Retro Cool | Meet THE BRICK Phone from Binatone

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been quite the resurgence of 80’s and 90’s inspired style hitting the market, not just in fashion and beauty, but in technology as well. One of our favorites of these retro tech products is the  BRICK Phone from Binatone. Although it features the cool nostalgic look of the 90’s, the BRICK is a very modern phone. It can be used either as a bluetooth handset for your smartphone or as a powerful mobile phone when you insert your own SIM card, making the BRICK a 2-in-1 device that makes an amazing emergency phone.

Here’s what we love about this retro phone: unlike today’s smartphones, the BRICK offers 14 hours of talk time and one month standby time (over 700 hours without the need for charging); it is Bluetooth compatible with iOS and Android phones, works with any 2G SIM card, boasts a large speaker and a micro SD slot that allows you to load and play your favorite music from your smartphone, gives you the capability to access your smartphone contacts, includes an FM radio, an LED flashlight, and some very cool retro games, including SNAKE

We recently read about a teen who feel asleep with her phone under her pillow, which of course proceeded to catch on fire. Because the BRICK has a bluetooth range of 33 ft, it can remain near you without overheating, while your smartphone is at a safe distance away from flammable fabric. The 2-in 1 original BRICK mobile with 1 month standby retails for $69.99 and can be purchased online at shop.meetthebrick.com.

Long, Hot Summer? Cool Down with a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle

Yesterday was a very hot day. Before the rains came down and saved us all from melting, our lips were practically glued to bottles of water. While water did help keep us hydrated, we needed much more to cool down. One of our favorite frozen treats to help us stay cool and happy on those scorching summer days are Popsicles. We have enjoyed quite a few this summer and are always on the lookout for new, fun recipes to try. While Popsicles are always fun for kids of all ages, we’re concentrating on ones for the 21-and-over crowd. We came across two Popsicle recipes created by Molecular Mixologist, Rob Floyd – Basil Hayden’s® Berry American Popsicle and Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate Popsicle, that are sure to be a hit during these sweltering summer days. They’re frozen cocktails on a stick – what could be better! Are you ready to enjoy a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle this summer?
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Whether you’re at the pool, relaxing on your back/front porch, or entertaining friends, these Basil Hayden’s Bourbon popsicles will make great summer treats. the perfect snack to cool you down from the heat the best way we know how – with bourbon! The recipes, which are made with Basil Hayden’s trademark spicy bourbon and delicious fruit or decadent chocolate, are very easy to make and we’re sharing them with you today.

Basil Hayden’s® Berry American

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup
2 parts Water
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Strawberries, medium size
12 Blueberries
Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside.
Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard.
Add to the popsicle molds.
Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
16 parts Low Fat Milk
1 1/2 parts Unsweetened Chocolate
1 1/2 parts Sugar
1 bar of Dark Chocolate (4 oz bar)
4-5 dashes of Chipotle Chili Pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate.
Warm, and stir continuously until all ingredients are combined (Do not boil).
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir.
Add to popsicle mold and freeze.

Are your mouths watering yet? Why not try one or both of these delicious Popsicle recipes this summer  as temperatures continue to rise, you’ll thank us for it.

Everything’s Coming up Rose Gold | Lenovo’s Rose Gold Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Late last year we highlighted the very cool Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, it’s amazing features and capabilities. Today we’re focusing on the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in the stunning and fashionable Rose Gold color. This warm pinkish-gold tone is so very hot right now and is an extremely subtle and sophisticated color. It compliments everything and is truly the most universally flattering, colored metal.

Like the Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ boasts the innovative, multimode design, which places the battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, a 32GB EMMC hard drive, a 1.6M front facing camera, a 3 Cell 9000mAH Li-Polymer battery, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless network card, and Bluetooth Version 4.0. But the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ offers so much more. Get ready for a 8.0M rear facing camera that offers crisp, clear video chats, a 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit (1920×1200) display for dazzling visuals in everything from direct sunlight to low-light, a 2.0GB LPDDR2 800 MHz memory, Android 4.3 operating system, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8028 Processor (1.60GHz 1MB).

