Kid-Tested Toy & Product Review

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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 Women

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

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Modena Round Straw Purse
$62.95; JoulesUSA.com
With long PU handles and plenty of room for all your essentials this could just be the perfect beach bag. Made from versatile sea grass, it's an essential summer accessory.

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Wine FREEZE Cooling Cup
$13.49; HostStudios.com
Perfect for all wines. Just pop it in the fridge to cool your reds to the perfect cellar temperature or store in the freezer to chill your whites. Engineered to keep your beverage perfectly cold for hours. Each glass is constructed with an insulated silicone band for comfortable handling. 

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Madison & White Pillowcases
$79; Madisonandwhite.com

Get luxurious sleep on a pillowcase that’s as healthy for your hair and skin as it is friendly to the environment.Lock in the natural hydration of your hair and reduce bedhead and tangles with this technical fabric called Madix. Pillowcases made from these hydrophobic fibers, also create less need to wash hair daily extending hairstyles and blowouts. 

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LipSense Lip Color, Moisturizing Gloss and Ooops! Remover
$10-$25; LipSense.com

Kiss fading lipstick goodbye with LipSense. Unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color, LipSense provides perfectly pigmented color that is water-proof, smudge-proof and kiss-proof – lasting for 4-18 hours. Top LipSense Lip Color with LipSense MoisturizingGloss, available in a wide variety of glossy, matte, shimmer and pearl finishes. Glosses contain shea butter and vitamin E to nourish lips, protect them from the elements, and help condition your lips. Keep LipSense Ooops!Remover on hand to erase any mistakes and lift lip color at the end of the day. 

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LULUCLOTH
$20; LuluCloth.net

LULUCLOTH is the eco-friendly way to clean skin from makeup, dirt and other pollutants daily.  LULUCLOTH is a 100% pure cotton, machine-washable, facial washcloth that is soft enough for sensitive skin.  Used in combination with the Green Tea Gentle Cleanser and Hyaluronic Serum, you will melt away make-up, dirt and oils, gently exfoliate and prevent blemishes, plus you’ll experience anti-aging skincare benefits from the product’s natural ingredients.

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The Go Case
$29.99 (G10)-$39.99 (G40); Pelican.com
Fits up to iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Note 9. Rubberized protective bumpers, protects against drops. Built in pressure valve keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure. IP67 rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust. Integrated single hinge latch. Abrasion and impact proof ABS outer shell. Handle for easy carry. Available in six colors.

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Icon Shirt
$200; Kitsbow.com
A great collaboration of classic Pendleton Wool plaid with Kitsbow attention to detail, fitted for the female body. All of the features of the original Icon are preserved, with a slightly softer flannel for a natural drape that flatters. Sewn in the USA (California) and equally suitable for hanging with friends, or ripping trail with unfortunate weather.

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ibi
$179.99; Meetibi.com
Great for moms who take tons of pictures of their kids and are afraid to lose them. It has 2TB of memory, never connects to the cloud (so there aren’t any privacy concerns), is easy to organized via the ibi app on your smartphone, and you can invite your friends and family to add photos to your ibi as well. Automatically collect all of your favorite photos and videos from your phone, computer, USB drives and popular cloud and social media accouns. Find exactly what you're looking for quickly using the simple-to-use mobile app. Privately share individual photos and invite others to add photos to shared albums from vacations, weddings, and more – all from your mobile phone.

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Multi-Flask Drinking Bottle
$44.99; Multiflasking.com
Seven different types of drink bottles in one system, reducing clutter in your cabinet. Just assemble the Multi Flask with the desired included parts to get a perfect bottle for each drink. 11 oz double wall hot coffee with glass inner sleeve, or Hot Tea with INFUSER for either Green Tea, or Black Teas OR 20 oz. cold drinks like Fruit Infusions (very healthy!), Powdered Sports powder drinks (Mmm Smoothies!) which work with the shakable "Agitator" attachment to keep them stirred up. Enjoy the Sport-Drink mode, with a soft silicone spout (to protect you from bumping your teeth while drinking and exercising).

