Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Does Your Dog have Separation Anxiety?

I came across a charming little gadget on Popgadget this afternoon: PeTalk, a cheerful recording device with playback that allows you to record a ten second message to be played to your pets at one, two, three, or four hour intervals. Apparently the product has been featured on Oprah (yes, this is a selling point for me), and customer testimonials claim that pets respond to the voice recordings than they do to simply hearing an owner's voice over the telephone. Ultimately, regardless of whether the playback actually reassures lonely pets, it may relieve some of the guilt that some owners feel about leaving animals home alone during the work day. I don't know if I'm actually going to lay out the cash for this one, but it certainly made me smile.

The PeTalk device is available from VoicePals! for $24.95 plus shipping & handling.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Custom Design Your Own Jeans

Just can't find the perfect pair of jeans? Now you can make your own, thanks to mejeans.com, a site that allows customers to build the perfect pair of jeans, choosing among such options as fit style, fabric, waist, fly, stitch, pockets, trim, and accents in addition to painstaking measurements (waist, hip, thigh, knee, inseam, etc) to ensure a custom-made product down to the last detail.

Keep in mind, too -- custom jeans are not just for women; in addition to other tips (including caveats about high waists, tapered legs, and teeny tiny seat pockets), the site offers the following for their male and female clientele:

"Overall winner for men: A good relaxed-fit jean with good room always wins the comfort battle.

Overall winner for women: The best look for most is a boot-cut that sits naturally on hips and buttons a little below your belly button. A lower rise with a nice long rub on front gives legs more length and a leaner look."

Furthermore, the site offers a 100% satisfactions guarantee: If you find an error in manufacture, materials, or the options that you selected, the company will refund your charges (less S&H) or make a brand new pair at no additional cost.

Still not sold? The mejeans glossary will help you get your jeans lingo down (quick - what's the difference between cargo and carpenter styles?), and the site is worth checking out for its body type tips alone: Have big hips? Mejeans recommends avoidance of high waists and tapered legs (and, please, avoid tapered legs regardless of your body type!) in favor of "an exaggerated bootleg with diagonal seams." Full backside? Back pockets, properly sized and with vertical seams, are far more flattering than a pocketless rear, and a low rise waistline will also maximize (by minimizing!) your assets. There's plenty more tips to be found; check them all out at mejeans.com.

mejeans run from approximately $90-$150, depending on the options selected.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Free Sample - Schick Intuition Razor

Who doesn't love free stuff? The Schick Intution is a triple bladed razor surrounded by moisturizing soap to lather and moisturize as you shave. Pretty great.

Get your free razor here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Used Books - and 9 Other Things You Shouldn't Buy New

Thanks to Lifehacker for this link to an MSN Money article by Liz Pulliam Weston entitled, "10 Things You Shouldn't Buy New."

The article discusses a handful of items for which you'll get far more bang for your buck when purchasing used, including timeshares, cars, and office furniture. Also included are books, DVDs, and CDs - a secondhand trend onto which I had already caught on (I always doublecheck for deals on half.com!).

When it comes to books, etc, however, keep this in mind: it's difficult to find good shipping deals from secondhand sellers (such as independent Amazon merchants or those selling through half.com), and most shipments are via media mail, which can be painfully slow. As a general rule, I only buy used if the book/video/CD is advertised as "Very Good," "Like New," or "New," and the price is marked down at least $5-$10 (since shipping usually runs $3-$4 per item). Even so, buying the book as a gift for another can be risky: I once purchased as a Christmas gift a "Like New" hardcover book marked down about 80%, and while the book appeared to be unread and in pristine condition, I subsequently found that the original buyer had handwritten a personal inscription of his own on one of the title pages. For the most part, however, I've had great luck with online purchases from secondhand sellers - just make sure you're really getting a better deal on a used item than you could have found for one that is brand new; my favorite comparison shopping site for new and used books is allbookstores.com, which compares prices - taking tax and shipping into consideration - on any given book at over two dozen new and used booksellers.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Free Gourmet Popcorn!

It's National Popcorn Month, and Dale and Thomas Popcorn (one of Oprah's "favorite things") is offering free 4-cup bags of gourmet popcorn in yummy Peanut Butter and White Chocolate DrizzleCorn or Twice as Nice DrizzleCorn. For just the cost of shipping & handling ($2.95/bag), you can get up to six bags per household. Mmmmmmmm....

Get your free popcorn - I recommend at least one bag of each flavor - through this link.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Yankee Candle Sale This Weekend

The Yankee Candle Company is having a sale October 7-10! Get 20% off when you spend $20; 30% off of $30; or 40% off when you spend $40 or more.

I'm not sure whether or not you can activate the deal with a coupon code, but the discounts should be automatic through this link.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Allure Best of Beauty 2005

In case you missed it, Allure just released its Editors' and Readers' Choices for Beauty Products of 2005. Nonetheless, even if you haven't had the opportunity to flip through the magazine itself, now you can review the top rated products on Amazon's website.

Better yet, through 31 October, you'll get a free subsription to Allure when you purchase $50 or more (not too hard to do) from eligible Amazon Beauty products (including the award winners). For more details, head on over here.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Shopping Muse: Mommy Edition

I'm afraid that this blogger has come dangerously close to developing total baby-on-the-brain, and in an effort to separate my baby finds from more mainstream shoppers' products and deals, I've made the decision to totally separate the two.

As such, I'd like to introduce ... The Shopping Muse: Mommy Edition. There may still be some overlap between the two blogs, but I can promise no more posts here about diaper bags (unless, of course, I'm recommending a diaper bag so stylish that it ought to double instead as a laptop case). Meanwhile, now I can happily post away over there about sleep soothers, onesies, cribsets, and picture books; and here I can escape the baby talk to discuss everything from gourmet foods to electronic gadgets to impractical new clothing trends.

Check out the new blog ... or, if you've already had your fill of the baby stuff, just hang around here for the next non-mommy shopping find.
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