Makers Kit

Makers Kit Dino TerrariumIn the digital technology age that we live in, it’s sometimes nice to take a break from the stress of day to day life and make something special with our hands. Makers Kit is a company that really seems to understand the connection between people and making things themselves. I mean think about it, the gifts that you have gotten over the years have all been great, but the ones that really stick out in you mind are the ones that someone took the time to make for you. Simply put, making something with your hands is an art and craft that still has a place in todays’ society!

You not only get a neat kit filled with everything you need to make whatever it is you’re making, but you get two very helpful guides that show you exactly what to do, step-by-step, in video lessons. You might just be surprised how easy these kits make it to create a one of a kind item. Take the Dino Terrarium for example, it’s very straight forward and the finished product is special because you took the time to make it. The world is full of makers, people who love to create, and Makers Kit is giving everyone the opportunity to take time and make something worth having!

You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy one of these kits, in fact you can easily use them in your dorm room, apartment, or anywhere that you have a few feet to move around in. I’m not joking when I say that absolutely anyone can enjoy this product. It doesn’t matter which kit you choose, they offer such a variety that you’re sure to find something that fits your interest. Make your own soap, blend your own tea, or build a terrarium, either way you will find enjoyment in slowing down and making something. For more information or to order a Makers Kit, visit www.MakersKit.com.

Cute Cats–Cool Gift Ideas for Cat-Lovers

Da Vinci was most certainly right when he said that the smallest feline is a masterpiece! I mean, who wouldn’t stop and stare in googley-eyed awe at the sight of a kitten? Likewise, cats are a popular subject for online entertainment. From YouTube to blogs, nearly everyone everywhere is showcasing or parodizing the cat’s personality and antics in some form or fashion. More popular and successful works have been published, publicized, and franchised—which is convenient if you’re stuck trying to find a gift for someone who adores cats. There are a few cute and cool cats on the internet that I know which also have some of their own merchandise! Their comic craftsmanship and charming nature will make them the gifts you’re looking for to give to that cat-loving friend or family member!

Simon’s Cat—Simon’s Cat is a delightful cartoon phenomenon from YouTube! Hand-drawn frame-by-frame, this feline is aesthetically simplistic, but lives the hilarious and crazy life all cats lead!  Just recently produced for Simon’s Cat are a brand-new cartoon book, an animated short, and even a few iPhone apps!

Pusheen the Cat—Pusheen the cat is a cute, plushy GIF character that lives on Tumblr! In addition to being a blog-able statement, Pusheen is quite a fashion statement too as she is on a number of apparel and accessories.

Gemma Correll—Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Her artistic interests are a wider range beyond just cute pets and her style, especially those of her cat cartoons, is satirical and sketch-like. Her cats can be found on several of her nick-knacks and in her book “A Cat’s Life”.

Naturally, felines are beautiful and graceful creatures. Artistically, they are even more ingenious as a statement on their dispositions is expressed for entertainment! Any feline-fan will appreciate a gift with any of these internet sensations this holiday season! They’re each a masterpiece in their own right, and totally the cat’s meow!

Green Grab Bag

Green Grab BagOne of my favorite things when I was younger was getting grab bags and discovering what surprise was in them. As an adult this fun continues with a fantastic product called Green Grab Bag. Each month an assortment of health and beauty products that are of course natural will be sent directly to you.

When you first open your Green Grab Bag you will notice the super thoughtful packaging that it comes in. Before you even get to what’s inside it you feel like you’ve gotten something really important. You get at least six samples each month for only $15 a month or you can purchase a years subscription and save 20%!

You can cancel at any time, though I would bet that you won’t want to once you start getting these near little bags in the mail. The products are all high quality and you get more than your $15 value. The only way to discover what products you like is through samples, and these samples are very generous in size, you will be able to determine if you like what you’ve gotten. If you do then you have the option to buy full sizes of the things that you liked on their website at really great prices. There really isn’t much reason that you shouldn’t go and subscribe right now.

For more information or to subscribe or gift a Green Grab Bag visit them online at www.GreenGrabBag.com.

Winky Designs Iconic Edition

Winky Designs is a fun and quirky new company that has been delighting people with its slap watches and other cool designer products for a good while now. Their latest addition to the Winky family of products is a line of slap watches that feature icon images rather than numbers like you would find on any other boring old clock. They literally have a nag for taking the ordinary and turning it into something fantastic and functional! The new line features three new and “iconic” designs. These designs are the camera, travel, and computer icons. We got our hands on one of the Iconic Camera watches, and the first thing we have to comment on is their superb packaging. The packaging has vibrant orange and white colors and boasts a neat side label that looks like a nutrition facts label that has useful information about the watch printed on it.

