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Eparé Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set (EPSPM002)
Eparé Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set (EPSPM002)
Offered by Eparé
Price: $32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, Modern Design, August 22, 2014
Length:: 1:58 Mins

The Eparé salt and pepper grinders are very sleek. The design is very modern and the functionality is great.

These units are exactly alike. There is a small glass window that allows you to see the contents.

To operate, simply unscrew the bottom portion of the grinder, fill it with either peppercorns or sea salt granules and then replace the bottom portion. There is a plunger on top that is spring loaded. Depress the plunger and the grinder does its job - either giving you fresh ground pepper or grinding the sea salt.

Normally working the grinder can be done with one hand - simply hold the grinder and depress the plunger with your thumb.

This set will really dress up your dining table. It is also very handy when cooking because you can add either salt or pepper with one hand.

The grinders are polished stainless steel and they are well made. They feel very substantial in your hand, there was no skimping on the metal when these were made.

They make a lovely addition to your table or would make a great gift for a discriminating hostess.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


TaoTronics® Elune TT-DL04 LED Gooseneck Desk Lamp / Detachable Emergency Light Source Lasts 8 Hours / 3 Level Dimmable Touch Control Button 6W Equivalent 50W (Marble White)
TaoTronics® Elune TT-DL04 LED Gooseneck Desk Lamp / Detachable Emergency Light Source Lasts 8 Hours / 3 Level Dimmable Touch Control Button 6W Equivalent 50W (Marble White)
Offered by Sunvalleytek
Price: $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek Design with some Attractive Features, August 21, 2014
The Gooseneck Desk Lamp is a modern, sleek designed desk lamp with some very attractive features. First the lamp is very simple, clean design. It has a rather small footprint – measuring just 4” X 6.5” and has a rather long, fully adjustable gooseneck. The base is heavy enough for the lamp to be very stable on the desk.

The lamp is LED and has 3 levels of brightness. It has a rechargeable battery so that it can serve as an emergency light source in the event you lose power. Also on the base of the lamp, there is a 5V/1A USB port, that will allow you to charge your cell phone or other devices that draw 1A. It would take too long to charge your laptop on this outlet.

The LED lamp unit can detach completely from the gooseneck and it has a connection clip that allows you to hook the lamp unit to your belt, bag or some other piece of equipment.

It comes in a rather neat package, well protected with a nice carrying handle.

This is a multi-purpose desk lamp that can function as an emergency source of light in the case of power failure or can serve flashlight for outdoor/camping/hiking activities.

Very attractive, modern, sleek design with multiple uses.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Flatwolrd® Multifunctional Foldable Storage Crossbody Sport Travel Picnic Camping Shopping Shoulderbag Bag Backpack Large Capacity (Pink)
Flatwolrd® Multifunctional Foldable Storage Crossbody Sport Travel Picnic Camping Shopping Shoulderbag Bag Backpack Large Capacity (Pink)
Offered by WeiHeng
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Utility Bag, August 21, 2014
This is a good utility bag for lightweight projects. The bag comes folded in a small pouch that measures about 6"X7" X 1 ½" so it will fit in your handbag or even in a briefcase. Unfolded the carry bag measures about 19" X 11"X 8" so it is fairly large. It closes with a zipper that works very smoothly.

There are two web type straps that are adjustable. The straps allow you to carry the bag as a backpack or a shoulder bag. The material seems fairly strong and appears to be water repellant (but not waterproof).

I selected the green bag but the color is more like a neon yellow. So this really is a utility bag, not one you would carry all the time.

The material is very thin, like a strong nylon or even like a Kelvar. The bag is not meant for heavy-duty use. It will hold a lot of things, but I am not sure it will hold up to daily abuse if carrying things like books or other bulky objects.

I plan to use it as a utility bag to fill in when I need a temporary storage bag to lug around some supplies.

