This Self-Heating Lunchbox Will Warm Up Your Meal in Just Minutes Wherever You Are

Heatbox
Heatbox

We’ve all faced lunchtime disappointment before—either when heating up leftovers that turn out uninspiring the second time around or spending a lot of money on takeout that winds up being just ho-hum. Eating a delicious hot meal when you’re busy or at work can seem nearly impossible at times, but Heatbox, the leak-proof lunchbox that steams up to three meals on a single charge, is looking to change that.

With more than $65,000 raised already, this self-heating lunchbox crushed its original $33,000 Kickstarter goal, but you can still back the product until December 19 by heading here. Pledges start at $132, and backers will receive the Heatbox for 30 percent off its retail value. And for each backer that Heatbox receives, one meal will be donated to Share the Meal or the World Food Programme charities.

To get the whole thing to work is simple: All you have to do is pour 30 ml (about one ounce) of water into the Heatbox, which can be done before you leave in the morning. Then you insert the inner container with your food, cover that with the inner lid, and then place the bamboo lid on top.

Once you're ready to eat, the Heatbox can be turned on either with the button on the container or through its app, which allows you to select low, medium, or high settings. Depending on what setting is right for your lunch, your food will be hot and ready to eat in eight to 12 minutes. According to Kickstarter, once the campaign is over, the app will also feature healthy recipes to try out.

It takes about 90 minutes to charge the Heatbox, and it can be used up to three times on a single charge if you steam three small meals on low. If you have large meals that are heated on medium or high, you can use the lunchbox twice on a single charge.

Cleaning this self-heating lunchbox is easy. Both the inner container and lid can go in the dishwasher, while the bamboo lid and Heatbox should be cleaned with a cloth and minimal amounts of soap and water.

But why steam? According to Spruce Eats, cooking with steam has numerous benefits. It's a far more delicate way to cook when compared to boiling or simmering, making it ideal for seafood. And since the food isn't being submerged in water, it retains up to 50 percent more of its nutrients. You also avoid cooking foods in unhealthy fats and oils while steaming, potentially leading to healthier meals.

You can back the Heatbox on Kickstarter by heading here.

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Learn Travel Blogging, Novel Writing, Editing, and More With This $30 Creative Writing Course Bundle

Centre of Excellence
Centre of Excellence

It seems like everyone is a writer lately, from personal blog posts to lengthy Instagram captions. How can your unique ideas stand out from the clutter? These highly reviewed courses in writing for travel blogs, novel writing, and even self-publishing are currently discounted and will teach you just that. The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle is offering 10 courses for $29.99, which are broken down into 422 bite-sized lessons to make learning manageable and enjoyable.

Access your inner poet or fiction writer and learn to create compelling works of literature from home. Turn that passion into a business through courses that teach the basics of setting up, hosting, and building a blog. Then, the social media, design, and SEO lessons will help distinguish your blog.

Once you perfect your writing, the next challenge is getting that writing seen. While the bundle includes lessons in social media and SEO, it also includes a self-publishing course to take things into your own hands to see your work in bookshops. You’ll learn to keep creative control and royalties with lessons on the basics of production, printing, proofreading, distribution, and marketing efforts. The course bundle also includes lessons in freelance writing that teach how to make a career working from home.

If you’re more of an artistic writer, the calligraphy course will perfect your classical calligraphy scripts to confidently shape the thick and thin strokes of each letter. While it can definitely be a therapeutic hobby, it’s also a great side-hustle. Create your own designs and make some extra cash selling them as wedding placards or wall art.

Take your time perfecting your craft with lifetime access to the 10 courses included in The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle. At the discounted price of $29.99, you’ll have spent more money on the coffee you’re sipping while you write your next novel than the courses themselves.

 

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Escape The Overlook Hotel in This New Board Game Based on The Shining

USAopoly
USAopoly

The Shining celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 23, 2020, which makes now the perfect time to revisit Stanley Kubrick's classic work of horror. And if you're looking for a new perspective on the story, this board game from USAopoly reimagines the Overlook Hotel as an escape room-style challenge.

In The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel, players assume the roles of Wendy and Danny Torrance as they search for a way out of the hotel. To escape, though, players will have to contend with puzzles and obstacles along the way, including Jack Torrance, the ax-wielding antagonist immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film. By using the psychic ability to "shine," players can unlock clues and solve puzzles that bring them closer to the exit.

The new game is part of the Coded Chronicles game line, and because the objective is to beat the game instead of each other, there's no limit on how many (or how few) people can play. A full game is estimated to take two hours or more to complete, and this version is recommended for players 17 and older.

You can buy The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel for $30 from USAopoly. And if it's been a while since you've seen the movie it's based on, read this to know what to expect.

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