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Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum, Strawberry, 1.428 Ounce (Pack of 10)
Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum, Strawberry, 1.428 Ounce (Pack of 10)
Offered by JCandy
Price: $17.99
7 used & new from $11.65

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collaboration between Juicy Fruit and Starburst, but is it worth trying? Read on!, March 28, 2015
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For fans of Juicy Fruit and Starburst are more than likely going to enjoy the collaboration between the two brands as a new sugarfree gum featuring 15 sticks from Wrigley is now available.

I only have tried the Strawberry and the gum comes in the usual Wrigley Juicy Fruit foil paper covering. Immediately upon chewing, you can taste the Starburst.

For those that like a little long lasting flavor, unfortunately Juicy Fruit Starburst goes from Starburst to sugary sweet quite quickly, so for those wanting that long lasting Starburst taste, then you will probably want to opt for the real thing and purchase Starburst.

But I feel the collaboration of the two brands is pretty cool and it feature 35% fewer calories than sugared gum. Total carbohydrates is 1% and sugar alcohol is 2g. Total calories is 5.

Overall, I enjoyed the product for the collaboration of two solid brands. I enjoy Starburst and I enjoy Juicy Fruit...but if they could find out how to elongate that taste...I would give it perfect stars. But for now... four stars.

Moen DN7110OWB Teak Folding Shower Seat, Old World Bronze
Moen DN7110OWB Teak Folding Shower Seat, Old World Bronze
Price: $292.81

4.0 out of 5 stars The Teak Folding Shower Seat is worth investing for those looking for a basic and easy installing Teal folding shower seat., March 28, 2015
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A sturdy folding shower seat from Moen, a company that specializes in bath accessories, there are positive aspects to this folding shower seat.

For one, it's easy to install and it will take up to 400 pounds of weight. The teak wood is sturdy with a slick finish and is waterproof.

With that being said, this is one of those products where it's YMMV to each person.

Do you want a chair that can easily be removed and put back in whenever you want? This is not a folding shower seat that you want.

Do you want a folding chair that provides good space to fit larger behinds? Then this folding chair is not for you.

But what this chair will provide you with is a folding chair that is not difficult to install. you get 3" wood screws and o-ring pads. I do recommend in investing in stud finder, if you don't have one already.

Overall, Moen has created a folding shower seat that works. While easy to install, make sure you have a stud finder to find the right areas to install this chair.

The Teak wood is waterproof and looks sleek but the sizes of the sitting space may be too small for a few people with a larger behind.

Overall, the Teak Folding Shower Seat is worth investing for those looking for a basic and easy installing Teal folding shower seat.

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8
Price: $99.99
8 used & new from $99.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At under $100, this latest offering of Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is highly recommended!, March 13, 2015
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As a frequent user of Adobe Premiere and After Effects and also having used iMovie and Final Cut Pro, I have also dabbled with various video editing software.

For one, for the purpose of learning other software available in the market but also wanting to know which software would be beneficial for friends and family for their PC setup.

In the under $100 market, there are quite a number of video editing software available. From Sony's "Movie Studio Platinum", Corel's VideoStudio Ultimate and also their Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, CyberLink's Power Director, Adobe Premiere Elements and a few others.

With Corel have two major video editing software, one must wonder...which to go for...Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8 or Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 18. Both have their similarities but Pinnacle's roots are from the original Avid video editing software.

With Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8, the software now incorporates plugins and tools from NewBlue, proDAD and Boris Graffiti.

Installation took less than 10 minutes as the first DVD installs VideoStudio Ultimate X8, Corel ScreenCap X8, Corel FastFlick X8 and Video Studio Learning and the second DVD installs the plug-ins and tools (this takes a bit longer...I say 15-20 or so minutes but this may vary especially if you are using a SSD Harddrive).

