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DII Woven Vinyl Double Border Placemats, Silver, Set of 6
DII Woven Vinyl Double Border Placemats, Silver, Set of 6
Price: $16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive without looking cheap, July 29, 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect of these placemats from the pictures provided, so I've been pretty pleased with their performance to this point.

Although they are a thin vinyl, they look good and provide some decent strength. They do a good job of catching crumbs, but liquid spills unfortunately aren't absorbed all that well and tend to run if you move the mats. At the same time, they're very easy to wash and wipe, unlike fabric mats that absorb a great deal of spillage. I'll personally take the quick wash option any day over needing to launder fabric mats. The only caveat I'd give is that I'm not sure how well these placemats would hold up under the heat of an intensely hot bowl or plate. I'd be a little concerned about their ability to protect a high-value table, and about possible melting.

These have been a pleasant surprise, and they've allowed me to throw out our older mats that have been kicking around for far too long. Great choice especially for those people with kids, as they offer a nice-looking but inexpensive and easy-to-clean option.


It's What's Inside the Lines That Counts: Baseball Stars of the 1970s and 1980s Talk About the Game They Loved (Baseball Oral History Project)
It's What's Inside the Lines That Counts: Baseball Stars of the 1970s and 1980s Talk About the Game They Loved (Baseball Oral History Project)
by Fay Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.00
33 used & new from $2.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully disorganized and lacking in structure, July 28, 2014
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For fans of oral baseball histories, this book seems to hold a lot of promise. Having the chance to "hear" from the likes of legendary players like Cal Ripken, Tom Seaver and Ozzie Smith, or an all-time great manager like Earl Weaver, there's the hope that we'll learn something new or get real insights into the game. Unfortunately, all Vincent gives us is a series of what seem like stream-of-consciousness ramblings.

This book could have been improved simply by having a Q&A format that would keep the interviewee somewhat on track, instead of having them jump all over the place. Without any kind of pointed or challenging questions, there's no need for these greats to really provide any meaty thoughts. We never get to learn about hardships, controversies during their careers, or thoughts on problems with the game. I have nothing against positivity, but without challenging those being interviewed it's tough to break any new ground.

There are a few moments of insight, like Cal Ripken talking about his dad's absences from home during the season or Earl Weaver discussing some of his groundbreaking strategies, but too often it's just a guy saying things like, "he was great," about half the players they played with/against. If you're not going to do any research - which I understand isn't the point of this project - then you at least need to make the interviews interesting, and Vincent doesn't do that.

If you want to know more about baseball during the 1970s, check out Dan Epstein's Big Hair and Plastic Grass or even Phil Pepe's older oral history of that decade. Both are preferable to this title, which proved extremely disappointing.


Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Action Pacs, 4x Concentrated, 110-Count
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Action Pacs, 4x Concentrated, 110-Count

5.0 out of 5 stars Our favorite dishwasher detergent, July 28, 2014
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We've been using Cascade Action Pacs for over a year, and at this point I wouldn't consider buying any competing products. We tried several before this one, everything from store brands to name-brand competitors, but found that there was always a problem whether it was soap streaks or lack of cleanliness on our dishes. With Cascade, we have not encountered any of these problems.\

For those unfamiliar with these pacs, my only recommendation is that you be careful to keep any moisture out of the package. Since their packaging is obviously made to dissolve in your dishwasher, it only takes the slightest amount of wetness in the box to ruin several of them. Other than that, they're about as easy to use as anything in one's house. Highly recommended, an excellent product.


Fisher-Price Disney Minnie Jump 'n Style Pony Stable
Fisher-Price Disney Minnie Jump 'n Style Pony Stable
Price: $39.99
6 used & new from $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars especially those who like Minnie Mouse, July 18, 2014
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For those who are fans of Disney characters, especially those who like Minnie Mouse, this should be a hit.

Assembly was fast and very easy, with everything ready in a couple of minutes. The pieces are all large enough that I feel safe with younger kids using them, and the colors are bright and vibrant. For a plastic set, the whole thing is pretty sturdy and I'd expect that it will have some decent longevity.

The price isn't bad for this one, especially given that it's a licensed Disney product. Should prove a good gift choice for Minnie fans.


Melissa & Doug Craft and Create Friendship Bracelets
Melissa & Doug Craft and Create Friendship Bracelets
Price: $7.99
46 used & new from $1.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, great value, July 18, 2014
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We're always on the lookout for crafts for our 10-year-old daughter. She does a lot of physical activity, but once inside it's far too easy to fall into using a tablet or just wasting time with bad TV. So when this product became available, I figured it would be a good activity for her and so far that has proven to be true.

The kit comes with a fair number of beads and charms, and the number of bracelets created will really depend on how "busy" the creation. The mini-loom is easy enough for older kids, and existing jewel options can also be used to spice up the offered options. The only caveat I'd make is that some of the instructions may be difficult for younger children.

