can also have a say in making that place for themselves.”

The Book is available online at:   https://seagulltheeagle.com/.

About the Author: 

Anthony Graffeo is from Sandy Hook, Connecticut.  He is married with four children ranging from ages 4-14.  Anthony is the founder of the FlipRocks Extreme Footwear Company, and he is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing.  Seagull the Eagle was inspired while fishing in Hampton Bays NY, at the Shinecock Canal.

About Seagull the Eagle:

A small, orphaned seagull learns to fish by watching a group of nearby eagles.  Thinking he too is an eagle, the seagull swoops down to the water to try it himself.  This angers the other eagles who can’t understand why he isn’t acting like a seagull, scavenging for garbage.  Unable to integrate with the eagles or his own kind, the seagull embarks on his own path of self-discovery — and learns a life-changing lesson along the way.  The debut children’s story from author Anthony Graffeo, Seagull the Eagle offers sage advice and stunning illustrations from Brianna Sienkiewicz for readers of all ages.

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CHILDRENSWEAR THAT SPEAKS WITH A CONSCIENCE

A consciously colorful kidswear collection derived from ocean plastics

Quirky, sustainable, durable, and laced with imagination, Joseph & Alexander is fashion with a conscious. Specializing in childrenswear, specifically, shorts, Joseph & Alexander’s environmentally conscious pieces are designed to inspire the imagination and provoke curiosity. With each piece designed to spark an “educational conversation”, critical world issues and championing environmental action are at the heart of the brand. Operating consciously using recycled fabric from ocean plastics, eco-friendly ink, and reusable packaging, each collection depicts awareness-raising narratives of minimizing our environmental footprint and having fun whilst doing so.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman’s son, Eric, is already doing his bit to save the planet.  He was recently spotted on the beach in Barbados sporting stylish JOSEPH AND ALEXANDER swimming shorts.

Joseph & Alexander Founder, Alana Sorokin, said she felt compelled to launch a brand which made a “true difference” after learning of the devastating effect of ocean plastics and subsequently chose to work with recycled fabric created from plastics found floating in the world’s oceans as the foundation of her playful collections.

“It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more pieces of plastic in the ocean than fish1. The world has been aware of the detrimental impact of plastic in the ocean for decades, but not until recent years have communities begun to mobilize for the great collective fight to stop plastic waste from finding its way into the sea and waterways. Creating children’s clothing that really has something to say was part of our strategy to incite raised levels of awareness. Every Joseph & Alexander piece also tells a story, encouraging an educational conversation between adult and child around important world topics,” she said.

The Joseph & Alexander collections of shorts, polo shirts and loafers are designed for practicality to take children through from day to night, perfect for little ones who love to keep active. The combination of design and quality is developed uniquely from paper to print, and Joseph & Alexander works with a range of underground designers to create its eclectic mix of modern styles to suit all tastes.

For children fascinated with the sea and marine life, the Trapped shorts inspire depths of conversation. In bold blue, the shorts feature animal drawings combined with a net-like background to tease out discussions surrounding the effect of human activity and plastic pollution on the oceans. For budding conservationists, the Sea Activist shorts make a bold environmental statement with their design. The short collections, including MonacoSuperyachts, and Planting A Seed, tell stories of environmental awareness while remaining fashionable in their vibrant color ways and detailed drawings that kids will feel great in. Jacob (Joseph) and Alexander also host easy slip-on loafers Bleu Marine andNoir, alongside polo shirts in the finest Pima cotton.

 

The limited edition “father and son” shorts are designed with a nod to that special bond between father and son. The collection encourages discussion around meaningful stories that children can be part of, with the pieces designed to ignite their imagination or spark curiosity and investigation. With each piece “transitional”, father and son can sport their shorts from beach to restaurant and are available in designs Yeti & StarfishPortofino DreamingMonaco, and Planting a Seed.

Available from www.josephandalexander.com  Prices start at £45.59

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Furred Lines – Pet Trends 2019

Ever since Cami’s TPLO Surgery, I have been looking into CBD and other alternative recovery aids for her. This is such a huge trend because of all the side effects that traditional medication can cause.

CBD oil, fitness trackers and meal subscription services aren’t just for humans anymore. People and pet trends are converging to blur the furry lines, according to a new survey found that found as humans become more tech-connected and embrace alternative health practices and diets themselves, these trends are extending to their pets as well.

Based on the survey, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise committed to saving pets and enriching lives, predicts the top pet trends for 2019 will be: Smart Tech, Alternative Therapies and Pets Eating More Like Their Owners.

Pet Tech:

  • More than half (56 percent) of pet parents say they have special tech just for their pet
  • Popular pet tech: health and nutrition apps (24 percent), pet monitoring cameras (22 percent), pet servicing apps (22 percent) and smart toys (20 percent)
  • Almost eight in 10 (79 percent) of pet owners who use pet tech use it for tracking or monitoring technology, including microchips (60 percent), cameras (22 percent) or tracking devices (20 percent).

