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Wee Society Matching Card Game

Title: A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game
Author: Wee Society
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-5247-5954-4

“When all cards are matched, whoever ends up with the most pairs is AWESOME!” the inside box flap states in the Wee Society’s game, A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game.

~ What ~
Targeting five-year-old children and older, this 5.75 by 5.75 by 1.5-inch colorful cardboard box contains forty 2.5 inch square thick cards. With similar designs on the back of all the rounded-corner cards, their opposites have 2 cards that match. The concept of the game is to place all cards face down and then turn 2 over at a time, removing the matches by the players. The goal is to collect the most pairs of cards. There are 2 blank cards added that could be written on by the players.

~Why ~
Having 3 grandchildren who visit from out of state, it is fun to play games with them. I like how any age can play this iconic game that promotes memorization and hand-eye coordination. The cards are durable and thick so do not bend like regular cards. All the cards’ pictures are simplistic with the word description written out in white letters.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like playing card games will avoid this game, although it can be played by several players. Others may not like how sophomoric the designs are with little detail, but this is the style of Wee Society’s artwork.

~ Wish ~
With some of the card depictions being more complicated than others, it would help if they were all either more generic or more detailed. An example of a simple card is YELLOW which has a yellow and white rectangle. More complex ones that non-readers may have trouble understanding include ARGYLE, PLUTO, TRAPDOORS, and SSSSSSNAKES (which is spelled incorrectly on purpose).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun game to play with children, this matching game will be a favorite.

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SanDisk 32GB Memory Disc

PLENTY OF LOOPING MEMORY

~ What ~
This microSD memory card holds up to 32GB with up to 80MB/s transfer speed. Since it is small, it comes with a larger SD adapter for cameras.

~ Why ~
Having used several different sizes of memory cards, this is the largest one I have bought to use in a dash camera. I like that it can hold so much yet be so small.

~ Why Not ~
Some may find these discs too small and fear they will be lost or damaged, but the case helps. Others may want

~ Wish ~
I wish the cards were not so minuscule as they can be lost or misplaced easily, but it makes sense as they have to be small to fit into the tiny electronics.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a reliable memory card with a popular name brand, this one is a great choice.

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iGoKu Full HD Car DVR Camera

VIDEOTAPE YOUR TRIP

~ What ~
This car dashboard camera kit includes a 2.5 by 1.5-inch screen camera, windshield mount, 9.84-foot car charger, USB cable, and user’s manual and can be used in any vehicle. It can take video day or night video and has a looping recorder. A micro SD card is not included.

~ Why ~
Having used security cameras before but never a dash cam, I was excited to try out this new electronic. It took me under a minute to secure the mount to my car’s inside windshield below the rearview mirror and hook the camera to the mount. Once the charger is attached and plugged into the cigarette lighter, the camera turns on. I like that the camera can record up to 13 feet when the car is stationary, taping any outside movement around my vehicle.

~ Why Not ~
Some may find these units hard to set up as they can be complicated; with the booklet section in English containing a plethora of grammar errors, it makes it harder to understand. The instruction pictures are minuscule to view and the wording is hard to understand. Although the camera records well, it is hard to figure out how to adjust some of its features such as the time and date. Others may wish it came with the necessary SD card. None of the online photographs show the attached cable that may block vision, but the manual has an example how to hide the cable. Because my vehicle has GPS embedded in the top of the windshield, I have to place the camera mount lower, which obstructs some of my view.

~ Wish ~
The online details mention it comes with a carrying case and does not state the window mount so both need to be corrected. I wish there were a way to sync the recordings to a smartphone for later viewing as some other security cameras do.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a car dashboard camera, this one may be a good selection, but it will take me time and effort to fine-tune it to my needs.
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G.A. Homefavor 8 Steak Knives

INEXPENSIVE SERRATED KNIFE SET

~ What ~
Made of stainless steel blades with an unknown material in their handles, this set includes 8 serrated steak knives. Being a little over 9-inches long, they have triple-rivets in their handles. They come with individual white cardboard sleeves in a non-descriptive box and should only be hand washed.

