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Drink This and That: New Beverages to Quench Your Thirst

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

Positive Energy

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

POM Wonderful

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

Cascade Ice

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


Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Maxi-Cosi’s #CosiStyle Event w/ Bobbie Thomas

One thing is sure, there are a lot very fashionable moms around, whether they love in New York, LA, Chicago, etc, the urban mom is very chic and edgy. We got to spend some time with a very fashionable mom, Bobbie Thomas, recently when we attended the Quinny and Maxi-Cosi #CosiStyle Event, to celebrate the launch of their customization program for the Mico Max 30 car seat. Since Mother's Day is less than a month away, we thought the idea of a custom car seat would make a great gift idea for new moms. You know Bobbie Thomas as the Style Editor for NBC's Today Show, but many people don't realize she's been a style expert for over a decade, and was one of the original co-Hosts for Fashion Police with Robert Verdi. As a first-time mom-to-be and a very fashion savvy woman, Bobbie was the perfect person to host this very stylish event.

In the age of celebrating personal style and uniqueness, and customizing everything to fit our likes and needs, Maxi-Cosi is the first child car seat maker to take on this growing trend toward personalized products and services. Guests were able to try out the Maxi-Cosi Customization Program, which boasts more than 250 potential looks, and design their own seats. Maxi-Cosi gives parents the fashionable capability to keep their child safe, and comfortable in custom frames, cushions and canopy colors, right from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Bobbie also customized her own car seat at the event, selecting the following features: White Frame, Grey Gravel Main Seat Cushion, Grey Gravel Canopy, and Devoted Black Cozi Set. Since our obsession with the color pink knows no bounds, it should come as no surprise that ours has pink.

During the event, Bobbie discussed how she felt being a part of motherhood after a year of IVF treatments, her journey, the power of motherhood, and the new customization program for the Mico Max 30 car seat which allows parents to express their fashion style with their child's car seat.

Staying in line with the custom-themed evening, the event also featured very chic maternity fashions from Seraphine, and Rachel Levin Jewelry, makeup consultations from makeup salon, Rouge New York, and specialty coffee drinks and cocktails from Illy Coffee.

For budding car seat designers, moms and dads-to-be, or those that just feel lucky, who want to share their custom designed car seat, there is a great promo currently on the Maxi-Cosi Facebook page that generates designs based on your answers to a fun lifestyle and personality quiz, with the chance to win one of ten custom Mico Max 30 seats. To try your hand at the Maxi-Cosi Custom Program or to add this great product as a Mother's Day Gift, visit maxicosicustom.com from any smart phone, tablet or laptop, and see the Mico Max 30 image morph in real time as you select different colors of the seat's component. Don't forget to also check out other products from Maxi-Cosi, including strollers, specialty collection car seats, and travel systems.

The Mico Max 30 custom seats are hand-assembled, and delivered within three weeks, with free shipping offered for a limited time. Do you know a fashionable mom-to-be who would love a custom car seat this Mother's Day?

Cruzan Rum Introduces New Blueberry Lemonade Flavored Rum

Just in time for the season of Bar-be-ques, summer Fridays, outdoor parties, and tropical summer cocktails, Cruzan Rum welcomes a brand new rum flavor that celebrates the spirit of the warmer seasons. We are so happy to help welcome Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum, a blend of the very fine Cruzan white Rum with the natural flavors of ripe blueberries, and tangy citrus to create a perfectly balanced spirit that combines the wonderful flavors of sweet and tart. A delightful combination that makes our inner rum fanatic extremely happy.

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum takes lemonade, a classic summertime staple, to the next level by infusing it with the bright flavor of freshly picked blueberries. Like all Cruzan rums (there's an impressive 14 other flavored rums in Cruzan's portfolio), Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. The new flavor boasts cane molasses and tropical rainwater, and is made using a unique five-column distillation process, staying true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting, highest-quality rum on the market. We can already imagine ourselves relaxing on the porch sipping one of Cruzan Rum's delicious cocktails as we immerse ourselves in the warmth of the sun.

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Cooler

2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 small pinch Sea Salt
Club Soda
Combine rum, grapefruit juice and salt over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Cruzan® Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a fluted shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a speared Maraschino cherry.

“Cruzan continues to be a leader in the rum category and we see the demand for refreshing rum drinks continue to grow. This year, we created a new rum that would appeal to our loyal fans and new rum drinkers looking for a fun flavor option,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Suntory. “The combination of Cruzan Rum with sweet blueberries and fresh lemonade makes this perfect for anyone looking to create a refreshing cocktail that captures the spirit of the season.”

The new refreshing flavor is made from natural ingredients which includes cane molasses and tropical rainwater, using a unique five-column distillation process that stays true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting rum on the market. The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is available now, and retails for a very budget-friendly price of $14.99 per 750 mL bottle. For more information on Cruzan and their other 14 delicious rum flavors, visit www.CruzanRum.com.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Scentbird Delivers Monthly Designer Perfumes

We admit it, we love receiving our monthly subscription boxes, whether they be beauty (hello Birchbox, FabFitFun, and Cocotique), food (hello Hatchery and Naturebox), or wine (we miss Club W), we get excited to discover our new favorite things. If you've ever wished for a great way to enjoy your favorite fragrances, and discover new scents (we always find ourselves wishing for more fragrance options from our monthly beauty subscription boxes), have we got some good news for you. Launching today, and with plenty of time to set up a Mother's Day subscription is Scentbird, a stylishly modern, yet convenient and affordable way to stay in-the-know on all things fragrance.