Alternative Treatments:

  • Those who have used CBD oil or hemp products with their pets have done so as part of a general health plan (45 percent), to care for an older pet (45 percent), for a specific behavioral condition (39 percent) or for temporary relief such as following surgery or on a flight (39 percent).
  • Of the one in four (24 percent) who admit they pamper their pet with therapies, they are most likely to treat their pet with aromatherapy (81 percent), reflexology (79 percent) or naturopathy (73 percent).

Eating like Their Humans:

  • When it comes to diet, pets reign superior: more than half (52 percent) believe they feed their pets better than themselves. Millennials are more likely to say this (60 percent vs. 48 percent for 35+), as well as dog owners (56 percent vs. 48 percent for cat owners).
  • Almost four in ten pet owners with a food subscription service themselves, have signed up for a pet subscription service
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For your Dog: CBD Oils

Add ElleVet Science’s hemp chews and oils to your holiday list! Whether your dog is young or old, these chews will help with muscle regeneration after a lengthy walk, or provide assistance with arthritis and muscular issues.

ElleVet Sciences creates the only clinically proven hemp-based product in the United States. They partnered with Cornell University to test the efficacy of the product and found that 80% of the pets in the study had “dramatic improvement in mobility.”

There’s more on the study at https://ellevetsciences.com/pages/for-vets.

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Moderation: A Not-So-Simple Key to Happiness

If you’re a big reader of the Hey Do You website, you’ll know that many of the articles focus
on various topics; topics that are interesting and very helpful. These topics mainly fall under
the ‘lifestyle’ category. Now, it is no secret that people everywhere crave a better lifestyle,
whether that be through financial freedom, makeup, must have solutions, etc. Everyone’s
definition of a “better lifestyle” varies and is subjective. However, the common denominator
is that people are trying to reach a certain point of happiness. Yet, unfortunately, most
people don’t achieve true happiness, especially when they seek out an abundance of
material things. It’s no wonder that a significant portion of the US population lives with
mental illness. Note: this isn’t to say that material things can’t make you happy; they
certainly can! But, like everything in life, it should be in moderation.
So, we’re going to try something different today. Today we’re going to step away from
physical products and/or services. Today we’re going to talk about how you can achieve
happiness outside of physical products and how to simply improve your overall mental
health.

Ads! Ads everywhere!
Everywhere you look, there are advertisements. This is perfectly natural and you have
probably become accustomed to seeing them. However, subconsciously your mind is likely
telling you to “buy buy buy.” Unfortunately and unbeknownst to most people, consumerism
leads to depression. The key here is simply self-control. Buying products and services is
perfectly fine. However, there’s no need to be excessive about it. As the saying goes:
everything in moderation.

Control is Difficult Though
As noted above, “the key here is simply self-control.” Simply. If only it were simple. The
unfortunate fact is that this is easier said than done, and that’s understandable. We all have
desires in life, and these emotions can be hard to suppress, if not impossible. This is true
primarily because one of the only ways we can suppress our desires and impulse purchase is
by changing our economic philosophy as a society. For the foreseeable future though, this is
unlikely to happen.

Shopping Addiction
As you can see, shopping addiction is no joke. It’s also unhelpful that this isn’t really treated
as a serious mental health issue. It’s largely brushed aside. However, thousands of people do
in fact look for therapists in an effort to manage their spending habits. And, this isn’t
something people want to address. It’s become so bad that people are using Internet
directories to find a therapist.

Look, consumerism can be difficult to overcome. Seeing thousands of ads per day doesn’t
help your case. But, by simply applying a slight amount of extra control and self-awareness
can go a long way. The important thing to remember is this: go out and buy what you need!
Heck, buy what you want! But, do it in moderation and ask yourself if this is something that
will truly make you happy. Your mental health will thank you.

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Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Offers the Ultimate Getaway for Winter Travelers

