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Easy Caramel Macchiatos at Home with an AeroPress

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Gismos & Gadgets Leave a comment

I was the only big coffee drinker in the house. Since I’d rather not make an entire pot every morning, I usually went without.

I kept hearing buzz about this cute little AeroPress unit that made rich coffee with less bitterness and acidity, one cup at a time. I was skeptical. It was a press system and I had a bad experience using my friend’s French Press and getting a mouth full of grit in my last few sips, yuck.

I was on the fence until Lifehacker got on board. Suddenly I needed one now, express shipping please!

Now 2 months later, I am glad to say there are no signs of buyer’s remorse. I have found a few little hacks that allow me to make myself fantastic frothy lattes every morning in under 4 minutes. The coffee is as good as the hype and pleasantly grit free.

If you want one for yourself the AeroPress is usually sold for less than $35. I’ve seen them at high end coffee shop but you can also just grab it online.

Here’s a video I put together showing how to make a 4 minute Caramel Macchiato. Enjoy 🙂


5 Great Cord Management Systems for your Gadgets

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Gismos & Gadgets, Top Ten, Travel & Adventure Leave a comment

I can’t wait till everything goes wireless, since I am awful to my cords. They get stuffed into luggage or left to tangle in a drawer and now I have to pay the price, literally. Recently I lost a couple cords to my negligence and found out it’s gonna cost me $80 to replace my iPhone earbuds and another $35 to replace a charger cable. Time to invests in an ounce of prevention.

These are the best cord management systems (CMS) that I found or were recommended to me, in no particular order.

Enjoy!

1. The Cable Clip by Blue Lounge

Blue Lounge makes a lot of really cool gadget helpers, one of which is the cable clip. This cord solution doesn’t add a lot a bulk, making it great for travel. Cooler still, the shape allows you to stack unused cords or line them up neatly in a drawer. Comes in 4 colours: light grey, dark grey orange and green.

They come in 3 sizes:

Small (25 x 26 x 11 mm): Ideal for thin cords such as earbud cords, small data cables and charger cords. Sold in packs of 6.

Medium (39 x 36 x 16 mm): Ideal for USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. Sold in packs of 4.

Large (61 x 51 x 29 mm): Ideal for thick or long power cords and ethernet network cables. Sold in packs of 2.

Cost: $9.95 for a pack

2. The AppleCore by AppleCore International

The Applecore is basically a spool for your cords, you can’t get more simple than that. This fun, simple design makes me think ‘playful minimalist’. It comes in a bunch of colours and holds cords securely, very well designed.

Cool Fact: The AppleCore won the 2010 DaVinci Institute Consumer Product of the Year Award

Also comes in 3 sizes:

Small: Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $1.99

Medium: Ideal for shortening or storing small appliance and household item cords, such as hair dryers, kitchen mixers and AV cords. $2.99

Large: Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long power cords such as power tools. $4.99

Cost: $1.99 – 4.99

3. The Bobino Cord Wrap

The Bobino cord wrap is designed by the same folks that did the ultra clever Driinn Phone Holder. This CMS is tiny, thin, and simple to use. Six colours to choose from, all really nice.

Small (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for thiner cords, like earbuds, small data cables and charger cords. $2.95

Medium (L 6.3″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing USB & data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. $3.95

Large (L 6.69″ x W 3.15″ x H 0.2″): Ideal for shortening or storing thick or long data cords and phone cables. $4.95

Cost: $2.95 – 4.95

 

4. The Sumajin SmartWrap

The soft silicone has a great feel in your hand, it’s durable, tiny and comes in a ton of colors. The cords snap in at each end for extra security so no worry about it unraveling in your bag.

Cool Fact: The SmartWrap won ID magazine’s Design Distinction award
Cost: $5.00

 

5. Cableyoyo by Blue Lounge

The Cableyoyo is shiny, super thin and a bit more high tech than the other systems. Two small inbuilt clasps hold the cord at the right length when you have finished coiling. To unravel it, you squeeze in the center hole and just pull the end of the cord, brilliant and easy on the eyes.

Cost: $4.95

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