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Monday
Nov172014

Merchandise Monday: For the Pet Lover

He’s waiting for you when you come home from work. She curls up on your pillow while you’re sleeping. They’re your constant companions while watching TV, jogging, running errands around town or working in your backyard. They’re your pets, and Hinda appreciates the important role they play in your lives – so much so that we’ve added quite a number of fur-and-fuzz-ball-related merch to our assortment recently.

Whether you’re a parent to a rambunctious puppy or a cool-as-a-cucumber cat, we’ve got something to make you – and your furry friend – purr and wag your tail…so to speak!

Dog Speak Kitty Cat Purrr-fection Pet Photo Frame

This wooden frame is made in the USA and makes a great gift for pet lovers to express their love for their pet. Great for displaying your pet at the office or in any room of your home. Frame measures 7” x 9” and holds a 4” x 6” picture.

 

Dog Speak Wag Wag Wag Picture Frame

The wooden Wag Wag Wag picture frame is a perfect way to showcase that special photo of you and your loyal best friend! It also makes a great gift for pet lovers to express their love for their pet. This 7” x 9” frame holds a 4” x6” picture. Made in the USA.

 

FroliCat™ BOLT™ Interactive Laser Pet Toy

 Keep your feline friend entertained with the laser toy that features two modes and an auto shut-off timer. Automatic Mode moves the laser in random patterns. Manual Mode lets you point the laser in unique laser patterns. An adjustable mirror aims the laser across different surfaces.

 

Gamewear® Classic NFL Football Pet Bowl

Now your best friend can snack during the big game with this officially licensed GameWear® football dog bowl. Each stylish bowl is adorned with your favorite NFL team's logo and holds 5-cups of food. The bowl is made from melamine and has a rubber base to prevent sliding and spilling.

Gamewear® Reflective Football Dog Leash

Protect your four-legged buddy and show off your favorite NFL or college team with this leash.  Each officially licensed leash is made from reflective material, adorned with your favorite team’s logo and designed with comfort in mind.

Soggy Doggy™ Bone Doormat

This large doormat soaks up water and dirt like a sponge. It’s exceptionally durable yet velvety-soft with a no-slip backing. It’s made of microfiber chenille – 80 percent polyester and 20 percent polymide – with chenille noodles that are 1” H and compress under a door. Measures 26” W x 36” H.

 

Soggy Doggy™ Super Shammy

This super-absorbent, microfiber chenille dog towel is quick drying and odor-free. It features convenient hand pockets and is made of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent polymide. It measures 31” L x 14” W - one size dries all. Machine wash separately, no chlorine bleach, dryer-safe on low. 

Friday
Nov142014

Your Monthly Check-Up: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Month®, with November 14 deemed as World Diabetes Day by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). According to idf.org, World Diabetes Day “unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.”
The theme for the 2014 to 2016 period is “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” according to the IDF: “Activities and materials in 2014 focus on the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and effectively manage all types of diabetes to avoid complications.”

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH),

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose – or blood sugar – levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood.

You can also have prediabetes, which means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and can even lead to limb amputation. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.

A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your glucose level and take medicine if prescribed.

In its 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent, have diabetes. Of this group, 21 million are diagnosed and living with diabetes while 8.1 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (in 2010) with an estimated cost – both directly in the form of medical bills and indirectly in the form of lost job productivity, disability, etc. – of $245 billion.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and was previously known as “juvenile diabetes.” Only five percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, but with the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form. People with type 2 diabetes do not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But over time, it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), some common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts and/or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and/or feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications later on. Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, or go to www.diabetes.org and take the Risk Test for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care. The ADA encourages people with diabetes and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices. Good communication with a team of experts can help you feel in control and respond to changing needs.

Finally, remember to test your blood sugar often, take your medications as directed and stick to the diet and exercise plan recommended for your individual case. And visit the American Diabetes Association’s and International Diabetes Federation’s web sites for valuable resources for living the best life possible! 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Hinda Salutes Our Veterans!

On this Veterans Day and every day, Hinda remembers those who have served and continue to serve in order to keep our country great!

Happy Veterans Day!

We thank you for your service.

Wednesday
Nov052014

Merchandise Midweek: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping Season!

We know you’re not quite recovered from your sugar coma, but the end of Halloween signals the three Ss of the holiday season - shopping, shopping and shopping! Before you head out in the cold and snow to hit the hot and crowded malls, take a peek at what we’re anticipating being some of the most popular items and categories of the 2014 season.

From fashion and fragrances to fitness and fun (yes, there are a lot of Fs) you’ll find something great for everyone on your list – all ages, interests and price points! And remember – while you’re busy running around, making lists and shopping ‘til you drop, there’s no harm in picking up a little something special for yourself! Hey, you earned it!

