Kona Craft Beers

Celebrating the Summer with Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company

Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company graced New York City just in time for summer – introducing we “mainlanders” to some of their most popular beers offered nationwide.  We must give kudos to Kona Brewing for making light beers that are actually interesting! We had the opportunity to try Kona’s Tropical Pineapple Gold Cliff IPA, Big Wave Golden Ale, Kanaha Blonde Ale, and Longboard Island Lager.

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Kona has brews that are available both on the mainland and some exclusive to Hawaii only. They brew more than a dozen beers a year, but the regulars are our classic ales and lagers available in all 50 states.

Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Kona Gold Cliff IPA Tropical Pineapple

Gold Cliff IPA draws you in with its beach and postcard-worthy dark brown bottle embossed with the Hawaiian islands. For those not familiar, an IPA is an acronym for ‘Indian Pale Ale’ – this is a lighter brown beer that typically has a very herby but subtle medicinal note. Every side of this vintage sized bottle gives you a nostalgic feeling of exploring the Hawaiian coasts – or at least watching amazing surfing films from the ’50s and ’60s.
Gold Cliff IPA is a great entry point to appreciating the distinct taste of IPAs – it is floral and fruity with a real natural pineapple flavor. It’s not too sharp but definitely not sugary sweet. I found this IPA very refreshing and totally get why they embossed “Liquid Aloha” on the neck of the bottle – this is perfect light IPA to put in the cooler for sipping beach-side (or poolside then beach side) on a sun-drenched day. I especially love that the bottle lists the calorie and carb content – for those who are actively counting – Gold Cliff is only  212 calories per serving.

Big Wave Golden Ale

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Big Wave like a long cool drink from an oasis.  It is LIGHT and bubbly. At 4.4% ABV and 142 calories, each sip was refreshing and airy. Kona describes their Golden Ale as the perfect beer for after a day out on the water – it felt very hydrating. This is a chill beer for a low key buzz so that you can fully experience the environment around you and share the adventures of the day with others.

Kanaha Blonde Ale

Kona Kanaha Blonde Ale

For those who enjoy a low key sip, chill, and share moments, this Blonde Ale has the lowest ABV (4.2%) and calorie count  (99 calories per bottle). Although not sweet, Kanaha Ale is infused with a very small but bright note of mango and is palatable to enjoying with…dare we say it? Cannabis. Have you ever considered pairing beer with your favorite strains of weed? If it’s ever crossed your mind, the most important thing to consider is picking a beer and a bud with terpenes that won’t overpower each other in the aroma.  (Terpenes – (terps) in case you are wondering, are the organic compounds found in herbs that give it flavor). The mild and light tropical flavors of Kanaha are a great candidate for pairing. Kanaha would also pair well with grilled seafood and salads.

Longboard Island Lager

Kona Longboard Island Lager

For the traditionalists, Longboard Island Lager is a smooth, refreshing traditional beer, fermented and aged for five weeks for a smooth flavor. Another year-round favorite for the beach that pairs well with pizza, chicken, garlic knots, and many other party foods that will marry well with the beer’s hoppy aroma.  You can drink this lager goes with almost any meal. At 4.60% ABV, and 144 calories, you’ll make any of your friends happy you brought a few six packs to the luau.

Kona Craft Beers

Keep an eye out for their Hanalei Island IPA. After launching exclusively in Hawaii in 2016, Kona Brewing Company opened its refreshing fruit-forward IPA, to the U.S. mainland. The tropical fruit-forward brew features Passionfruit, Orange and Guava.

To find Kona Brewing Company beers near you, visit www.konabrewingco.com.

 

 

 

 

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Free Dad Hugs

Man’s Free Dad Hugs Shirt At Pride Parade Sparks Viral Reaction

When we think of novelty t-shirts, a strong majority are pretty terrible. We make t-shirts for every other event out there and they’re cool for a day, then disappear. More than 14.3 million tons of American textiles help clothe people around the world, many of which are event apparel of some sort. Dads are especially renowned for making and wearing some of the best/worst shirts ever. We could list them, but the general concept is seeing your Dad wear some shirt he finds clever and you shake your head.

