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AT-A-GLANCE Weekly Planner, Collection, Academic Year, 13 Months, July 2015-July 2016, 5.38 x 8.5 Inch Page Size (YP105A-07)
AT-A-GLANCE Weekly Planner, Collection, Academic Year, 13 Months, July 2015-July 2016, 5.38 x 8.5 Inch Page Size (YP105A-07)
Price: $23.46
4 used & new from $19.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda ugly but it works fine, May 30, 2015
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This is a 13-month planner that runs from July 2015 to July 2016, so its very useful for college students. It's got a weekly calendar as well as daily blocks for notes. Not real keen on the color scheme or the fake leather cover, but functionally it's perfect.


RefresH2Go Sleek Water Filter Bottle, 22-Ounce, Blue
RefresH2Go Sleek Water Filter Bottle, 22-Ounce, Blue
Price: $18.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Good bottle; okay filter, May 23, 2015
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It's a bit smaller than I expected but works fine. The filter is made from coconut shell carbon and lasts a month or two, but it only makes clean water taste better. You can't use it to filter out harmful impurities like other filter models, but if the tap water in your gym is okay that doesn't matter all that much. The plastic is BPA free, so it's healthy to use.


Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life Bliss
Bogus Balance: Your Journey to Real Work/Life Bliss
Price: $9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tone is a bit fluffy, but the content is very real... and tremendously useful, May 22, 2015
With a bazillion self-help books out there it's hard to separate the good ones from... well, everything else. As a guy who's struggled with work/life balance while holding 2 to 3 jobs simultaneously for nearly 30 years, I can assure you that this is one of the good ones. It boils down and artfully articulates what I discovered the hard way. There's no such thing as work/life balance... but, there is a set of choices you can make and be very happy with. The author calls it work/life bliss.

The tone may be a bit touchy/feely for some, but it's well worth reading. You will discover that you can't have it all, and that you really don't want or need to. You can develop your best career, your best set of relationships, your best hobbies and skills, all through conscious choices that lead to... well, bliss. It's a well-written and imminently useful book. And, a recommended read.


Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill Kebab BBQ 13.5x24
Stainless Steel Charcoal Grill Kebab BBQ 13.5x24
Offered by StainlessMasterPieces
Price: $249.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect, May 18, 2015
I bought this directly from the manufacturer so that I could get the BBQ base, cooking grate, and a cover all together, a combination I don't see listed on this site. The stainless is good quality steel (304-stainless), but a touch on the thin side (16-gauge). During shipping two of the four feet were bent slightly which made inserting the legs (which are aluminum btw) a bit of a challenge, but once I straightened it out everything fit fine. The BBQ design is fantastic, with great ventilation and the charcoal base lifts out easily to dump the ash (once it's totally cooled of course), though there's no drip tray to catch grease which will eventually work it's way out through the legs. Consequently, you probably won't want to use it directly over a deck without a mat or cardboard or something underneath. The size is perfect for my needs and it cooks great too. I worry about about how sturdy it is when on the aluminum legs since it wobbles a bit when I scrape the cooking grate though. If welded on legs were a thicker gauge of steel and an inch or two longer it would be substantially sturdier I believe. Other than that it's kebab perfection... and great for cooking steaks, burgers, chicken, etc. too. With longer legs and a drip tray it would be perfect.


DII Home Essentials 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everday Kitchen Basic Terry Printed Kitchen Towel Set of 4, Fruit
DII Home Essentials 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everday Kitchen Basic Terry Printed Kitchen Towel Set of 4, Fruit
Price: $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice towels; so-so pattern/design, May 18, 2015
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These terry cloth dishtowels look nice, are made from 100% cotton, and seem to hold up pretty well. They're good sized (14x25 before washing), pretty thick, and get softer and nicer with each wash. The pattern is okay, but not great, but faded a bit after just a couple of washes. As a fashion statement they're probably not worth buying, but if you want a nice set of four, functional towels they're definitely something worth considering.


