hA planner for families
Joan Goldner came up with a deceptively simple system for keeping track of her family's schedule. Now she's making life easier for the rest of us.
The executive and single mom has published "BusyBodyBook," a daily planner designed for families. It contains a simple grid that lets up to five family members record a week's worth of activities and appointments on one page, making it easy to spot scheduling conflicts.
The book also has spaces for recording important dates and contact information, as well as a place each week for family members to jot notes or write messages to one another.
"BusyBodyBook" can be ordered online at www.busybodybook.com for $19.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
hHigh-tech holderdisinfects toothbrushes
The VIOlight helps you stay healthy in style. The high-tech toothbrush holder uses ultraviolet light to disinfect toothbrushes in 10 minutes. It even looks attractive on your bathroom vanity, thanks to the talents of world-renowned designer Phillipe Starck.
The VIOlight holds up to four toothbrushes and can accommodate most electric toothbrush heads. A removable drip cup makes it easy to keep the unit clean.
The device sells for $49.95 and is available online at www.violight.com. It is expected to be in stores in the spring.
Painting dark paneling
Q. Is there some way to paint over dark paneling?
A. Primer is the key to achieving a good paint job over paneling.
The Paint Quality Institute recommends first cleaning the paneling with detergent and warm water, then sanding it with 220-grit sandpaper to roughen the surface and improve adhesion. Wear eye protection and a dust mask. When you're done sanding, wipe the surface with damp rags to remove the dust. Apply a stain-blocking primer, then follow with a good-quality interior latex paint.