Itaki Pro Electric Lunch Box Steamer Review

You know how you get those adverts on Instagram for various gadgets that seem too good to be true? Well, I get them all the time. A little while before Christmas I started seeing adverts from Wowzone for something called the Itaki Pro, which is an electric lunch box. You might ask what an electric lunch box is. How is it electric? Why does it need to be electric? Well, read on to find out.

itaki pro lunch box steamer review

Disclaimer: I have NOT been paid or given any incentives to write this review. I’m writing it because there was a real lack of reviews online about this product, but I noticed on social media that there was a lot of interest in it. This is the review I wish someone had written.

I find lunchtime is difficult. I used to sit at my desk with flat sandwiches that had been squashed in my bag during the morning or, if I was feeling brave, I’d risk using the office microwave to heat a can of soup. That was risky business because I doubt that thing ever got cleaned unless I did it. There was one other option; the McDonalds across the street from where I worked. I’ve just never really been into that kind of junk food though. I never eat burgers or fizzy drinks and their salads are extortionately priced. Now that I’m a home worker, I just grab whatever is in the fridge – usually leftovers or some kind of weird concoction of what’s lying around or in the freezer. Lunch is NOT that exciting, so I needed to find some new ideas for the new year.

itaki pro lunch box steamer review

There’s also the fact that I’m going on my travels this year. I have some trips planned and as someone who suffers from food allergies, I am going to struggle with hotel visits. Not everywhere understands the need for total avoidance of one specific food, where even traces can cause a serious problem. The easiest solution for me in the past has been to visit a resort with self-catering accommodation and a good supermarket nearby. If I had an electric lunchbox and a few staple ingredients, could short breaks become easier? Only if it works, is the answer.

Step forward the Itaki Lunch Box. It’s what they call a bento box and if you don’t know what that is, you’re not alone because I didn’t know before a few weeks ago. It’s adequate for cooking a single portion of food. How it works is that it steams the food, so you only need to add a small amount of water. This is good for several reasons:

  • It’s one of the healthiest ways to cook your food as it holds in the nutrients
  • You’re not adding fat so again, that’s good for your health
  • You can add the food to the box, switch it on and leave it to cook while you work
  • It’s easy to clean as there isn’t greasy fats to wash off

itaki pro lunch box steamer review

I ordered the pink one but it comes in a range of colours, namely orange, blue, black and lilac. There are also two types of Itaki lunch box. There’s the Itaki Pro and the Itaki Classic. The difference isn’t obvious but the Pro has an updated design with graphics on the front (cute, but really not necessary), larger capacity and upgraded features. That’s all the information I can find on the differences. They do seem to be a slightly different shape but without seeing both, I can’t give you any more specific details.

itaki pro lunch box steamer review

One of the first things I liked was that when ordering I got to choose the voltage and plug pin type. I chose UK, although really I should have picked EU because that’s where I’ll be travelling most. However, I can use it at home and on my road trips for now and worry about the EU plugs later. Despite choosing UK, it doesn’t arrive with a UK 3-pin plug. It arrives with the Asian style of plug and a travel adaptor. Not a huge issue and not really a problem, but it’s worth noting that they don’t supply you with a different plug, just an adaptor.

So, I ordered this on Boxing Day (26th December) and chose the cheapest shipping option. It arrived on 4th January. That was much quicker than I had expected. It arrives with a navy blue/white bag for easy transportation. The bag is only big enough for the lunch box and not the cable and adaptor though, so clearly that hasn’t been thought through. I’d like to see that updated. Inside the plastic lunch box there’s a large metal bowl, a smaller metal bowl and an egg tray that holds four eggs. Since I’m not going to be cooking eggs in it, I haven’t tested this part but I’m sure there are reviews out there that review egg cooking. I can’t find them but they probably exist on YouTube or somewhere. There’s also a little plastic measuring cup. Do NOT lose this cup. It’s going to be vitally important to using this device.

salmon broccoli itaki steamer

How it works is that you put two cups of water in the bottom of the Itaki lunch box. The large bowl sits on top of that water, but not in it. It’s slightly raised from the bottom. Then the small bowl sits on top of the larger bowl. You close it all up, switch it on and leave it for half an hour or an hour – depending on how much you’re cooking and what you’re cooking. It switches itself off if the water boils dry, which I really like. It’s quite a handy safety feature and I have tested this out to make sure it works. It does.

