Tag: tools

A brilliant way to figure out how to be the change you want to see in the world.

In order to stay positive in life, I always try to find the good in a bad situation. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But I honestly believe that actually doing something about the issues that concern me, give me hope, even if busy parents like me struggle with that. That’s why I love the Personal Impact Canvas created by top-level digital strategist and social impact advocate, Caleb Gardner. (Oh, and he’s also a very cool dad and great friend to CMP.) The Canvas is essential a printable self-reflection tool and organizer all in one. Just download the form and take some time to fill it out....

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If they had a hammer. . .

When my kids were little, they had a bunch of plastic “tools” that they could use around the house. But once they outgrew these toys and actually wanted to “saw” something, I was at a loss since our real tools were just too big and dangerous. But here, at last is a compact tool kit out of France that’s sized perfectly for their little hands. Moulin Roty’s Wooden Tool Box is such a nice gift for the young aspiring carpenter. With a child-size hammer, two screwdrivers, and a mini saw, this beautifully constructed and packaged kit is a great...

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How do you get the drawstring back in your sweatshirt? With the best silly little gadget thingie, ever

Lost drawstrings are up there at the top of all the annoying scale for me as far as clothing mishaps go. In fact, I just spent the last month frustrated that a small silk drawstring belt came out of a silk dress; I couldn’t figure out how to get it back through without jamming a safety pin in to thread it through, and probably poking holes in the silk. So when I got wind of this brand new doodad that helps you take care of those very lost drawstrings I was like, sign me up to try it out!...

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Making your own bouquets look like those pricy ones. You can do it!

Artfully arranged flowers are one of life’s most fleeting luxuries. Since I’m not an heiress, I pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s or the grocery store when I do my weekly shopping — the flowers are inexpensive, and a flower’s a flower right? The only problem is that when I get home with a bunch of flowers I have no idea what to do with them. So I plop them in a vase (as artfully as possible of course) and wonder why they never look as nice as professionally arranged flowers. Now they do. When I learned about the Flower...

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My first tools. Ideally not followed by my first stitches.

My boys love woodworking. It certainly helps having a super handy husband and grandpa to keep them busy and tinkering away in the garage. But I have to admit, seeing them wielding heavy tools does frighten me some. A while back, I searched high and low for kid-sized tools. We found an entire section of mock tools at the toy store, but nothing that would actually get a project done. (Why would anyone pretend to drill? they wanted to know.) Thankfully, Red Toolbox has answered their call. They make legitimate, quality tools for small hands including a screwdriver, hammer,...

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Cut and run

Of all the gifts my sigOth has given to me over all the years, there’s one that I think might be my very favorite: garden shears. Yes, garden shears. And I don’t even have a garden. We are rarely without cut flowers in the house, and it kind of makes me crazy to try and saw off the stems with a chef’s knife. It made him more crazy that I was using his good knives in the first place. Thus – the Celia Birtwell garden pruners (or secateur if you’re fancy) that make me happy every time I take...

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Tools for those a little green around the grills

Yes it’s kind of a cliche that all dads like barbecuing and therefore all need grill tools for Father’s Day. But at least in my family, all the dads do like barbecuing and need grill tools for Father’s Day, so there. I love the look of all the eco-friendly grill tools from Outset, just in to Olive and Myrtle. But more so, I like the backstory; the spatula, tongs, fork and grill brush all made of 100% recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo. Even the packaging is green. Now go enjoy your free-range, organic, grass-fed chicken sausages on Father’s...

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