Cashmere bike: Divine Bikes by New Amsterdam Bicycle Company
Love this ultra-modern upgrade with all the best features: three gears, roller brakes, key lock, bicycle pump, back carrier with bungee, and auto-activating lights for safe city riding.
Green bike: Dutchi 3 City Bike by Linus Bikes
A classic Dutch bike, with a sweeping curved frame. Features a refined upright posture to make it the elegant choice for trips to the market or just riding down the boulevard.
A few other great bikes to consider:
This versatile bag can be carried on your shoulder or you can use the simple clips to attach it to your bike rack. The front pocket is perfect for a U-lock, and the zippered flap design plus water-repellant fabrics provide an extra bit of resistance to the elements.
Ultra bright. With its vintage tear drop shape, this headlamp is the perfect compliment to any bike.
Rugged waxed canvas with oil skin leather and solid brass hardware. This bag is tough, but with looks to match. Perfect for the market or a sleep over. Carry it in with a shoulder strap or roll up the sides when not in use. D-ring's add the option of locking bag to rack.
When you buy a product from House of Talents you are helping crafters in developing countries. Created by talented artisans, the Asungtaba bicycle basket is woven from veta vera grass in the Northern region of Ghana.
This is a solid Rattan basket with leather straps, medium sized and good for items like a hand bag or sweater.
I took the bird's eye view photo of the yoga studio above while walking along the elevated urban park The High Line on Manhattan's West Side. This NYC parkway path transformed an out-of-use railroad trestle into a beautiful public landscape that gives you a unique perspective of the city. It reminds me of walking on a bridge, but with the added benefits of the natural elements in a park.
Due to Hurricane Sandy and significant flood damage to some of the park’s utility connections, the park was running on a limited schedule—you can read more about the park and the schedule on their blog or follow the @highlinenyc on Twitter. If you want to help the recovery process, you can support the park by becoming a member of the nonprofit. You can even support the organization by shopping at their one-of-a-kind shop online. I'm loving the High Line photo magnet set below ($15).
... A few on the playlist... I Saw You Blink, Stornoway... Hollywood (ft. Penguin Prison), RAC... Givers Up Up Up, Glassnotemusic... Bright Idea, Mother Mother... The Palace Garden 4 am, Beat Connection... Best Day of Your Life, Katie Herzog... Kangaroo Court, Capital Cities... Make a Wish OK!, Good Records2... Can You Tell, RaRaRiot...
If you think it's fun to see the explosion of a pinata, then check out Piñata Hot Sauce.
This hot sauce starts out sweet then hits you with heat. A Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife team, David & Renee Pardo, created Piñata Hot Sauce.
"Piñata is for the hot sauce fan who prefers to add flavor to a dish rather than overpower it with heat. Pineapple and honey sweetness balance habañero intensity to compliment salsas, steak, chicken and fish. But don’t be fooled—it’s still got kick!"
– David & Renee Pardo, Co-Owners, Jefe del Salsa Caliente
Ingredients: Pineapple (good for digestion!), vinegar, mustard, red habanero peppers (adds intensity), onions, honey, garlic, salt,
If you are like me, then you probably will have a hard time "unplugging" and living offline for 24 hours. The National Day of Unplugging runs from sundown today, Friday, March 23, to sundown, Saturday, March 24. It's a day to recharge without technology. Instead of connecting on Facebook, pinning or tweeting, we are challenged to connect with each other off screen. Here is how it all started according to the National Day of Unplugging Pledge on causes.com:
With roots in Jewish tradition, this modern day of rest was developed by Reboot as a way to bring some balance to our increasingly fast-paced way of life and reclaim time to connect with family, friends, the community and ourselves. Shut down your computer. Turn off your cell phone. Stop the constant emailing, texting, Tweeting and Facebooking to take time to notice the world around you. Connect with loved ones. Nurture your health. Get outside. Find silence. Avoid commerce. Give back. Eat Together.
Ironically to find out more about the annual tech detox day you will have to go online... You can check out the National Day of Unplugging pledge or go to National Day of Unplugging 2012 « Sabbath Manifesto or like the day on Facebook.
Here is my compromise. I know I can't go cold turkey and avoid all tech. Instead join me and spend more time outside—with friends. And why not. It's the first weekend of spring. That's a good enough reason to leave my laptop and iPad behind and enjoy the beautiful world outdoors.
That's me in the photo above enjoying a walk with one of my favorite four-legged friends. So go soak up some Vitamin D outdoors. Find a friend and take a walk. Enjoy!
Image above by me, Chris Olson.
In Paul Reiser's new book Familyhood, the comedian and star of Mad About You chronicles life in his family with relatable observations that made me laugh out loud and say to myself: he really gets it. Just like most things in life, parenting is never quite what you expect or what you plan. Fortunately seeing the funny side of life–one of Reiser's strengths–is what makes the job of parenting doable and hopefully even enjoyable.
"If you like Reiser the comic, you're likely to enjoy Reiser the writer. That personal connection is important, for he's covering some pretty familiar ground in this collection of 22 essays: his struggles with technology, his two sons going off to camp, the frustration of GPS devices."
As a parent, keeping one step ahead of your kids is a challenge. Reiser understands this predicament. As a kid he thought about the "mistakes" his own parents made and he made a list of things he did not want to do when he became a parent. The thing is, a list is just a list and parenting is bigger than even the most comprehensive list.
The Bob Edwards Show (June 1, 2011) features a delightful interview with Reiser—the kind of interview that makes you imagine Reiser would be a great person to sit next to on a long plane ride. The interview gives a glimpse into his life as both a dad and a husband. I especially enjoyed hearing Reiser reading an excerpt from his book. You can hear the interview here on the Bob Edwards Show on Tumblr or listen to it here on CastRoller.
I love weekends because I can slow down enough to actually see the beautiful things all around. Enjoy these photos by talented photographers around the globe.
A lovely flower by Strife. (UK)
Girl dancing on the beach by mikebaird (CA,USA)
Bird by Marioawsm
Horses on the beach in Morro Bay CA by tbchris
Move over Cosmo,
the girls have a new sublime cocktail to share.
Recipe compliments of SKYY vodka.
1) To rim a martini glass with a bit of sweet sparkle, dip the rim of the glass in a shallow dish filled with crème de cassis and immediately place rim in another shallow dish with sugar, rotating the glass to ensure the whole rim is covered.
2) Combine citrus juices, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
3) Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glass. Finish the cocktail with a drop of Crème de cassis on top.
Can't get enough Olympic news coverage?
Now you can get the latest Vancouver 2010 video, slideshows, and news on your laptop. Just download the NBCOlympics.com Widget seen below.
Budgets are tighter this Valentine's Day and just like the saying goes, it's the thought that counts. Jewelry, fancy bouquets, and chocolates have been the staple of Valentine's Day spending for decades. But this year more people are shopping for more practical gifts. Does that mean your bouquet of red roses will be a bouquet of tulips?
The average American consumer is expected to spend $103 on Valentine's Day this year according the NRF in a report in Current.com. Sounds like a lot to me, but in 2008 consumers on average spent $20 more.
I love the fact that Valentine's Day falls on a three-day weekend this year. A perfect time for travel and dining out. But the timing is not so good for the flower industry, which is often closed on Sunday.
Why do women love Cupid's day so much? Could be the fact that men do the bulk of the Valentine shopping. The NRF says men spend twice as much as women on gifts.
The day of hearts is special for our other sweethearts too. Researchers found that even though couples are planning to spend less on each other this year, they are spending more on their pets, friends, and co-workers.
(photo: Claudia - Assad)