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What To Know About The Super Flower Blood Moon, Visible On Wednesday

The universe has never ceased to surprise and enthrall us. Come Wednesday, people will be treated with a sight-to-behold: a rare combination of a full moon (called the Flower Moon this time of year), supermoon and a lunar eclipse. read more.....»»

Category: blogSource: benzingaMay 25th, 2021

The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Is Tonight. Here’s How to Watch

The blood moon won't be visible in North America, but you can live stream it. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is set to .....»»

Category: europeSource: fortuneJul 27th, 2018

The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Is Friday. Here’s How to Watch

The blood moon won't be visible in North America, but you can live stream it. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st.....»»

Category: europeSource: fortuneJul 27th, 2018

The 2018 Lunar Eclipse Is the Longest of the 21st Century. Here’s How to Watch It Live

The blood moon won't be visible in North America, but you can live stream it. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is set.....»»

Category: europeSource: fortuneJul 27th, 2018

Wedding planners and florists say there"s a massive flower shortage as weddings boom: "We"ve never had demand like this"

Demand for flowers continued to grow during the last two years while florists and flower farmers grappled with poor weather and lack of workers. The flower supply chain is in chaos. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) Florists say demand for flowers is skyrocketing while they become harder to source. A lack of workers earlier in the pandemic led to shortages of plants to harvest now. Climate change is also impacting growing seasons around the world. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wedding and event planners across the US are scrambling to find flowers as a combination of surging demand, lack of workers, and unfavorable weather roils the floral industry."It's not just that there's a shortage in product, it's that everybody has events at the same time," Kelly Shore, owner of Petals by the Shore floral design business in Washington, DC and the website Floral Source, which connects US flower farmers with florists, told Insider. "We've never had demand like this."Teresa Eoff, the owner of Figure Eight Events in Fontana, California, is seeing the same thing."Everyone's fighting over flowers right now," she said.An explosion in weddings is happening across the US. The Wedding Report is forecasting 1.93 million US weddings in 2021 and 2.47 million in 2022 - up from 1.3 million weddings in 2020. The forecasters also said that 20% of 2020 weddings were rescheduled for 2021."The wedding boom is absolutely real," Daulton Van Kuren, owner of The Refined Host event planning in Georgia, told Insider. As soon as events were allowed again, "my phone line and email inbox went nuts," he said.Demand is so great that buyers can't ask for specific flowers or even colors, just a general color palette, said Val Foote, a florist and owner of Sungrove Blossoms in Rochester, New York. "We're past asking for specifics."White flowers, in particular, are nearly impossible to get."You used to be able to find a white rose no matter what," Marisa Guerrero, vice president of Debbie's Bloomers in El Paso, Texas, said. "Now they're in super high demand because everybody decided to get married." Fewer plantings disrupted supplyWhen COVID-19 first hit the US in spring 2020, the floral industry was hit hard.As a result, flower farms destroyed hundreds of tons of flowers, according to Jackie Trejo, the owner of Jackie Trejo Floral Design in Houston, Texas.Some flower farms laid off workers and others closed down altogether. In December 2020, US floral industry employment was at 5.64 million, its lowest level in seven years according to the National Association of Wholesale Distributors, down 247,717 jobs from the same period in 2019.As a result, fewer flowers were planted and properly harvested for upcoming seasons, some florists and flower farmers said."We have four times the demand for flowers, but half the stock," Foote said. "It's a disaster."When demand started to pick up again, some flower farms had trouble finding workers. Shore said some commercial farms she visited recently didn't have enough workers to bundle flowers and load them into trucks for storage in coolers. The harvested flowers were left to die in the heat, she said."We had issues finding workers this year," Gretel Adams, owner of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm in Columbus, Ohio told Insider. When she couldn't find enough local workers, she hired temporary workers through a visa program with Mexico, she said. Poor weather has hurt supply, florists say "The weather has been terrible, with horrible growing conditions," for flower farms in South America, where most US flowers are sourced from, Foote said. Colder nights and heavier annual rainfall impacts the health of the plants and when they're ready to harvest, according to Florists Supply.US farms are also facing weather-related problems. California, which is responsible for three-quarters of US cut flower sales, has contended with historic droughts, unpredictable rain patterns, and fires."We had wildfire come right up to the border of the farm. We were working in smoke for approximately four weeks," Dru Rivers of Fully Belly Farm in Guinda, California told Slow Flowers Society. Rivers says her farm has also shifted to focus on sunflowers, zinnias, and other flowers that can thrive in hot weather.For Adams in Ohio, she's feeling the impacts of warm weather coming earlier in the spring recently."In May it gets really hot and everything starts to sprout," but then there's a late frost or freeze that kills the budding flowers. "We've lost our peonies the last two years," she said."Local farms [in New York] had a terrible spring and planted a month late," Foote said. Dahlias and roses, popular wedding flowers, are both growing behind their normal schedule, with some traditional summer blooms not ready until fall- an issue she attributed to changing weather. US flower farms are already spread thin as people increasingly rely on them with imported flowers failing to arrive, Foote said.Do you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 25th, 2021

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US - these 10 central hotels offer striking views

