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How to Help the Planet with Your Lava® Lamp

Since it is Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, we want to share some ideas about things to do with your Lava® lamp to help the environment.

  • Reuse your Lava® lamp box and packing materials.
  • Recycle your Lava® lamp box and packing materials if you have no other use for them.
  • Stop using plastic grocery bags – get reusable shopping bags like our new Lava® lamp tote.
  • Turn off your Lava® lamps when you’re not in the room. It saves electricity and helps your lamp, too; leaving the lamps on for too long can make the wax too hot.
  • Use a timer – plug your Lava® lamp into a timer and set it to run for up to 8 hours. This is the ideal running time for the Lava® lamp and saves energy.
  • Plug your Lava® lamp into a power strip, which can be easier to reach and turn off.
  • Unplug your Lava® lamp when not in use, if plugged directly into the wall. Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug all of your unused electronics and save up to $50 a year.
  • Use battery-powered Lava® products instead of plug-ins for some activities. Don’t forget to properly dispose of the old batteries.

And of course, be sure to get outside and enjoy some fresh air on Earth Day!

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Lava® Lamp Day – Best Holiday of the Year!

 

Happy Lava® Lamp Day!

Yes, April 5th is Lava® Lamp Day – greatest holiday of the year for sure! We had a yummy cake and some fun decorations to celebrate this wonderful day in the office.

No, we didn’t try to bake some of the cool cakes and desserts we found online in the shapes of Lava® lamps. You can find a ton of awesome recipes and photos of foods in our iconic Lava® lamp shape. You can also find a lot of great drinks that copy the mesmerizing flow of a Lava® lamp. But since we’re working hard creating Lava® lamps for all of you Lava Lovers out there, we couldn’t indulge in the alcoholic drinks with our cake. We save that type of celebration for the weekend!

In case you’d also like to make some cool  Lava® lamp treats to commemorate our super special day, here a couple of recipies.

 

LAVA® LAMP CHAMPAGNE

Ingredients

6 ounces champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
1 teaspoon of dried cranberries, any flavor

Directions

Pour champagne into a champagne flute. Add dried cranberries. After a moment, cranberries will begin to slowly float up and down in glass, like a Lava® lamp. Makes 1 serving.

 

LAVA® FLOW 

Ingredients

1 ounce coconut syrup

2 ounces pineapple juice

1-1/2 ounces rum (or skip the alcohol so the kids can enjoy this treat!)

A splash of vanilla ice milk or ice cream

½ Cup of ice

1-1/2 ounces of strawberry puree

Directions

Blend all ingredients except strawberry puree. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberry puree.

RECIPE COURTESY OF DUKE’S CANOE CLUB

 

And here is a great tutorial for making a totally edible Lava® lamp: https://youtu.be/6SP9FOf0NTo

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Lava® Lamp Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Wondering what to get that special person for Valentine’s Day? Well, look no further than lavalamp.com! Our website has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for everyone.

FOR THE GIRLS AND THE LADIES

We have Lava® lamps in shades of purple, pink, red and silve to match perfectly with all of your special girl’s decorations and room decor. There are also plenty of classic silver lamps in all colors of the rainbow, if your special girl doesn’t like to be restricted by the traditional ‘girly’ colors. Another great new item this year is our Bright SourceTM line. Bright Source lamps combine a Lava or glitter lamp in the base with a traditional table lamp for two types of lighting. These lamps have been popular as bedside lamps, desk lamps and family room or office lamps. You are sure to find the perfect gift for the lucky lady in your life at lavalamp.com.

FOR THE BOYS

We have Lava® lamps in shades of blue, green, silver, and black, plus a lot of novelty lamps and fun lamps for the man (or boy) in your life. The 27″ grande lamps are very popular with the men: in addition to the blue/yellow above, there are 3 more grande lamps to choose from.

FOR THE KIDS

Fun lamps have instant start-up action, use LED lights and come in all kinds of themes: volcano, fireplace, sandcastle, tornado, and even an aquarium of (faux) fish! We have string lights, night lights and twinkle lights that run on batteries so you can move them from room to room, or even take them on the go. If you’re worried about the heat of a traditional Lava® lamp for the younger kids, these lamps that do not get hot at all. Also, new this year, we have chalkboard Lava® lamps that come in green lava or pink glitter in the globes and have chalkboard paint on the base and cap that kids can write on, decorate or doodle on for hours of fun. There are plenty of fun Lava® lamp items that are sure to make all of the kids happy!

PERSONALIZED FOR EVERYONE

If you don’t find exactly the right base/globe combination, try designing your own 17″ lamp to make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Check out our Custom Cool page and choose from 6 bases/caps and 8 globes to create a unique and personalized Lava® lamp. You can’t go wrong with Custom Cool!

