I used to ride my bike around New York, until I had an unfortunate mishap with a car door (but that’s a story for another time). I had a big wire basket attached to my handlebars, but I’m pretty sure if I still had my bike I would replace it with this JanSport 1989 Bike Swinger, $58. I love that your belongings can be safely zippered inside while you ride, and the whole bag can be easily removed for carrying with you. The bag comes in navy or orange from Urban Outfitters. — Erica P.
Just in time for holiday party season comes the CaliBowl, designed to help dips and salsas stay on your chip and not on your tablecloth. Its ergonomic wave-shaped lip actually rolls food back towards the center of the bowl and on to your dipper of choice, making the CaliBowl not only great for parties, but also incredibly helpful for utensil-training toddlers. I was lucky enough to try a small bowl out on Thanksgiving, and my tabletop stayed beautifully pristine in spite of a barrage of guacamole-crazed guests. It’s available in many sizes and colors, and in both ceramic and BPA-free plastic, starting at just $13.99. — Megan B.
While playing with my food is a hobby that lives happily in my past, the Food Face Plate by Fred is tempting me to reawaken those creative juices, or at least encourage them in my friends’ kids. And I’ve “wanted it now” for a long, long time. Overwhelming demand has made it sold out everywhere for months, but I’ve kept my ear to the ground and am thrilled to report that many retailers are receiving new shipments this week. Currently available at PopDeluxe for $16.99, the plate will reportedly be available for closer to $11 at Patina , Perpetual Kid, and Oliebollen in the next few days. Certain retailers, like Spoon Sisters, have already sold out this shipment, but are expecting more in mid-late January. More may also become available at Baron Bob, Kitchen Kapers, and shopRockCandy. Finding the Holy Grail might be easier, but I’ll never give up the search! — Sarah C.
I stumbled upon these Pull-on SnowShorts via Incredible Things and immediately said to myself (out loud), “WOW!” As a kid, I always wanted sledding to be more fun than I found it to be — lugging a heavy sled up a hill for 10 minutes for 30 seconds of fun just never really did it for me. But imagine if you could take a seat and slide away any time a hill rolled on ahead of you? According to the Orvis site, they do in fact come in my size (there is one large size that fits adults with hip measurements up to 42″), but they’re not currently available. You can buy the smallest size (kids up to the age of 6) for $35. I wish I had a youngster on my holiday gift list. — Erica P.
Iâ€™d been scouring Craigslist for a small desk for my daughterâ€™s bedroom re-do, but after three months of no-go and a birthday deadline fast approaching, I changed my plans last garbage day. With my neighborâ€™s blessing, I snagged her chair from the curb. It took about two hours to scrub and vacuum it clean. Then I repaired the loose wicker on the front legs, gave it a coat of white primer, and finished with two cans of Krylon Watermelon. (Still not sure about the monogram I taped off in the diamond pattern on the back of the chair — I was going for funky but think now it might be fussy. Thoughts?) Click to read the rest — and see the chair as it looked before Sarah’s magic! (more…)