REVIEWS

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki Review

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki Review

There is a Japanese tradition that if you folded 1000 origami cranes in a single year -- symbolic of the 1,000 years that mystical cranes were thought to live for -- your wish would come true. The tradition has transformed paper cranes into symbols of hope and healing...

Cross Country: A 3,700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America Review

Cross Country: A 3,700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America Review

I've driven across the country twice. It's quite an experience. But watching "Forrest Gump" a while back, I started to wonder what it would be like to slow down and run across the country , like he did. What an experience would that be like? With this book, I found...

Words to Live By: Inspirational Quote Book Review

Words to Live By: Inspirational Quote Book Review

This artistic book is filled with wonderful quotes for and by women. The typical layout is a painting on the left page and a full-page quote, in a large type opposite. The paintings are well done -- reminiscent of Matisse's cutouts but painted in big, bold colors and...

Best in Show: Dog Photography Book Review

Best in Show: Dog Photography Book Review

This book features over 200 behind-the-scenes photos, taken at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the American Kennel Club National Championship. The photographic approach -- always with a flash, shadows included -- suggests the sort of "gritty" approach to...

The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places

The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places

As someone who paints architectural landmarks for a living, I can state -- with personal and professional enthusiasm -- that this is a truly remarkable book. The atlas features an around-the-world journey of the most colorful and visually impactful locations on Earth....

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat Review

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat Review

This is a clever book that retells 22 different artists' biographies as though they were painting felines. The biographies are fun to read, especially for cat lovers. Cat puns abound. The book, which is printed and bound in top-quality condition, includes three (or...

Silicon Valley, Heroines & Politics Book Reviews

Silicon Valley, Heroines & Politics Book Reviews

Colorful, straightforward illustrations make this delightfully rhyming book of tech-industry keywords into a fun gift for parents-to-be, working in the tech world. The book is genuinely fun to read to children, even though your little angel (investor) may be more a...

Hart Miter Saw Review

Hart Miter Saw Review

This is a well-designed, smaller, yet effective, miter saw. Or, as we call them around here, at least, "chop saw." It has everything I look for in a chop saw. It has clear and easy knobs, pins, and latches for locking and unlocking the saw, swiveling the blade's...

Acer Chromebook 315 Review

Acer Chromebook 315 Review

Acer Chromebook 315, 15.6 HD, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB LPDDR4, 32GB eMMC, Chrome OS - CB315-3H-C2C3 This is a pretty amazing Chromebook laptop. I'd seen some reviews for the Acer 315 before, but the specs on this one are higher this year, and so is my rating for it....

Biddeford Sherpa Electric Blanket Review

Biddeford Sherpa Electric Blanket Review

Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep at night because my feet are cold. And just that could keep me up long after going to bed -- just waiting for my feet to warm up. And once my feet were warm... out like a light. The thermostat didn't seem like a very...

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Review

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Review

I use apple cider vinegar for many different things in my life. But I have had a hard time just taking shots of it, even when it is heavily diluted with water. I was excited to try these gummies and have an easier way of getting my apple cider vinegar. When I first...

Zinus Copper Memory Foam Mattress Topper Review

Zinus Copper Memory Foam Mattress Topper Review

I noticed recently that my daughter's mattress is still good quality, but it's not as comfortable as it used to be. So, when I saw this mattress topper, I realized that it could be a solution. The topper is a good size, pretty generous, actually. It is 37 inches wide,...

BHG Ivory Desk Review

BHG Ivory Desk Review

A lot of older desks are too big, being made for wider monitors. This one is perfect for my home office, to replace my glass-topped desk that was wasting space. Plus, I am really happy to have the cabinet and drawer for my stuff. It is an exceptionally nice looking...

Graco Modes Nest Stroller Review

I love taking walks with my baby and she loves it, too. I'm really happy with this stroller, it is top-notch in quality and design. First, it is made really well. It's a full-size stroller with real metal, clever design, rugged and strong without compromising on it...

Reviews of Fantastic Asian Books

Reviews of Fantastic Asian Books

I wanted to learn to increase my strength, flexibility, and grace -- not just for now, but for long into the future. I realized that Tai Chi offered everything I was looking for, but I'm not ready to go out and join a group in the park or anything. I just wanted to...

Monarch Hill Bookcase Review

Monarch Hill Bookcase Review

The large open spaces in today's open-floorplan homes are great, but there's often a lack of storage space. So I was delighted to find this cabinet for our own home. It is very nice-looking -- and good-sized -- cabinet. It is pretty tall, and deep, yet not too wide,...

