Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Scrooged is Free for the Holidays

Stan Hope never cared much for his son-in-law—Justyn Patko.

His black clothes and body piercings were bad enough, but the ridiculous notion of dragging Rebecca off to Broadway with a new baby on the way pushes Stan over the edge. How much can a father take?

After losing his cool at a holiday party, Stan gets a visit from three unexpected spirits. Can they help to change his close-minded ways?

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Lovesac and Xbox Curate the Ultimate Gaming Experience to Level Up Holiday Gifting!

Lovesac, the omni-channel home brand best known for its Sactionals, The World's Most Adaptable Couch, Sacs, The World’s Most Comfortable Seat, and innovative StealthTech Sound + Charge System, has teamed up with Xbox to bring customers the ultimate gaming setup this holiday season. These two brands came together with a shared vision to create an exclusive product bundle that puts innovation and comfort at the forefront.

Designed to integrate Lovesac’s philosophy of Total Comfort with Xbox’s commitment to gaming and entertainment, the partnership will bring an exclusive Xbox-branded SuperSac and retail bundle to consumers, helping gamers level up their at-home setup. The Lovesac Xbox bundle will include a limited edition SuperSac Cover, SuperSac Insert, Xbox Series S Console, and a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, offering endless hours of gaming and a lifetime of cloud-like comfort.

“Our partnership with Xbox focuses on the importance of both comfort and function by offering fans an opportunity to get their hands on the ultimate gaming experience during the high-demand holiday period,” said Lovesac Founder and CEO, Shawn Nelson. “Our Sacs, which are filled with a proprietary blend of shredded recycled material called Durafoam, bring effortless comfort and style to any space used to lounge, play, and enjoy this holiday season.”

“At Xbox, we believe in putting players first and giving them the freedom to game how they want, and we’re excited to partner with Lovesac to offer a next-gen level of comfort with the Xbox SuperSac,” said John Friend, Head of Halo and Xbox Consumer Products. “It’s especially meaningful to offer this ultimate bundle just in time for the holidays.”

The limited edition Lovesac Xbox retail bundle will be available on November 20th at the cost of $1,350 and will be sold as long as supplies last. Customers can purchase the bundle on BestBuy.com or test out the products live at select Best Buy | Lovesac shop-in-shop locations.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Holiday Gift Guide VIDL Water Bottles

Engraved with messages of inspiration, VIDL provides a unique alternative to a common object Portion of proceeds go to support Thirsty Child, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating the global water crisis

Created by a pastor, a business leader, and an inventor, VIDL’s aim is to take an everyday object and elevate it with a social mission as a way to remind the people in your life that they’re vital.  Thoughtfully designed, with an emphasis on personalization, the VIDL water bottle raises up an everyday product by adding an underlying faith-based message of your choice to a top-of-the-line product for daily use. 

VIDL’s key design elements include:

-       Easy-to-clean lid, bottle, and storage base to contain any additive -  from protein powder to snacks to dog treats to the spirit of your choice

-       Four different bottle colors and 14 interchangeable storage base colors equaling 56 possible color combinations

-       A wide-mouth, twist-off lid with an easy-to-grip ergonomic handle

-       Unique personalization via your choice of engraved inspirational messages and biblical verses

“Sure, the world might not need another water bottle, but the world certainly needs some positivity and to celebrate others who are vital—vital to you, to society, and to the world,” says VIDL CEO Rick Fessler.  “VIDL was created with this in mind while ensuring we maintained a best-in-class product that stands up if not excels in the category.”

VIDL bottles can be purchased at https://vidllife.com/. With the partnership with Thirsty Child, for every 50 bottles sold VIDL raises enough money to supply a family in Honduras with a clean drinking water system.    


Ready To Pivot To A Better Class Of Vegan Salad Dressings, Mayo & Butter?

Fast-Growing Plant Perfect Brand From Pivotal Foods Winning Over Vegan & 
Mainstream Consumers Alike With Popular Lines Of Delectably Nutritious Dairy-Free Products Now Available Nationwide

For years, countless people following a vegan diet for moral or dietary reasons have been asking the same rhetorical question: why isn’t there a dairy-free brand that actually frees us from our lifelong craving for dairy?

 Happily, one company decided to answer that question by developing a line of dairy-free products so authentic in flavor and texture that even non-vegans are singing their praises. 

 Introducing Pivotal Foods (www.pivotalfoods.com) and its signature Plant Perfect brand, creators of a rapidly-growing line of dressings, mayo and – soon – butter that seamlessly blend mouth-watering flavor, authentic texture and wholesome nutrition in each and every bottle and jar. 

