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Four Roses Launches Special Edition 130th Anniversary Rose
Partnership with America’s rose expert honors the Four Roses legend, brand heritage
Four Roses has selected premier grower Jackson & Perkins® as their partner to launch a special edition rose to commemorate the brand’s 130th anniversary. The rose is available via JacksonAndPerkins.com and will retail for $26.95. The plants will begin shipping August 17 to open plant zones.
“Four red roses have been synonymous with our brand since the legend began in 1888,” said Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott. “The Jackson & Perkins® Four Roses® Anniversary Rose is graceful, colorful and elegant, reminding us of the southern belle who so long ago responded to Paul Jones Jr.’s proposal by wearing a corsage of four red roses to the grand ball. Jones later named his Bourbon company ‘Four Roses’ as a symbol of his devout passion for his lovely belle.”
“The blooms of this rose are exquisitely formed, fade-proof, and emit a lovely damask fragrance,” said Wes Harvell, garden manager, Jackson & Perkins. “Once they open, the blooms are 3- to 4-inches wide and comprised of 20 to 25 deep red petals. These blooms arrive in early summer and keep on going in waves all season long, especially if promptly deadheaded. It's a vigorous and easy-to-grow rose, heat tolerant, and resistant to rust and powdery mildew, meaning it's a good choice for warmer climates.”
The Jackson & Perkins® Four Roses® Anniversary Rose will become part of the permanent landscape at the Four Roses Distillery.
About Four Roses
Established in 1888, Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to distill and age ten distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique flavor profile. With distilling and warehousing operations in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, respectively, Four Roses is dedicated to producing award-winning Bourbons with smooth and mellow tastes and finishes. Four Roses is available in all 50 states.
About Jackson & Perkins®
Jackson & Perkins has over 140 years of experience providing high-quality plants to our loyal customers. After the turn of the 20th century, Jackson & Perkins began selling roses and it soon became the company's most successful product. Some of the rose varieties that were developed were so famous and exquisite that they have graced locations such as Windsor Castle and the Vatican Private Gardens. Today, Jackson & Perkins continues to be a leading provider of top-quality roses, and an online retailer of plants, garden supplies, and living gifts for all occasions.
Supersmile® Presents: Tahiti Vanilla Mint
Professional Whitening Toothpaste
Introducing the newest flavor in Supersmile ® ’s collection of
clinically-proven Professional Whitening Toothpastes.
Powered by the exclusive Calprox® ingredient technology and flavored with
tropical vanilla orchids and Yakima Valley peppermint.
Supersmile®, the #1 Whitening System recommended by cosmetic dentists, is excited to announce the launch of the new flavor Tahiti Vanilla Mint to their collection of Professional Whitening Toothpastes. Supersmile®, founded by Dr. Irwin Smigel, the world-renowned Father of Aesthetic Dentistry, offers a clinically proven collection of premium whitening, breath-freshening and cavity-fighting formulas designed to deliver the most safe and effective oral care. Tahiti Vanilla Mint Professional Whitening Toothpaste is clinically proven to whiten teeth 4 shades and up to 6 shades when used with the Supersmile® Professional Whitening Accelerator. Tahiti Vanilla Mint is a delicate fruity, floral flavor of tropical vanilla orchids with notes of licorice, cherry and ground cinnamon melded with the vibrant cooling fresh taste of Yakima Valley peppermint. Tahiti Vanilla Mint will launch in May 2018 on Supersmile.com and other select retailers.
“We’re excited to expand our line of clinically-based formulations with the new Tahiti Vanilla Mint ” said Supersmile® Vice President of Sales Jeff Avila. “We believe it will quickly become a loyal fan favorite and offer our consumers the absolute best in healthy teeth whitening and fantastic on-trend flavor.”
This best-selling formula contains Calprox ®, the unprecedented science behind Supersmile®, a proprietary technology of encapsulated calcium peroxide and minerals. Calprox® works by gently and effectively dissolving the sticky bio-film from your teeth to which plaque, bacteria and stains (such as coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine) adhere. Calcium, magnesium, phosphates, and fluoride remineralize and restore enamel, and fight cavities without the risk of sensitivity. This proprietary formula leaves the teeth looking brighter and feeling cleaner for a longer period of time.
TAHITI VANILLA MINT: (4.2 oz; $23.00)
The newest flavor safely and painlessly whitens and strengthens teeth without harsh abrasives. So far this year, Supersmile® was awarded the Most Powerful Whitening Toothpaste by NewBeauty Magazine, QVC’s Beauty Choice Award, and Men’s Health’s Grooming Award.
Additional benefits of Supersmile® Tahiti Vanilla Mint, Professional Whitening Toothpaste:
- Restores bonded teeth, veneers, caps, dentures to their original shade.
