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50 Creative And Smart Home Products That Will Brighten Up Your Kitchen

50 Creative And Smart Home Products That Will Brighten Up Your Kitchen

You might not have thought you needed something like a wall-mounted toaster or a cake batter dispenser, but once you have it, you’ll probably be glad that you do! Check out these 50 creative items designed to make your life easier and spruce up your kitchen.

1. Oil & Vinegar Pipette Glasses

 

    Source: amazon.com

    Avoid overdoing it on the oil, vinegar, syrup, or honey by using this elegant pipette glass.

    2. Strawberry Slicer

      Source: deluxecomfort.com

      If you’re someone who loves putting sliced strawberries on your cereal or desserts, you can save yourself time by picking up a stainless steel strawberry slicer.

      3. Zombie Bottle Opener

        Source: amazon.com

        If there’s anyone in your household who loves both beer and The Walking Dead, this bottle opener might just be the perfect gift.

        4. Folding Colander

          Source: thelovelyroom.com

          When storage space is tight in your kitchen, you need to get creative. Free up some room by replacing a bulky colander with this folding, dishwasher-safe colander that can be flattened when not in use.

          5. Compact Herb Chopper

           

            Source: pressieport.ie

            You don’t need a giant workspace for chopping and dicing herbs, so why not get a nonstick cutting board and dicing knife in one? The rounded knife conveniently (and safely) fits back inside the cutting board when you’re done.

            6. Fridgepad for iPad

              Source: woodforddesign.com

              Bringing your tablet into the kitchen with you is a dangerous game… but it’s also incredibly useful if you want to refer to recipes or play music while you cook. Head off unfortunate spills or cracks by securely clipping your iPad in a magnetic fridge holder.

              7. Professional Multi-Chopper

                Source: firewireblog.com

                Love cooking but hate chopping? You’re certainly not alone. Save yourself the trouble by getting a professional multi-chopper that can handle everything from dicing onions to coring apples.

                8. Frozen Treat Maker

                  Source: yellowpoint.ae

                  You’ve probably heard that you can blend frozen fruits like bananas in order to create a healthier alternative to soft serve ice cream, but pureeing large chunks of frozen fruit in the blender can be a hassle. Luckily, there’s a machine that can consistently puree your frozen fruit for you.

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                  9. “I Could Eat a Horse” Spaghetti Measure

                    Source: reykjavikcornerstore.com

                    Estimating the right amount of spaghetti is tough… unless you own this clever “I Could Eat a Horse” spaghetti measure, which lets you portion out spaghetti for one, two, three, or more (with the family size portion being measured out in the shape of a horse).

                    10. Utensil Rest Set

                      Source: eatwell101.com

                      Avoid getting sauces and other messes on your counter by placing your stirring utensils on this simple rack with removable bowls.

                      11. Gold Scoop Clip

                        Source: hauslondon.com

                        There’s no reason you can’t keep bags of coffee or chips fresh and look classy at the same time. As a bonus, you could also use this gold scoop clip to secure papers on your desk.

                        12. Cake Batter Dispenser

                          Source: amazon.com

                          Whether you’re making pancakes or muffins, ensure that you get the perfect amount of batter without spilling. This batter dispenser even comes with measuring labels for better precision.

                          13. Over-the-Sink Strainer Board

                            Source: amazon.com

                            Anyone who is lacking counter space in their kitchen, take note. This strainer board fits neatly over your sink so that you can rinse, drain, and cut your fruits and vegetables all in one place.

                            14. Water Bottle Ice Cube Trays

                              Source: trendhunter.com

                              It’s impossible to fit normal-sized ice cubes in a water bottle with a narrow opening, so it makes sense that someone has created an ice cube mold that lets you make long, narrow ice cubes.

                              15. Cast-Iron Bacon Press

                                Source: williams-sonoma.com

                                If you’re worried about your bacon curling up in the skillet, use this sturdy, pig-shaped cast-iron press to keep it flat.

                                16. Peacock Measuring Spoons

                                  Source: swiss-miss.com

                                  Show off your measuring spoons instead of losing them at the back of your kitchen drawer—these peacock measuring spoons are great for displaying, but also fit into one another to save space when necessary.

                                  17. Scrap Trap

                                    Source: amazon.com

                                    Attach this plastic scrap trap to your counter or drawer and scrape off vegetable peelings and other scraps while you cook.

                                    18. Stacked Beverage Server

                                     

                                      Source: neimanmarcus.com

                                      Whether you’re having guests over or everyone in your household just likes to have a variety of beverages on hand, this stacked beverage server lets you dispense up to three different drinks.

