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Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, the holidays are a heavy drinking time for many people. As the new year begins and people start thinking about ways to improve themselves, you’ll probably hear some of them say they need a break from alcohol. However, thanks to Dry January, it’s more than just a stoic self-improvement exercise. It’s a social movement.

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

What is Dry January?

Dry January was started in 2013 by Alcohol Change UK, a British charity that helps people with problems stemming from alcohol. Originally a program that people would join using their email address, it had 4,000 participants in its first year, according to the organization. It quickly moved up from being an exclusive email club to become a global movement — though only 100,000 joined the official program in 2018, millions actually participated.

The purpose of Dry January isn’t to encourage abstinence as an ideal. In fact, many people who participate don’t go off alcohol completely, instead using the month to practice moderation and to rethink their relationship with drinking.

For social drinkers who might have had more than was good for them over the holidays, Dry January is a hashtag-worthy way to detox and reset their experience with alcohol.

And there’s a lot more going on than a mysterious social fad. There are several noticeable, tangible benefits of participating in Dry January, even if you don’t plan on abandoning alcohol completely. The following are some of the benefits of Dry January.

Save Money

If you regularly spend $10 per drink every time you spend a late evening out, you know how quickly alcohol costs add up. If you have financial-related goals for the new year, why not get a head start on those by saving money on alcohol for the first month?

If you’re worried that it might get awkward drinking water while your friends enjoy their drinks, use your lower tab as motivation. As a bonus, telling someone you’re doing Dry January is a lot easier than just saying you’re trying to abstain and it’s usually a quick way to end the conversation if anyone tries to grill you about why you won’t drink with them.

You Could Lose Weight

If there’s one New Year’s resolution more common than saving money, it’s losing weight. Depending on how much you normally drink, you could stand to lose as much as a couple pounds per week during Dry January. Alcohol has enormous levels of liquid calories, which don’t fill you up as quickly as food calories do, while still having a fattening result. Giving up alcohol for a few weeks might be just what you need to shed some stubborn pounds.

Help Improve Your Dental Health

With one in every five Americans having at least one untreated cavity, dental trouble isn’t something you want to take a chance on. But did you know that alcohol consumption can have a significant impact on your oral health?

As long as you drink in moderation and take good care of your teeth, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But if you drink excessively, no amount of tooth-brushing is going to save you. And if you’re like many people who don’t bother to brush their teeth before bed after a late night on the town, you’re in for even more trouble.

Alcohol is high in sugar content, which is never good for your teeth or gums. In fact, the impact alcohol can have is so significant that dentists can often see early signs of a problematic alcohol addiction long before anyone else does.

Dry January can help with this by giving you a chance to regain control over your alcohol consumption. Drinking in moderation shouldn’t hurt you, but it’s easy to start drinking too much without realizing it. Taking some time away from alcohol can help you maintain healthier drinking habits all year.

Now that you know about the benefits of Dry January, why not give it a try? From avoiding potential dental problems to “resetting” your system for alcohol, it’s more than a social media craze. It’s a great way to kick off the new year.

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

4 Clever Details for the truly Perfect Winter Wedding

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life — despite the fact that ultimately, it’s all leading up to a great thing! The last thing you want is for that planning stress to take away from the day that you’ll commit yourself to the love of your life. Nonetheless, a 2017 report by WeddingWire revealed that 63% of brides feel a good deal of stress to put on the perfect wedding. Many people worry about choosing a dated theme, or putting on a wedding that their guests can’t fully enjoy. And furthermore, lots of people aim to have truly unique weddings. This is one of the reasons why some couples are steering away from the typical wedding season. Rather than having their weddings during the spring or early summer, they’re choosing to get married during the winter.

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

There are many benefits to having a winter wedding. For one thing, as this isn’t the typical wedding season, you’ll probably have an easier time reserving the venue that you want for your ideal dates. There can be a lot of competition for space and decor during prime wedding season. Another reason why you may want to aim for a winter wedding is that the rates for everything from venues to event planning services are often lower during the “off season”, saving you money in the long term. Of course, you may be worried about the chills that come with a winter wedding, and for that matter the weather itself. But in fact, winter weather is often less predictable during the spring and the summer, both of which are prone to winter showers. Of course, if you do choose a winter wedding, it’s not enough to just decide on the winter and move on from there. You’ll still want to think about food, decor, and many other details. With that being said, we’re counting down some of our favorite winter wedding ideas — maybe you’ll want to try them out!

