Brighten Up w/ the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

When it comes to our teeth, we try to keep them healthy especially since we are afflicted with a strong addiction to tea and somewhat sensitive teeth (note the slight irony), it has been a fight to keep our chompers sparkling white, especially since we love to smile. After trying numerous teeth whitening toothpastes and strips which only whiten our teeth by one level and in lots of pain (no more strips for us), we decided we needed something better – in comes the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device.

This revolutionary teeth whitening device assures long lasting, professional teeth whitening results from the convenience of your home and without any teeth sensitivity. Using their patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, which combines professional elements of heat and light built into a one-of-a-kind, closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device prevents the whitening oxygens from escaping off the tooth surface, attacking the stains and making the whitening process more effective and efficient. When paired with their innovative whitening gel G-Vials that contains a minty fresh, stay-put formula that adheres to your teeth without getting on gums and other soft tissue, the device whitens your teeth up to five times more than regular teeth whitening options. This also means you will experience no tooth sensitivity, as is painfully common with other whitening products.

As we write this, we are on our way to a whiter, brighter smile (yes, even after two cups of tea earlier and probably two more cups later) with just four 8-minute whitening sessions per day. We’re seeing results in just a few days that we were never able to see in a few weeks of using other products. The basic teeth whitening system, which includes a Mouthpiece & Case, GLO Dock, 10 G-Vials for 40 applications, GLO Lip Care, Dock, Power Supply, USB Adapter and Travel Bag, retails for $199.00. GLO Brilliant also has a Complete Whitening Set (which includes everything previously stated above plus an Everyday GLO™ Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen, GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste, and a GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste – Travel Size, for $239.00. Both sets, along with individual products are available at GLO Science/Shop, Sephora, and Sephora.com.

Jonty Jacobs Opens New York’s First South African-Style Biltong Shop

At the beginning of the year (during the craziness of the Polar Vortex), we highlighted some of the snacks we were pigging out on while stuck inside and away from the cold, you can refresh your memories here – 5 Foods We’ve Been Enjoying During the Polar Vortex. One of those five foods was Jonty Jacobs Fine Beef Products – Biltong (dried meat slices) and Droewors (dried sausage). Cut to the warm months of July, which not only brought us hot, sunny days, but the debut of Jonty Jacobs first Biltong Shop; actually New York’s First South African-Style Biltong Shop.

The quaint shop, located at 114 Christopher Street (between Bleecker and Hudson) in the heart of the West Village, will allow patrons to custom-order their gourmet cuts of beef by choosing the type of biltong (traditional, grass-fed or aged), lean or traditional, with or without spice and cut-style (chunks, shreaded or – for the aged biltong – prosciutto-style thin-cut).

Jonty Jacobs tapped South African chef and entrepreneur Hugo Uys to consult on menu development. The event’s menu features Boere Wors Rolls with a homemade ginger peach chutney, and Curry-flavored Sosaties, which were paired with Seven Sisters Wine.

The Jonty Jacobs shop will offer prepackaged droewors (dried beef sausage) available with or without spice, boerewors (south-african style sausage) available in regular beef, grass fed, lamb or pork, sosaties (marinated and skewered meat) available in all beef, beef, lamb and pork or lamb and beef. Additionally, they carry a select range of truffle products, caviar, cheese, smoked fish, dips and South African snacks such as cookies, chocolate, dried fruits and teas.

Want to experience what Jonty Jacobs has to offer? You should definitely pop in the store to get to know them.

Stay #FreshNaturally w/ Tom’s of Maine’s Long-lasting Deodorants

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Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid products with ingredients that are bad for you but thankfully there are great brands which offer products made with natural ingredients. Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and while we want great-looking skin, having healthy skin is different. Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize the benefits of using natural personal care products and the wonderful effects it can have on our skin. One particular area of our skin that doesn’t get much love are our underarms. If you think about it, our poor underarms get brutalized quite a bit. We shave, wax, or laser off our hair, we don’t moisturize and pamper it like the rest of our body, and we think of antiperspirant and as just that – something to block perspiration and nothing more. Thanks to brands like Tom’s of Maine and their Long-lasting deodorants, you get an effective deodorant and 24-hour protection, made without harsh chemicals that can harm the skin.

