Consumer Information: Push Reel Lawn Mower – Weber Grill Rotisserie – Cordless Grass Shear – Baby Building Blocks – Little Tikes Car – Titanium Flat Iron

6 08 2010

Push Reel Lawn Mower: Environmentally Friendly

Light, maneuverable, economical, and environmentally friendly, the Scotts 2000-20 Classic Push Reel Lawnmower handles thick turf with ease and provides a quiet, pollution-free solution for any lawn. The push reel lawn mower dual tracking wheels and ultra-sharp steel blades ensure easy, accurate cutting and efficient operation. Powered by you, the mower has a wide cutting path and quick-snap height adjusters that ensure effortless operation and keep you in complete control of your grass height. With the Scotts 2000-20 Classic Push Reel Lawnmower, you not only save yourself the expense of purchasing gasoline, but you also decrease your carbon footprint by eliminating the pollution created by a gas mower. Powered by you, this mower has no complicated engine components to deal with and assembles with no tools required, so you can be ready to cut the grass within minutes of receiving your new lawnmower. The Scotts 2000-20 Classic Push Reel Lawnmower features a wider-than-average 20-inch cutting width that reduces time and effort on your part. A wide 20-inch cutting path will reduce the number of passes required to cut your lawn, so you will get the job done more quickly and more efficiently.

Weber Grill Rotisserie: Wood Handle

Of course my old Weber Grill Rotisserie did not line up with my new Weber Genesis grill, so I had to buy a whole new one. My old one had a nice large wood handle. The new one has an oval metal handle that sits at right angle to the rod and it gets as hot as if were inside the grill. You have to use pot holders to remove it when the food is done. Also the handle needs to be in the up position in order to grab hold of it because it sits about a half an inch away from the grill body when it’s facing down so there’s no space to grab it. Because the handle does not extend out, you need two hands on the spit to support the weight of the food. An absolutely horrendous design, perhaps even dangerous. Lastly; why does Weber Grill Rotisserie include cheap metal screws, nuts and washers for mounting the motor bracket when everything else is stainless steel? They corrode in no time with the heat and grease. I replaced mine with stainless. Aside from the poor handle design, for cooking the set-up works great. We use ours all the time; roasts, pork tenderloin, chicken, turkey.

Cordless Grass Shear: Grass Cutting

The American Gardener 3.6-volt cordless grass shear with 3-inch clean-cut stainless steel blades makes trimming fast easy and is especially ideal for the grass around flower beds and light shrubbery touch ups. Using a comfortable safety thumb switch, the safety lockout feature prohibits accidental blade operation. The cordless grass shear stainless steel blades are designed to retain their sharpness and resist corrosion, while the 3.6-volt high capacity NiCad power system provides 30 minutes of continuous cutting per charge. Nice sharp blades and smooth action. Much better than my old one to operate. Easier safety switch to hold when operating. Battery time was over 30 minutes. Works great.

Baby Building Blocks: Early Skills

Ten bright blocks are ready for baby to drop into the open bucket or through the shape-sorting lid. Baby will love filling the bucket these baby building blocks, dumping them out, then starting over again. Great for eye-hand coordination and other early skills. Then baby can move on to sorting and stacking and learning about identifying and matching shapes. Includes plastic shape-sorting box with take-anywhere handle and ten colorful blocks. My son loves to mouth and whack these blocks together. They make a great sound when thwacked together. I was worried about the plastic california thing til I realized that practically everything is known to the state of california to cause cancer. They are plastic after all, as are most of his toys. These were cheap and have great sound. The baby building blocks box is nice because it makes a lot of racket when he plays with the blocks against it. The lid does not stay on. I am not sure my son will ever use it as intended, but I guess I do not care. Maybe when he gets much older, but as it is, he loves to mouth the lid too. It is very interesting to him to hold and manipulate. And it has an embossed side that the block sound good rubbed against.