The new plug-ins include:

proDAD Adorage Starter Pack – Create high-quality trailers, transitions and credits with over 150 effects and transitions

NewBlue FX Essentials IV – Solve everyday production problems, turn day into night, create reflections, touch up skin and more

proDAD Mercalli SE – Get video stabilization capabilities that ensure rock-steady video. Rolling-shutter compensation removes wobble and skew

NewBlue FX Motion Effects – Achieve professional results with more than 100 presets in 10 incredibly efficient tools

proDAD VitaScene LE – Includes more than 100 broadcast-quality, fully customizable professional effects, filters and image enhancements

proDAD Handscript Animation – Instantly turns your titles into realistic near magical on-screen handwriting

Boris Graffiti 6 – Make sophisticated title animations, such as type on text, text on a path, jitter, and randomization

NewBlue FX ColorFast – Get the color you want no matter what the condition of your original video with streamlined color correction and color grading

proDAD RotoPen - Animated pen effects let you draw on maps, illustrate with light or video, or apply animated pen effects to any path

NewBlue Background Generator - Easily magnify and alter an image from your video into a beautiful backdrop, complete with a perpetual panning motion

But Corel builds upon the previous software by adding so much.

For the most part, this software offers sold basics in terms of samples of video introductions and static images to insert before a video, plenty of audio samples plus actual full vocal songs included with the Triple Scoop Music.

Another plus is the titling software, a lot more selections, many professional style of headlines instead of cheesy ones and the good news is that there is no having to create these yourself, there are pre-made and easy to edit titles.

As mentioned by others, did take out the Blu-ray authoring software tool. While you can purchase it for a little extra, perhaps the feeling was that most people would use Corel VideoStudio for video files for social media, streaming or DV or DVD authorizing, while those who want 4K Ultra HD or Blu-ray authoring, would purchase their Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate product.

But Corel does have the disclaimer: *Blu-ray authoring requires a plugin that can be purchased from within VideoStudio. For editing of 3D and full HD video, Corel recommends an Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II X8 processor with Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit operating system and minimum 4 GB of RAM. For editing of 4K video, a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor is highly recommended.

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8 offers Audio Ducking. This will automatically lower the music if there is a narrator/voice over background music. This is a major plus as having used this on the more expensive software quite often, it's great to have this feature in X8.

The software also features XAVCS support for 4K and HD. XAVC S is a new standard for video cameras in order for supporting of resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160).

X8 also offers overlaying objects, so you can put two images together and adjust the overlay.

While you can install as 32-bit, the 64-bit version is included and is optimized for newer PC's. Which means better real-time playback and shorter rendering times.

You can also do an easy freeze frame and freeze a video frame which is another fantastic addition.

But X8 also does more than X7 by converting titles to Alpha channel files, there is now thumbnail ticking, multiple projects editing (so you can reuse footage from other projects). Also, for those who have wanted right-to-left text, you can now do that. There is also media library management software included, more formats such as support for AVI, MPEG-2, AVC/H2.64, WMV, MPEG-4, MKV and MOV (H.264 format) and more.

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8 offers a share function to post video on YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Vimeo.

And like previous versions, you have up to 21 video tracks, four audio tracks, smart proxy, chroma key, multi-trim video, single clip trim, import DVD subtitle, smart pan & zoom and 5.1 Dolby Digital capabilities which X6 and X7 had previously.

There is no doubt that X8 is a solid improvement over X7 and X6.

I'm really impressed with how this software has evolved overtime. While the more expensive video editing software gives the user more control but also is a higher learning curve, there was a time when I can easily remember how far behind the under $100 video editing software had been. But the improvements made especially with Instant Editing with this software is really impressive...and for video and audio samples to use, there are so many to choose from.

For beginners who want an easy to use video editing software where a lot of the samples are pre-made but so many selections from transitions, menus, in need of sound effects, title effects, etc. You can't really go wrong with this year's offering of Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8. While I know for some, not having the Blu-ray authorization software in this package is a bit of a bummer, you can easily purchase the plug-in or check out Corel's other software, Pinnacle Studio 18.

