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Flip Video

I recently got a Flip Video Ultra camcorder and to put it simply, I’m in love. It’s about the size of a cell phone (okay, a cell phone from 3 years ago) so it’s infinitely portable and it will take thirty to sixty minutes of video, the quality of which is far better than my little Nikon camera.

The kicker is that it plugs right in to your computer with a little USB thing that flips out of the side of it (it FLIPS! Get it?). NO cables or cords are necessary and get this — the software needed to get it into your computer and onto Youtube, MySpace etc. is built into the camcorder so no more install disks or any of that nonsense. It’s really so idiot-proof that anyone (you know, like your barely computer literate in-laws for example) could use it.

It also comes in different colors, for the style conscious, and a few different configurations for the price conscious. Additionally, Flip Ultra Video was recently touted by Oprah for it’s awesomeness and I recently heard someone on the radio talking about it, too.

I do believe this is THE HOT GIFT of the season and while I personally won’t be dropping $120-$150 on one for anyone, you can bet teens, tweens and proud new parents everywhere will be sporting one of these after the holidays.

The Daring Book for Girls

The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz was like a stroll down memory lane for me. The kinds of things they have included in the book really do hearken back to a simpler time when kids actually played outside all day long and the secrets of “Bloody Mary” and “Light as a Feather” were exchanged amidst scared yet giggly girls at slumber parties.

I feel really old saying this but times sure have changed. But this is why I love The Daring Book for Girls so much; for it’s potential to maybe, just maybe, bring back a little bit of those simpler times.

Here’s the description from, which will give you a good idea of what’s covered in The Daring Book for Girls:

The Daring Book for Girls is the manual for everything that girls need to know—and that doesn’t mean sewing buttonholes! Whether it’s female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel or the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, this book has it all. But it’s not just a guide to giggling at sleepovers—although that’s included, of course! Whether readers consider themselves tomboys, girly-girls, or a little bit of both, this book is every girl’s invitation to adventure.

If you have a girl who seems to be growing up a bit too quickly or would rather be instant messaging on her computer, texting with her friends or watching way too much Hannah Montana instead of DOING things, maybe this is the book that can turn that around. We can hope, can’t we?

Peppa Pig on DVD

Meet Peppa Pig! She’s five years old, loves to play games, fly kites, play dress up and jump in mud puddles and she does a funny little snort when she’s excited!

Originally an award-winning British show for the preschool set, Peppa Pig has just made her US debut with the DVD Peppa Pig: Muddly Puddles and Other Stories in which she learns lessons about life, family and friends in twelve colorful episodes.

My son is two and a half and was immediately taken with Peppa and her little brother, George and even my seven year old has enjoyed watching the Peppa Pig DVD.

I liked it because it’s a fun, low-key show without a lot of fast-moving imagery, overstimulating graphics and sound, obnoxious singing or syrupy sweet and preachy story lines and yet there is always something for children to learn or glean from it.

I would put it in the same category as Oswald (Nick Jr.) and maybe the earlier episodes of Curious George (PBS), which are really the only two kid shows that don’t make me want to close my eyes and plug my ears as I run from the room (I’ve been watching children’s programming for seven LONG years!)

Tend Skin for a Sleeker Bikini Line

If you’re not familiar with it, Tend Skin is a product that helps stop those nasty ingrown hair bumps that you get a) when your wax job starts to grow back in or b) when you shave against the grain in your bikini line area or c) you’re cheap and lazy and keep using a razor after it’s gotten dull. Oh, wait. That’s me. Never mind.

While I’m not a fan of the Brazilian wax, I do need to manicure my bikini line regularly. And as I have blogged about in the past, it seems to be getting more bold in it’s advancement beyond the pantylines so waxing actually makes more sense than shaving. But I’ve never been able to figure out how people (read: those in adult entertainment *ahem*) manage to be free of a single ingrown hair anywhere. It’s like some kind of trade secret or something and nobody’s giving it up willingly.

