Jul 15

EACHINE E10W Mini Wifi Quadcopter ★★★★☆

EACHINE E10W Mini Wifi Quadcopter With HD Camera 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis LED RC Nano Drone FPV Mode 2

EACHINE E10W Mini Wifi Quadcopter With HD Camera 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis LED RC Nano Quadcopter Drone FPV Mode 2

This is an amazing little drone, the smallest I’ve ever flown. Smaller typically means less stable, but it is remarkably stable and easy to fly. In fact, there are four options for flying:

1) remote control only,
2) remote control with FPV (first person view using phone app),
3) virtual controls on phone app,
4) gravity control (tilt to steer) via phone app.

Use of the phone app requires a Wi-Fi connection. In my house, the connection is solid and I don’t notice a lag. I prefer to use either methods 1 or 2 for flying, because it gives me tactile feedback. Thus, the remote is easier to use. Gravity control still requires my thumb on the screen to control altitude and rotation. It requires the most concentration because I must move my thumb while moving the phone.

The E10W has a camera, but the camera only works through the app and the images are stored on your phone. There’s a slot that looks like it might fit a micro SD card, but I couldn’t get one in and instructions don’t mention a card. I didn’t try very hard because I didn’t want to break it.

I charged the battery for 45 minutes when I got it. With such a small battery, I expected minimal flying time. The first three minutes or so gave me the strongest flying where it was most responsive. After that, it takes a little time to gain altitude after allowing it to drop but it’s still very flyable if you don’t push it. In making my video, I flew it for nine minutes before it stopped giving me lift. In the toy drone world, that’s pretty good.

This drone won’t do flips or other stunts, but I’m impressed with headless mode and return to home. Small drones don’t need return to home (returns at the touch of a button), but it is so cool to watch. It’s like watching a UFO coming in for a landing.

The drone comes with four blades, but I would like to see more. There are no blade guards and these blade break easily when it crashes, though extra blades can be purchased on Amazon. Curiously, there’s a piece that comes with it that reminds me of a tiny doorstop. I honestly have no idea what it is and the instructions make no mention of it, but I think it somehow might be related to the blades.

Overall, the phone is a sweet package. I love it!

This product was provided for review by EachinedirectUS.

Jul 15

Mott’s Snack & Go Strawberry Kiwi Applesauce ★★★★☆

Mott’s Snack & Go Strawberry Kiwi Applesauce, 3.2 oz pouches

Mott's Snack & Go Strawberry Kiwi Applesauce, 3.2 oz pouches

My daughter likes any type of food she can squeeze through a tube or pouch. She also loves applesauce, strawberries, and kiwis, so this applesauce mix was a sure winner. For an applesauce, I thought it was somewhat dry, but the family enjoyed it. My son, not a big fan of kiwi, even said it tasted okay. I’m not sure I could detect the kiwi as much as the strawberries and apples, but it was tasty.

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

Jul 15

Elkridge Deer Antler Dog Chew Toy ★☆☆☆☆

Petstages Elkridge Deer Antler Dog Chew Toy

Petstages Elkridge Deer Antler Dog Chew Toy

Elkridge deer antler went over like a lead balloon. Doggy sniffed it, took it around the house a few steps, then put it down and never touched it again. My daughter is dissing it. “I don’t understand why a dog would want to chew on it.” She has a point. It may say on the package that there’s real antler mixed in somehow, but it feels like plastic. I’m sure it must taste like it, too.

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

Jul 15

Nintendo 3DS ★★★★★

Nintendo 3DS – Flame Red

Nintendo 3DS - Flame Red

My kids have owned nearly every iteration of the Nintendo handheld systems. I had been playing Pokémon SoulSilver on my son’s New 3DS XL, but he kicked me off and offered me his old 3DS. SoulSilver works on both, so I guess I get to compare. Certainly, if I had a choice, I would take the New 3DS XL. It is larger, more comfortable to hold, and easier on the eyes; but this “ancient” 3DS is no turkey. Compared to the Game Boy Advance SP, I like it. The primary buttons that I need are located in the same place as on the New 3DS XL. The 3D feature, I never use because I’ve seen it when my children first got this system and it hurts my eyes. Game loading is a little slower and the screen wobbles a bit. Considering the abuse this has taken, it is quite durable. Overall, a winner, if you are looking to save a few bucks.

Jul 13

Zhencheng Speed Drift Motorcycle ★★★★☆

Zhencheng Speed Drift Motorcycle

Zhencheng Speed Drift Motorcycle

I had another RC motorcycle once before, but this one’s so different. You’d have to see it to understand. It *turns*, not in the way most motorcycles turn. It sort of drifts sideways, which is so cool. Sometimes, that makes it a little harder to control, as turning left might mean left, or it may spin a little; and I get a little disoriented when “turning” in reverse.