Little Tikes Car: Push Pedals

This classic kid powered Little Tikes Car has a whole new look. New features include removable floor and handle on back for parent controlled push rides. Designed with a high seat back and storage in the rear. Includes special features like an "ignition switch" and an open-and-close gas cap. Rolls on rugged, durable tires and front wheels spin 360 degrees. My son was transfixed watching this get put together. I purchased this instead of a " little" big wheel as he is only 18 mos. and this fits him so much better. I did not find this hard to put together although you need to put some elbow grease into it for few of the parts so it will stay together properly. Good directions that were easy to follow. Everything was in the box except the Little tikes front logo plate. Doesn’t effect the fun or function so no big deal. Most importantly he loves to push the car around and get in and pretend to drive. He really enjoys getting pushed around in Little Tikes Car too. Hasn’t tried moving it himself yet. That may take a while since he will have to push it flintstone style with his feet through the floor. Over all it’s a great toy that will last.

Titanium Flat Iron: Heats Up Quick

Nano Titanium Flat Iron is an exception conductor of heat.  It maintains stability in ultra-high temperatures and emits negative ions in their most beneficial form for faster straightening, locking in the hairs own natural moisture.  The BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Straightener yields maximum far-infrared heat, penetrating the hair from within for gentle straightening without damaging your hair.  A special Ryton housing resists high heat. Bonus free heat resistant pouch/mat included. I bought the Titanium Flat Iron Babyliss about 3 months ago for my daughter. She is biracial and has very curly and wavy hair. This straightener is the best! It leaves her hair glossy, straight and just plain beautiful! And yes, there is no tugging at the hair either. My suggestion for people who claim that Babyliss has damaged their hair is that they are not taking the time to see which temperature works best for their hair type. TAKE YOUR TIME! You MUST start with the lowest setting and make your way up.


Daily Roundup: Victor Rat Trap – Noodlehead Sprinkler – BBQ Grill Cover – Princess Play Tent – Dollhouse Furniture – Bio Oil Scar Treatment

30 07 2010

Victor Electronic Rat Trap: Reduces Escapes

The Victor Electronic Rat Trap activates when a rat touches the metal plates inside the plastic housing, completing the circuit. The patent pending three plate design reduces escapes and provides a 90% kill rate. Kills rats in moments. A green indicator light flashes for up to 24 hours to signal that a rat is in the trap. Effective, quick kill. Easy to use, easy to bait with peanut butter. For indoor use. Requires 4 C batteries (not included). Victor Electronic Rat Trap can exterminate approximately 12 rats on one set of 4 "C" batteries (not included). We tried all kinds of traps with no luck. We bought the Victor Electronic rat trap from our local hardware store. It taked 4 c batteries and will last up to about 12 to 20 rats. In the first 24 hours we had caught 4 rats. Red light blinks for low battery. Unit size: 8.5" x 4" x 4.5 Caution: Inappropriate use may cause electrical shock or serious injury. Never use product around small children, small household pets, life support devices and combustible materials.

Noodlehead Sprinkler: Perfect Pattern

Noodlehead N111C Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler. The satisfaction one receives from directing the water exactly where you want it to go is extremely gratifying and gives one a sense of achievement. It’s very satisfying to not only conserve water, but to perform the tedious job of watering in the most efficient manner possible, by putting just the right amount of water precisely where you want it! On a hot summer day children love playing in the noodlehead sprinkler. They seemed to achieve even greater pleasure by grabbing and bending one of the noodles to purposely squirt one of the other playing children. Attaches to a standard garden hose or it screws onto a riser. It’s quick, easy and fun to use. Create your own perfect pattern and adapt to any shape or garden. You control the coverage, save money and conserve water. As your garden grows, simply rebend noodlehead sprinkler to customize new watering patterns.

BBQ Grill Cover: Keeps Grill Clean

Designed to fit cart-style barbecues up to 64 inches wide, this heavy-duty cover keeps the grill clean, dry, and looking like new by reducing its exposure to outdoor elements like wind, rain, snow, dust, and dirt. Its Gardelle protective fabric system features an elegant fabric top specially treated to prevent cracking in cold weather, a water-repellent and water-resistant PVC under-coating, and a splash-guard skirt for all-over protection from top to bottom. Equipped with BBQ Grill Cover padded handles for easy fitting and removal, the unit’s click-close straps snap over the barbecue legs to keep the cover securely in place, even on windy days, while its adjustable elastic hem cord with a toggle ensures a tight, custom fit. Even more, BBQ Grill Cover helpful air vents lessen ballooning in the wind and reduce condensation inside, minimizing the chance of mold and mildew buildup. Other highlights include durable interlocking seams that add strength, a stylish appearance that fits in well with any outdoor decor, and a large zippered front pocket, which provides space for storing grilling accessories. The large-size barbecue cover measures 24 by 64 inches and carries a three-year warranty.

