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March 18, 2019

Invented in 1983 as a small doll for his daughter Kate, Chris Wigg’s Polly Pocket was tiny and cartoon-like. By 1989, Polly was licensed and launched by Bluebird Toys in Swindon, England, complete with her own little home. During the 90’s, toy giant Mattel distributed...

February 25, 2019

One of the places we often express our confidence is on our feet.

From athletic shoes to heels, our footwear helps us express ourselves and can be as unique as we are.

Our shoes as ourselves:

A study by researcher Russell W. Belk (University of Utah) speaks to the power o...

January 15, 2019

With a new year, you’ve turned the page on a previous chapter. Where this story goes next is all up to you.

Once you have determined the changes you plan to make this year, there is power in writing it down, in the declaration itself. What starts out as simple words on...

December 17, 2018

I will be honest: I’m no cook. I fancy myself more of an expert re-heater.

Beyond that, I love to eat and am immensely grateful for home cooking and the hands that prepare the foods, flavors and aromas that are apart of us, that we grew up with, and that take us back. 

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November 15, 2018

Starfish are shooting stars that fell in love with the sea.” ― Marie-Louise Gay

 

Found in all the world’s oceans, a wondrous symbol of intuition and perception is the mysterious and ancient starfish.

Over 450 million years old, the sea star is an entirely sensory creatu...

October 17, 2018

Celebrating all that old-school fiscal wisdom, is stately Queen Cash.

Called a till in the U.K., this vintage machine was beautifully effective at securing many a merchants’ hard-earned cash.

The first cash register was invented just after the Civil War. James Ritty owne...

September 20, 2018

There is no better illustration of the beauty and fulfillment that can be found in daily industriousness than the hummingbird. These busy little birds are a colorful, speedy example of grit.

At times it can be a challenge to keep yourself motivated, day after day, as yo...

August 15, 2018

Remember when we actually spoke live to another person. Heard their voice, their inflections, their emotions and laughter? The letters LOL will never replace the sound of laughter. Period.

The awesome old telephones were never meant to replace interaction. It was for br...

July 16, 2018

One of the obvious symbols of change in nature is the butterfly, and its cousin: the moth.

Compared to the butterfly, the moth is often left unappreciated.

Compared to the 17,500 species of butterfly, there are 160,000 kinds of moths. They are survivors and adapters. Bey...

June 15, 2018

I don’t know what it is about summer and yard sales, but here in sunny SoCal, they can easily ease into a party somehow. It was during one of these so-called sales where the ladies in the Cocktail Swim duo were getting their more-exclusive party on, in the cool in...

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