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Cuisinart CSC-213 Grilling Smoking Cup (3 Pack), Silver
Cuisinart CSC-213 Grilling Smoking Cup (3 Pack), Silver
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, easy to cleanup, great for your chicken, pork, and steak, January 23, 2016
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What you get: 3 smoking cups, each a different "flavour" of smoke - hickory, mesquite, apple

How you use them:
I have a gas grill, but if you have charcoal the only real difference is that in a charcoal grill you will place the cup directly onto the coals (just make sure it's an even surface). For a gas grill you can place the cup directly onto the same surface as you cook the food, or if you have a lower surface or grating you can put it underneath. I put it directly on the cooking surface, to the right of the main cooking area on my particular grill.

You don't have to do anything special to make it work, just peel the top portion of the foil off which creates the vent. Then put it on the grill when you're pre-heating and go. They will last for about half an hour of smoking, so you could either put it in at the beginning, or closer to the end depending upon what you're cooking. If you're cooking some thawed chicken breasts or beef, it's not going to be on the grill for half an hour, so put the smoker in while pre-heating to get the whole grill smelling good.

In my opinion, these three flavours are more appropriate for chicken or pork (leave the apple for the pork). Beef would also do with mesquite if you want that, but I prefer a more natural beef flavour. For fish - I don't think any of these are a good thing...the fish will absorb flavour you just don't want.

As for cleanup, just let it completely cool and then throw it out. It will stay hot for a while after use, so I just leave it there and toss it the next time I open the grill.

It's a good product, creates plenty of smoke and your back yard will smell like you're cookin'! Enjoy!

South Main Hardware SH3055-SN-10 Modern Round Pull Knob (10 Pack), 1-1/4", Satin Nickel
South Main Hardware SH3055-SN-10 Modern Round Pull Knob (10 Pack), 1-1/4", Satin Nickel
Price: $2.86

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5.0 out of 5 stars A bag of 10 door handles that are easy to install, look great, and will last you for a long time., January 16, 2016
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What you get:
A bag of 10 round satin-finish nickel door handles. Each individually bagged with mounting hardware.

After getting some new bathroom cabinetry that did not have door handles, I was searching for something that would match the existing brushed / satin nickel fixtures for the sink and shower. This package of 10 was a great option since I was going to need several just for the cabinet doors and then would have some extras to replace others in the house.

Installation is very simple - but does require some tools to get the best results. Grab a drill (with the necessary bits), a clamp, some masking tape, and a ruler or one of those thin paint stirring sticks. Here's a great way to make it happen:
1) Tape over the area where you are going to drill. This will help minimize tearing of the wood / laminate / whatever you might be drilling through, and keeps things clean.
2) Using the clamp, affix a ruler (or paint stirring stick - this is the easier choice) to the backside of the cabinet with the clamp. You're going to be drilling through this stick so it should line up with the hole you're going to drill from the front side.
3) Using the drill, match up your bit with the size of hole you need to drill, and then go for it. By drilling through the tape and the paint stick you will make sure that the back of the wood won't split apart, offering you a nice cleanly drilled hole.
4) Remove the clamp, stick, and tape, and affix the handle.
5) Enjoy your new door handle.

These things are lightweight and go with pretty much any sort of wood finish on your door. The biggest part is the prep work to make sure the hole you drill is as clean as it can be.

Enjoy your new door handles - a solid full marks for product quality and ease of installation and use.

Cuties Baby Wipes, Powder Scent, 72 Count (Pack of 12)
Cuties Baby Wipes, Powder Scent, 72 Count (Pack of 12)
Price: $35.98
2 used & new from $35.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Good texture, appropriate scent, easy to remove from packaging - a great personal wipe product., January 9, 2016
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What you get:
An easy-open container of wipes, with a powdery / baby-ish scent.

There are a variety of wipe products on the marketing and most of them are really the same. The slight differences in scent, packaging, and wipe texture are really what you're looking for when considering a personal wipe product (PWP).

One of the things that I start with is how easy is it to get a wipe out of the container. In some cases you might have a hard plastic box that you put your wipe refills into and pull from there, but if you want something that's easy for on-the-go, to put in a travel case, or just for regular bathroom use, this one is pretty good. There is a hard plastic topper right in the center which is your access port for the wipes. They pull out of the package quickly and easily, and so far I haven't noticed a "bunching" of multiple wipes coming out at the same time as I have with other products (which I don't like).

