• Global Connections: Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing.

    Coffee thrives where people do. We support the communities where our beans are grown, lending hands and knowledge to make life and coffee better.


    Spreading the Wealth of Knowledge

    Partnering with TechnoServe to wield coffee for positive change

    Peet's has worked with many of the same exceptional farmers and estates for over 40 years. What we've learned in that time holds true today: where the land is respected and the people who farm it live well, the coffee is – quite simply – better. In 2000, we partnered with international non-profit TechnoServe to spread that wealth, teaching small-scale farmers how to craft quality coffee that fetches a market premium.

    TechnoServe is committed to creating opportunities that directly benefit the rural poor. As they see it, economic development is what drives sustainable social progress; schools, health clinics and libraries cannot be maintained without financial resources, which are generated by profitable businesses and the jobs and incomes they provide. Since 1968, TechnoServe has worked in a total of 22 developing countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa.

    Starting with our former Chairman, Jerry Baldwin, our team of coffee experts has spent the last decade traveling the globe with TechnoServe, providing world-class advice on how coffee growers can improve their quality and earn higher prices selling to the specialty market. Peet's has worked successfully with small-scale farmers in Rwanda, Tanzania and other parts of Africa, helping them elevate their coffee quality to become regular Peet's producers. Our popular Uzuri African Blend is made up entirely of TechnoServe coffees.

    Our partnership with TechnoServe yields dividends for all involved. Just as any truly sustainable solution should.

    To learn more about TechnoServe's coffee work or make a donation, please visit: http://www.TechnoServe.org

    View a video about the farmers behind Uzuri African Blend.

    Original blog post 👉🏻 https://www.peets.com/blog

  • Target Stylist Zanna Roberts Rassi Is Here to Help You Get Your Closet Ready for Spring


    With temps beginning to rise and long, sunny days on the horizon it’s the perfect time to update your closet with a few new on-trend pieces from Target-exclusive brands A New Day, JoyLab and Who What Wear! But don’t put your winter wear away just yet! There’s still plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite pieces into your spring looks. We tapped Target Stylist Zanna Roberts Rassi to share how to declutter and transition your closet like a pro. Check it all out, below!

    Spring is here! What advice do you have for guests looking to clean out their winter wardrobe?

    The end of one season and beginning of another is the optimal time to clean out your winter wardrobe! Although time consuming, the best tip to cleaning out a wardrobe is to try things on—effectively “shopping” your wardrobe. When it’s on, ask yourself, does it make you happy? Would you buy it all over again? What’s a new way you could wear this next year that you haven’t tried? Think about ways you can transition your favorite winter pieces into warmer months.

    Which winter items will you keep in rotation for transitional spring dressing?

    Universal Thread denim. No matter what the season, denim is my fail safe. Jeans in the winter with sweaters, in the summer with crisp white shirts and bodysuits with heels for night. Basically I can’t dress without it!

    Sweatshirts with everything—but there is always a balance. Jeans and heels, skirts and sneaks, oversized with tights as dresses. I’ll wear them for the gym, to dinner, you name it!

    Midi dresses are perfect in summer with a cute flat, or in winter with tights and a turtleneck underneath.

    What are some of your top tips for reorganizing a particularly messy closet?


    If your closet is really bad, I find the best way to reorganize is to simply empty it and start fresh. Throw everything on your bed and use the four pile strategy: toss, tailor, donation station, keep. When putting things back, I swear by color coordinating. We do this on set and it’s the easiest way for your brain to sort!

    Another tip I’ve adopted is putting items away with the hanger hooked backwards. After you wear the item, hang it back the right way. After a month, you’ll see what you’re actually wearing and next time decluttering will be a breeze.

    What new items from Target are you adding to your wardrobe this season?


    Anorak: The days of choosing between fashion and function are finally over! The runway was crawling with these updated jackets.
    Rain Boots: With everything.
    Mules: Equally perfect with denim or a dress.
    Cropped Jeans: With a deep cuff!
    Matching printed suit: Wear it as one cool suit or split up and wear with jeans and neutrals!

    Shop Zanna’s spring picks and more in stores or online at Target.com!

    See the original blog post: 👉🏻 https://corporate.target.com/article/2018/03/zanna-roberts-rassi-spring-wardrobe

  • Beets are Beautiful


    Beets are a superfood powerhouse. They are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas), betaine, and vitamin B folate. Together folate and betaine help lower blood levels of homocysteine, which can increase your risk of heart disease by causing artery-damaging inflammation. Not to mention beets have been used throughout history for lip and cheek stains! They’re the perfect whole-body beauty food.


    Beet Beauty Juice

    • 1 medium beet
    • 4 stalks kale
    • 1 ½  cups coconut water
    • ¾ cup water
    • ½ apple
    • ½ inch fresh ginger
    • ¼ inch fresh turmeric
    • Optional: ½ lemon
    • Place in Vitamin and blend into a juice. But don’t strain, sip the fiber!
    • Put aside 2 teaspoons to use to activate your Sumbody mask. Try it with our Renew or Rehydrating Get Extreme.

