The BritList: The SkyRest Travel Pillow, Pumpkin Tetris + More
We said goodbye to the month of October this week with a huge win for the Giants, a final treats and costume push for Halloween, and a whole lot of devastation on the east coast as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We’re gearing up for the holiday season here at Brit + Co, starting off with Thanksgiving and Oreos, of course. But let’s get to business, the business of the BritList. Here are 12 pieces of silliness and miscellany that we’re jamming on this week.
1. Woodsnap: Looking for a new take on the large-scale wedding photo? Forget classic canvas or cold aluminum – now it’s all about wood. Woodsnap lets you print photos directly onto a wood canvas with just a hint of wood grain showing through. And it only takes about a week to arrive at your doorstep!
2. iPhone Mirror Back: The aluminum back on the new iPhone makes it way difficult to pretend your iPhone is a mirror, right? This backplate is the perfect thing for picking spinach out of our teeth :)
3. Pointing Finger Bookmark: What good is a bookmark if you don’t remember exactly where you left off? While the act of rereading a few lines isn’t actually that tiresome, we love the playful charm on this whimsical (and helpful!) bookmark.
4. Hand Drawn Pop Culture Costumes: Halloween might be over, but our Twitter and Facebook feeds are still flooded with mischievous photos. If you didn’t don a costume this year, use this illustrated infographic for next year! Some of the costumes might be dated, but Lady Gaga and Wolverine will never get old.
5. The First Solar-Powered Nation: Tokelau, a tiny collection of atolls in the South Pacific is now able to support itself entirely using solar energy. Incredible.
7. Pumpkin Tetris (aka Pumpktris): We thought turning a watermelon into a keg was cool. This Halloween-loving overachiever turned a pumpkin into a working Tetris game, controlled by the pumpkin stem. Wow. Wow. Wow.
8. DJZ Text: What happens when DJs take over your emoji? DJZ TXT of course. Developed by the Turntable folks, this app lets you create electronic dance music with your emoji. The texts are sent over Facebook or Twitter rather than regular texting, and the beats are actually pretty awesome.
10. Pantone x Behance: Pantone has teamed up with Behance to create Pantone Canvas, a olor-sorted way of browsing artwork on the Behance network. Choose any color, vary it as much as you want, and revel in all the tangerine goodness.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!