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Lee Women's Plus-Size Relaxed Fit Original All Day Pant, Black, 22W/Medium
Lee Women's Plus-Size Relaxed Fit Original All Day Pant, Black, 22W/Medium

4.0 out of 5 stars great looking and comfortable pants, July 4, 2015
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Nice, smooth fabric with a stretch for plus-sized gals. Stretchy in all the right places...and true to sized fit. Look good wearing them...maybe a bit dressier than originally thought, but that gives them a bit more flexibility.

All in all, nice pants, but for the price, I could imagine them, or a similar pair, on various in-store sales for a bit cheaper. Nice pants, but shop around on pricing


Smith's American Big Boys' Flat Front Twill Pant, Navy, 12
Smith's American Big Boys' Flat Front Twill Pant, Navy, 12
Price: $30.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality and comfortable feel on these dressy kids pants, June 29, 2015
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High quality pants - they feel good, and have a soft feel to go along with the rather heavyweight fabric. They look good and have a good form to them - and luckily for the slim folks of the world, have an waistband that you can tighten up a bit.

All in all, a good pair of pants - rugged like Dickie's, but a bit more refined style like standard Docker's. Recommended. (BTW, "Smith's American" are Made In China.)


Smith's American Big Boys' Cardigan Sweater, Navy, Medium
Smith's American Big Boys' Cardigan Sweater, Navy, Medium
Price: $32.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and feel to it., June 29, 2015
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I gotta admit it - while this sweater does look rather geeky, it actually looks pretty good when somebody is wearing it. Now, don't get me wrong, it's certainly not something a normal person should be wearing on a daily basis, because kids and adults alike will all make fun of you. We're clear on that.

The sweater itself...it's substantial. It's soft and heavy, and the heft plus the feel of the material makes it clear that this is a good quality sweater. I'd certainly recommend this to folks for special occasions or every-now-and-again usage - but only because in my neck of the woods, this isn't normal attire. (Which is somewhat unfortunate, because given the quality of this, it will likely hold up and still look good far after the kiddo outgrows it.)

For those of you that are wondering, "Smith's American" is Made In China.

It should also be noted that I ordered size "Medium," which happens to be size 12.


Colore Chalk Markers - Best Use On Non Porous Surface - FREE Pen Holder - 6mm Reversible Tip - 8 Pack Vibrant Colors
Colore Chalk Markers - Best Use On Non Porous Surface - FREE Pen Holder - 6mm Reversible Tip - 8 Pack Vibrant Colors
Offered by Perfecto Gifts
Price: $35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and brilliantly colored markers. Ouch on the price., June 29, 2015
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I received this product free in exchange for an honest review.

Excellent chalk markers - brilliant colors, easy to write/paint on surfaces, nice little holder for them all. I've been using these on a peel-and-stick dry erase poster, and they look amazing, especially compared to the cheap-o Expo dry erase markers. Having never used markers quite like these before, I can certainly say that these are a great product and work great.

So why the missing of the 5th star? They're retailing for nearly 70 bucks at the time of this writing. If they end up lasting a very, very long time, maybe they're worth that price, but that's really a lot of money for markers - I'm thinking I'd max out at about half of that price when it comes time to replacing these. Great product, not sure about the price.


K'NEX K-Force Battle Bow Building Set
K'NEX K-Force Battle Bow Building Set
Price: $27.99
10 used & new from $22.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to build (unless you'd rather shoot), June 27, 2015
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So this is an interesting toy gun. Yes, it does come with instructions for building a toy "bow," but really what this is...it's a sub-$10 Nerf gun separated into two pieces, and with the K'Nex pieces, you connect it all together (which I believe is supposed to be part of the fun), give it a pretty nice cool factor (it does look pretty cool), and then shoot up stuff.

And it does all that. The problem is that the "cool factor" of looking like a bow serves absolutely zero purpose to the gun itself. It's like combining Legos and Nerf guns - the problem is that Nerf guns are for when you want to have a Nerf gun fight, and Legos are for when you want to build stuff. Combing the two (and basically requiring to build this before using it) isn't going to be fun half of the time - and when it is fun (ready to shoot), many kids are never going to take it apart, just so they can build it again - especially after they realize that no matter what it looks like, it does the exact same thing. The building part is all cosmetics.

Also note that while the instructions were pretty easy to follow, they include the instructions to build 1 (not 4) of the guns. It's the gun on the box that looks like a bow but really isn't. They do provide the website that would allow you to build others.

