Air Partner Counts Down to 2019 with Jetcard Promotion & Last-Minute Luxury Getaways

Private Jet Charter Company Offers Customized New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the Sky, Including Over the Top Private Firework Viewings from 35,000 feet 

Air Partner, a global leader in private aviation, today launched a special JetCard promotion, last-minute New Year’s Eve pricing and customizable itineraries for those seeking a holiday escape that is, quite literally, over the top.   Already rated the #1 most flexible private jet membership by Conklin & de Decker, Air Partner’s JetCard comes with an added bonus this season one complimentary hour for new JetCard members who purchase fifteen hours in flights before January 31.

Air Partner offers private flights to some of the most sought-after destinations, and there are a variety of options available for New Year’s Eve travel, said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S. Whether it’s to see the ball drop in New York City or fireworks at Copacabana Beach, our customers are granted any wish they desire, flying on their own terms with a tailored and unforgettable experience.

With different sized aircrafts available, Air Partner ensures that the whole crew can ring in the New Year together. Those seeking a practical and comfortable flight from Van Nuys to Las Vegas or Chicago to New York can choose a popular light jet, a Cessna Citation . From London to Boston, and other long-distance routes, passengers can select to move freely in the spacious and quiet cabin of a Challenger 604 with its ample baggage bay accessible during flight. The Hawker 800XP is a mid-size private jet with stand headroom, separate forward galley and rear bathroom, ideal for flyers traveling between short and long-distance trips. With a JetCard membership, travelers can upgrade their aircraft category from a light jet to a super midsize jet without a premium.

Traveling with Air Partner is ideal for those looking to skip the traditional at-home party, and toast to 2019 in the destination of their dreams or even from the sky. Sample Air Partner New Year’s Eve itineraries and pricing introduced today include:

  • Atlanta, GA (PDK) to Nassau, Bahamas (MYNN)
    • Light Jet $42,395
    • Midsize Jet $49,247
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNY) to Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
    • Light Jet $15,872
    • Super Light Jet $12,988
  • Miami, FL (OPF) to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (SBRJ)
    • Heavy Jet $207,060
    • Ultra Long-Range Jet $253,740
  • London, UK (EGLF) to Boston, MA (BOS)
    • Heavy Jet $139,562
  • Houston, TX(HOU) to Miami, FL (OPF)
    • Super Light Jet $41,552
    • Midsize Jet $44,826
  • Chicago, IL (MDW) to New York, NY (TEB)
    • Light Jet $33,777
    • Midsize Jet $41,997

Revellers who aren’t ready to let the party end can go back in time, booking a flight that moves eastward across the International Date Line and celebrating in two spots, for example from Sydney to Hawaii. For those seeking to watch the ball drop in Times Square or dance the night away in South Beach, Air Partner will do the work to make it happen. The party in the sky can be customized at 35,000 feet above, with fine spirits, a catered dinner, and even a private showing of the very best fireworks celebrations. With access to a 24/7 global support team, exceptional quality service, and dedicated account managers, jetsetters will enjoy a seamless and memorable New Year’s Eve experience.

For further information or to book a flight  please visit www.airpartner.com. Follow Air Partner Instagram / Twitter @airpartnerusa and Facebook @airpartnerplc. 

About Air Partner

Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions: Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing; and the Consulting & Training division, comprising the aviation safety consultancies, Baines Simmons, Clockwork Research and SafeSkys, as well as Air Partner?s Emergency Planning Division. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Consulting & Training (Baines Simmons, Clockwork Research, SafeSkys and Air Partner’s Emergency Planning Division). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Air Partner Remarketing, which is within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programs for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in aviation safety consulting specializing in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Clockwork Research is a leading fatigue risk management consultancy. SafeSkys is a leading Environmental and Air Traffic Control services provider to UK and International airports. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide. www.airpartner.com. 

*Prices may vary and subject to availability during time of booking. Rates based on round-trip flights and non-inclusive of taxes. JetCard offer valid through December 31,2018.

