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Bunny shares her favorite affordable, practical products that are appealing to the space-conscious consumer.

Oprah has her favorite things. Martha has good things. And Bunny? She has tiny things! Bunny’s Tiny Things are products I recommend that are either (1) actually tiny, (2) tiny relative to their usefulness, or (3) tiny relative to other similar products. Bunny’s Tiny Things are loved by Tiny Living lovers and Big Living lovers alike.

Today’s tiny thing is this amazing portable table from Crate and Barrel. The table rolls up and can be placed in a small bag, similar to a yoga bag. It is $44.95 and available online.

Table in a Bag

Crate and Barrel Table in a Bag

Crate and Barrel is advertising this as a picnic or camping table, which I think is fabulous (obviously). But I think the table has other potential uses as well. For example, many new parents find that a coffee table is impracticle with a little rug rat running around bumping his head on things. With this table, parents could set it up for dinner or drinks after the baby is in bed and then roll it back up for play time in the morning. The table would also be ideal for those living in small spaces, like dorm rooms, who want to maximize floor space when the table is not in use.

I ordered my very own Table in a Bag last week. I will let you know if it meets expectations.

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I’ve mentioned that I am a very amateur photographer.  My subject?  As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, my Little Man is usually the target of my insanity.  Before he was born, I decided to go all out and get a Cannon EOS 40D.  I rationalized this purchase because professional newborn photos (think wedding pictures, not Babies ‘R Us photo studio) would cost even more.   (Yes, I am amazingly frugal, I know.)

And, I really do love my camera.  

But, I still haven’t taken the time to “bond” with my camera.  There are so many features I know nothing about.  True, sometimes pictures just need to be taken to capture a moment.  But sometimes, I want beautiful light-filled pictures that do justice to the Bunny, the Light of my Life.  

On occasion I end up with a picture I love. Usually this is just a happy accident. All credit to my feverish paparazzi like clicking.  

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Every Friday I suggest a wine that is rated 90 points or higher and costs less than $20.

Admittedly, I am no Miles. I can’t tell you about the soupcon of asparagus, the flutter of cheese or the blackberry undertones in a wine. But I can tell you what I like. I should also warn you that I have a bias towards reds.

This week’s wine is Four Vines 2006 Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel California ($11.99 at BEVMO). This is probably not a great wine for those who tend to like whites or who are new to wine. But for all you red lovers out there, this is a great, strong and spicy wine that goes straight to your nose. This wine is best enjoyed on its own, rather than with dinner.

Cheers!

Four Vines 2006 Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel California

Update 7/30/09 – I found this tiny-living blogger who feels differently about rice cookers, but proposes using them in place of a stove!

Next time you are at Target, and thinking, What useless things can I spend my money on today?  Please buy this or this (which are actually not useless, but might satisfy your urge).  But please, DO NOT buy a rice cooker!  Unless you do not own a stove, there is no more useless appliance on earth (if you know of a more useless appliance, I would love to hear about it – leave me a comment).  

So, here it is…how to make rice without a rice cooker:  Put two parts water to one part rice in a pot.  Turn burner to high heat.  When water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover.  Rice is done in 20 minutes.  (Recipe courtesy of my dad.  Or your dad.  Or anyone who does not own a rice cooker!)

Full disclosure:  We owned a rice cooker until a few weeks ago when we sold it to Wayne at Starbucks. Wayne, if you are reading this, I am sorry for your unfortunate purchase.  I will sell you my rice recipe for $20.

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Mom to a one-year-old Super Bunny. Amateur cook and photographer. Tiny living enthusiast. Lawyer who would rather write about muffins than motive.

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