Sep 02

You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus ★★★★★

This review was originally posted January 7, 2009.

You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (Houghton Mifflin sandpiper books)

by Bernard Waber

You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus was on my son’s reading list. I loved this book! It’s an easy read for a second grader and he understood the moral of the story immediately. It’s the story of a hippopotamus who meets a rhinoceros who tells him he looks ridiculous because he doesn’t have a horn. The poor hippopotamus suffered from a severe case of poor self-esteem and went around asking all the animals if they thought he looked ridiculous. Of course, each animal thought he most definitely did because he did not share that animal’s special feature. In his dream, he gains all those features they had at once: a turtle’s shell, a giraffe’s neck, a rhino’s horn, etc. He then realized he never looked more ridiculous in his life, and he wakes up happy to be himself.

I enjoyed simple style, the elegant way the story leads the reader to understanding the moral at a child’s level, and how the illustrations bring the story to life. This is a must read for every child and I’m glad it ended up on my son’s reading list.

Sep 02

The Pippi Longstocking Collection ★★★★★

This review was originally posted January 8, 2009.

The Pippi Longstocking Collection (Pippi Longstocking / Pippi Goes on Board / Pippi in the South Seas / Pippi on the Run)

starring Inger Nilsson

I loved, loved, loved Pippi when I was a child. She was every kid’s dream — a girl with super strength who lived on her own, rich with gold, could do anything she wants, and has friends to share her adventures with.

When I spoke of ordering the
The Pippi Longstocking Collection my husband would joke about the poor dubbing. Truthfully, I never thought the dubbing was bad. As a kid, I didn’t even know it was dubbed. Now that he’s watched a bit of it, he says the dubbing isn’t as bad as he remembered it.

My 4 and 7 year olds love these DVD’s and I’m glad I have a chance to share with them memories of my own childhood. They are exactly as I remember them, no special editing or redubbing. I’m glad I bought these. They will be treasured.

Sep 02

Brother MFC-420CN Color Inkjet ★★★★☆

This review was originally posted January 8, 2009.

Brother MFC-420CN Color Inkjet Network Multifunction

When I bought the Brother MFC-420CN, my husband wouldn’t stop giving me a hard time about it. After all, I had a perfectly good scanner and printer working at the time. What I wanted was a flatbed copier/scanner/fax machine and printer in one. After I got the machine, my husband has been using it for all his photocopying needs. Is he ever happy that I bought this machine.


It’s so easy to use. As a copier, it works like any standard copier would. Just place the paper on the glass, close the lid and press the button. Voila. Copy quality is very nice, and it copies in color, too, of course.

There is also the paper feed function on top of the printer for when I have multiple pages to copy. Just set the pile on top of the machine and let it feed each page through, just like the copy center copiers!


Scanning has never been easier. Not only can I control scanning through my computer, I can also just press scan on the printer itself and it will scan and automatically send it to my computer. I can send the scan to my computer as a file or photo or email or OCR.


There is a card reader on the printer itself which reads CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, xD-Picture Card and Secure Digital cards. You can print directly from the card. I tried it with CompactFlash, but it was too slow, so I don’t use that feature. I prefer to read the card from my computer and send the files to my printer.

The photos that print are brilliant. Just use high quality paper for the best results. I love how they look, no problems with color quality or ink smudging.

Files and graphics print nicely, as well. I am satisfied with the quality and printing speed of this printer.


I use the fax function occasionally and it does its job. It prints and receives faxes clearly


This is my favorite printer yet. All the functions work as promised with great quality.

There is a network function I haven’t had the chance to use, but I hope to eventually and I will update this review when I do.

As for the ink issue, yes it does use up ink even when not printing. It does this when doing its automated cleaning function. I have to say, I’ve had printers that clog up when not in use, so I think it’s fine that this printer cleans itself occasionally to maintain its function. If it takes a little ink to do so, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay. Better than not being able to print when I need it.

The issue of the printer not functioning when one color is out is valid. However, I keep that from being a problem by always having extra ink available. They are not that expensive.

Overall a quality product and a great buy.

Sep 02

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer ★★★★★

This review was originally posted January 9, 2009.

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Normal 6.0 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)

Olay Complete is my favorite face lotion. I’ve tried others, but nothing compares.

It contains an SPF 15 sunscreen, to help protect my skin from the harmful rays of the sun. That is most important in keeping skin looking young and healthy.

It feels very light on the skin. Not so with other lotions containing sunscreens, which often start to flake or cake when they dry. Except for the fact that my skin feels nicely hydrated, I don’t even know that it’s there.

The fragrance is noticeable when opening the bottle. Although it’s not an unpleasant scent, someone sensitive to scents may not want to use this. However, the scent does dissipate quickly, or else maybe my nose becomes immune to the scent, but I really don’t notice it after it dries.

I have been using this product for many years. Occasionally, I will try another product, but I always come back. I will be turning 40 soon and many people are shocked when I reveal my age. Maybe it’s the Oil of Olay.

