Quick Tech 411: ‘Way-Nee-Loh’

Unknown-1 WANELO has all the things we Want, Need & Love!

WANT: A social network that gathers millions of products you want from over 350,000 stores worldwide-bringing them to you, the future WANELOer (trust us, you want to be one!) on your phone, tablet or desktop.

x200NEED: WANELO was founded by Deena Varshavskaya who simply wanted an easier way to shop online.  She spent two years and her savings to develop the site and persevered through 40 rejections for funding before officially launching in San Francisco in 2012. Deena represents what we need: more women entrepreneurs, more women in tech, more women taking risks, more women leading and more women following their passion!

LOVE: Clean, crisp and a pleasure to navigate, the WANELO site (for both men and women) is quickly customized  by you! The site is populated by curators, products and shops that you choose to follow based upon interest and you collect products as well through searches.  Similar in concept to collecting goodies and following pinners on Pinterest you then have the option to purchase the items you save.  Items you save, will generate similar or related products which will appear in your MAGIC feed, and, magically, we adore everything that has materialized there.

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We are just getting started in fact, feel free to send anything on our “Things I Want as Gifts” List! Happy shopping!

#EverydayGiving

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.”

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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. 

Thinking Pink!

Orange may be the new black, and the traditional dominate color of the season, but we know that pink is the true hue of October and rightly so.

Pink ribbonThe facts are staggering: one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cancer among women worldwide. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, over 220,000 women (and 2100 men) in the United States will be diagnosed this year and more than 40,000 will loose their battle. Early detection, better screening and improved treatment options and increased awareness have brought good news:  death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990 and the current 5-year survival rate, when the cancer is detected early, is 98%.

But the fact remains, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the US, and thankfully, there are many ways to support the efforts to cure, treats and prevent breast cancer throughout October. Whether it means you schedule a mammogram yourself, donate scarves for women going through treatment or join a walk to raise awareness, any effort in this fight can and will make a difference.  With so many options this month, we offer our own:

photoWe are  grateful to be able to share “The Silver Lining,” the story of Hollye Jacobs  (wife, mother, palliative care nurse, marathon runner and social worker) who was diagnosed with breast cancer at thirty-nine.  Unable to find encouraging, inspiring or even attractive books during her treatment, she wrote her own, chronicling her personal experience and showcasing her professional expertise. “The Silver Lining” is a playbook for both those diagnosed and for those supporting loved ones on their journey.  Filled with incredible photography by  Elizabeth Messina, the book is filled with the practical, the humorous and the hopeful and an absolute must for anyone touched by breast cancer.

It wouldn’t be LiveWell without a cocktail to celebrate this month of awareness.

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2 oz vodka

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz Simply rosemary*

1 oz fresh watermelon juice

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 5-6 large ice cubes, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with anything pink and enjoy.

Tell us how you will join the efforts this month, how are you thinking pink?  The first five followers who do will receive a bottle of our SIMPLY rosemary, the house-made rosemary infused simple syrup featured in the Think Pink! cocktail.