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A Stylish $50 DIY Solution for Hiding Home Entertainment Devices
When you live in a small apartment like Mary (366 square feet), finding the right home for everything is a priority. Having already made over her kitchen and closet to suit her needs, Mary was no stranger to crafting custom, diy solutions for her small space. Her next project: creating a stylish setup for her home entertainment devices and hiding those cords! Housing electronics in a stylish, unobtrusive way is a always a challenge.
May 3, 2019
Take Care of This This Weekend, and Save Yourself Some Serious Heartache Down the Road
Think right now about all the digital photos you have on your computer hard drive. Take a moment to relish the thought of all those memories, preserved: your college trip backpacking through Europe, your wedding, your baby’s first steps, your family portraits through the years, all of which you can go back and look at any time a reminiscent mood strikes. Now imagine that they are gone in the blink of an eye.
May 3, 2019
You’re One Click Away From Never Forgetting Anything Again
The art of forgetting isn’t hard to master. No matter how organized and prepared we attempt to be, sometimes well, it happens. We forget stuff. But what if there was an iPhone app designed to ensure you don’t ever walk out the door without everything you need? Don’t Leave It! is a location-based reminder app that helps you keep track of your everyday necessities, so you always remember to take them with you when you leave. And best of all: it’s free.
May 3, 2019
This is the Best Room in the House for Amazon Echo, Hands Down
If you’re sold on the future of smart home, you don’t need me to exalt all the benefits of Amazon Echo’s voice-activated personal assistant, Alexa. But this post is actually for the skeptics out there. Even if you think the whole voice-controlled smart home thing is silly or extra, I bet I can sell you on it, at least for one room in your home. See, I was an Echo skeptic for a long time. Until my sister-in-law gifted us an Echo Dot for Christmas last year.
May 3, 2019
True Advice from People Who Are Truly Bad at Email
There's a way to turn a vice into a virtue—just listen to these brilliant tips by self-admittedly awful emailers.
May 3, 2019
Test Lab: I Tested a Bed Fan (& I’ll Never Spend a Hot Summer Night Without It)
If this test lab review of the BedJet had a CliffsNotes version, it would be: I liked it a lot and I didn’t lose any limbs. But for a more complete assessment, read on. Once upon a time lived a born-and-bred Florida girl who was HOT. Not wanting to crank up her A/C in July (in South Florida) to an acceptable temperature at night (an action that would likely bankrupt her), she sought out alternative ways to stay cool while she slept.
May 3, 2019
8 Old TV Shows & Movies that Accurately Predicted the Future
They say that if you want to know what the future will hold, then you should study history. But it might be more accurate to substitute the word “history” for movies and television shows. For decade after decade, movies and television shows like “Back to the Future” and “The Jetsons” have depicted their take on what day-to-day living would be like in the future.
May 3, 2019
This May Be the Filthiest Thing in Your Home—And You Never Clean It
You wash your hands when you leave the restroom, and maybe even reach for a paper towel to open the door handle to keep bathroom germs off your hands. You wash your face with skincare products that cost more than the food you eat, and maybe even sleep on fresh pillowcases every night to keep spots off your face. But all of that is for naught—like going to the gym everyday on a diet of donuts—if you’re not taking care of the filth on your cell phone.
May 3, 2019
This Closet App Helped Me Live Like Cher Horowitz (and Here’s What I Learned)
Since the first time I saw Clueless, I have envied Cher Horowitz’s closet. Not even her clothes—although she’s still one of my style icons, so I’ll take those too!—but the computerized system that she used to pick out her outfits. I mean, it was truly amazing, both because it was pretty high-tech for the 90s (It was 1995! Her computer had a touch screen!) and because it meant that she always looked flawless and her closet could so easily stay impeccably organized.
May 3, 2019
Yes, TV Antennas Still Exist — And They’re Making a Comeback
A whole new generation of TV addicts is just finding out that antennas exist, and that they get you basic channels for free. It’s actually leading to a revival in sales for “rabbit ears.” Yes, really — in 2017.