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One major concern of underarm health is discoloration, something we have personally experienced. While having more melanin in your skin and dead cell buildup may cause some discoloration, the most common cause is using certain deodorants and antiperspirants that can irritate the delicate skin, causing, even more, melanin production and darkening of the skin. An easy fix is to switch to a deodorant with natural ingredients, like Tom’s of Maine Long-lasting deodorant for men and women.

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These long-lasting and wonderfully-scented deodorants are free of artificial fragrances or preservatives, are aluminum-free, and some scents even come PG-free (Propylene glycol-free). Tom’s of Maine uses odor-fighting hops and the mineral zinc to provide 24-hour odor protection, they feature no animal ingredients or testing and boasts ingredients like Glycerin and Vitamin E, to moisturize and condition the skin, Organic Aloe Juice to soothe, and citrus fruits as an antioxidant. We love the fresh, sweet scent of Beautiful Earth, and it remains our favorite, with Refreshing Lemongrass a close second. When we need to restock, we just pop into Whole Body,  Whole Foods in-store beauty section, grab one or two and be on our way (okay we grab a few items first). We apply our Tom’s deodorant in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day.

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We found that some of our friends felt the same way and are moving to paying attention to how their skin reacts to some of the harsh chemicals that can be found in our everyday products. In the video below is a male friend, who ALREADY had his Tom’s Long-lasting Deodorant for Men in his bag. He’s been using it for three weeks and is loving the positive changes to his underarm skin.

What about you guys? What are your thoughts on Tom’s of Maine, natural deodorants, and skincare, and beauty brands that use natural ingredients? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Your Key to Healthy Toenails | Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste Gel

I’ve been lucky enough not to have to need and use today’s product highlight but many people, including Diabetics like my mother, are not that lucky. Side effects of Diabetes include foot fungal infection and ingrown toenails but people who suffer from these two foot health issues can alleviate them by using one amazing footcare product – Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste Gel. Not only will it clear up these issues, without interfering with Diabetes medication, it will give sufferers healthy toenails.

Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste Gel is an over-the-counter topical gel that improves the appearance of thick, yellow toenails and fingernails after daily treatment in as little as two to six weeks. The easy-to-apply Piggy Paste Gel softens hardened toenails, which allows for easier trimming. My mom has been using Piggy Paste with wonderful results, she’s almost at the point of being able to trim her toenails without any health consequences, and of course, the next step is wearing her sandals outside without being embarrassed. To see what others are saying about Piggy Paste, check out some of these testimonials from users.

Could your toenails benefit from this powerful healing health product? Are you ready to free your feet from the confinement of closed toe shoes 365 days a year? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then the Piggy Paste Gel from Dr. Paul is exactly what you need.

To get your hands…..rather your feet on Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste Gel, visit Walgreens, Walmart, Drugstore.com, and piggypaste.com. One tube contains enough Toenail Fungus Gel for a 3-month supply. It’s the right amount to use during winter, so you can free your toes during the summer.

Drink to Your Good Health w/ RealBeanz Iced Coffee

A special note to all my coffee-addicted readers out there, if anyone ever tells you that coffee has no nutritional value and drinking too much might be unhealthy, just say three words to them – RealBeanz Iced Coffee. If you’re looking for a coffee drink with health benefits, the ready-to-drink, nutrient enhanced RealBeanz range of gourmet iced coffees combines premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk with functional ingredients such as vitamins and potent herbs. These body-loving iced coffees have no artificial flavorings, coloring, sweeteners or preservatives, and are low in calories.

Do you find you’re tired all the time? Step away from the energy drinks and grab a RealBeanz Energize Cappuccino Iced Coffee, an invigorating beverage blend featuring authentic Italian cappuccino coffee with a hint of cinnamon.