But this is a solid software that gives you more bang for your buck! At under $100, this latest offering of Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is highly recommended!

Ortho Home Defense Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer Aerosol Spray, 18-Ounce (Kills Bed Bugs, Fleas, Dust Mites & Stink Bugs)
Ortho Home Defense Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer Aerosol Spray, 18-Ounce (Kills Bed Bugs, Fleas, Dust Mites & Stink Bugs)
Price: $8.99
11 used & new from $7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really works, but because it's lethal on many types of bugs, please read the instructions before spraying!!!, March 13, 2015
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When it comes to fighting against insects in your home, Ortho products have been wonderful to use!

With summer coming up, bed bugs to flease, ants, spiders, stink bugs, moths and other insects start to become more prevalent.

With Ortho Home Defense it kills bed bugs and their eggs and fleas, ticks, dust mites and gives you two weeks of protection.

While I do recommend spraying in areas where bugs can come in, especially near door ways, window frames or cracks, cabinets, near refrigerators and sinks, anywhere that insects tend to reside.

Do not spray this anywhere that humans or your pets will be sitting or laying on (note: there are instructions of where to spray near the bed or on infested furniture). Do not spray near areas where pets may eat and if you have a little animal that likes to much on anything in your house.

Also, if using outside, consider purchasing a mask and goggles as you don't want wind or any gust blowing this stuff back on your face.

It's a product that works thoroughly but while it says two weeks, I would say 4-5 days, you may need to spray again.

Overall, the Ortho Home Defense Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer does more than bed bugs, it kills a lot of insects. But please read the instructions before messing around with this product.


Fekkai  Pr-Soleil Hair Radiance and Protection Mist, 5 Fluid Ounce
Fekkai Pr-Soleil Hair Radiance and Protection Mist, 5 Fluid Ounce
Price: $18.99
6 used & new from $17.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to protect your hair from the sun's rays? Check out Fekkai's Soleil hair mist!, March 13, 2015
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If skin needs protection during sunlight, wouldn't hair need to be protected as well?

The answer is "yes". According to Fekkai with their Pre-Soleil Hair Mist which prevents color fade and dehydration.

While, I can't possibly say that it works, it does make sense.

Afterall, we do spend a lot of money on skincare products, we spend a lot on hair products but not so much on protection of the hair from the sun's rays. So, the hair mist is a UV filter.

So, the wife and I decided to give Frederic Fekkai's product a chance before we headed out to work. I didn't notice any scent, I didn't notice any particular sensation upon it touching on my scalp. But we used it and left it on..and that was it.

Of course, we didn't have Fekkai Solei Apres-Soleil Creme to use afterward, so there is not so much I can personally discuss about that.

But I do know that the product utilizes: Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Betaine, Sodium Pca, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Orange 4, Red 40.

A lot of these provide vitamins and protection for the hair BUT this is important because people should know about certain ingredients used.

While Phenoxyethanol is used in skin products and skin cremes, some people may be allergic to this. Also, there have been tests on this and as far as the results...I would do your research if you feel comfortable about using this product daily due to phenoxyethanol.

Overall, while I can't give a definitive that this product works 100%, we do know that sun can damage your hair with prolonged exposure. UVA and UVB rays can damage hair by fading the color, making hair dry and brittle or lead to many split ends or frizzy hair. Also, weaken and thin hair.

So, I would look at this product as an important addition to hair products to buy if you work or are out in the sun quite a bit. If you are frustrated with damaged hair, investing in a better shampoo and conditioner is important but definitely give a spray-on UV protective on your hair may be beneficial to your hair.

DeLonghi DD45E Energy Star Dehumidifier, 45-Pint
DeLonghi DD45E Energy Star Dehumidifier, 45-Pint
Price: $219.99
10 used & new from $219.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the investment, this dehumidifier works magnificently!, March 8, 2015
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We have owned dehumidifier's in the past, but this is the first in this price range.

