Catherine DeCenzo is our Editorial Manager. While hard at work on our magazine, she's sometimes distracted by online deals and loves extraordinary gift idea finds. She also learned to share with others at a very young age.All opinions from Guru experts are based on available and presented information. The expressed opinions are not a substitute for medical or psychological care and should not be viewed as such.
This Scrubba Wash Bag has a laundry system engineered inside of a nap sack for campers, trekkers, climbers, boaters and outdoor thrill seekers. The Scrubba has a wash board, of sorts, inside the bag. With just a bit of water, soap and a few squeezes, in less than five minutes the sweat, stink and grimy signs of the day are gone. If you are environmentally conscious, there are a number of bio-washing liquids on the market (often available at camping stores) that are phosphate free. The Scrubba Wash bag is compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It also comes with a clothesline for drying. Users can fit about two days’ worth of clothes inside for washing. The bag also doubles as a flexible knapsack to carry any outdoor gear or tools.
Accident prone? That last tumble you took in your Louboutins was embarrassing enough. But it only gets worse from there. After breaking a foot, next comes that big, black ugly orthopedic boot you have to schlep around in while your broken bones – and your ego – mend. Worse yet, you have a formal social event coming up, and you’re asking yourself, “What would Paris Hilton do?”
Enter Christina Daves who, after breaking her own foot – and on her way to fashionable New York the next day – scoured the internet for something…anything…more stylish than the unattractive transformer-like boot she was forced to wear. Nothing existed, so Davis took matters into her own hands. The result was CastMedic Designs, a line of colorful socks, cuffs, faux-fur wraps, flowers and buttons that take the boot from casual to formal, with styles for children and adults. Daves designed, manufactured and brought her products to market in February 2012 and has partnered with the top sales representatives of the largest manufacturer of orthopedic bracing in the world to establish a national sales force to sell to doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and physicians’ stores and has many celebrities wearing her product.
CastMedic Designs comes in a wide selection and caters to everything, from casual to evening wear. So strap it, sock it, wrap it and wear it! Visit her website at www.castmedicdesigns.com.
They come in gift boxes of 12 or party-size of 60, or if you really want to create a festive atmosphere, present them in an elegant brass plated chocolate cup butler. The brass tree holds up to 12 Chocolate Liqueur Cups and makes the perfect centerpiece to enhance any party.
Astor products are made using the finest premium Belgian chocolate, imported from world-renowned chocolate makers. Order these confectionary delights at www.astorchocolate.com.
This wireless key finder from Brookstone locates your lost keys with just the press of a button. Simply press one of the color-coded pager buttons on the compact wireless transmitter, and the matching key fob attached to your key chain will answer with a loud, clear alarm from anywhere in your house. No more morning panics—just press one of the color-coded buttons and wait for the loud alarm to sound, showing you where to find your keys. The transmitter fits easily and unobtrusively on your countertop, desk or dresser, and will locate keys up to 60 feet away – through floors, walls, even sofa cushions.
Is that ugly fanny pack gathering dust in the back of your closet? Time to let it go, folks! Now there’s no need to fumble with pockets and fasteners while you’re active, and arm bands are limited to how many items they’ll hold. With the Flip Belt from Level Terrain, just slip the stretchy band around your waist. Pocket openings are strategically placed along the belt for easy access to your items. So slip your phone, keys, iPod, etc., in and slide them anywhere you want.
Multi-access pocket openings throughout belt
Reflective logo - stretch non-crack 3M Quality Reflective
No buckles to cause uncomfortable chafing
Great for holding medication on the go. Inhalers, insulin pumps, Epipens, etc.
EPA Certified, Odor Resistant, Pilling Resistant, Anti-Bacterial High Tech Poly Spandex Fabric
Available in colors, accent your workout wardrobewww.flipbelt.com/the-flipbelt/
How fun are these 100% cotton napkins on a roll? With 12 different colors to choose from, and 12 oversized dinner napkins on each roll, these are sure to brighten up your table. Why spend money on flimsy paper napkins that just end up in a landfill? They’re machine washable and dryer-safe up to six washings, and come in more colors than the rainbow. Great for holiday entertaining, on a boat or at a picnic when you want to “fancy it up” a bit! I found these everywhere for sale on the internet, so get Googling, and get yourself a roll or two with a simple click of your mouse.
Q: With the cooler weather upon us, I am constantly scrambling for scarves, coats, head gear and gloves prior to walking my toddler in his stroller. By the time we’re ready to go, I’m pooped! Help!
A: Well, here’s at least one item you can mark off your list. Instead of trying to locate your mittens or gloves (and you know the rug tends to eat one of them, leaving you stuck with an unmatched pair), check out these “Strittens.” They’re stroller mittens that attach to your child’s stroller with Velcro. Made for joggers or strollers, just slip your hands into these “instant” mittens that attach to the handle bar . They are wind resistant and fleece-lined. And no stopping to yank your hand out of your glove and risk losing it in a snow bank. Just slip your hand out when you need to adjust little Johnny’s hat or give him that good ole “lick ‘n spit” when you need to wipe his jelly bean-stained mouth. The good news is that you can just leave them attached for your next adventure! Available in gray with pink fleece lining or black with gray fleece lining.
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Q: Now that the weather is cooler, I hate that my flats won’t fit if I wear socks, and footies never seem to fit.Help!
A: So what’s a woman to do when the temps drop, but you can’t shove your warm wooly socks into your sassy stilettos, or your footies flop around under your arch the minute you start walking in your favorite flats?
Q: I’m looking for gifts for girls that encourage them in the science and math fields, but I’m looking for something that is fun as well!
A: Well, funny you should mention that. I’m just a tab bit jealous to this day that my dad taught my brother to fly an airplane and not me. Well, move over Barbie dolls, because there are some new toys in town – for girls that is. Two Stanford engineer graduate students who wished they saw more women in their upper level math and science classes have designed projects on their site at www.roominatetoy.com to develop young girls’ confidence and enthusiasm for math and science. Crafted for girls aged 6-10, there are numerous kits they can build which incorporate technical subjects into the well-established and accepted girl patterns of play: storytelling, creativity and decoration.
Roominate is a kit of building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire and decorate her own unique interactive room. The rooms are even attachable and stackable, enabling girls to build and design expandable structures. The pieces are made to be simple and intuitive so as to allow a girl to explore and discover on her own.
The bad news? These kits are tremendously popular, and the company is presently unable to deliver by Christmas, but these are year-round gifts that will have your snowbound girls building dollhouses with working circuits. The projects are only as limited as their imaginations, and starting in January, you can have a different kit sent every month if you sign up at http://www.roominatetoy.com/pages/roominate-every-month.