Dinner isn’t popping out of a kitchen chute à la the Jetsons quite yet, but with the world of home automation growing, houses across the country are inching their way towards a sci-fi warp drive. Belkin, the same company that keeps your gadgets traveling in style, has a suite of products called WeMo that turns nearly anything you can plug into an outlet into an app-operated smart thing. If you’ve been eyeing the world of home automation warily, thinking “I don’t know where to start,” this might be a good Step One.
Recycling, short showers, washing full loads of laundry, we try to be as eco-minded as possible in my house. But in living with multiple people and their various daily habits, the one thing we haven’t mastered is turning the lights off when exiting a room.
New! Faster! Smaller! Just released! Shopping for gadgets during the holidays can be thrilling. There are so many fun products being released just in time to fill your stockings, but making choices that your friends and family will love receiving- especially if you’re not the most tech-savvy- can be a bit daunting. That’s why I’m a proud, card-carrying member of the Staples Holiday Council— I’m working with them this holiday season to reduce the stress in holiday shopping and to help people find the perfect gift for everyone on their list (from the tech aisles, of course!)
From the Shop
KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer
Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper
Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask
We may be living in a digital world, but when it comes to special occasions, there’s something to be said for going the old-fashioned route of paper holiday cards. My wedding was pre-Facebook/texting/email but even then it was challenging to get everybody’s addresses together, (a lot of phone calls were necessary… remember those?).
The season of greetings and glad tidings is here, calling us to brush up on our correspondence skills and send warm thoughts to family and friends. Dive into the holiday tradition with this mix of send-in-a-click digital and too-pretty-to-ignore paper cards.
I said goodbye long ago to catalogs on my doorstep, and I’d rather downgrade to an iPhone 3G than navigate one more department store sale section. So, I’ll need a new tactic if I want to stalk my dream designer denim until it’s at a price that my wallet can handle. Discover Shop It To Me, the shopping website my I hoped I’d find before succumbing to the “R-Word” (retail).