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Chic Classic Collection Women's Plus-Size 3/4 Sleeve Woven Shirt, Cool Blue, 1X
Chic Classic Collection Women's Plus-Size 3/4 Sleeve Woven Shirt, Cool Blue, 1X
Price: $16.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Baggy shirt, February 9, 2016
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I realize 1X is not a small size, but I have other shirts and blouses that do not look baggy and saggy and the reason is the cut and style.
The material is thin cotton, which in itself is okay, but somehow the stripes just make this look like a dated out of style, a frumpy house blouse.
You would not be able to wear this tucked in. the bottom of the shirt is just too full.
The photo shows a model with the sleeves coming to her wrists although the description does say 3/4 length, but this is definitely a ¾ length sleeve, rolling up the cuff would just make a think band near your elbow – just an awkward fit all around.


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday Kitchen Basic, Chef Stripe Commercial Grade, Restaurant Quality Potholder Set of 2, Nautical Blue
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday Kitchen Basic, Chef Stripe Commercial Grade, Restaurant Quality Potholder Set of 2, Nautical Blue
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome potholders, February 9, 2016
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It is getting more difficult to find simple potholders, but these fit the bill. They are machine washable in cold water and can be tumbled dry on low. Once they are washed, even with ironing they will not maintain their pristine look. They will, however be softer and mold better as you hold them around hot dishes.
They will not be protection around dishes that are cooked at extremely high temperatures, but they are suitable for those prepared at regular baking temperatures – therefore I would dispute the claim these are restaurant quality. I’ve worked in restaurant kitchens and these would not be appropriate in that environment, for home baking and cooking they are fine.


America's First Daughter: A Novel
America's First Daughter: A Novel
by Laura Kamoie
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of Jefferson, February 7, 2016
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‘America’s First Daughter’ is an historical novel that has been well researched. There are quotes from letters and primary resources. The majority of the storyline is taken from factual incidents. It is all told from ‘Patsy, Jefferson’s daughter’s viewpoint. It would have been of additional interest if more clues to her age would have been included at various times as the novel takes us from 1781 to 1830. There is no hint given how Jefferson had copies of letters he had written, there could have been mention of his polygraph- where one pen moved another and made a copy of what he was writing therefore giving Martha the copies she reads after Jefferson’s death.

This book is an extraordinary journey in many ways, not only does it give one a picture of Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph, but of Jefferson, Sally Hemings and so many other historic characters. The culture and society of the time is well described; but more than that the emotions of these personalities draw one into their lives.

Martha Jefferson did not lead an easy life and one can learn that the planter classes of Virginia did not have an existence of ease and leisure. Martha-Patsy endures trials and tribulations but her loyalty to her family shines through her problems. One might assume that her time as the daughter of Jefferson as minister to France and his status as an historical icon would have given her a lifetime of glory and happiness. Instead we see a hard life which gives a reader a more realistic view.
Even though the pages are filled tears and fears and financial hardships amongst the new dresses and political gatherings and family love, all is so well written that we feel as if we really know this young girl as she grows into an older respected lady and with that we come to understand more of Jefferson and Monticello than we did before.
Those who love history and of course Jefferson will wish to read this deeply detailed and remarkable story of his family.


United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State
United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State
by Jessica Dupuy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep in the heart of Texas kitchens, February 4, 2016
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This is a book to cook with and to sit down and relax and read. It has lots of photos of not only the recipes, but of Texas. There is information on the various regions and also on the chefs. Texas tidbits are included, such as; classic Texas sayings, Texas rice and shrimping history. Sidebars also are built-in: illustrations on Texas cooking tools: cazuela, chimney starter, corn husks, etc.
Some things, as in any regional cookbook will be hard to find, like ingredients or methods of preparation – but there are not very many in this cookbook.

Recipes are divided into the various regions of the state: central, east, coastal, south, west and Texas shindigs – giving recipes for cocktails and then ideas of what to serve for Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are 2 indexes one a subject index and one a recipe index. Substitutions are included in recipes for items you might not have on hand like doves, or substituting pork or beef.

We started preparing some of the recipes to see how they turned out. The book really does not have complicated ones and they are a bit different from the ‘ordinary’ cookbook, although the pie crust recipe is not one of the better ones.
We made tarte flambee which is good and easy to fix with a prepared pizza crust, although you could make your own. Beer-poached grilled sausages with sweet onions, and the recipe for Texas sheet cake were big hits. The recipe for Jambalaya is one of the better ones I have made and a tequila lime pie that my daughter made did not last the night. Perini Ranch Laredo Broil is a good way to prepare London broil.
Even though our family is not from Texas they have enjoyed this very nice cookbook.


