Dulce Gutierrez

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Come Back to Me
Come Back to Me
Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 105 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
22/11/63
22/11/63
22/11/63 by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King - Master Of Horror: Second Edition
Stephen King - Master Of Horror: Second Edition
Stephen King - Master Of Horror: Second Edition by Sam A. Whitaker and Stephen King. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course
Learn To Build With PHP: A Crash Course by Matthew Hughes, Justin Pot, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Rust programming(Chinese Edition)
Rust programming(Chinese Edition)
Rust programming(Chinese Edition) by ZHANG HAN DONG ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Rust programming category.
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck (2nd Edition): A proven path to money mastery in only 15 minutes a week! (Simple Personal Finance Books) (Smart Money Blueprint)
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck (2nd Edition): A proven path to money mastery in only 15 minutes a week! (Simple Personal Finance Books) (Smart Money Blueprint)
I would imagine this is a great book for certain kinds of people. The problem is that the information and the tips in this book are geared towards the lowest common denominator. If you have no or next to no previous financial education then this is probably an excellent book for you to start with. If you already understand the basics of budgeting, and what a budget is, then it might not be worth your while to read through this entire book.
There are a few small things I got out of the book, here and there. But ultimately I could tell that I wasn’t the target demographic for this book. I also didn’t like the last chapter where the author kind of broached the idea of “money scripts” but then didn’t mention what a money script was or how it impacts one’s ability to budget and save money. It either shouldn’t have been included or should have been written differently.
If the idea of budgeting is foreign to you, if you’ve never tried it before, if you’ve never taken any accounting or finance classes, this book will probably help you elevate your game a thousand. But if you’ve had even an elementary financial background and are having problems budgeting for reasons other than you go to happy hour every day, then you’ll probably be better off with another book.
This book spends a lot of time essentially saying “be honest and transparent with yourself about where you spend your money and why you do it. Then plan to do better.” It’s a worthwhile message for everyone, but this book isn’t just for anyone.
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison
Of course, we all know famous people used to be children, but until reading this new book, I had not read short childhood biographies of people who changed the world, much less understood their common characteristics. The author does a service by writing this book for adults as it is true that there are biographies for children about these people.

The stories about the childhood of these geniuses have some striking and surprising commonalities, as well as interesting facts. All seven people did not have the exact same characteristics, but often four of them shared some trait or experience. Would we read this to try to develop such gifted people? No, as it is partly the time period of history, world events, and family life which combined to help them. Each person’s story is told until they are about age 21, then stops, as we all know the rest. The author’s observations chapter summarizes his thoughts. He provides a diagram of the traits for all of the people while showing which belong to each of the seven people. It does give one pause to think.

As a teacher, in the fall we would get our new class lists, and when we had maybe 15 boys and 7 girls, we would say it was preparation for a coming war. Who knows, but it stopped our possible complaining about how active our classes would be. What I mean is people are born at certain times and that the future doesn’t just happen all at once someday in the far future. A life starts at the beginning.

Yes, the times were important to allowing these people to excel in their chosen fields, as I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. But there was something going on from birth for each person, and the way was paved with a combination of intelligence, environment, family, and access to the technologies of the time. It began with perhaps being born with a large head, educated parents, or the conditions to foster curiosity and interest in learning. None of these people were complainers, and they all showed continued persistence, and had to deal with less than understanding teachers and principals. They all faced obstacles of some kind and, before reading this book, I had no idea how many things they each had to endure. Yes, luck was on their side, but they did not have completely easy lives. Reading this book shows how true it is when people say luck is how hard you work.

This book has implications for schools who may have gifted education courses to perhaps be more flexible about grade levels and have more willingness to try advanced curriculum with students who could possibly be mislabeled as having behavior issues. It was a near miss a few times for several of these people who obviously did make it through life, but not without having to change schools or be taught at home.

One interesting fact in the book is that some of the people were slow to speak, doing so at ages 3 or 4. I did teach several years of gifted education classes, and it was not unusual for a student to leave a challenge class to walk across the hall to the speech teacher. Of course, that doesn’t happen to all bright people, but it was interesting to me that it was one of the characteristics mentioned.

I recommend this book to bright secondary students struggling with the prescribed curriculum, parents dealing with gifted children and the related challenges, and schools looking to be more empathetic to very intellectual children. Often, it is a difficult road for children and families. This author understands.
MEG: Nightstalkers
MEG: Nightstalkers
I picked up the original "Meg" novel a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant surprise. It was well written and hit the balance perfectly between being believable and having some fun, over the top action. It was refreshing to find a giant sea monster story that didn't have the usual radiation/mutation/government experiment origins and was coupled with some likable characters. I enjoyed the sequel but as I've gone through the series there's been a noticeable decline in the quality. I was hoping "Nightstalkers" would end that trend but was sadly disappointed.

I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.

By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.