Your Festive Season Gift List is One-Button-and-Done with Bouquet Bar

BouquetBar.com offers luxury gift boxes for everyone on your list, delivered at the click of a button

The festive season shopping rush is upon us, and Bouquet Bar  has everything you need to get ahead of the festive season rush and be the season’s hottest gift-giving connoisseur. Featured on Shark Tank, Bouquet Bar puts a curated collection of luxury gift boxes at your fingertips, delivering those hard-to-find, “how did you know?” items to everyone on your list with the simple touch of a button. So much more than flowers, Bouquet Bar’s newest Black Box is the ultimate win-win for the man who has everything. In need of a last-minute hostess gift? Bouquet Bar is on it, with free shipping and next-day delivery.

“We believe gifting is an art,” says CEO David Yusuf, who co-founded Bouquet Bar alongside Alex Amidi and Sal Aziz in January 2017. “When you send one of our designer gift boxes to your loved ones, friends or a family member, that person will never see gifting the same.” Combining the old-world tradition of gifting as an expression of love, gratitude and friendship with the convenience of modern technology, Bouquet Bar puts a new spin on a cherished art form. That’s why clients like the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Google and Neiman Marcus rely on Bouquet Bar to make thoughtful gifting effortless.

At BouquetBar, you can design your gift box, add a personal note and a customized box label for an extra special touch. With a 100% freshness guarantee and gift options starting at just at $49.99, make Bouquet Bar your one-stop luxury shop this holiday season. Start gifting now at BouquetBar and follow on Instagram @theBouquetBar for giveaways, curated gift features and more.

About Bouquet Bar:

Bouquet Bar is a luxury, yet affordable, gifting company founded in 2017 by David Yusuf, Alex Amidi and Sal Aziz. The founders aimed to make the gifting experience more meaningful and unique by bringing their vision to life with Bouquet Bar. Now the company is rapidly redefining The Art of Gifting™ with the delivery of luxurious, custom gift boxes and gorgeous floral designs for any occasion and sentiment. Learn all about Bouquet Bar at BouquetBar and follow @theBouquetBar on Instagram.

Practical Tips to Prep for Festive Season Travel

Planning travel around the festive season is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.

During the hustle and bustle of the festive season, concerns about health and safety can fall by the wayside, but some medical emergencies – whether it be an unforeseen accident, food reaction or chronic condition – are more prevalent during the holiday season. For example, the American Heart Association notes the highest incidence rate of cardiac mortality for the entire year occurs between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Food poisoning, intoxication, traffic accidents and injuries related to burns and decorations, among other incidents, also result in higher amounts of emergency room visits during the holidays.

This year, with festive season travel volume projected to be its highest since 2005 in the United States, according to AAA, take heightened precautions to prepare for the unexpected and protect your health and safety.

Schedule a safety net. During the festive season, disruptions to your travel schedule are practically a guarantee. Plan for the inevitable by creating a travel schedule that gives you ample cushion for interruptions like traffic delays and late flights.

Carry your health history with you. While medical emergencies may not be predictable, having pertinent medical information for everyone in your party can make an unexpected medical event less problematic. Particularly for caregivers, whether your charges are children or aging adults, a tool like the Backpack Health app can help you get organized. The free mobile app provides secure access to personalized, comprehensive medical information and documents, including wellness, illnesses, injuries, chronic health conditions, physicians, prescriptions, allergies and treatments, in one central location on your mobile device. It is also multilingual, providing peace of mind even if traveling abroad and information needs translated for a medical professional.

“Especially for people living with chronic, serious and rare conditions, holiday travel often disrupts health routines – like skipping or rescheduling medical appointments and treatments or forgetting to refill, pack and take medications – and can rob people of enjoying time with friends and family,” said Jim Cavan, president and CEO of Backpack Health. “If you’re traveling across the globe or across town, having extensive medical history, for both you and your loved ones, at your fingertips offers assurance to enjoy the festive season with more peace of mind without the burden of carrying medical folders.”

For more information and to download the app, visit backpackhealth.com.

