PUMA Lily Ballet Flat
Looks like a stylish shoe -- feels like a sneaker.
Dressy enough to wear to dinner but comfy enough to trek around in all day, these flats are a godsend, especially for vacations. Available in basic black and lots of fun color combinations.
Cost: $75 at Zappos.com
Easier to carry than a basket … and just as much fun!
This well-designed backpack comes with everything you need to dine alfresco: plates, utensils, cups and napkins for two, plus a wine key and a large insulated pocket to keep your meal and wine chilled. Other pockets hold your cell phone, wallet and accessories.
Cost: $40 at UncommonGoods.com
The Oona Hands-free Smartphone Device
Mount your phone anywhere in seconds.
Have you ever wished you could stick your phone to your windshield to use as a GPS or to a kitchen cabinet so you could follow a recipe or write a grocery list? The Oona mounts on almost any surface using a single, configurable piece, with super-strong suction pads. It even serves as a tripod when you shoot a photo or video.
Cost: $29.95 at TheOona.com
These all-in-one kits make growing plants easy.
Even people with black thumbs like me can enjoy gardening with these simple, just-add-water kits, which also make great hostess gifts. Choose from Mixed Zinnia, Mixed Herbs, Alpine Strawberry, Mini Tomato (my fave) and more!
Cost: $25-28 at PottingShedCreations.com
Banjees Phone Wrist Wallet
Keep keys from jangling while you run.
This stretchy wallet fits around your wrist and makes it easy to hold cash, keys, and your phone during outdoor workouts -- even if you have no pockets. Available in three colors.
Cost: $17.95 at Sahalie.com
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