Best Wine Pairings with Popular Holiday Cookies



The holidays are marked by a progression of celebrations that range from office parties to a sweets lover's favorite – the holiday cookie exchange. A quick web search will bring back hundreds of tips for throwing an ideal holiday cookie exchange. If you are looking to break from tradition – why not offer a selection of wine to pair with some classic favorites? 
According to Food & Wine Magazineas a general rule, select a variety that matches the weight and complexity of your cookie, and offers enough acidity to balance the sugar. Meijer wine buyers suggest forgoing complex wines, such as cabernets and merlots in favor of lighter wines with a lower alcohol content. If the idea intrigues you, here are some suggested pairings: 
  • Sugar Cookies: The buyers suggest pairing this quintessential holiday favorite with a Prosecco or sparkling rose. As cookies go, the sugar cookie has one of the highest sugar content. The key is to pair it with a lightly sweetened wine that contains carbonation that produces a softer and lighter taste. Suggestion: Ruffino Sparkling Rose.   
  • Chocolate Dipped Meringues: The buyers report that the trick in pairing chocolate and wine is to keep it simple because each on their own can be complex. A chocolate dipped meringue tends to be made with a sweeter chocolate, therefore try a less intense red variety, such as a red blend. Suggestion: 19 Crimes Red Blend. 
  • Gingerbread: Ginger is a warm spice that makes gingerbread cookies taste less sugary. In this scenario, it is safe to pair this holiday classic with a sweeter variety that also hails from Germany – a semi-dry Riesling. The spice in a gingerbread cookie combined with the sweetness of a Riesling create a combination that brings out the best in both. Suggestion: Chateau Ste. Michelle Johannisberg Riesling.   
  • Fruitcake: Not generally known as a member of the cookie family, nevertheless, fruitcake is a signature dessert found on many sweet tables during the season"Intense" is a word that commonly describes its taste due to the darker red dried fruits used in many recipes. To create a nice balance, aim for a sweet harvest Riesling or a blush wine. Suggestion: Roscato Rosso Dolce. 
  • Classic Thumbprint with Jam: With a sugar cookie base, this concoction gets an extra dose of sweetness due to the addition of jam. The buyers suggest pairing this cookie with a lightly carbonated dessert wine, such as a Moscato di Asti. According to Wine Folly, Moscato wine is a sweet, slightly bubbly white wine made from Muscat Blanc grapes. The carbonation makes a Moscato less sweet thus an ideal partner. Suggestion: Cupcake Moscato D'Asti. 
  • Chocolate Chip: Chocolate, vanilla and molasses in the brown sugar creates a decadent combination. According to the buyers, this is one of the few cookie varieties that pairs well with a cabernet sauvignon. However, if your goal is fun, stick with something light and refreshing, such as a Pink Moscato. The citrusy-notes of most Pink Moscatos pair well with the richness of a chocolate chip cookie. Suggestion: Risata Pink Moscato. 
  • Walnut Crescents: This classic cookie contains a nut that is often described as mild tasting and earthy. Because there are tannins in walnuts, this nut is often paired with sweet wines to balance the flavor. In the case of a walnut crescent cookie bathed in confectionary sugar, it actually pairs best with the classic Italian sparkling wine Asti Spumante because the walnuts and light carbonation complement each other. Suggestion: Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante, one of the retailer's top selling wines of the season.        
  • Snickerdoodles: Many believe that a snickerdoodle is just a sugar cookie with cinnamon. However, a classic snickerdoodle contains cream of tartar, which gives this cookie a chewy texture and slightly tangy flavor that's enhanced when dusted with cinnamon. A snickerdoodle pairs well with a slightly sweet Moscato, or a mild Chardonnay. Suggestion: Seven Daughters Moscato. 
  • Snowballs: Also commonly known as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes, a snowball is a dry cookie that is often described as a dainty tea cookie due to its delicate texture. Snowballs are versatile and often contain nuts like walnuts, pecans or pistachios. A nutty cookie like this pairs well with a Madeira or a light white wine like a Pinot Grigio. Suggestion: Vinifera The Falls Pinot Grigio.   
  • Chocolate Peppermint: There's no doubt about it, chocolate peppermint cookies are considered to be a robust cookie. The chocolate and peppermint offer quite an intense flavor combination. The buyers suggest pairing this cookie with a fruity blend like a sweet red to complement the sharp, menthol notes of the peppermint. Suggestion: Rosatello Rosso. 
  • Brownies: The intense chocolate flavor combined with the gooey texture of most brownie recipes call for a wine that shares a similar boldness in character – a port. Often described as a rich dessert wine that is meant to be savored, much like a brownie. If the intensity or high alcohol count of a port wine is too much, the buyers suggest opting for a lower content, dessert cordial like an Irish cream. Suggestion: Omaras Irish Cream. 




