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Nature Valley Almond Dark Chocolate Nut Crisp Bars Box, 5.34 Ounce
Nature Valley Almond Dark Chocolate Nut Crisp Bars Box, 5.34 Ounce
Offered by Banded Together Boutique
Price: $7.98
6 used & new from $5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Average, no chocolate flavor at all, minimal almond flavor, March 18, 2015
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These Nature Valley Nut Crisp bars come in a clear cellophane-type wrapping, with the contents appearing similar to a traditional Nature Valley granola bar but with some peanut pieces and whole sunflower seeds. The almond pieces are not that evident, maybe 1/4 to 3/8" in size.

The bars have a thin bottom layer of "chocolate". This bar has absolutely no chocolate flavor - if eating it blind, I would not even realize/identify that the bar contains chocolate. The ingredients do not list chocolate - I assume the bottom coating is made from the cocoa and vegetable oils (palm kernel, palm, canola) listed in the ingredients.

There is almond and peanut flavor, with the peanut flavor being more pronounced. Thus, for a bar entitled Almond Dark Chocolate Nut Crisp Bars, it definitely did not meet my expectations for chocolate (much less dark chocolate) or almond. It does contain nuts and is crispy. However, I expected there to be more nuts and nut flavor.

These bars are so tiny and thin that I needed to eat 2 of them for a snack. They are not that filling and I really do not think they are worth the 260 cal (for 2 bars). They are 0.9 oz each, 5.34 oz for the box of 6. Each bar has 130 cal, 9g fat, 160 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 3 g protein. They are not really that healthy. The second ingredient is sugar. No where on the package is GMO-free mentioned, so I assume that the canola oil listed is likely GMO. Also contains the undefined "natural flavor".

Since a typical snack would be 2 bars, the package of 6 bars is really only 3 servings, making the cost per serving higher. They are still cheaper than most higher quality bars, but may be due to lower quality ingredients (small nut pieces and no real chocolate). For the current Amazon price of $3.48 per box, makes 2 bars cost $1.16 for 1.8 oz. As an example comparison, other nut/granola bars (eg, Kind or Pure bars) cost about $1.25-1.50 each (when purchased in 12 pack at Amazon) for 1.5 to 1.7 oz bar and have visible whole almonds or other nuts and no or less sugar. I have tried many different brands of granola/nut type bars that have been tastier than these Nature Valley Nut Crisp bars.

People who are used to and like mainstream grocery store brands of everyday granola bars would probably like this product. People used to eating higher quality energy or organic bars (Kind, Pure, Larabar, even Kashi) may be disappointed with this product. Rated 2 1/2 stars, rounded up to 3 stars. Average. I personally will not purchase in the future.


Braven 770 Wireless HD Bluetooth Speaker - Retail Packaging - Black
Braven 770 Wireless HD Bluetooth Speaker - Retail Packaging - Black
Price: $149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Portable sound, March 12, 2015
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The Braven wireless speaker is a heavy, high quality yet compact speaker. It is easy to charge up with the included cable. No issues when using it to play music off of a computer and the sound quality is good. It is easy to hook up and should be useful in the summer for portable music when hooked up to a smart phone or other wireless devices.


Rapesco Flat Clinch Top Loading Stapler, 25 Sheet Capacity, Uses 26 and 24 1/4 Inch Staples, Blue (RAP1143)
Rapesco Flat Clinch Top Loading Stapler, 25 Sheet Capacity, Uses 26 and 24 1/4 Inch Staples, Blue (RAP1143)
Price: $16.94
3 used & new from $16.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid, like the flat-back staples (flat clinch), February 28, 2015
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This is a very nice solid, heavy stapler that seems like it will hold up over time. The stapler is more compact than typical staplers, about 5 1/2" long but is not a mini stapler. I like the flat back staple configuration ("flat clinch") rather than the typical curved back staples. This allows easier stacking of sets of stapled papers.

The staples seem to be standard size, ~1/2" wide after stapling. The stapler came with a package of Rapesco 24/6mm staples, but this might have been only for Vine reviewers. I have found in my previous use of staplers that it is best to use the same brand of staples as the stapler brand; it may be that some staplers are more forgiving of use of various staple brands. Unsure of how this stapler would do with Swingline brand staples, for example. It works great with the included Rapesco staples.

