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CBD-Infused Toothpicks

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Pride month has been the latest theme around MakeSandcastlesNotWar these past few weeks.  Many cities across the nation are kicking off their pride celebrations during the month of June.  All of this colorful excitement is getting me more pumped for the beginning of summer.

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Speaking of pride, its time to discuss another topic we are most prideful about using in America – CBD.  CBD (Cannabidiol) continues to be utilized in the most unique ways possible.  Vape oils, tinctures, edibles, and topicals are just some of many instances CBD is being consumed.  Audiences are drumming up more creative examples of how they use it in their daily life.

During a random search within the World Wide Web, I dug into something that totally blew my mind.  It’s a completely different way of infusing CBD imaginable.  Ladies and gentlemen… allow me to introduce… CBD-infused Toothpicks.

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You heard me right folks – CBD-infused Toothpicks.  Small, wooden toothpicks packed with CBD.  Ignite CBD sells six different types of these toothpick, each with their own flavor.

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They each contain one of three effects: lucid, calm, and recharge.  Menthol and cinnamint will provide a lucid effect.  Both mango mint and lemongrass help you to keep calm.  The coffee or passion fruit orange flavors are great for recharging throughout the day.  Each toothpick contains 25mg of CBD, containing up to 45 minutes of active release.

These special toothpicks don’t come cheap.  Each pack contains ten toothpicks and the packs cost over $30 each.

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CBD-infused toothpicks are truly a genius product.  It combines the modern, trending cannabinoid CBD with a convenient item such as a toothpick.  We see toothpicks all around us (grocery stores, restaurants, restrooms), yet we never stop to think of how convenient they are in our lives.  Maybe the answer to creative products is thinking about products we use every day.

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A toothpick doesn’t just become some random item found in the front desk of the restaurant.  It now becomes part yet another product of the booming cannabis industry.  CBD-infused toothpicks are just one of many ingenious designs that is further modernizing the use of CBD.

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With that, CBD’s popularity is only growing further through CBD-infused toothpicks.  Toothpicks are the latest convenient item that is getting a modernized makeover with the use of CBD.  The toothpick is just one of many convenient items that has been infused cannabis.

We are now in a world you can use a CBD-infused toothpick after a delicious meal.


Prehistoric Payphones in Boston

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Whenever I roam around Boston, I always stumble upon something truly eye-catching.  Some intriguing things I have seen include flashy billboards, artistic statues, a pop-up event, and other things of the sort.  Within the hustle and bustle of the city, there is always something amazing happening each day.  You have to really observe your surroundings in order to find things that would capture your attention.

Just this week, I randomly spotted something that caught my attention near Downtown Crossing.  A mere block away from the big Walgreens on Washington Street was something I haven’t seen in a long while – pay phones.



I happened to spot not one, but THREE payphones nestled onto the sidewalk.  Each payphone was back-to-back within each other in working order.  Not only did they work, but there were free numbers to call for either a job search or a bank.


Here we are in 2019 and payphones STILL exist around Boston.  Payphones are still around even as mobile technology continues to skyrocket in popularity.  It was rather odd to see three deserted payphones being bolted onto the sidewalk while thousands of people walk by using their smart phone.  Seeing these payphones was a step back into much simpler times.  You can see the shift of technological trends already changing in this scenario.


It is easy to get caught up with what the world will offer next rather than what has already been created.  Walking past a payphone while using your mobile phone is a true sign of how much times have changed since the 20th century.  Surprisingly enough, people still use payphones during their time of need.

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The central point is this – when you lift up your head to observe the world around you, you stumble upon so many amazing things.  Through mindful observations, you are able to discover a small trinket of treasure right nearby.  It could be a payphone or a pop-up event or a newly constructed statue.  Any of these hidden things can be found once you see the world before you.

By looking up into the world, you may discover something you haven’t seen or used in merely years.

Kraft’s Preventable PR Nightmare Explosion

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Happy Monday everybody!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend with some good cannabis on 4/20 (#420BlAzEiT) and a wonderful Easter celebration.  Two amazing holidays fell under one weekend here in April.  In the end, 4/20 was my favorite holiday this past weekend.

Now that the weekend of holidays is over, we are back into the real world with another week of topics.  For today, we have familiar PR nightmare that has only taken a turn for the worse.  Our returning star for today’s PR nightmare is none other than New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft.

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If you remembered earlier this year, Robert Kraft was one of the dozens of people arrested in Florida for ties to a prostitution ring happening at a massage parlor.  This bizarre scandal happened at Orchids of Asia Day Spa at Juniper, Florida.  He ended up pleading not guilty on his counts, denying that he did anything illegal.

This PR nightmare happened mere months ago.  And folks, it only just got worse from there… MUCH worse.

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Kraft’s recent act was caught on video and was shipped around various media outlets.  There are even plans for the video to be released in public.

First the PR nightmare happened at the massage parlor in Juniper, Florida.  Now that nightmare was recently caught on video.  In this digital age, the thirst for that information has never been stronger.

