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5 Practical & Funny Gifts that Every Kitchen Needs

  • posted September 1st, 2014
  • Gadgets

The household entertainer is not only judged by the food and drinks they make, but oftentimes by the fun gadgets around their kitchen and bar. It’s more fun to spice up your kitchen with neat tools than fancy spices to help make cooking fun. At Blind Surprise, we work with some great companies that are helping build cool stuff to buy to bring some life to your kitchen – and all these gifts can be found right here on The Find! Check them out!

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BOOZ FOOS DRINK STIRRERS - Why mix a drink with a normal metal stirrer, when you can play foosball and get that drink going?

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MUFFIN TOPS - Pulling these bad boys out of the oven will certainly get some heads turning!

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Jerry’s Euphori-Lock Ice Cream Pint - I think the best way to roll out this fun gadget is to throw it on your ice cream without your roommates/spouse knowing, and then just waiting to see their reactions!

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The Tuxedo Apron - Show up to cook, in style. Why dress down just because you’re in the kitchen?

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Deep Tea Diver Tea Infuser - Don’t just drop your tea bag into your glass – let this little guy do the work!

Ali Kitenplon, author of this post, is the c0-founder of the Blind Surprise, a personalized monthly gifting service.  Blind Surprise works with up and coming designers and artists, to get unique products to the market that you cannot find in stores.  A unique surprise gifting experience – receive a mystery box at your door that could contain any beautiful product from a US product line.  To ensure you will love your gift, you sign up with your interests, and receive a perfect gift for your personality.

This Week on TheFind Blog: End of Summer Camping Fun, Gadgets for Your Workspace, Fall Fashion Trends, How to Use TheFind to Purchase Labor Day BBQ Supplies

If you haven’t checked out TheFind blog yet this week, here’s a recap of what’s happened:

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Credit: Parenting, Gigaom, The Boston Globe, TheFind

 -       End the summer with an easy camping trip right in your backyard!

-       These workspace gadgets will help maintain a neat and orderly office.

-       With a new season comes a new wardrobe. Embrace your inner fashionista and keep up with the upcoming fall trends.

-       Running out of time to purchase all your Labor Day weekend supplies? Check out how TheFind’s “location” filter can enhance your shopping experience by saving you time and money.

How to Use TheFind to Purchase Labor Day BBQ Supplies

Happy Labor Day weekend! Do you need to pick up some last minute items for your holiday barbecue? Here are some tips on how TheFind’s mobile app can help you locate nearby stores for quick and convenient purchases.

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 If you’re a first-time user of TheFind’s mobile app, download it on your smartphone and create or log in to your account. In the search engine bar at the top, type in the item you are looking for, i.e. “grilling tools,” and then press search. In the top right corner, select “Refine By” then click “Local Stores” and “Apply” it to your search.

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Now, select the item you want to purchase. Notice that under the image there are four boxes: Details, $, location, and Shop. Press on the location pin and a pop-up of local addresses and phone numbers will appear.

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Take advantage of TheFind’s various search filters to help narrow down the best way to purchase your products every time you shop.

Fall Fashion Trends

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but that only means it is time for a wardrobe change! These fashion trends will definitely get you excited about the fall season.

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-       Capes/Ponchos: The fall season can be tricky when it comes to fashion. The weather can be too cool for short sleeves but too warm for sweaters and hoodies. Capes and ponchos are perfect cover-ups to help keep you comfortable. They are lightweight and help make a lazy day outfit look “super-chic.”

-        Shoes: Fall weather allows you to wear many different shoes styles. According to Leah Karp, InStyle accessories director, leopard print, jewel tones, and textures are going to be popular trends in shoes this fall season. These are great ways to add a pop of color and fun to your wardrobe!

-       Shirt Dresses: Shirt dresses are becoming extremely trendy! You can pair a shirt dress with a big, chunky statement necklace and go for a professional look in the office. You can also add a belt, a pair of boots, and a scarf for a more casual style.

Gadgets For Your Workspace

Are you having trouble with maintaining an organized workspace? Take a look at these gadgets that are guaranteed to help keep your office in order:

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-       Cordies: With computers, keyboards, speakers and chargers, there are multiple cords that can get tangled. Cordies are super helpful in managing cables and cords on your desktop. They ensure that your devices do not get disconnected while also keeping them in line.

-       Cell Phones/iPods:  If you want to stand your cell phone and use up less of your table space, the Breffo Spiderpodium Stand can mount your device. Its eight-legged ‘octopod’ feature allows the gadget to wrap around many surfaces, securing your device tightly.

-       Charging Station: Say goodbye to power outlet scavenger hunts. The Callpod Chargepod is a lifesaver when it comes to charging your electronic devices. With six available USB ports, the Callpod Chargepod can charge multiple gadgets in one location.

 

 

 

 

 

End of Summer Camping Fun

What better way to end summer than with a camp out in your backyard? These tips from Parenting can help you pull it off:

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Games:

-       Bucket Brigade: This fun water game will have everyone soaking wet by the time it’s finished. To play, split your family into two teams and give each team a water pitcher. Each team races to transfer all the water in their pitcher to a kiddie pool—but only using small paper cups to do it. Teams can work willy-nilly or form a bucket brigade, whichever strategy they think will win.

