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10 Signs You’re Morphing Into Your Mother

He calls you “Cherie” as you channel the attitude of your mom, deriding the kids for not picking up their mess and complaining how canned salmon doesn’t taste as good as it used to. You hate him for it, but wonder if you are, indeed, morphing into the woman who […]

Genius in a Bottle

Color me hydrated! Yes, these appealing fruit shades enlivening the sleek water bottles are part of KOR Water’s new Thirst for Givingâ„¢  program. Each color is tied to a different non-profit identified by KOR as part of this environmental mission – and clever marketing campaign. KOR will donate 1% of […]

When Composting Goes to the Dogs

Dog gone it, not again! My gluttonous pug – not satisfied with a veggie burger chew toy – has gone bin diving in my compost bucket and recycling bags. These receptacles for reusable waste are placed securely under the sink and not so securely beside the other trash cans in the […]

Kaiser Permanente: Save Trees and Thrive

Kaiser Permanente is prescribing big doses of sustainability in the sixth season of its $50 million Thrive ad campaign. Two new ads – Emerald Cities and Connected – reinforce the health care provider’s commitment to the planet by dramatically reducing paper use – no small task for an industry long […]

The Lust List: 10 Susty Spring Things We Love

A well contained prefab home that would elevate my life; a robin’s egg blue clutch; a pair of ethical Frye boots to kick up my heels around town. Yes, I’m jonesing for these pretty and practical pleasures as I venture outdoors after a long winter’s rest from buying. I’m in […]

Freedom from SIGG-nificant BPA

This is a new SIGG water bottle with a Keith Haring lady liberty design, part of a limited edition series celebrating America, land of the free, home of  thirsty. Perhaps you could score one of these cool designs for free by getting rid of an old SIGG bottle that contains […]

Trimming an Alternative Tree

Don’t be pining away for the disposable tree when you can conceive a brilliant alternative, like Tara and Thyme’s rendition carved of recycled wood and copper pipe. How lively are their branches! Even the star is close to the spirit of the nativity, made from the siding of an old […]

Marketing and Meaning: How TOMS Is Inspiring a Movement

A sensibly chic take on the fiber and jute peasant footwear made in Catalonia since the 14th century – and popularized by designers in the forties and eighties – I like to think of TOMS Shoes as the little espadrille that could: It could be the most popular shoe second […]

Spanx for Men: A Brief Trend or Bare Necessity?

Dude, got your squeeze for Saturday night? No, not your date, mister; your girdle and slimming undershirt! I know what you are thinking. Spanx; I needed that! I needed tummy control and penis definition. And even those of you who don’t truly need it, those with tight abs and buns, might […]

What the Male Midlife Crisis Looks Like in 2010

You call it a crisis. He calls it a quest. As euphemisms go, his term is a far more romantic description of the turmoil surrounding the transitional phase. Don’t be fooled. When you are in the thick of it, the only tangible aspect of his so-called quest is the one […]

Sold: New Film on Ending Brutal Child Slave Trade

How a film about children sold into slavery reveals the plight of those working daily to restore broken lives. “I realize what I’m doing is just a ripple in the larger scheme of things,” says filmmaker Jody Hassett Sanchez, who is traveling the world to promote her documentary Sold. The […]

A Closet for Showering Mom & Baby with Gently Used Essentials

Welcome to Chloe’s Closet, the ideal source for gently-used maternity and baby gear and garb. Not everyone has older children and cousins to pass on hand-me-downs or the money to buy brand new. Face it, with baby, brand new gets old pretty fast thanks to spit-up stains, dirt patches and […]

Global Warming Takes Center Stage As Compelling Drama

Conscious themes in mainstream performance art. Two recent London plays have had audiences grappling with environmental issues. The National Theater’s production of Greenland, slammed as partisan, dull and rotten theater by the critics, dealt with sea levels rising in the Maldives and the failed UN talks in Copenhagen. Another show, […]

Redecorating? Color Tricks to Make the Most Out of Your Rooms

According to the Color Matters website, color can suppress your appetite, affect taste and smell and calm football players before a big game. But we know you are drawn to shades that make you happy by elevating and enhancing the spaces you dwell in daily. Before you check out more […]

Luxe Travel: Laguna on the Rocks

The surf’s up as June gloom melts into July fry in Laguna Beach – the wet and rocky Orange County artist colony and funky-swank seaside town. Natural food stands hearkening the 70s granola-happy daze, surf shops and funky mid-fashion boutiques still abound here, setting it apart from the polished corporate […]

10 Reasons Why the Planet Loves My Dog

This is the third in Luanne’s new lifestyle column, Life in the Green Lane. Read the inaugural column, “The Pros & Cons of Being Married to an Eco Man” and the follow-up, “Why Is it So Hard to Get My Mom to Go Green?”. My dog has fleece. And that’s […]

Vegan Shoes for Fall: Manly, Yes, But I Like Them, Too!

