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Aquabot ABTRTR1 Turbo T In-Ground Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner with Remote Control and Aqua Buggy Cart
Aquabot ABTRTR1 Turbo T In-Ground Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner with Remote Control and Aqua Buggy Cart
Price: $1,256.57
10 used & new from $879.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough and Powerful, June 27, 2016
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This Aquabot replaced a smaller, lighter model of a different brand. We had no idea our pool was so dirty! This creature really picks up everything in the pool.

It's easy to assemble and use, and it keeps running long enough to do a through job..

We like the fact that it is separate from the filter system. The timer makes it super convenient, too.

The pool sees plenty of use all summer, with lots of children and the occasional dog. It's reassuring to know it's clean!
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simplehuman Semi-Round Sensor Can, 2nd Generation, Touch-Free Automatic Trash Can, Stainless Steel, 45 L / 12 Gal
simplehuman Semi-Round Sensor Can, 2nd Generation, Touch-Free Automatic Trash Can, Stainless Steel, 45 L / 12 Gal
Price: $99.99
2 used & new from $99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars State of the Art, June 27, 2016
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Can I call a trash can state of the art?

Tuck 4 AA batteries into the compartment on the back. Put in a liner and pull down the rim cover to keep it in place. That idea alone is so smart that it puts the trash can in a class of its own.

Now wave your hand over the cover. The lid opens smoothly and silently, gives you time to drop your coffee grounds in, and then slowly and silently closes again.

There's some serious tech behind the performance. Silver has antimicrobial products, and nanoparticles of silver are often suspended in paint in hospitals to take advantage of this. The coating of this trash can uses the same technology to keep the outer surface clean. The sensor that tells the lid when to open is adaptive -- at first it reacts to everything (be persistent about getting it to close after you put the liner in), but over time it learns about the environment in your particular home or shop and responds appropriately.

So everything you don't like about your current trash can -- slipping liners, smells, or just the need to hide it -- will be a thing of the past. I'm betting this will be the last trash can you'll ever need to buy.


BLACK+DECKER 83371 Durable Titanium Nonstick Interior Fry Pan, 10", Copper
BLACK+DECKER 83371 Durable Titanium Nonstick Interior Fry Pan, 10", Copper
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Lightweight, All-purpose Pan, June 24, 2016
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This is a nice, lightweight pan with a seriously nonstick coating. The handle stays cool and is shaped for comfort. Washing up is very easy.

The 10" size is perfect for general use for a couple or smaller family. I've used it for eggs, stir-fries, and browning meat, all with great success. I'll probably use it most often for omelettes, but this would be an excellent all-purpose skillet.

This is not heavy enough for deep-frying, and it's not designed for high temperatures.


Songmics Black Leather Jewelry Box 4 Watch Display Case Storage Organizer Glass Top w/ Lock Keys UJWB16B
Songmics Black Leather Jewelry Box 4 Watch Display Case Storage Organizer Glass Top w/ Lock Keys UJWB16B
Offered by Songmics Direct
Price: $23.99
2 used & new from $23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Made and Practical, Too, June 23, 2016
This is a handsome jewel box. The exterior is beautifully made, with a luxurious tailored look. I think this would be a very suitable box for a man. The interior compartments are suited for watches, rings, bracelets or necklaces, cuff links, and tie pins. The box looks great on a dresser.

I'm a woman, so I used the compartments for bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, and pins. The earring section works better for studs than for dangling earrings on wires, and hoops can't be accommodated at all. I put mine in the ring compartments. There is a large open compartment below the earring tray which is great for brooches and hair ornaments. The watch area turns out to hold delicate chains perfectly.

In short, the compartments are purposely designed for certain items, but are also flexible enough to hold whatever you need to hold.

The glass window on the top lets you see all your jewelry. I find that I forget what I own. Seeing it encourages me to remember and wear it.

I've had no occasion to lock the jewel box, but if you travel with a jewel box, the lock should keep it closed. For normal use, the box will protect your baubles and keep them from ending up tangled or misplaced.


Franklin Sports MLB Glow In The Dark Rubber-Tek Throw-Down Base Set (5 Piece)
Franklin Sports MLB Glow In The Dark Rubber-Tek Throw-Down Base Set (5 Piece)
Offered by Fat Brain Toys
Price: $18.95
3 used & new from $17.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Portable Fun for Kids, June 22, 2016
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Imagine that you're a kid, ready to enjoy a game of baseball on a summer's evening. Instead of having to designate that stump as first base and the doghouse as home plate, you can instead have a set of eerily glowing bases for your game.

What could be more cool?

You do have to imagine that you're a kid, because these are not the kind of bases you'll find in a ball park. They're thin, sturdy plastic, intended to be thrown down when it's time for a game and picked up afterwards.

I put them out in the sun for 20 minutes, as instructed by the box, and they took on a nice phosphorescent glow at dusk and glowed throughout the baseball game. A great addition to backyard play.


