Drink This and That: New Beverages to Quench Your Thirst

We’ve been walking the city more and more as the weather gets warmer, it is one of our favorite things to do. Of course all this walking means we have to stay properly hydrated, keep our energy up, and do what we can to continue burning off these winter accumulated calories. While we can stay hydrated with the regular H2O, we prefer to keep ourselves refreshed with beverages that offer more than just simple replenishment. Today we share three brands, two are old favorites welcoming new flavors, and the other is a newly launched beverage we’ve become slightly addicted to. we’re happy to get you acquainted with the new flavors from POM Wonderful, and Cascade Ice, and introduce you to Positive Energy. Let begin with the new beverage brand first.

Positive Energy

We usually get our caffeine with one or three hot cups of tea, but you can’t really hydrate with tea when you’re averaging 4-5 miles a day, plus we prefer to feel more energized naturally. Fortunately we can, thanks to the pure fruit juices + caffeine found in Positive Energy. These revolutionary beverages contain 100% pure fruit juices and green coffee beans plucked directly from the trees. Available in six juices, Orange, Cranberry, Apple, Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Mango Lemonade, and Lemonade Tea, the non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher Positive Energy, boasts only 60 calories, the same amount of caffeine as a large cup of premium coffee, no added sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors. You can enjoy them straight out of the bottle like we do, or mix them in a smoothie or cocktail for a burst of natural energy. Grab yourself a 2-Pk, 6-Pk, or 12-Pk on www.drinkpositiveenergy.com.

POM Wonderful

These officially launched late last year but because they are so popular, We hadn’t had the pleasure of trying all of them, especially in one sitting so we were in heaven. As self-proclaimed tea lovers, and POM Wonderful addicts, we had no qualms about loving these. POM Wonderful’s range of new Antioxidant Super Teas combines the antioxidant power of their premium 100% Pomegranate Juice delicious gently brewed teas to bring out their natural flavors and body. These super teas, available in Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea, Pomegranate Honey Green Tea, and Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea are as delicious and addictive as you’d expect. If you love ice tea and lemonade, sweet tea, or my favorite of all time, POM’s Lychee Green Tea, you will love these free radicals busting beverages.  All four flavors are available now, in POM Wonderful’s uniquely shaped 12 oz. bottles for $1.99 each.

Cascade Ice

We mentioned that we wanted to stay hydrated with more than just plain old water and we mean it. Cascade Ice Flavored Sparkling Water is more than just water, this zero-calorie sparkling flavored waters come in 21 delicious and unique flavors, are free of sugar, calories, sodium, caffeine, and gluten, full of flavor, and have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices. they recently held a public vote on Facebook where consumers selected the newest flavor to add to their current 21-flavor collection. The winner, Strawberry Orange Mango! This new flavor joins such favorites as Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. grab your favorite flavor(s) in all 50 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others.

Scared of Tap Water & the Effects of BPA? Refresh Naturally w/ Premium Icebox Water

In our attempt to drink more water (women should drink 9 cups a day while men should average 13 cups a day), we’ve found ourselves wanting to know more about our water supply, and frankly some of what we’ve come across scares us a bit. Did you know that bottled water is often only filtered tap water? We didn’t realize there was so much to fear from our tap water but we have learned there is. Because of this, we find we’re more inclined to purchasing bottled water, but even that brings up a whole other set of researching on bottling methods, packaging, water sources, etc. The result of our research led us to Icebox Water, a clean, crisp, pure spring water from Canada that is packaged at its source, the True North Spring.

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The naturally organic Icebox Water spring water is filtered in the glacier-carved freshwater fjords (“a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion”*) of Newfoundland, far away from contaminants. This refreshing, environmentally-friendly, and safe for you, premium spring water has a pH of 7.4, 14.0 mg/L of Calcium, 2.0 mg/L of Magnesium, boasts safe and eco-friendly, BPA-free, pressed paper packaging that contains 76% less plastic than a PET bottle (regular water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate), is compostable and 100% recyclable, and has a shape that fits just about anywhere. We didn’t realize there was a difference in water until we tried Icebox and tasted how different it was from the filtered tap water and the bottled water we drank. The difference is beyond it being good for you, Icebox made us realize that we didn’t drink more water because we just didn’t like the taste. With Icebox, we easily met and surpassed the required amount of water we’re supposed to drink in a day.

