February 26, 2014
Just when you thought the Olympics were over, the Today Show anchors went on live television, makeup free; we’d say that is a gold medal worthy accomplishment
Some of you might view this as a small feat but for the many of us who can’t even imagine walking out the door without at least a touch of foundation, you can imagine how difficult this was for them. The anchors then went onto discuss the insecurities they have about their bodies, ranging from cellulite to bald spots – imagine that, they deal with the same problems we do! Their “Love Your Selfie” series aims to focus on society’s obsession with body image and how we can come together to change our perception of ourselves from one of negativity, to positivity.
It’s made us think about what natural beauty is and what it means to us. For us someone who evokes natural beauty embodies these qualities:
1. An appreciation for life! They can find meaning in a simple, fleeting moment just as easily as they can in a large-scale or life changing one…
2. A love for real food; this doesn’t mean they don’t indulge in a bowl of ice cream every once in a while (yum!), but they understand the importance of treating their body right with real quality food and drink.
3. A desire to challenge their mind and body. Whether it’s pulling out the latest Wally Lamb book or trying a vinyasa yoga class, they value both physical and cognitive growth.
4. A person who exudes kindness and warmth to everyone, or at least attempts to do so (we all have our “off” days!).
5. An ability to walk out the door, with confidence and ready to conquer the world, every day!
What does it mean to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
February 19, 2014
This winter has been pretty brutal for everyone with our new friend the “polar vortex” hanging around. Get past your winter doldrums and trade them in for some conga drums with our very own sangria recipe we call The Something Natural Spritzer!
If you are in the mood for a slight twist on the old fruity favorite, we’ve decided to kick the soda to the curb in exchange for your favorite flavored sparkling water. Not only is this recipe refreshing to have with dinner, it’s also super easy to make for a party too.
What else is great about this recipe? Well, if you want to keep the drinks flowing without feeling like you’ve ditched your New Year’s health kick, this fruit and wine combo is full of Vitamin C and low in fat. ALSO, you can make any additions or changes to make it your own!
Let’s hit the kitchen…
-1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Rioja, or a Cab Sav.)
-3-4 Fruits (it’s best to use lemon, orange, apple and you probably have them in your kitchen already!)
-1-2 tablespoon of organic raw sugar
-1 shot of brandy
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon. This spice is what makes the recipe authentic.
-2 bottles of Something Natural Sparkling Water. Pick your favorite kind! We used blueberry lemon for ours.
How to start:
1. Pour your bottle of red wine into a pitcher (some red wines are sweeter than others – so it’s up to you the type you chose!)
2. Cut up the fruit into wedges
3. Squeeze your fantastic fruit wedges into the wine and toss them in after, along with the brandy, sugar and dust of cinnamon. Feel free to forgo the sugar if your wine is sweet enough!
4. It’s always best to chill the mixture overnight to enhance the flavors.
5. Add Something Natural Sparkling Water right before serving.
6. Serve over ice (perhaps frozen blueberries or raspberries, too!)
7. Turn up the music and repeat!
February 4, 2014
Everyone knows that water is essential to life and yes, it’s true two-thirds of your body is made of the stuff. However, are you aware of the benefits of water?
Here are a few for you to sip on:
Bye, Bye Hangover: After a fun night out, the next morning can be rough! Your body is working hard to flush out the toxins and if you’re dehydrated, well it’s going to be even more difficult. Water will hydrate your system, giving you the boost you need to get over that painful and dizzying hangover.
Lose Weight: Put down those silly diet books and expensive supplements, instead pour yourself a glass of water! Drinking water naturally helps reduce hunger and keeps those stacked muscles of yours lubricated! What, your muscles aren’t stacked? J
Productivity: Did you know that the brain is 75% water? So it makes sense that drinking water is like fuel for your brain. We can’t guarantee that you will be the next Zuckerberg, but the more water you feed your brain the more alert and engaged you’ll be.
Adios, Headaches: Long day at work and your head is killing you? Well, guess what can help? Water! Head and back pains are sometimes caused by dehydration, so the natural solution is water.
Good Mood: Want happy vibes? Water = your body feeling great AND working great!
So, if you’re confused, just know that water is a necessary part of life and full of sweet benefits. We just hope that you like yours with a little flavor and some bubbles!
January 23, 2014
Love our Black Cherry flavor but looking to spice it up a bit? We’ve got a great idea: add a sugared rim!
Whether you’re hosting a party, or simply giving yourself a special treat, this is an easy and fun way to add to an already delicious drink.