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SNOWFOX Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses
$19.99; Amazon.com
Sip your nice, cool Vino that stays that way. Made of 304 Food-Grade stainless steel, it won’t affect the taste of your Pinot and prevents your hand from warming your wine. The wear-resistant coating on the glass’ outer steel layer ward off fingerprints for a clean look all night long. Stemless and with a thin rim like traditional wine glasses, the simple stainless-steel finish is safe to put on the top shelf of your dishwasher.

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Lucyd LOUD Bluetooth Enabled Sunglasses
$99-$134; Lucyd.co
This stylish line of Bluetooth-enabled eyewear uses bone conduction technology and a built-in mic to let you play music, make calls and use your voice assistant handsfree. The open-ear sound allows you to hear your environment as well as your audio content, meaning you can still carry a conversation while listening to a podcast. And with the ability to perform many everyday smartphone tasks from the Loud, you can finally stop taking your phone out every minute. You can answer calls, skip tracks in your playlist or even summon Siri just by using the intuitive touchpad on the side of the shades. 

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Evening Madison Gift Box
$75; ValseyAndMe.com
Inside this black handcrafted paper mache treasure chest are 42 individual soap chips, perfect for single use. Each piece of soap is individually hand wrapped and then personalized with your name, address or other phrase. Grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around each individual box providing an elegant presentation. There are seven unique scents of soap from which to choose. Our gift box is an excellent addition to any guest bathroom providing convenient and sanitary, single-use guest soap. 

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LUVANTI Skincare: Luvanti Yoputh Activating Collection for 50+
$25+; www.luvanti.com 
Luvanti is a high performance, luxurious, clinical grade skin care system free of Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, and Sulfates. Using cutting-edge formulations and potent bio-effective yet gentle ingredients, their innovative, anti-aging products optimize skin health at the cellular level and provide maximum efficacy with visible long-lasting results in a short period of time. Their versatile skincare collection offers results-driven regimens that are customizable for all skin types.

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Pixel Eyewear
$75+; PixelEyeWear.com
Pixel Eyewear provides breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. Lenses also contain nanotechnology that reduce smudges and repel water and dust. For comfort, each lens has an anti-reflective coating, eliminating computer glare and reducing the stress on your eyes. 

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LAMO Serenity Slippers
$57.99; LamoFootwear.com
Australian Sheepskin upper, lining and footbedLow profile TPR outsoleCirrus memory foam footbed.

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Love Glass Water Bottle - Pink
$19.99; GlassticWaterBottle.com
You love the taste of your favorite drink in the Glasstic Glass Water bottle and everyone around you will LOVE the way it looks...show off the LOVE design with Pink Flip Cap by taking it everywhere you go...we know you'll LOVE it!

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LEMUR Bags
Starting at $21.99; LemurStyle.com
Eco-friendly casual canvas bags with one mission: to help save adorable lemurs from becoming extinct. These 100% handmade bags are perfect for anyone who needs an everyday bag as a day pack, gym or yoga bag, shopping bag, festival bag, hiking bag, school backpack, or beach bag. Made from durable canvas material and the straps are either 100% cotton ropes or recyclable polypropylene, both of which are soft and thick to provide comfort. Four different styles: drawstring backpacks, bucket bags, duffle bags, shopping totes..

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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.zatik har moist roseneroli set 096 low 1024x10242x

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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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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Wire-Free Plus T-Shirt Bra
$48; MontelleIntimates.com
If they’re going to call it a t-shirt bra, isn’t it time a company designed one as comfy to wear as as your favorite tee? This new Montelle style features a unique crisscross design that keeps the natural position and shape of the bust.  A power mesh neckline trims the body-contouring 4-way stretch foam cup, offering stability and comfort with a modern, sexy look. Prepare to wow them in your favorite wrap dress or V-neck tee. 

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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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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.

Updated: April 2019

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Father's Day

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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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Bull Dog Original Bamboo Razor
$14.99; BullDogSkinCare.com
This razor comes with four refill blades and each refill has five tempered steel blades, a lubricating strip with aloe, and a precision trimmer and pivoting design. What sets these apart is the focus on lowering its environmental impact. From the natural bamboo handle to the un-chromed metal components.

