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San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review

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Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2018 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, classic wooden toys to ultra high-tech electronics and video gaming, our Holiday Toy Review is guaranteed to help you find that perfect present for kids big and little! Each item here has earned the stamp of approval from our local kid and parent reviewers.

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Updated: December 2018

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Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Moms

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Gifts for Moms!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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The Love Bank
$30-$50; BankYourLove.com
Love Bank is a brand-new way to share love filled expressions on adorable heart shaped cardstock paper cutouts and place them into a gorgeous rustic wooden heart with glass front. Simply fill out the beautiful paper hearts with your message to mom, insert it into the Love Bank, and watch moms heart fill with joy and gratitude as she opens her gorgeous gift. Plus, with every purchase of Love Bank, love and kindness is also spread to those in need and meals are being donated through their partnership with Feeding America.

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Strong Like Mommy Handbag
$29-$150; GirlzSquad.com

Girlzsquad is a line of totes and weekend bags that let you express yourself. From “Boss Lady” to “Thank you, Next” to “Strong Like Mommy” and so many more. Laminated lining and easy to clean. Spacious sizing for all your essentials - laptops, groceries, etc. Girlzsquad was created to inspire women around the world to become the best version of themselves.

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Soma Naturals Discovery Sample Set
$20.99; SomaNaturals.com

Perfect for anyone looking to make a move to clean beauty, try a new brand or product, or looking for that perfect unique gift. Includes: Messinian Spa Body Butter 2.7oz (your choice of scents), Teadora beauty butter or renew oil, EVOLVh shampoo & conditioner set (your choice of formulas), Pure Lano lip balm (your choice of flavor), Soma Naturals Cosmetic Bag - Absolutely Flawless, Soma Naturals $5 store gift card.

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Once Upon A Book Club
$34.99/month subscription; OnceUponABookClub.com
Each month you'll receive a book (can be paperback or hardcover) to read, a 5" x 7" quote print, along with 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Each individually wrapped with a page number. Readers, open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page.

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Zatik Naturals Harmony Moisturizer
$28; ZatikNatural.com
This nurturing light moisturizer infuses skin with beneficial herbal nutrients that soften and smooth visible skin lines. Vitamin-rich extracts and high frequency rose and neroli (orange blossom) oils produce tantalizing, vibrant scent that promote self-recognition and peace.

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Westend Minerva Park Sunglasses
$69.95; DiscountGlasses.com
These Westend Minerva Park sunglasses are a contemporary take on old Hollywood glamour. The perfect mix of sweet and sophisticated with bold and brash, these frames are equal parts edgy and show-stopping glamour.

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Aniise Pro Matte Lip Stains
$20; Aniise.com
Provide full coverage that stays on for hours. They glide on effortlessly and keep your lips soft and hydrated. They are cruelty-free and made from high quality natural ingredients in United States. Choose from a variety of colors.

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Gabriela Nightie
$98;
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Offers modern design elements with mesh hem and top stitching throughout.  Timeless and flattering length with side slit for ease and movement.  Versatile for swim cover up, daywear and lounging.  Slightly shaped waist and relaxed hip accomodates every shape and size. Proven to eliminate night sweats.

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Dermatologist's Choice Skincare, Deep Cleansing Facial Mask
$32; dermatologistschoice.com
Scientifically formulated to remove excess dirt and oil to help reduce breakouts and the visibility of pores for truly clean and clear skin. It is a triple threat to unwanted build-up in the pores because it contains Glycolic (AHA), Lactic (AHA), and Salicylic (BHA). These penetrate and purify the pores while also containing natural plant extracts and honey to soothe the skin. Skin will feel clean, tighter, and refreshed.

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Colorful Cases for a Cause: IllusionPhotograph
$29.99; IllusionPhotograph.com
These artistic cases comes in environmentally-friendly, leather-like material with a hybrid durable strap and RFID protection material built in. Part wallet, part phone case and part beautiful art, it’s the total package for a keepsake. From every purchase, $5.00 will go back to supportLiving Heart Peru, a non-profit that helps develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Wine Bag
$17.99; ShoreBags.com
This wine bag holds two bottles of wine for a beautiful presentation. Made of heavyweight cotton canvas, this bag includes a cotton piece that Vecros in place to keep the bottles from clanking, but is also easily removable for monogramming. Works beautifully for host gifts, corporate events, and celebrations.

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Lamo Footwear
$57.99; LamoFootwear.com

6" classic premium faux fur lined boot with durable outer suede and Lamo's exclusive comfort-flex rubberlon outsole. Lamo designs fashion-forward footwear for you to walk in style, whether you’re traversing snowy peaks, snagging a few rays at the beach, or even cozying up at home. In addition to the classic sheepskin boot styles, Lamo also crafts slippers, moccasins, sandals, and house shoes.

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Sips by (Subscription Tea Boxes)
$15/month; SipsBy.com
Warm up all winter with a personalized collection of tea, delivered monthly. Each box is personalized to her tea preferences, features four unique tea brands totaling 15 cups of tea. Sips by was started by tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized and affordable.

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Mijenko Tea Boxes
$139; Mijenko.melbourne, Amazon.com

Created by a mom and wife who couldn’t find a beautiful quality tea storage box anywhere.....so she decided to design one. These tea boxes are crafted out of hardwood timber (Wattle) and Rose Gold/silver stainless steel, two materials that complement each other perfectly to give these designs a beautiful and sophisticated look. Tempered glass, removable stainless steel dividers, slow closing hinges to prevent slamming, extra large compartments to fit large tea bags. Can also be used as a jewelry box.

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Ebony & Ivory Collection – Silver
$45; GoGirlDesign.com
Nothing says sophistication like black and white.  This duo is sure to be a show stopper at your next social function. Comes with one white and one black bracelet. Three hair ties included with each bracelet.

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Bazaar Tote
$49.99; ShoreBags.com
Made from eco-friendly and sustainable jute and canvas, these totes are strong and stylish. Genuine leather handles and golden jute fabric with laminated food grade lining make them ideal for hauling groceries, going to the farmer's market, or carrying your daily essentials to and from school or office. Comes with hanging pocket inside and two wine bottle loops on the gusset. We fashioned this bag on traditional paper grocery bags, and it's both durable and highly functional. 