Princess Play Tent: Pretend Play

The Princess Pop up Castle is made of sturdy waterproof polyester, and is great for indoor or outdoor use. Its patented structure pops up and down in seconds. It easily attaches to other products in the Pop Up Co line. The Princess Play Tent from Schylling Toys is the pink and purple tent that features plastic tubes that slide together to build the frame, heavy duty polyester walls, a special tower mesh window, simple pop-up and pop-down construction. I just purchased this pop up Princess tent for my 3 year old grandaughter at her mother’s suggestion. My grandaughter loved the Princess Play Tent. She peaked through the window and loved being able to go out of the back door as well as the front. It popped open instantly and so far has stood up well.

Melissa And Doug Dollhouse Furniture: Perfect Play House

Its easy to decorate your dollhouse with the Melissa And Doug Dollhouse Furniture Set! Featuring camelback sofas and chairs, a delicate glass-front display case, a coffee table, and side table, this set includes enough pieces to completely furnish a living room! This handcrafted, wooden furniture features period details and upholstery. Pieces include working doors and drawers to add to the realism. Perfect for all 1:12 scale dollhouses. Design a dolls dream home with theMelissa And Doug Dollhouse Furniture! I bought the kitchen, living room and bedroom sets for my granddaughter (6 years old) for Christmas. The furniture looked wonderful in a older dollhouse that I was able to get for her. The doll house was built 45 years ago. I think she will have many hours of fun playing with the furniture. I also bought the family of four. She loved everything. When I took it home she didn’t want to go to bed that night. I have not had any experience with its durability as I have just purchase the item. They were a little small for my doll house.

Bio Oil Scar Treatment:

Bio-Oil includes the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil, a recreation of the preen gland oil of ducks. During preening, a duck secretes oil from its preen gland and distributes it over its entire plumage in the familiar twisted-neck action that one often associates with ducks. This oil creates a thin, non-greasy layer on the surface of the feathers without which water would not pearl off and the bird would struggle to swim. This ingredient acts as a delivery system for Bio-Oil’s other ingredients, improving spreadability and allowing for targeted absorption into the skin. Also, because oil contains no oxygen, it provides an exceptional storage environment for vitamins. Bio Oil Scar Treatment includes many beneficial skin ingredients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, calendula oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and chamomile oil. This mix of plant oils and vitamins has been clinically shown to be beneficial to the skin. Bio Oil Scar Treatment helps improve the appearance of all types of scars and is also highly effective in helping maintain elasticity of scar tissue on joints and other high-mobility areas, including stretch marks. Ideal for pregnant women, particularly in their second and third trimesters, Bio-Oil is the product most recommended by UK pharmacists to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and pregnancy stretch marks.

Daily Roundup: Electric Grass Trimmer – Outdoor Gas Cooker – Hickory Wood Chips – Playskool Step Ride – Hot Wheels Race Track – Hot Wheels Color Shifters

29 07 2010

Electric Grass Trimmer: Great Trimmer

If you’re in the market for a basic, entry-level electric grass trimmer to handle light trimming work around your house, the Black and Decker 9-inch grass trimmer might be worth considering. While certainly not as powerful or feature-laden as more costly models, this trimmer can handle much of the light-duty work many homeowners need. The trimmer weighs just 3.2 pounds and requires little assembly with just 2 steps. It operates off a reliable, 1.8-amp HP motor, which spins the line at 11,000 rpm. This grass trimmer features a basic bump feed line system, a generous nine-inch cutting path, and a secondary assist handle for added comfort and control. It comes with 20 feet of .065-diameter line, and spool replacement is fairly simple. One thing I found especially handy with this particular trimmer was its unique cord lock system, which holds the extension cord firmly in place while the trimmer is in use. As someone who has accidentally unplugged a electric grass trimmer halfway through a job on more than one occasion, this indeed a handy feature to have.

