Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Phrases to Never Say to The Elderly

5 Phrases to Never Say to The Elderly
Anyone who has ever cared for or spent time with the elderly knows the frustrations that can arise. Simple things that most of us take for granted can turn into monumental tasks that must be repeated over and over again. What are the best ways to handle these situations?

Kurt Kazanowski, an expert in hospice, homecare and working with the elderly, says that while it can be frustrating, especially when it’s someone very close to you like your own parents, there are things you should and should not say that can make it a bit easier:

For example:

- Don’t say: “How can you not remember that!?”
Say instead: “See this sticker? Dad, if the car isn’t inspected before the end of the month, we could have problems.” Place a few post-it notes on the dashboard, fridge and bathroom mirror. Add a smiley face to keep the tone light. And if you still think your parents might forget, make the appointment and then call your dad that morning to remind him.

- Don’t say: “You could do that if you really tried.”
Say instead: “Let me watch and see where you’re having trouble so we can figure out how this can get done together.” Or if you live out of town: “Ask (So-and-so) for help.” Seniors, like everyone else, want to maintain their independence. But if a project is truly beyond their capabilities and they either don’t know anyone who could help (or won’t ask), you might want to try to find someone who can lend a hand.

- Don’t say: “I just showed you how to use the remote control yesterday.”
Instead say: “The blue button on top turns the TV on and there’s one set of arrows for changing the channel and another for the volume. I’ll show you again.” Better yet — ask your parents’ cable or satellite provider to recommend a senior-friendly remote control with a simple design, or purchase one at a local electronics store. Or if they’re okay following instructions, you could write or print out step-by-step directions in large, legible type and leave it near the remote.

- Don’t say: “What does that have to do with what we’re talking about?”
Say instead: “I was telling you about the game last night. It’s okay if you want to chat about something else.” If the subject is important to you, try to bring the conversation back on track without pointing a finger at your dad. And to avoid suppressing genuine anger or sadness, gently explain why the conversation was important to you. Another option: Say nothing and just listen.

- Don’t say: “You already told me that.”
Say instead: “No kidding? And don’t tell me that the next thing you did was . . . .” Yes, you can make a joke out of it — but only if your parents won’t feel hurt. Best-case scenario: Your mom or dad will feel amused and relaxed enough to join in.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cocktail Drink Recipes for National Sibling Day

Today is National Sibling Day and it's time to sit down and relax with a delicious cocktail with all of your brothers and sisters. Celebrate your siblings with delicious cocktails from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice.

Whether you're two peas in a pod or polar opposites, siblings all still have the common bond of family, so we have created two cocktails with very different flavors made from the same base of Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry.
Innocent One Cocktail Drink Recipe

Innocent One Cocktail Drink Recipe

3 oz of Prosecco
1.5 oz of orange juice
1.5 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
Mint leaves (garnish)

Combine all into champagne flute. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Rough Around the Edges Cocktail Drink Recipe

Rough Around the Edges Cocktail Drink Recipe

1.5 oz of rye whiskey
0.5 oz of lemon juice
6 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon (garnish)

Add bitters, rye whiskey, and lemon juice to shaker. Add ice. Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice. Add Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry. Garnish with lemon twist. Serve immediately.

Disclaimer: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Cowgirl's Story: Movie and DVD Release

A Cowgirl's Story: Movie and DVD Release
Bailee Madison, Pat Boone and Chloe Lukasiak Star in the Inspirational Story for the Entire Family A COWGIRL'S STORY will be available on DVD & Digital April 18th, 2017. Here's additional information about the upcoming movie and DVD release.

A dynamic young cast, led by Bailee Madison (Just Go With It), Chloe Lukasiak (Center Stage: On Pointe), YouTube star Aidan Alexander and Froy Gutierrez (“One Day at a Time”), highlight the family dramedy A COWGIRL’S STORY, debuting on DVD and digital April 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film follows Dusty Rhodes (Madison) who goes to live with her grandfather (iconic singer Pat Boone) while her military parents are serving in Afghanistan. When she starts an equestrian club at her new school in an effort to support the troops, she unites the community like never before. A COWGIRL’S STORY also stars James C. Victor (12 Years a Slave), Kai Thomas Schulz (When Life Gives You Lemons), Elise Robertson (American Sniper) and Robert W. Arbogast (The Prestige).

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Dusty Rhodes (Bailee Madison) goes to live with her grandfather (Pat Boone) because both of her Army parents are fighting in the Afghanistan war. Dusty attends a new high school where she makes friends with a group that includes Savanah (Chloe Lukasiak), a girl whose father also served in the Army. Dusty convinces her new friends into forming an equestrian drill team that allows them to perform at rodeos and parades.

