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Grill Beast's Stainless Steel Meat Injector ♦ State of the Art Meat Marinade Injector Kit offers ♦ Free eBook ♦ 2-oz Large Capacity, ♦ 2 Heavy-Duty 6" Needles - Have Full Control Over the Even Distribution of Solid or Liquid Seasonings and Marinade Flavor Injector for Turkey, Roasts, Chicken, Pork, Brisket, Brine Injector and More. Includes a ♦ Risk-Free Money-Back Guarantee, ♦ Lifetime Warranty, and BONUS Free eBook Featuring Flavorful Recipes and Professional Injection Tips. ♦ Get The Beast Injector BBQ Accessory Today!
Grill Beast's Stainless Steel Meat Injector ♦ State of the Art Meat Marinade Injector Kit offers ♦ Free eBook ♦ 2-oz Large Capacity, ♦ 2 Heavy-Duty 6" Needles - Have Full Control Over the Even Distribution of Solid or Liquid Seasonings and Marinade Flavor Injector for Turkey, Roasts, Chicken, Pork, Brisket, Brine Injector and More. Includes a ♦ Risk-Free Money-Back Guarantee, ♦ Lifetime Warranty, and BONUS Free eBook Featuring Flavorful Recipes and Professional Injection Tips. ♦ Get The Beast Injector BBQ Accessory Today!
Offered by Blue Avalanche
Price: $24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars For Serious Grilling, September 29, 2014
Length:: 2:02 Mins

The Beast Injector is for folks that are serious about marinating meats for grilling.
The injector reminds me of some needles I used to see in doctor's/dentist's offices when I was a kid. Okay maybe they were not quite that large, maybe they just looked that large to a scared young boy.

The Beast Injector is a designed to be the last injector you will ever need. The tube for holding the marinate is about 4" long and the diameter is about 1.125" wide. It comes with two injector needles, both about 5.5" long. One needle has one slot at the end of the needle, the other has 12 injection holes located between .5" and 2.25" along the shaft of the needle.

The needles and the body of the injector are stainless steel. The plunger has two finger holes and a thumb hole so injecting the marinate is an easy task. The plunger has a silicone flange at the base of the plunger so the marinate cannot leak out the top of the injector. Each needle has a silicone flange that makes a tight seal, connecting the needle to the body to prevent marinate from leaking out.

The entire injector comes apart for easy cleaning. The injector carries a life time guarantee. The set fits in a soft rubberized mold that can be used for storage.

If you like to marinate your roasts, lamb, port, chicken or turkey, this is the tool for you. It certainly looks professional and is well build of heavy-duty stainless steel.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Invent, Reinvent, Thrive: The Keys to Success for Any Start-Up, Entrepreneur, or Family Business
Invent, Reinvent, Thrive: The Keys to Success for Any Start-Up, Entrepreneur, or Family Business
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Why and How of Reinvention, September 29, 2014
The definition of success will vary with each individual you ask. But success is something that most people strive for and therefore there is much written about success and how to obtain it. Lloyd Shefsky, author of Invent, Reinvent, Thrive, says that, "Reinvention of self, company, and family must be recurring themes if you are to succeed."

In a time when our culture is focused on instant success, Mr. Shefsky reminds us, "In fact, there is no silver bullet, no one pill for all ills." He does say that no matter where we are or what we are doing, reinvention is a common theme to finding success in business and life. And while the "If it ain't broke don't fix it." sounds good, the truth is that there is constant change in life and we must be constantly on the alert to reinvent ourselves and our businesses.

The theme of this book is that reinvention is an absolute necessity if you wish to succeed in life. To back up his assertion, Mr. Shefsky relates dozens of examples from some very famous success stories - including Howard Shultz (Starbucks Coffee), Maxine Clark (Build a Bear), The Pritzker family (Hyatt Hotels), Jim Sinegal (Costco) and dozens of others including the stories of Staples, Charles Schwab, Ebony, Radisson, and Seagram Distillers.

He also tells some rather sad tales of companies that failed to reinvent - Kodak being the most famous.

The stories make very interesting reading. But the real gems are the underlying lessons to be learned - what to do and what not to do - from the actions of the entrepreneurs chronicled.

