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T3 Micro Twirl Convertible Curling Iron with Interchangeable Clip Barrel, 25.0 oz.
T3 Micro Twirl Convertible Curling Iron with Interchangeable Clip Barrel, 25.0 oz.
Price: $185.00
2 used & new from $185.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Heats Really Fast; Included Barrel Is Suitable for Creating Relaxed Waves in Very Long Hair, October 8, 2015
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This T3 MICRO TWIRL CONVERTIBLE CURLING IRON comes with a 1.25" straight barrel with clip that is suitable for creating glamor waves, tailored waves, or volume with curl in very long hair. (The included barrel is totally unsuited for use with my short hair and bangs.)

The handle can be used with any of four other available barrels (currently priced at $85 each on Amazon). For classic, full length, bouncy and defined curls, you need the 1" straight barrel with clip. For bombshell, full-bodied, sexy-style waves, you need the 1.5" straight barrel. For uniform spiral curls, or mermaid or defined waves, you need the 1" straight barrel. For beachy, textured, natural-looking waves, you need the 1.25"-0.75" tapered barrel. The barrels are easy to insert, and are locked in by a sliding ring at the top of the handle. The barrel clicks when properly locked into place. The locking ring has "padlock" markings that indicate whether the barrel is locked (for use) or unlocked (for removal and swapping of barrels).

WARNING: This curling iron heats up really, really fast! Being unfamiliar with curling irons, I burned my fingers by briefly touching the barrel (accidentally) before the LED lights stopped flashing to signal that the barrel was heated and ready for use. Unfortunately for me, this Twirl Convertible model does NOT come with the heat-resistant protective glove that is included with some other models. Because of the high temperatures achieved, this appliance should be kept under lock and key in households with children.

There are five temperature settings, ranging from 260 degrees F. (for damaged or chemically treated hair) to 410 degrees F. (for normal to thick hair). It's easy to change the settings by double-clicking the power switch and then clicking to cycle through the LED lights indicating the temperature settings. To turn the curling iron off, you hold down the power switch until the LED lights go out. (Oddly, the instructions do not say how to turn the appliance off.)

Using the curling iron requires holding the handle upside down over your head, and then wrapping a strand of hair around the barrel by holding the end of the strand with your other hand. Some manual dexterity is definitely required!

The curling iron has a built-in stand--flat projections on the top of the handle and the tip of the barrel--that allows it to be placed on a level surface. Also included is a pad that is probably intended to further protect any table or countertop when the curling iron is set down on the stand. This is a good thing, because the stand is clumsy to use--the curling iron has to be placed "just so" for the stand to keep the hot barrel off the level surface. There is an auto shutoff feature that turns the curling iron off after one hour.

This is a beautiful curling iron, one that works fast and creates nice waves. However, because the stand is clumsy and there is no protective heat-resistant glove included, I rate it at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).

Plenty Ultra Premium Paper Towels 52 Full Sheets Per Roll, White, 6 Count (Pack of 4)
Plenty Ultra Premium Paper Towels 52 Full Sheets Per Roll, White, 6 Count (Pack of 4)

4.0 out of 5 stars Extra-Soft, Durable, Absorbent Paper Towels Are Good for Washing Faces, October 6, 2015
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PLENTY ULTRA PREMIUM PAPER TOWELS are absorbent, and they don't fall apart when I use them to deal with kitchen spills (even spills on my tiled kitchen floor). The sheets are the right size for dealing with general spills, and for drying hands. They are indeed softer than most paper towels, which makes them good for washing faces.

With this case of 24 rolls (4 packages of 6 rolls each), you get 1248 full-size sheets. You get the same number of full-size sheets in 24 regular-sized rolls of my favorite Bounty Paper Towels (case of 30). In a quick side-by-side test, the Bounty towels seem to be a slightly more absorbent and definitely more rugged than these Plenty towels (which are still very good paper towels).

Do shop around when you're buying paper towels online, because different Amazon sellers may offer the same product for substantially different prices. Don't forget to look into Amazon subscriptions that offer discounts on regular purchases of paper towels. And be sure to check the paper towel prices at your local grocery stores, because they may offer you the lowest prices of all (especially if you're paying extra for shipping your online purchases).

Because I use paper towels mostly for scrubbing, and don't need a particularly soft paper towel, I rate these Plenty Ultra Premium Paper Towels at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).

