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Hoover UH70935 Windtunnel 3-Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum
Hoover UH70935 Windtunnel 3-Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum
Price: $129.99
4 used & new from $124.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING ON THE DIRT!!!, September 18, 2014
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HOOVER UH70935 WINDTUNNEL 3-PRO PET BAGLESS UPRIGHT VACUUM

This is a beautiful piece of equipment! It was extremely well packaged for absolute protection when in shipment.

What a powerful vacuum. We have five grand babies and three Greyhounds, plus the usual fuss and mess from just daily living. There are five height settings which covers high carpet to bare floors. The beater bar leaves the carpet looking great and practically brand new. This vacuum is easy to empty and has a visual indicator for the HEPA filter. The pet hair attachments are nice and the stair turbo tool is more powerful than most. Since we live in a tri-level home with stairs everywhere, this feature really comes in handy.

My favorite feature is the auto rewind for the cord. This eliminates the pain of cord winding and is quick and easy.

The vacuum has a great feature -- you are able to turn off the vacuum brush when using the hose feature. This way, your carpet is not taking a beating in that one spot while you are using the hose. Good idea!

We like this Hoover better than our Dyson. This is our third Hoover Windtunnel and is the best one yet. This is a super great value for only $129. We would be willing to pay even more this for quality vacuum.

Thanks.

Pam
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Bosch RBS006 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide-Tipped Multi-Purpose Router Bit Set, 6-Piece
Bosch RBS006 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide-Tipped Multi-Purpose Router Bit Set, 6-Piece
Price: $98.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOSCH IS STILL THE BEST, September 18, 2014
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BOSCH RBS006 1/4 INCH SHANK CARBIDE-TIPPED MULTI-PURPOSE ROUTER BIT SET

My husband likes to work with wood. He absolutely loves this router bit set. Here are the reasons why:

As expected, BOSCH is a high quality tool. It is not the cheapest, but one of the best. You get what you pay for.

There is a nice variety of bits for most basic router needs and use.

Carbide metal should provide long life, especially using soft woods.

Shear angle is such to provide a clean cut without a chattered look in the wood.

Sharp tools and good bearings make for a smooth flow. There is no stopping and having to make a second pass.

These bits come in a great case built for protection. The bits are labeled for their function. The case is made up of nice wood and heavy plastic.

This set puts my husband's cheaper Harbor Freight set to shame. You truly get what you pay for.

This bit set comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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OXO Good Grips Jar Spatula, White
OXO Good Grips Jar Spatula, White
Price: $6.99
11 used & new from $6.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT KITCHEN UTENSIL, September 15, 2014
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OXO GOOD GRIPS JAR SPATULA

I love anything OXO. You can always depend on OXO to produce high quality products that will last a lifetime. When I was offered this spatula, I grabbed it up immediately.

What a great concept! I can think of a million uses for this spatula. Not only can you use it for non-stick cookware and bake ware, but it is ideal for getting that last little bit of peanut butter and/or mayo out of the bottom of those deep jars. Think of how easy it will be to loosen condensed cream soups out of the can with this product! This baby is 0.8x1.2x11.1 inches and will be so very useful. It is heat resistant up to 600 degrees! Wow! It is guaranteed not to discolor, warp, or melt. It is dishwasher safe too.

I think this will also come in handy for spreading peanut butter on bread, spreading thick and gooey frosting over brownies and cakes, and also using as a hand mixer for blending. I could go on and on, but won't.

The spatula head and neck are silicone covered for easy cleaning. I think this is a product that you simply cannot live without and it will get a work-out in any kitchen. I can hardly wait to go make dinner and put this product to use.

I am very happy with my new OXO spatula.

Thanks.

Pam
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Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce 750ML
Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce 750ML

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD -- YUM!, September 11, 2014
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Cavicchioli Lambrusco Dolce 750ML

My husband brought me home a bottle of this wine. Where have I been? This stuff is the best!

Last night I made spaghetti and meatballs and decided to crack open the bottle! Hello! Half of a bottle later I am loving this stuff. Talk about smooth, mellow, and just the right sweetness. I could have drank the entire bottle had it not been a work night. I will probably finish it off tonight and then get me some more over the weekend.

This wine is so delicious. It is a pretty cranberry/purple/ruby red color. The flavor is divine and it is almost a religious experience drinking this beautiful wine.

Grab yourself a bottle or two -- or like me, get yourself a case. It is the all occasion wine that goes well with everything and anything or all by itself. What a great gift for your family and friends who love an excellent Lambrusco.