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The Golfing Machine 3-D Impact Bag
$89.99; TheGolfingMachine.com 

Ideal for those dads who practice as much as they play, this training aid is designed to teach accurate position and feel of the body and club at impact. Its unique, three-dimensional wedge shape gives players of all abilities versatility with multiple drills covered in an online instructional video.  Arrives pre-filled with durable foam for immediate use indoors and out. A must have for any dad looking to improve his golf game (and honestly who isn't).

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22 Below Koozie
$15.95; CorkPops.com
The 22 Below Koozie is available in a wide variety of colors including Panther Blue, Onyx Black, Charcoal Grey, Fushia Pink, Arctic White and Atomic Orange. 

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Joker
19.99; Target.com
   
Why so serious? Whenever you spot Batman, the Joker isn’t Far behind. The clown prince of crime lives to torment Gotham’s Dark Knight detective with his evil schemes. Help Batman stop the Joker before he spreads terror to Gotham. Officially licensed and features fully poseable, dress-able figure with 14 points of articulation and highly detailed fabric outfit. Includes 7pc total: Figure, shirt, tie, vest, skirt, shoes, and notebook accessory. Also available: Harley Quinn.

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The 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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Bull Dog Original Moisturizer
$9.99; BullDogSkinCare.com
This moisturizer contains aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. It has been specially formulated to hydrate the skin without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. It will also leave the skin looking healthier and feeling soft after use.

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Every Man Jack Beard Butter
$10; EveryManJack.com
Beard butter helps rejuvenate and style an unruly, dry beard. Cocoa butter helps relieve itch and deeply hydrates. Wheat protein helps cub runaway hairs. A light sandalwood fragrance with just a hint of vanilla refreshes.

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NOWA Smart Watch
$189-$229; Nowa.Watch
This gorgeous Hybrid Smart Watch automatically adjusts to your changing time-zone and it doesn’t need to be charged. With an elegant French design, Italian Straps, Swiss movements and Sapphire coating on the glass, this showstopper combines modern technology with timeless elegance in the thinnest hybrid “smart watch” in the world. Capabilities include: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, Smart Controls (Reject calls, enable find my phone and access camera controls for the perfect selfie) and more.

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Huawei MediaPad M5
$319; Amazon.com

A large clear screen, slim and easy-to-hold design, and powerful processor, HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. The EMUI 8.0 minimizes distractions from notifications while playing.The curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. The aesthetic design is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also comfortable to hold.

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Creative Pebble Plus
$39.99; creative.com/PebblePlus
A set of 2.1 USB-powered desktop speakers that comes with a newly-designed standalone subwoofer for supreme bass effects. Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees. The speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, it simply puts the user in the audio limelight. Powered entirely by USB connectivity.

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Nicholas Collection Pop Cap
$19; CorkPops.com
Simple to use bottle opener for beer, soda or for any other bottle with a cap. Skip the struggles of finding a way to open your bottle and just keep this handy caps off bottle opener in your pocket. Built in magnet keeps the cap in place after removal. Simply place the on the bottle, push down and pop it off. 

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Wireless Chargepad +
$49.99; MobileAccessories.com
Just what it sounds like – power to your device with no cable or connector compatibility issues. Wireless charging is achieved through a base power station, charging your device simply by magnetic induction. This next-gen, fast charger features Apple 7.5W and Samsung 10W charging. The universal wireless chargepad+ is also compatible with all Qi wireless charging devices. Featuring a supple cloth covering, the chargepad+ stands out from the crowd of black plastic and matches other home focused devices.

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Outdoor-Safe Beer Cups 
$19.99; Amazon.com
Fermented Reality’s B Cups are the world's first plastic beer cups made especially for craft beer lovers, with different shapes specifically designed for different types of beer: IPA, lager, funk and stout. They look just like glass and hold up to all the elements. Eco-friendly, BPA-free, reusable and dishwasher safe.

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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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The Blu Notebook 
$15.91; BluNotebooks.com
The Blu Notebook is the first sketchbook made from pages with the unique look and feel of blueprint paper, a journal that will certainly bring out the creativity in everyone. Put ink to BLU and get ready to feel inspired, invigorated and satisfied.

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HubPlus
$79.99; MyCharge.com
The newly redesigned myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple Lightning cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. 

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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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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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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.

Updated: May 2019

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

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Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long!

