6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Test Lab Tuesday

First off WELCOME to the New BLoggy Pack members!!! For all you new readers this is the day I dedicate to ALL things I review..

LIVING, EATING and RUNNING..
LIVING:
Cards at Trader Joe's:
While perusing Trader Joe's I came across their .99cent card section. HELLO!! These are not .99 cent cards. With blank insides I can fill every inch with fun messages and bad handwriting. Email me your address if you would like to join Tall Mom Random Cards, you never know when you might get a little something via Snail Mail.
Moon Sand:
Little Stud #1 had a few dollars from Tall Spokane Grandpa so he selected a Moon Sand set in the Clearance Section at Target. Our Tall Nephew has had Moon sand for years but I have never actually sat and played with it.. Here is the result, oh look at those dimples :)
Things I liked:
  • So fun to play with feels like wet sand,
  • This set had fun molds to create shapes like a little princess and castle bricks, I got to play out my cake decorating dreams.
  • The Moon Sand does not get under finger nails like Playdo!!
  • Both boys were totally entertained and relatively QUIET for about an hour.. WOOT!
  • After the mess you can vacuum up the sand, Easy Peasy.
GRIPES:
  • The box says 3+ and I would agree, our little almost 2 year old made a MESS.
  • The set should come with 2 mats, one for the builder-Little Stud #1 and one for the destroyer-Little Stud #2. Maybe this is just in my house
  • There is not real way to keep the color separate, I am not a fan of mixed colors in playdo or clay either.
Nintendo WII:
Muscle Man's family bought us a Nintendo Wii, totally cool gift. Right now we have 1 game and 1 controller, so it is hard to give a full review. What I do know is that TALL MOM IS VERY VERY BAD AT WII-ing!! I will learn I am sure but WOW! In real life I am very bad at Bowling, I will happily take last and cheer like a mad woman for the occasional LUCKY strike. I was even worse at Wii Bowling, LOL!!

Things I Liked:
  • I love that this system gets kids off their feet to PLAY
  • I love creating the Mii characters
  • I love watching our little guy stand near the TV and cheer us on.
GRIPES:
  • I found the controller a little small and hard to hold.
  • The $!! I cannot believe all of the extras that need to be purchased in order to have fun with this system. At $20-50 for each controller and game we will not be growing our Wii collection anytime soon.
EATING:
Pink Grapefruit Tic-Tacs:
I saw these pretty pink mints at the check-out line and was intrigued. I am a Grapefruit fan so this was a SCORE!! The little minty/fruity pink bursts hit the spot and are great appetite suppressor. I get HUNGRY on my way home from work, it is probably more boredom than anything. With these in my bag I eat a few low cal mints and I feel satisfied. A STRANGE flavor but worth the ride. If you dont like Grapefruit you wont like these Tic-Tacs.
Lambrusco:
If you are not of drinking age or prefer not to drink adult beverages feel free to skip this review. I first tried this White Sparkling Wine at the AMAZING 30th Birthday hosted by my friend Kiera. I asked about it and she said it was $4.99 at Trader Joe's.... WHAT? Tasty, sparkly and low cost!!! If you like White wine and a little fizz you will love this smooth drink. I am not expert but I think this beverage can pair with anything from Nachos to Lobster. With the low cost you will not break the bank. I am unsure if other stores carry this wine so happy hunting!

RUNNING:

Patagonia's Women's Wind Shield Jacket (HERE):