These are the best hotels in Asheville, NC including Grand Bohemian, the Biltmore, Cambria, the Renaissance, Kimpton, and Omni Grove Park Inn. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Omni Hotels Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville's best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWith unbelievable mountain views, a thriving food and drink scene, an emphasis on nature, and a penchant for the arts, Asheville is a must-visit destination. Sitting on "America's Prettiest Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has mild seasons year-round and one of the longest, most vibrant fall foliage seaons in the US.I've been visiting Asheville for the past decade, and throughout the pandemic, it made it my go-to road trip for its accessible location, outdoor activities, and how safely it's handled COVID-19. Follow my lead and plan a trip to Asheville with a stay at one of the following standout hotels that range from cozy bed and breakfast in a historic neighborhood to trendy downtown high rise, and the lap of luxury at a five-star spa hotel. Browse the best Asheville hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:The best hotels in AshevilleFAQ: Asheville, NC hotelsHow we selected the best hotels in AshevilleMore of the best hotels on the East CoastThese are the best hotels in Asheville, sorted by price from low to high. Cambria Downtown Ashville Floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of Pisgah Mountain. Booking.com Book Cambria Downtown AshevilleCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $128/$515Best for: Couples, friends, families, solo travelers, business travelers On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, convenience store, meeting roomsPros: Every room is thoughtfully designed with wide foyers, Bluetooth mirrors in the bathroom, and desks and beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views.Cons: TVs only have a few channels and don't connect to streaming services, so don't count on a lot of in-room entertainment.Located next to historic Grove Arcade, the Cambria Downtown Asheville places you in an ideal location to explore Downtown's revered restaurants, bars, breweries, and galleries on foot.The rooms are loft-style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering direct views of Pisgah Mountain and more space to spread out than most standard hotel rooms. As you walk in, a foyer gradually widens, opening up to a space marked by crisp white beds, a desk, plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports, wood floors, and exposed red brick walls with eye-catching splashes of blue. The bathroom is spacious with a large vanity, walk-in showers, bathtubs in some rooms, and the coolest part, Bluetooth mirrors that can play your music while you get ready.A sundry in the lobby is packed with healthy meals to prepare in your in-room microwave, or head to Hemingway's, a Cuban restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor with a terrace and fire pits. Locals pack this rooftop on weekend nights, so make a reservation to grab a seat. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Renaissance Asheville Hotel Rooms are comfortable, clean, and have mountain views. Marriott Book Renaissance Asheville HotelCategory: Mid-rangeNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$512Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, fitness room, pool, meeting rooms, marketPros: This Renaissance has the largest Junior Olympic saltwater swimming pool in Asheville.Cons: The restaurant is only open for breakfast, and the only other food served at the hotel are the snacks and packaged meals available at the on-site market. When you need a nice, but moderate Downtown Asheville hotel with a full list of modern amenities from a trusted brand, choose the Renaissance.I stayed here on a whim as I was passing through Asheville in the height of COVID-19 in 2020, and wanted a hotel brand I knew I could trust to handle the pandemic safely. The Renaissance, a Marriott Bonvoy property, did this exceptionally well and impressed me with their levels of safety and cleanliness.The Renaissance is on the edge of Downtown Asheville and every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to wake up to see the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush beds, textured black headboards, a desk, and a sitting area.Asheville was nicknamed "Bee City USA" in 2012 for its honey bee population and commitment to educating the public about how important bees are for the environment. Staying true to this oath, this hotel houses "bee boxes" from the Bee Institute on its roof to promote sustainability.COVID-19 procedures are available here. 1900 Inn on Montford The lavish, spa-like Cloisters Suite is a top pick for romance and relaxation. Booking.com Book 1900 Inn On MontfordCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $145/$605Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, daily breakfast and social hour, live music, games, all-day snacksPros: Book the luxurious 1,300-square-foot Cloisters suite, which has a private garden and a large spa room with a two-person Whirlpool, shiatsu massage, air bath, and walk-in shower.Cons: This hotel is not great for families as children under the age of 12 are not permitted.Perched on a hill in a historic residential neighborhood, just eight blocks from the edge of Downtown Asheville, the Inn on Montford is charming, cozy, and well-placed.This Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast has eight rooms, each with King beds, gas fireplaces, bathrooms with fiber-optic starry floors, Roman baths, and color-changing, LED-lit vanities.Don't miss the daily cookie selection; one of the innkeepers, Shawnie, makes them herself and prepares a mix of mouthwatering flavors like salted chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate-orange.If you're on vacation with your special someone, make it extra romantic and book the Cloisters suite, in the Carriage House, which has 1,300 square feet of space, a private garden, a huge living room, a kitchenette, a bar, a fireplace, and a luxurious 68-square-foot spa room with a two-person Whirlpool tub, shiatsu massage, air bath, and a huge walk-in shower. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection Art and design feature prominently, with statement decor in guest rooms. Marriott Book Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph CollectionCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $158 /$600Best for: Couples, families, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, art gallery, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Grand Bohemian Asheville is located directly across the street from the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate, and the on-site art gallery has local and regional art and jewelry for sale.Cons: In some room categories, the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a thin curtain rather than an actual door, which isn't ideal for privacy or modesty. Request one with a door if you're traveling with mixed company.This art-driven hotel is the best hotel in Biltmore Village, directly across the street from the entrance to famous Biltmore Estate, known as "America's Largest Home," which was built by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and has a world-class winery, historic gardens, popular restaurants, a farm and over 20 miles of nature trails.Like all Kessler boutique properties, this hotel is innately luxurious, but with a vibe that's creative, relaxing, and comfortable enough to make you feel at home. Art also features prominently, with an on-site art gallery filled with paintings, sculptures, glass art, and jewelry by local artists that are also available for sale.As such, the atmosphere is rich and enticing, with an entrance flanked by a Tudor-style driveway, dramatic candelabras, and heavy burgundy drapes.Inside, stylish, but quirky rooms and common areas juxtapose oil and contemporary paintings and historic busts with surprising sculptures, like a wild hog wearing a tacky tourist hat, and bright purple low lighting that matches velvet chairs alongside fixtures that look like antlers. The rooms are big and enticing, with tufted teal headboards, lamps with tree branch bases, brown and teal-patterned carpeting, and sleek bathrooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the soaking tub.