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Salonpas HOT
$5; Salonpas.us
Warming pain relief for large pain areas. Capsaicin (derived from chili peppers) provides heat for effective pain relief for up to 8 hours and is unscented. Large size is ideal for back and shoulder pain. Now comes in a 3-count value pack that is resealable.

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Ease Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
$39.99; Amazon.com

FDA cleared/doctor recommended wireless automatic upper arm blood pressure monitor. Seamless connectivity by Bluetooth - all readings (blood pressure, heart rate and arrhythmia) automatically uploaded to mobile devices. Captures readings in about 20-30 seconds—about ½ the time as the leading competitor—while the blood pressure cuff is inflating to minimize squeezing. One touch on the app triggers monitor to provide complete tracking and data history in graph form. Email readings to family or physician, the app holds unlimited readings.

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PATCH
$6.99; PatchStrips.com

Biodegradable, hypoallergenic bandages are finally here. Over the last few years you’ve seen your household turning ‘green’ from your shampoo and shaving cream to your dish soap and even your toilet paper.Now you can finally bring your first aid kit into the 20th century with PATCH by Nutricare--an eco-conscious brand of fully compostable, 100% organic bamboo adhesive bandages.All PATCH strips are hypoallergenic, 100% compostable including packaging, and--best of all for parents -- don’t damage the skin when removed. 

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Bamboo Top
$28.95; WoweLifestyle.com

Built to last, this 25 oz. stainless steel double walled vacuum insulated water bottle will take anything you throw at it.  Keep your drink nice and cold for up to 24 hours or keep it warm for up to 12 hours, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray
$5.99; Walmart.com
Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact. Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it. Sweat activated Fresh Guard Technology refreshes and rejuvenates shoes, sneakers and sports gear. Safe for all types of footwear.

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Baahtcha Tea
Prices vary; Baahtcha.com

Baahtcha Tea provides the highest quality matcha tea sourced from a family-owned farm in the mountains of China, where matcha originated. Baahtcha sustains steady energy, boosts metabolism to burn fat, supports immune system with antioxidants, improves memory and concentration and it tastes great. Not to mention, Baahtcha tea contains chlorophyll which is known to rejuvenate and detoxify skin, so you won't only feel great this spring but you'll look great too.

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Hydaway 2.0 Bottle
$25; www.hydawaybottle.com
Hydaway is the collapsible, ultra-stashable, planet-friendly go-anywhere water bottle. When expanded, Hydaway 2.0 helps quench your thirst during airport layovers, gym workouts, daily commutes, soccer games or anywhere else space is a premium. The innovative bottles can be folded down to just over 1-inch to easily fit in a pocket, backpack, gym bag or diaper bag. BPA-free, nontoxic and dishwasher safe.

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Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Backpack 30 L
$65; Shop.nationalgeographic.com

Daypack or weekend bag, it’s up to you. This line uses a unique recycled material using windshields fished out of landfills to create a water and scratch-resistant coating that makes the bags friendly to the environment as well as functional.
 Features include 17” laptop sleeve, zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics, lockable zippers, side compression straps for gear attachment, vertical zip pocket for quick-access items, padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps, durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance.

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Elemental Superfood Bars and Crumbles
Prices vary; elemental-raw.com

Finding healthy snacks that are delicious and nutritious can be tough. Elemental Superfood makes it easy and even easier to take on the go. Feature an organic, raw, gluten-free and dairy-free snack, they are packed with nutrition and high in omega-3s and omega-6s and high in fiber and protein. Great as a pick me up snack or meal replacement. Four scrumptious combinations to choose from: Cranberry Almond + Lucuma, Currant Cacao + Hemp, Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter and Mulberry Cacao + Spirulina.

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INKnBURN Activewear
$39-$99; Inknburn.com
Women love workout apparel they not only can exercise in but live in. With only Limited Edition styles available, you won’t be another carbon copy of athleisure walking down the street. Each piece features original artwork and designs handmade in Southern California, meant to inspire, strengthen and motivate runners, yogis, cyclists or busy moms on the go. All handmade in the USA, INKnBURN uses Dry I.C.E fabric that is light, stretchy and has a silky feel to keep you cool and dry. From capri leggings, shorts, skorts and more, INKnBURN has a style for everyone and a variety of occasions.