- Clinically proven to be 75% less abrasive and inhibits plaque 10 times better than other leading toothpastes
- Use twice daily for a whiter smile, healthier gums, and fresher breath
- Ultra-convenient one step system (just brush)
- Free of: silica, parabens, sulfates, gluten and known allergens, animal by-products and BPA. It's also Kosher
HOW TO USE: Just Brush + Whiten!
1. On a DRY toothbrush, place a pearl-size drop of professional whitening toothpaste
2. Brush in circular motions for two minutes, twice daily
3. Rinse with water
I have been using Supersmile Tahiti Vanilla Mint Professional Whitening Toothpaste for about a month now, and it has become my favorite toothpaste! I enjoy the pleasant minty vanilla flavor, and have definitely noticed that my teeth are several shades whiter than they were before. Finally, a tooth whitening toothpaste that really whitens my teeth so that I can be confident when I smile!
For more information about the Supersmile® line of products please visit: https://www.supersmile.com/
When I first discovered Kantha Bae I was blown away by the gorgeous colors of their textiles. While my hubby usually opts for black, I couldn’t help but want every single pattern in this shop!
While this company offers all sorts of items for mama and baby from quilts and slings to kimonos and headwraps, I decided to try out one of their beautiful ring slings for my sweet little Rey.
I always like to look into the ‘about us’ section of the companies I buy for and the story of Kantha Bae is definitely one that you can feel good about supporting. Kantha Bae is partnered with Basha Boutique that employs women coming from at-risk and trafficking areas in Bangladesh. These women hand embroider these fantastic fabrics in exchange for a fair trade environment that helps them find a home, job and safe care for their children. I feel great about having a product that empowers women and supports this fantastic avenue. I feel this cause also speaks mountains of the founder who is a boss mama herself to 5 babes.
Growing up in Oregon I’ve always had a strong connection to nature and I feel like this company really really supports the earthy mama vibe that I love. This company is all about support and attracts all those free-spirited, kind mom’s that want their babies to love the Earth and take care of it (and each other)!! That is super evident in their online Facebook community and Instagram, too!
Back to the product itself - I was so excited for this product drop, since each product is unique, items usually sell out pretty quickly (but there is still plenty to choose from and if you miss a drop there’s awesome email lists and instagram updates to keep you ready for the next!)
I debated between a few gorgeous slings (SO HARD TO CHOOSE) but ultimately chose a more girly color for my Rey and excitedly waited for it to arrive - which it did in fashion. I love the way Krista (the founder) packages - so cute and such a good way to know that every single item is lovingly selected and delivered just for you!
The colors are SO vibrant and the fabric is soft but still a little crunchy for sturdiness. I was very excited for baby to wake up so I could carry her around. After a few test runs around the block (and in the kitchen cooking dinner), hubby and I took the sling to the river to take out mommy-daughter photos that I’ve been looking forward too and this hippie-chic sling was SO PERFECT! I feel like it supported my little girl so well and she loves it.
Slings are the ultimate lifesaver and the easiest baby carrier that I’ve used with my girl. I LOVE how unique my Kantha is and I can’t wait to keep wearing it and getting compliments and use it in future photo-shoots. Seriously the perfect baby gear that fits in your diaper bag/purse or car and really saves your back when carrying baby around. It’s just so comfortable!
I also received a baby swaddle that I cannot wait to use on a future newborn photography session. It is so sweet and earthy colored. I love that I can use this for my photos and it is so perfect for putting over our baby when she’s in her car seat but it’s still a little too hot for a blanket. You can see the love and hope stitched into every Kantha Bae product and I have fallen in love with this company. I can’t wait to stay involved with the community and supporting the women that make these products and the women that wear them!
Sweet Baby Rey with her Daddy
Please check out this site and purchase your own Kantha Bae product: https://kanthabae.com
Sometimes after a long day I cannot wait to just crawl into my bed. My husband who works swing shifts can relate as well. After complaining about a flat pillow and sore neck night after night, I was given the opportunity to try out a Snuggle-Pedic bamboo pillow, just for my tired, hard working man.
Snuggle-Pedic pillows are made using the higher quality U.S.A. made materials and are manufactured in their own factory! With their ability to manufacture their own products directly, this allows them to create their pillows tailored to constant feedback and improve their products, creating high quality pillows. They ensure that each pillow is generously filled. Each pillow has a convenient zipper inside and outside of them, allowing stuffing to be taken out which will reduce the thickness and increase the softness of the pillow.
What makes a Snuggle-Pedic bamboo pillow so special? On the inside it is filled with a combination of shredded style memory foam with a kool-flow micro-vented bamboo cover over it which keeps the pillow from getting too warm. After sleeping in these hot Utah summer temperatures, it is so nice to have a pillow with a cover that keeps it nice and cool.