If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
Louis Armstrong - Live in Australia
Louis Armstrong - Live in Australia
Endlich wurde dieser Mitschnitt aus dem australischen Fernsehen veröffentlicht. Sensationell! Weniger sensationell finde ich die vielen Fehler, welche sich schon im Titel der DVD finden lassen. Louis Armstrong und seine damaligen All Stars, darunter Trummy Young (Posaune & Gesang), Joe Darensbourg (Klarinette), Billy Kyle (Piano), Arvell Shaw (Kontrabass), Danny Barcelona (Schlagzeug) und Sängerin Jewel Brown, starteten am 06. März 1963! zu einer Tournee, welche sie nach Australien, Neuseeland, Hong Kong, Korea und Japan führen sollte. Ende März 1963 entstanden die vorliegenden Aufnahmen in Sidney. Armstrong besuchte Australien nochmals, und zwar Ende 1964. Da zu dem Zeitpunkt allerdings Trummy Young und Joe Darensbourg nicht mehr bei den All Stars waren (sie waren durch "Big Chief" Moore und Eddie Shu ersetzt worden), ist ein weiterer Beweis, dass die Jahresangabe der DVD falsch ist. Weiterhin ist die Rede von Armstrongs Karriere, welche sich Anfang der sechziger Jahre auf dem Abwärtskurs befunden haben sollte. Das klingt sehr dramatisch. Das Armstrong eine kommerzielle Vitalitätspritze zu der Zeit brauchte und sein Manager Joe Glaser einem neuen Hit hinterherjagte, ist jedoch Fakt. Dieser Hit sollte nicht lange auf sich warten lassen. Am 03.12.1963 nahmen Armstrong und seine All Stars (in der oben aufgeführten Besetzung) "Hello Dolly" auf. Der Song tauchte acht Wochen später in den Billboard Charts auf und blieb dort für 22 Wochen. Im Mai 1964 schubste Armstrongs "Hello Dolly" die Beatles ("Do You Want To Know A Secret") vom No. 1 Platz. Es war ein Triumph für Louis Armstrong, für seine Generation und den Jazz. In den liner notes der DVD ist die Rede davon, dass Armstrong zur Zeit dieser Tournee "Hello Dolly" schon aufgenomen hatte. Das wurde in den vorhergehenden Zeilen wiederlegt. Dann wäre da die Sache mit Arvell Shaw. Nicht dass ich ihm nicht jede Sekunde gönne, die er mit Armstrong auf der Bühne stand. Nur war er nicht 25 Jahre lang Mitglied der All Stars. Warum Arvell dies sogar selbst behauptet hat wird ein Rätsel bleiben. Er kam 1946 in Armstrongs Big Band, welche ein Jahr später der Vergangenheit angehören sollte. Arvell wurde als einziger Musiker der Big Band in die All Stars geholt, dei denen er zunächst bis Ende 1951 blieb. Nach ein paar Monaten kehrte er wieder zurück und tourte mit den All Stars bis Mitte 1956, mit einer kurzen Unterbechung Ende 1953 - Anfang 1954. Im Frühjahr 1963 kam er wieder bis April 1965 und kehrte 1970/1971 für Armstrongs letze Auftritte wieder. Das Trummy Young sich 1964 zur Ruhe gesetzt haben soll ist absoluter Blödsinn. Trummy verliess Anfang Januar 1964 schweren Herzens nach fast zwölf Jahren Mitgliedschaft Louis Armstrong und die All Stars, da seine Frau ihm ein Ultimatum gestellt hatte: "Armstrong oder ich". Trummy spielte dann in seiner Heimatstadt Honolulu in großen Hotels wie dem Sheraton Waikiki und kehrte bis zu seinem Tod im Jahr 1984 immer wieder zu Auftritten und Tourneen auf das Festland und Europa zurück. Ich möchte nicht wie ein kleinlicher Fachidiot rüber kommen, doch sind Armstrong und alle Musiker die im Laufe der Jahre (1947-1971) bei den All Stars mitgewirkt haben zu wichtig und haben zu hart gearbeitet, als dass ihre Geschichte falsch erzählt werden dürfte.
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol.12 (Deluxe Edition)
Dear Music Appreciators,

This "Best of" version is the one I heard first, streaming on NPR, and the 6 disc deluxe edition is the one I bought on Amazon because I couldn't resist the extras (more songs, more versions of songs, the hardbound book, etc.). But the 2 disc The Best of The Cutting Edge Provides the most accessible, traditional, and easily enjoyable listening experience from beginning to end.

A particular highlight for this reviewer was "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence," which I missed the first time it came out (Bootleg Series 1-3). This song rocks. The guitar work stings and runs you over. Dylan yells. He sings some different lyrics. Words from "Tom Thumb's Blues" make an appearance. And Dylan picks his guitar player over a woman - "She's good alright but she ain't as good as this guitar player I got right now." A fitting tribute to the singular guitar work of Mike Bloomfield.

For what it’s worth, I’ve created a little track-by-track/side-by-side guide to help you know some of the difference between what’s on the 2 disc version (The Best of The Cutting Edge) vs. what’s on the 6 disc version of this release (The Cutting Edge Deluxe Edition).

- The 2 disc version contains 36 of the 111 tracks on the 6 disc version.

- It appears the 2 disc version contains 2 tracks (disc 1 track 14 and disc 2 track 3) that are slightly shorter than their counterparts on the 6 disc version. There may be others with very minor differences of a few seconds as well.

- The 2 disc version contains just 2 versions of “Like a Rolling Stone” whereas the 6 disc version devotes the entirety of disc four's 20 tracks to the song and I’ve read this is the full sessions for this particular song, but not sure if that is accurate.

The 2 disc version contains the following number of tracks off each disc of the 6 disc version:
- 10 out of the 23 tracks on disc 1
- 8 out of the 19 tracks on disc 2
- 2 out of the 20 tracks on disc 3
- 7 out of the 19 tracks on disc 4
- 4 out of the 15 tracks on disc 5
- 5 out of the 15 tracks on disc 6

How many songs (regardless of take or version) that appear on the 6 disc set do not appear on the 2 disc set? Answer = 12

Those songs are:

- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- It’s All Right Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- From a Buick 6
- Ballad of a Thin Man
- Jet Pilot
- I Wanna Be Your Lover
- Unknown Instrumental
- 4th Time Around
- Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
- Temporary Like Achilles
- Obviously 5 Believers
- Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

So, other than that the 6 disc version is comprised of additional versions of these songs as well as additional versions of the same songs that appear on the 2 disc set.

