Travel Deals: Winter Savings

As the winter season sets in and travelers start thinking about their holiday escapes.  Check out the travel deals we’ve collected for you.

Special Opening Rates Introduced at Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo in Costa Rica

Just in time for Costa Rica’s peak season, known for stunning weather and outdoor adventure, the new Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo has launched special introductory rates, starting at $243 per night, for travel from January 6 through April 30, 2019. This offer is available for booking through November 30, 2018 – making it the perfect gift for the holidays and the ultimate reprieve from the harsh winter season. Nestled between lush mountains and the Pacific Ocean shoreline, Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo is the ultimate tropical escape where travelers can enjoy the serenity of lounging at the pool with a signature frozen concoction from the swim-up License to Chill Bar, or the exhilaration of embarking on a nearby tour of the Arenal Volcano, one of Americas’ most active volcanoes. To make a reservation, or for more information, visit www.MargaritavilleBeachResortCostaRica.com or call 1-844-569-8851.

Winter Sale Launched at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

To make the winter months feel a little less stressful, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is offering 30% off the best available rate when booking three nights or more before December 3, for travel now through December 25. Boasting spectacular oceanfront views, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach sits on Fort Lauderdale’s famed golden coastline, just minutes away from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District, Port Everglades and Broward Center for Performing Arts. With ample opportunity to bask in the Florida sunshine, either poolside, beachside or through numerous outdoor adventures, guests are encouraged to stroll through the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, take a tour of the historic Bonnet House – outfitted to celebrate the holidays or enjoy a festive local excursion ideal for families, The Polar Express Train, an hour-long round-trip journey.  To make a reservation, or for more information, visit www.Sonesta.com/FortLauderdale or call (954) 315-1460.

Texas Book Festival to Host Reading Rock Stars at 10 Elementary Schools in Austin on October 26

Texas Book Festival Adds 5 Campuses to Program This Year and Will Donate 5,500 Books to Austin Students with Reading Rock Stars Author Presentations

Texas Book Festival is proud to bring its successful school literacy program, Reading Rock Stars, to Austin on Friday, October 26, serving 10 Austin elementary schools and the Helping Hand Home. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars presentations bring books to life for children in low-income schools by inviting authors and illustrators into classrooms with entertaining presentations that inspire students to read, write, and create. Texas Book Festival is excited to expand their Reading Rock Stars presentations this year with 4 more campuses than last year, featuring 27 participating authors and illustrators who are all taking part in the 2018 Festival Weekend and over 5,500 books that will be donated to students.

Thanks to support from sponsors, including H-E-B Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation and the ECG Foundation, the Texas Book Festival provides each student with an autographed copy of their author’s book and provides the school library with a new set of books by the visiting Reading Rock Stars authors.

The authors will present to classes and then personally hand out signed copies of their books to students.

With this latest round of Reading Rock Stars, the Texas Book Festival will have coordinated 433 author visits and provided more than 93,000 books to students in Title I schools across Texas since its inception.

Media are invited to cover the Reading Rock Stars program at KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the school will host three authors who are part of the 2018 TBF Weekend Lineup – Arree Chung, who will present his new picture book MIXED: A Colorful Story; Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, who will present Hurricane Heroes in Texas, the latest installment in the award-winningand bestselling Magic Tree House series; and Ryan Calejo, author of the middle grade fantasy debut Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which is inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths. Texas Book Festival will donate a total of 800 books to KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School students.

For more information on the Texas Book Festival and Reading Rock Stars literacy program, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

Arree Chung – MIXED: A Colorful Story

Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce – Hurricane Heroes

Ryan Calejo – Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

Friday, October 26

8:15 a.m-8:45 a.m. – Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Arree Chung

9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Grade 2 and 3 – Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Grade 4 and 5 – Ryan Calejo

KIPP Austin Comunidad Elementary School

8004 Cameron Rd

Austin, TX 78754

About Texas Book Festival 

With a vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, the Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. The 2018 Texas Book Festival Weekend will take place October 27 – 28. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. Visit www.texasbookfestival.org for more information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #txbookfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @texasbookfest.

Expand Your Kitchen

Photography courtesy of Johnson Hardware.

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where family and friends gather. It’s also a space where you may seem to need more space, whether you’re making breakfast for the kids or hosting a big dinner party.

Using innovative wall-mount door hardware, you can unlock your kitchen’s potential by freeing up the “real estate” traditional swinging doors take up. Due to their unique space-saving possibilities, versatility and aesthetics, wall-mount sliding doors can make your kitchen more open and inviting.

