Tips + Tricks


Okay, this might be something a lot of you are like, “Duh, I’ve been doing that for years!”, but I’m going to share it with you anyway.

I was in the kitchen cleaning out the fridge, listening to She & Him on my iPhone, and I said to Greg, “We should get some iPhone speakers for the kitchen.” Without saying a word, he brought me a glass, reached over, took my iPhone, cranked up the volume, and put in down in the glass. Woah! The kitchen was immediately filled with music.

Greg just walked out of the room, ignoring my total geek-out moment. He later explained that the concave shape of the glass amplifies the sound and that he saw it on LifeHacker a few years ago (check out that post here). And here I was thinking he was just super genius.

She & Him has a lot of reverb on the vocals, and the glass tends to add a bit more; so I got scientific and switched out the glass for a coffee mug. It’s a bit shorter, so, for some reason, it tunes down the echo effect. I’m sure there’s a long, explanation as to why, but I’m not that smart. I leave that up to Greg – who should probably be the one writing this post come to think of it.

glass as a speaker

I like how I don’t have to have a big bulky speaker on the counter or anything to plug in. It’s a simple and easy solution. It’s so simple it’s silly. Pretty cool, right?

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    March 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Very cool – Way to go Greg!

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    March 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I like to use ceramic bowls. they work GREAT! β™₯

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    Kim Bauer
    March 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’ve never heard of this, but thanks for sharing. This is awesome! I bought a small set of speakers but they sucked. I’m going to try this today while I cook dinner.

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    March 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What a super cool tip, thank you!!


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    Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    March 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is so helpful. I did it one day with a bowl, my husband thought I was crazy, but it works and best of all it’s free πŸ™‚

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    March 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the heads up! I’ve used a bowl before but wasn’t impressed, can’t wait to try it!

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    March 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Such a great tip! Thanks for sharing your geek out moment, :).
    Question… where did you get your glasses?

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      March 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      No problem, haha! They are from Crate&Barrel. They don’t have them on their website anymore, but they might in the store. These are very similar:

      Hope that helps!

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    March 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    *like* – what a great idea!

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    March 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Love this- it’s great when you’re getting ready in a hotel or something where you don’t have your dock etc.

    BTW… I LOVE/DESPERATELY WANT those light blue ceramic vegetable containers in the second picture. Where’d you get yours?

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    Jillian K
    March 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Why didn’t I think of that?! I’ll tell you why….I’m not that smart! Too cool! I WILL be doing this.

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    Trish Hagee
    March 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I really like this idea!

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    March 7, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I saw that on Pintrest like a month ago. Freaked out, showed my husband and got “yeah, I know.” So darn cool!

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    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Love that! My engineer husband might just geek out a little when I show him… πŸ™‚

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    March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    What an incredibly awesome tip!

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    June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Oh, this is great!!

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    July 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I had tried this with a wooden bowl I had on the shelf in the bathroom, but it wasn’t as successful as the glass or ceramic ones. THEN I tossed it into an 8″ silver bowl and Wow!

    Love the feeling of free fixes in the afternoon. ; )

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    April 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    LOVE THIS! I came over from Veronica’s blog post from today. I can’t wait to try it out.

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    July 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    this works. my husband thought i was a genius. then i told him where i saw this trick πŸ˜›

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