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                                      19. Heart Shaped Egg Mold

                                        Source: design-3000.de

                                        Is it really necessary to have heart-shaped eggs? Maybe not, but it sure is sweet. This mold could make a great stocking stuffer or housewarming gift.

                                        20. Expandable Drawer Dividers

                                          Source: starttodownsize.com

                                          These wood dividers help keep your drawers organized and look a lot nicer than a plastic tray with dividers.

                                          21. Crispy Cereal Bowl

                                            Source: thegreenhead.com

                                            Resolve the age-old problem of cereal that gets too soggy before you can finish it—use this clever cereal bowl with a divider for the cereal and milk.

                                            22. Berry Keeper

                                              Source: zulily.com

                                              While there’s no way to stop the march of time that will inevitably cause your produce to go bad if you don’t eat it, you can extend the life of grapes, berries, and other fruit by using these containers to wash, drain, and maintain moisture levels.

                                              23. Auto Measure Spice Dispenser

                                                Source: kitchenniche.ca

                                                Being able to season your food is great, but mistakenly dumping too much of one spice into your meal is not. Avoid that problem by using a spice dispenser that you can adjust to release the exact amount of a spice that you want.

                                                24. Citrus Atomizer

                                                  Source: quirky.com

                                                  Any time a recipe calls for fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice, just stick this atomizer into your citrus and spray the juice.

                                                  25. Individual Slice Cake Mold

                                                    Source: bienmanger.com

                                                    Whether you want to use multiple types of cake batter or just want to perfectly divide your cake slices to avoid arguments, this mold has you covered.

                                                    26. Broom Groomer

                                                      Source: quirky.com

                                                      There’s almost no greater cleaning annoyance than getting dust bunnies or debris stuck to your broom bristles and dragging the mess around the floor. The Broom Groomer solves this problem using a dustpan that has a bristle-cleaning design.

                                                      27. Onion Holder

                                                        Source: creativestuffs.info

                                                        If you don’t want your hands smelling like onions for what feels like hours on end after you cut them, use this holder to skewer your onion and guide the knife for better slices.

                                                        28. Corn Zipper

                                                          Source: williams-sonoma.com

                                                          Don’t risk losing a finger by trying to cut corn off the cob with a knife. A corn zipper removes several rows of corn at once and is safer to use than a knife.

                                                          29. Rocker Garlic Crusher

                                                            Source: socialcafemag.com

                                                            Make dicing fresh garlic easier by rocking this crusher back and forth over the garlic clove. The crushed pieces are held in the bowl in the center so that you can add it to your food when you’re ready.

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                                                            30. Calorie-Counting Wine Glass

                                                              Source: etsy.com

                                                              Unlike many other foods and drinks, you’re probably not going to find a nutrition facts label with calories and serving sizes on a bottle of wine. Luckily, you can use the lines on the side of this calorie-counting wine glass to monitor your caloric intake if you’re on a diet.

                                                              31. Fruit Slide

                                                                Source: soskdesign.com

                                                                Fruit suddenly seems a lot more fun when it’s kept in a curving metal slide.

                                                                32. Skinny Toaster

                                                                 

                                                                  Source: yankodesign.com

                                                                  Toasters don’t take up too much room, but if you’re really strapped for space in the kitchen, you can now purchase a sleek toaster that mounts directly onto your wall. Find out how it works here.

                                                                  33. Milk Tester

                                                                    Source: quirky.com

                                                                    While the gallon of milk you buy at the store may come with a sell by date, that’s not always the best measure of when your milk is and is not okay to drink. To avoid ever doing a smell test again, pour your milk into the Milkmaid jug, which has a digital readout to tell you when your milk has spoiled. It’s still in production, but will hopefully be available soon.

                                                                    34. Double Dish

                                                                      Source: gearpatrol.com

                                                                      If you’re eating anything with a pit, shell, or wrapper, keep it in this removable top bowl and drop the refuse into the larger bottom dish.

                                                                      35. Customized Wooden Cutting Board

                                                                        Source: hatch.co

                                                                        Designed to look like initials carved into a tree, this customizable cutting board could make a fun gift for a wedding or housewarming party—or it could be a nice addition to your own kitchen.

                                                                        36. Kitchen Conversion Tea Towel

                                                                          Source: etsy.com

                                                                          If you struggle to remember just how many ounces are in a cup or how many tablespoons are in an ounce, why not buy something that can both serve as a reminder and dry your dishes?

                                                                          37. Wooden Accessories

                                                                            Source: pinterest.com

                                                                            For those who want their kitchen to have a classic look, you can’t go wrong with matching wood accessories such as an egg carton, bread bowl, and mortar and pestle.

