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Dad deserves a treat too

Whether isolating together or apart, all fathers and father figures deserve a treat on Father’s Day.

For the family man

While travel is on hold for the moment, there’s no better time to start planning for the future. Dromoland Castle, a 16th century castle-turned-hotel, is set in the countryside of County Clare, Ireland with an 18-hole, par 72 parkland golf course that weaves around the grounds. With the new genealogy package, the in-house genealogist will host a private 45-minute Zoom call with the family to give a genealogy review, followed by a meeting with the findings, either also over Zoom or ideally at the Castle over tea and scones.  

For the perfect shave

This moisturizing and soothing after-shave balm is a go-to gift for dad to make the everyday a little more special – Guinot’s Baume Hydratant instantly calms skin and alleviates razor burn using witch hazel, vitamin E, and menthol for that clean, after-shave look. Sold here for $46

For the sweet tooth

La Maison du Chocolat celebrates Father’s Day with a cadre of premium truffles to delight every chocolate-loving dad out there. One of the greatest classics from the Paris-based chocolatier are the Champagne and Cognac-infused truffles made from an airy, whipped chocolate ganache covered with a thin layer of dark chocolate and a dust of chocolate powder. The truffles are presented in a gold embossed box. Sold online at www.lamaisonduchocolat.us for $64 (30 pieces)-$94 (48 pieces)

For the coffee aficionado

Give dad something to dream about over his morning cup of joe. The coffee expert at Costa Rica’s Nayara Resorts’ espresso bar, Mi Cafecito, is now available to teach private coffee classes over Zoom as part of the new Coffee and Chocolate Lovers package. The package includes a stay at Nayara Gardens or Nayara Springs (set in a lush rainforest on the edge of the Arenal Volcano), a spa treatment, a coffee experience at Mi Cafecito (with a bag of Nayara coffee to bring home) plus the pre-travel one-on-one class on how to make the perfect cup of coffee at home.  

For the whisky lover

To wow Dad, plan a trip to the birthplace of Scotch for a five-day, four-night train journey on the Belmond Royal Scotsman. In partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, fathers will enjoy a private tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Glen Ord; a specialist single cask whisky tasting with the dedicated Whisky ambassador; and a tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society headquarters. Back on board, guests can choose from over 50 whiskies to enjoy while gazing out over the countryside in the Observation Car before taking home a year-long membership to Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Travelers can now add on bespoke excursions to their journeys including, clay pigeon shooting at Rothiemurchus Estate, guided running tours, or a round of golf. Journeys start at £5,500 or $6,665 per passenger all inclusive.

For the adventure junkie

Book now and celebrate during Father’s Day 2021 onboard the world’s first luxury electric hybrid ship. PONANT, the leader in luxury expedition cruising, will launch Le Commandant Charcot. Operating off a mix of battery (no emissions) and Liquified Natural Gas (the cleanest fuel on the market), venture to the true geographic North Pole in style with just 135 cabins onboard and amenities from Veuve Clicquot, Laduree and Sothy’s. A team of 16 specialists will also be aboard each expedition to help guests participate in environmental research and experiments during sailings, and travelers will be able to book new excursions including hovercrafts, hot air balloon rides and polar diving. Rates start at $13,160 per passenger based on double occupancy.

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Beauty Products: Memorial Day Sales

Awesome deals from CHROM Toothpolish, Nomad Cosmetics, and Waksē….
Have you always wanted a gold grill, wondered what you would look like with a tooth gap, or just need to cover those wine stains? CHRŌM Toothpolish can give you just that in a matter of minutes. Makeup is not just for the face anymore, now you can liven up your smile and the options are endless.
SALE: 10% off CHRŌM’s already discounted products
DATES: May 25 – June 1
CODE: SUMMERSMILE
BONUS: US orders over $50 qualify for free shipping
Being stuck at home has got us all itching to travel, but while we currently are unable, NOMAD has got us covered. Each one of their oil infused palettes and highlighters will transport you to far away destinations. In just one swipe of your brush you can escape to the coast of the Atlantic in Antilles!!
SALE: Receive 25% off NOMAD Cosmetics Antilles palette
DATES: May 21 – May 25
CODE: Antilles25
BONUS: 20% of all Studio 54 sales will be donated to provide PPE equipment to Mount Sinai.
Just because salons and spas are closed doesn’t mean you can’t bring the experience home. Waksē’s brings spa quality hard wax straight to your door. You can choose from crave worthy flavors like banana slip, pineapple, and mint chocolate just to name a few.
SALE: Receive 20% off your entire order
DATES: May 21 – May 25
CODE: No code necessary