Disc 1 Track 1 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 2 Love Minus Zero/No Limit (Take 2 Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 2 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 5 I’ll Keep it With Mine (Take 1, Piano Demo) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 3 on The Best of the Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 7 and 8 Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (Takes 1 and 2 Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 4 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 9 She Belongs to Me (Take 1 Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 5 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 13 Subterranean Homesick Blues (Take 1 remake electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 6 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 15 Outlaw Blues (Take 2 remake electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 7 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 17 On the Road Again (Take 4 electric) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 8 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 20 Farewell, Angelina (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 9 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 22 If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Take 2, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 10 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 1 Track 23 You Don't Have to Do That (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 11 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 1 California (Take 1, Solo Acoustic) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 12 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 4 Mr. Tambourine Man (Take 3 with Band, Incomplete) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 13 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 6 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Take 8, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 14 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = a shorter version of Disc 3 Track 5 Like a Rolling Stone (Take 5, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 15 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 3 Track 12 Like a Rolling Stone (Take 11, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 16 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 9 Sitting On a Barbed Wire Fence (Take 2) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 17 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 12 Medicine Sunday (Take 1) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 18 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 16 Desolation Row (Take 2, Piano Demo) on the Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 1 Track 19 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 15 Desolation Row (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)

Disc 2 Track 1 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 10 Tombstone Blues (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 2 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 2 Track 14 Positively 4th Street (Take 5, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 3 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = a shorter version of Disc 4 Track 1 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 4 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 7 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Take 3, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 5 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 3 Highway 61 Revisited (Take 3, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 6 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 10 Queen Jane Approximately (Take 5, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 7 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 19 Visions of Johanna (Take 5, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 8 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 5 She's Your Lover Now (Take 6, Rehearsal) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 9 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 11 Lunatic Princess (Take 1) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 10 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 14 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (Take 8, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 11 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 5 Track 10 One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Take 19, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 12 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 4 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (Take 13, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 13 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 6 Absolutely Sweet Marie (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 14 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 8 Just Like a Woman (Take 4, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 15 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 10 Pledging My Time (Take 1, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 16 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 6 Track 14 I Want You (Take 4, Alternate Take) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)
Disc 2 Track 17 on The Best of The Cutting Edge = Disc 4 Track 5 Highway 61 Revisited (Take 7, False Start) on The Cutting Edge (6 disc)

Sincerely,

Constant Listener
Who Is Bob Dylan? (Who Was?)
Who Is Bob Dylan? (Who Was?)
This was pretty good but will have to be revised now that Dylan has won the Nobel Prize. I also noticed that the author perpetuated the story that Dylan ripped off Dave Van Ronk's version of "House of the Rising Sun," and never said he was sorry. On the contrary, Dave van Ronk tells a different story in his memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]: A Memoir. On pages 177, Van Ronk explains that Dylan asked Van Ronk, "Hey, would iot be okay for me to record your arrangement of 'House of the Rising Sun?'" Van Ronk said he was planning to record it himself, and then Dylan said, "Uh - oh," and explained he'd already recorded it. It is true that Van Ronk got mad at Dylan, but Van Ronk explains that, thanks to the intervention of a friend, "Bob and I shook hands, with Cohen looking on like the adult conciliator of a schoolyard punch-up, and that was it." Van Ronk explains that he later stopped playing the song because people thought he was copying Dylan, and then Dylan stopped playing it because people thought he was copying the Animals, who later recorded it and made a hit out of it. But that's another story.
Energizer 150 Watts Power Inverter, 4 USB Ports 48 Watts Total and 2.4 Amps ea, Modified Sine Wave, 12 Volts DC to 110V AC - Ideal for Laptops, Tablets, Cellphones and More Portable Electronics
Energizer 150 Watts Power Inverter, 4 USB Ports 48 Watts Total and 2.4 Amps ea, Modified Sine Wave, 12 Volts DC to 110V AC - Ideal for Laptops, Tablets, Cellphones and More Portable Electronics
Perfect size. I have not plugged it in yet but I'm about to. I love the power and that it's a 150 W. I use it primarily to keep my phone fully charged just in case of emergencies. Many times I am carrying 2 phones, a smart watch, and a laptop or tablet. If you register the product it extends your warranty! Very impressed. The thank you card specifically asks that if you're not satisfied to call them directly. I love that they have not only an email but also phone number. They seem to really care about customer satisfaction. I am looking forward to using it. I am awesome!
Undefined: More than the Sum of my Losses: A Birth Mom's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph!
Undefined: More than the Sum of my Losses: A Birth Mom's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph!
I was so excited to get my hands on this book because Michelle is my daughter's close friend and they were teenagers together when these events were unfolding. Even so, I was surprised at some of the backstory I didn't know about as it was unfolding. I remember Michelle's sadness during this time and how much I prayed for her as she went through these events. She tells this story as one who has been through the fire and come out on the other side...one who knows how much God cares for each of us and can move mountains to bring about a complete healing in a life marked by pain and betrayal. I'm so happy for her and Sarah. This book gives hope to anyone who has been through terrible loss and wonders if God is there for them. God walks with us in our pain, and sometimes moves mountains to make things right again. In Michelle and Sarah's lives, that's exactly what happened.
Ant-Man (Theatrical)
Ant-Man (Theatrical)
When I originally saw the first footage for Marvel’s Ant-Man, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly hyped to see the film on opening night. I always thought that Paul Rudd was a perfect casting choice to bring the larger than life character to the big screen, but the first few trailers just didn’t grab my attention and it seemed like the movie was having trouble finding its tone. Was this going to be an all-out comedy, or balance things out with a healthy dose of action and drama à la last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy? Thankfully, the finished product turned out to be one of Marvel’s most entertaining and original films to date, wrapping up Phase 2 nicely.

Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park in this immensely enjoyable action/comedy superhero film from Marvel Studios. Scott Lang (Rudd), a master thief with a heart of gold, teams up with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to stop a powerful weapon from getting into the hands of the malevolent Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Pym’s former protege. Armed with the amazing shrinking and strength-boosting abilities of Pym’s Ant-Man suit, Lang aims to right the wrongs of his past and become a hero in the eyes of his daughter. If he can succeed, The Avengers might just have a spot open for him on their team.

