Celebrate Avocado Month with Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo

When it comes to describing mayonnaise, the words exciting, innovative, or even flavorful have never been used…..until now. Say hello to a new, exciting and flavorful new mayonnaise, Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo. It’s everything you love about the taste of avocado for a creamier, more flavorful mayo spread. June is Avocado Month, and what better time than now to celebrate enjoying better sandwiches, potato salads, and the freshest, tastiest sauces and dressings thanks to this superfood.

Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo is available in three flavor varieties, the original Avocado Oil Mayo, Avocado Oil Mayo With Chipotle and Lime, and Avocado Oil Mayo With Lime. All three varieties are Non-GMO, Keto friendly, gluten-free, and Soy and Canola free. We are happy to share some great recipes to show how these Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo varieties can make your favorite meals even more flavorful.

Avocado Mayo Dill Dip

½ cup Sour Cream
½ cup BBF Avocado Mayo
1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon celery salt
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. Refrigerate dip for at least one hour. Serve and enjoy with your favorite vegetables.

Elote – Mexican Street Corn


4 ears of corn
8 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Lime
⅓ cup cotija cheese (feta or fine grate parmesan work as well)
2 limes
Chili powder
Grill or boil your ears of corn. Once corn is cooked, spread a bit of mayo all over each ear of corn, about 2 tablespoons each. Scoop the cotija cheese generously on the corn, making sure it covers all sides. Sprinkle with a little bit of the chili powder and lime juice. Serve.

Sweet Potato Salad

Salad
4 medium-sized sweet potatoes – Peeled and chopped
1 large red onion- chopped
3-4 Tablespoons of BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper
1 can Black beans- Drained and rinsed
1 yellow bell pepper- chopped
1 orange bell pepper- chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro- chopped

Dressing
1-2 fresh Jalapenos
Juice of 2 limes
1 clove of garlic
2 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Chipotle lime flavor
⅓ cup BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chopped sweet potatoes and onion on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix around til evenly coated. Cook until sweet potatoes are tender. Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients. Pulse until combined. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix around. Serve and enjoy.

Avocado Mayo with Chipotle & Lime BLT

2 slices of bread
4 slices of bacon
2 lettuce leaves, romaine or red leaf
2 slices of tomato
1 Tbsp BBF Avocado Oil Mayo with Chipotle & Lime
Cook the bacon to your desired doneness. (I love mine crispy) place on a paper towel when done cooking to absorb the excess oil. Spread the Chipotle Lime mayo on both slices of bread. Top with tomato slices, lettuce, and bacon.

If you’re ready for more delicious meals, get a 28oz jar of any of the Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo flavors for $17.48 each on www.betterbodyfoods.com.

For Wine Enthusiasts: Why You’ll Enjoy the Vinho Verde Wine Experience

Hello, summertime! There are many things to celebrate during the month of June. For one thing, it’s the month that welcomes summer. It is also the month to celebrate National Rosé Day, National Bubbly Day, National Flip Flop Day, and much more ways to celebrate summer. Speaking of Rosé, we had the pleasure of celebrating National Rosé Day at the Vinho Verde Wine Experience. It was a day filled with wonderful Rosé and White wines from over 30 leading wineries in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. (Fun fact: Did you know Rosé wine is the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC?)

While you may think ‘Verde’ refers to the color green, it actually refers to the wines being young wines; the Vinho  Verde wines are released 3-6 months after harvest. These wines are light to medium bodied, boast lower alcohol, are usually crisp, and feature a floral and fruity freshness. The day-long Vinho Verde Wine festival was broken down into three, 3-hr sessions. It featured sommeliers hosting information sessions about the Vinho Verde region; mixologists who created unique and distinctive Vinho Verde-based beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar; live music; live artist painting by artist Christopher Ghiraldi throughout the event; a photo booth to capture memories;  complimentary food options from Ferris, Conmigo, New York Burger Co, Eataly NYC, Silly Chilly Dumplings, and MY/MO Mochi Ice Cream; and of course, unlimited wine tastings from such Portuguese vineyards as AB Valley Wines, Adega Ponte de Lima, Campelo, Aveleda, Quinta da Lixa, Manuel Costa & Filhos, and Adega de Monção.

