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Assured Grape Pediatric Electrolyte Oral Maintenance Solution (Dollar Tree)

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Grape sucks, but there's value to be had here. I've taken a look at Assured's pediatric solution before, in the mixed fruit variety, and was more than impressed by both the quality and price—now let's take a look at the only other flavor they have available: grape. No need for a long introduction here, so let's get right down to it. Yep, it's grape, for better or worse. It's the typical artificial kind of flavor that's somewhat reminiscent of grape Kool-Aid, only somewhat watered down, and with a noticeable amount of sodium added. I don't hate it, but it's not one that I'd ever really go for if given the option of...pretty much any other flavor. (Curiously, all the mixed fruit ones have been unavailable for a couple weeks now at both Dollar Tree stores by me; I'm wondering if there was some kind of recall.) Disappointing flavor aside, there's still plenty of value to be had, with each 16.9 oz. bottle retailing for...well, it's Dol

Colorful Double-Wall "Designer" 9.5 oz. Sippy Cups (Dollar Tree)

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Can't find the lid, but you get the idea. (Pic taken right before chucking it in the trash.) Like most families with children, we're finding you can never really have enough sippy cups—if nothing else, the more you have just means the longer you can go without having to do dishes, and that's an okay issue to have in my book! Plus, a majority of the ones we got from friends and family were mostly the “semi-disposable” ones that aren't meant to be kept around forever. So while perusing the baby section at Dollar Tree and stumbling on these, I figured I'd grab one just to test out. What initially drew me into them were the designs: There's one with a pirate theme (for all the boys), another one with a princess theme (for all the girls), and one with a friendly monster telling no one in particular that “Friends are great!” (for either or). Thanks, Cup Monster! The artwork is clear and cutesy, while the cups themselves felt surprisingly thick and sturdy. I w

Little Journey Organics Pear Blueberry Spinach Baby Food Puree Pouch (Aldi)

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Like a cold-pressed juice in pouch form...and I don't mean that in a good way. Well, I've tried many of Aldi's baby food pouches—I'm ashamed to say more than our three-year-old son has had—and have been pretty impressed with a majority of them. Here we have a flavor that isn't always available: a combination of pear, blueberry, and spinach, which is for sale in limited quantities as a special buy. Although the combination doesn't really sound good to me, I've learned that you can't always judge a pouch by its contents: some of the weirder ones (such as the apple and sweet potato, which might not be all that weird to others, but is to me because I hate sweet potatoes) have ended up surprising me, or at least, have exceeded my expectations, no matter how low they may be. With that in mind, let's see how this odd combination of tastes fares. Hmm…not really sure about this pouch overall, which probably isn’t a good thing. On the good side, the m

Little Journey Organics Apple Blueberry Banana Baby Food Puree Pouch (Aldi)

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Tasty. After trudging through some flavors in the Little Journey Organics baby food line that gave me pause for thought, it’s great to return to one that should—at least in theory—deliver on the promise of deliciousness. That one would be Apple Blueberry Banana, a combination of three fruits, all of which I happen to enjoy. Now if you read any of my previous reviews for the varieties containing banana, you will notice my sadness in how the fruit is poorly represented in the flavor department (something that I went ahead and verified with my wife, who has far better tastebuds than I do). No matter what order it’s featured in the title (which I’m assuming lists the ingredients in order from most-used to least), the banana flavor is very quaint, if not downright nonexistent. For a huge fan of the fruit like myself, this is rather disappointing, especially considering bananas seem to be the favorite fruit of many babies, if for no other reason than its soft texture allows them to eat i

Little Journey Organics Apple Pear Spinach Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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Not nearly as disgusting as you'd think. Are there any combinations of fruit and veggies that those freaks at Little Journey Organics won’t blend together and put out for sale? There have been some real good, straightforward ones (apple banana strawberry, for example), but then every once in a while they seem to get a little bored, and force things together that shouldn’t be combined at all (who’s swell idea was it to put prune in any of these?!) Would apple pear spinach fall into that category? Or, against all odds, would it actually be palatable? I’m convinced that this is about as perfect as a combination of these fruits and vegetables, in their natural form, can be. Yes, there are “fruit and veggie” juices out there that add in juices and purees from all kinds of vegetables, but those are generally sweetened to the point that you can’t even tell there is any vegetable concentrate in it at all. This is just straight up apple, pear, and spinach purees, with no added sugars or

