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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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“The Vessyl with the pestle has the brew that is true…”

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Most of our appliances communicate with us now, so it was only a matter of time before our dinnerware did too. The Vessyl, created by a company called Mark One, is a 13 ounce cup that contains sensors which can determine the type of drink (including sodas, alcohol, smoothies, tea, coffee, etc.) as well asRead More…

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Hot beverage + coaster = koi pond

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These cups and coasters redefine cups with designs that change when hot beverages are added.  These borosilicate glass mugs have an interesting slanted shape and unusual stick handles, but they are otherwise plain when viewed from the side.  They have a fish-shaped metal piece on the bottom, and when you fill the mug with a hotRead More…

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Make the Perfect Drink with this app-controlled bartending scale

on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You’re having a party, but you don’t know a lot of recipes for mixed drinks.  Sure, you could run to the bookstore and buy a bartender’s recipe book, but where’s the gadgety fun in that?  Instead, purchase the Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending Scale and you’ll have recipes for hundreds of drinks at your fingertips,Read More…

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This Timbuk2 messenger has a cool surprise inside

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Dolores Chiller Messenger 2014 is the latest of Timbuk2′s cooler bags.  Each year the bag’s colors are inspired by a different beer; this year’s yellow, black, and silver scheme is inspired by Japan’s Sapporo beer.  The bag has a TPU lining for “easy cleaning and keeping the elements out”.  It has the standard NapoleonRead More…

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Spin Chill turns a warm beverage into a cold beverage in only 60 seconds

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

When you’re hot and thirsty, the first thing you think of that will fix the situation is a cold drink. Maybe an ice cold soda or a beer… But what if the only beverages available are at room temperature. Sure, you can pour them over ice, but that usually results in a watered down flavorless drinkRead 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 theyRead More…

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Do you hear that? It’s the death knell for SodaStream and other at-home cold beverage systems…

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Coca-Cola announced yesterday that it is purchasing approximately a 10% stake in the Green Mountain Coffee Roasting (GMCR) company.  Why does that impact SodaStream?  Part of the the partnership between the two beverage companies is their plan to “cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold™ beverage system to consumers around the world.”  Right now, GMCR producesRead More…

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The elements of potent potables

on Monday, January 20th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These coasters  may have been inspired by the logo for Breaking Bad, or they may be been designed by someone with a scientific bent.  They certainly appeal to the chemistry geek in me!  The set of four Studio Vertu Element Chart Coasters look like cells from the periodic table of the elements, but these “cells”Read More…

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Boxxle Bag-in-Box wine dispenser review

on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I have a confession to make.  Before this review, I’ve never consumed wine from a cardboard box container.  It’s not that I’m a wine snob, it’s just that the limited number of wines I enjoy, only come in bottles.  So, the makers of the Boxxle provided me with their 3 liter bag-in-box dispenser so that I couldRead More…

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The Summit AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle keeps its cool when it’s hot

on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to be a good steward to Mother Earth. One way I do this is by using a water bottle instead of buying bottled water. The issue I have with most water bottles (and bottled waters for that matter) is that they don’t keep myRead More…

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Dopper Original and Steel water bottles review

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

If you’ve decided to stop buying bottled water in favor of refilling an existing water bottle, Dopper bottles could be your next purchase. Designed by a Dutch designer Rinke van Remortel, Dopper bottles are available in an original plastic version and a steel version. Both are BPA free, easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Water bottles aren’tRead More…

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Zing Anything Aqua Zinger, Citrus Zinger and Salad Zinger review

on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We all know that to stay hydrated, we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. The only thing is though, that water is… well… boring. My beverage of choice used to be Diet Coke, but I was able to wean myself off of it by switching over to ice tea. IRead More…

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Thirsty? Take a swig from your tie… Ummm what?

on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Remember the Pillow Tie that inflated to create your own little desktop nap oasis? Well, keep that tie in mind if you partake a little too much from the FlaskTie. Each FlaskTie™ comes equipped with a TieBladder™ holding approximately 6 fluid ounces for your drinking pleasure. Located at the end of the back slip isRead More…