The thickness of the wipes are just right for personal cleansing, and the texture will make sure that you're getting a nice clean wipe every time. With other wipes I've had to double them up, or open the wipe and refold it before I feel comfortable with the thickness and the texture. This one seems to just work right on first try.

Because they are in a soft container (with the exception of the hard plastic top) - you can toss them in a bag to take with you on an adventure, or if you prefer you could pull all of the cuties out and put them in a hard plastic container you might already have in the bathroom. I just have a stack of these in the closet in front of the toilet and pull them out as needed. It's quick, convenient, and simple.

As for the scent - baby-fresh is such a strange way to describe a scent - they smell clean but not overpowering. Personally I don't mind scented or unscented for a PWP, but your mileage may vary depending upon personal preference.

Overall for texture, scent, ease of removal from packaging, and portability, this one gets full marks.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Assassin's Gauntlet with Hidden Blade
Assassin's Creed Syndicate Assassin's Gauntlet with Hidden Blade
Price: $28.22
27 used & new from $27.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A detailed and faithful replica of the Assassin's Gauntlet / Blade, December 11, 2015
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What you get: the gauntlet glove (the portion that fits over your hand/wrist), the blade housing (attaches to the underside of the gauntlet once you have it on), the instruction leaflet

The first thing you'll notice is that this product is a really good representation of the Assassin's Gauntlet / Blade from the game series. The detail that is on the gauntlet is actually pretty impressive compared to other cosplay things I've seen. The buckles look authentic, it's well painted in a variety of styles, and even the plastic attachments don't look plastic at first glance.

First step is to put the gauntlet on your arm/wrist. There are straps that will hold it in place but you won't tighten those first, the the wrist strap. Next you'll put the blade assemble in place on the underside and use the black straps to secure it to the underside of your wrist. Be sure to push the plastic blade into the house first for ease of assembly.

Although it appears that there are several working components of the gauntlet, there's just one and that is the extending blade. On top of the gauntlet you'll see something like looks like a bolt - but it's just for decoration. To the side of the blade you'll see the AC logo symbol which looks like a little dart - it's also just for show, it doesn't move or do anything else.

The blade assembly is activated by pressing a button in the center of the disc at the base. The instruction leaflet advises you to make sure your fingers are outstretched to prevent the plastic blade from hitting your fingers or hand when you push the button. The blade easily pushes right back in and snaps in place against the spring, ready for your to send it shooting out the next time you push the button.

The whole thing looks like metal at first glance, but it's plastic, and you aren't going to injure anyone with the non-sharp plastic blade unless you're being really careless. I've sent the blade out and pushed it back in over and over and haven't noticed any degradation of the spring. Your mileage will vary of course depending upon how you use this.

In terms of a standalone item, it's really slick to display. As part of a full outfit I think you'll find that it's a worthy cosplay element (unless you like to make your own stuff).

I wish there were more active elements besides the blade, because it's designed in such a way that there could be a few other things going on. But overall it's a solid 4 star product! Enjoy it!

Tumi Alpha 2 Lightweight Medium Trip 4 Wheel Packing Case, Black, One Size
Tumi Alpha 2 Lightweight Medium Trip 4 Wheel Packing Case, Black, One Size
Price: $845.00
5 used & new from $785.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth gliding, medium sized baggage that is perfect for checking (not a carry-on). Huge storage, fantastic wheels., November 29, 2015
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What you get: one medium sized rolling suitcase. Built in luggage tag. Built in TSA-approved lock.

Measurements are: 28" high with handle closed, 41" with handle extended. 20" wide. 11" deep (fully zipped up). Bag is not expandable.

It's important to note that this bag is not a carry-on. You must check this bag due to the size, so just be prepared that this piece of luggage will be for your longer trips, or those requiring a lot of clothing options, vs. a day trip.

This bag has a lot of interior space, as well as the regular belts and straps inside that you'd expect from a good piece of luggage. The interior is not cluttered at all and provides you with a huge open container that will fit multiple pairs of shoes, pants, shirts, and still have room left for purchases you make on your trip. There's a built-in luggage tag on the side which is a nice touch (I always wind up having to find a tag). There's also a TSA-approved lock included which is also a nice touch. (although for the price you would expect these amenities to be included)

The best part about the luggage is how utterly smooth the wheels are. Rolling across hard surfaces as well as carpets, I am incredibly impressed with how these wheels pivot and spin 360 degrees for a smooth pull. Standing up it's easy to push the bag and let it roll on all fours, or with the handle tip it onto two. Either way, it just glides across the floor. This sounds like a trivial thing because of course most bags have wheels - but I'm telling you, this one glides like it's on ice...which makes it VERY comfortable to pull even if you've got it loaded up with clothes.