Here is a brief recap of the lessons learned:
They observed and learned from others
They learned who to listen to and who to ignore
They did great homework
Intellectual curiosity means being wary about answers and skeptical about answerers.
They thought about what customers wanted but were not getting
They created business models to fit their new businesses

And one last nugget - "You actually need to separate real knowledge from superficial knowledge.

The secret to success was not reinventing a particular product or service but it involved constant reinvention so that "operations don't get stale."

Mr. Shefsky writes in a very conversational style. Most of the stories are based in part on personal interviews with the entrepreneurs. Mr. Shefsky has a unique perspective from which to share his insights.

The subject matter is interesting and highly relevant to today's rapidly changing environment.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


OXO Easy Press Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser
OXO Easy Press Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser
Price: $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Attractive, Functional, September 29, 2014
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Up until a few years back, a permanent fixture next to the kitchen or bath sink was the bar of soap and soap dish. This was clearly not very sanitary. The soap dish normally accumulated some water so that the soap was often sitting in a small puddle of water. And the bar of soap was always soft - and probably contained the residue from the last person to use it.

So we shifted to the liquid soap, often with a plastic dispenser provided by the soap manufacturer. While these worked satisfactorily, the aesthetic appeal was fairly low. The OXO Easy Press Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser really satisfied the functional and appearance features we were seeking in a soap dispenser. This is much cleaner method of hand washing. We completely eliminated the unattractive soap dishes with difficult to clean soap residue.

The brushed stainless steel that makes up the major part of the dispenser makes this a very attractive container. The clear space at the bottom on the dispenser allows you to visually see the level of soap remaining. The angle of the dispenser is well thought out - it comes out at the optimum angle for most jobs.

Getting soap out of the dispenser is easy to accomplish with just one hand. The push down lever is easy to operate and the design of the body adds to the stability of the dispenser.

Refilling is easy. Simply unscrew the top and there is a fairly wide opening to pour the refill soap into the dispenser.

This is a very nice looking and very functional soap dispenser. I really believe that liquid soap and dispensers are much more sanitary than the old bar/soap dish. They always look clean and attractive.
We are well pleased with the appearance and function of the OXO soap dispenser.


Black and Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Black and Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Offered by Girly Giggles Toy Shop LLC
Price: $64.00
6 used & new from $47.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Second Oven, September 29, 2014
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For many years we had the luxury of double ovens in our home. But when we moved almost ten years ago, we found that most new homes come with a single oven and a built in microwave. I certainly would not give up the microwave, but there are times when you still need an additional oven. There are different foods that are baked/broiled at different temperatures. So when we no longer had the double oven, we turned to the small toaster oven. We have had a Black and Decker model for all that time. There is nothing wrong with it, but we felt like it was nearing the end of its useful life.

There are lots of things to like about the Black and Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven. It has a small footprint, so it does not take up a lot of space. It does both baking and broiling. It heats up very fast so it is ready to go in just a minute or two.

It is easy to clean, has both a drip pan and a bread crumb tray. The major parts are stainless and/or glass so most of the time you simply wipe with a damp cloth.

We really do not use it for making toast. We use it to bake/broil small dishes when the oven is fully occupied or when something needs to be baked at a different temperature. I guess we use it once or twice a week and it is really handy. I do not use it for serious baking – cakes or brownies – but it is great for baking/broiling fish, chicken or other small dishes.

It can also be used to heat up certain dishes that are not suited to be heated in the microwave and you don’t want to heat up the larger oven.

This is a very economical “spare” oven, it works very well, it maintains its temperature and does not let a lot of heat escape – so it does not heat up the surrounding area.

It would also make a great addition to an office/dorm room. We have gotten very dependent on the toaster oven. It satisfies our need for a “second” oven very nicely.


Case Logic WMMB-100BLK Wasedo CSC Case (Black)
Case Logic WMMB-100BLK Wasedo CSC Case (Black)
Price: $27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Case, a Little Pricey, September 27, 2014
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The Case Logic WMMB-100BLK Wasedo CSC Case is a well-made camera bag. It is a nice size and will easily hold most modern digital cameras plus a nice assortment of accessories. The case measures 5.9” X 4.7” X 6.7” . It has a zippered compartment on either side of the bag.

Access to the bag is through a zippered flap on the top of the bag. On the front panel inside the case is a separate compartment for small cables, memory cards, etc.

