As with my previous quick product reviews, these are products that are new to me, and not necessarily new products. I acquired most of the products through the judicious use of coupons; some were free samples.
- Quilted Northern Ultra Plush – I liked this very much and have added it to my very short list of acceptable toilet papers.
- Schick Quattro for Women – As I mentioned in round one, I hated the Schick Intuition razor. The Quattro is okay, though. The Venus Embrace has a wider blade, so each stroke covers more area, which is my preference. But I’ve been using the Quattro for a couple of months and it’s been fine.
- L’Oreal Advanced Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate – The Revitalift products were free at drugstores in the late fall, and I’ve been using this one on my neck for a few months. (I’m afraid to use it on my very sensitive face.) Honestly, I haven’t noticed a scintilla of difference. I’ll probably keep using the products since they’re free and as long as they’re not irritating my skin, they can’t hurt. But I would never recommend spending money on them.
- Pentel Handy-Line permanent marker – I think these are supposed to be comparable to Sharpies, but I had a retractable one that dried out much faster than my retractable Sharpie. I’m sticking with Sharpies.
- Chex Mix cereal bars – We’ve tried the Turtle and Chocolate Chunk varieties and both are good. They’re kind of chewy and hard on the teeth, though – maybe they’ll be easier to eat in the summer because they’ll be a little softer.
- Kashi cereal bars – The boys have been eating Trader Joe’s cereal bars as an on-the-go snack for months, and Alex likes the Kashi version but Tyler doesn’t. I don’t care too much for cereal bars in general (they’re basically Nutri-grain bars, but these are a little more natural), but I’m sure there’s a subtle difference that Tyler is picking up on.
- Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bars – These are more cardboard-like than the Chex bars, but they have a lot more fiber because of that. They’re okay, but they’re not my first choice for a quick snack.
- Quaker High Fiber instant oatmeal – The extra fiber seems to be the result of serious chemicals, the flavor of which really comes through. I’m eating what we’ve opened, but I won’t buy more.
- Cascade Action Gel Packs (Apple Cinnamon) – The apple cinnamon variety was on clearance at Target a couple of months ago (maybe because they don’t make them anymore?) so I snagged two 25-count bags for just 25 cents a piece. Fortunately, the scent doesn’t linger – which is a very good thing, because it’s not a good smell. The dishes still get clean, though, and that’s what really matters.