About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Yoplait Introduces Girl Scout Cookie™-Inspired Yogurt



Beginning this month, Girl Scout Cookie fans can enjoy Yoplait yogurt with new flavors inspired by their favorite cookies. Flavors include: Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts® Thin Mints®, Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts® Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Yoplait Original Girl Scouts® Caramel Coconut. General Mills is proud to work with Girls Scouts of the USA, whose mission is to build girls' courage, confidence and character and whose annual cookie program teaches business and life skills to the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Consumers will be delighted when they cut into the Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints yogurt and taste the iconic and instantly recognizable mint chocolate flavor. The Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate variety has the same great Yoplait Whips! texture, but with a sweet and satisfying peanut butter taste and hint of chocolate finish. The Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut flavor is in the style of Yoplait Original – smooth and creamy, with a delicious blend of coconut and caramel flavors. 
"For those who wish they had more ways to enjoy their favorite chocolate mint, peanut butter chocolate, and caramel coconut flavors, we have three delicious, new yogurts inspired by America's most popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors," said Doug Martin, Business Unit Director, Yoplait. "Girl Scouts of the USA does extraordinary things for girls like teaching them valuable life and business skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, which is why we are honored to work with the organization." 
The three new yogurts will be available at retailers nationwide, and will start appearing on store shelves in December. The new line is a permanent, year-round addition to Yoplait's portfolio.  
The new flavors do not contain high fructose corn syrup, are made with live and active cultures, and are gluten free. The Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints® and Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate flavors will each be available in 4-ounce cups, and the Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut flavor will be available in 6-ounce cups. 
"Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is excited about its relationship with Yoplait to create yogurts inspired by three of the beloved Girl Scout Cookie flavors," said Barry Horowitz, GSUSA Chief Revenue Officer. "Beyond the delicious flavor, the yogurts will also remind consumers everywhere of the power of Girl Scout Cookies. The cookie program is the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world, and we are pleased Yoplait is working with us to share the message about the program and the impact of Girl Scouts with even more families in America."
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® powers amazing experiences for girls, unleashing the confidence they need to practice a lifetime of leadership. In addition, each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies—100 percent of the net revenue of which stays local—is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future.
General Mills is producing these new flavors under a license from Girl Scouts of the USA.  Visit www.girlscoutcookies.org for more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, including when and where Girl Scouts in your area are selling cookies.




About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Women's Rights Advocates and Sex Trade Survivors Rally Against PornHub Pop-Up