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iFITNESS Pulse
$39.99; itouchwearables.com
The perfect balance between fashion and fitness, this smart fitness tracker is designed for today’s connected life and is compatible with both IOS and Droid phone systems. Straps are interchangeable and made with water-resistant silicone in an array of colors and stylish patterns. Includes: heart rate monitor, smart notifications, connected GPS, sedentary reminder, calories counter, pedometer, camera remote, alarm and clock, and sleep monitor.

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Heated Chair by Chaheati
$115.95; TheGrommet.com

Stay warm anywhere with the heated, all-season chair from Chaheati. Using woven heating technology, the lithium battery lasts for hours and provides warmth throughout the seat. And with three heat settings, you'll be just the right amount of toasty in any season.

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Ellie Activewear Subscription
$39.95/month-$49.95/month; Ellie.com

Every month receive a new, high quality, stylish three piece outfit. Outfits include a legging, sports bra and seasonal tops ranging from tanks, tees, hoodies and lightweight jackets. For an additional $10, select the 5-piece option and get two fun fitness accessories to compliment a pre-styled 3-piece outfit. Apparel and fitness accessories for a variety of activity levels (low, medium, and high impact). Available in sizes XS–XL.

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Medipro First Aid Pods
$9.95; Amazon.com
The pods let you enjoy protection for your littles by providing such essentials as bandages, ointments, gauze, cold pack, wipes, and anything else that you might need.Perfect for first time parents, camping trips, backpacks, gym lockers, purses, glove boxes, and baby bags. The necessities you need fit easily in any diaper bag or purse.

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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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Oteksport Pull Up Bar
$76.99; Amazon.com
The pull up bar turns any doorway into a personal gym, no need to assemble. Simply hook right into the doorframe, get a full body workout, and fold away for storage. Suitable for tall people and holds up to 400 lbs (200 kg). Heavy duty design prevents movement of the bar during exercise. With non-slip foam, our pull up bar not only prevents you from scratch caused by your door frame, but prevents sliding and interruption during your exercise.

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Infrared Heated Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief Wrap
$119.95; VentureHeat.com
This heat therapy wrap offers an effective remedy to stiff necks and sore shoulders with Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which penetrate deep below the skin to ease the pain. The safe, low voltage wrap comfortably conforms to the upper back and neck to loosen up knots and relieve aches and pains.

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iTOUCH Air2
$59.99; itouchwearables.com
Designed with a slim, elegant profile that features a durable glass display and metal casing, choose between two case sizes and a variety of colorful interchangeable straps. Features include a camera and control of your music player from your smartphone, with 20 other essential features for everyday life such as a calendar, weather app, calculator, phone dialer, bluetooth capabilities and more.

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Flex It Pink Subscription Box
$29.97; FlexItPink.com
Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody. Flex It Pink offers stylish activewear that include extended sizes ranging from XS up to XXXL. The apparel collection is made up of tanks, tees, leggings and more- all featuring fun statements such as “Unicorn Mode” and “I’m Not Strong For a Girl, I’m Just Strong.” The F.I.P. Box is a fun way to keep subscribers motivated. Each box contains a tank top, a healthy snack, your virtual 5k packet or 30-day challenge details, and fun fitness accessories like headphones or shaker bottles.

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Roo Jr. Camping Hammock
$49; Kammok.com
Built for camping and backyard play, the Roo Jr. is built for the smallest campers. Its tear-resistant and water-repellent fabric is ready for rough-and-tumble adventures. With an industry-leading load capacity of 400 lb and no-tip design, the Roo Jr. sets the standard in safety.

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Umbro Running Diamonds Hoodie
$70; UmbroPremeir.com
Throw on this fitted hoodie before, during, or after your workout. Umbro’s running diamond hoodie is the everyday garment that will touch up your wardrobe with a sporty flair. Features a minimalist look with logo taping on the shoulders and central embroidery that is perfect for any athletic or leisure activities. Made from a poly rayon french terry fabric, this sweatshirt provides a thin layer of close fitting warmth that doubles as a layering essential.

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Umbro Classic Jogger
$60; UmbroPremeir.com
Look good, and be comfortable while doing it in umbro’s classic jogger. This jogger is made from poly rayon french terry fabric that ensures easy movement and bending. Features right side logo embroidery, an adjustable waistband, and bottom cuffs that create the perfect fit for training.