Outdoor Gas Cooker: Reliable Cooker

Bayou Classic Outdoor Gas Cookers are the traditional and reliable choice for outdoor cooking. They are portable and can be used for camping, rv’s, tailgating, and backyard parties. With a one-piece welded steel frame, these are the strongest outdoor gas cooker commercially made. Most units can be used with or without slide-on extension legs. Bayou Classic Cookers are designed for strength, function and safety, while remaining the most efficient outdoor gas cooker sold. I was a bit disappointed with the fact that because I was using such a large vessel (a bit wider than the unit itself) much of the escaping heat burned a lot of the black paint on the unit and emmited a not too pleasant smell for some time. I guess this is inevitable, and they probably just paint them for astetic reasons, but this is a hot flame! I also bought an extra burner (model BG10) for about $10 and a 20psi regulator kit, so if you had an extra stand or could improvise, that would be another way to go to get the same quality heat.

Hickory Wood Chips: Grilling Flavor

My Dad doesn’t have an official smoker – he has a hellified gas grill with every attachment and option known to man. And he’s good on a grill. What he didn’t have was any way to smoke anything. So for fathers day we bought him some little box with a handle called a "smoker box," various bags of flavored wood chips, and a rib rack. Maybe it was due to the chips, maybe the rib rack or maybe it was my Dad’s skill on the grill – but he DID create the best ribs he’s ever made after we gave him his gifts. I know very little about smoking – but I do know that as we were all sitting outside chatting, I could smell the hickory wood chips in the smoker box… and I’d consider buying some just to chuck in the fireplace to get that fantastic smell. My sister and I DID shop around a bit, and we discovered that Amazon actually did have better prices (as of Fathers Day of 2009) on the hickory wood chips then any of our local retailers.

Playskool Step Start Walk N Ride: Learning To Walk

Our daughter received this Playskool Step Start Walk N Ride as a gift for Christmas when she was 8 months old. It is still her favorite 2 months later! She is starting to walk on her own and this toy has been a great help to her. She doesn’t care for the car part of the toy, but the walker has been great. In reading the other reviews, I see that there have been some complaints about the attachments or design. So far, our child has not been injured or pulled anything off of this toy. It has been pretty durable. She does tip the Playskool Step Start Walk N Rideover on occasion, though. An unbalanced child can easily tip this, but it does not seem heavy enough to cause an injury and Veronica has always just gotten up and kept right on going. It is small enough to take along in our trunk and we take it with us when visiting. I think this is a great learning-to-walk toy.

Hot Wheels Race Track: Fun Race Track

This Hot Wheels Race Track has been played with ALOT since getting it. Both my three year old and 5 year old (and 40 year old) love it. They need help when the ramp comes apart if stepped on or played with roughly, but eventually they will be able to do it themselves. Unlike a million other car tracks on the market this one does not involve time for assembly nor time for looking for all the parts. In that sense it makes life so much easier for the parents! There are only 4 pieces. They click together easily. And they store neatly as one piece. I bought it for our 2 year old and he loves it. He loves to guess which car will win and understands the lanes and the numbers. His older cousins have as much fun with it as he does. The one drawback of the Hot Wheels Race Track is the stability of the support for the higher car track. It should be a little stronger. Overall, great fun, great value for money, and a great gift idea for any kid.

Hot Wheels Color Shifters: Change The Paint Job

The Hot Wheels Color Shifters play set allows you to instantly change your car’s paint job with just a squirt of water. Designed for children ages four and older, the play set comes with a special "Color Shifter" car that changes color when washed with hot or cold water. Drench it with the spray gun or dip it in one of the playset’s dunk tanks, and watch it change colors before your eyes. The Hot Wheels Color Shifters functions like a miniature water park for your Hot Wheels cars. It is constructed from sturdy, durable plastic. The car-spraying platform is grated and sits atop a basin for collecting stray water to reduce the mess from spraying the car. Still, parents should keep in mind that this is a wet toy, and it is best used for play outdoors. With all of the waterworks, this play set helps make the most of color-shifting cars. It comes with a removable spray gun, which can be used to spray the cars with bursts of water. Also included are two removable, easy-to-fill reservoirs that hold hot and cold water. Dip a Color Shifter halfway into one of the tanks to create a striped effect. Once the color shift is complete, kids can pull a lever on the side to make the car race down the winding red ramp.

