Janet Cloninger


We live in a condo building that was built in 1963.  It's a 14-story building with more than 100 units in it.  In addition to each unit having their own fire alarms, there is a central fire alarm system for the entire building.  Because the building is older, the systems in the individual units aren't [...]

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The Ticked Off plastic spoon may remind you of the sporks KFC used to use, but don't use this to eat with!  This little tool is the easy way to remove ticks that have bitten a human or an animal.  You just place the slot near the tick and slide the implement forward.  It will [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear

If you have a cramped laundry room or perhaps just have your machines in a closet, you probably don't have room for a utility sink for handwashing delicates or for soaking stains before washing.  The new Samsung activewash™ High-Efficiency Top Loading washer is perfect for these situations because it has a built-in sink.  Of course, the machine has [...]

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Both Julie and Jackie Cheng have reviewed the Keyport keychain alternative, and both like and still use their Keyports.  (Read Jackie's review of the original Keyport here and Julie's review of the Keyport Slide 2.0 here.)  After reading their rave reviews, I bought a Keyport, too.  (I've got three Slides that I can choose from, [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

They Seyvr wallet is made of high-quality reinforced premium leather and is only about 15mm thick.  The trifold wallet has six card slots, a money clip for cash and receipts, and it has a 1400mAh lithium-polymer battery that can keep your phone charged.  The wallet is available in two versions, one with a built-in Lightning [...]

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I don't normally think of Bluetooth speakers as being big enough to use as a footstool, but this one is.  The Bluetooth Speaker Ottoman has a quilted faux leather exterior, so it blends in with your decor.  It's available in black only, and it measures 18" tall X 17.5" wide X 18" deep.  It has [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

The Lil Trucker is a current Kickstarter project.  This multi-tool is designed by firefighters and built in the US.  You can see from the image that it packs a lot of functionality in a small space.  It has rescue tools - a belt cutter and a window breaker - to get you out of a [...]

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If you travel a lot or have a long commute, you may find that a backup battery for your cell phone and other mobile devices is a must-have item.  If you have to carry one, why not make it fun?  With the Star Wars Glowing Power Block - 5000 mAh backup battery, you'll be able [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

Keurig has announced the Kold beverage maker that will be available for pre-order this summer.  The Kold will make sodas - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper - plus teas, craft sodas, and drink mixes in 8-ounce servings.  You won't need ice, because Kold dispenses the drinks already chilled.  You'll be able to make carbonated [...]

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For the first time in quite a while, Apple is offering a phone dock.  The white plastic iPhone Lightning Dock works with iPhone 5 and newer and with iPod touch 5th generation.  It's even compatible with all Apple cases for these devices.  You'll need to use the Lightning cable that came with your iPhone or iPod [...]

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WaterField kept the best features of its previous gear pouches and added a lining and an updated look to create the new Gear Pouch.  The Pouch is available in three sizes:  Small (8" x 5.5" x 0.5-1"), Medium (11" x 6.5" x 0.5-1"), and Large (12.5" x 7.5" x 0.5-1").  The Small makes a great travel [...]

Posted in: Bags, News, Wallets

Using the Decapitator, you can open beer bottle caps without scratching up your hands and with minimal effort.  You just slide the Decapitator over the bottle cap, push down, and the bottle is opened.  A magnet inside the Decapitator holds onto the cap until you're ready to trash it.  Watch the video at Corkcicle, and [...]

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If you camp, hike, or enjoy other outdoor activities, you'll need fresh, safe drinking water, but carrying along enough for your outing can be difficult.  You don't want to risk drinking water from streams and ponds, because you don't know if it's safe.  With the Squeeze Water Filter System, you can have all the drinking [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Even though my iPad Air 2 has louder speakers than any other iPad I've owned, it's still not capable of room-filling sound.  The Sound Cover from onandoff promises to increase the sound of an iPad Air or Air 2 by up to 400%.  The Sound Cover snaps on over the front of the iPad to protect the [...]

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It's that time of the year that everyone dreads here in the South - mosquito season.  The joke is that the mosquito is the state bird, but it's no joke when you can't even enjoy your outdoor spaces because it seems you and everyone with you are the main course at the mosquitoes' banquet.  Set [...]

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Most charging stands for the Apple Watch leave the Watch hanging or laying open and unprotected, but the WatchKeeper is a leather-bound rigid, protective storage box with the magnetic charging cable completely contained inside.  The Watch lays in a EVA foam protective tray and is further protected by the EVA foam lining inside the top [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Cases, Covers, News, Watches, Clocks

Corkcicle says the Whiskey Wedge is the artful way to a perfectly chilled, but not watered down, drink.  The Whiskey Wedge includes a glass and a silicone wedge.  To prepare the glass for use, you insert the silicone form into the glass, then fill the glass with water through the opening in the top of [...]

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We've reviewed wallets and iPad bags from RAGGEDedge Gear before, and we found them to be very sturdy and well made.  The mother-and-daughter team who own RAGGEDedge Gear are expanding their line, and they are now offering belts.  These custom-sized Carbon Fiber Belts from RAGGEDedge Gear can stand up to what you're dishing out.  The [...]

Posted in: Gear, News

We've talked about various electronic gadgets to help our elders stay in touch without overwhelming them with technology, but we haven't really discussed other ways to make their lives easier.  The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is a device to help people with arthritis of the hips or knees, back pain, or other physical limitations [...]

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If you like to serve your beer (or soft drinks) in chilled glasses but have limited space in your fridge to store the glasses until you need them, you need to check out the Black Terra Cotta Beer Tumblers that can be chilled and ready in 90 seconds.  To prepare the mugs, you just soak [...]

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