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Halloween Party Guide

NEFT Vodka

Have you been waiting for something truly unique to enter the already crowded vodka market? Enter NEFT Vodka, an all-natural, ultra-premium spirit with a taste so pure and smooth we challenge you to put it up against any other brand whether neat or in your favorite cocktail. Distilled in Austria, NEFT is made from only two ingredients, 100 percent ancient rye grains and pure Austrian Alps spring water with no additives of any kind. This decidedly rare combination results in a flavorful vodka with hints of lemon, black pepper, and creamy vanilla for a slightly sweet finish. With holiday content in the works and Halloween coming soon, I thought this might be a great fit for a highlight!

Packaged in a one-of-a-kind unbreakable barrel that keeps the chilled vodka cold for up to six hours in any season, NEFT is the perfect addition to holiday celebrations and can be taken anywhere you plan to go. With Halloween season right around the corner, you can enjoy a spooky cocktail made with this NEFT Vodka recipe.

Flying Purple People Eater

1.75 oz NEFT vodka

0.75 oz white peach juice

0.25 oz lychee liqueur

2 dashes blue butterfly pea powder

Directions: Drizzle thin layer of orange oleo saccharum (or, orange cake frosting) around the inside of a martini glass. Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a pellet of dry ice.

NEFT Vodka is $37 for a 750-mL barrel and available online.

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D’USSÉ

Naturally confident and boldly outrageous, D’USSE is providing a cognac cocktail for Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a spooky Halloween bash or spending the night cozied up to the fire with festive treats, this is the ultimate cocktail to sip on.

D’USSE Cognac’s Friday the 13th cocktail filled with VSOP Cognac, Blood Orange Syrup and more. The VSOP is naturally aged for at least four and a half years, the bold and full-bodied blend of D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac is made from a selection of the finest eaux-de-vie, including some that were carefully matured in the cellars of the Château de Cognac. On the nose, it reveals a powerful bouquet, rich in woody notes layered with touches of cinnamon and floral notes. Distinctively and unexpectedly smooth, each taste reveals hints of spices and almonds with undertones of honey and dried fruits as the grand finale.

Friday The 13th

2 Parts D’usse VSOP Cognac

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Part Blood Orange Syrup

Top with Ginger Beer

Highball & Lemon Wedge

Add D’USSÉ, lime juice and blood orange syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with ginger beer.

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Santo Spirits

Halloween is right around the corner, and it would not be complete without spooky cocktails crafted with the best BOOze in town. Skip the tricks this year and treat yourself to Santo Spirits, premium tequilas made with 100% Blue Weber Agave.

Legendary Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar and culinary icon, Guy Fieri teamed up to bring to life a portfolio of authentic agave expressions with smooth and bold flavors that are sure to elevate you to a “higher spirit” this coming Halloween. Whether you are getting ready to go out and about or staying in to binge your favorite horror movies, these spooky drinks are easy to create and even easier to enjoy.

Bloody Citrus

  • TheBloody Citrus is the perfect cocktail to kick off mischief hour! Featuring the Santo Tequilla Blanco, it is a Santo Spirits fan favorite that will have you rolling over in your grave. Combining citrus fruit galore, this sweet cocktail is the trick to satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween and is dressed up in spooky orange and blood-like red color.

2 oz. Santo Tequila Blanco

1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

1 oz. House-made fresh lemon sour

1 1/2 oz. Clementine and Peach flavored sparkling soda

1/2 oz. Blood orange soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients but the blood orange soda in a shaker. Shake and strain over a tall rocks glass filled with ice. Add floater of blood orange soda.

FEARFUL FIERI

  • TheFearful Fieri brings the heat by combining the unique favors of Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters and a Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim with Santo Mezquila. The liquid shines as its smokey notes blend with the sweetness of the brown sugar and spicy hint of chipotle that are sure to turn things up a notch this Halloween!

2 oz Santo Mezquila

1 oz Agave Nectar

1.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

0.5 oz Guy Fieri’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Australian Aromatic Bitters

Garnish: Chipotle Chili Sugar Rim

THE HAUNTED SPIRIT

  • The Haunted Spirit takes your taste buds to a new levelwith the unique combination of Santo Mezquila, Aperol and Yellow Chartreuse. This simple and spooky cocktail is perfect pairing for your scary movie marathon.

1 oz. Santo Mezquila

0.75 oz. Aperol

0.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

0.25 oz. Agave Nectar

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Sparkling Iced Spiked

In case you needed more cocktails to try out, Sparkling Ice Spiked has released their limited-edition festive flavors that just hit the seltzer scene: Cranberry Orange, Apple Cider, Raspberry Truffle and Grapefruit Juniper.

In addition to these festive flavors, Spiked is hosting a sweepstakes, called Holiday Hero, which gives 21+ consumers in eligible states the chance to win $5,000 to help fund their upcoming celebrations in true hero fashion.

Juniper Gin & Tonic

8 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Ruby Fizz​

1 oz. Gin​

1 oz. Simple Syrup​

Grapefruit Slices​

Lime Slices​

Garnish: Grapefruit Wedge, Sage

Directions: ​Muddle fruit in a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup and gin and shake with ice until chilled. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Grapefruit Juniper. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and fresh sage.

