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October 31, 2006
Dogs in costumes could be considered incredibly cute
or woefully cruel. On a rising estrogen day, we're
betting cute will win out. You get a chance to decide with this
super-fun 2:42 minute video.
Treat yourself: Dogs in costumes montage,
Seriously, Week 2 gals, don't let peaking hormones
lead you to overindulging in Halloween cocktails. You
could end up in a video like this one. 2:07 minutes of
Treat yourself: Dancing goblin,
Rising progesterone loves little kids. But it
loves them even more when they're a) someone else's and
b) dressed in adorable Halloween costumes. This
1:52 video gives you both.
Treat yourself: Kids in costumes montage,
Let's not forget that Halloween is a perfect
opportunity to scare the bejeezus out of someone and
call it "holiday fun". No doubt it'd trigger a
laugh on most days. On descending hormone days it just
seems a tad funnier. Count the heart attacks in this
Treat yourself: Boo!,
Monday, October 30, 2006
your wine glass with these playful custom-made beaded
wraps that curl around the stem. You get to mix and
match the glass beads, sterling silver charms or
semi-precious stones you want, then have the artisan
make them for you.
Treat yourself: $18.50 to $24 per set of six
Week 2: Confuse—then amuse—your guests when they
use your bathroom and find in place of hand soap a bowl
full of beautiful polished pebbles. They may eventually
figure out that they're soaps. Or they may need a
Treat yourself: Soap stones, $10.95, for a box of about
two dozen stones,
Week 3: Week 3:
Hate soggy, drooping centers when you bake brownies,
cake or lasagna? Does everyone in your house fight over
the crispy edges? Then use the nonstick Baker's Edge pan—its
unique zig-zag design ensures that every piece is an
Treat yourself: Baker's Edge Pan, $36.95,
Homemade pancakes and waffles are a delicious
indulgence. But if you don't have the time to whip up a
batch from scratch, turn to a decadent gingerbread
pancake and waffle mix from Williams-Sonoma that's made
with ground ginger, fragrant Korintje cinnamon and
Indonesian nutmeg to ensure a rich gingerbread flavor.
Treat yourself: Gingerbread waffle and pancake mix, $14
for 20 ounces,
Get your Wild West on with a sample of the new
Shania by Stetson fragrance from country crooner Shania
Treat yourself: Shania by Stetson, free,
Trojan is offering a sample of their famed product.
You get to choose from several varieties—including
extended pleasure, warm sensations and mint tingle.
(Based on a recent test drive, we definitely recommend
the warm sensations.) For extra
fun, couple it with a free sample of Astroglide personal
Treat yourself: Trojan condom, free,
TrojanCondoms.com; Astroglide, free,
If you're in the market for a new smudge-free
deodorant, try a sample Degree's Ultra Clear for women.
Treat yourself: Degree deodorant, free,
Discover secrets about yourself by taking an easy, free
handwriting analysis test.
Treat yourself: Handwriting analysis, free,
October 26, 2006
Schedule an activity that will make you
and your friends laugh. Whether it’s planning a game of
Pictionary or watching a funny movie, anticipating a fun
time will put you in a great mood, according to a study
by the University of California-Irvine College of
Medicine. The reason? ”It reduces levels of stress
hormones in the blood and increases levels of chemicals
known to aid relaxation,” says Lee Berk, Ph.D., a
researcher at the Susan Samueli Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine.
Treat yourself: Board games, prices vary,
Sip a cup of hot mulled wine. This popular holiday
favorite makes you feel better thanks to the alcohol it
contains, which boosts endorphins, neurotransmitters
that produce a good mood. Plus, the alcohol triggers an
increase in the production of testosterone in women,
according to Finnish researchers. And studies show that
higher levels of testosterone in women result in a
Treat yourself: Hot mulled wine recipe, free,
Take a moment to look at the clouds,
autumn leaves or flowers. Studies show glimpsing any
kind of nature works better and faster at improving your
mood than reading or listening to calm music. In fact,
just looking at a picture of nature is enough to lift
your spirits, decrease stress and irritability, increase
your satisfaction with life and re-energize you,
according to researcher Terry A. Hartig, Ph.D., M.P.H.
