MMNPL Top 5 Picks from Tom Kraeutler, Host of The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

January 23, 2013


Our home products expert, Tom Kraeutler, is the Host, Founder and Chief Home Improvement Evangelist of The Money Pit. He is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist and the kind of guy homeowners want to call at midnight when their basement floods. He first earned his home improvement stripes as a professional home inspector, amassing over 20 years experience learning how houses are put together, and how they fall apart!

Here are his selections for the Most Memorable New Home Product Launches of 2012:


Andersen 400 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung Insert Window

These windows are an excellent choice to replace old, drafty windows that are hard to open or require frequent scraping and painting. Andersen has made it so that installing these windows couldn’t be easier.  The 400 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung Insert Window is custom sized to fit inside an existing window frame. Just remove the top and bottom sash and insert the new window. It’s a great DIY project that requires only basic skills and no special tools. Plus, you can install the window from inside your home, making it easy to replace even second-floor windows.  The tilt function makes it easy to clean them, and the low-maintenance exterior eliminates the need for paint. Plus, the high-performance Low-E4 glass provides superior energy-efficiency.


Black & Decker Gyro

Every once in a while a company comes out with a truly unique innovation that completely takes me by surprise. Gyro is one of those products — the world’s first motion activated power screwdriver. It’s really cool and fun to use.  Here’s how it works: the trigger is on the back of it, so when you squeeze the Gyro you engage the power switch. To turn it on, you rotate it to the right. It starts very slowly, and the more you turn, it goes full throttle. To slow it down you simply turn it back towards neutral or center, wherever you started with it. And then to reverse the direction, you simply turn it to the left. Gyro was developed by Black & Decker to give users more control over the application, both in speed and direction. And at a suggested retail price of $39.99, it’s both innovative and inexpensive!


Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch

The age-old problem of leaving lights on in empty rooms is solved with the Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch from Lutron. It can detect motion so that it turns lights on when you enter a room and off when a room is empty. This hands-free technology makes life easier when you’ve got an armful of laundry or groceries, and it’s great for a household with kids who might not always remember to turn off the lights when they leave a room. It’s also convertible to manual on/off vacancy sensors for use in bedrooms and homes with pets. You can install it in 15 minutes or less, and it works with all types of light bulbs, including LED, CFL, tube fluorescent, halogen and incandescent.  And by replacing just one standard light switch with a Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch, you can save up to $25 in energy costs.


Philips L Prize-Winning 10 Watt LED Bulb

This $10 million prize-winning light bulb is an answer to our energy future that’s here today – selected by the U.S. Department of energy as the most energy efficient-alternative to the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. Philips 10-watt LED bulb lasts 30 times longer – up to 27 years!! – and can save you up to $165 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Wave goodbye to the hassle of changing bulbs frequently and pat yourself on the back for choosing a bulb that’s smart for the planet AND your wallet. Philips 10-watt LED bulb is fully dimmable and provides soft white light with virtually no UV in the beam, so it won’t fade fabrics. And it’s designed in a traditional bulb shape that will fit right into your existing fixtures.


Fluidmaster Duo Flush System

As a nation, we flush away billions of gallons of water every day. You can be part of the solution by improving a water-wasting toilet in your own home. Fluidmaster’s Duo Flush is an innovative system that converts any toilet into a high-efficiency, water-saving dual flush toilet that saves you money to boot. It provides up to 50% water savings with every flush, and can knock your water bill down by more than $120 a year per toilet. It’s easy to install – takes just 20 minutes – and easy to use: Just lift the handle up for a half flush and push it down for a full flush. You’ll be reducing your annual water usage by more than 15,000 gallons, and the planet will thank you.

Top 5 Toy Launches of 2012 From Toy Expert Dan Nessel

October 17, 2012

It’s been a big year for toys with re-imagined classics and tablet technology trickling down to the playroom. We turned to toy reviewer Dan Nessel of for his picks for the Most Memorable New Product Launches in the toy category this year.


Wii U by Nintendo

Nintendo is looking to shake up the video game industry with the Nintendo Wii U.  Rather than compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360 on purely power and graphics, the Wii U introduces a whole new way to play.  Every Wii U will come with a GamePad controller, basically a tablet that works with the Wii U.  The GamePad introduces a second screen and changes the way video games are played.