The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman: A Novel
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman: A Novel
by Mamen Sánchez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Novel, June 22, 2016
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Atticus Craftsman, having had all the adventures he cares to, has settled down into a satisfying life of books, tea, work, and family. He's not pleased to be sent to Spain to deal with a team of women running a literary magazine for the family business.

Then he disappears. It's up to a brash Spanish policeman to find him, and the book approaches the story from several different directions. As the threads begin to converge and tangle, the solution of the mysterious disappearance is revealed -- but not until an explosion of family secrets, historical surprises, and personal epiphanies take place. Bits of the story are revealed and whisked away again for a jigsaw puzzle of a novel, while life convincingly goes on all around the puzzle.

There is a mystery here, but also beautiful writing, impressive observations, multiple love stories, and a bit of magic. It's a wonderful novel, great for your book club or your beach bag.


New Balance Women's Accelerate Tunic, Cosmic Coral, Large
New Balance Women's Accelerate Tunic, Cosmic Coral, Large
Price: $16.93
4 used & new from $16.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, Comfortable, Not Modest, June 22, 2016
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First, the great things about this sports tunic. It's a very lightweight, comfortable fabric in a pretty, saturated color. It launders well and allows great freedom of movement. The shape is comfortable and much more feminine than a typical T.

It also has several reflective patches, a very good thing if you're out running after dark or before sunrise -- and in the summer heat, that's a good time to run.

Now, a couple of things that make this tunic less than perfect. First, it's so lightweight that it's actually quite sheer in this color. You can layer it, of course, but the graceful tunic shape doesn't seem designed for layering. You'll also lose the reflective benefits if you put something over this.

Second, the back has a bold faux seam (it doesn't appear to be a real seam, but I don't quite get it as an embroidered detail, so I'm going with faux seam) and the words "NB Dry" strategically placed to draw attention to the wearer's bottom.

"NB Dry" is in tiny letters, so while it seems like a strange, message, people will have to be pretty close to read it.

So you're going to be out running with your bra in full view through the sheer fabric and major fashion details drawing the eyes of other runners to your derriere. Ditto for yoga class or wherever else you'd choose to wear this. If this is not an issue for you, it's a great top.


Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team
Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team
by Daniel O'Brien
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.04
66 used & new from $5.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Overview of the Presidents Ever, June 21, 2016
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The premise here is that a zombie apocalypse is on the horizon, and you can pick a Dream Team of former presidents to put into play to solve the crisis.

Each president from Washington to Reagan gets a cool, illustrated write up in this book. The discussions are both fact-filled and opinionated, and though readers are given a scorecard for each president to rate his brains, brawn, moral compass, whether he's a loose cannon, and "The Roosevelt" which stands for courage, spirit, and adaptability, the author gives forthright advice on whether or not each guy belongs on the Dream Team.

Teddy Roosevelt does belong on the Dream Team, clearly. But Harding gets a "Booo! Noooo! Harding Stinks!"

The discussions of the presidents include their backgrounds, biographies, major accomplishments (if any), and startling details. They're well written, witty, and conversational in style. No adult in my circle knows all this stuff, and it should give kids lots of amazing things to tell the family at the dinner table.

In this election year, adults should probably read it, too. Rate the candidate of your choice on the Scorecard.


Case Logic Hayes Sleeve for 15.6" Laptop (HAYS115KPE)
Case Logic Hayes Sleeve for 15.6" Laptop (HAYS115KPE)
Price: $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Protective, June 20, 2016
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This is probably the softest, cushiest, most attractive sleeve your laptop has ever had. It's sophisticated and elegant, and the lining is so thick and plush that your laptop can recline inside it as though it were surrounded by feather pillows and duvets. It's like a wonderful present you buy your laptop.

The drawback: no pockets for your charger and no handle. It certainly will provide protection for your laptop if you put it inside your suitcase or in your trunk or something. It doesn't fit into the laptop area of my carry-on suitcase, so this isn't a good plan for air travel, but it can give you confidence if you're taking your laptop on a road trip.

As long as you have somewhere else to keep your charger.

Seriously, my laptop within the sleeve doesn't fit into my backpack, briefcase, or any other carrier with a space for a laptop. Without a handle, it's cumbersome to carry on its own. And there is no place for your charger. This is designed for someone who uses a laptop differently from the way I use mine.

With that said, it's a beautiful case. The polyester fabric is textured like canvas, but is more water resistant. The construction is excellent, as you would expect from Case Logic. If a good looking protective sleeve is all you need, this is it.


Tailored for Trouble: A Romantic Comedy (Happy Pants)
Tailored for Trouble: A Romantic Comedy (Happy Pants)
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Beach Book, June 19, 2016
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Taylor Reed is feisty, fierce, and just a bit self-destructive. Bennet Wade is insufferably arrogant, unbelievably rich, and distractingly handsome. Bennet ruined Taylor's life -- or that's how it seems to her -- and now he's bent on kidnapping her and forcing her to...accept him as a business consulting client?

It seems as though there must be more to it, and there is. A magic sugar cookie, a mother's dying wish, international travel, and plenty of self-discovery, plus the anticipated romance. The book is fun, fast-paced, and just right for your beach bag.


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