The Vinho Verde region bases much of its winemaking on the unique use of blends from the several indigenous grape varietals the region is known for, such as like Loureiro, Trajadura, and the classic Alvarinho. Vinho Verde has produced wine for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest wine regions in Portugal and one of the largest wine regions in Europe.

Since it was National Rosé Day, we started off sampling the Rosé wines first, then some white wines. Our first Rosé was from the Adega Ponte de Lima vineyard. This crisp, salmon-colored wine boasts a delicate, slightly sweet with a rich wild red berry flavor. In fact, we enjoyed all the wines from this vineyard, they were all refreshing and crisp, perfect for the hot summer days. But there was more to enjoy at the Vinho Verde Wine experience.

We really enjoyed the wines from the Aveleda and Casal Garcia vineyards. These wines were very high on our lists. We loved it all, from the sweet and fresh white to effervescent sparkling, and the bright rosé. The young and refreshing Casal Garcia White has a very delicate and slightly fruity aroma making it a fresh, smooth and well-balanced wine. The Sweet Casal Garcia is sweet but not too much for an extremely hot day. We found it quite refreshing and versatile. The Casal Garcia rosé has a gentle and fruity aroma that gives it a gives it a smooth, delicate flavor. There were so many Vinho Verde Wine options per vineyard that we had to take a break to eat before we continued on our tasting journey.

After we were properly sated, we continued on to taste more Vinho Verde wines from Arca Nova, Casa das Hortas, Tapada do Marques, Casal de Ventozela, and many more.

As previously stated, Artist Christopher Ghiraldi was live painting throughout the event. The artwork was inspired by the Vinho Verde wine logo, which is wine swirling in a glass. Check out his work below:

As a wine enthusiast, the Vinho Verde Wine event was an experience to remember. We look forward to attending again next year. What are your thoughts on this wine experience fellow wine lovers? Is this something you’d enjoy attending?

BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.

Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush, the World’s First Flossing Toothbrush

Who knew that the road to better dental care would take us to the historic Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum? Waterpik hosted a wonderfully informative cocktail event, where guests were introduced to the world’s first and only all-in-one toothbrush and flosser, the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush. Now you can brush AND floss at the same time! That’s right, a flossing toothbrush now exists!! This is a groundbreaking step in oral care and perfect for a woman like me, who is ALWAYS short on time.

Backed by a beautiful view of the Hudson River from the Intrepid, guests were treated to cocktails and small bites, while reps Kendall Begier and Amy Motta displayed the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush in two colors: Classic (Gloss) White, and (Semi-Matte) Black. I immediately loved the size – as someone with lots of health and beauty products in my bathroom, and a veteran of small-space living, the Sonic-Fusion leaves a small footprint on your sink surface. Plus, its one-step use and its one-handed mode control for a healthier mouth pack quite a punch.

By merging the latest Waterpik Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies, Sonic-Fusion enables brushing and flossing at the same time. As the sonic toothbrush head cleans tooth surfaces, the Water Flosser jet inside the brush head targets plaque and debris between teeth and below the gumline where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This flexible device also allows for brushing and flossing separately, with the touch of a button, and offers three cleaning modes: Brush, Floss, or Brush + Floss for flexibility.

The Sonic Fusion is said to be 2x as effective as regular brushing and flossing and removes 99.9% of plaque from treated areas. I HAD to try it for myself. For my first trial of The Waterpik life, I took it with me on a week-long trip to our nation’s capital! Perfect size for hotel surfaces because of the smaller footprint and the travel case for the brush and brush heads.  I offer all you guestlisters out there an unboxing and mini walk-through of my experience using the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion via Instagram Stories (IG: @saucywallflower)

Basically, I love this device.  I don’t remember having such a polished clean feeling in my mouth without feeling the pain of stringing teeth with floss and sensitive gums. Run out and get one for yourself!  Your dentist will love you, and you will love your checkups  – you know the part where when  your dentist asks you the dreaded question “Have you been flossing regularly?” you can proudly and loudly say, “YES!” You will love this device for many reasons, including advanced water pressure control and 10 settings for custom comfort, a 2-minute brushing timer with a 30-second pacer, a reservoir capacity of 60+ seconds, a premium LED recharge indicator, with two patented Water Flossing brush heads and a deluxe toothbrush case included.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Toothbrush retails for $199.99 and comes with a three-year warranty and is accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). Get your own on www.waterpik.com/sonic-fusion.