Nintendo has held a number of Wii U Experience events for the press and video game lovers to create a buzz around the system and it looks to be working.   Within days of the announcement that the Wii would be available on November 18th,  stores such as Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us had stopped taking pre-orders due to high demand.

Furby By Hasbro

Furby is back!  While it is unlikely the new Furby will match the craziness that surrounded the original Furby in 1998, Furby is still looking to be a hot toy for the 2012 holiday season.   The new Furby has new features to make him/her more interactive and you can now use an iPhone/iPad App to play with Furby.

Hasbro has done a big social media push for Furby and retailers are expecting high demand.   Furby has already been named to the Toys R Us, Walmart and Kmart Top Toy lists.

Razor Flash Rider 360

Razor puts a spin on the classic 3 wheel trike…literally.  The Flash Rider 360 turns and drifts on dual inclined caster wheels, so kids can easily do full 360 spins.  In addition to the spinning fun, The Flash Rider 360 has a Spark Bar, so now kids can spin and spark.

The Razor Flash Rider 360 was a hit at the 2012 International Toy Fair in NYC and was featured on ABC’s The View.  In addition, The Flash Rider 360 was named a Most Wanted Toy by Time To Play.

LeapPad 2 by Leap Frog

The original LeapPad was a hit and all indications are that the LeapPad 2 will be even more popular with technology loving kids.  At its June 2012 release, the LeapPad 2 sold more units in two days than the LeapPad 1 did in a week.

The LeapPad 2, is the next generation of the #1 kid’s learning tablet (LeapPad1), bringing  higher performance, new features and an extensive library filled with learning and creative content.

The LeapPad2 is a quality product with strong marketing and positive word of mouth recommendations behind it and was recently named to the Toys R Us, Walmart and Kmart Top Holiday Toy lists.

Air Hogs Hover Assault (Spin Master)

A hot trend this year is remote control (R/C) toys that do more than just drive or fly.   Air Hogs has created the ultimate R/C toy for boys – the Air Hogs Hover Assault.  The Hover Assault is a car that you can drive, but with the press of a button the car takes off and becomes a flying car.  It gets even better, press another button on the remote and fire missiles from your flying car.

Air Hogs has created buzz for the Hover Assault with a number of commercial spots, online videos and via social media.  Air Hogs Hover Assault was named to both the Walmart Top 20 Holiday Toy List and the Kmart Fab 15 Holiday Toy list.

What do you think of Dan’s picks? Check back for more expert product selections, and for the results of the Most Memorable New Product Launch survey coming later this year.

Top 5 Beauty Products of 2012

October 4, 2012

Our Beauty Expert Kelly Logan Gould, is best known as the editor of Gouldylox Reviews, which was ranked one of this year’s Top 50 Best Beauty Blogs by iFabbo. Kelly also contributes to Lock & Mane and She Said Beauty. Here are her picks for the five most memorable beauty products of the year!

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver ­ — The Beachwaver will save you time and leave you looking like you just left the red carpet! Sarah and her sister Erin worked on developing this innovative rotating curling iron for over two years. The technology is unsurpassed (with customized extra-long barrel, digital temperature control, and Left/Right control buttons), the idea is simple, and your hair will look fabulous. Guaranteed! – This is the best iron I’ve tried this year. It takes the guess work out of the perfect beach waves, EVERY TIME.

Garnier BB Cream — Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It’s hard to find just one product that addresses them all. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.

Sally Hansen Real Polish Strips — It wears like nail polish because it IS nail polish. No dry time, so you’re ready to go. This is so easy to apply, it wears for more than a week when topped with clear polish and looks fantastic with no nail damage.

Knockout Nails — This revolutionary new system will take your nails from short and brittle—to strong and beautiful. By strengthening the nails with its unique hardening ingredients, cured in the UV light, KNOCKOUTnails prevents the nails from chipping and breaking. Your nails are completely dry in 2 minutes, so you can go right back to your daily routine, no matter how strenuous. Knockout Nails protects and strengthens your natural nails so they become longer, stronger, and more beautiful. You can use any of your favorite polishes on top of KNOCKOUTnails.  This is like a gel manicure that allows you to change your polish color whenever you want. Your nails are always clear, strong and lovely!

Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool — A triple-tip lash-emphasizing tool that fills in spaces between lashes, giving the natural impression of thicker, more luscious lashes. This innovative 3-in-1 design makes lash emphasizing dots, tight-lining and traditional lash-lining easy. Great for cat eyes! This looks incredibly gimmicky, BUT WORKS and makes everything so easy!

What beauty products did you find most memorable this year? Are there any you’re eager to try? Let us know and keep checking back as we count down to the results of our annual Most Memorable New Product Launch survey!

Our Expert Picks The Top Five Tech Products of 2012

September 28, 2012

MMNPL’s Technology Expert Curtis Silver has more than experience when it comes to technology. Silver has written and worked for, Gunnar Optiks,, and Digital Dads (writer of the 2nd best NFL column on the internet). Check out what our expert expects to be the most memorable tech products this year!

1. WiiU – What needs to be said about the first next generation system to be released by the big three? While Playstation and Xbox are still refining their next devices, Nintendo is first to the game – just in time for Christmas. With a handheld and portable controller, updating to HD and integrating more social factors, the WiiU is sure to be a huge hit.

2. Nokia Lumia 920 – This is the last chance for a Windows phone to grab enough market share to keep making Windows phones. The Lumia 920 is probably the sleekest, fastest mobile device that carries the Windows operating system. This is a nice phone. Easy to use, intuitive and streamlined. But is a multitude of colors enough to compete with Android and iOS? You are going to see more of these on the street in the coming months, as people realize that the fair market of operating systems makes for a stronger little guy.

3. iPhone 5 – I’m not a fan of the iPhone, but certainly of what it represents. While the iPhone is no more spectacular than the Samsung Galaxy III or the Motorola Razr, Apple still is able to not only innovate in their design and operating system, but easily profit while doing so. Love or hate Apple, their contribution to the hipster lifestyle can’t be ignored.

4. Origin PC Eon Laptops – Origin, a company made up of the former brains behind Alienware, is quickly becoming one of the elite manufacturers of high end gaming computers. Their EON line of gaming laptops include 3D options and amazing graphics and sound. Next time you go to PAX, E3 or CES check out how many gaming rigs are Origin PC’s. The Origin EON is going to bring Origin into the arena dominated by companies like Dell, and eventually push them out. Bottom line: if you are a gamer, you want an Origin.

5. Makerbot Replicator – An open source 3D printer? Yes please. This represents the future of so many independent industries, from animation to architecture and beyond. While the process still needs some refinement, this printer is the first step in a fairly new technology that is going to redefine how we mold and view the world.

Which do you think will be the most memorable? Let us know you expert opinion!

Our Expert Picks Top 5 Pet Products of 2012

September 24, 2012

Amanda Shih, our pet expert and dog trainer, walker, groomer and boarder created her blog, Doggie Product Review, to provide other dog owners with helpful, easy to understand product reviews. Based in Chicago, she reviews toys, treats, food and general tools. Here is her list of the top Five Most Memorable 2012 Pet Products.

Absolutely New’s Treat Launcher™ eliminates getting doggie drool on your hands and makes feeding time fun! Simply pull the trigger and a single piece of food is launched into the air.  Not only is this a great way to give your dog exercise, it also feeds your dog at the same time.

The DogGone Smart Pet Bed is the latest high tech product to hit the market for dog beds.  The  truly amazing water-resistant  Dog Gone Smart Pet Bed leaves your dog’s bed clean without compromising on fabric feel or comfort.

Bionic Toss N Tug Toyfloats, flies, and is guaranteed to be chewed and not break or Bionic will give you a new one for free! The demo video for this cool toy shows how it can survive a blender and  still look like new.They also have models that can be filled with treats to provide hours of safe fun for your pooch.

Frosty Bowlz has a freezable insert that will keep your pet’s water ice cold for up to 18 hours!  A must for hot summer days.

Pet Paint is just that: safe, non-toxic, and veterinarian approved paint for your dog. The first-of-its-kind, this product is sure to leave a lasting memory when you paint on your team’s colors. Imagine the looks your dog will draw at parades, social events, and parties all painted up and ready to show!

The year 2012 has introduced us to many new pet products. What do you think is the best new product? Which would you be most likely to try? Make sure to check back toward the end of the year, when we will be revealing our Most Memorable New Product Launch survey final results.

