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LifeProof iPhone 6 Case - Nuud Series - Night Dive Blue (Dark Gray/Dark Blue )
LifeProof iPhone 6 Case - Nuud Series - Night Dive Blue (Dark Gray/Dark Blue )
Price: $80.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof as claimed. Fully-sensitive screen., May 2, 2015
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This is a very nice case that protects your Iphone from bumps, scratches and splashes while being active.

It fits my Iphone 6 well, however I had to remove my current screen protector so that the built-in screen protector would make full contact with the screen. Apple Touch ID works and the screen itself does not seem to have lost any sensitivity being in the case. Sound from the speakers and the ear-piece are slightly muffled as expected. Use of the speaker is also slightly muffled when I attempted to make a call on speakerphone.

The case is waterproof as claimed. I tested this with some rolled up tissues in the case and dropped it into the pool and left it there for 15-20mins. When the case was retrieved and opened, the interior was dry.

I am looking forward to be using this case throughout the summer and will report back if my opinion changes.


Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Make My Day Tokyo (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $8.09
58 used & new from $4.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Concise, Moleskinesque guide to Tokyo, May 1, 2015
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The smallest and most concise offering by Lonely Planet!

This is a new way of organizing travel by Lonely Planet. The guide is presented in a spiral-bound semi-hard cover with Moleskinesque elastic to keep the book shut. There is a slip pocket inside the back cover next to a fold-out removable map of Tokyo. The guide is organized by dividing the day (page) into thirds, morning (orange), afternoon (red) and evening activities (blue) that one can mix and match by flipping through each section and customizing your day. Once your choices are made there is an attached ribbon to bookmark your choices.

In addition to the pull-out map at the back of the guide, which can be used either attached or removed, there is smaller fold-out map in the front that shows one where all the colour-coded attractions are around the city. This is very convenient for planning your day so as to not ping pong all over the city with a poorly constructed schedule.

The LP bits we love such as "3 perfect days in {name your city}", and the logistics section are still there but adapted to the new presentation format.

This small guide is perfect for shorter trips and for those that are comfortable with not over planning their days.

I just used the Paris version of this guide a few weeks back and love the new format. As a former expatriate resident of Tokyo, this guide seems perfect for a return visit and for newer tourists to the city as well.

Note: this guide includes access to online content on the LP app via a smartphone (Iphone or Android)


Zak! Designs 3-Piece Tubby Insulated Ice Cream Container with Chilly Scoop and Water Basin, Kiwi
Zak! Designs 3-Piece Tubby Insulated Ice Cream Container with Chilly Scoop and Water Basin, Kiwi

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect accompaniment for an ice cream maker or as a pint chiller., April 30, 2015
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This is the perfect ice cream chiller and cooler for a pint of ice cream whether it be bought from a store (a Ben & Jerry's pint, in its own container, fits in perfectly) or homemade. I have a few of these in different colours for homemade ice cream from my Cuisinart ice cream.

Notes and tips:
+ The ice cream tub is designed to be pre-frozen and kept in the freezer. It can then be filled with ice cream.
+ An entire store bought pint fits in.
+ The standardized pint size is convenient for recipes.
+ Chilled tub helps ice cream set evenly for a smoother texture with fewer ice crystals
+ The matching scoop curls the ice cream into perfect balls.
+ Matching tub is perfect for holding and rinsing the scoop between scoops.
+ The lid should only be closed finger-tight and the seams wiped clean of any residue otherwise the lid can be difficult to get off once frozen.

This is the perfect set for someone who has their own ice cream maker or who enjoys eating ice cream pints directly out of the package on a hot summer day.


Baby Alive Lil' Sips Baby Has a Tea Party Doll (Brunette)
Baby Alive Lil' Sips Baby Has a Tea Party Doll (Brunette)
Price: $19.99
7 used & new from $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Drinking, peeing doll with diapers, April 29, 2015
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Baby Alive dolls are dolls that come with internal plumbing where it can be "fed" and the liquid trickles down and comes out of its crotch area into its diaper which can then be changed.

How it works:
The liquid is just water. There are little packets of "tea" mix which is just simply a colouring agent you add to the water to make your "food". This then goes into the teapot or directly into the tea cup which as a nipple that you put in the doll's mouth. after "feeding" the doll the liquid makes its way down and dribbles out the crotch area of the doll into its diaper. The diaper itself is just a doll panty with what seems to be tissues as an absorbent liner.

What I like about this series of dolls:
+ It features feeding and diaper changing for kids that want to have a more realistic experience whether you want them to or not.
+ It enables safe play.
+ There are a variety of accessory "foods" from milk, to tea to juice.
+ The dolls are available in both blonde and brunette.
+ Mix refills, diapers and diaper liners are easily available.

Cons:
- The diaper liner is the equivalent of 1 - 2 squares of toilet tissue folded up. A child that "overfeeds" their doll would cause it to overflow its diaper very easily. A simple solution is to use actual newborn baby diapers or even cut up pantiliners or pads.
- The mix contains colouring that may stain some materials although it is mostly washable.

Overall this is a very realistic doll that my nieces love to play with. She's excited that there is one at my place for her own doll to play with when they visit on weekends.


14k Yellow Gold Bead Pendant Necklace, 18"
14k Yellow Gold Bead Pendant Necklace, 18"
Price: $52.63
3 used & new from $41.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Classy looking but very lightweight and delicate., April 29, 2015
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This is a very lightweight and delicate necklace.

