Several years ago at a party, a friend of the family was sitting by the fireplace enjoying an ice-cold beer when he started talking about a married man who used to help our family take care of a summer house. Seems this married gentleman was carrying on with a woman in town and using our place as a love shack, unbeknownst to us. When the seductress forgot to turn off the silent alarm one autumn afternoon, the police and fire department were alerted, along with the married gentleman’s wife (who had a police radio at home) – all of whom raced to the house where there is only one road in and one road out. Read more
Wallets haven’t changed that much in decades. Most are made of leather with a windowed section for a driver’s license or personal identification, slats for credit cards (and the multitude of store loyalty cards) and often a coin or zippered section to place receipts. When you think about what a wallet is meant to do: carry and protect some of your most valuable personal effects – driver’s license, credit cards, and cash – then you may begin to wonder why wallets haven’t kept pace with the technological changes that protect our personal identity and define our daily lives? Read more
If you’re looking for a cold, refreshing, and classic drink, look no further than the Club and Cranberry: a tall glass of club soda on ice with a splash of cranberry and a squeeze of fresh lime. There are few drinks as festive as this red drink tinged with a slice of green lime (or the “Cape Codder” or “Rose Kennedy” which includes vodka) making this sparkling non-alcoholic drink a perfect choice during the holiday season.
The Club and Cranberry sounds so simple and yet the quality of the drink varies greatly with the three ingredients: club soda, cranberry juice, and the lime (I won’t get into ice right now but ice cubes matter, too). Read more
Fashion Forms – an Austin, Texas-based company – is a leading producer of specialty bras and accessories in the US, Canada, and Europe so who better to make a Lingerie Laundry Bag to protect fine washables?
Made of durable fine mesh to allow soap and water to flow through easily for optimal cleaning, the Fashion Forms Lingerie Laundry Bag has a zipper closure to keep the lingerie securely in the bag during the washing machine cycle. To prevent the zipper from opening, the corner of the bag has a piece of material to keep the zipper in place. Read more
Every once in a while, a girl just needs a doughnut because there’s something totally decadent about biting into a light airy yeast-raised doughnut with a cinnamon sugar or glaze topping (subsequent bites may take you into doughnut euphoria). But, for those following a plant-based diet, finding a delicious vegan doughnut is often challenging.
Whenever I visit cities or towns, I always google “chocolate,” “farmer’s markets,” “restaurants” (because most will make a plant-based option), “vegan restaurants,” and “doughnuts.” Although doughnuts are not exactly wholesome and nutritious, they are pure comfort food for special occasions, like a Sunday morning! Read more
We heard natural deodorant never works. So we made one that does.
Most antiperspirants/deodorants contain aluminum – a metal that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. Although there is definitely an upside to not perspiring at times, there is also a downside to rubbing aluminum-based antiperspirant under your arms every single day because our bodies can absorb the aluminum. We don’t need aluminum to nourish our bodies and recent studies suggest a link between the amount of aluminum absorbed and retained in our body with cognitive decline. Read more
Talking about the thread count (the number of threads per square inch) of a sheet doesn’t generally get me too excited because there are so many other factors to consider when buying bedding including the type of cotton (i.e. Eygyptian, Pima, and Supima), threading, where the fabric is from, and the type of finish. Thread count simply doesn’t always represent quality – it’s like looking at a chocolate bar and considering the percentage of cocoa as the only factor that matters when in reality the type and quality of all the ingredients matter. Read more
Say the word “lolly” or “lollipop” and visions of everyone’s favorite childhood treat – big, round, rainbow-colored, tangy, fruity-flavored multi-colored lollipops – comes to mind. Mitch Hedberg, the stand-up comedian once said “a lollipop is a cross between hard candy and garbage,” but he didn’t quite get it right. Sure, there are lots of lollipops made with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives but the traditional, magnificent lollipop made with simple ingredients and no artificial anything is also out there for the taking. You just have to look. Read more
A Dimple is a sweet, easy-to-eat seedless Mandarin orange that is nutritious and delicious. With an easy to peel flesh (the whole orange can be peeled in one piece, a Dimple is a hybrid (the “gold nugget”) of the Mandarin variety with a bright orange bumpy “dimpled” rind which is how the fruit got its name.
It’s not a coincidence the name of this fruit shares its meaning with the adorable result of a smile. Peel and eat a Dimple and you can’t help but smile, which if you’re lucky enough, will show in those cute dimples! Read more