Apple Cider Aperol Spritz

6 oz. Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider​

1 oz. Aperol ​

Sliced Apple ​

Cinnamon Stick ​

Garnish: ​Thyme Sprig, Cinnamon & Sugar

Directions: Rim wine glass with water and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.  Fill wine glass with ice and add Aperol. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Apple Cider. Stir with cinnamon stick and garnish with an apple slice and sprig of time.

Raspberry Truffle Floats

Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle​

1 Scoop Raspberry Sorbet

Garnish: ​Chocolate Shavings​

Directions: In a wine glass add one scoop of raspberry sorbet. Fill with Sparkling Ice Spiked Raspberry Truffle. Garnish with fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings.

INDOGGO® Gin

With its laid-back California style, INDOGGO® Gin is like no other in the world. It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low-calories, and will leave you wanting more. Easy to mix, easy to drink, hard to forget. Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg created this remix on the traditional spirit, and these flavor-packed cocktails only require a few simple ingredients that you most likely have on hand and are perfect to sip on while watching classic Halloween films or to serve at your ghostly get togethers! Take a look at the below recipes and try them out for yourself at home.

WITCHES LEMONADE

The Witches Lemonade is a classic go-to cocktail for Halloween. This drink consists of the perfect combination of lemonade and INDOGGO® Gin for everyone to enjoy.

2 oz INDOGGO®

6 oz Fresh Lemonade

Ice cubes

Lemon slices for garnish

Directions: Combine INDOGGO® and lemonade to a glass and stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.

GHOST COCKTAIL

The Ghost Cocktail is a vibrant mix of INDOGGO® Gin, coconut milk, and a squeeze of lemon for a fresh flavor. Take your Halloween festivities to the next level with this spooky Cocktail!

1.5 oz INDOGGO®

2 oz Coconut Milk

¾ oz Lemon Juice

¾ oz Vanilla Syrup

Optional: 3-4 drops of CBD Oil Tincture

Directions: In a cocktail Shaker add INDOGGO®, coconut milk, lemon juice and vanilla syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with CBD leaf and oil (optional).

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adidas × IVY PARK × Peloton

This season adidas x IVY PARK and Peloton have come together to present their first capsule collaborative collection of apparel and footwear. This follows the announcement of Beyoncé’s unprecedented partnership with Peloton in 2020 which featured a Peloton Artist Series and pro-social initiatives.

The first-of-its-kind collection celebrates the joining of music, sport and fashion. Purposefully crafted to empower everyone on their fitness journey, adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton is a statement of inclusivity and energetic movement.

The Campaign

Accompanying the inaugural launch of the adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton collection is an evocative campaign that highlights the dynamism of the human body featuring a number of Peloton’s best-in-class Instructors, who bring the inclusive collection to life. Gracing the campaign are Peloton Cycling and Dance Cardio Instructors Ally Love and Cody Rigsby, Tread Instructors Becs Gentry and Kirsten Ferguson, Tread and Strength Instructor Adrian Williams, Yoga and Meditation Instructor Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts, and Strength Instructor Rad Lopez. The cast is rounded out with Yoga Instructor Jessamyn Stanley, holistic esthetician Shani Hillian, and meditator Sheena Sood.

The Collection

True to adidas x IVY PARK’s undeniable DNA, this exclusive capsule collection adopts a neon pop of color that is grounded in black and olive palettes. Merging style with function and shining a light on the best of the adidas x IVY PARK collaboration, the apparel and footwear offering features new and signature style updates inspired by the Peloton brand.  This collection has been perfectly created for layering looks; from bike shorts and tights with matching bra, to looser shorts and tees that layer over to complete the look. Each piece has been designed for activewear yet maintains a heightened level of comfort, with both the cropped hoodie and the long windbreaker purposefully crafted to be worn before and after a workout. With inclusivity at its heart, sizes run from XXS – 3XL as well as unisex items, empowering everybody to step into the collection and into their power.

The adidas x IVY PARK x Peloton collection launches globally on November 10th and is available on-line at adidas.comapparel.onepeloton.com and select adidas stores worldwide.

The IVY PARK x Peloton Collection consists of: 

·         The IVP Ultraboost priced at $200

·         Unisex sizes ranging from 4 US – 14 US

  • 29 apparel styles, 1 footwear style
  • Colors including Black, Focus Olive, Shock Slime
  • Fabrics including 100% Cotton, 64% recycled Polyester / 36% Elastane, 79% Mesh recycled Polyester / 21% Elastane,     87% recycled Polyester / 13% Elastane, 74% recycled Polyester / 19% Cotton / 7% Elastane
  • Clothing sizes range from XXS-3XL
  • Clothing prices range from $45 to $200
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All You Need To Know K-POP

By: Conan Zhang, Elle Grant × Kai Yeo

Korean pop music, known as K-Pop is becoming a global force. With forceful sounds, charismatic performances, and colorful concepts, it is a maximalist’s dream perception of music. The fans are dedicated, if not overwhelming in their dedication to their favorite artists. Recently, the political successes of K-pop fans are making just as many headlines: fans crashed Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally and have been at the forefront of vocalizing issues related to Black Lives Matter. Who are the artists that inspire such loyalty and such action? Read into 360’s introduction to some of the twenty-first century mainstays below.