1. Ice Sculptures

Of course, ice sculptures may seem to be a bit classic for a winter wedding — but lots of people aren’t sure about investing in them as pieces of decor. A lot of people have the idea that ice sculptures are messy or melt down too quickly. In fact, if kept indoors, a typical ice sculpture lasts four to six hours — which is plenty of time for them to last through your reception if they’re made at the right moment. Ice sculptures can be carved to fit virtually any theme. For that matter, their glass-like appearance simply creates an air of elegance, and they reflect the light beautifully. They should be considered for any winter wedding!

2. Embrace A Wintry Menu

Think of the classic winter foods and beverages that people tend to gravitate towards — and imagine coordinating your menu around them! Offering your guests hot chocolate, or perhaps mulled wine, creates a lovely winter wonderland feeling. People tend to want to eat things that are somewhat heavier during the winter, and you may want to indulge in well-cooked red meat and creamy pastas. With that being said, you’ll want to make sure that all of your guests have something to eat. Veganism is growing increasingly popular, increasing by 600% in the United States over the last three years. It might seem to be a little challenging to create a winter-themed menu that accommodates vegans, but the right caterers will be able to help you.

3. Embrace Seasonal Bouquets And Centerpieces

During the winter, you may feel as if flowers would be out of place. In fact, you can certainly still decorate with flowers, as well as other plants. For your bouquet, you may want to consider seasonal plants. These may not include the giant blooms that we’re regularly used to seeing during the spring or summer, but you can still include holly, berries, and smaller blossoms or winter greens. If you’d like to include natural centerpieces, you can consider some of the same plants; however, you may also want to add in delicate branches, which during the winter will be without flowers but in fact can easily look quite elegant if arranged correctly.

4. Take Advantage Of The Lighting

It’s true that the fact that the natural light window is shorter during the window may create photography challenges. However, dim lighting can also create an amazing opportunity for your venue. For one thing, you can add to the coziness of the experience by using candles to light the room. Not only will the candles enhance the appearance of your venue — they’ll probably add to the warmth as well. You may also want to embrace the similarities between ice and crystal. By decorating with a good amount of crystal — a chandelier could very well help light the room, for example — you’ll be rewarded with the dazzling, ice-like effect of the light bouncing off of the surfaces. And really, you shouldn’t worry too much about photos. The right photographer will be able to get you the results you want. With that being said, you should employ a photographer that has experience in photographing effectively without a lot of natural light.

You don’t have to embrace a winter wonderland theme just because you’re having a winter wedding — but it’s certainly an easy theme for you to take advantage of. Otherwise, you can certainly incorporate the natural beauty of winter into whatever other theme you choose, and ultimately create the wedding of your dreams. Furthermore, saving money by sticking to the off season will open up your budget. What more is there to ask for?

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Celebrate All Things Kombucha on National Booch Day

Kombucha fans, your day has come.  On January 15th, get ready to celebrate all things Kombucha with the first-ever National Booch Day. Thanks to Bill Moses, the founder of KeVita, and now Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, we finally get to honor the lightly effervescent fermented beverage that boasts a bold, invigorating taste.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

To celebrate National Booch Day, Flying Embers welcomes a new national campaign, Dry Fermented January. For those not familiar, Kombucha offers amazing health benefits; it settles your stomach and serves as an all-around good-for-you drink. Like traditional kombucha, each bottle of Flying Embers is packed with live probiotics; live cultures that are considered “good” bacteria that offer lots of health-promoting benefits; supplementing your body’s natural microbiome and gut health. What makes Flying Embers Hard Kombucha different is theirs is brewed with botanical adaptogens and champagne yeast. This delicious, sparkling probiotic tea, is handcrafted with an adaptogen root blend of Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, and Astragalus. The result is a truly better-for-you buzz from a beverage that has zero sugar, zero carbs, low-calorie, is USDA certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Flying Embers has a lot of fun flavors you can choose from. Ancient Berry is a popular choice, featuring a bright and fruity mix of elderberries, goji berries, raspberries. Ginger and Oak offer a clean, refreshing, yet earthy flavor. Lemon Orchard features a delicate mix of lavender, mint, and ginger. Grapefruit Thyme combines the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, punctuated with the subtle flavors of thyme. Black Cherry’s fresh dark cherry mix is complemented with a bright lime spritz. And Pineapple Chili offers a delicate sweet and spicy mix.