This one of those motorcycles you’ll have to run on flat ground with few bumps. Sidewalks (too many cracks) and inclines tend to make it fall over, as the training wheels aren’t spaced wide enough to provide stability. Unfortunately, I only have sidewalks and inclines outside, but the motorcycle performs well on my tile floor, where it only falls over when my dog gets involved. It simply shines on smooth, flat surfaces. If you don’t have that, you might be disappointed. Minus one star for this limitation.

This product was provided for review by ZC Toys.

Jul 13

SAT Premier 2017 with 5 Practice Tests: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep) ★★★★☆

SAT Premier 2017 with 5 Practice Tests: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep)

SAT Premier 2017 with 5 Practice Tests: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep)

As far as test preparation goes, this is an excellent book. It covers every aspect of the test students are likely to encounter and clearly explains the logic behind test taking strategies. Every section includes sample questions along with answers and the reasoning behind them. Two tests are included in the end: one diagnostic test and one practice test. They are identical in length and format, and there is no explanation as to the difference. No other diagnostic material is included other than the test and the students’ own assessment of how they did.

The online portion includes some instructional videos on each section (math, reading, and writing), quizzes, three full-length practice tests, and two official SAT practice tests. The videos are seriously boring. They are just PowerPoint-type slides with people talking in the background. There are six math quizzes, six reading quizzes, and six writing quizzes. I find them good practice.

The whole package is outstanding with one glaring exception: Students will have to divulge an enormous amount of personal information to access the online portion, including name, residency, high school, graduation date, etc. I was not happy with that, so of course, some of the information I input was not complete or exactly correct.

Finally, if you want your money back guarantee because your score did not improve, you will have to send this heavy book back on your own dime and write 50 words or less why the book didn’t help.

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

Jul 13

Star Wars Passenger Series – “A New Hope” Storm Trooper ★★★★★

Star Wars Passenger Series – “A New Hope” Storm Trooper

Star Wars Passenger Series -

I have both Darth Vader and a stormtrooper riding in my car. You should note that Darth Vader goes on the driver’s side and the stormtrooper goes on the passenger’s side. Otherwise, they will be facing backwards.

Children absolutely love these decals, especially the stormtrooper because he shows up better on tinted windows. They are showstoppers for adults, as well. I have gotten positive comments, honks, and thumbs up from drivers everywhere I’ve gone. They’re an absolute hit.

As for interfering with visibility (a huge concern of my husband’s), they haven’t caused any problems. I put them on the rear side windows of my minivan, windows I don’t look through much even to change lanes. I can see through them, though. They block the view as much as the car shades with the holes in them do.

Love, love, love these decals. I can’t wait to show them off at Comic Con.

Jul 13

Benson Mills Vinyl Table Pad ★★★★☆

Benson Mills Deluxe Vinyl 52-Inch by 120-Inch Table Pad

Benson Mills Deluxe Vinyl 52-Inch by 120-Inch Table Pad

Yes, it comes wrinkled. I’ve read about putting it in the dryer on low to get those wrinkles out, but I’m not going to worry about that right now. I’m just happy to have something that would protect the wood on my table. The protector is flannel on one side and vinyl on the other. This one was too big for my table, so I cut it. If you have two small tables, you could save money by buying one large protector and cutting it in half. This protector is on my table right now and I can tell it will do a fine job of keeping fluids off and insulating the wood from heat. Minus one star for all the wrinkles, though I’m not sure how that could have been helped.

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

Jul 13

8 Practice Tests for the SAT 2017 ★★★★☆

8 Practice Tests for the SAT 2017: 1,200+ SAT Practice Questions (Kaplan Test Prep)

8 Practice Tests for the SAT 2017: 1,200+ SAT Practice Questions (Kaplan Test Prep)

If you keep buying all these SAT test prep books only to find them filled with study tips, test taking strategies, and sample questions while what you really want to do is practice, practice, practice, this is the book for you! It is filled with nothing but practice tests — eight of them, all full-length. The publishers guarantee you will improve your score. I can’t vouch for that, but to take them up on it, you have to send that thick, *heavy* book back with the sales receipt and 50 words or less on why you couldn’t get smarter. Hah! Minus one star for a guarantee that is guaranteed to not to be used.

I have taken a test (not all 8, I’m not going to be taking the SAT, my son is). There’s no way for me to tell how it matches up to the real deal, but the answers are well-written and I can understand where I went wrong.

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

Jul 13

Mott’s for Tots Apple ★★★★☆

Mott’s for Tots Apple

Mott's for Tots Apple

Here I am, sipping a box of Mott’s for Tots apple juice. Certainly, I’m not a tot, but I can still appreciate good apple juice. My kids do, too, and I don’t think they care a whit about the “tot” label. Never mind that it’s not so sweet. I won’t point that out to them. It’s apple juice, and watered down juice is not so bad.

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

ADDENDUM: My son finally complained that the apple juice wasn’t sweet enough. My daughter pointed out that it has 40% less sugar. She doesn’t think anything’s wrong with it, though. She still likes it.