Wednesday, November 2, 2022

NYTSTND Duo Tray Wireless Charger Review

Minimalist Lifestyle

MBE partnered with NYTSTND for this review

Technology Made More Beautiful

Don't you just hate always depending upon having a mess of assorted charging cables on hand -- not to mention those electric plugs that always seem to go missing when you need them -- to ensure your smartphone, smart watch, and/or wireless earbuds are charged to keep up with your tech-based lifestyle? For sure, I know that feeling. That menagerie of cables and plugs was cluttering my gadget loving life until I was rescued from all that wired chaos with the NYTSTND Duo Tray Wireless Charging Pad Station which I received to facilitate this honest review recapping my experience.

Minimalist Elegant Wireless Charger
NYTSTND Duo Tray Wireless Charger Station

Meet NYTSTND Duo Tray Wireless Charger Pad

The NYTSTND Duo Tray Wireless Charger can charge up to two Qi-compatible devices (any combination of smartphones, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, etc) simultaneously. Made in the US and constructed with Amish-sourced wood and beautifully stitched quality leather, it's a statement decor accessory piece that charges your devices.

Not only pretty to look at, this product is compatible with newer Apple, Samsung and Google Pixel, Nokia and other Qi-compatible devices. That's a real benefit, especially if you want to charge two different brand devices at once such as an iPhone and a Samsung phone or two types of devices like an iPhone and Airpods. The Duo also includes a built-in tray to store all those small items that are easily misplaced. Important things like your eye glasses, wallet. earrings, and more. This tray is also where your own personality is reflected, as you see from the photo at the top of this post I love having orchids in the tray of my NYTSTND charging station.

Extra Perks, Easy Setup and Use

Another perk of this stylish NYTSTND product: you can charge a compatible phone without removing the case if it is up to 5mm thick. There's even an extra USB port on the back of the unit for charging an additional device that might not be Qi-enabled. Best of all, at just 8"H x 5.8"L x 6.9"W and weighing less than a pound, this mini mobile powerhouse is compact, sleek and stylish and is perfectly sized to fit on workspaces, desks and most bedside night tables. 

NYTSTND Duo White Wireless Charging Station

Straight out of the box the Duo is easy to set up and ready to use. All you have to do is connect it to the included AC Power Adapter and plug into a nearby electric wall outlet. Then simply place one (or two) compatible wireless devices directly on the charging pad. You'll know each device you want to recharge is placed in the right spot when you see a solid blue light turn on signaling that charging has begun. If you see a flashing blue light just keep moving the device until the solid light appears to position it properly. Your device(s) will charge quickly and you'll know the charging is complete when you see a green light. 

The Magsafe-compatible NYTSTND Duo is available in Rustic White Leather with White Wood Base, like the white-on-white tray wireless charger I chose for this review post. The Duo tray style is also offered in nine two tone color combinations (Black/Slate Gray for example) to suit just about everyone's personality, lifestyle, and decor.



Headquartered in Ohio, NYTSTND specializes in high-quality luxurious wireless charging stations offered in various combinations, handcrafted from premium wood and ultra-soft luxe leather. In addition to the DUO TRAY 2-in-1 charging station featured in this review (which is also available without the tray, other NYTSTND products available include the UNO (for single device wireless charging),  the TRIO and TRIO TRAY (3-in-1 wireless charging station), and the QUAD and QUAD TRAY  (4-in-1 wireless charging station). Prices range from $64 to $234.

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Add some luxury and unclutter your life at home or at the office. Check out the full line of elegant and functional NYTSTND wireless chargeing stations available exclusively on the brand's site

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates


100+ Free Printable Pumpkin Stencils & Templates

Free fun and whimsical DIY pumpkin carving patterns are as plentiful as the pumpkins you see in the fields, at neighborhood pumpkin patches and at markets right now.  For those of you celebrating, Halloween will be here before you know it. So it's time to start (or finish) decorating your home, if you haven't done it already. It's also a good idea to start planning this year's jack-o'-lantern masterpiece now, if you're carving one. To get the best choice, select your pumpkin now. But, wait to actually carve the design until just a day or so before Halloween to keep your pumpkin as fresh as possible.

