Enjoy Holiday Flavor All Season Long with McCormick: Tips From McCormick Help Make Each Moment Taste Special

McCormick Brings Passion to Flavor™

After waiting so long to taste the distinctive flavors that make the holiday season so special, McCormick, a global leader in flavor, is here to make sure each moment is filled with them – every day leading up to Thanksgiving and every day after. With simple tips from the McCormick Kitchens on enjoying the season’s top seven flavors – pumpkin spice, ginger, vanilla, peppermint, sage, cinnamon and nutmeg – everything from breakfast to dessert can have the best holiday taste.

There’s really no reason to wait for a special occasion to savor the ‘Seasonal Seven’ flavors,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “For example, when I wake up in the morning, I like adding pumpkin pie spice to my coffee so I can start my day with that extra-special holiday flavor. To make Sunday dinners a little more festive, I’ll add sage to my creamy potato gratin.”

Seasonal Seven Flavors for Moments Big and Small

Think of every meal as an opportunity to include holiday tastes:

Pumpkin Spice Spread

Pumpkin Spice Spread

Cheesy Bacon and Egg Casserole

Cheesy Bacon and Egg Casserole

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Panini

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Panini

Sage and Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Sage and Turkey Pot Pie Soup

National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects Its 2013 Travelers of the Year

Partnership with United Airlines to Create Sustainable Travel Leadership Award Is Announced

National Geographic Traveler magazine announces its 18 honorees for 2013 Travelers of the Year, including winners of the newly created United Airlines Sustainable Travel Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the principles of ecotourism — environmental protection, conservation and education; local community enrichment and empowerment; and eco-conscious visitor behavior. The 2013 honorees are individuals who travel with passion and purpose, have an exceptional story to tell and represent a style of travel, motivation or method that can inspire us all.


The honorees include a pair of coastal conservationists who have hatched a plan to protect Costa Rican wildlife; an engaged couple, one of whom is a quadriplegic, who have embarked on a 10,000-mile handcycle/bicycle ride from Portland, Ore., to Patagonia; and a woman on a mission to save Thailand’s elephants, one animal a time.

We looked for extraordinary travelers doing inspiring things. People who embrace the world and all that’s in it — and who have learned some valuable lessons along the way,” said Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler. “We received some 1,500 nominations and heard travelers’ tales that make you want to drop your iPad, grab your passport and go! This year’s winners prove that travel can make a life-changing impact to individuals and, sometimes, to the places they visit.”

The Sustainable Travel Leadership Award winners Hilda and John Denham have spent two decades protecting Costa Rica’s endangered leatherback turtles on the Pacific Ocean and green turtles on Caribbean coast. They established The Pacuare Nature Preserve, with a goal of protecting nearly four miles of turtle-nesting beach. Among other environmental efforts, the Denhams are preventing poachers from killing the turtles and robbing eggs from their nests. As part of their award, United will fly the Denhams to the sustainable destination of their choice.

At United, we understand the importance of protecting the cultural, environmental, economic and aesthetic integrity of the destinations we serve,” said United’s Managing Director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Jimmy Samartzis. “The Sustainable Travel Leadership Award is an extension of United’s efforts to encourage and promote environmental stewardship, and we are proud to partner with National Geographic to ensure those destinations remain attractive places to live, work and visit for generations.”

The 2013 Travelers of the Year are:

