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New Tech Innovations Inspire More Millennial Gardeners Than Ever

While many young people think of gardening as an activity for their grandparents, more Millennials than ever have started picking up their spades and shovels. With 18 to 34-year-olds making up 29% of all gardening households, a generational shift in gardening interest is spurring change in the industry. Today we’re seeing more millennial gardeners.

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Historically, we haven’t been swift to couple technology and gardening, but that’s gradually changing. This is especially true with younger interests, smaller living spaces, and the need for increasingly creative ways to grow our greens. While we already know that starting a garden indoors is the best way to get your greens to grow, companies like Apple and Miracle-Gro are taking it to the next level.

Miracle-Gro is known in the gardening community for its luxurious soils and quality plants. But this company hopes to appeal to the younger masses through its seedling partnership with Apple. It only makes sense that the tech guru would want to partner with the budding Miracle-Gro whose revenue has increased by 35%. The companies have officially revealed their new product, the free-standing, stackable Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System.

The assembly mimics that of an end-table, but the Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System does so much more than provide a flat surface for your television remote.

 

Named for its ability to grow plants every month out of the year, the Twelve is technically a form of an automatic indoor grower. It’s equipped with UV lights and contains spots for four seeds in a sleek water reservoir. One stackable unit is only 28 inches tall with a base measuring 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches, making it perfect for a busy family or an apartment dweller.

All you need to do is assemble the structure, plant the seeds, and add nutrients into two gallons of water. From there, hydroponic technology aids in the development of your seeds through timed sprays and a grow light.

The best part? Miracle-Gro has partnered with Apple so you can monitor your plant’s development right through your iPhone. According to Apple Insider, the entire unit can be controlled right through a mobile app. You can use it to set the growing schedule, change the lighting mode to one of three settings, and address the water level when it dips too low. The app is able to achieve high levels of precision thanks to Bluetooth technology, though the 12 is meant to work for people on-the-go. It’s estimated that 96% of organizations have begun using cloud technology to help their operations.

The app can even offer advice for plant owners and millennial gardeners who are just starting out. Since this product is meant to appeal to new gardeners, in particular, this cannot make it easier to start your garden at home.

But even if you cannot afford a new piece of tech like this, there are still plenty of ways to get your green thumb into gardening. Stackable units are nothing new and using this vertical strategy in your home can ascertain that your plants survive cold winters and arid summers. You will just have to invest in energy efficient windows, which can lower your bills by up to 15%, to ensure you maintain a consistent climate for your plants. As long as you have six to 12 inches of soil depth for proper root growth, you can start building a garden anywhere.

You can also try using a range of organic soils to test how certain nutrients affect different plants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your love for gardening outside. For those who have space, applying a slurry to your garden can promote seed germination and turf development. You should also try relying on advice-offering apps like the Miracle-Gro Twelve app for more information on gardening and horticulture.

Here are some of the most popular apps sprouting millennial gardeners that you can use this year:

  • Florish
  • Horticure
  • Plant Optimizer
  • Happy Plant
  • Planta
  • And more!

As gardening becomes even more accessible to a wider range of people, there’s no reason you shouldn’t start letting your dreams begin to bud.

Mixology Astrology by Drizly: Cocktail Delivery to all the Virgos!

Welcome to the season of Virgo, the sixth astrological sign of the Zodiac. We’re back with our next zodiac-inspired drink recommendation from Drizly, the alcohol delivery service, in our Mixology Astrology by Drizly series. We’re saying hello the season of the virgin maiden, also known as the goddess of the harvest, and goodbye to the summer season with the delicious Elder-Peary Sangria cocktail. As fans of Sangria and St-Germain in general, we know this is one delicious libation. Scroll down to create the second Mixology Astrology by Drizly cocktail  for yourself.

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1 bottle of Dry White Wine
10 oz of St. Germain Liqueur
8 oz Pear Nectar Juice
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Blackberries
In a pitcher, combine white wine, St-Germain, pear nectar juice, pear slices, and blackberries. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve in glasses with ice. (Optional: Top with soda water before serving).

As you can see, this is an easy-to-make sangria. The combination of simple ingredients combines late summer flavors for a very drinkable concoction that’s perfect to share with friends. We think the simple ingredients perfectly compliment Virgos, because they are said to be modest, preferring not to be the center of attention. They are also champions of health and wellness, so it’s no surprise that ingredients such as blackberries, known for having the highest antioxidant levels, and pear, known for its dietary fiber are in this cocktail. You can recreate this heavenly cocktail with either pear juice or pear nectar, but take not the nectar gives it a more fresh flavor with less sugar.