Sunbeam Color Changing LED Night Light (Dollar Tree)

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If you want a night light that only illuminates things half the time, this is the one for you. A vast majority of the items I cover in this blog are store brands, simply because those are generally the most budget-conscious kinds of items. But that is just a preference, not a rule, and so here we are taking a look at a night light from Sunbeam, a company known for making cheap shit. Some of their stuff lasts, most of it does not, so let's cut right to the chase. First things first: This thing feels cheap. Again, though, that was not a surprise to me. I mean, just look at it...it doesn't really scream "well-made". But it's a dollar and something that you're just going to plug into a wall and forget about, so I neither require nor expect it to be built like a tank...it's just offered as an observation. However, I managed to take it out of the package without breaking it, so at least there's that. We live in a rather small condo, and decided to pl

Assured Mixed Fruit Pediatric Electrolyte Maintenance Solution (Dollar Tree)

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An exceptional value. I'm in my mid-thirties as of this writing and I can't recall a prior time that I've ever tried the national brand of children's electrolyte solution. Of course, I probably had some when I was way too young to remember, as that's the time most people receive it, but lately there's been a massive increase in sales to adults, thanks to its marketing as a hangover “cure”. It's also been used by athletes as a replacement for sports drinks, something I never thought about (or really needed) when I was playing rec-league hockey. I think a big part of why it probably never landed on my radar is simply because of how expensive the national brand is. It's absurd. Especially when you compare it to sports drinks, where 32 oz. can frequently be had for $1 or less. To put that into perspective, a liter of the national brand oral rehydration drink, which amounts to roughly 33.8 oz., is $5. Thanks, but no thanks. Even as a hangover cure, I w

Little Journey Organics Pear Apple Broccoli Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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It's not as nauseating as you might think...does that make it a "win"? Well I had a nice treat in my lunch at work the other day: Another pouch from Little Journey Organics to try! And it has one thing in common with just about all of the rest: there’s apple in it. There is also pear, which isn’t really one of my favorite fruits, and broccoli, which I do like but can’t really imagine being combined with a fruit to create any sort of taste beyond “disgusting”. So let’s see how this one plays out, shall we? The scent is pretty much all broccoli. There may be some sweetness surrounding it, but the vegetable is clearly the dominant force in the aroma department…let’s hope that it’s not the case with the taste. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not. I don’t really taste much in the way of pear (maybe that’s by choice), but the broccoli and apple seem to be roughly even in terms of flavor percentage…and it’s not as bad as you would think. It wouldn’t make the list of my favorites

Little Journey Organics Apple Banana Raspberry with Yogurt Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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Very, very delicious. I thought I had already reviewed this one a while back, so I let my wife have it. But as it turns out, it was the apple banana strawberry variety. Oops! Then I forgot all about it, got it again a few months later for my son, still thinking I had reviewed it, until I finally researched and discovered that I had not. So back to Aldi I went, just to grab one of these little guys! And man oh man, was it worth it: what a fantastic flavor. One of my main complaints with this line, is that, in a vast majority of the flavors with banana in them (and there are a lot), it was very hard to taste that fruit specifically. Here, though, there is a perfect balance between all three fruits, where each one is detectable and distinguishable from each other. I thought the raspberry would add too much tartness (which I more than likely would not be a fan of), but thankfully, the apple and banana both bring just the right amount of sweetness to the table to counteract the sour

Angel of Mine Plastic Spill Proof 11.5 oz. Sippy Cups (Dollar Tree)

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Despite its boring appearance, these are among the best sippy cups at Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree isn't really a place that I would think of to look for sippy cups, so I was rather surprised to find they offer a few different kinds, ranging from licensed characters, to the previously-reviewed “designer” cups (which feature cute kid-themed graphics), to these standard, “boring” ones, which consist only of solid-colored plastic with matching lid. They look more like a “standard” child's cup, shorter and stouter than the designer cups, and feature the same “spill-proof” mechanics: a piece of plastic that fits to the underside of the lid, designed to prevent the free-flow of liquids should your child absent-mindedly set it down and then flail about wildly as he (or she) desperately uses their last ounce of strength in a futile attempt to prevent the gentle lull of a good night's sleep. (Meanwhile, us adults flail about wildly desperately trying to get a good night's sleep;

