Oct 25

InteracTV – Rapido Tico! ★★★★★

This review was originally posted September 3, 2006.

InteracTV – Rapido Tico!

Both my 2 year-old and my 5 year-old play InteracTv. We have a few of the sets, already. They love it. We just got Rapido Tico! today and my 2 year-old got into it right away. You’d think she’d be a bit young, but she knows the answers and how to pick them on the card. Now, my 5 year-old is playing. Educational and fun. Makes Mom happy, too!

Oct 25

Baby’s First Giggles Doll ★★★☆☆

This review was originally posted January 3, 2007.

13″ Baby’s First Giggles Doll – Yellow Outfit

I really thought the Baby’s First Giggles Doll looked cuter online. It came wrapped in plastic, which I didn’t like, since I was planning to give it as a gift and it made it look cheap. I have seen the dolls elsewhere in boxes, so maybe it’s just the ones from Amazon are packaged like this.

Oct 23

Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod ★★★★☆

Extendable Wireless Bluetooth Self-Portrait Remote Camera Shooting Shutter Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod with Adjustable Smart Phone Holder for iPhone 6, 5S, 5C, 5, iPhone 4, 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 2, 3, HTC, SONY Compatble with IOS 4.0/ Android 3.0 or Above System(Black)

I’ve used a lot of monopods and a lot of Bluetooth shutter controllers, but this is my first monopod with a built-in Bluetooth shutter controller.

The Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod is compact (10 ½” sans smartphone mount) and extends to 43″, perfect for shooting photos of my children over the crowd.

I like that I don’t have a Bluetooth fob to keep track of. I like that the shutter button is easy to reach. It pairs easily and reconnects automatically with my HTC One M8. It has the fastest response time of any Bluetooth shutter controller I’ve ever used. The only problem is it turns itself off (no, not sleep) after about ten minutes of inactivity. I nearly missed the beginning of my daughter’s gymnastics performance because of that. I realize it may be trying to conserve battery life, but when I have it on, I expect it to be on. I don’t want to have to worry if it’s turned itself off, forcing me to switch it off and on and wait for it to reconnect.

By the way, it’s hard to tell if the switch is on or off. It’s too small and dark to read.

Included is a smartphone mount. Although both my HTC One M8 and my iPhone 4S fit, I prefer the more standard spring top mount that comes with the majority of monopods. With this one, I have to take care to mount the phones so that the volume buttons are accessible and not pressed on by the mount.

Overall, a nice monopod with some wiggle room for improvement.

This product was provided for review by Cottee.

Oct 23

Kootek® Waterproof Solar LED Landscape Spotlight ★★★★★

Kootek® Waterproof Solar LED Landscape Spotlight for Outdoor Garden Driveway Pathway Yard Lawn Tree Flag – 80 Lumen

I use the Kootek® Solar Spotlight to illuminate the steps on our walkway. During the day, it soaks up the solar energy. At night, it turns on automatically and lasts for hours. By 6 AM, it’s still on, albeit much dimmer.

The light is simple to install, no wires, of course. It can be adjusted to angle up or down or anything in between.

I no longer need to worry about guests tripping as they come and go. It was so dark there before. It isn’t any longer.

This product was provided for review by Kootek.

Oct 23

Simply Simily Stainless Steel Water Bottle ★★★★★

Simply Simily Stainless Steel Water Bottle – BPA Free – Classic Screw-on Cap – 26 Oz

When it comes to water bottles, metal ones with a screw cap are a family favorite. Like the others, the Simply Simily Stainless Steel Water Bottle doesn’t disappoint.

Some notable features:

* It’s leakproof. I can sit it on its side all day filled with water and not a drop will spill.

* It is durable.

* It has a carry handle.

* It’s not insulated. Cold beverages will make it sweat like crazy unless I put it in a koozie.

I was biased in favor of this water bottle before I even got it. I simply knew I would like it, and I do.

This product was provided for review by DES Products.

