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Danica Patrick is all-in on promoting health and wellness — and now, she’s doing that by investing in something she says really works: CBD.
Patrick invested in company Beam, which sells pharmaceutical-grade products made with natural ingredients and THC-free CBD oil, she announced this week.
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“I just think that it’s part of investing in your health,” she says of her involvement in Beam.
Patrick says Beam is “special” because its founders Matt Lombardi and Kevin Moran are, too, ex-athletes — the former a hockey player and the latter a baseball player.
“The first thing I did was get on the phone with them and hear their story and what they wanted to do and all about the product,” the retired NASCAR driver explains. “I just really believe in them.”
Continues Patrick, 38, “After I got the product and I realized just how legitimate and how effective it was, I went into the investment side of the company, as well. So not only am I helping promote the product and being an ambassador for them, but I also invested in the company. It’s just a really, really high-quality, effective product.”
Patrick mainly uses the company’s salve, the Fixer — which she says she rubs on sore muscles; the Beam’s oil, called the One — Patrick likes it for achieving a deeper sleep; and Dream, a CBD blend of “natural sleep agents” that helps you fall asleep.
She’s also a fan of the blend Clarity, which she says she sometimes mixes with yogurt or oatmeal to promote focus.
“When you have a high-quality CBD, I just think that your body is craving these natural medicines that exist, right?” says the former driver. “We don’t have to go to a lab and make something up. These things already exist in nature and I think our body just really responds well to natural things. The natural body responds to natural ingredients.”
Patrick — who hosts the Pretty Intense podcast — has been increasingly focused on wellness during the current coronavirus pandemic. She’s been hosting workouts live on Instagram to promote a sense of “community” and “connection” while most of the country quarantines or self-isolates at home to stop the spread of the virus.
“I really think that in this time it’s become obvious to me that it’s very natural to want to spend time with people and to connect and to have a community and to have a group of friends,” says Patrick. “I just think that in all of history we’ve seen that too. Has there ever been a time in history where it’s just all based on isolation? I don’t think so. So it’s about community and it’s about sharing what I have.”
Patrick has been self-isolating with boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The pair have been staying busy, taking online classes, cooking and catching up with friends and family through the phone.
“I’m learning a little bit more Spanish,” Patrick says. “Aaron got Rosetta Stone on his phone, so we’re learning languages.”
She continues, “I still got guitar on my list to practice, but I haven’t done that. So yeah, watching shows, watching movies. Like everyone else, we’ve watched Tiger King.”
Rodgers and Patrick are used to life on the move, so staying home for an extended period of time is unique. When the world eventually returns to normal, Patrick says, “There’s trips that have been canceled and things that have changed. What’s going to happen when it’s over? Do we have a plan? It’s just to pick up where we left off.”
In the meantime, she encourages others stuck at home amid the pandemic to focus on improving their health and wellness.
“What a good time to let this be a reminder to take care of our bodies,” says Patrick.
Pick up the latest Sonos One (2nd Generation) for a low $150, or the One SL for $129 right now. Both speakers AirPlay 2-ready, contribute multi-room audio solution for your entire house, and sound terrific. The big difference is the Sonos One can summon Alexa or Google Assistant, while the SL cannot.
We’re not in the apocalypse yet (at least, I don’t think we are), but if your power suddenly goes out and you don’t have a gas generator, perhaps you can fill up using solar energy. That’s possible thanks to RAVPower’s 24W solar charger. It carries an MSRP of $80 and usually hovers near the $50 mark, but with coupon code COME50, you’ll only need to part ways with $40. That includes free shipping, too.
There are five solar panels and three USB ports capable of 2.4A each. It can only convert up to 23.5% solar energy into power, so we’re not exactly sure how useful that is with the many fast-charging devices out today, but at least battery safety won’t be a concern: it delivers only the current you need with smart frequency technology.
Ah, 2014. The days before Apple decided to axe the ports we’d come to know and love in favor of USB-C, a faster and reversible standard that still isn’t exactly supported by all your favorite accessories. If you need to edit photos from your DSLR camera, for instance, well you’re basically fucked without one of these here dongles.
One of the best you can find, the 8-in-1 USB-C hub from Vava is half off using our exclusive promo code KinjaVa330 and by clipping the coupon on the Amazon listing page. Combined, that brings your total down from $40 to a mere 20 bells! That way, you can get your cake (a new MacBook) and eat it too (use ports) with three USB Type-A connections, HDMI-out, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, two SD card slots and USB-C power delivery.
Sure, your drinks might stay nice and cool while you’re doing your nightly Netflix binge, but if you want to take your spirits with you on your next stroll or hike, one of Brumate’s containers will come in handy. Right now, Brumate is giving Kinja readders 20% off their entire line of products, including the Hopsulator Slim, using code KINJA-20. Sure, the bars might be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean a cold beer won’t be a welcome companion at your post-hike sunset viewing.
Right now, Best Buy selling an Instant Pot Viva 6-quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Pressure Cooker for a low $50. This multi-purpose device can replace numerous appliances in your home; it can act as a rice cooker, steamer, and a whole lot more. It’ll quickly make eggs, stews, and is a wonder for making stock.
There’s no shortage of recipe books and lifehacks to use with Instant Pots, so you’ll probably be able to make your meals for the week a breeze.
This current price is one of the lowest we’ve ever seen on this particular Instant Pot. But just remember, this is a one-day sale. So get yours before they run out.
In your quest to find the perfect night’s sleep, don’t forget to upgrade your pillows. Right now, you’ve got two, super-customizable memory foam options to get your sleeping posting just right: a $24 queen-sized foam pillow and a contoured pillow for $31. Both options have a removable middle layer to change up the height and thickness of your pillow.
For the contoured pillow, use the promo code uttupillow and for the more standard version, use the promo code uttuqueen at checkout.