Pack for the unexpected. Plan around delays by ensuring you have snacks and entertainment to divert antsy children (and adults). Be sure to keep medications in your carry-on bags or where you can easily access them in the car. If you’re traveling by car, carry an emergency kit with items such as extra blankets, a first-aid kit and roadside flares.

Watch the weather. If you’ll be traveling to an area that experiences severe winter weather, or if you live in an area that could have wintry weather when you return, it’s a good idea to keep close tabs on the forecast. Timing your arrival differently by hours or a day can make a major difference in your travel time and safety.

As you embark on this year’s travel adventures, keep the spirit of the season alive and focus on all the good that awaits when you arrive. (Family Features)

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Veterans and First Responders Invited to Bring Pets in for Free Pet Veterinary Services

Paws of War will be offering free pet care services for vets and first responders in need with their new mobile “Vets for Vets” program.

On December 6, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Paws of War will be holding their new “Vets for “Vets” mobile veterinary clinic. Veterans and first responders in need are invited to bring their pets to the mobile clinic for care. The event will be held at the new Paws of War office, located at 127-7 Smithtown Blvd in Nesconset. Veterinary professionals will be on hand to provide a variety of free services. There will also be refreshments served.

“We are really excited about the December 6th clinic as we have gotten so many requests from the disabled veteran community,” says Dori Scofield, co-founder of Paws of War. “This is going to be a rewarding day for us and we hope to see many people stop by to check it out and support what we are doing.”

The mobile vet clinic event will include Dr. Julianne Gerbino of the Animal Hospital of Nesconset. She will be providing pets with free exams, vaccines, micro-chipping, nail clipping, and more. Dr. William Phelps will also be at the event to provide life-saving chemotherapy to “Lexi,” a U.S. Marine veteran’s dog who was diagnosed with lymphoma. Additionally, there will be a professional dog trainer and groomer on hand to offer assistance.

The Paws of War mobile veterinary clinic’s mission is to help both disabled veterans and first responders be able to care for their pets. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 4 million veterans who have a service-connected disability, which is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active duty military service. 

“The mobile veterinary clinic helps us further expand our mission to provide assistance to veterans in need,” explained Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War. “We are just getting started with it and can already tell it’s going to be a great service that is provided to an amazing group of people.”

Paws of War was able to obtain a used 2006 26-foot RV that was in need of serious repair. The original manufacturer, La Boit Specialty Vehicles, offered to completely refurbish it, free of charge, to help turn it into the fully customized mobile veterinary clinic it is today. Some of the veterinary services that will be provided by the Vets for Vets mobile clinic include annual vaccinations, dental care, allergy care, grooming/nail trimming, microchipping, wellness checks, minor surgeries, bloodwork/testing, and more.

Paws of War is currently seeking a sponsor for the “Vets for Vets” mobile clinic. Those interested in sponsoring the clinic should contact the organization for more details and information. Paws of War is an all-volunteer organization that provides assistance to military members and their pets and provides service and service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD. To learn more about Paws of War or make a donation to support their efforts, visit their site at: http://pawsofwar.org. 

About Paws of War

Paws of War is a 501c3 organization devoted to helping both animals and veterans. The Paws of War goal is to train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans who suffer from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD. In turn, each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. To learn more about Paws of War, visit the site at www.pawsofwar.org.

Sources:

U.S. Census Bureau. Veterans Day 2017. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2017/veterans-day.html.

What to Get the Man Who Has Everything this Festive Season

The Fishing Caddy makes a perfect gift for the man who likes to get outdoors

According to the Pew Research Center, 80 percent of people engage in online shopping, and this festive season that trend will continue. People love the convenience of online shopping, but there is a downside, too. Narrowing down the right gift, especially for the man who has everything, can be a daunting task. Type “gifts for men” into Google and you get over 1 billion results to choose from. The Fishing Caddy helps make the decision simple, affordable, and ensures that the person receiving the gift is going to love (and use) what they get.

“Everyone wants to find a great and functional gift for the man on their gift-buying list,” explains Joe Pippins, creator and founder of The Fishing Caddy. “With the Fishing Caddy there is simply no reason to look further. It’s been designed to be something that pleases nearly all men, and a lot of women and families, too.”

