The NOCQUA 2000 contains everything you need to get started with the most extraordinary night paddling experience you have ever had. The set includes: Two waterproof LED light bars in a track system connected by our proprietary adjustable harness system, one 12V rechargeable water resistant lithium-ion battery, one UL approved 110V battery charger and one “Y” connector so one battery can power both light bars. NOCQUA 2000 LED Light System | Wantcy

The NOCQUA 2000 contains everything you need to get started with the most extraordinary night paddling experience you have ever had. The set includes: Two waterproof LED light bars in a track system connected by our proprietary adjustable harness system, one 12V rechargeable water resistant lithium-ion battery, one UL approved 110V battery charger and one “Y” connector so one battery can power both light bars. NOCQUA 2000 LED Light System | Wantcy

This week’s Friday Five checks in with designer Mark Gabbertas, who is celebrating 15 years in the design world this year. His career began working as a designer/maker and training as a cabinet maker, which honed his skills in time to set up Gabbertas Studios in 2002. While he comes to the table without formal training, he makes up for it with inspired ideas that have led him to become one of the UK’s most recognized talents. Friday Five with Mark Gabbertas - Design Milk

This week’s Friday Five checks in with designer Mark Gabbertas, who is celebrating 15 years in the design world this year. His career began working as a designer/maker and training as a cabinet maker, which honed his skills in time to set up Gabbertas Studios in 2002. While he comes to the table without formal training, he makes up for it with inspired ideas that have led him to become one of the UK’s most recognized talents. Friday Five with Mark Gabbertas - Design Milk

#FridayCocktail - Cuba Libre

#FridayCocktail – Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre. Mmmm…exotic and tropical. A Caribbean delight, for sure.

The North American translation; rum & coke. Exotic, not so much. But, with its rich history and many variations, still a popular choice. In fact, Wikipedia (and, how can we not take that for fact!) claims it as the world’s second most popular cocktail.

There are many stories tracing back the origins of the Cuba Libre. What we do…

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Here’s a countertop that’s billed as combining the best that nature and man have to offer. Engineered quartz, as its known, is made of quartz and flexible resins, a combination that has the strength of granite counters—with better impact resistance and more forgiving installation options. Remodeling 101: Engineered Quartz Countertops: Remodelista

Here’s a countertop that’s billed as combining the best that nature and man have to offer. Engineered quartz, as its known, is made of quartz and flexible resins, a combination that has the strength of granite counters—with better impact resistance and more forgiving installation options. Remodeling 101: Engineered Quartz Countertops: Remodelista

Are you loving the look of wallpaper, but intimated by the price, the installation, or simply can’t find a paper that suits your style? Try one of these faux wallpaper projects instead. Accent Wall Inspiration: DIY Faux Wallpaper | Apartment Therapy

Are you loving the look of wallpaper, but intimated by the price, the installation, or simply can’t find a paper that suits your style? Try one of these faux wallpaper projects instead. Accent Wall Inspiration: DIY Faux Wallpaper | Apartment Therapy

Orée is a new manufacturer of tech accessories, focusing on design and the use of natural products. Each item has a smooth, streamlined look and is made out of materials such as wood, marble, and leather. Wooden iPhone Charging Case, Keyboard and More by Orée - Design Milk

Orée is a new manufacturer of tech accessories, focusing on design and the use of natural products. Each item has a smooth, streamlined look and is made out of materials such as wood, marble, and leather. Wooden iPhone Charging Case, Keyboard and More by Orée - Design Milk

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What if you could find an alternative wine, which would offer you as much, or even more, than your usual choice of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio?

There is a grape variety that would match up perfectly with spring’s bounty of asparagus, fiddleheads or artichokes. My choice would be for the fresh and complex style of Grüner Veltliner from Austria.

What does it taste like? Well, it’s crisp…

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Even if you are a camera head this one is a surely needed addition. Its tiny size alongside its ease of use make it one of the most convenient digital cameras we have been using for dreamy snaps. There is never going to be the oft lived story of not finding the right cable for your camera as this one as a USB port built right in. You can then use this USB connection to transfer files as well as charge the camera. Oh and it looks good. What else do you want? Switch it on. Snap a picture. Clap your hands. Be happy! Superheadz Clap Camera | Wantcy

Even if you are a camera head this one is a surely needed addition. Its tiny size alongside its ease of use make it one of the most convenient digital cameras we have been using for dreamy snaps. There is never going to be the oft lived story of not finding the right cable for your camera as this one as a USB port built right in. You can then use this USB connection to transfer files as well as charge the camera. Oh and it looks good. What else do you want? Switch it on. Snap a picture. Clap your hands. Be happy! Superheadz Clap Camera | Wantcy

Tasted: Whites before Labour Day

Tasted: Whites before Labour Day

It’s a harsh reality; Labour Day is only a couple of weekends away. Ouch. Where did the summer go?

Make the best of the last warm days before back to school, back to work and yes, eventually, back to winter.

Here are a few of our favourite summer whites to enjoy by the lake, in the backyard and at those end of season barbecues.

Cheers, to another great summer!

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Now there’s a new way to monitor your heart rate during a workout: heart rate ear buds. Built-in sensors in the buds track the pulse of the blood rushing through your ears, just like pulse oximeters (those little devices doctors clip on your fingers at the hospital to check your oxygen saturation). Your heart rate info is then relayed directly to your smartphone for easy monitoring throughout your workout. And the entire time this is happening, you can still listen to your favorite playlist. You Can Monitor Your Heart Rate During Workouts With Earphones - Prevention.com

Now there’s a new way to monitor your heart rate during a workout: heart rate ear buds. Built-in sensors in the buds track the pulse of the blood rushing through your ears, just like pulse oximeters (those little devices doctors clip on your fingers at the hospital to check your oxygen saturation). Your heart rate info is then relayed directly to your smartphone for easy monitoring throughout your workout. And the entire time this is happening, you can still listen to your favorite playlist. You Can Monitor Your Heart Rate During Workouts With Earphones - Prevention.com

Essential poses and inspiration for runners—translate this wisdom from your mat to the road and become stronger, faster, and healthier. The Yoga Guide For Runners | Yoga Journal

Essential poses and inspiration for runners—translate this wisdom from your mat to the road and become stronger, faster, and healthier. The Yoga Guide For Runners | Yoga Journal

Montaña de Oro State Park, which gets its name from the gold wildflowers that bloom there each spring, is a backpacker’s dream: 8,000 acres of rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and canyons. Early birds can catch the sunrise with a cup of coffee at local favourite Back Bay Cafe, nestled on the shores of Morro Bay. A Postcard from Los Osos, California | Air Canada enRoute

Montaña de Oro State Park, which gets its name from the gold wildflowers that bloom there each spring, is a backpacker’s dream: 8,000 acres of rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and canyons. Early birds can catch the sunrise with a cup of coffee at local favourite Back Bay Cafe, nestled on the shores of Morro Bay. A Postcard from Los Osos, California | Air Canada enRoute

Spa Guide to find your perfect break Spa Guide (Condé Nast Traveller)

Spa Guide to find your perfect break Spa Guide (Condé Nast Traveller)

The Weird, The Wacky, The Wonderful

The Weird, The Wacky, The Wonderful

Little known fact: the above alliteration was the working title for the classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, but someone suggested The Good the Bad and the Ugly and that seems to fit better, so they dropped the original.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

If you believe that then I have some swampland in Florida I’m also pitching; but what a great name for a wine column with a few fun…

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