Wow! This is such a fast and easy solution to an all to common problem.
The guys at Key|Smart have come up with this simple solution that anyone can use, and the magnet is super strong. The price is so cheap that you could put these on any switch you wanted - in the garage, by the front door, a closet. You could even change out a a screw somewhere else to hold small tools - a screwdriver or a bottle opener, just to name some useful items. :-)
Their other Life Solving product is their Key|Smart keyring. It's a pocket knife for your keys. No bulk. No sounding like a janitor walking down the hallway. Just a sleek and simple solution. I need one!
I guess I knew that babies eyesight developed over time and at first they saw the world in a very different way. Colors and shapes slowly materialized in more detail as the months ticked by and their eyesight improved, eventually coming on par with our "advanced" adult eyesight - so I thought.
It turns out that a Japanese study recently published in the Journal Cell Biology has shown that we as adults are missing subtle visual nuances in our environment that only babies can pick up.
Mind = Blown.
According to the study, when we are very young our eyes and brain see all differences, but quite quickly as we grow older we learn to ignore certain types of differences. This allows us the ability to recognize the same object even if the environment around it has changed or slightly altered how it looks. Light and dark, color shifts, and perspective begin to be valued on a gross scale for the sake of our brain recognizing the object itself as something it has seen before rather than spend energy analyzing in detail all the new changes associated with the object.
Below is an excerpt from Carolyn Gregorie's Huff Post article about the study:
Here's an example, taken from the new study: Look at the three images of snails pictured below and try to pick out the two that look the most similar. While adults would typically see the glossier snails (A and B) as the most alike, a baby sees images B and C as being more similar.
As Martinez-Conde explains, while snails A and B look nearly identical to an adult, they have very different pixel intensity. However, infants can correctly determine that images B and C are the most alike.
So why do we loose this ability to detect these visual discrepancies? Well, the brain creates this illusion that these images are the same - it's called "visual constancy" - and it seems that it was an evolutionary adaptation for us humans. We learned to quickly recognize the same objects in our environment even when the environment changed. A huge advantage. (There is more on this topic at The Scientific American.)
So now you know why young babies can find the most mundane objects so interesting. I feel a sense of appreciation for the small subtle things in life brewing in my mind.
I can't tell you how excited I am for my son to be growing up in this age. There is so much possitive potential, but we as parents have to recognize the importance of technical literacy. It's more than iPhone games; it's the language of the future.
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The Pop Ups are a great band. Period. The fact that they make records and a live show that both kids and adults can groove to is just icing on the cake.
Check out this article by the New York Metro highlighting the killer acts out there!
Here is a taste of the live tweeting DaddyO did during our first Christmas travel across the country as a new family.
Gathering the family at your place is a wonderful feeling of welcoming, love, and togetherness. It also brings on the stomach turning stress of frantic cleaning, hiding all the clutter, and those brief moments of wishing you gave it all up to live like the Amish with one outfit, a shovel and a candle to your name.
Here in NYC the feeling is no different. It happens about 4 times a day. But my friends at Apartment CPR are experts in bringing the best out of your space. They have been turning small spaces into true sanctuaries for 4 years and know exactly how to bring the holiday spirit into your home while also sharing the gift of sanity.
Here is a list of easy projects that don't cost much more than last night's take out, and can be done in those last couple of days you have left before everyone arrives.
Click any of the pictures to find similar items on Amazon to get you started!
1: Don't forget the meaning of the season. Christmas is about family and tradition, so don't get overwhelmed by the hub bub. Find a few meaningful traditions that your family will remember for years to come.
2: Keep it simple. Less is more! A well done tree or mantle piece is all you really need to bring the Christmas spirit to your home.
3: De-clutter before decorating. Your Christmas decor should replace some of your existing year round items.
4: Find a cohesive color scheme. Use a palate that works with your exiting home decor. Just because Red and Green are traditionally everywhere doesn't mean you're stuck with those two colors. Green can be your "neutral' then play off it with colors that speak to you.
