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Dritz Crafters Comfort Glove-Large
Dritz Crafters Comfort Glove-Large
Price: $13.93
24 used & new from $10.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for arthritic hands, October 31, 2014
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I purchased these to wear at the office because the air conditioning is freezing. I live in So. CA, and apparently they believe we should have the AC up high year round. These gloves give me some warmth and still allow me to type. They compress just a bit, but do not squeeze my hands. They're really soft. I have arthritis and purchased some different fingerless gloves last year so I could crochet, but the gloves were so tight they hurt. I can use these gloves for crocheting without the pain.

The only thing I would change about them are the tags. There is a large tag on the inside and a smaller one on the outside of each glove. I managed to cut out the large inner tags. But, be careful if you do because you don't want to cut the stitching. For something like this that is meant to fit close to the body, especially the hands, they should be tag free.

A Wilder Rose
A Wilder Rose
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I now want to know more about Rose Wilder, October 31, 2014
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This review is from: A Wilder Rose (Kindle Edition)
This was an intriguing piece of fiction based on the journals of Rose Wilder. It took a while for me to get into the story but once I did I couldn't put it down. I only wish it had gone on past the time period that it did. I'm so intrigued with Rose Wilder now that I want to read her journals. Hopefully, they'll be published because she was a fascinating woman. Really, someone should make a TV show or a movie about her life because it was so much more rounded then her mother's, Laura Ingels Wilder.

Truform 0865, Compression Stockings, Knee High, Open Toe, 20-30 mmHg, Beige, 3X-Large
Truform 0865, Compression Stockings, Knee High, Open Toe, 20-30 mmHg, Beige, 3X-Large
Offered by TopsMedical
Price: $18.79
9 used & new from $17.00

3.0 out of 5 stars The larger ones are best for people with big feet and long legs, October 31, 2014
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These are far too long in the leg and the feet. I switch brands to Ames Walker after receiving these because Truform does not come in short.

The compression is great and the legs do not pinch or bind. However, because they are too long they tend to bunch up around the ankle and cut off my circulation. I pull them down until the heel is in the middle of my foot and fold the toe area back in order to take up the length.

I think these would be better for men than women. Even a tall woman would have to have very large feet in order for these to fit correctly.

Ames Walker 201 20-30 Knee Hi Wide Calf OT-Short XXXL-Beige
Ames Walker 201 20-30 Knee Hi Wide Calf OT-Short XXXL-Beige
Offered by Ames Walker Support Hosiery
Price: $23.69

4.0 out of 5 stars These run large, October 31, 2014
Before you purchase these Ames Walker compression hose, look at their sizing chart. After i received these in XXXL and found them to be way too big, I went to their website and found out the size I really should wear is an XL. I would actually go down a size from that except I experience a lot of swelling in my legs and feet in the summer and needed the wide-calf that goes up to 23" so I chose the XL.

I have a 30" inseem so it was necessary to get the short length. Keep in mind that the length is only from the heel to the knee, it does not include the foot. That's where the size comes in. The feet on both the XXXL and XL are too long for me, but I just fold the toe area back.

I do like these compression socks and have ordered 4 additional pairs directly from the Ames Walker website. They would get five stars if I could order them in the correct foot size with the necessary width.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice stocking stuffer for teens or tweens, October 31, 2014
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This kit comes with a round tin and inside are a smaller tin of lip butter and a slightly sparkly lip gloss. They both smell of raspberry when you take off the top, but the scent does not linger when you apply it.

The lip butter is so soft and smooth. By far, my favorite of the two. The "kissable" lip gloss is a bit thicker, but still goes on smooth. There is no color to either, so these would be great for tweens who like to add some gloss to their lips without looking too old. Or, anyone of any age who wants to keep their lips moist without adding color.

The tin is a nice size and can be used for anything from holding lose change to jewelry.

