Nothing says summer like a big, fat, juicy, flame-grilled burger dripping with melted cheddar and loaded with toppings. The problem is everyone's hungry now and the charcoal will take forever to get going. You'll have a mutiny on your hands by the time the coals are hot enough for the meat. Fortunately Daily Grommet found FlameDisk. Made from eco-friendly, clean burning, renewable ethanol, this amazing device gives you caveman-worthy cooking instantly. It's simple. Just peel back the aluminum lid, place container inside your grill, light with the enclosed matches, and you're ready to toss those patties on the grill. No waiting. Bloodshed averted.FlameDisk
Each FlameDisk lasts 40 minutes-enough for several rounds of burgers. When you're done, remove the empty FlameDisk and recycle. No messy soot or ash to deal with. And you are officially a summer hero.
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- Daily Grommet | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 6, 2009 3:26 AM EDT
Summer's in full swing and it's time to go outside and play! But while you're out enjoying the sun, don't forget to protect your family's precious skin-the mahogany-leather-handbag look is most definitely OUT. (Paging Donatella Versace . . .)
Out of the plethora of sunscreen brands, Daily Grommet is a big fan of the KINeSYS SPF 30 spray for its environmentally friendly features. KINeSYS is the only sunscreen that's 100% cruelty free (not tested on animals, certified vegan), carbon neutral, recyclable, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, PABA-free, preservative-free-plus, it was rated the #1 sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group.
KineSYS sunscreensWe asked why this spray is SPF 30 instead of a higher sun protection factor, like SPF 50. The folks at KINeSYS explained that at SPF 30, 96.7% of harmful UVB light is absorbed. At SPF 50, the protection only increases to 98%, but many more chemicals are required. The KINeSYS sunscreen is designed to provide maximum protection from both
Savvy travelers know, whether you're packing toiletries for a weeks-long European vacation or an overnight camping trip: less is more. The secret to lightening your load (and looking like a million bucks while you're away from home) is to carry tiny versions of your favorite products. But who wants to drive around town looking for a dozen different brands? Wouldn't it be great if there was a place where you could conveniently purchase travel size versions of everything you needed for your trip?
Minimus Trial Size Products
Fortunately there is. Minimus.biz carries hundreds of items, from domestics like laundry soap and shoe polish, to foods like single-serving jams, to personal care products. The company was launched by the Shrater family after they guiltily tossed out one too many condiment bottles at the end of a cabin vacation. Their goal is to help you avoid hassle and waste -- and make travel fun again.
You can purchase Minimus productsindividually or in kits. We love the thoughtfully-arranged,
Peek was born when wireless industry entrepreneur Amol Sarva's pregnant wife, Ursula, wanted an easy way to keep up with email during her long walks, but didn't want all the bells and whistles of a smartphone. (Really, who needs a cell phone/mp3 player/digital camera/microwave oven?) Sleek and stylish, the Peek Mobile Email Device is elegantly designed to do just one thing and do it very well: send and receive personal messages. Just email and texts, that's it!
Peek Mobile Email DeviceSetup is a breeze. Just enter your credit card number, email address and password and you're up and running instantly. A blue light flashes at the top left corner letting you know there's something in your inbox. And whether you receive 10 text messages a day from your sweetie or 1,000 emails a week from clients, navigating is a cinch thanks to the scroll wheel and back button. Responding is easy too, because the Peek's hardware keyboard makes for comfortable thumb typing. Best of all, the Peek works on a pay-as-you-go basis
We love books, especially those juicy, page-turning bestsellers. But in these recessionary times, the average cost of a hardback ($26!) has put a crimp in our reading style. Sure we frequent the public library when we can, but unfortunately we can't ever seem to get our hands on the latest must-read due to long waiting lists. (Plus, the library doesn't serve mocha lattes or let us browse in our pajamas at 2 a.m.)
Enter BookSwim, a Netflix-style service for readers that specializes in current hardcovers. The concept is simple. Sign up for a monthly subscription (ranging from $20-$40 depending on how many books you want to have checked out at one time). Then log on to the the BookSwim site and set up your reading list. BookSwim mails you the books you crave, along with a prepaid shipping mailer to send them back. Keep books as long as you like (there are no late fees) and Book Swim ships you more upon their return.
