Oct 23

Neat Solutions Dora the Explorer Potty Topper ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 7, 2007.

Neat Solutions Dora the Explorer Potty Topper Disposable Stick-in-Place Toilet Seat Covers, 40-Count

There are other seat covers out there, but Potty Toppers are superior. The tape keeps them from falling in the toilet and they are waterproof, for icky situations. Great for travel. I even use them myself when we are in a restroom that doesn’t supply the paper ones. Of course, we can’t flush them. I just put them in the sanitary napkin disposal bins.

Oct 23

Epson Iron-on Cool Peel Transfer ★★★★☆

This review was originally posted June 7, 2007.

Epson Iron-on Cool Peel Transfer (8.5×11 Inches, 10 Sheets) (S041153)

I am making a bunch of t-shirts for my son’s birthday.  Epson Iron-on Cool Peel Transfer is the first brand I used and Avery is the second brand. I’ve never done iron-ons before this.

Avery has much brighter colors but it feels more waxy, which I’m not sure will disappear with washing. Epson has duller colors but the less waxy feel is a plus. After washing, it feels even more softer and I don’t notice right off that it’s an iron-on.

After washing, the Epson image is a little faded, but it’s not cracked or anything. I’m sure if we had followed washing instructions, the colors would probably be more nicely preserved, but we are too lazy for that.

My husband wants me to make him a bunch of shirts now, so I’d say he is impressed enough.

Oct 23

Edimax IC-7001W Security Camera ★★★★★

Edimax IC-7001W Wireless Pan/Tilt Network IP Security Camera, Easy to Setup, Support Night Vision, Motion Detection, and Free App for Live View on Smartphone/Tablet (White)

Installation is the most difficult part of installing a security cam system. Anyone who can make that simple, wins the award. Edimax? Will you step up, please?

I have never had a security cam install as quickly as the Edimax IC-7001W Wireless Pan/Tilt Network IP Security Camera did. I set it to detect motion and to email me a photo. Often, it will send me a series of photos. It can also be set to upload video files.

From my HTC One M8, I can pan and tilt the camera, watching everything in real time. I’ve always wanted a security cam that can do that.

The picture is full color, and clear (though small).

The last time I went out of town overnight, I set this camera out to record all activity. My neighbor came over and waved to the camera. I got her picture on my phone right away. It was hilarious.

The only problem I’ve had with the camera is the Wi-Fi connection to the cloud. I can connect to the network, no problem. If I want to view the cam remotely, I need to use an Ethernet cable to connect to the network.

For me, the router is not near my window. To set the camera near the window, I connect the Ethernet cable to the powerline adapter. That setup works just fine.

Even with the Wi-Fi problem, this is my all time favorite security cam. It would be perfect if the Wi-Fi connection to cloud would work, but it suits my needs regardless. There’s always an outlet close enough to my windows.

This product was provided for review by Edimax.

Oct 21

Lerway Digital Thermometer & Hygrometer★★★★★

Lerway Digital Thermometer & Hygrometer

I have two other indoor thermometers with hygrometers. To test this Lerway Digital Thermometer, I set all three units in the same area and observed them over a period of weeks. It turns out the temperature measurements were the same across all three devices. The humidity readings for the Lerway agreed with one of my thermometers but not the other. In my limited experiment, the odd one out is not a Lerway.

This 4 inch thermometer could be carried anywhere or mounted with adhesive pads (included). I like the small size and the simplicity.

This product was provided for review by Lerway.

Oct 21

Unitek Y-2155A Multi Stands Station ★★★☆☆

[5- bay docking station]Unitek Y-2155A Multi Stands Station For iPad Tablet, Smart Phone

The Unitek Multi Stands Station helps organize the clutter by standing all the tablets and phones on their sides. It frees up space around the charging station.

I like the weight and the design. Simple is sometimes better, and nothing can beat this for simple.

There’s one wide slot and four slim slots. I wish there were more wide slots. None of my phones will fit in the slim slot with their cases on. With the cases off, I have better luck. That’s what I’ve been doing, but who wants to keep removing cases just to put them in a stand?

My Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet will fit in the wide slot with its case on. All the phones will fit in the wide slot with the cases on.