  • Muyambi Muyambi and Molly Burke, whose Bicycles Against Poverty organization distributes bikes to low-income entrepreneurs in rural Uganda;
  • The Carroll Family (mother Kira, father Peter, and sons Xaver and Felix), who packed their lives into a truck for a yearlong drive through southern and eastern Africa;
  • Katherine Connor, who founded the nonprofit Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary that is committed to the rescue, recovery and retirement of abused Asian elephants;
  • John and Hilda Denham, who travel from London to Costa Rica to lobby for local support for sustainable policies and to engage local schools in educational missions;
  • Tracey Friley, who launched Passport Party Project, a grassroots initiative to provide underserved girls the tools they need to obtain their first passports;
  • Joan Halifax, who founded Nomads Clinic, an annual medical pilgrimage by volunteer clinicians to the Himalaya region;
  • Benny Lewis, who is on a mission to prove languages can be learned quickly, and has turned his discoveries into lessons, travel tips and a $97 online language crash course;
  • Shannon O’Donnell, who launched Grassroots Volunteering to provide reliable information on free and low-cost volunteering opportunities and sustainable tourism enterprises;
  • John Ellis and Laura Preston, who are crowdsourcing their American road-trip itinerary, voted on by the followers of their website, Democratic Travelers;
  • Seth McBride and Kelly Schwan, who are on a 10,000-mile handcycle/bicycle transcontinental tour to prove travel can be a transformative experience for everyone, regardless of physical ability. McBride plans to be the first person with quadriplegia to complete a Pan-American cycle tour;
  • Alison Wright, a photographer who, after surviving a deadly bus accident in Laos thanks to caring strangers, founded the Faces of Hope Fund to give back to the communities she photographs.

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Spafinder Wellness Introduces Spafinder Wellness 365(TM)


Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, the largest media, marketing and gifting company for the spa and wellness industry, has introduced its evolved brand, Spafinder Wellness 365, a comprehensive resource created to help people feel good and live well all year round. Featuring over 20,000 fitness, wellness and spa partners worldwide, the innovative new platform at Spafinder.com is designed to inspire people to find their own path to wellness by providing unparalleled access to experiences, influencers, tips and trends.

Spafinder Wellness 365(TM) Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Spafinder Wellness, Inc.(R))

Spafinder Wellness 365(TM) Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Spafinder Wellness, Inc.(R))

The tagline “Live Well All Year Round,” coupled with the addition of “365,” signals Spafinder Wellness’ evolution from a 25+-year-old spa authority and service-oriented website, known for its expertise in global spa travel and widely distributed gift cards that are available in 70,000 retail outlets, to a lifestyle brand that was created to make living well easier and more accessible each and every day. Spafinder Wellness 365 can be found at www.spafinder.com in the U.S.; at www.spafinder.co.uk in the UK; and at www.spafinder.ca in Canada.

We believe that keeping well is not a luxury, but a necessity to live your fullest and best life possible,” said Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos, who led the company’s brand evolution. “In today’s world, living well can be a challenge, and our research shows that people are seeking help while pursuing their own unique paths to wellbeing. Spafinder Wellness 365 was created to be their partner-to give people the inspiration, ideas and options to do just that -and this is just the start.”

According to the “Truth About Wellness,” a global study conducted by McCann Truth Central, 57 percent of survey takers wish they had more support in leading a healthy life.(1) In a recent Spafinder Wellness 365 online survey designed to gauge consumer preference, the five wellness components that seem to matter most to its customers include: spa and beauty, fitness and movement, food and nutrition, travel and tourism and preventative and alternative health.(2)

Kyricos noted that consumers who visit the company’s websites will find an array of resources to help them get fit, get relaxed, get away, get pampered, get a gift and get a deal. Enhanced Spafinder Wellness 365 capabilities include:

—  Expanded lifestyle content: staff editors and well-known experts in the global spa and wellness field provide new editorial content to help people feel good and live well every day

—  Geo-targeting: tracks user location and directs customers to top local offerings, such as Spafinder Wellness 365 Last Minute Deals

—  Fresh video content: how-to videos hosted by expert contributors create a sense of community with recipes and tips for healthy eating, DIY spa treatments and at-home fitness videos

—  Mobile access: enhanced mobile capabilities provide easy and instant access

—  Easy-to-use site design: new design showcases all content categories, making it easy for visitors to find tips and trends, from healthy eating to ways to de-stress and simplify life

The company plans to continue the expansion of its online community and will roll out additional features and new technology over the next year.