The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the National Organization for Women-New York (NOW-NY), and feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem held a press conference today to highlight the detrimental impact the PornHub pop-up shop has on our culture and to call on elected officials to halt the expansion of more pop-ups in New York City. Joined by sex trade survivors, the group asserted that the physical presence of PornHub, an Internet warehouse of graphic, violent pornographic videos, promotes and normalizes sexual violence against women and girls.
The groups were joined by supporters from around the city who are concerned about the proliferation and unchecked accessibility of pornography online that is contributing to boys' and young people's understanding of sexuality and to a broader rape culture that normalizes violence against women. The PornHub site's titles include "Picking up a Schoolgirl for a Quick Drive Home," "Jap Maid Serves the House Guest," "Hot Innocent Teen Gives Grandpa a Blowjob." Viewers pick the women by race or categories, like "stepdaughter," "gangbang," or "barely legal."  
"At a time when we are beginning to dismantle the fear many sexual violence victims have from speaking out, the last thing our society needs is a storefront promoting violence against women," said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women- New York (NOW-NY). "We are creating a dangerous precedent when we glorify this pop-up, even if on the surface it appears harmless, PornHub and similar sites are teaching young men that the violence they see is normal and accepted."
Protesters called out the way PornHub crosses the line on the exploitation of women, promoting racist language and stereotypes and selling violence against women and girls. 
"As long as porn is seen as synonymous with sex, people will defend it, but in fact, pornography is about power, not sex," said Gloria Steinem. "We need to make the difference clear to save the lives and shared humanity of both men and women."
Studies have found that the consumption of pornography is associated with the perpetuation of male physical and psychological violence against women and rape myths.
"Many survivors of the sex trade, including me, can testify that our pimps or traffickers have brought cameras into the room to get our rapes on film," said Melanie Thompson, 21, who was trafficked in Queens at the age of 12. "You had to smile and submit, or face the consequences from your buyer and your pimp. You had to deal with it, whatever that was."
The website PornHub is just a parcel of the multi-billion dollar sex industry that profits from exploitation, dehumanization, and the sex trafficking of the most marginalized people. It opened its storefront in November 2017 and is planning to open additional storefronts throughout the city and across Europe.
"PornHub is grooming the next generation of sexual predators," said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. "If New Yorkers want to honor the #MeToo movement and end sexual violence, we must make the connections and stop mainstreaming the sex trade."
The National Organization for Women New York (NOW-NY) advocates for women and girls across our state by working to defend reproductive rights, fight economic inequality, and end discrimination and violence against women.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations working to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of women and girls worldwide. CATW engages in advocacy, education and prevention programs, and services for victims of trafficking and CSE in Asia-PacificAfricaEurope and the Americas.






About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Tips for Surviving Awkward Holiday Party Talk



It's the time of year when many people become anxious about upcoming holiday gatherings and the awkward conversations that might ensue.
Toastmasters recognizes that natural conversations don't come naturally to many of us and offers a safe place to practice the art of small talk.  Whether you're sipping a drink at a friend's home, sharing a holiday dinner with family or attending the office party, Toastmasters experts offer these tips for a more successful experience.
  1. Look for a friendly face. When arriving at the event or when you're feeling out of place, seek out the people you know and enjoy spending time with. Remember to navigate toward people who seem to be popular, because it's likely they're good communicators and will help you feel at ease. 
  2. Watch your body language. Be sure to face the individual who is speaking, make eye contact and nod to let them know you're paying attention, listening and understanding. Refrain from texting or repeatedly checking your phone, as this is disrespectful. 
  3. Share your stories. When the timing is appropriate, share your humorous and happy holiday memories. People like to share their own holiday experiences, so this conversation should go over quite well during this time of year. 
  4. Set your expectations. It's difficult to have in-depth conversations at holiday gatherings, so prepare for others to join in and even interrupt at times. Conversations will typically be brief so don't expect to resolve any pressing business or personal matters at the event. 
  5. Know when and how to exit. Before leaving the event, navigate your way around and try to say a brief hello to the people you haven't had the chance to converse with. Be sure to say thank you to the hosts of the party. They likely put in a great deal of effort in the hopes that you would enjoy yourself.
To find a local Toastmasters club where you can practice and develop one-on-one communication, go to www.toastmasters.org/findaclub.




About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Gift Idea - Start 2018 with 12 Months of Puppy Love




What's better than puppy breath and sweet puppy kisses? Well not much, but how about the next best thing -- the 2018 Canine Companions for Independence® Puppy Wall Calendar. It's 12 months of adorable canines. And these puppies have a purpose, hoping to become life-changing assistance dogs for an adult, child or veteran with a disability.
Plus, this heartwarming calendar includes $18 in coupons for Eukanuba dog food. Get your puppy calendar with $25 donation today at cci.org/calendar.
Canine Companions for Independence, the largest non-profit assistance dog provider in the nation, provides expertly trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. Professionally trained to perform over 40 different commands such as pick up dropped items, open a door, turn on the light switch or alert a handler who is deaf or hard of hearing to important sounds in the environment. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. 
Looking for more great canine gift ideas? Visit the official Canine Companions online store for puppy holiday card packs, gifts for your special canine and hundreds of other products that all support placing assistance dogs to increase independence. Visit cci.org/shop today.
Canine Companions has placed more than 5,500 assistance dogs since its founding in 1975 with children, adults, wounded military and professionals that work with people with disabilities. This holiday season, Give the Gift of Independence and Give a Dog a Job with a little something extra for under the tree.  



