Here�s a familiar problem: You find yourself needing to take a quick measurement, mark a length and write down the information�but you not only don�t have a tape measure handy, you�re also without a pencil or pen.

Here�s the solution: Next time you�re at the check-out counter in your local hardware store or home center, pick up an all-in-one MEASURE �N MARK tape measure and pen combination tool.

The MEASURE �N MARK has a compact �lollypop� design that includes a 36�automatic-rewind tape measure (denoted by inches and centimeters) atop a black-ink ballpoint pen. The tape measure detaches from the pen for added convenience. Overall dimensions are a modest 1.5�w x 5�h, and each MEASURE �N MARK includes a handy pocket clip.