It’s obvious from the outset of the film why Paul Rudd was chosen for the role – he’s one of few very actors who could make a criminal charming, and his spot-on comedic timing and chemistry with Michael Pena provide some of Ant-Man’s most memorable moments. Evangeline Lilly plays the part of Pym’s estranged daughter Hope quite well, offering up a few moments of badassery as she teaches Scott how to fight and use his newfound abilities. Michael Douglas plays the part of Dr. Hank Pym beautifully – you could feel the character’s sense of despair and regret about the events that caused both Hope and Darren Cross to distance themselves from him. And Corey Stoll plays Darren Cross with an intensity that really sells the character’s descent into madness, as he stops at nothing to recreate the Ant-Man technology just to sell it on the black market. The character may be a bit one-dimensional, but Stoll makes Cross both memorable and intimidating.
The first thing that caught my attention with Ant-Man were the impressive visual effects. The shrinking abilities of Ant-Man are well portrayed, allowing the audience to suspend disbelief long enough to become invested in Scott’s story. Aspects such as the digitally recreated bathroom where Scott first utilizes his shrinking powers are overflowing with detail, right down to the texture on the tiles, the grimy grout, and spiderwebs between the floorboards. It really helps sell the illusion, as you never feel as though Rudd is running in front of a green screen (although that’s obviously what happened).

Perhaps the most effective and remarkable use of CGI in Ant-Man is the de-aging effect used for Michael Douglas in flashback scenes – he looks just how you’d remember him from 80s films like Wall Street. A kickass battle against Falcon at Avengers HQ manages to effectively showcase Ant-Man’s abilities and paint him as a formidable fighter that could stand beside Captain America and Thor on the team. I should also mention that once again Marvel Studios’ costume designers are amazing; the Ant-Man suit from the original comics is difficult to translate to the big screen, but they absolutely nailed it, and the Yellowjacket suit may be even cooler.
Ant-Man’s Digital HD copy features extras like a gag reel, deleted scenes, and featurettes on the creation of the CGI sequences. There’s also a bit of backstory on the comic character’s origins and some commentary on the deleted scenes from the director and Paul Rudd. One of the deleted scenes, in which Scott Lang cases Pym’s house as a cable guy, was truly great and had me wondering why it was left on the cutting room floor.
Overall, Ant-Man is a surprising success – after the first trailer was met with a tepid reaction from fans, Marvel and director Peyton Reed managed to turn the tide and give us one of the most memorable and creative films in their lineup (and one of my new personal favorites). I’m thrilled to see lesser-known and more “out-there” characters like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy not only making their way to the silver screen, but finding great critical acclaim and financial success. As a longtime comic fan, I can’t wait to see Scott Lang teaming up alongside the Avengers (and Spider-Man!) in Captain America: Civil War – it’s one of those things I thought would never actually happen, and the kid in me couldn’t be more ecstatic.
Cake Wars, Season 3
Cake Wars, Season 3
I watched a couple of episodes while waiting for jury duty. I loved it. I have watched all 3 episodes and am wanting more. The competition is straight forward and fun. The only drawback is that the viewer can't actually taste the cakes.
Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor Artisan Edition
Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor Artisan Edition
First let me state that I’m a professional artist, and I adore IDW’s artist editions. They are some of the best collectible books I’ve ever seen. I have been wanting this Thor book for quite a while, but the original hardcover is out of print, and quite expensive, so I opted for this much more affordable softcover. It’s gorgeous, as all artist/artisan books are, but as of my purchase in Aug 2020, there is a printing error, which cuts out two pages in chapter 2, and replaces them with two pages from chapter 3. It’s not the end of the world, but I thought it was worth mentioning, since I haven’t seen any online reviews that said anything about it. Otherwise, the book is a treasure and Walt Simonson’s art is top notch. It would get 5 stars, save for the printing mistake.
Marvel Universe ARTFX Premier PVC Statue 1/10 Doctor Strange 25 cm
Marvel Universe ARTFX Premier PVC Statue 1/10 Doctor Strange 25 cm
Magnifique exemplaire de Artfx premier Doctor Strange numéroté 1292/2000. Déjà la boîte donne l'impression que vous êtes une gamme au dessus d'un simple Artfx. Couleurs irisées que l'on retrouve sur l'intérieur de la cape de la figurine et sur la base livrée avec un cable usb qui lui permet de s'illuminer et accentue la magie du personnage. Elle est parfaite et vous ne la trouverez pas moins chère ailleurs.
American Metalcraft 5212 52" Aluminum Pizza Peel with 38" Wood Handle, 12" x 14" Medium Blade
American Metalcraft 5212 52" Aluminum Pizza Peel with 38" Wood Handle, 12" x 14" Medium Blade
This has to be one of the best deals on Amazon. Sure you can go to your BGE retailer and pay three times the price, but this thing is stout, well built, and made in the USA.

I love that the handle is raw. I’m excited to soak it in boiled linseed oil, and polish it up with 0000 steel wool.

It’s a small detail, but I love the manufacturers stamp at the base of the handle. This is a real tool for a serious backyard pizza king. Or pizza truck king, pizza restaurant king, or the reigning queen of all of the aforementioned venues.

Careful! The blade of the peel came with pretty sharp edges, and plenty of short, razor sharp little wires from when it was cut. Any hard metal surface will clean it up quickly and almost effortlessly. I used an old pair of Singer scissor - the spine, not the blade. Then I cleaned it up by rubbing the edges vigorously on the corners of the cardboard box it came in. It smoothed up very nicely.

It’s exciting to find a well-built American-made chefs tool at this price point. I’ll probably buy a few more to give as gifts.
Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, Microwave Cups, Pasta & Real Aged Cheddar Mac and Cheese, 2.01 oz Cup (Pack of 12)
Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, Microwave Cups, Pasta & Real Aged Cheddar Mac and Cheese, 2.01 oz Cup (Pack of 12)
I've had a Subscribe and Save subscription for these mac and cheese cups for a long time. I have a chronic disease that makes it difficult to find energy to even feed myself on occasion, and not eating one day just makes it more difficult the next. These cups have been among a few different instant meal type of options I've kept at home to help as much as possible on such days, because non-GMO ingredients are a must.

It has helped that the taste is mild. For me, it's been better to get bored of something that's mild but can be made to taste different in several ways with the addition of hot sauce or particular spices to suit my mood, than of something with a flavor that's strong and couldn't be at least moderately altered by quick means. The taste is not offensive in any way -- it's just very light.

