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The Pitch: Wouldn’t the “Brangie Bunch,” as
the entertainment media is now calling the Jolie-Pitt family (puhlease), love
a product that makes parenting easier? (I mean, with their 30 kids and all…)
It just so happens that Charles River Apparel (asi/44620) has
recently won Disney’s iParenting Media Award in the gifts category for
its convertible travel bag/blanket. The item (#1002) was designed as a convenient “grab-and-go” solution
for families, travelers and employee recognition. Made from water-resistant Softex
Polyester and lined with anti-pill horizon fleece, it includes a large zippered
front and back pocket with a detachable carrying strap. It can also be used as
a seat cushion. Pricing starts at $38.50 (P) for one and it
comes in black, forest, maroon, navy, red and royal. See it for yourself
response to Starbucks’ recent announcement that it’s
closing 600 locations, crazy people are actually starting “Save
Our Starbucks” campaigns. You can go to: www.saveourstarbucks.com and
type in your location, then state your complaint. Personally, their
coffee makes me nauseous, and I have an idea: Buy a can of coffee
at the grocery store for the price of one large latte and make
your coffee before you leave the house. The industry sells very
nice travel mugs; in particular, item # 483 from Numo
a Kolder Company (asi/74710). It’s
a stainless-steel, 16-oz. insulated travel mug with plastic liner.
Plus, it’s on sale! Qty.-250;
list price-$3.58; price code-R. Check it out at: http://www.numomfg.com/Products?search=483.
Expires 9/30/08. The
Bottom Line: Save your money, honey
Use Protection The Pitch: One
of my friendly readers wants me to educate golfers about the dangers
of not using sunscreen, protective lip balm, and sunglasses when they
hit the links. John Courtney, of Keel Golf & Promo's
in Florida, knows friends and relatives who have paid the price in skin
cancer and eye problems because they failed to take these precautions.
I also recently saw a family friend from Florida at a wedding, who was
missing the top of his ear … I know, scary! You could parlay this
into awareness campaigns at golf clubs and resorts and item #40405 from Pillowline/Norwood
(asi/78105) is a great place to start. The sun-relief kit contains
a 1-oz. bottle of PABA-free SPF-15 sunscreen, 1-oz. bottle of after-sun
lotion and 1 SPF23 spearmint lip balm. They are conveniently packaged
in a translucent, drawstring, PVC bag with a carabiner clip. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-75; list price-$8.90; price
to: http://www.norwood.com/search/basic/?search=40405&Submit2=Search. The Bottom Line: Use it or lose it (your nice skin,
On the Radio The
morning on ASI Radio (www.asicentral.com/radio),
we talked about all kinds of topics, including Counselor magazine’s “Hot
List” of hot people in the industry. My husband listened in as
I sort of gushed over Charley from Snugz and he left a message on
my voicemail: “I better be on your hot list!” LOL.
(You are, Steve, not to worry.) By the way, Brandon from Snugz ...
quite hot as well. Well, here’s a product from Snugz
USA Inc. (asi/88060) that’s on my hot
list too: Item # 03-06 is from their new SolutionZ line of gifts. It’s
a key chain with a digital camera that’s smaller than a credit
card and has 16 MB of memory. It can be used as a still camera (holding
up to 246 photos), a video camera (holds several seconds of footage)
and a web cam (which connects to a PC). It comes with a USB cable, carrying
case, software CD and AAA battery. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-25; list price-$17.75; price code-R. Click
on: http://www.snugzusa.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=32&idproduct=25. The Bottom Line: Alert the paparazzi.
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