Nov 26, 2009

Yoga Mats : Manduka eKO 71-Inch 5mm Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat Manduka eKO 71-Inch 5mm Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

I just got my mat in the mail yesterday, and from the moment I put it on the floor it was love at first sight. What a wonderful mat! I've never owned a Manduka before, but I have owned two other mats (the standard Harmony mat by Jade and another eco mat, the Earth Elements by Hugger Mugger). I was dismayed when my Earth Elements started getting abrasions all over the place after using it for less than a year (daily). So I sadly looked at other options, not thinking I'd find anything better (Prana and Gaiam make almost identical mats to the Earth Elements). Then I read about the Manduka eKO and decided to try it. Boy am I glad I did! What a great mat. It was sticky even right out of the packaging, lays super flat, and I feel incredibly grounded despite it's very generous 5mm thickness. Also, it's a bit wider and longer than regular mats, which is very nice. I've used it twice already, and I am never going to use another mat! Plus, it's 100% totally environmentally friendly, unlike the Earth Elements (made out of TPE). I'd much rather spend $65 dollars once and have the mat forever than have to buy a new mat every year because my mats keep breaking down! I highly recommend this mat.

Nov 25, 2009

Teapot : HuesNBrews Leaves of Grass Tea for One, 1 Pack

I purchased this teapot for my daughter who has just started teaching and has two young sons. She cherishes her afternoon tea before the boys come home from school and this teapot-for-one is just perfect for her few moments of relaxation.

The teapot is lovely. It was a bit smaller than I t

Nov 20, 2009


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* Hat has a 23 inch circumference. Hat brim is 4.5 inches wide. Hat crown is 5 inches high.
* Made of 100 Percent natural fiber this beautifully woven hat is a must.
* Around the brim is a silk-like two tone brown & black ribbon finished with a round bamboo design buckle.
* This is woven in black, brown and natural colors of straw.
* Structured hat, shipped in oversized box. (LD H01617)

This has made me the jewel of the ball at a ladies luncheon recently. I love it...and so did everyone else!

Nov 11, 2009

Snake Light : Danray Products LLC LMP-24D 24-Inch Snake-Arm Lamp with Direct Mount Base and 6-Foot Cord, Gloss Black

This snake-arm lamp by Danray Products LLC will light the work area of metalworking and woodworking machinery. In addition, hobbyists, lab technicians, office workers, artists, architects, jewelers, and even readers can benefit from the additional light provided by this lamp. The lamp uses a 100-watt-maximum ordinary incandescent bulb (not included). The heavy-duty snake arm is made of spring steel covered with vinyl to protect it from grease, oil, and contaminants that would weaken its holding ability. It offers practically unlimited adjustment possibilities and long-term holding power. It comes with a direct-mount base that can be fastened to most any flat surface at least 2 inches long by 1 inch wide with two included 1/4-inch fasteners. The snake-arm lamp is UL-listed and bears the C-UL US listing mark, which indicates compliance with United States and Canadian requirements. The lamp is furnished with a heavy-duty 6-foot cord that has a 120-volt grounded plug. The lampshade is made of high-impact polycarbonate that is resistant to chipping, denting, and cracking. The shade has a double wall that keeps the outer wall from getting too hot; this allows adjustment of the lampshade while in use, even after the lamp has been on for hours!

Shower Cap : Fashy Shower Cap with Wide Headband -Assorted Colors- Made in Germany

This is just a terrific shower cap. I have been looking for the perfect shower cap for a long time. I have longish thick hair, and I need one that can expand and fit it all. This one does that easily.

My primary complaint about most shower caps is that they are uncomfortable and scratchy around the headband. Even some expensive ones have this problem. Not so with this shower cap. It is soft and comfortable, and yet it's tight enough to seal in your hair from the water.

One thing to note - when you first get this cap, it looks like it doesn't stretch open very wide, and you might think it won't hold much hair. That isn't the case. At first I thought it was for a child, and then I realized that you put this cap on like a bathing cap - put it on and then tuck your hair inside of it. The puffy part on top will keep expanding to accommodate any size, and the headband easily opens to so that you can tuck in your hair.