My big complaints have been that:

1. Portions are truly small. I'm an underweight and small-framed woman, with a generally sedentary lifestyle as of the last few years, and with a life-long tiny appetite, but I typically must eat 3 cups (ie 3 servings) to make a small and not-lasting dent on hunger. It's strange, given that I can feel the difference that 1 Ensure drink/serving makes immediately, and for some reason I've expected more from Annie's, since, as a vegetarian for 30+ years and a past vegan, I've known the brand well for a long time.

2. Given the small portions, the cost of the cups, even in "bulk" -- if a pack of 12 can be considered "bulk" -- seems a little high. I've felt the same about other products from Annie's, especially given the increasing availability of vegetarian, vegan, and non-GMO instant meal products as of the last few years.

This is all well and good, but my review today is mostly to express disappointment about my recent Subscribe and Save delivery of a 12 pack of cups.

In its own, original box from the manufacturer, at least one of the cups arrived open, with ingredients spilling out all over the inside of the box and other cups, as seen in the attached photo. From the outside, the box appeared to be perfectly healthy -- no dents, nothing. Given my kitchen's tendency to attract ants and other pests if I even think about keeping anything not stored in an airtight container, I cannot salvage the other cups. I'd be too nervous to eat them one after another now -- which I could probably do, given the small proportions -- as the spilled ingredients are powder, and uncooked macaroni covered in powder. I just want to get the box out of my home.

I'm not sure how this could happen without damage to the original manufacturer's box. The thought makes me assume practices about the processing/packaging facilities that are unappetizing. I'm saddened to see this from an established company like Annie's.
Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness
Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine

Who do you think can be considered a hero or a champion? In Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness, authors Bruce and Carol L. Malnor introduce us to eight "Earth heroes" who have done things to preserve the environment and are thus "champions of the wilderness" because they have protected wild places around the world. Some of the names will be fairly familiar, such as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt. But you may not recognize others like Richard St. Barbe Baker, Margaret Murie, and Wangari Maathai. We often think of Teddy Roosevelt charging up San Juan Hill as a Rough Rider or speaking softly but carrying a big stick as President. But did you know that as child he was "sickly and delicate" due to asthma and that he "was home-schooled by tutors"?

Everyone undoubtedly recognizes the need for young people today to be concerned about protecting the environment. One great way to accomplish this goal is by looking at the real-life examples of others who did what they could to help the causes of conservation and preservation. The eight biographical sketches in this book are fascinating reading, as they first focus on the childhood events and early experiences that shaped the subjects' lives and influenced them to care about the environment and then describe the lasting contributions that they made.

The black-and-white illustrations by Anisa Claire Hovemann that are based on careful research are a perfect complement to the highly readable text. There are also several photographs, and each entry has a page of fast facts and a timeline of important events to give perspective. In addition, the back of the book contains some suggested activities and additional resources for further study. Future Earth Heroes volumes will include Champions of the Oceans and Champions of Wildlife. Children and adults who are already conscious about environmentalism will certainly enjoy this book, as I did, but everyone should read it because all of us need to be more concerned about what happens to the planet on which we live. I highly recommend it.
Suburgatory: The Complete Third Season
Suburgatory: The Complete Third Season
This show is always so boss-*ss. There are so many funny characters, from Dalia's family, to Ryan's crazy family, that I never lose interest. Tessa and her Dad, George, are the appealing straight men (and mirroring characters for the audience) guiding us through the show.

Living in Nashville, I especially enjoyed the episode where Tessa went to the South with Dalia's mom. Everything about it was SO TRUE. My Mom LHAO. It's a long story, but this Yankee girl laughed. Let's just say, see my review on the "Curl Secret" iron.

I just wish Ryan would come back and take his shirt off. To "Ryan's Song." He's like every jock I went to high school with. lol
The Wrong Girl (Return to Fear Street)
The Wrong Girl (Return to Fear Street)
I've always been a huge fan of R.L. Stine. I grew up with all of his books especially the original Fear Street series, so when I heard Stine had released a Return to Fear Street series, I knew I had to read it. I loved You May Now Kill the Bride, the first book in the series. However, The Wrong Girl was not very good.

The pacing for The Wrong Girl was incredibly slow save for a few chapters where it actually sped up to a decent pace. I found myself wondering how much longer I'd have to read before the action started. This book just drones on and on, and I found myself becoming very bored quickly. In fact, I only really finished The Wrong Girl because I felt like I had to since I wanted to read the next book in the series even though these are stand alone novels.

The plot for The Wrong Girl sounds like it has the potential to be really interesting judging by the book synopsis. However, it was a major yawn fest. I really found it hard to believe most of the plot. Poppy, the main character, and her circle of friends decide to form a prank club and put their pranks online. The pranks get more wild each time. Eventually, her friends are attacked and some are killed. Really, the pranks and the harming of her friends are not related. I have trouble believing that Poppy and her friends would not be in any trouble after the pranks they committed especially as the pranks were uploaded live for all to see. The police in Shadyside must be very relaxed and not mind crime very much. There is a plot twist that I didn't see coming, I will admit that. Oh, and the person murdering/causing harm to Poppy's friends, well, that was pretty obvious. I know this is a teen read, but I'm pretty sure even a young teen could figure it out. Another thing that bothered me was although this is part of the Return to Fear Street series, The Wrong Girl mentions Fear Street in one chapter only a couple of times, and it's only mentioned because one of the characters lives on that street. It's like Stine added the whole Fear Street element in as a quick afterthought.

The characters weren't very great. They all felt very shallow, petty, immature, and one dimensional. Poppy was extremely spoiled and annoying as were most of the characters in this story with the exception of Manny and Mr. Harlowe (both of whom I actually liked). I didn't really understand why the character of Lucas was in the book. There was really no need for him. I felt like none of the characters in The Wrong Girl were real representations of teenagers. I had a hard time relating to any of the characters. There was no back story on the characters either which made the characters even less relatable.

Trigger warnings include underage drinking, murder, violence (although not graphic), self harm (cutting), and breaking the law.

