Girls Bikes: Best of 2010

Young girls will always remember that intoxicating feel of freedom as they make that initial ride around the neighborhood on their first big girls’ bike.  I know I remember mine. As parents, we want our kids to have that same experience, but it’s a daunting task to choose a bike that girls will want to ride and provide safety at …

Bikes For Kids

There are important factors when choosing a bike for kids. See also our Girls Bikes: Best of 2010. With the way kids grow, parents can be attracted to cheaper price tags or to buying big with the idea of growing into it, but this can actually turn out to be more costly in the long run. A bike made with …

Home Coffee Roasters: 5 Efficient Choices

Home coffee roasting, once considered an exotic practice only for the hardcore coffee drinker, has seen a rebirth in recent years. Coffee lovers everywhere are embracing this surprisingly simple and efficient way to enjoy the best tasting coffee around. Once a common practice in American households, the 20th century onslaught of commercial coffee roasters and instant coffee virtually wiped out …

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Ten Green Toys

With the recent rash of toy recalls due to the use of harmful lead paints and suspected dangerous plastics containing phthalates and BPA, parents are demanding toys made with non-toxic, non-hazardous materials. Economic times being what they are, it helps to know you’re hard-earned money is going to trustworthy, earth-friendly companies.  By using renewable materials such as bamboo, rubberwood, organic …

Efficient Glass Cleaner: Sprayway

Recently, I received a can of Sprayway claiming to be the “World’s Best Glass Cleaner”. I quickly put it to the test in the bathroom after my 3 kids were done with their morning routine of spraying toothpaste and hair products all over the mirror. I was impressed. It cleared the destruction with a few quick swipes and didn’t leave …

Men’s Road Bikes Under $1000

As a follow up to the Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000, here’s one for the fellas. With road bike sales climbing daily, men everywhere are giving up their mid-life crisis sports car purchases in favor of the greener and more fitness-conscious choice of a sleek road bike. We all want to be Lance Armstrong ripping up those hills, developing some …

Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000

With the popularity of triathlons and charity bike rides reaching a fevered pitch, road bike sales have sky rocketed. The thrill of flying down a hill on your bike, the wind in your…. uh, helmet of course, is not just for kids anymore. Adults are embracing the love of the bicycle once again and recognizing the benefits bikes can have …

Wool Clothing for Biking Commuters

Does the idea of making that chilly morning commute dressed in wool leave you scratching like a sheep in need of a haircut?  Think again. Gone are the days of itchy wool clothing. Merino wool is not only durable, but soft and comfortable. It’s the best natural material for wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping your body temperature …