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Foster Grant Charlsie Women's Multifocus Glasses, Tortoise, 2.5
Foster Grant Charlsie Women's Multifocus Glasses, Tortoise, 2.5

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and look great on!, April 28, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
My mother buys these drugstore magnifiers all the time and loses them and they get broke and she complains they don't work well, and she just generally complains. I saw these and they looked really interesting so I asked her if she'd like them and to let me know what she thought. I'll post what she told me below, but I just say that she looks GREAT in them -- and oddly, she hasn't managed to lose these yet ;)

When I received these reading glasses, I was excited to give them a try. Loved the frames as they are very sturdy and accent my face well. They never slide off. Fit snug and do not hurt my ears as some do. The three way bifocals are great. Three glasses in one! What a great idea! I went to my computer and kept thinking, wow how cool is this! Would recommend these glasses to anyone... great job Foster Grant!!


T.S. Shure Numbers Wooden Magnets 20 Piece MagnaFun Set
T.S. Shure Numbers Wooden Magnets 20 Piece MagnaFun Set
Price: $10.06
10 used & new from $10.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright and attractive learning toy, April 27, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
One of the keys to learning a skill is repetition. This is true whether you are learning to play violin, learning you multiplication tables, or just learning to count! But at least with learning music you get to try different songs. With your multiplication tables you can switch up the order. Learning to count? A lot of the practice comes from having a lot of things to count!

My husband is a teacher and he says these come in really handy because each number has it's own thing to count. Have a child that can count but doesn't know the look of the numbers? Have him find the right one, trace it with his finger, and write it on his own. Have children at different skill levels? Split the magnets between them and have them put their group in order.

The colorful images also help keep children's focus on the magnet and away from other things going on in the room. The size is just big enough to be easy for children to hold, but small enough so the entire set fits in its easy to store and tote container.

These have been used for 30 minutes a day for the the last month and look like they haven't been out of the box.

Overall: 4 stars. Awesome learning toy.


Unves Stainless Steel Manual Juicer Lemon Squeezer with Bowl, Silver
Unves Stainless Steel Manual Juicer Lemon Squeezer with Bowl, Silver

1.0 out of 5 stars Not good... not good at all..., April 22, 2015
This is not a great juicer. We had a hard time getting a lemon to juice. It's really to big for a lemon - much less a lime! We were able to juice a grapefruit on it, but when we did, the seeds and pulp clogged up the holes so the juice didn't drain very well without us smooshing stuff around. It ended up being not worth the hassle. We were really unimpressed.

Because we have bigger kids in the house, it's less of a problem, but the edges are very sharp as well, it's just not very well made. Overall, I think this one needs a complete redesign. It just doesn't work.

Note: This product was provided at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


Ouddy Silicone Spatula Set, Silicone Utensils Set, 100% Food Grade Silicone, Set of 5, Red
Ouddy Silicone Spatula Set, Silicone Utensils Set, 100% Food Grade Silicone, Set of 5, Red
Offered by Ouddy
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome set for baking and grilling!, April 22, 2015
I absolutely ADORE this set of spatulas! My daughter and I always grab these first when we're baking, they are easy to clean, work perfectly for each size bowl we might be working with. My husband adores the brush. He uses this to baste things when he's grilling. He prefers the silicone because the bristles don't get all gooey. I prefer the silicone because it gets actually CLEAN and you can see it. Something about the regular bristles kind of sends me into a germophobe frenzy. It. Is. Never. Ever. Clean. Ever. So, yeah. This is awesome.

Not much else to say. These are very sturdy and we just adore them. And the price is an amazing deal!

Note: Products were provided in exchange for an honest review.


Ouddy BBQ Grill Mat Barbecue Grill Mat (Set of 2)
Ouddy BBQ Grill Mat Barbecue Grill Mat (Set of 2)
Offered by Ouddy
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for fish and other delicate grill items., April 22, 2015
We love to grill and my favorite way to eat fish is grilled. But we have issues. Either we wrap it in foil or try to do it on the grill itself and half of it falls through the grill slats and feeds the coals. It's kind of annoying. I honestly never knew these existed until I was contacted and asked for an honest review (in exchange for free product). I was shocked at how well these things work. The fish cooked SO perfectly and the sauce stayed on it. We didn't have sit there with the little basting brush and keep putting more on there.

The asparagus and brussel sprouts turned out absolutely perfect as well.

