6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Grape and Small Tomato Slicing Guide
This handy kitchen gadget helps halve small ingredients that tend to roll right off the cutting board in big batches, so dinner prep can be both speedier and safer. Simply place small fruits—like pitted olives, grapes, or cherry tomatoes—into the container and use a serrated knife to slice through the food in one go.
To buy: $12, oxo.com.
Featured August 2014
Classic Cargo Companion
Tired of escaped melons and crushed chips when unloading groceries from the car? Place a pair of cargo stabilizers in the trunk or the hatch and wedge supermarket bags in between. Thanks to Velcro bottoms, they won’t budge an inch, even on bumpy rides.
To buy: $13, stayhold.com.
Thanks to protective silicone sleeves, these durable wineglasses guarantee a stable grip when you sip. (And the bold colors double as drink IDs.) Dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $25 for two, lifefactory.com.
Easy Macro Cell Lens Band
Slip this magnifying camera band over the lens of your smartphone to make teeny photo subjects (fine print on a contract, earrings that you’re selling on eBay) four times larger.
To buy: $15, photojojo.com.
Reversible Cube Candleholder
The tops of these reversible candleholders fit tapers; the bottoms, tealights. Use them to set the stage for a dinner party, then flip them (and the mood) for low-key lounging on the porch.
To buy: $50, fermlivingshop.com.
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