 Treating consumers to a literal and figurative taste of the future, Pivotal Foods is currently experiencing its most significant period of growth to date since the introduction of Plant Perfect Vegan Mayo in 2020. Indeed, largely due to word of mouth rather than the sort of massive marketing blitz usually needed to break into the crowded vegan marketplace, Pivotal Foods has already expanded its retail presence to over 2500 mainstream and health food stores around the country – most recently adding 1200 Safeway stores in six regions around the country. 

Today, consumers can find Plant Perfect vegan salad dressings and mayo in such chains as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Raley’s, Lucky, and Safeway as well as on Amazon.com.. For a complete list of store locations, please visit www.eatplantperfect.com/find-us

The Name Says It  All 

 Living up to its name, Plant Perfect products represent a perfect fusion of great taste and important nutrition, utilizing wholesome ingredients sure to please even the most discerning vegan and non-vegan palates. The brand’s growing family of products include six distinct salad dressings that are all vegan, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, non-GMO, EDTA-free (EDTA is a chemical that is added to certain foods and beverages to help them keep their color and flavor), palm oil-free and Certified Kosher. 

 Now Plant-Based Certified, Plant Perfect dressings are available in 8-ounce bottles in these delectable flavors: 

  • Ranch 
  • Green Goddess
  • Creamy Italian 
  • Caesar 
  • Chipotle Ranch
  • Cilantro Lime 

 Like Plant Perfect’s Vegan Mayo, the brand’s salad dressings are 12-month shelf stable. Plant Perfect salad dressings can be found on the dry goods shelf next to conventional dressings. 

 Vegan Mayo Comes Of Age

 Representing a deliciously nutritious dairy-free version of a classic condiment, Plant Perfect’s Vegan Mayo is every bit as tasty, rich, versatile and satisfying as its traditional counterpart. Like the brand’s salad dressings, Plant Perfect Mayo is all vegan, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, non-GMO, EDTA-free, palm oil-free and Certified Kosher. 

Offered in 12-ounce bottles, Plant Perfect Vegan Mayo enhances any dish and represents an ideal alternative to traditional mayonnaise when preparing meals, snacks and desserts (great news for vegan or health-conscious home cooks and bakers during the holiday season!). 

Next on the menu for Pivotal Foods will be Plant Perfect Vegan Butter, slated to be introduced next year. Performing just like dairy European butter in every way - but without the cows! – the new line will initially consist of two irresistibly satisfying varieties: Original and Buttery. 

 A Pivotal Time In The Vegan Food Industry 

Committed to developing high quality vegan food products that taste great, are healthy and minimize the environmental impact on the planet, Pivotal Foods is not only attracting a diverse range of new retail and foodservice partners, but is winning over both committed vegans as well as mainstream consumers ready to incorporate healthier dairy-free products into their diet so long as they don’t have to sacrifice flavor in the process. 

Commenting on his company’s fast-track expansion, Pivotal Foods’ CEO Mark Garrison said, “Every Plant Perfect item is developed with one overriding goal in mind – to create the most nutritious and delicious vegan alternative product possible. Giving up dairy for ethical or dietary reasons is never easy, so we went to great lengths to make sure our Plant Perfect Mayo, Salad Dressings and Butter not only live up to, but exceed, customer expectations. We’re heartened by the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from full-time and part-time vegans alike and look forward to introducing many more vegan products over the years to come.”

 For more information, please visit www.eatplantperfect.com and www.pivotalfoods.com.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Interview - Tips for Travelling with Overactive Bladder



Tips for Traveling with Overactive Bladder (OAB)

For the approximately 33 million Americans affected by symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB), traveling or attending events may be limited, always worrying about where the nearest bathroom may be and whether they’ll make it in time.1

OAB is a common condition where the bladder muscle suddenly contracts too frequently and often. Many patients may feel embarrassed to talk about it with their doctor.2

OAB can lead to frequent urination, usually eight or more times in 24 hours, and urge urinary incontinence or the sudden loss of bladder control. For some, the urge to urinate can be so sudden and strong that patients may not make it to the restroom in time and result in leakage.2

If you think you may be experiencing these symptoms, patients should talk to their doctors who may recommend lifestyle changes such as dietary adjustments and bladder training exercises. There are medications a doctor can prescribe that may help.

