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Tell a friend Scattergories

Scattergories

When I was in the eighth grade, my English teacher assigned the class a unique exercise in vocabulary building: an empty table with general categories (cities, vegetables, animals, etc.) across the top, and single letters down the left-hand side. Our task was to complete the table with category-specific words that began with each of the letters. I was under the impression that I had to fill in every cell of the table — or fail the assignment.

Posted December 15, 2005 by Mariva in education, entertaining, fun, games, gifts, resources, social

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Tell a friend PajamaGram

PajamaGram
What a great gift idea: with a PajamaGram (your choice of pajamas, robe or slippers), your recipient gets a free:

  • keepsake organza hatbox
  • lavender sachet
  • "Do Not Disturb" sign
  • personalized gift card
  • decorative shipping box

Also available are bath & body spa supplies, candles, gourmet treats and relaxation accessories for creating the perfect retreat-at-home experience. (Maybe I’ll send one of these gifts to myself!)

Posted December 14, 2005 by Mariva in bath & spa, beauty, edibles, fashion, gifts, holidays, home

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Tell a friend apple kitchen accessories


Le Creuset Apple Casserole, fruit green

Le Creuset Apple Casserole, fruit green
Don’t you love kitchen cookware and accessories that look like fruit? Here are two shiny apple casseroles, made from enameled cast iron, so you can cook your casserole in the oven, warm it on the stovetop and serve it on the table. Wow your guests!

(Click "there’s more" to see the red apple accessories: the other casserole and a couple of cute apple kitchen timers.)

Posted December 13, 2005 by Mariva in decor, entertaining, gifts, holidays, home, kitchen

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Tell a friend Dior Addict lip gloss

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Addict Plastic Gloss and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss are the most beautiful tubes of lip gloss I’ve ever seen. Plastic Gloss comes in several luscious shades. I would choose Edgy Rosewood for day and Electrifying Red for night.

The Ultra Gloss seems even more decadent for lip gloss: the various shades appear translucent, iridescent or metallic. My favorite: A Delight of Apricot, shown here.

Dior Addict Plastic Gloss and Ultra Gloss are available from Amazon.com as well.
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Addict Plastic Gloss

Posted December 12, 2005 by Mariva in beauty, fashion

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Tell a friend IDEO Method Cards

IDEO Method Cards

Feeling creatively blocked? Try a pack of IDEO Method Cards, a tool that helps designers, innovators, entrepreneurs and others come up with new ideas, approaches and strategies for business and creative endeavors. Each card features a photograph, diagram, drawing or other image on the front and a suggested approach on the back. You don’t have to be a professional designer to appreciate how these cards can help you think about things differently or conduct thought experiments in the everyday world. IDEO provides four examples online; if you’re intrigued by these, you’ll hunger for the whole deck.

Posted December 9, 2005 by Mariva in business, career, education, fun, games, gifts, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend U.S. postage stamps with new rates

Navajo Jewelry two-cent postage stamp

Well, the bad news is that U.S. postage rates are increasing slightly on January 8, 2006. The good news, however, is that postage stamps with the new rates are available today — and the Navajo Jewelry two-cent stamp is gorgeous. While you’re at it, don’t forget to order some last-minute holiday postage stamps. The holiday cookies are cute, and the Santa ornaments are pretty. There are also Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, as well as a Dear Santa holiday music CD.

Posted December 8, 2005 by Mariva in arts, gifts, holidays, jewelry, news, resources, social

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Tell a friend Kikkerland

Kikkerland Silver Ocean Globe

Kikkerland offers a variety of cute-but-sleek accessories for home and office: the Fly Wall Clock, which features a picture of a fly on a screen door imprinted onto a fly swatter; an assortment of mechanical wind-up creatures; games, including decks of semi-translucent cards; and a Foldable Bottle Holder Rack, useful for wine aficionados.

You can find my favorite Kikkerland products — the Silver Ocean Globe and the Business Card Size Tool Set — at Ship the Web.

Posted December 7, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fun, gadgets, games, gifts

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Tell a friend Hippy Chix Shop

Hippy Chix Shop

It’s a goofy name, but Hippy Chix Shop offers a collection of eye-catching, unique, almost too-beautiful-to-wear tops and tunics. My favorites include Vanilla Sugar “Autumn Song”, Gypsy Daisy “Parisian”, Gypsy Daisy “Boheme II” and Vive “Plaisir des Fleurs”. Hippy Chix also carries a nice selection of pajamas — including the always popular Nick & Nora — as well as fashion accessories and gifts.

Posted December 6, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fashion, gifts

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Tell a friend buffet plates & wine glass holders

buffet party solutions

‘Tis the season for the office soirée, cocktail party, neighborhood potluck and holiday buffet — which means a lot of standing and eating. Fun, perhaps, but the drinks can be problematic. If you’ve got a plate in one hand and a glass in the other, in which hand do you hold your eating utensil? How do you shake hands with your fellow attendees? If you set the glass down, will it get mixed up with someone else’s?

Posted December 5, 2005 by Mariva in decor, gifts, holidays, social

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Tell a friend history of zero

history of zero

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’,
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’,
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Posted December 2, 2005 by Mariva in education, innovations, music, resources

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