Little Journey Organics Banana Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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Just when I was getting so good at remembering to take my own product pictures... We’ve taken a look at several flavors from Little Journey Organics baby food line. And now, here’s another one, which stars my all-time favorite fruit in a solo role: banana. I don’t believe this flavor was available when the line was first introduced, because it definitely would have been one of the first flavors I tried, but at some point it seems to have been added to their permanent inventory, because I've grabbed it for my son a couple of times over the past few months. Jealous, I grabbed one for myself on a recent shopping trip and got my vengeance by slowly drinking it in front of him as he reached for it and cried. (Haha, not really. I slurped it down while he was gone.) Of course, banana should be the main flavor here, considering it’s the only fruit named in the title, and thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint in that regard. It has a rich, delicious banana flavor that’s similar to

Simply Nature Kids Apple Sweet Potato and Blueberry Squeezable Pouch

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A delicious product for kids and parents alike! For some reason, I've been drawn more and more to kids products lately (it's either because we have one, or because I've always been predisposed to think like a child). Now, it's gotten to the point where I get excited seeing a new kind yogurt tube, or kids juice in the weekly Aldi ad. This “kid fever” has also spread to my wife, as we both tend to try all of the various juices and snacks that we give our son. It's a good way to know specifically what kind of flavors he likes, but mainly I just like stealing his stuff because most of it is sweet and delicious and tastes like innocence. Enough about our oddities: we have a review to focus on. And today it's Simply Nature Kids' Apple, Sweet Potato, and Blueberry Squeezie, a kind of pulp-like smoothie that is marketed toward kids, but would also be a great option for older babies. It has almost the exact same consistency as applesauce, and each 3.2 oz. pouc

Little Journey Small Strides Baby Diapers (Aldi)

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Solid performance at a great price! As pretty much everyone in the world knows, diapers are expensive. Even if you don't have children, your parenting friends have probably casually mentioned this to you at least a thousand times over the course of conversations that have nothing to do with babies or finances. Unfortunately, they are also completely necessary. As tempting as it might be to tape a plastic bag to your child just to save a few bucks sometimes, that's obviously not a logical (or hygienic) approach. (Can you imagine the looks on the faces of stunned parents as you whipped out a tape gun and plastic bag in the changing station of your local mall? Come to think of it, that could be a funny public skit idea...)  Of course, there are alternatives—the main one being cloth diapers—but those require higher upfront costs and ongoing maintenance (constant washing), not to mention the learning curve of figuring out which of the half-dozen different kinds of cloth di

Little Journey Thick & Quilted Baby Wipes (Aldi)

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Great wipes at a great price! If you read my previous review, you'd see that my wife is basically a Momzilla (like a Bridezilla, only for parents instead of a would-be spouse), and is super protective of what goes on or near his body. (Haha, I was actually just joking and sincerely hope it didn't come off that way; most mothers I know of are like that with their children.) Well, wipes are perhaps the second most important thing that will constantly be in contact with baby's skin, and so it should come as no surprise that she's just as maniacal and opinionated about brands of baby wipes—and this time, not even Little Journey is exempt from her stringent standards. You see, she dislikes the name brand of baby stuff that starts with a “hug” and can't be bothered to try anything that pertains to that brand. Well, the packaging for Little Journey's Thick Quilted Baby Wipes compares it directly to said brand, which has automatically disqualified it from being th

Little Journey Organics Apple Carrot Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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Apple and carrot, and it's GOOD? Who knew? We've taken a look at quite a few offerings from Little Journey Organics, the Aldi baby product line if you are just joining us, and we've seen what is mostly an excellent set of products, with a couple of curious failures so bad, they have to be intentional. Now we're going to be looking at a combination that, although very uncommon, actually sounds kind of palatable: Apple Carrot. Whoa! The first thing I noticed has nothing to do with the flavor, but the packaging, which assures us it “Contains Vitamins A & C.” Now all of the ones we've taken a gander at thus far have had solid vitamin C content, ranging from 35% all the way up to close to 170%. Since there was no specific number mentioned, I expected it to be a small number, and in the case of vitamin C, it is: a mere 8%. But what I wasn't expecting was the vitamin A content, which comes in at a whopping 440%! Pretty astonishing number, and one that many

