Plant-Powered Bodewell Is Here to Help You Bode Your Skin Problems Farewell

Plant-Powered Bodewell Is Here to Help You Bode Your Skin Problems Farewell

 

Skin. It’s something that comes in seemingly infinite shades, colors, types, and textures, while also subject to so much criticism, manipulation, and abuse. It’s also no surprise that the human body’s largest organ (of the integumentary system) falls victim to a wide spectrum of naturally occurring problems, like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Thankfully, Bodewell is now around to help treat a few of those problem areas that some of us deal with from birth — or occasionally throughout life. No matter how severe, Bodewell is here to help ease the woes of eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin. (And this company couldn’t have a more sincere name.)

Bodewell is plant-based, so unlike topical steroids, you won’t bear the brunt of skin thinning side effects. As if that weren’t enough, Bodewell’s website features a skin quiz to help identify what you’re suffering from, and how to treat it with what’s best from their line of products. They’re truly there to hold your hand along the way, and if you aren’t happy, rest assured that they’ll give you your money back.

We had the incredible opportunity to ask Bodewell’s co-founder, Jamie Duff, questions about the company’s journey, his own experience with eczema, how effective the products are, and what’s on the horizon as the company grows. Read on to learn more about how Bodewell can help you bid farewell to your skin problems. Take it from him, someone who’s dealt with eczema all his life! Get informed below:

 

Q & A With Bodewell Co-Founder, Jamie Duff 

Q:
Amazing things typically happen when a problem exists and someone wants to solve it. When it comes to Bodewell, the problem was one that many of us face in our everyday lives, and it dealt with the largest organ on the human body. Jamie, can you describe the severity of your own personal skin story, and what led to the creation of Bodewell? Danny, what is your background, and have you also struggled with some type of skin problem?


Jamie:
I’ve suffered from eczema since I was a baby.  It was severe when I was young then dissipated, until I hit university (worst timing!).  From University until present day, it has been a constant feature of daily life – comes and goes.   It reached very severe levels on two occasions: once in 2002, when I lived in London, and then again in 2016 when I was living in NYC.  In both cases I had to go to hospital for two days and be treated due to infection.   On both occasions, I was also prescribed strong topicals steroid, and in 2016 I was also prescribed a powerful immunosuppressant, Cyclosporine.   The Cyclosporine worked wonders but the side effects were such that I lost two teeth. 
Danny is lucky – he has no skin conditions! 

We both have significant start-up experience, and because of that were lucky to be introduced to each other to go on to form the Bodewell team.

Q:
How did it feel to finally overcome your own eczema challenges, and did you immediately know that it was the solution the world needed?

Jamie:
The thing is, one doesn’t really overcome eczema totally.   For me, it was a combination of a few things: diet, stress reduction, mind & body work and topical treatments.

To now not be not affected with eczema head-to-toe, like I was, is really amazing.   I have to remind myself every day how bad it was at times, and that spurs me on to help people via Bodewell.  Because, skin conditions can really hold us back as humans.

Q:
What were some of the difficulties your team faced while developing Bodewell and its products? Did you have any advantages that were beneficial to the company?

We have a huge advantage in that we work with P&G (one of the biggest CPG companies in the world) as our main strategic partner and investor. . P&G had spent years developing the plant technology that Bodewell uses in its Core Treatments.
In terms of difficulties, we had many and it’s most of the same stuff that all start-ups face. 

Q:
How long did it take before you found something that actually worked and showed promising results?

Jamie:
As mentioned, P&G had been testing the core technology for a number of years. So we knew immediately the great potential.

Q:
What goes into Bodewell products, and how do they differ when compared to other OTC creams and ointments?

Jamie:
Bodwell’s Core Treatments
secret sauce is a patented plant technology, Bw24.  Bw24 has been tested in multiple patient clinical trials, and in-vitro lab tests.   It has been very effective in reducing the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin and we believe that the action is that of a powerful anti-inflammatory.  In some cases during our clinical trials, patients had experienced pharmaceutical level results.