We think everyone should try Icebox Water, a case of 12 – 500ml Cartons is only $12.00, and compare it to their current drinking water, you won’t go back.

Beauty From Within: HUM Nutrition: Cleanse to the Rescue 21-Day Program

Just as you clean out the junk and clutter out of their closets every spring, you should also clean out the junk and clutter from your body. Cleansing is a great way to rid your body of toxins which can benefit your organs, aid in digestion, and help clear your skin. We had the pleasure of trying the HUM Nutrition: Cleanse to the Rescue, a 21-Day cleanse program of herbal ingredients, and enzyme blends that supports your skin, a flatter stomach, and healthy digestion. Some of these powerful components include Red Clover (Skin Cleansing Extract), Dandelion Root (Detoxifying Extract), Bladderwrack (Cleansing Kelp), and Lipase (Fat Busting Enzyme).

The Cleanse to the Rescue 21-day program features 21 daily pill packets that combine Daily Cleanse and Flatter Me, for total health renewal. While Daily Cleanse combines organic chlorella algae, bladderwrack kelp, beetroot and milk thistle to detox, and protect your skin, liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs, and lymphatic system, Flatter Me is a comprehensive enzyme blend that supports all major phases of nutrient digestion. It is optimized to breakdown protein, carbs, fiber, and fats, and helps relieve indigestion and paves the way to a slimmer, happier body.

We were excited to try a cleanse that didn’t require depriving or starving ourselves (although we do advise against eating absolutely everything you want….it is a cleanse after all, and IT WILL DO ITS JOB!). We found we drank more water, which helped to flush out the toxins from our body more quickly and had more energy than usual. Within the first few days of using it, we noticed we felt less bloated, (the test was a pair of stubborn jeans that finally fit again), experienced less gas, and didn’t feel overly stuffed after a meal. We actually felt better eating less. If you are looking for a cleanse that won’t put your body into shock, you should definitely try the HUM Nutrition: Cleanse to the Rescue. you can also follow the cleanse with one of their other amazing products. We’re dying to try some of their other products, like Gut Instinct, OMG! Omega the Great, and continue detoxing with Daily Cleanse.

The HUM Nutrition: Cleanse to the Rescue, and their other products are available only on HUM Nutrition, and at Sephora.

New Year, New Skin w/ Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera

Many of you are currently working on diet plans to change your body, eating habits, and health. While it’s always great to work on getting a healthy body, let’s not forget healthy skin as well. Just as you would work to remove the bad stuff from your body, you should do the same for the skin on your face. we had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing facial, called the Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera at Med Spa 44 Medical Spa, an elegant, full-service spa, located half a block away from Grand Central Station in NYC, which offers a wide range of luxurious face and body services including waxing, facials and a variety of other leading edge treatments. It’s a new year, we think now is the perfect time for some fresh, new glowing skin.
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Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera battles excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin irregularities can be successfully addressed through Cutera Laser Genesis facial rejuvenation. This innovative treatment promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin in men and women. It ideally treats rosacea, acne, scars, dilated pores, oily skin, fine lines and texture issues. It can be used on all skin types, including Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and Black skin.

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This was certainly not your usual facial. Our facialist was Medical Skincare Specialist, Carmen Fernandez, who showed us why the Cutera machine and Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Rejuvenation Facial is amazing. The device felt like hundreds of miniscule pin pricks tickling our face, as opposed to painful pricks. We got used to it after 10 seconds. Check out video of our brief interview with Carmen:

After our session with the Cutera machine, Carmen used the amazing line of skincare products from NIA 24 Skincare, a range of Niacin-Powered Skin Therapy products that improves skin’s texture, tone, and resilience.

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Our skin truly felt wonderful and a bit clearer than before. Of course we’d need for sessions for our skin to really get the full benefits of the machine’s skin beautifying skills, Carmen herself said she’s used it and you see how amazing her skin looks. We hope to get the chance to fit more sessions into our hectic schedule. Are you adding a new skincare regime to your new year’s resolutions?

