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Jill Clardy "So many books, so little time...." RSS Feed (Redwood City, CA USA)
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Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Overview of The Nationa's First Female Supreme Court Justice, July 29, 2015
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This well researched biography offers a fairly comprehensive overview of Sandra Day O'Connor's (SOC) life and career, up until her retirement from the Supreme Court. Of course, she grabbed national attention when she was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981 as the first female justice. Her experience in the court system was considered to be rather thin at the time, but she learned quickly and soon found her niche in the Court. The book covers her interactions with all of the other court members, her opinions on many cases, and her changing role throughout the years as she became more centrist. She learned to work within the system to get what she wanted, and she also enjoyed her role in the social life of Washington. She was a pragmatist, a consensus builder, wary of the encroaching role of federal government. As summarized by the author, "Once she found the middle she never left it. Se developed an incremental approach, taking her cues from the country and pushing it ever so slightly. She would neither drive the culture of the nation, not seriously upset it." Nevertheless SOC left an indelible stamp on the Supreme Court and paved the way for other women to follow in this highly visible and important role.

The author's academic style, with many citations and footnotes, contributes to a rather dry and somewhat unengaging text, however by the end of the book I definitely felt like I knew much more about the life and work of SOC. SOC declined to contribute to this book; therefore the author relied on her many years as a reporter for the Court, and many articles and cases in the public domain to craft her story of SOC. The final one-third of the volume is dedicated to citations, footnotes, bibliography and credits. Though the book is comprehensive and factual, it lacks an emotional core, and I never felt that I really knew SOC, the woman, not just the judge.


Remington AC2015C T|Studio Silk AC Professional Hair Dryer, Pink
Remington AC2015C T|Studio Silk AC Professional Hair Dryer, Pink
Price: $28.79
5 used & new from $26.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Right Features to Get the Job Done, July 27, 2015
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I have short, thick hair so only need to use the hair dryer for about 5 minutes a day. The Remington AC2015C gets the job done quickly and with the flexibility to ensure that my hair dries the way I want it to - not the way it does if left alone to air dry. The 3-heat settings (cool, medium and hot) and 2 speeds (low and high) give you complete control over the process. The buttons are easily operated with one hand so that you don't even have to stop styling while adjusting the dryer. The motor is also considerably quieter than my previous very old dryer. The dryer is easy to grip and light enough so that I don't experience arm fatigue. Though the photo appears to be purple, the dryer is actually a deep rose pink color. Two attachments are supplied (a diffuser and a concentrator). I did attach and try both, but probably won't be using them given my short hair style.


Cookrite - Digital Thermometer - Cooking Thermometer - Best Thermometer - for All Food, BBQ and Candy - Lifetime Guarantee
Cookrite - Digital Thermometer - Cooking Thermometer - Best Thermometer - for All Food, BBQ and Candy - Lifetime Guarantee
Offered by Aspekt
Price: $26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and Easy to Use, July 24, 2015
The Cookrite thermometer is easy to use with a clear readout, though the buttons are rather tiny. The probe is sharp and easily inserted into meats and can also be used with liquids. The probe is a bit short, so probably shouldn't be used on the grill unless you're wearing barbecue gloves. I tested it on several liquids and the temperature readout seems to be accurate. I received a complementary sample for my use and review and can recommend this product.


Delidge 24-Pack Upgraded Reusable Large Silicone Baking Cups Best Muffin Cupcake Liners Molds in Eco Friendly Storage Container, Made of Both FDA & LFGB Approved Premium Material
Delidge 24-Pack Upgraded Reusable Large Silicone Baking Cups Best Muffin Cupcake Liners Molds in Eco Friendly Storage Container, Made of Both FDA & LFGB Approved Premium Material
Offered by DelidgeDirect
Price: $34.99
2 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Bright and So Easy to Use and Clean, July 24, 2015
It seems that I am gradually replacing all of my older bakeware with silicone versions. The convenience and easy clean up just can't be beat. These Delidge cupcake molds are thick and sturdy and brilliantly colored. I placed them on a cookie sheet, sprayed them lightly before the first use with cooking spray and used my 1/4 cup measuring cup to fill with banana muffin mix. The results were perfectly rounded muffins that popped easily out of the molds. Then I put them in the sink with soapy water and let them soak a bit, wiped with a kitchen sponge, rinsed and left on the counter to dry. Restack and put them back in the sturdy cardboard tube for the next use! I received a complementary set of molds for my use and review, and I highly recommend them.


