tagged baking, cheap-gift, food, funny, gift-idea, kid-friendly, kitchen, Perpetual-Kid, under-$25 and under-$50
New gadgets roll out so fast that it’s hard to remember a life where I couldn’t bake up a half dozen mini cupcakes in 5 minutes.
And someday, your robot nanny will sit your child on it’s knee and explain that we used ovens for cooking before lasers became the norm. Ahhh, progress.
Here are a few of the electronic-bakery highlights;
$3.49 – $44.99
I have a theory: Cuz we know time travel is legit.
Something in our late 20th century DNA whispers “that could be you warping through Space-Time…”
So in honor of my redonkulous theory, I present to you…
The Top 6 Back to the Future Shirts, In Order of Redonkulousness
The Flux Capacitor! Doc Brown downloaded this idea in a vision after he whacked his head on the sink.
It’s what makes time travel possible, and when it’s in t-shirt form, it’s how Back to the Future nerds identify one another.
Keep Calm and Save The Clock Tower! Ya see what they did thurr? I can’t recall any British influence in the BTTF trilogy, but this mashup t-shirt doesn’t care. It’s calmly riding a trend while looking bright and bold.
Distressed Vintage Delorean! This shirt is SO committed to reproducing the time travel aesthetic that it comes seriously pre-aged. Based on the 100+ positive customer reviews, I’d say it’s doing a good job.
Triangle Delorean! This is my personal fave, because I’ll be honest, I’m crazy for triangles in design. Add that to the poppin’ color combo and gently distressed printing, and I’m in time travel heaven.
Cafe 80′s! This restaurant is such a brief joke in the second movie that you win instant Scene Points for wearing a shirt about it. For an infinitely cooler version, buy it in the biggest size possible, and either chop out an asymmetrical hem or the slice off the sleeves. Be ready to pose for more instagrams than usual.
Delorean Schematic! All hail the highly coveted yet impractical Delorean! This stainless steel beast is the most recognizable and beloved symbol for the entire trilogy. And fun fact: Whenever you wear a shirt with the schematics of a time traveling Delorean, an 80s baby gets its wings.
tagged 1950s, 1980s, Contest, fashion, funny, Indie, mid-century, mod, Nerd, retro, tips and tutorials, vintage and Vintage Fashion Friday
Hey there, hot stuff. Welcome to the first of many fantastic Vintage Fashion Fridays!
There are approximately eleventy billion* brilliant examples of fierce vintage fashion online. Since there are only 24 hours in a day, and life isn’t going to live itself, we decided to start a weekly roundup to showcase the best and brightest.
For your daily dose of vintage pretties, follow @VintageMable on Twitter!
- Learn How to Style a Wire Headband from @ModCloth http://ow.ly/bFfjQ #vintage #fashion #tip
- Oh this is cute! @British_Airways had a #vintage #fashion show w/ some of their 400+ uniform changes! http://ow.ly/bF8iv
- DOTTO #Vintage Dress #Giveaway. Pick your favorite from Nicole’s #Etsy shop & #win! http://ow.ly/bFdp2
- Love this dramatic repro jewelry from Charlize’s Queen character in #SnowWhite. Love the sale too! http://ow.ly/bAHvT #swath
- Learn the craft of #Vintage Shopping @ Thrift Stores: http://ow.ly/bF8ov #tip
- @SwaggerNewYork Agreed, Apple’s #Vintage Clothing Line is kinda hot: http://ow.ly/bFcJk #lol #ironic #hipster #nerd
- Love this #vintage “Fatten-U-Up” ad from @madfashionista. Beauty standards are always in flux. http://ow.ly/bFdMG #plussize #LoveYourBody
- @selenagomez looks gorgeous in #80s & #50s #vintage #fashion in this new photoshoot: http://ow.ly/bF6Mb
- Gawd. These spacey Intergalactic Leggings from @NastyGal are fab. #Fashion must have for #summer! http://ow.ly/bF6AB
- Time for a wardrobe revamp. Let’s have a tie dyeing party with @VintageStyleMe: http://ow.ly/bFf3s #tutorial #DIY
* We made up that number, but it seems pretty accurate.
Image credit: k10polyv on Polyvore
tagged accessories, Fun, funny, kid-friendly, novelty, party, Perpetual-Kid and under-$25
Good Idea: Grow a righteous mustache.
Better Idea: Get a fingerstache tattoo.
Best Idea: Get a temporary fingerstache tattoo.
There are few accessories as unexpected as a moustache tattoo on your finger. It’s like waving a hipster’s magic wand and instantaneously having a cute opening line. (And some faux whiskers, too.) Perfect for girls who dig irony or guys with more scruff than stache’. Kids love playing with them, too. Those whippersnappers.
We’re actually quite enamored with the moustache. Our Co-Owner Sean is the (sole) owner of an enviable handlebar mustache.
tagged beach, comfort, funny, homemade, kid-friendly, novelty, Perpetual-Kid, summer, under-$25 and wellness
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!
tagged accessories, funny, superhero, under-$25 and Unique
If you’re an Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan, you know at first glance how awesome this belt buckle is. It’s the kind of glow-in-the-dark fun that may entice you to take over the world. One poorly conceived plan at a time.
If Ignignokt isn’t your jam, there are a ton of other classic belt buckles.
Best Moonanites Quotes
“We are sorry in the most sarcastic sense of the word.”
“We do whatever we want, to whomever we want, at all times!”
“Everyone, bow your heads and pretend to be serious.”
