Hit List-Lemons

FullSizeRenderFrom protecting your immune system and boosting your energy and mood plus providing important vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants and safely ridding your body of toxins, drinking lemon water has a positive effect on everything from your insides out!

We know some pretty amazing people, including this spectacular woman below, Gogo, who lived well until 102 and swore by a warm glass of lemon water each morning (plus a scotch every day at 5pm).  In keeping with her philosophy to stick to the basics, we offer:


Gogo’s Lemon Water

  • 8 ounces of warm water
  • juice of one organic lemon

Juice lemon into a glass of warm water and drink first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.

During a season that can sometimes be filled with over indulgence, stress or too much merriment, starting each day with a glass of warm lemon water, is possibly the easiest habit to adopt and the only one you won’t have to break in the new year.

You can read more about the specific health benefits if you have time-otherwise, trust that 102 years of LIVING WELL is enough to get you started.


The Cocktail to Know

The Moscow Mule’s was created at the Los Angeles Cock ‘n’ Bull pub in 1941 when marketer named John G. Martin, who was having trouble selling vodka to Americans, met the bar’s owner, Jack Morgan, who was having trouble selling his ginger beer.  The two got creative behind the bar and several variations later they had a cocktail that is wildly popular today. The Mule is often served in a copper mug, rumored to initially be provided by a third colleague with a large inventory of mugs to move.IMG_6738

The drink enjoyed tremendous popularity in 1950’s and 1960’s, it is one of our house favorites year-round for it’s simplicity (3 ingredients) and it’s zigny taste.

Like any simple recipe, the Mule provides a perfect base for creative variations. While enjoyed more complex versions (like the Wonkey Donkey at London’s Pollen Street Social) or subtle twists like adding cucumber (like everyone was serving in Berlin this fall) but for mixing at home when guests pop by we keep to the basics:

Moscow Mule

1/2 lime, squeeze fresh

2 oz vodka

Fever Tree ginger beer

Fill a tall glass with small ice cubes, squeeze juice from the lime, add the vodka and then top with ginger beer.  Garnish with a lime.

Keep these ingredients on hand and you will have a refreshing fix that is equally as delicious for those skipping the vodka.

Quick Tech 411-Tile

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.46.38 PMNew tech toy TILE has been making a lot of noise the week in advance of the product release on the 8th – potentially the perfect gift for anyone on your list who frequently looses their keys or the tv remote.

Here’s What We Know

Attach a Tile (1.4 inch white, water-resistant square) to an item and download the app (available for Apple iOS devices with Bluetooth and coming soon for Android) to set up tracking. Using Bluetooth, the app records the last place your Tile was located. When you begin tracking a lost item the app’s tracking circles let you know your progress-a little like “you’re getting warmer.” The Tile also plays chimes until it is located. You can name and track up to eight items and a Tile costs $15-$25 each depending upon quantity ordered.

The team behind this Silicon Valley startup envisions a community of Tilers, using their app for good.  If you pass by a lost item that has been Tiled, a location update will automatically be sent to the owner who is searching for that lost item. This concept of the “world’s largest lost and found” will only be as effective as the number of Tile users.

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Here’s a snappy video that’s way more fun than our description and a Pinterest page dedicated to the Top 50 Things to Tile.

Word on the Street

A little inside scoop from our guy in the know: stick to non-mobile items.  The search range is 100 feet-so skip the pets and small children for now.  Another challenge: Tile only works with Bluetooth, which with constant use drains the battery.  Other early adopters who helped crowdfund Tile tend to agree: the time saved finding things lost in the house is worth it-giving favorable reviews across the board.

Having weighed the cons against the fun of Tiling things-we’ve got our pre-order in and await the real deal next week.

Will you give Tile a try?


This week, after the gluttony of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the global community celebrated #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving – a virtual cleanse of sorts – a way to return to the basics and show the world a little love. Perhaps we can make this giving a habit and change #GivingTuesday to  #EverydayGiving.  As Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself  is to lose yourself in the service of others.” It’s widely accepted he knew a thing or two about this. 

Wake up the Happiness

Giving to others provides an instant social connection and has been found to increase happiness and physical well being, lower depression and reduce stress in a multitude of studies. As Anne Frank pointed out, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”


If you have a favorite non-profit, send them a donation today-or pick several and send them each a little something.  Nearly the entire global community is set up to receive your donations online.

If you need a suggestion:  Bay Area teen philanthropy group ChAngels is raising funds to build a school in a third world country next year with buildOn. Support these “Girls Making Change” and give the gift of education to some of the 57 million children who don’t have access to a classroom.

Find your people

If you want to volunteer your time and don’t know where to start or are looking to connect with people in your new city, give Volunteer Match a try.  Based upon your location and interests, this online service connects you with nonprofits that need you!  It’s fast, easy and gets you volunteering as soon as tomorrow!

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Keep a permanent bin or bag marked “To Give” and encourage your household to drop in things as they notice they no longer need. Don’t wait for the spring to clean, get in the habit of editing constantly. A few suggestions  to do with your gently loved items:

  • When you refresh your bathroom towels or bedding a local animal shelter, such as  Pets in Need, is a wonderful place to drop off  your linens.  Just beware you may come home with a new best friend.
  • When you realize you amassed a collection of hotel bathroom amenities, package in a ziploc bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and a $5 bill and pass this “Blessing Bag” along to someone in need. Shelters also have toiletries on their list of needed items.
  • When your children’s books need new home donate them to a children’s hospital for their waiting rooms-well siblings need some entertainment too.

Whatever you do to make the world a better place, know that no effort is ever wasted, no gesture too small and as a bonus, you’ll be healthier and happier in the process.