Review: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad

Product Name: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad
Submitted by: Marie Ynami; Redlands, CA
Rating: 8
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Description: Targus PA248U Tornado Notebook Chill Pad is a cooling mat for a laptop or a notebook pc. It is made of plastic, is light weight and has 2 fans that can cool off your overworked laptop while you are working. It is powered by the laptop’s USB. You sit your laptop on it and it has rubber stoppers so your laptop won’t slip.

Review: I like it because it is powered by the laptop’s USB port – so no extra plugs and no batteries required. The cord that plugs from the chill mat to the laptop even has an on/off switch. The fan doesn’t make any noise. It keeps my laptop cool even if I use it for long periods of time. It is very light and it doesn’t bother me when I am working. The price is affordable. I paid $24 for my chill mat. I think that is a small price to pay compared to paying for repairs if my laptop overheats. I think it is a must for laptop users.

Review: Story Time Felts Jessica Doll

Product Name: Story Time Felts Jessica doll
Submitted by: Erica Johns ; Lancaster, KY
Rating: 8
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Description: This 7 inch tall felt “paper” doll with lots of clothing and accessories, and it all comes in a convenient zippered carrying case.  Nice, quiet play for the car, doctor’s office, and church.

Review: If you grew up going to Sunday School and VBS like I did, you probably remember your teachers telling Bible stories with the help of a felt board with felt figures and background scenes. I loved that stuff! Story Time Felts has Bible stories plus tons more!

Remember paper dolls? Story Time has them. Only now you won’t be accidentally ripping off the little tabs that hold the clothes on. I got a Jessica felt doll set for my daughter and we really like it! Jessica is 7 inches tall and comes in a zippered case with all of her clothes and accessories. There are something like 60 different clothing and accessory items in the bag, so Jessica is never without something to wear.

One really neat option is to get the clothing from different cultures, time periods, and careers! All 5 of my kids from age 10 and under enjoyed playing with the doll and trying all of her clothes on. I was really happy to see that there are even boy felt dolls to play with. To me, this set is perfect for the car, a quiet activity for sitting in waiting rooms, or for a nice quiet break during a busy day. All the felts are machine washable, so even a spill or blob of peanut butter isn’t going to ruin this stuff!

You can get the felts precut, or if you want to save a little money you can cut the figures out yourself!

As we have continued to enjoy our Jessica doll we have found it to hold up well to the rigors of several children, and the carrying case is very helpful for keeping the set together.  My only criticism is that we wish Jessica could stand up on her own a little better.  She does stand, but is a little “tippy.”

Review: New Native Baby Carrier

Product Name: New Native Baby Carrier
Submitted by: Erica Johns ; Lancaster, KY
Rating: 10
Where to buy: ( Coupon codes for are here: )

Description: The New Native Baby Carrier is a well-made baby sling that comes in simple, high-quality fabrics including organic cotton. New Native Baby Carriers do not have any bulky padding or rings to worry about, nor do they come in juvenile prints that grown-ups don’t want to wear.

The New Native Baby Carrier has a deep pocket for you baby to be safely snuggled, keeping them cozy without you having to worry about them falling out.

The design of this sling is such that the baby’s weight is spread evenly across your back, rather than pulling on your shoulders.  I am not a fan of wearing my babies in a sling all day long, but for trips to the store, walks, and outings it has been truly indispensable to my family.  My husband has loved using this sling as well!

Review: As a mother of six children ages 3-14 I have seen and tried a lot of baby products and equipment.  If I had it to do all over again and could only get one item of baby equipment, it would be the New Native Baby Carrier.

New Native Baby Carriers have the deepest hammock pouch of all the slings I know of, so you can use it longer and more safely than other slings on the market.

You can also get your New Native Baby Carrier in the best size for your body, which works much better than a one-size-fits-all sling.  I have found that even though a large works well for me when my babies are older, I appreciate a medium sling for newborns.

My very favorite fabric choice is the organic cotton natural flannel.  This is the style I owned and wore for 3 slings and 5 babies.  (no, they did not wear out!  I gave one away and got one in a small size for when I had a premature baby)  Although it is off-white, it always looked good, cleaned up well, hid spit-up well, and was so soft and cozy that my babies and I always loved using it.

I truly LOVE to give the New Native Baby Carrier as a gift to expectant moms.  It is the best baby equipment item I could recommend!

Review: Western Digital My Book Essential 160 GB USB External Hard Drive

Product Name: Western Digital My Book Essential 160 GB USB External Hard Drive
Submitted by: Marie Ynami; Redlands, CA
Rating: 8
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Description: Small portable external hard drive for your computer. Use it to back up your files from your computer and make more room in your computer. It hooks up to your computer via USB cable. Once plugged into your computer, it automatically turns on or off with your computer. This product is a must for anyone who treasures their photos, videos, audios, ebooks and other files  – and need to backup these files for safe keeping.

Review: This is an easy-to-use external hard drive for your computer. It is perfect for storing music, photos, videos and other files from your computer – great for backing up all your files – which is a must if you are like me who has lots of photos, videos and audio in my computer and need to make room in my hard drive for more stuff. It is easy to use – installation is super easy – even for newbies – you just plug the external hard drive to your computer and it installs itself – it loads automatically. It is small, light weight (about 4 pounds only) and you can use more than one if you need to and stack them next to each other. It is very affordable. I paid $120 for mine and I couldn’t be any happier – it is a small price to pay if you have all your files backed up that way if ever your computer crashes, you have your info backed up. It is very handy – you can easily move it from one location to another. It needs to be plugged into electricity though – it does not operate with batteries – so, that is something to consider. I definitely LOVE my Western Digital My Book Essential 160 GB USB External Hard Drive.

