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No-Jet-Lag homeopathic tablets I always take these tablets when I am flying on a long trip that crosses several time zones. I have found that when I take them, I adjust to the local time faster and I don’t experience that dizzy jet-lag feeling. I actually am able to hit the ground running.
luggage rack This luggage rack is the best. It is made well, sturdy, and easy to store. I bought one for each of my adult children, so that when I visit I have a comfortable place to put my suitcase. I no longer have to bend over to the ground to extract things.
clock that projects time onto the ceiling I discovered this amazing clock as a houseguest. It projects the time onto the ceiling so you don’t have to move to see the time. I like it so much that I bought one for my home bedroom and love it every day. (Note that the clock I bought was actually a now-discontinued Emerson CKS53528. But this one looks very similar.)
desk calendar I still buy a calendar desk diary calendar every year to keep track of my appointments. I love looking a the new picture each week, and I like to think in terms of an entire week at a time. The Royal Horticulture Society Desk Diary and the French Country Diary are my two favorites.
butterfly kit for kids I gave this kit once to one of my grandkids, and I plan to give it again a few more times. This particular kit includes the live caterpillars and is ready to go. Consider the weather when you give it. If it is cold wintertime, consider giving a gift certificate for the child to redeem when the weather is more suitable.
3-D safari book Last Christmas I gave this to both my son and my son-in-law, figuring they would enjoy sharing it with the family. I was right. I always look at it, too, when I am visiting.
rice cooker Though this rice maker does make rice, everyone I know uses it to make oatmeal. It is such a treat to add the ingredients the night before, then wake up in the morning to piping hot cereal. It plays a little song when it is ready, in case you are up early. Each of my adult chidren also has one of these, but I think they bought it themselves.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Written by Beatrix Potter, this classic was first published in 1902. It is a popular and well-loved tale that “tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor's vegetable garden!” I was quite surprised when my granddaughter showed no interest in it, but I intend to give one to my other granddaughters as well. Hmmm, maybe next time I see her I will ask her to “borrow” the copy I gave her. Or maybe I’ll read it to her again now that she is a little older.
Sabon Body Scrub I love the Sabon products. They are made in Israel. In addition to this body scrub, which I like to use at the end of a shower because it leaves my skin so smooth, I also really like the body lotions, which completely absorbs into the skin. And my all-time favorite fragrance is patchouli-lavender-vanilla. I really should open my mind and try another fragrance, too, but it doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon. Sabon shop in NYC.
Insect Shield Bandana I am just back from a trip to Trinidad, where the Zika virus is a danger. Before I left I was quite concerned about mosquitoes and repelling them. I was given one of these bandanas and wore it around my neck whenever I was in a mosquito-possible situation. I loved the bandana--it has no odor and is just like a regular bandana and quite cute. It repels more than mosquitoes. By the way, I only saw a few mosquitoes on my trip, and did get a few bites on my feet, but none of them messed with my neck.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy This colorful toy is a must to entertain babies. They become mesmerized by its songs and don’t drive adults too nuts from hearing it over and over.