For her, by her: Savvy stuff created for women by women

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by Rachel Harris, Beauty and Life on a Budget

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:45 PM

Have you ever seen a cool product and instantly thought to yourself... why didn't I think of that?! I sure have.

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So, in this column, I salute the women who have turned their vision into savvy stuff that helps us gals out. I had a blast finding unique items that either makes us look good or makes our lives easier. Unique and sweet stuff to know about. Read on to see if there is a woman-inspired creation that may be just what you have been looking for!

The Why-Didn't-I-Think-of-This Mom-Must-HaveThe DripStik

When I stumbled onto this cool mess-free kid device, I couldn't wait to share it in this column for all of the Moms out there! The DripStik is a colorful holder for frozen treats. Children stick popsicles in one end and the little bowl catches every sticky drip. Flip the DripStik over and there is a place for ice cream cones to stay put and catch the drip with every lick! I love this! I found this one at a new toy store in Ahwatukee called Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for only $5.99. It is also dishwasher-safe and comes in several fun colors. Kudos to creator and mother of five Mecinna Price for her cool and clean kiddie creation! Learn more about her story and the DripStik at www.dripstik.com.

Mom-Made Mommy Fashion SaverModest Middles

If you are expecting a baby, are currently nursing or know someone who is awaiting that special delivery, check out this wardrobe wonder. Nifty nursing tank tops called Modest Middles have been created for the mother who wants to discreetly feed her baby and wear pre-pregnancy fashions. Sound too good to be true? Well, Phoenix mother of four Amy Maschue turned her idea into a functional fashion piece sure to please both Mother and baby. The U-shaped neckline enables Mom to wear the tank with the top of the piece fitting snuggly underneath the bra line, so that the tank's long torso stays perfectly in place consistently covering her back, sides and stomach while nursing. Brilliant! Modest Middles are sold for $29.99 through the website at www.modestmiddles.com and in various Metro Phoenix boutiques that include Ralph Infant & Child located at 4747 E. Thomas Rd.

Star-Inspired Bra BoosterCleavage Cupcakes

When it comes to the bust, you can't stop gravity, but you can give yourself a surgical-free lift thanks to a woman-created innovative company called Her Look. Similar to what the stars wear under their bust-revealing styles, this product is creatively called Cleavage Cupcakes. Made of silicone gel, these breast enhancers fit neatly in the bottom of a bra or bathing suit to give your girls a little rise just like cupcakes magically rise during the baking process. Only this recipe gives an instant boost to your bust with no waiting on risky surgical results. I much prefer this cute pink box to booking an appointment with a surgeon! Created by Kerry O'Brien, her Look company offers all sorts of problem-solving and figure-enhancing undergarments. Cleavage Cupcakes sell for $44.00 for a box of two crescent-shaped enhancers that can be worn multiple times. Available through www.herlook.com and department stores that include Sax Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Good Eats That Keep on GivingSunshine Specialty Foods

Chandler Mom Judy Egge turned her taste buds brainstorm into a tasty business. I got my first yummy and spicy bite at a hockey mom gathering. Judy brought a tray of her homemade Stuffed Jalapenos to our potluck party. I was instantly hooked and wanted to taste and learn more.

Sunshine Specialty Foods offers a line of recipe-saving relishes called ReLish This! and each jar is low in sodium and sugar, is gluten-free and is all natural. Plus Judy tells me that one serving is zero points for Weight Watchers members. With flavors like Sweet & Hot that is packed with zucchini, peppers, onions and habaneras and Sweet & Tangy made with zucchini, peppers and onions, I have found her creations to be delicious. Each jar can be transformed into a quick dip for a party appetizer, a main course enhancer or even dessert. Judy's new Pina Colada flavor is so versatile that it can be used for tangy chicken fingers, as an ice cream topping or for a mixed Pina Colado cocktail! As a busy mom, I like that one jar can do it all including a quick dinner idea or a yummy party food on the run. Her website at www.sunshinefoodco.com is loaded with easy recipe ideas. Each 10 oz. jar sells for $5.95 at AJ's Fine Foods, Whole Foods Markets, local farmer's market events and also at her website. Judy is a regular vendor at the downtown Chandler Farmer's Market located just south of Chandler Blvd. and Arizona Avenue. She is there every Thursday afternoon from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

A Sister Steps In For Soothing Skincare LineDDF

Doctors Dermatologic Formula skincare line was created by a man, Dr. Howard Sobel, MD, F.A.A.C.S., but he tapped a women near and dear to him to help perfect his product's marketing to us gals. That woman is his sister, Elaine B. Linker and together they have made true dermatologic products available to consumers. Elaine is also a nutritional expert and her expertise contributed to her brother's dermatologist surgeon skills to make a truly professional line easily available to women. Plus the DDF line offers items for delicate skin types with products that are fragrance-free like the Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew with SPF 15 and an organic sun block that won't irritate delicate skin conditions like Eczema. Thanks to Elaine and her brother, this first-class formula can be purchased without a prescription at Ulta Beauty Stores and at www.ddfskincare.com.

So, here's to the girls who give us great gadgets, flavorful foods, body boosters and more. After all, it takes one to know one and I always get a kick out of supporting women-influenced businesses. You go girls!

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