The bag is black, with handles all around so you can carry it in a variety of configurations if you aren't pulling it. There's a front pouch as well for quick access to items you might need, but since you are checking this bag I don't think you'll find that as useful as you would if this was carry-on size (which they do make).

Overall I'm really impressed with how much I can fit into this bag, and how smooth it glides along the floor. I haven't found a single problem with this product so far, so I'm giving it a full five stars across the board.

Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM)
Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM)
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19 used & new from $10.40

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4.0 out of 5 stars Form factor works great with laptops, tested well on storage and ReadyBoost, November 20, 2015
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What you get: a teeny tiny little flash drive.

Just in case you don't know, when there's a GB level advertised, that's NOT actually how many true GB you will have as usable space on the device. This is consistent with any USB drive you purchase and it's just a known thing. Usable space on this 32GB drive is 29.8GB under Windows. Nothing to be alarmed about.

I've tested the drive for two specific purposes: general file storage, readyboost cache (windows only).

For general file storage the speed is blazin' USB 3.0, so you aren't going to have any trouble dragging many gigs of files back and forth on this drive when plugged into a companion USB 3 port on your system. Obviously if you put it into a USB 2 port, your speeds will drop back down. You'll know you're plugged into USB 3 because the port will have a blue coloured portal. Convenient, eh?

For ReadyBoost cache in Windows you will find that the system will only use a maximum of 4GB of the drive if you format it as FAT32, leaving the remainder unusable while the cache is active. If you like to use cache on one system and file storage on another, it's not a problem to swap this drive back and forth - just be aware that if it's been formatted for ReadyBoost, there will be a 4GB "file" created on the drive for the cache. You can't do both at the same time - if it's being boosted you can not access it as a regular drive. Most systems these days have plenty of hard drive space for cache, so there's really not a huge need for ReadyBoost in many cases - use at your discretion and for your personal needs.
* If you format the drive as exFAT (use allocation size 256k) then you will get a ReadyBoost size of approximately 25GB - this is the preferred option if you aren't planning to use the drive for actual file storage. *

Overall the drive is fast, and the small form factor makes it really nice for laptops because it doesn't add a huge USB key to the side - you can leave it plugged in when you're tossing your laptop into a backpack or whatever.

Solid 4 star product.

AmazonBasics 400 Thread Count Sheet Set - Queen, Stone Grey
AmazonBasics 400 Thread Count Sheet Set - Queen, Stone Grey
Price: $49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sheets that are durable, well constructed, and stay cool., November 15, 2015
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What you get:
Queen fitted sheet, Queen flat sheet, two large pillow cases.

The colour of these sheets is sort of a greyish brown - I would describe it as a contemporary neutral colour that will go with pretty much any scheme you have in the bedroom. The product is easy to remove from the plastic zippered container - and there is one piece of cardboard inside that you'll remove. I like to immediately wash my sheets before using them - and these stood up well to initial washing with no evidence of quality concerns in the stitching.

The sheets are soft and cool - and they maintain that coolness to the touch for the duration of the night.

The fitted sheet is easy to put on the bed - elastic is sufficient and strong. It seems a slight bit larger than queen size which I like because it gets all the way under the mattress and holds well. The pillow cases actually match two others I have in a pretty similar colour, which is good since there are four pillows on the bed.

Overall a solid 4 stars for a soft and cool sheet set.

Frigidaire 308-2414FR Wireless Square Mirrored Extra Bright LED Forecast Station
Frigidaire 308-2414FR Wireless Square Mirrored Extra Bright LED Forecast Station
Price: $59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright display, easy to install, accurately displays temp visually and with numbers, solid clock / weather system., November 7, 2015
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Here's what you get: power cord, main display unit, remote unit for outdoor installation

Starting off, the device is very easy to install. The batteries are NOT included - so you'll need to make sure you're aware of that and pick some up either on amazon or your local hardware store. With just three pieces to deal with, you'll be up and running in less than 10 minutes (and most of that time will be for the device to sync itself to the national feed).

Main unit - plug it in, and insert the battery (which serves as battery backup in the event of power outage). You can put the main device anywhere you want in the house, but I recommend putting it somewhere near a window in order to get the best network signal.

Outdoor unit - fill it with batteries and take it outside. I've got ours about 40 feet from the main unit, and it's in a weather protected spot with good airflow all around it. You can of course mount it to the side of a garage or wherever you like. There is a tiny reset button on the outdoor unit in the event you ever need to reset its connection to the main.

