Lifestyle

The lifestyles section will expose you to a variety of interesting topics ranging from simplifying and organizing your life to resources for living a more sustainable life. Our reviews will cover the ever-growing DIFY (do-it-for-you) options that may be replacing DIY resources for baby boomers – who has the time to “do-it-yourself!” We will also profile intriguing legacy and philanthropic opportunities.

Book Review – The Money Code

The Money Code: Improve Your Entire Financial Life Right Now Many of us struggle with big decisions concerning money. There is good reason for this. The majority of us were never taught any clear method to think and communicate about money. Joe John Duran offers a very concise and straight forward way to proceed with  read more …

Review – REI

Recreational Equipment Inc. Inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. It began in the Pacific Northwest back in the 30s with a search for an ice axe. Mountaineer Lloyd Anderson had no success in finding one locally so he turned to an Austrian alpine gear catalog where he found one  read more …

Review – EMS

Eastern Mountain Sports “If it works in New England, it’ll work for you anywhere.” Eastern Mountain Sports, one of the country’s leading sports equipment retailers since 1967 recently became the first large national chain to carry 100 percent recycled clothing made in the U.S. The clothing is made by manufacturer SustainU, a West Virginia-based company  read more …

Eating Safe Fish Sustainably Caught is Complicated

The locavore life is made easier at this time of year for baby boomers and their families now that farmers markets and CSAs are operating once again and our kitchen gardens are beginning to produce. And, more good news is that the cost of fish is gradually becoming more comparable in price to meat and  read more …

Review – Blue Canoe

www.bluecanoe.com  – Blue Canoe Simply designed, organically effortless sense of style—all made in the USA! In a small redwood grove in Northern California, a small cottage industry was born. Laurie Dunlap, Founder/Owner moved the business to a building beside Benbow Lake and, inspired by a hand-made wooden blue canoe, named her company Blue Canoe. Sixteen  read more …

Book Review – Girl Hunter

Girl Hunter Author: Georgia Pellegrini Georgia Pellegrini attended the French Culinary Institute after college. She worked in farm-to-table restaurants in the U.S. (Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and France (La Chassagnette). Her first book “Food Heroes” tells the story of sixteen culinary artisans across the world, who are fighting to preserve their  read more …

Review – The Ultimate Green Store, LLC.

www.theultimategreenstore.com – The Ultimate Green Store, LLC. Truly the ultimate! The Ultimate Green Store based out of California and Illinois was founded by Laura Meyer with the goal to help consumers make better choices for their health, their families, and the planet. At the same time she wanted to make shopping for green products convenient,  read more …

Review – TrippworX Design Studio

www.trippworx.com – TrippworX Design Studio Celebrating American Art! Located in Greensborough, North Carolina, TrippworX Design Studio is owned by eco-artist Tripp Gregson. Gregson’s journey began at a young age when his father took him to the furniture factory where he worked. There Gregson roamed the production area and explored massive, sawdust covered, green machines. He  read more …

Review – Tokens & Icons

www.tokens-icons.com – Tokens & Icons Recycling nostalgia! Located in Berkeley, California, Ward Wallau, the self-proclaimed “authenticity hound,”  and founder of Tokens & Icons formerly Tokens & Coins, has created an office space to reflect the very nature of the business where shelving, storage, office partitions, and work surfaces are built from reclaimed materials. Two large  read more …

Review – Stroke of Art

www.strokeofart.com – Stroke of Art Giving new life to old spirits! Stroke of Art was founded by artist and artrepreneur Debra Dresler. The Stroke of Art studio is in Lakeland, MN where Dresler designs her creative and imaginative collections. She travels frequently scouring flea markets and antique stores and everywhere-in-between in a quest for objects  read more …

Review – Ski Chair

www.skichair.com – Ski Chair Play in style, relax in style! Founded in 2001 by Mike Bellino and located in Millbury, MA, Ski Chair manufactures, markets, and ships sports furniture made from recycled sporting equipment. Back in 1993, Bellino was enjoying a beer with a friend after having just finished a day of ski racing at  read more …

Review – Alabama Chanin, The Factory

www.alabamachanin.com – The Factory Sustainable life – sustainable style! Headquartered in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Florence, Alabama is community-based Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company that crafts luxurious one-of-a-kind hand-made limited-edition sustainable fashions and home products using a combination of new, organic, and recycled materials. Owner and designer Natalie “Alabama” Chanin combines old-world  read more …

