By Jayne Cannon May brings flowers, and you should give them to your mother. She deserves them — and at least one of these mama-perfect gifts. Wine down Looking to relax with a glass of wine, stressed moms don’t need to struggle with a stubborn cork. The Pampered Chef Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes it… Continue reading.
April brings showers — not just the rainy kind but the wedding and baby kind, too. Consider one of these nifty gifts when your invitations arrive. by Jayne Cannon A toast to you Burnt toast is a bad way to start the day. The Cuisinart 4-Slice Metal Classic Toaster perfectly browns bread, bagels and more… Continue reading.
Get ready for a spring spruce-up with tools that make the job a breeze. shark bait Many of us can’t live without our furry friends, but we could sure do without the fur they shed. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum, with its mini motorhead brush, feeds on left-behind fur like jaws. $280. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com… Continue reading.
Major League Baseball’s spring training begins later this month (and not a moment too soon for those tired of this cold winter). It seems every season, players use new technology to enhance their skills. Same is true with major appliances. They get smarter each year to do more than ever before. Keep your cool Frozen… Continue reading.
Guilt-free fryer You swore you’d eat better in 2018. But, those wings and fries keep calling your name. Answer the call with the Power 3.4 Quart Air Fryer XL. Swirling hot air cooks your food with little or no oil. It also bakes, steams and sautés. $120. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com The race is on Can’t get… Continue reading.
by Jayne Cannon Energize your indoor and outdoor holiday decor with fun and festive light-up decorations. SWEET DRAGON Most people opt for reindeer in their Christmas lawn displays. For a unique twist, how about an 11-foot Animated Inflatable Kaleidoscope Dragon? This good-natured creature flaps his wings, and his belly lights up. $139. 800-466-3337; homedepot.com LET… Continue reading.
by Jayne Cannon ’Tis the season to be joule-y. Check out these electronic toys for youngsters and teens on your Christmas list. A REAL DOLL Luvabella isn’t just another talking doll. She giggles, learns new words and animal sounds, and even has a heartbeat. Feed her, comfort her and get her to talk to you…. Continue reading.
It can be a big mean world. You want to be careful out there. These tools will help you stay safe and secure. SMART ALARM When the smoke alarm goes off, Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm sends an alert to your phone telling you exactly where the problem is. You can silence the alarm… Continue reading.
JUST BREW IT Start your day off right with the Keurig K15 Coffee Maker in your favorite color. Its compact size fits nicely in cramped quarters. Brews three sizes, with a 10-ounce option to power through sleepy mornings. $100. 866-901-2739; keurig.com BIG MAC Though it weighs only 4 pounds and is just over half an… Continue reading.
By Jane Cannon Just in Case If you must have your mobile in or out of the pool, consider the Lifeproof Nuud + Alpha Glass Bundle. Waterproof cell casing protects front and back, and custom glass shields the screen. $140. 888-533-0735; lifeproof.com Water Wheels You won’t win a race by pedaling the Aquatic Bike in… Continue reading.
By Jayne Cannon Forget the tie and aftershave. Today’s dad deserves tools that make life easier and more fun. TECHNO POP POWER PLAY Dad will be all-powerful with this father of All Portable Chargers. The RAVPower 27,000-milliamp-hour Universal Power Bank weighs less than 2 pounds and can charge an iPhone 6s up to 11 times…. Continue reading.
By Jayne Cannon Whether you love to cook, hate to cook or just have to cook, your life in the kitchen is easier when you find the right tools. RISE ’N’ SHINE HIGH-TECH TOAST Burning your bagel is not a good way to start the day. The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless Toaster lets you… Continue reading.
By Diane Veto Parham Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to leave all the comforts of home. Take some with you to make the trip more pleasant. DRIVE TIME Captivating audiences How do you keep peace among the tykes in the backseat during long road trips in primitive vehicles lacking the modern necessity… Continue reading.