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Product Name: The Edge Cushion 12′ by Kid Cushions
Submitted by: Megan Cahill; Louisville, KY
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: The Edge Cushion by Kid Cushions provides a soft protecting layer of material between your child and hard or sharp edges of your furniture.

Measuring twelve feet, this cushion will wrap around almost anything with an edge perfectly, round or square. These cannot be used on beveled tables. This product can be used on countertops, window ledges and cabinets to name a few. The cushions are available in 3 colors, black, brown and ivory. They are easy to attach with adhesive strips that will connect to any of the types of surfaces in your home including tile.

Review:  No parent can stand to see their children crying, whether a cut lip or a bumped knee, it can be just as painful for the parent to watch their child experience these feelings. But children will bump and they will scrape. It’s part of the growing and learning process, which helps them survive their grown up lives. You can do your part though to prevent these bumps and bruises from happening often or possibly being severe which should be a #1 priority in a household with a young child. 

At this affordable price it’s hard to see why you shouldn’t get this item or 3!

Criticism: This Item could have been made available in more colors.

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Product Name:  Silverlit Gyrotor X-Rotor RC Electric RTF Mini Helicopter
Submitted by:  Melissa Birckbichler; New Castle, PA
Rating:  8
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  The Silverlit Gyrotor X-Rotor RC Electric RTF Mini Helicopter comes ready to fly with an already installed two-channel proportional radio control. It comes with an auto stability system, which makes this great little helicopter safe for both inside and outdoor use.

It comes with everything you need so there are no additional products you need to buy to start your teens flying experience. It’s lightweight at only 38 grams and will provide up to 10 minutes of flight between charges with its lithium polymer flight battery that is integral.

Made from expanded polypropylene foam, the Gyrotor Helicopter is made to last. It also is supplied with a portable charger, r/c transmitter, flight battery and instructions.  Your teen will need not need any experience to fly this helicopter and will be off having hours of fun in no time.

Features:

* Miniature design for indoor flying
* Built-in Li-Poly batteries for long flying time
* Unique roto-blade system for steady lifting-up
* Stabilized by sophisticated gyroscopic effect
* Precision speed control and excellent flying stability
* Two channels digital proportional control
* Pre-selected Tri-bands system
* Power indicator for throttle
* Rudder Trimmer
* Equipped with LED light while flying
* Real-shape body design
* Durable foam body

Specifications:

* Length: 240mm (9.5″) excluding rotors
* Rear Rotor Diameter: 75mm (3″)
* Product Weight: 38g
* Rechargeable Flight Battery
* High capacity integral Lithium Polymer battery
* Charging Time: 20-30 minutes for full charge
* Flight Duration: 5-10 minutes between charges
* Control: Supplied completely assembled and already charged ready-to-fly, with pre-installed 2 Channel Proportional Radio Control. Take off, hover and descend, turn left and right. It has a pre-set forward motion.
* Range: Up to 100ft
* Frequency: 27MHz Bands A, B, & C to allow up to three Silverlit models to be flown together, on different Spot Frequencies.
* Batteries Required: 9v Battery for Transmitter
Review:  Sometimes it’s harder to grab the attention of teen boys and pull them away from the fun and excitement of computer’s and video games.  This hot little product will keep your teen boy entertained for hours. 
 
Criticism:  The cons I have found with this product though can be the ten minute flight time with up to a 30 minute recharge time so make sure you have something to captivate your child’s time while your waiting for this item to recharge.  It is best used in calm outdoor weather. Despite these issues I have experienced the kids having fun and enjoying flying their Gyrotor. The kids will be lined up waiting for the time to pass when they are recharging.

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Product Name: Sony Handycam DCR-TRV280
Submitted by: Genesis Davies; San Juan del Obispo, Saq.
Rating: 8
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  Digital Camcorder

We bought this camcorder mainly for taking family videos, but the quality was good enough that we actually ended up taping events and selling the videos to other families!

Although it is slightly inconvenient to use tapes, at least you can buy several and keep shooting even if you don’t have time to download all the video. We quickly ended up filling up our hard drive with shots of the kids!

I like that the camera is easy to use and the battery lasts a good long time, unlike some other camcorders that I have used before. This one makes it for a couple of hours, and the cables are small enough to carry with you if you are shooting somewhere else, like in a school gym.

Another nice feature is that you can use it for taking digital photos. Very handy when you are filming a cute moment with the baby and don’t want to stop and go looking for the still camera! You can just switch over and start snapping photos. We used this feature quite often to get photos for long-distance relatives, while saving the videos for ourselves.