One Dad heard his friend was going to the Pride Parade in Pittsburgh wearing a shirt that said free Mom hugs and decided he wanted to join. Scott Dittman, inspired by his friend Deanna, didn’t know how much they were about to mean to the LGBTQ+ community. The organization Deanna was attending with is called Free Mom Hugs, an LGBTQ+ ally group that aims to help build a better tomorrow, literally one hug at a time.

Free Dad Hugs

Photo Courtesy of Howie Dittman/Facebook

“My first thought was, I’m thinking the rate of rejection from fathers is probably higher than mothers,” Dittman said. “I can give dad hugs.”

So he got his free Dad hugs shirt and joined the parade. There are technically three categories of high-visibility safety apparel out there, but the free Dad hugs shirt was about to become the fourth. He was about to learn too many people hadn’t felt safe in the arms of their own father’s in a long time. The first person he hugged was standing in front of him, with tears in her eyes. He said she just thanked him over and over again. The next hug was a gay man who had been abandoned by his parents at 19 years old because of his sexuality.

“He just sobbed and sobbed and thanked us,” said Dittman. “He just melted. It was an honor to be involved in that, but it was terrible at the same time.”

Lots of hugs were exchanged that day, with more emotions than Dittman admitted expecting. Never really thinking himself as an LGBTQ+ ally other than having a heart for human beings, he was distraught with how something as seemingly small as hugs impacted so many people.

“You could tell they hadn’t had something as simple as a hug from their dad in a long time. That broke my heart,” he said.

Afterward, he was righteously upset. So he let it fly, telling the story of the day briefly, complete with how it impacted him and admonishing parents who have all but disowned their kids because of who they are.

“Imagine that, parents. Imagine that your child feels SO LOST FROM YOU that they sink into the arms of a complete stranger and sob endlessly just because that stranger is wearing a shirt offering hugs from a dad. Think of the depths of their pain. Try to imagine how deep those cuts must be. Please don’t be the parent of a child that has to shoulder that burden. I met WAY too many of them, of all ages, today,” the post said.

Other than venting, he didn’t expect his post to make any waves. With his message and the number of mobile search users slated to hit 221 million by 2020, the post quickly went viral. Approximately 248,000 shares and 341,000 likes later, the post made big waves. He reported receiving over 1,500 responses from parents around the country who were broken by his words because he was speaking directly to them.

“I’ve had so many parents reach out to me saying they’ve been crying for days, saying they’ve been those parents, and they’ve reached out to their children they haven’t talked to in years,” said Dittman.

He reported that one young person reached out to him saying that he’d saved their life that day with his post. Stirred, he isn’t planning on ceasing with being an active ally and free Dad hugs. That day helped so many people and, before he went there, he’d merely assumed his shirt would get some smiles. That day changed him and his perspective.

“It’s humbling, but it’s sad,” he explains. “It’s sad that some guy in some small town western Pennsylvania is having that much of an impact when that impact should’ve been made and when they shouldn’t have even needed it because they weren’t abandoned in the first place.”

As we age, more than half of adults over 50 agree that our smiles remain our most attractive physical features. Dittman didn’t know he’d cause so many smiles that day. The point to which it humbled and angered him, marks the internal shift that more people need to feel. A little anger and a lot of love go a long way.

 

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

The Tinder of Coffee, Trade Coffee, Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

No two coffee drinkers are alive. We mean more than just liking your coffee light or dark; many people prefer beans from a certain region, different level of boldness, flavors, and roasting times. While some will settle for the simple cup of coffee, more and more people are opting for coffee that’s customized to their tastes. In comes in Trade Coffee, which helps coffee lovers find their perfect coffee. By taking Trade Coffee’s matchmaking quiz, you will be matched to your personalized coffee recommendation that’s shipped straight to your door, thanks to their algorithm. It really is the Tinder for coffee. Although we’re more tea drinkers, we were more than happy to join Trade Coffee and Erika Vonie, NYC’s Coffee Masters Champion and Head of Coffee at Trade to welcome the NEW Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags.