Seo Taiji And Boys

Debuted in 1992, Seo Taiji and Boys were and influential 3-member band and are known as the first “boy group” in K-pop industry consisting of Seo Taiji himself, alongside fellow members Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Juno. Their debut single, “Nan Arayo (I Know),” was an instantly catchy hit that topped the charts for a record-breaking, seventeen consecutive weeks and propelled the group to pop mega-stardom.

In April 2017 it was announced that Seo Taiji was assembling a group of modern K-Pop acts to cover songs from his past to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut with Seo Taiji and Boys. The first act announced for the project was BTS,  with other acts including Urban Zakapa and Younha. The first single from this project, a cover of “Come Back Home” (from Seo Taiji and Boys IV) recorded by BTS, was released with a music video on July 5, 2017.

In case you’re new to K-pop, it might be helpful to add that BTS was also invited by Seo Taiji to perform their rendition of Come Back Home and other acts at their 25th anniversary concert.

PSY

Heard of Gangnam Style? Born Park Jae-sang on December 31 1977, he is better known as the artist PSY. He is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. PSY is famous in Korea for his funny videos and stage performances. After releasing Gangnam Style on 15 July 2012, the video crossed over 2 billion views in less than two years (so many that it broke YouTube). This song can also arguably be named the first breakout Korean hit to become popular in the West. The song’s refrain was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.

Since his international success, PSY has gone on to found his own record company P NATION and currently mentoring other artists.

Big Bang

No introduction needed, Big Bang is a South Korean boy band under YG Entertainment. The group consists of four members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung; They are named as “Kings of K-pop,” Bigbang have greatly helped spread the Korean Wave internationally. A fifth member, Seungri, left the group and the industry in disgrace following an the Burning Sun sex scandal, of which he was an organizer, a moment that blighted K-pop’s reputation at home.

Eighteen of Big Bang’s singles have been number one hits in South Korea and have remained atop the Melon charts for a record 51 weeks. The group has sold over 150 million records globally, which rank them among the best-selling boy bands in the world. Forbes Korea ranked them as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea from 2009 to 2016 (placing 2nd in 2009, 2012 and 2014, and they were the first Korean artists to be included on the Forbes Celebrity 100 and 30 Under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world (2017).

Currently with 4 members discharged from military service, fans are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.

CL 

Lee Chae-rin, better known by her stage name CL, rose to fame as girl group 2NE1’s leader in 2009, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As a solo artist, CL made her debut with “The Baddest Female” in 2013 and has continued to pursue her own career following the group’s hiatus in 2015. The release “Hello Bitches” (2015) led CL to become the first female Korean solo artist to place onto the Billboard Hot 100, and the third Korean artist to do so overall.

In November 2016, YG announced the disbandment of 2NE1 after nearly two years of hiatus, and CL subsequently remained under the label. Shortly after leaving YG in December 2019, she released her solo EP project In the Name of Love (2019), consisting of six tracks written during the three years since her previous single “Lifted.” Her debut studio album, Alpha, was released in October 2021.

BTS

BTS, an abbreviation for Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2010 while the group debuted in 2013. The team is made up of seven members including Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The members co-write and co-produce almost every song that they perform, marking a shift in the K-Pop industry to including artists in the songs they sing and promote.

Originally intended to be a Korean hip-hop group, they are now producing music in a wide range of genres. Their songs often focused on personal and social hot topics, mentioning mental health, troubles of school-age teenagers.

Having sold over 20 million albums on the Gaon Music Chart, BTS is now the best-selling artist in South Korean history and holds the best-selling album in South Korea with the work Map of the Soul: 7. The group’s numerous accolades include six American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, 24 Golden Disc Awards, and nominations for a Grammy Award and a Brit Award. They are undoubtedly the current Kinds of K-Pop and have broken through to Western popularity unlike any other artist.

BLACKPINK

Blackpink is a girl group formed by YG Entertainment, featuring four team members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. In August 2016, they debuted with their single album Square One, which is features the extremely popular songs “Whistle” and “Boombayah.”

Blackpink is ranked as the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 and they broke a huge number of online records since they released “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020), each become the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release. Though this record was eventually broken by BTS, it is nonetheless just one of many examples proving the quartet’s impact on society.

IU

Lee Ji-eun is well known as IU. She is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. The name IU is a combination of the letters ‘I’ and ‘you’ which means “you and I become one through music.” She debuted as a singer when she was fifteen with her first mini album Lost and Found (2008). Her work “Good Day” won her five consecutive weeks at the top position of South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. In the year of 2019, “Good Day” was ranked number one on Billboard’s “100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s” list.

NCT

NCT are a K-pop group created by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the idea is that they’re a group of infinite members who are constantly shifting into different sub-units in different cities around the world. Currently consisting of 5 sub-units – NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, NCT 2018, WayV.

Currently, NCT is made up of 21 members – we know, it’s a handful! The members are: Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, Jisung, Xiao Jun, Yang Yang, and Hendery.