Healthy Drinks & Smoothies w/ Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-iQ

We’ve been on a juicing and smoothie rampage ever since the Nutri Ninja Blender System With Auto-iQ came into our lives. we’ve treated ourselves and our family to an absurd about of fruit and non-fruit smoothies. Our freezer and refrigerator is now stocked with lots of fresh fruits, taking the place of sodas, juices, and ice cream. We’ve blended both all-fruit, and fruit and vegetable smoothies to appease the different tastes, diets, and various allergy issues of our family, thanks to the individual Nutri Ninja® single-serve cups with Sip & Seal Lids. We’ve done so much with this wonder machine already, but we actually haven’t even scratched the surface of its amazing uses (we are ecstatically stuck in the smoothie-making phase).
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The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender boasts 1000 watts of power, which pulverizes ice in seconds (we’re looking forward to ices this summer), is optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and crushes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency, and features one-touch Intelligent Controls that delivers smooth results. This life changer kitchen appliance comes jammed packed with essentials: a 64 oz. Processor Bowl, three sizes of Nutri Ninja® Cups (18-ounce, 24-ounce, and 32-ounce) with lids, an XL 72oz. Pitcher, Nutri Ninja® Pro Extractor Blades, and Dough Making plastic blades. Everything you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and healthier eating habits is available to you from Ninja. We were so excited about using the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender, we took several videos of our smoothie making. This video is from our first time using it

The below is a photo from our first fruit and vegetable smoothie-making experience. We jammed packed quite a few ingredients in there. The photo and video featured below is of our Apple, Blueberry, Banana, Blackberry, Carrot, Broccoli, Spinach, and Tangerine smoothie:

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We also love that Ninja provides tons of smoothie recipe ideas for you to try. The best part is you can experiment with those recipes, making them thicker, sweeter, or thinner, as well as adding or removing whatever ingredients you want. one of our favorite Ninja recipes is:

Antioxidant Refresher

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
Container: Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup
Place all ingredients into the Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed
Select Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND

Of course it wasn’t all fruit and vegetable smoothies, at the request of our dear mother, we mixed up a few Seattle’s Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Drinks to satisfy her caffeine cravings. As someone who owns her Ninja Blender herself, my mother immediately wanted to relinquish one of our single serve cups while she was visiting for the holidays.

As we’ve stated, we’ve been on a smoothie making rampage but we can’t wait to really spread our culinary skills and start making soups, stews, etc. We suggest you add this amazing kitchen appliance to your life.

Travel Pain Free with AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands

While we’re enjoying our holiday staycation, many of you are spending hours travelling by bus, train, or airplane to visit family or friends. While we love travelling, one drawback has always been the pain and stiffness of our knees, back and joints from being stuck in a seated position for hours on end. We usually rely on pain medication to relieve the various pains but some medication leaves you drowsy and of course there is the danger of over medicating yourself. But fear not, there is a solution for those of us who do not want to constantly feel drowsy or limit the prospect of over medication, and that solution is the AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands.

Above is the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device, a wireless compact electrical TENS unit that delivers powerful targeted pain relief for those hard-to-reach areas with a remote control, and one of the first complete line of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy that is FDA-approved for full body, over-the-counter use. This noninvasive, non-addictive, drug free treatment alternative unique design includes two gel pads which
allows you to surround your pain. It features a combination program that delivers gentle electrical pulses with three therapeutic phases of alternating therapy to bring relief to pain sufferers without the risk of addiction and the annoyance of messy creams, odor, pills and shots. With 25 levels of adjustable
intensity, finding a comfortable level of relief is simple and quick.

AccuRelief™ is easy to use, and is available without a prescription and FDA cleared for safety. it is a simple, drug-free solution for arthritic, muscular, joint and back pain relief. This small and compact device features a lightweight, flexible design which contours to almost any body part that can be worn discreetly under clothing. AccuRelief™ automatically shuts off after every 30 minute treatment. Comes complete with two electrode controllers, two reusable electrode gel pads with snap connectors, one remote control, six (6) AAA long-life batteries, instruction manual, quick start guide, electrode placement guide and a convenient drawstring carrying case.