And don’t forget, if you spend $50 in our online store, you’ll receive a FREE set of heart string lights through February! It’s a fun added gift, so use code LAVALOVE at checkout to claim yours in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Hot Lava + Hot Yoga = Cold and Stress Relief

 

Lifespan brands’ very own Tiffany Vargas is a yoga instructor at CorePower Yoga in the Chicago area. Last night she taught a special Hot Power Fusion yoga class with Lava® lamps, evoking the feelings of peace and harmony during the 1960s and 70s. The slow, relaxing flow of the Lava® lamps in the classroom created the perfect vibe for the theme. Tiffany also played some great old tunes from the era and talked about the way people were ahead of their time in the way they opened their minds and hearts to ALL people, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Hot Power Fusion yoga cranks up the heat in the room, which also creates a unique atmosphere conducive to stretching muscles more completely, opening up the skin’s pores and ridding the body of toxins. Of course, being in the bitter cold of the Windy City’s northwest suburbs, hot yoga is a great escape from the unpleasant outdoor temperatures.

One class attendee said she loves doing the hot yoga class in the later evening hours (this session was from 8-9 pm), especially on a cold winter night. It warms her up, loosens her muscles and relaxes her before bed. It’s a great way to get rid of the day’s stresses and calm your mind and body for a good night of sleep.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to attend a hot yoga class for the first time.

Benefits of hot yoga:

  • Detoxification – flushing toxins from the body through sweat. With the high temperature, from 99 up to 105 degrees, you will definitely sweat a lot! Don’t worry about it; don’t feel self-conscious about it. Just let it drip off. That’s what it’s meant to do. Don’t wipe it off either – that can close your pores. This will force your body to produce more sweat for the same area again to cool it down. If you look around the class, you’ll see that everyone else is sweating as much as you. Embracing the sweat is the secret to a successful hot yoga session.
  • Elevates the heart rate, making the body work harder. It’s a great cardiovascular workout.
  • Warm muscles – helps you stretch more deeply into the yoga postures.
  • Improves breathing, which can help with issues like asthma.
  • Focuses your mind, allowing you to develop mental concentration.
  • Helps to relax your body.

Before a hot class:

  • Don’t eat heavy foods before doing hot yoga.
  • Don’t eat within an hour of hot yoga class.
  • Don’t do another strenuous workout on the same day.
  • Don’t wear constricting or baggy clothes.
  • Don’t chug a bunch of water right before class. Gradually drink water throughout the day.

 

For more about CorePower Yoga studios, check out their social media and websites:

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Instagram CorePower Chicago Suburbs – https://www.instagram.com/corepoweryoga_suburbanchicago/

Instagram – CorePower Yoga main account – https://www.instagram.com/corepoweryoga/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CPYChiSuburbs

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CPYnorthsuburbanchicago/

Website – www.corepoweryoga.com

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Bright SourceTM Lamps at Las Vegas Market 2017

 

We are so excited to be debuting our Bright Source™ lamps to retailers at the Las Vegas Market 2017 home products show this week. This is the first show we have attended to showcase our new line! It is exciting to be sharing our new product line with the retailer world! Combining Lava motion with a completely new design aesthetic, the Bright Source™ collection creates an eye‑catching lamp with its rich textures, pops of color and mesmerizing movement. Providing two lighting experiences in one lamp, the Lava® lamp emits a relaxing, soothing soft light, while the table lamp gives off a bright light perfect for reading, working or more! Whether you’re relaxing or hosting a party, a Bright Source™ lamp will add a stylish accent piece to any space.

For more information about Las Vegas Market 2017, check out their website at http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/.

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Warm up with Lava Soup

Winter time is soup time! And what better soup to warm you up than Lava soup?! These hot and spicy recipes are sure to add some heat to your winter meals.

Lava Soup 

http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/lavasoup.html

Ingredients:

2/3 quart of carrot juice
4 avocados
5 cloves garlic
2 inch ginger root
1 tsp. paprika
pinch of cayenne (or more) to taste
2 Tbsp. of tamari

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients in cuisinart of blender until smooth (add carrot juice last). Serve cold or at room temperature. Use extra cayenne if you like it spicy. It’s so simple and so healthy. Bon Appetite!

Molten Lava Soup

Recipe from the Shrek Cookbook

Ingredients:

1 onion
2 carrots
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
2 tablespoons flour
1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
2 pinches sugar
2 squeezes of lemon juice
Ground black pepper

Preparation:

Peel and dice the onion and carrot. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onion and carrot to the pan and cook them for about 5 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and the flour and cook the mixture for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, sugar, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 – 25 minutes. Take the soup off the heat and leave it to cool.

Ladle the soup into a blender, season with pepper, and blend until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pan and bring to a simmer.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with warm, toasted bread.

Fiery Lava Soup

http://www.rawsomecreations.com/raw-foods/fiery-lava-soup-recipe.php

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh carrot juice
  • 1 Tablespoon mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, chiffonade
  • An ounce of LOVE

For Garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons avocado, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons scallions, chopped

Directions:

Blend soup ingredients for 30-45 seconds, until creamy.

Divide Soup into serving bowl, garnish with avocado, mint, bell peppers and scallions.

Serve immediately.