 

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Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything

Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything

 

No matter how well prepared you think you are to hit the open road and travel in the footsteps of those who’ve been and seen and left positive reviews online, there’s always something that you forgot. You won’t know it until you arrive, of course. But it will happen. Nine times out of ten it’s a phone charger or adaptor. Sometimes it’s your favourite hat. Every now and again it’s your toothbrush. Whatever it is, you’ll kick yourself. We’re going to take a look at a couple of items you can take along that experienced travellers know to take on trips to help save money and space. Whatever you do, add these items to your list, and don’t forget them (famous last words!).

 

Treat yourself to lightweight travel glasses

 

Style comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re the kind of person who prefers thicker frames when it comes to eyeglasses, you could run into issues when travelling. Why? Thick frames are bulky and prone to breaking. You need thin and lightweight frames (see EyeBuyDirect for ideas). Lightweight frames not only suit a more dynamic and on the move look, but by their very nature of being lightweight will survive the potential falls and scrapes that are ever more likely while moving around between A and B (and C and D and E and F, depending on the length of your trip). Lightweight glasses also place less pressure on the bridge of the nose – which is a small but very welcome benefit when you’re planning to wear your glasses for extended periods of time. The same can be said for the weight of the glasses on the ears. The lightweight option is certainly the preferred option by travellers who know all too well the annoyance and pain of indents on the nose after a long day of glasses wearing. 

 

Printed maps. Seriously.

 

The first time I went travelling, I took printed maps and a dumb phone (as opposed to a smartphone – dumb phones do not connect to the internet, they can call and text and that’s about it). Phones and over devices are easily lost or stolen. They also depend on batteries, and using them in adverse weather conditions isn’t advised. Printed maps in a plastic cover mean that you will always have access to directions. The other bonus here is that tourist maps feature standout landmarks that aren’t always visible or highlighted on a digital screen. 

 

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The Littles Skin Care Products Making a Big Impact on Your Baby’s Skin

We have been really lucky with diaper rashes, we never get them! But once in a while, certain food can cause slight irritation and we need to deal with it right away. Diaper rashes can make a baby itchy, irritable, moody and uncomfortable. The bum can also tell you what food sensitivities and allergies your baby might have. So we aim to be out of diapers in the new few weeks but in the meantime, we will use Littles Skin Care Butt Butter!

Diaper rash cream is one baby essential that’s downright clinical and chemical when traditionally store-bought, but one brand is changing that perception. Littles Skin Care believes that baby’s first skincare regimen should be as natural and as pure as your loving touch. Every balm, every butter and every oil is made without using any harsh chemicals, fragrances, and irritants. Put the joy back into pampering baby’s skin with four different products made with love and care for your precious one.

The ingredients list on the product is very comprehensive and easy to understand! No weird additives and chemicals at all.

Butt Butter ($10.50) – How do you conquer diaper rash when it becomes a pain in the bottom? With Butt Butter, of course! 

Mosquito Repellent ($6.99) – This all-natural bug repellent lotion keeps even the peskiest mosquitos away as your little one ventures outdoors.

Eczema Relief Balm ($12.99) – Skip the cold, sterile tube of ointment for this oatmeal-based eczema cream. 

Daily Moisturizer ($7.99) – Your baby’s skin will stay kissably soft with this safe-to-use everyday moisturizer made with avocado oil, sweet-smelling lavender and soothing oatmeal.

For more information, visit https://www.littlesskincare.com/

About Littles Skincare: Founded by a former chemist and a chemical engineer, these products were created for a better alternative to treating a baby’s sensitive skin containing no petroleum. His daughter struggled to find skincare products that were natural and actually worked for her son. She also noticed many products on the market contained more synthetics and filler than active ingredients. What started out as skin solutions created specifically for his grandson became an entire brand.

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WonderWorks, Located in Pigeon Forge, Will Reopen on May 22, 2020 with New Saftety Measures

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – (May 19, 2020) – After being closed for two months due to the  the COVID-19 pandemic, WonderWorks Pigeon Forge announces that it will be reopening on May 22, 2020

“We are ready to welcome our guests back, it’s been a difficult time for many people and we hope to help by providing family-fun for the day,” explains Ed Shaffer, general manager for WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge. “We’re in this together.”