Your mobile commuting will last longer thanks to the epic battery life of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Its battery lasts up to 18 hours so you can go all day, well into the night, without recharging allowing you to watch videos longer than with competing products. While in Stand and Tilt modes, you can stream TV, watch movies or browse YouTube clips at a comfortable angle on the wide, 178 degree viewing angle, thanks to the display’s in-plane switching (IPS) technology.

The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ also allows you to immerse yourself in audio that’s unlike most tablets with its front facing speakers, and Dolby® Digital Plus enhancement. With its preloaded apps, you can do more with your Yoga Tablet 10HD+. With SHAREit, you can share files quickly without network charges or a WiFi connection, while SYNCit backs up and restores your contacts, SMS messages, and call logs.

Can’t function without a keyboard? With the optional, wireless, Accutype keyboard, you can turn your Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ into a productivity machine, a stylish Bluetooth accessory that also serves as a cover for your device.

Brighten Up w/ the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

When it comes to our teeth, we try to keep them healthy especially since we are afflicted with a strong addiction to tea and somewhat sensitive teeth (note the slight irony), it has been a fight to keep our chompers sparkling white, especially since we love to smile. After trying numerous teeth whitening toothpastes and strips which only whiten our teeth by one level and in lots of pain (no more strips for us), we decided we needed something better – in comes the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device.

This revolutionary teeth whitening device assures long lasting, professional teeth whitening results from the convenience of your home and without any teeth sensitivity. Using their patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, which combines professional elements of heat and light built into a one-of-a-kind, closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device prevents the whitening oxygens from escaping off the tooth surface, attacking the stains and making the whitening process more effective and efficient. When paired with their innovative whitening gel G-Vials that contains a minty fresh, stay-put formula that adheres to your teeth without getting on gums and other soft tissue, the device whitens your teeth up to five times more than regular teeth whitening options. This also means you will experience no tooth sensitivity, as is painfully common with other whitening products.

As we write this, we are on our way to a whiter, brighter smile (yes, even after two cups of tea earlier and probably two more cups later) with just four 8-minute whitening sessions per day. We’re seeing results in just a few days that we were never able to see in a few weeks of using other products. The basic teeth whitening system, which includes a Mouthpiece & Case, GLO Dock, 10 G-Vials for 40 applications, GLO Lip Care, Dock, Power Supply, USB Adapter and Travel Bag, retails for $199.00. GLO Brilliant also has a Complete Whitening Set (which includes everything previously stated above plus an Everyday GLO™ Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen, GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste, and a GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste – Travel Size, for $239.00. Both sets, along with individual products are available at GLO Science/Shop, Sephora, and Sephora.com.

Monster Products & EPAC Haiti for “Headphones for Haiti” Fundraising Event

In an effort to raise money for the people and culture of Haiti, Monster Products, the world leader in high-performance headphones, along with EPAC Haiti (the Enigma performing Arts and Convention Center of Haiti) teamed up for a fundraising event. Monster donated 100 Inspiration Headphones to 10 Haitian master painters to use as blank canvases to highlight the artistic talent and incredible creativity the island’s people have to offer. On hand at the event was Head Monster and Founder, Noel Lee (on his souped-up Segway), three of the Haitian Master Painters (Patricia Brintle, Levoy Exil, and Yael Telleyrand), among others.

Although 100 Inspiration headphones were painted, only 10, along with accompanying canvases were on hand to be auctioned off at Openhouse Gallery. the 10 contributing artists include Frantz Zephirin, St. Jean Saint Juste, Richard Barbot, Mario Benjamin, Patricia Brintle, Joseph Eddy Pierre, Yael Talleyrand, Pascal Merisier aka “Pasko”, Leroy Exil, Harold Dessalines, Pascale Monnin, Philippe Dodard, and Patrick Ganthier aka “Killy”. See all of the ten unique pieces below:

  • 1. Frantz Zephirin
  • 2. Harold Dessalines
  • 3. Leroy Exil
  • 4. Philippe Dodard
  • 5. St. Jean Saint Juste
  • 6. Patricia Brintle
  • 7. Mario Benjamin
  • 8. Joseph Eddy Pierre
  • 9. Pascale Monnin
  • 10. Yael Talleyrand
The remaining 90 headphones will be auctioned off at Giving Works/Ebay with all proceeds going to EPAC Haiti. Enjoy more photos and some of the artwork from the event below:

Stress-free Travel w/ the Wyndham Hotel Group

It’s officially summer and time to get those vacation plans going. Of course trying to get started can seem stressful and overwhelming. Starting off your summer vacation on the right foot begins with the right airline and hotel, especially if you’re booking travel plans for the family. Not getting great deals when booking multiple people is a crime for both your travel plans and your budget. Luckily, great hotels like the Wyndham Hotel Group, offer amazing deals to make your summer vacation an amazing one. Get bonus points, a percentage off their best rates, free nights, and perks.

Wyndham Hotel Group has a portfolio of 15 diverse hotel brands that has something to offer every family, whether you’re travelling with teens to NYC, the sunny beaches of Florida or California, or off to a European adventure, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and their familiar Days Inn properties has got you travelers covered with some valuable deals and convenient family-friendly amenities.

  1. TRYP By Wyndham – TRYP is the perfect option for families with picky pre-teens. With locations in exciting cities like New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Buenos Aires, they’ll never be bored! DEAL ALERT: Book online at least seven days in advance and save 10% off the Best Available Rate. You’ll even receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points – score!
  2. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – looking to enjoy the finer things in life during the summer vacation?The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has got your covered from Florida to California and all across the US. As their hotel guest, you can expect hotels with good food, are near beautiful beaches and filled with activities the entire family can enjoy.
    DEAL ALERT: This summer, save 30 percent off the Best Available Rate when booking three consecutive nights!
  3. Days Inn – Active families coordinating a road trip to grandma’s can find comfort knowing that Days Inn will be there for their next stop. Their locations are both convenient and plentiful! DEAL ALERT: Beyond saving 15 percent by booking a week in advance, you’ll save even more money since kids 17 and under stay free with paying adults!

BONUS DEAL ALERT: Wyndham Rewards members get perks with each and every stay at any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s 15 diverse hotel brands. Points earned by mom and dad for business can be used for leisure trips with the kids and with as little as 5,500 points travelers can even earn a free night. Happy traveling this summer!

Tide OXI Open House hosted by HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott

Was there furniture or household items you threw away because they were dingy, stained, and seemed unsalvageable? Maybe it was a piece that’s been in the family for generations, a found/salvaged item, or maybe your household items were damaged or soiled by an unfortunate event like a flood or natural disaster. You’ll be happy to know that there is an effective and very affordable way to give new life to furniture that may seem lost, thanks to Tide’s newest and first multi-purpose cleaner – Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. That’s right, for this first time, Tide moves outside the laundry and brings the power of Tide to your entire household. so before you throw away that piece o furniture, why not just “#Tidethat. To introduce this amazing new launch, handsome and hilarious HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott, was on-hand to host and walk us through the Tide OXI open house which housed several found pieced brought back to life.

The powerful multi-purpose cleaner can be used in and out of the wash; use it as an additive with your detergent. or make a solution with water to use it almost anywhere around your home. Jonathan scoured the streets of New York and Craigslist ads to find some of the dirtiest household items people discarded and cleaned them up with the new multi-purpose cleaner, which can be used on over 225 surfaces, to show the true power of its stain removing power, to miraculous results.what gives Tide OXI its  powerful cleaning ability? An ingredient called NOBS, which works with peroxide to form peracid – a stronger form of bleach versus peroxide alone, resulting in stronger stain fighting power. Using this amazing product, Jonathan and the Tide team were able to give these items a through deep clean and rid them of dirt, grime and stains. The below photos pictures shows some of the items before they were cleaned:

We got a chance to speak with Jonathan Scott about some of the found furniture pieces and the money-saving benefits of using Tide OXI. Check out our brief interview below and some of the furniture and household items after the cleaning:



“If you plan on selling your home, make sure your home is spotless and immaculately cleaned, including the furniture, to optimize the staging experience,” Jonathan Scott advised. “Staging can increase the selling time and value of your home.” In his years of experience, Jonathan has seen homes sell for up to $20,000 more than the asking price when they staged well.