What makes nature such a potent mood booster? Our innate
fascination with it distracts us, which reduces our
stress and makes us feel better.
Treat yourself: Photos of nature, free,
Give yourself a mini-makeover!
Turns out, altering
a physical trait—such
as getting a new outfit, trying out a new eye shadow or
changing the color of your hair—has
been proven to "improve attitude, personality and
self-esteem," according to Gordon Patzer, Ph.D., a
researcher at California State University in San
Bernardino, who's been studying the psychology of
physical appearance for 30 years. That’s because, when
you change your physical appearance, you feel more
attractive and confident, and this makes you happy, his
Treat yourself: Coupon codes:
NEW9829, 10% off online order, expires Oct. 28, 2006;
Sephora.com, JACKPOT, free 11-piece deluxe sample
collection of order of $50 or more, expires Nov. 13,
LaneBryant.com, 050003532, $25 off online order of
$75 or more, expires Nov. 10, 2006;
Esprit.com, esp12, 10% off online order, expires
Oct. 31, 2006
October 25, 2006
We don't know if we should give away this uber-fun
mini Etch-a-Sketch lollipop combo away as the world's
best Halloween candy or keep it for our greedy little
selves. We're leaning toward the latter.
Treat yourself: Etch-a-Sketch Lollipops, $39.60,
We had the opportunity to sample famed chef David
Burke's unusual gourmet pops
in his New York restaurant—and we're excited to share
that they're now available online. Flavors include
smoked salmon, goat cheese and cheesecake. (We told you
they were unusual!)
Treat yourself: David Burke Gourmet Pops, starting at
$17.67 per dozen,
Get the sunlight you crave and privacy you need with
this semi-opaque adhesive-free flowerpot window screen
film from designers Sofia Löfstedt and Johanna Lindgren.
It's a stylish, feminine and modern alternative to
curtains and blinds.
Treat yourself: Window screen film, $19.31, ScandinavianDesignCenter.com
A new puppy in our house has revealed a few things:
dog teeth work better than paper shredders, especially
on important documents you really need to keep; early
morning sleep is entirely overrated; and Skecher
slippers are the world's most indestructible slipper,
like, ever. That they're comfy, warm and cute are just
Treat yourself: Skechers Shindigs, $42,
(Using your Visa card? Click this
link from Visa.com to get 25% off your entire online
Skechers order plus free shipping! Expires: 02/28/07)
Cupcake queen Cheryl Porro: We love her. And she
loves you. Proof: This week's recipe—fresh
pumpkin cupcakes with white chocolate chunks and cream
cheese frosting. As fancy as it sounds, this decadent
autumn-themed cupcake is easy enough for even a kitchen
novice to bake.
Treat yourself: cupcake recipe, free,
perhaps frighten—the neighbors with an "extreme"
Jack-o-lantern, such as a puking pumpkin, suffocated
pumpkin, electrocuted pumpkin and pumpkin on fire. Check
gallery, then follow the free
Treat yourself: extreme pumpkin carving, free,
What we adore about Kathy Cano-Murillo aka Crafty
Chica is not only her imagination, but her vast scope of
home craft projects. A five-time DIY author and
nationally syndicated columnist, Kathy's blog dishes
instructions everything from
bejeweled champagne flutes and
flowers preserved in wax to
chili can candelarias and
ghoulish Halloween costumes.
Treat yourself: home crafts, free,
Anne-Marie Faiola, owner of
Bramble Berry soap-making products supply store,
shows you how to make your own night foot and hand creme
with a simple recipe. Infused with moisturizing aloe,
shea butter and coconut butter, this is a must-make for
anyone dreading a dry, chapped winter.
