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Play Visions Sands Alive! Ultimate Dino and Castle Deluxe Set includes 18 molds and tray - EXCLUSIVE KIT, LIMITED EDITION!!
Play Visions Sands Alive! Ultimate Dino and Castle Deluxe Set includes 18 molds and tray - EXCLUSIVE KIT, LIMITED EDITION!!
Offered by USA Toyz
Price: $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Modeling Fun!, December 18, 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
It is winter here in Vermont, full of cloudy skies and stormy, gray winter days enough to drive any parent stark raving mad. Skis are all well and good, but give me something to keep the kids busy on days they can barely leave the house any day. With 18 molds, a 3D background, rollers, trays and 3 pounds of modeling sand, this Play Visions Sands Alive! Ultimate Dino and Castle Deluxe will keep the kids busy for hours.

The modeling sand is non-toxic, anti-bacterial and does not dry out, allowing it to be used over and over. The kit comes in a reusable storage container.

Grandma's $0.02 - Bring the beach indoors and keep the kids busy for hours. Perfect for a gray and stormy afternoon!

NOTE - I received a sample of this product for examination purposes.


Marbulous Modular Marble Run w/82 Pieces Plus 50 Marbles Total of 132 Pieces - Made of Quality Child-Safe Plastic in Reusable Plastic Bucket
Marbulous Modular Marble Run w/82 Pieces Plus 50 Marbles Total of 132 Pieces - Made of Quality Child-Safe Plastic in Reusable Plastic Bucket

5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of Marbelous Fun!, December 18, 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Back when my granddaughter was in elementary school we often visited the Boston Science Museum, a mecca for curious children young and old. One of the big attractions just as you enter the museum is a huge - and endlessly fascinating - marble run. Of course none of us have the floor space for a marble run that size, but this Marbulous Modular Marble Run will provide hours of endless fascination - and a bit of physics insight.

Eighty two modular plastic pieces allow the run to be constructed in an almost infinite number of ways. The set comes with 50 marbles packaged in a reusable storage container. Suitable for elementary aged children.

Grandma's $0.02 - Hours of fun and a bit of learning too. (Shhhh - don't tell the kids!) Great winter activity!

NOTE: I received a sample of this item for examination. It has since been donated to the local Santa Fund.


EasyAcc iPhone 6 Leather Cartoon Wallet Case 4.7" Pouch Holster Flip Folio Case with Kickstand Card Holder Hard Case Stand Cover for iPhone 6 4.7" - Pink&Blue
EasyAcc iPhone 6 Leather Cartoon Wallet Case 4.7" Pouch Holster Flip Folio Case with Kickstand Card Holder Hard Case Stand Cover for iPhone 6 4.7" - Pink&Blue
Offered by EasyAcc.A Store
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish & Fun, December 12, 2014
This nicely made, rather girly EasyAcc iPhone 6 Leather Cartoon Wallet Case is a huge hit with Grandma's Girls! Well made of PU Leather* (see note), the case is a perfect fit for the new iPhone 6. With a soft, fuzzy interior fabric that will not scratch your screen, the wallet features two card slots for credit or bank cards, a pocket behind the slots for bills, a kickstand to allow for hands-free operation and a strong magnet closure to hold the cover shut when the phone isn't in operation.

My testers particularly loved the color, which made the phone very easy to find in a crowded purse. After reading comments by others that the cover wouldn't close adequately with credit cards or cash in the wallet, I specifically asked them to place cards in both slots and a couple of bills in the pocket, then see it if closed correctly. Testers had no problems closing the wallet, even with cards and money. One commented that the magnet that keeps the cover closed is strong enough that it also picked up some change and a couple of bobby pins in her purse.

Grandma's $0.02 - While I would be leery of actually carrying around my bank cards in my phone case (opening the case would make the cards visible for all to see, thus increasing the chance of theft), this is a nice case that functions well.

Recommended

* PU Leather is also known as bicast leather. It is a material made of a split leather backing covered with polyurethane that is applied to the surface and then embossed.

NOTE - I received a sample of this product for testing purposes. Results and opinion are my own and those of the individuals I asked to help test this.


Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles. Burns Clean, Even, and True-To-Scent for Hours. Perfect as a gift, or for your own home. Hand-poured in the USA. "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" themed gift set of 3 different 2 ounce candles. Includes Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread.
Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles. Burns Clean, Even, and True-To-Scent for Hours. Perfect as a gift, or for your own home. Hand-poured in the USA. "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" themed gift set of 3 different 2 ounce candles. Includes Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread.
Offered by Red Rover Naturals
Price: $25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Less Allergenic, Long Lasting, December 12, 2014
When my daughter came in from work last night she was more than surprised to find one of these Scented, Natural Soy Wax Candles burning on my kitchen table. You see, I haven't been able to even be around most scented candles, never mind burn one, for over a decade without triggering an asthma attack. For that matter, I haven't even been able to go down the aisle at the grocery store where you find the air fresheners, laundry detergent and - you guessed it - candles. However, the meds that I've been on for the last year or so have relieved some of that, particularly with naturally scented, clean burning candles like these Made-in-the-USA candles from Old Factory. (Still can't go near a plug-in air "freshener") I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to be able to burn a candle now and then. And how surprised my children are!

