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Skittles Mash Ups, 9 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Skittles Mash Ups, 9 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Price: $19.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is Too Short to Pass on These Sugar-Filled Tasty Treats, but Eat Them in Small Quantities if you Can! Enjoy!, May 24, 2015
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Wild Berry + Tropical Skittles taste great and come in a neat 9-ounce resealable bag.

With 160 calories and six 1/4th cup servings containing 29-grams of sugar per serving, I definitely am not helping my diabetes by eating these tasty treats.

Five stars for being so delicious minus two stars for having too much sugar plus another star because I ate them anyway.

Eat these tasty morsels in small quantities or as much as you want at your own risk.

Enjoy!
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Eureka AS2130A As One Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, Fuchsia Flight
Eureka AS2130A As One Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, Fuchsia Flight
Price: $99.00
8 used & new from $68.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful, Lightweight, Easy to Use and Inexpensive Vacuum That Performs Great and Comes With a 2-Year Warranty! Enjoy!, May 24, 2015
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I have purchased a variety of vacuum cleaners of a variety of prices, sizes and shapes and used them all depending on the type of commercial cleaning job I contracted for. I wish this one was available when I was operating that business.

I do not have any pets right know, but had two large golden retrievers some years ago that where wonderful dogs, but a chore keeping up with their shedding. This machine would have come in handy back then.

It took me less than 15 minutes to unpack, assemble and beginning using this vacuum.

On the right side of is an airflow control switch labeled “tools” or “floors” to divert suction power to the upright vacuum or the wand tools.

There is a black foot icon located on the 13 inch cleaning path brush roll window. Step lightly on the icon and pull the handle back or raise it back to the upright position.

Lightly tap the gray power lever on the base of the vacuum to turn it on or off.

The PET Power Paw, crevice tool, wand and vacuum hose snap easily on and off their holders and are easy to assemble and use.
These tools are great for cleaning stairs, upholstery, picking up pet hair, vacuuming in corners, under the refrigerator, stove and other hard to reach areas.

The 29 foot cord allows a longer range than most of my vacuums. Although is not retractable, it winds neatly around two posts designed to store the cord.

Although I thoroughly vacuumed the main floor of my house the night before with an expensive heavy duty machine, I was surprised how deeply this product cleaned. In fact, the Eureka debris canister was half full after vacuuming the “cleaned” area again. Although there are 5 settings designed for different carpets heights, I cleaned carpets of different heights, tile and a hardwood floor using the lowest carpet setting.

It is nice that the easy to empty debris tube does not require a bag. Simply press the release button and place the canister housing inside a garbage bag/can, unscrew the canister from the filter, shake the debris from the canister and brush off the fine filter.

Periodically you may want to wash the filters and debris canister. The filter, canister and debris tube are not dishwasher safe. To clean them, remove the foam filter, and the pink fine filter housing and wash them with soap and warm water, rinse and let them air dry for 24 hours before reassembling and reuse.

I am very happy with the vacuum’s weight, ease of use and small storage footprint.

It weighs less than 10 pounds and is inexpensive considering its power and performance; however, it is made from plastic and requires more TLC than rugged expensive vacuums.

I love this product and recommend it without reservation for people looking for a lot of bang for their buck and are willing to take care of it.

Enjoy!
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Scotts PatchMaster Lawn Repair Mix - Sun and Shade Mix, 4.75-Pound (Grass Seed Mix)
Scotts PatchMaster Lawn Repair Mix - Sun and Shade Mix, 4.75-Pound (Grass Seed Mix)
Price: $9.99
12 used & new from $8.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Grass Patching Product that Works Where None have Worked in the Past! This is the Real Deal! Enjoy!, May 20, 2015
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Scotts PatchMaster Sun & Shade Mix Lawn Repair Mix is the real deal!

Several years ago the city government repaired a sidewalk in front of my house that was buckled by maple tree roots. When they cut the roots to prevent it from happening again, they had to tear up the grass around those roots. In spring and summer, the thick foliage limits the amount of rain and sun that gets to that area. I think that is why I have had such a difficult time grown grass there. It could be the dogs urinating on it or the salt trucks in snowy winters or birds and critters digging in the dirt there. Who Knows? At any rate, try as I may, I have not had much luck growing grass there, until now.