Weekly Reviews: Weber Smokey Joe Grill – Firepit Cover – Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon – Bilibo – PlasmaCar – Braun Clean And Renew

26 07 2010

Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon: Children Love It

Little Red Wagon by Radio Flyer is an adorable mini version of the traditional classic Radio Flyer full-size wagon. It has the same Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon look and durable steel construction of the full-sized Radio Flyers. This wagon is made compact for little kids and is great for indoor or outdoor play. It features seamless steel body, a working handle with Safe-T-Design solid grip and durable molded wheels. It’s great for play; dolls, plush toys, etc. Also great for d├ęcor and decorations. And…perfect for gift baskets too. ‘The body measures 12.5" x 7.75" x 2" and weighs 2.20 lbs. The product description states that this little red wagon is not intended as a ride-on toy. If you are looking for a child size ride-on wagon for your toddler, one that (s)he could sit in, pull around and play with inside or outside, then this is not the one for you – you’ll need a slightly bigger wagon. I purchased the Radio Flyer ‘My First Wagon’ (Model #7) which measures 20.5" long x 10.5" wide which is larger than this Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon and smaller than the Radio Flyer Ultimate Family Wagon that we have – each has a purpose. If you only want to purchase one wagon and are looking for a ride-on wagon then Radio Flyer has many options for wagons at various price points, sizes, and options to meet your needs.

Bilibo: Great Shape

Designed in Switzerland, this toy has won countless awards for design and play value. Its simplicity is deceptive and modeled after extensive study of children’s play patterns. Bilibo is a completely open-ended toy that stimulates a child’s imagination. It can be a helmet, sit and spin, doll cradle, train tunnel, shovel, water basin and much more! Let your imagination run wild! Nearly indestructible; suitable for indoors and outdoors. My children, ages 4.5 and 2.5 each got two of these for Christmas. They are a big hit. I’m very impressed with the Bilibo construction, which is of a thick plastic, I can flip it over and stand on top myself and it only flexes slightly on our slippery kitchen floor. They are a good size – an adult of medium build could sit in one. My kids can get in and cross their legs inside too. The shape is great – two of them fit together to form a kind of spherical shape. The two holes are inspired as they love putting them on their heads and looking through the holes. They have found a ton of uses so far! They spin the bilibo and put a marble in and watch it go around. They spin around in them themselves. They have used it as the center in their block building expeditions, as a seat and to port toys around the house.

PlasmaCar: Time to Zoom

Hop on the Plasma Car and prepare to zip, zoom & cruise! The trike that looks and acts like a race car from the future. Not the typical toy pedal car, this ride on toy has even the adults at Fat Brain Toys car crazy! We are truly wound up about this revolutionary design. An inside or outside toy designed like a trike without any pedals, gears or batteries! More fun than a scooter…and it supports up to 220 pounds! What puts the PlasmaCar in a class by itself though, is the very nature of this cool science toy. The PlasmaCar is powered by inexhaustible kid-power and harnesses the natural forces of centrifugal force and gravity. Effectively reducing forces of friction & inertia in its design! It’s a fun car so easy to operate; all it needs is a driver and a smooth, flat surface! The bike of the future! To mobilize this fun riding toy simply turn the wheel from left to right and let nature’s forces do the work! A remarkably safe riding toy for all ages, the Plasma Car has received global acclamation. Additionally, Plasma Car meets and exceeds all international product safety standards. It has received the prestigious 3 Star Award from the Canadian Toy Testing Council.

Weber Smokey Joe Grill: Built To Last

Perfect for cookouts, tailgate parties, or car camping, Weber’s Smokey Joe Gold grill is the classic traveling grill. With its 14-1/2-inch-diameter grate, the Weber Smokey Joe Grill easily cooks three steaks at a time or twice as many burgers. The porcelain-enameled bowl and lid resist rust and deliver even heat. When it’s down, the lid lock doubles as a lid holder, letting you slide the lip out of the way while you cook. And, when the feast is done, simply fasten the lid lock over the top handle, pick up, and go. As an added bonus, Weber throws in a 31-page owner’s guide filled with cooking tips and time-tested recipes for grilling everything from pork chops to bratwurst to Cornish hens. Not only do these grills live up to their name, they live up to the Weber tradition of quality, performance and long life. The premium version of the classic Smokey Joe Grill, the Tuck-N-Carry features a lid lock that secures the top in place for carrying. The lid lock lowers to serve as a convenient lid holder and wind shield, a must for grilling in unpredictable weather. Dampers are located on top of the bowl for quick, safe pack-ups.

