I had such a case of the Mondays this week and accidentally spilled coffee all over my mousepad. My search for a replacement brought me to Etsy, where I found tons of cute, unique options that would add a hearty dose of style and personality to any desk. Ready to give your mouse a smooth new spot to rest? Click through to check out 10 of my favorites, featuring sugar skulls, flowers, polka dots, mustaches, and more!
As a thirsty person, I need a beverage, sometimes several, near me at all times. As a klutz, I am prone to knocking over any drink that crosses my path. This becomes a serious issue whenever there are technological gadgets or important papers in my midst, which is the case every Monday through Friday while I’m at work. This Drinkclip Portable Cupholder should solve all my problems. I can clip it on the edge of my desk and it will keep my my various drinks at a safe distance from my elbows, yet still close enough that I don’t actually have to move from my seat to take a sip. Ah, the comforts of modern life. [$20, Outblush]
Paperse just made gift-giving a whole lot easier. This thick, paper card transforms into a pretty, little vase. Just write your personalized message, fold along the lines and put flowers in the vinyl tube, which fits inside to keep buds fresh. The only thing Paperse doesn’t provide are the flowers and the words. But you can come up with those on your own, Romeo. You’re not that lazy, are you? Even if you are, Juliet will never know when she receives such a thoughtful gift. [$6, Cauca]
Those who know me best — or those who read The Frisky with any regularity — know that I love bath time. I am always looking to take my bubble-filled soaks up a notch, which is why I gasped with excitement when I came across this Spa Bath Planetarium gizmo. It’s like these geniuses knew that second only to my love of baths is my love of space and they created this with me in mind! But for those of you who are not into stargazing (weirdos), there are two other settings — a pretty rose glow and a “bottom of the sea” effect. Whatever, I’m sure they’re lovely, but I’m only interested in going where no one has gone before — especially in a bathtub. [$123.75, GeekStuff4U]
I am one of those people who likes my bananas without brown spots. The most annoying things about my favorite fruit is how quickly they ripen (and how they make everything in their general vicinity smell like banana). And, as you may remember from the Chiquita Banana song, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator, so you should never put bananas in the refrigerator. The Banana Bag is the kitchen appliance Chiquita always dreamed of. The sunny, yellow bag provides the exact amount of insulation and air to keep your bunch from over-ripening, while keeping the skin warm enough to prevent those brown spots. The Banana Bag will keep your fruit fresh and cereal-ready for at least two weeks. [$12.99, Amazon]
In my house, however much pasta you make, you must eat! (This, I believe, is the unofficial slogan of Italy.) But because I never correctly estimate a proper portion of noodles (particularly long ones like spaghetti, fettuccine, etc.), and always air on the side of more, I end up eating a lot more than I really originally intended. That’s why this “I Could Eat A Horse” pasta measuring tool, which portions out child, adult, and family-sized amounts of dried pasta, is so genius. I’ll never end up eating a family-sized portion of pasta again. Unless I want to, that is. [$16.90, Reykjavik Corner Store]
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a slob. Cleaning is one of my least favorite activities in the world, and I get the urge to tidy up about as often as I get the urge to, oh, I don’t know, relive middle school. But over the course of the last year I’ve made a dedicated effort to get better at it, and slowly but surely, I’ve become a fairly consistent doer of chores. If you’re not naturally prone to neatness, you know how tough it can be to put away the dishes or pick up a duster. To help you out, here are five tips, tricks, and strategies that have helped me tackle that terrible, awful job called cleaning the house… Keep reading »
Old suitcases are great for holding your things — in more ways than one! Blogger Korrie Bastian of Red Hen Home dressed up an empty wall in her entryway by turning vintage luggage into a sturdy set of unique shelves. Just large enough to hold a framed photo or flower vase, these clever suitcase wall shelves give off a fun, quirky vibe — and they’re functional too. Want to give this project a try? Just keep reading for the how-to. Read more…
Vodka can do more than just make a happy hour, well, happier. It has lots of “off-label” uses that go beyond the bar. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of 5 uses for vodka. Share yours in the comments!
Goo Remover: Got a price tag, sticker or label that just won’t peel off? Bring on the vodka. Simply saturate a sponge (or paper towel) with the strong stuff, apply to the sticker and wait about a minute. The paper (and tacky residue) will come right off. Read more…
If you love to cook but patience isn’t your strong suit, kitchen appliances and utensils that cut corners and speed things along should fill your kitchen. May we suggest you add these multi-blade herb scissors to your arsenal? Finely cut rosemary, chives, basil, etc. without any pesky (and dangerous!) knife-work. Better grab ‘em before they’re gone — chop chop! [$9.99, Kitchen & Company]