Author: Liz Gumbinner

Cord management brilliance. Affordable brilliance.

Raise your hand if you’ve got a cord nest somewhere in your home that looks more like a design magazine “before” instead of an “after.” I am raising my hand. Okay, both hands. So I’m thrilled to find a smart, affordable, nice-looking solution in the Bluelounge CableBox. In white or black, it fits a basic surge protector or powerstrip inside, threads the wires through channels on one end and…boom. “After.” Checking the dimensions it’s 15.6″ long by 6″ wide, so you should have no problem even with dual strip surge protectors. It’s got no slip grips underneath so it...

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I cannot tell a lie. I did save your spreadsheets under my hat.

While Mimoco is known for their funky Mimobot flash drives featuring characters from Star Trek, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, Ugly Dolls and Marvel comics, I have to say I’m digging their latest offering just out today: Presidents. Check out the new U.S. Presidents Flash Drives and tell me it doesn’t make total sense. Why the heck shouldn’t George Washington be entrusted with up to 128G of data? I mean, that guy never told a lie. And I think Honest Abe Lincoln will make a pretty stand-up data drive even when he’s horizontal in your USB port. Each one comes...

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A sunnier desk, even in winter

I’m feeling the need for a little sunshine and happiness right now, both emotionally and physically. And hey, sometimes your mood starts with your surroundings so when I saw this desk lamp at CB2 I perked right up. How could you resist this atomic yellow table lamp? It would be so nifty on a desk of any color or any material, and I think just turning it on would snap me out of some of the winter blues. It’s not just cute though, it’s practical too–the shade flips up and adjusts as needed. And hey, it’s cheaper than a trip...

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For those of you who refuse to get rid of your CDs, we salute you

I confess, I still have boxes of CDs that may never be sold or donated. As wonderful as MP3s are, there’s something about owning my music in handy CD form that I can’t let go of. So wasn’t I surprised to see a company still making a CD player–and a cool one at that. The Muji wall-mounted CD player looks like a beautiful, minimalist piece of tech design. Just pull that cord and you can toggle over to FM radio too. It’s also got a remote control so you can load it up, then skip that one bad song...

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Beautiful stationery for business emails. Only digital.

As someone who often sends birthday notes and thank-yous through emails and texts (sorry Emily Post), I fell in love with the beautiful Cartolina app back when it first launched.  Well now Cartolina has launched a new app that still allows you to send electronic greetings with digital stationery, but with a more professional look.  Their new Mailroom app is perfect for those of us who have good intentions for sending handwritten notes but don’t necessarily have the time to do it. The 21 retro-inspired templates that look like beautiful stationery, allowing you to send thank-you letters, business memos,...

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Best clip-on lamp for reading? Reader Q+A

I just got a bunk bed for my kids and was trying to figure out a good clip-on reading light that could just clip onto the sides of the bed. Have you come across anything like that? Thanks! -Maryann Funny enough Maryann, I could have written this question myself about a year ago! After much perusing and querying and reading reviews, I finally came across a great clip-on light that we’re really happy with. The Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Craft Light has been exactly what we needed. This company has a great reputation, making well-reviewed LED lights for Kindles and more. As for the XtraFlex2,...

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10 can’t-miss photos – The remarkable, transcendent power of digital photography

In this digital age, we take for granted that we have a hundred zillion photos of our children (maybe a one or two less of us actually with our children). Not so the case with every mother everywhere in the world. Having just returned from a trip to Ethiopia with ONE, it didn’t take long to realize the powerful tools we hold in our hands every day: our own smartphones and digital cameras. Snap a photo of a reluctant subject…then reverse the device and hand it over. It instantly opened doors of trust, connectivity and communication that we might not have...

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Edible Instagrams? We’ll take it!

At first when I heard about an edible Instagram product I thought…InstaGrahams? But nope. No clever puns. Just beautiful, delicious chocolate. The new service Cocoagraph, from 3D Fine Arts major Rae Vittorelli, merges chocolate and photography–two of our favorite things too–turning any of your photos at all into all perfectly edible, artisanal chocolate. You can send a jpeg or scan, but of course Instagram and Hipstamatic photos will work too, and the vintage filters on them probably lend themselves to better quality of the final product. Not that it will be around long enough for you to stare at...

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Piquing Our Geek: Turn your iPhone photos into Polaroids. Remember those?

I still fondly remember my Polaroid camera. Like so many photo buffs, I was devastated when Polaroid went the way of the Betamax. Well, with this new gadget, you will get almost the same effect with your very 21st century iPhone. And the story is pretty unbelievable. The folks behind the Impossible Instant Lab were so obsessed with instant photography that they bought the last Polaroid factory in order to preserve all that instant film. (Kudos!) Since then, they’ve been working to create a gadget that uses Polaroid-compatible instant film that lets you turn your digital photos into actual analog Polaroid photos,...

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7 Funny videos for moms that are actually funny

I get pitched a whole lot of “funny videos for moms” here, and while I know humor is wildly subjective, the one thing they all have in common: not so funny. In fact, some are downright painful. (Yes, poop is gross. Very original) So as a public service, I thought I’d put together a few videos for parents that actually did make me–and a lot of other people laugh. And I don’t mean babies farting or kitties falling from trees. Here’s to the online humor writers who make good comedy on purpose. Fair warning: There are a few ads...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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