May 3, 2019
Expert Advice on How To Handle an Out of Control Email Inbox
An out-of-control inbox is a problematic thing. Not only does it make it hard to keep your professional and personal life organized, a cluttered inbox can often lead to missed emails and opportunities. Andrew Mellen knows all about the value of well-organized inbox. As New York City’s leading professional organizer, he’s made streamlining people’s digital disorder his business. We asked him for advice on how to better manage our own email issues, and he had a lot to share.
May 3, 2019
9 Apps to Help You Work Your Inner Designer
By now, we’re all well aware of the inspiration, discovery and even expression that apps like Instagram and Pinterest offer designers and design enthusiasts alike. But what’s the new new in tech for the creative set when they want to get their inner decorator or DIYer on? We polled designers, trend experts and influencers from the home decor world to get the scoop on what apps make their jobs easier, more fun and more inspiring—or all three.
May 3, 2019
Beyond Selfies: 8 Clever Ways You’re Not Using Instagram
We all know that Instagram is a great place to show off your social networking skills, but it can also be a valuable visual resource if you know how to use it right. Along with loads of helpful hashtags, location tags, and images, the social media app is brimming with untapped advice to aid your shopping and travel endeavors. To prove our point, I’ve rounded up some of the more savvy, albeit unexpected, ideas for using Instagram images and tags to your advantage.
May 3, 2019
Get Ahead of Black Friday: Beats Studio Wireless Headphones Are On Sale Today Only
Never underestimate the power of a quality pair of headphones. Whether for yourself or the music lover in your life, gifting a good pair of headphones this season can be a total game-changer for your day-to-day routine. Commuting and travel becomes more enjoyable, as does the gym and just about everything else, because you can cancel out the noise around you and focus on all your fave songs—which will sound amazing in a well-made headphones by the way—instead.
May 3, 2019
Gift Ideas To Make the Techhead in Your Life Totally Geek Out
You know the type: they’ve had a subscription to Wired since forever, they attend tech expos every year (or at the very least, follow the coverage on social), and they always, always know what’s new and next. Get them chatting about which of these pieces of tech they’re coveting (nobody has everything), and watch them geek out…even more than usual. A do-it-all device with 4.3 stars from 59,132 reviews, all for only $50?
May 3, 2019
Think Your Television Is an Eyesore? Meet the World’s Most Beautiful TV
I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with a TV. Shoes maybe, but I’ve never been one to go gaga over tech. It’s just that televisions have been eyesores almost as long as they’ve been around. Sure, they’re functional, and flatter and thinner than before. But they’ve essentially remained big black boxes, even when hanging on the wall. That is, until now.
May 3, 2019
The Future is Now! A Smart Coffee Cup That Keeps Your Beverages Warm
It’s about to be peak winter Hygge season and I don’t know about you but I’m excited as hell to stay inside and hold a mug with both of my hands. But sometimes the warmth emanating from own two palms is not enough to keep a mug of coffee warm as I slowly sip it throughout the morning. Luckily Ember, a Los Angeles based start-up, is here to solve this very particular, but common annoyance.
May 3, 2019
Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Boost Your WiFi With This Pantry Staple
Weak wifi is one of the more infuriating annoyances of modern life. Whether you work from home or are just an avid Netflix watcher, an internet disruption can totally throw off your plans. A team from Dartmouth College has come up with a surprising (and surprisingly simple) way to boost wifi signals — put a tinfoil hat on your router. Yup.
May 3, 2019
Never Panic About Leaving the Oven On Again: This Smart Sensor Alerts You To Anything Wrong at Home
Ever leave the house with a nagging panic? Whether your personal nightmare is that you left the coffeepot or iron being left on or the pipes bursting when you’re not home on a below-freezing night, there’s a new smart home sensor that could be just the kind of anxiety-killing remedy that we need.
May 3, 2019
How Normal Are Your Podcast Habits?
What was your introduction to podcasts? When I was in undergrad, a friend of mine told us we could download This American Life episodes to our phones so we could listen to David Sedaris’ Billie Holiday impression on demand, and our lives were changed. Since then, podcasts have an ubiquitous part of daily life for many, they help pass the time during commutes, chores and busy work. And they’re great! They teach us about so much and build worlds and make us laugh.
May 3, 2019
Here Are The Potential New Emojis Coming In 2018
We may have just gotten the new 2017 emojis last month, but there’s already talk about next year’s newbies. Here’s what could be coming to a phone keyboard near you in 2018. Emojipedia reported today that the beta for Unicode 11.0 has been announced, and there are 130 potential new emojis jostling for placement at your fingertips.