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Keep your coffee hot during your morning commute

on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your dear old Dad for Father’s Day? If he’s a coffee or tea drinking commuter, the ThinkGeek Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug might be a good option. This insulated mug features a 12-volt DC adapter that you can plug into your car’s power socket toRead More…

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Put a little Zing in your water, vodka and salad dressings

on Friday, May 17th, 2013

I was finally able to kick my daily 20 oz Diet Coke habit several months ago by using a 24 oz. Bubba Brands Hero insulated steel bottle. I fill with 5 ice cubes from home and when I get to work, I fill it with cold water and 2 Twinings Cold Brew iced tea bags.Read More…

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Clean Bottle The Square water bottle review

on Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I work in a corporate office (Cummins Inc.) with 100′s of other people. It was once common to see people carrying around soft drink bottles to and from their meetings. But in the last few years, soda has mostly been replaced by water. Where people once carried around Coke, Pepsi and Mt. Dew bottles, nowRead More…

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Adagio Fandom Tea Sets – Harry Potter + caffeine = I want a cuppa

on Friday, April 19th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you are bored with your daily cup of Darjeeling and are looking to add new flavors to your morning tea routine, check out these fun Fandoms Sampler Sets from Adagio Teas. $39 will get you 10 one-ounce metal tins filled with themed signature blends of teas. Sets include Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Potter’s Potions, Sherlock,Read More…

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Build-On Brick Mug is the perfect coffee cup for your favorite LEGO brickmaster

on Friday, February 8th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you can’t drag yourself away from LEGO sets, even to eat, then you need this Build-On Brick Mug from ThinkGeek. It’s a mug that is compatible with LEGO™, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, and K’NEX Bricks™. $19.99 will buy you the mug, but be aware that bricks aren’t included. The mug can hold 12 ouncesRead More…

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May the beverage be with you

on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Julie has reviewed the Tervis water bottle (see related links), and I have a lot of Tervis tumblers in various shapes and sizes.  They work great to keep your beverage hot or cold and prevent rings on your furniture from condensation.  Tervis has just announced a line of Star Wars designs that should please theRead More…

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Your tool collection isn’t complete without the Craftsman Bottle Cap Wrench Bottle Opener

on Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You’ll be able to remove bottle caps with ease when you own the Sears Craftsman Bottle Cap Wrench Bottle Opener. This specialized wrench has the same look, quality and durability as your favorite Craftsman tools with the Craftsman name. It’s made in the USA and is priced at $14.99.

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bubba brands Envy Tumbler and HERO Bottle review

on Friday, December 7th, 2012

I’m a big fan of drinking… tea that is. When I’m not sipping hot tea, I’m gulping iced tea. During daytime work hours, I take my 8 oz glass mug to the hot/cold water dispenser, fill it up and bring it back to the small microwave in my cubicle to get the already warm waterRead More…

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Mini Espresso Maker allows you to remain civilized even while backpacking

on Monday, November 26th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You’ll be the hit of the campout with this one shot portable Mini Espresso Maker from Restoration Hardware. Made in Italy, it is made of aluminum with a brass spout and can make a 2.5 oz double shot. You even get an enamel cup with the kit. The Mini Espresso Maker makes a fun giftRead More…

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Bar10der is a multi-tool for mixologists

on Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Bar10der is a Swiss Army Knife for mixed drink aficionados. It includes 10 different tools for all your cocktail making needs, such as a Jigger, Zester, Stirrer, Strainer, Reamer, the all important Muddler and more. I actually have no idea what a Muddler really is, but it sounds like something every mixologist should have inRead More…

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Is that a Shark in your cup of Earl Grey?

on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

As if your coffee chugging buddies need another reason to think that your tea drinking habits are wacky, comes the Sharky Tea Infuser. This tea making gadget has a perforated metal bottom that allows the loose tea to brew. A grey rubber fin shaped top keeps the infuser floating in your cup. Anyone else hearing the themeRead More…