The stapler can be used either in hand with a crunching action or on a desktop with pushed down motion. I found the staples were better formed when the stapler was stable on a desk top and pressed down to staple.

The blue color is a medium royal blue (more tending toward the trendy "ultra" blue color). It does have a spot for a personalization label on the bottom of the stapler (~7/8" x ~3/8") - this is not useful for me, but others may like for school or work use.


SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream, 0.49 fl. oz.
SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream, 0.49 fl. oz.
Price: $125.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely expensive, results not commensurate with price, February 28, 2015
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I have not used eye creams very much in the past. I have used DHC Concentrated Eye Cream, about thirty-five dollars for 0.7 oz, compared to this very expensive SK-II product costly one hundred twenty-five dollars for 0.5 oz. This is very expensive for a small amount of material, but likely in the same price range as high-end anti-aging face/eye lotions and such.

The SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream comes with a small white plastic spatula (a nice touch), so you can use the product without contaminating the jar with your finger. Directions say to apply an "appropriate amount of product (approximately 0.5 cm in diameter)"... The white spatula tip is about 0.5 cm wide, so it is easy to judge the recommended amount. Then "Gently spread around eye area using ring finger in slow and gentle circular movements."

I found the SK-II eye cream to work acceptably. It is winter in the midwest, so skin gets dry and dehydrated. This eye cream seemed to hydrate the skin around my eyes and absorbs quickly. I did not notice much impact on wrinkles or skin health over time.

This eye cream has an extremely long list of ingredients. This is a water/glycerin based product (first two ingredients). Parabens are listed (preservatives), and some people are avoiding those. There are also silicones (dimethicone and derivatives), and some people are also avoiding those. I would prefer to have more natural ingredients, especially in the sensitive area near the eyes.

It comes in classy looking jar - burgundy red glass jar with a matching slightly metallic slightly shiny lid. The product is a cream color (slightly yellowish tinge) with a thick lotion-like consistency (on the thinner side of creams). It has a light smell, reminiscent of Windex (but not offensive). Product is made in Japan.

For $125 for a minuscule amount, I would expect the SK-II to have exceptional results. Overall, the SK-II eye cream did not perform better than the less expensive DHC eye cream. I also cannot get past the various preservatives the SK-II contains. Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil are very low cost and natural alternatives. Rating 2 1/2 stars, rounded down to 2 stars.


Gaiam Athletic Yoga Series maxTowel Xtra-Large Yoga Mat Towel
Gaiam Athletic Yoga Series maxTowel Xtra-Large Yoga Mat Towel
Price: $29.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meets expectations for a microfiber towel, February 24, 2015
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This is a nice quality microfiber towel. The towel is fairly thick and has a standard microfiber texture (it tends to get "caught" on winter-dry hands and rough surfaces). I have an older version of the standard Gaiam yoga towel (purple color) and this new grey "Athletic" focused towel is definitely thicker and larger. I would not consider this towel thick compared to standard terry towels - it is microfiber. The towel fits fine over a yoga mat but I am just using it as a towel. It works well to absorb moisture. The towel is fairly expensive for what it is but in line with other yoga towels. Another possible competitor, the quick-dry camping/outdoor towels are also expensive. The grey color is unobtrusive and conservative, not girly like some of the Gaiam products (I believe this product line is more targeted at men). Not sure about the product description "maxTowel Xtra-Durable" --> time will tell if it holds up over time. 4 stars.


BODYMINDER Workout and Exercise Journal (A Fitness Diary)
BODYMINDER Workout and Exercise Journal (A Fitness Diary)
by F. E. Wilkins
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $13.45
38 used & new from $7.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent paper journal, February 14, 2015
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Love this classic, paper journal. I am on my third Bodyminder (over the last 3 years).