I think it will certainly be a great bag to keep in the automobile glove compartment or trunk to use as the need arises. I would not plan on putting it to heavy duty use on a daily basis.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Eparé Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set (Red) (EPSPM005) (NEW MODEL)
Eparé Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set (Red) (EPSPM005) (NEW MODEL)
Offered by Eparé
Price: $32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Chic, Stylish, Smooth, August 21, 2014
Length:: 1:36 Mins

The Eparé salt and pepper grinder set contains two identical grinders. These are well made and have the feel of quality and workmanship. Very attractive on the table.

To operate, you simply unscrew the bottom portion, load the salt granules or the peppercorns in to the tube and secure the bottom portion. To dispense the salt or the pepper, simply push down on the plunger with your thumb a few times until you have dispensed the desired amount.

There is a clear viewing section of the grinders that allow you to see the contents - one to know if you have the salt or the pepper grinder and to determine the amount in the grinder.

This set looks chic - it is sleek, modern design made of polished stainless steel. The operation is smooth. It gives you the taste of fresh ground pepper or the benefits of freshly ground sea salt.

This set would spruce up any table. The set can also be used in the kitchen to dispense salt or pepper while cooking.

The set also makes a very lovely and unique gift. It certainly is one of the most unique salt/pepper grinder sets I have seen.

I was provided a sample of this product for testing/review purposes.


LeapFrog Learning Friends Adventure Bus
LeapFrog Learning Friends Adventure Bus
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Entertaining and Educational, August 21, 2014
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Length:: 1:45 Mins

The Leap Frog Adventure Bus is a delightful toy that a young child can play with for hours. There are three passengers on the bus, a fox, Koala and a penguin. The bus has a seat for the driver and four passengers.

The destination sign on the bus has three options, a picnic, the beach and the library. Each destination has a different song. There are a total of 20 different songs on the sound track. There is an on/off switch, so you could turn off the sound, but I feel certain that your two year old will be able to figure that out in a hurry. So don't count on the switch to silence the sound.

The bus comes with three different animals. There are several books in the Leap Frog collection and 10 other figures that can be added to the collection, making for an endless combination of toys on the bus.

The door to the bus opens, there is a luggage compartment and the stop sign works just like the stop sign on a school bus.

If your child has any imagination, the Adventure Bus should keep them busy for hours. There are lots of different ways to activate the sound and the various combination of singing and talking will help the child learn the words and the tunes. So in addition to being fun, it will increase the child's verbal skills. Rearranging the figures in the different slots and getting them in their "seat" will enhance the child's spatial skills.

All in all, a very delightful toy that should entertain and educate your child. The only draw back is you can get the tune, "The wheels on the bus go round and round" stuck in your head."


The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness
The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness
by James Altucher
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.45
39 used & new from $7.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to say No!, August 21, 2014
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Over twenty-five years ago, I had a 24” X 24” hand carved wooden sign custom created for my office. The word NO took up the entire sign. I had this sign created because at the time I thought NO was the most difficult word in the English language for most people to use properly. They would often say yes when they wanted to say no. Or they would give a weak maybe instead of a firm no.

The sign was the most prominent decoration on my walls. It was there as a constant reminder of the importance of saying no. I am not sure we ever totally master the art of saying no, I suspect that we just get better by being self-aware of our tendencies to avoid saying no at the appropriate times.

So I was hoping this book would add to my long study of the power of saying no. I guess the value a reader will get from this book will depend to a large extent on how much time and energy have previously been invested in studying the power no. If you are fairly new to the concept, then this book could be a real eye-opener. On the other hand, if you have been studying and practicing the judicial use of no, then I am not sure you will learn that much new.

James and Claudia Altucher, the authors of The Power of No, base the book largely on their personal life experiences, sharing many examples when life taught them a valuable lesson because they failed to say no.

The authors have been up and down the success ladder a couple of times. So they have encountered many situations where failure to say no became a real learning lesson.

