6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
The Mason Shaker
No need for fancy barware: This kit, which includes a regular mouth mason jar and a three-piece stainless steel strainer and lid, makes it easy to stir up a batch of cocktails whenever happy hour may strike.
To buy: $29, thegrommet.com.
Featured December 2013
Light Switch Frame Organizer
If you’re always forgetting your keys, stash them someplace where you’re forced to pass as you enter and leave the room. Meet the wall organizer designed for the job: The wooden frame mounts over a light switch and is equipped with a chalkboard (for jotting notes and reminders) and hooks (for hanging keys, dog leashes, and purses.
To buy: $20, greatusefulstuff.com.
Cooking Guide Apron
Don’t dirty your keyboard Googling how many teaspoons in a ¼ cup. This handy apron not only keeps your clothes splatter-free, but also provides helpful cooking tips like how long to roast the bird, freezing instructions, numeric conversions, and more.
To buy: $26, perpetualkid.com.
Turn hollow objects—think cups, lampshades, or boxes—into a speaker. Simply affix the portable device onto the object of your choosing (using the provided sticky pad) and press play. The rechargeable battery rocks for up to 10 hours.
To buy: $20, origaudio.com.
Final Touch Champagne Cork Catcher
Breaking something with a flying champagne cork? Not so festive. Slip this gadget over the mouth of the bottle to safely remove the cork. Don’t fret: The cork catcher keeps the celebrations lively by amplifying that “pop” sound.
To buy: $20, williams-sonoma.com.
ScrapPad – Scrapbook for iPad
Turn a year’s worth of aww-worthy photos into an organized scrapbook you can share digitally (through Facebook and e-mail) or get professionally printed. Using your own photos and the app’s library of more than 2,000 backgrounds, borders, and embellishments, it’s easy to assemble a cohesive and beautiful album.
To buy: $5, itunes.com.
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