If you kick sand on my towel one more time…

sandless towel means beach fun

There you are, on a gorgeous sunny day, just trying to relax and soak up some rays… when sand starts itching it’s way onto your towel. Kids and dogs running by, or just moving around to get comfortable seems to add more sand into the mix.

I guess you just have to deal with it, right?

Nope! The military’s got you covered. Kind of.

sandless towel for awesome beach fun

This technological marvel called the Sandless Beach Mat was indeed developed by the military for landing a chopper and not blowing sand every which way. Now you can use this technology to spend an awesome day at the beach, connecting with nature, while staying comfy, too.

This sandless towel also eliminates dirt, dust, and water from its surface, so you have a perpetually clean outdoor space. Perfect for camping or watching outdoor concerts.

What, you need features? Well, it’s also strong enough to resist abrasions from outdoor furniture or pets, the towel will remain flat, and it never absorbs moisture, so it can’t grow mold or mildew.

So get out there and enjoy the rest of the summer – and all your other outdoor activities – with a sand-free smile :)

Nature Inspired Home Decor

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When it comes to beauty you really can’t improve on nature. Have you seen Root of the Earth? Such a perfect example. They’re home decor accents carved from a single piece of wood, and they are just stunning. Each one is totally unique.

My favorite is the serving platter, because the shape and size make it so versatile. We have a constant supply of fresh fruit at our house, and I love how this tray cradles them with its swirling wood grain. Makes fruit and veg look like a boho centerpiece. Instant cute, zero effort ;)

While the unique design of these natural products is rather rustic and earthy, just a few simple flowers transforms them into sophisticated pieces of art. Can you imagine how gorgeous the baskets would look full of fresh herbs or blooms from your garden?! Or how the wine caddy would lend a relaxed feel to a room with beachy decor? Any of the pieces could add warmth and grounding to an otherwise pristinely decorated room. Thanks to mother nature – and your creativity – the options are truly endless.

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Chill Pill: You Need One (and I’ll make them for you!)

awesome chill pill ice cube tray

Because sometimes, seriously, you should just take a chill pill.

Now I want to suggest something that might sound impossible

This ice cube tray produces actual Chill Pills. Like real, working, effective “calm your crazy self down” chill pills.

How? Simple. The placebo effect.

“Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations between recovery and the experience of being treated—from the pinch of a shot to a doctor’s white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones.”
“Placebo Effect: A Cure in the Mind.” Scientific American February 2009.

“Ha ha, these ice cubes are cute. Chill pill. I get it. It’s even printed on the pill with the dosage amount just like a real pill…” Unh huh.

Pack your cooler or fill your guests cups with these cubes and 5 minutes later everyone will be maxin’ and relaxin’.

Did these chill pill ice cubes work for you? Tell your story in the comments below!

In love? In like? Valentine’s Day Gifts by Like-o-Meter

Valentines day gifts. Love or like?

On a scale of 1 to ohmahgah, how into your sweetheart are you?

Just tell the Uncommon Love Meter your level of lovin’, and it will show you hand-picked gift ideas perfect for your Valentine. Chances are, you’ll probably find a really stand-out Valentine’s Day present; this shop specializes in the truly unique. Check out how much of it is artisan made and eco-friendly, too.

So what’s your Love Meter at this year?

No matter who you spend the day with, or how you celebrate your relationship, have an awesome, heart-centered Valentine’s Day.

xoxo,
The Mable’s Crew

Unique Christmas Gifts from Uncommon Goods

If Mable’s had a sister store, we would be total twins with UncommonGoods. They have so many truly unique and head turning items, and many of them are eco-friendly or artisan made. Pretty much the best combo ever, if you ask us.

This time of year UncommonGoods puts their customer favorite items into awesome gift guides. There’s categories for everyone, but here are the major ones;

uncommon christmas gift for kids

uncommon christmas gifts for her

uncommon christmas gifts for him

Check it out and let us know your favorites. Like UncommonGoods’ slogan says, you’ll find anything but ordinary :)

Vintage History in a Bottle

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The teeny History in a Bottle jars are part time capsule and part goodie bag. You never know just what you’ll get, but it’s guaranteed to be an assortment of vintage pretties.

What will you make with your bottle of time traveled treats?

Twine Shop is the perfect blend of lovely goodies and conscious consumerism. They offer “natural materials, great design, handmade goods, and unique surprises”. Visit their shop for more amazing gifts and goodies.

Are You Searching for a Steampunk Costume?



steampunk clothing
Until recently it’s been rather difficult to find Victorian era style clothing. Now it’s 2010, my friends, and retro clothing just got much, much older. The Victorian era style is coming back!

Mable’s guide to Steampunk Clothing is a great place to start when putting together your own custom costume.

Check out BuyCostumes for their Steampunk kits; if you’re just looking for a quick one-night costume.

Of course there is even the now famous Steampunk Emporium if you are looking for high quality everyday wear. They have excellent outfits ready to buy for many Victorian/Steampunk characters.

Where do you buy your Steampunk gear?


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The Most Versatile Jacket on the Planet

Reversible Smoking Jacket by CordaroundsWhy can’t all products have more than 1 use? Jackets are useful, but usually only for 1 occasion. Two jackets in one awesome reversible jacket equals uber hip and ready for anything.

Get one for yourself and suddenly you are reducing and reusing all in one stylish and comfortable product! This way when you borrow the cash from your friends you can let them know you’re buying it for the planet.

Check out Cordarounds for the Reversible Smoking Jacket available in a few styles.

P.S. act fast cuz their products are made in San Fransisco and only available online.


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Can You Ship Retro Shoes Through Time and Space?

ECCO Women's Hanna Two Strap PumpWhat if I told you I could go back in time, pick up some hot retro shoes from the ’50s and bring them back to you the next day? Would you give me money to get them for you or just a high five?

What if I said my time machine was a cardboard box I colored with crayons in my closet … would you give me money or just a strange look?

Punkrose Women's Retro-Canvas Hi-Top SneakerWell, then how about I just make it easier for the both of us and you can pick your own damn retro shoes from Endless.com. They specialize in not only free shipping, but free overnight, free two day shipping, AND even free return shipping if you don’t approve.

Retro & vintage shoes aren’t super common these days, but they are making a big resurgence in the fashion world that’s for sure.

If you are a big retro fan like Mable’s crew is be sure to check out our retro phone, vintage swimsuits, 70′s clothing store, and more vintage shopping guides all over Mables.com for your sweet nostalgia fix.

Have you Ever Time Traveled in your Kitchen?

5-Piece Retro Style Dining Set - White/RedStep back in time with a beautiful vintage inspired dining set with classic red and white coloring. Maybe black and white is your preferred retro motif? Either way a dining set like this will send Grandmas and kids alike back to a time when it all seemed a bit more simple.

Mix the past with the future by blogging, tweeting, and surfing the web via your fancy iPad at this retro table and chair set and you might just cause a time vortex. Or time leak, or maybe just a plain ol’ flashback in your giant brain.

Either way mixing the sexy retro past with today’s technology brings us all closer to living without limits of time, or space, or decor. So do us all a favor and pick out some retro decor from our friends over at Stacks and Stacks and live life Doctor Who style by straddling multiple time periods at once.

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