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Unique, Inspiring and Sustainable Menorahs

For anyone out there looking for a green Menorah take a look at the list of eco-friendly Menorahs below. Some of the Menorahs are elegantly green. Other Menorahs use green technology to light up the candles. While some Menorahs on the list just remind us to use what we have and work with it. They're all inspiring.

BMR Face Offers An At Home Facelift

The war against aging continues...well, the one against looking old that is.  There seem to be a lot of at home anti-aging gadgets coming out lately.  One of the new home devices is the BMR Face. 

Breville Pie Maker Creates Perfect Mini Pies On Your Countertop

I hate to bake is pies.  That is not to say that I don’t like eating them, but making them is just a little too fussy for me.  Even if you manage to get that pie into the oven looking presentable, you sometimes open the door to find a leaky, sticky mess that in no way resembles what you initially put in there.  Enter the Breville Pie Maker. 

Should I Manufacture or License My Invention?

I recently attended my local Inventors Association (Inventors Alliance in Northern California) and noticed that Inventors kept asking Andrew Krauss (President of Inventors Alliance) about the differences between Manufacturing and Licensing a product.  New Inventors were confused about what these terms meant and wanted to learn more about the factors to consider when deciding which way to go for their own product.  So I thought I'd take a minute to discuss both options as this comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes as well.


Woven Recycled Denim Charpai Cot One of Finalist in Recycled Denim Challenge

Remember the days when cutting an old worn pair of jeans could make shorts? Me too. I'm glad those days are over too, but I am also glad that there are creative people who can craft recycle jeans into anything from sturdy furniture to practical coasters. Some of them won The Ecouterre Recycled Denim Challenge.

Fat Foam Changes Home Hair Color Application

Fat Foam by Samy is a new type of home hair color product.  The product comes with what looks like a big drink cup.  You pour in the base solution and color powder, put the lid on and shake.  After 30 seconds of shaking you are left with a thick, rich foam that you apply with your gloved hands. 

Pick Up A DQ Blizzard Maker And Skip The Drive Thru

I am an absolute ice cream addict.  Image my delight when I saw that there is now a Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker on the market.  Oh how I would have loved to have had one of these as a kid!     

5 Places To Enter Pics of Your Homemade Halloween Costumes For Super Sweet Treats

Here is your chance to show off your homemade innovations. If you made a homemade Halloween costume this year, submit pictures of the costumes in one of the homemade costume contests below. Then cross your fingers (legs and eyes too) that your creepy creation is the most creative and unique of the entries. Why? The prizes are sweeter than that candy you are about to trick or treat for.

Blest Machine Will Convert Your Plastic Into Your Oil

Blest, a Japanese company, presents a household machine that will turn your everyday plastic items into oil.  Saving you money and saving the planet from CO2 emissions, Ankinori Ito, CEO of Blest, developed a machine to educate and inspire people to take action.

2010 Trash To Treasure Competition Winners Are…

Last year, I wrote about the 2009 Design Squad Trash To Treasure Competition winner Max Wallack and his Home Dome design for homeless people. This year the Design Squad has announced the 2010 winners. The winners are Lilly, MaryAnn and Daniel. The best part is that Continuum is going to build their designs.

Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With Paper.li

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, Paper.li can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with Paper.li to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.

Important Considerations For Starting A Business

So you've been thinking about starting your own business. Perhaps it's been a long term goal of yours, or just an idea that came to you recently. Either way, there's some information you should consider before taking any further steps. Take a few minutes to evaluate yourself. Ask yourself, "What am I good at? What are my talents?" Next, ask yourself, "What am I bad at? What are my weaknesses?" As you evaluate, be honest - if you're not honest you're only doing a disservice to yourself.

5 Last Minute "Trashy" Kid Costumes Make A Green Statement

Why spend $15-20 (sometimes more) on a Halloween costume for your kid? Your child is only going to wear it once. For some ideas to make your own, take a look at the homemade eco-themed costumes below made by very innovative parents.

Throw An Amazing Halloween Bash With These Creepy Treat Makers

If you are planning a Halloween shindig you are going to need some terrifying treats to serve to your guests and there are no better ghoulish goodies than the ones you make at home.  Here are a few Halloween food and gadget items to get your party prep underway.

Giant LEGO Storage Blocks Make Cleanup Fun And Creative

As we all know, LEGO has evolved since its beginnings.  There are now different sizes, colors and shapes to suit every age group and taste, but there have never been life-sized pieces until now.  Lego Storage Bricks are an ingenious idea for de-cluttering kids’ rooms.

Cookie Stamper Lets Them Know It's Homemade

There is something to be said for having a real, homemade cookie.  Nothing can really compare and I am a big believer in making them yourself.  So why not flaunt the fact that you have taken the time to create something from scratch?

Perfect Fit Button Offers No Hassle Waistband Adjustment

With fall here already, the holidays will be upon us before we know it.  Yes, yes, I know it seems far too early to be thinking about that, but you know it’s true.  Anyways, once the festivities roll around you may want to look into some Perfect Fit Buttons.

Bread Tags Make Tiny Cute Eco-friendly Monsters

Are bread tags recyclable? Well... they're definitely craftable. Just take a look at these adorable bread tag monsters and see what I mean.

Reusable Style Snaps Allow For Quick, No Stitch Hem Changes

Style Snaps are a product that claims to offer a simple, no sewing, no gluing solution to your hemming woes.  These reusable adhesive snaps can be used to change hem length over and over. 

Can Small Scale Really Sell Products to Major Retail?

A common misconception about selling to Major Retailers is that you have to be a large established company in order to sell to them. This is absolutely  not the case! The truth is that there are many small start-up companies with just one product SKU that have gotten their products into Major Retailers.