I received a sample of the Spa Day - themed gift set from the nice folks at Old Factory not long ago. With clean, lovely scents of cucumber, lemon grass and green tea, the candles are made of natural soy wax poured into small 2-ounce glass jars.. Covers are provided to keep the top of the candle clean when not in use. You'll get about 20 hours of burn time from each candle. When the candle is gone, recycle the jars as spice jars or to hold small sundries.

Grandma's $0.02 - I love these less-allergenic candles from Old Factory! Spa Day candles would make a perfect gift paired with some "spa" accessories - scrubbing mitt or loofah, a bag of special bath salts, a bar of fine soap.

Highly Recommended


Lemonpaier® 100% wool comfortable autumn and winter women warm scarf shawl
Lemonpaier® 100% wool comfortable autumn and winter women warm scarf shawl
Offered by E2E
Price: $28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm & Pretty, Can Be Worn As A Shawl or Scarf, December 12, 2014
One day last week I hauled in the mail to find an envelope containing a sample of this Lemonpaier® 100% wool scarf. Though the colors in the scarf that I received differ a bit from those illustrated (more blue/lavender, less pink), this has quickly become one of my favorite scarves, though truth be told, it is winter here in Vermont and I am often cold, so I frequently wear this around like a shawl.

▶︎ While the scarf is 100% wool, it is not a wool scarf of the sort we usually think of. This is a very light weight wool, really what you would call "summer weight" that drapes beautifully. It is soft and very comfortable to wear, not scratchy or fuzzy in the least.

▶︎ Can be machine washed in warm water on the gentle cycle, but should be dried flat rather than in the dryer. May be dry cleaned if you prefer.

▶︎ The scarf that I received is about 2 yards long and 23 inches wide, plenty wide enough to serve as a shawl and long enough to allow it to be worn in a variety of ways.

Grandma's $0.02 - This scarf features a mostly pastels and brown wild west pattern on a light background goes with almost any color. It looks great with both casual outfits and dressier items and is quite warm without adding a lot of bulk.


EcoJeannie Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag Grocery Shopping Tote Bag with Built-in Pouch, RB0004
EcoJeannie Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag Grocery Shopping Tote Bag with Built-in Pouch, RB0004
Offered by Arrow Industries Inc
Price: $12.95
2 used & new from $7.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Be Caught Bagless Again!, December 12, 2014
I don't know about you but I have dozens of reusable shopping bags and yet, it never fails that I get to the grocery store, look at the big sign in the parking lot that says "Have you remembered your shopping bags?" and realize that every single one of them has been left at home - again. One of the things that I like best about this EcoJeannie Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag is that it folds into a small pouch that easily fits into my pocketbook.

The bag is quite roomy and easily holds far more weight than I am allowed to carry. My favorite feature, though, something I've seen nowhere else, is the straps. A bit wider than the "norm", they are meant to overlap and velcro together to form a strong carry handle that you can then easily loop over your shoulder.

I found no problems with the construction of the bag that I received. As far as keeping the bag from wrinkling, I don't think I've a single bag from anywhere of any sort other than the string shopping bags that do not look a bit used after the second time that I've hauled stuff around in them. You could, of course, take the time to fold up the bag just so if you prefer a "freshly ironed" look. I find that just a bit OCD for my lifestyle - a bit like ironing your socks.

Grandma's $0.02 - The EcoJeannie Super Strong Ripstop Nylon Foldable Reusable Bag is small enough to fit in your purse, sturdy enough to carry a heavy load and designed to sling over your shoulder. Two thumbs up!


Ice Pack EXTRA Large Size (2-Pack) - Cool Reusable Freezer Pack - Colorful Cold Packs - Keep Your Food and Beverage Fresh & Cold - Perfect for the Lunch Box, Cooler & Cooler Bag - Outdoor Events, Picnic, Fishing - & Camping Trips etc - Best Quality Guaranteed! (Blue)
Ice Pack EXTRA Large Size (2-Pack) - Cool Reusable Freezer Pack - Colorful Cold Packs - Keep Your Food and Beverage Fresh & Cold - Perfect for the Lunch Box, Cooler & Cooler Bag - Outdoor Events, Picnic, Fishing - & Camping Trips etc - Best Quality Guaranteed! (Blue)
Offered by Frost Ltd.
Price: $14.98

5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Never Have Too Many Ice Packs!, December 5, 2014
Whether you're off on a picnic, bringing a dish to a gathering or just taking lunch to work it is absolutely vital that you keep cold foods cold - and sometimes hot foods cold too. To not do so risks food poisoning in a huge way - and the results are not pretty. (Back when I was at university there was a case in Massachusetts where some people had cooked a favorite family dish at their home in NY, then driven 3 hours or so with the no-longer-hot but not cold either dish to a 50th wedding anniversary in MA. The dish was very popular - until ambulances had to come from as far away as Boston to take the stricken guests to various area hospitals.)

