Rondele Plain Cheese Spread is a great alternative to cream cheese when you need to store your spread at room temperature. It only needs to be refrigerated once opened. I buy the single servings and store them in the pantry to use with the bagels I have in the freezer. The flavor and consistency is very much like cream cheese. I would have just assumed that is was. My daughter thinks it is. Yum.
This review was originally posted October 18, 2009.
I have heard so many wonderful things about the Harmony line of remotes. I could not wait to try the Logitech Harmony 700.
OUT OF THE BOX
In the box came a remote with a USB cord and a charger with partially charged rechargeable batteries.
The remote is sleek and stylish. It is weighted towards the bottom, but my hand wants to be in the middle to control the buttons up top, so there were balance issues, but no big deal.
I have lots of rechargeable NiMh batteries, so I put a pair of fully charged hybrid batteries in. That way, I wouldn’t need to plug in my remote very soon. It immediately flashed instructions on the little tiny screen about how to set it up, including when to connect to a computer and what website to visit.
Setup was easy but much more time consuming than I expected from all the buzz. I am not that familiar with the Harmony remotes, but I thought ease of setup was its allure. So when the instructions said to allot 45 minutes for setting up, I was surprised. And remember, you’ll need a computer with an internet connection. For the technologically challenged, this could be a problem.
Most of my time was spent pulling the AV units out of the cabinets and looking for a model number. I also had to run up and downstairs in order to answer setup questions about how the remote operations are set up on my television. Once, when I did not know the answer to a question of how my old remote is set up, the Harmony “learned” from my old remote by having me place my old remote behind it.
The availability of channel icons is pretty limited. I could not find most of the ones I wanted and had to either go without or find them on the internet, download them, unzip them and install them.
Once I was done, I got to experience the beauty of the remote.
Once it’s set up, it’s very easy to use. My 8 year old figured it out right away. My husband, who’s not technologically savvy, figured it out.
The favorites show up on screen as soon as I press the “watch TV” button. If you have a very challenged family member, put their favorites right there and s/he can just press the button next to his/her favorite channel.
I press a button and all the proper equipment turns on or off. Want to watch TV? The satellite receiver and TV turn on but the DVD player and VCR stays off. Want to watch a movie on DVD? Press the button and the DVD player, TV and satellite receiver (I have that set to always be on but it can be set to automatically be off) are on but the VCR stays off.
The biggest disadvantage with the operation I see is a mild delay when I press the commands. Press the “watch TV” button and I have to wait a second. Press the Disney channel and I have to wait a second. It’s not a long wait, but it is noticeable.
+ a true all in one remote
+ Harmony remote can “learn” from other remotes
+ easy to use and learn
+ one touch on/off operation — simultaneously turn everything you need on and off at once (things you don’t need on will stay off)
+ set up instructions flash on screen when batteries installed — includes which website to visit
+ sleeps when put down, wakes up when picked up
+ favorite channels show on remote screen when watching TV for quick access
+ comes with batteries
- allow 45 minutes to set up
- included icon selection is limited — must download your own
- must plug in to recharge — no cradle, and no memory if batteries removed
- need an internet connection for setup
- weighted towards the bottom but my hands wants to be near the top — causes balance issues
- slight delay between pressing a command button and seeing the action desired
Overall a terrific device, definitely a step above the all-in-one remotes requiring code entry. Love the customizability of the favorites channels and the ability to add icons. Wish I didn’t have to go hunting the internet for those icons and would like a cradle for my next Harmony. I do plan on upgrading one day.
UPDATE: I did find a way to fix the delay issue in the online manual (that is another disadvantage, no printed manual), but I haven’t gotten around to fixing it, yet. If it’s a problem to fix, I will update.
UPDATE: Before writing the initial review, I did take out the batteries to see what would happen with the remote. When I put them back in, the remote would not turn the TV or any other device on, so I had to go back to the computer to get my settings back — hence the comment about no memory.
I have since been told there is a memory, so I went back to try again. This time, I did get the settings back, but it was not perfect. Some things changed, little things, like the remote assistant is on when I turn on the TV. I had it set to off.
Thank you, Logitech, for assisting me. At least I know there is a memory.
This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.
I thought my kids would like Snikiddy All Natural Baked Corn Puffs, but I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. Turns out, it’s pretty good. If you like Cheetos Puffs, this is a milder version. My whole family enjoyed it and Cheetos is the first thing that came to everyone’s mind. I’m surprised the makers of Cheetos didn’t come up with this. One bag didn’t last very long in this house. It’s good, almost addictive.
This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.
I just recently gave up my diet caffeine-free sodas for water. I didn’t want juice for all the Calories, but I longed for some flavor. Enter Chef’s Star® Fruit Infused Pitcher
. I am so happy to have this. I put in some cut up raspberries and out came lightly flavored like just like the waters we can buy in the stores. Yum.
When done, I just take it apart and put it in the dishwasher. I love kitchen gadgets that are dishwasher safe.
The one thing that doesn’t work that well is the tube that holds ice. It does make the water cold, but it’s not as cold as if the ice was actually in the water. If we have water in the pitcher, there’s no reason not to put ice directly in the water. If it’s some other drink, putting ice in the tube will help prevent the drink from getting watered down. It is removable if you don’t want the tube and infuser. If you want to use the infuser, the tube is attached to it. You don’t have much choice.
I don’t mind the tube at all, if it means I get the infuser. It’s great to always have flavored water around whenever I want. It’s inexpensive, healthy, and tastes great.
This product was provided for review by Dakota Trading.