Expert Panelist Phil Lempert of Supermarket Guru

November 16, 2011

With thousands of new food and beverage launches each year, new consumer packaged goods enter an extremely competitive market where it’s difficult to create a memorable impact on passive consumers. One of the recurring trends that we are finding in the CPG industry is using to catch consumer’s attention is the promise of simplification and convenience.

Food marketing expert Phil Lempert, the force behind, is a pioneer in news information media, specializing in consumer behavior. Here, he offers up his top five nominations for the 2011 MMNPL survey.

Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast

With five new microwavable breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, entrées, sandwiches and French toast), Aunt Jemima is providing consumers with simple solutions for busy weekday mornings from a brand they already know and associate with a tasty breakfast. Calling on the slogan “Just Add Warmth,” these homemade tasting items can be prepared in just minutes using a toaster or microwave.

David’s Jumbo Sunflower Seeds

America’s favorite in-shell sunflower seeds are delicious and fun to eat anytime, anywhere, but the launch of their Jumbo Seeds is accompanied by a variety of new flavors, including Bar-B-Q, Ranch, and Chili Lime. It also exhibits new, portable packaging for convenient on-the-go enjoyment!

Dole Mixed Fruit Bowls

While most other fruit bowls contain fruit in syrup or other artificial sweeteners, Dole’s Mixed Fruit Bowls offer a healthier option, with all-natural fruit in 100% fruit juice. Awarded the 2011 Chefs Best Award for Best Taste, Dole’s Fruit Bowls are the perfect choice for a quick, healthy snack at home, in the office, or on-the-go.

Orville Redenbacher Pop up Bowl

The unique design of Orville Redenbacher’s Pop up Bowl demonstrates innovation at its finest: a microwave popcorn bag that opens on the side and morphs into a perfect popcorn bowl. By cutting out a buttery bag that only causes a greasy mess, this product has addressed the strong consumer need for convenience and simplification, ultimately revolutionizing your typical popcorn-eating experience.

Velveeta Cheesy Skillets

To address hectic family schedules during the back-to-school season, Kraft launched a new line of just-add-meat dinner kits that grant parents convenience and ease in the kitchen, allowing them to whip up a non-microwavable meal in no time. It solves the problem of wanting a home cooked meal, but not having a lot of time to prepare it. A pouch of Velveeta to mix in the meal is easier than mixing in powder, milk and butter, making this a quicker and easier option over other boxed meal kits.

MMNPL Expert Panelist Elissa Elan of Nation’s Restaurant News Nominates This Year’s Top Fast Food Innovations

October 13, 2010

With intense competition in the category, fast food restaurants are going beyond just the “burger and fries” menu to offer more diverse and healthy options. Quick-service restaurants expert, Elissa Elan of Nation’s Restaurant News, has been following these new food trends and offers her nominations* for the most memorable fast food innovations of the year (product choices by Elissa, summaries compiled by the MMNPL staff).

McDonald’s Smoothies

This summer, McDonald’s vowed to “change the way you look at fruit” with its new Real Fruit Smoothies. Offered in Wild Berry and Strawberry Banana flavors, these new McCafe blends are creamy and cool, creating an entirely new fruit experience. The introduction of the sweet new smoothies and their partner, the Frappe, resulted in a jump in sales for the fast food giant, while solidifying the smoothie’s place in the restaurant world.

Subway’s Western Egg & Cheese Melt

In April, Subway joined the fast food breakfast trend with a new line of breakfast sandwiches. Served on a wheat English muffin, with black forest ham, green peppers, onions and melted cheese, the Western Egg & Cheese is a breakfast delight for less than 200 calories. Customers can mix it up with bread choices such as flatbread or French bread, and can customize their breakfasts with all the fixings Subway’s sandwich bar has to offer. With Subway restaurants now opening at 7am on weekday mornings, this sandwich king has quickly become a major player in the breakfast game.

Burger King Steakhouse XT Burger

Burger King stayed true to its name this year, with the introduction of the huge seven-ounce Steakhouse XT burger. Launched in February, the Steakhouse XT is a thick burger topped with lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mayo, with options such as cheese, bacon and crispy onions. The unique attraction of the Steakhouse XT is not, however, it’s massive size and delicious taste, but the way the burger is grilled. Burger King’s new Flex Broiler has serious grilling skills, while saving energy and reducing gas emissions, making this tasty burger environmentally friendly.