Firepit Cover: Element Protection

Keep your outdoor fire pit looking and working like the day you bought it. This cover is made of premium 380 Gram Polyester for a canvas like feel and is coated with a water resistant material for further protection from the elements. The Firepit Cover is hand washable and lightweight. It will fit securely and keep your outdoor products protected from the elements all through the year. We bought a firepit for our son and his family, but they needed a good cover because they intended to leave it outside. We looked in several local stores and found poor quality, expensive covers. We took a chance ordering this one for 1/4 the price of the ones we looked at in stores. This Firepit Cover is top quality – made to stand up to some long-term bad conditions. None of the materials are susceptible to staying wet or holding moisture. The cover is slightly larger than the firepit, but the cover can be fitted tight to it with a drawstring so that it forms over the firepit well and affords the best protection. This is an excellent cover at an unbeatable price!

Braun Clean And Renew:

You don’t HAVE to use the cleaning function of the Braun Clean And Renew. You can use it like any other shaver and clean it with a brush. But if you don’t mind paying ~$60/year on these Braun Clean And Renew, then the cleaning system works great. I hope eventually someone decides to make generic versions of the refills or sells the fluid only so we can refill them (like they do with inkjet printer cartridges). I would NOT take the advice of the guy who recommended using alcohol and lemon juice as a refilling liquid. Lemon has sugar (and other impurities) in it, and alcohol doesn’t have lubricating agents and may strip the lubricating that the blades need. Cleaning every other day may seem like a money-saving idea, but I have found that even if you don’t use it for weeks, the cleaning fluid still evaporates and you have to replace it almost as frequently, so I figure I might as well get the benefit of cleaning rather than let the stuff just evaporate away. I hope Amazon starts selling these things directly since buying it from J&R is not a good deal because of the shipping charges.

Daily Roundup: Intex Filter Cartridge – Bug Zapper Racket – Uncle Milton Moon In My Room

25 07 2010

Intex Filter Cartridge: Pool Cleaning

We love our intex pool and while they tell you its fine to rinse and reuse the filter for a time or two…I do not recommend that. They never really get clean and work like brand new. For the price on Amazon and the fast shipping buy enough and never have to worry for the summer. I change mine weekly to maintaina sparkly pool its easy, they came packaged great and If I knew this easy to put up pool (I did get the pool very cheap at walmart though… easy as a snap to just need two people)I would have bought one years ago. Fits well, installs easily, etc… A great product. however, Intex Filter Cartridge do NOT need to be replaced every week!! A standard Intex Filter Cartridge can last for 6 months, or more if maintined properly. Usually, when servicing a filter, you can take a nozzle on your hose, and thoroughly hose off the filter pleats (all of them!), and reuse the cartridge. If it’s a little grody, use a bit of chlorine bleach to clean it up.

Bug Zapper Racket: Spider Flee

Keep the bugs away from your next barbecue without resorting to unsafe insect sprays. Designed on the premise of a flyswatter, this bug zapper racket is shaped like a tennis racket and kills insects on contact via an electric current when they touch the surface of the "net." The zapper operates on two AA batteries and, for safety, activates when you simultaneously press the two buttons on its handle. The bug zapper is safe for either indoor or outdoor use; however, people should exercise caution when the zapper is activated as it will cause a shock. I purchased one of these for my father, he saw one on a visit to North Carolina…and was nothing short of fascinated. He immediately opened the package while thanking me for finding him one. After a quick search of the patio furniture a large brown spider showed up, unfortunately for him this Bug Zapper Racket worked really well! The 2 AA batteries are a snap to install, and with a quick squeeze of the two buttons the grid is activated.