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha

Along with the campaign, they will have a national wholesaler distribution drive, events & samplings, and consumer giveaways. Larger National Booch Day events will be held in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York City, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Boston.

“All ingredients are USDA certified organic, including our unique adaptogen root blend of ginger, astragalus, turmeric, and ashwagandha – all with a healthy amount of live probiotics,” adds  VP of Marketing, Kyle Ingram.

For more information on National Booch Day and Dry Fermented January, visit the Flying Embers website.

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

It’s natural to see trends come and go as time marches on, but what’s more interesting to note is how businesses in a wide range of industries utilize these trends for their profits. Even the most buttoned-up companies will incorporate the latest technologies into their products or pop culture trends into their marketing strategies if that means more sales. The latest trend that companies of all kinds are grabbing hold of is CBD.

Alkaline Water Company Dives Into The World Of CBD

CBD, more formally known as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. While many people first think of the psychoactive effects of cannabis, that aspect of the plant-primarily comes from another cannabinoid in it, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and is instead believed to reduce symptoms of conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety. These soothing effects are what is encouraging so many companies to create products that feature CBD.

Alkaline Water Company is among the latest to launch products that incorporate CBD. The company is most famous for its line of fresh and natural alkaline water infused with fruit flavors, known as Alkaline88. In January 2020, it is planning to release a line of topical CBD-infused products under an associated brand name, A88 Infused Products.

“Our recent introduction of CBD ingestibles has generated strong interest from our major U.S. retail clients. This speaks highly of the brand integrity we have built with our flagship product, Alkaline88,” said Richard A. Wright, president, and chief executive officer of The Alkaline Water Company, Inc.

All of the items in the A88 Infused Products line are made with lab-tested full-spectrum hemp. The specific products will include:

  • CBD Infused Lip Balm: A moisturizing and hydrating lip balm made with coconut oil and cocoa butter for long-lasting results.
  • CBD Infused Hydrating Body Lotion: Made with shea butter and aloe vera, this body lotion moisturizes, hydrates, and soothes skins of all types all day long.
  • CBD Infused Hydrating Hand Lotion: This hand and foot cream contains whipped shea butter and luxurious oils and extracts to nourish and moisturize your hands and feet.
  • CBD Infused Soothing Salve: A muscle salve infused with oils and butters to help soothe sore and irritated muscles.
  • CBD Infused Bath Salts: Experience ultimate relaxation with these bath salts, which combine Epsom salts, menthol, and essential oils in one therapeutic formula.
  • CBD Infused Essential Oil Roller: An essential oil roller made of a concentrated blend of 100% pure essential oils and balanced with fractionated coconut oil.

For the ethically-minded shoppers out there, all of the CBD-infused items in the A88 Infused Products line are 100% natural and the majority are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The purpose of these products is to relax the user and reduce their stress levels. While some people cut down on stress in their lives by making choices such as renting an apartment — which 50% of renter respondents say is a better choice than owning a home because they can better live within a budget and they have less stress — or taking vacation days to focus on their mental health, using CBD-infused products such as these can be a consistent way to find relaxation in your day-to-day life.

The new product line from Alkaline will be available online and at national retailers across the nation in January 2020.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

Score Sailor Jerry Tattoos For $20.00 For Norman Collins 109th Birthday

Calling all tattoo addicts and anyone else who’s wanted a tattoo and didn’t have the budget for it. If you live in and around NYC, this is for you! In honor of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s Founder, Norman Collins, 109th birthday, they are giving away 109 Sailor Jerry designed tattoos for only $20.00 each. That’s right, full-on, exquisitely done Sailor Jerry Tattoos for only $20.00!! Who gives away professional tattoos for only $20.00? That’s unheard of. Keep reading for how to score just that.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

On Tuesday, January 14th, from 12 pm – 10 pm, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Daredevil Tattoo, will get you tatted. You can choose from one of the 18 available Sailor Jerry Tattoos shown below:

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Tattoos

We are proud members of the Sailor Jerry Rum tattoo club, having been first inked last year, at the Norman Collins 108th birthday celebration.  We are looking forward to adding to our Sailor Jerry Tattoos collection. Which of the above do you think we should get? Should we get the Eightball, Star, or Cherries? Which do you think would best compliment our previous Sailor Jerry tattoos? Better yet, which of these tats would you get?