Overall, The Wrong Girl left me feeling disappointed. Nothing about the book held my attention, and it just felt like it was written by an eleven year old in a rush to get his/her English homework done, not a great author like R.L. Stine. Sadly, I would not recommend The Wrong Girl by R.L. Stine to anyone. I really hope the next book in the series is much better.
Genuine Lies: A Novel
Genuine Lies: A Novel
this is by far one of Nora Roberts' best, in my humble opinion. This novel has everything- romance, drama, action, suspense...and murder. Not to mention a truly delicious plot twist! Her characters really make this story come alive; they are vigorous, well fleshed-out and believable. You can't help but root for Eve Benedict as she takes you on the twists and turns of the gritty and emotional rollercoaster that was her life and her legacy, complete with all the glitz and drama of old Hollywood, tarnished with countless dark secrets and painful memories beneath the glamour. Being a huge fan of the golden age of Hollywood and the actors who ruled the era, this book really got to me. The author did a stand-up job of weaving real-life icons and actors seamlessly into the plot. I imagined Miss Benedict on par with Lauren Bacall or Marilyn Monroe! It's fascinating that there are essentially two heroines in this story - Eve and Julia, and that Nora Roberts successfully portrays their drastically different personas so harmoniously. Better yet that there's a balance, and one doesn't overshadow the other. I also appreciate that Eve is not a typical heroine. I love most of Nora Roberts works and I feel she has an exceptional gift for creating characters who are so human. She's not afraid to add the flaws or explore the darker sides of humanity, and that's what draws me the most to her novels. I've re-read this book four times now, and it's just as fresh and entertaining as the first. This is seriously one of the best. a must-read!
Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Manuscrito Encontrado em Accra (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
"This is a beautiful word-to-word literature treasure! Now, if you don't appreciate truths, wisdom, and deep thinking you won't find this book exciting. The content is seasoned, written in a fashion and style that will cause the reader to ponder about life's most important factors. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and although Portuguese is not my first language, I found this work totally amazing."
Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki Naruto / The Worst Client / Dreams)
Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki Naruto / The Worst Client / Dreams)
When I became a fan of Naruto, back in '08, it was through the anime. Not long ago, I finished the whole "Unleashed" series of Naruto and then started on the Shippuden ones. But recently I decided to start on the Manga as it story has progressed a lot further than the English dub anime has, and I've got to say that I am loving it so far, I've started back from the beginning but am also keeping up to date with the latest chapters which are released online every tuesday/wednesday.
Anyway, enough of that. This book is awesome, I have already read it all and have nearly finished 3 in 1 vol. 2..
It's basically about a 12 year old boy who isn't acknowledged by the other villagers of Konoha, but yet he want's to become the leader of his village, the Hokage. The story draws you in from the first page, with small notes from the series creator at the start of nearly every chapter. I haven't been able to stop reading yet as when I start, I can't put it down.
A must buy for any fan of the series or even manga/anime in general, you won't be disappointed ;)
Bioworld Harry Potter Map Infinity Fashion Scarf, Black, Standard
Bioworld Harry Potter Map Infinity Fashion Scarf, Black, Standard
This was a nice surprise! Lots better quality than I imagined it would be--very soft, not scratchy. It's a gift for my granddaughter, so I'm pleased that the official Harry Potter store tag is still attached. I don't think I would have known it was a Harry Potter scarf--the print is subtle, but she will undoubtedly love it (it was on her list).
Loungefly x Harry Potter Hedwig Floral Crossbody Purse
Loungefly x Harry Potter Hedwig Floral Crossbody Purse
This bag is deceptively large and that makes it perfect for trips to the parks. I have received so many compliments from other park visitors while rocking my Minnie bag, and they love it more when I tell them I ordered it online for a fraction of what the park exclusive versions cost. The button closure is secure and this fits all my necessities for a day walking around Epcot!
Hogwarts Express Ticket Pewter Key Ring
Hogwarts Express Ticket Pewter Key Ring
Me ha encantado, súper detallado, no lo quiero para que funcione como llavero, sino como parte de mi colección de Harry Potter, cuidando cada detalle de la colección este ticket no podía faltar, el material es de calidad así como el cuidado de los detalles del ticket, me ha gustado mucho y vale la pena tenerlo
FANTASTIC BEASTS Necklace and Where to Find Them - Lock New nk4r43fan
FANTASTIC BEASTS Necklace and Where to Find Them - Lock New nk4r43fan
I was honestly disappointed. I read through other reviews that said the pendent was pretty small (which is what a wanted) and was sad to see that it was quite large and chunky. I bought it as a cute graduation gift for my cousin only to discover it looks more like something a small child would wear. I also thought it looked quite cheap in person. So if you are looking for something that is bigger and you like the price then I could see where this is a great purchase, but I felt that some of the other reviews and discription were misleading.
The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Novel (6) (Harry Hole Series)
The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Novel (6) (Harry Hole Series)
Man's compulsion to do what he considers good and right, even though it requires him to act in ways that society and the law consider morally and legally wrong, permeates this book on all levels, with several characters assuming this role of "Redeemer" in their actions throughout the novel. Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, in this fourth novel of the Harry Hole series to become available in English, introduces three seemingly disparate plot lines in this thriller set in Oslo--a hired assassin from Croatia is fulfilling contract killings in Europe and has just arrived in Oslo for his last job; the Salvation Army, its officers and soldiers, are trying to fulfill their mission by providing food, clothing, and shelter to those most in need of their help, no questions asked, and they are seeking some new leadership; and Harry Hole, an alcoholic police inspector, who is sometimes off-the-wagon, is still trying to find the Big Boss behind the gun-running and related crimes which brought down one of his fellow police inspectors in The Devil's Star, the previous novel in this series.

Murders link the three plot lines, which quickly begin to overlap. To add to the complexity (and sometimes confusion) of this very complex mystery, there are a number of characters who are similar. In the Salvation Army subplot, two brothers look almost identical, and both are in love with the same woman, though one of them may be a dangerous sadist. The woman, Thea, is also a member of the Salvation Army, and her brother Rikard is a major player. Another attractive young woman, the daughter of the Salvation Army Commander, is also involved in the romantic angles, and it is easy to mix up these characters, especially when their roles overlap.

