Sparkling Ice Launches *New Naturally Line!

 Sparkling Ice®, part of Talking Rain Beverage Company®, announces today a brand refresh by introducing a new formula featuring naturally sourced colors and flavors, in addition to an updated logo and packaging design.

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Over the course of two years, Sparkling Ice conducted extensive marketing research and sensory testing with over 8000 consumers. This consumer driven project resulted in Sparkling Ice updating their flavorful, zero sugar sparkling water to now include colors from natural sources. With this new formulation, Sparkling Ice is proud to be one of the first brands to successfully transition to natural colors while maintaining the vibrant look and long shelf life that Sparkling Ice is known for.

“Our commitment to our fans has been evident since we launched 26 years ago, and it continues today as we announce the new changes to Sparkling Ice,” said Chris Hall, CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Co. “The new and improved Sparkling Ice look and formula has been two years in the making to ensure we are exceeding fans’ expectations while maintaining our bold flavor and appearance, without compromising on taste.”

As a result of consumer feedback, Sparkling Ice also developed a more modern and unified look. This new design and updated logo will be featured on each bottle and multipack, offering a stronger visual impactful to the brand block on-shelf.

“At Talking Rain, we are committed to developing brands that consumers embrace, trust, and enjoy,” added Chris Hall. “Our fans told us it was time for a change and we heard them, and we’re proud to offer an updated look while maintaining our brand personality.”

As part of the launch, the brand will be supported in 2019 by an Integrated Campaign that will feature the new benefit of natural colors and flavors using the following hashtags: #SparklingIceLife, #NATRLLY, and #GetFizzy

“This launch speaks to those consumers who love the taste of our products, now with the addition of naturally sourced colors and flavors,” said Sarah Gustat, VP of Marketing at Talking Rain Beverage Co. “We’re confident in our new and improved look and believe both the launch and our corresponding integrated campaign will be yet another milestone for the brand.”

In conjunction with the campaign, Sparkling Ice launched a new “Sparkling IceMaker” voice skill with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to provide consumers with Sparkling Ice cocktail and mocktail recipes to make in the comfort of their own home. Consumers can quickly engage with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant by sharing which Sparkling Ice flavor and spirit they currently have on hand to access a variety of different recipes on behalf of the brand.

Sparkling Ice’s new formula is now available in retail locations nationwide. For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.comwww.facebook.com/SparklingIce and www.instagram.com/sparklingice.

 

About Sparkling Ice Beverages 

Sparkling Ice beverages are made with zero sugar, and combine sparkling water, real fruit flavor, vitamins and antioxidants to offer great tasting, lightly carbonated beverages. Available in sixteen fizzy, fruity flavors, including: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry, and Ginger Lime.

Sparkling Ice is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling Ice, visithttps://www.sparklingice.com/buy/.

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Atem Car–the purifier to keep your family breathing safe and clean air

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Recently, I was introduced to the Atem Car Air Purifier. The most advanced cabin air purifier on the market.  The Atem Car was recently launched and is designed to deliver purified air to families traveling in a passenger vehicle.

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Families can be exposed to a toxic mix of air pollutants when riding in a car. In fact, research shows air the inside of a car can be up to 15 times more polluted than the air outside a vehicle.

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In short, the IQAir Atem can’t clean rooms. However, it is powerful enough to purify the air in a standard four wheel vehicle. And is perfect for those with allergies and lung issues. This system cleans the air up to 20 times per an hour and absorbs odors and gases while changing the pollutants to an oxidized form. Which results in the air being free from odors, gases and chemicals while being houses in a sleek housing unit which is designed to blend into any vehicle cabin. And is super easy to install.

You really can’t put a price on your loved ones health and it does come with a hefty price tag retailing at $399.00. Considering how much time our “precious cargo” spends in the car, a car air purifier is very much needed. Take control of the air you breathe!

More information: https://www.iqair.com/personal-air-purifiers/atem-car

 

Spring Clean Your Gut

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Kick start your month with focusing on gut-health! Rowdy Prebiotic Foods is dedicated to providing tasty, paleo, nutritious snack bars to boost health and energy. With less sugar, more natural sweeteners and paleo friendly foods, Rowdy Bar is sure to be your go-to all March long and beyond.