Treat yourself: hand creme recipe, free,
October 23, 2006
It's lip balm season again. Before you pick up your
usual whatever-Stick, you should know that there are
hundreds of other delicious balms available. With so
many to choose from, it probably sounds hard to pick.
makes it easy. They've rounded up over 500 of the best
lip balms and divided them by category—brand
(there's 95 of 'em), organic and vegan (for the health
and socially conscious), flavor (includes everything
from banana cream pie and butterscotch sundae to
cardamom and calendula), exotic and foreign (just try
finding these at Sephora) and fun and different (ditto
on the Sephora thing). To make it even easier,
KissFix.com includes a search button and reviews from
Treat yourself: Over 500 lip balms, $2 up,
Ever had a hard time getting off the phone with someone
who kept yakyakyakking away? Stop wasting your time
waiting for the talker to run out of steam. Instead turn
to the Excuse Box, a keychain-sized gadget that plays a
variety of sound effects in the background to provide
the perfect getaway—including
sirens, a baby crying, and static that makes it sound
like the call is breaking up. Yeah, it's sneaky. But
it's either that or losing another hour to the
yak-attack. It's your call.
Treat yourself: Excuse Box, $12.99,
If dust, cigarette smoke and other air pollutants
bother you, but you can't lug one of those weighty
room-sized HEPA filters everywhere you go, then take
heart. The AirPod—a
lightweight (under two pounds), compact iPod-sized
personal HEPA hybrid air filter—makes
HEPA filters portables so you can clean the air
everywhere you go, for instance, in your cubicle, car or
bedroom. Removes 99.9% of airborne particles and is
quiet as a falling piece of lint. Comes in stylish blue,
black paisley and, our favorite, white tree.
Treat yourself: Blueair AirPod, $99.95,
There's no doubt that pampering your feet can make
you feel rejuvenated and destressed. But what if you
don't have the time for a nice, long toe soak? Then it's
time to try Tired Tootsies Foot Spray. All it takes is a
pump or two anywhere you can take off your shoes—at
your desk, in the bathroom, waiting online while holiday
energizing (and deodorizing) effects from the Tea Tree
oil, peppermint and spearmint it contains.
Treat yourself: Tired Tootsies Foot Spray, $8.25 for
Flower-Peddler.com (limited quantities available)
October 20, 2006
Week 1: Hostess Aprons by Jessie Steele give the
term "packing heat in the kitchen" a whole new meaning.
Not your mother's aprons, these A-line styled pieces
come in a wide selection of prints, ranging from cute
pink-and-red polka dots to punk-inspired black-and-white
skulls. Machine washable and armed with large,
convenient pockets, you won't mind getting a little
messy with these adorable aprons to protect you.
Treat yourself: Hostess Aprons by Jessie Steele,
$32 - 39.95,
If something like a little snow or negative-degree
weather doesn't stop you from having outdoors fun, then
make your next cold weather ski or camping trip more
comfortable with this warming innovation: Selk Bags,
human-shaped sleeping bags with arms and legs. It's
kinda like those puffy snowsuits we were all stuffed
into as kids, only toastier.
Treat yourself: Selk Bags, $225 - $292,
Baby seals are cute, they're cuddly and they're
entirely defenseless. So why does the Canadian
government still allow hunters to kill baby seals for
their fur in the largest commercial slaughter of marine
mammals on the planet every year? If you're outraged by
it, there are simple steps you can take right now to
help put a stop to it. The Humane Society of the U.S.
shows you what they are.
Treat yourself: Save baby seals, free,
There's nothing that can turn the joy of a receiving
a present into a full-blown stress-out like those
impenetrable plastic packages that make it impossible to
get at your gift. No doubt you'll run across at least a
few of these packages this holiday season. Spare
yourself the stress and avoid the risk of losing a
finger to a slipped knife, scissor or exacto blade with
the OpenX, a device made specifically for opening
plastic packages safely and easily.