So, not many other OTC creams and ointments do this.  I’ve road tested Bodewell Core Treatments for six months and my skin has totally changed, for the better. The redness has dramatically decreased, and the wounds I had from eczema are gone. My skin ‘fine lines’ have also been smoothed significantly.  We knew this from testing, but it was important for me to know first-hand.

Q:
Are there any unintended benefits to using Bodewell products, like the clearing of breakouts in acne-prone skin? Are other underlying skin issues considered when developing products, to avoid irritating those preexisting conditions?

Jamie:
We don’t have any clinical testing outside of eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin to validate anything.  But anecdotally from customers, yes – the biggest unintended benefit has been with people who also suffer from facial acne.  Our Light Serum has significantly reduced inflammation caused by acne for a few of our customers.

 

Q:
Skin comes with so many varying degrees of ailments, traits, troubles, and quirks, but it really does feel like there are two types of people in this world — as the Bodewell website mentions: “Those with perfect, clear skin – and then there’s the rest of us.” Are there plans to expand Bodewell beyond the problems of eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin? For example, developing products exclusive to acne and scarring?

Jamie:
No – we’ll stick with eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin for the foreseeable future. There are so many people to help.  As we say, it’s 50% of Americans (the ‘
rest of us’).

Q:
I recently discovered a community platform for migraine education and relief embedded into a migraine tracking app. The feeling of finding a place to discuss, relate, and journey with others is incredibly empowering. Can you give some insight into the skin health platform you’re developing, and what people can expect when they join?

Jamie:
That’s a great product that you mention. We are developing similar tools.  But first, we need to develop a deep customer relationship and work out how we can most help our consumers, outside of pure physical products.  We only launched in May.
But yes, we are developing digital tools that will help people develop habits that will also hopefully help then on their skin journey.

Q:
Can you break down exactly how the quiz on the Bodewell website works to determine what’s best for the user?

Jamie:
The Quiz is really simple.  We have a few objectives:

– Take the pressure off the consumer and let us do the work with product suggestions
– Make sure Bodewell products are the right products for each customer – it’s more important to us than simply selling a product to every customer
– We also have tools in the quiz that enable us to ascertain if a customer might be better served to see a doctor/dermatologist – again, it’s not just about selling a product. When we do NOT sell a Bodwell product is just as important as when we DO.

Q:
Imagine for a second, the year is 2030. What do you hope for Bodewell to achieve and become by then?

Jamie:
We’ll be too old by then!  Maybe we’ll need an anti-aging product at that stage.


I’d like to think that by then, we will have helped a significant number of people live a fulfilling life, that otherwise might not have been possible due to being held back by eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin issues. 

Q: What do you say to the people out there struggling with skin problems, who are hesitant to jump onboard?

Jamie:
Come and test our products.  We offer something new and that can really work, if you also commit to using them.   We are committed to our customers, as we have been there with the same issues.

If Bodewell doesn’t work, we’ll refund you – simple, as that.  We will also show you some tips and tricks along the way that will be free, and that will also benefit you 100%.  

 
The h.wood Group is Bringing the Heat — Redbird is Bringing the Booze!

The h.wood Group is Bringing the Heat — Redbird is Bringing the Booze!

If our time during the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that many of us have had to adjust to how we “dine out.” There are many success stories, and many failures, yet the h.wood Group just seems to knock it out of the park! With delivery and takeout being an area of focus pre-COVID, it’s safe to say they’ve taken this new way of operating in stride, plus their new concepts below will soon be joining the one and only Mama’s Guy! Furthermore, RedBird has found a creative way to give back during one of the hardest periods of many of our lifetimes. Check out the two latest h.wood Group concepts that you can grub on today, and Redbirds special boozy collaboration below.

Lilah’s

The h.wood Group and their burgeoning roster of delivery-only concepts here in LA is a runaway hit, as many of us are looking for something safe and close to home. In good fashion, they opened Lilah’s, their second ghost kitchen concept inspired by West Hollywood hotspot, Delilah! At Lilah’s, Chef Antonio Domingo is leaning hard into classic diner favorites, like chili cheese burgers, crispy onion rings, Cobb salad, and Delilah’s infamous chicken tenders. They kicked off their launch with a pop-up drive thru, and socially distant picnic table with Beyond Meat during the July 4th weekend.

