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Celebrating Galentine’s Day with Hotel Chocolat USA

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and many couples enjoyed celebrating the day of love and coupledom. But the day before Valentine’s Day, lovingly known as Galentine’s Day, is a day to celebrate female friendship. In honor of this wonderful day of friendship and support of the fellow women in your lives, Hotel Chocolat hosted a Galentine’s Day event with chocolate tastings, wonderful pairings, and showcases of their special Valentine’s Day hot chocolate drink and sundae. You may remember we indulged in some chocolate delicacies when Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 Beauty made it’s US debut.

Hotel Chocolat Drinks

We grabbed one of our favorite gal pals and headed out for a night of fun, friendship, and chocolate. Along with the above Love Potion Hot Chocolate and Sweetheart Sundae, we enjoyed an evening of chocolate delicacies that included the following: White Chocolate Batons, Supermilk Batons, Billionaires Shortbread, Gianduja Bombe, Salted Caramel and Pecan Spread with Milton Amish Cheddar, Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine, Passionfruit Truffles paired with Dos Alas Blanco Tequila, and Dark Ginger Truffles paired with Hamilton Jamaican Dark Rum.

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One of our favorite Hotel Chocolat chocolate treat combinations (and this may sound a bit strange to you guys but trust us, it is delicious), was the Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine cheese. For those not in the know, the Enrobed Mango is mango immersed in mango liqueur and covered in Hotel Chocolat’s signature 70% dark chocolate. It is a delight for the palette and beyond delicious. We also could not stop eating the addictive Passionfruit Truffles (also pictured above). This delight is why the words amuse bouche exists because your mouth will be so happy.

Chocolate Covered Mango with Cheese

There was so much decadent chocolate to love and so much to indulge in. Nut lovers will go wild for the Cashew Nuts Chocolate Selector. Each bite will reward you with the popular nut.

Ladies, we hope you celebrated the women in your life with joyful Galentine’s Day festivities. If you’re looking to treat your besties to some amazing chocolate, this is the place to be. Make sure to stop by Hotel Chocolate or visit their website for your decadent yumminess.

How To Celebrate National CBD Month This January

How To Celebrate National CBD Month This January

CBD is taking off in the U.S. with the market expected to triple in size and reach $1.3 billion by 2022. People all across the country are using it to treat physical ailments, reduce stress, and bolster beauty products and skin care creams. Chefs and mixologists are even using it as a critical ingredient in foods and beverages.

With its popularity booming, it is only reasonable to back up for a moment and answer some underlying questions, the most important being: what is it?

How To Celebrate National CBD Month This January

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid or molecule from the cannabis family. It can often be produced precisely and manufactured into oils and vapors for cleaner ingestion. It is entirely free of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element present in marijuana.

What is National CBD Month?

January is National CBD Month. What does that mean? According to its founders, the purpose of this dedicated month is “to raise awareness, provide education, and bust myths about one of the great wellness breakthroughs of our age.”

How To Celebrate National CBD Month This January

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January 2020 is the first National CBD Month on record. The same organization began inviting men and women across the U.S. to celebrate CBD day starting two years ago on August 8, 2018.

National CBD Month aims to nurture growing awareness, banish stigma, and educate the general public about the many safe uses of the cannabinoid. Thanks to legislation passed in 2018, namely the 2018 Farm Bill, farms can now legally grow and distribute hemp and hemp-based products like CBD. Shortly thereafter, CBD ranked as one of the topmost searched wellness trends in the United States, coming in at number four in April 2019. Searches for CBD beat out searches for veganism, vaccination, exercise, and meditation.

You can celebrate National CBD month by asking your doctor about its medical uses, researching distributors who practice safe and sustainable production, and posting on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram about your experiences using the hashtag #NationalCBDMonth. National CBD Month also has its own Facebook page! For updates throughout the month, follow cbdMD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or sign up for the official cbdMD email newsletter.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD packs a whole host of potential benefits. Ongoing studies show that CBD may help adults get relief from pain, cancer-related symptoms, anxiety and depression, and acne. What’s more, it may provide protective benefits to patients’ heart health and brains.

Those suffering from epilepsy have been using CBD to reduce instances of seizures for years. CBD can be used to help treat muscle spasm in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and possibly even improve sleep and overall quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease as well. If you think CBD could help you or a loved one with a condition like this, be sure to ask your physician. As 96% of hospitals and 78% of physician’s offices now use electronic health records, your doctor should be easily able to review your medical history and tell you whether or not CBD could help you.

What products are made with CBD?

