Janet Cloninger

Carved wallets are as flexible as leather – but made of wood!

Carved makes wallets like you’ve probably never seen before.  Although they are styled like leather wallets and are as flexible as leather, these wallets are made of wood.  Carved finishes the wood with their own mixture of oils and waxes to protect it.  As a bonus, their finishing method, as they say, makes the wallets …

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Cross and TrackR have another way to prevent losing your favorite pens

Last fall, we told you about a Cross pen with a TrackR built in to help you keep up with it.  This time, Cross and TrackR have a pen pouch that will help you keep up with your favorite pens.  The Cross Pen Pouch with TrackR measures 7″ long x 2.25″ tall and is made …

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Give a little stability and extra leak-proofing to those indoor puppy training pads

We never had to use puppy pads for our dog, Teddy.  He was house trained from the moment his feet hit the floor.  But now that Teddy is 12.5 years old, he can’t quite wait as long as he used to for a trip outdoors.  Making it even harder is that he now has to …

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BIC pen with 3 colors of ink pens and a mechanical pencil built in

I love writing with BIC pens – the ink flows smoothly and evenly, and their blue ink is my favorite.  There’s only one problem.  The normal, clear-body pens are too thin for me to hold comfortably.  When I discovered those thick barrel 4-color multi-pens from BIC, I was in love.  They were comfortable to hold, …

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Rid your home of hot and cold rooms with help from the Keen Home Zoning System

I’ve mentioned before that my home tends to have uncomfortable rooms regardless of the season.  As I’ve said:  “Because of the location of the thermostat and the long shape of the condo, our bedrooms tend to be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer while our living and dining rooms are uncomfortably hot …

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Hate washing dishes by hand? Here’s a dishwasher that fits in even the tiniest kitchen.

If you rent an apartment without a dishwasher or spend a lot of time traveling in an RV, the SPT Countertop Dishwasher may be exactly what you need.  The dishwasher measures 21.67″ wide x 19.67″ deep x 17.25″ tall, so it will fit on many countertops.  You connect to the kitchen faucet with the included faucet …

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Life is too short for dumb nightstands – Part Deux!

A couple months ago, we told you about the Indiegogo project for the Sobro Smart Side Tables, complete with nightlight, Bluetooth speakers, built-in wireless charger and USB, USB-C, and AC outlets, locking drawer, and refrigerator drawer – and all controlled with an app.  The biggest drawback is the wait time for the project to be funded …

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Maximize your shoe storage space with the elfa utility Door and Wall Rack for Shoes

Over the last few years, I’ve shown you how we use various elfa systems in our home.  We have three elfa desks, a huge shelving unit that serves as both a bookcase and a desk for our 88-key Yamaha keyboard.  Plus, we have two over-the-door racks that we use for storing and organizing cleaning supplies …

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Minger LED Smart TV Backlight kit with Camera review

It’s hard to get the same movie-watching experience at home as you have at the theater.  Some things are better at home (cheaper popcorn, more comfortable seats, no talking strangers), but other aspects, like ambient lighting, are more difficult to control.  Room lights can wash out the TV screen, but watching in a dark room …

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Nite Ize packs a lot of functions into a mini flashlight

These mini LED flashlights from Nite Ize are only 1.25″ in diameter x 4.5″ long, but they pack in six functions.  They work as a high/low flashlight or lantern and as a red safety light with glow, flash, and SOS modes.  They are a handheld flashlight or they can stand for use as a lantern or for …

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Having a small kitchen no longer means you can’t have gourmet appliances

Having a tiny kitchen meant, in the past, that you couldn’t have a gourmet kitchen.  That’s no longer true with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.  They’ve offered 30″ dual-fuel ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, and counter-depth fridge/freezer units for some time now, but now they’ve introduced 24″ and smaller appliances for the tiniest of kitchens. Sub-Zero now …

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Forget taking 12+ hours to cold brew coffee with Cuisinart

Most of the cold brewers for coffee that I’ve seen lately take 12-24 hours to brew a pot.  With the Cuisinart DCB-10 cold coffee brewer, you can brew a pot in as little as 25 minutes.  Like other cold brewers where the coffee sits in the water and slowly extracts, the Cuisinart machine starts with …

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Organized travel with the Everyday Dopp kit

Traveling is always better when you have all your gear with you and have it organized so you can always find what you need.  It doesn’t matter if you’re commuting to work with your EDC kit or if you’re traveling with your grooming kit, things are easier when you are organized.  The folks at Supply …

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