Well, greedy strippers and aestheticians, you no longer have this mom over a barrel. Nope. I have found Tend Skin. And it does work.

But there is one thing I can’t overlook; that being the price. You need to use Tend Skin EVERY DAY and it goes fast. Particularly when you’re using a cotton ball, which soaks up about half of this liquid gold and wastes it.

When a 4 oz bottle costs $20 plus S&H (what I paid ordering directly from the company) that can add up quick, especially when you use it on multiple areas. A dripless gel or roll-on formula would work much better, in my opinion. And when they read this and use my idea, they better cut me in on the profits!

In a nutshell, Tend Skin works well but it’s prohibitive price is a sticking point for me. That aside, they don’t test on animals (which I love) so if you’re considering buying it, at least you can do so with a crystal clear conscience!

Winnie the Pooh Holds Up

Of all the character-driven shows and movies I’ve enjoyed (or in some cases endured) with my seven year old daughter over the years, my favorite has always been Winnie the Pooh. There’s just something about Pooh Bear and his friends that always makes me feel happy and if you pay attention, you might note that some of the humor is also rather clever!

We recently picked up The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh: The Friendship Edition on DVD and though we’ve seen The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh many times before on videotape (I even remember it from when I was child), it was even better on DVD because The Friendship Edition has been digitally restored and remastered and comes with many fun and interesting bonus features such as:

  • The Very First Episode Of The New Series MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH (finally with a female character besides Kanga!)
  • “The Story Behind The Masterpiece” Featurette
  • Winnie The Pooh Art Gallery
  • “The 100 Acre Wood Challenge” Game
  • Disney Storytime: “Pooh’s Shadow”
  • “The Winnie The Pooh Theme Song” Performance By Carly Simon
  • Sing Along Song: “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers”
  • Pooh’s Pop-Up Fun Facts
  • “A Day For Eeyore” Classic Short

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is actually three animated shorts, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974), edited together to form a film and the tales are narrated by Sebastian Cabot, who some of you might remember as Mr. French, the beloved butler from A Family Affair.

The three shorts still hold up and to me, are as charming as ever but with better sound and a nice clean look. I highly recommend this to anyone who has small children (that are allowed to watch TV, of course. I know some parents are opposed to it) because it’s truly wholesome, and for lack of a better term, heartwarming entertainment from an era where a kid’s movie was TRULY a kid’s movie.

The Dyson Slim DC18

When my Dyson Slim vacuum cleaner arrived, I couldn’t wait to try it out because the Dyson brand’s reputation led me to believe it would be an amazing piece of floor-cleaning technology. I wasn’t disappointed.

My husband put it together and he remarked on how well engineered it was and how well the parts fit together. He ought to know. He’s put together our last THREE vacuum cleaners.

In between the time when the Dyson was delivered and the time that my husband came home and put it together, I had vacuumed my carpet (with my old vacuum cleaner) because my mother-in-law was coming over that day.

However, when I took my shiny new Dyson for it’s inaugural spin around our living room and office, I was horrified to see how much stuff it picked up. I had JUST VACUUMED a few hours before. Our former vacuum cleaner, a bagless “cyclonic” type, was only about three years old. It was shocking to see how poorly it had been performing without my even realizing it.

What else do I love about the Dyson Slim? Mo more buying filters! You tell yourself when you’re considering buying a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner that you’ll buy the filters and you probably have the best of intentions but seriously, that gets old SO fast.

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Tylenol Rapid Blast is the Bomb

I recently had an opportunity to try Tylenol Rapid Blast Liquid when I was knocked on my proverbial arse by an evil stomach virus.

My entire body ached with ungodly pain but I was afraid to take Tylenol or Advil caplets because I was having a hard time keeping things down. Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and opted to try the Tylenol Rapid Blast in hopes of getting some pain relief.

When I say this stuff worked within five minutes, I’m not exaggerating. It packs quite a punch with 1000 mg of acetaminophen in every dose and though it tasted nasty even with the cherry flavoring, I’ll still keep it around for those times when I just can’t wait to feel better.

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