Wendy’s Garden Sensations Salads

This summer, Wendy’s revived their salad line with the return of the Garden Sensations Salads, first introduced in 2002. The salad line includes: Apple Pecan Chicken, Baja, Spicy Chicken Caesar and BLT Cobb salads. All are hand-made daily by Wendy’s, with fresh ingredients not often found in fast-food restaurants. Seasonal fruit, fresh greens, hand-made pico de gallo and crispy bacon make these salads a delicious alternative to the fast-food burger. All four salads weigh in at less than 800 calories, offering customers a healthy, high-quality and delicious menu option.

Popeyes Wicked Chicken

Introduced in May 2010, Popeyes’ new Wicked Chicken is a fun and flavorful way of offering boneless chicken. Marinated with authentic Louisiana seasonings, hand-battered and breaded in the restaurants, Wicked Chicken is wickedly good. Served crispy, twisty and curly, these thin chicken strips are delicious, affordable and perfect for dipping.

*Not all products chosen by the MMNPL expert panelists are guaranteed to be included in the MMNPL survey due to our rigorous criteria for selecting new products.

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MMNPL Expert Panelist Piera Jolly, of, Nominates Memorable Products for Moms

September 27, 2010

When reviewing memorable products from the past year, it only makes sense to tap into the group responsible for more than 80% of home purchasing decisions – moms. Piera Jolly, a mother, and the founder and editor-in-chief of, is dedicated to providing useful parenting information, products and trends. Here are Piera’s nominations* for the most memorable mommy-friendly products of the year.


Ninja Kitchen Master Prep

The Ninja Kitchen Master is an all-in-one blender, food processor, smoothie/drink maker and mini food chopper. Launched in September 2009, the large 48oz pitcher has extreme cutting power, an interchangeable motor head and is dishwasher/microwave safe.



Why Piera chose the Ninja Master Prep: The Master Prep is one and of the most useful small kitchen appliances I have come across in a long time. It can literally replace a blender, food processor, smoothie/drink maker and mini food chopper. It can even make ice cream, snow cones and sorbets. Because it does so much, the Ninja frees up a lot of counter and cabinet space for those of us who live in small spaces. My two favorite features are the power of the dual blade and convenience of the interchangeable motor head. The Ninja Master Prep’s dual blade can take entire ice cubes and turn them into snow within seconds. The interchangeable motor head also allows you to go from job to job without cleaning anything. The Ninja Master Prep is perfect when cooking for large parties, as you can go from one meal prep job to the next within minutes. This gadget is definitely a space, time and sanity saver in the kitchen!



Barnes and Noble’s Nook

Launched October 2009, the Nook is a wireless eBook Reader with E Ink display. It is the first eBook reader with a color touch screen and Android operating system, and allows the user full access to Barnes and Noble’s eBook, newspaper, and magazine collection. The Nook also connects consumers to 3G wireless and Wi-Fi. Nook owners can also “lend” eBooks to friends through LendMe technology for fourteen days.


Why Piera chose the Nook: What makes the Nook better than other eBook readers is the LendMe technology, which allows readers to lend their eBooks to friends and family! Just choose the eBook you want to share and send it to your friend’s Nook, computer or hand-held device enabled with Nook software. This means that you can share books with people who don’t have a Nook–they only have to have a Nook enabled device. FREE Nook software is available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android devices and PC. Couple the awesome features with a phenomenal price tag and the NOOK is definitely one of the best products of 2010!


Bumbleride Flite Stroller

The Flite is a new addition to the Bumbleride Stroller line. Launched February 2010, it is a lightweight and compact stroller, weighing only 13lbs with an aluminum frame. The stroller has four-wheel suspension, wider profile tires, and an ultra slim fold allowing the carriage to be stored in tight spots. It functions and feels like a larger stroller without the extra size and weight.