~ Why ~
Although I do not cook that much, I enjoy having proper steak knives. Including 8 in the set gives an ample amount of them. The handles are comfortable on the palm, and the serrated edges are sharp enough to cut bread or steak. In testing them on cold meatloaf, they did cut adequately.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the plastic feel to their handles and may prefer true wood handles. Other may wish they could be put in the dishwasher, but they are stainless steel and should not be.

~ Wish ~
I wish the online page stated what the handles were made out of and that the box had a photograph on the outside or some artwork.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive set of 8 steak knives, this may be the answer.

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Pluxl Essential Oil Lava Bracelet

BLACK LAVA BRACELET WITH WHITE BEADS

~ What ~
Made of black lava with white marbled beads, this set of 2 bracelets has opposite patterns of one being all black round stones with one white one and the other being all white with a black stone. The stranded beads are supported on 2 elastic cords and can be worn together or apart. They arrive in a gray burlap drawstring bag, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
Since I make and sell jewelry, I like how lava rocks are noticeable and stand out. Essential oils can be added to the black stones if wanted. Another nice feature is the stretchy elastic band is good quality so may not get over-stretched. They slip on easily over the hand and fit nicely on my thin wrist with ample room.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not wear jewelry may not be interested in this item, but it does stand out, especially if wearing black and white. Others may notice the white marbled beads are not lava as they are smooth and without pock marks or holes.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color choices were available with the black lava. It would be helpful to state online what the white beads are made of as they look elegant but are obviously not lava.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bracelet that others will notice on your wrist, this is an excellent choice for the price, especially if you like using essential oils on your jewelry.

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Kohipress Portable French Press

ENJOY COFFEE ON THE GO

~ What ~
Weighing only 12.8 ounces without water, this hand-held air press coffee maker produces 2 cups of joe in about 4 minutes. Measuring 10.6 inches long by 2.8 inches in diameter and able to hold 13 ounces of liquid, it is compact and easy to assemble and use. It comes with a double-walled stainless steel shaft with a rubber base, plunger, self-locking mechanism, leak-proof lid, long red stirring spoon, and instructions in a gift box ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Our son loves to have his specialty coffee but hates waiting for a pot to brew so enjoys his coffee on the run. Usually using a French Press coffee maker, he can take this small unit to work, in the car, while camping, or anywhere he has access to hot water. In testing the unit, I found it to easy use by adding freshly grounded coffee beans in the main shaft, pouring in boiling water, and minutes later slowly pressing the plunging unit down, producing a fresh cup of coffee. The long plastic spoon is a nice touch for those who use additives in their coffee. Cleaning it is a breeze as the mesh filter unscrews and the chamber can be accessed.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like making coffee, especially having to wait for boiling water. Others may wish it could contain more than 13 ounces of brewed coffee. The instructions state to pour water 3 cm lower than the water line, but most Americans think in inches (not the metric system).

~ Wish ~
I wish the unit came in more colors as it would be more noticeable. Adding a top carrying strap would be thoughtful. I wish the lid flap opening clicked shut tightly and the instructions recommended how much grounds to use.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a durable French press 2-cup coffee maker that can be taken with you wherever you go, this is a keeper that will last a long time.

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iGOKU 4-USB Port Car Charger

FRONT & BACK SEAT ELECTRONICS CAR CHARGER

~ What ~
This small red and black device has 4 USB ports to charge any smartphone while driving in the car. Plugging it into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter, it comes with an attached cable and hook that can charge 2 electronics in the front and back seat simultaneously. Its little blue LED lights shows when being charged. It also comes with a rotating pole clamp, and instructions are on the box.

~ Why ~
If I am taking a trip, I always have to charge it at a hotel. I like how I now can charge my phone or laptop while I am driving. This one is simple in design as it can plug into the cigarette lighter by its small section and place the long attached cord that can reach into my car’s back seat and hook onto the rear seat pocket or connected to the enclosed bracket that can attached to round piping if needed. It is a handy, useful device that saves time and frustration while on the road.

