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Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster
Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster
Price: $39.99
8 used & new from $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars terrific Nerf blaster, good distance and accuracy, July 29, 2015
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Our household has many, many Nerf blasters, but it is already apparent that this one is going to be a favorite.

It's a big blaster, unwieldy for any but the sturdiest little kids, but older ones will love it. It is configurable, with add on parts and more you can order online -- but what comes in the box will keep your Nerf lover busy for quite a while. The distance and accuracy are very good. There's a scope, stock, drop grip and a banana clip with ten darts.

Requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included, so if you give this as a gift make sure to include the batteries so the recipient can start playing right away.

Note: We got the "frustration-free" packaging, which was very nice. (Does that imply the other packaging is frustration-laden?)

Moose Toys Chocolate Bar Maker
Moose Toys Chocolate Bar Maker
Price: $9.99
110 used & new from $8.19

4.0 out of 5 stars nice kit for making your own customized chocolate bars, July 27, 2015
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This kit enables you to make your own chocolate bars, and contains molds and inserts for the purpose, as well as a chocolate "squeezer", wrappers and stickers.

The kit contains no chocolate. You will need to buy this on your own, but once you have it you can get started right away. You put chocolate in the squeezer (which has a big opening for this and a small nozzle for distributing the melted chocolate into the molds), melt it in the microwave, squeeze it into a mold, fill, top off, freeze for 20 minutes, then unmold and decorate if desired. The kit includes four wrappers and labels. The instruction booklet has nine recipes, with more on the website.

There are two fun-size molds and two larger molds, three mold inserts and two filling pockets.

This is a nice little kit, and would be fun for kids or any chocolate lover. If you do give it as a gift, you should also give some chocolate with it. You can use milk, dark or white.

Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People's Pope
Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait of the People's Pope
by Michael Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.38

5.0 out of 5 stars hundreds of spectacular photographs and informative text cover Pope Francis' first year, July 26, 2015
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At less than thirteen dollars, I expected a nice book with a few dozen photographs and some light commentary, but this amazing book far exceeds my expectations for both -- every page contains interesting and informative text, though the real stars are the many photographs, hundreds of them, all color and many two page spreads, mainly organized chronologically, but also by subject. These photos are taken by Rodolfo Felici, the Pope's official photographer, so you know he had amazing access. (There are some spectacular photos of the election conclave in the Sistine Chapel.)

The book begins with the abdication of Pope Benedict and then the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name Francis. This is followed by a "papal year", featuring holy days and holidays but also incidental subjects such as the Swiss Guard and the Call for Peace. The last chapter is about papal visits, both within Italy and abroad. Trips abroad include visits to Brazil, the Holy Land, Korea, Europe, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

The book concludes with a good index.

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Teardrop Earrings
Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Teardrop Earrings
Price: $16.87

5.0 out of 5 stars pretty, small, detailed, good weight, July 26, 2015
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These earrings are very pretty, and small but detailed. They hang about one inch below the ear, at the jawline, which is an attractive spot, noticeable but not flashy. They are not super shiny. Also, they are a good weight -- not too heavy but weighty enough to stay put.

Perky-Pet 244CL 2-Pound Bag of Instant Clear Hummingbird Nectar
Perky-Pet 244CL 2-Pound Bag of Instant Clear Hummingbird Nectar
Price: $9.99
5 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good, July 26, 2015
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There are not many hummingbirds around yet, but their migration will begin soon.

This sucrose powder mixes well with water, dissolving quickly.

Betrayal (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)
Betrayal (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)
by Karin Alvtegen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.48
54 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars superb psychological thriller, July 25, 2015
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I've read many Scandinavian thrillers in the past few years and Alvtegen, IMO, is one of the better writers. She really understands, develops and articulates her characters' state of mind. This is the fourth book I're read by this author and each time I'm impressed by her understanding of human nature, and her ability to relay those emotions narratively. There is not a lot of "action" but there is an intense and personal look into various characters' actions and motivations, and these ring true.

Eva used to think she had a perfect life, but she's a smart lady, and slowly it's dawning on her that her surly husband might be having an affair. Across town Jonas is almost creepy in his devotion to Anna, a beautiful artist in a coma. These two are raw and potentially toxic, and when their paths cross, nothing good is going to come of it.

The author sometimes writes scenes from two perspectives, and these are exquisite -- Twain's Diary of Adam and Eve as written by Alfred Hitchcock. The structure is complex, a feature, I think, of the best Scandinavian fiction. The ending is quite disturbing and chilling.

At the time of this writing there are only four books by Alvtegen translated into English. Having read them all now, I'm impressed by the variety of situations she writes about; unencumbered by a detective, she lays bare the deepest, most authentic emotions for complex and very human characters, while justice does not always involve the judicial system.

I do hope other books will be translated. I am very interested to see what Karin Alvtegen devises next. Her novels are: Shadow, Missing, Shame (also published as Sacrifice) and Betrayal.

