Ideal Travel Clock For Heavy Sleepers and Hearing Impaired

When traveling on business, it is fairly common to have the front desk give you a wake-up call.  However, we never like to leave anything to chance, so we always carry a travel alarm clock.  Finding an alarm clock that is easy to read, easy to operate, and easy to carry in smaller luggage and yet loud enough has been a challenge.

Magellans Folding Alarm Clock 92 db

In looking for an ideal travel clock, we looked for three specific qualities: that it would be easy to pack, a loud alarm, and ease of use.  THECLOCK will fit in the palm of your hand, closes flat, is simple to use, and has an alarm that will wake up heavy sleepers and those hard of hearing.  This clock has all the features we need to get sound sleep and a resounding wakeup.  By far, the best feature of this clock is the volume at which the alarm rings.  You will not sleep through this alarm!

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Packable Backpack

Magellans Daytripper Bag Packable Backpack

If you are looking for a perfect-sized packable backpack, we found a nifty item that can really save the day!  The Daytripper bag by Magellans is a completely portable pack that stows away in a small zipper pouch until you need it.  The pack has ample space for any essentials you may need.  We like to stuff it in our pocket as a just-in-case bag.  It is a great on-the-go travel beach bag.  The outer pocket is lockable.  We also use it after swimming to carry our swimsuits and towels.  When not in use, this bag takes up only as much room as a pair of socks.  You can find this great bag at

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Trina Spring 2012

Trina Casablanca Collection

If you are looking for a sleek, contemporary style for your travel accessories, we recommend Trina’s Spring 2012 collection.  We recently reviewed the Casablanca Essential Weekender and Makeup Roll.  Each piece contains a bright green with white stripes outlined in brown.  The collection contains a protective plastic exterior.

The Casablanca Essential Weekender contains a waterproof insert and lining to store anything you are going to carry, including shampoo, makeup remover, or a wet swimsuit.  The Casablanca makeup roll is the ideal size to carry your makeup and get easy access to it.  You won’t lose sight of the Casablanca collection.  It is durable, well-made, and stylish.  The gold handles and accents add class and sophistication.  We recommend it as an accessory that will invigorate your travel accessory wardrobe.

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Rating: 3 stars!  Good!

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Vera Bradley Spring 2012

This Spring, Vera Bradley boasts a vibrant collection for Spring 2012.

We reviewed Vera Bradley’s new Laptop Travel Tote.  This tote offers colorfully padded protection for your laptop while in transit.  It contains a checkpoint-friendly design.  It is one of the easiest checkpoint-friendly bags we have seen because it contains zippers on both sides.

The Laptop Travel Tote comes in four colors: Island Blooms, Rosey Posies, Ellie Blue,and Camellia.  We reviewed the Laptop Travel Tote in Island Blooms.  The vibrant Island Blooms pattern made us wish we were headed to the Islands instead of the office!

This tote is a comfortable shoulder length.  It keeps your laptop close at hand and snug.  The Laptop Travel Tote contains two sections, a padded laptop sleeve and a zip-top section.  It certainly makes a vibrant alternative to usual, solid-colored laptop totes.

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Rating: 3 Stars!  Good.

Vera Bradley’s Spring 2012 collection makes us feel as if we are in bloom!

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Hallmark Recordable Storybook

Hallmark Recordable Storybook

If you are looking for one of the most personalized gifts you can give your children this Christmas, we have a recommendation for you. Recordable Storybooks by Hallmark are hardback books which allow you to read to your little one with voice save technology. This is a thrilling way to give your child the gift of you.

We reviewed What Makes A Princess, a Disney Princess Recordable Storybook carried by Hallmark.

The recordable storybook features several of Disney’s most admired princesses: Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, and more. It’s short and sweet. But it has a great message that will last a lifetime. We highly recommend it!

Children find these storybooks to be truly enchantinng. They are also great for kids to take to sleepovers, on vacation, and other places to always feel close to you.
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Rating: 4 Stars! Very good!

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Travel In Style With This Travel Duo

Versailles iPad Shoulder Bag

What three words are music to a traveler’s ears?  “Pack your bags!”

Beauty comes in small packages, and it’s especially great when they’re travel-related!  When it comes to travel, less is more.  We recently tested two bags you will want to make part of your permanent travel fleet.

Versailles iPad Shoulder Bag

Ornate jacquard graces a black iPad case to create a beautiful masterpiece bag.  Once you see it, you will want to carry your iPad everywhere in this!  Whether for travel or leisure, this bag perfectly fits your iPad and contains extra padding to protect and secure it.