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

What is cold brew coffee? Cold Brew is chilled coffee made from grounds that have been steeped in room-temperature (or cold) water for 12-24 hours (depending on how strong you like it). The eco-friendly Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags are the key to incredible cold brew. With your favorite coffee grounds, a mason jar, the cold brew bags, and a few hours, you can enjoy a batch of delicious iced cold brew, all summer long. Want to enjoy an even more of a personalized flavor, just add in things like cinnamon, orange peels, etc in the bag. With these wonderful bags, there are no equipment or trips to the coffee shop required, and our favorite part – NO MESS!!

Trade Coffee Welcomes Cold Brew Bags

The cold brew bags are an incredibly easy and affordable at-home solution for cold brew coffee lovers. The easy-to-use cold brew bags made of compostable corn-based fibers and offer a cafe-quality beverage at home. Each cold brew bag (full of 3oz of coffee) makes 28oz of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee (or tea – it’s great for loose leaf teas), depending on how strong you like it. That’s about four, 8oz cups (adding 4oz of ice to chill it down) at regular strength. If you choose to dilute the coffee down with filtered water, you’ll, of course, enjoy more cups.

Trade Coffee Cold Brew Bags

To brew, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Fill bag to top
Step 2: Put the sealed bag in your container and fill it with room temperature or cold filtered water.
Step 3: Let it sit and brew
Step 4: Drink to taste

Trade Coffee Quiz

To get your personalized coffee recommendations (Trade has made over 2 million ethically-sourced coffee matches), head over to www.drinktrade.com to take the 2-3 minute quiz. For those that are new to specialty coffee, you’ll be matched to more price conscious Classics blends. For those who are more of a pro at those specialty beans, The Hookup allows you to discover a larger variety of coffees.

The Classics start with a 12oz trial bag for $12.50, and the next order with be two 12 oz bags for $25. The Hookup promises 12oz bags that start at $15.00 and only one bag arrive at a time. All first-order subscriptions receive 30% off + free shipping. How’s that for a coffee lovers dream? Are you ready for your personalized cold brew coffee?

 

Motorola Welcomes The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone

When it comes to advances in technology, we all want everything to be faster. This is especially true when it comes to our smartphones. We want to upload and download faster, connect faster, and work faster. With the 5G network already present in cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, with other major cities like New York on the horizon, you need a smartphone that can handle the next major step of mobile telecommunications standards and speeds. This is where the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone comes in.

We had the pleasure of attending the Moto Z4 launch event where the newest member of the Moto Z family was announced. This latest phone is packed incredible new features at just about half the retail of its competitors. Boasting a longer lasting battery, more storage, bigger display, and incredibly crisp night vision capabilities at prices that don’t match a month’s rent, you’ll love what the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone has to offer.

Check out some of the amazing features below:

  • An integrated in-display fingerprint sensor right on the phone’s 2.5D curved glass screen
  • 15w turbo power charging for quicker battery power
  • Enjoy amazing speeds with the new 5G moto mod at Verizon
  • Etched matte glass screen, water resistant, aluminum, the earphone jack is back, 6.4″ max vision, full HD+ OLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, AI engine, 3.0 GHz Octa-core
  • Enjoy up to 2 days of battery life
  • Moto Mods don’t just customize your phone with experiences you want,t hey add an extra battery to the Moto Z4
  • The 48-megapixel and 25-megapixel front-facing camera are amplified thanks to the sensor with OIS and Quad pixel technology.
  • Smart Composition feature that recognizes potential improvements to your photo and creates a second photo based on those improvements
  • One button navigation at the bottom of the screen. Quick flashlight with a flick of your wrist
  • Add fun, animated characters to your photos with AR Stickers
  • Spot Color Mode allows you to pick one color to keep, and then turn everything else in the photo to black and white. You can also choose from twelve different live color tones filters
  • Timelapse / Hyperlapse, Slow Motion, and YouTube Live
  • 128GB internal storage expandable up to 512GB with a microSD, 4GB RAM