It is more than safe to say that products containing CBD run the gamut. While oils, pills and capsules, lotions, and topical treatments are most popular for medical, skincare, and pain relief purposes, there are many other types of CBD products out there.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

You can choose from a variety of CBD-infused beverages, including coffee, tea, juice, or even beer. They even make CBD pet treats for pets with chronic pain symptoms. Companies also make hygiene products such as CBD toothpaste. Brushing with CBD toothpaste twice a day may offer benefits on top of removing plaque and getting your teeth clean, such as decreased inflammation and protection from bacterial and fungal infections.

How To Celebrate National CBD Month This January

CBD is gaining traction and may even be one of the top wellness trends of the past couple of years. If you would like to enjoy all the benefits of CBD during National CBD Month, choose at-home products carefully. Look for labels that stipulate that products have been lab-tested and/or the U.S. organically grown. If you enjoy a CBD-infused beer or meal at a restaurant with CBD as a key ingredient, ask your server about where they get their CBD and plan accordingly. Remember, it takes up to two hours to fully feel the effects of edible and drinkable varieties!

Try CBD before January is over and you just may find yourself starting your year off in a rather relaxing state of mind.

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, the holidays are a heavy drinking time for many people. As the new year begins and people start thinking about ways to improve themselves, you’ll probably hear some of them say they need a break from alcohol. However, thanks to Dry January, it’s more than just a stoic self-improvement exercise. It’s a social movement.

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

What is Dry January?

Dry January was started in 2013 by Alcohol Change UK, a British charity that helps people with problems stemming from alcohol. Originally a program that people would join using their email address, it had 4,000 participants in its first year, according to the organization. It quickly moved up from being an exclusive email club to become a global movement — though only 100,000 joined the official program in 2018, millions actually participated.

The purpose of Dry January isn’t to encourage abstinence as an ideal. In fact, many people who participate don’t go off alcohol completely, instead using the month to practice moderation and to rethink their relationship with drinking.

For social drinkers who might have had more than was good for them over the holidays, Dry January is a hashtag-worthy way to detox and reset their experience with alcohol.

And there’s a lot more going on than a mysterious social fad. There are several noticeable, tangible benefits of participating in Dry January, even if you don’t plan on abandoning alcohol completely. The following are some of the benefits of Dry January.

Save Money

If you regularly spend $10 per drink every time you spend a late evening out, you know how quickly alcohol costs add up. If you have financial-related goals for the new year, why not get a head start on those by saving money on alcohol for the first month?

If you’re worried that it might get awkward drinking water while your friends enjoy their drinks, use your lower tab as motivation. As a bonus, telling someone you’re doing Dry January is a lot easier than just saying you’re trying to abstain and it’s usually a quick way to end the conversation if anyone tries to grill you about why you won’t drink with them.

You Could Lose Weight

If there’s one New Year’s resolution more common than saving money, it’s losing weight. Depending on how much you normally drink, you could stand to lose as much as a couple pounds per week during Dry January. Alcohol has enormous levels of liquid calories, which don’t fill you up as quickly as food calories do, while still having a fattening result. Giving up alcohol for a few weeks might be just what you need to shed some stubborn pounds.

Help Improve Your Dental Health

With one in every five Americans having at least one untreated cavity, dental trouble isn’t something you want to take a chance on. But did you know that alcohol consumption can have a significant impact on your oral health?

As long as you drink in moderation and take good care of your teeth, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But if you drink excessively, no amount of tooth-brushing is going to save you. And if you’re like many people who don’t bother to brush their teeth before bed after a late night on the town, you’re in for even more trouble.

Alcohol is high in sugar content, which is never good for your teeth or gums. In fact, the impact alcohol can have is so significant that dentists can often see early signs of a problematic alcohol addiction long before anyone else does.

Dry January can help with this by giving you a chance to regain control over your alcohol consumption. Drinking in moderation shouldn’t hurt you, but it’s easy to start drinking too much without realizing it. Taking some time away from alcohol can help you maintain healthier drinking habits all year.