Scary Socks for Halloween!

Scary Socks for Halloween!

Loving these brand new SCARY! SOX from the makers of the recently-introduced SMILE! SOX line! SCARY! SOX™– are a fun line of high-tube pumpkin-orange socks for kids and moms featuring six different scary fun faces ready to go toe to toe with every zombie, ghoul and...

Geeni Smart Light Bulb

Geeni Smart Light Bulb

With the help of their easy-to-use app, these smart lightbulbs offer a surprising range of abilities and convenience. Anyone can download the Genii app, available in the Apple and Google stores, and see how easy it is to use -- but that doesn't mean it isn't powerful...

Ecolution Micro-Pop Glass Popcorn Popper Review

Ecolution Micro-Pop Glass Popcorn Popper Review

My entire family is in love with this great popcorn popper for the microwave. I love it because it doesn't fill the air with the scent of burnt oil like cooking on the stove-top does, or the strong odors microwave popcorn bags do. DH loves it because the kernels pop...

Acer Spin 1 Notebook Review

Acer Spin 1 Notebook Review

Acer Spin 1 , 11.6 Full HD Touch Notebook, Intel Pentium N4200, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB, 64GB HDD, SP111-32N-P6CV This is a really versatile and well-made laptop. It's surprisingly powerful; I searched online for "compare Intel Pentium N4200" and found a benchmark...

Chloe and Cotton Woven Rope Basket Review

Chloe and Cotton Woven Rope Basket Review

I love how stylish and versatile this "laundry basket" is! Close up, I can see that the woven "rope" is really lovely, woven with an intricate pattern, as a single rope winds throughout to create the entire basket. It's not really surprising yet still beautiful to...

Serta Big & Tall Office Chair Review

Serta Big & Tall Office Chair Review

We work from home running a small business, so I was thrilled to discover this really excellent executive office chair that is working great for my husband. While he is nowhere near 400 pounds, this big and tall chair is padded and fitted with enough support for...

Zinus Mid-Mod Pine Square Dining Table Review

Zinus Mid-Mod Pine Square Dining Table Review

It seems to me like sometimes the purest things are the hardest. For instance, we wanted a simple, solid-wood table for the breakfast nook -- something with a little style yet timeless. Is that too much to ask? Well, it absolutely was -- until we found this table....

Tasty Dutch Oven Review

Tasty Dutch Oven Review

I think that everyone needs a quality pot like this one. Mostly, I like it because it is quite large so we can cook enough food for the entire extended family, in one go. For example, we can make a large batch of pasta without strands of angel hair or spaghetti...

Review: PowerSmart PS76201A 36V Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower

Review: PowerSmart PS76201A 36V Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower

With my work and busy schedule, I often end up needing to do yard work in the evening though I worry about bothering my neighbors with the noise. So, I got an electric mower which just sounds like a fan running. But given how late I'm trying to race before the light...

Review: Zircon StudSensor i65 Electronic Stud Finder

Review: Zircon StudSensor i65 Electronic Stud Finder

One of the frustrations that comes from building your own home is it can be surprising when you realize you don't remember how you built this or that. Case in point: Hanging wall art when you can't find the stud underneath the drywall. I tried other stud finders only...

Conair GS38R Handheld Garment Steamer with Turbo Review

Conair GS38R Handheld Garment Steamer with Turbo Review

While we were engaged, DH promised me he wouldn't ask me to iron his clothes, seeing it as a menial task. But now, he's rubbing shoulders with the big wigs, so his clothing needs to look sharp. So, we were both relieved to get this wonderful clothing steamer. It uses...

TCL 30 Pint Dehumidifier Review

TCL 30 Pint Dehumidifier Review

I'd thought I was through with worrying about all the damage humidity can cause when I moved away from the South -- the discomfort, the health hazards, and the unpleasant odors as things progressively mildew and rot over the years. Yuck. I wish I'd had this...

Best Vertical Garden Ideas

Best Vertical Garden Ideas

Vertical gardens look stunning and are a great use of limited space. Check out the video below for amazing ideas for all kinds of plants and foliage used in vertical gardens:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aON0maTdGo

Best Ideas for Open Shelves!

Best Ideas for Open Shelves!

Open shelves look so great in a modern home environment! Have you looked into getting rid of your cabinetry and getting open shelves instead? Check out the video below to get some great ideas for open style shelving:  ...

Beautiful Canopy Beds

Beautiful Canopy Beds

Check out all the gorgeous ideas for canopy style beds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p420PVYltY&feature=youtu.be