Moment, The First Fully Reflective Helmet

The First Fully Reflective Bike Helmet Is Gaining Ground On Indiegogo

Cycling is an activity that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Whether you take the occasional trip around your neighborhood with your family or you prefer to hit harder trails across the country, this type of exercise is great for your health. An adult cyclist usually has a level of fitness that is equivalent to a person 10 years younger as well as a life expectancy two years above the average for their demographic. Although this and other health benefits of cycling make it an excellent pastime, it can quickly become dangerous.

Moment, The First Fully Reflective Helmet

Many people use their bicycles on the same road as motorized vehicles, but the two are far from equal in terms of speed, force, and protection. Auto accidents are among the top five most common types of personal injury cases. When these accidents involve someone on a bicycle, they often occur because the driver of the car did not see the cyclist.

Luckily, there is a new product on the market to solve this problem. An Indiegogo campaign is about the launch for the first fully reflective bike helmet, called Moment. This helmet shines bright and gives cyclists protection at night without the use of batteries or LED lights.

Moment, The First Fully Reflective Helmet

Instead, the Moment helmet is made of a next-generation, lightweight synthetic material. This material makes the helmet durable, heat resistant, and stiff. It features a reflective surface that wraps all the way around the helmet and is 50 times larger than the reflective surfaces on an average helmet. This means that a moving vehicle can spot you from almost 500 feet away.

Moment, The First Fully Reflective Helmet

In addition to superior reflection, the Moment helmet’s design includes a unique ventilation system. With this system, the reflective bike helmet pulls cool air in through its front and pushes that refreshing breeze over the head with special air channels. While it circulates cool air, the ventilation system allows warm air to escape.

According to the campaign on Indiegogo, Moment gives cyclists the ability to extend their riding time to long after the sun has set. For those who work long hours in the office and can only hop on their bike after dark, this ability is essential for their health. For serious cyclers, Moment provides them with the protection and aerodynamics they need for their sport.

The Moment reflective bike helmet is not for sale quite yet, but you can sign up to access their 50% off Super Early Bird deal and receive the latest news and updates from the campaign.

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.

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

4 Clever Details for the truly Perfect Winter Wedding

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life — despite the fact that ultimately, it’s all leading up to a great thing! The last thing you want is for that planning stress to take away from the day that you’ll commit yourself to the love of your life. Nonetheless, a 2017 report by WeddingWire revealed that 63% of brides feel a good deal of stress to put on the perfect wedding. Many people worry about choosing a dated theme, or putting on a wedding that their guests can’t fully enjoy. And furthermore, lots of people aim to have truly unique weddings. This is one of the reasons why some couples are steering away from the typical wedding season. Rather than having their weddings during the spring or early summer, they’re choosing to get married during the winter.

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

There are many benefits to having a winter wedding. For one thing, as this isn’t the typical wedding season, you’ll probably have an easier time reserving the venue that you want for your ideal dates. There can be a lot of competition for space and decor during prime wedding season. Another reason why you may want to aim for a winter wedding is that the rates for everything from venues to event planning services are often lower during the “off season”, saving you money in the long term. Of course, you may be worried about the chills that come with a winter wedding, and for that matter the weather itself. But in fact, winter weather is often less predictable during the spring and the summer, both of which are prone to winter showers. Of course, if you do choose a winter wedding, it’s not enough to just decide on the winter and move on from there. You’ll still want to think about food, decor, and many other details. With that being said, we’re counting down some of our favorite winter wedding ideas — maybe you’ll want to try them out!

1. Ice Sculptures

Of course, ice sculptures may seem to be a bit classic for a winter wedding — but lots of people aren’t sure about investing in them as pieces of decor. A lot of people have the idea that ice sculptures are messy or melt down too quickly. In fact, if kept indoors, a typical ice sculpture lasts four to six hours — which is plenty of time for them to last through your reception if they’re made at the right moment. Ice sculptures can be carved to fit virtually any theme. For that matter, their glass-like appearance simply creates an air of elegance, and they reflect the light beautifully. They should be considered for any winter wedding!

