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Here’s the true secret to easily spreadable butter

on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

It seems many people are looking for the perfect method for buttering up their toasts and bagels.  Julie was disappointed with the knife that promised to use the heat of her hand to make butter spreadable that she reviewed yesterday.  As Julie mentioned, butter can actually be left out on the counter without refrigeration, butRead More…

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ScoopThat! and SpreadThat! self-warming ice cream scoop and butter knife review

on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I love ice cream and I love butter, but what I don’t love is having to wait for them to soften and melt so that I can scoop and spread them. Is there a solution other than just waiting? Maybe… The self-warming ScoopTHAT and SpreadTHAT ice scream scoop and butter knife claim to solve theseRead More…

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Walhub switch plate storage review

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Do you frequently misplace your keys in your house or apartment? Share your keys with others in your household and need a common access point? Like to dump your keys as soon as you come in so they’ll be accessible when you leave? Leave outgoing mail near the door so you don’t forget to postRead More…

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Get ready for Oktoberfest with Das Can-In-Stein

on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Your barware might not include expensive ceramic or metal beer steins, but you can simulate the look with these Das Can-In-Stein beverage can holders.  Simply slip any standard 12 ounce can into the “scaffolding”, and you’ll have a stein, complete with handle and thumb-opened hinged lid.  Although it looks like pewter, Das Can-In-Stein is madeRead More…

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Save space with collapsible buckets

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Janet recently turned me on to the Tiny House Nation TV show on the FYI channel. While I know I will never be able to talk Jeanne into downsizing to a 500 or smaller square foot house, I can’t help but dream about minimizing and simplifying all our junk. I love watching the Tiny HouseRead More…

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Viatek Night Stars Landscape Lighting review

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she’s been asking when I was going to put “Fairy Lights”  in the trees around the house.  I’ve been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were “who needsRead More…

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These SmartPlanet lunch containers expand to hold your lunch and flatten for the trip home

on Monday, August 18th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

SmartPlanet has a line of lunch containers that flatten up for compact carrying home after the lunch is eaten.  More importantly for people with not much storage in the kitchen, they don’t take up a lot of storage space, either.  The Collapsible Eco Meal Kits have BPA-free silicone bases that open to hold your food,Read More…

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Simplify your home automation with the SmartThings Hub and app

on Sunday, August 17th, 2014

There are a lot of home automation devices out there, each with their own app. As you work towards the smart home of your dreams, before long, you’ll have multiple apps for your multiple devices. You can simplify things by controlling everything with the SmartThings Hub and iOS/Android app (you’ll need at least iOS 7.0Read More…

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TaoTronics Elune Dimmable LED Desk Lamp review

on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Who doesn’t need a desk lamp? How about an energy efficient LED desk lamp? Often when I think of LED lighting, I think of the sometimes harsh blue tinted lights, but the TaoTronics Elune Dimmable LED Desk Lamp has several light settings so it is time to set my presuppositions aside and give it aRead More…

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Lynktec GripStand tablet stand review

on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

There’s a new-ish technology being used in many items, and I’m kinda digging it. It’s the microsuction tech being used by case and stand makers for securing items to smooth surfaces. The folks at Lynktec use it to hold their new GripStand to the back of an iPad or tablet – or even a flat, smoothRead More…

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Tape measure + pencil = PencilMan

on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and bestRead More…

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Neolid Twizz is a travel cup with a twist

on Monday, August 11th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Neolid Twizz is a plastic 12 ounce cup made in France of light weight, waterproof and insulating plastic. So far that sounds pretty boring right? The interesting feature of this cup is the specially designed twisting lid that opens and closes with a twist. The lid opens like an iris or camera shutter andRead More…

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ClockONE is an insanely cool E-ink clock with an equally insane price tag

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

The ClockONE from Twelve24 is simple and beautiful. It’s a wall mountable 39.37 x 13.78 inches (1000 x 350 mm) clock that features a digital display that uses E-ink. The clock runs for one year on one CR2450 button battery and mounts to the wall with a magnet. I love the look of it andRead More…

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ReadyMax offers hand tools with built-in lights

on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When you’re using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices insteadRead More…

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No more waiting, now you can spread butter right from the fridge

on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Or at least that is what the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife claims to be able to do. The unique thing about this hi-tech kitchen gadget is that it doesn’t use any electricity to warm the knife. It uses a non-toxic titanium coating to conduct the heat from your hand down to the blade, allowing you toRead More…

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No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

on Friday, August 8th, 2014

I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting aRead More…

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KitchenAid brings a whole new look to the SodaStream Sparkling Beverage Maker

on Friday, August 8th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Julie reviewed the SodaStream a few years ago and determined it was an economical way to make your own sodas at home.  It gives you the option to make regular, diet, and caffeine-free sodas and flavored waters, but it did look a bit utilitarian.  Big deal, you might say, but there are some people outRead More…

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Control your Philips Hue lights without a smart device

on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I have a set of Philips Hue lights that I got for Christmas last year that can light up my living room and foyer with white light or with colored lights – whatever I choose.  I can define light “recipes” where I can make each Hue bulb whatever color I want so set the moodRead More…

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The Android app for Belkin’s WeMo line of home automation products is now available

on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

I reviewed the Belkin WeMo Smart Home Automation Switch about a year ago, and at the time, you really needed an iOS device to control the products.  There was an Android app, but it was in beta, but Belkin announced late last month that the Android app is ready.  Just like with the iOS appRead More…

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Your refreshments will be assimilated by the Borg

on Monday, August 4th, 2014

This cute little Borg Cube can keep your food or beverages at the proper temperature.  It has a temperature switch, so you can refrigerate or warm the contents.  It measures 11.5″ in each dimension on the outside, and the storage area inside is 6″ x 7.5″ x 8.25″.  It’s more like a desk-top fridge than aRead More…

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Microwave your lunch in your lunch bag and eat directly from it, too

on Monday, August 4th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

We’ve mentioned a couple of different Unikia products for carrying your lunch in the past.  One was a Compleat Robust lunch box, one was a Compleat FoodSkin that cradled your sandwich to keep it together as you assembled it (see related posts at the end of this article).  Today’s product is the Compleat FoodBag.  Like theRead More…

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Is the Ripple a bowl with a detachable plate or a plate with a detachable bowl?

on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

How many times have you dreamt about an easy way to carry around a bowl of soup with a sandwich? Your dreams have come true with the Ripple Bowl. The Ripple Bowl is a BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe bowl with a convenient handle and a detachable bowl. The bowl locks and unlocks fromRead More…

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Office Star Space REVV 86 Series SpaceFlex manager’s chair review

on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Choosing the perfect office chair can be as difficult as choosing the perfect pair of sneakers, jeans, mattress or car. Everyone has their own criteria of what feels good to them. That’s probably why I’ve had the same office chair for the last 20 or more years. Wow, I didn’t even realize I’ve had theRead More…

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The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is controlled with hand gestures

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn’t want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither… But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head.Read More…

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This simple doodad can make using a ceiling fan easier

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

There’s nothing world-changing about the Harbor Breeze Brushed Nickel and White Pull Chain set, but it will make it plainly obvious to everyone in your family and to visitors which chain turns on the light attached to the ceiling fan and which adjusts the fan speed.  The brushed nickel chain pulls look like a tiny light bulbRead More…