Category: Around the House

The Instant Pot: What’s all the hype about this hot kitchen gadget?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about The Instant Pot. It even recently got coverage on NPR. (We knew you when, Instant Pot). But a lot of people don’t really know exactly what it does, and if they really truly need it in their kitchen. The TL;DR? It’s a bunch of your favorite kitchen gadgets, all in one. That means it takes the place of a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a slow cooker… the list goes on. You can even sauté in it, which as you can guess, cuts out a whole lot of stovetop...

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12 of the coolest products and tech gadgets for parents from CES 2017. Holy cow, the future is here!

This year at CES 2017, family and baby tech each had its own summit (wow!) and bevy of exhibitors sharing some of the hottest new gadgets for parents. Seriously, where were all these incredible gadgets when my kids were babies? While there were tons incredible products for parents at CES 2017, I narrowed it down to 12 that I think are the coolest or at least, the most interesting. And all of which are worth having on your radar. Related: 6 baby monitors from CES 2017 that do way more than monitor Snoo Smart Sleeper For Happiest Baby on the Block fans, Dr. Harvey...

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6 new baby monitors that do way more than just monitor | CES 2017

These days, the baby monitors available to parents are a huge departure from the scratchy audio monitors from the newborn days of yore (i.e. my first child). This year’s CES conference served as an exciting stage for the types of innovation in technology and design that we are seeing in this category. Many of the gadgets we’re sharing here are ones you might have seen before, but their 2017 updates make them seem like new machines. Between the higher resolution, increased functionality, built-in songs, and features like air quality checks, even voice recognition, let’s just say the future is here. Here are the...

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8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter | CES 2017

We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...

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NES nerds, this chart’s for you.

If you were hoping to gift that amazing mini NES Classic Edition that everyone’s drooling over and won’t get it in time for the holidays, here’s a fun idea: wrap this super cool Nebula of NES Games poster as preview of what’s to come in a few months when these consoles become available again. Created by Pop Chart Labs (we love these guys), this amazing poster features all the NES games released between 1984 and 1993 — that’s over 700, by the way — in an awesome visual. They’re broken down based on release date and genre, with over 100...

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Teasmade: An alarm clock that brews your tea. Jolly good!

Why should coffee lovers have all the fun, with their alarm clocks brewing fancy coffee for them in the morning? Well, tea lovers, this is your moment, because the classic British brand Swan Teasmade tea-brewing alarm clock has been upgraded for 2016, and is now available stateside. Related: 6 cool alarm clocks to help get you (and your kids) up in the morning All you need to do is set the alarm, and pop in your favorite teabag and water. Then, at your chosen time, the water will boil (yes boil, so keep it away from kids), with a large...

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Nucleus: A home intercom system that you can use, even if you’re not home.

We just instituted a new family rule at my house: No yelling for mom or dad from another room. Because, enough already. But, that being said, this rule probably needs to start with me. Our solution has been the Nucleus home intercom system, and I’m happy to report, waaaaay less yelling. The Nucleus devices can be placed throughout your home, then set up to connect via video or audio chat. So, along with calling them to dinner, I can use this to quickly check in on my kids while they’re having a sleepover in their room, or even to keep an eye on a baby who’s...

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Smart doorbells: A new tech trend that could keep your family safer

When we see a tech trend that could keep our families safer, it definitely gets our attention, which is why we’re so intrigued by smart doorbells, with two in particular that you’ll want to have on your radar. Related: 3 simple home security systems that will keep your house safe The Ding (above) features three parts: A doorbell, a chime, and an app. Simply install the doorbell and place the chime anywhere in the home. Then, when someone rings your doorbell it rings the chime and alerts you on the app, allowing you to talk to the person, whether you’re...

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How to wake your kids up in the morning? Try these 6 helpful alarm clocks and alarm apps.

With back-to-school in full swing for most of us, the grind of managing a schedule with after school activities and homework is picking back up again. But after late nights and lazy summer mornings, the hurdle for these first few weeks is getting everyone out of bed in the morning. From mobile options to hardware options, here are 6 smart ways to get kids up on time that you might not know about that might finally work to getting kids out of bed, and even better, without you nagging them.   Great Alarm Clocks on Mobile Devices Hey Siri If your kids are iOS users,...

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BeON Home: The smart lightbulbs that keep your house safer

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that whenever my family heads out on a trip, we worry about the safety of our homes when we’re gone. So I was intrigued by the BeON smart lightbulbs, which use clever lighting responses to prevent burglary, plus have a backup battery to give you light when the power’s out. Smart, right? Here’s how they work. Each BeON LED bulb has a battery pack that slides inside the bulb, with a microphone and Bluetooth capability built in. Once the bulbs are screwed in, you connect them to the BeON Home app on your smartphone. If...

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