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February 7, 2007

Could this be the Wii-kend?

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According to sources, Circuit City, Toys R Us and Target will all have Nintendo Wii systems in stock this Sunday.
Whee!!!

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February 2, 2007

Dispatch from Broke Arm Mountain

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So you've broken your arm -- congratulations! There's a whole new world of products out there to purchase. So far my favorite is Cast Blast, which I found at the Medcare Products Web site for $15.95. It may be out there in stores, but frankly I'm not doing much shopping (or typing) with this thang. It's a can of compressed air mixed with talc and blasts away itchy spots.
Also at the site is the DryCast waterproof cast cover, which comes in different sizes and in arm and leg varieties. It works much easier than the newspaper bag and duct tape combo I was using.
Other must-haves:
-- A Reach handled flosser, when you're flossing with one hand.
-- Get your legs waxed; one less thing to struggle with.
-- Crazy enough to try one-handed cooking? Buy some frozen chopped peppers and onions and keep 'em in your freezer for when the mood strikes.
-- Trying to write with your cast fingers? Get a Pilot Dr. Grip pen; the larger, padded barrel will help your grip, and you'll probably still need it when your cast comes off and you're in the throes of physical therapy.
-- G.G.S.

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Tie one on

It is a cryin' shame that the closest Anthropologie store to my home in east Fort Lauderdale is on South Beach, and the next closest is West Palm, at CityPlace. But, I finally made the trek up north and what fun a store it is to poke around in!

Ever since Sun-Sentinel reporter John Tanasychuk wrote a great piece on aprons last October, I have been coveting the great selection they have at A-pologie. The holidays came and I could have used one as I did plenty of hostessing. Then, after Christmas, my colleague page designer Angie Brennan came to work with the two A-pologie aprons she got for Christmas, lucky girl.

Here's the one I finally chose.

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It was tough because the selection of colors and designs is amazing. (By the way, I have yet to wear it, but it sure looks cute tied to a cabinet door knob in my kitchen!)

I also found some juice glasses, the perfect size for the little hands in my home.

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Called Fleur-de-lys, they are really ornate and come in great colors (I chose chartreuse) and are $7 a piece. You'd be surprised at how hard it is to find this size (4.5h x3" diam.). -- I've looked a lot of places.

Come to think of it, they would also be great for wine.

So there ya have it, two things to help you in your quest to ... tie one on.

--K.V.W

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February 1, 2007

American Baby Faire, Part 1

Coming in this Sunday's Family Style section of the Sun-Sentinel: Our pick of five great new baby products that will be featured at the annual expo, the American Baby Faire. Since we know how you like to plan ahead, we are giving a Save The Date shout out for the event (which comes to the Broward County Convention Center Feb. 10 and 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and giving a sneak preview of our Top 5 list right here, right now.

Our fave item: Dorel’s Eddie Bauer Portable Car Seat, which means no more schlepping the big car seat around when you travel. This compact seat with a five-point harness weighs less than 4 pounds and is perfect for taxi cabs, carpoolers and caretakers. Retail Price: $34.99

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-K.V.W.

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Safari -- SoFla Style

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We're in the process of building a covered patio so the hunt for stylish outdoor furniture is on. And who new there was such a gem in the amazing Fort Lauderdale store Safari?

You won't get a real feel for the place from the website, so hit the showroom at 2056 N. Dixie Hwy. It's gorgeous, as are the products made of everything from teak to bamboo to this cool weatherized wicker. I have my eye on a dining table with aluminum legs and a teak top, but there are also beautiful lounge chairs, sofas and the like.

K.V. W

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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