A standard hinged door consumes 10-14 square feet of floor space to swing open and shut, putting kitchen space at a premium. Single or converging wall-mount sliding doors allow you to utilize this floor space for kitchen furnishings, storage, extra mingling room for guests and more. They also give kitchens a more spacious look and can enhance your home’s design flow, making it more welcoming and facilitating movement between rooms, which is essential for gatherings and larger families with children.

To maximize your kitchen’s footprint and optimize functionality, an option like wall-mount door hardware from Johnson Hardware can provide a new world of architectural possibilities for your kitchen, regardless of size or layout. Ideal for wider kitchen entryways, converging wall-mount door hardware allows doors to glide smoothly as they open whenever you want a free flow for entertaining or close for privacy during meal preparation.

Converging doors can add sophistication or create a cozy feel, depending on the hardware configuration and door style you choose. Available with or without fascia in either clear satin or bronze anodized aluminum, the U.S.-made hardware and track exceed ANSI safety standards and can successfully complete 100,000 opening and closing cycles. You can also add your own valance to match the door material and trim.

Wall-mounted sliding doors also work well for kitchen pantries and large recessed shelving areas where you want to conceal clutter and ensure clean, streamlined spaces. With Johnson’s array of hardware configurations, you can create personalized looks that integrate the door designs and materials you desire with options for doors up to 125 pounds, which are equipped with wall-mounted jump-proof aluminum box tracks and adjustable door hangers for easy installation, as well as options up to 400 pounds, featuring wall-mounted, heavy-gauge I-beam tracks and smooth-rolling, ball-bearing four-wheel hangers.

Installing wall-mount sliding door hardware in your kitchen – and beyond – can be an easy yet high-impact improvement that reduces space constraints while adding warmth, functionality and appeal to your home. For more information, visit johnsonhardware.com. (Family Features)

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Johnson Hardware

Life in the Fast Lane @ Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Six must-see crime cars on display for public viewing

Every year people visit car shows, both near their home, and even states away. The country has a fascination with both old and new models, and car shows give auto enthusiasts a way to see a variety of vehicles all at one time. It also gives them the up-close “look under the hood” experience they can’t get from flipping through a magazine or watching a television show. Car fans can also get up close to significant crime car history at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, where it’s life in the fast lane that attracts visitors as they peruse the six must-see vehicles on public display.

“So many people love cars of all types, and when they are featured in an historical event it makes them even more interesting to our visitors,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “Guests immediately start sharing their own connections to the cars’ stories and it’s special to be able to make these artifacts available to the public.

There are six crime and law enforcement related vehicles on display at the museum, two of which are located outdoors so are free to view. The other four are inside the museum in the Getaway Cars Gallery, which is part of regular admission. The vehicles on display at the museum include:

  • 1933 Essex Terraplane – Actually owned and not stolen by notorious bank robber John Dillinger, he purchased the car new in 1934. Dillinger escaped FBI agents in the car along with his girlfriend Evelyn Frechette, and a bullet from the shootout can still be seen from inside of the car. He soon had to abandon the car after crashing in a field, and signed it over to his brother. 
  • 1934 Ford V8 – The hole-ridden vintage Ford was featured as the death car in classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway. The ambush scene set new standards for onscreen violence, and the bullet holes seen in the car were made by local police who shot up the car for filming.  

  • 1968 Volkswagen Beetle – The museum’s VW Beetle was owned by serial killer Ted Bundy. The vehicle was integral to both his murders and his ultimate conviction when it yielded important DNA evidence. The car is displayed without the front passenger seat in the same way Bundy use the car.  

  • 1993 Ford Bronco – Owned and driven by OJ Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings, the white Bronco is the very vehicle where Simpson sat in the back seat during the slow speed chase that so many tuned in to witness.
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Car – Purchased new in 2007, the Dodge Charger in front of the museum was used by three members of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office during its 9-year career. It was retired in 2016, and found a new home on loan to the museum educating the public.
  • Government Surveillance Van – Located outside the museum, the van was used the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. A display inside the museum gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the cramped quarters law enforcement spends time in during a stakeout, with barely enough room to stand and little privacy to use the toilet. The van was in active criminal investigations, including drug crimes and burglary surveillance.

“Our Getaway Cars Gallery is a highly popular area of the museum, and for good reason, as most people own cars so they connect with their stories as objects,” added Penman. “Our crime cars each represent a cautionary tale, symbolizing a warning about the consequences of crime, while our law enforcement vehicles are positive reminders of all law enforcement does every day, both in public and behind-the-scenes, to keep us safe.” 

