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Giovanni Wicked Texture Styling Pomade, 2-Ounce
Giovanni Wicked Texture Styling Pomade, 2-Ounce
Price: $8.27
48 used & new from $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Natural hair control, March 2, 2015
Some of the ingredients are "certified organic" but other ingredients aren't. It's a clear wax with a slight irridescence and you only need a small amount on the fingertips for control. I have wavy hair, and to prevent it getting wild, because it tends to have a lot of static electricity, I touch a bit of this to my fingertips and work it into the ends of the hair, then run my fingers through. Unlike some pomades, it doesn't seem to get greasy and heavy as long as you use a light touch. It's also a pretty product with a good fragrance that is mild and doesn't overpower.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Purified Water) with Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), *Urtica Dioica (Nettle), *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Wild Bergamot), *Papaver Orientale (California Poppy Seed), *Rosa Canina (Rose Hips), Ceteareth-25, Glycerin, PEG-7 Trimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Fragrance with Essential Oils
*Certified Organic by Guaranteed Certification Services


Giovanni Organic Styling Mist, L.A. Hold Hair Spritz, Packaing May Vary, 5 fl oz Bottle  (Pack of 3)
Giovanni Organic Styling Mist, L.A. Hold Hair Spritz, Packaing May Vary, 5 fl oz Bottle (Pack of 3)
Price: $19.96
14 used & new from $12.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Non-aerosol organic hairspray, March 2, 2015
This is a decent non-aerosol hairspray. I bought a 2 oz bottle at Pharmaca, and I used it right up, so I must like it. The hold is medium, and I had to rinse the nozzle a few times to make sure the spray comes out in a fine mist--no pump spray is quite as fine as an aerosol, but I don't like using aerosols for any reason.

You can brush your hair after applying this hairspray and it's still soft and manageable.


Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles series Book 5)
Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles series Book 5)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $12.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the mark, sad to say, February 26, 2015
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I was eagerly awaiting Book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles. It's a saga of a British family, wealthy and powerful but with modest origins. The previous books are so engaging, I could hardly wait for this one--but it's a bit of a clunker. The main reason is that the drama of Book 4's cliffhanger (a bomb waiting to go off on the maiden voyage of the Barrington Corporation's newest oceanliner) is not living up to the tension created by such a dramatic ending. One reason? The author is manfully trying to catch up any reader who hasn't read the entire series. It's JUST not possible. Way too much history, way too many dramatic events, so the asides into the what-happened-before-that-you-may-not-know are distracting and really make for a slog.

The series seems to be petering out. I'm getting tired of Harry and Emma. At times, they seem to morph into Harry Potter and Hermione, which means my attention is wavering as I read the book. I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Archer and I love his complex plots, but this book really not up to the mark. You probably could stop with Book 4 and be satisfied--except, of course, we have to know what happens to that big bomb that is hidden in the ....


200 Tagines & Moroccan Dishes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
200 Tagines & Moroccan Dishes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad introduction to Moroccan cuisine, February 24, 2015
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I just took a course in Moroccan cuisine, and bought a copy of this book to have a set of recipes similar to what I experienced in Marrakech. This isn't a bad book and it does include a recipe on page 18 for preserved lemons. These salt pickles are of Jewish origin (according to my instructor) and a version of salt pickles is to be found in many Middle Eastern cuisines. The author says that small, round lemons are used, and we have big ones, but I find that the small round lemons are often sold in bags for less money than the big, jumbo-egg sized dollar-a-piece lemons in our grocery stores, and I recommend you look for those. The recipe wasn't the same as the one I was given: the variation was to cover the salted lemons with lemon juice, and to put a layer of olive oil on top, to seal the surface from air. (Oil floats.) This is similar to the salt-oil pickle method Indians use to make lime or mango pickles (achars.) The instructor warned us to use up any lemon pickles after opening the jar and he didn't refrigerate them.

The tagines include chicken and lamb and beef. There are recipes for pastries, soups and the cooked salads used as starters. I suggest you start with Harira soup (a lentil tomato soup) and chicken tagine. The pastries are great--you can use filo for the cheese or prawn pastries.

Some ingredients are hard to get in the US but these days, can be mail-ordered. So can the tagine pots, but any heavy enamel-over-cast-iron dutch oven can be used instead. If you want a good selection of recipes, this is a decent book, though I prefer The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert, a noted culinary author. She gives more background and has gone into more detail about the authentic methods.


ROGGE DUO-Clean Screen Cleaner - Professional grade cleaning kit for all LED, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor, Laptop, Phone Screens, Lenses, Eyeglasses, ... (Extra large Microfiber Cloth + 250ml Cleaner Spray) - Made in Germany
ROGGE DUO-Clean Screen Cleaner - Professional grade cleaning kit for all LED, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor, Laptop, Phone Screens, Lenses, Eyeglasses, ... (Extra large Microfiber Cloth + 250ml Cleaner Spray) - Made in Germany
Offered by Slucon
Price: $16.89
2 used & new from $16.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! Really does the job, February 24, 2015
Big spray bottle of cleaner. Big cloth to wipe monitor or tv. Works great.

