Monday, May 19, 2014

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Giants Review: The Last Thing

Posted: 19 May 2014 08:54 AM PDT

We asked our Giant Squid Storytellers to review that last thing they purchased whether it was a big ticket item or something small and useful.

Here’s 15 of the review lenses we received.

Visit each of these terrific lenses. Then, why not share a review on a new lens about the last thing you bought?

Sharing the Memories that Kenny Rogers Music has Brought Me

1. Sharing the Memories that Kenny Rogers Music has Brought Me

Sometimes it not that easy to decide where to start. In this case that is where I am. With most of the music in my life I tend to listen over and over. Its interesting how this group of songs I really have not listened to that much as of late. That is unti…

Sip happy with Mason Tumblers

2. Sip happy with Mason Tumblers

Everyone in my family always has a cold drink handy. We sip all day, every day: diet soda, iced tea, lemonade, juices. We needed to find insulated tumblers that would keep our drinks cold for hours. We found these Aladdin Insulated Mason Tumblers and immed…

Civilization V: Gold Edition

3. Civilization V: Gold Edition

I haven’t bought a new video game in several years. I used to love picking up a new game, struggling with the packaging and then. loading up the game for the first time. Magic on screen. My nephew was visiting this week. He prefers using a mouse when…

How to Install Plastic Lawn Edging

4. How to Install Plastic Lawn Edging

Keep Grass & Weeds From Invading Your Flower Bed I enjoy spring, as it’s a time for planting. From vegetables to flowers, grass to shrubs, my yard has it all. I plant in flower beds, old boots , kitchen pots, and used tires. If it can hold dir…

Seriously Good Popcorn-Review of the Chicago Mix

5. Seriously Good Popcorn-Review of the Chicago Mix

There are many unusual food items that become trendy here in Japan. Pancakes are one of those things and although it’s been a few years since the pancake boom started, lines to indulge is still beyond absurd. Recently, another American import has arri…

Vacuum Floor to Ceiling with Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro

6. Vacuum Floor to Ceiling with Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro

Buying a new home can be a charm or a chore. Our new home had been vacant for 18 months before we took ownership and turned out to be an extreme cleaning chore. Surviving the first event of our Spring Cleaning Challenge of the Century was quite an accompli…

Peterson Field Guide to Birds: My Favorite Birding Book

7. Peterson Field Guide to Birds: My Favorite Birding Book

Recently I replaced my old dog- eared copy of A Field Guide to the Birds with the newer edition (sixth edition, 2010). I’ve been using some version of this guide since I was very young. I’ve enjoying bird- watching since I was a little girl, when…

The sleek Polder digital scale mixes style, beauty and functionality

8. The sleek Polder digital scale mixes style, beauty and functionality

When my thirteen- year- old digital scale gave up the ghost in the middle of a bread- making binge, I rushed out to the local hardware store and grabbed a new one. They didn’t have my old brand, but I didn’t mind because I know the Polder name, h…

My Dark-Roasted Memories * Costa Rica Tarrazu Whole Bean Coffee

9. My Dark-Roasted Memories * Costa Rica Tarrazu Whole Bean Coffee

Would you believe that the last special item I purchased for myself was a bag of Costa Rican coffee? Hey, it wasn’t just any coffee, but Costa Rica Tarrazu Whole Bean. For me, my coffee tells a story. The intoxicating aroma of my coffee brewing, in th…

The FixMeStick-Fixed My Computer

10. The FixMeStick-Fixed My Computer

Something evil was inside my computer. Whatever these things were it was driving me crazy. It took forever to load a page, it froze up at any given time, and I would hear voices in the background while viewing a page, like an ad was running or something. M…

The Ants Are Marching

11. The Ants Are Marching

It’s that time of year out in the garden when the ants start to look for water. Each year we have a different colony move in. This is because we kill off the Queen. Once the Queen is dead the colony gets confused and the workers forget what they are d…

Masquerade Ball Mask

12. Masquerade Ball Mask

I Bought This Beautiful Laser Cut Metal Mask for a Masquerade Ball! The theme of the prom was Masquerade Ball, and my granddaughter needed a pretty mask to wear. She decided to choose her dress first, and then decide on the color for the mask. After lookin…

Sheer Energy: My Valued Coworker

13. Sheer Energy: My Valued Coworker

I am sure I show my age (fifty) by endorsing pantyhose, but Sheer Energy are not just ordinary pantyhose. This product has often kept me going when nothing else would. As a woman who has spent a lot of time on her feet, I appreciate any support my legs can…

Call Me Crazy - A Destigmatizing Movie

14. Call Me Crazy – A Destigmatizing Movie

Take a Closer Look at Mental Illness The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and and the NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) estimate that one in four adults, over 61 million people, in the United States life with a serious mental illness…

Gloves For Extreme Gardening

15. Gloves For Extreme Gardening

The problem In Florida, when gardeners claim they pour their blood, sweat and tears into their flowerbeds they mean it in quite the literal sense. The strong Florida sun and the sheer beauty of the flowers are the cause of the sweat and tears while the blo…

Poetvix is the queen of clean…and she wins Jolie Kerr’s book.