Uncle Milton Moon In My Room: Lunar Landscape

Turn your room into an authentically detailed 3-D lunar landscape. After your child is all tucked in for the night, Uncle Milton Moon In My Room creates a peaceful, glowing effect for a night full of sweet dreams. Its whimsical effect is fun for adults, too! This was a Christmas gift for my 8 year old daughter who is into absolutely nothing but animals. She absolutely loves it. She turns it on every night and her and our other children go and watch it. I even watch it. It has two settings. 1. Is where it goes through the phases of the moon. I was mistaken about how this works, I thought that it went through the phases along with the moon, however, it blinks through them pretty quick. 2. The Uncle Milton Moon In My Room is just set on a single phase of the moon. I have seen them go through both of the settings, there is a small remote control that the child can set themselves. The only problem with the remote is that because of its size it can get easily misplaced, especially if your kids are like mine and would lose just about anything.

Consumer Information: Weber Performer Charcoal Grill – Ultra Stomp Rocket – Syma Helicopter

23 07 2010

Weber Performer Charcoal Grill: Backyard Fun

Many outdoor chefs swear by charcoal for the smoky, old-school flavor it lends to meat–but no one likes the mess or the hassle of starting the coals, or the chemical aftertaste that lighter fluid can leave. The Weber Performer Charcoal Grill uses liquid propane to light charcoal briquets with just the touch of a button. Once the coals are white-hot, you’re ready to cook. Even cleaning up afterwards won’t get your hands dirty, thanks to Weber’s patented One-Touch cleaning system–a simple sweep of a lever pushes ashes into a removable catch pan for quick and easy disposal. The Performer’s exceptionally-durable construction includes a rust-resistant, porcelain-enameled steel bowl and lid. Heavy-duty, hinged grates made from plated steel offer easy access to the classic kettle-shaped bowl when it’s time to add briquets to the fire. A dual-purpose thermometer allows cooks to monitor the temperature inside the grill, then removes to test meat for doneness. A Tuck-Away holder holds the lid conveniently out of the way plus provides a windscreen for lighting.

Ultra Stomp Rocket: Kids Love It

Both the Ultra and the Junior Stomp Rocket kits come with a plastic rectangular "stomp pad" connected to a flexible tube. The Ultra Stomp Rocket tube connects to one of the plastic/foam rockets (4 are includeded in each kit). There is a small plastic stand that you can put together to use as a launch base. Snap the plastic tube onto the base and stomp on the pad. Air is shot through the tube and propels the foam rocket up into the air. We now have both the Ultra and the Junior Stomp Rocket kits and the only real difference I found is in the size and shape of the rocket missiles. The Ultra Stomp Rocket missiles are larger in size and shape. They have a plastic shaft with small plastic fins on the bottom and a large foam head. The junior stomp rocket missiles are smaller and made entirely of foam. Other than that, the launching equipment for both are exactly the same. Refill Rockets for both the Junior and Ultra models come in varying colors.

Syma Helicopter: Indoor Flying

Really fantastic toy for the price. I have had some of those mini RC helicopters before, and honestly for twice the price of one of those this heli is well worth the price. The Syma Helicopter steering takes a little getting used to, think of it as a hover craft rather than a car on wheels. You get the hang of it in no time, and a charge seems to last a good 10-15 minutes. Plus, and this is a huge plus, there are no batteries to replace accept in the controller. he helicopter itself charges from a wall outlet. The craft is a pretty good size, around 16" long I would guess. The lights on the craft are awesome, it has 2 on either engine in the back, and a red and green one underneath it. I have been buzzing this thing around my house ever since Christmas, it is to much fun. The only thing I would say to perspective buyers is the steering is not dead on precise but it is tons better than the cheap RC copters out there, and is very easy to use.

Product Finder: Treegator – Traveling Sprinkler – Folding Hammock – LeapFrog Scribble and Write – Radio Flyer Tricycle – Little Tikes Playhouse

22 07 2010

Treegator: Help Planted Trees

Treegator is a slow release watering system for newly planted trees. Treegator Jr. PRO slowly and evenly delivers a high volume of water (up to 14 gallons) directly to the root system of a newly planted tree or shrub with no run-off or evaporation. Experts agree – deep watering is the best way to reduce the effects of transplant and drought shock in new plantings. The problem is, that watering by hand with a hose or sprinkler – even on a frequent basis – is insufficient. That’s because most of the water applied is lost due to run-off or evaporation, thus not allowing for the water to penetrate deep enough into the soil to properly saturate the root zone. Treegator is designed to properly water a newly planted tree or shrub by slowly and evenly providing deep water saturation directly to the root zone, with no run-off or evaporation – Every time. With Treegator, there’s no guesswork. You’ll water your trees and shrubs more efficiently and effectively than conventional watering methods and spend significantly less time and effort doing it.