I am embarrassed to say, I sneezed on my laptop monitor. I know, I know, "TMI." It really needed to be cleaned. This cleaner worked quickly and well to polish up the monitor, remove dried droplet spots and remove dust as well. The large bottle is a must--if you have BIG tv's, they get dusty and even smeared. The cleaner works well.

Couldn't be better.


HOW TECH SUPPORT SCAM BEGINS: SCAM,FRAUD,SECURITY,IDENTITY THEFT,PROTECTION,LIARS AND FOOLS
HOW TECH SUPPORT SCAM BEGINS: SCAM,FRAUD,SECURITY,IDENTITY THEFT,PROTECTION,LIARS AND FOOLS
Price: $4.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Tech Support Scams --how to recognize and avoid them, February 24, 2015
This little book has a lot of screen shots, links and information about "Tech Support Scams." Tech support scams are where you get a call from "Microsoft" and then they seek to steal your personal information. The book also covers other scams show up as pop-ups on your screen and tempt you to click through (click fraud.)

I have heard of these scams directly from more than a few people I know. One person was savvy because their son worked for a tech company and they knew full well the scam was not legitimate. Other people, however, are not so lucky. Many people these days use computers, but not everyone is deeply educated in what scammers try to do to you.

Because most people use firewalls and anti-virus, one sadly successful way that scammers break into systems these days is via "social engineering"--a scammer tricks you to give your information out willingly, by faking you out and lying. This is possibly how those embarrassing photos of naked celebrities got hacked recently from Apple. No one "breaks in" to the computer; they ask someone for passwords or information, posing as tech support.

So, this book is valuable for the scenarios and screen shots that accompany the scams. You will read and see how this type of scam transpires.

The grammar and spelling are not faultless in this book (the cover has a regrettable misspelling--English is tricky.) Despite the fact that this book is not professionally produced, I give it five stars for the good information. If you are concerned about this kind of scam on your computer, it's worth looking at. It will become dated over time--scammers are continually changing up their game, challenging our watchfulness and knowledge. But it's a good start to become aware of the dangers out there to your personal information and computer safety.


(2 Pack) LP-E8 Battery and Charger Kit for CANON REBEL T5i T4i T3i T2i, EOS 700D 650D 600D 550D DSLR - Includes: 2 Vivitar Ultra High Capacity Rechargeable 1300mAh Li-ion Batteries + AC/DC Vivitar Rapid Travel Charger + Cleaning Kit + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
(2 Pack) LP-E8 Battery and Charger Kit for CANON REBEL T5i T4i T3i T2i, EOS 700D 650D 600D 550D DSLR - Includes: 2 Vivitar Ultra High Capacity Rechargeable 1300mAh Li-ion Batteries + AC/DC Vivitar Rapid Travel Charger + Cleaning Kit + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
Price: $20.99
3 used & new from $19.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compact unit, converter plug for 220V, February 23, 2015
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This is a handy kit with a spare battery and charger for the Canon digital cameras (Mine is a T5i and it works fine.)

Good points:
The plug on the back of the charger folds away for storage.
It comes with a 2 prong adapter for 220 volt- Euro style plugs. I used it. It worked well.
Comes with a 12 V car charger adapter (round plug for cigarette-lighter style sockets.)
The brush and air blower are nice to have.
I didn't use the refillable lens cleaner spray bottle, but where I was traveling, it was dusty. Had I been there longer, it might have been handy--but bottles of lens cleaner are easy to come by--nice to have but ultimately, not really that great--and this kind of screw cap can be less secure than a commercial bottle of cleaner.
Of course, it comes with the inevitable lens cloth.

Bad point:
Hard to remove battery from charger unit. You have to push it sideways and then up, Not easy. It can take a minute or three to take out a fully charged battery from the unit. Until you get adept at this, it can be frustrating!

Summary: This compact charging unit is handy if you travel. I used it in North Africa on a trip recently and was able to have spare charged batteries and recharge the ones that were empty. Very handy and didn't take up much space in my kit.