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The Fishing Caddy is a popular gift this holiday season because of the simplicity, functionality, and the fact that people love it so much. It has been designed to make their time spent fishing more enjoyable and easier. The device is an all-in-one organization system that those who fish take with them anywhere. In fact, it’s been dubbed the “Swiss Army knife of fishing tools,” by the Outdoor Foundation. 

There are numerous reasons why The Fishing Caddy makes a perfect gift this holiday, including:

  • It’s all made in America and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and a two-year warranty.
  • It offers complete organizations for anglers. Everything they need is at their fingertips. The Fishing Caddy features a built-in cup holder, two rod holders, LED lights, a live well for fish that are caught, and more. It puts all the tackle in one easy-to-carry device. Plus, it won’t tip over due to water weight.
  • The device has been designed to help people detect bites faster. The rods are kept closer by, which makes it easier to detect even the slightest movements.
  • The Fishing Caddy gives someone a gift of enjoyable outdoor time. They will have more time being organized while they do what they love. It helps to take the stress out of fishing, making it easier to carry everything they need.
  • It’s an affordable gift that won’t sit in the back of a closet. Not only will people want to use it all year long, but prices for them start at only $69.95 and range to $129.

“Anyone who loves to fish will love The Fishing Caddy,” added Pippins. “They can grab their caddy and head out for some peace and quiet as they drop their line in the water. It’s the gift that will give to them all year long.”

The Fishing Caddy is a device that can be used all year long, including for ice fishing, bank fishing, and kayak and boat fishing. It’s suitable for adults and children, as well as makes for a great family gift. The caddy is an all-in-one fishing system.

The Fishing Caddy was successfully launched in 2017 after Pippens, who grew up poor and was once homeless, developed the idea. He was able to raise $15,000 in seed money through a Kickstarter campaign, and then won the product competition on the Steve Harvey “FUNDERDOME” show, where he was awarded a prize of $20,000 seed money. 

Billed as the world’s first all-in-one fishing system, it has been designed to help make fishing more enjoyable and give people more time to fish, rather than track down and organize their tackle and supplies. The Fishing Caddy is available online at Amazon, at select Scheels locations, Etsy, and at the company website: https://thefishingcaddy.com.

About The Fishing Caddy

The Fishing Caddy is the world’s first all-in-one fishing system. Created by Joe Pippins, the caddy offers anglers an easy and simplified way to head out fishing. Features on the caddy include two rod holders, a cup holder, live well for storing fish, tackle box, and a padded seat option. The Fishing Caddy is made in the USA and comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit the site at: https://thefishingcaddy.com.

Source: 

Pew Research Center. Online shipping and e-commerce. http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/12/19/online-shopping-and-e-commerce/.

Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness

As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

Having an emergency preparation plan lets your family immediately shift into a proactive stance when an unexpected event, like power loss, occurs. Your plan may include assembling an emergency kit and talking with your kids about how to respond in certain situations, as well as assessing your supplies and resources. This includes items like blankets, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries. Families can also benefit from portable generators, which reduce worries and risks associated with unexpected power outages.

Portable generators provide reliable backup energy during dangerous power outages so you’re ready for whatever winter may bring. However, portable generators can also pose serious health risks when used improperly. Before severe winter weather hits, consider educating yourself about how to safely protect your family.

Generator models that comply with the American National Standards Institute/Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association G300 Standard, for example, provide enhanced safety through carbon monoxide sensors and shutdown features that help protect your family from dangerous carbon monoxide buildup.