Corel CorelDRAW Home and Student Suite X7 (3-Users)
Corel CorelDRAW Home and Student Suite X7 (3-Users)
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45 used & new from $79.00

4.0 out of 5 stars For graphic designers and illustrators, October 20, 2014
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Corel Draw is more of a graphic art/design tool than a photo shop tool. It’s comparable to Adobe Illustrator. Although you can import photos into Coral Draw, it’s not the best software to manipulate photos. Try Corel PaintShop Pro for better photo editing.

CorelDraw has numerous templates to choose from to design anything from stationery to flyers to posters to newsletters. This can be used for both business and home. You can import photos, draw, make fancy fonts, curved lines and color using layers.

It comes with a link to an on-line quick start guide, which gives a general overview of the tools and what they do. There are also videos and tutorials you can click on right inside the software.

Set up took some time. The CD worked fine. It took about 15-20 minutes to download the software onto my computer. Once downloaded it did not leave an icon on my desktop or toolbar. If you have Windows 7 it’s easy to find by clicking on the start icon and searching for it under all programs. If you have Windows 8, like me, forget about it (don’t even get me started on what a major fail of a design Windows 8 is, but MS didn’t get the memo that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.) Anyway, with Windows 8 I needed to go to the page with all the useless apps and do a search for CorelDraw. The icon showed up in my toolbar and opened with a request to log in or register. Since I have other Corel products I assumed I was already registered, so I requested a password reset. Once I reset my password it wouldn’t allow me to login saying I wasn’t registered. So, I tried to register and it told me I was already registered. It allowed me in the second time I logged in using my new password. But it still didn’t leave the icon on my toolbar once I closed the software. I had to search for it again and this time, I right clicked and set it to my toolbar. All-in-all it took 45 minutes for total set-up.

There’s far too much packaging for this product, which is a CD. The box was too large, plus it comes with a heavy cardboard insert to hold the CD. The manufacturers should design something smaller since the outer box is solely for advertising purposes.

Ritz Solid Reversible Microfiber Dish Drying Mat, Cactus/Ocean
Ritz Solid Reversible Microfiber Dish Drying Mat, Cactus/Ocean
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a drying rack., October 13, 2014
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I use these types of drying mats every day and I love them. The Ritz mat is longer than the others I have. It has lines so you can fold it into thirds. Folding it up makes for one very thick mat.

The instructions say to wash in cold water because the colors may bleed. I soaked it in a sink of very warm water and squeezed it out, but it did not bleed at all. I then washed it with like colors in warm water in the washer and it didn't shrink. Pop it in the dryer and it's as soft and plush as when brand new.

I hang mine on a hanger with two clips and hang the hanger over a hook. That allows air to circulate around the mat to dry it.

Once you use this, you'll never settle for a towel or even a drying rack. This is so much more convenient.

Goal Zero 94014 Rock Out 2 Green Solar Rechargeable Speaker
Goal Zero 94014 Rock Out 2 Green Solar Rechargeable Speaker
Price: $129.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Equipment, October 6, 2014
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Goal Zero makes rugged equipment for the outdoor adventurer. Or, just for those of us who want to be prepared for the end of the world. Or, maybe just the next major earthquake that’s going to knock power out for hours at a time. Whatever your reason, Goal Zero gear with its solar recharging panels is the way to go.

The Rock Out speaker comes fully charged. It’s a case with two speakers on the front, the solar panel on the back and a zippered compartment in the center. Unzip it to find a usb cord for recharging via good old fashioned electricity, and a cord that you can use to attach additional speakers to. This cord can also be used to plug the speaker directly into a device that does not have Bluetooth. There’s also a pocket to hold your mp3 playing device like an ipod or digital recorder. For faster charge up using the sun, you can connect them to Goal Zero’s larger Nomad solar panels.

The outside has a bungee cord around the entire device, with a hook so you can attach it to your hiking gear.

What’s Cool: This isn’t just a music speaker. You can attach it via Bluetooth to your cell phone and have two way conversations via the speaker.