Some of our favorite features include the incredible photo sharpness and clarity of the Moto Z4’s night vision; the auto smile photo capture that can capture up to 5 people in a group and single photos; the ability to add an artistic blur effect in the background for professional-looking selfies in both front and rear cameras with portrait lighting; and the 360 photo and video capabilities when you add on the 360 Moto Mod.

The Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone is available now through Verizon in Flash Grey and Frost White. It can be purchased at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and www.amazon.com in the US; Starting June 13, customers who purchase the Verizon Moto Z4 at Best Buy will receive a limited time offer of $5/month for 24 months for new lines or $10/month for 24 months for upgrades.

Get the Moto Z4 at Verizon for only $10/month for 24 months. For those who want to bundle, the Moto Z4 + 5G Moto Mod starts at $439.99 for new activations; and the Moto Z4 + 360 Mod Camera Bundle is $499.99 unlocked. Canadians will be able to purchase the Moto Z4 this summer.

We highly encourage you to pop into one of the above retailers and try out the Moto Z4 5G Upgradeable Smartphone for yourself. Try out all the mods and see which is best for you, then go enjoy this epic phone.

Can You Guess Sparkling Ice’s New Limited Edition Mystery Flavor?

Around this time last year, Sparkling Ice launched a NEW limited edition mystery fruit flavor and contest. Thousands of you entered with your flavor guesses for a chance to win over $45,000 in prizes. Sadly, we didn’t correctly guess the mystery flavor as Passion Fruit Punch, but hopefully, this year is different. That’s right, Sparkling Ice welcomes a New Limited Edition mystery flavor and another chance to win. The grand prize for this year’s Sparkling Ice What the Flavor contest, like the new mystery flavor, is tropical. Fans can enter to win an all-expense paid, 7-Day Holland America Line Caribbean cruise for two with roundtrip airfare, in addition to 500 other pool-themed prizes.

Like all of Sparkling Ice’s flavors, the new flavor has zero calories, zero sugar and made with antioxidants and vitamins.  The new flavor is inspired by the scents and flavors of an exotic tropical getaway; it is a clear carbonated beverage balanced with just the right amount of fizz.  The bottle is wrapped in a distinct blue packaging with tropical leaf accents and a signature toucan. Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor is available in retailers nationwide beginning in May through the end of July 2019. The contest is up now and goes until July 31st. All fans who guess the flavor via the instructions will be entered for a chance to win.

“Our sweepstakes were a huge success last summer. We witnessed record-breaking sales as a result of our Mystery Flavor offering and, as such, wanted to create a second iteration of a limited-edition flavor for this summer as well,” said CEO of Sparkling Ice, Chris Hall. “Beyond our sales success, we also saw a direct boost of engagement on social media through our What the Flavor sweepstakes.  Our whole team is looking forward to seeing the creative guesses our Sparkling Ice fans come up with for the new Mystery Flavor this year.”

To participate in the What the Flavor sweepstakes, just enter your flavor guesses via the entry form on the sparkling ice website, through Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps. Your guess may give you the chance to win over 500 unique prizes. These prizes include Yeti Cooler, JBL Bluetooth portable speaker, Ultimate beach chair with built-in cooler, Spikeball game set, fun inflatable float, and a beach bag with summer must-haves.

The mystery flavor will be revealed on August 1st.  Do you think you have what it takes to guess this year’s new flavor?

 

Size Inclusive Lines Are Becoming Standard, But Finding Them Remains Challenging

Body positivity and size inclusivity are movements that go hand-in-hand. As women come to accept and embrace their bodies, many are no longer willing to be confined to what society (and, specifically, fashion brands) feel to be the “ideal.” Given that 68% of American women wear a size 14 or larger, many companies are finally starting to listen with size inclusive options — and are making a whole lot of money as a result.

