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Monday
Sep292014

Merchandise Monday: Pink is the Color of October, Part I

Every October, we like to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by highlighting a few of our “pink” items. While not necessarily pink in color, when you redeem for these items a portion of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research. You benefit twice – by receiving a great new item and by feeling good about supporting a worthy cause.

Carolee Jewelry BCA Pink Pearl Charm Bracelet

This charm bracelet features a sterling silver toggle closure with breast cancer ribbon, pink pave heart and pink freshwater pearl charm. It measures 7.5". Ten percent of sales from this item are donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Freshwater pearls are not symmetrical in shape.

 

Mobile Edge Komen Tote Pink Faux-Suede

Here's the tote that does it all! This gorgeous faux-suede tote radiates style while offering an efficient sanctuary for your notebook and all your essentials. As part of Mobile Edge’s Caring Case Collection™, 10 percent of the retail price will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

 

Pandora® Pink Ribbon Charm

The Pink Ribbon Charm has pink stones that glitter on an inspirational ribbon that dangles from a shiny silver charm. Pandora® will donate five percent of the retail sales for the special pink ribbon beads to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a minimum guaranteed donation of $1,000,000.

 

Pandora® Pink Ribbon Murano Charm 

Use this sterling silver and murano glass charm to show your support and love for those with breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds for this beautiful and inspiring charm benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of its mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Presto® 6-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooking preserves flavors and nutrients while cooking food three to 10 times faster than ordinary methods. Cook chicken, fish, meat and vegetables to perfection and tenderize economical cuts of meat. For each redemption, $5 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

South Bend® Ready 2 Fish Spin Cast Combo with Kit

Made especially for the lady angler, this combo includes everything you need to start fishing today. It features a 6’, 2-piece medium action fiberglass rod, size 10 reel with one ball bearing, all-metal body and dual handle. A portion of the proceeds go to the Bright Pink organization.

 

But that’s not all! Stay tuned this Wednesday, October 1, for Part II of this series!

Thursday
Sep252014

Your Monthly Check-Up: September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Cholesterol. A funny word with a bad reputation. A waxy, fat-like substance that floats around in your blood. Sounds icky, but it’s something your body actually needs. The problem is, too much of it can cause serious problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called "good" cholesterol. LDL is called "bad" cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about "bad" LDL cholesterol.

Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control…Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found.

High cholesterol has no symptoms so you won’t know if you have it until you get a screening. A simple blood test will tell you what your good and bad cholesterol levels are and doctors recommend people ages 20 and over get their cholesterol screened every five years.

Sometimes, if certain risk factors are at play, your doctor may recommend more frequent cholesterol screenings. For example, if your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher, you’re a man older than 45 or a woman over 50, your HDL is lower than 40 mg/dL or you have other risk factors for heart disease or stroke, your doctor might want to check your cholesterol more often.

The good news is that if you have high bad cholesterol or low good cholesterol, there are things you can do to get yourself more in balance. Making a few lifestyle changes will help lower your LDL. These include:

  • Eating more fiber and avoiding saturated and trans fats
  • Engaging in moderate exercise for 2.5 hours weekly
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking

Coincidentally, making these changes to help lower your LDL can also help raise your HDL. It’s like a two-for-one with regard to your health! According to the Mayo Clinic, incorporating healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats – the fats found in olive, peanut and canola oil – can also help raise your HDL, as well as drinking alcohol in moderation – up to one drink per day for women or two for men. However, if you don’t drink, it’s not a good idea to start just for the purpose of raising your HDL. Go for the many other options instead! Additionally, if you are on cholesterol-controlling medication, take as directed according to your doctor.

See? Cholesterol isn’t all bad – and you’re required to eat fats to keep it in check! Why not celebrate your health this month by adopting a few of these healthy habits and treating yourself to a cholesterol screening? Your heart will thank you, and you’ll no doubt start to see other positive changes, as well!

Monday
Sep222014

Merchandise Monday: It’s Finally Fall!

