Janet Cloninger

Ride back to the future with the Schwinn Grey Ghost bicycle

You can relive your childhood, or give your favorite child a cool retro bike, with this offering from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  This limited edition Schwinn Grey Ghost replicates the 1968 Schwinn Classic bike, with its Sting Ray frame, high-rise ape handlebars, a sissy bar, and a banana seat.  The bike completes the retro look with …

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My Audio Pet Duets speakers can pair up for twice the audio punch!

These cute little My Audio Pet speakers look like animals, as you’d guess from the name.  They are just a little bigger than a golf ball, and they have a 3W audio driver that packs a punch for such a small package.  They connect via Bluetooth to your audio device to serve as an external …

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Pad & Quill introduces the first all-leather bumper case for iPhone X

Three years ago, Brian at Pad & Quill found his father’s old leather coin purse.  He was intrigued by the walled leather construction of the purse, and he set about incorporating that design into an iPhone case.  It took three years to develop their propriety tension method of containing the phone in the all-leather case, …

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Cubcoats: stuffed animals your kids can wear

You won’t have to worry your young child will lose her favorite lovey when she’s wearing it while out of the house.  Cubcoats are stuffed plush toys in the form of bears, foxes, puppies, whales, and other animals.  They are perfect playthings until it’s time to go, then you can open up the plush toy …

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ZoomGo wireless in-car cinema entertainment system keeps everyone happy

The ZoomGo wireless cinema entertainment system allows you to stream, via its local WiFi network, to up to four smart devices simultaneously, so that the car’s occupants can watch movies, read books, listen to music, or even play games on their devices.  No cellular connection is needed for the ZoomGo.  It’s powered by the car’s …

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Jigger Bottle Stoppers are the perfect gift for the home-bartending chemist

As a chemist, I have a weakness for laboratory glassware or items that even mimic labware.  This set of Jigger Bottle Stoppers caught my eye, because they combine barware shapes – whiskey glass, snifter, hurricane, and martini glass, respectively – with a labware feel.  Measurement markings both add to the lab feel, and they serve …

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This toilet cleans itself so you can throw away your toilet brush

I don’t normally think of bathroom fixtures as gadgets, but this American Standard VorMax Plus toilet does seem a bit gadget-worthy.  This 2-piece, elongated-bowl, single-flush toilet uses 1.28 gallons per flush.  The “uniquely powerful VorMax flush hydraulics” alone cleans 2X better than conventional toilet flushes, but American Standard then added in a Lysol FreshInfuser cartridge …

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You’ll always have a fully-charged backup battery with the Grab & Go station

Having a backup battery for your phone is always smart, but unfortunately, you also have to remember to charge your backup battery.  It’s a bad day when you find your phone is dead, you aren’t near an outlet, and your backup is dead, too.  With the Grab & Go Powerbank Station, you’ll have three batteries …

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WaterField’s Duo Dopp Kit is exactly what the traveler needs for toiletries

A long time ago, I told you about a wet-shaving travel kit I had assembled for my husband.  Since then, I replaced the original leather razor case with the beautiful, sturdy, and safe WaterField Razor Case, which still looks great and performs wonderfully.  What doesn’t look so great now is the faux leather bag I …

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This guitar rack has been aged to perfection

There are lots of ways to hang a guitar on a wall, but most of them won’t have the aged patina and beauty of curved oak barrel staves.  The wood used in these racks was reclaimed from barrels used in Napa Valley wine production.  Brad Evans crafts these curved barrel staves into beautiful, protective guitar …

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This Ameribag protects your back and your identify

I’ve used Healthy Back Bags from Ameribag for years.  I even reviewed a shiny red vinyl HBBevo bag a couple of years ago that I still like and use.  This new Urban Traveler Healthy Back Bag shares some design features with my old bag.  It still has the main zipper against your back to prevent …

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Enhance your Amazon Echo Dot with stereo speakers and clock display

An Echo Dot can serve as your wake-up alarm all by itself, but iHome has created the Bedside Stereo Speaker that makes your Dot look like a regular alarm clock.  The Dot (generation 1 or 2) connects to the iHome via AUX cable to play all audio, so you can listen to the music Alexa …

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Hide and protect your handgun or other valuables with Covert Cabinets

These cabinets aren’t like those huge metal gun safes weighing hundreds of pounds, but they protect your handgun in a cleverly disguised hiding place and make them more quickly accessible (when you know how to open them) than having to dial open one of those big safes.  When closed, the Covert Cabinets shelf looks like …

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Learn to draw, build, or stitch a galaxy far, far away

Crafty fans of Star Wars will enjoy this series of books from Quarto Knows.  With the Master Models series, you can build scenes from Star Wars movies, construct models of characters (like Darth Vader or R2-D2) or ships (like the Millennium Falcon).  The Learn to Draw series helps you learn, step-by-step, how to draw your …

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