Dusty's world is turned upside down by the war when her mother’s helicopter is shot down in action and she goes missing. To cope with her fear and helplessness, Dusty enlists the help of her grandfather and friends to put on a special riding performance for her parents and all of the soldiers fighting overseas. The entire town turns out in support of the event, and it becomes an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Written and directed by Timothy Armstrong (Cowgirls 'n Angels), A COWGIRL’S STORY is produced by Bailee Madison, Carlos De Mattos and Marcos De Mattos. Timothy Armstrong, Celeste Armstrong, Derrick Strickland, Starla Christian, Paul Crouch Jr. and Ralph McCloud serve as executive producers.

A COWGIRL’S STORY has a run time of approximately 98 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Young Pope: Starring Jude Law

The Young Pope : Starring Jude Law
THE YOUNG POPE stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton. It's available for Digital Download April 10th, 2017 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 6th, 2017. Here's some additional information about the upcoming movie and DVD release.

Starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Jude Law and Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton, the “superb” (Rolling Stone) HBO® limited series The Young Pope is yours to own on Digital Download April 10, 2017 and on Blu-RayTM and DVD June 6th, 2017. The series, which delves in to the life of a newly elected pope (Law) – the youngest in history and first-ever American – whose audacity, independence and arch-conservatism wreaks havoc within the Vatican. Heralded by critics as “dazzling, riveting” (TV Guide), The Young Pope on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Download includes all ten episodes of the limited series and three special features including an exclusive new “The Making of The Young Pope” featurette. The Blu-rayTM and DVD release also include a free Digital Download copy.

​​From Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Paolo Sorrentino, the ten-episode limited series The Young Pope tells the fictional story of Lenny Belardo, a.k.a. Pius XIII, the first-ever American Pope and the youngest elected by the College of Cardinals. At first glance, Lenny's selection over older and more experienced clerics – in particular Cardinal Spencer, a fellow American and Lenny's mentor – seems part of a simple media strategy by Vatican elders, who no doubt expect the new Pope to toe the line and follow their lead. Instead, Pius XIII eschews the counsel of the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello, and enlists the woman who raised him, Sister Mary, to be his chief confidante. To the chagrin of Voiello and the PR reps who would market the handsome and charming young Pope, Lenny refuses to allow himself to be photographed, and he announces a series of severe, hardline initiatives that confound the Vatican status quo. The Young Pope paints a portrait of a mysterious, complicated man fully aware of the contradictions and consequences of being the conservative leader of a billion followers in a changing world – but unwilling to bend in the execution of his duties.

The ensemble cast includes Jude Law (Lenny Belardo), Diane Keaton (Sister Mary), Scott Shepherd (Cardinal Dussolier), James Cromwell (Cardinal Spencer), Ludivine Sagnier (Esther), Silvio Orlando (Cardinal Voiello), Cécile De France (Sofia), Javier Cámara (Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez), Toni Bertorelli (Cardinal Caltanissetta), and more. All 10 episodes are directed and edited by Paolo Sorrentino, co-writer and director of The Great Beauty and winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.

*** Information was provided by HBO Home Entertainment.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Party Cocktail Recipes

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Time to get your Irish - theme party rolling with this fun assortment of Shamrock-inspired cocktail recipes! All of these cocktail recipes are super easy-to-make, take seconds to prepare and are courtesy of our friends over at Sparkling ICE.
Irish Appletini Recipe

Irish Appletini Recipe

1 ounce vodka
1 1/2 ounces Sour Apple Pucker
1 1/2 ounces Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple
2 cups of ice
Apple wedges for garnish (optional)

Fill a martini shaker with ice. Pour in the vodka, sour apple pucker and juice into shaker. Stir ingredients and then garnish with an apple wedge. Serve the beverage immediately.
Sparkling Lemon Lime Margarita Recipe

Sparkling Lemon Lime Margarita Recipe

3 oz Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice
1 ½ oz Tequila
Splash of fresh squeezed orange
Fresh squeezed lime

Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.

Serving Tip: Chill your beverage glasses for at least one hour before whipping up and serving your cocktails in them.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Delicious Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe

Viki's Granola Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe
National Pi Day is on March 14th, 2017. How will you be celebrating? This day in history celebrates the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, 3.14 – but what better way to celebrate an ironic-named holiday than to share in a yummy pie recipe, too! This recipe is a delicious (and healthy!) pie recipe from Viki’s Granola that is a PERFECT way to ring in Pi Day – or any day for that matter!

This recipe is courtesy of Viki’s Granola.

Viki's Granola Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe

Topping Ingredients:

• ¾ cups all-purpose flour
• ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
• 1 cup Viki's blueberry almond granola
• 1 stick unsalted butter

Filling Ingredients:

• 4 cups frozen mixed berries (don't thaw)
• 1/3 cup of sugar
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


• Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
• Lightly butter oven safe ceramic bowl.
• Place topping ingredients into a bowl, working the butter into the granola mixture. Once complete, set aside.
• Place filling ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
• Pour the berry mixture into the buttered ceramic bowl.
• Pour granola mixture evenly on top of the berries.
• Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling.
• Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Low Calorie Cocktail Drink Recipes

Low Calorie Cocktail Drink Recipes
What's more relaxing than an evening with the Oscars and a drink in hand? A guilt-free way to enjoy those cocktails! Cozy up in front of the TV on Feb. 26th, 2017 with a low-calorie cocktail inspired by some of the Oscar nominees. Take a look at our themed recipes below.