Alcatraz East Crime Museum offers a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits on all aspects of crime history, CSI, and law enforcement. Current temporary exhibits include “The Second Amendment” until September 2019, “It Happened Here: Tennessee Crimes & Justice,” until May 2019, and permanent displays featuring items such as “Old Smokey,” Tennessee’s electric chair. 

The museum is always adding to its collection, and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

Anti-Aging Products and Ingredients: Don’t Get Creamed by False Hope in a Jar

Separating the skincare heroes from the Zeroes

Here’s what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in-office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board-Certified Denver plastic surgeon Manish Shah says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.” 

Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin “feel” tighter. The effect is temporary and you won’t see noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Shah stresses that, “Skin “feeling” tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.” 

THE HEROES

Dr. Shah says, “Sunscreen SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use.  It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin.  Reapply every 2 hours, use a powder sun block and carry in your pocketbook for quick and easy sunscreen touchups.  My favorite powder sunblock is Colorescience, and my favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”

Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Shah.”  He adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one, or prescriptions such as Retin- A.”

Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun.  “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Shah.

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin.  Dr. Shah often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid. 

Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Shah states that, “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin’s ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin’s natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” So use a ceramide containing moisturizer for your whole body daily.

Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. “It’s the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin,” says Dr. Shah.  Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.

Green Tea Extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. It is an amazing antioxidant. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Shah offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”

THE ZEROES

The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil.  Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but it’s only temporary and doesn’t address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage and environmental factors.  Don’t be fooled by the anti-aging labels.  Unless there is an actual “active ingredient” such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.

B Vitamins Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it’s not going to make a difference. “Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin’s texture and color, but your skin can’t absorb them,” Dr. Shah explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin’s glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.

  1.   Much like a Starbucks Latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too. Until it wears off.  “Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes,” explains Dr. Shah.  “But don’t expect permanent results.”

Botanical extracts are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) for use in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. The issue: Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Shah explains that, “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down and rendered useless.”

Collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle products. Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin’s natural supply of these supportive elements. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in skin, and there isn’t any research indicating otherwise.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Australian Singer-Songwriter and Actress Madison Daniel Partners with Aranyani

Fast-Rising International star teams up with Indian designer for a unique global collaboration

Madison Daniel

Madison Daniel

Madison Daniel, a fast-rising singer-songwriter and actress from Australia represented by Ina Petersen’s, Inner Voice Artists, in the U.S, has just announced a long-term partnership with Aranyani, a leading luxury brand for men and women’s handbags. With a mission to connect humankind with nature through stories and works of art across the globe, the Aranyani team plans to expand on an international scale by partnering with Madison Daniel to reach her widespread audience, as the young star continues to make her mark in the music and film industries.

Madison Daniel started acting at an early age, and shortly after developed a creative interest in music, taking up not only singing but also the piano and guitar, as well as a passion for fashion.  After meeting at New York Fashion Week this September, Haresh Mirpuri, CEO and Founder of Aranyani, instantly connected with Madison Daniel in realizing they shared a similar goal, which is not only to share a peaceful message with the world, but also exposing its hidden beauty through different forms of art.

Through the new partnership, Madison Daniel reflects the brand’s continued focus on celebrating and appreciating the environment as well as encouraging a conscious fashion trend. Drawing inspiration from their communities, Madison Daniel and Aranyani will collaborate on a handbag design that will also feature note sheets from Madison Daniel’s original music, as the young artist promotes the custom-made design on social media to her audience and fans.

Madison Daniel + Haresh Mirpuri at the ARANYANI Fashion Show.

Madison Daniel + Haresh Mirpuri at the ARANYANI Fashion Show.

As Aranyani and Madison Daniel continue to rapidly expand their worldwide fan base, the new partnership will help them engage with new audiences from around the world.

“I’m honored to be working with such talented, creative and enthusiastic designers for this fashion and accessories collection,” said Madison Daniel. “Each design captures the elements of nature through unique symbolism and textures, and I’m excited to share these creative visions with my supportive fans and incorporating them into my art, as I continue to grow and evolve as an artist.”

“Three years ago, I came upon this anonymous wise saying, ‘We do not inherit our Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.’ It’s a simple and yet the most insightful statement that made me look at our world from a different perspective,” said Haresh Mirpuri. This perspective led to the creation of our very own brand Aranyani. Aranyani’s vision is to connect humankind to nature through stories and works of art. With this connection we believe we contribute to Earth’s well-being in our own way. It is a blessing to connect with artists with creative souls like Madison, and who we can collaborate with to share our message through art with the world.”