Another excellent product from Melissa & Doug, this is a well-priced and fun choice.


Fisher-Price Thomas The Train: Trackmaster Avalanche Escape Set
Fisher-Price Thomas The Train: Trackmaster Avalanche Escape Set
Price: $64.99
7 used & new from $64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For kids who like Thomas, or those who have other Thomas tracks/toys, July 18, 2014
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For kids who like Thomas, or those who have other Thomas tracks/toys, this should prove a popular choice. This one can be added to existing set pieces to create more interesting runs, or it can be used as a standalone. The action sequences offered this one are likely to appeal to most younger kids, even with repeated play.

The only negative is that you're really paying for the name, and the quality doesn't match the price. It's certainly not weak and flimsy, but neither is it as sturdy as I would expect for this price. Still, it's a toy that any fan of Thomas is sure to enjoy.


TCDK-101 Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack (Dark Shadow)
TCDK-101 Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack (Dark Shadow)
Price: $199.99
3 used & new from $199.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the TCDK-101 is about as good as you're going to find, July 18, 2014
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If you're looking for a heavy-duty backpack that will allow you access to your camera while hiking or doing whatever, the TCDK-101 is about as good as you're going to find. Built with plenty of storage space, it's designed for photographers but should also prove of value for others hauling electronics like a laptop or even those just looking for a strong, durable backpack.

This pack is built to be durable, but is still relatively light (about two pounds) when empty. The material is waterproof, and the flaps and zippers have been perfectly designed to prevent anything in the pack from becoming wet. For photographers, there is a side zip pocket built to hold your camera as well as providing space for some spare lenses. For those who might use this pack in other settings, it comfortably fits a laptop along with anything else you may need to pack. For fun, I just tried to stuff in as many items as I could find laying around, and the capacity was impressive. The straps on the outside are helpful for attaching a tripod or other device, and the space for a water bottle is helpful.

Whether you're a photographer looking for a bag to carry all your equipment, an employee lugging a laptop and other items to work, or a hiker looking for a durable pack to carry, this is a great choice. It's certainly not inexpensive, but this is a case where you're actually getting what you pay for. Highly recommended, one of the best products I've seen all year.


Ever After High Thronecoming Briar Beauty Doll and Furniture Set
Ever After High Thronecoming Briar Beauty Doll and Furniture Set
Price: $49.99
8 used & new from $49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I came away pretty disappointed with this one given the disparity between the ..., July 18, 2014
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I figured this one might prove popular with my kids, given their recent obsession with Monster High. Ever After seems very similar, and both of my daughters have an affinity for creating involving dolls and their play settings. However, I came away pretty disappointed with this one given the disparity between the list cost and the quality.

I like the storybook idea, and how easily everything rolls up, and the backdrops are aesthetically pleasing. The Briar Beauty doll will also be enjoyed, at least by those who don't already own a version of said doll. What I didn't like is that the storybook backdrops are almost made of flimsy cardboard that does not stand up over time. Even some of the plastic pieces, such as the bed chair, are so thin that they've got no chance to stand up to repeated use.

If your child enjoys Ever After High, I'd recommend sticking with the dolls. At this price, the value just isn't there.


Remington Products S8530 Anti Frizz Therapy Straightener, 2 Inch
Remington Products S8530 Anti Frizz Therapy Straightener, 2 Inch
Offered by ToysOnline
Price: $80.13
3 used & new from $67.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Heats quickly, works well, July 18, 2014
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Both of my daughters have hair that can often prove challenging when it comes to morning preparation, so a good hair straightener is very much a necessity in our house. We have been using this for a few weeks, and we're very happy to this point because we don't need to spend much time waiting for the iron to heat up before use.

The iron offers multiple temperature settings, and it's a plus to have an actual number display instead of leaving the user to guess at approximate temperatures. We've been using the lower setting (350) and it's done a great job. I'm not sure exactly what microfibers are being used in this straightener, but they work well with the ceramic plates to straighten hair quickly and effectively. My daughters have mildly frizzy hair, and to this point I have found that this product prevents that frizz from returning at least for a couple of days.

The Amazon price does seem high, given that the product can be found much cheaper on other sites. However, the straightener itself works very well and I would recommend it.


ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176CX-A1-BK 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176CX-A1-BK 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
Price: $129.99
33 used & new from $119.68

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, great price, July 10, 2014
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We've owned several ASUS laptops and notebooks over the past several years, and we've always been very impressed with their performance. This latest addition to our household electronics collection is no exception, a well-priced and strong-performing Android tablet.

The device is clean looking and boots quickly. The screen isn't HD, but it's still very nice with vibrant colors. The 1 GB of RAM should be sufficient for most users, and all of the streaming video options I tried worked well. Browsing online is very fast, and wireless connectivity is simple. The Android Kitkat OS works well.

Highly recommended for those looking for a good tablet at a great price.


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