Highly recommended. It's a little pricey, but I think it's well worth it.

Shoe Horn : FootFitter Ultra Long Steel Shoe Horns

its like the one that the old shoemakers and shoe salesmen used 30 years ago but longer. it's even made out of metal...WOW amazing to find quality like that anymore! having it be so long is really handy if you have a bad back or are just tired of hunting for a little one that constantly gets lost. i have a long telescoping one but it can accidently fold whileyou are using it and gets lost when my kid plays with it.

Nov 6, 2009

Sea Salt : Popchips Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips, 0.8-Ounce Single

If you like salt and vinegar chips and are looking for a healthier alternative, you have got to try these! They are absolutely addicting.

yummy and low
Discovered these at M.O.M.'s (My Organic Market) in Maryland. They came in large bags and the taste and texture really grew on me, so I checkd on Amazon and voila, small bags, bought a case, I am a happy camper!

Ruby Ring : 10k Yellow Gold Oval Cut Lab-Created Ruby and Diamond Bridge Ring

A faceted oval of purplish-red created ruby is the focal point of this classy 10 karat yellow gold ring. The ruby is held in a four-prong setting and centered on a bead-textured triple split band with a subtle diamond accent (.0066 ct). The polished yellow gold band wraps the finger, tapering in back for comfort. Known as "king of the gems," the radiant ruby is a symbol of love, romance, and passion. This coveted gemstone is the birthstone for those born in July.

Nov 3, 2009

Piano Lamp : Polished Brass LED Piano Desk Lamp

Piano desk lamps can provide plenty of light to easily read the notes on your sheet music. This handsome, traditionally styled piano desk lamp also looks great on writing desks, accent tables and more. In a lush polished brass finish. Shade swivels to direct light. Switch on base. 10 foot cord. 14" wide. 13 1/2" high.

Nov 1, 2009

Knee Socks : Gold Toe Women's Portland Classic Knee High Sock

Have had these for a month or so. These are well made and thicker than most socks for dress wear. The toe is the real Gold Toe deal and I wear these to work in dress loafers regularly with no problems. Wash well and wear well. Be advised these are not translucent or sheer, so if you are looking for a more sheer sexy look, these are too opaque and thick. But they are perfect for a dress sock in cold weather.

Graphing calculator : Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphic Scientific Calculator - Fully loaded with a built-in USB port, an improved display, many preloaded Apps, and much more, the maximum performance TI-84 Plus Silver Edition is 100% compatible, keystroke-for-keystroke with the TI-83 Plus family. Integrating it into your classroom couldn't be easier! With the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, all students can now share their work by connecting their handheld to any TI presentation tools for the whole class to see, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Plus, a built-in USB port makes data transfer to your computer and between handhelds easier than ever. The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition handheld is fully loaded with convenient features including compatibility with TI presentation tools on every unit. Now you can personalize your handheld with new optional accessories, including a kickstand slide case and changeable faceplates. I/O port for communication with other TI products Internal Clock with date and time displ

Oct 30, 2009

Gas Scooter : Mopeds 150cc New Style Gas Moped Motor Scooter with Trunk! MC_SL26

4 Stroke 150cc with Fully Automatic Transmission. Up to 70 MPG. Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors. Enhanced Headlights. High Performance Hydraulic ABS Disc Brakes. Electric & Kick Start. Upgraded Perforated Nylon Seat. Large Lockable Under Seat Storage plus Helmet Holder, Glove Box and Rear Trunk! One Year Warranty. Free Lifetime Technical Support. Tel: 888-839-7088