Now that you know about the benefits of Dry January, why not give it a try? From avoiding potential dental problems to “resetting” your system for alcohol, it’s more than a social media craze. It’s a great way to kick off the new year.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Celebrate All Things Kombucha on National Booch Day

Kombucha fans, your day has come.  On January 15th, get ready to celebrate all things Kombucha with the first-ever National Booch Day. Thanks to Bill Moses, the founder of KeVita, and now Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, we finally get to honor the lightly effervescent fermented beverage that boasts a bold, invigorating taste.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

To celebrate National Booch Day, Flying Embers welcomes a new national campaign, Dry Fermented January. For those not familiar, Kombucha offers amazing health benefits; it settles your stomach and serves as an all-around good-for-you drink. Like traditional kombucha, each bottle of Flying Embers is packed with live probiotics; live cultures that are considered “good” bacteria that offer lots of health-promoting benefits; supplementing your body’s natural microbiome and gut health. What makes Flying Embers Hard Kombucha different is theirs is brewed with botanical adaptogens and champagne yeast. This delicious, sparkling probiotic tea, is handcrafted with an adaptogen root blend of Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, and Astragalus. The result is a truly better-for-you buzz from a beverage that has zero sugar, zero carbs, low-calorie, is USDA certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Flying Embers has a lot of fun flavors you can choose from. Ancient Berry is a popular choice, featuring a bright and fruity mix of elderberries, goji berries, raspberries. Ginger and Oak offer a clean, refreshing, yet earthy flavor. Lemon Orchard features a delicate mix of lavender, mint, and ginger. Grapefruit Thyme combines the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, punctuated with the subtle flavors of thyme. Black Cherry’s fresh dark cherry mix is complemented with a bright lime spritz. And Pineapple Chili offers a delicate sweet and spicy mix.

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha

Along with the campaign, they will have a national wholesaler distribution drive, events & samplings, and consumer giveaways. Larger National Booch Day events will be held in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York City, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Boston.

“All ingredients are USDA certified organic, including our unique adaptogen root blend of ginger, astragalus, turmeric, and ashwagandha – all with a healthy amount of live probiotics,” adds  VP of Marketing, Kyle Ingram.

For more information on National Booch Day and Dry Fermented January, visit the Flying Embers website.

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

It’s natural to see trends come and go as time marches on, but what’s more interesting to note is how businesses in a wide range of industries utilize these trends for their profits. Even the most buttoned-up companies will incorporate the latest technologies into their products or pop culture trends into their marketing strategies if that means more sales. The latest trend that companies of all kinds are grabbing hold of is CBD.

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

CBD, more formally known as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. While many people first think of the psychoactive effects of cannabis, that aspect of the plant-primarily comes from another cannabinoid in it, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and is instead believed to reduce symptoms of conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety. These soothing effects are what is encouraging so many companies to create products that feature CBD.

Alkaline Water Company is among the latest to launch products that incorporate CBD. The company is most famous for its line of fresh and natural alkaline water infused with fruit flavors, known as Alkaline88. In January 2020, it is planning to release a line of topical CBD-infused products under an associated brand name, A88 Infused Products.

“Our recent introduction of CBD ingestibles has generated strong interest from our major U.S. retail clients. This speaks highly of the brand integrity we have built with our flagship product, Alkaline88,” said Richard A. Wright, president, and chief executive officer of The Alkaline Water Company, Inc.

All of the items in the A88 Infused Products line are made with lab-tested full-spectrum hemp. The specific products will include:

  • CBD Infused Lip Balm: A moisturizing and hydrating lip balm made with coconut oil and cocoa butter for long-lasting results.
  • CBD Infused Hydrating Body Lotion: Made with shea butter and aloe vera, this body lotion moisturizes, hydrates, and soothes skins of all types all day long.
  • CBD Infused Hydrating Hand Lotion: This hand and foot cream contains whipped shea butter and luxurious oils and extracts to nourish and moisturize your hands and feet.
  • CBD Infused Soothing Salve: A muscle salve infused with oils and butters to help soothe sore and irritated muscles.
  • CBD Infused Bath Salts: Experience ultimate relaxation with these bath salts, which combine Epsom salts, menthol, and essential oils in one therapeutic formula.
  • CBD Infused Essential Oil Roller: An essential oil roller made of a concentrated blend of 100% pure essential oils and balanced with fractionated coconut oil.

For the ethically-minded shoppers out there, all of the CBD-infused items in the A88 Infused Products line are 100% natural and the majority are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The purpose of these products is to relax the user and reduce their stress levels. While some people cut down on stress in their lives by making choices such as renting an apartment — which 50% of renter respondents say is a better choice than owning a home because they can better live within a budget and they have less stress — or taking vacation days to focus on their mental health, using CBD-infused products such as these can be a consistent way to find relaxation in your day-to-day life.