Despite all the progress that’s been made, there’s at least one glaring omission in the way that size inclusive clothing is presented to the modern consumer: while a straight-sized woman can potentially walk into just about any store and find something in her size, women who fall into the “extended sizes” category often have no other choice but to shop online. Seeing that businesses are losing $62 billion per year due to bad customer service, like not catering to the needs of the clientele, this oversight is helping to fuel an e-commerce boom.

Given the steadily growing popularity of e-commerce, that might not sound like much of an issue. As of August 2017, women’s apparel was the number one top-selling item on the internet. With so many shoppers preferring to shop online than go to their local mall, it might seem like brands are smart to focus their efforts on their websites rather than in their retail locations.

But that doesn’t mean that plus-sized women don’t want to shop in stores. When finding their size in person isn’t an option, it makes sense that they’ll turn to brands that will actually cater to them. But some women feel it’s an issue that brands want to claim the inclusive label without making all sizes accessible to all women. Despite the fact that well-known companies like Madewell, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, J.Crew, and others have made concerted efforts to expand their size range during the last year, none of these brands carry those expanded sizes in their brick-and-mortar locations; customers have to go online and order them, which completely eliminates the store try-on experience.

As reported in GARAGE, “…Neglecting to offer [size] 14+ options in-store seems at odds with logic, as well as with the values of inclusivity and diversity that so many brands like to espouse for woke points. What appears to be happening, then, is that brands … want to have it both ways; they want the good press that comes with body inclusivity, without having to make the financial commitment of offering inclusive sizes in-store at all their locations.”

Although there may be some practical concerns like floor space and the fact that many physical retail locations struggle to stay afloat already, there are other inclusive brands that don’t see those as valid excuses.

As Brooke Cundiff, founder of a popular plus-sized clothing site, told GARAGE: “This is exactly why we started CoEdition — to give these women access to great style, in the sizes they want. Traditional retailers ignore or take these women for granted. If they do carry their sizes, they hide the clothes on a rack in the corner. That’s insulting.”

That said, CoEdition doesn’t have a physical location, either. Neither does Universal Standard, other than pop-ups and limited stock showrooms. Lines like Savage x Fenty and GabiFresh’s lines with Playful Promises and Swimsuits for All are online-only, as well. And although Eloquii has now opened its sixth retail location and Torrid stores can be found across the U.S., these brands cater specifically to plus-sized customers (or those who fall right on the cusp between straight and plus sizes); the brands that carry the entire gamut of sizes typically exclude larger sizes from their retail locations, choosing to stock only smaller sizes instead.

Ultimately, it illustrates that fashion still has a long ways to go before it’s truly size inclusive. Nearly one in four adults will eat at least one piece of candy every day — while many brands have superficially stopped shaming women for what they eat or what their body looks like, there’s a big difference between creating garments available for purchase and ensuring that all women are able to share the same experience when shopping for clothes.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Biodegradable Glitter, the Newest Product to Save the Planet

Festival season is officially here and it’s time to start gearing up with the freshest looks for the affair. But these events aren’t well-known for their eco-friendly initiatives; in fact, the amount of trash associated with these events have made them hard for environmentalists to swallow. Especially now that plastic straws have been banned in many locations.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Unfortunately, this plastic infiltration is nothing new. At the recent Coachella festival, more than a dozen grape farmers picked up shifts each night collecting pounds upon pounds of plastic cups, wrappers, and trash.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

But the California coastline is used to garbage crowding its shores. Among the 3,400 miles of California coastline, most of it has been cluttered with straws, plastics, and waste for years. Amidst the new laws seeking to banish plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, the makeup industry has been among the most difficult markets to sway.