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable  Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Shopping Tote Bag, Natural and Black Damask, Set of 3
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable Heavy Duty Canvas Reusable Shopping Tote Bag, Natural and Black Damask, Set of 3
Price: $19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but small., May 18, 2015
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This set of three 5x14 totes includes one black, one white, and one patterned. They're look okay and are pretty sturdy, with 10oz 100% cotton fabric that the manufacturer says can hold up to 30 pounds (I haven't loaded 'em up that much though). They're pretty small to begin with, but the additional challenge is that if you need to wash them (which if used for groceries can help keep you from getting sick) they shrink even in cold water, which makes them even smaller. The black one isn't colorfast either. A little bigger and pre-shrunk, colorfast materials and I'd rate them much higher.


Brinks 673-80001 Home Security Commercial Marine Resettable Combination Lock
Brinks 673-80001 Home Security Commercial Marine Resettable Combination Lock
Price: $19.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for saltwater environments, May 14, 2015
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This lock is a bit clunky, but it's pretty well designed for use in marine environments with die cast zinc and UV resistant plastic covering. Instructions for resetting the combination aren't horribly well written, but once you decipher them it's actually fairly easy to reset. The front/back cover thing takes a bit of getting used to too, but once you realize the push/lift trick it's easy enough to use. I have it on my boat trailer to keep the spare tire safe from theft. While's never been submerged it has gotten sprayed with saltwater and seems to be holding up okay.
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Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Pacific Northwest Mix, 7-Pound
Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Pacific Northwest Mix, 7-Pound
Price: $31.99
4 used & new from $30.65

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect blend for Northwest lawns, April 6, 2015
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I live in the great Pacific Northwet where we tend to have more moss than lawn. After killing off the moss every year I need to reseed bare patches. I've used a variety of Scotts seed mixes over the years and have found that their seed/mulch/fertilizer mixes grow really well. The "watersmart plus" coating protects the seeds and helps assure that they need less water, less often than other methods to germinate and grow, resulting in a truly nice lawn with very little effort. In fact, all I really do is seed the bald spots in late March or early April and the weather is more than adequate for assuring that it will germinate and grow without much if any intervention on my part. This particular mix is reasonably shade tolerant too. It grows well in the areas that are hit with the most moss, hence have the least amount of sunlight throughout the year. Be sure to wait for it to get at least three to four inches tall before mowing for the first time or you'll risk tearing out the roots though. While it's annoying to have to do this every year, Scotts' Pacific Northwest blend is the easiest way to keep my lawn looking good and growing healthy.


Philips Norelco FS9185/42 GoStyler Facial Styler
Philips Norelco FS9185/42 GoStyler Facial Styler
Price: $14.95
12 used & new from $14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of utility for a very low price, March 31, 2015
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This is a robust and flexible tool for trimming, shaping and edging facial hair. The package includes five attachments, a trimmer, 3 beard combs, and a mini foil shaver, to help you get exactly the length and style desired. The precision trimmer is... well, precise. The shaver isn't all that great when compared to a purpose-build device, but it does the trick well enough for small areas. The styler is pretty much maintenance-free, requires no oil, and can be rinsed under a faucet. And, it runs on a AA battery, so it's convenient for travel, especially if you're an outdoorsman who doesn't always want to look like he's been hanging out in the woods overlong. It's pretty lightweight, so hopefully it will last, but I've had great luck with Philips Norelco products in the past and have high expectations for this one as well. Bang-for-the-buck-wise, it's fabulous deal.


Roundup 5003240 Weed and Grass Killer III Ready-to-Use Trigger Spray, 1-Gallon
Roundup 5003240 Weed and Grass Killer III Ready-to-Use Trigger Spray, 1-Gallon
Price: $10.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product with a suboptimal applicator, March 31, 2015
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I've used roundup for years, but this is the first time I've received it through the mail. I was incredibly impressed with the care that went into the packaging. It arrived in perfect condition with no leaks or issues. The formula works about as well as any I've tried and is rainproof after 15 minutes or so, a very good thing in Seattle where sunny days can be few and far between. While the sprayer head works fine, I vastly prefer the battery powered want style rather than this one. I suppose you can substitute it for one of those gripper tools designed for hand exercise, but it gets somewhat unpleasant if you're treating a large area. Also, you need to thoroughly cover the base of every weed you spray or it won't do anything, which is good for surrounding plants but takes a bit longer to apply at times. There is both a spray mode and a foam mode, though they don't seem much different in practical application. Overall it's a good choice, perhaps even a perfect one if it came with a different sprayer head.


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