Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Late Summer Picnics Made Perfect with Bumble Bee Seafoods

Summer's not over yet.  So there's still plenty of time to enjoy a picnic in the park, on your rooftop or in your backyard. And no picnic is complete with yummy pasta salad, decadent deviled eggs and delish sammies.  To help you prepare the perfect picnic basket, here are a few healthy recipes from our friends at Bumble Bee Seafoods.






·      No-Mayo Tuna Avocado Salad—Swap avocado and Greek yogurt for mayo in this recipe spin-off.

·       Tuna Salad Deviled Eggs—A fun and easy twist on an all-time favorite.

·       Colorful Tuna Pasta—Pasta salad holds up well and the flavors actually get better with time. Try a whole wheat pasta for extra fiber, plus your favorite veggies, and protein-rich beans or a lean protein, like Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna, and you have yourself a complete picnic meal.

·       Fruit Infused Ice Water— Hydration is extra important when playing and lounging in the heat. Liven up your water by adding frozen fruit cubes. Freeze grapes, watermelon, strawberries or kiwi for a burst of flavor. Or, add slices of citrus fruit like lemon, lime and oranges along with plenty of ice cubes to a large water bottle.

·       Tuna To Go—Lean protein options can be a challenge when packing a portable, picnic-friendly lunch. Try Bumble Bee® Seasoned Tuna Pouches that are already deliciously seasoned and come with a spoon. Pack them as your go-to protein source and enjoy straight from the pouch, paired with whole grain crackers, or atop a green salad.

·       Hummus & Veggies—Veggies are often missing from picnic meals, so packing a variety of easy to eat crudité like carrot sticks, celery, grape tomatoes, snap peas, and cucumbers to dip in hummus or yogurt dip is a perfect way to get a cool crunch. And it’s a great alternative to chips! Plus, most veggies are rich in water too, so you get extra hydration.

·       Caprese Skewers—Spear fresh mini mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves onto small bamboo skewers for a quick and easy snack. You’ll fit in a serving of veggies and pack in protein from the cheese.

·       Watermelon Skewers—Chill cubes of watermelon and thread onto skewers for easy and fun eating outdoors! You can also freeze watermelon and add to freezer bags to use as edible ice cubes in your cooler.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Parties Made Easy with Mionetto Prosecco Mini Bottles (Sponsored)

The weather is hot and party planning can be stressful, but the secret to a successful summertime fête is good wine. Whether you’re planning a barbecue, beach getaway, or an al fresco dinner party there’s really only one thing you need: Mionetto Prosecco Mini Bottles! 

Available in Rosé Extra Dry Sparkling and classic Prosecco Treviso Brut, this delightful drink can be paired with grilled foods, made into delicious cocktails, or served straight up – and it’s perfect for your summer festivities. While anytime is the right time to pop a bottle, here are are few of our fave places to enjoy Mionetto Prosecco Mini Bottles!

Poolside

Making cocktails poolside can be a slight struggle - trying to keep the pitchers full, cool, and free of chlorine water is a full time job! Instead use buckets of Mionetto Prosecco’s mini bottles on ice, ready to grab and go. You can serve the bottles with a matching straw for simple poolside sipping. 

BBQ & Picnics  

Whether you’re grilling fresh fish drizzled with lemon or a spicy entrée, Mionetto Prosecco mini bottles are the perfect accompaniment. Set up a buffet of your delicious creations and don’t forget a tray lined with Mionetto’s mini bottles. Guests can pick them up and sip leisurely on the lawn without having to worry about glassware, so you can relax and enjoy your barbecue or picnic the way you intended.   

Tailgating Parties  

Before you buckle down to endure the crowds of a tailgate, make sure you stock up on Mionetto Prosecco mini bottles. After all, beer has become a horribly boring staple at tailgating events and everyone will welcome something refreshingly new like Prosecco. Pack the mini bottles in a cooler to make sure they’re kept at the deliciously, perfect chilled temperature and serve often.   

Party Favors  

Give guests something adorably sleek that they’ll actually want to take home! Mionetto Prosecco mini bottles are the perfect gift to give your guests, regardless of the occasion. Try printing personalized stickers and a matching thank you card to the neck of the bottle. Nothing says “thank you for enduring my bridal antics” like a chilled bottle of Prosecco. 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Oprah Would Love Rudi's Organic Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Oprah loves bread.  We do, too...but in moderation. And when we get that carb craving we reach for a slice of Rudi's Organic Bakery breads, which are about as healthy and wholesome as bread can get. Rudi's has been baking small batch breads for over thirty-five years and is the leading producer of certified organic breads in the U.S., but Everything She Wants was recently introduced to the brand at an Editor's Showcase in New York City.

