Smart-but-scatterbrained, my keys will always elude my most acute sensibilities. I know I don't suffer in this mental ailment alone, there are lots of us "key-losers" out there. The Wheels Key Holder is a unique solution for keeping track of your keys.
This stealth chrome-plated holder has two parts: the wheel, which is mounted to the wall, and a dummy key that you attach to your keys. After you've attached the dummy key to your own keys, you then insert the dummy key into the wheel. Voila! Never lose your keys again. If you do, you'll be left with a decorative, but now useless, keyless wheel holder on your wall.
Dogs (and I imagine a few cats) have voted and demanded some political animals to play with, namely a George Bush, Hilary Clinton and Arnold doll.
A part of the Bamboo Pets family, Fat Cat offers dog toys that are genuinely unique and fun, except maybe for these "politcial animals" which are a little scary. Instead, go for one of the doggy purses, Wee Doggies, a doggy toy you'll enjoy cluttering the living room with. Or you could always spring for one of the clever dog toy shoes, in wonderful whimsical designs.
Tired thumbs, heavy hands? If you're a tech geek, fatigued fingers are a part of your daily life. I hate to refer to this as "Carpal tunnel syndrome," mostly because that's just a precursor to arthritis and other age-revealing ailments (I'm only 30 after all!). Whatever it is, it hurts, tingles, and frustrates me.
The GripGlider helps relieve joint and muscle pain and is the perfect device for improving range of motion, dexterity, and endurance. There are a number of exercises ranging from a gentle rocking glade to tension band stretches, all working towards strengthening your hands, wrists, and arms.
Defy age by looking great and working out. But, secretly do these stretches to keep those fingers of yours nimble and ready for the next great gadget!
Price: $45 at the FeelGoodStore.com
*Includes nylon carrying case, instructions, weights and 4 tension bands.
These bright, colorful, playfully-themed magnets give you a regret-free way to decorate your car. Easy to put on and take off, this pop-art won't damage your car's gorgeous paint job. They can also help cover up any unwanted auto-personality (e.g. dents, dings, scrapes, scratches, gaping holes!). Don't have your own car? Use them to decorate a limo for a wedding, play a trick on your favorite friend, or even tag the office refrigerator.
Waterproof and fade resistant, each package comes with two identical sheets, and in four fun themes: Halloween, Patriotic, 1960s Flower Power, and Just Married.
Price: $16.95 at Solutions.com.
There's a trend afoot for modern watch wear. Digital facing, weather-telling, heart-rate sensing watches are all really wonderful. Still there's something about being able to see and study the live innards of old watches; greasy gears click and time magically changes.
Old watches don't last forever, and designer Nicole Rimedio of Inhabit Structures has found a wonderful use for their retired parts in her unique line of truly timeless jewelry.
You can find several of Rimedio's well-known pieces, including open-faced earrings and cuff-links, at Brooklyn-based 3R Living. Our favorite yet, is this pendant that features recycled watch parts and polished stones loosely encased in glass (2" across).
Price: $80 at 3rliving.com
*3R = Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. (We rejoice!)
Like you, I'm a huge fan of cupcakes.
I even had them at my wedding. Seriously, I worked with a pastry chef to create a cupcake tower and an independent artist, who designed and handcrafted the cupcake liners, and everything. Long story short: I spent months explaining what I wanted, complete with sample photos and detailed instructions, and ended up getting, oh, just about the opposite. Not the nicest wedding-day surprise, no, but not traumatizing enough to swear off cupcakes for the rest of my life.
Good thing, too, because then I wouldn't have cared about these Cupcake Stereo Speakers by Semk Products Limited. Little is known about the speakers at the moment, but they're expected to be available later this year.
Is it possible to peel potatoes (boiled) without a traditional peeler or say, a knife? Apparently it is – a company by the name of Tater Mitts claims that its brainchild, the potato peeler gloves, will help you do so with ease in under 8 seconds.
So all you have to do is to wear the gloves and rub the boiled potatoes, one at a time, in between your palms. The gloves have a serrated inner surface which pulls out the skin of the potato, leaving the flesh behind. And the gloves take away only a thin outer layer, ensuring that the nutrients are preserved.
Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Because, according to this Wired review, the process turns out to be quite messy and thus rules out their usage in high-volume potato peeling environments. From their stress test statistics, peeling a dozen potatoes not only leaves stubborn tuber residue on the mitt but also wears out the gloves significantly. A pretty raw deal considering the $20 price tag that it carries. Personally, a pair of strong hands is what I'd prefer over Tater (tattered?) Mitts anyday.
Also available at Amazon for $14.95.
After decades of chomping pellets, blinking ghosts, and the occasional cherry or ice cream sundae, Pac-Man has evidently developed a taste for human heads.
That's the only explanation I can come up with for the Pac-Man Plush-Head, anyway. Otherwise it's just something so ridiculous-looking that not even someone desperate for cash could be paid to model it.
Made for both children and adults, the $30 hat-of-sorts is available only in the U.S. and for some reason can't be shipped to Massachusetts, Ohio, or Pennsylvania. Hmm. The fashion police must be in top shape over there.
Plan your urban adventures without getting lost, or, if you're like me, just look like you know where you're going in your hometown.
I recently moved to New York, but you wouldn't know it the way I effortlessly navigate the insane gauntlet of the subway system without glancing at a map! Directionally challenged, I owe my entire knowledge of getting around in the city to HopStop.com.
HopStop is the must-know city transit guide, providing maps, door-to-door walking, subway, and bus directions, and time estimates for Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City, Long Island, and Metro North (including White Plains and CT).
If you've made an investment in your kitchen knives, you'll want to keep them sharp, protected, and proudly displayed. This uncomplicated, clear tempered-glass block features a single slit for your knives. You can see exactly which knife is where and arrange them in any order you like across the space. As a space-saving bonus, you may discover that there enough extra room to add another couple of stainless beauties to your sharp collection.
Designed by Rama Chorpash for CulinHome, this knife frame can be hung on a wall or placed on a countertop, leaving plenty of room for dessert . . . plates.
Price: $80 at ShopFosters.com.