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solar-lid-light

Replace the lid of a normal Mason canning jar with a Solar Lid Light, and you'll have an emergency lantern you can use indoors or outdoors.  The lid has a water-resistant solar panel and rechargeable (and replaceable) batteries to power the bright LED lights.  They are available in either silver or rustic brown.  The Solar [...]

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dropcam-pro-1

I almost freaked out when I found an email from Dropcam in my inbox yesterday afternoon telling me that as an owner of an original Dropcam or Dropcam Echo, that my camera was no longer going to be supported and will stop working on April 15th. That was the bad news, but the good news is that Dropcam is [...]

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moodies-lightbulb-color-changer-2

I have several Philips Hue bulbs in my house that started with a Christmas gift last year and has grown over the year since then.  I love the ability to change the mood of my room by varying the intensity and the color of the lights, but it is an expensive setup.  The starter hub [...]

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ikea-bekant-convertible-desk

Have you thought about using a standing desk for all those health benefits you've read about, but you don't want to completely give up the option of sitting?  What if you could have one desk that functions as both a sitting and a standing desk?  And what if it's priced low enough that it won't destroy [...]

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quirky-plug-hub-2

Are you almost afraid to put your feet under your desk because it looks like a snake's den of cables under there?  With the Plug Hub from Quirky, you'll be able to tame that cable mess.  The Plug Hub is a 10.5" L x 3.5" W x 9.5" H black plastic box with a tray [...]

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shuttereaze-shutter-controller

We told you about Tilt My Blinds, a device that attaches to and automates your existing horizontal blinds.  But what if you have plantation shutters instead of blinds?  Well, there's a way to automate them, too.  A Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded, and ShutterEaze is currently production phase.  ShutterEaze requires you to mount the AA [...]

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hammacher-schlemmer-tv-mimic

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the FakeTV FTV-11 Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent.  It was a small device filled with LEDs that mimicked the flicker, glow, fading, and swelling of a TV screen as seen through a curtained window.  I used it and liked it, but I found that its own timer system didn't [...]

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afille-butter-warmer-dish

The Alfille Temperature Controlled Butter Dish promises to keep butter at your perfect spreading temperature.  It plugs in to a wall socket and is intended to operate 24/7.  It comes with a pre-set spreading temperature, but you can adjust it if you prefer your butter a bit softer or firmer.  It's designed to keep butter [...]

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dyson-cinetic

When I reviewed the Dyson Animal vacuum a year ago, I was impressed by its suction and overall cleaning ability. Dyson is well known for their convenient bagless design, but now they've improved things even more by ditching the filter. In other sweepers filters can clog if not cleaned regularly, which causes a loss of [...]

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kuna-wifi-security-light-2

Kuna isn't just a lighting fixture, of course.  This outdoor fixture also has a WiFi camera and intercom system built in.  You connect the Kuna fixture to an app on your Android or Apple phone, and Kuna can send you alerts whenever someone is at your door.  You can customize the app to notify you [...]

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vaporb-ultrasonic-humidifier

Winter is here with a vengeance, and you may be plagued with dry skin and static shocks as a result of the dry air the extreme cold brings.  The VapOrb USB Ultrasonic Humidifier can moisten your air and reduce your discomfort.  Best of all, it's only 2" in diameter, so you can take it with [...]

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eyevac-stationary-vacuum

Getting all the dirt you've swept up into the dustpan is like a line approaching an asymptote - it never actually happens.  The Eye Vac Professional stationary vacuum gets rid of the dustpan and sucks up all the dirt when you just sweep everything in front of the vacuum.  I've seen similar vacuums built in [...]

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izon07

I've not seen the need to get a security camera. I neither live in a huge, obviously-full-of-expensive-things home, nor in one of “those” areas where break-ins are common. But I do have this cute little dog, and when I'm gone, I often wonder just what he's up to - when he's not sleeping in his [...]

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incipio-home-automation-products

I use both Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo products to automate the lighting in my house.  I have to use two separate apps to control the products, so I was happy to hear about Apple's HomeKit, which promised to be a single, centralized solution to control all your home automation products.  Well, happy until I [...]

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elfa-sale

I've shown you pictures of my desk that I custom designed from Elfa components at the Container Store.  I designed a perfect desk for myself, and then I was able to easily turn that one person desk into a two-person desk when my husband wished he had a new desk, too.  That desk was built [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News

You want to have a smarter home - one that can notify you of events happening at home through your mobile device - but you don't have purchasing all new equipment in your budget.  You can make your current carbon monoxide and fire detectors smarter just by using a smart battery from Roost.  They say: [...]

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OKIDOKEYS-01

I hate keys. They get lost, freeze up, fall on the ground, take up space in my pocket, and scratch things like my smartphone. And, now that my car has keyless entry and ignition, I even get annoyed at cars that require me to dig in my pocket and take out the keys. Such a hassle. [...]

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dropcase-1

The Dropcam Pro is one of the most compact, easy to use, and polished wireless cameras on the market. Their greatest weakness is being an indoor-only product with no outdoor option. Over the past few years, other manufactures have created aftermarket enclosures to protect the Dropcam from the elements. But many of these products have come [...]

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planet-plates

You can have dinner on any of the planets of the Solar System without having to spend months traveling to get there with the Solar System Planet Plate Set.  These 10" melamine plates are decorated with images of the eight planets.  They are dishwasher safe, but melamine isn't microwave safe.  The Solar System Planet Plate [...]

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Bondic

Last year Julie was nice enough to send me a packet of Sugru in a care package. While I love the stuff, it is not always suitable for every fix I need. Enter Bondic liquid plastic welder. Bondic is not a glue, instead it is a liquid plastic that you use to bond surfaces together. [...]

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