Tech bits: Cool stuff if we can afford it


ORCA High Gloss Chaser

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Logo_bethelbits_HudallaI finished working out for the first time in 6 months, and I ran back to the car to reward myself with ice cold water. When I unscrewed the lid and took a sip: lukewarm disappointment. I scoured the internet for a cup that had the capability of keeping my drinks cold all day (I know it’s a lot to ask but I was desperate). I had given up hope on finding a cup that would quite possibly change drinking as I knew it. When they say you find what you’re looking for when you stop looking, they were right. This winter I was a bridesmaid and received the ORCA High Gloss Chaser as a gift. I thought it was a hoax, but this cup is unbelievable.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_gaines_13The cup has the capability of keeping your drink hot or cold, is double walled, and has a vacuum sealed body to ensure ice stays frozen and drinks stay strong. The ORCA High Gloss Chaser comes in a variety of colors and features a clear lid that allows you to see when it’s time to refill.   The chaser is sold for $34.99, but you really can’t put a price on genuine happiness, right? Anyone who knows me knows I don’t frequently drink water, but because of my new ORCA I bring water everywhere I go now. This new lifestyle of mine got the attention of my mom, and she even owns one now. If a product is mom approved, you know it’s good.

–CeCe Gaines

Betty Glass Teapot

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

20170217_Simpson_GlassTeaKettleImagine walking into a cozy house. Windows line the wall while the sun streams in slowly heating up the fabric on the couches and shining off the glass coffee table. Bookshelves fill the walls where no windows appear and a cat stretches on the hardwood floors in a swath of sunshine.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_simpson_7Breathing deeply, you smell a delicious herbal blend of lavender and mint, coming from the coffee table. Steam pours out of a clear glass teapot, but the mixture inside is a beautiful shade of translucent yellow-brown.  What is this beautifully designed piece of glassware?

It’s the Betty Glass Teapot from CB2, a sister brand of furniture, Crate and Barrel. The glass teapot is beautiful in its design and has a built in diffuser allowing users to brew loose leaf tea elegantly and conveniently. The gentle slope of the handle and durability of the glass used to create science lab beakers, the teapot is perfect.

As subject of my envy for months, I’m dying to get my hands on the Betty Glass Teapot. The modern design inspired me to become a tea person just so I could justify the purchase. Because who wouldn’t want this sleek design to cozy up their home?

–Maddy Simpson