You never considered the straw a candidate for a redesign.
But since your little sipper started slurping (and slopping) you realize the old-fashioned straw, in a word, sucks.
Keep spills and splatters to a minimum with Straw-lution, the mom-invented straw that goes in and doesn’t come out (really, we tried). Simply push it through the top of any cup and little hooks grab the underside, making it impossible to remove.
It also works with yogurt and applesauce (anything with a foil top), turning them into sippable, mess-free, portable snacks.
Best part: They’re reusable and dishwasher safe — so your money doesn’t go down the tubes.
Available online at strawlution.com, $5 per dozen.
What: Get the lowdown on amazing steals (40-70 percent off) at your favorite places around town.
Why: Your wallet’s feeling a tad light from splurging on gifts for your brood.
When: Uh, now.
Where: Sign up online at dailycandy.com.
Spit That Out
What: Local author Paige Wolf’s new tome ($14) gives the lowdown on raising bambinos in an ecofriendly way without going totally batty.
Why: Easy tips for coping in a greener-than-thou world.
When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Juju Salon & Organics, 713 S. Fourth St. (215-238-6080); online at amazon.com.
What: Get in the holiday spirit with carriage rides, caroling, and a tree lighting ceremony.
Why: He can pen a note to Santa at the writing station.
When: Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Where: Historic Headhouse Square, Second St., at Lombard St. Admission is free.
What: Grown-up band Sun Airway plays a kid-friendly set just for the day (ages 3-13).
Why: There’s nary a nursery rhyme in their repertoire.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. (215-222-1400). Tickets online at worldcafelive.com. Adults, $13 in advance/$15 at the door; children, $11 in advance/$13 at the door.
Photo: Courtesy of Straw-lution