The Only Luggage Scale With An OverWeight Warning Light - Lifetime Warranty - 110lb Capacity - Tare Function - 1.25" LCD - Weigh in Pounds / Kilos - Free eBook - Swiftons Handheld Travel Weight Scale Is Exclusive To Amazon
The Only Luggage Scale With An OverWeight Warning Light - Lifetime Warranty - 110lb Capacity - Tare Function - 1.25" LCD - Weigh in Pounds / Kilos - Free eBook - Swiftons Handheld Travel Weight Scale Is Exclusive To Amazon
Offered by Swiftons
Price: $34.99
4 used & new from $12.79

5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T leave home without this scale (they even weigh carryons now), February 15, 2015
If you travel by air AND you check luggage, you need a scale like this. Right now, airlines are limiting weight per checked bag. But each airline has their OWN weight limit, so on some airlines, it's forty pounds and others, fifty. You could conceivably have a stopover on a trip and find your luggage, once compliant with the limit, is now costing you BIG bucks.

It may cost you a lot more than the price of this scale to check your bag. Did you shop? Is your bag plus personal items PLUS your treasured souvenirs now tipping the scale past fifty (or forty, or the weight-du-jour?) And oh, in case you're saying "But I'm just bringing a CARRY-ON" hah-ha! The airlines are also weighing the carryon (typically limiting that to 20 lbs. ) And even your "personal item" --ie a handbag, backpack or a violin case may be subject to weight limitations. Argh!

So this is a very handy scale. I used it on three pieces of luggage, weighed, weighed them again. If you get an unrealistic figure (I got ten pounds on a suitcase and I knew it was more like fifteen) then try again--it may be you were not holding the scale according to directions.

There is a "tare" function, meaning you can zero out the weight of the bag and see what adding contents is doing to your weight total. You can switch from English to Metric, in case you only have kilos listed on your "allowable" list or in case you are a Metric person and not using our fusty old American system.

The scale is not large and packs well. Oh, yes, you need to PACK this along with you. Don't leave home without it. Scale provided in exchange for evaluation and review, with no obligations.


The White Queen, Season 1
The White Queen, Season 1
DVD
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT.. Brit costume historical TV at its very best, February 14, 2015
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Great cast, great historical plot (they do justice to the history, or at least they make a good attempt.) The cast is excellent, particularly Elizabeth and her witchy wise woman mother. King Edward IV is sexy as all get-out. Plenty of hot scenes in bed to create male heirs (try, try again) and wicked plotting by Earl of Warwick, the "Kingmaker." He'll make you angry, boo, hiss!

This is great drama. Love.


Barilla White Fiber Pasta, 12 Ounce
Barilla White Fiber Pasta, 12 Ounce
Price: $16.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stahs!, February 14, 2015
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I know this sounds strange, but if you live in New England, you know that shells are an important pasta, especially for Rhode Islanders. I live in the SECOND smallest state now, having moved out of New England, and it's a weird, weird place, but Rhode Island is just as weird when it comes to food. We have muskrat, but the Rhode Islanders have a milkless clam chowder (and a darned good one it is, too. No it DOESN'T HAVE TOMATO! Bite yer tongue!) and...Rhode Island Family-Style Chicken Dinner.

Rhode Island Chicken Dinner is served at barn-like restaurants and consists of baked chicken, MINI SHELLS WITH TOMATO RAGU, French fries, rolls, and salad. Sometimes the fries are replaced by wedge potatoes. These cavernous restaurants (like Wright's) serve unlimited refills but don't permit doggy bags. There is absolutely no ambiance. This dining experience is all about the filling up, the carb-loading (oh, yes, the dinner serves unlimited rolls, too) and taking the family out with no worries about going broke paying for four ravenous teen-aged boys and a hearty eating husband.

Well, when you leave the strange world of Southern New England, you won't find a family chicken restaurant (nor a turkey farm restaurant, either, that serves Thanksgiving dinner 365 days a year. Another New England tradition that's disappearing.) So, you displaced Rhode Islanders will want to buy this pasta and make your own, which won't be as good as going to Wright's, but what can you do when you live in foreign pahts?

So, to imitate the Rhode Island Dinnah, you bake chicken parts with a nice seasoning rub of thyme, rosemary, olive oil, garlic salt and lemon, until well-done and succulent. Make oven-fried potato wedges, an iceberg-carrot-cuke-and-tomato salad, and boil up these shells and add a simple red gravy. (Some people favor a meat sauce, like Bolognese.) You can comfort yourself that the shells have added the dietary fiber lacking in the rolls and the iceberg lettuce. Pass around grated cheese, dinner rolls, Italian dressing and you've got it. You'll still be homesick for the chowdah, but you've got chicken and shells.

I will add that I made up these shells, just with plain tomato sauce (my favorite) and also considered them for mac-n-cheese, but I'm trying to stay away from that. However, they are really great with a bechamel-style cheese sauce, or "Alfredo" and kids really like it. You can also bake them with a custardy cheese bechamel for baked mac n' cheese, and the shells are a nice change from elbows. Kids love the shape of shells, and the taste of this pasta is excellent--far better than (gag) whole wheat pasta, which is a crime against pasta, in my opinion. You want fiber, these have it. And they taste great. Five stahs.


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