2. Embrace A Wintry Menu

Think of the classic winter foods and beverages that people tend to gravitate towards — and imagine coordinating your menu around them! Offering your guests hot chocolate, or perhaps mulled wine, creates a lovely winter wonderland feeling. People tend to want to eat things that are somewhat heavier during the winter, and you may want to indulge in well-cooked red meat and creamy pastas. With that being said, you’ll want to make sure that all of your guests have something to eat. Veganism is growing increasingly popular, increasing by 600% in the United States over the last three years. It might seem to be a little challenging to create a winter-themed menu that accommodates vegans, but the right caterers will be able to help you.

3. Embrace Seasonal Bouquets And Centerpieces

During the winter, you may feel as if flowers would be out of place. In fact, you can certainly still decorate with flowers, as well as other plants. For your bouquet, you may want to consider seasonal plants. These may not include the giant blooms that we’re regularly used to seeing during the spring or summer, but you can still include holly, berries, and smaller blossoms or winter greens. If you’d like to include natural centerpieces, you can consider some of the same plants; however, you may also want to add in delicate branches, which during the winter will be without flowers but in fact can easily look quite elegant if arranged correctly.

4. Take Advantage Of The Lighting

It’s true that the fact that the natural light window is shorter during the window may create photography challenges. However, dim lighting can also create an amazing opportunity for your venue. For one thing, you can add to the coziness of the experience by using candles to light the room. Not only will the candles enhance the appearance of your venue — they’ll probably add to the warmth as well. You may also want to embrace the similarities between ice and crystal. By decorating with a good amount of crystal — a chandelier could very well help light the room, for example — you’ll be rewarded with the dazzling, ice-like effect of the light bouncing off of the surfaces. And really, you shouldn’t worry too much about photos. The right photographer will be able to get you the results you want. With that being said, you should employ a photographer that has experience in photographing effectively without a lot of natural light.

You don’t have to embrace a winter wonderland theme just because you’re having a winter wedding — but it’s certainly an easy theme for you to take advantage of. Otherwise, you can certainly incorporate the natural beauty of winter into whatever other theme you choose, and ultimately create the wedding of your dreams. Furthermore, saving money by sticking to the off season will open up your budget. What more is there to ask for?

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.

Moon UltraLight

Meet Moon UltraLight, The Most Revolutionary Lighting Device

We live in a time when selfies are the norm; we all take them in the hopes of sharing a bit of ourselves and our lives in pictures. Those special and everyday moments should be captured and shared in the best light and quality. This is where customizable mobile lighting device, Moon UltraLight, is essential. Launched this month, the Moon UltraLight is an ultra-portable (it’s so small) lighting gadget controlled by touch. Designed to brighten and enhance your photos and videos, this small yet powerful device gives you the ability to say goodbye to bad lighting.

Moon UltraLight Device

This revolutionary and rechargeable lighting device boasts intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness and tone. You can adjust the brightness level with precise accuracy depending on how dim or dark your location is. It features a color temperature feature that is easily adjustable from a daylight hue to a golden warm. Adjust anywhere from a cool 5000 kelvin to a warm 2700 kelvin and anywhere in between.

Moon UltraLight Device

So exactly how does the sleek, cost-effective, innovative, and easy to use Moon UltraLight device work? Simply put, by the touch of your fingertips. With one touch, you can turn the Moon device on and off, adjust the brightness, switch between brightness and color modes, and go from warm to cool temperature in color mode. Other great features, if the battery’s low, the Moon maintains its performance and brightness.; it’s also designed to fit virtually any phone and case as well as multiple other devices. Its built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery is fast-charge capable, boasting the ability to charge up to 60% in 30 minutes. The battery lasts 2-3 hours with continuous use and 2-3 days on intermittent usage. It also features anti-flicker lighting and weighs only 2.11 ounces.