I’ve always been impressed at how much longer my husband’s shoes last than mine. Some pairs he has had for 20 years and has simply re-heeled and polished them to make them last. He even keeps the boxes. But now that he is on the public transportation circuit – like […]

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25 Awesome DIY Projects Made From Nature

Use nature to decorate your space with these gorgeous DIY projects. Spring is an amazing time of year to combine two of my favorite things–nature and DIY.  My husband and I like to take walks at the local nature reserve near our home. We also like to garden and spend […]

How to Not Sweat (or Stink) With Natural Deodorant

A healthy lifestyle, clean foods, nontoxic personal care products. These are all high on our list of must haves. Soaking wet pits are not. How to not sweat when making the switch to natural deodorants? You use organic cosmetics, nontoxic shampoo, natural body lotion. Have yet to make the change […]

Social Media Activism Helps Women Reclaim Their Bodies

Social media activism can be done anywhere.

You might not think that a social media platform would be the place where women go to reclaim their bodies. But that’s just what the following women did.

Mashable recently published a great article detailing the stories of three women who harnessed the power of social media activism to claim their identity by discussing their bodies. Each woman’s story is incredibly moving but totally different:

6 Recycling Benefits That Put Your Lame Excuses to Shame

Recycling benefits everything and everyone. Here, 6 common myths to throw away. Like, right now. Maybe you started off with a passionate mission to recycle and do your part for the environment, but it’s since fallen by the wayside with an apathetic “thud.” Or maybe you’re one of the many […]

Trust Your Gut: Using Intuition for Good Health

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t figured out yet. ~Unknown We are programmed, here in the West, to run to our physician whenever we aren’t feeling well. Of course, there are times this is warranted. But many times our gut is trying to tell us something. […]

Jemima Kirke Shares Her Abortion Story [Video]

Jemima Kirke, of HBO’s “Girls” recently shared her abortion story with the Center for Reproductive Rights. Kirke’s story is similar to many women’s abortion stories as it was very difficult for her to afford the procedure. As she said: It wasn’t totally unavailable, and that’s the tricky part — there […]

Big Tobacco Sues FDA Over Labeling Requirements

Does big tobacco have a legal leg to stand on with labeling requirements? On Tuesday, big tobacco filed suit against FDA over tobacco product labeling, claiming that the agency had overstepped its authority. The lawsuit is in response to a guidance issued in March which requires that tobacco companies submit […]

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365 Days of Summer

Is summer fresh produce from Chile growing on you? Are you grateful to be able to buy grapes, plums, peaches and other August fruit in the dead of winter because of that 2004 free trade agreement? That mindset is what the earthquake-ravaged country is cultivating in a new Cornucopia television […]

In Hard Times, Food Vendors Keep on Truckin’

Everyone’s dishing about how the concept of food trucks has been overhauled. They’re not just parked at job sites to feed hungry laborers anymore, but are taking the high road and giving restaurants a run for their money. I got a taste of the trend at the posh 50th birthday […]

Babies: Naked Truth About Early Yearning

My husband used to station a video camera near our gurgling baby, capturing an hour or so of what I considered excessive b-roll of her discovering her hand, exploring the texture of newspapers on a shelf with her tongue and fingers, or looking around with a glazed- over grimace from […]

The Skinny on Green Models: Size 10 Still a Cut Below?

Is a fuller figure feasible in the world of haute hemp? It’s a question that has been nagging at me ever since seeing Bahar Shahpar’s last few ready-to-wear collections. Sure, leggy is cool, but can’t Shahpar offer up vegans with more meat on their bones? The eco fashion pioneer has […]

Eco Alternatives for Handwashing Delicates

Tired of that thong song when your sexiest undies collapse from too many wash machine beatings? One way to lessen the damage is my mom’s method of washing her lingerie in a mesh bag on the delicate cycle of the wash machine, keeping the fabrics separated from towels and other […]