Rowdy Bar is leading the charge into the prebiotic marketplace with the first all natural energy barfeaturing the gut-health superfood Yacon Root. Rowdy Bars are the prebiotic powerhouse full of Yucon Root, the alternative sweetener needed to create low-glycemic, high flavor bars for energy on the trail, the stage, or in the office. Each Rowdy Bar is crafted with 10 or fewer whole food ingredients and no artificial flavors.

These delicious bars are the perfect afternoon pick me up during busy season at work, maintaining a healthy diet, or the perfect on-the-go snack. Rowdy Bars are available in decadent Chocolate Coconut Cashew, Peanutty Dark Chocolate and Sunflower Butter N’ Berries! Opt for smart, delicious nutrition to keep your day moving smoothly and your energy intact.

Rowdy Bar Benefits:

• Loaded with beneficial prebiotics from the Yacon Root

• Crafted with 10 or fewer whole food ingredients per bar

• Low Glycemic

• No artificial flavors

• Paleo-friendly

• Non-GMO

• Gluten-, Soy-, and Dairy-Free

Elevate your nutrition and spring clean your gut with Rowdy Prebiotic Foods!  To learn more, visit www.rowdyprebiotics.com, or pick some up online and at independent grocery stores, gyms, and health centers nationwide.

5 Signs A Restricted Airway May Be Affecting Your Child’s Health

For most people, breathing is automatic – the air goes in, the air goes out, and we don’t even think about it.  But for those who have airway problems, it is never that simple –  especially for children.
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“Children who suffer from air-passage problems never get enough oxygen to the brain, which causes them to never get enough sleep,” says Dr. Stuart Frost, an orthodontist and author of The Artist Orthodontist: Creating An Artistic Smile is More Than Just Straightening Teeth (www.drstuartfrost.com).  “They typically do poorly in school and seem inattentive and lethargic.”
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing a pause in breathing.  Those pauses in breathing, known as apneic events, often lead to a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Frost says.
He says signs a child may be impacted by airway blockage include:
Snoring. Snoring is caused by the vibrations of excess tissue blocking the airway.  When children snore, orthodontists look for a blockage of their airway, from the tip of the nose down to the throat.
Mouth breathing. When there is no room for the tongue to reach the roof of the mouth (the palate), it can rest in the back of the throat and block the airway.  Also, when a child’s tonsils and adenoids are enlarged, they can reduce the size of the airway at the back of the throat. “Either situation can make it too hard for children to get enough air when breathing through their nose,” Dr. Frost says, “causing them to open their mouth and jut their lower jaw forward during sleep.”
Clenching or grinding teeth. “If children who are 7 or 8 have baby teeth that are worn from grinding, we know it’s because they’re not getting enough air,” Dr. Frost says. During sleep – and sometimes even when they are awake – their lower jaw is constantly repositioning either side to side or forward to back to open their airway so they can breathe, he says. An expander appliance can widen the nasal passages to help the child take in more air when breathing through the nose.
Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  Some children who have been diagnosed as ADD may actually just have breathing problems during sleep Dr. Frost says. “ If a child is continually not getting enough oxygen during sleep, the brain will eventually kick in a hyper-alert state to stay alive,” he says. “A child whose brain is hyper-alert tends to bounce off the walls.”
Bedwetting: A brain that is starving for oxygen can’t wake a child when the urge to go to the bathroom strikes during sleep.  The child will sleep right through any warning sign the brain sends.
Depending on what’s found during an examination, the solutions for a restricted airway could include braces with an expander appliance, along with surgical removal of adenoids or tonsils.
“When sleep apnea is not addressed in childhood, over time it can lead to health issues in adulthood,” Dr. Frost says. “By taking care of it when the person is younger, it can save years of restless nights and half-awake days.”
 About Dr. Stuart Frost
Dr. Stuart Frost, author of  The Artist Orthodontist: Creating An Artistic Smile is More Than Just Straightening Teeth (www.drstuartfrost.com), is an orthodontist and sought-after speaker who has given seminars, lectures, and speeches throughout the world to dentists and the general public on groundbreaking dentistry. He graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and has continued his education at the University of Rochester, where he accomplished a one-year fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and a two-year certificate in orthodontics.

Sparkling Ice® Debuts New Look in Support of Transition to Naturally Sourced Colors & Flavors

Sparkling Ice®, part of Talking Rain Beverage Company®, announces today a brand refresh by introducing a new formula featuring naturally sourced colors and flavors, in addition to an updated logo and packaging design.