As it happens, it is rather cold here in Vermont about now, so a sample of these Large Size Ice Pack (2-Pack) arrived on my porch already frozen. I allowed them to sit at room temperature for 8 hours or so. Even at the end of that time the packs were cooler than room temperature. You could readily expect several hours of "cold" in an insulated container.

The BPA-free ice packs come two to the package in several bright colors - blue, green & pink. Each measures about 5 x 4 x 1 inch. The packs are readily reused many times - simply put them back in the freezer until they are frozen solid again.

Grandma's $0.02 - Several of these ice packs in an insulated picnic basket or small cooler are perfect for day trips, while a single pack will suffice for your lunch box. Useful for pre-chilling your cooler overnight for a camping trip, though not adequate to the task of keeping your trip's worth of food cold over several days. (You'll need block ice for that.) Grandma's Favorite Use - wrap one of these in a small towel or clean dish towel for an instant ice pack for sprains and other injuries.

Recommended


Ceramic Knife - 7 Inch Ceramic Chef Knife - Mirror Finish
Ceramic Knife - 7 Inch Ceramic Chef Knife - Mirror Finish

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prep Knife!, December 5, 2014
One kitchen must-have is a selection of knives. I received a [[ASIN:B00O3EZ20C 7 Inch Ceramic Chef Knife ]] a couple of weeks ago to test and I must tell you, it has quickly become a favorite. The knife is comfortable to hold, a great size for many prep tasks and made of ceramic (don't let that mirror finish fool you!) so it stays sharp for a long time.

The knife got a ton of use in my kitchen during Thanksgiving week doing everything from chopping herbs to cutting up the squash. It is fantastic for slicing tomatoes, dicing vegetables like peppers & potatoes, even slicing the cranberry bread. I even used this to slice the turkey breast (removed from the bone) into perfect paper thin slices the day after Thanksgiving. There are, however, a few things that you should not do with a ceramic knife:

▶︎ Ceramic knives are brittle. Do not even consider placing the blade of the knife over your clove of garlic and giving the knife a good whack!

▶︎ Ceramic knives should not be used to bone meat or filet fish. They do not have the flexibility required.

▶︎ You will need a much heavier knife, perhaps even an axe like Grandma used, to have at the rutabaga and Hubbard squash.

Ceramic knives do not rust and stay sharp for a very long time. Do be sure to store them in a knife block or in a segmented compartment in a drawer where they won't bang against anything else.

Grandma's $0.02 - Nice knife that doesn't need a lot of sharpening. Comes with a 1 year guarantee.

Recommended


Alpine Swiss Winter Scarf Soft Elegant Long Fashion Wrap Scarves Brown
Alpine Swiss Winter Scarf Soft Elegant Long Fashion Wrap Scarves Brown
Offered by Alpine Swiss Store
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm & Cozy, Easy To Wear, December 3, 2014
It is winter here in Vermont and full gear is in order just to poke your nose out the door. This Alpine Swiss Winter Scarf is soft, warm, washable and comes in a variety of patterns and colors suitable for men, women and even children. Just about 2 yards long (80 inches including the fringe) and a foot wide, there is plenty of scarf to wrap several times around your neck or cover your face without being so bulky that you can't tuck the ends inside your coat.

The fabric mimics a very fine, soft wool but at a much lower cost and can be hand washed if necessary. You'll find a care label sewn near one end of the scarf.

Grandma's $0.02 - A very nice scarf at a very nice price, just the ticket for shoveling snow.


Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm
Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm
by (Farmer) Susan Gibbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.86
52 used & new from $9.04

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Knits To Treasure, December 3, 2014
'Tis the season to be knitting here in Vermont and I can't tell you how I wish that Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm had arrived just a few weeks earlier. These knits are not just "nice" or "pretty"; they are spectacular, beautifully classical, items to treasure for a lifetime. Some of the projects are smaller - hats, mittens, a gorgeous stole done in traditional Shetland lace, a number of shawls - while others will take a bit. You'll find gorgeously detailed sweaters, both winter and summer weight, in a number of styles. Better yet, directions for nearly all of those sweaters have a wide range of sizes to fit both the XS person and the XL. Several very attractive sweaters even go as large as 2X & 3X, a rare find! A number of projects are smaller, requiring only a single skein or two of yarn.

Patterns are labeled Beginner, Easy, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels, but look as I might I found nothing whatever appropriate for a beginner. You'll want a few projects under your belt before you tackle even the Easy projects, particularly since Juniper Moon Farm yarn is a premium yarn - a joy to work with but not exactly something you want to be ripping out repeatedly.

All of the patterns are keyed to Juniper Moon Farms yarn. Juniper Moon Yarn is spun from premium wool, alpaca, silk and cotton grown on farms all over the world. You will find Juniper Moon at better yarn shops in both the US and Canada. You can also find Juniper Moon Farm yarn here on Amazon and on a couple of well known yarn websites.

Grandma's $0.02 - These knits are exquisite. Modern Country Knits: 30 Designs from Juniper Moon Farm would make a wonderful gift for the knitters on your list!

Highly Recommended


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