On opening, I got really excited to see how the Itaki Pro worked and wanted to try it right away. So, I got cooking! The first thing I tried was some plain basmati rice and some broccoli. I made the rookie mistake of putting the rice in the top bowl. You’re going to want to put the rice or whatever grain you’re using in the bottom bowl with a cup of water to soak up. This is because the water from the steaming (remember that cup or two that you’ve put in the bottom?) will drop into the top bowl naturally when it condenses. You don’t need to put any water in that bowl. The food in the larger bottom bowl doesn’t get that water. It gets heat. The best way to cook is to have the rice down there and the meat and vegetables in the smaller top bowl.

itaki pro lunch box steamer review

On my first attempt, I left it cooking for half an hour. I found that it cooked everything well and it was all moist. That wasn’t a meal I was planning to eat though. One isolated try is different from using it in the real world. I decided to cook some lunches in it. It had to be food that I would really eat and most importantly, it had to be food that I wouldn’t have otherwise cooked because of the inconvenience of using multiple pots and ovens. That’s the true test of whether it’s worth buying, right?

On Monday I made myself some rice, chicken breast and carrots. It was switched on for around an hour and then it went dry. The chicken wasn’t 100% cooked. I don’t know if I had cut it into chunks that were too big or if I had piled it high and it needed to be separated. Not a problem though. I just put in another cup of water and left it for another 20 minutes. I’m really pleased with how the meal turned out. I enjoyed it and steaming is so much better than boiling. There’s a different flavour when you steam.

On Tuesday, I made myself some salmon, broccoli and more rice. This cooked quicker this time. Forty minutes was sufficient. That includes the time it takes for the water to heat up and start steaming, because obviously the water is cold when you pour it in. The salmon was perfect. The rice was a little sticky both days. I’ve been using a cup of rice and two cups of water, but I might try three tomorrow.

So, after using it for two days, I can say that I really like this steamer. Here are the pros and cons:


  • It cooks the food really well
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It looks cute
  • It’s lightweight and will be easy to transport
  • I think it’s reasonably priced at $49.95


  • It’s difficult to know, without opening it up, whether the food is cooked
  • There’s no insulation so it’s hot to touch
  • The portion sizes might be a little small for some (they’re fine for me though, I’m a light eater)
  • The recipe book that comes with the lunch box has very few recipes in it

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this electric lunch box. I give it a solid 9/10. This could be improved by the addition of a clear top so you can see if the food is cooked and some kind of insulation to ensure that if you touch it from the outside when it’s in use, it won’t burn. I’d also like a car adaptor so I can use it on the move.

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There’s also the fact that I might get a little sick of eating rice. I’m planning to try some soft straight-to-wok noodles or potatoes in it, as well as couscous. I don’t think pasta would work though. That might require a little more power. Time will tell and a lot of the cooking I do in it will be trial and error.

If you’re interested in trying the Itaki Pro, you can head to Wowzone to check it out. There are also lots of other brands available on Amazon if you search for electric lunch box.


JML Handy Heater Personal Space Heater Review

It was Hogmanay 2019. Which is New Year’s Eve if you’re not in Scotland. We were getting ready to light some fireworks that night and start the new year off right. Then something scary happened. We went into our conservatory and switched on our old heater, which is twelve years old and has served us well. As soon as the electricity fired into it, a bright orange flame blasted out from the bottom of it onto our laminate flooring. It had caught fire, simply by being switched on. It was time to throw it out and get a new one. The problem was that it was just after Christmas and we were broke. We had already allocated all of the December wage for the next month. We had exactly twenty pounds of disposable income. What were we going to do? Well, we went to the local Original Factory Shop hoping to get something for that price or just a little more – we wouldn’t mind going a few pounds overdrawn. We spied the JML Handy Heater and decided to take a chance on it. After all, JML is a brand we know and have purchased from before. For the avoidance of doubt, before I go any further, I should point out that this is not a sponsored post. I have not been paid anything to write this and I have no affiliation with JML. My only incentive for writing this article is that JML reviews tend to get a ton of hits on the blog!

