Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2016) —Blue Duck Tavern & Blue Duck Lounge at Park Hyatt Washington, located at 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, are pleased to introduce the newest addition to their innovative Gin & Tonic program at the bar, house-made Matcha Tonic. Packed with an arsenal of antioxidants, Blue Duck Tavern's new matcha tonic is made with all natural ingredients such as sugar in the raw, grapefruit zest, yuzu juice, chinchona bark, and matcha tea. For the perfect complement, guests are invited to pair their matcha tonic with Strawberry house-infused gin, or experiment with one of Blue Duck Tavern's other unique pairings. Selections for the gin & tonic program include: Green Almond orCardamom Cilantro-infused gins,with Rhubarb and Espelette or Lime and Pink Peppercorn flavored tonics. Gin & Tonics are priced at $14 each.
Additionally, those seeking a non-alcoholic pick me up can savor a traditional Matcha Tea, Matcha Latte, or a refreshing Iced Matcha to ward off the summer heat, all priced at $10 each. Blue Duck Tavern and Lounge carefully prepares each matcha tea creating a smooth, creamy, sweet beverage. Matcha is the perfect way to start the day as it is naturally one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants on the planet. One cup of matcha has around 10 times the amount of antioxidants when compared to a cup of regular loose leaf tea. Blue Duck Tavern's matcha contains a relatively high caffeine content compared to other teas which gives a refreshing energetic lift without the “jitters.”
Blue Duck Tavern source's their matcha from Rare Tea Cellars and only the best quality tencha is used for their Premium matcha Tea. Each batch is imported directly from Nishio, Japan, where the best matcha in the world is produced. Tencha is the Gyokuro leaves that have been shaded and carefully picked by hand; then they sort and discard any stems or damaged leaves. This process is then followed by stone grinding the leaves to create the bright spring green powder. Part of the uniqueness of matcha is that it includes the entire leaf. For all other tea, no matter where it is grow and no matter how it is processed, one infuses tea leaves in water, discards the leaves and drinks only the tea-flavored water. In matcha, one drinks the leaf and water because it is brewed from a dried, powdered full leaf, leaving nothing left to be discarded. This, more than anything else, is why the flavor and the naturally-occurring elements are more intense and more healthful.
About Blue Duck Lounge
Blue Duck Tavern’s 60-seat Lounge offers guests an oasis in the nation’s capital with comfortable seating and “Capitol Hill” glass-enclosed booths flanking a distinctive marble and glass bar. A unique lounge-style power breakfast is served here each morning, followed by a full lunch menu and evening fare ideal for pre or post-theater dining. There is also a nightly cheese presentation showcasing artisanal cheeses by the ounce. Tempting seasonal cocktails, classic martinis and an extensive wine list, with many special by-the-glass selections complement these offerings. Adjacent to the Blue Duck Lounge, is the Tea Cellar, which features more than 50 rare and limited production single-estate teas from remote regions around the world.
Silver Spring, MD – The Fit Fathers Foundation
invites dads to get out of the house for a few hours of fitness, health awareness and fun on Father’s Day. The 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration takes place June 19th, 2016 from 10am – 12pm at Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD. It’s a free event for the entire family that features workouts, fitness contests, live music and information to inspire lifestyle changes that encourage healthier communities, starting with the fathers and father figures that lead them.
This year, Fit Fathers extends its healthy father-first initiative nationwide by partnering with health leaders to produce small pilot experiences in 11 other cities during Father’s Day weekend. Host cities of Fit Fathers Day include Apex, NC; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; Seal Beach, CA; and Pemberton, NJ.
Hearing the call to action, Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington and Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn joined the movement as 2016 Fit Fathers Day National Ambassadors. Both dads will spread the message to their audiences, including other celebrities and athletes, and be on hand to meet fans and work out at the DC, MD and VA area festival.