Ela Ela

From The h.wood Group co-owners, John Terzian and Brian Toll, and Culinary Director, Michael Teich comes Ela Ela — the group’s newest ghost kitchen (delivery only) concept.

Ela Ela delivers the Mediterranean dishes you love, made with California-grown, organic ingredients. Packed with fresh, bold flavors, the menu centers about its Mediterranean Meals where you can customize your meal by choosing between Falafel, Roasted Eggplant, Chicken or Beef Kabab, which also includes yogurt, tahini, Israeli salad and pickled onions and a choice of pita or basmati bice bowl. Don’t sleep on ordering the perfectly cooked Roast Chicken, available in quarter, half or whole sizes, and a Roast Chicken Combo with a choice of two sides, pickles & pita. Salads, sides and sweets like Baklava and Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies round-out Ela Ela’s menu. Whether you’re entertaining at home or just grabbing a quick bite, Ela Ela’s is sure to please.

Redbird x Director Paul Feig

Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin and its founder Paul Feig, the award-winning director and producer behind Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, Freaks & Geeks and The Office, have teamed up with Redbird’s Bar Director Tobin Shea to create a limited-time bottled cocktail, The Squeaky Door, from Paul’s cocktail recipe archives with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Redbird scholarship fund with C-CAP for Black students.

The Squeaky Door features Artingstall’s Gin expertly mixed with cherry liqueur, elderflower liqueur, orange Curaçao and lemon and served sparkling in a ready-to-enjoy bottle.

The bottled gin cocktail launched on July 9th, but will only be available while supplies last for takeout, delivery or to take home after dining al fresco at Redbird. Additionally,  Artingstall’s Gin will be available by the bottle for purchase and mixes great with Tobin’s housemade tonic.

The Squeaky Door is $20, serves two, and can be ordered at: https://www.exploretock.com/redbirdla/

Cubcoats Takes Part in Amazon’s BIG STYLE Sale!

Cubcoats Takes Part in Amazon’s BIG STYLE Sale!

If you’re on the lookout for special deals for kiddos, Cubcoats has you covered!
Now part of Amazon’s BIG STYLE SALE, and for a limited time only — you can snag select styles and masks from
Cubcoats for up to 50% off! The sale is already underway, and ends on 6/28. Sure, it may be summer, but it doesn’t hurt to secure an early holiday or birthday present!
Featuring characters from beloved collaborations with Paw Patrol, Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and more – these cute and cuddly transforming zip-ups have never been more accessible. Still in need of a mask for your little one? Cubcoats’ kid-friendly reusable masks are also included in the sale; a solution for making this ‘new normal’ easier than ever for reluctant cubs. Previously a #1 seller on Amazon Prime Day, select styles start at $25, and will be on sale through 6/28. Parent and kid approved, Cubcoats has options for every child looking to take playtime adventures to the next level.
 
 
Umami Burger & Ronda Rousey Collaborate on New Burger – Available Now

Umami Burger & Ronda Rousey Collaborate on New Burger – Available Now

Umami Burger has teamed up with Ronda Rousey to create what’s been deemed “The Baddest Burger on the Planet,” available for Uber Eats delivery beginning today(!), through May 31. Created by Rousey with help from Umami Burger’s Chief Culinary Officer Executive Chef Martin Heierling, the crave-worthy creation ($9.99) features a wagyu patty, smashed avocado, slab bacon lardons, grilled onions, BBQ sauce, beefsteak tomato, lettuce, dill pickles and Ooh-Mami sauce on a toasted bun.