JML Handy Heater Review

So, it cost us £19.99 which seemed like a reasonable price, so long as it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s quite a small device and doesn’t come with any kind of cable. It has the three-pin plug attached to it, so you don’t have to worry about tripping over anything. It’s maybe about six inches high, so it is quite compact. The on/off switch is red and sits on the right hand side of the device. On the top is a digital temperature setting with plus and minus buttons for adjusting the temperature. When you first switch it on, it goes straight to 32C which seems quite hot. There’s also a speed button because this heater has two speed settings. And finally, there’s a timer button in case you want to set a timer to switch it off after a set amount of time.

JML Handy Heater Review

So, like I said, this plugs directly into the wall without cables, which isn’t a good feature. I had originally thought it was but it’s difficult to switch on or off at the mains because the device is so close to the socket. You have to use a mains power outlet. You can’t plug it in to a car or a USB port, so it’s no good for using on the move or camping. It is only for home use. They also advise that you don’t use an extension cord or a power strip. That’s good advice. You wouldn’t want to have this connected to an extension cord anyway because it’s supposed to heat a small room, right?

JML Handy Heater Review

Also, something interesting that has been recommended by the packaging is that you leave at least 20cm of space between the heater and the flooring or whatever surface is directly below. The heat seems to come out from the front of it from what I can tell, but if they are advising to leave space below the heater, there must be a reason for that. Perhaps it heats up sometimes from the underside.

JML Handy Heater Review

This is marketed as a personal space heater and I can see why. When I plugged it in, it didn’t do much to heat my conservatory. It was on for a whole hour and hardly made any difference at all, even at the highest power setting. That’s disappointing. After all, my conservatory is really small, approximately 8ft x 8ft. It has very little impact, so we ended up taking it out of the conservatory and taking the imitation stove heater from our kitchen and relocating it into the conservatory instead. So, the JML Handy Heater has gone into the kitchen instead.

JML Handy Heater Review

It definitely makes more impact in that room. Despite being bigger, it isn’t reaching extreme colds like the small conservatory did. The JML Handy Heater is our only heater in the kitchen and it does a good enough job. It takes the chill off the air. The thing about this device is that it heats the space three or four feet around where it is but not much further than that. So, if you’re in an office and your menopausal workmates keep having hot flushes and opening windows, a JML Handy Heater is a great solution because it heats you and only you, whereas most radiators would heat a wide space.

For under £20 this is a good enough buy. I’ve been using it for over a week now and I’m happy with the impact that it makes on my kitchen, taking the chill off the air. I was disappointed that it didn’t heat my small conservatory but that’s because I hadn’t properly understood what the heater does and what it’s meant for. Here’s a list of pros and cons.


  • Cheap at only £19.99
  • Compact
  • Has no cables
  • Has a timer
  • Switches itself off when it reaches the desired temperature


  • Only heats a limited area close to the device
  • Gets hot to the touch, so you must be careful when switching it off
  • Could be improved with a clock and a way of setting a timer for it to come on
  • Would benefit from a design change to allow easier access to the socket to switch it on and off

Overall, I would give this 6/10 and would say that it’s a good investment if you use it as intended. However, it isn’t as powerful as I would have liked and if a more powerful version is released, I would try that. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become a fire hazard like the one I had to throw out. Time will tell. You can buy it at Asda, The Original Factory Shop and all the other usual places were JML products are sold.

Have you tried the JML Handy Heater? Let me know in the comments below!

