If Your Facebook Isn’t Set to Pirate English, You Aren’t Living Life to the Fullest

Since today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, we want to make sure the world knows about Facebook’s Pirate English option. Do you find yourself referring to your acquaintances as “mateys”? Do you measure time in hourglass cycles? Have you ever reacted to a situation with an emphatic “Arr!”? Facebook speaks your language. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be able to experience Facebook in your native tongue:

Click the arrow in the upper right-hand corner and go to settings.

Click the button that says “Language” on the left side of the screen.

Scroll to “English (Pirate)” in the dropdown menu.

And you’re done! Enjoy going about your Facebook life as you were, except now it will look more … Read more...

Simple Recipes to Make with Kids

There are a lot of fun things kids can make in the kitchen either by themselves or with just a little supervision. They might enjoy giving these recipes a try—the only appliance needed is a microwave! If there are kids in your life who have fun getting creative in the kitchen, it’s nice to have a list of recipes on hand. Here are some simple things for young chefs to make:

We’ll start with some twists on the classics.

arizonacrazy on allrecipes.com

Cinnamon Ants on Sticks

Ingredients

1 large celery stalk, cut into 3 pieces

3 tablespoons peanut butter (any nut or sun butter will work as a substitute)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 table spoons raisins

Directions

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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:

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

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:

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

WhiteRabbitsDesign on Etsy

5. Insert some fun facts!

KidsLuvLunch on Etsy

6. Decorate their lunch bags! You can simply draw a quick doodle, … 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.

Brownie in a Mug

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour (I use rice or coconut flour)

1 tablespoon. cocoa flour

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

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!

Whirlpool Load & … Read more...

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

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.

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 items. … Read 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

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, and … Read more...