So all you Virgos, what are your thoughts on this Mixology Astrology by Drizly cocktail. Is the Elder-Peary Sangria right up your alley? To learn more about the alcohol, including the ingredients for this cocktail, that Drizly can deliver right to your door in an hour or less, visit www.drizly.com. Cheers to you Virgos!

Mixology Astrology by Drizly: Cocktail Delivery to all the Leos!

We’re a little late on this but we are in the season of the Lion; hello Leos and Happy Birthday!! We figured the best way to celebrate the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac is to raise a glass in your honor. We thought long and hard about the right cocktail but decided needed some expert advice. We turned to Drizly, the people who can have any alcohol (beers, wines, liquors, etc) delivered to your door in 1 hour or less, for the perfect cocktail for Leo. Drizly’s Chief Cocktail Officer, Trisha Antonsen has whipped up the perfect original cocktails in a series we’re calling Mixology Astrology by Drizly, and today we’re sharing her recipe featuring matching ingredients to Leo’s signature personality traits. The Blue Lagoon is a mesmerizing blue-green cocktail made with tangerine rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and soda water.

Blue Lagoon

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1 1/2 oz Bacardi Tangerine
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz Soda Water
Combine all ingredients in a large glass over ice
Stir gently with a bar spoon before serving

It is a perfect compliment to the confident, creative, and popular Leo. Let’s face it, Leos love to be in the spotlight, they wow you with their showmanship so, of course, the perfect birthday drink would be this eye-catching cocktail. Want to experience this yummy cocktail now? As we stated above, Drizly can deliver the perfect drinks to you from their huge selection. They currently have more than 2,000 products available from their various retail partners. Their products include beer, wine, liquor and extras like soda, and cocktail mixers (subject to state law of course), which you can order direct from Drizly.com or right from their app, available for both iPhone, and Android. It’s perfect for your next night in.

Drizly will deliver the ingredients for your cocktail of choice to your door within the hour in the following locations: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hoboken/Jersey City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York City, Providence, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Edmonton, Alberta. What are your thoughts on this month’s Mixology Astrology by Drizly, Leos? Could you go for a Blue Lagoon right now?

CallThere: Talk to Randomly Selected Users Around the World

When we were younger, we loved having pen pals and talking on the phone (as all teen girls do). We waited in anticipation for reply letters from our pen pals, learning more and more about strangers from across the globe. In the age of technology, the art of letter writing has deteriorated; even phone calls have been replaced by texting and emails. To regain the art of personal communicating, we introduce you to the new app, CallThere, a telephony app where you talk to randomly selected users around the world simply by dialing the country code of the country or city of interest.

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You can say CallThere is like chat roulette, but without the surprise of naked bodies. besides being fun and interesting, CallThere is useful for those who are learning a foreign language, traveling to a specific region, and or those who just want to learn about other places directly from the area’s local people!

Calls on CallThere are completely free,  up to 5 minutes each, and users are already using it to talk to randomly selected users in the U.S. CallThere calls are voice calls made over the internet, the app does NOT use or reveal your phone number and does NOT use your calling minutes (it’s more like a Skype or FaceTime audio call). There’s no registration or login required to use CallThere. Once in the app, all you have to do is dial the country’s international code. For example, if you ant to speak to someone in Sweden, just dial 0046 to connect, dial 0055 for a user in Brazil, 0081 for Japan, 0091 for India, and 0034 for Spain. If you live outside of the USA, dialing 001 will enable you to enjoy a real-time phone conversation with someone in the US. Do you prefer to talk to someone near you? (within 500 meters), just tap the “Call Here” button to connect to someone locally. The CallThere app is available now for both iOS and Android. Why not download the app and connect today. Are you op

Are you openminded enough to get to know and have a conversation with a stranger from another country? Why not download the app and connect today.

