As you read this, engineers are hard at work turning out what they hope will be the next tech mega-trend: eWatches. It’s smartphone-meets-fitness tracker-meets, well…watch. Sure, they’re new and so cool, but is an eWatch worthy of your next tech investment? Take a look at three getting big buzz right now and decide for yourself.
Father’s Day is next weekend, and I’ve been reflecting on what it’s meant to me to watch my husband’s evolution from that guy i love…to the dad in the house. From day one, he was fiercely protective and hands-on— elevating the act of changing diapers and swaddling to an art form. Music was everywhere, always, and my kids have been fed a steady diet of ’80s pop, ’70s prog rock, ’60s soul, and lots of Broadway. And wherever a joke can be inserted, it is. Lots of quick wit, lots of sarcasm, both of which my son is trying on for size now that he’s officially a teenager— a mini version of his father. Our dinners are full of giggles, and if your joke can make someone spit out their drink, it’s a good day.
My dad is notoriously tough to shop for; whatever he wants, he buys for himself. And when Father’s Day rolls around, he insists that he’d like nothing more than to just be in the company of his kids and grandkids. I know, that’s lovely, but you can’t wrap grandkids, and I can’t be empty-handed! If any of this sounds familiar, I’ve got some last-minute recommendations for all kinds of dads with all kinds of interests.
From the Shop
TomTom Adventurer GPS Hiking & Trail Running Watch + Heart Rate Monitor
ROSSIGNOL & PIQ WEARABLE SKI SPORT TRACKER
GOPRO HERO 6
Slip Silk “Mrs” Eye Mask
Slow n’ steady wins the race on lazy summer days, when golden tortoiseshell beautifully picks up take-it-easy shades of sunshine.
Is your pooch a little tubby around the tummy? My dog, Jenny, is only four years old, but she’s already honing her sloth skills…and could stand to lose a few pounds. I know that just as with humans, dogs can live longer and healthier lives if they stay in shape—and I definitely want my best friend to live forever! Still, as a working mom who’s frazzled enough keeping up with projects and kids, it’s not easy to watch everything Jenny does (not to mention vacuums into her mouth).
Not long ago, if you wanted to create a smart home—appliances that talk to each other, lights that greet you on arrival, locks that automatically shut out your crazy ex-roommate—it was a wildly expensive job. And if you’re talking about a really high-end home automation system, it still can cost a bundle. The HGTV Smart Home 2014 is a gorgeous example of a home that’s as beautiful as it is brainy— have you entered to win it? You should! But I digress…