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Turn any light bulb into a WiFi-connected bulb

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This Kickstarter project gives you the tools to turn any dimmable light bulb into a WiFi-controllable bulb.  You don’t need hubs, and getting your house connected is as easy as signing the bulb into your router.  The emberlight is a screw-in base that you can use with any of your current light fixtures or lampsRead More…

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Replace your big screen TV with a tiny black box

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

My fascination with tiny houses and micro houses continues, and I saw a home theater system in one of the small homes that would work equally well in bigger spaces.  I was watching a video made by Derek Diedricksen for his Relaxshacks website in which he toured the small house built by Chris Haynes of TinyRead More…

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Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…

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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision review

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

I’ve avoided playing with “home” monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we’re past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of thisRead More…

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Breathe clean, cool air in your personal space

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Most air filters are designed to clean the air in an entire room, but the Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan cleans your personal space at home or in the office.  When collapsed (bottom, left image), the fan  “removes ultrafine particles to provide a clean personal environment. Unpleasant odors are removed, as well as smallRead More…

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Zetta Z16 HD Wide Angle Intelligent Security Camcorder review

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We live in a gated community and just a few years ago, things were stolen out of our car while it was parked in our driveway in broad daylight (we had forgotten to lock it that day). We never found out who had perpetrated the crime, but I remember wishing I had some kind ofRead More…

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

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ShaveMate is a razor with a shaving cream dispenser in the handle

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

What is a ShaveMate? It’s a 6 bladed disposable razor that has a shaving cream dispenser built into the handle which holds enough cream for a week’s worth of shaves. That’s right, everything you need to feel smooth is in one easy to use item. Razor + shaving cream = genius. The ShaveMate is availableRead More…

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You’ll be able to rack ‘em and stack ‘em with this sofa

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

I am fascinated with looking at pictures of those tiny, under 200-sqft houses that some people live in.  While I was looking at information about one of them today, I saw a sofa that would work well for anyone living in a small home without a guest room, or for vacation homes, or maybe evenRead More…

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Is Tic the future of button fasteners?

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

A couple of days ago I took us on a trip down gadget memory lane when I remembered the Ronco Buttoneer button fastener from the 1970′s. Today Luis Reyes left a comment that there’s a new button fastener in town and it’s called Tic. Designed in Sweden, Tic lets you permanently fasten shirt buttons without usingRead More…

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Now your child can wash her hands without climbing or needing a stool

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As any parent knows, there’s a bit of danger associated with very young children trying to wash their hands on their own.  When my daughter was very young, we had to keep a footstool in the bathroom so she could reach to wash her hands – so there’s a falling danger.  There’s also a scaldingRead More…

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Gadget memories – Ronco Buttoneer

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tragedy struck this morning when the button fell off my pants and I’ve been walking around all day hitching my pants up every so often just because I’m too lazy to go searching for a needle and thread. The situation caused me to remember a gadget from my childhood – the Ronco Buttoneer. Does anyone else remember thisRead More…

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NuNaturals sweet giveaway!

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

A few weeks ago, the nice folks at NuNaturals sent me an email asking if they could send me a sample of their latest stevia based product – NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. Stevia is a natural plant based sweetener that has zero calories and zero carbs. Since I’m a diabetic, I was very excited to try aRead More…

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Coca Cola fridge gives keeps your Coca-Colas cold

on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In my research of dorm fridges, I’ve seen quite a few styles of small fridges.  This little Koolatron Coca Cola Can Fridge is one of the cuter models I’ve seen.  It’s not practical as a dorm fridge, but it would be cute and useful in your office or rumpus room at home.  It stands 17.75″Read More…

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Smarter toasters are hitting the streets – no, not the Cylons (at least not yet)

on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

It’s early in the morning. You have mouths to feed. The first round of toast comes out perfectly, but the second round? Burned! Grrr! Dualit has solved this problem. The Dualit 2 Slot and 4 Slot Lite Toasters are made with Dualit’s patented Climate Sensing Toasting Cycle technology. This technology detects the temperature of theRead More…

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Turn your kettle grill into a pizza oven with the KettlePizza

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Earlier this year, we told you about a wood-fired pizza oven for your backyard that promised to make great pizza but cost $2700.  You like pizza, but you don’t have that kind of cash to dedicate to a large piece of equipment that can only make pizzas, you say?  What about a piece of equipment thatRead More…

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Revolve+ Surge Protector with 4 Rotating Outlets + 2 USB review

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Houses, even new ones, just don’t come with enough outlets. Our house was built only five years ago and we constantly need power strips to provide enough outlets to power all our various gadgets and appliances. I recently bought a surge protector that I thought had rotating outlets to accommodate the various sizes of AC adaptersRead More…

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Dyson DC65 Animal vacuum for less than $500

on Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you really liked the Dyson DC65 Animal vacuum cleaner Julie reviewed in April of this year but were put off by the $600 price tag, then today may be your lucky day. QVC has the DC65 Animal as their Today’s Special Value deal, and they are offering it in red, blue, or purple forRead More…

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You might not be able to control the weather, but you can control this cloud lamp

on Friday, July 4th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This Interactive Cloud Lamp is more of an art piece than task lighting.  It looks fluffy like a real cloud and hangs from your ceiling like a small thundercloud.  It has interactive, color-changing Philips lights inside and a speaker system that can stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device or produce the thunder that goes alongRead More…

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Freeze your own treats in these plastic zipper bags

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When I was a kid, my sisters and I loved frozen treats that we called Icicles.  There’s a similar treat available now called Otter Pops.  I’m not sure what those ice-pops were made from, but I’m pretty sure it was nothing but sugar and artificial color and flavorings.  With Zipzicle Pouches, you can serve yourRead More…

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And here’s the mailbox to complement your mid-century modern home

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Yesterday, we told you about the Modfire Astrofire modern fire box for the backyard of your mid-century modern home.  Today, we’ll show you the perfect mailbox for your home.  These mailboxes were designed by a fellow North Carolinian, and his project was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter and is now in the manufacturing stage.  NowRead More…

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Build your fire in a back-to-the-future fire pit

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve had a life-long love of mid-century architecture and design.  We finally are living in a mid-century building, but it’s a condo building, so I’m not free to decorate the outside of my home.  In case you are lucky enough to have a fabulous atomic-age home with your own outdoor area, here’s the perfect fireRead More…

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Snap Power SnapRays Guidelight review

on Friday, June 27th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

How many of these do you have scattered around your house? Would you like to free up your outlets but still have the functionality of a night light that only turns on when it’s dark? Me too, that’s why I helped fund the wildly successful SnapRays Kickstarter project earlier this year. I was very excited when myRead More…

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iDevices Bluetooth Connected Kitchen Thermometer review

on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

In my household, I’m usually the one who makes dinner every night because I get off work first. I like to cook, but it cuts into my Gadgeteer work time if I am constantly running up and down the stairs to check the temperature of something that I’m baking in the oven. I’ve always wantedRead More…

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This Buddy will protect you from the dark

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed toRead More…