The new product line from Alkaline will be available online and at national retailers across the nation in January 2020.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

Score Sailor Jerry Tattoos For $20.00 For Norman Collins 109th Birthday

Calling all tattoo addicts and anyone else who’s wanted a tattoo and didn’t have the budget for it. If you live in and around NYC, this is for you! In honor of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s Founder, Norman Collins, 109th birthday, they are giving away 109 Sailor Jerry designed tattoos for only $20.00 each. That’s right, full-on, exquisitely done Sailor Jerry Tattoos for only $20.00!! Who gives away professional tattoos for only $20.00? That’s unheard of. Keep reading for how to score just that.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

On Tuesday, January 14th, from 12 pm – 10 pm, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Daredevil Tattoo, will get you tatted. You can choose from one of the 18 available Sailor Jerry Tattoos shown below:

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Tattoos

We are proud members of the Sailor Jerry Rum tattoo club, having been first inked last year, at the Norman Collins 108th birthday celebration.  We are looking forward to adding to our Sailor Jerry Tattoos collection. Which of the above do you think we should get? Should we get the Eightball, Star, or Cherries? Which do you think would best compliment our previous Sailor Jerry tattoos? Better yet, which of these tats would you get?

Snake Tattoo

After you get tatted, head over to the Daredevil Tattoo’s museum to learn about the history of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Learn all about how he built his reputation inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu. Continue the celebration 3 doors down at ForgtMeNot, who will be offering delicious $10.00 Sailor Jerry and Ginger cocktails.

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Cocktail

For those who don’t know, Norman Collins, the godfather of old-school American tattooing. He pioneered innovations in tattooing such as inventing the color purple for ink, promoted the use of clean and sterile needles and inspired future generations of tattoo artists. At 19, Norman Collins joined the U.S. Navy which exposed him to the art and culture of Southeast Asia; after his service, he made Honolulu his home where he built his reputation as the father of old school American tattoo and established his now-famous tattoo parlor on Hotel Street.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

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The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

#NowPouring, A Traveling Tea Experience with Good Company Tea

When the temperature gets really low, or it’s a day ending in Y, there’s nothing more we love than a good cuppa. For non-tea drinkers, we’re talking about a cup of tea. A nice cuppa is not only good for you, but it can also change your mood. We had the pleasure of getting to know a new premium, organic CBD tea brand, Good Company Tea, made with the highest quality, full-spectrum CBD extracts. We love enjoying a relaxing cup of tea to reacquaint ourselves with the benefits of our own well-being and so should you.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea was built with the intention of creating moments of respite in fast-paced, hyper-productive work environments, and reminding us to slow down and reserve time for insightful connection with ourselves and others. Their fair-trade teas are cultivated in the most revered regions across the globe. They only use organic ingredients, with gluten-free blends that are infused with premium CBD. They are non-GMO, and triple lab-tested to ensure each batch is free of pesticides, microbial impurities, and foreign materials. You’re left with a matchless experience in every cup.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea launched with three tea blends: Organic Japanese Sencha, Organic Oolong, and Organic Jasmine. Each tea bag contains 15mg CBD per Sachet, with 5 Sachets per box, all THC Free (Non‑Psychoactive). The CBD wellness company was co-founded by former Google marketing executive Thanh Nguyen (pictured below), and former pharmaceutical regulatory executive Khanh Nguyen.

Good Company CBD Tea

The Organic Japanese Sencha (No 1 ̊ CBD Blend) is bright, earthy, and uplifting. Perfect for enjoying during the daytime, this light-bodied blend features tropical aromas and a warm, buttery finish. It is both stimulating and stress-relieving and is produced in the revered region of Shizuoka Prefecture; their organic Japanese sencha is cultivated in nutrient-rich volcanic soil. It’s combined with pineapple, papaya, and osmanthus flower for an uplifting blend.

Fans of oolong will love Good Company Tea’s Organic Oolong (No 2 ̊ CBD Blend), a warm, fragrant, and soothing blend. This full-bodied blend boasts honeyed overtones and a round, savory finish. This is the perfect tea for those who need to feel relaxed and revitalized during the daytime. The oolong is cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian province of China; known as the premier site of oolong production, and its place of origin, this organic oolong is developed through a considered process that honors the legacy of its source.

Last, but not least, is the Organic Jasmine (No 3 ̊ CBD Blend), a luminous, floral, and calming blend. This medium-bodied blend features balancing heady floral aromas and a serene feel. The ultimate relaxation tea, this tranquil and transcendent blend is ideal for bedtime. The main ingredient is harvested in Vietnam’s Central Highlands in the perpetually cool climate of Dalat; renowned for its jasmine tea production, this organic jasmine tea features a subtly complex profile and transcendent aroma that celebrate its origin.

Are you ready to relearn how to unwind, pay more attention to your well-being? A cuppa or two of Good Company Tea is a great place to start.