Whether you purchase a new generator or rely on an older model, the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association recommends these safety precautions to safely use your portable generator and avoid the dangers misuse and carbon monoxide can present:

  • Always read the operator’s manual first and follow the manufacturer’s recommended precautions and procedures, as well as instruction on safe operation and potential hazards.
  • Know that you cannot smell, see or taste carbon monoxide, so proper use of portable generators is crucial.
  • To avoid dangerous carbon monoxide accumulation, always “Take It Outside.” This means you should never run a portable generator indoors in areas such as garages, basements, crawl spaces, breezeways, sheds or other partially enclosed spaces.
  • Always place a portable generator downwind and point the engine exhaust away from occupied spaces.
  • Avoid placing a portable generator near windows, doors or vents, as carbon monoxide gas can accumulate and potentially be drawn indoors.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Replace the batteries and test the alarms regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and fainting.
  • If you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a portable generator, get to fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention.

Learn more about safely operating a portable generator during severe weather at pgmaonline.com and takeyourgeneratoroutside.com. (Family Features)

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Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association

A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze

Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

While planning for chilly days and frozen nights, it’s important to prepare for the seasonal weather so you and your family can stay comfortable and warm.

Dodge cold drafts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30 percent of energy use in your home. To help avoid energy loss, consider switching out lighter, airier summer curtains for heavier winter drapes. You can also add additional rugs around the house for extra insulation and to help prevent drafts in wood floors.

Freshen up sweaters and blankets. Sweaters and blankets are must-haves during the winter season for staying cozy indoors. To help keep them fresh, use a gentle and effective detergent that’s easy on skin that can become dry during the winter season. For example, all free clear Odor Relief provides a powerful clean and attacks odors while being gentle for sensitive skin. Its hypoallergenic formula that’s 100 percent free of perfumes and dyes keeps sweaters and blankets clean and fresh. For added convenience, try an option like all free clear mighty pacs, which are also gentle on skin, free of irritating residues and can be easily tossed in the washer when you need to do a quick load of laundry before heading out the door into the wintry weather.

Invest in a humidifier. Humidifiers can help keep your home warmer in cold winter months and also help eliminate dry indoor air that can irritate your skin. You can also easily move the humidifier around your home so that no matter which room you are in, you can stay comfortable all winter long.

Layer blankets and covers. While making beds, it’s important to keep the right layering process in mind. Layer the thinnest and densest covers on top of lighter, fluffier blankets, which can help reduce heat that can escape, keeping you and your loved ones warm and snug throughout the winter months. Also be sure to opt for cozy blankets made from materials such as cotton or wool.

For more information on laundry detergent for sensitive winter skin, visit all-laundry.com. (Family Features)

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The Art of the Perfect Gift

Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the festive season is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Consider these crowd-pleasing gift ideas to provide festive season smiles at the moment they’re unwrapped.

The Gift of an Experience

An experience could be perfect for the person in your life looking to spice things up by taking on a new adventure. From a scenic helicopter ride to an exhilarating sky diving package, experiential gifts can be exciting undertakings. One of the best parts: these presents don’t always have to be one-and-done – you can give the gift of a new life skill such as cooking classes or motorcycle riding lessons. Learn more about Harley-Davidson Riding Academy motorcycle classes by visiting your local dealership or H-D.com/LearnToRide.

The Gift of Traveling in Style

If you’re interested in giving a present that inspires adventure, a piece of quality luggage may be all your loved one needs. A sturdy backpack is versatile and can be used for a hike on the nearest trail or a backpacking trip through another country. If the next trip is on the open road, an option like the Harley-Davidson Premium Touring Bag can help pack the necessities as you explore the world.

The Gift of Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes, it’s the big gift ideas that are inspired naturally and shoppers find themselves scrambling to find stocking stuffers. This holiday season, don’t overthink it. Stuff those stockings with things people need such as headphones, socks or a warm stocking cap.

The Gift of the Trends

Today’s fashion trends dictate two outerwear items everyone should have in their closets: a denim jacket and a go-to leather jacket. If someone on your festive season  shopping list has yet to jump on the trend, try styles like Harley-Davidson’s Sherpa Fleece Denim Jacket for women or the Men’s #1 Skull Slim Fit Leather Jacket for inspiration.

For more festive season gift inspiration, check out the guide at H-D.com/Holiday. (Family Features)

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Nine ADA-Approved Ways to Bring “Hygge” Home (and into Your Kitchen) This Fall

Fall is the time for bonfires, comfort food, and everything that is “hygge.” These tips from the American Diabetes Association will help you embrace and perfect the Danish art of coziness.

