helenm123

Helen M.

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California City, United States

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About Me

Love shopping online and giving my opinion of websites. Also review and rate survivalist, farmer, homesteader, and off-the-grid tools and gadgets online.

How I Can Help

Like to compare and read biographical and non-fiction books.

Interests

Writing, art journaling, reading.

86 Reviews by Helen

1/16/17

This website promotes alterntiave styles of traditional home building techniques that help owner-builders and homeowners looking at prospective houses reduce their carbon footprint by constructing ecologically friendly homes. Discussions include earthen home building traditions such as Oregon cob, English cob, light straw-clay, earth bags, Earthships, straw bale, rammed earth, etc. Also offers a 1 week intensive in Jacksonville Oregon on how to build a cob cottage and another intensive abroad.

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1/16/17

Seems like a reputable place to learn earthen construction techniques, specifically cob. I don't have personal experience with them, but I support their mission to alleviate global warming and reduce carbon emissions associated with housing.

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5.8K Views
1/16/17

Has listings of concerts, art walks, nature tours, nature hikes, free museum days, etc. that one can take advantage of in their city. Just beware of the high ticket prices and general availability of websites like Funcheap that will list free ways to sign up, attend, or participate in the same events. The reason I removed 2 stars from my rating is because of the previously mentioned availability of similar or identical events on Funcheap and the often outrageous ticket prices or admission fees on everfest.

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17.0K Views
1/16/17

Community here tends to provide book reviews of variable quality and reliability, I recommend searching for reviews of a book on Amazon.com. There you can compare the percentage of a book's rating that received 5 star ratings or higher with other titles, recommended reading by the NY times, bestseller lists curated by Amazon's editors, etc. Look a title up at ALA.org or read a review in publications like School Library Journal. Bottom line - pass on this one unless given no other alternatives. Not recommended.

Tip for consumers:
Find reviews on ALA.org or Amazon.com instead.

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4.9K Views
1/16/17

These people claim to be astrologers and take your money on the premise that they will uncover your secret "Pleidian mission" or some other such nonsense. Most astrologers are legitimate and professional people, the fact that 'Lavandar' and her cohorts sell their New Age nonsense in the name of astrology does the whole profession of Western astrology and astrologers a disservice. So don't buy this website's services, instead look for reports from true astrology websites like astro.com from 'Liz Greene' and other very reputable astrologers. Bottom line - I don't like websites and so-called astrologers like this.

1/16/17

If you are looking for some rare facts about specific topics like religion, philosophy, mathematics, etc, then you're at the right website. More detailed, extensively cited articles that give a great deal of detail more than say, Wikipedia, but at the same time it is not free. A paid subscription is required to access a lot of the content. Which is why I removed 1 star.

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1/16/17

I think that DickBlick offers reasonable pricing on art materials and popular brands of materials like graphite crayons, lithography crayons, easels, markers, oil paints, etc. Have yet to find a vendor that is a match who delivers quality on par with Blick's and their mid-range pricing at the same time. Bottom line, I think they are OK and would be a repeat customer of theirs, but I would keep an eye out for other art vendors and bargains for the same materials, supplies, and otehr things that Blick offers at Amazon.com and search Google to see if I find the item elsewhere for an equally good or superior price before shopping here.

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annettem12
Annette M. – Blick Art Materials Rep

HI Helen, thank you for your review! We are always glad to get feedback that lets us know how we can improve. Please let us know if you have any specific suggestions on how we can provide better service. We do not want price to be a reason to buy from another supplier if we are your preferred supplier so we do offer price matching as well. Please contact us at info@$#*!blick.com or call 1-800-828-4548 for more information.

Thank you again, we truly appreciate your business!

91.1K Views
1/16/17

Have been locked out of my account so I created another and the same thing happened. The password recovery system that verifies whether the account owner is who they claim to be and not a hacker does not account for outdated phone numbers and e-mail addresses that change and makes the verification checks impossible to complete. It's unfortunate that so many people use Paypal exclusively these days so that everyone is forced to use it whether they dislike Paypal and its systems or not. Shame.

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4.5K Views
1/16/17

Filled with such New Age platitudes as "There is no need to claim Mastery, it just is", this New Age website sells crystal wands, so-called 'psychic' sessions, and travel trips to spiritual sites around the world. The person who runs the website Meg Blackburn Losey is an author of several books about such New Age topics as 'Crystalline Children', ancient alien history, and self-help. Would browse this website with a grain of salt if I were you.

