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Gadgets We Cannot Live Without

Every December 31st I look at the myriad of technology gadgets we’ve accumulated during the year with amazement. For a small family we show very little restraint when acquiring gizmos, but we tell ourselves that we need to be up-to-date with new technologies to be able to share reviews and lifestyle experiences with you.

Very convenient. I know.

We are also quite diligent about recycling, donating or otherwise properly disposing of those gadgets, computers, TVs, gaming consoles, Umi’s and everything we no longer use. This is the most toxic waste we humans produce, so it’s very important to ensure recycling is done properly.

What I’d like to share with you on this post, however, are all the essentials we acquired this year. To start with:

 

My Garrity ultra powerful flashlight – this was a lifesaver when Hurricane Sandy devastated our town and left us without power for 12 straight days. We loaded up with Energizer D batteries and we relied on this device every night when it turned dark (around 5:30pm) and we had to get around the house.

 

 

My new Windows 8 Acer Aspire Ultra book

Here’s why this is a new essential item in our home: I don’t have to remember commands and find the track pad and get it on the exact location it needs to be – I can simply touch the screen and navigate sites, move around documents, save, edit pictures – just about everything. Painless and hugely time saving for me.

 

The Vitamix

This one changed my life this year. Every shake we make (I love kale, celery, cucumber, pineapple shakes) is now smooth and delicious. So much so that even my pickiest eater is asking for daily “green smoothies” — love that!

And if you’re like me and you think you couldn’t possibly find a lot of uses beyond smoothies and  Margaritas — it comes with an amazing cookbook to make sauces, soups, cookies, you name it. Indeed the Vitamix was revolutionary for us!

 

Nokia Lumia 822

Finally, I gave up my iPhone in favor of the awesome Nokia Lumia 822 by Verizon Wireless. I was so ready to move to true 4GLTE coverage – but the device was certainly the deciding factor. In addition to an easy, functional screen, it has the amazing Xbox Music which combines the best of Pandora, Spotify and iTunes (AND which connected to my Jambox makes the office explode in sounds I love). Mostly the 822 is a lot more fashionable than the old iPhone 4S which now every 10-year-old owns. No offense to 10-year-olds, but I need to be a bit trendier than you :-)

So this is my 2012 round up. I am grateful to Energizer for helping me think through these essential gadgets of the year.

Monica Vila is TheOnlineMom

A big thanks to Energizer for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.
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