Low Calorie Cocktail Drink Recipes

La La Lemon-berry Drop

Introducing your new favorite cocktail, the La La Lemon-Berry Drop! Start with 3 muddled raspberries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice, 1 oz of vodka and 4 oz of Cascade Ice Lemonade. Swirl the mixture around and strain into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lemon slice or a couple raspberries if desired!

Octavia's Orangesicle Float

This simple, kid-friendly drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser! In a tall glass, put two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Next, pour Cascade Ice Orange Mango over the ice cream until the glass if full. Garnish with an orange slice if desired and serve with a spoon and a straw!

The Mathmaticians Moonshine

This bourbon berry cocktail will get an Oscar in your heart. Start with 3 muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and then combine 1 oz of Bourbon, 6 oz of Huckleberry Blackberry Cascade Ice into the shaker. Squeeze one lemon slice into the mixture and then give it a nice stir. Strain the blackberry goodness into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with blackberries and a mint leaf and enjoy!

** These recipes are courtesy of Cascade ICE. You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bell Pepper Tomato Juice Recipe

Bell Pepper Tomato Juice Recipe
February is American Heart Month and it's a great time to talk about juicing for a healthy heart. Luckily for me and my family, we love homemade juice and whip up some type of juicy concoction several times every week. Sometimes we use all veggies, sometimes all fruit or we'll toss in a combination of them to come up with something delicious.

The American Heart Association recommends eating 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Juicing is an EASY way to meet this daily recommendation with delicious fresh squeezed concoctions. Like most people, I don't get enough servings of them every day, so one way we can all get more is to start juicing.

HUROM, global market leader for premium slow juicers with patented slow squeeze technology, has a delicious recipe to help you reach the daily recommended value! What an interesting combination of ingredients.

Bell Pepper Tomato Juice Recipe

1/2 cup of bell pepper
1 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes
1/2 cups of orange
1/2 cups of carrot

Wash carrot and cut into appropriate sizes. Peel orange before cutting. Wash bell peppers thoroughly and cut in half. Remove seeds and prepare by slicing into appropriate sizes. Prepare cherry tomatoes by washing thoroughly. Put lever on "close." Alternate the order of ingredient insertion.

Disclosure: Recipe Credit: HUROM

Tips For Your Reading

If you've ever wanted to get an idea as to what might happen in your future, then a free psychic reading might be the answer. This is a reading done by someone who uses cards and other tools to look at most of the major aspects of your life, such as romance, your career and your health. There are a few things that the psychic can look at with the tools that are used to see if there could be changes for the better or worse in the coming weeks and months.

Before you go for the reading, you need to prepare yourself mentally. Think about some of the questions that you want to ask the psychic. These questions should be more open-ended instead of those that require a simple yes or no as the psychic can't really elaborate. Find a quiet place to clear away any negative thoughts from the mind before you go to your appointment. When you meet with the reader, you want to be as relaxed as possible. This will be a time of questioning and anxiety for many, but if you are able to relax, then you will better be able to listen to what the reader is saying and ask further questions that can sometimes reveal more about your life.

Keep the energy flowing while at the reading. If there isn't any energy, then the reader won't have anything to grasp from, which means that the reading can easily go cold. The reader will likely be doing most of the talking, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be asking questions and making comments. Don't give anything away because this could mean that the reader is relying on you for answers instead of getting answers from the cards and other tools that are used. Don't set your mind up for disappointment. Not everything you hear might be positive, but it will be details that you need to accept in order to move on in life. At times, the answers you get might give you a chance to change some of the aspects of your life, such as a career move or your finances.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

PJ Masks - Preschooler's Favorite Heroes on DVD

PJ Masks - Preschooler's Favorite Heroes on DVD
Pre-Schoolers' Favorite Nighttime Heroes Are Set to Save the Day! Young fans and families can bring home PJ Masks for the first time ever on DVD – February 7th, 2017. New title features six action-packed episodes, super new music video and bonus set of stickers!

Fans of Entertainment One’s (eOne) hit pre-school superhero show PJ Masks, can join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their heroic missions as they go into the night to save the day when the first ever PJ Masks DVD, “Let’s Go PJ Masks & Other Adventures,” soars into retail, February 7th!

In the new release, it’s up to Catboy, the real parade leader, to save the day from Night Ninja, but he doesn’t think he can lead the Ninjalinos without his drum. Plus, when Luna Girl turns a sleepwalking Cameron into her very own human puppet it’s up to the PJ Masks to save the day…but Gekko has to stop messing around first.

Following the pre-school phenomenon’s incredible success with toys, apparel, games, books and more, the hit series is now available to own on DVD!

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