May 3, 2019
The Future of Travel: These Are America’s Most Advanced & Modern Airports
Anybody who says they enjoy flying just hasn’t flown enough. There aren’t enough audiobooks and podcasts in the world to make waiting at a crowded gate for a delayed flight with a 10-percent battery feel like a good time. But what does go a long way in making a miserable airport experience a, well… less miserable airport experience are modern amenities— everything from free wifi to creepily accurate wait time trackers.
May 3, 2019
Can This Tool Really Make Sifting Through Amazon Product Reviews Easier?
If slogging through product reviews before making a purchasing decision takes all the joy out of buying something new, then you may want to try this new artificial intelligence (AI)-driven product review consolidator. It says it will save you time and money when shopping for electronics and technology by digesting thousands of Amazon reviews into a dynamic, at-a-glance infographic. We give it a test.
May 3, 2019
How to Declutter Your Camera Roll and Actually Do Something With Your Photos
Imagine a year that trades the dreaded full camera roll for treasured photos that are aren’t trapped in the overflowing digital archives of your phone. Deciding to do something with your photos — right now, before you take too many in 2018 — will not only you give you a keepsake of your memories, but will also lead to some compelling and surprising consequences.
May 3, 2019
Apple Admitted To Slowing Down Older Phone Batteries
In the age of planned obsolescence, it’s not surprising that our electronics need replacing as often as they do—and phones are no exception. Anyone who’s held onto a device for more than two years knows just how slow things can get, and how sad the battery life becomes. Now, Apple actually confirmed that this happens on purpose—but not for the reason you would assume.
May 3, 2019
Would You Use a Scale That Didn’t Tell You Your Actual Weight?
If you’ve ever tried to lose weigh,t you are probably familiar with the conventional wisdom of weighing yourself regularly. Some programs recommend weighing one’s self once a week; others every single day. It can be a frustrating process with the numbers going up or down depending on water retention, time of day and all sorts of little things that can make an already emotional experience slightly harder.
May 3, 2019
Ready Your Wands: A New Harry Potter Mobile Game Comes Out in 2018
Here’s a perfectly legitimate reason for Potterheads to rush 2017 the heck outta here and slam the door behind it: A Harry Potter mobile game is slated for release next spring, Variety reports. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a collaboration between Warner Bros.
May 3, 2019
The Smartest, Sleekest and Weirdest Crowdfunded Projects of 2017
We saw a lot of interesting and fun things hit the market this year, and we saw a whole host of interesting things hit the almost-market on Kickstarter. We decided to take a look back at all the innovative and independent options that wanted us to clean better, sleep better and drink better in 2017. After a new study came out to tell us that our towels are basically never, ever clean, these Kickstarter towels started looking mighty, mighty good.
May 3, 2019
What Happened to My Mind & Body When I Quit My Phone for a Week
Everyone seems to be talking about “kids these days” and their addiction to technology. Yet, where’s the accountability for adults? With many of us checking our phones up to 85 times a day, it feels like we could all use a bit of an intervention. So this is exactly what I decided to do. I vowed to give up my phone for a week with just three simple rules: 1. No cell phone or social media for a week in any way. 2. No cheating. 3. Seriously, no cheating.
May 3, 2019
Welcome to 2018: This Smart Underwear Can Control Your Home
Oh how we love to track our steps and our health with our FitBits and other life-logging apps, but is actual wearable technology—like a new pair of underwear that connects to your Nest and adjusts your home temp according to your body temp—taking things a bit too far?
May 3, 2019
It Saves Time and Money, But I Have One Big Regret About Online Grocery Shopping
A few weeks ago, when I saw a promotion for a year of grocery deliveries for $49, I signed up for Shipt, and so far I love it. Both of the deliveries I’ve received so far were perfect. My shoppers were communicative, accurate, and on time. And ordering groceries online forced me to meal plan. I saved money, and I certainly saved energy; having someone else do my shopping while I worked made me feel on top of it and efficient.
