Unique Mugs Perfect for You

There is nothing like waking up in the morning and settling down in your favorite chair with a hot cup of coffee. How about curling up on a cold, winter’s evening with a nice mug filled with warm tea, hot cocoa, or soup? There is something comforting about having that one mug that you always turn to when you are in need of a warm beverage. These four modern mugs will be perfect additions to your home and bring you so many more mornings of coffee and evenings of hot chocolate.

Hidden Animal Tea Cups

Enjoy the tastes of your warm beverage served in the adorable Hidden Animal Tea Cups. A cute little critter sits idly at the bottom of this mug, waiting patiently for you to finish those last sips of whatever delicious drink you chose to have. This delicate-looking tea cup is made from durable porcelain and is microwave and dishwasher safe, and comes in the choice of a bear, fox, or owl.

History of Art Mug

Bring art to your coffee or tea drinking now with the ceramic History of Art Mug. Art enthusiasts will especially enjoy this creative cup that features smiley faces as interpreted by all their favorite artists from Da Vinci to Monet and Picasso to Warhol.

Uni Brew-in-Mug

For the solo tea drinkers out there who just want one cup, the Uni Brew-in-Mug is the unique accessory they’ll need. This innovative tea cup comes with a steel tea infuser that fits right inside the mug, so all you’ll have to do is add in the loose tea, pour in the water and enjoy a nice warm cup. You can use it at home or on-the-go thanks to its food safe lid that’ll keep it from spilling.

Cup Classic

Sometimes you just need that one simple cup or mug that will provide you with endless hours of coffee drinking. The Pantone Cup Classic is exactly as its name promises, a classic way to enjoy your coffee in a sleek, stylish, and high quality drinking mug. Choose from the four exciting colors and get that pot of coffee brewing.

A Clever Guide to Hosting Summer Parties

Summer is officially here and it is time to start thinking about hosting a party! Even if you may not be on a long vacation, try to find a weekend where you can invite your friends and loved ones to your home. The early summer is always nice as temperatures are not extremely hot yet, and it is still nice to be outside in the warm breeze.

Hosting a summer party does not need to be difficult or a lot of effort. The right tools can go a long way, and the following are five excellent party accessories that will make your guests asking you for when the next gathering will be.

2 Part Beverage Jar

 

Drinks

The key to summer parties will be the drinks available. As the weather is heating up, everyone will be excited to try out new cocktails and sip on some ice cold beverages. This 2 Part Beverage Jar makes it easy for you to make creative and colorful drinks with minimal effort. It is carefully designed by mouth blown glass, and will be the highlight of the party table. The top compartment can hold up to two gallons of liquid, making it last long enough for all your guests to enjoy. The bottom part can be filled with fruit or summer flowers as an added decoration.

Margarita Goblet Set

Another component to drinks is the glass that it is served in. As this is what the guests will be holding for most of the party, you want them to be comfortable and classy. The Margarita Goblet Set fulfills both requirements by hinting at historic royalty, yet it is still sleek and modern. This set made of stainless steel will also keep the drinks icy cold, which is a must-have in the summer weather.

 

Double Wall Ice Bucket

 

Drinks at a summer party can be kept even extra cold with this Double Wall Ice Bucket. Designed for home bar and parties, the ice bucket is meant to keep the ice in its frozen state for a long time. You no longer have to worry about refilling melted water with fresh new ice as this container will do the trick for you.

Oasis Table Top Fireplace

Lighting and Atmosphere

The lights of your party will play a huge role in how comfortable your guests are. Depending on the time of day and mood you are going for, you will want to play around with how the lighting will look. For example, bright, natural, white lights are excellent for a day party, whereas a ambient, fire-lit setting may be the perfect way to allow your guests to relax at night.

Stainless Steel Cone Torch

The Outdoor Lawn TiKi Stainless Steel Torch is great for outdoor parties as it radiates and fills the whole space with a bright, warm light. The Oasis Bio-Ethanol Fireplace is also an excellent choice to bring out the summer bonfire feeling for late-night parties. It is designed so that it can go inside or outside as well, allowing the guests to freely roam without feeling overly confined.