The collaboration is part of the Burger Showdown, the largest virtual burger competition ever, brought to you by Off The Menu and Uber Eats. More than 50 celebrities teamed up with local restaurants in 10 cities across the country to create their ultimate custom burger, available for fans and burger aficionados alike to enjoy exclusively on Uber Eats from May 28-31. The burger with the most orders and votes on https://www.theburgershowdown.com/ win, and the showdown will support Frontline Foods

Celebrity Burger Showdown

Bold-faced names have been working virtually alongside chefs from top local restaurants on their recipes and inspiration to create the ultimate burger in hopes of winning the Burger Showdown. Other participants include Matthew McConaughey (Loro in Austin), Shay Mitchell (Flip Sigi in NYC), Dwyane Wade (800 Degrees in Miami and LA), Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone (The Region in Chicago), Paris Hilton (Atrium in LA), Jason Sudeikis (Emily in NYC), Kaley Cuoco (Nick’s on Beverly in LA), Max Greenfield (Lightlife Burger at Busy Burger in Chicago), Jaleel White (NFA Burger in Atlanta), Jason Priestley (RUDY in Toronto), and many more. 

Each pairing will have their own cooking video live on theburgershowdown.com where viewers can vote on their favorite burger and order on-demand from Uber Eats in their respective city. The burger with the most likes and orders will be deemed the winner, and as the Burger Showdown supports Frontline Foods, a grassroots organization that supports local restaurants while feeding frontline heroes and impacted communities, a donation will be made. Eaters can also donate directly to Frontline Foods through the website. 

Who will you be voting for? 
Cann Introduces a Clean Alcohol-Alternative

Cann Introduces a Clean Alcohol-Alternative

Along with the rising temperatures comes an increased urge for some good old-fashioned backyard barbecue vibes. But what if you’re someone who’s holding off on the alcohol? Then, we’re excited to introduce you to California-based alcohol-alternative, Cann. Cann’s low-dose THC social tonic innovates the future of non-alcoholic social drinking. Designed to give you a similar buzz without any hangover the next morning, each Cann is formulated with 2 mg of TH C and 4mg of CBD and includes only four other ingredients – sparkling water, citrus juice, all-natural herbal flavor, and a touch of agave.

Since Cann provides a micro-dose of cannabis, it is designed for you to easily consume more than one without hitting that ‘too high’ feeling you may get with smoking pure flower or consuming an edible. No more uncomfortable experiences, electrolyte depletions, poor sleep, or headaches — just a controlled buzz.

Founders, Luke Anderson and Jake Bullock, have ensured that each Cann is health-consciously produced, while also keeping a little fun in the mix. Cann’s flavors and ingredients are listed below, for your educational pleasure, but there’s only one real way to know how you’ll like it. Visit Cann for more:

  • Lemon Lavender: Lemon Lavender is the perfect balance of acidity and sweet, beginning with organic lemon juice from Sicily, all-natural lavender flavor derived from the plant, 100% organic agave nectar from Mexico and the purest California cannabis on the market.

  • Grapefruit Rosemary: Grapefruit Rosemary is bursting with aromatic confidence and an acidic wit, starting with grapefruit juice from Florida, all-natural rosemary derived from the plant, 100% organic agave nectar from Mexico and the purest California cannabis on the market.

  • Blood Orange Cardamom: Blood Orange Cardamom is a cacophony of citrus, spices and all things nice-ish, starting with organic blood orange juice from Sicily, all-natural cardamom derived from the plant, 100% organic agave nectar from Mexico and the purest California cannabis on the market.

 
 
The Habit Burger Grill Innovates Amidst Global Pandemic

The Habit Burger Grill Innovates Amidst Global Pandemic

The challenges have been endless from business to business since the global pandemic began. While many businesses struggle to to find their footing, The Habit Burger Grill’s innovative changes at transforming their business model during this challenging time has ensured the safety of their employees and customers. 

 

Only a little over 20% of The Habit Burger Grill restaurants have a traditional drive through, which in itself creates an issue regarding how to serve customers. This fast-casual burger chain has operated primarily in a dine-in environment. Considering the current needs of the customers The Habit has undertaken the challenge of pivoting their traditional in-store dining to offer curbside service, pop-up drive thru and drive-up option to maximize convenience and minimize contact. All of those new channels have been introduced with a true entrepreneurial spirit in record time of only a few weeks. 