On top of the case is a carrying handle and an adjustable strap. The strap is not removable which in my opinion was not the best design. On the back of the case is a wide “belt loop” that will allow you to carry the case by attaching it to your belt. I tried this and found the camera a bit uncomfortable to carry that way.

I would have given the case a 5 star rating except I also own a Case Logic DCB 304 which is only very slightly smaller. The DCB case looks very similar but has more features. The carrying strap is detachable. On the inside of the top flap is a zippered compartment for storage of small items. The divider on the front panel is studier. It has the same two zippered pockets on each side. The real puzzler is that the DCB is about half price of the WMMB case.

I really like Case Logic products and the WMMB is a very fine camera case. But I prefer the DCB and on a value basis, I much prefer the DCB case.


Eton BoostX Rugged 5600 mAh IP65-rated Backup Battery with Dual USB Output and Integrated Flashlight (NBOX5600B)
Eton BoostX Rugged 5600 mAh IP65-rated Backup Battery with Dual USB Output and Integrated Flashlight (NBOX5600B)
Price: $47.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compact, Rugged, Handy, September 22, 2014
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The Eton NBOX5600B Rugged and Ready Backup Battery Pack with 5600mAh Lithium Battery is very compact and built like it could take a lot of wear and tear. It measures a little less than 4" long, about 2" high and 1" wide. It feels a bit heavy in your hand.

The battery is completely enclosed in a soft rubber casing except for one metal strip that runs along the bottom edge and the back edge. The opening to the port is covered by a soft rubber flap. It is easy enough to open. Inside are two USB ports for charging your phone or other portable electronic device. This means that you could charge two devices at the same time. Also inside is the port for charging the battery. The pack comes with a charging cable to charge the battery but no cables for connecting to your portable devices. I think the rightly assume that you should already have those cables.

On the front is a small LED light. The toggle switch that turns in on is on the top of the battery pack. It is not marked in anyway. You just need to feel around about 1" from the front. To turn the flashlight on, depress the toggle switch for 3 seconds. To turn off, repeat the process.

The battery pack is rated at 5600mAh. This will adequately charge your smart phones but will not really charge a full size laptop.

The case is black and because of the rubber material, it looks like it would withstand a lot of wear and tear. The rubber flap should keep out water but I would certainly not submerge it.

There is a very small green rubber loop on the rear of the battery pack. You could attach some larger carrying strap. But is seems like a useless addition. I think just having a metal loop would have been sufficient.

Overall this is an excellent battery pack for light to medium charging jobs. The case is very sturdy. I found the unit was quick to charge and it charged phones in a reasonable time frame. The unit is handy and will fit in a pocket or purse. It certainly would come in handy on a camping/hunting trip. I am not sure the flashlight will be of real use, it might be handy to search a very small area.


John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine
John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine
Offered by RunGreen Online
Price: $49.99
4 used & new from $49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Large, Well Made, Lots of Fun for a Young Boy, September 21, 2014
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John Deere Gear Force Harvest Action Combine is quite large. I was surprised at the size. The combine comes with a host of accessories - it has two men, a dog, a bull, three tools and 2 corn bales. It is 9" tall, 14" bumper to bumper and 7.5" wide.

The combine comes with batteries installed and has lights and sounds that mimic a real combine. There is also the voice of a farmer talking about what he has to do. The lights and engine sound are activitated by a button on the top of the cab. The farmer's voice is activated by two different buttons on the side of the combine. So this will be quite entertaining for a youngster.

The combine can pick up the corn bales and launch them out of the top of the combine.

The combine and all the accessories seem to be well made and quite durable. I realize that the durability of the combine and parts will depend to some extent on the way the items are treated. While they appear to be well made, anything with moving parts can be abused.

The combine seems to work best if used on a hard surface - tile or hardwood floors. Trying to play with it on carpet is not advised.

If you have a young boy that enjoys mechanical toys, this should provide hours of quality play time.


Transformers Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure
Transformers Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure
Price: $29.99
13 used & new from $19.71

4.0 out of 5 stars KIds Will have a Ball with This Transformer, September 21, 2014
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The Transformers Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure will provide hours of fun for most young boys. The first comment my nephew had was, "Why is Bumblebee orange?" Well he was curious but before I could explain he had forgotten about the color and was fully engaged in transforming the figure from a robot into the Bumblebee Camero.