Posted: 19 May 2014 07:10 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 9.42.50 AMLast week I had the pleasure of interviewing Jolie Kerr, author of  My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha.

We also challenged lensmasters to share their own favorite cleaning products and tips with one lucky squid winning Jolie’s book.

Well we have a winner! Poetvix gets the creatively clean award with My Beloved Shop Vac – The One Vacuum I Will Never be Without – Big Red Saved my Cash and my Bacon.

Congratulations! We’re glad Big Red came through for you.

Enjoy the book Poetvix and we hope you enjoy these cleaning lenses from our talented writers!

 

Best Mopnado Walkable Rolling Microfiber 360 Hurricane Spin Mop Review1. Best Mopnado Walkable Rolling Microfiber 360 Hurricane Spin Mop Review

I’m in the market for good all round mop that is easy to use, clean and doesn’t end up costing a lot to maintain. There are a lot of great mops around, but some like the Swiffer- style products, need constant changes and replenish wipes is not on…

Boiling Water For Stain Removal

2. Boiling Water For Stain Removal

Water can be your best friend when cleaning! Water cleans everything, right? So what’s the toughest stain you can think of that water alone would get out? Any guess yet? You’ll never believe it. Grape Juice! It can be a nightmare getting out dark…

How to Prevent Hair In Shower Drain

3. How to Prevent Hair In Shower Drain

A Shower Drain Hair Catcher For me one of the worst cleaning jobs was removing the hair in the shower drain. I don’t know how it is that you can be removing hair a full day after someone has last taken a shower and yet somehow the hair you pull out of…

Swiffer Dust & Shine Furniture Spray

4. Swiffer Dust & Shine Furniture Spray

I love to use Swiffer Dust & Shine Furniture Spray for a variety of cleaning jobs around the house. I love it! This page shows how I use it, the results, and the applicators for each cleaning job. I use it with an O’cedar dust mop on hardwood…

Dust Bunny Eradicators

5. Dust Bunny Eradicators

Can we all say ‘That I’d rather be gardening than dusting! ‘ Well for your information that statement is rather a true one for me. But and this is a big BUT, what do you do when you have a cat that sheds more fur than there is on his whole b…

LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner Review

6. LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner Review

I was skeptical when I saw this product sitting on the shelves of the dollar store. The name LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner did not make me feel any better about it. But what can I do? I was kind of desperate for cleaning solution and I was totally out….

Cleaning with Comet

7. Cleaning with Comet

Last week, I went shopping for cleansers. No, not the usual Apricot Scrub I get for my face but something to clean the toilet with. I found Lysol Power & Free and was amazed at the thick blue liquid and how it made the inside of the bowl sparkle. M…

Love My Swiffer Sweeper Mop

8. Love My Swiffer Sweeper Mop

When my husband and I moved into our new home my daughter showed up with the best gift ever, a Procter and Gamble Swiffer Sweeper Mop. I didn’t know it at the time but this would get more use than any other cleaning product in my home. Before I was th…

A steam cleaner that makes me happy

9. A steam cleaner that makes me happy

If you have sensitive skin and the smells of detergents and home cleaning products make your eyes sting then read on. I will tell you how I clean my house, how I save myself an absolute fortune, and why my steam cleaner makes me happy! The cupboard under m…

Playtex HandSaver Gloves : My favorite household accessory!

10. Playtex HandSaver Gloves : My favorite household accessory!

I literally love Playtex HandSaver Gloves . they are undoubtedly my most important ‘gadget’ that I use when cleaning my house. Who knew that a pair of rubber gloves could become your most important tool when doing household chores? For me, my han…

Electrolux ErgoRapido: Not just a stick vacuum cleaner

11. Electrolux ErgoRapido: Not just a stick vacuum cleaner

A multifunctional cleaner and a design object It takes a lot for me to be enthusiastic about floor- cleaning but I’m positively gleeful about the ErgoRapido. It’s all thanks to my neighbour, Nick. He has just rented out his apartment unfurnished…

Lens of the Day: DIY Counter-Top Height Sewing/Crafts Table

Posted: 19 May 2014 05:16 AM PDT

diysewingWhat happens when you want something specific that isn’t for sale?

If you’re lucky, your husband will build it for you.

That’s just what lensmaster TableTalk did when his wife asked him for a tall sewing table.

Visit DIY Counter-Top Height Sewing/Crafts Table to see how he did it and to learn how to make one of your own.

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