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December 2012

Recall of the Week: Nap Nanny recliners by four retailers due to risk of injury and death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and four retailers are announcing a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny recliners made by Baby Matters LLC. Retailers currently participating include, Buy Buy Baby,, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us. At the request of the commission, these retailers have agreed to voluntarily... Read more →

Are you making one of these seven common financial mistakes?

Is managing your money wisely one of your strong points? “Everyone makes money mistakes, and some might be unavoidable in times of financial distress,” Tobie Stanger, Consumer Reports senior editor, said in a statement. “But missteps or miscalculations can cost you a lot over the long term or inadvertently hurt... Read more →

Sugar addiction, Medicare, Social Security, charities, grandchildren, and divorce are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Katie Foster of Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures is the host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #291. For this after Christmas carnival, SoBabyBoomer offers a special holiday gift, the Midlife Crisis Queen discusses holiday sugar addiction and resulting obesity, and Tom Sightings is wondering who’s going to pay for our... Read more →

What do Americans like most, least about the holidays?

A Consumer Reports poll shows that the holiday season is a happy time for most Americans, but there are still some things about this time of year that people don’t like. Americans’ biggest holiday dreads, according to the poll, include: Crowds and long lines (58 percent) Gaining weight (41 percent)... Read more →

Facts and figures for the 2012 holiday season

I was certain the world wouldn’t end Dec. 21. So now that all that negative news is passed, it’s time to write about the holidays. Spending Consumers will be spending more during the 2012 holidays. Sales this year will increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion, according to a National Retail... Read more →

Relationships, holiday costs, health, and midlife are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is the host for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival #290. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. As the solstice approaches, boomer bloggers are writing about spending time... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Fu San Machinery low lead ball valves installed in flammable gas lines due to fire and explosion hazards

Fu San Machinery Co. Ltd. Is recalling about 163,000 low lead ball valve/shut-off gas valves. The valves can crack and cause gas to leak, which poses fire and explosion hazards, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. No incidents/ or injuries have been reported. This... Read more →

Eating lamb is my best consumer experience this week, while looking for a new store for a bakery is frustrating

The holiday season is here. Like many people, I'm busy, busy trying to get a lot of things done. My best consumer experience: Eating tasty lamb When I went to Sacramento for a Thanksgiving visit, I came home with persimmons, pomegranates, and frozen lamb in my suitcase. My daughter-in-law is... Read more →