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Mini Mania

Lately there has been so much talk about mini products.  In comparison to its predecessors 10 years ago, gadgets are now HALF the size.  Personally, I still prefer some of the retro predecessors (Mini iPod, anyone?)  Here’s a list of common gadgets that have come a looonnnggg way!

 

The Wii Mini.  Coming December 7th, 2012.  A complete redesign of the Wii console, with more accessories included, the Wii Mini is sure to make your gaming experience even more enjoyable!  This gaming console now comes in red, black, white, blue and pink.

Polaroid Photo Printer.  Remember way back when it was impossible to even print good-quality photos?  I remember using bubble-jet printers and waiting for HOURS (ok, not really) for a simple page of black and white pixelated text.

 

THIS, I haven’t seen before.  Stumbled across gadget during my research: laser lights are projected out of the tiny cube onto most surfaces, allowing people the ability to type almost anywhere!  COOL or not??

I remember lugging around vacuum cleaners that came up to my chest way back when (ok, I was about 10 years old then) or being woken up to the loud roaring of vacuum cleaners.  NOW, there are tiny vacuum cleaners that automatically twist and turn noiselessly around the house, without you having to lift a finger!

Who still sews around here??  I never really got the hang of it, but I remember seeing my grandma’s sewing machine, the size of a table with a pedal that you have to mechanically use to operate the machine.  Sewing machines nowadays are portable, not that you’d carry it in a purse or anything, but portable enough to store away for later use!

The Mac Mini.  Way back when, computers use to take up the entire room, run slowly (and probably loudly) and generally not easy to use.  Now there’s the Mac Mini, with amazing graphics, a larger storage, and something called the fusion drive, which automatically manages your data so currently used data stays on the faster flash storage!

The adorable Mini Cooper.  Haven’t seen THIS design nor have I driven it before, but I know it’d be a perfect person for a little spin around town.  The newest model, in my opinion, isn’t as attractive because it has increased in size.  However, I remember the rage when this car came out, it was also featured in The Italian Job (awesome movie, by the way!)  With an increasing population, owning smaller cars are the way to go in terms of staying on top of your daily chores!

 

Myths say that cameras suck out your soul.  I remember all the old black and white photos where people sat solemnly in rigid poses and thick clothes.  Nowadays, it takes a second to pass around photos you’ve just taken, alter (Instagram, anyone?) delete, etc.

The legendary iPad Mini.  The iPad itself was already beyond impressive, heck, I thought tablets were pretty damn awesome.  Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer having a bigger screen for multi-tasking and a keyboard to type on (I own a Mac Air.)

Ok, so the Mini iPod has been out of the market for years, but back when these MP3 players came out, the Mini iPodwas way before its time.  I still have my Sony Walkman that played CDs (I LOVE making playlists,) and that device became increasingly louder it was used more and more.

If you lived and remembered the 90’s, it’s quite interesting to see the evolution of gadgets, and how much easier our lives have become (and how our pockets have become lighter as well!)  On one hand, I’m not a fan of how people have become so dependent on electronics, however, with more and more every day tasks, hurdles, etc. I’m quite thankful for these innovations!

What gadget has played a significant role in YOUR life as it decreased in size?

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Boutonnieres or Buttonholes?

It’s time to put some focus on the accessories for your groomsmen.  Boutonnieres or Buttonholes, whatever you call them, are a small part of the big wedding picture – however they are important!.  Trends now are moving away from traditional larger floral pieces to smaller handmade or unique displays of character.  Let’s take a look at the floral and DIY trends that are rocking the men’s lapels these wedding days!

Herb Buttonholes –  are ideal for rustic and vintage weddings.  The feeling they create is warm and rough! They can be easily made with few supplies.  You can even grow the herbs yourself adding a great personal touch(for those not so ambitious, most natural groceries and florists carry herbs and can supply you or make them according to your design).  Get the DIY instructions here.

Object Buttonholes – these boutonnieres are ideal for modern and playful style weddings.  They make great groomsmen gifts as well! These are obviously individual creations that require a bit of effort on the creator’s part.  Ask the groomsmen well ahead of time their favorite, car, super hero, soda pop etc.  Then order or buy the required items, using hot glue and some creative incorporation of your theme colors get crafty!  Note these can have a clasp pin glued directly onto the boutonniere. Here is a DIY for medallion style action figure buttonholes.

 

Knit Buttonholes –  require the most skill, mostly knitting and fabric know-how.  If you can knit, or have a bridesmaid or Mom that can, I would highly recommend these original and versatile boutonnieres – they can be dressed up or down, but are best suited to vintage and rustic weddings.

 

Non-Floral Flower Buttonholes – are hot right now, especially in the wake of oil prices and winter upon us.  Flowers made from fabric, paper, or ribbon are as unique and colorful as you want them to be.  These truly are the most versatile for style and budget(whether time or money!)  If working with paper, the bouts can cost as little as US $20 and the time it takes to watch a couple episodes of Gossip Girl, because they can be made weeks! ahead of time! Find instructions on how to make all sorts of paper and fabric flowers here.

 

Floral Buttonhole Trends – even after seeing all these AWESOME alternatives, you still prefer a cut floral boutonniere, don’t be a victim of tradition! Be aware of modern and classy buttonhole trends so your groomsmen don’t look like they are on the way to their high school prom!

   Did you have unique Boutonnieres on your groomsmen? Or do you have any inspiration to share? Post in the comments! We would love your share your ideas on our Facebook page!