Treat yourself: OpenX, $4.95,
October 19, 2006
Birdfeeders aren't the only things you can make from
empty plastic soda bottles. See how innovative artist
Miwa Koizumi turned hers into colorful floating
Treat yourself: Miwa Koizumi jellyfish, free,
Thinking of buying yourself or someone else an iPod in
the near future? You might want to put it off for a
month or two. Rumor has it that iPod is coming out with
a brand-new touch-screen version of their ubiquitous
music player. Timing it with the holiday season pretty
much makes this the adult version of the
(which parents should be buying now on
eBay before they jump to $1,000 in December).
Treat yourself: Touch-screen iPod, price tbd, rumor,
Now that you've got another use for your recyclable soda
bottles other than bird feeders, you need to use
something else to nourish your feathered friends. Try
the minimalist Feeder String, an elegant and
space-saving option. Made of a simple soft black rubber
cord weighted with two cone-shaped frosted glass beads,
you simply thread food onto the string, such as piece of
bread or fruit. Then hang it over anything that sticks
out, like a branch or fire escape railing. The
much-appreciative birds will take it from there.
Treat yourself: Feeder String, $22.74,
Haven't yet checked out Dove's latest Campaign for
Beauty video, "Dove Evolution"? In about a minute, it
fast-forwards through the hours-long process a model
goes through to become transformed from her natural self
(which isn't much different from what the rest of us
look like) to the type of unachievably beautiful women
we see in advertising...and why it's unachievable even
for the model. Yeah, it's from Dove, which means it's a
marketing video for a major corporation with the goal of
selling you stuff. But it's no less intriguing and
Treat yourself: Dove Evolution video, free,
October 18, 2006
Relive your glory days or make up for lost time with
tabletop versions of the '80s arcade games Frogger and
Space Invaders. Comes with a color LCD screen, authentic
arcade sounds and stands a compact seven inches.
Treat yourself: Classic Arcade Games, $28,
Like playing Sims? Like watching Desperate
Housewives? Then, boy, does Disney have your number.
They've just released the first Desperate Housewives
Sims-like video game that lets you become the latest
housewife on Wisteria Lane.
Treat yourself: Desperate Housewives Video Game,
Have a broken iPod and don't have the cash to
replace it or want to spare your local landfill more
electronic garbage? Then don't throw it away—get
it repaired by iRepair, which specializes in affordable
iPod fixes and quick turnarounds so you don't have to be
without your tunes for too long.
Treat yourself: iPod repair, prices vary,
Anything that reminds us of dessert is fine by us. So
the Whipped Cream dessert-themed body moisturizer from
The Body Bakery really caught our attention. Lightweight
and infused with softening aloe, it comes in dozens of
mouth-watering sweet scents including our favorites:
angel food cake, jelly doughnuts, marshmallow fluff and
Treat yourself: Whipped Cream, $5 for one ounce,
Throw some funky femininity on your fingers with one (or
two or 12) of these colorful rings made out of lucite,
plastic, jade, wood, stone, resin and bakelite—everything
but metal, which the store owner behind The Carrotbox
ring shop is allergic to. Choose from dozens of ring
designs including our favorites: Japanese Kimono, Carved
Flower and Glass Fiction.
Treat yourself: The Carrotbox ring shop, $3 and up,
A modern interpretation of elegant, this
ahead-of-the-curve necklace is accented by a single
small battery-powered light. Available in green, amber
Treat yourself: Moi lighted je25 - $28,
Love the romantic crackle of a roaring fire, but
don't have a fireplace? You're in luck: WoodWick
aromatic candles have a natural wick made from organic
wood that crackles just like the real thing. Choose from
24 scents including amaretto latte, gingerbread,
fireside, pumpkin butter and sandalwood clove.
Treat yourself: WoodWick Candles, $16.95 for 11.5
ounces (lasts 100 hours), $22.95 for 22 ounces (lasts
Jacques Torres is one of the newest and most
decadent chocolatiers in New York City. Their online
store offers their signature handmade chocolates and
unusual cocoa combos (chocolate-covered Cheerios,
anyone?). But we're jumping for joy over the free
recipes for some of Torres' delights that are right on
his website including bite-sized chocolate almond
brownies and individual chocolate indulgence cake.
