The Mixer: Drinks of the Day – A Toast to Elvis

8 01 2010

In honor of Elvis’s would-be 75th  birthday today, here are three cocktail recipes from Three-O Vodka that will get you “all shook up.”

For a more complete celebration, try pairing your cocktails with some of Presley’s favorite foods, including fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches, sweet potatoes, cheeseburgers and burnt bacon.  To learn how to make The King’s favorite sandwich, click here to see the recipe from Paula Deen.

Jailhouse on the Rocks

Drink Recipe Ingredients:
2 oz. Three-O Mango Vodka
4 oz. Iced Tea

Drink Recipe Preparation:
Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon wedge

Blue Suede Shooters

Drink Recipe Ingredients:
1 ½ oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka
¼ oz. black raspberry liqueur
¼ Blue Curacao

Drink Recipe Preparation:
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass

All Shook Up

Drink Recipe Ingredients:
3 oz. Three-O Grape Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. grenadine
Splash club soda

Drink Recipe Preparation:
Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Splash club soda and garnish with an orange wedge.

Drink recipes and images provided by Three-O Vodka.

Three-O Vodka Family of Flavors

Disclaimer: No products were exchanged for the above review.

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Your Best Body in One Hour: Workouts from Men’s Health

7 01 2010

It’s seven days into the New Year, and you still haven’t started your workout routine?  What are you waiting for?

Jumpstart your nutrition plan and workout routine today, begining with these gym-free workouts from Men’s Health.  In just one hour, you could be on the path to achieving your best body ever.

Move No. 1: Warrior Lunge

Stand with your feet together, then move your left foot forward about 12 inches and your right foot back about the same distance. Raise your arms straight overhead.

Finish: Keeping your head and chest up, bend both knees to lower your body. Shift your weight forward until the front of your right thigh feels stretched and your right knee is an inch or two off the floor. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then return to the starting position. Do three to five repetitions on each side.

Men's Health Workout: Warrior Lunge

Move # 2: Sumo Squat To Stand
Stand with your feet spread wide and angled out. With your knees flexed, bend at the waist and wrap your fingers under your big toes.

Finish: Holding your toes, straighten your legs as much as you can without losing the natural arch in your spine. (In other words, if your back rounds, you’ve gone too far.) Move at a slow pace. Do one or two sets of 12 to 15 reps.

Men's Health Workout: Sumo Squat to Stand

Move # 3: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch
Place one foot on a bench behind you and your other foot flat on the floor. Lower yourself until your back knee touches the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Mens Health Workout: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch

Move # 4: Lying Chest Stretch
Lie faceup on a foam roll with your head supported, your arms bent 90 degrees, and your upper arms parallel to the floor. Your palms should face the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds.

Men's Health Workout: Lying Chest Stretch

Injury-Proof Your Body
Perform one or two sets of eight to 10 repetitions of the following exercises.

Move # 5: Glute Bridge
Lie with your knees bent, with a rolled towel between them. Pull your toes toward your shins. Squeeze your glutes and raise your body.

Finish: Lower your hips to the floor, but don’t touch it.

Men's Health Workout: Glute Bridge

Move # 6: Lateral Tube Walk
Slip exercise tubing around your ankles and move it above your knees. Stand with your knees slightly bent and place your hands on your hips. Sidestep to your right, then to your left.

Finish: Sidestep to your right, then to your left.

Men's Health Workout: Lateral Tube Walk

Move # 7: Swiss-Ball L
Lie on a Swiss ball as shown, with your chest off the ball.

Next: Bend your elbows 90 degrees as you raise them to the level of your shoulders, so that your arms create a pair of L’s.

Finish: Rotate your forearms upward 90 degrees. Retrace the pattern to the start.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss-Ball L

Move # 8: Swiss Ball Y
Assume the same starting position as for the Swiss-ball L.

Finish: Glide your shoulder blades back and down, and lift your arms up and to the sides at 45-degree angles till you form a Y. Return to the starting position.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss Ball Y

Move #9: Swiss-Ball T
Use the same starting position as for the Y. Pull your shoulder blades in toward your spine and extend your arms straight to the sides to create a T with your torso. Then reverse the move back to the starting position.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss-Ball T

To view a slide show of these workouts, visit the MSN health section by clicking here.

Photos & Content provided by MensHealth.com.





Save Money on Your Heating Bill: Tips for Choosing A Comforter

6 01 2010

Across the country Jack Frost is making his presence known as he ushers in arctic temperatures. But before you turn up your thermostat in an effort to stave off the blistering cold, there are a few things you can do to help ensure you have a restful, warm night.  It could be as simple as choosing the right comforter.

