Humidifier 101: Why Do I Need a Humidifier

Humidity is a wonderful thing. It provides so many benefits that we often don’t think or know about. Wow your friends – and your doctor for that matter- with these great humidifier factoids.

Dry Air – Both heaters and air conditioners contribute to drying out the air in your home. Using a humidifier adds moisture to the air. This helps to reduce dry skin, nose bleeds and itchy eyes. It also helps prevent wood from splitting, wallpaper from peeling and doors from contracting. Regardless of if you’re preparing for winter or summer, humidifiers are a home must have.

Crane's new 2-in-1 Warm Mist Humidifier and Steam Inhaler. Perfect to relieve dryness in the air and remedy congestion.

Crane’s new 2-in-1 Warm Mist Humidifier and Steam Inhaler. Perfect to relieve dryness in the air and remedy congestion.

Cough & Cold – Dry cough, runny nose and congestion are symptoms we have all struggled with while having a cold or the flu. Humidity assists with both relief while you are sick and helps to prevent future illness by daily use. Adding humidity helps to open up airways and relieve congestion helping you to breathe easier and sleep better giving your body the energy to fight off colds and the flu.

Our Little Bundles of Joy – Newborns are obligate nasal breathers, meaning they breathe through their nose for the first 4-6 months. Humidifiers help clear newborns’ congestion so they breathe easier, sleep better and feed with less frustration. Newborns also lose moisture in their skin twice as fast as adults. Humidifiers help newborns retain that moisture to keep their skin baby soft.

Fur Babies – Our pets benefit from humidity just as much as we do! Whether they have fur or feathers, dogs, cats and birds can suffer from dry skin when the air is dry. Pets can also suffer from cold symptoms like dry coughs. Humidifiers help to relieve the dryness in their airways and relieve this cough. Please please just as you would for yourself, if conditions persists, please consult your veterinarian.

Sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed!

Sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed!

Snoring – Do you snore? Don’t worry – we’re not here to judge, we’re here to help! Snoring is caused by many different factors including congestion or tightening of your airways. Using a humidifier while you sleep can help to make breathing easier by relieving congestion.

The Show Must Go On – Every musician, vocalist and performer can benefit from using a humidifier for themselves and for their instruments. Humidifiers help to keep your airways clear, strong and healthy to always stay on pitch. Using a humidifier to maintain a consistent humidity level in the room where you keep your wood instruments can help prevent cracking from dry air and keep them in top shape.


Use Promo Code: HEALTHY16 for $10 off your purchase of a 1 gallon Adorable or Drop Humidifier. 

26 Items for College You Don’t Want to Forget

We’re not even going to mention that summer is winding down, but instead we’re going to focus on a new school year. This is especially exciting for incoming college freshman. Packing is stressful and you can never have too many lists. Crane’s recent college graduates put their heads together to come up with a list of items they wish they had remembered for their freshman dorm rooms. Happy packing!

  • Microwavable bowls, plates, mugs etc. There will be nights, mornings and let’s face it days when you are sick or just need a quick meal. Microwavable meals in a pinch are great, having something to heat them up on is even better. Don’t forget silverware too!
  • Favorite MoviesAfter a long day of classes and studying, unwinding with your favorite movie is a great way to relax. Plus it’s a fun way to connect and spend time with new friends.
  • Bulletin Board: Decorating your dorm room helps make your room feel more like home and allows you to express yourself. Use a bulletin board to put up photos of family and friends or to hang posters and other clippings. This will also help prevent sticking or tacking a bunch of things to the wall.
  • Photo Hanging Materials For anything that doesn’t fit on the bulletin board, use Command strips or hooks to hang photos, lights, mirrors or anything else that helps make your room feel more like home. Just be sure to use materials that will come off cleanly so you don’t have to pay for the damage later.
  • Sports Equipment: A Frisbee, volleyball, soccer ball, football or whatever your into is something you’re going to wish you had on that warm fall day when you want to be outside. These are also easy group activities to try with a new group of friends or people from your dorm.
  • A Robe: You may be thinking, but I’ve packed towels, no you need a robe or something that ties and covers you. Here’s the deal, when you walk to the bathroom to shower, you’ll be carrying your shower caddy and maybe other toiletries, you may not always have a hand to hold your towel up. Using a robe will be easier and save you from any embarrassing situation.
  • Check out Ulla, a reminder to drink more water.

    Check out Ulla, a reminder to drink more water.