Aug 28

EiioX 150ml Essential Oil Diffuser ★★★★☆

EiioX 150ml Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser Auto Shut off Cool Mist Humidifier

A diffuser. I’ve never had a diffuser, but it’s been great getting to know this one. The EiioX Essential Oil Diffuser was easy to set up. Just put in some water and essential oils, and turn it on. The mist starts right away, and so do the scents. It can run for hours. I’m impressed that it never gets hot on the outside.

We have a choice of changing color lights, a set color, no color. Alternatively, we can turn the diffuser on or off. Diffusion and light are separate functions. Personally, I like having the diffuser on and letting the lights cycle. It creates such ambience.

The only thing I don’t care for it the feel of cheap plastic on the base. It has a wood grain pattern. Maybe I just expected wood.

This product was provided for review by ElioX.

Aug 28

Digital Meat Thermometer ★★★★★

Digital Meat Thermometer — Dual Probe Sensor Technology — Barbecue Grill Thermometer Beeps When Meat is Ready — Digital Cooking Thermometer with 5 Internal Preset Meat Type and 4 Cooking Preference Settings — BBQ Thermometer Temperature Range of -58°F to 302°F — Battery Included

I really like this Digital Meat Thermometer. It has settings right on the handle, so I don’t have to look up temperature ranges. Pick the meat (beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey), then choose how I want it cooked. When I check my steak and it’s done to my liking, the thermometer beeps. I don’t even have to look at the readings (but I can).

The long handle keeps me away from the heat, not that I would be there long. It reads quickly.

Nice thermometer. I only wish it would fold up or something for storage. I guess I could hang it on the grill by that hole on the handle.

This product was provided for review by Home-Complete.

Aug 28

Hosezzle ★★★☆☆


I expected a jet stream, I got gentle rain. Turbo power, the Hosezzle is not. My water-saving nozzle gives me more power than this.

On the plus side, I actually like the gentler spray. The reason for three stars is it doesn’t give the power that’s advertised at its strongest setting. No “fire hose,” no “ultimate turbo power,” no “pressure washer.”

This product was provided for review by O&T Success.

Aug 28

Yubi Power TV Simulator ★★★★☆

Yubi Power TV Simulator Burglar Deterrent

This is my second fake TV. My husband told me the first one looked like a light bomb went off. It was too bright. The Yubi Power TV Simulator is much dimmer. Although I think the flashing pattern doesn’t look like a real TV, it matches a TV’s flicker better than a light that is always on or my other fake TV.

When there is lighting outside, like on the front porch, I can’t really make out the flicker of the fake TV. It’s just too dim. I can see the flicker better if I put the fake TV near the shuttered window.

There is an option to leave the fake TV always on or we can put it on a timer so that it turns on at dusk and stays on for four or eight hours. I think I’ll do that on our next vacation. It will work best for us upstairs, where we don’t have shutters to block the light going out the windows.

This product was provided for review by Yubi Power.

Aug 28

MIU COLOR Reusable Shopping Bag ★★★★★

MIU COLOR® Reusable Shopping Bag/ Grocery Bag(Green)

The MIU COLOR® Reusable Shopping Bag is one huge shopping bag. I tried it once for grocery shopping and it fits way more than one of those puny plastic bag full of groceries inside. I decided I didn’t want such a large bag for a small bag of groceries. I didn’t want to smash all my fruits and veggies, and breads together, either.

Instead, my daughter has been using it to carry her change of clothes for gymnastics or when we went to a pool party. It holds her beach towel, sunscreen, and everything else. We even took it to the beach.

I like this bag, just not for groceries. It’s lightweight, large, well-made, and doesn’t take up much room to store.

This product was provided for review by MIU Color.

Aug 28

UNU Enerpak Micro 2800mAh USB External Charger ★★★★★

UNU Enerpak Micro 2800mAh USB External Charger Power Battery Pack – [Black / Silver] For Apple iPhone 6 Air 5S 5 5C 4S 4 3, iPad Air 4 3 2 1, iPad Mini 3 2 Retina, iPod Touch; Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Active/Prime, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4 3 2, Tab 4 3 2 7.0 8.0 10.1 / S 8.4 10.5; LG Optimus G3, G2, G Flex, G Pro 2, G Pad; HTC One M8 M7 M4 Mini 2 Ace; Nexus 5 4 7 8;Nokia Lumia;Sony Xperia Z2; Motorola; PS Vita; GoPro HD Hero 1 2 3; Other Android Phone

What a cute little power bank. The UNU Enerpak the size of a cigarette lighter with enough power to give my HTC One M8 a 50% charge, good enough for emergencies.

A micro USB cable is included – no pouch, and it doesn’t sport an LED bulb flashlight. It’s simple. I like it.

The best part is the flat finish. No worries about fingerprints, and it doesn’t mar quite so easily, either.

This product was provided for review by uNu Electronics.