After debuting in 2016, they have won 7 awards from 19 nominations and are continuing their stardom today. Pionerring the “noise music” trend and have so far been the only ones that do it well – “Simon Says.” Find out more information about them through their show NCT Life streaming on YouTube for free.

TWICE

Like many of today’s K-pop acts, Twice originated from a reality competition show. The 2015 series Sixteen involved that many JYP entertainment “trainees” – the term used for aspiring idols-in-training, preparing for a potential debut. After a series of challenges and fighting for a place in the final lineup, the remaining nine formed a new ensemble, also known as Twice.

After the announcement of the label’s new girl group, founder and CEO of JYP explained that Twice refers to the act of making an impact “once through the ears and once through the eyes.” As so, the group’s fame has been propelled by hit after hit of vibrant sound through bright and colorful music videos. Their unique sound can be heard especially in “TT” and “Cheer Up.”

More on K-pop

These men and women are just of a few forcing open the door to K-Pop in the west after being mainstays in South Korean and Asian popular culture for years. This list features artists from the first to third generation of K-Pop stars, known as the generations to push international boundaries of popularity. In this new decade of the twenty-first century, K-Pop is more popular than ever. Stars of the fourth generation, coinciding with the Gen Z age group, are achieving international successes early on in their forebearers above could only dream of just years ago. A great deal of this success is owed to the listed artists, who have collectively decades breaking barriers and sharing music. New groups like ITZY, TXT, Ateez and Enhypen are achieving new heights, learning from the elders while paving the way for the future.

OXYGEN TRUE CRIME

OXYGEN’S “911 CRISIS CENTER” REVEALS THE FAST-PACED INNER WORKINGS OF AN EMERGENCY CALL CENTER AND THE UNSUNG HEROES EXPERTLY HANDLING REAL, HIGH-STAKES DISTRESS CALLS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 9:00PM ET/PT

The New Series Gives Viewers a Front Row Seat to the High-Intensity Environment Dispatchers Thrive In During Emergencies

Oxygen, the home for high quality true crime programming, drops viewers in the middle of the action at a dynamic Chagrin Valley area emergency call center in Ohio.  At the center, the responders’ calm demeanor, quick thinking and ability to draw out essential information from callers in the midst of extreme situations is often the difference between life and death. From gut-wrenching to heartwarming, these very first responders hear it all over the course of a 12-hour shift.  The all new series “911 Crisis Center” premieres Saturday, November 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT.  

For a sneak peek, please click here.

Team members’ experience varies from those who are 20-year veterans to those who are just starting out.  However, all dispatchers are primed and ready to respond to a wide array of panic-stricken callers.  Hearing callers terrorized by shots fired, angered over stolen cars, tearfully pleading during life-threatening medical emergencies and anxiety ridden over lost children makes working efficiently critical.   The dispatchers work to swiftly extract needed intel while calming the callers, providing them with detailed, life-saving instruction and relaying all pertinent details to law enforcement on the ground and en route.

“911 Crisis Center” also examines the friendships between the dedicated professionals. The bond this tight-knit group has formed goes deep.  They support each other through challenging calls and lift each other up when they’re experiencing tough times personally.  However, not every moment of a shift is rife with traumatic calls.  The dispatchers celebrate birthdays, share homemade treats, and crack inside jokes that lighten the mood. They also try to heed the ever present warning to never, ever jinx a shift by saying things seem “quiet” at the call center. 

From Warner Brothers Unscripted Television, “911 Crisis Center” is produced by Shed Media in association with Green Lakes Productions with Dan Peirson, Lisa Shannon and Adam Kassen serve as executive producers. 

About Oxygen

Oxygen is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

About Warner Bros. Unscripted Television 

Warner Bros. Unscripted Television is the leading unscripted studio in America with over 50 series totaling nearly 2,500 hours of programming annually across broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, first-run syndication and podcasts. Led by studio president Mike Darnell, the division’s leading franchises include ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”; NBC’s multi-Emmy®-winning blockbuster “The Voice”; NBC’s returning Emmy® winner “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Family Game Fight” and “Home Sweet Home”; Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City”; E!’s “The Bradshaw Bunch”; “Extra”; “The Real”; and the multi-Emmy®-winning “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” among others. After producing HBO Max’s highly-anticipated “Friends: The Reunion,” the unit’s upcoming projects include NBC’s “The Wheel”; Peacock’s “Paris in Love” and “True Story”; and HBO Max’s “The Real Magic Mike,” to name a few. 

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How to Start an Indoor Garden

You might think you need acreage to have a garden plot. Nonsense — if you have sunshine in your apartment, you can start an indoor version.

Container growing offers unparalleled convenience. You don’t have to slog through the weather to tend your crops — you can do so from the comfort of your climate-controlled abode. Here are five tips on starting an indoor garden that will have you making fresh tomato sauce and passing out blooms to all your friends in no time.

1.    Get Your Water Tested

Plants have a lot in common with animals. Both require a place to live, grow and reproduce safely from the worst of the elements. They also need food and water. This final necessity might do more to influence the health of your indoor plants than any other. However, it’s a factor many novice gardeners overlook until they find themselves wondering why their spider plant fails to thrive.

