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Nivea Lip Care Kissable 2 Piece Gift Set
Nivea Lip Care Kissable 2 Piece Gift Set

5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Me Like You Wanna Be Loved <3, October 28, 2014
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This set is adorable for women of ANY age! It comes packaged in a wee tin that can be put to immediate use for stickers (tweenager); Yogi Tea bags (20-something), or Sewing accessories (Granny...>me<!) LOL I do so like products that have multi-levels of enjoyment!

The two products are a soft balm and a shimmering lip gloss stick. I wear MAC lipsticks, exclusively, but need to cover my lips with balm prior to application or I get those "Old Lady" bleed lines of my lipstick creeping into the wrinkles around my lips. I first apply the balm to my dry lips; allow it to soak in for a minute or so, then apply my MAC lipstick and I'm good to go. The shimmery lip gloss is a nice way to change up your regular lipstick by applying shine to a matt finish, extending the wear-ability of your regular lipstick.

If you like Burt's Bee Products for lips, the Nivea products have that same light-handedness to them, not coming off as waxy or thick. At the end of the day, my lips are still smooth and soft, inviting smooches from my dear husband. :D With Winter coming and my chronic 'lip-licking' habit that I have, I will need all the help that Nivea can provide!

There is no listed price for this product, yet, but if it prices under $10 for the complete set, this would make a thoughtful present for casual gift giving in the office or for stocking stuffer items.

Bottom line: nice packaging, very effective moisturizing and dual tie-in between the balm and the lip-gloss.


Flirty Aprons Men's Apron "Kiss The Cook", Red
Flirty Aprons Men's Apron "Kiss The Cook", Red
Price: $22.49
8 used & new from $19.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY cook should be "kissed", and often! :D, October 28, 2014
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As in many homes, the grillin' and fryin' has been taken over completely by my dear husband...and that's perfectly fine by me! LOL

I got this large apron for my husband who does the 'dirty' job of dealing with splattered hot grease from the fryer and smoky embers from the grill. He loves both the width and also the length, not only providing protection to his clothes but also ample fabric for him to wipe his hands upon.

The lettering is silk-screened on the apron (I got the 'Kiss The Cook' phrase); not embroidered. After three washings, it's still holding up but I do wish it had been embroidered so that the phrase doesn't become washed out like an old concert t-shirt. There was very little bleeding of the hot red colour which will make it much easier to toss into a general wash rather than segregating it to the dark colour wash.

The one thing that I wish it had was pockets but after checking multiple amazon listings for men's aprons, I couldn't find ANY that offered pockets, which I find quite odd. Don't MEN need pockets in aprons? Because the coverage of the apron is so wonderful, it covers almost all of my husband's jean pockets so he has to fiddle around the fabric to grab his cell phone to answer calls, check recipe instructions or use his timer app. That's my only true quibble.

Nice apron for the money and my husband is quite pleased with it.


Viva Labs Organic Cacao Powder: Raw and Non-GMO, 1lb Bag
Viva Labs Organic Cacao Powder: Raw and Non-GMO, 1lb Bag
Offered by Premium Vitamins
Price: $18.95
4 used & new from $10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Cuckcoo For Cacao Powder!, October 21, 2014
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One of the largest blessings of being a Vine Member is being given a chance to try and review products that you never knew existed. That's how I discovered the wonderful product made by Viva Labs. Although I consider my eating habits far healthier than the "normal" person, there's a vast amount of REALLY healthy/natural food that is completely off of my radar. Why? Simply because I've been blessed by not having any allergies to food products so I don't have to do the Heavy Lifting that other individuals need to do that can't process in their bodies what I sometimes take for granted.

I try to buy Organic and Fair trade items whenever I can and this Cacao Powder meets that criteria. I've ordered very expensive/imported cacao powders from online companies but ONLY for use with baking; it had never occurred to me that Cacao Powder had health benefits! Who knew? After reading countless reviews about the 1) Fiber and 2) Micronutrients in this product, I knew that I had to try it both for baking and adding it to my daily diet.