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MITB DIY Guide

We have three categories: food, home gadgets, holidays.  After MONTHS of research (ok, not really,) we compiled some AWESOME DIY tips, manuals, etc for you to do if you’re in need of some renovation, bored, or anything along those lines.  These projects are also PERFECT for indoor activities if you’re trying to stay productive during the winter!  Click on the images for more information!


Ingredients
1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 eggs beaten
5 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups M’s or mini chocolate chips
Instructions:
Mix together, put in a 9×13 pan and Bake at 350 for 20 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whisk together milk, Irish cream liqueur, vodka, & instant pudding mix.
Spoon the pudding mixture into shot glasses or disposable ‘party shot’ cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put the glow sticks in cups of water and an aura comes off in the dark when you tap them. Fun for parties, don’t you think??

 

 

For this Tetris look, put some cellophane over glass. COOL, right??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap your books in book covers (great way to protect books as well) and decorate the bindings so that the books create different and unique computer icons!

 

 

 

Full instructions here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Mario Papercraft Model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cut the bottoms off wine bottles to use for candle covers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Chocolate in a Cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly this cardboard house is for kids, but I would so make a cardboard house for myself, if not to just escape for awhile :)

 

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Fashion Friday: Holiday Party Make-Up Tips

With Thanksgiving over and the Holiday party invites starting to arrive – don’t just upgrade your couture – get you cosmetics in gear too!

Smoky Eyes are of course a go-to for dramatic make-up but make sure that you follow some basic tips to get the best version of Smoky Eyes, just for YOU! Do draw attention to your smokey eyes, use neutral lip stick and a warm tone on your cheeks.  Use an eyeshadow primer and a base layer to make sure your shadow stays all day or all night!

Follow this great tutorial here on the smokey eyes technique!

Green eyes: use browns and dark purples to create smoky eyes, stay away from blacks and silvers, these have a tendency to make your eyes look flat

Hazel and Brown eyes can layer on the blacks and greys for stunning traditional smokey eyes!

 

Blue Eyes: use creams and shades of  blue(especially dark) to achieve smokey eyes that bring out the fierce blue you have!

Bold Lips are another great accent to shimmery metallic dresses and other great outfits this holiday season.  Make sure and find a great lipstick that really compliments your skin tone and clothes. Play down the eyes and use bronzer to really make your lips pop!

First apply primer to the whole face, followed by foundation and bronzer to the cheeks.  Prime the eyelids and use a neutral eye-shadow.  After exfoliating the lips, apply a moisturizing lip balm, then a lip primer.  Apply your lipstick and finish with a gloss. Add false eyelashes, but use a neutral eye-shadow for a beautiful feminine look!

 

False Eyelashes are a must for that extra something that kick your look into overdrive! When applying false eyelashes, put a little glue first on the back of your hand and let it sit awhile and get stickier.  It will stick better to your base layer mascara and dry faster!

We hope you look absolutely STUNNING for your holiday parties! Please share your own beauty tips for hot and lasting holiday looks!

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Gobble Gobble Up Those Black Friday Deals!

We know that the fun doesn’t stop after Thanksgiving, there’s Black Friday!  So instead of standing in long lines and shivering in the cold at midnight (and fighting off a food coma,) shop ONLINE at MITB for some awesome Black Friday deals.  We compiled 10 hard-to-find gadgets that will save you tons of time and money, enjoy shopping!

 

iPhone 4/4s 8x Zoom Camera Lens

For all you instagram-ers out there, expand your “photography skills” with magnifying lens you can attach to your iPhone 4/4s.  This awesome gadget comes with an iPhone case, wiping clothes, and more!

 

 

 

Ocean Wave Light Projector Speaker

As if waking up during the winter isn’t hard enough!  Might as well enjoy hibernation, right?  Pass out to awesome music and view with this projector!

 

 

 

 

E-Cigarette Refills

For the smokers out there who haven’t fulfilled their New Year’s Resolutions yet, start off with E-Cigarettes.   What are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions??

 

 

 

 

Heat Sensitive Color Changing Kitchen Faucet Light

Enlighten your hand washing chore (ok, not really a chore) with an awesome heat sensitive color changing light.  Not only for entertainment, this faucet light can let you know when the water is too hot or cold…batteries included!  Check out our shower equivalent here!

 

 

 

House Building Blocks

Who played Lego’s as a youngster??  Ok, these blocks aren’t exactly Lego’s but they’re just as awesome!  Fun for grown-ups who want to revisit their childhood as well…I know I’D use them :)

 

 

 

Lipstick Lighter

Perfect for women (and men) who want a better-looking lighter.  This realistic lighter is also a keychain, very convenient to NOT lose.  Just don’t mistake it for a REAL lipstick!

 

 

 

Mesh Shoes for Dogs

Ok, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the biggest fan of pet clothing.  HOWEVER, these shoes are quite stylish, don’t you think?  PLUS, your dog will have warm feet come winter!

 

 

 

8GB Ice Cream Style USB Flash Drive

Try not to eat this awesome looking gadget.  Only 2.5 centimeters long, this USB stick stands out from other boring looking flash drives so HOPEFULLY it doesn’t get misplaced, as it so often does!

 

 

 

Retro Camera Pattern iPhone 4/4S Case

With a rating of 4.2/5, this iPhone case is a must-have!  It LOOKS like you’re carrying a vintage camera, however, it protects your iPhone to keep it in the best quality possible.

 

 

 

iPhone/iPod Colorful Mini USB Car Chargers 

Having these awesome  and colorful car chargers will prevent you from having to misplace or carry around extra chargers wherever you go.

 

 

So, sit back and relax and let your fingers do the shopping rather than your tired feet!  Who here is a fan of Black Friday??