Nowadays, the best part of my day is my long, hot shower. Free from noise and panic of the world, it’s one of the few times in my day I’m not bombarded with frightening news. Of course, no great bath would be complete without a super luxurious towel to cap off the entire experience.
Right now, Huckberry is dropping the price on a number of Onsen towels. Onsen’s waffle weave towels are made from environmentally-friendly cotton, and will get softer over the course of your ownership.
Add a modern, futuristic twist to your decor with this rad Aukey RGB Circle Table Lamp. In addition to its uncommon, attractive shape, this particular model offers six lighting modes, four lighting effect speeds, and four brightness levels. It also comes with a remote for a convenient way to customize your experience.
Make sure to use the promo code Y26FFDIG to get the best price.
You have tons of time on your hands, so why not spend that time with a bit of spring cleaning? For just $17, you can get your hands on a six-pack of foldable storage bins you can place basically anywhere in your home. Need to hide away all the mail sitting by your front door? Use a storage bin. Got a bunch of dog toys all over your floor? Use a storage bin. You get a storage bin, you get a storage bin, and YOU get a storage bin. They’re ready for you, just go ahead and buy one!
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Whether you’re really worried about cell phone radiation or you just like to have all your bases covered, a little extra protection for your phone is never a bad thing. Right now, Gadget Guard is giving Kinja readers 50% off its iPhone cases with Alara radiation-protective technology, using the promo code GIZMO50.
Man…life during quarantine is bleak and the nights are long. Why not make it more entertaining with not one, but TWO vibrators for a cheap $40 (it’s basically two for the price of ONE). First you’ll get a g-spot rabbit vibrator for dual stimulation that’ll make you see stars, and you’ll also get a traditional vibrator with seven tingly modes of vibration because why the hell not? The best thing about these sex toys though is that you can use them with or WITHOUT a quarantine buddy. So why not treat yourself to some bomb orgasms? You deserve it. Buy it while it’s hot!
Thanks to Lelo’s “Stay At Home” sale, you can get your hands on a Sona 2 Cruise for a decent $118. If you’re not familiar with Lelo products, they’re a luxury sex toy brand that provides sleek, and hella pleasurable toys to anyone with a vagina. It’s that simple. The Lelo Sona 2 Cruise is specifically designed with sensonic wave technology to offer constant pressure on all your private parts, as well as “cruise control” to increase pressure when you apply more force, or less depending on your mood. Grab this toy and you’ll be sure to climax again, again….and again!
Do you like to shave? Would you like to continue to even with a global pandemic? Well, you’re in luck! For only $9, you can get a Billie razor subscription. It includes the razor itself, as well as two replacements. Once you get on the website, you’ll be able to set the frequency of which you want razors to be delivered to your front door based on how much you actually shave! We love customizable plans! I’d go ahead and try this subscription service. What else do you have to lose?
Banish neck and back pain forever with this discounted BesDio XLarge Heating Pad. This particular model can be worn like a cape and is just $20 when use promo code KINJA3ZR at checkout. It’ll target and soothe your shoulders, neck and back with your choice of 10 heat settings.
To be honest, ever since I started working from home three weeks ago, my neck and back have been hurting. And I doubt I’m alone. If you have a particularly robust HR or acquisitions department, maybe ask them to order this for you.
If they say no, this is a worthy splurge in these troubled times.
Grab the popcorn, turn your bias light to eye-bleeding neon green, and watch one of the Matrix movies—or anything else that catches your eye in this Vudu weekend sale—for just $5. There’s also The Book of Eli, Ghostbusters, The Social Network, Spider-Man (2002), Men In Black, and more than 30 other films. Check out Vudu’s full selection here, and don’t forget that damn popcorn! (No kettle corn, please. Seriously, anyone who eats that stuff hates taste buds.)
Amazon is giving away three months of access to its increasingly impressive music service, after which you’ll be asked to pay $8 monthly to continue. That’s cheaper than most others, though, and you may like what you find after signup.
Amazon has one of the most extensive catalogs with over 60 million tracks, and the mobile app supports Alexa and all the devices she loves to dwell in, so you don’t have to move an inch in bed to start that morning routine playlist.
For some, the charm of a comic book brings the superheroes more to life than even the movies can, especially if those movies are based in the DC universe. (I still don’t forgive Warner Bros. for Batman v. Superman.) Thankfully, we’re talking about Marvel today, which has several comics up for grabs in Comixology’s latest BOGO offer. It’s simple: you buy one, and another one is yours at no additional cost. Just use coupon code MARVEL2020 at checkout.
With school seemingly out forever, you’ll need to find something to occupy your toddler’s mind that doesn’t involve toys, games, and pizza pockets. They might not like it, but you can get them some children’s books to at least pretend they’re using their time productively, and Amazon is helping out with up to 50% off a pretty sizable collection of them.
There aren’t a whole lot of recognizable titles here, but the artwork in some of these books is impressive, and with titles as cheap as $5, now’s a good time to stock up. I’m personally in love with Deborah Heiligman’s CoolDog, SchoolDog based on its description alone:
Tinka is a cool dog, a school dog, a breaking all the rules dog. A hall dog, a ball dog, a crash-into-the-wall dog.
My kind of dog.
Want a slew of decent-to-good indie games you might not otherwise pay for? Twitch Prime has your back, and you can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now to download full games like Turok, Etherborn, Kathy Rain, Earthlock, and Lightmatter this month.
Not only that, but you can take home fresh loot for your daily mainstays, too, like the DOOMicorn Slayer Master Collection DLC pack which, yes, turns your Doom Guy into an ass-kicking, head-ripping, guns-blazing PINK. WINGED. UNICORN. What’s more metal than that? Oh, I don’t know, maybe a Rainbow Six Siege skin that transforms Mozzie the operator into A PIZZA SLICE.
