The best of...getting organized
BirdOnTheTree Makeup Organizer
“Clear up coveted drawer space” with this “hip and modern” hardwood makeup holder. The 17 holes for lipstic ks, brushes, and eyeliners will force you to regularly edit your cosmetic stash.
Smythson Soho Agenda
This leather-bound planner from an “eternally chic” British luxury brand isn’t cheap, but it “makes every appointment and illegible note just a bit more glamorous.” The page size is perfect for daily notes and weekly to-do lists.
Mark and Graham Tech Envelope
This fashionable carryall made of “buttery” leather has enough pockets and straps to stash your tablet and phone, plus cards, cash, and cables. Folded shut, it’s “slim enough to slip into any bag.”
Source: New York Times
Crate & Barrel Laundry Sorter
Get a jumpstart on laundry sorting with this space-saving triple-sack console that lets you easily separate whites, colors, and delicates. The lid doubles as an ironing board.
Source: Real Simple
Kikkerland Felt Bedside Caddy
Never misplace the TV remote again with this pouch that can be tucked between couch cushions or hung off your bed’s headboard or side rail. It’s a great place to store a smartphone, reading glasses, books, and more.
Tip of the week...
How to build an igloo
▪ Prep your construction material. Sturdy igloos require densely packed snow. On a cold day after a fresh snow, shovel the white stuff into a 10-foot square until it’s about 18 inches deep. Pack it down with a shovel or by walking on it, then leave it overnight to harden.
▪ Lay the base. Using an old saw, cut blocks from the packed snow—each roughly 24 by 18 by 9 inches. Arrange the perimeter, then trim the top of the first layer to create a ramp ascending around the circle, which establishes the spiral.
▪ Spiral inward. The blocks also have to be shaved so the tops angle slightly inward toward the igloo’s center. One person should step inside the circle, before it’s too tall, to help place the upper blocks. After the top block is secured, punch a small hole in the roof for airflow, then finish the igloo by cutting the smallest door possible.
Source: The New York Times Magazine
And for those who have everything...
Rungu’s Electric Juggernaut is not really a bicycle—or even a tricycle, for that matter. It’s an ATV. Designed for gliding over sand and snow, this 90-pound e-trike may be the ultimate winter toy. It’s got three massive 4.8-inch-wide tires and a 2,100-watt pedal-assist motor, which will help you cruise along at nearly 30_mph, keeping abreast of drivers as they stare in disbelief. Charging up steep hills feels “like redlining a monster truck,” and the disc brakes and two fatties up front make crashing next to impossible. “Ridiculous? Yes. Ridiculously entertaining? Hell yes.”
For gym-free fitness training
▪ Sworkit has a workout for you no matter your commitment or fitness level. Choose to focus on cardio, strength, or yoga and a video instructor will walk you through routines lasting from five minutes to an hour.
▪ Nike+ Training Club offers “almost too many great things to list.” Its hundreds of workouts are hosted by professional trainers or celebrity athletes, and the app can track data for all your fitness activities.
▪ Yoga Studio brings yoga and meditation classes into your living room. Developed by the wellness company Gaiam, the $4 app has more than 60 customizable lessons. Soothing music and the instructors’ gentle voices create a relaxing atmosphere.
▪ Map My Run can monitor any physical activity, but it’s designed for tracking running, walking, hiking, and biking. It maps your course, gives mileage updates, counts calories burned, and compares your workouts.
Source: Cooking Light