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Over the course of two years, Sparkling Ice conducted extensive marketing research and sensory testing with over 8000 consumers. This consumer driven project resulted in Sparkling Ice updating their flavorful, zero sugar sparkling water to now include colors from natural sources. With this new formulation, Sparkling Ice is proud to be one of the first brands to successfully transition to natural colors while maintaining the vibrant look and long shelf life that Sparkling Ice is known for.

“Our commitment to our fans has been evident since we launched 26 years ago, and it continues today as we announce the new changes to Sparkling Ice,” said Chris Hall, CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Co. “The new and improved Sparkling Ice look and formula has been two years in the making to ensure we are exceeding fans’ expectations while maintaining our bold flavor and appearance, without compromising on taste.”

As a result of consumer feedback, Sparkling Ice also developed a more modern and unified look. This new design and updated logo will be featured on each bottle and multipack, offering a stronger visual impactful to the brand block on-shelf.

“At Talking Rain, we are committed to developing brands that consumers embrace, trust, and enjoy,” added Chris Hall. “Our fans told us it was time for a change and we heard them, and we’re proud to offer an updated look while maintaining our brand personality.”

As part of the launch, the brand will be supported in 2019 by an Integrated Campaign that will feature the new benefit of natural colors and flavors using the following hashtags: #SparklingIceLife, #NATRLLY, and #GetFizzy

“This launch speaks to those consumers who love the taste of our products, now with the addition of naturally sourced colors and flavors,” said Sarah Gustat, VP of Marketing at Talking Rain Beverage Co. “We’re confident in our new and improved look and believe both the launch and our corresponding integrated campaign will be yet another milestone for the brand.”

In conjunction with the campaign, Sparkling Ice launched a new “Sparkling IceMaker” voice skill with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to provide consumers with Sparkling Ice cocktail and mocktail recipes to make in the comfort of their own home. Consumers can quickly engage with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant by sharing which Sparkling Ice flavor and spirit they currently have on hand to access a variety of different recipes on behalf of the brand.

Sparkling Ice’s new formula is now available in retail locations nationwide. For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.comwww.facebook.com/SparklingIce and www.instagram.com/sparklingice.

 

About Sparkling Ice Beverages 

Sparkling Ice beverages are made with zero sugar, and combine sparkling water, real fruit flavor, vitamins and antioxidants to offer great tasting, lightly carbonated beverages. Available in sixteen fizzy, fruity flavors, including: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry, and Ginger Lime.

Sparkling Ice is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling Ice, visithttps://www.sparklingice.com/buy/.

TRAVELING WITH PETS: TIPS, TRICKS, AND ADVICE

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This holiday season one-third of Americans will travel, totalling 112.5 million people getting to their destinations by bus, car, airplane, and train. Many of these travelers will be leaving pets at home, but a good amount will be devising strategies to take their furry friends with them. Pet owners have a lot to take into consideration when planning their trips and should be aware of these tips for traveling with pets on various forms of transportation.

BY CAR

About 81.5 million cars are projected to be sold in 2018, but not every pet will appreciate riding in the car, new or old. If you know that your pet does not ride in the car well or gets car sick, strongly consider leaving them at home in the care of trusted friends or family.

For pets that do travel well in the car, the ASPCA offers a few important suggestions to ensure they have a safe trip. You can try preparing your pets for a long trip by taking short drives and gradually lengthening them. Be sure to pack a pet travel kit with their treats, food, toys, and anything else you might need. Even though you might be traveling in the winter, never leave an animal alone in the car, as the car can act like a refrigerator in the cold weather.

BY AIRPLANE

Flying with animals is often rather complicated, as each airline has its own policies in addition to the TSA regulations. In general, animal experts warn against bringing your pets on a plane in the interest of their safety. If you absolutely need to travel by air with your furry companion, be sure to check the airline’s website for restrictions, policies, and fees. Many airlines allow emotional support animals to ride with passengers rather than in cargo, but there have been several recent changes in response to a sudden increase in the number of emotional support pets flying.

BY MOTORCOACH

Traveling by bus is an affordable and efficient travel option for many people across the country, accounting for 751 million passenger trips annually. However, riding a motorcoach is not a great option for those attempting to traveling with pets. Most motorcoach lines do not allow animals on board besides service animals. While an airline’s policies regarding this are a bit more relaxed by opening it up to emotional support animals, motorcoaches typically restrict it to passengers who have a physical disability and need the animal to get around.

