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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 May 21, 2019

                                                                                                      13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                                                      13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                                                                                      Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                                                                                      Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                                                                                      Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                                                                                      1. Stress Eating

                                                                                                      I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                                                                                      While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                                                                                      I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                                                                                      If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                                                                                      How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                                                                                      2. Nail Biting

                                                                                                      Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                                                                                      People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                                                                                      Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                                                                                      For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                                                                                      3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                                                                                      We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                                                                                      Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                                                                                      Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                                                                                      4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                                                                                      Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                                                                                      While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                                                                                      Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                                                                                      Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                                                                                      5. Smoking

                                                                                                      Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                                                                                      In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                                                                                      Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

                                                                                                      Smoking risks

                                                                                                        6. Excessive Drinking

                                                                                                        All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                                                                                        According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                                                                                        • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                                                                                        • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                                                                                        • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                                                                                        • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                                                                                        • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                                                                                        If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                                                                                        If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                                                                                        7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                                                                                        Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                                                                                        If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                                                                                        A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                                                                                        “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                                                                                        And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                                                                                        While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                                                                                        Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                                                                                        Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                                                                                        8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                                                                                        There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                                                                                        In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                                                                                        Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                                                                                        Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                                                                                        9. Watching Too Much TV

                                                                                                        I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                                                                                        Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                                                                                        Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                                                                                        It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                                                                                        10. Being Late

                                                                                                        Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                                                                                        Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                                                                                        Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                                                                                        11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                                                                                        Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                                                                                        I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                                                                                        Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                                                                                        12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                                                                                        Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                                                                                        Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                                                                                        Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                                                                                        By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                                                                                        Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                                                                                        13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                                                                                        In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                                                                                        Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                                                                                        Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                                                                                        And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                                                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                                                                        So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                                                                                        Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                                                                                        Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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