Amazon Finds

Amazon Find: Panasonic Cordless Iron

When the lockdown started, in March, it took Dean a couple of weeks to get used to his new schedule. Not being able to teach, go to the gym, or even hangout with his friends at the coffee bus, he decided to venture into a new area.

Since masks were hard to find he went online and started watching sewing videos. He then headed to the local sewing store where he bought a machine, some fabric, thread, and everything else he needed to make his first mask. He began with a simple pleated mask, but soon decided to take the design further. You see, Dean is really great at mathematics, engineering, and design and is always wanting to improve things. He went through various design changes to make the masks more comfortable, easier to breathe and talk in, and created templates for custom sizes.

Then after using the masks for a bit he decided something in the design was missing. He would get in the car, remove his mask, and then forget to put it back on at the next stop. He got tired of going back to retrieve it, and that led to his detachable lanyard design. They are soft, pliable, and are machine washable like the masks. I really like that the lanyard matches the mask.

The one thing he disliked when making the lanyards was our iron. When he made the lanyard bias tape it was difficult to iron, because the cord kept getting in the way. He got online and soon learned about cordless irons. He decided on this Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless Steam/Dry Iron from Amazon, and has been using it since October. He really likes it, and says the only drawback is it doesn’t stay hot for a very long time. It has to be put back in the cradle for a minute to continue. Otherwise, he likes the weight of the iron, ease of use, and overall design.

Dean’s multi-layer masks are great. I find them comfortable to wear, breathe in, and I can talk in them with ease. I’m really proud of him, and that he has given away countless masks and lanyards to local charities, family, friends, and acquaintances.

Dean’s Amazon find score: 4/5

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Amazon Find: Bag Cinchers

Technology has created so many wonderful things, but the tie on a loaf of bread has been the same for as long as I can remember. When the fresh loaf is being opened the tie isn’t hard to manipulate, but use after use it becomes more difficult. Let alone when someone, not naming any names – Dean, turns it the wrong direction and I end up twisting it this way and that just to get it to open. Let’s be honest here, who has removed the tie, set it on the counter for a moment, and it disappears? Perhaps it slid under the toaster, or fell to the floor, is it possible there is a bread tie fairy playing games at 7 AM. ?

During quarantine I began organizing our home, I’ll tell more about that later. I was on Amazon searching for ways to organize bread, pita, tortillas, and other carb filled delights, and I came across these: OXO Good Grips Bag Cinch. They come in a pack of three, in cute bright colors. For the price of $5.99 I had to try them.

They are so great! I now have 2 sets, total of 6, of these easy to use bag cinchers and not a lost bread tie in the house. They are also useful for small packs of crackers, bags of rice, and even the bag of cotton balls in the bathroom closet.

Lora’s Amazon Find Grade: 5 / 5

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Amazon Find: Electric Kettle

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals series, and he always uses an electric kettle to shortcut bringing water to a boil.

I kept thinking, “ohhhh I need one of those”, but could never make out what brand he was using. I even Googled it, and no one knew.

Enter Amazon.

I did a search and started reading reviews. After a bit I settled on the HadinEEon Variable Temperature Electric Kettle. Since it is Prime how could I not order it? If I didn’t like it I could simply send it back.

We’ve used it for over a month and the kettle has surpassed my expectations. It has multiple settings so the water is always the right temperature for any kind of tea we want. We also use the kettle to make boiling water (in 5 minutes) for a pasta pot, rice, hot cereals and more. Plus it lights up in that pretty blue.

Lora’s Amazon Find Grade: 5 / 5