May 3, 2019
This Real-Life Home Robot is like Rosie from the Jetsons
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was a coming out party for the bots. Sony had a new version of its Aibo dog, Honda had its line of mobility robots, and yet the robot with the most buzz on the show floor was a funny little thing from LG called CLOi (pronounced like “chloe”—KLOH-ee). Ever wish you had a clone to help you out around the house? CLOi may be as close as we get.
May 3, 2019
Never Fold Again: This Wardrobe Will Fold Your Laundry For You
Why is doing laundry always so tedious? Maybe because it takes forever. We spend an average of 18,000 hours of our lives on laundry, and just over one year (375 days) just folding clothes. These stats come courtesy of the marketing materials for the Laundroid, an automatic laundry folding robot, of course… because they have an automatic folding machine to sell. But also, you had us at laundry folding robot.
May 3, 2019
7 Cutting-Edge Innovations that are About to Change Life at Home
Last week over 180,000 people from around the world descended onto the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the latest ideas in consumer tech at CES — the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is a chance to see what both big and small players from the tech industry are cooking up for our future (the first VHS VCR debuted at CES back in 1975). Many guesses miss the mark, but among the 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, there are some truly life-changing ideas.
May 3, 2019
This is How You’ll Plan Your Dream Kitchen in the Future
A kitchen renovation is a MAJOR UNDERTAKING, and poor choices can cause lost money as well as a lifetime of cooking irritation. The new augmented reality (AR) apps out there allow you to use your camera or photos to see exactly how the tile, countertops, paint, appliances, and accessories will look and fit in your space—and you don’t even have to step foot in the store.
May 3, 2019
Levitating Glasses Exist, Because The World Is Magical
Feeling a little bored with your regular place settings? Wish your decor could be a little bit Harry Potter, a little bit Minority Report? Want to make sure your plants are getting 360 degree sunlight? Levitating X is here to make all your gravity defying decor dreams come true. Using a chargeable base and a little bit of magic (aka technology) the company offers up a variety of cups, plates, sculptures and plants that levitate and spin.
May 3, 2019
These Driverless Cars Will Deliver The Grocery Store To You
Did you grow up with a Schwan man? A jovial sounding person who would drive a truck up your street so you could pick out pre-prep meals, frozen veggies and the like? I didn’t and was always exceedingly jealous of that whole situation. But we live in the future now, and thanks to Robomart, soon I’ll be able to have the Schwan man experience, minus the human man. Founder Ali Ahmed hopes that Robomart will be the next step in the on-demand grocery store delivery game.
May 3, 2019
These Sleek Fidget Spinners Could Help Break Your Phone Addiction
Resisting the urge to swipe and scroll the day away is a battle many of us face and inevitably lose. Fortunately, Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger has done his part in trying to help us loosen the grips on our smart phones with the invention of five “substitute phones.” We know – who knew there was such a thing?
May 3, 2019
Here’s Why Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad Didn’t Wake Up Your Device
In Amazon’s Super Bowl ad, Alexa loses her voice, but that wasn’t the only thing that was missing from the funny spot. The retailer said that their Echoes and other Alexa-enabled devices wouldn’t be triggered by the ad. In the 90 second ad, some famous faces and their voices step in for the virtual assistant. Stars Gordon Ramsay, Cardi B, Rebel Wilson, and Anthony Hopkins give hilarious and questionable responses to Alexa requests.
May 3, 2019
Moving Beyond Gaming and Retail, AR Is Big News for News
Last week, The New York Times announced that it is bringing augmented reality to its readers—or more specifically, its smartphone app users. This marks a big step in the world of AR as an everyday news tool, but if the technology seems familiar, it’s because of the big AR furniture-retailer boom of 2017. What is AR, exactly?
May 3, 2019
In The Future, Your Home May be Made Out of…Mushrooms?
We hear a lot of buzz about what the future of a particular type of home design will look like. Sleek, plugged in and tech forward, the sexy smart home of the future is on its way. But what scientific advances will we make in the world of affordable housing? Christopher Maurer of Redhouse Studio, an architecture and humanitarian design firm, is investigating just that.
May 3, 2019
It’s Official: Here Are The 157 New Emojis for 2018
Exciting news, emoji lovers. Unicode announced this week the final picks for the newest emoticon release, which will bring 157 new characters to your phone’s keyboard. For Emoji 11.0, Unicode had a plethora of possibilities to choose from, as the finalists were announced at the end of last year. Website Emojipedia has helpfully imagined what the new emojis might look like, using Apple’s familiar styling.
