HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017 Now Open For Entries

Starting now and continuing through 5 p.m. ET Friday, February 17, 2017, viewers can dream about moving into the 2017 HGTV® Dream Home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Fans can enter twice a day by visiting www.HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome for a chance to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.7 million. Eligible U.S. residents can log on to www.HGTV.com for full details and official rules.

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Enter for a chance to win the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2017 at HGTV.com.

In addition to the approximately 3,200-square-foot residence and all its furnishings, the grand prize winner will receive the keys to a new Honda Pilot, plus $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®.

Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn has restored a hidden gem into a one-of-a-kind getaway with a design aesthetic that can be described as Southern Transitional. With Sea Island as the backdrop, the 1980s-built home maintains a traditional look that embodies true Southern charm with an emphasis on architecture reflective of its coastal location.

The charming seaside location of St. Simons fits the bill as a ‘dreamy’ location where our fans can see themselves relaxing by the backyard fire pit or hosting friends by the pool,” said Ron Feinbaum, general manager and senior vice president of Home Promotions for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Working with architect Michael Stauffer and builder Allen Construction, we were able to transform this home into a residence with design inspiration that our fans can use in their own homes.” 

The main living spaces reflect an entertaining-savvy layout that features muted, muddy earth tones mixed with bright whites. Comfortable furniture and formal statement pieces are intertwined with casual textiles. A selection of modern art elevates the house to a game-changing showstopper. The three bedrooms and four bathrooms take their cue from the property’s mossy vegetation with shades of green, and the neutral browns are a nod to the nearby beaches. Complete with a private pool, the abode is a fresh new take on Southern style.

Learn more about this year’s giveaway and its sponsors – Honda; Lumber Liquidators, Inc.; Quicken Loans®; Wayfair; Cabinets To Go; Delta Faucet; CESAR® Canine Cuisine; Realtor.com®; Trex Company, Inc.; Belgard; Bush Brothers & Company; ICON Health & Fitness; SimpliSafe Home Security; Sleep Number®; Greenworks Tools; and Bose Corporation – at www.HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome.

World Food Travel Association Announces 2017 FoodTrekking Awards For Excellence In Food And Beverage Tourism

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) announced today that the application process for the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism is now open. The first year the awards were held was 2016. For a list of past winners, visit http://foodtrekkingawards.org/winners.awa2017_2596-small

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and is recognized as the world’s leading authority on food tourism. Its mission is to drive economic development for the food, drink, travel and hospitality trade. The Association was founded in 2003 by its Executive Director Erik Wolf and today brings innovative food tourism solutions and thought leadership to 48,000+ industry professionals in 139 countries.

Rather than another Top 10 or best restaurants list, the FoodTrekking Awards are unique in that they fill a void of recognition of experience excellence in 13 categories within the food and beverage tourism industry. Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, which itself is one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries.

2017 CATEGORIES & APPLICATION PROCESS

The number of categories being recognized has grown from only 5 in 2016 to 13 categories in 2017, as follows:

  • Best Foodie Destination Experience
  • Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)
  • Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Water)
  • Best Beer Experience
  • Best Foodservice Experience for Visitors
  • Best Lodging Experience
  • Best Food/Beverage/Travel Media Professional
  • Best Wine Experience
  • Best Food/Beverage/Travel Blogger
  • Best Farms & Farmers’ Market Experience
  • Best Retail & Grocery Experience
  • Best Cooking/Beverage Class/School
  • Best Food & Beverage Event Experience

Businesses and organizations interested in applying can do so on the Awards website at www.FoodTrekkingAwards.org. Applications are being accepted between January 1 and February 28, 2017, when the application process will close.

2017 JUDGES & SELECTION PROCESS

Ten experts in their specific fields will serve as judges for the 2017 Awards, as follows:

  1. Panna Balazsy (Hungary), Owner, Globalist Kitchen
  2. Andre Morgenthal (South Africa), former Communications Manager, Wines of South Africa
  3. Roberta Garibaldi (Italy), food and wine tourism consultant and coordinator of East Lombardy – European Region of Gastronomy 2017
  4. Livio Colapinto (Italy), Owner, Zest of Italy
  5. Katarzyna Janiszewska (Poland), Founder, pl
  6. Armando Cristofori (Australia), member, La Chaîne de Rôtisseurs
  7. Udi Goldschmidt (Israel), culinary tourism consultant to Israel’s tourism industry
  8. Brian F Lorge (USA), CCTP, HAAC (USA), Chairman, Certified Ambassador World Food Travel Association; Exec. Dir., American Culinary Federation (MCCA); Fellow, American Academy of Chefs & Les Amis d’Escoffier; Industry Consultant
  9. Lawrence Acosta (USA), Owner, Grub Crawl
  10. Sanjeev Shenoy (India), Mystery Shopper, HS Brands International and Owner, Trip on Food

Each judge will review two different applicants according to established criteria in a confidential review process. In the event of a tie, a third judge will review each of the tied applications. A grand prize and a runner-up are selected for each category. A small application fee charged to each applicant helps to offset the cost of managing the awards.

