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interests:mod, modern, futuristic + space-age design, technology, music, books, blogs + adventures
resides:sixties vintage prefab in silicon valley between yahoo + google since summer 2005, but we lived in a tiny apartment in oakland,ca before that
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mod*tot's bing nursery school carnival was so much fun! she played all the carnival games with her friends. they caught "fish", tossed bean bags, painted cookies, made hand prints, navigated the obstacle course, cakewalked, + watched the stanford marching band, with tree + dancers perform their loud + lively show. i used room&board big orange cantilevered umbrellas to create a subtle entry archway that looked perfect with the rolling green wooded campus + shaded the registration area.
by ~mod*mom~ at 28.8.08 Â© 4 comments
i apologize i am way behind with picking + posting giveaway winners. i have been working on a tracking system to organize them + get them caught up. this project is very important to me, but is hard to manage in addition to being a full-time mom with ongoing physical therapy + doctor visits, + i keep getting distracted. plus i'll be homeschooling mod*tot starting in september. i hope to have the giveaway winners all picked + posted by the end of next week! i super appreciate all my pals + sponsors. thank you :)
illustration: julia's flickr
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.8.08 Â©
Sunday Streets San Francisco august 31 + september 14 9am-1pm
is a 4 1/2 mile route stretching from Bayview to Chinatown along the Embarcadero will be open to physical activity. this route will be closed to traffic + allow for biking, walking, jogging + physical activity of all kinds. it's free + open to all. travel the route + explore free activities along the way. explore new neighborhoods. exercise + have fun. try your hand at yoga or dance. bring your kids for special children's activities. run the bases at AT&T Park + more...
the 1st event is the same sunday as slow food nation, so we'll bring our skates + mod*tot's big pink jogging stroller + her skates + scooter :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.8.08 Â© 5 comments
Slow Food Rocks will bring together Phil Lesh and Friends, Gnarls Barkley, Ozomatli, The New Pornographers, Medeski Martin & Wood and G Love & Special Sauce and the John Butler Trio for 2 days of concerts coinciding with Slow Food Nation. this will be world-class music with magical views of the bay + Golden Gate Bridge from the Great Meadow at Fort Mason.
"in a rare, hometown appearance, Phil Lesh and Friends will headline the concert on Sunday, August 31. the latest formation of Phil and Friends, including Lesh (the Grateful Dead’s bassist), is Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, fiddle), Jackie Greene (vocals and guitar), Steve Molitz (keyboards) + John Molo (drums). Sunday’s other performers include G Love & Special Sauce + the John Butler Trio."
Slow Food Nation is sourcing all of the food + beverage vendors for the music festival, showcasing the best in good, clean + fair foods, micro-brews + wine. bring your own reusable water bottle, as Slow Food Nation strives to be a zero-waste event.tickets for Slow Food Rocks are on sale now at slowfoodrocks.com
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.8.08 Â©
slow food nation victory gardens installed at san francisco city hall
Slow Food Nation festival of food + music san francisco august 30-31
saturday, august 30 11am–3pm + 5pm–9pm sunday, august 31 11am–3pm + 5pm–9pm $45-$65 at fort mason center festival pavilion
The Taste Pavilions present an unprecedented opportunity to sample the regional foods of America, with products from every state hand-picked by ‘curators’ who are nationally recognized experts in a particular type of food.
organized into 15 distinct pavilions within the 50,000 square foot pier at Fort Mason. each pavilion will offer 2 types of food plates, flights + snacks, + connect visitors with the artisans’ process via unique displays + demonstrations. Strawberries + cream will be hand-cranked into ice cream at the Ice Cream Pavilion; stuffed breads + pizzas will be baked outside in the tandoori + wood-burning ovens of the Bread Pavilion; quick pickles will be brined at the Pickles & Chutney Pavilion. The Taste Pavilions represent Beer, Bread, Charcuterie, Cheese, Chocolate, Coffee, Fish, Honey + Preserves, Ice Cream, Native Foods, Olive Oil, Pickles + Chutney, Spirits, Tea + Wine.
to provide a backdrop to the unique and delicious foods, the bay area’s most celebrated architects have worked pro-bono to design the Taste Pavilions.the slow food rocks festival looks great + there will be lots of free slow food events around the city like the market place + victory gardens at the civic center. some downtown streets will be blocked off for san francisco sunday streets, a big free block party for pedestrians, cyclists, cyclists, hula hoopers... to enjoy the streets with physical activity.
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.8.08 Â©
dwell magazine conversations :: san francisco museum of modern art
this is going to be spectacular! it's tomorrow night + i can't wait!
top design innovators give insights into creating modern products.
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.8.08 Â© 3 comments
we went to fairyland + got a sneak preview of the fairy music farm.
it opens next saturday + will feature musical bridges + benches, fairy musician murals + organic food garden. i love the beautiful gates!
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.8.08 Â© 15 comments
please watch stand up to cancer september 5 at 8pm on abc, nbc, + cbs!!!
stand up to cancer is an historic event uniting the nation in fighting cancer.
if you click "join now" + register for social vibe, social vibe+ apple will each donate $1 to stand up to cancer, a telethon raising funds to conquer cancer.
then you have the option to make a badge for your blog or social media page + encourage your friends to join social vibe to support good causes.