5: Use simple wrapping. Use brown paper packages tied up with string or stick with the same wrapping paper to make the tree area seem less cluttered and more cohesive.
6: Pile on the texture and metallics. Use them as pops of excitement against your above mentioned palate.
7: Set a budget and stick to it! Not every decoration has to be store bought. Here are a few Apartment CPR DIY's:
-Paper garland cutouts mounted on fishing line.
-Strung Marshmallows sprayed with a metallic glitter.
8: Get the family involved. Decorate the tree together, create your own ornaments that will become family treasures.
9: Think outside the box. Not all homes have room for a tree. A wreath is a great substitute or build a "tree" of your own. To replace the pine tree smell, a great scented candle or diffuser will do the trick.
10: Get inspired, Pinterest, magazines and other forums are a great way to hone your design skills. If you don't have the time to do the decor the way you want, or don't know how to excute the ideas ask for help! Apartment CPR does just that! www.apartmentcpr.com Let us take the hassle out of your holiday!
The holidays should feel like a chance to enjoy company and relax, not a chore. Find a few things you and your family love and stick with them. Then with a little time to organize you can have a great holiday hosting routine down for every year.
***Still need to finish you gift shopping? Get it done with DaddyO's gift guide for Dads, Lads, and Lasses (& Moms too)***
Just a quick mention about this terrific company.
GoldieBlox is putting out a line of great toys aimed at encouraging girls to play with toys geared around engineering, science and math. Many toys on the market for boys showcase males in important roles in the STEM field and so boys are encouraged to imagine themselves in those roles, but too many toys for girls are locked in a world of fantasy, superficial, and traditionally weaker social positions. GoldieBlox is changing all that.
It's that time of year when you can either brave the hoards in a mad rush slam as many of your gifts into your cart has physically possible, OR enjoy a more leisurely experience picking up gifts online or in a store at a pace that makes you feel like full human being and not a rabid hyena.
This list is meant to be detailed enough to give you a real shot at crossing as many gifts off your list as possible in one sitting. If you find that there is a great deal out there (Black Friday List Here!) or think I should add something wonderful to the list, please share it in the comments.
If you're using Amazon, take advantage of the Prime trial! i used it last year to send Christmas gifts all over and it saved me a bundle.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and take every opportunity to relax and enjoy your family and friends.
Single Blade Safety Razors: If you are trying to avoid razor bumps and get a clean shave for way less money, this is the way to go. I haven't bought those multi-blade rip offs in over two years. Do yourself a favor and make the change.
Craft Beer Club: This is a truly unique gift at a great price. If you, or any of your good buddies, love great beer, you can now get premium brews delivered to your door every month. It will open up your appreciation for this most ancient and excellent use for water.
Mr. Beer Brewing Kit: Maybe you want to make your own beer! This is an excellent kit to get started and it makes 4 gallons. It is sooooo simple. If you find you want to make larger quantities you can always upgrade to a larger kit. It's a great hobby with some fantastic rewards!
Bond 50-3 Decades of Bond: If you did not grab this DVD set while it was on the Black Friday List, you can get it now. What a excellent gift for a true Bond fan!
The Man in the High Castle: If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch this for free right now. If you don't, you should still watch it. It's a thrilling series about an alternate timeline in a world where the USA did not win World War II. Full of espionage and mystery, it keeps you on edge.
Ethan & Emma Stroller Organizer: Any stay-at-home dad knows that a stroller organizer is a must for any parent. This one is outstanding. Fits any stroller, insulated cupholders, and amazing storage capacity in a streamlined design. You can read my Amazon review here. I like it so much I have partnered with the company to give away a FREE ORGANIZER soon to a randomly selected subscriber. If you want in, just join the newsletter!
Bandanna bib: Step up the bib game with an outlaw baby bib.
Sticker ties: Take your month by month pictures but class up the little man with a fun stick on tie.
Play mat: Rainforest Melodies mat is colorful and full of different textures and sounds.
WigglyFeet Baby Shoes: Hand made leather and textile baby shoes. A wonderful and unique gift.
Swirling Ball ramp: You can build it to different levels. Simple and engaging.