The assassin who has come to Oslo has a characteristic called "hyperelasticity," which enables him to mimic with his facial structure, a number of different facial types, and descriptions of this person vary significantly when he commits a murder, raising questions about his true identity. In the third plot, Harry himself is still not exactly stable. Though he seems to be reconciled with the fact that his long-time love, Rakel, has written him off as an unacceptable suitor, Rakel's young son clearly still loves Harry, and Harry seems to be still pining for Rakel. Professionally, he must deal with an attack on one of his men.

Nesbo is a compelling writer, one who has completely mastered the art of creating suspense and propelling the action along. In this novel he does something new, however, creating short action scenes in which he does not always identify the main character, presenting information for the reader to process and hold in the back of his/her mind till another piece of the puzzle is revealed to connect with it. Harry Hole might ring a doorbell, for example, and in the immediate next scene, another person entirely will be about to answer the door. This is a clever technique for involving the reader, but it does sometimes create confusion by forcing the reader to backtrack to keep all the characters and their immediate stories straight. Eventually, the loose ends get tied up, but the extent to which the resolutions are realistic is an open question, and some readers may lose track of all the issues before the conclusion. Nesbo does reflect much of the atmosphere of Oslo and the attitudes of the police, as he has in the past, but overall he has a less broad sociological focus here. Exciting and atmospheric, the novel's scope seems to be narrower than in the previous novels.
Zephyrux Paper Bookmarks Collection,"Reading Life", Set of 30 (2-Pack, Total 60)
Zephyrux Paper Bookmarks Collection,"Reading Life", Set of 30 (2-Pack, Total 60)
These are pretty designs and a great value for the number of bookmarks you get. The boxes have Chinese on them and I'm guessing someone who does not speak English as a first language wrote the sayings on these bookmarks as many of them are pretty strange (or they're loosely translated Chinese proverbs?)... here are some examples of the sayings on the bookmarks: "sometimes when I'm with you I forget myself", "call me by your name and I'll call you by mine", "what I'm doing right now, I'm chasing perfection", "you can rest assured that I will lie for you", "live a lot of fun with things like", "all we need is love but not nukes!", "you gave me the warm, anyone will not be replaced", "Because I like, so reluctantly, not so much why", etc... I would not give these as a gift, but if you're looking for bookmarks for yourself, they work.
Java How To Program, Late Objects
Java How To Program, Late Objects
It’s a very bland book that does an awful job at explaining basic concept. By no means it is written for beginner programmers. Some of the concepts were unnecessarily complicated while some were not even touched upon. I had to get it for school but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. The examples they use are ridiculous and the way they try to explain some concepts just confuses me even more. I did most of my studying from YouTube and other books I bought. I just used this book when I absolutely had to.
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Extremely well written with illustrations that are worthy of stopping to look at closely. The reader feels compelled to turn each page. On some pages, the illustrations (by the author’s husband) make the reader pause and think more carefully about the gravity of what the author is saying. Wow. They had to learn how to play tennis under those conditions? On other pages, the illustrations reveal the force and power of the sisters’ talent as well as the strong bond of these sisters. The author builds on these themes with quotes and descriptions of small moments like two sisters sitting in bed, looking out the window asking, “Do you really think I can do it?” and the father bringing in “busloads of neighborhood kids” to taunt the sisters so they wouldn’t be bothered by this during real tournaments.

Would read this aloud to grades 3-5. OR would offer this as a title for small groups to read and discuss. OR would book talk this and then leave in the classroom library to be snatched up.

If you're going to book talk this - I'd project the cover (with the title) and ask students to spend a few moments looking closely. You might ask, "What do you notice?" or "What is the illustrator trying to convey?" and "What do you think the title means?" You might also read aloud the page that starts with "By the time Venus was four she could hit five hundred tennis balls at every practice...At twelve, Venus announced she would win Wimbledon" (about page 13). And then ask, "Who wants to read to find out if she does?"

If you're going to read this aloud, I'd read aloud twice. Once for the joy of it. And then again (maybe during another lesson), stopping at particular points to ask questions for students to discuss in small groups like:
*What does "game changers" mean at this point in the story? (stop in three or four places)
*How does the author convey the idea of "team" as more than Venus and Serena? (Dad and mom were supportive in numerous ways...stop at point where this is apparent)
*How does the illustrator convey the difference between the courts in Compton and the courts in professional matches? (Including the people watching) Why is this important to consider?
*If you just looked at the illustrations on each of the pages that includes both sisters, what would you learn about them?
*How do the author and illustrator convey the theme of perseverance? Friendship? Team?

Students can also choose one of these questions (that jumps out at them as important) to respond to with their own illustration and written response.

So much potential!!! I'd also read aloud or share a second and third source on these sisters and their relationship. A book on my list to read is Sisters and Champions by Howard Bryant. Oh! And don't skip looking closely at the end covers and reading the author's note at the end. The author's note might even be a "second source" to read aloud and ask, "What did I just add to my learning?"

“Whatever you become, you become in your head first.” - Venus & Serena’s mother.