About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Gift Ideas for the Impossibles: How to Snag Something They Will Love



We all have them: those nearest and dearest to us who—in spite of our best intentions, heavy research and hours spent lost in the mall—are still impossible to shop for.

We turned to professionals and real-life people (see video here) for advice on the matter. Whether you need gifts for your millennial niece or your child's teacher, we have you covered. For the full list of gift suggestions, head over to the RetailMeNot blog, The Real Deal.

Gift Ideas for Men
Shopping for Dad, your brother or better half? Gifting expert Lindsey Roberts recommends playing off of hobbies and interests. Is he an avid outdoorsman? Is he a whiskey lover?

For example, Taster's Club (starting at $69 per month), will lift his spirits once a month by having a bottle of whiskey (or rum or vodka) delivered to his doorstep. Cheers!

Gift Ideas for Teens
Teenager interests change at the drop of a hat, and keeping up with their likes and dislikes can be extremely challenging. One recommendation is gift cards, aka gifting them the independence and freedom that they so desperately crave, to purchase whatever they have their eye on.

Gift Ideas for Millennials
For the age group that is still trying to figure out life, go for an experience-oriented gift. Author Aileen Avery states: "Millennials tend to be very social and like doing things with friends. And, like teens, their tastes can change from day to day."

Our advice is to contribute money toward a vacation your millennial is saving up for, such as a night's accommodation or a portion of their flight.

Gift Ideas for Mother-in-Laws
Buying for an in-law can be a high-pressure situation. There are a few ways to tackle this struggle: Cater to her hobbies and interests or take a sentimental route.

The Shutterfly Photo Book starts at just $16 and is so easy to assemble on Shutterfly.com. We live in a digital age, but she will cherish this tangible present and appreciate the time and effort it took to make.  

Gift Ideas for Acquaintances
We're talking the teacher, mailman, co-workers—those people you don't necessarily know personally but want to treat because they help you so often.

Here, we again recommend something like a gift card or holiday treats from Shari's Berries. Another cost-effective, yet thoughtful idea from our Shopping and Trends expert, Sara Skirboll: "Get crafty and make some homemade bubble bath or body scrub. Find a DIY recipe online and substitute scents and essential oils for your go-to favorites."

Gift Ideas for Grandparents
For your sweet grandparents who treasure you the most, the gift of time is most important. "Take them out to eat, spend a day watching old movies, go to the ice cream store or a local garden," Avery says. "If they don't live near you, try teaching them to use FaceTime or What'sApp for video calls."

Consider purchasing an iPad at Best Buy. There are still plenty of discounts to be found on electronics for the holidays. Along with a FaceTime tutorial, an iPad is a guaranteed way to be more connected with them, which makes it worth every penny.




About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

#PuppyBra: Instagram Models Go Topless for Rescue Dogs!



Mowgli Rescue launches a very millennial-driven social media campaign this week to promote their recent rescued dogs for adoption…which happens to entail Instagram models replacing their typical bras for, well, puppy bras. 
Mowgli Rescue is a non-profit, which was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur, animal rights activist, and former model Stephanie Kay Meyer, and works to inspire millennials to conserve, protect, and promote animal welfare. Meyer says that the majority of her organization's supporters are young women in California and New York - mostly models, actors, photographers, artists, entrepreneurs, and social media celebrities.  
"I could not operate this non-profit without the help of these amazing young adults within my community. It has been really cool to watch how optimizing our social media platforms have carried the entire organization's efforts. About 80% of my fosters, adopters, supporting brands, and opportunities come through Gen-Y reaching out and wanting to be involved through Instagram. And that is what Mowgli Rescue is really about - promoting the importance of animal welfare and rescuing animals to the next generation of pet owners, policy makers, and leaders." 
Meyer sees the value in social media so much that she thought to use it for her 2017 campaign strategy by teaming up with other optimistic young women, including photographer Frankie Mark (published in Vogue Italia and C-Heads Magazine) and model Destiny DeLisio, co-founder of Models of Compassion, to produce a social media campaign that includes over 30 female influencers posing topless with rescued dogs who need homes – hence, the #puppybra. 
Meyer says, "Instagram models can sometimes receive negative feedback from the public for not being positive role models, so I thought this is the perfect opportunity to show how these young women can still be fun and flirty, while also promoting positivity at the same time." 
Check out the #puppybra hashtag trending on Instagram here
Check out the behind the scenes video by director David J. Falossi II here!
Produced by Capri Creative and Freeborn Productions
Supporting brands include: BellaDaar, Organic to Green, 194T, Ancel Official, Golden Threads, Budhive, Le Prunier, Fame & Partners, Energy Muse, The Unlikely Florist, Style Stalker, Leah Design, Theo Chocolate, Kippy's Ice Cream, Savory Sweet, Jo and the Juice, Rosé Piscine, Angelisco Tequila, Penta Water, Rebbl, GTS Kombucha, Guayaki, and E-Boost.



