Lost My Name Books for Children

Y'all!  (Side note - if you love that expression, this shirt is for you, and they have onesies.  They are even more appropriate if you also went to Yale.)

Rob alerted me to the coolest children's books I've seen since we found these for Blythe (they are amazing, by the way, for these early months when all she wants to do with books is eat them).  Lost My Name makes custom books that spell out your child's name over the course of the story.  The illustrations remind me of Pixar and how fun to read a book that is personalized for you!  I'm not doing the books justice - just watch this video:

I'm ordering one for Blythe and if they are as cool as they seem to be, this may be my new go-to baby gift.  Has anyone seen one of these in person or heard of this company?  You can read more about it here.

Update!  I ordered a few of these for gifts and one for Blythe and I love them.  The books arrived quickly, the story line is creative, and they seem to be high quality.  Did anyone else order one?  Let me know what you think.

Felt App

Since I post about stationery that I love almost weekly, it won't come as a surprise that I keep a stash of stationery (organized by occasion) around at all times.  That said, I occasionally find myself without the right card for a particular occasion.  In this month's InStyle, I read about Felt, an app for the iPad that allows you to pick from a selection of cards, use your stylus or finger to handwrite your note, and then Felt prints, seals, stamps, and mails your card for $4. I can see this coming in handy for those last-minute cards you need to send, when your traveling, or if you are someone who doesn't keep cards around but still loves to send them.  Has anyone tried Felt?  I'm going to test it out and will report back!

Toymail Co.

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Rob and I watched a video for the coolest new product for kids called Toymail, a line of miniature plastic mailboxes with animal faces that enable parents, relatives, etc. (anyone with the Toymail app) to send a recorded message to the kiddo who owns one of the Toymail animals.  Kids can respond directly from the Toymail animal (which is WiFi enabled) and the animal makes a funny noise (a snort, a whinny or a wheeze) to announce that a message has been received.  

I'm not explaining Toymail that well, so check out the video below and check out the profile of Gauri Nanda, one of the product designers behind Toymail in the NY Times.  Toymail raised money to launch the project on Kickstarter and you can now order a mailman online!  When you download the app, you get 10 free "stamps" per month (e.g., messages) or you can buy a book of 50 stamps for $0.99.  The mailmen run on 4 AA batteries, which should allow for a year of normal use.

Coin All-in-One Credit Card


I'm totally intrigued by the new credit card consolidation device Coin.  Coin is designed to look and function like the plastic cards we all carry, but instead of carrying multiple cards, you just carry one!  Using the one Coin card, you can choose which of your pre-loaded cards to use for each transaction - so you can use your business card when you are at a work lunch, your personal card for dinner with friends, and your debit card at the ATM.  The card offers convenience, a lighter wallet, and security features.  Check out a video about it on the Coin website.

Your existing cards are linked to Coin by using the Coin app, taking a photo of the cards, and swiping them through a device that attaches to your smartphone (the device looks a bit like Square).  Coin links to your smartphone and needs to be used with a Bluetooth connection to your phone.  For example, if you leave the card somewhere, your smartphone alerts you that your Coin isn't within range and it deactivates the card so it can't be used.  

Coin is currently available for pre-order for $55 and won't ship until Summer 2014.  There are still a lot of unknowns since Coin isn't actually available for purchase, but what a concept.  This CNN article points out a few potential problems with Coin... we'll see next summer! 

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Good Eggs

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Good Eggs is a website and delivery service that gives you the opportunity to order food from local farmers and artisanal food markets.  I read about it in the New York Times this week - what a great idea!  Good Eggs opened in February and currently operates in San Francisco and has pilot programs running in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.  

Once you select a city, you choose a delivery date and then begin shopping!  You can select from different sellers in various categories - dairy/eggs, fruits and veggies, baked goods and sweets, meat and fish, etc.  You can pick up your order or have it delivered for just $3.99.

The products aren't cheap, but they are comparable to what you'd pay at a farmer's market or artisanal bakery.  In San Francisco, they are currently taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving turkeys, pies, and side dishes that look divine.  Has anyone tried Good Eggs?  I'd love to hear how it actually works.  The New York Times article suggest there are still a few glitches (including some really early delivery windows), but that the products were worth it.

Karma WiFi


Last week I read about a genius solution to the WiFi conundrum - so many WiFi networks, so few without password protection!  Karma is a wireless hotspot that costs $79 and is about the size of a compact.  Unlike most wireless hotspots, Karma runs on a  pay-as-you-go model - $14 buys you 1 GB of usage, which lasts the average user for 2 months.  I've had a hotspot before and it was incredibly convenient, but I hate the idea of paying for it when I don't use it.  On the other hand, when I am stuck somewhere and want to get online and can't, it is super frustrating!

The interesting thing about Karma is that if other people log onto your Karma network (free for them, still secure for you), you earn extra data!  When someone else connects to your Karma network, it doesn't use any of your data.  

Karma currently works in 80 cities in the U.S. (see a detailed map here) and is expanding.