If your and/or your kids are equally into building and Nerf shooting, then maybe this will work out well. For us..a separate box of Legos (or K'Nex) and a small pile of Nerf guns is more fun. Not a bad product by any means, but not compelling enough for our tastes. (Also, the going price at time of review is just a nick under $30 with shipping - it seems pretty expensive for this set.)
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iHomeSet Essential Oil Diffuser - Electric Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier
iHomeSet Essential Oil Diffuser - Electric Aromatherapy Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier
Offered by EM Store
Price: $35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great oil diffuser - try various oils!, June 27, 2015
I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very attractive, quality oil diffuser. It looks just as good in person as it does in the pictures! While I've tried a variety of oils, I have noticed that the scent varies quite a bit between oil (types and brands), so if you notice that it's not doing much, it's likely the fault of the oil itself. My lemongrass oil actually made my house smell like a damp mud hut, whereas the orange oil made for a light citrus aroma.

All in all, a very attractive diffuser that works well, as long as you're using good oils. Recommended.


Zensah Peek Running Socks - Best Comfortable Running Socks for Men and Women
Zensah Peek Running Socks - Best Comfortable Running Socks for Men and Women
Price: $15.95 - $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the athletic crowd; not as soft others for the general purpose crowd., June 26, 2015
I received this product free of charge from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review.

When I first opened the box of with these socks in them, I was pretty interested in their overall feel. For me, I wear the ankle socks from Carhart - which are usually $15-20 per pair, which is pretty expensive in my book. Being a bit less expensive, I was hopeful these could be a nice alternative.

Upon first feeling them, they certainly did not feel as soft as the Carhart's that I am used to. They aren't. The real market for these socks is the active/running crowd, not necessarilyi the "moisture wicking soft socks while at work" crowd. While they certainly are exactly as described, simply put, they're not quite the right socks for me. Doesn't make them bad socks, of course.

I'd recommend these if you are intending to use them for activities rather than general sitting/walking/general purpose socks, but only because I know the competition has some softer ones. All in all - a good sock, but not quite right for me.


Bosch 40319 SteelTech Wiper Blade - 19" (Pack of 1)
Bosch 40319 SteelTech Wiper Blade - 19" (Pack of 1)
Price: $7.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fit and wipe - except 1 fine line, June 22, 2015
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Installed on a 2002 VW Jetta - went on very simply, no special tabs or anything odd to try to make the clip more complicated and difficult to install. After installing, it was clear that the wiper performs well, but there is one bit missing. Specifically, right in the middle where the blade swipes, there is a small trail of beaded up water. This has happened in the past on other brand wipers, and it goes away after a "breaking in" period, but it'd be nice to not have to wait a few rains to actually get it to cover all the rainwater.

That said, it's a nice wiper that feels good quality and does wipe well. I'll update the review after I'm able to use it a few more times if the narrow center strip of water sticks around, but my assumption from previous wipers is that it will. Overall, a good wiper, but not quite perfect.


KOHLER K-45212-CP HydroRail -R Shower Column, Polished Chrome
KOHLER K-45212-CP HydroRail -R Shower Column, Polished Chrome
Price: $285.00
9 used & new from $219.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece for modernizing and improving a shower!, June 21, 2015
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Wow, what a difference. Yes, you could spend a several thousand dollars on a remodel of your cramped, ugly shower stall...or save lots of money by getting this shower column (which, outwardly looks expensive, but it's worth it.) While it's not going to fix all the issues in your bathroom or shower, it certainly makes a big difference for the overall feel. If your idea is a remodel but your budget is more modest, I'd recommend this, and perhaps one of those curved shower curtain rods. That's what we have now, and it really changes the dynamics of how big the shower is. No more feeling cramped!

This shower rail is really just a very good quality holder for a couple shower heads - that raises the bar "literally" over your head so that it both looks great, but gives the perception that you have more space than before as well. Really, it's a win-win.

The installation is DIY-style, as long as you don't mind basic plumbing projects. Nothing all that hardcore going on here.

You will need to buy your own shower heads and hoses. The big "rain" showerhead is another 100 bucks, which does make the installation and usage of this more expensive, but then again, if you're looking at this, you've probably already discovered that you want some modern touches in your shower stall, and this is the unit that can do it! Recommended!


Sleep Innovations Queen Size Lasting Cool Memory Foam Pillow, 18 by 28"
Sleep Innovations Queen Size Lasting Cool Memory Foam Pillow, 18 by 28"
Price: $50.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice pillow for side-sleepers; a bit more firm that what I'm used to., June 20, 2015
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This is a comfortable, large pillow that feels good to the touch - but lets face it, touching it with your hand isn't really what this is all about! After sleeping on it, the biggest thing I noticed is that yes, it's fairly comfortable - except that it's a bit firm. I have another pillow very similar to this from "Cool Sleep" or something similar that is also comfortable but softer.

The pillow itself, however, is very nice. It doesn't built up heat where you're trying to sleep...and despite what the papers that come with it stated, mine did not have an odd smell at all. (It says it may last up to 24 hours after removing it from the plastic. I never had the smell on mine.)

If you're a stomach sleeper, this may be a little firm for you. If you're a side sleeper, spooning your loved one all night long, then this is a great pillow. Recommended, unless you prefer the very soft pillows that you need to bunch up beneath your head for any kind of support.


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