Archives for June 21, 2016

Summer is Here! Summer Must Haves!

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Here are some of our Favorite Must-Haves for the Summer!

Family Game Nights are a real must-do!

Camera Roll~
The  iPhone is one of the most popular games in the world, but how often do people look at those pictures? Do you really know what you have on your camera roll? Do you have a snapshot from a BIRTHDAY PARTY? How about a picture from your VACATION? Maybe now you’ll find a reason to show off that SUNSET pic you took 6 months ago! You have 30 seconds to find it. Every player is involved in every round! Just find a photo to match the description on the card – which means some images could be left to your interpretation! Will YOUR picture best fit the card description? Will you have the winning Camera Roll?

This one is a lot of fun for Teens and Adults! I like that it is focused on photos since taking photos is one of my favorite things to do!

Name 5 ~
Name 5 is the cool new party game that asks the easy questions most people know the answers to. Sure you know one Tom Hanks movie, one Tina Turner song…Maybe even two…But can you name 5?  This game will have players picking their brains to Name 5.  More info on both games at

This one is a real fun game for the whole family! I like that you can have fun and learn at the same time!

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Drinking More Water in this heat is also a must-do!

Healthy High pH Water is new to me and I am impressed with the taste!  I like the health benefits from drinking Alkaline88 Water!

Many athletes and celebrities included are attracted to the benefits of an alkaline diet as balanced body pH results in greater energy, more restful sleep, improved digestion and fewer colds according to some medical authorities.

Alkaline88,, favored by Brande Roderick and Tim Tebow, achieves its 8.8 pH level through a state-of-the-art, completely chemical-free scientific process.


Dr. Jamie Koufman, an internationally renowned expert on reflux, and researcher Dr. Nikki Johnston studied how alkaline water destroyed pepsin, a stomach enzyme that when activated by acid causes painful reflux symptoms that can lead to cancer. According to the findings published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, July 2012, natural artesian alkaline water with an 8.8 pH instantaneously inactivated human pepsin in laboratory studies. Ordinary tap and bottled waters had no such effect.

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Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? I love Iced tea in the Summer!

Celebrate With Choice Organic Teas!


To Celebrate Iced Tea Month right, here are easy steps to brewing perfectly balanced iced tea:

  • Start any cup of tea by boiling fresh, filtered water.
    • For best results, black and herbal teas should be steeped with water right off the boil (around 212°).
    • Green, white, or oolong teas are best brewed with water just before it’s boiled (180-190°).
  • For every 8 oz (1 cup) serving of iced tea you wish to brew, you’ll want one tea bag or 1 tsp (2-3 g) loose leaf.
  • Make a double strength concentrate by steeping the tea bag or tea leaves in half the amount of water as you would for hot tea, for an 8 oz cup you’ll brew a 1/2 cup (4 oz) concentrate.
  • Now, steep your concentrate! Here is a quick guide to steep times:
    Black: 3-4 min, Herbal: 5 min, Green: 2-3 minutes, Oolong: 2-3 min, White: 1-3 min.
    See chart below for a great reference for steep time and temperatures.
  • Once your tea has steeped, remove the tea bag or strain the leaves with a sieve or brewing basket, then add cold or tepid water to create 1 full cup of tea.
  • Pour over ice, and enjoy! If you like, you can add your favorite sweetener or a twist of lemon.


First up in our Iced Tea Month recipe series is Berry Peach Rooibos. This is a fruity, refreshing, caffeine-free iced beverage to please kids and adults alike! Summer fruits pair perfectly with the vanilla and honey notes of rooibos creating a subtly sweet, refreshingly cool drink. This iced tea calls for relaxing in the shade with family on a hot summer day.

Berry Peach Rooibos Iced Tea:
– 1 peach, thinly sliced
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 1/2 -2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
– 4 Rooibos tea bags
– 4 cups of water
– ice
1. Start by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place the tea bags in a heat safe measuring cup and pour 1 cup of boiled water over the tea bags; steep for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bags and add the honey to the hot tea, stir until the honey is dissolved.
4. Put the peach slices and blueberries in the bottom of a pitcher and pour in the tea and honey concentrate.
5. Add the remaining 3 cups of water, make sure it is tepid or cool, not hot!
6. Stir up the fruit and tea to combine.
For a stronger fruit infusion, refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Serve over ice.
Makes approximately four 8 oz servings.

This one is my favorite new Iced Tea Recipe! It tastes delicious and is super easy to make!

Fresh summer berries and herbs highlight this bright, earthy Chinese green tea, Dragon Well. Delicately flavored, aromatic, and a lovely red hue make this iced tea a hit at a summer time lunch or dinner.