Reno-Tahoe’s premier resort-casino features spectacular holiday décor, an ice rink,
a winter pool deck, live entertainment, holiday dining specials
and more to celebrate the season
RENO, Nev. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Reno-Tahoe’s premier resort-casino destination, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR), offers the ultimate getaway for winter travelers. As everyone’s home for the holidays, GSR is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive holiday décor, an ice rink, a winter pool deck, holiday dining specials, live entertainment, and more, bringing merriment to guests from near and far. In addition, located in the heart of the Sierras, GSR offers travelers looking to hit the slopes by day and hit the club by night, a one-of-a-kind après ski experience. After a cool day on the mountain, winter revelers can return to GSR to warm up with some hot action on the casino floor before heading to LEX Nightclub, the region’s premier nightlife experience that rivals venues found in the country’s top nightlife destinations.
WINTER FUN
GSR’s Home for the Holidays
The halls of GSR have been officially decked with festive décor around the property, including more than 80 trees, indoor and outdoor holiday lights and more. Upon entry, guests will discover a gingerbread village, as well as a holiday toy train that travels through GSR’s winter wonderland complete with grandiose ornaments, festive garland and other seasonal décor, all while enjoying holiday tunes.
The Ice Rink and The Pool.
The Ice Rink at GSR is an 8,000 square-foot outdoor rink provides breathtaking views of the Sierra Mountains while giving guests plenty of room to skate to their heart’s content. In addition to the magnificent outdoor ice rink, guests can enjoy the year-round heated resort pool, hot tubs, fire pits and a full-service bar serving up seasonal delights and traditional favorites. The Ice Rink and The Pool at GSR will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. through March.
Photos with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Fun for the whole family, kids and kids-at-heart can take photos with Santa outside GSR’s Kids Club.
Top-Notch Skiing
Snow bunnies rejoice! GSR is just minutes away from nearly two dozen resorts providing some of the best skiing in the country.
DINING DELIGHTS
Loosen those belt buckles because GSR’s acclaimed restaurants are serving up a variety of seasonal surprises and festive treats to warm the soul during the cold winter months, including:
2nd Street Café Express
Through Tuesday, Dec. 25
Holiday treats including Christmas cookies, holiday cake pops, peppermint bark, pies, and pumpkin or eggnog cheesecake will be available.
Pop-Up Festive Holiday Bar
Through Tuesday, Dec. 25
Seasonal delights will be available near the guest elevator lobby from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Holiday menus can also be found at Charlie Palmer Steak, Grand Café, Reserve Wine Bar and Cantina. For more information or to make a reservation, visit grandsierraresort.com.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
Bells will be ringing throughout the Grand Theatre, as it welcomes a variety of holiday shows to surprise and delight audiences. Among the featured performances are:
Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque
December 20-22; December 24-28, and December 30 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a high-energy show for the whole family. Combining music, decorations and the spirit of Christmas with computer animation and projection mapping, Holiday Dreams includes awesome holographic techniques, world-class artists, acrobats and performers, and an exciting modern soundtrack.
Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live!
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.
Join the legendary Brian Wilson and special guests Al Jardin and Blondie Chapman as they perform hits from the seminal 1964 holiday classic, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album through Wilson’s acclaimed 2005 album, What I Really Want for Christmas. A founding member of The Beach Boys, Wilson has been spreading cheer for more than five decades. Fans can expect to hear classics including, “Little Saint Nick,” “The Man with all The Toys,” and a selection of Wilson’s favorite Yuletide songs, including “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” interspersed with songs from his solo holiday album for a night of musical entertainment.
GAMING PROMOTIONS
12 Days of X-Mas Multiplier
Friday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 25
The holiday cheer will spread to the casino floor for the 12 Days of X-Mas Multiplier event, taking place Friday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 25. To activate, Club Grand members must earn 10 points and then visit the kiosk between 4 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. for the chance to win up to a 20X multiplier. Each day players earn 10 points and swipe, they will receive an additional 1X multiplier. Club Grand members must swipe and earn on consecutive days to receive the highest multiplier.
GIVING BACK
LEX Nightclub Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive
Friday, Dec. 21 at 10 p.m.
Get ugly for a good cause! Reno’s premier nightlife experience, LEX Nightclub, is celebrating the spirit of the season with a holiday Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots. Whether sporting snowflake patterns or winter fauna, guests are encouraged to don their best ugly sweaters and do the jingle bell rock. Patrons who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the door will receive complimentary admission. Cover is $10. Guests can now book their VIP tables online by visiting lexnightclub.com/vip-tables or by contacting the LEX reservations team at info@lexnightclub.com.
For the latest information about GSR seasonal and holiday specials, visit grandsierraresort.com or follow GSR on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
ABOUT GRAND SIERRA RESORT
Located in the heart of the beautiful Reno-Tahoe region, Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is an all-encompassing resort with nearly 2,000 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites and 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The destination’s premier property offers visitors a wide variety of amenities including the 2,500+ capacity, critically-acclaimed Grand Theatre, home to Reno-Tahoe’s finest entertainment experience, exhilarating nightlife at the spectacular LEX Nightclub, a spa, branded retail shopping, famed entertainment, 11 delectable restaurant and dining choices including Charlie Palmer Steak and Lounge, a remarkable year-round outdoor pool and fire pit experience, Reno’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, a two-screen cinema, a 50-lane bowling center, adrenaline-pumping rides and an aqua golf driving range. For more information, please visit www.grandsierraresort.com or to make reservations call 1-800-648-5080. For the latest and greatest news on GSR, find us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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