Enjoy! Salute!
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TIGI Bed Head Manipulator - 2 Oz., 2 pk.
TIGI Bed Head Manipulator - 2 Oz., 2 pk.
Offered by Hayward Beauty
Price: $17.52
18 used & new from $13.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUNKY GUNK THAT ROCKS, September 10, 2014
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TIGI BED HEAD MANIPULATOR - TWO OUNCE TWO PACK

I have short spiky hair. My hair is fine, totally straight, and has zero volume. And I mean zero volume -- none - zilch!. Enter BED HEAD MANIPULATOR into my life. I have been using the sweet pretty blue texture paste for years now. It gives my hair the look I want -- spiked, full of volume and life, always looking nice. I work in an elementary school cafeteria and have to wear the dreaded white mushroom hair net for hours a day. When you add in heat/humidity during these late summer days, the result could be a beauty catastrophe -- but my BED HEAD keeps my look going all day long no matter what the conditions my hair is put to test under!

You can purchase this two pack for the price of just one -- what a deal. At my hairdresser's and at other retail stores, the price for one is what I paid on AMAZON for the price of two. The price is beyond right, the product is magnificent -- this is a total win-win situation.

If you are in need of a hair product that will put life, volume, style, and stay-put durability into your life, this is exactly what you are looking for! A little bit goes a long way, there is a pleasant practically non-odor element, and it WORKS!

Thank you.

Pam
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Heininger 1043 CommuteMate Handle Bar Cell Phone Mount
Heininger 1043 CommuteMate Handle Bar Cell Phone Mount
Price: $22.92

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HANDY PHONE HOLDER, September 10, 2014
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HEININGER 1043 COMMUTEMATE HANDLE BAR CELL PHONE MOUNT

Since my husband has retired [lucky him!] the days belong to him. We just purchased new bikes for the both of us; we both got Electra Townies. Townies are the coolest bikes in the world! It is always good to be able to have access to your phone and this phone mount fit the bill. The reasons Tom likes this mount so well are as follows --

Good and easy instructions with only two pieces to put together. The mount is very well made.

Mounts easy to the handle bar but not very tightly. It might tend to rotate down on a bumpy road.

The mounts holds his phone very well and securely. It is easy to put the phone in and to release same. Tom owns an old style cell phone, not a new and fancy one.

This is a very handy concept to enable you to travel with your phone. This works better than keeping your phone in your pants pocket where it may fall out or you could also be butt dialing. This is a super idea.

The only problem he ran into was snapping the two pieces of the mount together. It was easier said than done. It took all of his strength to snap the mount together. Perhaps it was just a bad fit. But now that it is together, all is well. Mounting to the handlebars was a breeze.

The handle bar mount might be better if a clamp were used. It was difficult to assemble this particular unit. Perhaps this was a fluke and not representative. Tom would definitely purchase this unit.

Thanks.

Pam
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Brooklyn: A Novel
Brooklyn: A Novel
by Colm Toibin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.34
538 used & new from $0.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I WISH I HAD NEVER COME OVER HERE, September 7, 2014
This review is from: Brooklyn: A Novel (Paperback)
BROOKLYN

This is a sweet and gentle little book that speaks volumes. It is slow-paced, lazy, and almost serene in its rendering. We meet Eilis Lacey, a young woman living in a small village in Ireland. She lives with her mother and her sister, Rose. Eilis seems to drift through her days and evenings, not holding a full time job, taking bookkeeping classes, and mostly living in the shadow of her much-loved older sister. Rose is vibrant, popular, out-going, and happy, mostly everything Eilis is not. However, the family is close and tight-knit.

Rose makes arrangements for Eilis to go to America via ship so Eilis can have a chance at life -- Rose has arranged everything, even living stipulations for Eilis. Eilis is the type of person who calmly goes along with everything and doesn't seem to have much of an opinion or emotional reaction one way or the other. Yet, Eilis is a very likable character and is very fleshed-out, as are the other characters.

Eilis arrives in America and moves into a home overlooked by a land-lady right in the heart of Brooklyn. After leaving her small Irish homeland, America is overwhelming and fascinating at the same time to Eilis. She finds work, makes friends, and down the road meets a man.

Join Eilis on her journey of attending classes, working, being social. Yet, her Irish home and family call to her constantly. Eilis grows as a person and her personality starts to shine. Then, suddenly, she is called back to Ireland on an emergency basis. Once she returns to Ireland, Eilis sees life through different eyes. Will she stay in Ireland with her family and her old life? Or does Eilis long for her new and independent life in the USA?

At first I thought this book didn't have much to offer, but as I read on, I realized that even though you think not much is happening to the characters, plenty is happening in the story line, the lives of the characters, and soon you will be caught up in the book. There are plenty of speculations and surprises and when you think you know exactly what will happen next, SURPRISE!

The ending of the book threw me for a loop and was unexpected. Yet, after reading the book and meeting the characters, it rang so true.

If you enjoy a good solid character novel, this book giving you a bird's eye view into two different worlds -- Brooklyn and Ireland -- and a solid and moving plot, this is certainly a book that you would enjoy.

Although this was my first book by author Colm Toibin, it certainly will not be my last.

Thank you.

