A 7-year-old Brazilian boy with cerebral palsy recently showed off some gnarly moves at his local skate park, thanks in part to a group that helps kids with disabilities learn how to skateboard.
Joao Vicente, who suffered a stroke at 20 months old, was strapped into a frame on top of a modified skateboard that was then pushed around by his mom, Laura Costa Patron.
“My son is a kid full of kindness, wishes and dreams and one of them, for a long time, has been to go skateboarding,” she said, according to CEN. “For kids with cerebral palsy or any kind of disability, having dreams and wishes is not allowed. The world is always saying no.”
Man’s bib proves prophetic after life-saving race incident
When Tyler Moon, 25, of Minneapolis, Minn., chose to add the words “Jesus Saves” on his race bib, he didn’t realize the impact it would have on his life and others. He just wanted to share his faith.
Eight miles into his 10-mile race, he collapsed from cardiac arrest and a nurse named Jesus “Jesse” Bueno, who was only steps behind him, stopped and gave him life-saving medical attention, along with other medical professionals, until paramedics arrived.
Moon’s heart is fine, thankfully, as he is set to marry his fiance, Amy Greene, in January.
“Thank you to everyone who helped me and thanks to all the runners who stopped and saved my life,” Moon told Fox News. “I believe God placed all those people there at the right time and the right place for His glory.”
A Georgiapolice officer called to a home earlier this summer was able to convince a suicidal father to drop the knife he intended to use to end his life, dramatic footage shows.
“Drop the knife,” said the officer, who authorities said recognized the man from a previous interaction, said. “Do you want to see your son? Right now your life’s really hard. It can get better and it will, but you can’t give up.”
As soon as he put the knife down the officers rushed to him and transported him to a medical treatment facility. “You’re not under arrest,” the officer concluded. “You did the right thing today, OK?”
Do you love Thanksgiving but dread all of the cooking that comes along with it? Odds are you aren’t the only one. I think the only reason I’ve never thrown my own Friendsgiving is because I didn’t want to cook Thanksgiving dishes more than once. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re planning on a Thanksgiving dinner with your family, friends, or a combination of loved ones, you don’t need to be stressing out over a turkey. All you need to do is figure out how to order Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey, and you’ll be all set with a Thanksgiving turkey without the stress. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of a precooked, ready-to-go holiday turkey?
Popeyes created its Cajun Style Turkey with you in mind. This turkey from Popeyes is described as a delicious “hand-rubbed” turkey “infused with zesty Louisiana-style seasonings” and “precooked,” so all you need to do it purchase, heat, and serve. According to a Popeyes rep, these turkeys are set to weigh anywhere from 13 to 16 pounds when cooked, and prices will start at $39.99. These will be available at participating Popeyes locations nationwide, and if you’re trying to get prepared for the holiday, you can preordering for Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey began on Oct. 10.
Here’s how to order Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey so you can make your Thanksgiving effortless. You’ve got some options when it comes to ordering, so let’s cover the all the bases.
It’s possible that a Popeyes near you already has Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkeys in store, according to the brand. If they do, you can purchase one right away and take it home.
3. Preorder a turkey if your location hasn’t stocked them yet.
If it is not yet available at your Popeyes, the chain suggests preordering your Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey since these tend to sell out fast. If you have a local Popeyes location selling the birds, you can call or walk in to preorder your turkey. Then, you’ll be able to pick up your turkey on a future date or schedule a specific date for pick-up. Furthermore, you don’t haveto pay upfront on the day you preorder if you would rather wait to pay when you pick up your turkey. Sounds easy enough, and it’s definitely convenient if you’re planning a Thanksgiving celebration ahead of time.
This isn’t the first Thanksgiving season that Popeyes has released its Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey for customers. It was last seen during Thanksgiving 2018, and the thankfully it’s back for another year of easy dinner prep.
The famous restaurant does a great job at creating limited-time, seasonal fare for customers. It even came back with its Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie for the first time in five years in September 2019. Of course, the turkeys have been sold at Popeyes with a lot more regularity than those pumpkin-y baked goods, but I’m still here for all the pumpkin-flavored goodness. In fact, they’ll probably pair well as a dessert.