Peg Pound: Ideal for motor development and color identification.
First 100 words: Great book that lets you find pictures, colors and names of things with your child.
Doodler: A classic drawing tab that can be reset to begin a new sketch!
Scooter: Paw Patrol folding scooter. I see these at the park all the time!
Paw Patrol toys: This cartoon has become a big hit and the toys are more, and more popular.
I See Me! personalized story books: Does your child love stories? Do they want to be in one? These books allow you to put their name in a variety of different books with outstanding illustrations. A story told just for them!
The Pop Ups: 2 Grammy nominations and their new album called The Great Pretenders Club is streaming on Amazon Music. An utterly amazing band - not just a kids band. You can get a free download when you sign up for our newsletter!
TMNT coloring: I have always loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This coloring book should be a big hit with a small fan.
Moon: You can have a changing moon in your room!
RC: RC Cars are always awesome!
Nintendo DS deserves a special mention here.
There are many ways to play with this device and I even know some 4 year olds who use one. Limited screen time is important, but if you are going to give it to them, this device has a great price point and an extensive library of games and educational entertainment.
Star wars folded flyers: Turning paper airplanes into amazing Star Wars vehicles!
Lego Star Wars: Such a vast world made available through Lego. You'll find a set that is sure to bring excitement.
Hammock: A pretty cool place to hang out - if they can get you out of it first.
Sony Alarm Clock: Yeah. You know they need it. This has a sleep timer, radio, and adjustable projection viewing angle. A great piece of "get the heck up" tech.
Star Wars Battlefront: I have waited a long time for them to reboot this franchise. It was a fantastic game back in 2004/05 and it has lived up to the story, sounds and style of the series. If you have a Star Wars fan who loves video games (it might even be you) get this game.
A special mention:
Studio Ghibli collection: An amazing selection of of films from a stand out animation company for less than $40! Introduce yourself or someone you love to these fantastic stories. They will become classics in home in no time.
If you are looking to find all of Hiyo Mizakis Films check this out.
Play mat: Teaching reaching and grasping that is crucial at this stage, this mat is full of fun colors, sounds, and attachments.
WigglyFeet Baby Shoes: Outstanding hand made baby shoes!
Musical toys: Easy to hold and engaging with great colors and sounds.
Burt's Bees Baby: A fantastic selection of bath time and bed time items from a trusted name is clean, wholesome and additive free products.
Musical walker: Taking her first steps is amazing and this toy can keep her going. The front is full of buttons and sounds to keep her happy once she has found a place to park!
Science kit: Stimulate the brain with an easy but fun introduction to science.
Play tent: A fast and easy way to pop up another imaginative world. They have many different styles.
I See Me: Personalized story books, including personalized ornaments. Create a gift that will always have their name on it.
The Pop Ups: Seriously good music. Sign up for our newsletter to get your free download!
Origami lights: You get to make the lights! So many different designs.
Spongebob activity book: Even I love Spongebob. Here is a fun book to color and explore.
Illusistory Print your own book : You child writes and illustrates their own story, then you mail it, and Illusistory will print the book and send it back. What a fantastic gift!
Book of earrings: Don't loose earrings or find them tangled in a container again. Store them in a neat and compact book.
Touch screen gloves: Might as well make sure they don't get frostbite if they will never put down the phone.
iPhone case: Colorful and sleek case design with a wrist strap.
Young adult books:
These series of excellent fiction can play younger and older, so feel free gift based on their interest in this material.
Beadsoul: Rings, bracelets, guitar picks and so many other great items. Beadsoul offers hand stamped metal jewelry and gifts.
Forgotten Cotton: Fantastic handmade scarves and accessories. A favorite in my family. Their stuff is terrific.
Salt Shot glasses: I might want these for myself too. These are so neat.
Tea Tumbler: Steep your loose leaf tea directly inside your tumbler. great tasting tea on the go!
Keepsake Pregnancy journal: This is a wonderful gift to keep a personal record of her pregnancy that she can share with your wee one.
