10 Geeky Oven Mitts to Make Baking More Fun

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Next time you're baking, make sure your hands look good in addition to being protected.

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1. CACTUS; $26.99

cactus oven mitt
Yellow Octopus

Succulents aren't hard to care for, but oven mitts are even more low-maintenance. When you're not using it to pull things out of the oven, you can prop this mitt up by the window like a real cactus.

Find it: Yellow Octopus

2. ALLIGATOR; $29.98

alligator oven mitt
Magical Chefs

Turn your kitchen into a bayou and your hand into an alligator with this cotton oven mitt.

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3. PIXEL HANDS; $19.99

pixel oven mitts
Amazon

These retro oven mittens, which mimic the look of old-school computer cursors, are the perfect thing to bring a little throwback flair to your kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

4. BACON; $13.99

Bacon oven mitt
Etsy

Sure, most people fry their precious pork product, but baked bacon is pretty good too—and what better way to do that than with a lookalike mitt?

Find it: Etsy

5. LOBSTER CLAW; $12.97

lobster claw oven mitt
Amazon

When boiling up some lobsters, make sure to keep your hands protected—or else they'll end up as red as your dinner. The quilted cotton mitt is sure to be a hit with New Englanders and seafood fans alike.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPOCK; $9.99

Live long and bake cookies. This cotton Star Trek-themed oven mitt is perfect for Trekkies who love to cook.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. DARTH VADER; $24.98

Darth Vader oven mitt
Amazon

You may have turned to the dark side, but that doesn't mean your cookies have to burn. Use this Star Wars-inspired silicone oven mitt and be the culinary darling of the Death Star.

Find it: Amazon

8. BASEBALL MITT; $10.81

baseball mitt oven mitt
Amazon

Anything you make with these oven mitts is sure to be a grand slam.

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9. BEAR PAWS; $14.49

Fred BEAR HANDS Oven Mitts
Amazon

These cotton paws come with heat-resistant pads to keep your hands safe from whatever you're cooking. They also work great for picnic basket heists.

Find it: Amazon

10. BUBBLE WRAP; $15.19

Fred POPPIN HOT Silcome Oven Mitt
Amazon

Like precious cargo, these mitts will keep your hands safe from harm.

Find it: Amazon

This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images
Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

Check out some other ways to make flying more comfortable here.

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