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    Wednesday
    Sep132017

    Oregon Trail and more: Retro '90s games from Pressman Toy

    retro 90s games from Pressman Toy

    Long, long ago, in what now seems an alternate universe, I had three daughters living at home, three daughters attending elementary school. Computers in the classroom were new, our home computer even newer. Games on both were DOS-based. And they. were. awesome. Especially in the pixel-dazzled eyes of my daughters.

    At school, my girls and their friends clamored for computer time. Oregon Trail time, in particular. They so enjoyed attempting to survive the oft-deadly challenges of the trail west at school that we purchased the game — on 3.5-inch disk... or perhaps it was a 5.25-inch floppy — to play at home.

    My girls (and my husband) spent hours at the screen hunting, scavenging, escaping bears, and crossing rivers as they traversed the seemingly never-ending Oregon Trail. Sometimes successfully, sometimes...

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    Thursday
    Jan052017

    Safe and warm: The HeatGenius Ceramic Heater from Honeywell

    As I write this, it's snowy and 7 degrees with a "feels like" of -8 degrees. Outside.

    Inside, here in my study where I write, it's a warm and cozy 73 degrees thanks in large part to the HeatGenius Ceramic Heater from Honeywell I received free for review.

    Honeywell HeatGenius Ceramic Heater

    The "in my study" part is important as it's not 73 degrees in the rest of my house. Doesn't need to be 73 degrees in the rest of my house because I'll be spending most of today right here, writing in my study. And the HeatGenius efficiently warms this space without me wasting energy...

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    Thursday
    Dec152016

    Book review: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy

    We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

    We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

    Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

    acupressure and aromatherapy

    In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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    Thursday
    Dec012016

    Paper Trax: Recyclable paper race track affixes to wall, entertains all

    Looking for a a unique way to complement a kiddo's car collection this Christmas? Look no further than Paper Trax, a patented paper raceway set that allows for countless creative wall configurations — attached to the wall! — for hours of fun for everyone.

    When I say "everyone," I mean one and all who encounters the 100 percent recyclable toy distributed by the BE Good Company. I can say that with authority because the evening Bubby and I set out to review the set, my house was full of guests and not a one could resist pitching in on building the track or enjoying it after the work was complete.

    paper trax 

    Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack, the pack I received free for review, is a race car themed set of over 12 feet of trax (11 straight trax plus a bonus created from the box). The set includes 3M Command strips for safe attaching to walls.

    paper trax

    Other packages available include a Starter Pack and Super Play packs with...

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    Tuesday
    Nov222016

    Tender, tasty, quick, and easy meals courtesy Cosori Electric Pressure Cooker (review)

    Pressure cookers have intrigued me for nearly 50 years. They've also scared me that long, thanks to the monstrous meal-making machine that spouted steam and terror in my mom's kitchen as well as my grandma's decades ago.

    I've always wanted to learn how to make meals with a pressure cooker. It just seemed that's what grandmas are supposed to do. Or at least try. But the idea the pressurized pan might go kabang has prevented me from giving such culinary craftiness a try.

    Until now. Until I learned there's an electric — safe and kabang-proof — pressure cooker. Until I was offered the opportunity to review for free the safe, sturdy, and stylish Electric Pressure Cooker by Cosori.

     cosori electric pressure cooker

    When I first unpacked and prepared my pressure cooker for cooking, my husband asked, "Are you sure that thing's not gonna explode?" Which confirmed that he, too, recalled pressure-cooker fears...

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    Friday
    Nov042016

    Giveaway and review: Magic Sketch innovative art pad by Boogie Board

    Updated on Saturday, November 12, 2016 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    Updated on Monday, November 14, 2016 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    My eight-year-old step-grandson loves to draw. And color. And craft. And create.

    So when I received a Magic Sketch from Boogie Board free for review, Bud was the perfect product reviewer for this post.

    What's a Magic Sketch? It's pretty much the coolest thing ever, Bud deduced after a few minutes with it. Technically, though, the Magic Sketch is a kid-proof, waterproof, innovative art pad that provides a new and exciting screen on which kids can draw, learn, and play.

    Then erase with the push of a button and repeat. Again and again.

    magic sketch

    The Magic Sketch LCD-display tablet retails for $29.95 and comes with...

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