The writing style is very conversational, so it is very easy reading. At times, I found it a bit too wordy. I felt there were times/passages where they simply went on too long. I believe that brevity improves the message.

If you are having trouble saying no, that is you are at a basic level with the concept, then I believe this book will give you some valuable insights into ways to improve your life by using The Power of NO. If you are past the basic level of saying NO, I am not sure that this book will add that much value.

We often fail to say NO because we think others will be upset with us or our position. I constantly remind myself the wisdom of Ben Franklin’s words, “Do me the favor to deny me at once.” Most people would rather deal with a firm NO, than an indefinite maybe.

Get more comfortable with NO, it will greatly improve your life.


People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity
People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity
by Alan Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.21
92 used & new from $3.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple But Profound Ways to Improve Your Life, August 19, 2014
Most people I know have some issues in their lives. They may have relationship troubles, or career challenges, lifestyle issues, money problems or some combination of them. And these issues impact the quality of their lives. Our problems in life are generally a result of some poor choice we have made.

Psychologists know that we use heuristics – rules-of-thumb – to assist in problem solving and making decisions. It saves time and energy to use tried and tested rules of thumb. But if our heuristics are faulty, then we get the wrong answer or make the wrong decision.

Alan C. Fox, author of People Tools – 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, explores 54 different short cuts that we can rely on to help make life better.

One of the Tools that Mr. Fox uses and writes about is “Patterns Persist”. We should know that how a person has acted in the past is the best indicator of how they will act in the future. Yet we often ignore this rule of thumb. And more often than not, when we ignore this Tool, it bites us.

Another great Tool that Mr. Fox uses is “The 80% Solution”. When applied to relationships, if a person meets 80% of our expectations, then we should accept that person in our lives. Between 60% and 70%, accept them but look for improvement. Less than 50% get away from them as fast as you can.

“Shrink the Glass” is another insightful Tool. Instead of the common approach, the glass is half-full or half-empty, shrink the glass. Reduce your expectations. Then you will be pleased with the results.

Mr. Fox gives a total of 54 Tools that will help anyone look at life from a different perspective. These Tools can be thought of as a new set of heuristics. Rules of thumbs that will help you solve problems faster and make better decisions. He does not say that you must adopt all of them. Take those that work for you and leave the rest.

Mr. Fox writes in a very unique style. There are many one word sentences scattered throughout the book. The lessons are simple and straightforward. These tools are not complex. That is the beauty of them. Mr. Fox has used them to great success in his life. Most tools are accompanied by an explanation of how it came to be incorporated in his life and the enormous benefit he has gained from using it.

The book is a breeze to read. The Tools are simple yet brilliant. Study them, make them a part of your life and you will find significant benefits in these Tools.

If you have tried all the complicated, complex how-to books, treat yourself to a refreshingly simple but highly effective different strategy. Learn and implement these Tools. You will be glad you did.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


The Power to Navigate Life: Your Journey to Freedom
The Power to Navigate Life: Your Journey to Freedom
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to Life, August 19, 2014
It is unfortunate but with all the resources available - our parents, the educational system, our mentors and leaders - we engage with life without being fully prepared. In general, life is on the job training, we learn as we go. But far too many people do not have a well thought out plan or a structured approach to life. That means most people go through life and reach the end never having decided on what they want or how to get it.

Tony Fahkry, author of The Power to Navigate Life - Your Journey to Freedom, provides an easy to understand guide to navigate life. While the process is simple and straightforward, it is far from easy. Mr. Fahkry give excellent directions, but unless the reader takes the appropriate action and implements the ideas presented in the book, they will remain stuck.

According to Mr. Fahkry, there are two basic approaches to life - one he defines as "Parked" and the other as "Navigating". Parked means exactly what you would think - you are stuck where you are, failing to make progress toward your goals. The other position - navigating - means that you are constantly moving toward your goals.