If you’re counting calories but still love a good iced cappuccino, you will love the RealBeanz Trim & Fit Diet Cappuccino, an authentic Italian cappuccino coffee blend along with nutrient-based enhancements that are heavy on flavor and nutraceuticals that helps burn body fat and increase lean muscle.

For those of you who need to enjoy relaxation, grab and enjoy a RealBeanz Relax Decaffeinated Vanilla Nut Iced Coffee and it’s smooth taste infused with imported coffee beans, creamy milk, Madagascar vanilla nut and naturally-calming herbs to sooth feelings of nervousness brought on by everyday stresses.

Think your coffee can’t fight off that summer cold? Think again! The RealBeanz Resist Mocha features a strong mocha flavor that’s loaded with powerful ingredients (like Green tea) that will add a boost to your body’s immune system.

Need focus to take on your daily tasks? The RealBeanz Focus Caramel Iced Coffee features genuine caramel coffee along with brain-boosting benefits, by utilizing an intelligent blend of ingredients to keep things in absolute focus and improve your everyday activities.

Last but certainly not least, for those of you who love the benefits of coconut water will love the RealBeanz Cappuccino with Coconut Water and the RealBeanz Dark Roast w/Coconut Water, both are great to get through the day; made with 20% coconut water, Italian cappuccino and bold, premium-roasted coffee (respectively), these two delicious beverages will have you feeling refreshed.

The RealBeanz Iced Coffees comes in 9.6 oz bottles and retails for $1.99- $2.69 per bottle or you can buy a sample case of 7 bottles for $16.00 or a case of 12 bottles for $24.00 on www.amazon.com.

Champion of Breakfast: Oats

When it comes to eating while updating the blog, we’ve been very bad lately. Sometimes we forget to eat or just continuously snack on one thing, usually a bag of chips or cookies, until the bag is empty and our guilt is full (not to mention our calorie intake). But thankfully, we’ve been introduced to some great new, healthy breakfast choices to help begin our day the right day. Today we start with Oats from three brands, a great meal for breakfast or as a midday snack. Truthfully although breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day, it is most often the most skipped meal of the day. Below are some of our most recent Oat-based favorites from Lifeway Kefir, Modern Oats, and Oatworks.LIFEWAY KEFIR W/ OATS

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Ready for a complete on-the-go breakfast or a satisfying snack break any time of day? You will love Lifeway’s latest fusion of classic oatmeal with the probiotic benefits of their low-fat kefir, spices, and fruits – Lifeway Kefir with Oats. Available in three refreshing and delicious breakfast flavors, you start your day with 1.5 grams of prebiotic (non-digestible fiber compounds), soluble oat fiber, which is shown to encourage growth of healthy stomach bacteria, help to manage normal levels of cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar, and satisfy your hunger. This delicious breakfast beverage is available in cinnamon apple, blueberry maple, and vanilla plum.

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For those who want artisanal crafted, small-farmed oatmeal packed with the wholesome goodness of whole rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, superfruits like goji berries, cherries, mangoes, Saskatoon berries, blackberries and blueberries, omega 3 rich seeds and nuts, all packaged in “on-the-go” cups that do not require microwaving, you will want Modern Oats for breakfast. Featuring all natural oatmeal made with organic ingredients, 48+ grams of whole grains, is Non-GMO and certified Gluten-free, vegan certified and a great source of protein and fiber, Modern Oats is great for those who care about what they eat and where it’s from. Modern Oats is available in six delicious flavors: Apple Walnut, 5 Berry, Goji-Blueberry, Mango Blackberry, Nuts & Seeds and Chocolate Cherry.

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Here’s another candidate for those who has their breakfast on the go or to battle that mid-day slump. Oatworks is a natural oat-based smoothie with fresh fruit mixed in that provides a great dose of beta glucan that works to make you feel fuller longer and provides natural energy with ingredients that are full of vitamins and minerals. On a diet? No problem, Oatworks Smoothies are vegan-friendly, dairy free, soy free, kosher, sweetener-free, and gluten-free. The fruit blended drink is available in three natural flavors: Strawberry Banana, Peach Mango, and Pomegranate Blueberry and can be found at Whole Foods, FreshDirect.com, and Amazon.

Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster: Drug-Free Pain Relief

Big pain relief comes in a small package. It is a known fact that when it comes to the human body, there will be pain, but that doesn’t mean there is no escape from it; and that escape doesn’t have to include pharmaceuticals. For those who suffer from back, shoulder, knee, ankle, and neck pain, get ready to get back to a pain-free life……even while you sleep. Say goodbye to painkillers that make you feel groggy, drowsy and with a sense of continued discomfort when you say hello to the Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster.

The Micro Therapy Pro™ features on the spot 24-hr pain relief due to small, pulsating currents of electricity that begins immediately after you apply it to your body. The Micro Current Therapy effectively stops pain as it soothes and relieves your sore muscles. The drug-free pulses deliver natural, restorative energy to the source of your body’s pain, which makes this small device a great find for Diabetics or those who are already inundated with taking multiple medications. When you attach the Micro Therapy Pro MCT Patches, you feel gentle, pain free microamps that penetrate the inflamed cells, to effectively deliver relieve pain with no discomfort and minimal side effects. Each patch is placed on either side of pain (treatment) area and users can be rest assured there is no tingling or throbbing of any kind when the reusable patches are placed on your body.

You can purchase this amazing little device for $49.95 on http://www.microtherapypro.com but for a limited time will receive $10.00 off when you use discount code: 10OFF. What’s included in the package?

  •  One set of Micro Therapy Pro™ patches
  •  One circuit (connecting cable with built-in battery for up to 300 hours of use)
  •  User instructions

For more information and to answer any questions you may have, visit the Micro Therapy Pro FAQ page. 

Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Crowns a Winner

We had the pleasure of attending the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off where five previous Manischewitz Cook-Off competitors were invited back to submit their recipes for a second chance at a $25,000 Grand Prize. Five finalists were chosen from various states (including one from New York), to go head-to-head against each other using Manischewitz’s All-Natural Broth. Their dishes were judged by a prestigious judging panel including Helen Rosner from Saveur Magazine, Sharon Franke from Good Housekeeping, Claire Suddath from Bloomberg Business Week, Rosie Saferstein from New Jersey Monthly, and Jen Goran from JCC (Jewish Community Center).

The event started with a recipe tasting event, two recipes from Jen Goren, the JCC’s Test Kitchen Director, and Kristin Magnani editor of Saveur magazine, the dishes included Gundi (Persian Chicken Meatball Soup) and Pappardelle with Duck Sago, also made with Manischewitz’s All-Natural Broth.

The competition continued with the Live Cook-Off Contest between finalists, Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, CA – Chicken and Waffled Latkes (2010), Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, FL – Halibut Couscous (2011), Ronna Sue Farley, Rockville, MD – Beef Tenderloin Puffs (2012), Dina Burcat, New York, NY – Latke-Crusted Chicken with Apple Cider, Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce (2011), and Joe Carver, Philadelphia, PA – Bubby’s Noodle Strudel (2008) – whose dishes, we had the wonderful opportunity to sample.

Each candidate presented their dishes to the judges, shared a bit about themselves and their recipe entry. After a brief intermission, the five entrants were called upon stage where four were presented with Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Finalists awards and a surprised and tearfully happy, Jamie Brown-Miller from Napa, CA was crowned  the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Champion for her delicious and inventive Chicken and Waffled Latkes.

As the winner, Jaime was awarded the Grand Prize worth $25,000, including cash, a beautiful trophy (see above), a Saveur Magazine subscription, and various Maytag kitchen appliances. We had a chance to speak with Jaime after the announcement, see our interview below:

Along with samples the delicious dishes, we also got a peak at some of the new and delicious snack offerings from Manischewitz® including Coconut Crisp Cookies, Almond Pecan Granola, Pistachio Orange Macaroons, and more!