10 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Halloween Decorating Stencils
If you're preparing to bake homemade Halloween treats, this easy-to-hold stencil makes it a cinch to top goodies with popular seasonal designs.
To buy: $4 for four, crateandbarrel.com.
Featured September 2012
Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Kit
If you're hosting a Halloween party for the kids, then this book of 20 blank masks will be your secret weapon. Little hands will have a blast decorating their own superhero disguises, which can even double as party favors.
To buy: $13, paper-source.com.
Spider Web Place Card Holders
Add a touch of seasonal flair to the table with place card holders in intricate (and oh-so-familiar) designs.
To buy: $20 for four, williams-sonoma.com.
Ba Baby Bottle Holder
Tired of picking up dropped bottles? This soft silicone cradle, which offers your tot extra spots for gripping, will make it easier for little hands to hold.
To buy: $15, canoeonline.net.
This hammer’s magnetic handle holds up to ten extra nails so you’ll always be prepared and, well, ready to nail your next DIY project.
To buy: $28, momastore.org.
This clever ice maker features a soft bottom, which makes it easy for cubes to pop from the tray. As if that weren’t enough, the sleek design also makes it possible to slip the ice into a water bottle so you can enjoy a cold beverage to go.
To buy: $7, waterbobble.com.
The Inka Pen
The right tool for all your writing needs: This handy pen scribbles upside down, in extreme temperatures, and at any altitude. Bonus: It doubles as a stylus, so you can use it with all your touch screen devices as well.
To buy: $16, spoonsisters.com.
Found an online article you’d like to read…at a later date? Getpocket.com lets you create a queue of Web content that you can access anytime from your computer, smartphone, or tablet—even without an Internet connection. Just click the Pocket button on your bookmarks bar and whatever you’re viewing will instantly be saved for later.
Cure Real Estate Curiosity
Yet another addiction for HGTV junkies: Ever drive by a house and wonder how much the owners paid for that piece of property? Take a photo of it with this free app and in seconds you can find out the most recent closing price, the lot size, and the school district that it’s zoned for. Plus, you might even be able to view images of the interior.
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