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Village Hotel Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Booking.com Book Village HotelCategory: Mid-RangeNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $170 /$705Best for: Families, couples, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, pool, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Village Hotel is located in Antler Hill Village, on Biltmore Estate, right next to a slew of family-friendly restaurants, activities, a petting zoo, a winery, and over 20 miles of nature trails. Cons: Transportation around the estate is currently unavailable due to COVID-19, so guests will need to factor a rental car into the cost of their trip.Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and it's the best pick for families. Located in Antler Hill Village, just steps from the winery, the famed Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt family dog), a petting zoo, the outdoor adventure center, and over 20 miles of nature trails, the hotel offers tons to do.The entry-level Village Double Rooms are simple, without fancy bells and whistles, but are modern and spacious with a minimalist black, white and gray color scheme, comfortable double beds, a walk-in shower, and a charming window seat for a vantage point over the beautiful grounds.In addition to all of the aforementioned perks of staying at Biltmore Estate, guests can also dine at Village Social for kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, or go to The Creamery for "Winky Bar sundaes," which is a waffle cone filled with black cherry ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Kimpton Hotel Arras Kimpton Hotel Arras has a prime downtown location and impressive perks, especially for pets. Booking.com Book Kimpton Hotel Arras Category: Boutique Neighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $171/$760Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, travelers with pets, IHG loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness center, seasonal book program, free essential toiletriesPros: This hotel boasts a super central location in downtown Asheville, right on Pack Square. Animals may stay at no extra charge and receive special pet amenities.Cons: With its prime downtown location and resident and local foot traffic, this hotel can be loud and crowded.When in Downtown Asheville, look up and you'll spot the Kimpton Hotel Arras; it's the tallest building in all of Asheville.The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.In even the most basic Queen Room, the vanity and bathroom area feels luxurious with a huge walk-in glass shower, marble accents, warm lighting, a dark wood vanity, a large mirror, and a separate toilet.Indulge in drinks and a Mediterranean meal at District 42, and when the sun goes down on a pretty evening, grab a seat by the glass fire pits on the terrace and watch life in Downtown Asheville buzz by. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, too, so bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana or any other animal for no charge. All pet companions are also pampered with perks like stylish feeding bowls, pet beds, treat bags, a ball, and more for free.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Foundry Hotel Asheville Exposed brick and contemporary furnishings give off an industrial-chic vibe. Hilton Book The Foundry Hotel AshevilleCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $182/$684Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, families, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, meeting rooms, courtyard with fire pitsPros: It's just two blocks walking distance from the heart of downtown Asheville, and offers Tesla car service and a Southern soul food restaurant by a six-time James Beard Award nominee.Cons: The internet connection was unreliable when I visited, which is hard for business travelers or those who like to be overly connected.Once the foundry and warehouse that forged steel for Asheville's famous Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel Asheville is now a luxury boutique Hilton property next to Pack Square Park.An ode to the city's Black history, it's located in a historical enclave called "The Block," that was once a hub of African American community and business in the late 19th and 20th centuries.After sipping a glass of Champagne at check-in, make your way up to your room, which feels industrially luxe with exposed brick walls, all-white beds with cream tufted leather headboards, floor-to-ceiling mountain views, and eclectic wall art featuring period paintings and newspaper clippings in mixed oval and rectangular frames.Paying homage to its Black heritage, the on-site Benne on Eagle is a Southern soul food restaurant led by six-time James Beard Award nominee John Fleer. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Downtown Asheville, but if you'd rather drive, The Foundry's Tesla car service can drop you off. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Abbington Green This charming B&B feels plucked from the English countryside. Booking.com Book Abbington GreenCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $229/$469Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, spa, English gardens, daily breakfast and social hour, games, all-day snacksPros: Every room has a King bed (which is unique for most historic bed and breakfasts in Asheville) and TVs you can watch from the bathtub.Cons: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, which isn't ideal for young families.The English-inspired Abbington Green is an award-winning bed and breakfast, sitting atop a hill with whimsical landscaping and prize-winning manicured gardens.The property has both a main and carriage house, seven rooms, one two-bedroom suite, a spa room, a dining room, and a living room with games, a piano, and a guitar.Every guest room has a King bed, which is unique for historic homes like these, as well as towel warmers, a fireplace, and luxury bathtubs with a view of the TV — perfect for a bubble bath with a glass of wine and your favorite movie.There's an on-site charging station for electric cars, daily breakfast, a social hour, and a beautiful veranda where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains. The warmth of innkeepers Dean and Cherie brings it all together, as they love to talk to their guests, swap travel stories, and make everyone feel right at home.For COVID-19 procedures, call (828) 251-2454. Sourwood Inn The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry, and their knowledge filters down to the overall experience of staying here. Booking.com Book Sourwood InnCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Greater AshevilleTypical starting/peak prices: $235/$390Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, nature lovers, foodies, oenophilesOn-site amenities: Dining room, library, loop trails, wine and flower packages, gamesPros: The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry and brought that culinary experience to the hotel, giving guests farm-to-table dining, curated wine lists, in-room wine programs, and pairing dinners.Cons: The inn is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville on remote mountain roads, so you'll have to factor a rental car into your trip.This romantic bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem that sits largely under the radar in Asheville. Located right off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's just 20 minutes from downtown, positioned on 100 acres of hilly landscapes that make it feel as if you're staying in a national park.There are 12 guest rooms in the cedar and stone-trimmed main house, with a separate Sassafras Cabin, all of which underwent a recent head-to-toe renovation. Rooms are airy and bright, welcoming sunlight through tall windows, plus light-colored walls, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies overlooking Reems Creek Valley, and soaking tubs with scenic Bullhead Mountain views.The owners spent a combined 25+ years in the wine industry, and brought that culinary knowledge to the inn through well-executed farm-to-table cuisine, curated wine lists, food pairings, as well as wine of the month and wine and dine packages that add value for serious oenophiles. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Omni Grove Park Inn Sprawling grounds feel regal and are exceedingly beautiful. Tripadvisor Book The Omni Grove Park InnCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Grove ParkTypical starting/peak prices: $239/$1,049Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, business travelers, families On-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, fitness room, pools, spa, meeting rooms, sports complex, outdoor center, golf course, tennis courts, food foraging experiencesPros: Perfect for a honeymoon or couples getaway, this romantic hotel guarantees five-star service, a renowned subterranean spa, and an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from its restaurant, Sunset Terrace.Cons: As this is a luxury property, expect to pay premium prices for everything.Few resorts can say they've hosted 10 US presidents and every celebrity you can think of, from Gene Hackman and Helen Carter to Nick Carter and Barack Obama, but The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of them. Additionally, this historic resort, which opened in 1913 is famous for being a World War II internment camp for German diplomats, and served as the hotel and inspiration of choice for author F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of two summers. Five-star service is unparalleled, with an exterior resembling a majestic stone palace that appears as if it's built right into the mountains. Overlooking 300 acres of hills, woodlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel also sits on a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course.From its famous terrace viewpoint, wander down the stone steps to the subterranean spa (it's so popular that you have to book six or eight weeks in advance to get an appointment) and discover hidden waterfalls along the way. Be sure to drink a glass of wine by one of two huge lobby fireplaces, and look up to see original light fixtures from the first day it opened.You'll likely pinch yourself watching the sunset over the mountains from dinner at Sunset Terrace. It's such an iconic view that, whether you stay at the Omni or not, everyone will ask if you saw it.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Asheville, NC hotels What is the best area to stay in Asheville?Asheville is a revered food and drink destination and staying in downtown Asheville puts you within walking distance from many award-winning restaurants and breweries.If you're only in town to visit Biltmore Estate, you could stay in Biltmore Village, which is right across the street from the estate entrance, or at the Biltmore itself. Biltmore Village and Downtown Asheville are the two main attraction areas in Asheville and, luckily for visitors, they are only a 10-minute drive apart.Don't worry about not having a car; Uber and Lyft are everywhere in Asheville's popular areas, and it's easy to catch one to get to and from each. When is the best time of year to visit Asheville?Ask the locals, and they'll tell you there's no such thing as a "low season" in Asheville anymore. As such, the best time of year to visit Asheville is anytime. The award-winning restaurant and brewery scene is always available and the famous Biltmore Estate is a top attraction.If you're planning a fall visit, Asheville's 100+ deciduous trees give it one of the nation's longest fall foliage seaons, making it truly spectacular to visit in September and October. At this time of year, the leaves start to change along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, apple-picking season is in full swing, and temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s.Prices get slightly cheaper in January and February when snow and ice make driving in the mountains less appealing, and in March when it's cold and rainy. What are COVID-19 protocols in Asheville?Asheville has been very proactive about COVID-19 risk since the beginning of the pandemic, and stores, restaurants, and businesses strictly enforce local mandates. Currently, there are no restrictions on capacity and social distancing in restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Masks are required in all indoor locations in Buncombe County based on advice from medical experts and scientists. What is the best hotel in Asheville?I believe that The Omni Grove Park Inn is by far the best hotel in Asheville. It feels like staying in a palace built into the mountain, right on a championship golf course, with five-star service, a subterranean spa, and unbelievable views of 300+ acres of rolling green hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Staying here is the ultimate getaway, whether you're on your honeymoon, planning a girls spa weekend, or looking for a memorable place to spend the holidays. But with rooms hitting peak prices at $1,049 a night, it might not be an option for everyone. However, Asheville is filled with a range of wonderful boutique properties and larger hotels. For the best boutique hotel in Asheville, stay at the Abbington Green, an England-inspired bed and breakfast in the Montford Historic District with large and modern King rooms, daily breakfast, social hours, and beautiful English gardens.For the best hotels in downtown Asheville, the Kimpton Hotel Arras is a dog-friendly hotel right on Pack Square with beautiful and spacious rooms. And across from Grove Arcade, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville offers stylish loft-style rooms with panoramic mountain views, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors, and a terrific terrace restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. What is better in Asheville—a boutique inn or bed and breakfast, or a larger hotel or resort?Both options are wonderful, and the one you choose depends on what your group needs or prefers. Boutique inns or bed and breakfasts are usually in historic residential neighborhoods and offer a cozy and comfortable feel of staying in someone's house. They typically have between six and 16 rooms, so if you're traveling with a small or mid-sized group, you could even rent the entire property.A larger hotel comes with more amenities and usually a more central location within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, and entertainment. There are also no age restrictions at larger hotels in Asheville, while most bed and breakfasts don't allow children under the age of 12 so as not to disturb other guests. What is the most romantic hotel in Asheville?With its beautiful stone building, iconic views, luxury service, and intimate feel, there is nowhere more romantic in Asheville than The Omni Grove Park Inn. Make your honeymoon extra special by booking a couples massage at the spa, ordering a tasty steak dinner and a bottle of wine at Sunset Terrace, book a Premium Club Floor Room on the adults-only Club Floor, and end each night with a drink by the lobby fireplace. What is the best hotel for families in Asheville?Village Hotel in Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village is great for families. Its basic Village Room starts at $170 and comes with two double beds. If you need more room, upgrade to the Village Double with Living Room, which starts at $320 per night and comes with a bedroom with two double beds, a separate living room with a couch, two twin sleeper sofas, and two full bathrooms.The location is also a huge benefit for families as it is steps away from family-friendly restaurants, the Farmyard petting zoo, 20+ miles of easy nature trails, falconry, and the Biltmore Gardens Railway, which has model trains that kids will love.How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Asheville?Asheville is definitely a top tourist destination in the United States, so prices are constantly rising. That said, there is so much to do and see in Asheville, from hiking, biking, and kayaking to award-winning restaurants, breweries, and the Biltmore. These activities run from free or cheap to quite expensive. Hotels and resorts also run the gamut from $128 to $1,049 per night, and there are also tons of Airbnbs at a variety of price points. If you'd prefer one, we rounded up the best vacation rentals in Asheville as well. How we selected the best hotels in Asheville I chose the properties on this list based on my own deep knowledge of Asheville, supplemented by the research points listed below. I extensively researched and visited each hotel and selected properties with excellent recent reviews and ratings of 4 or higher on trusted traveler sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.All properties offer a variety of accommodation types, from boutique bed and breakfasts to brand-name hotels and luxury resorts.They range in starting price from $128 to $1,049 per night to suit a range of budgets. Hotels are located in Asheville's top neighborhoods and historic districts, and are near popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions.All hotels offer COVID-19 safety policies, which we've linked for each property, or provided contact information where you can find out more. More of the best hotels on the East Coast Tripadvisor The best hotels in BostonThe best hotels in New York CityThe best hotels in PhiladelphiaThe best hotels in Washington, DCThe best hotels in Ocean City, MarylandThe best hotels on Hilton Head IslandThe best hotels in Myrtle BeachThe best hotels in CharlestonThe best hotels in SavannahThe best hotels on Tybee IslandThe best hotels in Florida Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

How Bizarre

“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes!” -Mark Twain Dear fellow investors, Q2 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more The group, OMC, made a very catchy song and video back in the 1990s called “How Bizarre.” It does a pretty good job of explaining today’s stock market. 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Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q2 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more The group, OMC, made a very catchy song and video back in the 1990s called “How Bizarre.” It does a pretty good job of explaining today’s stock market. Brother Pele’s in the back, sweet Zina’s in the front Cruisin’ down the freeway in the hot, hot sun Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behind Loud voice booming, “Please step out onto the line” Pele preaches words of comfort, Zina just hides her eyes Policeman taps his shades, “Is that a Chevy ’69?” How bizarre How bizarre, how bizarre Let us share some of the “bizarre red-blue lights flashing” in the S&P 500 Index: Bank of America Merrill Lynch mathematical model predicts -.8% annual 10-year returns Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. mathematical model predicts -6% real seven-year annualized large cap stock losses S&P 500 Index price-to-sales ratio: S&P 500 weighting in 5x price-to-sales stocks: Amazon has 55 analysts and 55 buy recommendations: Ooh, baby (Ooh, baby) It’s making me crazy (It’s making me crazy) Everytime I look around Everytime I look around (Everytime I look around) Everytime I look around It’s in my face The Financial Euphoria Episode “Every time I look around” this financial euphoria episode is “making me crazy,” because of how long it has lasted, how much the math tied to its carnage makes sense and because the anecdotal evidence has been visible for some time. We are channeling our inner Alan Greenspan, who called the tech bubble “Irrational Exuberance” in late 1996, only to look foolish for nearly four more years. As Art Cashin said recently on CNBC, the Y2K technology spending explosion elongated the tech bubble for another two years. Is the COVID-19 pandemic any different in elongating this euphoria episode? However, back then you needed to be like Zina and “hide her eyes.” Everyone who has hid their eyes, plugged their nose and over-paid for glam tech and high price-to-sales stocks have been rewarded. The similarities or rhymes with 1999-2000 are “in my face.” The thing that protected the singer from getting a ticket was his super-hot red 1969 Chevy convertible. Today, reality is being pushed back by the historically low interest rates. Warren Buffett explained in his May annual meeting that low interest rates have eliminated the gravitational pull on price-to-earnings and price-to-sales ratios. The low rates make expensive stocks look like the red ‘69 Chevy convertible. Inflation is rearing its ugly head and it looks like a 1970s redo as the chart above shows. Ironically, this is not far from when OMC made “How Bizarre.” Overpricing Treasuries relative to inflation was a curse in the 1970s. What will stop it from being a curse this time? Ring master steps out and says “the elephants left town” People jump and jive, but the clowns have stuck around TV news and camera, there’s choppers in the sky Marines, police, reporters ask where, for and why The Bizarre Stock Market You see, the clowns who damaged investors in 1999 have “stuck around.” George Gilder had a huge newsletter following in the late 1990s and investors seemed to hang on every recommendation. Motley Fool (whose Coxcomb trademark is a clown hat) blasted away on radio and in their writing. Unmentioned tech stock research analysts substituted genuine research with investment banking customer recommendations. Gilder has been replaced in 2021 by Ark disruption selections. Motley Fool has been reborn and “marines, police (SEC), reporters ask, where, for and why!” These current “bizarre” sets of experts are bound and determined to do to millennials what the prior group did to boomers. They bludgeoned boomers in the 2000-2003 bear market with the AOL chat room darlings. The millennials have Reddit and Robinhood to thank this time for the chat rooms and future carnage. Jumped into the Chevy and headed for big lights Wanna know the rest? Hey, buy the rights The nice thing about this episode of financial euphoria is that you can buy the rights to own common stocks which are outside this bizarre rhyme of the year 2000. Nobody wants oil stocks because of a big move toward ESG investing (which is also pumping up tech stock valuations). Oil prices have gone up and investors are still afraid to buy in. We view Continental Resources (CLR) like the ’69 Chevy. Folks don’t have the guts to bet on a rise in recurrent inflation and higher interest rates. Lastly, everyone forgets how much value stomped growth from 2000-2003 when these “bizarre” circumstances existed, and the “red-blue lights” were flashing. “Every time I (we) look around,” we see buyers of expensive stocks and, as always, fear stock market failure. Warm regards, William Smead The information contained in this missive represents Smead Capital Management’s opinions, and should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice and are subject to change. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Bill Smead, CIO, wrote this article. It should not be assumed that investing in any securities mentioned above will or will not be profitable. Portfolio composition is subject to change at any time and references to specific securities, industries and sectors in this letter are not recommendations to purchase or sell any particular security. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk. In preparing this document, SCM has relied upon and assumed, without independent verification, the accuracy and completeness of all information available from public sources. A list of all recommendations made by Smead Capital Management within the past twelve-month period is available upon request. ©2021 Smead Capital Management, Inc. All rights reserved. This Missive and others are available at www.smeadcap.com. Updated on Sep 22, 2021, 8:52 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkSep 22nd, 2021

49 of our favorite gifts for new moms, from keepsakes to postpartum recovery kits