I am not really up to date on Bumblebee but apparently all the kids know it is supposed to be yellow. It is not. This one is orange. But that did not seem to deter my nephew from transforming back and forth for a few hours.

The transformer is a one-step process. But it does require a bit of focus to make sure the parts are properly aligned. My nephew tried to perform the transformation in a hurry and he ran into trouble. When he slowed down and took his time, he had no problem.

Most of the parts are heavy duty and well made. Some seem a little delicate, but after playing with it for a couple of weeks, it is still in one piece, so it is apparently better built than I was thinking.

Transformers have been around for quite a while and this one seems to be making a hit among the young boys. My nephew was quite excited to get it and thinks it is very cool. He seems to enjoy playing with it in both modes. He did not complain about any issues, so everything seems to be working fine. I think he will get lots of enjoyment from this toy.


DogBee Ultra Portable Black Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Bass System with Built in Speakerphone Supports Any Bluetooth Enabled Device
DogBee Ultra Portable Black Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Bass System with Built in Speakerphone Supports Any Bluetooth Enabled Device
Offered by DogBee
Price: $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact Size, Amazing Sound, September 21, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Length:: 2:23 Mins

The DogBee Bluetooth speaker is rather small, measuring just 6" X 1.75" X 2.375" and it produces clear, amazing sound.

There is one thing I did not like. When you first turn on the speaker, it gives three rather loud, shrill beeps. If I forget to turn the volume down before I turn it on, I get startled each time.

The speaker is wireless and has a rechargeable battery. It took about two hours to charge the battery using a USB port on my computer. Once charged, the battery will operate for about 5 hours before it needs to be recharged. It pairs up quickly with any Bluetooth transmitter. When pairing, the DogBee speaker shows up as M.

The case is a silicone type material, will resist scratches and dents and appears to be very durable. The finish will not mar or scratch furniture. It is all black in a nice diamond pattern.

In the attached video, you can hear the start-up beeps that are not exactly pleasant. You can also hear the range of sounds the speaker produces. There is a slight background buzz on the video. That is not from the speaker but from my video camera. The speaker produces a very clear sound. I turned the volume up as high as I could tolerate and the sound was quite clear. The speaker still had some volume capacity left, so if you like extremely loud music, the speaker is capable of producing it.

All in all, this is an extremely good speaker. Compact in size and capable of producing high quality sound.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


PLEMO Bohemian Style Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella
PLEMO Bohemian Style Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella
Offered by Plemo
Price: $32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Construction, September 20, 2014
Length:: 1:55 Mins

I live in the South and we normally have lots of rain. In the summer the weather forecast is generally the same, widely scattered thundershowers. So having an umbrella is a necessity. Having one that is compact, that works automatically and is able to handle the occasional wind gust without turning inside-out is really ideal.

The Plemo Bohemian Style Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella is one of the best umbrellas I have owned. Folded, it is a compact 11.5" long. It comes in a neat fabric covering that is the same material as the umbrella, so it matches. It opens with the push of a button and the open width is approximately 37 "across. The depth of the umbrella is about 9", so it offers substantial protection from the rain. It is possible for two people to walk under the umbrella at the same time and be fairly well protected from a normal rain shower.

In my opinion, the most important feature is the construction of the umbrella ribs. If you have ever been caught in a rain shower with some gusty winds and have your umbrella turn inside out, then you will love the substantial construction features of this umbrella. These umbrella ribs are the strongest I have seen. The literature says that the umbrella can withstand wind gusts of up to 25 MPH. I will not say that the umbrella will never turn inside out on you, but I believe that the vast majority of umbrellas will fail before this one does.

The open/fold feature is one button activated. Push the button and the umbrella opens. Push once again and it automatically closes. You will need to push the shaft down to its original position, but you can operate the opening/closing with one hand.

The umbrella comes in a variety of colors/designs. I have the Bohemian, and it is very stylish. The umbrella will fit neatly in a briefcase or a woman's large purse. The size makes it very handy to carry with you. Since it is able to fit in a purse or briefcase, it is unlikely that you will forget and lose it somewhere.

The umbrella is only slightly more expensive that ordinary umbrellas, but in my mind, the additional features are well worth the price.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


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