George Foreman GFO240S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
George Foreman GFO240S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
Price: $84.99
26 used & new from $72.24

4.0 out of 5 stars difficult to clean and no smooth cooking surface--but I love its ease of use, fat trap and BIG grill area, July 23, 2015
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I have real mixed feelings about this grill. You can grill indoors, which is fun, or you can grill outdoors but it's electric, so you need to be near an outlet. The cord is about 6 feet long.

There is a tray to catch grease, so a lot of fat runs off your food, which has always been a major selling point of the George Foreman grill line. And the grill surface is large. You could easily put a dozen hamburgers on there. BUT, there is only a ridged grill surface, no smooth top, so you can make burgers and hot dogs but not pancakes. Also, the grill is easy to clean because it's nonstick BUT it's difficult to clean because it's large and must be removed from the stand and hauled to the sink, though it is very unwieldy. This would be a real problem if you have a small sink. Maybe if you're using it outdoors you could wipe down the grill surface (after it cools) and then hose it down?

The temperature control has numbers, 1 to 5, but what does that mean? The instruction book gives some (not many) cooking guidelines, but they all use #4 and #5, so what are the other three for? And in the chart it says to use #4 for hamburgers, but later a burger recipe has you use #3.

You CAN cook a refrigerated pizza in here (though not a frozen pizza) and that's cool. (I haven't tried this, but I might.) It certainly doesn't heat up the house the way using the oven would BUT grease spatters all around your house if you're not careful.

I am torn. I love this thing in some ways, don't like it in others, and am confused about its exact purpose. It does not seem to be designed for convenience in any way.

Assembly is pretty quick and easy. You need a Phillips head screwdriver to attach the handle to the lid, but everything else just twists or snaps into place. The assembled grill is 93% sturdy. There's a little wobble, but I'm not at all worried the thing will tip -- unless a pet attacks it.

Ultimately I've decided on 4 stars. There are too many problems to give it 5, but I find myself using it rather than the charcoal grill or turning on the oven. In the summer it's faster and easier to ready, and it doesn't heat the whole place up. In the winter it might add a few degrees to the room.

I wish the accompanying booklet were more informative.

Bounty with Dawn Giant Rolls, White, 2 Count
Bounty with Dawn Giant Rolls, White, 2 Count
Price: $6.84

5.0 out of 5 stars handy, sturdy, indispensible, July 23, 2015
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I really like these Dawn-imbued paper towels. As soon as you open the package you smell Dawn dishwashing liquid, though the sheets feel the same as regular paper towels. The difference comes when you get them damp or wet. As soon as you do, and wipe a surface, you find there are tiny soap bubbles, as if you'd dipped a paper towel in the dishwater to wipe something down.

These are very handy for cleaning a lot of different surfaces (with the exception of rough surfaces that catch the fibers). They are very sturdy.

I find I use a towel for a few small tasks during the day then in the evening (or morning) I go over the countertops, handles and cabinets with it damp, then go over them again with a dry or wet rinse. (If you've got visitors, you can also buff the surfaces with a cloth). And finally, I get it really wet to clean the stove, sink and drain. This soap-infused towel stands up to all that.

I like using paper towels rather than sponges for kitchen cleanup because they don't harbor bacteria like a wet sponge does, which sits around for extended periods of time. And I like that these last longer than a regular paper towel because it means I'm not using up a tree for a two-second chore. The only disadvantage is that you'll also need plain paper towels as well, so space.

These are also handy for cleaning items it's difficult to get to the sink, like a grill or a car.

These are a winner.

Rapid K1 Retro Classic Stapling Pliers, Mellow Yellow (5000584)
Rapid K1 Retro Classic Stapling Pliers, Mellow Yellow (5000584)
Price: $34.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent heavy-duty stapler with a comfortable grip, July 22, 2015
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The construction on the stapler seems quite solid and the grip is very comfortable. It does indeed staple 50 sheets of paper.

Staples are backloaded and this is adjustable.

The 5-year warranty is valid only if Rapid 73782 or 90003 staples are used, but you can get these staples under other names at a much better price, so beware.

Benefiber Stick Pack, Kiwi-strawberry, 24 Count Pack of 2)
Benefiber Stick Pack, Kiwi-strawberry, 24 Count Pack of 2)
Offered by Mr_DEALS
Price: $18.86
7 used & new from $18.86

3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag: tasty but expensive and containing aspartame, July 22, 2015
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It's suggested that you add one container of powder to each standard 500 ml bottle of water, and that gives you 6 grams of fiber (3 soluble) for 20 calories. This product is convenient, though expensive; tasty, though containing aspartame; a source of fiber, but with red dye 40. It's a real mixed bag. The flavor is very sweet and a little tart, the kiwi-strawberry taste is pleasant, though I would probably add less than called for, so if you decide you want to try this, experiment with the amount you put in each bottle of water.

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