    Water Bottle: College is about building good habits, as we mentioned earlier. Drinking water helps to keep you hydrated and healthy. Our experience tells us that if you have a water bottle, you’re more likely to drink water than when you forget it. You’ll also save money from not needing to buy a water bottle while you’re out.

  • Boxes of Tissues: Remember in grade school at the beginning of the year each student had to bring boxes of tissues for the classroom? You might be older, but you still need to bring your boxes of tissues to school. Don’t forget the to-go packs for your backpack. When that first cold hits and you’re sniffling in class, you’ll thank us.
  • First Aid Kit: When you catch a cold or aren’t feeling well the last thing you want to do is drag yourself to the drug store to get medication. Pack yourself a first aid kit or a care package with your basics: bandages, pain relievers, thermometer etc. You’ll be so happy you thought of this the first time you get really sick. Don’t forget to restock as you run out of things.
  • Tool Kit: While we’re on the subject of kits, get yourself a tool kit. Many stores will have them already assembled for you with a hammer, screw driver, a few nails and other basic tool supplies. You’ll be able to use this if you buy any assembly required furniture or if you need to hang or fix anything. Of course you can always add what you think you’ll need.
  • Interview Clothes: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For internships or student organization meetings you may need to wear more a more professional outfit. More than likely you’ll have more options shopping at home before you leave for school than if you wait until you’re on campus.
  • Calendar: Time management is an important skill to develop while away at school. Using a calendar, whether that’s in your phone, on your wall or computer will help you stay organized and keep you from missing the important stuff like your upcoming exam or the homecoming parade.
  • Sewing Kit: Oops, we forgot an important kit to add to your list, a sewing kit. You’d be surprised how easy it is to use a needle and thread to fix up a hole in your favorite shirt. You’ll also save a little money from maintaining the clothes you have instead of buying new ones.

    Fans become more than necessary especially when you're heading to a warmer climate.

    Fans become more than necessary especially when you’re heading to a warmer climate.

  • A Fan: Most dorm rooms to not have their own thermostats and many do not have AC units. Bringing a portable fan, as many alumni will agree, is one of the smartest things you can do. Not only will you be able to cool down your room, but the white noise will help drown out your roommates snoring or any other noises you’re not used to sleeping with.
  • Slippers: Who doesn’t love a cozy pair of slippers? These will come in handy often but especially when you’re studying or hanging out with friends in the common room. Be sure to get a pair that has real soles on the bottom in case you head out for a late night snack run.
  • Travel Mug or Tumbler: Whether you’re running late or just want to enjoy your favorite hot drink on the way to class, a travel mug is an essential at college. Look for ones that are dishwasher safe, but don’t waste your time finding one that’s microwavable- most are not.
  • Power Strip and Extension Cords: Most of the time dorm rooms only have a few power outlets and with all today’s gadgets, you’ll have a lot to plug in. Bring a power strip to keep behind your desk for your lap top and phone charge. Just to make sure you’re electrical needs are covered, throw in a few extension cords.
  • Clothes Dry Rack: We all have some of those clothes we’d just rather hang up than dry. Just set up your drying rack in your room, near a window if possible, and leave to dry. This will also come in handy if you get caught in the rain and need to quick dry your clothes.
  • Pepper Spray: Serious note. Always walk with a buddy. Avoid walking home at night, but if you do, walk down well-lit busier streets. Carry pepper spray. We hope you never have to use it, but it’s always better to have it than wish you did.
  • Laptop Case: Most backpacks have a sleeve for your laptop, but we encourage you to buy one that you can put your computer in and carry separately. Taking good care of your laptop is important at college. You’ll take most of your notes on it and use it for most if not all your school projects.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Be sure to pack the basics: disinfectant wipes, surface cleaner for the microwave and fridge and a stick vacuum. One note on the vacuum, see if this is something the dorm provides. It can be a huge space saver if you don’t need to bring it. Try to clean a few times a semester. You’ll stay better organized and getting rid of dust will help prevent coughs and colds.


    Crane’s Travel Humidifier can run using a USB port or through a regular wall outlet. Perfect for studying in dorms or at the library.

