Favorite item of the week
Admit it. Even if you're sad to see summer slip away, there's something wonderful about sliding under a warm bed covering these first chilly nights of fall. It may be a down- or poly-fill comforter, a wool or acrylic blanket or even a densely woven throw of some sort.
Either way, the cocooning season has returned. And it doesn't feel so bad.
Looking for a bed covering on the sportier side this season? Be sure to check out the flannel-covered comforters or, if you want something lightweight yet mighty warm, a blanket or throw designed from polyester fleece.
To encourage your child to put in some book time each day, set up a comfortable reading corner in the living room, den or even your own home office.
An upholstered window seat, overstuffed chair or even a stack of floor pillows will give her a place among the family to complete school reading assignments and explore her own literary interests.
It was bound to happen: the Status Mouse has arrived.
Wallace Silversmiths has come out with a silver-plated mouse for your computer, reports the Washington Post.
The mouse, which sells for $24.99 and is compatible with most PCs, can be monogrammed with three to six letters for an additional $10.
You can check out the silver-plated mouse on Bloomingdale's Web site, www.bloomingdales.com
If your jewelry box is a web of tangled necklaces and your closet floor a jumble of shoes, consider these tips from Twist, a magazine for teens with some good organizing ideas for adults, too:
Hang a tie rack and use it to store necklaces neatly.
Load up a big beach tote with all your other purses. You'll save space by keeping them all together.
To keep track of friends' phone numbers and birthdays, take a Polaroid of each one and write their vitals under their pictures. Tack the photos to a bulletin board for easy access.
Lose the pesky shoe pile by storing footwear in a see-through plastic chest in your closet.
From the home front
"Duct tape brings everybody together. It doesn't matter if you're a multimillionaire or advertising person or newspaper reporter or stay-at-home mom. Everybody has a story about duct tape and how it saved their life."
Gary Medalis, spokesman for Manco, a company that distributes the product under the brand name Duck Tape. From Knight Ridder News Service.