The first thing to determine is whether your water comes from a well or a municipal water supply. One advantage of the former is that your liquid remains free of sanitizing agents as it comes up from an underground source. Elements like chlorine, chloramine and fluoride can slow the growth of your plants and impact the flowering cycle.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods if you have a well. Such groundwater sources often have high levels of arsenic, lead and sulfur contamination. Additionally, the water might be rather hard, containing magnesium and calcium. These minerals are responsible for accumulating on plumbing surfaces, causing clogs.

The first water quality you must determine is your pH level. This scale measures how basic or acidic your water is. An overly alkaline pH can lead to mineral loss in your soil and poor harvests from your indoor garden crops.

Your water also contains beneficial bacteria, unless it comes from an overly clean municipal source. This riddance inhibits the processing of organic compounds for plant availability. You might have better luck harvesting rainwater to use for your plants — doing so also cuts down on waste. Before doing so, ensure you’re legally allowed to use a barrel in your jurisdiction. Some places restrict collection out of fear of providing breeding grounds for mosquitos.

Understanding your water quality starts by reading your bill. Your municipality should publish a quality report you can access. You can also purchase PPM meters, although they won’t tell you the precise mineral content of your water. For the best results, you should refer a sample to a lab for testing.

2.    Choose the Right Location

You might end up with more than one indoor garden — and that’s perfectly OK. Different species have varying needs for sunlight. Your golden pothos may adore hanging by a sunny window, but your primroses have another preference. Honor it if you want the best results.

Discovering your various plants’ penchant for light or shade is as simple as reading the instructions that come with most varieties. The internet is also a glorious resource for all things horticulture. You can even find plant identifier apps that will diagnose possible diseases and recommend the best course of treatment.

Your kitchen windowsill is the ideal place for a herb garden. You might not need to travel beyond your grocery store for supplies. Many fresh soft herbs will sprout in water, allowing you to keep them going that way or plant them in soil for improved longevity.

Don’t overlook your bedroom as a location for shade-loving plants. In the 1980s, NASA studied houseplants to see if they could provide sufficient oxygen for supporting life in space. They discovered that these herbal wonders also scrub toxins like formaldehyde from indoor air — meaning you might breathe more comfortably at night, especially if you’re sensitive to allergens.

3.    Select the Perfect Pots

Your plants are beautiful, and much like the right outfit can accentuate your natural beauty, the correct pot can showcase your collection in style. Will you mix and match or go for a monochrome look? You have several options.

You’ll find that plastic planters are the most affordable and lightweight option. You can carry a stack of them home from the store without ever breaking a sweat. However, this material may fade in sunlight and attract and store heat, leading to premature wilting of your plants. You may also need to replace them after a couple of seasons, particularly if you use them in sunny locations.

Clay pots and planters offer superior longevity and can also help you if you’re a novice gardener. This substance controls moisture levels, keeping your plant roots from suffering rot if you accidentally go a bit too heavy with the watering can.

Disadvantages of clay pots include the cost, weight and size. They may also break if you drop them. However, they’re your best long-lasting and eco-friendly bet for an indoor garden that grows season after season.

4.    Invest in Beginner-Friendly Plants

Your plant choices partially determine your indoor garden’s success. For example, you probably don’t want to start with orchids if you’re new to horticulture. These plants look elegant but have a longstanding reputation for being finicky about their treatment.

Golden pothos is an ideal starter plant for sunny locations. Succulents also make easy-to-care-for choices for lining the brightest windowsills of your home. Bamboo and peace lily plants work well in darker bedroom areas, as they prefer the shade.

5.    Keep Your Hobby Going on the Cheap

Once you establish your indoor garden, it’s relatively simple and inexpensive to add to it using materials you already have. One way to do so is by propagating live herbs from cuttings. Soft-stemmed herbs such as basil and oregano require little more than water, although you can buy liquids to encourage root growth. Woody-stemmed herbs take a little more prompting, although you can still use this technique by cutting stems from newer growth that hasn’t hardened yet.

You can also amass a bumper crop of the vegetables you use most often in the kitchen. It’s simple to save the seeds from plants like peppers and tomatoes, dry them and use them to start new seedlings. You won’t even have to drive to the farmers market once you establish your indoor garden on your balcony.

Start an Indoor Garden

You don’t need acreage to enjoy growing things. Use the five tips above to start an indoor garden that fills your home with joy.

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Ten Tips for a Whiter, Healthier Smile

There are plenty of occasions where you’d want a gorgeous smile. Birthdays, weddings and graduations are just a few of the celebrations in which you should beam confidently. When looking back on photos, you might feel so much happier knowing you smiled with your whole heart instead of hiding it away.

Luckily, there are quite a few ways you can boost your grin. You should love your smile no matter what it looks like, but you can make it even better with simple tasks and lifestyle changes.

  1. Drink Water 

Water doesn’t leave stains like other liquids, nor is it bad for your health. It can help free your mouth of any food debris left in it, and it’s the best liquid option for your teeth by far. Sugary drinks can increase the rate of tooth decay, while water can contain the fluoride you need to promote healthy teeth. 

