2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint

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Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix

Tired of the endless mess of painting? Fear not! Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! Simply uncap, twist, and paint! Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish! No cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won’t crack. Great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas. They come in two package sizes: 6 count Kwik Stix retail for $5.99, and 12 count Kwik Stix retail for $11.99 at The Pencil Grip, Inc.

6 count package Kwik Stix

6 count package Kwik Stix

They are also available at Amazon.com

Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Axel & Ash’s Luxe Unique Journals

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Axel & Ash is a design duo from Bondi Beach, Australia who publish and create funky journals and products that are stylish, full of happiness and inspiration for you to “Insert YOUR Story.” The adventure started in 2012 when the two wanderlusting souls shared their bucket lists with each other and realized they both had a dream to start a creative business. Sharing a common passion for the art of journaling they decided to start designing chic, inspiring journals filled with writing prompts for everyone who wanted to capture their days, thoughts and memories in style. For more information, visit www.AxelandAsh.com, or via Instagram at AxelandAsh.

Swept Away by Wanderlust by Axel

Swept Away by Wanderlust by Axel  & Ash

Swept away by WANDERLUST is a charming travel journal, bound in a premium, earthy latte-colored cloth, for the boho-chic traveler who wants to document her journey in a unique way.

an inside page of Swept Away by Wanderlust.

an inside page of Swept Away by Wanderlust.

Each page is filled with fun questions, original writing prompts and witty ‘to-do’ notes enticing the traveler to jot down her thoughts, feelings and experiences while adventuring our big beautiful world. Whether taking the train down the California coast exploring the beaches or honeymooning in Paris, each journey can be celebrated and documented beautifully.

My Bucket List by Axel & Ash

My Bucket List by Axel & Ash

Beautifully bound in stylish black cloth, My BUCKETLIST is a funky new journal that invites you to decide what you want to do with your one wild and crazy life by collecting all your dreams, desires and ideas in one place.

Whether it’s to travel Route 66 in an open Cadillac, eat pizza in Naples, ride a zebra or just dance in the rain, this book is buzzing with tips, motivation and everything you need to start your life’s greatest adventures. Quirky, individual and so much fun, My BUCKETLIST inspires you to live life to the fullest and capture all the incredible experiences and moments along the way.

These travel journal books are very nice quality, and something you will be proud to give as well as to receive. Travel in style and share your story in one of these hardbound books. Either book  would be appropriate for either a man or a woman. They retail at the Axel & Ash online shop for $39.99 AUD, which converts to about $28.47 USD, making it a bargain to purchase. Also available on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Kuhn Rikon Knives

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Kuhn Rikon Colori+ Knives stand out for their sharpness, secure-grip handles and colorful, lightweight design.  Ultra-sharp Japanese steel blades feature a silicone-based non-stick coating for easier, neater cutting.  Each comes with a safety sheath for safe and easy storage or transport for camping or picnics.  Over 20 color/style combinations.

Kuhn Rikon Switzerland knives

Kuhn Rikon Switzerland knives

These knives retail for from $10 to $30 at kuhnrikonshop.com. They are also available at Amazon.com.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: CDN Bluetooth Thermometer/Timer for Remote Control & Monitoring

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CDN Bluetooth Dual Probe Thermometer

CDN Bluetooth Dual Probe Thermometer

Here’s another gift idea for the tech savy cook on your list: The CDN Dual Probe Thermometer.
CDN’s new Bluetooth Dual Probe Thermometer & Timer (BT482) links to mobile iOS and Android devices via an exclusive CDN app, for remote control and monitoring of cooking times, temperatures and more.  It can store cooking history, images and personal notes that can be shared through social media or email. It features two stainless steel waterproof probes, and a new anticipation feature that predicts when food will be done. Here is a full list of features:

  • Measurement Range:
    -40 to +482°F/-40 to +250°C;
    10 timers count 24 hours by min/sec
  • Remote monitoring through iOS & Android mobile devices
  • Dual waterproof 304 stainless steel probes
  • 3.875″/9.8 cm probes (heat resistant up to 482°F/200°C; rubber grip at the bend up to 500°F/260°C)
  • 39″/1 m high heat sensor cable (heat resistant up to 716°F/380°C – excluding jack)
  • Preprogrammed & programmable
  • Meat/taste
  • Dual function
  • Dual progress display
  • Target range indication
  • Cooking history with graphic chart, image and personal notes
  • Social network and email sharing
  • Temperature alert
  • Distinct selectable alerts
  • Pre-alert by time or temperature
  • Anticipation time estimate
  • Up to 10 timers
  • Counts down
  • Stop & restart
  • Last count recall
  • ABS plastic
  • On/off button
  • Battery status
  • 2-way mounting: magnet/stand
  • Compatibility: iOS 7.1 or above; Android OS 4.3 or above; and Bluetooth® 4.0 capable (Bluetooth®Smart Ready)
  • 2 1.5V AAA IEC LR03 Alkaline (included)

The CDN Dual Probe Bluetooth Thermometer/Timer is available for purchase at KitchenCapers.com and retails for $69.99. It is also available at Amazon.com.