The watch itself is clever beyond words. The iconic images printed on the inside compartment of the watch are crisp and clear. The material that the watch is made of is a very soft and comfortable silicon material that is a pure black color. There is also a classy silver ring around the centerpiece of the watch that draws one’s eye to the watch. You are sure to get noticed when you wear a Winky Designs product, and that’s a good thing because this has to be without a doubt one of the coolest watches to ever be made. This watch along with the other two designs in the Iconic Edition collection are most certainly going to be the next big thing in accessory fashion. Be sure to head on over to their Facebook page and like it or follow them on their Twitter for the latest info on their amazing products!

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Toast Pop Guy’s Favorites: Modern Black

Modern is a great look for anyone, and of course we all have our favorite things. It just so happens that I love modern things quite a bit. I like minimal and simplistic looks as well as items that contribute to the overall style of the modern look.

(1.) Sony Piiq Earbuds – Sony has developed a new line of earbuds by the name of Piiq that not only look great, have great sound, and offer neat functions not accompanied by most other earbuds, but they also have a wide variety of choices at a very affordable price. ($13 directly from Sony)

(2.) Blackberry Bold 9650 – I’m not necessarily suggesting that you go to your cell phone provider and switch your phone over for a Blackberry, you still have to have a phone that works for you and what you like (ex. keyboard, touch screen, camera, etc.), but do keep in mind that a good looking phone is half the battle most of the time. ($550 w/o contract)

(3.) Capsule Case Wallet – Capsule Case has been making a great alternative to the traditional wallet for quite some time now! Though I have trouble fitting cash in mine sometimes, it is perfect for credit and business cards. Keep looking classy and modern while saving the functions you need in a wallet. They offer many different colors in their line of modern wallets, but I like to keep it simple and so I went with a traditional black color. This wallet not only looks fantastic, but feels sleek and appropriately sized in your hands and pocket. ($15 varies by store)

(4.) Moleskine Sketchbook – If you’re like me, you love to sketch, but you hate carrying around a huge sketchbook with pages that smudge your wonderful works of art. Well, that’s where this little guy comes in handy. Moleskine makes my favorite line of books on the market, their paper is top of the line and does not smudge your work, especially when you use a sharpie pen (I love those!). They offer notebooks, planners, and many other types of books, as well as sizes, but you can’t go wrong with the medium sized Moleskine Sketchbook. ($15 varies by store) 

 

Paperwallet

If you’re like me, you have a hard time finding a wallet that works for you. I myself am environmentally conscious but hate to sacrifice great style. Surprisingly, not many companies are looking into ways to make accessories and functional items, environmentally friendly, with the exception of one very cool company called Paperwallet. This company is true to its name, they make wallets made out of Tyvek, a material that is 100% recyclable!  How cool is that!? We think it’s probably the best idea we’ve herd in a very long time. Now, Paperwallet is all about keeping the green going, so that’s why they offer a really cool program where you can send in your old wallet and get a 15% coupon from them to use towards a Paperwallet!

Sounds pretty good right? It is, but we aren’t just saying they are awesome, we are using their products. The best part for me is the room and space in the wallet for all of my cards and cash. The quality of these wallets is another big point of discussion for new buyers. They look fantastic, but do they stand the test of feeling and using as high quality? Yes, they sure do. Upon first touching one of these artistic wallets you get the gist that it is a very durable and thick paper stock. A great company that is moving forward for our environment always deserves support, and that’s why we fully support Paperwallet 100%!

 

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Primula

You hear lots about coffee anymore, but what about tea? There is a large number of people who love tea, just as much as coffee drinkers love their coffee. Primula is one company that takes those people into mind, in fact they take it a step further. Their shop offers a wide variety of teas and tea products, while they do offer a few coffee related items such as a coffee press, their main focus is on teas.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, creating unique and memorable items that make any cup of tea or coffee special. For so many people teas and coffees are more than just a drink, they are something much more special. The cool thing about Primula is that they feel that teas and coffees are very special drinks as well, therefore you can only imagine how wonderful an experience they make it to fix a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

They offer many different and unique takes on the process of making and drinking hot drinks. A lot of their individual drink making and preparation items are clear, glass, and see-thru. One specific reason for this is that they offer some very special blooming teas that you can see better when they are in a clear container. That is just one more way that Primula is making hot drinks something worth talking about and they have been doing a fantastic job at it since 1946, and no doubt will continue to do so for many years to come.

