Apr 20

Ultra Fit Jr Brannock Device ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 4, 2009.

Ultra Fit Jr Brannock Device (children’s)

This Ultra Fit Jr Brannock Device has proven so useful. When I think my kids may need a new shoe, I just measure them at home and off we go.

When you get it, make sure to read the instructions. I use the arch measurements as well as the foot measurements to get the correct size. Even at the shoe store, the employees often neglect the arch measurements. Some stores have these devices without any arch measurement markings whatsoever (a la Payless Shoe stores). Basically, the arch measure measurement (that part that you slide to the joint of your big toe) gives a shoe size and the foot measurement (the measurement to your longest toe) gives another shoe size. Compare the arch and foot measurements and buy the larger size. The instructions are also on the Brannock company website.

This device also measures the width of the foot. Both of my kids tend towards wide feet, but they seem to grow in and out of it.

The Ultra Fit Jr. model differs from the other models, because it is made of plastic and only measures children`s sizes. That’s fine with me. Metal is so darn heavy.

Apr 20

Oxo Good Grips Nylon Square Turner ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 5, 2009.

Oxo Good Grips Nylon Square Turner

The Oxo Good Grips Nylon Square Turner is one of my favorite spatulas. It has a nice long handle with a comfortable rubber grip. The spatula has a broad surface, the better to flip things that might otherwise fall apart. It doesn’t scratch my non-stick cookware and doesn’t melt at high temperatures. My other spatulas just don’t compare.

UPDATE 4/20/14: I still have this spatula. It still is my favorite.

Apr 18

Hose Nozzle / Hand Sprayer ★★★★★

Hose Nozzle / Hand Sprayer – 7 Spray Settings Water Saving Plastic Garden Hose End Sprayer – 1 Year Replacement Warranty – Yellow Nozzle

I got a nozzle just like this at a city event from a booth promoting water conservation. I can see why they work. Water only squirts out when I’m squeezing the trigger, not when I put it down and the extra pressure in the nozzle means I don’t have to turn the water up so high.

There are seven setting to choose from: shower, jet, flat, center, cone, soaker, mist. I leave mine on shower, because I use the hose most often to wash my dog. The mist setting is very fine. Jet is strong. My least favorite is soaker, which resembles a broken fire hydrant.

I like this Hose Nozzle / Hand Sprayer. I had moved my hoses around and lost track of my other one, so I was glad to have another one to replace it. It’s much better than the single option gun sprayers. I can set it any way I like.

This product was provided for review by Pretmanns.

Apr 18

StufZ Burger Press ★★★☆☆

StufZ Burger Press

This is my first stuffed burger press. I thought I’d be able to put a ball of meat in and pound it into form (says so in the instructions), but that was not to be. First, I need to shape it somewhat into a patty. Then, press it, and a shallow well forms in that patty. Fill it up, then form a second patty for the top. Press it with the burger press. Voila. A stuffed burger.

The key is to shape the meat into a patty before sticking it into the press. Speaking of sticking, wet the press if you have any problems.

StufZ Burger Press works, though not as smoothly as I dreamed. I stuffed a bunch of burger patties and froze half of them. My husband wasn’t crazy about my recipe, but that’s the cook’s fault. Ahem.

Since we have to do most of the work in shaping the patties before pressing, and we have to do it twice for each burger, I give it three stars. It’s not as quick and easy as they make it look.

This product was provided for review by Interact Marketing.

Apr 18

Pogi’s Poop Bags ★★★★★

Pogi’s Poop Bags – 10 Rolls 150 Bags – Large, Earth-Friendly, Scented, Leak Proof Waste Bag – Perfect for Small, Medium, and Large Dogs. Lifetime Guarantee

There are poop bags, then there are poop bags. Pogi’s Poop Bags are noticeably better quality than el cheapo from the dollar store. They are lightly scented. I can smell a fresh powder scent with each pull from the dispenser. They separate from the roll easily, and I don’t get holes in any of the bags. They are thicker, more durable.

