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5 Home Essentials & You Can Win Them All!

November 16, 2015

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5 Home Essentials & You Can Win Them All!

It’s crazy to think the year is coming to a close soon! I’m always on the hunt for home gadgets to help me be more productive and efficient at home. I’m super excited to share the Holiday Acorn Box with you and you can win them all (scroll down)! Here are a few essentials that I’ve added to my home!


1. RubberMaid


This one is pretty obvious. We all need containers to store our leftovers and RubberMaid is the best. I love the Rubbermaid 5-cup Premier Food Storage – Tritan™ plastic resists stains and odors and the Flex & Seal™ lids are easy to seal and remove. The Premier lids (part of the Easy Find Lids system)snap to bases and other lids so you don’t have to search for lids again and take up less room in your cabinets. So long cluttered cabinets!


2. Sharpie


The new Sharpie Extreme permanent markers have high-contrast ink that resists fading when exposed to harsh UV rays, rain, snow, and even mud. Perfect for labeling containers (I used washi tape above) and anything outdoorsy.


3. Signature Tea Collection

5 Home Essentials & You Can Win Them All!

When I’m feeling sluggish in the afternoon, I love heading over to my bar for some tea and biscuits. I’ve been loving the Signature Tea Company (available at Walmart) – it’s organic and comes in individually packaged tea bags.


4. Chicago Cutlery Knife Set

5 Home Essentials & You Can Win Them All!

This colorful set is super easy to find in my utensil drawer and the non-slip, soft grip handles prevents any accidents in the kitchen.


5. Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ

The boyfriend loves smoothies so we were both super excited to try out the Nutri Ninja With Auto IQ (available at Walmart). No more needing to guess how long smoothies or drinks need to be blended. The Auto-iQ technology features intelligent programs that combine unique, timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns that do the work for you. The preprogrammed settings make drinks with maximum nutrient and vitamin extract with just one button.

Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blades with 1000W motor base and Auto-iQ break down whole fruits, vegetables, ice and seeds for super creamy and smooth drinks. The digital countdown timer lets you know how much time is remaining on the selected Auto-iQ program. I love this feature because I’m all about multitasking in the kitchen. And for those on-the-go? The Sip & Seal Lids let you take your smoothies/drinks on-the-go.

Auto-iQ™ Smooth Boost™ technology takes drink customization to the next level. A unique combination of powerful Ninja® blades, high-torque motor, and high speeds allows you achieve an even greater level of smoothness than Ninja® has ever delivered before—all at the touch of a button.

Here’s my go-to smoothie recipe for the boyfriend before he hits the gym!

Pre-Workout Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder

1. Add ingredients to Ninja 24 oz. cup.

2. Select the Auto-iQ blend option for a smooth, and creamy smoothie!


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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.