Enter: biodegradable glitter.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

While many companies have been touting eco-friendly glitter products this year, Today Glitter is the first 100% biodegradable glitter product for festival-goers, DIY crafters, and savvy spenders, alike. This glitter has been integrated into makeup brands, body lotions, and more, with FDA approval to be used on eyes and lips. This makes it one of the best products to use during festival season.

“At Today Glitter, our mission is to enhance the inner beauty of each individual without contaminating our environment,” notes Victor Alvarez, the spokesperson for Today Glitter. “With 100% plastic-free biodegradable glitter, beauty gurus, families, and everyone in between can experience the joys of glitter without risking harm to the planet. It’s our passion to give fans useful and creative alternatives to live a sparkly life without the waste.”

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Best of all? This glitter degrades in fewer than 30 days. While it means you can’t stock up on your favorite products, it ensures that traditional glitter made from small pieces of plastic stay out of the environment.

These microplastics are terrible for the environment. Anything from plankton to fish to birds regularly ingests these plastics which contributes to bioaccumulation throughout the ecosystem. They can take up to 200 years to photodegrade in the environment where they break into smaller plastic particles before they’re finally gone. Scientists have been calling on a ban for glitter for years. It was thanks to their efforts that microbead exfoliants were banned back in 2015.

These biodegradable glitters are also much more comfortable to wear with some reports claiming that they’re up to 40% silkier than traditional glitter. Starting at $10, this affordable option will hopefully push plastics out of the beauty realm for good. This festival season, invest in eco-friendly products.

After 8 Years of Marriage, Adele and Simon Konecki Are Getting a Divorce

The tradition of giving someone an engagement ring dates back to 1477 when Maximilian of Austria gave his bride-to-be a masterfully crafted ring as a promise of their marriage. Since then, across the globe, people dream of finding their soulmate, giving or receiving an engagement ring, and living happily ever after.

Unfortunately, life isn’t a fairy tale and living happily ever after isn’t always an option — even for multimillionaire celebrities.

Over 50% of marriages end in divorce. If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13%. But if you’re a millionaire musician from London, since your relationship is essentially under a microscope, that percentage is likely much higher.

According to AOL, Adele, who is currently recording her fourth album, is divorcing her husband and father of her child, Simon Konecki.

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In late April, the couple released a statement confirming their unexpected divorce, saying that the couple split up around eight months ago but are now making it official.

“Adele and her partner have separated,” wrote Adele’s representatives. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

It has been reported that the couple did not sign a prenup when they wed in 2011. If they file for divorce in the state of California, where they own property and Konecki’s business is located, she could end up losing as much as half of her earnings.

“What is made during the marriage is likely to be split on an equal basis,” added Sandra Davis, a divorce attorney who represented Princess Diana of Wales. “It doesn’t matter who did what, or who contributed what.”

As of May 2018, Adele was listed on the U.K. Sunday Times‘ annual “Rich List,” topping the Under 30 ranking with $182 million to her name.

Those close to the couple are confident that the two will be able to handle this highly publicized, high-stakes divorce respectfully because of the importance of raising their 6-year-old son Angelo. If a child is 12 or older, he or she would be able to speak with a judge privately regarding post-divorce issues and living situation preferences.

“Adele’s son is everything to her,” an insider told People. “Her whole life revolves around him. I just can’t see her divorce getting messy because she’s so careful when it comes to her son. She’s always five steps ahead in terms of how a decision will affect him.”

In Addition to Adele’s high-profile breakup, there have been plenty of expensive celebrity divorces over the years:

  • Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor — Divorced in 2017 after 17 years of marriage.
  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon — Divorced in 2014 after 11 years of marriage.
  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck — Divorced after 10 years of marriage.
  • Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow — Divorced in 2016 after 10 years of marriage.
  • Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum — Divorced in 2018 after nine years of marriage.
  • Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux — Divorced in 2018 after two and a half years of marriage.
  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard — Divorced in 2017 after two years of marriage.
  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries — Divorced in 2013 after 72 days of marriage.