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BarbaraLyn "Jackie of all Trades" (O'Fallon, MO USA)
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Zyliss Potato Ricer, White
Zyliss Potato Ricer, White
Price: £19.65

5.0 out of 5 stars One is finer than the other, 4 April 2016
There is a potato disaster story in our family. Needless to say, we don’t allow our daughter and daughter-in-law to make mashed potatoes using an electric mixer that the cord is separate from. The cord came lose and daughter turn the mixer upside down to see what the problem was. The daughter-in-law plugged in the cord again. Potatoes everywhere!

Therefore, I am giving this ricer to the two of them and telling them that is the only way they can make mashed potatoes. No more mixer.

The ricer is made of white acrylic and has a silicone insert in the top handle for an easier grip. Just put the potato pieces in the bottom and push the plunger down. Potatoes in a bowl and not on the wall. The top handle can be detached for cleaning by lining up the arrows and pulling apart.

It comes with two blades. Unscrew the grey plate and take out one of the blades. One is finer than the other. I can see using this with peeled cooked apples for making apple sauce and I’m sure other more adventurous cooks can think of other ways to use this.

If you want a ricer (or have “dangerous daughters and daughter-in-laws in your house), this one will give you two sizes of “ricing” pieces. With the easy to clean, you will be ricing in no time without worry of a long and hard clean-up.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Cole & Mason Precision Grind Saturn Acrylic Salt and Pepper Mill Gift Set, 16.5 cm
Cole & Mason Precision Grind Saturn Acrylic Salt and Pepper Mill Gift Set, 16.5 cm
Offered by Nextday Catering Equipment Supplies
Price: £29.92

5.0 out of 5 stars 25” in diameter with brushed stainless steel and acrylic is what this pair of salt and pepper mills look like. But the best part, 4 April 2016
6.5” tall x 2.25” in diameter with brushed stainless steel and acrylic is what this pair of salt and pepper mills look like. But the best part? They already come with whole salt and pepper in the mills. All you have to do is take them out of the box, remove the plastic seal from the salt (the pepper didn’t have one) and turn the tops. Fresh salt and pepper.

This is boxed as a gift set and looks great. It is perfect for a house warming or wedding. The pair will go with whatever table setting you have or just look good sitting on your kitchen counter. The grinder is easy to turn.

If you are looking for new salt/pepper mills for your own home, this is a great set. If you need a gift, the recipient will be happy with them as well.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Cole & Mason Electronic Cheese Mill, White
Cole & Mason Electronic Cheese Mill, White
Offered by Lakeland
Price: £34.99

3.0 out of 5 stars It was easy to open the mill for the section where the ..., 4 April 2016
This is a sleek, white electric cheese mill. It stands 8” high and just under 3” in diameter.

The package contains the mill, a freshness cap and a stand which has an extra blade stored on the bottom of the stand. It takes six AAA batteries and they do not come with the mill.

It was easy to open the mill for the section where the cheese is placed. To open the battery case, it took two rubber kitchen grip squares and considerable amount of effort. Once I got it open, I figured it would be easy to close. Wrong! I had to use the grippers again to get it fully closed.

This is a very nice looking mill but I would only recommend it for the “younger, stronger” generation. Anyone with arthritis like I have will have a very hard time replacing the batteries. The good thing is that they don’t have to be replaced each time you use it.

If you are looking for an electric mill, this one will work. I will stay with Cole & Mason’s mill that you actually have to turn to grate the cheese. That one I can open and close with no problem.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Cole & Mason Self-Watering Herb Keeper, White
Cole & Mason Self-Watering Herb Keeper, White
Offered by Lakeland
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you are a better herb grower than I, 4 April 2016
If you keep fresh herbs in your kitchen, you will want this pot. It is self-watering so you can be sure you are not over watering.

The instructions say you do not have to repot the herbs but if it is already in a pot (most likely a plastic one), how can the keeper work? I’m sure I’m not getting something but maybe your herbs come in a container that is soft and allows the herbs to drink if set in water.