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Single Wrap Silver Bracelet
$22; NicDandrea.com

Empower your favorite gal pal and do a whole lot of good with the stackable favorite. Hand-weaved with genuine leather. Steel base, sterling silver plated. Each bracelet has three jump ring closures to fit all sizes. A proceed of each sale collection will go towards, Girls Inc. which works towards encouraging and supporting healthy and active lifestyles at their more than 1400 sites in 400 cities across the USA and Canada.

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The Original Comfy Blanket Sweatshirt and Comfy Feet Slippers
$19.99-$39.99; TheComfy.com
The Comfy Feet Slippers provide warmth and style that extends from head to toe. Made from thick fleece and velour, it feels like walking on clouds. Chase the kids, run after the dog, or dash madly across the house without slipping. The Original Comfy Blanket Sweatshirt is super soft and reversible with luxurious velour on one side and soft sherpa fleece on the other. From a 280lb, 6’5” man to a petite 55lb 4’2” kid, it’s designed to fit almost anyone. The Comfy can be used anywhere from nighttime concerts and outdoor plays to football games, beach bonfires, and the couch back home. The comfortable hood can double as a pillow. Pull legs all the way up to stay snuggly warm, too.

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The Fold Out Face Palette with Secret Brush Set
$59; WooshBeauty.com
The Fold Out Face Palette comes with “a built-in mirror,” a 4-in-1 nesting brush set, and provides 13 cosmetics in one portable palette. Truly everything you need to apply a full face of makeup. Not sure where to start?  This kit comes with simple step-by-step instructions to give you that flawless look fast and no liquid foundation is necessary.

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John Partridge Women's Moorlands Classic Jacket
$160; JohnPartridge.us
An elegant quilted jacket for women. Tailored to a beautifully slim fitting style, this year-round padded jacket looks great in the field or the city. The soft polyester outer fabric is quilted with special wadding to improve thermal performance. The contrast or matching lining is matched with the corduroy collar and trim match perfectly to create a stylish jacket. The Moorland has brass studs that feature a dual spring, adding a special touch to the jacket.

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Wine Cooler Beverage Tote
$25; Clevermade.com

This tote makes transporting 1-3 bottles of wine to your party destination a cinch. Removable ice pack, wine opener in a nifty pocket, adjustable and removable strap for versatility. Perfect for holiday parties, potlucks and your next tailgating get together (it even holds a 6 pack if wine isn’t your thing). Also available at Target.

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iHome Zenergy Meditative Light and Sound Therapy Salt Rock Genuine Himalayan Salt Lamp Speaker, Calming, Soothing, Sleep Easy, Crystal Large Salt Rock Lamp
$59.99; Amazon.com
Create a calming environment for sleep or an energizing atmosphere for waking. Designed to reduce the harmful positive ions in the air, and featuring eight different sound therapy tracks designed to calm and prepare your body for sleep, along with a gentle sleep timer and sunrise timer the Salt Lamp is the ultimate device to ensure you’re fully rested, refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead.

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Karat Ditsy Petals Phone Case
$49.99; Amazon.com
Add a dash of spring to your device with this vibrant floral case inspired by ditsy patterns and prints. Genuine, dainty flowers are delicately pressed and suspended in resin with metallic flakes in a dazzling display. Available in Ditsy Pink for the iPhone Xs, Xr, Xs Max.

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Pakems Charmonix Shoes
$74; Pakems.com
These lightweight and comfortable shoes were engineered to be the perfect solution shoe for after sport, including giving your feet a break when getting out of those hiking boots while sitting around the campfire. The Pakems’ Chamonix is an all-weather, two-in-one solution with a convertible heel, allowing mom to switch seamlessly from slipper to shoe. These shoes also stand up to bullying. The words "be kind" are in every shoe as part of the Step Into Your Intentions campaign.

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Eucalyptus Lavender Loofah Soap
$8; TashaHusseyBody.com
Made from 100% vegetable based kosher certified glycerin. The loofah sponge is slightly exposed on one side of the soap. Scented with eucalyptus and lavender essential oil, this luxurious handmade soap will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling fresh.

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PMD Clean
$99; PMDBeauty.com
This smart facial cleansing device uses SonicGlow technology (more than 7,000 vibrations per minute), deeply removing the skin’s impurities by breaking down dirt and oil within the pores. It can also be used as an anti-aging facial massage tool—massages your favorite moisturizers into skin for a more youthful look.

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Island Ambiance Gift Set
$73; Malie.comlie.com
Bring the tranquil beauty of Hawaiian aromatherapy to the home with this set featuring three mini (2oz) reed diffusers in Koke’e, Plumeria, and Pikake.


Updated: March 2019

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Dads

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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Barrow Modello Coal Watch
$143; http://shopbarrow.co

The Barrow Modello Coal is for the daring. Masculine in style, classic in simplicity. The dark dial, contrast against white Arabic numerals catches the eye, bouncing light off its curved domed face. Classic, ethical and made to last, a Barrow watch is for a lifetime, not a season. Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel case, handcrafted vegetable tanned leather straps from a leather tannery based in Tuscany, and all comfortably priced.

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VICTORY 5v Heated Sweater Jacket by Volt
$239.95; VoltHeat.com
In the Victory you will find the Zero Layer Heat System powered by a rechargeable 5V USB battery in 4 zones. Warmth will penetrate to your core through two heating pads in the chest, one heating pad in the back and one in the collar. The inner part of the fabric is laminated which to you means it is windproof and waterproof to help protect you from the wind and rain. External push button controller switch with 3 power level settings.

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Men's Curbside Slippers
$40; Staheekum.com
Suede uppers bring richness to this indoor/outdoor friendly style with versatile "fold flat" heel, plush lining, and memory foam. The back heel can fold down to be worn as a slip-on or up for more coverage. A great shoe to wear after a long hike. For every slipper purchased on our site, a tree is planted through Trees for the Future.

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IceMule Soft-Sided Backpack Cooler
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Fill it, roll it and securely fasten with buckle clips. A padded strap makes it comfortable to wear on long hauls, and it easily collapses and stores in its own sack. Whether you're camping, hiking, boating, or just hanging at the beach, an IceMule Cooler is one super-cool piece of gear.

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PowerLight Mini Clippable USB Rechargeable Lantern
$39.95; BioLiteEnergy.com

Ready for the trail or daily commute, go hands free with this clippable LED lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Features 135 Lumen Lantern with [5] modes: White, Bright White, Red, White Strobe, Red Strobe. Provides up to 52 hours of light or a power boost to your phone. Wire clipstand can be used to wear, hang, or tabletop your light.

