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BELLA 14124 Programmable Slow Cooker with Searing Pot, 6.5-Quart, Stainless Steel
BELLA 14124 Programmable Slow Cooker with Searing Pot, 6.5-Quart, Stainless Steel
Price: $79.99
3 used & new from $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars For those looking for a stylish, programmable, stainless steel cooker, the BELLA 14124 is fantastic! Recommended!, July 1, 2014
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Having owned several crock pots/slow cookers, this is the first programmable digital slow cooker that we used.

The sleek design and user-friendly cooking device is stainless steel but with an inside pot that is not too heavy and is very easy to clean.

I like the locking lid and the fact that meat can be cooked on a stovetop for searing.

We cooked our favorite barbecue sandwiches on the BELLA and it was used beef roast and by seven hours, the meat was tender, shredded and the onions cooked to perfection.

While there are pre-sets, we didn't really need to use it. But for those who are new to using slow cookers, the pre-sets should definitely help you out.

There was no negatives that I had with the slow cooker. No foul odors when cooking, no cracking or damage on the pot.

While I'm sure I'll discover more about this slow cooker overtime and will see how it compares to our other pottery-based slow-cooker, for the most part, I'm quite thrilled with the results so far. But if I have any negative experience in the long run, I'll definitely update this review.

Overall, the BELLA 14124 is recommended for those who are looking for programmable slow cooker but also one that is stainless steel.


WordPerfect Office X7 Standard
WordPerfect Office X7 Standard
Price: $213.99
28 used & new from $213.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For its price and the features that come along with it, WordPerfect Office X7 will suit many users quite well! Recommended!, June 15, 2014
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For many computer users who were using word processing applications since the '80s, WordPerfect is a program that has been a software used for a very long time.

It's a trustworthy brand that I did my homework and screenplays on way back then and it literally was the standard word processing application for DOS way back then.

Of course, Microsoft would eventually dominate thanks to its Windows operating system in the mid-90's but for those who stuck with WordPerfect since the early '90s especially with the release of WordPerfect Office Suite with Borland Software's popular spreadsheet Quattro Pro, for those looking for an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Office were perfectly fine with Borland, Novell and then later Corel's office suite.

And now with the 17th release of "WordPerfect Office X7", I take a look at the Standard version which can be found on Amazon and at dept. stores for a great price.

The latest software works with Windows XP all the way up to Windows 8.1, so for many users, they are covered with this software.

The software does take up 1.15GB of hard disk space and installation does take a little while but it's fairly easy to install.

There are five editions available: Standard, Professional, Legal, Home & Student and Academic. The Standard version comes with:

- WordPerfect X7 - Word Processing application that can also open, edit and create Microsoft Word files, including OOXML (.docx)
- Quattro Pro X7 - Spreadsheet application that can open, edit and create Microsoft Excel files, including OOXML (.xlsx).
- Presentations X7 - Slideshow application that can open, edit and create Microsoft PowerPoint files including OOXML (.pptx)
- WordPerfect Lightning - Take notes and export them to WordPerfect and MS Word documents or sent to an e-mail
- WordPerfect eBook Publisher - create eBooks
- Roxio Secure Burn - CD, DVD and Blu-ray Burning

Also, this version allows for PDF creation and printing to PDF, comes with 900+ TrueType fonts, 10,000+ Clipart, 300+ templates, 175+ digital photoes, the Pocket Oxford English Dictionary, WordPerfect Address Book, Presentations Graphics bitmpap editor, WordPerfect XML Project Designer, Batch Conversion Utility to convert MS Word docuemnts to Word Perfect Documents.

JUDGMENT CALL:

Sure, there is MS Office 2013, Office 365, Google Docs and the free OpenOffice out there but Corel is delivering not just an inexpensive office suite, it adds so many features right off the bat that makes it not only worth owning but really, takes away any need to invest in inexpensive software.

WordPerfect, Quattro Pro and Presentations is literally the software that the majority of people will be using for their work and the ability to create Microsoft file names, so Office users can open them up is a plus. The PDF integration is a major plus, so no need to purchase Acrobat or CutePDF, you can easily create fillable PDF forms.