You can preorder a Popeyes’ Cajun Style Turkey now to save the frustration (and avoid the kitchen as much as possible) this Thanksgiving. Precooked and ready to go sounds like the best kind of turkey to me.
“Over time, Jaxon started mimicking the sound of the pressure release and it got to the point where he would patiently wait for the recipe to cook and throw a tantrum if I removed him from the kitchen while we waited,” she told the Kitchn.
In a Facebook post, Miller, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, shared a picture of the flawless cake and noted that her son is “obsessed” with the kitchen gadget. She actually said he’s been enthralled with the family’s Instant Pot for a while, which prompted the idea for the unusual cake.
Back in 2017, two of the cats I had raised from kittens had become Guinness World Record Title holders. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers was the tallest cat to ever live and Cygnus Regulus Powers had the longest tail on a cat ever (All my cats are named for stars). I had designed a diet for them that I thought was what would be ideal for a feline species. It was highly synthetic and by no means natural, but I’m all about science and evidence-based things, and I’m fairly sure it turned them both into giants.
Life was pretty great, and we were booking TV shows and charity events, as I was president of the Ferndale Cat Shelter at the time, and the cats’ fame helped us raise money to help Detroit rescue and street cats.
On Nov 12th 2017, my wife (who is also a doctor) left in the morning to go round in the hospital. I woke up about an hour later to smoke alarms and my living room ablaze. I searched for the cats and opened as many escape paths as possible until I finally passed out from smoke. Ultimately, I made it to the basement where I was rescued by first responders. The house burned to the foundation, and we lost everything, including our beloved cats Arcturus, Sirius and Cygnus.
(So this is me here on a random Tuesday with Hyperion, one of the resident therapy cats. Life is good, but it wasn’t always so.)
The tragedy completely devastated me, and it took me over a year to recover mentally and physically from it. When I was cleared to go back to work, I decided I didn’t want to live my life how I did previously. I spent my 20s studying and training to be a doctor, and it was almost all for nothing. I decided that being happy and enjoying my life was worth far more, and so I decided to start my own family practice clinic, Powers Family Medicine.
I decided to theme the practice around me and my interests, which are mostly cats and video games. I told some colleagues that I planned to launch a family practice that would have therapy cats and video game decorations and they told me I was insane and that it would be a complete failure as people want to go to a sterile, simple, professional-looking place for medical care. I decided to proceed anyway, and rented a small office space near the ruins of my old home (which is currently being rebuilt). We have been wildly successful, and are currently the #1 patient-rated family practice in our state.
The therapy cats are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva, and so people with severe cat allergies are unaffected by them. We recently had a patient who is so allergic to cats that she carries an epi-pen for it come to the office. She got to pet Polaris, and broke down into tears because she loves cats but wasn’t able to pet one for almost 30 years. The cats aren’t allowed in sterile zones, but otherwise, have free reign of the office. (They are fully vaccinated and free of zoonotic infections, and so honestly the doorknob to the office is more of a risk to you than they are)
Our clinic is special in that it welcomes truly everyone. We are friendly and cater to the LGBT population, and also have a lot of alt/kink/BDSM, commercial sex workers, polyamorous patients, HIV+ patients (which I treat and prescribe PrEP) and other people who feel like they can’t be open and honest with their doctor. We also have some middle-class families in the mix too, all are welcome and treated with respect! In short, we don’t care what anyone else thinks, just tell us the truth and we will help keep you safe and healthy.
I expected it would take years for me to develop the practice, as 5-7 years is pretty normal. We’ve now been open for 6 months, and as of today, we are completely full. We have over 1000 patients in the practice, and we’ve established a waiting list for people to get on if they want to transfer their care to us. I’m looking into expansion options and hiring some help so that we can continue to accept new patients, but for now, that has to wait.
If you’ve read this far and want to see what we’ve built, let me give you a tour!
Hi! Welcome to the tour! I’m Dr. Powers, and this is my clinic!
In the main lobby, there is a full-size custom arcade machine that pretends to be a yet unreleased title “The Drs. Powers And The Starcats”.
