As with most dog owners, we love our small "herd" ( three beautiful rescue doxies) but their breath is another matter. My husband uses that old expression, "It could stop the windmill on an old Dutch painting," or something like that.
So along comes DogToids of course, doggie breath mints. Made with parsley to freshen breath. these "yummy" dog bones are made from a combination of beef liver and fish flavors come in a handy tin. My dogs pronounced them" delicious!" Did it improve their breath? Briefly.
The site also mentions that they come in "Fun bone shapes" but my pups didn't slow down long enough to admire them.
From Bamboo Pets, one of our favorite pet sites, and avialable at most pet stores.
Making a good cup of loose leaf tea just got easier with the IngenuiTEA from adagio teas. Open the top and drop in your loose leaf tea. Pour in your hot water and let steep. When you're ready to drink, simply place the IngenuiTEA on top of your cup and a valve at the bottom will release the hot liquid through a mesh filter. Watch it in action here. Dishwasher and microwave safe to make your life even easier.
One of my closest friends, Darlene, recently resurrected a weekly game night to make sure our little circle got to see each other at least once a week and to make sure we all do something to break us out of the winter doldrums. Game night means everything from checkers to DVD games like Scene It. Darlene has every one imaginable, including some beautiful classic chess and Chinese checkers sets that are works of art, but is always looking to expanding her trove.
Enter into the picture coincidence… On the heels of Darlene's expansion considerations, I've come to find out that our friends over at Zontik Games have given their website a major facelift (even Joan Rivers would be proud of them) to showcase their expanded selection. Zontik features the crème de la crème of traditional gaming wares, from traditional chess and backgammon models to estate-worthy croquet sets and decked-out versions of favorites like Monopoly and Scrabble.
If you've always wanted to be a contestant on American Idol but were afraid, and probably rightfully so (I mean what would Simon say?) then here's a safer and more fun way to participate: Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 w/Microphone. There's no guarantee Simon won't trash you but at least you get more than one chance at the spotlight.
More fun than the first version of the game, this one boasts better graphics, more accurate judging by the 3 judges, 40 all new "hit songs" from the 70s to the present, two player duets or "battles", and more options for making your all-important Avatars.
My family got the game for Christmas and are still playing it every day, which either says something about the sorry state of our lives, or just that we have a heightened sense of fun.
Available at Amazon for around $70.
Forget searching for your USB cable or your card readers when you are ready to upload your camera's pictures to your computer. Instead, use an EyeFi WiFi SD memory card that will do it for you. Three different cards are available (labeled Home, Share, or Explore) and all upload to your home computer via your wireless network. The Share version will also upload directly to Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa as will the Explore card, which will also geo-tag your photo. Free shipping until January 31.
I'm all in favor of recycled art and clothing, especially when the end product is gorgeous. One of the most impressive ideas I've ever seen is designer Alexandra Guerrero's project to turn cigarette butts into wool. She uses a special purification process which makes the butts safe to wear, and shreds them to make the wool-like textile in the picture above.
So far she has repurposed 5000 cigarette butts, all of which she found on streets of her hometown of Santiago de Chile. But I'm sure she wouldn't mind if everyone stopped smoking (or at least used a trash can) and she wasn't able to collect any more...
If you love innovative modern home design or are a total anglophile, then you'll love this piece of art by Suck UK, which shows off the magnificent design of the London Underground (subway) map to perfection. (It truly is an iconic design: so much so, Brits voted it one of their top three designs of the last century, along with Concorde and the Spitfire). Plus it's functional as a mirror, too. Absolutely fabulous.
Find it at Mode Twenty One for around $86.
Via Hygge Nook.
I love fall, but winter makes me a little sad. In fact, it makes me SAD: like millions of others, I experience seasonal affected disorder every year at this time due to the lack of sunlight.
One of the things that can help SAD sufferers is a light box which emits a very strong light (more than 10,000 Lumens, whatever they are) but such boxes can be very expensive.
I never thought that they were something an amateur could make at home but it turns out I was wrong. Lifehacker this week linked to instructions to make your own lightbox, as written by an Austrian blogger called Boris Le Gradic. This would cost a fraction of the cost of buying one retail, and emits a whopping 16,000 Lumens (again, whatever they are) so there’s no excuse for not shining a little light onto your problem.
Unless you’re really bad with a drill, I guess.
There's lots to like about the new line of iSee cases from Contour for iPods and iPhones:
1) It shows off your electronics in all their glory in crystal clear, lightweight cases.
2) It's extremely durable
3) Easy access to all controls