Where to Read About Tech and Gadgets Online

If you love all things technology, you’re likely always on the hunt for the latest products and most recent gadget news. The Internet is filled with sites dedicated entirely to fueling your technology addiction, but these three are some of the very best.

Gizmodo
Although its name sounds silly, Gizmodo is a website for serious technology aficionados (or those looking to learn more about it). You’ll find journalistic articles describing the latest trends and advancements in the area of electronics, incredible life hacks and technology news from around the world—and even from outer space.

TechCrunch
With a number of different product reviews and gift guides, this is the site to surf when you’re choosing between smartphones or looking to purchase a new computer. TechCrunch also posts fascinating articles from the world of technology and high-quality TCTV online shows that are both funny and informative.

Engadget
On Engadget, you’ll find photos, videos, must-read news stories and a wide variety of different types of media all entirely dedicated to technology. The site also offers the Engadget Daily, a roundup post of quick snippets of the most recent tech news, which makes a fun read first thing in the morning.

Tips for Proper Disposal of Old Technology

Q: Where can I take my old electronics for proper recycling?

A: This time of year, many of us are asking this question after getting new electronics during the holiday season.

This article encourages people to think about repurposing electronics before recycling them. Just because the device is no longer good enough for you doesn’t mean that it won’t be useful for others.

Click here to learn more.

How to Organize Your Bedroom in 4 Simple Steps

The bedroom is supposed to be for sleeping, but for many of us, it’s also where we eat, where we work, and where we lounge around with the whole family. You bedroom takes a lot of wear and tear, but these four simple steps will help you to organize it with ease.

  1. Make your closet work for you. If your closet is overflowing with clothes and shoes, reassess what you need it to do. Add extra shelving if you have an abundance of sweaters, or invest in higher quality hangers if things are always falling on the floor. Having an organized closet takes a major weight off your shoulders.
  2. Keep furniture free of clutter. If your nightstands are covered in decorative knick knacks or personal items, minimize them. Keep only a few functional items on these surfaces, such as a bedside lamp or a jewelry box for storing rings and bracelets.
  3. Update your bed. Invest in a matching sheet and comforter set, or use a simple quilt for warmer weather. Having a full set that functions properly eliminates the need for lots of blankets and pillows that don’t match.
  4. Maximize storage potential. If you still need extra storage space, look in unexpected areas. Purchase a headboard with built-in shelves, or add rolling storage bins underneath your bed.

    Organizing 101 [Style at Home]
    Bedroom Organization Tips [House Beautiful]

Delicious Egg Recipes to Jazz Up Your Breakfast

Eating simple scrambled eggs in the morning is fine, but there are so many other options for preparing eggs. Poached eggs, quiches, frittatas, and even burritos are all equally nutritious and much more delicious options, and they’re much easier to prepare than you might think. Check out these websites to get some breakfast inspiration:

All Recipes
The All Recipes website is packed full of recipes for every meal of the day, but their egg section is truly something special. Super scrambles full of crispy bacon, ripe tomatoes, and nutritious greens are healthy ways to start off your morning, and quick quiches are fast and easy alternatives to the delicious French dish. You’ll also find creative recipes for breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, and wraps that feature eggs as the main ingredient.

Real Simple
Real Simple’s "10 Easy Egg Recipes" round-up provides great inspiration for even your busiest mornings. In just a few minutes, you can prepare these flavorful, protein-packed egg dishes that will keep you full all the way until lunch. A curried egg salad sandwich is a welcome alternative to your usual bowl of cereal, and though an omelet with spinach, feta, and sundried tomatoes may seem difficult, you can actually prepare this impressive dish in under 10 minutes.

Sweater 101: How to Care for Cashmere

Cashmere is one of the most luxurious materials, and it is especially appreciated in colder weather. Because cashmere sweaters and scarves are so expensive, however, you want to take some precautions to keep it in top condition. Here are a few smart tips to help care for your cashmere.

  1. Hand wash. This is one of the most important ways to keep your cashmere clothing feeling as soft as ever. Although many people resort to dry cleaning in order to wash delicate fabrics, cashmere is actually so delicate that the chemicals will make it coarse and rough. Instead, gently wash cashmere items with baby shampoo in lukewarm water, then hang to dry.
  2. Do not use a high-powered sweater shaver. If your cashmere starts pilling, gently comb the surface with a boar-bristle brush or use a sweater shaver on the lowest setting.
  3. Store cashmere items in separate bags. When packing your winter clothing away for the summer, keep cashmere protected by storing it in a plastic bag. Also, be sure to store each piece in its own bag to avoid ruining the whole stash if a moth, mold, or another intruder gets inside of the bag.

How to Hand Wash a Cashmere Sweater [Apartment Therapy]
How to Clean and Care For Cashmere [Oprah]
How to Care for Cashmere [Real Simple]

Surprisingly Good-for-You Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Thanksgiving certainly isn’t the healthiest holiday of the year, but did you know that there are a few key dishes that are actually much more nutritious than you would expect? Don’t write off all of the dishes on your Thanksgiving table, because some of them are actually filled with hidden health benefits. Here are just a few healthy holiday recipes that you can be truly thankful for.

Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole [foodnetwork.com]
It’s no secret that sweet potatoes are filled with beneficial nutrients, and by combining them with crunchy pecans and a few natural sweeteners, you can create an indulgent casserole that won’t wreak havoc on your diet.

