Archives for February 10, 2015

Whole Foods Market-Instacart offer affordable, convenient Valentine’s Flower Delivery in Los Angeles Valentine's day Gift Suggestions

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Here are some of Whole Foods top picks for the season, and for the first time ever, shoppers will be able to order these bouquets (and other Valentine’s Day essentials) online for delivery in as little as one hour  via Instacart.

 

Whole Trade® roses: Like all Whole Trade products, these roses are produced in ways that ensure better wages and working conditions for farm workers, provide fair prices to producers and support community development programs.

  • Why it matters: Through Whole Trade floral purchase, Whole Foods Market has funded more than $11.2 million in premiums to support improvement programs – from housing projects and school scholarships to medical and dental treatments – for floral workers, their families and their communities across Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica.
  • Fun fact: Did you know that Americans bought an estimated 247 million roses last Valentine’s Day?* Imagine the impact we could make if even a quarter of this year’s were Whole Trade!

 

Responsibly Grown flowers: Blooms rated under Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Grown program means they come from farms that are taking major steps to protect air, soil, water and human health.

  • Why it matters: Not all flower farms are created equal. Responsibly Grown prohibits farmers from using some of the most hazardous pesticides still allowed in agriculture, and rewards growers who are protecting human health and the environment.
  • NOTE: The program is still rolling out across Whole Food Market nationwide. While all flowers are not yet rated, shoppers will find plenty of options to choose from. Look for “GOOD” “BETTER” or “BEST” Responsibly Grown labels in stores.

 

 

The scoop on sharing these picks (and more) via Instacart on a cupid-sized budget.

  • From Feb 9 to 15, shoppers across 15 major US markets can order flowers from Whole Foods Market via Instacartfor delivery in as little as one hour. (NOTE: floral options will not be available to view on Instacart before Feb. 9)

 

  • Instacart will be delivering flowers exclusively from Whole Foods Market for the holiday in three bouquet options: adozen red Whole Trade roses, a dozen non-red Whole Trade roses and a 20-stem bouquet of tulips. Prices start at around $25. Delivery fees range from $3.99 to $5.99, but first-time Instacart users get free delivery. Bouquets are delivered in festive paper wrap (not vases like the flowers you received).

 

  • The process is simple. Log on at Instacart.com or via the Instacart mobile app, pick your bouquet(s); use the “notes” feature to specify rose and tulip colors (we’ll do our best to fill it)** and what you’d like the handwritten card to say; choose a delivery window (within an hour, within two hours, or at a scheduled time); and check out.

 

  • Send more than just flowers! Include chocolates, candles, lotion or other romantic items, all curated by Whole Foods Market experts on Instacart’s Valentine’s Day aisle.

 

Credit including photo: Whole Foods. No compensation was received to post.

*AboutFlowers.com: Valentine’s Day Floral Statistics, http://www.aboutflowers.com/about-the-flower-industry/holiday-statistics/valentines-day.html

** Flower colors are subject to availability.

Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow.

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What’s not to love about a book about Love! Tackle Love’s trials and tribulations with the help of classic art from Little Golden Books in Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From A Little Golden Book (Random House/All Ages). This beautiful addition to the new York Times bestselling Everything I Need to Know series features favorite characters such as Saggy Baggy Elephant and Scuffy The Tugboat, alongside valuable tidbits of advice on the ups and downs of love.

I received a copy of this book and I just love it! I grew up reading Golden Books. They were my favorite when I was a little girl so I just seeing the familiar characters. But, this book is so much more than fun characters. I love the messages through out the book about finding love and also how special friendship is. It’s a wonderful book for children and adults of all ages!

This timeless collection is the perfect gift for anyone this upcoming Valentine’s Day!

You can find online at Random House.  It’s also available at Amazon.com, Target.com, B&N and many other retailers.

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this feature.

SuppressMint: 3-Hour Craving Control Breath Mint

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I received a sample bottle to try and it does seem to work. It did help reduce “snacking” cravings. It is also a benefit that my breath stayed fresh from the mints. I would recommend. I like that you also receive a small container that will fit easily in your purse. The mint taste is quite good too! There’s not a bitter after taste and they are slow-dissolving. They last well over a hour. I was actually surprised about the minty taste and that they seem to work with cravings. This seems to be a great way for those to stay on a diet. 

More info:

SuppressMint® is a dot-sized, long-lasting (3-hour) slow-dissolve time-release peppermint-flavored micro-tab that is fortified with the proven dietary supplement and appetite suppressant Chromax® (chromium picolinate).

You simply put the “dot” in your mouth between your gum and cheek where it takes up to three hours to dissolve — and then, forget about it.

During the time it takes to dissolve or “melt” many people report they lose their desire and cravings for foods that make us all overweight—especially refined carbohydrates (cakes, cookies, chips, ice-cream, donuts, pastries, soda, etc.).

The end result is that you have the willpower to overcome the temptations and cravings that these foods stimulate and the willpower to stay on a healthy dieting and eating program so you can lose all the unhealthy body fat you want and to keep it off for good.

Chromium picolinate, the active ingredient in SuppressMint is a safe, proven and highly effective mineral with 20 years of research behind it. It helps reduce cravings for foods high in sugar and fat (refined carbohydrates and saturated fats) while it helps stabilize blood sugar (glucose levels) and calm anxiety and stabilize emotions.

As the tiny, pleasant pleasant tasting SuppressMint dot rests comfortably and undetectably in your mouth for its hree hour slow-melt duration, it works on four levels to help you curb your cravings for high glycimic foods:

(1) Provides a sense of oral gratification for three hours. You don’t feel the emotional need to eat while it’s in your mouth.

(2)  The peppermint extract works directly on your brain’s appetite control center to help reduce cravings.

(3)  The chromium picolinate also helps sooth cravings by interacting with the brain’s “appestat,” reduces blood sugar levels so you burn more fat for energy instead of sugar and enhances positive mood states.

(4) Most people who diet develop metallic smelling breath caused by ketosis. SuppressMint keeps your breath fresh and your mouth moist for its three hour, slow-melt duration.

 

Available on Amazon.com. But, if you go to their website you can receive a 50% introductory discount. Simply go to www.SuppressMint.com. If you prefer just the breath mint without the chromium you can get the same discount at www.ForeverMints.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate an unbiased review. No other compensation was received.

Get the Look: Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards! Look by Celebrity Makeup Artist Sarah Tanno

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Celebrity makeup artist Sarah Tanno created a bold, smokey-eye look for Lady Gaga, who is performing a duet with Tony Bennett at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

 

Tanno was inspired by the “stunning silver gown that was custom-made for Gaga by Brandon Maxwell” and created a “metallic smokey eye” that would be “modern and gorgeous with this gown.”

 

EYESModern, metallic smokey eye

 

FACERadiant and soft, peach glow

LIPS: Soft, neutral color

 

Credit: Shiseido.