May 3, 2019
Forget Creepily Screenshotting Your Friend’s Stories: Instagram Is Testing a New Alert
Sorry, creepers: Instagram is once again “borrowing” a feature from Snapchat. The photo app is reportedly testing a screenshot alert notification for Stories, so you can no longer save photos undetected. The feature was reported yesterday by TechCrunch when people took to social media to share the new feature. Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. ? Thank you, Instagram for the warning. pic.twitter.
May 3, 2019
These 3 Amazon Deals Are The V-Day Buys You Need When Romance Is Dead
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there is a roster of expected gifts for your significant other: flowers, chocolates, a fancy dinner out. But sometimes, the best gifts are the most practical, and when you’ve been together a while, the best V-Day gift might not be sexy as it is problem-solving. That is, if you and your sweetie are even acknowledging February 14 as anything more than just a Wednesday.
May 3, 2019
This New Alexa-Assisted Board Game Is a Game Changer
In stuff you didn’t know you needed but totally do, there’s now an Alexa-assisted board game called When in Rome. Instead of arguing over the rules with that pesky player who loves to find questionable loopholes, you’ll be able to leave the dirty work to the Amazon Echo device. Alexa is in charge of laying out the game guidelines, tracking scores and keeping players in line (that means you, cheaters).
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Stylish Upgrade for a Boring TV Wall
Televisions bring so much beauty into our lives — the natural wonders of Planet Earth, the edible masterpieces on The Great British Bakeoff, Terry Crews’ majestic strength on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the general splendor of Tahani on The Good Place — but tvs themselves are often an eyesore. Let’s explore how this wall went from functional but flat to functional and fabulous . . .
May 3, 2019
Why This Is The Echo Device You Should Buy On Prime Day
There are comprehensive effects to bringing good design into your life. Design propels beauty, in the most obvious way. But well-designed objects also save you time (think of a work bag with perfect pockets) and make you feel in command and in control of your life (think of the boss feeling you get from toting that same perfect work bag).
May 3, 2019
Alexa Is Randomly Laughing and It’s Creeping People Out
We need to talk about Alexa. The Amazon virtual assistant seems to have taken a dark turn in recent days, emitting an evil-sounding laugh to some avid users, Buzzfeed reported on Monday. While it may seem harmless, imagine being curled up in bed about to doze off when a sinister laugh comes out of nowhere—not the most reassuring sound. One Twitter user was able to capture the strange laugh from Alexa on video.
May 3, 2019
This 3D Printed Tiny House Has Actual Succulents In Its Tiles
Howdy folks! Are you ready to take a look at something that combines all of design internet’s favorite things? It’s a tiny house! That’s 3D printed! And Full! Of! Succulents! Innovative 3D printing studio Emerging Objects built the Cabinet of Curiosities with 4,500 tiles born of a 3D printer. And while the frame of the house itself isn’t 3D printed, the tiles were printed using the company’s Seed Stitch technology, a knitted ceramic wall system.
May 3, 2019
Apartment Therapy’s Top 10 Instagrammers to Jumpstart Your Spring Goals
Tuesday, March 20, marks the first official day of Spring! Depending on where you are in the country, it might still feel very much like Winter outside, but the equinox is, indeed, upon us, which means warmer weather can’t be too far behind (…right?). In the meantime, you can use that fresh start on the calendar to get going on some of your goals for the new season.
May 3, 2019
You Won’t Believe This $5,000 Toilet and Other Gadgets from HTGV’s Smart Home
Eager for a high-tech toilet or a coffeemaker built into your bathroom cabinet? Well you’re in luck: The 2018 HGTV Smart Home in peaceful Palmetto Bluff, SC is officially up for grabs. The home was designed by Tiffany Brooks, whom you may remember as the winner of HGTV’s Design Star show back in 2013. Tom’s Guide took a tour inside the $1.