Treat yourself: Jacques Torres chocolate recipes,
Here's your chance to stamp your personal message on
every bag of candy you hand out this Halloween. Want to
remind trick-or-treaters who gave them their killer
Peeps Spooky Cats? Want to warn everyone to stay away
from your private stash? Want to advertise your band's
upcoming show or new website? This personalized
Halloween ribbon makes it all possible.
Treat yourself: Halloween Personalized
Part paperweight, part updated version of the Sea
Monkey, inside this handblown glass sphere lives an
entire ecosystem complete with earth, air, algae and the
the same brine shrimp that donned crowns and played ball
in those back-of-comic-book ads. It's entirely
regenerating, so unlike the Sea Monkeys of old,
allegedly you won't be watching these die after a week.
It's so easy to take care of, all you need to supply is
indirect sunlight and endless fascination.
Treat yourself: EcoSphere, $59.99,
Spruce up your digs with a lush, sweet-smelling potted
rosemary bush that's been pruned into the shape of a
Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush). Decorate it for the
holidays, then use its clippings for your favorite
recipes. Arrives at about 14" tall from a California
grower in a gold-painted terracotta pot and can reach as
high as four feet.
Treat yourself: Rosemary Tree Topiary, $49,
Hate the name; love the site.
RapeTheWeb.com saves valuable DVD shelf space by
bringing you all your favorite episodes of Family Guy,
The Simpsons, Drawn Together, Futurama, American Dad and
South Park with a single click and no membership
Treat yourself: Your favorite TV animations, Free,
Stumped for a Halloween outfit? Don't have room in your
Geo for last year's angel wings? Or just want to avoid
getting caught on camera doing something that only
alcohol mixed with a dozen bowls of sugar-coated candy
can inspire you to do? Then snag these caught-in-the-act
censor bar glasses. They put a black bar over your eyes,
just like you wish there was in all your past Halloween
Treat yourself: Black Censor Bar Glasses, $10,
Be the most popular (or infamous) house on the block
this Halloween by projecting a whole host of flying
ghosts or bats on the outside of your home with this
all-weather outdoor projector. Comes with falling
snowflakes, too, for a winter wonderland even in the
Treat yourself: $89.95, Light Display Projector,
Oranges are so much healthier than orange juice,
which is stripped of the fruit's healthy micronutrients.
But peeling oranges makes such a sticky, gooey mess.
Till now, that is. The Emma Orange Peeler is an adorable
snail-shaped plastic device that makes peeling oranges
super-easy and unbelievably mess-free.
Treat yourself: Emma Orange Peeler, $5,
Pancakes are fluffy, warm, they're a perfect excuse
for indulging in obscene amounts of syrup and butter
without anyone casting a withering glance. Make yourself
(or get the S/O to make) a batch of homemade pancakes
using the mouth-watering recipes in The Pancake
from the breakfast-loving chefs at Bette's Oceanview
Diner in Berkeley, California. Sample their many
artistic creations including butter pecan, banana upside
down, chile-cheese and their signature souffle pancakes.
Treat yourself: The Pancake Handbook, $11.01,
October 12, 2006
It's time to start seriously thinking about what
kind of candy you're giving away this Halloween. You
could go for the bag of bite-sized Milky Ways from CVS.
But that's just one step better than pennies. Better to
thrill the little ghoulies with the best haunted new
candies made specially for Halloween. I-Mockery's review
guide makes it easy to choose the most impressive
treats. Our favorites: Tremors Subterranean Sour Sand
Worm and Peeps Spooky Cats.
Treat yourself: I-Mockery's Ultimate Guide to the
Halloween Candies of 2006, free,
Clock/radio alarms are so passe. The newest
high-tech way to wake up is with the Sleeptracker Watch.