To navigate life, you will need to understand the eight spokes of the wheel of life. They are: Life view, Relationships, Health and wellbeing, Self awareness, Career, Attitudes thoughts and beliefs, and Emotions. Once you have a good understanding of the wheel of life and the interdependency of the spokes, you are then ready to navigate the journey of life.

First, you start off with a blueprint by taking an inventory of your life. Then you learn how to navigate your emotional wellbeing - here Mr. Fahkry spends a few chapters explaining the concepts of emotional well being. He goes into great detail describing the emotions that tend to trip us up and how to protect yourself from those emotional pitfalls.

Then he devotes five chapters to Living the Lessons - how to implement the blueprint and give meaning to your life.

Mr. Fahkry writes in a very conversational style. The lessons are very well articulated. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the points covered. There are clear instructions about how to implement the concepts described in this book. Most of the concepts are accompanied with a real life story that reinforces or deepens the reader's understanding of the concept.

If you have been on a self-development journey for a few years, you will be familiar with many of the concepts put forth by Mr. Fahkry. That does not lessen the value of having a cohesive, comprehensive blueprint for navigating your life. The book is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to get out of a parked situation and start moving toward their goals.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Nature's Angels
Nature's Angels
by Suzi Minor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.83
26 used & new from $7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Nature, August 19, 2014
This review is from: Nature's Angels (Paperback)
If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see Nature's beauty in a fresh new way. Suzi Minor, author of Nature's Angels, has taken a look at some of Nature's more beautiful occurrences as a child might see them and presents these scenes as a creation of Nature's Angels.

So if you could be one of Nature's Angels, which one would you be? Ms. Minor shares with children some of Nature's most fascinating creations and illustrates the angel that helps make them. The angels illustrated in the book are: Cloud Decorator, Angel Gardner, Rain Maker, Sunshine Streamer, Moonlight Maker, Director of the Stars, Wind Breather, Thunder Announcer, Lightning Striker, and Musical Conductor.

For each angel, there is a short story about what they do and the impact they have on the world. Each angel tells their own story of Nature and how nature works together to create a beautiful world.

The stories of each angel are illustrated with a grandfather and his young grandson. The illustrations are very colorful, tie in with the theme of the story and give meaning and life to the story of Nature's Angels.

The book is faith based and intended for a Christian audience. However, the story should appeal to a child of any religion and will help teach them about Nature. I believe the book would be most appropriate for children between the ages of 4 and 7.

I was provided a reviw copy of this book.


Eparé Cheese Board and Tool Set (EPCS001) | Entertaining Party Cocktail Tasting Wine Pairing Picnic Portable Serve Ware Cutting Board Set
Eparé Cheese Board and Tool Set (EPCS001) | Entertaining Party Cocktail Tasting Wine Pairing Picnic Portable Serve Ware Cutting Board Set
Offered by Eparé
Price: $20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Designed, Beautiful, August 19, 2014
Length:: 2:20 Mins

The Eparé Cheese Board and Tool Set is a makes a very elegant presentation for serving your cheeses at a party or dinner.

The wood is a rubber tree wood, a very hard wood that is blond in color. The wood grain makes it very attractive. The serving tray is compact, measuring 7 ½" in diameter. I think you can probably get 2 or 3 different types of cheeses on the tray. To serve more than that, you would need a larger serving area.

The really neat feature about this cheese board is the tools are stored inside the tray. The tray is actually separate pieces that swing open. The tools, a small fork, a cutting knife for hard cheeses and a cutting blade for softer cheeses, are stored between the two sections. Just from looking, you are not able to determine that there are two sections to the serving tray. But once you open the hidden compartment, the tools are revealed.

I really like the way the tools are stored inside the tray. This keeps them from getting lost or damaged by being stored with other cutlery.

The Eparé cheese board is very attractive. The tools are rather small, adding to the appeal of the presentation. It will speak to your good taste at a party. It would also make a nice hostess gift or a great gift for any occasion.

I think this is a very impressive cheese serving board.

I was provided a sample of this product for testing/review purposes.


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