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Purina Pro Plan Wet Cat Food, True Nature, Grain Free Chicken & Liver Entrée, 3-Ounce Can, Pack of 24
Purina Pro Plan Wet Cat Food, True Nature, Grain Free Chicken & Liver Entrée, 3-Ounce Can, Pack of 24
Offered by ValoMarket
Price: $27.75
3 used & new from $23.41

5.0 out of 5 stars no grain, no fish, good for my 15yr old tomcat, April 21, 2015
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My rescue kitty is elderly, has never had great teeth (he had kitten teeth into adulthood, then no teeth followed) He has a number of physical defects which is probably how he ended up on a dumpster heap, abandoned, as he seems to be a purebred Siberian, a rather rare cat. He's a good kitty and a faithful friend and when the dry food seemed to be treating his stomach badly, I switched to wet food, which he enjoys. For one thing, he can lick it up and not bolt the kibbles. He also seems to like the enhanced aromas of wet food. He does like fish, but too much fish is said to be bad for cat kidneys. So I like to give him chicken (beef makes him sick, for some reason.) This is a nice mix, no grain, which cats need very little of and the 3 oz size is just right for one meal. The only issue with wet food in a lump is that one of the marauding dogs can run in, snatch the entire can as a mouthful and run off. So I have to shut the cat in to eat, when the dogs are about, as they pretty much love this, too, and lick the juice off poor Kitty's face, which he barely tolerates. On the other hand, he gets a cleaned face.


Mountain House Cinnamon Apples
Mountain House Cinnamon Apples
Price: $22.49
2 used & new from $22.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice apples, not exactly practical, April 21, 2015
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Good points: dried apples taste good. You can open up a package, portion them out as "candy" or hiking snacks in ziplock bags. They rehydrate to make apple desserts. The ingredients are simple: apples, some cinnamon (cassia cinnamon) powder and citric acid. The citric acid prevents browning during the lyophilization process.

These are good quality Fuji apples (a very sweet, good-tasting dessert apple) and the bottom of the can states it can be stored safely for twenty-five years.

Bad points:

1. You need a can opener for this can.
2. The can is large, larger than an office-sized coffee can
3. The instructions say to use it within a week--this is because dried fruit is "hygroscopic", meaning, it picks up water from the air and gets soft and soggy.
4. There are only six servings of apple in this large can. That big can takes up space if you are storing cans for emergency (and we just had a tornado watch last night, so some people store food not just for the Apocalypse-du-jour but also for more mundane emergency situations.)
5. Price: at the price, it's around four bucks a serving. That seems quite high to me.

Mountain Home is a very reputable maker of dried foods for long-term storage, but I don't think this can is price-worthy for emergency storage at the number of servings. I think bags would be more practical, like MRE pouches, so you could store more apples in a smaller space. Yes, they might crush, but you can always put them in a shoe box. These are good quality apples but the amount per large can and the price make it not so practical, in my opinion. If you keep a week's worth of food that doesn't need turning over yearly, for tornado or hurricane emergencies, it could be a good addition to the pantry, but overall, it's not very economical.


ONEU High Speed HDMI Cable with Ferrite Cores- 5 Feet (1.5 Meters) Supports Ethernet,3D,4K and Audio Return
ONEU High Speed HDMI Cable with Ferrite Cores- 5 Feet (1.5 Meters) Supports Ethernet,3D,4K and Audio Return
Offered by oneu-us
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Better quality HDMI cable, April 21, 2015
This is a good thing to keep on hand, if you are updating your televisions. You may need an HDMI cable to add a Roku box, BluRay or DVD player, a sound system or other component. This cable is better than the usual plastic-coated cables for a number of reasons:

1. The plug ends have a grip for easier insertion and removal.
2. The cable is covered in a woven sheath for better wear and flexibility.
3. The ends have ferrite donuts inside, to reduce the noise that comes from longer cables: cables act like antenna for static by picking up RF frequencies and dissipatting them.
4. The cable meets HDMI 1.4 specification.
5. The cable is five feet (1.5 meters) so is long enough to reach in back to set up most equipment.