Jonathan also shared a few tips on how to revamp your home this summer without breaking the bank:

  • Prep Your Home: Even before meeting with a Realtor, get your house ready to sell. To increase the selling value of your home and even help it sell faster you’d be surprised the value that cleaning provides.
  • Restore Overly Used Surfaces: The kitchen is one of the messiest areas of the home subject to food and drink spills. Be armed to tackle a variety of kitchen messes with a multi-purpose cleaner that can clean everything from counters to floors and even kitchenware.
  • Look for Bargains in Unexpected Places: There’s no need to buy expensive furniture. Scour the internet and flea markets for used pieces to upcycle. Many items others find unusable just need a good cleaning with Tide OXI to experience a transformation.
  • Reuse Items from Last Season: Make your patio the talk of the neighborhood without spending a lot of money. Transform key pieces of furniture, such as patio furniture from old to “is that new?” with Tide OXI. Get into crevices and remove tough stains and dirt leftover from last year by giving cushions a good scrub with this terrific cleanser.

Our favorite transformation, besides the gorgeous antique lounge chair, are these black and white text tea cups, the before to after transformation is completely unbelievable. The tea cups look brand new and are a far cry from where they started

What makes the entire event more amazing is some of the items shown above were made available to the Habitat for Humanity Restore resale outlets, which sell new or gently used household items to raise funds to help create affordable housing. A 7.5 lb or 144 oz tub of Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover retails for $12.99 and can be found in the laundry section in stores.

Travel Highlight: Let’s Go to Maharashtra, India

At one point, we traveled extensively, it was a great joy in our lives as we love to travel. We love the temporary escape from our reality, opening the window to a view that’s not the usual, experiencing new people, cultures, foods, and the wonderful sights each destination has to offer. Today we’re highlighting Maharashtra, a state in the western region of India and India’s second-most populated state. We actually meant to cover this previously but…..life. Anyway, we had the pleasure of being a guest at a travel event for Maharashtra, India and delighted in the music, dancing and food featured at the event.

Maharashtra is the wealthiest and most developed state in India, but you may be more familiar with its state capital and largest city, Mumbai. Though Mumbai is the most popular, Maharashtra has 35 districts. There are lots of things to enjoy, like visiting the Mumbai Monorail, the first mono railway in India, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, India’s first cable-stayed bridge, the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, the Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and a statue of Ganesha. Along with lots of beautiful sights to see, there are lots of delicious culinary wonders to delight in, a foodie’s dream. At the Maharashtra Tourism event, I heartily enjoyed a variety of dishes…..see some of the cuisine I enjoyed below:

Maharashtra cuisine features amazing dishes that range from mild to very spicy. Some of the popular dishes include puran poli (a traditional type of sweet flatbread), ukadiche Modak (a steamed or fried coconut-filled sweet dumpling), and batata vada (potato fritters). The is divided into two wide categories of cuisine – Konkani, and Varadi. Although they are different, both cuisines use lots of seafood and coconut. Some other ingredients used in dishes from Maharashtra include onion, garlic, ginger, red chilli powder, green chilies, lentils, and tamarind. Non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are generally eaten with boiled rice or soft roti bread, and the most popular fish is bombil, also known as the Bombay duck.

The beauty of Maharashtra isn’t just in its sights and foods, as they have many different types of beautiful dances. The Povada is the dance form that describes the life of Maratha ruler, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; the Lavani and Koli dances entertains you with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movements; the Dhangri Gaja dance pays respect to the God Biruba; the Dindi and Kala are the religious folk dances, and the Tamasha is the most popular folk dance. We enjoyed a sampling of, and took video of the beautiful dances performed during the event, enjoy them below:

We hope to visit Maharashtra one day and experience it’s stunning beauty first hand, it is definitely on our travel wish list.