Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

Sometimes practicality outweighs all other concerns, especially when trying to solve problems. Here are some products that will simplify your life so you can worry about the big picture instead – or kick back with a glass of merlot and a season of your favorite show.

Wake up and froth the coffee, thanks to Mr. Coffee’s Café Latte one-touch machine with whirling frother. Load this latte machine with espresso or coffee and water at the top as you would any coffee machine, then add milk to the pitcher. The milk will heat and froth as the coffee drips, which is actually fun to watch through bleary eyes in the morning. You can also make hot chocolate, or add nutmeg and cinnamon to your coffee, or try any of the 20 recipes included with the machine. It holds a whopping 24 ounces, and will heat and froth on demand even when you’re not brewing coffee. The perfect coffee machine has finally been invented! Purchase it at or at Bed, Beth & Beyond stores.

If you prefer the light on at night to read, and your partner doesn’t (or vice-versa.), or if you need to see into a small dark space, or if you ride your bike at night – or all of the above – then you’ll appreciate the Nite Ize BugLit Microlight. This tiny, spider-shaped devise can be clipped anywhere, and offers three LED lighting options: high, low and strobe. Check this and other incredibly illuminated products at

Whether storing spring and summer clothing or fall and winter, it seems there’s always a need to store something — so keep your clothing fresh, dry and damage-free with BugZip storage bags. These heavy-duty vinyl storage bags and drawer liners feature a unique three-sided zipper, and are durable enough to encase luggage, shoes and bedding. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond stores, at and at Use them for traveling, too, just to be on the safe side.

Concrobium eradicates mold with no bleach, ammonia, or VOCs. Instead, it works as it dries, hardening over a surface and physically crushing the mold micro-organism underneath; it not only eliminates mold, but it prevents new growth and disperses musty odors to boot. Mold isn’t something you particularly want to think about – unless you have it and want it to disappear. That’s when you reach for Concrobium, devoid of harmful chemicals. Read more about it at, and check out the section on fogging for large areas if necessary.

Put these ultra-useful products to work for you!

Originally published February 2012
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