Why Piera chose the Bumbleride Flite: Any mom or dad that has owned a Bumbleride stroller knows they are always top notch quality. What I love about the Flite in particular is that it offers parents the most versatility and value for their money. Unlike most umbrella strollers, the Flite’s four wheel suspension and larger/wider profile tires make it a cinch to get through tight spaces, giving parents the best maneuverability. Despite its small footprint, the Flite is spacious and comfortable and really feels like a full size stroller. The best feature of all is that it can be used from infancy and up to 50 pounds making the Flite a great value! It even comes with a car seat adapter and is compatible with many of the most popular infant car seats on the market.

VTech MobiGo

The new MobiGo, introduced in February 2010, is a touch screen game console for children 3-8 years old and combines touch screen technology with early learning games to aid in skill development. Users can play interactive games, draw/color pictures and use the sliding QWERTY keyboard.


Why Piera chose Mobigo: The VTech MobiGo teaches a wide range of skills including math, vocabulary, spelling, logic and categorization. The MobiGo comes with one basic game called Touch & Learn, but there are also 11 other game cartridges. Plus, you can also download free games with VTechs Learning Lodge Software. The MobiGo is a great way for kids to learn while having fun!


The Sport-Brella is a beach umbrella, sun tent and rain shelter. The 9-foot wide umbrella was launched in March 2010 and protects against rain, wind and sun with SPF 50+ shade protection. The waterproof structure has side flaps, top wind vents, and side zippered windows, and also has pockets inside the protected flaps for storage.


Why Piera chose the Sport-Brella: The Sport-Brella is one of the most convenient and easy-to-use products of 2010–especially for families! The Sport-Brella opens just like an umbrella and is compact just like an umbrella; however, once open the Sport-Brella has side flaps that you stake down to the ground, providing the best in both sun and weather protection. The Sport-Brella is perfect for active families who attend sporting events throughout the year. The compact size of the Sport-Brella makes it easy to just keep in the car and use whenever it’s needed. Of course, it is also great for the beach, pool, camping, and more.



H17txt with Motospeak

The H17 is a new Text-to-Speech Bluetooth headset launched at Verizon Wireless in April 2010. When paired with the application, the headset, will read text messages in real time. The user can also customize an automated response that alerts senders the user is driving.




Why Piera chose the H17txt with Motospeak: The H17txt with Motospeak is a bluetooth headset that actually reads text and email messages to you as they come in and tells you who sent each message. Now you can keep your eyes on the road–where they belong! The H17txt with Motospeak has many great features, but my favorite is that you can customize an automated response letting the person who just texted or emailed you know that you will respond as soon as you reach your destination. This is an awesome feature because many times we feel obligated to respond to a text message or email right away–especially if it concerns business matters. The H17txt can even translate 150 acronyms such as “lol”, “btw” and “l8r” when the text message is read aloud. With people becoming more aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, the H17txt with Motospeak is a must-have for drivers not willing or able to totally give up their cell phones in the car.


VTech V.Reader

Launched June 2010, as the first children’s animated e-book system, the V.Reader provides children with building blocks and fun practicing skills. There are over 100 stories available with similar functions to the Kindle. It has touch-screen navigation and is designed for children 3-8 years old. It is lightweight, user-friendly and educational.

Why Piera chose the V.Reader: The V.Reader operates on a highly intuitive touch screen and it even comes with a stylus pen for kids to use. The story cartridges each come with a story and a variety of educational games designed to build reading skills. Kids will learn about reading comprehension, build their vocabulary, work on phonetics and more. Just like a book, kids “turn the page” in these animated stories either by touching the screen or with the two large buttons at the bottom of the V.Reader. In addition, during the story kids can touch the page to interact with the characters. There’s even a dictionary that will read children the definition of words in child-friendly language that kids will understand. All of these interactive features make the V.Reader highly engaging and a lot of fun for kids!



Personal Microderm System

The Personal Microderm System is a home skin treatment designed to restore and renew skin. Introduced in July 2010, this hand-held device uses aluminum oxide crystals to smooth away dead skin cells, diminishing signs of aging.

Why Piera chose the Personal Microderm:  The Personal Microderm System is basically a hand-held microdermabrasion device for the home. In a spa or dermatologists office, you would pay $100-$200 per microdermabrasion treatment, with weekly treatments for a couple of months for the best results. The Personal Microderm System uses the same aluminum oxide crystals as the $10,000 machines found at a dermatologist’s office, but for a tiny fraction of the cost. For the cost of just one trip to the dermatologist, all women can get professional results at home without having to spend a fortune.