The deal was brokered by Ina Petersen (Inner Voice Artists) on behalf of Madison Daniel, and Yenifer Lam on behalf of Aranyani.

About Madison Daniel:

Madison Daniel is a fast-rising 21-year-old singer-songwriter and actress whose roots in the seaside town of Mount Martha, Melbourne, Australia, lend her a unique sound that encompasses all genres, from pop to indie and even rock and hip hop. In July 2018, Madison’s Australian commercial hit record, ‘LOVE IS LOVE’, officially made its U.S. debut by way of Spotify and iTunes, and the music video was released shortly thereafter. The song delves into why we as human beings need to rid ourselves and our world of judgement and bias, and allow our fellow human beings to love as they wish. The song was inspired by and celebrates the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, an issue near and dear to Madison’s heart, but its message is worldwide and certainly relevant to the U.S. political climate. Her latest single, ‘DROPKICK’, was released during New York Fashion Week to strong critical acclaim and praise from the music industry. Madison Daniel is currently busy working on new music to be released in early, 2019.

About Aranyani:

ARANYANI has been founded using the skills and experience of people who have spent decades in the fashion Industry. The founder, Haresh Mirpuri, comes with 25 years in the fashion and manufacturing industry.

ARANYANI means goddess of the forest, as such the brand brings a unique forest-inspired experience to the discerning world class consumer, each product is inspired by nature, and tells its story. We hope our customers become ambassadors of nature and convey the message with others. As we empower humans that relate to our mission, let us connect and protect nature. ARANYANI is not just sharing a story but it’s highlighting a common thread that impacts humanity.

Each product is hand painted by Indian artisans, the brand goes beyond luxury and art, it empowers people to further their skills and therefore supports their economic development. We take pride in each product, it is carefully crafted with preserved Italian craftsmanship made in India.

On July 12, 2018, the brand was invited to be an exhibitor at the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan and supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the campaign unites impact driven fashion brands addressing the most pressing issues facing our world today. The initiative celebrates the innovators actively engaged in conscious fashion as instrumental champions for worldwide good toward our sustainable future. As we continue our journey we are thrill to partner with Madison a young artist seeking to share a message of love with the world.

5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

Many pet parents who eat healthy and care about where their food is coming from have those same thoughts about their pet’s food, as well as their family’s. Healthy eating is as simple as being mindful of what you eat and being more aware of the origin of your food and its ingredients.

These tips can help your whole family lead a more healthy life. For more information and tips for sharing your healthy lifestyle with your pet, visit Nutro.com.

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  1. Nosh on Nutrients – Opt for healthy, recognizable ingredients instead of overly processed foods. Make sure you’re providing your family with plenty of fruits, vegetables and quality proteins, such as chicken, salmon or lamb. These ingredients are also beneficial for dogs, so look for a pet food that includes them as well.

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  1. Be Mindful of Your Meals – Being more aware of what you’re putting into your body is a first step toward making better choices. Try keeping a food journal to keep yourself more accountable for everything you eat. Jot down when you eat and how it makes you feel to help recognize which foods are making you feel good and which ones aren’t.

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  1. Have Dinner at Home – When you cook dinner at home, you have more control over the ingredients your family is consuming. Try to cook at home most nights to avoid potentially unhealthy restaurant fare that could have an unexpectedly high calorie count. It’s also an opportunity to spend quality family time at home and build cherished memories. Allow your dog to share in the family experience by serving him dinner at the same time. Plus, he’ll likely be less tempted to beg for table food if he has his own bowl to keep him busy.

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  1. Teach Your Tots – Educate your family members about nutrition and include them in the process, from the grocery store to the kitchen to the table. The more you know about your food and the nutrition it provides, the healthier the choices you can make to maintain a healthy life. By incorporating your kids in the kitchen and allowing them to help cook, you can set them up for a greater chance of success in their own kitchen someday.

  1. Don’t Forget the Dog – Some pet food brands make it simpler to share a food philosophy with your pet. For example, with its NUTRO FEED CLEAN™ philosophy, the NUTRO™ brand promises its recipes are simple, purposeful and trustworthy. Just like the food you’d want to feed your family, its dry dog food recipes are made with real, recognizable ingredients as close to their native form as possible. (Family Features)

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Nutro

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Spoils Customers with New RITUALS Beauty Line

Exclusive Products by Europe’s Leading Bath and Beauty Brand to Launch This Month

When the winter timetable starts on Sunday, October 28, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will pamper its customers with an exclusive product line with Europe’s leading bath and beauty brand, RITUALS – The Amsterdam Collection. The products have been developed specially for KLM customers and consist of products that evoke the ultimate sense of relaxation during and after the flight.