OMG...what a joy to the tongue! I have tried adding small amounts to my morning smoothies: Strawberry & Cacao smoothie...To Die For! Then I added small amounts to my morning French Pressed coffee...absolutely THE BEST mocha in the World! I've since added small amounts to my oatmeal with sliced bananas, to sugar cookies as a flavor dusting combined with powdered sugar, and in my most cherished chocolate cake recipe. In ALL cases, the flavor just *burst* into your mouth and gave you that deep sense of satisfaction that you dream of having when you think "chocolate". A real PLUS of this product is the instantaneous quality of dissolving into whatever you mix it with. I don't know the science behind why THIS product mixes so well without creating those nasty clumps of cacao that take ~forever~ to dissolve, but this powder is a true dream to use!

As others have said, the price is insanely fair and affordable and the pouch that it comes in is of a large/substantial size measuring about 10" x 6". When you think about it, the large bag that is shipped to you is the price of only TWO large mocha coffee drinks; this will last you far longer than those 2 cuppas did. I keep mine in the freezer to keep it super fresh; if I'm adding it to cold products, I take out the amount I need half an hour before I need it so it can warm to room temperature.

Now that I know about Viva Labs Organic Cacao Powder and it's taste and health benefits, it will be regularly ordered to enjoy each day. :D


The Shadow Of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy Book 1)
The Shadow Of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy Book 1)
Price: $2.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading a Bowl of Alphabet Soup ~groan~, October 19, 2014
Eryth Mmorg. Tal. Taag's Peak. Tawwas. Broken Cities. Tal'kamar. Door of Iladriel. Res Kartha. Lyth. Wells of Mor Aruil. The Keeper. Nethgalla at the Crossroads. Talan Gol. Ilin Tora. The Mirrors. Aarkein Devaed. The Gate. The Waters of Renewal.

Is ANYONE still with me, here?!?! Those eighteen names and places were littered throughout JUST the prologue of this book by author James Islington. What should have taken me 3 minutes, TOPS, to read any short intro to a book, took me over half an hour, as I had to keep going back, forth, back, forth and finally take NOTES on what was what and who was who. Since I had only downloaded the sample of this book (smart move, there!), X-Ray isn't an option, so Note Taking #101 was my only recourse. :(

Lest you think I'm some fan of namby-pamby mindless Fantasy/Sci-Fi, I'M NOT! I first read the entire L.o.t.R's books at age 8 years old. I've read ALL of Robert Jordan's series, the complete Barsoom Chronicles, G.R.R. Martin's G.o.T.'s books, J.K. Rowling's and many other serialized fantasy works, from old to new.

I get that it's canon to create new words for Brave New Worlds: Aragon, Bilbo Baggins, Muggle, Barsoom, and Gyffindor, to name a few. But...for Jiminy Cricket's Sake...spread them out, PUH-LEASE! For ANY author to pull up a dump truck of not only foreign word's but ORIGINAL foreign words and plop them into a reader's lap to digest within the first couple of pages, is more than THIS mere Mortal can digest!

Regarding this book, I even went so far as to finish the free sample but knew it wasn't for me. If keeping track of all the characters and places that I read within an hour's time is a sign of high intelligence, then please allow me to get a Dunce's Cap and go sit by myself with The Princess of Mars, again.

I admire anyone who can hold on to and process the sheer amount of place/person names in this trilogy. :D
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Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 1)
Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 1)
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wayward Plot :(, October 19, 2014
At 62 years of age, I grew up devouring the BEST of Sci-Fi, either from the written word or TV. Yes, I was there for Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Robert A. Heinlein. I also watched LIVE (not Hulu nor Netflix) the original Star Trek, each resurrection of the show, The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Twin Peaks and M. Night Shyamalan's films. Like some people are experts on wine or coffee, I consider myself an expert on Sci-Fi.

So, it was with GREAT EXPECTATIONS that I looked forward to reading this trilogy. I knew I was in serious trouble when I barely could make it through the introduction of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. I actually had to advance my Kindle to future pages to see if the stilted/truncated narrative changed course; I found out it did. I'm guessing that what the author was trying to achieve was transferring Ethan's confusion into text, but all it did was confuse ME.