Spafinder Wellness 365 is about more than just spa. Thanks to our partner locations, we have built the world’s largest spa and wellness network; now it is time to become a household name and be a brand people can love and engage with every day. We know that to feel good and live well means different things to different people–our ultimate goal is to be the world’s best resource to help people feel good and live well all year round. It can be as simple as making time for a massage, taking a fitness class, visiting with a nutritionist or trying a new recipe,” said Kyricos.

In honor of the Spafinder Wellness 365 brand evolution, the company is sponsoring a sweepstakes on its websites for luxurious spa getaway and $1,000 cash in exchange for consumer insights via the survey.

(1) Based on 2013 quantitative research of 7,000 consumers in the UK, U.S., Japan, China, Turkey, South Africa and Brazil.

(2 ) Spafinder Wellness 365 Consumer Insight Survey of 3,000 respondents, October 2013.


“Life Is But A Dream” To Be Released On DVD on November 25 Worldwide



Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records announce the upcoming DVD release of “Life Is But A Dream,” the documentary film executive-produced by Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

Available worldwide on Monday, November 25, the 2-Disc set with never-before-seen bonus concert footage also features a new song, “God Made You Beautiful,” from the film, included with every in-store purchase.  Pre-sale starts today on Amazon.com.


Life Is But A Dream” is a multi-faceted, intimate portrait of Beyonce Knowles-Carter, the 17-time Grammy Award-winning global entertainer, and with footage culled from her video diaries and personal archives, it marks a pivotal year in her life and career filled with changes and personal discoveries.

At the time of the film’s debut, Knowles-Carter explained why it was important to her to make.  “I wouldn’t have released a film just for the sake of self documentation,” she said.  “I wanted it to express what I believe to be true about life – that it’s not random, that everything has a reason and that we need to be conscious of life’s little clues and how the dots all connect or we miss out.”

The 2-Disc set of “Life Is But A Dream” includes the DVD, Live In Atlantic City, featuring performances filmed over four consecutive nights at Revel Casino Hotel in May 2012, with never-before-seen performances including “Flaws And All,” “Love On Top” and “Schoolin’ Life.”

Executive-produced by Knowles-Carter and directed by the artist and Ed Burke for her own Parkwood Entertainment, the film debuted on HBO last February to 1.8 million viewers making it the most viewed documentary on HBO in almost a decade.

National Geographic Cinema Ventures to Bring ‘Giant Pandas 3D’ to Large-Format and Digital Theaters in Museums Worldwide on Valentine’s Day 2014

Giant Pandas 3D,” a groundbreaking natural-history film capturing for the first time in 3D highly endangered giant pandas living in Wolong National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China, will be released to the worldwide network of 2D and 3D large-format and digital cinemas in museums, zoos and aquariums on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014. The 40-minute film invites audiences to witness the birth, nursery care and teaching of panda cubs — all part of an extraordinary effort to save the panda in the wild.


An Oxford Scientific Films Production for Sky3D and National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV), in association with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association, Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, CCTV9 and Nat Geo WILD, the film will be distributed internationally by NGCV.

The filmmakers of “Giant Pandas 3D” were given unrivalled access to the Wolong National Nature Reserve with the support of the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda.

Directed by Nicolas Brown and produced by Caroline Hawkins, “Giant Pandas 3D follows the pandas at a significant milestone in their history. After decades of captive breeding, the reserve has hit its target number of 300 giant pandas and now must tackle the challenge of reintroducing breeding populations of the species to the wild. Oxford Scientific Films was granted permission to film the rare release of a panda bred in captivity and to follow a group of wild pandas in their mountain habitat.

Lisa Truitt, president of NGCV, said, “‘Giant Pandas’ will show audiences the strides that have been made toward saving the panda in the wild, but much work has yet to be done. This is an important story, and we are proud to be bringing it to the giant screen. Filled with heartbreak, hope and lots of humor, ‘Giant Pandas’ will make the world fall in love anew with the iconic, beloved, charismatic panda.”

