She Knew Why the Caged Bird Sings

Like many others, I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of our great inspirations, Maya Angelou today. So, in her honor here is one of my favorite of her quotes.

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Grilled Cheese Falling from the Sky

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So you got a little carried away at Thursday happy hour, and now you’re struggling through Friday just wishing a grilled cheese would drop from the sky and ease your suffering for a bit. Any hungover person has thought this very same thing (though maybe they wished for a bacon egg and cheese, or a diet Pepsi). The only thing that has now changed is what was previously a daydream is now a reality thanks to an adventurous Australian pop-up restaurant called Jafflechutes. Basically, these fun-loving Aussies like jumping out of planes, and they like jaffles (the word down under for grilled cheese). They are not in it for the money, but the sheer whimsical-ness of receiving a sandwich from the heavens.

They are bringing their operation to NYC sometime soon. If you’re interested in taking part in the fun, all you have to do is follow them on facebook and twitter where they will announce the day before they’ll be dropping snacks out of planes. Then you order your sandwich ($5 for cheese and tomato and $6 for cheese and ham), and find the secret location of an X marked on the ground where a parachuter will arrive with your meal in it’s own mini parachute for the effect. Sounds like a fun way to get lunch!

Sunglasses That Will Tell You If You Lose Them

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Generally, I am pretty responsible with my belongings. I’m not the girl who is always losing or breaking her phone, but if there is one item in life that I am always losing (or breaking) it’s my sunglasses. Those babies just have a way of going missing. They fall off my head when I get carried away in a big hug. I I have tossed them in my purse, but I missed and threw them on the floor. They are sucked into the magical recesses of deep couches, and crevasses next to car seats that claim so many other mysteriously lost items. Or, at least this is what I imagine happened to them, because in reality, most of the sunglasses I have lost have never been found again.

This nasty little habit has led me to buy lots of cheap sunglasses, never wanting to spend too much, since I will inevitably misplace them. Even though I want nice sunglasses, I just can’t be trusted.

However, technology has come to my rescue again, in the form of a technologically savvy shade that will text you when you get too far away from your sunglasses. If you’re one of those people who often loses their phone in the same place, this might not be your solution, but for the rest of us it’s pretty handy. The Tzukuri sunglasses are Bluetooth-enabled, and come paired with an app that will give you notifications on your phone when you are 16 feet, 32 feet, and 50 feet away. If you manage to get farther than that from them without noticing all of these alerts, you can look at the app’s map to find them geographically.

The only catch? They’re a bit pricier than your average pair at $350, but if you pre-order now, you can get $100 off the regular price. And they have 100% UV protection, and are handmade with 8 quality control checks – more than you can say for your $5 sidewalk sunglasses. The Japanese brand also practically guarantees they will flatter your face by analyzing thousands of faces to create six designs in three sizes that will “fit harmoniously with a broader range of face structures.” You’ll not only feel good for never losing your sunglasses again, but you’ll look good too.

Vitamin D Linked to Better Cancer Survival Rates

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When I think of cancer, and then I think of the sun, the first association that comes to mind is BAD! Sunscreen! Moles! I have very fair freckly skin, and as such, have to be extra careful with my sunscreen application to avoid the ever-dreaded skin cancer. It’s a constant battle for me because I love being active and being outdoors. If it’s summer, I am at the beach. If it’s winter, I’m trying to go skiing. In fall and spring there’s a good chance I am taking long walks in the park or going for a hike. But now, a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism says that the sun might not be 100% bad when it comes to cancer. (Though you definitely shouldn’t go and abandon your sunscreen tube just yet).

They found that the vitamin D we get from the sun’s rays can impact cancer patients’ survival rates, and length of time spent in remission. Those with the highest levels of Vitamin D in their bodies had the best outcomes when compared to those who didn’t have enough Vitamin D coursing through their systems. The benefit was most marked for those living with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lymphoma. Just another reason to welcome the beautiful spring weather coming our way.