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Immaculate Baking Organic Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough, 14 Ounce -- 6 per case.
Immaculate Baking Organic Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough, 14 Ounce -- 6 per case.
Offered by FoodserviceDirect Inc.
Price: $31.25
2 used & new from $31.25

1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this product, November 14, 2014
I am truly sorry to write this review, but after my glowing reports on the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough made by this company, I felt that it would be a public service to warn other customers away from Immaculate's Sugar Cookie Dough. I really wanted to like this product, and so gave it the benefit of the doubt: twice, I tried baking this dough as purchased from a local grocery store, and on both occasions (months apart), the results were identical: nobody liked them. Nobody.

Unlike the GF chocolate chip cookie dough, these sugar cookies did not spread out into cookie-like discs when baked as directed. They stubbornly stayed as squat little lumps on the baking sheet, as if to mock me. Once cooled, their final flavor and texture was akin to eating some misguided chem student's attempt to recreate cookie dough out of formaldehyde and playdough: a very chemically-seeming, fake vanilla. I should have been clued in before hand by the lack of good cookie-baking smells coming from the oven.

Please don't waste your money on this junk. I can't believe Immaculate produced it! I desperately wanted to believe that the first bad batch was a fluke, but six months later, the next batch proved to me beyond doubt that it wasn't. Hopefully, Immaculate realizes this and pulls the product from the shelves before more customers are angered by the surprise little hockey pucks masquerading as treats in this package.


Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough, 14 Ounce -- 6 per case.
Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough, 14 Ounce -- 6 per case.
Offered by FoodserviceDirect Inc.
Price: $32.15
2 used & new from $32.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now it's a little too easy for GF people to indulge!, October 19, 2014
These are indeed a delicious, sinful treat for us gluten-free folks. Although most other GF products are a turnoff to my family, they will happily eat these chocolate chip cookies as soon as anything, ahem, "normal" (their words), because these are quite good; quality ingredients make for quality flavor, and you can't detect the usual grittiness found in GF baked goods. A win!

Now if only they were about 75 cents per package cheaper, they'd be competitive with the other brands of similarly packaged chocolate chip cookie dough in the grocery store's refrigerator case. Still, that works toward helping me to keep these as an *occasional* treat, and not a daily habit. Cause you know, chocolate chip cookie dough..mmmmmmm. (somebody really needs to come up with a text picture that indicates drooling).


Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Roll, 16 Ounce -- 12 per case.
Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Roll, 16 Ounce -- 12 per case.
Offered by FoodserviceDirect Inc.
Price: $57.45
2 used & new from $57.45

5.0 out of 5 stars these may just be the BEST cinnamon rolls I have ever tried, October 19, 2014
I came to know the Immaculate brand thorugh their gluten-free cookie dough, but since making these cinnamon rolls for the family, I had to sneak some ...you know, old habits die hard! Oh my, these may just be the BEST cinnamon rolls I have ever tried; and we're talking a former gluten junkie who had tried pretty much everything out there with cinnamon. A list of cinnamon roll brands which Immaculate has topped:

Pillsbury
The grocery store's generic knockoff of Pillsbury
Cinnabon in a tube and Cinnabon at the mall (yes, even those..)
The premade cinnamon rolls you get at the grocery store
Polly's restaurant cinnamon rolls
Most other cinnamon rolls in existence.

These make a moderate (four inch-ish) sized roll when baked. So if you've been conditioned to eating giant cinnamon rolls, just realize that all along, you've eaten those 8 inch mall monstrosities because you needed twice the size to compensate for the fact that they had half flavor that they should have had. Or, you could bake a second batch ;).

The fact that the ingredients are non-GMO and consist of only things you'd actually use to make a home recipe, is just a bonus to me -- because it's all about making the kids happy. These rolls have the highest kid-to-happiness ratio, so that's what we buy now. It helps that there is a coupon for $1.00 off of 3 Immaculate products printed inside the wrapper (they're NOT cheaper than the grocery brand when bought locally, so yeah, the coupon is necessary). Still cheaper than buying Cinnabon, though.


Playtex Women's 18 Hour Wirefree Gel Comfort Strap Bra,Nude,40B
Playtex Women's 18 Hour Wirefree Gel Comfort Strap Bra,Nude,40B
Offered by Atlantic Hosiery
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, straps stay in place..but not flattering at all., April 26, 2014
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It seems that I have had no luck with finding a great everyday bra in the past several years; either the underwires were uncomfortable, the straps would slip, or both. This Playtex bra solved both those problems, only to introduce a new one -- breasts that resemble deflated balloons (due to overlarge cup sizing). Gee, thanks Playtex.