This Scotts product is a pre-mixed combination of premium perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, recycled paper mulch and food for new grass.

This time, I tilled the dirt and mixed it with some potting soil; spread a thin layer (less than ˝ inch) of the patch over the bare spot and soaked it thoroughly and watered it daily unless it rained that day.

Luckily the temperature for the last few weeks has been ideal for this product—60 to 80 degrees—and I am happy to report that after only 3 weeks I have thick green grass that is at least 3 inches high over the entire formerly bare spot under the maple.

On the same day that I used this patch on that area, I spread several inches of potting soil over a one by one foot patch of concrete where a basketball poll used to be. I applied the patch in the same manner as the bare spot. Amazingly, the grass in that soil over the concrete is completely filled in with thick green grass about 2 inches tall.

I am extremely pleased to finally have grass in bare spots that I was not successful with in the past.

I recommend this product without reservation. I love it and if you follow the directions, I bet you will too.

Enjoy!
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Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
by Joseph LeDoux
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A Readable and Well-Organized Research Based Study of the Science Behind Fear and Anxiety Disorders--a College Level Textbook., May 18, 2015
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While Joseph LeDoux states in the preface that he negotiated his way out of the textbook format to work with Viking editor, Rick Kot and write “Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety” this is clearly a college level psychology textbook. It is a researched based study of the science behind fear and anxiety disorders.

Following the preface are 317 pages broken down into 11 chapters with ample figures and tables. Pages 310 through 360 are chapter notes while pages 361 through 451 compose a detailed bibliography.

I was surprised by the format of this book; however, as an avid reader of both self-help and textbooks dealing with psychology and mental health issues and treatment, I found this an interesting and easy to follow review of historical psychological concepts that I have learned in the past, as well as concepts that are new to me in in the study of the biological and cognitive human brain and environmental factors impacting human feelings, behavior and mental health, as well as medical treatment and therapy.

One example is the author’s statement that “anxiety” (meaning feelings fear or apprehension about what might happen in the future) is the price humans pay for autonoetic consciousness. I learned that the concept of autonoetic consciousness centers on self-awareness, self-analysis and our ability to think about our past and present thoughts, emotions and experiences and relate them to present and future events. While that gift enables us avoid danger and learn from our experiences, sometimes it causes undo fear and anxiety.

If you are expecting a quick and easy read, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you are an educator or interested in learning historical psychological concepts and treatment of mental health disorders and treatment, you may find the premises in this textbook both interesting and refreshing.

Enjoy!


The Bone Tree (Penn Cage)
The Bone Tree (Penn Cage)
by Greg Iles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.23
109 used & new from $11.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best! This Engaging Thriller is the Cream of the Crop! The Author's Talent is Simply Incredible! Enjoy!, May 10, 2015
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Every now and then there is a book that absolutely knocks my socks off. Greg Iles, The Bone Tree is one of those books.

This is the second multigenerational thriller in an extraordinary epic historical fiction tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat savoring this complex tale that will take over your life from beginning to end and have you impatiently waiting in anticipation for the final episode in this vivid mesmerizing series.

Like Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree is 800 pages stemming from the violent atrocities of the Jim Crow era in American history brought to the light of day by the fearless fictional doggedly determined Natchez Examiner investigative reporter Henry Sexton. It is a spellbinding historical fiction that is so well written and the characters are so credible that you will find yourself in transported to the scene, awe-stricken and consumed by this second high caliber episode of Ile’s trilogy.

Smoothly transitioning from the first novel in this series, Greg Iles picks up where he left off and quickly engages the reader in things to follow.

A Vietnam war hero, Lieutenant Colonel Forrest Knox is second in command as the Chief of the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigative Bureau with his eyes on the top spot, currently held by former Texas Ranger, Colonel Griffith Mackiever. Forrest, the antagonist is also a dangerous scheming genius and seemingly invincible sociopathic murderer, with loyal ears everywhere and uses state assets as his own to protect his criminal empire. He comes from a long line of sadistic murdering racists willing to do whatever it takes to gain power. His deceased father, heinous killer Frank Knox was the founder of Double Eagles, an even more heinous off shoot of the Ku Klux Klan with ties to the New Orleans Mafia and the assassinations of major historical figures.