If anything, we are hoping to have a dehumidifier that will work on our bedroom area which is next door to the main shower. Often, our room can feel damp and we have used dehumidifiers but cheaper ones that didn't seem to do the job.

So, we have been using the DeLonghi DD45E Energy Star Dehumidifier. for a few weeks now and we have been very pleased with this dehumidifier.

The LED panel is easy to set in F or C, easy to adjust the humidity which we tend to keep at 40% and a timer to set it off and on.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the dehumidifier can get heavy when full, but there are handles, so no problem moving it. There is also an alarm that will go off when the tank is full of water or needs to be reset. Also, the built-in tank will not over fill which is a plus and you can see the water level.

Looking at the filter, it doesn't look too difficult to replace and it's great that it can be washed.

While the dehumidifier has worked remarkably well in our room, there was one pet peeve, mostly for my wife and not me and that is the fact that the fans are loud. I sleep fine with it as it's no difference when we use fans during the summer time but I guess it depends on the individual. The second pet peeve for her is the fact that the fan keeps running, but this is necessary to prevent the humidity from building up. Fortunately, there is at timer.

So, it really depends if these two are deal-breakers for you. For me, it's not.

Overall, the DeLonghi DD45E is no doubt worth the investment that for anyone with a damp room will surely love this dehumidifier because it works wonderfully. Yes, it's big. Yes, it's a bit loud. But considering that we have gone through cheaper dehumidifiers that have not worked all that great, the fact that the DeLonghi DD445E is working well, is a major plus and deserves 5 stars!

I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last
I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last
by Deb DeArmond
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.24
31 used & new from $6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and a fantastic book on how to make love last!, March 5, 2015
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In many ways, I have been wanting to read a book like "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last".

For its advice for one to apply the relationship principles and incorporate it to their onw lives but also challenging the reader to bring out more thought of why you value your relationship and your significant other.

But I also love how the book incorporates various quotes from the film but also scripture from the Bible.

For me, I needed this book because I felt that my life has been so preoccupied with work. Having had a business and trying to grow it, I know I sacrificed a lot in my relationship with my wife to focus on building relationships with clients. It started out as a temporary thing but once things were going well, and the economy started to go South, I was back to survival mode with trying to re-build the business in difficult financial times and deep in my heart, looking back at those years, I wish I had a book such as this to help put things in perspective.

Unfortunately, in today's day and age, there are many who neglect their significant other because of work, habits, life-changes, technology, etc.

One who has had troubled marriages or relationships can pick up "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last" and help guide them to not quitting on a relationship, a marriage by reading other examples in this book. Some, who value their significant others, those who haven't and want to beg forgiveness and if it should be accepted, to work on trust, loyalty, to adapt, to love and more.

But this book does put things into perspective and it's correct. Loving your spouse is an everyday commitment but are you renewing it daily?

In many ways, Deb DeArmond's book was inspiring, but like a bolt of energy that makes me want to be a better man, husband and father because of what I read from her book. But it's about one making the necessary steps to make it happen and if you know in your heart that the questions she poses needs work on your part, then you need to work at it, if you want to make your marriage or relationship last.

I'm very pleased with this book and I thank Deb DeArmond for inspiring me and many other people with this well-written book!


Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, 3.77 Ounce
Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, 3.77 Ounce
Price: $4.39
11 used & new from $4.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Works very well and at $10, definitely worth the purchase!, March 5, 2015
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Having used Biore's Charcoal Pore Minimizer, I was very interested in trying Biore's Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar.

Unlike the Minimizer which is used as an exfoliant for night, the Charcoal Bar also has a dual-action formula which exfoliates and deep cleans pores.

The bar itself is infused with joboba beads and peppermint and can be used twice a day (one can lower the usage to avoid drying).

It's simple to use, wet hands with warm water and create a lather with the charcoal bar. It's easy to use and similar to the Pore Minimizer, you can feel the after-effects of the exfoliant working on your face.

Personally, both products work very well. It just depends if one wants a bar or wants it in a bottle (and great to use on travel). But both are well-priced around the $10-$13 range and they both work effectively.