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1/16/17

Be careful of the information that you learn on this website, many articles contain contradictions and factual inaccuracies in them. The website is open to whomever wants to edit and write articles, therefore exercise critical thinking skills and take facts learned from the articles on this website with a grain of salt. Recommended with reservations and advice.

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1/16/17

Apps like this are what will lead not far into the future to a totalitarian state or fascist technocracy where cyberstalking and data mining for information on individuals is unregulated, unrestricted, and available to just about anybody, including dangerous cybercriminals and espionage agencies of the government. Imagine if you were a domestic abuse victim and you were trying to find help without the abuser knowing about your efforts to get help. It would be nearly impossible to find help in locations that have Nextdoor activated. Don't support cyber stalking like Nextdoor's and enjoy a safer, more ethically transparent neighborhood and community for it. Bottom line -- I think this is an ominous development in unwanted and threatening cybersurveillance, stalking, and fosters suspicion, mistrust, and backhanded gossip in communities that could get along perfectly fine if they would only deal openly and transparently with one another. Don't encourage services and cyberstalking using apps and services like Nextdoor.

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Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, ...the list goes on (and on) choose any of the media platforms I just listed, just promise me to stay away from Nextdoor.

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4.9K Views
1/16/17

More New Age junk. Mostly information and teachings stolen from Hinduism and similar Indian religions and spiritual traditions. In my opinion, it is best to go to source and learn the teachings from an author knowledgeable in Indian traditions or read the Ramayana, Bhagvatam, Bhagavad Gita, etc., for oneself minus any commentary. Stay away.

1/16/17

This is just a front for another scamster's website, known as the 'Wealthy Affiliate' by a Simon someone or another who wants all the money you have and is intent on parting you from it. Don't fall for it or you'll have empty pockets/wallet when he's done with you.

144K Views
1/16/17

Don't believe the reviews on this website half the junk posted here is business owners writing positive reviews on behalf of their own business not impartial reviews or feedback from customers. Stay away.

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1/16/17

Top retailer of bookbinding supplies since 1962. I love their selection of leathers, bookboard, bookcloth, and leather punches, cutters, and bookbinders' thread. They are based in the Brooklyn, NY area. Must shop website for anyone who makes their own journals, restores books, or creates handmade books. My personal favorite.

Tip for consumers:
Check out their leather hide selection, which is supposedly the largest for a book binding supply company in the world.

4.3K Views
1/16/17

This website has whole steer hides and whole tanned cow hides for less than $200 in most cases. Leatherworking equipment such as heavy duty leather hole punchers and leather cutters are available here as well. Sales and promotions last a long time so you can take advantage of the savings. Highly recommended.

Tip for consumers:
Compare to www.tandyleather.com for prices, product selection, and promotions or sales with discounts.

1/16/17

Leading scamster makes his profit by suckering people into signing up for his website which is just another affiliate marketing scheme for Amazon, Airbnb, etc. which all have agreements with him to help him help sell their stuff. In short, it is a scam to separate you from your money and personal information. STAY AWAY.

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Just keep away from this scamster.

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4.4K Views
12/30/16

The owner of Horizon Herbs is a knowledgeable expert on everything botanical and as such every species of plant seed for sale has intricate detail on its uses, historical usage, place of origin, etc. The website sells live plants as well as spices and seeds, some grown on the owner's Oregon farmstead and the rest, particularly tropical species that would not thrive in Oregon's climate, by a sustainable agriculture initiative in India. Though I have never actually purchased anything from them, I am very pleased with others' comments on the owner and his knowledge of plants. Many rare and impossible to find seeds of plant species that are used in herbal medicine and traditional folk magic are readily available here. Highly recommended.

12/30/16

While I have never done business with this website personally, I have heard from around the Internet that it is a great place to shop for leather working tools and materials. Practically every tutorial or project on Instructables.com and elsewhere ends with an encouragement to buy leather and leatherworking tools from this website. A brief perusal of their leather catalog and tutorials, including their tutorial website leathercraftlibrary.com reveals a broad selection of high end products and exciting projects for both the beginner and the experienced leather craftsman. Highly recommended.

117K Views
12/22/16

Great selection of vendors; something for everybody. Good place to look for a gift option for all those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. One thing that I thought could be improved however, is the user interface of the website. Sifting through all the categories I didn't need by scrolling down the home page was a bit annoying. Otherwise, great website.

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