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge conducted a survey, asking their followers when they would feel comfortable visiting once allowed to reopened. The survey results showed:

Summer- 48%

ASAP- 21%

Fall- 14%

Next Year- 6%

Indefinitely – 11%

The survey showed that 69% of those who took the survey plan to visit within the next couple of months. The survey also asked people what would make them feel more comfortable about visiting. The information gathered from that survey was used, along with CDC guidelines, to put new safety measures into place for guests. 

The new COVID-19 safety protocols that have been adopted include reduced capacity and hours, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer stations, employee health screenings, and employee personal protective equipment (PPE).  The attraction also has a few interactives closed for the time being, including the ropes course and the rock wall. Guests are encouraged to review all safety rules prior to their visit on the web page devoted to COVID-19: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/covid-19

To help guests remember these new protocols, they will be welcomed back with reminders and signage from WonderWorks two mascots- Professor Wonder and Orbit. 

“We want our guests and staff to feel comfortable during their time at WonderWorks,” added Shaffer. “As we planned our reopening, we made that a priority, and we are ready!”

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” opportunities, billing itself as an amusement park for the mind. It offers over 100 hands-on exhibits covering natural disasters and space discovery, an imagination lab, a physical challenge zone, a far out art gallery, and a light and sound zone. WonderWorks is open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. For more information, log on to the site: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/.

About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, a science-focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits, there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Feel the power of 71 mph hurricane-force winds in the Hurricane Shack. Make huge, life-sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab. Get the NASA treatment in our Astronaut Training Gyro and experience zero gravity. Nail it by lying on the death-defying Bed of Nails. Conquer your fear of heights on our indoor Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. WonderWorks is also home to Wonders of Magic, starring Terry Evanswood, the award-winning and longest-running performer in Pigeon Forge. WonderWorks hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Open daily from 9 a.m. until midnight. https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge.

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These PANTRY STAPLES Are Versatile Musts For STAY-AT-HOME COMFORT

If you are looking for pantry staples that will satisfy just about the every family member, the Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea come to the rescue. Both brands have stepped up to the “ho-hum” plate with shelf-stable products you can use to add variety and versatility to your daily routine.

Consider today’s tahini trend. At a time when hummus is the new “it” food – seriously, who could have predicted a Snickerdoodle hummus revolution? – consumers are excited about tahini, the smooth sesame paste that’s so essential to traditional Middle Eastern hummus.

The healthy-minded people at Mighty Sesame Co. know a thing or two about tahini. In a recent taste test of 18 tahini brands on the market, no less an authority than Epicurious anointed Mighty Sesame Tahini The Best Tahini You Can Buy. They praised the clean, delicious taste and smooth texture that make it “a great tahini to use for anything and everything,” and applauded the no-stir convenience of the squeeze bottle.

So, think of Mighty Sesame Tahini as a game-changer for sandwiches, marinades, dips, baked goods, desserts, salads, and even cocktails. Use it in soups or drizzle it over meat and fish. Why not start a hummus revolution of your own? Just let your imagination take the reins. (MSRP $_5.99_per 10.9 oz. bottle.)

Vegan TAHINI WALNUT BROWNIES Recipe

SERVES: 8
INGREDIENTS:
  • 14 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 ½ cups AP flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mix chocolate, tahini, orange juice, rum ad powdered sugar. Incorporate all ingredients well.
  3. Sift in flour, adding slowly. When finished add baking powder. Mix well but do not over mix.
  4. Pour into a greased 8” baking pan. Bake for 16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when brownies are pierced.
  5. Cool, cut and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Mighty Sesame has also made a splash for snackers with three varieties of all-natural tahini bars – Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla – each at only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats promise a premium-quality product that is gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, 100% guilt-free, and delicious. It all adds up to a healthy and exciting change of pace for the back-to-school days ahead. (MSRP: $3.99 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.)

Tea is an elixir for the blues and good times alike. Nothing says ‘cozy’ like a good cup of hot tea. And nothing says ‘summer’ like a tall glass of sweet tea with plenty of ice. Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion.

Its Artisan Spiced Tea collection artfully pairs hand-selected premium black tea leaves with market spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Serve Salted Caramel ChaiGinger and Turmeric,Spiced Nana MintPumpkin Spiced Chai – or any of Wissotzky’s premium teas and infusions – hot or iced. Now you can indulge in a trip around the world without leaving home. (MSRP $3.99 Nana Mint;  $4.99 Chai)

Mighty Sesame brand products and Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America. They are available at Whole Foods, Publix, Walmart, supermarkets and independent and kosher food stores across the U.S. and on AMAZON.

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