The site was founded by George Burke who used to spend hours reading
- Daily Grommet | Shine Food – Mon, Jun 22, 2009 1:25 AM EDT
Whether they're chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or peanut butter, nothing is homier or more comforting than warm cookies fresh from the oven. But the perfect cookie can be elusive. Achieving that golden-crisp exterior and a chewy, melt-in-your-mouth interior is something that has befuddled moms and pastry chefs alike. Luckily Doughmakers Gourmet Cookware has cracked the cookie code. (Hint: It's not the recipe!) Developed by two mothers who loved to bake for fundraisers, this cookie sheet's unique pebbled surface allows air to circulate under the dough for even browning. So anyone-even teens-can get professional results.
Doughmakers Gourmet Cookware
As a bonus, Doughmakers Gourmet Cookware is also eco-friendly. Their products are made mostly out of recycled aluminum (which conducts heat better than steel), so you can fill up the cookie jar with less guilt!
Let us know what you think of this unique cookie sheet and share your own recipes and tips with the rest of the Daily Grommet community.
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It's every new parent's nightmare: Baby is on the changing table.You reach into the bin for a fresh diaper, and feel nothing but air. Bottomless Baby starts to giggle. Irresponsible parent breaks into a cold sweat. If you're lucky, you might find an oversized, left over swim diaper from the summer to get you from the drugstore and back, but the real shame of it all is that the entire situation could have been prevented.
Amazon.com Subscribe and Save
With Amazon's Subscribe & Save program, you can have a steady supply of diapers, formula, toilet paper, and other household staples that are smart to buy in bulk shipped free to your house each month, and all for 15% off.
There's no catch, it's simply a great service. You're charged when the items ship, not all up front. And you can sign up for whatever delivery intervals you'd like: once a month, once every other month, once a quarter, or twice a year.
No more panicked sprints to the drugstore. No more lugging giant packages of paper towels and oversized laundry
- Daily Grommet | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 9, 2009 6:01 PM EDT
Not everyone is good with numbers, so why has every combination lock up 'til now used them? Many kids (and most adults) have suffered from the dreaded 'combo amnesia' from time to time, which is especially stressful when there are bikes to be secured and lockers that need opening. Daily Grommet spoke with Wordlock founders Todd and Rahn Basche about how they went looking for a letter-based padlock for their own number-challenged family and couldn't find one. And that's how this memorable security solution was born. Instead of a meaningless chain of numbers, you need remember only one four-letter word. (Okay, maybe not that four-letter word! It could be as simple as "snap" or as easy as "abcd.")
WordlockEach Wordlock provides 10,000 possible letter combinations, so surely one will appeal to even the youngest of users. The heavy-duty braided steel cable lock comes with a mounting bracket, and is five feet long and vinyl-coated-perfect for securing a bike anywhere, and it won't scratch the
- Daily Grommet | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 5, 2009 6:29 PM EDT
Whether you're shopping for your dad, your grandfather, or the father of your children, Father's Day gift getting can be tricky. Sure he'll smile and say thanks for any present, but you want a thoughtful and special find that he'll truly enjoy (one that might go down in family history as "the best Father's Day gift ever").
Fortunately, Daily Grommet was able to road-test each and every one of these items with the men in our lives, so we're confident that you'll find something here that's just right for even the pickiest of pops!
For your handsome lug: Pacific Shaving Company Shaving Oil and Nick Stick
Most creams or lathers just add a layer of air that the razor has to cut through. Pacific Shaving Oil adds that oh-so-desirable layer of lubrication and moisturizer so the razor doesn't rip over the surface like sandpaper. ($6.95 and up; more info)
For your entertainer: Citrus Squeezer from AmcoRead More »from Fun gift ideas for that finicky dad on his special day!
These must-haves from Mexico are more convenient to
- Daily Grommet | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 2, 2009 7:46 PM EDT
The Internet has certainly made it easier to stay in touch with friends, family, heck, even your former summer camp friends who live 3,000 miles away. But what about those loved ones who aren't online?
If the notion of giving your parents or grandparents "computer 101" lessons sends you into a cold sweat, you'll love Presto. It's like a secure one-way mailbox (think color printer/fax hybrid), where your offline friend or relative can get inbound emails, photos, and PDFs without ever setting up an internet connection. No spam, no junk mail, and no ads. (The emails don't have all that techno stuff at the top either, they'll just look like full-color letters to the recipient.) And, you can check on their ink and paper levels from afar.
Presto is the brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who saw the need for a new and simple way to help their large families stay in touch with elderly loved ones. Friend of Daily Grommet Claire Waddlington, (shown here with her grandmother), was the