*Not all products chosen by the MMNPL expert panelists are guaranteed to be included in the MMNPL survey due to our rigorous criteria for selecting new products.

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Expert Panelist Deborah Cassell of Candy Industry Nominates Products for MMNPL Survey

September 20, 2010

Several new and delicious candies and snacks were introduced this year. From innovative sweet and salty combinations, to revamped classics, to healthy snacks – the food industry delivered a wealth of tasty temptations. Food and candy expert, Deborah Cassell, executive editor of Candy Industry and Retail Confectioner magazines at BNP Media, gives us her picks on which 2010 treats were the most memorable* (product selections from Deborah, summaries compiled by MMNPL staff).


Yogi Granola Crisps

Using ingredients to support the mind, body and spirit, Yogi blended its new Granola Crisps with its signature “ancient” grains. Launched in December 2009, these crunchy, bite-sized flakes offer intrigue and the perfect amount of sweetness in three flavors: baked cinnamon raisin, fresh strawberry crunch, and mountain blueberry flax.








FunkyChunky’s Chip-Zel-Pop

A new addition to the FunkyChunky family in July 2010, Chip-Zel-Pop is a unique blend of sweet and salty that will leave you begging for more. This tantalizing treat features FunkyChunky’s fresh, buttery caramel corn, salty pretzels and crunchy potato chips, drizzled with rich caramel and dark, milk and white chocolates. Yumeliciousness for sure.

Popcorners by Medora Snacks

In August 2010, all-natural Popcorners changed the shape of popcorn. A delicious snack with the snap of a chip and the wholesome goodness of popcorn, Popcorners are popped with real corn and the finest all natural ingredients. With butter, kettle, sea salt and white cheddar flavors, you can satisfy your cravings and snack smartly.




Newman’s Own Organics Licorice Twists

Newman’s Own introduced the first licorice twist made from organic products in August 2010. This candy is great for health-conscious consumers, as it is low in fat and sodium and contains no trans-fats or cholesterol. A healthier alternative, Newman’s Own Organics Licorice Twists come in great tasting strawberry, pomegranate, tangerine and original flavors.

Nestle Butterfinger Snackerz

The newest creation from Butterfinger is the Butterfinger Snackerz. Launched in September 2010, these bite-sized treats have a smooth, Butterfinger flavored center, topped with a peanut butter drizzle. As always, Butterfinger satisfies your taste buds with its crispy, crunchy, buttery flavor.


*Not all products chosen by the MMNPL expert panelists are guaranteed to be included in the MMNPL survey due to our rigorous criteria for selecting new products.

For more information on Deborah Cassell, please visit our expert panel page.

For more information on the upcoming MMNPL survey, check back regularly and follow us on twitter, @MMNPL.

MMNPL Expert Panelist, Ross Rubin of Engadget, Makes MMNPL Predictions (part 2 of 2)

September 13, 2010

This year has been a whirlwind for the technology sector. New and innovative products, from cameras to e-readers to products that connect the gap between your PC and TV, have grabbed the media’s and consumer’s attention. This makes for great MMNPL survey competition and Ross Rubin, Consumer Electronics columnist for Engadget, has some interesting nominations* for the MMNPL top 10 electronic products of the year.  See his list below and don’t forget to take a look at last week’s picks for additional MMNPL contenders.

Barnes & Noble Nook

The Nook introduced several new dynamics into the e-reader market. It was an Android-based device that included a second, color screen. It also supported limited lending capabilities. Barnes & Noble supported the launch well online and especially in-store, and made it available to Best Buy as well.



Logitech Revue

The first add-on box to support Google TV, the Logitech Revue promised to open up a world of Web content and Android applications to the television. Google TV is also being integrated into Sony televisions.



Sony NEX-3/NEX-5

Arguably the most innovative digital camera introduced in 2010, these slim cameras included a full DSLR-sized sensor in a very slim package for great image and video quality all in a compact camera.



Netgear Push2TV

While not a household name, Push2TV was the receiving end of Intel’s WiDi feature, which has been an important new standard for bridging the PC and television in the home.



Microsoft Kinect for XBox 360

While all three major home consoles now support motion-sensing, Kinect captured imaginations by completely doing away with the controller and inspiring many to believe it was the next revolution in user input after multitouch.



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