Walkway lighting can be more trouble than it’s worth. A hassle to landscape around, these exterior features can also become targets for rambunctious neighborhood kids, including your own. The solution? Try these solar-powered bricks. Made from a durable ABS plastic housing, each brick contains a solar panel, 590 mini reflectors, and two amber LEDs—it’s an earth-friendly and really cool way to, well, light your way. The bricks automatically light up at dusk and will stay lit for up to 8 hours. A set of two bricks come with replaceable battery packs and will set you back about $60. Available now.
I’m a big fan of the Hollywood secret passageway. You know what I’m talking about—the bookshelf that opens with the tug of a book to reveal a dark hallway, or the revolving fireplace operated by a candlestick lever. Batman, Indiana Jones, Me… I used to think only old mansions or castles played home to such mysterious delights, but it turns out my house could have them, too! Creative Home Engineering is turning childhood, movie-inspired dreams into reality with secret passageways that double as safe zones. For $10,000, the company will install your ideal secret passage or hidden doorway into the home (DIY kits are available for as little as $1500). Granted $10K may be a lot to spend for a game of superhero, but there are serious real-life advantages to hidden rooms. Family valuables can be stored away—after all, a burglar can’t burgle a room that can’t be found. And whatever is important enough to hide away in a secret room or hidden niche is going to stay hidden, too, with safety and security options ranging from optical and thermal sensors to fingerprint scanners. So go ahead and turn your home into that house from Clue. Just think of the advantage your kids will have when playing hide-and-seek!