Apr 24

Back to Basics Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Potato Recipe ★★★★☆

Back to Basics Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Potato Recipe

My dog thinks Back to Basics Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is okay. I know that because she doesn’t clean her bowl except when she’s really hungry. If she loves the dog food, she will dance around when she sees it, which she doesn’t do.

It looks like little round balls of kibble, very plain. Then again, it is “Back to Basics.”

This is not upsetting to my dog’s digestive tract, and I actually like that she doesn’t gorge herself on it. She’s been getting chunky on the delicious stuff. Now, she needs to lose weight. Stop when full is the best way to do it.

Apr 24

iHangy ★★★★☆

iHangy IHG-ONT-84709 Adjustable Lanyard Music Necklace and Earbuds for iPhone 3/3G/4/4S/iPod – Black

When I was offered the iHangy for review, I told Ontrion I wasn’t keen on having my iPhone hanging around my neck. They sent it anyway. Gutsy move. I thought, here’s a company that believes in its product. So, I’ve been using it on my daily walks.

I was a little self-conscious, at first, but now I don’t feel as ridiculous as I imagined. The phone attaches via the charging port, but it’s secure. I haven’t had any accidental releases that I imagined would happen. In fact, sometimes I forget it’s not a charging cord and just try to yank it out. It doesn’t come off unless I simultaneously squeeze the release buttons on the side.

The attached ear buds are metal, which means I can wipe them off with alcohol. They don’t slip out, but I get a better fit with other types of ear buds. These don’t block ambient noise, if I keep the volume down. I like that, since I’m walking and I want to hear the car coming before it hits me.

The ear buds connect via auxiliary port, so I don’t have to bother with Bluetooth. I get crisp and clear music in stereo with my iPhone 4S. It lacks a little in warmth but it’s not bad at all. The average listener would not find have any issues with it.

Although I’m still not a fan of wearing my phone on a lanyard, I like the iHangy more than I thought I would. It allows me quick access to the phone and a great thing to have when I don’t have pockets. I wouldn’t recommend it for the gym or jogging, since the phone swings around and is likely to be bumped or get in the way. It’s best used for walking.

If you want to wear your phone, this works quite well. The mount is secure and the sound quality good. It’s a convenient way to keep a phone handy without a wallet.

This product was provided for review by Ontrion.

Apr 24

Trouble On Cloud City (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights) ★★★★☆

Trouble On Cloud City (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights)

by Kevin J. Anderson

Trouble On Cloud City was better than Return to Ord Mantell. Lando sounds like Lando. We finally figure out why andris is so bad, and the children’s adventure gets more interesting as Anja tries to figure out her place in the whole mess.

Trouble always follows the Jedi kids. How convenient that it goes with them on vacation and just happens to tie in with Anja and Czethros. A little too coincidental, but still a good light read.

Apr 24

Polident 3-Minute Anti-Bacterial Denture Cleanser Tablets ★★★★★

This review was originally posted April 27, 2009.

Polident 3-Minute Anti-Bacterial Denture Cleanser Tablets, Triple Mint Fresh

I was first introduced to Polident when I was in high school. I wore retainers, which I cleaned everyday by scrubbing with my toothbrush and some toothpaste. Apparently, that was not good enough, as my retainers began to grow mold. Yuck! My parents did not have money growing on trees. After all that expensive orthodontic work, I needed to use my retainers. I didn’t have money to buy new ones, so I tried Polident. It worked like magic. The mold magically disappeared. I have been a convert ever since.

The other day, I caught my husband trying to clean his retainers by soaking them in vinegar. I told him to use Polident, which he refused, saying vinegar will do the trick. Of course, it didn’t. The retainers and their case were pretty disgusting with who-knows-what growing inside. He came back to get Polident and his retainers are now good as new.

I have found other uses for Polident, as well. The hamster’s water bottle can get slimy, even with frequent water changes. A bottle brush doesn’t reach all nooks and crannies. In goes the Polident and they’ve got a fresh, clean water bottle.