Lipault Weekend Shoulder Bag

The Lipault Weekend Shoulder Bag is sleek, sophisticated, and best of all?  Compact!  This amazing shoulder bag flattens for easy storage yet expands to provide the perfect roominess needed for weekend travel.

What our reviewers liked most: spacious design and smooth, 420-denier reinforced nylon.  This bag is made of durable material with a beautiful sheen.  It is extremely lightweight yet high-quality.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Best Trike: Radioflyer

4-in-1 Trike by Radioflyer

If you are looking to give a children’s gift that truly keeps on giving, we have a recommendation for you: the 4-in-1 Trike by Radioflyer.  Described as “The ultimate grow-with-me trike”, this amazing tricycle really lives up to its name.

The 4-in-1 Trike is designed for kids from 9 months to 5 years old. It holds up to 49 lbs.   The 4-in-1 Trike converts from a stroller to a steering trike.  It’s sturdy, durable, and well-made in classic Radioflyer style.

When we tested it, we found that it outperformed other trikes.

This trike gives UV Protection, contains a snack tray, and the pedals convert into a footrest.  The 4-in-1 trike also contains adult steering handles.  It is brilliantly designed and a must-have for any child 9 months to 5 years old.

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

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Best Stuffed Toy: Doodle Bears

Doodle Bears

Every parent knows what it’s like to find unapproved doodling on their child’s books, stuffed animals, and walls.  So what if you could give your child a toy that was doodle-approved?  We recently discovered a must-have stuffed animal: Doodle Bears.

Bright-eyed and ready to play, Doodle Bears offer a creative opportunity for little ones to draw on their toys!  Doodle Bears come in a pink, blue, and violet.  We tested Doodle Bear Violet.


We kid-tested them.  The youngsters loved decorating the Doodle Bears and experiencing the thrill of being able to wash them off and do it over again!  Doodle Bears come with washable markers, a stencil, and a stamper on the end of the markers.

What we liked best: Doodle Bears keep kids busy and engaged while stimulating their imagination.

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Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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Best Holiday Scarf: National Geographic

Jamavar Wool Scarf

If you are looking for the perfect scarf for the holidays, we have a recommendation for you.  The Jamavar Wool Scarf by National Geographic is truly a wear-anywhere scarf.

The Jamvar Wool Scarf is light-weight, warm, and versatile.  Whether you are dressing for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Years, this scarf’s coloring and design goes with all occasions.

The Jamavar scarf was once the mark of royalty and nobility in South Asia.  It will be a true asset to your apparel for years to come.  National Geographic carries useful yet unique products in its online store.  You can find this great scarf and more at

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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Sweater-Weather Warmth This Fall With Travelsmith

Marvelous Merino Solid Cardigan

If you are looking for a “just right” warmth cardigan or jacket for Fall, here’s what to look for:

Each season brings a change of weather and a change of wardrobe.  Wearing wool or down-filled garments for the Fall and Winter months will keep you snuggly warm.

When traveling, we recommend taking a button-down or zip-up outerlayer in all of your travels, especially in the Fall and Winter.

We recently found two essential pieces that make the perfect accompaniment to your travels:

The Women’s Marvelous Merino Solid Cardigan combines warm yet lightweight classic sophistication with smart style to make a winning combination.  When we tested it, we loved the combination of style, sophistication, and sweater-weather warmth.  This cardigan has a significant advantage over the average cardigan: it is lightweight yet wooly warm.  You will surely want to take the Women’s Marvelous Merino Solid Cardigan with you everywhere.

Puffer Down Jacket

The Down Puffer Jacket (Pearl) is also carried by Travelsmith.  This jacket is one of the best down jackets we have seen.  It provides high-quality insulated warmth, waterproof protection, and is far more slimming and stylish than most down jackets available today.  One of the jacket’s best attributes: it is made of ultra-soft feathers, so when you squish it down to pack it, it easily regains its shape when you unpack it!  This is a truly great and rare quality in down jackets!

Jamevar Cardigan by Travelsmith

Travelsmith also makes some lightweight cardigans for those who are traveling to less-cold places this season.  We tested the Jamevar Cardigan, pictured above.  This cardigan is vibrant and ultra-lightweight.  It feels like you are wearing a cardigan-shaped scarf, as it is made of the same material many scarves are made of: rayon.  It packs easily and gives a cheery message of the international joie de vivre!

The Jamevar Cardigan is a lightweight outer layer garment which makes a colorful addition to any travel wardrobe.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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