I also use an electronic journal and have tried making my own spreadsheets, but this Bodyminder is great and super convenient for taking with you, on the go. It is especially useful when doing a 12 or 13 week fitness or eating program since it has enough pages for daily entries for 13 weeks (or can be used for longer periods of time if not written in everyday). It helps to maintain discipline, if you commit to writing in it every day, even if just as reminders, and even if you go off track from your program (just get back on track). There is something more more real and tangible about writing in a book vs. on an electronic device.

The Bodyminder pre-printed pages are close to what I would have designed for myself. I like the weekly goals, daily tracking and weekly progress sections. I do re-purpose or ignore some of the sections that are not relevant to me, but overall, the design of the journal is the closest to meeting my needs of commercially available journals I have seen.

Beginning: Weekly Plan pages. Good to make weekly goals and then spots to check off your plan and/or accomplishments for each day of the week. This section is set up for daily exercise goals, but I use some of the lines for more general weekly goals. It also has a line for weekly dietary goals.

Middle: Daily journal pages. It has sections for both exercise and food recording. I do like the comments, reminders and "met today's goals?" scale bar from 0 to 100%. I modify the exercise sections to fit my style; it has cardio and strength sections, as well as other exercise. Dietary notes: I like that it has space for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack (I do not fill in calories, etc but use for just recording food). I like that it has boxes to check off for water consumption and a section for vitamins.

End: Starting Stats & 13-week goals, Weekly Progress (measurements), misc pages such as games & competitions, expenses.

The Bodyminder is a great size (~5.5 x 8.5" pages) that makes it easy to handle and transport. It has a spiral binder that makes pages easy to write on when open or folded back on itself. Pens fit great into the spiral so they are handy and do not get lost or caught on anything. The paper is high quality with no bleed through. Pages in the front and back are cream colored and the daily journal pages are white. It has a vinyl pocket in the back for storing papers. The cover is plastic coated and holds up well going into and out of tote bags. I don't really care for the graphics on the cover but is not too bad; I suppose it could be blacked-out with a Sharpie.

I like using this journal with multi-colored pens, with a different color pen for each week (use same color for the weekly goals in the front, for daily entries in the middle and for the weekly measurements in the back). I recommend Zebra Sarasa Rapid Dry Ink Gel Pen, Retractable, 0.7mm, Assorted Colors, 10 Pack (46881).

Overall, the Bodyminder journal is a very well-thought-out product. It does not fully replace electronic journaling but is a nice complement. Highly recommend.


Majorica Multicolor Round Pearl Sterling Silver Illusion Necklace
Majorica Multicolor Round Pearl Sterling Silver Illusion Necklace

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful necklace, February 14, 2015
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Beautiful necklace, made in Spain. I love the multicolor pearls in grey and cream tones, goes with many outfits. I like the idea of man-made pearls and these have a beautiful luster. The necklace is a nice length, not too short. Fairly expensive but worth it.


PedUSA Safety Lanyard Leash for Pedometer (1) Unit. Various Colors (Pink)
PedUSA Safety Lanyard Leash for Pedometer (1) Unit. Various Colors (Pink)
Offered by Heart Rate Monitors USA
Price: $3.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Not good....., February 14, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is an okay product, depending on your needs. I purchased it to replace an Omron leash that broke at the plastic clip end that attaches to clothing for extra security so the pedometer does not fall out of a pants pocket or when shoved into a waistband, for example.

I purchased the pink leash color, which is a light to medium classic blue-toned pink (color in the image was accurate on my monitor). The leash was fairly inexpensive at three dollars with free shipping.

There are several things I do not like about this design. The PedUSA leash pink flat cord is too long (~7" long), with an overall length including clips and cords of ~10 3/4". The cord is scratchy where the pink ends are folded over and sewed (and maybe heat sealed giving a hard edge, so nylon-like cord does not fray). Not evident from the picture, the end clip that attaches to clothing is an ugly, shiny silver metal (the picture is deceiving and makes it look like both clips are black). The clip is quite large (unnecessarily large to me), bulky and uncomfortable when clipped to a waistband. The clip is almost 5/8" wide x 1 1/4" long (including the opening where the cord is attached). The clip opening where the pink flat cord attaches is 5/8" wide but the cord is only slightly larger than 1/4" wide, so the cord slides around on the clip. The clip has 3 wide zig zag teeth that are sharp and have damaged some of my clothing (need to be very careful when attaching and removing). The silver clip also has some sharp edges.