My husband loves it so much he doesn’t want to share it with me. After only a couple nights sleeping with the Snuggle-Pedic pillow, he has noticed he’s had a much better night of quality sleep and no sore neck. No more tossing and turning.This pillow is definitely worth it!
With a 20 year warranty, Snuggle-Pedic additionally offers a 120 sleep trial with free customizations. Now sleep can get easier with a customized pillow. It is also simple to wash by simply taking off the outer bamboo cover and throwing it in the washer and dryer.
My husband has been sleeping very peacefully with this pillow. He wakes up feeling more refreshed and has none of his usual complaints.
I highly recommend Snuggle-Pedic pillows, because sleep is so worth it!
For more information go to: https://www.snugglepedic.com
I love learning about natural beauty remedies and organic ingredients that I can use at home to create my own beauty products! Have you ever heard about Maguey Sap?
I just learned about 100% Organic Maguey Sap that is the perfect ingredient for at-home beauty masks and scrubs. Salviana has recently introduced their product that is 100% Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO and Chemical Free. When combined with common ingredients (oats, salt, or sugar), it results in a scrub that leaves skin polished, glowing and refreshed.
About Raw Maguey Sap:
The MAGUEY is an ancestral plant that lives in a semi-desert area, with little to no rain fall. It reaches maturity between 8-12 years old, and flourishes only once before ending its lifecycle.
It survives in this hostile environment by storing a nutritious sap in its wide and thorny leaves called “pencas”.
Check out these amazing DIY recipes, developed by Denielle Nicole Wegrzyn for Salviana:
Sweet Salviana Scrub
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn brown sugar
1 tspn raw organic oats (for calming)
1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
-mix, scrub or leave on for 15 mins-enjoy exfoliating!
Salviana Nana Mask
2 tbspns Salviana
1/2 under-ripe baNANA
1/2 tspn of ground cinnamon
-mix, leave on for 15 mins and chant blemishes be gone!
Yo, get your Salviana mask on!
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn plain greek YOghurt
1/2-1 tbspn matcha green tea powder
-mix, add more yoghurt if needed, leave on for 15-20 mins-enjoy feeling calm and bright!
Are you interested in the next big lip trend? Doctor Lip Bang Lip Freak Tints are 100% natural, using a blend of pure essential oils. The ultra buzzing balms provide extreme moisture and protection for your softest, most sensitive skin with a variety of scents and colors.
The new line brings pigment rich, buildable color to Lip Bangs signature lip balm formula. Offering four captivating shades: Nude Attitude, Sweet Villain, Pinky Swear, and Bleeding Heart.
Nude Attitude provides a sheer hue for that natural just-rolled-out-of-bed look. For full, fruity lips that can sweet talk their way out of trouble, check out Sweet Villain for a fun, berry shade. For a deep, romantic look, grab a tube of Bleeding Heart.
Doctor Lip Bang's products are 100% natural, containing zero synthetic chemicals or harsh preservatives. Every balm is made from the highest-grade plant-based extracts and premium beeswax available. Only using the best and healthiest ingredients, Doctor Lip Bang believes that what you put in and on your body should be good for you! Additionally, no product is ever tested on animals.
Make your pout stand out with Doctor Lip Bang! Website: www.lipbang.com
You’ve probably seen a lot of realistic dolls during your lifetime. However, the thing that most people don’t realize is that there are lots of different classifications for these items. One of the most popular product groups are reborn silicone babies.
Unfortunately, given that these baby dolls are usually sold online, there is a good chance you’ve never noticed them. This is a real shame as reborn baby dolls are probably the most unique toys you can buy. Craftsmen creating them are able to replicate human form to a detail that is sometimes becomes scary. In fact, it is common for people to mistake reborns for real human babies.
If you wish to learn more about this item, make sure to read on!
What are reborn baby dolls?
Reborn baby dolls are extremely realistic dolls. Artists who create them focus on implementing numerous details that are common for babies. For example, hair on these dolls will be hand rooted and high quality fiber will be used for it. Sometimes, artist will use unique wigs. Acrylic is used for eyes making them clear and vivid. However, the thing that is probably the most authentic is the skin.
During the process of reborning (creation of a reborn doll) artist will paint an object several times over. This will make the paint “stick” but will also provide numerous layers. Artist will even add veins making the doll that much more lifelike. It’s also very important to add some color to cheeks and face; reborn babies look very warm and healthy. Additionally, lips and nails will be painted as well.
