Dollar Tree Haul: Range Kleen Hot Pads, Books, and Soy Milk

Friday, October 9, 2015

This is the rest of the goodies that I picked up from Dollar Tree in the month of September.

Solar Dancers

These scarecrows are seriously some of the cutest they've come out with in awhile.  I just love everything about them.  I'm also very happy that the solar catcher is flat, because the slanted ones they do don't work as well in my experience.

Range Kleen Hot Pads 2pk

I was so excited when I saw these in the store.  It was the last pack there as well so I felt extra special.  I mean, what's better that a 2 pack of trivets for a buck?

To my dismay, these are very cheaply made.  If you look at the picture in the right hand corner, I discovered that they are cardboard with just a thin metal sheet on the front.  So, you can't use it near the stove or even get it wet without completely ruining it.

I use them by my computer to put my coffee cup on.  I'm kind of bummed, but at least they are cute and cheap.

WestSoy Shelf Stable Soy Milk

I have to drink either soy or almond milk nowadays.  So, I just had to try this kind out.

I usually get, unless I have a good coupon, the Great Value in the cold case at Walmart for $2.57 a half gallon (or 2 quarts.)  This is a quart for a $1.00.  So, it's about the same price as the Walmart kind everyday per volume, but I am always looking for more options in my po'dunk area.

I've had the vanilla WestSoy before, and it's actually my all time favorite soy milk.  This stuff was good as well.  It wasn't as good as the vanilla, but it did well in my coffee.

Let me make a note.  If you are someone who is used to only drinking dairy milk, this will probably taste weird to you.  It doesn't taste like dairy milk at all.  It is very much a soy milk taste.  If you are thinking about switching off dairy, I suggest starting with a sweetened vanilla flavored non-dairy milk and working your way to something like this.

Like I said, I thought it was pretty good, but I'm used to soy milk at this point.  Anyone who says it tastes as good or anything like dairy milk is playing.  Haha!  (Can y'all tell I miss dairy milk? Ugh...)


I don't need anymore stickers, but I picked these 2 up anyway.  I just thought they were super cute.  Though, they will probably be the last ones I buy until I use up most of what I have.  I even resisted the halloween stickers and washi tape in store the other day.  I deserve a gold star.  I'm sure I have one in my crazy large sticker collection.

Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

(Amazon Page*)  (Goodreads Page)

From the book teaser:

"When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she's always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It's insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen's carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she'll find a clue to her daughter's whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close - even her own life."

Anatomy of Murder by Imogen Robertson

(Amazon Page*)  (Goodreads Page)

From the teaser:

"London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.

Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, the indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Gabriel will discover that this is no ordinary drowning-the victim is part of a plot to betray England's most precious secrets.

The critics raved about their first adventure, comparing them with the characters of Tess Gerritsen in period clothes. Fans of Instruments of Darkness will find the smart and spirited pair's second outing just as riveting."

Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano

(Amazon Page*)  (Goodreads Page)

From the teaser:

"There is no code Elroy Coffin can’t break, nothing he can’t hack, no safe he can’t get into. But for the past two years, he’s been incarcerated in a maximum-security hellhole after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife’s murder.

Now a powerful and mysterious visitor who calls herself a “concerned citizen” offers Elroy his freedom if he’ll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world—clear and simple instructions for the best in the business. Or so he thinks.

Quickly drawn into the epicenter of a secret, brutal war between criminal masterminds, Elroy is forced to run for his life through a rapid-fire labyrinth of deception, betrayal, and intrigue— where no one is to be trusted and every fight could be his last . . . and the real truth hidden beneath the myriad levels of treachery may be too shocking to comprehend. "

Let Me Tell You Something by Caroline Manzo

(Amazon Page*)  (Goodreads Page)

From the teaser:

"Let Me Tell You Something offers insights and lessons on how to create a happy and fulfilling life from Caroline Manzo, the tell-it-like-it-is, breakout star and fan favorite of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

In this personal and practical guide, Caroline Manzo reveals how she has achieved a life that many viewers envy—a close relationship with her children, a strong marriage, and a firm belief in loyalty to friends. She brings her life experience and pragmatic outlook to tough questions about family, friendship, love, and more.

With wit and wisdom, Manzo opens up about life, family, raising children, love, and aging. Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman includes personal color photographs and lots of sage advice."


* - Denotes a referral link.  I get nothing for people using the link.  I get a tiny commission if someone clicks through and purchases the book through Amazon in the form of store credit.  Seriously, though, it's cheaper at Dollar Tree.  Buy it there.  Haha! 

Book teasers are from the book's respective Amazon page.

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