 

For locations that do not currently have a drive-thru option, the curbside and drive-up innovations have helped immensely. Having seen an uptick in orders by doing this and increasing sales across all of their digital channels, The Habit Burger Grill is taking every measure to sustain business, ensure safety, and has successfully done so amidst the current circumstances.

 

  • No-Contact Pop-Up Drive Thru Service:  Converts non-drive-thru units into a contactless drive-thru service.  Customers who have not ordered ahead will drive up, place their order, and have their food brought directly to them without having to leave their vehicle.   

 

  • No-Contact Drive-Up Service : Converts non-drive-thru units into a contactless drive-up experience. Customers who have not ordered ahead will drive up, park in a designated parking space where a team member will take their order and then bring their food directly to their vehicle.  

 

  • No-Contact Curbside Service: A new tech enabled service is being rolled out (starting in our San Diego market) where guests can place an order ahead of time on our mobile app or online. After the order is placed, guests will receive a text message where they can select to pick-up curbside and enter their car details. Once the guest clicks the “I’m Here!” button, a team member will deliver their meal directly to their vehicle.

We look forward to covering more of the changes that The Habit continues to roll out to ensure safety among customers and employees. 
 
LQD is Ripe for Picking This Spring and Summer Season

LQD is Ripe for Picking This Spring and Summer Season

If you’re looking for a spirit to wet your palate these days, LQD, a reimagined collection of premium craft beverages from Anheuser-Busch’s Brewer’s Collective. After launching last month, LQD continues to bring the taste of spring to your home with canned hard limeades, hard teas, and hard lemonades made for the health-conscious indulger — mindful of what they’re putting in their bodies without compromising on flavor.


Unlike most canned beverages which use artificial ingredients and added sugar, LQD is crafted with high quality, natural ingredients and REAL fruit, with hero ingredients including coconut water and green tea. Each can of LQD is under 200 calories, contains no artificial ingredients or added sugar, and has an ABV of 5.2 – 5.9%.

The brand’s debut product lineup features three refreshing flavors including:

  • Hard Agave Limeade – Crafted with summer in mind, flavored with real lime juice and naturally sweetened with agave nectar 
  • Hard Passion Fruit Green Tea – Bursting with the tropical aroma of passion fruit, the flavor is nicely tart with a balanced sweetness. It finishes with the delicate tannic flavor of green tea (*Launching Mid-May 2020)
  • Hard Peach Green Tea – Aroma of freshly picked ripe peaches, followed by a well balanced flavor of green tea. The sweetness flavor is reserved, allowing the focus to remain on the fruit and tea (*Launching Mid-May 2020)

As we gravitate outside on our patios and balconies to take in the spring weather, or cheer on our healthcare heroes at 7pm, LQD is the perfect at-home companion. LQD is now available at select retailers throughout the US in single flavor six packs and 12 pack variety options, and retails $10.99 – $12.99.

 
 
Poppi Fizzes Up the Competition with Prebiotic Soda

Poppi Fizzes Up the Competition with Prebiotic Soda

If you’ve ever been one to question the everyday soda, you’d know just how bad the fizzy stuff is for your health. With tons of sugar and questionable ingredients, it’s been a talking point for decades. Yet, sometimes we just get a craving for the sizzling pop that can’t be ignored.

Introducing Poppi — the *all-new* better-for-you prebiotic soda infused with apple cider vinegar that keeps your gut in check. Poppi is on a mission to redefine what soda can be by creating clean, functional and genuinely delicious beverages. If you missed it, they just had their Shark Tank update episode air earlier this month.

Now more than ever, it’s important for us to prioritize our overall health and immunity. Did you know, 70% of our immunity begins with our gut? Poppi makes it fun and easy to boost your immunity by giving you a full serving of gut-friendly probiotics to help with digestion, immunity, skin clarity, blood sugar, pH balance, and more. It’s great to sip on while WFH (working from home), for busy moms and their kids, or when you need a healthier alternative on the go. Who’d have ever thought that soda would be the guilty please to receive a healthy rework?!

