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25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

These days, everybody is looking for someway to make their daily lives a little bit easier, in every aspect.  With so many different gadgets that are out there these days, the are endless possibilities of things you can get that can help you around the house, at the office, or on the go.  Whether you have heard of them, or not, these are some of the most useful products out there that you never knew you needed and you can find most of them on Amazon!

1. Baby Shower Cap

Baby Shower Cap

    This is perfect to help keep water and shampoo out of your little ones eyes, nose and mouth.  And for only a couple of bucks on Amazon, it is worth the investment.

    2. Couch Armrest Table

    Couch Armrest Table

      I love the idea of these as a space saver.  You can get many different variations of this on Amazon starting at $6, or you can even seize this as an opportunity as a DIY project.

      3. Ironing Board Mirror

      iron mirror 1

        This is another cool space saving project.  You can find it on aissalogerot.com, or even attempt your own design to save yourself a little money.

        4. Mirror Wiper

        mirror wiper

          Never again do you have to struggle with wiping down a foggy mirror with a towel.  This handy product will only cost you around $6 on Amazon and I can almost guarantee you will not regret the purchase.

          5. Pizza Scissors

          pizza scissors

            These are just ingenious.  Faster than a slicer and easier to serve up just in time for dinner!  These will run about $20 on Amazon, but are sure to pay for themselves in no time.

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            6. Rolling Bench

            rolling bench after rain

              I don’t know where you would buy this, but they would sure be a useful addition to any city or town!

              7. Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

              tooth paste squeezer

                You don’t have to worry about wasting any toothpaste anymore with this.  Starting at around $2 on Amazon, this gadget will save you money in no time.

                8. Umbrella Cup Holder

                Umbrella Cupholder

                  This is a handy gadget for those who take on a walking commute everyday.

                  9. Universal Word Search Wrapping Paper

                  wrapping paper

                    One roll for every occasion!  This is perfect for the avid gift giver. It’s trendy, too!

                    10. Rotating Sockets

                    rotating 360 degree sockets

                      With these sockets you can add, or take away outlets as you wish. Rotate them to accommodate larger plugs. Similar products run around $15 and up on Amazon.

                      11. Lego Key Holder

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                      lego key holder

                        This is a cool DIY project you can do with all of the old Lego’s that you, or your kids grew out of.

                        12. Onion Holder

                        onion holder

                          I wish I had one of these sooner!  Keep your hands stink free, and slice your onions a lot easier!  This will cost you only $10 on Amazon.

                          13. Pre-threaded Sewing Kit

                          prethreaded sewing kit

                            A $3 lifesaver.  You will never have to worry about trying to thread your needle and you can fix your wardrobe quickly and avoid an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while out as a night on the town, or in a business situation.

                            14. Hanging Gas Pumps

                            korean pumps that hang from roof.

                              These are currently used over in Korea and they should be used everywhere!  These gas pumps make it easier to just be able to pull up to the pump any way and not worry about what side your gas tank is on.

                              15. USB Stick with memory indicator

                              lexar usb

                                This USB stick has a memory indicator on it, so you can easily see how much space is on it without having to plug it in.  It only costs $10 on Amazon, so its really affordable!

                                16. TV Mirror

                                tv mirror

                                  Not very practical, but super cool!  This way you can watch the news and get ready in the morning!

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                                  17. Faucet Thermometer

                                  faucet thermometer

                                    This would certainly come in handy for parents with young children.  Help monitor temperatures so there are no burnt little hands, or make a perfectly warm bottle.

                                    18. Ice Cream Lock

                                    ice cream lock

                                      I’m not sure if this is pure genius, or just pure evil.  But it certainly would help to control ice cream consumption in your home.

                                      19. ChargeCard

                                      ChargeCard-for-iPhone-5

                                        These are nifty little devices.  A credit card sized phone charger would certainly come in handy if you are out and about all day and your battery gets low.  These run for about $35 on Amazon.

                                        20. Food Huggers

                                        food huggers

                                          These are nice for half used fruits, and vegetables.  They are better than storage bags because they are reusable and will not spoil the food as quickly and for $12 they will pay for themselves really quick.

                                          21. Iphone Lenses

                                          iphone lenses

                                            These are really cool for those into photography.  Take quality photos without having to haul a lot of expensive equipment around.

                                            22. LED House Numbers

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                                            led house numbers

                                              These are a really cool alternative to porch lights.  They make it easier for people to find your house at night, and they look really cool!

                                              23. Plug Outlet Organizer

                                              plug organizer

                                                Declutter your oulet space for only $7 with this handy little organizer.

                                                24. Lunch Pot

                                                lunch pot

                                                  Now you don’t have to lug around a big, heavy lunchbox, or thermos.  For only $25 on Amazon, this neat container will give you a stylish, compact way to take a lunch from home.

                                                  25. Handle Band

                                                  handle band

                                                    For only $5, you can use this to mount your smartphone on the handle bars of your bike.  Use it to have a GPS up, for music, or whatever you may need it for!

                                                    Most of these products can be bought right off of Amazon.com.  Happy shopping!

                                                    Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/kropekk_pl-114936/ via pixabay.com

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                                                    8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                                    8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                                    Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                                                    “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                                                    While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                                                    Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                                                    1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                                                    The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                                                    Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                                                    The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                                                    2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                                                    According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                                                    Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                                                    Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                                                    3. You could suffer from excess weight

                                                    When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                                                    Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                                                    If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                                                    Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                                                    4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                                                    Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                                                    The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                                                    5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                                                    I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                                                    Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                                                    A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                                                    6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                                                    Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                                                    When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                                                    Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                                                    At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                                                    7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                                                    Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                                                    Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                                                    8. You could end up eating more processed food

                                                    Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                                                    Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                                                    That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                                                    The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                                                    On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                                                     

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