The beloved, Tom Cage, a Korean War hero is a likeable color blind, aging medical doctor born to help others and provide exceptional medical treatment to a fleet of loyal patients from all walks of life. He has decades-old, yet well-kept secrets that would put his and his family’s life in peril if they see the light of day. His son, Penn is a widower, lawyer, novelist, former Houston Prosecutor, the sitting Mayor of Natchez, Mississippi and the narrator and protagonist of this intensely riveting epic masterpiece.

With the death of his wife Sarah, a cancer victim, the women in Penn’s life are his 11-year old daughter, Annie, his mother and his fiancé, newspaper publisher Caitlin Masters.

Picking up where Henry Sexton left off, Caitlin is unearthing and publishing past racial violence and criminal activities of the Double Eagles and the Knox crime family, putting herself and those she loves in grave danger.

Meanwhile, Tom Cage is on the run for his life, along with his long time fiend and former Texas Ranger, Walt Garrity after being accused of murdering his former nurse and lover, Viola Turner and a bad cop.

I savored this work of art. Although I do not recommend the frighteningly believable thriller for youngsters, if I were a betting man, I would confidently wager that this book is not only heading to the bestseller list and the big screen, but it will also be required reading in college level literature courses.

I enjoy a well written thriller and trust me, this is the cream of the crop!

Enjoy!
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Run: A Novel
Run: A Novel
by Andrew Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.71
118 used & new from $0.01

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Author Can Do Better Than This! Disappointing! Poorly Developed Characters With Distracting Over the Top Twists and Turns., April 26, 2015
This review is from: Run: A Novel (Hardcover)
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While the concept for this suspense mystery is intriguing, I expected more than was delivered in Andrew Grant’s 269-page novel, “Run.”

Normally I enjoy suspense mysteries with lots of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing; however, this one was over the top.
To the very end, I could not figure out which of these lackluster characters were the good guys and which were the bad guys. I did not like any of them. Both the protagonist, Marc Bowman and his wife, Carolyn are unappealing manipulative self-centered characters.

Both worked a number of years for a telecommunications company, Ameritel. Carolyn a 10-year employee and Marc on a contract building analytical problem solving programs and databases until he was unexpectedly terminated under dubious circumstances.

On his way out Marc surreptitiously copies company databases for personal use outside the company and unwittingly captures imbedded data that powerful competing clandestine forces trace back to him and are determined to retrieve it by any means.

I read this novel quickly anticipating a meaningful ending; however, it was less than I hoped for.

In my opinion, 2.5 stars rounded to 3 is more than a fair and generous rating.
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The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel
by Jeremy Massey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.23
55 used & new from $9.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining, Hauntingly Dark & Unique Suspense Novel Set In Dublin written by an Exceptionally Talented Author. Enjoy!, April 26, 2015
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The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley was my first exposure to Jeremy Massey, but it will not be my last.

While I enjoy the suspense of a well-written thriller, this one was much different than those I usually read.

The author uses his knowledge and experience working with his father in Dublin as an undertaker to unfold a dark tale of for days in the life of Paddy Buckley, an employee of Frank Gallagher’s funeral home in Dublin.

Consumed by the longing and memories of his dead wife, Eva’s, Paddy is sleep deprived and has worked every day for the past 6 months burying himself (no pun intended) in his work. As a result, he is not focused and is behaving inappropriately, actions that have inadvertently led to the death of two people and has put his life and future and others in peril.

While there are a bit too many coincidences to make this a believable story, it was an entertaining, fast-paced, suspense filled, compelling and unique novel that held my interest for all 285 pages of this intriguing and haunting ride.

Enjoy!
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Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries)
Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries)
by Craig Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.98
59 used & new from $13.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Well-Written, Spellbinding Murder Mystery Filled With Likeable and Belivable Characters. I Loved it! Enjoy!, April 26, 2015
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Some years ago while commenting on one of my Amazon reviews, another reviewer recommended the Craig Johnson’s Longmire mystery series and I glad she did.

Dry Bones, like the others I have read in this series is an engaging, quick, entertaining, nicely paced and flowing mystery with likeable, believable and flawed characters that I can relate to. Johnson’s descriptive and smooth writing style make it easy to picture the setting and follow the storyline.

Set in modern day Absaroka Count in Wyoming on Cheyenne rancher Danny Lone Elk’s proper, Jennifer Watt discovers the complete 65-million-year-old skeleton of a priceless Tyrannosaurus rex, “Jen.”