Dehydrating at Home: Getting the Best from Your Dehydrator, from Fruit Leather to Meat Jerkies
Dehydrating at Home: Getting the Best from Your Dehydrator, from Fruit Leather to Meat Jerkies
by Michelle Keogh
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.63
32 used & new from $15.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Near-Coffee-Table-Quality Book for Food Dehydrating, October 5, 2015
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Because of the many, many photographs, DEHYDRATING AT HOME: GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR DEHYDRATOR, FROM FRUIT LEATHER TO MEAT JERKIES is a near-coffee-table-quality book for food dehydrating! With 100 recipes, it's not as comprehensive as my personal favorite, The Dehydrator Bible (over 400 recipes), but it still tells you everything you need to know to get the most out of a food dehydrator. The lack in total number of recipes is totally made up for by the gorgeous, full-color, full-page photographs of the finished food from the recipes.

The photographs are extremely useful for someone who is just starting out with food dehydrating. They show what the food should look like when it's properly dried, and not under-dried or over-dried. The book also explains how to store dehydrated foods, and how to rehydrate them. (A word of caution: not all dehydrated foods can be stored without refrigeration or freezing, particularly foods with high fat content like nuts.)

The book includes instructions for plain dehydrated foods (e.g. sliced fruits dried without any extra spices or processing), for dehydrated foods requiring a food processor (e.g., fruit leather, lemon cookies), and for dehydrated foods requiring other special preparation techniques (e.g., salt cod jerky, pasta sauce). I'm particularly intrigued by the prospect of drying my own home-made pasta--something that I'd never thought of doing in a home dehydrator before.

The dehydrator that I use is the Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator. I like it a lot, because (1) you can add lots of trays for more drying capacity, and (2) the motor and fan are on top. Having the power assembly on top makes the dehydrator easy to clean, because the unavoidable drips from fresh produce or jerky collect in the bottom tray, which doesn't include a motor, fan, or power element.

The book's chapters are: (1) Basics; (2) Fruits; (3) Vegetables; (4) Leathers; (5) Jerky; (6) Nuts and Seeds; (7) Crackers and Flatbreads; (8) Herbs and Seasonings; (9) Breakfast; (10) Entrees; (11) Desserts; (12) Main Meals; (13) Pet Treats; and (14) Other Household Uses. There is also an Index and a Suppliers list.

Stander Metro Car Handle Plus - 2 in 1 Automotive Standing Aid and Support Handle + Included Flashlight
Stander Metro Car Handle Plus - 2 in 1 Automotive Standing Aid and Support Handle + Included Flashlight
Price: $31.32
21 used & new from $28.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Fits 2003 Honda Civic Sedan; Helps Partially Disabled Husband, October 5, 2015
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My partially disabled husband, who struggles when climbing in and out of our 2003 Honda Civic Sedan, finds a standing aid like this STANDER METRO CAR HANDLE PLUS FLASHLIGHT to be totally indispensable. This car handle is very good, but it's not quite as good as the same company's slightly more expensive Stander HandyBar with Window Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter. This Metro handle is a couple of inches shorter (less leverage) and has a single-notched hook (less versatile fit for different vehicles).

This Metro car handle is designed to be placed in a car's U-shaped door latch with the handle pointing toward the front of the car. (In contrast, the HandyBar handle can be placed either pointing toward the front of the car, or pointing outward from the passenger compartment so as to resemble a chair arm.) In my 4-door Honda Civic, placing this short Metro handle pointing toward the front of the car makes gripping the handle awkward (because a piece of the door frame extends past the U-shaped door latch). Consequently, my husband uses it with the handle pointing outward (as with the HandyBar), but this solution will not work with every vehicle.

Because either the Metro handle or the HandyBar handle is designed to fit into the automobile's U-latch, a car driver must use his/her LEFT hand to grip the handle, and a front-seat passenger must use his/her RIGHT hand to grip the handle. Thus the car handle will NOT work for a disabled driver who has limited use of his/her LEFT hand; or for a disabled front-seat passenger who has limited use of his/her RIGHT hand.

The Metro car handle is very sturdily constructed, and has a flashlight inside the handle (two AA batteries included). The flashlight isn't particularly useful, and I would prefer a less-expensive handle without the flashlight. Because of the short handle (as compared to the HandyBar) and the unnecessary flashlight, I rate the METRO CAR HANDLE PLUS at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).