Make sure to drink tap water if you want a dose of fluoride. Because it occurs naturally in tap water, it’s easy to get the recommended amount to protect your teeth. You should be aware of the levels of fluoride in your water, though. Too much isn’t a good thing, but too little of it can lead to weaker teeth and more cavities.

  1. Quit Smoking

In addition to being bad for your lungs, smoking can impact your smile by staining your teeth. If you’re smoking often enough or don’t tackle the stains when you can, the pigments can go deeper and root permanently on your teeth.

Smoking can also give you fine lines around your mouth. Procedures such as injecting Botox can help reduce these wrinkles. If you don’t want to undergo a process, quitting smoking now is the best way to reduce the appearance of those lines.

  1. Improve Your Overall Health

Consider your overall health when looking for a way to improve one area of your body. Taking proper care of yourself means you’ll be able to devote more attention to your teeth. 

You’ll also likely feel happier, healthier and more confident in yourself if you focus on more than just your teeth. Adopt healthy habits, like exercising and eating right, and you’ll find that improved oral health will follow.

  1. Watch What You Eat

While sugar is a definite food group to avoid if you want an effortlessly beautiful smile, plenty of other substances can affect your teeth, too. Salty snacks can stick to your teeth. Since there are a lot of starches in processed foods, you’ll likely find more plaque buildup if you eat them constantly. 

Fibrous foods can increase your saliva production, which in turn protects your teeth. Eating foods that are higher in fiber can keep your teeth cleaner and, potentially, whiter. After snacking on any kind of food, make sure you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to rid yourself of anything that remains.

  1. Use the Right Toothbrush

Make sure the toothbrush you use daily is optimized for your teeth. Soft bristles are a great option because you don’t want too much force to affect your tooth enamel and gums. Buying an electric or angled brush can guarantee you can clean your teeth thoroughly.

Many electric toothbrushes have settings for whitening or sensitive teeth. However, they can be expensive, so you might want to opt for an angled brush if you’re on a budget. Make sure the bristles are firm enough to remove debris and plaque from your teeth yet soft enough to treat your enamel and gums with the care they need.

  1. Try at-Home Whitening

Choosing a whitening toothpaste might be the most effective way to treat yellow teeth or stains on a budget. While you have to use it often to work, you should ensure it’s not too abrasive on your teeth. Toothpaste that is too abrasive will break down your enamel, which leaves your teeth vulnerable.

At-home whitening kits can also help you achieve a flawlessly white smile. Different kits may require various steps. Some may include whitening strips you leave on your teeth, while others might require you to use gel. Whichever you choose, make sure to follow the directions to avoid weakening your teeth while whitening them.

  1. Go to Regular Checkups

Make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Periodic cleanings can help you keep a benchmark on your oral health and identify any problems before they escalate. Most insurance plans cover basic cleanings and some treatments, so it could be in your best interest to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later.

You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to keep up with your regular health checkups. Depending on your personal needs, you may have to go more frequently to maintain the smile you love. Routine cleanings mean you shouldn’t have to worry about something out of your control happening inside your mouth.

  1. Limit Alcohol Intake

Wine, along with coffee and tea, has the potential to stain your teeth. Stains can be challenging to remove, but you shouldn’t see much of a problem if you keep your alcoholic intake in check. Staining liquids can be mitigated by using a straw. It can also slow down tooth decay because the liquid won’t be touching your teeth if you do it correctly.

  1. Use the Right Makeup

If you’re worried about yellow teeth ruining your night out, consider wearing lipstick with pink or blue undertones. These colors will make yellow less apparent, so your teeth will appear white even if you might have some discolored areas.

If drawing attention to your teeth in general makes you squeamish, make up for it by playing up other features. Maybe you can add more color to your cheeks, or perhaps you can create a gorgeous eye look that will bring people’s attention elsewhere on your face.

  1. Keep up With Your Hygiene

Brush and floss your teeth daily, if not more than that. You should brush your teeth after you eat a meal. If your toothbrush and toothpaste aren’t available to you after you’ve eaten, consider rinsing your mouth out with water to remove any food debris that’s been left behind.

Keep up with your daily oral hygiene, and you’ll find it’s an easy habit to stick to over time. As long as you work toward it every day, you can follow your routine without even thinking about it.

Smile With Confidence

No matter who you are, your smile is one of the most extraordinary things about you. It draws people in and conveys when you’re happy. Treat your mouth right, and you’ll have a grin that lasts for years. Ensure you care for your teeth and gums correctly, like using the right toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste, and you’ll gain the confidence you need to beam at the world.

DEFENDER ABOVE × BEYOND SERVICE AWARDS

LAND ROVER INAUGURAL ‘DEFENDER ABOVE & BEYOND SERVICE AWARDS’ WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT

–       Winning organizations recognized for extraordinary work in seven categories: Search and Rescue, Coastal and Marine Conservation, Animal Welfare, First Responders, Environmental, Urban Improvement, and Fire Safety and Response

–       Reflecting the seven decades of Land Rover, the winning U.S. non-profits will each receive  a custom Defender SUV to empower them in helping those around them

–       Watch the virtual awards ceremony on the Land Rover USA YouTube channel

–       For more information, visit LandRoverUSA.com

Land Rover announced the seven winners of the first-ever ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ during a virtual live stream yesterday.  

