Relax and Fidget at the Same Time With This Weighted Blanket That Features a Built-In Fidget Toy


The weighted blanket, a sleep accessory originally designed to calm anxious kids, has proven popular with stressed-out adults as well. A new relaxation system called Secūr combines the deep pressure therapy of weighted blankets with fidgeting—another form of stimulation many anxious people find soothing.

Secūr debuted on Kickstarter on June 30, and within 24 hours it had already raised 50 percent of its $10,000 funding goal. The first part of the set is the weighted blanket. Each quilted diamond in the blanket is filled with tiny glass beads to distribute weight evenly, resulting in a comforter that envelopes the owner and makes them feel secure. It comes with a 100-percent-cotton duvet cover that's soft on the skin and totally machine-washable. You can either use the full-sized blanket, which comes in 10-pound, 15-pound, or 20-pound weights and is big enough to cover your whole body, or opt for the 5-pound travel blanket, which is the perfect size to drape over your lap or shoulders at work, in the car, or on a plane.


The second component of the Secūr system is a "hand home" for restless hands. The soft cloth tube is filled with the same beads as the blanket—but instead of letting them weighing you down, you're encouraged to knead and pinch them whenever you have the urge to fidget. You can keep the hand home by your bed or couch and use it when you need something to do with your hands after a long day, or bring it with you on trips to ease travel anxieties.

The hand home fidget sleeve is available for a pledge of $29, and the 10-pound blanket can be reserved with a pledge of $104. The full Secūr system—which includes the sleeve, a 10-pound blanket and cover, and the travel-sized blanket—is available on Kickstarter for a pledge of $199 or more. If the campaign meets its funding goal by July 31, orders will be shipped by September 2019.

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

Mobile Pixels
Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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