New moms will feel appreciated with these gifts. Here are 49 gifts for new moms, including baby books, a neck massager, and newborn soothers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Happiest Baby We rounded up 49 gifts for new moms, from humorous parenting books to handy tech gadgets. These gifts are great for relaxing, saving time, and marking milestones. Check out all of Insider Reviews' gift guides. Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience. New moms are suddenly responsible for another human being, and there are quite a few things that can make that job easier. In a very uncertain time, new moms will appreciate gifts that are both practical and luxurious - things that can save them money and time. They also appreciate items that bestow a few precious moments for self-care.Some of these gifts are specifically related to the baby, while others are simply geared toward a mother who is ready for some "me time." New moms are among the busiest people in our lives, and they undoubtedly deserve a meaningful gift. Here are 49 of the best gifts for new moms: A T-shirt that makes a statement Greatwood Boutique/Etsy Gift a Greatwood Boutique Tough as a Mother Shirt, $11.90It goes without saying that moms are tough. Remind her just how tough and resilient she is with this super soft T-shirt. It's available in 13 different colors and sizes XS to 3XL. A letterboard for memorable milestone pictures Target Gift the Pearhead 10-by-10-inch Letterboard Set, $12.99Letterboards help parents say it all with a picture; they're often used for baby's birth announcement picture and to get a snapshot of milestones. This one is just the right size to prop next to baby for a picture. Basic birth recovery supplies Frida Gift the Friday Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit, $49.99After having a baby, things are a bit messy to say the least. Help mom recover with this kit that includes disposable postpartum underwear, instant ice maxi pads, perineal cooling pad liners, and perineal healing foam all stored in a convenient toilet-top storage caddy.  Something to help them stay caffeinated Amazon Gift the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $24.99New moms need all the coffee. If cold brew is their thing, gift this cold brew coffee maker. It makes four servings of coffee. If mom preps it the night before, fresh coffee will be ready at the crack of dawn — right about when the baby wakes up.  A treat just for mom Milk Bar Gift a Milk Bar Fall Assorted Truffle Box, $44Doesn't a mom deserve some time to sit down and indulge a bit? They'll certainly be able to with this assorted truffle box from Milk Bar. It includes three different flavors of cake truffles: Birthday, Chocolate Birthday, and Apple Cider Doughnut Cake. A pick-me-up for her eyes Peach & Lily Gift the Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick for $28With one swipe of this stick, mom's eyes will feel more awake and less puffy. They probably won't have time to put on a full face of makeup, but this will help them feel a little more put together after a night of broken sleep. A smart bassinet Happiest Baby Gift a Happiest Baby Gift Card, from $25This smart bassinet helps new moms and babies get sleep by combining gentle rocking with soothing white noise. The smart technology responds to baby by increasing motion and shushing when it detects fussiness. It also keeps babies in a secure swaddle so they stay safely on their back. The best socks they've never tried Bombas Gift a Bombas Gift Bag or Box, from $69You might be thinking: Really, socks? But having a nice pair can make a world of difference. Bombas spent two years perfecting its gym socks. With thoughtful innovations, like a blister tab and performance cushioned footbeds, their feet will notice the difference. Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased.  A minimalistic diaper bag Kibou Gift a Kibou Bag for $79Moms need their hands free to do all the holding, rocking, wiping, and feeding that comes along with new babies. This small diaper fanny pack is made of high-quality vegan leather and has room for wipes, diapers, credit cards, keys, mom's phone, and more. It even comes with a built-in changing pad. A floral arrangement to brighten their day The Bouqs Co. Gift a The Bouqs Co. floral arrangement, starting at $31These fresh flower arrangements come from farms that minimize waste and recycle water. Choose from classic bouquets like roses or sunflowers or opt for a more unique option that she can plant. The floral arrangement will be a bright spot in her day. Something to help them sleep Amazon Gift a Coop Home Goods Pillow, $60.99I know what you're thinking: Is it really worth $60 for a pillow? The answer is yes. This memory foam pillow is adjustable so it's comfortable for every type of sleeper. New moms need all the help they can get when it comes to sleeping. A virtual baby book Qeepsake Gift a Qeepsake Membership, from $47.88Qeepsake texts parents or caregivers questions to answer about their child. Parents simply text their answer back with accompanying photos if they desire and Qeepsake saves the responses. Then, users can order a book that displays all the questions, answers, and memories. Their favorite quote, framed Minted Gift a Minted Custom Quote, from $38Maybe a new mom has a favorite quote that reminds them of their baby or they're just a lover of words. This gift will be a beautiful keepsake for them to always remember the newborn phase.  A sentimental gift for a lasting memory MainEventUSA/Etsy/Insider Gift a Baby Hand and Footprint Kit, $25.95This gift freezes the littleness of their new baby in time. Nothing shows how fast a baby grows quite like comparing their growing hands and feet to how small they once were. This kit allows new moms to do the prints at home and add two pictures. A treat to satisfy their sweet tooth while supporting milk production Amazon Gift the Munchkin Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites, $21.75These delicious cookies come in prepackaged bags so they can easily grab a snack while nursing. Although more studies examining the benefits of lactation cookies need to be conducted, this convenient treat certainly won't hurt. A nightlight that will help their baby - and in turn, them - sleep well Amazon Gift the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise, $59.99Rest is a nightlight, sound machine, and wake-up alert that grows with children — from soft light and white noise for midnight newborn feeding sessions to a preschooler's nightlight. Parents can customize everything — color, brightness, sound, and volume level — or they can choose from presets recommended by sleep experts.  A neck and back massager they can use any time Amazon Gift a Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, $44.95New moms spend a lot of time hunched over: picking up baby, putting down baby, carrying baby, and feeding baby. This massager has heated nodes that rotate, and moms can move it around to any spot they're feeling tension. A memorable piece of jewelry Marky Baby Milk Jewelry/Etsy Gift the Marky Baby Milk Jewelry DIY Kit, starting at $33.04Moms who choose to breastfeed often face an emotional journey. The piece of jewelry from this DIY kit is made with their own breast milk so they can remember this special time long after their baby has grown up. A personalized beauty subscription Birchbox Gift a Birchbox subscription, from $45 for three monthsNew moms will inevitably be dealing with spilled milk, spit-up, and lots of dirty diapers. Make them feel pampered with a personalized beauty subscription. They'll be able to create her own Beauty Profile, making each box just right for them. A personalized T-shirt Known Supply/Instagram Gift a personalized Fitted Crew at Known Supply, $32 + $10 monogramLet's be honest — they're probably going to be spending a lot of time at home in the first year. What could be better than a cozy, comfortable tee made of Pima cotton? Bonus points if you choose a color that will hide a spit-up stain. Merino-wool sneakers Allbirds Gift Allbirds Wool Runners, $98When you're on your feet all day, a pair of good shoes makes all the difference. Allbirds wool runners won't fail them — they're soft, comfortable, and machine washable. You can't go wrong with the originals, but the new Tree line is similarly light and comfortable.  A variety of Korean sheet masks for an at-home spa day Facetory/Business Insider Gift the Facetory 7 Lux 1-Month Gift Subscription, $19.90They could try a different Korean sheet mask every day of the week if they wanted to. The unique sheets made with innovative ingredients are hard to find anywhere else — Facetory curates only the most interesting and effective in the K-beauty world.  Adorable leather baby moccasins Freshly Picked/Instagram Gift Freshly Picked baby moccasins, from $30These 100% genuine cowhide leather moccasins have a soft sole to help children who are starting to walk. They're easy to put on, will actually stay on your kid's feet, and come in many stylish prints and colors.  