What Sweet Treats are you Snacking on this Christmas Day?

There’s always tons of celebrating, entertaining and eating being done before Christmas Day, but on that wonderful day, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones. Whether you’re enjoying opening presents together or curling up on the couch to enjoy some holiday movies on Christmas Day, one thing is for sure – there should be some delicious sweet treats and snacks to enjoy.

CIAO BELLA

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Don’t let the cold weather outside keep you from enjoying some delicious frozen treats. Ciao Bella offers delicious Sorbetto and Gelato, in fruity flavors like Blood Orange and sweet treats like Dulce De Leche. Create a gelato bar for your family with some delicious and healthy toppings and your favorite Ciao Bella flavors to wow your guests with something more than cookies and pie.

POPCORN, INDIANA

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Don’t fall into the trap of greasy snacks like potato chips and enjoy some delicious and healthy Popcorn, Indiana instead. Popcorn, Indiana’s FIT has 40 calories or less for you to munch while enjoying your favorite movie, guilt-free. If you’re feeling extra festive, go for Popcorn, Indiana’s Drizzlecorn, a decadent treat just right for your sweet and salty cravings. Dark Fudge Peppermint starts with an all-natural, fresh, and crunchy Kettlecorn drizzled with rich, dark, chocolaty fudge that’s been sprinkled with the perfect amount of natural, cool, refreshing, peppermint.

HAPPY FAMILY YOGURT

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Happy Family offers great shelf-stable, healthy snacks for every member of the family. These pouches are a perfect treat to enjoy just about any time. Try Happy Baby Greek Yogurt, Happy Tot Greek Yogurt and Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt to offer a sweet and healthy treat to snack on while opening gifts, watching TV or just enjoying each other’s company.

What snacks are you planning on enjoying on Christmas Day?

Holiday Gift Guide | For Those Who Just Can’t Quit…….Smoking

One of the most difficult things to do is give up an addiction and with the stress of the holidays, most addictions, like smoking, are escalated. If you or anyone you know is trying to give up cigarettes (maybe looking for a great starter to giving it up as a New year’s resolution), ease off the nasty habit or looking for an alternative to traditional cigarettes, the following E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers make ideal gifts.

E-CIGARETTES


blu E-Cigarette

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The slick black-bodied blu e-cigarette is made for on-the-go. The streamlined blu E-Cig Starter Pack is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand or pocket, while taking up less room in your bag or purse. It features a glowing blue tip that lights up with each puff (the LED tip will flash rapidly when your e-cig needs recharging), long-lasting, lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, built-in cartridge atomizer that is especially designed to give you maximum vapor, is available in seven fun flavor cartridges (Vivid Vanilla, Cherry Crush, Magnificent Menthol, Classic Tobacco, Java Jolt, Pina Colada and Peach Schnapps), and a silicone tip in the mouthpiece that helps prevent leakage. One cartridge is equivalent to approximately 250 puffs and each cartridge comes five in a pack.

NJOY E-Cigarette

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For those who want the look of a “real cigarette”, NJOY E-Cigarettes is for you, just without the tobacco smoke. NJOY emits a flavorful but odorless vapor with no lighting or charging required. It costs less than regular cigarettes, features rich and authentic traditional flavors (Bold, Gold, Menthol Bold and Menthol Gold ), is virtually odorless, and has a great recycle program where customers can send in eight used NJOY Kings and get one new King for free! Try a FREE SAMPLE of NJOY now.

VAPORIZERS

Vuse Vapor Cigarette

Vuse Vapor

Unlike the previously highlighted, Vuse is called a Digital Vapor Cigarette and it’s not a product to stop smoking, it is for those who want to switch to a smoke-free tobacco product. Vuse is the world’s most advanced e-cigarette and the first e-cigarette designed with Smart Technology. It features a VaporDelivery Processor that works similar to a computer’s system. This processor, located in the PowerUnit, works with a SmartMemory™ microchip in the cartridge that monitors and adjusts the power and heat delivered to the Cartridge up to 2,000 times a second. Vuse produces vapor, not smoke and comes in Original and Menthol flavors; it does not burn tobacco, instead, it heats liquid containing nicotine (4.8%) derived from tobacco. One cartridge lasts about the same as a pack of cigarettes. Vuse also features SmartLight, an LED at the tip of the PowerUnit informing consumers when both the battery and/or cartridge are running low, and when it is time to replace the Cartridge or recharge the battery.

