help! i need a narrow bottle brush


Last year, quite a few of our readers were enthused about the Soda Stream and other at-home water carbonators. But now reader Christine has a cleaning question:

Can anyone find a bottle brush that fits the bottles provided with the Penguin water carbonator? I can’t find one that is small enough for the bottle openings. Help! Love my Penguin!

We checked around, and enjoyed reading posts like this one at AT, but couldn’t find mentions of cleaning the bottles — any sources for Christine out there?

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want it now: yellow submarine tea infuser


What better way to dress down high tea than with a nod to England’s original boy band? The tea sub, $14 at Fred Flare, does just that. Made of dishwasher-safe, heat-resistant silicone, it would be the perfect gift for that tea-drinking Beatles fan in your life. Simply fill the submarine with loose tea and explore your favorite mug in style. — Sarah C.

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geek love: dungeons and dragons soda


Cult beverage makers Jones Soda have with a new series of carbonated pop candy guaranteed to make you drop your 12-sided dice and fuel you through your “Firefly” marathon. Based on the Dungeons and Dragons game, the Spellcasting Soda series includes flavors with names like Potion of Healing, Dwarven Draught, and Illithid Brain Juice.The limited edition pops are available now: $10.99 for six or $18.99 for 12. — Katie D.

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earth day giveaway: vessel drinkware!

“Like” us on Facebook to win!

We’ve featured the fabulous, Earth-friendly, reusable cups from Vessel Drinkware quite a bit lately, as we’ve become smitten with the fun designs and great functionality. Well, now they’re returning the love with a giveaway for Shelterrific Facebook friends!

THREE lucky winners will each win THREE Vessel vessels:
One 27-ounce stainless steel bottle
One 10-ounce porcelain Terra tumbler
One 16-ounce acrylic Spirit tumbler

All drinkware are part of Vessel’s featured designs for April, and yes — winners will have their choice of designs for each of the three vessels they’ll win!

To get registered to win, visit Shelterrific’s Facebook page and click on “Like” on or before Monday, April 26, 5 p.m. EST. (But just for fun, let us know how you’re celebrating Earth Day, too.) When entries close, we’ll choose three winners from our Facebook page using a random number generator.

Speaking of Earth Day, when you buy a featured product from Vessel this month, they’ll donate 10% to corresponding charities. Buy a Bird in Blossoms Terra tumbler, and that money goes to the Nature Conservancy. A purchase of a BusyBee Spirit tumbler benefits the Honey Bee Conservancy. And a Noble Lion bottle purchase benefits the World Wildlife Fund.

Thanks, Vessel, for keeping us stylish and green — and for making this grand giveaway possible!

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more cool commuter cups from vessel drinkware

A few weeks ago, we featured fun porcelain commuter cups from Vessel Drinkware. I loved my cups so much that I decided to expand my collection to include cups for cold drinks. These candy-colored, double-walled, BPA-free Spirit tumblers are perfect for an iced tea, latte, or morning smoothie on the go. Not only do these bad boys keep your beverage of choice cool in style, they’ve also got a smart design feature: a nifty swiveling straw that enables you to suck up every last drop of your drink with ease (and nary a slurp). Shown above are Crow, Nuts & Bolts, Lucha LIbre, and Zombie. Spirit tumblers also come with all the designs featured in our aforementioned coffee post. Get them here, where they’re currently on sale for $13.99. — Megan B.

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