Herm Sprenger Prong Collar

Enter the prong collar. These collars are actually safer and more humane than the older choke chains that used to be used for training. The collar spreads out the pressure across a greater surface area, and is designed so that it absolutely cannot choke the dog in the way the old choker collars could. Yet they are extremely effective. Some people call the prong collar "power steering for dogs."

All-Clad Stainless Steel 14-Piece Cookware Set

My new All-Clad stainless steel cookware set is by far the best cookware I've ever owned, bar none. It cooks evenly and cleans up easily, and the 14-piece set includes pretty near all the pots and pans I'll ever need. Two frying pans (one of them is gigantic!), two saute pans (one of them is gigantic!), two sauce pans, a stock pot, and a chef's pan. Plus lids.

I've always made do with inexpensive cookware from Wal-Mart or Target, but now that I've used my All-Clad stainless, I'll never go back to that cheap stuff.… Read more »

22-Inch Acer Widescreen LCD Monitor

My 22

My 22" flat-panel monitor from Acer gives me lots of screen real estate at a surprisingly affordable price.

I've been using dual monitors for many years -- since around 1990 or so. My need for screen real estate has continually increased, to the point that I recently went to a dual 22" system. I have two 22" Acer widescreen monitors on my desktop right now, and I frequently find myself wishing for even more.… Read more »

Cuisinart DCC-2600 14-Cup Coffeemaker

I love my Cuisinart coffeemaker! I used to love my Braun, until it had a meltdown and nearly set my house on fire. It turned out to be under a recall from Braun, but their solution was to have me send it back, and they would repair or replace it and return it to me.

I guess Braun doesn't realize that anyone who is serious enough about their coffee to have a Braun is serious enough that they will not be willing to be without their coffeemaker during the time between sending it in and getting it back.… Read more »

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 Digital Camera

When the zoom feature on my old digital camera started malfunctioning, I decided to buy myself a new one. On my previous camera, I had an optical zoom up to 7x, but because the lens needs to be bigger for that amount of zoom, the camera was on the large and bulky side.

I found that I often didn't have the camera with me when I needed it, because it was so large and heavy to tote around.… Read more »

High Sierra Impact Backpack

My husband and I recently went to the Peace River Arts Festival. It's held in Laishley Park downtown, where dogs are welcome, so we brought both of our dogs. I realized I really needed a small daypack-style backpack that I can use instead of a purse to haul along all the things that women always need to haul.

I wanted something smallish and lightweight; I wasn't looking for something to go hiking with in the mountains, just something to substitute for my purse when a purse isn't convenient.… Read more »

Emeril Stainless Steel 1-Quart Saucier

My Emerilware 1-quart saucier was inexpensive, but works as well as the high-end brands.

My Emerilware 1-quart saucier was inexpensive, but works as well as the high-end brands.

This little one-quart Emerilware saucier is a good product for the price. It's a budget saucier, yes, but it's a very good quality budget saucier. This little saucier works just fine for sauces, soups, and such.

It has slightly thinner sides than the more expensive All-Clad Stainless, but it has a thick bottom with an aluminum and copper bonded base for good heat distribution.… Read more » -