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December 4, 2012

Shopping for the electro-file in your life? We’ve put together our top picks for making the gadget buying hunt a bit easier.

41Mr-mEf2rL._SL500_AA300_1. Wireless Headphones: when you don’t want the cops to come to your late night dance parties.

Who knew there was such a range in the price (and quality) of wireless headphones. We saw them as cheap at $50 to as high as about $300 (Dr. Dre Beats we just can’t afford you). If you’re buying one, sure, it may not seem like a big deal but we want to get enough wireless headphones to have our own silent disco party. We love this Sennheiser RS120 over-the-ear style – the price was right at under $100 and the reviews on Amazon were great. Check them out here.

2. Solar Powered Battery Pack: for the camper, hiker and Bear Gryllis fan.

We love all the extra goodies this traditional solar powered battery pack comes with — like the strobe light, lantern light, dim light, USB port and a nifty little hook to hang it in your tent. Plus, the $25 price tag was just in our budget. Check it out here.

3. Garmin Edge 200 GPS-Enabled Bike Computer: for the share the road type of guy. We aren’t going to lie. The number one thing about this little GPS system is that there is not set-up involved. You just pop it on to the included bike mount and you’re ready to roll (literally). Other great perks? The little computer tracks the time, distance, speed and calories burned of each of your bike trips and then stores it so you can retrieve it later and analyze your data on their free website. At about $130 we like this model best. Check it out here.

 

 

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Organize Your Office Space: Feng Shui (and Fun Stuff!)

September 13, 2012
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Need an office lift?  Post-it, Scotch (the fabulous high heel tape dispenser) and stylish websites like seejanework.com are all ready to help you spruce up your space.

Once you’ve collected some motivating new goods the next step is creating order! We loved this break down of how to maximize the efficiency of your office using Feng Shui principles written by  for Buzzle.com.  We’ve done some editing… so click here for entire article.
Wind Chimes
The melodious sounds of a wind chime placed at the right corner cannot only improve your mood, but your career too. Wind Chimes promote the flow of positive energy, called ‘Chi’ in Feng Shui. Try to look for a beautiful metallic wind chime with 6 rods. Hang the wind chime with a 9 cm or inch long red ribbon.
Positioning Your Furniture
Since we are talking about Feng Shui for career success, it inevitably relates to the position of furniture in your office. It is strictly advised against having your back to the entrance of your office or cabin. According to Feng Shui, it creates vibes such that your colleagues will inconspicuously work behind you for career development and you may miss out on many career opportunities as you may be oblivious to it. If it is absolutely unavoidable due to office arrangements, place a mirror in front of you such that the view behind is clearly visibly to you. Also, if your desk is directly in front of a window such that your back is towards it, it will create a vibe of insecurity and instability in your cabin for you. Hence, try to keep that window closed and block it by placing a huge rack or stand in front of it. Other forbidden places to position your desk as per Feng Shui are: next to the entrance, directly opposite a colleague or in a corner. These places create much distraction and prevent you from concentrating on your work and performing well. It is alright to sit facing a wall though. However, the best position would be to sit diagonally opposite to the door with a wall behind your back. This position keeps you informed and in control of events around you.
Maintain Your Place Clutter Free
Feng Shui always propagates keeping your area clean and clutter free. Never keep your table cluttered up with many little things. It is also very mentally distracting and blocks the flow of Chi and creates bad Feng Shui. More open space will help you realize more opportunities with the flow of vitality in to your space. Do not block space with piles of documents and files. When there is a need to keep them, attend to them as soon as you can and then dispose them off to the right cabinets outside your cabin or cubicle.
Office Interiors
If you want to hang a painting in your office, choose one that has a flock of birds or a wide lake. They have positive psychological effects on your mind. You can also keep a miniature replica of an airplane on your desk that will always motivate you to strive more and achieve higher career goals. Use blinds to reduce the intensity of natural sunlight filtering through your office. But, avoid using tube-lights or bulbs all the time. It is good to have some natural element in your office. Since Feng Shui is about wind and water, having an aquarium or fish tank can also help influence wealth accumulation positively. You must keep 8 dragon fish or gold-fish to encourage wealth to come in and 1 black fish to fight against all evil vibes, in your tank. Always clean it regularly. You can also have an odd number of gold-fish if you cannot find a black one. Decorate your aquarium with plants, gravel and white-gray rocks. It will create the perfect balance in the atmosphere. Place the fish tank near the entrance of your office to activate the chi. Eliminate any sick fish because it stimulates bad Chi. English ivy, ferns and bamboo plants are also good choices to keep in your office.
Feng Shui Ornaments
Citrine crystals at your home and the office will help attract wealth and also improves your self-esteem. Other Feng Shui for office are the three-legged toad to earn extra incentives, the rooster to save yourself from the office politics, the three I-Ching coins in your wallet to attract money to it and the Chi Lin unicorn for promotions.No mud!
When you place anything made of mud and earth, or are placing plants in your office, do not put a water source too. Together, water and mud can create a very bad combination harmful for your career. Also avoid earthy tones like yellow, brown and orange. Instead, use black and blue color tones in your office that are the colors of water in Feng Shui. Generally, the career area is in the north direction of your house or office. Use patchouli or cinnamon scented room fresheners or candles for your office. Offices are high-stress zones and you need to balance it out with Feng Shui that promotes a good vibe overall and creates an energetic environment. Also, you will keep bad energy at bay and become more productive.

OK ladies.. let us know if any of these work for you … we’re off to look for a three-legged toad!
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Product Fave: Solar Powered Iphone Recharger and Case

July 12, 2012
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Don’t want to miss this shot! Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

Heading into nature (as in no plugs) soon? Because we hate losing power right before we’re about to tweet a brilliant thought, take a photo or place an emergency call … we checked out the Mobius Rechargeable Battery Case with Solar Panel. While it’s not very practical for every day use because it can take hours to charge and it’s a bit bulky – if you are away from plugs and you need a charge – it’s a lifesaver! Retail value, $80.

Product Name: Mobius Solar Cell Phone Charger Case

Likes: LOVE that we can power up anytime (if the sun is not out, they included a wall charger). It looks slick, and is easy to use, right out of the box.

According to Digital Trends  At full charge, the Mobius effectively doubles your battery life with an additional five hours of talk time, or eight hours of 3G or video playback. For those who might not have time to for a longer charging session, one hour in the sun will net you 25 minutes of talk time. The battery back/iPhone protector case can also be detached and charged separately.

Gripes: Wish it came in different colors, black is so…. yawn. There seems to be a white option available too-but we couldn’t track it down. Also wish there was a screen protector to guard against sticky fingers on the screen etc. etc. Because of the solar charger it is a little thicker than regular phone cases.

Where to Buy: Online or retail stores like Best Buy.

Best Buy has written a round up of the best solar charger brands, we’d love to hear about your favorites too!

Disclosure: While we get approximately 50 percent of products sent to us as samples we only write about the ones we like 100 percent of the time.