 

 

 

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Ultra Violet Cocktails: Drink in Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

We really love Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet. We love this regal color so much, we’ve highlighted this color in makeup collections, and beauty products and tools, and a hair color giveaway. Now, we’re highlighting this blue-based purple color in a new form…………Ultra Violet cocktails!! Join us as we share five libations in the intriguing hue musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix used to express their individuality.

Feast your eyes, and drink palates as we highlight Ultra Violet cocktails from some must experience brands.  Two drinks you can create at home, the rest we recommend you visit the respective locations to indulge. We present the Purple Haze from DeKuyper Liqueurs, the Karma Chameleon cocktail at Beast + Bottle in Denver, The Right Empression at Loopy Doopy at Conrad New York, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired We’re All Mad Here at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and a non-alcoholic option, Sparkling Ice‘s After School Smoothie.

Karma Chameleon at Beast + Bottle in Denver, Colorado

.75 oz Plantation 3 Star
.75 oz Avua Prata Cachaça
.25 oz Leopold Bros Marashino
.25 oz Giffard Pamplemousse
1.0 oz Lime Acid
.50 Simple Syrup

DeKuyper Purple Haze

2 parts Pinnacle® Vodka
2 parts DeKuyper® Pucker® Grape Schnapps
Splash of Sour Mix & Lemon Lime Soda
Add the Vodka, Pucker Grape Schnapps and Sour Mix to an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Top with Lemon Lime Soda and stir with a bar spoon. Strain into a chilled martini glass

The Right Empression at Loopy Doopy at Conrad New York

Empress Gin
White Cranberry
Mint
Prosecco

We’re All Mad Here at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Empress Indigo Gin
St. Germain Elderflower
Soho Lychee
Lemon Juice
Apple Rosewater
Chardonnay Cardamom Ginger Syrup

Sparkling Ice After School Smoothie

6oz Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

What do you think of these Ultra Violet cocktails? Are you open to drinking in the color that celebrates artistic creativity and spiritual mystery and reflection?

Is Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde the Best Brunch in NYC?

We had the great pleasure of finding out for ourselves. Join us as we regale the tale of the very indulgent culinary journey we took to find out if the new Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde is the best Sunday brunch you will ever experience. If you are not yet familiar, Vida Verde is a Mexican-inspired cocktail bar tucked away in the sometimes stiff neighborhood of midtown west. To say it is a colorful and most welcomed oasis in the middle of a concrete desert is an understatement. Honestly, you can get lost in the eye-catching colors and striking artwork that makes up the decor. Let’s put it this way, imagine walking into a secret room of a grey house filled with every bold color imaginable……that is what we thought when we arrived at Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde Cocktail Bar.

The Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde promised a fantastic line up of specialty cocktails by Vida Verde’s star bartenders, a Mezcal tasting, an amazing taste of their brunch specialties menu including tacos, tortas, small dishes, and desserts. It did not disappoint! First up was delicious cocktails that celebrated the colors of the rainbow. We indulged in the Mango & Habanero Margarita, Paloma de Tamarindo, Classic Frozen Margarita, Red Sangria, and the amazing Juna Punch Wonder Punch Bowl which is as delicious as it is vibrant. We enjoyed these wonderful libations with a round of light bites including Chips, Salsa and Guacamole….to start.

After we were properly soused with our starter cocktails, it was time for the Mexcal tasting. We learned all about the cultivation, harvesting, cooking, fermenting, and distilling processes of some of Mexico’s leading Mezcal brands. Some of which we got to sample. Vida Verde actually offers classes on spirits daily, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your favorite alcohol or get to know a new one, Vida Verde is the place to be.

After the Mezcal Tasting, we went into full-on brunch mode. The Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde menu is decadent. You will enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless brunch and a pinata at two price levels. For $40.00, you can enjoy a brunch entree and bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Beer or Cava. For $50.00, you also get a brunch entree and bottomless Margaritas or Micheladas, and Palomas. Speaking of entrees, the choices are vast for Boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde. Feast your eyes on some of what’s available to enjoy:

The extensive brunch menu features so many choices. Some of Vida Verde’s Boozy Brunchacha brunch menu items we enjoyed included Chilaquiles, Mexican Poutine, Grilled Steak Fajitas, Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Torta, Avocado smash on Tortilla, and Garden Frittata, many of which are pictured above and below. Our most gluttonous moment came when we first laid eyes on the Aztec Pancakes. The word divine doesn’t begin to do justice to how delicious this banana, brown sugar, cocoa, and whipped cream delight, so we’ll just let you droll over the below photo and tell you to visit Vide Verde to experience it for yourself.