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S’ip by S’well
$14.99-$19.99; sipbyswell.com
Double walled to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours, perfect for staying hydrated throughout the day. The wide variety of whimsical prints ensures that anyone can find one that suits their personality. The 10 oz. size fits easily in packs or lunch boxes and comes with a colorful cap holder so lids won't get lost. The 15 oz. is the perfect size for everyday hydration. 

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RaesWear Printed Capris
$72-$77; Raeswear.com

Go Hands-Free anywhere in these fashionably functional capris. Invisibly store your phone, keys, id, and other essentials comfortable, safely, and conveniently with the patented 360 degree waistband pocket. The waistband doesn’t shift or sag, items don’t bounce or move, and the shorts don’t ride up.

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Pack-It Active Duffel 
$29.95; EaglePeak.com
Duffel can be stuffed into its external side pocket for compact storage. Adjustable webbing shoulder strap. U-shape zipper opening for easy access.

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Armitron Digital Round Dial Watch
$35; Armitron.com

This watch is guaranteed to fit your every mood, style and workout. Features include chronograph with lap time, alarm, 12/24 hour time and backlight with three second fade. Available in four color variations.

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LEUS Yoga Mat Towel
$39.99; LeusTowels.com
Six standout styles – from watermelons to lunar landscapes. Yoga Mat Sized - 68” x 24” to cover a regular yoga mat. Suede microfiber with anti-microbial coating, ultra-plush feel, raw cut edges. Super absorbent, slip resistant, grips with moisture.

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KidFit

$49.99; X-Doria.com

Wireless activity and sleep tracker promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 5-13. One size fits all slap bracelet. KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards. Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app. Bluetoth syncs with your smartphone or tablet. iOS and Android compatible. Available in black, aqua, pink or yel

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+
Curiscope.com
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+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
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+
Amazon.com
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+
Amazon.com
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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myCharge Unplugged 10k Fast Wireless Power Bank 
$69.99; mycharge.com
Offers families an easy way to charge all of their children’s on-the-road gadgets; leaving them hours to watch their favorite show or play their favorite games. This 10,000mAh wireless portable charger is not only certified to Qi standard but also meets the Apple and Samsung Fast Charge standard.  With wireless charging capabilities and two USB ports you’re able to charge your phone, their tablet, and wireless headphones simultaneously.

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The Grand Tour : Jack Black Travel Bag and Face Products 
$81; GetJackBlack.com
Everything you need for everywhere you go, in convenient, TSA-approved travel sizes. Comes with a waxed-canvas travel bag with hanger. This bag conveniently unfolds so you can easily see every item when you travel.

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ZUS Smart Car Charger Qualcomm Quick Charge Edition
$24.99-39.99; Nonda.co

It charges twice as fast as other chargers and looks good in any car with its simple and sleek design. The two USB ports features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Tech and lets everyone get a chance to charge their device quickly. When paired with the ZUS app, the charger also helps users find their car, monitor car battery health, record mileage and send alerts when the parking meter is up.

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DataTraveler Bolt Duo
$34.99 for 32GB; $44 for 64GB; $69.99 for 128GB; KingstonGo.com
Small, easy to carry storage drive with large capacity. Don’t let running out of storage keep you from capturing that perfect moment. The Bolt is an easy way to extend storage space to your iPhone or iPad. Think of it like a flash drive for your iPhone. Simply plug it in, download the Bolt app, and then back up your camera roll to the expanded memory.

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BubbleBum Ultra Portable & Foldable Inflatable Car Booster Seat
$34.99; BubbleBum.co/us/
BubbleBum is ideal for daily school carpooling and even fits three across the back. BubbleBum gives older kiddos (ages 4-11) just the right "boost" to prevent the risk of slouching (which happens with flat car booster seats) and seat belt abdominal injury in the event of a crash. The air filled design provides extra comfort and utilizes memory foam technology to help create stability and structural integrity in the seat with side positioners to correctly position the lap belt. 