  • Portable Charger: If you don’t have one after playing Pokemon Go, you should get one. These are great for traveling should you travel abroad, but also for long nights at the library or charging your phone on the way to class. Most portable chargers should be able to charge your phone fully twice before needing to be charged themselves.
  • Zip Lock Bags: Plastic bags (please always recycle them) can be very useful. Pack snacks for in between classes, storing school supplies or organizing your dorm room. We recommend bringing two sizes, sandwich bags and gallon size, just to have in case.
  • Can Opener: When you’re sick, busy or let’s face it, just lazy, an easy microwavable dinner sounds great. Remember your can opener so you don’t have to get creative to open that can of soup. Then you can use your microwavable bowl you remembered to pack (see item 1).
  • Travel Humidifier: You’ll have the healthiest table at the library when you bring your portable travel humidifier with you to study. You can plug it directly into your lap top and use it for up to 10 hours. Especially during midterms and finals, you’ll want to be healthy and on top of your game to ace your exams.


FINDesign: Cement Tiles

Cement flooring in an unfinished basement, cement outdoor or garage spaces, they all have something in common don’t they – grey boring floors. Cement is actually an extremely versatile material that can be colored and used in flooring or other places. Using cement allows you to use any color and design that you want, the tiles are made with all natural materials and you don’t have to worry about a slippery floor. Here are a few ideas for cement that we love!

shutterstock_122876914The Backsplash: Lately we’ve noticed a trend with backsplashes being a noticeable point in the kitchen. Each cement tile is m
ade individually so you can customize any pattern or color that you want adding a personalized touch to any kitchen. In this photo they’ve chosen varying geometric designs resembling almost a quilt.

shutterstock_337214687The Bathroom: As we mentioned before, cement tiles do not get slippery like more commonly used tiles do making it ideal for the bathroom.  Use them in the shower in a water design or throughout the floor of the bathroom in a continuous design to make the room appear larger like they did in this bathroom.

The Mudroom:
Not slippery, easy to clean, allows for style without much effort, we think these characteristics give cement tiles the nod in a mudroom space. You can get really creative with design here or just do a neutral color to compliment the walls or your family’s belongings.

Notes: Something to keep in mind if you’re considering cement tiles, they are not usually heated. We saw many cool and fun designs for kitchen floors, family room spaces and even bedrooms but knowing that these floors are cold makes us think we better not use this here. Other great rooms to try cement tile designs would be basements, laundry rooms or the garage and drive away.

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FINDesigns: Street Straddling Bus

Designs for the future need to do a few things: improve upon what’s already invented, look aesthetically appealing and be something that could sustain for many years. China’s Street Straddling Bus does just that. All you need to do is watch this video and you’ll be sold on the idea, but here are the takeaways:

What is it? The Street Straddling Bus actually does straddle two lanes of street traffic allowing cars to drive under it. It can hold up to 1,400 passengers, who exit from the roof and travel up to 40 miles per hour.

Why is it so great? There are a lot of benefits to this bus. The two biggest ones for our growing population is that it reduces CO2 emissions and fuel use. This is a major factor towards improving air quality around the world and in populous countries like China. It also reduces traffic jams by eliminating buses from the highways and giving more people a public transportation option. It runs of electricity and solar energy making it a sustainable option for future transportation.

Any downsides? They say it will cost 60% less than building a subway but that must vary by city and available space. The other factor would be how will it impact drivers under the bus and how they maneuver around the bus and the bus’s tracks. If someone is in the middle of a lane change and the bus is approaching, the bus would need to stop until the car completes their lane change. These problems will iron themselves out if the bus becomes popular around the world.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this is something that would improve your city’s traffic? What possible problems do you foresee with the Street Straddling Bus?

FINDesign: Ulla

This week I gave up carbs. Today I am only eating vegetables. When it comes to eating healthier, we make things harder on ourselves by giving up food groups or going through hoops for a diet when the best thing and easiest lifestyle change we can make is simple: drink more water. That’s where this week’s FINDesign comes in; meet Ulla.


Photo provided by Ulla.

What is it? Ulla is a ‘smart hydration reminder’ that helps you drink more water throughout your day.


Photo provided by Ulla.

Photo provided by Ulla.

How does it work? Ulla is light sensitive so when you turn your light on in the morning or the sun comes up Ulla will activate. It recognizes when you’ve picked up your water bottle or glass to drink and will flash a light to remind you to hydrate. At night when you turn off your light, Ulla knows to stop reminding you to drink water so you can sleep. Ulla will work up to 6 months and then you just need to replace the battery, no charging required.

Where can I get it? You can buy directly from their site and it comes in 6 fun colors, pink, green, blue, purple, grey and black.

What do you think of this new healthy lifestyle technology? Is it something you’ll be able to work into your routine? Let us know what you think!

Photo provided by Ulla.

Photo provided by Ulla.