Anyway, take the keeper apart, add a felt pad to the base, replace the pot and add another felt pad to the pot. Place your herbs and fill with water through the filling lip on the base until it covers the base of the herb pot.

I have a similar one for my philodendra but I have put soil in the top pot and actually planted it. Then I fill the base until I can feel the water at the spout level. This seems to be about the same idea but the instructions state you do not have to repot the herbs. Hopefully, you are a better herb grower than I.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Cole & Mason H102299 Stainless Steel Cheese/Chocolate and Nut Mill, Black
Cole & Mason H102299 Stainless Steel Cheese/Chocolate and Nut Mill, Black
Price: £22.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product in a small and pretty space, 4 April 2016
I wish I had this mill when I was 40 years younger and cooking for six. This is the nicest “grate” I have seen in many years.

Made of brushed stainless steel with black top and bottom of plastic, it is a handsome mill. It could sit out on your counter and add a decorative touch to your kitchen. The first thing I noticed was that there was a storage compartment on the top of the mill for an extra blade. And it came with an extra one. Simply flip off the lid and you can remove the blade by holding the tabs in on the safety ring.

The bottom of the mill comes off and you can fill it with whatever you want ground/grated. There are two long, narrow windows on opposite sides of the mill so you can see the position the rod is in to line it up to reattached the bottom. All of this information is given on the included instruction sheet and there are graphics to help you along.

When you are ready to use, remove the freshness lid on the bottom, turn the top clockwise and you have your product chopped/grated, ground and ready to use. This mill stands 5.5” tall and is 2.5” in diameter. Great product in a small and pretty space.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Ivation Bluetooth Digital Smart Scale with FREE App for iPhone, iPad, iPod (Supports HealthKit App Integration) & Android Smartphones & Tablets
Ivation Bluetooth Digital Smart Scale with FREE App for iPhone, iPad, iPod (Supports HealthKit App Integration) & Android Smartphones & Tablets
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £39.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to your phone and you are good to go, 4 April 2016
Bluetooth is everywhere today. So what is one of the newest ways to use it? How about in a scale to manage your weight? And you don’t even have to wear it.

That is exactly what this is. First, it is an approximately 12.5” square of white glass with a creamy white geometric design on it. The LCD readout is 3.5” x 2” in size. It takes four AA batteries to work and it comes with the batteries.

OK, so it is a scale. What makes it different? It is Bluetooth enabled. You download the app, WeighBetter, to your phone and you are good to go. Yep, Bluetooth in a scale. The app records your weight through the Bluetooth connection and all you have to do is have the app open. You don’t even have to pair it!

The app has all sorts of charts and keeps a record of your weight and other things such as BMI, bone density and a whole list of other items. So just pull the tab so the batteries will activate, set the scale on a hard floor, open the app and step on the scale. Be sure you are NOT holding your phone. It will show your weight, think for a moment and flash 8888 and come back to your weight. The next think you know, your app is activated and wants to know if you want to save the data. Say yes and you are on a start to a healthier body.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Mudder Sport Sunglass Holder Strap Eyewear Retainer with Rubber Grip (Adjustable Toggle) - 4 Pack
Mudder Sport Sunglass Holder Strap Eyewear Retainer with Rubber Grip (Adjustable Toggle) - 4 Pack
Offered by Mudder Online UK
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the purpose they are intended for is perfect just like they are, 3 April 2016
This is a pack of four eyewear retainer for those who are active in sports. They come in four different colors/patterns.

There is a bright blue with black and white accents and the other three are solid colors of brown, black and olive green. Each is made of a nylon cording and has a 2.25” rubberized tube for sliding onto the bows of your glasses. They also have a rubberized slide for adjusting the fit around your head.

Being one to never use something for what it was intended for, I will use the bright blue one for my glasses and the other three I will use the cording for wrist straps for the bags I make. Double duty, that is me!

