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Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters, Apple Crunch, 2.1-Ounce
Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters, Apple Crunch, 2.1-Ounce
Price: $7.09
5 used & new from $6.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Two ingredients, apples and CRUNCH!, December 19, 2014
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These are absolutely delicious!

Nice and crunchy snack for when you're feeling peckish. Low calorie and made from nothing but apples, couldn't be simpler.

I've been adding these to my morning oatmeal and cold cereals for an added bit of sweetness and crunch, just lovely!

The only thing holding these back from receiving 5 stars, the price. At the current price of a little over $7 for a 2.1 ounce bag... that's almost $1.50 an apple... OUCH! Still delicious though. :)


Lenox Tools 308011200P Bi-Metal Speed Slot Plumber's Hole Saw, 17-Piece Kit with 12 Different Sizes
Lenox Tools 308011200P Bi-Metal Speed Slot Plumber's Hole Saw, 17-Piece Kit with 12 Different Sizes
Price: $217.29
8 used & new from $202.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best hole saw set out there!, December 17, 2014
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Hands down Lenox makes the best hole saw kits out there.

I had previously purchased their smaller 7 piece construction kit (1815140) for general purpose hole making as you never know when you need to put in a new junction box, ceiling fan, etc.. With the addition of this plumber's kit, I am good to go for many years.

One of the best selling points is that this set comes with two of Lenox's amazingly fast quick change arbors (3/8" and 1/2" shank). This allows for tool free 5 second blade changes. Just pull down on the mandrel, screw the hole saw on, and pull up on the mandrel to lock the saw in place. On top of that, they include three pilot drill bits

The kit comes with a dozen hole saws including 3/4", 7/8", 1-1/8", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-9/16", 3", 3-1/2", 4", 4-1/4", and 4-1/2".

In terms of performance, I have not once been let down by these hole saws. Their thin kerf design allows for faster, smoother, cuts in everything. Whether you are cutting drywall, douglas fir, plywood, MDF, you name it, it just cuts like butter. Even on laminate surfaces it leaves a fairly clean hole (though I did have to clean it up a bit with a trim router afterwards).

And if you have ever used a hole saw of years past, you know removing the plug from the hole saw is a pain. But with Lenox's Speed Slot, you just jam a screwdriver in the slot and pop the plug out with ease.

If you plan on doing some heavy remodeling or construction, I would not hesitate one second in getting this kit, it will pay for itself in minutes!


Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand Tall Snow Boot, Ivy/Black, 11 M US
Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand Tall Snow Boot, Ivy/Black, 11 M US
Price: $298.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canvas and leather combine for an awesome pair of boots!, December 13, 2014
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These Cole Haan Zerogrand snow boots are extremely functional and look great.

Fitment seems to be a bit on the small size. This size 11 is tight on someone who wears a 10-10.5. In addition they are narrow. Anyone with a slightly wide foot will find these nearly impossible to wear.

The materials used are top-notch. The canvas and leather combo is stylish and is wearing awesomely which gives these boots some awesome character.

They aren't all that warm to be honest. Thick or heavy socks are recommended.

The most impressive thing about these boots are their flexibility and traction. The soles contour nicely to most surfaces providing you with confident foot feel. And the deep ridges in the tread allow for easy trekking in snow, even on a bit of ice they allowed for good traction due to the soft rubber sole.

I would not recommend these for the mountain man, but for the urban and suburban doers and go getters, these are some fantastic winter kicks!


How Murray Saved Christmas
How Murray Saved Christmas
DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars Better quality than the DVD version., December 12, 2014
I honestly wasn't in the mood for watching this show but after just the first two minutes I was hooked.

The cast of characters and actors whom portrayed them kept me laughing the entire way through, all while staying true to the book with it's rhyming.

Kevin Michael Richardson as Santa was the clincher for me. His partial of the iconic man in red was just awesome!

The musical numbers where well written and almost too catchy.

Young or old, most anyone with a slightly twisted or silly sense of humor will find this delightful!


How Murray Saved Christmas
How Murray Saved Christmas
DVD ~ Jason Alexander
Price: $9.99
15 used & new from $7.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Christmas classic? I hope so!, December 11, 2014
This review is from: How Murray Saved Christmas (DVD)
I honestly wasn't in the mood for watching this show but after just the first two minutes I was hooked.

The cast of characters and actors whom portrayed them kept me laughing the entire way through, all while staying true to the book with it's rhyming.

Kevin Michael Richardson as Santa was the clincher for me. His partial of the iconic man in red was just awesome!

The musical numbers where well written and almost too catchy.

Young or old, most anyone with a slightly twisted or silly sense of humor will find this delightful!


T.S. Shure Wooden Magnetic Map of The USA Puzzle
T.S. Shure Wooden Magnetic Map of The USA Puzzle
Price: $57.74
2 used & new from $57.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Travel the US from your home... kinda., December 9, 2014
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Not sure who enjoys this puzzle map more, the adults or the kids?