The newer Polident works much faster than before, not that it took very long back then anyway. Three minutes. Just soak my retainers as I’m brushing and flossing my teeth and they are done. They always taste nice and fresh and are never moldy.

Apr 24

The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 2, 2009.

The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

by Kelly Pulley

When my 7 year old son came to me with questions about God, I confess I did not have many answers for him as I am agnostic and not very religious. He was so persistent, I bought The Beginner’s Bible for him. He’s not much of a reader, but he devoured this book.

My 5 year old daughter is also turning out to be quite religious. She had many questions and my son read this book to her. They both love it. The stories are simple and easy enough for a 7 year old to read and understand. The illustrations are bright and colorful, the type that would captivate a young audience.

Since I am not very religious, I do not know enough about the bible to judge the accuracy of the stories or be offended by any variations from it. I do know that my young son, who never reads unless it`s a school assignment, read every page at least twice.

Apr 22

Disney Sugar-Free Multivitamin Gummies ★★★★★

Disney Sugar-Free Multivitamin Gummies, 60 Count

If you’re buying these Disney Sugar-Free Multivitamin Gummies because your child wants Winnie the Pooh or Goofy, think again. They aren’t all Disney characters, they are just Mickey Mouse heads. If you ask my kids, they are delicious. Better than that, they’re happy to have two gummies each per day. (Children 2 to 4 can only take one gummy per day.) What that means is a 60 count bottle only lasts me half a month between the two kids.

While these gummy vitamins are not as complete as some of the chewable vitamin tablets, they children are much more excited about them and I don’t have to make them take them. It gives me peace of mind that we have some of the bases covered if we happen to be missing something in their diet.

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

Apr 22

Dilly Dally ★★★☆☆

Dilly Dally

I don’t normally like pickles. When I see them in my hamburger, I take them out. When they’re on the side, I leave them be, so I wasn’t sure about eating pickle flavored candy. Nevertheless, I gave it a shot, and it was surprisingly good.

Dilly Dally is a love it or hate it candy. Half of my friends and family love it. The other half couldn’t wait to spit it out. It’s even a 50/50 split amongst pickle lovers.

It’s hard to decide the star rating. It’s either 1 or 5 stars, so I’ll give it 3, because there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll like it. If you like it, then you’ll love it.

This product was provided for review by Barrels of Yum.

Apr 22

Alaska Bear – Extra Large Size 100% Pure Silk Eye Mask Sleeping Mask ★★★★★

Alaska Bear – Extra Large Size 100% Pure Silk Eye Mask Sleeping Mask Eyeshade (Black)

I’ve owned a quite a few sleep masks, and I have to declare Alaska Bear to be the ultimate in sleep masks. I’ve never had a sleep mask so completely block out the light. Nothing goes through it. Nothing goes around it. It is large, no peeking. And soft. It’s so soft, and the band is adjustable, so it will fit anyone.

Naps have never been more peaceful. If you think a sleep mask is a sleep mask, think again. They are not all created equal. This one is more equal than others.

This product was provided for review by AccMarket.

Apr 22

Caress Daily Silk Body Wash ★★★★★

Caress Daily Silk Body Wash with White Peach and Silky Orange Blossom

I like any kind of body wash that lathers up thick and rich and doesn’t feel watered down. Caress Daily Silk Body Wash qualifies. It’s lightly scented in floral blossoms, not overpowering, and the creamy texture makes me feel moisturized just looking at it. It must work. My skin isn’t dry at all when I’m done.

Apr 22

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food – 10 Piece Set ★★★★☆

This review was originally posted May 3, 2009.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food – 10 Piece Set

What quality. My 5 year-old daughter has had this Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food for a long time and it’s still here and she’s still playing with it. I wouldn’t recommend it for toddlers who like to throw their toys, but for those who enjoy pretend play, this is great. The paint doesn’t chip or fade and the wood doesn’t splinter. It really holds up with time.