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Powercell 3015c USB-C
Price: $44.99; MobileAccessories.com
Featuring an on/off button and anodized aluminum housing, this all-in-one solution is the perfect source for on the go power. Provides 12 additional hours of talk time, 10 hours of internet and video playback, and 50 hours of audio time.

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Printed Silicone Travel Mug
$15.95; GoSili.com
Meet the only silicone coffee cup on the market without a plastic lid — now in three styin' prints. These travel mugs are 100% plastic-free with an embedded stainless steel ring that makes them strong enough to grip without collapsing. It's microwaveable, it's stylish, and it'll fit in your cupholder — you're welcome.

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Flexible Phone Mount & Remote Shutter
$22.95; TheGrommet.com
Bluetooth shutter remote gives you the freedom to take photos from up to 30 feet away. Flexible mount design can wrap around an arm, tree limb, or can be used as a tripod. Allows you to use the main camera on the back of your phone for higher quality photos. Travel-friendly design folds down small enough to fit in your pocket and can expand to 31.5”.

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4' Chargesync alloy Apple Lightning Cable
$24.99; MobileAccessories.com
Ventev’s 4ft chargesync cables are afrayed of nothing. The alloy cables showcase an ultra-sleek, brushed aluminum housing, and are braided with a patented high-tensile wrap, providing a premium finish, “no fray” durability, and the reliable connection to stay charged up. The chargesync alloy cables are compatible with the newest Apple Lightning devices, with both data transfer and charging capabilities.

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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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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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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: April 2019

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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Wellslock Storage Containers
Prices Vary; Wellslock.com
Wellslock provides innovative and creative storage container and locking solutions for commercial and household applications. Features lids which slide into place with a single tab locking system.

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Foldable Storage Box with Handle
$40; TheGrommet.com
Open the box and fold the interior panel down for stability. Includes one foldable storage box with removable nylon carrying strap. Includes one compartment with two elastic mesh pockets. Padded, nylon carrying handles with metal hooks for easy transport. Folds and unfolds in three quick steps. Capable of carrying 65 pounds. Great for using in place of disposable bags for shopping.

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Large Drink Set 
$79; Carthage.co
Pair this popular pitcher with these summertime goblets and get the perfect drinkware duo. Sleek enough for a fancy dinner party, and earthy enough for an improptu happy hour. The stoneware pitcher insulates your refreshment. All cups are weighted towards the bottom for the most comfortable grip. 

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Wallport r430
$39.99; MobileAccessories.com
A single output supports the latest USB Type-C technology and three standard USB ports for everything else. Rapid Charge circuitry and universal device charging let you focus your attention on more important things. Features folding prongs and short circuit/overcharge protection.

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EcoBaskets 
3 Packs Pack/$30; CleverMade.com
EcoBasket is a reusable, collapsible tote that is friendly on the environment and your wallet. Transport up to 25 pounds of your favorite goods, groceries and gear. Two ways to carry: adjustable, removable shoulder strap for heavy loads and top handles for lighter load. Folds down flat to less than 1.5" and stores neatly with the built-in WrapStrap.

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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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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.

Updated: April 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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My Audio Pet Splash
$39.99; MyAudioPet.com
Splash pets are great for any water adventure you may have. Pets can go for 30 minutes under water, up to 3 feet deep into the water, and still play your favorite songs. The ridiculously fun Hide & Speak App is a family favorite for endless ways to play together.

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Zerona Black Mesh Sarong Swim Cover Up
$30; Lulus.com
Bring your chic style to the beach. This fun swim coverup is made from super soft sheer mesh fabric, decorated with trendy tassel trim. Versatile design allows you to wear as a shawl, wrap skirt, or other any way you want it.

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Lounge Life Black Ribbed Zip-Front One Piece Swimsuit
$77; Lulus.com
This cool swimsuit is formed from a sleek ribbed knit and features a scoop back and cheeky bottoms. A silver front zipper, with a trendy O-ring zipper pull, can be zipped down a little ... or a lot.

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Over Exposed Recovery Gel
$29; Tropic-Labs.com
A cooling gel formula that absorbs quickly, and acts fast – with no sticky after-feel. Over Exposed helps your skin begin to recover from your sunburn immediately, and relieves you of the redness, pain, and prickly heat cause by UV exposure.