GIVEAWAY: Want to learn a New Language? Download the Babbel App

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, or if you’re like us, wanted to re-learn a language you forgot? We grew up speaking French until about the age of four, when we started school. While we rediscovered the language back in high school, without anyone to speak the language with in real life, you can lose a lot of it again. We have tried other foreign language learning tools, but most of these tools cost as much as some household bills, and sadly we couldn’t keep up with those costs. Luckily we discovered our saving grace while attending Pepcom. Created by Co-Founder and President, Thomas Hol’s Babbel App is a wonderful, inexpensive way to learn a new language whether you are a beginner, need a refresher, or you just want to improve. Babbel is for all language skill levels, and one lucky My Life on (and off) the Guest List reader will win a FREE 3-month trial code to learn any language on Babbel.
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Launched in early 2008, Babbel offers courses in 14 different languages, all of which are easily accessed from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The easy to use app makes learning easy, fun and simple to integrate into your everyday life. Today the 300-team company boasts Linguists, native speakers, authors and translators who prepare course topics and create content. The Babbel app offers thousands of hours of interactive courses that are fun and effective. The result is an unlimited amount of learning at a limited price.

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With these effective language learning tool, you are able to put your new language skills to the test of your everyday life with actively engaging and relevant scenarios – from travel to work to hobbies to social situations.

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Now on to the giveaway. As we mentioned above, one lucky person will win a FREE 3-month membership to learn the language of their choice. If you need to learn a new language for that European vacation you’re planning, to get an edge on your job, or to add another skill to your resume, you shoud definitely enter this giveaway. To enter, perform the entries in the rafflecopter form below:

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VanDerWaals: Fashion, Function and Technology – All in One Handbag

Coordinating our daily fashion looks would be so easy if we had accessories in every color, to match the items in our closet. This is especially true for handbags and purses, but in reality, we’re not lucky enough to have that much closet space. With the amazing strides in wearable technology, an overstuffed accessories closet will be a thing of the past. We had the pleasure of being the first to preview the jaw-dropping, designer luxury handbags from VanDerWaals, that combines fashion, function and technology. What makes these leather handbags spectacular? Not only do these app-enabled leather bags change color, they also charge your portable devices.

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Each color changing VanDerWaals handbag is carefully constructed with the finest premium leather and other materials, and is programmable through a free app that allows you to change its color to match whatever you’re wearing; color coordinate your bag to your dress or separates, shoes etc, by selecting your favorite shade from the app, or by taking a picture of your item to match the exact color. Want to see this color changing handbag in action? Check out the video below:

VanDerWaals handbags can also be programmed to flash a custom light-show synchronized to your favorite song, flash a selected color when you receive a phone call, and can recommend a lucky color based on your birthdate. In addition to the aforementioned features, VanDerWaals handbags are also able to charge your smart phone, tablet or other portable device, thanks to its invisible long-lasting internal battery (the internal battery power can be replenished using the provided wall charger). Just plug the included charging cable or micro USB into your device and charge your smartphone up to three times.

VanDerWaals handbags are available in two styles: the larger Caroline Tote bag, and smaller Elena Cross Body bag; and and two patterns: Crocodile, and Leopard. The bags retail between $499.00 and $699.00, and are available for pre-order through their new e-commerce site, www.van-der-waals.com, with shipments set for late summer 2015. VanDerWaals is also offering free shipping with your pre-order. The free, compatible VanDerWaals app will be available for download to coordinate with order shipments. Are you ready for a bag that matches all your wardrobe?

Asking A Guy For His Number Is Easier Than Ever! Here’s How…

Are you terrified of asking a guy for his number? Thanks to dating app Lulu, asking a guy for his number is easier than ever. Approach the guy of your choice with a simple “Hello, my name is…” After a bit of small talk, mention to him that he looks familiar, but you can’t figure out why… Then, after pretending to rack your brain, you’ll have an “Aha! Moment” that you must have seen his picture on Lulu. As you’re explaining what Lulu is, begin searching for him on the app. If you discover that he’s not on Lulu, ask if he would like to be, and then assure him that he needs to be on Lulu. In order to add him to the app, not only will you need to add his number to your contacts, you’ll also need to take his picture. We suggest using these 4 easy lines…
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1. “Hmm… I’m not finding you on here, but I could add you right now.”
When he agrees, your next line will be…

2. “I think I need to get your number before I can add you.” Right there he will immediately offer it up and the deal will be sealed.

3. As an added bonus you get to spend the next few minutes filling out his review with him. Since  you’ve just met, say something like…
 “Okay, now it’s time to for your review, can you help me out?”

4. Finally, when you’ve finished the review, cracked a few jokes and exchanged a few hand grazes you can say…
“Now, the last thing I need to add is your picture, smile!”

Now, the rest is up to you my friend. Have fun and please share your results with hashtag #GotHisDigitsOnLulu