Please click to take our quick survey!
Stop by Monday
through Friday for bonus editor's picks!
November 14, 2006
Week 1: With 2007 almost here, change is
everywhere! New goals, new opportunities, possibly
new scenery? Before splurging on a plane ticket,
check out the wall calendars featured at Kate’s Paperie. With a flip of the page,
you can go from exploring the beautiful coastal
beaches of Brazil to reveling in the mayhem of Carnival.
These calendars contain such vivid pictures, you may
feel the need to keep your passport on top of your
Treat yourself: Wall Calendars 2007,
from $12.99 to $21.95,
As adventurous estrogen and testosterone
peak, you're dying to try new things—food, drinks,
clothes, travel destinations. So why not toothpaste,
too? Well, Breath Palette gives you the chance to sample
a whopping 32 nontraditional flavors of tooth cleaning
polish including tropical pineapple, bitter chocolate,
Indian curry and cafe au lait.
Treat yourself: Breath Palette
Toothpaste kits, $21.99 for a kit of five flavors,
Keep your toes warm this winter with a pair of adorable knit
pom-pom booties from Victoria's Secret. Available in
candlelight (off-white), heather charcoal (gray) and
Treat yourself: Knit Pom-Pom Booties, $28.50 per pair,
When we spotted the mini Frogger game at a girlfriend's
house recently, we could barely concentrate on the
scones, muffins and popovers she baked just for us
(yeah, we suck, but Frogger rocks). When she revealed
that her mini Frogger was an original from the '70s,
visions of eBay dollar signs danced in our heads. But
she said she'd never part with it. Then we realized that
if we owned this baby, we wouldn't part with it either.
That's why we're so happy to have found the same mini
Frogger as well as a mini Space Invaders at
FredFlare.com. It may not bring in eBay dollars like the
original. But at least now we know what we'll do with our time
once Studio 60 is canceled.
Treat yourself: Mini Frogger, $28,
November 13, 2006
There couldn't be a more perfect week to grab yourself a free sample of Kotex Ultra Thin with
wings from Walmart.com if you're a pad user. Or, if
tampons are more your style, get your free sample of
Tampax Pearl from Tampax.com.
Treat yourself: Kotex Ultra Thin with wings, free
(while supplies last),
Walmart.com; Tampax Pearl, free,
Before taking advantage of your high energizing hormones
to hit the town this week, spritz on a
sample of Celine Dion's latest perfume, Belong. If your
guy is tagging along, treat
him to a sample of Old Spice Signature Scent.
Treat yourself: Celine Dion Belong perfume, free,
CelineDionBeauty.com; Old Spice Signature Scent,
Coffee lovers will enjoy combating
progesterone-induced fatigue with a free sample of Folgers
Gourmet Selections. Choose between Vanilla Biscotti or
Lively Columbian. Those totally into tea will appreciate
the free sample of gourmet tea from TeaChef.com.
Treat yourself: Folgers Gourmet Selections, free,
FolgersGourmetSelections.com; gourmet tea sample,
During this pampering premenstrual week, give yourself a
face-over with a free sample of Noxema Triple Clean
Blackhead Cleanser. Then pamper your legs with King of
Shaves for women, which promises to prevent painful
Treat yourself: Noxema Triple Clean Blackhead
NoxemaSamples.com; King of Shaves shaving cream,
November 10, 2006
Week 1: This
Tibetan Personality Test is the latest fun chain email going around
that promises to provide fascinating insight into your
life. We don't normally encourage
this type of thing. However, the test was actually quick
and the results were really interesting (don't jump
ahead to the end or you'll ruin it for yourself). Plus,
according to the test, if we get 13 people to take
it, our wish comes true. And we could really use that
trip to Bali about now.
Treat yourself: Tibetan Personality Test, free,
Ever heard of a "reverse auction"? Our jewelry columnist
Judy Ann Olsen just clued us in to one she'll be
featuring in a future column. We stumbled across another
one today, and we're thinking this is the next big
auction trend to hit. Basically, the auction starts with
a high price and it gets lower and lower till someone
bids. It's a lot more intense (and heart-pounding) than
a usual auction, which makes it perfect for Week 2 when
peaking estrogen and testosterone have you loving
anything new and exciting. But, can also get incredible
Jellyfish.com offers reverse auctions, which they
call "Smack Shopping Deal", every day at 1pm EST.