Don’t just think poop for these poop bags. There are so many more uses. Use them to dispose of any unpleasant messes like small soiled diapers, or those things that risk clogging the plumbing on a monthly basis – ladies, I’m talking to you!

These are good quality poop bags. I like them.

This product was provided for review by Pogi’s Pet Supplies.

Apr 18

400 Yard Water Balloon Launcher ★★★★☆

400 Yard Water Balloon Launcher

Of the four different water balloon launchers (100, 200, 300, and 400 yards), the 400 Yard Water Balloon Launcher is the thickest, tightest one. It is the hardest to pull and for children to operate. For them, balloons don’t go any farther than with the 100 yard launcher. They just can’t pull hard enough. Between all the launchers, the farthest we could get was 60 meters. Even at 60 meters, it was hard to follow the balloons and see them land. I can’t imagine watching a balloon go 400 yards.

These launchers are a fun outdoor group activity. My kids enjoyed themselves. Just pick the size that’s right for you. If you want to launch 400 yards, you’ll need some big, burly men. I’m not sure if it can be done, but they’d have a better chance. If you have kids, stick with the 100 yard launcher. It’s less expensive, they won’t have to struggle, and they can get the balloons just as far.

This product was provided for review by Bam Launcher.

Apr 18

Safety Girl SC-282 Polycarbonate Navigator Safety Glasses ★★★★★

Safety Girl SC-282 Polycarbonate Navigator Safety Glasses, Clear Lens, Pink Frame

I bought these Safety Girl Safety Glasses because they were inexpensive and I needed them for my kids and brother while playing with their human slingshot. I have another set of safety glasses at home and these have less glare. Clarity is good. They are comfortable and they are flexible enough that they fit me, my tween children, and my brother. Nice.

Apr 18

LG Decoy VX8610 Cell Phone Car Charger ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 6, 2009.

LG Decoy VX8610 Cell Phone Car Charger

I normally charge my LG decoy in the cradle at home. It usually takes a few hours to charge. With the LG Decoy Car Charger, my phone can go from completely dead to ¼ charged in 5 minutes. In about 20 minutes, the battery indicator is full. When I’m in the car, I need a quick charge and this charger does the job.

Apr 18

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace★★★☆☆

This review was originally posted on May 7, 2009.

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

by Ayelet Waldman

I read Bad Mother expecting to identify with some of the guilt we moms heap on each other and ourselves, perhaps muse about our lot in life. Instead, it is a book filled with the political agendas of Ayelet Waldman. I had to stop every now and then to think just how a chapter relates to motherhood, and yes it does always somehow find a link. There’s gay rights, abortion rights, interracial families, the rights of the poor and more. Sometimes, it is merely a chapter attempting to publicly defend what she had written or done years before.

The writing style is not bad, but the political leanings are strongly to the left, and the last chapter is spent preaching and attempting to be profound, which I did not find her revelations to be. Those leaning heavily to the left may enjoy this book. Others, like me, may just find her so far out in left field that they cannot relate.

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

Apr 16

iXCC ® Dual USB 3.1 Amp [15 Watt] White Car Charger ★★★★☆

iXCC ® Dual USB 3.1 Amp [15 Watt] White Car Charger

The iXCC ® Dual Car Charger comes with a 2.1 and 1 amp port. I prefer they both be 2.1 amp, because I don’t want to have search for the 2.1 amp port.

I use the charger to charge my dash cam and my iPhone at the same time. It juts out of the console, but I like that. I never need to look down to find it.

Charging is pretty quick on the 2.1 amp port. I got a 35% charge on my iPhone 4S just driving to and from school to pick up my daughter.

It’s handy to have if you own small electronic devices that charge via USB. Just about every cell phone on the market is like that, and all the tablets. It’s a great way to keep them charged up.

This product was provided for review by iXCC.