Oct 23

iKross Sport Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Stereo Headphones ★★★★★

iKross Sport Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Stereo Headphones with Microphone for Apple iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Galaxy Note 4 / Galaxy S5, Nokia, Motorola, HTC, LG G3 Smartphone and More

Sport headphones? Yes, they are! Movement doesn’t shake them off.

I like how the iKross Sport Bluetooth Headphones grab my ears, yet they’re so comfortable. The sound is fantastic. I usually wear them while walking my dog and I can hear above the street noise without feeling like they are overly loud. It’s a good balance between the upper and lower end of the range, as well as I can tell if I’m walking outside near a busy street.

Bluetooth is easy to pair and reconnect. The range is excellent, on par with my best Bluetooth devices.

Phone calls, oh my: loud and clear for both ends of the call. Believe it or not, that is the exception and not the rule. I have used so many Bluetooth headphones and phone calls are like an afterthought for the makers – but not this maker.

I can’t really think of anything I don’t like about these headphones.

This product was provided for review by BlueMall.

Oct 23

PAG Steel Mesh Desk Organizer ★★★★★

PAG Steel Mesh Desk Organizer Office Supplies Pen Holder

For the PAG Steel Mesh Desk Organizer, think outside the box! It doesn’t have to sit on your desk. Use it anywhere you have small knickknacks to store and organize. I use it as my daughter’s hair station, for all her little clips and hair ties and the brush. The drawer is so cute and slides like a dream. The deep side pockets hold brushes and combs, and the shallow compartments are perfect for little clips. I like it!

This product was provided for review by PAG Supermarket.

Oct 23

Waterproof Picnic Blanket ★★★★☆

Waterproof Picnic Blanket – Turquoise blue

I rested on this Waterproof Picnic Blanket all afternoon on the lawn in my backyard. What a nice blanket. It protected me from the mildly damp grass. I didn’t get at all wet.

The bottom is thin nylon but the top is fleece – oh, so soft – with a pattern that reminds me of the American Indian patterns I see in the Midwest. I can fold it up and secure it with a Velcro flap, and there’s a carry handle sewn on. What could be more handy?

For future renditions, I’d like to see a more decorative backing, since that’s what shows when it’s all folded up. Even just a different solid color would be fine. Black just isn’t very appealing.

This product was provided for review by Wamber.

Oct 23

Amzdeal® Homepower LED Sensor Motion Activated Toilet Light Battery-Operated Night Light ★★★★☆

Amzdeal® Homepower LED Sensor Motion Activated Toilet Light Battery-Operated Night Light with Red and Green Light

My biggest fear with the Amzdeal® Homepower Toilet Light was that it would fall in the toilet. I’ve used it for three weeks and so far, that hasn’t happened.

The toilet light senses motion and turns on green, if the toilet seat is down. It’s red, if the toilet seat is up.

That’s where I made my mistake installing the light. The only way it turns red is if the sensor is no more than 1 inch away from the front of the toilet seat. I put it too low so it’s always green.

I can’t move it now. Once on, it’s permanent. The adhesive square doesn’t allow for any errors.

This product was provided for review by Aukey.

Oct 23

Norton Security with Backup ★★★★★

Norton Security with Backup

I didn’t realize how heavy Kaspersky was running until I got Norton. I was using McAfee before that. Fan of McAfee that I am, I might daresay that Norton Security runs more smoothly than McAfee. It’s so light on resources, I don’t even know it’s there.

I installed Norton onto my Android phone. The biggest problem is accessing the anti-theft feature via the web. The Norton site is slow. Accessing the anti-theft section is even slower still. I was only able to access it today. Other days, it would just stall.

We get a code when we first install Norton onto our phone. Remember that code. It allows us to send commands to our phone via text. We can lock our phone, makes it scream, locate or wipe it. I locked my phone remotely just to try out that feature and it was instantaneous. That’s very reassuring to me. If you forget the passcode, it is available on the website, through the anti-theft page that is so difficult to load.

This is an annual subscription that has a limit of ten devices. Cloud storage for backups is included, but I didn’t use that. Do I like Norton? Very much so. It has earned itself a new fan in me.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.