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LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register
LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register
Offered by Toys US
Price: $28.10
2 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun toy with a lot of potential for both educational ..., June 20, 2016
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This is a fun toy with a lot of potential for both educational and imaginative play. Our 1.5 year old son immediately started pushing the buttons and enjoyed listening to the different messages and songs. His favorite thing, though, is the coin slot and register drawer. Sliding the coins in is a very satisfying task that builds fine motor skills. He loves to take out all the coins, give some to Dad, take turns inserting them into the register, pop the tray and then start the whole thing over again. The counting tasks are a little beyond him for now, but hearing and seeing the numbers is fun for any age.

The scanner doesn't actually recognize the different items - it just makes a noise when you press it. But the pictures on the cash register are helpful - our son has started to match the items to the correct pictures. It does count the number of items you've scanned and then counts up as you insert coins to pay for your purchase though.

If I have to find something to criticize, I wish this cash register came with some sort of pouch or basket to keep all the coins and items together. They're all loose, so it's easy to misplace something, and difficult to clean up. The coins make sense to keep in the register itself - but the items are just basically loose to find their way under the couch or wherever toys tend to end up in your house.


MercerGuard Cut Glove, Large
MercerGuard Cut Glove, Large
Price: $25.03

5.0 out of 5 stars it took some pretty major knife slices and held strong, June 19, 2016
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My wife once missed a Bruins playoff game because she sliced her hand with a mandoline and had to go get stitches, so I fully understand the importance of blade safety in the kitchen. I did a very scientific test of this product by putting a carrot into the finger and doing a few knife slices. The glove worked very well, it took some pretty major knife slices and held strong. It's worth noting that this doesn't do much for a 'poke', but can really help with a 'slice'. It's not bulletproof, but can really help with preventing some kitchen injuries. Solid product.


Cuties Training Pants, Boy, White/Blue, 26 Count (Pack of 4)
Cuties Training Pants, Boy, White/Blue, 26 Count (Pack of 4)
Offered by Diabetes Health Supplies
Price: $39.65
4 used & new from $38.06

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The re-fastenable sides of these pull-ups are a cool idea. It's nice to have the option to ..., June 9, 2016
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The re-fastenable sides of these pull-ups are a cool idea. It's nice to have the option to take them off or put them on without having to remove shoes and pants, too. However, the downsides of these pull-ups outweigh this one advantage. The biggest problem is that they just don't stretch enough. They are size 2T - 3T, and our son wears 2T. Yet these pull-ups are too tight on his hips and loose on his waist. It's a struggle to pull them up all the way. And it's very difficult to put them on like a regular diaper using the fasteners.

In addition, these don't hold nearly as much moisture as the Pampers brand pull-ups. Those balloon out as much as three inches. These only expand maybe 1/2 inch before they're saturated. We had an incident after a long nap where our son woke up all wet because the pull-up was full. However, they don't seem to leak from the sides.

One solid pro is the fun fish characters -- our son likes them. Also, there is a small fish that fades when the pull-up is wet. That's clever, but not really necessary.

Overall, these pullups aren't terrible - but they are frustrating to deal with and I think we'll stick with Pampers.


SKLZ Grip Trainer - Golf training aid for a better golf grip and hand positioning.
SKLZ Grip Trainer - Golf training aid for a better golf grip and hand positioning.
Price: $16.99
7 used & new from $16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ... expensive piece of plastic and rubber that does an excellent job helping to improve your golf grip, June 1, 2016
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This is an expensive piece of plastic and rubber that does an excellent job helping to improve your golf grip. It slides on quickly and easily to every club, and the rubber guides help you establish proper hand placement. Like any other golf training aide, don't expect miracles - but this product will definitely help you with your grip if you're struggling with it. I practice with the SKLZ Tempo and Grip Golf Trainer sometimes, and it's nice to have the grip training available right on my actual clubs for full swings.

There are two minor downsides to this product: the first is that it's pretty expensive for what you get, and the second is that it tends to slide around a decent amount when I'm taking swings. I have to constantly make sure it's aligned properly with the club. As a tradeoff, it's quick and easy to move from club to club. These aren't major problems, but just some things I wanted to mention.

One last thing to note is that this will only work for right-handed golfers - lefties need to look elsewhere.


Kid Galaxy Claw Climber Cheetah Vehicle
Kid Galaxy Claw Climber Cheetah Vehicle
Price: $47.57
14 used & new from $22.76

4.0 out of 5 stars The controls are easy to use and the cheetah design is super fun ..., June 1, 2016
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This remote control truck moves quickly and climbs most obstacles. The controls are easy to use and the cheetah design is super fun - the retractable claws are a nice touch. My son had fun playing with it even before he realized that it was motorized.

There are two main downsides to this product:
- Battery life is a big issue! The truck takes 6 batteries (double A) and the controller 2 more (triple A). After using the truck just 4-5 times over the course of one week, the batteries died. That seems way too soon to have to replace so many batteries.
- The "on" switch on the truck is tiny and hard to find. It's a small black switch on the side near the base. This isn't indicated on the box anywhere and there are no instructions so we just had to look around until we found it. Before I found this on/off switch I spent a few minutes switching batteries and wondering if something was broken.


