Things We Love

Our staff loves these things, and thought you might, too!

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Nicole loves Popsockets ( The ultra-useful Popsockets adhere to the back of a cellphone to let you easily grip the phone, and take selfies—“with no fingers in them!” Nicole notes. Popsockets also let you stand your phone upright on most surfaces for hands-free viewing, and allow you to slip the phone into a waistband without it falling down your pants. You can wrap cords around it, too. Popsockets fit flush to the phone and “pop” up whenever you need to use them. Popsockets also work with tablets and e-readers. Best of all, they’re made right here in Boulder.

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2Nespresso Aeroccino

Julie says she “cannot live” without her Nespresso Aeroccino+ Milk Frother ( The handy appliance helps kick-start her day by whipping up light and creamy hot or cold milk to go with her morning coffee. With a simple touch of a button, the Frother steams and froths milk in a few seconds. It also works with soy, almond and other milks, based on their consistency, and comes with frothing and latte whisks. If hot chocolate is calling your name, the device can heat milk without frothing it, too. The Frother yields half a cup when frothing, and one cup when heating.

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3OXO Good Grips

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Mary loves her OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer Basket ( “Mainly because it’s a vibrant leaf-green color!” she says. But there’s more to it than that. The flexible pleated basket has high walls and a flat center to hold a variety of foods, small to large. The basket easily fits into different pot sizes, and the handles fold down to accommodate the lid. When food is steamed to your preference, it’s easy to remove the basket—just lift the cool-to-the-touch silicone handles. “It rolls up, too, like a big green pea pod,” Mary says, “which is great, because I have precious little storage in my kitchen.”

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4Soil Knife

Linda “digs” her Pink Leonard Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife. Made by A.M. Leonard Horticultural Tool and Supply Co. (, the 6-inch Soil Knife has a tapered slicing blade on one side and a sharp, deeply serrated blade on the other. Linda uses it to divide plants; dig out weeds; remove rocks; dig holes for seeds, bulbs, flowers and herbs; and cut roots, twine and ties. “It’s a very versatile tool,” she says. The Soil Knife is available locally at Boulder’s Harlequin’s Gardens.

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