2017 AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT & CEREMONY

The winners of the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards will be recognized at a special ceremony at the conclusion of FoodTrekking World, the world’s largest food and beverage tourism convention for the trade, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Award applicants are encouraged to attend FoodTrekking World, but are not required to do so to enter or win.

Travel America 2017: Explore Southern California on a California Wines Road Trip

Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country, from Temecula and San Diego to Los Angelessome-200-wineries-and-world-class-attractions-make-southern-california-a-top-destination-for-wine-consumers

California’s many scenic wine regions offer a wide variety of experiences and wines to enjoy. California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,600 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, The Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries.

To help visitors explore them all, The Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights a different region each month. To ring in the new year in style, consider taking a trip to Southern California, a region famous not only for surfing, Hollywood and iconic theme parks, but also home to several surprising wine regions, from Temecula Valley and San Diego County to Cucamonga Valley and the Los Angeles area.

SIP: Southern California’s wine region is home to well over 200 tasting rooms, wineries and vineyards.  Taste your way through this roster of Southern California wineries or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, art, food for purchase and more.  Wine lovers can choose a variety of ways to sip.  Explore the San Diego Urban Wine Trail or leave the car behind and board the San Diego Wine Train Tour, where you can enjoy coastal scenery and tastes at urban wineries and restaurants.

Wine trails are a great way to sip, such as the acclaimed North Mountain Wine Trail, 25 miles south of Temecula Valley in East San Diego County.  In Temecula Valley, 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, the De Portola Wine Trail features wineries set in a rural, equestrian area, while the off-the-beaten path Calle Contento Wine Trail offers sweeping views.  North of Los Angeles, try the Ventura County Wine Trail with its artisan wineries, outlet shopping, fine dining and five top museums or the Malibu Wine Trail with the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

STAY:  There are any number of wine country resorts, golf resorts, boutiques and bed and breakfast inns in Southern California, from Temecula Valley and San Diego to Los Angeles and Ventura.  Stay on site at a winery at Temecula’s South Coast WineryPonte Vineyard Inn and Wilson Creek Winery.

PLAY:  Southern California offers many ways to play while enjoying wine county.  See movie sets and catch a glimpse of a celebrity on the Malibu Wine Tasting & Sightseeing Tour.  In Ventura County, take part in guided weekend Sip & Savor Wine Tours, starting from Ventura’s historic downtown.  In Temecula Valley, visitors can pedal to their favorite wineries, or take a hot air balloon ride over vineyards.  Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter‘s shopping, galleries and dining, paired with a So Diego Tours walking wine tasting tour.  Moving inland, wine lovers can enjoy wine country towns in Ramona Valley, including the gold-mining town of Julian and Ramona with its numerous antique shops — about 15 minutes away from the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  Other favorite towns include Fallbrook and Escondido, both of which have thriving art and dining scenes.  

MAKE:  Apple pies are a specialty in Julian, and you can learn how to make them at Mom’s Pies.  Aspiring amateur chefs can enjoy any number of cooking classes in San Diego, or sample hands-on educational programs at many wineries or wine schools such as Wine Smarties in San Diego.  Combine these passions at Curds and Wine, where guests learn to make wine and cheese.  Make great art with wine as your muse at Red Brick Art‘s Paint & Sip classes at a local Ventura winery.  Or take a fun hands-on cooking class at a Temecula winery with take-home material to make cooking at home successful.

GROWThe South Coast AVA is the largest viticultural area in the region, stretching from Malibu to the Mexican border.  San Diego County is home to 115 wineries and where California wine began.  Franciscan monks planted winegrapes in 1769 and produced wine at California’s first mission, Mission San Diego del Alcala.  Today, about 60 varieties are farmed by its small, family owned wineries.  Temecula Valley is a viticultural area in Riverside County, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, home to more than 40 wineries.  The region’s Mediterranean climate is marked by warm days moderated by cool ocean breezes at night — producing a veritable A-Z of grapes.  East of Los Angeles, the Cucamonga Valley known for Old-Vine Zinfandels and Port-style wines — was a dominant region during the first half of the last century and some founding families are still making wine here.  North of Los Angeles, visit the Malibu Coast Wine Trail and its seven wineries growing limited production wines in this marine climate near the Santa Monica Mountains.  Ventura County’s dozen wineries are all located within minutes of each other in a casual coastal setting. Continue reading

Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

New Venture NOW and Nevis My Way Packages Offer Guests Included Opportunities To Experience A More Authentic Caribbean

Starting January 5th, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is offering vacationers two new, exciting packages: Venture NOW – Activities Package, which offers a choice of an included daily activity, and Nevis My Way, which offers a USD 100 per room daily Resort credit plus daily breakfast buffet. Throughout, guests will bask in world-renowned, extraordinary Four Seasons service from every member of the Resort’s staff.