Snake Tattoo

After you get tatted, head over to the Daredevil Tattoo’s museum to learn about the history of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Learn all about how he built his reputation inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu. Continue the celebration 3 doors down at ForgtMeNot, who will be offering delicious $10.00 Sailor Jerry and Ginger cocktails.

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Cocktail

For those who don’t know, Norman Collins, the godfather of old-school American tattooing. He pioneered innovations in tattooing such as inventing the color purple for ink, promoted the use of clean and sterile needles and inspired future generations of tattoo artists. At 19, Norman Collins joined the U.S. Navy which exposed him to the art and culture of Southeast Asia; after his service, he made Honolulu his home where he built his reputation as the father of old school American tattoo and established his now-famous tattoo parlor on Hotel Street.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazerCrown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

Cosmetic Procedure Trends from 2019

Looking Back at Cosmetic Procedure Trends from 2019

The popularity of cosmetic surgery is soaring. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), U.S. men and women underwent nearly 250,000 more cosmetic procedures in 2018 than the year before.

What explains this uptick in cosmetic procedure trends? Quite a few things might be at play. Here are just a few:

Cosmetic Procedure Trends from 2019

  • Greater acceptance. More people have had plastic surgery than ever before. Just last year, Americans went under the knife for 1.8 million cosmetic procedures. Knowing friends, families, and colleagues with positive plastic surgery experiences encourages others to do the same. Decades ago, vaccines were similarly taboo. After their widespread production and implementation in the 1940s, it is now completely normal to be vaccinated.
  • It is more and more affordable. Years ago, only the very well-to-do could afford cosmetic procedures to change or improve their appearance. Now it’s possible for stay-at-home moms or dual-income households to afford as well. Following a mastectomy, most health insurance providers cover breast reconstruction surgery for their clients.
  • A boost in self-confidence. Thanks to social media and image sharing platforms, picture taking and sharing is now the norm–not a tedious chore confined to holidays and family get-togethers. Most patients seek a cosmetic procedure to improve their confidence. Doing so can also improve his or her mental health as it alleviates worries and frees patients up to focus on other, more joyful things (i.e., not those few extra pounds or their especially large nose).
  • Technology continues coming through for surgeons and patients alike. Some of the first surgical procedures to improve appearances were relatively risky. Advances in technology have significantly cut down on these risks, making procedures safer than ever and speeding up average recovery times, too!

With the popularity and affordability on the rise, what are the most popular cosmetic surgeries?

Slimming Procedures

It’s becoming more and more difficult for Americans as a whole to watch our waistlines. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), just under 63% of men are overweight or obese, and women aren’t too far behind at 60%. While doing it the hard way may seem attractive initially, eating right and exercising gets a bad rap because…well, it’s difficult to maintain. Holidays, birthdays, busy schedules, and coworkers who won’t stop bringing in donuts and cookies at least once a week are everyday realities we face. It’s hard to be perfect. Plus, if you have more than five to 15 pounds to lose, waiting to see noticeable results can be discouraging and drive you back to old, unhealthy habits.

Procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks give you immediate results. Plus, it’s an especially good option for patients who are unhappy with their natural fat distribution. As you may know, you cannot spot reduce fat. In other words, even when you lose weight through diet and exercise, that weight will come off in certain areas depending on how your body naturally distributes fat. We would all love to pick and choose where these areas ideally would be. Liposuction gives you the opportunity to do that. This cosmetic procedure is common and safe with a relatively short recovery time. Over 220,000 Americans get liposuction every year.