About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

KCRW and Jason Bentley to Host New Year's Eve Party in Santa Monica



The Bungalow Santa Monica, Southern California's hottest oceanfront bar and lounge destination, and Brent Bolthouse, creator of Neon Carnival and one of the most powerful influencers in the country, announced plans for their New Year's Eve party, an outdoor dance fête presented by KCRW that will take place in a luxurious tent under the stars and will catapult New Year's Eve on the Westside to new dimensions.

DJ Jason Bentley, one of the most acclaimed and influential music tastemakers in Los Angeles and across the United States, will bring the heat to the dance floor and keep the party going all night with a world class soundtrack of the hottest house, indie, and electronic beats. Party-goers will also enjoy a premium hosted bar with handcrafted cocktails and a special selection of small bites and snacks from Chef Yousef Ghalaini of FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows as they bid farewell to 2017 and ring in the new year at the highly-anticipated, indie-electro celebration. 

"We've never done a dance party this size at The Bungalow, so we're hoping this will become one of the most electrifying New Year's Eve parties that Santa Monica has ever seen," said Bolthouse, nightlife maven and creator of The Bungalow. "I'm so excited to be partners with KCRW and to join forces with my long-time friend Jason Bentley to make the night an unforgettable one leading into the new year."

Tickets for The Bungalow Santa Monica's New Year's Eve party are on sale now and are available for purchase at www.thebungalow.com. For table reservations, please email NYE.SM@thebungalow.com.

To follow the conversation and stay up-to-date on this event and all other happenings at The Bungalow Santa Monica, follow them on Instagram and Facebook or use the hashtag #MeetMeAtTheBungalow. 



About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Study Finds That Humans Lean On Their Pups to Get Through the Holidays



The "most wonderful time of year" can be a stressful time for many humans. According to a new survey released today by BarkBox, the monthly box of toys and treats for dogs and their people, many Americans find solace from the dizzying array of holiday demands and longer visits with extended family through quality time with their dog.

  • 85% of dog people say their pup helps them cope with stressful events during the holiday season, including being around difficult family members (46%), arguments among family (33%) or going to extended family's house (22%).
  • 40% of dog people have taken their dog for a walk or played with them to escape family during the holidays.
  • 43% are more excited to see their dog or their family dog during the holidays than their human family members. This is even more true of Millennials, singles and those who live in urban areas, with more than half getting more excited about time with their dog than their own flesh and blood.
Pups Snuggle Into Every Holiday Tradition
The study also polled dog people about the way they integrate their dog into holiday traditions and found that 9 out of every 10 includes their pup in holiday celebrations in some way.
  • 85% of dog people can't imagine the holidays without their dog and nearly three out of four (74%) say some of their most significant holiday memories involve their dog.
  • The most popular ways dog people include their pup in traditions are special meals (58%), getting them a stocking (57%) and including them in their holiday photo shoot (56%).
  • One third of dog parents sign their pup's name – or paw print – into their holiday cards.
  • Millennials with dogs are even more extreme, with one in every six saying that they have coordinated a matching outfit with their dog.
However, dogs do occasionally present some challenges during the holidays.
  • Nearly one in every three dog people (30%) say that their dog has destroyed a holiday gift or décor.
  • 29% say their dog has urinated on or knocked over the Christmas tree.
Dogs Get Presents Because They Appreciate Them
But America's dog obsession doesn't stop at holiday traditions and moral support in the season of giving.
  • 80% of dog people will buy their pup a gift this holiday season and 81% would be excited to receive a gift from someone else that really is meant for their dog.
  • 71% of dog people say their dog is the happiest receiver on their list.
These stats are only confirmed by the explosive growth of BarkBox. Since launching in 2012, BarkBox has shipped more than 50 million toys and treats to dearly loved pups in the U.S. and Canada. From the products to the packaging to the pics on social, BarkBox designs every piece of each month's box to create insane joy for dogs. Every month's box features a new theme for dogs and their people to sink their teeth into. Ski lodges and spaceships, Back to School and back to the dinosaurs. BarkBox themes let the dogs and people that subscribe see it all.