All that and more when you sign up for Prime which also includes, mind you, free movies like the excellent The Last Black Man In San Francisco, Mid90s, and The Florida Project, among other modern day classics.
It looks like this homebound lifestyle is going to be around a lot longer than we originally anticipated, so a lot of people are gaming right now. Whether you’re new to Xbox One or you’re nearing the end of your current subscription, Amazon is offering an excellent deal to add Xbox Game Pass Ultimate time to your account. You pay the usual $45 for three months, and Amazon will throw in another three months on top of that. You’re limited to one code per account and mailing address, too, so no hoarding—that’s what tissue is for.
Game Pass Ultimate is an insanely good deal. Not only do you get Xbox Live Gold access—which entitles you to multiplayer and free games each month—but you’ll also get instant access to the hundreds of games currently on offer via GamePass, including some heavy-hitting triple-A first-party titles on launch day like Gears of War 5.
P.S.: Microsoft is also running a pretty good deal of its own, giving you your first month of Game Pass Ultimate for just $1, after which your monthly bill jumps to the usual $15. This offer is only good for new subscribers.
I’m not really a pink kind of guy, but I might disregard my insecurities for this Xbox One Phantom Magenta special edition controller, which Amazon has on a $10 discount right now to bring its price down to $60.
That may seem like a lot considering it isn’t tied to any particular and there are no crazy designs on it, but the controller chassis starts as a solid magenta at the bottom and fades into a translucent pink toward the top, a much nicer take on see-through tech than the eye-gouging horrors we’ve lived through in the past ten decades.
- ADATA XPG 1TB Gammix S11 Pro Series M.2 SSD | $140 | Newegg
- Western Digital WD Blue 1TB M.2 SATA SSD | $120 | Newegg
- RAVPower 24W Solar Charger | $40 | RAVPower | Use code COME50
- RAVPower 16750mAh Power Bank | $18 | Amazon | Promo code KINJA0331
- Sonos One (2nd Generation) | $150 | Amazon
- Sonos One SL | $129 | Amazon
- Taotronics SoundLiberty 53 True Wireless Earbuds | $28 | Amazon | Use code KINJA987
- Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Headphones (Refurbished) | $80 | Best Buy
- Mpow Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds | $27 | Amazon | Use code 7Q9H6Z4U
- Vava 8-in-1 USB C Hub | $30 | Amazon | Use code KINJAVA330
- Garmin Vivoactive 4 Smartwatch | $300 | Amazon
- 50% off Alara Technology iPhone Cases | Gadget Guard | Use code GIZMO50
- Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Camera Arm | $114 | Amazon
- Panasonic Lumix G4 4K Mirrorless Camera | $498 | Amazon
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- 20% Off Onsen Towels | Huckberry
- UTTU Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow | $24 | Amazon | Use code UTTUQUEEN
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- BISSELL CleanView OnePass Vacuum Cleaner | $70 | Target
- Squatty Potty | $18 | Walmart
- Viva 6-quart 9-in-1 Instant Pot | $50 | Best Buy
- Save 20% Sitewide on Drink Coolers | Brümate | Use code KINJA-20
- Le Creuset 10.25″ Cast Iron Skillet | $100 | Amazon
- All-Clad 2-Quart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle | $48 | Amazon | Clip coupon on-site
- Oggi Melamine 6-Piece Pinch Bowl Set (Assorted Colors) | $10 | Amazon
- RCA 1.1 Cubic Feet Stainless Steel Microwave Oven | $100 | Amazon
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- Topeak Mini Morph Bike Pump | $25 | Amazon
- The Office: The Complete Series (Digital HD) | $30 | Apple iTunes
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- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Digital HD) | $5 | Amazon
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- Schindler’s List (4K UHD Blu-Ray + Digital) | $11 | Amazon
- $5 Movies All Weekend | Vudu
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- Save up to 50% on Children’s Books | Amazon
- Digital Magazine Subscriptions Starting at $5 | Amazon
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- Conquer COVID-19 Bundle | $30 | Humble Bundle
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (Steam) | $9 | Newegg
- Free 30-Day Trial | Twitch Prime
- Soulcalibur VI | $19 | Amazon
- 6 Months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate | $45 | Amazon
- Xbox One X w/ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | $300 | Best Buy
- Xbox One Controller (Phantom Magenta Special Edition) | $60 | Amazon
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Digital Code) | $3 | Amazon
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You never know when you’ll need a power bank. Whether the lights go out or you’re going on a remote hiking trip that’ll absolutely come with some Animal Crossing breaks along the way, the RAVPower 16750mAh packs enough umph to last you to your destination. Better yet, it costs just 18 bells with our exclusive promo code KINJA0331.
Plug it in at checkout and watch your savings soar. RAVPower claims its 2A ports reduce charging times by half and that its 16750 portable charger is 20% smaller than an iPhone 8. It also comes in white, but sadly this deal only extends to the plain black model.
If you’re looking to invest in a pair of truly wireless headphones, the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53 are down to just $28 with our promo code KINJA987. In his review, Whitson Gordon says they have “no business being as good as they are for that low a price.” And he was referring to their $40 retail price.
I enjoyed my time with the TaoTronics quite a bit, and regularly found myself marveling at what you get for the price. If you value the convenience of true wireless earbuds over all else and keep your expectations in check just a little—don’t expect an AirPods-level experience—these are pretty solid earbuds for on-the-go tunes.
Getting outside for a movie night in the backyard could be the perfect way to combat cabin fever, and if you grab one within the next few days, you can take $80 off an Anker Nebula Capsule Max projector to help get the job done. Your total falls to $390 when using coupon code KINJA2423. Unfortunately its resolution tops out at 720p, but you can stretch the image up to 100 inches, it’s small enough to fit in a bag, and with Android on board, you can load up YouTube and Netflix right on the Capsule Max itself.