R & M Pie Bird Set of 2,  One Each White and Black
R & M Pie Bird Set of 2, One Each White and Black
Price: $8.71
3 used & new from $8.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Effective, July 24, 2015
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I broke my daughter's black pie bird when cleaning the kitchen counters, so I bought this replacement set of 2. They are so cute and unusual that they stay out on the counter as a bit of kitchen sculpture. Actually, since they are made of pottery, they probably shouldn't be stored in the messy kitchen utensil drawer as they could get chipped or broken. They are also effective at releasing the steam from a 2-crust pie.


Master Lock 5401D Select Access Wall-Mounted Key Storage Box with Set-Your-Own Combination Lock
Master Lock 5401D Select Access Wall-Mounted Key Storage Box with Set-Your-Own Combination Lock
Price: $22.64
99 used & new from $19.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Secure Key Storage and Peace of Mind, July 24, 2015
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Since we have locked ourselves out of the house on more than one occasion, we had stored an extra key in a remote, fairly inaccessible corner of the yard; however I have always felt a bit uncomfortable knowing that it was out there... We have mounted the very sturdy Master Lock key safe in an obscured location and now have the peace of mind to know that, even if someone were to come across our key hiding place, it is very unlikely that they would be able to break into it without power tools and making a lot of noise !


Enpassion Kick Mats + Organizer - Premium Quality Seat Back Protectors
Enpassion Kick Mats + Organizer - Premium Quality Seat Back Protectors
Offered by EM Store
Price: $10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful to Protect Back of the Seat and Organize Baby Detritus..., July 24, 2015
This fabric and mesh net organizer hangs around the neck rest on the back of a front seat and has two purposes: 1) keep the toddler from kicking the back of the seat and leaving dirty footprints, and 2) organizing all the loose items that might otherwise clutter up the floor and backseat. There are 5 different pouches that can hold a small book, toys, rattles, tissue, baby wipes, bottle or sippy cup, maps, etc. Some are closed with velcro fasteners. When I pulled open one of the net storage pouches, the stitching that separated it into two compartments tore away, though this probably won't affect the functionality. It needs to be attached somehow to the bottom runners of the seat otherwise it will dangle from the back of the seat and flap around when you're driving. There were no included instructions or examples of how to use it, so you're on your own in terms of installing it in the car. It could even be used by people without toddlers to organize stuff that won't fit in the tiny glove compartments that most cars seem to feature these days... I received a complementary mat in exchange for my use and review.


Butterick Patterns B5625 Infants' Romper, Jumper, Panties and Hat, Size LRG (L-XL)
Butterick Patterns B5625 Infants' Romper, Jumper, Panties and Hat, Size LRG (L-XL)
Price: $9.33
13 used & new from $2.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Simple Baby Rompers and Sundresses, July 24, 2015
This package includes patterns for 5 different rompers and sundresses for a baby girl, and two rompers that could be used for a baby boy as well as a sunhat that is really adorable. The patterns have multiple sizes in each envelope, but only one copy of each pattern piece. That means that if you want to cut it down to the smallest size, you won't be able to use the pattern again for a larger size. I got around that problem by sort of folding back the edges and cutting to the smaller size without cutting down the pattern, but it was a bit tricky and tedious. A few of the instructions are unclear and could do with more and improved diagrams. Nevertheless, overall this is a fairly easy pattern to follow and could be undertaken by a beginner.


Dritz Ruffle Elastic, 5/8 by 1-Inch, White
Dritz Ruffle Elastic, 5/8 by 1-Inch, White
Price: $1.99
13 used & new from $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works Well for Newborn Baby Headbands, July 24, 2015
I have purchased the Dritz Ruffle Elastic in several colors to make headbands for newborn babies. The soft lace doesn't scratch baby's tender skin and the pliable elastic ensures the one-size-fits-all. I have used the same headbands on babies that range in size from just over 5 lbs. to nearly 10 lbs. It's very easy to just stitch the ends together and then sew on small flowers or other tiny embellishments. The result is simple and sweet.


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Quilted Pocket Potholder, Set of 3, Nautical Blue
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Quilted Pocket Potholder, Set of 3, Nautical Blue
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Finished But A Bit Small and Thin, July 24, 2015
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The set of 3 dark blue pot holders are nicely finished, with fairly sturdy quilted fabric and a pocket wide enough for a woman's hand, but perhaps a bit small for a larger man's hand. The quilted fabric is a wee bit thinner than some of my older pot holders, so I wouldn't recommend holding onto extremely hot pots or baking sheets for more than a few moments. A loop is sewn in to the top so that you can hang on a hook or knob. The dark color will ensure that they don't show food or grease stains.


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