#1 Kindle – I truly am having a love affair with my Kindle book reader.
After using it for 3 months now and having it on a business/vacation trip loaded up with 31 books, newspapers, and blogs – being able to take notes – and asking research questions of the Kindle team and getting answers in about 15 minutes – well I can’t say enough. Authors are getting paid, less paper is being used, and my eyes never burn or feel tired. It is light weight. It has now paid for itself. The small memory card makes it so you can have up to 4000 books! And the backup Kindle team means you will always own those books even if you drop your reader into the sea! If you order yours off my blog site – well, I will get a few dollars to buy more books. WOW, why did I wait so long?
#2 Vermont Apple peeler, corer, and slicer – my hands say thank you for this gem.
Last year, I peeled, cored, and sliced by hand, 90 apples a dehydrator load and each day my hands got more swollen and callused. I could hardly move my hands in the morning. Dried organic apples from our trees are my favorite holiday gift to give. I filled the dryer 16 times. This year I filled the dryer 12 times and in about ½ the time having been gifted this nifty little machine by two people. My hands did not hurt and were not swollen at all. I filled an apple pie in about 10 minutes – It works and it is keeping me able to accomplish a task I love to do. Also does Potatoes. Thank you Vermont Apple Machine.
#3 Nikon Cool Pix Digital Camera
Even I can take good pictures and send them to my blog master with this handy little camera. I like how the memory disk just pops out and I can directly load the shots into my laptop on the road. The battery life is days longer than my previous camera and I don’t have to drag around my charger on a 10 day trip. Even though I did read the whole user booklet before I used my camera the first time…..in German, Spanish and English – wasn’t up to Japanese! (Just kidding) I had no trouble figuring out how to use it and access the different programs. I take this everywhere I take my writer’s journal – including the bathroom. What a gem and work master.
#4 Nintendo DS with Brainage 2
This is just such a fun way to exercise my brain and rev my engines to my best writing and thinking endeavors. It is in my pocket wherever I go and I take a break with this instead of food! I have completed Brainage 1 so I am recommending 2 this time around and when I am just charged up after teaching or discussing something, this game has a way to calm the brain down so one can sleep – you need to play a certain number of the other games to open up this relaxer, but it was very helpful when I got to worrying during an illness this fall. I show it to all my friends and introduced folks to it on my last plane trip. It is a bit addicting, but I seem to be able to put it down and move on to other things when needed. Wow this is just plain fun.
#5 Wii Fit – Hip Hip Hurrah!
At 3 nearly every afternoon you will find me in front of the TV doing a 30 minute workout, stretch or balance routine. My posture is so improved and I just feel better. Usually I have been writing for 2 hours and building my business for 5 by this time. I work out at the gym or walk the lake in the wee hours of the morning. Having this back up for the severe weather days was all I was hoping for, now it gives my mind a rest and my body some action that helps. The Fit program works off the Wii system and my kids like to do it too – gets them up and moving. I have even gotten my honey to do skiing and bowling as a date night! Way fun! And I just feel better and stronger. It’s better than chocolate!
All five of my gadgets are available on Amazon.com and if you order from my website I will get a few cents in return.
What are your favorite gadgets that make your life better – they work!???
Looking forward to adding more to my list.