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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…

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Luci is a solar-powered LED lantern

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The folks at MPOWERD were inspired to create their LED lantern after the earthquake in 2010 left Haiti devastated and in the dark.  They developed Luci, a tiny but powerful solar-powered lantern that can provide light and safety to people worldwide.  You can keep one in your emergency preparedness kit or in your camping gear.Read More…

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Serve your kids a better drink in a better drink box

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Juice boxes are convenient for packing in a child’s lunch or for taking along on trips, but what they contain probably isn’t your first pick for feeding to your child.  Those juice boxes often contain beverages that are more sugar than anything else, so they aren’t nutritious.  Those flimsy cardboard boxes that can seem likeRead More…

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Liftware gives those with hand tremors a better experience at meal time

on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Most of us take a lot for granted. We give almost zero thought to holding a spoon or fork, scooping up a bite of food, lifting it to our mouth and eating. It’s something we all do multiple times every single day. It’s a no-brainer. But for people who suffer from Essential Tremor and Parkinson’sRead More…

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It’s easy to score with Hat Trick BBQ tools

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Hockey season is over and you’re jonesing for some stick time, but the temperature outside could melt steel let alone your backyard ice rink. Hat Trick BBQ has the solution to get that stick back in your hands, or at least part of a hockey stick. Hat Trick BBQ has come up with a conceptRead More…

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This sound generator produces white noise or fan sounds

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

If you like falling asleep to the sound of a fan but don’t want the air flow from an actual fan, the LectroFan is for you.  The LectroFan is a small white box (4.4″ X 4.4″ X 2.2″, 14 ounces) that can produce 20 masking sounds to help you sleep better.  In addition to 10Read More…

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#ad It’s time to char some meat with these BBQ gadget ideas from Faveable

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This Saturday is officially the first day of Summer and there are only a few days until the fourth of July, so you know what that means… it’s time to bust out the grill and get cooking. No matter if you have a crazy expensive gas grill with all the bells and whistles, or if youRead More…