Simply strap it to your wrist and the watch monitors
your sleep cycle. In the morning, it wakes you up at the
precise optimal wake-time depending on where it
determines you are in your sleep cycle. The result? You
wake up refreshed and alert instead of dying take a
hammer to your alarm and crawl back under the covers.
Treat yourself: Sleeptracker Watch, $148.99,
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes
today. Protect yourself with the desktop manual Mini
Paper Shredder, which makes sure all your receipts are
thoroughly shredded without the hassle of a noisy, bulky
Treat yourself: Mini Paper Shredder, $11.50,
Wrap yourself up in a cozy Autumn color-inspired
polka-dot throw blanket with matching sphere pillow.
Blanket measures 60" x 45" and is made of machine
washable. man-made fiber with satiny-polyester lining.
Treat yourself: Throw/Sphere Pillow Gift Set, $75,
October 11, 2006
Continue your celebration of autumn (and impressing
of the neighbors) by baking homemade muffins in the
shape of seasonal Maple leaves. Makes six.
Treat yourself: Nonstick Maple Leaf Muffin Pan,
Add some adorable to your Halloween with a fun and
unusual Nyokki, a handmade ceramic spooky-faced egg from
Japan that has grass seed for hair. As you water the
Nyokki, the grass/hair grows. Cut it and watch it grow
again. Consider it Japan's way cuter answer to the Chia
Pet. Available in skeleton, black cat, pumpkin and
traditional Nyokki faces.
Treat yourself: Nyokki, $9.49 - $9.99,
You've got walls. They need art. Instead
of opting for Le Target or the local
poster store, head to
where you can get prints from emerging
artists who may or may not end up
becoming so obscenely famous that they
may or may not make you obscenely rich
Treat yourself: Artist prints, prices
A recent UC Irvine College of Medicine study shows
that looking forward to a good laugh boosts endorphins
and other relaxation-inducing hormones. With that in
mind, here's your chance to pre-order Try Rebooting
Yourself, the latest installment in the hilarious
Dilbert comic book series. It ships October 20, so
luckily you don't have to wait too long.
Treat yourself: Try Rebooting Yourself, $8.76,
Discover the odd side of America with Weird U.S.,
a compendium of the best and little-known spooky,
unusual and kitschy sites around the country.
Treat yourself: Weird U.S., $19.95 (hardcover),
You could try to stuff your ear buds under your ear
muffs this winter. Or, you could simply wear these nifty
insulated lightweight ear muffs with headphones built
Treat yourself: Ear Muff Headphones, $34.95,
Impress guests with your ability to turn beautiful fall
leaves into a stunning rose centerpiece. It's easier
than you think. Just follow this handy step-by-step
Treat yourself: Free,
Immerse your tired tootsies in a nourishing bath of
fizzy bubbles. Natural aloe moisturizes. And the fizzy
bubbles, well, they just feel really good.
Treat yourself: Footloose & Fancy Fizz™ Bubbly Foot
Bath, $15 for 11.5 ounces,
If you like the comfort and functionality of Croc
shoes, but wish they were a little more, well, feminine,
butterfly charms are no longer your only option. Now
Crocs come in slip-on ballet slippers! Choose from
black, silver, lime, gold or fuchsia.
Treat yourself: Croc Prima Ballet Slippers, $30,
If you want to call in sick to work, but don't want
to be bothered to get out of bed to call your boss,
you're in luck. A new free service will do the calling
for you! You simply pre-record your message the night
before (you even get several tries to get those coughs
and sniffles just right). Then set the time that you
want your message sent and the service sends it for you.
We don't exactly know why it's free (though we're pretty
sure it's not a trap set by a group of vengeful bosses),
but we suspect it may be a clever way to advertise the
Group2Call fee-based messaging service. Who cares,
though, when it saves you from the dreaded snooze bar
one more day?
