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Whimsical Calendar Device Alerts You With Bubbles

Calendar notifications can be annoying and intrusive, but they are a necessary evil of office life. Notifly has a more whimsical take on alerts. Instead of an annoying on-screen pop-up or high-pitched beep, this adorable device blows you a bubble. The dread that comes with a looming business meeting can be nullified by the childlike joy of a giant bubble.

Notifly comes with a calendar app called PopUp that features delightful imagery designed to put you in a good mood. On top of reminding you about your boring engagements, it will also include some fun info, like an art exhibit near your lunch meeting.

The product is part of Studio 360’s Redesigns series that aims to "turn much-dreaded Mondays into wahoo-worthy Mon-yays!" Other items in the line include an alarm clock that giggles and an app that encourages you to thank the people around you.

[h/t: Swiss-Miss.com]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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