Exercise Bike : Confidence Foldable Stow Away Exercise Bike

Need a good exercise bike but don't have the space to store a commercial-size model? Turn to the Confidence stow-away exercise bike, which folds compactly after use for storage in a closet or corner of your home. Despite its small size, the bike still offers an efficient lower-body cardio workout, with such features as an adjustable magnetic resistance system and nonskid foot pedals. Overall, each workout on the stowaway bike burns four times as many calories as walking. In addition, the bike includes a four-function computer that tracks your riding time, speed, distance, and calories. And thanks to the high-quality frame, the bike will keep you fit for years to come. Other features include an adjustable padded seat, safety straps on the pedals, and a tool kit with all the necessary tools for home assembly. The stowaway bike measures 17.5 by 53 by 22 inches (W x H x D) when folded, 17.5 by 46 by 33 inches when unfolded, and weighs 50 pounds.

Oct 29, 2009

Electric Toothbrush : Philips Sonicare Essence e5500 Power Toothbrush

Only without the scraping! My teeth feel so smooth and clean, just like they'd been cleaned by the dentist. I was an agressive brusher before, but this is amazing. My gums even feel so much stronger now. I've noticed my teeth look whiter now than they ever have as well. I've noticed this toothbrush on the Friday sale, several different weeks. If you're looking to buy, I highly recommend doing it on a Friday, check out the Friday sale.

Dog Bed : Petmate 25-Inch Burrow Bed, Navy Blue

This is a great little pet bed! I have a hairless dog who tends to get a bit...well, VERY chilly in the winter. I have seen these beds before, but they seemed a little pricey ($50-60). Finally, I looked up burrow beds on Amazon, and here it was!
When the bed arrived, I was immediately impressed with the quality. The outside is made of a thick, almost upholstry-type fabric, and it is lined with faux-lambswool. The bed part is so cushy and inviting, I couldn't help but stick my head in there! The cover is stiff enough to provide an envelope for your pet to crawl into, but it folds around them nicely, like a thick blankie.
It is machine washable, a definate plus! The color is similar to the picture: kind of a cadet blue with a subtle stripe pattern, and the inside is cream colored. My pup had NO reservations about heading in there! I tossed a toy in it and she ran right in! She's in there as I type this, poking her nose out every so often to say "THANKSMOM!"
A great buy for chilly pets--now if they could only make one in MY size!

Oct 25, 2009

Dish Rack : Polder 6118-75 Stainless Steel Dish Rack with Reversible Drainer/Catch

I bought this dishrack about 8 months ago. I began renting an apartment that had all stainless steel appliances so I wanted a good quality dish rack to match. After using it for several months I've had time to figure out what I like about it and what things are possible problems.

Chocolate Coins : 280 Chocolate Coins, in Mesh Bags, Only $0.12 Per Coin

I ordered these coins for a poker party. I didn't realize they came in individual mesh bags, so I had to open all the bags before using. No big deal, really. Then during the party when people opened them, I was concerned to see the edges of the chocolate were a much lighter color, indicating the product was old and dried out. Considering the price I paid...over $30 I was very disappointed.

Oct 19, 2009

Cat Litter Box : CatGenie-Self Washing, Self Flushing Cat Box

I have now owned 2 versions of a self washing cat box: a Litter Free, and now a Cat Genie. The Litter Free, while not perfect, made me appreciate how nice it is not to tend a litter box. However, that unit had plenty of flaws, and a newly formed company engineered a better unit that fixed a lot of the issues the Litter Free.

I purchased the unit in September of 2006. I am on my 10th month. Up until recently, I was not the happiest person with the unit... I had a lot of clogging issues. Had I given up on the unit a few months ago, my review would have been very mixed, with the unit failing to process its daily duties a few times a month. However, I knew the company was working on some improvements to the most common issues, and my patience was rewarded (more on this later).

If you read the other reviews, you probably have an idea how the unit works. Up to 4 times a day the unit will clean the box. First, the stool is removed by a scoop. The stool is dumped into a processing unit. The litter box is filled with water, which also fills the stool processing bin with water. There is an impeller which spins the stool around the processor, that dissolves the waste, and then the waste water is pumped out through your sewer connection. The unit is filled with water and flushed several times. During the last flushing, a sanitizing solution is dispensed into the water. Once that water is removed, the litter is dried, and the process is done. This takes about 30 minutes.