Cable supplied in exchange for evaluation and review.


CZ Luxxe Jewelry White Gold Plated Rhodium Crystal and Alloy Charm Bracelet - Blue
CZ Luxxe Jewelry White Gold Plated Rhodium Crystal and Alloy Charm Bracelet - Blue
Offered by Beach Camera Same Day Shipping
Price: $12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great bracelet for teens, April 21, 2015
This is a pretty little bracelet--actually, it will fit a medium to large wrist and it has a lot of shiny charms on in--the round donut-style beads like Pandora in aqua, clear and royal blue crystals. There are some dangling charms--cat, leaf, dangling heart. A safety chain holds the beads from slipping off the end, and there is a barrel clasp that opens out to insert one end of the chain to close the bracelet. I could not tell if you can remove the other end of the chain from the clasp to add more beads, but I don't think you can--it looks like this would break it if you removed the other stud inserted in the clasp.

I found the chain was a little obtrusive--slightly marring the looks, but very useful to keep the bracelet from falling off if you don't close the clasp properly.

This is suitable for teens who want stacking bracelets or something shiny but not expensive. The rhodium plating looks like sterling silver. Item supplied in exchange for evaluation and review.


The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution
The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution
by Dominic Lieven
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique view of World War I from the Russian side, April 19, 2015
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This history book takes a look at the end of the Tsarist Period in Russia, the seeds of the Russian Revolution and how this had impact on "The War to End All Wars" (which, it wasn't) and then history beyond. The end of the Tsarist era had a profound effect not only on European history, but on American history as well.

The value of this book is looking at the beginning of World War 1 from the aspect of what was happening, politically and governmentally in Russia in 1914. This viewpoint is unique from any books I've previously read about World War 1, which is usually from the standpoint of the British and the Germans. I am familiar with the deep and terrible scars that World War 1 left on Russia but NOT the political underpinnings from the Russian side of history.

The writing is very detailed and I found it a bit dry--this is not a historical romance but a very educated and detailed history book about a pivotal time in history. It certainly filled out a lot of history I was not very well-schooled about.


Brother PE525 Embroidery Machine
Brother PE525 Embroidery Machine
Price: $320.99
18 used & new from $320.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy embroidery, expandable, fun, April 19, 2015
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Length:: 0:28 Mins

Introduction

The Brother PE525 is an embroidery-only sewing machine. Unlike the Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine, it does not do regular sewing. Lest that seem troubling, it's a commonly-held opinion that sewing on an embroider-enabled machine is not as great as on a dedicated sewing machine, and that it's inconvenient to convert from one to the other. And since sewing machines with plenty of features are available for not a lot of money these days, if you sew a lot, the dedicated embroidery machine may make sense for you.

Machine embroidery is fun for children's clothing, home decor items and embellishing your own fashion. Some people get very creative and can do openwork, downloading free or for-purchase PES format designs, and you can design your own with software. This machine does come with the cable to connect to a PC, so you can download more designs than come on the machine itself.

Specifications and Features

70 designs
5 lettering font styles for lettering and monogramming
120 frame pattern combinations (frame your design with an outline) 10 shapes x 12 stitch variations
4" x 4" embroidery area
LCD touch screen display
Onboard tutorials
Advanced needle threading system (useful, as re-threading with fine embroidery threads is a constant activity)
Bobbin-winding system
Computer connectivity, cable, import capability, update capability
Drop-in Bobbin
Onboard Memory

Accessories Included:
Q Embroidery Foot
3 Bobbins
Needle set
4X4 hoop
Cleaning brush
Seam ripper
Screwdriver (large), Disc-shaped screwdriver
Spool caps (4 - small, 2 medium, large)
Spool net
Scissors,
Touch pen,
USB cable,
Embroidery bobbin thread,
Accessory bag, Dust cover