Poppi is available in seven refreshing flavors: orange, blueberry, strawberry lemon, mango pineapple, strawberry rose, lime ginger, and peach tea, and is low-sugar (5g) and low-calorie (20 cal)! The best part? Poppi is available on Amazon, making it easier than ever to get delicious gut health delivered directly to your door. Poppi

Price: $3.00/can or $35.99/case

Poppi can be purchased here!

Vital Proteins Launches Vitality Immune Booster to Help Keep Your Health in Check

Vital Proteins Launches Vitality Immune Booster to Help Keep Your Health in Check

With everyone feeling cabin fever and the impact of COVID-19, we have to remember how to stay bright and healthy during these strange days. As a result, Vital Proteins has taken their health-health-concious stance a step further — helping to boost immune systems and put our minds at ease when encountering even the slightest sniffle.
According to Director of Education at Vital Proteins and Registered Dietician, Jenn Randazzo, you should be focused on 3 things to boost your immune system: sleep, exercise, and diet. Randazzo is prioritizing her nightly routine, getting a daily workout (even if it’s just a short walk), and embracing nutrient dense foods and immune-boosting supplements.
The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster**, an all-in-one product, allows you to get your collagen while also boosting your immune system in a time when we could all use it. The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster** stick packs are the only product on the market that combines collagen (5g), Vitamin C, and electrolytes with Wellmune®* and Immuno-LP20® — which are one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge ingredients clinically-proven to support the immune system. And while collagen is often associated with its hair, skin, nail, bone and joint benefits it also contains key amino acids, like glycine and arginine, that have been linked to supporting the immune system.
Right now it’s important to not overcomplicate your wellness routine, and these stick packs are conveniently packaged — just add water and drink once a day! Loaded with ingredients like electrolytes for hydration, Vitamin C, D, B12 and zinc, it helps combat those less-than-stellar feelings for a better you.
With every mix and pour, you can put your best sip forward with The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster**.
Habit Burger Grill Deploys Food Trucks Throughout Southern CA To Deliver Meals to Frontline Workers

Habit Burger Grill Deploys Food Trucks Throughout Southern CA To Deliver Meals to Frontline Workers

Last month, The Habit Burger deployed its very own fleet of food trucks to host 27 “events” near hospitals throughout California to give back to health care professionals by providing over 8,000 complimentary meals. In order to maintain social distancing and the utmost safety and cleanliness for all, they are having a few representatives pick up meals from the truck every 15 minutes in lieu of accumulating a line of guests.

Locations include Santa Ana, Norwalk, Los Angeles, West Covina, Long Beach, Mission Hills, Anaheim and many more. Their schedule is as follows:

  • 3/27:

    • Dignity Health St. Mary, 1050 Linden Ave  Long Beach, CA 90813

    • Providence Hospital Mission Hills; 11333 Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills, CA 91345

  • 3/28:

    • Children’s Hospital LA; 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles 90027

    • Second Harvest Food Bank; 2695 East Katella Ave. Anahiem, CA, 92806 

  • 3/30 

    • Kindred Hospital; 14900 East Imperial Highway, La Mirada, CA 90638 

  • 4/1:

    • San Dimas Community; 1350 W. E Covina Blvd, San Dimas CA 91773 

  • 4/2: 

    • Garfield Medical Center; 525 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, 91754

    • Keck Hospital USC; 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles CA 90033

  • 4/3

    • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital; 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale CA 91208

MGA Entertainment Ensures the Safety of Healthcare Professionals & Patients Facing Covid-19

MGA Entertainment Ensures the Safety of Healthcare Professionals & Patients Facing Covid-19

Southern California-Based Toy Company Kicks Off “OPERATION: PAC-MAN” to Deliver More Than 2M Masks, Robes and Protective Gear to Hospitals Around the World 

CHATSWORTH, CALIF. (March 25, 2020) – Reports grew over the weekend regarding the lack of masks and other necessary medical supplies at hospitals battling the contagion, Covid-19, especially facilities located in New York, California and Washington. CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment, Inc. (MGAE), Isaac Larian, announced today a new initiative called “Operation: PAC-MAN,” an initiative created to bring supporters together so that hospitals and healthcare workers are stocked with the supplies they need to protect themselves during their efforts to eradicate the virus.  

