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Robbie Gould Charity Golf Event

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Lifespan Brands was happy to participate in the Robbie Gould Celebrity Charity Golf Event at Medinah Country Club, which raised almost $1 million for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Gould invited celebrities from the NFL, LPGA, MLB, Nascar, sports broadcasting, the music industry and more to play golf and help raise money for this great cause.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago provides top-ranked pediatric care through general care for many serious health conditions, specialized surgery, research innovation, family outreach and much more. Lurie also sees the need for children to have vocal advocates. We advocate for a brighter future for all children; one in which each child is given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. When Children’s Memorial Hospital, now Lurie Children’s, was founded in 1882, most children died from infectious disease. Today, the leading causes of emergency care, hospitalization and death of children, such as car crashes, sports injuries, homicide,asthma and suicide are related to behavioral, environmental and social risk factors. Children with chronic illnesses that once died in early childhood are now surviving into adulthood. We believe in prevention, health promotion and safe, structured environments for children.

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Lifespan Brands contributed Beatles Lava® lamps for the kids and celebrity gifts bags, as well as Lava baseball caps and shot glasses. We also held a contest: Guess how many Skittles are in the Grande Lava® lamp. The kids, and also some of the celebrities, had a good time guessing. One young contestant guessed 1 million Skittles – it would take a HUGE Lava® lamp to hold that many Skittles! The winner was Roberto Garza, former center for the Chicago Bears, who guess 6,300 (the correct number was 6,419).

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After breakfast, socializing at the gifting rooms and the guessing games were done, it was time for golf! Robbie Gould gave an inspiring talk about the important work that Lurie Children’s Hospital does and thanked everyone for giving their time to support the event. The golfers were treated to some fun rewards and contests out on the course, while the kids got to pose for pictures with all of the celebrities as they teed off on the first hole of the famous Medinah Country Club. Lifespan Brands was honored to be a part of this special day!

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For more about Robbie Gould’s wonderful philanthropy through his organization at https://www.gouldentouch.org/.

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Lava® Lamp Giveaway at Daily Herald Prep Sports Event

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Lifespan Brands gave out over 600 Lava® lamps to high school athletes from Illinois at the annual Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL on June 13. Schools nominated 10 of their top athletes, all of whom were invited to attend along with their families. Nominees could be chosen for a variety of reasons: some were chosen for setting records, winning championships and demonstrating great athletic skill. Others were honored for acting as team leaders, showing sportsmanship, excelling in school and being involved in community service.

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The iconic Lava® lamp and the Prep Sports program were a perfect pairing. “We jumped at the chance to reward kids who have worked so hard and have become the best in class athletes,” explained Clay Farnsworth, CEO of Lifespan Brands. “Being on a team embodies our culture at Lifespan Brands. We were honored to be able to hand out Lava® lamps to celebrate these amazing kids.” Farnsworth likes the fact that sports provide young people with a solid foundation of teamwork, perseverance and a competitive spirit, all which help them throughout life.

Click here for a full article in the Daily Herald about the event:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160612/news/160619714/

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Lava® Cookie Contest

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We made and decorated cookies for the holidays at Lava Lite. We thought it was fun and would be neat to see others come up with Lava Lamp designed cookies. See our recipe for cookies below. We also have pinned a bunch of similar recipes on Pinterest. You can find them here.

You can Instagram your cookies, Post them on Facebook, or Tweet pics of them- use #lavalove50 in your post. Contest ends December 21, 2015. We will pick the lucky winner of a 16.3 50TH Anniversary Lava Lamp. Start baking!

Stained Glass Cookies Recipe

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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The Beatles Top Hits, Videos and Lava® Lamps “Come Together”

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Apple Music has reissued the Beatles 1 as a deluxe edition.  This new release contains bestselling material from the legendary fab four.  It features remixed audio including 27 hit music tracks, music videos with alternative endings and numerous promotional videos, all of which have all been beautifully restored from the original release.

Apple Music also collaborated with Lava® Lite to produce five special Lava® Lamps based on Beatles albums. Our Beatles Lava® lamps would be a welcome holiday gift for any Beatles fan. We are selling these like crazy! Every Beatles fan needs one!