The quality of this T.S. Shure Wooden Map is superb. Quality plywood, laminate, and magnets are used to insure many hours of use. Only on the larger states (California and Texas being the most obvious) is there some bowing/warpage that prevents them from sitting completely flat against the board or magnetic surface (fridge).

The smaller states on the east coast are grouped together due to their size, which is fine. And I like the fact that the great lakes were also included as pieces. One important note that I think is important is that Alaska is NOT to scale which is disappointing.

There really isn't anything I would change other than possibly making the pieces out of slightly thicker plywood to prevent the warpage that some of the states are experiencing. Other than that, this is an awesome teaching tool for the young and old!


Timeline - Americana
Timeline - Americana
Offered by Boardgames4Us
Price: $13.31
19 used & new from $8.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Postage stamp sized cards a BIG letdown..., December 9, 2014
This review is from: Timeline - Americana (Toy)
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My expectations for this game were fairly high due to it's subject matter (I love Americana!!) and the overall look and feel of the game. However it was kind of a letdown...

Timeline Americana (as well as the other Timeline cards/games) is quite a simple and straight forward game.
Game play doesn't take too long which is nice as you can cram a quick game in before dinner or durning a lunch break. So for me the gameplay is about a four. After a few rounds some of the dates are easily remembered, we noticed this after playing it the third or fourth time.

I guess the biggest letdown for me, is as many other reviewers have pointed out, the size of the cards... they are TINY. Coming from a company that prides itself in having industry leading talent and artists, I find it odd that they showcase them by producing cards the size of postage stamps. The cards themselves are of quality and well laminated, but whats the point when you can't really see the detail of the art on each of the cards?


OXO Cookware  Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Dishwasher Safe Open Frypan, 10-Inch, Gray
OXO Cookware Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Dishwasher Safe Open Frypan, 10-Inch, Gray
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $39.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes some great pancakes!, December 5, 2014
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I just recently purchased several new non-stick pans (Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized) to replace some old ones and this OXO pan ranks right up there.

OXO is well known for their ergonomics and comfortable grips/handles on all of their items and this is no exception. Well balance and fits large and small hands with ease.

The non-stick surface works well thus far. Only time will tell as to how well it remains non-stick. I'm a stickler for properly cleaning my pans, so I'll be updating this review if this changes at all.

The reason I docked it a star is it doesn't quite stack up to the Anolon Advanced pans I purchased. The Anolon pans heat up nice and evenly and remain really hot due to their thicker construction and heavier bottom.


Beautiful Nutrition Venom Appetite Control Drink Mix, Lemon, 14 Count
Beautiful Nutrition Venom Appetite Control Drink Mix, Lemon, 14 Count
Price: $15.00

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Might work better if you used several packets at once..., December 5, 2014
This isn't the most effective appetite suppressant I've tried and was nothing more than a tasty pre-meal drink.

Taste wasn't too bad. I found it a bit too sweet. I added about a teaspoon of lemon juice to bring the sourness back up to my liking. Mixed well in the water. Overall not bad at all.

This product (one packet) contains a bit of fiber and some Garcinia Cambogia for which is suppose to be the appetite suppressant. While it may work for some people, it didn't do anything for me. I've tried several other garcinia cambogia products that contained three or four times as much garcinia cambogia in them and had basically the same result... zero change in appetite.

The "thermogenic complex" that is in this product that is suppose to "Increase thermogenesis and calorie burning" also fell way short. The 100mg of caffeine this product contains didn't do a whole lot for me either, I'll just stick with my daily energy drink instead.

Possibly if you were to use this product more than what they recommend (no more than three packets a day, probably due to the amount of caffeine you would be ingesting) OR using two packets at once before your main meal of the day, you may see better results.

So at the end of the day, this became yet another garcinia cambogia product that fell way short. At least I got some fiber out of it and it does taste pretty good...


Winmau Blade 4 Dual Core Dartboard
Winmau Blade 4 Dual Core Dartboard

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye! This board is right on target!, December 1, 2014
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The Winmau Dual Core board is absolutely superb.
The first impression you get is wow. The vivid coloring of the bull, treble and double segments makes for ease of identifying the different areas for much more accurate throws and targeting.

The spider (wiring that separates the different segments) is nice and thin. You'll notice on cheaper boards that they will have a tendency to employ fairly heavy gauge round wire with staples all over the place. This adds up to many unwanted bounce-outs/walks of shame.

In addition the sisal is almost completely flush with the spider which may be an aesthetics thing for me, but I prefer it this way.

This is what I would consider a fairly firm board. Light throwers may have a few bounce-outs when they first start using it, but once broken it you will have zero complaints.

Durability will have to be tested over the next several months, but so far all the holes have 'healed' up.

Without a doubt with is an awesome board with an amazing attention to detail. Highly recommended over Unicorn's Eclipse Pro!


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