May 3, 2019
5 (Free) Apps that Will Guarantee You’re More Organized Next Tax Season
Tax prep can be a major drag. Along with gathering all of your W-2’s and interest statements, you have to organize a mountain of paperwork—think: receipts, expense reports, and so on—to file your taxes properly. Luckily, there are several smartphone apps designed to streamline the daunting process of preparing your taxes. From receipt organizers to mileage trackers, here are five foolproof (and totally free!) apps that will have you ready for tax season in no time.
May 3, 2019
Smoke Detector is Recalled for Failing to Do The One Thing It’s Designed For
Few things are as basic and integral to the safety of a home as the humble smoke detector. Everyone has to have one and you should stay on top of making sure all of the batteries are still good and that you didn’t forget to screw it all the way back in after burning your brussel sprouts. The US Consumer Product Safety Commision recently recalled Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms for failing to detect smoke.
May 3, 2019
This Astrology App Will Help You Figure Out How Compatible You Are With Your Crush
Is it just me or does it seem like astrology is everywhere? Not that I’m mad about it—I check about four different sites every Monday and look forward to our Home Horoscopes every month. I was talking to my friend Emily the other day, a true astrology believer, about getting back into the online dating game when she whipped out an astrology card to check on my compatibility with a guy I’d matched with.
May 3, 2019
Can You Assemble an IKEA Chair Faster Than This Robot?
So far, technology has introduced the world to robots that dust, vacuum and lull you to sleep. Now there’s been some major progress made in the form of a robot that assembles IKEA furniture, proving that the momentum of these multi-tasking machines and their automated functions is progressing faster than it takes to memorize the entire IKEA catalog.
May 3, 2019
One Secretly Filthy Thing You Should Clean This Weekend
When my children were little, they had small security blankets. I learned after my first child that a light color (hers was pink) was a really, really bad idea. She took it everywhere with her, and within a few months, despite regular washings, it was a dingy pinkish gray. I’d jokingly refer to it as a biohazard. These days, most adults’ cell phones go with them even more places than a baby takes her security blanket.
May 3, 2019
A 2-Minute Home Task That Brings Instant Peace of Mind
For many of us, password management falls into that murky category of nagging things we know we should do but that seem too overwhelming to conquer. So we don’t even start. This weekend, we’re going to come up with a plan and start implementing it. We’ll gain not only the satisfaction of a put-off but necessary task crossed off our list, but also the peace of mind of knowing that our information is finally secure.
May 3, 2019
Sir James Dyson Thinks This Common Feature Is Going to Disappear from Homes
Sir James Dyson, the ingenious inventor who gave us both the indispensable Dyson vacuums (I have two!) and those intense Dyson hand dryers, is gracing us with some new wisdom. The forward-thinker spoke to Recode about his ideas on design, devices, and which uber-common home feature will soon be a thing of the past. Speaking about the home of the future, Dyson waxed poetic when explaining how and why our houses are going to become much more than simple shelters.
May 3, 2019
How I Developed an Obsession with Real Estate Apps
My daily use of real estate apps started off as a justifiable act: my husband, Kumar, and I we were in the market for a house after receiving the news that he’d matched for a gastroenterology fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the time, we were living in New York City, paying budget-breaking rent for a tiny apartment. Thus, we figured—why not put our money into a small starter home when we move? We wanted a yard for our two little dogs to run around in.
May 3, 2019
7 Instagrams to Follow If You’re Obsessed with Old Houses
Find yourself dreaming of the ornate millwork, pocket doors, and sleeping porches of yesterday’s homes? You’ll definitely want to add these must-follow accounts to your Instagram feed. From stately Colonials, to fetching farmhouses, and everything in between, the historic homes featured on this popular account are all up for grabs if you want to make that dream house a reality.
May 3, 2019
The $10 Solution to My Messy Living Room Problem
The surest sign you’ve entered a millennial apartment isn’t the fiddle leaf fig or the Edison light bulbs (although those make great options on the Millennial Apartment bingo board), it’s the phone chargers. Now that we carry our smartphones as if they were surgically attached to our limbs, our living rooms have evolved to grow cords that emerge from outlets and tangle across the floor or creep over the backs of couches. That’s what my living room looked like, anyway.
May 3, 2019
The $15 Solution for Your Tangled Bathroom Counter Clutter
Let’s be real: Keeping your tiny bathroom counter tidy, especially with little to no storage space, is no easy feat. That’s why it pays to search for easy ways to add more storage room around your bathroom sink. And believe it or not, we’ve discovered a cheap and foolproof solution for keeping some of your messiest bathroom counter clutter in check.