Fall starts today – at 10:29 p.m. Eastern, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac – and while many of us (including this blogger) couldn’t wait for summer to start, others have had visions of pumpkin spice dancing in their heads since early August! So how about a little reading material while you sip that long-awaited latte? Hinda’s gearing up for the change of seasons and, as always, this is just a small sample of the abundance of fall-related (and otherwise) items in our ever-growing assortment!

ACU-RITE® Digital Weather Station

Plan the day with confidence with this weather predictor – pinpoint accuracy right from your own backyard. Patented Self-Calibrating Technology provides your personal forecast of 12- to 24-hour weather conditions generated from weather data measured by a sensor in your yard, giving you the most accurate forecast available.

 

Buck® Small Lock Back Folding Knife

The MiniBuck is so lightweight you won't even realize it is in your pocket. Made of durable materials and sized for convenience, it’s perfect for hunting, fishing, camping or just for everyday carry. Made of 420HC blade steel and features a drop point, razor edge and Valox handle. Blade length: 1.9", closed length: 2.9" and weighs 1-ounce.

 

Chilly Dog Handmade Wool Cable Knit Dog Sweater

Chilly Dog sweaters are extremely warm, thick and 100 percent plant-dyed wool. They are handmade by Inca Artisans in South America using fair trade guidelines, therefore they may vary slightly in color and style. Available for every dog from a tea cup to a Great Dane!

Diane Katzman Designs Metallic Rose or Tan Sparkle Scarf

These beautiful scarves by Diane Katzman feature fashionable pink or neutral tan lightweight fabric consisting of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent viscose. A lovely, delicate metallic pattern adds just the right amount of sparkle! The scarf measures 29.5" W x 75" L.  Each sold separately.

Dreambean Candles Recycled Wine Bottle Soy Candle

A recycled green or blue wine bottle is handsomely transformed into a 12-ounce eco-friendly soy candle.  Available scents include Vanilla Honey, Pacific Redwood, Aloe Lily, Lemon Tea, Yuzu Coconut and Lavender Milk.  Proceeds support a job-development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers.

Monday
Sep082014

Family Night Fun!

School is back in session, extracurricular activities are starting up and the Monday through Friday grind is hectic with trying to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Now that evenings are getting shorter and homework is back on the agenda, it’s a great time to plan some fun family nights to kick back and relax with the people you love. Hinda is here to help with just a few items from our wide assortment of products for family night!

Disney® The Jungle Book - Diamond Edition DVD

This timeless masterpiece celebrates the true meaning of friendship. Join Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns "The Bare Necessities" of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the sssssneakiest snake in the jungle!

Kalorik® Fun! Electric S'mores Maker

Now the enjoyment of roasting marshmallows over an open campfire can be brought to the comfort of kitchens everywhere!  The Kalorik® s‘mores maker has a charming appeal and is ideal to use inside the house. Just add graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate squares to make a delicious s'mores treat. S'mores are great conversation starters and fun desserts for parties and special occasions!

Melissa & Doug® Suspend Family Game

A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you'll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall?

Smart Planet Movie Theater Popcorn Maker

This hot air popcorn popper's design is reminiscent of the old-time movie theater style poppers. Enjoy the fun of making your own great-tasting healthier alternative to buttered popcorn. It makes a fun addition to your rec or movie room and adds something special to nights in with your friends and family. Makes 2-3 quarts in minutes.

 

SodaStream® Jet Home Soda Maker Kit

The SodaStream® soda maker has everything you need to turn tap water into sparkling water in 30 seconds. With no batteries or electricity, you can use your soda maker in your kitchen, outdoors on your patio or deck or on your boat or RV. In addition to making fizzy water, SodaStream also offers more than 25 regular, diet, energy and caffeine-free flavors of syrup (sold separately).