The cats have free rein of the office. Also, every exam room has a SNES classic in it to play while you wait!
Phoenix Arcturus Powers is the resident Savannah cat, and he works on Mondays and Thursdays. He is the half brother of Arcturus Aldebaran Powers, the tallest cat to ever live.
Phoenix basks in the rainbow sunbeams.
Exam room 1, we have special prism film on the windows which produces rainbows when it’s sunny out.
At our clinic, you check in using your initials only. You are then assigned an Amiibo (the name is printed on the bottom if you don’t know the character). Then, when it’s your turn to be called back, my MA will say “Pikachu!” and you come back to the exam room. This way, no matter who is in the lobby at the same time as you, your privacy is maximally preserved.
Phoenix likes to hang out at the nurses’ station and receive pets from patients passing by.
Phoenix is aggressively friendly, and is very demanding for pets and attention from anyone who approaches him.
Panoramic view of the lobby, we have a big screen TV out there which streams multiple streaming services and also has a SNES Classic. On this day someone had queued up Sword Art Online from Crunchyroll
Surrounding the nurses’ station are nano leaf light panels that have an animated ever-flowing rainbow pattern.
Panoramic view of the lobby
The cats tend to really like room 1 due to its warm spot near the windows.
There are many rainbows around the office.
Sometimes the therapy cats have received sufficient pets for the day, and need to take a break to their heated bed.
Behind Polaris on the counter is a question block box. Being as we didn’t need to spend any money on advertising as the clinic was instantly so popular, we instead put someone’s name in the bin when they refer a person who establishes care. Then, we draw names during the month to give away prizes like a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL.
We have a community board where patients or their families can post up whatever they like. Polaroids of the art chalkboard from every month also get posted here.
Lobby big screen
Front desk check-in. I’m really into bitcoin and have been for a very long time, so we accept it at our clinic!
We have a chalkboard where patients can draw whatever they like. It gets erased on the 1st of every month.
The lobby and every exam room have multi-chargers in place for your convenience.
Another view of the main lobby.
Receptionists desk. Yes, she has a gaming desktop and razer hardware such as her chroma keyboard.
The Guinness world record certificates for my late cats, Arcturus Aldebaran Powers and Cygnus Regulus Powers
The anatomy of Mario at weigh-in.
You’re liable to run into a big cat lounging on an exam table upon entering the room!
Close shot of the anatomy of Mario from Etsy: PipperilloStudios
The back wall has x-rays of the various consoles and gaming controllers
Close up shot of one of the x-rays
Myself, my MA, and whatever resident/med student I have rotating with me for the day all use Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptops with full chroma keyboards as our work laptops.
Exam room 1
Chrono trigger shadowbox. The canisters on the shelf contain my tongue depressors and so on.
The wall in room 1
Super Metroid menu outside exam room 2
Exam room 2
Legend of Zelda shadowbox art
Similar canisters to room 1
Rupee succulent planters from Etsy: HylianWords
Exam room 3 (procedure room)
The countertop of exam room 3
More exam room 3
Another shot of the nano leaf setup around the nurses’ station
When you refer a patient and that person establishes care, your name goes on a blank card and into this bin. Once or twice a month I draw a name out and that person gets a gaming console. Usually a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL
Hyperion Procyon Powers enjoying the rainbow sunbeams
Phoenix works Monday and Thursday, Hyperion Tuesday, and Polaris Wednesday. On Fridays, both Hyperion and Polaris come.
Sometimes over lunch I take a little gaming break.
My wonderful receptionist Laura and my amazing medical assistant Stacy! I couldn’t have made this place without them.
Anyways, thanks for checking us out! We are currently full, and do have a waiting list for anyone who wishes to become a new patient. The list is first come first served, and so as patients move away, we get less busy, or we manage to expand and hire another provider we will pull people off the waiting list.
This post was published with the permission of Dr. William Powers
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It was a subculture shaped by communism, inspired by the west and watched by the KGB. A new documentary charts the movements charismatic leaders, conflicts and future
In 1968, Aksel Lampmann was a teenager growing up in Soviet Estonia. That summer, he went to an international camp, where he met students from Czechoslovakia and began listening to the Beatles. He didnt understand the lyrics (No one spoke English back then), but loved the sound. We had no clue what they were singing about. What a strange vibration!