Grilled apple and brie sandwich on Rudi's Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
Rudi's graciously sent us a several loaves of its yummy Cinnamon Raisin Bread, with 15 grams of whole grains and loaded with plenty of plump organic raisins and organic sunflower seeds in each slice.

The bread makes a delish sweet and savory snack anytime of the day. We love our slice slathered with crunchy organic almond butter. And Rudi's raisin bread makes great sandwiches and French toast, too.

Check out this fun recipe.

French Toast made with Rudi's Organic Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Triple Sec

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur or frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 Slices of Rudi’s Organic Cinnamon Raisin
  • 4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Warm maple syrup
Preparation
  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients to blend in medium bowl.
  2. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture.  For best results, dip and flip the bread slices in the batter 4-5 times before placing in the skillet.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 bread slices to skillet until cooked through and brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Place on baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat cooking with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 4 bread slices. Transfer French toast to 4 plates. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve with maple syrup.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Haircare Tips from Celebrity Stylist Larry Sims

Celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims' work speaks for itself -- Gabrielle Union's sleek tresses; Tracee Ellis Ross's unruly curls; Lupita Nyong'o's tapered natural; and Zendaya's ever-changing mane. Sims, a former dancer and choreographer, is also the star of his own raucous reality show on Bravo, "Invite Only Cabo." 

Larry Sims
To get you ready to sit pretty pool-and-beach-side, we asked the Los Angeles-based hair guru for a few summer hair care tips and product picks.

1. The healthiest way of wearing your hair is embracing your natural texture without using any heat. Use styling products the got2b kinkier collection to add shine and bounce to you curls.

Product pick: Long-lasting curl definition doesn’t have 
to come at the expense of flirty, finger-twirl-able locks. 
got2b kinkier gloss ‘n define curling mousse gives moveable 
and weightless hold for touchable feel and shiny bouncy 
looking curls while helping to control unruly frizz. 
Give curls the ultimate boost with this luxurious mousse. 
Work into towel-dried hair for jaw-dropping ringlets. 
$5.99; available at mass retailers

2. Always use a good heat protectant if you have to use heat. Hot tools should also not surpass 375 degrees.

Product pick

In a world where women battle with heat styling appliances daily, it’s reassuring to know that divine intervention is now available from göt2b guardian angel flat iron balm. Developed with heavenly hair in mind, göt2b unlocks the secret to superior heat protection plus advanced styling support. Each product is formulated with an innovative patented heat-activated polymer technology that delivers proven 425°F 
heat protection with a glossy finish. $5.99; available at mass retailers

3. Do a regular moisturize mask treatment once a week to make sure hair stays hydrated!

Product pick: Schwarzkopf GLISS Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment contains a special complex of Keratin Care-19 Complex and penetrates deep into your hair for softness and shine, with up to 95% less hair breakage. $5.99; available at mass retailers




4.  Use shampoos with natural oils and keratin and don’t shampoo your hair on a daily basis, which can strip your hair of oil. If you have buildup, try to rinse and condition. 

Product picks: Long hair brushes against your shoulders or back leaving it weak: often breaking it. To keep hair soft and healthy-looking it needs intense care that deeply restores from length to tip. GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner is a non-greasy 
formula with eight beauty oils and Keratin that only nourishes the hair, but also deeply repairs stressed hair structure, for fewer split ends.

Schwarzkopf Stylist Tip:

· Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle locking in the caring ingredients provided by this sublime repair conditioner.

· For a deeper treatment use GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Split-End Serum after conditioning.
$5.99; available at mass retailers

5. Don’t go too long without trimming your split and dead ends. The quicker you let them go the healthier and fuller your hair will be. 

Schwarzkopf GLISS Hair Repair Oil Nutritive Split-End Serum

This non-greasy formula with eight Beauty Oils & Keratin not only nourishes the hair, but also deeply repairs stressed hair structure, for fewer split ends. Long hair brushes against your shoulders or back leaving it weak, often breaking it. To keep hair soft and healthy-looking, it needs intense care that deeply restores from length to tip.

Key Benefits:
·   Deep hair repair without weighing hair down
·   Up to 90% fewer split ends*
·   Touchably soft and shiny hair

$5.99; available at mass retailers



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sneakers from Adidas Outdoor Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

One fashion-forward way to celebrate Earth Month is by supporting footwear and apparel that's made with recycled materials. And we have an eco-friendly pick for you.

