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Ninja Ultima Blender BL830CB review

By: Cheri Henderson
on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

No, I’m not Bill Henderson, aka Mr. Headphones. I’m his wife, Cheri. And let me start this review by telling you a little about what it’s like to be the wife of Bill Henderson. I’m a freelance writer and editor who works out of a home office. I spend a lot of time on the Read More…

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Mark your baked goods with your name

on Monday, April 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You work hard to make beautiful, tasty pie crusts, cookies, and other pastries, so you should be proud to have everyone know you made them.  With a Personalized rolling pin from ValekRollingPins on Etsy, you can have a rolling pin custom engraved with your name.  The rolling pins are made of beech, and they are Read More…

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Keep your phone in your pocket – even while you sleep

on Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I use my iPhone as my only alarm clock these days.  Combine being blind as a bat, early-morning grogginess, and not remembering exactly where I put my iPhone on my night table before falling asleep, and I have to do some serious fumbling to find the phone and shut off the alarm in the morning. Read More…

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Magically turn on your lights with a wave of your hand using the iON capacitive switch

By: Kathleen Chapman
on Friday, April 11th, 2014

You’ve just come home to a dark house and your arms are full of groceries. With the wave of an arm or hand over the iON capacitive switch, you can turn on (or off) your lights without having to set your groceries down! And for the germaphobes out there, you no longer have to touch Read More…

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Keep your personal information safe with a Fellowes shredder

on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This post brought to you by Fellowes, Inc. . All opinions are 100% mine. In the past couple of years, I’ve read stories about two medical clinics in my area dumping patient records.  They didn’t shred them; they just set boxes of records full of patients’ personal and medical information out by the dumpster behind Read More…

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Pamper your dry, itchy skin

on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

My hands are always drier than the desert, and the skin on my knuckles is usually cracked and often bleeding.  This used to happen to me only in the winter, but it’s a year-round thing for me now.  I slather on lotion, but it’s cold and stings.  The Heated Lotion Dispenser from Sharper Image will Read More…

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Cut like a caveman

on Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Primative Stainless Steel Knife brings the flint flake tool of prehistoric time into the present.  This 8.7″ handleless knife is made of a single piece of stainless steel.  The top has a ridge for gripping, and the shape tapers to the front and bottom to form a sharp edge for precise cutting.  It comes Read More…

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Dyson DC65 Animal vacuum review

on Friday, April 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I must have the cleanest carpets in the country by now due to all the vacuums that I’ve been testing lately. In the past few months I’ve reviewed three different vacuums from three different manufacturers (see related links at the bottom of this review). Two of them were cordless vacs and in the end I Read More…

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Now you can control your Phillips Hue lights from your Mac computer

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got the Phillips Hue lights starter kit for Christmas, and I control them with an app on my iPhone or iPad.  Sometimes I’m at my computer and would like to turn on the lights, but I can’t unless I have one of my mobile devices with me.  Phillips made the API available for third-party Read More…

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iDevices iGrillmini review

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Gadgeteer Kid and I are huge carnivores, as are many of our friends and family members. We barbecue year-round, especially during the summer months. As many of you aficionados of the grill know, cooking everyone’s meal to perfection can be a challenge. Well, the folks at iDevices have recently introduced the iGrillmini, a smaller, Read More…

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Fellowes introduces AutoMax business-class shredders, the first truly “walk-away” shredders

on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This post brought to you by Fellowes, Inc. . All opinions are 100% mine. Fellowes invented the personal shredder back in 1990, but they haven’t been resting on their laurels.  Since then, they’ve continued to improve and develop new products that help protect your personal information from prying, criminal eyes.  Fellowes’ customers are extremely satisfied Read More…

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This bird doesn’t fly or tweet, it humidifies

on Monday, March 24th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Even though the seasons have just changed and it’s officially Spring time (finally!), the air is still very dry – at least it is here in Southern Indiana. Who cares if the air is dry you say. Look down at your hands, are they rough and chapped? That can be a sign of low humidity. Read More…