Another fun addition: You can chat in real time to other
potential bidders to try to sway them by talking smack
(hence the name) or try not to be swayed yourself.
Treat yourself: Reverse auctions, prices vary,
The soon-to-be-available PetsCell lets you do what pet
owners have secretly wanted to do ever since the
invention of the phone: call your furry buddy to just
say "hi". And to stop chewing your favorite slippers.
This ingenious invention consists of a phone attached to
a pet collar. You call and the phone automatically
answers and allows you to greet your panting pal. It'll
be a tad pricey (about $400), but it's not like you have
to get your pet braces or pay for college. Look for it
in early 2007.
Treat yourself: PetsCell, about $400,
This week, descending hormones make you more sensitive
to annoying things, like loud TVs, shows you don't like
and not having control over the remote. So it's good
news that there's a nifty bite-sized universal TV remote
that can surreptitiously control any TV by muting it,
changing the channel and turning it on and off—all
hidden in the palm of your sneaky little PMSing hand.
Treat yourself: Ninja Remote, $9.99,
November 9, 2006
Moms and kids will love the Little Director, a company that turns
your child's drawing into a real animated cartoon. You
just submit your child's art and the Little Director
animators do the rest. Check out sample animations on
their website to see what kind of high-tech fun your
kid's artwork can inspire!
Treat your kid: Little Doodler, starting at $30,
Think humans are the only ones who enjoy shaking their
booty to a good tune? Not so fast—turns
out dogs likes music, too! So says Dr. Kim Ogden, an
intuitive animal communicator. Working with the Laurel
Canyon Animal Company, she's just released a 12-song CD,
Songs to Make Dogs Happy, that is for canine ears only.
Tracks include Squeaky Deaky, a Caribbean-inspired
squeak-punctuated ode to a squeaky toy and You're a Good
Dog, a mellow tome that will make anyone's furry best
pal feel warm all over. Listen to the hysterical samples
website. Seriously, even if you don't have a dog,
these musical snippets will make your day.
Treat your dog: Songs to Make Dogs Happy CD, $14.95,
Is your guy going on a ski trip? Heading to a sports
game? Just likes to have his favorite skinny mocha chai
nearby at all times? Then get him the Thermos Element 5
Beverage Bottle, a 20-ounce high-tech container that
keeps any hot beverage hot or cold beverage cold for
an impressive 24 hours straight.
Treat your guy: Thermos Element 5 Beverage Bottle,
Week 4: You will be, like, the bestest friend ever when you get
your girlfriend the new Bliss Twinkle Toes Step-by-Step
Pedicure Set. It's chock full of foot pampering
products: 6.35-ounce Hot Salt Scrub (a self-heating
scrub that removes dryness and dead surface cells),
0.5-ounce Manicure's Best Friend (a nourishing nail
cream), 0.17-ounce Foot Patrol (exfoliates, cools,
alleviates tension, and soothes), a pair of toe
separators and Sephora Nail Polish #8 (deep red).
Treat your BFF: Bliss Twinkle Toes Step-by-Step
Pedicure Kit, $38,
November 8, 2006
Add some splash to your bath with funky spa lights—small,
round battery-operated lights that are waterproof and
have rubber suckers on the bottom, enabling you to add
some glow where ever you like. Available in blue, white,
pink, green and color-changing.
Treat yourself: Spa Lights, $12.95 for a two-pack of a
single color; $17.95 for a two-pack of changing colors,
Dress up letters, invitations, birth announcements and
holiday cards with personalized photo stamps—real
postage stamps that display any photo you upload. Okay,
no butt cheeks, political messages or other
obvious no-nos allowed. But photos of you, your pets,
business logos and favorite scenes are a-okay.
Treat yourself: Photo Stamps, starting at $17.99 for
a sheet of 20 39-cent stamps,
Jumping rope is one of the healthiest activities around.