Bruce Lee Video : Bruce Lee Rubber Duck by Celebriducks

Book Bag : Pink Camo Galloping Horse Backpack

This is a very cute backpack that my horse and camo crazy daughter loved at first, but it is a little smaller than a normal backpack and she is having a hard time carrying her 2" notebook in the large compartment. It barely fits and is making the seams on top come apart due to stress on it. My daughter is in 5th grade......if she were in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, it would have been great!!! (less books!) It does look like its pictures, it just didn't hold up to tough use. I do recommend it for lighter loads!

Yoga Mats : Gaiam Yoga Mat (Koi Fish)

I just got this mat, and it is very nice. It is quite sticky, and definately provides for great grip. I don't slide around at all. The design is absolutely fantastic!

This was my first 1/8 inch mat. I've always had the 1/4 inch thicker mats. I think this mat gives me a better grip while doing yoga on CARPET. You can feel the floor more, and feel more grounded. Definately worth a try if you're used to the thicker mats.

Just a warning, the smell of this mat will knock you out! When i first unwrapped it, i had to put it upstairs in an enclosed bedroom with the windows opened because it was smelling up the ENTIRE house. After 2 days in that room the smell was COMPLETELY gone, I didn't even wash it. I used it on the third day and didn't notice a smell at all. This is my 4th yoga mat, and they ALL smell, so that is just something that every mat does. (except maybe the eco mats, but I don't like the strange texture.)

Teapot : HuesNBrews Infuser 24 Ounce Scarlet Teapot, 1 Pack

I purchased this to replace a broken Beehouse of comparable size (I get two 10 oz. cups of tea out of this pot). It is a good teapot in that it is of quality construction and has quality parts (tea filter and lid). Plus, HuesNBrews has a nice color selection. My only issue is that the spout tends to drip a little due to design. This is annoying, but, considering the price, not enough to really complain. I would definitely buy this again.

Straw Hat : Sewn Braid Toyo Cowboy Hat - Pink

Try a twist on a traditional cowboy hat with our Sewn Braid Toyo Cowboy Hat Outback hat. Made from 100% straw, this Pink colored hat offers you all the authenticity of a traditional cowboy hat, with a few trendy additions. Constructed from an intricately woven mesh, this hat boasts a 3 wide brim with fabric edging and roomy crown measuring 4" deep. With inner elastic sweat band and the ventillated crown, this hat will ensure you stay cool and dry at all times. Fitted with a beaded hat string, which knots in the back with a few short tails, only adds to this hats flavorful twist on the everyday cowboy hat. Made of 100% paper straw. ONE SIZE fits most with elastic band inside, fitting up to 7-1/4. Crown measures 4 inches deep, with beaded hat string band. Brim measures 3 inches wide, up turned. Thick, stiff and cool material. Hand wash only. Available in pink, natural and mint. Imported

Oct 18, 2009

Snake Light : Danray Products LLC LMP-24C 24-Inch Snake-Arm Lamp with

This is an industrial strength, perfectly designed lamp for any work space that needs an adjustable lamp. I used numerous extendable arm lamps that would only last about a year before the lamp position would no longer stay set to where I put it. This lamp is a bit pricey compared to those but it is well worth the saving in aggravation - you set it and stays where you put it - and it looks good too. Love it!
Rudy Lobo

Shower Cap : Scalpmaster Terry Lined Shower Cap, Assorted Colors (Pack

Very pleased. Hot pink color! Very nice quality and fast delivery. HIghly recommend. ANd price is great too! Only wish that there had been 3 different colors instead of 2 in the same color.

I like this shower cap because it is terry-lined, but there is no band around it. It does not keep water out around my back neck area and I think the band would help. Also, it is rather a big cap that doesn't fit snug around my head. It looks rather cheaply made. A band around it would certainly improve the look and purpose of the shower cap.