Beaphar Calming Spot On For Anxious Dogs Review

This blog is fast becoming a dog blog, given the amount of posts I write about Rum, my 4-year-old Jack Russell, and I make no apologies. He is a valued member of our family and we treat him accordingly. Luke calls him his brother. Alex’s chest puffs proudly whenever anyone compliments Rum and as for me, well, I started up an Instagram account for him. That’s right. I am one of those dog owners. I thought it might be a good idea to include the dog products we buy in some of the reviews that I’m writing, so today I am reviewing Beaphar Calming Spot On, a product for anxious dogs.

rum dog jack russell therapy dog

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid for review. I bought this product off my own back, with my own money from Amazon, so I haven’t been sponsored. There are affiliate links in the review though, so if you make a purchase after clicking on the links in this review, I make a small amount of commission. Please note that all prices I’ve quoted and information provided is based on my location in the UK. I’ve included a link to the product in the international Amazon store at the bottom of this post.

Rum’s politically correct job title is “Emotional Support Animal.” That means that although we refer to him as a therapy dog, he isn’t qualified through training or accreditation from a professional body, but one of the main reasons we decided to get a dog was so that he could support our family emotionally. Isn’t the same true for many pet owners? Luke’s speech skills increased dramatically after Rum joined us. That’s why it is important to us that Rum is as emotionally stable as possible. We can’t have Luke being emotionally supported by an animal who needs support himself. He’s always been quite the tough guy, until recently when like many dogs, he suffered a traumatic experience with another member of his species. There’s not a lot I can say about the incident and I would like to focus on what we can do to help Rum now and part of his recovery and healing process is getting his confidence back. Anxious dog training sounds expensive and time consuming and it’s better to deal with any fears he might have right away.

jack russell terrier

There are lots of other reasons why someone would need anxiety medication for dogs though. Thunderstorms were a problem for our old dog, as was travelling in the car and bringing a new person into the house. She hated me to begin with and she never warmed to Luke either. Rum gets a bit scared visiting kennels. He’s more of a people-dog than a dog-dog, if you know what I mean? He thinks he’s one of us and he gets scared by other animals.

I was looking for a product that would help Rum get back to his old self and enjoy walks and going outdoors again. I had heard you can buy dog anxiety medication over the counter and read about herbal products that can calm animals. Every time I Googled “How to calm an anxious dog” the same advice about trying something herbal first came up. It’s just like the way we humans might use aromatherapy oils, so I headed to Amazon to do some research into what was available.

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The product I chose was Beaphar Calming Spot On. I picked this because firstly, it was the cheapest product of its type. Also, it was available for next day delivery and was covered by Prime, so I wouldn’t have to pay postage. We really care about Rum and want to get the best products possible for him, but we’re also on a budget. It’s January and like many people, Christmas has cleaned out the bank account. I also liked the fact that the box of Beaphar Calming Spot On we bought contains a three week supply of the product. I decided to take a chance.

So, I had expected that it would be like the instant anxiety relief treatments I use myself that I take on my tongue. But of course, this is a treatment for dogs and it’s much easier to have something that you can put onto their skin and fur. Beaphar Calming Spot On comes with three pipettes of 0.7ml and is composed of natural Valerian extract. If you use a spot on flea treatment, you have to be careful that you put this in a different place. The box recommends that you put this between the ears once a week. The valerian extract activates within one hour and if the dog gets wet, you have to re-apply it. This is because they won’t get the full effect.

Firstly, I like the fact that you only have to apply this once per week. There are times of the year, for example Bonfire Night, when dogs get jittery. And, of course, people like to have fireworks parties on different days leading up to and after the event, don’t they? It’s a pain having to deal with the problem every day in October, just in case somebody’s celebrating early. So, you could start this treatment in the middle of October and you’d have enough to keep you going until a few days after 5th November when, you would hope, people stop spending their money on fireworks and start spending it on Christmas shopping. For the record, I love fireworks and Bonfire Night and I am fully in favour of fireworks but as a responsible dog owner, I think it’s a good idea to only sell only low volume fireworks to the public, like sparklers, Catherine Wheels, fountains etc. and keep the bigger, louder ones for organised displays. It’s not just dogs who get frightened by them. My elderly neighbour does and I know it’s a problem for some autistic people too.