Like NJOY, Vuse also offers a recycling program to, just visit Vuse Vapor Recycling or call 1-877-614-V– USE (8873) to register.

Pax Vaporizer by Ploom

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If you are a fan of Hookah or looking for a premium loose leaf vaporizer, then look no further than the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom. It’s like a sophisticated portable hookah. And like the Vuse Vapor, Cigarette, it’s not a product to stop smoking, it is for those who want to switch to a loose-leaf vaporizer. Pax heats but never burns your tobacco delivering pure, clean satisfying vapor. It’s the world’s most pocketable, premium loose-leaf vaporizer. Since Pax does not heat to combustion there is no smoke nor secondhand smoke. It features a long-lasting, permanent internal lithium ion battery, an indicator shows status, automatic motion-based temperature control, and charge status with a gentle shake, a wide heater chamber for a no-effort refill, a laser-welded stainless steel air path and a retractable mouthpiece that turns the device on and off. Just drop it on the included dock to charge. Each Pax unit comes with the following:

1 Pax Unit with 1 Screen
1 Mouthpiece and 1 Lid
1 AC Wall Charger Dock
1 Small Cleaning Kit (5 Pipe Cleaners and 5 Cleaning Wipes)
2 packets of Mouthpiece Lubricant
1 Pax Instruction Manual

So if there is a smoker in your life, these products will surely make them happy.  It’s like smoking, without really smoking.

Sous-Vide Cooking with Cuisine Solutions

Because of great cooking shows like Top Chef, I’ve picked up some of the lingo, a recipe idea or two and cooking techniques. One of the techniques (and terms) I’ve been really curious about is Sous-Vide, it’s French for “under-vacuum”, an innovative cooking technique in which food is vacuum sealed and slow-cooked in water at constant low temperatures until it’s perfectly cooked through. Thanks to Cuisine Solutions, I got the chance to experience this amazing cooking method that not only maintains the natural integrity of foods but also produces excellent food textures and flavors. Cuisine Solutions offers quite a variety of culinary delights in Beef, Lamb, Veal, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Rice and Pasta, Vegetarian, and Sauces.
cuisine solutions chicken marsala

The Chicken Marsala is one of the classic chicken dishes, done sous-vide-cuisine style. In a sauce based on a reduction of sweet Marsala wine, chicken that’s been seared settles in for slow cooking with mushrooms and herbs.

cuisine solutions lamb shanks

The bone-in, premium Lamb Shanks are complemented by an aromatic sauce bright with rosemary and mint. Thanks to the slow-cooked precision of sous-vide, lamb products like these provide a gourmet experience every time.

Cuisine Solutions caters to businesses across multiple industries such as cruise lines, the military, airlines, national restaurant chains, hotels, etc and they now bring these chef inspired dishes to your home. I got to indulge in the Chicken Marsala and Lamb Shanks. The wonderful thing about these Cuisine Solutions dishes, besides the incredible taste, is that they come fully cooked and all you have to do is you can pop them in the microwave, convection oven or combi oven (combines several cooking functions in one piece of kitchen equipment).

Each package contains two pouches per box, some dishes come in six or eight boxes per case, and some cases come with sixteen to twenty-four pouches per case; quantity is noted when you click on your desired culinary purchase.