Super Simple: There’s not a whole lot going on with this speaker, so it’s easy to use. I put it close to my tablet, pressed the button, and waited for it to connect via Bluetooth. A blue light came on and flashed until it connected. I then went to the Bluetooth settings on my tablet and pressed “Rock Out” to pair. Music immediately started playing through the Goal Zero speakers.

Great Sound: I’m not a speaker expert, but I have several small speakers that connect to electronic devices and this is the best by far. It gets LOUD. I was able to control the volume on both the speaker and on my tablet. When I was done listening, I pressed “Rock Out” on my tablet to unpair it from the speaker.

Needs Improvement: There is no manual shut off. The blue light continues to light up for 20 minutes after the music stops, when it shuts off automatically. This is great if you forget to shut it off, but if you are trying to preserve battery life, it’s a waste because there is no way to shut it off manually.

Could be better: There is no way to tell how much battery life is left on the speakers. The light will flash red when it needs to be recharged, but until then you really don’t know. After playing music on it for about two hours, the light was still blue, so I have no way of knowing just how much play time I’ll get before the need to recharge.

DII Kitchen Millennium Non Adhesive, Smooth Top, Cut to Fit and Washable Shelf or Refrigerator Liner Rolls-12-Inch by 10-Feet, Black, Set of 2
DII Kitchen Millennium Non Adhesive, Smooth Top, Cut to Fit and Washable Shelf or Refrigerator Liner Rolls-12-Inch by 10-Feet, Black, Set of 2
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cute!, October 6, 2014
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These shelf liners are super cute. I have the black and white. On one side it’s black with white polka dots, on the other it’s white with black lines that give it a checkered look.

I love to line everything – kitchen selves, bathroom drawers, linen shelves - any place that takes a lot of use and abuse. It keeps the wood from getting grungy. One of the first things I thought of when I saw these liners is that they can be cut to fit good china, so you can stack them for storage. The liners are viscose and polyester. They quilted like and will make good padding for dishes.

I used these liners to line some bathroom drawers. The beginning of the roll is folded back with a hard crease in it that doesn’t flatten out. After cutting the liners to shape, I washed the creased one in cold water for about 5 minutes. There was no bleeding of the color. Then I ironed the crease out and set it out to air dry. When the liner was dry is was as stiff as new. They’re made of viscose and polyester, which gives it a stiff starch-like feel, but doesn’t wash out.

I hope they offer these in different colors. I'd love some in purple!

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
by Daisy Hernandez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.60
60 used & new from $13.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty writing without emotion, October 3, 2014
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Daisy Hernandez tells her story of what it was like growing up learning English in a Spanish speaking household. Throughout her childhood she had one foot in her new American roots, with the rest of her grounded in her parent’s Cuban and Columbian language, culture, and worship of Santeria.

She relays with emotion how her drunkard father beat her at a young age, for which she never forgave him. However, when she decides to start dating women, it’s just that – she decided. There’s no emotion attached to her one day deciding that she could date women if she wanted. No mention that she had been thinking about it. She dated men until one day she didn’t. She states that she is bisexual, but once she started dating women she stopped dating men. Her family refuses to acknowledge she has relationships with other women. However, they do not turn their back on her, nor she them.

Hernandez’ writes about feminism, identifies with minorities and takes issue with the “white man,” who keeps everyone down. If she hadn’t been born in the 80’s I would have sworn she was straight out of the 1970s. It’s refreshing to know there are still some feminists out there. Women, myself included, used to wear their feminist label as a badge of honor. Today, women seem to malign the very nature of what a feminist is all about.

Instead of writing about her life in a chronological order, Hernandez tends to jump from one period of her life to another. Skipping ahead and back again, it’s hard to keep up with the timeline. She also writes some dialogue in Spanish but does not give the English translation. I know some Spanish, but was unable to understand all the dialogue. Although her writing style dances off the page, there’s no depth of feeling behind it.

Overall, her story is one that can be identified with by minorities, gay women, and anyone who tries to hold strong to their family ties while developing an independent identity of their own.
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