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Zoko Triple Pop Maker

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Triple Pop Maker from Zoku

Triple Pop Maker from Zoku

Zoku started with a seemingly simple idea: What if we could freeze popcicles faster? After months of research, testing, and prototypes, their Quick Pop Maker was born. They knew they were on to something and soon, Williams-Sonoma agreed, picking them up for their holiday season.

The Triple Pop Maker comes in several colors

The Triple Pop Maker comes in several colors

Now, Moms everywhere are loving the quickness and ease of using Zoku products to make quick frozen treats for themselves and their kids. Know what goes into the frozen pops you serve your kids!

Zoku Triple Pop Maker

Zoku Triple Pop Maker

To use the Zoku Triple Pop Maker: Make sure the molds are COMPLETELY DRY and place the Quick Pop Maker in the freezer for 24 hours. Make sure the freezer temperature is set to 0°F. (-18°C) or less. Place the Quick  Pop Maker  LEVEL AND UPRIGHT IN YOUR FREEZER.  After the Pop Maker has been in the freezer for 24 hours, it is ready to use. You can find recipes on the Zoku website, or make up your own. Either way, you’ll be enjoying delicious frozen treats in just a few minutes!

The Zoku is available to purchase at Zokuhome.com and retails for $49.99. It is also available at Amazon.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Tenba Camera Bag +Giveaway

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The Switch 10 Camera Bag

The Switch 10 Camera Bag

Are you a photographer, or want to be one? Do you have a nice camera but nothing to carry it in? Or, do you want a better, newer bag that will also have room for your tablet and other gear? Then this is the bag for you, or for that person on your gift list.

The Tenba Switch Camera Bag

The Tenba Switch Camera Bag

The Tenba Switch Camera Bag comes in several sizes to accommodate whatever camera you have. The Switch 7, Switch 8, and Switch 10. I received a Switch 10 Bag. I love that it has so much room, AND that I can also carry my iPad in a pocket on the outside. I only have to carry one bag with me and still take all the things I need. This camera bag even has removable straps on the bottom for attaching your folded tripod!

Another incredible feature of this bag is that you can get different outside flaps that change the look of the bag. If you want a red bag one day, and a purple one the next, you can do that with JUST ONE BAG! Here are the colors available to purchase:

Color choices for the

Color choices for the “Switch” flap on the Tenba Switch Bag.

The inside of the bag is spacious, so you can put a full size DSLR camera and a couple of lenses in it. It is padded, and has nice padded separations to keep your camera equipment in good shape.

The inside of the bag is padded.

The inside of the bag is padded.

There are removable straps on the bottom that slide through loops, that let you carry your folded tripod with you.

The removable tripod straps.

The removable tripod straps.

Here is a picture of Fabgrandpa modeling the bag. It really is a great size for your camera gear and other things you may need on a photo shoot.

Fabgrandpa with the Tenba Switch 10 Camera bag.

Fabgrandpa with the Tenba Switch 10 Camera bag.

Specifications of the Tenba Switch 10:
Catalog #   633-303
Weight       1.6 lbs(0.7 kg)
Exterior Dimensions 12W X 9.5H X 5.5D in. (30 X 24 X 14 cm)
Interior Dimensions 11.5W X 8.75H X 4D in. (29 X 22 X 10 cm)
Laptop Compartment 11.25W X 7.75H X 0.5D in. (29W X 20H X 1D cm)
Fits iPad® or similar tablet up to 10 inches

Features of the Tenba Switch 10:

Tenba’s unique Switch removable covers let you change the color and look of the bag to match your personal style.

Silent, magnetic closure means no loud velcro noises when opening the flap. Secondary snap closure provides extra security and is still super quiet.

Quick Access™ zipper lets you securely swap out cameras and lenses without opening the front flap and exposing an entire camera system to prying eyes in unfamiliar or dangerous locations.

Front flap extends over the bag to provide excellent weatherproof coverage at the corners, and small weather flaps fold down for additional protection.

Included WeatherWrap rain cover is removable and reversible, with silver on one side to reflect the heat, and black on the other side for a bit more stealth and subtlety.

Neoprene interior pocket for lens caps or filters.

Stretchy mesh pockets provide quick access storage on the outside of the bag.

MOLLE-compatible side loops to attach accessory pouches.

Zippered front accessory pocket has stretchy neoprene pockets inside, plus a metal key clip and D-ring to securely attach card wallets and other tools.

Full-length zippered front pocket.

Shoulder strap made with seatbelt-grade webbing and includes integrated, non-slip shoulder pad.

Protective, EVA foam dividers can be repositioned in any configuration.

Padded interior protects a mirrorless camera with 3-4 lenses, plus flash and accessories.

Tenba’s exclusive heavy-duty body armor base panel is water and abrasion resistant. This protects the bag if you have to put it down on a wet and/or dirty surface, and is easy to wipe clean.

Exterior: Lightweight 420 denier jacquard nylon with a durable water repellant coating.

Interior: Soft, brushed tricot and ripstop nylon.

Hardware: YKK zippers and snaps, contoured zipper pulls.

BUY IT: Find one of 240 dealers around the United States; and online at many locations including Amazon.com.

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win the Tenba Switch Bag of their choice of size, whether you choose the Switch 7, Switch 8, or Switch 10, with a Red Switch Flap. To enter, use the Giveaway Tools form below.