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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Okay, judging from this pic taken when I was ten years old, maybe not! Yes, those pants WERE lime green polyester and yes they WERE shameless high waters. And yes, I used to wear that fuzzy yellow sweater as a shirt. I mean, how would I have found time to comb my hair when I was too busy riding my bike, climbing trees, and battling the local boys to hold on to the fort me and my best friend had made from the thicket of plum bushes out behind the old water tower? (But you do have to admire my confident attitude...don't you?)

So this explains why my first ever shopping blog begins with a...a hard boiled egg maker!

1) Salton Great Eggs Poacher Boiler. Okay, so
I'm not a fashionista OR a great cook. But now I'll never again have to call my friends at the buttcrack of dawn and whine, "Now just how do you boil an egg again?" You can pop up to six eggs in this little baby, flip the dial, and when the buzzing begins, you end up with the perfect soft, medium or hard boiled egg. Ideal for the writer on deadline or when you need to whip out a dozen deviled eggs to impress your mother-in-law. This one is on sale right now at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004R944/104-1679743-4583960?v=glance&n=284507 for $19.99 (marked down from $34.99).

2) The Farouk Chi 1 Inch Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener. I call this baby my magic wand (and no, Christina, it doesn't run
on Double DD batteries!) It probably makes me sound incredibly shallow to admit that a hair straightener changed my life, but it's true. I have extremely frizzy hair. Not a cascade of charming curls like one of my heroines but a mass of fuzzy stuff that swells up like a bloated mushroom when it's humid outside. I nearly wept with joy when my stylist introduced me to the charms of the hair straightener. This is one of the best because it's NOT adjustable so I can't scorch my hair off like Jo did to Meg's in LITTLE WOMEN. I've been using it every other day for over a year with no detrimental effects to my hair. You can find this little beauty at
www.beautygalaxy.com for $89.99 (with free shipping!)

3) Revlon Age Defying Foundation. It was one of our very own Squawkees who turned me on to the lovely product in the Comment section! You don't even have to visit a high-end department store or take out a second mortgage on your house to buy it. Just pop into your local drugstore or Wal-Mart. You've probably seen the commercials with Susan Sarandon and Julianne Moore pretending to yuck it up in front of the dressing room mirror. (There was no hair pulling as there would have been if it was a Squawker commercial.) It contains some sort of miracle ingredient called "Botafirm", which is supposed to make you look younger in only 2 weeks. I don't know if I look younger since I've been wearing it, but I FEEL younger. And it's one of the few foundations I've found that doesn't break out my delicate little face.

4) Sheila's Select Gourmet Soups - If you're not a gourmet cook, but want people to think you are, try this wonderful soup mix from Sheila Select. I received the Chicken Tortilla and Chicken Enchilada flavors for Christmas and was immediately wowed! Everything you need comes right in the box (including the meat), it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and it's so deliciously creamy you'd swear you were dining at a fine restaurant. The portions are large, feeding at least 4-6 people comfortably. (Well, if one of them isn't me.) Fabulous for a cold winter day or to impress those pesky in-laws! You can google to find a dealer or visit

www.booksamillion.com - I do a majority of my bookbuying on this site. If you pay the extra $10/year to get a "Millionaire Card", the books are discounted even further PLUS you get free shipping on any order over $25.00. (And I don't have to tell you that it's no particular strain to come up with a book order over $25.) Other great on-line bookbuying sites are www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com . This is the best way to find shiny new copies of your favorite Squawker's...um...I mean, your favorite author's backlist.

www.deepdiscountdvd.com and www.deepdiscountcd.com . And this is where I buy most of my DVD's and CD's. Some of the best prices around, no sales tax and free shipping all of the time no matter how little or much you purchase.

7) Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Serum. It's back to Wal-Mart again! I have fairly sensitive skin. I've spent a fortune on various high-end cosmetics only to leave them languishing in the drawer, but I've never been unhappy with any Neutrogena product I've ever purchased. Their latest is an Anti-Wrinkle serum that smells and feels fantastic on your skin (for some reason, it smells like sugar cookies, but hey--that's just me!) I'm obviously not in need of any anti-wrinkle products for myself but I'll definitely be recommending this one to
Connie ;)

If anyone else has any wonderful recommendations, be it gadgets, great shopping websites or cosmetics that you've discovered since Christmas, we'd love to hear from you! And if you need me, I'll be out climbing a tree or building a fort in the back yard in my polyester pants ;)
Teresa Medeiros, 6:24 AM