Get It Right The First Time: a How-To Guide for Matching Power Outlets & Plugs

Matching appliances and electronics to the correct power source is a concern for many homeowners. There is nothing worse than purchasing a new appliance, bringing it home, and finding the plug and socket do not match. Understanding your home’s plug types and electrical needs can be a little confusing, so eliminate that stress by learning more about the different options you may find in your home.

110 volts vs. 220 volts

These are the 2 distinct types of power sources you will find in your home. The important difference is the amount of potential energy, or voltage, the socket is able to supply to the device plugged into it.

The most common electrical outlet in any home is a 110 … Read more...

Creative Ways to Pack a Fun Lunch for Kids

It’s almost time to send the kids back to school! School can be tough, but sometimes all it takes to brighten up a day is a fun lunch. Check out some of these creative ideas for making lunch special!

1. Leave cute notes inside, like these from picklebums:

Lunch Box Notes

2. Make fruit fun by making kabobs, like this one from creativelive:

Fruit Kabobs

3. Pack them sweet treats that are healthy and easy to make with just a food processor or NutriBullet! Like these raspberry bliss balls by prettyweethings:

Raspberry Bliss Balls

4. Leave some words of encouragement with these lunch box tattoos:

Lunch Box Tattoos
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5. Insert some fun facts!

KidsLuvLunch on Etsy
KidsLuvLunch on Etsy

6. Decorate their lunch bags! You can simply … Read more...

Quick and Easy Microwave Recipes to Make in Your Dorm Room

College students are known for miraculously surviving for four years on chips, pretzels, and instant meals, but it’s possible to make real food in minutes without leaving your dorm room! All you need is a microwave for these easy recipes.

Microwave Recipes Square

Brownie in a Mug

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour (I use rice or coconut flour)

1 tablespoon. cocoa flourMug Brownie2

1/2 tablespoon chocolate hemp protein powder (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons maple syrup

3 1/2 tablespoons water

1/2 tablespoon soy milk (I use vanilla)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate chips (optional; I like the Enjoy Life non-dairy ones)

Directions

Spray a coffee cup with vegetable cooking spray. Stir in the dry ingredients, then mix in the liquid ingredients. Stir until smooth, … Read more...

Amazing Advances in Appliances to Make Your Life Easier

As the world gets smarter, so do our appliances! Brands like Samsung, Whirlpool, and Beko have come up with some innovative advances to make our daily responsibilities more convenient. Here are some of the coolest ones that are setting new standards for home appliances!

Samsung Family Hub

Samsung Family Hub

This is everything you never knew you needed in a refrigerator. It takes a picture of the inside of your fridge every time the door closes, so you can check the contents on your smart phone while you’re out shopping. Download apps to order groceries, look up recipes, leave notes for the family, share photos, play music, search the internet, and even mirror whatever you’re watching on your Smart TV!

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3 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Organized

Sleek. Purposeful. Efficient. These are a few of the adjectives we hear most often about Bosch appliances. Yet for many of us, these words are not an accurate description of our kitchens at home. We love our kitchens and the possibilities associated with what we think is the most important room in the home, but the truth is that keeping the space clean and organized is hard work. There must be an easier way to maintain a peaceful, calm, and organized kitchen!

At Bosch, we look to Bauhaus, one of the most influential currents in modern design, to inspire the design of our appliances. Lucky for us (and you!), many of the design principles from this school of thought can … Read more...

When to Replace Your Refrigerator

When you’ve had your refrigerator for a while, it starts to show signs of age. Sometimes it’s worth it to have it repaired, but it might make more sense to just replace the unit. Refrigerators typically last between ten and twenty years, so take into account how long you’ve had it. If it’s over eight years old, problems may be more concerning than they’d be with a newer fridge. Here are some signs it’s time for a replacement:

1. Your food is spoiling quickly

Woman looking at her empty fridge

If your fridge isn’t preserving your food as well as it once did, it’s wasting a lot of energy and costing you extra money. The doors may not be sealing properly, or the temperature may be … Read more...

How To: Get Your Keyboard Actually Clean

If you’re reading this on your computer right now, take a second and look at your keyboard. It probably doesn’t look as nice as it did when you first started using it. Most people like to enjoy coffee and snacks while working at their computers, and as a result, a lot of debris builds up underneath the keys. Dirty keyboards can cause your device to not function as well, and the buildup of germs can lead to health problems, so it’s important to keep everything as clean as possible.

cleaning the keyboard

By far the simplest way to get the grime out is to use Cyber Clean, which molds to any surface and picks up the dirt that gets trapped in everyday … Read more...

Cool Car Audio Upgrades for Hot Summer Days

Summer is here and it’s time to roll down the windows and crank up the music. Whether you like cruising around all night, early morning beach trips, or trekking across the state on a road trip, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the car this season. The audio system you have was fine in January, with the windows up, but now you want the world to hear your new favorite song. So, you roll down the windows, open the sun roof, or drop the convertible top and realize it’s time for an upgrade. You’re not alone!

These customers had similar experiences prior to bringing their vehicles into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Mobile Installation CentersRead more...

Amazing Tech Made with Raspberry Pi

If you haven’t yet heard of Raspberry Pi, prepare to be amazed. It’s a computer the size of a credit card designed to teach kids programming skills, but kids aren’t the only ones appreciating its many uses. People use these devices to program some seriously cool technology. Take a look at some of the incredible things that exist because of Raspberry Pi!

Erica the Rhino

Erica the Rhino

The University of Southampton’s electronics and computer science team created Erica as part of Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos campaign, which is a public art exhibition in which rhino sculptures are displayed in Southampton this summer. Members of the tech team digitized Erica using the Raspberry Pi, giving her features like lights, sounds, mobility, Wi-Fi, … Read more...

How To: Spice Up Your Laptop or Tablet

We spend a lot of time on our laptops and tablets, and frequently that time is spent working. Whether we’re in class or sending important emails, it’s nice to be surrounded by things we like. Personalizing your work space can make tedious tasks and long classes seem more bearable, and one of our favorite ways to do this is with decals, stickers, and skins! Here are some that are guaranteed to keep you smiling while you’re hard at work:

Go with a beautiful design to cover the outside of your laptop or your keys.

MixedDecal on Etsy
MixedDecal on Etsy
SkinLee on Etsy
SkinLee on Etsy
THEWOODWE on Etsy
THEWOODWE on Etsy
Keyshorts on Etsy
Keyshorts on Etsy

Give yourself some inspiration.

ThinkNoir on Etsy
ThinkNoir on Etsy

Or a bit of cuteness to … Read more...