The added value of eBook publisher, the fonts and clip art is also a major plus. Also, you get access to WordPerfect for iPad as well. And for those who need training videos, BrainStorm training videos are included as well.

It's important to note that for those who do want a database like MS Access, will want to opt for the Professional version of WordPerfect Office X7 and for those in law that need the Table of Authorities software, will want to opt for the Legal version.

During my testing of the software, I had no slowdown, I was able to take pre-existing documents that I have worked on, including spreadsheets done on MS Office and OpenOffice and opened them easily on Office X7 with no problems. I was able to create a PDF form with no problems and also, tested the dual monitor support which worked very well.

If there is one thing that would have been a nice added value for the Standard version was access to a cloud service and also an android version of WordPerfect would have been great as an additional install and one that would automatically sync your notes from your cell phone.

But that is me being a bit picky but you still get your money's worth with WordPerfect Office X7. Sure, there are cheaper alternatives, let alone free alternatives out there and those who will be forever sold on MS Office. But if you are looking for an alternative and software with a solid history, has delivered for computer users since the early '80s and has produced a suite that literally packed with features, you can't go wrong with WordPerfect Office X7 Standard.

Recommended!


PhysiciansCare 90484 ANSI Compliant First Aid Kit with Eyewash, 78 Pieces
PhysiciansCare 90484 ANSI Compliant First Aid Kit with Eyewash, 78 Pieces

4.0 out of 5 stars For those needing a not too expensive first aid kit for the home..not the great quality but it will do..., May 31, 2014
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Physicians Care offers two types of First Aid Kits...the more expensive PAC-KIT (160 pieces) and then there is the PhysiciansCare ANSI compliant First Aid Kit with Eyewash (78 pieces).

Personally, we have always felt it necessary to have emergency supplies kept at our home, just in case. And with this First Aid Kit, you get several gauze pads, triangular bandages, combine pad, cold pads, trauma pad, eyewash, gloves, first aid guide and more!

It's important to note that these are for the basic cuts and bruises. For serious injuries, First Aid kits are not end all solutions, they are enough to get something done temporarily until you get medical help but they are still worth owning for any situation just in case something bad happens.

I'm quite content with what's in this First Aid kit and as another reviewer mentioned, I do recommend purchasing an antibiotic and other emergency medication to go (or bring) along with this First Aid kit.

Otherwise, if you want something with more pieces and sturdy, I recommend checking out the "Large Smart Compliance General Workplace First Aid Cabinet with pain relief medication" or the "Pac-Kit 6155 463 Piece Steel Cabinet Industrial 3 Shelf First Aid Station with Wall Mount Slots and Handle" but expect to pay up to $80-$200.


Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, White, 2 Huge Rolls, Pack of 6 (12 Rolls) (Packaging May Vary)
Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, White, 2 Huge Rolls, Pack of 6 (12 Rolls) (Packaging May Vary)
Price: $29.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars For those wanting a great deal for for a six pack (12 rolls total) of Bounty paper towels!, May 31, 2014
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In our household, we go through many paper towels. From spills to cleaning on the weekends, we are always testing out different paper towels with great absorbency and so far Bounty has been the best!

These are the thick, double roll versions, so you are getting a lot for your money.

It's important to note that one review says it's cheaper at WM. I was comparing the price and the Bounty 2 Select-a-Size Huge Rolls, pack of 6 (so 12 total) is currently at $29.69, while WM has it at $30.93 (not under $15). Probably the prices fluctuate but looking at the prices, WM is not a whole lot cheaper.

While there are other brands that may be cheaper, we tend to go for Bounty or Brawn and try to avoid the cheaper alternatives which have failed us.

Overall, if you are looking for the biggest size of Bounty paper towels (total of 12 in six 2-packs) for under $30 and it's within your budget, then this Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels are for you!


Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Class Dinobot Slug Figure
Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Class Dinobot Slug Figure
Offered by Past Generation Toys
Price: $17.26
83 used & new from $12.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very cool look for Slug and not difficult to Transform, May 31, 2014
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As a long-time fan of "Transformers" from the '80s and '90s and then being a parent of a son who was raised playing Transformers at a young age, nearly 30-years later, here I am with another "Transformers" review for the movie toyline "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and this time, the Generations Deluxe Class Autobot Dinobot known as Slug.