The event was hosted by adventurer and Land Rover Defender enthusiast Christian Murphy and also featured Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, as well as other notable brand partners, including pioneering big wave rider and innovator Laird Hamilton, as well as U.S. Olympic and world champion ice hockey player and manager of player development for the New Jersey Devils, Meghan Duggan.

The winners across the seven categories are as follows:

8.      Search and RescueWolfe County Search and Rescue (Campton, KY)

Recognized for its work in wilderness and technical rope rescue, Wolfe County Search and Rescue is funded entirely through grants and donations. The all-volunteer team is the busiest organization of its kind in the state and specializes in responding to lost person incidents and technical, high-angle roped rescue in the rugged terrain found throughout Eastern Kentucky.

9.      Coastal and Marine ConservationNew York Marine Center (Riverhead, NY)

Recognized for its work to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education, and research.

10.   Animal WelfareHumane Society of Independence County (Batesville, AR)

Recognized for its work rescuing and providing a safe shelter for abandoned, abused, homeless, and unwanted dogs and cats within the county and securing loving, stable homes for them.

11.   First RespondersMontgomery Emergency Medical Services (Belle Mead, NJ)

Recognized for its work providing emergency medical care to the 23,000 residents of Montgomery Township, NJ and standbys at fire scenes, sports games, and other community events.

12.   EnvironmentalOne Tree Planted (Shelburne, VT)

Recognized for its work protecting the health of local lakes, rivers, and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

13.   Urban ImprovementHamptons Community Outreach (New York, NY)

Recognized for its work to bridge the gap between the affluent and impoverished communities in its local area.

14.   Fire Safety and ResponseNavarre Beach Fire Rescue Inc. (Navarre, FL)

Recognized for its work providing emergency response to all emergencies on Navarre Beach and automatic aid to all departments in Santa Rosa County along with the military.

“Since launching our first ever Defender Above and Beyond Service Awards earlier this year, we’ve had over 300 submissions and over 165 thousand votes and we’re thrilled to finally have crowned our seven winners,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “All of the finalists across our seven categories are true examples of how sacrifice and drive towards a greater good can make enormous impacts in communities around them and all of us at Land Rover, from our employees to our retailers, are inspired and humbled by them.”

Inspired by the endless acts of service across the U.S. from extraordinary non-profits, Land Rover launched the ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ to celebrate U.S.-based charitable organizations that are making a positive impact in their local community. To honor the 70-year history of the brand and the legacy of the Land Rover Defender supporting humanitarian agencies across the world, the brand awarded custom outfitted Defender SUVs to seven organizations to help further their charitable efforts. In order to be considered for the awards, organizations had to be U.S.-based 501(c)(3)1 non-profits whose efforts fall within the seven categories outlined in the program.

The virtual awards ceremony is available to view on the Land Rover USA YouTube channel. Visit LandRoverUSA.com for more information about the ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards2’ and to watch all of the finalist submission videos. To learn more about the 2022 Land Rover Defender, please visit LandRoverUSA.com.

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Ultimate Baby Gift Guide

Baby Gift Guide

Looking for the best baby present? Wondering what to gift a friend’s or family member’s baby is hard for most people, especially if you haven’t had kids. The best baby gift can be tricky, especially if it’s past the baby shower or if no information is given. But the best gift would be something thoughtful and useful and may be even better with touches of personalization. At 360 Magazine, we’ve put together a list of the best new baby gifts and useful baby gear.

Bumkins

Bumkin’s mission is to create fun, smart, and responsibly made products that support the developing needs and milestones of littles and make life simpler for moms, dads, and caregivers.

Bumkins was honored to partner with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation for their annual #BeKind21 challenge. By participating, we pledged to be kind to ourselves and our community for 21 days as we commit to making kindness a habit. The collaboration includes bibs for all sizes that are quick, adjustable, and lightweight.

Shop the collection here.

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Feltman Brothers Fall Collection

Gorgeous fall finery from the Feltman Brothers: their clothing is the perfect gift to give a new family or to get for your own children. With impeccable attention to detail in every piece, these outfits make a statement about the importance of quality. Get the vintage look while keeping warm.

Since 1916, Feltman Brothers has been providing the world with authentic and timeless clothing for babies and young children. This reputation is the result of a strong commitment to quality, incomparable fabrics, exclusive designs, and attention to detail. Feltman Brothers designs reflect the elegance of heirloom vintage styling for children, perfect for all occasions. Their pieces reflect a level of workmanship that has no equal. Feltman Brothers is, and always has been, a family business, three generations deep and continuing strong.

Shop Feltman Brothers latest fall collection here.

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Geomag

It’s not always easy to make learning interesting but Geomag’s new range of Supercolor sets makes certain that children and adults alike will continue to nurture that curiosity to explore and create and above all else, have fun whilst doing it.  The Geomag Supercolor sets, available in 35, 52 or 78 pieces, contain a mixture of panels, magnetic rods and metal spheres offer an explosion of new colors to allow building bigger and brighter stable structures.

Even the most demanding of creative spirits will not fail to be challenged inventing and building endless numbers of three-dimensional structures.  The Geomag Supercolor 114 Piece Set can be found at Target.