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Helix Spinning Whiskey and Spirits Glass
$21.95; TheGrommet.com
The base of this glass is designed to spin in place without toppling users drinks. The spinning action helps aerate whiskey, which opens up flavor and aroma, creating an eye-catching effect with a purpose.

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Lucky Tackle Box
Regular ($16.99), XL ($26.99), Tournament ($46); LuckyTackleBox.com
Lucky Tackle Box is the premier monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month. If you're looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you'll ever want.

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Viking Professional Steakhouse Style Knife Set
$79.95; Amazon.com

The restaurant grade 6-knife set is honed from durable German stainless steel with a Pakkawood handle that is double riveted to give the knife balance and offer your favorite home cook a comfortable experience when chopping. The knives are also partially serated, so they are perfect for cutting through things both thick and thin. The set comes in a bamboo gift box and is available in black or red.

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Table Top Shuffleboard
$99.99; AreYouGame.com
Bring pub-style shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version. Perfect for any game or recreation room. Game board measures 62” x 10” x 1.5”. High-quality wooden production is sturdy and will last for years. Easily adjustable legs can level the board so any table can be playable. Separates into two main pieces and comes in a handled box for portable game play.

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Mixcder E7 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
$59.99; Mixcder.com
Employing Active Noise Canceling (ANC) Technology for a totally immersive sound, the Mixcder E7 provides premium noise canceling headphones at an affordable price for everyone. Mixcder’s ANC Technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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JBL Clip 3
$59.95; JBL.com
Has an IPX7 waterproof design, durable carabiner and new colors that pop, perfect for the kids. With 10 hours of playtime, this small but mighty speaker amplifies your listening experience. Available colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Fiesta Red, River Teal, Stone Grey, Dusty Pink, Steel White, Forest Green, Mustard Yellow and Desert Sand.

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The Nicholas Collection Martini Shaker
$64; CorkPops.com

Designed to deliver perfectly mixed cocktails with style and class, this stainless steel and copper shaker is constructed of premium materials both inside and out. A decorative rubber sleeve not only adds visual appeal, but also provides grip to prevent slippage during shaking, in addition to insulating the hand from an icy exterior.

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Azio Retro Compact Keyboard
$219; AzioCorp.com
This premium mechanical keyboard is designed for the modern lifestyle. Designed for a premium computing experience, Azio designed a centerpiece keyboard with properties comprising of high-quality material, timeless appearance and intuitive usability.

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Tuxy
$149; Tuxy.co

At first glance, Tuxy looks like a two-piece sweatsuit, but its unique design is actually one piece with a ton of built-in features made with a back zipper pocket for wallet storage, casual open side pockets for regular use, and an extra large cargo zip pocket with cell sleeve and audio port. Tuxy material is made for both indoor lounging as well as outdoor adventures such as camping, snowboarding, and a good gym session.

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Skechers Elite Flex - Wasick
$70; Skechers.com
Flexible and comfortable sporty sneaker with air cooled memory foam insole.

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Swig Combo Coolers
$25.95; SwigLife.com
Swig Vacuum Insulated tumblers will keep your beverages ice cold while enjoying the game with friends or at the beach on a hot sunny day. These Combo Coolers can be used multiple ways. Use the slide-closure lid to turn it into a cup, or secure any can or bottle with the twist-on holder to keep your hands dry and your drinks cold.

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Cuisinart Professional Portable Gas Grill
$199.99; Cuisinart.com
Perfect for tailgating, impromptu summer entertaining, and more, this gas grill offers 20,000 BTUs of cooking power in a convenient, portable design.

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Everlast Notebook by Rocketbook
$34; GetRocketbook.com
Provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. With Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows you to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few. Rocketbook allows everyone on your list to stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.

Updated: February 2019

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit
$99; Kano.me

First-ever Harry Potter STEM product allows you to build a wand and learn to code with step-by-step challenges, inspired by the Wizarding World. The wand is lightweight and easy to carry helping users stay entertained while on the road where they can complete their challenges on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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The Paper Chromatography: The Art & Science of Color
$39.99; Yellow-Scope.com
Uncover the hidden colors in plants, art supplies, and candies. Chock-full of high quality lab supplies for hundreds of exciting color-changing experiments, girls (ages 8-12) will have hours of fun revealing rainbows of color using a cool scientific technique called paper chromatography. With art and creativity front and center, this kit will appeal to all kids, even those who might not realize they love science.

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The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
$29.95; 8+
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This augmented reality t-shirt allows children to learn about the human body…on a human body. The free Virtuali-Tee app lets users explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and view 360 videos for a completely immersive experience that will transform the way a child experiences science.

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Boolean Box
$149.99; 8+
BooleanGirlTech.com
This self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate. Includes Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, and a mouse, and is ready to use once connected to any HDMI-capable monitor—parental supervision not required. It comes preloaded with Scratch, an introductory programming language.

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Light Racer Adventure Kit
$24.99; 8+
TechWillSaveUs.com
Kids will learn and experiment with electro-magnetic wireless power while building their own wheel lights that flash as they ride. An interactive online manual will take them through all the steps to create the light. Once the light has been attached to their bike, they are ready to hit the road.

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Growing Crazy Crystals
$19.99; 5+
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Young scientists explore sugar and salt crystals, grow rock candy, make a crystal star, create crystal art, grow a salt crystal garden, make Epsom salt crystals, create a geode, grow a crystal tree, and much, much more.

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Mega Slime & Putty Kit
$29.99; 8+
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Kids will love studying the science of slime with these eight amazing varieties of the squishy, stretchy, slippery stuff. Includes slime, laser light, magnet and a 16-page learning guide.

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Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig
$14.99; 12+

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Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones. Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones. Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone.

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Pixel Kit
$79.99; 8+
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Simple story book guides you through building Pixel Kit, and then teaches you to code via step-by-step challenges using the Kano online app. 40+ creative projects guide you through building games, creating artwork, making animations, and using the built-in microphone to code with sound and color.

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Slime & Polymer Lab
$39.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more.

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YOU*NIVERSE Cosmetics & Compounds Chemistry Lab
$19.99; 6+
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Create glowing experiments, shimmery lip balms, and glittery perfumes, all while feeling like a real Chemist. Use your laboratory station to conduct all of your experiments, and use your UV glow light to watch your reactions.