Just the look of Slug is very cool and while I like the Japan Tranformers Expo G1 paint (paying homage to the original G1 version), the purple, red, gray version is not bad at all.

Transforming Slug to robot mode is very easy and putting him back to triceratops mode is also easy. I just love how the character looks menacing.

Slug comes with two swords and for the most part, robot or dinosaur mode, it's one of the coolest figures in the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" line.

While I'm not crazy about the $16.99 price, considering the cost of toys today, at $16.99, it's among the cheaper deluxe class figures in the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" line.

If you are a Dinobot fan, this version of Slug is definitely recommended!


Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Class Autobot Drift Figure
Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Deluxe Class Autobot Drift Figure
Offered by Ender's Ark
Price: $24.24
20 used & new from $20.51

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Design-wise - very cool but transforming experience may be frustrating for children, May 31, 2014
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As a long-time fan of "Transformers" from the '80s and '90s and then being a parent of a son who was raised playing Transformers at a young age, nearly 30-years later, here I am with another "Transformers" review for the movie toyline "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and this time, the Generations Deluxe Class Autobot Drift.

While my favorite version of the former Decepticon turned Autobot is the Generation and the Shattered Glass version, the Age of Extinction is still cool and interesting with its blue and light blue colors instead of red and white.

Transforming-wise, having experience with these type of cars, it maintains the same type of transformation and many cars from previous toylines. I had my 11-year-old try it and thought it would be easier but while coming close, it was the challenge of what to do with the arms. But he eventually figured things out and was able to transform Drift to car mode quite easily.

While transforming from car to robot mode is very easy. I love the samurai look of this version, but I do love how the previous versions of the toy line retained more of a samurai and Japanese style. But considering this is a movie version, I like the details on the body and it's head. But the days of multiple paint jobs on a Transformers toy seems to be more simplistic these days. No paint in the eyes or any part of the toy...it's primarily Blue, lightblue, black and the bronze head and swords.

As a parent, if there was anything that troubles me is the increasing costs of "Transformers" toys. For something like this "Drift", the price was $9.99 a decade ago. Now they are up to $19.99 or more at retail. And personally for $19.99, you expect a lot more in terms of size and functionality. But considering inflation, I suppose the price (as reflected by other Hasbro toy lines), for something that was once under $10...you'll be paying closer to $20 these days.

Overall, aside from pricing, the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" Generations Deluxe Class Autobot Drift is pretty cool looking. It could have had additional paint but considering the details on this Transformers, it's a cool Transformer toy overall.


Pro Plan Dog Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice Formula; 18lb Bag
Pro Plan Dog Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice Formula; 18lb Bag
Price: $26.99
10 used & new from $25.29

5.0 out of 5 stars My dogs absolutely love the Pro Plan shredded blend chicken and rice formula, May 31, 2014
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We have tried a lot of dog food and I our Pug and Shitzu went crazy with the Pro Plan shredded blend chicken and rice formula. The first day, they literally kept eating their bowl of food unlike others where they eat some and then stop.

But the reason why I like the Pro Plan dog food is that with the cheaper priced dog food is the key ingredients. Purina states, "complete nutrition with real chicken as the #1 ingredient, this Pro Plan Original Chicken and Rice Formula is specially formulated to bolster your dog's key protective systems - the immune system, digestive system and skin & coat systems - and deliver exceptional nutrition."

While I'm not an erudite when it comes to dog food nutrition, I do like the fact that it comes with vitamin A and high-quality protein combined with linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid for their skin and coat and calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals

I personally have not noticed any change to our dog's stools, because I know other dog food has made them poop like crazy but in the case of the Pro Plan, I have not seen this problem. Nor have I seen them react with any allergic reaction to the dog food.

While the price is quite expensive for dog food, I think the ingredients is better than the cheaper alternatives. But the Pro Plan is recommended overall for people searching for dog food that is better than the cheaper alternatives but for those on a budget, it may be too expensive for some.

But seeing how our two dogs love it and knowing that this 18lb. bag will last our two small dogs for quite sometime, I definitely recommend the Pro Plan Dog Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice Formula.


Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDU4000100)
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDU4000100)
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37 used & new from $165.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a backup external hard drive for your Mac!, May 4, 2014
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With each passing year, I have reviewed Seagate's 1TB, 2TB and 3TB external hard drives for the Mac. And for 2014, this time it's a 4TB external hard drive.

With this latest version, where the past previous versions I have reviewed were black with a little silver, this time, it's silver with the underportion drive now being black.

Also, with the drive being 3.0 USB, I have been hoping to see the noticeable speed differences.

Installing it was easy, it's literally plug and play. Files are inside the drive but my Mini Mac detected the drive immediately.

So far, I have been able to test it with backing up nearly a TB of data and it took around an hour and half. I then tested it with an additional 350 GB of data but this time drag and drop and that one took about 45-60 min. or so.

But the drive worked well as a time machine backup and a regular backup drive for my files. Also, utilized it for audio and HD video rendering and the drive performed well. I also use the drive as a Photoshop scratch drive as well. Granted, it's a fresh drive and usually you get to see how a drive performs within several months to a six months until you either notice certain slowdown or noticeable changes in performance.

Also, I am not using this drive as a main drive either, so for those who are looking to use this as a Mac main HD (especially if your iMac or Mac laptop's main drive is dead), I'm sure it will work fine (as I have used 2TB/3TB Seagate drives on an iMac with a broken HD before).

But for this amount of space, this is perfect for a backup drive for your files. And so far with all the tests I have utilized it for, the drive has been working like a charm.

If you are in the market for a 4TB external drive for your Mac, the Seagate Backup Plust 4TB external HD is recommended!


Callaway Tournament Gift Set
Callaway Tournament Gift Set
Price: $24.99
4 used & new from $21.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for any friend who loves golf!, May 3, 2014
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I'm sure like myself, you are a person who has friends who love to golf.

Well, you can either take that friend for lunch at the golf country club, buy them something you think they will need or like or get something golf related, inexpensive but know they will like it.

Well, for golfing friends, the Callaway Tournament Set is one to get!

This set comes with a plastic water bottle, Pro-Line putt align tool, divot repair tool, Odyssey Poker chip Ball Marker, 5 performance tees and two Callaway golf balls. It's a pretty awesome deal for under $18.

There is also an executive set but it does not include the divot repair tool, comes with a stainless steel mug and a pouch and is a little over $20.

But it all comes down to if you want the stainless steel mug or not. If not, then go for the tournament set. You get your bang for your buck and your golfing friend should really love it...that is unless they are expecting a Big Bertha driver or Ping putter from you.

An inexpensive, awesome golf-related set that I highly recommend!


Energizer CHRPROWB4 Pro Charger with 4-AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries
Energizer CHRPROWB4 Pro Charger with 4-AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries
Price: $15.99
3 used & new from $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This unit was easy to use and the Energizer rechargeable batteries performed well!, May 3, 2014
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As a heavy user of rechargeable batteries (AA and AAA), while I have been biased towards Eneloop batteries for photography work (for my multiple flashes) and also for use around the home, I am open in trying different rechargeable batteries (which I have reviewed on Amazon before).

One brand that I have not reviewed are Energizer Recharge batteries and I recently tested the Energizer Recharge AA/AAA Pro Charger and the four included 1500 mAh batteries.

For the most part, used it in a photo session on one of my flashes. While, my preference is towards 1800-2300 mAh AA batteries, the 1500 mAh Energizer Recharge batteries worked like a charm.

After a day of long use, the batteries were in need of a recharge. The Pro Charger will work with a AA or AAA batteries. I love the fact the charger shows that it's near dead, halfway or fully charged, so that's a plus.

While I do prefer something like the Ansmann PL4 Pro rechargeable unit (which would slice down the recharge time by 75%) if you plan to purchase several dozen of batteries, the charger is great enough for those who just need to recharge a few batteries at a time.

But overall, the Energizer rechargeable batteries worked magnificently and I put it through various stress tests from clock, remote and my flash during a photo shoot. And these batteries worked very well!

If you are looking for a basic unit with 4 AA NiMH 1500 mAh batteries, easy to use and not worry about all that much (just when you need to recharge), this package is worth checking out!


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