May 3, 2019
This Amazon Deal Is for Anyone Lazy Enough to Want A Smart Home–But Too Lazy to Install It
Have you ever longed for the ease of being able to turn lights on and off without getting up–but felt overwhelmed at the idea of figuring out how to sync smart plugs and products with your phone? This Amazon deal of the day on Etekcity outlets might be your ideal buy. Typically priced at $40, until midnight PT, you can grab them for $21.
May 3, 2019
7 Ways to Read Free Books Online (Without Leaving Your Couch)
Bookworms rejoice: There are tons of ways to read your favorite books online for free. From old-school classics to brand-new bestsellers, the web is brimming with books you can binge read from your smart device free-of-charge. We’ve rounded up some of the best places you can find books online for free. From Amazon to the Library of Congress, check out these seven awesome websites where you can read books for nothing—from the privacy of your own sofa.
May 3, 2019
This Treat-Dispensing Mobile Camera Follows Your Pets Around Like a Personal Videographer
Move over, Roomba. There’s a new way to terrorize, I mean, follow your furry friend’s every move when you’re not home. It’s the world’s first mobile pet camera—complete with a built-in treat dispenser. The VAVA Mobile Pet Camera claims to give pet owners increased peace of mind while helping to “end pet boredom and separation anxiety.
May 3, 2019
Is It Bad That My Phone Charger Is Always Plugged In?
We’ve all heard that “overcharging” your phone (aka leaving it plugged in after sufficiently charging the battery) can reduce your phone battery’s effectiveness over time. But have you ever wondered about the charger itself? With your cord plugged into the wall (behind the bed, next to the sofa) around the clock, could your charging setup be costing you money or posing a safety hazard?
May 3, 2019
The One Thing Everyone Has at Home But Really Doesn’t Need
There’s clutter that’s obviously clutter: junk mail in stacks on the counter, toys with missing or broken parts, duplicate kitchen tools that never get used. And then there are the things that seem important or that aren’t as easy to get rid of as, say, tossing in the recycling bin or loading in the car for a drop off at the donation center. These things sit in our homes and take up valuable space in our drawers and in our minds when we encounter them.
May 3, 2019
I Wore Blue Light Glasses Every Day for a Week and Here’s How I Felt at the End
As a freelance writer, I spend the better portion of my week staring at screens. Add in my post-dinner social media scroll ritual and my weekly Netflix binges, and I’m pretty much a walking blue-light zombie—which isn’t necessarily a major concern, in and of itself. During the day, the wavelengths emitted from computer, TV, and phone screens can actually boost attention, reaction times, and mood.
May 3, 2019
Bored With the Same Old Stuff on Amazon? Shop This Secret Section
As if we needed another reason to buy everything on Amazon, we go and uncover a whole new hidden section of awesome offerings: a unique Amazon store that’s devoted to nothing but new and innovative products created by startups, so you’ll never get bored shopping for stuff.
May 3, 2019
7 Smart Things to Do on “Clean Out Your Computer” Day
Physical clutter is the most in-your-face kind of clutter, and (especially in the Marie-Kondo-fueled cultural moment we’re having) the most obvious type of clutter to tackle. And yet, there’s a far less visible sort of mess that can also contribute to chaotic feelings, frenzied brains, and drained energy: digital clutter.
May 3, 2019
One Good Reason You Shouldn’t Use Screen Time as a Punishment
Parenting is hard. It’s also a lot of other things, but a truer three-word sentence has never been uttered. We’re all learning as we go—reading parenting books as we encounter the challenges that make us realize why we need parenting books, and spending every evening after the kids are (mercifully) in bed wondering if we’re doing it all wrong.
May 3, 2019
How Technology Is Changing the Way We Sleep
When it comes to sleep, there’s a reason technology gets a bad rap. Excessive screen time before bed can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin production—which means you might be better off delaying that late-night Insta-scroll until the daylight hours (or investing in a fancy pair of blue-light blockers). But there’s one tech trend that could have the opposite effect: Apps and products that use technology to help you sleep better.
May 3, 2019