Dymo LabelWriter

Back in the day (when I had a manual typewriter), I always kept a few sheets of address labels handy. When I needed a mailing label for an envelope or package, I would just roll the sheet into the typewriter, type the address, and slap the label onto the package.

But nowadays, who has a manual typewriter? Sheets of labels (with some of the labels used and missing) don't go through inkjet or laser printers very well.… Read more »

Rachael Ray Stoneware

I gave the Rachael Ray Lasagne Lover pan and Bubble and Brown casserole to my daughter as a gift. As it turns out, I really should have given them to her husband, who does more of the cooking.

Nevertheless, these two stoneware pieces are seeing a lot of use at their house and at other social gatherings.

The bright red color is fun and festive.

The handles on both pans are large enough to allow you to get a good strong hold on them, even while wearing oven mitts or using pot holders.… Read more »

Green Toys Race Car

I bought my grandson this red race car from Green Toys when he was about a year and a half old. This little boy is completely in love with all vehicles — cars, trucks, planes, trains — and this race car is no exception.

It immediately became one of his favorite toys.

It's small enough for his little hands to grab, and lightweight enough for him to carry around with him.… Read more »

Emergency Flashlight

I liked the Energizer Weather Ready emergency flashlight so much that I bought a second one for myself, plus two for my mother.

I liked the Energizer Weather Ready emergency flashlight so much that I bought a second one for myself, plus two for my mother.

In contrast to the push-on LED lights that I found to be pretty worthless, this little Energizer Weather Ready emergency flashlight is worthwhile. I liked it so much I bought a second one, plus two for my mother.

It's designed specifically to kick in when the power goes out.… Read more »

LED Push-On Lights

These LED push-on lights are weak.

These LED push-on lights are weak.

Dark cabinets without any lighting. Storms that knock the power out. I thought it would be useful to get some of those inexpensive LED push-on lights that I could stick in various places around the house. I bought a 3-pack of the ACDelco LED push-on lights.

Don't bother. These things give off such weak illumination that I really have trouble discerning any difference between when the light is on versus when it's off.… Read more »

Cable Labels

Besides the nightmarish tangle of cords behind my computer, I've got a bunch of cables and cords for various electronic devices. There's the USB cable for my camera. USB cables for my Kindle & my Kindle Fire. USB cable for my iPhone, plus car charger for my iPhone. USB cable & car charger for my husband's iPhone. The A/C charger plus a car charger for my handheld VHF radio. USB cable for my husband's camera.… Read more »

Wusthof Sandwich Spreader

I love my Wusthof knives. And I make a lot of sandwiches. So I decided to spring for the Wusthof Gourmet 5" Spreader.

It's a tad pricy at $20, but I knew I'd be getting Wusthof's famous quality. Being made by Wusthof, I knew it would last a lifetime, and really, what's $20 for something that I'll use for the rest of my life? And I really did need something better than my garden-variety kitchen knives to spread my mayo, jam, cream cheese, etc.… Read more »

2-Quart Saucier by Calphalon

My husband and I both love sauces and gravies of all types. From your average garden-variety beef or chicken gravy to cream gravies, hollandaise sauce and bearnaise sauce... Well, you just can't go wrong with a good sauce. And I wanted a good saucier. Sauciers are great for sauces and gravies because the entire inside is rounded, so there are no edges or corners that your whisk can't reach.

I had a 1-quart Emeril brand saucier, which is a perfectly good little saucier, but the keyword there is little.… Read more »

Kindle Keyboard vs. Kindle Fire

I've had my Kindle (Kindle Keyboard model) for about a year and a half. I've had my other Kindle (Kindle Fire) for a few months. That's long enough that I pretty much know the ins-and-outs of each device and can make a decent comparison based on usage.

First, the basics. Just in case, you know, you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years.

The Kindle Keyboard is controlled by a keyboard that 26+ little alphabetic keys, plus some control keys, that you press to type in a book name, search terms, or select something, or whatever else you might need to do.… Read more »

Get a Great Deal on the Livestrong LS13.0e Elliptical

Right now you can get a fan-dam-tastic deal on a Livestrong LS13.0e Elliptical cross-trainer at Amazon.

The machine itself just dropped about $100 in price, from $1,225 to $1,105. I have no idea how long this price drop will last. I've had my eye on this elliptical for a while now, and this is the first time I've seen the price that low. It's been steady at $1,225 at Amazon, and it sells for $1,199 at the LiveStrongFitness site.… Read more » -