7 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Thistle Farms Geranium Spray
Need a little extra help getting those pesky bugs to buzz off without using harsh chemicals? Turn to this all-natural and environmentally-friendly insect repellent, which is made from a fresh blend of geranium oil, citronella, and lemongrass. Plus, each four once bottle sold benefits Thistle Farms, an organization devoted to helping women who have overcome violence, prostitution, and addiction.
To buy: $14, dogoodbuy.us.
Featured May 2013
KidCo Universal Outlet Covers
Keep curious fingers from creeping into open electrical outlets with this handy universal cover. Rather than removing it every time you need to access the plug, simply slide it to the side. When you unplug an appliance, the cover automatically slides shut.
To buy: $4, buybuybaby.com.
As long as the sun is shining, this charger will generate enough electricity to keep your gadgets (smartphone, iPad, iPhone) powered up. No sun in sight? Use the USB cable (which is included in the package) to fuel the solar charger when there is not enough light.
To buy: $65, momastore.org.
Road Trip Entertainment
Need a quirky diversion during your next family trip? This fun app has more than 9,000 of them. Search by location or category, such as “big,” “odd buildings,” or “UFO.”
To buy: $3 for one of seven regions (plus $2 for each additional region), itunes.com.
Remembering when to take your medication can be a headache of its own. This free app not only reminds you when to take your pills, but it also alerts you to any potentially dangerous interactions with other medications, supplements, food, or drink. Plus, you’ll earn points for taking your dosage on time each day. When you’ve racked up enough points, trade them in for a gift card to your favorite store or donate to a charity.
Say sayonara to unexpected stains (doodles on Grandma’s couch, wine spill on the counter) with a simple swipe. These individually packaged, all-natural cloths will safely tackle spots on most surfaces, including wood, upholstery, counters, even skin.
To buy: $8 for 10, containerstore.com.
Snug Tub Spout Protector
Uh-oh, is that an elephant in the tub? Since bathing your toddler can be a wild (and wiggly) time, call in some back-up help to keep kids bump and bruise-free. This flexible spout cover, which fits a variety of faucets, provides an ultra-soft spot for kids who accidentally hit their heads.
To buy: $12, sfmoma.org.
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