Traveling Sprinkler: Greener Grass

While an automatic sprinkling system certainly ensures greener grass and nurtured flowerbeds during the sweltering days of summer, not every household comes equipped with such a system and they can be downright expensive to install. Historically, the alternative to the built-in sprinkler system has involved setting up a hose and traveling sprinkler and then manually relocating the water source to several strategic locations every thirty minutes for several hours. Despite all the detail and time this manual system receives, the sprinkler never quite makes contact with certain patches. Likewise, swamping also occurs at times because homeowners generally have more important things to worry about than whether it is time to switch the sprinkler. Luckily, the folks at LR Nelson are employed to worry about finding comprehensive traveling sprinkler watering methods for busy homeowners who don’t have the means, time, or desire to dig up the yard to install and intricate system of sprinkler pipes.

Folding Hammock: Comfort On The Go

This folding hammock is extremely easy to set up and fold away, allowing for great comfort on the go. Whether camping or just napping on the porch, in the yard, or on the beach, the all-in-one hammock from Strathwood is a cinch to transport. It folds up completely to store in its own handy carrying bag with shoulder strap. A removable pillow adds to the comfort, providing a headrest or lumbar support. Crafted with a durable, powder-coated steel frame and Textilene fabric, the hammock uses chains for suspension. Textilene is a polyester yarn with a resin coating, woven into very durable and elastic fabric. The folding hammock measures 93 by 40 by 26 inches for ample resting room, and weighs 24.86 pounds. Though it is made from weather-resistant materials, the hammock is not meant to be left outdoors year round in all weather. Instead, it’s designed for easy fold up and storage.

LeapFrog Scribble and Write: Freestyle

I purchased the LeapFrog Scribble and Write for my son’s 4th birthday. He already knew how to write his letters so this toy provides a fun and easy way for him to practice them. The toy also encourages the kids to draw pictures and he has fun following along with the verbal instructions. After playing with the toy for a few days, I also noticed that he was freestyle drawing pictures on regular paper (trying to copy the Scribble and Write) so it was nice to see that the toy seemed to be encouraging his artistic imagination and some drawing creativity. It is certainly not a miracle toy to teach kids letters by any means, but for kids already interested in the alphabet this is a great way to reinforce LeapFrog Scribble and Write learning letters.

Radio Flyer Tricycle: Classic Toy

With its fully Radio Flyer Tricycle retro design, faithfully reproduced down to the smallest detail, this cherry-red, rubber-wheeled tricycle is an undisputed classic. Apparently they do still make them like they used to. The rugged trike features a chrome front fender; a double-deck, step-in back (so kids can climb onto the smooth metal seat in a snap); red-and-white tassels on the rubber-coated handlebars; a 12-inch-high, steel-spoked wheel; and even an old-fashioned bell. From Radio Flyer, a trusted name in young children’s transportation, comes the Radio Flyer Tricycle. Your young rider can cruise the neighborhood in this classic, retro-styled Radio Flyer tricycle. The sturdy steel construction will ensure years of fun and play for your child, and the chrome handlebars, fender and real ringing bell will keep your child in style and have heads turning. Features double deck rear step, durable steel spoked wheels with real rubber tires, adjustable seat and 12" front wheel.

Little Tikes Playhouse:

Innovative Little Tikes Playhouse with an "around the town" theme has 4 different walls to inspire imaginative play. Schoolhouse/Firehouse wall comes with a table, chalkboard, and an open-and-close door. Sports wall features a sports ball and baskeball hoop, a sports net and targets for game playing. Gas Station wall includes a gas pumper and phone. Grocery Store/Bank wall has a neat drive-up windown with see-through shutters, and an ATM machine. This playhouse has so many different themes to play with that your kids will have years of interesting role play to try out. With an "around the town" theme, four different themes play themselves out on the four different walls of the playhouse, and even those can be flexible! The Little Tikes Playhouse interior walls have even more details in molded plastic, including a kitchenette, workshop and bank. Seven game ideas are included for the "sports" theme wall. Measures 55"L x 48.8"W x 58"H when complete. Adult supervision required.