Ingredients: Something Natural Sparkling Water Black Cherry, Natural Crystallized Sugar, Black Cherry Concentrate or Extract
Step 1: Pour a tablespoon of crystallized sugar into a small bowl, add two drops of black cherry extract, or less than one teaspoon of black cherry concentrate, and mix until color is a dark red.
Fun Fact: Black cherries are part of the rose family, also known as ‘prunusserotinarosaceae’ and are a great source for vitamins and antioxidants. Oh, and because they contain serotonin, they’re also used as an all-natural sleep aid – good to know for those midnight cravings…
Step 2: Pour mixture onto a small plate and spread it evenly across the surface.
Step 3: Pull out the fanciest wine glass you have, (because what’s more fun than drinking out of a snazzy glass?), and lightly wet the rim with lemon juice (lemon helps the sugar stick). Then tip it over into the mixture, creating a colorful, healthy AND very tastyglass rim.
Step 4: Add ice, Something Natural Sparkling Water Black Cherry and for fun, toss in a striped straw!
Step 5: Sit back, relax and enjoy – you deserve it! =)
December 17, 2013
Something Natural Sparkling Water named as a finalist in the foodbev.com awards 2013 | Best redesigned drinks brand
The finalists and winners in the FoodBev.com Awards 2013 have been announced. A digital Showcase magazine showing all entries, finalists and winners can be viewed here.
The judging panel considered over 100 entries in six categories.
“The philosophy of the FoodBev.com Awards is to celebrate creativity, and we look for brands that are eye-catching, creatively dominant, original if not unique, practical and useful,” said Bill Bruce, chairman of the judges. “This year’s entries demonstrated that the pace of invention and innovation has not slowed, and from small brands to large businesses and even private label, the judging panel was impressed by the wide range of entries.”
“This year’s awards saw an interesting mix of established businesses and newcomers, with plenty of exciting brands and creative work,” said head judge Shaun Weston. “It was tough being a judge this year!”
Best new food brand
- WINNER: Little Big Brands (US) – The Epic Seed
The panel said: ‘A multicultural approach, an easy to consume better for you product in an easy to understand fashion’, and ‘Great typographic choice to talk about authenticity. Brings a fresh and new look to dairy products’.
FINALISTS: Smári Organics (US) – Smári Organic Icelandic Yogurt, Pure (UK) – SPC Nature’s Finest Go Fru brand packaging and design, and Fresh five premium food (Germany) – Kissyo Premium Frozen Yogurt.
Best redesigned food brand
- WINNER: Lavernia & Cienfuegos – Delhaize Soups
The panel said: ‘Easy to navigate through the range. Elegant and simple. Romancing the benefit, soup becomes gourmet food!’, and ‘Funny and outstanding design’.
FINALISTS: Slice Design Ltd (UK) – Danone – Activia Pouring Yogurt, Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd (Sweden) – company rebrand, and BrandOpus (UK) – Willie’s Cacao.
Best new drinks brand
- WINNER: BrandOpus (UK) – Vivid
The panel said: ‘The illustration becomes an icon while communicating the product’s concept and health credentials’, and ‘Matcha is the hot trend in functional super tea and the branding shows willing in a young sector. Great colour palette!’.
FINALISTS: Oji Drinks (Sweden) – Oji Drinks, Bembel-With-Care (Germany), and Bembel-With-Care Apfel-Schaumwein.
Best redesigned drinks brand
- WINNER: Springetts Brand Design Consultants (UK) – Williamson Tea redesign
The panel said: ‘How to enhance the iconic and unique values of a brand’, and ‘Beautiful use of illustration to create a memorable range of packs. If there was a Best In Show category, this would win it’.
FINALISTS: Little Big Brands (US) – Something Natural, Customdrinks (Spain) – Maeloc, and Icelandic Glacial Water (US) – Icelandic Glacial Water.
Best brand marketing campaign
- WINNER: We Are Social (UK) – Grow Your Own
The panel said: ‘Great education campaign through fun engagement. A truly lovely idea that would enchant mums and kids and get them to love their favourite brand even more’, and ‘Great way of subtly creating a link between the product and its wholesome credentials’.
FINALISTS: All Market Europe Ltd (UK) – Let Nature Do Its Thing, The Good Whey Co (UK) – Upbeat, and We Are Social (UK) – Wimbledon Wiggle.
Best creative agency
- WINNER: Little Big Brands (US)
The panel said: ‘Trends turned into understandable design’, and ‘Impressive in their breadth and bravery’, and ‘A great portfolio that shows creativity and professionalism’, and ‘Demonstrates the ability to work with big brands while maintaining a creative and independent feel to the smaller projects’.
FINALISTS: BrandOpus (UK), and Slice Design Limited (UK).