• Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    2023’s Best Cities for Lunar New Year Celebrations

    Time to gather with your loved ones and feast on fish, fruit, and dumplings to welcome the Lunar New Year.

    Which U.S. cities are best for ringing in the Year of the Rabbit?

    To find out, Lawn Love ranked the 200 biggest U.S. cities to determine 2023’s Best Cities for Lunar New Year Celebrations.

    They looked for cities with a large Asian American population, plenty of Asian restaurants, and numerous Lunar New Year festivals and events. Lawn Love awarded bonus points to cities with a Chinatown district.

    Lawn Love also considered weather forecasts, fireworks legality, and safety, among 11 total metrics.

    Set your best foot forward for the Lunar New Year (beginning Jan. 22) with the help of our rankings below.

    The upshot

    New Year in New York

    For the second year in a row, New York lucks out as the Best City to Celebrate Lunar New Year.

    Home to a whopping nine Chinatown neighborhoods, NYC has the largest population of Chinese and Chinese Americans out of all the cities in our ranking. Paint the town red in Manhattan’s Chinatown, which has the largest concentration of Chinese people in America (and all of the Western hemisphere).

    There’s always something going on in The City That Never Sleeps, especially around holidays like the Spring Festival. NYC has the highest number of Chinese and Asian Meetup groups and the third-highest number of Lunar New Year events and festivals.

    All that glitters is not gold

    Out of 43 California cities represented, only 11 landed in the lower half of our ranking. It’s no surprise California cities fared so well — Asian communities have played a significant role in building the West Coast since the Gold Rush.

    This year, San Francisco (No. 2) has the most Lunar New Year events — tied with Houston — and the highest concentration of Asian restaurants. SF also has the second-biggest population of Chinese Americans, while Los Angeles (No. 3) has the nation’s largest population of other East Asians.

    Unfortunately, neither of these cities has a great safety record, especially for Asian Americans. Anti-Asian violence has plagued California and escalated since COVID-19 began. Hate crimes against Asian Americans in California rose 178% in 2021.

    Today, many cities along the West Coast, including Seattle (No. 8) and 19 California cities, have high rates of hate crimes. For a safer celebration destination, head down to San Diego (No. 10).

    Fortune frowns

    Some cities in the South and Midwest aren’t ready to ring in the Year of the Rabbit.

    Apart from Chicago (No. 6), only two other Midwestern cities — Cleveland (No. 61) and St. Louis (No. 84) — landed in the top half of our ranking.

    Other cities like Kansas City, Kansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Shreveport, Louisiana, fell to the very bottom, alongside Springfield, Missouri, in last place. Each of these four cities has low scores across the board, with few or no celebrations planned and poor safety records.

    Southern cities are scattered throughout our ranking. For memorable Lunar New Year celebrations, places like Houston (No. 4) and Austin (No. 9) are your best bet. These two Texas cities have large populations of Asian Americans and plenty of festivals and events to attend.

  • Eco,  food,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Grab your favorite Upright flavors, a whisk, and now you’ve got delicious oatmilk in your hands!

    Make 2023 your best yet! Whether it’s better health, less waste, more time for priorities, or fewer carbon emissions – Upright can help. Making Upright Instant Oatmilk for a protein boost is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just pour, add water, and stir to enjoy a cup of fresh oatmilk for breakfast or a mid-day snack. It’s mess-free, convenient, better for you, and our planet!

    Made with just oats, a blend of vitamins and minerals, and natural flavors like chocolate and vanilla, each creamy cup packs 8 grams of oat protein and offers calcium, vitamins A, B12, D, and plant-based prebiotic oat fiber. 

    Shelf-stable and ready whenever, wherever you want it – just add water! Each pouch makes 12 cups or 3 quarts of high protein oatmilk.

    Upright bulk format is perfect for using at home, making a big family-sized batch for the week, scooping into smoothies, and adding to cooking or baking recipes for an extra boost of nutrition.  PLUS: Fight climate change with each cup.

    HOW TO ENJOY: Mix 2 tablespoons of Upright with 8oz water & enjoy! Add more or less water based on your preferences. TIP: Use a blender bottle or electric whisk for the fastest blending!

    PACK SIZE: Choice of 1 pouch, 2-, or 3-pack. Net weight 340g (12 oz) per pouch. Each pouch makes 12 cups or 3 quarts of high protein oatmilk.

    GREAT FOR: Allergen friendly, flexitarian, vegetarian, plant-based, FODMAP, gluten-free, omnivore, and picky-eater diets.

    Amazing to use as a milk substitute while baking, cooking, or brewing up your favorite lattes! Upright is an instant oat milk alternative. More convenient than your average oat milk product, Upright single-serving packets can be easily packed in your bag. Just add water and you have a glass of nutritious oat milk to drink or add to your coffee on the go. With 8 grams of oat protein in every serving and added vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamins A, B12, and D, Upright is the expert-approved oat milk choice.