Things this machines DOES NOT DO

Straight sewing
Automatic thread cutting
Curving Text on Screen Editing
Space Reduction among Embroidery Alphabets
Drag and Drop Editing
Programmable Monochrome Embroidery

How Does It Work:

I have to say, that after reading a book--The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches on how to do machine embroidery (because you need to know about using stabilizers and threads) it was simple to set up and ran like a champ. I sewed an apron and potholder with butterfly design and it was surprisingly easy and professional-looking.

You have to be fussy about threads. Cheap thread breaks and tangles. Thread isn't cheap, either, but you'll want a box of 63 Brother Colors Embroidery Machine Thread . Bobbins are often prewound with embroidery bobbin thread, and this is a very handy thing to have, too.

And you'll need stabilizer. This is a tear away or cut away non-woven fabric like interfacing that stabilizes the sewing fabric and lets it be embroidered smoothly.

It's addictive--if you like to sew, you won't regret a dedicated machine (because while it's taking some minutes to stitch your design, you can't use the machine and CAN be sewing on your regular sewing machine.) If you have babies in the family or young kids, the fonts and designs let you take home-made or store bought items (like bibs and hand towels) and create some beautiful and unique items. I might add, if you do hand-me-downs or yard-sale and swap clothes for kids, you can do a lot with an embroidered patch or applique to customize an item and make it "brand new again" and custom-designed for the recipient.

Summary:

This is an improvement over the rugged SE400 because it has the cable included, and it's dedicated to embroidery. Brother has a very good system for embroidery--more expensive machines, in my experience, are often not even as good. I had one acquaintance tell me that one they bought for three times as much never did a day's work. These are well-designed and priced quite well for the performance. The PES format is widely available and you can even find free designs online. This machine is NOT a professional, sports-cap and polo-shirt embroidery system for commercial production, but you can make home fashions and decor that are very pretty.


Cuisinart Digital Convection Toaster Oven 872953
Cuisinart Digital Convection Toaster Oven 872953
Offered by Overstock Xpress
Price: $109.00
5 used & new from $69.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mid-priced toaster oven from Cuisinart, April 18, 2015
Length:: 0:28 Mins

There seems to be three price ranges of toaster ovens: low price toaster basics (around twenty smackers), medium priced, from thirty on up to, say ninety-nine, and then the top-o-the-line types that are well over a hundred, with convection and quartz elements. This oven is convection and has enough features to be more than just a toaster, but it doesn't break the bank. I got it from a related-to-Amazon warehouse site for about 2/3 of this price. Well worth it. I cooked up a half of a frozen pizza, using the "Pizza" setting (400 degrees) and it did very well. This lets me cook pizza without heating an entire gas oven and making the kitchen way too warm in the summer.

Nice digital display is a clock and timer. Buttons choose food (toast, pizza) and you get a baking tray, rack and a crumb tray.

This is the model Cusinart TOB-1300SA
Specs:

0.9-cubic-foot capacity
Bake, Convection Bake
Toast, Bagel, Convection Bake, Bake, Pizza and Broil functions
1500 Watts
Toast/Pizza Capacity: 6 slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza
Brushed stainless steel front panel and black housing
Includes oven rack, baking pan and crumb tray
Timer - up to 120 minutes
Power cord 32" (long enough to reach an outlet)
Blue LED Lights and display buttons

It's stainless steel and attractive. It's not terribly heavy gauge steel but it looks nice. Door is glass with a metal bar handle. Works great.