The next thing I like is that this is a completely natural dog anxiety product. I don’t want to have to seek out expensive medicines from the vet. I like the convenience of buying something like this over the counter. I also like that it is a non-invasive anxiety treatment. Getting dogs to eat things can be tricky. For example, Rum really needs his painkillers at the moment, but he isn’t eating them in his bowl. We have to go to stupid lengths to get him to eat the medicine. This is just a dot on his head. It’s happened before he even knows it and it won’t taste unpleasant or be painful.

Beaphar Calming Spot On is a product that reduces the symptoms of anxiety. Note that it won’t stop your dog feeling anxious or make them love things that usually frighten them. It’s not a magic potion. But it will alleviate some of the symptoms like excessive barking, shaking, inappropriate marking and destructive behaviour. One of Rum’s anxiety symptoms is barking. He gets vocal when he’s scared. He also shakes and sometimes, cuddles just don’t cut it. He needs something more.

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Although Jack Russells are not typically one of the anxious dog breeds, we’ve now had two of them and our first dog, Bidean, ended up on dog anxiety medication when she was in her teens. She had suffered a few seizures, was going deaf and wasn’t herself. There wasn’t much that could be done for her but we don’t believe in putting down an anxious dog. We nursed her through it with products from the vet which were much stronger than Beaphar Calming Spot On. Ultimately, when her seizures and incontinence became so bad that there was no quality of life for her, she had to cross the rainbow bridge. We still miss her. It was heartbreaking watching her go through that, being so fearful. We don’t want Rum to become the same, certainly not at such a young age. I’m going to keep a box of this in the house at all times now because I’ve come to realise that although he’s our source of emotional support, we live in a world that isn’t kind and some days, he is going to need more than just hugs to get through it.


Do Not Open Until 31st December 2019

I started writing this blog a long time ago. If you’re reading it, the 2010s are over because I have scheduled it to be posted on 31st December 2019 at 9am and most of you are probably going to read it after that date. This post is about all the things I thought I’d achieve during this decade.

1st January 2010

Children: Firstly, I want to have three children. The names I choose are Luke, Jason and Adam for boys. I choose Sasha, Summer and Scarlett for girls.

Money: I want to be earning over £20,000 per year by the end of the decade, or before it hopefully.

Travel: By December 2019, I’ll have visited Hawaii. It was on my wish list for things to do in my twenties and as I write this, I’m 29 and a half. It’s doubtful that I’ll have got there in the next seven months.

Writing: I want to get my novel, The HunE-trap, published. I just know that if I get it out there it will do really well. I’m going to take a copy to every doubter and prove to them that I can do this. I can be a writer.

Career: It would be really great to be a Law Society registered paralegal by the end of the decade. If I haven’t even achieved that then what exactly am I doing with my life? I might even try for the law degree.

Cars: Finally, that lilac convertible VW Beetle, with the cream leather interior, MP3 player and alloy wheels has to be in my life. I’ve been working toward it for so long! It’s probably going to be the first thing I tick off this list.

December 2019 Update

Children: Yeah, there’s only one child. A little boy named Luke. I fell pregnant around six months after writing that list. There won’t be any more children since my husband had the snip just after Luke was born. Post-natal depression kinda killed my broody vibes. I love my son and being pregnant was amazing, but it was the year after he was born I wasn’t too keen on.

Money: Oh, how I would love to be earning £20,000 per year. I’m on Carer’s Allowance and my writing income is crap. I’m currently building my online business and hoping it takes off in 2020. My goal at the start of this year was to earn more than £1,000. It just shows how my expectations have changed.

Travel: I still haven’t been to Hawaii. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I wouldn’t go to Hawaii. How would it be any fun if I can’t take my dog? I’d just go to Devon for a fortnight rather than a week.