Are you ready to travel pain-free? We advise you to get the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device in your life stat.

K-Y® Liquibeads® | The Freedom to be Spontaneous When #TheMoodStrikes

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We all know that healthy skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, especially during those very cold winter months. Having dry skin is quite uncomfortable and for many people, very painful. Luckily there is something that can be done. There is a great product that will keep you moisturized during those cold winter months. Of course we’re not talking about body moisturizers, we’re talking about personal lubricants, specifically lubricants for women. Ladies, while many of us concentrate on the dryness of our exterior skin during the harsh winter months, we tend to ignore our internal skin. We forget that we need to be moisturized, not only for daily comfort, but for enjoyment during amorous activities. The same way your eyes and the inside of your mouth gets dry and need to be hydrated, a woman’s private parts can also get dry, especially as we get older, or after having children. K-Y® Liquibeads® is a great way to moisturize internally. Think of it as hydration for your private parts.

And when you feel properly hydrated from within, that’s when the magic happens again, and again. K-Y® Liquibeads®, which is easily found in the feminine and personal care aisles at Walgreens, Target, and Walmart, is a personal vaginal moisturizer that eliminates dryness and provides soothing lubrication to enhance ease and comfort when you’re intimate.

Get ready to say goodbye to your discomfort, and hello to feeling more sensual, a much happier partner, more enjoyable intimate moments, and lots of window fogging this winter, when you welcome K-Y® Liquibeads® into your life. This no-mess product is easy to use; just insert a clear, quick-dissolving bead into the enclosed applicator and insert it into yourself, once every few days, to keep you and your body revving to go. You will find yourself more than ready whenever the mood strikes. Insertion is just as easy (maybe easier) than inserting a tampon or feminine douche wash. Because K-Y® Liquibeads® gently releases soothing lubrication that lasts day and night, you may find the mood will strike you quite often.

No longer will you be embarrassed or in pain. Your partner will be happy in the knowledge that they are keeping you fully satisfied, and you just may find yourself becoming more vivacious in and out of the bedroom. So whether you’re in a committed relationship or enjoying the single life, welcome these beads of joy in and enjoy the ride. There’s just one stipulation to using K-Y® Liquibeads®, it should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing, other than that, you are free to feel and be your sexiest. To get you on your way to adding the spice back in your love life, click on the following link for $1 coupon off any KY product, available at coupons.com. 

Sisley Paris Opens First Freestanding New York Boutique

Just in time for the holiday and gift-giving season, renowned luxury French beauty brand Sisley has opened its first freestanding New York boutique. With design details hand-selected by members of the d’Ornano family, who founded and still owns the brand to this day, the new boutique draws influences from its heritage. With the look of a beautiful, welcoming home that entices you to stay for hours, the boutique perfectly marries Sisley’s Parisian roots with its downtown New York location.

During our time touring the chic boutique, we enjoyed the most delicious scones and cake pops from Danielle Marullo’s Got Room for More, as we swooned over the pastel tropical-print wallpaper, designed and hand-made by famed UK wallpaper designer, Marthe Armitage (it was such a wonderful contrast to the cold outside), and the very modern chandelier made-to-order by Brooklyn-based artist, Lindsay Adelman. Both remarkable design elements were great compliments to the brightness of the boutique’s interior.

Located in the West Village at 343 Bleecker St, the stunning 760-square-foot boutique offers Sisley’s acclaimed skincare, make-up and fragrance collections, as well as their outstanding beauty treatments in its spa room, all of which will make any beauty lover’s holiday more luxurious. Have a special event to go to? Get primped and pampered in the private make-up area, created especially for special occasion make-up needs.

“We wanted the boutique to feel warm and inviting,” said Christine d’Ornano, Sisley’s International Vice President and daughter of Founder, Hubert d’Ornano. “Less like a retail space and more like an apartment where you can come and discuss your skin’s needs, have a facial or have your make up done before a party. A Sisley home in downtown New York.”

We strongly advise visiting this chic beauty haven, just a fair warning, you may not want to leave.