For $14.95 per month, you will have access to 30-day supply of Scentbird's 350-plus top designer fragrances, including Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Hermes, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs delivered directly to your door in a sleek and beautiful purse-sized spray (the 0.27oz bottle is about the size of a rollerball) that comes housed in a sophisticated black atomizer that is nestled in a luxurious velvet pouch. For Mother's Day, you can surprise mom, or any woman with new scents of your choice every month, or have them select her own; they will no doubt count this as a favorite gift.

As a subscriber, you can choose your fragrance based on suggestions from Scentbird’s TruScent™ Recommender, which boasts a database of thousands of scent profiles and over 500,000 reviews by real women. Or, you can find your match by searching by brands, you mood, occasion, or your personality. You can also create a list of the different scents you want to try, or continue on with a scent you feel connected to for as long as you wish.

Created by Mariya Nurislamova, Scentbird was created as an alternative to the “perfume graveyard” all women have (we're definitely guilty of having one), she states, "The number one reason women buy perfume is to find something new or different. In fact, most women 18 to 34 no longer believe in having a signature fragrance. These women are used to living a life on their terms, changing their scent on a whim and matching it to an outfit. Expensive perfume bottles that last for years just cannot keep up with a modern woman’s lifestyle.“ 

The Scentbird website is easy to use, gives you detailed information of all fragrances including all notes, and introduces to scents you may have not been considered. e love fragrances that are sweet, and spicy and as you can see in the first image, Scentbird recommended so many wonderful choices based on our fragrance profile. We're loving it so far, you will too, and so will your mom, sister, and significant other.

Cultivate your Curves w/ Hourglass Angel's Amia Waist Cincher

At one point in time, we were known to have a tiny waist and flat stomach. Sadly those days are long gone mainly because we don't work out as we used to; while we still possess our shapely hourglass figure, everything has become.....larger. Our once size 6 body is now closer to a size 10, and while we do enjoy the fuller curves and being uber Coke Bottle Beauties, we do miss our flat stomach. With the rise of waist training, we decided we had to try this trend to help us get back to a smaller midsection. With the help of an Amia Shapewear from HourglassAngel.com "everyday midsection shaper" (we believe this style is called a Faja), generously provided by the company, we are on our way back down to our smaller size waist.  We must note that we're not looking for extreme results, because as we said, we already have an hourglass figure, we just want to control our tummy bulge. The Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer we received, also known as Cincher A102, "boasts power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression, with flexibility and comfort Hook-and-eye closures for a precision fit, and versatile strapless design."

Our main issue is the above stated pudginess of our lower abdomen, plus the annoying back fat, both of which we're dying to get rid of. Although we made a slight mistake in size (we requested the size large, when we should have gone for a medium), we've were pleased with the initial results. We must say, the first time we tried to get the Cincher on, it was a bit of a struggle. As they usually do sometimes, our ample bosom got in the way; we had to lay down to get all those eye-hooks to meet their partners, but we certainly did appreciate the extra calories burned. After all eye-hooks were closed, we found the Amia Cincher to be quite comfortable. We had no issues sitting up, or bending, and we could breathe normally, without any stress or feeling overly constricted. We actually prefer this Faja to a traditional corset because of its latex and flexible boning. It is hard to believe that this bloated tummy of ours will be reduced, but we are on our way to great results.

We were not sure how many hours women could comfortably wear a cincher a day (it is advised that we begin with 2-3 hours per day, with increasing numbers), but since we had a larger size, we decided to begin with higher numbers. We also contemplated whether we should sleep in our cincher or not (some days we did, others we didn't......depending on how we felt). The only issue we're having so far is length, we wish the Cincher was a bit shorter, because sometimes the edges roll a bit when we sit down......but that's only because we have a short waist.

Fair warning ladies, sleeping in the waist cincher for the first time will take some getting used to (kudos to all woman who did this during the Victoria era, and whoever does it now). We had to find our comfort zone to get a solid night of sleep, but thankfully we eventually did (our sweet spot was sleeping on our back or side with the upper part of our body elevated). We also found out that if you're not careful, sleeping the wrong way can cause bloating, so we advise that you test a few positions to find your ideal sleeping position.

Our verdict so far? We think the Amia Waist Cincher does an amazing job of increasing insulation for ultimate body heat activity and perspiration (no one knew when we were wearing it so there was no fear of embarrassing perspiration marks), our food intake decreased significantly while wearing the Amia Cincher, we also found our posture improved, and we burned twice as many calories while walking the city. We haven't gotten to the point of wearing the waist trainer every day, but we knew it was working when a friend who we hadn't seen in a while commented that we looked like we lost weight....and we were not wearing our cincher that day. At this rate, we will be all set for summer and maybe a few crop tops.

The Amia is a great way to begin your waist training, just make sure you also include a proper diet and exercise regimen (even if its just walking) as well. We recommend buying two sizes (your current top size, and a smaller size) to gradually and healthily step down a size, but if you feel one size will be enough, we recommend going with the smaller size. If you are ready to begin, visit www.hourglassangel.com and explore their various cinchers.

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