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Motion Sensor Kit
$29.99; 8+
Kano.me
Build and code a sensor that captures motion in the real world - a hand waving, a leg kicking - and sends the information to your computer. Step-by-step challenges guides you as you learn to code by creating games, making music, and drawing with motion.

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Ooze Labs Chemistry Station
$39.95; 5+
ThamesandKosmos.com
See how much fun chemistry can be as you do slimy, fizzy, colorful, and bubbly experiments. This cool laboratory setup has lots of different vessels and pieces of lab equipment so kids can play the role of chemist while doing real, safe experiments.

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Super Sweet Sugar Lab
$19.99; 8+
SmartLabToys.com
Kids will conduct experiments using glucose strips to test for hidden sugars, perform osmosis through an egg membrane, and even create chemical sparks from candy. Edible experiments include making rock candy, toast candy, and gummies. Science principles explored include photosynthesis, enzymes, carbon dioxide production, hydrogen bonding, density, triboluminescence, polymers, crystal formation, osmosis, and more.

Updated: February 2019

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

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Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable.

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5v Heated Travel Pillow by Volt
$69.95; VoltHeat.com

Puts heat right at the base of your neck to help provide soothing warmth and comfort while traveling. The backbone of this pillow is high density memory foam that contours to your neck as it heats up, to cradle and support your head as you sleep or relax. Choose from three power level settings with the push of a button using the built in thermostat controller. When you aren’t using the battery to power your Volt product, you can use it as a charging device for your cell phone.

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Jet Set Gift Set
$39.50; Malie.com
Holiday travel just got dreamier with this TSA-friendly set that features a body cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner nestled in a travel bag. Choose from two aroma options: Koke’e or Mango Nectar.

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Mini Buddha Board
$13.95; Buddhaboard.com
Fun for both parents and kids, the mini Buddha Board lets you paint with water and then watch it disappear and then start again. Keep the kids entertained while traveling. Easy to take on the go and fun to have at home too.

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Evolution S3 Pillow
$39.99; Cabeau.com

Keeps your head from falling forward by attaching to the plane seat wings. The body of the pillow is designed with a high performance quick-dry fabric to keep you cool and dry in almost any climate, so you can rest and relax on your journey. The pillow's high-quality plush memory-foam will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, while the adjustable clasp will ensure the pillow fits your neck size. The Evolution S3 pillow, which comes in five colors, eliminates travel discomfort connected to head falling forward and sideways, and uneasy sleep.

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Eagle Creek Wayfinder Waistpack Small
$30; EagleCreek.com
Seriously playful. Totally organized. Fleece-lined electronics compartment for tablet, e-reader, or phone. Main compartment has zippered mesh pocket with key fob and organizer pockets for pens and small items. Reflective hit on bottom lash point for low light visibility. Side webbing loops for gear attachment and top grab handle. Adjustable waistband adjusts up to 56 inches with strap keepers to keep excess length from dangling.

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nodpod
$29.99; nodpod.com
This uniquely shaped, microbead filled eye pillow will make your trips more comfortable as you doze off on your way to your destination. By delivering the power of Weighted Sleep Therapy, nodpod allows you to sleep comfortably in any position. Each pod is weighted with soothing microbeads. Pull through slit for upright comfort with no straps or snaps. Jersey cotton side cools while fleece side warms.

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Pluggerz Travel
$15.86; EarPlugStore.com
Pluggerz Travel are made to ease descending and climbing by regulating the pressure on your ears while also filtering out unwanted noise. These high-tech filters are also incredibly comfortable and available in kids’ sizes, making them the ultimate travel accessory for all.

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Regalo Baby Play Set
$109; Regalo-baby.com

Creating a safe play area for your child in seconds, the lightweight, foldable, play yard is ideal for at home, when traveling, at the park or a day at the beach. Boasting an all-steel construction, this attractive play yard measures 62” wide and 26” high and was built with durability in mind. Equipped with soft, ventilating mesh sides and an easy to clean nylon bottom, the yard easily accommodates children between 6-24 months. The extra width of the eight-panel play yard gives your little one more space to move around. Taking only a minute to set up, the portable play yard is ideal for indoor and outdoor use for the on-the-go family.

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Aria Kit
$79.99; AriaKit.com
Perfectly organized and full of everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane and on layovers. Hand-picked, high-quality materials to make your travel experience incredibly comfortable. Includes handmade face and body moisturize, lip balm with essential oils, all-natural deodorant, natural toothpaste with colloidal silver, alcohol-free, gentle wet wipes that remove makeup and more.

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Wander Wet Bags
$32; WanderWetBags.com
Wherever you’re headed this holiday season, travel in style with the beautiful, on-trend cotton prints from Wander Wet Bags. Made right under the SoCal sun, these super cute, high quality accessories make the perfect gifts for those friends who love to travel. Add this to your carry-on bag as you travel to your next destination. Eco-friendly and water-resistant, simply stash phone, keys, wallet in a Wander Wet Bag and they’ll be ready for any trip this season.

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AirTamer A310
$149.99; Filterstream.com
The AirTamer A310 is the world’s most effective personal rechargeable air purifier. AirTamer’s Advanced Ionic Technology emits a constant stream of healthy negative ions that force airborne pollutants away from your personal space giving you a zone of cleaner, healthier air. AirTamer’s state-of-the-art electrostatic purification creates a 3 foot sphere of cleaner, healthier air around your head. It cleans the air of atomic sized pollutants (e.g. viruses, pollen, smoke, molds and dust mites) that traditional air purifiers leave behind. It is silent in operation and it’s extremely energy efficient technology provides 150+ hours of run time on one charge.

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The ReliefBand
$94.99; ReliefBand.com
The ReliefBand is a wearable, drug-free, clinically proven device to alleviate the nausea associated with motion sickness. The reusable device works within minutes helping you arrive at your destination calmly and ready to enjoy yourself. It uses accurately programmed pulses with highly specific waveform, frequency, and intensity to stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist, the Reliefband taps into the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach.

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Case + Drift Bundle
$95; CaseAndDrift.com
This travel set makes the perfect gift or personal treat for any traveler. Includes the drift wet bag, drift pouch and drift towel. The wet bag is used to store wet items or toiletries, keep valuables dry during beach days, boating or any outdoor adventure. Great for travel and everyday use. The drift pouch is a travel essential to make your journey a little easier. Pack and organize shoes, bras and undies, bikinis, laundry and more. The towel is an all-purpose quick drying travel companion.

