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By Alexandra Schonfeld
June 30, 2017
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If you’re going on a vacation this summer and don’t want to worry about your garden or backyard, this product is a must. Control your plant’s watering schedule while sitting poolside through your smartphone. Installation takes only 15 minutes and can be connected to all of your existing sprinklers. To buy: $133; amazon.com.
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Sometimes the coolest projects are made from things we might otherwise throw away. This bottle opener cracks open your favorite beer while keeping the cap intact, so you can use those pristine caps to make something really cool (a coaster or a tray, maybe?) for a friend.

To buy: $12; uncommongoods.com.

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Don’t let your laundry pile take up prime floor real estate. Instead, use this over-the-door hanging hamper to get your dirty clothes off the floor and out of the way.

To buy: $16, amazon.com.

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When wrinkles won't budge (or you'd rather not drag out the ironing board), try this portable steamer. Simply plug it in, wait two minutes, and steam away. Its compact carrying case makes it great for traveling, too.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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Do your part to help save the planet by swapping water bottles for these water pods. Just pop one into a pitcher or cup of tap water to filter out lead, chlorine, arsenic, and all other contaminates.

To buy: $25, thegrommet.com.

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If you’re going on a vacation this summer and don’t want to worry about your garden or backyard, this product is a must. Control your plant’s watering schedule while sitting poolside through your smartphone. Installation takes only 15 minutes and can be connected to all of your existing sprinklers.

To buy: $133; amazon.com.

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Powered by artificial intelligence, “Olivia” tracks your spending and provides guidance to help you take control of your personal spending. Try asking something like “Can I buy this?” Olivia will analyze your financial situation and tell you how much you can “safely” spend that given day.