Content Nav Menu 
tiltmyblinds-2

Turn your existing blinds into motorized blinds with this Kickstarter project

on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

We have 1″ wood venetian blinds in all our windows.  Most of our windows are floor-to-ceiling length, and they have long tilt adjustment wands that I can reach.  The windows in our sunroom are placed at ceiling height, but they stop about 3 feet above the floor, and their tilt wands are too short forRead More…

DualSaw Destroyer CS 650-1

DualSaw Destroyer CS 650 review

on Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Although I am not a great handyman I get by. I know my circular saws from my reciprocating saws, my regular drill from my hammer drill, my sledge-hammer from my claw hammer. So when new ideas or technology comes on the market and we get a chance to review it I jump at the chance.Read More…

compact-chopsticks1

Are those chopsticks in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Collapsible Compact Chopsticks from Integral Design will make sure you always have a set of eating utensils when you need them. No need to use those paper wrapped wooden chopsticks at your favorite noodle shop when you have this set. They measure 4″ when collapsed and 8″ when assembled and are available in sixRead More…

moma-ramen-spoon-fork

Here’s the perfect tool for eating ramen!

on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Unlike a spork with just the suggestion of fork tines on the front of the spoon’s bowl, the Ramen Spoon/Fork has a spoon bowl with actual tines sticking off the front.  MOMA says this fork is designed for eating ramen noodles.  It was designed for MOMA by Masami Takahashi and originally “created for use at theRead More…

magic-tap-automatic-drink-dispenser-2

With the Magic Tap, even young children can pour themselves a drink without making a mess

on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you have young children who have reached that “I can do it myself” age, you know what a time bomb a gallon jug of milk can be. Install a Magic Tap Automatic Drink Dispenser on the milk jug, and even young children can dispense milk or other beverage without even needing to lift theRead More…

skydrop1

skydrop sprinkler controller checks the weather before watering your lawn

on Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Skydrop is a smart controller that connects directly to your lawn sprinkler system using WiFi. It can measure the soil conditions of your yard like humidity, temperature, wind, solar radiation and slope along with hyper-local weather data to help create a watering schedule that will conserve both water and money by preventing over watering. SkydropRead More…

kinsa

Track your family’s temperature readings with the Kinsa Smart Thermometer

on Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a smartphone connected digital thermometer that is compatible with a variety of iOS and Android devices (see compatibility info). The name “Kinsa” comes from the words Kinder, meaning child, and Kin, meaning family. The thermometer is thin and flexible for comfort and plugs into the headphone jack of the mobileRead More…

balls_of_steel_02

Balls of Steel with Arctic Core review

on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

About a year and a half ago I reviewed a set of Balls of Steel, a drink cooler with a snappy name and ties to testicular cancer research; fifteen percent of their net profits are donated towards the cause.  They recently reached out again to ask if I’d like to review their version 2.0–Balls ofRead More…

matt-ferguson-star-wars-art

Matt Ferguson’s Star Wars Trilogy on sale for a very limited time

on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These Star Wars art prints by Matt Ferguson allow you to pay homage to your favorite movies and add some artwork to your home or office.  These prints are very limited edition.  If you want one, you’ll need to place an order before Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 11:59PM ET.  The actual number of printsRead More…

champ-emergency-preparedness-1

September is National Preparedness Month – let Champ Preparedness help you get prepared

on Friday, September 5th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don’t have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to yourRead More…

philips-hue-lux-connected-lighting-2

Philips now offers a warm-white LED bulb for their Hue WiFi-connected lighting system

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

My mission is to automate the lighting in my house.  I don’t have to have every light connected to the internet, but I would like to have WiFi-connected and controllable bulbs in certain rooms in my house.  I got the Hue Starter Kit for Christmas last winter, and I use them in my living roomRead More…

mcthomas

Dyson unveils the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In all my gadget reviewing years, I have yet to try or even test a robotic vacuum cleaner. It hasn’t been from lack of desire, I just haven’t found one worth trying – till now. Today in Tokyo, Dyson unveiled the Dyson 360 Eye cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner and it looks very impressive. From itsRead More…

verilux-cleanwave-sanitizing-vacuum-2

Reduce germs and sanitize while you vacuum with this Verilux vacuum

on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When my daughter recently moved into her dorm room, the first thing I did was put a mattress encasement on that mattress that had been used for years by people doing who knows what.  shudder!  I wish I had had this Verilux vacuum with me, too.  The CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Vacuum is a hand-held model that isRead More…

belkin-wemo-lighting-kit

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set is finally shipping

on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Actually, they’ll be shipping on September 18, 2014, but Belkin is finally taking pre-orders for these WiFi-controllable light bulbs.  I’ve used Belkin WeMo Switches for a long time now.  I have lamps plugged into them around my house, and the Switches are programmed to turn my lights on at sunset and off several hours later.Read More…

nunaleaf-1

Rockabye baby automatically with the Nuna LEAF

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Parents who are looking for a battery, electricity and noise free way of gently getting their little ones to sleep should look into the Nuna LEAF. It’s a leaf shaped chair attached to a sturdy frame that can be locked into a stationary position or unlocked to swivel side to side with a slight push.Read More…

sumo-omnire-1

Sumo Lounge Omni Reloaded review

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I love my Lazy Boy couch and my double recliner, but most furniture items want you to adapt to them instead of the other way around.  You can’t easily move a recliner around your home from room to room or fold it up and shove it under the bed when you don’t need it. But withRead More…

erlenmeyer-flask-salt-and-pepper

Come up to the lab and see what’s on the … err, what’s cooking

on Friday, August 29th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I’ve heard the expression that baking is science and cooking is an art (meaning that baking requires more precise measurements, temperatures, and times, while cooking is a bit more forgiving), but as any chemist knows, it’s all just chemistry.  This cute salt and pepper set lends an air of the chemistry lab to your kitchen.Read More…

buck-travelmate-1

Buck Knives 941 Travelmate Kit review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let’s take aRead More…

butter-crocks

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…

scoopthat-1

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…

Walhub with heavy items

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…

das-can-in-stein-2

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…

collapsible-bucket2

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…

IMG_4040

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…

eco-collapsible-lunch-containers-2

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…