Oct 17, 2009

Shoe Horn : 19" Shoe Horn

If you are looking for a quality shoehorn for a gift or for yourself, consider this extended shoehorn. Not only is a pleasure to use but it is a quality product, with a solid wood handle, heavy duty brass spring to make slipping on your shoes a pleasure and is MADE IN THE USA! Not a cheap Chinese import that will break in a few weeks and is dangerous to your health

Sea Salt : Masada Mineral Bath Salt Pmint Tea

I love the smell of this in my bath water. Good relaxing! I share and give as gifts to my daughter, mother and spouse. I love the smell of mint and even though this is not peppermint is has a GREAT smell and if you have a cold, it will open up your sinus passages because it is that strong and that great in a tub of HOT water.

Oct 13, 2009

Ruby Ring : 18k Yellow Gold Overlay Sterling Silver Diamond Accent & Ruby Flower Ring

The picture looks exactly like the ring in design. The cheap price (about $12/15 on sale) was hard to pass up. Runs true to size. The design is interesting and that makes the ring worth the price paid. The stones are not an amazing bonus, rather kind of dull and flat looking. The stones in this picture were more hot pink than the actual ring I got which is a lighter, but solid, pink. It's the gold design that makes the ring, the pink is there for a little color accent. It's comfortable to wear and doesn't snag things. It looks nice on the hand and certainly doesn't look like a cheap ring. Might be more brilliant if I get it professionally cleaned, even though that will cost about what I paid for it.

Piano Lamp : Polished Brass Adjustable Piano Lamp

This elegant piano lamp comes in a lustrous polished brass finish. It adds light and style to a piano, desk or any workspace. Adjustable at the base of the arm, the shade also swivels to direct light. Includes energy saving T5 bulb. Includes one 8 watt T5 energy saving bulb. 14" high. 6" round base. Shade is 14" across.

Knee Socks : Gold Toe Men's Canterbury Over the Calf Dress Sock, 3-Pack

It took me until age 47 until I really started to pay attention to my socks. I've always hated the drooping ankle-sock, showing skin with legs crossed look.. So I went on a mission to find a great, affordable over the calf and this is it. Fully stocked my sock drawer with 12 pairs in black, that's all I really need for work or leisure. The quality and comfort (they go up over your calf and STAY bare ankles showing on me!) are exemplary. Next I'm going to try the athletic sock version of these, Gold Toe makes great stuff.

Graphing calculator : Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator

If you are a high school student, then this calculator is for you. It has everything you need, for algebra, precalculus, and calculus. The good thing about the 83+ is that it is upgradable, so the need for a new calculator doesn't arise, every few years. Purchasing a graph-link can add on a TREMENDOUS amount of programs to use for Physics, Geometry, and even 3D-Graphs, (previously only on the ti-89 and up). If you are in High School, do NOT get the ti-92 or ti-89, because they will probably be banned from standardized tests, and high math classes, so ask your math teacher, because they are too hard to use and understand. Also, these 2 calculators are aimed for more college-level students, so if you are in college, try the ti-89. But in every case, a ti-83+ is ideal!

Oct 12, 2009

Gas Scooter : Italian style Gas Scooter 150cc

Electric/Kick Starting Gas Moped Model XM-155. The 2008 models now available come with an EPA certified 150cc engine. This low cost moped with full instrumentation, head light, tail light, blinkers, horn and electric/remote start is sure to take any member of the family anywhere they need to go. The range is 110+ miles for each tank. The XM-155 comes with both front and rear brakes, a 150cc electric/kick starting gasoline 4-stroke engine and automatic transmission for optimal performance and nearly zero maintenance. Each XM-155 gasoline moped comes with a tool kit that fits the common nuts and bolts on the moped, and a under the seat trunk /

Oct 10, 2009

Exercise Bike : Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike

I love this bike. It's well built, has an amazing range of programming for varied rides and is incredibly quiet. I've had mine for about three weeks and I've never used an exercise product as willingly as I ride this bike. I might actually get into shape. This is definitely not just another dust-collecting sweater rack for the TV room.

