Modern with an Em

Go with the Flo September 11, 2008

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Even if you don’t have kids, I think that this is a wonderful invention.

Boon Inc. — which designs some awesome products for the modern parent — has come up with Flo, a water deflector and protective faucet cover with bubble bath dispenser. Now, I realize that the colour and design may not appeal to absolutely everyone, but I love it.

If you have kids, this is a great alternative to all of those animal-shaped polyester faucet covers that can often be easily pulled off. Flo has a spring-activated grip that easily attaches to all standard faucets (with or without a shower diverter) and many non-standard faucets that are of a similar size and shape to the standard ones.

There is NO assembly or special installation required! Flo is also covered in a soft material around the edges to prevent any bathtime injuries.

The waterfall effect of the spout on Flo is great for washing kids’ hair, and the bubble bath reservoir can be filled up prior to bathtime, allowing for bubbles to be easily dispensed at the push of a button.

And if you’re childless (like myself), think of it this way: Picture yourself relaxing in the tub after a hard day at work or school, surrounded by bubbles and candles, listening to the soothing sound of a luxurious waterfall. Now that sounds pretty darn good to me.

Flo by Boon Inc.

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Get a Handle on Outdoor Cooking September 10, 2008

Now this is the perfect example of something seemingly so simple and almost obvious, but so neat.

Brookstone has designed a stylish and portable outdoor grill that looks nothing like your typical camping gear.

Weighing less than 25 lbs (which sounds heavy, but think about how much a typical barbeque weighs!) with a sleek clamshell design and a hot orange colour, this portable grill is sure to stretch out those last precious moments of summer. It is equipped with a 9450 BTU stainless steel burner (this means nothing to me, but my boyfriend assures me that this is a good thing), has a porcelain enamel-coated cast iron grill area, and uses standard 14.1 and 16.4 oz. propane cylinders (no outlets or charcoal required! Yay!). Top that off with a sturdy handle and retractable legs, and you’ve got a grill that will travel well and store away easily, no matter how many bags of “just-in-case” clothes and shoes you decide to pack into the trunk of your car for your weekend camping trip.

Brookstone.com

 

Stick it to ‘Em

Filed under: Fit and Fabulous,The Modern Mom — modernwithanem @ 1:43 pm
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Alright, so… I’ve been slacking a little bit lately when it comes to this blog. I apologize. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets a little too busy, to the point where you barely have time to keep yourself looking presentable.

A number of new and innovative products have come along to make our makeup routines quicker and easier, including lipglosses that come in a tube and twist to bring the gloss into the applicator tip, so that they can be applied more easily (example: Revlon Lipglide), and a number of powders and bronzers that have the powder right in the handle of the brush (example: Sephora Brand Radiant Loose Powder In A Brush). And now, nail polish is following suit!

Enter Nic’s Sticks, a new line under the Nicole by O.P.I division of O.P.I (manufacturers of, arguably, the best nail polish EVER). These nail polish pens are about the size of your average magic marker, and make applying the season’s hot new nail colours a breeze. Simply shake the pen, pump the polish by pushing the buttong on the end a few times until you see the polish appear on the brush tip, and the apply! It’s as simple as that. And the best part is, they come in 24 great colours and are super portable, making it easy to touch up those inevitable chips before you head out to that party or boardroom meeting.

Nicole by O.P.I

 

For the Modern (Green) Mom August 22, 2008

I was just visiting a site called MomGoGreen.com (very informative!), and I came across a post for the new Wee Generation Diaper Bag. The bag is a “green” diaper bag, with fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles, which is a GREAT idea!

The not-so-great part is that these bags tend to run about $200 US, plus shipping.

Luckily, I came across a cheaper alternative not too long ago when shopping for a shower gift for my VERY pregnant best friend.

Introducing Fleurville Re-Run Messenger Bag (runs about $75 US), for all of your baby-related needs! (Also comes in tote, hobo, and yoga bag formats, as well as binders and meditation pillows!)

These diaper bags are both mommy- and eco-friendly, with the following wonderful features:

  • Re-Run exterior, made from ten (10) 600-mL recycled water bottles
  • adjustable shoulder strap
  • contrasting lining, making it easier to find things
  • 2 external side pockets with magnetic closure
  • internal fleece-lined sunglasses/iPod pocket
  • earbud pass-through badge on flap (the Fleurville symbol)
  • 3 elastic-topped interior pockets
  • Re-Run changing pad
  • Fleurville see-through wipe case
  • carabiner/key-clip
  • PVC-free
  • Teflon-free

www.fleurville.com

 

Mac and Cheese Revamped August 21, 2008

For all of you moms on the go with limited time, who don’t want to feed their kids something out of a box that involves powdered cheese, this one is for you! It’s quick and easy, it encompasses all of the major food groups, is filling and kid-friendly, and is a great way to use up your leftovers. You can substitute any veggies you like (or that your kids will eat!) Bon appétit!

The Modern Mac And Cheese

Ingredients:

3 cups of whole wheat penne (you can substitute your favourite pasta, but fatter noodles work best)
1 cup of chicken, cubed (or whatever you have left over in your fridge. You can substitute sausage or ham, as well)
1/2 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup of red pepper, diced or sliced
3 tbsp. pesto sauce (store-bought works great)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup to 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (put in as much as you like!)

Directions:

  1. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta to the pot and reduce heat, boiling on medium-high for 7 to 9 minutes, or until pasta reaches desired tenderness.
  3. Strain pasta and drain all water from the pot; return pasta to pot, but do not return to burner.
  4. Add olive oil to the pot and mix pasta until coated.
  5. Add pesto sauce and stir until pasta is coated evenly and thoroughly.
  6. Return pot to medium-low heat and add chicken, mushrooms, and red pepper.
  7. Slowly add grated cheese while continuously stirring pasta. Continue stirring until cheese melts completely.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 4 – 6.