Product Reviews

Panasonic Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology — A Mom’s Review (and Why I Decided to Buy the Same Microwave TWICE)

September 17, 2011

In 2006, I bought a 2.2 cubic foot Panasonic microwave oven: model NN-T995SF from Best Buy.  The microwave cost me $299, which I thought seemed kind of expensive at the time. However, I bought it anyway–for three main reasons: at 1250 watts, it was one of the most powerful microwave ovens Best Buy had available […]

Read the full article

Eye Doctor Test: Pupil Dilation | A Personal Experience

August 15, 2011

Since I first got eyeglasses more than a dozen years ago, I had regular eye exams–if not every year, then at least every other one. But today was the first time I experienced the portion of the eye exam involving pupil dilation. Pupil dilation is one method eye doctors use to check for signs of […]

Read the full article

Playstation Plus Review

August 7, 2011

I used to have a rule for my family when it came to paid online games: we didn’t do them, even if they were offered through a well-known service like Playstation Plus. From my perspective, the games were expensive enough–not to mention the cost of the system–and it just didn’t sit well with me to […]

Read the full article

JC Penny Optical Review | How to Avoid the Rip-Off

July 10, 2011

I bought my eyeglasses at J.C. Penny last summer.  And for the first time, I decided to go for a drill-mount frame–the kind of glasses that give no physical support to the lenses other than a think plastic wire the edge. Drill mounts–called rimless by some–are great because they don’t have the visual interference of […]

Read the full article

Best Slow Cooker — A Review and Comparison | NESCO Roaster Oven vs Rival Crock Pot

June 24, 2011
Thumbnail image for Best Slow Cooker — A Review and Comparison | NESCO Roaster Oven vs Rival Crock Pot

For more than a decade, I had a Rival slow cooker–a model I picked up at Target. It’s equivalent online at Amazon now will run you around $45, so it was affordable, and I knew the brand name. However, I kept having the same problem with it: after a few months, the plastic handles would […]

Read the full article

Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Review — a Mom’s Perspective

June 5, 2011

My son and I finally made the trek to the local theater to see Kung Fu Panda 2. Although the tickets cost a little more–$25 for an adult and a child ticket for an afternoon showing–we saw the film in 3D. Was it worth the money to see Kung Fu Panda 2 in the theater? […]

Read the full article

Michelina’s Frozen Entree Review | How Reporting a Problem Can Help

June 1, 2011

As a college student, I used to buy Michelina’s Budget Gourmet all the time. And I only ate one variety–some sort of lasagna, which was always 99 cents for a serving. I enjoyed the flavor, it was cheap, and it was fast–in other words, it suited a college kid’s needs perfectly. So when my son […]

Read the full article

(Disney) Tangled Movie Review – From a Mom’s Perspective

May 28, 2011

Sadly, I missed seeing Disney’s Tangled while it was still in the movie theater. But when it came out on 3D Bluray, I wasted no time in getting a copy for my family. Production Value For me, just having the movie playing while I’m doing chores around the house lifts my mood. The animation of […]

Read the full article