Have big plans to bake a sourdough this weekend? Start by investing $100 in this awesome Le Creuset Iron Handle Skillet. Highly regarded in kitchens everywhere, Le Creuset is synonymous with quality products and this 10.25″ skillet is no exception.
The big problem? Le Creuset products rarely see discounts. But we found a terrific one for this white model. This pan, no joke, hovers around $170. So this is a terrific bargain.
Le Creuset says their “improved enamel interior resists staining, dulling, and wear and tear” and doesn’t require additional seasoning, unlike other cast-iron cookware.
So you’ve finally graduated from Lipton’s and you’re ready to seep your own quality leaves, eh? You could do it in a regular old pot, but nothing does it like a tea kettle, and if you’re serving guests, you don’t want it looking like it came straight out of a medieval soup kitchen. Consider buying this 2-quart stainless steel tea kettle by All-Clad, which is down to $48 following discounts and virtual coupon clippings. You and that pesky mother-in-law who criticizes everything you do can thank me later.
If you miss your standing desk setup from the office, you can convert your
dining room table desk into one for just 83 Bells today. Use the promo code KJDSK to knock 17 bells off the price. This riser sits on top of your existing cardboard box desktop and can be adjusted to go higher or lower depending on your preference.
This particular model has enough space for two monitors and offers a slot for your smartphone or tablet to sit up front. Plus, you have a little shelf for your mouse and keyboard which is super nice.
Just note that we’ve seen DailySteals stock run out quickly after posting, so don’t hesitate if you’ve been mulling one over.
Right now, you can save 15% off Bokksu subscriptions and gift boxes with our exclusive code, KINJA15. If you’re unfamiliar, Bokksu is a snack box subscription service that delivers “Japan-exclusive snacks to your door.”
When I first encountered Bokksu, I thought to myself, “Well, I don’t need that” since I consider myself an adventurous snacker and I’m currently living in Elmhurst, Queens where there are amazing Asian snacks abound.
However, I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. There were plenty of treats included in the box that I’ve never seen before and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. There was a varied selection of sweet and savory, so I never got tired of anything. Quite frankly, the Bokksu box I received was one of the best things to happen in recent weeks.
The best part? There’s a handy guide that gives you all the info you’d want on each treat (including allergy info) that removes a big barrier that often comes with trying new things with non-English labels.
That summer wardrobe isn’t going to build itself. Let PUMA help you out with its latest sale, where select shoes and apparel for men, women, and children get an extra 40% off using code SPRING40, and that includes free shipping for any orders over $35. There are way more shoes than anything in each category, and the styles are varied enough that—unless you’re Amish—you should be able to find something you like.
If you’re looking for an affordable, comfortable refresh to your springtime wardrobe, here’s your chance. JACHS NY is offering a ton of short-sleeve knit polos, henleys and t-shirts starting at just 15 bells.
The entire collection is basically what I love: upgraded basics. I, for one, am partial to the Jet Black Sueded Cotton Short Sleeve Henley. It’s just… so simple! And elegant.
So, if you’re looking to stay comfy in these particularly trying times, this is the deal to take advantage of. Our colleague Tommy says, “Those are in limited supply, so act fast if you’re serious.”
Just make sure to use the promo code SSK at checkout. And as always JACHS NY offers free returns, so go wild.
There’s a lot of discourse surrounding the benefits of CBD and whether the Cannabid sativa extract is actually beneficial to those experiencing chronic pain and anxiety or if it’s a placebo cleverly marketed as a cure-all antidote. Whatever you believe (I, myself, have seen the positive effects of a good batch), JustCBD is offering 25% off its entire selection of CBD gummies right now using our exclusive discount code KINJA25.
Chill out, maybe watch a movie and fall asleep halfway through. Gummies at CBD start at 8mg and cap out at 25mg/piece, so there’s a wide gamut of dosages to choose from. Especially right now, we need all the help we can get for our mental and physical health. To that extent, CBD is a proven aid, and gummies are the most fun way to consume it.
Released today, the new Mystery Ranch x Huckberry Mission Hybrid shoulder bag would normally set you back a whole $240. But for the next 72 hours, it’s down to $190. The wood wax-colored bag is perfect for taking on walks and isolated hiking trips.
Its three-way zip pocket lets you store “documents, valuables, and other gear” and is securely fastened in place while you’re moving around. A zippered and divided EDC department is perfect for essentials while a designated boot bag keeps your muddied-up boots away from the stuff you don’t want to get dirty, such as your laptop which also has its own sleeve.
Peak Design products are legendary among photographers and organization nerds. And right now, you can save up to 40% on Peak Design products, including retailer exclusives, over at Huckberry.
Expertly-designed and well-built, enthusiasts trust Peak Design products to carry and protect their valuables but prices have always been a barrier for most of us. These discounts, however, lower that barrier quite a bit.
The sitewide sale goes for one week only and ends April 6 while the Huckberry deal has no known expiration date. Supplies are limited, so act quickly before your bag gets shipped to someone else.
Looking to get some new workout gear or at least some super comfortable clothes to work from home in? Right now, you can save 20% off Olivers entire line of pants, shorts, tees and outerwear when you use the promo code INITTOGETHER at checkout.
If you’re unfamiliar, Olivers makes some of our favorite men’s activewear that doesn’t look like activewear,
We’ve written about the Olivers mystery boxes before and it’s been a super popular promotion. Olivers decided to go for a more traditional route this time around and pick out your own goodies. And it’s all good, so browse around and save.
We’re all spending a little more time inside right now, so it’s a good time to stock up on cozy loungewear, or maybe a new work from home uniform. Starting tomorrow, and going through Monday, Nordstrom Rack is having a “Buy More, Save More” sale on its entire online store.