Moon UltraLight device

The Moon UltraLight is available in New Moon (Gloss Black) and Full Moon (Gloss White) and retails for $49.99. Both colors are available online for presale on www.moonultra.com.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

2019 Holiday Gift Guide – 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

As promised, we present several more wonderful alcohol brands to gift this holiday season, one for each day of Christmas. We really have something for the drink aficionado on your holiday list: whiskey, rum, bourbon, vodka, and gin; a truly international collection of some of the finest spirits we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. They are wonderful 12 spirits to gift this holiday season.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Because of the holiday season, whiskeys make up the majority of this alcohol holiday gift guide. But as we stated, we do have something for the arbiter of taste in your life. Whether they be your bestie, partner, or family, we think they’ll love the offerings from these amazing brands. Keep reading this 2019 holiday gift guide to get to know each of the 12 spirits to gift this holiday season from the following alcohol brands: Booker’s, Canadian Club, Bakers, Knob Creek, The Balvenie, Highclere Castle, Bacardi, Four Roses, Little Book, Basil Hayden’s, Laphroaig, and Black Momma.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Booker’s Batch 2019- 04 “Beaten Biscuits” ($79.99) is the newest and final release of 2019. This deep chestnut-colored bourbon is named after the small, cracker-like biscuits 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe loved to make. It bears hints of the oak barrel through the sweetness, much like the scent of caramel icing for a cake. The finish is medium and very flavorful.

Canadian Club 42-yr Old Whisky ($299.95) – The second release within the premium expression series, CC Chronicles/MC. Batched and barrelled more than four decades ago, this limited-edition expression is masterfully blended. It showcases its robust rye spice, delicate notes of brown sugar and baking spices that creates its exceptionally rich, smooth taste.

Bakers Bourbon ($59.99)  – Re-emerged as a single barrel product in October 2019 with a new bottle design to celebrate the individual characteristics inside each and every Baker’s Bourbon barrel, while delivering the smooth, medium-bodied bourbon fans enjoy.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak ($49.99) is the newest limited-time bourbon to join Knob Creek’s award-winning portfolio. The expression has been aged in quarter cask barrels; this adds a layer of richer notes of oak, balanced with Knob Creek’s traditional sweet flavor. Quarter Oak is here just in time to add to your collection or gift to friends and family this season.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0197 ($38,000) – The second in a coveted series of unique expressions of exceptional quality that continue the distillery’s rich history of aged variants. Showcasing Malt Master David Stewart’s unique skill and knowledge, the bottling is comprised of highly rare liquids aged 50 years or over. This bottling has been selected from American Oak casks in the oldest sections of TheBalvenie’s stocks. This single malt Scotch whisky is rich and deep with an abundance of oak tannins, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and intense spice. The taste encompasses big and bold character; indulge in its malty sweetness and a spicy outburst, hints of honey and dark chocolate balance the oak tannins while the finish is a rich and spicy mouth coating with a luscious oak sweetness.

Highclere Castle Gin ($48.99) – The latest offering from the 800-year-old Highclere Castle estate that will forever be the iconic Grantham home on Downton Abbey. The gin is made with botanicals inspired by the castle’s herb gardens; these gardens were originally planted in the ninth century by the Bishops of Winchester. The grounds boast an ancient underground water source which enhances the crisp yet smooth gin. It also integrates Highclere’s acclaimed estate-grown oats into the blend to add a unique smoothness and a long, memorable finish.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

BACARDÍ Coquito ($17.99) – Nothing says bring on the holiday season like the famous Puerto Rican holiday drink, Coquito! Thanks to Bacardi, there are no more waits for someone’s tío or Abuela to “hook you up” with a bottle. The new ready-to-drink coquito is made with the signature BACARDÍ Superior white rum, toasted spices, coconut cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Now you can fully indulge in the heritage-filled libation in two easy steps – open bottle and pour over ice.

Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch ($140.00) – The first Four Roses limited-quantity bottle to feature a 21-year-old Bourbon from the distillery’s OBSV recipe. Non-chill filtered and bottled at a 112.6 proof, the 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch offers elegant aromas of oak, honey, red raspberries, and vanilla. The Bourbon is complemented by flavors of bright, sweet fruits, cinnamon, baking spices, and mellow barrel flavors leading to a
rich, soft and lasting finish. This limited edition release will also feature a 15-year-old OESK, 15-year-old OESV and 11-year-old OESV.

