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ORGANIZING

Cool Organizing Gadgets for your iPhone and iPad

cord wrap by bobino

It was my birthday this weekend. I received wonderful gifts from my friends and family that show that they know what I like. I am sharing those two gadgets because I feel that they could be useful for you.

Cord Wrap by Bobino

It happens to me all the time. Each time that I answer a call with your iPhone, I need to ask the caller to wait while I untangle my iPhone earbuds. My Cord Warp designed by Bobino, and distributed by Kikkerland, solves this problem without taking space in my bag. The Cord Wrap comes in three sizes: the small one is for earbuds, a medium size organizes most of your usb computer cables while the larger size is designed for slightly longer and thicker cords such as your laptop cable. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN PAPER goods

Sliced Bread Notebook and My Love for Notebooks

sliced bread notebook

sliced bread notebook packaging

Packaging is often used to differentiate a standardized product from its competition. And this is exactly what Burak Kaynak tried to do when they bundled 12 notebooks and packaged it as a (too short) loaf of bread. I must say that the analogy would have been more successful if the box was standing on the side, like a real bread bag.

sliced bread notebook

The pack contains 12 notebooks so that you can have one for each month of the year. The notebooks are numbered 1 to 12 to help you distinguish them.

Nonetheless, I share it because I love receiving notebooks. I buy several ones every year of different formats, lined and unlined, thin and thicks. I always carry a notebook in my purse to write down my ideas, manage projects and for making lists or simply keeping notes. Keep that and these in mind if you need to buy a gift for a friend who likes taking notes about everything.

SOURCING:
+ Sliced Bread Notebook on sale at $39.99 USD at PUKKA/DANK
+ via @designsponge

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

BBQ Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

You can’t go wrong with BBQ gears for Father’s Day. And there are so many cool stuff out there that I wish to give you a head start with my BBQ product suggestions.

BBQ Accessories

These are for the dad who has everything and likes gadgets. The first item is a charcoal grill meat and seafood humidifier. You fill the cast-iron boxes with water, beer, wine, juices or other liquid. Steam is released as you cook the meat or seafood. It will add moisture and will infuse food with flavors. As one buyer suggested in his review, oil them after cleaning to keep the cast-iron boxes from rusting.

wireless meat thermometer for bbq

Another gift idea is a wireless grilling thermometer. The one at Williams-Sonoma lets you monitor roasting meats and poultry from up to 150 feet away. It comes with 7 pre-programmed settings that you can custom to your liking.

BBQ at the Beach or the Park

bodum fyrkat picnic bbq

A picnic is an old-time favorite activity for parents with young children. Therefore, why not buy a portable grill for dad? I love the charm of the beach-side grill. Otherwise, small charcoal grill may be more handy since they do not take too much small on the trunk of your car. My favorite is the colorful Fyrkat picnic grill by Bodum. I want it for myself. Bodum makes a good looking Charcoal Chimney Starter.

portable charcoal grills

The Notebook grill can be transported flat. You carry it in a shoulder bag. Therefore, it is wonderful when you are walking to the park. The Smokey Joe by Weber has great review.Visually, it is not too far from the Bodum model, except that it only comes in black. Lastly, if your dad prefers a portable gas grill, I heard good things about the Cuisinart 12,000 BTU tabletop grill or the Weber Q-100 propane gas grill.

SOURCING:
+ Charcoal Companion Moistly Grilled Cast Iron Grill Humidifier $19.99 USD on sale at Sur la Table
+ Wireless Remote Grilling Thermometer $59.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
Beach-Side Grill $149.99 USD at Sur la Table
+ Bodum Fyrkat 13.4-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill, Orange $59 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
Bodum 11359-16 Fyrkat Charcoal Chimney Starter $24.90 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ For Canadians: Paramount Notebook Grill $49.99 CAD at Home Depot Canada
+ For Americans: HotSpot Notebook Portable Charcoal Grill $35.96 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill $34.70 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Cuisinart CGG-200 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill $169.95 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill $134 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]

GIFT IDEAS

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Grooming Gifts for Him and Her

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

The Canadian indie bloggers of Style Collective – I’m a member – decided to do a round-up of what we consider to be awesome gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day. I split the gift ideas into 3 parts. I start this coverage with what you can use on your bathroom.