Spending $100 will save you $15, $150 will get you $30 off, and you’ll save $60 when you spend $200. Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping.
Whether you’ve already lived through Forky’s (I still think he should have been named Sporky) cute-yet-maddeningly-sad identity crisis or you’re brand new to the Toy Story universe, Microsoft is giving you a prime opportunity to spend more time with your favorite plastic gang. The Toy Story four-film collection is 73% off, and that includes the 4K Ultra HD versions for just $22. You can also snag it in HD for $17.
Microsoft Store digital titles are viewable on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS, and even HoloLens. You’ll need an Xbox One S or Xbox One X to watch in 4K, however, so be sure to go for the HD version if you don’t have a console.
Looking for a way to help out in the COVID-19 efforts? I mean, more than just staying at home? Well, here’s your chance: Humble’s special one-week bundle features over $1,000 in incredible games for just $30. Humble says “100% of the proceeds from your bundle purchase go to support organizations responding to COVID-19.”
As an added bonus, there’s a ton of great games here including Superhot, Hollow Knight, Into the Breach, Undertale, Brothers, Tropico 4, and so much more. So do your part, send ‘em $30, stay home, and play video games.
Because that’s what heroes do.
The PlayStation 5 is almost here, but if you haven’t already, you should really give the PlayStation 4 a shot, and Woot’s latest offer might be the most enticing proposition for doing so. You can pay $250 for a PlayStation 4 Slim, and you’ll get three games alongside it: God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and The Last of Us: Remastered, all of which I’ve played, and all of which I’d probably give a limb for if I couldn’t. OK, maybe it’s not that serious, but if you’re bored as shit and you’re willing to give the middle finger to productivity, it’s certainly worth the $250.
Soulcalibur VI’s shaky start didn’t help its long-term momentum, and now this perfectly good game is being sold dirt cheap. Amazon has the Xbox One version for $16. Our PlayStation 4 friends can also get it cheaper than normal at $19.
If you’ve played one Soulcalibur, you’ve played them all, but Soulcalibur VI shakes it up with new fighting mechanics, a fresh dual-pronged campaign, a versatile and flexible character creation that’s responsible for some of my worst nightmares, and some of the most realistic boob physics you’ll find in gaming. Sold? Hit those links below.
Oh no, I totally get it: that brutal ass beating you took in Mortal Kombat 11 was definitely because you were using your controller instead of a legit arcade stick. Let’s fix that: Amazon has Razer’s Panthera Evo tournament stick for $170, a $30 discount. It’s designed for use with PlayStation 4, has plug-and-play support on PC, and can even be used with the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with some added hardware.
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CBD hemp, a new crop in Connecticut, could earn farmers in between $5,000 and nearly $12,000 per acre, according to a report from UConn’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
The research study is the first of its kind to determine expenses and returns for CBD hemp in Connecticut. Given that the passing of the 2019 Farm Expense, farmers have actually aspired to grow the crop to satisfy market need for cannibidiol or CBD, a chemical substance that has gotten appeal in a variety of items over the previous a number of years.
Jeremy Jelliffe, a researcher in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the College of Farming, Natural Resources, and Health was lead author on the study. He says the important requirement for the report emerged in the spring of 2019.
” Hemp growing has been prohibited for so long and as a result there has been limited research study and details on it,” Jelliffe states. “Considering that Connecticut approved the pilot program so growers might start growing in 2019, there was a call for additional details.”
Jelliffe explains this report focuses just on the economic viability of CBD hemp farming. Hemp and marijuana are the very same plant, Marijuana sativa. What distinguishes whether a plant is considered hemp or marijuana is the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains. With the growing number of applications for CBD catching attention in the medical neighborhood, there is presently a high demand for CBD hemp.
However similar to any new crop, there’s a lot that requires to be discovered by farmers, from best practices to general economic viability. The report attempts to fill some of these knowledge gaps by taking a complete take a look at the crop, from the cost of start-up, to the expense of growing the crop, and the possible returns.
” The first portion of the report is uncomplicated, we built up a budget design comparable to if we were going to begin our own hemp production,” Jelliffe states. “We looked at the recommended technologies from agronomists,” states Jelliffe.
Jelliffe authored the report with professor Rigoberto Lopez and UConn extension educator Shuresh Ghimire, who has been working closely with the very first wave of hemp growers in the state.
The scientists determined excellent management practices to provide a model that growers can reference, Jelliffe states.
” What we provide is a little different than what I would think of as typical growing practices today however what we expect to end up being more widely embraced. Some practices we provide consist of using plasticulture, drip watering, fencing, things that not everyone did (in the 2019 growing season) but after the first season I think more people will be inclined to do,” he states.
Jelliffe states the complete report lays out criteria coming out of various research study centers from around the country.
” Other researchers have actually been looking at hemp intensively over the last a number of years, since the last Farm Expense from2014 With this report we include details from other reports to offer more details to the growers. In terms of cost and returns the truth sheet has a really great summary,” says Jelliffe.
The researchers estimate that it costs about $19,000 per acre to grow hemp, consisting of $6,570 in fixed expenses and $12,719 in variable expenses, implying costs that change with the level of production. The yield per acre depends on many variables, such as regional prices, CBD content, and overall dried flower gathered.
At the dominating local price, farmers can expect to earn approximately $24,375 in earnings per acre, for a profit of in between $5,086 and $11,656, depending on those variable expenses
” Ultimately,” the scientists write, “the success of this enterprise will depend upon technical capabilities of individual farmers (yield and CBD material) in addition to external market forces, predominately CBD rates.”
” We are estimating that the local cost will continue to drop this year with the large supply that is out there, and best case, we will see a rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per pound, per percentage of CBD, per acre,” states Jelliffe.
Though the price is not as high as some had hoped at the beginning of the 2019 growing season, Jelliffe says he believes that farmers are concerning face the truth in the market.