Ok, now you just need to follow the instructions to sync the two units together - basically that means pressing and holding a button on the back of the main unit and it will begin synchronizing with the outdoor system. Then there's another button you press to tell it to begin searching the network for connection. This does NOT mean your wireless network, it means the time system that it's looking for - satellite feed basically.

My system took about 10 minutes to automatically set the time based on the network. There's a little wi-fi icon on the screen that will flash when searching and stay lit when connected. Again, while it looks like a wi-fi icon, it's not your home network that it's connecting to.

In a few minutes, the indoor and outdoor temp will be displayed in nice bright white. The device is very easy to read and the screen is super clear.

Of note - it's a pretty bright display, so I don't recommend for your bedroom. In the living room it actually provides a nice night-light that isn't TOO bright, but appropriately bright.

On the right side of the display you also get a weather system icon which shows you a visual representation of what's going on outside. I've generally seen clouds since it's winter...

Overall, for ease of installation (although they could have cheaply included batteries), and the quality of the display, I give it a solid 4 of 5 stars.

DII Everyday Kitchen Basic Windowpane Combo Dish Cloth Set of 6, Dark Green
DII Everyday Kitchen Basic Windowpane Combo Dish Cloth Set of 6, Dark Green
Price: $6.75
2 used & new from $6.75

4.0 out of 5 stars One unraveled after initial wash, but the remaining five are soft to the touch and great for bathroom washcloths., November 1, 2015
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Here's what you get: 3 white towels with green stitching, and 3 green towels with white stitching.

Although these are called "kitchen basic" - the size is actually more in line with a washcloth for your bathroom. They are small squares which if used in the kitchen are really good for small jobs either wipe ups, or underneath a warm dish that you set on the dining table. But I've found them much more useful in the bathroom for use in the shower or at the sink.

The towels are soft and non-abrasive when used against the skin (which also makes them fine for wiping up small spills in the kitchen).

The colour is vibrant, and in my case they match the decor of the bathroom which has green accents. If you have a contemporary kitchen or bath, these will likely match whatever you've got going on.

Here's, so far, the only downside I've found: after the very first washing, one of the white towels already started to unravel, and the stitching around the side came apart so much that the towel is no longer useful. So out of 6 cloths received, and one cycle through the washing machine (didn't even use bleach), one of them fell apart. In terms of product quality that's one big star taken away for consistency. However, the other five showed no signs of wear or damage. But this concerns me for the longevity of the product.

Taking away one full star for that issue, the rest of the products perform as expected for my hand and face washing use.

Oster Blend N Go Mason Jar Blender, with (2) 20 oz. BPA-free Plastic Jars, Black
Oster Blend N Go Mason Jar Blender, with (2) 20 oz. BPA-free Plastic Jars, Black
Price: $37.46
19 used & new from $25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick blend, easy to use and to clean, two style of drinking containers, October 18, 2015
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Quite a cute little device here, the Oster Blend-N-Go blender. The point of this thing is that the container you blend easily becomes the container you drink from. You don't need to worry with cleaning two things when you just have to clean one.

In terms of power this thing is not like a Nutribullet - but more like a blender with a bit of boost. You'll not have a problem with blending up fruit and liquid like you would for a power smoothie. The blade inside is metal like a normal blender, and while you'll note that the actual mason jars are plastic, the innards are full metal and solid.

One thing I really wish on these is that they had a power button so you know when it's on and when it's off (like a blender), but they are designed for one-handed use of just push and blend. don't have a switch like you'd normally have on a blender.

One of the jars has the easy flip up spot and included hard plastic straw. The other does not - so you get two to choose from depending upon what you're making and how you want to consume it. The straw top version is better for being in the car if you drink your breakfast on the way to work.

In terms of cleaning these work great on the top drawer of the dishwasher, and I haven't noticed any hard to reach spots. The straw is a bit more of a challenge and you can just soak it in the sink in hot water to clean it out - but I'm going to venture that the straw will wind up in a drawer and rarely used because of wanting to keep it clean. For daily use, it's a bit of a hassle to keep clean.

The product overall is small form factor and fits nicely on a kitchen shelf or if you use it every day, in a corner somewhere that is easy to get to. The cord is long enough to move around because I have a plug very close to my cutting board where I set this to blend.

Overall, it's a solid 4 star product for the price, and its ease of cleaning the actual jars, plus the all metal blending portion.

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