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Uqique Digital Voice Recorder USB - Hidden Spy Voice Recording Device 8GB with MP3 / USB Flash Storage Features and Instant Audio Playback
Uqique Digital Voice Recorder USB - Hidden Spy Voice Recording Device 8GB with MP3 / USB Flash Storage Features and Instant Audio Playback
Offered by shoppi.ly
Price: $26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time!, December 19, 2014
A digital recorder, mp3 player, and 8GB flash drive all in one . . . How could I resist?

We ordered this, and it arrived in a convenient box with headphones and a cord for attaching the device to a USB port. We believed it could be a great Christmas gift for our daughter who is traveling overseas. She loves to have all her music in one place, and this includes the earphones to listen to her songs. She can use the digital recording to keep a digital diary of her trip. And we even loaded our own voice file, wishing her a Merry Christmas.

The recording is a lot clearer than on two other digital recorders I own, and this device is ultra-small, especially considering all that it contains. We plugged the USB cord into our PC, into our Chromebook, a laptop, and a Mac. It showed up on all of them, allowing us to drop and drag files, rename them, organize them into files, etc. Wow. My other recorders are more limited. One doesn't work with Windows Media Player. Another doesn't work with mp3 files. The Uqique recorder works with both.

For easy listening on a plane flight, my daughter can definitely listen to her loaded songs by moving back and forth between them with the small + and - signs on the end of the device. And the volume can also be adjusted there. This is just a fantastic deal, and I am so glad that we can send this off to her for Christmas with a personalized message.

It's about time someone put all these components into one device and made it so easy and sleek to use. We were impressed.


Smartek ST-2000N Cord-Cordless Iron Steam Iron
Smartek ST-2000N Cord-Cordless Iron Steam Iron
Offered by SHARPER PRODUCTS
Price: $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Economical Option, December 18, 2014
The simple act of ironing has fallen out of fashion in today's fast-paced world. Am I the only one who gets tired of dealing with water and tangled cords and weighty irons?

Smartek's cordless option is a great and economical option. This iron is streamlined, easy to use, and lightweight so that you can even iron curtains and other items that might be difficult with a cumbersome old-school instrument. If you go cordless, it still works well, even if the heat dissipates a bit quicker. That's not really an issue unless you're dealing with a large job.

We received this quickly through the mail. It was packaged well, and were definitely satisfied with it. We compared it to others online and on Amazon, and for the price, this one's hard to beat.


iGearPro 16GB USB Flash Drive Digital Audio Voice Recorder - Rechargeable Mini Hidden Pen Drive - 1 Year Warranty
iGearPro 16GB USB Flash Drive Digital Audio Voice Recorder - Rechargeable Mini Hidden Pen Drive - 1 Year Warranty
Offered by Histore
Price: $25.99
3 used & new from $22.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Points and Bad, December 12, 2014
This handy little flash drive has some good points and bad.

Good points: It's easy to use, it's a decent price, and it comes with a small protective box and plastic pouch. It works great if you want to do face-to-face interviews. It's fairly decent with background noise being filtered as long as you are recording close-up. Once fully charged, it can record for up to 10 hours, and it can store a lot of files. Though it would be nice to store mp3 files, it offers a free online conversion option.

Bad points: For spy purposes, it's not voice-activated, and the visible power light and lack of range (voices sound very distant at anything beyond seven or eight feet) make it hardly optimal. It doesn't do well with loud music, so live recordings won't be good enough quality to listen to again with any real enjoyment. It also has a ten to twenty second delay after turning it on, with the power light being red, and then it going to blue for recording. Perhaps this is to give time to turn it on and situate for an interview, but it's an annoyance.

Overall, it's not a bad product if you want to speak into while on long drives, or want to do interviews with other people at a table or on a couch. Just know what you're getting, and you'll be fine.


iHomeSet® Mini Silicone Muffin Pan - Cupcake Maker 12 Cup / Nonstick Cupcake baking Pans / Muffin Maker/Mold/Cups, Soap Molds, Large Ice Cube Tray, Gluten Free Baking Pans (Red)
iHomeSet® Mini Silicone Muffin Pan - Cupcake Maker 12 Cup / Nonstick Cupcake baking Pans / Muffin Maker/Mold/Cups, Soap Molds, Large Ice Cube Tray, Gluten Free Baking Pans (Red)
Offered by Histore
Price: $14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't Someone Think of This Earlier?, December 12, 2014
For years, we've had our old metal muffin pans. Despite spraying them with nonstick spray and using cupcake holders, the pans are still glazed in old spray and residue. We've spent time scrubbing them, and still they look old and used. Only recently did we discover the magic of silicone cooking items.