          Maybe you’ve heard of hygge. It’s the (uber-trendy) Danish concept of coziness, pronounced “hoo-gah.” Now that fall is here, with its crunchy leaves, cooler weather, and gloomy evenings, you may want to curl up by a fire and embrace all things hygge. The American Diabetes Association wants in on the action. Its new cookbook, full of your favorite comfort foods, can help you healthfully indulge in some craveable hygge fare.

          “Comfort foods are very hygge,” says Howard Rosenthal, chief food officer and spokesperson for Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites (American Diabetes Association, September 2018, ISBN: 978-1-580-40690-1, $22.95). “Yet when they’re traditionally prepared, these foods aren’t always good for you. That can be a problem if you’re one of the 30 million people in the U.S. with diabetes.

          “The good news is, where there’s a will to eat comfort foods, there’s a way to make them more healthful,” he adds.

          That’s why the Mr. Food Test Kitchen team and the ADA partnered to create Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites. This cookbook contains over 130 classic comfort food dishes reimagined to include the flavors you crave minus the extra fat, carbs, and calories you don’t need. Easy-to-follow instructions mean you can prepare these dishes without spending hours in the kitchen (the recipes call for convenient, off-the-shelf ingredients). Beautiful full-page photos accompany every recipe so you can “eat with your eyes” before savoring your first bite.

          Best of all, every recipe has been evaluated and approved by the American Diabetes Association. NOTE: Please see attached sidebar for a sample recipe from Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites.

          Ready to celebrate hygge this fall—both in and out of the kitchen? A few tips:

Give your favorite cool-weather comfort foods a healthy makeover. Better-for-you versions of the foods you grew up eating are just the turn of a page away with Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites. When you’ve got a little time, sit down and leisurely flip through the cookbook to choose your meals for the following week. Plenty of recipes incorporate fall harvest foods like apples, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and beets.

Light candles at the dinner table (and everywhere else). “Candles add warmth and glow to any room and create a welcoming atmosphere,” says Rosenthal. “So turn down the harsh overhead lighting and light unscented candles at the dinner table.” (You can also use them in other rooms of your home—just remember to be responsible about candle safety, of course!)

Set your table for every meal. Speaking of the dinner table, make it beautiful at every meal by setting a full table each time you sit down to eat. Set out placemats, cloth napkins, and use platters and serving dishes to hold the fold. Remember, you eat there several times a day, so you might as well make the experience as inviting as possible.

Get together with family and friends. Spending time with your loved ones is a very hygge way to have fun. Invite people you love over for a home-cooked dinner followed by board games, crafts night, or to watch a fun movie together.

Enjoy a hot drink. “Sip a hot drink anytime you want to infuse a little extra hygge into your day,” says Rosenthal. “A coffee, a chai latte, or a cup of Earl Grey tea is a perfect way to warm up, whether you’re sitting in your living room, exploring a local fall festival, or picking apples at a nearby orchard.”

Intentionally relax. Stress and depression are real concerns for people with diabetes. So make sure that mindful relaxation and stress relief are part of your daily life. Set aside a little quiet time every day to stop and be still. You can meditate, listen to a guided relaxation track, or simply let your mind wander (as long as it sticks to pleasant thoughts).

Cozy up to a good book or TV show. “A great story is captivating and entertaining,” says Rosenthal. “So when you have time—say, on a weekend or quiet weeknight—get lost in a book, TV show, or film that you’ve been looking forward to. It’s a great way to take a mini vacation from the ‘real world’ and recharge your batteries.”

Wrap up in a fluffy blanket. On cold evenings, spread a thick, fuzzy blanket over your bed for added warmth and comfort. You can also add throw blankets to your sofa and recliners as well.

Take a long, relaxing nature walk. Throw on a jacket, grab your family or friends, and head into the great outdoors. Find an unexplored nature trail to wander along or go for a gentle mountain hike as you take in the sights and sounds all around you.