Updated: September 2018

Home Products

Home Products

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Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are their favorites.

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Office Desk Organizer
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

The Office Desk Organizer contains six compartments and includes a pull-out drawer to store those smaller items cluttering up a desk. This organizer is sturdy, made with mesh metal, but lightweight enough to move anywhere you need it.

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Straight or Curved Stainless Steel Straws
$10.97; WoweLifestyle.com
In the USA alone we go through 500 million straws every single day or 182.5 billion straws per year.  Designed to last a lifetime, these straws are made from food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, are dishwasher safe and will not rust.  Each set of straws come with a straw cleaner made from metal and cotton. All other brands use metal and plastic for their straw cleaners.

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DreamPad
$139-$159: DreamPadSleep.com

Designed to help with falling and staying sleep, the Dreampad offers highly researched sleep technology hidden within a comfortable pillow. It works by triggering the body's relaxation response, resulting in a more relaxed state of mind which is conducive to sleep.

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Over-the-Door Shoe Caddy
$39.99; MindSpaceNY.com
Twenty-four oversized pockets easily organize shoes, toys, accessories, cleaning supplies, and more; a versatile solution for any room of your home. Four metal hooks for added stability, carefully designed to fit any door. Sturdy enough to hold all your stuff, slim enough to stay out of your way. Made to last, with strong yet breathable fabric and reinforced seams.

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Alexa Voice Services Enabled 9” Double-Sided Vanity Mirror
$179.99; iHome.com

Make getting ready in the morning a breeze with the assistance of Amazon’s Alexa voice services. With one touch of a button you can simply ask Alexa to stream music, set alarms, calendars, access news, traffic, weather and more! The distortion-free mirror features 1x and 5x magnification, and bright LEDs with high and low settings to provide the best possible lighting for skin care or makeup application. The mirror also features Bluetooth streaming capabilities for audio listening from your favorite device and a USB port to charge your mobile device while you prep for the day ahead.

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Condiment Utensil Caddy 
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

Use it in the kitchen to hold your condiments, seasonings, kitchen supplies or gadgets. Its lightweight steel construction and sleek mesh design look great on any table or countertop and it’s just as easy to move where needed.

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Magnetic Photo Frame System
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
This modular magnetic picture frame system makes it easy to display—and switch around—Polaroid prints, 4" x 6" photos, and your fave snaps from Instagram (4" x 4"). One main frame screws into the wall while super strong magnets connect the other frames to it in any configuration you want.

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ErgoErgo
$100; ErgoErgo.com
Perfect for working and relaxing. Use it in offices, schools, libraries, dorms, hotels, healthcare facilities…the possibilities are endless. ErgoErgo is great public seating. And it’s compact enough for the smallest space. ErgoErgo compresses slightly when you sit on it to the height of a standard chair, which makes it perfect for a standard desk height.

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Reusable Certified Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags
$12.95; WoweLifestyle.com

In America alone, we use over 100 BILLION plastic bags. Plastic bags are made from fossil fuels, which means it takes 12 million barrels of oil to create all of these bags.  Every plastic bag we can keep from entering the environment makes a difference. Set of 6 (choose from three sizes),perfect for fruits and vegetables, washable.

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SYLVANIA SMART+ Lighting Accessories 
$12-$120; Amazon.com
Perfect for anyone who is looking to make their life easier through a smart home. SYLVANIA SMART+ has one of the broadest portfolios of indoor and outdoor smart lighting products that provide beautiful illumination to complement your home décor, while also giving you full control through your smartphone, tablet, wireless switch, sensor, Siri, Amazon Echo or Google Home. Set up schedules to turn lights on and off while you are traveling, or at work.

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Earthquake Emergency Kit
$299 ; Sustain.com
Each year there are thousands of earthquakes in California alone, yet relatively few households have acted to mitigate losses and reduce injuries. Having emergency supplies on hand is critical to a family’s and individual’s safety. Two and four person emergency kits available. The premium, space-saving bag and includes: up to 24 servings of food, up to 6 liters of purified fresh water, 3 sources of dependable light, top-rated water filtration device, cyalume industrial-grade SnapLight devices, essential first aid kit and emergency blankets, portable wood-burning stove, bowls and utensils and a high-grade survival knife.

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KaiKai & Ash Canvas Storage Box
$15-$20; KaiKaiAsh.com

These adorable 13” canvas toy storage boxes are functional, playful, colorful and a great way to organize children’s bedrooms, playrooms and even dorm rooms. These applique toy storage boxes feature 40+ designs including cities around the world, cupcakes, cute animals, unicorns and more. They are wrapped in natural-tone, cotton canvas to complement any room with pops of color.

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CleverMade’s CleverCrate
$57.99; CleverMade.com
Available in 46 liters; can hold up to 75 lbs and a 62L, which holds 100 pounds. Equipt with a lid that locks in place on top or on base of crate. Rugged, all-purpose utility crate. Collapsible, easy to store. Slim design with ergonomic handles. Offered in a variety of color combinations.

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Full HD Home Theater Projector
$549; BenQ.com
BenQ's MH530FHD delivers movies, TV shows, sports, and fast-action video game content in 1080p resolution with 3,300 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 15000:1. The projector ensures brilliant color performance for any home theater space for screens up to 120". With a 3-year warranty, this projector delivers great value, perfect for families who would like to enjoy big-screen entertainment without breaking the bank.

Updated: February 2019

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach/Pool Product Review

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Beach and Pool Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.

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Glitter 48" Junbo Rainbow Unicorn Pool Tube
$39.99; PoolCandy.net
Its time to glamorize your pool with this sparkling Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float from PoolCandy. Jumbo-sized 48" transparent ring is filled with rainbow glitter that has a holographic rainbow effect in the sunlight. This shimmering Unicorn will catch everyone's eye and be a must have for your next Instagram post! Measuring approximately 65" x 49" x 37" and  made of durable vinyl and will hold up to 250 lb. person.

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Ladies Riviera Beach Dress
$79; SnapperRock.com

Go from pool to party in this dress that you can throw on over your swimsuit when you need a bit more cover. Navy and white stripes give this dress a nautical theme and it goes with many pieces in the Snapper Rock separates range.

