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Miss Bud’s Hemp Skincare Collection

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Beer Festival Returns to Secaucus

Feb 2 150+ Beers to Try at NJ’s Biggest Tailgate

SECAUCUS, NJ. January 9, 2019. — The biggest names in brewing are gathering once again on February 2, 2019 for the 9th Annual Great Beer Expo. This pay-one-price beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries—hometown Jersey favorites, award-winning American craft breweries, and international trend-setters—offering more than 150 beers in all.  The Expo will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center 355 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, NJ 07094.  The Expo offers two sessions, afternoon (12:30-4:00pm) and evening (5:30-9:00pm).  Tickets are on sale now and another sell-out is expected.  www.GreatBeerExpo.com.

“The Great Beer Expo offers beer enthusiasts a unique pay-one-price opportunity to try some amazing craft beers from local, national, and international breweries,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction.  “We are expecting this year to be our best yet and we’re trending for another sold-out event.  Some really great beer comes out of the local Jersey breweries, we will be featuring these and other stand-outs at the festival,” added Calimano.

Touted as New Jersey’s Biggest Tailgate Party, there will be a variety of football themed entertainment, including a QB football toss, a cornhole challenge, sports-themed photo booth, a sports memorabilia silent auction, a marching band, and more.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s football jersey and pose for on-site “team photo”.

Led by industry innovators, the event will also offer free beer seminars covering topics as varied as: Sweet Treats: A Tutored Tasting of Beer and Cookies/Candy and You’ve Been Schooled:  Understanding Beer Styles. A special area dedicated to Valentine’s Day will feature beers that are brewed with chocolate or brewed with malts that produce a delicious chocolate essence.

The Great Beer Expo (www.GreatBeerExpo.com/Meadowlands) will have two sessions:  12:30-4:00 pm and 5:30-9:00 pm.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $46 each when purchased in advance on the event website www.GreatBeerExpo.com/Meadowlands . Tickets include admission to the Expo, admission to beer seminars, a souvenir tasting cup, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.  All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo I.D. for admission. The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey 07095.

The event will help raise funds for Kids Need More, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families, and young adults coping with cancer and life-threatening illness.  www.KidsNeedMore.org.  The event is sponsored in part by NJBeerEvents.com.  The event is produced by Starfish Junction.

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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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