Heat pillow: Just pop it in the microwave for a minute and use it for instant relief. I can say from personal experience that these are great for back and neck pain. A gift you will get a lot of therapeutic use out of.
Handbag illuminator: A very clever light that illuminates the inside of a bag when exposed to any light. Now she can search her bag no matter what the lighting conditions are. Very cool!
Forgotten Cotton: You will find something she loves here. Scarves and accessories handmade in the USA. A fast favorite!
There you have it! The 2015 holiday list that will bring you cheer all year long. I hope you find some unique, fun, and practical gifts that turn your shopping list into a shipping list - assuming you have to send gifts somewhere (let's pretend the joke works.) Have a terrific holiday and enjoy time with your families!
Amazon is counting down to Black Friday and adding new offerings every day. Here is a quick list of the early Black Friday deals! It's short and sweet to let you grab the best items across your list.
Big Ticket Deals:
Entertainment deals are what everyone looks for during Black Friday. Here are some of the top discounts you can find right now.
32" LED TV, with ROKU built in: $179
Upgrade your TV game with fantastic picture and color quality and stream all the shows you watch right on the device.
Complete Bond 22 Film Collection: $139
Seriously???!! Every Bond film ever! This is bound to make someone you know a VERY happy person. (Might be you.)
ROKU 3 Streaming Media Player: $87.49
Get you binge watching on with the ROKU player and never miss a episode again.
Playstation 4 Bundle w/ Star Wars Battlefront: $349
The hottest console with the hottest game. You can go see the film and then play the game. What a wonderful world we live in.
Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer: $279
This is the time of year to get this mixer. It is an outstanding kitchen tool and will last you a lifetime. Take advantage of this opportunity.
Make the kids happy:
Check off that list while saving some dough. Every day there are great deals of kids toys from tots to teenagers. You'll find what they want right away.
Nintendo 3DS: $189
Keep your eye out for this to get a price drop on Black Friday. I have seen kids both young and old playing with their 3DS. It is a tough little device with a vast library full of games including educational and learning games.
Eye Found It, Disney Board Game: $14.77
It's always nice to spend some playing time without a screen. A fun searching game within the Disney universe.
Fisher-Price Monster Machines Monster Dome Playset: $22.14
OK, I want to play with this too. You will make some kid very happy when they unwrap this bad boy.
Lego Mini Minecraft: $40.99
Minecraft is HUGE and LEGO has brought their creative expertise to let kids' imaginations explode with this set.
Portable Hammock: $24.77
Children love having their own cool place to hang out. This hammock will be a hit, if they can get you out of it first.
Bluetooth Headphones: $52.99
Go anywhere without getting caught up in cords.
Talking Minions Bob w/ Teddy Bear: $41
You know at least one person who is bonkers about the minions. This is a fun gift.
Origami Fun Kit: $18.97
Another great activity with no screen time. There are so many amazing creations in this kit, and you'll have a very happy origami artist on your hands in no time.
Heavy Duty iPhone 6 Case: $23.99
You got them the phone now protect the heck out of it.
Selfie Stick: $11.95
Only a matter of time before this request came in, right? Get it for a great price and smile for holiday selfie time!
Great Deals for your wife:
Forgotten Cotton Infinity Scarves: 2 for $30
Check out these fantastic scarves. My wife loves them. Extremely comfortable, warm and fashionable. This isn't an Amazon deal, but it is a GREAT deal! This shop is a favorite and when you see what else they make, it will become yours too. Handmade in the USA.
Swarovski Teardrop Necklace: $13.95
Don't let the tree be the prettiest thing in the room. ;-)
Swarovski Snowflake Pendant: $18.90
Bring some sparkle to those snowy nights.
Women's Snow Boots: $40
You know good snow boots are worth every penny. These are a great pair at a great price and will make every outdoor adventure comfortable.
Fur Lined Riding Boots: $40
Just cause it's cold outside doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a fashion statement. Check out these bold boots that will keep in the warmth.
So now you're set to snag some terrific deals during and around Black Friday. Get that gift list taken care of so you can spend some quality time enjoying the holidays!