Check out our interview with Dr. Ashley Tapscott, Urologist and Bladder Health Expert as we discuss the issues surrounding OAB, how it impacts patients, and what treatment options are available.

More tips for managing OAB4:

  • ·     If traveling, plan to stop every 2-4 hours to reduce strain on your bladder. Drink plenty of water, but  limit your intake a few hours before traveling
  • ·     If possible, avoid certain foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder, such as alcohol, coffee, and spicy and citrusy foods
  • ·   Relax and try to control the urge


Guest Post - My Confidence Walked Out the Back Door JJ DiGeronimo

One Spring Saturday morning, I was invited to speak at a women’s event on the East Coast. I was up early reviewing my slides and timing my delivery. I felt nervous, as I do with all my events. Little did I know, I was about to learn a memorable and important lesson on how my ego can sideline my confidence in minutes.

As the women arrived on that brisk morning wearing colored scarfs and light jackets, I felt confident with the content I planned to share. 

Instructed by the sounds of bells, we all moved back to our areas and took our seats. The host kicked off the event, which was followed by a wonderful opening speaker who moved all of us during her time on stage. She shared stories of her childhood and the emotional hurdles of the passing of her mother. With few dry eyes in the room, I could feel a wave of emotion take over my thoughts. Within minutes, I found myself questioning both my presentation and my speaking abilities. How can I follow that? What can I say now that has any importance? 

On the fly, I started reworking my presentation without having any theme or plan. As the audience’s applause faded, the MC started to introduce me. I could feel my nerves and sense my self-doubt grow by each passing second. I was already sweating, and my internal voices were loud and unsupportive. My ego stood front and center, leading me with fear and uncertainty. 

As I stood up to take the stage, I could feel my confidence walk out the back door. As I spoke, I noticed some odd responses from the audience and definite gaps in my thoughts and delivery. I am being very kind to myself when I say, “My presentation was a flop.” I wanted nothing more than to evaporate from that room. 

To this day, I still remember how quickly I sidestepped myself, believing I had nothing worthy of sharing at that moment. I had allowed myself to move off my inner compass as I tried, on the fly, to imitate someone else. The embarrassment was real, and I can still remember how it felt as I approached the stage.

 Key Finding #57 Trusting your gifts in times of doubt takes courage.

Can you think of a time when you gave away your value or did not trust your gifts? What was the event or situation that made you question yourself or your offering? What would you tell yourself now about that situation?

On that brisk Saturday morning, I learned a lesson that I revisit often: No matter how good the speaker, message, or admiration of the audience, I can choose to step into what God or the Universe has given me to be or to do, or I can step away from it within that moment.

 Trying to show up like the speaker before me or acting like an author I admire might be kind or flattering, but it is not authentic. Putting others on a pedestal is a form of admiration, but it is not healthy for your Soul. We are all here with different gifts, knowings, and insights. If you want to make your mark on this world, you must work to show up and share your authentic offerings as God or the Universe has intended. 

I had liked the speaker before me so much that I thought I should deliver my presentation the same way. Well, I tried to be like her, and surprise, I failed. Had I been more aware of these desires and thoughts as I approached that stage, I would have been able to revert my focus and energy toward delivering from my heart and my gifts. 

Instead, I had allowed my mind to take over, and then my ego got the best of me. My ego pushed me into thinking that the only way I would do a good job in that moment was to resemble the awesome speaker ahead of me. This outward focus misled me, and I went down the path of chasing, copying, and imitating. 

So, let me save you the embarrassment of mirroring my experience. In fact, I encourage you to lean away from creating the same type of offering, reaction, or response as another person altogether. 

These are the words I now use to reassure myself:

 I give myself permission to be me. 
What I have to share is unique.
I was hand-selected to harness the gifts granted to me. 
I am honored to share my gifts with the world.

Key Finding #58 The world needs exactly what you came to share.

About the Author

A woman in tech turned award-winning author shares energy practices and empowering career strategies for women to make their desired impact!

JJ DiGeronimo is an award-winning author of two books that share strategies to advance professional women. She is also the creator of the global group Tech Savvy Women & Together We Seek. With new levels of awareness, JJ shares a more spiritual side of her life that undeniably strengthens her mission to empower women at work and in life.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Phantom, Dark Musicals Book 1 is FREE on Amazon

The Phantom was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses "Phantom" as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars-Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist. Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn't know who to trust, but she knows she's running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty-first century phantom finally be revealed.

Also make sure to check out Blackmailed, the most recent release in the Dark  Musicals series!