1. Sameera of Well.ca

“Have your man try something new and shave the old-fashioned way with Natural Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Soap ($5.95 CAD) and the Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Brush ($7.47 CAD) for a more comfortable, quality shave. You can warm up together in the tub with Aura Cacia aromatherapy ($3.59 CAD), and sip mugs of Cocoa Camino ($8.59 CAD), which offers a yummy-licious array of indulgent cocoa products.”

It sounds like a great date, Sameera. These products are available at Well.ca.

2. Janine from BeautyGeeks

“For him, Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Kiehl’s shave oil together deliver the closest. shave. ever. The Dermalogica buffing cloth is a bracing a.m. body wake-up and exfoliating superstar. For her, the LoveFresh gift box, with delish Pomegranate sugar scrub and body butter, is loaded with natural oils and moisturizers for silky, luscious limbs.”

I would like to try the scrubs. It sounds marvelous.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, $14.99 at drugstores; Kiehl’s Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31-0 Shave Oil, $26 at kiehls.ca; Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth, $24 at dermalogica.ca; LoveFresh Body Goodies Scrubalicious Gift Box, $42 at lovefresh.com

3. Claire from ChickAdvisor

“Nothing says sexy time on Valentine’s Day like a shower. We can’t get enough of these cheeky Soap & Glory products. The flirty scents contain delicious notes of citrus, bergamot, mandarin, jasmine and freesia on a mix of musks, sandalwood, vanilla and amber. As for the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, the name alone is enough to make us want it.”

I like the vintage packaging.

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls body wash, $9.99 CAD; Scrub ’Em & Leave ’Em body buff, $14.99 CAD; Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, $9.99 CAD; all at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Mimobot for Star Wars Fans | Gift Ideas

mimobot darth vader

mimobot star wars collection

For the Star Wars fans in your life, here is a collection of USB flash drives with their favorite characters. One neat feature is that a face is revealed by removing their helmet.

mimobot darth vader

Like in video games, some models carry an Easter egg. For example, one of 6 Darth Vader flash drives reveals the classic Anakin pale face. A limited edition of 500 units each provides Stormtrooper Han or Stormtrooper Luke with an extra cap. You have the choice to show the character shows their hair or the Stormtrooper helmet.

To reminisce a famous scene of the movie, have a look at this cute video featuring the Mimobot USB drives.

You can buy the Star Wars Mimobot series online at Mimoco.com or at these retailers (list for Canada and United States). Mimobot also makes an Hello Kitty line and an artist series designed by pop-culture famous artists.

SOURCING:
+  Star Wars Mimobot series $34.95 to $94.95 USD

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Unique Design Tea Pots Fit for a Man

unique tea pots fit for a man :: potter for stelton :: sorapot by joey roth

Most tea services are quite feminine. Since my husband is a huge tea drinker, I went on a search for the ultimate tea pot for a man. I found two.

Potter tea pot designed by Jehs & Laub for Stelton

The first thing that caught my eyes is the color choice of the Potter tea pot: soft black and soft midnight blue. Then, they got me with the non-drip spout. A tea pot that will not stain my table every time I use it is a must when I buy a tea pot.

Potter is the latest creation for Stelton by the duo Jehs & Laub. They won a reddot design award in 2009 for Potter. The handle shape and position delivers more balance. It makes the tea pot extraordinarily easy and comfortable to pour from. A special tea strainer is included. I found no picture of the stainer.

Sorapot designed by Joey Roth

If you are looking for a piece with architectural appeal, go with Sorapot. Made from stainless steel, borosilicate glass (Pyrex), and food-grade silicone, the ritual of tea undertakes a modern transformation due to the unique feature of Sorapot. Unlike standard teapots that confine tea leaves in a small mesh basket, the tea leaves run freely over the entire Sorapot’s interior. In theory, your tea will taste better. One thing for sure, Sorapot’s design will start a conversation.

SOURCING:
+ Potter tea pot designed by Jehs & Laub for Stelton $147 USD at Unica
+ Sorapot Mirror Polished $250 USD (198 EUR, 312 CAD)
+ Sorapot Brushed Polished $200 USD (158 EUR, 250 CAD)