An Audible gift subscription Audible/Business Insider Gift an Audible subscription, from $15Do you know what's really hard to do when you're holding a baby, a bottle, and trying to cook all at once? Read a book. What's easier? Listening to one on Audible. They can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and more while multitasking at home or strolling through the neighborhood. A luxurious bathrobe Snowe Gift the Snowe Bathrobe, $100Deemed the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, Snowe's bathrobe is super comfortable and fluffy. It's perfect for a mom looking for moments of relaxation during an otherwise hectic day.  A necklace that symbolizes unbreakable bond between mother and child AUrate Gift the AUrate 14-Karat Connection Necklace, $380This beautiful necklace, available in yellow, white, or rose gold, manages to be simultaneously elegant and bold. The company has ideals they'll support, too: Its ethical solid gold is sourced from conflict-free suppliers and it donates a book to a child in need with each purchase.  A 5-year journal Write to Me Gift The First Five Years Baby Journal, $46.95This linen-bound guided journal prompts parents to record milestones and memories to cherish for a lifetime. They'll be able to look back at all the firsts — first birthday, first haircut, first steps — and beam with pride. A funny book about the realities of motherhood Amazon/Business Insider Gift "The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year," $14.99Any mom knows that motherhood is not all rainbows and sunshine. This book dispenses practical and useful information in a humorous format that will have new parents laughing through the particularly hard days.   A selection of soft, high-quality baby clothing basics Primary Gift a Primary gift card, $25-$250Shopping for baby clothing is easy at Primary, which was founded by two moms. The adorable, colorful, and gender-neutral styles are classic and made from safe Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, soft fabrics. Primary offers sizes from newborn through age 12. A fitness app so they can work out with a trainer at home Kira Stokes/Business Insider Gift a subscription to Kira Stokes Fit, from $14.99/monthFlexibility is paramount for busy moms, and a good fitness app offers just that. The Kira Stokes Fit app has abs, legs, core, and full-body workouts available to stream anytime, on any device, so moms can sweat on their own time.  Crib sheets from an Internet-famous bedding startup Brooklinen Gift the Brooklinen Mini Crib Sheet Set, from $32Adults love Brooklinen sheets, and now babies can enjoy the soft and comfortable experience, too. If they don't yet have a set for themselves, include a gift that will help them sleep as well.  A versatile diaper bag Amazon Gift the Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, from $74.99The lightweight, minimalist design of this diaper bag makes it a versatile option for new moms. The included cubes make it easy to organize diapers, wipes, bottles, and snacks. There's also a convenient changing pad within one of its pockets. Dinner on the table in under an hour HelloFresh/Instagram Gift a HelloFresh Gift Card, from $70Meal kits take the guesswork out of cooking. Food is delivered weekly, meaning fewer trips to the grocery store, and the kit includes easy step-by-step recipes to prepare dinner — a snap when they're basically too tired to function. A long-distance touch lamp Filimin Buy a set of two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, $85-$170A new mom's life is busy and tiring, so they might not always be available to talk and catch up. When you want to let them know you're thinking of them and vice versa without actually saying anything, just tap the lamp to make the other one light up.  Stress relief in a tiny jade package Walgreens/Business Insider Gift Revlon Cool & Depuff Jade Stone Facial Roller, $9.99This facial roller can be used on all skin types to help improve circulation and reduce the puffiness that comes with sleep deprivation. It may temporarily firm skin, too. Most of all, it just feels good, especially when kept cool in the fridge. A modern baby book Artifact Uprising Gift the Artifact Uprising Baby Book "The Story of You," from $99With a sturdy fabric-bound cover (available in seven color/foil pairings), this interactive photo journal is a beautiful way to focus on the everyday moments rather than major milestones. The book is 100 pages and holds 47 photos. Register it online and get a complimentary set of Everyday Prints.  Leggings that feel and look great 90 Degree by Reflex/Facebook Gift the 90 Degree By Reflex High-Waist Power Flex Tummy Control Leggings, from $18We love these leggings because they are versatile, supportive, and silhouette smoothing. They also have a little pocket to hold keys or a credit card if she needs to run out. Available in 13 colors, these leggings are available up to size XXL and run true to size. A moment of zen Chiji Gift a Home of Chiji Energy Candle, from $39.99This brand's motto is "illuminate positivity" and when baby has been crying for hours, a positive vibe is desperately needed. These candles are infused with crystals like amethyst and rose quartz to bring some calm to a chaotic house. A comfortable nursing bra Amazon/Business Insider Gift the Motherhood Maternity Women's Wrap Front Nursing Sleep Bra, from $12.76All a new mom wants is to be comfortable, since chances are they aren't for most of the day. This wrap-front bra is soft, wireless yet supportive, and perfect for wearing all day and all night. A smart home device Amazon Gift the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen), $49.99Hands-free music streaming, news and weather reports, thermostat controls, and alarms for naps or feeding, the Echo Dot does it all. They'll become a multitasking mom in no time with this smart home device. A soothing under eye treatment Sephora Gift Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks, $25These gold foil eye masks provide a soothing treatment for tired eyes. They help with puffiness and dark circles. Best of all, they won't fall off like some sheet masks, so they can hold baby upright while pampering themselves. Bubble bath made from plant-based ingredients Walmart/Business Insider Gift the Hello Bello Bubble Bath, $5.98Hello Bello, the baby line from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, prides itself on making premium, plant-based products like body wash, baby lotion, wipes, and this bubble bath. The gentle, hypoallergenic formula is dermatologist-tested and safe on sensitive skin, so both mom and baby can enjoy a nourishing playful bath. A soothie to keep pacifier off the floor Amazon/Business Insider Gift the Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder with Detachable Pacifier, $14.99This adorable pacifier and holder be used beginning at birth. The pacifier and animal detach from each other, so it's easy and fast to clean both pieces. It comes in a variety of cute critters like an elephant, giraffe, monkey, and seal.  A women's multivitamin subscription Ritual Gift a 1-month supply of Ritual vitamins, $30New moms have a lot to juggle, and eating healthy, balanced meals may fall by the wayside some days. Help them get the nutrients to keep their energy up with these vegan multivitamins, which contain folate, vitamin D3, B12, iron, and magnesium, and are free of artificial colorants, synthetic fillers, and gluten. A reusable smart notebook Amazon Gift the Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook, $27.99New parents live and die by a schedule. This notebook is surprisingly handy — it will send their handwritten notes to the cloud and wipes clean with a damp cloth. It makes sharing with the entire family a breeze, and no more wasting paper. The gift of hydration Walmart Gift the SodaStream Fountain Kit, $49.88Staying hydrated is key, especially for nursing moms. Indulge their sparkling water obsession with this sleek gadget that turns regular water into bubbly bliss in seconds. You'll also be helping to save the planet by eliminating hundreds of single-use plastic bottles.   Stress relief in portable balm form Amazon Gift the Scentered Aromatherapy Balm Sticks Gift Set, $33Scentered's balm sticks come in five functions — Focus, Sleep Well, Love, Escape, and De-Stress — and help them relax wherever they are. Each non-greasy balm contains up to 25 essential oils and is formulated with a blend of moringa and moisturizing shea butter.  A book that helps new moms who have endless questions Amazon/Business Insider Gift "Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool," $14.29If they loved Emily Oster's pregnancy book "Expecting Better," they'll dive right into "Cribsheet." The "data-driven guide" helps new parents with sleep, potty training, and much more.  A pair of embroidered makeup towels Weezie Gift the Weezie Makeup Towels, $40We've personally discovered Weezie's makeup towels are unexpectedly useful, and so will they. Even if they aren't washing off makeup, the fluffy fabric will feel great at the end of a long day. You can even have them embroidered to say "Mama" or a phrase of your choosing. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 22nd, 2021