FASHION

Citizen® Ladies' Two-Tone Stainless Steel with Swarovski® Bezel Watch

Add some sparkle this season with the Swarovski® Bezel Watch. It features a two-tone stainless steel bracelet, a round 26mm case with Swarovski crystal bezel, mother-of-pearl dial with gold-tone stick indices, minute track, day and date window and luminous hands.

 

Citizen® Men's Black Dial Stainless Steel Watch

Industrial detailing sets a masculine tone on this watch by Citizen®. It features a stainless steel bracelet, round 38mm case, black textured dial with silver-tone Roman numerals, date window, stick indices, three hands and logo, quartz movement and is water resistant to 100m.

 

FITNESS

Fitbit® Flex™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband

Drop those holiday pounds with Fitbit® Flex™. Wear this slim, stylish device all the time and get the motivation you need to get out and be more active. It tracks steps, distance and calories burned and shows you how you’re stacking up against your daily goals.

 

Garmin vívofit™ Fitness Bracelet

vívofit™ learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. Earn virtual badges and view your progress at the Garmin Connect™ online community.

FRAGRANCE

Georgio Armani Acqua Di Gio 1.7-oz. Men's

This fragrance for men is a scent of freedom, full of wind and water – perfect harmony of salty sea water and sunny Mediterranean warmth play on the skin. Bitter citrus, rosemary and spices are softened by a woody base with a warm, musky trail.

 

 

Marc Jacobs Daisy

Always elegant, always enchanting, but not too serious, Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth with vintage edge. Sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, timeless flavor of Marc Jacobs' groundbreaking feminine designs.

 

FUN!

Bose® QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes like never before with Bose®. Proprietary Active EQ and TriPort® technologies give the music you love a deep, clear sound. At the same time, noise cancelling technology monitors the noise around you and cancels it out, helping you focus on what matters.

 

iLive™ Bluetooth® DUO Wireless Headphones + Speaker

Fill your head – and the world – with music. With the flip of a switch, Duo transforms from headphones into a portable speaker system. Listen wirelessly with Bluetooth® or attach the included audio cable to listen to non-wireless devices, offering amazing versatility.

 

LG 49/55-inch Smart 3D LED UHDTV with WebOS, 2160p

Watch your favorite holiday classics on the 49” or 55” Smart 3D LED UHDTV, which pairs the stunning clarity of ULTRA High Definition with elegant Cinema Screen design. Witness the breathtaking quality of both 4K and near-4K: the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine converts your SD/HD video to near-4K resolution.

 

Loopdeedoo™ Spinning Loom Kit

Design friendship bracelets and make them in minutes with the Loopdedoo™ spinning loom. It's fast, easy and fun. Just wrap the threads around the Loopdedoo device, turn the knob, guide the thread and minutes later it’s done! Make necklaces, anklets, belts and more for almost instant holiday gifts!

Playvisions® Sands Alive! Deluxe Set

Consisting of all-natural ingredients, the sensation of Sands Alive! is similar to cookie dough yet totally dry to the touch. Pack it hard to make roads, then lift it up and watch it flow. Mold it into hard, durable shapes and with a soft touch, it will break apart and appear to move, almost as if it were alive!

Thursday
Oct302014

Your Monthly Check-Up: A Healthy Me is Drug-Free!

Have you been seeing an abundance of red ribbons this week, perhaps pinned to a coworker’s shirt or displayed at your local school? That’s because it’s Red Ribbon Week! The National Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people from October 23-31 each year.

Organized by the National Family Partnership (nfp.org) in 1985, Red Ribbon Week has grown to become a national celebration honoring the importance of educating America’s youth about drug use. While it initially served as a response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, the campaign has since reached millions of children and families across the US.

The NFP’s drug prevention outreach is threefold:

  • Awareness via the annual Red Ribbon Week
  • Advocacy by bringing the concerns and agenda of America’s parents and families to policy makers on local, state and national levels
  • Resources in the form of up-to-date literature regarding the Red Ribbon Campaign, Red Ribbon Certified Schools™, Lock Your Meds® and Safe Homes/Safe Parties™

According to a statistic on RedRibbon.org, “Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.” But what can we do to increase this percentage and increase the number of children who steer clear of the dangers of drug use and underage drinking?

As it turns out, there is a lot we can do! Just a few of the activities going on across the country this week include Wear Red Week, a “Just Say No” magic show, wearing shirts backwards to “turn your back on drugs,” visits from local police and K-9 units, creating lists of what you’d rather be doing than drugs, plastering red ribbons all over town to create awareness, taking various pledges to be drug-free and so much more. Many of these activities are occurring at schools but similar events can be organized at other community outposts as well.

But most importantly, since Red Ribbon Week is just that – a week – we must remember that any time is a good time to talk to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends about the destruction that drug use can cause. Check out RedRibbon.org and nfp.org for ideas and resources about talking to kids about drug and alcohol abuse and remind them that “The BEST you is a drug-free you!”