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Evenflo Princeton Travel System with Serenade, Sky Blue
Evenflo Princeton Travel System with Serenade, Sky Blue
Price: $218.79
2 used & new from $218.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly built stroller with a car seat that moves from stroller to car, June 25, 2016
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One of the great things about modern technology are baby choices far better than those that existed when our children were small. This stroller and car seat combination are a product you want to help protect your child, or in our case, grandchild, while walking around a mall, a zoo, or just around the neighborhood, or while travelling in a car.

Out of the box, the stroller and car seat are very easy to assemble. The main body unfolds and locks into position. The wheels are easily attached. If this stroller is being used with a younger baby, then the seat back can remain down to permit attachment of the baby carrier, which will hold a baby up to 35 pounds. The only drawback here is that lifting a 35 pound baby and the baby carrier requires a bit of strength. It does take some practice to get the baby carrier into the stroller so that it locks into place. We have tried it several times and are still getting that part down.

The carrier comes with a base for securing into a vehicle. Once the base is properly secured, the carrier can go from the stroller to the car and back again without removing baby from the carrier.

The stroller is awesome. The stroller's seat is adjustable from nearly flat to allow baby to sleep, to upright for toddlers up to about 50 pounds in weight. When the stroller is new, the button that permits pulling the strap to raise the seat back is a bit difficult to operate. We presume that with time the latch will become easier to use.

Both the carrier and the stroller include covers, with the stroller cover extending inside the carrier cover to complete cover baby. Thus, there is no need for a separate blanket to keep baby completely covered when baby is sleeping or in bright sunlight.

The back wheels include interlocking mechanical brakes that should keep the stroller from moving unintentionally, though a stroller with a baby should never, of course, be left unattended. The front wheels can be locked to be straight ahead, or they can swivel for easier steering.

The stroller includes a front tray that can hold a bottle, cup, and small snacks, and a parent tray that can also support a bottle, cup, and miscellaneous small items.

One of our favorite features is a large storage area under the seat that can hold a large (not huge) diaper bag, purse, and perhaps even a brief case.

This stroller seems quite stable and operates very smoothly. One challenge is to keep dad, or granddad, from whipping around in circles and acting as though the stroller is a vehicle in Fast and Furious X.

This stroller and its associated car seat seems like one that should last for numerous children, and for years.

Enjoy!


Cuisinart Multipurpose Large Casserole Silicone Kitchen Tool, Blue
Cuisinart Multipurpose Large Casserole Silicone Kitchen Tool, Blue
Price: $15.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Large silicone pot holder for large pots, pans, and roasters, June 20, 2016
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This casserole pot holder is an immediate hit. It is the largest pot holder we have, easily holding our largest roaster. While the manufacturer touts multiple benefits to the pot hold, we like it just because it is a great place for our roaster and for other larger pots.

We do have slightly mixed feelings about the small recessed square pattern. On the one hand, the squares are great for insulating hot pots from the surface under the pot holder. On the other hand, the small squares can be annoying to clean. On the balance, we prefer the insulating benefit of the squares, but we wish there squares had more rounded corners to make cleaning easier.

We are big fans of silicone products, and now have many of them. They are generally durable, heat resistant, easy to clean, and great insulators. This particular product is perfect for our largest pans and roasters, and we wish it had been available long ago. Five stars for a product that is great for kitchens where cooking in large pots and pans takes place.

Enjoy!


Delsey Luggage Chatillon 21 Inch Carry-On Expandable 2 Wheel Trolley, Black
Delsey Luggage Chatillon 21 Inch Carry-On Expandable 2 Wheel Trolley, Black
Price: $69.98
15 used & new from $69.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Feature-laden, well-built, and durable carry-on bag, June 20, 2016
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It appears that as customers we have a love affair with Delsey luggage, and such is generally true. We now have three pieces of Delsey luggage, and we love all three because of the features, quality, and durability.

This carry-on bag is perfect for a short business or personal trip. The bag weighs less than 5 pounds, which means that the bag can hold nearly 45 pounds of stuff and not exceed the 50 pound bag weight limit. The bag meets the carry-on standard of most (but perhaps not all) airlines. Sadly, the size limits for carry-on are more of a moving target with some airlines, so it is worth checking with any particular airline before use.