I'm not sure I'd use this for burgers, I'd miss the grill marks (I know, it's a thing, maybe I've been in Texas too long!). But for things that you want the sauce to hold on to and things that are a little more delicate (like that delicious grilled salmon we made!), it's absolutely perfect. This has opened up a whole idea of stuff we can grill this Summer.


Gogogu Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Vegetti Spiralizer Spiral Cutter for Healthy Vegetable Meals
Gogogu Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Vegetti Spiralizer Spiral Cutter for Healthy Vegetable Meals
Offered by Gogogu
Price: $29.99
2 used & new from $5.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, but a little flimsy for the hard work it needs to do., April 22, 2015
This is a little handy tool, but we broke it pretty quickly. It just kind of fell apart while using it to spiral some zucchini. It lasted a couple of months and we used it about six times during that time period. I suspect we may have just had bad luck with this particular one as other things we've gotten from this company seemed to be okay. I might order it again to check it out as we did LOVE the idea of doing this. We used it for raw vegetable salads and we used it to make fake noodles with various veggies. It was kind of impressive really how easy it was to work!

Note: This product was provided in exchange for a fair review.


Magic Rosin Ultra Rosin Fiddlin Dragon
Magic Rosin Ultra Rosin Fiddlin Dragon
Offered by Shar Music
Price: $15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a dragon-loving violin-fiddling loved one, April 22, 2015
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My husband took up violin lessons about a year ago. He and my daughter had a little recital and I wanted to get him something for after. I didn't want to do the traditional flowers or something not related to the violin. I think I actually searched for dragon and violin together because he loves dragons and I thought I'd find something like a case or something. This popped up and I knew I had to get it.

The rosin is just so-so, but really, it's more of a novelty. He displays with his other violinesque knick-knacks, even uses it occasionally, but he just likes the fact that he has a dragon rosin!

Perfect gift for a dragon-loving violin-fiddling loved one!


Strad Rosin for Violin
Strad Rosin for Violin
Offered by SKY Music
Price: $10.46
2 used & new from $10.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for violinist in your life!, April 22, 2015
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This review is from: Strad Rosin for Violin
This is SO cute. My daughter had a big recital coming up and I wanted to get her something special, but I didn't want to give her flowers afterwards and I didn't want to give her something not related to her violin. I came on here looking for ideas and I stumbled across this. I figured the rosin would be sub-par, but I wasn't worried about that, it was the idea of it that drew me to it.

When I gave it to her, she was thrilled! It took her a few minutes to figure out that it opened and rosin was inside. She's been using it when she practices in conjunction with another rosin and she says the two together are just perfect for her. So, the rosin is actually good quality. But the case. It really is cute! It's a perfect gift for the violinist in your life.

Note: We actually had to order two of these. The first one, we dropped opening it and it cracked all to pieces. Don't let that deter you - it fell five foot directly onto hard ceramic flooring, not much survives that drop.


Primo Dental Products RBA Retainer Boxes, Assorted (Pack of 12)
Primo Dental Products RBA Retainer Boxes, Assorted (Pack of 12)
Offered by OXXXO
Price: $5.69
2 used & new from $5.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome quality for the price!, April 22, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
These are just what you would expect. Cheap retainer cases. But I was pleasantly surprised. For the price, I thought these would be much more flimsy than they are. They actually hold up really well. I have two kids in retainers and they are always losing retainer cases. We find them eventually, but in the meantime, they are wrapping it up in a napkin then picking the napkin bits off. I keep two of these in my purse, two in the car, etc so that we're never without some cases. And so far, they've all held together. Impressed!


ZAGG Folio Case, Hinged with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 - Black
ZAGG Folio Case, Hinged with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 - Black
Offered by UDC SALES INC
Price: $69.99
17 used & new from $53.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Backlit keyboard is great!, February 22, 2015
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
As tablets have become more powerful over the years, I've found myself using my tablet more and more in place of my laptop. While the virtual keyboard is great for an e-mail here and there, I needed something to take my "tablet game" to the next level. I needed a real keyboard, but I did not want to sacrifice the portability of my tablet.

The Zagg Folio Case is great! Thin and light weight, it really hasn't affected the size of my table at all. The keys are nicely spaced and the backlight is excellent for when you are working in an area with low light: a meeting room during a presentation, an airplane seat at night, or on the sofa while the family watches a movie.

That said: The charge on the keyboard doesn't last a year if you use the tablet 8 hours a day with the back-lighting turned on for 4 of those hours. That is why 4 stars. Why tout a battery life that doesn't take into account a major feature of the device?

Overall: 4 stars. Backlit keyboard and size make this my first choice for my tablet.


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