Review – WEGO Health

www.wegohealth.com – WEGO Health Self-sustaining website for health activists! Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and founded by Jack Barrette, WEGO Health is an online health social media community which empowers leading health activists to bring their passion for health to life by connecting with other pro-active health advocates and with healthcare companies through webinars, blogging, tweeting,  read more …

Review – eco-artware.com, LLC

www.eco-artware.com – eco-artware.com, LLC Living lightly on the earth! Eco-Artware.com is a web-based gallery which serves up unique eco-friendly, upcycled, recycled, reused, natural, sustainable gifts that are great for any occasion or simply just because. Founded in 1999, they support Fair Trade and independent workshops. Their artists utilize green mediums, and are committed to sustainability.  read more …

Review – Great Northern Brewing Company

Great Northern Brewing Company – www.blackstarbeer.com & www.greatnorthernbrewing.com The embodiment of authentic and refreshingly hop, hopping! Fifth generation brewer and great-great grandson of Henry Weinhard, Minott Weissinger grew up learning about beer from his father Fred Weissinger at the Blitz-Weinhard brewery in Portland Oregon which was sold in 1979. The Weissingers decided to get back  read more …

Review – Kettlehouse Brewing Company

www.kettlehouse.com – Kettlehouse Brewing Company Cooling a warmer world! Founded in 1995 by owners Tim O’Leary and wife Suzy Rizza, Kettlehouse started as a brew on premise (BOP) – a place where customers could come and brew their own beer – and has since evolved into a sustainable microbrewery and neighborhood taproom. O’Leary, a third  read more …

Review – Glacier Brewing Company

www.glacierbrewing.com – Glacier Brewing Company Dreams really can come true! Founded in 2003 by David and Christine Ayers and Christine’s brother Robert Hardy, the German-Ale House microbrewery, Glacier Brewing Company, is located in northwest Montana in Polson on the southern end of Flathead Lake. The Hardy’s journey began with a daydream about operating a microbrewery  read more …

Review – Salt Lake Brewing Company

www.squatters.com – Salt Lake Brewing Company Good for what ale’s you! Sustainable and organically certified Squatters Pub Microbrewery was founded in 1989 by friends Peter Cole and Jeff Polychronis. After drinking a beer at one of their favorite spots in Oregon, they decided Salt Lake City needed a microbrewery. They embarked on a year-long pub  read more …

Review – Pure Pod

www.purepod.com.au – Pure Pod Be aware of what you wear! Pure Pod is one of Australia’s largest ethical, sustainable eco-fashion labels founded by head designer Kelli Donovan who has more than twenty years experience in Australia’s fashion and textiles industry. Kelli’s intense interest in sustainability was instrumental in her choice to swap the high street  read more …

Review – Stewart Brown, Inc.

www.stewartbrown.com – Stewart Brown, Inc. Applying the wisdom of sustainability! Inspired by their love for nature and passion for design, Karen Stewart and Howard Brown launched their ethical fashion brand Stewart+Brown in Los Angeles, California in 2002. They used skills they acquired through years of designing for some of the best-of-class lifestyle brands to create their  read more …

Review – Beau Soleil LLC

www.shopbeausoleil.com – Beau Soleil LLC Reduce Recycle Renew! Designer Anne Salvatore Epstein founded Beau Soleil (named after her favorite oyster) to offer consumer’s environmentally healthy clothing choices without sacrificing fashion. Beau Soleil’s focus is on sustainability, fair trade and labor, and organic raw materials. Epstein’s eco-friendly luxurious fashion collections utilize fabric made out of bamboo,  read more …

Review – inKlein Design

www.inkleindesign.com – inKlein Design Heritage meets west coast! Located in British Columbia, Canada, inKlein Design is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Sigurdur (Siggi) and Leona Klein. They design and manufacture unique eco-knitwear for man and baby. Apparel and accessory collections are created from certified organic wool, natural bamboo and organic hemp  read more …

Review – Edun Apparel, LTD.

www.edun.com – Edun Apparel, LTD. Lions, Tigers, and Bono. Oh my! Edun was founded  and launched in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono (yes the one and only) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as a for-profit fashion brand whose mission is to encourage sustainable trade with Africa by raising awareness and promoting  read more …