National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant-screen, 3D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV; Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies.

Lands’ End Celebrates Chicago-area Store Grand Opening with a Special Charity Event

New Yorktown Center Mall Lands’ End Store to Host a Shopping Event Benefitting the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

This November, iconic retailer Lands’ End will open their first standalone store within a shopping mall, in the western Chicago suburbs. To celebrate the grand opening of the company’s Yorktown Center Mall store, located in Lombard, Ill., and support the local community, Lands’ End is hosting a special Grand Opening Charity Shopping Event at the location on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds from sales made during the event will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry—serving Glen Ellyn, Lombard and surrounding communities.


The Yorktown Center Mall store officially opens to the public on November 15, 2013 at 10 a.m., marking the first ever full-price Lands’ End store outside of Madison, Wis. The company opens the doors on the new location in their milestone 50th anniversary year, bringing Lands’ End’s signature customer service and high-quality merchandise, with iconic collections and designs at affordable retail prices to the Yorktown community.

We are excited to open the doors to our first individual location in Illinois offering classic apparel staples along with fresh trends to the local community,” said Megan Whittow Lands’ End Yorktown Center Mall Store Manager. “Additionally, Lands’ End is proud to share the celebration with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry to help provide holiday meals to families in the surrounding area.”

For each sale made during Lands’ End’s Grand Opening Event at the Yorktown Center Mall store location only, the store will donate $50 to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry for a Thanksgiving Food Box meal – with a goal to raise funds to feed 100 families. The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is an ecumenical endeavor of Glen Ellyn churches who cooperate in providing food and volunteers to serve people in need who reside in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol Stream, Lisle, and Glendale Heights.

Lands’ End has also partnered with Glancer Magazine, a community living magazine for Chicago’s western suburbs, to co-host the Grand Opening Event and combine efforts to create awareness for the charity fundraising.

SpongeBob SquarePants Balloon Gets Holiday Makeover For 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Making his way from Bikini Bottom to New York City, the high-flying SpongeBob SquarePants balloon will debut a new look for the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on Thursday, Nov. 28. Donning a holiday-themed ensemble for this year’s celebration, millions of fans will watch as SpongeBob takes to the sky for his ninth consecutive procession down the streets of Manhattan.


The SpongeBob balloon design was re-imagined by Nickelodeon and the Macy’s Parade organizers to give it a fresh, more vivid look. The balloon structure was also fine-tuned as organizers accomplished an engineering feat, incorporating 800 tie lines in the single chamber sphere that intricately pull together SpongeBob’s trademark square shape.

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 85 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons.

It’s not very often that the term ‘square’ and ‘balloon’ are used together, but for nearly a decade the SpongeBob SquarePants balloon has been one of the many highlights of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of the holiday spectacle. “With his animated persona and super-sized Santa hat, this second iteration of this irascible character will float down the Parade route to the continued delight of the millions of fans lining the streets of New York and the many millions more watching on television across the country. This Thanksgiving, SpongeBob once again takes his rightful position squarely in the sky.

In 2004, the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants Balloon made its inaugural appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the delight of kids and adults alike. Based on the most-watched animated kids’ show on TV, this year’s newest SpongeBob balloon will stand at 44-feet tall, 41-feet long and 34-feet wide as it struts down New York’s most famous parade route.

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob is seen in over 170 countries and translated in more than 35 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

Nickelodeon has a long history of successful collaborations with Macy’s and we are very excited to unveil this new SpongeBob balloon at the Parade this year,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products, Nickelodeon. “Watching the Parade is a time-honored, Thanksgiving Day tradition and we hope this balloon brings a sense of SpongeBob’s eternal optimism to the millions of families watching at home and the millions more experiencing the Parade in New York City.”

Nickelodeon, now in its 34th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, in all time zones. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212.494.4495.