Wow! This silicone muffin pan makes kitchen work that much easier and that much more fun, especially when including kids in the work. You can use this for making muffins or cupcakes, since it is heat-resistant, and the goodies slide right out with no sticking or mess. Just in case, though, it's dishwasher safe. It can also be used to throw some cute Jell-O cups into the fridge, or whatever else your creative culinary mind comes up with. In addition, the pan can be bent and folded where it takes up very little cupboard space. Not to mention, there's no clanging around in the back of a cupboard for the metal pan.

Why didn't someone think of this decades ago? We love it.


Microfiber Towel for Travel, Beach, Bath, Gym, Camping - XL Extra Large but Compact, Antibacterial and Quick Dry with small Carry Pouch (Lavender, 60 x 30 Inches)
Microfiber Towel for Travel, Beach, Bath, Gym, Camping - XL Extra Large but Compact, Antibacterial and Quick Dry with small Carry Pouch (Lavender, 60 x 30 Inches)
Offered by LaRoyal
Price: $36.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Item to Have, December 11, 2014
I love the beach, love the outdoors, and love working out. This towel sounded like a great product, and in its feminine color, seemed perfect for my wife. I thought, why not give it a try?

The microfiber towel is as advertised. It is lightweight, and folds into the nice mesh pouch with a Velcro seal, despite being full-sized. It can be hung with its loop on your gym bag, your belt loop, or your backpack. It's thin, yet soft and absorbent for beach use. Anyone who goes camping knows how much room a towel can take up in your backpack, so this is a handy answer to that problem, since staying dry is a necessity. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and spent many damp nights in tents after long hikes. This towel would've been a great item to have.


Dog Feeding Mat with Bowl [Extra 30% OFF for Holiday Seasons! Only] - Stainless Bowl & Silicon Mat - NO More Dog Food All Over the Floor © Pet Magasin [2 Years Warranty, 100% Money Back Guarantee]
Dog Feeding Mat with Bowl [Extra 30% OFF for Holiday Seasons! Only] - Stainless Bowl & Silicon Mat - NO More Dog Food All Over the Floor © Pet Magasin [2 Years Warranty, 100% Money Back Guarantee]
Offered by PetMagasin Direct
Price: $21.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Solution, December 9, 2014
We have a great little dachshund, now over ten years old, and she loves her new dog bowl and dish. In the past, she's been apt to knock pet food and water onto the floor. Thankfully, we have tile, but it's left small messes to clean up. This dog bowl and mat are a perfect solution: easy to use, easy to clean, and fully functional. The red fits for male or female pets, and the silicon stops it from creating any metallic clanging that could scare off jumpy pets.


800-900 LumensZoomable CREE XM-L T6 LED Bulb Lamp Flashlight,+18650 Li-ion Battery
800-900 LumensZoomable CREE XM-L T6 LED Bulb Lamp Flashlight,+18650 Li-ion Battery
Offered by Startech trading
Price: $39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Serious and Recreational Use, December 2, 2014
If you ever ride a bike or walk to work through the city, or find yourself mountain-biking or climbing at dusk, you understand the importance of a good flashlight that can easily be mounted to your transportation. I got this through the mail, and I was impressed not only with the nice, compact box that it comes in, along with slots for the various components, but also with the flashlight itself.

This thing is powerful. With a few twists of the end, it can be zoomed to a very direct beam, or be zoomed out so that it provides a large round swath that will cut through the darkness and highlight any parked cars or poles or trees or whatever else. When you hold the green button for a longer moment, it will also provide a strobe option. The rechargeable battery is a plus, but there is a fitting that can make three AAA batteries also work in it.

For those serious or recreational riders, this is a great little flashlight. And it's awfully handy even if you're not riding a bike. It's one of the best rechargeable batteries and powerful flashlights I've come across. Love it!