Pros:
+ Looks classy
+ Fashionable "invisible chain" look.
+ Inexpensive enough to use as "vacation jewelry" yet classy enough for "first job" jewelry

Cons:
- Very fine chain in the invisible style.
- The chain is so fine that it is prone to snagging. If you feel any resistance when pulling a scarf or brushing your hair. You might just accidentally break the chain.
- The spring-clasp is very small. you might need help and definitely patience (and fingernails) to put this on.
- The ball is hollow as expected but it seems to weigh almost nothing.
- The chain-end is large enough to prevent the ball from slipping out so the chain cannot be used with another pendant


Perky-Pet 400 All-in-One Finch Bird Feeder
Perky-Pet 400 All-in-One Finch Bird Feeder
Offered by TEXASVALUEONLINE
Price: $10.79
2 used & new from $10.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and functional finch feeder, April 28, 2015
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Bird feeders fall into 2 categories: 1) practical no nonsense (and often more economical) feeders and 2) Fancy decorative feeders

This bird feeder definitely belongs in the first group. I filled this up with seed bought at my local Audubon Society store and placed it across the yard from my other finch feeder. The golf finches in my yard use this as much as they use my more decorative one. Multiple perches mean that more than one bird can feed at the same time as long as they are not too territorial. The off-set spacing of each perch and feeding area help prevent this. The main compartment is clear plastic so it's easy to see the amount of seed decrease. The yellow plastic top just slides on.

As this entire feeder is plastic, I wold recommend using a twist tie or a bit of string to help secure it to where its hung to prevent squirrels or large birds from swinging it off and breaking it on the the ground. The long narrow shape of this feeder is a bit more tippy.

Overall a very inexpensive and functional feeder.


CHI Silk Infusion, 6 fl. oz.
CHI Silk Infusion, 6 fl. oz.
Price: $20.80
2 used & new from $17.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, shiny and silky. reduces frizz without the weight, April 28, 2015
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This is a leave-in hair conditioner so a little goes a very very long way.

After shampooing, spread a very tiny pea-sized amount in your hands and apply to damp towel-dried hair focusing on the ends working towards the scalp. Avoid actually putting any on your roots or your scalp to avoid weighing your hair down. If there is not enough product, repeat again in tiny pea-sized increments. Style as usual.

I love this particular leave-in conditioner not only because it plays well with heat and dryers but also because it is equally effective at smoothing frizz without help. I have combination Eurasian hair: my mother's Asian dead straight and fine hair plus my dad's curls so I end up with a somewhat frizzy messy-looking crop with its own mind. My hair's personality varies with humidity and since products meant for curly hair weighs it down due to the straight bits and straight hair products just don;t cut it, I'm always in search of something in between that will work. This product seems to be the perfect solution to my combination hair woes. It leave my hair frizz-free and silky to touch without weighing it down.


Belkin 3-Feet USB 3.0 Cable (F2CU011bt03)
Belkin 3-Feet USB 3.0 Cable (F2CU011bt03)
Offered by Web's Best Deals
Price: $15.00
8 used & new from $8.16

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, heavy duty reinforced USB 3.0 cable, April 25, 2015
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This is a heavy duty cable for USB 3.0 (interior has a blue stripe). Despite the wire covering being thicker than your average cable, it is not that much stiffer and can easily be rolled and stowed. The ends where the wire connects to the ends is usually where these things start to fray is also reinforced. Overall this is a very well thought out cable. Whether it is worth the surcharge depends on how hard you are on your gear and how much you value reliability. I would recommend this for road warriors despite the added weight over generic 3.0 USB cables from Amazon Basics or other 3rd party no-name suppliers.


Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - 54" Acrylic Backboard
Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - 54" Acrylic Backboard
Price: $699.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Freestanding, stable and sturdy., April 23, 2015
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This thing is huge! The delivery box is approximately 5-ft tall and close to 4 ft wide. It is also very heavy and was delivered by a freight company rather than UPS. Shipping and receiving logistics aside, once this was moved close to where we wanted to install it, the assembly was quite straight forward and simple.

The main reasons why I like this Basketball system:
+ The height is adjustable. The range is from 7ft to just over 10ft so all the kids can play.
+ The base is compact and sturdy. There are 4 containers that can be filled with either water or sand that help anchor the base. Each container can hold 50-lbs so the total weight-anchor is 200lbs in addition the the weight-balance of the unit.
+ The base has wheels that help with moving and positioning.
+ This system is free-standing and not permanently mounted.

Cons:
- While this is advertised as "portable" it just means that it is not permanently attached to anything and can be stored inside the garage during the winter months.
- If you like to dunk and hang more weight is needed on the base to keep this from tipping over the closer you are to 200lbs or more.

So far, the kids and cousins are having fun playing in the back driveway. The age range is 9 to 33 and their weight range is up to 210-lbs.


URBAN ARMOR GEAR Case for Samsung Galaxy S6 - Clear
URBAN ARMOR GEAR Case for Samsung Galaxy S6 - Clear
Price: $26.99
6 used & new from $15.64

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adds structure without bulk, April 17, 2015
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Fit my new Samsung Galaxy S6 perfectly. I usually prefer soft cases rather than hard cases. However the flexibility of the S6 worries me a bit and so I was looking for a hard case to help protect it in my purse.

This case adds enough structure to the phone yet does not add too much bulk to it.


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