The bag is absolutely loaded with features, beginning with three handles, including a bottom handle for maneuvering in various places, such as trunks and overhead compartments. The bottom handle also helps stabilize the luggage when it is upright on two wheels. The telescoping handle operates smoothly when extending and retracting.

The suitcase is water repellant, and the exterior corners are reinforced for durability during transport and luggage handling. Inside the suitcase is a fully lined interior with two internal pockets, and a removable bag for whatever, which could include cables or other smaller items. The internal straps are located near the midpoint of the interior, so if the load is less than full, the straps can be tightened to help restrain clothes and reduce the risk of shifting and wrinkling.

An external front pocket is perfect for a small, 14 inch laptop, or papers.

A wonderful feature in this small bag is that it is expandable by about two inches when just a bit more room is needed for clothes. Many bags in this size range do not include expandability.

We have only positive things to say about this bag. We have been big fans of Delsey since our first bag, and this bag may be the best, for us, yet. Even better, the price is wonderful for a carry-on bag of this size and quality. In fact, we just received the bag and it is going into use on an international trip immediately!

Enjoy!


DII Home Essential 100% Cotton Culinary Grade, Machine Washable, Basic Dishtowel, Set of 4 - Red
DII Home Essential 100% Cotton Culinary Grade, Machine Washable, Basic Dishtowel, Set of 4 - Red
Price: $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thick, absorbent, large, and affordable, June 12, 2016
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It seems like so many products are just okay. It is pleasant to find a product that is a winner, and this simple product is one such.

The first thing that we noticed is the size of the towels. They are huge compared to our existing kitchen towels, and we love the size. The second thing we noticed is the thickness, and, at least initially, the roughness of the towels. However, with washing the towels become softer. The thick, relatively coarse surface absorbs water well. Indeed, these kitchen towels have rapidly become our favorite kitchen towels.

These price point of these towels, given their size and thickness, is great. Cheaper towels may be available, but for a small additional cost these towels are vastly superior to towels that are only slightly cheaper.

The color is a bright white, with simple stripes, as shown, which matches just about everything. The towels wash well in the washing machine.

We only have good things to say about these towels. They like water, they are thick, they are large, they wash easily, they get softer with repeated washings, they are affordable, and they match our kitchen. These kitchen towels are ready for real work in the kitchen, and look like they will be durable. These towels appear to be winners!

Enjoy!


Summer Infant Pop N' Jump Portable Activity Seat
Summer Infant Pop N' Jump Portable Activity Seat
Price: $69.98
10 used & new from $69.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Features for baby and mom and dad, June 12, 2016
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In an ideal world, a product for babies will make both baby and parents happy. This product generally does both fairly well. The product is somewhat portable in that it folds up to a degree for travel and for storage, and it has several features for baby to be entertained, as well as room for other toys, though such toys often end up on the floor after a short period (babies love to practice with gravity).

For parents, the portable activity seat offers a baby a place to be self-entertained for short intervals while mom or dad do other things. A portion of the seat can be removed for washing, which is another plus for mom and dad. The seat includes a top to help protect baby from harmful ultraviolet sunlight when the seat is used outdoors. The seat can fold enough to fit into an included storage bag for storage or transport.

For baby, the seat helps support baby so that baby can get some leg exercise. The seat includes several built-in toys for baby to be distracted. Included are traditional noise makers to permit baby to manipulate its world while playing. There is also room for additional toys, which typically end up being thrown to the floor, but that's part of having a baby. Just keep the seat far enough from laptops, televisions, and fragile items to keep flying toys from hitting them.

This seat is a combination child restraint and play area. A baby will typically not be in such a seat for long intervals, but perhaps long enough to get a couple of things accomplished while baby is amusing him or herself. The portability and ease of cleaning are pluses. This is one items that would be great for a parent, grandparent, either as a purchase or a gift.

Enjoy!


Orbitrim No String Head Gas Trimmer
Orbitrim No String Head Gas Trimmer
Offered by Ron's Home and Hardware
Price: $21.43
10 used & new from $16.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Offers some advantages over string, but has a lot of disadvantages, June 12, 2016
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We saw this product on an infomercial where the product was pitched as better than string because it trimmed your grass, you hedges, and whatever without the mess and hassle of string. Under certain circumstances, this trimmer works well, but under other circumstances, a string trimmer is much better.