What Patagonia Says:
  • Two fabrics perfectly paired to block wind and vent excess heat and moisture
  • Full windproof stretch polyester with membrane on the front of the garment features smooth durable face with moisture-wicking brushed grid backing
  • Smooth-faced, stretch fleece on back and under arm panels for breathability and quick drying performance
  • Full zip through collar with brushed fleece next to skin, full wind flap and zipper garage
  • Zippered chest pockets with left bicep pocket with interior MP3 cord pass-through
  • Reflective logo on left chest
  • Drop tail
  • Front torso and arms, collar face: 6-oz 100% polyester face laminated to a polyurethane film and polyester grid back; face has a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Back torso, under arms and collar lining: 5.7-oz Polartec® Power Dry® 95% polyester (65% recycled) /5% spandex single-sided fleece, with moisture-wicking performance
  • 312 g (11 oz)
  • Made in Vietnam.
  • Recycled Polyester : We recycle used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.
Tall Mom Thoughts:
Patagonia sent me the Windshield jacket to test via their PR firm. This jacket fits me PERFECT! Very true to size. High Quality breathable fabric which kept me very warm on a chilly day. When I took off the jacket it was heavy from sweat, but I was not wet at all, HMMM!! This is a total go-to jacket for me. Perusing the Patagonia site there are several products I am very interested in, go check it out HERE.

GRIPE:
  • My ONLY gripe is the location of the pockets. As a Woman I would prefer not have pockets in the upper region, I am a side pocket gal.
Cloudveil Run Don't Walk Vest Mens (HERE):

What Cloudveil Says:
A new addition to our popular Run Don't Walk line, the RDW Vest is an ideal warm layer for aerobic exercises from skate skiing and snow shoveling to winter running. Flexible Polartec® Power Stretch® adds insulation in the front and back, while Polartec® Power Dry® side panels decrease overall density. The seven-ounce weight makes it perfect to pack along for a weekend ski trip, on an extended Nordic tour or as insurance against an approaching front.

Tall Mom Thoughts:
I did not know I was a vest person, but I am a VEST PERSON in the winter for sure. I wore this vest that Cloudveils sent me to test on the cold 15 miler with Zoe. The high fleece neck kept neck warm and was not scratchy. I love that I can wear a baselayer shirt under the vest and be warm without feeling like I need to strip off a layer.

GRIPE:
  • The location of the sole pocket. I put my car key in the pocket and it may have fit a gu or two as well, but I just don't like front chest pockets.
  • This vest is a men's so it comes in men's colors and is a men's fit. I would LOVE Cloudveil to make a HOT PINK vest in women's fit, but keep the length and fabrics!!
Inspiring Allie:
On a previous Test Lab Tuesday I talked about a fleece neck cover and said that a crafty person could probably make one at home.. WELL...I am PROUD to say that Allie at "That Girl is a Running Fool" took my advice and even hosted a Giveaway of her amazing neck covers. And guess what?? I won!!! Check out her post HERE. This adorable pink polka dot neck cover is awesome, Thanks Allie!!

  • Notice in the photo I am wearing the Brooks shorts from the Brooks for her collection HERE, Muscle-Santa paid attention. I will do a full post about what Santa and Bloggers gave to Tall Mom soon.
BATTLE TESTED
TALL MOM APPROVED

HAPPY TUESDAY!

29 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

Love the reviews! The Moon Sand at our house is a huge success, but sooooo messy!!! You are right, it does clean up pretty easy though too!

TMB said...

I want that jacket ... and I might like those chest pockets ... If I was to fill them right I might look like I actually have a chest!

Alisa said...

My nieces and nephews got moon sand one year and the little ones did make a mess =).

We had a Wii for awhile, I wasn't very good either =).

I love that jacket, anything that keeps me dry is a plus.

Meg Runs said...

I just checked out that jacket and I love it. The Patagonia wear lasts forever...we still have jackets that are over 20 years old!

Genesis said...

interesting...never heard of moon sand before.

i miss my wii! im hoping the inlaws will hurry and send us their :)

gosh i really love that jacket...

shellyrm said...

We love moon sand too but agree that it is not for little little ones.

I love that jacket! I don't think I have anything (that I've wore yet) with those chest pockets. That could get irritating!

We do have a Wii. I am by far the worst player in our house! But I like it anyway.

I don't have a vest but with my loot, I'll be waiting a while before trying one...unless I can score one to test drive! I'll send some e-mails.

Love the neck warmer! Love that Allie took the idea and ran. Super great Allie.

I have the same shorts from Adidas! I got lots of pink. Only wore one wind jacket/shirt so far. It was great!

Have a great NYE!

Morgan said...