He learned guitar and grew his hair. By 1969, Lampmann had become a full-blown Soviet hippy. The iron curtain made a road trip to the US impossible, so he hitchhiked from his home in the Baltics to Crimea. Our lives were more colourful, more alive, he says. Other people didnt have the same encounters or emotions.
Lampmann is one of the stars of Soviet Hippies, a film by the Estonian writer and director Terje Toomistu about a lost period in Soviet history. The documentary explores a subculture that was inspired by the west yet distinctly homegrown existing in a society shaped by communism and watched over by the KGB.
In the west, nobody was arrested simply for having long hair or wearing strange clothes, Toomistu explains. The USSR, by contrast, wanted complete control of its citizens lives: how people worked, dressed, or even danced. Anyone who rejected the Homo sovieticus model could be in big trouble, including having their hair forcibly cut.
The Soviet hippy movement emerged in Moscow and Leningrad around 1966 and 1967, in the early years of Leonid Brezhnevs rule. The first red hippies were the sons or daughters of the privileged Soviet nomenklatura well-behaved kids from elite families. They had access to music from the capitalist world and to jeans. By the early 70s, the movement had grown sufficiently big and unruly to alarm the authorities though it probably only ever numbered a few thousand, Toomistu says. The secret police began tailing the long-haired to school. In June 1971, the hippies were given permission to demonstrate against the Vietnam war outside the US embassy in Moscow.
This was a trap. The KGB rounded up and arrested demonstrators, with the goal of wiping out hippy culture. Some demonstrators were sent to psychiatric facilities and injected with insulin; others dispatched to the army and camps near the Chinese border. The film re-creates this grim clampdown and uses surveillance photos found in KGB archives in Lithuania.
According to Lampmann, harassment by the police and KGB was common. One of my close friends ended up in prison, he says. Hippies were persecuted under criminal rather than political law. They could find themselves sharing a cell with gangsters and murderers. To avoid arrest, Lampmann always kept his documents in perfect order.
By the late 70s, the hippies had developed a counterculture, with Russian slang and a music scene. There was what Toomistu calls analogue Facebook notebooks listing names and numbers of contacts across the USSR, used by travellers seeking somewhere to crash for the night. This network is gloriously animated in the film, which features psychedelic drawings and cartoons.
Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, is disclosing $12 million in Series B funding.
Backing the round is Ingka Group (a strategic partner to the Ikea franchisee system), Mustard Seed, Circularity Capital, D: Ax and The Ingenious Group. It follows a recent $8 million loan from The European Investment Bank (EIB), meaning that Winnow has added $20 million of capital in the last month.
Counting global clients such as Ikea and the Armani Hotel in Dubai, Winnow is on a mission to offer the hospitality industry technology to help cut down on food waste by making commercial kitchens “smarter.” Its latest Winnow Vision product automates waste tracking by using computer vision to track what food is being discarded and therefore enabling kitchens to make better inventory decisions.
Notably, the Winnow system claims to have already reached and surpassed human levels of accuracy in identifying food being thrown away. “This means for clients, over time, these systems will enable their kitchens to automatically register food waste without any human interaction. Food will be thrown in the bin and the data will be captured automatically,” says the company.
More broadly, the idea, as Winnow founder and CEO Marc Zornes likes to put it, is that what gets measured, gets managed. The startups says that kitchens using Winnow tend to see a 40-70% reduction in food waste within 6-12 months, driving food cost savings between 2-8% in total.
Citing its main costs as “hardware and service delivery for each unit deployed,” Zornes says Winnow will use the new cash injection to further improve its technology and focus on “doubling down” on product development. This will include investing in new QA engineers to enhance development, through to front-end developers to improve its reporting features.
Biden leads among African Americans but Warren has gained ground with ambitious policy plans and hours-long selfie lines
Linda Edwards is the family authority on all matters of politics. Every election year,she watches the news, studies the candidates, attends campaign events and renders a verdict.
A year before the 2020 election, the 68-year-old retired pharmacist from Charlotte has her work cut out: 19 Democrats vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Yet with five months left before voting begins in the primary race, Edwards says she is ready to make an endorsement.
Elizabeth Warren is the absolute greatest, Edwards said of the Massachusetts senator after waiting for more than an hour to take a selfie with her at a recent campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I always had her at the top of the list but she is the No 1 now. I totally support her.
Since entering the race nine months ago, Warren has steadily gained ground with ambitious policy proposals, a decision to swear-off high-dollar fundraising events and her hours-long selfie lines. But if she is to win the nomination, it will likely be with the help of African American voters such as Edwards, part of an increasingly powerful and decisive constituency in the Democratic party.
A spate of recentpolls show Warren edging past Joe Biden in the first two early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, home to predominantly white electorates. But in South Carolina, where African American voters make up an estimated 60% of Democratic primary voters, Biden still enjoys a wide lead.
In South Carolina, known as the Palmetto State, which holds the first in the south primary on 29 February next year, Biden leads Warren by 21 points, according to a CNN poll released this week. Although they draw the same share of support from white primary voters in the state, 45% of black Democrats back Biden compared to just 4% who favor Warren.
I dont know how anyone can become the Democratic nominee or the next president of the United States, for that matter without strong, across-the-board support from African American voters, said Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist in South Carolina, who is not aligned with a candidate. South Carolina is the first test of that support.
The event at Clinton College in Rock Hill on Saturday highlighted the challenge for Warren as she works to introduce herself to African Americans in the state.
Despite the unbearable heat and humidity, nearly 1,400 attended her outdoor rally, and hundreds stayed afterward for selfies. Yet the crowd that blanketed the campus of this historically black college was overwhelmingly white.
The fall season is in full swing, and I’ve been making the most of it by enjoying plenty of seasonal festivities. Of course, the quickest way to celebrate the changing colors of fall is to indulge in all the limited-edition food and drinks. Ever since Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte was released in August, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for more pumpkin-flavored products. Luckily, there’s plenty I’ve discovered, and you can now satisfy your daily pumpkin spice latte fix from the comfort of your own home. These 6 pumpkin-flavored coffee creamers for fall 2019 will be staples in your kitchen, because you never know when you’ll need that PSL fix.
One of the most buzzed about pumpkin-flavored coffee creamers this year is from Starbucks. The announcement about the Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer came a few weeks after they unveiled a new line of speciality latte-inspired creamers, including Caramel Macchiato, the White Chocolate Mocha, and Cinnamon Dolce Latte. According to the coffee company, the new Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer is inspired by the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. It sounds like fans are just loving at-home coffee products inspired by the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which totally makes sense since brewing your own cup of joe is a great cost-saving measure. Especially since Starbucks also released Pumpkin Spice K-Cups this year, making coffee at home has seriously become easier than ever. Just pop in your K-Cup to your Keurig and you’ll get a coffee brew that evokes pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top it off with your Pumpkin Spice Creamer and voila, it’s the complete Pumpkin Spice Latte experience at home.
Even though Starbucks has such a stronghold on pumpkin spice-flavored drinks, it’s good to know that there are plenty of other options on the market for coffee creamers this season. If you’re a vegan or just prefer a non-dairy diet, you can opt for an almond milk or dairy-fee creamer. Before narrowing down your fall shopping list, check out these popular coffee creamers for 2019.
Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice flavor coffee creamer has a spicy pumpkin flavor that’s lightly sweetened. It’s lactose-free, and, per its description on the Target website, it “transforms your coffee into creamy deliciousness.”
2. International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer
The new coffee creamer flavor at Starbucks features pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and per its description on the Target website, it’s great in hot or cold drinks. So, your iced PSL habit doesn’t have to end in the fall.
This dairy-free sip boasts a nutty flavor thanks to the almond milk, and the seasonal tilt comes from the pumpkin flavor.
Whether you’re looking for a non-dairy or dairy option, it’s good to know about the quality offering of pumpkin spice-flavored creamers on the market. In no time, you’ll be celebrating the cozy fall season with a warm cup of pumpkin-flavored coffee. And if you’re going all out, a dollop of whipped cream on top is always a good idea.
Pakistani court sentences Mohammed Wasim Azeem to life but acquits four others
A Pakistani court has convicted the brother of the social media star Qandeel Baloch of her murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
Baloch, 26, was found strangled in 2016 in her home near the city of Multan. She was killed shortly after posting risque pictures on Facebook of herself with a Muslim cleric, Mufti Abdul Qawi, who was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder.
Balochs brother Mohammed Wasim Azeem had confessed to killing her, telling reporters he had no remorse, of course he had murdered her, and her behaviour had been intolerable.
Their father blamed the cleric for instigating the killing, in which Azeem drugged and strangled his sister as their parents slept downstairs.
There’s no doubt that ’90s trends have made a magnificent comeback, and thank goodness for that, because IMO, those were some of the best years for style. The choker necklaces, the super faded denim — these are just some of the keepers from the decade that have returned in full force. Of course, a ’90s fan could never forget about Lisa Frank designs, the colorful creations that made everything from folders to backpacks way more trendy. Thankfully, Hotels.com’s Lisa Frank Flat will let you relive your ’90s dreams in the new Lisa Frank decorated penthouse. Featuring your favorite rainbows and unicorns, this colorful retreat of your middle-school dreams will be available to book as of Oct. 11.
Located at the Barsala Flat in Downtown Los Angeles, The Lisa Frank Flat is a custom ’90s room by Hotels.com that’ll transport you to a scene from one of Lisa Frank’s notebooks. Grab your BFFs, because it’s time for a serious staycation at the Lisa Frank Flat. The penthouse is truly one of a kind, and it welcomes you with a spacious lounge area that’s perfect for gathering with your pals. Whether you order in pizza or catch a flick on the television, this multi-purpose space will be your go-to for socializing and sleepover activities. The vibrant kitchen is seriously retro and comes with a minibar stacked with snacks, so I suggest you come hungry. The minibar even includes the most iconic ’90 snack: Planterz Cheez Balls. The cheddar-coated corn puffs, which returned to shelves in 2018 after being discontinued in 2006, are undoubtedly a staple of the decade’s party food.
The meticulous detail of the Lisa Frank penthouse is what sets this apart other rooms. It looks like every inch of the flat is just packed with color and psychedelic designs, and you’ll be able on your own stationery with Lisa Frank designs in the office area. There, you’ll have your very own pencils, folders, and trapper keepers. In Lisa Frank’s world, even the bathroom is a magical experience — it’s decked out with an LED rainbow shower and decorated with a Lisa Frank dolphin, so you’ll feel like you’re really under the sea.
When you’re ready to hit the sack (because even in this wonderful dreamland, it’s a good idea to get some shut-eye) you’ll get plenty of privacy in the bedroom, where you can comfortably lounge in the Lisa Frank sleepwear, which includes a robe, slipper set, and eye mask for each guest. The light-up canopy bed in the room is covered in plush Lisa Frank bedding, so getting a good’s night rest will be a breeze.
If those looks like your dream vacay, you can book the flat from Oct. 11 through Oct. 27, 2019, on the Hotels.com Lisa Frank Flat website. For $199 a night, you’ll be able to get the full ’90s experience at the spacious Barsala Penthouse. As a ’90s kid myself, the Lisa Frank flat is totally making me nostalgic about the trends from my childhood. From the funky designs to the grungy fashion, these blasts from the past scattered all about the penthouse will instantly take you back to another era.
Cost: $139.90, plus $20 for optional rechargeable battery.Pack of 4 refills for $29.90.
Safe, non-flame, aromatic diffuser
Can blend scents on the fly
Connects to smart homes
Ships with cord for US, UK, or EU; rechargeable battery optional
Scents and persistence noise may lead to headaches
Wasteful pod delivery system
Difficulty connecting to app and smart home
Physical buttons not well designed
App for Android, iOS
Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri
Adapters available for U.S., E.U., and U.K.