The other end of the leash has a tiny black cord that threaded just fine through the opening on my pedometer and loops back through itself (same method as previous leash). There is a black plastic clip 1/2" wide x 1" long between the tiny black cord and the pink flat leash cord. This clip allows the pedometer to be detached from the pink corded leash (sort of the detachable "valet key" idea). This feature is not useful to me since I always want the leash attached to my pedometer. This extra black clip also makes the leash more bulky.

I may try to find a smaller plastic clip to replace the bulky metal clip that damages clothing and then sew on the new clip and shorten the leash in the process; I would also likely get rid of the black plastic detach clip. This would essentially re-engineer the whole product. I would recommend looking for an alternative product.


PedUSA Safety Lanyard Leash for Pedometer (1) Unit. Various Colors (Black)
PedUSA Safety Lanyard Leash for Pedometer (1) Unit. Various Colors (Black)
Offered by Heart Rate Monitors USA
Price: $3.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good....., February 14, 2015
This is an okay product, depending on your needs. I purchased it to replace an Omron leash that broke at the plastic clip end that attaches to clothing for extra security so the pedometer does not fall out of a pants pocket or when shoved into a waistband, for example.

I purchased the pink leash color, which is a light to medium classic blue-toned pink (color in the image was accurate on my monitor). The leash was fairly inexpensive at three dollars with free shipping.

There are several things I do not like about this design. The PedUSA leash pink flat cord is too long (~7" long), with an overall length including clips and cords of ~10 3/4". The cord is scratchy where the pink ends are folded over and sewed (and maybe heat sealed giving a hard edge, so nylon-like cord does not fray). Not evident from the picture, the end clip that attaches to clothing is an ugly, shiny silver metal (the picture is deceiving and makes it look like both clips are black). The clip is quite large (unnecessarily large to me), bulky and uncomfortable when clipped to a waistband. The clip is almost 5/8" wide x 1 1/4" long (including the opening where the cord is attached). The clip opening where the pink flat cord attaches is 5/8" wide but the cord is only slightly larger than 1/4" wide, so the cord slides around on the clip. The clip has 3 wide zig zag teeth that are sharp and have damaged some of my clothing (need to be very careful when attaching and removing). The silver clip also has some sharp edges.

The other end of the leash has a tiny black cord that threaded just fine through the opening on my pedometer and loops back through itself (same method as previous leash). There is a black plastic clip 1/2" wide x 1" long between the tiny black cord and the pink flat leash cord. This clip allows the pedometer to be detached from the pink corded leash (sort of the detachable "valet key" idea). This feature is not useful to me since I always want the leash attached to my pedometer. This extra black clip also makes the leash more bulky.

I may try to find a smaller plastic clip to replace the bulky metal clip that damages clothing and then sew on the new clip and shorten the leash in the process; I would also likely get rid of the black plastic detach clip. This would essentially re-engineer the whole product. I would recommend looking for an alternative product.


Avery Durable Write-On Plastic Dividers with Expandable Pockets, 5-Tabs, 1 Set (16183)
Avery Durable Write-On Plastic Dividers with Expandable Pockets, 5-Tabs, 1 Set (16183)
Price: $5.16
22 used & new from $3.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Another great product by Avery, February 14, 2015
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These dividers are very useful. They expand a bit to hold stacks of papers but are still not too wide when non-expanded and using for just a few papers or as dividers with no papers. The pockets are useful to hold papers, envelopes, coupons, Post-Its, etc. The corner lock tab works well to hold papers in the folder so they do not fall out.

The dividers are made of fairly thick plastic, with a matte, more opaque finish on the backer and a satin finish on the front angled part. The label tabs are integral to the backer for a sleek look and less likely to get caught on anything (tabs not separately attached) and are writable/erasable. The divider colors are subtle and good for business. Note that the tabs do stick out the side of a standard 3-ring binder. High quality product that I expect will hold up.


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