Like many people, you may become frustrated with all of the choices on the market today. What is the difference between goose down and down-free comforters, and which is right for you? To help arm you with creative ways to increase the warmth without increasing the heating bill, I spoke with The Company Store – leaders in top quality, down comforters and pillows, sheets, towels, and home accessories – to get their advice on how you ‘get down’ with down this winter:

The Company Store La Crosse® Down Comforter

  1. What is the temperature of the room you sleep in? If you keep the thermostat on high, 74°F or above, look for a lightweight comforter, which typically has less fill.  However, if you prefer to keep your room cold or just want to save money by turning the heat down or lowering the heat, look for a down comforter with extra fill.  This will keep you warm and toasty during cold winters or if the room temperature drops below 62°F.   The La Crosse® Down Comforter ($89-$189) from The Company Store features 500-550 fill power tcs® down for ultra warmth.  The fill is packed inside 12-inch sewn-through box construction that prevents the down from shifting while you sleep.
  2. Do you have allergies? Consider if you prefer a comforter that is filled with goose down or one that is filled with hypoallergenic material.  If you prefer goose down, you can easily select your comforter based on the warmth level or quality.  However, if you find that you’re sensitive to allergens, look for a down-alternative, which provides the same level of comfort and warmth, but without any materials that can wreak havoc with your sinuses.
  3. What quality of comforter is most appealing to you? A more basic comforter with a 230 thread count is fine if you plan to use a duvet cover.  If you want to avoid the extra laundry though, look for comforters with a minimum 300 thread count, as it will provide ample softness without the need of an outer cover.

Do you already have a down comforter, or are you familiar with The Company Store.  Send us your thoughts and other tips for staying warm this winter.





New Year’s Weight Loss Tips with Kai Hibbard

5 01 2010

2009 was a yo-yo year for celebrities and average Joe’s alike.  Everyone from Jessica Simpson to Valerie Bertinelli – even that Subway guy Jared – has battled the bulge and the glaring eyes of the public as they take control of their cravings and waist lines. But for us mere mortals, who lack the convenience (and money) of a celebrity chef, pre-packaged meal plan and high-priced personal trainer, we need a little extra support to help jump start our fitness and nutrition plans in the New Year.
I recently sat down with Kai Hibbard from season three of NBC’s The Biggest Loser®.  After losing an amazing 118 pounds on the show, Kai – now an AFAA certified aerobics instructor and spokesperson for Livea, a doctor-developed, non-prescription patent-pending appetite control supplement – found it hard to keep the weight off after the show ended. Since then, Kai has discovered a new approach to weight loss, one she considers more balanced and healthy than her pre-show routine.  Kai’s S.M.A.R.T. plan is as follows:


  • Snack: Have a snack before you head to a holiday party.  Try an apple with some cottage cheese or some whole wheat pita pieces and hummus. A snack that mixes healthy carbs and proteins (along with fiber!) will keep you feeling full, making you less likely to overindulge on sweets. Also, studies show that eating smaller meals, or healthy snacks, throughout the day helps speed up your metabolism.
  • Make Time: There is no excuse for not working out, even if it’s a quick walk around the block.  Many people think that if they can’t make it to the gym for an official workout that this means they can avoid physical activity all together.  If you find yourself rushing from one activity to the next, fit your workouts into that day’s routine.  Try squats while you brush your teach, leg raises while you type at your desk or bicep curls while you carry your groceries inside the house.  Being creative means you’ll always have time to squeeze in a quick exercise or two.
  • Avoid Overtraining: Whether you’re just starting out or you already know your way around the gym, overtraining is a serious issue, especially for the beginner.  Doing too much too soon is a sure fire recipe for fatigue, injury and feeling “burnt out.” This can leave many newbies with a sense of failure, which causes them to completely dismiss their New Year’s resolution to get into better shape.
  • Rest: As mentioned before, it is important to give your body enough time to recover between workouts, not just to avoid fatigue, but also to give your muscles a chance to repair and grow.  For every pound of muscle, the average man or woman will burn 40-50 calories daily, as muscle helps increase your metabolism. And when you sleep, your body can burn several hundred calories.  If you lift weights on day one, try taking a brisk walk for 30-minutes on day two.  This will allow you to get in a great cardio workout without straining the muscles you worked the day prior.
  • Think Ahead: One of the best ways to stay on track is by planning your workout and meals ahead of time.  If you know you’re going to be busy with a late meeting or chauffeuring around the kids, workout when you first wake up.  If you’re taking a road trip, pickup some healthier snack options at the grocery store the day before.  Nothing is worse than stopping for gas and filling up on sugar instead.  Mapping out your day will help maintain and reinforce all the healthy habits you’re working so hard to build.