This latest study follows earlier surveys by BarkBox, which similarly looked at the way today's modern generation of dog people do life with their dogs. A 2016 study found that nearly all American dog parents feel their pup has made them better a person in some way and will go to great lengths to make them happy. The company's research, which was conducted by Kelton Global, also found that, on average, dog parents post about their dog on social media six times per week.

Learn more about BarkBox at www.barkbox.com.

Study Methodology
The BarkBox Holiday Survey was conducted by Kelton Global between October 23rd and October 30th, 2017 among 1,024 Americans with dogs ages 18 and over, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. 




About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Now Available - STAR OCEAN® - THE LAST HOPE –™ 4K & Full HD Remaster


Travelers are invited to embark on a galactic adventure just in time for the holidays with STAR OCEAN® - THE LAST HOPE –™ 4K & Full HD Remaster. The prequel to the franchise is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.


Developed in partnership with tri-Ace, the prequel to the original STAR OCEAN game has been remastered in full high-definition, with added 4K support* and PC keyboard/mouse and controller support. The action-packed role-playing game takes players on an epic journey across the universe in an immersive story of survival. Players can enjoy quintessential STAR OCEAN features, including strategic real-time combat, a deep Item Creation System and Private Action system that explores character relationships and subplots for a richer and more rewarding story, and an exhilarating Blindside battle system, which fuses evasion and offense.

The launch trailer is available at: https://youtu.be/KRAO5EA5-1o.

STAR OCEAN - THE LAST HOPE - 4K & Full HD Remaster  is now available through the PlayStation®Store and STEAM for $20.99.

Until December 12th, PlayStation®Plus members and STEAM users who purchase the game will receive a 10% discount. Additionally, those who purchase on STEAM before December 12th will receive an exclusive downloadable mini-soundtrack featuring music from the game. Those who purchase from the PlayStation®Store before January 8th, will receive an exclusive PlayStation®4 system theme and 12 PlayStation™Network avatars featuring the main characters.

This title is rated T (Teen)

* A PlayStation®4 Pro system or compatible PC is required for 4K.





About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Astronaut Joe Acaba To DJ From Space on Dec. 7th



A short time from now, in a galaxy not too far away, the International Space Station will go from ISS to RSS – a Radio Space Station – as NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host his second show on Third Rock Radio from 252 miles above Earth.

Produced by Houston-based RFC Media, which created Third Rock Radio to support NASA's outreach to young adults in science, technology, engineering, and math, "The Joe Show" will air at 5 p.m. EST Dec. 7 and features Acaba as an out-of-this-world DJ spinning tunes and talking science for a global audience.

"The Joe Show" can be streamed live from www.thirdrockradio.net.

Pat Fant, co-founder of RFC Media, said, "the broadcast is designed to engage a broad, worldwide audience in NASA's mission of exploration and discovery."

"Joe returns to Third Rock after his 2012 debut from the ISS.  He will spin some of the best new rock out there – really out there – which provides a disarmingly contemporary context for the stories of those who fly, build, and dream through aerospace," Fant explained. "Listeners will get a peek at some of the remarkable work being done on the ISS and learn how NASA is engaged in adding to their lives through exploration and discovery.

"At RFC Media, our goal is to help our client brands build community and deepen their relationship with audiences. Third Rock does that for NASA, and The Joe Show is another creative example of presenting the message in a fresh new context."