Stocks Pause as Big Tech Bonanza Begins

Stocks Pause as Big Tech Bonanza Begins The S&P and NASDAQ took small steps back from record highs on Tuesday in preparation for a deluge of Big Tech data that began after the bell. Investors are feeling pretty confident about the earnings results, but you can never tell how the market will react.   In fact… let’s just get right to it. Alphabet (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) both beat on the top and bottom lines in their quarterly reports after the close. The online advertising powerhouse crushed expectations as ad revenue is finally picking up with the pandemic losing its grip, while the software giant had a more modest outperformance. Unfortunately, “modest” doesn’t cut it these days. Shares of MSFT are down 2.5% afterhours as of this writing. However, GOOG beat earnings by more than 67%, which is more like it! The stock was allowed to buck the trend and rise approximately 4.5% afterhours. Quarterly reports need to be near perfect to get a positive response from the market, otherwise they’ll be punished even when they beat. GOOG succeeded in that regard, while MSFT didn’t. But for today’s session, stocks were sluggish while awaiting the results. The S&P slipped 0.02% to 4186.72 on Tuesday, while the NASDAQ was off 0.34% (or about 49 points) to 14090.22. Both of these indices started the week with new closing highs yesterday; the first new closing high for the NASDAQ since February 12. The Dow was breakeven, though technically advanced by 0.01% (or about 3 points) to 33984.93. Let’s take a quick break from earnings for a moment to mention the surge in Consumer Confidence this month. The index jumped to a pandemic high of 121.7, as consumers are being buoyed by stimulus checks and a rapid vaccine rollout that will hopefully have the economy near full strength soon. Also, the Fed’s two-day meeting starts today, which means tomorrow we’ll be getting comments that will surprise absolutely no one. However, it will give Powell & Company a chance to reiterate for the umpteenth time that this super accommodative monetary policy will remain for the foreseeable future, even if inflation rises. The market loves to hear that! There will be no letup in tomorrow’s earnings. After the bell, we’ll be getting reports from Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB). Other reports on Wednesday include Qualcomm (QCOM), Boeing (BA), Shopify (SHOP), Ford (F) and eBay (EBAY), among hundreds of others. Today's Portfolio Highlights: Stocks Under $10: Last week’s addition of Freightcar America (RAIL) worked out really well for the portfolio with a gain of approximately 24% in just a few days! Brian decided to stick with the transportation space on Tuesday by adding Corporacion America Airports (CAAP), a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) operator of private airports in Latin America, Europe and Eurasia. CAAP has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the past four quarters with an average surprise of 41%. The editor likes the “massive turnaround” to a profit of 85 cents next year from a loss of 69 cents this year. But the “key” to CAAP is topline growth estimates of 40.8% in 2021 and 41% in 2022. The portfolio also sold Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) for a 38.8% return in less than five months, while getting out of Gannett (GCI) and Arlo Technologies (ARLO) for losses. Get specifics on all of today’s action in the complete commentary. In other news, this portfolio had a top performer today as Cassava Sciences (SAVA) rose 6.1%. Large-Cap Trader: The “old-timers” that John exited in this month’s adjustment are US Foods (USFD) for 37.6%, Cisco Systems (CSCO) for 10.5% and Walmart de Mexico (WMMVY) for 10.6%. He still likes these names, but they’ve been in the portfolio for a while now (USFD and WMMVY were added over a year ago) and now it’s time for some new blood. The editor suggests spreading out the freed-up cash equally in these three names: • Westlake Chemical (WLK) – a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) chemicals/plastics company • Manpower (MAN) – a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) staffing name • Alcoa (AA) – a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) aluminum giant As always, these are hot areas right now that should do well in the current environment. John is especially excited by their “outstanding” PEG ratios, which suggests that projected annual EPS growth is being overlooked. WLK, MAN and AA also have high Zacks Style Scores, are from strong industries, and reported double-digit surprises in their most recent quarterly reports. The allocations come to between 5.3% and 5.5% for each. Read the full write-up for a lot more on these moves. Surprise Trader: Earnings season may be centered on Big Tech this week, but Dave went to the specialty chemicals space for today’s addition. He picked up AdvanSix (ASIX), a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) producer and supplier of Nylon 6 materials that are used in all types of end products like automotive & electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, industrial packaging and much more. The company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the past four quarters with an average surprise of 54.5%. And now it has a positive Earnings ESP of 7.69% for the quarter coming before the bell on Friday, April 30. The editor bought ASIX with a 12.4% allocation, while also selling First Hawaiian (FHB) for a small loss. See the complete commentary for more on today’s moves. Headline Trader: Earnings season has been great so far, but stocks are still moving lower after strong reports. In such an unpredictable environment, Dan wants to scale out of a big portfolio winner and repurchase it later at a lower price. He sold half of Square (SQ) on Tuesday for a 16.7% return in less than two months. The editor still loves this payment processing innovator, which “digitalizes Main Street in the rapidly digitalizing world we live in today”. However, it also has a high beta profile of 2.5, which makes it even more vulnerable to broader market price action. He’ll decide what to do with the other half tomorrow. Read more in the full write-up. Marijuana Innovators: On Tuesday, the portfolio added Village Farms International (VFF), a Canadian indoor (greenhouse) growing company with a thriving business in edible produce like tomatoes, but offers cannabis exposure as well. Make sure to read the complete commentary for the reasons why Dave bought this stock. Healthcare Innovators: For the second session in a row, this portfolio had the top performer of the day. 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