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.8.08 Â© 6 comments
birth of cool :: california art, design, + culture at midcentury
if you're around the san francisco bay area, check this out!
by ~mod*mom~ at 14.8.08 Â© 4 comments
StandUpToCancer television event
september 5, 2008
8pm et/pst on ABC, CBS, NBC
stand up to cancer will be a history-making interactive television special, uniting the nation as it is simultaneously aired on ABC, CBS + NBC to raise money + awareness for cancer research, early detection + treatment. it will feature 50+ stars of tv, film, sports, music + cancer science.
Stand Up To Cancer is designed to educate, inspire + entertain. jennifer aniston, scarlett johansson, charlize theron, christina applegate, meryl streep + sally field (the flying nun! i was her for halloween in 1st grade) are appearing along with dozens of other celebrities + sports figures. segments on cutting-edge research, reported by network news anchors katie couric, charles gibson, + brian williams, will include intimate dialogue with renowned scientists who are making big, potentially life-saving discoveries.
p.s. i'll be interviewing many of the emmy nominated performers next month! yipeee! i hope i get to meet sally field + the performers from ugly betty, project runway, 30 rock, boston legal, dancing with the stars, the office, saturday night live, desperate housewives, house, conan obrien, jimmy kimmel, david letterman, jay leno, extreme makeover home edition, samatha who + flight of the conchords!!! have any question suggestions?
by ~mod*mom~ at 12.8.08 Â© 9 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: 3 boxes of eco-friendly back to school supplies $150
whole foods market wants to prepare mod*mom readers for back to school!
can you believe it?! it’s time to start thinking about back to school. in addition to finding out about classes, teachers, schedules + readjusting to waking up to an alarm clock, back to school is the perfect opportunity to embrace a more eco-conscious lifestyle, from shampoo to an outfit for the first day of school to binders, backpacks, books + lunch!
tip 1: look for organic + chemical free personal care + body products. for a complete list of chemicals to avoid, check out the skin deep database.
tip 2: incorporate green into your clothing choices for the 1st day of school. cotton is among the most pesticide-laden + water-intensive crops in the world, which is why purchasing organic cotton is so vital. eco-fashion can be everything from vintage to recycled fibers like bamboo, hemp, recycled denim, + even cork for shoes!
tip 3: when shopping for school supplies, purchase recycled binders + post-consumer notebooks + dividers, like those by new leaf paper (made in the usa + available at whole foods market). look into refillable or recycled pens + pencils, auspen markers, mainstream office supply stores + companies with green initiatives, + online eco-office supply databases.
tip 4: save money + trees by reusing + recycling reading materials! visit the library, research on the web, swap books + look for used books at local or online stores.to enter to win a selection of fabulous eco-friendly back to school supplies, leave me a comment telling me your favorite "eco-friendly" back-to-school tips, before midnight, monday september 1 (back to school podcast)
(include your email address + your url, so i can contact you when you win!)
by ~mod*mom~ at 10.8.08 Â© 203 comments
that's me on martha's site in the blue box on the left. it says Mod Mom!!!
(click the image to hear my martha stewart floor designs by FLOR podcast)
enter my summer vacation giveaways!
mod*tot had her last day of nursery school + it's summer vacation + time to relax + have fun, but also organize + prepare our home for the start of kindergarten...
martha stewart :: eco-friendly large area carpet $320+
wall candy :: graphic decal sets $250
by ~mod*mom~ at 8.8.08 Â©
sunday, mod*tot's pop (in lime green helmet) escaped bike crash
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.8.08 Â© 13 comments
i saw this very mod computer last night at yelp's fabulous 1st annual bash at the computer history museum with apple employee #1 daniel kottke as my personal docent! i LOVE computers + what they can do for us moms.
this computer is actually a mod orange in real life + i got to push the buttons + look inside the plastic visor. the price was $10,400 at neiman marcus, but it says, "there is no evidence any units were ever sold."daniel gave me a fascinating personal tour of the highlights of the museum, including the early apple computers he worked on + earlier computers that inspired woz, steve jobs + him to create the apple personal computers. he also showed me the grandfather of american computers, a united states census computer with dials + punch cards that cut the census tallying time from 7 years down to 3 years. there are so many computers. i've got to go back with daniel for an intensive look at all of them. the computer history museum is a fabulous website + free museum you should check out + yelp is a wonderful website for reading + writing reviews of businesses + services like this + everything in your community from restaurants to dentists to schools.
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.8.08 Â© 8 comments
here's a sneak preview teaser of my interview from BlogHer '08 + cafepress
i'm about #6. blink + you'll miss me. whole video interview coming soon...
notice i'm carrying the awesome dv5t entertainment laptop from hp
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.8.08 Â© 9 comments
an aptera could be parked in front of your house by christmas!
test drives of the 230 mpg hybrid begin in december.
aptera just sent me this news update:
Our goal is to start production in the 4th quarter of this year with the release of the “All Electric” version. We will produce in limited volumes initially and then gradually ramp up production throughout 2009. Production of the “Plug-in Electric Hybrid” is planned for late 2009 with deliveries commencing in 2010. Test drives will be possible following the start of production.
here's a link to my earlier post with amazing aptera pictures
by ~mod*mom~ at 3.8.08 Â© 5 comments
enter my summer vacation giveaways
whole foods market :: natural hair care products $150
martha stewart :: eco-friendly large area carpet $300+
wall candy :: graphic decal sets $250
by ~mod*mom~ at 1.8.08 Â©