Treat yourself: Call in sick message service, Free,
When the editor of this mag recently
forced into graciously entered into jury duty,
the first thing she remembered was the incredible lack
of healthy, edible food near the courthouse. So she ran
out and bought this updated, more stylish version of ye
ol' lunch sack to carry a nutritious meal prepared from
home. Made of water-resistant and insulating neoprene
(the stuff of wetsuits), this Gourmet Getaway Tote is
roomy enough to hold a healthy tuna sandwich, chicken
soup, fruit, low-fat granola bars, snacks, a thermos of
tea latte and a bottle of water. (Stop judging—there's
not much else to do but eat during jury duty.) A
convenient inside pocket holds an ice pack that keeps
your food chilled all day long.
Treat yourself: Gourmet Getaway Tote, $24.95,
Wrap up your feet in plush, washable booties that come
with removable microwavable inserts that are not only
cozy when heated, but are also filled with fragrant and
soothing lavender and flaxseed.
Treat yourself: Sonoma Lavender Spa Booties, $39.95,
Impress the Halloween out of your neighbors, friends and
co-workers with homemade muffins baked in a fun
Jack-o-Lantern-shaped muffin pan that puts a different
face on each muffin.
Treat yourself: Pumpkin muffin pan, $25.50,
Sure, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream are
delicious. But peaking estrogen and testosterone this
week have you craving something a bit more exciting,
like, say orange-cardamom, root beer granita and
pomegranate. Unfortunately, you won't find these flavors
on any store shelves. But you can make these and other
exotic ice creams yourself using easy recipes from A
Passion for Ice Cream by Emily Luchetti using your
nifty Cuisinart Pink Classic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream &
Sorbet Maker, that makes creating homemade ice cream,
frozen yogurt and sorbet as easy as pie a la mode.
A Passion for Ice Cream, $12.95,
Amazon.com; Cuisinart Pink Classic Frozen Yogurt-Ice
Cream & Sorbet Maker, $45.95,
Have you been avoiding killer spinach this past
week? Don't forget the threat of death (or at least
really bad stomach problems) the looms over anyone who
eats spoiled meat or poultry. Unfortunately, it's often
hard to tell when they're past their eat-by date because
of dye and gasses added to them. Now you don't to worry
thanks to SensorfreshQ, a handheld device that tells you
whether or not you meat and poultry is fresh or spoiled
by measuring the bacterial growth on it. Yeah, that's
kinda disgusting. But if it means it keeps you from
eating rancid burgers, you can probably get over it.
Treat yourself: SensorfreshQ, $89.95,
Relax, rejuvenate and give your face a refresher
with indulgent aromatherapy gel eye packs. Choose from
blue (reduces puffiness), lavender (help fine lines) and
orange (diminished dark circles).
Treat yourself: Aromatherapy Gel Eye Packs, $25.95,
October 5, 2006
Impress your friends (or weird them out) with this
incredibly silly tool that magically turns everyday ice
cream into spaghetti, lasagna and asparagus. Well, it
looks like spaghetti, lasagna and asparagus, anyway.
But if you top them with cherry sauce and white
chocolate shavings, they really do pass for the real
Treat yourself: Ice Cream Spaghetti Maker, $22.95,
The latest innovation in mug design comes from Brugo,
which introduces a mug that solves the eternal hot
beverage conundrum: how to keep your drink the perfect
temperature, not scalding hot and not ice cold. This
novel mug comes equipped with two compartments, one on
top to cool off a few sips, and a one down below which
keeps the rest of your drink hot till you're ready to
take another sip.
Treat yourself: Brugo Mug, $19.95,
Hey, Mom, your voice can be your kid's lifesaver,
according to a new study published in Pediatrics
that found personalized voice smoke alarms with a
mother's voice are nearly twice as effective at
waking up kids in the event of a fire compared with
traditional smoke alarms.