    Simple Steamed Beet Salad

    • Dice beats in ¼ inch squares.
    • Steam until tender and cool.
    • Toss in juice of 1 grapefruit (or the meat of the grapefruit), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 
    • 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Top with toasted pine nuts.
    • Optional: goat cheese.

    See the original post at 👉🏻 https://www.sumbody.com/beets-are-beautiful/


  • Bel Aire Plaza Easter Event!

    Bel Aire Plaza is excited to announce this fun event for the family! Get your pictures with the Easter Bunny. And we'll have face painters there, too!

    IMPORTANT: bring your own camera!

    The EASTER BUNNY is hopping over to Bel Aire Plaza at the Patio at Copperfield's and Whole Foods


    Saturday, March 24


    11am - 2pm


    
WIN FABULOUS PRIZES 
FROM THE MERCHANTS AT BEL AIRE PLAZA

 

    Sift Dessert Bar - $25 Gift Card


    Pharmaca - $50 value Gift Basket


    Copperfield's Books - $40 Gift Card

    
La Vie Nail Spa - $35 Gift Card


    Heritage Eats - $25 Gift Card



    Whole Foods - Two $25 Gift Cards

    Lark Shoes - $25 Gift Card

    Just complete the entry form at the Info Table at Copperfield's Books on the day of the event for a chance to win.

    Winners will be emailed or texted by Friday, March 30th if you are a winner! Your prize will be waiting for you at the Bel Aire Plaza merchant who is giving you the prize.

    Good luck!

  • Lather, Rinse, Repeat or Not? Your Guide to Dry Shampoo

    Wondering why you should add a dry shampoo to your beauty arsenal? We checked in with Monica Groark, esthetician in La Jolla, Calif., for tips on how to best use this beauty time-saver.

    What’s dry shampoo all about?

    If you want to reduce the amount of time spent washing and drying your hair, dry shampoo is here to help—it can help freshen your locks and remove excess oil produced by your scalp. Fine powders give a just-shampooed look in minutes, increase volume, reduce oily shine and eliminate any odors your hair might have absorbed. Even better, colored or highlighted hair lasts longer since regular shampoos and hard water can remove color and make it fade.

    Besides saving time, dry shampoos are ideal for travel, camping or after a workout.

    What’s in it?

    Dry shampoos are made with oil-absorbing botanical starches, like corn or rice starch and arrowroot powder. Natural essential oil fresheners, or even light conditioning agents, are added. The newest formulations of dry shampoo now include natural darkening agents (like cocoa powder), so those with darker hair can avoid showing white powdery residue on the scalp.

    How do I use it?

    Technique counts when using dry shampoo: Monica recommends pure powder or aerosol versions (instead of paste formulations) so you can control the amount of product being used. “Dry shampoo aerosols should be applied in sections, 7-10 inches away your scalp, near the root of your hair,” she says. “Let the product absorb and dry before massaging into your scalp.”

    If the product leaves your scalp wet, you’ve probably applied too much or applied too closely. She recommends spraying a couple spritzes to clean fingers (because fingers carry oils!) before massaging gently, she adds. For pure powder shampoo, “squeeze a small amount of powder into your (clean) hands and massage gently into the roots.” Then fluff and brush out to complete the process.

    Ones to try

    Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk cleans hair with rice starch and gently moisturizes with oat kernel oil, making it a good choice for those with dry or normal hair. This aerosol spray leaves a fine coat of powder on your roots that dries quickly. When it’s dry, massage the powder in and then brush it out. For darker hair, try Klorane Dry Shampoo in Natural Tint, which uses finely milled natural minerals as colorants.

    Acure Dry Shampoo for All Hair Types is a pure powder shampoo that leaves hair smelling fresh thanks to the addition of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Corn starch, arrowroot powder and kaolin clay absorb excess oils quickly and are kind to sensitive scalps. Acure Dry Shampoo for Brunette to Dark Hair is a good choice for darker locks, as this cocoa-colored powder cleans and freshens without leaving any white residue on your scalp or hair.

    Remember, as easy as dry shampoos are, they aren’t a full-time replacement for traditional shampoos and conditioners. Your scalp and hair still need regular cleansing with traditional shampoo and conditioner to keep it healthy and happy!

    See original blog post at 👉🏻 https://www.pharmaca.com/projectwellness/lather-rinse-repeat-or-not-your-guide-to-dry-shampoo/


  • THE LAST WORD: A CLASSIC ST. PATRICK’S DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE

    This St. Patrick’s Day we’re proclaiming a new motto: chic over shamrocks! So long to cheap emerald green beer, cheesy hats and plastic beaded necklaces. Hello to glamorous cocktails and a step back into time, celebrating with a classic. Don’t worry, elegant doesn’t mean fussy — and this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail is a cinch to pull off!