ADDENDUM: I would like to add that when the tube is used, ice or water needs to be in it to weigh it down or else the tube will float the lid off.
uNu Enerpak Flexi Portable USB Battery Pack with Integrated Charging Cable – Black / Blue, Compatible with iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad Mini, iPods (Apple adapters not included), Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, HTC One M7, M4; Google Glass, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, LG Optimus G2, GoPro and More
The uNu Enerpak Flexi Battery Pack gets an “A” for style. One small power bank with a charging cord stored onboard. It can be removed and used either for charging your small electronic devices or charging the power bank itself. The cord has a micro USB connector. If that’s what your device uses, it’s possible you may not need to bring any extra cords along on your travels.
The Flexi can charge any device that charges with a USB port. I have an iPhone 4S which uses a 30-pin connector. That’s not included, but I use a charging cable I already own. It plugs right into the power bank and I’m able to get two full charges from the Flexi.
The Flexi also charges my Kindle HD 8.9″ tablet. Of course, it doesn’t have the capacity to give it a full charge, but it can give it a good partial charge to keep me going. The micro USB head on the Flexi cable has a bit of plastic around the connector, so it doesn’t fit the Kindle port well with its case on.
This is a good power bank for cell phone users — small, convenient, and a splash of style,
+ small, lightweight, stylish
+ includes micro USB charging cord stored onboard
+ can give an iPhone two full charges
+ matte finish (no fingerprints!)
- no extra connectors included
- micro USB head needs extra clearance on device to seat securely
- 1 amp output (slow charge)
This product was provided for review by uNu Electronics.
Avery Mailing Seals are perforated. They are also matte with a rough finish so they can be printed or written on. I was expecting smooth and glossy. Templates are provided on the Avery site.
There is a tear away feature for each column of seals, so they can quickly be removed from the sheet and applied. If you are doing large volume mailing, it is a convenience.
Personally, I just wish they were glossy. Otherwise, they work fine. The perforation is an added bonus.
Life Cereal is one of my family’s favorite cereals. Even my son likes it, and that’s saying a lot. It’s light and crunchy, full of cinnamon flavor with just a touch of sweetness.
Low in fat and calories, sugar is not too bad in my book (that’s always debatable depending on who you ask, but I don’t think 8 grams per serving is horrible). It even contains fiber and protein and 9 vitamins and minerals.
We love this cereal for breakfast, or any time we need a quick on the go snack in a bag.
per 3/4 cup serving:
Calories – 120
total fat – 1.5 grams
protein – 3 grams
fiber – 2 grams
sugars – 8 grams
total carbohydrate – 25 grams
Hefty Slider Bags are nice bags. I prefer them to the regular sealing bags because I don’t need to feel around to make sure they are sealed.
The seals do fail under less pressure than the regular bags, so if you’re cramming the bags full of whatever, you may want to look elsewhere. Under normal usage conditions, the seal seems to hold together fine.
The bags have a little weight and thickness to them, enough to not feel cheap. I feel confident they won’t tear easily. We always have some around just in we need some for storing food or knickknacks.
The Car Trash Bag hangs on the headrest of a car either behind the seat or in front of it. It can be used for more than just trash. I store my small electronic devices in it for easy reach.
There are a lot of little features to this bag. The bag has a Velcro closure. The sides have mesh pockets for small supplies. The bottom has a hook attached to an elastic strap. Hook that to the bottom of the car’s seat to hold the bottom of the bag closer to the seatback. Inside the bag are straps that snap around the handles of the plastic bags to hold them up – keeps the inside of the trash bag clean.
The Velcro strap that goes around the headrest is quite strong, but some of the other features need improvement. For instance, the strap with a hook. I’m worried the hook may eventually rub a hole at the bottom of the seat where it attaches. This hook and strap are a permanent fixture on the bag, so if we don’t want it, it’s there anyway. I guess we can cut it off, but maybe it would have been better if it there was a way to remove it or store it.
The straps inside the bag that snap around the handles of a bag is a great idea. Unfortunately, most grocery bags are so big that these straps don’t do much to hold the bag up. If you have small bags with handles, this could work.
The Velcro that holds the bag closed is good unless the bag is on the full side. For the most part, it does its job.
I find the bag more useful in front of an empty passenger seat. Behind the passenger seat, it gets in the way of the person sitting behind it. When my son sits behind it, he always takes it down.
Overall, the trash bag is well constructed. I would say it works best in cars where there’s a seat that is always empty, like the front of my front passenger seat. It holds everything I need.
This product was provided for review by Storage Goddess.
UPDATE: The vendor pointed out to me that the straps on the inside of the trash bag do not need to go through the handles of the shopping bag to hold it up. Place the plastic between the snap buttons and close them. I went and tried it and he’s right. Lightbulb moment! Those straps are useful because of the snap buttons on the end of them, not the straps themselves. I’m not sure if a lot of people would get this right off the bat. A visual aid or instruction sheet would help point out these features, but I’m happy to know this nifty little fact.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I first saw the Dream Bath Christmas Shoes Soap Dispenser/Lotion Dispenser. I honestly expected dollar store quality, but that is not what I got. The detail and craftsmanship is very nice, not at all cheap. I especially noticed the colors. They are precisely done, not thrown on. There is no spilling over from one color to the other. The pump feels like plastic but looks more like metal, and the ceramic has weight to it.
The dispenser works as well as expected. I use it for liquid hand soap and I haven’t had any issues with it pumping just what I need.
It’s an attractive dispenser. I plan on using this every Christmas until it falls apart, which doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.
This product was provided for review by Appearances International.