When a refrigerator just won't do


If you're a sports fan, you'll likely be perched in front of the television all day today watching the Super Bowl. And there's a good chance you'll have bowls of snacks around you, as well as an assortment of drinks. Well, sports fans, make way for the new SkyBox Personal Beverage Vendor from Maytag ($499.99).

This customized soda machine, smaller than a traditional vending machine, but suited perfectly for the home, holds 66 12-ounce cans, 33 12-ounce bottles or a combination. Drinks are dispensed from four selection buttons, and you choose the labels and drinks. Money does not need to be inserted in the machine.

SkyBox can be customized with various front and side panel labels, including all NFL teams (pictured is a Ravens machine), NHL teams, NASCAR drivers, college sports teams and more. And the machine features child safety locks, a low-indicator light and label cards for 20 of the most popular selections of beer, soda and water.

Also, there's an optional lower shelving area ($68.99) for storing snacks, DVDs or magazines. The machine and lower unit measure 57 inches by 25 inches. It's available for presale now at Amazon.com and as of March 1 at Home Depot. Visit www.skyboxbymaytag.com.

Maybe this is your year

Sure, you have dreams. And Home & Garden Television appreciates this. It's running the annual "HGTV Dream Home Giveaway" now through Feb. 17. Viewers can enter to win a dreamy new custom-designed house at Cumberland Harbour in St. Mary's, Ga. The 3,000-square-foot house (below) comes fully furnished and features goodies from La-Z-Boy, Bissell Homecare and California Closets. Winner receives the house, as well as a new 2004 GMC Envoy XUV and a Doggy Dream Home that matches the house.

Viewers can visit www.HGTV. com to enter the contest, and to get a peek at the house. Or viewers can mail a postcard with their name, address and telephone number to HGTV Dream Home Giveaway, P.O. Box 52107, Knox-ville, TN, 37950, postmarked by Feb. 17. Call 865-694-7879.

So sudsy, so Italian

Lather up! Tocca Beauty has unveiled its latest bath and body product: the Sapone collection of bar soaps. Included are Sapone ($12), a single 6-ounce bar soap, and Sapone Da Viaggio ($27), a set of three 3.5-ounce travel soaps. Products are available in three fragrances -- Stella (sweet orange), Florence (garden rose) and Cleopatra (cucumber and grapefruit). Most unique about Sapone are the ingredients of kukui nut oil (a Hawaiian oil for hydration), blue-green algae extract (for firming), Vitamin E (for regeneration) and glycerin (for cleansing).

Sapone products are available at www.beautyhabit.com. For information, visit www.tocca.com or call 212-929-7122.


* Naturalist painter Katie Rickman shows her recent works of roads and paths at the exhibit Roadwork, on display Thursday through Feb. 28 at Craft Expressions, 22 W. Allegheny Ave., Suite 102, Towson. There will be an opening reception 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Pictured below is Rickman's pastel work "Whisker's Lane." Call 410-821-9501 for hours.

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