Packed with party supplies and gifts, Whimsy has a special knack for inflating handheld blimps of all kinds. Helium addicts can peruse the shop's lengthy catalogue, grabbing an over the hill balloon ($2.99) to celebrate a relative's birthday or successful mountain climb. A floating eyeball balloon ($7.99) thanks optometrists for a job well done, and a 3-D dirigible bumblebee, lobster, frog, or turtle ($9.99 each) lets pet lovers practice their nurturing skills and trick-training abilities. Whimsy takes orders by phone, email, or fax.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Stocked with everything from bib sets to highchairs, Smudgenola equips parents with the necessary provisions for keeping tots happy and fashionable. On-the-move toddlers can ride in style inside the cozy fabric of a baby sling($40), which holds up to 36 pounds, letting moms and dads go hands-free during neighborhood strolls or impromptu rugby scrums. Boys' rompers ($20) come hand-stitched in support of teams such as the Saints and LSU, and headbands ($5), purses ($20), and other girls' accessories adorn little ladies. A vibrantly colored highchair-to-go($25) allows dining dumplings to snack from anywhere, and a florid bib set($20) protects duds from pudding leaks and applesauce attacks flung from rival strollers.