The first problem we had was installing the product. We followed the instructions carefully and were unable to get the product installed. Finally, we ignored the instructions, used the parts as best as we could, and figured out a combination of parts that would install the cutter. Other than having two parts still on the trimmer that are not needed, the product works. Perhaps one of these days we'll remove the two unneeded parts.

It was time to fire up the trimmer to see just how well this gizmo works. The first thing we noticed immediately is that the string trimmer, which we normally operate at reduced speeds with string, had to be cranked up to near 100% to get the Orbitrim going at a speed fast enough to cut grass. It takes several seconds to reach speed.

The question is how well the Orbitrim cuts grass. The answer is fairly well, with some qualifications. The biggest qualification is that the Orbitrim works poorly next to any sort of hard object, such as retaining wall blocks, bricks, and rock. The protective edge on the Orbitrim will not permit the Orbitrim to get in a position to cut grass that grows right at the edge of very hard objects, so sparks literally fly when the edge contacts rock, retaining wall blocks, concrete, brick, etc. Our concern is that the sparks might cause a fire when the grass becomes very dry. By carefully angling the Orbitrim, we were able to get most of the grass at the edges of our extensive landscaping, but not all. In addition, the Orbitrim takes longer to trim because of the care needed to cut next to hard objects.

Another qualification involves rocks. A string trimmer might move a rock, but the Orbitrim literally launches a rock if one of the blades hits it, which makes the Orbitrim much more dangerous than a string trimmer when it comes to rocks. Please understand that a string trimmer can launch a rock pretty well when it hits one, but the Orbitrim can smack a rock much more forcefully than a string trimmer. Safety glasses are highly advised, and avoid trimming when others, including pets, are around. One of the blades on our Orbitrim got a pretty good nick by hitting a rock the first time out.

The Orbitrim offers a couple of advantages over string: there is no need to replace string, which can be a hassle, and no need to hit the auto-feed on the string trimmer. However, the Orbitrim includes a bunch of disadvantages. The Orbitrim can be a challenge to install, depending on the brand of trimmer. The Orbitrim has a hard time cutting adjacent to hard objects, particularly rock, brick, and concrete. The Orbitrim can generate sparks in contact with rock, brick, and concrete, would could be dangerous during dry conditions. Lastly, the Orbitrim can smack a rock hard enough to dent metal and to launch the rock far enough to cause a potentially serious injury. While a string trimmer might, under the right circumstances, be able to launch an object hard enough to cause injury, it seems much easier to do that with the Orbitrim. The question is whether to fight with string, which we have been doing for years, or whether to fight with the disadvantages of Orbitrim. We are going to try Orbitrim for a while longer to see whether we can improve on productivity while cutting next to hard objects. If we are unable to figure out how to trim grass efficiently, we are probably going to switch back to string.

Good luck!
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Kleenex Facial Tissue (13216), Flat Tissue Boxes, 60 Boxes / Case, 100 Tissues / Box
Kleenex Facial Tissue (13216), Flat Tissue Boxes, 60 Boxes / Case, 100 Tissues / Box
Price: $78.09
4 used & new from $78.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Kleenex for the office, May 30, 2016
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On the plus side, these are Kleenex brand facial tissues, in the giant economy size of 60 boxes of 100 tissues. It is unlikely that any office will run out of these quickly.

On the other hand, these tissues are not quite as thick and soft as those you purchase for home use. We wonder whether the lack of thickness and softness is to discourage people from taking them home.

One huge plus for me is NO LOTION. While some people may like the lotion in facial tissues, I find it annoying for a variety of reasons, including that I every once in a while run out of lens tissues and need to clean my glasses, and the lotion just makes big smears.

Another thing we like are the orange-colored tissues that warn that the box is about to run out of tissues. Time to grab another box!

Regardless of why these tissues are not as soft and thick as the boxes purchased for home use, these bulk package is great for any environment where facial tissues are needed in large quantity. We have not done a price comparison, but the price seems okay at a per box price.

Enjoy!


