3 Smart Devices to Start Your National Hobby Month Off Right
January is National Hobby Month, folks. And that means it’s time to dive into that new hobby you’ve always wanted to explore – or to get a jump start on that New Year’s resolution of finally doing something different.
How You Can Form the Habit of Hobbying
Whether you’re a dedicated, every-weekend kind of hobby-ist, or you just like to dabble when you’ve got some free time, it’s always important to start off on the right foot. Each person takes a different amount of time to form a new habit, whatever it’s gardening, cooking, or running more. But, it’s always easier to get the habit formed sooner and stronger when you do it right from the get go. So, before you start walking down hobby lane, be sure to let these three smart devices help you make the right steps all along the way.
Get your garden growing year-round with the Miracle Grow AeroGarden. This soil-free, hydroponic, indoor gardening system grows fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers, and more. And all 5 times faster than regular soil! But it’s not just a way to grow plants and vegetables indoors during the winter; it’s a way to grow them faster and more easily than you ever could outdoors, all year long. And while the idea of hydroponic gardening is far from new, this system makes it so incredibly easy – by automating nearly everything.
“Dive into that new hobby you’ve always wanted to explore – or to get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution.”
The AeroGarden features a fully-interactive, touch-screen control panel that guides you through every single step. It reminds you when to pour in water; when to add plant food; automatically turns on and off the high-performance, full spectrum, 45-watt LED lighting system; and provides timely tips and on-screen help functions. Inside the box, you’ll find included a 9-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains Genovese Basil (x2), Thai Basil, Curly Parsley, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Mint, and 3 oz. of liquid plant food. And if one of the pods happens to not sprout, Miracle Grow will send you a new seed pod as a replacement.
The plant seeds are already embedded in the pods, which include a sponge to soak up the right amount of water to start germination and give the plants a medium for root growth. The grow lights and water pump cycle as needed to create the right conditions for germination, and then, two weeks later, the system switches to parameters more optimal for the fast growth given the type of plant you’ve chosen. All you have to do is think about which recipes you want to cook with what you’ve just grown.
So when you’re in the thick of life, the last thing you want to think about is having to stop to make dinner. At the same time, ordering out gets expensive quickly, and granola bars are really only good for holding you over until you can eat something more substantial. And, you know, you want to stick to the habit and hobby of cooking more at home. So, instead of putting life on pause (which rarely works), get yourself one of these Smart Crock-Pot slow cookers with the WiFi baked right in.
This 6-quart Crock-Pot comes with cool-touch handles; built-in cord storage; a glass lid; and removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware. But from there, the consistent cooking gets even smarter (and easier). This connected product cooks beautifully, like Crock-Pot always has, and now it delivers enhanced control, convenience, and peace of mind with integrated Wi-Fi technology.
Using the free and intuitive WeMo App, it’s easy to see the status of your meal at a glance. This advanced Crock-Pot lets you adjust the cooking time, shift the temperature setting, and turn off the slow cooker entirely from your smart device. No need to memorize when the meal will be done cooking, as the app has a built-in countdown timer. And for those with less-tech-savvy relatives in the house, they can also easily control the Crock-Pot without the app by just plugging it in and pressing the button on the front panel. They can even start the Crock-Pot manually with the front button and then let someone else change the temperature or turn it off from the app later on.
You deserve some alone time – a chance to get in touch with your own heartbeat and breath, to take a run and re-center yourself. And with the LifeBEAM Smart Visor, you can quickly and easily wear another hat – one that’s specifically designed to help you run circles around your to-do lists to stick to the new hobby of running more.
Sometimes you want a little sun, a little shade, and a lot of performance measurement. And that’s exactly why LifeBEAM created the Smart Visor. This comfortable and classy wearable piece of fashionable technology will measure your heart rate, cadence, and calorie consumption, and then transmit that performance data to your favorite application or smart device.
With this professional Dri-Fit hat design, there’s no more need for an annoying and obtrusive chest strap to monitor your heart rate. And with the advanced optical sensor – combined with the dual module transmitter boasting Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connectivity – you can run in bad weather, long events, and hot days, and you’ll still end every run with a consistent and accurate read. And for all the running around you’ve done throughout the years, it’s a smart move to upgrade your actual running with this smart visor.
So as you kick off a new hobby this month, take these phenomenal pieces of technology with you. With them, you’ll easily see the mistakes you might not have known you were making before, and you’ll learn how to have the greatest garden, meal, and run – simply by hobbying smarter.