Pam
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Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Blastin Dusty Vehicle
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Blastin Dusty Vehicle
Price: $44.99
17 used & new from $36.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH FLYIN', September 4, 2014
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DISNEY PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE BLASTIN DUSTY VEHICLE

When Dusty arrived at our house, our little four year old grand boy Bradley was here. We had him close his eyes and set the package in his lap. When he opened his big brown eyes and saw what he had all he did was SCREAM with pure joy. And I mean SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dusty is awesome. He's bright and colorful and made extra sturdy for those first time pilots. The propeller spins around and when you pull the lever on top of the plane, not only do the water balls get launched, but Dusty speaks! He says over 20 different phrases and kids enjoy this. Dusty is not complicated which, in my humble opinion, is good. This way, kids can use their imagination and actually play and have fun. This toy lets them put their minds to work while having fun the entire time.

Press down on Dusty's cockpit and slowly roll him over the balls. This will load them inside of Dusty for your next round of launching the balls at the fire targets. This is also a storage place for the balls when not in use. Both of our grand babies, seven year old Paige and four year old Bradley were having a blast with Dusty.

When we asked Bradley if he liked Dusty he just screamed YES! When we asked him why his answer was a typical four year old boy's answer -- BECAUSE! That's promotion enough for this sweet sturdy plane.

If your kids saw the Disney movie or enjoy playing with airplanes in general, this toy is well worth the price. Yes, it is expensive but you get what you pay for. And this plane is so well made, comes with the necessary batteries installed, and will provide hours of fun and good times for your children.

Thanks.

Pam
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What the Dead Know: A Novel
What the Dead Know: A Novel
by Laura Lippman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.71
248 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHE GROOVED ON ATTENTION, September 2, 2014
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW

Sisters Heather and Sunny Bethany, ages eleven and fifteen, go to the mall to shop and hang out. They are not at the pick up place when their father arrives. They never phone home, they never return, they are never seen again. Or are they?

Thirty years later a woman is involved in an accident and claims to be one of the missing Bethany sisters. How can she prove she is who she says she is? Where is her sister? What happened to them? Why didn't they attempt to get in touch with their parents during this time period? What horrors have happened to them in those long years?

There are so many unanswered questions and Heather Bethany is not being cooperative at all regarding this cold case investigation. She is rude, sneaky, snide, and wants everything run her way. She is also very cold and calculating -- not at all how you would expect a long-lost missing person to act. The edgy character of Heather Bethany keeps this book the profound and enjoyable read that it is.

Laura Lippman writes a good book. Set in the 1970's, you will eagerly be turning the pages of this book to see what happens next. The characters are alive and fleshed-out. The writing is sharp and intense. The story line jumps back and forth from past to present and back again, something this reader found to be extremely fitting. There are many twists/turns and unanswered questions. Author Lippman manages to keep her readers in the dark, teasing and flirting with the truth. Lippman also keeps readers guessing and likes to throws surprise parties all throughout the book.

If you enjoy a good book with great characters, startling dramas, and just a darn good read -- this is a book for you.

Thank you.

Pam
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The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals
The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals
by Wendy Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.60
59 used & new from $7.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED. NOW YOU LIE IN IT, August 30, 2014
THOUGHTS & HAPPENINGS OF WILFRED PRICE PURVEYOR OF SUPERIOR FUNERALS

This sweet yet startling and very real book has already been considered for a miniseries by the producers of DOWNTON ABBEY. What a salute to author Wendy Jones.

The setting is a small Welsh town in 1924. Wilfred Price is the funeral director and business is booming. Wilfred is a kindhearted and caring young man; however, in the area of women he is totally naive and innocent. One beautiful afternoon while on a picnic with Grace, he impulsively proposes marriage to her and she instantly and gladly accepts. Sound romantic and a scene full of sighs? You bet -- however -- of course, there are strings attached.

As you read further you realize that Wilfred has made a huge mistake -- he hardly knows Grace and he instantly regrets his invitation to wedded bliss. Grace, on the other hand, is beyond happiness for certain reasons of her own. Meanwhile, Wilfred has his hat tipped towards another woman. Who is that woman, and does she feel the same affection for Wilfred?

This 'love triangle/ tragedy' makes for delightful reading. If you love a good romance -- which of course includes ups and downs, dramas, chaos and perhaps love conquering all -- then you will adore this book. The writing is wonderful, the author has nailed down the era with all of its politeness, primness, and society being totally proper and following the rules. The characters are very down to earth and real. As you follow the events of this affair of comedy of sorts, you can feel the anguish and happiness of the characters, and you will be able to relate.

The cover of the book is just beautiful. Jones writes with such flair that you feel as if you are sitting under a gorgeous blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds enjoying a delicious picnic, hoping to fall in love. Jump into this book to find out what eventually happens to three young people, their family and friends, and if love does manage to conquer all.

Romance lovers -- here's one for you.

Thanks.

Pam
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