” The ones who make the most money are the ones who can do it most efficiently, produce the best quality, and market it at a premium. Farmers understand that is how it works no matter what the crop is and they are all trying to produce the very best they can. They balance this with the price they expect to be able to get.”
Jelliffe is confident the report will assist farmers get the most out of their growing enterprises.
” It has been interesting to deal with Connecticut growers that are learning more about this brand-new crop and how to best grow it,” he states. “I think there is a lot of potential for success but I likewise think there is a great deal of risk and uncertainty that we have seen with the drop in costs. Ultimately it is going to spend some time for those who are really dedicated to this brand-new crop to figure it out.”.
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- With its colorful festival culture, buzzy food and drink, vibrant music scene, and historic neighborhoods, New Orleans is an attractive destination year-round.
- There are dozens of hotels from international chains to unique, independent inns and historic hotels that have been family-owned for generations. A new wave of trendier, design-forward hotels are springing up as well.
- Outside of festival seasons, entry-level rooms can be found at four-star hotels under $100 a night, rising just to $350 for the top-tier properties. Our top hotels were chosen based on recent stays, expert insight, and reviews from trusted travel sites.
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New Orleans remains one of North America’s most idiosyncratic cities. It is culturally rich and has — certainly in the French Quarter — one of the most alluring historic neighborhoods anywhere in the world. Add world-class music and culinary scenes, a year-round festival circuit, racially diverse heritage, and a bohemian reputation, and you have quite the destination.
The city has long been a hugely popular tourist destination with over 18 million annual visitors in recent years — a million and a half of these coming for the city’s biggest event, Mardi Gras. This, coupled with a healthy convention industry, has driven strong hotel growth.
Preservation restrictions forbid the construction of large hotels in the French Quarter itself, but a rash of new properties have opened up in the neighboring Central Business District (CBD), with many large national chains, as well as smaller, character-filled boutique properties in converted historic buildings. Many brands pick New Orleans to try out niche collections.
I’ve been visiting since 2001 and have lived in New Orleans since 2011, and the variety of hotels is impressive. I’ve stayed in every hotel on this list multiple times, through openings, rebrandings, and refurbishments. They all offer excellent value while maintaining very good standards of hospitality and are well-placed for business and tourism.
I’ve chosen properties based on my own experiences, with a starting price point under $100 rising to just shy of $350. All are well-rated on sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com. Most are newer, contemporary, and design-forward to create a real sense of place, though some are wonderful historic hotels, and others are familiar corporate brands. In their own ways, each reflects the culture of New Orleans.
Thanks to New Orleans’ healthy roster of huge festivals, prices can vary wildly. Rooms are very expensive around Mardi Gras (February to March) as well as Jazz Fest weekends (April to May), Essence Fest (July) and VooDoo Fest (October). The summer months are cheapest since the humid climate makes it a less comfortable time to visit.
New Orleans attracts a lot of visitors for a wealth of reasons, and everyone has a preference when it comes to hotels. Thankfully, the Crescent City’s properties appeal to all tastes, with value as strong and attractive as the city itself.
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Keep reading to discover the best hotels in New Orleans, sorted by price from low to high.
Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery
It’s not every day you get to stay in a converted chandlery (maker of supplies for ships) but this art-forward, converted 19th-century warehouse in the CBD offers guests that exact opportunity.
The interior boasts refined dark wood fittings that contrast with exposed brickwork, and a rotating display of work from local and regional artists creates a reassuringly cultural space. There’s even a vending machine with miniature pieces of original art.
The brickwork continues as a visual motif into guest rooms themselves, which also come with a pleasing amount of space and light. Expect some cheeky modern art, a very comfortable white-tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the option to order a selection of pillows and inspirational books.
Downstairs, the Caribbean brasserie of Compere Lapin is one of the city’s most exciting restaurants, complemented by a bar with a well-curated craft cocktail menu.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 83 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.3 out of 10
Pros: The interior design is one of the most pleasing in the city, and having such a high-quality restaurant on-site is a real bonus. The comfortable rooms offer excellent value.
Cons: There’s no swimming pool, though there is a small exercise room for keeping up those fitness regimens.
The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans
This intriguing property lies at the far edge of the CBD, and outwardly, seems to be just a fairly nondescript 1960s office block. But through the doors is a different story, with a kaleidoscope of colorful, sleek retro interiors and patterns, striking sculptures of musical instruments, and design flourishes that switch between decades seamlessly. There are plentiful sofas for lounging on the ground floor and mezzanine, some nooks feel futuristic, others are straight out of a scene in Mad Men.
The rooms are a delight and the entry-level Troubie King dazzles with floor-to-ceiling windows and visually exciting geometric patterns amid blues and gray tones. Light fittings are just shy of kitsch, as are the locally-sourced artworks, and there are aspects of both 1970s and contemporary luxury about the place. The self-service cocktail kit and huge walk-in shower feel decadently adult.
The rooftop bar, Monkey Board is as sexy as any in the city, with its taco stand and views, and restaurant Jayne has a great selection of elevated casual favorites.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 75 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10
Pros: Don’t let the lower Trip Advisor ranking fool you, the design-forward rooms offer some of the best value accommodations in the city.
Cons: The rooftop bar space is crying out for a small pool, but sadly there isn’t one.
The Pontchartrain Hotel
This hotel reopened in 2016 after a 60-year hiatus and the refurbishment was a panoramic triumph. Though the hotel is away from Downtown in the Lower Garden District, it’s a true destination property with 1940s glamour that was lovingly recreated throughout the building. Details such as the gold leaf in the original elevators, staff uniforms, antique mirrors, curated art, and the cinematic period front desk that issues actual metal door keys to guests, all curate a retro aesthetic that is completely on point.