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Robert Kraft will have to work with his best legal team to prevent the video from spreading.  Releasing the video would cause serious damage.  In this case, that small spark has to be stopped before it reaches gunpowder anytime soon.  One touch of it and you got yourself a PR Nightmare Explosion (#PRNightmareExplosion).

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As sophisticated as our technology becomes, our laws have become even more modernized for cases like this.  There are ways around preventing private videos from being leaked.  Simply stating the nature of how shocking and inappropriate it would be for one to release such video could be the key to prevent it from happening.  Kraft will have to pull a few tricks with his lawyers to keep this from getting any worse.

With that, Robert Kraft has a lot of strategizing to do in order to keep this PR Nightmare Explosion from happening.  Hopefully the video won’t see the light of day through mainstream media.

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All we need is to prevent the spark from reaching the gunpowder so that the PR Nightmare Explosion doesn’t happen.

Aroma Essence Oil Diffuser Birthday Present

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Just last Friday was my birthday.  I turned 28 this year, marking this the 28th birthday celebration so far.  After an exhausting and stressful couple of weeks, I finally took some time to celebrate my special day.  It’s always amazing to celebrate another year here on earth.

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To be honest, a lot has been going on these past few weeks.  Juggling work, writing, brainstorming, networking, and a social life is a lot for a young striving artist like me.  The hustle can be fun at times, but it certainly wears me out once in a while.  All I needed for my birthday was a relaxing time with my family.

It was then that I got all of that for my birthday…and MORE.  This year I got a present that involves certain scents through different oils.  I got the special gift of aromatherapy.




This right here is Aroma Essence Oil Diffuser.  The Aroma Essence Oil Diffuser sprays out pleasant scents through cool air.  Each oil comes with its own calming scent.  Four essential oils that come with the package include Lavender, Vanilla, Cedarwood, and Chamomile.



Setting up the Aroma Essence is very easy.  Simply open the bottom part of the machine and place 4-5 drops around the white padding.  Close it all up, press the button, and… voila!  Calming scents blow freely around the room.


So far, I have really been enjoying the Aroma Essence Oil Diffuser.  The Cedarwood smells really nice, especially when I’m crafting another masterpiece for MakeSandcastlesNotWar (like this one!).  Not only does it smell great, but the smell is making it easier to breathe as well.  I feel as though I am taking in more relaxing scents than the typical allergens around my area.

The Aroma Essence Oil Diffuser has been really helpful after only a couple of days.  I am looking forward to testing out the other scents such as Lavender or Chamomile during some nights.  After a hectic few weeks, this was just the birthday gift I needed in my life.


Specialty Dating Apps for Valentine’s Day

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As you all know, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Some of you already have plans with your date while others haven’t created one.  If you’re someone who hasn’t found that special someone in your life, that’s OK.  We live the 21st century, where love has been happening through dating apps you tap through on your phone.

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Dating apps are popular among the mobile markets.  Men and women of all ages have been utilizing a dating apps to connect with others alike.  Some use the app to set dates while others just hook up with other people.  Find people to connect with is much easier now than the previous century.

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But if you are getting tired if shifting through your Tinder or Grindr account and finding the same thing every time, there are other apps to check out.  These unique dating apps distinguish themselves through their own unique features.  Some are for dating elite figures while others will spark more creativity in your lives.

Here are five unique dating apps to check out for Valentine’s Day:

Coffee Meets Bagel

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Coffee Meets Bagel was created in San Francisco by Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang.  The app limits the number of profiles users are able to interact with each day and offers unique ice-breaker interactions for matches.  Users look at each other’s Facebook account to help find a match.  They are exposed to one match a day and they can only contact them if the ‘Like’ each other back.

The League

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If you like your dating app with a touch of intelligence and elitist class, The League may be the right one for you.  The League features members who have received Ivy League type of education in their lives.  That Harvard hottie you thought about could be the real thing.  You’ll have to cough up some money to become a member and in-store purchases can cost more than hundreds of dollars.


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Happn focuses on people you have crossed paths with each day.  Users are matched based on locations where they may have crossed paths together.  Who knows, that guy on the subway may live close by.  That cute girl you didn’t catch at the coffee shop may be the one for you.  Check in on Happn to find these hidden surprises in store for you.


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Raya is a private, membership-based community where people from all over the world connect and collaborate.  It shifts its focus towards people who work in creative industries.  The app is used for dating, networking, and even making new friends along the way.  If you want some creative type of romance, Raya may be the app to check out.


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Hinge utilizes connections to Facebook friends to facilitate connections. Their main goal is to be known as a cooler, younger version of Match.com or eHarmony.  It comes with a ‘Your Turn’ feature designed to remind users to create a conversation in order to decrease ghosting.  If you think Facebook may be useful in your dating search, then Hinge is the app to put on your mobile phone.

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That’s it for unique dating apps today.  Valentine’s Day is one day away, so be sure to use one of these apps to snag your next date.  It’s 2019, so its time to find that lucky man/woman you need in your life.