Saturday, September 5, 2009

animal magnetism

Zucchini may be something your kids tend to leave on their plates when they're finished with dinner. But Zoocchini will likely make a more lasting impression. In addition to plush stuffed animals in friendly critter designs, the company offers decorative, dining and bath products in three adorable categories: choose from the Barnyard, Ocean and Safari collections. The animals, which come in colorful buckets, make a great brithday gift. The incredibly thick area rugs feature easy to clean designs that pop. And the Melamine Dinner Sets, which include plates, bowls, sippy cups with lids and utensils, are BPA- and Phthalate- free. All of the items are available in the three adorable collections so you can choose from a lovable lion, a quirky cow, a magical mermaid, and many others. When it comes to gift-giving, it sure beats another outfit from The Gap. And if you're buying for yourself or your kids, the rugs are my favorite. I just haven't splurged on one yet since they're all so cute, I can't decide which one to buy. Go to to find a shop near you that carries these products, then stop by and choose your favorite friends.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

wax poetic

When it comes to hair removal, I've tried it all: I've test-driven the latest razors, had my eyebrows threaded, and practically done acrobatics in the shower trying to rinse off the latest hair removal cream. So when I heard about Parissa Assorted Sizes Wax Strips (only $11.99), I had my doubts. The box says, "2 easy steps: 1. press on. 2. peel off." I didn't believe it till I tried it--but it's true. The trick is to remember to peel the strip off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. It even comes with a small vial of azulene oil to soothe skin afterward. And if I can do it, your teen or pre-teen daughter can manage too. It's a great ego-booster for starting a new school term. Whether she wants to eliminate underarm stubble, bikini strands or a fuzzy upper lip, Parissa makes it simple. Learn more about the product at Think of the benefits? You won't have to worry about her borrowing your razor. You may even be stealing a strip or two for yourself.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

expert advice: back-to-school cool

Kids want to look cool for school but they also want to create their own unique style. Dominique MacPherson and Melinda Marinack have an eye for choosing modern designer clothes for mom, baby and child at up to 60% off at their members-only shopping site, So start your back to school shopping now. For the best value and cutting-edge style, Dominique and Melinda suggest layering a few key pieces over your favorite spring and summer staples. Throw a printed hoodie over a t-shirt, layer a long-sleeve thermal over a short-sleeve one. Add tights, leg warmers or a cardigan to a pretty dress and you're ready for the new season. Check out the royal ash gray hoody by Kingsley, the multi-stripe tunic and leggings set by Splendid, a button-down cardigan by Nest (shown here) and jelly bean baby leggings by BabyLegs. For more great looks, go to