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Sea of Holes
Sgt. Pepper
Rubber Soul
Yellow Submarine

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Finding the Right Bulb for Your Lava® Lamp

A Lava® lamp can bring a lot of color and joy to any room. Just about everyone who has one loves to watch the soothing combination of light and motion all day and all night. Light bulbs don’t last forever, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean your Lava® lamp has to go dark forever. The light source inside a Lava® lamp can be replaced just like any other type of lamp. Yet given the unique nature of the Lava® lamp, you may be wondering, “What kind of bulb does a Lava® lamp take?” The good news is that it’s easy to determine what size light bulb works best for your Lava® lamp.

Even though they look different than any other type of lamp on the market, Lava® lamps do not require special bulbs. However, they do require bulbs specific to the lamp’s design. Finding the Lava® lamp bulb size that works best for your particular model will guarantee you’ll be able to keep your Lava® lamp in good working order for as long as possible.

Below, you’ll find a handy chart that will help you find the proper Lava® lamp bulb wattage and size based on the type of Lava® lamp you have. The majority of these are common appliance-type bulbs that can be found in most major retailers, including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. Check out the chart below to help you choose the right wattage bulb for your lamp. (Bring the bulb to the store if that will help you confirm that you’re getting the right one.) Be sure to get a two-pack so you’re prepared for the next time and won’t have to make another trip to the store before you get your Lava® lamp glowing and flowing again!

We also have our own Lava® lamp brand bulbs available on our website at Lava Lamp Bulbs – Parts and Accessories and at many retailers. When you order your Lava® lamp replacement bulbs and accessories directly from us, you’ll be sure to find exactly the right bulb and parts for your lamp.

 

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Can You Take a Lava to College?

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A Lava® lamp is a necessity for most heading to college! Spencer’s just named us one of the top 5 essentials for college dorms. We see a lot of talk about taking Lava® lamps to decorate dorm rooms. Mostly, there are no dorm policies against using Lava® lamps. Be sure to check your dorm’s policies, just to be sure.

Lava Lamps DO NOT Use halogen bulbs. Many Colleges do not allow any lamps with halogen bulbs. Halogen does get much hotter than the standard appliance sized bulbs that our lamps take.

We recommend using Lava® lamps for periods of 8 hours. They do get warm and need a break. They won’t cause a fire, but they might start the lava in your lamp flowing in little dot patterns instead of big oozing wax which circulates the globe. If you do this continually – you might ruin your lava lamp globe, then you would be sad. It might be a good idea to bring a timer if you are studying all night – its one less thing to worry about.

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WINNER of Spencer’s 2013 Vendor of the Year Award for Creativity and Innovation

We are thrilled to announce that Lava Lite is the WINNER of Spencer’s 2013 Vendor of the Year for Creativity and Innovation award. Thank you, Spencer’s, for recognizing the hard work that we are happy to do for you!

Here are some photos from the fantastic ceremony that was held in Atlantic City on May 13, 2014!

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The Award
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Our CEO, Clay Farnsworth (second from left), with Spencer’s Executives
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Our CEO, Clay Farnsworth (far right), his lovely wife, Chris (second from right), who is also a Lava employee, with the Spencer’s Buying Team.
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Lava® Lite + Spencer’s Spirit of Children

Lava® Lite, LLC was proud to partner with Spencer Gifts’ charity, Spirit of Children, this Fall.  Hospitalized children were invited to use their imaginations to draw the contents of Lava® Lamps.  All participants received a Lava night light and winners won a 17″ Lava® Lamp.  Here are just a few of the fantastic drawings that we received.  Thanks to Spencer’s for the opportunity and a HUGE thank you to all of the kids who participated!

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Huffington Post

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The Huffington Post wrote an article about the art of Fong Qi Wei. Wei creates GIFs featuring pictures taken over a 24-hour period at a fixed location. Huffington Post compares the GIFs to Lava® Lamps, and we like it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/fong-qi-wei_n_4942238.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york&ir=New+York