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Large Classic Boat Tote
$37.99; ShoreBags.com
Proven utility pieces, their double bottoms and reinforced handles make them the perfect work horse for everything from beach towels to groceries to your favorite carry on. The interiors are lined with 360-degree pockets in the same color as the outside trim. Zippered tops keep everything secure.

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Mens Sail Away Boardies
$78; SnapperRock.com
Sail off into the sunset with these classic fit boardies that can be worn all day whatever the activity. These shorts can go straight from the beach to the bar. Elastic waist with workable drawstring means our boardies stay up strong. Side and back pockets. Mix and match with our short and long sleeve rash tops for the best sun protection.

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Glossy Black and Tortoise Shell Knockaround Sunglasses
$15;
KnockAround.com
If you can’t decide between modern and classic, bold and relaxed, then why not get it all? These black and tortoise shell sunglasses have everything you could want for style and eye protection. The lightweight polycarbonate frames provide a comfortable and accommodating fit while the amber lenses help shield your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Knockaround, a San Diego-based sunglass company, offers fun frames for adults and kids.

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Ladies Orchid Bikini Top and Reversible Bikini Pants
$57 each; SnapperRock.com
This pretty Orchid pattern bikini top is fully adjustable with ties at the top and the back. Thin cup padding accentuates your curves. Match with Orchid Bikini Bottom classic bikini bottom with a reversible orchid print on one side and stripes on the other, with a perfect elasticised fit over your curves.

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Glitter Beach Ball Gold
$19.99; PoolCandy.net
Add some glitter effect to your next party. Shine bright and sparkle with Pool Candy's fabulous Glitter filled beach ball.  13.75" diameter beach ball is filled with hundreds of 6 mm holographic and iridescent GOLD glitter flakes that reflect the sun and catches everyone's eye. The prism will create a color changing effect in the light as the glitter moves within the ball.

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PalmeraBeachwear.com
Wherever your travels take you, stand out in Palmera Beachwear. Palmera celebrates color, culture and art in their one of a kind resort and beachwear. From swimsuits to cover-ups, Palmera combines traditional Mexican folklore and modern resort style bringing you a beautiful piece to lay in the sun in.

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Halter One-Piece: Flamingos
$39.50; TeaCollection.com
Classic stripes paired with a fresh spring print make the perfect pattern match. Plus, this one-piece offers UPF 40+ protection.

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Sun Society Towel
$29.99-$39.99; Amazon.com
Made of premium 100% cotton. Absorbent, lightweight and quick drying. Versatile for beach, yoga, gym, boat, pool, camping, hiking and more. Wearable as a sarong, cover-up, and head wrap, scarf or shawl.

 

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Rockin Aqua Foot
$29.99; RockinFootwear.com

These are perfect for use on land or in the water. Suitable for outdoor activities such as beach games, pool time or even summer camping. The lightweight, amphibious design provides breathability, comfortable wear and excellent traction on all surfaces.

Updated: March 2019

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

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Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier.

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Lékué Bread Maker
$20; TheGrommet.com
Fresh baked bread can be quick and mess-free with the Lékué Bread Maker. Its shape helps steam and hot air to circulate, preventing the bread from drying out and giving the crust a golden outside. Plus, it can even be used in the microwave for extra quick baking.

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The Bialetti 5-Quart Pasta Pot 
$34.99; Bialetti.com
Features cook and strain convenience and is available in the Red Pepper color. Features an oval-shaped vessel designed to handle the length of uncooked spaghetti and lasagna noodles without breakage; and an innovative lock-on lid with built-in strainer, eliminating the need for a colander. The Pasta Pot is made of aluminum to allow for advanced heat conduction and paired with a comfortable and oversized, ergonomic, heat-resistant handle.

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Condiment Utensil Caddy 
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

Use it in the kitchen to hold your condiments, seasonings, kitchen supplies or gadgets. Its lightweight steel construction and sleek mesh design look great on any table or countertop and it’s just as easy to move where needed.

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Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker 
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Combines a brewer and storage container in one system, streamlining the coffee-making process. Made from Tritan, a BPA-free plastic that won’t hold onto stale flavors. The double-walled, copper-insulated carafe is detachable, so you can take your joe to go—or store it and keep it cold for up to 24 hours.

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Bialetti Titan Cookware 10 Inch Pan
$19.99; Bialetti.com
Features a micro-divot interior coupled with a triple layer of titanium infused nonstick, which allows oil in the pan to distribute evenly. The Micro-Divot interior also creates a textured cooking surface that allows for superior food release because there is less total contact between the food and the pan. The result is more even cooking and easy food release from stovetop to oven.

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Bialetti’s Gooseneck Kettle
$49.99; Bialetti.com
Provides precision pouring at your finger tips. Pourever coffee demands a kettle with a precision spout in order to properly pour that special cup.  Featuring a heat resistant handle for convenience, it is the perfect pairing for any pourover.

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GoodCook Cooking Rack Set
$8.99; Amazon.com
Features a nonstick, easy-to-clean coating and is dishwasher safe.

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Bialetti’s 6-Cup Red Moka 
$49.99; Amazon.com
Produces a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes—a perfect gift for a true coffee or espresso aficionado. Features Bialetti’s distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee.

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Yonanas Classic
$39.99; Yonanas.com
Yonanas turns frozen fruit into soft-serve textured treats. Yonanas produces desserts that contain no dairy, no added sugar and no artificial ingredients. Yonanas is safe and easy to use. Take turns placing thawed fruits through the chute and watching in awe as “nice cream” is created.

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Glass Pourover
$39.99; Bialetti.com
Bialetti's Glass Pourover has a reusable double mesh filter that allows the natural oils from the coffee grounds to pass through creating a more robust cup of coffee. The heat resistant handle allows for an easy pour without feeling any type of heat. Its design provides for a controlled brewing process, that highlights the unique characteristics of the coffee's aroma.

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Kitchen Herb Garden (Can 3 Pack)-Herb Growing Kit
$19.99; BackToTheRoots.com
Growing organic herbs indoors and at home has never been so easy and fun. This is the perfect way start your windowsill herb garden because it comes with everything you need to grow – including unique biochar technology that lets you grow from the can without draining. No chemicals, no transplanting, and no messy drainage holes. Set comes with basil, cilantro, and mint.