It burns lots of cals (up to 100 every five minutes!),
tones and even helps strengthen bones, which is good for
every woman who wants to help prevent osteoporosis. Even
better? During Week 3, your hormones help you burn up to
30% more fat when you exercise! So what's the prob? Not everyone has, how shall we say, the grace to
be a jump roper. (Our ropeburned shins attest to our own
lack of coordination.) Plus, there's that whole no room
for a big ol' swinging rope issue. The solution: the
JumpSnap ropeless jump rope. Consisting of two jump rope
handles with weighted swinging balls, it simulates the
action of jump rope (and even the sound!) without having
to worry about tripping or bumping into walls.
Treat yourself: JumpSnap, $59.99,
Peanut butter is a guilty indulgence that you don't have
to feel too guilty about. After all, peanuts contain
"good" fat, which helps fight heart disease. So we're
happy to share the most decadent peanut butters we've
come across in ages: P.B. Loco, which comes in 13 of the
most mouthwatering flavors including peanut butter
and...chocolate banana, asian curry, sun-dried tomato
and raspberry white chocolate.
Treat yourself: P.B. Loco Peanut Butter, $6.95 per
November 7, 2006
Here's a fun way to wrap all your holiday treats:
use Airheads Xtreme Belts as ribbon! With a subtle taste
of berry, this pliable candy is an attractive edible
addition to any dessert plate!
Treat yourself: Airheads Xtreme Belts, $10.95 for 18
If you're looking to help the conserve energy while
saving a few dollars, try LED
light bulbs, which are more efficient (resulting in a
lower electricity bill), produce a more natural light
and last up to 60,000 hours.
Treat yourself: LED lightbulbs, starting at $14.95 (on
Week 3: The
Fleece Complete Body Lounger is a wintery dream come
true. Covering your entire body and stitched together at the bottom with little holes for
your feet, it's like a modern version of Union Suit longjohns (without the flap). You end up looking a bit
like Picachu. But you're as warm and cozy as can be.
Treat yourself: Fleece Complete Body Lounger, $49.95,
Week 4: Origins
has introduced the first skin firming lotion to contain
Rhodiola, an herb that's been shown to reverse the signs
of aging by lightening, tightening and smoothing
facial skin. In their clinical tests, women who used
this new cream saw a 44% reduction in the appearance of
lines and a 61% lift in skin's appearance.
Treat yourself: Youthtopia Skin Firming Cream, $47.50 for 1.7 ounces,
November 6, 2006
It's hard to make a flower vase fun. But give it a cute
name, like, oh, the "bikini", then give it a peek-a-boo
cutaway with an optical illusion that makes it appear as
though the top half floats, and, well, you've got one
fun vase. Even better? It's on sale!
Treat yourself: Bikini Vase, $28 (on sale),
Week 2: We've
been eyeing all the cool kids with those roller
sneakers, green with envy and thinking about how much
faster we can get to the post office (okay, Starbucks). A quick search and we
found them in adult sizes. Week 2's the best week to
try'em out, since peaking estrogen and testosterone make
your balance and dexterity peak, too. The worst week?
Week 4, when plunging hormones make you a lot more
likely to skin a knee or, in our case, break a hip.
Yeah, we're old, but we're not too old to shave a minute
or two off our daily latte run.
Treat yourself: Heelys Glitz Roller Shoes, $79.99,
Make your toilet hands-free with the nifty Foot Flush, a
foot operated pedal that allows you to flush your toilet
at the touch of a toe. It easily attaches to any toilet
in minutes. Seriously, with this thing around, why does
any toilet have a handle?
Treat yourself: Foot Flush, $29.95,
Holiday guests will be wowed that you made homemade
cheesecake. But you can make them even more impressed
when you use the mini pumpkin cheesecake pan from
Williams-Sonoma to make mini cheesecakes in the shape of
adorable pumpkins. On sale!
Treat yourself: Pumpkin Cheesecake Pan, $14.99 (on
November 3, 2006
Week 1: We read about fuzzy hot water bottles in one of our writer's blogs
today and knew we had to share the joy. Way better than
the usual smelly, hospital image-evoking hot
water bottles of old, these updated (and far more
cuddly) versions are covered in plush toys like a shaggy
dog, teddy bear or adorable duck. Snuggle with them when
you've got menstrual cramps (a recent study proves hot
water bottles decrease the pain) or when you need an
extra bit of warmth on those cold, cold nights.