Little Journey Organics Prune Apple Butternut Squash with Quinoa Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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In non-shocking news, the combination of prune and butternut squash shares the same flavor profile as vomit. Just when I was starting to get comfortable with the Little Journey Organics baby food line, that's when I seemed to come across all the weird flavors. In this case, we have prune, apple, and butternut squash all being forced together, a combination that features two things I don't even like. Still, I'm of the mindset that anything is worth a sampling at least once. Sometimes, there are surprises, such as my choosing the Apple Sweet Potato variety as one of my favorite flavors, despite hating the taste of sweet potatoes. Other times, I get exactly what I'm expecting: Exhibit A, ladies and gentlemen, is this pouch. Of course, with prune and butternut squash being the main ingredients, it's not going to be sweet, I think that much you can expect right out of the gate. But I didn't expect it to taste as bad as it does—it literally seems like those cr

Little Journey Organics Apple Mango Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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A lesser flavor, but still good...can Little Journey Organics do anything wrong? I’m sensing a recurring theme going through all of the Little Journey Organic offerings that Aldi carries, and that is that all of them (at least so far) feature apple as the main fruit. So far we’ve seen it paired with the likes of apricots, bananas, raspberries, and even some unpredictable vegetables like sweet potato. Well, those lovable oafs from Aldi are at it again, and this time, they have blended it with mango. In a lot of the previous combinations I’ve had, the apple is the main flavor, with the additional ingredients gradually coming to the forefront (or, in the case of both pouches I had featuring banana, the taste not ever apparent at all). As I was expecting, that is not at all the case with apple mango, where the mango overpowers the apple from the beginning. All it takes is one sniff, or even just a breath anywhere near this, to know that the mango is the prevailing flavor. Of co

Little Journey Organics Apple, Pear and Green Pea Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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Just when you thought Little Journey Organics could do no wrong... Heading in to a serving of this latest Little Journey Organics baby food pouch, there were a couple of things that stood out to me. One, obviously, is the flavor. I mean, I’m all for combinations of fruits and vegetables—there are many juices now that prove you can combine both into a tasty beverage—but out of the three things, I love apples, am kind of neutral on pears, and as much as I like peas, it makes me a little nervous to try pea puree inside an otherwise sweet beverage. It was inevitable, but I have finally found a flavor that’s less than stellar. Well, “less than stellar” insinuates that it’s good but not great…this is actually more toward the realm of “nauseating”. The apple is there to provide some sweetness, and then it’s directly overpowered by a strong pea taste that, obviously, isn’t all that sweet. It’s a curious combination that’s really bad on paper, and even worse in execution, though being

Little Journey Organics Apple Banana Strawberry with Yogurt Baby Food Puree Pouch (Aldi)

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Parent's choice winner, organic, and only $.79? Insane! Well let’s just keep this Little Journey Organics train rolling, shall we? Now we turn our focus to one that, based on the name and my tastes, promises to be the best one ever: apple, strawberry, and banana, all of which are probably in my top four favorite fruits (watermelon would be number two, just behind bananas). Oh yeah, this one delivers. The apple is probably the “base” taste, but you can definitely pick up on the strawberry, as well, through a rather strong tartness that comes through. The banana seems to give it most of its texture, but the taste isn’t as strongly defined as the others, much to my dismay. Still, apple has proven time and time again to be a very versatile fruit, and a great “front end” flavor, and it proves that again here…normally I’d be much more disappointed about missing out on the banana, but it doesn’t bother me much at all, since what you do get is pretty darn good. The last one I l

Little Journey Organics Apple Banana Peach with Yogurt Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

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A great flavor combination. Well, we’ve already taken a look at the Apple Banana Strawberry variety, which is a great flavor, so let’s continue on the “apple banana” trend with this one, which substitutes peach for strawberry, but is otherwise exactly the same. As is par for the course with these, it contains all the titular ingredients in the form of organic purees, organic yogurt, as well as organic lemon juice concentrate. The only non-organic ingredient is ascorbic acid, otherwise known as “Vitamin C”. We’ve seen varying amounts of the vitamin in the previous two flavors we reviewed, ranging from 90-120%; this one falls somewhere in the middle, with 100% of the daily recommended allowance. The flavor is very good. Once again, I don’t get much in the way of banana flavor, but the apple and peach stand out here, and the combination is excellent. This variety also has yogurt in the mix, presumably for added texture/thickenss, but this one felt very watery coming out, so I thin