Fit Fathers Day will also bring awareness to 13-year old Journey Butler and other families battling pediatric cancer. Journey was diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC), a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer affecting young Black patients that carry the sickle cell trait. The average survival rate is 12 months, but few patients survive more than two years. Fit Fathers will donate proceeds from its supporters of Fit Fathers Day to the Butler family as well as promote awareness through the hashtag #JourneyToHappiness.
ABOUT Fit Fathers Day (Silver Spring): June 19th 10am – 12pm at Veterans Plaza, 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD.
Fit Fathers Day includes a group workout with celebrity trainer Michelangelo Bance and Tiffani Jenkins, Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins, youth fitness guru Jodi Evans (12-years-old), and Kyle Arrington and Raheem DeVaughn. Participants will enjoy games, healthy snacks from Whole Foods, the interactive kid’s area, giveaways (Thule, Yokohama, REI, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s) live music from DJ Blinks and the Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Mr. Fit Father contests ($3,500 in Prizes).
Fit Fathers Day is brought to you by Thule, Mazda, Toyota, Children’s National, Volkswagen, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (Dr. Neal Barnard), Nissan, Mothers Car Care, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports and Yokohama Tires. Community Partners include: The YMCA, Washington Automotive Press Association, Powerful Beyond Measure, Meatless Monday, Love Life Foundation, DaddysCool.com, Center for Nutrition Studies, National Fatherhood Initiative, 4P Foods, College Park Foundation, Hoop Starts, Hip Hop Fathers, African American Health Program (AAHP), Fathers Incorporated, Live Nation, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, HealthyBlackMen.com, Kids Being Fit, Men’s Health Network, Mocha Moms, Kaiser Permanente, Kids Being Fit, Wegmans, Montgomery County, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MD Department of Police, Higher Level Basketball, 1 Up Handles, Streetwize Foundation, Costco, Downtown Silver Spring, Visit Montgomery County, Make Smart Cool, and ROQ Stone Natural Deodorant.
The Fit Fathers Foundation asks the following commitment from fathers:
· Take the Fit Fathers Day Pledge, which gives dads simple, specific steps to begin a healthier lifestyle. Dads are encouraged to post workout photos to be highlighted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickrusing hashtags #FitFathersDay #FitFathers and #JourneyToHappiness. We encourage all to take the pledge at FIT FATHERS DAY PLEDGE
· On June 19th enjoy one hour of energetic activities with your family such as a 5K run, family bike ride, soccer, hiking, ball games, swimming or a simple walk through the park with nature.
· Watch the Fit Fathers Day PSA, an inspiring video of dad spending time with his kids while showing them active sporting habits. The PSA also encourages parents to be more proactive and active with their kids.
· After Fit Fathers Day, fathers will be inspired to motivate their family with daily exercise and education to replace chips, cookies and soda with fruits, water and fresh juices and homemade smoothies. They will also be empowered to cook more meals at home and avoid fast food.
For more information, visit www.FitFathersDay.com
App’s users can modify recipes to be sugar-free, low calorie, dairy-free, gluten-free as part of any healthy, foodie lifestyle
83 million Americans deal with food allergies and intolerances. Today, Kitchology introduces the first mobile app solution for the cooking challenges faced by this community and anyone who wishes to cook with the ability to easily modify favorite recipes.
Kitchology is a cook-centric, advanced, digital platform that aligns cooks’ profiles and activities with the food they prepare. It applies machine learning to nutrition science, behavioral analysis, profiling, and social trends to enable meal planning based on previously used ingredients and substitutions. The app assists in the creation of intelligent shopping lists, step-by-step cooking instructions, and the fostering of cook-to-cook connections. Free for consumers, Kitchology provides the ability to:
· Set profile with “foods to avoid”
· Search recipes that match individual profiles
· Import any recipe from the web or personal recipe box and modify based on preferences and intolerances
· Receive integrated shopping lists with specific suggestions for problematic ingredients
· Follow step-by-step cooking instruction that take the user through the entire cooking process
· Share with the community at each stage, from discovery and shopping list through cooking and the final product
· Subscribe to recipe channels aligned with preferences –
· Using Kitchology’s Kitchen Science®, the app uses algorithms and past events, learning about each user to pre-populate shopping lists, make recommendations on purchases, search for deals, tweak recipes and predict likability of recipes.