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Little Medical School

Children are cognizant of the medical world now more than ever because of the Pandemic. Whether it’s taking care of family, friends or pets, children have developed a greater passion for helping and healing this year.

Little Medical School, a national franchise offering hands-on interactive programs to stimulate interest in medical science recently developed a new product line just in time for the holidays.

Little Medical School® Pediatrician Baby Activity Set

Little Medical School® Veterinarian Horse Activity Set

Little Medical School® Wilderness Survival Set

Feltman Brothers Pointelle Knit Blanket

The birth of a baby is a milestone event in a family’s life. And, what better gift to celebrate the memorable occasion than the beautiful Pointelle Wrap Set and Knit Blanket from Feltman Brothers.

A timeless, vintage style knit set for your baby. This white 3-piece set features a classic pointelle design for an heirloom style – great as a take-me-home outfit, gift set, or for special occasions. Retails at $89.99.

  • Super convenient for quick changes – separate top and pants, and opens down the side.
  • Footies will keep baby’s tiny toes nice and cozy.
  • Includes a matching knit bonnet to finish off that adorable, timeless look!
  • Matching Blanket not included and can be purchased separately.
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Factors To Consider When Buying a Magnetic Screen for Doors

Every home should have a set of screen doors. They let light and air into your house while keeping pests and insects out, as well as providing additional security, insulation, and protection. Do some study before buying a screen door to be sure you’re making the proper choice. When purchasing a magnetic screen door, there are a few things to check for.

Measurements

Magnetic screen doors, like all doors and windows, require precise dimensions to ensure a successful replacement. To correctly identify the correct size of the magnetic screen door to purchase, take measurements of the width and length of the entryway and the current screen door. Some manufacturers only come in one size, but the majority provide a variety of lengths and widths. You may be able to modify to a more oversized fit if your door falls between conventional sizes.

Select The Most Appropriate Material

The other most crucial factor to consider when buying a screen door is the screen material. Plastic, fiberglass, or metal fibers such as aluminum and copper are commonly used in the fabric. All other materials are usually less durable than metal screens. Metal screens are the most preferred, despite their higher cost. Plastic and fiberglass screens are likewise incredibly robust and highly recommended, but their lifespan may be slightly less than metal screens.

Security

You probably imagine a fragile material that people may breakthrough when you think of a magnetic screen for doors. However, if security is a significant issue, the screen can be constructed out of more vital, more lasting metals. Iron or steel are commonly used to make high-quality security magnetic screen doors. A high-quality deadbolt or key lock is also included. You may pick a screen door with laminated security glass for a more beautiful, unobtrusive appeal.

Insulation

During the winter, if you live in Ottawa, you may upgrade your screen door to a Low-E high-performance glass. This can give insulation to block such temperatures from entering your home when you need extra protection from the weather. If you’re thinking about adding a screen door to your front or back door, do your research before deciding the kind and design to go with. There is a range of materials and styles to choose from. So, please speak with one of our specialists to see which option is ideal for your house.

Your Screen Door May Be Customized

Nowadays, there is no need to settle for a flat magnetic door screen. It’s now simpler than ever to select one that goes with the rest of the house. A skilled magnetic screen for doors serviceman may construct a custom-made security door for something genuinely unique. These bespoke security doors are not only safe, but they may also be works of beauty! A home with a distinctively designed magnetic screen for doors stands out from the crowd.

Taking a few seconds to think about how your magnetic screen for doors will appear will save you time and aggravation in the long run. A skilled door screen specialist can assist you in determining the most acceptable alternatives for your house. A magnetic screen for doors may also bring elegance, security, light, and air to a home for many years with a bit of care and preparation.

Toys for Tots Literacy Program

Toys for Tots® Literacy Program Provides almost 500,000 Books to Title 1 Funded Schools Supported by The UPS Store® network! 

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program supported by The UPS Store network, provided almost 500,000 books directly to schools receiving Title I funding. With the outstanding assistance of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), administrators and teachers at Title I schools across the nation requested books for their students. These books were provided free to the schools due to charitable donations from The UPS Store network as well as the generosity of the American public.

There are 976 schools in 15 states currently receiving 492,839 books. These books primarily focus on subjects that provide children with the tools necessary to be successful throughout their lives. Books emphasizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as titles that provide both entertainment and enrichment, will be welcoming students back-to-school this year!

As background, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, with our long-time ally The UPS Store, Inc., launched the Toys for Tots Literacy Program in 2008, a year-round initiative to support less fortunate children across our nation’s communities. The program offers the nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that enhance their ability to read and communicate effectively. This program not only brings the joy of reading to these children, but also serves as an important tool in breaking the cycle of poverty. Since its inception, the generosity of the 5,000 The UPS Store locations and their communities have contributed over $7.5 million and assisted Toys for Tots in distributing over 44 million books.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity which was created at the behest of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program began in 1947 in Los Angeles, and since it first National Campaign in 1948 has distributed more than 604 million toys, games, and books to 272 million children.

The UPS Store® locations are independently owned and operated by franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc. (although one or more may be company owned) in the USA and by its master licensee and its franchisees in Canada. Products, services, prices and hours of operation may vary by location.