                                                                            38. Rainbow Knife Set

                                                                              Source: fab.com

                                                                              Need to bring some more color into your kitchen? Try a 10-piece multi-colored knife set.

                                                                              39. Salad Server Houseplant

                                                                                Source: fab.com

                                                                                Plants can brighten up any room, but if you struggle to remember to water them, they can be more trouble than they’re worth. Instead, why not just display these salad server tongs, which are disguised as a slim and elegant houseplant?

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                                                                                40. Colorful Pot Clip

                                                                                  Source: justaddfood.co.uk

                                                                                  Here’s another solution for dripping kitchen utensils: use a clip to attach it directly to the pot over the stove. You can find them in several bright colors, including red, yellow, and blue.

                                                                                  41. Grill Clips

                                                                                    Source: gearmoose.com

                                                                                    If you like grilling asparagus or other julienne-sliced vegetables, a grill clip is a must. It allows you to secure your vegetables so they don’t fall through the grill grates and easily flip them over using your grill tongs.

                                                                                    42. Citrus Canvas Set

                                                                                      Source: etsy.com

                                                                                      For those who want to inject warm accents into their kitchen, a set of 3 citrus design canvases may be a nice touch.

                                                                                      43. Dotted Drawer Knobs

                                                                                        Source: etsy.com

                                                                                         

                                                                                        While switching out your current kitchen drawer knobs for something like these hand-painted, dotted ones might not seem like a big change, you may be surprised by what a difference it makes.

                                                                                        44. Dip Clips

                                                                                          Source: design-bug.com

                                                                                          Attach one of these dip clips to the side of your plate or bowl the next time you’re having salsa, guacamole, or any other snack that involves dipping.

                                                                                          45. Manatea Tea Infuser

                                                                                            Source: urbanoutfitters.com

                                                                                            Rather than buying bags of tea, why not start buying loose tea and using this fun mana-tea infuser that perches on the edge of your mug.

                                                                                            46. Clip Drapery Ring

                                                                                              Source: urbanoutfitters.com

                                                                                              As long as you have a curtain rod and clip drapery rings, you can easily turn any fabric you have on hand (or that you find at a sewing store) into kitchen curtains.

                                                                                              47. 3-Jar Chandelier

                                                                                                Source: westelm.com

                                                                                                This vintage canning jar-inspired chandelier could look great in a breakfast nook that needs a little more light.

                                                                                                48. Roll-and-Store Pin

                                                                                                  Source: everythingkitchens.com

                                                                                                  This colorful rolling pin lets you easily store your cookie cutters and access them when you’re baking, saving you from searching around in the drawer.

                                                                                                  49. Kitchen Mixer Decals

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                    Source: etsy.com

                                                                                                    Dress up a boring, monochrome mixer by adding decals. You can find plenty of designs or even get a custom order on Etsy.

                                                                                                    50. Butcher Block Countertop

                                                                                                      Source: butcherblock.com

                                                                                                      Give your kitchen a rustic, cozy look by adding a butcher block countertop. Learn more about butcher block and other options for new countertops here.

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on August 13, 2020

                                                                                                      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                                                                                      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                                                                                      As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                                                                                      1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                                                                                      I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                                                                                      Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                                                                                      Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                                                                                      2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                                                                                      The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                                                                                      It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                                                                                      Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                                                                                      In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                                                                                      You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                                                                                      This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                                                                                      The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                                                                                      Less Physical, More Psychological

                                                                                                      Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                                                                                      This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                                                                                      The First Benefit of Meditation

                                                                                                      The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                                                                                      1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                                                                                      2. Relaxation of the body

                                                                                                      Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                                                                                      Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                                                                                      That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                                                                                      When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                                                                                      When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                                                                                      Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                                                                                      Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                                                                                      This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                                                                                      Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                                                                                      Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                                                                                      This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                                                                                      The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                                                                                      While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                                                                                      1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                                                                                      2. Observance
                                                                                                      3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                                                                                      4. Patience

                                                                                                      Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                                                                                      You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                                                                                      This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                                                                                      1. Energy

                                                                                                      Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                                                                                      2. Observance

                                                                                                      The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                                                                                      3. Peacefulness

                                                                                                      Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                                                                                      4. Patience

                                                                                                      The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                                                                                      The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                                                                                      Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                                                                                      Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                                                                                      The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                                                                                      • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                                                                                      • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                                                                                      • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                                                                                      • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                                                                                      • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                                                                                      • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                                                                                      These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                                                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                                                                      Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                                                                                      Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                                                                                      Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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