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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 January 17, 2019

                                                                                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                                                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                                                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                                                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                                                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                                                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                                                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                                                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                                                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                                                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                                                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                                                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                                                      Listen carefully:

                                                                                                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                                                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                                                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                                                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                                                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                                                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                                                      1. Pray Daily

                                                                                                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                                                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                                                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                                                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                                                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                                                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                                                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                                                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                                                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                                                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                                                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                                                      3. Smile Often

                                                                                                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                                                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                                                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                                                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                                                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                                                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                                                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                                                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                                                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                                                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                                                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                                                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                                                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                                                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                                                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                                                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                                                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                                                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                                                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                                                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                                                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                                                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                                                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                                                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                                                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                                                      8. Go Exercise

                                                                                                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                                                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                                                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                                                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                                                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                                                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                                                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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