It doesn’t stop here. As reborning evolved, artists started competing to make even more realistic products. Nowadays, it is common for artists to provide accessories to a client: within a package you will get things such as pacifiers, blankets and even birth certificates. There are even dolls with umbilical cords (as if they just exited mother’s womb).
Even though all of these things add to realism, they can also make a weird and scary impression.
Uniqueness of the item and pricing
Back in the day, reborns were made by taking an existing doll and modifying it. Over the time, the whole industry started blooming and these items became more popular. As a result many doll companies started providing kits with parts, tools and instructions that will help a beginner create her first doll.
Even though most people create them by using kits, they are still quite unique. Today they are among most popular collectables and enthusiasts spare no expense in getting some of the famous pieces.
Due to their uniqueness and manual labor involved, their prices can be quite high. Cheapest dolls can be found for 40 to 50 dollars while the most expensive ones go for thousands and thousands of dollars. Like with any artistic form the name of the artist plays a big role and this can additionally increase the price.
Interesting thing about these dolls is that people rarely see them as your regular toys. Yes, you can buy it as a gift for your child but most people choose not to do so. This might partially be due to the fact that the dolls require lots of attention (certain things can be easily damaged) and their price is higher than that of regular toys.
Nevertheless, they are extremely popular among collectors. They are sometimes even used by medical professionals and other educators who need a proper humanlike model for their classes. Pregnant women may use these dolls as tools for learning how to behave with small kids.
Another interesting thing about them is that women who suffered a loss often buy them as a way of coping with trauma. Although it sounds rather dark and disturbing, it seems that some people have found relief in having a reborn baby doll.
If you love artistic expression and good craftsmanship than these dolls may be just the thing for you. Reborn baby dolls are definitely unique and for some people even scary; however that doesn’t mean we should neglect time and skills invested in creating these original doll pieces.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for....well, you know the rest! It wouldn't be summer without a tribute to ice cream, especially with #NationalIceCreamDay coming up on July 15. In honor of the sweet stuff, we put together this guide to hosting a stress-free ice cream social in your backyard. After all, ice cream parties are an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get everyone together during the warm weather months. So let's get started!
Host an Ice Cream Social
Set the Scene
Once you've picked a date and sent out invites, it's time to assemble everything you need for your party.
- The setup: Summertime is the perfect excuse to be carefree, so keep things simple! Do a buffet-style setup with bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings, etc., so kids can make their own sundaes in an assembly line fashion. Add paper tablecloths and balloons in cheery, pastel colors to mimic an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Display a chalk board to welcome guests and announce the day's flavors.
- The ice cream: Stick to classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry since they'll serve as a great base for all the toppings you'll have on hand. Consider adding one carton of a popular "fun" flavor like chocolate chip cookie dough or cookies 'n cream, but don't feel the need to overdo it with options. If you're hosting the party outside, keep your ice cream cartons in an ice-filled cooler to prevent them from melting.
- The toppings: Fill colorful little bowls with kid-approved toppings like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, crushed peanut butter cups and, of course, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Don't forget the chocolate syrup and whipped cream!
Put Together a "Sweet" Playlist
Set the mood by creating a playful music soundtrack themed around sweets and treats, with a mix of nostalgic, kid-friendly songs. Our suggestions to get you started:
- "Ice Cream Man" by Tom Waits
- "Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee & The Starliters
- "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Marvin Gaye
- "Tutti Fruitti" by Little Richie
- "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops
- "Blueberry Hill' by Fats Domino
- "I Love Rocky Road" by Weird Al Yankovic
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
- "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
Play a "Cool" Game
Delight little ones by adding an ice cream-themed game to the agenda. We love "Pin the Cherry on the Sundae"—a riff on the classic party game "Pin the Tail on the Donkey."
- Draw a picture of a large ice cream sundae on a poster board, or simply print out an oversize photo.
- Give each kid a construction paper cherry with double-sided tape on the back.
- One by one you'll blindfold each guest, spin them around, and instruct them to place the cherry as close to the top of the sundae as they can.
- The guest who places the cherry closest is the winner and gets to make their sundae first. YUM!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Go Organically Fruit Snacks prize pack
How? It's easy! Enter to win by using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
There’s no need to sacrifice your makeup look during the summer months. Instead, embrace the heat wave with the NEW WUNDER2 Super-Stay Liquid Eyeliners that are available TODAY.
Available in 5 bold shades -Electric Blue, Orange Pop, Red Velvet, Glazed Chocolate, Gold Mine – these liquid liners contain a waterproof and smudge resistant 24-HR formula that will last throughout the day, adding ultra-pigmented color to any eye look. Now you can create any look you desire based on your mood, from polished and precise to super dramatic and winged out – there’s a color for all your summer festivities this season.
For more information go to: www.wunder2.com