Guest rooms are equally vintage feeling and unmatched in style in the city. European and Caribbean influences are apparent with tiki-style decor, velvet headboards, and chaise lounges that add to the plush feel. Antique medicine cabinets in immaculately-tiled bathrooms and original wardrobes complete the aesthetic.
Stand-out food and beverage options include the artfully decadent Jack Rose restaurant, but the real jewel is the rooftop bar, Hot Tin, which serves up the best views of the city alongside craft cocktails.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 8 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10
Pros: The attention to detail in the refurbishment is astounding, making The Pontchartrain Hotel one of the most evocative hotels in the city.
Cons: The location is slightly away from the main action of Downtown, but some visitors may prefer the quieter ambiance the slight distance provides.
Hotel Peter & Paul
The Marigny is a mostly residential neighborhood next to the French Quarter, and this hotel a considerate, discreet addition to its streets. Housed in a converted church, both the sacred space and the associated properties such as a school house, rectory, and convent were all repurposed to welcome guests.
The original architecture still very much on display and interiors pay dutiful homage to the former lives of the buildings. Stained glass windows and swathes of richly colored fabrics frame the spaces and there’s a casual holiness to the captivating ambiance.
The rooms are spread across three of the buildings, and given that the original structures have been preserved, come in a wide array of styles and sizes. There’s a pastoral feel to most, with contemporary rustic decor and gingham furnishings. Religious iconography pops up, landing the rooms somewhere between a farmhouse and a seminary.
The Elysian Bar is a destination spot with its decadent wall hangings and the striking curved and colorful columns of the bar itself.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 13 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10
Pros: The sense of place and former life of these buildings has been honored respectfully and thoughtfully, and it’s a truly memorable place to stay with affordable prices.
Cons: Due to the age and design of the original buildings, some of the rooms can feel quite small.
Operational since 1886, this hotel is one of the very few family-owned properties of its kind, now under fifth generation management. Exterior lights up Royal Street with elegant Italianate architecture, and the lobby feels alive with old-school European charm. Exhibition cases show off a proud literary history with artifacts from Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Service harks back to the Golden Age of travel, and the hotel’s famous Carousel Bar (literally designed around a slowly-rotating carousel bar) is a major tourist draw and has been welcoming guests and locals for cocktails for over 100 years.
There’s a traditional, almost imperial feel to the rooms with brocaded curtains and striped wallpaper, but it’s the hotel’s public spaces that really shine. As well as the Carousel Bar, the flagship restaurant Criollo serves Southern Classic and live jazz. On the rooftop, one of the city’s best pools awaits guests, and the day spa, Aria, is also suitably welcoming.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 21 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Pros: The feeling of staying in a truly unique property is unmatched the access to Carousel Bar is a major advantage. Hotels like this one don’t really exist any more in the United States.
Cons: The entry-level rooms are more functional than showstoppers, though the suites are among the best in town.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans
This large convention hotel – still fresh from a $275 million renovation – lies in a plumb spot just behind the Louisiana Superdome. In terms of service and breadth of amenities, it stands alone in the city. Seven award-winning dining options and an outdoor saltwater pool are just a couple of the highlights. The interior is a symphony of glass and steel, with futuristic elevators and striking windows that are a work of art in themselves and stretch for several stories with views of the stadium beyond.
There are 1,200 rooms, arranged in a horseshoe pattern around the central public space. They are cleaned to hypoallergenic standards and deliver everything you might expect from a successful international brand including a high standard for business design, with gold and ivory accents and a tech-forward feel.
The restaurants run the gamut of high-end to casual, with coffee shops, stores, and a 32nd-floor gym, meaning you don’t have to leave the property if you don’t need to.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 81 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Pros: Solid quality accommodations with so many amenities that leaving the hotel isn’t necessary. The Trip Advisor ranking belies how good the value of this hotel is.
Cons: If it’s a sense of place and character you’re looking for, a smaller boutique property would be better. This is definitely a chain business and convention hotel and feels as traditional as you’d expect from a big name.
The Royal Sonesta
There are odd touches of class to be found along New Orleans’ tackiest thoroughfare, Bourbon Street, and this grand dame of a hotel is one of them. Taking up a whole city block, stepping inside immediately transports you away from the neon and noise outside into an elegant Art Deco lobby, replete with floral arrangements and sleek sofas. The hotel boasts a 6,000-piece art collection, making it the most cultural spot on the street.
Thanks to a 2016 complete renovation, the rooms feel fresh with royal blue bedding, maroon flourishes, and decor that feels whimsical without straying into pretension.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, R’Evolution, is one of the finest in the city providing a gourmet romp through the best cuisine in the South. There’s an on-site jazz lounge for taking in the local music scene, and an outdoor heated pool that’s a blessing year-round.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 51 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Pros: Staying at Royal Sonesta places you right in the thick of the action, surrounded by the entertainment district of the French Quarter, without feeling overburdened by it.
Cons: Some guests might see the location as a minus, as it can be one of the noisier spots at peak times.
The Higgins Hotel New Orleans
Not many hotels in the world can say they are the sister property to a museum, but that’s the case here at this unusual property. Neighboring the National World War II Museum, The Higgins reflects a retro 1940s chic feel. The imposing, Gothic exterior gives way to a glorious lobby, with Art Deco aesthetics and huge, floor-to-ceiling murals. Wartime artifacts and music from the period create an impressively evocative atmosphere, all designed to welcome the veterans and history buffs that make up most of the clientele.
The entry-level rooms are impressive, with inviting royal blues and gold hues in King Rooms that complements the military precision of clean lines and general tidiness. There’s wartime-inspired artwork and kitsch posters as well as panoramic city views.
The hotel’s amenities continue the theme, with Kilroy’s lobby bar and rustic French restaurant Café Normandie both offering additional military aesthetics. Hilton Honors members can use the lounge, which boasts General Patton’s piano.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10
Pros: A truly interesting and memorable property that is right next door to the world-class National World War II Museum, and certainly takes inspiration from it. It’s a must for history buffs.