Evalar Turbo-Trim Express, 18 Count
Evalar Turbo-Trim Express, 18 Count
Price: $19.44
2 used & new from $18.26

1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Choice for IBS Sufferer--a Laxative Approach to Quick Weight Loss, October 2, 2015
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This EVALAR TURBO-TRIM EXPRESS supplement seems to work as advertised to suppress appetite; and the citrus-drink powder (add water) included for an afternoon "snack" is pleasant-tasting. However, this "jump-start weight loss" program doesn't work for me.

The vegetarian capsules upset my digestive system by producing extra gas, cramps, and bathroom trips (probably related to the promised relief from bloating that results in a flatter abdomen). I'm guessing that the capsules contain fiber that expands to make you feel full, which helps combat snacking. However, I suffer from mild irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and my system works best if fiber comes from food (e.g., fruit, breakfast cereal) rather than from supplements (e.g., Metamucil).

The jump-start weight loss promise is what caused me to try this product. (My weight is currently stuck at approximately 10 lbs. above what it should be.) However, there was no difference in my weight after one day, and it's likely that any jump-start effect is the same as what I see with any new diet. The capsules do contain some Garcinia Cambogia, if you're interested in that. The bottom line is that this supplement will not replace the need to watch calories and exercise regularly, in order to lose weight.

Because the first day's program caused me considerable discomfort, I stopped using this product after one day.

UPDATE 10/5/15: The product box should clearly label this product as a laxative. Had I known, I would NEVER have tried it. Just one day's treatment triggered a major IBS flare-up that will have me eating bland food for at least a week, and supplementing that bland diet with expensive probiotic capsules. Even if I did NOT have IBS, I would NOT have tried this product if I had known it was primarily a laxative, NOT a "fat-burning" product. Losing weight by taking laxatives has been widely publicized as a practice dangerous to one's health. For these reasons, I have changed my initial 2-star rating to a 1-star rating ("I hate it" on the official Amazon scale).

GP Tidy Pack Bath Tissue, 6 Count
GP Tidy Pack Bath Tissue, 6 Count

5.0 out of 5 stars Toilet Tissue Rolls Without Cardboard Cores Are Easy to Install, Save Some Trees, Save Storage Space, September 25, 2015
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I already like Northern Ultra Plush Bathroom Tissue (e.g., Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue) a lot, and I love the idea of buying it in packages that leave out the cardboard core. Nothing makes me angrier than buying a package of toilet paper, opening it, and finding out that the rolls have enormous cardboard cores--so that the package contains far less paper than I expected.

These GP TIDY PACK core-less toilet paper rolls (package of 6 rolls) use the same Northern Ultra Plush tissue as regularly packaged rolls, and deliver the same number of sheets (176 3-ply sheets in each roll). However, they take less storage space (because the six rolls are squished together, needing no space for round cardboard cores). They also save a few trees, and some space in your recycling bin (because there are no cardboard cores to discard).

Installing one of these core-less toilet paper rolls is very simple. You just squeeze the flattened roll until it's round, use a finger to find the center, insert the rod from your toilet paper holder, and insert both rod and roll into the holder.

This core-less packaging isn't for every household, though. Not all family members (young children or disabled adults in particular) will have the patience or ability to install the core-less rolls. However, the packaging is very good for households consisting of adults and older children, especially if there is a price savings on this kind of packaging.

Zenna Home 7401AL, NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy, Satin Chrome
Zenna Home 7401AL, NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy, Satin Chrome
Price: $19.00
8 used & new from $19.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Caddy Stays in Place, Won't Rust; Basket Securely Holds Tubes, Bottles, September 25, 2015
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This ZENNA HOME 7401AL NEVERRUST SHOWER CADDY has several great features. First, the matte-silver (aluminum) finish looks great in any shower stall--it's almost invisible. Second, the generously-sized upper shelf has a railing that is high enough to securely hold soap bottles and tubes--it's hard to knock anything off accidentally. Third, the slip-proof collar and suction cups hold the shower caddy firmly in place against the shower wall. Finally, the shower caddy is rust-proof--because it's made completely of aluminum.

I'm completely satisfied with this shower caddy, and I think that the price (about $20 on Amazon) is very reasonable. Note that this caddy is specifically designed for holding a razor on the lower shelf. If you don't need this feature, you may prefer this similar model with a soap dish.

My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program)
My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program)
by Katherine Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.52
40 used & new from $11.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Manual for Win10 Upgraders, September 24, 2015
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Before upgrading Windows, I always want to have a good manual on hand, so I can locate the stuff that I use that has been moved, hidden, or (gaack!) eliminated entirely. MY WINDOWS 10 is a particularly good manual to have on hand if you're upgrading an ordinary desktop or laptop PC, rather than a touchscreen computer or tablet (though it's good for upgrading from those, too). It focuses on doing those things (e.g., personalizing your desktop, reviewing your system status, choosing privacy settings, using the file explorer ribbon, adding back library settings) that you'll want to do right away to get comfortable with the new operating system.