Blackberry Basil Green Tea Ingredients:
– 6 cups water
– 6 tea bags of Dragon Well Green Tea
– 3 Tbsp agave (or to taste)
– 4 stems fresh basil leaves
– 1 cup fresh blackberries
– ice
– lemon slices to serve (optional) Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup
3. Remove the water from heat just before it starts to boil (around 190 degrees) and pour 2 cups of hot water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Add agave to hot tea and stir to incorporate. Set aside to cool.
6. Place blackberries and basil in the bottom of a pitcher or serving container, set aside a handful of each for garnish.
7. Pour tea into pitcher over blackberries and basil. Muddle the blackberries, basil, and tea gently for 15 seconds to release juices and flavor.
8. Add the remaining 4 cups of water to the pitcher.
9. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
10. Serve over ice
11. Top each glass with basil leaf and a few berries, serve with a lemon wedge if desired.
Makes approximately six 8oz servings.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Summer Round Up of Favorite Summer Products! Photo Credit: The above companies. Recipes provided by Choice Organic Teas.

Universal Studios Hollywood Debuts Streamlined New Logo as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Rolls Out the Red Carpet In Celebration of its Newly Transformed World-Class Destination

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As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles and one of the most progressive theme parks anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates its ambitious epic revitalization with the introduction of a streamlined new logo, epitomizing the arrival of a newly transformed world-class entertainment destination.

Five years ago, Universal Studios Hollywood initiated an unprecedented undertaking to reimagine its theme park with highly detailed immersive rides and attractions, and embarked on building an infrastructure designed to support this monumental transformation—the most significant in the park’s storied history.

Representing the theme park’s single largest investment ever made, this sweeping makeover has had an astounding effect on the destination in which 75 percent of The Entertainment Capital of L.A. has been completely reimagined.

And while the arrival of the theme park’s much-anticipated, highly acclaimed opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” marked the culmination of this elaborate period of development, the progression of Universal Studios Hollywood continues with major investments in sophisticated new rides and attractions.

“This is a very exciting time for Universal Studios Hollywood, and as an economic leader we are excited about the impact our revitalized theme park will continue to have on L.A.’s thriving tourism,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “The dramatic changes that have taken place over the past five years have substantially altered the look, feel and experience of our park to redefine us as an entirely new destination and we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the globe to a new Universal Studios Hollywood.”

“As an iconic symbol of our theme park, the introduction of a refined logo further represents our approach to our ever-evolving destination,” continued Mr. Kurzweil.

With support from parent company, Comcast, Universal Studios Hollywood successfully transformed the decades’ old park into a new theme park, launching a slate of next generation rides and expansive lands designed to further immerse guests into the worlds of favorite movies and television shows.  “Transformers: The Ride—3D” arrived in 2012, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and Super Silly Fun Land opened in 2014, “Springfield,” located adjacent to the popular “The Simpsons Ride” and “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” roared to life in 2015, culminating with the much-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in 2016.

Universal Studios Hollywood is always at the forefront of what’s considered topical and will unlock its “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” doors on July 4, 2016 for its all-new permanent attraction based on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction will be a real-life interpretation of AMC’s award-winning television series.  To elevate its authenticity, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB Efx. Nicotero’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will construct prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to the attraction walkers.

Under the scope of its recent transformation, Universal Studios Hollywood also added visually cohesive architectural theming throughout the theme park that paired the lavish designs of old Hollywood Art Deco glamor with modern sensibilities. From the 2013 installation of the 37,000 square foot Universal Plaza outdoor piazza to the stylish entry portal for the world-renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, and everywhere along the way to create, Art Deco flourishes for a consistent aesthetics appeal.

The theme park’s signature Studio Tour also played a significant role in the step-by-step reinvention of Universal Studios Hollywood. The signature attraction that has offered millions of guests unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the world’s most alluring business—Hollywood movie-making—rolled out a fleet of a new, contemporary trams further providing guests with the best seat in the house as they peek behind the velvet curtain.

In tandem with the Studio Tour’s enhancement, Universal put the pedal to the metal with the 2015 debut of  “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” which raced onto the scene in the groundbreaking new 3D-HD thrill ride featuring the film series original cast members.

Since its inception over 50 years ago, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the top of its game, taking innovation, imagination and inspiration to meteoric levels working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri, Greg Nicotero and JK Rowling—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

Ingenuity transcends to the destination’s adjacent lifestyle center, Universal CityWalk, which in its 20th year is undergoing a similar revitalization on the heels of the theme park’s update.

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Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.