What We’re Loving | LVX Luxury Vegan Nail Lacquer

A few weeks ago we were vicariously invited through our sister blog, My Life on and off the Guest List, to preview the luxury vegan nail lacquer brand, LVX Nail Lacquer at La Vie Zen Spa. During the event, we were lucky enough to preview LVX’s current Fall 2013 Collection, which launched this past August, their Holiday Trio and the Winter Resort Collection which was released Thanksgiving. Guests were pampered with on-site manis featuring colors from any of LVX’s collections. I went with the very rich, very lush Caviar from their Winter Resort collection

Caviar pays homage to our very own Livid, a classic jet set crème. What makes Caviar especially distinctive is its final texture; the silver glitter particles act as a three dimensional element and make this ultra black crème all the more intriguing when dry.”

I loved this color; it had stunning shine and was completely opaque in only two coats. The resulting jet set texture blew me away and received several compliments. I must note this was the first time my nails were dressed in black. Usually with vegan formulas, I experience chipping within a day but after 5 days, the LVX Nail Lacquer was still going strong.

The Winter Resort Collection consists of (from left to right) Magenta, Avalon, Scarlet, Graphite, Caviar and Sappir (a striking sapphire metallic crème – not pictured)

The Holiday Trio colors that are synonymous with the holiday season and from now through December 31st, LVX will be donating 20% of their proceeds of the sale of this set to PETA. The Holiday Trio features (from left to right) Sanguine, Luxe and Alchemy.

If you’re an animal lover or looking to add healthier nail products to your collection with out losing the luxe and fashionable aspect, look no further than LVX Nail Lacquer. Featuring the top colors of the season, is long lasting, chip resistant with a gel-like formula that is free of toxic and harsh chemicals. LVX products are fomulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor without compromising quality, durability and finish.

xoxo
 
Nelly/The Nail Polish Exchange

“Fall” in Love With These Delicious Snacks

We love the fall season for so many reasons but our favorite are the yummy fall-themed flavors like sweet potato, pumpkin, savory spicy flavors and a few surprises.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries are not new, I’ve been enjoying this savory treat for decades but Boulder Canyon brings a new experience with its Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, Potassium and Beta-Carotene, a vital antioxidant that promotes overall health. This completely natural snack mirrors the shape, taste and texture of the popular side dish and is made from natural ingredients, with no trans fats, zero cholesterol and only one gram of saturated fat. They are gluten free, Kosher certified and contain no genetically modified organisms (Non-GMO). Grab a 7.5-ounce bag for $2.99-3.29.

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Want a touch of sweet to your multi-grain tortilla chip? You must try this How Sweet Potato It Is from Late July. They’re certified organic, whole grain, gluten free, non-GMO, peanut/tree nut free & delicious. I especially love pairing them with hot red beans; something about the flavor combinations are sublime. Get a 12-pack of the 5.5-Ounce bag for $37.53 at Amazon.com or grab them at Whole Foods.
farm rich ravioli

Farm Rich continues to keep you happy with their latest delicious launch. Put aside the fork and get hands-on when these delicious toasted ravioli treats are put in front of you. The Farm Rich Toasted Ravioli are lightly breaded treats that surround a small pocket of mouth-watering four-cheese ravioli. You won’t be able to stop eating them. Run, don’t walk to your local supermarket to get your hands…(mouth?) on these.

lifeway kefir frozen

Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir in Tart and Tangy Pumpkin is a creamy, delicious dessert that packs 10 live and active probiotic cultures in a delicious pumpkin flavor. This tart and tangy treat is high in protein and calcium, and it’s made from all natural ingredients. Fair warning, do not eat directly from the pint….you’ll soon find the entire thing empty. Are you ready for a low-calorie, frozen dessert on the go? Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors or colors. With only 60 calories in each bar, Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars are a tart ‘n’ tangy treat you will love…..especially in the creamy Pear. I know you’re probably thinking Pear is more of a summer fruit but this light, refreshing flavor makes a perfect snack anytime.

What do you think of our new favorite snacks?