          “No matter how you choose to celebrate hygge this fall, remember to have fun and enjoy yourself,” concludes Rosenthal. “Creating a life you love is an important component to good health, whether you have diabetes or not. And finding ways to add an extra touch of coziness here and there can only enhance your happiness and safeguard your wellness. So have fun with hygge, enjoy the fall, and keep pursuing your very best life.”

Autumn Pork Chops

Excerpted from Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites
(American Diabetes Association, September 2018, ISBN: 978-1-580-40690-1, $22.95)

Serves: 4, 1 pork chop with ¼ cup sauce per serving
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, well-trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup pitted prunes, sliced
1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup water
Brown sugar substitute equal to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper, then cook 4 to 5 minutes per side or until browned.

Add remaining ingredients to skillet. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until pork is cooked to medium (145°F) or until desired doneness. Serve each topped with sauce (about 1/4 cup).

Did You Know? 

We add apple cider vinegar to this dish for two reasons. The first is that the acid in the vinegar reacts with the brown sugar, creating a pungent, sweet, and tangy sauce. The second is that it also helps break down the fibers in the pork, allowing the sauce to penetrate it and giving it more flavor.

Choices/Exchanges
2 Fruit, 3 Lean Protein, 1 Fat

Calories 300
Calories from Fat 100
Total Fat 11.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Sodium 340 mg
Potassium 740 mg
Total Carbohydrate 29 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 20 g
Protein 23 g
Phosphorus 215 mg

About the Mr. Food Test Kitchen: 

The team at Mr. Food Test Kitchen proudly presents Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites (American Diabetes Association, September 2018, ISBN: 978-1-580-40690-1, $22.95). Celebrating more than 40 years of helping America get dinner on the table, the Mr. Food Test Kitchen produces a daily nationally syndicated television segment with an audience of more than four million. Beyond that, you can find their quick & easy recipes on MrFood.com and EasyDiabeticRecipes.com. The Mr. Food Test Kitchen has published more than 60 best-selling cookbooks, including five with the American Diabetes Association. Recently their licensing division has partnered with several national companies to create an extensive line of Mr. Food Test Kitchen-branded kitchen products. For more information, please visit www.mrfood.com.

About the Book: 

Mr. Food Test Kitchen’s Guilt-Free Comfort Favorites (American Diabetes Association, September 2018, ISBN: 978-1-580-40690-1, $22.95) is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers.

Gift Ideas from Fire Department Coffee Foundation

FDC has just released new products just in time for the festive season!

Backdraft Espresso: No Espresso Machine required! Backdraft Espresso is crafted to ensure a scintillating experience whether it’s brewed in a french press, stovetop espresso pot, or the reliable old coffee machine in the break-room.

Available in either 14 oz or 5lb bags and can be purchased ground or whole bean.

Available for purchase at https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/products/backdraft-espresso.

2019 Firefighter Calendar: Humor plays an important role in the daily life of Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel. Active firefighters from Fire Department Chronicles made it their mission to incorporate humor in each month to bring relief to the difficult days on the job. All proceeds from the 2019 Calendar will go to the FDC Foundation, with a portion allocated to adopt two families in need for the holidays.

The FDC 2019 Calendar is available for purchase at www.firedeptcoffee.com/products/2019-calendar.

IRISH-WHISKEY-INFUSED COFFEE: The Irish Whiskey-Infused Coffee by Fire Department Coffee is the newest addition to FDC’s wildly popular spirit-infused coffee line. Created with FDC’s signature spirit-infusion process, the Irish Whiskey-Infused Coffee is a medium-bodied roast with flavors of toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla.

Available for purchase at: www.firedeptcoffee.com/products/irish-whiskey-infused-coffee.

Take it from the InFluential Family, the Irish Whiskey-Infused Coffee makes for a wonderful early morning or evening beverage. One certainly wouldn’t complain if a wee bit of Jameson Irish Whiskey were added during the evening to make a wonderful evening delight.

To learn more about the Fire Department Coffee Foundation, visit www.firedeptcoffee.com/pages/charity.