Cons: Younger travelers may find the clientele on the mature side, but there’s every respect paid to veterans and servicemen and women.
The Roosevelt New Orleans
One of the oldest hotels in New Orleans (it dates back to 1893), this magnificent building combines architectural styles from the Gilded Age, as well as Art Deco and Beaux-Arts flourishes. The block-long lobby is stunning, all done up in golden sophistication with murals, elaborate light fixtures, and period furniture. Uniformed lobby staff dart between guests, and there’s an ambiance of a grand, European hotel, including old-school touches such as a shoe-shine stand.
Off the lobby are famed local institutions, such as the wood-paneled Sazerac Bar and legendary event space, The Blue Room, while live jazz music floats from The Fountain Bar. There’s a traditional feel to the rooms, with dark woods and floral patterns, and suites offering a particularly good value. On-site restaurant Domenica offers upscale Italian classics, and the Waldorf Astoria-branded spa and rooftop swimming pool are elegant relaxation areas.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 45 of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10
Pros: The wealth of amenities and services give guests a reassuring feel of a true full-service five-star hotel.
Cons: Some of the walls in the standard rooms can be thin, but it’s not a hotel that books in many large parties of young people.
Soniat House Hotel
It’s easy to walk right past this early 19th-century complex of high-end Creole cottages tucked away on a tranquil, residential stretch of the French Quarter.
Stepping through the door, though, guests see flickering gas lamps and tropical foliage framing a stone-flagged courtyard. Wrought iron balconies and public spaces bedecked with period antiques hint at the levels of sophistication within, and the hotel serves as a timeless iteration of Southern elegance.
The 31 accommodations differ in size and layout but all reflect a rustic sophistication. Entry-level cottages come with canopy beds, gold and green color palates, chandeliers, and antique ornaments. Doors open out onto the courtyard, where guests can enjoy freshly-baked biscuits, preserves, and freshly-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, and there’s also a well-stocked honor bar in a plush guest lounge for pre-dinner cocktails.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 60 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10
Pros: The feeling of privacy and exclusivity while still staying in the French Quarter is unmatched.
Cons: With only a breakfast menu (though it is available for most of the day), guests have to rely on dining out options. Amenities on-site are quite limited.
The Ritz Carlton New Orleans
The New Orleans branch of the global luxury brand dominates a city block on Canal Street and the edges of the French Quarter, in an imposing Beaux-Arts building. Once a high-end department store, it’s now a sprawling, five-star property with all the amenities and comforts visitors would expect of a brand such as The Ritz. The elevator to the lobby delivers a reassuring degree of exclusivity, and the lower floor is dedicated to the hotel’s high-end spa and gym.
Rooms err on the traditional side, with opulent curtains, oversized embroidered headboards, and a plush blue velvet armchair that create a certain antebellum charm. There’s a club level in its own annex with even higher levels of indulgence.
M Bistro, the flagship restaurant, has a Southern menu that locks in a sense of place, and the Davenport Lounge sees local jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport entertain with classic songs for free on weekends.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 44 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10
Pros: There’s an assured confidence of booking into a Ritz Carlton property and the standards that come along with that. This outpost certainly does not disappoint.
Cons: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is one of the more expensive options and the interiors don’t really reflect the city in a very noticeable way.
Windsor Court Hotel
For an unlikely slice of British refinement in the CBD, this 5-star hotel comes complete with afternoon tea service and fine art depicting hunting scenes and high society.
The exterior is unswervingly modern, but inside offers a traditionally luxurious experience following a $22 million refurbishment. The public spaces feel like a private members club with leather sofas and a lingering air of refinement and the heated pool is easily the most alluring in the city.
The suites (it’s an all-suite hotel) scream classic English vogue, with blue and gold overtones accentuating traditional patterns and views of the river from small private balconies. The all-marble bathrooms elevate the ambiance even more, and though the rooms are decidedly unflashy, they reflect a high standard of design.
The restaurant, The Grill Room, is one of the highest-rated in the South, with its murals and leather-backed chairs, and the Polo Lounge is a sophisticated spot for an after-dinner cocktail.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 9 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10
Pros: A high-end, full-service hotel that instantly delivers a real sense of refinement and elegance.
Cons: Windsor Court is very traditional, and fans of modern design may feel it’s on the stuffy side.
Maison de la Luz
This new (opened 2019) luxury hotel is a side venture from the Ace Hotel brand, and The Ace Hotel New Orleans is just across the street.
This newer concept, however, is not like the minimal mod Ace properties you’ve come to know. Rather, it’s far more exclusive and luxurious. The 67-room property feels like you’ve slipped into the townhouse of a global traveler, who returned to New Orleans and decorated her property with curios she collected. The lobby is framed by glorious twin staircases and retro Art Deco flourishes complete the look.
The rooms enjoy expert interior design, as well as indulgent amounts of daylight with high ceilings and huge windows. Quirky touches such as zodiac-themed coffee tables and sculpted snakes for shower door handles ramp up the visual curiosity, while stand-alone tubs and high-end mini-bar liquor reflects the 5-star status.
The lounge and restaurant downstairs evoke feelings of an Egyptian museum and French brasserie respectively, and the scarlet library of front bar Marilou is a decadent escape that also houses a secret bar within a bar behind a bookshelf for hotel guests.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 176 hotels in New Orleans
Booking.com Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Pros: The hotel has truly elevated the level of exclusive luxury in the city, and there are no properties quite like it in town.
Cons: Maison de la Luz is priced higher than most New Orleans hotels, and besides the bar and restaurant, there are no real amenities. For a pool or exercise room, guests need to use those at the Ace Hotel, though this is only a minute’s across the road.
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