International Housewares Preview

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a NYC preview of the International Home & Housewares Show, which will be held in Chicago next month. I got a close-up looks at some clever new products including these (where available, I’ve included links to buy them online):

Tovolo “Spatulart” Mini Silicone Spatulas & Turners (many available at–$5.95 for a set of 2 mini-spatulas, $12 for a pancake turner). Cute for cooking with kids!

Zoku Chocolate Station ($19.95, exclusively at Williams Sonoma). An affordable and kid-friendly appliance that allows you to make your own ice cream pops with a variety of chocolate toppings.

Wexel Art ($59.99 for a rectangular 12 x 19 wall frame). Modern floating acrylic frames that use strong wall magnets. Makes it easy to change up your display of kids’ artwork.

Kizmos “Get Happy” kitchen gadgets (available at–a set of 4 measuring cups costs $10.09). Probably the cutest measuring cups I have ever seen–and they will stand out easily in your kitchen drawer.

Keep Cup (prices start at $8.50 for an extra-small 4oz cup). It claims to be the “world’s first barista standard reusable cup designed for espresso coffee.” I’m not a coffee drinker, so I can’t opine here, but it looks nice anyway. You can choose your own color combos for these lightweight, splashproof and unbreakable cups.

Pack It Lunch Bags (2 bags for $19.95). These insulated bags keep foods cold up to 10 hours without ice packs or gels, plus they fold easily for storage. Fun patterns, too–I like the robots best.

Entemann’s Kids Bakeware (select items available at; $15.06 for kids’ 7-piece bakeware set). Everyone’s favorite grocery store baked goods company has just launched a product line for kids. Love the packaging and that jumbo donut cake looks delish!

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One Response to International Housewares Preview

  1. Philips says:

    Mitzi I can answer this beausce my family lives down there! You are outside of my color planting schedule by about a month. The trick is, Las Vegas gets so hot in the summer, but you can grow almost all winter long. My book is really for a spring-summer-fall planting schedule. The dates I offer might work for you and others who live in warmer climates, but really have a spring-summer and a fall-winter season. I am very aware of your needs, and it’s on my list of things to research and write about. But honestly, I can’t speak from experience, only from my research. I encourage you to contact your local extension service ( for a recommended planting schedule.

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