July 25, 2014

My Nephew, Charlie's, Hummingbird Garden

My niece, Sophie Slater, who is a yoga teacher and life coach, is the editor in chief and main wellness writer for the Arogya blog. Arogya is a wonderful holistic healing center and specialty tea company, located in Westport, Connecticut. Sophie would like to share the following blog she posted about her brother, Charlie.

I grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut and I had no idea about the abundance of Ruby-throated hummingbirds that migrate there for the summer.  This changed when my younger brother, Charlie Plimpton, opened my eyes to an incredible world that exists right in our backyards.  Charlie, who is completing his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Rhode Island, has loved hummingbirds since he was a boy.  Initially, he began hanging sugar-water feeders around the yard to attract these magnificent little creatures.  A few years ago, he developed a passion for gardening, and decided to create an oasis of hummingbird friendly flowering plants.  Charlie is always an inspiration and I was so happy when he offered to share a bit of his hummingbird garden wisdom for this blog.  There are a few things that make certain plants appealing to hummingbirds.  First and foremost, they seek out those whose flowers have a high amount of sugar in their nectar.  They are attracted to the color red, but will drink from other colors of flowers, as well.  Hummingbirds are also attracted to narrow, tubular shaped flowers.  I also wanted to express that Charlie is always reminding me of the invaluable and meditative act of slowing down in order to be more in tune with nature.  It’s incredible how much more perceptive and observant you become.  I can’t believe, for example, that all these elegant little hummingbirds were right under my nose for years!

July 24, 2014

Meet our 2014 Summer Interns!

Every summer we are fortunate to welcome a group of students to our company for our summer internship program. This program is a great opportunity for the company; these bright young minds always bring a fresh perspective to our workplace, and the students are able to return to school with real-world experience. These interns are hard at work on a very diverse array of projects across the company, and they help us to accomplish many goals. Our HR department creates a comprehensive program, complete with training, mentoring and hands-on experience. We also think it’s important to create an environment where these students can get to know each other, collaborate across departments, and interact with management at all levels of the company. With that goal in mind, this year’s intern program included a luncheon that I hosted, a Speaker Series featuring five executives, a welcome event on our rooftop, an outing to see the musical Aladdin, and a special viewing of the US playing in the World Cup. Two of our interns, Michael Goldman and Gabriella Czarniak, helped document several of these events to share on my blog.  A special thanks to Live Love Pop for providing snacks for our soccer viewing event.  Photo credit: Vincent Tam

July 23, 2014

ULIVjava – A Really Great Coffee

Mary Tedesco has been my personal trainer for the past ten years. Mary and her friend, Kathleen Schoen, a clinical nutritionist, co-founded ULIVjava, a company that seeks to create and promote truly healthy, great-tasting, superior coffee products. After tasting ULIVjava, I partnered up with Mary and Kathleen to bring you this delicious, organic, fair-trade coffee, which is infused with vitamins, minerals, and herbs, making it super-nutritious. Presently, there are two ready-to-drink iced coffees and three ground coffees.  Last week, the ULIVjava team went to a couple of my gyms in the Hamptons to promote these products.  I love everything ULIVjava stands for – health and wellness with your daily coffee!