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including golf on championship course, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Delivering gourmet dining, expansive adventures on land, sea and air, serene relaxation, culture immersion and luxurious exclusivity, Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers the most complete Caribbean resort experience. To help guests enjoy more of the Caribbean’s best.

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including watersports, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including sailing, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including scuba diving, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including sailing, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

For the adventure and culture seeker, the Venture NOW – Activities Package offers guests a menu of golf, tennis, watersports, culture and outdoor activities. Guests can choose among more than 30 activities daily, such as jet skiing, introduction to scuba diving, golf lessons, tennis clinics and horseback riding to get the heart pumping, or they can delve into the island’s rich heritage by taking a guided island tour in a car or atop a bike, or an excursion to visit Alexander Hamilton’s childhood home and the Nevis Museum of History. Continue reading

AARP The Magazine Announces The 16th Annual Movies For Grownups® Award Winners

Loving Selected Best Picture of 2016; Denzel Washington and Annette Bening Score Top Acting Honors

Star-Studded Annual Awards to be celebrated in Los Angeles on Monday, February 6, 2017

Through Weekly News And Reviews, Nationwide Screenings, And An Annual Awards Event, The Movies For Grownups® Initiative Champions Movies For Grownups, By Grownups.

AARP The Magazine today announced the winners of the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards. In doing so, the editors continue their integral role in awards season by honoring the best films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and by recognizing the inspiring artists who make them. With Loving and Denzel Washington and Annette Bening among the top honorees, this year’s winners will be celebrated at AARP Movies for Grownups® Awards on February 6, 2017. Three-time Emmy award-winning film and stage actress Margo Martindale will host the evening at the historic Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. (Chase Card Services, through its AARP® Credit Card from Chase, is the presenting sponsor of AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards event.)

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With more than 37 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50-plus. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. (Learn more at www.aarp.org/magazine/. Twitter: www.twitter.com/AARP)

The annual Movies for Grownups® Awards raises funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, functional and affordable housing, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.aarp-foundation-logo1

The AARP Foundation is active in Los Angeles and working with the Motion Picture &Television Fund (MPTF) to develop programs to reduce social isolation among older people, by keeping them connected with their friends, families and neighborhoods. The Foundation also is the founding sponsor of L.A. Kitchen, where California produce considered “waste” is used to make healthy meals for those in need.

And The Award Goes To…..

Best Picture goes to Loving, the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of the anti-miscegenation law in Virginia went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Annette Bening and Denzel Washington lead this year’s acting honorees and will take home Best Actress and Best Actor awards for their work in 20th Century Women and Fences, respectively.loving_xlg

This year’s Best Supporting Actress award will go to Viola Davis for her outstanding performance in Fences and Jeff Bridges earns the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Hell or High Water. This year’s Best Director and Best Screenwriter awards will go to Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea. Actor, producer and Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman will receive the evening’s highest honor, the 2016 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

AARP is delighted to celebrate the very best movies of 2016 and the outstanding work by the filmmakers and actors who make them,” says Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “These are the top movies for grownups made by tremendously talented grownups.”la_la_land_ver3

AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards is one of the loveliest events of the season, one that is intimate and elegant and honors the films, filmmakers and film actors that people really respond to,” says actress Margo Martindale.manchester_by_the_sea_ver2_xlg

hell_or_high_water_ver3_xlgThe (Complete List for the) 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award Winners are:

  • Best Picture: Loving
  • Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
  • Best Actor: Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Best Director: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Best Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Best Comedy/Musical: La La Land
  • Breakthrough Achievement: Robert Mrazek (The Congressman)
  • Best Grownup Love Story: Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins (The Hollars)
  • Best Documentary: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
  • Best Intergenerational Film: 20th Century Women
  • Best Buddy Picture: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie)
  • Best Time Capsule: Jackie
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)absolutely_fabulous_the_movie_ver3_xlg

For more information about AARPs Movies for Grownups® Awards, go to www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.

The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities‘ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and the CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

 

Smart & Blue Unveils 3 New Smart Shower Products plus First International Availability at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

In the run-up to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, French Eco-Tech company Smart & Blue today announced three new HYDRAO smart showerhead products, the much-awaited international availability of its products, plus new industry awards. Smart & Blue is an innovation leader in smart solutions for water conservation. Headquartered in Grenoble, France, the company was founded by founder Gabriel Dell Monica in 2015. The company now employs 10 people directly.sb_logo

The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption. HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.