Pear, Prosciutto and Hazelnut Stuffing [eatingwell.com]
For most people, the bread is only half of what makes Thanksgiving stuffing so delicious. The rich, flavorful seasonings also make this holiday staple a menu essential, and this unique stuffing recipe cuts back on carbs while incorporating even more flavor than ever before.

Roasted Turkey with Balsamic Sauce [mayoclinic.org]
While deep-fried turkey recipes attempt to sabotage this otherwise lean meat in the name of adding flavor, don’t be tricked into firing up the fryer. Roasting your Thanksgiving bird gives it just as much rich taste, and this recipe even tops it with balsamic sauce for an unexpected punch.

Fall Soup Guides to Keep You Warm All Season Long

As soon as there’s a chill in the air and leaves on the ground, you begin daydreaming about hot soups, hearty stews, and spicy chilies when your stomach starts to rumble. If you want to expand on your basic chicken noodle recipe, these delicious fall soup guides are sure to give you some inspiration.

Chow
The Chow Fall Soup Recipes page is full of creative and seasonal soups that you’ll love to make this autumn. With high-quality, mouth-watering photos and a gallery full of recipes to browse through, you’ll never know what delicious fall soup you’ll stumble upon next with Chow’s expansive soup guide.

Good Food
The BBC’s Good Food magazine is full of delicious recipes, but its soup recipes are really something to talk about. This delicious guide aims to help readers use everyday ingredients right from your own refrigerator or pantry to create warming, nutritious soups for your friends and family this fall season. Good Food is jam packed with recipes for soups from the unique nettle soup to your basic tomato soup, with a bit of everything in between.

Fine Cooking
If you’re a more experienced home chef looking for elegant, hearty soup recipes, Fine Cooking is a wonderful resource. The cooking magazine’s website features a Favorite Fall Soups section with recipes such as White Bean Soup with Wild Mushrooms and Chive Mascarpone that make delightful meals when the weather gets chilly.

Bring the Fall Season Indoors With These Home Decor Projects

The change in seasons from summer to fall is one of the most dramatic, from the colorful leaves filling the trees to the acorns strewn across the ground. Bring the beauty of autumn into your home with a fun and creative DIY project that you can customize to your own liking.

Pumpkin Basket How-To [Martha Stewart]
If you usually decorate your home with plump pumpkins, get a bit more creative this year by turning one of those pumpkins into a basket to hold fresh flowers, pine cones, or other decorative accessories. Use a keyhole saw to hollow out the pumpkin and create a handle across the top that looks just like a real basket.

Fall in a Jar [Midwest Living]
Natural terrariums are some of this year’s most popular DIY projects, so make one that’s filled with fall by using these simple instructions. Fill a glass terrarium with bright green moss, then top it with miniature pumpkins and cut leaves for a perfectly autumnal look.

Botanical Leaf Pages [Real Simple]
You’ve likely seen vintage-inspired framed botanical prints lining the walls of chic homes, so create your own just in time for fall by using a few fallen leaves and some wax paper. Using a standard iron on low heat, press rows of leaves together between two sheets of wax paper and get creative with the arrangement.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

If you carve a pumpkin this fall season, you might want to try roasting the pumpkin seeds instead of tossing them out after carving. Although it may seem like a complicated endeavor, roasting pumpkin seeds is actually very easy, enjoyable, and delicious. Use these simple steps to roast pumpkin seeds at home.

  1. Scoop the seeds. After you cut the pumpkin, scoop the seeds out using a large spoon. They’ll be covered in some pretty unpleasant stringy bits, so try to remove as many of those as possible while scooping.
  2. Dry with a towel. Next, dry the seeds as much as possible with a clean towel. They won’t get completely dry, but you should try to remove as much of the excess moisture as possible.
  3. Oil and season. Drizzle the pumpkin seeds with a bit of olive oil and season however you please. You can use simple salt, cinnamon, and sugar or even some spicy jalapeno if you’re feeling adventurous.
  4. Spread on a baking tray. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet, making sure to arrange them in a single layer.
  5. Roast. Finally, roast the seeds in the oven for approximately 20 to 25 minutes at 325 degrees. If you choose to, you can stir the seeds once or twice during baking to ensure that they bake thoroughly all over. Once they’re roasted, simply cool and enjoy.

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds – Easy, Crunchy, Addictive! [Oh She Glows]
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds [Pumpkin Patches and More]
How To Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds [The Kitchn]

Easy Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Bombarded by a seemingly infinite amount of obligations every day, most people fall victim to memory slips every now and then. And while you likely can't cut down on your daily duties, you can implement certain tips and tricks to help boost your memory. Here are a few:

1) Create a designated catch-all spot.
Position a small bowl or tray by your front door, and use it to hold your keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses, and other easily misplaced items. The trick here is to get into the habit of always placing said items into the catch-all as soon as you walk through the door. This way, you always know where to find those oft-misplaced items!

2) Shift into a lower gear.
Allow your brain a moment or two to catch up. For instance, instead of speeding through personal introductions, really make an effort to remember the person's name. You could make a point to repeat the name throughout your conversation, or if you exchange business cards, you could jot down some of the person's identifying factors onto the back.

3) Make a note.
Rely on sticky notes to provide visual reminders. Tape a note to your front door, alarm clock—wherever you're certain to notice the reminder.

How to Remember That Thing You Always Forget [Wise Bread]
20 Memory Tricks You’ll Never Forget [Reader's Digest]
11 tricks and tips to get the most from your memory [Harvard Health Publications]