Once past the grindingly dull intro, I began reading the remainder of the book. I began reading the remainder of the book. I began reading the remainder of the book.

If you're wondering why I just repeated those lines three times, then you'll share my confusion with the Peat/Repeat/Peat/Repeat format of this book. After Ethan's 3rd (or was it his 4th? or 5th) attempt to get beyond the hospital/diner/hotel/town limits, I had to close the book and head off to Wikipedia to see if I should continue. Dang!!! You KNOW you're in trouble when even Wikipedia has ABSOLUTELY NO BREAK DOWN OF THIS BOOK'S PLOT, WHATSOEVER! I don't know if fans of the book are deleting it or FOX TV is deleting the plot but this is the 1st time I've turned to Wiki and NOT found a full breakdown of a book or tv show. I then turned to the web and what I read from critics of either the book or upcoming "TV Event" mirrored my opinion: confusing plot, too much redundancy, and not enough forward movement.

I realize that the author, Blake Crouch, is trying to honour his love for The Twilight Show and Twin Peaks. But, in his attempting to tap into their genius of plots, all he did was chew up their suspense and regurgitate it like a cow chewing cud. Just because you process raw ingredients four different times, it doesn't mean it turns into a product worth having.

I've seen the Wash/Rinse/Repeat plot device happen many times with HUGE success. The movie "Groundhog Day" is a prime example and also an episode on Star Trek: TNG, called "Cause and Effect". In that episode, the Enterprise creates a time loop from a temporal distortion they create, trying to evade a collision with another ship. Like Wayward Pines, they repeat the same actions for several scenes, BUT...the crew begin to get a sense of Deja Vu about the repeats and ultimately leave clues for themselves to discover and to escape the time loops.

If this book, the first of three, ever got to the point, I'll never know. I finally called it quits when Ethan was escaping, ~yawn~, once again and continued to play Loopy De Loop with the towns road and the Nasty Stereotype Sherriff clocks him one, knocking him out, ~yawn~, once again. I just needed some FORWARD development, none of which seemed coming.

A sincere "Bravo!" to all the people who not only made it through Book #1 but all three books. You're better readers than I. As for me, I'll wait until FOX sends this out over the air waves in 2015, hoping that the "Book is better than the Film" meme is reversed.


Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices (Black)
Logitech 915-000237 Harmony Ultimate Home Touch Screen Remote for 15 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices (Black)
Price: $313.42
6 used & new from $290.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Smart Remote for a Dumb Owner :D, October 19, 2014
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I've never owned a Universal Remote before and have no prior experience with one. But, as we continue to upgrade our home's TV viewing options, it became clear that we absolutely had to have "One Remote To Rule Them All." From the DVR remote to the TV remote, the Bose Solo 15 TV Sound System, Black remote...you were constantly fumbling around to remember to grab the correct one.

I did NOT set this up! My son did as it was beyond my desire to fiddle around with the programming and linking of the devices. Again, this is our very 1st Universal Remote so we have no experience using one or nothing to compare it to.

Bottom Line: we all love it! If you have a really tech-ed out home with security system and a large home entertainment/gaming system, then all the options and bells & whistles will appeal to you. But, for our 3 devices that this remote controls, it's perfect. After a week of use, we all got used to the touch screen and our mistaken swipes became fewer and fewer. It fits easily in one hand for using with your thumb. I like being able to program in events so I can quit leaving Post It (tm) notes all over the coffee table for TV events.

Nice product for our Dumb Home. Possibly GREAT product for someone who has a truly High Tech home.


Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed
Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed
by Sonia Choquette
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.26
11 used & new from $18.80

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Physician, Heal Thyself., October 14, 2014
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Many of us have heard this phrase: "Physician, Heal Thyself." But, what exactly does it mean?

According to this website that explains phrases, this is their interpretation:

"Attend to one's own faults, in preference to pointing out the faults of others.

