BOTANIUM SMART GROWERS
Indoor gardening is a great way to grow your own food, improve air quality and add a touch of natural beauty to your living space. Botanium takes the hassle out of the process thanks to a smart hydroponic system that works without soil and is impossible to overwater, a great feature for those not blessed with green thumbs. You can even leave it alone for weeks while you travel, as it takes care of the plant for you. The growers work with a number of herbs and lettuce, vegetables such as tomatoes and chili peppers, and even orchids. Botanium also sells nutrient pipettes to give your indoor garden a health boost in order to grow more of your chosen produce. From $73.
SONY DIGITAL PAPER
Cut down on your paper consumption with this digital notepad. The device works with a stylus that lets you make digital notes and save them to the Digital Paper app. You can also annotate, erase and highlight PDF files, perfect for those who want to work on a project free from the distractions of being online. Easily share files between devices using the app and leave your laptop at home thanks to 16GB internal storage. Choose between the 10.3-inch and 13.3-inch screen sizes, depending on your needs. From $499.99.
Get some exercise and cut your carbon footprint by getting around on an electric bike rather than in your car. Volt makes a variety of models aimed at people with different needs, but the Bravo is the best all-rounder. Sporty enough to eat up the asphalt but sturdy enough for off-road trails, it’s a top choice as a first electric bike. One charge should get you around 35 miles in range, and the bike can reach a top speed of 20 mph. $1,699.
Connected home devices are becoming increasingly common, but none boast the green credentials of a smart thermostat. Ecobee recently upgraded its range with eco+ software that automatically optimizes your central heating for efficiency and cost savings. Voice activation and a simple app make for easy operation, plus it connects to air conditioners, dehumidifiers and other devices for greater accuracy in maintaining temperatures throughout your home. $249.
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
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With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: