Two wonderful new gadgets…or, electrical appliances. The first is a non-essential but I am SO excited about this purchase!
An electric tea kettle.

As you know by now (you should…I’ve talked about it enough!) I drink tea and am very particular about my tea. So when I travel it can be a problem. Hotels and restaurants in the United States simply DO NOT know how to “do” tea. The solution? Bring my own electric kettle and, of course, my loose tea and paper bags.

May I present:

Bonavita Electric Travel Kettle

This baby is just 7″ tall and holds .5 litres or about one pint liquid.
So perfect! It boils in about 2 minutes and has an automatic shut-off.


Next up is this petite but very powerful travel hair dryer:

The BaByliss Pro Travel Hair Dryer

This is my favorite travel hair dryer, hands down. It is powerful, has two speeds, is dual voltage, the handle folds up, and comes with a nozzle. In my opinion, it is the best there is. It’s just 8″ tall with the handle extended, with 1000 watt power.

Take a look HERE and see what you think!



  1. My husband is with you on the tea & travel. I’m taking notes and looking seriously at this kettle. How do you manage in France? Maybe it’s not a problem there, but would love your input😃
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    • Cyndi: I’m using the new kettle here in Maine, at least once a day and LOVE IT. It is just perfect. France, yes, that is a problem. Some hotels (as in the nice Sheraton at CDG!) have a tray in the room with small kettle and the fixins’, but that is more a British thing.

  2. I used to have that brand of hairdryer in that very color, until the finish started to wear off and it began to get a sticky feeling to it. I had to get rid of it. I wouldn’t have but the stickiness was awful. Isn’t that odd? I don’t use hairspray or anything, so I have no idea what could have caused it.
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    • Oh Claudia, how awful. How long was it until that happened? I have to admit that my first hair dryer of this exact model had the folding handle break fairly soon. It just stopped staying propped up/open. It was a pain to operate, so I bought this new one. So far, so good!

  3. Love this tea kettle and hair dryer. Nice post.