Writing: The novel did get published. I went down the indie route, which is something I didn’t even know existed ten years ago. The name changed to The Tangled Web and it got to number 1 in the Amazon Free chart in 2012, which sounds like it was a win, but it was far from it. I went on to write a series of novellas about a cat detective from 2013 onward – Leger McInnes – who is still going strong. After my son, Leger is probably the thing I’m most proud of having done in my life. That cat changed my life. By the time my books were published and climbing the charts, I had forgotten all about my doubters and didn’t smugly hand deliver those paperback copies. I was too busy enjoying my success to worry about what anyone else thought.

Career: The ambition to be a Law Society registered paralegal made me laugh. Not a lot, and not joyfully. I’ll never work as a paralegal again because it made me miserable and that goal was being chased for all the wrong reasons. As for the law degree… nope! Not going to happen. I started working toward a BA in Arts & Humanities but I’m not even sure where I’ll go with that. I have deferred for at least a year. Who knows if I will ever go back. I had a part-time job in the UK’s third-largest building society this summer. I left at the end of August and made a victimisation complaint to HR. I’ve seen my replacement and I don’t know much about her except that she looks young and naive – exactly the kind of person they can push around. Very different to me.

Car: Ah, the lilac VW Beetle is still just a dream. Didn’t Volkswagen stop making Beetles this decade? I’m currently driving a yellow Fiat Panda jellybean on wheels. If I had the money, I’d buy an electric car like the Renault Zoe or the Smart ForFour. Sadly, these cars are just dreams too and as things stand, I don’t have a hope in hell of ever owning them.

So, what’s next…?

Isn’t it strange how a decade can change you, in every way? I’ve been in my 30s for most of the 2010s. My 30s have been the most difficult, painful and disappointing decade of my life so far, but mixed in with all that, there’s been some extreme highs (complete strangers buying and enjoying my books), brilliant new people (Luke <3) and surprising twists that I could never have predicted. Who would have thought I’d end up writing cat sleuth novellas and studying Arts & Humanities? Certainly not the woman who wrote this list of goals back in January 2010!

The only thing that remains the same at the end of this decade is that I’m still here, at this desk, writing blogs.

Happy new year, readers. And happy new decade.

Love Sharon (aka Lacey Dearie, who did not exist 10 years ago) x

PS: Here’s my list of what I want to achieve in the 2020s!

Family: I’d like to see Luke getting a job or going on to further education. I’d also like to see him do something with the talent he has for performance. Alex is going to graduate in 2022 and I’d like to see him go on to be an archaeologist, just like he has dreamed of. I hope Rum is still with us.

Money: I’d like to be debt free, mortgage free and have savings. Ok, if I’m going to shoot for the moon, lets aim to be a six-figure earner at some point this decade. Why not? It’s not outwith the realms of possibility.

Travel: I have my sights set on another trip to Cyprus, a Baltic cruise with my family and a trip to Gibraltar to see the solar eclipse in a few years time. I’d also love to go back to Morocco. My 40th birthday in Devon? Or maybe a trip to London in July to see the e-prix? Either of those would be awesome too.

Writing: I’d love to be writing for television by the end of this decade. Maybe for Warner Brothers? But that’s just a pipe dream. I’m not free to travel for a job like that or commit every second of my life like they would need. I’m maybe a little more modest with my writing dreams now. I’ve learned that my niche is short stories and if I could sell a couple of those a year, that would be success in my eyes. Although sadly, Leger will have to die some time and that is probably happening in this decade. He’s getting on a bit…

Career: I hope I never go back to a 9 to 5 job, but if I do, I hope it’s writing related. I would love to still be writing for a living in one way or another, or maybe own my own publishing company? Just a thought… 

Car: I would love to own a fully electric vehicle this decade. Or anything that doesn’t look like a jelly bean and run like a bag of nails.