    St. Patrick’s Day Cheers

    The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail where green chartreuse gives it a lovely jade hue. This cocktail may only have 4 ingredients, but it is as complex as it is gorgeous. Chartreuse is mixed with equal parts gin, maraschino liqueur and lime juice, making for a bright, herbaceous yet playful flavor profile that is perfect for springtime celebrations and beyond.

    Concerned about adding unusual new bottles to your bar cart? Don’t be, these unique spirits can serve as your happy hour secret weapon! Green chartreuse loves whiskey —  give your classic Manhattan a twist. Or, try the green spirit infused with chilies and pair it with pear and ginger for an exotic sip. Maraschino also has many creative, not to mention refreshing, uses. Add it as a main ingredient to your favorite tropical drinks such as the daiquiri or beachcomber.

    Think of The Last Word cocktail as your gateway into shaking up new and exciting St. Patrick’s Day cocktails this year! Why not host a little happy hour gathering with The Last Word cocktail as the main attraction? Add some St. Patty’s themed decor and serve up some lucky Irish eats to go with it.

    So let’s get that cocktail shaker filled with ice and toss out the food coloring. Cheers to adding a charming sophisticated touch of green to your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

    See the original blog post at 👉🏻 https://www.worldmarket.com/blog/recipe/st-patricks-day-cocktail-recipe/

  • Planter Makeover with Montana-Cans

    Choosing the right plant for your home is important, but you can't forget about the planter. Here's how you can use Montana-Cans to give your planter a personal touch that reflects your style.

    What you'll need:

    Plant
    Planter
    Montana Spray Paint
    Drop Cloth
    Masking Tape

    Step 1: Prep

    Lay out your drop cloth where you'll be spray painting. Use masking tape to create a design on the planter– wherever you tape will stay the original color.

    Step 2: Paint

    Keeping the can 6-8 inches from your planter, spray an even layer of paint. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes before applying a second coat.

    Step 3: Dry

    For best results, allow the paint to dry before removing the tape. Otherwise the paint can smudge.

    Step 4: Plant

    Once the paint is totally dry, you can pot your plant!

    With just a few supplies from your neighborhood Orchard, you can create a one-of-a-kind planter that'll make other plants green with envy. Come by for everything you need– plants, paint, and friendly project advice!

    See the original blog post at 👉🏻 http://blog.osh.com/montana-planter-makeover/

  • HOW BOLD ARE YOU?™

    HOW BOLD ARE YOU?™

    February 20, 2018

    You may have noticed a colorful, fun, new look and feel on our website, in our boutiques, on social media, in our mailers, emails, and at chicos.com. It’s our biggest—and boldest—statement yet.

    As part of our new look, we’ll be shouting what’s special about our brand, which is not only that we have great style and amazing service, but also that we celebrate fun and fabulously stylish women, no matter their age.

    We’re asking women everywhere to not only grow older, but to grow bolder—right along with us.

    Watch some of our favorite women behaving boldly.

    Take the How Bold Are You?™ Challenge

    Do you color outside the lines? Wear what you want? Grow bolder every year? Go to chicos.com/HowBoldAreYou to join us in celebrating bold women of all ages. (Bonus: You’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Chico’s Gift Card!)

    See the original blog post at 👉🏻  https://insidechic.chicos.com/whats-new/how-bold-are-you/

  • Mint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    Think outside the box with avocados – they can be used for other than making guacamole! Try putting avocados in your egg or chicken salad, spread it on toast, bake an egg in it, and even try it in your dessert.

    Did you know that when you blend an avocado, it has the perfect creaminess to be made into a mousse? I tried it, and it was decadent and delicious! Not to mention you’re getting the health benefits of the avocado as well. Avocados are loaded with fiber, heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and potassium. Enjoy a treat while nourishing your body for the holidays!

    Mint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    Serves: 4

    • 1 Mint chocolate bar
    • ¼ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 4 Very ripe avocados
    • ½ Cup agave nectar
    • ½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/3 Cup almond milk
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Candy cane pieces, garnish

    Directions:

    1. Place the chocolate chips and mint chocolate bar in a double broiler, or a small bowl over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches boiling water.
    2. Stir the chocolate until it’s melted and smooth.
    3. Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt into a large bowl.
    4. Using a hand held mixer, blend with your mixer until smooth and creamy (make sure there are no chunks of avocado).
    5. Serve mousse in individual bowls or glasses and garnish with candy cane pieces  (I used a piping bag to pipe the mousse into glasses)
    6. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Note: this recipe can be prepared one day in advance.
    7. Enjoy!

    – From Pure Barre enthusiast, Gabrielle Terzano, client at Pure Barre South Jersey, NJ – Haddonfield.  

    Read more! 👉🏻purebarre.com

  • Pets with Santa at Bel Aire Plaza

    Visit Heritage Eats on Saturday, December 16 from 12pm-4pm for Pet Photos with Santa, and support the local Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch while doing so! 

    The event will be hosted on the Heritage Eats Patio. 

    Please call 707-226-3287 with any inquiries in advance.


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