-       Catch the Bunny: To play this game, start passing a rubber ball (the bunny) around in a circle. After a few seconds, toss in a beach ball (the farmer) and pass it around to catch the bunny. If a player is holding onto the bunny and the farmer catches up to it, they’re out. To make the game a bit more challenging, have the bunny go in only one direction around the circle but allow the farmer to travel any direction he wants to catch up to the bunny.

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Snacks:

-       S’mores on a Stick: Give this classic camp food a twist. Pour warmed up chocolate sauce it into a shallow bowl or plate and put crushed graham crackers on another plate. Roast the marshmallows and dip them in the chocolate sauce and then in the crackers.

-       Breakfast Banana Splits: Finish off your night of camping with a Banana Split breakfast that serves four. To make it, combine 1/3 cup of light brown sugar with 3 Tbsp of butter and stir until crumbly. Add 1 cup of granola, mix and set aside. Split bananas lengthwise with the peel still on. Place them on sheets of foil and stuff them with the granola mixture. Wrap the stuffed bananas with the foil and roast them on the grill for 10 – 15 minutes and serve them with a scoop of vanilla yogurt.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Last-Minute Back-to-School Essentials, Gadgets for Dogs, Pre-Labor Day Fashion, Labor Day Party Decor

If you haven’t checked out TheFind blog yet this week, here’s a recap of what’s happened:

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-       Make sure to get these must have supplies for returning to school.

-       Embrace National Dog Day with these cutting-edge gadgets.

-       Take advantage of wearing white and make a fashion statement before Labor Day comes!

-       Throw the best looking Labor Day party with these decoration ideas.

Labor Day Party Decor

There is no better way to celebrate Labor Day than throwing a fun barbecue with friends and family. Get inspired with Architecture, Art, and Designs decoration ideas that will definitely embrace the holiday spirit!

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-       Wreaths: Entryways are vital components to introducing the vibe of an event. Welcome your guests with a beautiful wreath on your door. This decorative piece will invite friends and family into a festive atmosphere!

-       Food Display: People commonly say presentation always makes food taste better. Be sure to entice everyone’s appetite with delicious snacks and beverages displayed in festive dishes and cups.

-       Red, White, and Blue: A day to celebrate everyone’s “economic and social contributions” in the USA, Labor Day serves as another opportunity to rejoice in patriotism. Miniature American flags can serve as several different decoration purposes at a barbecue. You can arrange them in a container for a centerpiece, and also utilize them as party favors that guests can leave with!

Pre-Labor Day Fashion

“Don’t you know you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day?”

-Prisoner #2, “Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)

With Labor Day around the corner, now is your last chance to show off your best white ensembles. Get inspired with Refinery 29’s all-white fashion ideas below:

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 -       Shirt Dress: If you want a more professional appearance, go with a white shirtdress. A tailored piece will give you a clean, crisp appearance—plus it can be worn after work or on weekends when paired with flats or sneakers.

-       Simple: Wearing white doesn’t need to be complex. Keep it simple with a classic crewneck top paired with fitted trousers, shorts or a skirt and some white brogues.

-       Accent Color: Balance your sleek white look with an accent color. Look for a piece with design details that incorporate another shade—as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the white.

-       Layer: Layer various shades of white for a more interesting monochrome appearance. To pull off this look, focus on only a slight variation of shades. Try mixing a white dress with an off-white jacket.

Gadgets for Dogs

Happy National Dog Day! Celebrate man’s best friend with these gadgets made just for dogs:

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-       Whistle: Keep tabs on how your pup spends his day with Whistle. The wireless, waterproof device attaches to your dog’s collar to track their activity and rest. With the accompanying app, you can check to see when your pet is walking, resting and playing.

-       Tagg: If your dog runs off, the Tagg pet tracker can help you find them. Place the device on your pet’s collar and it uses GPS technology to locate where they’ve run off too. Simply press the “locate” button on your computer or mobile device and the system shows you where your escapee is exploring. The tracker also comes with an option to notify you with an alert when your pet escapes. The water resistant gadget holds a 30-day charge and requires an $8 monthly service fee.

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-       Fetch: Have a fetch-obsessed dog? iFetch is the gadget for you. The device launches the balls for you, so your ball-crazed dog can play fetch even when you’re not around. If you do find the time to play with your dog, throw him tennis balls with the Chuckit Ball Launcher. The tool gives you a longer throw range, saves you from throwing your shoulder and best of all, it comes with a mechanism for slobber-free ball pick-up.

-       Dyson Groom Tool: As most dog owners know, shedding is inevitable. The Dyson Groom Tool is ideal for preventing their fur from overwhelming your home. The simple vacuum attachment tool has 364 individual slicker bristles to collect any loose dog hair that is about to be shed. Once you release the thumb trigger the bristles retract, instantly sucking it all straight into the vacuum. The tool can be used with most Dyson upright and canister vacuums.

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