I always crack up at your reviews! Sorry you are no good at Wii-ing (I think you just made a new word! LOL!) Congrats on the giveaway score!!!

Katie A. said...

Great reviews! I am so going to TJ's at lunch to look for that great sparkling wine!!!
Wowza, that Patagonia jacket is pricey! I was all set to purchase it when I saw it was $150 bucks! I would have totally bought it at $75 or even $100, but $150 for a running jacket is too steep for this chica.
And you're totally right about the Wii accessories, they are pricey too. Well, for that matter so is PS3 stuff as I am learning - good luck with that!

Lisa said...

Pick up extra Wii controllers at TJ Maxx, Marshalls etc. They are not Nintendo brand but work just fine and MUCH cheaper.

And Pink Grapefruit Tic Tacs? Are you kidding me? Must go to grocery store now. LOVE LOVE LOVE grapefruit.

Jill said...

Ooooh, I need those pink grapefruit tic tacs - way cool!!! I'm all about pink! That's a super cool jacket, too - I wish I was on the Patagonia PR list :). Thanks for your review each week, so fun!

teacherwoman said...

I look forward to your weekly reviews! Awesome!

Those pink grapefruit tic tacs sound interesting... I don't know what I would think of them.

Jennifer said...

Can I joined the club where you mail me pink tic tacs? They aren't here in Canada :(

We've held off on moon sand for that reason (Newt is 3) and I think for playdo they should just make beige or brown. I hate mixed colours as well and have just given up.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

ha! No wonder I thought my couldveil vest was so big for a size small! I didn't realize it was a MENS! I am not sure I'm a vest person. I have the opposite problem, my extremities get cold and my core hot,probably why I love arm warmers so much, LOL! Great reviews!!

Velma said...

Love the reviews. We have a Wii, and I agree about the extra costs. Ugh. I do have to say that Mario Kart is well worth the cash and really fun :)

Sounds like you are having a great break!

Bethany + Ryan said...

OMG i LOVE the .99 cent Trader Joe's cards!! i always buy them! They should so be at least $3.00!!!

Zoƫ said...

That jacket is wicked awesome, by the way. And I love pink grapefruit anything...so I'll be trying those mints for sure. Speaking of pink, cute shorts! YAY!

onelittletrigirl said...

I want a Wii and that vest...too bad Christmas is a year away!!!

Teamarcia said...

The Moon Sand is permanently hidden away in this house...too messy for me!

Love the Wii! WiiFit is awesome too!

Can't wait to try the grapefruit Tic Tacs! Love pink grapefruit and I'll bet they're a tad healthier than grapefruit jelly bellies!

Melissa said...

Love the reviews! I got the Jillian 2010 Wii Fit game and it is a butt kicker!!
I want one of those fleece thingies!!

Allie said...

Glad you liked the neck warmer, it looks really cute with your pink shorts!

Stacie said...

Those cards are great. I LOVE that jacket. I so need more running gear.
We finally joined the Wii club for Christmas too. I recommend the Wii Sports Resort game and the Wii Fit. The Wii Fit calculates your BMI and keeps track of your workouts, weight, calories burned, etc. An added bonus is there is also running. Something else to keep me motivated and the whole family has fun with. The games on the Wii Sports Resort are really fun and you really have to move on a lot of them. I agree the cost of the extras about did us in. I don't know why things have to cost so much.

Rio said...

What's up with those jacket pockets?! Do they expect us to actually put things in them? I would consider it if it didn't have those zippers/pockets there.

Badgergirl said...

I agree, I'm not a fan of the chest pockets. But the vest and jacket are cute, even if there are chest pockets!

B Sue Fly said...

Love your reviews, great blog, glad I found it!

Michelle said...

Cute, cute, cute!

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Marlene said...

Pink grapefruit Tic Tacs! Very cool. I'll have to keep an eye out for them around here.

Side note: we brought a bunch of goodies to Cuba with us to hand out to the locals and hotel workers. The Tic Tacs were such a big hit! What an easy way to bring a smile to someone's face.

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