Isn't this adorbs? I love this super simple pumpkin carving idea for baby's first Halloween which makes a great photo prop for some Instagram worthy images this fall. All you do is cut the pumpkin top open and hollow out then cut two smaller holes in front slightly larger in diameter than your child's legs. 

Seriously, no matter what you like, what your skill level is and what you are looking for you are bound to find one or more free downloadable pumpkin stencils here that you or the kids will want to use to carve your pumpkin this Halloween.

34 Easy Pumpkin Carving Templates from HGTV

28 Advanced Pumpkin Carving Templates from HGTV

15 Halloween Decorating & Craft Templates from Martha Stewart

27 more Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Ideas from Martha Stewart

Superman Pumpkin Carving Template from Celebrating Halloween

The Good Dinosaur Arlo Pumpkin Carving Template based on the Disney Pixar movie

22 Disney Pumpkin Stencils from Popsugar

Lots of Pumpkin Stencils in Different Themes from The Pumpkin Lady

Many fun Pumpkin Carving for Families Templates from Pumpkin Pile

Huge Selection Whimsical Pumpkin Carving Templates from Better Homes & Gardens

53 more Pumpkin Carving Templates from Better Homes & Gardens

41 Pumpkin Printable Stencils from Good Housekeeping

43 Pumpkin Carving Stencils from Woman's Day

50 Printable Pumpkin Carving Templates from Parade

19 Pumpkin Carving Stencils from Real Simple

30 Free Skull Pumpkin Stencils from Artsy Pretty Plants

Remember Safety First is your responsibility: Supervision by a responsible person is always advised for any activities or crafts involving kids 

Bookmark this page NOW & keep checking back 
as MBE adds more templates to this list

Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Vegan Grilled Tofu Chimichurri BBQ Recipe

Good Food

MBE partnered with The Soyfoods Council; Post contains affiliate links

Summer Grilling for Vegans, Meat-Eaters

Who doesn't enjoy delicious food grilled outside over charcoal or fragrant, smokey wood during the summer months, right?  That's why I love sharing really tasty, healthy and innovative recipes like this one from The Soyfoods Council. This dinner idea is meatless, actually two recipes in one yummy meal: Grilled Tofu and Grilled Garlic Bread, something that will appeal to both vegan and carnivore foodies.

BBQ Tofu Grilled Garlic Bread Recipe



Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce 
and Grilled Garlic Bread

Chimichurri sauce is a zesty Latin American condiment similar to pesto

Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 2 cups lightly packed chopped parsely
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 t. chili pepper flakes
  • 2 T. shallot or onion, minced
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 T. sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 3 T. lemon juice

Cumin Rub:

  • 1 t. granulated garlic
  • 1/2 t. smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1 box (12 ozs) extra-firm tofu made from 100% US soybeans
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

To prepare the Chimichurri sauce, place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well chopped, but not puréed. Set aside.

To prepare the rub, combine the garlic, paprika and cumin; mix well. Set aside. Cut the tofu in half lengthwise to make two "steaks" about 3/4-inch thick. Brush lightly with olive oil. Press the rub into both sides of the tofu steaks. Just before grilling, season the tofu steaks with kosher salt. Place tofu directly on the cooking grate over direct heat and sear. Cook for 4-6 minutes. Turn the tofu steams with a pair of tongs, using a flat spatula if needed. Sear the second side and continue grilling until done, about 3-5 minutes. Cut grilled tofu into thin slices and serve with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Garlic Bread.

Grilled Garlic Bread:

  • 8 pieces crusty, dense Italian bread, cut into 3/4 to 1-inch thick slices
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half
  • Extra virgin olive oil, preferably from Tuscany

For grilled garlic bread, place bread slices on grates, turning once until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Rub one side of each piece of bread with a half clove of garlic; rub hard for good garlicky flavor. Place each piece of bread on a serving plate and brush with thin coating of olive oil. Season with salt, serve with the Chimichurri Tofu and enjoy.

Tofu Good Source Protein

About The Soyfoods Council

The Soyfoods Council is an affiliate of the Iowa Soybean Association. To learn more about US-grown soybeans and for more delicious, nutritious recipe ideas like the one in this post, visit The Soy Foods Council website, as well as follow the Council on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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