    The founder Betty Tang started Upright because she is personally lactose-intolerant and care about the environment. Plant-based milk alternatives exist, but many aren’t great for our planet and most miss a key ingredient: protein. With 2x or more the protein of other oatmilks, Upright is as nutritious as dairy – without the cow. Upright instant powder is even more eco-friendly, and lets you have oatmilk whenever, wherever you want it!

    As a female-founded and AAPI-owned business, Upright is proud to be a pending Certified B Corps company making a difference, one cup of oatmilk at a time.

  • Children's Books,  Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Photography,  San Diego

    Pollinators Book Helps Kids Make an Impact

    An alarming article from The Guardian recently pointed out a statistic from a recent study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “The global loss of pollinators is causing about 500,000 early deaths a year by reducing the supply of healthy foods.” The study is the first to quantify the human health toll of insufficient wild pollinators.

     

    With this information in mind, there is a new book that seeks to educate young readers about the importance of pollinators. World of Pollinators: A Guide for All Explorers: Fun Projects, Over 400 Amazing Facts about Plants, Bees, Beetles, Birds and Butterflies (Creative Homeowner) teaches children the importance of pollinators, along with exciting outdoor DIY projects and activities that make a difference!

    Have fun while making an impact! Jam-packed with tons of awesome information all about nature, World of Pollinators teaches children the importance of pollinators, along with exciting outdoor DIY projects and activities that make a difference! Engaging and fun, kids will read and learn about important pollinating insects and other valuable nature topics, from what pollen is and how it works to why some insects and birds are pollinators while some are not. Also included are illustrated guides showing different types of birds, insects, and flowering plants that attract pollinators, regional maps, and awesome fun facts on state birds across the United States! This educational and hands-on book also provides exciting outdoor projects for kids that are fun as they get involved in nature while also protecting it, including how to make a butterfly house, how to plant a pollinator haven in a flowerpot and more. World of Pollinators is an excellent resource for parents and teachers to encourage, educate, and inspire children about pollinators and helping the environment, all while having fun! ​The book will launch on May 9.

  • Los Angeles,  New York,  Technology

    The new Sennheiser IE 200 – an ideal choice for audiophiles looking for clarity, detail, and impact at home or on the go.

    The Sennheiser IE range continues its history of excellence with the all-new IE 200. The newest member of the IE family shares considerable DNA with its renowned siblings but seeks to bring pure listening pleasure to a broader audience. With exceptional detail, clarity, and impact, users can now expect quality and features that are usually reserved for top-of-the-line devices.

    “The Sennheiser IE 200 represents an open invitation for everyone to enjoy high-end sound,” says Jermo Koehnke, Sennheiser Audiophile Product Manager. “With balanced, true-to-life audio reproduction, users will be able to hear the details that they’ve been missing in ordinary headphones.”

    Quality fit for audiophiles
    The IE 200 enables seasoned hi-fi enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience new dimensions of sound quality. Based on 15 years of Sennheiser TrueResponse Transducer technology, the IE 200 features a 7-millimeter extra-wide band transducer for exceptional quality. A hallmark of the IE family, the latest addition to the in-ear lineup continues to bring superbly balanced and realistic audio to an ultra-compact form factor.

    ​With IE 200, nothing stands between the user and discovering new sonic landscapes. Harmonic distortion is almost non-existent, with a natural frequency response curve typically found in earphones costing significantly more. Furthermore, the IE 200 can appeal to a variety of listening preferences thanks to its unique dual-tuning feature. Audiophiles can mount the included ear tips in one of two positions, giving them control over the balance of their audio experience – from deep and emotional bass response to texture-rich treble presence.

    Comfortably Connected
    With an exceptionally comfortable fit, IE 200 is made for uninterrupted listening sessions. Able to accommodate ears of all sizes, their inconspicuous design boasts a proven ergonomic design that promotes a secure seal and lasting comfort. Viscoelastic foam and silicone ear adapters in multiple sizes block ambient distractions while maximizing low-end response. A revised, braided cable reduces handling noise, and terminates to widely a 3.5mm stereo plug and MMCX connectors for connection to countless audiophile devices.

    Pricing and availability
    The Sennheiser IE 200 has been available for pre-order globally on January 6, 2023, and will go on sale from January 31, 2023, with an MSRP of $149.99 USD.

     

     

  • Books,  Health,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    New Book Uses Dreams to Discover Meaning and Creativity Through Writing and Journaling

    Dreams have been an undervalued yet ever-present wellspring of inspiration and creativity, especially for writers. Author Tzivia Gover, a leading voice in the field of dreamwork, has published a new book, Dreaming on the Page: Tap into your midnight mind to supercharge your writing, which offers readers a unique method for accessing our naturally generous and creative dreaming mind, whether we remember our dreams or not.
    “Dreams serve the writer, and when we write them down, we give new life to the dreams that have been living inside of us—eager to guide and inspire us—all along,” Tzivia says. “In my new book, I make these connections explicit and show readers what I have intuitively known for years: that dreams and writing are perfect bedfellows, and that by honoring both, we can live more fully connected and harmonious lives.”
    Dreaming on the Page also offers an effective outlet for anyone suffering from stress and anxiety to transform these troubling emotions through creativity using dreams as the catalyst. “I started writing this book before the pandemic, but with each churn of the news cycle, and each crisis we faced collectively during lockdown, I believed more and more that we need effective ways to engage with our stories. Personally, and in community, dreams and writing can help us make meaning from the lives we are living. Dreaming on the Page offers a way to do just that,” says Tzivia.
    The book offers readers prompts, journaling tips, and exercises based on the psychology, science, and spirituality of dreaming to make the inner muse accessible to everyone who has a story to tell or a poem to write.  Tzivia divides the book into three parts.
     
    Part One provides an overview of dreams, how to capture them on paper, and how to create a Dreaming on the Page daily practice that includes creating rituals for sleep, dreams, and journaling. 
     
    Part Two, The Generative Dream provides exercises to jump-start your writing, and is packed with exercises and prompts inspired by dreams to get your writing started. 
     
    Part Three discusses getting published and creating community and connections through dreamwork and writing.
    Readers will discover how to:
    •Turn your dreams into poems and stories
    •Supercharge your poetry and prose
    •Blast through writer’s block
    •Use brain science to help harness your creative powers
    •Have an endless supply of rich writing prompts
    As we start a new year, Dreaming on the Page is the perfect book to help guide us to our goals. Whether it is to finish a novel, deal with stress and anxiety, or to follow thoughts in a journal to see where they lead, Dreaming on the Page will provide ideas to support our intentions. So, pick up your pen and get ready to dream.
    “Everybody dreams. And everybody has a story to tell.” – Tzivia Gover
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Tzivia Gover is an author, educator, and motivational speaker specializing in empowering people through everyday mindfulness, dreamwork, and writing. Using a unique blend of dreamwork and mindfulness-based practices, Tzivia awakens people to the extraordinary joy, beauty, and wisdom hidden within the ordinary moments of daily life. She has led events at the Esalen Institute, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, the New York Open Center, and a variety of conferences, colleges and universities, among many others.
    Tzivia is the author of several books including Joy in Every Moment and The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep. She is a certified dreamwork professional, a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and has served as the education director for the Institute for Dream Studies. She has her MFA in writing from Columbia University, and is a certified Proprioceptive Writing instructor and Reiki Master.  She lives in Western Massachusetts.  For more information visit her website www.TziviaGover.com.
  • Books,  Los Angeles,  New York

    Children’s Book About International Adoption Paves the Way for Meaningful Conversations

    Families that have navigated their way through international adoption know that it’s a complex process that takes time and involves multiple agencies — which can make it difficult to explain to children.

    Award-winning author Julie Connor adopted her son from Colombia when he was 5 months old, and she used her own experiences to inform her new children’s book, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise: An International Adoption Story. In it, Connor uses simple language and colorful illustrations by Saman Chinthaka Weerasinghe to explain the process of international adoption in a child-centric but realistic way.

    “Most books about adoption are for parents; they’re not for children,” Connor said in a recent interview. “I wanted a book that showed the whole range of people involved in the adoption process: the biological mother, the adopting parents, the social workers, even the U.S. consul who has to give an internationally adopted baby a visa, the grandparents and even the family dog — I wanted to bring the whole cast of characters for a story in, so my book does that.”

    Designed to be read by parents to a child adopted from a foreign country, the story traces the separate emotional journeys of the prospective adoptive parents from the United States and the biological mother from another country who makes the difficult decision to give up her baby for adoption.

    “Experts urge that children be made aware from the earliest possible age that they are adopted, and this book sets out the complex story of an adoption in an easy-to-understand way,” Connor said.

    Suitable for sharing with children ages 2-8, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise introduces children to other important people in the adoption process, including foster parents, social service workers, U.S. consuls and grandparents.

    In the final pages of the book, the adoptive parents tuck their baby in at night, telling him his story: he has three families, two countries and a promise to visit the country of his birth in the future.

    Connor urges adoptive parents to make the story their own as they read it by substituting the names of people, countries and other details.

    “Adjust the book to make it as different and as personal as your own adoption experience has been,” she said. “The author is smiling as you are adapting her book.”

    About the Author

    Julie Gianelloni Connor is an award-winning author and the owner and publisher of Bayou City Press in Houston, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, history and international affairs.

    She previously spent 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia and Chile. In Washington, D.C., she worked on a variety of matters, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to narcotics control to women’s issues.

    Connor is also the author of the award-winning guidebook and memoir, Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike. She has one son, James, and two cats, Halloween and Charles Augustus V.

    Learn more at https://julieconnorauthor.com, or follow the author on Facebook (JulieConnorAuthor), Instagram (JulieConnorAuthor) or Twitter (@JulConnorAuth).