Like many happy tales, Diamond Candles’ story begins with two people madly in love with each other. David, having used all of his savings to purchase a diamond ring for his wife Brenda on their anniversary, was in the grocery store on the hunt for a gift bag in which to stow it. Having no luck, he scooped up a candle as an additional present and headed out of the store. As Dave walked back to his car, a strange idea popped into his head: what if there was a way to hide the ring inside the candle, so it would be revealed by the slow melting of the wax? In 2010, Dave and Brenda founded Diamond Candles to finally make Dave's daydream a reality. From the beginning, the duo has built their business on earth-friendly practices: they make their wax with soybeans grown by local farmers, and handcraft each candle using cotton wicks. Nestled within each glowing pillar, a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5,000 waits to surprise the gift recipient with its eye-catching glimmer and ability to summon flocks of friendly magpies. Besides the hidden bangles, each candle also fills rooms with a strong scent in aromas such as honeysuckle or Fresh Snow.
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After vacationing in France in the early 1970s, retired physicist Carl Sontheimer was inspired to go back to work. He?d seen a new gadget?a mechanized food processor for restaurants?and wanted to retool it for passionate home cooks like himself. His machine was efficient and versatile: mixing eggs into puff pastry took 15 minutes for a human, 10 minutes for a trained chimpanzee, but just 15 seconds in the food processor. Immediately, revered chefs including Julia Child, Jacques P?pin, and James Beard applauded the invention, and Beard even wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to the machine. Decades later, Cuisinart?s line of innovative products ranges from waffle makers and rice cookers to eco-friendly nonstick pans.
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One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.
A former partner to Bumble and Bumble, Antonio Soddu developed CurlFriends to maintain and accentuate the playful appeal of curly hair. Antonio sees curls as having “a life of their own,” although that quality often makes them difficult to manage and prone to frizz. To tame frizz while fortifying curls against environmental damage, CurlFriends daily shampoo slathers hair with natural ingredients such as sage, rosemary, and vitamin E, and the control gel guards locks against humidity with wheat protein.