But if you aren’t looking for double duty purposes, the purpose they are intended for is perfect just like they are. Put a pair on your glasses and a pair on your sunglasses and share the other two. No matter whether you share them or use them yourself, they are great to have.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Mrice Campers2.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Speaker Waterproof Outdoor Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone for Hands-Free Calling,6W Strong Bass Driver,3.5mm Audio Port,Support TF Card,2500mAh Lithium-ion Rechargable Bettery for Indoor & Outdoor Use-Black
Mrice Campers2.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Speaker Waterproof Outdoor Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone for Hands-Free Calling,6W Strong Bass Driver,3.5mm Audio Port,Support TF Card,2500mAh Lithium-ion Rechargable Bettery for Indoor & Outdoor Use-Black

5.0 out of 5 stars The instructions are there as well but not in great detail but enough to get the speaker up and ..., 1 April 2016
The very first thing I noticed about this speaker was the box. If I was looking for a gift for a friend/family member, the box would help to make that gift all the more special.

The box is made of extra heavy cardboard so it will last through many uses. It opens on a “hinge” at one corner so when it is open, you have two “magazine boxes. Inside, you find a charging cord, an audio cord and the speaker. The instructions are there as well but not in great detail but enough to get the speaker up and running. They talk of laptops and remote shutters which I have to believe that part of the instructions is meant for another product.

The speaker itself is very cute. It reminds me of a “Big Cat’s” tire or a tread on a military tank. The controls are on the rubberized “tread” which runs all around the speaker. The back has a bar which I presume can be used to run a cord through and hang the speaker. Above the bar are connection ports for a TF card, Micro USB plug and AUX-IN.

The speaker has a bit of weight to it but not a lot. It certainly wouldn’t blow off a table in a gust of wind but it isn’t so heavy as to be a chore to pick it up. With the features of Bluetooth, being portable and waterproof, this speaker will be great for outdoor activities. The 2500mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery will let you use this speaker for a long time.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Freeinaqua Aquafree dry bag Waterproof Pouch Multifunctional Storage Bag
Freeinaqua Aquafree dry bag Waterproof Pouch Multifunctional Storage Bag
Offered by Freeinaqua-uk
Price: £9.99 - £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars With the airlines requiring you to not carry more than ..., 1 April 2016
With the airlines requiring you to not carry more than 3 ounces of liquid, I needed a bag that was sturdier than a Ziploc. This bag gives me that strength.

7.5” x 12” (when fully unrolled), it has two zipped (think Ziploc) strips. Place your items inside, zip the two strips closed. Then roll them over themselves and you will be able to use the Velcro seal. When closed, there is approximate 7” of vertical space.

The other end of the bag has a reinforced hole on each side. A carabiner clip comes in one of them. The bag I got is white with a clear front so you can see what is inside and if anything has popped open.

Of course, this bag can be used with the reverse idea in mind. That is keeping something dry. Either way you use it, this bag is sure to protect.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


Aquafree Dry Bag, Qualified Roll Top Waterproof Bag, Optional Size & Color & Form, Ensure Cold-weather Comfort, 100% Waterproof Dry Bag for Adventure, Floating, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Swimming, Dining out, Snowboarding, Skiing, Schoolbag
Aquafree Dry Bag, Qualified Roll Top Waterproof Bag, Optional Size & Color & Form, Ensure Cold-weather Comfort, 100% Waterproof Dry Bag for Adventure, Floating, Kayaking, Boating, Rafting, Swimming, Dining out, Snowboarding, Skiing, Schoolbag
Offered by aquafree-uk
Price: £12.30 - £35.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it can function like a backpack and comes with the strapping, 1 April 2016
If you are an outdoor activity person, you know that when a sudden rain storm hits, things get wet. This bag is made to prevent that.

25” x 8” in diameter, think of all the things you can pack in it. Made of rubberized, waterproof material, it can function like a backpack and comes with the strapping, buckles and shoulder padding to do that. It also has another strap to let you configure the bag the way you want. There is a handle strap on one side and a daisy chain strap on the other.

The bag is red with black accents and straps. It is simple enough to use and the instructions are printed right on the bag in case you forget. Just fold over, roll three times and snap the buckles together.

My son is an outdoor enthusiast so this bag is going to go to him for his birthday. I know he will love it as much as I do.

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."


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