I happen to have on hand a pair of breast pads which are supposed to fill in cups so that the bust is pushed up and shaped, but even these aren't enough to make up the difference. Am I supposed to stuff with kleenex or something? What are today's savvy ladies doing to solve this particular dilemma?

Sigh. I don't know where all the packaging went, or I'd return these for one cup size down. Looks like I'm out 15 bucks.


Under Armour Women's Charged Cotton® Undeniable Capri Extra Small Black
Under Armour Women's Charged Cotton® Undeniable Capri Extra Small Black
Offered by Under Armour
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and adjustable, April 17, 2014
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I've worn these about 3X a week for about three months now (HIIT and martial arts training): they're holding up very well and still look great. I like the drawstring which allows for a shrinking waistline. The elastic holds the hem just below my knees. This material is well-suited for athletics as it does seem to keep the body cool and dry. Will look into ordering another pair soon.


Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra - Women's Aqua/Ocean, 40B
Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra - Women's Aqua/Ocean, 40B

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bra if you get the right size (hopefully yours will only have 3 hooks), March 28, 2014
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The Fiona bra which I received in the mail yesterday fits beautifully and offered great support during my crossfit activities. It was completely comfortable the whole time I wore it. This bra may well prove to be the best sports bra I have ever owned, but that darn 4-hook system is confounding me! When a grown woman has to ask her husband to help her hook up her bra, it's not a great sign.

A note about sizing: I measured my ribcage just underneath the breasts, to 36 inches. Yet, I wear a 40b in this brand (which I found out when I ordered a 36b Moving Comfort bra from another online retailer and it was way too tight). All of the reviews which state this bra fits "true to size" have me wondering if I have been figuring my bra sizes wrongly all these years!

Feeling like a bra dork...
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Scott eRide Support2 Womens
Scott eRide Support2 Womens
Offered by SHOEBACCA

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value shoe with decent arch support, January 30, 2014
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I do crossfit exercises and martial arts training several times a week in these shoes, going on nearly 3 weeks since I got them: they have held up surprisingly well, including the arch support (the main reason I took a chance on this unknown brand to begin with). A few things to note:
The upper lacings are designed to run diagonal, which is not immediately obvious in the product picture. I like this, it is stylish and different, and got complimented the first day I wore them.
The fit has been mentioned by another reviewer as running small, but I ordered my pair in my usual size. Now I have one foot which is slightly larger, and weirdly enough, that one seems to fit these shoes perfectly, but the smaller foot has my big toe bumping up against the toe box. I'm thinking the solution to this is not a larger size but rather extra padding at the toe box, to make the fit more snug so my foot isn't sliding around inside the shoe (and thus bumping at the tip). I will try that tonight. If I can solve the problem this easily, these may prove to be the best workout shoes I have ever had. Certainly, I can't complain about the price!


Thieves® Spray 3 pk, 1 fl. oz. ea .3 lb
Thieves® Spray 3 pk, 1 fl. oz. ea .3 lb
Offered by Aroma Planet
Price: $28.25
2 used & new from $27.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for flu season, and you will boost sales of ham., January 30, 2014
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This is my first try of this product. According to the product page, it is to be used for disinfecting surfaces. The 1 oz size makes it a natural for purse carry, and so I do; it's so convenient to have on hand for shopping cart handles and public restroom fixtures, all of which now get the treatment from my little bottle of Thieves'. Admittedly, I have also used it in place of hand sanitizer a few times, although I am not certain it is recommended for such: but on the other hand, (hah!) I don't seem to have any particular sensitivity to it. I want to tentatively report that in the 4 weeks since I have started carrying my bottle of Thieves' spray, I haven't caught any of the colds or flus going around, so perhaps it is doing its job in boosting my immune system.

The antifungal, antimicrobial, and powerful disinfectant properties of clove and cinnamon essential oils have been well-documented and -tested. Thieves' spray does indeed have a dominant smell of cloves! One checkout girl at the grocery store sniffed the air and said she smelled ham...and nobody was purchasing a ham :D. Now I'm getting hungry for a ham sandwich just thinking about it. You see? The power of suggestion! If Thieves' spray ever catches on for widespread use, I'm buying up stocks in pork.


Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary
Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
79 used & new from $8.84

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll get a great, if incomplete, Matt Smith fix., January 10, 2014
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I'm an unabashed Doctor Who nerd, going way back from watching reruns in 1980 when Tom Baker was the rock star of Doctors (yes, he even looked like Bob Dylan). I do get it -- this visual dictionary is meant to be a celebration of the modern series, not an exhaustive encyclopedia of all things Doctor from the last 50 years. I was, therefore, not shocked to see that there was so little mention of classic Doctor trivia, but jeez -- you'd think the Eleventh Doctor spontaneously generated out of thin air, the way this book tells the tale. Well, not literally...but come on. The Ninth Doctor deserves a little more due than the single thumbnail photo with a caption. And the Tenth Doctor had Three Freakin' Seasons and Nine Specials! Sorry David Tennant, you only rate a single page of exposition according to DK. Apparently, any Doctor that is not the Holy Heartthrob Matt Smith can just lump it.

Nonetheless, I liked what DK did consider worthy of inclusion. DK books are always visually excellent ways to chronicle just about any subject matter, from Dinosaurs to Lego Star Wars. Our family has enjoyed several DK visual dictionaries, spurred mostly by passing interests of the children as they have grown -- although the adults of the household have often been caught reading them on their own. This 2009 Doctor Who Visual Dictionary is no exception, continuing that legacy of great photographs, lavish spreads, and fun trivia to satisfy any fan's obsession with the modern Dr. Who series. Despite this book's focus on the Eleventh Doctor, many pages of Ninth and Tenth Doctors' characters, stories, and artifacts round out the visual feast. I loved that the Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the Cybermen each had their own multi-page sections beginning with a vertical spread (would've liked to see a progressive chart showing the evolution of the Daleks starting from the earlier series -- ah well, missed opportunities. Hopefully it will be found in a future DW visual dicitonary). There is one fantastic double extended-page spread featuring the Tardis. Each companion from the modern series is given at least an entire page devoted to a summary and a full body portrait, a few bits of trivia, and examples of how they fit into the Doctor's universe. River Song, Amy Pond, and Rory, naturally, have two-page spreads.

I would suggest that even as a fanservice devotional to the Matt Smith Years, this DK Visual Dictionary was published prematurely; there were still yet four future seasons of Eleventh Doctor Who that came after 2009 (although they couldn't have known that precisely, DK also had no reason to believe Smith wouldn't continue for at least one more season). Therefore, even if you are looking for is a more complete exposition of Eleventh Doctor pictures, stories, and trivia, you will be left unsatisfied with this book. A LOT happened in 2010, '11, '12, and '13 which obviously will not be found here. This already quite-dated Visual Dictionary is delightfully done, but now falls short. True fans of the Doctor will not be disappointed in the quality of Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary, but it will quickly be put aside for the next update from DK.

Not a bad part of your DW fandom library. Keep your eye out for better and more thorough Visual Dictionaries as the DW series progresses.


AT-A-GLANCE 2014 Monthly Desk, Wall Calendar, 11 x 8.5 Inch Page Size (PM170-28)
AT-A-GLANCE 2014 Monthly Desk, Wall Calendar, 11 x 8.5 Inch Page Size (PM170-28)
Offered by BestSource OfficeSupplies
Price: $16.51
2 used & new from $16.51

3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate., January 9, 2014
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My first thought when I opened the box it was shipped in was, Really? Eight Bucks? It looks a lot like the freebie Midway City Sanitation Dept.'s calender that I get every December, but smaller and minus the historic photos of happy employees pumping sewage. Yay.

This is my first time ordering this calendar. I hadn't paid attention to the size listed and was surprised that it was so small -- but that was my inattention error. Nonetheless, there is room in each day's block to write a few abbreviated notes about appointments, schedules, etc -- if you write very small. The paper that the calendar is made of, is thin but works well enough to write on properly as opposed to slicker styles of paper usually found on glossy, photographic calenders.

One flaw which is contradicted by the picture on this product page is that the days of the week, which are normally listed at the top bar of each month, were mysteriously left off. I can still guess which column is Sunday, Monday, etc. however, this omission leaves the possibility for error that I'd rather not have; I ended up jotting in the days of the week where they should have been.

I will use this At-A-Glance calender now that I have it, but probably wouldn't order it again.


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