MiiBottle

A major problem in most modern-day households is the identification of whose drink is whose. I can speak from past experience that this is something that has went on throughout time and didn’t seem to ever have an end in sight. The United States in particular is the largest purchaser of bottled water in the entire world, that should say something for itself. Around 70 million bottles of water are purchased daily in the U.S. and nearly 60 million of them end up in the trash. A contributing factor are those bottles thrown away because you simply don’t want to drink out of someone else’s bottle.

One rising company is changing the way we identify our bottles and making it easy and fun to keep track of which drink is yours! MiiBottle is a simple and easy to use system of identifying your bottle. You simply take one of their variously colored snap-on bottle identifiers and clip it onto the bottle with no hassle or instructions other than that needed. They also boast a neat dolphin design making it that much more entertaining just to regard a bottle as yours. But you may be wondering, what makes MiiBottle such a great company?

Well, for starters their products are made of 100% recycled material! It’s great to know that you have a product that you will actually use, but it makes it that much better to know that the product that you are using is made of recycled material! Another cool thing about this company is, they have solved an issue that is simple yet bothersome, and they have done so in a very innovative way!

We have had the opportunity to try these ourselves and they are as simple and easy to use as they look. You will notice that they have a firm snap around your bottles lid, so there are no worries about them falling off of your bottle. The colors are also very vibrant and look great, especially when there are multiple bottles using them! The packaging is simple and conveys the same overall idea of simplicity and problem solving and lets you know the true purpose of this life changing product, to simply make your everyday life easier, save you money on bottles you may’ve thrown away and provide a fun solution to an age old question, “Is that my bottle?” Now you will know, “Yes, it’s MiiBottle!”

To learn more check out their oficial website at MiiBottle.com or like the MiiBottle Facebook page to keep up to date on news and info regarding this creative new product! If you are interested in helping them Kickstart this product and get it sold in more places while getting yourself a pack or two of these cool little things, check out the MiiBottle Kickstarter page to make a donation!

Help! I Need Help!

Have you ever stared dazedly at endless shelves of medicine, miserably wondering which product would best suit your needs? Or maybe you’ve happened to glance at the ingredients list and been mystified by the amount of words that you can only dream of pronouncing. Richard Fine, CEO and co-founder of Help Pharmaceuticals, has decided that enough is enough and provided an alternative solution.

Help Pharmaceuticals believes that medicines should be simple to understand and only contain the ingredients your body needs to feel better. Even dyes, coatings, and other colorful agents used to make the medicines more visually appealing have been left to the wayside. Help provides a wide range of products to cover a variety of needs: allergies, insomnia, head ache, blisters, cuts, stuffy nose, and body ache. Even the packaging has reduced the amount of chemicals and processing involved. Only recycled paper pulp and bio plastic made from a corn starch base is used.

Help can be purchased from the website www.helpineedhelp.com, or you can make a trip to your local Walgreens, Target, or a variety of others listed on the site. They can also be followed on FaceBook and Twitter. Finally, a simply solution in an overly complicated world.

NOOKA Mindstyle

Looking for something different to accessorize with? Nooka has the answer! They have created an entire company based on the idea of being different and looking great while doing so. The products that they sell boast a modern and simplistic look, while also pertaining to the functionality of everyday use. They create fun and creative ways to make everyday task, such as checking the time on a watch, more exciting. Their lines range from watches, to eye-ware, all the way to other types of apparel. Their product lines have grown over time, and new and innovative products are definitely in the future of Nooka.

While some may say their products are a little too ahead of our time, meaning they look too futuristic, Nooka thinks otherwise and is proving that with their continuing success in the world of modernism. Most of their products are a little more expensive than their competitors, but that is simply because the quality and design is superior at Nooka. It may cost a little more to get a Nooka product, but you seriously get the look that you pay for. While I must admit some of their products will more than likely make you stand out everywhere you go, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Nooka makes products specifically for those who want to stand out.

Celebrities are more than willing to wear Nooka products and show off the brand, in fact Miley Cyrus has been seen wearing their sunglasses with everyday clothes, making them the focal point. It’s not hard to see how Nooka is taking this generation by storm, and it’s not too hard to see how they will only continue to succede in a world where being different and looking ahead of your time is not only acceptable, but celebrated. With the mindset of “mindstyle”, Nooka is making a lasting impression.