It comes with its own fun software for downloading and making funky music videos. Not necessary, but very entertaining!  Make your own Discovery Channel videos of the pet cat!

A couple of other good points, steady cam  feature that helps keep the picture from wobbling too much and night vision which is really a lot of fun when shooting without light.

Criticism: It isn’t the perfect camera, though. It is very difficult to zoom evenly while shooting because the steady zoom is located in an awkward place, on the view screen.

I found the roller zoom to be very unstable, although it was located in a better position. Also, the weight is awkward to carry, so for longer shoots (like school plays) you really need a tripod or other form of support.

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Ingredients:
2 cups warm mashed sweet potatoes
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup milk
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions:
In a large bowl mix the mashed sweet potato and all ingredients.  Transfer to a lightly buttered casserole dish.  Top with miniature marshmallows and a little brown sugar.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350F until the marshmallows start to brown, approximately 10 minutes.

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Product Name: VTech V.Smile TV Learning System PLUS
Submitted by: Megan Cahill; Louisville, KY
Rating: 8
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: Vtech has come out with a new fun and educational game console in the V-Smile Learning System recommended for children ages 3-6.

The item comes with one joystick and an Alphabet Park Smartridge game cartridge. It plugs into your TV audio and video jacks. An AC adapter is available separately, but batteries may be used. A joystick is available giving the option to use the two-player mode on many V-Smile Smartridges.

Review:  Your children will enjoy the simple graphics and the bright buttons. With a huge range of activities including learning the alphabet and lessons in friendship, your child will get hours and hours of entertainment from this toy. That will give you the break you need while maintaining the piece of mind that comes with a VTech product.

All your younger children will love the V-Smile system, with its colorful joystick, buttons, and bright graphics.   There are many games available for the game system for younger and older children. 

Turn your home into a fun learning center. The VTech V-Smile Learning System Plus is a fantastic system that will help your child to grow and learn as quickly as possible from the safety of your TV screen.

Criticism: The Battery life is a bit short and the second joystick and AC adapter pack must be purchased separately. Some younger children could have trouble understanding the V-Smile Smartridge games.

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HP LaserJet 1018

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Product Name: HP LaserJet 1018
Submitted by: Gwynne Erwin, Flint, MI
Rating: 9
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description: The HP LaserJet 1018 is a compact, and inexpensive, alternative to pricier laser printers, perfect for the small home business or work-at-home parent. 

Review:  The HP 1018 is an excellent deal, making it comparable in cost to some high end inkjets.  If you’re looking for high quality black and white printing, the HP 1018 is the answer for you.

This small black-and-white printer is fast (up to 12 pages per minute) and provides clear, quality print for a fraction of the cost of other printers. 

The HP cartridges seemed expensive at first.  But with an estimated 2000 pages per cartridge, they last 4 times as long as an inkjet cartridge.  So for the cost of 2 inkjet cartridges, you can get the print output of 4, without running ink, streaks, and some of the other problems associated with inkjets.

To add to ease of use, this is plug and play compatible for Windows XP, using a USB cord to connect with the computer

Criticism: The cost of the new print cartridge was a bit of a turn off at first, but after shopping around, I was able to find a recycled cartridge for less than the cost of new inkjet cartridges. 

Additional paper trays would have been nice, but for the price it’s an excellent printer

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Whoonu

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Product Name: Whoonu
Submitted by: Sandra Overstreet; Tappahannock, VA
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  This is a game designed for ages 8+ and for 3-6 players. This game is a very simple guessing game. The players pick a person to be the “Whoozit” and the remaining players are dealt 4 cards each. Each card has either a thing or activity listed such as “the scenic route” or “pick up trucks”. The object of this game is for the players to pick out one thing from their hand that they think the Whoozit will like the most and then place it in the Whoozit envelope. The card amount varies dependant on how many players are playing. The Whoozit then looks through the Whoozit envelope and chooses the card that they will place in front of the matching token in order from 1-being the least up to 6-being the most. After the Whoozit finishes, they read the cards and hand out the appropriate token to the person who chose that card. Points are kept by the numbers on the tokens. Play is over once all the tokens are gone. The person with the most points win.

Review: I think this is an absolutely wonderful game. It makes learning new things about each other fun for everyone. My family plays this game at least once every week since we have purchased it. I believe this is a game that will last quite a long time and is good for various ages.

Criticism: The only downfall I see is once you go through the stacks of cards a few times you learn who likes what and it makes for a duller game. Cranium should make booster packs for this game so you can purchase them and never have a dull game.

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