Kitchology aims to overcome food allergies through the power of technology and community. Steeped in Kitchen Science to provide the most personalized and useful results, this tool was designed with cooks in mind and sticks with the user all the way from recipe discovery to the end result, learning more and more about the user each time. Download the app here to help grow the Kitchology community and get cooking. Check out Kitchology’s website, visit us on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and the blog. Your Kitchen, Connected™.
Hydaway – Collapsible Water Bottle
Need to hydrate constantly, but don’t want to lug around heavy plastic water bottles? You need HYDAWAY, a collapsible, reusable and sturdier portable alternative to rigid water bottles. Expand the bottle full size to quench the biggest thirst, or its innovative hinged design allows you to fold it down into a flat disc, that will easily fit into a pocket, backpack, or purse. All Hydaway bottles feature an easy to use, flip-up straw for quick sips, carabiner-friendly carry handle, and come with a Watertight Guarantee. BPA-Free, Taste & Odor-Free and Dishwasher Safe. Give your kids different colors, so there is never any fighting. NEW: Keep your HYDAWAY clean and safe while storing them away with the HYDAWAY travel case. This impact-resistant foam case will protect your bottle from sharp objects, dirt, and grime. Bottles: $15 (12 oz.), $20 (21 oz.) Travel Case $10. https://hydawaybottle.com/
New technology to help kids stay hydrated at home, school, and play!
The Gululu Interactive Water Bottle interactive water bottle measures your children’s water intake. Through animated characters, Gululu links your child’s water intake to the health of a virtual animated pet, and makes staying hydrated an act of care giving. Thanks to a companion app, you can set hydration goals based on your child’s age, weight, and location. And by using the incentivized system, Gululu will keep kids will be motivated to meet their water-drinking goals. The closer your child gets to his or her optimal water intake, the healthier the virtual pet becomes — the animated character will grow, collect treasure, and explore “an underwater world of adventure” known as the “Gululu Universe.” The app also lets you put Gululu in a school mode to prevent your child from getting distracted in school. Made from 100-percent BPA-free materials. Whenever the water bottle runs low on battery life, simply stick it on its wireless charging dock and it will recharge in three hours — a fully charged battery should last for two to three days of normal use. http://www.mygululu.com/
Keep your kids juice boxes in one place and the mess off their clothes and the floor with MyDrinky. MyDrinky is an innovative solution to help stop the accidental juice-box-squeeze. The two-piece adjustable locking mechanism – an exclusive MyDrinky feature -- keeps your child’s juice box secure in the holder so it can’t be squeezed. This also means the juice box won’t fall out if it is turned upside down. MyDrinky fits all sizes – including the smallest 4 oz. boxes and juice pouches, like Capri Sun, and the large 8 oz. milk boxes. Four height adjustments allow you to choose how short or tall MyDrinky needs to be to fit your child’s drink. The top clicks into place so you know it’s secure. BPA and Phthalate-free, dishwasher safe and made in the USA. http://www.inchbug.com/ib-ibmdaqu.html
Orbit Labels are unique, reusable, easy-to-use labels for children’s bottles, sippy cups and snack containers (for school, daycare, after school sports. etc.). These labels stretch and release for a snug fit around a variety of containers, sippy cups and sports bottles. Invented by a mom, and they can be moved from container to container since they are non-adhesive and reusable - a great alternative to the traditional method of one-time-use sticky labels! They are also great for labeling shampoos and toiletry containers for camp and college-bound kids. Dishwasher and microwave safe, will never peel, fade or wash away and are non-toxic! $12.95 for a 4-pack; http://www.inchbug.com/custom-orbit-labels.html
Preston, WA (June 20, 2016) – Talking Rain Beverage Company®, the maker of Sparkling Ice® flavored sparkling waters, is proud to announce the brand's involvement with the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans by transporting these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their service.