John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter in Shower Lightening Treatment, 1.15 Ounce
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter in Shower Lightening Treatment, 1.15 Ounce
Price: $9.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Colour changing, February 3, 2016
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This is a product that says it will lighten your hair. There are some warnings: not to use it on bleaches or damaged hair, chemically straightened or permed hair. Do not use it more than once a month or if your scalp is sensitive or damaged.
It does have peroxide in it, but it claims it will not turn your hair orange. So far mine has not, but then I have not gone swimming in chlorinated pools either.

It seemed to darken my gray hairs rather than lightening them and made my hair more even in colour…but quite frankly I like the different tones in my hair and did not count on this evening it out to one colour instead of lightening the different tones individually.


The Good Spy (A Yuri Kirov Thriller)
The Good Spy (A Yuri Kirov Thriller)
by Jeffrey Layton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A miracle, February 3, 2016
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‘The Good Spy’ tells the story of a Russian sub on a spy mission by the US-Canadian border. The sub has mechanical problems and becomes stuck in the muck of the bottom of deep waters. Yuri Kirov is just able to manage to escape to find help for his crew mates, however he suffers from decompression and stumbles upon a house occupied by a wealthy software CEO – Laura.

The book cover states ‘the fate of the world’ depends upon him. There are many overstatements such as this and fantastic luck in the story. Laura becomes infatuated with Yuri even though he has bound and gagged her. They become partners in an amazing rescue attempt.
Those who enjoy spy/adventure might enjoy this novel despite its sometimes incredible string of circumstances. This also includes 2 Soviet agents that are ordered to arrange for Yuri’s removal and the abandonment of the men in the sub, but somehow they never seem to listen to orders.


Jarrow Formulas Wild Bitter Melon Extract, 60 Tablets
Jarrow Formulas Wild Bitter Melon Extract, 60 Tablets
Offered by The House of Discounts
Price: $15.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glucose level, February 2, 2016
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My husband has been trying to keep his glucose level down since the doctor said he is in the pre-diabetic range. After taking these supplements for a month he went in for his checkup and for the first time his glucose level was lower.
Now the label on the bottle says it supports blood pressure and blood sugar already in the normal range – so it is not claiming to lower blood sugar, but it seems to have had an effect on my husband since he really did not change his eating habits too much and this also ranged over the holiday time where there were some temptations that were not avoided.

The package does have one of my annoyances. It is way overstuffed with cotton, so that the bottle is only half full. Over packaging is deceptive and there seems to be no real need to have half a bottle of cotton to protect pills like these. They are also rather large. Two a day are directed, one in the morning and one in the evening, 30 minutes before a meal. Swallowing for some might be a problem.


Calendula First Aid Cream, Horizontal, 2.5 Ounce
Calendula First Aid Cream, Horizontal, 2.5 Ounce
Price: $7.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an antibiotic, February 2, 2016
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This is a cream that can help relieve small cuts, scrapes and sunburns; but one should remember that even though it has large white letters-First Aid- on a red band it is not an antibiotic. For those who want homeopathic remedies this is good.
My husband had a sore on his shoulder that he kept scratching, so it would not heal. This stopped the urge to scratch and let it heal.
It is wonderful for sensitive skin. So when you need something to alleviate irritations to your skin this is a remedy to help you out. It does not have a wonderful fragrance, but it is not off-putting either.


DII Home Essentials Ultra Plush Travel Throw Pillow Blanket, Small, 36 x 48" - Gray
DII Home Essentials Ultra Plush Travel Throw Pillow Blanket, Small, 36 x 48" - Gray
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Squashy and plush, February 1, 2016
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This is a nice soft pillow that unzips into a blanket. It is very soft and spongy so that it can be tucked easily into a carry-on bag. With all the information that is out there concerning dirty pillows and blankets on airplanes, it just seems like a good idea to carry your own. Of course you can use it on buses and cars too.
It isn’t the easiest thing to zip back together if you use it as a blanket, but just like folding road maps back in the day it takes practice. Meanwhile you have your own pillow or blanket that you know does not carry someone else’s bugs or bacteria.


CB Sports Little Boys' Hi Tech Distress Square Print Fleece Hoodie, Neon Lime, 5/6
CB Sports Little Boys' Hi Tech Distress Square Print Fleece Hoodie, Neon Lime, 5/6
Price: $11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Thin fleece, January 30, 2016
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I had to really search for the fleece on this. The outside is all polyester. It is hardly evident that it is really 60% cotton. This is very light weight and will not fit a husky or even medium weight child. The size 5/6 I received will certainly not last for more than one season unless your child wears a 4 and even then this does not really seem like sturdy construction that I would normally want for my rough and tumble grandson.
It’s a nice light weight t hoodie to have on hand, but a heavy sweatshirt would probably provide more warmth.


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