Available in white and black
Creating a pleasant atmosphere takes more than an eye for design and a couple of dimmer switches. How a space smells matters: Is your space inviting, calming, or even clean. The Moodo is a new electric aroma diffuser that gives you control over the scent in the air. Its a tabletop device that connects to an app and smart home so you can control it through Siri, Alexa, or Google Home. It has four slots where you drop in scent capsules, which you mix to your noses content. The capsules come in sets of four, with aromas such as Precious Spices, Grandma Vanilla, and Midnight Thrill.
Other smart aroma diffusers on the market and there arent many use essential oils rather than capsules, which means you cant mix scents on the fly. You have to decide what scents to add ahead of time. With Moodo, you can turn up the Sea Breeze and add in a bit of Sweet Sand right from your phone.
When actually put to the test, however, Moodo disappointed. The pods emit fumes that gave me mild headaches. I never managed to connect the device to my phone, much less my smart home setup, despite several attempts. The capsules look similar to coffee pods, and they seem just as wasteful.
Look and feel (and smell): 2.5/5
The Moodo is about the size of a square box of tissues. It stands a little taller than 3.75 inches, with a length and width of about 4.75 inches each. It comes in black and white. You can choose a plug for a U.S., U.K., or E.U. outlet, and you can add an optional rechargeable battery ($20).
How you choose to orient the Moodo depends on whether you intend to use the physical buttons. You dont need them if you control it through the app and your smart home. The face containing the buttons also has a port for the plug. So if the buttons face out, so does the cord.
The top of the Moodo has four round slots where you add the scent capsules. Each slot corresponds to a button on the face, similar to a range top. A volume button increases and decreases the amount of scent released. Theres a power button at the bottom.
When you turn the device on and fire up one or more of the pod slots, a fan engages. Its a noticeable whir, and I really couldnt stand it.
I also found the capsules noxious. I set up the device on a countertop that straddles an open-plan kitchen-living-dining room. When the Moodo was on, I had a low-grade headache the entire time, no matter which scents I chose. When it was off, I could still smell the pods, but only faintly. The whole time it was in my house, I wanted nothing more than to crack a window.
As a plug-and-play device, the Moodo worked right out of the box. Everything about it made sense. The capsules fit into place effortlessly. I could figure out the buttons without looking at the manual. The buttons could be friendlier, however. Theyre rubbery and dont fully depress and release, but rather engage when you mash them in and cross your fingers.
Try as I might, I could not get the Moodo to connect to my phone or my Google Home-enabled smart home. There are two sets of directions: a standard set and another for ver 1.0. How do you know if you have version 1.0? Im not sure. Theres no information about it.
I tried both instructions and still always ended up on a fail screen. I did manage to see a Moodo WiFi network, but connecting to it (or connecting it to my home network) just didnt happen. It was frustrating.
With the app, you can engage or squelch any of the installed capsules at any time. You can dial them up and down. You can even opt-in to a random mix to shake up your nostrils. Be sure youve put in capsule aromas that blend well together! Im not sure I want to smell sandalwood, vanilla, orange, and rose at the same time.
Performance and power: 3/5
If you opt for the battery, you should be able to use the Moodo for about seven hours before having to recharge. A pack of four capsules lasts about two months when used regularly. That breaks down to about two weeks per pod. Keep that in mind if you find one particular scent you like.
Moodos aromas definitely fill a room. My open space measures around 21 by 35 feet with 9-foot ceilings, and I could easily catch the scent from anywhere in that area.
As a point of comparison, I set up a little water-based diffuser in my office. Its the kind where you light a candle beneath a shallow bowl of water containing a few drops of essential oil. I found that aroma much more pleasant and less harsh than Moodos. It didnt fill the room with quite the same power, although Im glad it didnt. When it comes to smells, sometimes more powerful isnt what you want.
One advantage of Moodo, however, is theres no flame and thus almost nil chance that itll start a fire.
Overall rating: 3/5
In my home, Im going to stick to essential oils, lavender sachets, and baking the occasional batch of cookies for aroma. Those smells are more pleasant on my nose (and dont cause headaches), and they create minimal waste compared to Moodos capsule system.
The Moodo isnt for me, and its tough to recommend for anyone else. If you arent sensitive to odors that cause headaches and you like to play around with potent scents, it might be a device to consider. Given all its setbacks and $100+ price, its difficult to recommend with enthusiasm.