Treat yourself: SignalOne Vocal Smoke Alarm, $24.95,
Once you're done
out your bathroom, add the Tranquil Sound Massaging
Bath Pillow, a waterproof pillow that attaches to your
tub with suction cups and pulls double relaxation duty
as a massager and digital audio player, surrounding you
in soothing ocean surf, rain, rain forest and woodlands
Treat yourself: Tranquil Sound Massaging Bath Pillow,
October 4, 2006
Carry your tampons in a case so sassy, you'll want
to spill your purse so everyone can see it. Choose from
three designs by Karyn Cantor, including the mermaid,
hot canary and swingin' secret agent.
Treat yourself: Karyn Cantor Tampon Case, $28,
Make it easier to snub someone's phone call with the
Color-Call Caller ID system, a stylish device that glows
green, blue or purple—depending
on the caller (for instance, sales calls, survey takers,
Mom). It's bright enough to see across the room, so
you'll never waste time running for the phone again.
Treat yourself: Color-Call Caller ID, $29.99,
Want to fill your room with a delicious scent, but
want an alternative to chemical-filled air fresheners,
incense smoke and candles that make you too afraid of
falling asleep while they're still lit to enjoy the
scent? Try scented ceramics! These Paris-made
micro-porous pieces are infused with a slow-release
fragrance that give off a delicate aroma of cinnamon,
nutmeg and clove.
Treat yourself: Teck and Tonka Scented Ceramics
Get comfy this fall in the Cherry Blossom Robe by
Bedhead. This pink 100% cotton robe has a silky-smooth
sateen finish and is decorated with a pattern inspired
by a vintage painting.
Treat yourself: Cherry Blossom Robe by Bedhead, $135,
Celebrate the best part of Halloween (the candy, of
course) with these playful candy corn silverplated
enameled crystal earrings.
Treat yourself: Candy Corn Earrings, $7.98,
You could use a steak knife and make the smiley face
version of the Jack-o-Lantern you make every year...or,
you could use this handy Dremel cordless pumpkin carving
kit to create an impressive work of art that will make
the neighbors seriously jealous. Comes complete with
templates (you just trace, what could be easier?). Of
course, the gooey mess is still all yours.
Treat yourself: Dremel cordless pumpkin carving kit,
Doggy booties make Fido feel like a real wuss. That is,
when he's not eating them. But the salt and ice in
winter really play havoc with your furry guy's feet.
What can you do? Apply Heal My Paws all-natural paw
balm. From the makers of Heal My Hands, this paw balm
contains beeswax, cocoa butter and other edible,
nontoxic ingredients that moisturize. The balm also
provides a protective layer to help seal out salt and
ice and ward off snow damage.
Treat yourself: Heal My Paws, $12 for 1 ounce,
Take your bubble bath to a whole new moisturizing
level with foaming milk made with organic coconut milk
from Fresh Body Market. Comes in three
soak-yourself-silly flavors: coconut milk, strawberry
milk and chocolate milk.
Treat yourself: Foaming Milk Bath, $18 for 32 ounces,
Pimp your Crocs! These colorful charms add a touch
of femininity and individuality to popular Croc shoes.
Choose from dozens of designs including butterflies,
candy corn, daisies, rhinestones and clown fish.
Treat yourself: Croc charms, starting at $2.50
per set of 7 charms,
Swap out your usual fragrance for one with a
decidedly autumnal theme. Ralph Lauren's HOT is infused
with the sweet scent of real maple. Mixed with mocha
cream and cinnamon, we're not sure if this one's for
eating or for wearing. But with such a decadent aroma,
we're hoping both.
Treat yourself: HOT by Ralph Lauren, $28.50 for 1
Get prepared for hurricane season with a handy
self-powered all-in-one flashlight, am/fm radio and cell
phone charger. Just a few hand cranks and you can light
your way, listen to the news and charge your phone
whenever you need to.
Treat yourself: Self-powered all-in-one flashlight,
am/fm radio and cell phone charger, $49.95,
Let the Halloween-inspired candy eating begin! And let
it start with these humorously costumed 7-ounce giant
Hershey's milk chocolate kisses. These handcrafted
treats are available online only.
Treat yourself: Hershey's hand painted giant
Halloween Kisses, $20 for a box of two gift boxed