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Review: Urban Market Bags

“That is so cool.” The 20-something cashier at my local market was staring down as I took one of my new bags out of its little pouch and unfolded it. She was amazed that such a big bag came out of such a little one. I watched as she loaded all of my groceries into [...]

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Review: Kid Kanteen

It’s back-to-school day for many of us in the Northeast so I thought I would do a quick review. I received this nifty Kleen Kanteen Kid Kanteen last week. It’s the first time I’ve used a stainless steel water bottle in a few years. We stopped using them because the ones we had weren’t meeting [...]

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Review: Mario Kart 8

One of the best memories I have of my childhood goes back to when I was a young teen. It was the night that my entire family including my mom plus my two cousins and a few friends beat Arkanoid. For those born after 1990: Arkanoid was this cool game where you had to use [...]

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Pros: Organic cotton components. Contains no dioxide, pesticides, dyes, or other toxins; absorbent and comfortable. Cons: Can be more expensive than traditional “bargain” brands, depending on where you buy them. Not available in most conventional grocery or drug stores. Ever watch a husband buy period-related paraphernalia? I have, and it’s a hoot. They’re all embarrassed [...]

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Pros: Inexpensive; no petro chemicals or chemicals of any kind, actually; biodegradable; hypoallergenic Cons: Slightly messy; some prep work; no suds A few weeks ago I posted on a Facebook thread about soap nuts. In the post I said I’ve wanted to try them for a while, but haven’t had the chance to sit down [...]

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  Big Girl has the most amazing hair. I say that not just because I am her mother. Seriously. She has thick, red curly hair. The kind you see in magazines and covet for yourself. Except there’s something that you can’t see in those photos: The huge amount of product those girls have in their [...]

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Last month I struggled with a nasty food poisoning issue, so I have been trying to fill my belly with healthy, probiotic-filled yogurts. It was good news then when organic yogurt manufacturer Wallaby reached out and asked if I would be willing to review its new Greek yogurt line. They would send me coupons for [...]

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Review: Monsters University

I’m not really a movie person. It makes my husband nuts, actually. I tend to press pause a lot if we’re watching at home, and I can’t sit still at the movie theater, either. I get up and go to the bathroom a lot. It takes a really, really good movie to get me to [...]

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Pros: They keep shoulder pain to a minimum; made of hypoallergenic silicon;they don’t slip. Cons: Expensive; could show through very sheer or thin fabric. I wear a completely weird bra size — 32DD. Small around the ribcage, not-so-small elsewhere. It is very, very difficult for me to buy a bra. I used to wear a [...]

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Review: Barilla Microwaveable Meals

Pros: Simple, flavorful pasta and sauces; reasonable price; little to no cleanup; no preservatives; short ingredient list Cons: Not organic; plastics — even polypropylene (notated as recycle symbol 5) — can leach chemicals into food. Cost: $3.29 per package I got an email from Barilla’s PR woman asking if I’d like to learn more about [...]

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