The phrase alludes to the readiness and ability of physicians to heal sickness in others while sometimes not being able or willing to heal themselves. This suggests something of 'the cobbler always wears the worst shoes', that is, cobblers are too poor and busy to attend to their own footwear. It also suggests that physicians, while often being able to help the sick, cannot always do so and, when sick themselves, are no better placed than anyone else."

I've heard all of my life that people that go into the Healing Arts, whether physical, psychological or metaphysical are driven by a desire to heal an ancient wound within themselves. And, having finished this book, it appears that Sonia was "Guilty As Charged", tending to others pain while stuffing down the pain within herself.

Micro-Backstory: I rarely buy a paper book any longer, preferring to use my Kindle to hold books vs. a bookcase that takes up space and needs dusting. However, when I saw the author of this book, I didn't hesitate a moment in ordering it because Sonia Choquette was MY spiritual advisor back in the early 80's when she charged a mere $50 dollars an hour instead of the obscene $1,500 for 90 minutes!!!! We actually had sessions in her living room, in her apartment/condo on Lake Shore Drive. At that time, when she was just acquiring a cliental, she was approachable, personable and truly helped me on my journey of healing. Through her help, attending various Women Within Workshops and 6 years of therapy, I emerged as "healed" as a person can, from earlier traumas.

I honestly had not thought of Sonia once since then and reading this book made me sad. It details her anger/rage/frustration with her life and I could only think, "Physician, Heal Thyself". HOW can a person who professes to help others straighten up their lives live in such chaos within their own?

She spills her pain and guts in this book and I tried to divorce myself from knowing her personally while reading it, which I was partially successful in achieving. But, I seriously doubt that doing a "Walk-About" could do the massive amount of healing that this Healer still requires.

Think of a person's soul that is damaged as akin to a house that has Dry Rot and Mold. You can slap all the fresh paint on it that you want, but unless you take out the dis-ease, the rot and mold will continue to taint the very air that you breath. Having myself Walked The Walk so that I could Talk The Talk, I know that it took me several decades of Reiki, Re-birthing, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy and just plain Therapy to get to the level of Wellness that I currently enjoy. Had I known that I could just do a Forrest Gump of running/walking myself into Wellness, I could have saved myself several $1,000's and $1,000's of dollars by buying a pair of New Balance shoes and hitting the Appalachian Trail.

I had no idea that my little Sonia of Old had turned into such a Phenom since I last sat in her lounge. Apparently, she still is healing but I wish she'd continue to remove the dry rot and mold within, so she could apply what she learned in healing others.

Interesting read if you don't know her. Suspicious read if you do.
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DII 100% Cotton, Printed Damask Chef Kitchen Apron, Machine Washable, Great Hostess Gift, Cooking or Baking Apron with Pockets, Gray
DII 100% Cotton, Printed Damask Chef Kitchen Apron, Machine Washable, Great Hostess Gift, Cooking or Baking Apron with Pockets, Gray
Price: $14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Saves Your Clothes from Fry-A-Palooza Splatters!, October 12, 2014
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Back when I was growing up, ALL women, whether they could cook or not, owned aprons, plural. There were Hostess Aprons, those frilly, delightful concoctions of gauze and embroidery that women wore as a Fashion Statement while serving mad men and their spouses Manhattans and Whiskey Sours along with the exotic rumaki appetizers. And then there were the Workhorse Aprons, the REAL apron that was designed to protect precious clothing from spaghetti and bacon splatters.

Then, the late '60's happened and women were burning their bras...and their aprons as signs of Women's Rights. Food was microwaved, not slaved over. Or, picked up from the drive through. Ah, progress.

But, fortunately, the iconic apron is making a comeback with Millennial's and Gen X'rs...and even those of us from ancient times that grew up seeing, sewing and wearing aprons every day. I still have both my Mum's and Gran's collections of aprons, and on very special occasions I'll wear them.

But, THIS apron and it's Cousins that you can buy from this company is a pleasant blend of both Hostess and Workhorse. Some of the aprons have flounces; mine is the straight up A-Line with side pockets. I love it! I use the pockets for everything from pens to annotate hand written 1st time recipes, to the timers I need, and of course, Kleenex (TM). :D There's enough coverage at the top to protect from greasy bacon splatter and enough coverage at the bottom to protect against dripping pots or to wipe your hands upon. I've not had a problem with the single strap; it works great for me. I'm a large, buxom women so if this apron provides ME with coverage, if you're the same size or smaller, you'll be pleased with the coverage and protection it provides.

