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THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
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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.)

 

sticker books for kids
Everyone knows kids love stickers.  I keep a stash of these inexpensive Dover sticker books for my grandkids, and dole them out when things start to go downhill.  These are my favorites:  Make Your Own Pizza; Decorate a Birthday Cake; Make Your Own Aquarium;Create Your Own Monsters; Make Your Own Butterfly; Decorate a Snowman; Gingerbread House

 

 

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. 

 

 

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