Review – Seresin Estate

www.seresin.co.nz – Seresin Estate Quality wines and oils begin with healthy plants! Michael Seresin was born in Wellington, New Zealand and left in the 60s to settle in Italy where he fell in love with the Italian food and wine culture. This love turned into passion and after researching opportunities for starting a winery in  read more …

Review – Hamacher Wines

www.hamacherwines.com – Hamacher Wines Elegance over power! Hamacher Wines located in Carlton, Oregon was founded in 1995 by owner Eric Hamacher a self proclaimed “Winemaking Gypsy.” Hamacher earned a degree in viticulture and enology at U.C. Davis and immediately set out to expand his winemaking knowledge by producing wines for such notables as Mondavi, Chalone,  read more …

Review – Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets

www.montereybayfarmers.org – Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets Food glorious food, hot sausage and mustard! The Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets are the oldest and largest non-profit farmers markets on the Central Coast of California. Founded in 1976, there are two markets in Monterey and one each in Carmel and Aptos. Farmers are certified and sell  read more …

Review – Shafer Vineyards

www.shafervineyards.com – Shafer Vineyards Quality, consistency, and elegance! John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry in pursuit of a new career in wine. He ended up in the Napa Valley purchasing a 210-acre estate in the Stags Leap District. He and his family set about replanting the existing vineyards and terracing the  read more …

Review – Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association

www.sbfarmersmarket.org – Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association The only way to buy is certified! Founded in 1983, the Santa Barbara Farmers Market Association is a non-profit that benefits both California farmers and local communities. Owned and operated by over 130 growers and the board of directors, the SBCFMA promotes local family farmers and protects  read more …

Review – Portland Farmers Market

www.portlandfarmersmarket.org – Portland Farmers Market Where country and city meet! Founded in 1992 by local activists Craig Mosbaek, Ted Snider, and Richard Hagan, the Portland Farmers Market is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization operated by paid staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. This umbrella organization operates six markets and receives no city,  read more …

Review – Stokesberry Sustainable Farm

www.stokesberrysustainablefarm.com – Stokesberry Sustainable Farm Balancing earth and community! Stokesberry Sustainable Farm is located in Olympia, WA and was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team, Jerry and Janelle Stokesberry. The Stokesberrys began by raising meat and planting seeds for produce for their family back in 1975. Their dream was to one day sell  read more …

Review – Garden City Harvest

www.gardencityharvest.org – Garden City Harvest More peas please! Located in Missoula, MT since 1996, the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) combines traditional academics with hands-on work at an urban, organic farm producing tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables each season for Missoulians in need. PEAS collaborates with the non-profits Missoula  read more …

Review – North Valley Farms Chèvre, Inc.

www.northvalleyfarms.com – North Valley Farms Chèvre, Inc. Say Cheese! Mark and Deneane Ashcraft are celebrating their fifth year of production of the North Valley Farms Chèvre. This small family-owned-and-operated Grade A commercial Dairy and Farmstead located in the northern part of the fertile Sacramento Valley was purchased as bare land in the 1980s. Mark and  read more …

Review – Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanical Gardens – Christchurch Botanic Gardens An oasis in the heart of Christchurch! Christchurch Botanic Gardens were founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak Tree commemorating the marriage between Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Botanic Gardens now feature towering  read more …

Review – Virtual Active Fitness

www.vafitness.com – Virtual Active Fitness Scenic, interactive cardio fitness! Virtual Active is a San Francisco-based media and technology company and world leader of revolutionary virtual reality exercise. Founded by President and CEO John Ford, Virtual Active licenses its content and interactive video technologies to leading manufacturers of cardio-entertainment systems, experience-driven health clubs, and directly to  read more …

Review – San Francisco Botanical Garden

www.sfbotanicalgarden.org – San Francisco Botanical Garden An urban oasis in the heart of Golden Gate Park! Fifty-five acres, 26 gardens, over 50,000 individual plants representing over 8,000  rare and unusual plants from around the world including plants no longer found in their native habitats, make up the San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly the Strybing Arboretum)  read more …

Review – Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, LLC

www.tsarnicoulai.com – Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, LLC Succulent sturgeon-sharing sustainably! Pioneers of sustainably farmed California caviar, Tsar Nicoulai is the leading artisanal producer and recognized world leader in sustainable sturgeon production. Their proprietary tank farming techniques reduce the threat to declining wild stocks. Headquartered in San Francisco, the aqua farm itself is located in California’s Central  read more …