In partnership with Parley for the Oceans, adidas Outdoor, the athletic brand in the outdoors, has designed a funky, unisex sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic. The Terrex Parley Climacool Boat Shoe for men and women ($140), features a knitted Parley upper, Climacool tooling for enhanced breathability and a Traxion outsole for stability and grip. And the Terrex Parley logo tee ($30) is knitted with Parley yarns from ocean plastic and has Climalite technology that is quick-drying and moisture wicking. 

The Terrex Boat DLX Parley ($130) will debut in August 2017, featuring a knitted Parley sock construction upper for ultimate comfort and a Traxion outsole for stability and grip.



Adidas entered into a partnership with Parley for the Oceans in 2015, an environmental organization and collaboration network that raises awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans, and implements comprehensive strategies to end ocean plastic pollution.

“The ocean is our most important eco-system on the planet, and it is important that we work hard to address damage being caused by its pollution,” said Greg Thomsen, managing director, adidas Outdoor U.S. 

“With 40 million pounds of plastic floating in the north Pacific alone, we recognize that making a change is essential for the future of the environment. As a global company, we have the power to make a difference, and we take that very serious. Together, adidas and Parley have taken major strides towards the solution of ending plastic waste pollution in the oceans by creating a new supply chain to recycle ocean plastic.”

In 2016, Parley intercepted a total of 740 tons of plastic waste in the Maldives, and adidas is now turning this plastic waste into apparel and footwear. In running alone, at least one million pairs of shoes will be created using ocean plastic by the end of 2017, which equals 11 million bottles retrieved from coastal areas.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spa Week Deal: $50 Microdermabrasion at Skin Spa New York

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the outer layer of dry, dead skill cells. This treatment is especially effective for controlling hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone) and diminishing acne scars and dark spots.

Skin Spa New York Flatiron/Chelsea./Spa Week
When I can afford it, I treat myself to microdermabrasion every couple months. So thanks to the nice folks at Spa Week Media, I got the chance to preview the $50 Spa Week deal for micro at Skin Spa New York's Flatiron/Chelsea location.

During Spa Week, Skin Spa -- which has several locations in New York City including Soho and Midtown -- offers a $50 power peel, customized facial, Brazilian wax or a 50-minute Swedish, deep tissue or aromatherapy massage.

This was my first visit to Skin Spa New York and I was pleasantly surprised by the minimalist, modern decor. And my aesthetician, Marina, was warm and friendly.  She agreed that micro was a good treatment for my skin type.  First she removed my makeup and made sure my skin was dry before using the crystal micro machine. It felt a bit too rough at first, so she adjusted the strength.  I made a joke about how Samantha looked after she got a laser resurfacing peel on a classic episode of Sex and the City. Marina laughed and assured me that micro is far more gentle than a laser facial, which she would not recommend for my skin type.

After about 10 minutes of exfoliation, Marina soothed my skin with a calming mask, which she left on for a few minutes. She then removed the mask, cleansed and applied a light sunscreen -- a must no matter the season because micro makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

I left Skin Spa New York with glowing, rejuvenated skin. Marina recommended that I also try a glycolic acid peel and to get a series of 3-6 micro/peel treatments in order to see more improvement in my skin tone.  I may come back for another treatment in a month. But you shouldn't wait. Spa Week is April 17-23, so book your $50 treatments now at one of the participating Skin Spa New York locations.

And check out more $50 Spa Week deals, here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Get $50 Spa Treatments This Spring During Spa Week, April 17-23

We love Spa Week. And it's back, April 17-23, 2017. When else can you book luxe spa services for only $50? Available at day spas nationwide, Spa Week is the time to pamper and treat yourself to a facial, massage, mani/pedi or alternative therapy like acupuncture, cupping or floatation tank therapy. So what are you waiting for?  Book your $50 treatments today!


Spa & Wellness gift cards can now be purchased at select retailers like CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid nationwide, and can be used at many of the spas participating in Spa Week.


About Spa Week
The Spa Week concept was born on a rainy spring morning in 2004. The goal was simple: bring the spa and wellness experience to the masses by offering full service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 dollars each. No longer would a trip to the spa be considered an indulgence and something relegated to the wealthy few. Spa Week was the vehicle that was destined to change an industry and make a spa visit part an affordable healthy lifestyle.
After months of research and organization, Spa Week was officially launched in October 2004. The beginning was humble at best with a mere 25 spas participating in the New York area. Never once during those long months of planning did I ever dream that the Spa Week franchise would be embraced the way it has. The response was both overwhelming and instantaneous—Spa Week became an instant cultural phenomenon.