Know Thyself & Live Better w/ the UP by Jawbone Wristband

It’s a safe bet to say that the more you know about yourself, the happier and healthier you will be because you will know what is best for you. That is the idea behind the UP by Jawbone Wristband . This brilliant and fashionable little wristband that is available in three sizes (S, M and L), is a perfect example of wearable technology. It keeps you updated on what’s happening with you, instantly! Keep tabs on your sleep patterns, your activities, and what you’re eating.
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UP by Jawbone is designed to be comfortable enough to be worn 24/7 and to fit seamlessly in your life and daily activities no matter how laid back or active they may be. Available in eight colors (onyx, mint green, blue, light grey, navy blue, red, orange and hunter green), UP is a astute combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live – the result is an intelligent computer wrapped around your wrist recording all pertinent information for a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re sleeping, running errands or at the gym, UP is right there with you.

up app

To complement your UP Wrist Band, Jawbone provides an app that allows you to track your weight, map activities like bike rides, provides access to an extensive food library and also provides a detailed view on your UP sleep, movement, mood data, etc. Along with the above mentioned, UP also reminds you to move if you’ve been idle for too long, is water resistant no there’s no worries about removing it when showering, shows you patterns in your day-to-day activities, has a smart alarm to have you wake up feeling refreshed, along with other cool features.

UP bands retail for $129.99 and are available online on the Jawbone Store and Authorized Retailers.

George Wayne & Janice Dickinson Hosts Fashion Week Style Lounge

Former model extraordinaire Janice Dickinson dropped by and slipped off her stilettos to indulge in a foot and neck massage from Cygalle Healing Spa at the Fashion Week Style Lounge event hosted by Super Duper Records, NY Resident and Cygalle Healing Spa at the Empire Hotel. Indie artist Jon Sandler serenaded the “world’s first supermodel” with his guitar as she got pampered.

Also on hand to celebrate in the Fashion Week Style Lounge festivities was famed celebrity editor, George Wayne. Guests sipped on Moscow Mules cocktails created by Russian Standard Vodka as they took in timeless high fashion images at the Patrick McMullan art salon.

Fashionistas and NYC power women enjoyed a delicious luncheon earlier in the day at the Empire Hotel’s Chowder House hosted by Cygalle Healing Spa and producer and director Jennifer Howard Kessler of The Robert Evans Company. In attendance were N’Kenge “Mary Wells,” star of Motown the Musical, Stephanie Sharis, CEO of SnagFilms & IndieWire, Author Suzanne Corso, Tatijana Shoan, Editor in Chief of As If Magazine, Betsy Berg of The Agency Group, and Alisa Vitti, author of WomanCode.

Popcorn, Indiana Debuts New FIT Popcorn Line

Sometimes it’s difficult to snack happily without a little guilt that you’re eating too much. There are lots of great, delicious healthy snacks but how do you stop yourself from eating too much and of course, how much is too much. Thankfully Popcorn, Indiana, innovators of all-natural popcorn and whole grain snacks, introduced a line of wonderfully delicious popcorn that allows you to enjoy more and snack smarter. We all know popcorn is an enjoyable snack with great health benefits –
it contains more of the antioxidant, polyphenols, than fruits and vegetables and is high in fiber. With the Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn range, a new low-fat and low-calorie line of ready-to-eat popcorn, you get so much more.
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Featuring amazing taste, a light crispy crunch, 40 calories or less and just 2g of fat per cup, the gluten-free, whole grain FIT range is perfect for those of you who want to snack smarter without sacrificing flavor. The new popcorn range features four savory and delicious flavors – Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Onion Dijon (Sea Salt and Olive Oil flavors are on-GMO Project Verified) – all of which have been approved by “The Biggest Loser” as snacks that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

I must say, I usually stick to regular butter-flavored popcorn but these all-natural tastes amazing, my favorite was the Onion Dijon. It makes a great substitute to potato chips and other fat-heavy snacks. Popcorn, Indiana FIT popcorn will be available at leading retailers nationally. To find a store near you, visit the Popcorn, Indiana website at www.popcornindiana.com.