In creating the Amsterdam Collection, RITUALS was inspired by the idea of “Where the Far East and the historical West first met.” The scents in the new line are a reflection of Dutch tulips and Japanese yuzu. The RITUALS products will be introduced on board in phases starting Sunday 28 October 2018.

The look and feel of ‘The Amsterdam Collection’ is inspired by the design of ‘The vase with lid’ (dated 1695-1700) by the artist Gerrit Pietersz. Kam. The vase has been owned by the Rijksmuseum since 1969. The flowers and branches on the vase with lid are based on Asian ceramics and textiles.

RITUALS in Economy Class and World Business Class

The new RITUALS care products are available exclusively on KLM flights. For Economy Class customers, there will be hand care foam in the lavatories. World Business Class passengers will also have access to hand and body lotion, hair gel, and body mist in the lavatories. They will also receive a stylish set of face moisturizer and lip balm.

Tulips and yuzu

Tulips are known for their soothing and softening effect on dry and sensitive skin. They help protect against free radicals and have moisturizing properties that prevent skin from ageing. Yuzu is both a citrus tree and fruit. The yuzu – sometimes called the Japanese citron – is highly nutritious. Its juice is often used as a painkiller and promotes relaxation. The fruit’s flesh is rich in antioxidants.

For KLM, the partnership with RITUALS is a new step in giving KLM passengers a memorable travel experience, allowing them to arrive at their destination refreshed, rested, and energised.

About RITUALS

RITUALS is the first brand in the world to combine home and body cosmetics. With an expansive product line including body care, scented candles, fragrance sticks, assorted teas, skin care, precious mineral make-up, and Soulwear, the brand transforms everyday routines into more meaningful moments. Each product, over 400 in total, is inspired by an ancient Eastern tradition. In 2000, RITUALS opened its first store on Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat, followed by openings in such vibrant cities as London, Madrid, Antwerp, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, Stockholm and New York. The luxury brand has almost 750 stores, more than 2500 shop-in-shops and 4 city spas in 27 countries worldwide.

This Key Threat to Fortune 500 Companies Often Goes Unaddressed

Written by Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Fortune 500 companies have an impressive aura around them and well-earned reputations. Their leaders have achieved what many smaller companies’ executives aspire to accomplish. However, they also encounter more difficult challenges than one might expect. Despite the major resources that Fortune 500 companies possess, or rather, precisely because of them, Fortune 500 companies still face plenty of security risks. The target on a Fortune 500 company is much bigger than that of a small business because there’s inherently more value in compromising them.

Unfortunately, these companies also experience breaches coming from a widespread threat that no one seems to know how to address. It’s the cause of 95 percent of big attacks on Fortune 500 companies; namely, theft of employee credentials, usually via phish. How do cybercriminals exploit the threat to these companies?

It Starts with Stealing Credentials

Even though Fortune 500 companies go to great lengths to prevent breaches and data theft by hackers, it’s still happening. That’s because despite these companies’ heavy investments in cybersecurity, humans will always be the weakest link in almost any security system.

For example, if a phishing email finds its way into an employee’s inbox, there aren’t many ways to prevent that employee from opening it, and then clicking on a suspicious link or otherwise letting hackers compromise their credentials. Once that happens, hackers can move on to inflict further damage with malware, gaining access to essential servers.

Executing the Attack

Once they breach a company’s defenses, hackers can carry out their attacks in various ways. There are plenty of targets they can infest with malware and make inoperable. Criminals can steal or wipe valuable data, destroy the backup systems, and wreak havoc on disaster recovery systems. It’s a costly battle for Fortune 500 companies, and extremely difficult to recover from.

Preventing the Phishing Threat

Once the cybercriminals invade your infrastructure, it’s hard to rout them out before damage is done. That’s why preventing that first successful phishing attack is critical.

Relying on training your employees to recognize and report phishing attacks does not always yield the desired results. Even alert and motivated employees don’t have the knowledge and skills of a security manager.

Fortunately, once you stop the 95 percent of threats that arrive by phishing, the remaining five percent of attacks are easily preventable by regular patching and updating your security systems.

Area 1 Security offers phishing protection that you can add to the cyber security solutions you already have. We proactively cover your greatest vulnerabilities and prevent the majority of dangerous attacks, while your existing cybersecurity tackles everything else.

Detecting a phishing attack proactively, before it even becomes a threat, is the only way to stop phish from continuously landing in your employees’ inboxes. With Area 1 Horizon, you can stop phishing once and for all.