Dr. Brown's Foaming Baby Wash, 8 Ounce
Dr. Brown's Foaming Baby Wash, 8 Ounce
Price: $11.64
11 used & new from $5.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Foams well, leaves skin soft, has a pleasant odor, and rinses off skin readily, May 30, 2016
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This soap foams nicely, and leaves skin feeling soft and with a light, pleasant odor. The pump works easily, so pumping can be done with one hand, while holding baby with the other. The soap has not caused in reaction on our grandchildren, which is, of course, great, and we love the residual odor on their skin. The soap rinses off easily without any residue. Indeed, we only have positive things to say about this foaming soap.

Enjoy!


ecoInventions EcoWasher Pro, 100% Eco Friendly detergent free laundry system
ecoInventions EcoWasher Pro, 100% Eco Friendly detergent free laundry system
Price: $240.99
8 used & new from $239.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the studies giving actual evidence of results, May 30, 2016
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The biggest problem I have with this device is the apparent lack of independent corroboration for the touted benefits. It would be nice to have a reference for the proof regarding eliminating bacteria, cleanliness, stains, etc. Instead of evidence, the advertising literature provides glib reassurances. While I am all for tending to believe advertisements, I generally take them with a grain of salt because it is easy to put a spin on the facts and make them seem greater than what they are.

We use this device with an HE machine, which we love because it uses minimal amount of detergent and does a great job cleaning clothes and removing stains. What we are not sure about yet is whether this device replaces detergent. Indeed, the spouse is unconvinced as yet is not yet prepared to surrender her detergent. She would like to give up the detergent, but there is some deeply ingrained part of her that just won't let her do it. Detergent, for her, equals clean, disinfected, and odor-free. If you can't get past that hurdle, the device is not going to be as effective as it could be.

We are all for anything that reduces the amount of detergent, chlorine bleach, and oxygen bleach that we use. However, the glib assurances of advertising copy are evidence of...glib advertising copy. We do not have any evidence that this device is any better than just plain water. Even if the device works, just how well does it work. Having an actual, scientific comparison would be the best assurance of all. Until then, consider us doubters.

Good luck!


THINKWARE F750 Full HD Dash Cam with Sony Exmor Sensor, Built-in WiFi & Traffic Enforcement Warning
THINKWARE F750 Full HD Dash Cam with Sony Exmor Sensor, Built-in WiFi & Traffic Enforcement Warning
Price: $257.98
17 used & new from $214.72

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good video, but lack of flexibility, May 30, 2016
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It is easy to look at a product that has lots of bells and whistles and be immediately attracted to the product because of those bells and whistles. We have discovered that historically the bells and whistles mostly do not get used, so the core functionality needs to carry the day. Our bottom line: its a very good camera, but if you are only looking to record video, there may be better options available.

Installation was fairly straight forward. Routing the cable from the camera in our F-150 was a bit of a challenge, and I still not sure I am happy with the end result. Part of the problem is that the camera is fairly high up on the windshield, per the manufacturer's recommendation, so the cable has to either be routed around the periphery of the windshield or it has to be routed straight down across the windshield. Unfortunately, the routing around the edge of the windshield leaves something to be desire in a couple of places where the cable is exposed. So, choice A, have the cable directly across the windshield, or choice B, route the cable across the top of the windshield, along a side of the windshield, past the end of the dash, as much under the dash as possible, and then connect to power. In fairness to the manufacturer, they recommend removing the panels around the periphery of the windshield and routing the cable under the dash to hot wire to vehicle power. That is a more complex project for another day, or for a professional.

Okay, now you turn it on, connect to your cell phone or other device to be able to control the camera, and get ready to record video. Okay, one thing we am not enthused about is needing to download the video to the cell phone and searching through it to find one particular video. It would be so much better with a built-in display and a menu of options and videos. Indeed, the lack of any sort of display is obnoxious when trying to choose a mode and turn things off and on. Strangely, cheaper cameras include a display with the ability to control options built-in, along with a USB cable and all sorts of useful stuff. I guess the thought was to make the camera super sophisticated but then cut out options that other cameras useful.

Admittedly, the video is pretty good. Also, the bells and whistles CAN be useful, sometimes, as long as they are not warning you every few seconds or minutes about something. This camera could be useful to prove someone failed to use their turn signal, or ran a light or stop sign. However, other, less expensive cameras, including those with a display, do the same thing. Given the option to choose a basic camera with a display that can be easily moved between multiple vehicles, and this camera, the choice is not that difficult for me. Give me flexibility and a built-in display any time, neither of which are provided by this camera.

Good luck!
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