Review – Return to Freedom

www.returntofreedom.org – Return to Freedom Wild, Wild, Horses! Founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, Return to Freedom (RTF) is a wild horse sanctuary. RTF is the culmination of DeMayo’s life-long dream, when at the tender age of six; she saw wild horses being chased by helicopters on television. She promised that when she grew up,  read more …

Review – TOMS

www.toms.com – TOMS “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”-Gandhi TOMS was founded in 2006 on the simple premise that for every pair of shoes you purchase, they will give a pair of shoes to a child in need – “One for One.” A trip to Argentina was the epiphany for founder  read more …

Review – Anne Geddes

www.annegeddes.com – Anne Geddes Baby joy that you can almost touch! World renowned award-winning photographer, author, philanthropist, wife, mother, and yes baby boomer extraordinaire, the magnificent Anne Geddes was born in Queensland, Australia in 1956.  While a teen, she pored over magazines fascinated by the concept of a single still image capturing an exact moment  read more …

Review – Excitations

www.excitations.com – Excitations No more socks and sweaters… give the gift of EXCITEMENT instead! Excitations offer gift buyers a simple way to give innovative and memorable life experiences as gifts, while making shopping convenient, from your computer, and affordable – gifts ranging from $50 to$15000. You will certainly exceed expectations with a wide variety of gifts that make  read more …

Review – Simplify Home Solutions

www.simplifyhomesolutions.com – Simplify Home Solutions Simplify to rectify. Simplify Home Solutions was created by two busy Silicon Valley professionals, Carmela Guizar-Sanchez and Selena Ontiveros, while juggling fast-paced careers, families and friends. They tapped into their entrepreneurial, creative, and business talents and shaped a concierge service that provides clients the balance necessary to pursue their dreams  read more …

Review – Banyan Botanicals

www.banyanbotanicals.com – Banyan Botanicals Founded in 1996, Banyan Botanicals is a company based on a dream of providing the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs and products possible. We boomers seek greater health and well-being. When looking for Ayurvedic herbs and products, we expect a high quality product that is pure, effective and produced in an environmentally-friendly, ethical  read more …

Review – Leave Light

www.leavelight.com – Leave Light A Motivational Program for Advance End-of-life Planning. In an effort to combat the intestate problem, co-founders Marilyn Geary and Jacqueline Janssen hold gatherings called “LeaveLight Circles” based on the book LeaveLight: Plan and Practice Your Way to a Happier, Healthier, and Longer Life. LeaveLight’s mission is to enhance and foster well-being  read more …

Review – My Organized Life

www.myorganizedlife.com – My Organized Life Nowadays, who doesn’t want to improve productivity, enhance efficiency, reduce stress and have peace of mind. The Organizing Network, founded in 1999, motivates and helps get you organized. The website is easily navigated with categories focused on self, finance, family, home and work. The Network believes in the importance of  read more …

Review – Rare Seeds

www.rareseeds.com – Rare Seeds Do you relish a slower life and have a passion for the pure food movement?  Are you concerned about gene-altered food? Then jump into this website and swim against the river of modern agriculture!  Even armchair gardeners can help rock the food supply by learning to save seed.  Who needs corporate agriculture’s  read more …

Review – Earth Easy

Eartheasy.com – Earth Easy Eartheasy is your ultimate resource for adopting and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. The founder, Greg Seaman and two of his sons, Ben and Aran work together to present the most relevant information for improving your quality of life, and treading more lightly on the earth as you go. Their website is  read more …

Review – The Occasional Wife

www.theoccasionalwife.com – The Occasional Wife The Occasional Wife places a value on a housewife’s work by taking a light-hearted approach on their website which offers do-it-for-you (DIFY) services to make life simpler for busy people. A retail store selling organizational products along with the services is also featured on the website.

Review – The Bodhi Tree Foundation

The Bodhi Tree Foundation – The Bodhi Tree Foundation Many philanthropic foundations and organizations are doing a world of good. We hope to inspire you to participate in that world and realize “the power of one,” as one of our top picks The Bodhi Tree Foundation suggests. Some of the travel industries’ most influential members support The Bodhi Tree  read more …

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