The print I chose is the black and white floral; I am SO glad that the old "Kiss The Cook" aprons have gone the way of the Thrift Store as I was never a fan of words on clothing. I also own the flouncy pink camouflage apron and that one is just fun to wear for people's reactions.

Several washes and ironings later, it's still bright and crisp with no hems unraveling or coming apart. For the price, this is a high quality item that gets used every day in our home.


Concept Board Game
Concept Board Game
Price: $29.35
37 used & new from $24.14

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Ticket Ready for Imagination Island. :D, October 10, 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Concept Board Game (Toy)
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When I was a young girl, there was a Mormon family that lived by us and I was always envious of their Family Home Evenings. For those of you unfamiliar with this time, Family Home Evening includes a game or fun activity, treats, and a short lesson from the gospel. Many times, my friend, who was my age, invited me to join them and I looked forward to each time that many generations from the same family could truly enjoy being together.

If there was ever a time for anyone, of any persuasion, to embrace this bonding experience, it's NOW! Between the omnipresent Smartphone, Xbox or binge watching 10 hours of a TV show, we've become fractured and splintered from the ones we love.

That is why I love this game so much. It's fun for any age above 8 years old, as long as you still "have your wits about you." I read many reviews about this game before ordering it so we've embraced many of the suggestions such as no scoring, group guessing and incorporating different game cards into the mix.

It stimulates creative thinking and problem solving, rather than blindly moving a coloured piece of plastic around and around a board. We've played this game with only adults, mixed ages and I've also had the grandkids play this among themselves. It's now become the Go To Game at our house, since we've worn out Pictionary and Clue.

Like many successful games, the name of the game says it all: "Concept" because whoever dreamed up this game truly came up with one heckofa great 'concept' for fun! :D


Wipe New HDL6PCMTRRT Headlight Restore Kit
Wipe New HDL6PCMTRRT Headlight Restore Kit
Price: $9.23
8 used & new from $9.23

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Difference Between Night & Day!, October 10, 2014
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When I bought my beloved used Honda, four years ago, it was in mint condition, except for the milky-white lenses on the headlights! My dealer that I bought it from offered to "restore them for $120 bucks!" Hey, it was in the middle of the Great Recession AND I was buying a USED car because that.is.ALL. that I could afford, so an additional $120 smackers from my wallet wasn't going to happen.

I always wondered during these past four years, if I should have found a way to get my headlights restored, as my husband and I live in a very rural area of Michigan with gravel roads and no street lights. As the lenses got milkier and more opaque, I stopped driving by twilight as I literally could not see far enough ahead of me to avoid critters jumping into the road or grade changes on our gravel roads.

So, when I saw this kit and read the reviews, I had to get it and pray that it would provide clarity to extend my hours of driving. And it DID...like magic...well, magic that you work on for two days! I've never recommended that someone who is reading MY review read another person's review also, but I need to recommend Alex S's exceptional Step-By-Step details on how to work with this kit. I can't improve upon his words so I'm simply saying, "Go Read Them and then Come Back HERE."

I printed out Alex's directions, waited for two good dry sunny days and set to it. Yeah, it was work with the cleaning, sanding, wiping, waiting and then the Hold Your Breath Moment when you wipe the fluid over the lenses, hoping that all your effort was worth it. And it was! Those lenses sparkled like diamonds for the first time since owning the car and I couldn't wait for twilight to give them a trial. Finally, it became dark and we took the car out onto the wooded roads. My Goodness, I had forgotten just how far headlights really broadcast their beams, when shining through CLEAR 'glass'! It truly was the difference between night and day, bringing back my confidence in being able to attend evening events safely.

Yes, this kit works! No, it is not instantaneous. But, for the low-low cost plus your labor, it's a HUGE savings from what a car dealer/mechanic will charge you for the same results. :D


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