Non-Invasive Rhinoplasty

Your nose can change the entire look of your face and unfortunately, some of us have especially long noses, wide noses, or a pronounced bump or two on our noses. Ignoring the looks department, rhinoplasty and nose-altering cosmetic procedures can also provide practical benefits, like treating sleep apnea and difficulty breathing. Now patients can enjoy all of these benefits without invasive surgery.

Enter nonsurgical rhinoplasty. In just 15 to 20 minutes, surgeons can inject patients with fillers that will correct nose shapes. That includes reshaping the bridge of the nose, the end of the nose, and changing the appearance of patients’ nostrils. It’s quick and nonsurgical. This popular alternative may require some maintenance or future injections to keep up the procedure’s benefits and appearance.

Botox

This is one that formerly may have had some negative connotations. Many assume Botox is used to smooth the skin, eliminate wrinkles, remove crow’s feet, and generally provide some of the same aesthetic benefits as a facelift. That is a common misconception! While Botox can do these things, it also has the potential to provide a number of surprising health benefits. Botox injections have been linked with a reduction in symptoms in chronic migraines, Bell’s Palsy, excessive perspiration, and even major depressive disorder (MDD). It can also possibly treat eyelid spasms and drooping eyelids, uncontrollable drooling, and spasmodic dysphonia, a disease that affects the vocal cords. Up to 80% of all Botox injections and similar filler treatments are intended to treat non-aesthetic problems, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Botox, also a nonsurgical treatment, continues to grow in popularity. With its widespread benefits and growing affordability, it is even becoming more popular among men. Finally, young patients are taking full advantage of its cosmetic advantages. Young people are seeking fillers, Botox, and injectables to keep skin looking fresh and prevent literally going under the knife later in life. Procedures among this demographic, or specifically in patients under 30, have spiked by 72%, AAFPRS reports.

Otoplasty

What is otoplasty? Otoplasty is any cosmetic ear surgery, often meant to reshape, restructure, or resize the ear. It is a popular option for young children with ears that stick out so much it affects their quality of life. “Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size–usually after age 5–through adulthood,” the Mayo Clinic writes. The surgery can also be used to fix injuries or deformities that result in a misshapen ear. Like other cosmetic procedures, otoplasty is becoming increasingly affordable. The average ear surgery costs just $3,154.

Every year, more and more Americans seek out nonsurgical cosmetic or surgical cosmetic procedures. Learn about new health benefits, safer technology, and greater affordability, and use that knowledge to choose the cosmetic procedure or procedures that may be best for you.

Moon UltraLight

Meet Moon UltraLight, The Most Revolutionary Lighting Device

We live in a time when selfies are the norm; we all take them in the hopes of sharing a bit of ourselves and our lives in pictures. Those special and everyday moments should be captured and shared in the best light and quality. This is where customizable mobile lighting device, Moon UltraLight, is essential. Launched this month, the Moon UltraLight is an ultra-portable (it’s so small) lighting gadget controlled by touch. Designed to brighten and enhance your photos and videos, this small yet powerful device gives you the ability to say goodbye to bad lighting.

Moon UltraLight Device

This revolutionary and rechargeable lighting device boasts intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness and tone. You can adjust the brightness level with precise accuracy depending on how dim or dark your location is. It features a color temperature feature that is easily adjustable from a daylight hue to a golden warm. Adjust anywhere from a cool 5000 kelvin to a warm 2700 kelvin and anywhere in between.

Moon UltraLight Device

So exactly how does the sleek, cost-effective, innovative, and easy to use Moon UltraLight device work? Simply put, by the touch of your fingertips. With one touch, you can turn the Moon device on and off, adjust the brightness, switch between brightness and color modes, and go from warm to cool temperature in color mode. Other great features, if the battery’s low, the Moon maintains its performance and brightness.; it’s also designed to fit virtually any phone and case as well as multiple other devices. Its built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery is fast-charge capable, boasting the ability to charge up to 60% in 30 minutes. The battery lasts 2-3 hours with continuous use and 2-3 days on intermittent usage. It also features anti-flicker lighting and weighs only 2.11 ounces.

Moon UltraLight device

The Moon UltraLight is available in New Moon (Gloss Black) and Full Moon (Gloss White) and retails for $49.99. Both colors are available online for presale on www.moonultra.com.