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Have freshly brewed coffee at the end of the world

on Monday, March 24th, 2014

With the Jetboil Flash Cooking System Java Kit, you can have fresh coffee when you’re camping, riding out the power outages in the aftermath of a storm, or while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.  With each 100g Jetpower canister, you’ll be able to brew 12 liters of coffee in the FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy (one Read More…

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KOR Nava hydration vessel water bottle review

on Friday, March 21st, 2014

We all know that we should be drinking more water, but it can be tough to accomplish that task when your tap water tastes like…well, tap water. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I prefer the taste of bottled water over tap water, which can often have a funky flavor. Bottled water Read More…

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This connected window air conditioner keeps your home cool on your schedule

on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Programmable thermostats are great for minimizing heating and cooling costs while maximizing your comfort, but they don’t work for people who rely on window air conditioning units.  Leave it to the folks at Quirky and GE to develop the WiFi-connected Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner.  It works with the Wink app, so you can monitor, Read More…

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Get ready for grilling season with the Grillbot

on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

There are robots to clean your floors and robots to clean your windows, so why can’t a robot clean your grill?  Get a Grillbot, and a robot will use three powerful electric motors and three brass or stainless steel brushes to scrub your grill clean as a whistle.  You don’t have to do anything other Read More…

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Shake up your kitchen and make your own butter

By: Greg Carter
on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you’ve ever thought that it might be cool to make your own butter, but stopped short of buying an old wooden butter churn, there’s a new and fairly inexpensive gadget just for you called the Buttercup™ Butter Maker from Chef’n. This clever device is a fun and educational way for kids to learn where Read More…

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Prevent damage to your expensive pots and pans with Glideware

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In our old house, we had room in our kitchen for a big, ceiling-mounted pot rack.  In our new place, there’s no room for the rack in our tiny kitchen.  We have to fit all our expensive All-Clad cookware in a cabinet under the cooktop, and we have resorted to putting paper plates between the Read More…

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JetPens paper clip roundup review

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Have you ever given much thought to the evolution of the paper clip and other methods of attaching papers together? Yeah, me neither. But let’s think about it now… A patent for the first bent wire clip was issued in 1867, but the style of paper clip that we know and use today was introduced Read More…

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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal rechargeable vacuum review

on Friday, March 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

You might be wondering, “Julie, what’s up with all of these vacuum reviews that you’ve been posting lately?” You’re not alone, I’m also wondering why I keep saying yes to vacuum review offers. Maybe it’s some deep seated need to make sure my carpets are clean. Nah… More likely it’s because I hate my 1000 Read More…

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Fold your own stand-up desk

on Friday, March 14th, 2014

I constantly see articles about the health benefits of using a standing desk, but most home or work offices don’t have stand-up desks.  Replacing or modifying your current desk is expensive – and what do you do if you find that a standing desk just isn’t for you?  If you back this Kickstarter project for Read More…

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for soft serve ice cream!

on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Summer’s coming, and there’s going to be many people making ice cream for dessert for their cookouts.  Instead of hauling out the old-fashioned electric – or hand-cranked – maker that requires rock salt and a lot of ice, why not use the Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker?  The double-insulated freezer bowl Read More…

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As seen on TV: Wow Cup spill free drinking cup review

on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I don’t have any little ones running around at my house, but I’ve seen enough kids to know that when cups and beverages are near them, a mess is bound to happen. When the sippy cup was invented, I bet parents all over the world cheered. Sippy cups definitely can help prevent messes, but they Read More…

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Keep your grocery list organized with the Hiku Scanner and your iPhone

on Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Hiku Scanner is a small handheld scanner that recognizes both barcodes and your voice. With a real 1D linear imager like the ones used at grocery store checkouts, the Hiku Scanner instantly adds items to your shopping list without any need for writing or typing. When you finish that last box of Rice Crispies, just press Read More…

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Let this robot clean your gutters

on Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Tools

I recently bought an iRobot floor cleaner, and while digging around on their site, I found they also sell a little robot that can take over the chore of cleaning out your gutters for you.   The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot is only about 2″ tall X 3″ wide by 15.6″ long, so it Read More…