6 Items to Simplify Your Life
Bigfoot Tape Dispenser
Two suction cups on the bottom of this aluminum design grip a tabletop or any smooth surface, giving you an extra hand with gift wrapping.
To buy: $36, momastore.org.
Featured October 2012
Bone Chillers Ice Cube Tray
Looking for a last-minute Halloween party idea? Try ice cubes in bone chilling shapes (skulls and crossbones), which can be easily made from this silicone tray.
To buy: $9.50, spoonsisters.com.
Trap Door Colander
Pull the side levers and the trapdoors slide open to release the colander’s contents. A tidy way to divvy up portions of piping-hot tortellini.
To buy: $15, pfaltzgraff.com.
Pumpkin Balloon Kit
Ordinary orange balloons? Not this season. Create instant party décor with this festive kit, which includes a dozen latex balloons and paper greenery for giving each "pumpkin" the perfect look.
To buy: $24, target.com.
Soup and Crackers Mugs
Enjoy soup season curled up on your sofa with this nifty ceramic bowl. The built-in pocket houses the requisite side of saltines or mini grilled cheese. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
To buy: $12 for two, vat19.com.
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