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Sure, moss-colored gardening tools look monochromatic and neat, but they tend to get lost in the foliage, and they definitely aren’t as fun as these goofy-faced, polka-dotted-and-striped critter rakes and shovels, says They may even inspire little ones to cultivate little green thumbs.

Made by Pylones, $20 each; available at

Tag, you’re it!

Add a little character to your luggage with fun Sky Belle luggage tags. With 5 characters to choose from, your bags will have your name on them. Available in a leather strap with snap closure and ID insert, or a contrast color strap and interior lining. The tags also can be used to carry a photo ID, credit card or business card. Size is 4 inches by 4 inches, with a 4-inch strap. Cost: $19. Available at

Medicare facts

65 — percentage of Medicare recipients expected to spend less money out-of-pocket on prescription drugs under the new federal program that will begin enrolling seniors this year

25 — percentage expected to spend more

10 — percentage to see no change in their out-of-pocket drug costs

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Family ties

Your family may not be famous, but it has a rich history that is worth learning about and making a record of — for family members, and others, to enjoy for years to come.

Want to make your next family gathering special?

It’s not too early to get started. Ask relatives for contributions such as memorable stories, old photos and handwritten favorite recipes. Then, organize them in a scrapbook. Post recipes on a page with photos and warm words about the cook, and include shots of earlier family gatherings, like holiday meals and backyard cookouts. Make copies and put them in binders. At your next big get-together, give everyone a copy.

Boomers rock

Just what the baby boomer modernist needs: a rocking chair by mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames.

The original, 1948 fiberglass bucket seat rocker has been updated in recycled polypropylene in spring-like colors of light blue, lime, orange or white. The essential bucket, which is being billed as the “most significant furniture design of the 20th century,” according to the Design Within Reach catalog, sits atop two maple runners and costs $379.

For more information, call Design Within Reach at 800-944-2233 or visit


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