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PackTowl 
$24.95; PackTowl.com
Its ultra-versatile, absorbent, and superfast-drying performance make it great for any activity, including camping, travel, fitness, swimming and more. Also stays fresh longer thanks to Polygeine® odor control. With three fresh new prints, it's easy to make a personal statement.

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SeaStar Sparkle SPF 50+ Mermaid Glitter Sunscreen
$18.95; SunshineGlitter.com
You’re eco-friendly, gorgeous, well protected and sparkling. This super fun bio-degradable glitter sunscreen is nourishing and loaded with antioxidants, provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. PABA and Paraben free, non irritant glitter and smells delicious. Fabulous skin protection as fun and amazing as you are.

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Babo's Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash 
$14.50; Babobotanicals.com
Replenishes, hydrates and purifies hair, scalp and skin after the pool, playground or beach. The corn-derived chelator helps remove chlorine, salt, pollution and grime, leaving your hair soft, smooth and shiny. This purifying swim shampoo contains Natural Aloe VeraandCucumberto moisturize and comfort your scalp and skin.

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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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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: May 2019

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

Kitchenmain

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

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GoodCook Meal Prep Storage
$4.99-$9.99; GoodCook.com

Includes thoughtfully designed containers for pre-portioned meals. The assortment is available in five sizes that come in a set of 10 and a starter guide by Meal Prep on Fleek—an influential online meal prepping resource and community, which provides healthy recipes designed for each container. The containers are color coded by type, reusable, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and BPA free. 

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Wifi Digital & Wireless Chef Roasting Thermometer
$
129.99; MaverickThermometers.com
Ideal for roasting, grilling, and more, plus it's WiFi CLOUD based, so now you can monitor your meat and BBQ from anywhere. This wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer helps you get the perfect cook, from the kitchen to the grill, with the ease of a WiFi-powered thermometer app for easy monitoring and a water-resistant design. This wireless meat thermometer allows you to remotely monitor your food’s temperature by connecting to your home WiFi network and working with our thermometer app on your smartphone. 

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Flexible Wood Cutting Board
$29.95; TheGrommet.com
Flexibility allows you to easily transfer and pour ingredients. Lightweight and thin design makes it easy to wash and store. Protects your countertop and provides a sanitary, non-slip cutting surface.

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Extended Range Probe Digital BBQ & Meat Thermometer
$
79.99; MaverickThermometers.com
Features new and improved technology to make connecting wirelessly even faster than ever, so you can get cooking quicker. The XR-40 remote meat thermometer also features our new extended range, which allows you to monitor your food as it cooks from as far as 160 meters or 500 feet away.

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Standing Skewer Cooking System
$39.95; TheGrommet.com
Even cooking eliminates the need to rotate skewers. Allows you to cook an entire chicken without basting or turning. Stores flat into any kitchen drawer. Minimizes grill grate clean up.

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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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GoodCook Hand-Held Spiralizer
$14.99; GoodCook.com

Features three interchangeable blades—thin spiral, ribbon-cut and thick—that are color-coded and interlock for convenient storage. The transparent base allows the user to see and direct spiraling food into a bowl, while the spiked head helps to push produce through the Spiralizer. It also features a soft-touch grip and an hour-glass body shape accommodating different sized hands to hold the product more securely when in use. 

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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 Veggie Chopper & Dicer
$16.99; GoodCook.com

Features a large vessel for capturing up to 4-cups of food, a unique pour spout, stronger stainless steel blades, and a large lattice comb that pushes out food and is removable for easy clean up. It also features nonslip base and an angled lid that snaps into place when in use. The green soft-touch press point was designed to alleviate stress on the user’s hands. 

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

Updated: May 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

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 Women

Gift Ideas for Women

Gifts for Mom's!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas. Modena Round Straw Purse$62.95; JoulesUSA.comWith long PU handles and plenty of r . . .

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Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love. Bull Dog Original Bamboo Razor$14.99; BullDogSkinCare.comThis razor comes with . . .

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Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long! Salonpas HOT$5; Salonpas.usWarming pain relief for large pain area . . .

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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. myCharge Unplugged 10k Fast Wireless Power Bank&nb . . .

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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. GoodCook Meal Prep Storage$4.99-$9.99; GoodCook.comIncludes thoughtfully designed conta . . .

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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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