Vivitar® "The Voice" High End CD+G Karaoke Machine

Inspired by the hit NBC show, “The Voice” High End Karaoke has all you need for a great party! Features include enhanced vocal effects, echo and balance control for pro sound, a large dynamic speaker, dual pro-style microphone jacks (includes one mic) and an integrated MP3/smartphone and tablet cradle that lets you tap into your digital music library or play karaoke tunes from your devices.

Wonder Forge Disney™ Doc McStuffins All Better! Role Play Game

Make the boo-boos go away like Doc McStuffins! Each slap bracelet bandage is a different mystery ouchie. Take turns trying to figure out which doctor tool will make things all better. It’s a fun game of pretending and playful problem-solving. Game includes six slap bracelet bandages, six foam tools, eight scoring tiles, one spinner, one storage bag and instructions.

Wonder Forge Disney Pictopia™ Family Trivia Game

Families team up in this collaborative yet competitive trivia game with 1,000 questions ranging from basic trivia to voting, testing how well you know your fellow players. During the game, everyone gets a chance to show off their World of Disney knowledge – from Disney Junior and Disney XD to Disney Parks and classic Disney films. It’s the perfect answer for together-time fun!  

Wonder Forge Marvel Avengers Assemble™ Slide Strike ™ Game

Go head-to-head in an exciting game of concealed identities and cunning strategy. Slide your team across the battlefield for a surprise attack. Reveal which hero or villain you’re attacking with, then find out who they’re up against. Every character combo yields a different outcome. Outlast your opponent to win! Includes 35 tiles, 12 characters, 12 character cards, target tokens, battle platform and one die.

Tuesday
Sep022014

Your Monthly Check-Up: Did you do the Ice Bucket Challenge?

By now everyone has seen at least one person on Facebook or other social media sites dumping a bucket of ice cold water on his or her head. Perhaps you’ve done it yourself (several Hinda staffers have!). The Ice Bucket Challenge is soaking the nation all in the name of raising awareness about ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease after the famous New York Yankee first baseman who died of complications from ALS in 1941. While the origins of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are unclear, the goal of raising awareness – and donations – aligns with other cold water challenges and polar plunges made popular by various charitable organizations.

According to the ALS Association, ALS is

a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. (www.alsa.org)

While this disease isn’t completely understood, one thing is for sure – the Ice Bucket Challenge is working. According to Wikipedia,

After the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, public awareness and charitable donations to ALS charities soared. The New York Times reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until August 21. More than 739,000 new donors have given money to the association, which is more than double the $19.4 million in total contributions the association received during the year that ended January 31, 2013. Similarly, the ALS Therapy Development Institute reported a ten-fold increase in donations relative to the same period in 2014, with over 2,000 donations made in a single day on August 20, 2014, while Project ALS reported a 50-fold increase.

The ALS Association, which raised $64 million in all of 2013, raised more than $10 million on Thursday, August 21, 2014, alone

ALS mainly affects people between the ages of 40 and 70, however there are cases of people in their 20s and 30s who have been diagnosed. The ALS Association says that, according to the ALS CARE Database, 60 percent of people with ALS are men and 93 percent of patients are Caucasian (figures taken from ALS patients represented in the Database). It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. More work is being done to determine possible risk factors, but one known risk is that military veterans, particularly vets of the Gulf War, are twice as likely to develop ALS.

While symptoms at the onset of ALS are easily overlooked, some signs during the disease’s progression include:

  • muscle weakness in the hands, arms, legs and/or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing
  • twitching (fasciculation) and cramping of muscles, especially in the hands and feet
  • impairment in the use of the arms and legs
  • "thick speech" and difficulty projecting the voice
  • shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing (in more advanced stages)

The symptoms of ALS and rate at which it progresses can vary widely from person to person, and not all sufferers experience the same symptoms. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are present in all cases. Although the mean prognosis is three to five years, many people live five or ten years or more. One example of this is Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with a form of ALS when he was 21 and is currently in his early 70s.

Since ALS attacks only motor neurons, the five senses are not affected. For many people, muscles of the eyes and bladder are generally not affected.

To learn more about ALS, visit www.alsa.org.