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New Products for Friday, March 7, 2014

Our weekly showcase of what's new in shopping trends
2014-03-06T18:30:00Z New Products for Friday, March 7, 2014Compiled by Philip Potempa,, (219) 852-4327

Happy thoughts

A perfect page-by-page remedy to chase away the blues of a long winter, this 400-page tiny, but mighty paperback book titled "Think Happy, Be Happy: Art, Inspiration, Joy" (2013 Workman) offers great quotes paired with a gallery of original graphic art images. From "Live everyday like it's your birthday!" to "Don't shush your inner voice. It's who you are." each serves as a reminder to embrace everyday gifts.

WHERE TO BUY: $8.95 in stores or at

Slice of life

Citrus is like the "taste of sunshine" and a welcome flavor for the remains of winter. Tastefully Simple's easy-to-make 12 ounce boxed Lush Lemon Pudding Cake Mix is a perfect dessert or anytime treat offering. It's easy to make, and only needs the addition of water to create a classic dessert that's excellent served alone or topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Spoon up this warm, lovely cake brimming with luscious lemon while you can since it's a limited edition selection.

WHERE TO BUY: $8.49 at

Lighten up

The Stanley FatMax Portable Tripod light can be corded or cordless and is rechargeable and ready for any emergency loss of electricity. With 45 watts of ultra-bright LEDs, the rechargeable light reaches up to 2400 lumens. The tripod light is perfect for large and small jobs, power outages and outdoor events. The 90 degree adjustable hinges and 360 degree pivoting base allows for multi-directional positioning to cover larger areas. The three detachable cordless lights are great for smaller jobs and can be used in tighter spaces for maximum brightness. Each separate light runs for up to 10 hours and features Lithium Ion technology to stay charged for up to 12 months.

WHERE TO BUY: $269.99 at Lowes, Walmart and Sam's Club

Rum soaked sensation

Celebrating the brand's 30th anniversary, the Tortuga Rum Cake Company has added a new candy, Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls, to its line of gourmet Caribbean products. With a moist and fudgy chocolate center bursting with rum flavor and coated in dark chocolate sprinkles, Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls are a sweet and creamy tropical treat created to capture a taste of the Caribbean in every bite. The foil trimmed and embossed package with Tortuga's iconic galleon pirate ship. The Tortuga brand is well-known by the more than 20 million annual Caribbean tourists and cruise ship passengers, with Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes ranking as the No. 1 export of the Cayman Islands.

WHERE TO BUY: 6.17 ounce box includes 20 rum balls, with a suggested retail price of $15.99

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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