This manual has easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions. The instructions are illustrated with key screen shots (not a screen for every step, just the important screens). I like the "It's Not All Good" feature a lot--boxes of text, printed white on a red background, that explain things you should be aware of (e.g., the risks related to giving apps access to your location, the reason why some big search engines are missing from Win10, an announcement of the death of Media Center).

The chapter titles give you some idea of what to expect: Getting Started with Windows 10; Windows 10 on Your Desktop and Devices; Getting Comfortable with the Windows 10 Desktop; Working with Windows 10 Continuum; Customizing Windows 10; Securing Your Computer--for Yourself and Your Family; Working with Apps and Using the Windows Store; Organizing Files with File Explorer and OneDrive; Browsing with Microsoft Edge; Keeping in Touch with Windows 10; Entertain Me, Windows 10!; and Caring for Your Computer and Updating Windows. There is also an Appendix (Windows 10 App Gallery), and an excellent Index.

Another nice feature is that you can register your copy of MY WINDOWS 10 and receive access to a web edition that will be updated periodically, whenever Microsoft makes significant updates to the Win10 operating system. (Information for registration is printed on the inside back cover.) Registration also gives you access to two hours of free video tutorials on navigating and customizing the new Win10 desktop.

Don't let the presence of tutorials fool you--this is a manual intended for Win10 upgraders, not for brand-new Win10 users! It is also a manual published by QUE, and in my experience, QUE manuals are among the very best. With this manual in hand, I'll be upgrading my PC from Win7 to Win10 much sooner than I had previously intended.

Ammex XNPF Xtreme Blue Nitrile Glove, Latex Free, Disposable, Powder Free, X-Large (Box of 100)
Ammex XNPF Xtreme Blue Nitrile Glove, Latex Free, Disposable, Powder Free, X-Large (Box of 100)
Price: $16.15
4 used & new from $8.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice for Household Cleanup Tasks, September 23, 2015
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These AMMEX XNPF XTREME BLUE NITRILE GLOVES are great for general household and gardening use. The extra-large size gives a comfortable, loose fit on my size 8 hands. I like the feel of nitrile much better than vinyl, though my hands sweat more in nitrile. That isn't a problem, because I never wear disposable gloves for long. (I wear them mostly for dirty cleanup jobs, and discard them promptly.)

These particular gloves do NOT provide barrier protection in medical and healthcare situations. For those, you need gloves rated for medical exams (e.g., Ammex AINPF Indigo Nitrile Glove, Medical Exam). I like the blue color of these gloves, and I like the price (currently about $0.15 each) which is less than the price of disposable vinyl gloves.

Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels for Laser Printers, 3-1/2" x 5", 200 Pack (60503)
Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels for Laser Printers, 3-1/2" x 5", 200 Pack (60503)
Price: $44.44
6 used & new from $44.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Adhesive That Sticks to Difficult Surfaces, Withstands the Elements, September 21, 2015
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These AVERY ULTRADUTY GHS CHEMICAL LABELS FOR LASER PRINTERS have superior adhesive--it not only sticks to difficult surfaces (e.g., recycling bins, Rubbermaid Roughneck tubs), but withstands the elements (e.g., temperature fluctuations in garage, outdoor sun, rain). Avery designed these labels for items that require poison or hazard warnings, so it created a terrific online printer template that has appropriate warning graphics and required legal language for many chemicals and other dangerous materials.

However, you can print or write anything you like on these labels. I wanted them primarily for identifying my recycling and garbage bins, which must be set out at the curb with my neighbors' bins each week. (After a while, the adhesive on the duct tape that I've been using for labels will always fail.) Also, I wanted these labels for use on the storage tubs in my garage, which gets very hot in the summer. The labels work beautifully for both purposes.

Do note that these labels are intended for use with a LASER printer. You can use them with an inkjet printer (e.g., Canon Maxify, Epson Workforce), but the ink will take a long, long time to dry. After 30 minutes of drying, the ink will still smear a little, and it can take up to a week before the labels will dry completely. Inkjet ink may also bleed--whether it bleeds will depend on the ink formula.

Also note that a box of these large labels (four to an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet) contains 200 labels, which makes the Amazon price (about $45) seem quite reasonable.

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