My Review of NO ________ SIGN

Originally submitted at UncommonGoods

Here’s a statement piece we can get behind! Hang or prop this fill-in-the-blank sign in an office, dorm or home to bust bad habits and deflect unwelcome articles in your personal space. A tough, elastic band holds objects in place that help finish the sentence. Drop cell phones, candy or other …

Funny and Memorable Reminder

By Aimee Dars from Fingers Lakes, NY on 8/18/2011
4out of 5

Pros: Funny, Bright, Attractive Design, Unique

Cons: Priced too high

Best Uses: Office, Gifts

Describe Yourself: Midrange Shopper

In my classrooms, I continually battle the surreptitious texting of my students. I thought I would purchase this novelty item to take to the first day of class as a tangible reminder to put away their cell phones. I like that the sign has a durable elastic band where you can place the verboten item.

(legalese)

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My Review of PAPER POTS

Originally submitted at UncommonGoods

Turn that boring box of tissues into a sculptural statement with this functional and colorful tissue holder. Modern and refreshing, the paper pot is perfect for the bathroom as a toilet paper dispenser or as a tissue dispenser in any room. Pot unscrews and has a rod in the center to set tissues on …

Buy This Great Tissue Holder!

By Aimee Dars from Fingers Lakes, NY on 8/18/2011
4out of 5

Pros: Durable, Bright, Unique, Attractive Design

Best Uses: Gifts, Living Room, Office

Describe Yourself: Midrange Shopper

I received a lime green paper pot for Christmas and absolutely adore it. Tissue boxes are never very attractive, and covers are often bulky or tacky. I love the paper pot. It’s like a utilitarian piece of art. I purchased a second paper pot in orange for my office at work.

I gave the paper pot 4/5 stars, not a perfect 5, because I wish the rod for the paper were more intuitive. (It’s completely easy, though. You just lie the tissue on top of the rod and viola.) The main reason I gave the item 4/5 is that I wish it were in a wider range of colors, particularly purple and black.

(legalese)

REVIEW: Water Bottle Cruncher Dog Toys

Originally submitted at Nip and Bones

What is it about water bottles that drives dogs nuts? You just can’t seem to pull them away, yet your afraid that it may be harmful. Well now you have no need to fear, with Water Bottle Crunchers, the toy slips over the water bottle giving your pet the familiar sound without the exposed plastic…

Dogs Love to Crunch!

By darzy from Ithaca, NY on 5/14/2011
5out of 5

Pros: Tough, Dog Likes It, Fun, Colorful

Cons: Loud

Best Uses: Active Dogs, Indoors, Smaller Dogs, Puppies

Describe Yourself: Long-time Pet Owner

I love Fat Cat Dog Toys because they are colorful and durable. My dogs love them, too. They’ve also always loved chewing on plastic bottles, which I don’t allow because of the hazards. The crunch toy is a way for them to get the thrill of the crackle of the plastic in a safe way. The velcro tab for removing/replacing the bottle stays closed. The only drawback is that this is LOUD – although that is to be expected with such a toy.

(legalese)

Not Vegan!

Not Vegan!
Products that have omega-3 are usually not vegan, since the primary source of omega-3 is fish oil. This is true of Tropicana’s “Healthy Heart with Omega-3” orange juice.

George was selecting juice for us and put this in the cart until I intervened. Most people would probably assume that juice is vegan, but this isn’t even vegetarian!

The Town

Last week, George and I watched The Town which I wanted to like more than I did. I found the plot predictable and the characters underdeveloped. The bank robbers are very bad men, though Doug, played by Ben Affleck, has a good heart. James (Jeremy Renner) is a wild card, and things go awry when he breaks the unwritten rules of the bank robbing gang’s code by violently beating a bank employee and then kidnapping the bank’s manager, Claire (Rebecca Hall). F.B.I. Agent Frawley has had enough of the flawless robberies perpetrated by the born-to-crime thieves (a la Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive). Meanwhile, Doug gets close to Claire to ensure she doesn’t have information to provide to the F.B.I. Once he sees her allegiance is to Charlestown rather than the law, he falls in love with her and decides to get out. Despite their criminal genius, the gang fails to realize the threat is not the loyal Claire by the addict and woman scorned, Krista (Blake Lively).

The movie was well-acted and the chase scenes, especially, were fun to watch, but the movie presents a difficult to solve dilemma: how to satisfyingly resolve a plot driven by anti-heroes. It doesn’t take too long to figure out that James’ recklessness will lead to his death either by cop or by his own hand, but I wasn’t sure what would happen to Doug. Would he sacrifice himself, but earn the love of Claire (cf. The Crying Game)? Would he escape (cf. The Shawshank Redemption)? Or would he go down fighting?