Consumers are increasingly more aware that fruits and vegetables that are in-season, harvested closer to their peak ripeness, and transported shorter distance retain more nutrients. However, according to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, it is estimated that the average American meal still travels about 1,500 miles to go from picked to plate.
In fact, the National Grocery Association’s 2014 Consumer Panel found that more locally grown foods and price/cost savings topped the list of the improvements desired most among the shoppers surveyed.
Today, BJs Wholesale Club is shortening the distance from farm to table by buying fresh produce from local Maryland farms and getting it onto Maryland club shelves in under 24 hours:
BJs local producesourcing is at the lead of a growing trend. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), industry estimates suggest that local food sales in America have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.
In Maryland, BJs is offering Yellow Squash, Zucchini Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant and Corn from Arnold Farms in Chestertown; Miller Farms in Clinton and Vincent Farms in Del Mar.
We all know that Summer is the season to have fun in the sun and to look cool by the pool. But ladies, it’s time to be savvy with hydrating hair products in the season where you’re bound to do the most damage to your strands!
MacadamiaProfessional, RUSK, Cantu and Smooth‘NShine offer stellar treatments and masks that infuse moisture and ultra hydration to your hair, defend against the heat and chlorine and provide long lasting shine!
Smooth ‘N Shine Olive & Tea Tree RevivOil Deep Recovery Conditioner($1.99, Wal-Mart)
This little miracle packet is a must-have for damaged, over-processed hair. This lightweight formula, which includes a perfect balance of olive and tea tree oils, can be applied daily to rebuild strength, moisturize, and shine. The end result is healthy, recovered tresses.
This miracle mask is formulated for dry or coarse hair and is infused with 100% pure Argan Oil. Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream stops and mends hair breakage while leaving hair soft, shiny, and manageable.
RUSK Deepshine Color Repair Restorative Masque ($15.00; ULTA)
This masque deeply penetrates the cuticle to help strengthen and repair damaged, stressed hair. Contains bio-marine ingredients and a patented UV-absorbing technology with antioxidant-rich vitamin E acetate to help shield hair color against damaging sun-generated free radicals, a leading cause of accelerated hair color fadage.
Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture masque provides nourishment to dry, damaged hair and strengthens the individual hair strands to help repair and defend against future damage. Hydration is locked in and hair is left healthy, shiny and restored. With Macadamia Oil, Argan Oil and Shea Butter this masque is great for coarse to coiled hair!
I was also challenged to host an at-home spa staycation for girlfriends; sharing the products with everyday women and encouraging the ladies to pamper themselves. I mean, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a luxurious spa experience at home? The first step (for me) was to research the necessities of having a fun and successful spa party. I decided to start with my first reliable resource…Pinterest.com
From there, I found tons of inspiration and started planning my at home spa event. I discovered this is a great party idea for anyone’s birthday, brunch, or girls – night in. All you need to host an at home spa staycation are candles, nail polish, lotions, towels, manicure kits, and cotton balls. And we can’t forget the delicious vegetable or fruit platters, cupcakes, and wine. Suave also shared some really cool DIY Body Scrubs for guests to create and take home.
Because I am a lifestyle blogger, I reached out to a few of my favorite brands to share products as gifts for my guests. The at-home spa staycation was a success and guests enjoyed making their very own DIY scrub and shared conversation (over wine) discussing individual at home spa secrets and beauty tips.
I strongly encourage anyone to host their own staycation with friends and try the new Suave Professionals Body Care!
Suave Professionals Body Scrub recipes are below:
More about the products:
NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash – infused with Moroccan argan oil
NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash – infused with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle
Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion
Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly
With the summer season around the corner, we are all looking to shed a few pounds. Not to the point that we are unhealthy, but in a fashion that will allow us to feel comfortable in our favorite maxi dress.
Last week I was asked to host a segment at Fox 45 News discussing “how to easily trim calories to kick – start a healthy and fit beach season.” This was the perfect opportunity for me because I am actively working (or trying…smile) to be fit and trim for the summer season. But most importantly, we don’t realize the number of calories we consume daily through beverages such as iced coffee, carbonated sodas, and energy drinks.
Colbalt Blue Blouse: Bebe | White Capri Jeans: New York & Co.
The healthy alternative products shared were Real Beanz, Sparkling Ice, and Celsuis. All of the beverages are infused with vitamins which are great when we need an extra boost of energy. Personally, I enjoyed testing all of the products but my favorite was the flavored Sparkling Ice.
The segment was very informative and made us aware of small areas that we can cut a few calories. It also helped to motivate viewers while on their weight loss journey.
Handbags are one of my favorite accessories. I like having my items organized and in one place when it’s time head out.
But aside from having a beautiful designer purse, I also enjoy adding my personal style to bags with a few accessories. It’s great to own several handbags (whether they’re designer, vintage, or just a good deal) but here’s a question, “are they enhancing your overall look or simply blending in with your trousers?”
The video below talks more about how we can add a special touch to our handbags while looking fabulous. I hope it encourages everyone to place a charm, scarf, or have their initialsstamped on their bag.