All in all, traveling by car is typically best for your four-legged companions. You can make as many pit stops as you need to and you will have your pet in your sight at all times. Be sure to make all necessary preparations and you’ll have a safe and simple trip with your pet.

Eight magical days in Florida.

For Aiden’s eighth birthday I surprised him with a trip to Florida. We had so much fun and were busy non-stop. Here’s what we did with our eight magicaldays in Florida.

Day one: We woke up at 5:00 am and began our adventure. Traveling from Iowa to Florida via United Airlines. Once we landed we checked out our Amazing Airbnb and then rushed off to Medieval Times for a fun filled dinner.  This utensil-free four course meal is served in a castle-like space with jousting, horsemanship and falconry! Once parked you will be able to check in and will be provided with a crown in a specific color to cheer on your knight! You will then enter a large room where drinks may be purchased as well as novelty items. A pre-show will occur and guest will be admitted based up their color. The waitresses/waiter will immediately greet you once seated and dinner will be served course by course. This shows not only fun for kids and saw a few sections of adult only patrons!

 

Day two: Disney World! This was Aiden’s first trip. My second to the Florida location!  We were provided with a park hopper one day pass and enjoyed three of the four locations (Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). By the end of the day we were exhausted! I would definitely recommend buying a fast pass for Disney and bringing a bag with snacks and water bottles or containers as you can refill them at the parks!

 

Day three: Cocoa Beach! Parking is so easy to obtain at Cocoa Beach and for the most part it’s free. If you are visiting the Cocoa Beach Pier a fee may occur at certain hours.

 

Day four: Tampa! We visited Busch Gardens / Clear Water Beach. I figured Busch Gardens would be an entire day trip. However, we started at 10:00 am and the park did not get busy until one. We were able to ride all the open rides and check out the attractions by 3:00 pm. I’d definitely recommend the all day dining deal. And it’s a must to check out the bird exhibit!

Pay once and enjoy delicious meals and exclusive benefits throughout the day with the purchase of the All-Day Dine Deal.

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Adult (Ages 10+)$34.99
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At the end of the day a few friends recommended that we take a quick drive to Clear Water. parking was not my cup of tea. And it’s recommended to come early or Uber around. Clear Water (Pier 60) seems like a fun town for adults and children. I’d love to come back sometime soon with a few adults! The water is definitely clear and the vibe of the town seems so fun!

 

Day five: Road trip to Key West! We checked out the Southern Most Point of the US, the smallest bar and ate on the pier! For the drive down we mad quick lunch  pit stop to The Island Fish Co Restaurant and Tiki Bar. I loved being able to feed the fish as we ate. It was so fun and different from anything we’ve ever experienced before!

 

Day six: Ocean Day with Fury Key West! The Ultimate Adventure was so much fun we would highly recommend it! For six hours Fury escorted everyone for a fun filled day on the ocean snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and playing at the water park. Onto of this breakfast and lunch was provided. And for the ride home, alcoholic drinks were provided. The value of this trip was beyond what I expected. Aiden still talks about the jet skis and how he wishes to do this again! If I were able to chose one activity to do again it would definitely be parasailing. I felt so free, relaxed and the view was phenomenal.

 

Day seven: Miami Beach! The drive was rather long from Key West to Miami. We stopped a few times and enjoyed Hog Heaven Sports Bar and Grill. You can dine, relax and check out the stream of beautiful fish. I’d highly recommend this stop on the way to or back from Key West.

 

Miami was a nice getaway and it wasn’t too hard to find paid parking. We parked, walked to the beach (about four blocks) and spent two hours playing in the water and gathering seashells. A local hotel allowed us to stop by and shower off and take a dip in the pool which was much needed. Sand tends to itch/rub! We then strolled around and checked out a few of the many shops. Aiden even bartered a man for a few leather bracelets.

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Day eight: We shopped around at Ross, TjMaxx  and enjoyed coffee and a BIRTHDAY Donut at Dunkin Donuts. Then boarded the Unite Airlines plane to head home. We truly had so much fun and experienced so many new adventures.  Vacationing with kids can be tough. However, it’s one of the best one on one experiences and creates memories for a lifetime!

 

Vacation once a year. Explore someplace new. Make memories. It’s worth it. You only have one life. Live it right! ❤