~ Why Not ~
Some people may not be in their vehicles long enough to charge their cell phones. Others may prefer to use a stationary device in their home or office to charge or be concerned the USB cable will interfere with their driving.

~ Wish ~
I wish black and red were not the only color choice, but it is noticeable. It would serve a dual-purpose if the cable could be separated from the cigarette plug.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive USB charger to use in the front or back seat of your vehicle, this is an excellent choice.

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Mila Lifestyle Running Belt

RUN WITH LOTS OF ESSENTIALS

~ What ~
Made of black spandex-nylon with 2 thin silver reflective strips on the pockets, this belt can expand up to 42.5 inches to go around the waist and comes with 2 small long zipper sections and a headphone jack access port hole. The pockets can hold money, cell phones, keys, identification, and more. An approximately 2 by 1-inch bright mini LED strap light with 4 modes of operation is included.

~ Why
Since I walk our dog 3-4 miles a day, I like to carry my phone, keys, and ID. I like how the material on this fanny pack is lightweight and stretchable so is comfortable around the waist. Another nice feature is that the larger cell phones can fit inside the wide pockets and it has reflective strips that are noticeable in the dark. Adding the small light that can be looped around the belt is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Those who like to carry a large purse or backpack instead of an around-the-waist fanny pack may not need this product. Others may wish it were available in other colors, and it is in black, blue, green, or pink.

~ Wish ~
Having clear pockets might be considered so the runner can see what is inside, but it may not be an issue.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comfortable running fanny pack that can carry a lot, this is an excellent choice.

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Mr LifeHack Stemless Wine Glass Set

NO BROKEN GLASSES

~ What ~
Made of high-quality food-grade silicone, this set of 4 stemless wine glasses is opaque and able to be used indoors and outdoors. Designed not to shatter, crack, or break, each holds 12 ounces of fluid and is dishwasher safe. The flexible cup measures approximately 4 inches tall by 3.25 inches wide.

~ Why ~
I love anything made of silicone because it is durable and lasts. What I appreciate about these wine glasses are that they are stemless, so they will not tip or spill easily. Another nice feature is their flexibility, yet they hold fluids without folding inward. They are the perfect glasses to take on camping or keep in an RV. When a colored fluid is in one, the level can be noticed from outside.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not think silicone is a healthy material to be used to hold a drink, but these are BPA and phthalate free, so there are no toxins or rubberized smell or taste. Others may prefer colored glasses and not opaque; the company does offer them in a multi-colored set.

~ Wish ~
Although it may not be feasible for silicone to be transparent, it would be nice if the set was available in clear.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a top-quality set of easy-to-care-for silicone drinkware, this is an excellent choice.

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Mila Accessory Kit for GoPro

ALL-IN-ONE GOPRO ACCESSORIES KIT

~ What ~
Weighing a little more than 3 pounds, this accessory kit for GoPro contains 31 items in a shockproof, padded case. Including mounts, harnesses, straps, tripod, waterproof casing, selfie stick, hooks, and more, it can be carried anywhere and used for extreme sports with any GoPro-like camera.

~ Why ~
This type of gadget works well for those who take their camera or smartphone, wherever they go from the snowy mountaintop to the deep ocean. I like how the head, wrist, and chest harnesses have adjustable straps, the mounts rotate on helmets, cars, bicycle, and stands, the tripod legs are flexible, the selfie stick expands, and the underwater pouch is double-sealed. The set also includes a floating grip, camera tether, anti-fog inserts, wrist strap, wrench, flat and curved adhesives, flat and vertical quickclips, and a locking plug. The enclosed pamphlet is detailed with photos and descriptions. The sturdy case with sections and a mesh pocket has double zipper toggles and a carrying handle

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not take pictures or have a GoPro camera will not see the value of this kit, but several of the items can be used with like cameras that have screw holes. Others may not need or want all the different items.

~ Wish ~
I wish a list online included everything in the set.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comprehensive GoPro accessories kit that comes with 31 tools in a durable case, this is it. It makes a perfect graduation gift for our teenage neighbor into extreme sports.

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