 

Do you already have a party planned for this summer? Let us know in the comments!

 

Euro is Down! Europe Travel This Summer

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If you were waiting for your big Euro Trip, this summer may be the time for you to start planning a visit!

The United States’ economy is currently in a better shape than the European economy, and we do not yet know how long this will last. This means you should take advantage of the opportunity now as no one knows how long this good fortune will last. The Euro has been its lowest since 2006, which means that those using the U.S Dollar will be saving much more than even just last year.

How does this apply for you if you are planning a trip?

The money you will be saving on necessities such as airplane tickets, hotels, and food can be spent on enticing accessories like tickets to museums and souvenirs.

Here are three European cities that will inspire you to start looking for plane tickets to Europe today.

Copenhagen Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Not only is this a cheap city to fly into from major airports in New York and Chicago, Copenhagen is also a world-class European city with plenty to offer the tourist. Whether you are interested in the royal history or its fine sense of design, Copenhagen is the perfect city to visit. Noted to be one of the more expensive cities, now is an excellent time to take advantage of visiting.

Not as over-travelled as Amsterdam but still offering equally attractive activities and sights, Copenhagen may be the perfect answer for your European holiday.

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona, Spain

As one of Europe’s more popular cities, Barcelona is full of exciting architecture, food, and nightlife. According to Orbitz, hotel rates compared from 2014 and 2015 in Barcelona are down, meaning now is an excellent time to be traveling to Barcelona.

Whether you are a Picasso or Gaudi fan, or want to watch a football match, Barcelona is bursting with exciting activities for all interests.

Paris France

Paris, France

A must-see for any Eurotrip, not only are airplane tickets flying to Paris an average of 10% cheaper than before, so are hotel rates. There is no better time to book your tickets than now!

As a cosmopolitan capital of the world, Paris hardly needs any more explanation of why you need to visit. From art and culture to fashion, food and design, a trip to Paris can be exactly the inspiration you need.

What are your plans for this summer? Have you been to Europe before? Share in the comments below!

Celebrating Bike Month in May

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Did you know that May is the official celebration of “Bike Month”? If you are located near cities that focus on bike transportation, you may already have plans to celebrate Bike Week. Even if you have never heard of this, perhaps  this is motivation you need to start riding your bike.

There are so many benefits to biking and May is an excellent time to start exercising as the weather is just perfect to being outside. There are countless reasons why you might decide to switch to riding a bike, and if you are not yet convinced, here are some of the top reasons people choose to ride their bikes as their main means of transportation or just around their neighborhood.

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Health

While many people will ride bikes as an intensive sport, even riding your bike a short time each day can be a good workout. Instead of driving to the gym to workout, you can kill two birds with one stone, by riding your bike to work.

Make sure if you are riding for a longer time that you are prepared with water and the right attire. Some water bottles that are sustainable and you can continue to reuse are the Classic Glass Water Bottle and the CAPSULE Water Carafe . Even though the Classic Glass Water Bottle is completely made of glass, it has a silicon jacket that makes it perfect for maintaining the water temperature and for it not to slide out of your hands.

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Environment

In the United States, our cities are built around the concept of the car, but this is slowly starting to change. Riding a bike is better for our environment as it allows for less traffic and less use of a car, which multiplied over brings pollution to our cities. It really is up to each individual to make  a change, and by riding your bike, you are helping the air around us stay clean.

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Saves Money

Biking saves money in countless ways. Not only is the initial investment of a bike much cheaper than a car, you will not have to worry about gas or parking prices. Many companies also offer incentives to employees who commute to work by bike. Ask your employer if they are participating in the Bicycle Commuter Benefit. If not, it may be up to you to bring awareness to your company to encourage others to ride bikes.

Biking in the rain, par Franck Vervial

Enjoyment

Many people will simply ride bikes for enjoyment. There is something about riding a bike that makes you feel like a child again, with the wind blowing in your face. Perhaps it is because when we are active, we not only increase our productivity and energy, we also feel happier. This is because exercise releases dopamine, a chemical that works to bring feelings of pleasure and happiness, into our brain.

Do you have a bike? Are you riding it to work? Let us know in the comments below!