As part of the brand's "Celebrate America" summer initiative, Vice President of Sales Chris Hall challenged the Sparkling Ice sales team to increase awareness and lend support to the organization through a fund-raising sales program. For every 250-case Celebrate America-themed "WOW" display built in stores from May 15 – July 15, Talking Rain will donate $25 to the Honor Flight Network. The brand's donations will specifically support the Puget Sound Honor Flight, which will escort 112 people from the region, 56 veterans of WWII and Korean War and their 55 guardians, from Talking Rain's hometown of Seattle to our nation's capital.
"Having spent nearly five years serving with the U.S. Navy, the Honor Flight Network is an organization close to my heart," said Hall. "It was important to me that we inspire and motivate our team while giving back to our veterans, and we are humbled to lend our support to the upcoming Puget Sound Honor Flight."
The Puget Sound Honor Flight will depart from Seattle, WA on October 15th, flying veterans and their guardians directly to Washington D.C. in partnership with Alaska Airlines. The veterans will receive VIP treatment and private tours at their dedicated memorials. At the end of 2015, the Honor Flight Network, will have transported 159,703 veterans nationwide to Washington, D.C., starting in 2005.
Don’t say yes to everything. While many people set high productivity standards for themselves, it’s necessary to be realistic about your time limitations. It’s okay to say no to requests from others—or even from yourself—and not feel bad about it. Instead, be proud of what you have accomplished and confident in the tasks you’ve chosen to prioritize.
Use your commute for less intensive tasks. Many people consider the daily commute as valuable productivity time. While that’s true, this time doesn’t have to be spent taking care of your most stressful tasks. Instead of answering work emails or crunching numbers, use the commute to check off less intensive tasks that still make you productive, such as brainstorming play-date ideas for your child, calling your mother to say hi, listening to a podcast you’ve been wanting to tune into, or even using this time to relieve some stress by singing along with the radio!
Live by your organized calendar. There’s nothing that helps you stay productive better than an organized, beautiful, and functional calendar. Seek out a calendar app that reflects your personality, doesn’t bore you with a grey and lackluster interface, adapts to your life, and allows you to easily move appointments, send meeting invites, link your emails or Facebook events, and see your list of reminders all in one place. The right calendar app will ensure that you’ll never miss an event and can take pride in your completed tasks.
Evaluate and eliminate time and money wasting relationships. Ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of marketing emails, texts or calls you receive? How about the acquaintances whose invitations you keep declining? By assessing your email inbox, friendships, and commitments, you can easily declutter your life by unsubscribing. Remove yourself from any pesky or irrelevant retail mailing lists and focus on spending your time with those you truly want to spend your time with.
Quit multi-tasking. It’s difficult in this day and age to tune out all of the distractions and focus on the task at hand. Social media, a buzzing phone, happy children begging to play, emails constantly arriving, a never-ending to-do list, or even “worker’s block” all make it tempting to jump from task to task. By putting your phone in the other room on silent, taking your email offline, or pre-arranging play dates, nannies, or a convenient nap time, you can convince yourself to quit multi-tasking and focus on one task at a time. In the end, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish!
About the Author
Johan Gunnars is an entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Simpliday—Meetings, Reminders & Email in One a new iPhone calendar app allowing users to achieve a more organized and efficient life by bringing together meetings, reminders and email in one customizable, beautiful, user-friendly app. Gunnars experience in productivity, software, e-commerce, consumer electronics, among others, leads him to focus on how companies and products can make a difference while connecting to the overall vision and strategy. Gunnars is based in Malmo, Sweden. For more information about Gunnars and Simpliday, visit Simpliday.