I definitely recommend this product for those looking for an low-priced exfoliant!

The Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar is recommended!

Olay Total Effects Fragrance Free Featherweight Moisturizer with SPF 15, 1.7 Fluid Ounce
Olay Total Effects Fragrance Free Featherweight Moisturizer with SPF 15, 1.7 Fluid Ounce
Price: $15.93
9 used & new from $10.70

4.0 out of 5 stars No negative skin reactions, there is a scent but not overpowering, decent price..., March 1, 2015
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For my wife and I, skin care is very important.

From having a cleanser in the morning, using an exfoliant a few days in the week at night and also adding a toner.

And as she has used various products, as I have used various men's skin products, both of us wanted to try Olay's Total Effects Fragrance Free Featherweight Moisturizer with SPF 15.

I believe that a lotion/moisturizer to be important to hydrate the skin, while the SPF will protect from harmful UV rays. This is great to have on you at the morning, especially if you are out in the sun often.

While there is a fragrance but not too powerful, my wife liked the fact that it was 7-in-1. She felt that Olay's moisturizer helps smooth over fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores but because it adds moisture, she was a little worried that her face felt a bit greasy with the product.

I on the otherhand didn't feel that way, but we have different types of skin.

But in the end, what it comes down to for both of us is the fact that product has an SPF15 and we both believe its important to have a moisturizer that protects your skin.

Olay does offer quite a number of products with SPF15 but for those who are on a slightly lower budget, my wife recommends the Aveeno which is about $10 less and I recommend the Nivea which is about $6.

Otherwise, if you are willing to spend a bit more, there is an alternate of using CLINIQUE's, Dermalogica products or Shiseido's IBUKI moisturizer.

But the pricing for the Olay 7-in-1 moisturizer is actually pretty good. We had no negative skin reactions to the product and while my wife liked the 7-in-1 offerings, we both felt that the most important part of this product is a moisturizer with SPF15.


PNY 1800mAh 1 Amp Universal Portable Rechargeable Battery Charger - White (P-B-1800-CC-WCG01-RB)
PNY 1800mAh 1 Amp Universal Portable Rechargeable Battery Charger - White (P-B-1800-CC-WCG01-RB)
Price: $17.99
29 used & new from $12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to use, simple and slim portable battery charger, February 28, 2015
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For it's price, the PNY 1800mAh 1 Amp Universal Portable Rechargeable Battery Charger is for those who want something thin and small to carry around with them and recharge their cell phone within an hour or two or tablet overnight.

I have been a big supporter of portable battery chargers, as I have discussed how they are great for emergency situations (and mentioned how on 3/11 during the Tsunami and Earthquake disaster in Japan, battery chargers were very useful) and I have quite a few, not just for travel but also for emergency situations (especially if family or friends need to borrow it).

The PNY 1800mAh 1 Amp Universal Portable Battery Charger is very thin and comes with a Micro USB cable to charge and a USB adapter.

I tested the 1800mAh 1 Amp portable battery charger on a HTC M8 One that was about 25% low and sure enough, within an hour and half, it was at 100%.

While this is great for a single charge, for those reading this review, I really recommend a portable battery charger that gives you at least 8000mAh. Because you can have multiple charges throughout the day and they tend to take straight USB or micro-USB charges.

While this portable battery charger is great for a cell phone and will recharge a tablet...for $20 more you can get a portable battery charger 8x more powerful and will support multiple charges. And if you want to stick with PNY and just want to recharge a cell phone, you can get their PNY M3000 3000mAh 1 Amp PowerPack for $2 more.

But I do like how light, how slim this device is and it's simplicity. One can easily charge it without having to worry and it does have LED lights to show how much recharging power it has left.

At $17.99, it's a good, simple and slim portable 1800 mAh battery charger from PNY but you can find more powerful portable battery chargers that will give you multiple charges (and allow you to connect multiple devices) that may suit your needs much better.

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