Yield: approximately 3 cups

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12 Days of Lava

Lava Lamp held a “12 Days of Lava” competition on Facebook and Twitter to countdown to Christmas. We gave away a prize per day for a lucky winner from Facebook or Twitter and it was a huge success! We had our highest level of follower engagement of the year, and were so happy to spread some holiday cheer and lava love during December. We might have to run a contest like this again next year for the holidays!

12 Days of Lava

On the first day of Lava, my true love gave to me… some glitter in a Lava® lamp

On the second day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 2 Northern Lights

On the third day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 3 grandes

On the fourth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 4 Bright Source lamps

On the fifth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 5 golden globes

On the sixth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 6 flames a-burning

On the seventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 7 fish a-swimming

On the eighth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 8 night lights shining

On the ninth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 9 castles sparkling

On the tenth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 10 blobs a-flowing

On the eleventh day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 11 pull lights glowing

On the twelfth day of Lava, my true love gave to me… 12 twinkles twinkling

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Lava Cookie Exchange

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Lifespan Brands had a staff cookie exchange this year. We brought 4 cookies in cute little holiday treat bags and boxes to exchange with each other. Some bakers used old family recipes, while others found their recipes online. But ALL were delicious and it was a sweet way to share some treats with coworkers.

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My recipe is from Pillsbury – http://www.pillsburybaking.com/recipes/holiday-crinkle-cookies-8184

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  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Ready Time: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Radiant Red Cupcake & Cake Mix
  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Vibrant Green Cupcake & Cake Mix  (OR substitute any white cake mix and use food coloring to make red and green dough)
  • 2 1/2 cups thawed, frozen whipped topping, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten, divided
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preparation Directions

  • HEAT oven to 350°F. Blend red cupcake mix, 1 1/4 cups whipped topping, 3 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons beaten egg in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Repeat with green cupcake mix and remaining whipped topping, butter and egg to make green dough.
  • PLACE powdered sugar in small shallow bowl. Drop batters by rounded teaspoon into powdered sugar to coat generously. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and tops are crackled. Remove immediately to wire rack to cool completely

Here are a few more recipes of the cookies that we brought in.

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My kids and I have a family tradition of making Christmas sugar cookies. When you have a boy and a girl who almost always disagree, finding something they both actually like doing is like a Christmas miracle! Cookie decorating is one of those rare activities that benefits all of us. Both kids like to bake and decorate them, and my son LOVES to eat them! We have a fun time baking and frosting them with colored icing, but definitely are not professionals. The cookies always taste delicious, and I eat way too many of them, but precise, fancy decorating is not as easy as it looks on the TV baking shows! I’m not very good at that part and we usually lose our patience after a couple of hours. By the end, we get messy and don’t even bother trying to make faces on the snowmen and Santa cookies. We didn’t think they were presentable enough for the cookie exchange, but I couldn’t let our efforts go totally unrecognized. Anyway, it’s the tradition and special family bonding time that’s important, right? These are some from this year – please don’t judge our abilities.  ; )

 

~by Tami Craig

 

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Fun Sampling “The Best Martinis in the ‘Burbs”

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The Daily Herald held its 4th Annual Absolut Martini Challenge recently, ending with “The Best Martinis in the ‘Burbs” winners being chosen at a fun night at Drink Nightclub in Schaumburg, IL on Monday, December 12, 2016. Chicago suburban mixologists submitted their martini recipes the Daily Herald online. The Daily Herald received over 12,000 votes from readers, who chose their favorite top 12 mixologists to compete at the live martini mixing contest finale event. The bartenders came from suburban area restaurants and bars, and each with their own special flavors to create some very fancy martinis.

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The First Place prize and gold martini trophy went to Gail Fardman, a bartender at JL’s Pizza and Sports in Palatine, IL for her drink “The Luxe Life.” Her cocktail was a mixture of top-shelf Absolut Elyx vodka, Lillet Blanc, fresh strawberries, rhubarb and strawberry jam, fresh rosemary and mint, with a lemon and lychee nut garnish. Gail earned bragging rights as creator of “The Best Martini in the ‘Burbs” and won $500 in prizes.

Blake Faircloth of Punch Bowl Social in Schaumburg took second place for his “Punch My Blackberries” martini and Max Huber of Arlington Heights’ Salsa 17 earned third for his self-named drink “El Maximo,” a Mexican-inspired martini with a chili rim. Apollo from Jameson’s Charhouse earned honorable mention for his “White Star Key Lime Martini.”

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Lifespan Brands contributed Lava® lamps to the event to light up the bars and stage with some glitter and sparkle, for the gift bags that all contestants received, and for raffle baskets given out at the end of the night.

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A portion of the raffle basket and overall event proceeds went to WACO, Woodfield Area Children’s Organization, Inc. (http://www.waco4kids.org/). WACO is a nonprofit dedicated to creating positive childhood memories and providing basic needs for children living at or below the poverty level in Chicago’s northwest and western suburbs. A full 97 percent of the funds they raise goes directly to help children.

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https://www.facebook.com/waco4kids/

https://twitter.com/waco4kids1979

 

For more on the martini challenge, see these Daily Herald articles:  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161212/entlife/161219666/ and http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161104/entlife/161109742/.