Review: Sassy Me-in-the-Mirror Toy

Product Name: Sassy Me-in-the-Mirror Toy
Submitted by: Dana Klopfer; Jacksonville, FL
Rating: 10
Where to buy: ( Current coupon codes are here: )

Description: This mirror is angled to give your baby a good view of himself.  It features a roller ball rattle, crinkle bird, squeaky flower and a purple rubber teether.

Review: We purchased this mirror for my daughter when she was about 2 months old.  I sometimes place her in her crib to play for a little bit and I would notice that very quickly she would get very quiet, which is not like her.  When I would peek in on her, she would just be staring at herself in the mirror.  Seemingly fascinated!  I think she was trying to figure out who this cute baby was in her crib looking at her!  She also loves to grab the crinkle bird.  You can easily tie this mirror to anything your baby is around.  I actually had it on her changing table for many months, it kept her very occupied while I changed her diaper.  She would look into the mirror and chew on the rubber ring teether.  I highly recommend this mirror.  It is affordable and you will get much use from it.

Review: BeautiControl Herbal Serenity Show of Hands Instant Manicure

Product Name: BeautiControl Herbal Serenity Show of Hands Instant
Submitted by: Erica Johns ; Lancaster, KY
Rating: 8
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Description: A convenient exfoliant made from natural oils that gives you soft, silky hands in just a few seconds.

Review: Today was my first time trying out a BeautiControl product although I have heard many nice things about the brand! A BeautiControl rep sent me a sample of their at-home spa for hands and cuticles, called Herbal Serenity Show of Hands Instant Manicure.

First of all let me say that this stuff smells wonderful! As soon as I opened the sample I was oohing and aahhing to myself about it.

The product is a exfoliant made with natural oils such as macadamia, avocado, safflower, orange, and tea tree. I love stuff that uses lots of natural goodness in it!

It’s super simple to use–just rub it all around your hands and cuticles, and the rinse off. Voila! My hands feel silky smooth and have a light, pleasant scent. Ten seconds to softer skin!

I strongly suspect that this would be a great product for feet as well, especially in the summer time when we are all wearing sandals so much.

The product is only $26.50 and since it only takes a small amount to get your hands silky smooth, that jar should go for a pretty long time. Ladies, wouldn’t you like your husband’s hands to be silky smooth too? Maybe this would be a good gift for BOTH of you….. :)

Review: LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

Product Name: LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set
Submitted by: Dana Klopfer; Jacksonville, FL
Rating: 10
Where to buy: Amazon or Target (Current Amazon Coupons are here: Coupon Codes are here:

Description: This is a letter reader magnet for your refrigerator.  It comes with all 26 letters and 10 numbers.  It teaches the letter and the sound of each letter.  It also has an off/on switch and volume control.

Review: My daughter received this as a first birthday gift.  Even though she is still a bit too young to know how to put the letters in the reader, it keeps her busy while I make dinner and she loves to carry the base that plays music around the house with her.  I learned quickly to only have a few of the letters in her reach.  If you let your child have access to all letters and numbers, you will be picking up pieces all over the house!  She loves to press the little button that plays the ABC song.  I like the fact, too, that unlike other alphabet magnets the LeapFrog set has the magnets hidden within the larger size letter.  The size of the letters and numbers are perfect for little hands.

Review: My First Leap Pad Learning System

Product Name: My First Leap Pad Learning System
Submitted by: Dana Beitlich; Oro Grande, CA
Rating: 8
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Description: The Leap Pad Learning System given children the skills they need to start school. It is a interactive learning system that teaches children letters, numbers and words though fun games and music. This model is light-weight and portable. Works with snap on books and cartridges.

Review: I really like this product. My son received this as a Christmas gift. He likes to play with it when on long car rides and it keeps him entertained and he is learning something at the same time.

It is a little expensive, and the books and cartridges are a little expensive too, but we all know that children love repetition, so my son is happy and entertained with the 4 books he has, and has never asked for any more. His older cousins like it too, so I would be a nice thing to give as gift to a family, because all the kids can play with it.

Isis Breast Pump

Product Name: Isis Breast Pump
Submitted by: lindsay; Averill Park, NY
Rating: 8
Where to buy: Amazon ( coupons are here: )

Description: This manual pump is comfortable and easy to use it is not noisy or expensive. A silicone diaphragm creates a vacuum for reliable suction. The pump is compatible with all Avent bottle systems, making it easy to express milk directly into a bottle.

Review If you want a quiet pump, this is the pump for you. It’s not noisy or expensive and is reasonably comfortable. Easy to assemble and clean and very quick.

Parents Plush Elephant Rocker

Product Name: Parents Plush Elephant Rocker
Submitted by: Dana Klopfer; Jacksonville, FL
Rating: 10
Where to buy: Target or Amazon ( Coupons are here; coupons are here)

Description: Elephant wood rocker base with foot rests.   Heavy duty will not tip over.  Made with sturdy hand washable fabric.  Features an umbrella on the trunk and a small mouse along for the ride on the elephant’s leg.

Review: My daughter received this rocking elephant as a first birthday gift from a family member.  It was absolutely the hit of the party!  Once we put her on it she instantly began to rock back and forth and make the silliest faces.  When she finally did get off the elephant all of the other children at the party began to take turns riding on it.  Their ages ranged from 15 months to 4 years.  Our 2 year old nephew seemed to be fascinated with the umbrella on the trunk of the elephant.  Even though it is only for decoration purposes you can flip it back and forth which is what he enjoyed doing repeatedly.   I loved that it is not made with traditional baby colors and patterns.  It fits in well with our décor and we love having it in the family room where our daughter can get on and off as much as she would like.  She truly never seems to tire of it.