As we previously stated, your boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde experience comes with a pinata, making your time there even more wonderful.

While you are no doubt enjoying your boozy Brunchacha at Vida Verde surrounded by the amazing artwork, let the spirit of Frida Kahlo inspire you to explore Vida Verde’s newly opened Rooftop Margarita Market. This hidden oasis boasts a stunning handpainted mural by renowned artist, Victor “Marka27” Quinonez, wonderfully colorful decor and a menu that promises 10 flavor varieties of margaritas. This is no surprise since Vida Verde is known to have the largest Mezcal and Tequila selections in NYC.

So to answer our question, there is no doubt this is the best brunch we’ve experienced. But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had to or tried to learn another language. Let’s face it, it’s very beneficial to be bilingual or multilingual, whether it’s for a job or just to enjoy life more. For many it’s easy to fully immerse yourself into a language and pick it up quickly, for some, it’s a bit of a struggle. What do you do if you’re a part of the latter group and want to travel? You pick up a Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator, that’s what!

The Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language. Unlike text translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device and it automatically translates the phrase or sentence and “speaks” the translation to the other person. Imagine if you’re traveling and want to eat at a restaurant where English is rarely spoken, with this wonderful travel essential, you can not only order your meal, but also ask questions with ease. Need directions in a foreign country? The Live Conversation Speaking Translator will be the companion that helps you ask the right questions to get you back to where you need to be.

This wonder gadget verbally translates 12 languages without requiring internet access including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. When connected to the internet, it verbally translates 21 additional languages including Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, and Polish, and provides text translations for an additional 19 languages.

“It can be intimidating to visit a foreign country and not be familiar with the language,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “This translator helps eliminate that stress by providing a simple way to communicate across every continent.”

We tried out Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator with a few people we know who spoke Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. The result was always the same…..WOW!! We loved the ease of translating entire sentences instead of singular words and the fact that this brings us all closer together as human beings. You really can have an entire conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. We do have a few tips to get the best usage out of this revolutionary language translator. When using it, we do advise that you enunciate properly or it may interpret your words as something else. If you are using wifi, make sure the connection is strong as it will help get your translation results quicker. One aspect we truly loved about Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is the fact that you can save phrases you’ve already used for quicker use later. This helps a lot if you are in a bad wifi spot or are pressed for time. We highly recommend this tech device if you are travelling, you will end up having an event better time.

Could this device help you with your travels? Tell us what you think of it. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is available from now for $349.95 on www.hammacher.com.

Get Rid of Shoe Odor with NEW Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray

The upcoming summer season might be a brutal one for your feet. When you mix hot and humid days with closed toe shoe trends, you may end up with not so fresh smelling feet and shoes, and no one wants that. Luckily, Arm&Hammer is coming to the rescue with their brand NEW Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray. This summer we expect women to be rocking lots of pointed toe mules and PVC shoes. The new Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray is a must have to survive the mules and PVC shoe trends in the blazing summer heat.

Staying true to their heritage and promise, Arm&Hammer Foot Care introduces this new invisible foot to their already popular foot care collection. White stains are the worse, whether it’s deodorant stains on your favorite black pieces or powdery white stains on your chicest shoes, no one wants that to be the attention-getting aspect of their outfit. So say goodbye to white stains on your shoes for good and hello to great smelling shoes with this dry spray formula. When they say they leave no residue, they leave no residue. Plus it’s safe to use on all types of footwear, athletic equipment, and gear.

The Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray boasts a formula that eliminates the stench left in shoes after a long day. Whether it be smelly sneakers, sweaty hiking boots, clammy pumps or mules the Shoe Refresher Spray is certain to terminate any stink on contact. It boasts a unique targeted actuator that sprays in any direction, even upside down to conveniently eliminate shoe odors where you need it. It also features sweat-activated Fresh Guard® Technology that refreshes and rejuvenates your feet while extending the life of shoes, helmets and sports gear. With just a quick spray, they will smell as good as new.

The Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray retails for $5.99 and is currently available in the foot care aisle at Walmart.