Fant credited Third Rock's success to a seamless blend of spoken word content and largely undiscovered music – something he said is a hallmark of RFC's BrandCasting strategy.

"Third Rock is far from your basic off-the-shelf radio playlist, run by computers, offering canned content," he continued. "It is a live-hosted presentation by nationally known on-air talent who produce fresh and relevant information surrounded by specially curated music. The whole package helps popularize the ways NASA is taking us into the future.

"This kind of audience-specific brand focus is the future of radio. It's what we do. And it demonstrates how on-purpose streaming radio adds to brand marketing.





About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Create Your Own Custom Nail Polish Color? There's An App For That



For the first time, consumers have the power to design their own unique color of high-performance, 7-Free nail polish using the new Alex|Tay Custom Nail Polish app.

Paul Wolff, founder and CEO of Alex|Tay says, "It's as easy as snapping a picture, tapping a color, and creating your own custom, high-quality nail polish named to reflect your sense of humor, fashion or mood. And you get your custom color in about a week."

Alex|Tay creates a new category in beauty, by offering not just a few dozen colors, but millions of colors. As consumers match the colors of their lives in the app for iPhone or Android, a new type of customized fashion accessory emerges, reflecting moments, moods, connection to other fashion elements and personalized interpretations of color that has never been seen before.

The inability to create unique, personalized color inspired the entrepreneurs at Alex|Tay to create this revolutionary new app that puts the power of choice into everyone's hands. The team behind the Alex|Tay custom nail polish app focused their technology on disrupting a hundred-year-old business by bringing to market a patent-pending custom nail color system. It offers consumers the ability to choose any color and create their own custom nail color and name it themselves.

Wolff says, "With our custom nail color system, you can match your world in just seconds - it's really easy and fun to use."

Alex|Tay polish is formulated with the highest quality ingredients and has become the first nail brand to earn a Silver level Material Health Certificate for their product through the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The C2C Silver certification means that Alex|Tay polish products contain no substances known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, genetic damage or reproductive harm. The company takes their commitment to improving human and environmental health through every stage of the products development including materials used for packaging that are recyclable. A first for the industry.

App Store Link: http://x.co/nailapp  

Google Play Link: http://x.co/customnail  





About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

ASPCA to Host 1st Facebook Live-a-thon Fundraiser on Nov. 28th for Giving Tuesday



On Giving Tuesday, November 28, beginning at 9 a.m., the ASPCA is hosting its first-ever ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon on the ASPCA's Facebook page. Special guests include actress Edie Falco, Mother of Dogs founder Allie Rizzo, as well as Travis Brorsen, host of Animal Planet's My Big Fat Pet Makeover, Dan Schachner, America's favorite Animal Planet Puppy Bowl "Rufferee," and Jill Rappaport, an award-winning animal advocate and host of Animal Planet's first-ever, Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl. Influencers and senior pet advocates Chloe Kardoggian and Mervin the Chihuahua will also join the event.

The Facebook Live-a-thon will feature hourly livestreams spotlighting various ASPCA life-saving programs including pet adoption, neonate kitten care and bottle feeding, kitten fostering, fighting puppy mills, and responding to natural disasters. The event will also feature adoptable dogs from Hurricane Harvey, senior pets, and animals involved in cruelty rehabilitation.

"The ASPCA is excited to join Giving Tuesday with our first-ever all day Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon," said ASPCA Interactive Marketing Vice President Luke Franklin, who will be hosting the day-long event. "We hope the Facebook Live-a-thon gives the public a deeper look into the ASPCA's day-to-day work to improve animals' lives across the nation – and how support from donors can tremendously impact animals in our programs."


The goal of this virtual event is to raise critical funds, and viewers will able to donate directly to the ASPCA via the 'Donate' button embedded in the Facebook Live videos. Subaru of America, Inc. will match donations to the ASPCA during the livestream up to $25,000.

In addition to participating in livestreams throughout the day, Animal Planet will also promote the ASPCA Giving Hope Live-a-thon on the Animal Planet television network.

Join us during the ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon on Facebook by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #ASPCAGivingHope.

For more information on the ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon, visit www.aspca.org/GiveHope.






About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

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