Treat yourself: Plush hot water bottles, starting
We're not sure if Neighboroo by Google is fun or creepy.
Either way, we're sure your attention will be grabbed by
this free service that shows you a map of the U.S.
according to a variety of demographic stats including
lifestyle, political affiliation, income, crime, air
quality and more.
Treat yourself: Neighboroo by Google, free,
Want another way to
impress your guests this Thankgiving? Try serving
their tea and coffee with a bowl full of sugar cubes
adorned with colorful Thanksgiving scenes—including an
ear of corn, horn o' plenty and pumpkin—from the famed Bissinger's candy store. Even better? Once the sugar
cube dissolves, its edible holiday-themed decoration floats to
the top of the drink!
Treat yourself: Thanksgiving Sugar Cubes, $17 for 24
Indulge in an all-natural home facial from Kiss My Face with
their convenient trial packs. Each pack includes sample sizes
of nine of their famous face-saving organic products, such as
Balancing Act (toner), Sugar Reef (sugar scrub) and C
the Change (ester serum).
Normal to Dry Organic Facial
Trial Pack, $14;
Normal to Oily Organic Facial Trial
November 2, 2006
Week 1: Make decorating holiday cookies and cakes a cinch with
the FooDoodler, a unique marker filled with edible ink.
Available in up to 10 colors, fine line markers and
flavored or non-flavored ink.
Treat yourself: FooDoodler, $2.99 to $7.99, (Coupon
code: 1506; gets you 15% off any purchase; expires
Throwing a party? Surprise your guests by serving them
shooters in shot glasses made out of pure ice! And it's
it takes to make them is filling up this shot
glass-shaped silicone rubber ice tray with water and
putting it in the freezer.
Treat yourself: Cool Shooters Ice Shot Glass Maker,
Week 3: You
multi-task all day long. It only stands to reason that
your dessert topping should, too, right? The folks who
created Palette Fine Food Dessert Sauces think so. This
smooth, creamy sauce can be used on pies, pancakes, in
tartlet cups, as a layer cake filling and even as a
fondue Available in three flavors: apple pie and ice
cream, chocolate orange spice and gingerbread cream.
Treat yourself: Palette Fine Food Dessert Sauces, $7.99
for a 9-ounce jar,
Usually aromatherapy candles help you with "peace" or
"energy" or some other vague-sounding problem. Finally,
there's a set of aromatherapy candles that get straight
to the point, offering olfactory assistance with panic
attacks, withdrawal, libido and being a workaholic. Now
these we can get behind.
Treat yourself: Therapy Solutions Candles, $17.95,
November 1, 2006
The adorable cashmere iPod hoodie from Anthropologie is
so unnecessary, it's funny. But something about it still
makes us love it. Maybe it's because of its commitment
to detail. The cashmere is ribbed and trimmed in twill
and the hoodie comes with a handy "kangaroo pocket".
Choose from cherry, gray and ivory. Even if you don't
buy it, it's still worth a peek.
Treat yourself: iPod Hoodie, $36,
Want a little creative inspiration for setting your
Thanksgiving Day table this year? Neiman Marcus invited
four designers to supply you with creative ideas. Take a
peek there, then head on over to the way more
WorldMarket.com, where they're incidentally having a
sale: $40 off an online order of $150 or more.
Treat yourself: Table dressings, free peek,
Hey, Moms, ever drop a cool $50 on a pair of kids
shoes only to have the little buggers outgrow them in a
month? Then you need the new Earthworm shoes.
Outfitted with something snazzy called "iFit
technology", these shoes grow as your child's foot
grows, lasting up to three sizes per pair of shoes!
Treat yourself: Inchworm Shoes, starting at $19.95,
Premenstrual aches and pains are bad enough. You
don't need to add back and leg aches from sitting at a
desk for hours at a time. One way to
prevent this kind of strain is with this adjustable foot rest from RubberMaid. After months of
backaches, the editor of this mag finally caved and got
one. After a week, the pain has disappeared. The
whining, however, mysteriously still continues.
Treat yourself: Height-adjustable, tilting footrest
by RubberMaid, $37.64,