I love the design. It would be five stars, if only the slots were wide enough to hold all my devices.

This product was provided for review by Unitek.

Oct 21

Fruit Infused Water Bottle By Acquablend ★★★★★

Fruit Infused Water Bottle By Acquablend – Create Your Own Naturally Infused Flavored Vitamin Water – BPA Free Environmentally Safe

I’ve owned a few different types of infusing water bottles and I like this design best. I don’t use it like it shows, though. Instead of placing fruit inside the infuser, I put it straight in the bottle and rely on the infuser to: 1) press the fruit to the bottom of the bottle; and 2) keep the fruit from clogging the spout.

Using the infuser as shown on the bottle on the Amazon listing doesn’t work very well. It holds the fruit too high above the water after just a few sips. After that, we’re only hoping for a hint of flavor from water washing over the fruit.

About the screw off lid, I prefer water bottles with lids I can’t misplace. At least the Acquablend Water Bottle is leakproof. Lay it on its side and water goes through the spout and stays. Nothing gets on my counter.

The bottle is dishwasher safe. I’m too lazy to do it any other way. That’s a major plus.

This product was provided for review by Acquablend.

Oct 21

Amzdeal ® Multi-purpose Aluminum Easel ★★★★☆

Amzdeal ® Multi-purpose Aluminum Easel 5 ft Aluminum Easel field Lightweight Display Tripod Menu Poster Picture Holder Stand Folding Light Weight Easelwith Travel Tote Bag (White)

The Amzdeal ® Multi-purpose Aluminum Easel is lightweight and portable. It comes with a carry bag, which I have no trouble packing it in. The legs extend and retract so that it can be used on a tabletop or floor. The horizontal bar can be affixed at varying heights.

I have another easel very similar to this and the difference is the stability of the legs. Neither easel has legs that lock outward. However, my other easel’s legs are stiffer and therefore hold a standing position better. This easel will stand, but the legs swing in and out easily. Being the klutz that I am, it’s harder for me to get it all configured. Hint: lock two of the legs out first by affixing the horizontal bar.

Once I have it up, though, it holds everything just fine. I like the versatility.

This product was provided for review by Amzdeal.

Oct 21

Beauty Essentials Plush Microfiber Hair Towel ★★★★☆

Luxe Beauty Essentials Plush Microfiber Hair Towel 19″ X 39″

At first glance, the Luxe Beauty Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel looked a bit on the small side. My hair falls past my shoulders to mid-back and this couldn’t possibly wrap it all. Not true. Although the width will not cover it, the length does. When I have it all up, only a few strands might peek through.

It’s soft and absorbent, more so than my turban style towels. After a few minutes in the wrap, my hair is as dry as it could get before blow drying. No dripping mess.

It works well, but I’d still like a little more width.

This product was provided for review by Hydracentials.

Oct 21

Ispeed Microfiber Ultra-compact Ultra Absorbent Quick-Drying Towel ★★★★☆

Ispeed Microfiber Ultra-compact Ultra Absorbent Quick-Drying Towel (52”x32”, Black)

The Ispeed Microfiber Towel surprised me with its generous size. I could wrap the whole thing around me to go downstairs and not feel exposed. It’s also thin, so thin it barely takes up any space when folded. Perfect for travel.

The towel is absorbent enough to dry me off completely after a shower. The only problem is it tends to cling to the body. We must blot, not rub. My husband dislikes that. If you must rub, this towel is not for you.

This product was provided for review by Ispeed.

Oct 21

HTC One M8 Case, E-Trends(TM) Hybrid Protective Bumper Case ★★★☆☆

HTC One M8 Case, E-Trends(TM) Hybrid Protective Bumper Case, Ultra Slim but Heavy Duty, Gold

The E-Trends(TM) Hybrid Protective Bumper Case fits my HTC One M8 like a glove. The pass-through volume buttons are slim, but they function well. The power button is recessed but accessible.

What annoys me is the lack of clearance around the micro USB port. I have a myriad of cables and none of them fit the opening. It’s a good thing the case is easy on, easy off. Still, what an inconvenience being forced to constantly remove the case whenever it needs charging.

I could rate this case higher if it weren’t for the port issue.

This product was provided for review by E-Trends Technology.