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13” Heavy Duty PRIMO Ceramic Baking/Pizza stone
$53; PrimoGrill.com
Maximize that homemade pizza taste in your conventional kitchen oven or use on any traditional size BBQ. Authentic wood-fired pizza when used on a charcoal grill. Made of ceramic for ultimate flavor and evenly browned crust. Bake bread, casseroles, cookies, pies and more.

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GoodCook Nonstick Slide-Off Cookie Sheet
$7.99; Amazon.com
This heavy-duty 15x14 rectangular steel sheet features an easy to clean nonstick coating. The elevated, no-lip sides allow you to easily slide your cookies right off the edge and onto your cooling rack or platter when done.

Updated: February 2019

Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

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Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages.

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Cut the Wire
$24.99; 6+
Yulu.com
A device is ticking and it’s about to go off. Players compete to see who cuts the right wire, defuses the device, and saves the day. Use secret clues for hints to help figure out how to avoid cutting the wrong wire and losing the game.

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Kingdomino
$22.99; 8+
BlueOrangeGames.com
Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game.

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Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas 25 Years Collector's Chess Set
$69.95; 8+
USAopoly.com

The ultimate must have strategy game for fans and collectors that feature the most popular characters in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the film release.

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Drop It
$29.95; 8+
ThamesAndKosmos.com
One at a time, each player drops a shape into the vertical game board’s drop zone. Players earn points for the highest level that their shape reaches when it lands and extra points for touching bonus circles. But be careful: Don’t break a landing rule. The shape you dropped is not allowed to touch matching shapes or colors after it lands.

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Kitty Bitty
$19.99; 4+
BlueOrangeGames.com
It’s nap time for the itty bitty kitties, but they just want to play. Help them jump, bat the yarn balls around, and race to the basket without catching a look from the watchful eyes of the mommy cats. Each turn, roll the dice, look for the mommy cat matching their colors, and lift one. The first kitten back to the basket wins. Players must correctly identify colors, and remember which mommy cat eyes will catch the kittens in this memory game.

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Blank Sate
$19.99; 3+
USAopoly.com
Pick one of over 250 word cue cards (with 500 total cues), write the word you think best completes the phrase – and try to match it exactly to another player’s word without giving a single hint.

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Fluff
$19.99; 8+
Bananagrams.com
Clever and crafty, this liar's dice experience is an evolution of the classic bluffing game. Fluff features palm-fitted rolling cups for poker-style peeking and critter adorned dice for "wild-style" play to inspire bolder bidding. Fluff up the bids, or challenge the calls. Be the best fluffed to outlast the other cast of characters.

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Word Slam
$29.95; 12+
ThamesandKosmos.com
In Word Slam, two teams each have a storyteller. The two storytellers are given the same answer term. Playing at the same time, they must give clues to their teams so the teams can correctly guess the answer. But it’s not that easy. Speaking and acting is absolutely forbidden for the storytellers. They must tell their stories using only 105 cards, each with one word on it: a noun, verb, adjective, or preposition. The team that correctly guesses the answer first gets a point, and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Hackathon
$29.99; 8+
Yulu.com
One player, the operator, is trapped in a virtual room trying to hack into a top secret government hard drive. The other players are the ‘Experts’ who must give the hacking instructions to break through the eight different modules by deciphering the information found in the instruction manuals. But: the experts can’t see the hard drive and the operator can’t see the manuals.  So everyone will need to talk it out – fast.

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Tumball
$24.99; 5+
UniversityGames.com
Carefully place all your white beads on top of the suspended colorful balls using the wand. With every bead you add, the colorful balls become more unstable. If you push your luck too far or make one false move….TUMBALL!

 

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Domino Jr. Friends Deluxe
$29.99; 4+
GoliathGames.com
The easy-to-use domino spacer tool simplifies set up, and the stunt dominos have been re-engineered to make setting up easier for little hands. Add in your dino friends to create cool chain reaction stunts.

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Flip, Slide, Match
$19.99; 8+
MooseGames.com
FLIPSLIDE  is  a  hand-held  electronic  pattern  and  color  memorization  game  with  a  unique  twist-and-slide  feature.  Players  must  flip  and  slide  the  colored  blocks around  the  center  screen  so  that  each brightly-colored  cube  matches  with  the  corresponding  center  lights. Modes  include:  Speed  Mode,  Level  Mode,  Memory  Mode, and  Multiplayer Mode. 

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MacGyver: The Escape Room Game
$29.99; 12+
Target.com
This multi-scenario escape room in a box is perfect for MacGyver fans and escape room fanatics alike. Players use the tools they’re given to solve the puzzles and diffuse the bombs – all leading to a final scenario that will require everything they’ve learned to stop a familiar opponent.

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Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition
$49.95; 8+
USAopoly.com
Harry Potter fans test their knowledge of all eight Harry Potter movies. Move around the board with House Mascot movers as you answer questions and collect “wedges”. Includes 1800 questions to challenge the ultimate Harry Potter fan. Categories include Slytherin House, Death Eaters and The Dark Arts; Objects & Artifacts; Animals, Magical Creatures and Magical Beings; Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Muggles; Hogwarts, Other Locations and Transportation; and Spells, Potions and Other Magic.

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Clue Master Detective
$19.99; 8+
HasbroToyShop.com
In this suspenseful game, players have to find out who's responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Get the scoop on the mansion's rooms, weapons, and guests and start detecting. Eliminate information throughout the game in this whodunit. When a player is ready to make an accusation, they secretly press the button on the mirror to reveal Who, What, and Where.

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Maki Stack
$27.99; 7+
BlueOrangeGames.com
Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. But be careful, one wrong move and everything might tumble over. 

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Shadows in the Forest
$24.99; 8+
ThinkFun.com
You are deep in a dark, ancient forest with only your lantern to guide you. Tall, looming trees cast shadows all around. Off in the distance you hear a faint rustling sound and your heart begins to race. Could the legend be true? Will you finally discover the creatures who hide in the forest shadows?

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EXIT: The Game
$14.95; 10+
ThamesandKosmos.com
In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom. The clock is ticking: You must solve all of the puzzles as fast as you can because the faster your team escapes the room and the fewer hints you use along the way, the more points you earn.

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Pie Face Cannon Game
$24.99; 5+
HasbroToyShop.com
One player will step up and put their face in the facemask, while the other player aims the cannon and tries to launch whipped cream onto their opponent’s face. The player behind the mask can try to avoid getting “pie-faced” by using the included blocking hand.