If I have any complaints, they are that the display doesn't have a backlight and the bike needs to be assembled when it arrives which took me about two hours. As a note: assemble the entire display stand (the front "handlebars" part) BEFORE you attach it to the base. The instructions say the other way around and it's a pain fishing the wires up through the tube and out the top.

My complaints are minor, my rating for the bike as a whole is five out of five.

Oct 8, 2009

Electric Toothbrush : Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic

I have been using the Sonicare Elite 7300 brush for a couple of years now, so it was no surprise to me that the FlexCare line is also a very good brush. All-in-all, using the new FlexCare is not all that much different than the Elite series, it feels about the same despite the advertised 80% less vibration. That being said the vibration does not bother me at all. The two biggest differences I noticed with the FlexCare are the significantly smaller handle size, which could be good if you have smaller hands and the somewhat larger brush head size, which I kind of like, because it seems to clean more areas faster. Of course the new ProResults brush head also means that I can't use the same brush heads that I have already bought for my older brush, but I like the new head design and also the way that it just presses on instead of screwing on like the older heads did.

As for all of the brushing modes and cleaning routines offered with this brush, I have not even bothered with them, I like brushing my normal 2 minutes (30 seconds each quadrant) which is what the standard clean mode does, so that is what I use. The charger station is also nice because it can hold two extra brush heads so that up to 3 people can share the same space easily. It also has a "travel charger" which is just the main charger without the extra brush head spaces and also a cloth-like travel case. The battery life also claims to be longer than any of the previous versions, so taking this on longer trips without even worrying about the charger is more of a possibility.

Dog Bed : Solvit Waterproof "Hammock" Seat Cover

this product seems fairly well made but it smells terrible, like toxic. I have washed it twice and it still stinks. I am trying to air it out. I probably should have returned it right away but decided to try to desmell it. After 3 washings it still stunk and my husband complained of we threw it away.

My dog weighs 75lbs, about the size of the Golden in the picture, and the product ripped from its supports after just one week. She is a calm dog and the product did not undergo and undue abuse. Most of all, the smell is awful, even after rinsing and air drying.

It ripped apart within one week of using it. I need the company to contact me so I can get either a replacement or a refund.

Oct 7, 2009

Dish Rack : Dish Rack Drainer Utensil holder and Drain board, Stainless

I needed a larger stainless dish rack and wanted to do away with plastic trays forever. But if you've also been doing dish rack research, you know that a good rack is hard to find! Initially I was drawn to the SimpleHuman line, as I have one of their stainless soft close garbage cans, and LOVE it. But after seeing some of the racks in Target and other stores, I changed my mind due to the amount of plastic accenting their otherwise fine designs.

Enter the Zojila rack. Hoo, it's expensive! But on the plus size, it's spacious (2 adults in my household) enough for a day's worth of dishes, sturdy enough to withstand dish pyramids, clears the counter by 2 inches, drains water as described, is easy to clean, and looks BOTH practical and sophisticated - I mean, how "stunning" can a dish rack look, really? Although I am still waiting for the day when someone comes over and gushes over it, like I would if I saw it in someone else's kitchen for the first time. But I'm a nerd.

I'm very satisfied with my rack and am looking no further. However, a few cons made me give 4 stars instead of 5, mostly having to do with initial set up. Specifically, I had to do some metal fabricating to get the rack properly balanced on the drain board. Further pounding was required to fashion a slope so that water would drain off the board. Also, like another reviewer, I have lost a small glass to the end that has a wide opening - although this can be prevented by moving the utensil rack in front of the opening.

All in all, I am quite pleased and would buy this rack again. Just be ready to receive yours with a rubber hammer.

Oct 5, 2009

Chocolate Coins : Chocolate Gold Coins in mesh bags!

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