Over the weekend, Larian put together an initial plan of action, which included donating $100,000 to UCLA Medical Center, identifying an overseas factory that could fulfill an order for two-million masks, and securing 25,000 masks, which will arrive to the United States this week and will be immediately sent to three Southern California hospitals, including City of Hope, Cedars Sinai and UCLA.  In addition, Flexport.org has partnered to air lift – for free – an additional 150,000 units of medical supplies procured by MGAE, ensuring hospitals receive them this week upon arrival. 

“I’m very grateful to Susy Schöneberg, head of Flexport.org, for her heroic act. It takes selfless leaders like Susy to make a difference in these tough times for the humanKIND, said Isaac Larian, CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment. “I wish for other CEOs and leaders of our society join this effort now, please.”  

An online webpage will launch this week for fans, partners and retailers who want to support the efforts, including a link where hospitals or healthcare workers can request certified and approved supplies to be sent to their facility.  After filling out the form and verifying the request, the MGAE team will ship out the supplies for immediate delivery. At this time, priority will be placed for those hospitals in California, New York and Washington. 

Larian stated: “This is not an industry issue or a government issue any longer – at this point, all of humanKIND needs to work together and fix the shortage that hospitals are facing and I believe this issue can best be resolved by entrepreneurs. The fact that hospitals and hospital workers are lacking basic necessities to safely continue their treatment of patients is tragic. It is preposterous that we are in this position and now it’s up to everyone to work together.”  

Understanding the global implication of the virus, Larian worked with MGAE’s international licensees and distributors to aid in distributing medical supplies to hospitals around the world, including Italy, France and Spain.  He is working to re-tool the Little Tikes® factory in Hudson, Ohio so that medical supplies for the hospitals can be manufactured in the U.S.A. Further, MGAE’s fifteen, 3-D printers have been made available for any hospitals that need them.   

Added Larian: “Keeping our hospital workers healthy and properly supplied will be they only way to help them continue to do their jobs to the best of their ability.”

About MGA Entertainment 

MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company headquartered in Chatsworth, California, creates innovative proprietary and licensed products including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery and sporting goods. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as L.O.L. Surprise™, Little Tikes®, Num Noms™, Poopsie Slime Surprise™, Bratz®, Rainbows in Pieces™, Na! Na! Na! Surprise™, Wreck Royale™, Baby Born Surprise™ and Zapf Creation®. Visit us at www.mgae.com.

The Habit Turns Up the Heat Just in Time For Spring with Tempura Jalapeño Charburger

The Habit Turns Up the Heat Just in Time For Spring with Tempura Jalapeño Charburger

You’ve got a delicious new habit on the horizon! Say “bye-bye” to blah burgers — the new Tempura Jalapeño Charburger arrives at The Habit Burger Grill on March 11th nationwide! The Habit’s new burger has the perfect mix of sweet and spicy flavors that give it a unique flavor profile that will delight even the most seasoned “foodies”!

Known for their amazing limited-time and seasonal menu items, The Habit Burger Grill is taking its innovation to the next level with the introduction of the Japanese-style tempura batter — which gives the jalapeños a light, airy, and crisp texture. Tempura jalapeños and spicy/sweet jalapeño jam are combined in a way where all the distinct flavors fit together in perfect harmony.

This launch comes on the heels of the burger joint topping Thrillist’s list of “Underrated Burger Chains that Need to be in Every State!” This newest menu item will not disappoint – with its seasoned chargrilled beef patty, topped with crispy tempura jalapeños covered in sweet and spicy jalapeño jam with melted cheese, a zesty jalapeño mustard ranch sauce, tomato and green leaf lettuce on a toasted brioche bun. On a diet? The Habit Burger Grill even offers lettuce-wrapped burgers! It’s truly a mouth-watering experience!

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