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I Spy Dig In
$22.99; 5+
UniversityGames.com
Race the clock, it’s not so hard. Dig out six objects, place on your card. When each player has gone all in, match one more for the win. Practice literacy, coordination, and social skills as you race to match the images on their cards with objects from the bowl.

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MONOPOLY: Cheaters Edition Game
$19.99; 8+
HasbroToyShop.com
In this updated version of the classic MONOPOLY game, players are permitted to bend the rules and “cheat to win” as they travel across the gameboard in an effort to own it all. For the first time, “borrowing” money from the bank, skipping spaces, and avoiding rent are welcomed. Complete the “cheats” as assigned by the game and get a reward, but get caught and you’ll pay the consequences. Pretend handcuffs will leave offenders “chained” to the board until they are released.

Published: October 2018

New Products for Teens and Tweens

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New Products for Teens and Tweens. Check out these products that are perfect for the tween or teen in your life.

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Skinbuzz Facial Kit
$42; Skinbuzz.com

The SkinBuzz Facial Kit is perfect. It includes Clean•Bee Cleanser, Bee•Witched Toner, Bee•You•Tiful Moisturizer and the Coal•Bee Clay Mask. What makes this kit so special is that it also includes a SkinBuzz Headband and the softest, most luxurious Activiated Charcoal and Bamboo Face Cloth. All in one lovely little bag that you'll keep forever.

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Once Upon A Book Club-Young Adult
$34.99/month subscription; OnceUponABookClub.com
Each month you'll receive a book (can be paperback or hardcover) to read, a 5" x 7" quote print, along with 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Each individually wrapped with a page number. Readers, open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page.

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Colorful Cases for a Cause: IllusionPhotograph
$29.99; IllusionPhotograph.com
These artistic cases comes in environmentally-friendly, leather-like material with a hybrid durable strap and RFID protection material built in. Part wallet, part phone case and part beautiful art, it’s the total package for a keepsake. From every purchase, $5.00 will go back to supportLiving Heart Peru, a non-profit that helps develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Fashionit: Micro Bluetooth Speaker
$35; The Grommet.com

This coin-sized Bluetooth speaker pumps up the volume and can pair with other speakers to create a surround sound-like effect. You can also use it as a selfie remote for phone-free photos, too.

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All In Pouch
$9.99; ShoreBags.com
All-In Pouches are conveniently sized for thousands of small goods-- from a collection of markers or road trip snacks to charging cables and make up. These pouches have a sturdy metal zipper with pull tab and handy loop ring for snapping them anywhere you'd like. Heavyweight canvas gives them a lot of substance and value.

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Ebony & Ivory Collection – Silver
$45; GoGirlDesign.com
Nothing says sophistication like black and white.  This duo is sure to be a show stopper at your next social function. Comes with one white and one black bracelet. Three hair ties included with each bracelet.

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The Original Comfy Blanket Sweatshirt and Comfy Feet Slippers
$19.99-$39.99; TheComfy.com
The Comfy Feet Slippers provide warmth and style that extends from head to toe. Made from thick fleece and velour, it feels like walking on clouds. Chase the kids, run after the dog, or dash madly across the house without slipping. The Original Comfy Blanket Sweatshirt is super soft and reversible with luxurious velour on one side and soft sherpa fleece on the other. From a 280lb, 6’5” man to a petite 55lb 4’2” kid, it’s designed to fit almost anyone. The Comfy can be used anywhere from nighttime concerts and outdoor plays to football games, beach bonfires, and the couch back home. The comfortable hood can double as a pillow. Pull legs all the way up to stay snuggly warm, too.

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JBL Clip 3
$59.95; JBL.com
Has an IPX7 waterproof design, durable carabiner and new colors that pop, perfect for the kids. With 10 hours of playtime, this small but mighty speaker amplifies your listening experience. Available colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Fiesta Red, River Teal, Stone Grey, Dusty Pink, Steel White, Forest Green, Mustard Yellow and Desert Sand.

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myFlipShade
$9.99; MyCharge.com
Attaches to the back of iPhones to provide a privacy shade that doubles as a sun shade to effortlessly read the screen in direct sunlight. The accessory can also be used as a vertical and horizontal stand, allowing you to ditch all of the various accessories currently attached to your phone.

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SilkSound Wireless Headphones
$59.99; MyPaww.com
Listen to your favorite music in ultimate style. Beautifully designed to be lightweight and compact, with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, hands-free calling, and over 8-hours of playtime, the Paww SilkSound headphones are the ultimate fashion accessory for anyone who doesn’t want to compromise on sound or style. Available in four colors and come with a handy carrying case.

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HairConfirm® Home Drug Test
$19.99 plus $59 at-home activation lab fee for a 10-panel illicit drug detection; $89 for a 14-panel including opioids; http://hairconfirm.com/

Give families access to the tools they need to create a drug-free home and promote meaningful conversations about substance abuse. Uses advanced technology to screen for a spectrum of substances 10 illicit substances. Tamper-proof screening using hair samples and a 90-day detection window. Samples are run through a CLIA accredited laboratory, and are always 100% confidential and delivered via a secure online portal. Easy-to-read reports, actionable results, and access to additional forms of support.

Published: March 2019

San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review 2018

San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review 2018

Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2018 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, clas . . .

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Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Moms

Gifts for Moms!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas. The Love Bank $30-$50; BankYourLove.com Love Bank is a brand-new way to share love . . .

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Gift Ideas for Dads

Gift Ideas for Dads

Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love. Barrow Modello Coal Watch $143; http://shopbarrow.co The Barrow Modello Co . . .

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STEM Toys and Games

STEM Toys and Games

Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home. Ha . . .

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Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable. 5v Heated Travel Pillow by Volt$69.95; VoltHeat.co . . .

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Home Products

Home Products

Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are th . . .

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Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach and Pool Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun. Glitter 48" Junbo Rainbow Unicorn Pool Tube$39.99; . . .

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New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier. Lékué Bread Maker $20; TheGrommet.com Fresh baked bread can be quick and mess-free w . . .

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Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages. Cut . . .

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New Products for Teens and Tweens

New Products for Teens and Tweens

New Products for Teens and Tweens. Check out these products that are perfect for the tween or teen in your life. Skinbuzz Facial Kit $42; Skinbuzz.com The SkinBuzz Facial Kit is perfect. It inclu . . .

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