AquaFlow® 5 Function Luxury Large 6" Shower Head / ABS Material with Chrome Finish / Enjoy an Invigorating & Luxurious Spa-like Experience
AquaFlow® 5 Function Luxury Large 6" Shower Head / ABS Material with Chrome Finish / Enjoy an Invigorating & Luxurious Spa-like Experience
Offered by F&W Trading LLC
Price: $39.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three or Four Decent Options, December 1, 2014
My wife and I appreciate good showers, and the AquaFlow 5 Function is one of the better ones we've found for its price. It is easy to install, and it offers five different functions: a rainy mist (which we liked a lot), a regular rain (which we also liked), a steady flow (which was okay), a harder steady massage-type flow (which was pretty good), and then a drizzly option (which seemed very unnecessary).

With three or four decent options, we were happy with it, and the only recommendation I'd give to the designers is to add some sort of grooves along the circular frame so that its easier to grip with wet hands while trying to shift between functions.

If you want an economical choice, this is definitely recommended.


Revival: A Novel
Revival: A Novel
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.04
101 used & new from $11.53

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for a Real Revival, November 30, 2014
This review is from: Revival: A Novel (Hardcover)
I've read some great books by King, including one of my favorites, 11/22/63. With expectations high, I opened to the first page of Revival.

Revival is a quick, easy read, but if you're looking for something different from King, look elsewhere. It starts in Castle County, Maine, with a young boy who is wowed by the town's new preacher, a charismatic man with a penchant for electricity. When the preacher loses his family in an accident, he abandons his religious beliefs and leaves town. The boy grows up, joins a rock band, and eventually runs into the preacher-turned-carny act later in life.

It all seems very familiar from King. Once again, he leads into nostalgia and what seem like semi-autobiographical snippets about '66 Ford Galaxies, losing virginity, playing rhythm guitar in rock bands, carnivals, and dealing with heroin addiction. He meanders. He throws out bits of quasi-wisdom learned over time. To keep some tension, he keeps reminding us of the former reverend and his electricity-inspired "cures." It all promises a horrifying, disturbing conclusion, which it tries very hard to deliver, but it all dies before it can be revived. King's attempt to scare us is based on nothing more substantial than his own juvenile fears from reading Lovecraft books. His version of the afterlife is just as hard to swallow as any of the ones he tries to debunk.

I was hoping for something new and fresh from King, but Revival doesn't live up to its own name. I wanted to like this. I tried to like this. In the end, though, I was very disappointed. I felt like King was beating a dead horse. And in fact, he was. He gives us a glimpse of his motivation behind this story, directly referencing the book Heaven is for Real, and its notion of a wonderful afterlife. Revival seems to be his stony-eyed answer to that, his peek into the void. And it's a ludicrous, silly peek. There is not even one full page of genuine suspense or fear. King's earned his right to some nostalgic rambling, but we've heard it all before from him. I'm ready for a real Revival.


GNCHEF Vegetable Spiral Slicer - Stainless Steel Japanese Blades Cutter / Spiralizer
GNCHEF Vegetable Spiral Slicer - Stainless Steel Japanese Blades Cutter / Spiralizer
Offered by GNMart USA
Price: $15.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Points and Bad, November 29, 2014
The spiral slicer arrived quickly, and it's a nice looking gadget. I loved the idea of a quick and easy kitchen tool for adding some style and pizazz to salads, casseroles, and so on. In theory, it all works well. You put your vegetable of choice in either end and twist, the same way you would a screwdriver. The blades, which are very sharp, slice and dispense into your bowl or dish. Easy enough.

A few small quibbles, though. First, the stainless steel handles aren't real smooth on the edges, and I was almost afraid I'd get cut when gripping them tightly. That didn't happen, but it would be nice if they were smoothed. The entire tool is lightweight, which is nice, but it feels like it could break in my large hands. (I'm a six-foot tall guy.) Also, the video I thought would come with the order is actually something you access online.

Overall, the spiral slicer performs as advertised, though I would've liked to see it upgraded on toughness and smoothness of the handles. If you intend to do lots of big-party prep, this will wear you out, as it's all done by hand. For smaller scenarios, it's a perfect little item, and quick for setup and cleaning.


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