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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/.

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All I Want for Christmas Is a Lava® Lamp

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The VP of Sales at Lifespan Brands, Pat McCartin, found this adorable letter to Santa written by his daughter, Maeve, when she was about 10 years old (She is now an adult, and will surely love seeing this old letter!). Note number 9 – she asked for a Lava® lamp. Too bad her dad didn’t work for Lava Lite way back then. But I’m sure that Maeve got her Lava® lamp from Santa! Also very sweet in Maeve’s letter is number 10, she wished that “The poor children have a happy Christmas!” So cute and thoughtful for a 10-year-old!

Maeve’s letter to Santa made us wonder, did other kids ask Santa to bring them Lava® lamps? We were happy to find all of these letters online and wanted to share them. We hope that Santa brought all of these kids the Lava® lamps they wished for! And also agree with Maeve’s wish above, that ALL kids (and parents) have a happy Christmas!

 

Dear Mr. Rotund Santa,

Please bring me a new bike and Pokemon cards. I would also like a lava lamp. If it’s not too mush trouble, I would like some Legos.

Sincerely, Jaeden Becker

 

Dear Santa,
I love you!! What is your frabrit color? New elf pet, new elf on the shelf, lava lamp, Santa stuffed animal, elf on the shelf stuffed animal.

Gabby, second grade

 

From Katie O’sullivan.

Dear Santa, I hope you are well. If you are able to bring me a surprise and a lava lamp. That is all – thanks Santa.

Goodbye – oh and tell Rudolph and the elves that I said Hi.

 

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? Do your raindeer like carrots? By the way, how is Mrs. Clause doing? Are your elfs working harde? Well, anyway all I want for x-mass is this really cool lava lamp that has purple meatal and pink lava lik wed and purple lava in it to. Some more webkinz like maby two or three. And the webkinz that I really want is the kawala and the fire dragon. And by the way I will make homemade cookies just for you and I will leave some carrots for the rainder.
Love,
Cassidy Garcia

 

Dear Santa,

I would like a Intendo DS and a lava lamp. I deserve these items because I’m a very good friend. I would like to know how you deliver all the toys in one night?

Samantha Hoeme

Mrs. Alexander’s class

 

Dear Santa

Hi! How are all of your reindeer and Mrs. Claus? For Christmas this year I want a microscope, a telescope, a Barbie lip gloss maker and last but not least I want a lava lamp. My sister, Mallory Lesley, 5, wants a Barbie shop with me cash register, a Barbie rock n’ roll house, a bean bag, and last but not least for her a Kit American Girl Doll.

Caitlin Lesley, 9

 

Dear Santa,

Thank you for the presents you gave me last year. I would like a wii. I would like a playstation 3, dsi, xbox 360 and a lava lamp.

Love,

Ethen Allen

 

And here’s a cute Christmas story about a Lava® lamp that Jazz got from Santa, from the book: The Moon Sisters: A Novel by Therese Walsh

        Published by Crown/Archetype. Copyright. A Random House, Bertelsmann company

The year I turnded six, Jazz got a lava lamp for Christmas. It transfixed us both from the second she plugged it in, with globs of oily crimson that rose and fell like sleepy dancers in a pool of green.

That’s how “Silent Night” looks! I’d said, excited to share what I saw every time I heard the song. I grabbed the lamp, but it slid out of my hands and broke, spilling all those little dancers onto the kitchen floor.

When my parent walked into the room seconds later to find Jazz boring holes into my skull with her eyes like some medieval torturer, Papa covered one of his own eyes to remind us that there were two ways to look at everything.

It’s not the end of the world, Mama said. Maybe Santa will bring you an even better lava lamp next Christmas.

 

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Lava® Lamp Stained Glass Cookies

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Back by popular demand, we are reposting the Lava® lamp cookie recipe from last year. Just in time for your holiday cookie exchange! Happy baking!

Makes 2 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 30-40 hard candies (such as Life Savers), preferably in several flavors/colors

Instructions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and vanilla extract, mixing until incorporated. Add egg and mix until light and smooth, about 1 minute on medium speed.

3. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture. Use electric mixer to blend just until flour is incorporated. Divide dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour and up to 2 days before you roll and bake them.

4. Remove any wrappers on candies and separate them by color into plastic bags. Using a mallet to crush candies. Sorting them by color is the best, and in the smallest pieces you can crush them. We used a mortar and pestle to crush ours.

5. Place one disk between two large sheets of waxed paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Using a smaller cookie cutter or a knife, cut shapes into centers of cookies, reserving these center bits to add into extra dough. We used a knife to cut out the center of our lava lamp cookies.

6. Use a spoon to sprinkle the crushed candy into the hollowed-out centers of the cookies, filling to the edges. Try to keep the candy within the centers. Any candy specks that fall on the cookie will color the cookie. Pro tip: Don’t put too much candy in the center – its better to have coverage but if you put too much the candy will overflow when it melts.

7. If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, poke a small hole in the top of each cookie before baking.

8. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. The candy should be melted and bubbling and the cookies just barely beginning to brown. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on wire racks to cool. Allow cookies to cool on pans at least 10 minutes; otherwise, the candy centers may separate from the dough. When cookies are completely cooled, remove and store in an airtight container. String with ribbon if you want to hang as an ornament.

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