“All we say and do is right.”
tagged accessories, art, crafts, DIY, Fun, funny, gift-idea, handmade, home-decor, Indie, jewelry, sweatshop-free and wall-art
Our favorite stores are often difficult to describe. Their offerings change quickly, and the selection can be as varied as the shoppers they attract. Talking Paintings one day, and an Eames House of Cards the next? Sounds good to us!
Enter San Francisco based The Curiosity Shoppe. Their tagline is “Crafts, Kits and Curious for the Creatively Inclined“, but we dare anybody to walk away without an item that tickles her fancy. Have you seen the USB drive that doubles as a comb? How about the hand printed tea towels featuring a pirate-inspired tall ship?
The store is owned and operated by Lauren & Derek who opened the Shoppe for one simple reason: they are “obsessed with beautiful things.” And what sorts of beautiful things might you find while browsing their hand picked wares? “Whether it’s a favorite art book, a vintage find, a carefully hand-crafted piece of jewelry or a one-of-a-kind painting, we guarantee everything you’ll find in the Shoppe is special.”
Like anything truly magical, their stock changes frequently, enticing you to come back for visit after visit. If you’re in San Francisco, you can drop by their store on Valencia Street, or head to their 24/7 web shop here. For extra fun, visit their blog Smarts & Crafts and say hello.
It’s been about 5 months since Sean blogged about the Daily Affirmation Bowls, but I still think about them on dreary mornings when I’m getting out my regular bowl. I wonder if I’d notice a positive change in my day if my morning bowl of orange wedges were encircled with uplifting messages.
Hey, sometimes all it takes is a quick compliment to totally turn your day around. It’s quite possible that an Ego Boost Mug could improve your attitude and your day.
Boldly declare your greatness with a smirk and a really cool, slightly oversized mug. Choose from Super Human, Smarty Pants and Mr. Wonderful (I’m sure Ms. Wonderful is just sold out). Ceramic is dishwasher and microwave safe.
SORRY SOLD OUT
For an easy way to find out how old someone is, just ask them how they spent Saturday mornings as a kid. If it involved heaping bowls of fluorescent colored cereal and watching cartoons about otherworldly creatures at 6AM… you’ve found yourself an 80′s child. Both Sean and I spent untold hours parked in front of our television screens, watching with equal amounts of awe and laughter as epic battles were waged between our heroes. Is it any wonder we gravitate towards 80′s t-shirts?
The characters were usually cloaked in goofy outfits and had funny sounding names, but they all has a pretty serious mission; Rainbow Brite and the Care Bears kept vitality and love in the world, GI Joe was battling global “terrorists”, the ThunderCats prevented an ancient mummy from controlling the planet, and He-Man and She-Ra were defending the entire universe. We never watched the animated offerings from Lucas, but the Star Wars movies were so influential for us and that plot also involved protecting the galactic from evil. 80s kids were definitely presented with some mature themes and we loved it.
Of course the 80′s were also influenced by the Me Generation mindset so we also ended up with fantastically silly or mundane plot lines. The Ninja Turtles were kind of a hybrid, as they fought off potentially multidimensional domination by evil, but they also used surfer slang and ate ice-cream topped pizza. (Which, by the way, is absolutely delicious. Thank you TMNT for prompting me to try that back in the late 80′s.) And then we’ve got a boatload of movies like Dirty Dancing where the drama stems from coming of age and a simple need to dance. Goonies, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future were also some “heavy” 80s movie offerings that tickled our imaginations as well as funny bones. It was an amazing time for media and for just being a kid.
All things considered, I’m really grateful that I got to spend my adolescence in the polarized yet magical decade of the 80′s. How about you, fellow 80′s children?
A couple months ago a friend emailed to tell me about a berry that I “might be interested in”. She pointed me to the now infamous NY Times article about the “Miracle Fruit“, and I proceeded to flip out. For those of you who haven’t been introduced to this truly magical berry, it makes sour things taste sweet and food in general just tastes better. How exciting is that? It contains a substance called “miraculin” that binds with your taste buds for up to 2 hours of “everything tastes like heaven” fun. Wow, talk about a natural sweetener. Sign me up!
But there’s just one problem: availability. Wikipedia says Miracle Fruit was documented way back in 1725, yet it only gained popularity in America in 2008, thanks largely to the “flavor trippers” referenced in the NY Times article. Without a solid growing infrastructure in place, it’s been really difficult to obtain the berries or the packaged tablets. Most retailers run out of stock for months at a time! I tried to find some seeds so I could grow my own, but at the time nobody had any stock available.
This morning I opened up an email from my homies at Think Geek and almost fell out of my chair when I saw they are now selling Miracle Fruit tablets! The date on the email said it arrived yesterday, but by the time I arrived at their site they were already sold out and taking backorders. Noooo! But since Think Geek is located in the USA (unlike most retailers) and has amazing customer service, I’m just going to backorder a couple packs now. What can I say, I have an insatiable sweet tooth and the idea of sucking on a lemon and having it taste like candy is too novel to resist.
Every story I’ve heard about Miracle Fruit has been funny and amazing. If you’ve tried this miraculous berry, please share your story in the comments. I’ll report back when my shipment arrives
PS- I predict that this berry is going to be so instrumental in getting people to eat healthy. We’ll start by eating a miracle berry before a big leafy green salad – you know, so even the most picky tastebuds can “tolerate” real food. Then we’ll only need a half berry as our bodies become used to eating well. Then one day we’ll realize that we don’t even need to “flavor trip” anymore. Did this idea occur to anyone else?