Little Book Chapter 3: “The Road Home” ($99.99) – A one-of-a-kind blend and features specialty aged liquid streams, representing each of the original Small Batch Bourbon Collection brands in honor of Freddie’s grandad, Booker Noe.

Basil Hayden’s X Wildsam’s “Points of Interest” Bourbon ($39.99) – For the travel addict or collector on your list, this limited edition bottle from Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and must-have travel guide company, Wildsam Field Guides is a must. The two brands have teamed up to create a limited-edition gift featuring the best of Brooklyn. The new release, “Points of Interest,” features a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon wrapped in a Wildsam Field Guide. The guide includes exclusive facts, hidden spots, and drink recipes that only pertain to your city. This bespoke conversation guide is the perfect conversation starter and perfect for discovering something new right in your background.

Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky ($89.99) – An exceptional expression that has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Over time, the whisky’s smoky flavor softens on the senses; it is beautifully married with sweet vanilla notes, enhanced by aging in American Oak barrels. The result is a long-lasting, smoky, sweet and rich flavor. We find it’s best to enjoy this 16-yr old neat or with a drop of water.

Black Momma Chai Tea Vodka ($4.75 Mini 50ml bottle) – Tea lovers will swoon over this gluten-free and kosher vodka infused with natural tea leaves and chai spices. Handcrafted in small batches, this 5X distilled and 5X filtered, tea-flavored vodka will warm you up from your toes up.

What do you think of these 12 spirits to gift this holiday season?

American Craft Spirits Association

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Consuming a little too much alcohol during a special holiday event can be as popular as a June wedding, which makes up 15% of all weddings. Indulgence is perfectly okay from time to time, but it’s best to do it in a way that keeps both you and others safe at the same time. The holidays are meant to be a fun time with family and friends. However, it can turn deadly when we make bad decisions because we let too much alcohol impair our judgment. Because we will be sharing some of our favorite cocktails and alcohol brands this holiday season, we wanted to make sure you, our dear readers, are safe this holiday season. Here are four tips for you on how to stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

American Craft Spirits Association

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced a partnership to promote the responsible service and sale of alcohol within the spirits industry. We’re not saying you can’t drink and enjoy yourself, just that you drink responsibly this holiday season.

Have Plenty To Eat

Having something to eat can help you metabolize the alcohol and help minimize unpleasant effects such as a hangover or causing you to embarrass yourself. Before going to a holiday event where alcohol will be served, eat a small meal containing carbs or greasy foods. It will keep your stomach full and help you absorb the alcohol. You can also indulge in a few appetizers along with your drink to help you pace yourself throughout the night. Take supplements such as Vitamin B complex to restore nutrients that alcohol may destroy while it is being metabolized.

Set Intake Limits

Set limits ahead of time on the number of alcoholic drinks that you will let yourself consume. The goal is to have fun while still making sure to drink responsibly this holiday. Give yourself plenty of time in between drinks to give your body the ability to process the alcohol. Try to have only one drink per hour and alternate beverages by drinking water or juice in between. Spend time with people who have only a few drinks or who don’t drink at all. It’s recommended that you should have no more than three drinks in one day if you are a woman and no more than four if you are a man.

To help you pace yourself, stay away from engaging in rounds of drinks or any drinking games if possible. Stick to drinking only one type of alcohol throughout the night and take small sips. Try drinking beer instead of hard liquor whenever you can because it will help you pace your alcohol consumption and help reduce nasty side effects the next day. If you are taking any kind of medication, under 21 years old, or pregnant, you should stick to non-alcoholic drinks. Focus on enjoying the quality of the drink and not how many you can fit in your hand.

Get Home Safely

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving make up the three most common reasons for traffic accidents in the United States. Not only could you potentially kill someone or yourself, but you could also lose your car, end up in jail, and face expensive traffic and court costs. Make a plan to get home safely before you attend any holiday party event. Even if you have only one alcoholic drink, you should keep away from getting behind the wheel. The effects of alcohol can stay for several hours after you finish your last drink of the night. Drunk driving causes at least 10,000 deaths every year.