10 Creative Ways To Re-Use An Old iPad

Have an old iPad that’s antiquated by Apple’s standards that you intend to throw away? Don’t. That marvellous piece of tech can still enjoy a second life as a device that can do a lot more. Here are ten ideas on how you can reuse before you recycle an old iPad:

  1. eBook and Audiobook Reader

The iPad, regardless of whether it’s the 7.9-inch, 10 inch or 12-inch model, is really good for reading text. It’s ideal for when you need a dedicated eBook or audiobook reader that can hold many digital formats, including magazines and comics.

Get a reader app that supports what you need, including ones that can open PDFs or comic books. Examples include, Apple Books, and Amazon Kindle.

  1. Dedicated In-Car Navigation and Entertainment System

Upgrade your in-car entertainment at a very cost-effective manner by getting a tablet mount and putting it on your dashboard. Your old iPad will have the necessary hardware, including GPS and HDMI out for navigational and connectivity purposes.

This can come in really handy when you’re going on a road trip with kids or to a new location. Save up on having a new GPS dash installed by setting up a perfectly serviceable gadget.

  1. Security Camera

This reuse method will require some kind of adjustable stand or a tripod. Then, walk around the house and see where you can put up a security camera. It can be in the baby’s room as an audio-visual monitor, in the hallway so you can see the comings and goings of family members, or the garage.

Download a free surveillance app that has video recording and 24/7 monitoring features for the best results. Then, you’re good to go!

  1. A Digital Photo Frame

Why spend up to £200 on a 10-inch, high resolution digital picture frame when you have an iPad that can get the job done?

Add a stand and you can have one on your desk, the hallway or the living room. Mount it on a wall and it can be a conversation starter with guests. A slideshow app can put your favourite family photos and vacation pictures up front and centre.

  1. Kitchen Cookbook

Tired of rehashing that same old dinner? With an old iPad hanging on the kitchen wall, you can look up recipes on YouTube or on cooking apps and come up with an entirely new dish that can tickle you and your family’s taste buds!

But that’s not all, the iPad can be a powerful kitchen tool. It can be a unit converter, a timer or a voice-assisted cooking companion that gets activated by saying ‘Hey, Siri’.

  1. Offline Entertainment Device

When the internet goes down, you could be staring into space and be bored in just 2 minutes. Or, you can plan ahead and stuff your old iPad with videos and movies. The beauty of the iPad is that it’s great for media consumption. And while it doesn’t allow for storage expansion, you can easily squeeze in a good 6 to 8 hours’ worth of movies and TV shows in a 32GB model.

Take advantage of apps like Netflix and Prime Video that let you download hours of video entertainment to watch offline at your pleasure. Ideal for individuals and families travelling or on the go with reliable internet connections harder to come by.

  1. Dedicated Music Server

Turn your old iPad into a portable media player. Thanks to apps like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Music, and the like, you can download all your favourite music to listen to offline and wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth headphones or speakers to liven up parties!

  1. Digital News

Imagine having a cup of coffee and flipping on the pages of your…iPad? Install news apps such as Flipboard, Apple News, Feedly, Google News, and the latest podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Pandora, and TuneIn so you can keep up to date with current trends and news happening locally and around the world.

  1. Smart Home Controller

You’ve got a HomeKit, Siri and smart devices such as Wi-Fi lighting, connected appliances and automatic blinds. You’re probably using your smartphone to control them, but a backup device such as your old iPad can come in really handy as a dedicated master control.

Install all the apps on the tablet and mount on the wall with an attached charger. You’ll have a regulator for your home devices without having to look at your mobile.

  1. Second Monitor Display

Having a second monitor has its perks and advantages, and the truth is you won’t have to spend a single cent to make it happen. All you’ll need is an existing device, such as the iPad and an app that can make it function like a second monitor via USB connection or Wi-Fi.

With this setup, you can become more productive and get more work done. Not bad for an old iPad that you intend to throw in the trash!

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*This is a collaborative post edited by Lacey Dearie, but contributed by Plunc*