Jef World of Golf JR647 Universal Club Brush
Jef World of Golf JR647 Universal Club Brush
Price: $10.79
12 used & new from $7.86

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent brush for your golf bag, May 24, 2016
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This is an excellent brush for your golf bag. Especially in early spring, I end up cleaning off my clubs a lot and this brush helps get things done when a simple wipe with a towel doesn't get the job done. It has two brushes: one soft nylon for your woods, and a stiff wire brush for your irons. It also has a (retractable) steel spike for cleaning out the grooves on your clubs. A lot of time this is what you really need, and it's nice to have a separate tool for it.

This tool also has a self-retracting reel so that you can attach this onto your bag, pull it out to clean off a club, and then have it snap right back into place. This might be a cool feature, but the attach point seems pretty flimsy to me. It seems like something that might wear down and break over time, although I don't have any evidence of this. I'm personally not a big fan of having a bunch of things hanging off of my golf bag, so I won't be using this feature.


NUTRO MAX Large Breed Adult Recipe With Farm Raised Chicken Dry Dog Food 25 Pounds
NUTRO MAX Large Breed Adult Recipe With Farm Raised Chicken Dry Dog Food 25 Pounds
Price: $32.99
9 used & new from $32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About a week into the switch - the first day that she had more of the new food than the old - she had very bad diarrhea and did, May 9, 2016
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We have a four-year old hound/black lab mutt. She's had some stomach issues over time, and we haven't been able to narrow it down to a specific ingredient or combination that causes her trouble. A while back we had finally found a food that completely worked for her: Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet, potato and kangaroo. Unfortunately, that food was discontinued recently so we had to look for a new kind.

We switched her over very slowly to the new food, mixing in slightly more of the new food each day. About a week into the switch - the first day that she had more of the new food than the old - she had very bad diarrhea and did a lot of whining and begging to go outside. So, we're going back to Natural Balance and trying out a new flavor. Hopefully that works out better for us. I will say that she loved the food and devoured it quickly, but to be fair she does that with pretty much any food.

It's very difficult to rate this product effectively. It didn't work out for our dog, but she doesn't have the easiest stomach around.


Happy Baby Clearly Crafted, Organic Baby Food, Stage 2, Apples, Guavas & Beets, 4.0oz Clear Pouch (16 Count)
Happy Baby Clearly Crafted, Organic Baby Food, Stage 2, Apples, Guavas & Beets, 4.0oz Clear Pouch (16 Count)
Price: $28.64
2 used & new from $28.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They make a great on-the-go snack for in the car or stroller, May 9, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Our 1.5 year old son loves any kind of squeeze pouch. He sometimes doesn't want to eat vegetables, but when they're mixed with fruit in one of these pouches, he devours the whole thing. He can hold and eat the pouch on his own without making a huge mess. They make a great on-the-go snack for in the car or stroller.

This beet, guava, and apple variety tastes great. I tried it, and you can taste all three ingredients. Overall it has a sweet, slightly tangy flavor and apple-sauce-like texture that kids will enjoy. The mixture contains all organic ingredients, and no added sugar.

One thing that sets these pouches apart from some others on the market is that they are transparent. You can see the color of the food inside and can tell how much has been eaten. I feel confident that my child is getting a safe, healthy snack when he has these pouches. I feel good about them, and he loves them - great combo!


Cuisinart Easy Care Spill-Proof Microfiber Fabric Rectangular Formal Tablecloth, 52x70 inch, Taupe
Cuisinart Easy Care Spill-Proof Microfiber Fabric Rectangular Formal Tablecloth, 52x70 inch, Taupe
Price: $39.99
2 used & new from $35.20

4.0 out of 5 stars and it pools into droplets that wipe off easily, leaving no wet spot, May 5, 2016
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Pour water on this tablecloth, and it pools into droplets that wipe off easily, leaving no wet spot. While any claim of 'spill-proof' is optimistic, this tablecloth does a decent job of making minor spills easy to deal with. The fabric is light and soft to the touch, with a nice color and design pattern. There is a bit of a 'sheen' to the tablecloth (likely from whatever they put on it to make it spill-proof), so don't buy this if you're expecting something flat. Though the material is thin, it does not seem cheap or "plasticky." The tablecloth is also machine-washable.

One downside is that the tablecloth came with a sticker on it that left behind a sticky residue when peeled off. Not a huge deal, but just a bummer. What's the point?


OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Dishwasher Safe 3 Piece Frypan Set
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Dishwasher Safe 3 Piece Frypan Set
Price: $89.99
2 used & new from $61.87

5.0 out of 5 stars We've had good luck with OXO in the past, May 2, 2016
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We've had good luck with OXO in the past, and these pans fit right in with our prior experience. The company certainly makes high-quality, affordable products, and these pans met our expectations.

The three sizes are perfect for almost all cooking needs. I've used the smallest one for eggs, the medium one for small batches of food, and the large one for meals. The largest one will definitely get the most use. I was surprised by how light the pans are - this must be due to the aluminum construction. The pans heat up and cool down fairly quickly. They feel very sturdy, but aren't as heavy to handle as some other frying pans we own. The handles are long and comfortable, and don't get too hot.

The non-stick surface works perfectly. Washing the pans is also super easy -- everything just slides off. If you put some water into the pan, it beads up instantly. I haven't yet tried putting the pans in the dishwasher, though they are supposedly dishwasher safe. We probably won't use them in the oven, either, even though they are supposed to be oven-safe to 430 degrees. Just personal preference here, I use cast iron or stainless steel for pretty much anything that needs to go into the oven.

We haven't owned the pans long enough to find out how long the non-stick surface will last. Every non-stick pan has a shelf life, we'll see how long this one holds up. Fingers crossed!


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