Silicone Spatula Set (3pcs), Premium Kitchen Utensils, Odor Free, Non-stick High Quality Cooking, Baking Scrapers & Spoon, Reinforced with Stainless Steel, Won't Scratch Your Cookware - BPA-free, FDA approved, Stain Resistant
Silicone Spatula Set (3pcs), Premium Kitchen Utensils, Odor Free, Non-stick High Quality Cooking, Baking Scrapers & Spoon, Reinforced with Stainless Steel, Won't Scratch Your Cookware - BPA-free, FDA approved, Stain Resistant
Offered by KHPS
Price: $31.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single piece spatulas, three different shapes, April 18, 2015
This set has three spatulas, one scoop shape, one small flat paddle (for scraping out narrow containers) and a flat, angled version for getting the sides of bowls. They are in anthracite gray silicone and clean up well. The set is well-priced: I spent a lot more than this for ONE one-piece spatula a number of years ago. I got tired of crud building up in the crevices of the classic two-part scrapers--not sanitary. I also got tired of the spatula head popping off when I didn't want that to happen.

These are FDA-approved BPA-free and safe to use up to 450 degrees. They are very plain in color, but that will hide tomato stains pretty well. Item supplied in exchange for evaluation and review.


Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies 4Victory Blaster
Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies 4Victory Blaster
Price: $16.99
6 used & new from $10.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun nerf blaster, April 18, 2015
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This kind of toy was always our favorite as kids--we had those ping-pong ball rubber pistols and they were always a hoot. This nerf blaster is a lot more fun, as the darts are quite creative.

It can fire up to 75 feet. It has a secret message tube that lets you read it when you put it into a red plastic sleeve. The phrases are in English and in Spanish--maybe you could create a game around it. Run back to home base with the dart and secret message, scrawl it on the blackboard for extra points. A better group of messages (LOL? Really?) would be terrific.

The holster is kind of lame. It's a fun toy, however, and most kids would enjoy it. Like the fact it's in colors and spacey-looking.


Mactrem Q666 Portable Camera Magnesium Aluminium Tripod Monopod Q-666 Tripod With Ball Head Pocket
Mactrem Q666 Portable Camera Magnesium Aluminium Tripod Monopod Q-666 Tripod With Ball Head Pocket
Offered by Mactrem
Price: $100.00
2 used & new from $60.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, lightweight tripod, April 18, 2015
This tripod is well-made and considering it's relatively light weight, it is still highly functional for photography and video.

1. It comes with a very nice padded bag in computer-generated camo. If you do nature photography, you'll appreciate the camo bag.
2. There is a hook on the underside of the center post, for hanging a rock bag. This can help you stabilize the tripod on uneven ground.
3. You can take out the center post and use it as a monopod.
4. The ball head is smooth when turning it to adjust the camera. There is a pan knob, an angle adjustment knob and a tight-loose knob.
5. It has bubble levels for positioning the camera (very helpful for video.)
6. Height max Max Height: 1560mm which works out to a shade over five feet
7. Weight is 1450 grams, so that is 3 pounds, 3 ounces or thereabouts.
8. Set up --twist-lock type of telescope leg locks.
9. Very quick thumb-screw release of the head plate. Folding grip on the screw for attaching to your camera base.
10. Comes with a case not only for tripod, but a small drawstring sack for the ball head.
11. Two of the three legs have foam grips, which do help in adjusting the tripod.

Downside:

Not many. It is relatively simple to convert to the monopod. One leg (the one without the foam grip) unscrews, and you remove the center column and screw it onto the leg. Presto, you have a monopod. Monopods are handy for reducing camera shake and they are portable. They aren't good for long exposures, but they do have their uses, especially when hiking and you just don't want the weight of a tripod.

Still, it's very steady and I was able to use it conveniently for a video and it did well. It's functional enough that I'd take it along in my equipment bag inside my rollaboard, as the three pounds isn't going to be a problem for plane travel. A tripod really adds a lot to your photography and video.

Despite the (so-called) manual, I give this five stars. I do use a heavy-duty pistol grip tripod if I'm not traveling, but for a lighter tripod, this does the job admirably. Tripod supplied in exchange for evaluation and review.


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