Following the discovery of Danny’s dead body floating in a turtle pond on his land in cast anchor Sheriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, Lone Elk’s family as well as local, state and federal agencies vie for the valuable remains of Jen.

Walt doggedly perseveres annoying obstacles while investigating the cause of Danny’s death and possible suspects necessary to methodically unravel this engaging whodunit.

Walt’s best friend and confidant, Henry Standing Bear and Lucian Connally, Walt’ colorful predecessor his daughters unofficial great uncle are intriguing regulars in this series and enhance the flavor of this enthralling tale.

Longmire’s rough talking sidekick and Philadelphia transplant Undersheriff Victoria “Vic” Moretti’s brother, Philadelphia Patrolman Michael Moretti and Walt’s daughter Cady are married and reside in Philadelphia with their baby, Lola where a personal tragedy strikes on another front.

I thoroughly enjoyed all 306 pages of Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones and loved the satisfying ending. I bet you will too.

Enjoy!
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Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Heat Tolerant Blue Mix, 3-Pound
Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Heat Tolerant Blue Mix, 3-Pound
Price: $14.99
14 used & new from $13.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green is my New Favorite Color! It is True. You Reap What You Sow! Enjoy!, April 26, 2015
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With one exception, I chose to not repeat the information provided by amazon.com for this product because it is clear, concise and helpful; however, like me, for those of you that have little patience for waiting on greener pastures to develop prepare yourself for the long haul.

The instructions for this seed state that it can take up to 4 to 6 weeks for it to grown. We have had a bit cooler than normal and less rain than one would expect for this time of the year in Springfield, Illinois; however, after 30 days of tender loving care, this grass is growing nicely in areas where I have not had a great deal of success over the years with other products.

It doesn’t keep the rabbits from nibbling at it or the squirrels from digging in it, but I am very happy with the progress so far and think you will be too.
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Oster TSSTTVDGXL-SHP Digital Toaster Oven, X-Large, Stainless Steel
Oster TSSTTVDGXL-SHP Digital Toaster Oven, X-Large, Stainless Steel
Price: $114.46
6 used & new from $91.57

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality, Handsome, Convenient, Versatile and Easy to Use Digital Countertop Oven with Convection that I Love! Enjoy!, March 26, 2015
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After using another toaster oven that I really enjoyed over the past 6 months, I packed it up for office use after receiving this bigger and better Oster Digital Countertop Oven with Convection.

This handsome stainless steel toaster oven fits perfectly on my kitchen countertop. It warms up and cools down faster. than my conventional oven and I find it convenient for the things I use it for.

The counter space dimensions are 21.5 inches wide by 13 inches tall by 18 inches deep, while the inside of the oven measures 16 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall with a rounded back that is 16 inches at the deepest point.

Inside it has two removable racks, a durable baking/broiling pan and a removable easy to clean crumb tray.

I love the convenient digital controls for toasting, baking, broiling, warming and defrosting as well as one touch pizza cook setting. It also has a digital clock/display, up and down touch arrow for timer and temperature control settings and stop/cancel and start buttons.

The Turbo Convection Baking digital setting is used for faster, more evenly cooked food.

My favorite thing about this besides the Pizza Setting the size of the oven and rounded back allows me to do something my other oven toaster was too small for. My 15 inch clay pizza cooking plate fits nicely in this new toaster oven.

I have cooked pizza, toast, garlic bread, French fries and even quickly toasted rather than grilled cheese sandwiches and many other dishes with this oven and am comfortable using this oven.

Besides breakfasts, occasional lunches, Wok dinners and things I can boil on a stove top or cook in the microwave, in my family, I am not favorably known for my cooking skills; however, this oven like my microwave makes cooking quicker easier for me.

My wife also likes this oven, uses it much more than she did the other toaster oven and IS the best cook in the family!

The only drawback that I find with this oven is that, while it has great venting and cools quickly, it gets very hot on the metal and glass surfaces while it is cooking. Accordingly, we are careful not to place flammables near them.

I am impressed with the interior space of this handsome oven, love the digital controls and the glass front with a large cool handle and am fascinated that it cooks so well.

I recommend this product without reservation. I love it and I think many of you will too!

Enjoy!
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