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Smart & Blue Founder Gabriel Dell Monica

The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards: HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World category.

THREE NEW SMART SHOWER SOLUTIONS

HYDRAO Loop: a combination of advanced Smart & Blue technology innovation with French luxury design to bring smart-shower capabilities to stylish, modern bathrooms.

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HYDRAO Loop smart shower set (Photo: Business Wire)

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HYDRAO Loop Hand shower

HYDRAO Drop: adds smart-shower water saving capabilities to an existing shower. It is simple to install, and has a flexible arm that can be positioned to illuminate any shower surface or water jet.

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HYDRAO Loop on a showerhead

HYDRAO First: a fun, educational and affordable smart hand shower. Launched in France at the end of 2016, HYDRAO First is available internationally from Jan. 4th 2017.

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HYDRAO First is a LED-illuminated showerhead that brings color and enjoyment to families, while educating users on water usage.

SMART-SHOWER INNOVATION WITH LUXURY DESIGN

DESIGN INNOVATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY: Both HYDRAO Loop and Drop benefit from a new miniaturized version of Smart & Blue’s patented smart shower technology, allowing users to benefit from a sleek, streamlined design, with no compromise to HYDRAO’s water conservation guidance. Also new is the ability to allow individual users to monitor their own personal usage and savings – on either one or multiple HYDRAO smart showers.

New smart water pressure innovations also let users enjoy an enhanced shower experience, even at low pressure levels.1 These enhancements include increased energy efficiency for the internal turbine, new water pressure regulation capabilities and an innovative aerated water flow feature. Together they ensure optimum water flow and lighting intensity, while decreasing overall water consumption.

For professional customers, the fully modular, interchangeable design of HYDRAO Loop and Drop allow for design customization. Smart & Blue smart shower technology can also be integrated into own designs. Continue reading

Revlon® Welcomes Gwen Stefani as Its Newest Global Brand Ambassador

Famed Singer and Fashion Icon Partners with World Renowned Beauty Brand

Revlon announced today that Gwen Stefani, singer and international fashion icon, is joining the Revlon family as the newest Global Brand Ambassador. Stefani, a three-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, fashion designer and entrepreneur, will be representing the trend-setting beauty brand in global campaigns beginning this year, featuring Revlon’s empowering Choose Love™ message. Stefani, an inspiration to many by openly choosing love in her own life, is a true style and beauty influencer – as well as a makeup – and now Revlon – lover who has over 15 million devoted social media fans and followers.

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Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Gwen Stefani on the set of her upcoming campaign for the global beauty brand. (Photo: Business Wire)

As the newest Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon, she will appear in global multimedia campaigns across all media types including digital, in-store and social media. Gwen’s first beauty visual began appearing January 2nd, with her campaigns continuing to roll out globally throughout 2017.

We are thrilled that Gwen Stefani will be representing Revlon as a Global Brand Ambassador,” said Revlon President & CEO Fabian Garcia. “Gwen is a modern-day icon: a Grammy-winning artist, a trendsetter, an entrepreneur and loving mother. The versatility of these accomplishments demonstrates her message of female empowerment, one that strongly resonates across generations of fans.”

Born in Fullerton, California, Ms Stefani grew up surrounded by music from a young age. She launched her music career in 1986 with the band, No Doubt. She followed that with a multi-platinum career as a solo artist, most recently with the 2016 release of her chart topping album “This Is What the Truth Feels Like”. She shared her music knowledge, performance experience and individual style as a coach on NBC’s 3-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice,” which she will be rejoining this February for the show’s 12th season. In addition to her successful music career, she is also widely recognized as an accomplished fashion designer and entrepreneur, having created her much-loved lifestyle fashion brands. Gwen’s love of makeup started in her early teens, and has remained strong to this day, where she is known to experiment with – and rock – the best of beauty trends.

Ever since I was a young girl, I have used makeup as a form of self-expression,” said Stefani. “I am passionate about makeup and how it can showcase your individuality and creativity. Partnering with an iconic beauty brand such as Revlon felt like a natural fit. I am so excited to continue sharing my love of makeup as a Revlon Global Brand Ambassador.”

One of her first roles as Global Brand Ambassador will be starring in the brand’s CHOOSE LOVE™ campaign, which will begin running on broadcast, digital and social platforms in late January 2017.loveison_lockup_onwhite

Love has been a muse for my songwriting,” she commented. “Revlon’s CHOOSE LOVE™ message is an important one, and I am very excited for the opportunity to partner with Revlon and continue spreading this message of positivity and love.”

For additional information on Revlon and to view behind-the-scenes content from Stefani’s campaigns in the coming months, visit www.Revlon.com and follow @Revlon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and RevlonSnaps on Snapchat.