Create a list of cab and taxi companies in your phone. There are also plenty of ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Uber you can download as well that may offer discounts during the holidays. If you can’t afford a ride home, at least have a designated driver in mind that can get you home safely. To make sure you don’t drive home, hand over your car keys to someone you can trust before you start drinking. If you are hosting a party, you may want to consider having a plan to get your guests home or making room for them to spend the night in order to keep them safe.

Get Physically Active

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While we all enjoy eating and drinking to our heart’s content during the holidays, find some fun physical activities to participate in as well. Activities such as dancing can help you burn off the alcohol faster at a holiday party if you don’t continue consuming it. Alcohol also contains quite a bit of sugar which can make you gain weight if you don’t find a way to burn it off. Your liver will thank you for it. Spending just 10 minutes a day being physically active can also help us live longer and have better mobility.

Be careful when exercising after consuming alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on you. It may not be a good idea to exercise the day after drinking as it can lead to muscle cramps. Whenever you decide to drink, make sure to drink plenty of water afterward to help your liver get rid of your alcohol intake. It will also help you sweat so you don’t feel bad while exercising. Engaging in physical activity will also help minimize other effects alcohol has on your health such as lack of energy, altered heart rate, poor muscle growth, and slower recovery times after an injury.

The holiday season can be dangerous with more people who are out late at night already tired from all the festivities and driving in dangerous winter weather conditions. Adding alcohol to this mix definitely doesn’t help and can make it even worse. It’s up to you to make the right decisions and have a safety plan in place before you go to any event that alcohol will be served. Keep these four tips in mind for the next holiday event you plan on attending. Eat, drink, and be merry but stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

“As craft spirits ambassadors, we want to ensure consumers enjoy our members’ products responsibly,” said Margie A.S. Lehrman, Chief Executive Officer, ACSA. “Partnering with TIPS provides our members with an opportunity to build a responsible culture by offering the best training in the industry at an accessible cost.”

USPS Operation Santa Online

USPS Unveils New Way to Donate to a Hundred-Year Cause

The holidays are officially upon us and now, more than ever, Americans are concerned about their finances.

As of June 2019, consumer debt across the United States reached $4.1 trillion. Now that the holidays are closing in and last-minute shopping has begun, these debts are more stressful on the millions of families across the country with lower annual incomes.

If you want to support a family in need, now is your chance. Since 1912, the U.S. Postal Service has allowed people to adopt letters that families address to Santa. The USPS Operation Santa® program allows the public to read these letters and even “adopt” a family.

USPS Operation Santa Online

Many of these letters are from families in need with requests for necessities; many need a new pair of shoes or a warmer coat for the winter. An estimated 80% of children have untreated anxiety disorders and these feelings of worry can compound during the holidays. The USPS allows their letters written to Santa to be read by the public in order to gather donations. In the past, this has only been done on paper.

This year, those letters will be available online for the first time.

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Letters are stored on the program’s new site, USPSOperationSanta.com. Here, you can read letters from individuals and families in need and shop for the items on their wishlist. All you need to do is wrap the gifts before bringing them to a participating post office before December 21st. That way, the families can receive your donation by the time Christmas is here.

But don’t worry: the names and addresses of the families involved are kept safe from the public. The USPS staff redact their information and provide accompanying coded labels to ensure the right gifts are sent to the right locations.

You can even adopt as a team if you want to get your entire family or workplace involved. Since these donations are tax-deductible, you can rest assured that your gift will help everyone who takes part in this great cause. While you don’t need to shell out the big bucks for Invisalign treatments or new gaming systems, just about everyone in your circle can contribute gloves, coats, and a new pair of shoes for someone in need.

If you don’t want to go out and buy gifts on top of the other last-minute holiday shopping you have to do, you can also make a monetary donation that goes right to the families in need. The average U.S. household with a credit card carries an average of $8,284 in credit card debt; this hardly scratches the surface in some cases. Never easier during the holiday season, there’s a chance to help spread holiday cheer to families who need it most.

With help from the U.S. post office — and from advancing technology — anyone across the country will have a chance to make someone’s Christmas a bit merrier.