The Best Sleep Tech To Help You Sleep Tight (Even With Your Phone)

I am aware, because I also read the internet, that the best sleep advice is to keep your phone out of the bedroom: a room that is for sleep and sex, but never texting. Unplug! Unwind! Keep your phone in the living room and get a real alarm clock, just like in the olden days. I do not personally remember these halcyon…

Here's The Problem With Traditional Vacuums

I managed not to buy a vacuum of my own until I was almost 30 years old. I’ve moved a lot during my adult life, so I didn’t want to own anything I couldn’t pack up in my tiny Yaris whenever I needed to hit the road — much less a giant vacuum with a cord that could get tangled up in everything around it. I lived in…

Here's The Home Tech That Will Help You Reduce Your Energy Bill

Creating a home with minimal carbon footprint used to depend heavily on installing new hardware: replacing old light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones, or installing a green showerhead for guilt-free showers. These relatively simple and affordable home touch-ups could make a good dent in energy bills without…

Welcome To LaunchPad

What does it mean to make a house a home? There are tons of physical appliances and digital applications on the market that promise to optimize your life, doing everything from monitoring your sleep patterns to reordering you milk in the name of re-training bad habits and relieving you from the burden of domestic…

How To Clean Your Bathroom In Exactly 15 Minutes

The bathroom — it’s the worst place to clean, isn’t it? That’s how I feel about it anyway, and I have yet to encounter anyone who feels differently. I’m a big fan of long baths, especially in the winter, but it’s hard to feel calm and relaxed when my bathroom is anything less than spick and span. I end up just…

Weighing In: Why A Kitchen Scale Is Worth it

When we think scales, we tend to go straight for the type sitting, mockingly, on the bathroom floor. But there are also kitchen scales, which will make your baking look much more official and can double as postal scales — for when you’re trying to figure out if you can afford to send someone a care package, or whether…

The Thoughtful Google Store Tech Gifts For Any Parent

Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year when we get to really celebrate our parents through Mother’s and Father’s Day. But how often do we try and fail to really deliver on thoughtful gifts for our parents? I’m guilty of the “pile of paperback books for Mom” and “ blue tie for Dad” failings just like the rest…

Why Is Hotel Sex So Appealing?

You know the feeling. You’re with your partner in a strange new city, you’ve been schlepping around all day visiting museums and trying strange foods, and when you finally collapse in a heap in your hotel room, it hits you. Despite how tired you feel, you find yourselves frantically stripping down, practically…