Winner of 2018 Eureka Silver Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (CA Reading Association). Dear Amazon - I received a copy of this book as a member of the Eureka Award committee.
USB Wall Charger, Surge Protector, POWRUI 3 Outlet Wall Mount Adapter with 4 USB Ports Charging Station (30W) Compatible iPhone Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6/Plus, Pro/Air 2/Mini 3/Mini 4, Samsung S4/S5, 6A
USB Wall Charger, Surge Protector, POWRUI 3 Outlet Wall Mount Adapter with 4 USB Ports Charging Station (30W) Compatible iPhone Xs/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6/Plus, Pro/Air 2/Mini 3/Mini 4, Samsung S4/S5, 6A
Too many devices, too few plugs. We had multiple cords and charging blocks using a double outlet in the kitchen, which was really a single plug since one slot was needed for an under-cabinet light. This not only solved the problem of constantly swapping regular power cords and charging blocks with the single available outlet, but it also has a shelf on top for a phone or even small portable speaker to sit on while charging, which gets the device off of the much-used kitchen counter. It is very stable with the long screw in the middle which replaces the short faceplate screw. The outlets handle our toaster oven and under-cabinet light easily, and we don't need charging blocks anymore with the USB ports, which are used for iPhones and portable speakers. Great product!
ElecStars Lámpara de iluminación led, ilumina tu recámara con esta Luna, estrella, cielo romántico, el mejor regalo para hombres, mujeres, adolescentes, niños, niñas, ayuda para dormir
ElecStars Lámpara de iluminación led, ilumina tu recámara con esta Luna, estrella, cielo romántico, el mejor regalo para hombres, mujeres, adolescentes, niños, niñas, ayuda para dormir
I bought three of these night lights for my children, and they can't sleep without them now! I have had them for about 7 or 8 months now, and they are on every night. All of them were afraid to sleep alone in the dark (I blame my wife), and now they can easily go to bed at night using the night lights. When they have sleep overs, they get all three of them and put them in the room they decide to pile up in; be sure to only turn on the colored lights and not the white light in order to keep the brightness down when you have more than one on at the same time.

They are bright enough to be used for light when your lights go out at night (from experience), and they are dim enough with the white light turned off for your children to go to sleep.

All of them are still running great; the only issue I have had is one of them had the white light go out after about 4 months, but I also found a few dents in the cover the night it went out (probably due to rough play). I highly recommend this night light for fun or help with sleep.
TEFOTO Shredded Memory Foam Adjustable Pillow Washable Removable Bamboo Cover Queen Size Neck Shoulder Pain Relief
TEFOTO Shredded Memory Foam Adjustable Pillow Washable Removable Bamboo Cover Queen Size Neck Shoulder Pain Relief
This pillow is nice and comfy, it is shredded memory foam which means the inside of the pillow is torn up pieces of memory foam as opposed to normal memory foam, please bare in mind that these sorts of pillows can be tricky to wash as they can take a long time to dry, there is 2 layers, first top layer is the bamboo case, the second layer below that is for the memory foam, both are washable. When you get it, it can be hard to get out of the packet (at least it was for me) although this seems to be the case with many memory foam pillows so I wouldn't fault the seller.

To make the pillow bigger I simply puffed it up and shaked it and then it plumped up, you should do this often when the pillow becomes flat, if the pillow does not fit your sleep position then you can remove the filling or put more filling on one side to the other to give you optimum comfort. The packaging is proffesional, you should refer to the information on the amazon page or contact the seller for queries about the product as there are no instructions in the packaging. Aditionally the Queen Size one fits normal pillow cases so normal size pillow cases will work fine with this pillow.

Overall this is a nice comfy pillow and i feel like my sleep has gotton better, I would recommend this product.

Verdict: Recommended.
The Bettersleep Company Quilted Egyptian Cotton Zipped Pillow Protector Pair - Hotel Quality 100% cotton cover with soft hollowfibre filling
The Bettersleep Company Quilted Egyptian Cotton Zipped Pillow Protector Pair - Hotel Quality 100% cotton cover with soft hollowfibre filling
I purchased 4 of these initially, but have just ordered another 4, the quality is great, these protectors will fit even the largest of feather, down or filled pillow without squashing the pillow. I have just washed them (as I do with every votton item purchased) and they have washed perfectly at 40 degrees quick wash. I only wash as I hate the smell of starch on new materials.

All in all a fantastic product you will not be dissapointed with to protect and add to the thickness and confort of your pillow.
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection
I got this set of books to re read them. I loved them when I was growing up and like the tv series also. I am now 80 and enjoyed them just as much now as I did when I was growing up.
De'Longhi ESAM 5400 Kaffeevollautomat (Digitaldisplay, Milchaufschäumdüse, Kegelmahlwerk 13 Stufen, Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe, 2-Tassen-Funktion) schwarz
De'Longhi ESAM 5400 Kaffeevollautomat (Digitaldisplay, Milchaufschäumdüse, Kegelmahlwerk 13 Stufen, Herausnehmbare Brühgruppe, 2-Tassen-Funktion) schwarz
Auf Empfehlung eines Kollegen und durch einen guten Warehouse-Deal haben wir uns für diesen Automaten entschieden.
Seither ist er bei uns seit fast 4 Jahren im Einsatz.

Positiv:
Kaffee ist leicht und schnell zubereitet, Maschine ist sehr gut zu reinigen, Einstellungen zu Kaffeestärke und Wassermenge sind übersichtlich und leicht verständlich. Alles ist von vorn/oben zugänglich. Lautstärke und Kaffeequalität sind für meinen Geschmack auch sehr in Ordnung. Haltbarkeit und Qualität finde ich nach den fast 4 Jahren auch top. Da kenne ich viele schlechtere Beispiele...
Neutral:
Die Abstellfläche für die Tassen zerkratzt recht schnell(was mich wenig stört, es ist ein Gebrauchsgegenstand)
Negativ:
Es kommt immer mal wieder vor, das Kaffeereste in der Maschine landen, da der gemahlene Rest(ist dann meist krümelig und feucht) nicht richtig zusammen gepresst wird. Bisher war dann eine Entkalkung fällig, danach lief es wieder wie zuvor perfekt.
Leider erkennt die Maschine den Wasserstand nicht ausreichend. Es kann also vorkommen, das man ohne Wasserstandskontrolle einen Kaffee machen möchte, aber nur eine halbvolle Tasse bekommt. Deshalb besser vor dem Drücken einen Blick auf den Wasserbehälter werfen ;)

Fazit: meine Schwiegermutter hat sich diese Maschine jetzt auch gekauft, weil sie die Bedienbarkeit bei uns so toll fand. Ich kann sie auch ohne Bedenken weiterempfehlen. Die kleinen Negativpunkte sind schnell behoben bzw. umgangen.
Ein Stern abzug für die nicht optimale Wasserstandserkennung.

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