Cutco Is A Cut Above!

Products reviewed:

Cutco’s Mini Cheese Knife #2164 and Vegetable Knife #1735

Mini Cheese Knife by Cutco

Slice, dice, and don’t think twice! If you are looking for “best of the best” in knives, we have a recommendation for you.

We recently tested the Mini Cheese Knife and the Vegetable Knife by Cutco. Both are must-haves for both novice and experienced cooks.

The Mini Cheese Knife is the perfect size for slicing cheese – and other small foods, including potatoes. The built-in holes cause it to slice easily and make you feel like you are cutting through butter.

The Vegetable Knife is large and sturdy. It makes vegetable chopping and cutting extremely efficient.

Both knives give cooks exactly what they are looking for: they give them an ability to prepare food with extraordinary ease.  They make a great holiday, birthday, wedding, or anytime gift!

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Rating: 5 stars! Best of the Best!

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Back To The Massage Basics With Homedics

Homedics offers a line of therapeutic massage products.  We have tried several.  Our favorite two Homedics products are the portable massage chair and the foot massager.

The Homedics Deluxe Shiatsu Massage Cushion works best in a straight-backed chair.  It has massage balls, heat, and vibration.  This multi-function massager is operated by a remote control that is attached to the chair.  You can select upper, lower, or full–backed range.  We find it is especially helpful for therapeutically applying mechanized pressure to concentrated areas of tension.  The portable massage chair can pinpoint those tension areas via remote in order to soothe the specific location you need.  One of our reviewers has a tendency to tense up their shoulders and finds the Homedics chair to alleviate tension.  This is a favorite for our male reviewers.

Although nothing compares to a massage given by a human being, these well-made massage devices will get the job done to relax your back.  You can find the Deluxe Shiatsu Massage Cushion  <a href=””>here</a>.

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good

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Rick Steves Travel Accessories

In the dead of Winter, don’t you wish you were somewhere else?  Be a snowbird and head South….or East or West…The key is just to get a change of scenery. That’s one of the best parts of travel.

We have a few recommendations on travel accessories to take with you.

Rick Steves makes a line of useful, travel-tested accessories that will add to your travel experience.  We recently tested the following and highly recommend them:

Picnic Set -When traveling, it always helps to bring your own forks, knives, and plates.  Why?  Because it will save you money, especially in Europe, but anywhere, really.  One of the most inviting and memorable travel experiences can be found just going to the local market and picking up a little of this and a little of that so you can eat what locals eat.  It’s oftentimes cheaper than eating in a restaurant and faster, too.

We recommend Rick Steves’ picnic set for the occasion.  It’s a knife, fork and spoon set in a tube that will fit in your carry-on luggage.  It also contains a corkscrew.  If you’re not sure whether the airport you are traveling through will approve the corkscrew, you can leave it out.  But the set is TSA approved.  When we tested it, we found it’s a little bigger than we thought it would be, but it’s a good set for the main reason that it is made of sturdy plastic and comes in a sturdy tube.  So, it will last and it will bring you many happy picnics on your travels.

Find the picnic set here:

Travel Aid Kit-Rick Steves makes a travel aid kit that will be helpful to have just in case you need it.  It contains basic essentials, like bandaids, an antiseptic towelette, and insect bite relief.  It also contains a sewing kit, tweezers, and small scissors.  It’s worth having just in case you need it.  It will get you started if you should need it.

We recommend this kit for travel in Europe.  If you are going to Latin America or other tropical places, we suggest that you also add a few more bandaids and take along insect repellant as well.

Find the Travel Aid Kit here:

Travel Umbrella — Rick Steves Travel Umbrella is one of the best we’ve seen.  It has a slender design yet opens wide.  It’s compact and lightweight, so you’ll hardly notice you’ve brought it – until you need it — and then, you’ll be so glad you did.

Find the travel umbrella here:

Set of 3 Mini Moleskine Pocket Notebooks – Pocket notebooks come in handy so you can jot down notes while on tour and compile them later. As writers and journalists, we love them.  You can purchase them individually or as a set.  We suggest you buy the set.  You’ll use them!

Find the Set of 3 Mini Moleskine Pocket Notebooks here:

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

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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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Dual-Voltage Micro Turbo Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for a travel accessory that will save you time, carry a travel hair dryer with you.  You can use a travel hair dryer to dry your hair, of course!  But you can also use it to dry your clothes!

If you want to make the most of your carry-on, you have to be able to wash clothes on the go, even if it’s just undies and nightshirts…but the most difficult part behind the theory of “wash n go” is drying the clothes!

If you travel to tropical, humid places like we do, then you know how quickly clothing can become moldy and musty if you dry it overnight.  That’s why having a travel hairdryer will really freshen things up.

We recommend the Dual-Voltage Micro Turbo Hairdryer carried by Magellans.   It’s compact, powerful, and you can even purchase it with a set of adaptor plugs.

Find it here at

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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Men’s Cardigan For Winter Warmth

Men's Cardigan

If you are a guy traveler looking for a great winter cardigan – or a woman looking for a great gift for him, we have a recommendation for you.

The Trimmed Full-Zip Cardigan by Travelsmith is lightweight yet ultra-warm. It is made of merino wool and acrylic. Our favorite feature: when you zip it up, it becomes a mock turtleneck.

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Rating: 3 stars! Good!


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A Shawl That Brightens Winter

Jewel-Toned Shawl

If you’re looking for a “cheery in muted tones” shawl with aqua accents, we recommend the Jewel-Tone Shawl by Travelsmith. The glamorous traveler can never have too many scarves. This shawl functions nicely to add the pizazz of paisley yet muted tones for winter to any wardrobe.

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Rating: 4 stars! Very good!


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Alpaca Jacket Gives Warmth For All Occasions


Alpaca Jacket

Alpaca Jacket Provides Warmth For All Occasions

If you’re looking for a go-anywhere winter jacket, we have a recommendation for you. The Superfine Alpaca Funnel Neck Short Jacket is classy, soft, and versatile. You can dress it up, dress it down, wear it with evening wear or jeans. It is flattering, stylish, and best of all, lends warmth without bulk.

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Rating: 4 stars! Very good!


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Best Winter Travel Jacket

3-in-1 Jacket

When traversing climates, it’s best to carry a jacket that can give you varying degrees of warmth as needed. The best way to do this is to invest in a 3-in-1 jacket.

The 3-in-1 Jacket carried by Travelsmith converts from a full jacket to a vest. It comes with an adjustable down vest, a removable hood, and a water-resistant jacket.

The outer-layer is sophisticated and stylish, compared to most 3-in-1 jackets which have a sporty look. This is the jacket women need for winter travel.  We highly recommend it!

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Rating: 5 stars! Best!


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Walk Forever Compression Socks

Walk Forever Compression Socks


When’s a sock not a sock?  When it’s a support sock.  Support socks and compression socks can be lifesavers during air travel.  Please don’t underestimate the importance of taking a pair with you no matter how short or long your flight will be.

Here are a few good pairs:

Women’s Support Trouser Socks – Truly comfortable, these socks offer graduated compression to your lower legs to help blood to circulate more effectively.  They are made of nylon and Lycra spandex.

Walk Forever Compression Socks –

MS013    Khaki/Black Argyle M/ L

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